Monday, November 30, 2009

Perfect Picks for HOLIDAY GIVING! PLUS a few GIVEAWAYS for YOU!

For those who love their jewels and accessories we have handpicked (and tested) many tiny treasures but we have only a few that made the cut.

Just dying to know what topped our list? Skinny, Pink Sanguaro, Big Girl Workshop & Stiruppz.
SKINNY: Chic, Simple & Modern (oh, and VERY budget friendly!)
From the pages of Lucky and Instyle to Rihanna - Skinny pieces are floating around everywhere. From simple to statement we just can't get enough of Skinny. Skinny will surely make heads turn. With a funky array of rings, bangles, earrings and necklaces, Skinny has a piece fit for every fashion sense. The collection's versatility and playful sense of chic makes it a must for day or night. Skinny is made with the same attention to detail and premium materials found in high quality jewels, however, the price points speak to all budgets. Swarovski crystals, rainbows of colorful glass beads and enamel are glittered throughout the collection. Jessica Elliot continues to deliver innovative styles coupled with luxe materials, making Skinny the finishing touch for a look that is both fun and polished.
*GIVEAWAY* Just in time for the holiday season we want to give you a little gift! Skinny wants you to have the Large Domed Ring (below) to wear for your holiday party! Just leave us a comment below telling us why you LOVE Skinny! In the meantime we will tell you our faves.

Nickel Square Solitaire Ring: White Opal $22

Simple, classic, and is perfect for anyone on your list.
"Candied" Enamaled bangles $30

Snatch them up in all colors so you can mix and match making a fun & colorful statement. They look ever so chic stacked and we def recommended stocking up!

PINK SANGUARO: Modern Twist to Vintage Jewelry and totally unique finds

We LOVE handmade & can't get enough of Etsy so we wanted to feature a designer who made oh so pretty things. We just can't stop wearing Pink Sanguaro's Big Love rings ($10.50) in winter colors.
They are a perfect gift and they come wrapped ever so sweet ready to give. Another great pick is the bangles. We adore the Ocean Bangle for only $12! It is a perfect little shop to find whatever you are looking for at super great prices.

BIG GIRL WORKSHOP: Delicate, Feminine, Whimsical, yet says something....

The ever most perfect silver sterling designs come from this creative little shop. Currently we are obsessed with the "Believe" Bracelet ($32) – an exclusive Big Girl Workshop design. Both sleek and sophisticated it reminds you everyday to "Believe in Your Dreams." The gleaming script is cut and polished to perfection, and centered on a delicate chain.
Another adoring piece is the darling Peace Sign Cluster Necklace ($32) with green accents. We love the moss green fresh water pearl, green teardrop quartz and sterling silver charms clustered together on a 16" chain. Another perfect gift for the jewelry lover on your list.

STIRUPPZ: Keep Your Style Secure! Perfect for your favorite fashionista!

Stiruppz help you achieve a chic look at a perfect price that doesn't take a lot of time. NO Time, Chic, Perfect Price – three MAJOR things we love in a product! Stiruppz are a great stocking stuffer and perfect for any fashionista. We suggest picking up a pair for yourself too! Made of elastic webbing, nylon and alligator clips – we had no damage to our clothing and were comfortable enough to wear all day long! We couldn't believe the difference with Stiruppz. We had no bulging jeans at the top of our boots. They are a serious MUST and perfect gift for only $25!

Personal Tip: Roll your jeans up much higher than your ankle to achieve the right tension. Doing this will help keep your jeans really smooth in your boots! You won't be disappointed and will achieve the perfect trendy look this season.
*GIVEAWAY* Since we have decided this is a BIG must have item for every fashionista we want YOU to have your own pair. Post a comment below telling us why you just can't live without Stiruppz!

