What Would Holley Wear: Vegas on the Cheap

Have you ever done Vegas on the Cheap?  Unfortunately, it seems our glory days of casino free-play and comped rooms and meals are a thing of the past.  But trust me…it did not stop us from having fun and “experiencing” Vegas in a whole new “cheap” way! First, we booked our flights for $150 round trip for both of us on Southwest Airlines.  How unbelievably cheap is that?!? With a little help from Google Hotels, our next step was reserving a suite at The Palazzo…which saved us hundreds of dollars.  That being said, always be sure to check out discount travel sites for special room rates and flights. Just because you travel on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t look like a high roller…right?  For the plane ride there, I suggest a button-down blouse or a sweater, blazer, jeans, boots or loafers, and a camel coat…which makes any outfit look … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Vegas on the Cheap”

It’s Back! Season Two of The Hemline Podcast

I am so happy to be back at the microphone!  I cannot believe it’s been a year since I wrapped up Season One – kinda like waiting for Mad Men to come back from hiatus.  I’ve changed up the name of the podcast to The Hemline. The Hemline is significant because I grew up tugging at the hem of my mother’s skirt. Skirt lengths can change over time, but southern hospitality never goes out of style. I’ll be sharing the same great content with some fun surprises and co-hosts for this season. In this episode, I bring you up-to-date on why I had to take a break from the podcast and regroup – something called graduate school.  Wow, it’s been great to be back in school, but I had to learn some serious time management skills along the way. I also had a life change as a 50+ woman – … Continue reading “It’s Back! Season Two of The Hemline Podcast”

Just a Minute Centerpiece

I have an easy Valentine’s Day centerpiece to share.  You could do this for any occasion, like a birthday party, ice cream social, baby shower or July 4th by changing up the colors of the flowers. What you’ll need: Carnations — I love Carnations and I think they get a bad rap.  They are fragrant, inexpensive and can go a long time without water which is perfect for this centerpiece project.  I bought three bunches at $3.99 each from Central Market. Red Hots — I bought several scoops from the bulk bin at Central Market, or you could buy a large bag in the candy aisle. Ice Cream Sugar Cones — I used nine cones which was one box. Glass Cylinders or Vases – You can find these anywhere.  I just used ones I had in my vase stash. I cut the carnation stems short enough to fit in the … Continue reading “Just a Minute Centerpiece”

Your Guide to Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing

Not too long ago I saw an article on Facebook for pairing wine with Girl Scout cookies.  I looked on Pinterest and found three posts with suggested wines for each of the cookie types.  Mr. Bee and I thought it would be the perfect theme for the neighborhood parties we all take turns hosting each month. Since, Girl Scout Cookies are on sale right now, it’s the perfect time to gather up cookies and host your own party. Did you know Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for over 100 years?  Read about the history of Girl Scout Cookie sales here.  Even if you just have a party for one, what’s better than sweets and wine!   Since Girl Scout cookies are plentiful right now, with the little scouts selling them on almost every corner, it wasn’t hard to score six varieties of cookies.  I made my list and did some … Continue reading “Your Guide to Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing”

What Would Holley Wear: Valentine Vibes

 If “you’ve lost that loving feeling”….don’t despair because we are sharing “Valentine Vibes” that will bring it back! So I have to ask…are you the type of person who wears your heart on your sleeve?  I hope so…. because I can’t think of a better way to show off your Valentine’s style.  Just for you, we are featuring a few Chic Wish sweaters with heart-shaped elbow patches.   Amazon has a fabulous selection of casual V-Day t-shirts….such a fun way to add love to everyday jeans and sneakers look.  And here’s the good news…if you only wear hearts on Valentine’s Day, Amazon’s prices won’t give you “heartburn”!   Roses are red, violets are blue…and we think a pop of pink is perfect for you!  An oversized pink sweater paired with jeans is all you need to look pretty in pink.  And for extra fun, match your jeans ensemble with a pair of … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Valentine Vibes”

Mrs. Twist Reads This – The Family Upstairs

It’s time for our February book. This month we are reading The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of Southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London. It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back. Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now 25, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now, it’s hers. As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This – The Family Upstairs”

Get Noticed – Wear Red Lipstick

I read an article from the New York Post “Will Red Lipstick Kill or Kick-Start Your Career?” Then, I read another one from Allure Magazine. While neither of these are scientific, it was fun, and reaffirming, reading the interesting opinions on red lipstick. Aliza Licht, author of Leave Your Mark, a career guide, is consistently asked by women if she thinks a red lip sends the right message.  So, Aliza took to social media asking nearly 15,000 online followers to get answers.  Her findings are in the New York Post article, but I thought I would sum up her results: Q.  Do you think that red lipstick is appropriate to wear in the workplace? A.  91.2% of women said “Yes, people should look and dress as they see fit.” Q.  What does red lipstick say about the wearer? A.  78.8% said  “She’s confident!” Q.  Do you think red lipstick is appropriate … Continue reading “Get Noticed – Wear Red Lipstick”

The Perfect Breakfast Casserole for Your Next Brunch

I love brunch. Sleep in, have brunch with a mimosa or a good cup of strong, hot coffee, relax in your loungewear and, if you are like me, maybe go back to bed! I hosted a bridal shower recently for a dear friend whose son is getting married. I wanted my friend to be celebrated along with the bride-to-be, so I hosted a bubbly and brunch. For decor, my springboard was the bride’s color scheme navy, pink, and blush. I found beautiful custom invitations on Basic Invite and used my navy and white urns as the vases for the flowers.  I always purchase the florals from Trader Joe’s because they are affordable, and they are long-lasting. This centerpiece took three bunches of white hydrangeas and one bunch of pink roses.  Mother’s white milk glass buffet plates looked fresh and pretty on the table. I already had the blue and white … Continue reading “The Perfect Breakfast Casserole for Your Next Brunch”

A Page from My Planner: Create Themed-Days

This Forbes interview with Mike Vardy, a productivity specialist, addresses how daily theming is a great way to boost your productivity. It gives you an overarching focus for every single day.  It’s a framework, but it’s a framework with flexibility. “What day is it? This day. This day means this.” Vardy’s website Productivityist is full of all sorts of articles, tips, and resources to help you better manage your time.  His company is built with the quest to help people stop “doing” productive and start “being” productive through developing practical and tactical approaches to their work and lives.  He also has a podcast here. In my 90-day planner (My Next 90 Days), there is a section designated for “structure” and an outline on creating my themed-days. This allows me to batch projects together, creating a weekly rhythm and gives me peace of mind.  I sat down and created mine: Motivation Monday … Continue reading “A Page from My Planner: Create Themed-Days”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Winter White Coats

We think white coats and jackets are the perfect winter wrap.  From dressy coats to puffers, they can be dressed up or go casual…you get to decide! So let’s start with a casual look…puffers!  Calvin Klein’s quilted coat with a faux fur hood from Dillard’s is great for our Texas weather ($101.40).  And a bonus…it’s water-resistant. Another Dillard’s white puffer we are smitten with is Donna Karan’s faux fur-trimmed hooded puffer ($143.40).  The good news…both coats have been permanently reduced!  Shearling and Sherpas meets the warm and cozy test!  A shearling knock-off we love is Top Shop’s biker jacket trimmed in brown faux leather ($150.00).  Wear it with slacks or jeans…the ideal “town and country” look. The perfect coat for our Texas weather is a Northface water repellent, reversible Sherpa parka…available at Dillard’s ($179).     For the ultimate in a dressy coat, a wrap sets the pace for elegance.  Point proven … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Winter White Coats”