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April 17, 2015

7 beauty products I use every day

I get a lot of questions about what I use for beauty products everyday. Well, it's pretty simple.  I tend to try different things, but like most women, I'll usually stick to what works. Here are 6 beauty products I use that work for me & why:



2. joeur cosmetics mineral powder blush


-post by jen ramos



April 14, 2015

New at MADE BY GIRL

Hey guys! Great news!!! Have you seen the new Made By Girl site yet?

WE have officially merged Cocoa & Hearts (my original paintings) with Made By Girl!  You can now find all prints & original paintings on one website. This is easier for us, hope it's easier for you too! We have several new pieces that I think you'll want to check out like:

Lily the Swan - perfect for nurseries & kids rooms. Hand-drawn art by me, sold as a print.
love, love, LOVE - Perfect print for any decor. 
Black Abstract Swirl - add a little modern abstract piece to your gallery wall. Hand painted by me, sold as a print.
EVER & EVER in gold foil - this print would make a great print for a wedding, or a gift.

THEN we have the Original ART section | Cocoa & Hearts:
Darla's Flowers - original painted art by me
Le Kissy - original painted art by me



Plus, I'll be adding these hand-painted 'Hot Pink Swans' soon to the Original Paintings section!! Cocoa & Hearts Stay tuned!! You can always request a custom one if they sell-out.


Thank you for checking out the new site, enjoy your week!



-image by jen ramos

April 13, 2015

Design: Get her stylish living room

Hi there! Monika here bringing you today's dose of design! I love to take a sneak peak into other bloggers/designers' houses, home tours are such a great source of inspiration! Who doesn't right?? This is definitely the case of this gorgeous living room belonging to Nicole Gibbons from So Haute blog!  I love her eclectic, elegant apartment, full of vintage finds and beautiful vignettes! You can see the full tour here and get the style below!



For a similar look & feel to Nicole's space, here are a few home items I'd recommend!

April 10, 2015

New Site. BIG SALE.

Have you heard? 

Made By Girl & Cocoa & Hearts has now merged into one site!  Read below +  A BIG SALE going on right now! 20% off some of your favorite art + some NEW ART in the Cocoa & Hearts section.... some have already sold out, so hurry!



-post by jen ramos
-image of jen above by Taleen Dersdepanian



April 6, 2015

BEAUTY: BEAUTY & THE BROWS

 Hi! Monica, here from beautyparler.  Jen, is away enjoying her bundle of joy today! So happy for her & her husband! As a mom to an 18 month old, I know how tiring and exciting those first weeks are.

So, March is here already which means Spring is near. One beauty trend that will continue this Spring is the full brow. In all honesty, regardless of trendy or not I've always been a fan of a fuller brow. Now, not all of us are born with full brows. So, sometimes we just have to FAKE it.  Growing up as a teen in the 90's meant that two brow trends came into effect. For the first part of the 90's full sculpted brows and by the mid to late 90's a thinner brow was in.  My mom warned me, "once you start tweezing those brows they'll never grow back the same or ever".  Mom knows best! Thankfully, I listened.

Weather you use a brow pencil, cream or powder there are countless brow products to choose from and fake it if necessary.  A new release is Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama, an easy to use mascara for brows. A great method for those that don't want to fully commit to a full sculpted brow. Looking to fill in sparse brows, a pencil is another easy method. An old favorite of mine, MAC Cosmetics Brow Pencil, is a no nonsense pencil that defines and allows for a more precise brow. For shading in brows, Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings is a great kit for beginners.

Although, brow powders can be a tad time consuming you can achieve a more natural looking brow. The newest brow product in my kit, Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade is a water-proof cream formula that basically does the job of all three products listed above but in one product. Sculpt, define, shade, and fill-in brows using the dip brow. This product is for those not afraid of a more intense brow. Lastly, Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer is for those that over tweezed. Increase and thicken hair with usage of Wink.


What do you think of fuller more natural eyebrows?




-post by monica darosa


April 3, 2015

ZARA KIDS

I didn't even know Zara had a kids section, until a friend of mine mentioned it.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I visited their online kids store.  I decided to order a few pieces & I'm in love with the quality & stylish pieces they offer.  I gathered a few of my fave items for little boys (of course), that I have, or hope to get for Noah.  The clothes are really nice, and about mid-range prices...

Have you shopped Zara Kids yet??



Below is my little guy wearing the tee-pee pants from Zara Kids , one of my favorites.  He's also sporting some cute little 'batman' super-hero shoes from Sahnda Marie Kids
.  