*All comments must be received by Friday, December 4th, at 11:59 EST. The winner will be chosen randomly and emailed the following day. Open to U.S. residents only. Skinny ring is size 6 and has a retail value of $70. Stiruppz are one size fits all and has a retail value of $25.*


Cupcake Mag has just launched the highly demanded blog "Sprinkles: Fashionable Treats for Chic Moms and their Babes" that features must reads for the fashionista momma. From product reviews to must read celebrity interviews and all the little things we can't leave without in Mommywood! Make sure to take a peek at our most recent interview with one of our favorite chic mommas, Tori Spelling. Check back often as we are working on things all day, everyday!

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As for Cupcake Mag - don't worry we are still here (just branching out) and getting ready to gear up for another season at New York Fashion Week too! Keep reading for all your latest fashion must haves, giveaways, and well, everything a fashionista needs!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Obsession is VERY Addicting -- Our Obsession -- MOGO!

Addicted and Obsessed doesn't even
cover how fixated we feel about MOGO.

Just a few days ago we received the uber cute magnetic charm bracelets from MOGO & well, we haven't taken them off since we put them on; it is currently our deepest most prized possession. MOGO is anything but your grandmother's charm bracelet - it's truly a modern and original concept.

MOGO is a modern, artistic, & playful line of accessories that combines interchangeable charms, linkable Charmbands,and reusable packaging for a completely new take on the charm bracelet concept. We LOVE how you can link multiple Charmbands together to make necklaces, headbands, anklebands, wristbands, belts and even special occasion jewelry for your fabulous, furry friends. The possibilities are endless (so let your creative side run wild) with MOGO’s fully adjustable, high quality (and strong!) silver hook that latches onto any of the charmbands rivets. MOGO Charmbands come in five fashion forward colors - perfect for the accessory obsessed fashionista.

It doesn’t stop there! As for the charms - the fresh, fun, magnetic charms connect securely to the charmband rivets with a powerful "click", providing one-of-a-kind personal style. MOGO Charms come in funky & hip designs such as 'Groovy Love', 'Heart to Heart', 'Peace Time', 'Pet Pals', and 'Free Bird'. You can get packaged sets of 3 in a reusable tin that accommodates a Charmband at the bottom making it perfect for gift giving! We recommend stocking up because you will quickly fall in love with this line - we have no doubts!

The Charmband can also be personalized with fun, vibrant letter charms (sold individually) for endless opportunities in spelling words like LOL, BFF, - which is just OMG so perfect for ‘tweens’.

The tweens we know are so hard to shop for, but the fashionable, high quality and affordable (yes, very budget-friendly) MOGO Charmband and Charm set with tin make the perfect oh so chic holiday gift for under $30. We promise you'll want to snag one for yourself too!

The "must have" accessory for tween and chic moms is debuting in December (just in time for the Holiday season!) exclusively at Fred Segal, select Neiman Marcus stores and additional retailers nationwide after the first of the year.

Sidenote: One of our six year old product testers loved her MOGO Charmband and Charms so much she slept in it (and the charms didn’t budge)- definitely the perfect gift for any fashionista in your life.

The website, will be launching soon so keep checking back often!

*Disclaimer: MOGO is Cupcake Mag tested and fashionista approved. We do not get paid to review products. Just like all the products we feature, this is just our opinion (and review) on the brilliant MOGO products mentioned above.

Trend Alert ! ! Sydney Evan Jewels

Photos Courtsey of Whisper PR

Sydney Evan's fine meets fashion jewelry has made quite an impact amongst the hottest celebrities, fashionistas, influential's and sports figures. Whether expressing trends, spirituality, cause, or personality, noteworthy influential's from all genres are seeking out this LA based designer to "say it all" with her personal diamond encrusted charms.
Most recently:
  • Sydney Evan recently hit "the green" at the THE US Presidents Cup this past month when the designer was commissioned to create a signature beaded bracelets in celebration of the internationally recognized event (see media alert below).
  • SPIKE TV, seeked out the designer to add an elegant edge to the SCREAM AWARDS on October 17, 2009, with Sydney Evan diamond encrusted razor pendants which were gifted to presenters, award winners and nominees including Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Liv Tyler, Anna Paquin and Christina Ricci.

