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! :)

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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.


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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What have you been purchasing lately? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! <3 

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

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

How to Style ft. Overalls

Hey cupcakes! Overalls came in style about a year ago, and they are still a big trend for this summer. I actually recently bought a pair, so I thought I would share with you all some ideas on how to style them! :) Enjoy!
Overalls with a crop top - Because overalls cover a pretty large portion of your body, a crop top makes them look super summery and cute! Paired with your favorite sneakers and you are all set!

Overalls with a plaid twist - Sometimes overalls give off a farmer vibe, so I say embrace that! A plaid shirt like this one is a great way to look trendy :)

An overall skirt - If you aren't feeling overall shorts, try an overall skirt! Paired with some cute sandals and your fav top, you will look super cute!

How do you style your overalls? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

-Jenna <3

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Taste Testing European Candy!

Hey cupcakes! I was at a specialty grocery store the other day, and I found a whole section of candies from around the world! :) I thought it would be super fun to do a taste test post, since I haven't done a taste test post in forever (read my last one from two years ago here). Let's get eating!

1. Cadbury Curly Wurly
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A Curly Wurly is basically a hunk of caramel covered in chocolate. It was super super delicious! I thought it tasted a lot like a Milk Dud in bar form, so it definitely is a little on the chewy side. Overall, I think I would give it a 7.5/10.

2. Cadbury Flake
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The Flake candy bar was just plain milk chocolate but it was in such a weird shape/consistency (see above photo). The name "Flake" is really fitting, because it made quite the mess as I tried to eat it. I thought the chocolate was okay, but this candy didn't really do it for me.
Overall, I would give it a 5/10.

3. Cadbury Wispa
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This chocolate bar was pure Cadbury milk chocolate with an aerated interior. The texture was so light and fluffy, and it was super delicious! Even though Cadbury chocolate isn't as good as Hershey chocolate (in my opinion), this was my favorite piece of candy out of the four, and I would totally buy it again! :)
Overall, I would give it a 9.5/10.

4. Fry's Turkish Delight
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I feel like everyone hears of Turkish Delight from the Narnia series, and I have had a few pieces of it at a cultural event at my dorm. I thought it would be interesting to see what "real" Turkish Delight tastes like! Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The jelly part of the Turkish Delight was an interesting flavor (I'm pretty sure orange?), so I wasn't really a fan of the whole thing. If the inside was a different flavor, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more!
Overall, I would give it a 3/10.

What foreign candy is on your wishlist to try? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D <3

Love you al,
Jenna <3

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bullet Journaling 101

Hey cupcakes! I decided recently that I would start bullet journaling. I've been really into the whole planning trend this year, and in a few of my previous hauls on The Chic Cupcake I included things like stickers and sticky notes that I used in my planner at school. Now that it is summer, I wanted to try bullet journaling so I can get the hang of it before the school year starts again. So far, I love it! It allows me to stay super organized as well as let out some creativity every day. :) I wanted to write a fun post about the basics of bullet journaling to help any of you who want to start! <3

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What You Need
-Bullet journal/any journal: depending on what you want to use, you will need a blank journal with either lined, graph, or dots on the interior. The joy of bullet journaling is that there are no rules, but I personally prefer the dots so that I can easily draw lines if I need to, but they don't ruin the overall aesthetic!
I use a Moleskine and bought it on Amazon HERE
-Pens/markers: Make sure that the pens/pencils/any writing utensil you use will not go through the pages!!! I use the Stabilo markers, and they have always worked great!
Buy them HERE
-Other journal decorations: Some people prefer to only use pens, but I love to decorate with tons of stickers and sticky notes. I suggest checking out your local Dollar Tree and Target for some great deals and finds. :) Whatever you want to use, do it to make your journal one of a kind (because remember, a bullet journal isn't just a planner it is also a journal/memory book too!)!

How To Use Your Bullet Journal
1. Before you start writing in it, I would make a plan on what you are going to do in your journal for each month/week. There are SO many cute ideas on Pinterest, or you can come up with your own! For mine, I have a monthly spread at the beginning of each month and then two pages per weeek.
My monthly spread for next month!
A weekly spread for next month (notice how I added a water tracker on each day!)
2. Figure out when you are going to draw out each week/month. Some people prefer to do it a week at a time, but I find it easier to draw out all of the pages for the month so if I get busy I still have them ready (plus, the design stays constant throughout the month!). 

I've had a lot of time recently, so I already started on July! :)
3. Make sure you save space for some fun pages! I totally decorated the cover page of mine with tons of stickers, and then I made sure to save a page in the front for a "daily mood check in". The whole back section of my journal is set aside for random pages like movies I want to see, my bucket list, etc. 

