What Would Holley Wear: Margo’s Ageless Style

My Aunt Margo is one of the most fabulous women I’ve ever known!  From her Lalique crystal collection to her style…she is one posh lady!  When I was growing up, she and her family traveled “via jet-plane” from Connecticut to south Arkansas every summer to visit my grandparents and my family.    So, in honor of my fancy Aunt…this article is dedicated to Aunt Margo!   One way I would describe her style is “fearless”!  So, let’s get started and talk about what makes a style fearless.  I have to say bold colors are a key factor.  When I think about Margo’s style, the colors green and orange are at the top of the list….the perfect complement to any redhead!   I’m loving a pair of green driving shoes from Gap on our Pinterest board…just add jeans, a white blouse and a fabulous green statement piece. And I can also … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Margo’s Ageless Style”

What Would Holley Wear: Free Tips from a Personal Stylist

Don’t you just love it when someone gives you something for free?  My favorite thing about style is….it really isn’t something that can be bought. …At the end of the day, it’s not about how much something costs. …It’s more about how you style it…and styling, my friends, is free! With that in mind, I am presenting my first edition of ways to style the clothes you already have in your closet.  All for free…of course!   So let’s start with how to tweak your jackets or blazers.  To give your style the “cool factor”, push your jacket sleeves up to reveal your cuffs.  Blouses with bell sleeves and extra-long cuffs worn with your blazer will add an additional “too cool for school” look.  So push those sleeves up!  Nothing says “fashionista” like a draped or off the shoulder jacket. So instead of wearing your jacket, start draping it.  A … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Free Tips from a Personal Stylist”

The Tips and Tricks Every Floral-Novice Needs to Know

This article was made possible from our Alice’s Table blog – your source for tips and tricks for a simply joyous life.  These are the kind of tips you can look forward to in my classes. Check my events tab for the March class list! Friends are coming over after dinner and you’re desperate to get fresh flowers on the table –  they’re the perfect little touch that pulls everything together and shows your guests that you’ve thought of every detail. So, you rush to the store to grab some flowers after work, you grab a pre-made arrangement, run home, stick it in a vase and voila… a very lackluster arrangement that could be diagnosed with a case of flower flops…trust us, we’ve all been there. Relying on pre-made arrangements can quickly add up, and let’s be honest, it always takes a little too long to find a bunch that matches … Continue reading “The Tips and Tricks Every Floral-Novice Needs to Know”

How you can help Mrs. Twist: Just Five Simple Things

According to research, I have only 18 seconds to convey my message to you today.  Here it is:  Help.  SOS.  Urgent news, please read.  Send help. I have so many lovely readers, many of you I have met, but most I haven’t.  What I hear from you is music to my ears:  “I love your blog!” “It’s so inspiring!”  “I made those lemon bars you shared last week!”  It makes my heart sing to hear this. Truly, no joke.  More on how I can continue to write for you is included below… What do I need?  I want more people to share my heart with.  Did you know I started blogging almost 10 years ago when I was a caregiver to my parents?  My sister encouraged me to blog and share my life with others in hopes it may be inspiring to someone out there needing an escape.  After my … Continue reading “How you can help Mrs. Twist: Just Five Simple Things”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Our February book club selection is Bonfire by Krysten Ritter.  You can link up to our club’s page to sign up for a free membership to our book club through Book Movement. Here’s the synopsis of the book… From actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter, a gripping, tightly wound suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption   It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands. But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’s … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter”

What Would Holley Wear: Layers

February is the perfect month to wear layers.  Sometimes we need a coat, and sometimes a few layers will do the trick. The main thing I love about layering is it allows me to be creative with my styling! In the middle of winter, sometimes wearing a coat is necessary.  So let’s start with layering a coat.  Jenna Lyons, the former creative mastermind behind J Crew, started the double-jacket trend.  We are loving her black coat layered over a jean jacket, satin pants and blue suede pumps.  Another great coat layering style is a camel jacket layered over a denim jacket, t-shirt, and jeans.  Both of these signature styles can easily transition into spring.    New York subway riders have definitely got the layering trend down.  With sweaters, coats, leggings, scarfs, hats, gloves, and boots, they are ready to take on the city…one layer at a time.  I guess you … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Layers”

A fun way to RePurpose Thrift Store China

On a recent getaway, I stopped into a home decor consignment store.  I have been on the hunt for blue and white dishes and I found an English cream and sugar set. The creamer has a little chip and I knew right away I would plant a succulent in it.  The sugar bowl is in mint condition so I filled it with raw sugar and put it on the coffee station tray next to my Keurig. I stopped into Calloway’s Nursery for a bag of potting soil specially formulated for cactus, succulents and desert plants. And I found two varieties of succulents for $3 each.  They put them down inside the cutest little brown paper bag. I filled the creamer with potting soil.  If you wanted to you could fill the bottom with small pebbles, but the nursery lady told me I didn’t need to if I used the Black Gold brand … Continue reading “A fun way to RePurpose Thrift Store China”

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil soup and grilled cheese are at the top of my best-of list.  Soup is a perfect dish for winter and when I found this recipe for Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup on Pinterest from Cafe Delites, I wanted to give it a try.   First, I always wash my vegetables with Thieves fruit and vegetable spray.  It’s all natural, filled with essential oils and smells amazing.  It’s really important to clean your vegetables thoroughly before you slice or eat them. You roast the tomatoes and garlic in the oven first and it makes the house smell heavenly.   For step four I don’t have an immersion blender, so I ladled the soup in batches into my food processor to make it creamy.  I think you really need to blend the soup because otherwise you might be overwhelmed by the skins from the tomatoes.  It brought the ingredients to a creamier … Continue reading “Homemade Tomato Basil Soup”

Alphabet Printable Valentine’s Cards

There are so many different ways to tell your spouse or child you love them. But instead of giving them the typical card, consider creating an entire book telling them all the ways you love them—from A to Z. Not only does it force you to be really creative, but it gives your partner, child, or even BFF a list of traits that make them unique. And it shows how much you care! Thanks to my nice friends from Shari’s Berries, who happened to like my post on “Finding the Perfect Valentine Gift based on your love language” here, they offered to share this Alphabet of Our Love book with HWT readers!  Instructions for Alphabet of Our Love First, download the alphabet cards.  Print out the cards on either hard cardstock or regular paper. Write out one reason you love your partner or child for each letter of the alphabet on each … Continue reading “Alphabet Printable Valentine’s Cards”

Poolside and Petals: How to Design Flowers Like a Pro

Want to learn a new skill that you can practice again and again?  Do you ever look at grocery store flowers and wonder how you can pull them together to create a beautiful centerpiece for your home or to give as a gift?  In this class you will learn: The steps on how to design a beautiful flower arrangement. Tricks to care for your flowers to make them last once you get them home. Tips on selecting the perfect flowers to put a modern twist on the traditional bouquet. If you live local in Fort Worth, please join me on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. for a fun morning poolside learning the tricks to a modern floral arrangement with my business Alice’s Table. Coffee and my famous cinnamon rolls will be served poolside!  Tickets can be purchased here.  The registration fee includes refreshments, class instruction and your take-home bouquet.  … Continue reading “Poolside and Petals: How to Design Flowers Like a Pro”