Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update: New Site

Cupcake Mag's new website is still under construction but we have given you a little tease below of what is to come!

Once it is up live (hopefully Friday) the new site will be www.cupcakemag.com -- you will still be able to follow the blog (as there will be a tab button for it on the new website) - our web designer Sarah has made it something worth waiting for & we promise it is 110% worth the wait!

STAY TUNED for it's debut!

Perfect timing to showcase the site as we are booking up our calenders FAST for Miami Fashion Week!

cupcake mag

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Text, Casi Densmore-Koon
Images, FLEABAGS website (www.fleabg.com)

An ideal Fleamarket tote used for a trip to the beach or out shopping - these must have sturdy yet chic totes are made of eco-friendly materials. Not only are they made locally in the big city of New York but they are sewn the old fashioned way - by hand. (I know, shocking!)

No toxic paints and no glues are used on these organic cotton/hemp canvas bags. They use a water-based ink and a vegetable-tanned leather -- can you get any more GREEN?
We have been obsessed with them ever since we saw the designers, Shira Entis and Alex Bell today in Georgetown. And they are MUST have on everyone's list. The best part - the are a season to season bag for our GREEN loving fashionistas and come in four shades!


The Saddle Brown Original Flea

It features the rich brown vegetable leather and a midnight black silk-screen. The leather handles are easy enough to carry or throw over your shoulder. The belts add a touch of detail with buckles. It is fully lined in a certified organic cotton that is the perfect touch in Navy & White stripped. It also has an interior zipper pocket, interior welt pocket with a simple leather trim and four nickel feet on the bottom of the bag so you don't have to worry about nicking up your leather!

Let's not forget the great size so we can stuff them with treasures:

16"H x 6"D x 16"W (at widest), handle drop 8", zipper and welt pocket each 6.5" long x 8" wide

HURRY UP AND PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY! The price is so worth it -- $400 for a environmentally friendly purchase -- visit the website www.fleabg.com or place an order via email at sales@fleabg.com! WE PROMISE YOU WILL FALL FAST IN LOVE!

Friday, June 26, 2009


Text, Casi Densmore-Koon
Images, L*SPACE website
Some text taken from www.mbfashionweek.com/miami (in quotations)

With MIAMI FASHION WEEK only a few weeks away we thought you might want a sneak peak from ONE of the many designers. L*SPACE was crated by So Cal's Monica Wise is a sure thing not to miss.

L*SPACE by MONICA WISE has received the "Mercedes-Benz Presents" designer title and the collection will be making its debut on Friday July 17th. The 2010 Collection will be one of the many shows we are looking forward to at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. The "Mercedes-Benz Presents" program supports designers that are dedicated to "quality materials, unique style and innovative designs". Known to some of our favorite hollywood fashionistas from Jessica Alba to Cameron Diaz to Audrina from THE HILLS - we have seen L*SPACE by Monica Wise grace many of our favorite magazine covers.

- The must have pieces & prints you can mix and match.
- These bikinis truly fit and provide a flattering fit to every HOT bod.
- Glamorous "GREEN" eco-friendly fabric in the "Slinky" design

- Lauren Conrad
- Mischa Barton
- Lindsay Lohan
- Ali Larter

just to name drop a few

Stay tuned for our coverage on the new 2010 Swim Collection & in the meantime you can find L*Space at the hottest boutiques or check out www.lspace.com.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Text: Casi Densmore-Koon
Images: Randy Brooke/Wire Image

WHAT: RENI LANE at Citrine
WHEN: Tuesday June 16th @ 10PM


Basically devasted over not making Reni Lane's performace at Citrine last week we were more then excited to chat with her (via email) in hopes that we can grace this talented young spirit one day soon - she told us not to worry as there will be many more shows in the future.

Reni Lane was born in a small town in VA but it didn't take her long to make it in the BIG CITY of New York.

When did your love affair with music begin? I have to admit my love affair with music was solidified through Disney movies and characters, particularly Ariel from "The Little Mermaid." As a kid it really mystified me how Ursula took away Ariel's voice (with that memorable melody) and used it as a spell - to me this showed that music had some sort of divine power and I wanted to live in that world.

Were you always fascinated with the piano or did you consider other musical instruments?
There is a romantic, personal quality to the piano that I will always adore. Growing up I loved the idea of classical composers like Mozart or Debussy sitting at the piano by candle light hammering it out, just the human and their instrument. But I don't musically discriminate per say. I love a challenge and every instrument I come across I want to get my hands on and figure out, whether it's flute, trombone or guitar or something electronic like Ableton (all stuff I've played at one point).

