What Would Holley Wear: Market Style

One of my favorite summer activities is going to farmer and flea markets. When I’m visiting another city, it’s sometimes the highlight of my trip. And though I love fresh produce and flea market trinkets, I also find going to market a fun style watching opportunity.  

“To market, to market to buy a fat pig.  Home again, home again, jiggety-jig”!

My hometown favorite is the Farmer’s Market at Clearfork, and the bonus is we can walk there. So, let’s talk about some of the cute farmer’s market outfits on our Pinterest board. Overalls have made a huge comeback.  To give them a current look, think about wearing them with an off-the-shoulder peasant shirt. And be sure to roll up the hem and pair them with a cute summer bag and sandals.   A bag we are coveting from Tuckernuck is their macramé basket tote….perfect for market shopping!

Denim shorts, skirts, or jeans worn with an embroidered peasant top are another market look I adore.  All you need to add is a pair of sandals and don’t forget to bring a reusable shopping bag for your purchases!  There are two denim dresses on our Pinterest board that would be perfect for a day of shopping at Magnolia Market in Waco.  A lace-up chambray dress or a blue denim dress shown with a yellow pom-pom bag are made for market shopping. And the best part is both dresses pair perfectly with canvas sneakers….so comfy!

When we visit our kiddos in Kansas, the Overland Park Farmer’s Market is one of our favorite destinations.  My observation of Mid-Western style is easy and casual. So what does Holley suggest you wear to a summer market in Kansas?  One idea is to wear a striped skirt or dress and carry a wicker or wooden bag. We are also loving adorable striped jumpsuits on our board….so market fresh!

City girls have definitely got their own kind of market style.  Earlier this summer, we did a little market browsing on Newbury Street in Boston.   I was thrilled to find a scarf that complemented my blue plaid jacket. One of my favorite people/style watching places is the Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea in New York.  The energy you feel is definitely bohemian! A Brooklyn-like style I’m loving is a red floral dress paired with a wicker backpack overflowing with flowers.

New York City is famous for its pop-up street fairs.  On a recent trip, I discovered an awesome flea market on Lexington Avenue in mid-town.  The fashionistas who shop in mid-town have a style that rivals the stars at NY Fashion Week.  From thrift store sundresses adorned with designer belts, handbags, and shoes….there is only one way to describe their style…“New York market-chic”.  

Who wears short-shorts?  Okay…I have to admit, knee length shorts are more my style!  No matter what length you choose, think about wearing a cute pair of checked shorts at an outdoor market.   And please know, a checked midi skirt or dress will keep you just as cool and comfortable. Our Pinterest board also features floral dresses and skirts that are ideal for your trinket-trips!  

 Wow…I don’t know about you, but all this talk about market style is starting to make me feel a little jiggety-jig!  

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: Posh in the City

“Start spreading the news…I’m leaving today…I want to be a part of it…New York, New York”

So I just returned from a four day trip to New York.  From dinner hosted on a penthouse terrace to drinks at a jazzy speakeasy….it was definitely a posh weekend!  

One of the highlights of my trip was dining on the 10th floor outdoor terrace at a dear friend’s penthouse in midtown.  So, what do you wear to a penthouse dinner party in mid-July? Something penthouse posh….of course! For this special evening, I wore a floral tiered maxi skirt with a white off-the-shoulder top tied at the waist and brown sandals.  Be sure to take a look at the penthouse terrace views on our Pinterest board!

 

 Whether you are going to a museum or taking a leisurely walk on the High-Line, one of the best ways to look posh in New York is with neutrals.  A pair of wide leg khaki pants paired with an oversized white shirt and white bucket bag will give you an updated contemporary look. To add a fresh summer vibe to your city style, think about carrying a white handbag or tote.  Two of my favorite totes for city shopping are a large white Goyard and a Tory Burch canvas tote….both perfectly posh!

Please know, sneakers are not only perfect for city strolling but also super trendy. A pair of sneakers is exactly what you will want to pair with a dress when strolling street markets.  We think the black and white polka-dot dress paired with black sneakers and a wicker handbag on our Pinterest board is super city-sleek! Another way to accomplish a casual city look is to wear a dress with animal print sneakers.  Because you know what they say about the city….“It’s a jungle out there”!

