Friday, March 30, 2012

Coast to Coast

I've been on a business trip this week, travelling down the west coast, visiting San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. I think I must have brought east coast weather with me, because I certainly haven't been experiencing the famously sunny California. Even so, it's been fun to see some of the sites and experience a bit of what the west coast has to offer. And while at heart I think I will always be an east coaster, maybe there's a little room for exploration. What do you think, do you love one better?

xx Molly

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alone But Not Lonely

Do you ever dine solo? Business trips basically make this skill a necessity, unless you only order room service, which, let's be honest, is kind of boring, but I actually started dining solo long before joining the work force. While studying in Paris, I began to practice eating alone, and I truly believe it is a skill you can learn and hone. Paris was a great place to start as solo café visits where patrons sip one cup of café and people watch all afternoon is a national pastime; even so, there is never a bad place to learn because let's be honest, sooner or later there will come a time when dining alone will be unavoidable. Here are some of my tips for braving those first few meals:

  1. Bring a book: although ideally you'll get to a point where you never even take it out of your bag, knowing it's there is like a security blanket for an instant diversion and purpose provider.
  2. Practice at a café: the time it takes you to drink one cup of tea is much shorter than an entire meal and can provide a good starting point to ease into solo dining.
  3. People watch: one of the best things about dining solo is the opportunity to take in the other patrons and truly people watch, something that is much harder when someone is sitting across the table from you.
  4. Avoid the temptation to take out your phone: leave your cell phone tucked away and try to avoid taking it to check email, facebook, text, make phone calls, you name it. Sometimes it's nice to just unplug and spend some quality time with yourself.

These days, I actually enjoy a solo meal every once and awhile and always get a bunch in a business trips. My most recent solo dine: Millennium in San Francisco and boy was it nice.

xx Molly

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Business Dots

Blazer: Ann Taylor, Pants: Anthropologie, Shirt: Thrifted in France, Shoes: Calvin Klein, Ring: David Yurman

Remember when I wore my new, polka dot pants? I love how versatile they are and that I'm getting use out of them during both the workweek and weekend. For workday cropped pants, I think heels are a must, and by adding a blazer, the whole look is a bit dressier than it otherwise might be. What do you think? Do you try to purchase items that you can wear to both work and out for fun?

xx Molly

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Easy Transitions

Shirt: J Crew, Hoodie: J Crew, Pants: Anthropologie, Shoes: Cole Haan, Bag: Kate Spade, Necklace: Vintage, Bracelet: David Yurman

Spring weather requires outfits that can easily transition from warm days to cool nights and a big bag allows for sweaters to be carried around secretly all day. I know I keep saying this, but I cannot get enough of the bright colors for spring, and I'm having so much fun pairing them all together.

xx Molly

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Walnut Artichoke Penne

A favorite, quick-fix, healthy meal I like to make is penne (make sure to use whole wheat) with artichokes, walnuts, olives, and sundried tomatoes. It is so, so quick and easy to make with little advanced prep and you would never know with how delicious the results are. Although, I tend to not really follow the amounts for each ingredient but add by eye and personal taste, either way, it's delicious. Try it, I promise you'll love it.

xx Molly

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Light Reading

With work winding down, I'm excited to have time for pleasure reading. I recently picked up these two books, Home Made and Miss Manners, and while not your typical leisure reads, I cannot wait to start each. Home Made is a cookbook which covers a multitude of different food and drink recipes, all from scratch - it even has a section on making your own tea (no teabags). I'm looking forward to perusing the different recipes and picking some to try. Miss Manners, as I'm sure you're aware, is an etiquette book, aimed at proper behavior in all areas of life. On a funny side note, the etiquette section at Barnes & Noble is a tiny shelf under the Wedding section - apparently, most women in today's modern word only care about using proper manners when it comes to their weddings. While I'm not sure I'll follow ever etiquette rule included, I'm curious to know the origins of some and just what the truly proper response is in certain situations. I cannot wait to dive right in!

