October 23, 2014

Removable Wallpaper

Living in New York city can be a decorating dilemma....especially if you are renting. 

You basically have to ask your leasing office or landlord for permission before you can change anything inside your apartment.  So, unless you re-arranging furniture, you need to think twice.

This applies to painting walls  -  you have to paint it back to the original color... & who wants to be painting before they move?!? Not me.

With that said, when we move into our new apartment next month, we are considering adding removable wallpaper.  I say removable wallpaper because I don't want any drywall ripping off - know what I mean?  I'm not sure how temporary wallpaper will look & hold up, but love the idea of adding a patterned wall to the entryway.  This would be ideal because we could just take it down easily without causing any damage to the walls.  I found some great resources on Etsy for removable wallpaper,  here are some of my favorites. 

Which do you like?? Have you used removable wallpaper??

October 22, 2014

FASHION: How To Wear a plaid shirt

Hello ladies, this is Sandra from Blasfemmes. Remember this post I did last year on how to wear a plaid shirt?

I decided to make an Autumn/14 edition because plaid is trendier than ever right now. In fact plaid is that fall fashion trend that just won't go away—and that's okay with me. I also think plaid shirts make great transitional pieces and no matter what your style is they can always work in your favor. I'm especially digging the ones from RAILS and my only problem is choosing which one to buy. What do you think of this fall staple?

Look #1: 1. Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt (also here) // 2. Valentino Grey Lock Shoulder Bag // 3. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in 'Flowers in Her Hair' // 4. J Brand White Jeans // 5. Aquazzura Sexy Thing Sandals Look #2: 1. Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt // 2. H&M top // 3. Blank Denim Pants // 4. Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals Look #3: 1. Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt // 2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Muscle Tee // 3. Marc By Marc Jacobs Baker Watch // 4. Love Leather Quilted Leather Skirt // 5. Ash Jalouse Booties Look #4: 1. Topshop Waterproof Mascara // 2. Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt // 3. Sheinside Coat (also love this one) // 4. Dondup Denim Shorts // 5. Alexander Wang Rockie Duffel Bag // 6. Zara Shoes  

 -post by sandra lopes

October 21, 2014

Desk Shopping

Sooo....we'll be moving NEXT month to another apartment & I'll also be looking for a new desk for my studio. I really want gold legs on the new desk, and I am contemplating whether to go the DIY route by painting the legs gold, or not.  A DESK with drawers is also ideal, and although option a & f are super cute, I'm always opening & closing my current desk, to avoid standing up all the time, drawers are top priority.

It needs to be sturdy & not feel cheap. Since I'll be using the desk everyday, it would be smart to invest in something good that will last! Same goes for a desk chair....agree??

I'd love for you to help me choose, which is your fave?

a. wayfair

-post by jen ramos

October 16, 2014

Fall Livingroom Vibes

Hi lovely MBG readers, its Lisa with Gem Daily and with fall & colder weather upon us, I thought I would share spaces and decor elements that are all about fall vibes. Personally, I really love bright, white, boho spaces. But when fall rolls around, there is just something so warm and sometimes romantic about a dark moody space that is fitting to the fall and winter season.

athena calderone | domaine home 

nate berkus' home | rue daily 

I've pulled together some fave design pieces that would be just perfect for a moody space. (I must admit, these are very reminiscent of the Jenner and Kardashian pads I obsess over every Sunday night).

-post by lisa fisbeck

October 15, 2014

CB2 Favorites

I just received the CB2 catalog & nearly passed out when I saw their new Alchemy Shiny Brass bed.  We are looking to replace our current bed and downsize from a king , to a queen in this beautiful piece. How chic would it look against a black wall (as pictured below).  It would definitely look good in our new apartment.  I'm also totally enamored by all the other pieces like this cane side chair (which would look great in a foyer)  & these flush mount lamps (perfect in entryways).

I need to know - have you taken a look at the new CB2 items? I'll be stopping by my local store this weekend, hoping to see this bed in person!

-post by jen ramos

October 14, 2014

Instagram GIVEAWAY: Design Love Planner

Hello everyone! I want to introduce you to the Design LOVE planner.  And, we are giving one away!

