What Would Holley Wear: Maine Event

My husband and I recently returned from our first trip to Maine, planned and accompanied by our son, Chris!  Now we are wondering why it took us so long to get there.  Our home away from home was the Trellis House, an award winning Bed and Breakfast in picturesque Ogunquit, Maine. 

Trellis House
Nothing Marginal about this view!

From the amazing hospitality at the Trellis House to strolling Marginal Way, we fell in love with Ogunquit immediately!  So…what do you pack for a beach vacay in Maine at the first of the summer season? Since it was still a little cool in the mornings and evenings, my travel style consisted mostly of jeans, button-down shirts, and blazers.  On the flight to Boston and scenic drive to Ogunquit, I wore light blue jeans, a white button-down shirt, a tan plaid blazer, tan Converse sneakers, all complemented by a large white tote. Ready or not, Maine, here I come!!!

How Holley travels

A light raincoat is always a good idea for a late spring and early summer New England vacation.  The yellow or orange raincoats seen on our Pinterest board pair well with blue jeans, a white tee, and sneakers.  A blue checked raincoat with a striped lining is a stylish way to stay dry in late spring/early summer. Though I have to admit, when I’m on vacation, my motto is: “rain, rain go away…come again another day”.

We got lucky with the weather, sunny with the highs in the 60s and 70s…perfect for walking in town and Marginal Way (a 1 ¼ mile seaside walking path).  Anything striped from shirts, pants, scarves, to shoes is perfect for a New England vacation. Vertical striped jeans worn with an oversized sweater, wicker bag and brown Birkenstocks will give a beach boho vibe.  And I’m absolutely crazy about all the striped summer scarves on our board. Plus, a pair of striped sneakers will easily take you on a stroll through a quaint coastal town.

Bentley, the greeter

After our walks each morning, we were greeted by Bentley, the B&B owner’s adorable Labradoodle and treated to an amazing brunch. So…what to wear to a lovely seaside brunch? White jeans, a button-down shirt, and sneakers were my go to style, and when needed, I added a blazer….great for brunch and sightseeing.  A few crisp styles on our board show white jeans paired with a white t-shirt, scarf, denim jacket and sneakers. Perfect for whale watching in Kennebunkport and a lighthouse sighting in Cape Neddick.  

Trellis brunch al fresco

Since New England weather can be unpredictable, layering is always a good idea.  So, be sure to pack a jacket….you will be so glad you did. A fun vacation look on our Pinterest board shows a denim jacket with a striped maxi dress and sandals….so coastal cute!  Want to look ultra-seaside chic?  A trench coat worn over a striped sweater and jeans is another great layered look for a cool beach climate.  Another classic Pinterest style shows a tan utility jacket worn with a tan striped tee, white jeans, and two-tone Chanel espadrilles.  Bring on the lobsters!!!

A floral or printed skirt, white tee or button-down, and denim jacket is a casual beach look….just add sandals or espadrilles.  This was my go-to style for happy hour at the Trellis House, dining in town, and seeing the Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Café at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

A chic seaside look on our Pinterest board shows a chunky sweater paired with a printed midi skirt, espadrilles, and a striped wicker tote. Even on a beach vacation, it’s fun to dress up a little….right?   

Laurence, Glen and Bentley

I want to take a moment to thank Laurence and Glen, the owners of the Trellis House, for their amazing hospitality!  Now we understand why Trip Advisor ranked Trellis House as one of the top twenty-five B&Bs in the country! And Maine, you made a believer out of us….we will definitely be coming back!  

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

What Would Holley Wear: Bows, Pom Poms and Tassels

After driving a 2002 model Lexus sedan for over a decade, I finally got a“new-ish” car…a 2015 Nissan Murano.  Compared to my old car, this one definitely came with all the bells and whistles! In fashion these extra features are referred to as enhancements and trim….my favorites are bows, pom-poms, and tassels.  Any way you look at it, these trims and enhancements are the “bells and whistles” that make the outfit!

Bows can be found on everything from shoes to earrings.  Kate Spade and Ted Baker design brands are both known for their signature bows.  We are loving Kate Spade’s bow watch and think her navy and white striped bow clutch is ideal for print mixing.  Ted Baker’s bow jelly sandals in pink and black will look adorable poolside, and his pastel cross-body bow bags are perfect for Sunday brunch.

