Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Thanks to My Loyal Followers...

Hey cupcakes! I'm a bit busy today, but I still wanted to post... So I thought I would dedicate a post to all of you guys: my loyal followers!! :D

My blogging journey began in 2012 when I wanted to get my voice heard in the huge world of the Internet. I had absolutely no expectations going into the blogging community, and I didn't really understand what I wanted to blog about yet. I started The Chic Cupcake with the intent of it being strictly a fashion blog.... I was obsessed with fashion at the time and was so excited to share my outfit ideas with anyone who might stumble upon my blog.

Fast forward to 2016, and I'm pretty certain I've figured out exactly what I want my blog to be :) The Chic Cupcake isn't just a fashion or beauty blog, it's a blog full of everything I love: crafts, movies, college, life experiences, recipes, etc. It embodies me, and I have the priviledge to share myself with the world.

I am so grateful for all of the support I have received from all of my readers! Whether you have been a subscriber from day 1 (or have recently found my blog!), I cannot thank you enough! I had no idea I could ever even reach 500 followers, and I am so happy and proud to have created something people actually WANT to follow :D <3 The Chic Cupcake gets about 2,000 pageviews every month, and it blows my mind that my content has been seen from all across the globe in many different countries!!!

Without you all, The Chic Cupcake would be nothing, and I would be unable to share myself with the Internet. So for these reasons, I am forever thankful to my amazing followers!

Thank you so much for everything, and I look forward to many more years of blogging on The Chic Cupcake! <3

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My Tips & Tricks for Moving Into College

Hey cupcakes! When you are reading this post, I will be on my way back to college! :D I am so so so excited to go back to school, and I thought I would make a college themed post today to celebrate my excitement :P

Since I am moving back today, I thought it would be great to share my personal tips and tricks on how to successfully pack for/move into college... These tips I have used in my own life (the past few days to be exact!) and can help college students of any age! Let's get started! <3

1. Before you even begin to pack, make a list! I suggest going on Pinterest and looking through the many college packing lists on there... You can also look at the post I wrote last year (HERE) for my go to college list!
Many stores have lists too! 
2. Before you start packing, sort through your stuff! Moving time is the perfect time to donate the things you don't use/need! Plus, then you won't be tempted to overpack :)

3. If you plan on using storage containers in your dorm/apartment (and already have them), pack them with the things that you want to store while living at college! This allows for move-in ready storage that doesn't even need to be unpacked!

4. If you live quite far away from your college, think about purchasing things when you get there. This includes bigger things (like storage, mini fridge, etc.) and will allow you to lug less junk in the car!

5. When you are packing your clothing, pack half (or even less than half) of your wardrobe! Trust me, you will be doing laundry more than you think and won't need to pack all of those clothes. As a bonus, you get to wear the clothes you leave when you come home for the weekend/vacation! :)
Plus, your closet is going to be SMALL!
6. Don't move-in at the same time as your roommate!!!! Figure out how you want to set up the room in advance so that you don't have to worry about two people moving in at once. Give them some space with their family too! 

7. Search for deals when college shopping! Use coupons, discounts, whatever you can find to make your college shopping as cheap as possible! Your college stuff doesn't need to be super expensive or super high quality because it will most likely be ruined by the end of the year anyway... :P


8. Know what's in your dorm/apartment! Don't buy things that you won't need (example: don't buy an iron and ironing board if the kitchenette down the hall has one!).

9. Ship stuff right to your dorm/apartment! Instead of lugging your heavy textbooks all the way to college, have them shipped right to your dorm to eliminate some added weight in the car :)
10. At the end of the year, sort through your stuff again! You will have acquired more stuff than when you moved in, so try to donate some more! Many dorms will have donation bins in community centers, so you don't even need to go very far! :)

HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR EVERYONE!


What are you college move-in tips? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What to Wear on the First Day of School

Hey cupcakes; THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS UPON US! I am sure many of you reading this post have already started school for the year or are just about to start :D I am super excited to get back into the swing of learning! I thought I would give you all a little inspiration on what to wear on that crucial first day of school (because first impressions are EVERYTHING) based on what age group you fall into.... Let's get started! <3


Middle school: If you are going into/are in middle school, this outfit is totally perfect for the first day of school! I think jean capris are awesome for the first day, and a nice blouse will totally dress them up!  I also suggest wearing cute white shoes in case you have to walk a lot finding all of those new classes!

