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 the bag for you.  And I’m loving their striped raffia shopper and multi-colored beaded bag as well….the perfect complement to a cute summer skirt or crops. Looking for a show stealer?  A rainbow ark bag is the way to go…but only if you love compliments.

 Instead of happy pills, the style doctor is prescribing a striped skirt paired with a t-shirt.  An adorable look worn by the Damsel in Dior blogger pairs a blue striped skirt with a white tee, white Staud bag and brown slides.   Printed tees are all the rage, and what says “love is love” more than a printed tee matched with red and pink striped culottes? On the count of three, everyone say….Good-bye Prozac!    

Why not take the rainbow to the office?  We think style influencer, Eadie Blair’s striped midi skirt and belted linen jacket will bring joy to any office environment!  Nordstrom’s striped midi skirt says one thing to me….the more stripes the better! And a blue striped dress from Shopbop will unquestionably bring a dose of happiness to your work day.

What says “let’s lounge” more than a striped kaftan or maxi dress?  Nothing….right? I love how Nordstrom’s beach throw can be worn as a sarong or a maxi.  Though, maybe your lounge lifestyle is relaxing at home. I get it! Check out our Pinterest page for an affordable flowy maxi in bohemian stripes with bell sleeves…perfect for the patio.  

Isn’t it nice to know there’s a happy pattern that will lift your spirit and give you style all at the same time?  

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

Man Overboard — The Newlywed Game

newlywed game panel

This is a “best of” blog post from 2016 when we played a round of The Newlywed Game with Miss Bee.  It’s pretty funny.  We hope you enjoy.  Oh, and there’s a Round Two you can find in the search menu.

I’m launching a new topic area to my blog I’m calling “Man Overboard” — a fresh perspective from the man of the house.  For my new readers, I refer to my husband as Mr. Bee.  I love all things bee — my name means honeybee.  I collect beehives.  I love when bees visit my garden.  He’s my head worker bee and my honey.  Man Overboard will give him the chance to guest host occasionally and weigh-in on topics.  I think it will be something fun to look forward to and, frankly, hilarious to hear his take on my blogging.

A few nights ago, at the dinner table, we got to talking about game shows. Much to my mother’s dismay the Newlywed Game was my fave.  She didn’t think talk like “making whoopy” was ladylike.  A close second was the $10,000 Pyramid (now it’s the $100K Pyramid.  Pish posh who wants to win just $10k).  Miss Bee had no idea what we were talking about, so we looked it up.

The show first aired in 1966.  Everyone recognizes the white lattice background with Bob Eubanks at the podium and his pencil thin mic and slicked back hair, the multicolored sheer curtains, and the swing in booths. The show probably kept the poster board companies in business with the handwritten signs on which each couple recorded their answers. Remember how the ladies would hit their husbands over the head with the poster if they got the answer wrong?

We laughed our way through dinner having her ask us questions.  It was fun for Miss Bee to see our responses.

Q.  If Momma could get rid of one thing of Daddy’s what would it be?

A.  Mr. Bee:  “old man jeans!”

A.  Me:  “dad” jeans  (we both answered correctly).  Mr. Bee never dresses himself.  I buy all his clothes, because if I didn’t he would wear old man jeans and a flannel shirt.  If you recall our first date post here, it isn’t a good look.  He’s only allowed to wear the old man jeans while working in the yard, but every once in while, they sneak outside the perimeter of the yard.

Q.  What your favorite color?

A.  Mr. Bee:  Momma’s favorite color is “Tropicana Fuschia.”

A.  Me:  Green is Daddy’s favorite color.  I have no idea what tropicana fuschia is, but it sounds pretty.  Give Pantone a call, Mr. Bee, they might want to hire you.  Actually, he is somewhat correct.  I love tropicana roses (orange with red tipped petals), and orange is my favorite color. I’m not sure about the fuschia.  I also like hot pink, and he uses the word fuschia to describe all shades of pink…

Q.  What’s a gift you’ve received from the other you didn’t care for:

Mr. Bee:  “Seed Thingy”

Me:  Seed Tins.  I swear we both answered this the same.  We high-fived. Before Miss Bee was born, I was on bed rest and on-line Christmas shopping was in its infancy.  In fact, when you placed an order on “dial up” not only did it take a year to go through, but it took just as long for the order to ship. I saw this cute little seed kit with labels and metal tins for storing seeds.  At the time, we had a pretty extensive garden and I had visions that Mr. Bee would love saving and storing his seeds to plant again and again. The kit is still sitting on his workbench, unopened.  I didn’t answer because I tell Mr. Bee what to buy for me.  So, I like everything he gifts me.

