What Would Holley Wear: Grandmother Edition

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn to take over the keyboard today…sharing tips on how on how to be “One Hip Grandma” in the fashion department…

Talk about twist, this week is definitely a “fashion twist” for me!  Why?  Because we are babysitting our 18-month old grandson for a week.  This is exciting and scary at the same time…not because of the baby but because of me.  What will I wear all week?  I will be trading in ladies luncheons, shopping trips, and committee meetings for playdates, train rides and a trip to the zoo.

So, two thing you will need to know about me:

  1.  I’m a Grandmother to three precious children
  2.  I don’t dress like a Grandmother (or at least that’s my goal)

That being said, I have learned over the past nine years how to dress in my own “grandmotherly” way when I am with my three grandchildren. We spend a lot of time on the floor, going up and down stairs, playing with balls, riding scooters and bikes, and taking walks.

Here is my Grandmother uniform for this week and pretty much anytime I am hanging out with my grandchildren…

  1.  Shoes.  My three favorite pairs are my Nike running shoes, my Converse sneakers and a pair of leather dressy sneakers I purchased in Aspen this summer.  When it comes to my sneakers I don’t skimp on the price or quality.  When it’s cold outside, I have a great pair of flat Aquatalia boots from Stanley Eisenman’s Fine Shoes that I run around in.  When I say “these boots are made for walking” I really mean it!
pink-nikes
Mrs. Twist has seen Lolly about town in this. Pink Nikes for sure.
converse
Converse Sneakers are on-trend

2. Bottoms — Nylon walking pants, jeans and a midi skirt are my go-to’s.

Mrs. Twist’s turnDon’t let the athletic pants scare you.  Spanx has just launched an entire line of leggings — both active and everyday guaranteed to make you look like Gisele Buendchen. Check out their leggings guide here.

I love jeans.  If I could I would wear them everyday.  Do you know why? Because I have found jeans that fit me and are comfortable. If you don’t think you can wear jeans — you are WRONG! You may have to make a day of it, but visit places like Chico’s, Gap, Talbots, and Nordstrom where you can find someone to help you try on, and try on until you find the right pair for you.  They are perfect with Converse kicks, boots and heels.  Dress up or down.

tie-waist-look3.  Tops — t-shirts, a casual tuck in blouse, or a long tunic.

4.  Jackets — sports jackets, jean jackets, blazer, or puffer vest.  One of my favorite trends is to tie a shirt or jacket around my waist or drape it over my shoulders.  I may start out the day wearing the jacket if it is cool outside, but once it warms up, I tie it around my waist or drape it.  It serves three purposes — keeps me warm, keeps me from losing it, and has a slimming effect (covers the derriere).

 

 

Mrs. TwistI like puffer vests.  I have been inspired recently with monogrammed vests.  What a fun way to personalize your outfit and it would make a darling gift for Christmas.  You can find inexpensive vests everywhere and spend about $10 for monogramming.

monogrammed-puffer-vest
monogrammed puffer vest
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Leggings, sweater, vest, boots and scarf. It’s all about layering.

bandana-scarf5.  Accessories — sun shades, baseball cap, backpack or shoulder strap or cross-body bag A scarf is the perfect all-weather accessory either an infinity scarf when it’s cool (like the above photo) or another way to jazz up my playground style is with a blanket scarf you can wrap around your shoulders.  If you want to look super trendy, tie a bandana around your neck (choker style), or on your backpack and even around your wrist.

sunnies-and-baseball-capSunshades are not only a necessity but an accessory with a lot of pop! There are so many options and price points.  Back in the day, I only purchased expensive designer shades.  But after losing or breaking them, I started buying less expensive brands.  Backpacks are so in style now and there are great embellished ones.  Though, I tend to stick with my classic Longchamp backpack that’s great for travel and the playground. One of my absolute go-to fashion accessories is a baseball cap.  My three favorites are my plaid Burberry, my monogrammed cap and my Yale University cap (a gift from my youngest son).  Truthfully, I wear them on bad hair days, but it’s comforting to know they also make me look stylish and smart!

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Merona for Target Suede Tote

Mrs. Twistmy favorite accessory for the fall is a suede tote.  You can throw everything in it from your tablet to sippy cups and cheerios.  I saw this one at Target the other day. $39 and comes in seven chic colors including my favorite for fall burgandy!  Makes me want to put a bottle of wine in there…

Believe it or not, we actually do go with our grandchildren to church, movies and restaurants and that’s when I “might” make a few style substitutes.  For example, I might exchange out the sneakers for a pair of flats or boots, wear black jeans or slacks, add a blouse or tunic, a blazer or coat and a few accessories.  On warm days, I might wear a light weight midi skirt, a blouse that I tie at the waist or a t-shirt and add flats or flat boots.  The main idea is to be comfortable and adaptable to a child’s world. Because no matter what I wear when I’m babysitting, it has to meet the shake, rattle and roll test but with a “fashion twist” of course!

