What Would Holley Wear: Valentine Vibes

 If “you’ve lost that loving feeling”….don’t despair because we are sharing “Valentine Vibes” that will bring it back!

So I have to ask…are you the type of person who wears your heart on your sleeve?  I hope so…. because I can’t think of a better way to show off your Valentine’s style.  Just for you, we are featuring a few Chic Wish sweaters with heart-shaped elbow patches.  

Amazon has a fabulous selection of casual V-Day t-shirts….such a fun way to add love to everyday jeans and sneakers look.  And here’s the good news…if you only wear hearts on Valentine’s Day, Amazon’s prices won’t give you “heartburn”!  

Roses are red, violets are blue…and we think a pop of pink is perfect for you!  An oversized pink sweater paired with jeans is all you need to look pretty in pink.  And for extra fun, match your jeans ensemble with a pair of glittery Golden Goose sneakers.  For a less expensive pair of glittery kicks, be sure to take a look at the selection on our Pinterest board!

For a “Galentine’s” Party with your besties, why not shine in a pink sequin skirt.  I adore how San Francisco fashion influencer, Lombard & Fifth blogger, styles her clothes.  So, no wonder I’m loving her J Crew ensemble featuring a pink sequin skirt worn with a winter turtleneck.  And one more thing….“cheers” to her handbag!  

We are smitten with silk skirts on this year’s fashion “it” list!  One of my favorites is a pink silk midi from Etsy. It radiates sophisticated elegance with a tan turtleneck and looks adorable with a striped sweater.  I’m thinking a pair of pink heart-shaped sunshades from Amazon would be the cat’s meow!  

A fun little tip:  Go to page 29 of the February issue of Oprah Magazine to get 20% off Draper James heart shades at eyeconic.com.

If you love shopping online at Bloomingdale’s, then you are going to love their exceptional selection of red and pink handbags.  The ultimate V-Day bag is a beaded heart shape tote by Loeffler Randall, and it comes in pink and red! Tory Burch’s red Gemini canvas tote is a great year-round bag and “cupid approved”…of course!   Be sure to check out our Pinterest board to view more Bloomingdale’s bags!

Well, bless your heart…it looks like you found that “loving feeling”!  Happy Valentine’s Day!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Five Winter White Coats

We think white coats and jackets are the perfect winter wrap.  From dressy coats to puffers, they can be dressed up or go casual…you get to decide!

So let’s start with a casual look…puffers!  Calvin Klein’s quilted coat with a faux fur hood from Dillard’s is great for our Texas weather ($101.40).  And a bonus…it’s water-resistant. Another Dillard’s white puffer we are smitten with is Donna Karan’s faux fur-trimmed hooded puffer ($143.40).  The good news…both coats have been permanently reduced!

 Shearling and Sherpas meets the warm and cozy test!  A shearling knock-off we love is Top Shop’s biker jacket trimmed in brown faux leather ($150.00).  Wear it with slacks or jeans…the ideal “town and country” look. The perfect coat for our Texas weather is a Northface water repellent, reversible Sherpa parka…available at Dillard’s ($179).    

For the ultimate in a dressy coat, a wrap sets the pace for elegance.  Point proven with a Theory ($635) crepe wrap coat from Neiman Marcus. If you are like me, and like a bargain, you will love TJ Maxx’s wrap coat or H&M’s ($109.65) wool blend wrap.   Wear them over a dress or with slacks to the office, and after work to a Cliburn Series concert.

Ever since real furs became a fashion “no”…the quality of faux furs has escalated to a whole new level.  Bloomingdales proves my point with an affordable faux fur by Bagatelle NYC ($103.60). Popular style influencer, Fashion Jackson, shows us how to look ultra-chic in a white faux fur by Aqua from Bloomingdales ($134.40).  She’s pairing it with black-coated jeans, booties, and bag to give it a classy edge.

Rain, rain, come our way!  Be sure to take a look at a few of our favorite trenches from ASOS ($76), and Belk’s ($60) on our Pinterest board.  These coats are terrific for the office and also for those days you need to dash out in the rain. Calvin Klein’s trench jacket in faux wool is ideal for our winter/spring transition in Texas! ($101.40)   

I don’t know about you, but wearing a white coat makes me look forward to cold winter days and evenings!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Five Ways to Wear Winter Brights

If what you wear shouts so loud, we can’t hear what you say…then obviously you love color.  And just like you….we think January is the perfect month to brighten things up!  

