What Would Holley Wear: Bring on the Gray

In our humble, yet accurate opinion…gray doesn’t have to be that in-between shade that denotes “blah”.  So from cozy to glamorous….we say, “bring on the gray!”. Gray skies…no problem.  Grab a cup of tea and cuddle up in something cozy and gray!  We are loving all the gray sweats and sweater combos on our Pinterest board.  If you plan to head outside, don’t forget a cute cap. An oversized gray cardigan is perfect for our southern winter weather. Think about topping off your comfy outfit with a gray blanket scarf….nothing “blah” about these cute outfits! If you like to blend-in with the crowd in a classy way, you will love a monochromatic look.  If you don’t own a pair of gray jeans…you need to. They go with everything and are the perfect base for an all-gray ensemble. One of our Pinterest favs shows gray jeans paired with a gray turtleneck, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Bring on the Gray”

The Randomness of January: Breaking Up with Cable, Simmer Sauce, Kind Replies and Other Stuff

Coming down from the hustle and bustle of the holidays is a challenge.  I had such a great two-week staycation from work and did exactly what I set out to do — nothing.  I slept late, binge watched tv and movies, took naps, read, cooked and spent alot of time with my brother who was in town for almost three weeks and stayed with me.  He makes me laugh like no one else can.  It’s like “home” to be with him. When you don’t have a schedule, it’s so easy to get out of routine, especially with your sleep schedule, so last week I leaped out of bed on Monday for work and by Thursday I was so sleepy.  My brain is also not firing on all cylinders for blogging, but I thought I would at least share a few random things I am finding fun, helpful or interesting.  And, … Continue reading “The Randomness of January: Breaking Up with Cable, Simmer Sauce, Kind Replies and Other Stuff”

What Would Holley Wear: Pleats & Thank You

Let’s start first with a thank you.  Because of Melissa’s encouragement, I’ve been writing fashion articles for Home with a Twist for over two years!  For the confidence she has in me and the support she gives me, I am extremely thankful! When Melissa first asked me to be her fashion writer, I was afraid to try something new.  But just like a pleated skirt, she slowly brought me into the “fold,” and 117 articles later…I’m still writing!  Since pleated skirts are touted as a trend every few seasons, I like to call them a trendy-classic. A favorite outfit from Pinterest features a light gray cable sweater paired with a dark gray pleated skirt.  With heels, this look is ultra-classy, and a pair of booties would add a hip vibe! Yep…I’m “com-pleat-ly” in love with this look! Okay, I realize this is not exactly an Academy Award speech.  That being … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Pleats & Thank You”

My Easy Three for January: Emails, linen closet, medicine cabinet and Marie Kondo

I haven’t done a My Easy Three post in a long time, but it’s time to get back to sharing three simple things you can try each month to feel like you’ve accomplished something.  By breaking it down into “just three”things it’s doable and achievable – not overwhelming. One:  Emails – Clear the Clutter.  Do you have a stockpile of unread emails like from stores you don’t really shop or did one time to get the discount?  Do you want to start the new year sticking to a budget and don’t want the temptation to buy something?  Introducing — UNSUBSCRIBE!  Don’t just delete, because it will be back again tomorrow and you will just feel like you are on a hamster wheel. I took about 30 minutes one day going through this process.  It might take a few times to unsubscribe until they get the message, but be persistent.  This … Continue reading “My Easy Three for January: Emails, linen closet, medicine cabinet and Marie Kondo”

What Would Holley Wear: Style Resolution

Even though I do not have a good history keeping a New Year’s resolution, I’ve decided to give it one more try!  But this time I’m calling it a “Style Resolution.” So…here’s to a stylish 2019!!! This year my plan is to move toward a more classic direction with my style. One of these classic looks I’m loving is loafers. Besides being comfy and easy to walk in, they complete any classic look.  In the fall, I purchased a pair of faux snakeskin Sam Edelman loafers and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. They were perfect for our fall weather, and I will be bringing them back in the spring.  How classic does that sound? In my opinion, Tod’s offers the ultimate when it comes to a classic loafer. If these lovelies were in my budget, I’m pretty sure I would own a pair of their orange driving moccasins.  But … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Style Resolution”

