FriYay Fit: Clothes Mentor Finds

I am so happy to share that Clothes Mentor Fort Worth has partnered with Home with a Twist to be a blog sponsor!  They will be sharing with readers a cute outfit idea each week. Have you ever shopped at Clothes Mentor?  I have found some beautiful pieces for my wardrobe at a fraction of the price in retail shops.  They make resale hot! At Clothes Mentor, they buy and sell high-quality, gently used name-brand and designer clothing, shoes and accessories that are like new—for less! … And, if you’re looking to be a #bossbabe, Clothes Mentor is the nation’s top women’s clothing franchise and they are looking to expand! I have such great luck selling my clothes and get a pretty nice cash back bonus the same day, no waiting for my items to sell and return to the store to see what my payout is.  I have also … Continue reading “FriYay Fit: Clothes Mentor Finds”

What Would Holley Wear: Italian Vacation

When my friend, Jacqui, asked me to write an article about what to wear on an Italian vacation…I was all in. Six couples are traveling by private bus over a 12-day period to Como, Siena, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and the Amalfi coast.  Their one and only rule…no museums and no churches! Don’t you wish you were going, too? So, of course, comfy clothes and shoes for the plane are a must. Athleta has fabulous travel pants that are super comfortable and don’t wrinkle.  Since planes can be chilly, wear them with a t-shirt and a long sleeve cardigan or a light weight jacket.  Jacqui chose a soft trench from Banana Republic Factory. Be sure to take a look at more jacket options from LL Bean and Tuckernuck on our Pinterest board.   Their first three days will be spent in Como.  My advice is to make it simple and dress … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Italian Vacation”

DIY Vintage Wood Wall Treatment with Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware is my blog sponsor and they gave me a chance to try a new product  by Amy Howard at Home– Vintage Wood Pallet Wall in a Box.  I knew right away that I wanted to create a shiplap feature wall right outside the entry to my powder room.   Here’s the space before. Just a blank wall painted Sea Salt from Sherwin-Williams.  I had a full length leaning mirror here.  It’s about an 8′ x 4′ space with no cuts for outlets, so for a beginner like me, it seemed like it would be a doable project. Before I got started, I set up eight foot tables covered with old sheets and towels in my garage.  And, I watched this how-to video . The Pallet Wall in a Box comes with unfinished solid red oak planks enough to cover about 20 feet.  Here was my first glitch…I didn’t order enough … Continue reading “DIY Vintage Wood Wall Treatment with Ace Hardware”

What Would Holley Wear: A Blazer and a Handbag

If you ask me what my go-to style is….it’s definitely a bag and a blazer.  I typically wear a blazer with jeans, and a handbag always completes the outfit!   Let’s start first with complementing a pair of jeans with a bag and a blazer. Last summer, a blue plaid blazer, white jeans, and a wooden bag was my vacation go-to style…from sea to shining sea! Two new favorites I purchased on sale at H&M are a striped black blazer and a double-breasted striped navy blazer with gold buttons.  And both pair perfectly with my Japanese inspired wooden bag. Ready or not spring and summer….here I come! When it comes to staying cool and comfortable, linen is the way to go.  A white or linen blazer coordinated with dark denim crops pairs perfectly with a round wicker bag.  A few cool summer looks on our Pinterest board feature a pink … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: A Blazer and a Handbag”

What Would Holley Wear: Spring Layering

Springtime in Texas comes in many temperatures….from cold gusty winds to warm sunny days.  We never know what to expect! Though one thing I know for sure….spring layering is a must! So let’s talk about coats. Spring is the perfect time of year to layer with a trench coat. Nothing says “welcome spring” like a trench worn with white jeans and sneakers. To dress up your trench a bit, complement it with crops and heels, and wear it as a raincoat when needed. Let’s be honest though….sometimes we still need a warm coat in early spring. Think about adding color by wearing a yellow, pink, or white puffer….so many choices at Amazon Fashion.  And of course these are perfect for a spring ski trip! A wrap coat is another great option for spring transitioning.  Be sure to browse all the options on our Pinterest board! No matter what the temperature, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Spring Layering”

Spicy Corn Dip and Trader Joe’s Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers

Want to get a promotion or make new friends?  Then you MUST make this recipe using two new things I’ve discovered at my weekly Trader Joe’s shopping visit. Two must have snacks — Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers with a mexican-style street corn seasoning and its side-kick Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa.  OMG.  Go and get a bag or 12 to complete your life or summer entertaining.  Here’s how I plan to use them.  First, you can pretty much gorge on the corn chips sans anything.  They are addictive.  But, the salsa lends a nice touch.  Not too spicy, but a little kick.  Second, I can easily see this salsa poured over a bar of cream cheese and served with either these corn chips or pita chips. But, this is my plan…Spicy Corn Dip.  I’ve had this recipe for several years and it’s a winner.  I plan to substitute the … Continue reading “Spicy Corn Dip and Trader Joe’s Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers”

Friyay Fit: My Picks for Spring – Gingham, Tie Waist Pants, Lipstick, and a Podcast

My two favorite seasons are fall and spring.  Spring because everything is so fresh and new.  It’s still cool and flowers are blooming.  Pretty much by June I am ready for fall because it gets so hot here in Texas.  With just a short window of time, I have to jump onto spring like a lady bug on a hot plate! Here are some of my favorite trends for spring: A new handbag — every gal needs a new purse for spring that will carry  through fall.  I love the transparent and croc detail bags that are popular right now.  This small tote from Vince Camuto has me excited and it comes black, rose and cobalt blue.   Tie Waist Pants — One of my favorite wardrobe staples for work is slacks.  I do alot of moving around and it’s practical to wear slacks, a blouse and fun jacket.  I … Continue reading “Friyay Fit: My Picks for Spring – Gingham, Tie Waist Pants, Lipstick, and a Podcast”

Conversation Piece: Vintage Hotel Keys

I follow The Wish List Atlanta on Instagram.  When Laurie posted a photo of a pile of vintage hotel keys, I messaged her right away and told her I had to have them.  I could imagine a big bowl of keys on the coffee table and the conversations that would ensue of sharing memories of vacations! When the package arrived I couldn’t wait to look at each one, imagining their story.  Like the kitschy look of this key — meet me for cocktails at the Madhatter Lounge.   From Toledo, Ohio to Kailua, Kona, Hawaii to The Royal Caribbean Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The size of some of these keys made me chuckle. To think how now we are mostly issued plastic, disposable key cards.  No story to tell there. Holiday Inn Town in Lansing, Michigan to the 89er Inn in Oklahoma City to the Hospitality Motor inn in Lansing, Michigan. … Continue reading “Conversation Piece: Vintage Hotel Keys”

How to Make a Centerpiece Using Magnolia Market Paperwhites

A few springs ago I purchased five faux paperwhite bulbs from Magnolia Market.  Real paperwhites are a fragrant winter-blooming bulb typically grown indoors.  I liked the faux option because they would last me until spring when I change over my decor to Easter.  And, I can tuck them away in a storage box for the next year. I wanted to show you that with just a few simple supplies you can create your own paperwhite centerpiece. First, you need an adorable kitten to supervise the process.  Then, you need a glass vase so you can see the rocks, moss and roots of the bulbs.  I purchased five bulbs (Magnolia Market still offers them here).  You could do this project easily with just three bulbs (remember in nature most things grow in threes and fives). First, put in a layer of river rock.  You can either use rocks you’ve collected or … Continue reading “How to Make a Centerpiece Using Magnolia Market Paperwhites”

What Would Holley Wear: In the Blink of an Eye

“Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a doo….I love you!”  Can you guess where I’m going with this? So….I recently spent a week babysitting my two youngest grandsons, ages 15 months and four years old.  More than style….easy/breezy was my goal for the week! “I love you in the morning.”  My plan each morning was to wake up before the boys and get ready for the day.  I totally understand why young moms wear mostly fitness or athleisure clothes all the time, because there is no time to think about styling an outfit.  Or is there? The key is to plan in advance. So before I left Fort Worth, I had my week’s outfits figured out! A pair of pull-up black skinny pants from H&M were perfect for playing on the floor with the boys. I paired mine with a gray sweater and gray Sherpa vest. On the days I … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: In the Blink of an Eye”