My second night in New York, Chris took me to a fabulous speakeasy. Tomi’s is a jazz bar where you enter below street level, walk down a dingy hallway, and ring a door bell to enter….a very hip New York experience!  To add a little “sex and the city” style to your New York nightlife, we suggest a floral V-neck wrap dress. If you want to get out of the sweltering heat, just grab an Uber, and that way you can stay cool, look fresh, and wear your strappy heels.  How posh does that sound?

For a Sunday church service, brunch, and a Broadway matinee a white and brown ensemble is so sophisticated.  To up your cosmopolitan style, think about wearing a white linen dress with ruffled shoulder straps complemented with a brown belt and macramé Staud bag.  We are loving a pair of flowy brown pants, oversized white blouse and a wicker bag with a scarf. And you can’t miss with khaki crops or culottes….yet another way to keep your New York style current and on-trend.  

FYI….a white ensemble will always give you posh points!  My favorite “up-town girl” pick shows a lady wearing a strapless white jumpsuit with a light camel jacket draped over her shoulders.  We’re obsessed with a head-to-toe white pants outfit featuring a bright green handbag….the perfect pop of color. There are so many great looks on our Pinterest board that will take you from an artsy lunch at The Whitney to the fabulous bar at the Four Seasons.  Don’t you just love posh points?

Whether your city travel style is casual or posh….be sure to check out all the options on our Pinterest board!  And “start spreading the news”!!!

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.

Move over Millennial Pink – Give me a Twist of Lime!

I was strolling Pinterest the other day, and I saw this article from Brit + Co on the new “it” color.  Millennial pink, we’ll be sad to see you go, but fashion has found a new hue to spice up our summer wardrobe. Step aside Gen-Z yellow (and millennial orange, for that matter) — lime, described as a “variation of green that shuffles somewhere between acid and lime” is here to swoop in and steal the spotlight.    Even Queen Elizabeth II tried it out in a neon-bright Stewart Parvin coat and Rachel Trevor hat during a recent engagement.  Should you fully commit to a head-to-toe Gumby green ensemble or opt for just a pinch of the buzzy color, here are some fun, colorful photos if you decide to go green.

Be sure to visit my Pinterest board for the full article here.  Holley will be back next Wednesday with her weekly twist on fashion!

What Would Holley Wear: Crops and Culottes

If you are looking for something cool and comfy to replace your slacks or jeans…look no further because crops and culottes are the answer!  From a professional look to summer fun, there is something for everyone with these iconic looks.

Culottes have made a major comeback!  For a casual day of sightseeing in the city, a pair of black culottes and a white off-the-shoulder top worn with sneakers is a comfy combo.  For a night out on the town, replace the sneakers with kitten heels for a sexy city vibe. The same goes for crop pants. A cool pair of black crop pants worn with an oversized white blouse and black slides is another city-slicker style.  To dress-up your look, just add a cute pair of blocked heels.

When it comes to summertime, khaki culottes and crops go perfectly with espadrilles.  A pair of khaki crops worn with a white linen shirt, a Simon Miller bonsai bag tied with a scarf, and natural wedge espadrilles is a fabulous summertime look.  Another cool summer style is a pair of khaki culottes, black tee, black ring bag, and black espadrilles. Besides looking super stylish, both looks will jazz up your everyday style.

Want to look super trendy?  Then striped or printed crops and culottes are the look for you!  A look I adore on our Pinterest board is a pair of striped crops worn with a printed tee, a scarf, and orange block heels. To get you through the summer heat wave, think about wearing printed culottes. My board favorite is a pair of printed culottes worn with a white top tied at the waist.  And I love how they accessorized with Tory Burch sandals, a wicker tote and statement earrings….easy breezy!

 

Culottes and crops are a great look for the office and will definitely up your professional style game!  A trend I adore is a dress worn over these iconic pants. Our Pinterest board features a white wrap dress worn over a pair of camel culottes….beyond fabulous!  A pair of wide-leg white culottes worn with an army green t-shirt and complemented with orange heels and a leather tote will bring some fun and flair to your office style. Hmmm….maybe these polished outfits will even get you excited about going to work!

 You certainly can’t go wrong with denim crops…so comfy in the summer heat.  A crisp look is an oversized white tunic worn with rolled-cropped jeans paired with a Staud macramé and leather bucket bag.  If you do not own a pair of crop jeans, it’s so easy to create your own version by rolling up the hem of an old pair of jeans.  We are loving a pair of wide-rolled crop jeans worn with black strappy heels…so city sleek!

