Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What I Wore: Leopard, Stripes & Burgundy

Today's #ootd may be one of my all time favorites! I love the pattern combination of leopard and stripes with the burgundy skinnies and grey belted wrap coat. {Look out for the cute hood detail!} The iridescent bracelet and crystal bib necklace are the perfect accessories to keep the look streamlined and chic. Also, for the first time since starting Cupcakes & Couture, I shot an outfit WITHOUT WEARING A CAT EYE! It may not seem like such a big deal to you, but it was huge for me! I consider my black cat eye to be my signature makeup look, and I really do feel naked without it, but I've been trying out a more subtle eye approach by blending Bobbi Brown & NARS shadows to create a light smokey eye. Let me know what you think of my outfit and my new makeup look in the comments below!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cozy Style Inspiration: Snowed In

We've having a blizzard up here in Boston, so I'm snowed in today and working from home! I couldn't think of a more perfect time to share some of the cozy images I've been saving on Pinterest. For those of you in the Northeast, how's the weather where you are today?

PS: Follow me on Instagram for an exclusive winter warm up giveaway, open now through tomorrow night!

get the look: blanket

get the look: cardigan | slip | blanket

Monday, January 26, 2015

Style Inspiration: Miss Universe Pageant

As most of you probably know by now, I'm on the Board of Directors for the Miss Boston organization, which is a preliminary pageant for Miss America. The Miss Universe pageant was on last night, and even though it's part of Donald Trump's Miss USA organization which is not affiliated with Miss America, it doesn't mean I don't love to watch and take in all of the amazing dresses and costumes! Today I'm sharing my favorite National Costume looks as well as my favorite evening gowns. Did you watch the pageant? What do you think of my favorite looks?

National Costumes
Keep in mind that these are costumes meant solely for the stage, so they are supposed to be over the top and totally unique!

Miss Canada is clearly a hockey fan and a girl after my own heart. Is this costume kind of ridiculous? Yup. Do I absolutely love everything about it? Yup. It's not too often you see hockey and fashion together, so naturally this had to make my list.

Miss Argentina's costume was one you couldn't overlook! With so many feathers, crystals and rhinestones, it was ethereal and sparkly.

Miss France was obviously a favorite of mine. Love the beret, lace, beading and ribbon tied at the waist. It was the chicest costume out there for sure, but who would expect any less from the French?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Inspiration: Quotes I Love

Happy Friday! I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow - it's the Miss Boston & Miss Cambridge pageant workshop! The pageant is just over two weeks away on Sunday, Feb 8th at the Back Bay Sheraton hotel - if you're interested in coming to check it out, you can buy tickets here!

What are you all up to this weekend? I hope it's a great one!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Beauty Box 5 Sassy Sparkles Box

Today I'm reviewing one of Beauty Box 5's limited edition boxes: The Sassy Sparkles Box! For those who aren't familiar, Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that delivers 5 cosmetic samples to your door for $12/month, but they also offer limited edition boxes with full size products on a first come, first serve basis. The Sassy Sparkles Box costs $39 and includes over $100 worth of product, and it's hands down the best beauty box I've ever received! Keep reading to see what's included and what I thought of the 5 pieces I received. There are still boxes available, so if you think you'll love this one as much as I did, you should grab one before they sell out!

Sparkles & Pop 'Crystal Bib Collar' necklace - $24. I have a ton of necklaces, but I had really been missing a clear crystal statement necklace like this one that can go with anything in my closet. I've already worn it twice and I only received the box last week! It's super sparkly and easy to wear, and looks like it costs much more than $24.

Mirabella 'Sparkle Swirling Pearl' brilliant highlighter - $40. I had never heard of the brand Mirabella before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this highlighter combines shimmering light pink and golden powders is really pretty to use on both your cheeks and eyelids. I've been wearing it both ways since I received it and love the color for my light skin! It's a nice, warm color to use on my lids under my black cat eye and adds the perfect amount of shine, and also looks great swept over my cheekbones on top of my blush.