We understand the disillionment that was to be the catalyst for opening Stone Fox BrideMolly Guy’s super cool, effortlessly chic bridal boutique in downtown NYC. This disillionment, in many ways after all, is exactly what led to the launch of Sanction of StyleThis isn’t the first time we have written about the genius that is Molly Guy. It is; however, the first time we’ve had the chance to ask the designer a round of questions that we’re lucky enough she was willing to answer. Don’t miss Stone Fox Bride’s recently relaunched blog, Stone Fox Tales. Beyond the dresses, veils and rings…it’s just another reason to fall in love with Molly Guy. The former magazine editor and novelist will have you hanging on to every word with her raw truth, wit, creativity, smarts, humor and love. It is in one word: Inspirational. OK, two: Fresh. May we also add: Cool? Thanks for the insane doses of continued inspiration Molly! Here’s a word…badass.  –SoS

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Typical day in the life of molly guy?

 MOLLY: depending on the level of my daughter’s insanity, i get out of bed between 6:30-8:30 in the morning.  mornings are usually a rushed blur of NPR, making my daughters breakfast and lunch, doing my mini mom-on-the-run morning beauty rituals (sandalwood and rose oil in my bellybutton, SW basics moisturizer on my face, rose spritz on my skin and a one minute prayer and meditation session), making a hot tonic of grated ginger, tumeric, lemon, raw honey and cayenne, driving my daughter to daycare, then hopping the train into the city.  if all goes well i am at my desk with a coffee in hand by 9:30.  i work in the office 5-6 days a week taking meetings with designers, working on the blog, working on collaborations with other brands, concepting photo shoots and videos, developing new styles for our rings, veils and dress collection, interviewing women for the blog, hanging with clients in the showroom, trying to get a lunchtime workout in and, in general, sort of functioning in this in a business lady creative brain hypomanic state that manifests in neverending conversations about all things style, weddings and love related.  at some point i usually spend a couple hours crunching numbers and looking at our monthly sales.  a few times a week I usually take a work lunch at gemma in the bowery hotel.  i’m a regular there.  They make a special salad for me and everything.

my husband picks me up at the train station in brooklyn at 5:30 and we go pick our daughter up at daycare together.  from 6-8 is bathtime, family hang time, my daughter’s dinnertime and overall just being mellow in the home time.  sunny loves to dance and my husband is a guitar player, so they usually have some sort of jam sesh.  we also facetime with our parents.  since the weather has gotten a bit nicer and the days are getting longer we’ve been going to the park.  before bed i give sunny a massage with avocado oil, talk to her about her day and read a book or two.  for the next few hours mike and i have dinner, catch up on the news and powow.  usually i’ll do some emails and pinteresting and work on the blog.  i like to take a hot, hot bath before bed with mustard salts, lavender and peppermint oil and baking soda.  nothing better then getting into bed clean and naked with a great book.  i’m in the middle of a few: “Hello and Goodbye” by Craig Brown, “The Untethered Soul” and the Gary Shtyngart memoir. Light off by 11:30!

Guilty pleasure?

MOLLY: butter, maldon sea salt, fashion magazines, gossip, vintage shopping on the internet

Beauty routine?

MOLLY: see above

Mantra?

MOLLY: “IT’S JUST A FUCKING DRESS.”

Describe your style?

MOLLY: grace slick meets grace jones meets grace kelly

Favorite book of all time?

MOLLY: i never get tired of “lolita”.  every time i read it it’s like the first time.  “veronica” by mary gaitskill never ceases to fascinate me as well.  “the lover” by marguerite duras is up there, too.  “the invention of solitude” by paul ator is a fave, too.  not a favorite but really good reads of the past two years are “greeting from the goon squad” and “let the great world spin”.  i’ve read both of them twice.  parenting books i’ve read and liked are “far from the tree” by andrew solomon and “the blessing of a skinned knee”.  i read all the time so i could go on…i just finished the new Malcom Gladwell book last night. Next up is “Children Of God” about the Jonestown Massacre and a biography of Martha Graham.  i was an English major and i always hate this question.  It makes me really insecure.

70’s bush or wax?

MOLLY: I had a huge beaver in the mid nineties.  It was kind of the rage back then.  then when I moved to New York I discovered the ole’ brazilian wax and did that for a while.  It’s a total bank account drainer.  The good thing about getting married is you don’t have to live in a constant state of fear about if/when you’re going to hook up with a stranger, so there is no need to constantly maintain your psy hair.  These days I get a regular wax about once a month and do a little trim now and then.  I keep meaning to do the laser hair removal but have heard you should wait til after having all your kids becae it grows back.

What inspires you?

MOLLY: family, silence, my friends.

Advice for women entrepreneurs?

MOLLY: my general rule about advice is that i don’t take it and i don’t shell it out.  nothing good has ever come from either.

One question you get sick of answering?

MOLLY: questions about my style. i have nothing interesting to say on the subject.  honestly.  there’s nothing else going on other than if i like it i wear it.

Something people might be surprised to know about you?

MOLLY: I have never missed a season of the reality show “The Bachelor”.  it’s my all times hands down favorite TV show of all time.  I have also gotten my husband hooked.  He’s like “babe, is tonight hometown dates or the fantasy suite night”?

What song best sums up you & your life?

MOLLY: New Paint by Loudon Wainwright

Most challenging aspect about being a designer?

MOLLY: sitting down and doing it

Tell about the name Stone Fox Bride and “FUCK WEDDINGS”?

MOLLY: fuck weddings was never intended to be our company mantra.  right after my daughter was born i brought her into the office and as a joke we stenciled FUCK WEDDINGS on a baby tee and took a pic of her wearing it.  I posted it on SFB and people started placing orders… it just grew from there.

You’re a writer.  What would your 2014 debut novel be titled?

MOLLY: Probably something like “A Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown” mixed with “Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing”.

What, besides the obvious, do you love most about having a daughter?

MOLLY: The Writer by Richard Wilbur

In her room at the prow of the house

Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,

My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing

From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys

Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff

Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:

I wish her a lucky passage.

But now it is she who pauses,

As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.

A stillness greatens, in which

The whole house seems to be thinking,

And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor

Of strokes, and again is silent.

I remember the dazed starling

Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;

How we stole in, lifted a sash.

And retreated, not to affright it;

And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,

We watched the sleek, wild, dark

And iridescent creature

Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove

To the hard floor, or the desk-top,

And wait then, humped and bloody,

For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits

Rose when, suddenly sure,

It lifted off from a chair-back,

Beating a smooth course for the right window

And clearing the sill of the world.

It is always a matter, my darling

Of life or death, as I had forgotten.  I wish

What I wished you before, but harder.

What blogs do you actually read and keep up with? Why?

MOLLY: i don’t!  Would much rather read a book or magazine.  i’m an old lady, definitely prefer paper to anything online. i peek at Gawker, The Cut and Slate a few days a week.

Most cherished item in your closet?

MOLLY: my grandma’s Malke’s orange 1950’s housedress.  I gave birth wearing it.

Closet you would most like to raid?

MOLLY: i bet Sienna Miller’s got some pretty good gems.

Wardrobe must-haves for spring/summer?

MOLLY: Forsling black bias slip dress and Lanvin black flats

Funniest joke you’ve ever told or been told?

MOLLY: My sister wrote a fake letter to Tinker Toys in 1988 that, to this day, remains the most hilarious thing i’ve ever read.

Define cool?

MOLLY: MIKE GUY

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