Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

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This is a chocolate cake recipe you will not want to miss out on! It’s a simple, fairly straight forward recipe that will leave you with the fluffiest cake you’ve ever tasted. I’ve used this recipe for cakes, cupcakes, and even mini cupcakes! It’s a great all-around recipe that can be used for any occasion and any chocolate lover.

This year, I used this recipe to make chocolate cupcakes with a peppermint buttercream frosting, garnished on top with coconut shavings and more vanilla buttercream frosting piped in the shape of a Christmas wreath. I thought this flavor combination would be perfect for the holiday season and nothing too overdone. The subtleness of the chocolate in the cake paired well with the sweet peppermint buttercream. The coconut shavings added some texture and reminded me of a coconut peppermint patty when all combined. Quite magical and delicious.

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Watch my vlog on how I decorated these cupcakes!

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups of sugar

2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

8 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa

2 eggs

1/2 cup of buttermilk (see Tips below for an alternative using regular milk)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Combine sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl

  3. Combine water, vegetable oil, butter, and unsweetened cocoa in a separate saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly!

  4. Once the mixture has come to a boil, pour over dry ingredients and stir together

  5. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla into the batter and stir until smooth

  6. Prepare pan with cooking spray or place in cupcake liners, pour the batter evenly and place in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes (if making cupcakes cook for 12 – 15 minutes).

Warning: This is a runny batter so don’t be worried that it is not thick. Your cake/cupcakes will rise!

Tips:

  • Remember to always start with the lower time and periodically check in on your creation to make sure everything is cooking or not burning!
  • The toothpick trick always works to make sure your cake/cupcakes are cooked through. When the cooking time is up, stick a toothpick in the center of your cake/cupcake, take it out, and if there is batter on the toothpick the cake/cupcakes need more time, if there is no batter they are all done.
  • Let cupcakes cool for 20 minutes or until room temperature before you frost them. You don’t want the frosting to melt off!
  • An alternative for buttermilk is to use regular whole milk and cream of tartar. For every one cup of milk use 1 & 3/4 teaspoons of cream of tartar. For this recipe, you would use a 1/2 cup of milk with 3/4 & 1/8 teaspoons of cream of tartar.

If you decide to try out this recipe I would love to know your thoughts and what you made.

See ya later!

Jacqui M. Green

Holiday Makeup Looks

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Are you staying home for the holidays? Well, same:/ That’s why I thought it would be fun to share some holiday makeup looks that are a little more fun and bold than a traditional smokey brown eye. I went all out with greens and reds, so if you’re staying in the comforts of your home I want to challenge you to try some of these looks. Step out of your comfort zone and try a red lip or a green eye. You can always surprise yourself and find a new look that you can rock!

These three looks took me out of my comfort zone but all pleasantly surprised me. I love the 70’s vibe with the vibrant green eye but then adore the elegance of a striking red lip. Let me know which look is your favorite. I can’t decide!

1. Resting Grinch Face

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2. Candy Cane Wishes

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3. Let's Spruce Things Up

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8 Holiday Things to Do in Metro Detroit

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Times are different this year, but no need to fret, the holidays are still here! We’ve had to get creative this season now that our usual holiday events have been cancelled. Unfortunately, many indoor events will not be happening but restaurants are remaining open with outdoor seating, Christmas lights are now up, and retail shopping is still open (just make sure you wear your mask). Even though some of your holiday traditions might be on a break this year I have some other ideas and ways for you to embrace this time of the year.

Below are eight holiday things to do around the Metro Detroit area. Some consist of staying at home while others have you moving around and burning all those holiday calories that I know at least I’ve been guilty of eating:) Since times are different and many businesses are experiencing some hardships, I encourage supporting local businesses and restaurants in your area. This is an important time to show your support and contribute to their ability to stay open! I’ve included some shops that I love but please comment and let me know some that you like to shop at and want to share.

1. Support Local Businesses

One of the best ways to shop for a unique, one of a kind gift is by shopping at local businesses. I love exploring new little shops around the Metro Detroit area. They always have the cutest items that are exclusive to that store and most likely can’t be seen anywhere else. If you’re looking for a special gift check out some of the stores I’ve listed below. They have the perfect knick knack items along with clothing and plants. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of those items?!

  • Bird Bee, Detroit
  • Rail & Anchor, Royal Oak
  • Pitaya, Royal Oak
  • Leon & Lulu, Clawson
  • Caruso Caruso, Birmingham
  • Stem & Stone, Birmingham

2. Visit the Rochester Lights

An activity that can be done either in the warmth of your car or on foot! Explore the lights in downtown Rochester. Main Street is lined with beautifully colored Christmas lights from University Drive to Second Street. Each store and restaurant is strung with lights making for a wonderful light show to go and see! This is a great picture opportunity for anyone looking for cute holiday pictures and it allows you to enjoy some fresh air at night. Be sure to stop by Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters or Bean and Leaf for a nice hot drink to enjoy while you walk around. If you decide to enjoy the site from your car, simply drive up Main Street to experience the lights on both sides of the street. Driving it takes just minutes but I highly recommend jamming out to some Christmas music if you decide to see the lights this way!

