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August 23, 2013

fall forecast: molly's most wanted

We have an incredibly mild summer here in Minnesota. It snowed over two feet on May 2nd for goodness sake; however, the temperatures are starting to rise and per usual it's right as I'm craving to slip into a new fall wardrobe. While I'm loving my maxi dresses and sandals, I can't wait until it dips below 75 to throw on a jean jacket and statement necklace. My Frye boots are begging my feet to step into them and my blazer and sassy jacket collection has been feeling desperately neglected. After spending my 'happy hour' pinning away, I found some items that I can't live without. Some of them will just have to wait considering a $1,700 leather jacket isn't in the budget for this fall. What are you looking forward to sporting this fall?

August 22, 2013

crop out.


I'm split on this trend. I think it can go terribly wrong {like the man walking down my street in a pink sports bra} or look amazing {see Ashley and Alessandra above}. I'll be honest that Katy and Miley leave me with very little desire to ever try this trend. Crops and a Chanel just don't go hand-in-hand and if you're wearing leggings {even if you are rail thing} a little frontal/tush coverage is just the polite thing to do. I think Ashley Tisdale knocks it out of the park with a subtle, sweet, and sexy bit of her midriff showing. Is this a look you will be rocking in the last few weeks of summer?

August 12, 2013

wedding wonders: beauty edition

It's getting closer and more real by the day. I believe we are going on 271 days. To the average person 271 is nearly a year, to a bride it's time to get  **** done. My wedding dress finally came in and I love it even more than I did when I first picked it out. I've been working my tush off: yoga, Pilates, and barre classes since the end of June {drum roll} I lost over 3.5 inches in my waist. I loved the way I looked in my dress and I think it will just get better and better as I workout and live the healthy lifestyle I've committed myself to {not giving up the wine}. Some of the most important pieces of our wedding have fallen into place: we have an amazing DJ - I want my friends to remember this epic dance party for the rest of their lives, I hired The Eventful Life for decor and coordination, I went to highs school with Jess and I know their vision will be beautiful. I'm so excited for our fantastic photographer, and I can't wait to work with The Beauty Department for hair and makeup. 

Maggie and Gina are literally a godsend, and I couldn't be more thankful that they are willing to paint this mug of mine on my big day! I'm having a really hard time finding a look that is completely "Molly" for my wedding day. I don't want to look too natural or too made up. I know I want my cheeks to be rosy, my skin to be flawless {I'm doing airbrush}, and for my eyes to sparkle. I'm told I look like Lindsay Price a lot, so I thought I would use some of her looks for inspiration. I am flattered people think I look like her and thought taking some cues from her would be worthwhile. I don't see myself wearing a red lip, but I do see myself with a natural pink lip, long {super long} lashes, a bronze glow, and a natural smokey {but not too smokey} eye. I want to look romantic, glamorous, and beautiful. Most importantly - I want to look like myself - just the supermodel version! 

August 9, 2013

Trending Patterns of 2013: Home Edition

Adam and I have been on the hunt for the perfect house for a while now. Where we live in Minnesota ranches and split levels are bountiful in their availability, I like idea of having the bedrooms up stairs and the living space downstairs, so our hunt is going to be a giant test of patience. I use the Zillow iPhone app almost daily to see if anything exciting has been put on the market, so I'm thrilled to share with you some interior design tips from the home experts themselves. Enjoy! 

Geometric patterns have made a huge comeback in the interior design industry in the last few years. Although preppy patterns like paisley and argyle have always been prevalent amongst Hamptons-style designers, 70s mod shapes are finding their way back into chic homes and apartments.
Here are some of the most popular trending patterns of 2013.


Italian fashion designer Missoni is often credited for popularizing the signature zigzag pattern known as chevron, which is found gracing every surface – from throw pillows to duvet covers. The transition of the pattern from cocktail dresses to accent walls is one that has decorators and homeowners excited. Want to incorporate chevron into a room for less? Simply paint one interior wall with the signature design and instantly glamorize a dated space.


The word quatrefoil literally means “four leaves” in Latin, which is fitting for this decorative arrangement. The pattern seems to be most popular in throw rugs and lamp shades, but is diverse enough to adorn any accent piece. In addition to fabric, quatrefoil is also a shape used for decorative mirrors, wrought iron headboards and even window frames.


Herringbone has a shape similar to chevron, but has a unique, overlapping design. As seen in the above image, the grainy texture, unclean lines and varying shades of the wood make the herringbone pattern a versatile option. Modern and classic interiors are complemented nicely by this pattern, seen in the wood floor example above. Herringbone is often displayed on tweed material, rugs and even in brick configurations.


Hexagons are not just for math class anymore. This shape is a classic go-to for bathroom tile, but designers are also using the pattern in wallpaper, windows and light fixtures. However, hexagon in moderation is key. To avoid that super-modern feel, limit this pattern to one or two places in a room.


Tribal patterns add warmth and funk to an otherwise bland space. Some Aztec styles incorporate 10+ colors that would otherwise be a taboo combination in the design world. However, the above configuration exemplifies how to blend a busier tribal pattern seamlessly into an interior space.

Greek Key

Typically seen in bordering, Greek key, also known as meander, is a pattern that is made out of one continuous line. Historically, this pattern has graced Grecian pottery and ancient Egyptian tombs, but now can be found on modern comforters and headboards.

Mix and Match

Combining patterns is undoubtedly the boldest trend of 2013 and creates an eclectic design. Don’t be afraid to mix up new styles, but make sure that a few core pieces or colors bring the room together. Notice the bold quatrefoil curtains set the tone, while a tribal and painterly throw pillow clash tastefully and draw attention both to the great height of the ceilings and the comfortable warmth of the sofa.   
From bedroom to living room, bold geometric patterns add color and character to a home. Incorporate these noteworthy prints to give spaces a contemporary and trendy facelift.

*Photos courtesy of Zillow Digs

August 2, 2013

Fixation Friday: Bronde Hair

I want bronde hair and I can not lie. I'm currently coveting this look and still trying to find a hair stylist that can get it right. After spending hundreds of dollars on my  color at the salon a few months ago, and leaving disappointed, I'm worried about not loving the results again. I've done ombré to my hair at home several times with great results, but there is something about this buttery brown and golden hair that is having me swooning.

If you live in Rochester, MN who do you trust to dye your hair?