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.

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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

 

 

 

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

Sweats

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

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

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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

Throw Back Thursday — Jane Birkin

Happy Thursday! In the spirit of Throw Back Thursday, why not take a trip down fashion memory lane and revamp some of Jane Birkin’s most iconic styles! I’ve always had a bit of a thing for the 70s and I must admit and I’m pretty excited that they’re coming back in a big way.

Jane Birkin, in particular, evokes the spirit of the 70s that I so love — there’s something about her effortless style that makes me swoon! Keep reading for my take on the modern Jane Birkin.

Crop Top + Denim Shorts + Statement Necklace

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White Crop Top, Tibi // Denim Shorts, Paige // Statement Necklace, Tory Burch

Cutout Evening Dress

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Cut-Out Dress, Rebecca Taylor // Delicate Chain Necklace, Ippolita

The Mini-Dress + Pea Coat

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Black Mini Dress, Haute Hippie // Black Pea Coat, Oasis // Woven Purse, Bop Basics

Until next time.

Xx Molly

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

Sunday Sales — Stock Up Now!

I strongly believe that splurge items should be reserved for special occasions, so the other 95% of the time I’m looking for a deal. The tricky part is sifting through all the sales out there and finding something you actually want. Well, you’re in luck — I’ve done all the leg-work for you! Keep reading for my top 5 picks for each category.

Bags

Tote, Rebecca Minkoff // $295 now $148

Bucket Bag, Proenza Shouler // $825 now $412

Black Tote Bag, Brian Atwood // $595 now $357

Olive Clutch, Jason Wu // $1,195 now $717

Black Chain Bag, Charlotte Olympia // $1,395 now $837

Shoes

The Nudist Heel, Stuart Weitzman // $398 now $199

Classic Superstars, Adidas // $114 now $80 Trend Alert!

Green Pumps, Christian Louboutin // $675 now $540

Black Knee Boots, Loeffler Randall // $695 now $348

Mesh Slip-Ons , Vince // $250 now $137

Outerwear

Chambray Blazer, Joie // $288 now $100

Chambray Anorak, Rachel Rachel Roy // $109 now $44

Quilted Vest, J. Crew Factory // $108 now $88

Pink Moto Jacket, Neiman Marcus // $395 now $275

Bomber Jacket, Vince // $895 now $358

Dresses

Naked Dress, For Love and Lemons // $282 no $197

Lace Dress, BCBG // $368 now $273

Camel Shift Dress, ASOS // $33 now $15

Floral Silk Dress, Haute Hippie // $475 now $285

Structured Sherbert Dress, Alice + Olivia // $368 now $220

Shirts

Gingham Button-up, Madewell // $74 now $54

Floral Crop Top, Milly // $200 now $70

Blue Patterned Tunic, Joie // $148 now $88

White Muscle Tee, Rag & Bone // $115 now $40

Pink Jeweled Top, Ted Baker // $325 now $227

Until next time.

Xx Molly