Please know, we’ve got your back when it comes to ties and bows. For girls with long hair, a scarf tied ponytail is a fun summer accessory.  One of my Pinterest board favorites is a light tan sweater with a row of three bows in the back.  A white blouse with a scarf looped through holes in the back gives a classic look to a spring/summer top.  See…we really do have your back!

My favorite bow embellished accessory is a cute pair of shoes. I’m loving a pair of black kitten heels with a tulle bow. Show me a pair of Jeffrey Campbell gingham slides with a bow, and I’ll show you the cutest pair of shoes…ever!  A “bells & whistles” purchase I recently made is a pair of Zara plaid sling-backs with a bow on the heel….the perfect transition shoe from spring to summer!

When I think of the ultimate in “bells and whistles”….pom-poms come to mind.  Are you planning to have fun in the sun this summer? Good for you! A wicker bag trimmed with colorful pom-poms has summer fun written all over it!  And though these make adorable pool and beach bags, please do not put limitations on them. Think about taking your fun bag out to lunch, or to the farmer’s market, on a shopping spree, out to dinner, and the list goes on and on!  

So what screams summer and shines happy?  We think it’s a pair of white pom-pom crop pants, a striped yellow shirt tied at the waist, platform wedge sandals and a round wicker bag.  One of my favorite bloggers gives her white summer dress a dose of “happy” with bright pink pom-pom earrings and a wicker bag embellished with a slew of colorful pom-poms.  And want to know what screams happy to me? A pair of black pom-pom trimmed culottes paired with black espadrilles! 

Yay….tassels are on-trend again this summer!  We adore summer shoes enhanced with tassels and think a pair of blue espadrilles with tassels are great for any occasion.  Anthropology never seems to miss a trendy beat….point proven with their red tassel/pom-pom sandals. If you need a dressy pair of heels, you can’t miss with all the choices from Shopbop.  These lovelies can be dressed up or down…you get to decide!  

Show me a dress or skirt enhanced with tassels, and I’ll show you a whole lot of sassy!  We are loving a blue embroidered dress with tassels from Chic Wish…so cute and great prices!   Classy in the City blogger shows us a bright blue dress with a red tassel hem…perfect for any summer soiree’.    

Jewelry trimmed with tassels is on our most popular list!  There are two pairs of tassel earrings on our Pinterest board that will enhance any outfit. For an elegant look, you can never go wrong with a black tassel earrings from Oscar De La Renta.  The cute rainbow tassel earrings trimmed in black from Anthropology would be the perfect complement to a black and white summer outfit.

Hmmm….it looks like all the “bells and whistles” really do make the car….Oops, I mean the outfit!!!

Lastly, we cannot end this week’s post without mentioning how sad we are with the news of Kate Spade’s death.  Almost every WWHW post credits something brilliant Kate created. Her inconic style has been so joyful in all that we wear and gifts we give.  Kate’s inspiration added color and beauty to our world.  We are deeply sorry she did not feel these gifts within herself.  If you are hurting and feel there are no options, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255 available 24 hours everyday.  Your life does matter.  Someone does care.

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

What Would Holley Wear: Four Ways to Wear Gingham

Since I consider myself a “gingham girl”, I want to share my four favorite ways to wear gingham….with skirts, shoes, tops, and pants.  

Are you a “gingham girl” too?  I knew you were! Since skirts are my favorite, let’s talk about gingham skirts first.  I just can’t get enough of all the fun skirts on our board, and from ruffles to wraps it’s the perfect summer look!  So what would make you want to straddle a scooter and channel your inner Sofia Loren? I’m pretty sure it’s a yellow gingham midi skirt worn with a white printed t-shirt, bohemian straw bag, and brown leather slides.  So “Bella Italia”!

To take summer’s “it” print to the next level, think about print mixing. A great look is a yellow gingham skirt mixed with a blue striped off the shoulder top.  A red checked ruffled skirt paired with a red striped blouse is another fabulous print mix.  And both of these skirts can go casual and be worn with a white t-shirt and sneakers. And here’s a little fashion tip….when mixing prints, it instantly elevates the look from “girl next door” to “style maven”.  You get to decide which one is your style!

