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November 20, 2014

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Design: Breeze Giannasio

Hey guys, aren't you all glad it's Thursday...finally the end of the week! We head to L.A. tomorrow for another quick trip, but tonight the move continues!   Yes, we are moving again - no particular reason except the rent is slightly less & the layout is nicer. It is still in NYC.  With that said, I've been super inspired to start decorating again! Bring it.

I sold several items from my home already, so I could buy a few more things to spruce up the new place.  Some of my inspiration comes from Interior Designer, Breeze Giannasio.  I admire her work & can't get enough of the sophisticated & stylish designs. Breeze has an impressive background, with a Harvard Law degree under her belt and several years experience as a corporate lawyer.  She was born & raised Hawaii, (like my husband!). 

After having been in corporate law for 8 years, she went back to her true passion, Interior Design. Looking through her portfolio it's clear that livability, comfort and function ground every design. I love that she also offers online design consultations as well if you're not in her area....Visit her site here
 







-images via breeze giannasio


November 18, 2014

Tuesday Flowers

 We are in the midst of moving into a new apt.  So please excuse some of my absence....my current apt is mostly bare. I can't wait to start decorating the new place and bringing in the fresh flowers....
 In the meanwhile, have a great day!

In the meanwhile, check out this DIY for the gorgeous Chanel flower vase above here.




November 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 denim blog // sweater via she inside // black opaque tights via target
// bracelet via saks fifth avenue // striped skirt via oasap // earrings via jcrew // booties via jcrew // ring by yves saint laurent // satchel by vince camuto



-post by jen ramos



November 14, 2014

DESIGN: WOOD IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Hello everyone,  its Lisa with another dose of design! As quickly as trends come and go in the design world, it is important to recognize those design elements that are constantly being reinvented and used in unique, innovative ways. A favorite of mine (that I love solely because it really reminds me of fall) is wood. Wood is no longer restricted to a medium for furniture and flooring, it is really something that can be a part of every single design surface. It can be used for funky counter tops, shelving, herringbone wall panels, lighting, you name it!

Take this space via apartment therapy for example-the live edge wood countertop is applied to the stark white, contemporary countertop/cabinets and it completely steals the show. So fresh and organic feeling and it brings a new life to a wood species and tone that may have seemed dated or one-note.

Or this super clean space via the contemporist, where the stark black and white space is contrasted with a warm, rustic wood paneling really captures wood in an amazing way.
 
And how about wooden staircases taken to a whole new level? This particular one was designed by Arcquitectura en Movimiento via the Stylish Eve and really showcases how amazing wood can really look!
 
 
Wood can be a part of your home in so many fun ways, here are some of my favorite wood pieces right now! 
 
 
 
 

1 light fixture via design boom // 2 wall sculpture// 3 chair// 4 table// 5 side table// 6 ice bucket via 1st dibs// 7 mirror


Have a great weekend!!!!



-post by lisa fisbeck

November 13, 2014

Sophia Webster

Hey guys! We are in the midst of packing & selling things in our apartment for our  upcoming move. We're only moving to another building for those of you wondering. But if you see my apartment, it's a BIG mess...can't wait to settle in & start decorating! So today, I wanted to introduce you to Sophia Webster.


Sophia Webster is your go-to girl if you're looking for unique shoes that make a statement.  Her style is colorful & bold, and expect the unexpected with her shoes.... like heels with angel wings...how cool is this? Her collection ranges from high heels to boots... all with a unique touch & feminine flair! I have told myself that I will one day own one of her shoes - and it will be like a piece of art in my closet... What a cool idea it would be to collaborate with her on a show design....don't you think?!?!?  Cocoa & Hearts & Sophia Webster - aaaah dreaming about it now?

Check out the full line here + JCrew carries a couple in their shop that I believe are exclusive to them.



photo by Carmen DeWitt via matchesfashion 




-post by jen ramos



November 12, 2014

Cocoa & Hearts news


......maybe tomorrow, maybe Friday? Stay tuned!!




