Monday, October 31, 2011

Polish Pop


To celebrate Halloween, while still remaining work appropriate, I've sparkled up my nails with a festive combination - white nail polish with a copper sparkle top coat. Believe it or not, my boyfriend picked out the combo, and while I was a little skeptical at first, I'm glad I trusted him; it is such a fun nail color that I keep catching myself glancing down at my nails just to see them sparkle. The color would also be great for holiday parties or when you're looking for that little extra something to spice up an otherwise boring day. For a similar look use Essie Blanc and Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper Top Coat.

xx Molly

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cornell


These past couple days I've been back at my alma mater, Cornell, to recruit for new associates for next year. I graduated over a year and a half ago, and it was my first time back. Ithaca was never my favorite place, too remote and small-town for my taste, but the trip back was pleasant. My parents drove down and we had dinner at Viva Taqueria, one of my favorite college eateries, and it was wonderful to see them. Ithaca seemed pretty much as I had left it and while I wasn't thrilled to be back, I didn't hate it either. Overall, it was a successful return trip to my Cornell days.

xx Molly

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Sparkled Pumpkins

This weekend, my boyfriend and I went pumpkin picking at a local farm. I knew I wanted to do something with the pumpkins that would allow them to last through Thanksgiving, so I decided to glitter them. It was super easy and quick, taking about 15 minutes for two pumpkins, and the results were just what I was hoping for.
  1. Lay out newspaper on your working surface.
  2. Prep glue (I used plain, old Elmer's) and glitter.
  3. Paint glue onto half of the pumpkin, making sure to coat it in a thin even layer (no need to worry too much about the bottom as it won't be seen).
  4. Sprinkle the glitter over the glued part of the pumpkin ensuring that the paper under the pumpkin has no glue on it.
  5. Repeat with the remaining half.
  6. Use the newspaper that caught the excess glitter to funnel the extra back into the container.
  7. Let the pumpkin dry and shake off any loose glitter, then decorate!
xx Molly




Thursday, October 20, 2011

Opening Night Gala

Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal, Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Bracelet: Swarovski

Last night my boyfriend and I attended the opening night of the Pennsylvania Ballet's 48th season. The performance of Jeu de Cartes was followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing at the Union League of Philadelphia. I loved the opportunity to wear a long dress, because to be honest, how often does the opportunity really arise? The evening flew by in a happy daze and now I can't wait until next year! Have you attended a black tie event recently?

xx Molly




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rainy Days


Today it's rainy and grey in Philadelphia, which has me disappointed since tonight my boyfriend and I are heading to the Opening Night Gala for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Instead, this weather is making me want to snuggle up with some hot cocoa, a cozy blanket, and a movie. Aren't these throws from Pottery Barn amazing? I saw them in the store not too long ago and they are just the most snuggly things ever. Too bad they're $100, I mean seriously? Maybe I could make a version myself, thoughts?

xx Molly

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Graceland


While in Memphis I took a short break to visit Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, King of Rock and Roll. I wouldn't call myself an avid Elvis fan, I've always enjoyed his music but to be honest never even realized half of his songs were actually his, oops. Everyone I asked though said it was a must do, so off I went. Not to sound whiney, or cheap, oh em gee what a rip off. It was $40 for a half hour audio guided tour of his house, and I say house on purpose because by today's standards it most certainly is not a mansion, and you don't even get to see most of the house! Now I totally agree that helped to establish the rock and roll industry and his career was insanely influential and meaningful to many, many people, but Graceland is a tourist trap nightmare. Even so, it was fun to see some of the intricate detailing of his stage and movie costumes up close and the crazy, over-the-top décor in the house. An Elvis song will always get my feet tapping and head bopping, but I don't foresee another Graceland visit in my future.

xx Molly

Carved leg of a hallway table. As you know, I'm all about animal decor. 

I would hang this mirror in my own apartment. Well played, Elvis, well played.




Carpet in the kitchen?

Mirrored ceilings in the basement media room.

Same room as the mirrored ceilings, the whole room was decorated in yellow, blue, and white. Look at that monkey!

Sort of like a luxurious Persian tent, except its in a basement, with a silly lamp.

