Thursday, November 30, 2017

GET READY FOR BLOGMAS!

Hey cupcakes! Today is the last day of November, which means Blogmas starts tomorrow!!! :D I have some super fun posts planned out for the whole month, so get excited to have lots of great content here on The Chic Cupcake!

In the spirit of Christmas, I hope to gain 50 new followers throughout the month of December... So help me complete my goal by sharing these posts with your family, friends, or your own followers to spread the holiday cheer all around the world! :D

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I currently have 594 followers (282 on Google Friend Connect and 312 on Bloglovin'), so if I can reach 644 followers by the end of the month I will be doing a HUGE GIVEAWAY to end the season with a bang! :D Get excited (because I know I am!)!

Are you a follower of The Chic Cupcake yet? If not, make sure to follow me to never miss a Blogmas post! :)

Love,
Jingle Jenna

P.S. The Chic Cupcake will be getting a holiday makeover tomorrow as well... Get pumped! ;)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: Pro-Wax100 and Hard Wax

Hey cupcakes! If you have been reading The Chic Cupcake for awhile now (if you haven't been, hit that subscribe button please!), you know that I have been experimenting with different wax strips this year. I have done two reviews so far: Sally Hansen Ouch-Relief and Nair Wax Ready-Strips. I have always wanted to try hard wax for hair removal, so I decided to purchase the Pro-Wax 100 a month ago! :D

Purchase it HERE
While experimenting with different hair removal methods, I was always intrigued by videos of people using hard wax. For only $30, I figured I couldn't really go wrong (and it came with 4 different types of wax too!).

THIS THING IS AMAZING - I will never go back to wax strips!!! While the wax strips will do the job, this does the job 100% better. :) The Pro-Wax100 itself is larger than I expected, but it melts the wax very quickly and keeps it hot as you are waxing. While using hard wax takes more practice to get right, I was able to "master" the method in only two uses (watching YouTube videos for help is a great tool if you can't seem to get it right).

Because the wax attaches only to the hairs (and not your skin), it rips out everything (like EVERYTHING). This makes it a bit more painful than the wax strips, but the hair-less effect lasts wayyyy longer. I waxed the area between my legs and hairs only started to grow back about one and half weeks later (and it was only a few of them that were less prickly/thick). But, if you don't think you will be able to make it through the pain, I wouldn't suggest you use hard wax (as you can't change your mind after the wax hardens).

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The wax works basically anywhere (I've used it on the bikini line, face, and eyebrows), which makes it super versatile. Plus, you aren't limited to the wax size of a wax strip - you can make the patches of wax as big or small as needed. I would suggest starting small as you master the technique, and then move to bigger areas.

Overall, this machine definitely works, and I am super excited to continue hard waxing! :D If you are interested in more posts about how I use hard wax, tips and tricks for using hard wax, etc., please let me know in the comments!

Would you try hard wax? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Love,
Hairless Jenna

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

My 5 Beauty Essentials to Survive the Cold Weather

Hey cupcakes! With the cold comes other fun things: dry hands, chapped lips, and dead hair. In order to be prepared to battle these things, you must have the right beauty supplies! Today I wanted to make a list of my life savers in the cold weather, so I hope you can use these things to make the weather a bit more bearable! Let's get started :D

1. Eucerin Lotion - I have sensitive skin that gets super dry in the cold, so this lotion is amazing! I use it on my body and my face (and it never irriates or breaks out my skin) every single day, so I would recommend you try it out!

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2. Vaseline - There are so many uses for Vaseline, but in the winter it works great to keep your eyelashes nice and nourished. Just wipe some Vaseline on your eyelashes before bed, and it will strengthen the hair as you sleep.

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3. Lip Balm - I try to avoid lipstick, lip gloss, and other lip products when it is cold outside because your lips really need to stay moisturized! Finding a lip balm that works for you is essential, so keep trying different brands until you find the best one :) I am currently loving Burt's Bees Peppermint.

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4. Argan Oil - My hair gets so dry in the winter, so I have been using Argan Oil to keep it healthy. I did a review on argan oil here, but you can try out different essential oils to find which one works best for you!

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5. Loofah - Loofahs are so important in the winter to make sure you get rid of any dead skin on your body. Plus, they are super cheap! :)

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What beauty essentials do you use to survive the cold weather? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Love,
Jenna

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Friday, November 24, 2017

What I'm Thankful For :)

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday!!!! :D

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Because it is the day after Thanksgiving, I thought I would share with you all what I am thankful for.

