Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My Halloween Costume + Updates!

Hey cupcakes, Happy Halloween!

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I hope everyone has a great day planned :D Today, I wanted to share with you all my Halloween costume and some updates for The Chic Cupcake! First, my costume:

This year, I am going as a mermaid! I found this cute scale skirt online and am pairing it with a shell bra shirt (because it is cold outside haha), some sandals, and a starfish hair clip. So simple yet cute! :)

Now for some updates:
1. If you read my goals post a few weeks ago (read it here!), I recently quit my job. I will be starting a new job next week (YAY), but I want to spend more time this year blogging. Therefore, I will be going back to posting every other day! :D This will basically force me to put more time into blogging, and I am so excited for you all to see what great posts I have planned!

2. I usually post at 6:30 AM, but have decided to now post at 8:00 AM instead. :)

3. BLOGMAS WILL BE HAPPENING THIS DECEMBER! I have always wanted to post every day for a certain month, so I am challenging myself to do it this year. I am super excited, and I hope all of you are too!

I hope everyone has a great Halloween! What is your costume this year? Comment below and don't forget to follow me at The Chic Cupcake!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

My 5 Favorite Halloween Accessories

Hey cupcakes! Because Halloween is almost here, I wanted to compile a list of some of my favorite Halloween accessories from this season! I love rocking cute/spoopy things during this month, and I hope you all do the same ;) Let's get started!

1. Halloween Enamel Pins from Target ($1)

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These are freakin' adorable! I bought the pack with the pumpkin and boo speech bubble, and I plan on rocking them on my jean jacket on Halloween. They are the perfect subtle way to get in the spirit, and for only $1 you can't go wrong!

2. Black Chokers

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This isn't exactly Halloween themed, but I feel like I have been wearing my black chokers more this month.... :P

3. Pumpkin Socks from Target ($4)

You can't survive October without some cute Halloween socks! Target has a great selection (and they are so affordable!), so I suggest picking up a pair (or two or three). :)

4. Halloween Earring Set from Walmart ($3)

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Walmart has such cute holiday earrings that are always super cheap. Even though they aren't the best quality, you will only wear them once or twice a year - so it does the trick!

5. Skeleton Purse from Amazon ($18)

This is honestly the cutest thing ever! It is perfect for Halloween and will get you in the spirit all month long. :D

What is your favorite Halloween accessory? Comment below and don't forget to hit that subscribe button to never miss a post from The Chic Cupcake! :)

Spoopy Jenna

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Storytime: Stuck in the Shower in a Fire?!

Hey cupcakes! Last time I did a storytime post, I came at you all with my wizardry story (read it here!)... Today I will be sharing another great story from my life, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! :P

Okay, so as many of you all know (which if you don't, you should totally hit that subscribe button over there ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> ), I live in an all-girls dorm at my university. I absolutely love it here and have been blessed to meet some of the most amazing women :D Just like my previous storytime (yupp the wizard one haha), this story begins after a long day of studying and doing homework.

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On this day in particular, I had class from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. Then I worked for a few hours and studied/did homework/died on the inside til around 9 PM. Woop.

I was looking so forward to getting back to my dorm, taking a hot shower, and snuggling in my bed to de-stress before bed time. I walked back from the business school, got my pajamas and my shower caddy, put on my cheap shower flip flops and headed to the bathroom.

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My favorite shower was open - what a win! I turned on the water, let it get hot, and then stepped inside to wash away all of my worries from the day.

Me: Starts to shampoo my hair
Dorm: THE FIRE ALARM HAS BEEN ACTIVATED.... THIS IS NOT A DRILL....PLEASE HEAD TO THE NEAREST EXIT (yes my dorm's fire alarm not only makes a horrible high pitched noise and blinks strobe lights they also yell at you)

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In a mad dash I had to wrap myself in a towel, and squeak in my wet shoes all the way outside.

Turns out, it was just a drill

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Lol - so there you have it! Another classic story from my life ;) Where is the weirdest place you have been at when the fire alarm went off? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! 

Jenna <3

Sunday, October 22, 2017

DIY: Leaf-Covered Mason Jars

Hey cupcakes! I feel like I haven't done a DIY post in quite some time, so I wanted to share an awesome fall room decor craft with you all today :D My roommate and I made some of these the other day, and they are so cute (and easy to make)! Let's get started!

