Friday, August 31, 2018

Recipe: Easy Avocado Toast

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone is having a marvelous Friday and a great last day of August! To celebrate the end of yet another month of 2018, I thought I would share with you all one of my favorite lunch/dinner recipes. It is sooooo easy, but super tasty too; let's get started!

What You Need
-An avocado
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-Two pieces of bread
-One or two eggs
-Salt and pepper

What To Do:
1. Cut open the avocado - make sure to be careful with the knife! If you aren't sure how to cut open an avocado, reference this handy diagram:
2. Take all of the avocado out from the skin/peel and mash it in a bowl. This can easily be done with a fork or spoon.
3. Put your pieces of bread in the toaster.
4. As the bread is toasting, cook your eggs. I personally think that over-medium tastes the best with this recipe, but scrambled will work too!
5. Take your bread out of the toaster and spread it with the mashed avocado. Layer the egg(s) on top.
6. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy! YUM! :)

What is your favorite avocado toast recipe? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Jenna the Chef <3

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Movie Review: Wild Child

Release date: August 15th, 2008

Rating: PG-13

Hey cupcakes! My boyfriend and I were scrolling through Netflix the other day when we came across this film. It looked like a chick flick from the good old 2000s that neither of us had seen before, so we thought we would give it a go. I think it was a pretty good movie for this genre, so I figured I would share my thoughts with you all today! :)

First, Emma Roberts is such a great cliche "wild child". I have always been a fan of her acting (because face it, she has been in sooo many films!), and I think this character really allowed her to shine. The other actors also played their characters well, and the male lead (Alex Pettyfer) was super cute which made the sappy plot even better.

I also thought this movie was hilarious! Even my boyfriend cracked up at times, which is rare during a chick flick. Throughout the film he complained about it being "2000s cringy", but he refused to let me turn it off because the plot was actually a bit complex/interesting. It wasn't just your typical love story, which I appreciated. Also, the setting of a boarding school in England gave it Hogwarts vibes for sure (plus it definitely reminded me of my Catholic school days). :P

Overall, I would definitely recommend watching this movie if you are looking for some nostalgia and/or needing a good chick flick. :D

What is your favorite chick flick from the 2000's? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Monday, August 27, 2018

How to Style: Cuffed Jeans

Hey cupcakes! As the school year begins, I like to celebrate the fact that fall is just around the corner. :) I LOVE autumn, so I wanted to make a post today about one of my favorite fall trends: cuffed jeans! As the weather starts to turn cooler, this trend is so easy to pull off. Plus, you get to show off your cute shoes ;)

1. Traditional cuff - Throw on your favorite pair of jeans and cuff the bottoms twice. Pair with a cute puffer jacket/vest, your favorite long sleeve shirt, and some ballet flats.

2. The "Dressy" cuff - If you are wearing wedges or heels, try cuffing your jeans with just one larger cuff. This draws attention to your cute shoes! Pair with an adorable fall sweater, and you are all set!

3. Fall Bootie cuff - Ankle boots are so perfect for the fall, so why not wear them with cuffed jeans? If you really want to stand out, cuff your jeans once and then again (but only halfway).

How do you style cuffed jeans? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :)

Jenna <3

Friday, August 24, 2018

Yay or Nay: Solar Phone Charger?!

Hey cupcakes! As you all know, I am trying to live a lower waste lifestyle. When I started this journey back in May, I made a bunch of switches to more sustainable products. One of the things I was interested in trying was a solar phone charger, in order to cut back on the electricity needed to charge my iPhone. After purchasing this one from Ebay for only about $15, I thought I would share my thoughts on it with you all today!

Let's start with the pros of this product:
1. It is super easy to use - All you have to do is place in sunlight and the lights will illuminate as the device charges. Then, plug your phone in!

2. It does charge my phone - To charge your phone you can either place it in sun and plug in your phone to charge it real-time, or you can leave it in the sun to charge (and store the power) and then plug in your phone later on. It does work, which is always a plus!!! I have found that the fastest method is to place it in the sun and charge real-time. :)

Now the cons of this charger:
1. It is pretty bulky - The device itself is larger than my iPhone, so it is definitely a hassle to carry around.