Be sure to check out this week’s updated Pinterest style board to show you how to add some style to your everyday look, even if you are just hanging out on the playground with your kiddos.

 

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

What Would Holley Wear: Steal Her Style

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn to take the keyboard over today to share tips for shopping on a budget.  Here’s Holley’s secrets to shopping on a budget…

People’s Style Watch magazine has a section called “Steal Her Style.”  They feature a celebrity wearing an expensive outfit and then show a less expensive way to copy it.  Since imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, why not copy these celeb-looks at real-people prices?  Though I never exactly copy a look, I do get inspiration from Pinterest and fashion magazines.  But the main thing you need to know about me is that I always shop on a budget.

Today, a lot of women shop and order online from ASOS, Stitch Fix, directly from stores and other fashion websites.  For some people, that saves time but to be honest, I still like to go into stores and try on clothes. The stores I like to shop in that offer great prices for trendy and classic pieces are H&M, Forever 21, Zara, Target, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, and the junior departments at Dillard’s and Nordstrom.  And YES, those stores really do have clothes and accessories for women “my age.”  Why these stores?  Because most of them are a 15 minute drive or less from my house.  And after I try on the clothes and know what fits and looks good on me, I can go online and see if there are other colors that are not available in the store.  When I’m visiting my son in New York, I always make a few visits to Zara.

All that being said, here’s how my brain works when I’m shopping:

  1.  I look for basics like slim fit pants at H&M.  They come in different colors and the main thing is they fit me well and the waist doesn’t stretch out ($19.99).  Plus, I’m tall and the length works for me.
  2. The next basic item I look for are blouses and I tend to favor flowy blouses.  One of the reasons is they pair well with jeans, skinny pants, and skirts and make me look smaller on bottom.
  3. My next mission is to look at the jackets and coats in these stores.  Since jackets and coats are a little more expensive, I have to really think about what I will wear them with.  Remember  one of “Holley Rules” — how many ways can I wear this?  So, if the jacket will look great with a pair of jeans and with a skirt I wear to church, or if it will jazz up a pair of slacks for a social event, then I go for it!
  4. Another tip is to always look at the sale rack first.  The good news is that shopping in less expensive stores sometimes means you don’t have to worry about sales.  Though, I always check there first!
  5. And last, but not least, I go to the accessories.  All of the stores I listed have trendy and classic jewelry, scarves, belts, and handbags.  Their price points are in my budget, too.

I have lost count of the number of times friends have said to me, “you look fabulous, but if I wore that, I would look stupid.”  (Mrs. Twist here – yes, I do think this!).  NOT TRUE…once you learn how to shop, know your fit, and wear your clothes with confidence, you will look stylish and feel amazing!  I have also lost count of the number of times store clerks at Neiman Marcus have said to me, ” Your outfit is amazing!  Did you purchase it here?”  And for me, that just says it all…to look stylish, not break the bank, and mainly feel good about yourself is what style is all about!

Okay, back to me.  Holley pinned a lot of great stuff on our Pinterest Holley Williams Style board this week.  Many pieces are from one of my favorite stores — Target.  Raise your hand if you had a day to do anything you want completely by yourself you’d wander the aisles of Target with a latte?  I have really been crushing on their Who What Wear Collection — effortless and chic streetwear for all.  Here are a few of my faves…

leather-pleated-skirt

Holley would probably suggest wearing this with a front tucked tshirt and a bomber jacket.  I probably would wear it with a tucked in blouse and cardigan with an animal print belt to accentuate the waist and pointy toe pumps in a fun color like burgandy or teal.

This is the Faux Leather Birdcage Skirt and comes in both women and plus sizes.  Priced at only $32.99.

 

 

zip-pouch

The Zip Pouch comes in this color and black and cream.  I love the suede tassel detail.  It’s 9×12 so you could actually get a lot in here.  Right now it’s on clearance for $13.98.  Think Christmas and have your initials monogrammed on the center panel.  Chic.

 

tunicI am not sure I could wear this, but I would like to try it on.  I’m short, but something like this with skinny jeans and pointy toe pumps might make me look 6 feet on fleek!

The mock neck tunic is only $24.99.  During cold weather, you could pair this with a cute blouse.