1. My family, boyfriend, roommate, and friends - I feel like everyone is thankful for the people we love, so I had to say this ;) These people are my support network, and I can go to them when anything happens in my life (good or bad). My life would truly not be the same without these people, so I am thankful each and every day that they are in my life.

2. My followers - That's you! I have loved blogging here on The Chic Cupcake, and I never thought in a million years I would have this many followers (and continue to get followers!). It blows my mind that people actually want to read what I have to write about, and I am so excited to post every day next month for Blogmas (make sure to follow me if you haven't because I have a lot of cool stuff planned!!).

3. Stress - As many of you know, my anxiety has been pretty bad this semester. You might think I'm crazy for being thankful for the very thing that has caused me many bad days, but I am glad my anxiety has been bad because it has forced me to actually deal with it (instead of just brushing it aside per usual). I feel like I will be able overcome this, and it should help me in the long run!

4. School - It is crazy to think that in one semester I will be a senior in college! College has been going by so fast, but I have been learning so much. I am so lucky and thankful I have the opportunity to educate myself and learn as much as I can.

5. My future - Because of school I was able to secure a really awesome internship this summer, which should lead into a full time position after I graduate. It is amazing to me that my life after college is actually almost set in stone, and I am so thankful I have the opportunity to grow my career directly after I graduate. :)

What are you thankful for? Comment down below, so we can create a long list of things that we are thankful for! :) Don't forget to also follow The Chic Cupcake!

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Love,
Jenna

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Tips and Tricks for Holiday Shopping!

Hey cupcakes! Black Friday is around the corner, which means it is time to start holiday shopping for your family and friends. :) In preparation, I thought I would share with you all my tips and tricks for acing your holiday shopping!

1. Start early! - Don't be that person who has to go out the week before Christmas to finish up your shopping. Not only will everything already be picked over, but you will have to deal with a whole crowd of people. The earlier you start, the better!

2. Decide if Black Friday is worth it - Black Friday is definitely for the intense holiday shopper, so if you don't want to go out shopping you might find it easier to just shop on Cyber Monday (or even Black Friday online sales).

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3. Set a budget before you go - It makes gift shopping way easier if you have a budget set before you hit the store! Plus, it allows you to actively know how much the holidays are going to set you back before you even spend the money... Just make sure to say in the budget!

4. Brainstorm - Again, before you even hit a store, brainstorm what you want to get everyone!!! I like to do this in the Notes app of my phone, and it makes you think about what the person likes before you have to aimlessly walk around the store. I find that this allows me to get more thoughtful gifts, so I would totally recommend.

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5. Make your cards - Cards are so expensive, and while there are alternatives like Paperless Post (see my post on this company here!), I LOVE to make cards for people myself. I have always been crafty and making my own cards allows me to add inside jokes, and more personalization to each card.

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6. Stick to trusted websites - If you have never used a certain website, it might be best to not buy a holiday gift on it. Use the sites you have used before and know get your gift to you on time! :)

What are your holiday shopping tips and tricks? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Jenna

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Storytime: Disappearing Spider Attack?!

Hey cupcakes! Today I am coming at you all with another hilarious storytime post (read my last storytime post here)! It seems like I always have interesting stories to share with you all, so let me know if you want me to continue writing posts like this! Let's get started...

Alright, so this story takes place after a long day of class and work (lol - basically all of my stories start like this). I made it back to my dorm and decided to call my mom since I hadn't talked to her for awhile. I was talking to her on the phone while putting away my backpack and when I turned around, I saw a HUGE spider on the wall above my bed.

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Now I'm usually not scared of spiders, but there was something about this one.... Its body was very large, which grossed me out because it would crunch when I killed it.

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I was like, "Mom, I will call you back. There's an urgent spider situation." I got a paper towel from my cupboard, went to kill it, AND IT FREAKING WENT BEHIND THE MOLDING OF MY CEILING.

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I was horrified (because this spider was honestly the largest I've ever seen). I RAN to get the vacuum on my floor....

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And started to try to suck the spider from the molding. However, I couldn't tell if I got it or not (because I couldn't see the top of my ceiling). Basically, that huge spider could still be my roommate.

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What is the scariest spider incident you have had? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post (or other hilarious stories)! :)

Love,
Jenna

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

How To Style: Anniversary Date Night

Hey cupcakes! Today is my boyfriend and I's four year anniversary! :D <3 He is visiting me at college for a few days, so I thought it would be fun to make a lookbook inspired by an anniversary date night. Enjoy!


