How to Make a Mini Bouquet for Mother’s Day

Here’s a fun way to celebrate all the Mothers in your life, especially the ones who are approaching their very first Mother’s Day.  Make mini flower bouquets using seasonal flowers, tissue paper, decorative paper, and twine.  For the music lover in your life, wouldn’t it be adorable to use sheet music!  Or for the  crossword puzzle lover a copy from the NY Times!  The possibilities to make their posey personal are endless. For such small bouquets you only need two different types of flowers. Either pick your favorite, select what’s in season, or take inspiration from your special someone’s most requested posies. Trader Joe’s is the best place for fresh flowers at inexpensive prices. Don’t you think these would make great bridal shower or baby shower favors, too?  Just picture them at each person’s place setting personalized with their name or as a fun activity to do during the party! Supplies … Continue reading “How to Make a Mini Bouquet for Mother’s Day”

What Would Holley Wear: Skirting the Issue

True confession:  I rarely wear dresses, and I sincerely hope you will accept my apology for “skirting the issue”. The main two reasons I wear skirts and not dresses: ..Dresses typically do not fit me properly…too short-waisted and/or too short in length… ..Whereas skirts come in all lengths and allow me to be stylishly creative! The two trendiest skirts to purchase this season are checked and striped skirts.  Check our Pinterest board to see how we are loving how a red checked skirt was styled three different ways….with a white crop top, with a blue chambray shirt tied at the waist, and with a fun printed t-shirt.  The same goes for a striped skirt where a blogger shows how to wear it dressed-down or dressed-up. To dress it down, she paired it with a white tee and pearl embellished flats, a straw bag and hat…a great look for running errands … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Skirting the Issue”

My Favorite Podcasts — Some New Ones to Try

Podcasts are my favorite way to start the day.  If you are new to my go-to list of podcasts check  here for a basic starter list.  I prefer Podcasts over the news because I’d rather start the day being empowered and learn something new, rather than be depressed….After all, I eat rainbows and poop butterflies. Here’s my new faves: Happier in Hollywood by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain.  Liz is the sister of Gretchen Rubin from The Happier Podcast which you can find on my starter list.  Liz and Sarah are so funny.  They are veteran TV writers who demystify Hollywood by making career and personal struggles universal.  You get to learn all sorts of tv production stuff because right now they are producing a pilot based on the life of Marcia Clark!  It’s super cool.  I feel like I’m friends with a celebrity. This is Fifty.  Sheri Salata, Executive Producer of … Continue reading “My Favorite Podcasts — Some New Ones to Try”

The FriYay Fit — Aaptiv Fitness App

Despite the fact that working out makes you feel amazing after you’ve finished, it’s a mind game getting motivated to keep that appointment with yourself at the gym.  I get bored easily with the same-ol-workout, so when I found the app, Aaptiv, it’s been a game changer!  And I’m sharing a free guest pass at the end of this post. “In 2015, Ethan Agarwal was trying to stay fit during his business travels. It wasn’t easy—he found it difficult to stay motivated during runs. He wanted an audio-based guide that would be with him every step of the way. Not finding a product that suited his needs, Ethan started Aaptiv. Today, Aaptiv is the top audio-based fitness app on the Apple App Store, and the fastest-growing mobile fitness product on the market. At Aaptiv, we believe that everyone deserves personalized fitness instruction, not just the few who can afford their … Continue reading “The FriYay Fit — Aaptiv Fitness App”

Super Easy Sweet — Grown Up S’Mores

Miss Bee and I made these at Sister’s house a few summers ago and we still enjoy making them.  So easy and is reminiscent of the traditional s’more, but with a twist — of course! All you need is a fresh baguette loaf, soft butter, a family size package of chocolate bars, your choice, course vanilla sea salt and fresh raspberries. Slice the bread into 2 inch slices and slather on soft butter on both sides.  Place slices on a parchment lined baking pan.  Turn up oven to 450 degrees or light your gas grilled if you want grill marks.  Place bread in the oven for about 3-5 minutes until lightly brown and crispy.  Watch carefully, because the bread can burn quickly. Remove from the oven and place a slice of chocolate on top of the slice of bread.  Sprinkle with a pinch Jacobsen vanilla sea salt and return to … Continue reading “Super Easy Sweet — Grown Up S’Mores”

What Would Holley Wear: Dress up your denim!

