What Would Holley Wear: Holiday Party Edition

Less than two weeks to Christmas and all those parties are happening. If you need inspiration, Holley is in the house today to put the “Merry” in your merriment!

My absolute favorite holiday parties are the ones hosted at a friend’s house or small get together at a restaurant or even office parties.  Since these parties tend to be more casual, the pieces you wear can be incorporated into your everyday work and casual wardrobe.

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I love to mix and match
  2. …and I love all the sparkles and textures this season!

What fashion piece shouts royal more than velvet?  To give yourself the royal treatment, think about wearing velvet pants. So, maybe you wore a fabulous velvet pantsuit to a cocktail party. Now it’s time to rethink the suit. Velvet pants look great with a sweater and even with a denim blouse tied at the waist.  A velvet jacket can go anywhere from a fun holiday party to being matched with your favorite pair of jeans.  All you have to do is dress it up or down with accessories.  Another great velvet option is velvet shoes or boots. Sound impractical?  Not really. Because after the parties, what a great way to add a happy pop to your winter wardrobe!  Cheaper than therapy, right?

Twinkle, Twinkle!  So much sparkle to choose from this season!  One of the things I love about holiday sparkle is when the sparkle continues after the holidays.

A fun party look is a sequined jacket or sweater. Pair it with satin slacks or with a pair of jeans. Add your party bling and you are ready to shine! And, don’t forget sequined leggings.  These put sparkle in the spotlight and you will want to stick with strappy metallic or neutral heels. They are the perfect kickoff for any luminous outfit.

Speaking of metallic, it is the perfect shine for the party season. And though it works great as a party outfit, I consider it a neutral texture that goes with everything. I have been in love with metallic for a long time. One of my favorite handbags is a silver metallic Coach bag. I carry it everywhere from church, to meetings, to a holiday party. Metallic pleated skirts were so popular at New York Fashion week and will continue to be on-trend this spring.  Just add a sweater and boots and there you have it…a fabulous party and everyday look.  If you plan to add one of the holiday textures to your wardrobe, make sure it is metallic!

Let’s do not forget office parties. Many time these gatherings are held at lunch time and you may be wearing a suit.  Think about substituting a satin or chiffon blouse with a bow either in a neutral color or a holiday color.  A great investment for this time of year would be a red coat.  Wear it over your suit to give it a holiday color pop.  Maybe your firm is hosting a holiday cocktail party in the evening. This is when you will want to add some sparkle and glitter!  There are so many great sequined and metallic skirts and pants to choose from.

For an office party, the main ideas is to keep the sparkle to one piece.  Add a flowy blouse or a sweater and keep your jewelry simple.  The whole idea is to look party-ish and stay classy.

Sparkle and shine a little much for you?  If that’s the case, then do what Holley would do!  Wear black and white because you can never go wrong with a classic black and white look.  Plus, I bet you already have the perfect black and white separates in your closet.

If it’s really cold out, add a fur jacket or fuzzy sweater and of course, think about adding a little bling to your classic look with jewelry and an evening bag.

The trick to staying classy is keeping it simple with just a hint of merry, of course!  Be sure to check out Holley Williams Style on Pinterest for more ideas.

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: A Holley Jolly Christmas

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn today to share ideas for what to wear when shopping for the perfect Christmas tree, how to wear a blanket scarf and stylish relaxed-wear for wrapping gifts and doing some on-line retail therapy. Grab a mug of cocoa and settle in for the delicious details.

Okay, fancy galas are not for everyone and I totally get that. So, two things you need to know about me:

  1.  My favorite Christmas traditions are very casual…
  2. And, these really don’t require a “stylish” wardrobe.  Or do they?

christmas-wreathLet’s start with shopping for a tree.  Because of allergies in our family, this has not been one of our family traditions for years.  But, oh, I do miss the aroma of a real tree.  So guess what I do?  I go to a Christmas tree lot and inhale!  Yep, I just admitted I inhale.  For me, a big part of the holiday is not only inhaling the aromas but also the traditions and the anticipated excitement of Christmas.  So, what would Holley wear to pick out a Christmas tree…if she actually did?  I would suggest wearing a pair of distressed jeans for this occasion.  All you really need to add is a plaid flannel shirt, a vest, boots and don’t forget ear muffs.  Isn’t it awesome that distressed jeans can give your tree purchasing a stylish look?  Who’d a thunk it?

