My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off – One year later

I know for many of you this time of the year is full of firsts and lasts.  It is an exciting time full of check-lists and shopping trips to Target picking out their 100th ruler and twin XL sheets for their dorm room. At the same time, when you let your heart and mind be still with each other long enough, there is a wave of sadness that the years passed you by so quickly – we were warned of this from the time they were placed in our arms, but we didn’t believe it. Since seeing Miss Bee off to college last fall I can look back and say it was different dropping her off than I thought it would be.  First, you’re exhausted and dripping with sweat from the dozens of visits to and from your car to unload all the stuff your child is confident will fit … Continue reading “My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off – One year later”

Summer’s Favorite – Zucchini Bread

We didn’t put zucchini in our garden this year because it’s a hearty vegetable that produces with gusto!  While I like zucchini, I didn’t have enough recipes in my arsenal to keep up with the demand of a zucchini crop.  But, I’ve baked a few recipes this summer I thought you’d enjoy, and I found a savory main dish with zucchini as the star. Even though it is passing the 100 degree mark here in the Texas, a southern lady never let’s the heat stop her from baking in the kitchen. Here’s a zucchini chocolate chip bread shared on the Stone Gable blog from Paula Deen. It’s really good, but is a departure from the heavy breakfast bread we are typically used to — you know the consistency of the pumpkin bread from Starbucks. This is more like a cake. ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD 3 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp … Continue reading “Summer’s Favorite – Zucchini Bread”

I Miss Mother Most at Birthday Time

I miss my Mother all the time, but especially when my birthday nears.  She made everything so special.  Mother grew up during the depression which meant there was very little money for the extras like a birthday party. I think that’s why it was so important to her that everyone in the family be celebrated on their birthday. Our parties weren’t elaborate or costly, but she paid attention to each detail making us feel like the party was a grand affair. The cake  – I’m not sure when my love affair with cake began, but Mother knew I loved white cake, with white icing and pink roses. If I wasn’t having a themed party this was the standard cake design. See the photo?  It was actually Mother’s birthday party, but I am enjoying a giant slice of you guessed it – white cake with white icing.  To this day, it’s … Continue reading “I Miss Mother Most at Birthday Time”

What Would Holley Wear: Anthropologie Edition

One of my favorite style mottos is:  “Style is not just for the young and skinny.”  In today’s fashion world, there’s great style for all ages and sizes, and Anthropologie definitely backs up this motto! Okay…let’s “jump” right in to this!  Jumpsuits are not just for the young, and with the right fit, they look good on everyone.  Point proven with a navy striped jumpsuit with short sleeves. I suggest styling it with Anthro’s woven circle clutch with a contrasting print scarf.   “She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore!”  So let’s start with the trendiest look in summer jewelry….sea shells.  From necklaces, bracelets, to earrings…Anthropologie has a wide variety to choose from, so be sure to take a look at our Pinterest board.  My favorite is their Shashi Caroline shell bracelet in 18K gold…the perfect summer bangle!   Stripes, polka-dots, and abstracts say one thing to me…“have fun!”.  These refreshing patterns … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Anthropologie Edition”

Curating Your Best Self – Being Brave

I had a Mother moment yesterday where I truly felt like I rocked at womanhood.  Miss Bee called me in frantic tears. She had a job interview and her dad had taken the car to run an errand without thinking she was going to need it. “My interview is in 30 minutes,” she said. I told her it will be fine. Call the manager at your interview, tell them you might be late, I’m on my way.  Before we hung up she sobbed, “Oh, and I can’t find Wilson anywhere (the cat).” No problem, I ran to my car, dialed Mr. Bee who was in route to the house.  He got her to her interview. I arrived home and searched high and low for Mr. Wilson – in the bushes “Please, Lord, I don’t want find a dead cat today,” I stood on our front porch and called him. I … Continue reading “Curating Your Best Self – Being Brave”

What Would Holley Wear: Six Summer Skirts

My go-to summer look is definitely a midi or maxi skirt.  So for this article, I am highlighting 6 of my favorite summer skirts….where I bought them and where I wore them!   My everyday go-to summer skirt is a black striped midi I purchased on sale at Dillard’s in their junior department.  It pairs well with a white short-sleeved shirt, woven belt, slides, and my bucket bag….perfect for delivering Meals on Wheels.  A little shopping tip: Dillard’s Outlet at Ridgmar Mall is a great place to shop for skirts. A maxi Dolce Gabana look-alike I purchased at Runway 7 in University Shopping Center has been my favorite spring/summer party skirt.  Last summer, I wore it to a penthouse terrace party in Manhattan. This year, I gave it a new look and had the skirt hemmed to a tea length…perfect for this year’s Hats Off to Moms Luncheon!  BTW…small boutiques are … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Six Summer Skirts”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: The River by Peter Heller

It’s time for a new read for Mrs. Twist Reads This book club.  During the month of August we will be reading The River by Peter Heller. “A fiery tour de force… I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful.” –Alison Borden, The Denver Post From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: The River by Peter Heller”

Capture Your Summer for Holiday Cards with Basic Invite and Promo Code

I am so excited to share a fun way to design holiday cards with Basic Invite. They reached out and invited me to create a set of cards from a variety of their templates to show how easy it is to get your holiday photo cards done now – while there is no stress! The process couldn’t have been easier and it gave me serious pause. Why do we try to put together our season’s greetings during the busiest months of the year — November and December? In my house we are scrambling to find the right outfit, and schedule a date when everyone is available to meet with the photographer while decorating the tree, hosting parties, shopping for and wrapping gifts and baking up a storm.  You know when some of the best photos are taken? When you are having fun living your best life in the summer!  Think … Continue reading “Capture Your Summer for Holiday Cards with Basic Invite and Promo Code”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Ways to Wear a Summer Scarf

When I think of a summer scarf, Jackie O’s inspiration always comes to mind.  With a simple scarf and large sunshades, her classic style continues to influence.  Number One – Wear A Scarf As A Hair Accessory:  So I’m picturing you motoring in a cute little convertible this summer somewhere in the middle of Italy.  Oh how I would love to tag along! To give your travel style the ultimate in chicness, be sure to add a beautiful printed scarf tied around your head, and don’t forget to add a pair of oversized sunshades.  Trust me, you will look so Jackie O chic….and who wouldn’t want that? Wearing your scarf as a headband with a messy bun or ponytail is so easy and a perfect way to look put together on a busy morning.  Even a short bob looks adorable with a narrow scarf tied as a headband.    Number … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Ways to Wear a Summer Scarf”

What Would Holley Wear: Happy Ways to Wear Summer Stripes

Looking for a fun pattern to boost your mood?  Then “don’t worry…be happy,” because summer stripes are exactly what the style doctor ordered! I have to admit, a striped summer dress or skirt topped with a denim jacket always puts me in a good mood.  Tuckernuck offers an adorable blue striped skirt and white t-shirt topped with a blue denim jacket. Their breezy halter dress in a vintage stripe looks great draped with either a blue or white denim jacket….perfect for rainbow watching! Looking for the trendiest of trends?  Then striped handbags and shoes are the look for you!  For shoes….Amazon Fashion is our go-to. From a cute pair of rainbow striped Keds to a wonderful selection of striped espadrilles, they offer so many happy choices. Planning a getaway to Mexico or maybe just to a Mexican restaurant?  Then Zara’s colorful zig zag shopper with circular wood handles is just … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Happy Ways to Wear Summer Stripes”