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June 25, 2015

STORKSAK Changing Bag

Everyone knows that a must-have item for every new mom is a diaper bag.

As cliche as that is....it is a must. Last week I wrote about cool diaper bags here, and with that said, I  decided on a StorkSak changing bag. Luckily for me, they sent me one!



To be honest, like I mentioned in my previous post, there are some really UGLY diaper bags out there – functional, sure, but without a lot of style.

So before my StorkSak arrived, I was using an over-sized purse but it was tough because nothing was organized. I literally had to just throw everything in it & good luck trying to find anything!

So when I received my StorkSak diaper bag, I was really excited – a really well designed bag with a lot of features that looked more like an upscale purse than a zoo on my shoulder.  They also run quite a bit cheaper than designer bags, as I mentioned in this post. For myself, I decided on the Bobby bag in black, but also comes in cappuccino.  It’s made from a quilted nylon (surprisingly I did not choose leather) and has a nice clean look.

Inside, the cubbies & pockets are all easily accessible.  And guess what?!?  It comes with a padded changing mat (a must have in NYC), a pacifier case, and a matching insulated bottle bag that has a Velcro handle so it can be attached to the stroller. It also has a removable, adjustable cross-body strap with built in stroller straps - perfect for a hands-free outing!

       Check out their full collection of changing bags here.



-post by jen ramos


Removable, adjustable cross-body strap with built in strollerstraps - See more at: http://www.storksak.com/product.php?shopprodid=16&variantid=39#sthash.3QodkVnm.dpuf
Removable, adjustable cross-body strap with built in strollerstraps - See more at: http://www.storksak.com/product.php?shopprodid=16&variantid=39#sthash.3QodkVnm.dpuf
Removable, adjustable cross-body strap with built in strollerstraps - See more at: http://www.storksak.com/product.php?shopprodid=16&variantid=39#sthash.3QodkVnm.dpuf

June 23, 2015

FOOD: Fresh Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Hi Made By Girl readers!  I feel Summer calling my name, don't you? This is Jen from Pretty Eats with a gorgeous and refreshing Summer drink to sip on, Fresh Blackberry Mint Lemonade. The combination of mint, blackberry, and fresh lemons just says pure Sunshine to me. I love the simplicity of freshly made lemonade, something so simple yet lovely that you can whip up in just a few minutes. If you're feeling festive, go ahead and add a splash of vodka to serve up quick cocktails for the ladies! Either way you pour it, you'll love this fresh variation on lemonade. Cheers!



Fresh Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Ingredients: serves 2

• 4 Meyer lemons, cut in half, reserve a few slices for garnish
• 1/2 c fresh blackberries
• 4 sprigs fresh mint
• 2 tbsp sugar
• Sparkling mineral water, 1 pint



Directions:

• Mint ice cubes: Wash mint sprigs and break into small pieces. Fill ice cube tray with
mint and fill halfway with water. Wait until frozen to add remaining water and freeze
completely.
• Juice lemons and pour through a mesh strainer to remove seeds and pulp.
• In a pitcher, combine juice and sugar. Pour in 1 cup of mineral water and mix together
until sugar is dissolved. You may have to adjust sugar according to the tartness of the
lemons.
• Prepare your glasses by placing 2 mint ice cubes and 1/2 c juice mixture in each glass.
Fill with sparkling mineral water (1 cup, depending on glass size). Garnish with fresh
blackberries, lemon slices, and additional mint sprigs. Enjoy!
















-images & post by jen olson


June 19, 2015

Giggle Baby Wishlist

As many of you know, when a new baby comes into the picture.... things change. 

Especially our living spaces. We fight it & it still seems like baby items are running things. Ok, so then why not get the cutest things you can find right? ...... like stuff from Giggle.  It's one of my fave baby shops right now. We currently still have Noah in a bassinet & now at 4 months, he is starting to look like he needs a crib. REAL BAD. Time flies.

We prefer compact items that are sleek & modern, and also fit in with our current decor....I mean why not? - Of course, it should be functional too.  I gathered Noah's wishlist, (well, really mine for him) & as you see the Bloom Alma mini-crib is included. Would love to add this small crib to his little space.  

Do you have this crib? What do you think of it? .... Have you shopped at Giggle?



