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?



Wild Western Winter

Even city girls can use a little country romance.  

Step 1: Toughen up an easy, feminine maxi dress with lace-up knee-high riding boots for an effortlessly glam look which transitions well from day to night.

Step 2: Grab a versatile cross body bag (can be carried as a clutch when the sun goes down).

Step 3: Wear a dramatic lip on a fresh, otherwise-bare face, and keep your hair wild and natural for the right effect.

 Step 4: Now, go break some hearts.

My same dress in black: *on sale* here // Similar floral maxi: *on sale* here // Vegan leather lace-up boots: here // Cross body bag/clutch: here // Raw quartz pendant necklace: here // Lip (cruelty-free) (color: “Crush”): here


Let’s just polish you up, honey…

“Hi. My name is Molly, and I am a girls’ girl.”  I adore my girlfriends, and– being that we are all in our late 20s – early 30s–  it seems that one of us is typically going through some major life change at any given point.  On such occasions, I think it’s fun to give that friend a “little something” just to ease the growing pains, give them a quick laugh, or commemorate the experience.

Enter: Amazingly awesome non-toxic, eco-friendly, cruelty-free nail polish brand GINGER+LIZEach color has a fun name that I find appropriate for any of life’s highs and lows, such as:


1 “Who’s The Boss?”    

For your girl who just got promoted. Woop woop!

2 “Unconditional Love”    

For the one who just said “yes.” Awww.

3 “Investment Piece”   

For your friend who just bought her first home. Give with a housewarming bottle of her favorite wine.

4 “I’m So Over Him”  

For your gf who just ended a relationship. Remind her that he was a balding jerk anyway.

6 “Blowin’ Money Fast” 

For your friend who is expecting a baby… Because, let’s face it, it’s about to be true.



Going Cyko

Last night I made my way through the rain to attend a “compassionate shopping” event hosted by CykoChik, the brainchild of eco-friendly and vegan handbag designer Nikki Duong Koenig.  Chik’s Night Out was super fun– but then, I am biased since vegan food+ cocktails+ a great DJ+ local artists displaying their work is basically the perfect night for me.  Nikki was super inspiring to chat with as well; she left her corporate marketing job to pursue full-time her true passion of design in the sustainable fashion arena.  It’s a brave thing to do, to follow your dream so fearlessly, and she fully deserves the success she’s garnered.

Wristlet wallet: Vegan leather, available here.

Top: Helmut Lang from Barneys New York.

Lamé skirt and Levi’s flannel: Vintage

Lips: Cruelty-free brand OCC Lip Tar in the color “Hoochie,” available here.