My Easy Three: Suits, Beauty and a Book

This past week was my vacay.  I was looking forward to a week of sunning by the pool and doing projects around the house.  But, a nasty bronchitis bug decided to have a vacay in my lungs so all those plans were out the door.  Despite the fact that I felt terrible and did nothing, I ended up being productive at something:  Resting.  I had one week to be on the couch to watch tv, uninterrupted, nap and just be with myself.  Rest and antibiotics were exactly what the doctor ordered for my vacation. What did I accomplish and how does this relate to My Easy Three installment (you can read more of MET stories here, here, here , here, and here)?  Well, here are three ideas for what you can do when you are stranded at home with nothing to do: Binge watch Suits on USA network (I’m up to … Continue reading “My Easy Three: Suits, Beauty and a Book”

What Would Holley Wear: Four Easy Summer Trends

Summer is here, and it’s time to start wearing summer shoes, bags, embroidery, and hats….four easy summer trends!   Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.  We are loving all the summer sandals and slides. Sam Edelman’s Carter slide is adorable and a great price point ($80).  There are so many great color choices between Tory Burch’s iconic Miller sandal and the classic Jack Roger’s sandal. For a preppy look, you can’t miss with a Jack Rogers sandals worn with anything Lily Puiltzer.  A cute look on our Pinterest board shows a bright blue and pink Lily dress complemented by a pair of white Jack Roger’s sandals. So easy and so preppy! Espadrilles will bring flirtatious fun to your summer style!  From sandals to wedges, there is an array of summertime options.  We are major crushing on two looks from the blog, Gal Meets Glam. One of … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Four Easy Summer Trends”

Something’s Rising — Save the Date!

Save the date for Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m.  Something fun. Something big.  If you love biscuits and making a difference in people’s lives, then what I have planned will be a real treat.  Stay tuned here and follow me on Facebook so you don’t miss it. P.S.  Wear stretchy pants.

What Would Holley Wear: Maine Event

My husband and I recently returned from our first trip to Maine, planned and accompanied by our son, Chris!  Now we are wondering why it took us so long to get there.  Our home away from home was the Trellis House, an award winning Bed and Breakfast in picturesque Ogunquit, Maine.  From the amazing hospitality at the Trellis House to strolling Marginal Way, we fell in love with Ogunquit immediately!  So…what do you pack for a beach vacay in Maine at the first of the summer season? Since it was still a little cool in the mornings and evenings, my travel style consisted mostly of jeans, button-down shirts, and blazers.  On the flight to Boston and scenic drive to Ogunquit, I wore light blue jeans, a white button-down shirt, a tan plaid blazer, tan Converse sneakers, all complemented by a large white tote. Ready or not, Maine, here I come!!! … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Maine Event”

Heavenly Coconut Desserts

Today would have been my daddy’s 95th birthday.  One of his favorite things in life was coconut!  Coconut everything — pie, cake, those ghastly coconut rolls from truck stops, snowball cupcakes, you name it.  If it had coconut on it, Daddy ate it.  The problem for him was that no one else in the family liked it, so Daddy rarely got to enjoy it.  As you can see in this photo, he has that look, “yep, it’s never coconut.” I have to say, I have never made a coconut pie or cake.  So, I took to the best source Southern Living magazine to see what I could find…recipes that I would be willing to eat. And, this is a recipe I have made and they are delicious.  Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. The cookie recipe came to The New York Times in 2000 during the Bush-Gore presidential campaign when Family Circle … Continue reading “Heavenly Coconut Desserts”

