Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Black Trousers and a Comfy Sweater

What I wore:
oversized Volcom sweatshirt - Marshall's, 
Express black ankle pants in the style Columinst Ankle - Express, 
black pinup handbag - c/o Luxdeville
Carmen Chilli Beans Sunglasses - c/o Chilli Beans, 
Louis Vuitton scarf - gift from an old friend

Sometimes you want to dress up but still be comfortable, and that's how I felt on this particular day. I love my ankle pants from Express. They are perfect for sixties styles.  But this time I decided to give them a modern edge, yet still keeping a little bit of the pinup vibe (though not sixties). ;) I threw on this comfy oversized Volcom sweathshirt. I love wearing it because it has pockets! 
Aren't pockets the best?!

I want to wear trousers a little more often because they're so cute. I'm currently on the hunt for more ankle pants and also high-waisted '40s style trousers and jeans. If you rock these styles, please help a girl out and share where you shop. ;) 

Hope you're having a happy Wednesday!


Friday, January 8, 2016



 misery stephen king

bruce willis

This just happened about in my email this morning and I freaked out. I shared the news with Roni that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is the official makeup sponsor for Misery on Broadway - because she is a huge Misery fan.

 And me? - I couldn't be happier, I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Bruce Willis, and Laurie Metcalf...oh, and Misery is great too -- I cannot believe that Stephen King's Misery is now on Broadway! (all the way through February 14th at Broadhurst Theatre)
Now if I could just get to see the Misery on Broadway, that would be incredible!

So in addition to OCC being the official makeup sponsor for this production, they were inspired to create a crimson liptar/rtw to honor this beautiful relationship. If you are not familiar with OCC's liptars, they are like lip paints or ready to wear liquid lipsticks. 

I can't wait to try it out! As soon as I get my hands on it, I'll swatch it for you babes on here and snapchat (@marlitacupcake).  

Save the date - January 11th exclusively at and the OCC flagship store in Manhattan

What do you think of this collaboration? Are Roni and I the only ones geeking out?


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Seventies Glam

What I wore:
Sheer purple halter dress (old) - H&M, silver Steve Madden platforms (similar platforms)- c/o, sparkly clutch - via Grammy's Gift Lounge, Mexican bracelet - gift, gaudy rings - mostly from the 99 cents store, sparkly hoops - The Alleys, vintage Valentino sunglasses - thrifted, fancy bobbypins - c/o Tarte, vintage fur coat - thrifted


Doesn't everybody dress like this to go to the DMV? No...probably not. The lady at the DMV gave me a little bit of side eye, but whatever. I didn't let that put a damper on my mood, I had business to take care of. :)
Anyway back to the outfit. 
I was gifted these shoes a loooong time ago via Lulu's. Sure they are sky high, but surprisingly comfortable! I really wish I had a black pair...the ebay hunt is on! 
And this seventies style halter dress was an H&M purchase from about 10 or so years ago when I lived in San Francisco. Even though this dress is lined, it is very sheer...makes for super sexy attire for the discotheque. haha! ;) Now I just have to figure out how to dance like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. (goals!)

Hope you've enjoyed this random seventies glam look.
I'd love to know if you wear platforms, and if so - where do you shop???!! 


p.s. - I am still getting rid of all my vintage furs. I mentioned it in the Retro '40s post. ;)

Monday, December 28, 2015

'50s Waitress Dress

'50s Waitress Dress - retro style
victory rolls

pinup hollywood

Outfit details:
retro flower earrings - c/o Ilaments, Clarks black flats - c/o, Wrangler watch, Quay cateye sunglasses - c/o Lulu's, Disney Villain makeup case (similar here) - c/o LONDON SOHO NEW YORK, '50s vintage waitress uniform - thrifted, leopard print coat - Out of The Closet

The weather here in Los Angeles has actually felt like winter over the last week or so. And on this particular day it was incredibly windy. Probably not the smartest move to wear victory rolls and the rest of my hair down. Looking back, a scarf would have kept the look a little more polished. But, whatcha gonna do, right? another fun fact - I thought I lost these sunglasses! Then on one of my last visits to Phoenix, I found them in my parents' car. JOY!
On another happy note, I really enjoyed dressing up like this. I felt like I belonged at Disneyland. I think it's the style of the dress. And perhaps the Disney Villain clutch brought on that feeling as well. ;) 
I haven't been to Disneyland in a really long time. Going to add that to my 2016 goals! yes!

