4 Tips For The Perfect Gallery Wall

I’ve been wanting to put together a gallery wall in my living room, pretty much since I moved in 2 years ago. Over the years, I’ve had various iterations on my idea, but I think I’ve finally landed on my plan of attack: my dad came up with the idea to make it a roving gallery of my photography and since I’ve been jumping back into that hobby now seems like the perfect time to get started on completing the beast. With that said, I want to make sure the wall is inspiriting and don’t want it to be all photography, so I’m planning on mixing in a few other mediums — like typography, illustration, and etc — to keep it interesting. Read on for my tips on creating the perfect gallery wall.

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Tip 1: Make It Personal

The best part of a gallery wall is it’s ability to awaken memories and transport you back to the good times. I often find that when people sign their life away to interior designers they end up with beautiful, but sterile spaces, so make sure to infuse your life into the finished product.

Ideas: Framed ticket stubs from a memorable date // Black and white family photos // Travel map from vacation

Tip 2: Keep It Interesting

Don’t pigeon-hole yourself! The beauty of a gallery wall is having a mish-mosh of pictures that doesn’t look too put together. The finished product will become a true representation of who you are and the spirit of your home.

Photography: Ren Wil // Abstract: Benson-Cobb Studios // Typography: Lulu Simon Studio // Watercolor: Andrea Pramuk, OKL // Illustration: Andy Warhol Fashion Figures // Print: Oliver Gal

Tip 3: Keep It Balanced

It’s important to not go too heavy on any one aspect of the wall, so make sure you have a well rounded collection of images in a variety of styles really make the wall pop.

Tip 4: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Kitchy

Because everything needs a little dose of kitch. Personally, I think the unexpected piece really makes the collection pop, so don’t be gun-shy and just have a little fun!

Whiskey, Bacon, & Beer Print // XOXO Print // Sunny Shades Print // Bar Marquee Sign // Liberty Serigraph

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Travel Essentials for a Stress-Free Flight

I just landed in San Francisco and I have to say it was one of the easiest flights I’ve taken in a while. I attribute this to a combination of a pre-flight manicure in the airport — hello relaxation — and my fine-tuned list of travel essentials.

My family loves to travel, so I’ve gotten quite good at a few things: packing light, whizzing through security lines, and packing the perfect carryon filled with everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s all about editing. Keep reading for my travel picks!

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The Bag

The carryall is essential. It has to be big enough to carry everything you need, but not too big — you’ll keep filling it if you have the room, so don’t even allow yourself to get to the point where your arm goes numb as your walking to your gate. My favorites include Mansur Gavriel, Baggu, and Saint Laurent.

The Skincare

Planes are notorious for drying out your skin and wreaking havoc on your otherwise beautiful complexion. The key is make sure your skin is clean on the flight — this means no makeup! — and moisturized. I rely on face wipes from Burts Bees, Caudalie Beauty Elixr, and Kiehl’s cream.

The Luxe Accessories

Now for the lovely little items to fill the gorgeous bag! I’m a big fan of carrying a bunch of little pouches to keep everything nice and tidy — I typically have 2 or 3, each designated for a different use like tech accessories, skincare essentials, etc. My favorites include this cheeky one from Dogeared, this chic leopard pouch from Loeffler Randall, and this bold typography pouch by Rebecca Minkoff. Last but not least, it’s important to stay hydrated — on the inside and out — so I always carry a S’well water bottle with me. There’s nothing worse than warm water, the S’well bottle is a lifesaver because it stays cold for 12 hours! Plus, how chic is the metallic gold!

Happy travels!

Xx Molly

Sick Day Essentials

I’ve had a bit of a cold recently — which is pretty much the worst — so I’ve been living on my couch for the past few days, eating my share of chicken soup, and downing tea like it’s my job. I’m heading to London on Friday — to meet my boyfriend’s family —, so it’s crunch time to get well!

In addition to the much needed rest, I’ve been relying on cozy but cute sweats, chic living room accessories to lift my spirits, and a seriously warm blanket to cuddle up with. Keep reading for my essentials.

