Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman was one of the first blogs I started reading. It was written in a simple enough English that I could comprehend it while mastering my language skills and it looked so sophisticatedly clean and beautiful. Emily’s style hasn’t changed much since then and I personally adore such impeccable consistency. Needless to say, the CC blog inspired me in so many ways when I decided to create my blog. I picked a simple blog design that doesn’t distract the reader from the content and I definitely used Emily’s motto “elevate everyday life” as a direction I would like to follow with the Style Sprinter blog. Last month, Emily Schuman published her second book, Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home and of course I was amongst the first people to order it. Moreover, my beauty subscription service, Birchbox, surprised me with an exclusive box by… Cupcakes and Cashmere!
Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home is divided into two sections. The first one covers decor and the second one provides entertaining tips. The size of the book is a bit smaller than you might have expected of a coffee table book about interior design and decor, but I actually liked it. It brings an Instagram-like vibe to the table and makes the book very convenient to read on the go. There are a lot of colorful photos illustrating Emily’s tips and tricks (however, some of those photos I’ve already seen on her blog).
Part 1. Interiors and Decorating. I am about to re-decorate our apartment, and I can definitely use some of Emily’s advice. For instance, I am planning to create an artwork and photo wall in my home office and order a custom-made book shelf for my favorite books. Emily covers all of those (and many more) topics in her ultimate home guide. What I liked the most about this section of the book is Renting vs. Owning that finishes each of the first six chapters of the book. In that section, Emily provides her advice on how to spend your money wisely while re-decorating the house (i.e., she suggests purchasing some items at the thrift stores and flea markets while picking out others at reliable retailers).
Part 2. Entertaining. This section of the book is short and sweet. You will find five sections covering party occasions. Each of the sections provides tips on what to cook (recipes included), how to decorate your house (photos provided), and even what to wear. As always, Emily provides bite-size advice on how to effortlessly turn any occasion into a fabulous celebration. She also states that for her the best indication of a good party is how many people took off their shoes at the end of the night. Indeed, it is a smart way to think about the success of a house party (I never paid attention to that, but now I will start using this indicator too). One of the most impressive ideas that I found in the book is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create an ombre flower centerpiece. I am definitely about to repeat that one trick!
The good thing about Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home is that all of the photos that you see in the book are actually taken at Emily’s house. I really like that Emily uses her own experience as opposed to many other decorators that create a beautiful space and then we readers don’t really know if those spaces are livable. Also, after reading this book I love playing the game of guessing where in the house did Emily take today’s blog post photos (I guess that she does makeup shots in the kitchen, what do you think?).
The post card that accompanied the Birchbox by Cupcake and Cashmere states that “beauty products have a way of instantly transforming” Emily’s mood and I cannot agree more with it. My mood indeed changed when I found my May’s exclusive beauty box because it contained a couple of products that I liked a lot.
#1: Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad is a mini-palette of satin eye shadows that comes in shimmery shades. The product is not very bright, but it stayed on my eyelids all day. When it comes to colors, I ended up using three out of four (brown, purple, and light brown with a purple shimmer). Overall, I enjoyed using this product for my day makeup, but would opt for brands providing brighter coverage for evening makeup.
#2: Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer is supposedly a face and neck cream, but I used it primarily as a hand lotion. It smells incredibly delicious and properly nourishes the skin. This product is made with avocado and olive oils and it could be used twice a day. I loved the fact that the cream is 98% natural, but I rarely use products that do not have any extra qualities such as anti-aging or sun screen. Maybe one day I will use it at night.
#3: Number 4 Super Comp Prep & Protect is one of the products that I already tried, but it was nice to have an extra travel size leave-in conditioner that I already like. The good thing about this product is that it comes in a spray as opposed to a cream which makes it even more convenient to use on the go.
#4: A couple of months ago I tried Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream while visiting Birchbox in Soho and I was disappointed that I picked it in the wrong color. I don’t know how Birchbox did it, but they sent me the lightest shade of this multi-purpose CC cream as possible… and I loved it! You know that I am a big fan of organic skincare products and especially those from the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular line, and there is nothing better for me than this light product that makes my skin glow and protects it from the sun (SPF 30 is all I need).
#5: Harvey Prince Sincerely is a mini version of a deep and sensual perfume. I really loved the scent, but it didn’t stay long on my skin. Also, I remember filling in a survey on the Birchbox website particularly stating that I don’t like fragrance samples, but somehow I received one. Usually, I prefer sticking to my favorite perfumes and use them all the time (I use L’Eau Par by Kenzo during the day and J’adore by Dior at night) so this sample was nice but not necessary.