You can also shop all these items at Giggle.


-post by jen ramos

June 18, 2015

FASHION: SUMMER STYLE GUIDE

Hi everyone! Sandra from Blasfemmes here. Today’s post is vacation inspired and I’m seriously wishing I had every single item on this list. I'm especially big fan of little white dresses, they're the perfect Summer go-to staple, as fit for a cocktail party as they are for a weekend at the beach.

 What are you craving for Summer? Prints? Whites? Accessories? Do share! 







  Take one: 1. J. Crew Hat // 2. Chanel Parfum // 3. Shopbop Woven Tote // 4. Wonderelle Ice Cream Waffle Glass // 5. Abercrombie Dress (love this one) // 6. Rebecca Minkoff 'Georgina' Sandals Take two: 7. Karen Walker Sunglasses // 8. J Brand Denim Jacket (love this one) // 9. Nars Lipstick // 10. Wonderelle Bouquet // 11. Fujifilm Instax // 12. 'How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are' Book // 13. Mango Dress // 14. Shopbop Beach Tote // 15. Tory Burch Wedges  



-post by sandra lopes


 

June 17, 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide: High-End Dad



 Is that special man in your life a high-end man with good taste? This Father's Day make sure you get what suits him.  For those men, here is a round-up of gifts I figured would be suitable at just his price range. I'm looking forward to celebrating this Father's day with my husband and son....luckily my husband doesn't have super expensive taste. Ha. Enjoy!






iphone case | hat | socks | black tie | tom ford cologne | tea | shirt | watch | sunglasses


-post by jen ramos



June 8, 2015

BEAUTY: SUMMER FOUNDATIONS

Hi Everyone! Monica here from beauty parler.  Hope you're all embracing the nicer weather. Although the weather has it's dips in temperature this time of year the hot sticky Summer days are coming! Which means sweaty makeup which can look caked on. Well, that's a definite no and can all be avoided by switching out your foundation to a more Summer friendly one.

On hot sweaty days, the last thing I want to do is wear any makeup. But on days that I head out to work or attend beauty events, I like to wear a little makeup. Makes me feel more polished and put together. Anyone else feel like that too? Here are three of my Summer must-have foundations.




1/NARS All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation | 2/MAC Face & Body Foundation | 3/Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation

In general, all three of these are similar in texture. Light-weight, watery, and build-able coverage. With formulas so watery those with drier skin types will find that they'll need to apply a good moisturized base or can emphasis dry patches. These formulas work wonderfully for those with oily to combination skin types. The NARS All-Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation are a semi-matte to matte finish. Whereas, MAC Face & Body Foundation has a dewier finish and those with drier skin types will like this foundation better than the other two.
In terms of application because these are so watery they are best applied with your fingers or foundation brush. I'd suggest not using a beauty sponge as it would just absorb too much product.

I hope I helped you start your Summer makeup routine. Share your favourite Summer makeup?


-post by monica

June 3, 2015

NUNA USA GIVEAWAY

Giveaway now closed, stay tuned in a few minutes for THE WINNER!!! 

Being a parent can be challenging and physically exhausting at times - so having baby gear that makes things easier is essential.  A good stroller makes a huge difference.

Today, I'd like to introduce you to the NUNA MIXX Stroller.....  And, we are giving (1) away to one LUCKY winner!!!!!!

THE PRIZE: 
One gorgeous NUNA MIXX STROLLER in Basil worth over $500. This color is exclusive to Giggle.

HOW TO ENTER:
It's EASY.  Just leave a comment letting me know why you'd like this stroller...along with your email below. If winner does not respond within (1) day of being selected - we have the right to choose another winner at random.
 
GIVEAWAY ENDS ON: 
June 3rd, this evening!!  We will choose a winner using random.org.  I'll post the WINNER'S name on my blog & on my instagram, so come back to see if that's YOU!!!


Just so you know.....my husband & I had been on the hunt for a new stroller & we came across Nuna. The brand is amazing and the design of their strollers are just lovely. The new Nuna MIXX Stroller is one of those strollers that creates a more peaceful & magical walk when strolling around with your baby.  This particular stroller in Basil is sleek & versatile. It faces forward (so your baby can see you) or backward (so your baby can see the world).