Do you get a kick out of gingham shoes?  We sure do! From Talbots green gingham slide with a block heel to J Crew’s navy and white checked wrap-around sandal, we suggest you wear them with everything from skirts to cropped jeans.  Between Sam Edelman and J McLaughlin, you can find a fabulous selection of gingham flats, block heels, and ballet flats in black and white. Check out our Pinterest board to browse all the cute options!

Are shirts your go-to gingham style?  For an easy breezy style, think about wearing a button-down gingham shirt with cropped jeans or a skirt.  Oh…and be sure to tie your shirt at the waist and roll up your sleeves. Since you are a classy girl, you will want to consider pairing your pearls with your gingham.  Hmmm…looks like classy girls wear pearls and gingham! And again, think about mixing your prints. We absolutely adore a red and blue floral skirt mixed with a blue and white checked shirt tied at the waist.  Another “style maven” look!

We are also loving all the gingham tops with ruffles and bell sleeves, especially the ones that wrap around the waist.  How cute is a blue and white wrap top with bell sleeves worn with white cropped jeans and a bucket bag? Pretty cute…right?  The J Crew off the shoulder blue and white gingham top paired with white jeans and a Cult Gia bag is so stylish! BTW…I love her fabulous statement earrings and think a red bandana scarf tied to the bag would totally take her outfit to the next level of chic!

Gingham trousers are not only trendy but are also perfect for work and church.  A pair of navy and white checked pants paired with a Chanel-inspired white jacket with red and navy trim is a great work and church look.  Just so you will know, matching checked pantsuits are on-trend and so versatile. A sweet look on our Pinterest board is a pair of navy gingham trousers worn with a white eyelet shirt.  For the perfect touch of summer, they added a round wicker bag complemented with a navy polka-dot scarf. Can gingham get any sweeter?

I just love sharing my four favorite ways to wear gingham….skirts, shoes, tops and pants.  Seems like us “gingham girls” are ready for a little summer fun! 

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

What Would Reese Wear

This week’s article is all about Hollywood/Nashville “it girl,” Reese Witherspoon and her style.  Though Reese lives in LA, she’s a Southern girl at heart…born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville where she started her own clothing line, Draper James

“I started this company to honor my Southern heritage and in particular my grandparents who were, and still are, the greatest influences in my life: my grandmother, Dorothea Draper and my grandfather, William James Witherspoon. My grandparents taught me everything I know about gracious Southern living. From them I learned to dress and act like a lady, to take pride in my home, to reach out to help a neighbor, and to always invite everyone in for a visit.”

So let’s get started and talk a little about her style roots!  Reese’s clothing line, Draper James, has Southern charm written all over it. We are loving their peplum denim jacket. It drapes perfectly over one of Draper’s striped or printed t-shirts worn with white jeans.  And it would also look adorable worn over their bright yellow magnolia print dress. By the way…we are loving all of their printed tees, especially the “Inspired by a Strong Woman” t-shirt!

Draper James teamed up with iconic shoe designer, Jack Rogers, to create their own version of the classic 60s-era sandal.  From their “Howdy Y’all” to their “Hello Darlin’,” and what I like to call “Steel Magnolia” sandals…they’ve got us Southern girls covered!  Wouldn’t y’all agree?

From phone covers to accessories, Draper James, has so many delightful items to choose from. Don’t you think a cute canvas pouch with a fun phrase is a great incentive to staying organized? With their spill-proof lining, the “Keep it Pretty Please” and the “Strong, Sweet, & Southern” pouches will definitely keep all of your primping essentials organized.  And be sure to check out all the Draper James clothes, shoes, and accessories on our Pinterest board!

Mrs. Twist loves Draper James!  Their iconic “Totes Ya’ll” bag was perfect for a trip to the Clearfork Farmer’s Market and was shared on the Draper James social media!

