Friday, March 25, 2011

Sneak Peek: Kinder Kouture

We are just so excited to share with you this amazing Etsy designer we came across! The sweet, and so kind Jeannine of Kinder Kouture gives us super sweet twirly skirts, ruffle pants and dresses galore. We can't wait to share our chat with you next month - another great mom owned biz we LOVE! 

Kinder Kouture is currently closed on Etsy but will be back up in full swing soon!
Until they return make sure you LIKE them on Facebook
cupcakeMAG LOVES Kinder Kouture! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Featured Etsy Designer -- Lisa of Embellish Kids! Plus a giveaway!

Lisa Blackmon isn't just an amazing Etsy designer - she has her own boutique too! Embellish Kids Boutique is one of our favorite Etsy shops filled with sweet dresses that twirl and oh-so-cute fabrics. The HANDmade with love quality is just perfection. There isn't one thing in her shop we don't love - everything is just FABulous! We were so thrilled to chat with the designer AND you should thank her because......she is giving you a chance to win $30 to her shop. Read on to see why Embellish Kids Boutique is our favorite and get to know Lisa! 

{1} What made you begin your shop? 

A couple of years ago, my neighbor approached me about making some dresses for her girls. I was blessed with boys, so at the time I knew nothing about girl’s fashion. It turned out that the dresses she wanted were pillowcase dresses. I made them and received so many compliments, I decided to make more. I took them to a local trade days market and sold them all! My entrepreneurial spirit took over and Embellish Kids Boutique was born.

{2}What inspired the name? 

The name came so easy to me. Embellish means to beautify by ornamentation and that is exactly what I am trying to do with my clothes. I grew up in Louisiana so I have a strong Southern influence on my designs which include lots of ruffles and lace. I want little girls to feel beautiful when they wear my designs.

{3} When you aren’t sewing what can we find you doing? 

I am a total family person. All of my spare time is spent with my husband, Clark and 3-year old son Eric. Even if it’s just hanging around the house, we are all happier when we are together.

The Twirl Top & Ruffle Pant Sets are a cupcakeMAG favorite! 

{4} What are some of your other favorite Etsy shops? 

I love shopping for new patterns. I am always looking for new designs to create. My favorite shop is Whimsy Couture ( She sells patterns in pdf format that includes all sizes in one pattern which makes it easy to create multiple sizes for my boutique.

{4} What is up next for you? 

More growth, I hope. This last year has been amazing, including my first Embellish Kids Boutique Fall Fashion show. But I am working diligently to grow both my retail location (Salado, TX) as well as my online store. Nothing makes me happier than to see little children wearing my clothes, so I want more people to learn about my designs and hopefully love them.

READ ON to enter the GIVEAWAY! 

Just A Little Bit Retro Peasant Dress ($30) is perfect over jeans or leggings too! 
It totally completes the look!

Shop Embellish Kids

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Beauty Must Have!

We are seriously crushin' over Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms. Can we say LOVE? Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms take the passion for Burt's Bees Balms to the next level with a hint of sheer color in six modern, wearable shades and a sweet natural flavor. Perfect for any mommaista on-the-go! The moisture-rich Shea Butter and Vitamin E, leaves lips feeling smooth, healthy and hydrated -- what's not to love? Perfect for any woman who needs a little touch of neutral, pink and red - one from each of the shade families. No mirror required -- just a desire for a little color to compliment your lip care regimen. It's not just about a pretty face - it gives you the color and moisture your lips needs. It is the perfect color fix on a budget (only $6.99) and worth checking out next time you hit your local drugstore. Did we mention, it is 100% all natural too? Eco-chic is the way to go ladies!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

baby star is having a major tote sale!

super sale on totes at over 60% off! baby star's signature and stylish rock the tote comes with a wipe case and is the perfect accessory for spring. plus great prices on bedding, fitted sheets, knit blankets, ruffle skirts for girls and johnny pants for boys.

notes = quantities limited to inventory on hand and please allow for 1 week to ship. no returns or exchanges on sale items.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Check out the long awaited Pink Silhouette 1st Birthday Party on Pizzazzerie!

Oh yes! You are reading correctly! It finally has arrived! Our Editors' Little, Kennadi, celebrated her 1st Birthday last month so head over to Pizzazzerie right now to check it out! More details to come on cupcakeMAG too! 

Want to know more about Pizzazzerie? Check out our chat with Editor and Founder, Courtney here. We just ADORE her so very much! 

A BIG thanks to all of those FABulous ladies who made it possible! 

First Birthday Party Feature: Behind-the-Scenes!

Not just for a tea party! 
We used Pottery Barn Kids' Porcelain Tea Set ($59) to give the perfect shabby chic look 
for our First Birthday Feature! 