What is the biggest difference between UK and the US?
Well musically speaking, the UK is much smaller so I feel there is more community support in the unknown artist circuit there. An upcoming band can tour many places easily, get the word out, and receive more attention compared to a band trying to do the same thing in the vast expanse of say, the US midwest. But on the other hand I think the UK musical taste is more discriminating - which makes things harder, but helps the best rise to the top. I don't think there's a British version of Hannah Montana, but maybe I am wrong!

What is on you ipod now?
New stuff I have is Kings of Leon, Regina Spektor, and Bat for Lashes. Artists always in heavy rotation are My Bloody Valentine, Neil Young, Madonna, and David Bowie.

If you could do a duet with anyone, who would it be?
That's a hard question because I think a lot of duets work best with an interesting combination of voices. For instance, the artist I admire most might not mix with my voice that well - although hands down I would do anything just to be near Natasha Khan from Bat For Lashes, I have quite a musical crush on her!

What do we have to look forward to in the future?
Aside from constantly promoting my record online and in the real world (out Sept. 15th on Custard/Uni Motown), right now I'm deep into raising a killer rock band to "back me" on tour, though I really see my band and I as one unit, not separate entities. I want people who hear my music not just to love the album, but to be blown away by the live show. The main thing I want people to take away from the show is that they had the most fun they've ever had at a concert.

Who are your biggest inspirations when it comes to your music making?
Any band that can change and rise above what they're "known," for are an inspiration to me, like PJ Harvery, Coldplay, and TV on the Radio. I also may be the last person in the world who still loves Bono. I think his lyrics are amazing and his voice has kept mutating and maturing on a very interesting sonic path that always keeps me guessing and wondering...how does he sing that?

I remember once reading in Nylon Magazine that you were a fan of Topshop (we are too!) - do you have a favorite designers? what can we catch you wearing?
Fashion is all about customizing your own look, and I end up tailoring or repurposing pieces to my own taste, as well as mixing high and low fashion. My favorite designer of the moment is Erin Fetherston. I just worked with her on her new video look book and all the outfits are amazing! I'm a big fan of pairing one of her dresses with Doc Martens, or Apollo Braun with a simple American Apparel skirt and a vintage purse.


1. I love tuna sushi followed by green tea ice cream
2. I get a lot of ideas for songs from dreams - and I keep a dream diary.
3. I still don't really know what the word "hipster" means.
4. I've never smoked a cigarette (or weed for that matter) in my life.
5. At one point in my life I wanted to be a professional tennis player. Now it looks like I'll be at Wimbleton only in the stands!

Place for us (quite infectious)now has the top hits on our ipods and as soon as you download it we can gurantee the same will go for YOU! And while listening to the track catch up with Reni on one or all of the sites listed below.....


Inside Peek: THE GALA

What: The Jed Foundation’s 8th Annual Gala

When: Thursday June 11th, 2009

Where: Gustavino’s, New York City

Images: Wire Imag

A few weeks ago, Brittany Snow (wearing Alice + Olivia and carrying a kooba bag) joined Pete Wentz at The Jed Foundation’s Eighth Annual Gala. Guests listened to a private live performance from the Bacon’s Brother’s Band, Kevin and Michael Bacon while they sipped on illy issimo coffee.

Guest of evening also included President of HBO Documentaries Sheila Nveins, Travis McCoy, DJ Jake Hoffman, Stone Phillips and Jed Foundation founders Phil and Donna Satow.


The Jed Foundation is the leading the nonprofit organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide amount college students – a foundation we all need to support 100% percent.


We would like to announce the launch (officially!) of the One Dress website, www.one-dress.com. “The One-Dress Womankind Can Depend On” dress project has been officially dubbed.


Collectively designed and created with the input of over 1000 women from across the globe via online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc (we never realized our inspiration would create a dress. Eighteen months ago women on the social networks were asked to share their thoughts about their dreams, lifestyles, etc that relate to one simple and truly important piece of clothing – the one-dress!
These social women shared their likes and dislikes in colors, fabrics, necklines and season and that is how the one-dress was conceived, incubated and now released into the fashionista universe via their website.

Constructed of 100% silk knit jersey – the one-dress can be wrapped and dresses in as many ways as us fashionistas can imagine. Who can we thank for the one-dress? Creative Director Malcolm Harris of Mal Sirrah, Inc. founded the one-dress project.


A portion of all profits will go to benefit the charity Womankind Worldwide. You’re not just helping yourself look good – your helping others while doing it. Go get the “One-Dress”!

