COFFEE DATE

new coffee shops are my jam, especially when they're as pretty as owl + lark. sometime in the late summer/fall of 2015, i had noticed a new sign go up on the main street of the town next door. just by looking at it, still unsure of what it was, i knew i'd love the place.

and boy was i right. i've only been a total of two times, and each time was as dreamy as i had expected. my sister and i went together the first time, a few weeks ago, and created this little film. i went back a second time with some family friends and both of my sisters. their lattes are so good, their pastries (the lemon bar... HEART EYES!!!) are amazing, and the decor is simply gorgeous. keep scrolling to take a look, and if you're ever in or near chicago... look this place up!


CHICAGO GUIDE PART TWO: LAKEVIEW

almost one whole year ago, i created my first chicago guide: THE LOLLY PROJECT EDITION. it featured the ever-amazing wicker park - one of my favorite parts of the city. (who am i kidding, every part of the city is my favorite part of the city.) it was a quick, impromptu day trip and an adventure that i'll always remember. we shopped, waked around, and ate the best donuts ever (thanks stan's!)


earlier this year, i heard about stan's donut's new location in lakeview, and i knew i had to check it out. while i was at it, i thought i'd create another guide! i grabbed my sister, her friend, and the camera and we got to it.


FRUVE JUICERY was first up on our list. i'd never had a legit acaí bowl before (only homemade ones) and all three of us were really excited to try it out! we all approved. they were super filling and so delicious!

STAN'S DONUTS lakeview location was just around the corner from fruve, so it fit right in as our second stop. i will NEVER stop loving stan's; i'll never get tired of eating their delicious creations. if you're ever in chicago, stan's is a must, and any local chicagoan can vouch!

my favorites have to be the old-fashioned lemon pistachio or the peanut butter pocket. serious heart eyes.

after stan's, we took a little drive along lake shore and got some serious summer beach vibes in search of the lost girl vintage truck. check out their instagram... so cute! (sadly we missed them)

during our search, we stumbled upon FOURSIDED. it's seriously the cutest little store i've ever been in. there's a million little trinkets, pins, cards, patches, etc along the walls. there's almost no open space on the shelves or the walls, it's sort of like a gorgeous, beautiful, organized chaos!

no, you're cute, foursided!

just look at those windows! packed to the brim with beautiful planters, candles, books, art pieces, you name it.

as it neared closer to dinner, we decided to grab some fries and apps at STELLA'S DINER, which is probably the cutest little place ever, by the way! plus, the staff is so incredibly friendly! there were about six different groups that walked in while we were there, and each was greeted like they were family.

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we may or may not have ordered some of their shakes, too. i'll let you decide what happened.

SPOILER ALERT! we ordered them.


after we finished our mini dinner, we headed back home with our bellies and adventurous hearts full. i highly recommend all of these places, as well as those documented in my first chicago guide to anyone! whether you're on vacation, a local, or just passing through - you won't be let down! 

IRELAND | PART ONE

over spring break, i had the chance to travel to ireland with a few of my close friends! i've created a recap of our trip + have divided it up into two parts. here's part one, in film + image ! 


we flew over night and landed early morning in dublin on march 17th, around 5:30 am. we headed to the red cow inn for a traditional irish breakfast. over there, breakfast is all about heartiness - there's no sweet pastries or waffles (tear!) - but i have to say, it wasn't all that bad! after we finished breakfast, we drove around to see the papal cross in phoenix park, and then back into the heart of dublin to watch the st. patrick's day parade!

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it was freezing that day, and all i had was a thin flowy top. good job molly! really good! after the parade, we headed to our hotel and just crashed. the next day, we headed up to the blarney castle in munster, ireland, which was a super cool experience!

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we climbed up to the top of the castle to give the famous blarney stone a kiss, and in return receive the gift of eloquence. surrounding the castles there were gardens, secret waterfalls, hidden passageways, you name it. 

on our third day in ireland, we drove along the ring of kerry and took a lot of photo stops along the way.

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so many stops had little animals - those baby goats? kill me! 

so many selfies, so little shame. ^^^

our last stop was a local sheep farm, where we got to learn more about farming in ireland + were given a sheep dog demonstration, which was crazy cool.

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the sheepdog were amazing to watch, it's really an art. the whole first half of the trip was really beautiful and scenic, but the second half (in my opinion) was even better. it'll be up soon, so stay tuned, and happy tuesday!

TWENTY FIFTEEN

2015 was a good year my friends. a real good one. TLP/THIS + THAT really took off, i captured so many more moments, made so many more videos that were so special to look back on. every frame in this film below brings me right back to that moments and all the good feelings associated with it. i have a lot of favorite memories from this past year, and i've compiled them all into a little film! i've also collected a few photos from each moment as well. 


SUPERBOWL SNOWDAY

SPRING BREAK: ARIZONA

THE FOURTH OF JULY

WICKER PARK ADVENTURE

SIX FLAGS

THE FAIR

HOMECOMING

COOKIE PARTY

 
 
 
 
 
 
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twenty fifteen was definitely a year for the books. i can't wait to see how 2016 plays out, and experience all the adventures that come with it. 

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?

what are the chances you find an beaten-up couch in the middle of the forest next to your grandmother's church? what are the chances that you film a little video during sunset and it becomes one of your favorites ever? what are the chances that you get re-inspired by this little film and find the energy to be yourself again? 

 
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these photos are dark and moody but i love them. they're a little (okay a lot) different from what i usually post, but they make me happy. my cousins (1 + 2) are coming into town today, so there are a lot more shoot and films in the near future. so look out world. we're coming for ya.