Monday, July 27, 2015

Marble & Copper


TREND ALERT: From Pinterest to Tumblr, online magazines to proper publications; the combo of marble and copper has been taking the design and style world by storm. Those who love the chic minimalistic look can't help but be drawn to this fearsome fusion of elements. Popping up in apartments of the stylish, elegant townhouses, and more are marble surfaces with copper accents. There's just something about the pairing of two naturally occurring substances. Maybe it's the clean lines, and contrasting sheens and colors that bode so well together, or simply the fact that it looks incredibly clean and sophisticated. Regardless stone and metal just makes sense together. Here are a few of my favorite interiors rocking this trend.

Found on Pinterest searching "marble and copper."
Marble and copper doesn't just look good adorning your walls, but also your hands. The other day I was trying to stone marble my nails but failed (miserably) on a few of my nails. This design was born from my mistake (*cough cough* make sure the water you use is room temp to warm). Frankly I'm happy about it because this look turned out pretty nicely if I do say so myself. Though I would have liked the accent nail to be the ring finger, but ya know, beggars can't be choosers.


For the marbling technique, check out my latest video below! The copper color is Essie's Buy Me a Cameo.


Are you as obsessed with this trend as I am?

~Moll


As always if you try one of my nail designs, share it on Instagram and be sure to mention, tag me, and use the hashtag #mollymac! Looking forward to seeing your creations.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tortoise Shell Sunnies

Being the little shopaholic I am, it's customary for me to add new elements to any part of my wardrobe as seasons and styles change. A few weeks back, before it really started feeling like summer, I did just that with my ever growing sunglasses collection.

This time around I didn't go for anything super trendy, like rose gold round frames or cat eye sunglasses, just classic tortoise shell ones. Depending how you look at it though, tortoise shell sunglasses could be considered one of the trends of this summer since the popularity has spiked, but it is normal for that to fluctuate year to year. 

These types of sunglasses aren't anything new to the scene. Given their high-fashion glamour look, they've been a consistent favorite for those who love the high-society style. Every sophisticated fashionista has or needs a pair. 

The neutral coloring of these makes them extremely versatile because, let's face it, browns and blacks go with absolutely everything. Also, since most designers have been wanting to incorporate the shell into new products, every frame shape imaginable is available with this rendition of a pattern found in nature. Due to that, the shell ends up suiting that many more people's individual styles while keeping to that timeless look.  Pretty cool, right?

I purchased two pairs of tortoise shell sunglasses; one being chic and one being urban, since my wardrobe is split between these styles. Either can be an accessory for a dressy or casual look. They'll always look fab! To see an example of an outfit I wore tortoise shell sunnies with, check out this post! Surely they'll be featured in future outfit posts because they're my new favorites!

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Do you like this pattern? Have tortoise shell sunglasses made it into your collection yet?

~Moll

Monday, July 20, 2015

Motivational Monday

It's Monday. *yawn* Yes Monday can be a drag with it being the start of the work week and all, but it doesn't have to be! It's all about the start. So grab a cup of tea or coffee, take a breath, and have a read of these quotes. You can save these to your phone so you can look at them throughout the day and week whenever you need an extra boost! (Or you can totally bookmark this post. Up to you. ;)) 

Quick note, all images that aren't my own are linked with its source! Gotta give credit where it's due! :)
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photo taken of a poster purchased at a local boutique!

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The majority of these can be found on my motivational board on Pinterest. If ya like what you see, stop by there because I'm constantly pinning new quotes!

Have a lovely day and week!! :)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Love/Hate Tag


The other day I was tagged to list 10 things I love and hate by the lovely Natalie Ann from Petal Poppet Blogs. Since I haven't done a tag in a while I figured why not. This tag is very open-ended, so you'll get to know me in a different way beyond the standard beauty tags and such. Plus, I get to rant and rave and that's always fun!

Rules
List ten things you love/like and ten things you hate/dislike. Tag 10 people. Easy peasy!

10 Things I Love

Aimless Drives are a fave activity of mine whenever I'm stressed, upset, or in the mood to explore. There's just something about going into the unknown willingly, knowing you'll discover something interesting, that's very appealing and calming to me.

