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If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I have the best dog in the world. Hands down, no argument, don’t even try to dispute it because I will win. I’m writing this with him on my lap right now though, so I might be the slightest bit biased.

Back in September, my roommates Bridget and JC realized that our (my partner Zach and I’s) corgi mutt Pixel and their pit bull Tank were adopted on the same day! Years apart, but the same adoptaversary nonetheless. So we couldn’t not throw them a joint party to celebrate the occasion. I am a big advocate for the phrase “Adopt Don’t Buy”, and can’t wait to adopt another once we have enough space in our home. It’s the same sort of mentality for why I don’t want children. If I do decide to have them one day, though, then I will adopt instead of giving birth. It’s best to give an existing life a better one, rather than support the industry that creates a surplus of lives that don’t need to be bred or created in the first place. Did I explain that well? Probably not, so you can read more about why you shouldn’t support pet-trades and puppy mills, and why you should adopt instead, on PETA’s website here.

We invited our friends and their dogs to celebrate with us! Here’s how to throw not just any dog party — but a proper dog party.




I created mine by drawing little party hats and other fun doodles on an existing image in Photoshop, but you could probably execute this a lot better. Send the invitation (either digital or print) to your friends, family — and their dogs too, of course! Since it’s 2016, you’ll probably want to create a Facebook event for the party so friends will remember to keep their schedules free.




We opted to host our party at Friends of Hermon Dog Park, an open space on the outskirts of LA that was pretty deserted. We set up next to a low-hanging tree, which was perfect to hang our banner and balloons from. If your climate and weather allow you to have your party outside, do it! It’s best to give the dogs room to run around and play with one another. If there isn’t a private dog park near you, find a friend with a big backyard and beg and/or blackmail them accordingly.



This is really a few steps in one. For the adoptaversary party we made…

  • Monogrammed bandanas
  • Photobooth props
  • A custom pennant banner
  • Loot bags

Here’s how to make ~all of the things~.


You will need…

  • One standard bandana (or more, depending on how many pups you want to make them for). You can also get any fabric that’s 22 inches by 22 inches, which is the standard size for a bandana.
  • Iron-on letters (I got these from Jo-Ann’s but you should be able to find them at any craft store very easily, even the dollar store)
  • Hair straightener (Or an iron, but a hair straightener works better for this size)

How to make it…

  1.  Tie your fabric into a standard bandana style (here), fitting it specifically to the dog in question.
  2. Cut out the iron-on letters for whatever you’re spelling out. Cut them as closely as possible, while making sure they’re still legible. If you’re using particularly small letters, use an X-ACTO knife instead of scissors to do this step.
  3. Figure out exactly where you’re going to put the letters and space them out. Ideally, the letters should be on the side of the bandana (see photo reference below).
  4. Heat up your hair straightener/iron.
  5. Place one letter on the bandana. Iron letter on in that spot, holding straightener/iron clamped in same spot for at least 20 seconds to secure it while being careful not to burn fabric.
  6. Repeat step 5 for rest of letters. Touch up all letters at the end if need be.




Use my existing tutorial here, but swap the bridal motifs to things like dog snouts and “Woof” speech bubbles.




You will need…

  • Thick card stock
  • Black marker
  • String or twine
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

How to make it…

  1. Decide what you want to write on your banner. I chose our dogs’ names but feel free to mix it up, as long as you choose something short, sweet and personal.
  2. Using card stock, a pencil and a ruler, draw out an isosceles triangle (two long sides and one shorter side, nerd).
  3. Cut this out carefully, then use it as a stencil to trace out as many triangles as you have letters/symbol in whatever you’re spelling out, one triangle for each. For example, “Pixel & Tank” took 10 triangles.
  4. Fold over the top edge of the triangle — about half an inch.
  5. Add line of glue, then glue string in place.
  6. Repeat step #5 for rest of triangles, in order of how the letters should be.
  7. Let dry.

TL, DR: You can also buy a basic pennant already made and write the letters directly on it. You’ll have to create your phrase in correspondence with how many triangles are already on the pennant this way.



As far as the loot bags go, fairly straightforward — Bridget got colorful paper bags from Target, filled them with a treat and chew toy each, then sealed with a pink ribbon.


Take lots of photos, play party games, and have a doggone good time.

Another great thing to incorporate into your party is dog-friendly cake or cupcakes. I was planning on making some, we just didn’t have enough time the day before. You can make them yourself following an online recipe like the one for these, or a lot of dog boutiques tend to offer baked goods nowadays too. Be sure to also bring…balloons, more tape, a tablecloth, dog toys, blankets, folding chairs, a portable music player, and lots of snacks/beverages to keep guests (human or other) satisfied throughout the party. And poop bags — seriously, we almost forgot to bring extra ones and it would’ve been a disaster.




