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August 1, 2014

DIY: Bridesmaids Gift Idea

While on instagram a few days ago, I saw this pic below of my Love Script print.

Linh from A Beautiful Rawr blog created it for her best friend's bachelorette party  - she had each girl kiss the print & sign their name! Cute idea right? Well, I thought....why not do this as a wedding gift for bridesmaids?  It's a cute & easy DIY idea inspired by the lovely Linh.

  • First, purchase the love script print at MADE BY GIRL
  • Purchase (1 ) print for each bridesmaids to hang in her home.
  • Pass each print around to each bridesmaid & let her add her signature lipstick, along with her name underneath it.
  • Each bridesmaid will take one of these home as a gift after the wedding. 
  • There you have it, a cute DIY for any wedding that will leave each girl with a beautiful memory!


-post by jen ramos

DESIGN: kitchen Design Ideas

Hi MBG readers, it's Lisa with Gem Daily here with another dose of design. Lately, I am all about kitchens-they are one of the most important spaces in a home and need to be just as functional as they are beautiful. From the cabinet style, color, hardware, to the countertops and tile backsplash, there are so many opportunities to infuse color & style and each element must work with carefully with one another. Check out some amazing kitchen designs that I am completely coveting right now and unique elements to snag for your kitchen!







rebecca ascher via elle decor







-post by lisa fisbeck


July 31, 2014

New at MADE BY GIRL

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If not - you should be.  By being on our mailing list, you'll receive the latest discount codes to our BIG sales + info on new products! Just go here and add your email. Below is a sample of what today's newsletter looked like!


July 30, 2014

FASHION: Summer Beach Look

Hi everyone! It's Adri of Adri's World here. A beach day is a favorite on these hot Summer days, so let's add some fun style!

Of course a great pair of sunglasses should be a part of everyone's beach bag and I personally love those aviators! A colorful patterned beach towel to match your stylish bikini and a pretty pink nail polish are perfect.  And, if we're going to be in the sun we cannot forget sunscreen and a hat to protect our skin. Oh, and let's not forget a fun and bright bag to take it all with us!

Are you ready for Summer beach days?



[1.ray-ban sunglasses, 2.madewell mara hoffman beach towel, 3.j.crew hat, 4.bop basics tote, 5.j.crew bikini, 6.deborah lippmann nail polish, 7.lancôme sunscreen]


- post by Adri Reynoso

July 29, 2014

Sale @ Made By Girl

Don't forget - the MADE BY GIRL Summer sale is going on now until July 31st.  You can get 20% off your total purchase, (does not include framing). So, go ahead & choose your favorite piece of art!

July 28, 2014

Trend: Ripped Jeans

I remember wearing my first pair of ripped jeans back in 1990.  I felt SO freakin' cool and hip. 

Every musician on Mtv was wearing them, so, of course it was cool.  'Blue jeans' were invented by Jacob Davis & a company called Levi Strauss in 1873.  Believe it or not, they were originally designed for cowboys & miners - then out of nowhere.... greasers in the 1950's started wearing them.  And of course...BAM! .... a new trend was born.  Let's face it, denim is historic & no matter where you go in the world, someone is wearing jeans.

Ok, lets fast forward to 2014.... the popular ripped jean.  This is a trend that comes & goes and I admit, I'm all over it!  Especially in the HOT summer days, when you need some ventilation on those legs.  I HATE wearing tight skinny-jeans when it's boiling hot out,  I mean if I have to wear pants when it's hot.... this is the way to go.

Ripped jeans look great with just about anything & I tend to like the natural-looking tears as opposed to the store-bought rip or the b-a-d DIY job some people do!!  Know those jeans???  Below are a few ways to wear ripped jeans this Summer & of course in the Fall.



Simple guide to ripping your own pair of jeans. 


  • Best to start this project with jeans that you've already worn + a more distressed looking jean will give it an overall better look.  For example, stay away from dark washed jeans.
  • To start, you can rub sandpaper over the marked areas to make them appear more distressed or you can just go ahead & start the cutting. To cut, use super-sharp small scissors, an x-acto knife, or a box cutter.  Pick the areas you want the holes to appear in & mark them with a pen. I would stick to the knees and the tops of the quad area.  Also decide if you want massive holes, or gentle fraying. Stay away from butt tears....please.
  • With your cutting tools, cut horizontal slits where you made your pen marks. 
  • Start pulling on any horizontal thread that is white.
  • Go ahead & start removing some of the horizontal threads, and then make sure you can pull out all the blue vertical threads. So remember you're going to start with horizontal then vertical.
  • Throw them in the wash, the more they're washed, t he more natural looking the tears will look. Which is the way I prefer it!

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images: top to bottom: sincerelyjules // dulceida // unknown // me // hawt celebs // unknown // john lamparski/getty images // songofstyle // any image above not credited & you know who it belongs to, I would love to know& credit it here.