2. It takes awhile to charge - I have found that direct sunlight outside is the fastest way to charge this device. BUT, it will still take like 4-6 hours in direct sun....

3. It drains quickly - While the sun takes many hours to fill up the power, my phone will drain it in only one charge...

Final Verdict
While the idea of this charger is awesome, I don't think it is feasible to use every day. However, it would be perfect for outdoor activities (hiking, camping, etc.) where you would not be using your phone much in the first place. As for me, I will just be using it as an add-on to electric charging (which isn't all bad as I will still be saving on some electricity).

Would you ever get a solar phone charger? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Sustainable Jenna <3

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

How to Prepare Yourself for the School Year

Hey cupcakes! Whether we like it or not, the school year is almost here. :/ As the summer comes to a close, it definitely takes some preparing to get back into the swing of school. I thought I would share my tips with you all today to make this transition as easy as possible - let's get right into it!

1. Make sure your room is clean before school starts - Going into the next semester with an organized room will allow you to focus on your academics!

2. Buy the right school supplies - Be prepared for the first day of class; have a notebook and folder for each course (color coded is also a plus!)

3. Set some academic goals - These don't have to be too crazy, but try to set goals that will motivate you throughout the semester!

4. Plan something to look forward to - Semesters can get long (and burn-out is real!), so try to plan something fun during a break/holiday. This could be a fun show, a trip with friends, or even just a planned shopping spree. :)

5. Print all your syllabi - At least scan through them before class to get an idea on what you will be learning!

6. Put all important dates in a planner/phone calendar - This includes tests, quizzes, homework due dates, etc. Having these at the start of the school year will keep you more organized as it gets busier.

7. Drink lots of water! - Staying hydrated will ensure that you are at your best :)

8. Try to eat healthy foods - Sicknesses tend to spread like crazy at the start of the school year... Eating healthy foods and drinking water will (hopefully) prevent you from getting ill!

What do you do to prepare yourself for the school year? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Monday, August 20, 2018

My Enamel Pin Wishlist!

Hey cupcakes! So sorry I didn't post on Friday - my family went camping for a couple of days, so I wanted to give myself a little break since it is the end of the summer. :) Ever since enamel pins became trendy a couple of years ago, I have slowly been growing my collection... I thought it would be fun to share what pins I would like to purchase in the near future with you all today. Let's get started!

My Wishlist
1. Healing Flower Pin (Etsy, $9) - As many of you know, Tangled is one of my favorite movies. This pin is super cute because it is very subtle reference to the film. Plus, I love the colors of it!

2. Dinosaur Pin (Amazon, $10) - This pin is soooo cute! I am a huge fan of dinosaurs, so this one would just look perfect on my denim jacket. :)

3. Henrietta the Hedgehog Pin (Clever Clove, $11) - The Clever Clove has a lot of amazing pin designs, but this one is one of my favs! I think it is so cute, and the hedgehog is just adorable.

4. Otter Pin (Clever Clove, $10) - Just like the hedgehog, this design is sooooo cute!! I love otters, so any pin with them on it is basically on my wishlist haha.

5. Feminist Pin (Etsy, $12) - I have a bunch of feminist pins on my wishlist, but this is one of my faves. I am super bitter about this issue, so I would definitely wear this pin with pride!

What pins do you have on your wishlist? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Beauty: AMAZING Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Hey cupcakes! If you have been reading The Chic Cupcake for some time now (which you totally should be haha), you will know that I have always struggled with my skin. I used to get huge hormonal zits throughout middle and high school (and still occasionally do), and last year I struggled with a bunch of small acne in certain patches of my face.

This summer, I tried using Proactiv and while it did make a big difference, it still didn't clear up my skin completely. BUT, I finally found the miracle I have always looked for: apple cider vinegar!

Now before you get all judgy about it, this is a natural product that has been used for years and years in alternative medicine. After my mom suggested it, I thought I might as well give it a try.