But then there’s the Hollywood Reese, stepping out on the red carpet so many times we can’t even keep up.  One stunner was the strapless red gown by Jason Wu she wore to the 2015 Met Gala…beyond elegant. But the time she got the fashion world’s attention was when she wore a knee length canary-yellow Nina Rica strapless dress to the 2007 Golden Globes. Redbook magazine said, “She made everyone a believer in the idea of short dresses for formal events.” And, I only have one word to describe her look…exquisite!

Like her red carpet style, her everyday style is always spot-on. She claims it was the influence of her mother and grandmother that laid the foundation for her good taste.  To share her tasteful style, we’ve posted “11 Style Lessons Reese Witherspoon Can Teach Us” on our Pinterest board.  One of her lessons is “Feminine is Fun,” where she states “it’s okay to look like a woman.” Reese loves tailored jackets and suggests sticking with tweed for the ultimate femme look.  Pair it with tapered jeans and classic pumps to give off that…”oh, I always look this good darling” vibe! Don’t you just love her?

“Bold Colors” is another WWRW lesson we plan to copy.  Bright hues are hot this season, and Reese shows us how to rock them. She suggests wearing a bright color whether on top or bottom, but keep the rest of the look neutral.  We are loving her bright red top worn with white jeans and gold jewelry. OMG…super classy!

Like a true Southern lady, Reese is never one to shy away from prints…especially gingham.  She brings her Southern charm to a blue and white gingham dress, which she makes look modern and current.  She also loves wearing gingham tops with shorts, jeans, and skirts. Wow, so many cute looks to copy!

True to her Southern roots, Reese is also a Hollywood power player who’s an advocate for women…in a charming and delightful way, of course!  So, for her style and for all she does to encourage women, I only have one more thing to say…. “Bless her heart”!

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

What Would Holley Wear: Five Free Tips from a Stylist 2nd Edition

Welcome to our second edition of “Free Styling Tips”!  We hope you love the idea of making the most with what you already have in your closet and repurposing your clothes and accessories!  

“The more you have…the more you are occupied, and the less you have…the more you are free”.

Isn’t this true when it comes to fashion?  If you have a closet crammed packed with clothes and accessories…it not only occupies your space, but it can also occupy your spirit.  

So, let’s get started and talk about some ways to repurpose our stuff and free our spirits at the same time.  Have you thought about wearing a scarf as a belt? This is a cute and fun way to add style to some of your spring and summer outfits.  Another idea is to tie a scarf on a belt loop, which adds color and flair. For a classic look, tie a scarf around a handbag handle or your ponytail, and a scarf tied around your neck is so classic.  For a trendy look, try tying a scarf around your wrist or ankle!

Spring and summer are a great time of year to roll your jeans.  To do this, fold your jeans up one or two inches, then fold again leaving a peek of the hemline visible.  How easy is that? The jean roll is a fun way to show off a cute pair of shoes, and it also makes your boyfriend jeans look a touch more tailored.  Be sure to check out the hem-roll tutorial on our Pinterest board.

Did you know there is an art to tucking your shirt?   Here are some tips on how to tuck your shirt: The fronttuck works best with long shirts and blouses. Tuck the front in and leave the back untucked.  This also looks great with blazers. The half-tuck is my favorite.  It’s so easy…just tuck in the buttonhole side (left side) of your shirt into your jeans or pants and leave the button side hanging out.   Go to here for 16 Ways to Tuck, Tie, Roll and Twist your Clothes like a Stylist on our Pinterest board including the snappy way JCrew styles their sleeves!

 

And then there’s the twist-tuck with 4 easy steps:  1…Unbutton the five bottom shirt buttons. 2…Tuck the side with the buttons into the opposite side. 3…Cross and fold the button-hole side over the buttoned side and tuck it in, and 4…If you like, unbutton the remaining shirt buttons so the shirt doesn’t bunch.  Be sure to check out the easy tutorial on our board.

The easiest way to define a waistline without a belt is by knotting or tying your shirt or blouse in the middle.  I have to admit this just happens to be one of my signature looks, especially in the spring and summer. A cute vacation look is to wear a button-down shirt off-the-shoulder, unbuttoned but tied in a knot.  Such a cute way to repurpose an old shirt into a swimsuit cover up….just add a pair of flowy pants or maxi skirt! Don’t you just love free styling tips that are fun and creative?