Hopefully, your date isn’t a dog.

date-night-with-guy-in-a-vanDoes that sound a little too casual for you?  Maybe your tree shopping is actually a dating opportunity. If that’s the case, you will want to style it up a notch.  So, I’m thinking he’s probably going to be driving a really cute red retro van when he comes to pick you up.  May I suggest a pair of green skinny jeans, button down shirt, red plaid jacket, and red Hunter boots. Another cute date look is an over-sized turtleneck sweater, topped with a fur-lined green jacket, skinny jeans, and LL Bean snow boots complemented by a beautiful Prada tote.  Just add a toboggan or felt hat, some warm gloves and scarf.  Wow!  How stylish is that?


belted-blanket-scarfPeople always ask me, “I don’t know what to do with a scarf.”  For tree shopping and outdoor holiday events, it’s simple…just wrap the scarf around your neck and forget about it.  Or, check out “different ways to tie a scarf” on our Pinterest board Holley Williams Style.  A blanket scarf would be a great addition to your winter wardrobe.  These can also be worn as a wrap and I love the look of a belted blanket scarf.  The real purpose of a winter scarf is to keep you warm.  Right?  So, don’t stress over it but do purchase at least one new scarf to wear this winter.

sweatpantsOne of my favorite traditions is shopping for family and friends and wrapping gifts.  Do you shop at stores or do you purchase online?  Please know you can be stylish doing either one.  Let’s start with online shopping. I’m guessing it’s either from your desk top at home or on your laptop at a coffee shop.  Am I right?  I sit in front of my computer first thing in the morning usually wearing sweats and drinking a cup of coffee…of course. For me, the whole idea of online shopping is being relaxed and not rushed.  My at-home shopping outfit may include a pair of grey sweats, Converse sneakers, a t-shirt and to add a holiday flair, top it off with a plaid flannel buttoned down shirt.  What could be more comfy than that?

date-night-lookIf I am shopping at local stores, that means I am getting down to business and getting in and out of the car several times a day.  For this type of shopping, my main goal is to be comfortable but with a stylish flair! Two stylish and practical options are a cape or a vest.  With both of these, you don’t have to mess with lugging a coat around a store.  There are so many options when it comes to capes and wraps and they are perfect for Texas weather.  During the winter months, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful faux fur vest.  Pair it with burgundy skinny jeans, button down blouse and a pair of suede wedges.  But be forewarned, you might be mistaken for a college student.  Don’t you hate it when that happens?


Remember the famous line from Miracle on 34th Street when Kris Kringle said “Christmas isn’t just a day.  It’s a frame of mind.” Even though I love all the holiday traditions, it’s the Christmas spirit/frame of mind that keeps me grounded.  Because I’m pretty sure that more than shopping and dressing stylish…showing kindness to others is my greater calling on this runway called life!

Be sure to visit our updated Pinterest board for many more winter worthy styles.

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: Black Tie

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn today to share ideas for black tie and cocktail parties.  

Fun fact:  The term “tuxedo” originated in the U.S. in the late 1800’s.  It was named after Tuxedo Park, a New York enclave for New York’s social elite where it was often seen.

It’s that time of year…time to start planning for black tie and cocktail parties that is!  With the Jewel Charity Ball and other holiday parties soon approaching, it can start to feel overwhelming if you are part of that scene.

So, two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I love beautiful gowns and cocktail dress
  2. …and I always were separates, even to black tie and cocktail parties.
Chanel Jumpsuit

Though, before we talk about separates, let’s talk about a standout black tie and cocktail option.  If you want to be a show stopper, the main idea is not to look like everyone else.  Let’s “jump” right into this.  Instead of wearing a ball gown or cocktail dress, think about wearing a jumpsuit.  Jumpsuits are so in-style and can be very flattering. Keep it simple with one statement piece of jewelry, like a Chanel brooch or an amazing pair of earrings.  And baby if it’s cold outside, add a fur stole or jacket!

What’s on Holley’s Wish List

blue-clutchMy absolute favorite accessory for a black tie gala is an elegant evening bag.  I have discovered a wonderful selection of evening bags at Dillard’s. And guess what?  Evening bags are not just for black tie and cocktail parties. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a sin if you limit them to evening only. These beauties are too precious to hide in your closet and you can, and should, incorporate them with other casual pieces in your wardrobe.

pink-evening-bag-and-shoesEven better, sometimes interior designers will display them in armoires or on a coffee table. How clever is that?