Cheesy Thumbprint Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly

On a recent overnight stay at the Inn on Lake Granbury, during their evening happy hour, they served this delicious, savory appetizer. If you are looking for a nice getaway, this Inn is one of my favorite places to stay.  Only 40 minutes from Fort Worth, this boutique hotel sits right on Lake Granbury.  Even on the hottest day of the summer, the cool breeze from the lake makes it a restful place to relax and regroup. When I asked for the recipe, they were nice enough to share it with me.  I love thumbprint cookies of the sweet variety with icing piled on top.  But, this savory option is buttery, cheesy and the hot/sweet of the pepper jelly makes for the perfect yum with wine. Cheesy Thumbprint Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (shred your cheese, don’t use the pre-shredded bag cheese) 1 cup … Continue reading “Cheesy Thumbprint Cookies with Hot Pepper Jelly”

What Would Holley Wear: Bows, Pom Poms and Tassels

After driving a 2002 model Lexus sedan for over a decade, I finally got a“new-ish” car…a 2015 Nissan Murano.  Compared to my old car, this one definitely came with all the bells and whistles! In fashion these extra features are referred to as enhancements and trim….my favorites are bows, pom-poms, and tassels.  Any way you look at it, these trims and enhancements are the “bells and whistles” that make the outfit! Bows can be found on everything from shoes to earrings.  Kate Spade and Ted Baker design brands are both known for their signature bows.  We are loving Kate Spade’s bow watch and think her navy and white striped bow clutch is ideal for print mixing.  Ted Baker’s bow jelly sandals in pink and black will look adorable poolside, and his pastel cross-body bow bags are perfect for Sunday brunch. Please know, we’ve got your back when it comes to ties … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Bows, Pom Poms and Tassels”

Mrs. Twist Reads This Summer Beach Reads 2018

I am so excited about the three books we have selected for our bookclub.  Three books, three dates and all the authors have agreed to phone into our monthly meetings to discuss their books and share personal insights! In June we are reading  A Matter of Chance by Julie Maloney.  When eight-year-old Vinni Stewart disappears from a Jersey shore town, Maddy, her distraught single mother, begins a desperate search for her daughter. Maddy’s five-year journey leads her to a bakery in Brooklyn, where she stumbles upon something terrifying. Ultimately, her artist neighbor Evelyn reconnects Maddy to her passion for painting and guides her to a life transformed through art.  Detective John D’Orfini sees more than a kidnapping in the plot-thickening twists of chance surrounding Vinni’s disappearance, but his warnings to stay away from the investigation do not deter Maddy, even when her search puts her in danger. When the Russian Mafia warns … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Summer Beach Reads 2018”

What Would Holley Wear: Four Ways to Wear Gingham

Since I consider myself a “gingham girl”, I want to share my four favorite ways to wear gingham….with skirts, shoes, tops, and pants.   Are you a “gingham girl” too?  I knew you were! Since skirts are my favorite, let’s talk about gingham skirts first.  I just can’t get enough of all the fun skirts on our board, and from ruffles to wraps it’s the perfect summer look!  So what would make you want to straddle a scooter and channel your inner Sofia Loren? I’m pretty sure it’s a yellow gingham midi skirt worn with a white printed t-shirt, bohemian straw bag, and brown leather slides.  So “Bella Italia”! To take summer’s “it” print to the next level, think about print mixing. A great look is a yellow gingham skirt mixed with a blue striped off the shoulder top.  A red checked ruffled skirt paired with a red striped blouse … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Four Ways to Wear Gingham”

Easy Style Tips from Ballard Designs

I had so much fun attending the Ballard Designs Fort Worth store preview last evening.    Located in the Shops at Clearfork, this new store is a stunning.  Beautiful lighting, creative displays and very attentive staff will make this newest jewel to Clearfork sparkle. I have been a longtime customer of their catalog, but have never had the chance to actually shop in a store.  It was a treat to meet the management team, including Ryan McKelvey, President of Ballard Designs.  We chatted about his excitement over this new store to the company’s over 30-year history.  I also got to meet the darling Lindsey Pfeiffer from Ohio, who has the fun job of traveling to open new stores.  I smell a new job for me someday! I wandered the store and snapped inspiration ideas.  One of my favorite things to do is nest at home on the weekends moving furniture … Continue reading “Easy Style Tips from Ballard Designs”