What Would Holley Wear: Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

This year, John and I are celebrating Thanksgiving twice!  First we celebrated in Kansas City with Andy and Melissa, and our four grandchildren (ages 1 to 11).  And next week, we head to New York to celebrate with Chris and our New Jersey cousins. Spending time with family….it doesn’t get any better than that!   Not only did we celebrate Thanksgiving early in Kansas but we also celebrated Eli’s 1st birthday and Pop’s 65th birthday!  When we are with our grandchildren, comfort is more on my radar than style.  My KC Thanksgiving/Birthday weekend style consisted of jeans, sweaters, and flat boots.  From playing on the floor with a 1 and 3 year old to playing cards with a 9 and 11 year old….I make sure my style is always “grandmother friendly”!  By the way…guess who loved their birthday cake the most? I am loving all the striped sweaters, ponchos, and … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Grateful, Thankful, Blessed”

Monday Motivation: Eleven Things to do on Sunday and Shipt Coupon Code

One of my favorite things, as I approach the weekend, is knowing I am going to have free time to relax and make my own schedule.  Sunday, in particular, is a day I want to make sure is free of commitment so I can mentally prepare for the work week ahead.  When I came across this post for “Eleven things to do on a Sunday to prepare for a better week” I knew I wanted to share it with you in my mission to help make Monday the best day of the week — not your least favorite. Here’s a recap (for the full article visit here and you can also find it on my Pinterest board).  Create a to-do list writing down everything you need to get done for the week. Once you know what you need to do prioritize your to-do list so you accomplish what’s most important … Continue reading “Monday Motivation: Eleven Things to do on Sunday and Shipt Coupon Code”

Mrs. Twist Says This Podcast: Episode Four

Episode four of the podcast is live and available here or on most apps where podcasts are found (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Podcast Addict, etc…). This week on the podcast I am sharing memories of holidays spent at our family farm, five great questions to ask if you conduct job interviews, how I started a successful bookclub through BookMovement, a fabulous cocktail recipe and the value of focusing less on things being perfect for Thanksgiving. Here’s the link to the podcast Safe for Work (look for August 13 episode). Want to join our Mrs. Twist Reads This bookclub — you can sign up here and go here to see what we are reading this month. The Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail is from Style me Pretty here . You can also read here how I am outsourcing my Thanksgiving food this year to spend more time doing nothing. I love to hear … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Says This Podcast: Episode Four”

Mrs. Twist Reads This Bookclub: Bitter Orange

This month Mrs. Twist Reads This bookclub is reading Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller. From the attic of Lyntons, a dilapidated English country mansion, Frances Jellico sees them―Cara first: dark and beautiful, then Peter: striking and serious. The couple is spending the summer of 1969 in the rooms below hers while Frances is researching the architecture in the surrounding gardens. But she’s distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she finds a peephole that gives her access to her neighbors’ private lives. To Frances’ surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to get to know her. It is the first occasion she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes until the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture. Frances is dazzled. But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Bookclub: Bitter Orange”

What Would Holley Wear: Fall Crops and Culottes

This week we are sharing our favorite ways to wear fall/winter culottes. Once a spring and summer look, culottes have made a big come back and now work year-round.   Want to give your culottes a “too cool for school” vibe?  Then think about wearing them with a leather or denim jacket.  Two fab Pinterest board looks show camel culottes paired with a leather jacket…one dressed-up with heels and one worn casual with sneakers.  An ultra-trendy style shows a pair of camel culottes with a white turtleneck sweater topped with a denim jacket. And for an extra pop, they added snakeskin booties!   How cool is that? I have to admit…I’m loving all the fall leather culottes.  For a sophisticated seasonal look, you can’t miss with layers of brown leather…jacket, culottes, and booties.  Another classic look on our Pinterest board shows a pair of black leather culottes topped with a camel … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Fall Crops and Culottes”

