Beauty Must Haves to Stock Up On

I was at Sephora the other day — they were doing 20% off EVERYTHING — so I stocked up on the beauty essentials and pulled the trigger on a few things I’ve had my eye on. First on my list was lipstick, of course. I tend to gravitate towards the dark plums and reds during the Fall, but I’ve started to dig the more natural hues — like the Bobbi Brown Lip Trio I wrote about a few months back. Check out my lipstick picks plus the hair and skin care items below!

The Lips


Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Satin Kiss Lipstick, Truffle Soft Pink Nude // Dolce & Gabbana Cream Lipstick, Monica // Bite Creme Lipstick, Rouge Bright Red

The Skin


Resurfacing Mask, Tata Harper // Exfolikate, Kate Somerville // Beauty Elixir, Caudalie // Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Oil, Peter Thomas Roth

The Hair


Triple Sec, Dry Bar // Surf Spray, Bumble and Bumble // Argan Hot Oil Hair Treatment, Josie Maran // Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo, Elizabeth and James

The Extras

Rosebud Salve, Rosebud Perfume Co. // Speed Brow, Benefit // Stella, Stella McCartney // Clear Complexion Blotting Linens, Boscia

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Fight the Freeze With These Stylish Sweaters

Is it just me or has the weather all of a sudden flipped from Fall to Winter? I know what you’re going to say — you’re in San Francisco, it doesn’t even get cold there! — but guys, I’ve got California blood and I’m just not cut out for the cold. With that said, the chill-factor has me dreaming of cozy, oversized sweaters, knit dresses, and — dare I say it? — turtlenecks. They’re totally making a comeback, you guys. Keep reading to shop my favorites!

The Sweater

Photo Credit: Sarah Sarna

Invest: Cotton Sweater, Proenza Schouler // Splurge: Marled Sweater, Vince // Steal: Modern Sweater, Madewell

The Sweater-Dress

Photo Credit: Who What Wear

Invest: Travis Sweater Dress, Isabel Marant // Splurge: Hailee Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress, Alice + Olivia // Steal: Cashmere Sweater Dress, Philosophy

The Turtleneck

Photo Credit: Sazan

Invest: Matignon Oversized Turtleneck, Maje // Splurge: Bubble Knit Turtleneck, Tibi // Steal: Color-block Cableknit Turtleneck, Topshop

Special Extras — The Maxi: this, this, this, and this.

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Friendsgiving Party Essentials

This Sunday I’m planning a little Friendsgiving + football fete with a few of my besties. I want the vibe to be low-key — football and beer status — but still upscale and festive. To pull this off I’ll be pairing classic dishes — like roasted turkey and pumpkin pie —  with show stopping pieces like Scalamandre highballs and gold leaf plates. Read on for my list of must haves for Friendsgiving party prepping.

The Prep

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

The Knives: Classic, Wusthof // Ceramic, Kyocera

The Roasting Pan: Classic Roasting Pan, Demeyer // Copper Roasting Pan, Mauviel

The Accessories: Cast Iron Dutch Oven, Le Creuset // Copper Sauce Pan, Vintage // Pie Dish, Williams Sonoma

The Decor

Photo Credit: Liz Marie

The Tableware: Highball Glasses, Scalamandre // Gold Leaf Dinner Plates, S4 // Silverware, Monique Lhuillier

The Accessories: Glass Hurricanes, Williams Sonoma // Wood Tray, Cathy’s Concepts // London Crystal Ice Bucket, Waterford

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Currently Coveting — Oversized Outerwear

Fall weather is in full force in San Francisco! We had our first rainstorm of the season today (peep some of my favorite rain boots here, here, and here) and along with the drizzle, we received some truly chilly weather — for San Francisco at least. Now that the California Freeze is upon us, I’m dreaming of oversized outerwear. Check out my picks for every style below!