Speaking of fun and creative…another stylist secret is tying a knot in the hem or middle of a maxi or midi skirt.  This is a great summer style that looks so light and breezy worn with sandals, and in the fall… just trade your sandals for boots.  It also makes for a great resort or poolside look….such a frugal way to repurpose a skirt you were thinking about giving away. And one more thing, it costs nothing to tie a knot…right? Unless, you are tying “the knot”…now that can be very expensive.

With air conditioning, it can be freezing inside in the summer. That’s when you will want to add a jacket or light sweater. A classic way to style your summer jacket or sweater is by draping it over your shoulders.  A draped jean jacket will definitely give you the cool factor! And when you warm up, just tie it around your waist. Classic and cool…can’t beat that!

I don’t know about you, but I love how being content with what I have frees my spirit to be stylishly creative!  

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

What Would Holley Wear: Skirting the Issue

True confession:  I rarely wear dresses, and I sincerely hope you will accept my apology for “skirting the issue”.

The main two reasons I wear skirts and not dresses:

..Dresses typically do not fit me properly…too short-waisted and/or too short in length…

..Whereas skirts come in all lengths and allow me to be stylishly creative!

The two trendiest skirts to purchase this season are checked and striped skirts.  Check our Pinterest board to see how we are loving how a red checked skirt was styled three different ways….with a white crop top, with a blue chambray shirt tied at the waist, and with a fun printed t-shirt.  The same goes for a striped skirt where a blogger shows how to wear it dressed-down or dressed-up. To dress it down, she paired it with a white tee and pearl embellished flats, a straw bag and hat…a great look for running errands all day.  For a dressier look, she added a pair of embellished heels, a laser cut clutch, and statement earrings…a great look for date night!

Denim skirts, like jeans, are so comfy and go with everything.  Last year, I purchased a knee-length denim pencil skirt at the Dillard’s outlet store. I’ve had fun styling it with a t-shirt and a scarf tied through the belt loops, and I’ve also worn it with a button-down tied at the waist and espadrilles.  Both ways give it a laid-back summer vibe.

Style Tip:  The key to a good looking pencil skirt is the fit.  I typically purchase these in a size larger because they look more flattering.  

A ruffled pencil skirt from Banana Republic with an asymmetric flounce hem adds a breath of fresh air to an iconic silhouette.  I suggest head-to-toe neutrals so the statement ruffle can take center stage. My cute cousin, Alicia, (The Lush List blogger), did exactly that.  To give it a summer vibe, add a round wicker bag and a cute pair of espadrilles.

From stripes to florals, big and bold printed skirts definitely make a fun statement.  The big black and white checked pencil skirt on our board is one of my favorites. They styled it summer-casual with a straw hat and sandals.  Plus, I’m crazy about all the polka-dot skirts on our board. With printed tees, sweaters, and blouses there are lots of tops to pair with these bold skirts…you pick!  

Guess what I’m loving about all the ruffled and tiered skirts that are trending?  Absolutely everything! Earlier this year, I purchased two ruffled skirts on sale at H&M.  For a casual look, I’m wearing the printed ruffled skirt with a white shirt tied at the waist, black slides, and carry a wicker tote with tassels.  My other frugal purchase from H&M was a tiered ruffled skirt in a floral print….so sassy with sandals, a printed tee and a oversized orange tote.  Both looks will be perfect for my summer beach vacays…an added bonus for sure!

Yep…I have to admit…I’m pretty good a “skirting the issue”!  Apologies accepted!

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

What Would Holley Wear: Dress up your denim!

From pastels and bright hues to black and white….there’s nothing that looks as cool and stylish as dressed up denim!

Not ready to stop wearing your black jeans?  No problem….because they look great in the spring and summer too.  An easy way to achieve a dressed up look is with black cropped jeans, a white blouse with statement sleeves, a black bucket bag, and two-tone block heels.  One of my all-time Pinterest favorites is a pair of black skinny jeans worn with a white blouse with a big bow tied at the waist and an adorable wooden bag.  “Ooh la la”…all of this is starting to sound a little French!

