Holley’s Mother’s Day Tribute

When it comes to moms, I was blessed with the best.  So, in honor of my beautiful mother, I’m dedicating this article to her.

With sewing being one of mom’s many talents, I give her the credit for instilling in me a sense of fashion.  My favorites were the dozens of church dresses she made for me when I was growing up.  For today’s church lady, one of J McLaughlin’s spring dresses paired with a wicker bag is a great way to show off your Sunday best.  And from Mother’s Day photos to springtime occasions, Anthropologie’s mother-daughter capsule is sure to bring joy!  

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“Could someone pass the rolls, please?”   In our family, mom is known for her outstanding cooking and her impressive collection of Southern Living cookbooks….just as sacred as the family bible.  Speaking of cooking, Anthropologie has cooked up the cutest selection of aprons….almost makes me want to start cooking again.  If you are looking for a special gift for your mom, their feminine dish and tea towels are a thoughtful gift for any culinary aficionado.  

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Lake Ouachita in Arkansas is where our family spent our summers.  I especially loved all the cute short sets mom made for me to wear at the lake.  Talbots’s short selection should be a mainstay for your warm-weather wardrobe.  My pick is their timeless Bermuda shorts in colorful solids and fun prints.  And their summer pull-up shorts do double duty…wear them to run errands or as a swimsuit coverup.  

Back in the day, bridge club was a big part of mom’s social life.  From her bridge skills to her entertaining flair, mom hosted bridge club with style.  It’s so easy to look stylish in a pair of classic Talbot’s pants…ideal for any bridge or Mahjong game.  From their pink gingham crops to their green floral pants…I’m loving all the ways to style them.   Though, just between you and me….I think mom’s bridge club was just a little bit about bridge and a whole lot about lifetime friendships.

So, to my mom and all the wonderful role models in my life….I’m sending Happy Mother’s Day wishes and blessings!  

 

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].  

 

Spring Skirt Trends

There is nothing like a midi or maxi skirt that makes the transition from spring to summer so easy!   What Would Holley Wear has all the spring skirt trends for spring.

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So, let’s start with something fun….like a polka-dot skirt.  If you are looking to connect the dots, look no further than a Mango brown polka-dot skirt.  They feature it with an adorable matching top and I’m loving it with a blouse and belt.   And speaking of connecting the dots…don’t you think  Nordstrom’s polka-dot handbag is spot on? 

Looking for the perfect party skirt?  Whether the party is on your patio or at a fabulous resort, an embroidered maxi skirt makes an exotic statement.  Anthropologie gives us two bold choices with a yellow or green embroidered skirt.  These beauties can go casual paired with a t-shirt or deliver the ultimate party look when paired with a matching tank or a flowy blouse.

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Ruffled and tiered skirts are major trending this spring and summer.  For a fun resort look, an Anthro floral ruffle skirt is extra flirty!  If you love tiers as much as we do, you’ll love Ro Garden’s three print blue tiered skirt.  Wear it belted with a woven clutch and add a festive bracelet from the Accessory Concierge.  

Looking for a blue jean replacement?  Then look no further than a denim skirt.  We think an H&M pencil skirt should be a wardrobe staple.  To give it a preppy vibe, pair it with a striped tee topped with a cashmere cardigan.  For a fresh look in denim skirts, Anthropologie’s tiered midi or button-front pencil skirt will add a  little extra style to your preppy look!  

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Do your summer plans include taking a walk on the beach?  With a botanical print….an Anthropologie maxi is all about looking chic-at-the-beach.  And don’t you think their multi-print ruffle skirt matches perfectly with a Lowe’s ruffle raffia bagMara Hoffman’s wrap skirt in a multi-color palm print also gives a tropical feel.  To round off your look, wear your skirt with a cute pair of sandals from Saks.  

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With so many flirty and festive skirt options, I kind of think we’ve got this spring to summer transition thing figured out!  Don’t you?  

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].  