High school: For high schoolers, I love the classic "jean shorts with a nice top" look... For this outfit, I paired a dressy pink tank with a cute kimono (but you could totally rock a cardigan!) with some high waisted shorts. Again, I suggest comfy footwear! :)

College: I really enjoy dressing up for the first day of college! I feel like you will make a better impression on your professors than if you wear sweats. I suggest a summery dress with a more casual jacket... And make sure your feet don't hurt while walking around campus! :P

What will you be wearing on the first day of school? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :) <3
Have fun in school! :D

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How I Store My Makeup ft. Store Your Stash!

Hey cupcakes! Recently, I have been getting my stuff ready to go back to college!


I have slowly been packing things (and purchasing A LOT of stuff) and can't wait to get back to school! One of my favorite things about packing for college is figuring out how I am going to store my makeup, jewelry, and clothing in my dorm... After being challenged by MakeSpace to write a post about how I "Store My [Makeup] Stash", I thought it would be the perfect thing to post about! Let's get started!

Now big question of the day: how much makeup do I actually own? The answer might surprise you; I don't own that much makeup!


I'm not like one of those famous YouTube "beauty gurus" with tons and tons of makeup all over their room... Instead, I like to have just the perfect amount of products so that I can achieve everyday looks as well as do some experimentation. :) A few years back, I made a My Makeup Collection post that gives you an idea on how much makeup I own...

Anyways, back to storage!!!! When I am at home, I store all of my makeup on the right side of my dresser (my jewelry box is on the left). My dresser is an old white piece of furniture I've had for AGES, and the mirror on it is perfect for getting ready in the morning! I store all of my makeup in two plastic drawer sets I bought from Target a long long time ago... They look similar to the ones you can find at Target today:
You can find these at Target.com HERE!
So in total, I have 6 different drawers that I can store all of my makeup in! I have everything sorted out by product type:

1. Eyeshadows & Eyebrow kits

2. Mascaras & Eyeliners

3. Lip products

4. Brushes

5. Face creams 

6. Foundations, Powders, & Concealors


I have some eyeshadow palettes that don't fit in this storage, so I normally keep those in my closet until I want to use them. 

When I go off to college, I only bring ONE of these drawer sets. I try to pack as light as I possibly can, so I only bring my most used products (cuz who really has time to put on tons of makeup when you're a tired college kid!). When condensed, my drawers look like this:

1. Eye stuff (eyeshadow, eyebrow kit, mascara, eyeliner)

2. Face products & Brushes (foundation, powder, creams, brushes)

3. Lip things 

I find that having everything organized by type makes it super simple to find the perfect products for any makeup look! :) It keeps life simple and in order! <3 

How do you store your makeup??? Comment below and don't forget to follow!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

Release date: July 8th, 2016

Rating: PG

Hey cupcakes! :) Today I have another movie review for you all! A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided to go see The Secret Life of Pets at our local theater. We had recently seen Finding Dory, so I was curious to see how it would compare...

First of all, I think the animal/pet stereotypes in the film were spot on! :P The cat stereotypes, the different stereotypes about different breeds of dogs, etc. were all quite hilarious! My favorite character would have to be Snowball (voiced by Kevin Hart)... His character was pretty funny :D


The animation itself was really good, but I thought the plot was seriously lacking. There were some funny moments, but overall, I was kind of disappointed in the movie. I would say that Finding Dory was quite a bit better than this one, but it was still a decent animated movie. 

What did you think about The Secret Life of Pets? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

8 Shoes Every Woman Should Own

Hey cupcakes! The Chic Cupcake is a lot of different things: a fashion blog, a beauty blog, a craft blog, etc. BUT, I feel like I never really write any posts about shoes...


I know I know, shoes are a part of fashion too, so I thought I would make a post today dedicated to those amazing things you wear on your feet. :) Here is my list of the 8 different types of shoes every woman should have in her closet; let's get started!

