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.

National Iced Tea Month: Refreshing flavors for Summer!

According to the National Calendar Day – it’s National Iced Tea Month.  Yay for me!  I drink unsweetened iced tea everyday — all day long.  I’ve been an iced tea drinker since way back, and even though I am a Southern girl, sweet tea is not my thing.  Add a spring of mint and a lemon slice and my heart sings!

My sister-in-law was asking me recently for some ideas on refreshing non-alcoholic drinks for the summer.  Although, I have 415 recipes on my Pinterest “Just a Sip” page, it is much easier to find a flavored tea and no need to buy a bunch of ingredients to add to the expense.  An added bonus — black tea has many health benefits.

About a month ago, I signed up to receive a series of Tea: 101 emails from the Republic of Tea on how to brew the perfect cup of tea.  I perused their catalog and ordered three tins of tea to try.

Organic Strawberry Basil Tea.  This is my new favorite.  You can definitely taste the strawberry, but not in a sweet way.  It’s subtle. There’s an essence of basil, but just enough. This would be perfect with for a ladies luncheon with tea sandwiches.  It’s fresh.

 

Watermelon Mint Tea.  It was a little overwhelming at first, very watermelon-ey. But once I drank the first glass, it was different in a good way.  I liked the taste of the mint. I can see a pitcher of this poolside. Add a wedge of watermelon on the edge of the glass and it will be impressive.

 

Ginger Peach Tea.  It’s always my fall back tea.  My favorite place to get this is at McKinley’s with a chicken salad sandwich.  It will always be in my pantry, but I am glad I tried the other two teas.

 

 

How Mrs. Twist Makes Iced Tea

Fill a kettle with cold water and let it come to a boil.  Meanwhile, put two bags of flavored tea, and three bags of Lipton tea into a large heat-resistant bowl measuring cup (like a Pampered Chef Batter Bowl with a spout). Before I put the tea bags into the bowl I fluff them up so they aren’t flat.  I think this allows the water to flow through the tea leaves. Pour boiling water into the bowl and I let it sit on the counter until it is cool to the touch.  I like really strong tea so I leave the bags in until I dilute with water.  I pour it in a gallon sized plastic jug and fill with filtered water.  I always have a gallon of tea in the door of the fridge at all times.  The other thing I always have on-hand during the warm months, is a jam jar full of fresh mint from my garden.  Mint thrives in our Texas heat and humidity.

Be sure to visit The Republic of Tea site.  There are tons of other flavored teas to try — like Blackberry Sage — and lots of great information like 25 Fun Facts about Republic of Tea.  Did you know it was founded by the same people that founded Banana Republic?  And, they were the first company to receive USDA certified organic certification.

What’s your favorite summer sip?  Please share!

What Would Holley Wear: Six Ways To Accessorize With Animal Print

The thing we love about animal print….it is considered a neutral, and it’s a year-round staple.  That being said…we are sharing six fun ways to incorporate animal print accessories into your summer style.  

One way to give your summer look a fun vibe is with animal print hair accessories.  A row of 2 or 3 hair clips is so on-trend! Headbands are all the rage and perfect for poolside lounging or a lovely summer luncheon.  I’m smitten with a cheetah-print headband from Anthropology. And ASOS offers a beautiful selection of head scarves…perfect for long ponytails and short bobs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s an “urban jungle” out there!  So for comfy city walking, a pair of Calico sneakers from Amazon Fashion will get you to and from work in style.  You can go all-out animal print with a pair of Tory Burch Miller leopard or snake print sandals….so cute paired with one of your neutral outfits.  And I love how Sam Edelman adds just a touch of leopard to a pair of black and brown sandals.

When it comes to summer jewelry, anything tortoise is the way to go.  My favs are tortoise earrings paired with a neutral outfit. Double loops from Tuckernuck’s summer collection are ideal for any summer soiree’. Anthropologie’s contrasting stone bracelet is perfect for summer and will easily transition into fall. How awesome is that?

One of my favorite accessories is a belt.  A recent online purchase I made from Forever 21 was a leopard print belt with a square wicker buckle.  I love wearing it with a black linen midi skirt and peasant top. Loeffler Randall’s scalloped edge belt in leopard will definitely take your preppy style for a walk on the wild side.  And be sure to look at all the belt options from Amazon Fashion on our Pinterest board.

A hat or cap is a necessity in the summer time.  Don’t you agree? If your fitness jam is walking outdoors, Amazon Fashion’s pink leopard print baseball cap is perfect for an early morning walk or a bad hair day.  And their seagrass hat tied with an animal print scarf gives an ultra-cool vibe. Need to stay in the shade? Loeffler Randall shares a trendy option with their bucket hat in leopard.  Keepn’ it cool!

