The Pair of Jeans that Caused an Internet Uproar + Other Fashion Trends your Grandparents Won’t Understand

The article’s title states that your grandparents won’t understand these trends, but lets be honest I, along with many others, don’t really understand them either.

Yesterday, Nordstrom was under fire for selling a pair of intentionally mudded jeans for $425.

Nordstrom’s product description stated that these jeans, “…embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”  But I want to let you all in on a secret.  I know of a way you can get the exact same look, and trust me you’ll have a lot more fun doing it and it won’t cost you $425.  Put on a pair of your jeans, find your nearest ditch, then roll around in it. Repeat until your jeans are muddy to your desire.  It may cost you a bit of your dignity, but hey you’ll be “in-fashion” and you’ll still have your $425 in the bank!

The same brand was also selling this pair of jeans.  Although their regular retail price was $395, they’re now on sale for $177.

Once again, for this style of jean I can let you in on another secret.  You can get this look for a lot less.  Buy a pair of cheap jeans, then buy white and black paint.  Then roll around in it.  Voila!  I just saved you $200.  Your welcome.

Men’s fashion isn’t the only one jumping on this strange bandwagon.  Women’s fashion this season is filled with ripped clothing and see-through clothing, which questionably defeats the purpose of wearing clothing in the first place.

If you thought those mudded jeans were bad, how do you feel about see-through jeans?

While the internet erupted over the $425 mudded jeans from Nordstrom, I wonder how this $750 ripped Givenchy tee at Nordstrom didn’t get any flack?

Forever 21

Forever 21

 

Ripped sweaters don’t have to be expensive though.  You can get cheap version from Forever 21.

 

 

 

Dammit!  Why did I throw away all those shirts and sweaters that ripped when I was a kid. Maybe hoarders have the right idea.  You never know when your trash may become a fashion trend, proving that almost anything is possible in 2017!

Note: Although this article may seem critical of these bizarre fashion trends, I just want to be clear that I LOVE weird fashion trends.  In fact, the weirder the better!  And if those mudded jeans were $40 and didn’t have any mud around the crotch area, then they may actually be pretty cool!  As for the see-through jeans, if you can deal with how uncomfortable they are, then why the hell not?  They’re weird and awkward, but then again, “weird and awkward” are two of the best characteristics in fashion…and in people, right?!  As for the very “holy” clothing, I think distressing can look awesome when it’s done right, but sometimes it just looks a little too forced when the rips are overwhelmingly present throughout the garment.

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

Say Goodbye to Part of Your Childhood: All Bebe Stores are Closing

The store that was literally the source of all my slightly scandalous dresses as a teenager, is now coming to a close.  Bebe stores across North America have been struggling for a while now. Earlier this month they announced they’d be shutting down 28 stores.  Now they’ve just announced that they’ll be shutting down all stores and their online website, leaving me to wonder where I’ll buy all my overly tight, ravishingly uncomfortable, slightly gaudy dresses.  Or, maybe I already have enough??

There was a time not too long ago when I considered entering the retail landscape.  Now, I couldn’t be more deterred!  All brick and mortar stores that use to be powerhouses are now rapidly shutting stores and trying to cut costs.

So who is taking the place of all our favorite brick and mortar stores? Online retailers, including the ultimate powerhouse, Amazon.

I’ll be honest and say it’s been a very long time since I’ve set foot in a physical store, but only mere hours since I’ve visited online stores.  Okay, fine let’s be honest I was searching online stores just five minutes ago and my shopping bags are already more filled than my makeup bag.

It’ll be sad to say goodbye to the store that is practically the source of almost every bodycon dress I’ve ever owned.  But before we say goodbye to Bebe, let’s shop their remaining hot finds! Here is a list of some of their sexy items still available online:

Jean Jumpsuit ($149)

White Leather Moto Jacket ($139)

Flared Floral Trench Coat ($189)

Hot Pink Barely There Slip Dress

Floral Cami ($39)

Perfect Summer Wedding Floral Dress ($129)

Little Black Bustier Dress ($149)

White Faux Leather Cap ($19)

Pink Beaded Choker ($49)

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Accessories that will Change your Life…or at Least Make it More Glamorous

See bottom of article for links to each item

From colorful dishes to elegant coasters and funny flasks, there are an endless number of cool kitchen gadgets to find at Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.  I’ve picked out some of my favorites above!

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that help add a dash of positivity to our lives. For example, your morning coffee ritual could be a lot more satisfying if you’re drinking it from the donut-shaped mug above!  Or, perhaps something as small as the heart-shaped mug could remind you that you are loved.

For those quirky souls out there, the avocado cutting board may be the showstopper kitchen accessory of your dreams.  As someone who adores anything pink, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the pink toaster.  Although I rarely ever make toast, if I did, this toaster would be on my “to buy” list for sure!

For all you soup or cereal fans, the set of big colorful bowls would surely add some much-needed color to your life! Opening up your beers with the pink stone bottle opener would definitely turn some heads, as long as you do it at the beginning of the party before everyone is too drunk to notice.

But in all seriousness, how about that donut mug?! I’m in love.