1. Black flats - Black flats can be casual, dressy, and even semi-formal! I wear my black flats all the time, and they pretty much go with anything and everything!
Check out these flats from Payless here!
2. Keds - I have two different pairs of keds: one black and one navy. These go with EVERYTHING and are an essential for me in college :)
3. Sneakers - You NEED an actual pair of good sneakers in your wardrobe! I love my Nikes, and they don't hurt my feet even if I am walking around all day (plus who knows when you'll actually feel like working out!).

4. Flip flops - You gotta gotta gotta have flip flops (and they are so cheap)!!! :P

5. Nude heels - For all of your formal occasions, nude heels will go with everything! Totally a staple for your closet!
6. Sandals - A cute pair of sandals is always great to have in the warmer months. They are always handy to have nearby! 
7. Ankle boots - In the winter, you need to have good quality ankle boots so that your feet stay warm and dry! Plus, you can style them so cute! :)
8. Rain boots - For dancing in the rain of course! ;)

What are your shoe essentials? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D

Friday, August 12, 2016

Planner Supplies Haul!

Hey cupcakes! As many of you know, I have been obsessed with the new hobby of planning. My planner is super duper fun to decorate, and I have been purchasing things like crazy for it! Since I haven't done a haul in quite some time, I thought I would show you all what I've been purchasing :) Enjoy!

From Aliexpress:
I love love LOVE this website! You can find some great deals on it and spend like no money (if you are okay with waiting a little longer for the free shipping)...

1. Donut and Cupcake Page Flags - These guys were only $0.93 with free shipping! I really like adding page flags on certains days of my weekly spreads to mark events, things that happened during the day, etc., so I think these ones will make my planner extra sweet (pun intended!)! ;)
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/DIY-Mini-Cute-Kawaii-Cartoon-Animal-Memo-pad-Cat-Panda-Music-Post-It-Note-Paper-Stickers/32320421242.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.55.5g4ZS7
2. Panda page flags - These adorable guys were only $0.62 with free shipping :O I plan on using them to show my mood for certain days (just look at how many cute panda faces there are!) :)
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Kawaii-Japanese-Post-It-scrapbooking-Scrapbook-Stickers-Sticky-Notes-School-Office-Supplies-Stationery-Page-Flags-For/32608765445.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.63.5g4ZS7
3. Heart page flags - These were also only $0.62 with free shipping! I plan on using them to mark special dates I go on with my boyfriend and other family and friend activities <3
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Kawaii-Japanese-Post-It-scrapbooking-Scrapbook-Stickers-Sticky-Notes-School-Office-Supplies-Stationery-Page-Flags-For/32608765445.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.63.5g4ZS7
4. Music note page flags - Again, these were only $0.62 with free shipping! On every weekly spread of my planner, I have a quote and Bible verse that inspires me throughout the week. Now, I will be able to add my favorite lyrics!!! :D
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Kawaii-Japanese-Post-It-scrapbooking-Scrapbook-Stickers-Sticky-Notes-School-Office-Supplies-Stationery-Page-Flags-For/32608765445.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.63.5g4ZS7
5. Band-Aid sticky notes - These were only $0.63 with free shipping! :O My plan for them right now is to use them as prayer lists for things that need to be fixed in my life/the world. :)
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pcs-Cute-Band-aid-Series-Memo-pad-Post-it-stickers-Sticky-notes-paper-Notepad-kawaii-stationery/32635466811.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.78.5g4ZS7
6. Thumbs up sticky notes - Isn't this guy just adorbs?!?! I bought him for only $0.37 with free shipping, and I plan on using him to write out what I'm grateful/thankful for on certain days I need to be reminded how lucky I am <3
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cute-Big-Face-N-Times-Sticky-Notes-Memo-Pad-Paper-Sticker-Post-It-Notepad-Gift-Stationery/32635738043.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.82.5g4ZS7
From Dollar Tree: 
This store is AMAZINGGGG for planner supplies! Everything is only $1, so it is inexpensive (and you can find some awesome things). Since I have been making my own stickers, I haven't really been buying any... But when I do, I always find great ones at the Dollar Tree! :)

1. Page flags/sticky note set - This set is great, it has so many different sizes/colors! Plus, it is whole punched for easy storage!

2. Double sided tape - This tape is great and works really well! I like to add extra reinforcement to my sticky notes and page flags sometimes, and this tape does the job perfectly!
From Target:
Y'all know how great Target is... and the Dollar Spot has great things for planners!