Speaking of staying in the shade, what’s cooler than a pair of animal print sun-shades?  I’m pretty sure the answer is…nothing! We are loving Anthropologie’s awesome selection…everything from rounded to cat-eye rims.  J Crew keeps things fab with their selection of tortoise eyewear….perfect for the urban jungle!

 

It looks like we just “let the cat out of the bag”!  From hair accessories to sunshades….your summer never looked so cool.  

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.

Gardening with Mr. and Mrs. Twist – How to Create a Container Vegetable Garden Part One

We are sharing a fun backyard gardening project!  I’ve been wanting to install a small vegetable garden, but we didn’t want all the excavation and soil preparation that goes with it.  So, my friends at Jabo’s Ace Hardware and Miracle-Gro partnered with  me to make it happen.  In part one of this two-part story we will cover soil and drainage.  It’s not sexy, but it’s the secret to making sure Martha Stewart envies your garden!

We had the perfect space — a section of our backyard by the fence where the grass was sparse.  It gets lots of sun during the day and relief of afternoon shade. Pro tip:  Vegetables love sun, but also need respite from the heat if you live in the south, hence the usefulness of late afternoon shade.

The two most important factors in a successful garden – healthy, rich soil and proper drainage.  For the soil, Miracle-Gro provided me with 20 bags of solid gold!  Seriously, their new Performance Organics™ all purpose container mix scores 100!  It features organic and natural ingredients, delivers up to two-times more bounty versus unfed plants, feeds all season for up to three months, it’s blended with natural compost and is compatible for indoor or outdoor container gardens. Here’s a quick video from the Miracle-Gro site.  And, another source is the Miracle-Gro YouTube channel with lots of helpful resources on gardening and their products.  Jabo’s Ace carries this product in stores.  A bag sells for $9.99. For reference we were able to use two full bags to fill one 17-gallon galvanized tub. We needed 10 bags total.

The next essential step in your garden prep is proper drainage.  Jabo’s provided me with five 17-gallon steel tubs from Behrens.  The tub is made of durable hot dipped steel, sealed to hold liquids and has a wire reinforced top rim. Stronger than plastic, this pail won’t absorb odors and is recyclable.  They sell for $39.99 each.  We drilled holes in the bottom of each tub to make sure our soil has proper drainage.  You can watch how we did this on my YouTube here (be sure to subscribe while you are there — it helps me earn my very own channel!)

Now, your tubs are ready, it’s time to add the second secret to proper drainage — expanded shale.  Here’s a great source on all the reasons you want to use expanded shale from Gardening Know How, but in summary shale is the most common sedimentary rock.  It is a fine-grained rock made up of mud comprised of flakes of clay and other minerals such as quartz and calcite.  The bottom line, shale helps the soil to stay light, aerated and retain water. A thin layer at the bottom of your container also helps to keep the soil inside the container instead of running out when you water. I purchased a bag of shale at Archie’s for $14.99 and one 40-lb bag worked for all five tubs.

The other step, which was Mr. Bee’s idea, was to elevate each tub off of the ground using pavers to make sure, again, that each tub had the proper drainage.  Watch this video here from my YouTube channel on how we did this as well as a review of the shale installation.

Okay. We will stop here so you can absorb all this important information.  Remember:  the two most important steps in putting in a garden of any kind — excellent soil and proper drainage.

Thank you to my friends at Jabo’s Ace and Miracle-Gro.  In the next installment we will show you how to install a GrowOya, the perfect system to make sure your garden stays hydrated all summer long.  And, you can see some before and current photos of how well our garden is growing.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with free product in return for my honest review.All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by my sponsors or its affiliates in any way.

Yes, Daddy, there is coconut in heaven

Daddy and his birthday cake0001
“It’s never coconut…”

This is a fun post I wrote back in 2012 at Buzz in the Hive.  I thought since today is Father’s Day it would be a nice tribute to my daddy, James Raymond Reeves.  Enjoy!

Missing my Daddy so much today.  You see, today marks the first anniversary of his death.  He died at 3:23 a.m. on March 19.  I woke up this morning at 3:48 thinking of him.  He’s come and gone in my dreams many days this past year.  I am glad today has come, the “firsts” are all done this year in terms of birthdays and anniversaries.

I was looking back at my notes section of my iPhone and saw the entries I made on March 17, 2011.  I had titled it “Things I am Grateful For”:

“Buying daddy popcorn from the hospital volunteer after his appointment today.  Hearing the volunteer tell Daddy thank you for your service (Daddy has on his Army Air Corp ball cap).  Seeing how excited Daddy was to taste the salty, warm popcorn.

