Friday, June 29, 2018

Movie Review: Incredibles 2

Release date: June 15th, 2018

Rating: PG

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Hey cupcakes! My boyfriend visited me last weekend, and we just HAD to go see Incredibles 2! :) I heard so many great things about it so how could we not? I remember watching the Incredibles when I was younger, so I had pretty high expectations going into the film....

Overall, I thought it was okay but nothing spectacular. The beginning was honestly pretty slow/boring, but I guess it kind of had to be since the first movie came out 14 years ago (we needed to catch up to the plot am I right?). Unlike most sequels, the plot was actually decent, and it did keep me on my toes, which I appreciated. I was all for the subtle jabs towards "it's a man's world" where Elastigirl got to be her super-self while Mr. Incredible was stuck at home. Girl power to the extreme!

The saving grace in this movie was definitely Jack Jack. All of the trailers promoted the film through him, and his comedic relief was well worth the sometimes boring plot.

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I thought it was hilarious that he had so many powers, and the fight scene with the raccoon was probably my favorite part of the whole movie. Even though it wasn't the best film (not even close to the original!), I would still recommend you see this movie just because of Jack Jack :P

What did you think of Incredibles 2? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post! :)

Love,
Jenna <3

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Summer Date Ideas Guide!

Hey cupcakes! The summertime is one of my favorite seasons for dating because there are so many fun adventures to do with your significant other. If you are like my boyfriend and I, you sometimes get stuck doing the same things.... SO, I hope this guide gives you some inspiration to change it up and have an amazing summer of dates! :)

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1. Find Facebook events - I know this isn't a date idea in particular, but searching on Facebook events by location is an awesome way to find random things to do! You can also filter the search by topic/activity, so it is an essential when looking for fun dates :)

2. Attend a festival of sorts- There are so many types of festivals from music to sustainability themed, so hit up local festivals in your area... This is definitely a unique experience as all festivals have a different vibe.

3. Seek out a local theater production - Even if the production isn't top quality, some local theater companies actually produce amazing performances! I totally recommend hitting up any community theater as it is way cheaper than Broadway.

4. Embrace the weather and hike - Getting in tune with nature will allow you to connect with your significant other on a deeper level :)

5. Hit up the zoo! - What is better than animals? ;)

6. Go on a thrift store/yard sale scavenger hunt - Set a price limit (like $10-20) see who can find the best items for the budget! You could even limit it to a category (like apartment decor) to take the stress out of shopping for something you need.

7. Find an open field and catch fireflies - You can even stay into the night to gaze at the stars!

8. Explore your city for the best ice cream place - Make it a series of dates and do it tournament style; may the best ice cream place win!

What are your favorite summer date ideas? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Jenna <3

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Look Inside an Intern's Closet: Must-Haves

Hey cupcakes! As many of you already know, I am currently interning for the summer. I thought it would be fun to share the absolute essentials for any intern to have in their closet, as I did a bunch of research before my start date to ensure I had the right items in my wardrobe. Let's jump right into it!

Tops:
Two neutral blouses - Having white, black, or gray blouses are perfect for an intern because they can be paired with basically anything.

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Two colored blouses - If you have a lot of black or navy bottoms, having a colorful blouse adds a trendy pop of color so you will still be in style :)

One long sleeve blouse - Even though it is the summer, offices can get pretty chilly when the AC is on. This enables you to also not wear a cardigan/blazer every day.

Two cardigans (varying colors) - Wearing a cardigan over a blouse is one of my go-to oufits on a rainy/colder day. Plus, I have a bunch of tank top blouses that I can wear if a cardigan covers me up (stay professional y'all!)

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One blazer - I have found that having one black blazer is all I really need, but you can purchase two or three if you like to wear them!

Bottoms:
One or two pencil skirts - I personally wear skirts most days because I'm not the biggest fan of dress pants, so having some pencil skirts in different colors (I suggest black and a color) is a must!

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Two pairs of dress pants (varying colors) - That being said, it is still important to have some dress pants in your intern closet.... Black and gray are my favs!

One pair of nice jeans - My office lets me wear dark wash jeans on Friday, so a unripped dark denim is essential!

Suits:
One complete suit set - I think this is just great to have in general... So definitely find a complete suit to invest some money in!