For more information visit the following:

Website: www.malsirrah.com
You Tube: www.youtube.com/malsirrah

From Mal Sirrah, Inc.
WOMAN KIND worldwide believes women in developing countries are a powerful force for change. Women have an abundance of practical ideas for improving their own lives and lifting their families and communities out of poverty. But this can only happen if they have the confidence and opportunities to articulate their needs and ideas – and be listed to WOMANKIND Worldwide is devoted to enabling women to achieve this.

Visit www.womankind.org.uk for more information.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fashionista Reminder: Borrowed yet?

Text: Dwayne Knight
Edited by: Casi Densmore-Koon

By now, I am sure everyone has heard of Bag, Borrow, or Steal; the luxury to rent masterminds that (newly changed the name to AVELLE) allow you to borrow designer bags and accessories on a weekly or monthly basis. If you haven't heard of the Netflix for bags let us help you get "in the know." For those of you who are on top of your fashionista game let us remind you.

This is a great website for those fashionistas in all of us who want to be seen with these great bags and the sense of the status they bring. It all started when the
founders decided celebrities, socialites, and editors shouldn't be the only ones (we agree!) to have the excitement of carrying bags such as Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada,
Chanel, or any other fabulous label.

The process is easy. Visit their website, www.bagborroworsteal.com and follow
the steps below:

(some text taken from BBS website)


1.Decide if you'd like to become a Bag Borrow or Steal member OR rent as a Guest.
(Members enjoy our lowest rental rates plus other privileges outlined below.)

2.Browse their exciting collections and click the borrow button on the items you'd like to rent. (They even email you when a price has dropped on a favorite item that has been added to your wish list)

3.Rent by the week, the month or for as long as you'd like! There's never a late
fee. And you receive special savings when you borrow for 3 months at a time!

4.Borrow more than one item! (our favortie part because you just can't have enough) For the first three months of membership, you can borrow up to three items at a time and one of those may be from their couture collection. After three months, you can borrow as many as five items. At six months your borrowing becomes unlimited - unlimited items and unlimited couture! Special guests can continue to borrow up to 3 items at a time.

Out with the old in with the new! When you're ready for something new, just return the item and tell us what to send next!


If you fall in love with an item, you can "steal" it from them!
Bag, Borrow or Steal will sell you any item you're renting. They will evaluate the
accessory's age, condition and how easy it will be to replace and let you know
if the item is available for purchase and, if appropriate, a price. If you
decide to make a purchase, they'll bill the credit card they have on file and
the accessory is yours to keep.

You can search their collections by style, designer, color, trends, or size. You can even view the bag size and how it would look when being carried! If
you are obsessed with Sex and the City, there is also a section dedicated to
the movie and items inspired by the characters. You can borrow or steal that exact
Timmy Woods Eiffel Tower Bag seen in SATC!

Memberships start at $9.95 a month and go up to $59.95 For a full year plus
rental price of item.

Just a few examples of the fabulous bags and accessories you can
take advantage of and bring out your inner diva!

Gucci Babouska Large Shoulder Bag

Chloe 'Myrte' Acetate Sunglasses

Chanel Veau Velours Clutch

Kenneth Jay Lane Bib Nugget Necklace

Prada Vintage Oversized Clutch

End note:
We are convinced that &6.00 a week is quite reasonable, about what any hard working gal spends on one and half lattes at Starbucks. We say keep the company's tagline in mind "Guilty pleasure, without the guilt" if you need the extra push to join.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Shoes =Bananas

As we all know Rachel Zoe impacts all of our lives with her fashionista ways - especially PIPERLIME shoe addicts who flock over to click on RZ picks.
Each season celeb-stylist RZ gives us her favorite picks for the season.

This week we decided to choose a few WE DIE for and must have on our feet!

Nine West Myth in Watermelon ($69)

Calvin Klen Dail in Dark Brown ($90)

Mia Hydra in Fushia ($40

Pour La Victoire Ella ($215)

Seychelles Juanita ($100)

Giuseppe Zanotti (540)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

JUST IN: Designer GONE Dancer

Vera Wang once said "all those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can't design anything without thinking of how a woman's body will look and move when she's wearing it." And now she might find out just how she looks when she shows off her moves on Dancing with the Stars. Rumors are flying according to NY Mag's The Cut. E! News makes it seem to be quite the possibility as they reported today that Wang has signed on to compete on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.

In the meantime we must not get to excited as there is no confirmation from Wang's camp or ABC - all we can do is hope for the best. With her dancing and skating background could she be the next to hold the trophy? The fashion industry would truly applaud something this surreal. Stay tuned.......
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