Monday, November 28, 2016

DIY: 3D Paper Snowflakes

Hey cupcakes! Winter is here (at least it has started snowing haha), so I thought I would make a quick DIY post on how to make 3D paper snowflakes! These snowflakes are actually very easy to make, and I love to hang them up in my dorm! Let's get started!

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1. Take a piece of computer paper (or any colored paper that is the same size) and, taking one corner, fold it so that it makes a square. Cut off the rectangle that is extra.

2. Fold this square diagonally to make a triangle.

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3. Cut three slits up the side of the triangles and then unfold.

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4. Roll the inner two pieces and tape in place, flip over and tape the next two pieces together. Repeat until all of the pieces are taped.

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5. Ta-da! Now you have one of the six parts of the snowflake (repeat steps 1-4 with 5 other sheets of paper).

6. Staple or tape the inner corners together and then staple/tape the sides to make your complete snowflake! :D
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For more detailed instructions and pictures, check out this great wikiHow article! :D 

What is your favorite winter craft? Comment below and don't forget to follow! <3

Friday, November 25, 2016

My Tips and Tricks for Black Friday :D

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday full of food, family and/or friends, and lots of thanks! :D <3 I am so thankful I have such loyal followers like you!

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time for BLACK FRIDAY! :O Black Friday can be a little stressful and overwhelming, so I decided to put together some more of my favorite tips for this shopping day (see my post from last year HERE)! Enjoy!

1. Do some research ahead of time - Know what stores open first, where the best deals are, etc.

2. Use this research to make a game plan - Know exactly what stores you will go to (and even what order!), what deals you are planning on taking advantage of, etc. I know this might sound a little crazy, but if you have a concrete plan you will totally get a lot more shopping done!

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3. Have back up items to purchase - Black Friday draws out a lot of shoppers, so I would recommend having back up items to purchase for people/yourself just in the case the sizes run out, you can't find the item, etc.

4. Plan out how much you are willing to spend! - This is big! Plan out the maximum you are willing to spend (you could even go to the ATM and take out a certain amount of cash), so you can stay on budget :)
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5. Be courteous to others - After every Black Friday there are always terrible news stories about people hurting others while they shop. Be nice and courteous to others so that the positivity can spread from shopper to shopper! :*

6. Be nice to the employees - Put yourself in their shoes... Would you want to deal with that many shoppers at once? Cut them some slack!
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Smile at everyone! ;)
7. Make a time schedule of when you are shopping - You don't want to waste a ton of time shopping, so I recommend making an estimated time you will be out. That way you can spend even more time with your family and friends over the holiday!

8. Stay safe!!!!! - In general, be safe during this crazy shopping time! <3

What are your tips and tricks for Black Friday shopping? Comment below and don't forget to follow me! <3
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Have a great day of shopping! <3

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How To Style a Bubble Vest

Hey cupcakes! I haven't done a fashion post in quite some time, so I thought I would make a lookbook about something I have seen all over my college campus: bubble vests! The winter weather is just around the corner, so I have seen so many different cute ways of styling these! Here are my three favorite ways:

Outfit 1 - If you are just trying to stay warm, throw on a colorful bubble vest like you would with any other coat! It doesn't matter if the colors clash, you will still look super cute! I personally love throwing on a vest over my favorite graphic sweatshirt and some leggings, so I can stay nice and cozy in class! :)

Outfit 2 - If the weather isn't too cold, wear a one color long sleeve shirt under your vest! Paired with jeans and you favorite pair of boots this outfit will make you look stunning!

Outfit 3 - If the weather is colder but you just refuse to put on a coat (lol like me because I don't want it to be winter yet!), wear a sweater under your vest! Again, pair this look with some jeans and some booties for the perfect (yet simple!) look :D

How do you style your bubble vests? Comment below and don't forget to follow!
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Rock it like Marty McFly! ;) <3

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Movie Review: Arrival

Release Date: November 11th, 2016

Rating: PG-13
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Hey cupcakes! So my boyfriend recently visited me (yay!), and we decided to go to the movies while he was in town. There weren't any movies in theaters I had been dying to see, so we thought that Arrival looked like an interesting one to see. I'm not a fan of aliens BUT, I actually really liked this movie! Instead of being like movies such as Independence Day where aliens have come to Earth to take over/start a war, this film took a totally different turn and was about the overarching idea of how to communicate with aliens that may or may not have good or bad intentions. Making a whole movie on interpreting a new language is pretty cool! 

