Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Keeping up with Kourtney

Kardashian is one name we all know (& love!) in Hollywood. From Keeping up with the Kardashians to Kourtney & Khloe take Miami to the pages of the weeklies -- they are everywhere and we LOVE it. 
Since we spoke to Kourtney last her life has changed - but only for the better. We couldn't wait to catch-up! Kourtney opens up on her style since Mason, DASH and a few things we just might not know about her!

Since we spoke last so much has changed. Last time we talked to you the first season of Kourtney & Khloe take Miami was just starting, you were beyond excited about Dash Miami and just finding out you were expecting. How has life changed since Mason

Well, life is now ALL about Mason! And I am loving every second of it. It was definitely an adjustment, but in the very best way! 

You always have great style. Always! Has your style changed since Mason?

Yes. I am all about looking chic but being comfortable. I am always looking for stylish flats that I can run around in. Amazing big sunglasses have saved my life, especially on days when i just don't have time for makeup. I also find myself wearing jeans or shorts more rather than skirts or dresses (in the day at least)...I like to get down on the floor and play with him, so you can imagine this to be hard in a tight dress. I'm all about throwing on some jean shorts and a white t shirt and not spending as much time getting ready...for now anyways!

We had spoken about new DASH stores. Are those still in works, were you able to find any locations? 

I would LOVE to open a DASH in NYC. That would be the next goal. New York exudes fashion. It is THE place for everything and anything fashion in America, so it is the next natural place to open a DASH. I am hoping to make this dream come true, as if I don't have enough going on already, especially being a new mom. 

This season of KUWTK just started -- we are sure it is another great season. What do we have to look forward too?

Kim dating a little, Khloe teaches Lamar to swim, I try and help my mom kick a nasty little habit of hers, Scott and I trying for baby number two...all the usual Kardashian craziness. 

Do you have any favorite brands you put your little prince in? We have to say, he has great style for a little one too! 

Thank you!! It's so fun dressing him. Right when he was born, I went through his closet again and I was like this is his style and this is not. Once I met him, I knew. Crazy I know. I love Ralph Lauren, Eye Spy, Petit Bateau, Kicky Pants (pjs), Appaman (outerwear), Munster, h&m has great basics, Fore, Burberry, Haiden Surf (swim trunks). I am sure that I'm forgetting a million others.

We are getting ready to head off to New York Fashion Week in a few weeks. What do you see being the hot trend this coming fall? 

I would say military insipired clothes will continue. I think leather will be a big trend. (shorts, pants, tops, dresses)

What should every girl have in her closet? 
The perfect white boyfriend button down shirt. Classic, amazing with jeans, pants, shorts, even over a bikini open with the sleeves rolled up!

Any new projects or ventures in the works?

Always! We have been editing our Kardashian Konfidential book! My sisters and I had a blast reminiscing as we wrote it. It will be out right after Thanksgiving. 

1. I was stung by a scorpion in college. 
2. I'm a bitch when I'm hungry.
3. I love crying when watching sad movies. 
4. I eat 2-4 double stuffed oreos dipped in milk before bed. 
5. I always have a book with me in case I end up having time to read (not that I ever do). 
6. I have had 3 panic attacks in my life. (all in closterphobic situations when I had no control)
7. I love interior design. 
8. I love going to the mall!
9. Breakfast at Tiffanys is my favorite movie. 
10. I totaled my first car in high school. 

For all things Kourtney keep watching this season of Keeping up with the Kardashians on E! - follow her on Twitter, Facebook and make sure to check out her blog here

one gal we currently & always will be obsessed with!

We first met Danielle almost a year ago when we asked her for a little help with our blog button. Just recently, we saw exactly what she was capable of doing when she re-vamp'd both of our newly chic blogs & main site, cupcakeMAG.com. We still just stare at the pages - it is just oh so chic. Not only did Danielle do both of our blogs in just a few hours but she has passion & a big heart, going full-force with everything she does which is why we just had to share Miss Danielle with you! 

Danielle, the owner and buyer for Shop Dandy and the editor of Just Dandy has years of experience styling and working fashion photo shoots. With a background of a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Interiors and Textiles she has worked in many different fields that has set her skills apart from others. She worked in retail which has taught her the basics of running and managing a store. She served as a design coordinator for a large home builder and it opened and trained her eye for color and design. Most recently she serves as a head and assistant buyer for very successful boutique. As you can see Danielle loves fashion. It is just contagious for her! We were so happy to sit down and chat with Danielle to get to know more about HER. 

How did Shop Dandy begin? 

