What Would Holley Wear: Styling your Spring Denim

We think spring and denim go hand in hand!  From dark denim to light blues and whites….styling your spring denim never looked so fresh! What’s more refreshing than a little spring cleaning?  Nothing…right? It’s that time of year to start cleaning out your closet and packing away your winter clothes.  Instead of coats, substitute with blazers, wraps, and scarves. Springtime is the perfect time of year to drape a long gauzy scarf over a t-shirt and jeans.   It’s also time to transition to light-weight blazers.  A navy blazer paired with white cropped jeans, wicker bag, and striped mules will take you from running errands around town to a fabulous resort vacation.  Another fresh look is a checked blazer and white t-shirt paired with light blue denim. So cute for a Saturday brunch or a trip to your local farmer’s market!  Can’t beat these double-duty looks! Needing a refresher course? … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Styling your Spring Denim”

Mrs. Twist Reads This – Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love

This month Mrs. Twist Reads This Bookclub is reading Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro. “What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?      In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history–the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is a book about secrets–secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This – Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love”

FriYay Fit: Clothes Mentor Finds

I am so happy to share that Clothes Mentor Fort Worth has partnered with Home with a Twist to be a blog sponsor!  They will be sharing with readers a cute outfit idea each week. Have you ever shopped at Clothes Mentor?  I have found some beautiful pieces for my wardrobe at a fraction of the price in retail shops.  They make resale hot! At Clothes Mentor, they buy and sell high-quality, gently used name-brand and designer clothing, shoes and accessories that are like new—for less! … And, if you’re looking to be a #bossbabe, Clothes Mentor is the nation’s top women’s clothing franchise and they are looking to expand! I have such great luck selling my clothes and get a pretty nice cash back bonus the same day, no waiting for my items to sell and return to the store to see what my payout is.  I have also … Continue reading “FriYay Fit: Clothes Mentor Finds”

What Would Holley Wear: Italian Vacation

When my friend, Jacqui, asked me to write an article about what to wear on an Italian vacation…I was all in. Six couples are traveling by private bus over a 12-day period to Como, Siena, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and the Amalfi coast.  Their one and only rule…no museums and no churches! Don’t you wish you were going, too? So, of course, comfy clothes and shoes for the plane are a must. Athleta has fabulous travel pants that are super comfortable and don’t wrinkle.  Since planes can be chilly, wear them with a t-shirt and a long sleeve cardigan or a light weight jacket.  Jacqui chose a soft trench from Banana Republic Factory. Be sure to take a look at more jacket options from LL Bean and Tuckernuck on our Pinterest board.   Their first three days will be spent in Como.  My advice is to make it simple and dress … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Italian Vacation”

DIY Vintage Wood Wall Treatment with Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware is my blog sponsor and they gave me a chance to try a new product  by Amy Howard at Home– Vintage Wood Pallet Wall in a Box.  I knew right away that I wanted to create a shiplap feature wall right outside the entry to my powder room.   Here’s the space before. Just a blank wall painted Sea Salt from Sherwin-Williams.  I had a full length leaning mirror here.  It’s about an 8′ x 4′ space with no cuts for outlets, so for a beginner like me, it seemed like it would be a doable project. Before I got started, I set up eight foot tables covered with old sheets and towels in my garage.  And, I watched this how-to video . The Pallet Wall in a Box comes with unfinished solid red oak planks enough to cover about 20 feet.  Here was my first glitch…I didn’t order enough … Continue reading “DIY Vintage Wood Wall Treatment with Ace Hardware”