With all the items ranging from $12 to $150, a small amount of money could go a long way in making your kitchen the perfect reflection of you.

Love,
Molly

  1. Donut Mug ($14)
  2. Pink Toaster ($149.95)
  3. Geometric Mugs ($24)
  4. Avocado Cutting Board ($35)
  5. Whiskey Business Flask ($18)
  6. Heart-shaped Coffee Mug ($12)
  7. Colorful Bowls ($36)
  8. Dessert Plate ($16)
  9. Bottle Opener ($16)
  10. Small Pink Platter ($24)
  11. Coasters ($40)
  12. Punch Glass ($12)

In Celebrity News Today…Jacket Falls off Shoulder

Today I wanted to write a post that would hopefully make people laugh.  I spend a lot of time looking online through all the latest news in a variety of genres, including (I’ll admit it!) celebrity news! Eek! It may not be the most substantial news I incorporate into my life but I like to think of it as a guilty pleasure.

The other day I was looking for celebrity news with Google and this popped up:

REALLY? No seriously, really? Is this what journalism has come to?  “Hailey Baldwin lets denim jacket slip off her shoulder.”  That’s the headline.  If that’s the headline, I can hardly imagine what kind of substance would be in the article.

This fell short of being click bait. After all, the headline is not exactly compelling.  It’s unfortunate that this was deemed newsworthy.  Luckily we can all at least have a nice long chuckle.  They say laughing is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves. So thank you.

In all seriousness though, if you’re looking for a similar jean jacket, here are a few to shop now:

AG Jeans at Neiman Marcus

Mavi Jeans at Bloomingdales

Joe’s Jeans at Shopbop

Happy Tuesday!

Love,
Molly

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks to Refresh your Wardrobe

Spring cleaning is an exciting tradition that lives on for a reason: when we clean out our closets we get the chance to refresh our style!  Get rid of the old and make room for the NEW!  This post was inspired by Dia&Co to get into Spring cleaning mode!

This pink leather jacket (featured above) from Zara is one of my most versatile pieces!  I can wear it during the day with jeans or dressed up at night with a skirt or dress!  This item is definitely going in the “keeper” pile!  Hold off on throwing away any leather moto jackets because that trend is here to stay for a while!

The process of getting to that inspiring renewed state where we’re ready to update our wardrobe isn’t always the great thrill we expect it to be once we’re an hour into it and our closets look messier than when we started.  But there are ways to make the process run smoothly!

Don’t let spring cleaning be something that you dread.  Here are five tricks to improve your cleaning game:

ONE: Get yourself into the cleaning mode by starting with the easiest items to discard: the items that are destroyed or old.  Look for sweat stains, color fading, rips, and balling fabric and say goodbye to them.

TWO: Get rid of the items you haven’t worn in the past year.  I’ll admit I do keep some items around that have sentimental value, I think a lot of people do, but there are many items that sit in the closet for no other reason than to take up space.  Time to give them the boot!

THREE: While you’re making those tough decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of, make sure you’ve got your favorite music playing in the background.  After all, any chore is much more fun if you can dance while doing it!

FOUR: Open your blinds and the window, and let the sun shine in on you.  Any task is better in the sunlight, and if you’re going to stay inside and work, you might as well let in some fresh Spring air!

FIVE: Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an isolating activity.  Invite your friends over! Who knows, they may want to adopt some of the clothes you don’t wear anymore.  I recently went to a clothing swap party filled with great friends, racks upon racks of clothing, savory bites, and wine.  By the end of it I left with a pair of shoes, a totally glamorous necklace, and a few cool shirts.  When you’ve made Spring cleaning into a party, you know you’re doing it right!

Spring cleaning gives us all the opportunity to rid our closets of items we haven’t worn in years and create space for items we’ll inevitably want to buy.

Take a look at your closet and think of the big picture.  Do you have all of your basics?  The white cotton poplin button down shirt, your comfy pairs of jeans, your casual tees and tanks, your loungewear, your show-stopping little black dress, and your versatile short jackets?

Then evaluate your statement pieces.  What could take your look to the next level?  For me it’s always something pink, something with sequins, and recently, something leather!

You don’t have to be an organization freak to love Spring cleaning.  I finally got tired of stepping over a mound of shoes and so I invested in a large shoe rack and it practically changed my world!  Seeing the floor with nothing scattered on it is truly a satisfying and cathartic experience!

This July I’m going to my brother’s engagement party and I’m going to need the perfect summer dress.  I love pastels for summer and I can never go wrong with a sweetheart neckline.  I’m putting a huge emphasis on color this season.  I’m craving anything soft pink, sky blue, or violet. My go-to silhouette is anything at the halfway point between bodycon and flare.  The best silhouettes are the ones that lay smoothly against my body without squishing it or hiding it.

The hunt is on for my favorite Spring items, and now I’ll have room in my closet for them! What are some of your favorite Spring cleaning tips?

Love,
Molly

Get Pumped for Spring

Before you go off and buy too many pairs of sandals, don’t forget that there’s nothing a high heel pump can’t solve.  I love these splatter painted pumps because they’re edgier than your typical “classy” pump.  Although I had to add those straps to keep them on my feet, I think the integrity of the shoes remained intact.

