Summer Skincare Essentials

May is almost behind us and you know what that means – hello Summer! With hotter months ahead I’ve got two things on my mind – makeup refreshes and skincare prep to make sure my skin is ready for all those vacations that lay ahead! Luckily, I have a few new favorites that I’ve added into my rotation, so keep reading for my Summer essentials — everything from skin to lips to lashes!

Skin

With Winter comes dry, dull skin that needs a little extra love and I’ve been crushing on Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads to help my skin get back into shape. I love that this product has my two favorite miracle workers — glycolic acid, which helps to retexture and exfoliate and hyluronic acid, which helps to moisturize and refresh. I always follow up with their Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum for extra moisture. If you haven’t tried either of these products, I highly recommend testing them out.

Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads and Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum also available at Space NK.

Lips

So now that your skin is buttery soft and luminous, it’s time to focus on those lips. I’m all about bright lipstick, so soft smooth lips are essential to my Summer look. I’ve always been a fan of lip exfoliation, but the one thing that always kills me is having to use your fingers to rub the product in. I don’t know about you, but it just kind of grosses me out. That’s why I was beyond thrilled to find Rodial’s Lip Scrub which has an applicator pen for a no mess scrub sesh. Hello silky soft lips!

Lip scrub also available at SpaceNK.

Lashes

I’m pretty particular about my mascara — it can either make or break your total look — but when I was recently introduced to Rodial’s Glamlash Mascara Skinny I was immediately hooked. The soft bristles give your lashes a gorgeous flutter plus the the highly pigmented color means your lashes look fab all day long.

Glamlash also available at SpaceNK.

 

So there you have it! Let me know what your favorite Summer skincare products are in the comments below!

Until next time.

Xx

Molly

Special thanks to Rodial and Nip + Fab for sponsoring this post!

Style Session — Fringe Benefits

I’m always looking for seasonal staples that I can take from day to night, workday to playday, family party to date night (read: I can’t justify the splurge unless it’s something I can consistently wear). Enter this Mara Hoffman fringe skirt. It’s fresh colors, funky trim, and versatility had my mind racing just thinking of all of the occasions it would be perfect for!

fringe

I like to keep my style simple and refined, focusing on one eye-catching piece versus shocking the senses with high impact pieces. Check out my styling for the 3 quintessential Summer events below:

Summer Birthday Party

Fringe Style 1

Mara Hoffman Skirt // Madewell Crop Top // J. Crew Abbot Sandals // Kendra Scott Harlow Necklace

Summer Soiree

Fringe Style 2

Mara Hoffman Skirt // Hightop Silk Tank // Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal // Edie Parker Clutch

Summer BBQ

Fringe Style 3

Mara Hoffman Skirt // Boden Evelyn Shirt // Birkenstock Yara Sandal // Miansai Screw Cuff

Until next time.

xx Molly

Decor Refresh — Palm Beach Chic

Summer is in full swing and I’ve been dreaming of a little decor refresh to the tune of Palm Beach chic. There’s something about walking into a room filled with bright, bold patterns; breezy dwarfed palm trees; and crisp white accents that makes the day infinitely brighter.

This season I’ll be infusing my home with hints of kitchy-cool Palm Beach style — just enough to bring out the bright feeling without overwhelming the senses. Checkout my picks to get the look:

Say yes to anything and everything pineapple.

Pine

Dot & Bo // Art.com // Pier 1

Palm trees are always a good idea.

OKL Palm Tree

Serena & Lily// One Kings Lane // Ethan Allen

When in doubt, throw a bamboo chair into this mix.

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The Well Appointed House // One Kings Lane // Koi

These pieces immediately transport me to the days of Slim Aarons, where nothing seemed to matter as long as the sun was shining and the martinis flowing.

Until next time.

xx Molly

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

Sweet Summer Inspiration

To me, Summer is all about simplicity — a really great heirloom tomato, the perfect pair of flip-flops, and a refreshingly crisp cocktail. Since it’s Friday, I thought I would make like the season and keep it simple with a few of my favorite images/inspirations from the week. Thankfully  whether I’m daydreaming of a breezy backyard cabana, prepping for my next dinner party, or just looking to make life a little more beautiful, Pinterest has my back. So take a look and don’t forget to share your Summer inspirations below!

Friday Inspiration

  1. The most dreamy cabana I have ever laid eyes on
  2. The perfect centerpiece for my next Summer fête
  3. A little Inspiration for this lovely Friday afternoon
  4. A citrusy twist on the classic chex-mix

Dress To Impress — Summer Looks For Any Style

Just because you err on the side of simplicity doesn’t mean you that your summer uniform has to be boring! This look is all about staying true to the pieces you know and love, without letting it get stale — it’s all about the adding an unexpected twist to your everyday look. This season, I’d suggest pairing a classic grey tank and white jeans with a tasselled clutch and simple gold accessories — it’s an effortless Summer BBQ look!

