Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

Boy oh boy, are you guys in for a treat today! Now, I consider myself to be pretty well versed when it comes to pancake, but I must confess, I hadn't tried lemon ricotta pancakes until a few weeks ago. I've heard about them from basically everyone on the Internet, but hadn't the pleasure of a formal introduction until my dear mother whipped some up for me over a long weekend. 

The recipe she used was actually a combination of two different ones she found online, with a few minor tweaks. I took things a step further and spruced them up for the 4th of July! These will be great for the upcoming holiday weekend. Even better if you have overnight guests and want to impress them in the morning. My husband literally inhaled a stack of these this past weekend in less than ten minutes, so they are taste tested and Graham approved! 

Here is the recipe I used: 
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ricotta cheese 
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest 
2 large eggs 
1 cup blueberries 
1 cup strawberries sliced
Confectioners sugar and/or real maple syrup

Combine all dry ingredients together and thoroughly mix. In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and eggs together until thoroughly combined. Add dry mix in to wet mixture and stir. Fold in blueberries. 

Heat up a griddle or skillet. Ladle batter onto hot griddle. The batter will start to bubble up and the edges will get firm right before they are ready to flip. 

Plate and sprinkle the sliced strawberries on top, as well as the powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.



Monday, June 27, 2016

Black Swan Style

I just love a good midi skirt. There's something about the length that feels a little fancy and upscale. Fear not though, fancy doesn't have to mean boring or even expensive. This playful and whimsical black swan midi skirt makes a statement while being very affordable and also very fun. 

Because the lively print is definitely the focal point of the ensemble, I went with all black everywhere else to let it shine. The strappy top is short and form-fitting, which perfectly balances out the voluminous skirt with a very high waist cut. It almost reminds me of a leotard, if you're making the connection to The Black Swan movie, but I'm probably not because I'm a wimp and can't watch thrillers. 

Pointed black sunglasses and a baby pink lip add to the costume-y and whimsical feeling of the outfit. A vintage clutch was the perfect understated bag for an evening out. 

Tall black lace up shoes were a no-brainer here. The thing about midi skirts is that you need tall shoes. Otherwise you end up looking super short with where the hem lands mid-calf. Nobody wants to look like a midi midget, so heel it up!

I've worn this skirt a few times now, and it always gets tons of comments. Who doesn't want an outfit piece that's a conversation starter? Now if only I could just get an array of characters to rotate out: black sheep, black cats, black labs, I'd be set. In the meantime, I'll just peruse the other options from SheIn and build my mid collection.

Molly's Outfit Details: Skirt: SheIn (sold out, but similar styles here), Top: Forever 21 (similar), Shoes: H&M, Clutch: Vintage, Sunglasses: Zooshoo (similar)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wear it Two Ways: Off the Shoulder Top

You've probably already noticed, but off the shoulder styles are absolutely everywhere this summer! We flagged them as one of our favorite spring trends earlier this year, and our love for them has only grown since then. These may be statement pieces because of the dramatic cut, but trust us, these are no one-trick-ponies! We've styled them a couple of different ways below, but the possibilities are endless.


I'm loving this denim off the shoulder top this summer! It's ruffle-y, loose fitting and comfortable, all perfect for a date night where you might be eating a lot. ;) I also love that it matches anything, since we all know that denim is totally a neutral. 

For a fun date night look, I added giant tassel earrings and round sunnies for simple, but statement-making modern vibe. A baby pink lip helps keep the look light and playful for a summer evening. Bright orange nails also keep the ensemble from looking too serious. 

Black skinnies balance out the volume of the top well and add to the dressy chic vibe. Strappy yellow sandals add a fun pop of color, while being sleek enough to up the fancy factor. 

I do love how versatile this top could be, too! Add some long jewelry, loose curls, and bright clogs for a folk-art look. Or, pair it with jeans for a sophisticated Canadian tuxedo. The possibilities really end with your imagination! 

Molly's Outfit Details: Top: SheIn, Black jeans: Forever 21, Shoes: Payless, Earrings: H&M (similar) Lips: Lipsense


It's no surprise that off the shoulder tops are so popular right now. They are incredibly versatile and come in all manner of styles. Plus, they have a classic silhouette. Is there anything more glam than showing off your shoulders? 

I've styled this off the shoulder top before, but it literally goes with just about anything in my closet. For this look, I went with a bold polka dot skirt (that I've also styled before here) and funky lace up wedges (again, they are on repeat here). 

I kept my look classic and timeless with a bold red lip and round sunglasses. Plus, the round sunnies really "match" my polka dots. ;) Maybe this post should have been titled Wear it Two Ways: Off the Shoulder Top and Round Sunnies? 

This look is perfect for a glam date night or if you really want to be the belle of the ball at a party. Just add a clutch and you're good to go! 

Jodi's Outfit Details: Skirt: Modcloth, Top: H&M, Wedges: Modcloth (similar here and here) Sunglasses: Similar


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Molly's Living Room Renovation

Our last stop on the house tour of our 1915 bungalow is actually the first room we renovated. It took by far the most work, and it ended up being our favorite room in the house, so I guess that's why I'm saving the best for last. You can see our other room renos here: Entryway, Bathroom, Guest Room.

Our goal was to make it a cozy, kitschy mid-century modern wonderland, and we think achieved it. From the cheery mustard yellow walls to the mid-century modern couch and coffee table to the vintage side chairs and artwork, I absolutely love the mix of old and new.

To see how far the room evolved, just take a look at the photo above. It started out looking like a funeral home from the '70s: floor to ceiling mint green wallpaper, curtains, and when we pulled up the new carpet we even found pieces of mint green carpet that had been there!