Shop Dandy began out of a love to share my taste and desires. It all started with my blog, Just Dandy where I would sell "my own clothes." I was floored with the response I would get on my "blog sales" that people would admire the pieces I wore on a daily basis or to a special event. I have always had the dream to own my own boutique, and being a web based boutique, was the first step I took. 
It is fun, I love searching and finding great designers to feature and to buy from. It kind of takes all of my skills and puts them in one outlet! I love being able to run Shop Dandy!

Do you have a go-to outfit? 

About 90% of the time you will find me in a dress! I live in Florida, where the sun is always blistering, and I seem to wear a dress 24/7. Whether it is a fancy dress for date night, or a sun dress for a day of shopping, my go-to is a dress!

Describe your style. 

I would say that my style is everywhere and everything. I like the term "wear what you feel" because I seem to just throw on what I feel for the moment and event! My style is a little more causal with sun dresses and day dresses with sandals and then some wedges and bangles to dress it up at night! I love to buy what I feel great in, whether it is the hot trend or not! I love trends and take a big part in them but the best advice I can give is to take fashion risks but make sure you are comfortable in your own skin!

When and how did you start web design? 

I started with my web skills in high school. I used to trick out all my friends "myspaces" with designs I would create.. that was where it began! In college I took a couple classes in graphic design to enhance my skills, but for the most part I am self taught! I do a lot of designing out of love and love to help others feel confident about their online look! Be sure to check out Dandy Designs for any type of graphic design for print or web!

Besides fashion and being a genius when it comes to the web - what else can we catch you doing? 

I also have a huge love for weddings, I am the editor and creator of Florida Brides Blog a modern blog for the elegant bride! When I am not on the web you can catch me cheering and screaming for The University of Florida Gators. My husband is the Head Coach for the University of Florida Gators Ice Hockey Team! Go Gators! 

What is up next for Shop Dandy? 

I can't wait to take Shop Dandy to the next level! I hope to offer more sizes and styles for every woman at every age. Please stay tuned to the website for our full launch in January 2011!

{connect} with Danielle 

on the radar -- leopard print!

One of this season’s key trends is the most important print this fall… LEOPARD! Yes, it's back and in full force. Every fashion designer has been using it in their collections this season. The print has been seen in skirts, dresses, pants, coats, handbags, belts, heels, scarves, you name it, it’s out there. With this fierce print you can always make a wardrobe statement. But remember in order to make a wardrobe statement with this print less is always more.

Monday, August 30, 2010

beyond excited for launchHER

We are just so thrilled to share the best news we received last week - launchHER has a new boss -- the power duo, Kara Jensen Zitnick & Sallisha Armour! 

We are big fans of LaunchHER, an organization with the mission to boost women owner brands by assisting them with start up and spreading the word via online channels -- so this news was HUGE! 

"Kara and I are looking forward to bringing our over 30 combined years of industry experience to LaunchHER. We are excited to not only help women start their businesses on the best possible footing, but also to help them achieve incredible success through the resources and advice that we will be sharing on LaunchHER."
- Sallisha Armour

Photo: LaunchHER.com

The site founded in 2010 has had a very successfull start and received a warm response by independent women business owners nationwide. On a regular basis the Freshly Launched section features women owned businesses large and small from stationers, to potters, to seamstresses in hopes of spreading the word about their company and creating buzz.  Armour and Jensen Zitnick are excited to grow LaunchHER using more social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Feedburner and we excited to watch them grow! 

Stay up-to-date with all things LaunchHER

meet the cupcakeMAG {intern} Laura!

Laura resides in New Mexico and has an identical twin sister Lourdes that loves fashion as much as her. Laura has always had an interest in fashion. She took her first fashion design class while in high school and immediately fell in love with the creative process. She knew that fashion was the career for her. Laura loves fashion, reading and writing.

She decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at New Mexico State University where she majored in Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising. During her college career she was an active member of the Student Association of Fashion Merchandising and Marketing (SAFMM). Within three years she went from member, Co-Vice President to President. As President of SAFMM she coordinated and directed fashion shows. After graduation she landed an internship with a style website where she was contributing editor. She then decided to co-create two blogs dedicated to style and green fashion. She is now pursuing a Masters degree in Fashion at the Academy of Art University.

When Laura isn’t busy with school she loves to blog about fashion, sketch, read magazines, fashion books and chick-lit novels.

NYFW -- Fashion's Night Out!


This is one event we just can't wait to attend - cupcakeMAG takes the town during one of the greatest nights out - Vogue's Fashion's Night Out! And no, it's not just because of the cupcakes (or the cocktails!) - it's for the great cause!

