90’s flashback

If you were anything like me, you spent the majority of the 90’s on your inflatable furniture watching the ups and downs of Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris, taking the occasional break to go eat some Gushers or tend to your Tamagotchi.   Oregon Trail, My So Called Life, and see-through land line phones also come to mind.   And what about the beauty products we used?  (Who can forget the simpler days of “Sun In,” long before we became resigned to our $100 trips to the salon?)  Are any of these magical products still around?  If so… Are ANY of them cruelty-free or vegan?   Let’s see, shall we:

Lip Smackers!  Did anyone else wear these on a string as a necklace?!  Fortunately, these guys are made by longtime cruelty-free (meaning no animal testing!) company Bonne Bell.  If you avoid beeswax, though, these are not for you.


Mane ‘N Tail!   I remember reading in my YM magazine about how I could use this stuff on my horse AND me.   I didn’t have a horse, but that didn’t deter me a bit.   As an adult, and before I went vegan/cruelty-free, I used and loved the deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners and loved how shiny they made my hair look, AND how they were super super affordable at the grocery store.   I recently called Mane ‘N Tail’s customer service number to inquire about their policy on animal testing, and to find out which of their products were free of any animal-derived ingredients.   FYI,  they put it in writing for me that they do NOT test on animals under any circumstances, and these are their vegan offerings: Deep Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner; Gentle Clarifying Shampoo; Daily Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and 2-in-1.   I’ll take it!


Victoria’s Secret “Lovespell”!   To be honest, I reeked of this well into my sophomore year of college.   Boys seemed to LOVE its overly-sweet smell, and it came with me to every kegger.   While this product is still available, Victoria does indeed have a very dirty secret:   despite her claims otherwise, her products are tested on animals.   Bye!


Stila Lip Glaze!   Welp, I had these in just about every color (along with Juicy Tubes… remember those?)   I can still hear the “click click click” as I dispensed the color onto my lips, and I can still feel the annoyance of having my hair get stuck to my face should there be a gust of wind… Those were the best of times.   I am so sad to say, though, that Stila has only recently changed their animal-testing policy– and not for the better– in order to retail in China.   (It is mandated by Chinese government that companies conduct cruel animal testing before they allow their products on the shelves.)


Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder!   Ok, so… Can we just take a moment to really soak in the NAME of this product?   Hi-larious.  I guess this was supposed to be sexy.   Not sure how hygienic the whole concept is– especially if you’re like me and decided to directly lick the puff– but, hey, I’m not here to judge:  if you still crave this product, you can find it on ebay, and it is in fact cruelty-free and vegan.   Go nuts!


Herbal Essences Shampoo!   What can we even say?   Anyone who was anyone used Herbal Essences.   What was the point of even having hair if it didn’t smell like a rose garden on steroids?   And those sexual commercials, though!   Here is the skinny on HE:  although it is advertised as NOT being tested on animals, it is a product owned by Clairol, who DOES make other products which are animal tested.  Looks like I won’t be ooh’ing and ahhh’ing in the shower again any time soon.


Sun In!   Pros:  This product is cruelty-free and vegan.   Cons: there is a 97-100% chance that you will end up with insanely patchy, bright orange hair.   I will never forget the time my mother picked me up from summer camp after I had borrowed half a bottle of my friend’s Sun In– her expression was a strange mixture of confusion and horror as I hung my blotchy neon head in shame.


the “bests” of the birthday week

So, I do not normally talk about this stuff on the blog…  But you guys, it has been a HECK of a year, and not in a good way (think: unexpected job transition, massively difficult breakup, and the devastating death of my little dog all at the same time).  It’s okkkk, we all hear that when it rains it pours, and I really do think that it’s normal to have an “off year” every now and again. Plus, I think that while it is important to let yourself feel sad, it is just as important to–at the same time–remember how good you have it compared to so many others out there.  Anyway, my point is– I just had a birthday, and my friends and family took it upon themselves to really “do it up” for me this time.  We ate, we drank, we were merry.  We had spa treatments, we fed our faces on rich desserts, and way too many gifts were given.  The past week has me feeling re-energized and hopeful for a fresh start.  As I sat here reflecting on the week of celebration, it occurred to me that I should share the highlights with you so that you can try them as well!  (Note: a few of these will be specific to Dallas, so for those of you who don’t live here… maybe its time to come make a trip out of it!)  Thanks for letting me open up a tiny bit … I hope that you feel encouraged if you, too, have had a less than stellar time lately. There are lots of “bests” in life to concentrate on, plus you have nowhere to go but UP! 🙂




