What Would Holley Wear: Five Day No Denim Challenge

“The Five Day No Denim Challenge”….as in, five days, five outfits, zero jeans.  I KNOW! Not exactly my idea….this challenge actually came from the Man Repeller Blog.  But please know, I really did put it to the test. So, here we go with Holley’s version! (Note: For Mrs. Twist this will be as hard as hiking the rock mountain above, but I am willing to take one for Team Holley. That’s me in the photo, not wearing jeans.) It’s just for five days.  No big deal….right? So let’s start with Monday.  Every Monday for over 12 years, I’ve delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, Inc. That being said, jeans are my usual go-to meals delivery look….but not this Monday.  So for the first day challenge, I wore a casual black midi, a tan shirt tied at the waist, and a cute pair of Dior inspired flats from Mango….perfect for a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Day No Denim Challenge”

Monday Motivation: Being Brave, Pancakes for Dinner and French-inspired living

I love this letterboard quote from the Culinary Bee, Anna Mae H. Worth. Here are some ideas to inspire you for the first day of the week… Start a daily journal with this new book I got: This past weekend my church hosted a program from their Women at the Well series for our women’s ministry.  It was facilitated by author, counselor and life coach Kelly Johnson.  She has a new book entitled Being Brave:  A 40-day journey to the life God dreams for you.  I can’t wait to start day one tomorrow. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV) God has made us brave, not fearful beings. In a forty-day devotional format, author and blogger Kelly Johnson invites you to consider a new way of thinking about what it means to be brave and challenges you … Continue reading “Monday Motivation: Being Brave, Pancakes for Dinner and French-inspired living”

What Would Holley Wear: Parisian Chic

Do you suffer from FGO (French Girl Obsession)?  I’m pretty sure I do.  One thing I’ve observed about French girls/women is their minimalistic approach to fashion and beauty.   Not only are their clothes low-key, but also their hair and makeup. And of course…that is exactly why I adore their chic style! First let’s talk about a French basic…denim.  Have you ever wondered how French women spin denim into something so sophisticated?  One denim look seen on the streets of Paris during fashion week was cropped jeans complemented with kitten heels. We are especially crushing on a pair of frayed jeans shown with a white tee, Chanel suspenders, plaid jacket, Dior kitten heels and a camel beret.  A pair of flared cropped jeans and a trench coat will add a little extra French flavor to your style! So sassy and so French! Mrs. Twist Flips!  When I saw Holley’s post I … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Parisian Chic”

Monday Motivation: Take a bath, cook with garlic, self-care checklist

I’ve rounded up three ideas for inspiration to get you motivated for the week. First, take a bath…I’ve blogged about the positive effects of using Epsom salts for foot soaks here, but let’s also add it to your tub. Roasted garlic.  It makes the house smell like you have been cooking for days.  It is super easy to do and you can use it for so many recipes, including spreading it all over french bread, or on the base of your pizza dough.  Simply Recipes has the step-by-step directions and a video tutorial, too. Lastly, how about a self-care checklist.  One of our readers, Stacy, said she printed last week’s “night before Monday” checklist and taped it to her bathroom mirror.  Maybe this will inspire you as well. Have a great Monday out there, folks!

Fall-ish Friday: Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Hello, it’s fall y’all!  Well, technically not until September 22, but as soon as pumpkin hits the shelves at Trader Joe’s my happy season has begun.  I did wait until this week, at least, to have a PSL from Starbucks to show some restraint. Last weekend it was rainy and I baked up a storm — three new recipes in fact and I have to say they were all pretty tasty.  This recipe from Crazy for Crust for Pumpkin Coffee Cake was my favorite.  Here’s the thing, it doesn’t call for any eggs.  Don’t panic, it turns out fine (I was worried, so I wanted to offer you some reassurance). Ingredients For the Coffee Cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used pastry flour) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (I swear by Trader Joe’s organic canned … Continue reading “Fall-ish Friday: Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake”

What Would Holley Wear: Sneaker Style

I have a “sneaky” little feeling you are loving the sneaker trend as much as I am….right?  What’s your go-to sneaker style? My Converse sneakers have definitely been my sneaker style this summer, especially at the airport and on vacation.   Speaking of the airport, you can’t beat the comfort and practicality of a loafer sneaker.  Not TSA approved? Yikes…then you will definitely want to wear shoes you can easily slip on and off.  Dolce Vita’s black and white woven slip-on will give your sneaker ensemble a sophisticated look. We are also crazy about Steve Madden’s selection of quilted slip-on loafers….especially the pink ones!  And slip-on Converse sneakers are not only airport friendly but also super cute. Printed sneakers are another way to add a comfy flair to your everyday style. From plaids to animal print, these fun kicks will easily transition into fall. With a pair of Chiko or … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Sneaker Style”

Monday Motivation

Years, and years ago, my Sunday night ritual was to watch the television show Murder, She Wrote.  Jessica Fletcher was my routine for easing into the work week solving the lastest crime in Cabot Cove (frankly, if that many murders happened in that little fishing town, I’d move). When the show was canceled, it threw my globe off its axis.  This weekly bonding with Jessica helped me prepare for the Monday morning blues.   According to a study conducted by the University of Vermont, Monday was named the worst day of the week with moods improving through the rest of the week and peaking on Saturday. But, on the flip side, according to a study conducted by The Association for Psychological Science Monday is the best day of the week for setting new goals.  It’s referred to as the “Fresh Start Effect.” New research in Psychological Science suggests that we may be more likely … Continue reading “Monday Motivation”

The Friyay Fit: Go Frogs Attire

Now that TCU football season has begun, on Fridays we wear purple!  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite accessories — shoes, earrings and a scarf to bring home the win! For my birthday I treated myself to a fancy new pair of TCU Palm Beach Sandals from Fort Worth’s haute couture boutique Keeping Up with the Joneses.  Be sure to stop by and see Judy for all your purple apparel and accessories.  She offers a special purple 15% off discount on Fridays, too! Next up, earrings!  You must get a pair of Horned Frog earrings from Lola+Lina!  Everytime I wear my pair, people stop me and say, “Go Frogs!”  They really are show stoppers.  They also have a smaller version and a few choices of metals, too. A scarf is a must for when the chilly, autumn days arrive.  Spirit Snob has the exclusive Horned Frog scarf designed by Fort … Continue reading “The Friyay Fit: Go Frogs Attire”

My Secret Confessions…

I came across a journal from 2016 when I was doing a “30-day prompt” challenge.  Across the top of the page was “Don’t judge me, but…”  I thought my responses were funny…and not surprising… I’d rather spend the day in my pjs, in bed watching TV than doing anything else. (Still true, especially if it’s raining). I hide cake in my room from other people in the house (Not currently true, however I will not deny that it has happened recently…) I hate to get my teeth cleaned.  (Still do.  I have no trauma related to visiting the dentist when I was little, and I have a great dentist now.  I think it’s the scraping and the buzzing that bother me.)     I only use sunscreen intentionally when I know I am going to be out in the sun for extended periods of time, but I don’t wear it … Continue reading “My Secret Confessions…”

Mrs. Twist Reads This — Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

It was such an honor to have Frances Mayes join us last month via Face Time.  I sat back and looked at all our members leaning in to listen to her every word and I just was in awe.  To think I started this book club over a year ago to help me become a book lover so that I’d spend less time watching television, and now 70 members later we are in my living room with best selling authors — is mind blowing!  I am just so thankful and excited.  I want to share it with everyone. Our selection this month is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This — Clock Dance by Anne Tyler”