A style star this season is velvet! If you dare, think about wearing an entire velvet pant suit in lieu of a ball gown.  I’m not kidding! With the perfect shoes, and evening bag, and jewelry, you will be the star of the party.  After the event, you will have two special pieces to wear to other parties.  The velvet jacket will look great with a pair of jeans for a party at home and the velvet pants paired with a glittery top gives you a cocktail party ensemble.

Velvet Pantsuit

black-skirt-and-white-blouseOkay, now for the big question…What would Holley wear to a black tie event?  She would wear separates of course!  One of the most classic go to evening looks is a beautiful floor length skirt (think Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren).  These designers typically pair their evening skirts with a classic white blouse.  Their price points can be expensive, so do what Holley would do. Wait for a big sale or scour the internet and stores to copy this look.  With time and patience, this can be done!

The most impressive way to make an entrance at a black tie gala is with a cape!  It can be attached or worn as a separate that’s draped over the shoulders and can be re-purposed to wear over a pantsuit or dress.

Lupita Nyongo

Remember Lupita Nyongo’s red Calvin Klein gown with the attached cape she wore to the 2013 Golden Globes?  That was the year she was nominated and won for her role in Twelve Years a Slave.  I had been stalking following her style looks before the first award show and she did not disappoint.   In fact, when she stepped onto the red carpet the night of the Globes, I’m pretty sure I screamed!  Her look totally took my breath away.

But isn’t that what a black tie style is all about?  It’s about making an entrance and, without question, it should be breathtaking!

Holley has updated the Pinterest style board for tons more ideas to get you “wow” ready for your next formal affair.  Compliments guaranteed.

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: Holiday Photo Edition

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Tuesday so it must be Holley’s turn to give us some style schooling. This week — getting ready for Christmas card photos!

Are you like me and break out into a cold sweat when you even think about coordinating outfits for a holiday photo?  Especially a Christmas card picture that you send to your dearest friends, family and business associates?

So two things you need to know about me…

  1.  It has been decades since we’ve had a family photo made
  2. …but I still love the idea of styling outfits for holiday cards!

Yep…this is one of the blog posts where I need to add a disclaimer because I haven’t been in this game for a long, long time.  The good news is my oldest son, Andy, and his family have kept the tradition going.  My dream is that someday we will all be together and be able to have a family picture made, but as you know that takes planning and coordinating.

red-tulle-skirtSo, first things first.  Plan ahead! Like right now and way ahead!  I love the Christmas card photos that are taken at the beach on a family’s vacation.  To add a “twist” think about taking a few Christmas decorations with you to the beach next summer.  Like Santa hats or scarfs for everyone to wear and for little girls, a red tutu on the beach is adorable.  All you need to add is a sand man!  Something else to remember is the background color of the card.  Let’s say the only family photo you have is a summer picture.  No problem, just be sure to complement it with a neutral background color, like a burlap with white writing.

tulle-skirtFor photos with mom, dad, and kiddos you want to coordinate but not match.  Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a matching shirt.

Though, I do love the idea of red and green and suggest adding a neutral and one pop of unexpected color.  Again, think about the places you’ll travel to in the summer and fall and how to incorporate one of your photos into your Christmas card. Thanksgiving is a great time to take a family photo.  These photos seem more authentic and a way to share with your friends and family who you really are and what you enjoy.

kids-outfitIf you are a fashionista like me, you may want to look at clothing collections.  Here’s my suggestion for that.  Go to a store like Gap and J Crew  and start by purchasing an outfit for one child and then work from there. Especially during the holidays, a lot of stores will have coordinating collections.  That way you can purchase all the clothes from one store and know they go together. Even think about pajamas and sweat pants if that’s really your style and who you are.

Include textures in your photo, such as scarves, vests, blankets, hunter-bootshats and boots.  One idea is to have girls wearing Hunter boots and alternate with red and green. Even think about a family photo with everyone wearing different socks.  Another idea is to have everyone wear different color Converse high tops, just add jeans and a white shirt and there you have it…a colorful family photo with a lot of personality!

conversesilent-nightThe way I see it, holiday cards should be unique and show not only your family’s sense of style, but their sense of humor.  I don’t know a perfect family who looks fashionable and perfect all the time.  Do you?  Our lives tend to be hectic and tangled a lot of times.  Show me a Christmas photo of a family tangled in Christmas lights and I’ll show you a real family. And, please, don’t forget to include the family pet in your photo if possible. Being real is what will make your family Christmas card memorable!