While Summer style tends to be casual, that’s no reason to sacrifice your girlie side! The important thing to remember is that it’s all about balancing your look to avoid looking too done up. I’ve paired this funky cut-out crop top with a high-waisted black skirt to achieve that romantic feeling without getting too crazy. The next step is to add a pastel bag and some unexpected baubles, namely the leucite sharks tooth,  to complete the look!

What better time to experiment with your style than now; after all this season is all about having fun, so your treat your look any differently? I’d suggest anchoring your look with a classic piece, like jeans shorts, and then layering on some unexpected pieces, like the dip-dyed chambray shirt and Chanel bow, for a funky-fresh look. What’s your go-to Summer style?

How To — Amp Up Your Next Summer Bash With These 4 Tips

When you think about Summer party decor, there are a few heavy hitters that come to mind — Chevrons, and pennants, and pom poms, oh my! — but that doesn’t mean that you have to take the trends so literally. Now don’t get me wrong, I love these festive additions as much as the next girl, but sometimes your party needs a breath of originality. So instead of jumping off this kitschy train completely, I think it’s time to take your favorite party decor to the next level.

Summer Party

  1. Neon and Succulents: These are by far two of my favorite things to pair — I swoon just thinking about the contrast between the girliness of the neon and the subdued nature of the succulents. With that in mind, why not use these little guys as an alternative to classic floral centerpieces.
  2. Creative Confetti: Confetti is a fun addition to any party, but you have to admit it’s a bit of a hassle to clean up. Well, consider clean up taken care of with these plantable confetti hearts — we would even encourage your guests to take a handful home to plant as a reminder of all the good times had!
  3. Refined Banners: Banners are a simple way to set the mood, so I wouldn’t drop this trend all together. Instead, why not swap out the uber-trendy chevron and pennant variety for a more laid-back and refined version — I’m loving the simplicity of the white card stock paired with gold lettering here.
  4. Simple Stamps: I’m a total sucker — err stickler — for good handwriting, which is why stamps are always the way to go for DIY signage, invites, etc. I’d suggest buying a set of individual letters (a-z) to use  for place cards, invites, and even party signage — they make the vibe all at once personal and perfect.

7 Essential Shoes to Get You Through Summer

Summer Shoe Essentials

Now that the countdown to Summer has commenced, I’m working to reinvent my shoe collection in favor of warm-weather staples. Whether looking for drama, comfort, or simplicity, this roundup of the 7 best Summer shoes has what you’re looking for.

1. Solsona Erika Metallic Sandals — an edgy yet classic take perfect for LA or the Hamptons

2. Repetto Ballet Flats — a staple in my closet, no matter the season

3. Vans Classic Sneaks — pair with skirts, dresses, shorts, or pants for an effortlessly California look

4. Zara Cork Wedge Sandals — a sky high and fabulous option for al fresco dining

5. Steve Madden Sunkiss  — an upgrade to the classic flip flop

6. Tory Burch Verity Wedge — my go-to casual heel for the season

7. Joe’s Jeans Crossing Waters Sandal — a fabulously chic option you can dress up or down

Weekend Update: Check Out My Stories on POPSUGAR!

This weekend was a scorcher! So, now that Spring is giving way to the hot hot heat of Summer I’ve got the perfect recipes to beat the heat, creative party tips, and a few more Instagram inspirations to get your home in tip top entertaining shape!

Get Hot to Cool Down: 6 Spicy Recipes to Help Beat the Heat

12 Festive Decorations (Under $30!) For your Next Summer Bash

Instagram Inspiration: Perk Up Your Home With Simple Decor Tips

To Do or Not to Do — The One Piece

Vintage One Piece

Holy vintage-y goodness! I know one pieces have been high on the swimwear totem pole recently, but I have to come clean about something, I literally despise them. One pieces of any size, shape, and color make me literally and figuratively ill. Who knows, maybe it’s because of my last experience — lets just say it included a pool in Hong Kong and a heinous Nike one piece — but either way they’ve been off-limits for this bathing beauty for years. That is until now. Today I was perusing Pinterest — my latest major obsession — and found this a-maz-ing floral suit. Its rich cream color, punchy pastel floral motif, and bustier shape is the perfect update to the classically horrifying one piece. Bravo Anthropologie, you’ve won this skeptic over.