Holley’s Mother’s Day Tribute

When it comes to moms, I was blessed with the best.  So, in honor of my beautiful mother, I’m dedicating this article to her. With sewing being one of mom’s many talents, I give her the credit for instilling in me a sense of fashion.  My favorites were the dozens of church dresses she made for me when I was growing up.  For today’s church lady, one of J McLaughlin’s spring dresses paired with a wicker bag is a great way to show off your Sunday best.  And from Mother’s Day photos to springtime occasions, Anthropologie’s mother-daughter capsule is sure to bring joy!   “Could someone pass the rolls, please?”   In our family, mom is known for her outstanding cooking and her impressive collection of Southern Living cookbooks….just as sacred as the family bible.  Speaking of cooking, Anthropologie has cooked up the cutest selection of aprons….almost makes me want to … Continue reading “Holley’s Mother’s Day Tribute”

Keeping Up with the Joneses Perfect Spring Finds

Nestled in the middle of the Villages of Camp Bowie Keeping up with the Joneses is a well-curated little shop featuring American-made ladies’ clothing and accessories. Selections are classic and timeless. From casual to cocktail, all items are personally selected by owner Judy Jones Rotzoll with the socially active Fort Worth woman in mind. Being a part of the community and supporting other local, woman-owned businesses is important to Judy. She proudly features many locally woman-owned and designed lines, and firmly believes in quality over quantity, taking take pride in providing customers an easy and enjoyable shopping experience. As we safely gather with friends, so many celebrations are planned for spring.  Judy has lovely dresses perfect for coffee on the patio, a garden wedding, or a gorgeous bauble for Mother’s Day. I popped into the store recently because I wanted to try her line of Jaye’s Studio Day Dresses. Remember, … Continue reading “Keeping Up with the Joneses Perfect Spring Finds”

Mother’s Day Monogramming

I adore monogramming. And from the look on my mother’s face circa the 70s, she was smitten with her monogrammed wedge pillow! Monogramming is truly the most meaningful and thoughtful gift you can give someone. It shows them you took the extra step to put that special touch on their present. I also like to use monogramming in my home decor. From towels to sheets and even monogramming the back of a chair. The options are limitless. I kicked off a fun series this week on Instagram – Mother’s Day Monograms showing some of my favorite grammers out there. I’ve found a few ideas on Pinterest, too. It’s not too late to get your items to the monogrammer in time for Mother’s Day or graduation. Etiquette on monogramming – Not sure where to start? Mark and Graham have a great article on all the combinations you can create for your … Continue reading “Mother’s Day Monogramming”

Lemon Lavender Muffins

Now that we can start safely hosting small groups of friends, I love to find different recipes that delight the senses — bright colors in the fruit and vegetables, and the scent of lavender, citrus, mint, and rosemary, and the taste buds, too. Lavender is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.  I enjoy diffusing lavender while I am getting ready for work in the morning especially if I anticipate a busy day ahead. I found this recipe for Lemon Lavender muffins from A Pinch of Yum. I didn’t take the time to prepare these in advance to try them first, so I was a little nervous to experiment on a new recipe (Mother always said, “never serve your guests a recipe you haven’t tested yourself … Continue reading “Lemon Lavender Muffins”

Spring Skirt Trends

There is nothing like a midi or maxi skirt that makes the transition from spring to summer so easy!   What Would Holley Wear has all the spring skirt trends for spring. So, let’s start with something fun….like a polka-dot skirt.  If you are looking to connect the dots, look no further than a Mango brown polka-dot skirt.  They feature it with an adorable matching top and I’m loving it with a blouse and belt.   And speaking of connecting the dots…don’t you think  Nordstrom’s polka-dot handbag is spot on?  Looking for the perfect party skirt?  Whether the party is on your patio or at a fabulous resort, an embroidered maxi skirt makes an exotic statement.  Anthropologie gives us two bold choices with a yellow or green embroidered skirt.  These beauties can go casual paired with a t-shirt or deliver the ultimate party look when paired with a matching tank or … Continue reading “Spring Skirt Trends”

