Thursday, March 29, 2018

#TBT: My Fav. TV Shows Growing Up!

Hey cupcakes! Happy Throwback Thursday ;) To celebrate the "throwback", I decided to share with you all my favorite TV shows growing up! Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed some of these same shows too :D

1. That's So Raven - This was an amazing show; I can totally remember counting down the days until the next new episode :) Raven was hilarious, and it was just a great "feel good" show that I watched all the time growing up.

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2. Suite Life of Zack and Cody - While I didn't watch this show as much as That's So Raven, I still enjoyed it! I think the whole plot of twins living in a hotel is wild, but it totally worked some how :P

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3. Zoey 101 - This show made me lowkey obsessed with going to boarding school (which I never actually got to do), and I still think Chase and Zoey are quite the cute couple. Whenever I am super stressed, watching an episode of Zoey 101 will still make me laugh :)

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4. H2O: Just Add Water - This Australian TV show was AMAZING (I'm pretty sure they recently made an offshoot of this on Netflix)! I loved all of the cute couples in the plotline and, of course, mermaid teens are just super interesting for a TV show (lol). I also really liked this because of how long filming must have taken for all of the swimming shots... high quality stuff! ;)

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5. Dance Academy - Another Australian show, which also took place at a boarding school :P I loved how they actually danced in this show, and it made the series relatable to me (as I danced growing up). There were also some really great plot twists in this show (aka SAMMY WHY?!)....

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What shows did you love growing up? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D

Love,
Jenna <3

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How to Style: Easter Pastels

Hey cupcakes! Easter is almost here... which means spring is finally here! :D In the spirit of this holiday, I made a cute collage showing you all how to style your spring pastels. Enjoy!


1. Pink - I think this dress is super cute, and I love how chic this look is! The pink/tan jacket is perfect for a windy spring day :)

2. Yellow - I am in LOVE with this outfit! Spring is the perfect time to bust out some adorable skirts, and I love how cheerful this look is.

3. Blue - This outfit is super trendy - I love the shoes!

How do you style your spring pastels? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna

Sunday, March 25, 2018

My Food Bucket List - Where I Wanna Eat!

Hey cupcakes! I am a huge fan of trying new things to eat, so I (of course!) have a food bucket list of foods I want to try and restaurants I want to eat at :D I thought I would share some of these places with you all today to try and inspire you all to try some new foods too! Let's jump right into it!

1. The Mercantile - If you didn't get this from my Pioneer Woman post last year, I think Ree Drummond is pretty cool! Her Mercantile looks like an amazing place to eat, so I definitely want to eat there some day!

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2. DO, Cookie Dough Confections - This place sells legit cookie dough like ice cream, and I'm so intrigued by it! While I think I'd get sick of the sugar really fast, I still think it would be a fun place to check out whenever I'm in the Big Apple next.

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3. MAC'D - This place in San Fran lets you eat custom mac n' cheese! :O I'm a big fan of Mac n' Cheese, so I'm sure I would love this.

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4. Caviar - I feel like this is a food I should try at least once in my life... I probably won't like it but I wanna know what it tastes like!

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5. Doritos Locos Taco - Lol this is super random, but I really want to try this (and they don't have a Taco Bell on my campus)! :P

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6. Poutine - I have always wanted to try poutine, so I need to travel to Canada real soon (because I want to try the real deal poutine haha). The concept of gravy and cheese curds on french fries sounds kinda extra, but it might be amazing!

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What is on your food bucket list??? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D

Love,
Hungry Jenna

Friday, March 23, 2018

My Skincare Routine - What Cleared My Skin

Hey cupcakes! I am just going to put this out there: I have never been blessed with clear skin. This year, my skin seemed like it went back to middle school for awhile, and I had to reevaluate my skincare routine to find the products that keep my skin as clear as possible (except for those annoying zits that pop up every once in awhile). I wanted to share the products I use with you all today, so hopefully they can help any of you who also struggle with bad skin. :)

1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash - I find this facial cleanser really gentle on my skin, and I have been using it for years! :) All the way back in middle school I used the Pink Grapefruti wash, but I realized that you basically pay extra for the color and scent... So I'd recommend this one! I use this in the morning to wash my face and then at night when I shower.