Anthropologie always seems to get it right with their on-trend seasonal styles, and we think their mid-rise denim culottes are perfectly perfect!  A culotte silhouette provides a refreshing update with their relaxed white jean. Their white cropped boot cut jeans are another board favorite….dress them up with an Anthro blue floral silk blouse, yellow clutch, and yellow cork platform heels.  

Any way you look at it, crops and culottes make for an ideal nine to five staple and also a fun weekend style!  The good news….they are great investment pieces because this trend is here to stay!

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 Summery Ideas for Wearing White

I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything that gives a cool summer vibe more than wearing “all white.”  Don’t you agree?  From professional work style to resort wear, we’ve got five awesome ideas on how to look cool and stay comfy all summer!

So, let’s get down to business!  If you work in an office environment where looking professional and keeping your cool is a must….think about wearing an all-white pantsuit.  Style star, Olivia Palermo, looks ultra-sophisticated wearing a white pantsuit and carrying a white clutch. A street style look from Milan Fashion week features a style star wearing a white Chanel pantsuit featuring crop pants.  How cool and classy does that sound?

From lunch with your girlfriends to happy hour with your hubby, a white summer dress is so fun and fresh!   An adorable lace shift dress, flats, and a summer hat is a cool summer look and perfect for alfresco dining.  If you are like me and like to wear skirts…no problem. It’s so easy to pair a white tee or shirt with a lace or crocheted skirt for instant summer glam!  We are loving style star, Olivia Palermo’s, wrap lace skirt and white tee ensemble. So fresh and so classy!

To jazz up your all-white outfit, a beautiful statement bnecklace will always take center stage.  We think the white turquoise necklace discovered on Pinterest deserves a standing ovation. Tory Burch always seems to get it right….her white lattice earrings and cuff are summer perfection.  Designer, Julie Voss, has a white pearl collection that is beyond fabulous. From her hinged pearl cuff to layers of bracelets, her designs are classic. Be sure to take a look at some of her stunning pieces on our Pinterest board.

White sandals, slides, and wedges will complete any white ensemble.  Sam Edelman’s lace-up white sandals are so versatile and go with everything from crops to a maxi skirts.  Summer slides are easy-breezy! You can go high-end with a pair of Hermes’ Oran slides, or bring the price down several notches with a pair of white Alibi slides from French Sole.  And of course….you can’t go wrong with a pair of Jack Roger’s white wedges. Both the mid-wedge cork and the rope-wedge will flatter your all-white summer style.

When it comes to resort wear, you can’t miss with an all-white ensemble.   So…where are you “resorting” this summer? Possibly the Biltmore in Arizona or maybe the the Breakers in Palm Beach?  Lucky you!!! Soooo…tennis or pickle ball anyone? Tuckernuck is known for their preppy style and their “all white” tennis ensembles will have you scoring big time.  And of course, we “love” all of Ralph Lauren’s classic white tennis ensembles.

 

Sitting poolside at a five-star resort calls for casual sophistication.  Once again, Tuckernuck comes through with beautiful white dresses that definitely make a fashion-splash! Their white Dani dress could double as a swimsuit cover-up, and their strapless Prin dress is perfectly perfect for poolside lounging. Excuse me, cabana boy….I would just love a vodka and tonic on the rocks, darling!

Click on photo for delish recipe from Piper Cooks

Hmmm….I think I will just live through you this summer, and I promise to behave myself…..“wink-wink”!!!  

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 Summertime Bohemian Trends

Summer is the perfect time to add a little bohemian flair to your style.  So let’s talk about bringing back a little nostalgia with tie-dye, kimonos, floral dresses, peasant tops, and artistic jewelry.   

I was in college in the mid-70s, and my favorite band was The Eagles.  So guess what I did last weekend? Yep, you guessed it…I took it “to the limit one more time”!  Actually, I was sitting in comfy seats at Cowboy Stadium….not exactly Woodstock but still a blast!   To channel my inner rocker-chick, I wore a tie-dyed maxi skirt with a knotted hem and a light blue denim button-down, tied at the waist with the sleeves rolled up. For an added boho-vibe, I wore a long beaded-tassel necklace and brown Sam Edelman gladiator sandals.