 

Amazon Spring Favorites

When we think of springtime, the word that comes to mind is refreshing!  And with Holley’s amazing selection of spring styles at Amazon, there is no excuse not to refresh your wardrobe!

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A classic French look is a pair of jeans, a striped tee, and a trench coat.  Such an easy look to copy with one of Amazon’s trench coats and striped t-shirts.  So, who can meet for lunch at la Madeline?  And even when it’s raining, one of Amazon’s colorful trenches will brighten up your day!  

An Amazon blazer is another great way to dress up a denim.  My favorite is their white double-breasted blazer with gold buttons here or here so stylish with blue jeans, a white tee, and their two-toned loafers.  We’re also loving how a navy military style blazer paired with a printed t-shirt and jeans gives a trendy vibe.  

It’s definitely time to transition your winter handbag to a fun spring bag.  For a stylish springtime look, bamboo bags are so on-trend.  Amazon has so many fabulous choices….and without the designer price tag.  Trust me on this one…whether you choose one of their rectangle or round bags, the compliments will never cease.  

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When it comes to spring, an eyelet shirt is the perfect match for a blazer and jeans combo and so cute paired with a skirt.  We’re smitten with an Amazon flowy top with dramatic eyelet sleeves….which comes in white or black.   One of their oversized shirts is so versatile….wear it belted, as a swimsuit coverup, with jeans or as a dress.  Any way you look at it….Amazon’s got you covered here, here, here and here.

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Make that a maxi please!  A maxi skirt paired with a t-shirt or button-down tied at the waist or belted has spring style written all over it.  From a striped preppy skirt to a floral bohemian maxi, their choices seem to be endless.  If you want to add a little spring to your step, you will love Amazon’s wildflower loafers and embroidered mules.  Check our Pinterest page for more styles.

Isn’t it refreshing to know you can update your spring wardrobe with just one little Amazon Fashion click?

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].  

Spring Favorites from J.Crew

“Easy Does It” is J.Crew’s motto for spring, and I totally relate.  How about you?

Let’s start with shirts.  Their shirts come in three fits…slim, classic, and relaxed.  One of my faves is their classic fit shirt with a ruffled collar and cuffs.  It goes great with jeans and cargos and comes in four colors.  This spring, I’m wearing the white one with a pair of their wide-leg jeans.  And if you like to half-tuck your shirt or tie it at the waist, you’ll love one of their relaxed-fit poplin shirts.  

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J.Crew’s selection of blazers is ideal for our spring climate.  We’re loving a plaid boyfriend blazer worn over a chambray shirt combined with jeans or cargos and sneakers….the ultimate in preppy style.  We are also enamored with their open-front Sophie sweater blazer…available in 10 colors.  My spring preppy-pick is their denim jacket coupled with white straight-leg jeans and a classic chambray shirt.  

How many ways can you wear cashmere?  From crewneck sweaters, scarves, joggers, to socks, J.Crew’s choices seem to be endless.  What better way to transition to spring than with a colorful crewneck sweater?  From their soft pastels to their vibrant hues…spring never looked so classic.  And to add a little style flair, think about tucking in a buttoned-down cashmere cardigan.  

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For the latest in comfort, you can’t miss with a pair of J.Crew joggers.  So what sounds more luxurious than cashmere joggers?  The only thing I can think of is a cashmere pullover/jogger combo.  Their fleece joggers and matching sweat sets are just as comfy….a great look for running errands or just hanging out at the house. 

“Pajama party of one”….your jammies are ready.  Lucky for you…no more stealing his pajamas.  With J.Crew’s take on “borrowed-from-the-boys” classic design in crisp men’s shirting…your night shift just got a little more comfy.  Wondering what the chicest way is to get eight hours of Z’s?  That would be a J.Crew eye mask….the perfect complement to your pajama party.  

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Does style get any easier than that?  I don’t think so!

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].  

Work From Home: How to Convert a Closet into an Office

Do you have a home office or space to claim as your own?  What Would Holley Do?  Repurpose a closet, spare bedroom, or cozy nook into a “cloffice”….an office/closet combo.   How refreshing!