3. Get Coffee & Visit the Tree at Campus Martius

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A holiday favorite in the city of Detroit is the giant Christmas tree at Campus Martius. It’s such a beautiful sight to see and can often be enjoyed alongside the skating rink. Before you go walk around Campus Martius I would suggest grabbing a coffee from one of the surrounding coffee shops. Some great places to stop are below. Ask them for their holiday menu, many of them have delicious holiday drinks!

  • Madcap
  • Ashe Supply Co.
  • Dessert Oasis
  • Roasting Plant
  • Populace

Make sure you check their store hours. Many are now limited.

4. Mulled Wine & Charcuterie Boards

One thing I have been dying to make every holiday season is mulled wine. I don’t know why I have a fascination with it, but it just seems so perfect for the holiday season. This will be one thing I will for sure be doing and I can’t wait! I also thought, why not add in a little cheese to go with the wine? Have some fun this season by getting creative and making a charcuterie board that you can enjoy with your mulled wine. There’s really no perfect or right way to make these boards, so I say go look at Pinterest for some inspiration and start making one!

5. Bake Some Sweets

There is never a bad time of the year to make sweets, but an especially good time is during the holidays! One of my favorite holiday activities is baking with my mom. We always love to make an assortment of cookies that we can enjoy up until Christmas day. An elf also told me that Santa loves them too, so better get baking if you want to stay on the nice list;) Some of my favorite cookies to bake include sugar cookies and peanut butter cookies. Another great sweet to make is peppermint bark. It would look great on a holiday charcuterie board too!

6. Shop at Holiday Markets

Like I’m sure you’ve heard me say before, this year is different. Campus Martius usually has cute pop-up shops that showcase local businesses, however, this year they are moving to Eastern Market. To shop local for holiday gifts make sure you head over to Eastern Market on 12/13, 12/20, and 12/23. The holiday markets will be alongside the normal market and will have all of the great gifts you’ve seen in previous years and more! This is another reminder to shop and support local businesses:)

7. Decorate a Gingerbread House

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Another fun activity you can do in the comforts of your home is decorating a gingerbread house. If you love getting creative and have an eye for design this is perfect for you! Purchase a pre-made kit or make your own and add as much candy as you want. I love only using frosting and going for more of a winter wonderland look.

8. Have Lunch or Dinner in an Igloo

Restaurants have been forced to get creative this year with outdoor dining options. Although some just have outdoor tents, others have heated igloos! Igloos are such a fun idea to enjoy any meal and not to mention, they are great for social distancing. These intimate spots allow you and whoever else joining you to eat out for a fun outdoor holiday experience while also staying warm. Below are several places that offer igloos to eat at.

  • Royal Oak Brewery
  • Brown Iron Brewhouse
  • Kouzina
  • Detroit Fleat
  • Bobcat Bonnie’s
  • Clarkston Union
  • Fenton Fire Hall
  • Vinsetta Garage
I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season. Stay tuned for more holiday content! 

See ya later! 

Jacqui M. Green

Style & Beauty Series: Fall 2020

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Fall never fails to be full of excitement, adventures, and new opportunities. It’s always a time to embrace the warmer tones and beautiful change in the color of the leaves. This season I got to celebrate my 22nd birthday along with a trip to Sedona, Arizona. During the time in between, I was able to focus more on fashion and finding a style that I am absolutely loving! 

I’ve gathered a few of my posts from the fall that capture everything style and beauty. Between changing up my hair again and switching my wardrobe to more neutrals, you’ll get to check out what I was vibing with all fall long.

Let me know what you loved this fall! Whether it was all of the seasonal activities, spending more time outdoors, or experimenting with your own style, I want to hear what you enjoyed. Also, a small reminder to take advantage of every opportunity, embrace the little things, and value what you give your time and energy to. Wishing you all the best this next season!

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Fall Color Trends

I’m sure some of you have noticed that brown was my color this season. To see more colors I was vibing with go here

For more browns and neutrals, check out my Instagram here.  

Nail Colors

Life is too short to have naked nails, am I right? Neutral shades for your nails can be found here.

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Makeup Looks

You can see my fall makeup looks and all of the details here

Go to my YouTube channel and watch my GRWM here for an in-depth tutorial on this everyday makeup look. 

Aesthetics

One thing I love the most are the aesthetics of fall. Everything from Halloween to the beautiful orange leaves can be found here.

Pictured to the right is my favorite fall drink from Starbucks. It’s the pumpkin cream cold brew. Must try! 

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Short Hairstyles

You like my hair? Gee thanks, just bought it. 

New dye and cut, plus all of these great hairstyles for short hair here! 