Q. Who takes longer to get ready?

A.  Mr. Bee: Oh, that’s momma for sure!

A.  Me:  Buzzer sound.  Nope, it’s Daddy.  He is as slow as dial up.  Him, “Well, I could get dressed, you just wouldn’t like what I pick out.  I like for you to pick out my clothes.”  Miss Phoebe concurred that he is slower than molasses.  He gets distracted easily.  And he does tend to mix patterns…

Q.  What color was the front door in your first home?

A.  Mr. Bee:  White

A.  Me:  Hunter green (who has a white front door?).  The funny thing is that this was his house when we got married.  Nope.  Always green.

Q.  What is your spouse’s most irritating habit?

A.  Mr. Bee: Not making the bed, interrupting….ugh…gosh, I don’t know there are so many things!

A.  Me:  Whistling through his teeth like a ventriloquist.  Next time you are at a party, ask him to do it for you.  He’ll love it.  He has quite the extensive library of songs to whistle. It’s quite the party trick.  People will say, “where is that whistling sound coming from” all the while he keeps whistling with a smile on his face.

Q.  What is each other’s favorite food?

Mr. Bee:  Momma likes Mexican food

Me:  Daddy loves Sushi.  Correct on both.

Q.  What’s something you can’t help doing?

Mr. Bee:  Momma scratches head when she’s frustrated.

Me:  Daddy stares into space with his mouth open.  Correct on both.

Q.  Who’s the better cook?

Mr. Bee:  Momma, because she can bake and has a broader range of skills.

Me:  Mr. Bee on the grill

These questions are all on the internet.  Give it a try with your kids.

P.S. No posters were made, nor where husbands harmed during this story.

My Easy Three — Sunscreen, Flash Light Batteries and Picnic Coolers

It can be very overwhelming to tackle the day-to-day list of everything we want to accomplish, but if you can just try and do three simple tasks every day or every so often, you will accomplish so much more with ease and less frustration.  I call this “My Easy Three.” Here are some previous ideas to inspire you:

Today we are going to tackle three summer-time tasks – first Sunscreen.  My go-to is the perennially popular, PABA and paraben-free Trader Joe’s SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen to save the day—and your skin—with broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection and skin-nourishing ingredients like aloe, Vitamin E, & coconut oil.  Their sunscreen is never tested on animals and at $5.99 this product continues to appear on the “Best of” lists for years — including Consumer Reports 2019 Best Sunscreens.

Here is a great article on the 10 Best Sunscreens of 2019, how much and how to apply them, what strength dermatologists recommend and more. The FDA is currently proposing big changes to sunscreen regulations, and only physical sunscreens with the active ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are recognized as generally safe right now.

Flashlight batteries.  Now is the time to replace all those flashlights with fresh batteries so you are prepared for summer storms when the power goes out and for late-night walks – the only time to take a walk with your dog because it’s so hot.  It’s good practice to change the batteries every 6 months so you can avoid corrosion and it will insure you always have a ready to use flashlight. We try to keep a flashlight in each bedroom in the house, especially in the guest bedroom so your company doesn’t have to navigate around your house in the middle of the night. Here’s a helpful article on battery safety from Consumer Report.

Picnic Coolers.  When was the last time you actually used soap and water to clean out your cooler?  Usually we are so tired from a day at the beach or lake we just dump the ice out, let it air dry and put it away until the next time.  Between seasons, take them outside hose them down, fill with hot water and a little dish soap and give them a good scrub. You might even add a splash of bleach, let it sit for a bit, then give the coolers a good rinse.  Dry them out and let them dry out in the sun.

Travel and Leisure magazine rated the top insulated cooler bags for 2019 here.  I love this Igloo cooler called the Daytriper. This sommelier-inspired tote stows a mini foldable table, a bamboo cutting board, a corkscrew, and a set of cheese knives. Inside, the cooler has two separate compartments with an adjustable divider. And the front straps are flexible, too, so you can easily tote a picnic blanket or beach towel along, too. And, it’s only $79.

Now you are summer-ready!

What Would Holley Wear: Five-Star Resort Style Musts

I have to admit…I love everything about resort style!  From lounging by the pool to lovely alfresco dinners, fashion never looked so fabulous!  Our five-star resort style musts are: a tote, a swimsuit cover up, something red, a pair of stunning earrings, and a beautiful kimono.

