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July 29, 2015

design: brass+mirror bedroom

Brass has been a big trend for a while now in interior design and I have to admit I still love it! But to make it more interesting why not to pair brass with mirrored finishes? I love how they work together in the space, creating a bridge between and old and the new, the vintage and contemporary. Antique brass and mirrors had their big come back and both look great in modern spaces, adding an interesting element and make the room so cozy. 

It's tricky to get it right but it's so worth the risk! I have put together a bedroom with this beautiful mirrored bed, soft textures and brass metallic details, aren't they great together? I hope you like it! xx Monika.








-post by Monika

July 23, 2015

Wooden Watches from Jord

Lately I haven’t worn a lot of jewelry so anytime I do, I want it to be unique, so when I saw these wood watches from Jord, it was something I needed to try.

So, Jord sent over my 1st choice, the Cora wood with a rose gold face, which is different than what I’d usually wear. Koa is a rich, toned wood from Hawaii and it’s particularly good with my skin tone. I thought at first that the band might feel bulky but it’s surprisingly light and actually feels really good on my skin.


The rose gold face, which isn’t a color tone I’d normally choose, fits really well with the Cora. The Swarovski crystal give it a little extra luxurious edge.

The fun part of trying out something that I normally wouldn’t wear is figuring out what outfits I can wear it with. I found that this watch works really well when you just want something off-the-wall and unexpected. While everyone is sporting either basic silver or gold, or one of the new smartwatches, I can show off my own style with this fashionable watch.


How genius is this packaging? ...comes in an all wooden box too! 

 


-images by jen ramos




Wood Wrist Watch

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-by jen ramos

July 22, 2015

9 Summer Sandals

Summer is sandal season. Heck, I'll even wear sandals in the Fall if I can get away with it. So, ladies I've rounded up the hottest sandals right now for you. These will keep you cool in the Summer & are ideal for those long walks outside. Comfy and stylish is what I look for...&  I tend to go for all black as well...how about you?




1. hemingway wrap sandals free people
3. balmain sandals
4.  sam edelman black sandals


-post by jen ramos
 

July 20, 2015

KELLY BELLO DESIGN

As many of you may know, I tend to drift toward rings & necklaces when it comes to jewelry. So, when Kelly Bello offered one of her fantastic pieces I opted for a necklace. However, I wanted something that would represent my family. So, I requested 3 necklaces with each letter (J,N,M).  They wrote me back & said they could try something different like putting all the letters on one chain.

Oh!! Well, I loved that idea even more!!! I was the first to get this beautiful & dainty necklace. It's called the mini-triple letter necklace, but I call it my family necklace.  It's made of 14K gold & has a 16" chain, the perfect length in my opinion. For you couples with no kids...yes, they also have the double-letter one too! - I love this brand, because like myself Kelly is a Hispanic entrepreneur & is based out of NYC.

Below are a few of my favorite pieces. That square with pearl ring, so luxurious don't you think??


Visit Kelly Bello Design for more.

-post by jen ramos


July 15, 2015

5 awesome baby carriers

Hello moms!  If you're the type of mom who runs errands or just likes to take walks on nice days (like me) - you're going to need a good baby carrier to hold your baby in and keep you comfy as well! So, today, I've rounded up 5 baby carriers you need to check out. 

I have a few friends with kids & according to most of them, here are the carriers they are currently using. As for me, I use the Mia Mily Hipster, but I'm also going to be getting the Stokke soon.  

So, what do you think? Which is your fave on-the-go baby carrier?










-post by jen ramos



July 9, 2015

Phone + Watch Review & Giveaway: #LiveUnlocked

Giveaway now closed, see THE WINNER below...


I was one of the CRAZY people who stood in line for hours when the iPhone first came out. Remember that? Well, these days smart phones are everywhere, but not all of them are worth the investment.

To be honest, I usually don't write about technology but when Alcatel asked me to try out their new Idol 3 phone + wrist watch combo.... I was curious how it would compare to my iPhone.  On that note,  one LUCKY reader will also get to try & KEEP this phone + watch combo. - Cool right?? 
Details at the bottom.