Speaking of the French, a Chanel inspired tweed jacket worn with jeans is a sophisticated way to dress up your denim.  A look we love is a pair of jeans worn with a belted tweed jacket….a great way to flatter any figure. Another Chanel inspired outfit is a tweed jacket worn with a pretty white blouse with pleated cuffs, distressed jeans, and nude pumps.  

If you are not into waist length jackets, think about wearing a long tweed jacket instead.  I’m loving two long grey and black tweed jackets on our board. One is paired with blingy heels and the other is shown with animal print sneakers.  To give them that Coco Chanel look, they pinned a CC brooch to the jackets. And even if you do not own a CC brooch, any new or vintage brooch will look fabulous pinned on your tweed jacket.

Two great springtime hues are a navy and gray blazer worn with denim.  My Pinterest board favorite is the gray blazer paired with blue denim culottes, a printed white t-shirt, and a red handbag.  Navy blue made a big comeback last year. So think about wearing a navy blazer with light blue jeans, a white blouse, and for a pop of color, tie a scarf around your wrist, neck or handbag.

Striped tops with statement sleeves are another great way to dazzle your denim.  We are crazy about Sarah Jessica Parker’s look…a stunning Johanna Ortiz statement top and her own fabulous shoe selection!  An ensemble that’s perfect for spring and summer is a striped off-the-shoulder sweater worn with jeans and heels. Two fabulous looks for a dressed-up denim date night!  

Kimonos are a great light weight cover-up that will add glamour to your spring denim.  From embroidered to florals, these flowy wraps add drama to a plain t-shirt and jeans outfit.  Ruffles are one of the biggest trends this season and a cute pair of black ruffled jeans paired with a silk floral kimono is fun, festive and a great look for now and this summer.  We are also loving a green floral kimono, light blue jeans, tee, black YSL bag, and pink tassel-tied sandals. Stylish and glamorous!

 Lace blouses and wraps are the ultimate when it comes to dressing up denim.  A lace top worn under a sweater or blazer adds a ladylike touch to a transitional spring style…and don’t forget to show-off the cute cuffs!  A look that will definitely put you in a springtime mood is lace tops with ruffles and bell sleeves. Floor dusting wraps come in a lace version as well.  From wraps to vests, this lacy trend will give your denim a dressy feminine flair.

Who knew there were so many stylish ways to dress up your denim?  With springtime here and summer approaching, looks like your denim will be ready for some fun in the sun!

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

What Would Holley Wear: Mid-Life Chic

Want to know the best way to prevent a mid-life crisis?  Up your style game! I’m serious…there’s nothing like a stylish new outlook on life that will make you feel younger, more alive, and “Mid-Life Chic!”  

And though it takes a concerted effort to make a lifestyle change, it can be accomplished with a few fashion tweaks, and of course, prayer always helps!  Has a friend ever said to you, “it’s a God thing”? That’s exactly the way I feel about a long tunic top…praise the Lord! Soft Surroundings has a large selection of divine tunic tops to choose from.  You can find a store at Southlake Town Center or online.

A beautiful new design I recently discovered on Tanglewood Moms is a company called Luna Antigua. Friends, Sandra Falcon and Pamela Lozoya, are the co-founders of these beautiful hand-embroidered designs made in Guatemala.  They are perfect for enjoying the outdoors in style. From a lovely evening at Concerts in the Garden to a beach vacation, these tops are definitely a “summer must-have”!  

Another age-defying look is a pair of skinny jeans worn with a long shirt or tunic top.  The good news is these jeans also come in plus sizes, and the bonus….skinnies elongate and give a slimming effect.  Talbots and Chico’s have a wonderful variety to choose from. Be sure to browse some of the options on our Pinterest board.  A recent purchase of mine was a pair of white skinny jeans from Cabi…and the bonus is they come in a “curvy” size!

Do you know Victoria’s secret? Shhh…you did not hear this from me, but I’m pretty sure it’s all about wearing under garments that fit correctly. When was the last time you were fitted for a bra? If it’s been over 2 years, then it’s time for a tune-up. And don’t you just love how a new bra “lifts” your spirit! Check out this post on “Finding the Correct Bra Style” from Style, Studs and Lace.

Fashion Tip:  If you live near Ft. Worth, the sales ladies in the lingerie department at Dillard’s are expert bra fitters.