Anyway, I hope you all are having a lovely holiday season wherever you are! If you've been to Disneyland lately, please tell me about your adventures so that I may live vicariously through you. :) 


Monday, December 21, 2015

Retro '40s holiday look

 '40s Retro Holiday Look

retro style

Voodoo Vixen Brittany dress

Outfit details:
green '40s style dress in the style Brittany - c/o Voodoo Vixen, Crown Vintage heels - DSW, vintage earrings - thrifted, vintage fur capelet (similar at Target) - thrifted, Punk Glam sunglasses with Swarovski crystal accents - c/o Chilli Beans, vintage handbag - yard sale, bobby pins from last years Tarte Holiday blush set - c/o Tarte, black gloves - Nordstrom Rack, silver ring - gift, ring with rhinestones - 99 cents store, black lingerie - c/o Triumph

In case you guys need some holiday outfit inspiration, I thought I would share this classic '40s inspired look.  One of my favorite eras. 

You know, what's funny? I always say that I am not a fan of matchy-matchy but this is the second time that I wear a Voodoo Vixen outfit and I make it super matchy-matchy. :) Accenting it with tons black and green accessories, it just kind of worked out that way. haha! If you're wondering if this '40s style dress is comfortable, well, it is - so much that I could probably go swing dancing in it. Um, if I actually knew how - ok, that's one of my goals! Another quality I admire about the dress, is that it's lined which is always a nice touch. ♥
It's also dressy enough that I was able to wear it to a daytime holiday party.
For another occasion, I wanted a touch more glamour and drama so I switched it up with this vintage fur coat I had sittin' in the back of my closet. I know, I know...fur is kind of a touchy subject. And I don't really purchase it anymore, but there was a point in my life where I was hooked on collecting vintage furs...but I 've been thinking that after a few more outfit posts, I will donate them all to Out of The Closet, The Goodwill or a women's shelter. 

♥ ♥ ♥

Anyway, I love this dress and I hope you do too. :) Voodoo Vixen was kind enough to provide me with a promo code to share with you all so that you may find your own party dress. 
Just enter MARLITA20 to receive 20% off your online purchase. 
Happy shopping! And please come back and tell me what you picked out! 


Friday, December 18, 2015

December Beauty Picks and Holiday Gift Ideas

December Beauty Picks and Holiday Gift Ideas

It's mid-December...but if you're like me, you're wondering where the hell December went?!

So I'll get right to it, because we don't have time to waste, right?!

These are my beauty picks for the month. Who knows, you might like them for yourself, or for stocking stuffers and gifts!

Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated 
Urban Decay highlight in Lit - c/o Urban Decay

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body is a beautiful highlight that comes in three shimmery shades - Luminous, Aura, and Lit. A sweet selection of colors sure to suit every skintone. Highlight is used to accentuate features of your face and/or body - cheeks, collar bone, cupids bow, you know. Although highlight is popular in the summertime for achieving a beachy and healthy glow, it is also essential for some night-time glam in the winter. 
I especially love LIT for medium to dark skintones for a warm and golden radiance.  

Urban Decay Naked Illuminating Shimmering Powder is shimmery, smooth and silky and comes with a convenient little brush.


COVER FX Custom Infsuion Drops
essential oils

A few months ago I went to a COVER FX event where they introduced the COVER FX Infusion Drops to myself and a few fellow bloggers. Perfect timing because essential oils are all the rage right now. Typically I don't think about adding oil to my current beauty products, BUT - COVER FX changed my mind. Their vitamin enriched oils are meant to be mixed with all your beauty products. foundations, face creams, or even to use alone. They come in four fabulous formulas: A+ Jasmine for Anti-aging, C+ Lemongrass for Radiance, E+ Chamomile - with Calming benefits, and F+ Neroli for hydration needs.
I've been using them almost daily and even though my skin is oily, no complaints here. My favorites are the Jasmine and Lemongrass. I love incorporating them into my night-time skincare routine so my skin  gets some extra TLC throughout the night.

Availabe at and


COVER FX Custom Cover Drops  
COVER FX Custom Cover Drops - c/o COVER FX

Another COVER FX stellar creation. 
The COVER FX Custom Cover Drops are pure gorgeous pigment. 
Basically, you can add as much or as little as you like to your foundation, primers, skincare, etc. As long as your products are water, oil, or silicone based, you will be good to go. 
I love this. makes me feel like a scientist. ;) (even though, they're the ones that came up with this. haha!)
Have you tried these drops?  You should!


