What Would Holley Wear: Layers

February is the perfect month to wear layers.  Sometimes we need a coat, and sometimes a few layers will do the trick. The main thing I love about layering is it allows me to be creative with my styling! In the middle of winter, sometimes wearing a coat is necessary.  So let’s start with layering a coat.  Jenna Lyons, the former creative mastermind behind J Crew, started the double-jacket trend.  We are loving her black coat layered over a jean jacket, satin pants and blue suede pumps.  Another great coat layering style is a camel jacket layered over a denim jacket, t-shirt, and jeans.  Both of these signature styles can easily transition into spring.    New York subway riders have definitely got the layering trend down.  With sweaters, coats, leggings, scarfs, hats, gloves, and boots, they are ready to take on the city…one layer at a time.  I guess you … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Layers”

A fun way to RePurpose Thrift Store China

On a recent getaway, I stopped into a home decor consignment store.  I have been on the hunt for blue and white dishes and I found an English cream and sugar set. The creamer has a little chip and I knew right away I would plant a succulent in it.  The sugar bowl is in mint condition so I filled it with raw sugar and put it on the coffee station tray next to my Keurig. I stopped into Calloway’s Nursery for a bag of potting soil specially formulated for cactus, succulents and desert plants. And I found two varieties of succulents for $3 each.  They put them down inside the cutest little brown paper bag. I filled the creamer with potting soil.  If you wanted to you could fill the bottom with small pebbles, but the nursery lady told me I didn’t need to if I used the Black Gold brand … Continue reading “A fun way to RePurpose Thrift Store China”

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil soup and grilled cheese are at the top of my best-of list.  Soup is a perfect dish for winter and when I found this recipe for Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup on Pinterest from Cafe Delites, I wanted to give it a try.   First, I always wash my vegetables with Thieves fruit and vegetable spray.  It’s all natural, filled with essential oils and smells amazing.  It’s really important to clean your vegetables thoroughly before you slice or eat them. You roast the tomatoes and garlic in the oven first and it makes the house smell heavenly.   For step four I don’t have an immersion blender, so I ladled the soup in batches into my food processor to make it creamy.  I think you really need to blend the soup because otherwise you might be overwhelmed by the skins from the tomatoes.  It brought the ingredients to a creamier … Continue reading “Homemade Tomato Basil Soup”

Alphabet Printable Valentine’s Cards

There are so many different ways to tell your spouse or child you love them. But instead of giving them the typical card, consider creating an entire book telling them all the ways you love them—from A to Z. Not only does it force you to be really creative, but it gives your partner, child, or even BFF a list of traits that make them unique. And it shows how much you care! Thanks to my nice friends from Shari’s Berries, who happened to like my post on “Finding the Perfect Valentine Gift based on your love language” here, they offered to share this Alphabet of Our Love book with HWT readers!  Instructions for Alphabet of Our Love First, download the alphabet cards.  Print out the cards on either hard cardstock or regular paper. Write out one reason you love your partner or child for each letter of the alphabet on each … Continue reading “Alphabet Printable Valentine’s Cards”

Poolside and Petals: How to Design Flowers Like a Pro

Want to learn a new skill that you can practice again and again?  Do you ever look at grocery store flowers and wonder how you can pull them together to create a beautiful centerpiece for your home or to give as a gift?  In this class you will learn: The steps on how to design a beautiful flower arrangement. Tricks to care for your flowers to make them last once you get them home. Tips on selecting the perfect flowers to put a modern twist on the traditional bouquet. If you live local in Fort Worth, please join me on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. for a fun morning poolside learning the tricks to a modern floral arrangement with my business Alice’s Table. Coffee and my famous cinnamon rolls will be served poolside!  Tickets can be purchased here.  The registration fee includes refreshments, class instruction and your take-home bouquet.  … Continue reading “Poolside and Petals: How to Design Flowers Like a Pro”

