Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

     Happy Halloween!
     Calling all pumpkin lovers! Here's a seasonal treat that's sure to please every crowd. A personal favorite for October & November: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes! Sounds scrumptious & they are easy to bake! Here's how:

First gather your ingredients. You will need:
  • 1 package of Pillsbury (pudding included) Yellow Cake Mix 
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Prep: Heat oven to 350 degrees & line your cupcake pan with paper baking cups.

  • Combine all of the ingredients (except for chocolate chip) & mix at low speed until moist.
  • Then beat at high speed for 2 mins. 
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Fill the paper-lined cups until 3/4 full.

*Tip: For a more zesty flavor add Pumpkin Pie Spice to the mix. Yummm*

That's it! The prep is finished! Pop in the oven for 15-20 mins. Then remove the cupcakes from pan & allow to cool.

*For a simple icing, mix 2 tsp cinnamon with a can of cream icing or you can simple sprinkle the tops of the cupcakes with powdered sugar!* 

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Happy Halloween!

     You're never too old for a little masquerade magic! Here's a quick & easy costume idea; just add little black dress. Yes, this is what I'll be wearing to pass out Halloween candy to the trick or treaters. (Pic update later! ;) Happy Halloween! Here's tonight's costume, on sale & under $15.

Purple Glitter Wings: $19.99 On sale: $5.99 (70% off at Joann Fabrics!)
Glitter Butterfly Mask: $4.97 at Walmart
Striped Tights: $3.99 grocery store find
Wearing bling wings: PRICELESS!

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DIY: Neon Glitter Pumpkins

     Glitter, neon, and glow in the dark: yes, yes & YES! Ready for the trendiest pumpkins on the block? Here's what you need:

The paint, glitter & paint brushes were purchased at JoAnn Fabrics. Psst! If you have the Entertainment card/book/app, there are 2 coupons: 1 for 40% off any regular-price item & 1 for 10% off your entire order. All of the Halloween merchandise is currently 70% off! Also, Friends & Family 25% off sale is Nov. 2-4!

First coat your pumpkin with your color of choice. (The paint is tricky to adhere to pumpkins so coat as thick as you like.) I recommend 2-3 coats with a dabbing rather than brushing motion.

Here's the good part! Don't worry if your paint does not appear even because the glitter will perfect the look of your work! Simply sprinkle glitter over the pumpkin. Dabbing glitter on the underside & spreading with your fingers works wonders.

Voila! After playing around with the first pumpkin, it's easy to create more, & more & more!

The finished pumpkin patch:

The fun comes in getting creative & playing with the paints: splatter paints & throw that glitter! ;)

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Weekend Sales Cheat Sheet

7 For All Mankind - New styles added to Sale

Abercrombie & Fitch - 25% off your entire purchase with Code: 15255 through 10/29. Redline Sale up to 60% off.  Last day for Sweatpants Sale: $30 & up.

Alice + Olivia - New wear now Fall items on Sale. 

American Eagle - Free shipping on everything through 10/28. Take an additional 40% off Clearance.

Ann Taylor - Hundreds of new items added to Sale, up to 60% off.

Ann Klein - 30% off select Dresses.

anthropologie - Extra 25% off Sale Clothing for a limited time.

Arden B.  - Fall Favorites: 50% off select styles. 30% off Sweaters, Jackets & Jeans.

Armani Exchange - Extra 40% off all Sale styles.

Asos - Sale: Up to 70% off, extra 10% off with Code: SUPER10

Banana Republic - 25% off $150 purchase through 10/28 with Code: BRSHOP25 

Bare Necessities - 25% off select Sleepwear.

Bauble Bar - Friends & Family Sale: 25% off through 10/28 with Code: BBFAMILY

BCBGeneration - $49 Footwear, Handbags & more.

bebe - Free shipping ends today, 10/26. Sale: up to 60% off plus an additional 30% off already reduced styles.

Bloomingdale's - One Day Home Sale (preview day Friday): 20-70% off. 25-30% off Shoe Sale & 25-50% off Fashion Sale through Sunday 10/28. - Coat Sale starting at $59.99 & Sweater Sale.

C & C California - Sale & free shipping on any order.
Calvin Klein - Sweater Sale: 50% off through 10/31. 40% off all Bags & Dresses.

Calypso St. Barth - Friends & Family Sale in stores & online through Saturday. 25% off with Code: FALLFF12

Candela NYC -10% off $200+ orders with Code: CANDELA200

Coach - Coach shoppers check your inbox for the 25% off coupon through Nov. 4th.