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Arrival is a drama so was pretty serious, and I thought Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner did a fabulous job in their character portrayals!The movie itself was really interesting (and it didn't at all try to scare you or anything like that), and the plot twist towards the end was mind boggling (but also a bit confusing!). I think this would be boring to younger children (maybe even to pre-teens), but I think it really does get your mind thinking about how our world would react if aliens showed up on our planet today. I would totally recommend for a date night! :D

What movie have you seen lately? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Reaction to the 2016 Presidential Election?!

Hey cupcakes! I'm pretty positive the 2016 Presidential Election was the most exciting/stressful election of all time! This is the first presidential election that I was old enough to vote it, so it was not only historic for America but for me! The Clinton vs. Trump debate has been in the media for so so SO long, and I thought I would let you know my thoughts on the whole election itself. Let's get started!
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First of all, I think both Clinton and Trump were not the best candidates for President. There are so many bad things about each person (whether it be the wrong things they've said, the lie they've told, etc.), but I also think they both have good characteristics as well. Watching the polls come in on election night was so stressful and interesting; it was such a close race!

Second, after Trump won the presidency, so many people took to social media to complain about how America is horrible, the world is going to end, etc. I found this rather disheartening. Even though many people were/are against Trump, just because he won does NOT mean that America is a horrible nation to live in. It doesn't mean that America is racist or sexist because, frankly, there are so many countries in the world that are so much worse (and whos citizens don't have any choice in who their leader is). The things that Trump has said (which many of them have been twisted by the media) does not actually reflect what he is going to do in office! I think it is foolish to judge the man before he has even done anything in office to better or worsen our country. Tons of people hated Obama when he was elected, but then he turned out alright didn't he?

Third, I also think that the number of people taking to social media and saying how they will not be friends with Trump supporters or people who voted for Trump is extremely childish. I know it might seem like a huge deal right now, but things happen for a reason. If you want America to continue to prosper, then I think unity is one of the most important things. Not being friends with someone else over a differing opinion is silly and, in the end, makes you look like a fool.

Fourth, so many social media posts have been about how people aren't proud to Americans anymore. As someone who has traveled to other countries with different political systems, it appalls me that people would hate on what it means to be American just because they don't like the President. Our country is amazing, and Americans are SO lucky. We have the freedom of speech, good education, etc., so I think people need to remember how lucky we are to be Americans!

Fifth, Trump is only the President people! The government works in a system of check and balances with the Senate and the House, so he won't be able to do everything he wants (because, you know, we live in America!). From all the backlash about Trump being elected it would seem like he was trying to be a dictator or something!

In all, I believe that everything happens for a reason. I think God has a bigger and better plan for us, and I know that Trump being elected as President with have both its ups and downs. However, I am not going to hate on our new President of the United States because I know that deep down Trump is a good guy. I refuse to shallowly judge him until he actually starts making decisions for our country.

What are your thoughts on this memorable election? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Recipe: Honey Butter

Hey cupcakes! I feel like I haven't done a recipe post in forever (probably because I can't really do much cooking in my dorm)! This recipe is super duper quick and easy, but it is so so sooooo good!

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Honey butter is basically two things: honey and butter mixed together.... But it will make all the difference in the world!

What You Need:
-Electric mixer
-Bowl
-½ cup softened butter
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-5 tsp. Honey
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What To Do:
1. Let butter soften for a bit

2. Cream the butter with an electric mixer

3. Mix in the honey gradually

4. Whip until soft and fluffy

5. Let chill in the freezer until you use it. :)

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This butter has a sweet tang to it, and it is so delicious on biscuits, bread, rolls, etc. I would really recommend trying it! :)

What do you love putting butter on? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Collective Haul!

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone is having a great week so far! :) I have been spending some money lately (lol more than I probably should), so I thought it would be the perfect time to make a collective haul post! Enjoy! <3

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1. Burgundy tank top (LINK) - I love to buy cute tank tops on sale after the summer time because then I can throw cozy cardigans over them! So cute, and this shirt is super soft!

2. Mint Striped Tee (LINK) - I have like one million striped shirts, but I loved the mint color. Just had to buy! :P

3. Black Stripe Lattice Tee (LINK) - I love lattice shirts, and this tank top is super cute! It is shorter (not as short as a crop top, but not as long as a typical shirt) so high waisted pants look amazing with it! :)


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1. Overalls (LINK) - If you didn't see my post, I was Agnes from Despicable Me for Halloween :) These overalls were perfect!

