Friday, July 29, 2011

Capogiro

Nutella and Amish Milk in a dish and Turkish Coffee and Blueberry Cream in a cone

One of my favorite discoveries upon moving to Philadelphia is the artisan gelato shop, Capogiro. It is seriously delicious and some of the best I've ever had (and I've been to Italy and France). The gelato at Capogiro has a smooth and creamy texture but the best part is the unique flavors that are so authentic. If the flavor says Mango, you'd better believe it's going to taste just like mango. It's uncanny. The flavors change daily and can range from Avocado, to Salt, yes salt, to Pistachio, to my personal favorite, Burnt Sugar. The gelato is undeniably delicious; in fact, it was recently mentioned in this Wall Street Journal article. Happy eating!

xx Molly





Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday's Threes

Gelato treat after a busy day at work


As I mentioned yesterday, the next couple weeks, if not more, are bound to be whirlwind both preparing for the move and getting settled into our new place. These past few days have felt like the calm before the storm, enjoying life's simple pleasures - evening yoga classes, snuggling cats (finally!), and favorite TV shows - before getting down to business. While this weekend will be filled primarily with packing and sorting, I'm still hoping to fit in time to try a couple new recipes and start a DIY project I've been putting off for a while. What do you have planned for the weekend?

xx Molly


New pair of Free People sunglasses, seen here, purchased on sale

Cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes brought back from my boyfriends business trip

Dreaming of:

Relaxing time

Letter necklaces at a boutique in Philadelphia

Boxes magically packed with things other than our cats

Lazy Days

Dress: Lord and Taylor, Sweater: Target, Shoes: Kensie, Belt: J Crew, Bracelet: Anthropologie

Do you ever have days where you wake up and just want to wear leggings and t-shirt? I know I certainly do, but unfortunately for me, I have to go to work Monday through Friday and leggings are definitely out of the question in my business casual office. Instead, this is typically my lazy day outfit. The dress is comfortable with a forgiving silhouette and soft fabric and the sweater helps to keep me warm in my over air-conditioned office. In my mind, adding the belt helps me look a little less lazy day and more put together so I take one for the team and throw it on. Do you have a go to outfit for days when you don't feel like getting dressed?


xx Molly




Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Home Sweet Home

My nightstand with an Anthropologie shade, vintage mirror, and gold picture frame

In just about two weeks my boyfriend and I are moving into our new place together. I'm thrilled to have a place that can truly be ours, our current apartment was mine before he moved in and therefore it doesn't represent his style at all, and to have more space both for us and the cats. Although there are some things that I certainly won't miss about my current place - cold winters, noisy bar across the street - I'm also nostalgic about the move. This apartment was my first real place, paid for by me, decorated just the way I wanted it, it symbolizes my transition from college and childhood to being a true adult in the working world. I've pulled together a few glimpses into my favorite corners that, although recreatable in the new place, will always remind me of my first apartment and first chapter in adulthood. 


xx Molly


Impressionist collection, Renoir is my favorite, hanging in the living room

Bright and girly bathroom, with framed photos of tulips, a DIY project of mine with pictures from a book

Pillow covers my Mom hand made for me and a lotus candle holder from my friend

Another DIY, a lampshade inspired by one from Pottery Barn Kids that I made especially for the apartment

Vintage beer bottle from a flea market in Paris and a plate decorate my kitchen counter

A beverage server turned terrarium for in site storage on my kitchen table

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Work It


Lately my inbox has been innundated with emails from stores advertising pre-fall sales. The 104° weather this past weekend has made it a bit hard for me to think of cooler days but I'm starting to get in the spirit, at least a little. I decided to pull together a wish list of fall transition pieces that will work as the days turn slightly cooler and continue to work throughout the season.
  1. Pastille Tween Pencil Skirt: $168.00
  2. Tsuru Blouse: $118.00
  3. Ankle-Cropped Trousers: $29.99
  4. Origami Sheath Dress in Wool Crepe: $188.00
  5. Stone Storm Necklace: $78.00
  6. Colorblock Top: $78.00
  7. Vieta Lucille: $99.00
xx Molly

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Beet Salad


One of my easy go-to recipes for a busy workday is roasted beet and blue cheese salad. It can be thrown together with little work, yet is delicious and healthy. The mix of blue cheese and beets perfectly complement each other and the lemon dressing has the perfect amount of acidity to cut through the butteriness of the blue cheese. 

xx Molly

Recipe:
3-4 Beets
1 cup Hazelnuts, toasted
Blue Cheese, to taste
Salad greens
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Lemon Juice, two tablespoons
Mustard, two tablespoons
Salt and Pepper, to taste
  1. Roast beets in oven at 450 for 30 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. At the same time, toast hazelnuts in a small saucepan until fragrant.
  3. In a separate bowl mix oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk until fully mixed.
  4. Toss lettuce, beets, cheese, and hazelnuts, top with dressing to taste. 