An easy way to accomplish this is by wearing a bright winter vest!  We are feeling warm and cozy with all the vests featured on our Pinterest board…perfect for running around town.  To give your vest a preppy vibe, wear it over a layered shirt and sweater. A bright vest will also add a fun pop to your fitness style, and think about color blocking with a vibrant scarf!  So, who’s up for a brisk walk?  

Remember when bright puffer jackets were just seen on the ski slopes?  Not anymore….these vivid beauties are ideal for any scenario. And who doesn’t love a double-duty ski jacket?  From Bloomingdale’s aqua packable puffer to Aritzia’s super puffer, (available in 7 neon shades), they will take you from the slopes to shopping!  

Show me a girl styling a pair of bright boots, and I’ll show you a girl who likes to stand out in a crowd!  Amazon’s waterproof snow boot comes in a selection of rainbow colors….perfect for snowy or a cold rainy day.  If you are wanting to make a fashion splash, then think about purchasing a pair of bright rubber boots from Belk’s.

It’s sweater weather!  From neons to rainbow stripes, it’s the best time of year to wear a sweater.  Amazon’s bold striped turtlenecks go great with jeans or leggings. And their hot-pink pullover sweater makes it easy to “steal” style icon, Jenna Lyon’s, party style.  

If you want to brighten up your winter wardrobe with an accessory…a Skagen watch will do the trick.  You can find these colorful watches online at Dillard’s and Nordstrom’s. If you are an Apple watch fan, then think about brightening up your watch style with one of their colorful bands.  Keeping time never looked so bright!  

There is no question about it…we are loving what your style shouts! 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: True Confessions of a Fashion Writer

So…I’m starting off the New Year sharing some style confessions!  Here’s the deal…I don’t own or wear everything I write about. That being said, I’m happy to research and share what I do know.  Whew…glad to get that off my chest!   

True Confession:  I prefer wearing a skirt versus a dress because it allows for stylish creativity!

How many ways can you style a printed skirt?  More than I can count. Some Pinterest looks I’m loving feature animal print skirts styled with a sweater, or a t-shirt, or layered with a leather or denim jacket, etc.  

True Confession:  A pop of color is a style influencer’s best friend!

Bag matching is my favorite way to do this.  And here’s the good news…nothing has to match exactly.  Another idea is matching accessories. For example, match a bracelet with a belt or your boots with a scarf.  How fun is that?   

True Confession:  I’m a frugal shopper…always looking for a deal!

My go-to is H&M and even though, they have great prices…I go to the sale rack first.  A favorite purchase this winter was a tiger-print sweater. It looks great with a camel blazer and faux leather pants and also with a black pleated skirt. Always think about how many ways you can style an outfit!  

True Confession:  I believe these two words should be banned from our vocabulary:  “age-appropriate.” 

Instead, think about “aging fabulously” by adding a trendy pop to a classic look. A great Pinterest example shows a woman wearing a gray cowl-neck sweater with a trendy pair of snake print skinnies.  Camouflage skinnies and leggings are also age-defying. Another way to “age fabulously” is with a pair of embellished booties. And who doesn’t love a hip grandma?

True Confession:  Fashion and styling are my avenues for encouraging women!

Yes, it’s true…I don’t know everything about fashion, but I’m happy to research and share what I do know.  And one thing I know for sure…. “We rise when we lift others!”  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: “Tweeds” the Night Before Christmas

Full disclosure:  This is a risqué version of a classic Christmas story.  So you may want to help yourself to a little eggnog before you continue reading!

“Tweeds” the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse….except for mama in her kerchief and stylish tweed shoes.  Oh my goodness…what in the world was mama up to? It seemed she had carefully hung her stockings to arouse St. Nick’s attention….tip-toeing downstairs in a pair of sexy tweed kittens! 

 Such a handsome fellow, so lively and quick, she knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.  And then in a twinkling, I heard upstairs…prancing and joyous hoots! Oh, my…it was mama trying on a new tweed suit.  Nicholas suggested a few ideas from Pinterest…Chanel, Chic Wish, and the list continues. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, gave the luster to all the tweed objects to behold.

Stanley Eisenman Shoes

His eyes how they twinkled…his dimples how merry!  He even brought mama a tweed clutch and poured her some sherry!  A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, I started wondering….is ole’ Nick trying to get into mama’s bed?  Lord have mercy, how could this be….who knew there was a salacious side to tweed?  

Up to mama’s bedroom the courses they flew, with a bag full of tweed blazers…all brand new!  The perfect look for an elegant Christmas party….or an evening at home sipping a hot toddy. Not into vaping, he smoked a pipe, and I started wondering…will he be here all night?  

