Friday, September 21, 2012

Picnic


BF and I went on our second picnic of the summer, this time in central park and with one of our favorite couples to go on adventures with. We passed a lazy afternoon playing Rook, dining on delicious fare like fruit salad, tomato and fresh mozzarella salad, and sun dried tomato hummus pitas, not to mention some of the delicious treats I documented here, and tossing around a football (very out of character for me, I know). Central Park is one of the things that makes New York so great, the city would be more overwhelming than it already is if you didn't feel like you could escape to the "outdoors" for a quick break.

xx Molly

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Franklin Fountain


On our very last day in Philadelphia, we celebrated out time in the city with a trip to Franklin Fountain, a place I had wanted to try since first arriving in the city. The shop looks like an authentic ice cream parlor and soda fountain and the ice cream is made in the Berks and Lancaster Counties and processed at a family-owned dairy. Maybe it's the attention to doing things old-school, but the ice cream is smooth and delicious and the milkshakes are super yummy. I indulged in a chocolate malt milkshake, which came served in an ice cream glass with paper straw and everything. Boy was it good, and boy was it a great way to say goodbye to Philly.

xx Molly



Monday, September 17, 2012

NYC Treats

Vanilla ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies ice cream sandwich.

What a difference a weekend can make. These past two days I was able to get out of the office and finally enjoy and begin exploring my new city, and I had such a blast. I went for jogs around the reservoir, a picnic in the park, long strolls through my new neighborhood, and ate, ate, ate! One of the things my boyfriend and I were most looking forward to about New York was the food, and boy has it been meeting our expectations. This weekend we indulged in ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus, macarons from my favorite, Ladurée, and the biggest, most delicious cookies from Levain. If our first weekend is any indication, I think we'll be eating well while in NYC!

xx Molly


Rose flavored macaron, one of my favorites for being so unique.


A small piece of a giant oatmeal raisin cookie, look at all those raisins!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Coffee Table Inspiration


For my new, NYC apartment (pictures coming soon), I'm on the hunt for the perfect coffee table. Or to revise that statement, the perfect coffee table given the tight space, and the desire for the already small room not to feel and smaller or, heavens forbid, cluttered. So while my normal taste in coffee tables tends to trend toward a statement piece, either because of scale, color, design, you name it, I'm instead tailoring my tastes to something simple, elegant, and airy (and preferably something that can fit another purpose later, when I do have the room for the grand table of my dreams). My round-up includes tables that I believe fit the bill because of simple lines, glass material, white coloring, or smaller scale (end tables). I've also included some of my favorite inspirational images for coffee tables, and living rooms.
  1. Crate and Barrel: Clairemont Coffee Table $699.00
  2. Serena & Lily: Cerused Oak Coffee Table $895.00
  3. ABC Home: Victoria Coffee Table $895.00
  4. Wisteria: Diamond Pattern Stool $289.00
  5. Restoration Hardware: 1920's French Metal Side Table $195.00
  6. Ethan Allen: Heron Coffee Table $699.00
xx Molly

This room appeals to me due to the use of color and layout (in fact, this layout is almost identical to my living room in NYC!)

The furniture in this space is versatile with simple colors and classic lines, so that it can be used for years, in different rooms, and still fit. I love the natural, wood tone of the coffee table which balances the vibrant pops of orange.

Helloooo statement coffee table. I love the size, I love the wood, and I LOVE those ceilings!

The small space has an appropriately sized coffee table and with the simple parsons lines doesn't overwhelm.

The idea of using poofs as footstools/coffee table/extra seating when needed is so ingenious, and the type of versatility needed in a small space.

images via

Monday, September 10, 2012

Settling In

Flowers that sit in view of my front door, which provide a homey feel every time I come in.

I'm officially a New Yorker now, and I celebrated my first full weekend in my new city…at the office, ugh. Even so, the boxes are unpacked, many of the little tasks and details have been attended to, and our new place is starting to feel like home. While we've just started exploring, we've already found some favorites in our neighborhood, especially Candle Café West, an upscale vegan restaurant (you wouldn't even be able to tell it was, if you tried it), whose sister location has been a favorite of mine for years. With plans to take to the streets and explore at every chance we get, I'm sure we will be NYC experts in no time!

xx Molly