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What You Need
-Any size of mason jar
-Mod Podge
-Some sort of paint brush (I recommend a sponge brush)
-Leaves (you can use real or fake leaves for this!)
-Optional: candle or fake candle

1. Take your leaves and figure out where you want them around the mason jar.

2. Apply the leaves to the mason jar using the Mod Podge. In order to ensure the leaves stay on, I suggest coating the back of the leaf before placing it on the jar and then coating over the entire thing (don't worry - the Mod Podge will dry clear!).

3. Let the mason jar dry for a few hours.

4. Ta-da! Your room decor is ready to be displayed. For an awesome effect, try lighting a candle or fake candle inside the jar :)

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I personally think fake leaves work the best for this DIY! :)
What is your favorite fall craft? Comment below, and I might feature it in my next DIY post! :) Don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Crafty Jenna

Thursday, October 19, 2017

8 Creative Halloween Costume Ideas!

Hey cupcakes! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I have been thinking about what to dress up as this year (see my costume from last year here!). It took me quite some time to figure out my costume (get excited for a whole post about it!!!!), so I wanted to share some of my favorite costume ideas with you. :) Let's get started!

1. Unicorn - I thought it would be really adorable to be a unicorn, and it would only require you to purchase a headband with ears and a horn (I found some really cheap ones on Wish.com). Pair the headband with your favorite dress or skirt and you are all set! If you didn't want to spend a lot of money, you could even DIY your own ears/horn!

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2. Random Animals - Onesies are AMAZING for Halloween! Target has so many cute random animals (narwhals, dragons, llamas, etc.) as well as other characters like superheros, Care Bears, etc. After Halloween you can use this as pajamas so why not?! 

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3. Hogwarts Alumni - If you are a Harry Potter fan and have some props already (like a wand, scarf, etc.), this is perfect for you! All you need to buy is a Hogwarts Alumni sweatshirt and any other Harry Potter items to sport your fav school! ;)

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4. Wednesday Adams - I found so many dresses that are PERFECT for Wednesday Adams, so buy one and braid your hair! :P Or, you can just use a white collared shirt, black sweater, and black skirt! 

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5. Cat - Lol I have been a cat for many many years, so it is super simple! Either buy or make your cat ears, use eyeliner to draw on some whiskers, and wear all black. Simple yet still cute! 

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6. Decades - If you want a simple costume, be a 90's, 80's, 70's, etc. person! If you don't have exactly what you need in your closet, check out a thrift store for a really cheap costume.

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7. Willy Wonka - I thought this would be an adorable costume! It would probably cost a lot if you weren't very crafty, but it would be a great costume. 

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8. Arthur - Dress like your favorite meme! :P Find a yellow sweater, make some cute ears, rock some Harry Potter glasses, and pair with jeans. 

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What are you going to be for Halloween? Let me know in the comment section below and don't forget to subscribe to The Chic Cupcake! :D


Monday, October 16, 2017

Recipes: Easy Dips for Apples

Hey cupcakes! I went to an apple orchard this weekend (yaaasss such a fall activity!) and have obviously been eating a lot of apples these past few days. Because a plain apple can get boring real quick, I wanted to share with you all my favorite recipes for apple dips and toppings! Enjoy :)

1. Peanut Butter Yogurt dip - This dip is super delicious and easy to make! All you need is plain yogurt (Greek yogurt works too), peanut butter, and honey. Add a scoop or two of peanut butter into the yogurt container and a squirt of honey. So tasty and full of fall flavors!

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2. Cinnamon Sugar - Instead of just putting cinnamon on your apple slices, I totally recommend making a mixture of cinnamon sugar (2 parts cinnamon, 1 part sugar) to sprinkle on top of sour apples! YUM!

3. Almond Butter - There are so many tasty "butters" that you can get at places like Whole Foods. Almond butter is one of my favs, so I love dipping apples in it!

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4. Caramel Dip - You can't go the fall season without having at least one caramel apple, so I recommend either buying some caramel dip from the store or making it homemade. I personally love making a tradition caramel apple :)

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What is your favorite way to eat an apple? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!