One of my favorite features of the MIXX stroller is that my baby can lie flat with the flat sleeper seat. This is really important to me, because I hate long walks where my little guy is sleeping while sitting up.  He looks uncomfortable....I'm sure you know what I mean.   


Ok, now check out the cool features:
  • flat sleeper seat 
  • 5 position recline 
  • quick-release wheels 
  • smooth ride
  • 11" foam-filled airless tires that handles all terrian
  • over-sized, extendable fully enclosed canopy
  • removable flip-out eye shade 
  • can use the MIXX Nuna Pipa Car seat
  • under stroller spacious storage





Feel free to enter the Nuna Mixx Stroller Giveaway now. Good Luck!! 


 ....to the winner, we will email you!



-post by jen ramos




FOOD: NO-CHURN ICE CREAM

Hey there Made By Girl readers! Jen from Pretty Eats here and with summer right around
the corner, I have an incredible recipe for you, No-Churn Ice Cream! Yes that's right. No
ice cream machine needed, no cooking involved! The ingredients are not for the faint of heart
(heavy cream, anyone?), but the results are just beyond creamy and delectable. What I truly
love about this ice cream recipe is being able to make whatever flavors we can think up.

I've provided 3 flavor recipes for you today, Strawberry, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road, but don't
let that stop you from making up your own flavor profiles. Please join me while I mix some of
this No-Churn Ice Cream up and welcome Summer just a little bit early!

No-Churn Ice Cream // Strawberry / Mint Chip / Rocky Road

Ingredients: makes 1 1/2 quarts each
Ice Cream Base :
• 14 oz condensed milk
• 1 pint heavy cream
• pinch of salt
• Cardboard ice cream containers (1 quart size shown here), or other freezable container.




 Flavors :
• Strawberry 1/4 c diced fresh strawberries, 1 tsp vanilla extract, & 1/3 cup strawberry
jam.
• Mint Chip 5 drops peppermint extract, 3 drops green food coloring, & 1/2 c mini
chocolate chips.
• Rocky Road 1/4 c cocoa powder, 1/2 c toffee peanuts, 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, 1/2
cup mini chocolate chips, & 1/4 c chocolate syrup.







Directions:
• In a mixer with the whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.
• With mixer on low, drizzle in condensed milk, add pinch of salt. Beat until medium stiff
peaks form Use a spatula to scrape the sides and insure all is well combined.
• Proceed with the following directions per flavor:
• Strawberry Add vanilla while whisk is on low. Spoon mixture into freezable containers,
alternating layers of ice cream base with strawberry jam. Top with fresh strawberries.
Freeze for a minimum of 2-3 hours, or until frozen throughout.
• Mint Chip Add peppermint extract and green food coloring while whisk is on low. Mix
in chocolate chips by hand, folding with a spatula. Spoon into freezable containers and
freeze for a minimum of 2-3 hours, or until frozen throughout.
• Rocky Road Add cocoa powder with whisk on low, combine well. Spoon mixture into
freezable containers, alternating layers of ice cream with the peanuts, marshmallows,
chocolate chips, and drizzles of chocolate syrup. Freeze for a minimum of 2-3 hours, or
until frozen throughout.



-post by jen olson



May 28, 2015

FASHION: LUX ON A BUDGET

Hi Lovelies! Sami from The Unexpected Type here to talk about keeping your fashion ultra-lux while on a college girl’s budget! Fashion influences the lives of many—who doesn’t want to walk around wearing the latest Dior? I’ll raise my hand to that! Budgets remain to be a questionable issue in the industry to whether it really is the key to true style. Trust me, it’s not!

So many expert fashionistas are mixing high and low, or even going low-end all around to show that true style isn’t in the price of the piece, but how you wear it. As a girl who once struggled on the impending college student budget, I learned a few tricks along the way that will keep you looking like a million bucks under $100 (seriously!)

Go Dainty
Dainty, minimalistic jewelry can get pricey, fast. The trend of simple jewelry started last year and accessorizing with minimal pieces is booming this year. You can find really simple pieces pretty much anywhere for under $5. Forever21 may be lacking in the quality of clothing, but their $3 dainty necklaces and bracelets will make up for that! I get compliments on my minimal pieces from F21 all the time—my priceless secret!







