St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail — Green Apple Ginger Martini

Here’s a lively twist on a classically chic cocktail perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Getting it to you now so you have time to perfect it. When crafting cocktails, try incorporating seasonal ingredients. While apples are typically thought of as a part of the fall harvest, tart green apples offer a crispness for the sunny spring days, while ginger provides a warming flavor profile for the cooler nights. Shake this cocktail up for a cozy night in or as a dessert pairing at your next dinner party. Craft cocktails are a bit more of an experience to mix up, as it makes them all the more worthwhile. However, if you’re not feeling as adventurous, you can easily substitute a premade simple syrup alongside a high-quality store-bought apple juice. Ingredients One green apple 4 ounces vodka 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup of water ¾ cup of … Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail — Green Apple Ginger Martini”

Holy Lent – Connect with simple practices for the next 40 days

February 26, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.  Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us realize that both have triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In earlier centuries, people were sprinkled with ashes as a sign of sorrow for their sins and their commitment to seek renewal in Christian life through this season.  You can read more about it here. The season of Lent is 40-days (not counting Sundays) of prayer and preparation in which we, as followers of Jesus, are invited to consider anew the disciplines and practices that we employ in our daily lives to help us in becoming better disciples. This year I am following Sarah Bessey’s … Continue reading “Holy Lent – Connect with simple practices for the next 40 days”

What Would Holley Wear: Retail Therapy

“Wouldn’t it be nice if retail therapy was covered by insurance and Medicare?”  Don’t you just love it when the doctor gives you sample prescriptions?  Lucky for you…because this week, WWHW is sharing some of her Rx samples!  For a speedy recovery, go to Amazon Fashion. Their stretchy gold plated and silver beaded bracelets are perfect for stacking with other bracelets.  And for perfect timing….think about pairing them with your watch. Amazon’s fabulous color-blocked and striped cardigans are ideal for Spring transition. A new brand I just discovered, “& Other Stories,” is just what the doctor ordered!   www.andotherstories.us.   Their black loafers look like an expensive designer knockoff.  For a holistic approach to fashion, match your loafers with a leather croc-embossed bucket bag.  A large fringed blanket scarf comes in eight beautiful colors. To eliminate the winter blues…wrap up in a blanket scarf and have a cup of tea. … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Retail Therapy”

A Heart to Heart Talk

February is heart month designated by the American Heart Association in an effort to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women. Their mission is to promote healthier living, free of cardiovascular disease.  That single purpose drives all they do. My parents, and grandparents, had cardiovascular disease including stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart attack.  My biggest shock came when my mother suffered a stroke in 2007.  Her best friend, Margaret, called my sister and told her, “Your Mother doesn’t seem right” and wasn’t making sense on the phone.  I stopped by Mother’s house on the way to work and took one look at her and knew she was suffering from a stroke. The entire side of her face was drooping and she had a blank look on her face.  Still able to function we rushed her to the hospital where she stayed for about … Continue reading “A Heart to Heart Talk”

What Would Holley Wear: Vegas on the Cheap

Have you ever done Vegas on the Cheap?  Unfortunately, it seems our glory days of casino free-play and comped rooms and meals are a thing of the past.  But trust me…it did not stop us from having fun and “experiencing” Vegas in a whole new “cheap” way! First, we booked our flights for $150 round trip for both of us on Southwest Airlines.  How unbelievably cheap is that?!? With a little help from Google Hotels, our next step was reserving a suite at The Palazzo…which saved us hundreds of dollars.  That being said, always be sure to check out discount travel sites for special room rates and flights. Just because you travel on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t look like a high roller…right?  For the plane ride there, I suggest a button-down blouse or a sweater, blazer, jeans, boots or loafers, and a camel coat…which makes any outfit look … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Vegas on the Cheap”

It’s Back! Season Two of The Hemline Podcast

I am so happy to be back at the microphone!  I cannot believe it’s been a year since I wrapped up Season One – kinda like waiting for Mad Men to come back from hiatus.  I’ve changed up the name of the podcast to The Hemline. The Hemline is significant because I grew up tugging at the hem of my mother’s skirt. Skirt lengths can change over time, but southern hospitality never goes out of style. I’ll be sharing the same great content with some fun surprises and co-hosts for this season. In this episode, I bring you up-to-date on why I had to take a break from the podcast and regroup – something called graduate school.  Wow, it’s been great to be back in school, but I had to learn some serious time management skills along the way. I also had a life change as a 50+ woman – … Continue reading “It’s Back! Season Two of The Hemline Podcast”

Just a Minute Centerpiece

I have an easy Valentine’s Day centerpiece to share.  You could do this for any occasion, like a birthday party, ice cream social, baby shower or July 4th by changing up the colors of the flowers. What you’ll need: Carnations — I love Carnations and I think they get a bad rap.  They are fragrant, inexpensive and can go a long time without water which is perfect for this centerpiece project.  I bought three bunches at $3.99 each from Central Market. Red Hots — I bought several scoops from the bulk bin at Central Market, or you could buy a large bag in the candy aisle. Ice Cream Sugar Cones — I used nine cones which was one box. Glass Cylinders or Vases – You can find these anywhere.  I just used ones I had in my vase stash. I cut the carnation stems short enough to fit in the … Continue reading “Just a Minute Centerpiece”

Your Guide to Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing

Not too long ago I saw an article on Facebook for pairing wine with Girl Scout cookies.  I looked on Pinterest and found three posts with suggested wines for each of the cookie types.  Mr. Bee and I thought it would be the perfect theme for the neighborhood parties we all take turns hosting each month. Since, Girl Scout Cookies are on sale right now, it’s the perfect time to gather up cookies and host your own party. Did you know Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for over 100 years?  Read about the history of Girl Scout Cookie sales here.  Even if you just have a party for one, what’s better than sweets and wine!   Since Girl Scout cookies are plentiful right now, with the little scouts selling them on almost every corner, it wasn’t hard to score six varieties of cookies.  I made my list and did some … Continue reading “Your Guide to Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing”

What Would Holley Wear: Valentine Vibes

 If “you’ve lost that loving feeling”….don’t despair because we are sharing “Valentine Vibes” that will bring it back! So I have to ask…are you the type of person who wears your heart on your sleeve?  I hope so…. because I can’t think of a better way to show off your Valentine’s style.  Just for you, we are featuring a few Chic Wish sweaters with heart-shaped elbow patches.   Amazon has a fabulous selection of casual V-Day t-shirts….such a fun way to add love to everyday jeans and sneakers look.  And here’s the good news…if you only wear hearts on Valentine’s Day, Amazon’s prices won’t give you “heartburn”!   Roses are red, violets are blue…and we think a pop of pink is perfect for you!  An oversized pink sweater paired with jeans is all you need to look pretty in pink.  And for extra fun, match your jeans ensemble with a pair of … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Valentine Vibes”

Mrs. Twist Reads This – The Family Upstairs

It’s time for our February book. This month we are reading The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of Southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London. It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back. Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now 25, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now, it’s hers. As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This – The Family Upstairs”