Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Recipe: Girl Scout Cookie Cupcakes

Hi all! I know it's been a while since you've seen me around these parts, but I tried out a new recipe over the weekend and wanted to share it with you! I was inspired by one of the posts I curated for Rue Now on ways to cook and bake with Girl Scout cookies, so I whipped up two different variations of vanilla cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and Girl Scout cookies baked in. :) They're quick and easy to make and are a total crowd-pleaser, so I highly recommend trying them when you're able to get your hands on some Tagalongs and Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Come find me on Rue Now!

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted here on Cupcakes & Couture, although some of you have still been following along with me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter, which I really appreciate.

I took some time off blogging at the end of the summer, and then when work at Rue La La got super crazy in September, I decided to continue my hiatus to focus on my job. The hard work paid off, and I am really excited to announce that I'm a curator for Rue's new fashion newsfeed, Rue Now! If you haven't already, please stop by and check it out - we're curating all the best and most relevant stories in fashion, beauty, home, DIY, lifestyle, & more.

Some of my favorite posts so far have been...

I'll be curating 10-12 articles per week, so keep checking back on Rue Now or follow along with me on social media where I'll be sharing the links. While Cupcakes & Couture is still on hiatus, it doesn't mean I'm done with the blog for good! I plan to be back at some point, when the time is right. I'm still posting outfits on Instagram, and I love that I have a creative outlet at work to write about the things I've always been passionate about and have posted about on the blog. It's the first time in my life where my interests and my career have been aligned! :)

Thank you, as always, for following along with me!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Taking a Little Break

Cupcakes & Couture will be taking a bit of a hiatus, but please make sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook where I'll still be posting. See you all on the blog soon! :)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cupcakes & Couture x Miss Massachusetts

Happy Wednesday! I'm back today to share a collaborative outfit post shot with my friend and our current Miss Massachusetts America, Meagan Fuller! Those of you who have been following my blog for a while probably know that I served on the board and currently volunteer for the Miss Boston Organization, as well as judging local pageants across New England. I met Meagan two years ago when she competed for and won the title of Miss Boston and we have kept in touch ever since. She was crowned Miss Massachusetts in June and will go on to compete at Miss America next month, and since one of the four points of the Miss America crown is style, we thought it would be fun to do a post together highlighting pageant fashion.

This is the first time I've styled someone else for a shoot - except for the crown and sash, Meagan is dressed head to toe in pieces from my closet - and I absolutely loved it! I've always enjoyed shopping for my friends and helping to choose their outfits, but styling someone other than myself for a photoshoot was so much fun. :)

Amy: While there's no specific dress code for pageant attendees to follow, I consider each pageant a great opportunity to get dressed up and look my best! I think it shows the perfect level of respect for all of the women who have worked so hard preparing for the pageant and are brave enough to walk across the stage in a swimsuit, perform their hearts out during the talent portion, and look stunning in their evening gowns. This outfit would be perfect for an afternoon or evening pageant because it's classy, chic and sophisticated. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What I Wore: Peony

Happy Wednesday! Today I've teamed up with athleisure brand Peony to highlight some of their newest clothing. The name of the line immediately caught my attention because peonies are my favorite flower! :) My closet is bursting at the seams, but one category I don't own enough of is workout/athleisure clothes. I own a few pairs of leggings, yoga pants, some tank tops and t-shirts, but all of them are super basic and have almost zero style to them. That's why I was so excited when Peony sent me some pieces from their fashion-forward & feminine yet totally comfortable and practical athleisure line - no boring leggings or tees here! Today I'm sharing three outfits I put together featuring my favorite pieces - let me know which look you like best in the comments below! Oh, and don't forget to take $25 off your purchase of $150 or more using my discount code AMYBRECKENRIDGE25.

I shot this first outfit at Purgatory Chasm in Central MA where my mum and I went for a nice hike last weekend. I paired the paisley leggings with the black asymmetrical tee, both of which are super soft, for a comfortable yet unique workout look. I have to say that it felt weird putting on a pair of printed leggings for the first time, but it was fun to change things up and add some pizzazz to my regular workout clothes!