Thursday, June 22, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Release date: June 2nd, 2017

Rating: PG-13

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Hey cupcakes! My boyfriend recently wanted to go see Wonder Woman in theaters, so I thought I would be a nice girlfriend and go with him (okay maybe I was kinda forced to go haha). I had heard about how it was doing really well rating wise, and I was all for a superhero movie with a female lead (plus a female director too!). As I probably have mentioned in other movie reviews, I am not a big fan of superhero movies.... But, this one wasn't as bad as some of the other ones I have seen.

There wasn't a whole lot of action/suspense/blood (which I am not into), so I thought it was decent. The costumes were so incredibly gorgeous even though Wonder Woman would probably fare better with more protective armor... 

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There were a lot of great actors in this film including good old Buttercup, Prince Charming, and Professor Lupin (aka Robin Wright, Chris Pine, and David Thewlis). The backstory for how Wonder Woman came to be was a little complex and far fetched (like aren't gods supposed to be immortal, so how does Ares kill them all?), and at parts it did get a bit boring. As for superhero movies, this one was pretty decent all said and done, BUT the ending made me incredibly angry...

****WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!****

Because the lead is a female superhero, I was so excited to see a woman win out in the end just totally kicking butt. The Amazon women in the film were so badass, and I was getting so hopeful that this movie would be female empowering to showcase girl power to the extreme... But then the battle between Wonder Woman and Ares took place at the end. Diana is literally losing the fight when Chris Pine aka the love of her life makes the ultimate sacrifice to stop a plane... Wonder Woman sees the explosion in the sky and gets super upset and THEN (only then) is she able to defeat Ares.

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Um, excuse me?!?!
Must a man ALWAYS need to help a woman succeed? Why couldn't Wonder Woman win the battle on her own accord by finding her own strengths? What happened to the female empowerment?! The Amazon women are literally the coolest women characters ever, and she couldn't fight her battle alone?

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I wish they wouldn't have made the ending this way because it left me angry and hurt that this superhero movie (one that ACTUALLY IS ABOUT A WOMAN SUPERHERO) just taught young girls that a man is still the only method to her success. Maybe I read into the ending too much, but I hope that Hollywood is able to eventually make a superhero movie with a female lead that can fight and win her own battles using just her girl power.

What did you think about the new Wonder Woman movie? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love (the only slightly bitter),
Jenna <3

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Taste Testing Bizarre Foods

Hey cupcakes! If you have been reading The Chic Cupcake for quite some time (which you totally should because you should tots be a follower! ;) ), you know that I am a foodie. I LOVE to try new foods, so I thought I would make a post about the most "bizarre" foods I have tried recently (see my last European candy taste test here). I hope you enjoy!

1. Simply Nature Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips ~ $2

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So I went to my very first Aldi's a few weeks ago, and I saw some pretty interesting things! As I was looking through the chip aisle, I saw these tortilla chips. I had never seen chips made of pumpkin seeds before, so I just had to buy them! Surprisingly, they were actually pretty good. They are quite sweet compared to a normal tortilla chip, so I personally didn't think they went well with salsa. They smell and have a faint taste of pumpkin, which was such an interesting flavor for a chip! The bag had a recipe for dip on the back (mixing together vanilla yogurt, honey, and cinnamon), and it worked SO well with the sweet notes of the chips. If you ever purchase these, I would totally recommend you make the dip as well! :)

2. Siggi's Drinkable Yogurt in Strawberry ~ $1.50

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One of my all time fav snacks is yogurt because it is so filling and pretty healthy for you. I was shopping with my mom at the grocery store, and I saw this cute little bottle of "drinkable" yogurt from Sweden. I thought it was an interesting idea, and there was way less sugar in it than a typical yogurt, so I bought one. I think it was pretty tasty! The strawberry flavor wasn't very strong, so it was pretty sour and mostly tasted like a mixture between plain and vanilla yogurt. It was uber filling (I couldn't even drink the whole thing in one sitting!), and I actually enjoyed the texture of the yogurt being drinkable. Overall, I would recommend this to you if you are looking for a fun and healthy new way to eat more yogurt!