  • For the last days of "shooting" their new movie Killers, set to come out in 2010, big screen notables Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl were presented with Sydney Evan's "pistol" pendant. Not only will this movie hit theatres with a "bang," but both Kutcher and Heigl have already been photographed out and about wearing their matching diamond encrusted guns.

Sydney Evan Jewels & the President's Cup

The women behind the men, were the ones that walked away with the true prizes at the President’s cup this year. The wives of the entire US President’s Cup Team including those of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker were recipients of the classic Sydney Evan’s beaded bracelet.

Sydney Evans has transcended the Hollywood scene, creating classic jewelry styles with a bohemian edge. Her beaded bracelets and jewelry collection is coveted by actors, socialites, athletes, fashionistas and entertainment moguls.

Sydney Evan designer, Rosanne Karmes, was commissioned to created the beaded bracelet for the October 6th President’s Cup. Inspired by the trophy, itself, she recreated it with 14 karat white gold and approximately ¼ carat of pave diamonds, strung on 6mm Sodalite beads. Each piece was engraved on the backside to commemorate the occasion. Recipients included Elin Woods, Amy Michelson, Nicki Stricker, Sandy Perry, Kim Johnson, Lisa Cink, Jackie O'Hair, Tabitha Furyk, Amanda Leonard, and Jennifer Glover. The bracelet values at $875.

Make sure you visit and check out all of the Sydney Evan collections then click on over to Bergdorf Goodman to shop or make a wish list!

POP this Holiday Season!

As we gear up for the Holiday season we are ready to party hop with Pop Beauty. The UK based brand is one we have come to know and love. Not only are they perfect gifts for the beauty addicts in your life (or yourself) but they are great to POP in your bag and go.

Smokey Eye Goddess Clutch $32

Twelve smoky lid finishers are all together in this chic sequin clutch this is a must for a girl on the go. You can create endless POP looks with a wide variety of vibrant colors to get the perfect smoky lids.

Beauty Cabinet Cassie $38

Obsessed with anything and everything PINK this is the best of the best. Make a fresh start with up-to-date pinks that are take you from pale to pretty in just a few easy sweeps. With 2 lips creams, 4 lip glosses, 3 silky cheek colors, 1 face glow, 1 black liner, 1 brow & line color and ten fresh eye shadows all organized in super cute drawers to keep it nice and neat.

Day to Play Goddess Clutch $36

From day to night you will look stunning with this essential POP color kit. From the lightest to the darkest of hues the uber fun zebra pattern clutch is a knockout item for every girl who likes to transform their look.

Visit Pop Beauty for more FAB beauty products and the kits mentioned above. All perfect gifts for under $40!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Chic Babes: Sweet Little Sprinklings

Over the past few weeks we have tried & tested many different hair accessories in our little one’s locks. After being sick of losing barrettes and hair pulling clips we ventured out to find the perfect match.

Bugalug is the perfect STAY-PUT accessories for the Urban Girl. Unlike other STAY-PUT hair accessories these stay in without giving your sweet cheeks a headache especially the fully adjustable headbands ($8) which us chic-momma’s can wear too! We adore the no slip bows ($5) to add extra sweetness and the grosgrain ribbon barrettes ($4) in just too fun patterns and prints! The newly launched 3 pack of Pony Loops ($10) are perfect for pony tails (and a cinch to use too!). Don’t forget to check out the Soother Clips ($10) for the tiny tots in your life. The multifunctional clip is perfectly chic to hold the lovey; whether it is a pacifier, toy or Sippy cup.

All of Bugalugs high quality hair accessories are innovative, unique and one-of-a-kind for every style that suits your little, or big girl in an array of fun colors, prints and patterns. It’s easy to express yourself with Bugalug!