Though his posse was waiting….he had other houses to visit.  And let me just say this, when he left…mama was glistening! In her stylish tweed blazer, she looked so put together, and good ole’ St. Nick suggested she wear it with leather!

He sprang to his Mercedes, to mama gave a whistle, and away he flew like the down of a thistle.  But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, “Good God almighty…what a glorious night!”

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Jingle All The Way

Wondering what the fashion forecast is for the festive season….anything that shimmers.  In other words….a whole lot of jingle!

Party people, get ready to glisten in a stunning metallic skirt.  Are you willing to think outside the box? Then think about pairing a metallic skirt with an oversized sweater or a sweatshirt.  And “oh what fun” it is to add a pair of strappy heels or booties!  

Gold lame’….it’s back!  So here’s what I’m thinking….if it was good enough for Elvis, then it’s good enough for the rest of us!  Right? Loeffler Randall’s bow heels in gold lame say one thing to me….“Ready or not, holidays…here I come!”  And don’t you think Neiman’s gold lame cocktail dress by Halston has Studio 54 written all over it!  

What sparkles and goes with anything from jeans to sweat?  That would be sequins…of course! We love how Anthropologie features a sequined skirt two ways…with a lacey top and with a turtleneck sweater.  To add a little jingle to a casual holiday ensemble….a sequined blazer or blouse paired with jeans will definitely give you a dashing look!

When it comes to shimmering Christmas hues….red and green are at the top of my list.  If you want to ring some sleigh bells, think about wearing a sequined skirt with a red sweater.  For a holiday ladies luncheon, red heels and a shimmering green pleated skirt will add a little “ho, ho, ho” to your party style!  

If you’re headed to an elegant black-tie gala or cocktail party during the holidays, just know, you will be the shining star in a jumpsuit.  We’re loving a few sparkly black ones from Dillard’s on our Pinterest board. And their silver metallic jumpsuit with cape sleeves by Eliza J. looks fabulous coming and going!  Jingle all the way!  

I typically do not style dogs but would be happy to do so if asked!  Speaking of “making spirits bright”….I have to admit, I’m smitten with two pups wrapped in gold tinsel.  Just add a bow or a reindeer headband and your babies will shine in the family holiday photo!  

From shimmery frocks to everyday gold tinsel….one way or another, be sure to add a little “jingle” to your holiday attire!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: “The Best of Holley” Thankful Edition

We are running a “The Best of Holley” post from Thanksgiving 2016 when baby Eli – who is now a very big three-year-old – was born!  From all of us at Home with a Twist, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

I’m pretty sure one of the reasons Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday is it’s less stressful (unless you do all the cooking and cleaning up afterward).  We gather together with family and friends to share a meal and to consider all that we have to be thankful for!

Two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I love everything about the Thanksgiving tradition
  2. …and I love sharing that special day with family and friends!
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Sole Society Tote

Our Thanksgivings are always casual. Some years we “motor” to our hometown, Smackover, Arkansas! (true story…real name…Google it).  This year, we will walk across the street to share a lovely meal with our friends and neighbors, the Moses. I will miss my family this year, but the Moses are our family in Fort Worth.  They are a BIG family, they all live in Fort Worth, and they all come to the Thanksgiving dinner.  The first year we were invited to a Moseses Thanksgiving meal, I noticed all the women brought Tupperware containers to take their leftovers home. Brilliant, right?  That gave me the idea to bring a big tote — filled with Tupperware — to future Moses family meals!

So let’s talk totes!  There are many choices these days.  Three totes I covet are the Bazar Shopper by Balenciaga, the cube-printed canvas tote by Pierre Hardy, and a large Sophie Hulme tote. Unfortunately, these are not in my fashion budget, but the good news is there are many reasonably priced totes to choose from.  Longchamp has a lot of colors and since they are nylon, they are easy to clean.

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Madewell Tote

Madewell has a great selection of totes and you can have them monogrammed.  If you are crafty, think about making totes out of old blankets or men’s suits.  These would make fun holiday gifts as well.