When I’m writing articles, I work from my home office which also doubles as my wardrobe styling closet.  Recently, I did a little organizing and gave it a fresh minimalistic makeover.   When I’m putting outfits together, I bring in a roller rack and use the desk space for organizing accessories….instant closet!  BTW….it makes my neat-freak husband so happy to walk into a pristine office!

This is where Holley writes all her great fashion posts!

If you have space, a “cloffice” is a great way to make the most of a large walk-in closet or spare room.  When designing a “cloffice”, think about your own personal style.  For example, if you love color…style a space accented with bright colors.  Having a window in a closet is a huge bonus.  With all the natural light, you can paint the walls a fun color or cover them with vibrant wallpaper.  

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“Cloffices” are not only for style influencers…even home builders have caught on to this fabulous combo.  They typically call their spaces…pocket offices.  That way, the homeowner can use the space to fit their lifestyle.  Any hobby from wardrobe styling, gift wrapping, to crafting is ideal for a pocket office.  

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And here’s the good news…you don’t have to have a huge closet, spare room, or new construction to create a “cloffice”.  We’re sharing ideas from HGTV and Domino on our Pinterest board that demonstrate how to turn a small closet or cozy nook into a cloffice/pocket office.  Some have doors and can be closed off, and others are open and tucked away in a corner.  All you need is a little imagination!  

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So here’s the deal….if you are working from home these days, having your own personal space is a necessity…and so refreshing!  

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].  

Pretty Sweaters for Spring

Spring can’t come fast enough!  Right?  But with so many beautiful sweater options….I kind of wish it would stay cool just a bit longer. Let’s see What Would Holley Wear!

Ann Taylor’s ruffled shoulder sweaters in lilac and lemon lend a feminine touch to a jean ensemble.  Or pair them with a faux leather skirt or slacks…either way, you will love their flirty flair.  An Ann Taylor long or short cardigan is a great way to layer during the winter to spring transition.  BTW…we think their long plaid boyfriend cardigan checks all the boxes!  

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Speaking of trendy…we’re loving H&M’s selection of boxy sweaters.  It doesn’t get any trendier than a neon green or light purple turtleneck sweater.  Wear them with jeans or with a skirt or even over a dress….and don’t forget boots.  Wanting to dress up a tad?  H&M’s fine knit sweater with decorative gold buttons on the shoulder is the ideal spring sweater and comes in five colors.  

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The best way to trick Mother Nature is by wearing pastel and bright colors.  Talbot’s has got this down to a “T”!  With the polish of a jacket and the softness of a sweater, we’re enamored with their blue sweater jacket.  If you’re looking for a way to ease into spring, Talbot’s funnel neck sweater is the look for you.  And it comes in 8 beautiful colors….guaranteed to put a smile on your face!  

Looking for a way to express yourself?  An Express black and white color block sweater has “classic style” written all over it and goes great with black or white jeans.  For a little extra chicness, you will love one of their sweater jackets.  My picks are a long black cardigan with white trim and gold buttons or a white fringe open front sweater jacket.  Sounds a little Chanel-ish…don’t you think?

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Nordstrom’s selection of striped sweaters definitely welcomes springtime.  Their boatneck sweater….available in pink, navy, or light blue stripes delivers timeless style.  We’re loving how cashmere goes casual with an ultra-soft striped cardigan.  For a positive vibe, one of their pastel striped cardigan sweaters will definitely bring a chic touch to your spring sweater style!  

Sweater weather never looked so joyful and bright!  Don’t you agree?

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].  

How to Style a Sweatshirt

Remember when a sweatshirt was something you wore to P.E. class?  Not these days…they’ve made a comeback as a fashion statement.  And I can’t think of anything cooler than that.  Can you?  