Friday, October 13, 2017

How To Style: Autumn Colors

Hey cupcakes! There are many different colors that are "in" for this season, so I wanted to make a lookbook today featuring my three favorites: burnt orange, army green, and burgundy. These colors remind me so much of fall, so I absolutely love how trendy they are right now!

Outfit 1 (Burnt Orange) - To embody this fall color I went for a classic autumn outfit: a sweater and jeans! I paired this simple outfit with some really cute boots, so this outfit is super easy to recreate.

Outfit 2 (Army Green) - I have always been a fan of army green, so I wanted to feature this gorgeous jacket in this outfit. Because the jacket is the star of the show, the plaid shirt won't really been seen much (but it just adds another great touch of fall!). Pair it with some black leggings and knee high boots and your outfit is ready to go!

Outfit 3 (Burgundy) - I think burgundy goes well with denim, so I paired this shirt with a jean jacket. Add some black pants and some cute Keds/Converse, and the outfit is complete :)

What is your favorite color trend this season? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My 7 Favorite Fall Products!

Hey cupcakes! My favorite season is totally fall, so I wanted to make a post today about all of my current favorite fall products :) Make sure you let me know what your favorite fall products are in the comment section! <3

1. Pumpkin bagels

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Okay so I never knew that pumpkin bagels were a thing, but I recently tried one at a bagel shop on campus... They are so good! The pumpkin flavor is really subtle, and there are other fall flavors (like cinnamon and nutmeg), so it is literally the perfect fall treat! :)

2. Almond candle from Bath and Body Works

Find this on their website here!

I have always loved the smell of almond paste (even though I don't like the taste of actual almonds haha), so this candle from Bath and Body Works has been my fav recently. It smells SO good and reminds me of the cookies my mom makes over the holidays. Bath and Body Works has a whole bunch of other great fall scents (and the candles themselves are always so cute!), so I would recommend finding your signature scent for the fall.

3. Argan Oil

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I did a review on Maple Holistics Argan Oil a couple of weeks ago (read that post here), and it has been super awesome for the fall! The weather is starting to get cold, and this product keeps my hair hydrated and beautiful :)

4. Instagram Story autumn stickers

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Lol this is totally random, but I love the Instagram stickers for the fall! They add some much fall fun to my pictures :P

5. Blankets!

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The fall time is great because it isn't too cold that you're freezing, but you can cuddle up with a blanket while you study! :D I personally love the soft blankets you can get at Target, but there are many other places you can get cozy blankets - find your favorite!

6. Apple Cider Donuts

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More food - haha! I am actually not really into donuts, but I have to have a few apple cider donuts in October to get me excited for the season ;) They are best if eaten at an apple orchard or cider mill.

7. Jean Jacket

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When the weather gets cooler, it is essential to have a nice jacket to wear! I have been loving my jean jacket recently, and it is just so perfect for cooler nights.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Recipe: Easy Dorm Room Snacks

Hey cupcakes! If you don't know already, I love to eat. :P The dining hall in my dorm closes at 7 PM, and I ALWAYS find myself looking for food around 9 PM (cuz I gotta give my brain fuel for studying right?!). Today I wanted to share with you all my favorite filling snacks that are cheap and delicious! :) Let's get started!

1. Pretzel sticks dipped in peanut butter - This is by far my favorite snack. All you need is a huge bag of pretzel sticks and a jar of your favorite peanut butter. If you don't share the jar with anyone, just dip the sticks right in! :) If you want to be a little more sanitary, you can spoon some peanut butter out for dipping.

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2. Cheese/peanut butter crackers - These are great because there are so many different flavors (so you won't get sick of them), and the packs are the perfect amount of food.

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3. Granola bars - I know this is really basic, but granola bars are perfect if you actually need some energy at night. Plus, there are SO many different kinds which allows you to always change up the flavors.

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4. Chex Mix/Trail mix - There are so many types of "mixes" you can get from the store, and they are perfect for late night snacking!

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5. Popcorn - Popcorn is tasty and healthy food to snack on, but PLEASE DO NOT BURN IT because you will literally smell up everything. ;)

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What are your favorite college snacks? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake so that you will never miss one of my awesome posts!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Goals for My Junior Year!

Hey cupcakes! Some of you may remember the post I wrote over the summer talking about how important it is to set goals for yourself (read that post here!). The start of my semester has been really hectic and stressful, so I thought it would be important to evaluate my life and set goals for myself to alleviate some of that stress.

