Thursday, November 19, 2015

Everyday is An Adventure

Jacket:  J.Crew ~ Shirt:  Talbots ~ Jeans:  H&M ~ Shoes:  Thrifted ~ Thermos:  Anthropology

If you have ever sat and had a conversation with me, then you know I am a loyal J.Crew shopper.  However, from time to time I do find myself trickling into Anthropology to marvel at their home good section.  Last week I found myself needing a bit of retail therapy after a rather hard exam.  That is when I stumbled upon the most whimsical display of ceramic thermoses.  Stripes, polka dots, zig zags...oh my!  How is a girl even to begin choosing from such a colorful bunch?  I was lucky, and one stood out to more than the others, simply for its red top.  If you are a Native to my blog then you know I have a tendency to always wear lipstick, preferably orange.  While I love my lipsticks, I do not like the stains it leaves on my coffee cups.  Alas the perfect solution to my conundrum...red lid!  

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Dutch Do Pie so Well


Many of you know my love of apples in the fall, mostly because of all of the delicious baking I like to do with them.  You may remember the apple pie I made last year, but I couldn't help but share this Dutch apple pie recipe with you guys.  Just like your run of the mill apple pie, but with the most delicious cinnamon oatmeal crumble on top.  I've said it once and I'll say it again, the Dutch do pie so well.

Ingredients

1 pie crust
5 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
lemon juice 1-2 tsp
8 tbsp of flour
1 stick of butter
1 cup of rolled oats
2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg


Instructions

1.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

2.  In a medium size mixing bowl, make the crumble topping by combining 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Toss the ingredients together to evenly combine, breaking up any chunks of brown sugar. Combine the cold butter into the dry ingredients by squeezing and breaking it up with your fingers until crumbs form. Cover with saran wrap and put in the freezer.

3. Peel and core the granny smith apples. Slice the apples into slices. In a large mixing bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. Then add in the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 brown sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to evenly combine.

4.  Take the pie crust out of the fridge and pour in the apple mixture.

5.  Take the crumb topping out of the freezer. Should be very cold and almost hard.  Use your fingers to break into smaller crumb pieces.  Pour over your pie filling.

6.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, then lower the oven to 350 degrees and bake for another 35-40 until your crumble is golden brown.

7.  Allow to cool for at least 6 hours at room temperature uncovered.

8. cut and enjoy with vanilla ice cream!


xoxo
Mollie Anna

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Power Pants

Tee:  J.Crew Factory ~ Pants:  CABI ~ Bangles:  Francesca's ~ Shoes:  Talbots

I have always been a huge fan of wide leg trousers.  In fact, I will admit that I always buy mine in a tall length.  If they are paired with the right pair of heels your legs can look like they go on and on for days.  When I was in high school I was involved with the club Future Business Leaders of America.  The club aloud me to compete in categories such as public speaking and business ethics, and of course I always had to buy a new outfit before each competition.  One year I can remember picking out a pair of brown plaid wide leg trousers.  I purchased them in a tall, paired it with a matching vest, and I felt unstoppable.  Yes my style has changed, lol matching vest, but the feeling I get from wearing this style has not.  I feel like I should be passing a bill or waiting for a conference call in Hong Kong.  I was really pumped to see them in stores this fall, and I think we have to thank the 70's influence that has taken over.  What ever it is, I am happy to wear my power pants again...who knows maybe I'll find a debate somewhere to partake in.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

An Open Letter to October

Top:  Talbots ~ Skirt:  Sienna & Bellini ~ Tights:  Target 
Flats:  Steve Madden ~ Bracelet:  Francesca's

Dear October,  

You were so good to us.  With your chilly mornings and fall activities, you did not disappoint.  Unfortunately like a good piece of pizza, your yumminess eventually had to come to an end.  And even though we will trade in our pumpkin spice lattes for peppermint mochas, don't worry there will always be a special place in our hearts for you.  Until next year sweet October, I'll be dreaming up how to beat this years Halloween costumes and adding to my fall baking board on Pintrest.

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Keeping Up Appearances


When I was in high school all of my friends would come to me with questions about what was right or wrong in the eyes of the great fashion world.  Can you wear black with brown?  Do stripes really go with cheetah print?  The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve realized how silly these questions are.  Ultimately culture decides what is cool or not, and why should we be defined by that?  In my own words, fashion is an expression of one’s lifestyle and personality.  How we clothe ourselves greatly depends on our day to day activities, how we feel, and who we surround ourselves with.  

Every single one of us are fashion conscience, whether we realize it or not.  Yes, style means something different to everyone, but some degree of thought goes into everything we put on our bodies.  The weather, our job, who we will see, who we wont see, and even what day of the week it is.  All of these are factors that cross our minds as we run to our closets everyday.  It is my goal to explain this opinion further.  In this next series I will be profiling men and women from different communities and walks of life. By asking what fashion means to them, I want to break the idea of it being a right or wrong thing and more of a way of life.  With this particular post I want to look at why people choose to dress the way they do, and why we tend to think that way.

“I use to read all of these adventure and outdoor focused blogs.  The writers would tell these great stories and have these incredibly powerful meanings behind them, but I couldn’t help but notice something was missing.”  This is my friend Scottie describing his motivation for starting his blog.  ”I just felt like it was such a missed opportunity to reflect on God, and then I realized I could do that.”  When Scottie isn’t writing his awesome blog (check it out here) he is a student, a barista, and an active member of BYX.     and like most college seniors, Scottie is a busy guy juggling final projects and future plans.  The last thing on his mind is what to wear tomorrow.  

He admitted to me that not much thought goes into his usual ensemble of a t-shirt, shorts, and Chacos, "Honestly what ever is comfortable to ride my bike in".  But after talking through his day to day life a bit more we came to two conclusions.  The first is that he dresses for comfort because of his busy schedule.  The second is that he dresses the way he does because most guys his age do too.

“I think most people’s style is not dictated very much by what they think is going to make them look the best but more about 1. people’s expectations for them and 2. the image/identity they want to achieve.” We see fashion stereotypes all the time.  The barista rocking a beard and flannel, trying to fit in with the aesthetics of the coffee shop.  The college student always busy juggling class, work, and a social life which results in comfortable work out apparel.  I am a college student so I understand...most of my freshman year was spent in t-shirts and tennis shoes.  The real question is, are you wearing it for convenience, or are you just trying to keep of appearances?  One day my friend Madison came to me complaining.  Three different people had just come up to her and asked why she was so dressed up. I know my friend, and she probably just felt like looking cute, but when someone dresses up in college we think that person must be giving a presentation or heading to work.  A lot of students feel limited to their wardrobe in fear of standing out, and that's just nonsense.

If you are a Chaco wearing t-shirt loving person, then rock it!  But if you are simply scared of the dreaded “why are you so dressed up today?”question, forget about them!  Wear what makes you feel great and do it with confidence!  Not every person is a Scottie, always on the go to where comfort is the focus of style.  And on the other hand, not every person is a Madison, and has the desire to dress up.  Find your personal style and don't let stereotypes or society define your closet.  After all fashion isn't a right or wrong thing, "fashion is an expression of one’s lifestyle and personality."
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