Believe it or not, pumps are one of the most versatile items you have in your closet.  They can take you from day to night with a simple outfit change.

 

Pair them with jeans by day and a dress by night.  Make them classy with a button down or make them edgy with a metallic bomber jacket.  The choice is yours.  Here are some of my hot Spring pump picks to shop now:

Sam Edelman

Christian Louboutin at Neiman Marcus

Badgley Mischka at Nordstrom

Christian Louboutin at The Outnet

Love,
Molly

This Spring’s Top 6 Jacket Trends

Washed denim

The three qualities every denim jacket needs are: a touch of fading, a few random rips, and that baggy relaxed fit.

Old Navy $39.94

Jackets with Graffiti

First there were moto jackets, now we have jackets with colorful graffiti.  Bring on the grunge!

TopShop at Nordstrom ($125)

Pink Leather Jackets

I had to stop myself before buying 50 pink jackets over this past year.  Before I know it, I’ll need a closet just to fit my pink jackets.

Free People at Nordstrom ($498)

Blazers

Working professionals and college students rejoice, blazers are back!  Make any look more professional with a chic blazer.

Isabel Marant at Matchesfashion ($471)

Suede Jackets

At first I thought it was weird to wear suede in Spring, but once I saw some short lightweight suede jackets new for Spring, I came around to the idea and I think you should too!

Veda at shopbop.com ($990)

Metallic Jackets

Anything that shines is a more than acceptable addition to your wardrobe.  Metallic jackets can be worn by day or night!  In fact, you should probably never take it off!

Scotch & Soda at Bloomingdales ($149)

Before you have to buy a new clothing rack just to fit all of your new jackets, spend some time rummaging through my shortlist of this season’s hottest jacket trends.

Love,
Molly

 

Natural Ways to Comfort a Hangover and Hide it in Style

For some of us who may have made too much liberal use of the Sunday bottomless mimosa brunch concept, Monday mornings can be an even bigger hassle than usual.

Here are a few natural ways you can comfort your suffering, hungover self:

  1. Sip on some peppermint tea

2. Add some ginger

3. Get a Vitamin C boost with Orange Juice

4. Opt for foods high in potassium like bananas, avocados, potatoes, and spinach

5. Drink tons of water

If none of that works, your next option for curing your hangover is “pretending” your hangover is cured.  How do we pretend?  We dress to impress, instead of dressing the way we feel!  Adding some color to your look will distract from the darkness you feel inside.  Big circular shades are not only super trendy, but also super convenient to hide dark circles under your eyes.

Love,
Molly

 

5 Ways to Make “Preppy” Style Way Cooler

It’s not lost on me that my early college years are over.  Those days I thought I was so cool and classy because I was wearing a headband and an argyle sweater with a collar, really don’t happen anymore.

Of course, “preppy” never really goes out of style, but the way in which it’s carried out, definitely does!  Here are FIVE ways to wear “preppy” style in a modern, refreshing way:

  1. Plaid skirts are one of the most stereotypical school girl items.  So how do we wear this item without fitting into this stereotype?  Try to find ones that have a grunge vibe going on as well.  A burgundy, navy, and white plaid skirt like the one above can definitely be termed “grunge” when paired with a black leather moto jacket, or be termed “classy and sophisticated” when worn with a black turtleneck.  It’s all about how you spin it!
  2. This Spring we’re going to be seeing blazers everywhere!  Blazers are no longer a preppy professional item.  Blazers can be worn with jeans for a totally chic weekend look.  While I used to be a huge fan of blazers, I’m still a bit too caught up in leather moto jackets at the moment.
  3. Be preppy in pastels.  Spring is one of my favorite times of year because it means a switch from dark, bold colors to soft, feminine pastels.  Any “preppy” look with a hint of soft shades will help bring some much needed “feminine glam” into the look!
  4. Straight hair with internal layers.  Although I generally prefer to curl my hair, I was recently reminded of how sleek and sexy straight hair can be when done right.  Old school preppy looks often featured pin straight hair of the same length.  This look got boring fast!  Modern preppy welcomes straight hair with a twist: lots of layers and long side swept bangs!
  5. Soft pink lipstick.  The “preppy” look is a lot better when it’s got an added feminine vibe. Pink lipstick, either matte or glossy, will definitely do the trick!

Love,
Molly

This Spring’s Hottest White Tops to Buy without Breaking your Budget

For strategic reasons, I don’t often buy white tops.  They stain easily, they lose their bright white color in the wash, they’re sometimes see-through, they require white bras, and they turn yellow when you sweat.  Putting those common issues aside and focusing on style, there are so many different ways to complete your look with a white top!

The guide to buying the hottest white tops starts with one of the trendiest styles this season: the off-the-shoulder top!

There are so many off-the-shoulder varieties to choose, including:

The simple classic elastic band:

Nordstrom ($35)

The half on half off:

Nordstrom ($26.98)

The subtly sexy criss cross:

Nordstrom ($49)

The more conservative long sleeve:

Forever 21 ($22.90)

Shopbop ($19.50)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, when you don’t want off the shoulder, the classic white peplum top is the perfect professional and chic top for work attire.