Couture Candy - Take 15% off everything with Code: LOVE

Diesel - Free shipping & returns.

dkny - Buy more, Save more: $100 off a $300-$599.99 purchase or $200 off a $600+ purchase with Code: DKNY200

DVF - New Sale markdowns & Final Sale up to 60% off.

Effy Jewelry - Buy more, Save more: 15% off 1 item, 20% off 2 items, or 25% off 3 items through 10/31.

Express - Mix & Match BOGO $29.90 Sweaters & Jeans. 40% off Tees, Tanks & Camis. 30% off Dresses & Outerwear. Semi-Annual Sale Clearance continues! Up to 70% off plus an additional 30% off.

Forever 21 - 50% off select Outerwear, online only.

Free People - Last chance favorites Sale 

French Connection - 25% off all Dresses plus free shipping on $150 with Code: FCTREATS New styles added to Sale. Limited Edition London Lace Dress for $72

Guess - Select Fall styles on Sale.  

H&M - Mid-Season Sale in stores now. BOGO Free select Knits.

Hanky Panky - Tons of sale items!

Intermix - 25% off all Belts.  

Jack Spade - 15% off for new email subscribers.

J.Crew - Extra 30% off Final Sale items with Code: OURTREAT through 10/28.

Juicy Couture - Fall Mystery Money Card wit purchase through 10/29 (Every card is at least $25!) 30% Handbags. New markdowns starting at 40% off.

Kate Spade - 15% off for new email subscribers. 

Lacoste - 20% off all full-price merchandise in stores & online through 10/28. Plus free shipping & returns.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus - Now through October 30th, 30%-40% off Women's Apparel, Coats, Furs, Boots & more. 

Levi's - Last day, 10/26, for 30% off Men's, Women's & Kids' Tops with Code: TOPS30

Loeffler Randall - Summer styles on sale

Lord & Taylor - 25% off with Code: ONEDAY or Coupon through 10/27.

Lucky Brand - $20 off select Peasant Tops & Plaid Shirts.

lululemon -  New additions to "We Made Too Much" Final Sale.
Macy's - 20% off & free shipping (on $99+) with Code: SHINE

Madewell - Extra 25% off Sale styles & free shipping on $100 with Code: YIPPEE through 10/29.

Marc Jacobs - Free shipping on all  RTW & Accessories.

Nanette Lepore - Up to 60% off in stores & online. (New Dresses just added!)

Neiman Marcus - The Denim Event through 10/28: Buy 1 pair, Get $25 off; 2 pairs, $75 off; or Buy 3 pairs & get $125 off with Code: DENIM Free shipping with Code: FALLFS

Nine West - 30% off Boots & Booties

Nordstrom - Shoe Clearance: up to 50% off.

Original Penguin - 30% off Sweaters & Outerwear with Code: OPG30SR through Oct. 29th.

Rugby Ralph Lauren - Save 30% off your order with the purchase of a Sweater through October 29th.

Saks - Shop Sale with Free shipping on all orders with Code: SHIPFREE4

Saks Off 5th - Fall Fashion Finds: Save up to 40% off storewide through 10/30.

Sephora - New styles added to Sale: save up to 65% off. 

shopbop - Fall Sale: up to 70% hundreds of  new items. Free 3-Day Shipping & returns. (USA only)

Solstice Sunglasses - Designer Sale: Up to 60% off.

Spendid - $50 off Sweaters with Code: GETCOZY through Sunday. Free shipping & returns on $50+ orders.

Steve Madden - Fall Sale: up to 40% off.
Tory Burch - Private Sale: up to 60% off Clothing, Shoes & Accessories. Ends 10/29.

ULINX Jewelry - First 2 Clix free.

ULTA - $3.50 off a $10+ purchase through 10/27 with Coupon or Code: 79045

Urban Outfitters - Stock Up Sale.  

Via Spiga - New styles added to Sale
Victoria's Secret - Free secret rewards card for Angels with Code: LOVEANGELS $15 off $100, $30 off $150, $75 off $250, or $150 off a $500 order with Code: FALL12 through November 13th. Free Fantasy Tote with $75 purchase & Code: 75FANTASY

Wet Seal - Sale: up to 50% off.