Watching our kitty Hobbes sit on Daddy’s stool in the bathroom waiting for his daily treat and fresh water from the faucet.

I looked into my daddy’s blue eyes the other day.  He didn’t know it because he is blind.  I never noticed how pale blue they are.

The time I had with Daddy earlier this week to tell him how much I love him, what a great father he has been and how lucky I have been to be his daughter.

To hear my daddy’s sense of humor even toward the end of his life.

To have those last conversations of ‘I love you’s and thanks you’s’.

Holding your hand tonight as you slip away.  What do you see?

At the same time I weep, I also laugh.  Daddy had the best sense of humor, something he passed along to his granddaughter.  Living with him the last 5 years I learned a lot about his likes and dislikes.  So I’ll end with a few of Daddy’s favorite things…

1)  Diet Dr. Pepper became his signature drink.  Long ago it was the real Dr. Pepper, but after being diagnosed with diabetes he switched to diet and liked it just as much.

2)  Coconut Cake — classic photo of Daddy blowing out someone’s candles, maybe his, and the look is priceless “yep, still not coconut.”

3)  Hand lotion.  Any kind.  He kept it right by his chair and slathered the stuff on every night.

4)  Candles and those little tin cans of cherry smelling stuff you’d put in cars.

5)  Baby Ruth candy bars.  We sent one with him to heaven in his casket.

6)  Yellow, legal note pads.  He got a set of these to take, too, with the Baby Ruth.

7)  Instant read thermometers. He had them everywhere, especially in the vents of the A/C in the cars.  He loved cold air. Growing up he always kept the thermostat on 68 degrees.  I loved it!

8)  The mountains.  He loved cool, mountain air.

9)  Clean, organized spaces.  He did not like clutter.  Mother and he were very different on this personality trait.  She loved “piles” of things, he threw everything away.

10)  His girls.I Love You Daddy.  Happy Father’s Day!

What Would Holley Wear: Home Town Style

Speckled Rooster Antique Shop

John and I recently made a trip back home to Arkansas, and Chris flew in from New York for a visit with his 89 year old grandparents.  He surprised his grandfather with a professionally produced cd called Knockn’ on 90! The lyrics were written by my dad, Jim Jenkins.

On our way home we stopped at Strawn’s Eat Shop in Shreveport for lunch, famous for their strawberry pie. So what would Holley wear on a road trip? Something comfy…of course! My travel style consisted of jeans worn with an old Gap t-shirt and topped with an Asian inspired kimono from F21, a cross-body bag, and a pair of Tory Burch gold sandals.  Be sure to check out some of my Pinterest favorites featuring floral kimonos paired with jeans and a tee shirt…great for traveling.

Our hometown is Smackover, Arkansas.  That’s where the romance began when John was a senior and I was a junior at Smackover High!  How adorable is that? For a short weekend hometown visit, why not treat yourself to a cute pair of pajamas.  I love how Anthropologie calls their PJs “sleep pants”. Bloomingdale’s has a great selection of Kate Spade sleepwear.   And I have to admit, I’m smitten with her pajama set and matching robe called “things we love”….just like my hometown!

The Willow Florist

Downtown Smackover has some wonderful shops that are owned and operated by women.  When I need a plant or flowers to send my mom, the Willow Florist is my go-to. The owners, Barbara Smith and Stacy Aycock, are a great mother and daughter team.  From a simple flower arrangement to an extravagant wedding, these ladies know how to add flair to any event!

 A high school friend, Rhanda Ray Wright, and her business partner, Lisa Lindsey, opened The Speckled Rooster Antique Shop and The Hen’s Nest just a year ago.  Not only do they have beautiful antique furniture but also an amazing array of locally made gift items, from goat’s milk soap to Smackover-made BBQ sauce.  And a bonus…The Hen’s Nest, serves homemade lunches prepared by church ladies that benefit local missions.

The Speckled Rooster – Rhanda Ray Wright, and her business partner, Lisa Lindsey.

So, what do you wear when you’re doing a little flower market shopping or antiquing?  For a hot summer day, my suggestion is a cool/comfy bohemian inspired maxi dress or skirt….also great for a class reunion.  Dillard’s offers a wonderful selection of maxi dresses in both women’s and plus-size. With a maxi, you have the option of dressing it up a bit with low heels, or go casual with a pair of sandals.  Check out my Pinterest board for all the options.