Body shapers can take years off and smooth out signs of aging….“wink, wink”!  Another “God-thing” in my opinion was the invention of Spanx or body shapers. Besides smoothing things out, they hide panty lines and a multitude of sins.  If you wear pencil skirts or white slacks, you must wear one of these saintly briefs.

Fashion tip:  I always purchase body shapers a size larger.  Because here’s the deal, if they are too tight…that roll of fat is going to show up somewhere…right?

Aging fascinates me!  And please know when I talk about mid-life chic, I’m not talking about trying to look younger.  What I’m emphasizing here is how to be a more vibrant version of yourself. And what says vibrant more than accessories, handbags, and shoes?  Show me a lady with one of this season’s “it bags” or a cool pair of shades or shoes, and I’ll show you a vibrant and chic lady!  

For fun/hip accessories, think about shopping at stores where younger women shop…like J Crew, Anthropology, Madewell, and Free People.  We are loving the pom-pom shoe selection from Anthropology….perfect for any age! Be sure to browse our Pinterest board. And remember this:  Any woman, any size, and any age can purchase accessories, jewelry, handbags, and shoes in contemporary stores. So on the count of three, everyone shout: Hallelujah!!!

Black and white and monochromatic ensembles will never fail you because they give your style a sophisticated elegance.  Plus, you can always add a youthful pop with fashion jewelry. Stripes and geometric designs are certainly for the young at heart.  That would be you…right? Scarfs are always on-trend and complete an outfit, especially all of the cute pom-pom scarfs. So sassy and so chic!

Wow!  Did you have any idea there were so many ways to revive your lifestyle in a fashionable way?  I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this stage of life…”Mid-Life Chic”! Can I get an “Amen”?

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

What Would Holley Wear: Last Minute Vegas Style

My husband and I love a quick Vegas getaway!  For us, it’s all about relaxing at a 5-star luxury hotel for a few days.  So, when we received a “Google” travel alert with a cheap flight to Vegas…we were all-in!  Next thing you know, we booked our flight and a room at Encore for two nights!

Luggage tip:  A recent purchase I made was two 25” silver spinner Samsonite suitcases from Macy’s (50% off)…light weight and easy to maneuver.  So worth the investment!

Since our trip was last minute, I simplified packing by going with a black and white travel wardrobe…easy to mix and match.  On the plane, I wore my new white zip Cabi jeans with a black pajama top with white piping, a black Michael Kors blazer, and sneakers.  I also carried a super cute black and white bag from Kindred in Kansas City. Watch out Vegas…we’re heading your way!

Packing tip for a short trip:   Pack in 3s…3 tops, 3 bottoms, 3 blazers/wraps, and 3 pairs of shoes.  Hmmm…maybe 3 is my lucky number!

The highs were predicted to be in the low 70s and cool at night. Perfect weather…right? All I needed for an afternoon of poolside lounging was a cute swimsuit, cover-up, beach bag, hat, and book.  A black and white poolside look on our board shows the Girl from Panama blogger wearing a pair of high-waist white pants over a black one-piece swimsuit with a black kimono. Another idea is to wear a maxi skirt or flowy pants over a bathing suit….so sophisticated! And I’m loving the striped flowy pants on our Pinterest board. BTW….did I mention how delicious the poolside cocktails were?  

Our first night, we dined at one of our favorite Wynn restaurants, Lakeside. Like everywhere else you travel, Vegas can be very casual. That being said, it’s still okay to be cute and stylish…right? A fabulous look featured on our board is a ruffled Johanna Ortiz floral skirt paired with a white off-the-shoulder ruffled top…beyond exquisite!   And for the Vegas “wow factor” you can’t go wrong with white slacks or jeans and an off the shoulder black top! Be sure to browse all the fabulous looks on our board!  

The next morning, we were up bright and early and headed straight to the gym. A recent purchase I made was a silver and white metallic athleisure jacket which I wore with black leggings, white t-shirt, and black and white Nike’s…the perfect look for a five-star resort gym.  A sporty look I’m crushing on from Neiman’s fitness wear is a polka-dot Kate Spade workout jacket. I’m starting to wonder if this adorable jacket would inspire me to go to the gym every day.