The printed buckets from Pottery Barn Kids aren't just for pretty storage! We used them to hold the guest favors along with personalized water bottles. See, it is always good to think outside of the box! So many things have more then one use and the printed buckets are definitely one of them. From pretty table decor for Spring to party decor and oh-so-pretty storage. We adore their multi-tasking abilities! 

Stay tuned for all the details on our First Birthday Party Feature from the paper goods, sweets, cake, guest favors and so much more! It was a fun-filled event and we are thrilled to share all the details! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Vote! Vote! Vote! Please! Please! Please!

Alright cupcakeMAG loves - we really need a favor!

We asked you yesterday in the Editors' Note but now we are beggin' for some lovin'. Our dear friends and biz partners over at Monkey-Toes Shoes and Cutie Pa Tutus need our help and it seriously takes ONE second and ONE click. Head over to right now and vote for them! We feel they totally deserve 2011 Readers' Choice Award! Need a reason? See why we think Cutie Pa Tutus runs the tutu biz here and our serious love for Monkey-Toes here!

Vote for Monkey-Toes here.

Vote for Cutie Pa Tutus here.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

cupcakeMAG celebrates: Under the Sea Birthday featuring Anders Ruff Custom Designs!

{Invitation by Anders Ruff Custom Designs. Get it HERE!}
First, we have to say WOW and a BIG major THANK YOU to Anders Ruff Custom Designs. We worked with the lovely Maureen and she couldn't have been more amazing when it came to the design and inspiration for this party. She knew exactly what we wanted and was so amazing getting everything to us. One thing we LOVE about Anders Ruff is they design everything for you and the finished product is a beautiful PDF will full directions so you never run out of anything! Print, print, and print! Everything you need is at your finger tips and you have a digital file forever! Can it get any better? We don't think so. Not only do we love the whole perfect party package but Maureen was just brilliant to work with and made everything so easy. We all know how stressful the party planning can be so it was nice to have a super organized designer to work with. You just can't go wrong with Anders Ruff Custom Designs!

{Printable stickers are perfect for multiple uses & print and use again!}

{Zoe welcomes guest}
{we can't get enough of the perfectly-wrapped water}
{Guest enjoyed Lollipops from Oriental Trading Company}
Anders Ruff wasn't the only amazing company to helps us make this possible. We thank Oriential Trading Company, Stellar Trends, Lori's Place, Serena's Party Boutique, Atutudes, C Custom Creations, Elizabeth Norton Designs, Schnitzel and Boo and Essential to Your Own. Check out our shopping guide to get all the details. Read on to see how they made it happen!

{Dressed to match! Atutudes Under the Sea Tutu Set}
{the perfect Mermiad Kool Kid Leg warmers, $8}
{C Custom Creations supplied beautiful Ocean Breeze Gabble Boxes. Completed with Anders Ruff stickers!}

{Almost to pretty to eat! Serena's Party Boutique had us drooling over the Little Mermaid Chocolate Covered Oreos}
{We can thank Lori's Place for helping us fill the favor boxes.
The Tropical Fish Cookie was the perfect thank-you for guest.}
{What else filled the favor boxes? Creative Color Crayons in our favorite under the sea shapes from Stellar Trends!}
{Grab a straw! We LOVE this Fish Straws from Oriental Trading paired with paper designed by Anders Ruffs}

Thank you from cupcakeMAG and Zoe for making this a PERFECT Birthday! 

{Printable Thank You cards from Anders Ruff Custom Designs. In the background?
Printable paper to line trays, wrap boxed, and get creative!}

{Get your shop on: Under the Sea Shopping Guide!}
Everything you need for the perfect celebration.

 Anders Ruff Custom Designs -- Under the Sea Mermaids Collection, $56
Oriental Trading Company -- Fish Straws, Blue & White Lollipops
Stellar Trends -- Ocean Life Creative Color Crayons, Set of 4, $2
Lori's Place -- Tropical Fish Cookies, 1 dozen, $32.99
Serena's Party Boutique -- Little Mermaid Chocolate Covered Oreos
Atutudes -- Under the Sea Tutu with Onesie Set, $29.95
C Custom Creations -- Ocean Breeze Gabble Boxes, 5 for $3
Elizabeth Norton Designs -- Nostalgic Mermaid Tee, $18

Schnitzel and Boo -- Pettiskirt
Essential to Your Own -- Fish Ring, $18
Mama Runs with Scissors -- Kool Kid Legs, Mermaid Stripes, $8

{The Birthday Girl!} wore a pettiskirt made just for her form Schnitzel & Boo, Nostalgic Mermaid Tee from Elizabeth Horton Designs and a pretty fish ring from Essential to Your Own. Can't forget the accessories right?! Stay tuned next week for the details on her look! 

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