WHO: Korres Natural Products 

WHEN: Friday, September 10, 2010 – 6:00pm – 11:00pm 

WHAT: Head to the Korres store in SoHo on Friday, September 10th for an evening of cocktails, cupcakes and makeovers. The event will feature ‘Detox Bubbles, Cupcakes & More’ for guests to enjoy as they help VOGUE magazine celebrate a night of fashion. The stores will include a detox bar serving complimentary antioxidant-infused cocktails based on the Greek skincare brand’s natural ingredients – Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Thyme Honey & Raspberry – along with delicious cupcakes also ‘packed’ with natural ingredients.  

Attendees can detox on the outside as well with a complimentary Korres makeover or advice on how to wear VOGUE’s hottest color looks of the season using 'green' make-up. All guests will receive a product samples including global bestsellers. 

WHERE: KORRES / 110 Wooster Str. [btw Prince & Spring, SoHo, NY]  

RSVP: To book a complimentary makeover, call: Korres Store 212-219-0683 or Woosterstreet@korresusa.com 

WHY: In a global initiative to promote retail, restore consumer confidence, and celebrate fashion, U.S. and international editions of Vogue are coordinating evening extravaganzas in their respective world fashion capitals. The first evening of New York Fashion Week, Fashion's Night Out will encompass an array of festivities. 

ABOUT:  Korres Natural Products is a Greek skincare brand with roots in the first Homeopathic Pharmacy of Athens. The first Korres product was an aromatic herbal syrup with honey and aniseed, a recipe inspired by "rakomelon", a warming spirit-with-honey concoction, which George Korres' grandfather used to favour in his hometown on the island of Naxos. Set up in 1996 with the aim to utilize its extensive scientific resources for the development of clinical effective and safe products, the company today offers a natural and certified organic skin & hair care range, a make-up line as well as suncare products and herbal preparations. 

    cupcakeMAG: home edition

    In June, CHI Home sent us this amazing Ceramic Clothing Iron and guess what? -- we haven't stopped ironing since! This is by far the newest standard in home appliances as it incorporates the latest Advanced American Technology including ceramic, ionic and far infrared to release wrinkles in the most delicate of fabrics in record time. We couldn't believe how fast it heats up! 

    Thoughtfully designed, the flash heating red and gray iron has a smooth nonstick ceramic sole plate. Why Ceramic? Just as hair, clothes are also made up of fibers. Traditional metal plates can burn, snag and eventually deform the fibers. The ceramic sole plate of the CHI Home Ceramic Clothing iron glides easily across different materials without snagging and burning. When set to the appropriate temperature, one glide will eliminate wrinkles—even on the most delicate of fabrics such as satin, silk and nylon. A ceramic surface means less wear and tear on fabric for prolonged longevity of your favorite clothing. As it releases wrinkles, the CHI Iron collects dust directly to the sole plate. White and gray specs of dust will be visible upon use. To clean, simply let the iron cool and wipe with a soft cloth to remove any residue.

    Why else we LOVE it: 
    - Precision tip maneuvers into hard reach areas like those pleats in dresses, pockets and collars
    - You can adjust the heat for different fabrics with the very accurate temperature dial. 

    - The many functions include: spraying, a spray on water directly on cloth; steam ironing, continuous steam for higher temperature ironing; and burst of steam, an extra boost of steam to treat stubborn wrinkles. 
    - The self cleaning option loosens minerals for top steam performance each and every time. Built-in stand provides vertical stability. A better engineered iron equals better performance, faster results and less time ironing.

    For more information, visit www.chihome.com, $89.99 -- go buy-it now, you won't regret it! 

    About CHI Home, LLC
    Established in 2009 by President Shauky Gulamani, CHI HOME, LLC has integrated Innovative Technologies including Ceramic, Far Infrared, Nano Silver and UV-C into daily household items for a more efficient and healthier lifestyle. Gulamani, an instrumental party in the development of the original CHI iron, propagated the technologies he applied to the professional hair care for “An Environmental Lifestyle offering today’s smart consumer unique superior products at an everyday affordable price.” CHI Home currently has lines in home care, hair care, personal care and kitchenware.

    Posh Shasta's Rent the Runway Experience + a FABulous giveaway!

    By Shasta Moczulski, Contributing Writer

    Fashion is my addiction; clothes, handbags, jewels (real or costume), shoes.... all of it and I can never get enough!  Have I been know to wear a cocktail dress to a play-date?  Yes.  To work?  Yes.  Red Robin?  Yes!  My out of control obsession with cocktail dresses would be tolerable if I wore them each over and over, but being the girly girl that I am,  repeating a fab dress is not something I enjoy.  Simple black sheath?  Yes, of course I can repeat the classics, it's the "special dresses", the ones with verve, that only get a one time wear from me.  Knowing that this was a crime against fashion to have such delightful dresses hanging in my closet, that would NEVER be worn again, I started swapping gowns with friends!  This was our way to recycle and to save a few $$$ on dresses.  I thought I was BRILLIANT, until I was introduced to Rent the Runway.  

