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

 

 

Style Session — Fall Thrills

After my recent trip to Boston — and a few hours spent leaf peeping — I have Fall and all of the season’s trimmings on my mind. This time of year can be fraught with cliches — and basic b love affairs — but despite that, it’s still my favorite season. The air feels a little bit cleaner, the excitement of the holidays are upon us, and the fashion is to die for. This year I’m crushing on over-the-knee suede boots, oversized fisherman sweaters, and anything burgundy or leopard (or both!).

The Boots

Invest: Brenna Boots, Isabelle Marant // Splurge: Lowland Boots, Stuart Weitzman // Steal: Livi Boots, Ivanka Trump

The Sweater

Oversized sweater

Invest: Fisherman Sweater, Apiece Apart // Splurge: Cable-Knit Sweater, Marget O’Leary // Steal: Cable Crew Sweater, 525 America Traveling

The Burgundy

Burgundy

Invest: Layered Fringe Skirt, Tamara Mellon // Splurge: Cutwork Lace Pencil Skirt, Self Portrait // Steal: Turtleneck Sweater-Dress, Once Smitten

The Leopard

Leopard

Invest: Embroidered Leopard Coat, Dolce & Gabbana // Splurge: Pouty Applique Leopard Clutch, Charlotte Olympia // Steal: Cashmere Leopard Beanie, Sofia

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.

Workwear2

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!

Workwear3

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

Trending — Lenny Kravitz Leather

If you enjoy the modern miracle known as the internet, you’ve surly heard of Lenny Kravitz’s recent wardrobe malfunction (also known as #penisgate). In the spirit of the trend, I thought I’d put together the most crave-worthy leather around (spoiler alert some items are on sale!). Read through for my leather laundry-list.

Let’s Get To The Point

These are the staples, the leather classics that are of the moment without going too far. If studying abroad in Italy taught me anything, it’s that every girl should have a classic leather jacket — and let’s face it, leather pants, skirts, and shorts are welcome additions too!

Trending

Blush Leather Pants, Mackage // Green Midi Skirt, Tibi // Leather Jacket, Veda // Leather Shorts, Helmut Lang

Unlike Lenny, these lovable leather pieces should outlast the test of time, so throw caution to the wind and live a little.

More Trending: Leather Skirt, Acne // Black Leather Pants, True Religion // Leather Moto, TopShop // White Leather Shorts, Nasty Gal

Deep Cuts: Fringe Leather Jacket, Cusp // Metallic Pleated Skirt, Marc Jacobs // Moto Leather Pants, Balmain // Fringe Leather Skirt, Karina Grimaldi // Red Leather Pants, J Brand 

Until next time.

xx Molly

More Options…

Fringe Jacket // Cusp : Leather Skirt // Tibi :

Cutting Edge

Currently Coveting — August

So it’s been a while, you guys, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get back to it! For my first back-in-action post I figured why not share what’s on my hit list for the month (yes, I know the month’s half way over, but there’s no time like the present to splurge).

Summer is winding down, Fall is quickly approaching, and it’s time to make the most of the last few carefree weeks ahead. Whether throwing the perfect backyard BBQ (stay tuned for my tips on throwing a seasonal fete) or exploring a new neighborhood, keep reading for your can’t miss list for August shopping.

BBQ Casual

BBQ Pic

Wisdom Colored Ankle Skinny Jeans (Pink) • CJ by Cookie Johnson • $76.80

Hinge Boyfriend Chambray Shirt • $45.56

Intrecciato Cross Body Bag • Bottega Veneta • $1,350.00

Lauren Suede Ballet Flats • Chloé • $495.00

City Explorer

BBQ Outfit

Rag & Bone Boyfriend Short • Rag and Bone • $176.00

James Perse Casual slub cotton T-shirt • James Perse • $65.00

Leather Ballet Flats • Ballet Beautiful • $280.00

Rag & Bone Floppy-Brim Fedora • Rag and Bone • $195.00