My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off

Today is the day.  A day I have been prepping myself for since she said “yes” to going to college.  Full disclosure:  Miss Bee is going to college 15 minutes from home and also where I have worked for the past 21 years.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like if I were dropping her off hundreds of miles away. But, this is my story.  For the past 18 years, my first thought of each new day has been her and the day we have ahead together.  My last thought at night, as my head hits the pillow and I drift off to sleep, has been of her and thanking God for the day He gave us.  We now will have new rituals and routines as I wake up in a house without her presence. The way I have been approaching this day is similar to how I … Continue reading “My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off”

Friyay Fit — The Three T’s

It’s the weekend!  I’m sharing three T’s today — Tom Cruise, my favorite Trench coat, and a graphic tee! First, if you haven’t seen Tom Cruise’s latest installment of Mission Impossible: Fallout, make time to see Tom run, yell, and almost self-destruct about 10,000 times.  It’s popcorn worthy. Second, my favorite new wardrobe addition from this past spring is my soft blue trench coat from Cabi.  Regrettably, it’s no longer available.  If you don’t own a trench, be sure to add one to your closet.  They are perfect for chilly AC office spaces and I look forward to incorporating it into my fall uniform with autumnal colors of brown and orange.  Trenches never go out of style and I am sure this fall’s lineup will be no different. On this particular day of laughter, I paired it with white, frayed hem jeans from Ann Taylor, a tee from J Crew … Continue reading “Friyay Fit — The Three T’s”

My Favorite Coffee Table Books

I love to collect pretty books that Mother used to call “Coffee Table” books.  I’m sharing a few of my favorites… Martha Stewart Flowers  “Accompanied by beautiful photographs of displays in Martha’s home, bursting with ideas, and covering every step from seed to vase, Martha’s Flowers is a must-have handbook for flower gardeners and enthusiasts of all skill levels.”  One of the kind people I worked with recently gifted me an autographed copy of this gorgeous book.  It was such a thoughtful gift and one I will treasure always. Modern Mix by Eddie Ross.  “With more than 350 full-color photographs, time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts to decorating and entertaining beautifully on a budget, Modern Mix will open your eyes to the extraordinary possibilities within your reach and inspire you to live every day colorfully and creatively.”  Bestie gifted me this one.  I adore it.  Eddie’s style and love of beautiful finds came from his … Continue reading “My Favorite Coffee Table Books”

What Would Holley Wear: Posh in the City

“Start spreading the news…I’m leaving today…I want to be a part of it…New York, New York” So I just returned from a four day trip to New York.  From dinner hosted on a penthouse terrace to drinks at a jazzy speakeasy….it was definitely a posh weekend!   One of the highlights of my trip was dining on the 10th floor outdoor terrace at a dear friend’s penthouse in midtown.  So, what do you wear to a penthouse dinner party in mid-July? Something penthouse posh….of course! For this special evening, I wore a floral tiered maxi skirt with a white off-the-shoulder top tied at the waist and brown sandals.  Be sure to take a look at the penthouse terrace views on our Pinterest board!    Whether you are going to a museum or taking a leisurely walk on the High-Line, one of the best ways to look posh in New York … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Posh in the City”

Hurry Up Appetizers! Five Easy Ideas to Serve in a Hurry

We’ve all been there — a last minute, impromptu invitation extended before reality sets in, or your spouse has told their group of friends to come over and casually mentions it to you a few hours prior to their arrival.  No worries, I have the perfect spread that takes little effort and just a trip to the grocery store. First, guacamole.  Everyone loves it.  You can make your favorite recipe, like Miss Bee prefers, or buy store bought from the deli. To up the level of store bought, just add a hand full of chopped cilantro. Next, corn relish and cream cheese with Frito’s corn chips.  My sister-in-law gave me a jar of corn relish as a hostess gift.  I put an 80z block of cream cheese on a platter, poured the corn relish on top, slightly mixed it and arranged a bag of fritos around the platter. Yum. Chips … Continue reading “Hurry Up Appetizers! Five Easy Ideas to Serve in a Hurry”

Move over Millennial Pink – Give me a Twist of Lime!

I was strolling Pinterest the other day, and I saw this article from Brit + Co on the new “it” color.  Millennial pink, we’ll be sad to see you go, but fashion has found a new hue to spice up our summer wardrobe. Step aside Gen-Z yellow (and millennial orange, for that matter) — lime, described as a “variation of green that shuffles somewhere between acid and lime” is here to swoop in and steal the spotlight.    Even Queen Elizabeth II tried it out in a neon-bright Stewart Parvin coat and Rachel Trevor hat during a recent engagement.  Should you fully commit to a head-to-toe Gumby green ensemble or opt for just a pinch of the buzzy color, here are some fun, colorful photos if you decide to go green. Be sure to visit my Pinterest board for the full article here.  Holley will be back next Wednesday with her weekly twist on fashion!

Baking for Change!

I had the BEST time this past Saturday hosting what hopes to be the annual Mrs. Twist Baking for Change fundraiser.  Friends, old and new, gathered with me to eat biscuits, sip coffee and mimosas and raise money for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Let me start first with my story on why I did this.  Earlier this summer, I was saddened by the back-to-back suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.  Two, young and gifted people who didn’t feel their talents or lives mattered.   I lost my own brother, Jim, to suicide.  And, there are thousands more people who suffer from suicide every day.  It’s a very helpless feeling.  But, I know I can do small things on my own to make a big difference for someone else.  And, if it does help just one person in their suffering, then I’ve accomplished my goal.  Baking has always … Continue reading “Baking for Change!”

Oh, Mamma, Here We Go Again!

It’s t-minus Mamma Mia folks!  I purchased my tickets three weeks ago and as I write this you can see how long I have to wait before I get to see the sequel Mamma Mia – Here we go again! I thought I’d give you some fun things to ponder until the time you get to go see it.  P.S.  Mr. Bee is being a super trouper and going with me, my girlfriend and her husband.  Hey, after all the Enforcer and Jason Bourne movies we’ve watched with them, they can see eye candy, too. First, get the soundtrack here.  It features 18 songs, and the last song is sung by Meryl Streep — “Before you Came” so I think that gives us the clue as to whether or not she’s around for Sophie or just in spirit.  This is the original motion picture soundtrack  so it includes all the … Continue reading “Oh, Mamma, Here We Go Again!”

What Would Holley Wear: Crops and Culottes

If you are looking for something cool and comfy to replace your slacks or jeans…look no further because crops and culottes are the answer!  From a professional look to summer fun, there is something for everyone with these iconic looks. Culottes have made a major comeback!  For a casual day of sightseeing in the city, a pair of black culottes and a white off-the-shoulder top worn with sneakers is a comfy combo.  For a night out on the town, replace the sneakers with kitten heels for a sexy city vibe. The same goes for crop pants. A cool pair of black crop pants worn with an oversized white blouse and black slides is another city-slicker style.  To dress-up your look, just add a cute pair of blocked heels. When it comes to summertime, khaki culottes and crops go perfectly with espadrilles.  A pair of khaki crops worn with a white … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Crops and Culottes”