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Shhh! Coach Exclusive Offer

     Calling all Coach shoppers! Check your inbox for the exclusive invite. Today through November 4th, take 25% off your entire purchase. Currently obsessing over these top 5 finds. It's allll about the accessories. Pssst! Check the sale shoes for major fun!

Top 5 Finds: Coach

Orig. $208 Sale: $109 After coupon: $81.75

Orig. $298 After coupon: $223.50

Orig. $228 Sale: $129 After coupon: $96.75

Orig. $178-$198 After coupon: $133.50-$148.50

Mink Bear Key Ring
Orig. $48 After coupon: $36

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essie Winter Collection

    Essie nail polish by far has the best variety of colors along with witty names. While I'm not impressed by the wearability, the polishes are perfect for base coats to mix & match with other shades to increase the longevity. (Shhh...Also I'm fickle enough to buy nail polish based on the color name ;) The Winter collection is arriving in stores now and has much more variety than the recent Fall collection which featured shades of red, red, & red. Check our favorties "Butler Please" & "Where's my Chauffer" for brilliant blue hues!

essie Winter Collection

Leading Lady
a supreme deep red with glitter

Butler Please
an indulgent bright blue

Where's My Chauffer 
an opulent turquoise

Beyond Cozy 
a decadent silvery gold glitter

Snap Happy 
a cheerful red orange

She's Pampered
an indulgent red

Shop the entire collection soon at essie. Shhh! Spotted in stores at Walgreens this week!

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Top Fashion Finds: Halloween

     Top Fashion Finds: Halloween
     Once again, it's time for a little masquerade magic. Let's spotlight everyday wear that could double as costumes. You won't finds these items in a Costume shop but with a little imagination & the Halloween spirit, these designer duds transform just in time for Trick or Treat!

Juicy Couture Bowie Print Hooded Romper

Just add cat ears

 Minnetonka "Beaded Tramper" Boot

Native American

Wildfox Inside Out Baggy Beach Sweatshirt

Skeleton or Zombie!

Forever 21 84 Varsity Jacket

 Make the Varsity team!

Elizabeth and James "Kara" Tulle Skirt

 Bewitching Witch

And for the Splurge...

Jimmy Choo "Quiet" Glitter Pump

Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers
Tap your heels twice & say "I want a sale, I want a sale!"

BSABLE Chelsea Fur Jacket in Blue Feather

Blue Bird

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Goes Wild

     Hey, I just met you & this is crazy. Here's the Marc Jacobs iPhone collection; I need every case...Maybe! Add a kick of cute with these new Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone 4 & 4s cases. (Cheers to those who didn't update to the 5!) If your iPhone is a constantly by your side companion, might as well make it look like man's best friend! Regardless your level of maturity, you have to agree these cases are absolutely adorable! Available at Nordstrom for $48.

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Target & Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection 2012 Look Book

     As we're sure every fashionista on the face of the planet is aware, Neiman Marcus for Target launches on December 1st. The exclusive capsule collection features 24 of America's preeminent designers and boasts a whopping $1 million donation to the CFDA. The collaboration will be available in stores & online at both Target & Neiman Marcus and is sure to cause some shopping chaos. (Curses to you, eBay resellers out there!)  Here are a few of our favorites spotted in the newly release Look Book.

UPDATE: View the entire collection here, in all stores & online now!

Disclaimer: I think when people starting salivating over Neiman Marcus designers presented at Target, they were probably envisioning lower price points. For example, $69.99 for a Marc Jacobs (for Target!) metallic pouch? ShhhopSecret can find better on Marc Jacobs (for Marc Jacobs!) in similar price ranges. Don't let the Holiday hype break the bank!

Top Fashion Finds: Target & Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection
There are 50 items in the collection, we've narrowed it down to the Top ~15 pics!

Alice + Olivia Bike $499

Alice + Olivia Luggage $179.99

Altuzarra Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Shaker & Tray $49.99, $49.99 & $79.99

Brian Atwood Leather Gloves $49.99

Diane von Furstenberg Yoga Mat $49.99

Jason Wu Ornaments $49.99 (Set of 3)

Marc Jacobs Pouch $69.99

Marchesa Girls' Floral Dress $79.99

Oscar de la Renta Pet Bowl $29.99

 Proenza Schouler iPad Sleeve $49.99

Robert Rodriguez Dress $99.99

Skaist-Taylor Kid's Hat $39.99

Tory Burch Thermos $24.99 & Thermos $19.99

Tracy Reese Dessert Plates $39.99 (Set of 4)

Tracy Reese Blouse $79.99

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