Blogging is kind of a given considering how long and how often I do it. This is most certainly a happy place of mine. I get to embrace myself wholly and not feel judging eyes or really care about being judged for that matter. Blogging is one thing that I started and will continue out of my own desire and not obligation. Though I have readers now, unlike the first few months, I continue this journey for myself. I don't mean this in a harsh way or anything because of course it is great putting smiles on your faces and knowing others enjoy what I have to offer; I definitely love making people happy; it's just this blog is very personal to me. Everyday I'm discovering and learning more about who I am, as well as meeting so many other wonderful and genuinely kind individuals. My blog and the blogosphere is a place where I can explore every corner of my creativity and potential, and feel content.

The Deustch/German Language is something I've been trying to learn and so far it's been a great experience. One day I'd love to live in Germany and visit the surrounding countries, even if it's just for a semester or year studying abroad during uni. Mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut aber ich lerne!

Indie Folk/Rock/Pop Music (basically anything Indie) is the genre I gravitate towards. Some of my favorite artists are The Paper Kites, The Lumineers, Sleeping At Last, Woodlock, Lorde, Twenty One Pilots, Zella Day, and The Neighbourhood. Jeez, I could go on for ages about my favorite artists. They're all so amazing!

Marble is so pretty, and clean, and chic, and ugh I just love it.

Nature is something everyone should love. We only have one beautiful and truly fascinating Earth, so it should be handled with care. With my love of nature comes a lot of respect and admiration. There's so much Mother Nature has to offer us if we are conscious of how we treat her. From the healing properties of certain herbs and roots to simply the happiness elicited when noticing how everything is slightly greener and brighter after a rainstorm, the Earth is our helping home in every sense; both physically and mentally. And that's why I love nature. Plus, the photo opportunities are infinite. (Fun fact: I love nature/wildlife photography. Future post?)

Organizing is something I've learned to love a lot more recently. Maybe it's me in my old age or the accomplishment felt when everything is put back in its home that's made me enjoy the action of organizing and not just the final result. It's a very peaceful time for me whenever I tidy or try out new methods. It's totally not weird...

Real Estate Sites have been something I've loved since about age 11. If I used the internet for free time before that I probably would've loved them when I was even younger. I grew up watching and was obsessed with HGTV shows, like House Hunters, so my interest in real estate started from a young age. Plus, my love for interior design then (and now) just enhanced that. For a while I actually toyed with becoming a realtor, but I've since moved on to pursue a career in marketing. Real estate sites are the closest thing I'm going to get to feeling like a realtor and I'm good with that. It's fun to just browse. In a way these sites are kind of like online shopping but for houses, and it's a truth universally acknowledged that I love to shop. (< bonus love!) I also just like staying up-to-date on the market and envisioning my perfect home.

Upcycling is a new hobby I'm trying out. I've been able to learn a lot of new skills, as well as put some old ones back into practice because of it. I love every aspect of it; from antiquing, designing, and building. I always enjoy doing little crafty DIYs, so it makes sense that this is up my alley, too.

Yellow is my favorite color. It is a bright and happy color, and I like anything that evokes happiness.

For seven more things I love, check out my first YouTube video!

10 Things I Hate

Alarm Clocks are the bane of existence. Just no.

Convenience Friends have been popping in and out of my life for as long as I can remember. You know the type. The "friends" who are only around when it's easiest and convenient for them, or they are getting something out of it (other than the unconditional friendship you're offering). I've found it best to just cut them off completely. No point in doubting your worth and breaking your back over them. It's just too much negativity.

Dishonesty is a no brainer thing to hate. Pretty sure everyone does; though people still fall into habits of lying, cheating, and basically being hypocrites. Anything but the truth is honestly unnecessary and it would save people a whole lot of time and aggravation avoiding it completely. *This is a dishonesty free zone.*

Hating, yes hating. Despite what you may be thinking I don't truly hate anything. I prefer to strongly dislike things. Even that is too much negativity and a waste of energy that I could be channeling towards something else. Ya know what I mean? 

