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”

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad

Eating meals outdoors always seems to lift my mood and the weather has been so nice dinner alfresco.  I love the smell of meat cooking on the grill while sipping a good glass of wine.  I’m sharing a recipe I found on Pinterest for Grilled Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad.  The recipe originates from Cafe Delites and if you don’t follow her blog you should.  In fact, I am sure you have already seen many of her recipes on Facebook. The best thing about this recipe is that the marinade is also the dressing for the salad.  You prepare it, then use half for the chicken and pour the other half into a bowl or dressing bottle. While the chicken marinates in lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh herbs, I prepared the salad.  Instead of plating everyone’s portion separately, I decided to plate it from one big … Continue reading “Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad”

What Would Holley Wear: Book Club Chic

I’m happy to announce, I recently joined the “Mrs. Twist Reads This” book club.  The good news is….you can be a member even if you live outside of Fort Worth. How awesome is that?  For more info on the club, visit this link to join.   So the first official “Mrs. Twist” book I read was The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.  It’s one of those books, you can’t put down. And though there is no book club dress code, I still think it’s fun to pair an outfit with a book.  You too? Since the setting for The Family Upstairs takes place in England, I’m thinking a lovely floral midi or maxi dress will complement this page-turner.  And just like a beautiful English garden, we are sharing a stunning selection of floral dresses on Pinterest. I actually started reading a few of “Mrs. Twist” book selections before I joined the … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Book Club Chic”

Finding Your Fit – Get Creative With your Fitness Routine

I had just started getting into my groove of an exercise routine that was working for me. I set a minimum of three days a week of exercise with the goal of five days for the win.  I learned that my best way to achieve this is to take my gear with me to work, change at the end of the day into my workout clothes and go straight to the gym from work – do not pass go for home! My friend/trainer Jess made fitness cards for me with a daily workout already planned to take the guesswork out of it. I walk into the gym and know immediately what my plan is. Boom. I was on a roll. Enter CoVid19. I made the decision to stop going to the gym – even though the staff was doing a great job of keeping it clean and reminding guests to … Continue reading “Finding Your Fit – Get Creative With your Fitness Routine”

The Hemline Podcast – Living CoVida Loco Episode!

Wow!  What a difference a week can make.  Our country has come to a screeching halt due to CoVid-19, and we are all learning to traverse life’s journey on a different course. I hope you will tune into this special edition here. Establish a routine: I will be the first to say that lounging around my house in my pajamas is my favorite past-time. But, it’s important to have a routine – if children need it, so do adults.  If you are telecommuting from home, establish a good-for- you routine.  Set your alarm to get up in the morning. Make your bed (here is a terrific reason why making your bed every morning sets the tone for your success for the day). Get dressed (I’ll switch to yoga pants).  Include exercise in your routine. Since my gym is closed temporarily, I am working out at home on my patio and … Continue reading “The Hemline Podcast – Living CoVida Loco Episode!”

What Would Holley Wear: Spring Animal Prints

“I’m so over animal print,”….said no stylish person ever!  The good news is animal prints are considered a neutral print and perfect for all seasons.  And though it seems we are mostly stuck at home, let’s have some fun with our quarantine-time by talking about all the fun ways to wear this fabulous print! Shop Bop shares its party style with a wonderful selection of animal print blazers.  Pair one with black wax-coated jeans and sandals for a sophisticated soiree (if it hasn’t been canceled).  An animal print kimono can be dressed up or down. Dillard’s offers two versions that are perfect for spring transition.  Wear them now with jeans and slides and later with cropped pants and sandals.   We’re loving all of the colorful animal print options available this spring, especially a yellow snake print skirt from Bloomingdales.  It would look adorable with a white blouse tied at the … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Spring Animal Prints”

Happy Sloppy Joe Day – March 18

March 18 is Sloppy Joe day!  Fun fact for conversation at your next cocktail party; Marilyn Brown, Director of the Consumer Test Kitchen at H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh, says their research at the Carnegie Library suggests that the sloppy Joe began in a Sioux City, Iowa cafe as a “loose meat” sandwich” in 1930, the creation of a cook named Joe. Here’s an awesome recipe from the Pioneer Woman.  I have made it for my family and it is devoured every time. I substitute the beef with ground turkey for Miss Bee’s preference.  Most of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry, so this is the perfect comfort food right now as we are together at home.  Your kids will love helping you prepare this dinner, and they will think you are so cool because you know who invented the sandwich! Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Butter 2-1/2 pounds Ground Beef 1/2 whole Large … Continue reading “Happy Sloppy Joe Day – March 18”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Lady Clementine

It’s time for a new book for the Mrs. Twist Reads This book club.  This month’s selection is Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict. From Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room! An incredible novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill. In 1909, Clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband. Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Lady Clementine”

Sister’s Strawberry Bread

Spring and summer say strawberries.  Storm Farms in Arlington is a great place to pick your own berries.  And this link from DFW Child lists all the local farms for other produce and “farm to fork” inspiration. I love this recipe from my sister for Strawberry Bread.  It’s the perfect pink color, affords just the right touch of sweet to a salad plate, and is lovely with a cup of coffee or tea.  And, since this recipe makes two loaves, you can share with a friend to make a beautiful gift wrapped in cellophane and a bow. Sister’s Strawberry Bread 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 cups of sugar 4 eggs, beaten 2 cups thawed, sliced frozen strawberries (a one-pound bag) 1 cup of vegetable oil 1-1/4 cups chopped pecans (optional, I usually omit because I’m not a nut-in-my-bread person) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. … Continue reading “Sister’s Strawberry Bread”

What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls 2020 Edition

A few years after my first “Classy Girls Wear Pearls” article, people continue to ask…“Are pearls still in style?”.  So here’s my answer: As long as Chanel designs clothes, jewelry, and accessories embellished with pearls…they will always be in style!   Though something new since my 2017 article are pearl headbands.  I recently saw a TCU coed wearing one with her t-shirt and cutoffs.  But here’s the deal…they can also be dressed up and are the perfect complement to your party style.   Pearl barrettes are another way to add a little sass to your style. And if you wear three or more…consider yourself tres-chic!   From Chanel to Zara and all the copies in between, pearl belts complement jeans, dresses, and skirts.  Dolce Gabanna is known for its opulence, and their pearl enhanced heart belt is no exception. Amazon’s pearl butterfly belts are great Gucci knockoffs….for a major savings!  Handbags with … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls 2020 Edition”