What You Need:
-1 part apple cider vinegar (get organic with the "Mother")
-2.5 parts water
-Mason jar/container

What To Do:
1. Mix ingredients in the jar
2. Take a shower
3. Dip a washcloth in the mixture and apply to face (focusing on trouble spots)

Let me tell you, the very next morning my acne scars were so much less red! I was actually utterly shocked at how fast this worked. :) I was getting a huge hormonal zit (which normally will last on my face for about 2-3 weeks), and it had become a small red dot... Miracles! 

I have been using this every night after I shower, and my skin has never looked better. I have pretty sensitive skin and this did not irritate it or make it dry, so I would totally recommend trying it out :) Plus, you can feel better that you aren't putting a bunch of chemicals on your face everyday; that definitely makes me feel better about myself! 

What natural beauty products do you use? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! 

Jenna <3

Monday, August 13, 2018

What I Learned from my Summer Internship

Hey cupcakes! My internship is officially over :'( As I revealed way back in March in my 10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me post, I accepted an internship with PwC this summer. I had an absolute blast working with this company, and I wanted to share some of the insights I learned throughout my experience. As I moved to a city far from home, I thought a post like this may be helpful to any of you who will be interning in the near future. :)

1. I am an adult now! - Even though I finished my junior year of college, I never truly felt like an adult at college or at the beginning of this summer. After moving away, getting my own apartment, and having an actual job with a good salary, I actually feel like an adult. It is totally weird. Not gonna lie, it did take some time to get used to, but I am so happy that I now feel confident taking the world by storm!

2. Having your own apartment is amazing - I am so used to sharing a room at college, so having my own place over the summer was a blessing. I got to keep it clean whenever I pleased (unlike at school when my roommate is low-key a slob haha), cook healthy meals for myself, and just take the initiative to live my best life. :)

3. Driving in a city is no fun - I interned in a relatively small city (and will be working in that same city after I am finished with school) so my daily commute wasn't that bad. However, I had to go to a larger city a couple of hours away occasionally for trainings and such, and I HATE TRAFFIC SO MUCH. But I guess it validates my decision to live in a smaller city haha...

4. Don't waste your time on screens - I learned this summer just how much time I stare at screens. I would stare at my work computer from 9-5 and then would come home and find myself staring at either my laptop or my phone wayyyy too often. This definitely made me more conscious of the fact that we only have a short time in this world; so take advantage of it and go do stuff!!!

5. Cities help with sustainable goals - As you all probably know by now, I am trying to live a lower waste lifestyle. While this is possible everywhere, it is definitely easier in cities where there are more farmer's markets, thrift stores, etc. Plus, the city I live in is big on sustainability, which made these practices/habits even easier to keep. Hopefully I will be able to continue them when I head back to college!

6. Work hard, play hard - While I have always been a hard worker, this internship reinforced the idea that the harder you work, the bigger the payoff. Because I worked so hard, I was able to get really good reviews from my supervisors and score another internship offer for next summer :) Put everything you have into what you do!

What did you learn this summer? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Bittersweet Jenna <3

Friday, August 10, 2018

Recipe: Frozen PB Banana Bites

Hey cupcakes! I have been trying to eat healthier this summer and, because of this, I have been doing my best to avoid really sugary things... Unfortunately, this means not eating ice cream as often as I would like, but this frozen peanut butter banana snack is the perfect way to replace any frozen treat cravings :) Plus, they are super easy to make! Let's get started!

What You Need
-A banana (this snack can be made with brown bananas, so it is a great way to not waste food!)
-Peanut butter
-Baking sheet

What To Do:
1. Cut up the banana into even slices and place slices on the baking sheet.
2. Count how many slices you have - you will be making "sandwiches" out of them, so make sure to know how many pairs you made!
3. Spread peanut butter on half of the banana slices.
4. Place a non-peanut butter slice onto one with peanut butter to form a sandwich (don't worry if you have any extras - they taste good without the peanut butter too!)
5. Place into freezer.
6. When you crave ice cream, eat one of these tasty treats instead! :)

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

Jenna <3

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Room Decor Wishlist

Hey cupcakes! As my internship is less than a week from being done (saddd), I am starting to pack up my apartment. This has caused me to think about how I will decorate my room at university (and my apartment next summer!), so I wanted to share my room decor wishlist with you all today :) Let's jump right into it!