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Shoes:
One pair of black flats - Most of my bottoms are black, so I wear my black flats 75% of the time :P

One pair of nude flats - If you don't want to buy a bunch of flats to work with all your clothes, I suggest nude ones. Less of a monetary burden and still super cute!

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One pair of heels - I'm a flats girl, but it is still important to have a pair of heels around in case of a presentation/important event.

What is/was in your intern closet? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :)

UPDATE: Instead of posting every other day, I have decided to switch to posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. :D I hope you enjoy this more consistent schedule!

Love,
Jenna the Intern

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Setting Up a New Planner 101

Hey cupcakes! After a year and a half of bullet journaling, it was time for me to switch back into a regular planner. While bullet journaling was super fun for me (read Bullet Journaling 101 if you need ideas!), I got so busy the last couple of months which have led to some really bland and sad spreads. To give myself more time to still be creative without having to make spreads from scratch, I think a planner is perfect for me right now. :) I purchased this cute planner from Target for only $9!


It runs from June 25th, 2018 to June 30th, 2019, so I thought I would write a fun post today sharing with you all how I got my planner set-up to use (as I switch from using my bullet journal in only two days!) :) Let's get started!

1. Create a cover - I picked this planner because it was the same exact size as my bullet journal, and you can create your own cover for it! While the scalloped design is pretty cute, I thought it would be super fun to change out the cover with the season. This will ensure my planner is still unique! Here is my current summer cover... It kind of looks like it's in memory of the lemon so I might have to make a new one haha.


2. Fill out info. and contacts pages - It is important to have a phone number or email in your planner just in case you lose it :) I also like to have the addresses and phone numbers of the people closest to me in it (parents, siblings, boyfriend, grandparents, etc.) for whenever I am mailing them something. Most planners usually have pages for these things.

3. Mark all important birthdays! - I had a page specifically for a list of all birthdays in my bullet journal, so this was super easy for me. I like to mark birthdays in the monthly calendars with words, and then also in the weekly spreads with cake stickers. With this method I never forget any b-days!

4. Add stickers for holidays - Holidays in planners are usually marked already, but I like to add stickers on the monthly and weekly spreads to make them a little more exciting.


5. Go through old bullet journal/planner and add anything already planned - I feel like this is a pretty obvious way to set up a new planner... :P But I like to add my work schedule and any other appointments in the monthly spread.

6. In weekly spread, mark all recurring things in first month of planner (in this case July) - I do this at the end of each month for the upcoming month to ensure I don't forget something that typically always happens. For me, these include: "go to church","post on blog", and "shave legs" (haha - does anyone else plan out their shaving schedule?)

7. Also in the weekly spread, add any other to-dos for the first week or two - Since my planner starts in two days, I went ahead and figured out what I need to do the first week and added any to-dos

What a weekly spread looks like in my planner!
8. Sticker-fy the first monthly spread! - Nothing beats starting out a planner with a cute monthly spread! I love adding quotes, stickers, and doodles to mine... For July, I kept it pretty simple with some 4th of July themed stickers :)


What else do you do to set up your new planners? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another planner post!

Love,
Jenna

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What's On My LUSH Wishlist

Hey cupcakes! In my quest to start living more lower-waste, I had to evaluate my beauty routine. There are so many products in my stash that result in a bunch of plastic containers... Not really sustainable in the long term. When these products run out, I plan on switching them with other options. LUSH offers a bunch of great alternatives with either recycled containers, metal tins, or no packaging at all... That's right; there is more to LUSH than bath bombs! ;) Here is what I have been dying to try from their brand!

1. Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar ($10.95)

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I think the idea of a shampoo bar is genius. While my hair tends to get a lot of build up on it, I really want to try a shampoo bar instead of my Tea Tree shampoo. To ensure it lasts as long as possible, you can purchase tins from LUSH (or other retailers).

2. Tea Tree Toner Tab ($1.95)

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My skin has never been that great, so I have always wanted to try a toner tab from LUSH. I feel like it would be so refreshing for my skin, and the natural products would not irritate my sensitive skin. :)

3. Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder ($9.95)

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Toothpaste is one of the products that is hard to find in a lower-waste way. I've seen some interesting products like this tooth powder, but I might have to just settle for an all-natural brand like Tom's From Maine.

4. Raspberry Milkshake Soap ($9.95)

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If you use body wash, switch to bar soap! Such a more sustainable option (and honestly it looks so much nicer in the shower without annoying brightly colored plastic bottles!).