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Recycled blanket totes

bubbe-bagBut, back to the Moses…for their dinner I have a few wardrobe options in mind. One possibility is to wear a pair of black skinny jeans, a white blouse tied at the waist, a long brown suede jacket, and black booties. Depending on the weather, another option would be a midi floral skirt, quilted jacket, belt and green bomber jacket, and gray ankle boots. Though here’s the deal, whatever I wear will be paired with a black nylon Tory Burch tote filled with Tupperware…of course!  That way, if a little dressing or gravy spills out, all I have to do is wipe it off. I even came up with a name for my Thanksgiving tote, “The Bubbe Bag,” in honor of the matriarch of the Moses family, Beverley Moses (Bubbe was her grandmother name).  Beverley is no longer with us, but she always made my family feel welcome.  And for that, I am thankful!

thanksgiving-table-settingSpeaking of family tradition, I will always cherish the years growing up in Smackover and the Thanksgiving dinners at my grandparent’s house.  The way I remember it, the table setting was very elegant…china, sterling silver, linen napkins, and crystal. The kid’s table was either in the kitchen or the den, but still just as lovely.

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Taste of Home Sweet Potato Orange Cups

We also dressed up which meant for me wearing a beautiful new dress made by mom.  The guests included my family of five, my three cousins, aunt and uncle who lived next door, Ma-Maw and Pa-Paw and Aunt Bessie (Ma-Maw’s sister). My favorite Aunt Bessie quote was at a Thanksgiving meal when she announced, “One thing I know for sure, President Kennedy and his family are not eating this well today.”

I think it was the sweet potatoes topped with roasted marshmallows and served in orange halves that made her say that.  Trust me, there was no wine!

floral-dress-with-bootsMaybe your family is like mine was “back in the day” and you get dressed up for your Thanksgiving meal and go to a fancy restaurant or to the country club.  So, please let me share some stylish suggestions that will even impress the country club crowd.  One look I love for fall is a floral dress with boots… so cute!  Pleated metallic skirts are so on trend this season and all you need to add is a bulky sweater and boots.  Even with your country club look, the whole idea is to look stylish but just not like everyone else.faux-fur-wrap-sweater-2A faux fur-trimmed wrap sweater from Banana Republic will allow you to create an array of fabulous looks.  Wear it with a pencil skirt, a pleated midi skirt, or with tailored slacks and later with a pair of jeans.  All you need now is to accessorize it with a very large Bubbe Bag to discreetly take your Thanksgiving leftovers home!

Visit Holley’s Pinterest style board with fashionable ideas to get you ready for your Thanksgiving guests.

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization, and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  

What Would Holley Wear: Classic with a Twist

Here’s one of my favorite lines from a Saturday Night Live skit:  “I’ve got the hair for Fox News…the brains for NBC…so here I am at CNN!”.  If you relate to this…I totally get you. 

Something I’ve figured out over the years…women want a style that’s their own…a look that identifies who they are.  But many times, our style just ends up all over the place. Thankfully, I finally figured out my style….“classic with a twist”!   In other words, show me a white blouse paired with jeans, and I’m all in. The twist I like to add to a white blouse is with statement sleeves or cuffs….just enough to keep the look current.  

 I was thrilled when Cynthia Sadler, owner and CCC (Chief Cuff Creator) of Beyond Cuffs gifted me a set of zebra print cuffs.  In case you don’t know, Beyond Cuffs is a Fort Worth-based company that makes custom removable French cuffs! From TCU cuffs to holiday cuffs and everything in-between….these fun accessories will definitely have you “strutting your cuffs!”  Be sure to check them out at www.BeyondCuffs.com.   BTW…they make awesome gifts!  

  My favorite classic color is camel.  From sweaters to coats, this sophisticated hue always gives a classy vibe.  J McLaughlin is definitely my go-to for this classic look. When I recently saw their window display with a camel coat paired with checked pants…it was the perfect classic tease.  To give it a twist, I suggest pairing it with a pair of their animal print or red crocodile embossed loafers.  

The classic trench coat has made a trendy comeback in recent years.  Of course, it still makes for a great overcoat and always looks professional.  To give it a cool vibe, think about pushing the sleeves up and pairing it with crops and mules.  Another twist for a classic trench is a variety of ways to tie the belt. Be sure to look at our Pinterest post… “How to Tie a Trench Coat 20 Stylish Ways!”

So what’s more classic than pearls?  Nothing…right? If you own a Chanel pearl necklace, then by all means…wear it as often as possible!  But if you are like me, you may need to be creative with your pearl styling. Layering necklaces is so on-trend.  So for a twist, think about adding a strand of pearls or a pearl initial necklace with a few of your chain necklaces.  

Isn’t it refreshing to know classics will always be in style?  And isn’t it fun to add a little stylish twist?  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Amazing Amazon Fashion Deals

Did you know Amazon has an amazing fashion website?  From designer dupes to the real thing, it’s the first place I go to when I’m looking for a deal or wanting to copy a designer look. I’ve pinned a lot of inspiration on my Pinterest board.