-image by jen ramos

November 11, 2014

7 Stylish Booties

One of my favorite styles of shoe is the bootie. I love them because they look really good with jeans & sometimes short skirts. What a better season to wear them then Fall...right?  There are hundreds of styles out there so I decided to pull some of my favorites for you.

I KNOW some of you may NOT wear #1 or #7 - they're def a little wild, but I say experiment a little & try something different.  Black all the time can be boring! -  Happy shopping! 


1. calf hair ankle boots via jcrew | 2. boot by steve madden | 3. billie boot by madewell | 4. suede ankle boot via jcrew | 5. wedge bootie by nine west | 6.  WHIT+Jacques levine via shop bop | 7. rag & bone newbury boot via shop bop




-post by jen ramos



November 10, 2014

Moving Sale!!

 It's that time again!  We are moving to another apartment & I'm looking to sell a few items from my office.  Obviously this is only for NYC locals - as I am not able to ship any of this. I'm located on the Upper East Side.

FOR SALE:
  • Crate & Barrel filing cabinet - $100  measurements: 20x21x25.5 (good condition)-SOLD
  • IKEA tall white book shelf - $65 (great condition) -SOLD
  • Leather white lider chair - $90 (has a few scratches on the left arm, but arms can be removed if you want) -SOLD
  • IKEA craft work table - $100 (I changed out the knobs and added pricier gold ones)-SOLD
  • 2 black lamps - $20 each- (good condition) -SOLD
  • 2 white lacquer night stands/side tables with drawer from west elm -$35 each - measurements: 21"W x 16"D x 25"H (good condition) - SOLD
  • Upholstered black wing chair with white piping - $125 - (good condition, rarely ever sat on)- SOLD

Please email me if interested, thank you!- You can also check out some framed prints i'm offering for sale here.


-image by jen ramos

FOOD: Basil, Feta, & Proscuitto Pizza Twists

Hello Made By Girl and hello Autumn! Jen from Pretty Eats here, and I'm not alone in loving this time of year. It's the season we can start using our ovens again and have cozy nights at home. Here is a super fun dish that you can add any of your favorite ingredients to: Basil, Feta, & Proscuitto Pizza Twists. I love this scrumptious snack for cocktail parties as well, so get that oven cranking and satisfy your cozy cravings with these bites!


Basil, Feta, & Proscuitto Pizza Twists
Ingredients:  makes 12

    •    1 package of pre-made pizza dough
    •    1/2 cup marinara sauce, plus more for dipping
    •    1/2 cup crumbled feta
    •    6 slices proscuitto
    •    1/4 cup basil leaves
    •    1 egg, beaten




Directions: 
    •    Preheat oven to 350F.
    •    Roll dough (1/2 package at a time) to about 1/4" thickness
    •    Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce, a sprinkle of feta, 3 slices of proscuitto, and cover in basil leaves.
    •    Gently roll up and slice every 1 1/2 inches, laying on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
    •    Repeat process with remaining half of dough.
    •    Brush slices with egg.
    •    Bake 350F for 15-20 minutes, until golden, and enjoy!





-imaeg and recipe by jen olson


November 7, 2014

West Elm 15% off Sale

Hey guys, sorry I've been away... I had some personal things to take care of in California - but now I'm back.

We are literally coming back & getting ready to move to a new apartment soon. So...enter, West Elm. Last year I hosted a Holiday event at their store here in NYC, and it was a blast. Lots of ladies came out to do some DIY projects while I showed them a few "how -'to's" - You can see photos of the event here.  So speaking of West Elm, I'll be moving to a new apartment this month & that means new decorating is in store.

I've been looking at some items from West Elm to decorate the new place. Here is a roundup of a few of my favorite pieces. This Addison desk with antique metal brass base is gorgeous don't you think?? Speaking of shopping, they're also offering an additional 15% off of their clearance items right now - that sale goes on until this Monday, so definitely take advantage of that!




