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






Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks


Always something important to remember. While the holidays are my favorite time of year, I realize that sometimes we can get caught up in the commercial wants as opposed to the giving spirit of the season. This Thanksgiving I am grateful for the wonderful people in my life - my family, friends, and even strangers - who help to make me a better person and remind me of what is most important; thank you all. And with that, let’s start playing those Christmas Carols! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

xx Molly

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ivanka Trump Handbags



I always have an internal battle when it comes to handbags. I love the look of many of the classic designer handbags and would even being willing to shell out some major money for one, but the leather always makes me stop. While I’m certainly not perfect in this, especially when it comes to shoes, I try to purchase items that use minimal to no leather. The problem being, of course, that you are usually left with really cheap and not necessarily cute bags, or Stella McCartney. So I was thrilled to discover Ivanka Trump’s handbag collection (available here and here). They’re stylish and vegan, which makes me happy, and the $75 to $175 price range isn’t too bad either!

xx Molly



Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekend Wishes of Happiness

Cookies from the Chelsea Market.

Happy Friday everyone! For some reason this week has crawled by and I'm looking forward to a fun but quiet weekend to change up the pace, and to maybe get ahead of my Christmas shopping list. I hope everyone gets to spend the weekend doing whatever it is that your little hearts' desire. For my part, I'm certainly going to try.

xx Molly

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dressed Walls


One of the downfalls of apartment living is the inability to paint the walls, which, knowing my love for color, is a bit hard to handle. Lately I've been loving the look of whimsical wallpapers in small spaces, especially hallways and bathrooms, and am wishing that I could recreate the look. For those of you who can, here are some lovely inspiration shots, and some of my favorite papers below.

xx Molly








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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

City Lights Cruise


This weekend was my birthday (a quarter of a century, eek!), and one of the many surprises the boy planned for me was a city lights cruise around Manhattan. We sipped champagne and took in the views of our new city, which, needless to say, were stunning and romantic. Due to some smart planning on the boy's part, we had the choice to take in the view cuddled up and cozy inside or out on the deck, which was especially great given the brisk November weather. I didn't realize until I was uploading photos that we took a trip to NYC for my birthday last year, and got a similar but different view of the New York and the Statue of Liberty; and now we call this city home. What changes a year can bring!

xx Molly





Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina


Chelsea Market is one of my favorite new discoveries since moving to New York, (a full post about it in the future, I promise) and lately I've enjoyed discovering each shop and restaurant in detail. This past weekend I tried Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina, which was hearty Italian comfort food, think smoked mozzarella and artichoke ravioli. They also sell fresh pasta by the pound that you can take home and do whatever your little heart desires with.

xx Molly


Friday, November 9, 2012

The Met's Roof Garden

Coat: BCBG * Scarf: Anthropologie * Bag: Matt and Nat (similar here)

To me, the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum seems to be a well-kept secret. With the amazing views of the city and central park and art installations and martini bar during the summer, you would think it would be more talked about. Not that I'm complaining. Open from summer through late fall, it's well worth a stop on your Met visit, and don't forget, ticket prices at the Met are a suggestion only, you can pay whatever you think is fare.

xx Molly

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Recently

A horse of a different color.

Life recently, as I've been exploring NYC.

xx Molly
   
NYC themed cookies at a local bakery

Jewel toned pearl onions and something very interesting outside the kitchen window. 
  
A bird I would have loved to take home with me. Too bad it was just store decor and not for sale!

Delicious dinner, soup and avocado toast.

Panorama from the Met rooftop.