Macy’s ($29.99)

White tops are perfect to pair with your favorite skinny or flare jeans! When you want to make them work appropriate, pair them with wide leg trousers or a pencil skirt.

Love,
Molly

Accessorize with your Favorite Spring Items

Spring is an exciting time because it means more days wine touring, more open toe sandals, more floppy hats as protection from the sun, and more summery, youthful colors.

My go-to wine touring look always includes something girly (pink floral dress/pink handbag), something elegant and classy (wide-brimmed beach hat), and something fresh for Spring (light blue open-toe sandals).

I like to believe that what we wear is a reflection of our inner beauty.  In the Spring and Summer we wear light, airy colors to reflect the joy we feel about the warm weather.  In the Winter months we wear dark, bold colors to reflect our desire to hide ourselves from the harsh weather (unless you live in California!)

Here’s a collection of some essential accessories every woman needs for Spring!  Underneath your piles of Winter clothes, hopefully you can pull out some of your favorite light accessories because sometimes a blast from the past is exactly what you need to revitalize and inspire your style in the future!

Love,
Molly

 

 

Mastering the Art of a Costume Party

I’ve never really been that into costume parties, primarily because I always chose my costumes five minutes before the party.  Recently however, I’ve discovered how much fun a costume party can be if you LOVE your costume, and put more than five minutes of thought into it.

Several years ago my dad got me a pink hard hat and that’s when construction worker became my “go-to” costume.  I finished off the look with a construction vest and a pink tool belt for my waist.

Every costume needs something special to make it stand out.  While the pink hard hat is already pretty flashy, I wore 6-inch platform heels to feminize the look a tad bit more!

The best costumes, in my opinion, are the ones that are loosely based off something, and then bedazzled with your own burst of personality.  Since my daily style is typically ultra-feminine and girly, for costume parties it’s fun to play a different role, a more masculine role…Something out of my comfort zone, but oddly satisfying and quirky.  The construction worker costume fits all my requirements.

While I didn’t fix any pot holes this weekend (Sorry San Francisco!), I did have a lot of fun pretending.

Love,
Molly

 

The Greatest Boots are Sky High

Sometimes all we need to update our wardrobe is a pair of boots that are thigh high without the price being sky high! Am I right?

There are very few perks in experiencing winter.  Some will say skiing is a perk; I’d argue that’s more of a chore.  Some would say snow is so pretty, I’d say palm trees are more pretty and they don’t turn us into an icicle.  Some would say winter makes us appreciate summer; I say I’d still appreciate summer if summer were all year round.

One thing we can agree on is that knee-high or thigh-high boots are a big part of making winter tolerable.

Proenza Schouler at Farfetch

Fendi at The RealReal

Isabel Marant at The RealReal

Christian Louboutin at The RealReal

Years ago when I was enduring the coldest east coast winters, I appreciated every extra layer of warmth.  Every inch counts, so be sure to shop the highest boots during all the winter sales currently happening!

Love,
Molly

 

 

The Simple Spring Fashion Trend we all Love

This weekend we’re turning our clocks forward! Every year I look forward to this time change because it means one extra hour of sunlight each day.  As Spring approaches, I can’t help but reflect on one of my favorite Spring trends: shedding clothes.

When the weather heats up, the sweaters come off.  While my style is normally synonymous with flashy, bold, girly, and chic, the Spring and Summer months often bring out my desire for casual basics that keep life simple.

Faded jeans and a tank top, paired with flip flops is usually as basic as I’ll go.  Of course sparkly rings and a little bit of lip gloss will probably liven things up a bit, but nonetheless, the simplicity will still be there.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Love,
Molly

Get the West Coast Working Girl Look

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When I was a kid, I always dreamed of having a job where I could dress fancy, crazy, and ultra chic.  Being an East Coaster, style always meant dresses, skirts, and high heels.  Style was often synonymous with “dressing up.”

Living on the West Coast for several years now has taught me that looking ultra chic and wildly stylish can be done in a more casual way.  In fact, combining typically “dressy” items with our casual “favorites” can result in some very cool looks.

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Pairing fancy and fem pieces with a ripped pair of jeans can surprisingly take you from morning to night.

That 90’s grunge look that keeps popping up, like those leather moto jackets or those plaid shirts, can all be made appropriate for work when paired with the right classic and chic pieces.

When funky meets fem, you’ve got yourself some serious style!

Love,
Molly

 

Tuesday Shoesday

Whether you’re celebrating Tuesday Shoesday, Taco Tuesday, or Valentine’s Day…or all three, your style is a vital component.

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Some may say the lingerie is the most important part of any Valentine’s Day look.  However, I’d of course argue it’s the shoes…primarily because half the time I’m not wearing any lingerie..

Whether you agree or not, Taco Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to wear something that makes you feel special.  Tuesday Shoesday should inspire your weirdest shoe obsessions.  I wore these shoes at the Fairmont Hotel and garnered lots of heart-warming awkward stares.

Here’s to wearing your heart on your shoes all day!

Happy V-Day!

