Oh, Mamma, Here We Go Again!

It’s t-minus Mamma Mia folks!  I purchased my tickets three weeks ago and as I write this you can see how long I have to wait before I get to see the sequel Mamma Mia – Here we go again!

I thought I’d give you some fun things to ponder until the time you get to go see it.  P.S.  Mr. Bee is being a super trouper and going with me, my girlfriend and her husband.  Hey, after all the Enforcer and Jason Bourne movies we’ve watched with them, they can see eye candy, too.

First, get the soundtrack here.  It features 18 songs, and the last song is sung by Meryl Streep — “Before you Came” so I think that gives us the clue as to whether or not she’s around for Sophie or just in spirit.  This is the original motion picture soundtrack  so it includes all the cast voices.

 

Second, speaking of eye candy, I cannot wait to see Pierce Brosnon. I literally have re-wound 7,000 times the scene at the end of the first movie when the water burst up through the patio and he and Meryl kiss.  This man ages perfectly.  Perfectly yummy.

You can thank me because I pinned this pic of him to my Mamma Mia Pinterest board for your viewing pleasure here.

Cher.  She makes an appearance in the move as Sophie’s grandmother.  Ol Parker, the director of the movie said, “if you’re making a sequel, “it’s an American sports thing: If you’re not playing offense, you’re playing defense.” In order to top the original Mamma Mia, Parker wanted to make sure that the sequel was bringing in something new (that wasn’t just an elaborate subtitle) — and what easier way is there to make a movie better than to bring in Cher?  To quote her character in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: “That’s the best kind of party, little girl.”   Here’s a clip of Cher singing Fernando at CinemaCon Las Vegas.  Mind you, Cher is 71.  And here’s some fun trivia:  After casting Cher, Parker needed to find someone to play her romantic partner. Enter Andy García, who plays Fernando Cienfuegos, a dapper, well-bearded gentleman who works with Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie. And yes — the character was invented entirely so that Cher could sing “Fernando” at him.  You’re welcome.

Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed on location at the small Greek island of Skopelos and the seaside hamlet of Damouchariin the Pelionarea of Greece. On Skopelos, Kastani beach on the south west coast was the film’s main location site.  So I say it’s the perfect inspiration to eat dinner outside after the sun has set.  Pile the table with candles, wine and delicious Greek-inspired food like we ate while vacationing in Turkey a few summers ago…piles of beautiful fruit, bread, olives, fresh vegetables.

Donna and Sophie — their clothes.  As a nod to What Would Holley Wear if you were this iconic mother/daughter duo…rock those overalls and peasant blouse!

And we can’t have a party without a cocktail!  How about the Santorini Sunrise. The recipe for this Mediterranean take on the Tequila Sunrise comes to us from the New York City restaurant Molyvos. Try using a Greek honey infused with thyme or rosemary for a more pronounced floral sweetness, or swap out the vodka for ouzo for an intoxicating punch of licorice flavor.

For the Grapefruit-Infused Vodka (makes about 3 cups)

1 pink grapefruit, sliced
2 1/4 cups unflavored vodka, plus more

For the Cocktail

2 slices pink grapefruit, quartered (8 total pieces)
4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
2 tsp. honey (Greek honey, if available)
2 oz. Pink Grapefruit-infused Vodka
3 oz. freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 oz. Campari

Instructions

Make grapefruit-infused vodka: Stuff grapefruit slices into a sterilized 1 quart glass jar. Pour over vodka, adding more as necessary until grapefruit is completely submerged. Seal jar with a tight fitting lid and let sit for 3 days at room temperature. Strain solids out through a coffee filter into another sterilized glass jar; store infused vodka with other spirits up to 2 months.
To make the cocktail: In a highball glass, muddle seven of the quartered grapefruit slices together with mint and honey. Fill with ice; add vodka, juice, and Campari and stir. Garnish with remaining quarter slice of grapefruit and additional mint leaves.
I hope you are inspired now to see the movie and enjoy the fun!

What Would Holley Wear: Crops and Culottes

If you are looking for something cool and comfy to replace your slacks or jeans…look no further because crops and culottes are the answer!  From a professional look to summer fun, there is something for everyone with these iconic looks.

Culottes have made a major comeback!  For a casual day of sightseeing in the city, a pair of black culottes and a white off-the-shoulder top worn with sneakers is a comfy combo.  For a night out on the town, replace the sneakers with kitten heels for a sexy city vibe. The same goes for crop pants. A cool pair of black crop pants worn with an oversized white blouse and black slides is another city-slicker style.  To dress-up your look, just add a cute pair of blocked heels.