5. Eyes Right Mascara ($14.95)

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Makeup has so many chemicals in it, which is super super scary. I have reduced my everyday makeup routine to only include mascara, concealer, and powder to try to minimize my exposure. But, LUSH offers a full face of makeup that is free from all bad things! So, I definitely want to try their mascara.

6. Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder ($14.95)

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Going along with the mascara, I would love to try out their powder to see if it makes my skin less irritated to other powders I have used in the past.

7. Aromaco Deodorant ($6.95)

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Did you know that most deodorants contain aluminum in them (which is bad for you)? There are a bunch of natural/organic deodorants out there, but this aromaco bar sounds like a really fun adventure! :)

What is on your current LUSH wishlist? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Top 10 Thrift Shopping Tips & Tricks

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day :) In trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I have been thrift shopping quite a bit recently. There are so many awesome items I have found, so if you all want to see a thrift haul just let me know! To help any of you would might be interested in giving thrift shopping a try, here are my top ten tips!

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1. Don't fall for any stereotypes about thrift shopping - I have heard so many things about thrift stores from "they are dirty" to "you are taking away from the poor"... None of these are completely true. I feel like there are so many stigmas about thrift shopping, when really all you should do is give it a try before judging those who do.

2. Go early and often (at the beginning of the week) - New donations usually come in during the weekends after yard sales are over, people have spent free time sorting, etc. The earlier in the week you can get to the thrift store, the better the finds! Plus, try to shop early in the day too (aka close to when it opens).

3. Figure out sale days and promotions - Thrift stores usually have great prices, but sale days/promotions make those deals even greater!

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4. DIG - You won't find the best items if you don't spend time doing lots of sifting through racks of clothes. Look through ALL racks - sizes don't mean as much (things could be stretched out or shrunk) and things can be misplaced in the wrong sections.

5. Don't go in with an item in mind - You will usually be disappointed. Go in with an open mind and you will feel even happier when you find something totally unique!

6. Only buy what you need - Sure the thrift store has great prices, but do you really need the 20 items in your cart? While thrift stores are sustainable, try to only purchase what you really need to save on waste later down the road. :)

7. Thoroughly look over the item - To avoid buying a defective object, make sure to look at the possible purchases in depth! For clothes, look for snags, rips, and worn seams (in areas like under the arms and near the crotch). For hoome decor or applicances, make sure all the pieces are included!

8. Look at items with a DIY mindset - This especially holds true for wall decor and furniture. Turn your apartment into exactly what you envision by doing some DIY transformations.

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9. Have a separate reusable bag for thrift stores - Using reusable bags isn't just for the grocery store! I suggest having a separate reusable bag that is set aside for thrift shopping... Some clothes can be dirty, so you wouldn't want to put fruit in the same bag.

10. Wash items right away - While some thrift stores wash all their clothes before putting them on the rack (or the people who donated them wash them before donating), it is still important to wash all clothes bought at ANY store. I usually thrift shop on laundry day, so I can just pop in the laundry as soon as I get home.

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

Love,
Thrifty Jenna <3

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Recipe: The BEST Vanilla Cake & Chocolate Frosting

Hey cupcakes! My dad's birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it would be fun to bake him a cake from scratch. I have always thought that homemade cakes taste better than the stuff from boxes, and it makes me happy to know that it has no preservatives or other crap in it. Also, THIS CAKE WAS THE MOST DELICIOUS CAKE EVER. Like EVER. I just had to share the recipe for both the vanilla cake and homemade chocolate frosting with you all :)

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Vanilla Cake

What You Need:
-1/2 cup butter
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 cups flour
-1 tbsp baking powder
-3 eggs
-1 cup milk

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pans (with butter and flour or PAM). Set aside.
2. Beat together butter and sugar in a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) until light and fluffy.
3. Add vanilla extract and eggs one at a time until they are fully incorporated.
4. Mix in baking powder. Slowly add the flour, beating until mixed.
5. Add milk and mix until there are no lumps left.
6. Add batter to pans and bake for 35-40 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).
7. Let cool for a bit, remove from pans, and let cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting


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What You Need:
-1/3 cup butter
-2/3 cup cocoa powder
-2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
-1/3 cup milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:
1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the cocoa and stir until the mixture is smooth and thick (it smells like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory at this point haha).
2. Remove pan from heat and put mixture into a medium bowl. Let cool slightly.
3. Add the milk and vanilla alternatively with the powdered sugar and beat with a whisk until you have the frosting consistency you desire.
4. Spread on cake!
5. Eat and enjoy this amazing dessert :)

What is your favorite type of cake? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another awesome recipe!

