What Would Holley Wear: Dapper Edition

Webster’s definition for dapper is:  Neat and trim in appearance and very spruce and stylish. Spruce kind of sounds like a tree…don’t ya think?  So, I decided to go with the Urban Dictionary’s definition:  A compliment made to someone who looks incredibly smart, sexy and stylish. So two things you need to know about women:  #1.  You had us at “incredibly smart”…  #2.  …and top that off with sexy and stylish, and we’re all in! Here’s the deal guys…style/sprucing may not be your thing but for us, it’s everything. So, let’s get started by talking about the typical dapper look…”Suits, Vests, and Ties!” Remember the days of the 3-piece suit in the 70’s and 80’s? Today’s 3-piece suit has a different look, and the vest does not necessarily match the suit.  A sweater vest under a suit jacket not only adds another texture but serves the purpose of keeping you … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Dapper Edition”

Girls Just Want To Getaway

Leaving today for a long weekend of fun, laughing, eating, napping and relaxation with my three best girlfriends from elementary and middle school. I promise to share all the fun with you next week. Thank you for continuing to follow me on my journey with this blog I love so much.  I appreciate each and every one of you! P.S.  I am the one in the front seat holding the hat between my knees…

What Would Holley Wear: The Neutral Camel

Camel is my favorite neutral color because it goes with everything from colors to stripes and even animal prints.    A little fashion story from my past:  About 15 years ago I fell in love with camel after seeing a Marc Jacobs camel pleated skirt paired with a grey sweater on the cover of Vogue Magazine.  I copied the look with a camel pleated skirt from Club Monaco.  But this is the thing….up until that point, I thought camel was a boring color and too “plain jane.”  But not anymore….now I see it as a very classic color! So let’s talk about some of the many style options to pair with camel. Since we are in the middle of springtime, one of my favorite looks is camel and white.  I love the picture of the beautiful camel cape, white slacks, and stacks of gold bracelets on our Pinterest board.  Another … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: The Neutral Camel”

My Easy Three: Accessory Organization

My Easy Three is a series I started in January to share inspiring ideas that are doable and make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. This month, I focused on my closet using a few products from The Container Store, taking advantage of their 15% off closet storage sale. Warning:  I am showing you my underwear drawer! First up, we might as well get the “unmentionables” out of the way.  I purchased the 3-section twill drawer organizer. What I like about the drawer organizer for lingerie is I can fold my undergarments and organize them according to color and type. It helps me to see what I have, access it quickly and keep it neat and tidy.  I purchased three organizers.  The first easily held all my lingerie, the second I used to organize shape wear, and the third for my tank tops. Second, I wanted a way to see all my … Continue reading “My Easy Three: Accessory Organization”

Shirley Temple Cake

Looking through Pinterest recently, I found a recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T for a Shirley Temple Cake!  I loved this iconic drink when I was little.  Mother and Daddy would order me this mocktail to enjoy as they visited with their friends over dinner.  I always felt so special.  In fact, I dare you to not smile when you sip one! The origin of the Shirley Temple drink may have been invented by a bartender at Chasen’s, a restaurant in Beverly Hills, to serve then child actress Shirley Temple. Temple herself was not a fan of the drink, as she told Scott Simon in an NPR interview in 1986: “The saccharine sweet, icky drink? Yes, well… those were created in the probably middle 1930s by The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood and I had nothing to do with it. But, all over the world, I am served that. People … Continue reading “Shirley Temple Cake”

What Would Holley Wear: Kentucky Derby Style

Have you ever wondered what Kentucky Derby and Church Lady Style might have in common?  It reminds me of the chapter title from a book I recently read…”When Prayer Meeting Becomes Cocktail Hour.”  Plus, I’m pretty sure there’s as much praying going on at a race track as there is at church…maybe more!  So, two things you need to know about me: I did grow up going to Oaklawn Race Track in Arkansas… …and I also grew up going to the Methodist Church (and still do).   So, here’s the deal….you can gamble and drink one day…go to prayer meeting and ask for forgiveness the next day…and wear the same outfit for both occasions.  If you are from the South, I’m sure you totally relate to this.  Because Southern ladies are proper, modest, and dress appropriately whether they are sinning or praying.  And to all of that I say….bless their … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Kentucky Derby Style”

The Best Parts of Me Came From These Three

Yesterday I posted this photo of my siblings in honor of National Sibling Day. Taken on the front porch of the home I grew up – 4617 Meadowbrook Drive. Fifteen, twelve and eleven years old when I came along, I learned some important things from each of them. From Sister Bee, I learned how to tie my shoes, count and do my multiplication tables.  She was always my biggest cheerleader, still is, offering encouraging words.  She was the most excited that I was on the way, and I feel like I received a double dose of love from her as a sister and a surrogate mother. From my older brother, Jimbo, I learned to be comfortable quietly listening to music and reading.  His room was upstairs on the end of the house nestled up in the trees.  He would come and get me out of my bed at night and I … Continue reading “The Best Parts of Me Came From These Three”

Whimsical Appetizers for Easter

My little Easter bunny niece is coming for the weekend and I’m picking out fun appetizers for the adults to enjoy during her egg hunt.  Now that Miss Bee is a teenager, I’m looking forward to pulling together ideas for a little one. First are these cute, devilish chicks.  They are a twist on a deviled egg. The eyes are capers and the beaks are nibs of carrots.  How cute!  If you are needing to take a dish to an Easter gathering, you will long be remembered for these peeps. Next, how delightful a platter of Tomato Tulips would be.  Just quarter grape tomatoes almost all the way through, then use a toothpick to attach each to a trimmed whole green onion. Fill a plastic bag with garlic-herb cheese; snip a corner and pipe into buds.       And, I think Miss Amelia would love to wake up on Saturday morning … Continue reading “Whimsical Appetizers for Easter”

Sips…with a Twist

On the coat tails of Holley’s post yesterday, I thought it would be fun to round up some pink drinks. From A Beautiful Mess, look at these Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! They give you a recipe for “lemonade” using vodka, pink lemonade, unflavored gelatin, and Deep Eddies Lemon Vodka. Yum. But, you might be able to concoct a non-alcoholic version with plain lemonade and gelatin. In fact, if you need a kid-friendly pink lemonade recipe, here is one from The Cooking Bride.  This is the kind you make using a simple syrup on the stove and mix in fresh squeezed lemon juice, then add a smidge of cranberry juice to make it pink. Central Market always has the freshest selection of lemons. Meyer lemons are my absolute favorite for making lemonade. Look at this confection…Very Pink Raspberry Cosmopolitan from Creative Culinary. That luscious pink color is divine! Calling for raspberries and … Continue reading “Sips…with a Twist”

What Would Holley Wear: Puttin’ on the Pink Edition

In honor of next week’s Puttin’ on the Pink luncheon and fashion show, I am dedicating this article to the color pink! The event is hosted by The Kupferle Health Board, and the fashion show is sponsored by Highland Park Village.   So, two things you need to know about this event: It is an amazing fundraiser with proceeds benefiting mobile health outreach to underserved women. …and the fashion show is over-the-top spectacular!!!     If you are attending, I hope you are planning to arrive via a vintage pink Volkswagen van. You will definitely want to arrive in time for a complimentary pre-luncheon pink cocktail and fabulous boutique shopping!    So, what would Holley suggest one wear to such a posh event? Something pink…of course! One of my favorite looks is a light pink Zara pant suit, black and white striped blouse, and grey pumps.  For a little pizzazz, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Puttin’ on the Pink Edition”