We basically stripped down everything and renovated it all. Above is a shot of my husband's priority of adding recessed lighting. I was on board because he wanted it so much, but didn't really care either way. However, I think it's one of the most dramatic and best changes we made!

The plaster walls took a few layers of skim coating, or scraping wall putty over the wall and scraping it off, so the plaster walls were nice and smooth. Then, sanding the entire walls, wiping them down, and priming the walls and woodwork. 

Next came the yellow paint. I especially love it in the space because the bold shade made the huge living room/ dining room space seem cozier. When we took down all the wallpaper and took up the carpet, we actually found that at one time the living room and dining room had a wall between them and had been separate, which made sense, because combined it makes a huge room. Gosh, I just love the secrets that hide in old homes.

The wood floors were in relatively good shape, but a little aged and sad. We had to remove the flooring in the entryway to fill in holes where pieces were missing in the main space. However, we finished the entryway sub-floor in the same shade, and it kind of helped separate the spaces, by having slightly different flooring. We rented an industrial sander and got to work sanding the old finish off and evening out the surface. 

Another touch I really love was taking up terra cotta tiles in front of the fireplace and adding black and white penny tiles. I think it looks much closer to what would have originally been there. After staining and sealing the floors, adding crown moulding, and doing about 100 other small touch ups, it was time for decorating!

I'd say at least half of the decor is vintage, but I've linked all the modern items below. I love the fact that I was able to incorporate pieces from family members like the "Better Homes and Gardens" decorating book from my grandma and floral crewel artwork my great-grandma made. 

And, most importantly, the living room renovation was dog-approved. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Room Details: Couch: West Elm, Coffee Table: All Modern, Rug: Target (similar), Pillows: Urban Outfitters, Target, Artwork: Hobby Lobby, Bowl: Ikea

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Violet Hour

Meet my new friend, a toast eating octopus, or toastapus. He's pretty great, right? I found out through my blogging partner in crime that Jess Black is the mastermind behind this gem. You see, I sorta have a thing for those deep ocean dwelling eight legged creatures. Also, I love toast. Basically, this is me in mural form. You can check out more of Jess's amazing work here

Oh, and you already know I have a thing for gingham. As I've said before, it's plaid's little baby sister and we all know how I feel about plaid. 

All that being said, I just had to capture this dress in front of this mural and document it forever in blog history. 

I went with my favorite straw tote to accent this summery dress, as well as "neutral" (leopard is totally a neutral if you do it right) accessories. I'm really loving this pom pom bag charm right now. I've been putting it on all of my summer totes! 

If only every corner of town had a great mural like this. Where do I get my own? Maybe Jess will paint one for me. ;) 

Outfit details: Dress: Modcloth, Wedges: Nine West, Bag: T.J. Maxx (also love this one, this one and this one) Sunglasses: Quay (similar), Bag Charm


Friday, June 17, 2016

Tobi Haul - Molly's Picks

Time for another Tobi haul post! Jodi shared her picks earlier this week and I'm excited to show off my items today. We were thrilled when Tobi contacted us to feature their very own clothing line on Mod Circus. We each picked three pieces to style, which was not easy to narrow down, but we both found pieces that incorporated our own style and the Tobi brand. We were super impressed with the quality of the pieces we received as well as the prices! Plus, Tobi offers 50% off your very first purchase! (I may or may not have already made a purchase to use mine after being so impressed.)

My first pick was the super fun Heart it Flutters Shift Dress. I feel live the real-live emoji dancing lady in this number! This dress makes a statement, and there's no getting around that. As we've mentioned so many times this season, off-the-shoulder looks are huge right now, but this one has a fun twist: the sleeves are actually separate! They snap onto the dress with tiny snaps for when you're not wearing it, though. How nifty is that!

To style a fun date night look, I paired the dress with sleek lace-up heels, large black tassel earrings and a vintage clutch. I feel like I needed the drama of the black to even out the bold dress. Understated accessories definitely could have gotten lost.

My next pick was the delicate and romantic Efflorescence top. I love the flowy nature of it and dramatic dark floral pattern. It's so incredibly comfortable and it could be dressed up or down. Again, off-the-shoulder alert. Can't get enough.

I went with more of a casual look here, pairing it with a button-front denim skirt, lace up gladiators, and a bow choker necklace. This look would be great for anything from running errands to BBQs, to drinks out.

For my final item, I styled these Fine Lines Wide Leg Pants. As Jodi also mentioned in her post, high waist really does mean high waist in this case! Some crop tops I wanted to style them with were even too long, so I went with a strappy camisole, and I think the combination turned out perfectly and it really balanced out the wide pants.

The pants are super comfy and a very fun alternative to a dress for a dressed up look. I can also highly recommend them for pear-shaped ladies who have a hard time finding something that fits their hips be small enough in the waist, which can be a challenge for me.

A bold earcuff, chunky wooden heels and a dark lip helped make a menswear-inspired look a little more glam. This would be perfect as something a little edgy and different for a date night or drinks. 

Check out Tobi for yourself to see all of their great summer pieces, and don't forget, first time customers receive 50% off their purchase! Thanks to Tobi for partnering with us on this post. Like I said, I may have already used my 50% off purchase. ;) 

Outfit Details Look 1: Dress c/o Tobi, Lace up heels: H&M, Earrings: H&M (similar), Clutch: Vintage

Outfit Details Look 2: Top: c/o Tobi, Skirt: H&M, Gladiator sandals: GoJane, Choker: DIY from Hobby Lobby

Outfit Details Look 3: Striped pants: c/o Tobi, Top: Forever 21 (similar), Earcuffs: H&M (similar), Wedges: Steve Madden (similar)

Check out some of Tobi's must-haves: Shoes, TopsSunglasses, Blazers, Maxi Skirts, Wrap Dresses

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