Love,
Jenna the Baker

Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Review: Plastic Free by Beth Terry

Hey cupcakes! If you have been following The Chic Cupcake for some time now (which you really should be if you aren't haha), you will know that I am on a journey to live a lower-waste lifestyle. :) After reading and reviewing No Impact Man by Colin Beavan, I went to my local library and checked out a TON of books about zero waste living, sustainability, etc. One of the first books I picked up was Plastic Free by Beth Terry.

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Let's just say this book made me want to live a lower-waste lifestyle even more! Just like No Impact Man, the book has some pretty shocking information in it about how bad plastic is for us and the planet. Even though I didn't know a lot of this info before, I feel like I probably should have... However, Beth does an incredible job of explaining difficult concepts in an easy to understand way, using a lot of helpful charts and infographics to help readers "kick the plastic habit". It makes the book hard to put down once you get started! 

As well as being full of important information, the book is very relatable because Beth shares her own journey to living plastic free (and all of the failures she faced in her transition). Her blog, myplasticfreelife.com, is a wonderful place to find even more advice about how you can live a life with less plastic. It is another great resource that has a whole community of like-minded individuals. The idea of going zero/lower waste can seem scary (and hard to do) at first, so having a community like this can really help during the transition! 

Overall, I thought this book was a great wake up call about the dangers of plastic. You don't really think about all the plastics around you in your daily life, so I would definitely recommend reading this book! :) 

What books have you read recently? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! 

Love,
Sustainable Jenna <3

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How to Style: Graphic Tees

Hey cupcakes! When summer comes around, I always think about bright colors that radiate good vibes during the warmer weather. These vibrant shades can usually be found in cute graphic tees during the summer months, which makes them an outfit staple for my summer wardrobe. :) I wanted to make a post today sharing my favorite graphic tees at the moment, so let's get started!

1. Bring on the Sunshine (Forever 21, $11) - I love this tee because it is on the more subtle side (kinda gives off a vintage vibe)... But still screams summer to me! This would pair so well with dark denim (even black) shorts for a day at the beach!

2. Cherry Bomb (Shein, $10) - The "summer at the race track" vibes are strongggg with this shirt, and I think it is super cute! :) It would look absolutely stunning with a black skirt and gladiator sandals!

3. Coca Cola (Rue 21, $15) - Tie-dye shirts are always a summer classic, so I love how subtle the tie dye of this shirt is. Plus, the color is so perfect for a summer BBQ!

4. Fun in the Sun (Pacsun, $25) - This would be a perfect swimsuit cover-up top for a day at the beach :) Perfect graphic tee for the summer!

5. Sweet Like Honey (Nastygal, $30) - The sass of this shirt is unreal, but I totally love it! The phrase and color of this top makes it a perfect statement piece for a summer outfit :)

What are your favorite graphic tees at the moment? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D

Love,
Jenna <3

Monday, June 11, 2018

Are Promise Rings a Thing?

Hey cupcakes! For my birthday this year, my boyfriend got my a promise ring.

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Now it wasn't an unexpected gift or anything, as we went together to pick it out. We have been dating for 4.5 years and with only one year of undergrad and one year of masters left in my schooling, we had a long discussion about our future.

Now for those of you unaware, promise rings are meant to symbolize the long term committment that you will eventually get engaged and married, the timing just isn't right yet. In our long chat, we decided that we don't want to get married any time soon (I'm talking maybe 5 more years?). To us, it seems silly to waste a bunch of money on a wedding right after we graduate (cough cough student debt) and start our careers. Therefore, we settled on something that still means a lot to both of us instead of getting engaged in the near future.

I LOVE simple jewelry, so we picked out a white sapphire ring that is so pretty! 

Some people I know think promise rings aren't a thing. Some have said that promise rings were something high schoolers would give to each other during the early stages of dating. They don't see why we wouldn't just get an engagement ring and then wait to actually get married...

