Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Monster Foods

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Growing up vegetarian, I've always been very conscious of what I eat and what kind of ingredients are in different products. I've become very familiar with ingredients labels as I'm always searching for animal products, but that is certainly not the case for everyone. Even so, I hate when I flip a container around and there are what seems like 5 million ingredients, all with crazy, long, incomprehensible names. I was always overwhelmed, how could one person possibly learn all the additives and which were safe and which were not? Instead, I have always tried to buy items with as few ingredients as possible, as whole, unprocessed foods are always best in my book. While that will continue to be my go-to rule, I recently found this website which lists common additives, including whether they are safe, should be avoided, or should be eaten rarely. Best of all, it gives reasoning for each item, stating what it is, in which types of foods it is typically found, and the research behind the safety ranking. It is a great tool, and something I will definitely be referencing in the future.

xx Molly

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pizza Quick

When I'm looking to make a quick and delicious dinner, one of my standbys is pizza. You can buy premade whole wheat dough at Trader Joe's and then top it with whatever you'd like. To munch on while we watched the Oscars, I made a mushroom and grilled artichoke pizza topped with parmesan cheese and truffle salt. As always, it was yummy and came together in about 30 minutes.

xx Molly

Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscar Best

This dress was stunning. I love the simple excessories, beautiful white color, and while the cape was risky, she pulled it off perfectly.

I love watching the Oscars each year, especially for the dresses, jewels, and hair. This year didn't disappoint, with a number of the starlets turning up in gorgeous gowns. These are by far my favorites. Did you watch?

xx Molly

I thought her dress was fun and elegant all at once. 

This dress is amazing. She looked beautiful and completely wowed on the red carpet. With her hair and complexion, she glowed.

The dress is beautiful, and while, I wasn't a huge fan of her hair, I like how she kept her accessories simple.

Lovely, perfectly age appropriate and beautiful.

I really liked this dress when I was watching live, but I don't think it comes across as well in the pictures.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spring Fever

Philadelphia has been having a mini thaw the past couple days, and although I know it's still a ways off, the weather has got me longing for spring. This spring, I plan on filling my wardrobe with bright neon colors, and feminine details like lace, florals, and polka dots. These are some of my current favorites.
  1. Anthropolgie: Bib Necklace $68.00
  2. Forever 21: Colorblock Broomstick Dress $22.80
  3. Anthropolgie: Floral Sateen Slims $118.00
  4. Free People: Sheer Tunic $118.00
  5. Asos: Blazer and Skirt $78.78 (each)
  6. Susana Monaco: Skirt $73.00
  7. Zara: Crochet Shorts $49.90
  8. Free People: Denim Bustier Dress $118.00
  9. dv by Dolce Vita: Archer Sandal $68.95
  10. Theyskens' Theory: Anen Mini Flap Bag $325.00
xx Molly

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Blood Orange Caramels

I've always been a bit intimidated by candy making, as temperatures and timing need to be so precise. But when I was gifted a candy thermometer recently, I decided it was time to get over my fears and jump in. When I saw this recipe, I knew it was the perfect first attempt recipe (I made one change and used almond silvers instead of whole almonds). It truth, it was actually way easier that I thought it would be, and the caramels turned out completely yummy. Now I just need to figure out which recipe to try next!

xx Molly

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tacconelli's Pizzeria

I'd heard mention of a little pizzeria where the pizza was in such high demand, you have to order your dough ahead of time. As a belated Valentine's Day celebration, we ventured into Northeast Philadelphia to Tacconelli's Pizzeria. The restaurant serves only pizza - four kinds, with a few add-on toppings - so guests can bring their own salads, desserts, and wine. And let me tell you, the pizza was delicious. Although the place leaves a bit to be desired in terms of ambiance and service, think paper plates and Dixie cups for wine, it is certainly worth it if you're in the mood for some yummy pizza.

