Friday, May 29, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

For Memorial Day, we decided to escape the city and visit my in-laws in the Berkshires. Alex's sister and her children had the same idea and we all spent time running around, enjoying the fresh air. My eldest niece borrowed my cell phone to take some pictures and it was so much fun seeing life from her perspective. She got really into posing Alex and I, which is something I remember doing to my parents at her age (admittedly the poses she chose for us were much more flattering and natural than the ones I used to force my parents into).

After a couple days in the Berkshires we headed back to the city and capped our weekend with popsicles from Popbar. So yummy. We also intend to make our way through this ice cream list this summer.

xx Molly

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuscany Travel Guide

I thought it might be helpful to share more of the details of our travels in Italy to help anyone planning a similar trip. You can use this link to access our full itinerary including maps of the major cities we visited. 

Where to STAY: in Florence we loved 1865 Residenza d'Epoca which is tiny, five bedroom hotel run by a husband and wife team. The rooms were clean and beautiful, the breakfasts were superb, and the complementary evening vin santo and biscotti were the perfect touch. 

In Tuscany we loved Borgo Santo Pietro which is on a level unto itself. The service and rooms were impeccable (as an example, all guests are provided with a cell phone should you require anything - like a cocktail or blanket - while anywhere on the grounds so that you can call to request and they'll come find you), the grounds are incredibly romantic, and the food was amazing. The hotel also had both an artist and yoga teacher in residence during our stay which allowed for additional daily activities. 

Where to EAT: in Florence we especially enjoyed the upstairs at Mercato Central, Pizzeria del Caffé Italiano, 'Ino, I Due Fratellini, and Trattoria Cibrèo. All of which offered sufficient vegetarian options. We also enjoyed treats from Dolci di Patrizio Cosi, Gelateria Carabè, Vestri, and Gelateria Vivoli.

In Tuscany we loved Osteria le Logge in Sienna, our hotel's two restaurants, random cheese shops in Pienza, and Le Cantine di Greve in Chianti in Greve in Chianti.

Where to EXPLORE: beyond the huge sites in Florence (Duomo Complex, Palazzo and Ponte Vecchio, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Boboli Gardens, and Uffizi), we also enjoyed the Mercato Central, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, and a morning walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo. By train we took partial day trip to Modena (and the Ferrari museum and test drive) and Siena (the interior of the Duomo in Siena is far more striking than the one in Florence)

In Tuscany, we spent time relaxing on the hotel grounds but also enjoyed Fontodi Winery, Le Cantine di Greve in Chianti wine shop in Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Poggio Antico Winery, and Pienza (especially the cheese). 

xx Molly

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Home Sweet NYC

You saw our kitchen here and gallery wall hallway here, but I thought I'd share a few more photos of the place we've called home for the last few years. Not as grand as our Philly residence, for sure, but our little NYC apartment is still home sweet home to us. We're (I'm) still constantly making tweaks, but that's never going to change, so there's no time like the present to share. We also have a little dining room nook which I'll share another day, it was just not sunny enough in there to shoot. 

xx Molly

PS: All the pillows are by my mama, isn't she talented?

Remember when I made these? Still loving them, although they never get turned on these days, far too high.

Our striped wall is still kicking a couple years later!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Honeymoon: Sardinia

For the final week of our honeymoon we headed to Sardinia for some fun in the sun! The Mediterranean waters are a beautiful turquoise blue and because we were there just after peak season, we had the beaches almost entirely to ourselves. An amazing end to a perfect honeymoon. 

xx Molly

This is where wine corks come from, ladies and gentlemen. They strip portions of the cork tree bark, leaving just enough to keep the tree alive, and turn the extracted portions into cork!