    Fashion dreams started coming true as I zipped through the website!  Really I wanted to try them all!  My birthday was coming up and I needed a fresh party dress, but did not want to spend the $400+ for the dress that I wanted to buy from another website.  My hesitation held me back, but after I scanned the information about how the renting process works, I started to get excited!  Before I go farther in my story, click below to see how RTR works:

    The choices available on RTR are incredible!  After the grueling process (I know, rough problem right?) of choosing which dress to wear for my birthday party, I chose the  Robert Rodriguez Black Label Asymmetric Roaring Red Dress

    Emily, from RTR's customer service department helped me with additional questions and concerns that I had.  I must say that the customer service that I received was the best that I have had in so long, that I cannot remember the last time I had great customer service.  My hesitation lingered as I waited for the dresses to be delivered on the date that I chose.  You are asking "Dresses?  I thought you chose just one?"  True my friends, but you get to choose two sizes in the dress you choose, insuring a fab fit!  I only chose one dress for my party, but you can select several selections.  

    Here are my favorite things about Rent The Runway:
    • Great selection of current dresses.
    • Prices that are much easier on the wallet, compared to buying the dress at full price.
    • The customer is in the driver's seat, you select the delivery date for your occasion and it is guaranteed to be delivered that day.
    • Receiving your selection in two sizes, is like insurance to make sure that your choice will fit. 
    • The pre-posted envelope that you put your dresses in after the event, make returning your Cinderella gown beyond easy!
    Will I use this service again?  Absolutely and I think that you should too!  You can keep up with all of the latest styles at Rent the Runway and follow RTR on Twitter! 

    Read on to enter the FABulous giveaway from Rent the Runway! $100 Gift Card for you to get started! 

    January Jones is simply divine

    January Jones went fashion-forward last night by choosing a bold blue, ruffled Versace gown -- we die over the asymmetrical hemline! And let's not forget to mention those Cartier jewels! 

    Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta

    Navy. Ruffles. Sweetheart Neckline. Perfection for Lea Michele. 
    There isn't really much we can say - it is just a perfect gown with just the right bling! 


    BIG, BOLD, ACCESSORIES at the Emmy's!

    The stars really stacked up at the Emmys with plenty of bold choices. 


    Team Kate at the Emmys!

    Kate Gosselin did it right by keeping it simple & chic with minimal make-up and a classic up-do. She just shimmered in a black sequin halter gown. 

    We bet John is bitting his tongue now......GO KATE! 

    The Emmys: Claire Danes is perfection in Armani Prive

    Claire Danes accessory at the Emmys was her Armani Prive. In perfection with no accessories minus the earrings - she was a classic beauty and we just died over her look. Tell us, what did you think?

    Who rocked it at the Emmy's? Heidi Klum did!

    We can't say much but - she looked amazing. Yes, the dress may have been a tad short but she is Heidi Klum and a mother of 4 - she rocked the Marchesa.

    And the necklace is to die for -- we LOVE! 

    Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images 

    How to Get the Look -- Anna Paquin at the Emmy's


    INSPIRATION:  A soft yet glamorous look to compliment her dress by Alexander McQueen.


    On wet hair, Renato Campora applied the Fekkai Full Blown Volume™ Styling Whip to the roots and the Fekkai Coiff™ Perfecteur Anti-Frizz Silkening Crème.  Once dried, he used a  ½ inch curling iron and set the hair in pin curls.  After 15 minutes, Campora removed the curls and ran his fingers through the hair to loosen and create shape.   Next, he pulled the hair back into a high French twist, revealing the nape of her neck, and secured with bobby pins.   To create volume, Campora loosened the hair at the crown of her head, resulting in a softer, yet ultimately glamorous style.  He finished the look withFekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray.

    THE PRODUCTS ALL BY FEKKAI: Fekkai Full Blown Volume™ Styling Whip ($23), Fekkai Coiff™ Perfecteur Anti-Frizz Silkening Crème ($25) Fekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray ($23).AVAILABLE AT FREDERIC FEKKAI SALONS, NORDSTROM, NEIMAN MARCUS, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE AND FEKKAI.COM

    And let's not forget to mention the beautiful new rock she has on her finger! We love the jewels & the freshly painted dark nails. 

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