As for Creative Clips by Colleen – well, you may have seen them around town or in your weeklies on celeb tots like Tori Spelling’s little one, Stella and Denise Richard’s girls. They are truly for your little oh so chic fashionista.

Colleen Connon, mother of 2, set out after an unsuccessful search for fun hair accessories for her daughter’s fine hair and well, became VERY successful as Creative Clips have became wildly popular. We currently are obsessed with the Blue & Green Peacock headband ($12) that even we can wear, not just our girls! We just can’t get enough of the girly sequin glitz and glam bows in a wide variety of colors and styles. And of course, we adore the Cupcake clips! All the clips feature Velcro to prevent the clip from slipping in fine hair. In fact, there is nothing we don’t like – we are craving all the oh so chic bows and just can’t get enough of these FAB hair accessories.

Addicted to Hazel & Harlow (Plus a Giveaway!)

We were introduced to Hazel & Harlow and have become obsessed with the fine sterling silver and 24K gold vermeil. We crave the delicate design. All pieces are hand carved, hand etched and enhanced with beautifully set topaz stones. Each piece has a very fine attention for detail. They are a true treasure for your jewelry box. Retail prices range from $50 to $500. The new accessory collection is exclusively available online at

Giveaway Details: We all know you are just dying for you own treasure from Hazel & Harlow. Well, your in LUCK! One lucky winner will soon be wearing the "Imagine Peace" Medium Pendant with a retail value of $125!

If you'd like to enter for a chance to win the pendant, just leave us a comment on this post (email included) letting us know why it is a MUST in your jewelry box! As always, please make sure you are a follower of Cupcake Mag. Good luck!

*All comments must be received by Monday November 30th, at 11:59 EST. The winner will be chosen randomly and emailed the following day. Open to U.S. residents only.*

we HEART fiona paxton


Halle Berry looks stunning wearing her FIONA PAXTON necklace during an interview with Natalie Morales on NBC’s Nightly News,November 12th. Halle gave the interview to talk about the work she has done at the Jenesse Center – a shelter for domestic violence victims. The "Sylvie" in oxidized is available at Bloomingdales for $300.

Halle isn't the only one who is fan of Fiona's jewels. Hillary Duff, Drew Barrymore and Isla Fisher have also been SPOTTED in the statement pieces.

Chic Moms -- Fave of the Week -- Baby Star! (Plus a Giveaway!)

For your shinning star - baby star creates products for the design - savvy parent and texture-loving child. They are great at balancing style and functionality while creating the essential items in a simple yet modern way.

We love the girl diamond blanket. The signature modern baby blanket is not only light weight for cool nights but is great for wrapping your baby up in style. We loved the combination of design and texture topped off with a fun trim.

It matches perfectly with the sweetest kimono set. Not only is this to die for set soft and comfy but it is stylish as can be! The kimono top has cuffed sleeves and side snaps. The pant also has snaps on the inside of the legs which is easy access for diaper changes (which we love) and has a perfect fit with a diaper.

Lastly, we just can't get enough of the oh so chic bibs to catch food and drool in the hippiest most fashionable way!

BIG PLUS: All baby star products are FORMALDEHYDE-FREE, making them safe for your baby and the environment! Eco-chic all the way!

baby star has given Cupcake Mag readers an exclusive discount code for 30% off your order. Just use code 20twinkle09 by 12.31.09! Additionally, please make sure you check our baby star’s fabulous weekly specials. We also encourage you to join baby star’s ambassador program! You can share discount cards and earn 30% commission credit. Make sure you apply today!

Giveaway Details: Enter our giveaway to win your own DIAMOND BLANKET! All you have to do is visit Baby Star and comment below by telling us your favorite Diamond Blanket Swatch. Then take a quick second to sign up for the baby star newsletter. For extra entries make sure to follow baby star on twitter, facebook, and their blog. As always make sure you are a Cupcake Mag follower too!

