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    8/12/12: August Vogue

    8/6 – 8/10: Hi everybody! So there was a time when I was younger and would get so excited when something came in the mail for me…a happy birthday card or a letter from an old friend.  Now as an adult, like everyone else, I dread checking my mailbox knowing the pile of bills that await me.  That’s why subscribing to favorite magazines is important…it make your mailbox trip a little less painful.  And what better magazine to get in the mail than my monthly Vogue! It puts a huge smile on my face 🙂  So I decided that one of my weekly posts will revolve around that month’s issue of Vogue, and I will feature my favorite photos/articles.  And along with that, this week I wanted to feature one of my favorite cupcake cookbooks!

    And on a separate note, something pretty cool happened to me that I wanted to share…so keep reading to find out! 😀

    I love this ad for Ralph Lauren, and it’s the first one in this month’s issue.  There’s something very luxurious about gold and his outfit is just perfection!

    Model Joan Smalls looks effortlessly beautiful in this photo by Norman Jean Roy.  She’s wearing a Peter Pilotto dress and I love it!

    Marion Cotillard was featured in this month’s issue for her role in The Dark Knight (which was AMAZING, so if you haven’t seen it yet, GO NOW!).  She looks stunning in this Alexander McQueen dress.

    This month, there is an article called “What to Wear Where” and it features The Go Bag.  I love these photos, showing what bag to carry for what event/occasion.  Model Karlie Kloss is holding a Tod’s leather clutch.

    One of my favorite sections of Vogue is their Last Look page at the end of each magazine.  To me, it’s like a surprise, and I always wander what the Last Look is this month! I love this sporty Coach bag ($698)…who doesn’t love a good Coach bag!

    This was one of my first cupcake cookbooks called “10,000 Cupcakes”.  It’s a simple book with easy recipes, but what I love about it is that the book’s pages are cut up into 3 parts…cake, icing, and toppings.  So you can create so many combinations and have each component show up on the same page.  It’s great for beginner cupcake bakers!

    ***So as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, something pretty cool happened to me.  Last month, my cousin are I were walking around Philadelphia, and we got asked to be dancers in a music video.  Of course I said yes as I’m always up for anything, so we went to the Love Park where they were shooting the video.  This music video called “What You Want” is for an amazing pop group called Noble Fox! I’m in it for a second, and wanted to share it with you all.  Click Here to watch their video!!!!  I have high hopes for these guys 🙂

    Till next week, XOZ!

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    8/5/12: J.CREW Lovin’

    7/30 – 8/3:

    I can’t believe it’s August already…summer is flying by! Well this week I went to one of my favorite stores, J.CREW, and put together some amazing outfits.  Every piece by itself is beautiful, and there is no limit to the mixing and matching possibilities.  And I want to thank the people at J.CREW for being so amazing in allowing me to accomplish this!

    As for the cupcakes this week, I decided to bake a batch inspired by one of the outfits I created from J.CREW!

    ImageI loved this white/gray polka dot blouse when I saw it, and matched it with this green utility pant.  I put a black bow belt for a feminine touch, and chose this great Edie Grand bag.  I added a pop of color with these bright red Valentina pumps.

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    These cropped chino pants were so cool, and I matched them with a dark green perfect-fit V-neck tee, and a denim vest on top.  The bag is a nice blue Edie purse, and for the shoes I went with a pair of Martina suede wedges in burnt sienna.

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    I love this great structured red Allie dress, and wore it with this colorful Liberty shirt.  I like this pink and red color-block clutch, gold wide cuff, and these Martina suede wedges in bluebird.  I love wearing lots of colors together sometimes, and you gotta have fun with it!

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    This is one of my favorite outfits! I found this deep navy tie-neck polka dot blouse and wore it with this Ankle stretch toothpick jean in dark poppy.  I decided to put on a Panama hat, and complete my outfit with this Biennial hobo in saddle and these great leather pumps.

