September 23, 2014

FOOD: Watercress Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Hi Made By Girl! This is Jen from Pretty Eats coming to you with an elegant & refreshing (end of Summer) lunch, Watercress Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing. The most gorgeous bunches of watercress have been popping up at my local farmer's market and I couldn't resist taking some home. Watercress is a powerhouse food, full of cancer-fighting nutrients, and great in sandwiches and salads. Pairing this peppery green with a light creamy dressing makes for a winning combination!

Watercress Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing


Poppyseed Dressing
    •    1/2 c plain whole fat yogurt
    •    1/4 c crumbled cheese, such as feta or goat's cheese
    •    juice of 1/2 lemon
    •    2 tsp poppyseeds
    •    1/2 tsp sea salt
    •    1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

3 cups of fresh watercress


Simply whisk dressing ingredients, adding extra lemon juice to obtain desired thickness. Drizzle over freshly rinsed watercress and enjoy!

-post by jen olson via pretty-eats

September 22, 2014

Natori Event NYC

Last week, I hosted a private shopping event at Natori - where Josie Natori showed up with this amazing outfit from her collection and mingled with guests! I got a chance to show guests my favorite Fall picks & even wore my main pick (see below) to the event! Her line is beautiful, feminine & sophisticated......I'm really looking forward to wearing my Panno Wool Vest again soon!

On that note, I wanted to give you a bit more insight on who Josie case you haven't heard of this fabulous entrepreneur.

Natori was Started in 1977 by Josie Natori, it sells lingerie, sleepwear, dresses and other women's fashion as well as perfume, home furnishings and more in over 15 countries. What's more amazing is the story of Josie Natori, who was the first female to reach the rank of Vice President in the tough investment banking world - she left high finance & went into high-fashion after following her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

The boutique is located in the Nolita section of Manhattan....and it's a gorgeous space - you won't want to miss visiting her shop! (See full address in photo collage below).

All my picks can be seen in person at the boutique in NYC.  
You can keep up with Natori on their website or their blog, Josie Girl.

Josie Natori Boutique
253 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
(646) 684-4934

Store Hours
Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM
Monday - Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM

-post by jen ramos

September 19, 2014

fashion: styling a lace dress

Hello ladies, this is Sandra from Blasfemmes. We are getting closer to stepping into the Fall season and it's about time to start transitioning our Summer wardrobe to a more autumnal one. Today's moodboard gives two different ideas on how to style a lace dress. I love lace. It's always one of my favorite fabrics and it has undoubtedly a feminine and delicate feel to it. A white lace dress is something we most likely associate with Spring and Summer but I also think it makes a great transactional piece, perfect for the first days of Fall.

What do you guys think? 

  Take one: 1. Velvet by Graham & Spencer Vest // 2. Tory Burch Dress (pretty options here and here) // 3. Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch // 4. Gorgeous Cosmetics Eyeshadow // 5. Wonderelle White Roses // 6. YSL Nail Polish // 7. Aquazzura 'Sexy Thing' Sandals Take two: 1. Hinge Scarf // 2. Topshop Denim Jacket // 3. Tory Burch Dress // 4. Jules Smith Earrings // 5. Tom Ford Nail Polish // 6. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Affair Bag // 7. Ash Booties - post by sandra lopes¬

September 18, 2014

New FALL Wardrobe

As we get closer to Fall weather - we usually end up buying a few items to fit the season.

As for me,  I ended up picking this leather jacket from Zara which is versatile and super chic at the same time.  It's the type of jacket you can wear almost everyday with a pair of jeans. If you want to get away from your plain-Jane black boots, try these cow hair booties by Matisse via Revolve. These will DEF give you a fashionable appearance!

Will you be shopping for a FALL wardrobe?

1.  |  By hater tee via style lately
2.  |  Suede ankle boots by gianvito rossi
3.  |  Rick owens biker jacket
4.  | Asymmetrical bra by helmut lang
5.  | AG Adriano Goldschmied
6.  | rebecca minkoff quilted affair via Neiman Marcus
7. | matisse wedge bootie
8. | balenciaga leather glove sandal
9. | zara leather jacket w/pointed hem

-post by jen ramos

September 17, 2014


Hello MadeByGirl! This is Jen from Pretty Eats making Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts.  You stll have a chance to grab them before the Summer is completely gone. Perfection is in simplicity with this recipe, inspired by Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Life. I absolutely love the flavor-packed tahini tomato sauce which we couldn't get enough of here (actually had to make a second batch!).

If you're craving something crunchy, savory, and fresh, these tomato toasts are a must-try!

 Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts Ingredients: 
 • 3 tbsp tahini
 • 2 tsp jarred tomato sauce
 • 4 slices sourdough bread, toasted
 • 2-3 tomato slices per toast
 • 1 onion slice per toast

 • Mix tahini and tomato sauce together, set aside.
 • Spread each toast with sauce. Top with tomato and onion slices.
 • Broil toasts on low for 2-3 minutes and enjoy!

September 16, 2014

BEAUTY: Lip Wear

Hey everyone this is Rachel today from Life Unsweetened (sadly) bringing you my last post on beauty! With the latest beauty technology and ingredients, the products coming out on the market are just getting better and better. Whether you're looking for a multi-use product or the newest beauty tool, Sephora and Ulta have you covered.

Here are a few new, innovative lip products you should check out. Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color StickMarc Jacobs doesn't just rule the fashion world- he's slowly starting to take over the beauty world as well. These luscious color sticks are highly pigmented like a lipstick but slide on more like a balm. The colors are long-wearing and come in a variety of shades from bright to demure. And can we talk about the sleek, modern packaging? Amazing!  