The Attire

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The Sweats

Invest: Classic Stripe Sweatpants, Sundry // Splurge: Twist Yard Sweatpants, Faherty // Steal: Slim-Let Knit Sweatpants, W by Wilt

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The Sweatshirt

Invest: I Love You Sweatshirt, Lanvin // Splurge: Cowl Neck Sweatshirt, J.Crew // Steal: I Love Pizza Sweatshirt, Wildfox

The Accessories

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For the Tea

Darling Mug // Tea Cup, Bernardaud // Lip Tease Mug, Reiko Kaneko // Delft Blue Teapot, Juliska

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For the Couch

Cashmere Throw, Barneys // Plaid Wool Throw, Faribault // Pompom Throw, Nordstrom

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Beauty Must Haves to Stock Up On

I was at Sephora the other day — they were doing 20% off EVERYTHING — so I stocked up on the beauty essentials and pulled the trigger on a few things I’ve had my eye on. First on my list was lipstick, of course. I tend to gravitate towards the dark plums and reds during the Fall, but I’ve started to dig the more natural hues — like the Bobbi Brown Lip Trio I wrote about a few months back. Check out my lipstick picks plus the hair and skin care items below!

The Lips

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Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Satin Kiss Lipstick, Truffle Soft Pink Nude // Dolce & Gabbana Cream Lipstick, Monica // Bite Creme Lipstick, Rouge Bright Red

The Skin

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Resurfacing Mask, Tata Harper // Exfolikate, Kate Somerville // Beauty Elixir, Caudalie // Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Oil, Peter Thomas Roth

The Hair

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Triple Sec, Dry Bar // Surf Spray, Bumble and Bumble // Argan Hot Oil Hair Treatment, Josie Maran // Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo, Elizabeth and James

The Extras

Rosebud Salve, Rosebud Perfume Co. // Speed Brow, Benefit // Stella, Stella McCartney // Clear Complexion Blotting Linens, Boscia

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Fight the Freeze With These Stylish Sweaters

Is it just me or has the weather all of a sudden flipped from Fall to Winter? I know what you’re going to say — you’re in San Francisco, it doesn’t even get cold there! — but guys, I’ve got California blood and I’m just not cut out for the cold. With that said, the chill-factor has me dreaming of cozy, oversized sweaters, knit dresses, and — dare I say it? — turtlenecks. They’re totally making a comeback, you guys. Keep reading to shop my favorites!

The Sweater

Photo Credit: Sarah Sarna

Invest: Cotton Sweater, Proenza Schouler // Splurge: Marled Sweater, Vince // Steal: Modern Sweater, Madewell

The Sweater-Dress

Photo Credit: Who What Wear

Invest: Travis Sweater Dress, Isabel Marant // Splurge: Hailee Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress, Alice + Olivia // Steal: Cashmere Sweater Dress, Philosophy

The Turtleneck

Photo Credit: Sazan

Invest: Matignon Oversized Turtleneck, Maje // Splurge: Bubble Knit Turtleneck, Tibi // Steal: Color-block Cableknit Turtleneck, Topshop

Special Extras — The Maxi: this, this, this, and this.

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Friendsgiving Party Essentials

This Sunday I’m planning a little Friendsgiving + football fete with a few of my besties. I want the vibe to be low-key — football and beer status — but still upscale and festive. To pull this off I’ll be pairing classic dishes — like roasted turkey and pumpkin pie —  with show stopping pieces like Scalamandre highballs and gold leaf plates. Read on for my list of must haves for Friendsgiving party prepping.

The Prep

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

The Knives: Classic, Wusthof // Ceramic, Kyocera

The Roasting Pan: Classic Roasting Pan, Demeyer // Copper Roasting Pan, Mauviel

The Accessories: Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Le Creuset // Copper Sauce Pan, Vintage // Pie Dish, Williams Sonoma

The Decor

Photo Credit: Liz Marie

The Tableware: Highball Glasses, Scalamandre // Gold Leaf Dinner Plates, S4 // Silverware, Monique Lhuillier

The Accessories: Glass Hurricanes, Williams Sonoma // Wood Tray, Cathy’s Concepts // London Crystal Ice Bucket, Waterford

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Currently Coveting — Oversized Outerwear

Fall weather is in full force in San Francisco! We had our first rainstorm of the season today (peep some of my favorite rain boots here, here, and here) and along with the drizzle, we received some truly chilly weather — for San Francisco at least. Now that the California Freeze is upon us, I’m dreaming of oversized outerwear. Check out my picks for every style below!