 

 

 

peep-toe-bootieI bought a pair of peep toe booties from Target last fall and they have worn well.  A wardrobe staple, you can wear them with jeans, ankle pants and skirts.

This one is from ZooShoo and is priced at only $29.

So that’s a wrap for this week’s installment of What Would Holley Wear.  Be sure to visit our Pinterest page to check even more ideas for fashionable steals!

 

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

What Would Holley Wear? Three Must Haves for Fall

what-would-holley-wear-2I am so excited that Holley Williams will be joining me as a guest blogger on the topic of fashion.  I enjoy staying on-trend and adding to my wardrobe every season, but I was lacking on ideas to share with you.  Plus, we all get in a style rut and need occasional inspiration.

Since Holley is a personal stylist and an expert on what to wear when I thought she would give Home with a Twist some street cred on the fashion scene.

Holley will share relevant topics staying true to these key rules…

  1. Be creative with your wardrobe
  2. Tell a story of who you are
  3. Convertible clothing — new purchases should be worn at least three different ways
  4. Timeless style

Holley will elaborate more on “Holley Rules” over time.  We will also be posting examples of each weekly topic to our style board on Pinterest — Holley Williams Style

Three Must-Haves for Fall — Bomber Jacket, Pleated midi skirt, and flowy blouse.

A bomber jacket can carry your entire wardrobe throughout the fall and winter.  For a casual look, pair it with a t-shirt, and flared or skinny jeans. Make sure your t-shirt is half tucked in the front. To take it up a notch, wear your jacket with a midi skirt.  Add heels and the next thing you know…you be lookin’ super fly! (Holley told me to say this).

bomber-jacket-two-waystucked-in-blouse-with-wide-leg-jeansFlowy Blouse.  You can style your flowy blouse to look boho with a pair of wide leg jeans.  Take it up a notch with a metallic belt.

Fashion Tip #1:  Wear the flowy blouse with large accessories. large+large=awesome.

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Fashion Tip #2 Pair a midi skirt with ankle boots for an updated look. This hits all of Holley’s points with the bomber jacket, tucked in t-shirt and pleated skirt.

midi-with-ankle-boot

midi-with-bomber-around-shouldersTip #3 Wear the bomber around the shoulders.  I didn’t wear a bomber jacket to work today, but I did wear a cardigan which is my totally favorite fashion staple.  I felt so uber chic wearing it on my shoulders with my sunnies on, holding a latte.

Wanna take your after-five look from typical to stylish?  Add a touch of metallic.  The belt and tulle skirt is perfect for cocktails with friends.

Holley’s services include:

  • Closet inventory to make a list of what you need and what you don’t need anymore of.
  • Seasonal shopping
  • Closet organization
  • Wardrobe Consultation

All of Holley’s fashion finds today can be paired several different ways and with almost anything in your closet.  Be sure to visit our Pinterest Board to see these ideas and more.  To schedule a consultation with Holley email [email protected]

What d’Orsay about this spring shoe?

Popular for spring is the d’Orsay style shoe and Target’s Sam and Libby brand has the cutest pair for spring.

The d’Orsay is named after Count Alfred G.G. d’Orsay, French society leader and arbiter of fashion.  By definition, a d’Orsay is a woman’s shoe in which the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and sides are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot.  They can either be flats or heels.

I own both of these shoes.  In my fashion world two things are true:  Every woman should own a pair of animal print shoes because they go with everything and give your wardrobe a certain unexpected spark; and second you should own a pair of pointy toe heels.  They make your legs look long and can be worn with ankle pants, flared jeans, or any style of skirt.

Right now, I think Target has these shoes for $23.99 and they are true to size and very comfortable.

What new spring style are you sporting?

Get to the Point

I love pointy-toed shoes.  I added a few to my spring wardrobe from Ninewest.  They are having a 30% off sale right now so you can scoop up some good deals.  Plus, Ninewest makes good quality shoes that will hold up from season to season.

The thing I like about pointy ballet flats is that they are a flattering silhouette on most everyone.  I think they can also look dressy if needed.  Very versatile, ballet flats can go with jeans, a skirt or a dress.  Think about it…have you ever seen Audrey Hepburn look bad in a photo?

I love this style called the Anyamarie Slingback flat.  The orange is so pretty, and of course the basic black go-with-everything color. 

 
They even have them in the popular hue this season of nude. Normally for a pencil skirt, I would say go with a higher heel, but with the added touch of a dressy gold buckle I think you could wear this shoe as an alternative to heels.

Here’s a little selfie of my feet sporting the Histericks Hot Pink flats.  They are so comfortable. 

Because on Wednesdays, we wear pink.  What are you wearing this Wednesday?  Make it fab!