Invest: Goloso Coat, Max Mara // Splurge: Brushed Melton Coat, Vince // Steal: Fox Fur Coat, Ellen Tracy


Invest: Color Block Car Coat, Vince // Splurge: Boucle Garbie Coat, Isabel Marant Etoile // Steal: Reversible Hoodie, Eileen Fisher



Invest: Pink Wool Manteau Coat, Carven // Splurge: Stitched Plaid Coat, Tory Burch // Steal: Wool Blend Clutch Coat, Helene Berman

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Design on my Mind – Bedroom Makeover

I’ve lived in my current place for almost two years now — it’s crazy how time flies — and have been wanting to re-do my bedroom pretty much since I moved in. The previous owners did some serious renovations and decided that dark brown built-in side tables and modern light fixtures — like the kind you’d see in a cheap restaurant trying to be current — were a good idea. I’ve finally decided it’s time to take on the beast.

So here’s what I have in mind. I’m looking to create a space that’s luxe (without having to live on Top Ramen for the next month), comfortable, but not overly girlie. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m all about mixing and matching design styles to keep everything looking fresh, modern, and inviting. Keep reading for my current inspiration and let me know what you think in the comments!

The Rug


Hand-Tufted Shag Rug, nuLOOM // Fes Wool Shag Rug, West Elm // Trellis Shag Rug, Nourison Amore

The Lighting


Glass Cloche Sconce, Restoration Hardware // Boston Library Light, Visual Comfort & Co // Redmond Sconce, One Kings Lane

The Bedding


Four Stripe Set, Serena and Lily // Traverse Border Duvet Set, One Kings Lane // Bourdon Duvet Set, One Kings Lane

The Art


Abstract 102, Urban Road // Abstract Wall Art 1, West Elm // Americanflat, Urban Road

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Style Session — Fall Thrills

After my recent trip to Boston — and a few hours spent leaf peeping — I have Fall and all of the season’s trimmings on my mind. This time of year can be fraught with cliches — and basic b love affairs — but despite that, it’s still my favorite season. The air feels a little bit cleaner, the excitement of the holidays are upon us, and the fashion is to die for. This year I’m crushing on over-the-knee suede boots, oversized fisherman sweaters, and anything burgundy or leopard (or both!).

The Boots

Invest: Brenna Boots, Isabelle Marant // Splurge: Lowland Boots, Stuart Weitzman // Steal: Livi Boots, Ivanka Trump

The Sweater

Oversized sweater

Invest: Fisherman Sweater, Apiece Apart // Splurge: Cable-Knit Sweater, Marget O’Leary // Steal: Cable Crew Sweater, 525 America Traveling

The Burgundy


Invest: Layered Fringe Skirt, Tamara Mellon // Splurge: Cutwork Lace Pencil Skirt, Self Portrait // Steal: Turtleneck Sweater-Dress, Once Smitten

The Leopard


Invest: Embroidered Leopard Coat, Dolce & Gabbana // Splurge: Pouty Applique Leopard Clutch, Charlotte Olympia // Steal: Cashmere Leopard Beanie, Sofia

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Decor Refresh — Coffee Table Heaven

It’s official, I’m a grown up. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect coffee table to feature in my living room and it finally arrived this morning. You know you’re an adult when coffee tables give you a buzz. The living room definitely still needs more work, but it’s looking more refined now that I can swap my ottoman for a real life coffee table.

The room is a mix of casual-cool and Parisian-elegance, which may not sound like they go together, but the two styles actually totally complement each other. The casual style of my couch, leather Serena & Lily stools, and rustic Crate & Barrel coffee table (The Dixon Table to be exact) calm down the potential fussiness of my pair of Restoration Hardware Lyon chairs and faux Hermes table.

Next on my list is a pair of side tables. To ensure that the room doesn’t feel too lopsided, I’m looking for a chic and sophisticated pair that can handle my tank lamps (thank you mom and dad for not wanting these beauties!). Take a look at a few of the options below.

Kennedy End Table, Wayfair

North Slope Side Table, Dot & Bo

Nolan Two-Tiered Side Table, Interlude

Marissa Mirrored Side Table, OKL

Until next time.

Xx Molly

Must Know — Sales to Shop Now

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Happy shopping!

Xx Molly

City Guide — Milan in 36 Hours

First stop on my European vacation is Milan! We only had 36 hours in the city, so we had to plan strategically, however it’s plenty of time to hit all the big spots. From the majestic Duomo to the quirky Wes Anderson designed Bar Luce, the below list has everything you need to enjoy your time in this city.