Holley has updated the Pinterest style board for tons more ideas to get you ready to say “cheese!”

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: Color me Happy with Fall

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn to take over the keyboard today…sharing ideas for incorporating the colors of fall into your wardrobe.

Fall is my favorite time of the year…even if it doesn’t come until November or December in Texas.  Besides the anticipation of cooler weather, watching football games on television, and a fire in the fire pit, I always look forward to the new fall colors! One of my Pinterest boards is Fall & Winter Style, but I also have some boards that are based on colors and some of them just happen to be this season’s faves!

Two things you need to know about me:

  1.  I am totally into black and neutrals
  2.  But, I love adding a pop of color to my outfits

burgandy-vera-wang-bagLet’s start with a number one color this fall…Burgundy.  It is everywhere in the stores and online from boots, belts, handbags, dresses, scarves to jewelry.  In fact, if you are looking for one trendy piece to add to your wardrobe this fall, make sure it’s burgundy.   A look I love is a pair of burgundy suede or leather boots with gray jeans or a pleated midi skirt.  A big fall fashion statement piece is a burgundy handbag like the Chanel boy bag or the Vera Wang satchel from Kohl’s.

You may also want to try the new LBD — Little Burgundy Dress — to wear to a cocktail party.


One of my New York purchases just happened to be a pair of Marc Jacob’s burgundy sunshades!  There are so many great options out there if burgundy is one of your favorite fall colors.

pop-of-yellowAnd, if you are like me and tend to stick with black and neutral, the good news about this year’s autumn hues is you can add one piece for a pop of color.  Please remember this…just because a certain color (like yellow for instance), isn’t “your color” doesn’t mean you should eliminate it totally from your wardrobe.  Because it could be that pop of color completes an outfit.  Like a pair of yellow suede loafers or a yellow handbag or even a blinged-out yellow phone case.  So no matter what the season or the trend, be open- minded to all colors.  Oh my goodness, did that just make me sound politically correct?


 Speaking of open-minded, let’s talk “orange.”  I’m not saying orange is the new black, but I am going to say orange really does compliment black and not just at Halloween.  Though there’s a secret to combining orange and black which is to add more more color to your orange and black ensemble.  That one pop of color brings it all together!  If you go to my Pinterest board “Orange” you will see outfit options combining orange and black.  Consider other color combos like orange and burgundy, and green and burgundy.  “Orange” you glad that color blocking is still a thing?  Something I realized about myself a few years ago was orange looks better on me than red and now I even wear Bobbi Brown’s orange lipstick.  


Of course, I am saving the best for last…green!  I love every shade of green from camouflage green to emerald green.  So let me begin with a pair of Kelly green Tory Burch smoking slippers.  I would wear these with blue denim skinny jeans, a classic white blouse and add of pop of green jewelry. One of my go-to looks this fall will be my green bomber jacket, which I plan to wear with everything from jeans to skirts.

Another practical piece I am thinking about adding to my wardrobe is a pair of green Hunter rain boots.  These would be great for trips to New York and Kansas City…the two places we travel to the most.  A classic that’s still in my closet from last year is a green military jacket.  It complements all my jeans and slacks and is still on-trend.

green-hunter-bootsorange-nailpolishSo, how do I recommend you incorporate these fabulous fall colors into your own wardrobe? My suggestion is to add one piece at a time and to think of how many ways that new addition can work into your existing wardrobe.  Start with accessories first, like a great belt or scarf and if you want to be more extravagant, add color with shoes or handbags.  Even with your casual look, you can add color like a pair of colorful Nike running shoes or a pull-over burgundy sweat shirt or a pair of Jeffery Campbell plastic burgundy booties.  The most versatile and affordable accessory is nail polish.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with a rainbow of colors from burnt orange to Bordeaux.  Once you’ve mastered the art of incorporating bold hues into your look, you can pick and choose from your own favorites!

Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board which includes these and many more ideas.