Truthfully, I’m not a sun worshiper these days, but sitting under an umbrella, reading a book, and sipping a delicious drink poolside is the ultimate for me.  A bag or tote is a must for your book, phone, and sunscreen. Last year I took a tasseled wicker beach bag to Encore…my favorite Vegas resort. This year, it’s a toss-up between Tuckernuck’s macramé basket tote and their crocheted carryall.

Another poolside must is a cover-up, and we think a long striped shirt is the perfect solution.  A Pinterest look I adore shows a style influencer wearing a blue bathing suit with a blue and white striped cover-up paired with a Staud bucket bag.  We are also loving how wrap skirts can double as a swimsuit cover ups. And of course….don’t forget to add a floppy hat to your luxe poolside style!

For a striking daytime resort look, why not wow them in red!  Red sunshades, earrings, and handbags are definitely resort ready!  Anything in a candy cane stripe, from a jumpsuit to a sundress, is ideal for a poolside lunch.  To add a little retro to your resort style, we think Loeffler Randall’s lined basket bag is the perfect match.   For elegant al fresco dining, a flowy red maxi in a solid or print unquestionably brings the wow factor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I’ve mentioned how much I adore anything by Cult Gaia.  For a five star look, think about taking your style up a notch or two with a pair of their fabulous green shoulder-dusting earrings paired with their acrylic Lilleth bag in malachite (on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue).  To add a little extra flair to your cabana style, wear them with a leopard print bathing suit, dress, or skirt! Another exceptional look is pairing their wood earrings with a stunning green maxi.

 

Room service please!  It never fails, at the end of a trip, all I want to do the last night is order room service….hamburger and French fries please!   Of course, you can always relax in the resort robe, but why not take your resort style to the max. A green floral kimono and matching palazzo pants is perfect for room service.  And we love how the kimono looks stunning paired with white pants or jeans…an elegant look for a night cap at one of the resort bars. How fantabulous is that?

Hmmm….I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time to make a call to my travel agent!  And BTW…where are you resorting this summer?  

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

How to Roast Bell Peppers — The Easy Way

I really love bell peppers — red, orange and yellow being my favorite, green not so much.  Did you know that in addition to their their varied colors and taste, each differently hued bell pepper has a unique array of nutritional benefits?  Green peppers feature an abundance of chlorophyll. Yellow peppers have more of the lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids. Orange peppers have more alpha-, beta-, and gamma-carotene. Red peppers have more lycopene and astaxanthin, two other important carotenoids.  This summer we have orange and chocolate brown peppers growing and I can’t wait to try them.  Regardless of the color, bell peppers are a very healthy vegetable to include in your diet.  My favorite way to eat them fresh is with hummus or roasted on pizza.

Over the weekend, I did a massive purge of my refrigerator contents. I took every shelf out so there was absolutely nothing in my refrigerator.  I made a pail of vinegar and hot water with a dash of liquid dish soap and went to town.  I grossed myself out with the gunk in my fridge.  But, it’s all sparkly clean and I found myself opening the door every so often just to peak at it’s beauty.

Revelation — From this exercise, I learned that I don’t need “jars” of pickles, olives, peppers, or bags of produce anymore.  They just go to waste.  Lately, I have just been visiting the salad bar at Whole Foods and Albertson’s and buying what I need.  If I am making a pizza — I buy 10 olives.  If I need spinach, I buy a handful. If I need peppers, I am going to roast my own.

You can roast them over a flame on your stove or grill, but I like the easy method the Barefoot Contessa uses.  Watch her video here.

Ina’s Roasted Red Peppers

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Place the whole peppers on a sheet pan and place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the skins are completely wrinkled and the peppers are charred, turning them twice during roasting. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately cover it tightly with aluminum foil. Set aside for 30 minutes, or until the peppers are cool enough to handle.

Remove the stem from each pepper and cut them in quarters. Remove the peels and seeds and place the peppers in a bowl along with any juices that have collected. Discard the stems, peels, and seeds. Pour the oil over the peppers. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

And the best part, I can put them in these French glass terrines from the Container Store!  Elevate your food by storing it in a beautiful container is my motto!

I use these in my pantry, too, which you can see featured on the Container Store website showing how I use glass jars and the multi-purpose bin in my pantry.  #containyourself.

What’s one thing you can cut back on buying that can help you save money and refrigerator space?  Please share!

Hummingbird Poundcake

I had a surplus of very, very ripe bananas recently and I was getting tired of making banana bread.  At the same time I was cleaning out my recipe file and came across a sheet I had torn from a magazine – Food & Family for hummingbird poundcake.  It’s very similar to the tradition version from Southern Living magazine here – their most requested recipe – but it’s denser and calls for less icing.