From pastels and bright hues to black and white….there’s nothing that looks as cool and stylish as dressed up denim! Not ready to stop wearing your black jeans?  No problem….because they look great in the spring and summer too.  An easy way to achieve a dressed up look is with black cropped jeans, a white blouse with statement sleeves, a black bucket bag, and two-tone block heels.  One of my all-time Pinterest favorites is a pair of black skinny jeans worn with a white blouse with a big bow tied at the waist and an adorable wooden bag.  “Ooh la la”…all of this is starting to sound a little French! Speaking of the French, a Chanel inspired tweed jacket worn with jeans is a sophisticated way to dress up your denim.  A look we love is a pair of jeans worn with a belted tweed jacket….a great way to flatter … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Dress up your denim!”

What Would Holley Wear: Mid-Life Chic

Want to know the best way to prevent a mid-life crisis?  Up your style game! I’m serious…there’s nothing like a stylish new outlook on life that will make you feel younger, more alive, and “Mid-Life Chic!”   And though it takes a concerted effort to make a lifestyle change, it can be accomplished with a few fashion tweaks, and of course, prayer always helps!  Has a friend ever said to you, “it’s a God thing”? That’s exactly the way I feel about a long tunic top…praise the Lord! Soft Surroundings has a large selection of divine tunic tops to choose from.  You can find a store at Southlake Town Center or online. A beautiful new design I recently discovered on Tanglewood Moms is a company called Luna Antigua. Friends, Sandra Falcon and Pamela Lozoya, are the co-founders of these beautiful hand-embroidered designs made in Guatemala.  They are perfect for enjoying … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Mid-Life Chic”

DIY Vases That Are Just As Beautiful As The Flowers In Them

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it a thousands time, there’s simply nothing better than fresh-cut flowers. However, we know first hand that it can be difficult to find (or afford) a vase that’s as pretty as the bouquet itself. So, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite elevated DIY’s (trust us you’d never know) so you can finally upgrade that mason jar and say hello to beautiful vases that treat you flowers to the home they deserve. Marble Dipped Vases We couldn’t agree more with Ashley of Sugar & Cloth: “Marble runs a really close second (to all things gold) in my list of home decor obsessions”. Unfortunately, the cost of marble is just about as pricey to come by as gold is, plus it’s not particularly an at-home-friendly craft to pick up. Instead, we’re sticking with the nail polish budget version (quite literally), and designing our own DIY marble … Continue reading “DIY Vases That Are Just As Beautiful As The Flowers In Them”

The Friyay Fit — Healthy Snack Jars from Clean Food Crush

I haven’t done a Friyay Fit in a while — where I share anything that makes me throw a fit.  Basically, something that motivates me.  I am back in they gym after a three-month hiatus and along with workouts come finding things that are healthy so we don’t sabotage our efforts.  I follow Clean Food Crush on Instagram and saw her post for Mason Jar Snacks 4 Ways.  Brilliant! I could only find this recipe for Crunch and Hummus Snacktime Jars on her site and Pinterest. Basically you chop a bunch of veggies, fill the bottom of the mason jar with hummus, then nest the veggies down inside. Put the lid on and store in the fridge.  Grab and go! Here are some more recipes from her post… So, there are four snacks to inspire you to prep this weekend!  Happy chopping!  Be sure to visit Rachel’s page.  There are so … Continue reading “The Friyay Fit — Healthy Snack Jars from Clean Food Crush”

NYC Flower Girl Inspiration: Four Gorgeous Flower Arrangements

This story from One Kings Lane is too good not to share.  All the content is from their site. Flower Girl founder and owner Denise Porcaro knows how to set a scene. Take her shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side: vibrant, whimsical yet chic, and much like the effortlessly gorgeous arrangements she’s become known for.Originally a student of film production, Porcaro founded Flower Girl about a decade ago. After years of working with clients and later setting up shop with denim retailer Earnest Sewn, she landed in her current location in 2012. Though not large, the space—part store, part classroom, part studio—evolves with the seasons. “I grew up in Queens, so I have that city vibe, but I also spent weekends on Long Island, so I knew the appeal of surrounding myself with nature,” she says. We paid Porcaro a visit to borrow a few of her stunning bloom-styling secrets. We asked Porcaro to … Continue reading “NYC Flower Girl Inspiration: Four Gorgeous Flower Arrangements”