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2. Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Spot Gel - If I can feel that I have a huge hormonal zit coming, I can put this on and it honestly makes it go away really fast! I have also found that it doesn't dry out my skin (because it has a lower percentage of salcyclic acid in it). I usually will put this on after I wash my face or shower when necessary.

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3. Aveda Outer Peace Blemish Relief Pads - THESE ARE A GOD SENT! The pads are quite big, so I have found that cutting them into quarters is the perfect amount to cover basically my whole face. I use them after I shower, and I love them! They make my skin feel so good (you can honestly feel it working in your pores), and it doesn't over dry your skin at all because the product is all-natural. 10/10 would recommend :D

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4. Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder - Lol I promise I'm not sponsored by Neutrogena... I think my skin took its nose dive this year because the powder I used to use (NYC Translucent Powder) got discontinued, and I switched to a new powder that my skin did NOT like. After doing some research into the best powders that don't clog your pores, I decided to try this one out! I really like it, it doesn't make my skin feel cakey or clogged. It isn't the best coverage (which I personally prefer because I'm more into natural looks), so I probably wouldn't recommend if you are looking for better coverage. 

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What is your skincare routine? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D 

Love,
Jenna <3

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DIY: HUGE Paper Flowers

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day :D I have lowkey been OBSESSED with making paper flowers for my wall recently, so I thought I would share this easy DIY with you all (especially with spring on the way). I think it is a super cute way to add decor to your wall (without spending any money!), so let's get started!



What You Need:
-Paper (duh): the amount you need will depend on how big/small you make your flower, so I would have plenty of th e color(s) you want! You can either use colored paper or white paper that you color!
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-Petal template (optional but makes the proceess way easier)
-Pencil
-Tape

What To Do:
1. Figure out how large you want your flower to be. If you want, make a template for the large petal and small petal.
2. Trace each template (or free hand) to make 6-8 large petals and 6-8 small petals. Make them as equal as possible!
3. Cut out a larger circle for the base/back of the flower and a smaller circle for the inside of the flower.
4. Cut a slit up the bottom of each petal.
5. Roll the petal over the pencil to make the end rounded :)
6. Starting with the large petals, cross the ends to make an X with the slit and tape to the base. Repeat this until all the large petals are in place.
7. Repeat step 6 with the small petals until all the petals have been taped to the base.
8. Tape the inner circle and you are good to go!


I have 7 huge paper flowers on my wall right now, and I have plans to make some even larger ones over the summer to decorate my apartment. :) There are so many designs you can make, so definitely check out Pinterest for more inspiration!



Do you like paper flowers as room decor? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a DIY! :D

Love,
Crafty Jenna

Monday, March 19, 2018

Women Who Inspire Me


Hey cupcakes! In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought I would make a post today writing about some of my favorite women from history. There are so many amazing women from history, so this list barely scratches the surface… Let me know which women you would add to the list in the comments!


Hatshepsut - I have loved Ancient Egyptian history my whole life, and I have always admired the fact that women in Ancient Egypt had actual power (and could even rule as pharaoh)! Hatshepsut had the longest reign out of all the other female pharaohs, and she definitely accomplished a lot. I read a book a while ago about the hunt for her mummy, so check out my post about it if you are interested!

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Julie Andrews - I think she is a QUEEN (even though she doesn’t actually rule the small country of Genovia). She is such an inspiration to me, and she acts in some of my favorite movies

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Enheduanna - Even though no one usually knows about her, she was the first poet in history! I find it amazing that she was a female, who had extreme power as early as the 23rd century BCE. Girl power for sure!

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Margaret Hamilton - She led the team that developed the software of the Apollo missions. Basically, Apollo 11 would have never made it to the moon without her work (so if you want to go into a STEM field she is an amazing inspiration)!

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Mary Read and Anne Bonny - Um, women pirate are awesome :D I love how they were able to gain power (and fear from men) when women didn’t have many rights.

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Susan B. Anthony - It still blows my mind that women couldn’t vote until 1920… And Susan B. Anthony had a huge role in changing this for all women!

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Sarah Breedlove (aka Madame CJ Walker) - The first female self-made millionaire in history (who made her fortune when African Americans were still slaves!). Her story amazed me when I heard about it in one of my business classes, so I would recommend checking it out. :)


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Who would you add to this list? Comment below and don’t forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! <3


Love,
Jenna

P.S. You are amazing - so go change the world! <3

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Fun Things to Do on St. Patrick's Day

Hey cupcakes! HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!! :D

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If you are still searching for something fun to do today, I have created a super fun list of things to do to celebrate this Irish holiday! Enjoy!