Just so you know, I’m not the only one who covets their relationship with Amazon Fashion.  Several bloggers I follow do an “Amazon Haul,” where they order clothes, shoes, and accessories….style their looks and then share their looks on their blogs.  My favorite is “Life by Lee”….because I would actually wear some of the looks she styles. BTW…she’s a Texas girl!

I love how Lee styles a long camel vest over black slacks and a long sleeve white V-neck t-shirt.  A great look for the office or a board meeting. And after hours, switch out the t-shirt for a black camisole for drinks and dinner.  She features the black slacks with two different checked blazers….a large window pane check and a hounds tooth….loving her double-duty styling!    

If you are wondering what I’ve purchased from Amazon, here’s my list:  a bamboo ark bag, a mid-century bamboo basket bag, a 3-coin pendant necklace, an initial necklace, and a GG pearl belt….just to name a few.  The fun part for me is when someone compliments my look and seeing the surprised look on their face when I say….“It’s from Amazon!”

You’ve heard the expression, “go big or go home”….right?  That’s a great way to describe the super-sized pearl necklace I recently purchased.  I can’t take credit for the way I’m styling it because I stole my look from Pinterest…wearing it with a blazer, button-down, and jeans.  Another “go big” look from Amazon is their oversized turtleneck. They offer it in 10 solid colors and 7 striped versions!

Something else you need to know about Amazon Fashion, they sell designer and name brands as well.  Just go to “search” and type in the brand or designer name to see if they have what you are looking for.  With designers like Steve Madden, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch, they offer everything from clothes to accessories.  And the best part, if you have an Amazon Prime membership, shipping is free and your items are typically delivered in one to two days.  How amazing is that?

 So there you have it….Holley’s guide to Amazon Fashion.  The challenging part will be sorting through the thousands of items, so be specific when you are searching for a particular product.  And if you need help, message me!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest. Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Three ways to style kitten heels, khaki pants and a denim skirt

When I’m making a purchase for myself or a client, my main goal is to think of three ways to style it.  So this week, I’m sharing three of my current favorites: dressy kitten heels, khaki pants, and a brown denim skirt…plus three ways to style them.

Recently, I was gifted a pair of Prada heels from my dear friend and neighbor, Elsie Blum.  She even wore them to her granddaughter’s wedding in New York in 2009! The first place I wore them was to the Open Door gala benefiting the Samaritan House at TX Whiskey Ranch.   I copied my look from Pinterest…wearing them with an embellished skirt and a black blouse. How “TX Chic” does that sound?

For a party vibe, dressy kitten heels go great with black skinnies…just add a dressy top.  And did you know wearing fancy shoes with jeans is a thing? My husband and I love sitting at the bar at Eddie V’s, listening to jazz and sipping a glass of wine…the perfect setting for a pair of jeans and my fancy shoes.  Don’t you agree?

My favorite substitute for jeans this fall has been a pair of khaki paper-bag pants from Zara.  Though I realize the paper-bag look isn’t for everyone, please know any pair of khaki slacks or crops will do the trick.  For an everyday look, wear your pants with a button-down blouse, and when needed, add a denim jacket. Fall-bulous!!!  

The highs were in the 60s when we vacationed in Carmel by the Sea in mid-September.  All I needed to add to my paper-bag look was a checked blazer and a clear tote. A great way to style your khaki pants this winter is by adding an oversized sweater and a pair of booties.  A Pinterest look from NYFW (New York Fashion Week), features a zebra sweater with paper-bag khakis.   

Have you ever ordered from ASOS?  They are known for having trendy looks at reasonable prices.  Their brown denim midi skirt with a side buckle definitely got my attention and has been my go-to this fall.  I think I’ve mentioned I’m a style copy-cat…copying looks at a fraction of the cost. Like the look I copied, I’ve wore my skirt with a white button-down blouse tucked in and paired with animal print block heels.  

Now that it’s finally turned a bit cooler, I’m adding a denim jacket and snake print booties.  Other ideas are a bomber jacket or vest…the options are endless! This winter, I will be styling my denim skirt with black knee-high boots, and one of last year’s sweaters.  And please know, brown leather and corduroy skirts are great substitutes for denim.

There you have it….3 items styled 3 ways!  So the next time you go shopping…challenge yourself to think of 3 ways you can wear it before you make the purchase!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]