That time I went to PetSmart for Fish Food and Came Out with a Puppy

Here is a “best of” for you to enjoy while I take a little break to enjoy time with Mr. Bee.  I’ll have something fun to share when I return.  This story will take you back to 2014 when I went into PetSmart to buy fish food and came home with a puppy. Where have you been?  I’ve had several followers email or call me asking me if I’ve died.  Why has the story about the disinfectant wipes been on your blog for over a month?  What in the world is going on?  This is what’s been going on…I went into PetSmart to buy Beta food for Consuela VonFinn.  She’s really a he, but I liked the name Consuela.  I don’t even like her, but she/he’s pretty on my counter top.  All blue and swirly.  I actually got he/her to use for a centerpiece for a fish themed baby shower back in … Continue reading “That time I went to PetSmart for Fish Food and Came Out with a Puppy”

What Would Holley Wear: Casual Friday

“It might be “Casual Friday”, but that doesn’t mean your sense of style should take a break” Wow…how true is that quote?  As a wardrobe consultant, I’ve been invited to professional offices over the years to talk to their employees about how to dress casual and still look professional.  Seems like a no-brainer…right? So, for once and for all…let’s do this and get it right!  Denim is the usual go-to look for a casual day at the office.  To give your denim a professional vibe, wear your jeans with a blazer the same way you wear your suit pants with a blazer. In other words, make your jacket work overtime! For a classic touch, add a scarf and a classy handbag. Speaking of scarves, accessories are an easy way to add polish to a casual look.  You will definitely want to include a scarf in your fall/winter-office style. A gray … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Casual Friday”

Mrs. Twist Says This! Home with Twist Podcast Launch on Soundcloud

I am so excited!  Today is the day you can hear my very first episode of the Home with a Twist podcast on Soundcloud!  I’m a big fan of podcasts and have been wanting to create my own to share my thoughts and ideas outloud, giving you the chance to get to know me even more. Episode one – includes a little bit about my childhood, the things that made the “Twist List” and answering a reader question on how to curate fun and creative care packages for the college student.  I hope to share a new episode with you each week and include “show notes” with links to the resources I mention in the podcast. How to hear my podcast:  For right now you can listen to my show on www.Soundcloud.com.  In the search box enter Home with a Twist and it will take you to my photo above … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Says This! Home with Twist Podcast Launch on Soundcloud”

Reese Witherspoon’s Applesauce Cake

My besties and I had so much fun traveling to Waco for Reese Witherspoon’s debut of her new book Whiskey in a Teacup. The equally adorable and enchanting, Jenna Bush Hager, chatted with Reese on stage in the Silo’s lawn at Magnolia Market.  It was just like we were eavesdropping on two girlfriends talking about boys, movies and recipes.  Everyone walked away from the evening with a signed copy of her book.  We even got to wave to Chip from the window of his office.  We also spied baby Crew in his grandmother’s arms, with the older children watching from the rooftop deck.  It was definitely a family affair! I came home that weekend and went to work baking her recipe for Applesauce Cake, and it did not disappoint.  I am sure Reese won’t mind that I am sharing her recipe with you. For the cake: 1 cup (2 sticks … Continue reading “Reese Witherspoon’s Applesauce Cake”

What Would Holley Wear: Tailgating Style

Let’s just say it like it is….some fans never make it to their stadium seats. Why? Because they are having too much fun tailgating! From game winning spreads to catching up with old friends, sometimes there’s more action in the parking lot than on the field.   So let’s get started and talk about our hometown team, TCU….tailgate style! A purple puffer jacket matched with a purple and white striped sweater is definitely a score! And yes, you get extra points for purple sneakers! Are you a “classy frog”? Then you will want to add a strand of pearls to your purple vest/plaid shirt ensemble.  Go Frogs!!! Did you know that SMU Mustang fans do not tailgate….they “boulevard”! We think a pony-print skirt is perfect for this winning tradition…don’t you agree?  We also agree a red and blue plaid off-the-shoulder top would look adorable on a SMU coed.  Without question, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Tailgating Style”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

It’s October so it must be time for a thriller!  Mrs. Twist Reads This – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.  This British author’s debut novel has been named as a “Must Read” for 2018 by Marie Claire, Stylist’s Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.  And if you love Agatha Christie, you’re in luck because this book is inspired by her writings. Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.  There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.  We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.  Understood? Then let’s begin… Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others… The most inventive debut of … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Day No Denim Challenge

“The Five Day No Denim Challenge”….as in, five days, five outfits, zero jeans.  I KNOW! Not exactly my idea….this challenge actually came from the Man Repeller Blog.  But please know, I really did put it to the test. So, here we go with Holley’s version! (Note: For Mrs. Twist this will be as hard as hiking the rock mountain above, but I am willing to take one for Team Holley. That’s me in the photo, not wearing jeans.) It’s just for five days.  No big deal….right? So let’s start with Monday.  Every Monday for over 12 years, I’ve delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, Inc. That being said, jeans are my usual go-to meals delivery look….but not this Monday.  So for the first day challenge, I wore a casual black midi, a tan shirt tied at the waist, and a cute pair of Dior inspired flats from Mango….perfect for a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Day No Denim Challenge”

Monday Motivation: Being Brave, Pancakes for Dinner and French-inspired living

I love this letterboard quote from the Culinary Bee, Anna Mae H. Worth. Here are some ideas to inspire you for the first day of the week… Start a daily journal with this new book I got: This past weekend my church hosted a program from their Women at the Well series for our women’s ministry.  It was facilitated by author, counselor and life coach Kelly Johnson.  She has a new book entitled Being Brave:  A 40-day journey to the life God dreams for you.  I can’t wait to start day one tomorrow. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV) God has made us brave, not fearful beings. In a forty-day devotional format, author and blogger Kelly Johnson invites you to consider a new way of thinking about what it means to be brave and challenges you … Continue reading “Monday Motivation: Being Brave, Pancakes for Dinner and French-inspired living”

What Would Holley Wear: Parisian Chic

Do you suffer from FGO (French Girl Obsession)?  I’m pretty sure I do.  One thing I’ve observed about French girls/women is their minimalistic approach to fashion and beauty.   Not only are their clothes low-key, but also their hair and makeup. And of course…that is exactly why I adore their chic style! First let’s talk about a French basic…denim.  Have you ever wondered how French women spin denim into something so sophisticated?  One denim look seen on the streets of Paris during fashion week was cropped jeans complemented with kitten heels. We are especially crushing on a pair of frayed jeans shown with a white tee, Chanel suspenders, plaid jacket, Dior kitten heels and a camel beret.  A pair of flared cropped jeans and a trench coat will add a little extra French flavor to your style! So sassy and so French! Mrs. Twist Flips!  When I saw Holley’s post I … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Parisian Chic”

Monday Motivation: Take a bath, cook with garlic, self-care checklist

I’ve rounded up three ideas for inspiration to get you motivated for the week. First, take a bath…I’ve blogged about the positive effects of using Epsom salts for foot soaks here, but let’s also add it to your tub. Roasted garlic.  It makes the house smell like you have been cooking for days.  It is super easy to do and you can use it for so many recipes, including spreading it all over french bread, or on the base of your pizza dough.  Simply Recipes has the step-by-step directions and a video tutorial, too. Lastly, how about a self-care checklist.  One of our readers, Stacy, said she printed last week’s “night before Monday” checklist and taped it to her bathroom mirror.  Maybe this will inspire you as well. Have a great Monday out there, folks!