Love,
Molly

The Hottest Pieces to Shop During Nasty Gal’s 40% off Everything Sale!

The 40% off everything sale at Nasty Gal is perfect timing.  With Valentines Day just around the corner, your sexy new look is now 40% cheaper.  Without fail, when someone asks where I got something from, about 90% of the time my response is Nasty Gal.  Why?  Because Nasty Gal clothing is compliment worthy; Nasty Gal clothing stands out, makes a statement, and is unapologetic.

If you’re tired of boring basics ruling your closet, Nasty Gal is your new friend.  Shop the images below!

  1. Play up your jean game

Ripped jeans are great.  Why not take it to a whole new level with these thigh-revealing light-washed ripped jeans?  They’re the perfect piece to pair with a leather moto jacket.

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2. Prepare for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’ve got a date or you’re rolling solo with your galentines, an off the shoulder red dress will have you feeling sexy no matter what your relationship status is at the moment.

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3. Take your Style Thigh High

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4. Bootie from Morning til Nightscreen-shot-2017-02-08-at-12-00-15-pm

5.  Make “His” Shirt your Own

You know how great if feels to wear his shirt.  Get the “boyfriend” shirt vibe with this oversized white button down.

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6. Prepare for Spring

It’s never too early to plan your Spring trip outfits, or your summer wedding style.  This fun, ultra-fem maxi dress is super flirty and elegant.

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7. Jump into a Jumpsuit

For all you tall ladies out there, the ones who look great in jumpsuits, this navy one is sure to turn heads.

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8.  Sport a Cold Shoulder

Don’t let winter give you the blues.  Sweaters don’t have to be boring.

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9. Rock out in a Little Black Dress

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10. Turn Heads in the Evening

If that side slit went any higher, it wouldn’t be a dress.  As long as you have underwear on, there shouldn’t be a problem.

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Love,
Molly

**All images courtesy of Nasty Gal.

 

 

5 Wardrobe Pieces Every Millennial Needs in their Closet

As millennial’s, we’re running from work to happy hour to our dinner dates often without being able to go home in the midle.  When time is limited and our style is important, how do we satisfy both?  The key for style success as a millennial involves five key wardrobe pieces.

The Edgy Leather Jacket

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Leather jackets are one of the most versatile pieces you can own because they give off a different vibe depending on how you pair them.

The Strapless Bra 

The strapless bra may be your most convenient piece in your wardrobe because it will work with a wide variety of outfits.  In the day of course you’re more than covered, but at night when you want to strip down to your strapless dress, you’ll be covered without those annoying bra straps showing.

Little Black Cocktail Dress

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This off-the-shoulder dress is the perfect example of a dress that will make you love the convenience of your strapless bras.  A sweater of jacket can make it more conservative by day.  It’s simple and elegant and can be dressed up with the perfect jewels for an evening out.

The Chunky High-Heeled Bootie

Of course we all want to impress when we say we’ve been wearing our high heels all day from the office to our walk home or to the bar, but who really wants to do it in stilettos?  A chunky high-heeled bootie with a cushy sole and a small platform is a woman’s best friend and best kept secret.

The Baseball Cap

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While I’ve never been much of a hat person, I recently found a brown leather baseball cap that has proven to be invaluable to me on many different occasions.

Whether you’re going to a sports game, hiding from the sun, running errands without makeup, or just trying to add some sportiness to your look, a leather baseball cap is a more stylish alternative to the typical sports baseball cap that many guys wear.

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

Getting Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

Whether you’re jetting off to a protest or just running a few errands, getting ready in 10 minutes or less is always an accomplishment!  Everyone knows that on average, a guy can get ready much faster than a woman, partially because they don’t have to worry about makeup, nail polish; they have less clothing options, less shoe options, and often short easy-to-manage hair. As a woman, I refuse to accept this; if I want to be out the door in 10 minutes, I will, and I’ll look good doing it!img_6860

As a woman with long hair, a large clothing collection, and an even larger shoe collection, getting ready isn’t always quick or simple.  While I do sometimes take pleasure in curling my hair or trying on a million different shoes to pick the right one, on days when I want to accomplish tasks quickly and run a few errands, getting ready in 10 minutes or less is very helpful and all the styling can be easily fast-tracked.

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While I’m never the one to sport sweatpants in public (I keep my fashion standards a tad higher, even on my casual days), my go-to fashionable, comfy outfit is simple and effective.

Step 1: Throw on a pair of flared stretch tights/yoga pants.  I prefer flared to skinny because the flare helps them look less like workout clothes and more like comfortable “get work done” kind of clothes.

Step 2: A tank top, bra is optional.

Step 3: A t-shirt (I actually wore the t-shirt I slept in under this jacket just to cut down on my “picking out clothes” time) but do what you think is necessary.

Step 4: Neutral-colored jacket. I chose this windbreaker because it looks sporty, but not too sporty, it looks casual, but not frumpy, and it’s lightweight and comfortable!

Step 5: Now for the hair and makeup routine.  My secret?

I’m wearing no makeup.  About 30 seconds before I head out the door, I put a tiny bit of Clinique’s moisturizing color lip balm on my lips to keep them soft.