One gorgeous Design Love Planner worth $55
What's is the design LOVE planner?  It's a day-planner designed for the modern, busy woman in mind to help organize her life. Created by designer Marissa Cristina, this spiral bound planner is finished with a beautifully designed hardcover that’s accented with gold foil.  It has two ribbons which help you keep track of two things at once...clever no? 

It's EASY.  Find the photo below on my instagram  & leave a comment letting me know what you'd use it for.
October 20th, Monday.  I'll post the WINNER'S name on my blog & on my instagram, so come back to see if that's YOU!!!

Ok, now check out the cool features:
  • It fits perfect into your purse so you can take it wherever you go
  • Design Love Planner has 12 inspirational prints that are perforated for easy removal
  • There are two pockets - one in the front and one in the back - for all your keep sakes
  • Monthly Calendars, Weekly To-Do's & Scheduling and Budgeting help you stay on track
  • The planner is finished with non-scratch lamination

The planner retails for $55 via Design Love Planner in case you'd rather buy it & not enter the giveaway! 

UPDATE: Winner chosen

-post and images by jen ramos

October 10, 2014

Scheid Industrial Jewelry

A friend of mine recently met with me & she was wearing this gorgeous necklace around her neck, I had to ask her where it was from. She said, her friend Kate makes them. I told her I wanted to know more about the jewelry and the designer....So, here is a bit about Kate.

Scheid Industrial jewelry designed and handmade by NorCal native, Kate Scheid, in her San Francisco studio. She uses a variety of techniques - from etching to gold plating to give each piece a unique look. Inspired by pattern, art, nature, industrial districts, bohemianism and yoga, Kate likes to imagine that her creations are modern pieces unearthed from ancient cultures. Each piece is 24k gold plated over brass.  Since these are brass pieces with gold plating, it's best to avoid wearing the pieces frequently in water as this could potentially affect the finish. But don't let that stop you...these are super chic & pretty!

Here I am wearing the double bar necklace, one of my faves!

This piece below I actually wore for my Madewell event recently!You can see me wearing it here.

If you want to buy any of the pieces above, you can email Kate directly via her email or byphone: 650-776-9281..... Or see if they are available on her Etsy page here.

Have a nice weekend!!

-images by jen ramos

SALE at Made By Girl

Sale at Made By Girl starts today - 20% off almost everything!! - get your favorite art & start decorating your place!! Use code: FALL20

-image by jen ramos

October 8, 2014

Coming Soon To Cocoa & Hearts

So excited to announce the newest collection of Pineapple paintings -  Hot Pink & Coral Pineapples! Coming soon, not available yet.

 The newest additions will look fantastic in gold frames! You can purchase the frames directly from Made By Girl - here, or you can purchase them when the pineapples get added to the Cocoa & Hearts online gallery.

UPDATE: On sale now here!! 

-image by jen ramos

October 7, 2014

6 Fall Jackets

Fall is probably my all time favorite season. The reason is because it's half way in between the super cold weather & the heat. So, it's just right. We know we'll need jackets, then come the coats right? It seems every year I want to buy a new one, because so many cute styles come out...ever have that feeling? Below are some of my Fall & Winter faves...which one is your style?

-post by jen ramos

1. zara 2. helmut lang 3. sand leather jacket via zara 4. mackage leather 5. furry coat via zara 6. faux fur coat via outnet

October 1, 2014


Let's admit it, we all love a bit of pink in our lives now and then! How about the whole living room in powder pink color palette?  I personally love those colors for a room, it creates a beautiful, calming atmosphere and just invite to relax! And when completed with gold accessories and creamy hues, it is so on trend as well!!

Would you have a living room like that ? xo Monika ohmydeco

2 Sofa
9 Dish
10 Bench

-post by Monika Boruch

September 30, 2014

Made By Girl + Madewell Event NYC

The Madewell event this past weekend went really well! - I loved meeting new people & seeing lots of you who I know just from my Instagram! My artwork was a hit & one of the favorite were the colorful pineapples!  It was such a fantastic experience doing this pop-up shop & was definitely cool walking in & seeing my art displayed in their store!

The collection on display included art from my Made By Girl shop & original paintings from my online gallery, Cocoa & Hearts.

If you have a store & are interested in having me do a similar pop-up shop there, feel free to email me with info!

