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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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.

<Boxes as decor>

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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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Weekend Snippets: July 4th weekend

Here are a few shots from my long weekend! I hope you all had a good one too :)
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The Lush SA’s at Bellevue Square are wonderful. You’ll leave with some great products (reviews soon!), a helpful booklet of all their products, and some very generous samples. The Art of Shaving is also great for men’s skincare that’s all natural.
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There was lots of iced coffee, fireworks from a rooftop looking over South Lake Union, a festive manicure and decorations, and yummy food like these breakfast sandwiches on biscuits from Morsel.

And lastly some outfits from the weekend. I’ve been loving hats lately!

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Hat: Forever 21 | Chambray: H&M | Necklace: Gifted | Tote: Longchamp | Dress: CottonOn | Sandals: Target

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Hat: Shanghai | Top: thrifted | Crossbody: vintage | Shorts: Nordstrom BP | Sandals: Old Navy

Be sure to come back in a few days for a chance to win over $100 worth of makeup and for a special shopping event I’m hosting with my friend Victoria. Remember to check out her site to start browsing for your shopping list!

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