A visit from Stylish Holley

Miss Bee is not unlike anyone when it comes to the old “what am I going to wear” while standing half dressed in the closet 10 minutes before needing to be at church.  So I enlisted the help of my friend, Stylish Holley. 

She came over one afternoon after school and worked with Miss Bee going through her closet helping her to make outfits with what she already had.

First, Miss Stylish asked Miss Bee what her “go-to” clothes were – things like jeans, a denim jacket, items of clothing Miss Bee would most likely wear on a regular basis.  They purged clothing that was either too small or not wanted.  Then, Holley laid out on the bed the top favorite pieces and started to build a wardrobe with them.  I sat with a cup of tea in the beanbag chair — silent and motionless.  I did blurt out a few “oh, that’s cute” every once in a while.  But, I tried to be quiet as this was Miss Bee’s time to shine.

Miss Stylish came up with a ton of winning outfits.  She was really on trend with the teen scene.  We photographed each one Miss Bee liked to print and place in a binder so when she needs inspiration for an outfit, she can refer to her own book.  Miss Stylish also suggested a memo board in the closet to pin outfit inspiration from our photos as well as photos from magazines and catalogs.
Here’s just a few outfits we pulled together…

Orange jeans, white t-shirt, and an infinity scarf with black Gladiator sandals.

Same white t-shirt, only this time with light pink jeans and sleeveless denim jacket.
You can’t see it, but she also added a sparkly, floral statement necklace.

Strapless dress, with red cardi (sleeves rolled up) and same black Gladiator sandals.

After we put together about 25 outfits, Stylish Holley helped Miss Bee make a list of “must haves” for spring.  This not only makes shopping easier, it helps us to save money so we don’t keep buying the same thing over and over.  She suggested we visit the mall during the week after school when it’s not so crowded and work our way down the list of items.  Top items were white jeans, ballet flats, a white button down shirt, and a few more scarves.

It was fun working with Holley and I think it gave Miss Bee a great foundation for what’s to come with keeping her wardrobe fresh.  Miss Bee was Stylish Holley’s first teen client as she usually works with and shops for grown up ladies.  But, if you have a teen in need of fashion help, let me know and I will put you in touch with Holley.

Buzz on Fashion — The Perfect White Shirt

If you are going to invest in anything new in your wardrobe each season, it must be a new white button down shirt.  I found one at Ann Taylor.  This really is the perfect white shirt.

It’s semi fitted, with a great fabric that’s crisp — a blend of cotton, nylon and spandex.  The collar will stay up and it’s fitted enough that you could wear it tucked in or out with a belt.  You must own at least one fitted button down.  It’s slimming and looks great on everyone.  Plus, they have other colors — like the color “rose petal” which is really in this spring.

As my stylish friend Holley says, “when you add something new to your closet it must be clothing you can wear at least three different ways.”  This white shirt will go with a pencil skirt, jeans, or under a spring sweater.  Three. Bam.

If $69.50 is more than you want to spend on a shirt (remember it’s quality you are after), then wait. Ann Taylor runs great sales and you can catch a deal.   That way you can purchase two, so you always have one that is clean. 

Go forth, and be stylish.

Swarm of Bees

Melissa means honey bee in Greek.  When I find something that speaks bee, I pick it up.  Every once in a while someone treats me to a bee bauble.  Like yesterday, my Lolly and my Goddaughter  Annie treated me to the pink bee confection on my wrist above (yikes, my skin looks old!).

It’s from Brighton’s newest collection My Flat in London.

Their catalog is darling with all kinds of things I love.  Handbags, baubles, scarves.  Here are a few images from their wallpaper you can save to your computer..

 
 
And this pretty much sums up the scene at breakfast with Cindy yesterday.  I’m in black.  Cindy got eaten by the Cheetah while I was getting her more hazelnut coffee.  Nice handbags, by the way.
 


For the story on how my name came to bee…check out a vintage blog segment.  Have a fab Friday, darling!

What to Wear Wednesday

Here’s my summer time outfit I sported today…

Started with my new “M” initial earrings from Sister Bee.  Love them!

Add polka dot shorts from Old Navy.  I stocked up on
new shorts back at the first of spring when they
were on sale.  Trying to keep jogging shorts for
exercise and not running errands.
 

 
Mix in a Vera Bradley paisley reversible belt.
I scored several of these a few years back on clearance.
I love them.  Add a bright yellow Isaac Mizrahi t-shirt
from QVC…and Miss Bee’s toes.

 
Finish with my fun slip-on tennis shoes from
Old Navy.
 
 
This spells a fun day.