1. Leave some leprechaun fun around your house (dye your milk green, leave little pranks around, etc.)! 

2. Go to the grocery store and find the weirdest beer to try (or non-alcoholic drink)

3. Wear an outfit completely GREEN!

4. Try to cook an Irish dinner as authentic as possible

5. ^^^ and have a cooking competition with friends too! 

6. Paint your nails green to celebrate (and try some nail art)

7. GO OUTSIDE UNTIL YOU CAN FIND A FOUR LEAF CLOVER

8. Read some St. Patrick's Day books you used to read as a child

9. Watch The Luck of the Irish (yes, the Disney channel classic film lol)

10. Bake shamrock cookies!

11. Go to a parade

12. Visit a museum to learn about the Irish people

13. Take a DNA test to see if you have any Irish in you :)

14. LEARN HOW TO IRISH JIG

15. ^^^ and have a competition with your friends ;)

16. Play poker (or any game) with gold chocolate coins! 

17. Find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow <3

What will you be doing from this list??? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post from ME! ;)

Love,
Lucky Jenna

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ways to Go Green For St. Patty's Day!

Hey cupcakes! Because "green" is in season right now, I wanted to share with you all a few ways you can go green for St. Patrick's Day! :) There is a never a better time to show your love for planet Earth am I right?

1. Use local foods for your St. Patrick's Day meal - Not only will the food be extra tasty because it was grown with love, it will be free from nasty preservatives! If you have a local bar that sells its own beer, skip on the packaged kind and support your local restaurants :)

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2. Don't buy any plastic decorations - There are tons of plastic beads, hats, etc. that you can buy to celebrate, but I challenge you to make your own decorations to skip on the plastics!

3. If you are going out for the night (or to a parade), use a greener method to get there - This could be a car pool, bike, etc. :D

4. Plant something green in your backyard! - I would recommend some shamrock if you are trying to stick with the holiday ;)

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5. Take the money you would spend when going out and donate it - Plan a night in with your family or closest friends, and have everyone decide on the perfect charity to donate to!

6. If you have a party, recycle all the bottles! - Or, volunteer around your neighborhood to collect bottles from other people's parties. Hooray for recycling!

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What are you planning on doing for St. Patrick's Day? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Jenna

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How To Style: GREEN

Hey cupcakes! St. Patrick's Day is almost here, so I wanted to throw together a fun collage showing you all how to style some green in preparation ;) Let's get started!


Outfit 1 - If you want to rock your green in a subtle way, sweaters are perfect! I am a big fan of jade green clothes, so I think this outfit is super cute (and a great way to get your Irish on!).

Outfit 2 - Make green your "pop of color"! I think these heels are gorgeous, and I would totally hit the town on St. Patrick's Day wearing this!

Outfit 3 - Try a classic look: jeans, kicks, a green top (or a top with green in it!), and a varsity jacket. You could even wear a St. Patty's Day tee with this outfit, and it would look super cute. :)

How do you like to rock green? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Lucky Jenna

Sunday, March 11, 2018

My Favorite Planners!

Hey cupcakes! Some of you may know that I have been bullet journaling this year (check out my Bullet Journaling 101 post if you haven't already!).... My bullet journal is almost full, so I have been doing a lot of research on what new planner to buy. I thought I would share my favorites with you all, in hopes to inspire you all to stay organized! :)

1. The Simple Elephant - Amazon ($19.99)

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This will most likely be the planner I purchase for next year, because it is perfect for basically anyone! I am a big fan of horizontal weekly layouts, and I also love how this isn't dated (so you can start and end whenever you want!). I'm not sure if I'm sold on the color yet, but I would definitely recommend this planner for someone who wants to start journaling in a planner. :)

2. Passion Planner - Amazon ($25.00)

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If you are looking for a planner with much more reflection/goal setting, this planner is for you! There are vertical weekly spreads (meh for me), and plenty of places to write!! There are also multiple color choices, so this is definitely a great one for those looking for a little more guidance through the planning process.