City girls have been seen wearing sweatshirts under their suit jacket for some time now.  If you live in a cold climate….it makes sense.  Right?  Though, between you and me, I’m pretty sure they’re wearing them as a fashion statement….and not to be practical.  Whatever the reason…I’m loving the look.  For my citified look, I’m styling a camel hoodie with black leggings, boots, and a belted blazer!

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For a casual look, wear a sweatshirt with leggings or skinny jeans and an oversized denim jacket…just add sneakers or boots.  We’re loving a classic crewneck sweatshirt paired with jeans and mules topped with an oversized coat.  To give a skirt ensemble a youthful vibe, pair it with a sweatshirt and boots.  BTW…be sure to check out the sweatshirts and hoodies on Pinterest from Nordstrom Rack.

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.A printed sweatshirt or hoodie not only makes a statement but also adds a hint of coolness to an everyday look.  I was recently gifted a Chanel sweatshirt by a brand called Designer-ish.  It goes great with faux leather leggings and black boots.  I’ve even paired it with an animal print midi skirt.  If you’re looking for a trendy new designer, look no further than Anine Bing.  Any of her printed sweatshirts will compliment a blazer, jeans, and skirt.

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.Even if you’re still wearing your sweatshirt to the gym, it’s so easy to transition to an athleisure style after a workout.  To give your casual look a French vibe, wear a Paris sweatshirt with faux leather leggings and sneakers…Ooh la la!   Whether you’re taking the dog for a walk or just hanging out at Mutts….you’ll love all the dog lover printed sweatshirts on our Pinterest board.  And just so you know….they are wag-approved!  

I don’t know about you…but I’m loving all the new ways to transition my sweatshirts into cute outfits.  No sweat…right?  Be sure to head over to our Like to Know It or download the LiketoKnow.it app on your phone to shop pics via screenshot.

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].  

Holley’s Amazon Winter Favorites

So how many times have I referenced Amazon Fashion in my articles?  Too many to keep up with…right?  Since I can’t help myself, I’m sharing What Would Holley Wear – Favorite Amazon Fashions!  

No doubt, a shawl/poncho is a necessity during the winter months.  Amazon has a wonderful selection, and one of their reversible shawls/ponchos is definitely on my favorites list!  A style influencer on our Pinterest page shows us how versatile a navy plaid/striped shawl is for everyday style.  For a sophisticated look, I’m recommending one of their reversible checked ponchos…available in four color options.  

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We have a few more months to wear boots and Amazon has an amazing selection.  My favorites are Trask boots…highly rated, waterproof, and on sale for $99 (typically around $300).  I recently ordered a black leather pair that perfectly complements faux leather leggings and an oversized sweater.  If you’re wanting a fur-lined chunky boot, a pair of Doc Martens is the look for you. 

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Speaking of oversized sweaters…Amazon Fashion has so many awesome sweaters to choose from.  If you love a cable sweater, then you’re really going to love one of their chunky pullover cables….available in seven colors.  The same goes for their open front cable sweater…I’m a little partial to a purple one.  You too?  For a preppy look…wear an Amazon vest over a sweater or long-sleeved tee.

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If you are like me and really like a deal, Amazon Fashion has amazing designer-inspired copies.  A serpentine buckle wrapped around a black faux leather belt is the only way I’m letting a snake near me.  The good news is…it’s a great designer dupe for $12 vs the $750 designer belt.  A no-brainer….right?  And an Amazon pearl buckle belt will give a designer-ish vibe to your fabulous style! 

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.Another designer copy I’m partial to is their fur-lined mules.  We’re loving on our Pinterest page is how a fashion blogger wears her tan fur-lined Amazon mules with leggings and a sweater draped with a blazer.  So classy!  I typically wear my black fur-lined mules with skinny jeans and a blazer….ideal for our Texas weather.

So how many more times do you think I will be referencing Amazon Fashion in future articles?  Hmmm….I don’t think I can count that high!

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].  

Lovely Gift Ideas from The Shops at Clearfork

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Are you a member of the “Self-Love Club”?   If not, no worries because the membership is free and guaranteed to make you feel really good about yourself!  