1. Salt Lamp - I have heard some really great things from these lamps, and I always try to go for a boho vibe in my room, so I think it would fit perfectly!

2. Lemon Door Mat (Love Culture, $35) - I made a DIY post about this doormat last month (read that post here!), but I really want to purchase an already made one (to ensure that it holds up for many years). :) I think this is such a cute way to welcome people into your room/apartment!

3. Three Piece Canvas Set - I have always been a huge fan of the three piece canvases... I don't know what exactly I would get, but my top three would be a cityscape, some mountains, or some type of sunset/moon picture. This would be so cute for a living room!

4. Healing Crystals - Just like the salt lamp, I have been intrigued about "healing" crystals for some time now. I think they make such cute decor :)

5. Tangled/Lantern Festival Painting - As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Disney's Tangled. This movie has made me add the Thailand Lantern Festival to my bucket list, because I think lanterns are just gorgeous. I think this painting is really pretty, and it would look really cute in my room!

6. Dinner bell - I don't know if I am the only one, but I have always thought dinner bells are super cute in kitchens! :) I would definitely have to find an antique or vintage one somewhere that would fit with my more rustic style kitchen, but I am definitely on the hunt! 

What is on your room/house decor wishlist? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D

Jenna <3

Monday, August 6, 2018

How to Style: Summer Wedding!

Hey cupcakes! My boyfriend's sister is getting married at the end of the month, so I have been doing a lot of shopping to try and find the perfect outfit to wear :) Summer weddings are so fun, and there are many outfits that you can wear... I thought I would share my top three looks with you all today!

1. Summer Dress - I feel like this is the most obvious look to go for, but it is also the most versatile. I prefer colored or floral dresses for a summer wedding because darker shades (or even black) just seem a little too depressing. Also, do NOT wear white (or the color of the bridesmaids dresses!). I will be wearing this look at the end of the month, and I found this adorable mint green dress at Macy's. It can be found here; I got it on sale for only $25! :)

2. Romper - Rompers are perfect for weddings because they can be more comfortable than dresses (especially if you plan on getting your groove on haha). Make sure you pick an appropriate romper though - you don't want to be caught in one that is too casual! I think this romper is soooo cute, and it is only $25 at Charlotte Russe

3. Skirt - Depending on if the wedding is inside or outside, you can totally rock a maxi skirt or a shorter one! :) A lot of people have cute skirts already in their closet, so if you don't have much time to shop, you can put an outfit together with what you already have in your closet. This skirt is only $20 from Amazon and is so cute! 

What would you wear to a summer wedding? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! 

Jenna <3

Friday, August 3, 2018

HUGE Collective Thrift Store Haul!

Hey cupcakes! After vowing to live a lower waste lifestyle, I have found a new hobby this summer: thrift shopping! :) I never knew how fun it was to thrift, not only because I get to save a bunch of money but also because I get to help the planet and find some really unique fashion pieces. I don't thrift as often as I'd like, but I definitely have found some cute items that I wanted to share with you all today!

Note: As I said in my Top 10 Thrift Shopping Tips & Tricks post, sizes aren't a huge thing to look out for when thrift shopping because used clothes could have shrunk or been stretched. Because of this, this haul has a bunch of different sizes :) ALSO, I don't remember all of the exact prices, but most of these clothes were only $3-4!!!!

1. Old Navy Denim Pencil Skirt (size 4) - I have been wanting a jean skirt for soooo long, and I was so excited to find one at the Salvation Army. While I would have liked for it to be a bit shorter, it is probably good that it is longer because then I can wear it to work (as we have a casual dress code and jeans are allowed).

2. Banana Republic Tank Top (size XS) - This shirt was in perfect condition, and it can be styled in so many different ways! I have worn it with jean shorts, a pencil skirt for work, and I bet there are other ways I will style it in the future.

3. Lapis Black Pencil Skirt (size XS) - For me, pencil skirts have always been really tough to find because it needs to be tight enough to make me look actually good (haha) but also needs to be a bit loose at the waist so that I can tuck in a dress shirt for work. This skirt fits me so well (and I love how it has the ruffles at the top, so it isn't just a bland black skirt)!

