Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Importance of Silence

Dress:  Ellison ~ Shirt:  J.Crew Factory ~ Boots:  Sam Edelman ~ Necklace:  Dillard's ~ Ring:  David Yurman

Plaid is probably my favorite pattern to wear.  It's so preppy and classic it goes great with almost anything!  As I've mentioned before, chambray is always one of my go to's and when you pair the two, they make a good team.  This cute jumper was only $16!  I got it at a boutique in Los Angeles where everything in the store is priced extremely low.  If you live in California I recommend visiting Heavenly Couture at one of their many locations through out the state!

Whew, October sure did seem to fly by!  Between school, work, and traveling I'm not sure where the time went!  I've got to stop and admire the beautiful leaves at some point!  I encourage everyone to get outside sometime this weekend and admire the beautiful transformation of Nature.  There is a quote from Henry David Thoreau that I love so much.  He says,"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees."  It's such a simple statement, but has a very powerful message.  It is so easy to get swept away in our hectic lives that we forget about the importance of silence.  We can learn so much from such a simple action.  Turn your mind off, admire the world around you, and sit in peace. So if you have a free moment this weekend, take a walk outside even if it's just for five minutes.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful and blessed week so far, and I hope everyone has a happy Halloween!

Mollie Anna

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mollie Anna Takes Manhattan

As I begin to board my tenth flight for the year I can't help but feel incredibly blessed.  Like Kate Spade, at the beginning of 2014 I decided it was going to be the year of traveling for me.  Traveling is something I’ve also wanted to do, but there has always been little excuses stopping me.  In January I decided to forget all of those excuses and just do it, what ever it took I was going to see the world.  If you have been following my blog through out the year, then you know I have visited Italy, New Orleans, Los Angelus, and now New York City.  NYC is a place I have always dreamed of visiting, and even living in, and in September I decided to just go for it.  I bought a plane ticket for my fall break, packed my bags, and left for the adventure that would change my life.
The view from Julia's apartment

Like I’ve mentioned, I have traveled a lot, but never fully by myself.  I tend to be a very anxious person, but for some reason I felt completely calm and confident as my plane landed in the La Guardia airport.  I collected my luggage and proudly hailed a cab on my own.  The cabby dropped me off on the corner of Flatbush and Myrtle in beautiful Brooklyn.  A good friend of mine, Julia was gracious enough to let me stay with her for the weekend.  Julia and I met my freshman year of high school in our select chorus class.  She went off to college, but we never lost touch. upon graduating college she went off to pursue her dreams of living in NYC with her fabulous PR job.
Smorgasburg food festival

Julia, being the experienced New Yorker that she is, was my guide for the week.  The night I flew in she took me to this great Jewish owned family restaurant, with some of the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.  We caught up on old times and shared stories of our current lives over sandwiches and red velvet cheesecake.  We snickered as our little waiter man coward at our strong personalities.  We headed back to her apartment and ended the evening on her couch watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother.
Central Park
The stairs leading to "the shoe room" at J.Crew, and the indoor flea market

Day one was perfect from start to finish.  She started by teaching me the subway system, which at first made my head spin but by the last day I had the hang of it.  We rode into Williamsburg and visited Smorgasburg festival where we ate some of the best food I have ever put in my mouth.  I bought two potato tacos and a cookie ice cream sandwich for desert.  We ate on the water and sat back to people watch.  After lunch we left the festival and wondered into a nearby indoor flea market.  We shopped for a bit, but then left to head towards the beautiful Central park.  Fall was on the rise and the leaves were beginning to show their autumn colors, which made for a wonderful afternoon walk.  After a while we sat on a bench to watch the people, if you can’t tell people watching is one of my favorite things to do.  After a while we left and made our way to Madison Avenue.  Here I wondered in and out of glamorous stores, gawking over the beautiful couture.  I managed to find my favorite stores, J.Crew, Kate Spade (four stories), and Laduree.  Once our pockets were empty we realized our stomach were too, and so we finished the day off in none other than McGee’s Pub.  Based loosely on the iconic, MacLaren's from our favorite show How I Met Your Mother, it truely was a treat.  
Brunch at Jane