Mrs. Gussie Gray and her sister Bernice (Bea) Kinard

A lovely boutique that has been a Smackover establishment for 50 years is The Classic Dress Shop.  So of course, I just had to stop by! The owner, Mrs. Gussie Gray, is 92 years old, and she and her sister, Bernice (Bea) Kinard, still manage the Classic!  With their “classic” taste and style….not a single thing is slowing these two down!

All that being said…there’s nothing like going home!  And now my parents are “Knock’n on 90”….how did that happen?  

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.

72 Hours in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Texas is one of my favorite places to visit for a long weekend.  Mr. Bee and I enjoyed a fun getaway with friends and I wanted to share all the fun!

First, I found this lovely house on VRBO to rent for the weekend. The Rustic Grape Guest House the ideal place to stay.  We stayed in the Farm House, a 1,500 square foot home with three bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a large open concept kitchen and family room with TVs in every room.  It was perfect for two couples to feel like they had their own private space (she has other smaller spaces to rent on the property, too).  The house welcomes you in with a big front porch with chairs and a daybed for reading or dreaming.  Nestled on 33 acres with cows, horses and views of the Texas Hill Country, you feel like you are the only person around. But, you are conveniently three miles from downtown and along the 11 miles of all the wineries in Fredericksburg. Since the home is on the wine tour route, you can schedule door-to-door pickup to and from all the wineries. The owner, Lee, was great to work with, very responsive, accommodating and my deposit was returned within 24 hours of departure.

 

We arrived on Friday afternoon, checked into the house and had fun looking at all the artistic and personal touches.  Lee set out a complimentary bottle of wine and glasses on the kitchen table.  The kitchen was perfect for the dinner we enjoyed at the house that evening, and that large farm table beckoned us to play a card game of Liverpool Rummy as we sipped wine.

Before dinner we headed over to Barons Creek Vineyards for a tasting and wine appreciation class.  It’s a beautiful property with a wine tasting salon and condos to rent.

Saturday morning we ventured to the Lavender Festival at Becker Vineyards. Tastings are $20 and include six generous pours of wine. While we were there, we signed up for their wine club where you can receive quarterly shipments of wines selected by Dr. Becker and their Winemaker, free wine tastings at future visits as well as invitations to events. Check it out here.

From there we visited Garrison Brothers distillery in Hye, home of the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas.  We signed up for their Sit and Sip tour and it was fabulous.  You learned everything from A -Z on how to make whiskey and the best part — there were several tastings along the way.  I highly recommend this tour, but make sure you book in advance for the tours, especially on the weekend. Our guys really liked this tour and it was a nice break from wine.

One fun part of the tour was the opportunity to purchase, dip and label a signed and numbered, limited edition single barrel whiskey.  Mr. Bee had fun going through the process with the whiskey maker on just the right technique.

At the conclusion of the tour we finished with a generous pour of whiskey to sip while we took in the view of the beautiful hill country.

After this, yes there’s more, we went to the best German restaurant in down town Fredericksburg — Otto’s German Bistro.  There are several German restaurants we’ve tried in the past with good reviews, but we wanted to try something different – German with a spin.

Otto’s German Bistro opened in July 2013, introducing farm-to-table German cuisine to the Texas Hill Country using local, organic produce. Their culinary team crafts a seasonally focused menu that highlights not only what you can find in Germany and Austria, but explores the Germanic cuisine of Alsace, Northern Italy and even Texas!   We started with a cocktail from their creative menu — The Evy with botanist Gin, hibiscus, lemon and bubbles.

We enjoyed our cocktails over some yummy appetizers of Flammkuchen, a flatbread with creme fraiche, gorgonzola, kale, caramelized onions, seasonal greens, bacon lardons and sherry gastrique, and Brot und Butter, homemade beet jam with warm bread.  I have already been researching how to make beet jam.  It is something worth trying even if you don’t care for beets.  I loved how it was presented on a wooden board — slices of bread and the salt, pepper, butter and jam dolloped onto the board.  So simple.

For dinner, we all tried something different and each loved what we ordered.  I ordered Petrale Sole with celery root puree, kale and farro.  It was as delicious to eat as it was to look at!

We passed on dessert because we had bubbly and peanut butter truffles back at the house.  And, we were full!

The next morning we cooked a bacon and eggs breakfast and enjoyed coffee while taking turns in the hammock swinging in the shade under the massive trees.

Our last stop was Pedernales Cellars — named by National Geographic magazine as one of the Top 10 vineyards in the world to visit during the springtime.  We each enjoyed a glass of wine, sitting in the Adirondack chairs just taking in the glorious views of the countryside.

Then, like that, it was time to drive home.  There are so many more things to do in Fredericksburg and dozens of wineries to try, easily making this a week-long place for adventure. I’d love to go back in the fall when the weather is crisp and cool.  Just image being cozy around the fire with a big glass of wine. That’s my idea of a getaway!