It’s your basic cake-from-scratch with adding in crushed pineapple and to keep it moist a box of vanilla instant pudding mix.  Since my hive members are not “nut in our food” type of cake eaters, I left the pecans out of the cake mix and just sprinkled finely chopped ones on the icing.

Here is the link to the original recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

What Would Holley Wear: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

It’s baseball season…which made me wonder….do you like to play it safe, or do you like to hit it out of the park?  And of course, I’m talking about fashion!

With fashion, we all start at home plate and our first goal is to make it to 1st base….right?  I have to admit, a midi skirt is my 1st base style.  When I add a shirt tied at the waist and add a pair of sandals…I know I have a hit.  Maybe your 1st base style is a cute striped dress matched with red sandals….or possibly white jeans paired with a striped shirt, a wicker bag and sneakers!  Sounds like a base hit to me!

When stepping up to home plate, do you ever feel a little style/base anxiety?  Don’t worry…because I’m giving you a “walk”! Sneakers are a comfortable option, or a pair of slides will add a trendy pop to your basic style.  In my opinion, espadrilles are the perfect summer shoe. By adding a cute pair of sneakers, slides or espadrilles to your basic style…..you will be rounding the all the bases before you know it!  

I have to admit, with my creative styling….sometimes I strike out.  But please know, it never discourages me from taking another swing. We love how the “Poor Little It Girl” blogger takes a swing, warming up to her second base style wearing an adorable red print dress.  And she hits a double when she pairs it with white sneakers and a denim jacket embellished with miniature pins/brooches. No strikes for this stylish gal!

True confession:  Something that gives me a thrill is “stealing” bases!  Show me a cute outfit or accessory from Pinterest…and it’s “game on”!  An easy summer look I recently stole features a white linen skirt paired with a blue and white striped shirt tied at the waist.   A pair of wooden ark earrings I purchased at Forever 21 for $8 was definitely a steal compared to the $100 designer pair I copied!  And my favorite summer steal is my white bucket bag from Amazon Fashion….$50 vs. the $345 designer copy. 

Want to be a “triple” threat?  Then think about adding a wicker belt and sunshades to your base style.   Any belt from Cult Gaia will take your style to third base. If you are like me and looking for a frugal find, check out some great options online from Forever 21 and ASOS. We love how a wicker belt gives a sophisticated resort vibe when matched with a white halter dress.   A cool pair of sunshades is definitely a smooth way to slide into home plate. And wearing a pair of red shades says one thing to me….home run! 

 So here’s the play-by-play….by pairing a few trendy accessories with your basic style, you’ll have a stylish grand-slam!  Game over y’all!!!

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

Summery Poolside Sip – An Aperol Spritz

We have really been enjoying our “Summer of Fridays” we are hosting during the months of June and July.  We open our side gate from 6-9 p.m. to anyone who wants to join us for a poolside meal and fun conversation.  The menu changes weekly and all we ask is you RSVP by Thursday, BYOB and bring a side. It’s that easy.  Summer has never been more fun for us!

My friend Jacqui has been our cocktail queen bringing something fetching to sip that goes with the menu.  A few weeks ago when we made pizza, she brought the makings for a delicios Aperol Spritz she enjoyed during her recent Italian getaway.  Aperol is an Italian apéritif, and it’s typically served before a meal to stimulate the appetite.  Aperol was invented in 1919, but it wasn’t until after World War II that Aperol really gained attention on a global scale.  The Italian way of life, enjoying an ‘apéritif’ before dinner, took the world by storm. The slang word for apéritif is apero, hence the name Aperol. The flavors noted in descriptions of Aperol are bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona among other ingredients.  I thought it tasted like summer in a glass.

Photo credit: Sourced Craft Cocktail

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of my glass and sharing the recipe with you. It think it’s the perfect sip to say hello to summer and welcome your guests for the July 4th weekend.  Cheers!

What’s in your Summer Stack? Books we are reading at Home with a Twist

I’ve rounded up all the books we are reading this summer in our Mrs. Twist Reads This book club, and a fun announcement.

Summer reading is for the whole family.  In 2009, then Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “summer slide.”  It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected. You can read more about the study here.

When Miss Bee was little I always included reading on her summer to-do list with visits to storytime at bookstores and the library.  She was allowed to check out as many books as she was years old.  We made a chart on the refrigerator with different rewards for every few books she read. I would even join in with her to read as well. One of our favorite things still is to stop into libraries in cities we are visiting while on vacation.

