Friday Favorites 5.19.17

05/19/2017 19 Comments
Cupcake N Dreams Summer

Friday, I am so happy to see you!

What a week, celebrated mother’s day, Tulipfest here in the capital region of New York and fit some acting and blog work in. I’ve also been mapping out summer trips and working on new content for the blog. I feel like I’m trying to get as much done now so that I’m ready to enjoy summer to the fullest starting next week!

Let’s get to the favorites because I’m starting them off in a big way:

Summer Fun Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was at Target this week getting excited about all the summer stuff so much so that I picked up an extra pineapple float. I want someone else to join in on the float fun this summer! The chance to enter the giveaway ends on Wednesday at midnight and I’ll announce the winner next Friday here on #FridayFavorites 🙂

Catalina Island

If you follow me on Instagram then you saw this pic yesterday.

Catalina Island is the perfect summer getaway with your girlfriends! Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend trip, the views will make you feel like you’re on the Mediterranean.  Here’s my overview on Catalina Island! (For an extra chance to win in the rafflecopter above, pin the image for a Catalina Day Trip! )

Summer Makeup

I’m starting to switch over to my summer makeup which is basically this concealer, this eye liner and this mascara. I’ll add blush and lipstick for when I’m venturing out or when I need a little extra something. Mascara is hard for me in the summer because I haven’t found a waterproof one I like. I hate when they make my eyelashes feel brittle.

Is there any waterproof mascara that you love?

Mama’s Pillows

My mom had the cutest pillows out on Mother’s Day that she got from my aunt earlier in the year. She LOVES palm trees. It’s probably where I get it from! Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly where they are from, but I started browsing for some decorative palm tree pillows of my own 🙂

You Should Head to Huntsville

Ok I know traveling to Huntsville, Alabama is not the first thing that comes to mind when I say Huntsville. However, hop over to my post from earlier in the week and let me give you 5 reasons you should put it on your travel list. It’s an easy stop on a good old USA road trip or if you find yourself within driving distance, it’s a nice weekend getaway spot.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend 🙂


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Cupcake N Dreams

New Yorker blogging about travel and lifestyle things that make me happy!


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    Happy to join in on the summer fun with that giveaway!!! Crossing my fingers 🙂 I have never been to Catalina Island, but there is still so much of Cali that I want to explore!! Hope you have a great weekend girl! xo, Biana

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      I know I feel I didn’t get to explore all of Cali after living there for 5 years. There’s so many beautiful places 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    Amanda Klein


    OMG I’m dying – I’m a former California Girl LIVING in Huntsville, Alabama ? We were actually on the Gulf Coast when TBEX was in town, but happy to see the town treated y’all right ❤️

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      lol that had to be a change! I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by all the restaurants and cute boutiques popping up! I think it’s amazing that you are so close to the beautiful Gulf Coast shores. That must feel like home?

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    Kimberly Hatting


    I seldom ever wear mascara anymore….my lashes are brittle and sparse, and mascara destroys them when it’s time to wash it off. But…eyeliner and lipstick are necessities 😉

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      I know, I wear less of it in the summer because I feel like my lashes dry out so much. I don’t think I could ever give up eyeliner & lipstick 😉

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    Patrick Weseman


    Huntsville is a place that I have always wanted to go because of the space museum. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Yes! The space museum was amazing, totally worth the visit!

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    This is so funny because I was just in Target last night and saw that pineapple pool float and thought it was the cutest thing. I ended up passing on it because I was spending way too much money there to begin with. That is so nice to give one away. Catalina looks perfect! That’s definitely an area of Cali that I would like to explore. Have a great weekend! Beautifully Candid

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Ah I’m glad you entered!! I know what you mean about buying one more thing at target lol. Catalina is beautiful, it was a fun place for kids too!

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    Bri @ My Life As...


    Huntsville looks like it has potential to be a lot of fun!

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    Those pillows are all super cute! Love how they just scream summer and relaxation! thanks for the fun giveaway.

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    Diana Maria


    That pillow is so lovely, how cute! Your summer makeup choices are also so beautiful, ah this post makes me so excited for the summer weather!

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    I love all the travel but the pillows have me swooning a little! Entered your giveaway – super fun, girl!

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    Ooo, I’m gonna check out your Catalina island post right now. I listen to a radio show on Sunday mornings and they are always talking about Catalina island and I always want to check it out. I know a lot of cruise ships that leave from CA stop there!

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Yes they do! It’s the perfect stop over 🙂

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    I have a hard time finding waterproof mascara, too!! I hate the stuff that you can’t get off well with eye makeup remover!! Most of it seems too gummy for me!

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    I have family in Huntsville so it does not sound like a bad place to me.

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    Lowanda J


    Congrats to Lauren !