Friday, March 30, 2012

this & that: favorites

Cora, Aqua, and Yellow Collection Prints via Amanda Catherine Designs

Thank goodness it's Friday - I am so ready to start the weekend! Here are a few of my "this and that" favorites this week {more shown below}! I seriously can't get enough of Amanda Catherine's Prints - they're so cute and perfect for home wall decor! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

P.S. don't forget to check out my new FAQ page {<--- located on the left side} :)

Studded necklace + polka dots via my
 roomie's AWESOME fashion blog:
 The Antiquarian Blog <--- check it out! :)

     Rooms and I in front of the Vatican in Rome, Italy! :)
Baby + Cupcake photography inspiration via favim
Pink +Yellow spring flower color inspiration

Thursday, March 29, 2012

mint chocolate oreo cupcakes

All Photos © Cupcaque 2012

One of my major obsessions is mint chocolate flavored things. Junior Mints, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, ehh... pretty much mint everything! So I decided to bake Mint Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes using the New Duncan Hines Frosting Creations. These Frosting Creations are AWESOME. You choose a "Starting Frosting" + a flavor packet to mix together ---> There are 12 flavors including: Bubble Gum, Caramel, Cherry Vanilla, Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Marshmallow, Cinnamon Roll, Cotton Candy, Mint Chocolate, Mocha, Orange Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, and White Chocolate Raspberry... {ahhh I want to try them all}! I decided to go with the Mint Chocolate flavor and it turned out ah-ma-zing. I paired the icing with Betty Crocker's Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake mix + a Mint Chocolate Oreo at the base of the cupcake. To top it off I garnished the icing with a little leftover crushed up Oreo crumbs and these babies turned out SO decadent! Below are a few pictures of these amazing cupcakes. Seriously though, If you like Chocolate Mint things you will definitely LOVE these cupcakes!

All Photos © Cupcaque 2012

blog hop!

After finding some amazing new blogs I came cross this awesome idea:


Click on the picture above to discover some new & amazing blogs!
Let me tell you there are some truly talented people out there!
YAY for Blog Love<3 :)


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

cupcake & cupcaque

Cupcakes have been something that I've always loved. Something about these tiny/individual cakes bring such happiness and joy to life {well, at least they do for me!}. Cupcakes actually inspired the name of my blog: "cupcaque" ---> which is pronounced "cupcake" {I just made the word look fancier ;) } With all the different kinds of cupcakes out there, its so hard to choose my favorite.. But I would have to say Red Velvet cupcakes are in my top 5! For this years' SuperBowl I made these NY Giants inspired red velvet cupcakes {shown below} with homemade cream cheese frosting... YUM!

What type of cupcakes are your favorite?


Monday, March 26, 2012

music monday : good old war

Monday's music inspiration: "Can't Go Home" by Good Old War. Love, love, love this song and the rest of their indie tracks on their fairly new album: Come Back as Rain. You can listen to/find out more of Good Old War {here}.

Friday, March 23, 2012

this and that : geometric

One of my new obsessions: geometric prints. Triangle + chevron prints are two of my favorite so I decided to share some of my favorite pieces from the wonderful world of Etsy! :)

Happy Friday!!
  1. Modern Geometric Triangle Necklace via Crafts by Nesli
  2. Color Chevron Clutch via Crafts by Nesli
  3. Brillant Yellow Geometric Triangle Earrings via DrCraze
  4. Chevron Zig Zag Geometric Wall Art Home Decor via Crafted by Lindy
  5. Triangle Throw Pillow via RetroMenagerie
  6. Triangle N6 Geometric Ceramic Necklace via Depeapa
  7. Process Color Triangle Print via desTroy
  8. Coffe/Tea Mug Pennant Banner Cozy via Knotwork Shop
  9. In Balance Wood Box via Mmim

Thursday, March 22, 2012

make me up: benefit cosmetics

make me up

make me up by katiemaxwell featuring benefit cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics is one of my absolute favorite make-up brands! With their vintage style, "playful packaging," and overall amazing products, there's no doubt why I love this brand so much. SO MUCH, that I compiled a few of my go-to favorites! :) 

  1. Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Liquid Foundation ($34)
  2. Benefit Dallas Powder Blush ($28)
  3. Benefit Little Flirt Lash False Eyelashes ($15)
  4. Benefit Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer ($20)
  5. Benefit Eye Bright Pencil Instant Eye Brightener ($20)
  6. Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara ($19)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

beige + mint

beige + mint

beige + mint by katiemaxwell featuring a mint green shirt

Today's style inspiration is beige + mint. I absolutely adore these two color combos and they are perfect for spring! Mix & match the two colors together or simply go for a monochromatic look. Either way you can't go wrong with these fresh/spring inspired colors in your wardrobe!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

wide open spaces

All Photos: © Cupcaque 2012
A few weeks ago I was out visiting western Pennsylvania and the weather one day was absolutely gorgeous! I couldn't pass up the nice weather so I decided I would take a little walk, explore, take some pictures and even get a little inspiration. I can't even begin to explain how peaceful it was to be surrounded by wide open spaces.  Being there was such a nice change up in scenery. It made me realize two things: One, it is so easy to get "caught up" in our on-going busy lives. Two {more importantly}, it's good to just simply stop once in awhile and take a moment to really enjoy beautiful places like this and the outdoors in general. When was the last time you took time out of your busy life to just go outside and really enjoy the outdoors?

Monday, March 19, 2012

music monday: of monsters and men


Today's Monday music inspiration: "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. The thing I love most about this song is that it is so fun & catchy! This folkie/pop band is releasing their new album: "My Head is an Animal" April 3rd on iTunes. You can find out more/listen to Of Monsters and Men {here} and {here}.

Friday, March 16, 2012

this and that

Jameson Irish Whiskey Bottle Windchime / Bar Bell via The Gecko

With St. Patrick's Day approaching tomorrow {& being Irish myself ;)!} I thought it was only appropriate to have a this and that St. Patty's Day inspired post of a few of my favorite things. 

 I hope everyone has a wonderful St. Patty's Day weekend!

Jersey Tee Circle Scarf in Kelly Green/Emerald Forest via Megan's Menagerie

    St. Patrick's Day Irish Blessing Print via Creative Wild Child

  Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes via A Pumpkin and a Princess

Gold Infinity Eternity Love Charm Bracelet (Waxed Irish Linen Cord) via Soho Craft

Oh, and I just couldn't resist this picture...

Irish Four Leaf Clovers Dog Hat via Sweethoots
Haha wittle Irish pug! SO Cute! ;)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

cupcake vending machine

I just discovered the most amazing news the other week... the world's first cupcake automatic teller machine {ATM} has been launched by Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, CA. Its open 24hrs/7days a week and the cupcakes are made every morning and guaranteed fresh when ordered, SAY WHAT?! That is amazing! With flavors such as cinnamon sugar, chocolate marshmallow, mocha, and peanut butter chip... need I say more?! {Nom!} Too bad I live on the other side of the country! Check out the video above for more details on this awesome Cupcake ATM!

P.S. After some research, rumor has it that Sprinkles Cupcakes will be opening another Cupcake ATM in NYC this summer! YAY! That just made my day! :) 

peace, love, pugs, & cupcakes,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

baby love part 2

All Photos: © Cupcaque 2012

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had an awesome photoshoot with my brother and his wife + the baby bump. Today's photos are the ones that we took inside and are equally as cute! :) Enjoy and welcome baby Elaina Ann!

peace, love, pugs, & cupcakes,

All Photos: © Cupcaque 2012
All Photos: © Cupcaque 2012