You guys… TRUE FOOD KITCHEN has a VEGAN PINA COLADA!  Super sweet, but verrryyyy good if you’re celebrating something!  And if you’re there, be sure and get the lettuce cups and Andy’s TLT sandwich… You’ll be hooked on the whole experience.  


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UNLEAVENED FRESH KITCHEN is brand new and soooo good, y’all!  Menu highlights:  Their hummus, the spicy avocado dip, the Farmstand wrap (specify that you want it vegan, not just vegetarian… It was seriously amazing) with a side of rice pilaf, and NO JOKE their coconut lime popsicle is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.  They have beer and wine, too. 



I got a little gift in the mail from OSEA MALIBU, and I can honestly say that I am a new member of their considerable cult following.  Pictured here are my four very favorite products of theirs (listed in the order in which I apply them):  1)  Ocean Cleanser (I’m in love with the smell, and it leaves my skin feeling so refreshed); 2) White Algae Mask (anti-aging and skin brightening… I LOVE that you can leave it on for just 10 minutes, or overnight if you want to! You wake up, wash it off, and your skin looks incredible); 3) Brightening Serum (use to lighten age spots, sun spots, acne scars, freckles, uneven tone/blotchy skin); 4) Atmosphere Protection Cream (anti-aging, moisturizing, and protects your skin from environmental stressors). Osea’s products are cruelty-free (no animal testing) and vegan, all-natural, and organic. I was inspired and happy when I read this on their website: 

“I want to leave this planet a cleaner place than when I arrived. (Like being a good house guest.) I also want women to be able to use the safest cosmetics possible. Remember 70% of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream. I want to raise the consciousness of women so they use safe cosmetics, it’s not just about beauty – it’s about their health.”
– OSEA Founder Jenefer Palmer



My favorite thing about MINILUXE is the availability of 5-free (meaning, without all 5 dangerous chemicals commonly found in nail polish) vegan polishes!  Impeccable service, too, and located around some of Dallas’ best shopping.  Word to the wise: make an appointment; not very walk-in friendly because they are always so booked up! I went to the uptown dallas location, but these salons are found in Texas, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 


I was invited by FIT N’ FANCY to try out their non-invasive Strawberry Laser treatment (typically $100 per treatment).  I must admit… I was skeptical.  But I looked it up online and saw that it is FDA approved and has been featured on Rachel Ray, Extra, and The Doctors… Plus I figured hey, why not.  Temps are rapidly rising (hello global warming) so clothes are getting sparser, and I wouldn’t be mad if I lost a couple of inches.  So I went to and visited Leah at her spot in Grapevine, and what I can tell you is this: She cares about what you want, about your lifestyle, about being truthful in regards to what your expectations should be, and she takes great pride in her work.  It went down like this: Leah took my measurements, then placed little paddles, bound by a strap, around my waist.  It was warm and I fell asleep 🙂 30 minutes later, I woke up and groggily removed my “belt.”  Keep in mind that I am pretty small to begin with, so any change in my size is very noticeable to me… But I swear, I could tell a difference immediately!  I know, it sounds hokey, but I would never lie to y’all.  We measured, and I lost a total (meaning, cumulatively from measurements around 3 different parts of my abdomen) of 3 inches.  I felt fine– no soreness or downtime or anything like that.  Things to remember: The FDA says that the inches lost are temporary, but with diet and exercise can be maintained; also, multiple sessions are recommended for optimal results. Leah (who is vegan-curious, so I had a ball chatting with her) also offers teeth whitening, hair removal, and more.  



(photo cred: my super talented friend Mary Summers Hafner of So Then They Say)

QUILL is finally open, and it did NOT disappoint!  I felt like I was in New York, not Dallas, as I danced with my friends to old school hip hop among the older-world black and white + emerald decor, accented by brass. Go, go, go! 