*All comments must be received by Monday November 30th, at 11:59 EST. The winner will be chosen randomly and emailed the following day. Open to U.S. residents only.*

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chic Moms -- A Sprinkling of Holiday Treats

Making our list and checking it twice. Trying to find out what goodies we like - from top brands we all know and love to new finds we can't get enough of - Cupcake Mag's Holiday Gift Guide is for all the little ones in your life that is already tried and tested by yours truly.

Cupcake Mag's Holiday Gift Guide for Chic Babes

Fisher Price: Snap N’ Style Friends are just adorable and is perfect for someone’s that two! The mix n’ match snap n’ style dolls retail for only $13! The accessories are adorable and the sweet styling encourages early role play. Little hands can easily snap-on clothes and will play for hours. And you know we just can’t make a list without including ELMO! Elmo Tickle Hands ($30) top the list this year as something fresh and fun for your any Elmo fan. Slip them on in a second to tickle and dance just like Elmo with the silly sounds and fun phrases. For the smaller babes in your life we LOVE the Amazing Animals Tubtime Tugboat perfect for bath time fun along with the Stack ‘n Surprise Blocks Songs ‘n Smiles Sillytown features many developmental benefits for baby and lots of fun!

The top 5 Hasbro games for the season are Sorry! Spongebob Squarepants Edition ($20), Connect 4: Spongebob Squarepants ($15), Kid Cranium ($20), Littlest Pet Shop Go Fish ($6) and Pictureka! ($23) - you will be sure to have hours of fun with these family fun filled games for a not so silent night.

Also from Hasbro is the My Little Pony Pinkie Pie’s Playhouse Playset ($45). This was a favorite among our little product testers with small hands. The playhouse is quite precious and has everything you need to take care of Pinkie Pie, the adorable pony figure. From a swing, potty, crib and other fun accessories your pony has everything they need to feel at home along with music, lights and sounds with just a push of a button. It is sure to be a big hit in your house this holiday season. For the creative mind, the super fun Play-Dog Burger Builder ($15) and 2009 Family Fun Toy of The Year Award Winner is perfect for those who love to cook with tons of burger building accessories.

Recommended items from Lego are the Large Pink (or Blue) Brick Box($30) that contains 402 bricks in 12 colors that comes in a pink storage case with transparent lid. Along with My First LEGO Sets in three classic themes are perfect for young builders. They make fun and adorable stocking stuffers for only $10 you get 117+pieces.

For the girly girls Barbie Doll Fashionistas is a perfect way to express your fashion personality and STRIKE A POSE! We love the trendy fashions the dolls wear as each has a distinct personality (Glam, Cutie, Girly, Wild, Sassy and Artsy) reflected in their clothes and accessories. For only $12 you can collect them all and pamper them in the ultra-stylish Barbie Glamour Camper ($80). We can’t get enough of the GLAM details!

Not into Barbie yet? Go for the PollyPocket Roller Coaster Resort Playset ($50) for hours of fun. Join Polly and friends as they pack in all the fun and adventure of a rollercoaster into a deluxe luxury hotel. The playset includes a Polly™ doll, pet monkey, rollercoaster car and luggage cart. Girls will forget about their winter blues as they spend endless hour’s resort-side with Polly™ and friends! It is on every little girl’s wish list!

As for the older girls, we suggest American Girl’s brand new historical character, Rebecca ($95). She comes alive with the story she tells and is a keepsake for years to come. We couldn’t get enough of the red herringbone dress and two-tone boots she arrived in that are authentic styles to her era.

For the tot who loves to pretend make sure you check out the Bitty Baby collection perfect for pretend play. We loved the Baby’s Diaper Tote ($36) which has everything your little one needs to care for her Bitty Baby all in a pretty printed tote.

