MY NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE FAVORITES!

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it's that time of year again! when all the bloggers share with your their favorites from this year's nordstrom anniversary sale -- i promised myself i'd never conform to the basic blogger standards, but this year, the sale has got some awesome picks. + apparently raybans are on sale for the first time in the history of the anniversary sale? those are gonna be hard to resist! madewell also has some gorgeous staple pieces on sale, including my most coveted-over button fly jeans! scroll below, shop your heart out, or don't! regardless, i hope you're having a good saturday! basic blogger out!!

ON A MISSION | A GUIDE TO SAN FRANCISCO'S MISSION DISTRICT

hi! my name is molly! + i really suck at posting about things after they happen! but now that i have a reasonable amount of free time again, i decided it was time to buckle down + get this guide posted! a few months ago for spring break, i headed up to san francisco to visit some friends. while there, we took one day to explore the mission district + we were NOT disappointed :) even though it took me a few weeks to get it all together, here is the guide, complete with a video! 

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ritual coffee roasters

we started off the morning with a stop at ritual coffee for some snacks + fuel for our day of exploring. they've got the cutest interior with pretty natural light + a gorgeous neon display hanging over head. the coffee ain't so bad, either :) it was reasonably crowded in there, even on a thursday, but we didn't have to wait long at all for our drinks. 

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benny gold

once we finished with our coffee, we headed down the street just to see what we could find, + stumbled upon benny gold! when we first walked in, we were overcome with the amazing smell of homemade chai. this place sells all different odds + ends, clothing, bowling gear, + homemade chai lattes + coffee! sadly we were already sufficiently caffenated, but the smell alone almost made us reach for a new cup!

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after life

the next place we stopped was after life, a cute + high-end resale shop. we had a lot of fun browsing around -- there were a lot of great pieces in there. all these places are on valencia street, which is one of the things that makes the mission district so great! these stores all basically all right next to each other, so once you are finished exploring one, you go out + right back in to another next door!

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dog eared books

we stopped in here just to take a look around [+ smell that amazing new book smell, haha!] it turned out to be the cutest little store for photos! if i had enough time around then, i would have definitely searched for a new read! does anyone else look at the cover art + then read the synopsis on the inside? so much for not judging a book by its cover, haha! 

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ampersand

this place has been on my "must visit" list for years + i'm so happy i finally got a chance to visit it! i didn't have any reason to buy flowers, but their open door studio is just gorgeous + it smells amazing! there were a few people in there + it seemed like them most amazing atmosphere. they didn't mind us taking photos in there either, which was really nice :)

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little paper planes shop

this place is the cutest! so many fun treasures, the prettiest white space, + the nicest owner! she talked to my friend + i for a while + we found out that she hosts classes in the back space! if you're local to SF, you need to check this place out! 

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tacolicious 

a few days before adventuring around the mission district, i was visiting my friend lauren in san jose + she introduced me to tacolicious! when natalie + i passed by one in SF, we had to stop by for lunch! [it's seriously so good that i'm craving it right now as i type this ha!] the atmosphere is so great, they have amazing drinks, + THEIR. TACOS. the definition of to die for. i got a fried avocado one + one with shredded chicken + grapefruit aioli + they were both incredibly amazing. 

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boba guys

after lunch, we stumbled upon a boba guys. i had heard of it before but had never tried it, so we stopped in! we have a local boba place near school that everyone loves to go to, so it was fun to grab boba in a new place! it might just have to be a new tradition :) anyway, the boba was super good. + the line was out the door!

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clarion street alley murals

kinda sketchy, but wooooorth it. the artwork is so pretty + really ranges in style. make sure to keep a close eye on your stuff + walk back out to valencia street when you leave - one block over is a bit dangerous. we learned this the hard way but it was okay! sadly just a lot of the homeless population is congregated around the mission district. 

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smitten ice cream

if you've been reading this blog for a while, or knew me remotely at all, you'd know that i never pass up a chance to et ice cream, especially when it's smitten!! i can't remember exactly what flavor it was, but it definitely had something to do with peanut butter ;) i splurged on a waffle cone, because, ya know, you're only in the mission district once! [okay not true but it works as a good excuse you know!?] 

so that's it! that's the gist of our day in the mission district! we stopped at a few other places + wanted to stop at a few other places, but ran out of time! so i thought i'd list out some honorable mentions below :) let me know if you've been to/are planning to visit any of these places soon, + what you think!  

TWENTY SEVENTEEN

i know, i know -- it's the end of february + i'm just now getting around to sharing the 2017 recap film. it's the thought that counts people! plus, when i first started this tradition in 2015 i shared in march, so i'm still beating that!! anyway. life has been off to a crazy busy start this 2018, but i wouldn't change it for a thing. i had fallen into a bit of a creative rut these first few weeks, but i can feel myself climbing out of the hole + i cannot wait to be back! i've some good stuff coming soon. anyway, let's get into the 2017 recap -- my favorite posts, the most popular posts, + some of my favorite memories are highlighted below in chronoligical order. + just a quick note before we get into it, i want to thank you all for being here. i serioously love every one of you who have followed along + continue to do so. i can't wait for the rest of 2018 + all the goodness it'll bring =) -- okay let's recap!