The "Jungle Room" with green shag carpet on the floor and ceiling and a built in waterfall. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Travelling Man


Work brought me on a wild ride last week, visiting Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio in the span of four days. While the travels were tiring, I got to briefly explore cities new to me which will always be one of my favorite things. I'm off to Andover, Massachusetts tomorrow to finish up my wild ride.

xx Molly 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Country Pumpkin

24 candles

This weekend, a trip to Lancaster County and Amish Country seemed like a wonderful way to celebrate the changing of the season and my parents came to visit to celebrate my very merry unbirthday. As I won't be seeing them for my actual birthday, which is still a month away, we celebrated a little early with a sweet potato cake with spiced vanilla frosting from Brown Betty. Overall, a lovely weekend. Now I'm off for a week long business trip in the Midwest, wish me luck!

xx Molly

A new sock for Belle, over her cast



My birthday gifts

Fairytale pumpkins, recommended by Martha Stewart for pies

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Dandelion

Our table, next to the fire

Last night there was a slight chill in the air, and the smell of a wood fire greeted my walk home. It was too much to resist. My boyfriend and I headed out for an end of the week celebration to a British Pub, The Dandelion. It's one of my boyfriend's favorites for its tasty comfort food and vast beer selection, and although it isn't super vegetarian friendly, usually only one entrée, the food is always delicious and the ambiance cannot be beat. The fire was blazing, the food good, as always, and the drinks warmed from the inside out. All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a fall evening.

xx Molly
French apple cider, one of my favorites

Macaroni and cheese, rich and creamy

Dress: J Crew, Jacket: Free People, Boots: Aldo

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday's Threes

Apple cider, a fall staple

We're expecting a bit of a heat wave in Philadelphia this weekend and I couldn't be happier. While I'm ready to embrace some aspects of fall, I'm not ready to give up the warm weather just yet. I've planned a few outdoor activities to make the most of the weather before the cold sets in. What are you up to this weekend?

xx Molly

The weekend weather forecast

Homemade apple crisp, prepared by my boyfriend. Am I lucky or what?
Wishing to:
Sit in this garden...

Wearing this outfit (CoatBraceletShoesTightsDress)...

While reading this book

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cleopatra: A Life


Given my obsession with Egypt, mentioned here, I have always been mesmerized by Cleopatra. Although the Ptolemaic dynasty has always been my least favorite period of Egyptian history, I prefer times when Egypt was ruled by Egyptians, not Greeks, a fascination with Cleopatra was unavoidable. Western culture has created from her a sex symbol for the ages; although, in childhood, I was simply drawn to her as an Egyptian princess, I was beyond obsessed with The Royal Diaries. So when I heard the rave reviews for Cleopatra: A Life, I started reading right away. The book is both insightful and engaging; Stacey Schiff did an excellent job of presenting the facts, but also reasoning that, given the sources, they could not be trusted completely. After her defeat, Cleopatra's history was left to be written by her captors, who certainly were less concerned with accuracy and more with propaganda. Whether you share in my obsession with Egypt, the book is worth reading. It adds color to some of the most powerful people of the age - Caesar and Mark Antony to name a few - and also reveals some of the myths that have become popular belief, for instance the asp that never was. Most interesting, in my opinion is to think how different the Western World might have been had Cleopatra and Mark Antony prevailed over Octavian. Egypt had long provided far more rights for women than Rome did, such as land ownership, rights to marry and divorce freely, and important outside of the domestic realm and was an epicenter for scholars of the day. Have you read any good books lately?

xx Molly

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Stuffed Artichokes


One of my favorite meals growing up was stuffed artichokes, which made it so strange to me when friends would asked baffled, "artichokes, how do you eat them?" For those of you who feel the same, you remove the leaves and scrape the bottom with your teeth, discarding the rest of the leaf, and then, after you've eaten all the leaves, at the center is the heart - the best part. In fact, when I was young and couldn't finish an entire artichoke, my dad used to give me his hearts, foregoing them for years (he's relieved I can finally finish one myself now). Stuffed artichokes are a staple in Italian cuisine, and can be found on most Italian restaurant menus, so if you'd rather try it out before taking the time to make it yourself, head out to your local place. The dish is surprisingly easy to make, the most time consuming part is simply letting the vegetable steam. A recipe similar to the one I use can be found here. Go ahead, try it!

xx Molly