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”

Summer Self Care

I found this 30-day summer self-care countdown on Pinterest recently and I really liked it.  It’s from the website Blessing Manifesting.    She has alot of fun, useful tools to practice self care including this July Self-Care Checklist.  Summer can relieve certain stressers of getting all the kids ready for school and packing lunches, but it also brings with it “the kids are home all summer, what do I do with them?” and “I need a break from shuttling them from camp to camp everyday.” For me, my stressors are different.  I have an 18-year old ready to go to college, so we’ve been attending orientations, signing papers, shopping for dormroom stuff and the internal preparation I have been going through for the day we leave her at school and we go home as empty nesters.  Check back with me in August on that one. The self-care tips from Blessing … Continue reading “Summer Self Care”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Summery Ideas for Wearing White

I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything that gives a cool summer vibe more than wearing “all white.”  Don’t you agree?  From professional work style to resort wear, we’ve got five awesome ideas on how to look cool and stay comfy all summer! So, let’s get down to business!  If you work in an office environment where looking professional and keeping your cool is a must….think about wearing an all-white pantsuit.  Style star, Olivia Palermo, looks ultra-sophisticated wearing a white pantsuit and carrying a white clutch. A street style look from Milan Fashion week features a style star wearing a white Chanel pantsuit featuring crop pants.  How cool and classy does that sound? From lunch with your girlfriends to happy hour with your hubby, a white summer dress is so fun and fresh!   An adorable lace shift dress, flats, and a summer hat is a cool summer look and perfect for … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Summery Ideas for Wearing White”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: The Lemonade Year

This month our bookclub is reading The Lemonade Year by Amy Willoughby-Burle.  Can our bookclub pick the best books or what?! I’m so excited to see that two books we are reading this summer are featured on Southern Living magazine’s top beach reads!  Here is their recommended list. LOVE. LOSS. AND SECOND CHANCES. Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things. All Nina’s got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: The Lemonade Year”

Mrs. Twist vs. Joanna Gaines: Biscuit Showdown Benefit

We are baking for change!  No Joanna won’t be there, but her recipe for Chip’s biscuits will be.   Come judge for yourself who makes the best biscuits — Mrs. Twist or Joanna Gaines! Let me start first with my story on why I am doing 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 been a stress reliever for me.  I can easily put my energy … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist vs. Joanna Gaines: Biscuit Showdown Benefit”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Summertime Bohemian Trends

Summer is the perfect time to add a little bohemian flair to your style.  So let’s talk about bringing back a little nostalgia with tie-dye, kimonos, floral dresses, peasant tops, and artistic jewelry.    I was in college in the mid-70s, and my favorite band was The Eagles.  So guess what I did last weekend? Yep, you guessed it…I took it “to the limit one more time”!  Actually, I was sitting in comfy seats at Cowboy Stadium….not exactly Woodstock but still a blast!   To channel my inner rocker-chick, I wore a tie-dyed maxi skirt with a knotted hem and a light blue denim button-down, tied at the waist with the sleeves rolled up. For an added boho-vibe, I wore a long beaded-tassel necklace and brown Sam Edelman gladiator sandals. “All alone at the end of the evening…And the bright lights have faded to blue…I was thinking ‘bout a woman who … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Summertime Bohemian Trends”

Old Fashioned Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I posted a picture of a slice of this cake on my Instagram and Facebook and apparently alot of you like this kind of cake!  Does it bring back memories of Grandma making it for you for your birthday?  Because that’s exactly what it’s referred to when I found the recipe on Pinterest. It’s from the blog Modern Honey and she calls it the “Best Ever Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting!  White cake with white buttercream is my first choice on all occasions, but this cake will gladly be my runner-up! It’s ultra rich and moist.  I think the longer it sits, the better is gets.  It slices perfectly, too.  It makes enough for three layers, but I chose to only bake two.  I think you could also convert it to a 9×13 cake as well.  There is just something so pretty, though, when you serve a layer … Continue reading “Old Fashioned Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting”

Best BBQ Baked Beans

Just in time for July 4th, this recipe for BBQ baked beans is a Southern Living recipe I’ve had in my file since 2007.  They are so good anytime, but especially when a cookout is in order.  I make mine in the crock pot so they can simmer on low for several hours.  But, you can also bake them in the oven if you are short on time. 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1/2 pound ground beef (optional — I don’t include the meat when I make the beans) 10 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 3/4 cup barbecue sauce 1 (15-oz) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-oz) can of butter beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15-oz) can of pork and beans, undrained 2 TBL molasses 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp chili powder Cook onion, and … Continue reading “Best BBQ Baked Beans”

What Would Holley Wear: All American Style

We think dressing for the 4th of July can be tricky.  You don’t want to look like a walking flag, yet you may want a patriotic-festive look.  So we’ve put together some outfits on our Pinterest board that feature our country’s colors in a fun and stylish way.  And the good news….these are looks that you can wear all summer! What says “all American” more than stripes?  From dresses to skirts, let’s talk about how to incorporate this fun pattern in your everyday summer style. A classic July 4th outfit is a blue and white striped skirt, white blouse and an adorable straw hat.  Gal Meets Glam blogger and her bestie show off their “all American” style wearing adorable striped sundresses while entertaining friends.  The Lush List blogger shares her patriotic hospitality in an adorable red striped dress. There are so many fun striped summer tops on our Pinterest board. … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: All American Style”