Wednesday, September 29, 2010

{new} sponsor

We are SO excited to share with you our latest sponsor -- Pretty in Pink Megan! If you aren't a follower of her site -- you are slacking! Head over to the newly re-vamp'd site and browse around to get to know Megan and her love for fashion. Thanks Megan for your cupcakeMAG support!


We really, how cute is she?

Megan brings you her many outfits, product reviews and even sometimes cleans out her closet and sells the items to her readers for some serious great prices! We adore Meg & her blog -- we promise, you will too! 

Posh Shasta's Beauty Product Of The Week!

By Shasta Moczulski, Fashion & Beauty Director

Essentially a facial in a bottle. This product has been in my skincare routine for two years, if I could only have one product, this would be it.

Epicuren’s Alpha Lipoic Omega contains all-natural botanical, vital vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids all combined to restore and combat skin’s aging process, as well as improve the tone and texture of the skin. It firms, minimizes pores and gives a natural glow to your face.

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Sodium Lactate (derived from milk solids), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Thioctic Acid (A-Lipoic Acid), Dimethyl MEA, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Lipid Vitamin C), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (derived from crushed Grapeseed), Retinol (Vitamin A), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Bee Propolis Extract, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Starch Phosphate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Bearberry Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract.

To find out more about Epicuren and where to purchase in your area or online, visit

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Surely Shearling

By Candace Cabrera Moore

This fall, the trends give us the opportunity to play with texture. From leather to lace, there's always something new to try out, and let's face it, fashion is fun because we get to experiment! The focus now is on shearling.

Shearling gives us fashion and function all in one package. The uniform wool not only provides the aforementioned texture for the fashionista to try out, but it also keeps her warm! 

The downside of shearling is that it is pretty expensive, but no worries- there is faux shearling readily available. 

And as always you can find them at two price points! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

My Side Job, Makeup Artist To The Boss!

By Shasta Moczulski, Fashion & Beauty Director

Editor-In-Chief, Casi Densmore-Koon and Dwayne Knight, Editors {2nd} Assistant & Contributing Writer having some laughs while en route to the QVC live runway show.

During New York Fashion Week, I had the pleasure of taking on the role as “makeup artist to the boss”, which makes perfect sense being that I am the Fashion/Beauty Director. Let me tell you friends, Casi has the most amazing skin. Pore less, creamy porcelain skin, perfect tone without even one blackhead. No, I am not saying this because she is my boss, but because it is the absolute truth. Casi has remarkably perfect skin, it was so fun to play makeup artist with such a smooth canvas. These are the products that I used:

Smashbox definer shadow brush #15

Smashbox tapered shadow brush #7

MAC blush in Dollymix

Jane Iredale eyeliner pencil in black

Chanel lip-gloss in Magnifique

Anastasia brow kit in ash blonde

Make Up For Ever foundation in #30

These were all products that we had with us for NYFW in our makeup bags, you can find them all by clicking on the link provided after each product.

I better sharpen up on my skills before the LA Fashion Week, as I am pretty sure that I will be called upon to be Casi's makeup artist for the events!

Lindsay Lohan: Wannabe in her shoes?

As we all know, well those new junkies that is -- Lindsay was hauled of to Lynnwood this morning after her court appearance in Christian Louboutin's. She arrived to court for her violating probation hearing today in Louboutin's that currently retail at Barney's for $1,195 -- the Madame Butterfly Booties. At least she was uber-stylish and will be showing up to jail in to die for booties! 

We ask again: Wannabe in her shoes? 

Tell us what you think. Not fair? She needs rehab? Tell us your thoughts! 
Besides loving the shoes, we really think LiLo could use some serious drug-rehab. 
After all - we love her movies and her style. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Trend Alert --- Minimalism

By Laura Perez, cupcakeMAG Fashion Intern

One of the trends most seen this season is… The minimalist: black and white look! Yes, black and white is the new black this season! Choosing minimalist pieces in black and white such as made-to-measure tuxedo jackets, blazers, A-line skirts and pencil skirts create the perfect modern day minimalist look. The best part is that you can add some edge to your look by pairing your outfit with pops of leopard print, leather or lace! Making it effortless to transition from day to night!

{1} Calvin Klein shows off the trend on the Spring/Summer 2011 runway in NYC
{2} Arden B Ruched Sleeve Fitted Blazer, $53
{3} Burberry Pencil Skirt, $349
{4} TopShop Elastic Waist Shift Dress, $90

Jillian Harris sits down with us!

When we found out a few months ago that Jillian Harris would be joining one of our favorite shows, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition we were beyond thrilled to have Jillian back on the big screen. Yesterday if you missed our latest news you can read all the details here and make sure you don't miss the season premiere on Sunday. In the mean time we chatted with Jillian yesterday about the big preimere and just what we can expect this season! 

How did you joining the team come about? 