1. Find a new job - I have been working at the same office since freshman year of college, and I was at my wits end with its management and all the drama. I decided to quit a few days ago, and I am so excited for my last day on the 11th! I hope to find another place of employment, but I am so content with my decision.

2. Find a way to manage my anxiety - Because this semester has already been so stressful, my anxiety has been pretty bad. I've woken up with panic attacks (which hasn't ever happened), so I need to find a way to cope. I used to do a lot more artsy things (like drawing), so I plan to start an art journal of some sort to manage my anxiety.

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3. Take daily walks - Over the summer I had a great work out routine (and I actually stuck to it!). Now that I am constantly busy, I feel like I still need to still force myself to find time to at least take a walk around campus.

4. Stop watching YouTube videos - I honoestly think I am addicted to watching YouTube videos, and I know I could be using that time to focus on other important things (like blogging!). I have decided to ban myself from watching YouTube videos to see how this impacts my life for the better.

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5. Attend church more often - I am actually really good at attending Mass every Sunday, but I really want to work on my relationship with God this semester. Whether it be attending some weekday masses or spending extra time praying, I feel like my religion can be strengthened.

What goals have you set for yourself this year?? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Why I'm Still Angry About Wonder Woman (SPOILERS!)

Hey cupcakes! As many of you might remember, I went to see Wonder Woman in June and wrote a pretty angry review about it (read that post here!). My friends and I went and saw it on my college campus a week or so ago, and I am still really really bitter and angry about the ending. I wanted to share my thoughts in more depths, so here we go (WARNING: don't continue reading if you don't want the ending to be spoiled)!

1. The movie is actually pretty good - As I said in my review, I am not a fan of superhero movies at all. But, this one was good! I didn't find myself being bored a lot, and the plot/characters/everything was really well thought out and executed. So even though the ending sucks, I don't think the whole movie was bad.

2. WHY THE FRICK WAS IT NECESSARY FOR STEVE TO DIE? - Steve plays a really great role in the film, and I love how the directors/producers swapped the traditional gender roles to have Diana be the lead and Steve be her "moral support". Was it necessary to kill Steve off (see next point)?

3. WHY WAS STEVE THE REASON DIANA WON THE FIGHT?! - Throughout the whole film Diana is kicking ass by being an amazing and empowering female. She does what she wants and fights for what she believes in, which makes her such an incredible role model for young girl who watch the film. As she is losing the fight against Ares (and being squeezed to death by a metal tube of some sort), she witnesses Steve dying in the plane explosion. This is what happens:

She yells NO for a long time, goes into a rage because she is so upset about his death, and when Ares tries to use that rage for her to join him, she remembers all of the great memories she had with Steve and tell Ares that she "chooses love" and kills him.

So you're telling me that even though this movie has an amazing female lead, she can't kill the evil guy herself without the love interest (aka Steve) stepping in (in this case dying)?! Why can't Diana kill Ares because she is stronger/more awesome than him without the interference of a guy? What does this teach the young girls who watch the film? That they can't overcome an obstacle without the help of a stronger male force?

4. The movie tries to make it emotional - Because Steve dies, the film tries to evoke emotion from the ending (like awwww poor Diana is all alone now blah blah blah), and even the very end (where Diana looks at the picture of Steve before telling the audience why she continues to save the world), IT ALL REVOLVES AROUND HIM. Why?! Why can't she want to save the world because of what she believes in (like she did for most of the movie)?

5. It's not just me - After hearing all these great reviews about the movie, I thought I was the only one who thought this. I looked up the plot line on Wikipedia to see if I had misunderstood the ending, but this what is says:

"Steve pilots the bomber carrying the gas to a safe altitude and detonates it, sacrificing himself. Ares attempts to direct Diana's rage and grief at Steve's death by convincing her to kill Maru, but memories of her experience with Steve cause her to realize that mankind has good within it. She spares Maru and redirects Ares' lightning into him, killing him."

Legit what I think. Even after my friends watched it, they also agreed that the ending kinda sucked in being female empowering.

Alright, sorry for the large rant... Let me know what you think about the ending of Wonder Woman! Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Bitter Jenna
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