So how do I get away with going sans makeup? I sport Ray-Ban shades and a leather hat!

Step 6: I did nothing with my hair so there really is no step 6.  I let the natural waves that developed from having my hair in a bun, work their magic!

And there we go, ready in 10 minutes or less!

Love,
Molly

 

Kim K Just got the Weirdest Pain-Free Piercings

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, Kim Kardashian makes another bold move.  While I don’t normally keep track of her style or beauty choices, this one sure has everyone intrigued…or creeped out?

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There are so many questions to ask.  What prompted this decision?  How would a person clean the dishes with nails like this? (Okay, I get it, Kim K probably isn’t cleaning any dishes).

Do the nail piercings come with a broomstick because I have to admit they do remind me somewhat of witchcraft?  Do they make a lot of noise like wearing a bunch of wrist bangles?

I will always applaud new inventions, experimentation, and the willingness to be different, especially when it comes to fashion and beauty choices, but has this gone too far?  Will nail piercings be the new trend? What do you think?

Love,
Molly

 

Will Melania Trump be our Next Fashion Icon?

After hearing about all the designers that refused to dress Melania Trump for the inauguration, most people have agreed that her outfit was stunning and very obviously reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy.  First Lady’s are known to rocket to “fashion icon” status as soon as they enter the White House, just look at Michelle Obama, or Jackie Kennedy. This time should be no different.  The classic designer, Ralph Lauren, stayed true to the brand and created a look that celebrated true iconic American style.

If you were one of the many who chose to forgo watching the inauguration, the only thing you missed were some beautiful ensembles worn by the new First Lady.

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During the day Mrs. Trump wore a sky blue cashmere cropped jacket over a sky blue mock turtleneck dress with suede gloves and a suede clutch that were also in sky blue. Unlike many times when she wore her hair down, this time her hair was up in a soft updo.

While she didn’t set any new trends, she channeled one of the most memorable first ladies, Jackie Kennedy, and rocked a hue that represented class, charm, sophistication, and timelessness.

If you focused real hard, you may have even been able to time warp back to the 60’s.  One of my favorite designer collections was Gucci’s Fall 2014 runway show.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of the 60’s inspired colors and shapes from this collection.  Do you see the resemblance?gucci-fall14

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Mrs. Trumps’s evening gown was just as stunning as her day time ensemble.  The off the shoulder, cream colored gown was sophisticated, smart, and elegant.  While some of her past outfits have been held under controversy for being too sexy (which by the way, they totally were not and people really just need to stop being stupid), this gown was stunningly gorgeous.  One of Mrs. Trump’s goals as First Lady is to conquer bullying.  Let’s start by not picking a fuss over a beautiful lady looking beautiful and sexy, despite what we may or may not think about her husband’s politics.

Photo Courtesy of Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty

All we should learn from the inauguration is that sky blue is the way to go, the off the shoulder trend is here to stay (at least for the time being) and a dress slit can go a long way! Sometimes the smallest details can be the foundation for the most sophisticated look.

Love,
Molly

 

Beer Takes Over Once Again: Beer Yoga is Now a Thing

screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-12-34-03-pmMy last article was about the invention of shower beer.  Now open your minds to yoga beer. While it might seem like a weird idea, it’s a simple concept to explain.  You drink beer while doing yoga.

IMAGE: BIERYOGA/FACEBOOK

IMAGE: BIERYOGA/FACEBOOK

Some people may say that there is nothing better than drinking a cold beer at the end of the day to unwind.  Some people swear by yoga as their zen enhancer.  Looks like we’ve now got a meeting of the minds, at least in Germany and Australia where beer yoga is an actual thing!

The founder of Beer Yoga, Jhula, takes this concept very seriously:  “We take the philosophies of yoga and pair it with the pleasure of beer-drinking to reach your highest level of consciousness.”

Sounds good to me, I’m in!  Are you?

Personally, I think I reach my highest level of consciousness when I’m shoe shopping.  I’ve also been known to get a burst of creativity and an influx of brilliant ideas when I’m drinking wine, so…

Who wants to invent wine and shoe shopping?

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Love,
Molly

 

 

Taking a Shower Just got a Whole Lot Better for Adults

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Photos courtesy of PangPang/Snask

Say the word “pre-drink” to any person in their twenties and they will understand.  A pre-drink lets you drink at someone’s home before venturing out to the bars for a night.  Now imagine, a pre-drink to the pre-drink.  As you’re taking a shower to get ready for your pre-drink why not start the fun early while you’re all wet and soapy and alone?

A Swedish brewery and creative firm have collaborated to introduce a shower beer that is a 10% pale ale.  It comes in a small 6 ounce bottle that is meant to be drank in just a few sips.  If that’s too much for you, don’t worry it doubles as a hair conditioner.

The shower beer sold out at the launch party.  Apparently, opposites attract: an ice cold beer tastes great in a steaming hot shower.  The success of the initial launch has made the company consider US distribution so perhaps we’ll all be drinking beer in the shower before we know it!