Have a nice weekend! Happy Good Friday.




-Post by jen ramos



March 30, 2015

Coming SOON TO made by girl

I've been busy with the new baby + re-designing the new Made By Girl site. Can't wait to show you! Plus we are adding new paintings & prints, including some of these below. Stay tuned! Are you on the mailing list? If not, sign up to be notified when it all happens! 



-image by jen ramos


FASHION: Milly Dresses

Milly is one of my favorite shops to visit here in NYC. They have the most amazing dresses, that just flow and make you feel like a princess. Even though I hate the term 'princess' - this is DEF true about these dresses...you will feel like a princess. The dresses & skirts are really full with a generous amount of fabric so your dress will move & flow when you walk.  I also LOVE how the unique prints on the MILLY dresses are so luxurious & feminine - these are bound to be the highlight of any event! 

OK, I confess - I already own the painted (pink) flower one, I wore it for a feature in Adore Home Magazine which comes out April 1st !!!   Can't wait to share it with you.....I think Designer, Michelle Smith will love it!!  

Which of these is your favorite?


-post by jen ramos


March 27, 2015

FOOD: AVOCADO TOAST 3 WAYS

Hello, lovelies! Sami from The Unexpected Type here with another super simple recipe that will add instant flavor to your everyday routine! Avocado toast is having a total moment, so I had to see for myself what all the hype was about and make some for myself! I also had a lovely ripe heirloom tomato and some fresh corn I knew would make a flavorful addition. All the hype was totally worth it, avocado toast is simply amazing. Three ingredients, three ways... you'll be craving this snack all week!


Ingredients:
- 2 pieces sourdough toast
- 1 avocado
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lime
- 1 heirloom tomato
- 1/3 cup fresh corn

1. First, pop your bread into the toaster. Meanwhile, scoop out your avocado into a bowl, add a squeeze of lime, red paper flakes, and mash up with a fork. Spread over your toast and add enough sea salt & pepper to your liking. Version one is done!




2. Wash and dry your heirloom tomato, then slice it. Add to your toast and voila, version two is done!


3. For the final version, add a little bit of olive oil into a skillet and add your corn. Keep it on the heat until it develops a nice char and then top your heirloom avocado toast. Voila, version three! 




Now you have three ways to enjoy your avocado toast! 



-post by sami davis

March 25, 2015

Cool Clothes for BOYS

It's been a little over a month since we've had our son.  I have to admit, little girls seem to have a lot more FASHIONABLE options than little boys. So, I've been doing research on some cool baby clothes for boys.  It's been a long process of looking around - but, I finally found a few shops that I LOVE.  

Noah doesn't know much about fashion yet, so in the meanwhile.... it's my job to dress him. Below are some items on my wishlist for his wardrobe.

What are your favorite places to shop for kids clothes?


1. hello pullover via hello apparel 2. i like you a lot via kid & kind 3.  star pants via nununu 4. overalls via h & m 5. KID tee via hello apparel 6. star onesie via nununu 7. le be'be' onesie via hugo loves tiki 8. jumper via nununu 9. house tee via kid & kind 10. skull tee via nununu 11. au chocolat onesie via hugo loves tiki 12. garcon sweater via hugo loves tiki 13. paint splatter pants via nununu 14. washed out denim via h & m 15. cross baggy pants via nununu 16. 'i'm not tired' onesie  via hello apparel


below: my little guy

P.S.  ------> If you're a baby brand & want to introduce me to your product/apparel, please email me.  We love to work with fun & interesting brands! We can dress Noah up & post the pics on my instagram.  Just another way to display your brand to a new audience!

-bottom image by jen ramos

March 24, 2015

fashion: Parisian style

Hi everyone! Sandra from Blasfemmes here. Today’s post is very much alike this post I did a while ago (here) but let’s be honest: who can possibly get tired of Parisian style? What I love the most about Parisian-chic wardrobes are the timeless essentials that every woman should have. Even bigger sizes can’t get it wrong with a classic trench coat, a simple day dress or a striped tee. Below are two look suggestions: a more work appropriate outfit and a girly-girl outfit. More ideas here.