xx Molly

Monday, February 20, 2012

Chair Lift

This chair, a hand-me-down from my boyfriend's parents, has beautiful curvy lines and coloring, but the cushion just wasn't cutting it for me. I've been in the process of infusing more color into the apartment, and I felt this was a perfect opportunity. Philadelphia has a neighborhood called Fabric Row (on South 4th Street), which houses different fabric and design shops, so I ventured there to pick a fabric. While, there, I also had a new cushion and batting cut, as I didn't know how old the existing foam was. And so, in about an hour, I had this beautiful new chair! Below are the step by step directions in case you'd like to tackle a project like this yourself.

xx Molly

The before

1. Remove the seat from the chair, typically seats are secured with a screw in each corner.

2. Using a screwdriver, remove the staples securing the current covering

3. For any staples that get stuck, use needle nose pliers to remove

4. Place new batting and cushion on the seat. (I purchased mine cut to size, but you can always do this yourself.)

5. Lay out fabric so that it appears on the seat how you would like it and flip over.

6. Pulling the fabric taught, staple it to the seat. Alternate sides so that you are always stapling across from your previous staple

7. Cut off excess fabric so the corners won't be too bulky

8. pull the fabric over the corner and place one staple

9. Fold the fabric under itself until you achieve a crease the size and shape you desire

10. Pull the fabric tight and staple. Repeat on the other side and for each corner

11. Reattach the cushion, and voila, the finished chair!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pinterest Loving

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I have been on Pinterest for awhile now and am absolutely obsessed. For as long as I can remember, I've had numerous folders on my computer filled with all sorts of saved images that inspire me (this does not even begin to cover the binders of ripped out magazine pages I have). To have a place where I can keep everything, easily organized, and get inspiration from friends and strangers - priceless. I'm just sorry I didn't think of the idea first! The site is perfect for keeping track of items I'd like to buy, places that inspire me, and ideas for future project. If you already have pinterest, click here to follow me, or if you'd like an invite, just message me your email address and I will be happy to invite you.

xx Molly

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hotel Bel-Air

I've been feeling a bit wanderlusty as of late and although I have trips planned in April and May, they still seem too far out of reach. In May I'm venturing to San Diego and Los Angeles, and to try to calm my desires for immediate travel, I've started doing some research. While there, I'd love to stay at the Hotel Bel-Air which recently reopened after a two year renovation. The hotel is famous in its own right, and the renovation looks absolutely stunning. Too bad rooms start at around $530 per night! Oh well, maybe just a drink in the lobby instead?

xx Molly

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


This weekend I ventured to the Philadelphia Art Museum (yes, we did run up the steps Rocky style) to see a visiting exhibit on Van Gogh. I've always been an impressionist girl - the colors, expressiveness, happy scenes - everything about this genre appeals to me. While I certainly respect and enjoy Van Gogh, I would not call him my favorite, partially because prints of his works are never as lovely as the real thing, the way he used gobs of paint is beautiful and passionate, but clearly a Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas original is not in my future, so prints will have to do and therefore Van Gogh will never win out. Even so, I completely enjoyed the exhibit and recommend it to anyone who visits Philly for the sake of enjoying the art and learning something new about the famous painter. One thing I learned, Van Gogh, who it has long been believed killed himself, may not have committed suicide. Two art historians recently wrote the biography Van Gogh: The Life where they set out to prove that he was in fact shot by two local boys and claimed suicide to protect them. Isn't that fascinating? It's like a real life mystery.

xx Molly

One of my favorites from the exhibit. Image via.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

X's and O's

DressCardiganShoes, and Keychain (which I would attach to a long silver chain and wear as a necklace)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Are you wearing a shade of red or pink today? My sweater has some red in it, but overall, I could have been a bit more festive. If I could do it all over again, I'd be wearing the outfit above. What about you?

xx Molly

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mellow Yellow

Jacket: BCBG Max Azria, Sweater: Kenzie, Pants: Anthropologie, Purse: Gap, Boots: Unknown, Jewelry: Vintage and Anthropologie 

My parents came to visit this weekend, which means, as always, a busy but enjoyable time. I managed to get things checked off my to-do list but of course also added some new DIYs to it as well. As a result, I'm sure to have some busy weekends ahead.

xx Molly