carmel might just be the cutest town i've ever stayed in. our hotel, the carmel inn + suites, was the nicest little place [it totally reminded me of the saguaro in palm springs!] we were originally supposed to stay longer, but cut the trip down to one day to have more time in LA --- i kinda regret doing that, just because i wish we had more time to explore this perfect little beach town. just another reason to go back, i guess. ;) [see part one of our spring break here!]

we spent a good amount of time at the pool + on the beach, because vacay. the decor around the pool was so cute + summery --- the perfect place to spend the day. 

right when we pulled up to the hotel, the smell of flowers was overwhelming! [in a good way!!] we had to take some photos by the blooms, they were so pretty! 

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i've gotten a lot of questions about by backpack on instagram --- it's from atlas supply co, a fabulous company that i'm creating something really fun for! stay tuned!

before dinner, we stopped at the beach to watch the sunset. after, we found a very, um, unique, ice cream place called revival. it was very california/vegan/health place, but it was actually very good! 

the next morning, we had breakfast + explored the coast a little more before packing up + heading on to san francisco. carmel, we will definetly be back! 

stay tuned for the third installment, if you will ;), of our spring break trip. you can watch + read the first part, los angeles + pasadena, here! have a great week friends! 


beautifully wrapped presents are always in season. mother's day is right around the corner, + preparations are already starting to begin! it's never early to start collecting presents, or to start wrapping them. pinpaper press, a customizable wrapping paper company specializing in turning your pinterest boards, facebook albums, + more into sheets of paper! you might remember the post i did with them back around christmas --- well, i loved their stuff so much i agreed to do another. they had to twist my arm a bit, but i obliged. ;) keep scrolling for a coupon code off of your own order! 

this sheet of paper is actually from my "planted." pinterest board --- i LOVE being able to see all the gorgeous photos physically on one sheet together. i was a little unsure of what to print for a "mother's day themed" sheet of wrapping paper, but i thought the plants + flowers looked really good, especially for the spring season. [i love how it looks so much i might just hang one up on my wall!] if you've got an album of photos or a board of pins you'd like to print out with pinpaper, use the code MOLLY15 for 15% off your whole order. happy almost mother's day + happy wrapping! 

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post + images by molly garvin

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LA, you captured my heart for the second time. our whole trip to california was amazing, but the days we spent exploring los angeles were really special. i'd only been there once before on a college visit, so it was awesome to return + be able to have time to do whatever we felt like doing! we started off the trip with allllll the touristy things - hollywood boulevard, warner brother's studio tour, etc. all i can say is that the tour was one of the greatest things i have ever done in my life + i'm not ashamed to say it! movie magic is real, you guys. if you get a chance to tour the WB studios, DO IT. it's the coolest. 

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we drove around in these little 15-person carts as our tour guide showed us the different sets. it's actually a huge lot, + it's crazy to think about just how many people work in those 142 acres!

^^^ this photo might not mean anything to you, but this is the spot they used for the scene in gilmore girls when rory hits a deer with her car on the way to chilton. my sister + fangirled [i hate that word, but it's true] hard --- so freakin' cool!

ryan gosling stood on this very set, so we're kinda like BFF's now, it's no big deal. but seeing the lala land set in person was another amazing experience! we also got to see multiple gilmore girls spots [including the stars hollow town square, which is actually used for like 1000 different productions] and fuller house shooting locations. 

we also got to walk around the giant prop warehouse where directors and set designers can come and tag items they want to use for their movies! often they'll use codenames like "titanic" as to keep the details of their movie a secret, which was really interesting see. 

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aaaaaand the famous, long-awaited friends couch! would you take me seriously if i said that maybe the whole reason we went on this tour was to sit on this piece of furniture? THE COOLEST. yes, it is the real couch, which made the whole experience like a million times more awesome. all in all, if you have the chance to take this tour - DON'T pass it up. 

one of our favorite stops on the trip was after's ice cream. they have locations all throughout california, but we went to the one in pasadena. the ice cream was amazing + the toppings were the cherry on top [pun intended ;)] - i highly recommend.  

the morning after afters [ha!], we thought we'd balance out the ice cream cones with some healthy juice aka. juice served here, which was luckily right around the corner from our hotel! i'd only been there once two years ago, + it's changed so much, but only for the better! they serve food now, so it's perfect if you want juice + breakfast in the morning or a snack in the afternoon!

we also stopped in intelligentsia to get a bit of food + caffeine to compliment our juice. they had so many different pastries - we got a churro croissant + a matcha croissant. as you can probably tell from the photos, they were delicious. 

okay --- from one pastry to the next! [i'm beginning to feel like these CA posts will basically be food journals #noshame] california donuts will forever be one of my favorite locations on the entire earth, i'm not exaggerating. 

^^^ peeps. donut. 


we took our donuts to the beach, layed around all morning, got way to sunburnt, + explored santa monica pier. no one in my family had ever been to the pier before, so it was super fun to just walk around, explore, + be tourists. it also made for the best pictures! 

^^^ all the sibs in one photo + i'm kinda obsessed with it. that light flare!!

after our day at the beach, we packed up + said our goodbyes to LA. am i narcissistic for posting multiple pictures of myself + our travels? hahah i don't care! + also how amazing is my backpack from atlas supply co?! more on that later, friends! plus, part two + three of our CA spring break recap will be up soon - stay tuned! 

p.s. you're a BOSS for making it all the way down here! i promise the other two recaps will be shorter. maybe, idk. ;)

post by molly garvin

film + images by molly + claire garvin


i can feel it... the summer months are coming soon! it's finally warming up here in chicago, + i've made it a point to incorporate more spring/summer items [drinks, snacks, clothing purchases =) ] into my daily routine to help keep my spirits up + remind me of what's to come [some days it reeeeally feels necessary!] enter dorot - the best thing to happen since sliced bread, or something like that. =) but seriously, dorot makes it easy to add your favorite spices + herbs to any dish. i took the challenge + mixed up an amazing-tasting strawberry basil lemonade. grab the recipe below!

              when i opened up the dorot package, it smelled so good. fresh basil is always so fragrant!

              when i opened up the dorot package, it smelled so good. fresh basil is always so fragrant!


  1. combine all ingredients in a shaker
  2. shake it bay-baaay
  3. pour over ice
  4. enjoy!


  • three cubes of dorot chopped basil
  • juice of four lemons
  • two tablespoons of sugar
  • three chopped strawberries
  • one half cup of water
  • four ice cubes

see!? so simple, thanks to dorot! head on over to their site to learn more about how easy it is to use their stuff while sipping a glass of this seriously refreshing drink. cheers to the warm months approaching soon! 

post, photos, + film by molly garvin