A Cocoa & Hearts SALE is around the corner - stay tuned!!  If you want to be notified, please sign up to the newsletter here. They tend to sell fast.

My mom was the first one there... she stayed until I was done. Love sharing these moments with her.

Loved my geometric necklace by Kate Scheid from Scheid Industrial & my Leather Pocket T-shirt dress, by Madewell.

My husband below (to the right) busy putting in orders & making sure things are run smoothly. His tee shirt even said 'hubby' - such a cutie.

Jamie from Furbish Studio came by - isn't her hair cool?!

-images belong to madebygirl

September 29, 2014

FOOD: Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Fresh Berries

Hi there! How are you? Jen from Lemon Drop Love here and it’s just about that time for a healthy hassle-free recipe, don’t ya think?

Well, I finally got on the chia seed bandwagon and I think you should too with this recipe. I made the most scrumptious slightly sweet, chia seed, vanilla pudding topped with fresh berries and crunchy granola. Since I made my first batch, I’ve been eating it everyday for breakfast and it has been such a happy and healthy way to start my day that I want to share this recipe with everyone I know. I think after you give this recipe a try, you will know exactly what I’m talking about. Now go make some and let us know what you think.

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Fresh Berries


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • Strawberries and blueberries
  • Granola (I used KIND Cinnamon Oat Clusters)

  • In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, the vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt until just blended. Whisk in chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries with maple syrup (I made sure to coat them evenly). Mix in the granola.
  • Spoon the pudding into small mason jars; mound with berries and granola mixture on top and serve. Or cover with lids and store in the refrigerator for the week.
Note: This recipe makes just about 2-3 small mason jars. If you want a full weeks worth of pudding, be sure to double the recipe.

-post and images by jen costea

September 26, 2014

Cocoa & Hearts Art Coming Soon!

Will you be joining me at Madewell on Madison Ave. tomorrow for my pop-up shop!?!? 

The event will run between 12-4pm & there will be discounts + goodies from Fatty Sundays + cocktails & of course ...... Cocoa & Hearts | Made By Girl artwork to buy & more!

Keep an eye out for a BIG sale on cocoa & hearts after the Madewell event!!!

-image by jen ramos

FOOD: Chocolate Vegan & Gluten-Free Brownies

Hi Made By Girl Readers, Amanda here from A Life Well Lived.  More and more I am finding that friends and family are having to cut things out of their diet for health reasons. I have some friends that are gluten free, some that are vegans and some that don't do dairy. But just because they have dietary restrictions, doesn't mean they can't have dessert. Not in my world!

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So in attempt to help them and always have dessert to serve them when they come over for dinner, I have been testing out a brownie recipe that covers all of my bases. A brownie with a secret ingredient that is pretty weird but you can't taste.

Are you ready for it? Tofu. Here is my recipe for chocolate vegan and gluten-free brownies made with tofu. I know it sounds weird but I promise you won't be able to even tell. I tested them out on my husband and he had no idea and still doesn't know -  so don't tell him.

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There are a couple tricks and tips to this recipe. If you are making these vegan, please be sure to use vegan chocolate and vegan sugar. Also, when you pull these brownies from the oven once they have a crispy top layer baked on them, they will feel like they are not cooked through but when you allow them to cool for at least two hours the ingredients firm up and look like perfectly baked brownies. They will, I promise but you have to show a little restraint before diving head first - sorry!

 Lastly, if you are like me, please feel free to eat the batter from the bowl with wild abandon. There is nothing raw in the batter so eat away.

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Chocolate Vegan and Gluten-Free Brownies  


  • 11 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or in chips 
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 
  • 12 oz. silken tofu, blended in a blender or food processor 
  • 1 cup coconut oil 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon espresso or strong coffee 
  • 1 1/4  cup gluten-free flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. In a makeshift double boiler, melt semisweet chocolate. Stir continually with a heat-proof spatula to prevent burning or hardening, about five minutes. Mix in the cocoa powder and remove the pan from the heat. In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine sugar, tofu, oil, vanilla and espresso. Stir in melted chocolate, then the flour, baking powder and salt. Pour batter into baking pan, making sure that it spreads evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until slightly puffed and top and edges of the brownie get crisp. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for at least two hour before cutting into squares. Makes about 14 -16 brownies.


-post and photos by amanda fredrickson


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