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

 

 

 

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

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.

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

Paris is Always a Good Idea — Experience it Like a Local

There are enough clichés about Paris to literally — and figuratively — fill the Louvre. It’s one of those cities that has captured the hearts of many and, because of this, is actually very hard to truly experience. Well, that’s where I come in. I’m here to give you the low down on how to experience Paris like a local.

I’m lucky enough to have a family who lives and breathes for travelling, so I’ve to Paris quite a few times. I have to admit, however, that I was not impressed the first two times I went — I felt it was much too difficult to escape the proverbial tourist traps to really get a feel of what the city is all about. Your first trip, to any city is really all about seeing what must be seen. I mean, you can’t go to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower, or the Louvre, or the Musee D’Orsay — it would literally be a crime. So that’s why it’s important to either spend an extended amount of time (if you don’t think you’ll get back) or go multiple times over a long period of time.

So, on to the good stuff. Once you have made the sightseeing rounds you must:

  1. Dine at Cafe Voltaire. This restaurant — conveniently located near the Musee D’Orsay — is by far my favorite in Paris. It has this old-world charm that immediately transports you to back to the Belle Epoch while simultaneously maintaining a modern feel. This an absolute must do on your next trip — who knows, you may even see Gwyneth Paltrow or Anna Wintour dining next to you! Note: as a rule of thumb, always ask your hotel for local-favorites to avoid falling into those awful tourist traps.
  2. Take a walk in Le Marais. This historical and utterly stunning neighborhood is somewhere I inadvertently stumbled upon and thank god I did! It reminds me of the Greenwich Village of Paris, with adorable shops — both boutique ands high-end — quaint brassieres, and the most beautiful cobblestone streets you can imagine. I always feel like I get the best sense of a city by walking around in the various neighborhoods; whether in Paris or New York City, you’ll end up making the most memories by simply experiencing the city.
  3. Take a cooking class. The French are renowned for their cuisine — obviously — so why not make like a local and learn some classic dishes! Most classes will take you shopping before you actually make the meal, so you will get a little taste of what day-to-day living is like in the city of love. Plus, since you’ll be taking home the recipes, you’ll be reliving your time there long after you leave!
  4. Visit a French pharmacy. French women are some of the most naturally beautiful women I have ever come across and many would attribute this to their skin care regimen. Pop into one of the literally hundreds of pharmacies and browse the aisles of amazing — and affordable — creams, tonics, serums, and cleansers. You can thank me later.
  5. Watch the sunset on the steps of the Sacre Coeur. While Montmartre may define the term tourist trap, watching the sunset transcends this. Grab a bottle of wine and head up to get a landscape view of the city just as the rosy hues of the setting sun begin coloring the city. Talk about the perfect end to a perfect trip.