Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Giveaway Sephora Lip Gloss Deluxe Sampler!

Happy Tuesday!

I finally got enough sleep last night.
I went to bed real early so I wouldn't be so burnt out today. 

I have another giveaway for the month of April. 
{I hope to do one of these giveaway's once every month}

I had such a great response from the last giveaway that I want to continue to do these once a month.
I appreciate all my readers, and I wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for you guys. 

Anyway, onto the giveaway.

The Rules are as follows:
1.) Must be a follower on Google Friend Connect(GFC)
2.) Must like my Facebook page
3.)Comment below leaving your e-mail address
4.) The giveaway ends June 28

And that's it!
Also for extra entries that are worth three points each:
1.)Share on your blog
2.)Share on pinterest
3.)Share on facebook

 Sharing will get you three extra entries a piece.

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Lorac "Chuck" 

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Bare Escentuals "Free Will" 
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Buxom "Dolly" 

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Tarte "Blissful" FULL SIZE

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I don't have swatches of any because I never opened them, I think it would be unsanitary considering I'm giving them away. 

Just remember:
Have to be a follower on my GFC AND Facebook to qualify.

Have a great night everyone! :)

Share, share, share.   

Monday, April 29, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Giveaway Winner Announcement

Happy Monday!

As promised today is the day the winner will be announced for the Naked 2 palette giveaway.
I want to thank everyone who entered! 

I really appreciate everyone taking the time to enter! :)




the winner is...



Elaine over at Honey Pie Accessories

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Please e-mail me!

Thank you all for who entered!
I wouldn't be doing giveaways if it wasn't for you guys! :)

And just in case you didn't win this one, tomorrow I'm announcing another giveaway for a Sephora gift set:


Have a great night everyone!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Work Office Outfits

Happy Friday! 

The holy grail day of all weeks is upon us. 
The glorious opportunity to sleep in on Saturday is now here.

I may look forward to the weekend more than I should. Hehe

I have some outfits for you guys today!!

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Kohls top/New York and Company Pants/Forever 21 necklace/Michael Kors Watch/Juicy Couture bracelet

Forever 21 top/JCPenney blazer/New York and Company pants and necklace/Michael Kors watch/Juicy Couture bracelet.

I had a financial management meeting this week so I wore the 2nd outfit and the other was for everyday work.

I have a question

What does your desk look like?

I never worked in an office and my desk is so plain so is my office. I need some decorating tips!
I know photo frames but what else!?!

My friends are on their way and we're heading for dinner, so have a goodnight and weekend!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Naked 2 Palette Giveaway Ends Soon & Upcoming Sephora Giveaway!

Happy Thursday!

It's ALMOST the weekend! 
My two very best friends are coming to visit me this weekend, and I couldn't be more excited!! :D

I just wanted to remind everyone that my Naked 2 Palette giveaway is suppose to end tomorrow, but decided to extend it through the weekend because my friends are coming down and I won't be able to announce a winner until either Sunday or Monday, but this means:
extra entries for you the people who haven't entered yet!!

But on Monday,  I have another giveaway for you guys! 

But, first, enter HERE for the Naked 2 giveaway!

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Here is a preview for the upcoming giveaway:

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I'm not going to giveaway away the details yet, but this is what it is for now!! :)

Enjoy your Thursday!
I hope to post tomorrow but if my friends are here I won't be able to! 

So if not, enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Apple Pie Bites & Need Your HELP!

Happy Wednesday!

Good ol' hump day. 
It's back. 

After my financial management meeting today, we had a staff appreciation luncheon, and had a BIG cookout. 
Everything was SO delicious.
I was originally going to make cookies, but am so sick of making cookies to be honest, I wanted to make some new and something that is fresh. 
So I went on my handy - dandy pinterest board, and decided on Apple Pie Bites.

And they were delicious!
I couldn't believe that they were all gone so quickly. 
Seems like everyone loved them. :)

The recipe comes from another blogger, but here are the instructions:
{I do not take credit for this recipe}
 These are my own photos though.