“All alone at the end of the evening…And the bright lights have faded to blue…I was thinking ‘bout a woman who might have loved me and I never knew”

When I think of bohemian style, tie-dye is always the first thing that comes to mind.  From skirts and tops to kimonos, this pattern is iconic boho. We are loving the orange tie-dyed kimono from Free People on our Pinterest board, and even better….it comes in six colors.  Besides concerts, a tie-dyed maxi is perfect for a summer mountain or beach vacation. Think about adding Indian inspired metal jewelry to complete the look.

“You know I’ve always been a dreamer (Spent my life running ‘round)…And it’s so hard to change (Can’t seem to settle down)”

I have to admit it’s rare for me to be rocking out at concerts these days. That being said, I do love finding ways to incorporate a bohemian look into my everyday summer style.  One way to do this is with a kimono. They are so easy to dress up with slacks, and even consider wearing one over your “little black dress”.   We think a floral kimono draped over a striped shirt or dress is so boho-adorable!

But the dreams I’ve seen lately…Keep turning out and burning out and turning out the same…So put me on a highway and show me a sign…and take it to the limit one more time”

Gypsy inspired floral dresses are ideal for an outdoor summer wedding or party.  The floral off-the-shoulder dress coupled with a heart-shaped basket bag is one of our Pinterest board favorites.  Be sure to add a cute pair of woven sandals, and plan to dance the night away! An adorable look from Spell & Gypsy Collective is a pink floral maxi dress….and for daytime, think about wearing flowers in your hair!  To shop gypsy inspired styles, visit Spell & The Gypsy Collective. 

“You can spend all your time making money and you can spend all your love making time…If it all fell to pieces tomorrow…would you still be mine?”

A flowy trend that lends itself to a bohemian look is the peasant blouse. Have I mentioned how much I love these beautiful tops? Anthropology and Free People have an awesome selection to choose from, so be sure to browse our Pinterest board.  Two of my Anthro favorites are their Star and Solitaire peasant tops. Wear them with jeans and add a fun pair of fringe earrings!

“And when you’re looking for your freedom (nobody seems to care) and you can’t find the door (can’t find it anywhere)”

Bohemian jewelry tends to be bold and artistic.  We are loving all of the white lace and crocheted dresses on our Pinterest board adorned with white shell necklaces and bracelets….such a fun way to add a beach boho look to your summer style.  A long white shell necklace complements a pink peasant top from Floryday. Another iconic bohemian look is an ankle bracelet. With Urban Outfitter’s celestial themed charm anklet, I’m pretty sure you will want to take a walk in the moonlight!

“When there’s nothing to believe in…still you’re coming back, you’re running back…You’re coming back for more”

From summer parties and picnics to concerts and vacations, we hope you have been inspired to add a little bohemian flair to your summer style.  And who knows…you may even want to consider “taking it to the limit one more time”!!!

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: All American Style

We think dressing for the 4th of July can be tricky.  You don’t want to look like a walking flag, yet you may want a patriotic-festive look.  So we’ve put together some outfits on our Pinterest board that feature our country’s colors in a fun and stylish way.  And the good news….these are looks that you can wear all summer!

What says “all American” more than stripes?  From dresses to skirts, let’s talk about how to incorporate this fun pattern in your everyday summer style. A classic July 4th outfit is a blue and white striped skirt, white blouse and an adorable straw hat.  Gal Meets Glam blogger and her bestie show off their “all American” style wearing adorable striped sundresses while entertaining friends.  The Lush List blogger shares her patriotic hospitality in an adorable red striped dress.

There are so many fun striped summer tops on our Pinterest board.  One of our favorites is the starry, striped off-the-shoulder top from Anthropology. Wear it with jeans, shorts or a skirt, and you’re ready for a fun celebration. Wanting to make a statement?  Then think about wearing a gorgeous top like the one from IBU’s Ali McGraw collection….just add white jeans and a statement piece of jewelry.

 Striped handbags and shoes are another way to add flair to a festive 4th ensemble.  So…who loves rick-rack?  We do, and we are major crushing on the ruffle slides trimmed in striped rick-rack from Tuckernuck.  Top Shop’s striped espadrilles pair well with summer dresses, skirts and jeans. Mark and Graham offer a rattan and navy striped canvas circle hand bag in white and brown.  Trust me on this one….it will be the best $49 fashion investment you make this summer!