When it comes to summertime, khaki culottes and crops go perfectly with espadrilles.  A pair of khaki crops worn with a white linen shirt, a Simon Miller bonsai bag tied with a scarf, and natural wedge espadrilles is a fabulous summertime look.  Another cool summer style is a pair of khaki culottes, black tee, black ring bag, and black espadrilles. Besides looking super stylish, both looks will jazz up your everyday style.

Want to look super trendy?  Then striped or printed crops and culottes are the look for you!  A look I adore on our Pinterest board is a pair of striped crops worn with a printed tee, a scarf, and orange block heels. To get you through the summer heat wave, think about wearing printed culottes. My board favorite is a pair of printed culottes worn with a white top tied at the waist.  And I love how they accessorized with Tory Burch sandals, a wicker tote and statement earrings….easy breezy!

 

Culottes and crops are a great look for the office and will definitely up your professional style game!  A trend I adore is a dress worn over these iconic pants. Our Pinterest board features a white wrap dress worn over a pair of camel culottes….beyond fabulous!  A pair of wide-leg white culottes worn with an army green t-shirt and complemented with orange heels and a leather tote will bring some fun and flair to your office style. Hmmm….maybe these polished outfits will even get you excited about going to work!

 You certainly can’t go wrong with denim crops…so comfy in the summer heat.  A crisp look is an oversized white tunic worn with rolled-cropped jeans paired with a Staud macramé and leather bucket bag.  If you do not own a pair of crop jeans, it’s so easy to create your own version by rolling up the hem of an old pair of jeans.  We are loving a pair of wide-rolled crop jeans worn with black strappy heels…so city sleek!

Anthropologie always seems to get it right with their on-trend seasonal styles, and we think their mid-rise denim culottes are perfectly perfect!  A culotte silhouette provides a refreshing update with their relaxed white jean. Their white cropped boot cut jeans are another board favorite….dress them up with an Anthro blue floral silk blouse, yellow clutch, and yellow cork platform heels.  

Any way you look at it, crops and culottes make for an ideal nine to five staple and also a fun weekend style!  The good news….they are great investment pieces because this trend is here to stay!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

Summer Self Care

I found this 30-day summer self-care countdown on Pinterest recently and I really liked it.  It’s from the website Blessing Manifesting.    She has alot of fun, useful tools to practice self care including this July Self-Care Checklist.  Summer can relieve certain stressers of getting all the kids ready for school and packing lunches, but it also brings with it “the kids are home all summer, what do I do with them?” and “I need a break from shuttling them from camp to camp everyday.”

For me, my stressors are different.  I have an 18-year old ready to go to college, so we’ve been attending orientations, signing papers, shopping for dormroom stuff and the internal preparation I have been going through for the day we leave her at school and we go home as empty nesters.  Check back with me in August on that one.

The self-care tips from Blessing Mansifestion, focus on the this:

  • What do you need right now?  A nap or to go out to dinner so you don’t have to cook.  This could be anything, but you have to ask yourself this.
  • How is your body feeling?  Are you tight in your shoulders, is your lower back sore, etc…
  • What boundaries do you need to enforce?  Are you saying “no” to the things you don’t want to do?  Communicate.
  • Have you taken care of basic needs today?  Are you drinking enough water.  When was the last time you had a meal that was healthy and delicious.  Do you need an afternoon nap?
  • What are you holding on to that you need to let go of?  Are you a member of the Not-Good-Enough Club?

My big take-away is practicing grace on myself.  Speak to ourselves in a way we would want others to relate to us.  Reframe a situation — instead of big goals like “I am going to work out five days this week” how about trying “I am going to focus on taking my vitamins everyday and drink more water.”  That’s doable.  Once you achieve that success, move to the next thing on your list.  Give yourself a summer vacation from demands and expectations and just try to enjoy the next five weeks before the madness ensues.  Maybe by then you’ll have a some healthier habits in place that will make easing into the school year a little easier.

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 alfresco dining.  If you are like me and like to wear skirts…no problem. It’s so easy to pair a white tee or shirt with a lace or crocheted skirt for instant summer glam!  We are loving style star, Olivia Palermo’s, wrap lace skirt and white tee ensemble. So fresh and so classy!

To jazz up your all-white outfit, a beautiful statement bnecklace will always take center stage.  We think the white turquoise necklace discovered on Pinterest deserves a standing ovation. Tory Burch always seems to get it right….her white lattice earrings and cuff are summer perfection.  Designer, Julie Voss, has a white pearl collection that is beyond fabulous. From her hinged pearl cuff to layers of bracelets, her designs are classic. Be sure to take a look at some of her stunning pieces on our Pinterest board.