According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 7th Edition, 77% of kids ages 6–17 and 94% of parents believe reading books over the summer helps kids during the school year.  Here is a fun reading challenge from Scholastic for summer reading and activities. Our local library, Fort Worth Public Library, offers a summer reading challenge for prizes and its for adults and children. Be sure to check your local library to see what they are offering.  Here is a free pdf from Highlights for Children to encourage creative places to read — like in a fort with a friend or in a sand chair at the beach. And another pdf “Scavenger Hunt” to have fun while learning.

Mrs. Twist Reads This has two very different books planned for book club for July and August.

For our July read it’s Mrs. Everything from Jennifer Weiner.

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

In August, it’s an adventure thriller – The River by Peter Heller. 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 Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.

Commonplace Bookstore – WestBend

In September we will kick off our fall reading by meeting at the fun new reading spot — Commonplace Bookstore in WestBend.  They have offered to partner with Home with a Twist and host our bookclub in their gorgeous space.  The shelves are full of exquisite, unique titles.  It’s not your average bookstore, it’s something special.  We will enjoy fun bites and sips, too.  We will be reading Small Fry – a memoir by Lisa Brennan- Jobs daughter of Steve Jobs. Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents―artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs―Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is a poignant coming-of-age story from one of our most exciting new literary voices.

Don’t wait until September to check out Commonplace.  Stop by and say hello to Kaitlynn, the store manager, and plop down on their stunning green velvet sofa for a coffee and look through all their titles.  They also have a beautiful selection of candles and journals and other gift items.  On Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. they offer a fun storytime for the littles (that’s my little in the blonde pigtails in the photo!).

If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us for our July book club discussion Thursday, July 25  at 7 p.m. — we always have sips and snacks! Even if you aren’t local to my area, you can join our bookclub, membership is free, through Bookmovement.  By signing up you will receive notifications on our upcoming meetings and the books we will be reading.  Plus, you can create your personal queue of books you want to read outside of our group and find out new releases and trends in all genres of books.  Friends are always welcome.

No matter where you live, we’d love to have you join our community of women spending more time reading and less time using technology.  Join our movement!

What Would Holley Wear: Red, White and Blue Picnic Style

Who doesn’t love a picnic?  For me, a picnic is the ultimate when it comes to summertime!    

Maybe you and your family are renting a beach house this summer.  Lucky you! So what’s more fun than a beach picnic? Nothing….right?  To stay protected from the sun, think about a pop-up tent….add some sunscreen, a large quilt, and a picnic basket.  My beach style requires a cute cover-up, and I’m loving J Crew’s selection. From their tunics to their tie-front beach dresses, they’ve got us “covered”! 

Two of my favorite 4th of July picnics are Concerts in the Garden and Colonial Country Club’s firework show.  From the fireworks to a sea of red, white, and blue it just makes me happy. So it’s hot…right?  For the garden concert, a cute short set in patriotic colors is definitely the way to go. Check out our Pinterest board to see how smitten we are with a red, white, and blue striped midi skirt…so easy to pair with a denim top and a pair of comfy red sandals.  

Tuckernuck’s gives us a preppy vibe showing three girls wearing adorable summer dresses….coordinating in red, white, and blue.  Last year, I wore a red checked skirt from Nordstrom’s with a blue off-the-shoulder top tied at the waist to Colonial’s dinner and firework show.  This year, I’ll be styling a navy bandana maxi from H&M. To add a little picnic pizzazz, I’m adding a red and white checked scarf to my white bucket bag.  God bless the America!

What do polka dots and Prosecco have in common?  They both pair perfectly with a picnic! For a fun summer outdoor wedding, a polka-dot dress or skirt is spot-on!  We are loving a flowy blue polka-dot maxi on our Pinterest board. The same goes for red polka dot dresses. Could someone please pass the Prosecco?  

The easiest place to have a picnic is in your own backyard, and we think a blue dress or skirt is patio perfection.  We love how Reece Witherspoon shares her style, wearing a blue striped Draper James shirtdress. And for me, it’s a toss-up between Tuckernuck’s blue floral maxi and their striped wrap dress.  

So it’s raining….no worries, just bring the picnic inside.  To make it fun, spread a blanket on the floor, add a set of dominos and of course, your picnic basket.  A blue denim shirt paired with white skinnies is a classic look and ideal for when you need to bring the picnic indoors.  Oh, and one more thing, don’t forget to include your dog. No doubt….he will help with cleanup!  

  “A picnic is a state of mind and can be made anywhere!”  Now that’s a quote to live by….Happy 4th of July!!!

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