Illustrated Photoshoot Series

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I have so much content drafted on here, so bear with me while I roll it all out!

Here’s a project I worked on earlier this summer after I was approached by stylist Thea Acierno. She asked me to add some illustrations to an existing photo set. I chose to incorporate as much cute and colorful imagery as possible — lollipops, unicorns, cupcakes and more. See the results below!

I had a lot of fun working on this project. I usually do my digital edits in coffee shops, and while chipping away at this one I was approached a few times by strangers complimenting “whatever the heck it is that you’re working on”. Hah.

This editorial set has yet to be published in print, so for any inquiries — please email Thea at

Photographer: John Gavin

Styling: Thea Acierno

Makeup: Ann Oster

Model: Jenna @ Plutino Group / Peggi Lepage

Illustrations: Megan Stulberg (Me, duh)

You can view this editorial series on my portfolio website as well here. Visit to view more of my illustrations, also on Instagram at @meganstulberg.






Recycled fibres enable limitless creation in the 3D-printing world

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Disclaimer: I originally wrote and published this article while working at MaRS Discovery District. The original article can be found here and has been reposted on for portfolio purposes. Words have been slightly altered to correlate with the date of publication. 

In July 2015 I attended Electric Runway, an evening that brought together high-fashion designs with hardware accessories to explore the intersection between fashion and technology.

I was blown away by the runway show’s visually captivating elements, like the peacock-inspired outfit by little dada of Site 3 coLaboratory. However, I was most intrigued with the show’s purposeful wearables, including the LED turn-signal gloves by Zackees, the heart rate–monitoring smart earrings by Ear-O-Smart and the electroluminescent-filament hooded sweatshirts by SOVO. Even the event’s attendees were decked out in lit-up wearables: their own handmade LED name tags.


LED gown by Diana DiNoble Starkers! Corsetry at Electric Runway.
LED gown by Diana DiNoble Starkers! Corsetry at Electric Runway.

When Amanda Rebecca Cosco, the curator of Electric Runway, announced that Daniel Christian Tang‘s elegant line of precious metal jewelry was 3D printed, I was in disbelief. He creates the jewelry by pouring molten silver or gold into a plastic mould of a 3D printed wax model.

Daniel’s work is groundbreaking. Since most basic and early 3D printed wearables actually look as though they are 3D printed, they are often treated as novelty trinkets that don’t resemble fabric or metal closely enough to be worn on a daily basis by the average consumer. However, Daniel’s fine jewelry demonstrates that the ongoing advancements in 3D printing are resulting in a paradigm shift to a 21st-century consumer-oriented focus that allows for biotechnologies and do-it-yourself (DIY) culture to flourish simultaneously.

3D printed wearables are quickly evolving from mostly theoretical plastic garments worn on the runway to soft fabric-mimicking materials that consumers can wear in daily life.


Many consumers cannot justify the high and ongoing cost of printing 3D filament, regardless of whether it is for professional or personal use. Plus, technological obsolescence—even for 3D printed prototypes—is inevitable. It’s part of the human condition to perpetually crave new things. Even if a gadget still works, it will soon be replaced by something newer and shinier. For example, there’s a good chance that the second-generation Apple Watch will be released by 2016. What do you think will happen to the first-generation models? They’ll likely end up in a landfill somewhere, just like most unwanted technology.

Is there a way to move forward in this industry without seriously damaging the environment and our bank accounts?

3D-Printing Innovation Night at ReDeTec’s headquarters
3D-Printing Innovation Night at ReDeTec’s headquarters


Dennon Oosterman, the CEO of ReDeTec (Renewable Design Technology), explains the benefits of ProtoCycler, the company’s new desktop 3D filament recycler. Instead of having to continually buy expensive new filament, ProtoCycler users can substitute waste plastic.

This waste plastic can come from the 3D printer itself, from rafting and support materials or even from printed prototypes that are no longer wanted, or it can come from post-consumer waste such as coffee cup lids and plastic bottles. ProtoCycler grinds down the plastic waste, then extrudes it all into a spool of filament. The filament (an ink equivalent) is compatible with most 3D printers on the market today.

ReDeTec has printed trinkets, flowerpots, shower curtain rings and a prototype print of the ProtoCycler machine itself in its lab.


Although ProtoCycler doesn’t specialize in wearables, Dennon vouches that it can cover a full range of recyclable plastics, including flexible ones.

