Get The Look: A Fling With Modern Design

Modern design and I are having a moment, a major moment.

I’m a self-proclaimed traditionalist — albeit with a penchant for twists on the classic — but I’ve been spending more and more time exploring new styles and interior designers, refining and defining my own personal style. While I don’t think I’ll ever fully move over to the modern-side, I do have a new-found respect for the un-complicated silhouettes. Keep reading to see the styles I’m currently obsessing over and how to get the look!

The Kitchen

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The Stools

Invest:  Nuevo Briggs Counter Stool, Bluefly // Splurge:Tolix Marais Counter Stool, Design Within Reach // Save: Industrial Backless Stool, JCPenney

The Lighting

Invest: Skygarden S2, Design Within Reach // Splurge: Prospect Ceiling Lamp, Domino // Save: Warehouse of Tiffany Metallic Pendant, Target

The Cookware

Invest: Mauviel Copper Set, Williams-Sonoma // Splurge: All-Clad Copper Set, Bloomingdale’s // Save: Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Set, Crate & Barrel

The Dining Room

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The Table

Invest: Dharma Lea Farm Table, Bed, Bath, & Beyond // Splurge: Carroll Farm Dining Table, West Elm // Save: Mestler Dining Room Table, Target

The Chairs

Invest: Snow Kate Chairs, Fermob // Splurge: Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio // Save: Pascal Plastic Mid-Century Modern Shell Chair, Baxton Studio

The Art

Save: Bold Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: As If Print, Urban Outfitters // Save: Oui Non Print, Urban Outfitters

The Office

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The Desk

Invest: Metal A-Frame Desk, Bluefly // Splurge: A-Frame Desk, Target // Save: A-Frame Desk, PB Teen

The Chair

Azzo Mid-Century Modern Shell Chairs, Baxton Studio

The Art

Invest: Map of New York, Home Decorators Collection // Splurge: Historical Map of New York, Dot & Bo // Save: Map of New York, Home Decorators Collection

Until next time.

Xx Molly

 

Design Project: The Small Entryway

Designing and decorating your home — in a way that has a truly collected feeling — takes time, lot’s of time. I’ve been working on mine for a cool two years and obviously part of that is budget — I want to make investments rather than stock up on cheap, trendy items. Now don’t get me wrong, just like fast-fashion, I think there’s a time and a place for those trendy pieces with a shelf-life — they’re perfect as quirky accents that you can mix and match at the drop of a hat.

I’ve almost finished the living room and I’ve started to notice how horrifyingly empty my upstairs entryway is; every time I walk into the house I’m reminded of the fact that I have yet to finish this house! So I’ve pivoted my sights away from the gallery wall (though I’m still looking and collecting the pieces I need) and onto this new small, but mighty space (it’s only 5×7!). I’m envisioning a gorgeous, weathered Kilim rug nestled under an inviting bench and flanked by a coatrack (it’s a necessity); but whatever I go with has to go with my vintage Spice Girls poster. Keep reading to see some of my favorite picks.

The Rug

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Invest: Kayseri Trukish Kilim, Indigo & Lavender // Splurge: Vintage Nalbandian Kilim Rug, One Kings Lane  // Save: Turkish Anatolian Kilim Rug, Indigo & Lavender

The Bench

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Invest: Dahlia Tufted Bench, Safavieh // Splurge: Logan Tufted Bench, New Pacific Direct // Save: Kate Tufted Bench, JCPenney

The Coatrack

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Invest: Mod Coat Rack, Urban Outfitters // Splurge: Dar Styx Coat Rack, Target  // Save: Happy Host Metal Coat Rack, Dot & Bo

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

Tips For A Truly Stylish NYE

I can’t believe it’s about time to pop the bubbly and light the sparklers— 2016 here we come! I know NYE is tomorrow, but there’s still time to ensure you ring in the new year in style. From the perfect dress, to the must-have accessories, to the perfect bottle of bubbly (or themed accessories) I’ve got everything you need to make it a NYE worthy of the hype. Keep reading for my picks!

The Dress


The Jewels 

The Bubbly

Happy New Years!
Xx Molly

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

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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

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