HTML is a love/hate thing. It's a great feeling achieving what you've envisioned and actually doing something right, but it can be a pain getting to that point. And though I worked for about a year with C syntax for programming robots, I'm still no computer scientist and HTML frustrates me at times. It's all in the little things. Seriously, forget one end tag or miss a quotation mark and you're screwed.

Ignorance- really only ignorant people who refuse to widen their perspective and consider other viewpoints. I got no time, man. Nope.

Initiating Phone Calls has always been a struggle for me because I'm working on not being so shy, as well as getting past social anxiety. Plus, I'm just reallll awkward at times. It's uncomfortable, but I manage.

Mosquitoes are the spawn of Satan. Simple as that.

Overplaying Songs on the radio can completely ruin them for me! Don't radio hosts and DJs get sick of them? They must, so they ought to know that listeners do, too. Mix it up! It's ok not to play a song 7+ times in one day, just saying.

Writer's Block thankfully isn't something I'm faced with too often *knocks on wood vigorously,* but when I do experience, oh boy do I. I end up getting into a funk because of it. It's annoying.

I tag anyone who reads this! Leave me a link if you complete it! :)

~Moll

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A New Look

What I find to be a crucial part of blogging, as with life in general, is communication and willingness to be interactive. Both blogging and life are better when experienced with others. I'm not here to talk about some grand life lesson, though. (I'll save that for another post.)

I like to think of the blogosphere as a tight-knit community made up of a bunch of lovely and brilliant individuals (who will eventually run the world with our charm and ambition... and glitter). Being a community means there's support, honesty, opportunities to give input, perspective, respect, and a helping-hand ready to be lent when needed. With those factors in mind, I have a request!

For you longtime readers, I'm sure you're aware of my new look. For you newbies, well, I changed around my design and layout a bit. I'm stumped by this transformation, though. I felt the need to make a change, but now I'm undecided which template I like better. Both have elements I like and that could use improvements.


Major Changes Made:
Header
Margins (vertical lines to nothing)
Font color (black or pink to greys)
Accent color (pink to yellow)
Popular Post section (small photos w/ text to the side to larger photos w/ text underneath) 

Updated changes:
Lighter grey has since been darkened
Font type (Times New Roman to Verdana)
Font size (larger now) 

Old Design
Pros
Distinguishable logo/branding
Balance of pretty & bold
Cons
Old
Cluttered

New Design
Pros
Favorite color combo- yellow and grey
Clean & minimalistic
Cons
Too empty
Cookie-cutter/nothing too recognizable

I made both designs myself, so it's hard to pick and choose a favorite; especially when both have pros and cons. So I'm hoping you could help me out here by taking a second to answer the poll to your right! If you have any suggestions or comments, leave them below! I value your input. Anything will be helpful!

Thank you!! :)

~Moll

Monday, July 13, 2015

DIY || Button Buck


In about five minutes I have to be out of the house to head into Boston. My brother and I are going on vacation. After staying in Boston and surrounding towns for a few days, we'll then head down to his place in NYC. So really it's a vacation for me. It is strongly being encouraged that I "stop holding us up with my tomfoolery" and wrap this up. (Ok, brother dearest.) So I'm going to make this super quick and easy to follow.

This DIY was made over a year ago because I am someone who loves the buck/fawn fad. Much like with this craft post, I didn't take photos of my process. I'll try to make this as clear as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to email me whenever at mollymac13blog@outlook.com! Also, check out my first YouTube video for a mini follow along of this creation. The first section of the video labeled "DIY" is a brief overview on how to make this beautiful buck. Could be a handy aid if you're a very visual person like myself.

Materials: 
8" x 11" canvas
An assortment of buttons
Hot glue gun
Optional: Silhouette of a buck & ribbon

Steps:

1. Unless you want to place the buttons free-handed without any template like I did (very time consuming), print out a silhouette of a buck. (example or print out the picture of my finished product)

2. Cut around the silhouette and outline the edges on a canvas. Be very light when doing so to avoid harsh lines that don't erase well. 

