What Would Holley Wear: Book Club Chic

I’m happy to announce, I recently joined the “Mrs. Twist Reads This” book club.  The good news is….you can be a member even if you live outside of Fort Worth. How awesome is that?  For more info on the club, visit this link to join.  

So the first official “Mrs. Twist” book I read was The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.  It’s one of those books, you can’t put down. And though there is no book club dress code, I still think it’s fun to pair an outfit with a book.  You too? Since the setting for The Family Upstairs takes place in England, I’m thinking a lovely floral midi or maxi dress will complement this page-turner.  And just like a beautiful English garden, we are sharing a stunning selection of floral dresses on Pinterest.

I actually started reading a few of “Mrs. Twist” book selections before I joined the club.  The first one I read was Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes. This is a story about four American women who bond in Italy.  Can someone say…hello Amalfi Coast! Just as inspiring as the book is style influencer, Julia Engle’s, photos of her coastal Italian vacay.  If, like me, you’re interested in copying expensive Italian designer dresses….go to Streetvova.com.  

Next, I read, The Lemonade Year by Amy Willoughby-Burle.  With last year’s lemon inspired prints, I thought this had to be divine intervention.  So first, enjoy a slice of lemon cake from Euna Mae’s! Next, take a look at a bold lemon print skirt from Chic Wish on our Pinterest board.  All you need to add is a white tee and espadrilles. But truthfully, any yellow print will inspire you to read this book.

 

I have many friends who are avid readers, so when one suggested, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes, I knew I would love it.  The story’s mystery revolves around an elaborately stitched piece of fabric. So I’m thinking Cabi’s navy botanical kimono would be the perfect pairing for this book (Mrs. Twist owns this Kimono BTW!).  And just like a kimono, a beautiful kaftan adds elegance to your stay-at-home style.

Hmmm….I don’t know about you, but coordinating my outfit with the book I’m reading….makes me love reading that much more! 

Be sure to join us tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. CST for book club via Zoom here. We are meeting virtually to discuss Lady Clementine, the true story of the first lady of Great Britain and wife of Winston Churchill.

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls 2020 Edition

A few years after my first “Classy Girls Wear Pearls” article, people continue to ask…“Are pearls still in style?”.  So here’s my answer: As long as Chanel designs clothes, jewelry, and accessories embellished with pearls…they will always be in style!  

Though something new since my 2017 article are pearl headbands.  I recently saw a TCU coed wearing one with her t-shirt and cutoffs.  But here’s the deal…they can also be dressed up and are the perfect complement to your party style.   Pearl barrettes are another way to add a little sass to your style. And if you wear three or more…consider yourself tres-chic!  

From Chanel to Zara and all the copies in between, pearl belts complement jeans, dresses, and skirts.  Dolce Gabanna is known for its opulence, and their pearl enhanced heart belt is no exception. Amazon’s pearl butterfly belts are great Gucci knockoffs….for a major savings! 

Handbags with pearl adornments just keep getting better.  The ultimate this season is a Chanel flap bag! But the good news is there are so many affordable options as well.  I have a sneaky little feeling that a pearl bag strap from Amazon Fashion will become your bag’s favorite new accessory, and it definitely gives a “classy girl” vibe!

If you’re interested in something “over the top,” a blazer or jacket with pearl embellishments is the way to go.  And we think blouses and sweaters with pearl buttons are beyond classy. Another way to give your look a Channel-ish vibe is with a pearl brooch.  Just so you know, brooches can be pinned anywhere. For a stylish twist, pin your brooch on a cuff…or a pocket…or a bow…or on your shoulder. So chic and so classy!    

FYI…stacking bracelets has been a trend for some time.  But if you want to give your stack a little extra classiness, add a strand of pearls.  And think about dressing-up your Garmin or Apple watch with a pearl bracelet….techy and classy!  

Doesn’t it make you happy to know pearls are still in style?  From headbands to brooches, everyone loves a “classy girl who wears pearls”!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: What’s in my Suitcase

When we go to Kansas City in the winter, I definitely make a few adjustments to my travel style.  The main idea is to stay warm and comfy…in a stylish way. Of course!

So let’s talking about what I packed for KC.  Most times this means taking a few surprises to the kiddos (our four grandchildren).  The big hit on this trip was a game I purchased at Target called “Shut Ya Mouth”….guaranteed to cause belly laughs!  Thank goodness Southwest Airlines will let you take 2 bags at no extra charge.  

