Mrs. Twist’s Jolly Mix – Spotify Playlist for the Holidays

I love Christmas music. I start my season of holiday tunes November 1 every year.  If they had Thanksgiving music, I’d enjoy it, but they don’t so I go straight to my happy place.  I created my own playlist this year and I am sharing it with you on Spotify.*

103 tunes from classic to modern and everything in between.  I included some my favorite artists like Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis, but I’ve also added in a few twists.  I hope you enjoy it while baking, wrapping presents or entertaining guests.  Having just a little Home with a Twist in your homes makes me happy!

Merry listening!

 

*Go to www.spotify.com and search Mrs. Twist’s Jolly Mix. It will pop up and you can save it to your phone or in your Spotify library.

The FriYay Fit – Outfit of the Day

I’ve got your outfit inspiration for this beautiful Friday.  Remember Holley’s travel post here from last week, well this outfit would be perfect for you weekend warriors headed out antiquing or taking bluebonnet photos.  Casual and hip with a vintage vibe on the jeans and leather backback. Add a fedora and a stack of bangles and you will look fetch!

Target A New Day Blouse xs $8

Free People Jeans size 6 $22

Tory Burch Thora Thongs size 6 $45

Patricia Nash Backpack $68

Call the store if you want to hold or purchase items over the phone (they do not ship items).  (817) 731-3443, 4636 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth 76109 located in Overton Park Plaza.  Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. most days. Be sure to tell them Home with a Twist sent you!

FriYay Fit: Clothes Mentor Finds

I am so happy to share that Clothes Mentor Fort Worth has partnered with Home with a Twist to be a blog sponsor!  They will be sharing with readers a cute outfit idea each week.

Have you ever shopped at Clothes Mentor?  I have found some beautiful pieces for my wardrobe at a fraction of the price in retail shops.  They make resale hot! At Clothes Mentor, they buy and sell high-quality, gently used name-brand and designer clothing, shoes and accessories that are like new—for less! … And, if you’re looking to be a #bossbabe, Clothes Mentor is the nation’s top women’s clothing franchise and they are looking to expand!

I have such great luck selling my clothes and get a pretty nice cash back bonus the same day, no waiting for my items to sell and return to the store to see what my payout is.  I have also benefitted from purchasing my favorite brands like Kate Spade, JCrew, Tory Burch, and Coach.

Here’s this week’s cute outfit…

Dress is Plenty by Tracy Reese, Size S, $22 (think summer wedding or graduation)

Kate Spade Clutch $45 (omg this is CUTE)

Lucky Brand Wedges, Size 9, $22 (wedges are always a good thing).

Call the store if you want to hold or purchase items over the phone (they do not ship items).  (817) 731-3443, 4636 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth 76109 located in Overton Park Plaza.  Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. most days. Be sure to tell them Home with a Twist sent you!

Friyay Fit: My Picks for Spring – Gingham, Tie Waist Pants, Lipstick, and a Podcast

My two favorite seasons are fall and spring.  Spring because everything is so fresh and new.  It’s still cool and flowers are blooming.  Pretty much by June I am ready for fall because it gets so hot here in Texas.  With just a short window of time, I have to jump onto spring like a lady bug on a hot plate!

Here are some of my favorite trends for spring:

A new handbag — every gal needs a new purse for spring that will carry  through fall.  I love the transparent and croc detail bags that are popular right now.  This small tote from Vince Camuto has me excited and it comes black, rose and cobalt blue.

 

Tie Waist Pants — One of my favorite wardrobe staples for work is slacks.  I do alot of moving around and it’s practical to wear slacks, a blouse and fun jacket.  I really like these lilac pencil pants from Loft with the cute tie detail.  I wore these to work recently with a black swiss-dot ruffle blouse and black sandles.  Fresh and simple.  They also have an army green color which is considered neutral and will go with anything in your closet — white, black, navy and lavender in particular.

Gingham — just keeps coming back into play.  This iconic vintage-inspired pattern is popular in shoes and accessories, too.  But, I love it in these Talbots black and white gingham ankle pants.  I wore these to work with a tshirt and hot pink blazer.