xx Molly

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bloody Mary

To spice up Sunday brunch I made bloody mary cocktails. The drink is something I rarely get to indulge in, as typical mixes are made with worcestershire sauce, which is made with anchovies, and therefore, the drink is often not vegetarian. Typically even when you can find a mix without worcestershire, the mix usually has all sorts of unhealthy ingredients and additives. Recently, to my utter happiness as I truly enjoy a bloody mary, I found this mix that is veggie friendly, extra spicy, and delicious. So this weekend we indulged and boy was it good.

xx Molly

Healthy, vegetarian mix, I highly recommend. Add vodka, bloody mary mix, ice, and shake, shake, shake.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Weekend Happiness

Refreshing, not too sweet, white wine, perfect for a warm day: Scheurebe, Louis Konstantin Guntrum

The weather in Philadelphia this weekend was unbelievably great, one of those first, truly lovely days at the beginning of spring where the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and all you want to do is be outside and relax. So, that's exactly what I did, and boy was it wonderful.

xx Molly

Shirt: J Crew, Necklace: Vintage

Flower Show flowers that are still blooming on my mantel.

Lettered, ceramic spheres that would look pretty in a vase.

Mozzarella and eggplant panini.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pinterest: The Next Napster?

This article in the Wall Street Journal draws parallels between Pinterest and Napster, as both allow the sharing of copyright material. I'm sorry, but really? I just don't see the comparison. If someone used Napster, they clearly knew they were getting something they should be paying for. On Pinterest, people are sharing images that inspire them; if anything, the photographs on Pinterest are getting more exposure and since the images link back to the original source, whoever posted the image on the internet in the first place is getting more views. Not to mention potentially new fans and followers. Further, there are website that do not allow pinning, I've seen it myself, so it's not as though someone can't stop their copyright material from being used on Pinterest. I think we live in a different day and age, and if you are posting to the Internet, you have to expect that people can likely take that image, one way or another. And frankly, I think the buzz an image can garner on Pinterest is causing these artists a lot more good than harm. What do you think, is Pinterest the same as Napster?

xx Molly

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looking Up

Purple dining room ceiling.

Let's talk about painted ceilings, as they are absolutely my new obsession. Adding a little unexpected pop of color looks so sophisticated and daring, but is easy peasy to accomplish. A colored ceiling looks great with white walls, in a complementary color to the wall color, or even in a pattern. As I'm currently a renter, I'm going to have to wait before I achieve my painted ceiling dreams, but you better believe I'll be adding this lovely touch to my living space as soon as I can. And for those who are a little hesitant to try the trend, try painting the ceiling of your porch a bright color. It will add wonders to your curb appeal and isn't as scary as doing a full room in your house!

xx Molly

Designer Sarah Richardson uses wallpaper to spice up the nursery's ceiling.

The yellow ceiling (purple's complementary color) makes both colors more vibrant.

The bluish-gray adds depth to a screened porch where wall color would otherwise be absent.

Yellow stripes, in Jenna Lyons', J Crew's creative directors, son's room.

High drama is added to the room with the deep-orange laquered ceiling.

Painting both the walls and the ceiling yellow, make the room appear larger than it is already.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Vedge is a new vegan restaurant in Philadelphia that is completely delicious. The owners recently closed their previous restaurant, Horizons, another famous Philly, vegetarian establishment, in order to open this one. Where Horizons focused on seitan based dishes, Vedge focuses on vegetables. The food is inventive, upscale, and tasty, and the service in attentive and unpretentious - just the way I like it.

xx Molly

Monday, March 12, 2012

Philadelphia Flower Show

Pants and Shirt: J Crew, Sweater: Rebecca Taylor, Shoes: Nine West

Even before moving to Philadelphia, my Mom and I would try to come to the Philadelphia Flower Show whenever possible, and now that I live here, we go every year. The theme this year was Hawaii, a place close to both of our hearts, and it turned out to be just as wonderful, and beautiful, as always. There is a variety to look at, from actual landscapes, to houseplants, miniatures, and jewelry, it has it all. My only suggestion would be to arrive right when it opens each day, as the show gets very crowded by as early as 10am. Even with the crowds, it is completely worth a trip, and will transport you somewhere else, even if just for a morning.

xx Molly

This art was made completely out of pressed flowers and leaves.

This purse was made from peppercorn and other seeds (per the picture below).

Headdress made completely out of plant materials.