DOLL 10 BlendSmart Rotating Foundation Brush 
Doll 10 Rotating Foundation Brush - c/o Doll 10

Here's something for your best friend who adores makeup and brushes. 
This is an innovative way of applying makeup. The Doll 10 Rotating Foundation Brush helps to evenly apply your makeup by buffing it into the skin with its brush head rotating 360 degrees leaving a flawless finish. To use with cream, liquid, and powder foundations.

Synthetic hair is washable.
Cruelty free.

Currently only available on QVC

Hello Breath Spray
c/o HELLO Products via Shape Magazine

HELLO Breath Spray prides itself in saying its "naturally friendly." And of course that's cute....but, what I find even cuter is the packaging!  It adds a little splash of happiness to my breath and my makeup bag. 
HELLO Breath Spray comes in three flavors - Supermint, Mojito Mint, and Grapefruit Mint. Each under four bucks and you can pick them up at Walgreen's, CVS, and I think even ULTA carries them. ;)


Are you obsessed with keeping makeup wipes everywhere?  Do you keep them on the bathroom counter, the bedside, and even near the couch? I do! Because I feel that here should never be an excuse to fall asleep with makeup on. Even for those times when I am too tired to wash my face and go through my entire skincare routine, at least a makeup wipe will smack some sense into me!
At the moment, I have been alternating between the L'OREAL IDEAL CLEAN makeup removing towelettes and the L'OREAL REVITALIFT Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes. The L'OREAL IDEAL CLEAN towelettes are for all skin types and free of alcohol. What I especially like about these is that they are safe to use around the eye area, pretty awesome if you're a contact lens wearer like moi. ;) As for the L'OREAL REVITALIFT towelettes, they are my preferred of the two, mostly because I feel like they do a better job at removing my makeup and making my skin feel fresh. The REVITALIFT towelettes contain Vitamin C and exfoliate dead skin cells - so maybe that's why I feel like my skin feels a bit smoother and cleaner after I use 'em. ;) I picked them up at Rite-Aid, but I'm sure you can pick them up at your local drugstore, Target, or the like.

$4 -$8


GUESS GIRL fragrance is a playful and exciting fragrance with fruity notes of raspberry nectar and melon and floral mid notes of Brazilian Paradise Orchid and Lily. Though sweet and vibrant GUESS GIRL is a great daytime fragrance. Conveniently available in a rollerball.

Mass retailers

STOWAWAY Cosmetics
c/o Stowaway Cosmetics

Well here's a neat idea, right-sized makeup. STOWAWAY makeup came up with the concept that we should have makeup products that we can use up before they expire. Because, well some of us are guilty of having way to many lipsticks FOREVER. But, also I appreciate the size of these products for traveling. I mean, how cute are these lipsticks and mascaras to gift to your globe-trotter friend? They don't take up much space because you can just stow them away...haha. ;)
Anyway, you can choose from lipsticks, mascaras, concealers, eyeliners, rouge, and beauty balms. Order them individually, in kits, or check out their subscription service to receive treats at a frequency that is convenient to your lifestyle.

p.s. They're gluten free.

$15 - $30

CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo

c/o CIBU

I'm pretty picky with my dry shampoos. And I've tried quite a few...from low end to high end and everything in between. And trust me, they are not all the same.

So with that in mind,  here's what the CIBU Ka Pow Dry Shampoo does: 

  • It refreshes your hair by absorbing oil without leaving that white gunky stuff. (love this!)
  • Increases volume where you want it. (love this!)
  • Adds texture. 
  • Extends the life of your blowout. 

Oh, also noteworthy is the scent. it's quite pleasant and not overwhelming. Let me know if you splurge on this guy and how you end up liking it.


CLARINS Joli Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick  
CLARINS lipstick in the shade Watermelon - c/o CLARINS 

A medley of sheer color, shine of a lipgloss, with the texture of a lipstick is what CLARINS Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick delivers. CLARINS delivers quality and class as always. A lipgloss/ lipstick for grown-up. You can wear your big-girl chonies with this one.


InStyler Tulip and Instyler Max 2
c/o InStyler

If you want to curl your hair in 3 seconds, you might want to try the InStyler TulipSoft curls, beachy waves, and tight curls all with its ceramic barrel. It has an anti-tangle technology, 3 heat settings, 3 rotation settings, and 3 timer settings. 
The open design makes it a fun process. 