What Would Holley Wear: A Blazer and a Handbag

If you ask me what my go-to style is….it’s definitely a bag and a blazer.  I typically wear a blazer with jeans, and a handbag always completes the outfit!   Let’s start first with complementing a pair of jeans with a bag and a blazer. Last summer, a blue plaid blazer, white jeans, and a wooden bag was my vacation go-to style…from sea to shining sea! Two new favorites I purchased on sale at H&M are a striped black blazer and a double-breasted striped navy blazer with gold buttons.  And both pair perfectly with my Japanese inspired wooden bag. Ready or not spring and summer….here I come! When it comes to staying cool and comfortable, linen is the way to go.  A white or linen blazer coordinated with dark denim crops pairs perfectly with a round wicker bag.  A few cool summer looks on our Pinterest board feature a pink … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: A Blazer and a Handbag”

What Would Holley Wear: Spring Layering

Springtime in Texas comes in many temperatures….from cold gusty winds to warm sunny days.  We never know what to expect! Though one thing I know for sure….spring layering is a must! So let’s talk about coats. Spring is the perfect time of year to layer with a trench coat. Nothing says “welcome spring” like a trench worn with white jeans and sneakers. To dress up your trench a bit, complement it with crops and heels, and wear it as a raincoat when needed. Let’s be honest though….sometimes we still need a warm coat in early spring. Think about adding color by wearing a yellow, pink, or white puffer….so many choices at Amazon Fashion.  And of course these are perfect for a spring ski trip! A wrap coat is another great option for spring transitioning.  Be sure to browse all the options on our Pinterest board! No matter what the temperature, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Spring Layering”

Spicy Corn Dip and Trader Joe’s Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers

Want to get a promotion or make new friends?  Then you MUST make this recipe using two new things I’ve discovered at my weekly Trader Joe’s shopping visit. Two must have snacks — Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers with a mexican-style street corn seasoning and its side-kick Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa.  OMG.  Go and get a bag or 12 to complete your life or summer entertaining.  Here’s how I plan to use them.  First, you can pretty much gorge on the corn chips sans anything.  They are addictive.  But, the salsa lends a nice touch.  Not too spicy, but a little kick.  Second, I can easily see this salsa poured over a bar of cream cheese and served with either these corn chips or pita chips. But, this is my plan…Spicy Corn Dip.  I’ve had this recipe for several years and it’s a winner.  I plan to substitute the … Continue reading “Spicy Corn Dip and Trader Joe’s Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers”

Friyay Fit: My Picks for Spring – Gingham, Tie Waist Pants, Lipstick, and a Podcast

My two favorite seasons are fall and spring.  Spring because everything is so fresh and new.  It’s still cool and flowers are blooming.  Pretty much by June I am ready for fall because it gets so hot here in Texas.  With just a short window of time, I have to jump onto spring like a lady bug on a hot plate! Here are some of my favorite trends for spring: A new handbag — every gal needs a new purse for spring that will carry  through fall.  I love the transparent and croc detail bags that are popular right now.  This small tote from Vince Camuto has me excited and it comes black, rose and cobalt blue.   Tie Waist Pants — One of my favorite wardrobe staples for work is slacks.  I do alot of moving around and it’s practical to wear slacks, a blouse and fun jacket.  I … Continue reading “Friyay Fit: My Picks for Spring – Gingham, Tie Waist Pants, Lipstick, and a Podcast”

Conversation Piece: Vintage Hotel Keys

I follow The Wish List Atlanta on Instagram.  When Laurie posted a photo of a pile of vintage hotel keys, I messaged her right away and told her I had to have them.  I could imagine a big bowl of keys on the coffee table and the conversations that would ensue of sharing memories of vacations! When the package arrived I couldn’t wait to look at each one, imagining their story.  Like the kitschy look of this key — meet me for cocktails at the Madhatter Lounge.   From Toledo, Ohio to Kailua, Kona, Hawaii to The Royal Caribbean Montego Bay, Jamaica.  The size of some of these keys made me chuckle. To think how now we are mostly issued plastic, disposable key cards.  No story to tell there. Holiday Inn Town in Lansing, Michigan to the 89er Inn in Oklahoma City to the Hospitality Motor inn in Lansing, Michigan. … Continue reading “Conversation Piece: Vintage Hotel Keys”