Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Essentials



Summer is quickly approaching, and the recent blue skies and balmy weather have me daydreaming about the lazy summer days to come. I have every intention to take full advantage of my favorite time of year with beach days, afternoon picnics, leisure reading, and bonfires. To make the most of the approaching season, here are some of my summer essentials.
  1. Crate & Barrel: Picnic Basket $29.95, for rustic but elegant dining
  2. Butter London: Knackered $14.00, for carefree summer glam
  3. Anthropologie: Ashei Bikini $108.00, for a vintage inspired, but oh-so-cute look
  4. Land of Nod: Beach Blanket $49.00, for playing on the beach
  5. Nest: Grapefruit Candle $32.00, for a refreshing and invigorating scent
  6. Kate Spade: Floppy Hat $78.00, for keeping the sun off that pretty face
  7. Takeya: Glass Water Bottle $17.10, for hydrating while staying environmentally conscious
  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs: Sunglasses $98.00, for that je ne sais quoi factor
xx Molly

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sprinkles Cupcakes


Sprinkles Cupcakes, the self proclaimed first cupcake bakery, started in Beverly Hills and you had better believe I went to taste test while on vacation. The cupcakes were yummy, with interesting flavors like key lime (although my favorites were salted caramel and chocolate peanut butter), fresh, and well-frosted, but for all its fame, I found it a little underwhelming. I think, for now, I'm still a Georgetown Cupcake girl at heart.

xx Molly





Tuesday, May 29, 2012

California Dreams


To celebrate Memorial Day, and as part of our dating anniversary celebration (it's been four years!), my boyfriend and I spent a few days in "sunny" California. As you may be able to tell from the photos, it wasn't exactly perfect weather all the time, as we might have expected, but we still had an amazing time. Most of our time was spent in La Jolla with beach picnics, relaxed bike rides, hikes, wine on the beach, and many more leisure filled activities, as well as a day exploring Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The experience was a perfect get-away, rejuvenating without being lazy and filled with many, many lovely memories. Now that I'm back home, back to work, and back to reality, I can't help day dreaming about our happy days on the West Coast.

xx Molly







Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jailbird

Skirt: Target, Shirt: H&M, Bag: Nine West, Sunnies: Puma, Shoes: Kate Spade

I'm currently suffering from a minor obsession with stripes - black and white, multicolored - I've got to have them. I saw what are now my new shoes at Kate Spade while on my D.C. business trip and could not get them out of my head. So, I did what any good shoe lover would do, go right out and buy them first chance I got. I should note that they also come in black and white and I'm trying to convince myself not to run out and get them in that color too.

xx Molly




Monday, May 14, 2012

Spread Bagelry


Spread is a Montreal style bagel shop that recently opened in Philadelphia. Montreal style bagels are boiled before being baked in a wood burning stove and boy, are they delicious. My favorite is the whole wheat everything bagel, which is warm and perfectly chewy, with fresh cream cheese, and although a bit pricey, they're totally worth it. It's a great way to start a lazy weekend morning, and sometimes, as a treat, they have musicians playing outside, which makes it feel like a special little morning date. Also, it's byob, so you can bring your own vodka to make a bloody marry with their house mix. If you're ever in Philly, stop by and try it out, you won't be disappointed.

xx Molly






Friday, May 11, 2012

TGIF

Image via pinterest.


Oh my goodness, I could shout it from the rooftops. Typically I would expect to feel extra energized in the weeks after a vacation, but boy has that not been the case this time! Between work and catching up on my to do list, I'm feeling totally overwhelmed and ready for a fun weekend. We're planning to attend a happy hour for a woodworking studio that my boyfriend helped to build and are seeing a ballet, Peter Pan, with friends on Saturday. Otherwise, I plan to lounge and be lazy, I cannot wait! What do you have planned?


xx Molly

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Summer Musts

Photo from a college trip to the Bahamas, look at that water!