I've had an iPhone since they first came out and yes, I love them.  The Idol 3 by Alcatel is fairly new and it has lots of features. The phone comes unlocked for just $249 so it's much cheaper than an iPhone and can run on a lot of carriers.

The Alcatel phone is BIG compared to my iPhone 5c, which is the right size for my hands (it's why I never upgraded).  The power and volume buttons are in bad positions but the phone feels nice in your hand. It's thin and doesn't weigh too much either.

BEST feature - the phone can be used in either direction. There's a mic & speaker on both ends and the screen flips over correctly no matter how you hold it.  The screen is amazingly bright & CRISP and you can still see it in bright daylight!

photo taken with Idol 3

For me, the camera on phones is super important & the Idol has a really good one!  There's a 13MP on the back and an 8MP on the front (iPhone 5 has 8MP back & 1.2MP front).  The resolution is great!  The color is a little bluish (nothing a good Instagram filter wouldn’t fix).  The only real complaint about the camera is that it doesn’t shoot very well when it starts to get dark.

The watch is nice - simple & easy to control. There's only 16 basic functions so it's not like the Apple Watch. My husband tried it out for a few days and said it's really convenient for controlling music and getting notifications when he's on the subway or in meetings. The watch works with any Android or iPhone & is also super crisp.


So if you’re looking for a solid Android phone that doesn't cost a ton $$$$ , this is the one.  It’s not an iPhone but the Idol 3 definitely has features I wish were on mine.  Mat says it performs way better than the ZTE Overture 2 he uses – faster, better resolution, more memory.

Now, the GIVEAWAY:

THE PRIZE: 
One (unlocked) Alcatel Idol 3 high resolution + 1 Alcatel One Touch watch combo - total worth $400.

WHY UNLOCKED: 
That means you can use the phone with MOST major phone carriers.  

HOW TO ENTER:
It's EASY.  Leave a comment here with your email & a brief comment telling me why an unlocked phone wold be ideal for you!! #LiveUnlocked

GIVEAWAY ENDS ON:
Monday, July 13 at 1pm EST so be sure to leave your comment before then. Winner will be drawn at random & posted here at the bottom of this post.




-post by jen ramos


-post Sponsored by Alcatel


July 7, 2015

DESIGN: NAUTICAL STYLE

Hi all, it's Monika from ohmydeco here, bringing a fresh dose of design! The summer is fully on now everywhere and all I can think about is going away somewhere hot and sandy! I've been really inspired by nautical design recently, pale colored boho accents mixed with nautical details like stripes and navy blue.  It's a perfect beach house look of course but you can also add some of those beautiful accessories to your bedroom of living room to bring the Hamptons home! 





/1/ Furbish /2/ Arteriors /3/ One kings lane /4/ Serena & Lily /5/ Serena & Lily /6/ Furbish






-post by Monika

July 6, 2015

Baby needs a Crib

As Noah grows older.... he'll need a new crib. Currently he is sleeping in a bassinet, which we love! So, next month my husband & I will be on the hunt for a crib. But not just any crib, a Mini-crib. Because we live in a New York City apartment, things can get pretty tight. We have chosen to stick with a white crib - since the background wall is black & would provide an interesting contrast. Right now we have narrowed down our selection to 5....below are our picks.  I'll be honest, we are leaning toward #2, the Baby Letto.

I would love to hear what crib you have. Do you own a mini-crib? How long did you use it?




1. Emerson mini-Crib via pottery barn kids   2. origami mini-crib via babyletto 3. stokke crib via baby earth  4. alma mini crib bloomBaby 5. westwood design 3-in-1 via buybuybaby



-post by jen ramos


July 1, 2015

BEAUTY: SUMMER MAKEUP ROUTINE

Summer is finally here! Monica here from beautyparler with my Summer Routine. Adding a bright shade of lipstick and nail polish keeps the routine easy but adds a punch of color. Here are a few of my makeup favourites.


On days I don't want to wear a "full-face" I prefer a light weight base like a tinted moisturizer. Staying out of the sun rays means faking a tan, a golden bronzer brings out the glow. As for the eyes, I prefer not wearing any eyeshadow and keeping it simple with a black mascara. Now, for color I love bright pink lips and nails. Reminds me of watermelon on a hot Summer day!









-Monica Da Rosa from Beautyparler.ca


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

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