 So what did I pack?  Okay let’s be honest…it was three degrees when we landed.  To save room in my suitcase, the first thing I did was layer.  My cold climate travel style tip is this: If it’s bulky…layer and wear it on the plane.  Also, if I’m going someplace that’s cold, I always wear boots on the plane. This helps save room in your suitcase as well.  And always pack a pair of warm gloves…definitely a cold climate necessity.  

This trip I wrapped up in an animal print scarf from Target and layered it over a white shearling-lined coat.  I also wore a turtleneck sweater, jeans, tights, gloves, and boots. FYI…a cool way to update your boot style is with a pair of combat boots.  And for a boho vibe, pair them with a midi skirt or dress.

Just like my outfits, I kept my sleepwear comfy and warm too….soft animal print pajama bottoms and shearling-lined moccasin slippers were my night-time jammie style.  ASOS offers a wonderful selection of pajamas and slippers…so be sure to take a look at some we are highlighting on our Pinterest board.

For a walk to the local neighborhood park, a pair of leggings and a long-sleeved top from Athleta work perfectly…all layered over tights.  To add a little flair to your athleisure style, wear a colorful pair of Nike sneakers. If you are looking for a sleek sneaker look, a pair of Sorrel’s metallic puffer sneakers will be ideal for you!

The main thing is to be comfy and stay warm when you are packing for a weekend visit to a cold climate.  And be sure to stay stylish…because everyone loves hanging out with a cool grandmother!   

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

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.

Something you’ll never hear Holley prescribe is….take two aspirin and go to bed.  More like…take two “happy pills” and go shopping! Just like your local Emergency Care….TJ Maxx and Marshall’s are just around the corner and have easy online 24-hour access!  

I was thrilled when I discovered TJ Maxx has a “Runway” section at my local store and online, as well.  They have always been famous for having a great selection of sunshades. www.tjmaxx.com.   With their “Runway” line, they just upped their game with designers like Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Saint Laurent.  Better than a B12 shot…right?  

Stella McCartney Italian sunglasses

At Marshall’s, it’s never too early to start shopping for a Spring handbag. www.marshalls.com.   I’m smitten with a bamboo satchel and a Tommy Bahama rattan bucket bag from their website.  And BTW…both pair well with a cup of chicken noodle soup!   

We all know “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but did you know a visit to Zara’s has the same healing powers?  www.zara.com.   Here are a few of their “healthy choices”.  Zara’s selection of hats will definitely lift your spirits.  Have you ever noticed French girls don’t seem to get the blues?  Call me crazy, but I have a feeling wearing an adorable beret, beanie, or skipper cap is the perfect winter blues remedy.  

Style docs love the dual benefit of wearing a belt because they complete an outfit and give you that “hour-glass” look.  Zara has an awesome belt selection. For an extra dose of style, wear a belt over your blazer. Feeling better?  

Whew…just knowing retail therapy is available 24/7 boosts my immune system.  Hopefully, yours too!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

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 classy.  Wearing sneakers is another way to stay comfy and look stylish….perfect for travel and strolling the strip.  

Style Tip:  I’m obsessed with Veja fashion sneakers.  And the good news is you can try on and purchase them locally at Stanley Eisenman’s!

I have to admit, we missed having our meals being comped but still dined at nice restaurants.  So, on the count of three, everyone say, “Hello, Happy Hour!” Our favorite was Buddy V’s at The Venetian.  Even Neiman Marcus offers a happy hour in Vegas on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 6. How posh nosh does that sound?  

One way to achieve a “high roller” look on a budget is with black jeans.  I wore black-coated jeans day and night…during the day with a black and white tweed blazer and in the evening with a pink animal print blazer.  Be sure to take a look at our selection of all black ensembles on our Pinterest board…such a classy look for happy hour and afterward at the blackjack table.

Alcoholic beverages are expensive anywhere you go…right?  Here’s one of our “cheap” travel tips…pack a few wine bottles, (or beverage of your choice), and have happy hour in your room/suite.  WWJD (What Would Johnny Drink)? He suggests packing your wine in a Jet Bag, absorbent and reusable bottle bags. Order them on Amazon. Trust me on this one…they have been well-tested by our family!  And BTW…it’s always 5 o’clock in Vegas!

Years ago, friends told us about an “off the strip” casino called Palace Station, famous for its acclaimed Oyster Bar with the big draw being a seafood chowder called Pan Roast!  For an extra bonus…you can play bingo at the casino for as little as $15 a person for an entire hour! And BTW, wear what you want because nobody there gives a crap (and I’m not talking about the tables).  

