How to Make a Fancy Black Dress Suitable for a Week Night

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I have so many fancy dresses hanging in my closet and not enough “dazzling dress” events to attend. Sometimes I manipulate a piece to make it work for me, and not the other way around! While some may still think that sequins for holiday parties and that’s it, I vehemently disagree.  I like to think that, “If it sparkles, it’ll make you smile” so why not make sequins a regular part of your wardrobe? Dress them down with these three simple style tips:

1. Wear a Ponytail

Ponytails are great for job interviews, working out, and…dressing down a fancy dress. Nothing says “I’m so chill” more than a ponytail. On one hand it shows everyone that you’re confident enough to go a day without styling your hair down and on the other it says that you can rock anything because you’ve got gorgeous features.

2. Add a Touch of boho

Larger than life silver hoop earrings are the perfect glamorous boho element to add to an evening look. They show that you’re not afraid to have fun, in fact, you’re probably the life of the party.

3. Add Bright Color

Adding bright color accessories to a little black dress makes its seem less “dressy” and more “stylish.” Being bold is different than being fancy. Hot pink or electric blue will turn heads, drawing attention to your outfit as a whole without singling out your oh-so-divine sparkly dress.

Here are a few chic pieces to inspire your new evening wardrobe for Spring:

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Love,

Molly

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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

 

 

 

This is what your Little Black Dress Needs!

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Many of you can probably see that I definitely like my little black dresses. I blog about them all the time, and I’m constantly upgrading to the new and exciting styles. Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. But when you’re heading to a party or a bar and you don’t know exactly how fancy/casual it is, there can be a sense of hesitation about wearing a black dress. Will it be too fancy? Will everyone be in jeans?…BUT I really want to wear a black dress! If you’ve ever faced this situation (I know I have!), here’s how you can solve it!

Little black dress says, “fancy.”

A plaid button-down shirt says, “ultra casual, this is my boyfriend’s shirt that I just threw on.”

So, combine the two (wear the plaid shirt un-buttoned over the black dress) and you’ve got “I’m a lady that likes dressing up, but tonight I just want to be chill, comfy, and effortlessly sexy” a.k.a you’ve got perfection!

I apologize for making my outfits talk, but if you think of each outfit as it’s own personality, it’s really rather effective and fun!

Love,

J. Molly

All you Need for Friday Night Out

Three words: Little Black Dress

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Okay sure with the little black dress you’ll probably want some awesome chunky rings, a pair of dazzling high heels that you’ll hate by the end of the night, a touch of lip balm, a pair of hanging earrings to tuck your curls behind, and that bold, colorful, statement clutch!

Happy Friday Y’all!

Love,

J. Molly

Wear that Dress you like, Skintight…

Yes, you guessed it…The title is part of the lyrics to a Selena Gomez song. Which one? Good for You, that song with a sexy video of Selena rolling around on the couch and the floor.

I know I spend a lot of time talking about dresses, but that’s because I love them and they’re a major staple in my wardrobe.  This dress is one of my favs.  I bought it about five years ago from Mango.  The splash of red is what really makes this dress unique!

I love how the dress hugs my body without constraining it.  And when you’re going out in the winter, it doesn’t hurt to have long sleeves!  It’s perfect for a date night, dinner, party, bar, etc.

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Love,

J. Molly

Make your New Years Goals a Reality not a Future Plan

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Alright, so you’re probably all thinking, your healthy eating and healthy lifestyle habits will start January 1st.  Which means your next thought is how many pieces of cake can I shove in my mouth in the final few hours of 2015? Or perhaps you’ll have one more cigarette before you throw the box all away.

But one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years is that if you can’t see yourself making the change in that moment, then you probably won’t stick with it in the future.  It’s easy to make plans and resolutions, and I do think that on some level it’s a good idea because it forces you to keep working towards bettering yourself, but don’t forget to ask yourself, why not right now?! Why don’t I end 2015 the way I want to start 2016?

Here’s to making all your dreams a reality this year! Happy New Year!

Love,

J. Molly

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The Little Black Dress

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What’s the best thing about the holidays?  There’s lots of opportunities to dress up!  The parties and celebrations, nights out with old friends from home, dinners with family, and an overall cheery mood at your local bars!