Love,
Molly

Shop all the Trends from the Golden Globes: Dresses, Jewelry, and Makeup

What’s on the Red Carpet, should be in our closets and our makeup bag.  The Golden Globe Awards were filled with plunging necklines, chunky jewelry, lots of sparkle, flattering and elegant neutral makeup, and much more.

Clothing

Starting with dresses, you can’t go wrong with a plunging neckline, but you might want to invest in some good fashion tape to avoid any nip slips.

ASOS

ASOS

ABS by Allen Schwartz

ABS by Allen Schwartz

Since we don’t all have red carpet events to attend, sometimes we want dresses we can wear for casual events.  This semi see-through red hot dress would work great in the day time with some boho inspired jewelry, or at night with some Swarovski to add some dazzle.

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus

Sometimes the best way to look stunning is by looking classically sexy in black.  There are two sayings I live by, and they are a) you can never have too many shoes, and b) you can never go wrong with black.  This dress from Saks proves my point.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

Jewelry

Jewelry at the Golden Globes was not simple or delicate by any means.  It’s all about size and sparkle.  While some may call that flashy, in moderation it’s not flashy; it’s sexy and feminine and it ought to be a part of every woman’s style regimen!

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Swarovski at Macy’s

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Swarovski at Off 5th

Beauty

To get the beauty looks from the Golden Globes, start with big eyelashes and a neutral shadow.  For lips, while we did see some punchy dark hues, the best looks had a pinky-plum matte lipstick that was sophisticated and chic.

Dramatically Long False Eyelashes from M.A.C

Dramatically Long False Eyelashes from M.A.C

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury

NARS

NARS

Love,
Molly

One Trend you’re Guaranteed to See at Every Award Show

If you tuned into the Golden Globes last night you probably saw three distinct things: lots of skin, lots of sparkle, and lots of bling.  Every year stylists break down the trends from the red carpet. If you missed the Golden Globe Awards last night that’s okay because there is just one trend you need to know about and two stars you need to see wearing it.  The trend is: the plunging neck-line and the stars are Mandy Moore and Emma Stone.

When you know you’re going to see the same trend each time, you wonder how people can keep it interesting, but many did just that!  Mandy Moore took the approach of a superhero with her plunging neckline cape gown.  Her chunky earrings were the only bling she needed to make her look feminine and sophisticated.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Mandy Moore attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 08: Actress Mandy Moore attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Who wore the plunging neckline the best?  That would be Emma Stone and the reason? Her dress was sparkly!

Like the stars on her dress, Emma Stone really was a star last night.  Like many others, she wore one statement piece, a chunky necklace.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock
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As trends from the Red Carpet continue to trickle down into stores, get ready to throw away your bras.  Who needs them when every dress we’ll be wearing will be plunging.

Love,
Molly

 

The Good Wife Comes back in the form of The Good Fight: 5 Reasons to be Super Excited

Courtesy of CBS

Courtesy of CBS

If you’re a loyal fan of “The Good Wife,” you’re in luck because a Spin-off is coming down the pike. The creators of the “The Good Wife,” Robert and Michelle King, have narrowed in on a few characters from “The Good Wife,” and are picking up the storyline a year after where they left off the finale of the Good Wife.  “The Good Fight” is not “The Good Wife” says the creators.  But here’s why we should be excited for it anyway:

  1. Our favorite characters are back! The show is centered around Diane Lockhart, Lucca Quinn, and Marissa (Eli’s daughter).  Marissa’s non-chalant ways, her ability to say things as they are, and her penchant for milk and sweets are just a few of the things that make an audience love her.  But most of all, one of the BEST characters probably ever to exist on a TV show is coming back, which leads us to reason number 2:
  2. Actress Carrie Preston, known on The Good Wife as Elsbeth Tascioni, is doing an arc on “The Good Fight.”  The only person who can make me feel less socially awkward, is Elsbeth Tascioni.
  3. The creators of “The Good Wife” have proven to us that they can create one of the best law shows that has ever existed.  So why couldn’t they do it again?  Let’s all bet on the show being just as great as it was for “The Good Wife’s” seven-year stint on air.
  4. The show will be about rebuilding; getting up when you’ve fallen down.  After all, it is called, “The Good Fight.”
  5. The start date was moved up from the Spring to February 19th, which means there’s only a month and a half before it premieres! So start getting excited now!

Love,
Molly

Bachelor Highlights from this Week’s Premiere Episode

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-10-56-09-amFor every season of the bachelor there are always THOSE people who say, “I don’t know why I’m watching this,” as they’re sitting there in their pajamas on the couch drinking red wine and eating pizza.  Then there are THOSE who will say, “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m not watching this season!” And then of course by mid-season they’re back into it.  The Bachelor is pretty hard to escape if you keep up with pop culture news sites, watch TV, or have friends!

So for any of you trying to resist the Bachelor, here’s just a quick update of what you missed episode 1.

A dolphin trainer dressed up in a shark costume, but thought she was a dolphin.

More than half the women wore red dresses.

Nick looked hotter than ever.

We already have a villain; her name is Corinne.

The token Canadian is Vanessa Grimaldi; she’s from Montreal, Quebec.  Nick definitely has a thing for her.

My prediction of who he’ll choose: Vanessa Grimaldi.