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer-Vibrant color and a stay-put finish place this lacquer above the rest. The easy-to-use lip product goes on like a gloss with the benefits of being non-drying on your lips (attribute that to the vitamin E in the ingredient list). The glossy finish is beautiful and the range of shades is pretty impressive for a new product.

 Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained GlossOCC took their popular stain and added a glossy component- and the results are fabulous. These stains leave behind a long-lasting finish that can be worn over existing original-formula Lip Tars for added shine or fun color combos.

 Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour BalmClinique's newest version of their lip balm focuses on a sheer wash of color. Created to bring out your lip's natural tone, they are great for beginners or color-phobes.

September 15, 2014

You're Invited: Natori + Made By Girl

Hey everyone! If you're in NYC on Wednesday evening September 17th - be sure to stop by & join Designer Josie Natori & myself at Natori here in NYC, for an exclusive night of shopping + cocktails!  You'll also be able to view her beautiful high-end collection of clothes + see my top picks for Fall - in person.  In the meanwhile, here are 4 of my favorite pieces from the beautiful Natori collection... So, come visit the boutique this Wednesday - you won't want to miss it!

You can click on each photo (below) to go to it's page.

-post by jen ramos

September 12, 2014


So excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a 'Private Shopping Party' at Madewell NYC on the Upper East Side on Sept 27th.  If you're around please stop by!!

It's between 1-4pm and you'll be able to view & purchase some of my artwork in person, both Made By Girl and Cocoa & Hearts + many sweet treats & pretty girly drinks!!  There are other reasons to drop in as well...such as 20% off discount for purchasing $125 or more from Madewell & more!

Sooooo, save the date, stop in, say hello & leave with a few goodies! Check out the Facebook Event page here and RSVP to

-post by jen ramos

September 10, 2014

FOOD: Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread

Hi there, Amanda here from A Life Well Lived. Today I am sharing my recipe for Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread.  Zucchini seems to be everywhere this time of year.  If anyone has a zucchini plant, you know that is grows like a weed in the let's put it to use before Summer ends!

In fact, I'm trying my hand at my own garden and I am up to my ears in zucchini. So, I thought this would be the perfect way to use some of it. Plus it is a sneaky way to add some vegetables to your day by combining it with chocolate. Now those are some veggies that I will eat!  I added some coconut flake to the top before I baked it for an added crunch. The result is a tender quick bread that is moist, flavorful and all together delicious. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread 

2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2  teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease and flour an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.
Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, then gently stir into egg and zucchini mixture. Fold in chocolate.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake loaf for 55 - 60 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. (You can also adapt this recipe for muffins, just use a muffin tin and adapt the bake time to about 20 -25 minutes)
Recipe makes 1 loaf of Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread.

-post and images by amanda fredrickson

September 8, 2014

design: boho glam

Hello MBG readers! It's Lisa from Gem Daily this Monday with a look at a fun fresh space I recently stumbled upon on Domaine by the Swedish designer Isabelle Dahlin!  I am such a sucker for bohemian vibes and spaces that feel very imperfect and lived-in and this space is the epitome of boho, effortless glam from top to bottom. The key is really picking textiles that blend well together, textures that create interest and finishes that aren't too fussy.

Check out some of my picks that can help you get the look!

1// leather chair 2//chandelier 3//pillow 4//pouf 5//rug 6//console 7//art 8//basket
-post by lisa

September 5, 2014

Fashion: Culottes Trend

Hi everyone! It's Adri of Adri's World with my last post as a MBG contributor.  It's been an amazing experience & I am very thankful to all of you for following along!

With Fashion Week just starting here in NYC, today I wanted to discuss a trend that many fashionable ladies are wearing: culottes, also known as knee-breeches.  These pants have been around a while, but not many have added them to their closets. They can be worn with a fitted top, silk cami, a graphic tee or even a white shirt.

Because of the length, the shoes you wear are very important! I think they would look great with a pair of animal print pumps. Add a gorgeous bag, a gold necklace and gold bangle.
No day look is complete without a pair of sunglasses (love those gold speckled ones), a beautiful shade of red lipstick and an amazing scent—perfect!

Do you like this trend and will you be adding it to your closet?

- post by Adri Reynoso

September 4, 2014


This is a series called, "Let's Get This Look" - where we put together a SIMILAR wardrobe to help you "get that look" based on what others are wearing.  It's that simple.  If you missed the previous post, here it is.

model image via denim blog // chambray top via jcrew // hermes belt via ebay
//denim via zara // sunglasses by stella mccartney via shop bop // hand bag by gigi newyork // booties by joe's jeans 

-post by jen ramos

September 2, 2014

FOOD: Chocolate Cherry Creme Tarts

Hi Made By Girl! This is Jen from Pretty Eats with a beautiful and decadent end of summer dessert, Chocolate Cherry Creme Tarts.  If you're still feeling this hot weather, you can also celebrate the beautiful fruit of summer and get your chocolate fix at the same time. The key to making the creme over the top is to use high quality (and yes, full fat!) ingredients.

These sweet treats are bite sized and guaranteed to impress!

Chocolate Cherry Creme Tarts Ingredients: 

Makes 12 mini tarts Chocolate Cherry Filling
• 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 2 tbsp cornstarch
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 1 tbsp cherry liqueur (such as Cherry Heering)
• 1 1/2 cups whole milk
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 1/3 cup chocolate bar, chopped finely
• Pre-made mini filo tart shells
• Fresh Bing or sweet cherries


In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk milk and cream, gradually adding dry ingredients.
Whisk constantly, heating to boiling, about 2-3 minutes.
Whisk in chocolate and cherry liqueur until smooth.
Remove from heat and chill for an hour in the fridge.
Simply assemble by filling tart shells and topping with a fresh cherry. Enjoy!

 -images and post by jen olson via pretty eats


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