Bed, Bath, & Beyond

c/o Instyler

The InStyler MAX 2-way Rotating Iron smoothes and polishes your hair while curling. You can control the direction of the barrel rotation so that your hair is curled in the desired direction without having to switch hands. It has 4 heat settings, tourmaline ceramic floating plates, and ionic bristles. 
(Available in black or purple.)

I had my hair curled with this during an InStyler blogger even during the summer and I loved the way it turned out. :) (instagram)

Bed, Bath, & Beyond

Twistband Hair Ties

This goes out to the gals who are ALWAYS losing their hair ties. offers a large selection of hairties and hairpins. They even offer an ethereal crown that I think is pretty.  Twistband sells certain items in sets of three or more, "bundles", and even a grand "tower."This makes for a great gift for dancers, athletes, gym-rats...but basically anyone that wants to put their hair up and doesn't want it creasing. And the packaging is a nice's like, HELLO! - your package has arrived.
$10 - $68

EMANI Vegan Lip Shine 
EMANI lip shine in Oh La La - c/o EMANI

yes! Something for the VEGAN makeup lovers. I KNOW Vegan beauty products aren't on the mainstream radar. So let's chat a bit about this one. EMANI is a line that brings to you long-lasting, clean, and natural products. 100% vegan certified and 100% cruelty free. 
The EMANI lip shine contains vitamin E, organic fruit and essential oils. Several colors to explore.
They carry more than lipshine. Let's just say pretty much everything - primers, lipstick, eyeshadow, lipcolors, concealers, brushes, and the list goes on. 


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
c/o - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (via The Makeup Show)

Since we're on a roll, talking about Vegan cosmetics...let's talk about one of my favorite brands, OCC or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. They are well-know for their vibrant lip tars, which of course I love. However, I love their creme colour concentrates and foundation and lip brushes as well. The creme colours kick ass because they are smooth and blendable - allowing for application on eyes, cheeks, and lips. You can sheer out the color as you wish or build it up for a bolder look. The finish is demi-matte. The color range, think - blue, gold, white, silver, red, terra cotta brown, and more.
Oh, and all the OCC brushes are custom blended with synthetic fibers, they're so soft and like everything else - cruelty free.

If you're running out of time to send a gift, or even pick it up - they have giftcards. 

Makeup Brushes $18 - $28
Creme Colour Concentrate $23 
You can shop these gems at 

myamor Organic Rejuvenation Eye Gel
myamor eye gel - c/o myamor

myamor is an all natural and organic skincare by Myrka Gallamos. And guess what? It's vegan! Ok, that makes for three vegan products in this post. Hooray! :) 
Often times, I enjoy eye products that are cooling, and this one is an eye gel that leaves a cool and soothing sensation around the eye area. It's too soon for me to see any results, since I've only been using it for a few days. 
Some of the ingredients include: Rose Hip Oil, Lemon peel extract, Aloe, Green Tea leaf extract, and lavender oil.
So if you're into eye gels and/or organic skincare, voila!


♥ ♥ ♥

So that concludes this month's beauty picks and hopefully you found this post useful to get some holiday shopping done.  Please feel free to share your own personal beauty picks! Sharing is caring. ;)

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Classy Sixties Outfit

Classy Sixties Outfit


outfit details:
Banana Republic black retro style dress - Out of The Closet, vintage necklace - gift, cateye sunglasses - The Goodwill, black tights - Marshall's, vintage purse - thrifted, black Missoni x Target heels (old) - Target, rings are a mix of gifts, vintage, and Forever 21, white satin bolero jacket - Marshall's

We actually shot this outfit about a week ago...but life happens. Attended We All Grow LA (Summit) which was tons of fun. Then shortly after, I took a trip to visit my mom and so all of my energy was focused on her. Now, I'm back in LA and so sick. But today I am finally having the energy to write a little bit.

And you know, I do admire styling others in a sixties fashion and especially LOVE shooting it. My own personal style has always had more of a '40s, '50s, and sometimes a little '60s thrown in there just to spice things up.
I rarely rock a nude lip and my hair hasn't been this big since the days of rocking victory rolls. But surprisingly, I'm kind of diggn' this look. ;)

Anyway, pretty much everything I am wearing were spectacular finds. My sixties style Banana Republic dress I scored at Out of The Closet in immaculate condition for about five bucks! I was sold on the little bow at the empire waist. Also, I love my little vintage handbag, it's kind of falling apart now but I can't let go. My Missoni suede heels were a lucky find at a Target in Phoenix back when everyone was going bananas over that collection. 