Hidden Treasures

The Piggy Story: The “Art Folio” ($21) is beautifully crafted in your choice of adorable patterns (9 to choose from!) and keeps your kids happily occupied with creativity. Everything you need comes along; drawing pad and 12 crayons in a very easy to carry fold n’stow art case. Does your little artist need more? Opt for the BRAND NEW Little Picasso Art ($22) kit filled with 20 pieces that easily (and neatly) get packed away for on the go trips from car rides to taking it along to school. Each kit includes 8 markers, 8 colored pencils, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 glitter flue pen and 1 pair of safety scissors. Browse around at everything you need to capture your little one’s imagination.

Yubo Lunchboxes: One of our favorites by far the BPA-free lunchboxes contains a food-safe, anti-microbial agent that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Easy to clean and 100% dishwasher safe the lightweight YUBO lunchbox ($29.95) design and soft handle make it comfy for kids to carry. We also love the interchangeable faceplates, food containers and ice packs that fit snugly. This lunchbox should be mandatory!

Dante Beatrix: Sweet, precious, and just adorable are only a few words to describe the Little Kid Anastasia ($42) backpack perfect for your pink princess. She will never want to take it off! It is also a perfect spot for her Kindred Things bear ($40) from Henry Road. Stuffed with love the bear is made of vintage chenille and Henry Road scraps and remnants. No two are alike.

Perfect stocking stuffer! Crayon Rocks come in vibrant colors that look just like rocks! Ranging in price from just a few colors for $5 to all the colors for $27 the crayons are designed to strengthen the tripod grip muscles, preparing fingers and hands for handwriting are all natural soy wax made from USA grown soybeans and colored with natural mineral powders. They are sure to be a hit.

Color Me House is perfect for rainy day fun or to get those creative juices flowing! The Color Me House ($40) and Color Me Rocket ($50) entertain kids for hours and can easily be put together in five minutes, and we aren’t that handy! Your artist will love painting, coloring and decorating and will never grow tired of the fun. It can be easily put away and put back together for years of fun!

Disclaimer: All items mentioned were tried and tested by Cupcake Mag. We do not get paid to review this product, just like all the products we feature. This is just our opinion, review and recommendation on the products mentioned.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Because Green is Good

With the holidays just around the corner we have been gearing up for our holiday gift guide (soon to come!) but we just couldn't wait to share this Etsy Designer we came across last week.
Cupcake Mag is a big fan of designers making unique things for us to drool over, especially handmade. Luckily, we found the perfect designer making her own little eco-chic masterpieces. Someone who "plunders" thrify stores and granny's closet really makes scraps into something special. Why we love it? It is seriously eco-friendly and makes a great gift for anyone living fabulously green.
Let’s take a size 8 dominatrix stiletto that has been upcycled into a new life (remove the top of the shoe, sand it, drill holes for drainage) and plant it with something sharp and you’ve got your very own little cacti family looking eco-chic in a stiletto planter ($50). Just remember to add a little water and give it a little light. As the designer says, “It’ll repay you with a stark reminder of how hard it is to … well, to be a woman.”
So what exactly is the designer Rachel's story? We couldn't wait to find out what made her create one-of-a-kind items out of things you might consider disposable.
“Now about me and how these stilettos got started....ahem! I have a friend who is an exotic dancer. She was throwing away a beautiful but beat up pair of clear stiletto boots. I took them home- not sure why. I decided to plant them with sharp cacti plants to show how lovely and painful it can be to be woman. The concept is about hard-working women, the sometimes artificial nature of American feminity, and also about the impossible images that women face in our society. It's a prickly, spiky, sticky situation.”
And we couldn’t agree more. Rachel quotes Faith Whittlesey and reminds us that "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels."
Make sure to stop by the ETSY STORE giddyspinster (dreamy things) to see the many different exotic planters (from cacti to aloe in various price ranges) and make sure to pick one up for the fashinista (or yourself) in your life.
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