Outfit 1 - To remind your partner how awesome (and hot) you are, rock a gorgeous bodycon dress! To go with the rocker vibe of this dress, I paired it with a leather jacket and some heels.

Outfit 2 - I originally had this cute baby pink skirt that I wanted to pair with a sweater, but then I found this sweater dress and fell in love! It is so cute and the subtle pink still fits the anniversary/love theme. Pair it with some ankle boots and some dainty jewelry - perfect!

Outfit 3 - For a traditional date night look, rock a Little Black Dress! Any cardigan or kimono would look great, and I love these flats to complete the look. :)

What do you wear on your anniversary date night? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Jenna

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Current Favorite Accessories to Stay Warm

Hey cupcakes! "Weather" we like it or not, the cold is here to stay (lol - did you like what I did there?). It has been freezing here, so I have had to bust out all of my hats, gloves, scarves, etc. in order to not freeze as I walk to class. I wanted to share my favorite accessories with you all, so let's get started!

1. Dinosaur Hat - Rue21

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I bought this hat last year after Christmas (it was on sale for $1!), and I love it. You can't get it anymore obviously, but I would recommend buying a really cute hat like this to stay warm.

2. Blanket Scarf - Charlotte Russe

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Blanket scarves are all the rage right now, and I have been loving mine! They are so huge and cozy, which allows you to ties them so many different ways. I think it is an essential for the winter! 

3. Text Gloves - Amazon 

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If you are a college student, I think it is a must to have gloves that allow you to text and use your smartphone. Whether you have to check your email as you walk to class or message in GroupMe about an upcoming group project, these gloves are awesome! Plus, they keep your hands super warm!

4. Cute Minnie Hat - Hot Topic


Cute hats are a must in the cold weather, and Hot Topic always has such cute ones! From Harry Potter to Disney to basically any fandom, they have a lot of cute (and cheap) designs! 

5. Flip Gloves - Target


Because you can never have enough gloves in the cold weather, I also suggest getting a pair of finger-less flip gloves! These are super cute mittens and are perfect if you will need to use your hands outside. :)

What are your favorite accessories to stay warm? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D 

Love,
Chilly Jenna

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Best Songs for the Fall/Winter Transition

Hey cupcakes! I haven't done a music post in quite some time, so I thought it would be fun to make a list of all my current favorite songs. These songs have been perfect for the fall into winter transition, so I hope you take a listen! :)

1. "Flicker" by Niall Horan


Niall has always been my favorite One Direction member, so I was actually super excited to listen to his new album. I think it so good! "Flicker" is one of my favs, so I would definitely listen to it!

2. "Love is Like a Match" by Imogen Brough



I came across this song when listening to the soundtrack for the Dance Academy movie (lol), and I think it is a great cold weather song! For some reason it reminds me sitting by the fireplace when it is snowing outside, which gives it such a cozy vibe.

3. "Out Loud" by Gabbie Hanna


This song doesn't really have to do with the seasonal transition, but Gabbie from The Gabbie Show on YouTube actually came out with a great song!

4. "Havana" by Camila Cabello and Young Thug


This song is quite a jam! It has a really good catchy track in the back, so it has been a go-to song for me if I need motivation :P

5. "Paper Houses" by Niall Horan


Lol - another Niall song (I told you his album was good)! This song reminds me of a winter day for some reason, and it has such a beautiful melody. Definitely check it out!

What are your favorite songs currently? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D

Love,
Jenna

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review: Paperless Post!

Hey cupcakes! I am such a big fan of writing my friends and family letters when I am at school, and as many of you know I have always enjoyed any type of art/craft project. In cooperation with Anagram Interactive, I wanted to review Paperless Post for you all!

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What is Paperless Post you ask? It is a website that allows you to send virtual cards that are totally customizable (and cheap!) to as many people as you'd like. The website includes so many different types of cards and invitations, from birthday to holiday to wedding! To send the cards, you have to purchase "coins", with a starting package of 20 coins for only $6 (or $0.30 per coin). This base price gets cheaper as you purchase the larger packages of coins!

While there are some free cards on the website, I wanted to walk through my experience customizing both a 1 coin and 2 coin card. Let's get started!

