What's better than a work trip to Las Vegas!? But seriously...
Check out all of my favorite Market trends and Vegas "to-do's"!
Summer 2016 Market Trends:
Cacti and succulents are a HUGE trend right now for the home.
Aesthetically they have become apart of interior accessories physically as well as popular textile and artwork prints.
Guys, I'm dead over this sofa. I need it right now!
Colored upholstery is all over the place these days and I think it's a great way to infuse a pop of something unexpected into your decor. Be bold and try something different!
This particular piece is from A&B home - hand designed and crafted by Sunny Lim Ko Seng - go check it it out!
Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals! They are still hot, hot, hot!
However, these tone on tone pallets are mixed with tons textures and patterns to create visual interest.
This look was sponsored by Loloi Rugs.
Kate Spade Home...enough said!
I'll take one of everything please!
Check out all of their product offerings here.
Books are the new accessory!
Stacked or lined, old or new, covered or original they are appear in all aspects.
These are a great way to add color, texture, or height to your space for a very minimal cost. Check out your local flea market for these old treasures that can be transformed.
Bold Prints & Bold Colors!
Art work just isn't taking on it's form in a frame anymore; bold artistic prints and patterns are appearing on fabric and furniture!
The chic bohemian beach look is still popular. This style offers sophistication with comfort.
Restoration Hardware has created a phenomenon within the home fashions industry, and from what I can tell the look isn't going away any time soon. I love the way these neutral tones and denim fabric are paired with the dramatic, soft pink lettering, and the contrast between the clean lines of the cocktail table and the rustic storage bins.
A peak into the AMER showroom featuring some of my summer designs.
View from the Cosmopolitan Hotel: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
First top for anyone traveling to the west coast should be In-N-Out! It is the absolute best burger and fries on the planet.
Dinner with a sweet friend at La Comida, in downtown Vegas. After an afternoon of shopping at the outlet mall of course :)
"The Flower" drink at the Chandelier bar in the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Not only is the location amazing but the drinks are too! This drink is a "must have". You take a sip of the drink, eat the flower, and finish the rest of your drink...but the catch is that the flower makes your mouth all nub and tingly! Supper fun!
In all of the work and craziness I forgot to document many places and moments...oops!
But here's a complete list of my favorite things to do/see:
-Red Rock Canyon
-High Roller Faris Wheel
-Mastros Butter Cake
-A ride in the gondola at the Venetian Hotel
-Historic Vegas Sign
So it looks like I just broke the golden rule "what happens in vegas, stays in vegas", just kidding...
Thanks for reading!
Cheers y'all - Molly Mays
Ya'll - My "bestie's" got married!!!! I'm just a little bit over the moon about it!!
Take a peek at our trip to Pittsburgh and Bri & Eric's F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S wedding weekend!
Who doesn't love a love story?
The festivities began on Thursday evening with a welcome party complete with the most festive wedding décor you've ever seen, grilled pizzas, and Moscow mules!
Friday's agenda consisted of the most chic bridal luncheon you've ever seen at Hotel Monaco; a pit stop at the Bride's store, Number Fourteen, of course; and a super fun rehearsal dinner at Olive or Twist!
Saturday. The BEST. DAY. EVER.
We started the morning by getting beautiful, sharing sweet memories with Bri, and sipping on mimosas.
Then we partied all of three minutes on the party bus ride over to the church.
Once the "I-D0's" were done; it was P-A-R-T-Y time!!
It doesn't get any better than that folks!
Cheers to the Happy Couple - Wishing them a lifetime of love and happiness!
We love you B & E and are so blessed to have been a part of your fabulous day!
Thanks for reading y'all
XX - Molly
I think everyone probably has a favorite thing that their grandmother makes!
And you also probably think that no one else makes it just quite the same...
I was so glad when we moved back to Charlotte to be able to use all of the wedding gifts we received over a year ago (we left most of them with my parents as they wouldn't fit in our 600 sq. ft. slice of Manhattan).
I grew up making pound cakes with my Gammie. She would pull up a chair, so I could see over the counter. Then she would help me scoop, measure, and stir the ingredients. For my bridal shower, she surprised me with my very own pink Kitchen Aid mixer! So, it only seemed fitting that the first thing I made with it would be her Sour Cream Pound Cake!
Take a peek at both my first attempt at baking Gammie's pound cake on my own and the delicious recipe.
First, gather all of your ingredients together before you start.
Also, measure any ingredients at this point, so everything is ready to go as you need it.
First, beat the softened butter at medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Once the butter is soft and creamy, you'll add the sugar slowly on medium speed for 5-7 minutes.
Next, add eggs one at a time to the mixture beating just until the yellow of each disappears.
Be sure to stop the mixer every now and again throughout the process and scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
This ensures that everything is being evenly combined.
Now combine your baking soda and flour. Add these dry ingredients to your mixer alternately with the sour cream. Be sure to add the flour mixture one scoop at a time at a slow speed. Always start and end with the flour.
ATTENTION - DO NOT LEAVE MIXER RUNNING WHILE ADDING FLOUR - trust me...it doesn't end well. You and your kitchen will end up looking like there was a snow storm.
While the flour is mixing in on the lowest speed, add your flavorings: vanilla extract, almond extract, and Gammie's secret ingredient... amaretto!!
Be sure to taste the batter and add more flavoring as you wish.
While your batter finishes mixing, prep your tube pan by giving it a good coating of Baker's Joy,
or by greasing and flouring it well.
Now it's time to add your batter to the pan. Be sure to make the batter as even as possible, but remember that the "top" of the pan will be the bottom of the cake.
Next comes the BEST part of all...licking the batter bowl!! Be sure to leave yourself a little treat!
My paw-paw and I used to chase each other around the house with spatulas trying to get some of the batter from the other (Sorry Paw-Paw, this one was all mine!)
Place your cake on the middle rack of your oven. Be sure it's pre-heated to 325 degrees.
Set the timer for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
When the time is up, check the cake with a cake tester. If the tester comes out clean, the cake is done.
It may need a few more minutes depending on your oven.
Once the cake is done, take it out of the oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes (in the pan). Then remove from the pan and cool completely.
And just like that you have "Gammie's Sour Cream Pound Cake"!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It certainly is a special family tradition, and I hope that it can become one for you too!
1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
3 cups of sugar
6 large eggs (room temperature is best)
3 cups of all-purpose flower
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup sour cream (1- 8oz. carton)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup Amaretto (adjust to taste!)
Bakers Joy spray
Wire cooling rack
Cake tester or tooth pick
Thanks for reading
XX - Molly
An LWD is just as important to have in your wardrobe as an LBD!
Now is the best time to buy the perfect one because most of them are on sale, and they can easily transition into fall.
Add a cropped leather jacket and some fringe booties, and you've got it made.
Check out my top five picks of LWD's for any occasion...
#1 -Around town - Pair this look with either Jack Rogers or Converse and add a colorful bandana around your neck,
and you're good to go! (Check out my friend's look here)
#2 - Casual yet tailored - This look can easily be dressed up or down.
Wear with flats and a cross body bag or wedges and a clutch!
#3 - The must-have maxi- These are great for date nights with wedges and a clutch, and they can easily transition into the perfect beach or cruise wear by simply adding a pair of flip flops and a colorful necklace!
#4 - Perfect for church - A classic style dress with simple lines made of a dainty fabric is perfect for church.
Add your own flair with accessories!
#5 - Work wear - A tailored look is best for this. Throw on a blazer and some heels,
and you have the perfect corporate look.
Cheers to finding the perfect LWD that's just right for YOU!
Thanks for reading
XX - Molly