After I came off Bachelorette,  I was asked by a few ABC exec’s what my next plan was. I said to get off TV! (laughs) I was in publicity overdrive and honestly just thought about going back to my old job and escaping all things TMZ and Us Weekly.  Someone asked me if there was ANYWAY I'd continue on, as a host or correspondent and I said no. And then I said the ONLY show I would ever do was Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – they soon called me up (I think completely separate from that conversation) and asked if I wanted to do a guest appearance.  The guest appearance led to a full time gig and now I've landed the job of my dreams!

Were you a fan of the show? 

I swear ABC is not paying me to say this, but I’m an ABC girl.  I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do, its The Bachelor and Bachelorette,  America’s Funniest Home Videos and Extreme Makeover.  (can you tell I'm a sucker for feel good TV?)  

We can only imagine how it is behind-the-scenes? How fun is taping? 

Behind the scenes is just as hectic as you would think.  There are fans lined up along the streets from morning till night all 7 days.  There are tents everywhere for people to eat and hang out to watch the build.  At night when the cameras stop rolling,  they pump up music on massive speakers to get the whole neighborhood pumped!  Its like a big party, where everyone is stressed out running around like chickens with their heads cut off! (laughs) 

Do you have a favorite episode so far?  

My favorite is probably the one coming up (the premiere) .  I was going through some really tough personal struggles in my life, and was loosing someone I loved more than the world.  I choked back tears the entire morning when we met the family. But when I heard one of the mama’s stories, about how she lost her husband – I broke down.  It was a huge moment for me, to realize that life sometimes just isn't fair, and you can love someone your whole life and STILL lose them ... Forever!   It was one of those pivotal moments for me, especially for the struggles I had been going through,  that as sad as I was, I knew I had a good life and lots of time ahead of me, it was important for me to be strong for this family and remember that I have an opportunity to give them love and support.  I left that episode feeling so excited about my opportunities and life!

We have to ask, Is Ty always yelling? He is always so excited! 

No. Actually he’s a pretty chill guy.  I think when he gets excited. Yes he’s yelling. And on the show... Everyone is always really excited so you see him always on fire! But... When we have down time – he’s pretty relaxed and chill.  

What inspires you when designing? Do you have a favorite room you like to decorate?  

I love decorating the girls rooms – I have been lucky so far to always get a girls room to decorate.  I can regress and imagine what my own would look like or even think about how I’d decorate my own little girls room one day!  I connect with kids, so as much as I thought I wouldn’t enjoy doing the kids rooms ( I was worried about the rooms coming off too cheesy)  I actually really do!  I love doing bathrooms too – I love a good spa bath! 

Can you give us any designer tips we can use in our own home?

My one tip is own your style.  Never make your space feel like you just walked into a box store.  Mix and match styles according to your personality and don’t spend more than you can afford.  I always say splurge on the items you’ll have forever and never get sick of (sofa, coffee table etc)  and save on accessories.  I like to splurge on one or two accessories ( my latest favorite are the burlap pillows from cottage coastal store) Also with art, I always recommend people connect with their art.  When I travel I look for prints, newspapers, trinkets, keys or any little keepsake that I can frame.  I now have a collection of one of a kind art, that tells a story.   

Make sure you tune into ABC on Sunday night for the big season premiere and follow Jillian on Twitter! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Alberta Ferretti Ready-To-Wear Collection, Milan Spring 2011 Fashion Week

By Shasta Moczulski, Fashion & Beauty Director

The lovely Alberta Ferretti, welcomed with great applause after her runway show in Milan.

Colors of the collection: Pale hues of cream, tan, olive green and grey.

Ethereal boho is what I would call this collection. The fine details, such as lace, crochet, draping and delicate floral prints will make this collection appealing to the ready-to-wear buyer for Spring 2011.

Getty Images

Tucker by Gaby Basora does Winter Florals!


Just because Summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean florals must be put away. Tucker by Gaby Basora has a variety of florals to brighten up your site this Fall.

Milan Fashion Week!

Gucci starts off Milan Fashion Week mixing bold colors and muted tones. Another collection we adore as Gucci can do no wrong.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Jillian Harris on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition

You know we are big fans of Jillian Harris. If you didn't catch our last chat with her, check it out here.

In the meantime, we are so excited to share this news with you! It has been in our planner for months & we just can't wait. Jillian Harris has now teamed up with one our favorite shoes, ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition. A new season of the life-changing reality show premiers this Sunday, September 26th at 7/6c! Not to mention, the team's first stop is in cupcakeMAG's editors home town of Baltimore, Maryland! Set your TiVo's now! 

Former star of The Bachelorette Jillian Harris returns to TV on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition as a designer working to make dreams come true. She’s still following her heart for love, but this time it’s in honor of others. Jillian says the viewers who tune in remind her that “kindness, humility, compassion and love are still desperately needed on TV.”

