Thursday, May 24, 2018

Summer Fashion Haul (My Recent Purchases)

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone is having a great day :) I have been doing some shopping lately (now that I am home from college and actually have time to do fun things haha) and wanted to share my recent purchases with you all... Let's get started!

1. Pink Peplum Tank - Aeropostale, $4

This shirt is super cute! It is on the shorter side (but not a full crop top), so I can't wait to wear it with some high waisted shorts. 

2. Light Pink Tank - H&M, $10

This shirt is awesome because it can be dressed up or down. Because of that, I actually really wish I had gotten more colors of this same tank... Oh well! It is super comfortable, and I plan on wearing it under blazers once my internship starts in June. :)

3. Flower Three-Quarter Length Top - H&M, $10

Again, this shirt is awesome because it can be dressed up or down! The material is nice and thin so you won't sweat (even though it has a three-quarter length sleeve). 

4. Sephora Birthday Gift - Free!
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I haven't actually tried this kit out yet, but it looks super great! 

5. Black Blouse - JCPenney, $6

I love the lace detailing on the top of this shirt, so I just couldn't pass it up (especially since it was on mega clearance). 

6. Bodycon Dress - H&M, $18

I always seem to find things at H&M.... This dress is super classy and cute, and I thought having another LBD would be a good idea ;)

7. Let's Flamingle Tank Top - JCPenney, $2

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Lol - for $2 how could you not buy this tank top?

8. Nashville Enamel Pin - Draper James, $15

As some of you may know, I recently went to Nashville, TN to celebrate my 21st birthday! I never want to buy some useless snowglobe or keychain when I travel, but I just had to get this adorable pin at Reese Witherspoon's store! Can't wait to put it on my jean jacket :)

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

Jenna the Shopping Queen

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Recipe: Brown Butter Almond Crinkle Cookies

Hey cupcakes! I know my last recipe post was also for cookies (read that Peanut Butter cookie post if you haven't already), but I baked these cookies the other day and just HAD to share the recipe with you all! :D I have always been a huge fan of cookies containing almond extract or almond paste and these cookies have the perfect amount of almond flavoring - plus, they are easy to make (and the recipe makes a TON of cookies)!

What You Need:
-10 tablespoons of butter (or 1 stick and 2 tablespoons)
-1 cup sugar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-2 eggs
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon almond extract
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-For sugar coating: 1/2 sugar and 1/2 powdered sugar

What To Do:
1. To brown the butter, heat it in a small saucepan over medium high heat (swirling it as it melts). This process should only take about 2-3 minutes (the butter will foam and then turn light brown. I couldn't actually see it turn brown so I burned my butter a little... I would just time it for 2-3 minutes and then take it off regardless of color).
2. Transfer the butter to a different bowl to let cool.
3. After the butter is fully cool, add it and the sugars (white and brown) to the bowl of an electric mixer and cream together on medium speed (or beat by hand).
4. Add eggs and extracts and mix until combined.
5. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing the dough on low speed. Mix until everything is incorporated.
7. Cover the bowl and let chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
9. Prep the sugar coating: put the sugar and powdered sugar in separate bowls.
10. Scoop dough into balls and roll in sugar and then powdered sugar (depending on the size of the ball, you can make anywhere from 2-4 dozen!). The more powdered sugar, the more cracked/crinkle effect!
11. Place dough balls on parchment covered baking sheet.
12. Bake for 12 minutes.
13. Remove from pan onto wire rack to cool before storing them in an airtight container. These cookies are great warm too! :)

What is your favorite cookie recipe? Haha - since I have been making so many cookies lately, maybe I will continue that trend ;) Don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake and let me know how your cookies turn out!

Baker Jenna <3

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thoughts: Meghan Markle's Wedding Look!

Hey cupcakes! I don't know if you heard, but there was a huge royal wedding yesterday!

The pageboy was literally me throughout the wedding :P
I didn't watch William and Kate's wedding, so I got up at 5 AM (yupp - wayyyy too early for summer!) to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married. I thought it was a gorgeous wedding and wanted to write a post about what she wore to the big event.

Tiara - I thought that this crown/tiara was so simple but elegant! It sparkled and caught the ligth so perfectly, and I thought it went with her dress so well :)

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Makeup - I was so happy she went with a natural look for her wedding! I guess it makes sense that she did this though as the British royalty aren't really allowed to go crazy with lots of makeup (did you know they have one specific nail polish color they can wear??)... And she looked absolutely stunning! She is such a beautiful person <3

Dress - Meghan's dress was designed by a lesser known designer named Clare Waight... And it was gorgeous! It was way simpler than I would have expected, but I thought she looked amazing (like a true princess). It made her seem like a normal bride than the bride of an uber fancy royal wedding, which I loved! I also really loved the neckline on her!