October 30, 2014

FOOD: Molten Chocolate Cake

Hi there, Amanda here from A Life Well Lived....bringing you a delicious treat while Jen is away in California. One of the reasons that I love food and cooking food, is that it is a great  way to take care of people.  People love getting served their favorite foods and I love making it for them. I was recently emailing with Jen from Made By Girl about her favorite dessert & she said she loves all things chocolate.  So I dug deep and came up with my all time favorite chocolate decadent dessert - molten chocolate cake. Since I can't actually make this for her (I live across the country) a blog post is the next best thing, right?  This cake is moist, delicious, deeply chocolately and best part of all, totally easy to make. So next time you meet someone who loves chocolate like Jen, try this recipe - I promise it will make them happy!



Molten Chocolate Cake:
  • 9 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400°. Butter and lightly flour with cocoa powder six 6-ounce ramekins. Tap out the excess cocoa powder. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet. In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the butter with the chocolate. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the egg yolks, sugar and salt at high-speed until thickened and pale. Whisk the chocolate until smooth. Quickly fold it into the egg mixture along with the flour. Spoon the batter into the prepared ramekins and bake for 12 minutes, or until the sides of the cakes are firm but the centers are soft. Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted dessert plate. Carefully turn each one over, let stand for 10 seconds and then unmold. Serve immediately, topped with vanilla ice cream.







October 29, 2014

DESIGN: New Fall Home Collections

With fall in full effect and so many new collections out on the shelves, I thought I would put together a group of my favorite fall pieces for 2014. I quickly jumped to Rebecca Atwood's website as a starting point because I have been dying over her new patterns for the fall, the colors are so muted and perfectly moody for the holiday season.

After bouncing around to my favorite sites, I quickly found that black/gray, white and gold color combination is still as relevant as ever. From serving trays to textiles, this combo makes simple designs sophisticated, elevated and proven to blend well with different styles.

Another trend that has surprised me with its staying power is natural texture.  Storage pieces, accessories and layers are all about a chunky knit or weave and keeping the material true to its natural form. Natural textures are the easiest way to add warmth and complexity to a space.



rebecca atwood designs: pillow 1 //  pillow 2 //  pillow 3
nate berkus for target: stool // candleholder // storage bin
h&m home: candle // pillow // coaster set
kelly wearstler: candelabra // vanity mirror // tray


I hope you enjoy some of my favorite fall collection pieces in the home decor world! Be sure to check out my blog, Gem Daily! xo


-post by Lisa Fisbeck


October 28, 2014

FOOD:Pomegranate & Roasted Delicata Autumn Salad

Welcome Made By Girl readers! Jen from Pretty Eats here with a gorgeous Autumn salad you'll want to eat for lunch, and then again for dinner! I am so inspired by the colors of Fall / the warm colors of Delicata Squash are a perfect pairing with hearty, earthy green kale. A quick roast in the oven is all the cooking needed, and simply assemble the rest of the ingredients for this seasonal celebration on a plate.



Pomegranate & Roasted Delicata Autumn Salad Ingredients: 
serves 2 

• 1 small delicate squash, seeded and sliced into 1 inch rounds, *reserve seeds 
• 4 cups kale, rinsed and chopped 
• 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds 
• 2 oz goat cheese 
• 1/3 cup candied walnuts 
• extra virgin olive oil & red wine vinegar 
• salt & pepper Directions: 
• Preheat oven to 425f. 
• Place squash slices and seeds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in 425f oven for 15 minutes. 
• In a large salad bowl, mix kale with 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss well and adjust seasoning if desired. 
• After roasted delicate squash has cooled for a few minutes, cut rounds in half. 
• Serve up plates of kale and top with squash, roasted squash seeds, walnuts, goat cheese, and pomegranate seeds. Enjoy! 














 -post and images by jen olsen


October 27, 2014

DESIGN: Chic Items to cozy-up your home

While Jen is away for a few days - I'd like to bring you some cozy, but Chic home items for your home. As you know, the calendar fall has officially arrived and it's just the matter of time before the real cold weather hits.  If you are anything like me you probably love spending the cold evenings at home with some tea and a good book rolled in a blanket.  I'd love to cozy up my house this fall to make it even nicer to stay in.  If you are also looking for chic ways to prepare your interior for winter days, here are some super chic items to do so! Keep warm x 




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