2016: The Year of Resolutions That’ll Last

It’s New Years Eve — can you believe it! — and I’ll be ringing in 2016 in Tahoe at one of my favorite little Swiss restaurants, Swiss Lakewood. I can’t wait to sip some champagne, pop open some party poppers, and set off some sparklers — I mean, does it get any better than that?

Of course the inevitable question of New Year Resolutions will come up and while I’m still working out what I want for this year, I do have a few ideas nailed down. Keep reading for a few of my resolutions — and corresponding shopping picks — for 2016.

The Year of Skincare

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2015 gifted me my first wrinkle and first grey hair. Let me tell you, that was enough to get me started on an anti-aging kick to rival Gwyneth. Unfortunately, I still struggle with my skin — I’m a devoted Proactive user — so it’s hard to find skincare that doesn’t aggravate my skin. This year, I’m going to go back to getting regular facials (my favorite is Sharon at Serenity Wellness Spa), spending more time on my morning and nightly regimen, and scouting out new products to try.

Top Picks: Vitamin C Serum, Mario Badescu // Tata’s Daily Essentials, Tata Harper // Eye Concentrate, La Mer // Precision Lifting and Pore Tightening Concentrate, Kiehl’s // Clarisonic

The Year of Hobbies

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I took photography throughout high school and college and have been meaning to get back into the groove of using my 35mm Nikon — full disclosure: this was my New Years Resolution last year too. I have the most perfect large closet in my house that is just begging to be transformed into a dark room, but I feel like I need to prove to myself that I will actually use it before I put everything in place. Added bonus: I’m planning on putting more effort and time into Sequins + Studs. Get excited!

A little kitch for ya: Couture Camera, Judith Leiber // Camera iPhone Case, Kate Spade // Steal the Spotlight Crossbody, Kate Spade

The Year of Exploration

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Last year I made the resolution to try something new every week, whether that be a new restaurant, bar, hike, etc. Well guys, I’m bringing this one back again! San Francisco has so much to offer, yet it’s so easy to get a little rut going to the same places over and over. Stay tuned for some new features on San Francisco coming in 2016!

Inspiration: See San Francisco, Anthropologie // Faust’s Map of San Francisco, Oliver Gal // San Francisco Wall Sign, Artehouse

Happy New Year!

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

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

Travel Confession — How to Pack Like a Pro

I’m getting ready to head out on a 2-week whirl-wind adventure through Europe — making stops in Italy, Greece, and Germany along the way. I can barely contain my excitement! For the past week I’ve been wracking my brain on how to pack for two weeks of fun (and different climates I might add) without going overboard on the luggage. The first thing that came to mind, makeup essentials of course! There’s a fine line to walk with selecting your makeup must-haves for an extended vacation so I headed off to Neiman Marcus to scope out their selection!

First on my list were a few lipsticks that would get me through my trip and take my looks from lounging on the beach, to shopping, to dinner and exploring the town. I ended up falling in love with the Bobbi Brown Lip Trio Set (exclusively at Neiman Marcus!). I’m normally much more of a bold lip kind of girl, but there was something about the muted, lady-like tones that got me hooked. And for good reason, I tested them out yesterday to see how flawlessly they could take me from day to night — I think the results (and number of compliments) speak for themselves!

Morning

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Salmon was the perfect Summer shade of coral for my daytime work look.

Evening


Pale Mauve was up next. The slightly richer hue was perfect for my birthday dinner with the girls – it was slightly amped up but soft enough to not overpower the rest of my makeup.

Out on the Town


Finally the Soft Rose was my pick for the Jess Glynne concert we went to post dinner. She crushed it by the way.

Other Favorites Picked Up Along the Way:

 Bobbi Brown Lip Trio // Van Cleef Perfume // Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminator // Oribe Hair Texturizer // LeMetier de Beaute Foundation // Chantecaille Blush

Not Pictured: Darphin Hydrating Mask // Clarisonic Brush // Laura Mercier Cover-Up

Until next time!

Xx Molly

Post in collaboration with Neiman Marcus + ShopStyle Collective

We Go Together Like — Beauty and Bardot

We Go Together Like — Beauty and Bardot

It’s April 2, and that means I have exactly 46 days until I’m channeling Brigitte Bardot in the South of France. For me, Bardot is the quintessential icon of girlish perfection — those sultry eyes, soft pillowed lips, and gently tousled hair are all at once effortless and unbearably sexy.

To achieve this look you’ll need a dusting of sheer pink blush, a few swipes of slightly brighter pink lipstick, a heavy dose of jet black liner and mascara, followed by a hint of blue shadow. Et voila, next thing you know you’ll be jetting off to San Tropez with a dashing French gentleman!