Every year my collection of little black dresses seems to grow almost exponentially.  This season I’m all about the backless dresses.  The dress above turns into a party when the sweater comes off because it reveals a nearly backless design.  More dresses and pictures to come. 😉

Happy Holidays!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Reasons to Love your Twenties

There are the classic reasons we all know…friends, bar nights, cocktails, happy hours, parties, you’re not tied down, fewer expenses, traveling, meeting new people… But those aren’t the ones I want to focus on.

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We’ve all heard people say enjoy college because it’s the best four years of your life. Then you reach your early twenties and you escape from the warm and fuzzy boundaries of your university and discover that being an adult is great and terrible all at the same time. In your mid-twenties you land your first job, become a boring working professional, your drunken late nights at the bar turn into dinner and drinks with friends and couples. Your weekend plans change from getting drunk to going to a wedding shower…Here’s why you should enjoy these years:

One: You can pull off a dress like this:

Photo Courtesy of Nastygal.com

Photo Courtesy of Nastygal.com

(Okay, maybe we can’t all pull off a dress like the model in the picture, but we’re young enough to try.)

Two: Because when something goes wrong, you fuck up, or you’re sad, your best friends are always there for you…with wine.

Three: Because every time you feel like you’ve fallen off the bandwagon, you’ve really just discovered another side of yourself.  It may not be a side you like, but maybe it will teach you to be the kind of person you want to be.

Four:  Because who you’re going to be is up to you: a writer, a comedian, a nerd, a foodie, a best friend, a shower-singer, a loner, an extrovert, a dancer, a beer expert, a wine connoisseur…the choice is yours.

Five: Because you learn how to turn your mistakes and regrets into funny anecdotes.  Your failures expand your wisdom, and you realize that although you thought you knew everything, you really knew squat.

Six:  Because although you find yourself needing more sleep like an elderly person, you enjoy it because you actually spent time decorating your bedroom and choosing your bedsheets.

Seven:  Because every time you surprise yourself with the ability to compartmentalize and improve yourself, you feel mature, confident, and proud.

Eight:  Because you get the opportunity to meet some pretty special people.  Because you learn that when you find someone awesome, whether a friend or a romantic interest, you never let them go.  And when they leave despite your efforts, you learn how to move on.

Nine: Because when you’re single and you cautiously open your Facebook knowing that you’re bound to see another friend engaged, and you feel a hint of sadness when you see the guy you dated is engaged to the girl he dated right after you, you learn to build a thick skin. That thick skin helps you weed out the bad experiences in search of the ones that will give you nothing but happiness.

And last but not least…

Ten: Although dating may suck, you find yourself gradually more able to turn rejection into a reason to keep persevering.  In your twenties you learn that although the light at the end of the tunnel might seem far away, it can be pretty fucking euphoric to know it’s still there.

So why should we love our twenties?

Because each day we get to uncover just a sliver more of the unknown. We learn how to turn sadness into strength, turn tears into laughter…and turn water into whiskey.  So enjoy the ride.

Love,

J. Molly

Get Ready to Kick up your Heels Saturday Night

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There’s nothing better than dressing up and dancing your butt off for a night. Heading to a club this Saturday night?  Here’s what you’ll want to make your night of dancing a million times better!

First, the lbd…for any of you not in-the-know, lbd is “little black dress.”  Like the Nasty Gal dress featured above, go with a dress that features any or all of the following and you’ll be golden: lace, corset body, spaghetti straps, and/or a body-con silhouette.

For shoes, think stiletto high-heel open-toe black booties.

Arm yourself with a gold bracelet cuff, a feminine pink clutch, and boom your a vision in black and gold!

Last but not least, swipe that soft pink blush across your already rosy cheeks, use your black eye-shadow as a liner, and highlight your brow.

See y’all on the dance floor…or the stage!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

Best and Worst Looks from the 2015 VMA Awards

Ahh…award shows.  Who actually cares about the awards? It’s all about the fashion right? Of course!

So where should we start…

We all know that gender lines are being crossed…and yes I’m happy about it.  But Scarlett Johansson’s pink jumpsuit is perhaps a bit too…I don’t know… if it were me, I’d wear the fanciest dress possible to every award show I was invited too! Not my favorite, Scarlett, but good job on the color!

