A Modern Take on Coastal Style

I’m always a sucker for breezy, coastal style but there’s just one problem — I’m not on the coast! I’ve always dreamed of filling my home with soothing blues and oyster whites, seagrass rugs, and hurricanes galore but the traditional coastal look just doesn’t jive with my San Francisco location. So, I’ve been dreaming of revamping my home in a more modern (yet traditional), coastal vibe. Keep reading to catch a glimpse of my inspiration.

Color Palette

There’s something about the calming quality of blues and creams that I’ve never been able to shake — when I walk into my home, I want to feel instantly relaxed and shades of blue do just the trick. Varying shades of blush and cream round out the blues nicely and add a little pop to keep things interesting. I’m seriously toying with the idea of painting my walls a super pale blush.

The Look

This room perfectly marries the traditional with the coastal look. You have the easy breezy vibes of the seaside while the classic silhouettes anchor everything with a touch of refinement. The slip-covered sofas keep it casual, while the accent chairs add a touch of polish — it’s the balance of the two that’s key. I actually own these leather stools from Serena & Lily and am obsessed — they just look so effortlessly cool. The only change I’d make to this room is swapping out the rug for this classic jute rug from Pottery Barn.

The Finish The Look Pieces

I find that the finishing touches really bring a room together and a hint of the unexpected can amp up that wow factor. Right now I’m crushing on Americana vibes with a touch of gingham. Whatever you’re feeling, add a few small — or large — pieces that draw back to something you love for a space that is completely your own. Take a peek at some of the ways I’d incorporate a touch of Americana into my modern coastal room.

Now you have it! A few tips on re-creating a modern-coastal look at home!

Until next time.

Xx ,

Molly

 

 

Having a Moment with Self Portrait

I’ve been loving Self Portrait for a while now, but I recently stumbled into Neiman Marcus event that Han Chong was hosting and lost my marbles. It was like I walked into a dream, a lace and chiffon dream.

Self Portrait Dress

Typically, when you see pieces that contain every girlie detail, it makes you want to throw up a little bit, but somehow Chong perfectly executes and what we’re left with is perfection. Keep reading to see a few of my favorite picks below.

Short & Flirty

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Self Portrait Paneled Dress // Self-Portrait // $520
Self Portrait Long-Sleeve Tiered Scalloped Lace Dress, Off White // Self-Portrait // $520
Self Portrait Bell Sleeve Dress // Self-Portrait // $480
Self Portrait Crochet A Line Dress // Self-Portrait // $480
Self Portrait Eleina Sleeveless Daisy Dress // Self-Portrait // $590
Self Portrait Felicia Lace Dress // Self-Portrait // $530

Long & Ladylike

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Self Portrait Felicia Embroidered Dress // Self-Portrait // $530
SELF-PORTRAIT Azaelea lace midi dress // Self-Portrait // $442
Self Portrait Felicia Embroidered Sheer Lace Dress // Self-Portrait // $530
Self Portrait Ayelette Cutout Double-Crepe Dress, Red // Self-Portrait // $640
self-portrait Cutwork Lace Layered Dress // Self-Portrait // $392
Self Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress, White // Self-Portrait // $625

Extra Credit

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Self Portrait Long-Sleeve Combo Jumpsuit, Black // Self-Portrait // $675
SELF-PORTRAIT Contrast-collar daisy-lace top // Self-Portrait // $331
Self-Portrait Sofia Pleated Guipure Lace Skirt // Self-Portrait // $410
SELF-PORTRAIT Lace-panel bell-sleeved jumpsuit // Self-Portrait // $575
Self-Portrait Tiered Guipure Lace Mini Skirt // Self-Portrait // $350
Self Portrait Sleeveless Lace Peplum Top, Navy // Self-Portrait // $410

Until next time.

Xx Molly

The Only Bag You’ll Need This Season

I’m a self-proclaimed shoe-phile — I’ll test out the trendiest of the trendiest, go for the crazy color, and buy up as many as my paycheck will allow; but with bags, I’m much more selective. I’m more methodical in my hunt for the perfect bag and when I find one I like, I’ll use it until its falling apart — literally. Luckily, I’ve found the only bag I need this season.

Alma Suede Clutch

My cousin has been working on a new bag line called Ala Pilar, which creates stunning bags, clothing, and accessories with a Mexican flare. I actually have three pieces from them — that’s how obsessed I am — I have a black Gloria Tote as my everyday bag (it’s perfect for work because it’s stylish yet functional), a stunning pearl and leather necklace, and the newest addition to my collection is the blue suede Alma clutch/crossbody. Keep reading for two ways to style this bag!