1 Coin: Holiday Card (check out the other holiday cards here!)

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The card customization works by first picking out the cover of the card. Then, you can add different features for extra coins. Because I wanted to keep the price of this one lower, I added a gold backdrop (1 coin), pineapple envelope liner (1 coin), and green envelope (1 coin) for a card total of 4 coins (which is $1.20). I think this card turned out super cute!!!! When you send the card, it automatically send it in an email to your recipient(s). The recipient can them open it, which sends you to a video of the card being opened - it is super cute!

What it looks like when you first get the email!

2 Coin Card: Birthday Card (check out the other birthday cards here!)


For this card, I added a confetti backdrop (1 coin), polka dot envelope liner (1 coin), tan envelope (1 coin), and birthday cake stamp (1 coin) for a total of 6 coins (or $1.80). One of the things I absolutely love about the website is its hilarious pop culture references in the sample text (I kept the text the same in this card to show you all!). From the ones I saw, they had references to Harry Potter, Great Gatsby, etc. What a great touch! 
Look at this cute design!!!!!!!


Overall Thoughts
I think this website is super cool! I cannot tell you how much fun it was to customize my cards, because there are just so many options! You can customize literally everything on the card (text size, font, color, etc.), and you can even add your own pictures. Plus, there are plently of amazing card designs to choose from, so you will definitely be able to find the perfect card for everyone. I think the idea of sending virtual cards is great because it reduces the amount of paper used, allows the recipient to keep the card forever on the computer, and is cheaper than most cards at any store (and you can customize it!!). Paperless Post also saves each card you send, so you can send the same card again or edit it for a new recipient. I definitely think doing invitations/holiday cards on this website would be fantastic, as all you have to do is put in emails and the cards will all be sent at once (you won't have to lick any nasty envelopes!). If you are looking for a great card website, I would recommend trying out Paperless Post! :)

What is your favorite way to send cards? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Jenna <3

*These cards were given to me for free through Paperless Post and Anagram Interactive but all opinions are my own!*

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Taste Testing Random Candy!

Hey cupcakes! Since Halloween was a few days ago, I thought I would do a fun post where I review some of the unique/interesting candy I tried during this holiday season. :) I am a big fan of sweets, so let's get right into it!

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Me after Halloween :P

1. Reese's Stuffed with Pieces


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I saw a commercial for these over the summer and had been dying to try it out... It seems like such an interesting choice! Honestly, I was kind of disappointed because the picture shows full Reeses Pieces on the interior, when really it was just flakes/ground up Pieces. It is pretty smart of the company to make this, as I assume the Reeses Pieces on the inside are just from rejected Pieces from the factory. The filling didn't change the flavor of the typical Reeses, it just added a crunch. I would eat it again, but I definitely wouldn't search it out over the normal Reeses.
Rating: 6/10

2. Caramel Apple Dum Dum

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I have always been a fan of Dum Dums! They are super tiny, so I love trying out different flavors (cuz you can't just eat one haha). I had never seen a caramel apple one before, and it was SO good! It tasted like the Sour Apple Dum Dum but then was mixed with a delicious taste of caramel (that reminded me almost of the Butterscotch Dum Dum). The flavor was definitely spot on, and I will eat it again!
Rating: 9.5/10

3. Dark Chocolate Kit Kat

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This really isn't very unique, but I had never tried (or even seen) a dark chocolate Kit Kat before! I thought it was super tasty! I have always liked dark chocolate better than milk chocolate, so I think the richer flavor really complements the crunch of the candy bar. Overall, I definitely prefer these over the original, so I would recommend trying them out! :D
Rating: 10/10

What was the most unique candy you tried this Halloween? Comment below and don't forget to hit that subscribe button to never miss a post here on The Chic Cupcake!

Love,
Jenna the Sweet Tooth

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

DIY: Rock Cacti Room Decor

Hey cupcakes! The colder weather is starting to set in, which means the leaves are almost gone and the weather is super gloomy... It is super important to have a little "green" in your life, so today I wanted to share with you all how to make your very own faux cactus! It is so easy, and such cute room decor.


What You Need:
-Some sort of terracotta pot (can be as small or large as you want!)
-Rocks
-Green and white paint
-Paintbrushes
-Dirt/smaller rocks
-Newspaper

What To Do:
1. To start making your faux cacti, you need to find some rocks that will fit inside your pot.

2. Lay out some newspaper on a flat surface, and start painting your rocks green (you can always vary the shades of green too to make it more realistic!).

3. Let the rocks dry.

4. Add details on the cacti in white paint. Let dry again.

5. To "plant" your cacti, fill the pot with small rocks/dirt/whatever you would like as the filler (you can also paint the pot if you want).