 

 

 

 

Off Having Fun – Be Back Soon!

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’m just enjoying the slower pace of summer.

We kicked off a fun way to connect with friends in June and July called a “Summer of Fridays.”  Every Friday night we will feature a different entree, all friends are welcome to bring a side and BYOB and join us by the pool for conversation and good food. I love spending time in my home and hosting gatherings. Equal to that are watching new friendships being made.  Let us know if you’d like to stop by. We’d love to have you! This Friday the menu will feature Pizza a la Mr. Bee.

Photo credit: Thomas Watkins

I will be in New Orleans for a few days attending a “Women in Leadership” conference. I’m looking forward to meeting and networking with women across the country seeking ways to grow professionally and personally.

Our galvanized garden is growing beautifully. We have peppers, tomatoes, spinach, tomatoes and basil growing by leaps everyday. I can’t wait to harvest it. I netted 10 quart-sized bags of peaches from The Peach Truck stop in our city. I’ve promised Miss Bee all kinds of recipes using peaches, so stay tuned for that.  I ordered their cookbook with over 100 recipes using peaches.

I finished my first graduate school class with an “A.” I hope to share all I learned in a Mrs. Twist Says This podcast soon. In fact, my favorite professional organizer, Elizabeth Jones, will stop by for an interview, too.

And, we have a new book for our June Mrs. Twist Reads This book club selection Fromage a Trois – a fun story written by Victoria Brownlee about love, Paris and cheese.

I hope you have a beautiful week! I’ll be back soon.  Stay tuned for the fun!

 

 

 

 

 

What Would Holley Wear: Mountain Vacation Family Style

John and I have been going to Aspen almost every summer for over two decades.  But this year was the best! That’s because our oldest son, Andy, and his family joined us!

So let’s get started and talk about what to pack for a summer mountain vacation….family style!  Since it was a very cool end of May, blazers, jackets, and even a puffer were first on my packing list.  For the flight, a comfy and practical look is a pair of jeans, button-down shirt, espadrille loafers, and a blazer.  Since it was snowing in Aspen when we arrived, I was so happy I packed a waterproof jacket. Plus, this was a great look for strolling around town and perfect for the cool summer climate.

For a fun day of hiking and exploring the John Denver Sanctuary and the Maroon Bells, a good pair of sneakers or hiking boot is a must.  REI in Waterside has a great selection to choose from. In fact, they have everything you need for hiking…so be sure to check out the photos I took at their store on our Pinterest board.  For an early morning hike on the Rio Grande Trail, I packed workout pants, a long sleeved t-shirt and a puffer jacket. Again, REI is the place to go for great service, knowledgeable sales reps, and an awesome inventory!

From shorts and jeans to sneakers and sandals, your mountain vacation style should be casual and comfortable.   And be sure to pack a pair of Birkenstocks! An easy everyday look features a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans worn with an army green button-down shirt and sandals….perfect for mountain shenanigans!  For the young gals, a hat and bandana complement a pair of cutoffs and a t-shirt….just add sandals or summer booties!

While we were in Aspen, Andy and Melissa celebrated their 7 year wedding anniversary!  For an anniversary night on the town, I’m loving a gray maxi dress topped with a denim jacket and paired with brown sandals. Another cute mountain-mama look is a striped dress topped with a green vest….just add sandals or sneakers. So cheers to Andy & Melissa and fabulous mountain style!

At the end of a fun-filled week, we were sad to say goodbye to our kiddos and Aspen.  But here’s the good news…we are still on a “rocky mountain” high!

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.

Mrs. Twist Reads This — Is Turning Two!

It’s time for cake y’all!  Two years ago I hatched an idea to help me spend more time reading books and less time watching TV.  About six of us met for the first time in my living room as we read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  We needed a spread sheet to keep track of the cast of characters.  I think we drank wine and ate snacks, but what I do remember most is how much fun we had talking about books.  There was excitement to fall in love with reading again!  I planned for the bookclub to be just a summer affair, but our members begged me to keep it going all year long!

Eighty-two members and twenty-four books later (there have only been a few duds, see all the books we’ve read here) we’ve had luck with many well-known authors call or Skype into our meetings, made new friends and read books we might not otherwise haven chosen on our own.

Join us Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. for our 2nd birthday party where we will discuss a hot new mystery The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller

“An unforgettable―and Hollywood-bound―new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”
―Entertainment Weekly

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband―and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

If you are local to Fort Worth, feel free to join us for discussion, cake and door prizes Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  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.

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! And eat cake – lots of it.