Oh my goodness…does this sound like a lot of “cheap talk”?  I hope so because one thing I know for sure, you are going to love doing “Vegas on the Cheap”!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

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 glittery Golden Goose sneakers.  For a less expensive pair of glittery kicks, be sure to take a look at the selection on our Pinterest board!

For a “Galentine’s” Party with your besties, why not shine in a pink sequin skirt.  I adore how San Francisco fashion influencer, Lombard & Fifth blogger, styles her clothes.  So, no wonder I’m loving her J Crew ensemble featuring a pink sequin skirt worn with a winter turtleneck.  And one more thing….“cheers” to her handbag!  

We are smitten with silk skirts on this year’s fashion “it” list!  One of my favorites is a pink silk midi from Etsy. It radiates sophisticated elegance with a tan turtleneck and looks adorable with a striped sweater.  I’m thinking a pair of pink heart-shaped sunshades from Amazon would be the cat’s meow!  

A fun little tip:  Go to page 29 of the February issue of Oprah Magazine to get 20% off Draper James heart shades at eyeconic.com.

If you love shopping online at Bloomingdale’s, then you are going to love their exceptional selection of red and pink handbags.  The ultimate V-Day bag is a beaded heart shape tote by Loeffler Randall, and it comes in pink and red! Tory Burch’s red Gemini canvas tote is a great year-round bag and “cupid approved”…of course!   Be sure to check out our Pinterest board to view more Bloomingdale’s bags!

Well, bless your heart…it looks like you found that “loving feeling”!  Happy Valentine’s Day!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Five Winter White Coats

We think white coats and jackets are the perfect winter wrap.  From dressy coats to puffers, they can be dressed up or go casual…you get to decide!

So let’s start with a casual look…puffers!  Calvin Klein’s quilted coat with a faux fur hood from Dillard’s is great for our Texas weather ($101.40).  And a bonus…it’s water-resistant. Another Dillard’s white puffer we are smitten with is Donna Karan’s faux fur-trimmed hooded puffer ($143.40).  The good news…both coats have been permanently reduced!

 Shearling and Sherpas meets the warm and cozy test!  A shearling knock-off we love is Top Shop’s biker jacket trimmed in brown faux leather ($150.00).  Wear it with slacks or jeans…the ideal “town and country” look. The perfect coat for our Texas weather is a Northface water repellent, reversible Sherpa parka…available at Dillard’s ($179).    

For the ultimate in a dressy coat, a wrap sets the pace for elegance.  Point proven with a Theory ($635) crepe wrap coat from Neiman Marcus. If you are like me, and like a bargain, you will love TJ Maxx’s wrap coat or H&M’s ($109.65) wool blend wrap.   Wear them over a dress or with slacks to the office, and after work to a Cliburn Series concert.

Ever since real furs became a fashion “no”…the quality of faux furs has escalated to a whole new level.  Bloomingdales proves my point with an affordable faux fur by Bagatelle NYC ($103.60). Popular style influencer, Fashion Jackson, shows us how to look ultra-chic in a white faux fur by Aqua from Bloomingdales ($134.40).  She’s pairing it with black-coated jeans, booties, and bag to give it a classy edge.

Rain, rain, come our way!  Be sure to take a look at a few of our favorite trenches from ASOS ($76), and Belk’s ($60) on our Pinterest board.  These coats are terrific for the office and also for those days you need to dash out in the rain. Calvin Klein’s trench jacket in faux wool is ideal for our winter/spring transition in Texas! ($101.40)   

I don’t know about you, but wearing a white coat makes me look forward to cold winter days and evenings!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: Five Ways to Wear Winter Brights

If what you wear shouts so loud, we can’t hear what you say…then obviously you love color.  And just like you….we think January is the perfect month to brighten things up!  

An easy way to accomplish this is by wearing a bright winter vest!  We are feeling warm and cozy with all the vests featured on our Pinterest board…perfect for running around town.  To give your vest a preppy vibe, wear it over a layered shirt and sweater. A bright vest will also add a fun pop to your fitness style, and think about color blocking with a vibrant scarf!  So, who’s up for a brisk walk?  

Remember when bright puffer jackets were just seen on the ski slopes?  Not anymore….these vivid beauties are ideal for any scenario. And who doesn’t love a double-duty ski jacket?  From Bloomingdale’s aqua packable puffer to Aritzia’s super puffer, (available in 7 neon shades), they will take you from the slopes to shopping!  

