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”

My Easy Three: Suits, Beauty and a Book

This past week was my vacay.  I was looking forward to a week of sunning by the pool and doing projects around the house.  But, a nasty bronchitis bug decided to have a vacay in my lungs so all those plans were out the door.  Despite the fact that I felt terrible and did nothing, I ended up being productive at something:  Resting.  I had one week to be on the couch to watch tv, uninterrupted, nap and just be with myself.  Rest and antibiotics were exactly what the doctor ordered for my vacation. What did I accomplish and how does this relate to My Easy Three installment (you can read more of MET stories here, here, here , here, and here)?  Well, here are three ideas for what you can do when you are stranded at home with nothing to do: Binge watch Suits on USA network (I’m up to … Continue reading “My Easy Three: Suits, Beauty and a Book”

What Would Holley Wear: Four Easy Summer Trends

Summer is here, and it’s time to start wearing summer shoes, bags, embroidery, and hats….four easy summer trends!   Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.  We are loving all the summer sandals and slides. Sam Edelman’s Carter slide is adorable and a great price point ($80).  There are so many great color choices between Tory Burch’s iconic Miller sandal and the classic Jack Roger’s sandal. For a preppy look, you can’t miss with a Jack Rogers sandals worn with anything Lily Puiltzer.  A cute look on our Pinterest board shows a bright blue and pink Lily dress complemented by a pair of white Jack Roger’s sandals. So easy and so preppy! Espadrilles will bring flirtatious fun to your summer style!  From sandals to wedges, there is an array of summertime options.  We are major crushing on two looks from the blog, Gal Meets Glam. One of … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Four Easy Summer Trends”

Something’s Rising — Save the Date!

Save the date for Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m.  Something fun. Something big.  If you love biscuits and making a difference in people’s lives, then what I have planned will be a real treat.  Stay tuned here and follow me on Facebook so you don’t miss it. P.S.  Wear stretchy pants.