4. Alfani Green Tank Top (size 4P) and Ann Taylor shrug (size XS) - Again, this tank top was in perfect condition (and was only $1!) so how could I not? It is definitely perfect for both casual and dressy looks. This cardigan/shrug thing was also super cute, so I just had to get it!

5. Floral Navy Pencil Skirt (size 4) - Even though I'm not sure what brand this is, the material is super nice! Perfect for work and for a day out on the town ;)

6. Kennedy Space Center T-shirt (size men S) - You can find a lot of interesting t-shirts at the thrift store... Some are pretty old, but then you can also find brand new ones like this one! It is legit from the Kennedy Space Center, and I just love the design of it (plus it was only $.99!). I think it would look super cute tied up with some jean shorts.

7. Ana Tank Top (size PM) - While this shirt has a lot going on, it looks really cute with a black pencil skirt and a black cardigan :) Plus, I just love the mint green color!

8. Linda Allard Ellen Tracy Navy Pencil Skirt (size 6P) - I own a bunch of black pencil skirts, but even though I have quite a few navy/dark blue dress shirts I have never found a navy pencil skirt. This one is super cute (and might possibly be a military uniform?)!

9. Market Spruce Navy Button Up (size S) - Again, this is just a perfect work shirt! It is super flowy and looks great when tucked in.

10. Hanes Gray Zip Up Sweatshirt (size M) - All of my old cozy Aeropostale sweatshirts from middle school are finally starting to fray on me, so I have been looking for an oversized sweatshirt to replace them for quite some time. I found this really obscure sweatshirt that says "The Hundred Acre Honey Hunter" on it, so how could I not buy it? Haha the things you find at the Salvation Army... :P

What have you hauled at the thrift store recently? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post! If you want to see more thrift hauls, please let me know in the comments, so I have an excuse to thrift some more before I go back to school! :D

Thrifty Jenna <3

Me at the thrift shop ;)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

7 Things I Learned from Plastic Free July

Hey cupcakes! Happy August - wow, July sure flew by! Early last month I posted about 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption as a way for me to share that I would be participating in Plastic Free July (read more about the challenge on their website!). As that post got a lot of page views, I figured you all would enjoy a debrief on what I learned through this challenge since we have entered into a new month. :)

~Plastic is in more places than you think. Before starting the challenge, I had already been avoiding a lot of plastics due to my journey towards living a lower waste lifestyle. However, being conscious that I was participating in the challenge, I seemed to notice more plastic around me. It is honestly pretty scary about how "throw-awayable" our culture is.

~It definitely takes time to find alternatives to plastic and to switch your habits. I don't think I really expected otherwise in the beginning of July, but it is something to be aware of. Habit change does take time!

~You'll feel better for sure when you don't eat things in plastic. I have completely avoided snack foods in plastic bags by shopping the bulk bins, and I find better quality in local produce at the farmers market than the stuff at a grocery store wrapped in unnecessary plastic. My journey to lower waste living and being plastic free in July definitely forced me to change my eating habits, and I have felt so much healthier!!!

~You will actually save a bunch of money. Think about all of the unnecessary products you buy that are plastic, like the bags of chips or the Starbucks coffees each morning. I have definitely noticed more money in my wallet, which allows me to spend it on better things :)

~You will screw up. I definitely used plastic last month; no one is perfect! Sometimes you just can't avoid it or you are feeling lazy. But don't give yourself crap for it, just use it as leverage to do better next time.

~A challenge like this will raise awareness with those around you. For example, I have gotten so many compliments for bringing my own bags to clothing stores! This leads to conversation about what you are doing, which will hopefully inspire others to do the same. I know I impacted my family and friends for sure... My mom now only uses reusable bags and always tells me when she thought of me saying "It's Plastic Free July!" when faced with plastic.

~It will change your life because you will feel better about your choices and your impact on the planet. At least it did for me haha. Plus, the habits I formed during July will definitely be sticking around, so I would recommend for you all to also try something like this!

Would you ever try Plastic Free July? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Sustainable Jenna <3
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