2. Planner sticky notes (LINK) - I have still been loving my planner, so I wanted to buy more sticky notes for it :) These are perfect! 

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1. Cookie Monster Union Suit (LINK) - Let's just say I have been wanting a onesie for a few months, so I just had to get this one! It is super duper warm, so I will probably study in it when the heat is off in my dorm so I don't overheat :P

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What have you purchased recently? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D I love you guys!

Monday, November 7, 2016

My Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Date Night

Hey cupcakes! My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our three year anniversary in a few day, so I thought I would make a post about my tips and tricks for making date night extra special! :D

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The little things you do for your significant other show that you care so much about them (and can make or break the date!), so I always recommend going above and beyond! <3 Let's get started!

1. Dress up - I know this might sound obvious, but when you are dating someone for so long, you don't dress up as often on date night. I suggest surprising your significant other by going the extra step to look gorgeous on a date night! :) They will fall in love with you all over again!

2. Flowers - I think flowers make everyone feel better and special! So regardless if you are a boy or a girl, bring some flowers with you on a date :)
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3. Surprises - I think date nights are so much better when there is a surprise involved! Whether this is a surprise gift of something they have been wanting or a surprise trip to a concert, museum, etc. surprises are amazing!

4. Go out in style - Rent a car, limo, or other form of transportation for the night! Companies like Turo allow you to rent cars from classic to rare (such as Teslas!) so that your date night will become a night to remember! I personally love riding to date night in style, so break away from Uber and driving yourself every once in awhile! :)

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If you are interested, explore how Turo works HERE!

5. Get a little frisky - Show your significant other that the passion you have for each other still exists and don't be afraid of some PDA. ;) A few kisses or a nice make out session will create the perfect steamy date night. <3

6. Save the memories - From ticket stubs to dinner receipts, save the memories you make on date night to turn into a present later on! :)
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7. Don't forget to tell your partner how you feel - I think so many couples aren't happy because they don't tell each other how they feel. Tell your significant other you love them every day and don't forget to compliment them and make them feel like they are the most important person in the world!

What are your tips for having an extra special date night? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :) <3 I love you all!
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And totally don't be like Sheldon ;)

Friday, November 4, 2016

What's on my Movie To-Watchlist?

Hey cupcakes! There are some really great movies coming out soon! I love to watch movie trailers whenever I am taking a break from homework/studying (and lost in the depths of YouTube haha), so I thought I would compile a list of some of the movies that look amazing! :D Let's get started!

1. Moana - November 23rd, 2016
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I am so excited for this movie! I can't wait to see what Disney does with a movie that isn't about a romance :) I think it is going to be fabulous!

2. The Space Between Us - December 21st, 2016
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If you haven't seen the trailer for this, go watch it! This movie looks like a really adorable romance story with outer space included!

3. Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them - November 18th, 2016
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I am not a super obsessed Harry Potter fan, but I thought the movies were decent. I was very skeptical when I saw they were making a spin off of the series, but the trailer actually looks really good! I'm excited to see how they make a plot from the book (which is just an encyclopedia of animals)! :D

4. Rogue One - December 16th, 2016
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Um yessss! I LOVED the latest Star Wars, so I can't wait to see what they do with another Star Wars inspired film!

5. Beauty and the Beast - March 17th, 2017
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Even though the Beast looks low key like a buffalo, I think this movie will still be awesome! Plus, Emma Watson is amazing ;)

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - May 26th, 2017
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I love me some Jack Sparrow so bring it on! :P

7. Despicable Me 3 - June 30th , 2017
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I was Agnes for Halloween so YES, I can't wait for this! :D

What movies are on your to-watch list??? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How to Style Lattice Tops

Hey cupcakes! I have been seeing lattice tops EVERYWHERE recently! I actually just bought one from the mall this weekend, and I am totally in love with it (I think I've wore it twice already)! I thought that I would create a collage of some ideas on how to style your own lattice tops! Let's get started! :D

Outfit 1: In this look, the lattice top is the star of the show! Pair it with your favorite booties for the fall season and some comfy jeans! So chic!

Outfit 2: This is the way I LOVE to style my new lattice shirt. If the lattice top is a tank top, pair it with an amazingly cozy cardigan, some high waisted pants, and some cute boots! :)

Outfit 3: You can even dress up a lattice top! I love the combo of the plaid and the red coat (very Britain inspired to me), so I would totally rock this at a formal occasion! 

How do you style your lattice tops? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3
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