You can repurpose the bottle when you are done! :)

3. Simply Nature Sweet Potato Chips ~ $2

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Again, during my first trip to Aldi's another bag of chips caught my eye... I have always really enjoyed veggie chips and such, so I was super excited to see a bag of my favorite veggie chip: sweet potato! These were quite tasty, but I wish they had been a little less salty. There was so much sodium on them that I feel like the healthy aspect of being a veggie chip was taken away. The chips were also a little bit soggy, so they didn't have the typical crunch of the chip. All in all, for being only $2 this bag of chips is definitely something you should try!

What foods should I try next? Comment below with your suggestions, and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake (help me reach my goal of 750 followers!!!!!).

Jenna the Foodie

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Recent Hotel Sample Empties!

Hey cupcakes! I have recently been doing a little bit of traveling. One of my favorite parts of staying in hotels is collecting the samples that are left in my room. It is super fun to try new products! Over my past couple of short trips, I have collected a few samples that I thought I would quickly review for you all today. Enjoy! :)

1. Rest, Relax, and Recharge Package - This product was pretty exciting for me because normally all you get in hotels is shampoo, lotion, soap, etc. This little package of three samples was laying on my bed, and it is meant to calm you down for a good sleep. 

The first step, "Rest", was a calming lotion you put on your neck. It smelled SO good, and the lavender was actually pretty stress relieving! The second step, "Relax", was an essential oil blend you sprayed around your bed before sleeping. I personally thought it was a little too strong, but it definitely did have calming essential oils in it. Lastly, the third step, "Recharge", was a gel for your aching feet and ankles. This was AMAZING! I had been walking around all day and had a couple of blisters, and this gel was super cooling and recharging. Out of all three samples, the gel was by far my fav!

2. Rice Bran Orange and Tangerine Soap - I feel like soaps in hotels are never really that great, but this one was surprisingly not that bad! The orange and tangerine scent was quite powerful, but the soap itself wasn't drying on my hands. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to try it again just because the scent wasn't really my thing, but I was overall happy with this sample.

3. Peace Be Still Calming Face & Body Balm - This product is by the same brand as the Relax Package, and I really really loved this! The balm is super moisturizing and smells like lemons (with a hint of lavender and other relaxing fragrances). I personally didn't use this on my face because I don't like to mess with my skincare routine, but it worked SO well on my dry legs. I wish I had more of this product! 

4. Aromatic Wood Body Lotion - This lotion was also strongly scented like oranges and tangerines, so I wasn't really a fan of it. Just like some Bath and Body Works products, it wasn't that effective as lotion because of the strong scent in it. Compared to the Body Balm, it did not live up to my lotion expectations.

5. Aromatic Woods Body Wash - I used to use soaps to clean my body, but I made the switch to body washes a couple of years ago. I LOVE trying new "flavors" of body wash, and this one was actually pretty good. Again, the scent was a little too strong for me (it left me smelling like a large orange for an hour or so after showering)), but it definitely did its job of cleaning me! :P

What samples have you tried out lately? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna <3

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hey cupcakes! It's your gal pal Jenna back at it again, and today I will be reviewing the Hydro Flask water bottle! :D As someone who basically only drinks water, I was in the search for a new water bottle a couple of months ago (because PLEASE don't kill the planet by using plastic water bottles!!). I wanted one that would keep my water cold throughout the day, especially when I was in back-to-back classes or at work for multiple hours at a time. After shopping around a bit, I decided to purchase the 32 oz. Hydro Flask in the color Plum (purchase from Dick's here).

Because the water bottle itself was wide mouthed, I also bought the straw lid so that I could more easily drink on the go. 

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What drew me to the Hydro Flask was its supposed ability to keep water cold for 24 hours or keep hot beverages hot for 12 hours. That is SO long! Another feature I thought was great was its double walled insulation, making sure the bottle itself never got condensation on the outside (say goodbye to rings on furniture!).

Throughout the past couple of months, I have been using this water bottle non-stop! :) When I first got it, I even tested the "staying cold for 24 hours thing" and, surprisingly, after sitting on top of my mini-fridge it was still cool (I wouldn't say the water was as cold as it was when I filled it up, but it was most definitely not warm!). I can fill this sucker up in the morning and carry it around all day to stay hydrated - I love it! 

