What Would Holley Wear: Seaside Chic

“Dear Beach, I think of you all the time.” These are my exact sentiments about Carmel by the Sea.  We will be going there next week for our end-of-summer vacation!   Our home away from home is a 1920’s cottage located between town and the beach….so lovely and quaint. As soon as we arrive and unpack, we will take a short stroll up the hill to the bar at Cypress Inn, owned by Doris Day.  The bar is known to be the best dog watching spot in town. So, what do I suggest you wear to a dog-friendly bar? Something casual and chic….of course!  Loeffler Randall’s rainbow straw tote and rick-rack slides perfectly complement a green ruffle skirt. To complete the outfit, add a pair of green raffia hoop earrings by Oscar de la Renta….both chic and canine friendly!    Since we will be there on a Sunday, we plan to … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Seaside Chic”

What Would Holley Wear: Southern Girl Style

Southern girls are classy and have great taste….right y’all?  The truth is they always seem to look put-together no matter what the occasion, and “I reckon” it’s because of their Southern upbringing!   Have you heard the saying “she’s pretty as a peach”?  Well of course you have! Because you were either born and raised in the South or got here as fast as you could!  In fact, I chose this sweet Southern color for my flower girl and bridesmaid dresses….August 14, 1976. From romantic silhouettes to pretty floral prints, we are major crushing on the peach dresses and skirts on our Pinterest board.  The floral dress shown with a pair of silver and peach pom-pom wrap sandals and matched with a peach Chloe’ handbag is beyond stunning. Another favorite is a ruffle-wrapped skirt worn with a white top tied at the waist…such a fun way to add a little … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Southern Girl Style”

Bake the Bag with King Arthur Flour

I follow King Arthur flour on social media and I was so excited with their new challenge — “Bake the Bag series delivers new recipes via email each week until you’ve used up every scoop of a 5-pound bag of flour. This first nine-week challenge features White Whole Wheat Flour, a mild-flavored, light-colored 100% whole-grain flour that’s perfect for those who might be hesitant to try whole wheat. ” After you sign up here you are sent the first week’s recipe to your email inbox. Along with the first recipe you receive a printable shopping list to stock up on all the ingredients for the full nine week challenge. Week one — Whole-grain banana bread with a 50/50 mix of white and whole wheat flour.   I rarely bake with whole-wheat flour and I was curious how this would turn out.   At the bottom of each recipe they provide baking tips, … Continue reading “Bake the Bag with King Arthur Flour”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Women in Sunlight

I am really excited about this month’s Mrs. Twist Reads This bookclub selection – Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes.  Join us on Thursday, August 30 at 6 p.m. to review the book.  We are working to Skype with Ms. Mayes if her schedule permits hence the reason for meeting an hour earlier.  I will have sandwiches (and birthday cake!) for us to enjoy before we start. By the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, and written with Frances Mayes’s trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship, Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year. She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Women in Sunlight”

What Would Holley Wear: Market Style

One of my favorite summer activities is going to farmer and flea markets. When I’m visiting another city, it’s sometimes the highlight of my trip. And though I love fresh produce and flea market trinkets, I also find going to market a fun style watching opportunity.   “To market, to market to buy a fat pig.  Home again, home again, jiggety-jig”! My hometown favorite is the Farmer’s Market at Clearfork, and the bonus is we can walk there. So, let’s talk about some of the cute farmer’s market outfits on our Pinterest board. Overalls have made a huge comeback.  To give them a current look, think about wearing them with an off-the-shoulder peasant shirt. And be sure to roll up the hem and pair them with a cute summer bag and sandals.   A bag we are coveting from Tuckernuck is their macramé basket tote….perfect for market shopping! Denim shorts, skirts, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Market Style”