I hope you enjoyed my “Bests” list… Admittedly, it is a departure from my regular content (fashion, of course!), but let me know if you want me to keep these types of articles coming! 




rosé all day


I was going to be drinking rosé and looking all pretty and cheerful in the shot… But then I broke the dang wine glass.  Also, a note to all my fellow blondies… If you use purple shampoo every time, your hair will in fact turn purple.  I can dig it.

tank top- mate the label  // denim shorts (similar)- chicnova

blue shampoo (cruelty-free & vegan)- lush daddy-o







the brand you’ve never heard of that will save your skin


Let’s talk about skin, baby… I will start out by saying that I am in no way getting compensated for this post, I just want to share beauty secrets that I so believe in.  My day job is in dermatology, so I’ve tried using virtually everything as far as skincare is concerned, and right now I can say that– because of a daytime/nightime regimen I’ve implemented– my skin is the most clear that it has ever been.  The makeup-free photo that I just took after the shower (above) is not retouched in any way… and I really wish I had a “before” shot from a few months ago!  I’ve never been what you call “acne-prone,” but my face was certainly susceptible to a couple of stray spots and had a more dull overall tone to it.  Here is how I took control (using a little-known brand 100% free of animal testing or animal products, which was also formulated by a doctor whom I know personally and trust): Sugoi.  It’s the BEST, y’all.  You can’t order online since it’s a small brand,  but call my dermatologist’s office to place an order (972-649-6644) and they will gladly ship. I especially recommend: the exfoliate cleanser, the “brighten” face cream, the “brighten” eye cream, the advanced regeneration complex, and the medi c plus.  If you have questions about any of the products, just call and tell them that Molly sent you…  Babs Curtis (aesthetician) or Tanya Rodgers (the doctor) will be happy to answer your questions and will even give you a consult over the phone.  It is hard to find an ethical and effective skincare line… hopefully this helps you out!  XOXO- Molly



Order/inquire at the Skin Specialists’ office: 972-649-6644


Barse + Pixie Mood

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backpack:  pixie mood (also in grey/black)

necklace:  barse (on sale)

choker:  lili claspe

sunnies:  karen walker

dress:  in-store only at rio ritz boutique

lips:  kat von d (vegan/ cruelty-free)

nails:  zoya (vegan/ cruelty-free)

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Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetYou know what is infinitely flattering, but is randomly hard to find?  The vertical pinstripe maxi dress.  I love this one from Rio Ritz (fyi: this was a size small; call 469-458-3570 to order; they’ll ship!).  I oftentimes like layering my black velvet choker (only $16) with longer necklaces… this time, I paired it with my new very favorite from Barse Jewelry… The carnelian stone (member of the quartz family, for all of my fellow “rock nerds” and hippies out there) is the prettiest orange hue and is said to promote stability and courage.  Finally, my vegan leather backpack is the perfect size for toting around daytime essentials (book, iPad, camera, phone, wallet).  I’m warning you… Be ready to receive a crazy amount of effusive compliments on this bag.

sunnies // backpack // necklace // choker

more pinstripe dress options: 







Queen Of Hearts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!   Whether you’re dating the man of your dreams or Ben & Jerry, you won’t be able to resist getting in the mood with these amor-inspired goodies!



Shown on me: Lovers Gonna Love L/S Dolman

** Metallic Nail Polish ** Rose Gold Heart Ring ** Coral Bralette **

Lavender Origami Skirt ** Sheer Bow Tank **

Dog Shirt ** Faux Ostrich Belt

** Pink Patent “Leather” Pumps ** Heart String Lights **


Ok, I’ll Bite-


Just in time for the freakin’ weekend:  Bite Beauty’s highly pigmented, anti-aging Lush Fruit Lip Gloss!  My favorite color is “Spice,” shown here… Its an orange-red that warms up your whole face.  Bite never tests on animals and carries the Leaping Bunny logo… woohoo!  The gloss tastes great (probably because it is made with real coconut, mango, and strawberries?), is carmine-free (but watch out for their lipsticks) and contains loads of trans-resveratrol– a powerful anti-aging ingredient commonly found in red wine.  Mmm… wine.  Is it 5 o’clock yet?