Here's the recipe:

Bite Size Apple Pies
Taste of Home

1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 pkg. (14.1 oz..} refrigerated pie crust
3 tbsp. melted butter, divided
2 medium tart apples, each cut into 8 wedges

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon, set aside 1 Tbsp. On a lightly floured surface, unroll the pastry. Brush with  2 Tbsp. melted butter, sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.

Cut each sheet into 8 one inch strips, about 8 in. long. Wrap one strip around each apple wedge, placing sugared side of pastry against apple.

Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture. bake at 425 for 13-15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 16.

So you need to try them! They were simple to make, I believe the hardest part was cutting the apples. 

Anyway, I need your help!
I have been doing a lot of spring cleaning this past weekend and I have a bare wall next to our kitchen, in our dining room area.
It's right next to our door to come into our apartment, and it's SO bare.


The spice rack we threw away because it was junk and everything falls off of it. 
And please excuse the container and bag of water, it's where I was cleaning. 
As you can tell the molding is falling off as well, so I need something to cover it up. 

Any ideas of what I can do with this spot?
I'm not very good with interior decorating, so I'm relying on you guys to give me ideas. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Forever 21 Shopping

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Over the weekend I finally used up my gift cards for Forever 21.
I wish I could say that they were burning a hole in my pocket, but they weren't. 
It's taken me a few trips to find things I actually liked in there. 
Could be a sign I'm getting older. :/ 

Anyway, like I said in my last post, I am on the hunt for clothing for the cruise. Our first one!
So I'm here today to share some of the things I bought. 
Waiting for the package to come in the mail before I take pictures of outfits. 

$13.80 Here
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$17.80 Here

$17.80 Here
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 $19.80 Here
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 Cute zipper back on this as well. $9.80 Here
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$14.80 Here
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$15.80 Here
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 $22.80 Here
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 $17.80 Here
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Everything is suppose to be here Friday, so I will see how everything fits. 
Let's hope the majority of it fits right.
Forever 21 sometimes runs weird, so I like to read the reviews of other girls trying them out. 

Have a great rest of the night!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cruise Shopping....

Happy Monday!
I leave for my first cruise in 33 days. 
What do I have?
A passport.
Well that is a good thing, but what about my attire?
From what I've been told, I'll be in my bikini and bathing suit cover up most of the time.
But let's be realistic, I need to purchase clothes.

So I picked up two items so far. 
And some from this past weekend {will share in future post}

Both items are from Kohls. And I'm super excited about them. 

I picked up a maxi skirt (which was only $19.99!)
And a pair of sail boat shorts ($17.99)

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How cute are these?! 

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Fitting room pics. I also tried on the yellow tank to go with it, but decided against it. I might go with a chambray button up. 

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So this is the extent of my cruise shopping. 
I have more to share this coming week. 

How do you prepare for vacation?!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Guest Post: Lauren from The Lo Down

Happy Thursday!

Today I have Lauren from The Lo Down!
She has such a great blog, and she always makes me laugh, and is so relate-able!
You have to check out her blog, it's fabulous! :)

Hi all you lovely cupcakers! Today is a really cool day because Vanessa asked me a few days ago if I would guest post for her while she was away at a business conference. “Of course I would!” I said. This is exciting because she was my first blog friend, ever. This is no joke. And two, I’m not a fashionable or glitzy type blogger (like she is! Hello fun outfits and jewelry arm parties!) so the fact she asked me is an honor.
I will admit I had a hard time coming up with something good enough for vanessa’s blog. I didn’t want to be a disappointment after all! But I think I’ve got something good up my sleeve.