Grab a Clutch
All that hardware on your bag can make it look cheap or tacky. The hardware can wear away pretty fast, too, leaving tattered remains of a chain that once was (yikes!) Detach the extra chains and ditch the hardware for a super sleek clutch. You’ll go from “eh” in the accessories department to “Fashion Editor” with a capital F.




Upgrade Your Denim
I used to be the girl who bought a cheap piece of denim just because my favorite designer pair was getting worn way too many times only one way. Invest in a good pair of jeans! It’ll save you money, since you won’t be buying the cheapo’s every once in awhile. Try buying a pair of boyfriend or skinnies. You can cuff, roll, unroll, and tuck into many different options and lengthen the life of your denim wear.



Old Navy | The Boyfriend Skinny Ankle Jeans ($30) // American Eagle | Extreme Jegging ($50)


Get Monochromatic
All black, all white, all grey, even camel. Opt for one color in cool proportions and textures to create a super cool look everyone will be drooling over. It’s actually fun to put monochromatic looks together—it feels like a challenge! Did I mention how chic this is right now?


Asos | Tailored Sleeveless Boilersuit ($81) // Zara | Sash belt trousers with bow ($60) // H&M | Blouse with Trumpet Sleeves ($30)


Get Creative With Accessories
Your favorite silk scarf just turned into a purse accent Monday-Wednesday and a hairband Thursday and Friday. Reusing your accessories in interesting ways adds a very unexpected touch that will have people waiting to see exactly what you do next. You get more use out of your pieces and still make a style statement!






-post by sami davis


May 21, 2015

Cool Mom. Cool Diaper Bag.

Ok, so now that I'm a mom, I'm on the hunt for a diaper bag.

Yes, it's a bit late...why? Well, you see....I've been using one of my bigger handbags as a diaper bag. I'm quickly discovering there aren't enough compartments to put everything in!  Very annoying when you're out with your baby on a long stroll & find yourself digging around your BIG handbag for a small pacifier etc.

Now after searching and searching online I've come across some great options that are not only stylish but functional. Let's face it, there are some UGLY diaper bags out there.  I just can't see myself holding a bag that feels like I'm hauling around a clown outfit.  No offense but...."Dear designers, please make nicer diaper bags."  In the meanwhile I've got a few I'd recommend - some not-so-affordable and some are.

As of right now I'm looking at #2 , a black quilted diaper bag by StorkSak. This bag is pretty cool....has all the necessary pockets & then some.

Moms, take note...this is def a cool bag!



 see more at storksak


-post by jen ramos




May 18, 2015

Pineapple Art

Hey guys!! Last week I added several original Pineapple paintings to Made By Girl - but there is 1 more left.... you can now see it hereDo you want a similar painting for your home? Do you have a commission you'd like to request? Email me.


-post by jen ramos


May 15, 2015

DESIGN: BEAUTIFUL BOOK SHELF ACCESSORIES

When it comes to storage at home, we can make it just storage or create a beautiful space to display our books, art and home decor and add a little personality to our space. There is so many stylish bookshelves on the market to chose from and when styled, they'll bring a totally new look to any living room! I personally love bright and colorful bookshelves, full of accessories, personal items and vintage finds, a statement element of the room.

Here is one you might get inspired by and some happy home decor ideas below!

/7/ Barneys /8/ Chairish /9/ Habitat /10/ Amara



- post by Monika Boruch

May 12, 2015

FASHION: EVERYDAY CASUAL GET THE LOOK

Hi everyone! This is Sandra from Blasfemmes bringing you fashion inspiration for the good weather that awaits us.  I am undeniably a Pinterest enthusiast, it is probably my favorite social media outlet because I always find wonderful inspiration there. These are two of my favorite recent pins and I decided to make a post on how to get these looks. What's your favorite social media outlet for fashion inspiration?



1. Suno Eyelet Top // 2. Part Two Striped Blazer // 3. Current/Elliott White Jeans // 4. J. Crew Pavé Link Bracelet // 5. Michael Kors Pink Selma Crossbody Bag // 6. Vans Lo Pro Sneakers Image from Merricksart

1. Forever21 Blue Lace Top & Zara Top// 2. Loeffler Randall Rider Bag // 3. Current/Elliott White Jeans // 4. J. Crew Necklace // 5. J. Crew Pavé Link Bracelet // 6. Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Flats Image from StylishPetite




 -post by sandra lopes 


May 5, 2015

The Maxi Dress

Spring time arrived in NYC - but yesterday it felt more like Summer. WOAH, it was HOT. Especially if you're walking around for a bit... 