-post by jen ramos



July 24, 2014

DESIGN: Trays

Hi there!  There are so many ways to style a coffee table using various accessories and decorative items from candles to sculptures to create a perfect combo! What I love are the super stylish coffee table trays, that can compete with the pretties accessories and complete or set the look.  Here are my favorite top 10 trays that I would love to use in my living room!!

Monika from ohmydeco.




July 23, 2014

Cargo Cosmetics & Made By Girl

CARGO COSMETICS just launched some new 'You Tube' videos using my Made By Girl artwork!  They loved my art so much, they contacted me wanting to feature it in their newest videos! Of course, I said YES.  So exciting to see the full gallery-wall in their how-to videos!  You can watch the videos below where they share how-to's on:

             I'm also working on a braid tutorial video with the Oscar Blandi team - stay tuned!!!



July 22, 2014

FASHION: HOW TO WEAR MIRRORED AVIATORS

Hello ladies, this is Sandra from Blasfemmes.  It’s Summer and I’m in love with mirrored sunglasses. Last year I got this pair and this year I’ve been flirting with the pair of mirrored sunglasses on this post (see below) for a while now. Mirrored sunglasses come in many shapes, sizes, colors and brands but my favorite model is Ray-ban's aviator, hands down. I was a little apprehensive before getting my first pair because I questioned their versatility but I figured they’re incredibly versatile.

I think everyone should get a pair for beach moves, work or just strolling around town. Do you like this kind of sunglasses?





 -post by sandra lopes


NESPRESSO Summer Iced Coffee

Nespresso is one of my favorite brands.

There's a cafe here on the upper East Side which I frequent during the summer days. It has been hot & humid the last few weeks & there is no doubt Summer is here.  Like many of you, I crave iced coffee.

However, there is nothing like coming home to your own machine.  This past weekend we tried  using our new VertuoLine machine (thanks to Nespresso), which is a single-cup coffee maker.  This machine is strictly a coffee + espresso maker with a sleek new design.  It pours your drink with Nespresso's signature crema layer, making your coffee look more gourmet!  So, again I repeat, this machine only makes coffee & espresso - so if that's your thing, then this is the machine for you.

Here's the Summer drink we made with the VertuoLine - which also makes for a great entertaining iced coffee:


DIRECTIONS:
  • Prepare a full sized cup of Nespresso Vertuoline coffee to your taste.
  • Add sweetener to taste (agave works great for this).
  • Chill with ice until very cold - a shaker works best for this, or alternatively chill it for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Put into glass with new ice.
  • Slowly pour 2 tablespoons very cold heavy cream over the top, mix & enjoy.















This brewer does not have a frother, so if you'd like to make this drink above, you'll have to buy the frother & brewer package here.  Also, please check out the cute Nespresso video we made on my instagram.




-images by jen ramos



July 21, 2014

DESIGN: Bathroom Tiles

Hi lovelies, Monika here from ohmydeco! I am currently obsessed with beautiful decorative bathroom tiles, you surely did see them all over pinterest! My favourite are the honeycomb shaped and geometric patterns paired with shiny accessories and wood. My future bathroom with definitely look a lot like those below!!


Pictures from the top left: 1 via pinterest // 2 via pinterest // 3 via Chicdeco // 4 via pinterest

// 6 Cabinet via Houzz // 7 ABC Home Rug // 8 ABC Home Towels //



-post by monika boruch

 

July 18, 2014

DESIGN: Pops Of Color

Hi everyone, its Lisa with Gem Daily-here with another decor post! When it comes to furnishing your home, I am a firm believer in investing in the larger pieces that will stand the test of time, i.e sofas, beds  & dining tables. They key to these pieces is to keep them simple and classic. That way, you can refresh your space seasonally with smaller accents, like bedding, table lamps & tabletop accessories. So why not, select smaller accents that add a pop of color? They are the easiest way to keep your space fun and exciting! Here are just a few I am coveting at the moment!




via houzz



hunted interior via home depot


seven// picture frame
eight// shop hdb


-post by lisa fisbeck

July 17, 2014

SERIES: Let's Get This Look

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 metro // black crop top via
alice & olivia //skirt by clover canyon //skirt via juan vidal // tank crop top from river island // lucite clutch via lushfox // ray ban // skirt by joa // high heel pumps manolo blahnik


July 16, 2014

BEAUTY: SUMMER BEAUTY

With summer in full swing, it's time to roll out the seasonal beauty products. Summer brings warmer weather and a full social calendar, which means we all want to look our best. But beating the frizzy hair and raccoon eyes become quite the challenge in the heat. Here are a few of my picks for summer hair and beauty- what are yours? 




Vita Liberata Rapid Tan Mousse- Tan the safe way this summer and get a realistic, bronzy glow with the help of this product.  This mousse works in as little as one hour and continues to develop, allowing you to choose your desired depth of tan that lasts for four to seven days. The bottle promises zero smell, so there's no worries about your faux tan being any less of a secret.