How to Date Your Wardrobe Live Interview with Heather Newberger

After a year of wearing sweat pants you will want to join me next Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. CST for a fun evening of cocktails and girl talk as I interview Heather Newberger, stylist and author of her new book How to Date Your Wardrobe: And Other Ways to Revive, Revitalize and Reinvigorate Your Style. I think we can all use Heather’s down-to-earth philosophy right now to reclaim our personal style. If you hate what you having hanging in your closet let’s get to the bottom of the why. During our live conversation on my Facebook and YouTube Channels, Heather will share invaluable lessons, tips, and advice, to help us define our personal style in a whole new way, by enhancing not just how we look, but how we feel. Get ready to throw away all those old tired rules. Forget outmoded advice like dressing for your body … Continue reading “How to Date Your Wardrobe Live Interview with Heather Newberger”

What is a GrandMillennial? The History of a Salt Cellar

I spent my Saturday organizing – one of my favorite hobbies and also, for me, a terrific way to relieve stress. I am three weeks away from finishing graduate school and to say I am a little stressed might be an understatement. I took a break from reading and dove into organizing my party closet.  I am so glad I did because I sorted and organized my serving pieces and glassware finding things I forgot I had.  I thought it might be a fun way to share with you the entertaining pieces handed down to me by my mother. But, first, are you familiar with the term GrandMillennial? Journalist Emma Bazilian with House Beautiful magazine wrote a wildly popular article on how young women in their mid-20s to late 30s are embracing monogrammed linens and scalloped lampshades, skirted tables, Mosser jadeite, and artful hand soaps a traditional style with a nod … Continue reading “What is a GrandMillennial? The History of a Salt Cellar”

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Growing up I remember my mother loved the convenience of Betty Crocker box au gratin potatoes.  When I started cooking on my own I wasn’t in love with the salty flavor from the boxed mix. I couldn’t tell you the last time I made them from scratch. We roasted a chicken over the weekend and I had a craving for potatoes, so I decided to open one of my Ina Garten cookbooks and found her recipe for Potato Fennel Gratin Potatoes. I changed a few things leaving out the fennel because I don’t like the taste of licorice, and I substituted the Gruyere cheese for Jarlsberg. Why did I substitute the cheese? I love the flavor of Gruyere. It’s a smooth, slightly sweet, and salty melting style of swiss cheese. But, it’s also expensive because it ages six months if not more. One 4-0z block is $9 and I needed … Continue reading “Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes”

Amazon Spring Favorites

When we think of springtime, the word that comes to mind is refreshing!  And with Holley’s amazing selection of spring styles at Amazon, there is no excuse not to refresh your wardrobe! A classic French look is a pair of jeans, a striped tee, and a trench coat.  Such an easy look to copy with one of Amazon’s trench coats and striped t-shirts.  So, who can meet for lunch at la Madeline?  And even when it’s raining, one of Amazon’s colorful trenches will brighten up your day!   An Amazon blazer is another great way to dress up a denim.  My favorite is their white double-breasted blazer with gold buttons here or here so stylish with blue jeans, a white tee, and their two-toned loafers.  We’re also loving how a navy military style blazer paired with a printed t-shirt and jeans gives a trendy vibe.   It’s definitely time to transition your … Continue reading “Amazon Spring Favorites”

Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club – The Lost Apothecary

I am super excited about our April book club selection The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. I picked this book back in January before its release earlier this month. Something about the storyline and the buzz made me think this could be a winner. And the winner it is!  The book is already a NYT bestseller, and is named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello! magazine, Oprah.com, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads! Join us virtually Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. CST as we welcome Sarah who will join us for conversation and cocktails! When you register on my book club page at BookMovement, you will find a delicious cocktail recipe waiting for you to download, and make the night of our gathering. A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary… Hidden in the depths of … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club – The Lost Apothecary”