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: New York Edition

what-would-holley-wear-2It’s Holley’s turn to take over the keyboard today…sharing tips on “What would Holley wear in NYC?” 

This weekend, my husband and I are going to New York to visit our youngest son, Chris. After finishing graduate school in 2010, he moved to New York to work in artist management. During that time, he has lived in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Washington Heights. He recently made his 4th move to a new apartment in Mid-town East at 51st and 3rd (cue in The Jefferson’s theme song….Movin’ On Up).

Though unlike the Jefferson’s apartment, it is not a “deluxe apartment in the sky,” but a third floor walkup. Chris says the best part about his new apartment is that it is a 5 to 30 minute walk to almost anywhere I would want to go in the city.

Two things you need to know about me:

1. The main reason I go to New York is to see my son

2. And the shopping and fashion inspiration are an added bonus!

Since I love to walk, especially when I’m traveling, I am so excited about staying in Chris’ new apartment this weekend. Just think of all the places I can walk to in 15 minutes or less…Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Zara, Bergdorf’s, etc. Are you starting to get the big picture?

window-shopping-in-new-yorkShopping (including window shopping) plays a big part in what I love to do in the city.  Though I’m not into consuming a lot of stuff, I do like the challenge of finding that one awesome piece that makes a statement — like a handbag, belt, or a unique piece of jewelry.  Sometimes, it’s a classic jacket or blouse I will wear for years. But mostly there’s a story I can share and even though my fashion find may not be expensive or couture, to me it is priceless!


My main focus though is…what to pack! In other words, “What Will Holley Wear in New York?” Believe it or not, this is always intimidating for me. Okay…I know, nobody is looking at me and nobody knows who I am, but if you are a fashionista, I’m sure you can totally relate to this dilemma. The good news is that it is not Fashion Week…because that would cause me to have a total panic attack and melt down. The other good news is that I can basically wear all black and fit in.

print_newyorkfw_1024x1024If you are following all of my Pinterest boards, you may have noticed most of them are fashion related….51 out of 67 to be exact. There’s a different purpose for each board but my board “H” is the best example of how I really dress or aspire to dress. For me, being creative is the best part of fashion and that’s the reason I gravitate to neutrals and separates. Separates give me the opportunity to create more outfits and neutrals give a more sophisticated look, which is the New York look. It also helps with packing and getting more bang for the buck.

So here is an example of some wardrobe choices I plan to take to New York:

running shoes and workout clothes for long walks in the mornings (a 15 minute walk to Central Park and a 5 minute walk to the East River)
  • Three pairs of boots ..my Aquatalia boots (knee high and water resistant), my Trask boots (in gray and water proof) and a pair of Steve Madden booties.
black, burgundy, and gray jeans and a gray sweater
  • Two flowy blouses…black and off white
green bomber jacket

For walking around town during the day, I will wear a pair of jeans, my knee high Aquatalia boots, a gray sweater, burgundy jeans, Gucci belt, my Hammitt cross body bag, and a reversible puffer jacket (can’t remember the brand or designer name but remember I got a great deal on it at TJ Maxx last year). By exchanging out jeans and tops, this will basically be my uniform for the weekend. Something else I do when I travel is I always wear the same outfit on the plane coming and going. I learned a long time ago that saves a lot of room in my suitcase and allows extra room for the items I purchase!

night-outIn case you haven’t been to New York in a long time, just know it is like everywhere else you go….very casual. You don’t have to get “dressed up” to go see a Broadway play or to a nice dinner or to a fabulous speakeasy. Though you do want to have a New York vibe. While we are there this weekend, Chris is taking us to meet some of his colleagues for drinks at The Waldorf. Since I do not want to take up a lot of extra room in my suitcase for a dressy outfit, I will make a few easy substitutions. My plan is to wear a pair of black pants with a flowy blouse, add a suede Milly bag, a green bomber jacket, black booties and I will complete my dressy outfit with a cuff bracelet, necklace and earrings.

Holley’s accessories

But the most important accessory I plan to wear when I land in The Big Apple is a smile and all the fashion confidence I can muster.  Because even if nobody is looking at me or knows who I am, the way I feel about myself is what matters to me the most!

Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board which includes these and many more ideas for your traveling.

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: 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!
Mrs. Twist has seen Lolly about town in this. Pink Nikes for sure.
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
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!

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…


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.




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.











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-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?