Are you also deeply fascinated by Parisian way of dressing? What are your favorite pieces from this style? Take one: 

1. Céline Sunglasses // 2. Kate Spade Trench Coat // 3. Maje Pussy-Bow Shirt // 4. MadeByGirl  // 5. Stylebystories Earrings // 6. Saint Laurent Bag // 7. Guerlain 'Kiss Kiss' Lipstick // 8. Blank Denim Pants // 9. Wonderelle Peonies Bouquet // 10. Christian Louboutin Décolleté Shoes Take two: 11. Asos Beret // 12. Oasis Scarf // 13. Comme des Garçons Striped Sweater // 14. Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange Book // 15. Alexandra Ferguson Pillow // 16. Topshop Skirt // 17. Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats // 18. Miss Dior Eau de Parfum



 -post by sandra lopes



March 23, 2015

My Top 5 Picks for Strollers

Ok, so as many of you already know from following my instagram, we adopted a baby boy.  He was a new born when we met him & he is now 1 month old.  This journey has been a long one with several ups & downs.....but we couldn't be happier with the end result!  Thank you to all of you who helped us through this, whether through donations or emotional support, we are truly grateful. 

With that said, we are now in the market for a NEW stroller. 

We had purchased one when we got our baby but we were not completely happy with it. I have done research and have narrowed it down to these 5 modern rides for kids. I prefer an all-black stroller ...in fact, the less color, the better. 
 I really like the idea of having a fully equipped stroller in Manhattan, since I am always on the go.  

It's also nice to have a carry cot like the NUNA stroller has, in case I'm out & need to do a quick diaper change....plus, baby can sleep in a comfy position while strolling down the city streets.  I'm positive my little guy would love this feature since he's a sleeper!  The Stokke Xplory also has a cool feature which caught my eye, it has seat-height adjustability which brings baby closer promoting interaction + it's super compact, ideal for walking thru crowded areas.  

Do you own any of these strollers?  I'd love to know your thoughts!


1. nuna IVVI   2. stokke xplory   3. bugaboo   4.  britax   5. uppa baby




-post by jen ramos




March 20, 2015

design: STYLISH DETAILS FOR YOUR SPACE

Hi, Monika here with a new fresh portion of design! As you probably imagine, I am constantly looking for new exciting decor ideas, beautiful objects and ways to make an interior looks FAB!!

Making the space stylish is all about the details: a paint color, bed linen, a desk accessory can make a whole big of a difference and add a lot personality to the room! Today, I found few fabulous objects that will help to turn your home office into a beautiful, picture perfect space!


March 16, 2015

New at Made BY GIRL

Hey guys! Welcome back! How is your Monday going so far? I wanted to remind you.....in case you missed it, we have 4 new phone case designs at Made By Girl. Some designs are available as prints too! Check them out here.

-Post by jen ramos


March 13, 2015

FOOD: Salted Peanut Butter Cups

Oh Made By Girl readers do I have a treat for you! I'm Jen from Pretty Eats and am SO excited to bring you this homemade version of a favorite, Salted Peanut Butter Cups. Creamy, with such deep flavors brought out by a small sprinkle of salt. These cups are so decadent yet simple to make, their store-bought version will pale in comparison.

The key in simple recipes is always high quality ingredients, mainly the bittersweet chocolate used in these treats. Since making these peanut butter cups at home, I seemed to have gained a few admirers (everyone in my house)! Go on, try these for yourself and earn a parade in your honor!



Salted Peanut Butter Cups
Ingredients: makes12
  • 1 c bittersweet chocolate chips (Ghiradeli used here)
  • 3/4 c natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • sea salt


Directions:
  • In a microwave-safe container, combine chocolate and coconut oil. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in-between, until chocolate is just melted.
  • Place mini muffin cups on a cutting board or flat plate.
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate into each cup.
  • Pop into freezer for a few minutes, until chocolate is firm.
  • Remove cups from freezer. Spoon 1 tablespoon of peanut butter into the center of each cup, taking care not to touch the sides of the paper.
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate around and on top of peanut butter.
  • Sprinkle sea salt on top of each cup.
  • Place cups back into freezer for a few minutes, until firm, and try not to eat all 12 at once!
Enjoy your weekend!


- Post & photos by Jen Olson

March 12, 2015

Anthropologie has got the gold

I love visiting Anthropologie here on the Upper East side in NYC  - they always have a great selection of unique items. Even though I'm not too fond of their home section, I did see some items that I really think would suit my taste. They've added some a nice selection of home decor with gold accents, & you know how I feel about gold right??  LOVE it.  So, here are my top favorite pieces from Anthro.  

Are you ready? Which of these is your fave?



-post by jen ramos



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