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    This last outfit is perfect for Fall…I love this wool Jules dress, it’s a great color and I love the big pockets in the front.  The bag is the same as the third outfit, and the red pumps are the same from the first outfit.

    ImageImageSo I totally loved the fourth outfit I wore (tie-neck polka dot blouse and red pants), and decided to bake cupcakes to reflect it.  These are vanilla cupcakes with fresh strawberries baked right in, with a whipped chocolate ganache frosting, and decorated with white candy pearls.  They turned out amazing, and I love the strawberries in them which is perfect for the summer.

    Hope you enjoyed these photos!

    XOZ

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    7/29/12: An Amazing Week of Vacation

    Hi Everyone! Hope you are having a beautiful weekend.  This week two of my cousins came to visit me, so I took off the whole week, and we had a blast in Philly, NYC, and back home in State College.  Since I’m usually in my business attire, I took photos of myself in my casual looks during the week.  And as for this week’s cupcake portion, I tried an awesome cupcake from New York City’s famous Magnolia Bakery 🙂

    7/23/12:

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    Shirt: Banana Republic, Shorts: Express, Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini, Bag: Kate Spade, Bracelet: boybeads

    7/24/12:

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    Shirt: DKNY, Shorts: INC, Shoes: Sperry, Bag: Michael Kors, Bracelet: Betsey Johnson

    7/25/12:

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    Shirt: Kardashian Kollection, Shorts: Nordstrom, Shoes: Tahari, Clutch: TJ Maxx

    7/26/12:

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    Shirt: Nordstrom, Shorts: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger, Bag: Coach

    7/27/12:

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    Dress: Forever 21, Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Clutch: Bebe, Bracelet: Betsey Johnson

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    This was a delicious cupcake from Magnolia Bakery in NYC! It was a special edition flavor for the Cirque Du Soleil Zarkana.  It’s a Devils food cupcake with coffee bean meringue buttercream icing. Yum!

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    7/22/12: Fashion and Cupcake Finds!

    This week was all about fabulous fashion finds for MEN, and finding a delicious cupcake from a local bakery. I went to a bunch of different stores and found some great summer pieces for guys that I thought were a good deal. Then I tried a cupcake from Philly Cupcake, a wonderful cupcakery boutique here in Philadelphia.

    7/16/12:

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    Button-up short sleeve, H&M, $19.95

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    Fedora hat, H&M, $9.95

    7/17/12:

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    Summer shoes, Urban Outfitters, $38.00

    7/18/12:

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    Button-up long sleeve, Guess, $42.99 (on sale!)

    7/19/12:

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    Pants, Zara, $29.99 (on sale!) and they come in 10-15 different colors!

    7/20/12:

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    Coconut cupcake with coconut mango icing and a coconut white chocolate on top…DELICIOUS!

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    7/15/12: First Week in Philly

    I just moved to Philadelphia and was so excited to start my blog! This first week’s post has all the outfits I wore to work.  The dress code is business casual, so I have flexibility in expressing my style while being professional.  It’s been a hot week here in Philly, so I wore outfits that kept me cool.  And as for the cupcakes, I baked chocolate cupcakes with Philadelphia cream cheese frosting, decorated with flower sprinkles!

    7/9/12:

    Pants: Express, Shirt: Forever 21, Shoes: Kate Spade, Bag: Coach tote

    7/10/12:

    Skirt: Banana Republic, Shirt: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Nine West, Bag: TJ Maxx, Necklace: Express

    7/11/12:

    Skirt: Express, Shirt: H&M, Shoes and Bag: Nine West, Bracelet: Betsey Johnson

    7/12/12:

    Pants: Express, Shirt: Victoria’s Secret, Belt: Chinese Laundry, Shoes: Nina, Bag: Steve Madden

    7/13/12:

    Pants: New York & Company, Shirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: TJ Maxx, Bag: Steve Madden, Bangles: Express

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