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cape May

Shirt: Old Navy, Skirt: Anthropologie, Necklace and Bracelet: Unknown


This past weekend we spent the day in Cape May, NJ, a quaint beach town. The streets are lined with restored Victorian homes that are now mostly bed and breakfasts. The houses are brightly painted in the Victorian style and stunningly restored. For my beach excursion I chose something light and airy, opting for a long bohemian skirt and cotton tank. Long skirts are a trend I'm still working on, as I feel I haven't totally gotten a grasp on the perfect ways and occasions to wear them. After this weekend, I think they'll be appearing more often in my outfits since it kept me cool yet protected from sun and sand.  


xx Molly




Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How Do You Say...


How do some of these words not exist in English? I definitely suffer from pena ajena all the time, sometimes I even need to pause movies/shows because I'm so uncomfortable. And forelsket and gheegle, they're just too wonderful. Someone should create English words for these. I mean, if we can add "Muggle" to the dictionary why not a word for doing something with soul/creativity/love?

xx Molly

Lolita

Fresh watermelon puree and wild mint margaritas

One of my favorite things about Philadelphia is the plethora of little independent restaurants that are unique and delicious. Because of Pennsylvania liquor laws, many eateries in Philly are BYOB (bring your own bottle) where you can enjoy your own bottle of wine (or liquor) with no corkage fee. It's a great way to keep costs low, as drinks typically run up a bill, but also ensures that you'll always like what you're drinking. One of my favorite BYOs is Lolita, a fresh, modern Mexican restaurant that is tasty, healthy, and perfectly accommodating to vegetarians. The menu always has a few items that can be modified with grilled portobello or seared tofu to transform an item into a tasty veggie meal. My boyfriend and I never dine there without a bottle of tequila (we like Cazadores, it's smooth, flavorful, and inexpensive) as our favorite thing about the restaurant is the perfectly fresh and flavored fruit purée margarita mixes. The fruit options change seasonally, but we've tried blood orange, strawberry, lime, and watermelon - all of which were delicious. We've never had a bad meal here and I would recommend it to any Philly visitor or local.

xx Molly

Guacamole with mango chunks and chipotle sauce with rojo and verde salsas

Enchilades Verdes served vegetarian with tofu

Salmon a la Plancha made vegetarian with seared, three chile tofu

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Belle


Remember all those plans for the weekend with my parents? Well we made one slight addition. Meet Belle, she's a rescue cat my boyfriend and I adopted and we couldn't be happier.

xx Molly

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Sale


It's that time of year when stores start discounting summer items to make way for their fall merchandise. But with over a month and a half of summer left, I think it's the perfect opportunity to update my summer wardrobe for the second half of the season. Here are some summer items I've been watching that are now on sale.

1. Zara: Flora Mini Skirt $59.90 $29.99
2. Free People: Tinku Bead Necklace $388.00 $199.95
3. Free People: Kitten Extreme Sunglasses $18.00 $9.95
4. Zara: Striped Blouse $59.90 $39.99
5. Free People: Summer Flora Dress $168.00 $99.95
6. Anthropologie: Plunging Halter Maillot $178.00 $39.95
7. Free People: Big Bow Ruffle Shorts $68.00 $39.95
8. Zara: Office Basket $89.90 $49.99
9. Nine West: Elona Heels $119.00 $47.60

xx Molly

Lavender Champagne


There's nothing quite like a delicious, easy-to-make summer cocktail, that is still fancy at the same time. This recipe for Lavender Champagne Cocktails is both scrumptious and simple. I prefer to use champagne that isn't too sweet, my favorite is Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, so that the lavender syrup adds just the perfect touch of sweet without the cocktail becoming so sugary that it's hard to drink. Instead, they were perfectly refreshing. And the best part is that any extra syrup can be saved in the fridge for an impromptu party or some well-deserved self indulgence!
xx Molly



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday's Threes

My first ever rice crispy treat, made with fluff instead of marshmallow so it was vegetarian

The weather in Philadelphia was perfect today - big billowy clouds, blue skies, 85° and low humidity - and to my excitement, the forecast is looking the same all weekend. My parents are coming for a visit and my boyfriend and I are planning on taking them to the beach, showing off our future apartment, dining at a couple favorite spots, and just enjoying Philadelphia.


xx Molly


Feather's in a little jar, made by my Mom, which is decorating the living room

Dreams of the ocean this weekend


Drooling over:
Unique coasters that would spruce up any space

Pretty, yet useful, bench for our future entrance way

Animal hooks to hang above the bench for coats and hats