So I'm super curious. Do you think promise rings are an actual thing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!!!! :) Also, don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Love,
Jenna <3

Saturday, June 9, 2018

What To Pack: Studio Apartment

Hey cupcakes! I am currently in the process of packing to move into the apartment I will be staying at during my 8 week internship :) I lucked out and found a cheap studio apartment at a college in the area where my internship is, and I am so so SO excited for my first taste of living on my own. Here is my list of what I am packing (so far!):

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Kitchen
-Pots and pans
-Baking sheet
-Dishes (setting for 4: large plate, small plate, bowl)
-Random mugs
-Silverware (set for 4: fork, spoon, knifes)
-Knife set (1 chef knife, 1 serrated knife, 1 paring knife)
-Cooking utensils (whisk, wooden spoons, etc.)
-Can opener
-Dish towels
-Dish rags in place of paper towels (sustainable!)
-Cloth napkins (sustainable!)
-Dish soap
-Dish rack (gulp - no dishwasher)
-Pyrex mixing bowls
-Measuring cups
-Oven mitt
-Stainless steel colander
-Mason jars and lids for bulk food storage (sustainable!)
-Reusable produce bags and canvas bags (sustainable!)

Bathroom
-3 towel sets (towel, hand towel, wash cloth)
-Bath mat
-Hand soap
-Toilet paper
-Feminine products
-Makeup!
-Safety razor (sustainable!)
-Shampoo and conditioner
-Soap
-Hairbrushes and hairspray (also hair elastics)
-Deodorant

Bedroom
-Comforter
-2 sheet sets
-Throw blanket
-Pillows
-Clothes!
-Underbed shoe storage filled with shoes

Random
-Drying rack
-Laundry detergent
-Dryer balls (sustainable!)
-Laundry basket/hamper
-Chargers
-Laptop
-First aid kit
-Succulent :)

What did I miss? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! Plus, get excited for an APARTMENT TOUR after I'm all done moving in!!! :D

Love,
Jenna <3

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What I Eat in a Day: Summer Edition

Hey cupcakes! I see videos like this on YouTube all the time, and I thought it would be fun to share with you all what I eat in a day (in this case, what I ate yesterday). :) Now that it is summer, I get to cook for myself (which I loveeee!). I try to be as healthy as possible and when I move into my apartment for my internship in a few days, I hope to avoid as much packaging as possible (as part of living a lower-waste lifestyle). Let's get right into it!

Breakfast
Breakfast for me usually includes some sort of healthy cereal like Cheerios (as the sugary stuff is too sugary for the morning!). However, I opted for a banana with some peanut butter yesterday because they were the perfect ripeness for me! :) To top it off I ate two delicious Timbits from Tim Hortons. 

Lunch
My lunch is normally a sandwich or wrap, but my pantry was out of both tortilla wraps and bread... So I made myself some scrambled eggs for lunch! To add some "health" to my eggs, I like to cut up leftover vegetables from my fridge (in this case, carrots). Some hummus, chips, and a Cutie made this the perfect lunch.

Snack
My stomach is pretty small, so I tend to eat a bunch of small things multiple times a day instead of having 3 traditional meals. For snack, I ate this adorable cookie from a local bakery! :D

Dinner 1
Yum yum yummm! For my first dinner (lol - see, my tummy is too small), I ate some chicken parmesan, spaghetti squash, and a dinner roll. Don't worry that it looks like no food - I ate a whole other piece of chicken (sustainable tip: serve yourself small portions and eat everything before getting seconds. This reduces food waste!).

Dinner 2 (not pictured)
I enjoy eating cereal while I watch TV an hour or so before I go to bed, so yesterday I ate a big bowl of Cherrios :) Yum!

What do you eat on a typical summer day? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Love,
Hungry Jenna <3

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Quick & Easy Summer Hairstyles!

Hey cupcakes! To prepare myself for the hotter summer months, I recently got a haircut... And I'm talking like 6 inches. :) My hair now is at my collarbone when it used to fall just below my boobs; I absolutely love my new shorter hair! My lovely locks get tangly in a matter of seconds, so shorter hair has allowed me to really branch out in terms of hairstyles (something I have never really done before!). I wanted to share some quick and easy hairstyles that I have been wearing often, so let's jump right into it!

1. Half Up, Half Down Space/"Mini" Bun

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A space bun with longer hair just never worked out for me, so I was super excited to rock this style! All you have to do is put up half of your hair into a ponytail and then turn it into a bun (either at the top of your head or behind your head like in this picture)... I only have to secure my bun with one bobby pin, and it will stay in place all day! Keep the rest of your hair natural or style with a curler, etc.