White sandals, slides, and wedges will complete any white ensemble.  Sam Edelman’s lace-up white sandals are so versatile and go with everything from crops to a maxi skirts.  Summer slides are easy-breezy! You can go high-end with a pair of Hermes’ Oran slides, or bring the price down several notches with a pair of white Alibi slides from French Sole.  And of course….you can’t go wrong with a pair of Jack Roger’s white wedges. Both the mid-wedge cork and the rope-wedge will flatter your all-white summer style.

When it comes to resort wear, you can’t miss with an all-white ensemble.   So…where are you “resorting” this summer? Possibly the Biltmore in Arizona or maybe the the Breakers in Palm Beach?  Lucky you!!! Soooo…tennis or pickle ball anyone? Tuckernuck is known for their preppy style and their “all white” tennis ensembles will have you scoring big time.  And of course, we “love” all of Ralph Lauren’s classic white tennis ensembles.

 

Sitting poolside at a five-star resort calls for casual sophistication.  Once again, Tuckernuck comes through with beautiful white dresses that definitely make a fashion-splash! Their white Dani dress could double as a swimsuit cover-up, and their strapless Prin dress is perfectly perfect for poolside lounging. Excuse me, cabana boy….I would just love a vodka and tonic on the rocks, darling!

Click on photo for delish recipe from Piper Cooks

Hmmm….I think I will just live through you this summer, and I promise to behave myself…..“wink-wink”!!!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

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 of a younger man, but Oliver’s on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.

As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and to uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.

Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. Sara Gruen says of The Lemonade Year, “When life gives you lemons, read this book. It’s a delicious glass of humor, heart, and hope.”  Amy is also the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and a contributor to a number of anthologies.

Join us on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. to Skype with Amy and talk about her book.  These Skype sessions have been so fun, because we get to learn so much more about the author and find out fun facts about the book and its characters!  Friends are always welcome, too!  If you want to join our bookclub, visit Book Movement to register for a free account and RSVP your attendance.

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 into that.

So, I’ve decided to host a fun event where we can eat biscuits dripping with butter and sip mimosas while benefiting a worthy cause.  Proceeds from the Biscuit Showdown will benefit the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).  NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in our community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

Join me on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon for all-you-can-eat biscuits with butter, honey and Moore jam, and a mimosa and coffee bar. $25 per person ($20 benefits the National Alliance for Mental Illness). Seating is limited. Advance registration required.  Click here to register through Event Brite.

Gotta get to baking!  Hope to see you soon!

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 might have loved me and I never knew”

When I think of bohemian style, tie-dye is always the first thing that comes to mind.  From skirts and tops to kimonos, this pattern is iconic boho. We are loving the orange tie-dyed kimono from Free People on our Pinterest board, and even better….it comes in six colors.  Besides concerts, a tie-dyed maxi is perfect for a summer mountain or beach vacation. Think about adding Indian inspired metal jewelry to complete the look.

“You know I’ve always been a dreamer (Spent my life running ‘round)…And it’s so hard to change (Can’t seem to settle down)”

I have to admit it’s rare for me to be rocking out at concerts these days. That being said, I do love finding ways to incorporate a bohemian look into my everyday summer style.  One way to do this is with a kimono. They are so easy to dress up with slacks, and even consider wearing one over your “little black dress”.   We think a floral kimono draped over a striped shirt or dress is so boho-adorable!

But the dreams I’ve seen lately…Keep turning out and burning out and turning out the same…So put me on a highway and show me a sign…and take it to the limit one more time”

Gypsy inspired floral dresses are ideal for an outdoor summer wedding or party.  The floral off-the-shoulder dress coupled with a heart-shaped basket bag is one of our Pinterest board favorites.  Be sure to add a cute pair of woven sandals, and plan to dance the night away! An adorable look from Spell & Gypsy Collective is a pink floral maxi dress….and for daytime, think about wearing flowers in your hair!  To shop gypsy inspired styles, visit Spell & The Gypsy Collective. 

“You can spend all your time making money and you can spend all your love making time…If it all fell to pieces tomorrow…would you still be mine?”

A flowy trend that lends itself to a bohemian look is the peasant blouse. Have I mentioned how much I love these beautiful tops? Anthropology and Free People have an awesome selection to choose from, so be sure to browse our Pinterest board.  Two of my Anthro favorites are their Star and Solitaire peasant tops. Wear them with jeans and add a fun pair of fringe earrings!

“And when you’re looking for your freedom (nobody seems to care) and you can’t find the door (can’t find it anywhere)”

Bohemian jewelry tends to be bold and artistic.  We are loving all of the white lace and crocheted dresses on our Pinterest board adorned with white shell necklaces and bracelets….such a fun way to add a beach boho look to your summer style.  A long white shell necklace complements a pink peasant top from Floryday. Another iconic bohemian look is an ankle bracelet. With Urban Outfitter’s celestial themed charm anklet, I’m pretty sure you will want to take a walk in the moonlight!