Mrs. Twist Reads This — The Classic Little Women

Mrs. Twist Reads This is kicking off 2019 with a goal to read at least three classic novels and I am super excited!  One of our members proposed the idea to me that she wanted to try reading the classics and I thought it was a perfect way to expand our reach in helping our members grow in their reading.   I passed around this list 25 Must-Read Classics for Women from Modern Mrs. Darcy and took a vote on which book to start with first.  So in January, join us in reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). Little Women was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This — The Classic Little Women”

Make Your House Smell Like Christmas with this Homemade Stovetop Potpourri

Here is a last minute gift idea I made for friends that would be a perfect way to engage your children and teens when they are home for Christmas — homemade stovetop potpourri! When I was little, Sister and I would make crafts together as my gift to family members.  One year we made spice ropes, another year we filled hairspray caps with plaster and stuck a fork inside to make a recipe holder.  Our creative skills were on fire!  I have fun memories working with her on these crafts instilling in me the spirit of giving. For this project, I got the idea here on Pinterest from The Crafting Chicks.  All the ingredients and a free printable are available on the link.  But, I’ll give you the CliffsNotes version. Gather all your ingredients and Ball jars.  I always purchase my Ball jars at Jabo’s Ace Hardware because they have … Continue reading “Make Your House Smell Like Christmas with this Homemade Stovetop Potpourri”

What Would Holley Wear: Dreaming of a White Christmas

I’m having a difficult time shaking off this OCD bug (Obsessive Christmas Disorder).  And to make things worse, now I’ve started dreaming of a white Christmas. My therapist says the best remedy is to journal about it!  So let’s do this and talk about all the beautiful white/neutral ensembles to wear during the winter holidays. “Over the river and though the woods to grandmother’s house we go!” Sarah Vickers, our favorite classy blogger, shows us how to travel to grandmother’s house in-style.  Her gray Kate Spade sweater with sparkly buttons paired with a metallic gray pleated skirt is over-the-top classy.  We love how she complements her outfit with a pink pearl embellished purse and pearl pumps! After all….she is “the classy girl who wears pearls!” Wondering what to wear to a holiday party?  A vest is always a great option. A preppy-party look on our Pinterest board features a white … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Dreaming of a White Christmas”

Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Seven

I just uploaded a new episode of the Home with a Twist podcast you can find here and on any channel where you listen to podcasts. This week I share all my favorite memories of Christmas growing up and how Mother made everything magical for our family. I shared a fun game you can play called the “Great Candy Cane Pass” which you can find here on my Pinterest board “Ice breakers” where I literally have 103 games.  The idea is you pass peppermints right or left depending on your responses and the person with the most peppermints wins.  I think this might be fun to play on Christmas Eve. Next, we talked about a delicious and clever cocktail idea called a Very Merry Ornamentini from Inspired by Charm.  I purchased these glass ball oranments I found on Amazon so guests can pour their own cocktails into glasses.  Here is … Continue reading “Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Seven”

Vintage Memories of Christmas and Mother’s Cheese Grits

If you could go back to any point in time at Christmas when would it be?  Mine would be in the late 60’s, early 70’s during the “wonder” years, when I was little and I knew for sure there was a larger than life, fatherly man coming down the chimney after midnight. Here are the top things I remember: Tons of Friends Coming Over for Parties: People like Mary, Rhoda and Lou were always at our house. Mother had such great friends (just like me) who never had to come up with a reason to throw a party.    Mother and Daddy would have parties for their employees, a Christmas Eve party for close friends, neighbors and family, then get together for Christmas day with family for an entire day of eating, playing, and celebrating.  Not to mention the luncheons and coffees with close friends she’d host mid-week.  I remember going … Continue reading “Vintage Memories of Christmas and Mother’s Cheese Grits”