Classic

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Invest: Goloso Coat, Max Mara // Splurge: Brushed Melton Coat, Vince // Steal: Fox Fur Coat, Ellen Tracy

Alternative

Invest: Color Block Car Coat, Vince // Splurge: Boucle Garbie Coat, Isabel Marant Etoile // Steal: Reversible Hoodie, Eileen Fisher

Whimsical

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Invest: Pink Wool Manteau Coat, Carven // Splurge: Stitched Plaid Coat, Tory Burch // Steal: Wool Blend Clutch Coat, Helene Berman

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Design on my Mind – Bedroom Makeover

I’ve lived in my current place for almost two years now — it’s crazy how time flies — and have been wanting to re-do my bedroom pretty much since I moved in. The previous owners did some serious renovations and decided that dark brown built-in side tables and modern light fixtures — like the kind you’d see in a cheap restaurant trying to be current — were a good idea. I’ve finally decided it’s time to take on the beast.

So here’s what I have in mind. I’m looking to create a space that’s luxe (without having to live on Top Ramen for the next month), comfortable, but not overly girlie. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m all about mixing and matching design styles to keep everything looking fresh, modern, and inviting. Keep reading for my current inspiration and let me know what you think in the comments!

The Rug

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Hand-Tufted Shag Rug, nuLOOM // Fes Wool Shag Rug, West Elm // Trellis Shag Rug, Nourison Amore

The Lighting

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Glass Cloche Sconce, Restoration Hardware // Boston Library Light, Visual Comfort & Co // Redmond Sconce, One Kings Lane

The Bedding

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Four Stripe Set, Serena and Lily // Traverse Border Duvet Set, One Kings Lane // Bourdon Duvet Set, One Kings Lane

The Art

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Abstract 102, Urban Road // Abstract Wall Art 1, West Elm // Americanflat, Urban Road

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Style Session — Fall Thrills

After my recent trip to Boston — and a few hours spent leaf peeping — I have Fall and all of the season’s trimmings on my mind. This time of year can be fraught with cliches — and basic b love affairs — but despite that, it’s still my favorite season. The air feels a little bit cleaner, the excitement of the holidays are upon us, and the fashion is to die for. This year I’m crushing on over-the-knee suede boots, oversized fisherman sweaters, and anything burgundy or leopard (or both!).

The Boots

Invest: Brenna Boots, Isabelle Marant // Splurge: Lowland Boots, Stuart Weitzman // Steal: Livi Boots, Ivanka Trump

The Sweater

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Invest: Fisherman Sweater, Apiece Apart // Splurge: Cable-Knit Sweater, Marget O’Leary // Steal: Cable Crew Sweater, 525 America Traveling

The Burgundy

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Invest: Layered Fringe Skirt, Tamara Mellon // Splurge: Cutwork Lace Pencil Skirt, Self Portrait // Steal: Turtleneck Sweater-Dress, Once Smitten

The Leopard

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Invest: Embroidered Leopard Coat, Dolce & Gabbana // Splurge: Pouty Applique Leopard Clutch, Charlotte Olympia // Steal: Cashmere Leopard Beanie, Sofia

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Decor Refresh — Coffee Table Heaven

It’s official, I’m a grown up. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect coffee table to feature in my living room and it finally arrived this morning. You know you’re an adult when coffee tables give you a buzz. The living room definitely still needs more work, but it’s looking more refined now that I can swap my ottoman for a real life coffee table.

The room is a mix of casual-cool and Parisian-elegance, which may not sound like they go together, but the two styles actually totally complement each other. The casual style of my couch, leather Serena & Lily stools, and rustic Crate & Barrel coffee table (The Dixon Table to be exact) calm down the potential fussiness of my pair of Restoration Hardware Lyon chairs and faux Hermes table.

Next on my list is a pair of side tables. To ensure that the room doesn’t feel too lopsided, I’m looking for a chic and sophisticated pair that can handle my tank lamps (thank you mom and dad for not wanting these beauties!). Take a look at a few of the options below.

Kennedy End Table, Wayfair

North Slope Side Table, Dot & Bo

Nolan Two-Tiered Side Table, Interlude

Marissa Mirrored Side Table, OKL

Until next time.

Xx Molly