Day two started off a bit rocky.  I had developed blisters from all the walking the day before, and when we left her apartment for the day I realized I couldn’t walk any further.  Shamelessly I took my boots off in the middle of the street and walked back to her apartment in my socks.  Julia was kind enough to loan me a pair of Ugg boots for the day, which made my feet feel SO much better.  After our little set back we headed to Soho for a little Sunday shopping and brunch.  One of Julia’s coworker’s met up with us and the three of us shopped store to store until our empty stomachs could take it no more.  Our reservation was for a this amazing brunch spot called Jane.  I ordered an egg white omelet with spinach and goat cheese, and my oh my was it tasty.  After brunch we shopped a bit more, but then left soho for our next event for the day.  I wanted to see The Statue of Liberty, but didn’t feel like paying, so we took a free ferry ride to Staten Island.  We couldn’t have planned it more perfectly too, because just as we were leaving the sun was beginning to set, which made for some beautiful pictures.  After the ferry ride we stopped in for some true NYC pizza, a total of $2.75 I might add, that was out of this world.  We headed back to her apartment and ended the day with a 
bowl of ice cream and an episode of Scandal.
Ferry ride to Staten Island at sunset

The third day was pretty big for me, not only was it my last day, but I had made plans for an informational interview with a girl that works in the social media department of J.Crew.  I woke up bright and early and caught the Q train with Julia as she was leaving for work.  I met Brooke at this adorable coffee shop called The Bean.  We swapped stories of high school baton twirling/dance team days and study abroad programs.  She answered all of my dire questions about J.Crew as we both gushed over how amazing Mickey Drexler is.  Although I was not aloud to come up, Brooke did allow me to walk into the lobby of the J.Crew office, which is just as fabulous if you ask me.  It still amazes me how open people are to network in this industry.  The fact that she was willing to squeeze in a coffee date for a little ole college kid like myself, means the world to me and I can only hope we get to work together one day! 
Union Square Farmer's Market

After we departed I had the afternoon to myself!  Union Square has a farmers market every Monday full of local produce, flowers, meats, breads, and so much more.  This was also a prime people watching moment for me.  After the market I wondered into a used book store called Strand, and found a few treasures.  I shopped a bit more and then caught the Q train back to Julia’s apartment.  When I got back I took her sweet Westie, Winne, for a walk and then dragged my feet back to start packing my bags.  I wheeled my luggage out to the curb and proudly hailed my last cab.  On the drive to the airport I felt incredibly sad to be leaving, but confident that I would return soon, and maybe even one day call home.  
Mollie Anna

So much judgment from my cabbie for taking this selfie

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Easy Apple Pie

Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!  I bought this bag of apples from my trip to the orchard and thought what better use for them, but make an apple pie!


6 apples
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1tbs lemon juice
1 egg yolk
1tbs of cinnamon

2 pie crusts


1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  1. Peel and cut your apples into small pieces.  I cut mine in half and then cut smaller and smaller until I saw fit.
  2. Throw your cut and peeled apples into a a bowl and mix with all your brown, white sugars, cinnamon, egg yolk, and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the first pie crust with your apple mixture and even it out creating a dome shape.  
  4. Take your second pie crust. Once it is room temperature remove it slowly from the tin, this will be the top of your pie.  Once you have settled your second pie crust on top of the dome mixture, press along the edges to seal it.
  5. Cut some thin slits along the top to allow the steam to escape.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees, then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes.  Depending on how soft you want your apples you may need to cook longer.

*I also made a cinnamon butter mixture and coated it across the top for a little something extra

I hope you've enjoyed this simple but sweet recipe!  I hope all of you have a wonderful and blessed day!

Mollie Anna

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Apple of My Eye

Sweater:  Talbots ~ Jeans:  J.Crew ~ Boots:  L.L. Bean ~ Scarf:  Forever 21

One of my favorite fall memories as a child is apple picking with my family.  There is this great picture of my brother pushing me in a cart with matching sweaters after we picked apples, it is all kinds of cheesy!  It has been a long time since I've been back to an orchard so I decided to go down memory lane this fall.  Apple Valley Orchard is located just forty five minutes outside of Chattanooga in Cleveland, TN.  The orchard's general store caters to all of your apple desires.  We helped ourselves to an assortment of apple fritters, cider, and homemade jam.  It has been a while since I've done a lifestyle post so I bought myself a bag of my favorite apple's, fuji, and made a special treat with them!  Be sure to check back later this week for the details!  

I love my Bean boots so much, and I wear them any chance I get!  Rain or snow these boots are always good to go.  You can dress them up with a sweater and scarf, like so, or keep it casual with a tee shirt and jacket.  These guys are definitely one of my go-to's as soon as the weather begins to chill.  I hope all of you are enjoying your fall so far.  My fall break is about to start, and I could't be more grateful.  This has been such an amazing semester so far, but I am defiantly ready for a little break!  I will be traveling to the great city of New York on Friday for the first time and I'm so excited!  I wish all of you a relaxing and memory filled break, and if you are traveling anywhere I'm praying for safe travel!  

