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Our man about town Jared Hatch stops by Cynthia Rowley for some Gilt-y Cupcake-y fun this weekend. More fun than Shirley the Muffin Lady!
You probably heard about it on RackedWire this past weekend—Gilt + Flirty Cupcakes + Cynthia Rowley = Um, Yum. Yes, it was a wet dream on Damen yesterday evening and be sorry if you missed it because it couldn't have been a more deliciously fashionable end to a busy weekend. I'm sure we can all attest to not having this much fun on Damen since Shirley the Muffin Lady was in business.
The cupcakes were being given away courtesy of the Twitter friendly @FlirtyCupcakes—out of their mobile truck of love and the—Gilt Group crew. We tried the two most popular flavors: chocolate-peppermint with butter cream and the Curious George which is chocolate-banana, salted caramel with butter cream. Unfortunately, we ate these too quickly to take a photo. But we did take our time inside the Cynthia Rowley boutique chatting up all the pretty girls and hot mamas. And as if your guilty cupcake wasn't enough, Cynthia, being the wonderful host she is, made sure there plenty of glasses of Mionetto Il Prosecco and Vosges truffles for everyone. Rowley was also offering a 20% discount on full priced items if you mention Gilt.
While noshing, we got to play with Cynthia's grey ostrich feather tutu that she wore when she was a guest at Blair's birthday party on Gossip Girl. As awesome and as much buzz surrounded the tutu in the store, we declined to try on the $330 tutu because CVS was sold out of Nair this week.
Walking around the store, perusing her new (and very popular) sequins collection, we were drawn away from her current sparkles and lace garments to these bright little creatures having a pow-wow on a shelf next to the dressing rooms. They are one-of a kind soft sculpture dolls, nicknamed "Yarnies", crafted by Mikey Anderson, commissioned by Cynthia for her Chicago and NY stores. The Rowley stores have the largest collection of these little monsters since her daughter fell in love with one at Quimby's Books earlier this year. Rowley's sales associates told us that Yarnies have been some of the most popular gift items this season along with the Prussian blues garments.