6. Stand up the rocks so that they look just like a cactus!

7. Display in your room and get rid of your cold weather blues. :)

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What is your favorite way to combat the cold weather gloom? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake on Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin' so that you'll never miss any of my posts! :D

Love,
Jenna <3

Monday, November 6, 2017

Recipes: What To Do with Leftover Halloween Candy!

Hey cupcakes! Now that Halloween is officially over (insert sad face here), you might have some extra candy lying around the house.... Instead of just eating it as is, you can always turn it into some delicious treats! Here are some easy recipes to transform that leftover candy into something magical :D

1. Trail Mix/Chex Mix

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If you have any kind of small snackable treats left (like M&Ms, Milk Duds, Reeses Pieces, etc.), throw them into some trail mix or chex mix! Such an easy way to spice it up and eat not just the candy. :P

2. Cupcake Toppers

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Making some post holiday treats for your friends or coworkers? Add extra candy as a tasty garnish on top! You can make the candy into a design or you can just add it right on top (the people eating it won't actually care which way haha).

3. Cookie Filler

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Making your best sugar cookies? Throw in some candy corn or other broken pieces of candy for a surprise when you bite inside!

4. Freeze It!

I know this sounds really lame, but freezing candy actually makes it last longer. Pop some of the leftovers into the freezer for some great chocolate snacks when you are PMSing a few months from now! :P

5. Regift It!

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Didn't give your friends or neighbors anything for the holiday? Package up some leftover candy in a cute bag and treat them (especially if they didn't get any candy).

What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Still Spirited Jenna

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Anxiety Journey Part 1: My Goals

Hey cupcakes! If you read my recent Goals for Junior Year post (read it here!), you will know that I want to find a way to manage my anxiety this year. I thought it would be interesting for you all to make a series of this, where I will be updating you all each month about how I am doing. Mental Health is super important, so I hope to bring awareness to anxiety and help any of you who may also be experiencing the same issues. For this month, I wanted to outline some of my goals in this process to start a baseline for the rest of the year. :)

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Goal #1 - Learn deep breathing/meditation

This year especially, I have been overthinking/getting anxious about certain things that result in my heart rate increasing. In order to combat this, I really would like to learn some deep breathing and meditation excerises. I have heard so many great things about meditation, so I hope it is beneficial to me! 

Goal #2 - Find the right smells

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This probably sounds really strange, but my anxiety is sometimes triggered by certain smells. To combat this, I am hoping to try to find an essential oil that I can rub on my wrist during times of high stress. The first oil I am going to try is the Lemon Essential Oil from Maple Holistics. I did a review of the Argan Oil from this brand (I LOVED it, so check out the review here!), so I have a good feeling that this Lemon Oil will help me with my anxiety. :)

Goal #3 - Find an artistic way to fight it

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I have always been really into arts and crafts, but when I am busy at school it seems like I can never tap into my creativity. To help with my anxiety this year, I want to set aside some time each week to draw, paint, color, journal, etc. I think it is so important to let your brain de-stress when you are anxious! 

Goal #4 - Keep you all updated! 

In order to raise awareness, I will be putting myself out there to update you all on my mental health. If you also struggle with anxiety, depression, etc., I encourage you to also find an outlet where you can impact others. <3 It is not only helpful for you (by allowing you to express what you are feeling, etc.), but you can help others too! 

Are you excited for this mental health journey? Comment below and don't forget to hit those subscribe buttons to never miss any of my update posts here on The Chic Cupcake! :) I love you all!

-Jenna

Thursday, November 2, 2017

How To Style: Fall Plaids

Hey cupcakes! One of my favorite looks for the fall-time is the plaid print. So many people (especially on my college campus) wear such cute outfits with plaid, so I thought I would make a fun lookbook of my three favorite ways to style plaid in the fall/winter season. Let's get started!


Outfit 1 - This outfit is the easiest of the three: plaid flannel, leggings, and boots! Super simple yet a perfect autumn look!

Outfit 2 - If you don't have a plaid shirt, I suggest finding a plaid scarf! They are so cute and easy to style; in this look, I paired a sweater with the scarf, jeans, and ankle boots. Viola!

Outfit 3 - This is probably my favorite way to wear plaid... As a "cardigan"! Wear some jeans, boots, and a long sleeve shirt and throw on the flannel on top (if you don't want to wear it all day, you can wear it around your waist for another cute look!).

How do you style your plaid? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D

Love,
Jenna
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