But first and foremost, I should introduce myself. My name is lauren and I blog over at the LO Down. Basically my blog is my day-to-day life adventures, most recently consisting of a ganglion cyst and a ripped off toenail.
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If that wasn’t a great introduction, I don’t know what else is.
So back to that toenail…Yesterday, I blogged about how excruciating it was for me to slowly have my toenail ripped off by the front door to my parents’ house.  That damn door, you gotta watch out for it! So keeping up with the same subject, let me throw it back to my FRESHMAN YEAR IN HIGHSCHOOL.  Why did I capitalize that statement? Well because it’s so embarrassing that you need to understand I was already 14 years old and it is just pathetic.
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This is Chip. My beloved parakeet. I did everything with this bird, including feeding him popcorn & cheese balls while watching movies, and let him fly around with me in the house. He was a little shit to everyone but me. I fed him and took care of him and he really lived a long life. He was my best friend!
Well one day, actually, the first day of the year 2000 to be exact…this young girl and her mother me (14 year old, keep remembering this) and my mom were watching Animal Planet while taking down the Christmas decorations. We had been taking a break and during this time a segment on birds came on. It really was so cute, and now that I think about it, I don’t know why I loved birds so much but I do—still do to this day. I said outloud “aww how CUTE! Let me go get CHIP!” so I’m just so enthralled with this show, that I felt it was necessary to walk RUN down the hall to get my bird, like he was going to watch the birds on TV.

What do you think happened?
I slammed my pinky finger into the molding in the walkway as I was rounding the corner to my room. Knocked that little pinky finger out of its socket. Picture the way your fingers look when you mean the “L” for loser. That’s what my finger looked like (except it was going outwards to the left, and it was my PINKY). I yelled and screamed and my mom came down and said well let’s just put ice on it. Okay MOM, I CAN’T MOVE MY FINGER. It was literally stuck like that.
So of course, this resulted in a trip to the emergency room, on NEW YEARS DAY (did you forget it was this day). It was the year 2000, and the ER was FILLED with idiots who did something ridiculous to celebrate the last year of the 90s.  that had to be the longest wait time of my life. And it all resulted in pulling the finger out and setting it back into its correct position, and a splint…and an embarrassing story to blog about.
Oh to be 14 again.
Seriously, who runs after their parakeet to watch a TV show, when they are FOURTEEN.
Come on by and see what else I’m up to, it’s always an adventure!!
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Oh and ps: my mom swears she’ll never take me to the emergency room again, and made me aware of this again last night. Thank god I don’t live at home anymore and have a husband to do that!!

I'll be back on Friday. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guest Post: Holly Goes Lightly DIY Pearl Cage Nacklace

 Happy Wednesday!

I'm currently away at a business conference for two days, so I'm going to have guest posts for the next two days.

To start, Holly from over at Holly Goes Lightly is guest posting today, and I am SO excited to have her. 
I love her blog and I love all her DIY's and recipes. 
You HAVE to check out her blog, it's definitely one of my favorites.
Thanks so much for guest posting for me!

Hi Cupcake Couture readers!  My name is Holly, from Holly Goes Lightly :)  I'm so happy and excited to share this post with you today!!

Have any of you been to Silver Dollar City?  Well, back in the day my family made the pilgrimage to this hill billy amusement park (no, really!) in Missouri.  When I was there, I got one of those clam shells that they open for you so you can keep the pearl inside.  Mine was very pretty, and they packaged it up in a little baggy and off I went.

That pearl has stayed in the baggy ever since.  I figured it was high time I do something to make it wearable.  So, I came up with this cage pendant idea.  I tried several variations, but apparently bending metal is not my forte.  Instead, I used this simple spiral to hold my pearl.

You will need:
  • Metal wire
  • Pearl or other round bead or marble
  • Jump ring
  • Chain
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
First, cut off a portion of your wire to make it more manageable.  Then, simply form it into a tight, tiny spiral that is just bigger than the diameter of your orb.

Separate the spiral by stretching it downward, and place your pearl inside.

Then, simply continue the spiral, tightening the diameter as you reach the top of the pearl.

Snip the excess, add a jump ring, and you're done!

You can wear it alone, but I thought mine looked kind of pretty along side a little crystal pendant.
Happy crafting! :)