Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Tree Hunt

Sweater: J Crew, Pants: Free People, Shoes: Guess

This past weekend my boyfriend and I went on a hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. We have 14-foot ceilings in our apartment, so we wanted to find a tall tree that would showcase the height. After many stops we ended up at Linvilla Orchards, where we were able to cut down our own tree. Our final choice is about nine feet tall, and although it's now standing in our apartment, we actually have yet to decorate it! I'll be sure to share some photos of the final product as soon as it's done. Have you gotten your tree yet?

xx Molly

Hay ride to the trees, you would not believe how much got stuck to me in such a short trip!

Our Tree!

Luckily, I brought a strong guy to help me cut the tree down!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Sparkle

Since Thanksgiving, I've declared myself officially in the Christmas mood. The truth is, I would start celebrating Christmas at the beginning of November if I didn't think it was inappropriate and a little over-the-top, so instead, I force myself to at least hold off until after Thanksgiving, even if that still makes me slightly ahead of the crowd. My recent joy for the fast approaching season has materialized in a love of all things sparkly. Items for work, parties, and everything in between, in my opinion, are improved with a little sparkle, and given the season, it couldn't be more appropriate.
  1. Alice + Olivia: Paula High Waisted Sequin Pants $316.80
  2. Anthropologie: Twinkle Lights Pencil Skirt $218.00
  3. Alice + Olivia: Brielle Tutu Sweater $297.00
  4. Zara: Glitter High Heel Court $49.90
  5. Zara: Ballerina With Glitter $69.90
  6. J Crew: Glitter Purse $59.50
  7. J Crew: Crystal Starlet Earings $35.00
  8. Asos: Mini Dress With Sequin Mesh $81.81
  9. J Crew: Countdown Sequin Dress $395.00
xx Molly

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

When I was little, my parents and I would sometimes head into New York City early Thanksgiving morning to try and catch the parade. I have always had such fond memories of the experience and so, we decided to go again this year. We spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the City - during which we ate at two wonderful, vegan restaurants, Candle 79 and Dirt Candy - and then headed to the parade on Thursday. We didn't get up early enough to have perfect seats, but it was fun being in the crowd, hearing everybody cheer for favorite floats and balloons as they passed. To celebrate the rest of the holiday, we travelled to Grandma's house in the Hudson Valley. Overall, it was a lovely, relaxing, much-needed break. And best of all, now that Santa closed the parade, it is officially Christmas time!

xx Molly

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Butternut Squash with Pesto

Last night, I tried a little something different for part of dinner - butternut squash with pesto. The flavors complemented each other nicely, with the sweet squash enhanced by the garlicky sauce. I still had some pesto saved from when I made it here and the rest was really easy; perfect for an after-work meal.
  1. Preset oven to 400°F
  2. Cut squash in half, the long way, and scoop out seeds
  3. Place squash on roasting pan, sprinkle with sea salt, and cover with pesto
  4. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes or until the squash is fork tender.
xx Molly 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

New York Birthday

Surprise gallo pinto birthday dinner

Birthday celebrations continued through the weekend with a home cooked meal and birthday cake, courtesy of my amazing boyfriend, followed by a trip to New York City to celebrate with friends. My meals at Blossom, a vegan restaurant, and Tamarind Tribeca, an Indian restaurant, were both delicious and thoroughly enjoyable. However, the 'Shroom Burger at Shake Shack, which I have always heard so much about, left something to be desired; maybe it was my mood, maybe it had been over-hyped, but I was completely underwhelmed. Finally, in true tourist fashion, my boyfriend and I boarded the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, something I hadn't done since childhood, and enjoyed beautiful weather, breathtaking views, and a lovely afternoon. I can only hope that my birthday celebrations are this wonderful next year!

xx Molly
Homemade carrot cake, yum!

Views from Liberty Island

Tower One, under construction at ground zero.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Twenty-Four, And So Much More

Today I'm celebrating my twenty-fourth birthday, and I'm finding it hard to believe that I'm officially in my mid-twenties. I woke up this morning to an apartment filled with pink balloons and the sweetest birthday card, boy do I have a keeper.
xx Molly

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cafe at Terrain at Styers

On Saturday, my boyfriend and I treated ourselves to an indulgent brunch at the Café at Terrain at Styers. The café has an amazing ambiance, nestled it a greenhouse with sun streaming through the windows, plants hanging from the ceiling, and fountains whose trickling water provides the perfect about of noise. The food is locally sourced and delicious with items like Kennett Square Mushroom Soup, make-your-own sodas with flavored syrups and seltzer, and pumpkin pancakes, to name a few. One of the best parts, of course, is being able to peruse the lovely Terrain afterwards for cookbooks, home décor, the loveliest selection of wreaths, make your own terrarium equipment, holiday decorations, and gourmet food. I would highly recommend a trip to the store and café anytime, and since its only a half hour drive from downtown Philadelphia, it's an easy one to make.

xx Molly

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hidden Secrets

How beautiful is this vintage 1960's locket? It's from Etsy shop verabel which has many more lovely options to choose from. In fact, I had trouble picking my favorite (and I'm pretty sure I'm still undecided). I think the idea of a locket is so romantic and sweet: keeping hidden secrets or pictures close to your heart.

xx Molly

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sequin Graffiti

This is street art that I could get used to. Artist Theresa Himmer installed sequin graffiti throughout Reykjavik, Iceland. Aren't they stunning? The pieces are inspired by nature - mountain, waterfall, and volcano - and are meant to change with the day depending on light, weather, etc, just as in nature. Are you as smitten as I am?

xx Molly

Images via

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Hauntings

It was too dark and scary in the actual haunted house to take photos, but this is one of the prison wards of the penitentiary, spooky in and of itself

To enjoy the last hours of Halloween, my boyfriend and I ventured to the Eastern State Penitentiary's haunted house. It was totally creepy, with areas where there were no lights except for a tiny flashlight they provided, a section in which you donned 3D glasses and things, and people popped out of nowhere. It was really well done and scary. Afterwards, we visited our friends who had prepared mummy pizza, goblin cheese, hummus with fingers, it was great! As the night ended and we headed home, I was a bit nostalgic for our Halloween decorations, which I'm not quite sure I'm willing to give up yet. At least most of them will double for Thanksgiving decorations!

xx Molly

Pumpkin display with regular, candle, and sparkled pumpkins

A carved pumpkin makes a perfectly festive flower vase

Spider and bat Halloween cards that double as decorations

Grape vine and velvet pumpkins that will last forever

Miniatures in a class cylinder