4. Get creative! Once you know how you are going to set your bullet journal up, you basically just get to decorate and create an amazing planner/journal! It is just so much fun! :)

5. Stay at it! I know it might seem like a lot of work, but I love taking ten to twenty minutes at the end of each day to update my bullet journal. It is a great way to stay on task and get things done! :)

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Do you/would you bullet journal? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! <3 
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Jenna <3

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

OOTD: Sunday Best

Hey cupcakes! I rarely ever do Outfit of the Day posts, but I was feeling good this past Sunday so thought I would share with you all what I wore to Mass! :)

Black cardigan: Target
Crop top: Rue21
Black skirt: Thrifted from a local thrift shop! 
Nylons: Walgreens
Black flats: Payless Shoes

I also painted my nails for the first time in literally a year! 

This color is OPI's Love.Angel.Music.Baby, and I absolutely love how subtle, yet sparkly, it is!

What is one of your most recent OOTD? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna <3

Sunday, May 7, 2017

5 Reasons Why The Pioneer Woman is the Best Show on Food Network

Hey cupcakes! I am the kind of person who doesn't really watch that much TV (I know, weird right?!), but when I do watch TV I always watch Food Network. I mean, what's better than watching people cook delicious food?!

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My absolute favorite Food Network show is The Pioneer Woman. I would recommend you watch it because:

1. Ree Drummond is quite the character - She's a writer, blogger, photographer, mother, cook, etc. etc., and she always has some hilarious comments to add as she cooks. Plus, she totally rocks her fiery red hair!
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2. Ree always has a smile to make you happy - I swear she NEVER stops smiling! It can get a bit creepy sometimes haha but at least she is always positive!

3. Her food always looks amazing - Even with the title The Pioneer Woman, there is always a mix of different foods. I've seen Mexican food, fancy desserts, sleepover treats, etc. so there is something for anyone to enjoy!
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4. You gain 30 pounds just by watching the show - Ree enjoys putting two sticks of butter in literally everything (or another favorite: heavy cream), so I would recommend only making her recipes every once in awhile if you don't want to kill your family.

5. The Pioneer Woman family is really cute - The family seems really genuine, and they all seem like very nice people! There is always some exciting event happening on the ranch.

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Overall, this show is great to poke fun at and enjoy all at the same time! :P I totally recommend you give it a try (or if you ever find yourself in Pawhuska, OK you can visit her store!).

What is your favorite Food Network show? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Love you all,
Jenna <3

Friday, May 5, 2017

DIY: Unicorn Frappe!

Hey cupcakes! The limited edition Starbucks Unicorn Frappe was ALL over the Internet recently, so I thought I would compile a list of some easy ways to DIY the beverage yourself. Since I'm not a big coffee/frappe/mocha drinker, I figured that having a variety of recipes to choose from would be the best if all of you have different preferences as well. Enjoy! :)

1. Actual Starbucks Recipe

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The actual unicorn frappe is made with:
  • Crème base Frappuccino
  • Mango Syrup
  • Colored with pink powder
  • Blue Drizzle (mix of white mocha, classic syrup and sour blue powder)
  • Topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with blue and pink dust
Even after the drink is discontinued, you could totally try to "build your own" drink at Starbucks. :)

If you are like me, then this recipe is for you! It uses ice cream and strawberries to make a more shake like than frappe beverage that doesn't contain any coffee at all! YUM!

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This recipe uses Kool-Aid and ice cream to create another coffee-free alternative! Sounds delicious!

What did you think about the Starbucks Unicorn Frappe? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Jenna <3

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My Hair Removal Routine

Hey cupcakes! Today I wanted to do a post about something I don't usually talk about on The Chic Cupcake: hair and hair removal. I am lowkey obsessed with hair removal, so I thought I would share my routine for getting rid of unwanted hair. :) If you want me to write more posts about hairstyles and/or hair care/removal, let me know in the comment section! Let's get started!

Eyebrows: Waxing, Tweezing, and Threading

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I have dark brown hair, so my eyebrows can look pretty bad if I don't keep them up. I usually get them professionally waxed once or twice a year, and then I thread and/or tweeze them when needed in between those trips to the salon. Threading is super great to get rid of multiple hairs at once (read my post about it here), but tweezing is great if you only have a few stray hairs!

Other Facial Hair: Waxing and Tweezing

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I am so lucky that I don't have a moustache, but I will occasionally get some longer hairs that grow near my dimples. To get rid of those, I either tweeze them one a time or wax the whole area using Sally Hansen wax strips.

Armpits: Shaving
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I normally shave my armpits in the shower, but I am considering waxing them so I don't need to shave them so often....

Legs: Shaving
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I am super bad with shaving my legs, so they normally are a little hairy haha. However, I think shaving your legs is the best way to get rid of unwanted hair on such a large surface area!

Pubic Hairs: Waxing, Tweezing, and Shaving

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I recently started to wax the area between my legs (read my post here), and I love it! I never do a full Brazilian or anything like that because you are more prone to infections if you remove all of your hair down there... The hair between my legs is growing back thinner and lighter, and it really isn't that painful to wax anymore! I will occasionally need to tweeze some hairs that don't get removed with the wax (and shaving is always an option in hard to reach areas!).

What is your hair removal routine? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna <3
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