Weekend in Tahoe

The only bag you'll need this season, Ala Pilar

Alma Clutch, Ala Pilar // Similar: Chunky Knit Sweater, Barney’s // Distresses Denim, Citizens of Humanity // Suede Crisi Boots, Isabel Marant

Night Out in Austin

The only bag you'll need this season, Ala Pilar

Alma Clutch, Ala Pilar // Similar: Dalton Blouse, DVF // Distressed Denim, Citizens of Humanity // Similar: Cowboy Boots, Laredo

P.S. Don’t forget to read about Ala Pilar and their work with El Pozo de Vita, a non-profit that helps victims of sex trafficking. Cute bags that do good, it’s a double win!

Until next time.

Xx Molly

3-Day Weekend Style Tips

This was the first year I got MLK day off — major woos! — so my boyfriend and I decided to stay local and take day trips around the area. There are so many places to visit around San Francisco, so it was actually quite hard to narrow the list down to 3! We opted for a SF food adventure, a night out in Half Moon Bay, and a bike ride across the bridge to Sausalito. Keep reading for our weekend agenda and some of my favorite looks for each.

SF Food Adventure

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Hit List: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse + Brunch at Brenda’s French Soul Food

We had our eyes set on Brenda’s for brunch on Saturday and as we went to put our name in (for the hour+ wait) I noticed a glimmering box from Mr. Holmes, so naturally we went to grab a coffee — and maybe a donut to share. This strategy is highly recommended. For our little jaunt I opted for some casual ripped denim, a chic sweater, and some casual kicks to round it out. Shop the look below:

Chic Sweater: Knitted Sweater, Comme Des Garcon // Mendocino Pullover, Cupcakes and Cashmere // Heart Sweater, Moon Collection 

Distressed Denim: Distressed Ankle Leggings, AG Jeans // Distressed Skinny Jeans, BlankNYC // Destructed Skinny Jeans, Belle + Sky

Sneakers: Super Star Glitter & Suede Sneakers, Golden Goose // Classic Sneakers, Vans // Cotu Sneakers, Superga

Half Moon Bay

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Hit List: Cocktails at The Ritz + Dinner at Sam’s Chowder House

It’s only about an hour outside the city, but Half Moon Bay seems like worlds away. On a nice day — or night — there’s nothing better than grabbing a cocktail at one of the seaside fire pits at The Ritz. Unfortunately, the weather was horrendous so we were stuck inside but, I must say, the stormy sea was still pretty beautiful. Post-cocktails we ventured over to Sam’s for lobster rolls. Now I’d say that’s a pretty solid night. Shop the look below:

Long Sleeved Tee: Camden Long Sleeved Tee, Rag & Bone // Slub Classic Long Sleeved Tee, T by Alexander Wang // Crochet Long Sleeved Tee, Chloe & Katie 

White Jeans: Slit Cigarette Jeans, AG Jeans // Spray On Jeans, Blank Denim // Sarah Skinny Jeans, Articles of Society

Lady-like Flats: Lili Leather Ballet Flats, Isabel Marant Etoile // Ballet Flats, Anniel // Ballet Flats, Repetto

Bonus Vest: Moonlux Quilted Vest, Freecity // Ogdove Nylon Puffy Vest, Freecity // Quilted Faux Leather Vest, Michael Michael Kors

Sausalito

IMG_5539Hit List: Bike Ride Across the Golden Gate Bridge + Lunch at Fish

Tom’s a big biker and had gotten me this cute little Public Bike last year, so a bike over the bridge to Sausalito has been on our hit list for months. Today was a bit rainy, but we made the trek anyways — and I’m glad we did! We rewarded our 8 mile ride with a few cold beers, a crab sandwich, and some tasty ceviche. Shop the look below:

Chic Sweatshirt: The Varsity Sweatshirt, The Great // Kale Sweatshirt, Sub Urban Riot // Detroit Crewneck Sweatshirt, Topshop

Pink Denim: Stiletto Denim, Current/Elliott // Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, Joe’s Jeans // Skinny Jeans, Alice + Olivia

Sneakers: Super Star Glitter & Suede Sneakers, Golden Goose // Classic Sneakers, Vans // Cotu Sneakers, Superga

Bonus Raincoat: Rain Jacket, Without Walls // Tora Hooded Rain Jacket, Tretorn // Wings Rain Jacket, Tretorn

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

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

City Guide — Milan in 36 Hours

First stop on my European vacation is Milan! We only had 36 hours in the city, so we had to plan strategically, however it’s plenty of time to hit all the big spots. From the majestic Duomo to the quirky Wes Anderson designed Bar Luce, the below list has everything you need to enjoy your time in this city.