Newsy Tuesday: These three ladies are making my Thanksgiving

I’m planning my Thanksgiving menu and since I am working more hours this year, I know that I won’t have as much time to cook.  So big news — I’ve hired out my sides and pies!  This is big because not only do I love to cook, but I love my recipes.  However, I’d rather trade the time and effort of cramming in the cooking for a leisure, relaxed holiday.  There. I said it.  And, I am happy. However, Mr. Bee will still cook his turkey. And the recipe we love to use comes from my sweet friend and super talented hair stylist Mandy Hancock (who is a #bossbabe and owns a super chic salon called Prominence Parlor). She shared her secret with me a few seasons ago and we never looked back on our turkey prep.  It’s moist, flavorful and delish.  Here’s her recipe: Mandy’s Holiday Cheer Slow Roasted … Continue reading “Newsy Tuesday: These three ladies are making my Thanksgiving”

Hot Golden Fall Punch

Episode three of the podcast is up ready for a listen here.  It’s can be found on most stations that host podcasts (iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, FM player and Soundcloud).  This week I shared the story of how I got my name, tips on how to support a grieving friend, how to stock a dish closet, 12 habits of happy women and a delicious recipe for Hot Golden Fall Punch. I found this recipe years ago, 30 to be exact, from the Junior League of Austin cookbook.  I make it every fall when I host parties.  A fun thing to try is setting up this hot punch in a percolator on your front porch with a tray of mugs.  When guests arrive they will smell the spices from their cars and instantly enter your home with mug full of happiness! Hot Golden Fall Punch 4 cups of unsweetened pineapple … Continue reading “Hot Golden Fall Punch”

What Would Holley Wear: Cool and Classic Eileen Fisher

When Sari Moore, Store Leader of Eileen Fisher at Northpark Center invited me to give an in-house style presentation to their clients, I was beyond elated!  The best way to describe Eileen Fisher’s style is cool & classic! Each piece is designed to be worn casually or dressed up. Genius….right? Since I’m a jeans kind of gal, one of my goals was to show their clients how to incorporate jeans with the flowy style Eileen Fisher is known for.  The day of the event, I wore an EF funnel neck top with a pair of her black skinny jeans and demonstrated how to style it with different wraps and jackets.  To complete my outfit, I added a pair of EF black suede booties…classic perfection!   To add a little flair, Sari showed the ladies how to give the outfit a pop with one of their fabulous scarves.  She also brought in … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Cool and Classic Eileen Fisher”

Motivation Monday: Flowers on your desk, a mantra and a blanket of humanity

I found this Monday checklist from Business Insider. You can find the full description and suggestions for each task on their site. I was intrigued by number 13 — “blanket of humanity” on your emails. “It’s tempting to power through all your emails in the most efficient way on Monday mornings. But before you hit send, read them over to ensure that they’re friendly and clear. “Put yourself in the recipient’s shoes. It’s relatively easy to appear curt when you’re in a hurry, along with the impersonal nature of emails and texts. You want to mitigate false starts and misinterpretations,” Taylor says. One way to do this: Start the email by saying “Hi” and “I hope you had a great weekend.” Want to know what successful people do on Sunday nights?  They have a post on that, too here. Another idea I like to plan for Monday is to make time to … Continue reading “Motivation Monday: Flowers on your desk, a mantra and a blanket of humanity”

Friyay Fit: Home with a Twist Featured in Voyage Dallas

I am really excited to learn I have been featured in a recent issue of Voyage Dallas as one of their trailblazers!  Their goal is to help hard-working, inspiring people tell their stories authentically and in their own words. You can find the story on line here.  And, recapped below. Melissa, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. I began my first blog, Buzz In Around the Hive, about six years ago as a way to journal my experience as a caregiver to my parents. Sprinkled in between stories of the joys and challenges of caring for aging parents, I shared recipes, ideas for home decor and entertaining, the milestones of being Miss Bee’s mother and a few stories including, Mr. Bee, my husband. My mother, Earnie, was a big inspiration for my blog material. With her … Continue reading “Friyay Fit: Home with a Twist Featured in Voyage Dallas”