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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Fitting Room Review: Loft 50% off Sale

Loft has a lot of simple, classic pieces and often has friendly sizing for petite figures. My favorite pair of dress pants comes from Loft and they fit like a glove. So when I saw that the sale section is an additional 50% off (still going on in stores and online!) I wanted to try to find some pants. Sadly, I didn’t end up with either of the pants that I tried on but there were many great deals so I still would like to share. Jean, from Extra Petite blog often does mini reviews on items that she’s tried on in the fitting room and they are helpful for those who are going to be ordering online. So this post is inspired by her :)

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want to get boyfriend jeans and while I like the idea of them, every single pair I try on makes me feel frumpy. I have a pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans that have a slimmer boyfriend fit that will do, but every now and then I am tempted to get a slightly distressed pair. Below is Loft’s version. I tried size 25/0 and the waist was perfect but the rear felt a little loose. I do love how relaxed they look. After sale, they were around $23 – not bad at all.

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The other pair I tried on fit the exact opposite because they were skin tight. The fit is called the ‘Curvy skinny ankle zip’ with about 4 inches of zipper on each side. (Not very comfortable, but so cute.) Despite being so tight, the denim had a lot of stretch – almost like a jegging. This light wash would be fantastic for summer and spring I think but I do wish they were less tight. So pair #2 didn’t make it home with me. I also didn’t see a price tag on them but looking online, they are $54.99 then additional 50% off. Sizing wise, they run true to size for me – I tried on a 25/0 as well but the petite version so as to get a true ankle pant. How many times have I tried on ankle pants and they hit er, far past my ankle? Quite a few times – and my legs aren’t short. I’m just not very tall :)

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Here are a few other picks from the sale!

$44.99 + additional 50% off

$84.88 + additional 50% off

$39.99 + additional 50% off

I do have some more exciting purchases to share soon but it’s a little project that requires a little more work than usual so stay tuned!

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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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[chloe + isabel] by Victoria & Julep GIVEAWAY!

Hello lovely new and old readers! If you enjoyed the styling of the beautiful Chloe + Isabel jewelry in my last post, learn how you can win a piece of your own and over $100+ worth of makeup at the end of this post! GiveawayPrizes JulepPolish Before we get to the giveaway, here’s a word from Victoria:

Chloe + Isabel is a new and innovative jewelry company based in NYC. Founded in 2011 by Chantal Waterbury, Chloe + Isabel has been recognized by companies like Forbes, Vogue, Glamour, and Businessweek. The company is also backed by investors like Ashton Kutcher. Their pieces are all handcrafted, hypoallergenic, nickel and lead free and produced at the manufacturer that makes jewelry for high end stores like Barney’s and Bagdorf Goodman. However, Chloe + Isabel jewelry is still super affordable for the modern young woman because they sell exclusively through merchandisers (entrepreneurial women like me.) They also have a special policy that is unheard of in the fashion world: their Lifetime Replacement Guarantee ensures that your jewelry will really last you a lifetime. You can return defective jewelry at anytime after purchasing it to the company to get a free replacement. We also offer free 30 day returns with a money back guarantee. Each piece is designed in NYC and handcrafted: the jewels are each individually set by skilled jewelers. They release a new collection every season, based off of current trends and their inspirations. Our newest collection is our extremely popular Moroccan summer line that was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s famed garden (Jardin Majorelle) located in Morocco. There is also jewelry inspired by the Moroccan sun like the Sunlit Sahara pieces.

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I started working for them in mid-March and have gained so much business experience. I have also had a lot of fun along the way getting to know other Merchandisers around the country and this amazing company. I know you will enjoy the jewelry as much as I have, and I hope you have fun with the giveaway! Best of luck to everyone, and thank you so much for supporting me in my business endeavors and Grace with her blog!

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<A short and sweet note from Grace> I love both dainty, simple pieces of jewelry as well as the statement pieces and Chloe + Isabel offers both at a great price point without sacrificing quality. As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, this is a company that I certainly stand behind as I’m recommending it to all of you. I hope you all have fun participating in this whether it’s shopping with us, entering to win some goodies, or both! Stick around and I’ll be sure to share more styling posts with the jewelry that I buy from Victoria’s boutique. If you want to see some of my picks for you, check them out on her site here.

GIVEAWAY RULES: 
1. You must comment on this post with your favorite piece of jewelry from Chloe + Isabel. Additional entries for the giveaway can be earned – follow the link to Rafflecopter to enter. Only entries submitted to Rafflecopter will count! 
2. The first person to purchase something from Victoria’s boutique on Thursday (or starting at 11:59 PM July 9th) will receive either a FREE bracelet OR an exclusive necklace from Victoria’s personal collection. The necklace is not available for sale anywhere!
3. The first two people to email atinycupofcake@gmail.com will receive a coupon code for $25 off your order of $75. You’ll end up spending only $50 on your order then and you might just be the lucky one to receive a free piece of jewelry!
4. Have fun and good luck :) The winners will be announced on July 14th! 

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Thanks for participating!
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