“As long as it’s in plastic, you can literally print anything,” he says.

ProtoCycler has been used to print stretchy wristbands and their friend in the business Structur3D has printed orthotics. Dennon used ProtoCycler to 3D print his own cufflinks from plastic and then “spray-painted them with a chrome finish to look like metal, as the plastic is strong enough to hold the sleeve together,” he explains.

Dennon also notes that you can transform 3D printed wearables into smart wearables by embedding a Wi-Fi chip or something similar into the item.

ProtoCycler allows for 3D printed wearables to have an at-home exchange policy. If you 3D print a wearable and it doesn’t fit quite right or it’s not your style, you can just “toss the old prototype in there, grind it up and try it again a little bigger or smaller until it’s perfect for you,” says Dennon.

Users can customize their wearable’s colour and style as many times as they’d like. This is a huge technological innovation for the future of fashion, allowing for limitless creation and personalization.

ProtoCycler has applications in the practical realm of health as well.

It belongs “in classrooms for the education market, for fanatics who run their own small businesses making custom goods, and in the wearables world. [It belongs] where a prototype needs to fit and be uniquely creative, like for prosthetics for children who outgrow them too quickly, and for animals that you otherwise couldn’t buy them for,” Dennon adds.

3D PrintAbility’s 3D-printed prosthetics at the Accessibility Innovation Showcase at MaRS

“The world has a huge push on sustainability for a very good reason right now,” says Dennon.

“It’s hard because, as a culture and as a species even, we like new stuff and want to progressively move forward. Imagine if you were wearing the same clothes now that you were wearing 10 years ago. That would be ridiculous! But think about all of those clothes from 10 years ago. What ends up happening to them? We want to be able to take anything—clothing, electronics, cars, buildings, really anything—and reuse those materials as efficiently as possible. You could have a new outfit every single day of your life that’s unique, genuinely new and fits you perfectly.”


The two places where ReDeTec sees ProtoCycler really making a difference are classrooms (for students of all ages and in all disciplines) and homes.

“Kids love to learn by doing—they love to learn by making things. Since there’s a huge push for STEM and STEAM fields of education, 3D printing is being incorporated into curriculums all over the world,” explains Dennon.

For consumers who already have an interest in DIY culture, weekend projects or even woodworking, investing in a 3D printer (and a filament recycler) is the logical next step.


Considering its environmental and financial benefits, ReDeTec’s ProtoCycler has the potential to change the future of wearable technology.

“We live in this world where you can literally, with the click of a mouse, turn garbage into anything, and that’s really cool,” adds Dennon, optimistically.

3D printed wearables are still in their honeymoon phase. This is all just the beginning, with a bright future to come. 3D printers are the latest home investment piece for wearables and I’m considering them 2015’s equivalent of a sewing machine. Incorporating a recycling system into 3D printers just makes them that much more functional, creating a “worth-it-in-the-long-run” mentality.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

August 24, 2016 // - - - - - - -


You know the “How do you know if somebody’s vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you” meme? It’s a dumb joke, but true to a degree. It’s pretty unavoidable while making new friends unless you never want to eat or drink around them (equally unavoidable). I have no problem with people asking why I’m vegan, but sometimes it’s phrased as “You’re vegan to be healthier, right?” and even “If you’re vegan, shouldn’t you be skinnier?”. To avoid any further assumptions: no, I’m not vegan for health reasons. Often times it’s a bonus, but you can make a vegan version of anything! Including banana bread. Oh god, this banana bread. I had a bad craving and just went for it.

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. It can easily be modified to nut-free and refined sugar-free as well.

For more of my recipes, check out Vegan Girlfriend on Instagram at @vegangirlfriend and our blog at

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  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour — I used Bob’s Red Mill.
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil — must be liquid, so keep at room temperature.
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (to make refined sugar-free: substitute for carob chips or cacao nibs)
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts (to make nut-free: substitute for pumpkin seeds or rice crisps to add crunch)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of raw pink salt


  • Standard 9×5 inch loaf pan, either non-stick or foil
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Potato masher, if not fork will work as well.

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In large mixing bowl, sift flour to make everything mix more easily by whisking flour for 30 seconds.
  3. Add baking soda and baking powder to mixing bowl. Whisk it on in as well.
  4. Peel bananas, slice into chunks and add to medium mixing bowl. Mash until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add mashed banana to larger mixing bowl, then add coconut oil, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Incorporate using a fork until a cookie dough-like consistency is reached.
  6. Break raw walnut pieces up into smaller pieces, then add to large mixing bowl with chocolate chips. Gently mix together, but be careful not to overdo it.
  7. Oil pan with coconut oil. Spoon batter in evenly, then flatten out on top. Pan should be a bit more than halfway full of batter. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips and walnuts on top if desired.
  8. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Test with toothpick by inserting — if it comes out clean, it’s ready to eat!
  9. Let cool at least 1 hour before slicing.