During this time of year I jump online and hunt down the best fitting maxi dresses. Maxi dresses can start at $26 and go upwards of $300. Crazy, I know.  Two Summers ago I bought 3 maxi dresses & ended up spending about $100 each.  Now I look around & realize there are some really great fitting ones for the half the price. Go figure. 

It pays to shop around & one of my fave places to shop dresses is BooHoo.  Seriously, you cannot beat their prices!  If you scroll down you'll notice the long black (form-fitting) maxi I wore this past  weekend, it was only $26!! They have a ton of other cute options but I felt this was the best fit for me. In case you're wondering it's number 4 (below) and I'm a size 4.  

I love this style of dress...I must admit when I'm feeling lazy or don't have time to shave my legs, this dress is ideal. Ha.

So, tell me are you into maxi dresses? Which is your fave?
 




1. asos white frill dress  2. cami maxi asos 3. leopard print maxi via asos 4. black strappy frill maxi via boohoo 5. young fabulous & broke maxi 6. caftan maxi by young fabulous & broke 7. racer back maxi via shopbop

IVVI stroller by nuna



-post by jen ramos



May 4, 2015

BEAUTY: TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

Hi, Monica from Beauty Parler! So excited Spring is finally here and the sun is shining. Some of you might be planning Summer vacations already and to get you started on a few travel essentials I've chosen a few favourites. Aside from beauty blogging I also work as a flight attendant and I always carry a few beauty essentials in my carry-on.


One word that is key when traveling by plane is moisturize. From the moment you step on that airplane, the dry air sucks the moisture out of you. Aside from the obvious as drinks lots of water! You need to replenish the moisture loss.

There are many brands of water spray cans, Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray is one of my favourites. Adds moisture but for me it's the refreshing factor. Right before landing a spritz of water on the face feels cool and awakens.

Facial wipes, disposal and easy to carry. I like the Neutrogena All-In-One Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes, not only for in-flight but as part of my skincare routine.

Hand cream is a must! I tend to carry more than one as my hands get so dry. The L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream is an old favourite and classic. Creamy and leaves hands so soft. Love the scent too!

I've lost count of how many lip balms are in my uniform pockets. However, Benefit Hydrating Lip Tints are great because they add a hint of colour which in my case is necessary under those horrible lights.

Lastly, not so much for the flight but any skincare that isn't in liquid format for travel is a smart choice. Especially if you're a carry-on only type of gal. With liquid restrictions at airports, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is an amazing product. It's a gentle powder exfoliate that suds when mixed with water.



-post by Monica Da Rosa





April 27, 2015

FOOD: Double Chocolate Pancakes

Hi Made By Girls! This is Jen from Pretty Eats bringing you a fun and decadent way to wake up, Double Chocolate Pancakes.  I love trying to incorporate non-dairy options in my recipes, and experimented with Chocolate Soy Milk with these pancakes…delish!! Now these thick, chocolately treats are really more dessert than breakfast, but once in a while won't hurt. Don't forget my trick to make these cakes even more special, a sprinkle of fresh berries on top! Enjoy!









Double Chocolate Pancakes
Ingredients:  makes 10 medium sized pancakes

    •    1/2  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    •    1 cup all-purpose flour
    •    1/2 cup sugar
    •    2 tsp baking soda
    •    1/4 tsp salt
    •    1 1/2 cup chocolate soy milk
    •    1 egg
    •    1 tsp vanilla
    •    High quality maple syrup
    •    Fresh berries of your choice

Directions: 
    •    In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and whisk well. Allow batter to sit for 15 minutes (or refrigerate if longer than 15 min).
    •    On a greased griddle (medium heat), scoop 1/4 cups of the batter onto surface. Flip when bubbles begin to rise to the top.
    •    Stack 'em up, drizzle some syrup, and enjoy with a topping of fresh berries!








-post by jen olson

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