“When there’s nothing to believe in…still you’re coming back, you’re running back…You’re coming back for more”

From summer parties and picnics to concerts and vacations, we hope you have been inspired to add a little bohemian flair to your summer style.  And who knows…you may even want to consider “taking it to the limit one more time”!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

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 cake.

Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting
Author: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey

Ingredients
4 Large Eggs
⅔ cup Whole Milk or Buttermilk (I used buttermilk)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2¼ cups Flour
1½ cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
¾ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter, softened, cut into cubes
2 Tablespoons Oil
⅓ cup Vanilla Pudding Mix (instant)

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
1½ cups Butter, softened
1 cup Cocoa
5 cups Powdered Sugar
⅓ cup Cream, Half n Half or Milk

*This recipe can make a two layer cake or a three layer cake (the layers will be thinner). If you would like to make an extra large triple layer cake, 1½ times the recipe and use three 8 or 9 inch cake pans.

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla.
3. In a standing mixer, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
4. Beat the butter into the flour mixture, one cube at a time. Continue to beat until it resembles coarse crumbs.
5. Add the ½ of the egg-milk mixture and oil and beat the batter is light and fluffy. Add remaining egg-milk mixture and vanilla pudding and mix just until combined.
6. Take a spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl.
7. Spread into greased pans and smooth tops with a spatula.
8. Bake for 16-22 minutes, depending on the depth of pans. If the cake layers are thin, they will cook for less time than the thicker layers.
9. Let cakes cool. Run a knife around edge of cake pan and flip over. Frost with milk chocolate frosting.
10. To make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
11. In mixing bowl, cream together butter, cocoa, powdered Sugar, and cream until light and fluffy. You may want to add more cream or milk depending on consistency. Once cake has cooled and has been removed from pans, frost each layer with frosting.
12. Top with chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M & M’s or whatever your heart desires.
13. This is one baked good that gets even better the next day, if covered

I liked this cake so much I made two!  One for co-workers and one to share with neighbors…and maybe sneak another piece or two for me!

Best BBQ Baked Beans

baked beansJust 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 if desired, ground beef in Dutch oven, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in bacon and remaining ingredients, and spoon into lightly greased 2 1/2 quart baking dish.  Chill for 8 hours, if desired.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, stirring once. (I usually cook them at 250 for a few hours if you have the time).

For the crock pot version, I saute the onion in olive oil on the stove, then dump everything into a greased crock pot and stir it all together.  I cook on low for several hours  stirring a few times during cooking.  I also double the recipe if I am serving for a crowd.

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.  One of our favorites is the starry, striped off-the-shoulder top from Anthropology. Wear it with jeans, shorts or a skirt, and you’re ready for a fun celebration. Wanting to make a statement?  Then think about wearing a gorgeous top like the one from IBU’s Ali McGraw collection….just add white jeans and a statement piece of jewelry.

 Striped handbags and shoes are another way to add flair to a festive 4th ensemble.  So…who loves rick-rack?  We do, and we are major crushing on the ruffle slides trimmed in striped rick-rack from Tuckernuck.  Top Shop’s striped espadrilles pair well with summer dresses, skirts and jeans. Mark and Graham offer a rattan and navy striped canvas circle hand bag in white and brown.  Trust me on this one….it will be the best $49 fashion investment you make this summer!

Peasant tops are a summer essential, so think about wearing one to a July 4th concert or picnic. The angular two-toned blue striped peasant top with red embroidery and tassels from Anthropology will transition from an afternoon picnic to a night of firework watching.  And their blue embroidered peasant top gives a romantic vibe to this bohemian style. A long embroidered tunic top can work three ways…as a top, a dress and as a swim suit cover up….a “must pack” for your summer vacation.  

 Are you planning to attend a Ranger’s game this summer?  A Ranger’s t-shirt is definitely “all American”. To add some flair, a pair of red fringed earrings from Madewell will up your style game.  A scarf with tassels is always a bonus, and patriotic sunshades are a necessity for a sunny day at the ballpark. Sounds like a “grand slam” to me!  

Maybe you are planning a beach vacation for the 4th?  The nautical bag on our Pinterest board would be perfect for a seaside picnic….anchors away! Summer shorts or white jeans worn with a blue checked shirt, red wicker bag and white sandals is the perfect outfit for a sea shell hunting expedition. For a fun family dinner at the local crab shack, red culottes and sneakers will keep you stylishly comfortable. A “shore thing” to give your outfit a pop is the Kate Spade red crab handbag.  So…who wants to take a walk on the beach?

No matter how you plan to celebrate our country’s Independence Day or any fun summer activity, just know….a cute red, white and blue outfit will add a stylish spark to your celebration!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.