The special two-hour season premiere airs this Sunday, September 26 at 7/6c on ABC and will featurecelebrity volunteers Katy Perry, Raven-SymonĂ©, Shaquille O’Neal and the kids from ABC’s Modern Family building and designing for well-deserving students in Baltimore, Maryland- even through an epic rainstorm that threatened to throw the building plans off schedule.

“There really are no words to describe this opportunity,” says Jillian of working with ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. “I felt extremely blessed and emotional at times - just so grateful to work with such an incredible team to produce something so profound.”

About Jillian Harris

Jillian Harris first charmed an audience with her irrepressible humor and emotional honesty on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.  Now Jillian brings 10 years experience in the design industry to Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Growing up in the picturesque Peace River valley in Alberta was a catalyst for Jillian’s creativity and vivacious character. A self-proclaimed “polished redneck,” she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty or climb a ladder with heels on. Whether applied to design or daily life, she carefully combines elements of the metropolis and country, low brow and high class, and the classic versus the absurd. From ATV’ing and campfire roasts to perusing the shops of the Merchandise Mart for design trends- or searching endlessly for the perfect pair of heels- Jillian’s motto about ‘doing it all’ never rests.

While this lifestyle makes Jill the quintessential “busy bee,” those close to her would say her passion to make others happy might be the highlight to her multi-faceted personality.  So when Extreme Makeover Home Edition asked her to join the team as a permanent designer, it was a perfect complement to her love for design and her love of helping others. This venture was a cherry on top of her truly blessed life.

Outside of her work in television, Jillian jets between the U.S. and Canada to run her firm Jillian Harris Design, where she creates custom-made 18th century dining and lounge pieces, and collaborates on restaurant interiors with architecture firm The Dobbins Group. In her free time, Jillian thrives while traveling, taking in fine fashion and, of course, cuisine.  She is dedicated to charities including supporting no-kill animal shelters and recycling initiatives, and she sits on the board of Big Brother Big Sisters.  

Stay up-to-date with all things Jillian by visiting her website and following her on Twitter! 

Give your office an makeover with IKEA! plus a giveaway!

A few months ago it was time to re-decorate our office. It isn't quite finished yet but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the must-have items we found. IKEA is the perfect go-to place for all things home. It is great to look everything up online and check stock at your local IKEA. They have fabulous ideas and beyond amazing prices. Until we make the big reveal we wanted to show just some of the FAB things IKEA sent to include in the makeover. AND we want to help you get started on your own makeover so we are giving you a chance to win a $100 gift card to IKEA! 

{1} The Expedit desk in black-brown is the perfect place to work & add-on too. Plus, a great price - $50! 
{2} A swivel chair is a must! Which is why we choose the Skruvsta in a bold pattern, $149.
{3} Get organized with Kassett - the great line of paper & media storage. From magazine holders to this fabulous storage rack. 
{4} The Alang lamp gives the office a modern flair. It gives out just the perfect amount of light and is uber-stylish. We just love it and the price! Only $30.

As for storage - the Erik File Cabinet ($99) is perfect for hiding all the "mess" and clutter. It also locks so if you have important documents you can't let be touched. The drawers are for drop files which makes it easy to sort and store all of those important papers. 

So, this was a big inspiration to re-decorate your space right? Well, we can't wait to help you get started! We are giving one of our readers a $100 IKEA gift card. Read on to enter! And stay tuned for the big reveal later next month! 

Posh Shasta's Beauty Product of the Week!

By Shasta Moczulski, Fashion/Beauty Director

The new "Masquerade Fall 2010 Collection" from Smashbox.

When I saw the display and packaging for this eyeshadow compact, I knew it had to be mine! I always play it safe and buy the exact same shadow compacts, never daring to try something this dramatic. Each color has a strong pigment, a little goes a long way, but it is easy to apply and blend. Not only are the colors velvety, but stay on all day long. If you are looking for a new look, or just add some glamour to your current look, then you need to try this eye pallet!

From Smashbox:

"This opulent, limited-edition palette is brimming with a collection of matte and metallic shadows in a range of shades from super subtle soft peach and glowing gold to an ultra dramatic metallic cabernet and shimmering navy. Organized horizontally in trios, the palette is beyond user friendly. Shades can be worn solo, paired with those in the same row or can be worn with other shades. Sleek and chic, this shiny navy blue mirrored eye kit is an absolute must-have for every makeup artist."


Find more about this collection by visiting the Smashbox website!

You can also follow me, Posh Shasta, CupcakeMag's Fashion/Beauty Director, (and the whole CupcakeMag team) on the CupcakeMag|Sprinkles Facebook and on Twitter!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Burberry Prorsum......LOVE

Today, Burberry Prorsum showed the Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show during London Fashion Week at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England. Check out the amazing front-row guest and to-die for collection. 

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