Formula X Electrics Nail Polish- This summer orange shade ("Oomph") looks great on either nails or toes- or both! This vivid shade goes on smoothly and evenly and resists chipping.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Milk- Summer can take a toll on your hair- UV rays, chlorine and a few skipped days of brushing (oops) are all common culprits. This leave-in conditioner works to hydrate deeply to treat dry, brittle, or aging hair. Your hair will feel silky smooth after just one application.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15- Finding a pretty lip balm that contains SPF can be hard, but this one does the job. Choose from a variety of shades- I love the coral tinted version- for just a touch of color.  Vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkles and UV rays.

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Mascara- There's nothing worse that messy mascara that melts in the heat. This Benefit classic is reinvented in a waterproof version to stop just that. The dark black color adds thickness to each and every lash.


-post by rachel maleady


July 15, 2014

Our Royal Caribbean Cruise Vacation

I've always been wary of cruises.

The idea of being out in the middle of the ocean PETRIFIED me.  However, when Royal Caribbean said they would sponsor a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, I stopped to re-think.  I figured if thousands of people sail each day, why not me? To play it safe, we agreed to only do (4) nights instead of seven, just in case we didn't enjoy it.

So I told my husband all the details & before you know it, we were off to Ft. Lauderdale where we boarded the Vision Of The Seas ship. This is a relatively BIG ship, so we were excited!

This is the 1st photo I shot of the ship as we walked toward the check-in area.  It was like a dream come true seeing the actual ship in person,  it was MASSIVE.  When we boarded, they directed us to our balcony stateroom - Oui, monsieur...... which was toward the front of the ship on the 7th floor.   A balcony room is the way to go – the view is breathtaking all hours of the day....if you don't get a balcony, most rooms will tend to have a tiny porthole, or no windows at all.  I'm claustrophobic, so that doesn't fly with me! NO WAY.

As the ship took off, the land seemed to get smaller & more distant; it was very surreal, since I'd never been in the middle of the ocean with water surrounding me on all 4 sides.  It was a lovely cruise with lots of food, entertainment, and plenty of interesting activities to get involved in or watch. We sat down for a FREE comedy show one night and that was really fun.  Most of the cruise was spent either sunbathing, or just relaxing in our room.  There are 3 meals a day served, either to your room or in the main dining area + 1 housekeeper for each room, so your room is always clean.....keep reading below....


When we finally got into our state room, they had this beautiful fruit salad waiting for us - and look at our prvate balcony, so beautiful and serene.



I immediately took a shower & put on my robe - loved the cute little bathroom. All stocked up like any luxury hotel, with fancy shampoos, conditioners & lotions!  It was a small bathroom with a shower, but still very comfortable with lots of shelf space for our toiletries. That was a plus since I tend to travel with lots of toiletries. My husband always asks "do you need all that?" - My response, "Ummmmmmm, yeaaa"

We spent the Fourth of July on the ship, and even though we didn't see fireworks, there were plenty of events.  After a delicious formal dinner there was a beautiful red, white & blue balloon drop in the atrium, super cute!  The sunset was amazing that night too. In case you shoe-addicts are wondering, my shoes are from ShoeMint & my dress is from Mango.



The next day was gorgeous, blue skies all around us......if felt as if the sky never ended. God's presence was certainly bountiful.


Because it was so windy, I ended up having to braid my hair.  I used this really cool product by Oscar Blandi called 'Braid Paste', which helps keep braids neat.


This was the main dining hall, with a ton of huge round windows running on each side of the ship....and lots of amazing views. We also had a chance to try out the three specialty restaurants (check out my Instagram for lots of pics) - I really liked the ambiance at the Asian spot, Izumi, but Mat was especially fond of the steakhouse, Chops Grille (thanks to Franz, the Hotel Director, for the recommendations). They even had lots of gluten-free and dairy-free options....perfect for me.

 

Thanks to Triangl Swimwear for these amazing neoprene swimsuits.  LOVE them!


Good morning! This was probably one of the most AMAZING breakfasts we've ever had....because of the beautiful view.  Don't you agree?




We stopped to enjoy Cozumel, Mexico for the day - It was beautiful & probably the hottest place I've been in a long time. The humidity was SO thick - so when we arrived back to NYC humidity, we weren't complaining.



The sunsets were also a favorite of ours, it was very romantic and unlike any other sunset.


After that experience, you can bet we will be taking another cruise again! And definitely the experience aboard Royal Caribbean was really top-notch...the crew was so friendly & helpful, and there's so many choices of ships, locations and activities. Best of all, there's something for everyone to do – eat, spa, sunbathe, swim, exercise, sight-see, gamble, or just relax – and no shortage of it. Thank you RC.



-images by jen ramos
-the trip was sponsored by Royal Caribbean
- Want tips on how to save on a cruise?  - visit this blog:



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