 

 

 

Lipstick — I love this new drug store brand lipstick from Revlon – Kiss Cushion lip tint.  It has a soft sponge tip and goes on really smooth, almost like a lip balm, but covers like a stain.  I’ve been using 240 Berry Lit, a very pretty pinky pink that makes my lips look fresh and moisturized.

A new podcast I found from Trader Joe’s my favorite place to shop.  They talk about their brands, food trends, sustainability, wine and cheese, how they choose their products and more.  It’s pretty interesting.

And, it reminds me I need to record a new podcast episode myself.

So, that’s wrap for this week’s Friyay Fit where I round up things to inspire your weekend.  Have a good one!

The Friyay Fit: Go Frogs Attire

Now that TCU football season has begun, on Fridays we wear purple!  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite accessories — shoes, earrings and a scarf to bring home the win!

For my birthday I treated myself to a fancy new pair of TCU Palm Beach Sandals from Fort Worth’s haute couture boutique Keeping Up with the Joneses.  Be sure to stop by and see Judy for all your purple apparel and accessories.  She offers a special purple 15% off discount on Fridays, too!

Next up, earrings!  You must get a pair of Horned Frog earrings from Lola+Lina!  Everytime I wear my pair, people stop me and say, “Go Frogs!”  They really are show stoppers.  They also have a smaller version and a few choices of metals, too.

A scarf is a must for when the chilly, autumn days arrive.  Spirit Snob has the exclusive Horned Frog scarf designed by Fort Worth artist Allison Castillo.  There are so many ways to wear these wraps—twisted, double-up, wrapped, tied—it’s sure to be your most versatile collegiate accessory and wardrobe piece!  Incredibly soft and lightweight on, perfect all year long!  And, it comes in a cute, muslin drawstring bag perfect for gifts (and a bottle of wine)!  Not sure how to wear a large scarf?  Well, check out this video on all the ways to style your work of art.

Spirit Snob is also offering a new square scarf available for a pre-sale price of $35!  Wrap it around your neck for an old-school-cool retro vibe, twist it in your hair to jazz up a high pony, or tie it around your favorite bag! Get all this while still sporting your favorite collegiate attire.

Once you get the shoes, scarf and earrings just add jeans – either dark wash or white, and a cute top and you are set to cheer on the Frogs!

Friyay Fit — The Three T’s

It’s the weekend!  I’m sharing three T’s today — Tom Cruise, my favorite Trench coat, and a graphic tee!

First, if you haven’t seen Tom Cruise’s latest installment of Mission Impossible: Fallout, make time to see Tom run, yell, and almost self-destruct about 10,000 times.  It’s popcorn worthy.

Second, my favorite new wardrobe addition from this past spring is my soft blue trench coat from Cabi.  Regrettably, it’s no longer available.  If you don’t own a trench, be sure to add one to your closet.  They are perfect for chilly AC office spaces and I look forward to incorporating it into my fall uniform with autumnal colors of brown and orange.  Trenches never go out of style and I am sure this fall’s lineup will be no different.

On this particular day of laughter, I paired it with white, frayed hem jeans from Ann Taylor, a tee from J Crew –  Jane of all trades and navy blue flip flops.

This is the perfect segue into my last Friyay tip — graphic tees!  My favorite thing to wear with jeans.  J Crew is my happy place because their tees are so beautiful made and hold up well.  Old Navy is my second go-to.  I have rounded up some of my favorites…

J Crew’s latest graphic tees

So, that’s my fit for this week.  Have a fab weekend, y’all!

The Best (and those to avoid) Flowers for Allergies

Here’s a quick  guide of the best and worst flowers for the allergy prone. And the good news is that a whole lot of pretty made the best list.

The Best….

RANUNCULUS.  First up on the A-ok list, we have one of the current “It girls” of the popular-flower crowd. Pleasingly symmetrical and packed with layer upon layer of tissue-thin petals, ranunculus are style chameleons that can play romantic, whimsical, or modern depending the vessel and setting.