Mollie Anna

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Three Ways To Wear Flannel

If You haven't heard me say it a thousand times at least some white girl in your algebra class has, it's fall!  Flannel seems to be the trademark of the season.  Whoah now, Suzy Q and Johnny be cool are sporting their flannels today it must be that time of year again!  But the thing is the flannel is so unappreciated, it typically only gets one look every time, "casual", but I'm here to tell you that you can wear that bad boy all week long and not look like you just rolled out of bed.  

The first look is "preppy".  Whether you are apple picking some where in Vermont or tailgating with your buds this always is good cozy go to look.  Start with your favorite flannel  and then layer with your choice of vest or even a nice sweater.  Since you have so much going on up top it's always good to accentuate your legs with a slimmer pant and finish with a cute shoe, such as these awesome smoking loafers or even riding boots.  Pearls are always appropriate for a classic look like this, so go ahead and layer those up too.

The Second look is "dressy".  When people think of flannel they don't typically think of going to a cocktail party, maybe not but it would make for a cute dinner outfit.  Instead of throwing it on over a pair of leggings button that bad boy up and pair it with an accent necklace for a clean chic look.  I paired my flannel with this great skirt from Kayce Hughes to accent my waist and then elongated my legs with a pair of nude pumps.  


The last look is the classic "casual" look.  I don't think I need to explain this because really it's all about what you feel like throwing on.  I love layering mine over a comfy tissue tee , leggings, Converse, and simple gold jewelry.  But I've worn this casual look a many different ways.  Sometimes I roll out of bed and throw something on for class and realize once I'm there I could probably pass for a homeless person.  But for real Bean boots, leggings, riding boots, Chacos, Vans, graphic tees, the options are endless. 

Flannel:  Old Navy ~ Leggings:  Target ~ Jeans:  Old Navy ~ Converse:  T.J. Maxx ~ Tank:  J.Crew ~ Skirt: Kayce Hughes ~ Vest:  Talbots ~ Loafers:  Old Navy 
 Pumps:  DSW ~ Necklace:  J.Crew Factory

Like I touched on in the "casual" look all of these can be done hundreds of ways.  If you like one, great!  Go to your closet and see what you can throw together.  A flannel is only an accessory, but an outfit reflects your personality.  Clothes are obviously an outlet for me, but I don't stress out about them.  I feel like I sometimes can get caught up in wanting the newest boots or I have to have her coat, but really it should be fun.  Don't give a crap about what Lana too cool is wearing next to you, just be happy and confident in what you have and thats all that really matters.  Clothes and trends will fade, but a personality will last a lifetime.  I hope you are enjoying your fall season so far, and I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week!

Mollie Anna

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall in Love With Talbots

Sweater:  Talbots ~ Blazer:  Talbots ~ Jeans:  Talbots ~ Chambray:  Talbots
~ Boots:  Ralph Lauren ~ Necklace:  Dillard's ~

We are slowly transitioning into my favorite time of the year!  Cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie, leaves changing, my oh my it's all so wonderful.  One of my favorite fall activities is simply taking afternoon strolls.  I love taking the time out of my busy schedule to breathe in the crisp air and take in the beautiful transformation the world takes on this time of the year.  The outfit in this post comes directly from Talbots fall line.  I have been so blessed to work for such a great company like Talbots for the past two years.  Every collection offers such classic and high quality pieces that make even the most timid woman feel confident and beautiful.  Although every collection is beautiful I am always especially fond of the fall line.  There is something about fall that exemplifies my preppy side, and Talbots represents this to a T.  Fall is all about layering and this fun sweater pairs nicely with a classic blazer.  Even though I have never actually been on a horse, fall always make me want to dress like I could hop on one at any second.  Riding boots are my favorite and they are the perfect addition to this preppy combo. 

For the month of October I am teaming up with Talbots.  Any of my readers for the whole month of October will receive 25% off their full price purchase with the mention of my blog,"Mollieanna".  This offer is primarily for readers shopping with the Hendersonville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville stores, but if you live in another area simply have your store call the Hendersonville store, and my girls will help you out!  For any questions on the offer please see store associates for details, exclusions apply.

Working with Talbots is a very exciting step for me so I want to take a moment and say thank you to all of my readers.  I also want to give a big thanks my trusty sidekick Sydney Incorvaia for all of the photography in the past and to the very talented Joanna Patmore who shot these photos, and will be helping me out more in the future.  You guys are so wonderful and encouraging, I couldn't do any of this without you all.  I hope to do more offers and post like this in the future, so keep on reading and sharing!  Thank you all, I feel incredibly blessed by you.

Mollie Anna
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