However, if you fill the water bottle up with warm water and pop it in the fridge, it will take longer to cool down because of the great insulation. This is totally an easy fix - just fill up the bottle with cold water! 

Because I bought the 32 oz. bottle, it is quite large and doesn't fit in the standard backpack water bottle holders (however, it does fit in the standard car drink holders!). It honestly doesn't botter me that I have to carry it around by hand, because the handle is easy to grab on to. Plus, if anyone tries to rob me I can totally use it as a weapon :P If you aren't keen on having to carry it around, NO WORRIES - Hydro Flask comes in a 16 oz. bottle! :D

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Because I am not a tea or coffee drinker, I have yet to try out the "keeping hot beverages hot for 12 hours" thing, but I am sure that Hydro Flask can do it! I am extremely pleased with this water bottle, and I would definitely recommend you make the purchase! :)

What water bottle are you currently using? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! 

Love the Water Bottle Enthusiast,
Jenna <3

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Style Icon: Lily Collins

Hey cupcakes! In the very first year of The Chic Cupcake's existence, I made a couple of Style Icon posts about celebrities with amazing fashion sense (check out the posts on Ariana Grande and/or Katy Perry). I normally don't pay attention to celebrities and the latest "celebrity gossip", but I have been admiring certain people's style recently and thought I would bring back the Style Icon posts! :)

Today, I wanted to write about Lily Collins, a 28 year old actress from the UK. She has been in some great films (my personal favorite is Love, Rosie), and I think she is a great inspiration in the fashion world! First, her casual style is spot on.

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Love the baggy jean jacket here!
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This is such a casual look, but she looks amazing! :)
I also love how she can rock the simplest makeup looks (and those eyebrows are goalsssss)!

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I think Lily also rocks the red carpet! Just look at these stunning looks:

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As someone who is also really pale, I love that she embraces it!

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What celebrity do you think has amazing style? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Jenna <3

Monday, June 12, 2017

Disney's NEW Happily Ever After Firework Show

Hey cupcakes! I am writing about something really random on The Chic Cupcake today: fireworks! I was browsing through my Facebook newsfeed a couple of weeks ago, when I saw an article saying that Disney World in Orlando, FL was getting rid of its Wishes firework show.

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I was automatically kinda upset by this news because I have such fond memories as a child watching this firework show (it has been going on since October 2003). My favorite part is when TinkerBell "flies" off the top of Cinderella's Castle because, honestly, how much more magical can you get?

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Wishes Show
In place of the Wishes firework show, a new show called Happily Ever After debuted on May 12, 2017. Instead of just being music and fireworks, this new show was advertised to have lasers, fireworks, music, pyrotechnics, and scenes from our favorite Disney movies... I was a bit intrigued.

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On May 12th, Disney actually livestreamed the Happily Ever After show, so I (of course) watched the whole 18 minutes! :D Even on the livestream, I was SO impressed. I don't know why I ever doubted the Disney company because, honestly, when do they really disappoint? It was absolutely incredible to see so many Disney movies projected onto the castle, and I can only imagine it must be SO cool in person!!!!!!
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I think they picked a really good medley of Disney songs, and they actually had some of my favorites that aren't as well known (like "Go the Distance" from Hercules). Plus, they added a new song fitting to the Happily Ever After theme, and I thought it flowed really nicely.

Lastly, TINKERBELL STILL MAKES AN APPEARANCE. :D <3 I literally screamed when I saw her, because I know that other little kids will always remember their first trip to Disney because of her (just like me).

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Overall, I am now dying to see this firework show in person! Good work Disney!
If you want to check out the show, check out this YouTube video of the livestream :)

What do you think about Disney's new firework show? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna <3

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Roll-Out Cookies

Hey cupcakes! I have been doing some baking recently (YESSSSS), so I thought I would share this delicious recipe I found for Chocolate Chip Roll-Out Cookies. These cookies are super fun to make because you get to cut them out into shapes, unlike typical chocolate chip cookies. They taste like a mixture between sugar and chocolate chip cookies, so I would totally recommend trying them out! :D

These roll-out chocolate chip cookies are soft and slightly crumbly, like a shortbread studded with tiny chocolate chips. Great cookie cutter cookie!
Original recipe from here
-1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
-1/3 cup sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 egg
-2 tsp. vanilla extract
-2 1/2 cup flour
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt.

