Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Nutcracker

BCBG Max Azria Coat, Joe Fresh Pants, Kate Spade Bag

Last week the boy and I went to see New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and boy was it lovely. It really lives up to its reputation of being “the” Nutcracker performance, the children were well rehearsed and in sync, the costumes were sparkly and beautiful, and the principals, oh the principals, they were wonderful, and made me dearly miss my dancing days. If you’re in New York around the holidays, go, go, go; you will love every minute of it.

xx Molly

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sparkle Sparkle


Another gift idea, and certainly one that I'm loving (thanks Jessica!), are my new Kate Spade sparklers. How fun will these be for New Years Eve? While they are no longer available on the website, some stores still have them in stock and these are equally fun, if you ask me. Or, for another option, how about this matching ring?

xx Molly

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide


For those of you still looking, here are my gift ideas for the lovely ladies in your life; be they mother, friend, sister, bff, grandmother, aunt, you name it. And beyond these ideas, I’m a big believer in purchasing experiences, especially since reading an article about it, so also consider a nice dinner, movie or show tickets, a weekend getaway, flowers, a class...the options are endless.
  1. Gold Giraffe $40.00
  2. Luggage Tag $20.00
  3. Bath Salts $9.50
  4. Napkin Rings $120.00
  5. Pie Server $20.00
  6. Rocks Glass $60.00
  7. Ring $78.00
  8. Coaster $12.00
  9. PJs $89.00
  10. Decanter Set $68.00
  11. Plate $38.00 
xx Molly

I also love, love, love the artwork above but had too hard of time picking out which version I liked best, you can have it made into an iphone case,  pillow, personal stationary, or just leave it as art. How cool is that?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Easy Appetizer


For those of you planning your own holiday parties, or bringing a plate to share to someone else’s, let me make your lives easier. This appetizer is always a big hit and is super easy to make, the perfect combination. In fact, all you really need to do is boil the tortellini and skewer them with the other ingredients (fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes). I drizzled the finished skewers with my favorite balsamic vinegar, but a drizzle of pesto would be equally delicious. Happy snacking!

xx Molly

Monday, December 10, 2012

Candy Cane Cupcakes


For a holiday spin on an old-time favourite of mine, I decided to make peppermint candy cane cupcakes. I used my go-to vegan cupcake recipe, but added a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the batter, this cream cheese frosting recipe, but used half a teaspoon of vanilla and half of peppermint extract, and topped them off with crushed candy cane pieces. The cupcakes came out just as I’d imagined with a hint of peppermint, but nothing so overwhelming that you felt like you’d just popped a breath mint.

xx Molly






Thursday, December 6, 2012

5 Minutes


My love for colored ceilings has been well documented, and boy oh boy is this one a beauty. Add that lovely claw foot tub and those stunning tile floors and I’m a goner. If I had 5 minutes today to spend however my heart desired, I would turn on the Christmas carols, open this book that I’ve been meaning to finish, light some candles, poor myself a glass of this, fill that tub with bubbles and soak. Ahhh.

xx Molly

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gliding Along


To take advantage of the mini heat wave we’ve been having, the boy and I took to the great outdoors and went ice skating. Although I took lessons as a little girl, I never got truly comfortable on the ice and have always been a bit fearful of the whole thing, but the boy held my hand the entire time, as promised, and we had a really nice time. For those you don’t know, from late October through early March Bryant Park builds the only free-admission rink in the city; skate rentals are $14, but if you have your own, you can skate for free. So if you’re considering skating in the city, it’s well worth your time, wallet, and sanity battling the crowds to head to Bryant Park instead of Rockefeller. Who knows, we may just make this a yearly tradition now that I’m not quite as fearful.

xx Molly



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How To: Line Envelopes


I love, love, love sending and receiving Christmas cards. It’s a lovely way to spread holiday cheer and to send a little hello to loved ones. This year, the boy and I ordered our cards from minted.com, but in order to customize them a bit, we cut the edges with curved scissors and lined the envelope. While it may seem daunting, lining envelopes is really not too tricky and can easily be accomplished while watching TV or maybe a favorite holiday movie, Love Actually anyone? Below are the simple steps I used to line our Christmas cards.

xx Molly

1. Measure the width of the envelope, subtracting a quarter of an inch, and the height, to just below the glue line.

2. Using the measurements above make a template out of something sturdy, I used cardboard.

3. Using the template, trace whatever liner you have selected and cut it out.

4. Slide the liner into the envelope and place it in the desired location. Fold the flap over to create a crease in the liner. Then use glue or double sided tape to secure the top portion of the liner to the envelope. Easy peasy!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mexican Radio


I first discovered Mexican Radio on a daytrip to Hudson, a lovely town for antiquing, and was happy to learn that they also have a NYC location. The food is more tex-mex than authentic, but it’s really delicious with unique combinations of flavors and ingredients. As an added bonus for my fellow vegetarians and vegans, most dishes are veggie friendly and the menu has a variety of different fillers for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. that are both vegetarian and vegan like seitan, caramelized plantain, vegan crema, grilled portabellas, and many more. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

xx Molly






Friday, November 30, 2012

Paris, Je t'aime

Il n’y a que deux endroits au monde où l’on puisse vivre heureux: chez soi et à Paris
There are only two places in the world where one can live happily: at home and in Paris
- Ernest Hemingway

Oh Paris, I miss you today. Last night I perused through my photos from when I studied abroad (I’d highly recommend taking a photography class - best. souvenirs. ever.) giving me a serious case of wanderlust and now I’m itching to vacation somewhere. I suppose I’ll just have to make this weekend the best staycation possible, and to be honest there a many worse places I could be.

xx Molly




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tis The Season


Growing up, a steadfast tradition in my family was that the Christmas Season did not begin until after Santa made his debut at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. According to my Mom, this was how it was when she was a child - no stores sold Christmas items, no Christmas ads on TV, and certainly no carols until after Thanksgiving - which to her, as you can imagine, was very magical. While Christmas is one of my favorite seasons, I’m not thrilled that merchandize is creeping into stores before Halloween these days. New York, it seems, has similar feelings, because although you could see preparations being made, the festivities and decorations did really take hold until after the parade, including the numerous tree sellers that now dot the sidewalks. So here begins a Christmas season in New York City, one of the best cities, in my opinion, to celebrate in. And while the tree isn’t quite as grand as last year, we still made it work!

xx Molly





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New York's Wholesale Flower Market

Fiery orange roses

One of my favorite New York discoveries, thus far, has to be the wholesale flower market. On 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue, the market is made up of individual shops specializing in beautiful fresh flowers, vases, silk plants and flowers, ribbons, garden statues, you name it. The best part is that you don’t need a license to shop there as it opens to the public starting at 8 am, before that it’s for professional florists only. Well worth a visit for everyone, and certainly where I’ll be buying my flowers from in the future. Just remember to get there early, as the flowers do start to sell out in the late morning or early afternoon.

xx Molly

Sweet peas

A vast variety of colors to choose from.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Celebrate


I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! My Aunt, who lives in Albany, hosted, so the family met up there and then my parents and I continued on to New York after the meal. It is always wonderful to spend quality time with family. Here are a few pictures from our celebration.

xx Molly