Just a Minute Centerpiece

I have an easy Valentine’s Day centerpiece to share.  You could do this for any occasion, like a birthday party, ice cream social, baby shower or July 4th by changing up the colors of the flowers. What you’ll need: Carnations — I love Carnations and I think they get a bad rap.  They are fragrant, inexpensive and can go a long time without water which is perfect for this centerpiece project.  I bought three bunches at $3.99 each from Central Market. Red Hots — I bought several scoops from the bulk bin at Central Market, or you could buy a large bag in the candy aisle. Ice Cream Sugar Cones — I used nine cones which was one box. Glass Cylinders or Vases – You can find these anywhere.  I just used ones I had in my vase stash. I cut the carnation stems short enough to fit in the … Continue reading “Just a Minute Centerpiece”

What Would Holley Wear: Power Pink

To put a little twist on Valentine’s Day, we are thinking “power pink”!  And yes, we still love red, but we just can’t stop thinking pink!  A few things we love about “power pink”: …It definitely makes a statement! …And it represents strength in femininity! How do you plan to start your Valentine’s Day?   I’m planning to start the day off with a brisk walk in the park wearing a bright pink pullover with my black leggings and Nike’s.  The perfect outfit to get my “heart” rate up….right?  A heart sweatshirt is another great look for the gym and for running errands on Valentine’s Day.   Do you have a special day planned with your little Valentines? Maybe you are room mom and want a cute outfit to wear to the kiddo’s Valentine’s party.  You will fit right in with a hot pink sweater worn over a black and white … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Power Pink”

Potluck Broccoli Salad

My sweet niece gave me a wonderful cookbook for Christmas – Love Welcome Serve:  Recipes that Gather and Give by Amy Nelson Hannon.  I swear I want to make everything in this book – every recipe sounds so delicious! Starting with this recipe for Broccoli Salad.  Our neighbors had a get together for Super Bowl and I took this dish.  It transports well, makes enough for about 8-10 people and I think would be a perfect side salad with sandwiches, too.  Don’t be afraid of the mayonnaise and sugar addition; it makes the perfect sauce. Ingredients: 1 cup golden raisins 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup white vinegar 1 large head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 1 cup cashews Put the raisins in a small bowl and splash them with a few tablespoons of water.  Heat them in the microwave for about … Continue reading “Potluck Broccoli Salad”

Decorating Your Small Space with Potted Plants

This post is from Alice’s Table blog.  Buzz over here for more inspiration! If you live in a city, then you probably know the struggle that is a tiny apartment. You’ve got minimal counter space, little-to-no room for accent tables, and it seems like your stuff keeps multiplying. That leaves the bare minimum for actually decorating. Nothing infuses your pad with a pop of color and life like greenery, so we reached out to one of our favorite plant ladies—Gabi Valladares of By Gabriella—to share her houseplant decorating hacks. “I love having plants and flowers in my home, but I’m aware that we don’t have a sprawling house that can fit all of the greens I’d like to display,” she says. “So, instead I work with what I’ve got.” Here are a few ways she likes to showcase (and enjoy!) potted plants in a small space. Fill up small empty spaces with tiny succulents … Continue reading “Decorating Your Small Space with Potted Plants”

How to Build a Charcuterie Board: Advice from Meyer & Sage

Hands down, the modern the twist on a cheese tray these days is the Charcuterie Board.  Pronounced shär-ˌkü-tə-ˈrē  by definition it’s a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes.  I decided to ask Callie Salls owner and Chef of Meyer & Sage to weigh in on the subject for a little Q&A: What is Meyer & Sage and how did you get started? Meyer & Sage is a chef-driven weekly meal delivery service. We also provide boutique catering services and custom grazing boards. We are in the process of a dual kitchen build-out and will have a storefront with dine-in options, culinary workshops and grab-and-go options in 2019 located in The Foundry District. Meyer & Sage was my husband Allan’s idea! I’ve owned a personal chef service, Linguine & Dirty Martinis, for the past 8 years and Allan brought up the idea that we could expand our services and work with a … Continue reading “How to Build a Charcuterie Board: Advice from Meyer & Sage”