2. In a stand mixer (such as a Kitchen Aid), beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes on medium speed). Add the egg and vanilla; beat to incorporate.

3. Add the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until barely combined.

4. Remove from the mixer and mix in the chocolate chips by hand.

5. Divide the dough into 2 portions. Roll each portion onto a piece of parchment paper to about 1/4" thickness.

6. Stack the 2 pieces (paper included) onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

8. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut into shapes. Transfer the cookies onto baking sheets (do NOT cook on parchment paper).

9. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, rotating the sheet about halfway through, until lightly golden brown around the edges.

10. Let cool in the pan for about 3 minutes, then remove onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

11. Enjoy the delicious cookies! :D
These roll-out chocolate chip cookies are soft and slightly crumbly, like a shortbread studded with tiny chocolate chips. Great cookie cutter cookie!
What is your favorite type of cookie? Comment your answer below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :)

Love you all,
Jenna <3

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bullet Journaling Essentials

Hey cupcakes! My Bullet Journaling 101 post seemed to be quite popular, so I thought I would write a quick post about my current essentials that I love to use when bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is great because it is totally unique for each person that does it, so I hope this post gives you some inspiration for your next bullet journaling experience. Let's get started!

1. Stabilo Markers

These are my go-to writing utensils whenever I bullet journal because the colors are so pretty! They also do not bleed through the paper of my journal or smudge like some pens do, which makes them my number one choice. However, I know some bullet journalers who prefer colored pens, pencils, and/or gel pens, so the choice is really up to you! 

2.  Functional Stickers

To keep my journal consistent, I love using functional stickers like these to mark appointments, trips, exams, that I don't need to write them down every single time. If I can't find any stickers that I like (or that fit with the "vibe" of the week's page), I will make my own stickers to mark things like birthdays, college football games, etc. to save both time and money (learn how to make your own stickers HERE).

3. FUN Stickers

While functional stickers are great in marking my day to day tasks, I LOVE adding cute and fun stickers to my bullet journal! I know a lot of bullet journalers don't use stickers, but I just think it adds such a cute touch to my journal. I recommend buying sticker books (like those pictured above) because they are normally way cheaper than scrapbook stickers and are honestly much more cute! Plus, places like Michaels, Meijers, and Target will have sticker books for each holiday, which are so much fun to use!

4. Post-Its/Page Flags

On top of using stickers, I also find using page flags and shaped post-its to be really helpful in keeping my life organized. It is also a great way to write down what you did during the day so that you will remember it when/if you look through your journal in the future :)

5. Stamps

While I don't use stamps that often, I find this little travel set of stamps to be really fun to use! Just like the functional stickers, it is so easy to stamp on the car or plane icon whenever I travel. I know rubber stamps are a HUGE trend in the planner community right now, so I might try those out sometime soon!

6. Scissors, tape, etc.

DOUBLE SIDED TAPE IS A MUST (when your sticky flags aren't as sticky as you'd like)! Also, normal clear tape and scissors are important to have on hand when bullet journaling.

What are your bullet journaling essentials? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Love you all,
Jenna <3

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Trend Alert ft. Mustard Yellow

Hey cupcakes! Every time I go to the mall or another store in my area, I always see mustard yellow clothes. I am usually not a big fan of yellows, but I am absolutely loving this trend right now! I decided I would make a quick lookbook to give you all some inspiration on styling mustard yellow clothes. Let's get started!

Outfit #1: All Yellow - I have been seeing a lot of mustard yellow dresses and rompers, and I LOVE them! I think it is the perfect way to easily wear this trend. Plus, the florals in a dress like this one just screams the summertime.

Outfit #2: Pop of Mustard - Because mustard yellow is quite a bright color, treat it as you would any other pop of color. In this look, I found this really cute blazer that would be perfect over a crop top and high waisted shorts!

