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December 2nd, 2015

Rain Hats

Penned by molly in Made By Molly


When it comes to protecting your hair, an umbrella isn’t enough. Save your blowout or updo from the elements the old-fashioned way: with a rain hat.

My Mammaw made rain bonnets back in the 1960s. She was an elegant lady who was not the type to show up soggy for a social engagement. I still have the hats she gave me when I showed an interest in vintage clothes back in high school. I make my bonnets a little different than hers, to accommodate longer hair.

These days women don’t go to the beauty parlor for a weekly hair set like our grandmothers did. We have salon visits for blowouts, updos and special occasion makeup. And it is expensive. So save that investment with a cute rain hat. On sale now.

December 2nd, 2015

Beach Onesies: How To Size

Penned by molly in Made By Molly


The beach onesies currently come in just one size. They fit anyone with a measurement of up to 40 inches. It looks like they have plenty of fabric but the trick is that you must be able to fit into the straps. Otherwise, the top would be as wide as the pants and would hang from your underarms like those people who wore barrels in old cartoons.

How to measure:

Take a tape measure and wrap it across your back at the bra line around to meet at the front. This is the fullest part of your bust. Make a note of this measurement. Please note that the band size of your bra is not the same as your bust measurement.

Next, measure around the fullest part of your hips and derriere. This is your hip measurement.

If both numbers are under 40 inches, the beach onesie is already sized for you. The straps are adjustable which keeps them from slipping down your arms but doesn’t help with the sizing.

Is your biggest number above a 40? Let me know! If there is enough interest I will make a second size.

March 23rd, 2013

Listen To Your Mother

Penned by molly in Uncategorized

Come hear me tell a tale!

I am honored to be a part of the Listen To Your Mother live storytelling event in San Francisco on Mothers Day 2013: Sunday, May 12. You should come.

If you don’t live in San Francisco but you do live in the United States there may be a show in your area. Northwest Indiana, Kansas City, Austin, D.C. … there are more than 20 shows across the country. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Thank you for your support.

October 9th, 2012

Elsewhere: Mighty Closet

Mighty Girl featured me as part of their Mighty Closet project. It was fun to work with Maggie. In setting aside clothes for the photo shoot I realized how much cute stuff I own. We didn’t even get to coats, jackets or boots!

Maggie is a great photographer so head over to Mighty Girl and check it out. Mabel and Moxie totally stole the show btw.

September 7th, 2012

Style Glossary: Peplum

Penned by molly in Style Glossary

Peplum – Short flounce attached to a snugly fitting waistline. Pictured above, peplum ponte tank.

March 2nd, 2012

Colored Tights

Penned by molly in Accessories

I love colored legwear. A pop of color is a great way to transition a winter outfit into a chilly spring-day. Colored tights pair well with boots or pumps and are a great way to work oxfords with a dress. The Kate Spade dress pictured above is paired with patterned, one-color tights — a great contrast to the dotted pattern of the shift dress.

There are fancy tights and less fancy tights — Wolford makes amazing hosiery but their styles are an investment. I wore a pair of green Wolford fishnets for years, alone or over contrasting tights — I think they’re still in my drag bag (slight rips are OK for costuming but not everyday or cocktail parties, mmmkay?).

We Love Colors is a great resource for legwear. They do amazing solid tights and knee-highs in varying levels of opacity. They also make plus-size tights in the same styles.

January 23rd, 2012

Two Workrooms

Penned by molly in Luxury, San Francisco

In Paris:
The New York Times reports from the Dior workrooms the day before the couture shows. The slide show makes elegant images of unfinished business.

In San Francisco:
Conservationists at the Legion of Honor cleaned a William Morris tapestry that dates back to 1887. It’s for an upcoming show called The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 and it opens Feb. 18. See you there.

January 20th, 2012

Etta James: Something’s Got A Hold Of Me

Penned by molly in Uncategorized

Etta James died today. I’m one of the millions who danced to “At Last” on my wedding day. A few years later on our anniversary, Ted and I saw her perform at the House of Blues in New Orleans. She was… nasty. Girl definitely had a dirty streak. She was in her late 60s and she was grinding on a bar stool while she sang some of her bawdier numbers. In between songs she called out for her “cup of wine.” Her son played in her band and she seemed especially proud when she introduced him.

As much as I love “At Last,” that song is a tearjerker. Today I’d like to remember Miss James as the sassy, growling R&B performer. Take a listen.

January 18th, 2012

The Great Coconut Incident

Penned by molly in Mother Of The Year

I’ve been receiving accolades for my laid-back parenting style. Last week I was preparing dinner at the sink and Mabel was playing with measuring cups. I turned my back long enough for her to pull down canisters and rip open a 2 lb. bag of coconut. I let her roll around in it and make coconut snow angels. She must have sensed fun-time was coming to an end so she shoveled coconut into her mouth with both hands. I picked her up and sat her in the hallway, where she played with the network cables while I swept the floor.

The childproofer is coming Wednesday.

January 13th, 2012

Cutting Back The Weeds

Penned by molly in Ombudsman

Hi! How’s it going? Long time no see. I know, I totally fell off the face of the interwebs. I saw on [latest social networking] that you went to [faraway place] and started [a company/composting/a cleanse]. And I love what you’re doing with your hair. Me? Let’s catch up over a cup of tea. Oh you’re so sweet — really, I’ve got mine already. I’ll save some of these wheat-free biscuits for you.

{waiting for Dear Readers to get their cuppa}

Since we last spoke I traveled, sewed and proofread. Thanks for the Cambodia tips — the curried water buffalo was delicious. And it was great to see you for that quick drink in New York. But what really happened since we last got together was

I had a baby. Her name is Mabel. Ted is great and Moxie is OK. I haven’t sewn much and just started writing again.

Now that we’re all caught up, let’s make a date to do it again soon. Oh, [groundbreaking band/cabaret/Regency-era costume event] is at the Fillmore? Well… maybe I can get a sitter. Brunch soon? xoxo

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