For more details on my hair watch my vlog here.

See ya later!

Jacqui M. Green 

2020 Gift Guides: Under $50, Girls & Guys

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My 2020 gift guides are up! I’ve included items that are under $50, for the girls, and for the guys. All items are linked underneath each guide, so check them out! I know there will be tons of deals and sales going on throughout the month of December so get your shopping in before items disappear.  I hope everyone has a great holiday season!

Gift Guide: Under $50

See ya later! 

Jacqui M. Green

4 Short Hairstyles for Women

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Cutting my hair short has probably been one of the best decisions I have made. Not only is it easy to maintain, but it’s also been fun to style and experiment with different textures and trendy hair accessories. Recently, I’ve changed up my cut and went from the blunt bob to a layered look with a dashing face frame. I absolutely adore my new look and the volume this cut has given to my hair. Even though it sits right at my shoulders, I’ve found a few ways to pull it up or slick it back just like any other longer haircut.

Below are a few styles I have found that work really well with short hair! All of these hairstyles are some form of an updo that’ll elevate your style without taking up too much of your time. I strongly encourage playing around with different textures for each look. I found that loose curls worked well for me and gave each hairstyle volume and dimension.

Half Up Half Down

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This look is the best of both worlds. If you can’t decide whether you want your hair up or down, why not do both? It is super chic and can work in both a casual or sophisticated scenario.

Messy Bun

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Take your messy bun to a new level! Don’t care about styling your hair? Whip it up into a high messy bun, take your front stands out, and voila! You have a cool, voluminous updo in just seconds. Want to make it more elegant? Blow out your front strands for a more sleek appearance.

Low Ponytail

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A high pony doesn’t always work well with short hair so we’re dropping it low and going with a low pony. Whether it’s slicked back or loose and wavy, this look is an easy go-to. To jazz it up, add some fun hair clips or leave out your front strands as I have done here!

Low Bun

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Get snatched with this sleek low bun. You can either swirl the edges or gel it straight back. Either way, you have a sharp, street style look that just screams high fashion.

See ya later!

Jacqui M. Green

My Favorite Fall Nail Polish Colors

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One thing I’m a sucker for is nail polish. The colors always draw me in, and my wallet can’t resist. What can I say? I now have a pretty decent collection of my own, and it makes a last-minute polish change pretty easy. From the fall neutrals to the bold bright summer colors, I have a well-rounded selection that I have come to love.

This fall I have been a big fan of neutrals – white, brown, cream, mauve, etc. These colors have inspired a lot of my looks along with what nail color I decide to wear on my nails. I’ve pulled together my top three favorite nail polish colors that I wanted to share with you guys! All colors will be linked in case you want to check them out and try them yourself!

For this design, I went for a gradient look so I could combine all three of the colors. Starting with my thumb, I went with the darkest color to the lightest. Since I was only using three colors I started with the darkest color again on my ring finger. This added a lot of contrast to the look that I really enjoyed! 

What are some of the nail colors and trends you’re into this fall? Let me know!

See ya later, 

Jacqui M. Green

Halloween Makeup Looks

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It’s October! Not only it is my birthday month, which I love, but it’s also a time to get prepped and ready for Halloween. My love for this holiday has just come into play the past few years and I think the obsession get’s crazier every year. No worries, I won’t become the crazy Halloween lady or turn into a witch, I just think the colors, makeup, and costumes are everything. When done right it’s like avant-garde on crack which is pretty insane if you ask me. 

Tons of creativity can come into play when designing a costume, coordinating hair and makeup, and adding accessories. However, most of the time this holiday is left to last-minute DIY costumes or whatever you can finagle out of your closet. This year I hope you can get a head start and be inspired by these Halloween makeup looks I’ve put together. It’s a wide range of looks, and no fancy additional materials required. I used all the makeup products that are listed below. Get ready to be spooked! 

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Fall Makeup Looks 2020

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Fall is here at last! The days are becoming shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and the air is getting a little bit cooler. I think I get the most excited for this time of the year since it’s yet again another season change but it’s full of more colors, new activities, and a change of pace that I really enjoy. Before I would get anxious about the fall. I would have school starting and then having to juggle all extracurricular activities while finding time for friends and my hobbies was a little tough. Now with no more school and the ability to have my weekends all to myself, I find it easier to enjoy my days and be more productive with things I love.

Of course one of those hobbies has been makeup. Along with fall fashion, I get most excited about fall makeup as well. Not only does fall mean Halloween but also a season filled with warm neutral colors that always entice me. The colors inspire me to try out new looks and test my limits when it comes to makeup.

Unfortunately, since most events have been put to a halt I’ve been stuck in my room with these makeup looks! So I’ll share with you now some of the fall makeup looks that I have been trying and have come to love. I’ve included both day and night looks that will be perfect for all fall activities. I can’t wait to wear one for a trip to the cider mill or a visit to a pumpkin patch!

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