My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off

Today is the day.  A day I have been prepping myself for since she said “yes” to going to college.  Full disclosure:  Miss Bee is going to college 15 minutes from home and also where I have worked for the past 21 years.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like if I were dropping her off hundreds of miles away. But, this is my story.  For the past 18 years, my first thought of each new day has been her and the day we have ahead together.  My last thought at night, as my head hits the pillow and I drift off to sleep, has been of her and thanking God for the day He gave us.  We now will have new rituals and routines as I wake up in a house without her presence. The way I have been approaching this day is similar to how I … Continue reading “My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off”

Friyay Fit — The Three T’s

It’s the weekend!  I’m sharing three T’s today — Tom Cruise, my favorite Trench coat, and a graphic tee! First, if you haven’t seen Tom Cruise’s latest installment of Mission Impossible: Fallout, make time to see Tom run, yell, and almost self-destruct about 10,000 times.  It’s popcorn worthy. Second, my favorite new wardrobe addition from this past spring is my soft blue trench coat from Cabi.  Regrettably, it’s no longer available.  If you don’t own a trench, be sure to add one to your closet.  They are perfect for chilly AC office spaces and I look forward to incorporating it into my fall uniform with autumnal colors of brown and orange.  Trenches never go out of style and I am sure this fall’s lineup will be no different. On this particular day of laughter, I paired it with white, frayed hem jeans from Ann Taylor, a tee from J Crew … Continue reading “Friyay Fit — The Three T’s”

My Favorite Coffee Table Books

I love to collect pretty books that Mother used to call “Coffee Table” books.  I’m sharing a few of my favorites… Martha Stewart Flowers  “Accompanied by beautiful photographs of displays in Martha’s home, bursting with ideas, and covering every step from seed to vase, Martha’s Flowers is a must-have handbook for flower gardeners and enthusiasts of all skill levels.”  One of the kind people I worked with recently gifted me an autographed copy of this gorgeous book.  It was such a thoughtful gift and one I will treasure always. Modern Mix by Eddie Ross.  “With more than 350 full-color photographs, time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts to decorating and entertaining beautifully on a budget, Modern Mix will open your eyes to the extraordinary possibilities within your reach and inspire you to live every day colorfully and creatively.”  Bestie gifted me this one.  I adore it.  Eddie’s style and love of beautiful finds came from his … Continue reading “My Favorite Coffee Table Books”

What Would Holley Wear: Posh in the City

“Start spreading the news…I’m leaving today…I want to be a part of it…New York, New York” So I just returned from a four day trip to New York.  From dinner hosted on a penthouse terrace to drinks at a jazzy speakeasy….it was definitely a posh weekend!   One of the highlights of my trip was dining on the 10th floor outdoor terrace at a dear friend’s penthouse in midtown.  So, what do you wear to a penthouse dinner party in mid-July? Something penthouse posh….of course! For this special evening, I wore a floral tiered maxi skirt with a white off-the-shoulder top tied at the waist and brown sandals.  Be sure to take a look at the penthouse terrace views on our Pinterest board!    Whether you are going to a museum or taking a leisurely walk on the High-Line, one of the best ways to look posh in New York … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Posh in the City”

Hurry Up Appetizers! Five Easy Ideas to Serve in a Hurry

We’ve all been there — a last minute, impromptu invitation extended before reality sets in, or your spouse has told their group of friends to come over and casually mentions it to you a few hours prior to their arrival.  No worries, I have the perfect spread that takes little effort and just a trip to the grocery store. First, guacamole.  Everyone loves it.  You can make your favorite recipe, like Miss Bee prefers, or buy store bought from the deli. To up the level of store bought, just add a hand full of chopped cilantro. Next, corn relish and cream cheese with Frito’s corn chips.  My sister-in-law gave me a jar of corn relish as a hostess gift.  I put an 80z block of cream cheese on a platter, poured the corn relish on top, slightly mixed it and arranged a bag of fritos around the platter. Yum. Chips … Continue reading “Hurry Up Appetizers! Five Easy Ideas to Serve in a Hurry”