Dig in! Makes approximately 8 slices.

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August 17, 2016 // - - - - - - - - -


I don’t even know where to begin, really.

I haven’t published anything on here in a couple weeks, which at first glance probably looks lazy. But considering I’ve packed up my life and moved to a different country on a whim, it’s not that bad.

I moved to Los Angeles at the beginning of August. I accepted a job offer, gave two weeks notice at my office, trained my replacement, got out of my lease, sold/tossed/Bunz traded most of my belongings, moved out of my apartment, prepared a *lot* of paperwork, booked a one-way plane ticket, threw a going away party, got my visa and then moved to the United States. This all happened in the second half of July. Things haven’t entirely hit me yet, so maybe that’s why I’ve been putting off talking about it in detail.

A lot of friends and followers have been asking questions about the move — both out of genuine support and for personal gain — understandably, since Canadians are often looking to move across the border and vice versa. So I thought the best way to address it would be to write out an in-depth explanation that doubles as a blog post. Get your body ready, because this is a long one!


I got a job offer. There’s no way around it, so if you’re reading this hoping I’ve found some sort of loophole in the American immigration system…sorry! You need to have a job offer, be married to a citizen or attend school here.

I have a TN-1 visa, which coincides with NAFTA and is what I’d recommend looking into if you’re Canadian and have gotten a job offer in the states. It’s a temporary work visa which means I won’t be here forever. But it’s made Los Angeles home, at least for the time being.


I’m working for FHY INC, doing all things digital for Ferrecci USA! It’s a men’s formal wear line, so not *exactly* my forte but I’m already acclimating well. They have some killer accessories that I’ve been incorporating into my wardrobe and embracing an androgynous look with, like the black ranger hat I’m sporting in Silver Lake below. I’ll also be getting back to my freelance hustle as soon as I possibly can — more on that later.



I could say I moved solely for my career, but that wouldn’t be honest.

Around this time last summer, I was working my first “real” job after graduating from university. After 3 months I had grown accustomed to my day-to-day routine. Then I found out a week before my contract was due for renew that it wasn’t being extended, and suddenly my future looked unsure. Responsibility-free, I impulsively booked a trip to tour the west coast by myself and left a few days later. I climbed a mountain in Vancouver, failed to find Frasier Crane in Seattle and got chased by gutter punks at sunset in Portland. My trip ended in Los Angeles, where I fell for somebody after 5 days. He and I have been together ever since.

Yuck! Gross! Cut to a vomit-inducing scene from a rom-com featuring a couple crying at an airport, but that’s what happened. We stayed together despite the distance, while he looked into moving to Canada. He ran into some visa issues on his end, so that plan fizzled out. Things were left up in the air for a long time, and then I started considering making the move on my end instead. I initially didn’t want to even think about leaving my friends, my family and everything I’d ever associated with the feeling of “home”. 

But then I started really looking into it and weighing my options. I work full-time in social media and digital marketing, and that field has so many more opportunities in Los Angeles compared to Toronto. Out of curiosity, I applied for a few positions in Los Angeles — and I heard back from multiple, despite living 4000 miles further than most applicants. From a career perspective, it makes sense for me to be here. I’ve heard Los Angeles equally referred to as “the land of broken dreams” and “the land of opportunity”, but I’m going to stay positive and believe solely in the latter. 

As a going away present to myself, I got a little tattoo on my arm that my friend Brian drew. It feels symbolic for this next phase of my life, exploring foreign territory and all. 



  • Less materialism. I moved here with two suitcases and ditched the rest. I’m no packrat, but that whole process sucked way more than I thought it would. Anything I really need, I can always replace as I go.
  • More self-care. The sunshine has already persuaded me into getting back into running, and I’m going to figure out what the heck Bikram yoga is.
  • Less of a ballin’ lifestyle and more packed lunches. Los Angeles is pretty expensive, which I low key knew but apparently was in denial about.
  • My blog Vegan Girlfriend will keep on keepin’ on, but is now being coordinated internationally. Aine and Alex will be holding down the fort in Toronto, while I build our footprint in Los Angeles’ vegan community.
  • Less illustrations, including both personal and freelance pieces. It’s a temporary hiatus, I swear! I don’t have a desk or a scanner right now, and I’m already going stir crazy without having that outlet. I tried to switch fully to digital overnight and drew some very sad looking tacos, so I’m hoping to figure out a solution ASAP.