Last summer, as my first blog post, I made a list of my summer must do's. This year, I'd like to do the same in order to encourage myself to make the most of the season. You may notice that a couple of the items are the same because I didn't quite get to everything on my list last year, oops!
  1. Go berry or fruit picking, and make jam, preserves, or some type of treat with the extras.
  2. Bike, bike, bike.
  3. Make custom, gingham napkins for summer picnics. 
  4. Swim in the ocean, swim in a pool.
  5. Volunteer.
  6. Experiment with more flavored water options.
  7. Take time to relax, breath, and acknowledge all the things I'm thankful and grateful for.
  8. Eat lots of fresh fruit, especially mangos.
  9. Find a favorite Philadelphia farmer's market and go weekly. Same goes for a good flea/antiques market.
  10. Visit the Philly zoo, the Jersey Shore, and someplace completely new.
  11. Run in my first 5K.
  12. Spend and cherish time with friends and family.
xx Molly

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

D.C. Again


Last week, a business trip brought me to Washington D.C. for a few days. In some ways it was strange walking around my old stomping grounds (I interned in D.C. for a summer in college) and realizing that distances that in my memory had seemed so far to walk, were really just a few blocks. At first I was puzzled by my discovery but then I realized that when I interned it was the heat of the summer and being outside was like stepping into a steam room, not exactly my cup of tea. It's so funny how weather can make or break an experience. Needless to say, I think I like D.C. much more in the spring than in the summer heat. While there, I met up with a dear friend from college who introduced me to Founding Farmers, a delicious restaurant where I got the best grilled cheese and avocado sandwich imaginable and a bowl of tomato soup - perfect comfort food. And but of course, what trip to D.C. would be complete without a little stop to Georgetown Cupcake.

xx Molly

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

London City Guide: Activities

Trafalgar Square

It goes without saying that there are tons of amazing things to do in London, and I certainly don't claim to know them all. But for a long weekend, we sure managed to pack a lot in, see the major sights, and explore some neighborhoods (not to mention a meeting with my company's office in London). My biggest tip would be to buy tickets online ahead of time. For bus tours, the London Eye, and the Tower of London (and maybe more) you can buy tickets for discounted prices online and then skip what can be immense lines the day of, it was totally and completely worth it. 

For a first time in London, I think taking a double decker bus tour, although the epitome of touristy, is a great way to see a lot of sights, get your barring and orientation on the city, learn some of the vast history surrounding you, and rest your tired self after a redeye flight. We chose the Original Tour as it has live guides, numerous bus routes, and on/off privileges for 24 hours. It was a perfect way to spend our first afternoon.

Some of our other favorite activities were the London Eye Farris wheel which offers great views of the city and picturesque photo-ops, the audio tour at Westminster Abby (well worth the 45 minutes, pricey entrance fee, and any line to get inside), the crown jewels at the Tour of London, and walking through St James's Park on our way to Buckingham Palace. All that said, our favorite moments were spent strolling through different neighborhoods that captured our hearts like Convent Garden, South Kensington, Marylebone, and Mayfair.

Of course there are so many more activities, neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops in London making me feel like we barely scratched the surface. Oh well, there's always next time, right?

xx Molly


Houses of Parliament



Westminster Abby

The London Eye




Sweets shop in Convent Garden

London at night

Strolls through St James's Park

The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels

Tower Bridge

Monday, May 7, 2012

London City Guide: Dining


While the British aren't necessarily known for their gourmet cooking, that doesn't mean it's hard to find a great meal in London. In fact, London is especially great for Indian cuisine lovers, with plenty of delicious restaurants offering authentic fare. For our Indian fix, we indulged ourselves at Cinnamon Club, which offers upscale Indian. The food was filled with traditional Indian ingredients but the flavors and presentation were brought up a notch. We also had a snack one afternoon of Indian food from the grocery section of Harrods which sells prepared food in a variety of ethnicities, either made in house or from local restaurants (in the case of the India, it was from Tamarind). And while we didn't dine at the restaurant, it's on our list of places to go next time, as the food we tried was delicious. 

Besides Harrods' grocery section and its many restaurants, we also ate snacks/lunches at Paul, a French boulangerie which serves sandwiches and pastries, and Ladurée, for delicious French macaroons. 

Our favorite meal while in London was at Wahaca, a fresh, fare Mexican restaurant in Convent Garden. The food is delicious, the drinks are yummy (and strong), and best of all, it's relatively cheap! That said, a restaurant this good is certainly not a secret, so be prepared to wait for a table. But believe me, it's totally worth it.

xx Molly








Displays at Harrods.