Love,
Molly

 

How to Make the RIGHT Kind of Resolutions

img_0543Does anyone else feel like it was 2004 just yesterday? Hopefully while you were soaking up the rays on your holiday vacation, you were also pondering the new year and what you can do to make it better!  The numbers might be moving forward but one thing that unfortunately often stays the same is the number of resolutions that go unsuccessful each year.  People have an innate tendency to see the future positively and to look at things as being easier to do at a later time in the future, like when we say we’ll exercise tomorrow…you know the drill! But the best thing we can realize now, is that the best time to do something is…NOW! not tomorrow!  Everyone’s guilty of procrastinating at one time or another, but there are things we can do to prevent our procrastination.

So what’s the secret to making resolutions that will actually stick?  No, you don’t have to shy away from the ones you really want, instead you need to make your resolutions small enough to be manageable.

Break it Down

Think of all your goals in terms of small pieces.  Break down your goals.  Don’t get stuck fearing the immensity.

Get There in Steps

Set specific tasks to reach each one.  The more specific you are, the better.

This year when asked what my resolutions were, I realized that I didn’t take time to think of anything specific beforehand so I did so after.  Every day of the year I take note of the skills I need to acquire, the ones I want to perfect, and the ones I’m working on every day.

In college I had one year where I was on the best sleeping schedule.  I went to bed at 9:30-10pm and woke up between 5-6am.  It was my most productive year, and now…I want it back!  To start, I’ll be less extreme.  Going to bed at 11pm and waking up at 7am is where I’ll start.

Stay Organized: Make Lists

As the work week begins make a general list of the tasks you want to accomplish each day and a timeline for doing so.  While breaking the days into hour increments will normally suffice, never shy away from getting even more specific.  Time is of the essence.

Envision your Goal Long Term, but Focus on it in the Short Term

There’s a fine line between overwhelming yourself with the future and seeing it clearly enough to stay focused on your goals long term.  When you set a goal, try to envision not only successfully completing the goal but making it last.  Reaching goals takes active attention in the short term, and a clear vision for the long term.

Know Going into it that you WILL Falter…but don’t Turn it into a Complete Fail

Ever heard of the “What the Hell Effect?”  It has been noted that when people cheat or do something they say they won’t, (i.e. they eat a bag of chips when they know they told themselves they wouldn’t), people will often cheat even more because they have the mindset, “Well, I already cheated so I might as well keep going…but I’ll start fresh tomorrow.”

SCREW the “What the Hell Effect!”  Even if you falter a bit, don’t make it worse! Recognize it, and stop it in its tracks.

Every year should be a year in which you learn, grow, change, improve yourself, love fiercely, live passionately, and laugh frequently.

Happy 2017!

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

The New Kind of Detox That Has Everybody Talking

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As soon as we hear the word, “detox,” people immediately imagine a fridge filled with vegetable juices, a hungry belly, and maybe even a sauna.  Apparently, processed foods aren’t the only toxins people are discarding.

There is a new trend in town, and that is the “digital detox.”

Unlike the juice detox, a digital detox doesn’t limit your food consumption. Instead, it limits your access to your computers, smartphones, and iPads.  The first question you may ask yourself is, “Why would anyone do this?” Our technological advances are part of what keeps our civilization moving forward.  Our phones make us easily accessible; they act as our GPS, they record our favorite moments via pictures and videos, they give us access to the internet on the run, all of which are benefits we enjoy.  So why refrain?

Studies have shown that refraining from technology can help our posture, allow us to make deeper friendships, improve our memory, help us get more efficient sleep, and give us new and refreshing perspectives.

While many of you might currently be formulating your New Year’s resolutions, perhaps a temporary reduction of technology use should be added to the list.  Each person is unique and will feel this feat differently.  Some individual testers have described the experience as “life-changing.”  While I wouldn’t set the bar that high, at the very least, you may discover something new about yourself or the world!  Why not take this step in the new year!

Don’t let your phones be a conversation killer.  Like chocolate cake, technology is incredible in moderation.

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

 

All the Nail Polish Shades you Need this Winter

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Neutral nail colors are totally in, but with a minor twist!  December time means holiday parties, a.k.a sequined holiday dresses; Christmas light decorations; and therefore, sparkly nails to match the sparkle all around town.  Whether or not your living in a climate with icicles on your roof and snowflakes on the ground, the holidays are a time when everything should glisten, including your nails.

It only takes three layers of polish to make this happen: your base solid color, the sparkly color on top, and a clear top coat over that to make it all really shine!  It’s always great to have a collection of nail polish to suit a variety of occasions.  For the classy events you need those deep neutral colors, and for everything else all you need this season are your various shades of pink!  Light pink when you’re feeling sexy and elegant, and hot pink when you’re feeling sassy!

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deborah lippmann: Love Hangover at Revolve

deborah lippmann: I Love the Nightlife

deborah lippmann: I Love the Nightlife at Revolve

deborah lippmann "Pretty in Pink" limited edition at Nordstrom

deborah lippmann “Pretty in Pink” limited edition at Nordstrom

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The only thing that should sparkle more than your nails is your shoes!

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Love, 
Molly