Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

Release date: March 17th, 2017

Rating: PG
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Hey cupcakes! After waiting WAY too long to see this, I finally went to see Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast!!!!!! :D I was never really a super fan of the animated Beauty and the Beast, but I just had to see one of my favorite actresses, Emma Watson, portray a Disney princess. Because the end of the semester was so hectic, I heard a lot about the movie before I saw it, and it got good ratings and reviews from most people. 

I also thought it was really good! It doesn't follow the exact plot of the animated classic (which is really great!), and I enjoyed how they gave better back stories on Belle's mother, the Prince's life, etc. This was helpful in filling in some plot holes in the animated film (like why no one remembered any of the servants after they were turned into household objects). 

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I think Emma Watson did a fabulous job as Belle, and I was SO excited that they added new songs to the movie (but why did they take out "We'll Be Humans Again"?!). "Days in the Sun" is my absolute favorite new song from the movie, so I would recommend checking it out on Spotify if you haven't heard it already. :)

I loved how Disney made it accurate to the time period, and can we just say how gorgeous the animation is?! The inanimate objects were so well done, and the only bad thing I have to say about this film is how they actually show Mrs. Pots, Chips, etc. turning into antiques before the Beast's transformation into Prince Adam. It was super emotional (at least for me!)! 

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Overall, I think this was a really good adaptation of a classic I remember watching as a little kid. They mixed the perfect amount of the old Beauty and the Beast with new ideas and even threw in some social commentary (feminism, LGBTQ+ community, etc.). I would totally recommend watching it if you haven't yet! :)

What is your favorite Disney movie? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! 

Love, 
Jenna

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Hand Holding Catastrophe

Hey cupcakes! I have been wanting to do a storytime post for quite some time now, but I didn't really know what interesting story to write about... A few days ago, my family was talking about memories from middle school and this story just popped into my head.

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Here is the unfortunate story of my very first hand holding:
Okay, so I was obviously a really awkward middle schooler (because who isn't?!), and I had only had one "boyfriend" in the 7th grade. That clearly didn't last, so I went into my 8th grade year single and ready to mingle. As I entered the classroom that very first day of school, I noticed there was a new kid in our class (let's call him Bob). Honestly it was one of those moments from the movies where everything slows down when we saw each other for the first time.

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So basically, we became good friends pretty quickly and at one of the school dances he asked me out (which good for him, he actually had the courage to ask me to my face!). We would message each other every night and talk at school, so we were a pretty cute couple for just being middle schoolers.

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Because I wasn't old enough to go on "real dates" yet, Bob and I would go out together with a group of friends to movies, the roller skate arena, etc. I really really liked Bob, so I totally wanted him to hold my hand (which he had never done yet because he was way too shy/awkward haha).

On one eventful night, Bob and I (with our posse of friends) went to go see Rio. He was sitting on my right, and I was freaking out inside because I wanted him to hold my hand (and there was a good chance he would since movie theaters are dark)... So, being smart, about half way through the movie (when he didn't make a move yet), I moved my hand onto my right knee so that he had easy access.

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Almost immediately I felt him tense up because he clearly knew what I wanted him to do :P A few minutes later (after he had obviously pumped himself up a bit), I see his left hand dart out really quickly as he tried to grab my hand..... AND MISSED!

Instead of holding my hand like he should, poor Bob only managed to grab the very tips of three of my fingers! And instead of letting go and trying again, HE LATCHED RIGHT ON AND WOULDN'T LET GO! Even the birds in Rio were embarrassed.

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When I realized he wasn't about to try again, I took the liberty to "adjust" so that we were actually holding hands correctly.

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Lol - so there you have it; my very first hand holding disaster! :P It honestly is super hilarious, and I hope by now Bob has figured out how to initiate a hand holding ;)

When was the first time you held hands with your first significant other? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love (the still semi-embarrassed),
Jenna <3

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Summer Collective Haul!

Hey cupcakes! I have been doing some shopping recently (YESSS), so I thought I would make a collective haul post! :) Enjoy!

Aeropostale - First of all, I don't know what the deal is with Aeropostale because I thought they were going out of business but they were still open, so I'm just confused. :P But, I found some great deals there!

1. Army Green Pullover ($13) - I absolutely love layering even in the summer, so this is a super thin pullover/cardigan that is perfect for the cooler summer days!

2. Bird shirt ($5) - This is just a totally random shirt that I saw and really liked, so I thought I would pick it up! For some reason I have been loving burgundy shirts :)


3. Moon shirt ($5) - This was another random shirt, but I thought the moons and stars were so cute! I think it is perfect to just throw on for a lazy summer day.


H&M

1. Burgundy Basic Tee ($5) - I did the H&M basics 2 for $10, and of course I had to buy a burgundy top! I love how it fits on me, and I can't wait to style this!


2. Tan Basic V-Neck ($5) - This shirt is also perfect for the summer. The color is a really subtle brown, so it will be a great neutral to have in my closet!


PopSocket - I have been seeing PopSockets all over the Internet for the past few months, so I thought I would buy one when I saw one in my local bookstore. This one is so pretty, and it makes holding my phone so much easier! Plus, it was only $10 ;)
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The PopSocket is really great for your phone, and I totally recommend checking them out! 
Sephora - My birthday was recently, so I picked up my free birthday gift for being a Beauty Insider. They told me I had two options, so I went with the tarte collection that came with a blush and a lip paint. Look forward to a review of this set in the near future! :)


Bath and Body Works - So let's just say I kinda freaked out a little when I saw that Bath and Body Works now carries bath bombs! Since I am living at home over the summer, and not at a dorm, I can now take baths. I only bought one bath bomb, but if I like it, I will obviously be purchasing more! :)

Ebay - I have totally been digging the 90's fashion that is coming back into style, so I wanted to buy some enamel pins to wear on my jean jacket. Ebay has SO many adorable ones, so I picked out four that I really liked (they were each under $1!).


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Love you all,
Jenna :)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Recipe: Banana Bread

Hey cupcakes! Now that I actually have an oven since I am home from my dorm for the summer, I have been getting my bake on! :) Recently, I made some banana bread and thought I would share this recipe with you all (since it is SUPER DELICIOUS). Enjoy!

Look how amazing it turned out! :D
I found this recipe here, but modified it as I was baking.

What You Need
-5 large ripe bananas (mind were quite brown), mashed
-3 cups of flour
-2/3 cup melted unsalted butter
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 egg, beaten
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-Pinch of salt

Steps
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.
3. Put brown sugar and butter into another bowl and beat until the sugar is dissolved (I used a KitchenAid and it worked wonders!).
4. Add in egg and vanilla extract and beat until completely mixed.
5. Add bananas and flour and beat for only 30-45 seconds until you get a clumpy batter (don't overmix or the texture will turn out wrong!).
6. Spray Pam in two loaf baking pans and evenly pour in the batter.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
8. Enjoy! :D

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What is your favorite baked bread? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Love you all,
Jenna <3
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