What Would Holley Wear: Pajama Style

In all honesty, this article was supposed to be about what to wear to spring parties, showers, and graduations.  As you know, all of these events were canceled….including our grandson, Evan’s, graduation from pre-school.  #SadLolley. So, when is it considered too late in the day to stay in your pajamas?  Asking for a friend!  On that happy note….show me a cute pajama set, and I’ll show you a reason to stay in them all day long.  I love/love/love Shop Bop’s selection of sleepwear.  And yes, they are on the pricey side, but if you’re staying in them all day or all week long, I’m pretty sure you’ll be getting your money’s worth.   Like a weighted blanket, a robe is a cozy way to feel safe.  And feeling safe is essential these days.  Don’t you agree?  BedHead Pajamas offers the perfect spring/summer robe in a blue or pink stripe.  We think … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Pajama Style”

Mrs. Twist’s School of Gracious Living Register Now

I am so very happy to announce my new passion project – Mrs. Twist’s School of Gracious Living. It’s been on my heart for over a year to share the talents my mother passed on to me, but I wasn’t quite sure how. I know I have my blog and podcast as platforms, but I thrive connecting with people on a more personal level. I contemplated renting a retail space or teaching in other people’s spaces, and then COVID-19 happened. For the last eight weeks, as I’ve sheltered in my home, I realized how much I love being and living in my home. My home fills my heart with joy and re-energizes me. Yet, I still want to connect with women.  We are all having to rethink our futures, turn those images on a slightly different axis, and create unique ways to stay connected. I’m inspired to curate an opportunity … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s School of Gracious Living Register Now”

What Would Holley Wear: To a Zoom Meeting

A new technology tool we’ve discovered during the COVID-19 pandemic is Zoom.  My Zooming has been with family, friends, and my book club.  But I know many of our readers Zoom for business meetings.  Which leads into….WWHW to a Zoom meeting! Here’s the deal….you are only seen from the waist up…right?  So let’s start with tops that pop.  If you want to be seen at your video conferencing call, wear a bright color.  Ann Taylor’s green top with puffy sleeves definitely makes a statement. I’m also recommending print tops…anything with vibrant colors or animal prints!  Did I hear someone say….bonus? It’s a balance…you want to be comfortable at home but also want to look presentable at your meeting.  There are so many great casual summer blazers that can be paired with jeans but are also conducive to Zooming.  A colorful striped blazer from Steinmart looks business-like when worn with white … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: To a Zoom Meeting”

Shirley Temple Cake

Looking through Pinterest recently, I found a recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T for a Shirley Temple Cake!  I loved this iconic drink when I was little.  Mother and Daddy would order me this mocktail to enjoy as they visited with their friends over dinner.  I always felt so special.  In fact, I dare you not to smile when you sip one! A bartender may have invented the origin of the Shirley Temple drink at Chasen’s, a restaurant in Beverly Hills, to serve the then-child actress Shirley Temple. Temple herself was not a fan of the drink, as she told Scott Simon in an NPR interview in 1986: “The sugary sweet, icky drink? Yes, well, those were created in the probably middle 1930s by The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, and I had nothing to do with it. But, all over the world, I am served that. People think it’s … Continue reading “Shirley Temple Cake”

Mrs. Twist Reads This – Meet Lian Dolan Author of The Sweeney Sisters

We are in for a treat this month reading Lian Dolan’s new release The Sweeney Sisters.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Lian, her sisters, and their weekly podcast – Satellite Sisters.  I can’t wait for each week’s new episode. As they say in the  promo, listening to their podcast is like “having coffee with an old friend.” Lian is the producer and host of Satellite Sisters, the award-winning talk show she created with her four real sisters. On Satellite Sisters, she’s interviewed everyone from Nora Ephron to Madeleine Albright to Big Bird. Satellite Sisters began life as a syndicated radio show and is now a top-rated podcast for women. I reached out to Lian letting her know about our fabulous Book Club and she’s happy to join us via Zoom to discuss her book!  Pinch me!  I’m a huge Lian fan! An accomplished storyteller, Lian returns with her biggest, boldest, most … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This – Meet Lian Dolan Author of The Sweeney Sisters”