First Stop: Bar Luce for Breakfast + Fondazione Prada


Located a bit outside of the city-center, Bar Luce — the Wes Anderson designed cafe — is the perfect start to your day(s) in Milan. Nestle into one of the booths situated in a retro-themed cafe for a cappucino, prosciutto mini-panino, and cornetto if you’re feeling crazy. Once you’ve caffinated and filled your stomach for the day, head next door (literally) to Fondazione Prada to check out the latest exhibit.

Pro Tip: Before you head out, be sure to stop by the golden wall (it’s literally a gilded wall) for some photo-ops.

Afternoon Stop: Duomo + City Center

 Next stop on the list is The Duomo — an absolute must-see and can’t-miss (literally). You can view both the inside of the cathedral as well as the roof, but if you have to pick you should absolutely take in the breathtaking views of the city from the roof. Once you’ve gotten your fill of the scenic part of Milan, I’d recommend wandering the streets and getting a feel for the city — this is by far one of my favorite ways to see a city because it allows you to experience it as a local does. Plus, who knows what gems you’ll stumble upon on the way!

Pro tip: be sure to bring something to cover your shoulders if you’re wearing a sleeveless top or you’ll end up having to by a cover-up in the gift shop to enter the cathedral.

Last Stop of the Night: Dinner + Drinks

We spent our night in Milan in the Navigili (the canal district). It feels almost Venice-like and has a large selection of restaurants and bars all along the waterways. While wandering around the canals, we stumbled upon Officina 12 which was a total gem. The food was amazing and as an added plus the bar was pretty unreal — it was very San Francisco with an Italian twist. Highly recommended, especially for gin-lovers.

Pro tip: Ask for a table in their back patio — it’s like a garden oasis.

Day 2: The Last Supper + Gelato

Before you head off to your next city (for us it was Florence) make a stop at Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see The Last Supper. Once you’ve gotten your dose of culture, make one last pit stop at Chocolat down the street for out of this world gelato. I opted for their Nutella flavor, which was easily the best gelato I’ve ever had (and I studied in Florence for a year).

Pro Tip: Be sure to book tickets ahead of time before you go because they are always sold out.

Until next time!

Xx Molly

P.S. Big shout out to my girl Lauren Murray for showing us the best spots in Milan.

Travel Confession — How to Pack Like a Pro

I’m getting ready to head out on a 2-week whirl-wind adventure through Europe — making stops in Italy, Greece, and Germany along the way. I can barely contain my excitement! For the past week I’ve been wracking my brain on how to pack for two weeks of fun (and different climates I might add) without going overboard on the luggage. The first thing that came to mind, makeup essentials of course! There’s a fine line to walk with selecting your makeup must-haves for an extended vacation so I headed off to Neiman Marcus to scope out their selection!

First on my list were a few lipsticks that would get me through my trip and take my looks from lounging on the beach, to shopping, to dinner and exploring the town. I ended up falling in love with the Bobbi Brown Lip Trio Set (exclusively at Neiman Marcus!). I’m normally much more of a bold lip kind of girl, but there was something about the muted, lady-like tones that got me hooked. And for good reason, I tested them out yesterday to see how flawlessly they could take me from day to night — I think the results (and number of compliments) speak for themselves!



Salmon was the perfect Summer shade of coral for my daytime work look.


Pale Mauve was up next. The slightly richer hue was perfect for my birthday dinner with the girls – it was slightly amped up but soft enough to not overpower the rest of my makeup.

Out on the Town

Finally the Soft Rose was my pick for the Jess Glynne concert we went to post dinner. She crushed it by the way.

Other Favorites Picked Up Along the Way:

 Bobbi Brown Lip Trio // Van Cleef Perfume // Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminator // Oribe Hair Texturizer // LeMetier de Beaute Foundation // Chantecaille Blush

Not Pictured: Darphin Hydrating Mask // Clarisonic Brush // Laura Mercier Cover-Up

Until next time!

Xx Molly

Post in collaboration with Neiman Marcus + ShopStyle Collective