2. Braided Bang

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When I part my hair to the side (which I often do when I wear it natural), some pieces in the front are shorter layers. To keep them out of my eyes all day, I like to make a small braid and pin it behind my ear. If you are more talented than me in the hair department, a french braid would look even cuter!

3. Beach Waves

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I am lucky enough to have naturally wavy hair, and beach waves are always a trendy look for the summer :) There are a bunch of products out there that can help you achieve this look (salt sprays, etc.), but you can also sleep in a bunch of mini braids for an effortless style the next morning!

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

Love,
Jenna

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Shaving with a Safety Razor 101

Hey cupcakes! If you read my Living a Lower-Waste Lifestyle 101 post, you will know that I am on a journey to become sustainable in my daily life. :) One easy step I took was to switch from using disposable plastic razors to a metal safety razor instead! I have LOVED this razor so far (such a better shave!), so I wanted to share my tips and tricks for making the switch too; let's get started!


Pre-Shaving
The first thing you have to do is purchase your razor! :) I bought this Weishi razor from Amazon for only $16, and it came with 5 razor blades. The blades themselves with last multiple months if you take care of them, but you can buy 100 Astra blades for only $11 as a replacement! So basically you only spend $27 for decades of shaving - bargain!!!

When you get your razor, open the package and wash the razor before using. If you are especially worried about germs, you can also wipe it down with rubbing alcohol! Each blade is individually wrapped with wax to avoid accidental cutting, so carefully remove from packaging and hold on the short ends (this will ensure you avoid the actual blade part). Again, wash the blade itself and sanitize if you want.

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To assemble the razor, read the directions of your specific blade. The Weishi razor I bought just screws to open and close, so it is super easy! :) After assembly, you are all set to start shaving!

Shaving 101
To set up for shaving, I suggest getting a bowl/cup and filling it with water. Instead of running the water while you shave, this will conserve water but still allow you to unclog the hair on your razor. Wet whatever area you are shaving and lather up with soap - time to start shaving!

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To shave your legs, shave up like you would with any other razor. Do NOT apply a lot of pressure when using a safety razor - you will cut yourself if you do so!! If you are shaving your armpits, shave down like usual (or even sideways if your hair grows that way). Dip your blade in your bowl (or rinse it) every so often to get ride of hair build up. And that is basically it! :) Shaving with a safety razor is just like any other shaving, but just go slow the first time until you get the hang of it!

*If you are still nervous about it, YouTube has tonssss of videos with more tips too!*  

Post-Shaving
Rinse off any soap residue and dry off your body - admire how smooth your legs are! ;) Take the blade out (taking care to hold on the short edges) and wash both the razor and the blade to remove any hair or soap. Dry with a towel COMPLETELY (this will prevent rust and allow the razor to last as long as possible - yay!). Store razor in a dry place NOT in the shower (again for the rust). Don't forget to moisturize to keep your legs smooth! :) Ta-da; you just successfully shaved with a safety razor!

Will you make the switch to a safety razor? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Love,
Sustainable Jenna <3

Friday, June 1, 2018

DIY: Watermelon Serving Tray

Hey cupcakes! To kick off June, I wanted to share this adorable summer craft I saw on Pinterest the other day. :) This serving tray would be perfect for any backyard BBQ, and it is actually very simple to make!

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What You Need:
-Wooden circle (can be found in the wood aisle of any craft store)
-Paint (if you want to make a watermelon you will need pink/red, green, and black. However, depending on what fruit you want to make you might need other colors!)
-Paintbrushes
-Varnish (to keep paint from chipping off)
-Two door handles (can be found at dollar stores and hardwares stores)
-Strong glue

What To Do:
1. Paint the fruit onto the wooden circle! I think the watermelon design is super cute and simple, but you could also do a lemon, lime, etc.
2. If you use multiple paint colors, make sure to let the layers dry before starting with a new color. Let dry completely.
3. Paint on a layer of glossy varnish to keep the paint sealed and protected :)
4. Figure out where you want the handles to be. If you want to be precise, you can even measure with a ruler to make sure the handles are completely even.
5. Glue the handles in place. Let dry.
6. Use the serving tray as decor or to actually serve some summer snacks; enjoy! 

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Love,
Fruity Jenna <3
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