TULIPS.    True story: Tulips come in a mind-blowing 3,000 varieties. So there are puh-lenty to love. And luckily, you and little Sneezy can! Especially since they’re one of the most no-arranging-needed flowers around. Just stick a bunch in a clear-glass vase highlighting the clean lines of their stems and you’ve got yourself an allergy-free display.

HYDRANGEAS.  As puffy as clouds, these blossoms are conveniently hypoallergenic and great for adding easy (affordable) volume to arrangements. It’s a win-win!

ROSES.    Whew. Your man can bring you a dozen of these beauties—long-stemmed—and you two won’t wind up with a red-eyed, runny-nosed kiddo on your hands. Allergy-issue solved, now you’ve just got to work on the hinting-you’d-like-flowers-every-now-and-again aspect of this equation.

Other blooms generally in the safe zone: Peonies, begonia, clematis, columbine, crocus, daffodil, orchids, geranium, hosta, iris, calla lilies, periwinkle, zinnia.

Sadly…the Ones to Avoid…

HYACINTHS.   Allergy sufferers will need to take a pass on these stalks bursting with fragrant, bell-shaped blooms. They have high concentrations of pollen likely to bring on the snuffles.

SUNFLOWERS.  Though nothing says summer like a bright, mood-boosting sunflower, each sunflower center is a little pollen factory and majorly allergy-triggering. Bummer.

DAISIES.  That fantasy of running through a field of daisies, plucking them willy-nilly, and sticking them devil-may-care in mason jars back home for the perfect just-picked look? Yeah. Forget it. And forget the daisy chains of your youth, too. Allergy central over here.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS.    Spiky, bold, and striking, these old-school classics should come with a tissue box on the side. But the good news is that several recent hybrid varieties have been developed with more petal, less pollen, so just take a careful look when purchasing.

Other blooms to avoid: Freesia, chamomile, jasmine, asters, single-flower baby’s breath.

 

What Would Holley Wear: Garden Party Style

Can you think of a better introduction to spring and summer than a garden party?  I can’t! From tea sandwiches to beautiful spring ensembles, it’s one of those traditions us Southern girls keep close to our hearts.  

When I decided to write this article, I reached out to my P.E.O. sisters to see if they would be willing to participate.  Our lovely hostess was Susan, and her beautiful home and garden was the perfect garden party setting. The ladies came dressed to the nines!  Floral scarfs and dresses were definitely on-trend, and our president, Mel, wore a beautiful floral scarf complemented with a monogram brooch….so classy!  Some of the ladies wore their finest pearls and others donned beautiful hats. Be sure to take a peek at all the party photos on our Pinterest board!

Dresses and hats go together like peanut butter and jelly…right?  We are loving the selection of hats from J Crew, Tory Burch, and Tuckernuck.  A floral yellow maxi dress paired with a straw hat is perfect for any outdoor soiree’.  Another Pinterest board favorite is a burlap dress with a scalloped hem, trimmed with red embroidered flowers.  And the best part is the watermelon picnic basket handbag. Can’t get any cuter than that…right?

And speaking of baskets….A tisket, a tasket, a woven leather basket full of berries from Kate Spade is the perfect accessory for any spring/summer occasion. Wicker and wooden handbags are definitely this season’s “it bags”.   We think J McLaughlin’s bamboo clutches are the perfect bag for parties, luncheons and resort wear. Another favorite is the black wicker honey pot bag from Frances Valentine. Ready for a spring fling?

To give your garden style a casual vibe, you can’t go wrong layering a denim jacket over your shoulders.  For the P.E.O. garden party, I wore a pearl enhanced denim jacket over a white blouse tied at the waist with a bright yellow skirt and blue denim blocked heels.  To add additional flair to my ensemble, I carried a wooden handbag with a navy bandana tied to the handle. BTW…the jacket was a gift from Susie, a dear P.E.O sister.  

Denim and chambray are the perfect combo for lace and florals.  Don’t you just love mixing casual with fancy? Think about wearing a denim jacket over a floral dress….and be sure to add a cute bag and sandals.  I bet you love eyelet and lace too….though it may seem a little dressy for a casual outdoor party. No worries…just wear a denim jacket with a lace dress or a chambray blouse with an eyelet skirt.  How casual and fancy does that sound?

