Friday, May 30, 2014

My Bridal Shower

Her: Hugo Boss dress, Anthropologie blazer 
Him: Hugo Boss jacket, Banana Republic shirt and jeans

Get ready for a lot of pictures folks. Earlier this month my Mom threw me the most beautiful, lovely, perfect bridal shower I could have ever imagined (thank you Mama!). As you probably remember from her “What Mama’s Cooking” mini-series, she is a whiz in the kitchen and she made everything for the shower (well, with the exception of the cake and cupcakes, which were from a local Rochester bakery, and the face cookies which one of my bridesmaids made, more on that below) and totally went above and beyond. She hosted the tea party themed shower at my parents’ house in Rochester and even hired a classical guitarist to play throughout the party. It really was special and I felt and feel like the luckiest girl in the world. So thank you to my wonderful Mama, to the family and friends who helped her to prep, and to everyone who came to celebrate, I’m so grateful to have all of you in my life.

xx Molly 

The pretty cake with a surprise inside (see below) was from Goodness Cakes Bakery in Rochester

My mom ordered cookie cutters from Victor Trading Co in the shape of our profiles and my bridesmaid whipped them up for the shower!

With two of three of my lovely bridesmaids (we missed you Jackie!)

My lovely Mama!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kantha Quilts


Are you familiar with Kantha quilts? I recently discovered them when searching for new bedding as part of our wedding registry and fell head over heels. They’re made from repurposed cotton saris from India and I love their vibrant colors and quirky imperfections.

Some great sources if you, like me, are now dying to make one yours:
  1. The Family Love Tree
  2. Fossik - I've got my eye on this one
  3. Harabu House
  4. Etsy - Gypsa
  5. Anchal Project
xx Molly



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spring Petals

J Crew shorts, Lacoste shoes, unknown top (similar here), and Dolce & Gabbana sunnies

These photos are from a couple weeks ago when we had our first day of really beautiful weather. The boy and I, of course, headed to Central Park to take advantage and spread out on a picnic blanket (really a couple of beach towels) as we booked our honeymoon. Such a lovely afternoon.

xx Molly

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Grown-Up Ice Cream Sandwiches

I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend, ours felt like the perfect start to the summer season with city adventures, beautiful weather, and time with family. I had casually mentioned to the boy at the beginning of the weekend that I might make ice cream sandwiches, and he did not let me forget my promise, so I quickly whipped some up in about 20 minutes on Monday. I used this vegan cookie recipe, subbing the chocolate chips for peanut butter and excluding the fruit, and used my favorite, go-to vanilla ice cream – Ben & Jerry’s. To take the sandwiches from ordinary to special, I also added a layer of apricot, orange marmalade, which added a tart flavor component that kept the ice cream sandwiches from being cloyingly sweet. The toughest part of the whole process was getting the ice cream to the right frozen / melted ratio (I initially let it get too soft), so  the boy and I headed to Riverside Park to watch the sunset while the ice cream refroze, and came home to delicious treats. We wrapped the extras in a layer of saran wrap and tin foil and are storing them in the freezer for another deserving occasion.

xx Molly 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Our Honeymoon

Tuscany (via)

Okay, get ready for a bit of a saga, but I’m excited to say that my fiancé and I have settled on a honeymoon destination – Italy, Tuscany and Sardinia to be exact! I basically had my heart set on a safari in South Africa (which I sort of eluded to a couple times) and we had everything all planned and ready to go, until I tried to book our safari lodge and it was sold out. And so was every other one in the vicinity. So, word to the wise, if you’re trying to go to Africa for a safari, you need to book more than 8 months in advance.  After going back to the drawing board and considering and ruling out (for all sorts of reasons) a whole bunch of places (India, Morocco, Egypt, Bora Bora, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Greece, Bali), we settled on Italy for the delicious food and wine, ease of travel, and depth of culture. South Africa will just have to wait a couple years.

We’re planning to spend about a week in the Tuscan countryside, exploring small towns, the wine region, and some famous sites, followed by a week of relaxing by the sea in Sardinia (and of course exploring Sardinia culture). So, if anyone has any tips, must sees, things to avoid, whatever, please let us know!

xx Molly

Sardinia (via)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Palmed to Perfection: Martinique Wallpaper

A quick Google search of Martinique wallpaper will turn up a plethora of rooms designed with the iconic paper, but the picture above is what inspired my search. Made famous for its use at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the print is a classic. Below are some ways you can add the print to your life, if you, like me, can’t quite swing a full Martinique bathroom at this point. #4 is by far my favorite. At $68 apiece, these watercolors, hung in a series, are an easy, affordable way to get the look for less.

xx Molly

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Splurge or Save

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I recently purchased these Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses (2) as a little spring present to myself, only to find less than a week later this nearly identical pair (1) for a fraction of the cost (I mean $235 versus $12.99 is no joke). While I’m still happy with my purchase (I keep singing the Black Eyed Peas song to myself), I thought others should benefit from my discovery. What do you think, are the sunnies worth the splurge?

xx Molly

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Brunch: Friend of a Farmer

This past (almost) year as an engaged couple has allowed the boy and I to start creating (and thinking about creating) some traditions we’d like to start as a family. I’ve insisted on an annual Christmas party, and maybe even a New Year’s Day bagel and Bloody Mary brunch, while he’d like to establish an early Sunday morning breakfast tradition. One thing we started this year, and plan to continue, is dressing up and indulging in Easter brunch. Not the most original tradition I realize, but still something that is, and will be, special to us. This year we tried Friend of a Farmer, I’d been dying to give their pumpkin pancakes a whirl (they didn’t disappoint). Next year, who knows, as long as it’s delicious.

xx Molly