For a fun packed day, frayed jeans, a t-shirt, striped blazer and loafers make for the ultimate style combo.  A large tote is a necessity for holding all of your shopping purchases! There are two from Zara’s at Fashion Show Mall that are ideal for a Vegas vacay.  And the good news is they can double as a shopping tote or as a pool bag. One is a round wicker bag with a large black tassel, and the other is a laser-cut black tote….so easy to transition into your everyday style!  

Our last night in Vegas, we treated ourselves to a lovely dinner followed by an amazing show, Le Reve.  For this luxe evening, I wore black skinny jeans, a pastel blue blouse, black floral kimono, and black kitten heels.  For a classic style, you can never go wrong with a white jacket and black slacks or jeans….just be sure to add a pair of statement earrings and kitten heels to your chic look.

After two fun packed days in Vegas, it was time to head back to reality….home sweet home!  Now it seems like we need to take off a few more days to relax!

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

My Four Favorite Looks for Spring: Cabi Style

Holley is away this week enjoying a nice vacay, so she is letting me be a guest blogger today for this segment of “What Holley Would Wear.”  Don’t worry, Holley will be back next week!

One of my favorite clothing lines is Cabi.  I was introduced to Cabi several years ago by my friend and Cabi-stylist Stacy Stoltz.  The clothing is so well made with special finishes that remind me of couture clothing women … fun linings, interesting textures, contrasting piping and high quality fabrics.  They are timeliess investment pieces without breaking the bank that will last a long time in your wardrobe.

I thought it would be fun to show you my four favorite looks using eight pieces from their spring line…

The Tick Tock crop pants are a comfortable lightweight cotton spandex so they move when you do.  Thin black and white stripes make this a perfect neutral pant that will go with any color.  Pair it with the Party Cardi and I am in love.  The cute little ruffle detail on the hem is very figure flattering, hugging you in all the right places.  I like a cardigan in the summer because Texas heat requires cool air-conditioning inside and this keeps me from freezing.  It’s lightweight enough to toss in your bag when you hit the heat outside.

My #orangecrush!  Stacy will promptly tell you this isn’t really orange, but more of a hybiscus, rose, pale-pink with red tones.  Any way you describe it, I love this color palette.  First, the Amelia jacket — it’s a vintage bomber-style, woven weave and it’s lightweight (plus, my niece is named Amelia).  Pair it with the Rose Top a crinkly, silk-like pop of punch.  Stacy taught me a trick where you take the hem and pull it through your front belt loop to give it a half-tuck look that’s figure flattering.  You can see me sporting this look on Instagram.   Pair with High Slim white jeans, and finish with the OMG tip toe sandal.  Again described as hybiscus with a rope detail, they are surpringly comfortable with my favorite block heel.  Sexy, sexy, SEX-Y!  Serious.

Bell Sleeves are the latest trend and I don’t see them going away.  This Bell Jacket is an adorable neutral navy and white stripe that, like the Tick Tock pant, will go with any color palette.  Wear it with white skinny jeans, denim, a pencil skirt or a pair of cute shorts and the tip toe sandal and you have summer wrapped up.  We all need a black tee that is figure flattering.  One of my secrets to tees is that they must be slightly fitted, not boxy, and lightweight enough to slip under a jacket.  Black and navy together — you bet!  But, if you want color add a bright yellow or hot pink tee with the jacket.  Finish with the white jeans and you have outfit #3.

And lastly, trench coats are the bomb!  This Tanner Trench is my favorite thing because pastels are popping for spring.  Soft powder blue, in the softest, stretchy cotton material, it just slides on with a sash belt and is so lightweight that doesn’t add bulk like a trench-style coat sometimes can. Pair with the Tick Tock pant, a white jean, over a little black dress or navy pants.  The options are endless.  And if you want an accessory to add with it, the Gallop Scarf is beautiful around the neck or as a belt.

 

I hope you enjoyed this spring-inspired fashion show.  You can find this and so much more on Stacy’s webpage — including a blog with tons fashion tips, tricks and trends.  You can also follow her on “Style Me Cabi” Facebook page here.