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…you can never go wrong with black and white!  There are so many fun options on our Pinterest board, and we are especially loving black and white stripes.  Sundresses, pants, and skirts….oh my! White lace dresses complemented with black accessories will definitely dress-up your garden party style.  At the P.E.O. party, everyone was crushing on Ann’s white eyelet dress accessorized with a straw hat and statement earrings…so garden chic!

So here’s my definition of a garden party:  A beautiful garden complemented by a really cute outfit, a few adorable accessories, delicious finger food, and most importantly…your friends and sisters!

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

How to Make a Mini Bouquet for Mother’s Day

Here’s a fun way to celebrate all the Mothers in your life, especially the ones who are approaching their very first Mother’s Day.  Make mini flower bouquets using seasonal flowers, tissue paper, decorative paper, and twine.  For the music lover in your life, wouldn’t it be adorable to use sheet music!  Or for the  crossword puzzle lover a copy from the NY Times!  The possibilities to make their posey personal are endless.

For such small bouquets you only need two different types of flowers. Either pick your favorite, select what’s in season, or take inspiration from your special someone’s most requested posies. Trader Joe’s is the best place for fresh flowers at inexpensive prices.

Don’t you think these would make great bridal shower or baby shower favors, too?  Just picture them at each person’s place setting personalized with their name or as a fun activity to do during the party!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • At least two different types of flowers
  • Coordinating or Contrasting Tissue Paper
  • Decorative Scrapbook, Wrapping Paper, Newspaper, Sheet Music, whatever you fancy
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Gift Tags (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bunch a few flowers, at least one stem of each, together and trim them to your desired length. Each stem here is about six inches long.
  2. Tie the bottom of the bunch with twine.
  3. Using a square of tissue paper, place the bunch at one corner of the paper.
  4. Wrap the left side of the paper over to the opposite side, then fold the bottom corner up to the middle of the stem. Fold the right side over the top.
  5. Repeat with the decorative paper, but wrap a little lower so the tissue paper sticks out.
  6. Wrap the twine a few times around the bunch then add the gift tag and tie in a bow.

You can find all these ideas and more on my Alice’s Table Pinterest board here.

Content inspired by Rachel of An Eventful Life

DIY Vases That Are Just As Beautiful As The Flowers In Them

Photo courtesy of Sugar and Cloth

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it a thousands time, there’s simply nothing better than fresh-cut flowers. However, we know first hand that it can be difficult to find (or afford) a vase that’s as pretty as the bouquet itself. So, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite elevated DIY’s (trust us you’d never know) so you can finally upgrade that mason jar and say hello to beautiful vases that treat you flowers to the home they deserve.

Marble Dipped Vases

We couldn’t agree more with Ashley of Sugar & Cloth: “Marble runs a really close second (to all things gold) in my list of home decor obsessions”. Unfortunately, the cost of marble is just about as pricey to come by as gold is, plus it’s not particularly an at-home-friendly craft to pick up. Instead, we’re sticking with the nail polish budget version (quite literally), and designing our own DIY marble dipped vessels. By using neutral nail polishes and paint you can easily create a marble dip that instantly provides a sleek, seamless look.

Photo Courtesy of Say Yes

Gold Leaf Dipped

As the saying goes “All that glitters is not gold.” and this easy do-it-yourself project will upgrade any coffee table, while staying in budget and on trend. In under five minutes you can easily add a modern flare to one of those countless plain glass vases you have sitting in the cupboard. And once, you try your hand at these Gold Leaf Dipped Vases, we guarantee you’ll be looking for what other blasé items around your house you can add some shine to.

Photo courtesy of Brit & Co

Concrete-Chic

After one too many Pinterest fails and DIY’s gone south, we were hesitant about these modern and minimalist vases. However, for the (very cheap) price of concrete and a few bottles or paper towel rolls, you can whip up this concrete-chic home essential. Plus, after you master the (very simple – we promise!) “art” of concrete, you can easily replicate the project to any shape you like. They can easily pack a punch as beautiful bud vases – perfect for the summer when those show-stopping garden roses and peonies bloom.

For more inspiring ideas, check out our blog at Alice’s Table.