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1. Get an immigration lawyer. This seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people try to do it on their own. You can set up an initial call or meeting with them to discuss your options, and usually won’t have to commit to a fee until you’re ready to proceed with your visa application. Additionally, having a job offer might not be good enough, which a lawyer will help you determine. The visa I have only covers certain job types, and you need to be able to prove that you’re qualified for it. You want to work alongside an immigration lawyer so they can make sure your paperwork is in order. The last thing you want is to have your visa rejected last minute due to a minor wording issue, which happened to a friend of mine.

2. Budget. Make sure you can afford to make this kind of move before committing. Consider factors like hiring movers, shipping existing furniture vs. buying new furniture, rental deposits, a plane ticket, health insurance, transportation and taxes. The exchange rate is something to keep in mind, too.

3. Take everything into consideration. If you haven’t visited the city that you’re moving to in person, do some extensive research. For example, I’d been to LA before so I knew that not being able to drive would be problematic (a non-issue in Toronto). I prepared accordingly by checking bus routes and comparing Uber rates.

4. Figure out what you can’t do in advance, and what you’ll need to do right when you land. In the 48 hours following my move I set up a new phone plan, applied for a social security number and sorted out health insurance.

5. Exercise and get lots of sleep. It may sound silly but trust me, this process is insanely stressful and you need to look after your body so you don’t spontaneously combust. I had so many panic attacks that I felt like I was 17 again.


I’m settled in, for the most part. Things feel strange…in a good way? I’ve felt very homesick (Miss you, Mum) but it has only been two weeks so I’m sure it’ll get easier. I’m sad but at the same time very content. I wrote a good chunk of this nestled next to my boyfriend, two roommates and two dogs while watching John Oliver and eating tortilla chips. It’s crazy how quickly things can change. For comparison: I have a piece drafted with the title “A Room Of One’s Own” à la Virginia Woolf from two months ago all about how much I loved having an entire apartment to myself. That will likely never get posted now, but that’s okay. Because like I said…I’m content.

Bottle Design for Village Juicery

July 26, 2016 // - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Being the token vegan millennial that I am, it’s safe to say that I’m a big fan of cold-pressed juices. I mean, who wouldn’t be? They manage to hide tons of fruits and veggies while still tasting great. I’ve been familiar with Village Juicery for a while now, picking up the occasional bottle at Te Aro whilst in Toronto’s East End and Kupfert & Kim in the Financial District. They’re definitely one of the best juice spots that Toronto has to offer, in my opinion, both with ingredient quality and product range — and I worked at a competing juice bar just last year, so that’s saying something. Shade has officially been thrown.

A few months ago I went into Village Juicery to get some samples for Vegan Girlfriend. I ran into Village Juicery’s owner Omar, who said he was a big fan of my illustration work. I responded with a “Thanks, I do freelance!” quip, wink and all — little did I know that they actually wanted me to design their next bottle. Whoops.

This was my first time doing packaging, and it was so much fun! Designing the wrap-around label was a new challenge for me, but Village Juicery has a killer creative team that provided me with guidance regarding sizing and layout. I’ve included my hand-inked illustration for the bottle’s base design in this post as well, for a bit of a behind-the-scenes look of how something like this is created step-by-step .

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Since this bottle was intended for seasonal purposes and would be rotating with different flavours throughout spring/summer 2016, I decided to go for a fresh, floral motif. To cohesively fit with Village Juicery’s local presence and mentality (most of their ingredients are locally sourced as well), I specifically incorporated cherry blossoms à la Toronto’s High Park, which is very close to VJ’s HQ in Roncesvalles. 

The first flavour to roll out in the seasonal bottle was a strawberry mylk in April, and right now a watermelon cold-pressed juice is in circulation. I love that both flavours so far have been pink since it looks so pretty and feminine paired with the white lines, but I can’t wait to try whatever flavour is coming next! You can get these juices at a variety of different health food stores and cafes across Toronto. Most recently I spotted the mylk at Rooster Coffee House in the King East Design District. You can also go to Village Juicery’s storefronts on Dundas Street West, Yonge Street or College Street, at which they have a variety of drinks, foods and custom cleanse packages to choose from.

If you buy one of these bottles and snap a pic, be sure to tag @villagejuicery in it on Instagram. You can tag @meganstulberg too, if you want! I’ve been lurking away, and love all the creatively arranged photos I’ve seen so far.


All photo credit to Emily from Village Juicery.

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