First Stop: Bar Luce for Breakfast + Fondazione Prada

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Located a bit outside of the city-center, Bar Luce — the Wes Anderson designed cafe — is the perfect start to your day(s) in Milan. Nestle into one of the booths situated in a retro-themed cafe for a cappucino, prosciutto mini-panino, and cornetto if you’re feeling crazy. Once you’ve caffinated and filled your stomach for the day, head next door (literally) to Fondazione Prada to check out the latest exhibit.

Pro Tip: Before you head out, be sure to stop by the golden wall (it’s literally a gilded wall) for some photo-ops.

Afternoon Stop: Duomo + City Center

 Next stop on the list is The Duomo — an absolute must-see and can’t-miss (literally). You can view both the inside of the cathedral as well as the roof, but if you have to pick you should absolutely take in the breathtaking views of the city from the roof. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the scenic part of Milan, I’d recommend wandering the streets and getting a feel for the city — this is by far one of my favorite ways to see a city because it allows you to experience it as a local does. Plus, who knows what gems you’ll stumble upon on the way!

Pro tip: be sure to bring something to cover your shoulders if you’re wearing a sleeveless top or you’ll end up having to by a cover-up in the gift shop to enter the cathedral.

Last Stop of the Night: Dinner + Drinks

We spent our night in Milan in the Navigili (the canal district). It feels almost Venice-like and has a large selection of restaurants and bars all along the waterways. While wandering around the canals, we stumbled upon Officina 12 which was a total gem. The food was amazing and as an added plus the bar was pretty unreal — it was very San Francisco with an Italian twist. Highly recommended, especially for gin-lovers.

Pro tip: Ask for a table in their back patio — it’s like a garden oasis.

Day 2: The Last Supper + Gelato

Before you head off to your next city (for us it was Florence) make a stop at Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see The Last Supper. Once you’ve gotten your dose of culture, make one last pit stop at Chocolat down the street for out of this world gelato. I opted for their Nutella flavor, which was easily the best gelato I’ve ever had (and I studied in Florence for a year).

Pro Tip: Be sure to book tickets ahead of time before you go because they are always sold out.

Until next time!

Xx Molly

P.S. Big shout out to my girl Lauren Murray for showing us the best spots in Milan.

Style Session — Chic Workwear

There’s nothing I dislike more than stuffy workwear. The matching pantsuits, the bland work heels — it makes me cringe! My theory is, just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you have to dress like you’re going to a funeral — there are plenty of options that are professional yet chic! Whether your office is ultra-formal, business casual, or anything goes I’ve got a solution for your workwear blues! Keep reading for my picks.

Ultra-Formal

Though my office isn’t big on the formal-wear, there are times (read: client meetings) when it’s more appropriate to dress up. For those occasions I opt for my favorite J.Crew skinnies and black silk Theory top (you literally can’t go wrong with Theory). Black on black is fool-proof.

Workwear

Black Silk Blouse, Stella McCartney // Black Skinny Pant, J.Crew // Camel Coat, Carven // Black Booties, Prada

Business Casual

Skip the stuffy-factor and bring more trendy elements into the mix. Again, I wouldn’t be able to survive without my J.Crew skinnies but this time I would pair it with a non-black silk blouse. I find that adding pops of different colors to an outfit tends to bring down the formal-factor.

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White Silk Blouse, Theory  // Black Skinny Pant, J.Crew // Camel Coat, Burberry // Tan Open-Toed Booties, Loeffler Randall

Anything Goes

I’d categorize POPSUGAR’s dress code as pretty much anything goes. It’s got the Goldilocks syndrome going on where you’ll see some dressed to the 9s, some dressed by the trends, and even a few in workout clothes — I like to hover somewhere in the middle with a good pair of jeans and trendy top of some sort. I’m also loving the chunky knit sweater below — I mean September is just around the corner!

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White Chunky Knit Sweater, Madewell // Skinny Jeans, Paige // Camel Coat, Karen Millen // Black Slip-Ons, Vince

Until next time.

Xx Molly

City Style — San Francisco

City Style — San Francisco

Following my graduation last May, I ventured back to California and nestled into my new apartment in San Francisco. I must admit, the thought of living an adult life in a new city was a bit overwhelming — and a bit unwelcome — but, the past 9 months have been filled with some amazing memories and plenty of life lessons.

One of those important “a-ha” moments came quite early in my new adventure — August to be exact — when I realized that Summer doesn’t exist in San Francisco. While the temperature is inching up, unfortunately that doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the tank tops and sling backs. Anyone who has lived here knows that it’s all about layers in this city — that means pairing a sequined top with a breezy nautical sweater and the perfect trench. Style Tip: Always choose one unexpected, eye-catching statement piece to set yourself apart from the pack. I mean, why blend in when you could stand out?

What’s your go-to city style?