Show me a girl styling a pair of bright boots, and I’ll show you a girl who likes to stand out in a crowd!  Amazon’s waterproof snow boot comes in a selection of rainbow colors….perfect for snowy or a cold rainy day.  If you are wanting to make a fashion splash, then think about purchasing a pair of bright rubber boots from Belk’s.

It’s sweater weather!  From neons to rainbow stripes, it’s the best time of year to wear a sweater.  Amazon’s bold striped turtlenecks go great with jeans or leggings. And their hot-pink pullover sweater makes it easy to “steal” style icon, Jenna Lyon’s, party style.  

If you want to brighten up your winter wardrobe with an accessory…a Skagen watch will do the trick.  You can find these colorful watches online at Dillard’s and Nordstrom’s. If you are an Apple watch fan, then think about brightening up your watch style with one of their colorful bands.  Keeping time never looked so bright!  

There is no question about it…we are loving what your style shouts! 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: True Confessions of a Fashion Writer

So…I’m starting off the New Year sharing some style confessions!  Here’s the deal…I don’t own or wear everything I write about. That being said, I’m happy to research and share what I do know.  Whew…glad to get that off my chest!   

True Confession:  I prefer wearing a skirt versus a dress because it allows for stylish creativity!

How many ways can you style a printed skirt?  More than I can count. Some Pinterest looks I’m loving feature animal print skirts styled with a sweater, or a t-shirt, or layered with a leather or denim jacket, etc.  

True Confession:  A pop of color is a style influencer’s best friend!

Bag matching is my favorite way to do this.  And here’s the good news…nothing has to match exactly.  Another idea is matching accessories. For example, match a bracelet with a belt or your boots with a scarf.  How fun is that?   

True Confession:  I’m a frugal shopper…always looking for a deal!

My go-to is H&M and even though, they have great prices…I go to the sale rack first.  A favorite purchase this winter was a tiger-print sweater. It looks great with a camel blazer and faux leather pants and also with a black pleated skirt. Always think about how many ways you can style an outfit!  

True Confession:  I believe these two words should be banned from our vocabulary:  “age-appropriate.” 

Instead, think about “aging fabulously” by adding a trendy pop to a classic look. A great Pinterest example shows a woman wearing a gray cowl-neck sweater with a trendy pair of snake print skinnies.  Camouflage skinnies and leggings are also age-defying. Another way to “age fabulously” is with a pair of embellished booties. And who doesn’t love a hip grandma?

True Confession:  Fashion and styling are my avenues for encouraging women!

Yes, it’s true…I don’t know everything about fashion, but I’m happy to research and share what I do know.  And one thing I know for sure…. “We rise when we lift others!”  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]

What Would Holley Wear: “Tweeds” the Night Before Christmas

Full disclosure:  This is a risqué version of a classic Christmas story.  So you may want to help yourself to a little eggnog before you continue reading!

“Tweeds” the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse….except for mama in her kerchief and stylish tweed shoes.  Oh my goodness…what in the world was mama up to? It seemed she had carefully hung her stockings to arouse St. Nick’s attention….tip-toeing downstairs in a pair of sexy tweed kittens! 

 Such a handsome fellow, so lively and quick, she knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.  And then in a twinkling, I heard upstairs…prancing and joyous hoots! Oh, my…it was mama trying on a new tweed suit.  Nicholas suggested a few ideas from Pinterest…Chanel, Chic Wish, and the list continues. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, gave the luster to all the tweed objects to behold.

Stanley Eisenman Shoes

His eyes how they twinkled…his dimples how merry!  He even brought mama a tweed clutch and poured her some sherry!  A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, I started wondering….is ole’ Nick trying to get into mama’s bed?  Lord have mercy, how could this be….who knew there was a salacious side to tweed?  

Up to mama’s bedroom the courses they flew, with a bag full of tweed blazers…all brand new!  The perfect look for an elegant Christmas party….or an evening at home sipping a hot toddy. Not into vaping, he smoked a pipe, and I started wondering…will he be here all night?  

Though his posse was waiting….he had other houses to visit.  And let me just say this, when he left…mama was glistening! In her stylish tweed blazer, she looked so put together, and good ole’ St. Nick suggested she wear it with leather!

He sprang to his Mercedes, to mama gave a whistle, and away he flew like the down of a thistle.  But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, “Good God almighty…what a glorious night!”

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]