Peasant tops are a summer essential, so think about wearing one to a July 4th concert or picnic. The angular two-toned blue striped peasant top with red embroidery and tassels from Anthropology will transition from an afternoon picnic to a night of firework watching.  And their blue embroidered peasant top gives a romantic vibe to this bohemian style. A long embroidered tunic top can work three ways…as a top, a dress and as a swim suit cover up….a “must pack” for your summer vacation.  

 Are you planning to attend a Ranger’s game this summer?  A Ranger’s t-shirt is definitely “all American”. To add some flair, a pair of red fringed earrings from Madewell will up your style game.  A scarf with tassels is always a bonus, and patriotic sunshades are a necessity for a sunny day at the ballpark. Sounds like a “grand slam” to me!  

Maybe you are planning a beach vacation for the 4th?  The nautical bag on our Pinterest board would be perfect for a seaside picnic….anchors away! Summer shorts or white jeans worn with a blue checked shirt, red wicker bag and white sandals is the perfect outfit for a sea shell hunting expedition. For a fun family dinner at the local crab shack, red culottes and sneakers will keep you stylishly comfortable. A “shore thing” to give your outfit a pop is the Kate Spade red crab handbag.  So…who wants to take a walk on the beach?

No matter how you plan to celebrate our country’s Independence Day or any fun summer activity, just know….a cute red, white and blue outfit will add a stylish spark to your celebration!

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 Easy Summer Trends

Summer is here, and it’s time to start wearing summer shoes, bags, embroidery, and hats….four easy summer trends!  

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.  We are loving all the summer sandals and slides. Sam Edelman’s Carter slide is adorable and a great price point ($80).  There are so many great color choices between Tory Burch’s iconic Miller sandal and the classic Jack Roger’s sandal. For a preppy look, you can’t miss with a Jack Rogers sandals worn with anything Lily Puiltzer.  A cute look on our Pinterest board shows a bright blue and pink Lily dress complemented by a pair of white Jack Roger’s sandals. So easy and so preppy!

Espadrilles will bring flirtatious fun to your summer style!  From sandals to wedges, there is an array of summertime options.  We are major crushing on two looks from the blog, Gal Meets Glam. One of her looks is a blue eyelet dress paired with yellow Castaner espadrilles and a basket bag. Another charming look is a floral dress complemented with coral-pink Castaner espadrilles shown with a macramé basket tote. Plus we are featuring some really cute espadrilles from Dillard’s on our Pinterest board!  So easy and so adorable!

If you are carrying a wicker or wooden bag this summer, then you are obviously in the fashion-know!  We are loving all of the round wicker bags….from J McLaughlin, Zara, and Cult Gaia….just to name a few.  Besides being the ideal summer bag, these adorable round bags are also resort-ready. Point proven with the white sundress matched with Cult Gaia’s round Stella bag.  And a pair of white culottes paired with a round wicker bag is the perfect look for any five-star resort! So easy and so resort ready!

This season’s “it bag” is definitely Cult Gia’s wooden ark bag www.cultgaia.org.  Two places to find a copy of this iconic bag is at Hemline in Clearfork and, for a great price, look online at Amazon Fashion.  For a little flair, I like to tie a scarf on my wooden ark bag and wear it with everything from pants to midi and maxi skirts. When I wear it with a pair of wide-leg denim pants, I like to tie a red check scarf on my bag.   For a night on the town, I dress it up with a black maxi skirt topped with a white sash blouse, and for a pop, I add a color block scarf. So easy and so trendy!

Don’t you just love summer embroidery?  A blue embroidered maxi skirt paired with a white peasant top and a round blue wicker bag is perfect for any summer soiré.  One of my favorite places to find beautiful embroidered clothes is Anthropology. Want to add some flair to your summer style?  Then think about a pair of slip-on embroidered shoes from Anthro matched with checked culottes with tassel trim. So easy and so festive!    

So what shouts summertime more than a cute straw hat?  Nothing…right? We are crushing on Draper James’ iconic “Freddie fedora” straw hat with its two-toned blue band.  Blogger, Kelly in the City, wears a cute straw hat with a black bow from Vineyard & Vine….perfect for a weekend at the lake.  We are also loving Madewell’s packable straw hat….because you know you will be taking it on a vacation! So easy and so vacay ready!  

 

Four easy trends to start your summer off…summer shoes, bags, embroidery, and hats.   So easy and so summertime trendy!

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: 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.