3. LifePlanner - Erin Condren (~$40-50)

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The Erin Condren planners basically started the trend of journaling and plannering, so they are always a good option to consider! These LifePlanner can be fully customized from choosing vertical/horizontal layouts, colors, etc. I personally am not a fan of the wire binding, but I think these planners rock overall! While it is more expensive, you will get an amazing product that is worth your money. :)

4. The Happy Planner - me & my Big Ideas (~$30-40)

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If you want to get uber creative, this planner is for you! You can find these at Michaels (and most other craft stores), and they are totally customizable from the binding, to added inserts, etc. While I personally don't have the time to decorate The Happy Planner, this planner is perfect for anyone looking to join the planner craze and go crazy with decoration!

5. Target Planners - Target (~$10-20)

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Honestly, Target has an amazing selection of planners! Before my bullet journal, I had a planner from Target that was so nice! If you don't want to make a huge investment but still want to get an awesome planner, definitely go check out Target! :D

What planner do you use? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :)

Love,
Organized Jenna <3

Friday, March 9, 2018

Storytime: Locking Out Drunks?!

Hey cupcakes! Saint Patrick's Day is coming up shortly, which means you might encounter some drunk people.... In the spirit of getting drunk/this holiday haha, I thought I'd share with you all a funny(ish) story that happened to me recently. Let's jump right into it!

So this story takes place on a typical Friday night at college. After a long day of work, class, homework, studying, etc. I thought it would be fun to hang out with a few of my friends. I trekked the 10 minute walk to their apartment, and we had a really great time hanging out. At about midnight I thought I best be heading home, and (of course!) it had started to snow at that point in time.

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Me every day it snows :P

I said my goodbyes, bundled up, and headed home. When I was about a block away from my dorm (an all-girls dorm remember), I noticed there was a group of about 7 guys just standing by the building's steps.

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As I walked closer, I could hear one of the guys reading the sign outside:

"... is an all-girls dorm built in....." The whole group was clearly drunk.

To avoid the riff raff, I went up the wheelchair ramp and got out my card to get in. Behind me I hear,

"Can you let me in, my girlfriend lives in the building..." said one of the boys (of course slurring his words haha).
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Being polite I declined and said that she must come get him, as we aren't allowed to let randos in the buildling. His reply: "What if I told you that you were my girlfriend?"

Me: 
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Also me: Opens door and slams it (so that it would lock)

I made sure the door was definitely locked and then I enjoyed the rest of my night haha. Pretty sure the drunks left, but make sure to stay safe out there everyone! <3

Have you ever encountered any drunk people? Comment below your own stories and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post again!

Love,
Jenna <3

Monday, March 5, 2018

My Current "To Read" List!

Hey cupcakes, I am backkkkk from Spring Break! I am sad that it is over, but I can't wait to get back into blogging... I came up with a huge list of posts to write with some of my free time :D Today, I wanted to share with you all what is on my "to read" list. I don't often have much time to read for fun at school, but I should have a lot of time this summer (because I have a whole month before my internship starts). :) Let's get started!

1. The TodHunter Moon series by Angie Sage - A couple of years ago I talked about the Septimus Heap series in my Favorite Books of All Time post, and Angie Sage wrote this offshoot series. Because I loved the original series so much, I feel like I probably would love these too! I know they are for a much younger audience, but I will definitely be reading them at some point :)

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2. The Chickenshit Club by Jesse Eisinger - My accounting professor recommended this book to my class, and it looks pretty interesting. It discusses how CEOs are not always punished for their wrongdoings (especially in banking), so it looks like an interesting read for anyone who likes business/law. 



3. Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna - I have never sat down and actually read a poetry book, and Gabbie's book sounds really good (Gabbie Hanna is known on YouTube as The Gabbie Show). A lot of YouTubers seem to write books about themselves, so I love that she published poetry she had written throughout her whole life. 

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4. Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar - A professor I had last semester recommended this book to my class, and it also sounds really interesting! I know not all of you are interested in business, but I personally love to read books about what is happening on Wall Street (or has happened in the past). Should be a good read! 


5. wild by Cheryl Strayed - They recently made this book into a movie (I believe with Reese Witherspoon), but I have always been a firm believer of reading the both before watching the film ;) This story just sounds so interesting, and I love books written by authors who have done something incredible. 

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 1) by [Strayed, Cheryl]

What books are currently on your "to read" list? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :)

Love,
Jenna 
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