Photo Courtesy of E online

Photo Courtesy of E online

Victoria Justice nailed it! Her sparkly Versace dress is designed for ultimate envy! Beautiful.  Just absolutely perfect. It’s pink, black, silver, sparkly, sexy (not slutty), feminine, unique, geometrically-pleasing… the list goes on and on. What do you think of it?

Photo Courtesy of E Online

Photo Courtesy of E Online

Maia Mitchell…the dress was too plain…too casual…too normal.  This is an award show people, pull out all your bedazzles!  The little black dress idea is great…but find one with a bit of sparkles or a unique design!  Even the shoes were simple.  If you’re going to wear a simple, modest dress, at least make your shoes or accessories over the top!

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Halston Sage looked beautiful in this uniquely crafted plunging multi-colored cutout dress.

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Photo Courtesy of Halston Sage

So what did we learn from this year’s MTV VMA awards? Plunging necklines are always great! Sequins and bright colors are divine, but always choose a dress over a jumpsuit!  And if you’re going to go for a plain and elegantly simple dress, at least make your accessories stand out!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

Saturday’s Special Spotlight: Dresses

Can you say wow?! I’d love to be rocking this dress to the bar tonight.

DSQUARED2 ($201.00), Courtesy of Shopbop

DSQUARED2 ($201.00), Courtesy of Shopbop

Need a new work dress?  This white dress is simple and refreshingly unique.

Narciso Rodriguez at Shopbop, Original: $1,595.00, Now: $638.00

Narciso Rodriguez at Shopbop, Original: $1,595.00, Now: $638.00

Chic. Pink. Classy. Midi.  Lace. Love this one:

Courtesy of Shopbop, Originally: $1,150.00, Now: $460.00

Courtesy of Shopbop, Originally: $1,150.00, Now: $460.00

This black dress makes me want to trash all my other little black dresses.

Courtesy of Shopbop

Courtesy of Shopbop

And finally, if you’re looking for a fun, colorful day dress this one will make you stand out from a mile away!

Moschino, Courtesy of Shopbop ($1,095.00)

Moschino, Courtesy of Shopbop ($1,095.00)

Happy Saturday!

Love,

J. Molly

Today’s Hottest Finds

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Let’s be real, 90% of the fun of going out for the night, is dressing up.  So I scoured the web for the hottest dress and accessories to create a sizzling hot outfit.  Whether you’re impressing a guy, or impressing yourself, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress.  If you want that effortless look…that “I want to look sexy without looking like I’m trying to look sexy” then wear a dress with long sleeves.  Make it tight and body-forming with some fun sexy cutouts like the one from Nasty Gal featured above.

For jewelry, pick your favorite piece and go with it.  I chose a pair of drop silver earrings to match the silver chain in the Chanel bag.  Speaking of which, if that Chanel bag were, $6,000 cheaper I would buy it! (Actual retail price of the Chanel bag: $6,700.)  The pink color is an obvious winner!  When you’re wearing a black dress, you need at least one colorful accessory to give the look some flavor.

The shoes are from the brand, United Nude.  They’re a statement piece that will have everyone at the party talking.

Stay tuned for more hot looks coming this way and thanks for reading Molly’s Runway.

Love,

J. Molly

This Week’s Hottest Buys

1. Nasty Gal Cut-out Romper in Shiny Pink:

Courtesy of Nasty Gal ($78.00)

Courtesy of Nasty Gal, Click to Original Website ($78.00).

This may not be the most practical outfit, but it will nonetheless have you stand out in any crowd.  Pair it with a pair of diamond stud earrings and a brown metallic sandal, and you’ll be ready to rock the streets.

2. Standout Sweater

Courtesy of Piperlime, Click to Original Website.

Courtesy of Piperlime, Click to Original Website ($395.00).

Make a statement with this intricate sweater.  Pair it with faded jeans for a casual look or a pencil skirt for a more sophisticated and professional look.

3. Add a Little More Color to your Life

Courtesy of Jeffrey Campbell, Click to Original Website ($135.00).

Courtesy of Jeffrey Campbell, Click to Original Website ($135.00).

Pair these color-blocked shoes with a long-sleeve little black dress and you’ll achieve style perfection.  Thanks to the handy ankle strap, you can get ready to dance your butt off without worrying these pumps will go flying off your feet.

Love,

J. Molly