1. Emoji sticky flags - For only $1 how could you not purchase these?!?!
2. Page flags - These are just basic colors, but I thought they were cute anyways! :)


Well, that's about it for my planner haul! If you would like me to do more posts about my planner (Plan With Mes, how I decorate, etc.), comment down below!!!!! :D Plus, don't forget to follow! Love you all! :*

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My 7 Favorite Parade of Nation Outfits ft. Rio 2016

Hey cupcakes! The Olympics have officially started! A few nights ago, I watched the Opening Ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympics.... My overall opinion of the actual Opening Ceremony was pretty much this:

BUT, some parts of it were decent. I especially love watching all the athletes walk in... Their outfits can be amazing, so I thought I would pick out my favorite fashionable attire from the evening. Let's get started! :D

1. Hungary
OMG can we just talk about how stylish these outfits are???!!! The dresses are just amazingggg, and all the athletes looked great! I think these outfits are professional and perfect for the Olympic games!

2. United States of America
I normally don't really like the USA's choice of outfit for the Parade of Nations, but I really liked how simple (yet patriotic) these ones were! Again, blazers just make the athletes look so professional!

3. Canada
Can we just talk about how the Canadians can look AMAZING with a huge maple leaf on their backs? These outfits totally reminded me of hockey jerseys, but I thought they were really different and cool! Plus, it was a great take on a traditional blazer :P

4. Norway
I thought these outfits had sporty written all over them! They are really simple, but I liked them a lot! Just look at how awesome that patterned jacket is!!! :D

5. Serbia
Just look at how stylish these outfits are! I love the colors, and the shoes are just so perfect for this look! <3

6. Australia
These outfits are so different, but I loved them! I think the colors are unique, and the traditional blazer (sort of airplane flight attendent like) made the athletes look amazing for the Opening Ceremony!

7. Barbados
These outfits are stellar! The bright colors and prints made the athletes stand out in the crowd, and the actual outfit itself is so fashionable and chic! Such a great entrance!

What was your favorite look from the 2016 Parade of Nations? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3
GO TEAM USA!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

DIY: How to Make Melted Crayon Art

Hey cupcakes! Today I felt like writing another "Do It Yourself" post, so I thought about what I have been crafting lately and figured I'd write a post about melted crayon art! I feel like melted crayon art has been going around the Internet for a while now, so here are my tips and tricks for getting the perfect crayon art every time! :D

30  Cool Melted Crayon Art Ideas, http://hative.com/cool-melted-crayon-art-ideas/,:
What You Need
-Crayons of any color you want (I suggest without the wrappers on)
-A canvas or piece of thick paper
-Strong glue (NOT HOT GLUE!)
-Pencils, markers, etc.
-Newspaper covered table
-A small book
-Hair dryer

Steps
1. Find a design on Pinterest or come up with your own! Decide where the crayons fit in to your art piece.
This is the first melted crayon art that has made me want to melt crayons. Love it!!!:
You can have all the crayons line the top of the canvas....
Dreamcatcher melted crayon art: 1) Sketch dreamcatcher onto foam board with pencil, then outline in sharpie 2) Peel crayons (optional), break in half, and use a hot glue gun to attach to board 3) Cover floor and wall with newspaper and lean board at an angle 4) Heat crayons with a blow dryer, pointing downward:
Or you can also have the crayons be a part of the art! 
Dancer Melted Crayon Art.:

2. Using a pencil, marker, or whatever you'd like, draw/paint/etc. your design onto the canvas.

3. When the background and design is finished, glue the crayons onto the canvas. Do NOT use hot glue because it will melt the crayon and not hold when the crayons are heated.

4. After everything is dry, put one edge of the canvas on the small book (on the newspaper covered table) so that it is on an incline.
You can also lean it against the wall if you want!
5. Put the hair dryer on a medium setting and melt the crayons! Getting the perfect driplets may take a few tries, so I would recommend practicing before you attempt to melt the crayons on your canvas.

6. After the crayons are melted, let them dry. Ta-da! You have perfect melted crayon art! :D


Have you ever made melted crayon art? Comment below and don't forget to follow! <3
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