3. Place various sized buttons within the outline of the buck or in the best buck shape you can manage if you're not using a printout. 
     Note 1: You don't have to make the perfect buck profile. This DIY looks much cuter leaning towards the cartoon side rather than anatomically correct side.
     Note 2: Place a contrasting button from the ones around it where the eye would be located.

4. One by one glue the buttons down.

5. Let them dry completely and then you're done!

Optional: Glue (and tape for extra security) a ribbon to the back of the canvas to hang on a wall. I didn't do that with mine because it has a home on the top of one of my shelves while resting against the wall.  

This is a super simple shabby chic craft. Once you've arranged the buttons in a way you like, this DIY doesn't take much time to complete at all.




I won't be online much this next week, so I have two posts and a video lined up for the following week! If you try this craft, be sure to share it on Instagram, tag/mention me, and use the hashtag #mollymac.

With that, have a lovely day and week, and stay fabulous! :)

~Moll

Friday, July 10, 2015

Instagram Diary & a New Endeavor


Instagram is one of my favorite apps. Shocker, I know. I love being able to connect with fellow bloggers and YouTubers now that I've made my account public (read about that in this post), and of course showcasing my photography, things I've been loving, what I've been up to, and the occasional selfie. Lately I have really been liking my Instagram. It captures the essence of who I am and what I enjoy. It shows my growth and investment in certain areas. It has also made me discover new hobbies I'd like to undertake. Instagram is my virtual happy place, apart from my blog, because it makes me reflective and puts things into perspective, too; just in a more spontaneous and relaxed way.

A biweekly habit of mine is visiting antique and consignment shops and then hitting-up the nearest cafĂ© afterwards. Most of these photos are from such days. When perusing these places, I'm always so inspired to create similar products as what I see, since the shabby chic antique style is very much up my alley. I always thought, "I just wish I could do that, too." A couple of weeks ago it dawned on me- why couldn't I make such items? I am a content creator everyday be it written, dainty decor, or photography. Creativity is such a fundamental part of who I am. Instagram may make me happy, but being creative is what makes me content. So why not try flipping, upcycling, and simply making?  

That is my new endeavor. I'm just going for it. Sometimes you have to just do it. Since my mum is so similar to me in this way, we've decided to make it a team effort and work together. This weekend we are going to some flea markets and shops to see what we can find and get this party started. I already have so many designs and ideas in mind that I can't wait to turn into physical creations. 


~Moll

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Denimocracy


As Abraham Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." But what about a fashion house- une maison de la mode? With the prospect of pairing denim together as key components of a trendy outfit, the world of the style savvy has been left divided. That's understandable considering it was once a fashion faux pas to do so and if not done well or with purpose, you're left in a disarray of denim. However if done with clever intent then double the denim can be double the delight. Read on for crucial points to know when wearing denim on denim.

Balance
As with anything in life, balance is extremely important. Fashion, and specifically trying to wear denim on denim, is no exception. If you are wearing a light colored top, wear dark colored bottoms. If you are wearing a tight fitted bottom, go with a slouchier top. If you are wearing a distressed piece, have the other one be perfectly polished. With this trend, it is important not to over accentuate anything. 

Break it up
Denim has a tendency to blend if color, rinse, and weight are too similar. That's why it's important to break it up with a belt, scarf, or vest. It detracts from the double denim helping with the notion of maintaining balance.

Colors & Patterns
If you're not a fan of the true blue, you could always utilize the variety of denim available. There are countless colors out there to wear other than blue. There are also many patterns you could wear and style on any color denim, as well. For my look I went with a polka dotted dark blue top. The dots also happen to match the light rinse wash of the boyfriend jeans helping to tie the outfit together.

Contrast
To avoid denim blending, focus on having opposing fabrics, rinses, and weights. Denim comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes, so use all of the differences to your advantage and don't wear two very similar pieces at once.

Keep it quiet
By keep it quiet I mean keep it simple. Leave the statement necklaces and loud showy pieces at home. Get back to basics. Stick to one accent color or metal for your accessories. 

This denim on denim look is what I'll be wearing at a BBQ my friend's family is hosting for the Fourth of July. This very blue look will be perfect for celebrating the USA's birthday!

 Would you sport denim on denim?

~Moll