Outfit #3: Yellow Accessories - If you aren't up for buying mustard yellow clothes, rock some yellow accessories! I found this really cute banana enamel pin that would look great on a jean jacket! Or you could rock a cute phone case or bright shoes; be creative!

How do you style mustard yellow? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! :D

Jenna <3

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Movie Review: ABC'S Dirty Dancing

Release date: May 24, 2017

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Hey cupcakes! A couple of weeks ago, I was looking to see what was on TV and noticed that ABC was airing a remake of Dirty Dancing. Now, as someone who loves classic movies, I was (of course) skeptical and kinda angry that they remade an awesome movie... But, I thought that I would give it a try! My family and I sat down at 8 PM to watch the movie.

What a waste of three hours! This movie was God awful - I literally think it was the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life (at least it was so bad it made me laugh; does that count for something?). I don't know why in the heck they chose Abigial Breslin to play Baby because SHE CAN'T DANCE FOR CRAP! Isn't the whole point of the movie that she learns how to dance?!? The multiple "dance montages" made me physically uncomfortable because it was just so awkward....

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Baby also had some pretty ugly dresses throughout the film...
There were some other good cast members in the movie (like why wasn't Sarah Hyland cast as Baby?), but it was still an overall flop. They messed up so many classic parts of the film:

-The watermelon line was incorrect
-The lifts in both the water scene and the final scene were terrible and uncomfortable

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Excuse me but what is this?
-The parents sang and danced after the lift in the final scene (like why??!!)
-The ending was stupid and ruined the chances of love between Baby and Johnny (did they try to copy La La Land?)

Overall, I was uber disappointed. The only good part of the movie was Sarah Hyland's duet at the talent show.

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If you are looking for a movie that is so bad it is fun to laugh at, this is the movie for you! :P But if you actually want to watch a good movie, I would suggest watching the classic Dirty Dancing

What did you think of the new Dirty Dancing remake? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake! 

Love (the still very disappointed),
Jenna <3

Friday, June 2, 2017

My Goals for The Summer

Hey cupcakes! Setting goals for yourself is always super beneficial, because it allows you to lay out your plans and visualize the end goal. I usually set goals for myself each week when I am at school, so that I know exactly what needs to be accomplished in order to succeed. Now that it is the summertime, I thought I would lay out some goals for myself for the whole summer! I encourage all of you to do the same, so we can have a productive break together! :)

1. Increase followers to 750 - Now that I actually have a lot more time to devote to The Chic Cupcake, I would really love to increase the number of followers to 750. With Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin', I am currently at around 550 followers, but if any of you would like to help me reach this goal by following, sharing my posts, etc. I would appreciate it SO much! :)

2. Exercise more  - I barely ever have time to exercise when I am busy at school, so I would love to find a good workout routine during the next couple of months. I usually enjoy jogging and doing core exercises, but I hope to try some other forms of activity (like roller blading, barre, etc.).

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3. Increase pageviews - I absolutely LOVE writing for The Chic Cupcake. I think it is a great way to get my opinions out on the Internet while allowing me to creatively express my hobbies and interests to individuals that share the same passions. :) I now post every other day, which should help my blog get spread all around the world! I would love to see my pageviews increase to 65,000 by the end of the summer!

4. Dabble in photography - I was the social chair of my dorm last year, so I took a lot of photos at the different events the building put on. Because of this, I have started to really love photography and would love to take more pictures this summer.

A photo I took of some dessert at an event at my dorm
A flower I found in a local park

5. Read! - I never have time to read for fun during the school year, so one of my goals this summer is to read a book at least every week (I should hopefully be able to read more than that too!).

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6. Eat better - I actually am pretty good with eating healthy (such as eating vegetables, fruit, etc.), but I want to be more proactive in eating less preservatives and chemicals that are in a lot of foods. Especially since my boyfriend was recently diagnosed with a stomach disorder, I want to change both of our diets to be extremely healthy! :)

What are your goals for this summer? I hope we are able to create a supportive network so that all of us can be successful! :) Comment your goals below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake!

Jenna <3
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