Blogging hiatus!

Hi friends! I’m on a short blogging hiatus because I’m out of the country vacationing. You can follow along on my Instagram as I share some bits of the trip (@tinycupofcake) but I will post more when we’re back with some vlogs and pictures! 

I’ve also been planning all summer and learning a little bit about self-hosting my blog. There will be a bit of a transitionary period as I move to a self-hosted WordPress blog but I’m so excited! I’ll explain more about the differences later but I’m excited to join a community of bloggers that really take this seriously. Almost all websites out there are self-hosted on WordPress.org and it’s the next big step in my blogging adventures. Of course, it takes a lot of time, knowledge, and even money so that’s why it’s a process that I didn’t want to rush and be sloppy with. 

Happy last bits of summer! 

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Friday Favorites #2

I’m back again sharing some favorites from the past week! You can check out my favorites from my last Friday Favorites post here.

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<Effortless waves> 8 months ago, I decided to chop off my hair and I’ve never looked back. After years of long locks, I decided to trade dead ends for a fresh, sophisticated look. Short hair isn’t for everyone but if you’re feeling adventurous, this is the cheapest thing you can do to your hair for a new look :) I’ve been trimming it every month since then but transitioning to wanting to grow it out a little bit. Lately, I have loved wearing it in voluminous waves and I’m loving a messy, carefree look. For all of you who have natural texture in your hair, do you want to trade with me? I have to fake it with a curling iron but I’ve got it down to a 5 min routine, not bad. Stick straight hair is so last week.

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<Elephants as decor> Elephants have always been one of my favorite zoo animals to visit and when I got into room decor, elephants seemed to hold a special place in my heart and slowly I have accumulated more elephants around my room. These are my current favorite in terms of decor because they’re so unique and really well made. I picked up these elephants for only $6.99 at World Market but they were handmade in Rajasthan, India. How cute are they?!

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<VS Sun-Kissed Tamarind & Marigold lotion> Not unlike your average girl, I have a slight hoarding problem when it comes to lotions. Between the impulse buys of yummy smelling lotions every time I go to a mall and receiving lotion after lotion as gifts, I have a decent sized collection. This summer I’ve been really good at consistently using lotions in a rotation but the past week or so I have been reaching for this lotion from Victoria’s Secret from their last major sale. I have the matching scrub in my shower and the scent is perfect for summer. The lotion isn’t as fast absorbing as the lotions I reach for during the day but I love keeping it by my bed and using it before going to sleep.

<The Mindy Project> Late to discovering this gem, but I’m so glad I did. Mindy Kaling is beautiful, hilarious, and like a breath of fresh air in terms of television and leading actresses. I can’t remember the last time I saw an Indian female as the leading role in a show. This show is addicting and reminds me of New Girl which is another one of my favorites. I love the lightheartedness and let’s be real, Mindy’s sassiness is perfect. From one sassy soul to another, I feel like if I met Mindy and chatted with her, she would get me ;)

That’s a wrap for this week! I hope you all have a happy Friday and enjoy your weekend! Can I just say, how is it almost September?! I’m going to be wrapping up my full time internship and then immediately leaving for a trip which I can’t wait to share with you all! Now that I have my handy little Canon camera…there will be some fun stuff to share on the blog :)

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July Unboxing Haul & Video?!

Hello friends! :)

I had a packed weekend visiting my parents so I missed my Friday favorites post but I did keep in mind that I still wanted to share some things I’ve been loving – so I got a chance to film an unboxing/haul video from some of the things that I bought in the month of July. I had a super busy work week as well but I made it – TGIF! I’m doing a lot of testing and playing around with my new camera that some of you may have seen on my Instagram feed and this video is definitely a part of that! Once I test a little more, I’ll be writing an in depth review of the Canon Powershot N100.

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I decided to share some first impressions of things that I bought during the month of July and to do so by trying something completely new! Nothing groundbreaking and off the charts exciting…but no one is forcing you to watch it, especially in its entirety. (Seriously.)

My  video editing skills = nonexistent. I learned as I went and didn’t bother to do anything fancy here so it’s very rough but does the job. Honestly does it need to look cool if I’m just opening up boxes? Maybe if I were a Google partner, I guess. So despite the awkwardness of this first attempt, I’m sharing it with you guys. I started Cupcakes & Creativity because I wanted a creative outlet and wanted it to be a channel for me to try new things, learn, and grow. Coming up in the next month or two I’ll be doing some big things for my blog and it takes time. Sometimes time that I don’t have, but this is a hobby that I love and am working hard on so with baby steps like roughly edited videos, I’ll get there :) Side note – as of now, I have absolutely no plans to become a YouTuber but I may choose to add some video footage to accompany my blogs, who knows.

Click the video to view it on YouTube if you want all the links to websites/products that I mentioned in the video. Thanks for stopping by!

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Okay another side note – I am really impressed with this camera quality so far. Debating on these boots…they may be exchanged for some other boots. Stay tuned.

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Last note: all photos and video were shot with the Canon mentioned above. See you guys soon for my next post!

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Friday Favorites

The all too amazing Lauren Conrad writes a blog where she rounds up her favorite odds and ends every week to share! I might have a little girl crush on LC and I felt inspired today to share some of my favorites from this week. I’ve been so focused on working and I’m still organizing my apartment that at the end of this week, I’m feeling exhausted – but really, really happy. It’s the little things in life that can make you smile :)

So onto the favorites…here’s my assortment of beloved little treasures from the past week.

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Yes, I love my fake flowers. You might remember them from my DIY mason jar post here. I’ve been doing a lot of decorating recently and have come to find that my slight hoarding issue when it comes to cute packaging (like this amazing lime green Ted Baker box that looks like a stamped package) make for wonderful storage AND decor. I have various Kate Spade boxes that are a close runner up – such cute colors and patterns.

<Hats hats hats>

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After 20 years of refusing to wear a hat, I’ve suddenly found  that I actually love hats and am growing a mini collection. This straw fedora-style hat from Forever 21 is something that I wore even on a cloudy day this week. Long story short, I almost bought this $15 hat’s twin from J.Crew a few weeks ago but I opted for this one instead. Even though I love J.Crew and it was on sale for $25, this one felt like pretty good quality as far as straw hats go and this one has a bow, the twin did not. Bows > everything.

<Shower samples>

Keims

I’ve been trying this thing all week where I try to use a new sample beauty/skincare product each day. It’s scary to think I have that many samples that are just sitting around. This keims shampoo is AMAZING. It’s a gel that lathers nicely and smells heavenly. A mix of peppermint, nuts, and a hint of coconut make for a really ‘awakening’ shower. This Lush sample that I received was described to be like “a margarita for your skin”. It does smell like a margarita…but it’s also a great scrub. Super gentle on the skin and when the salt granules dissolve and get washed off, it leaves the skin feeling surprisingly moisturized.

Lastly, social media is always a favorite of mine obviously but this week especially I have “met” so many more bloggers and creative people on Instagram and WordPress. I’ve been sharing some more outfit posts on Instagram lately and today I received a lot more traffic than usual which was a nice surprise. Hi to any new followers who are reading this :)

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Follow along for a daily dose of Cupcakes & Creativity on Instagram :) @tinycupofcake

As I’m typing and getting distracted doing a million other things, I just noticed that it turned 12:01 so I just missed Friday – but I guess it’s okay :) I hope you all have a relaxing weekend, friends!

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