Veil/Train - I loved how they had a bunch of kids walk with Meghan down the aisle. :) Her veil and train were beautiful (and super long haha), and the two pageboys were adorable.

Did you get up and watch the wedding?? Comment below your thoughts on her dress and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Living a Lower-Waste Lifestyle 101

Hey cupcakes! As I said in my Book Review: No Impact Man post, I have been inspired to live a lower-waste lifestyle. Zero waste is something I have been thinking about for quite some time now, but I know it will be a difficult transition. Therefore, I thought a "lower waste lifestyle" would be perfect for me! :) Maybe if I end up really liking this, I will transition to zero waste, but as a college student with a tight budget this makes the most sense for me. If you would also like to live a better life (for both yourself and the planet), join me by doing some (or even all!) of these things:

1. Take quick, 15 minute showers - If you can, don't wash your hair every day (because that will cut down your shower times by a ton!). This saves a lot more water than you'd think, and I don't find it that difficult to do. Usually people sing or think or even sleep in the shower, so do that during other times when you aren't wasting water!

2. Turn off the TV - I hate when people leave the TV on when they leave the house or sleep. Turn off the TV as much as you can (and even cut out lots of TV watching time in your life to find alternative less-waste activities!).

3. Walk/bike to work - Even carpool if you can! Try to reduce your car usage :)

4. Buy groceries at bulk stores - I can't wait until my internship starts, because there is a bulk store only 15 minutes from my apartment! This allows you to cut out plastic packaging, and I plan on having a whole pantry of glass (sustainable!) mason jars when I get my first real apartment in a couple of years.

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Places like Whole Foods or health/organic stores usually have bulk sections! 

5. RECYCLE - Please. Recycle. Everything.

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6. Compost (if you can) - I personally won't be able to do this until I get my real first apartment, but if you have the means composting is super awesome!! :D

7. Go to the thrift store! - Lots of clothes at the thrift store are perfectly fine, so buying second hand saves those products from ending up in the landfill. It also takes a bunch of water to create new clothes, so switching to second hand ensures that you aren't making any extra waste. :) I have been hitting up the thrift store a lot in the past weeks and have found some awesome clothes (let me know if you want a haul)!

8. Stop using disposable products - Our society is very much a "one-use" type of culture... Try to avoid any disposable products to prevent the landfills from being filled to the brim with them. Here are some simple switches:
                 -Lunch box instead of Ziploc bags
                 -Dryer balls/buddies instead of dryer sheets
                 -Metal/glass straws instead of plastic ones (or order drinks without the straws!!)
                 -Reusable water bottles/mugs instead of plastic ones (THIS IS SO EASY)
                 -Reusable bags instead of plastic: I carry a bag with me in my purse for the grocery store and other stores too!
                 -Reusable produce bags instead of plastic ones (these can be used for bulk food too!)
                 -Beeswax wrap instead of plastic wrap
                 -Ear picks instead of Q-tips
                 -Metal straight razor over plastic ones
                 -Bamboo bath wands/dish wands instead of loofahs/sponges
                 -Menstrual cups over tampons/pads

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What do you do to live a more sustainable life? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Going Green Jenna <3

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My Experience: Nashville, TN!

Hey cupcakes! As you can see by the post title, I went to Nashville to celebrate my 21st birthday! :D I thought it would be fun to write about my time there to help any of you who may be thinking about taking a trip there. Let's get started!

So my trip basically consisted of two things: bar hopping and murals. Even though I did turn 21, I am not a big fan of drinking... However, it was super nice to be able to actually get into all the bars (I felt so official getting carded)!!! The main strip of Nashville is just a bunch of bars one after another:

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Each bar has live music all day and night, so I literally hopped around listening to group after group from 11 AM until 10 PM. :) There were so many awesome musicians, it was just incredible! I am not even a fan of country music, but the people were just so fantastic!! There were a bunch of bachelorette and bachelor parties everywhere (and of course the occasional drunk), but it was overall a pretty tame experience with all the drinking.

On top of the bars, there are a lot of famous murals in Nashville, so I also spent some time taking pictures with a bunch of them. :) It was pretty fun walking around to find them (kind of like a wild goose chase haha), and it was a great way to get a new profile pic for Instagram haha.

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During the rest of my time there, I walked around the city, saw a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, walked around Vanderbilt university, and ate a 100 layer donut at Five Daughters Bakery (YUM!).

Overall, it was a fun trip! I was only there for the weekend, but it was honestly plenty of time. After you bar hop on the strip for one day there isn't much else to do. Because I am not into the whole drinking scene, I don't think I will ever go back to Nashville; seems like a one trip and done type of place. However, if you are looking for a fun weekend getaway I suggest checking it out for some awesome music! :)

Have you ever been to Nashville? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss another post!

Cowgal Jenna ;)
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