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disney world - watch the film here

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do i even need words? no? okay - good because i don't have any, except these: "disney is 100% the happiest place on earth + i could cry just thinking about being there".

galentine's day brunch

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THIS. this was one of the first gatherings i had ever hosted by myself - i'm talking brainstorming, prep, cooking, invites, etc. it was definitely one of the best days, + i miss my gals so much it hurts! can't wait to have many more brunches, lunches, dinners, + parties in the future =)

spring break part one - watch the film here

los angeles. this trip holds a special place in my heart, especially because i live here now! but also because claire + i shot a film for atlas supply co [watch it here!], which was HUGE for me. it was my first big collab + took a lot of guts for me to hit the send button on the proposal email. but seriously, this trip was one of the best memories from 2017, along with part two, below! we also visited california donuts, which makes my life every time ;)

spring break part two - watch the film here

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carmel + monterey, quite possibly heaven on earth. i can still remember the smell of the flowers, it was that amazing. we only got to stay one night here, but mark my words - i will be back!

backyard graduation party - watch the film here

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anytime my family gets together is a good time. i was so blessed to have friends + extended family come from all over to celebrate my graduation + supporting me through to my next step education wise! 

styling with scarves

THIS BAD BOY was a fan favorite! i had tons of friends on instagram tell me how much they loved the film, + i can safely say i had just as much fun filming + creating it. with the help of my friend sarah, we were able to have a fun afternoon + got to create just for the sake of creating. =)

the fourth of july - watch the film here

this tradition has been going on for about three years now, + each time it gets a little better. like i said before, anytime family gets together is the BEST. [i'm so lucky to have family that i actually want to spend time with ;) - haha, jk!] it's also so fun to reflect back on our times at the lake over the summer, especially now, since i'm so far away!

t+t's chicago ice cream crawl - watch the film here

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probably one of my favorite posts from 2017. i loved doing T+T's chicago coffee crawl in 2016, + thought it was definitely time to do another, but this time with ice cream! so overnight, we gathered our team together, searched for the best scoops, + gained a few calories, ha!

chili lime watermelon recipe

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also one of my favorite posts, this insanely amazing recipe was inspired by my trip to the taste of chicago. a snack i ate all throughout the summer!

diy pom pom dangle earrings 

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OKAY I KNOW I'VE SAID THIS FOR ABOUT EVERY ONE BUT THIS IS ACTUALLY PROBABLY MY NUMER ONE FAVORITE POST EVER. i love it so much that i had to type in all caps for a sec. forget the fact that it took me like 8 months to actually post it, + instead just look at those photos! my freakin' babe friends make the earrings look so good don't they? go make some for yourself like rn!

the museum of ice cream

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no words for this magical place, either! even to this day, i'm still in disbelief that i even snagged tickets, + i'm so happy that i was able to go with one of my best friends since birth! i've heard that their SF location + miami location are even better then the LA one -- anyone down for a cross country roadtrip?

garvin family christmas - watch the film here

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+ lastly, the 2017 garvin family christmas. being in california away from my family, i missed a lot of holiday traditions because i was so far away [obviously], so it was so fun to finally have a month off + reconnect with friends + family during the holiday. 

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all in all, 2017 brought on a lot of amazing, irreplaceable memories, but also lots of change. i moved across the country, learned how to live on my own, made new friends, kept taking photos, grew my brand, + upped my film game by like a million. i can't wait to take everything that i learned from this past year + utilize it this year to further learn + grow. thank you again for being here + supporting me - i love you all! happy [february] 2018!

FILMS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED!

hello hello hello friends!! am i the only one that can't believe we're already into december?! as this year moves to a close [WHAT?!?], i thought i'd do a round up of a few films from my youtube channel that you may have missed! sadly i haven't been able to create as many this semester, but hopefully there will be a few more coming before the new year comes! watch the films below, or click here to subscribe + never miss another video again!

THE PRETTIEST FALL LIP COLORS

even though it doesn't feel quite like it here in california,  F A L L  is among us --- which means sweaters + boots + scarves + hot drinks + alllll the colored leaf pics are among us as well. i'm not complainin'! i actually wish it was colder here in cali so i could fully surround myself in coziness, but in the mean time i've been adding as many fall colors as possible into my wardrobe, including makeup looks! to share the autumnal love with you, i've rounded up a short list of some gorgeous fall-inspired lip colors that are sure to compliment any chunky sweater or pumpkin patch selfie :)

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stilla / stay all day liquid matte / tesoro

colorpop / ultra matte lip / are n be

mac / matte lipstick / chili

fenty beauty / gloss bomb universal lip luminizer / shimering rose nude

BONUS: a mascara guide to rule them all --- compliment your lips with some pretty lashes!

if you've been following along for a little while, you'd know that i'm a  B I G  fan of any + all lip colors [see a list of my faves, here!]. i hope this little round up helps you complete your perfect fall look + fully embrace the autumn chill! cheers to sweaters + coziness + the holidays returning +  H A L L O W E E N T O W N  + apple picking + basically everything fall. happy lip-coloring!