So what do you babes think? Should I rock the sixties vibe a little more often? And more importantly, do you ever wear styles like this? Where do you shop to piece together your outfits?


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks

pinup lips

pinup lipstick

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks c/o - Urban Decay

Yesterday I posted on instagram and snapchat that I was playing around with Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipsticks

There are several shades that speak to me and that I played with. But overall, I am falling head over heels for the shades Menace (an ultra vibrant fuschia) and Blackmail (a very daring and vampy plum). So let's talk about these.

Unlike other matte lipsticks, Urban Decay's matte lipsticks are not drying whatsoever...they have a bit of a creaminess to them - some more than others, rich in color, and blendable. 

Menace...oh, Menace is currently my FAVORITE lipcolor. It is matte, but like I said - not drying at all. The staying power is pretty great I don't really find a need to reapply too often. (I've been wearing this one for a couple of weeks...and passed the test during Thanksgiving dinner. haha!) I love it's bright pinkish blue hue...goes with pretty much everything I wear. I'm telling you, this shade is pinup perfection! 

Blackmail I found it to be the creamiest of the shades I tried. It's a shade that's a tad out of my comfort zone, but I'm actually quite fond of it and find to be more wearable than other dark shades I've tried (from other brands).

Pictured from left to right - Temper (a deep salmon/brick), Menace (a vibrant fuschia), Stark Naked (a light nude), Blackmail (a vampy plum).

At $18 a pop, I think they are worth it. If these colors aren't your cup of tea, there are 11 shades total in this collection ranging from modest to daring...and I'm sure at least one of them will rock your world.

And wondering - do you rock a more modest lip - or go bold? 

Let's chit-chat.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Glow with Beauty Gifts from Costco

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayGlow #CollectiveBias

When you're at Costco getting your $2 slice of pizza and what not, you might as well do a little holiday shopping right. ;) That's what I do anyway, might as well be productive!

I personally love going to the beauty section of Costco. Because it's not only a great place to get beauty products year round, but you can get so much crossed off your list. :)


First up are the Pantene Advanced Care Shampoo and Pantene Advanced Care Conditioner. Pantene reminds me so much of my years in high school. My mom was always looking out for me and the care of my hair. To this day, she is so cute and has a bottle of Pantene in the shower for me when I go visit. So sweet. ;) I know one will be waiting for me this holiday. 

Part of my holiday beauty routine is washing my hair, I LOVE when the shampoo gets all sudsy, then I rinse, condition for a few minutes (makes me feel fancy) and rinse!
Pantene Advanced Care Shampoo also makes for a great gift for the gal in your life that goes through shampoo and conditioner like no other! Ideal for teens, athletes, and folks that are really into the health of their hair. But you know how Costco has the super huge 40 oz bottles, they're also perfect for when you have plenty of house guests. It's a nice little treat for them to have while they are visiting. Because let's face it, getting a holiday glow can be stressful when you're at someone else's house. 

costco venus razors

The Venus Swirl Razor is a beauty product that I currently use and favor over others. I was happy to find out that it is offered with 8 cartridges at Costco. Score!
Getting that holiday glow is essential for all the holiday parties and events during this time of year.

Shaving my legs is a must in my beauty routine, I mean how else am I going to twirl around in cocktail dresses if my legs aren't smooth?...well, I guess I could but, it wouldn't be as cute. :)
Sometimes I shave my legs in the shower, or sometimes I just make time and dedicate it to only shaving my legs. And what I really like about the Venus Swirl is that it has a way of conforming to the curves of your body, making it for a smoother and more precise shave. Cool.

It's actually a really cool gift...even for yourself. If you find yourself skipping shaving your legs during the can wrap up this little pack and open it up on Christmas (or holiday you celebrate) and kind of surprise yourself with this little reminder! and voila! - you'll be closer to having a Holiday Glow for New Year's! 

Anyway. When you make your trip to Costco, head over to the Beauty section - you know the one, where you'll find Pantene, Olay, Venus Swirl, and other P&G beauty products. :)
Here's a little visual to make it easy. ;)

And, I'd like to know what steps do you usually take to achieve a Holiday Glow? What beauty products do you usually pick up at Costco? let's chit-chat!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayGlow  #CollectiveBias