What Would Holley Wear: Stylish Spirit Lifters

So something I’ve been wondering….are you in good spirits?  If not so much, I totally understand.  The good news is….WWHW is sharing stylish spirit lifters…guaranteed to put a smile on your face!   First, start your day off by getting dressed and wear something with color!  I’m loving all the green and pink combos I’m seeing on Pinterest.  A frugal find I discovered is a pink short-sleeve shirt from H&M…so trendy with puffy sleeves!  It goes great with jeans, and for a little spring flair, I’m wearing it with a green floral midi skirt, also from H&M….just add a pair of white flip flops.   Accessorizing is a great way to lift your spirits.  And what says “happy” more than colorful layered beads?  Anthropologie’s triple pearl necklace in pink, turquoise, and yellow gives an extra dose of joy.  If you are looking for a fun and creative summer activity, be sure to … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Stylish Spirit Lifters”

Curate the Perfect Workspace | My Favorite Office Must Haves

What do you need around you to be productive?  What elements come to mind when you think of a space that’s inviting?  Several months ago when my co-worker popped into my office for a meeting, she told me she loves to gather in my office because the space is so welcoming, calm, and inspiring. Now that we working from home during the COVID-19 crisis to stay well, it’s important to curate a space that inspires and welcomes you each day. Here’s are my six must-haves for the perfect workspace. First, a good candle. I have a few officemates with sensitive noses, so be sure when you are selecting a fragrance to remember the fragrance will travel out of your door. Steer clear of anything too floral. I like citrus and vanilla. Trader Joe’s has terrific smelling, affordable candles. I am not sure if they still have them in stock, but … Continue reading “Curate the Perfect Workspace | My Favorite Office Must Haves”

Me, Mother and our Secret Garden

The weather is beautiful today. So many people are out walking their dogs, couples taking walks, children riding their bikes and scooters. Springtime is one of my favorite seasons (just behind autumn) because I delight in seeing my flowers grow in the garden. This week I have been bringing in handfuls of roses from my garden, enjoying a new bouquet on my desk each day. I thought you might like to read an essay I wrote earlier this year in a creative writing class. The professor challenged us to write about a place that is important to us. I immediately thought of the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, and all the times my mother took me there.  Mother taught me many things, and her love of nature is one of them. I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I did writing it. 1968. Trying to recapture memories of … Continue reading “Me, Mother and our Secret Garden”

What Would Holley Wear: The Perfect Date – April 25

So who remembers watching the movie, Miss Congeniality?  When Miss Rhode Island was asked to describe her perfect date, she answered…April 25th.  She went on to explain…“because it’s not too hot, not too cold…all you need is a light jacket!”  And with that answer….she won Miss United States!!! Hilarious…right?  That being said, I can’t think of better inspiration for a fashion article!  So let’s start with utility jackets.  These are considered a wardrobe essential during our spring months…ideal for the perfect date.  And just so you know…utility includes cargo, yoga, denim, moto, and rain jackets.  In other words…your basic everyday jacket.   You will definitely want to browse Cabi’s spring collection on our board and contact Cabi stylist, Stacy Stoltz.  Their belted denim jacket is one of our favorites.  Style it with white jeans, and for a little drama, wear it with their floral wrap midi skirt. Cabi’s white utility jacket … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: The Perfect Date – April 25”

Saturday Chat and Check-in: Coming from my Vanity!

Good Saturday to you!  I’m looking forward to keeping up these Saturday chats to check-in on what I’m up to and spend time with you. This week on Home with a Twist YouTube we are sitting at my bathroom vanity so I can share my favorite skincare and beauty products with you. Having more time to indulge in the bottles, creams, and potions I have tucked away in my cabinets, I decided to start getting them out and giving myself spa treatments with stuff I already have on-hand. Are you finding you have more time to use a facial mask or soak in the tub since we have not had as many demands placed on us? Here are the products I talked about in my video… Texas Collection Lavender Salt Scrub. It’s an HEB product which makes me think it came from my Austin besties. Sadly, it’s no longer available. … Continue reading “Saturday Chat and Check-in: Coming from my Vanity!”