Club Rule #1: It’s okay to treat yourself to a few of life’s luxuries…anything from a candle to lingerie, and of course a box of chocolates from Kate Weiser.  So here’s my idea….plan a “You Day”.  Make a reservation at Rise3 and afterward, browse The Shops at Clearfork.  If you live out of town, treat yourself to our What Would Holley Wear LTK an app that lets you shop straight from your favorite blogger’s pages!  Download the free app for iPhone here or IOS here.

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Club Rule #2:  Check out Stanley Eisenman’s Fine Shoes….just across the street from Rise3.  For kicking around, my favorite is their sneaker selection.  Whether you are looking for a stylish fitness or fashion sneaker….Stanley has it!  I love running errands in a pair of Veja sneakers, and for a brisk walk….their ON sneakers keep me on the move.

Club Rule #3:  Choose something elegant…because you deserve the best!  So what’s more elegant and classic than a Burberry scarf?  Give yourself a little hug wearing one of their monogrammed traditional plaid scarves.  A Burberry “love” scarf is ideal for your favorite Valentine….You!  One of their skinny scarves can actually do double duty…tie it on your handbag or wear it as a hair accessory.

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Club Rule #4:  Take time to browse the lingerie department at Neiman Marcus.  We’re loving a Johnny Was slip dress with matching robe, or maybe you prefer Natoria’s floral pajama set and elegant robe!  The ultimate…an Olivia Van Halle snake-print kimono…so luxurious!  Go for it…you know you deserve it! 

Club Rule #5:  Treat yourself to a bangle or two from Tiffany & Co.  We think, “What the world needs now is love sweet love.”  And I’m pretty sure a Tiffany heart bracelet shares love….and world peace!  A blue heart tag bracelet or their heart toggle bracelet are ideal for your everyday style.  For a delicate look, Tiffany heart bracelet in 18k gold is so sweet…and so you!  

Congratulations on your “Self-Love Club” membership.  And since we “heart” you….we’re sharing some lovely gift ideas from The Shops at Clearfork on our LTK page.   

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].  

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to refresh your closet, or style a boutique closet….let’s talk about building a capsule wardrobe.  Simply put…a capsule wardrobe is a set number of clothes that can mix and match with one another to create many outfits.

Be sure to visit Classy Yet Trendy for her step-by-step building a capsule wardrobe guide.

Typically you wear a capsule wardrobe for three months, and then you update it for the next season.  By having a set number of clothes per season, you limit your shopping….thus saving money!  And the good news…accessories, jewelry, shoes, workout clothes, and outerwear do not count.  To make it easy, I like to start in groups of three.  

For example….my winter capsule consists of 3 bottoms, 3 sweaters, 3 shirts, 3 blazers, and 3 skirts.  First, start with a color palette….mine is black, beige, gray, and camel.  Next, I add a coat, jacket, or accessory that compliments my capsule colors.   For a classy look, I’m loving a pair of black faux leather leggings paired with a belted black Michael Kors blazer.  To give my leggings a casual look, I wear them with an oversized sweater, animal print scarf, and black combat boots

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.The great thing about a capsule wardrobe….you can be minimalistic or you can add flair with accessories and jackets.  Around the house, I wear my gray jeans with an oversized turtleneck and beige booties from Nordstrom….easy peazy!   If I’m going out, I switch to a ruffled blouse topped off with a checked blazer, brown belt, and boots….and a handbag to complete the outfit.  If it’s cold out, I’ll add my camel coat.

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My pleated midi skirts go great with a sweater and belt.  If I’m going out, I dress them up with a black shearling jacket paired with tights and black booties.  For a casual look, I like to top off a mock-wrap denim skirt with a black puffer jacket or faux leather jacket and combat boots.  Here are some of my wardrobe layouts. Be sure to check out more content on my Pinterest.  

Remember the whole idea of a capsule wardrobe is to keep it simple.  Once you’ve picked your basics…the choices will seem almost endless!  

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].