Easy Style Tips from Ballard Designs

I had so much fun attending the Ballard Designs Fort Worth store preview last evening.    Located in the Shops at Clearfork, this new store is a stunning.  Beautiful lighting, creative displays and very attentive staff will make this newest jewel to Clearfork sparkle. I have been a longtime customer of their catalog, but have never had the chance to actually shop in a store.  It was a treat to meet the management team, including Ryan McKelvey, President of Ballard Designs.  We chatted about his excitement over this new store to the company’s over 30-year history.  I also got to meet the darling Lindsey Pfeiffer from Ohio, who has the fun job of traveling to open new stores.  I smell a new job for me someday! I wandered the store and snapped inspiration ideas.  One of my favorite things to do is nest at home on the weekends moving furniture … Continue reading “Easy Style Tips from Ballard Designs”

Breakfast Fit for a Queen

You’re invited to join me for a look back at a post I penned on April 29, 2011 when William and Kate were wed.  It was such a special day with my mother, Miss Bee and me enjoying royal breakfast while we watched the nuptials.  My photography has improved since then, so indulge me more on the sweetness of the occasion.  Enjoy this “best of” the blog. Earnie and I shopped at Central Market yesterday in preparation for the big day today.  I set the table last night with her Wedgwood Wild Strawberry china and wedding crystal.  We set the alarm at 4 a.m.  Even Little Miss Bee wanted to be in on the fun.  She came in at 3:45 a.m. to make sure I didn’t oversleep… Up at 4 a.m., Diane Sawyer on the telly and Cinnamon Bun coffee brewing.  Here’s our feast… I didn’t prepare a traditional English breakfast because … Continue reading “Breakfast Fit for a Queen”

What Would Reese Wear

This week’s article is all about Hollywood/Nashville “it girl,” Reese Witherspoon and her style.  Though Reese lives in LA, she’s a Southern girl at heart…born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville where she started her own clothing line, Draper James.  “I started this company to honor my Southern heritage and in particular my grandparents who were, and still are, the greatest influences in my life: my grandmother, Dorothea Draper and my grandfather, William James Witherspoon. My grandparents taught me everything I know about gracious Southern living. From them I learned to dress and act like a lady, to take pride in my home, to reach out to help a neighbor, and to always invite everyone in for a visit.” So let’s get started and talk a little about her style roots!  Reese’s clothing line, Draper James, has Southern charm written all over it. We are loving their peplum denim … Continue reading “What Would Reese Wear”

Banana Walnut Crumb Cake

The recipe for this delicious cake is brought to you by Pizzazzerie, a beautiful blog I follow.  This recipe arrived in my inbox one day and I pinned it to my cake board on Pinterest knowing it would be something I would want to try.  We had a bunch of ripe bananas left over at work, and I had a ladies event at church coming up — the perfect combination to set this cake into motion! If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift for someone who loves to entertain, Courtney Whimore’s book Pizzazzerie Entertain in Style is the perfect coffee table book. The Banana Walnut Crumb cake has all the right elements going for it — it’s easy to make, it bakes beautifully, it slices perfectly and it’s a great way to use up ripe bananas.  I am not a walnut fan, but I did make sure to … Continue reading “Banana Walnut Crumb Cake”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Free Tips from a Stylist 2nd Edition

Welcome to our second edition of “Free Styling Tips”!  We hope you love the idea of making the most with what you already have in your closet and repurposing your clothes and accessories!   “The more you have…the more you are occupied, and the less you have…the more you are free”. Isn’t this true when it comes to fashion?  If you have a closet crammed packed with clothes and accessories…it not only occupies your space, but it can also occupy your spirit.   So, let’s get started and talk about some ways to repurpose our stuff and free our spirits at the same time.  Have you thought about wearing a scarf as a belt? This is a cute and fun way to add style to some of your spring and summer outfits.  Another idea is to tie a scarf on a belt loop, which adds color and flair. For a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Free Tips from a Stylist 2nd Edition”

The Best (and those to avoid) Flowers for Allergies

Here’s a quick  guide of the best and worst flowers for the allergy prone. And the good news is that a whole lot of pretty made the best list. The Best…. RANUNCULUS.  First up on the A-ok list, we have one of the current “It girls” of the popular-flower crowd. Pleasingly symmetrical and packed with layer upon layer of tissue-thin petals, ranunculus are style chameleons that can play romantic, whimsical, or modern depending the vessel and setting. TULIPS.    True story: Tulips come in a mind-blowing 3,000 varieties. So there are puh-lenty to love. And luckily, you and little Sneezy can! Especially since they’re one of the most no-arranging-needed flowers around. Just stick a bunch in a clear-glass vase highlighting the clean lines of their stems and you’ve got yourself an allergy-free display. HYDRANGEAS.  As puffy as clouds, these blossoms are conveniently hypoallergenic and great for adding easy (affordable) volume to arrangements. … Continue reading “The Best (and those to avoid) Flowers for Allergies”

Courting Mrs. Twist and 21 Years Later

        In celebration of my 21st wedding anniversary today, I am sharing a “best of” post from last year on this date with a few updates.  Enjoy! This week Mr. Bee and I celebrated 21 years of bliss.  I thought it might be fun for you to know the story of how we met.  It’s my version and someday soon I will let Mr. Bee give you his. I was newly divorced and relocated back to my hometown of Fort Worth. It was the summer and I offered to help my sister set up her classroom for the first day of school.  I met all her friends for lunch, in particular her friend Mandy, which will be the critical part of the story here. Summer went, and fall arrived.  Around October Mr. Bee was helping a friend work on his car (he’s very handy like that) and mentioned … Continue reading “Courting Mrs. Twist and 21 Years Later”

What Would Holley Wear: Garden Party Style

Can you think of a better introduction to spring and summer than a garden party?  I can’t! From tea sandwiches to beautiful spring ensembles, it’s one of those traditions us Southern girls keep close to our hearts.   When I decided to write this article, I reached out to my P.E.O. sisters to see if they would be willing to participate.  Our lovely hostess was Susan, and her beautiful home and garden was the perfect garden party setting. The ladies came dressed to the nines!  Floral scarfs and dresses were definitely on-trend, and our president, Mel, wore a beautiful floral scarf complemented with a monogram brooch….so classy!  Some of the ladies wore their finest pearls and others donned beautiful hats. Be sure to take a peek at all the party photos on our Pinterest board! Dresses and hats go together like peanut butter and jelly…right?  We are loving the selection … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Garden Party Style”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: The Recipe Box and our First Birthday!

Time for a new book to read!  For the month of May, Mrs. Twist Reads This bookclub will be enjoying The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman. Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed. When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life—including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box. As Sam discovers … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: The Recipe Box and our First Birthday!”

How to Make a Mini Bouquet for Mother’s Day

Here’s a fun way to celebrate all the Mothers in your life, especially the ones who are approaching their very first Mother’s Day.  Make mini flower bouquets using seasonal flowers, tissue paper, decorative paper, and twine.  For the music lover in your life, wouldn’t it be adorable to use sheet music!  Or for the  crossword puzzle lover a copy from the NY Times!  The possibilities to make their posey personal are endless. For such small bouquets you only need two different types of flowers. Either pick your favorite, select what’s in season, or take inspiration from your special someone’s most requested posies. Trader Joe’s is the best place for fresh flowers at inexpensive prices. Don’t you think these would make great bridal shower or baby shower favors, too?  Just picture them at each person’s place setting personalized with their name or as a fun activity to do during the party! Supplies … Continue reading “How to Make a Mini Bouquet for Mother’s Day”