What Would Holley Wear: Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

This year, John and I are celebrating Thanksgiving twice!  First we celebrated in Kansas City with Andy and Melissa, and our four grandchildren (ages 1 to 11).  And next week, we head to New York to celebrate with Chris and our New Jersey cousins. Spending time with family….it doesn’t get any better than that!  

Not only did we celebrate Thanksgiving early in Kansas but we also celebrated Eli’s 1st birthday and Pop’s 65th birthday!  When we are with our grandchildren, comfort is more on my radar than style.  My KC Thanksgiving/Birthday weekend style consisted of jeans, sweaters, and flat boots.  From playing on the floor with a 1 and 3 year old to playing cards with a 9 and 11 year old….I make sure my style is always “grandmother friendly”!  By the way…guess who loved their birthday cake the most?

I am loving all the striped sweaters, ponchos, and wraps in stores and on our Pinterest board.  For our Kansas Thanksgiving dinner, I dressed up my “comfy grandmother” look a bit by wearing gray jeans with a creamy white turtleneck complemented with a striped poncho.  With my snakeskin boots from Zara, I was ready for “turkey-time!” Be sure to take a look at all of the fall/winter striped sweaters and wraps on our Pinterest board!

 

Fall floral dresses and skirts are another great look for a Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.  We are loving a floral dress from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale on our Pinterest board. With a pair of black suede booties, it makes for the perfect fall/winter ensemble.  Wanting to add a pop to your holiday style? Then think about wearing a statement blouse or sweater with a floral skirt and boots!

Next week we are heading to New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with our son, Chris, and our New Jersey cousins.  We have dinner reservations at Jasmine’s in mid-town. Yep….we are having Chinese for our New York Thanksgiving dinner!  Since I’m loving this season’s suede and leather skirts, I plan to wear a brown faux suede midi skirt with a grey turtleneck sweater and my black Eileen Fisher moto jacket.  And one more thing….I’m pretty sure my outfit will pair perfectly with Peking duck and sparkling wine!

For the remainder of our New York trip, we will be busy sightseeing and doing a lot of city walking.  The key wardrobe factor here will be flat knee-high boots. Plus they will go great with everything I’m taking…my suede skirt, jeans, and a pair of faux leather pants.  Our Pinterest board features so many cool city looks to copy from boots to leather pants and skirts. I’m especially loving a pair of leather pants topped with a wool rust coat layered over a white sweater and worn with flat booties!  How New York-ish does that sound?

After celebrating my favorite holiday twice this year with family….I’m reminded how “grateful … thankful … and blessed” I am.  With that, I would like to share a thanksgiving toast with each of you….“may your lives be filled with both thanks and giving!”

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Fall Crops and Culottes

This week we are sharing our favorite ways to wear fall/winter culottes. Once a spring and summer look, culottes have made a big come back and now work year-round.  

Want to give your culottes a “too cool for school” vibe?  Then think about wearing them with a leather or denim jacket.  Two fab Pinterest board looks show camel culottes paired with a leather jacket…one dressed-up with heels and one worn casual with sneakers.  An ultra-trendy style shows a pair of camel culottes with a white turtleneck sweater topped with a denim jacket. And for an extra pop, they added snakeskin booties!   How cool is that?

I have to admit…I’m loving all the fall leather culottes.  For a sophisticated seasonal look, you can’t miss with layers of brown leather…jacket, culottes, and booties.  Another classic look on our Pinterest board shows a pair of black leather culottes topped with a camel sweater and coat.  And my favorite board pick is definitely a striped sweater and black leather culottes.

Doing a double take?  Then take a look at a cute pair of khaki culottes shown two ways….one with a black sweater and one with a white sweater.  Basically, they swapped out the tops, shoes, and handbags….an easy switch-a-roo! There are so many ways to wear black culottes!   One Pinterest board feature shows black culottes with an adorable cropped sweater with elbow patches. Another classy look matches black culottes with a gray turtleneck and knee-high boots.

Looking for the perfect fall transition style?  Then look no further because the answer is denim culottes.  Show me a pair of frayed denim culottes, and I’ll show you one of this season’s “it” trends!  For a casual weekend look, wear a cable sweater with your denim culottes. When the weather starts turning a bit cooler, adding a vest, sweater, and boots will do the trick.  To up your “casual Friday” style, think about wearing a blazer or trench coat with your denim culottes…a bonus for sure!

What’s your favorite fall color? One of my fall favorites is olive green, and I’m loving a Pinterest post featuring olive green culottes, printed t-shirt, leather jacket, and sneakers.  To give a pair of green culottes a dressed-up vibe, top off your outfit with a leopard print coat! Another way to incorporate this fall color into your wardrobe is with an olive green vest.  A long vest worn with white cropped jeans and an animal print clutch is a great intro to fall. And remember….white after Labor Day is the norm these days!

Did you know that culottes make for a great party look?  One way to accomplish this is by wearing them with a blouse or sweater with statement sleeves.  Style star, Olivia Palermo, never misses a fashion beat. Her black culottes matched with a white statement blouse tell me one thing….the beat goes on!  And fashion maven, Jenna Lyons, marches to the beat of her own drum as well. She creatively styles white wrap culottes two ways….one with a sheer pearl embellished top and another with a white off-the-shoulder top.  Drum roll please!

From Labor Day throughout the winter season, culottes are now considered a fall/winter fashion staple.  And I don’t know about you, but I just love how an old classic has become a new trend!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Cool and Classic Eileen Fisher

When Sari Moore, Store Leader of Eileen Fisher at Northpark Center invited me to give an in-house style presentation to their clients, I was beyond elated!  The best way to describe Eileen Fisher’s style is cool & classic! Each piece is designed to be worn casually or dressed up. Genius….right?

Since I’m a jeans kind of gal, one of my goals was to show their clients how to incorporate jeans with the flowy style Eileen Fisher is known for.  The day of the event, I wore an EF funnel neck top with a pair of her black skinny jeans and demonstrated how to style it with different wraps and jackets.  To complete my outfit, I added a pair of EF black suede booties…classic perfection!

 

To add a little flair, Sari showed the ladies how to give the outfit a pop with one of their fabulous scarves.  She also brought in beautiful handcrafted jewelry from Akola, located in Snider Plaza. Be sure to take a look at all the fun party pictures on our Pinterest board and find out more about Akola jewelry at akolaproject.org

 

The thing I love most about Eileen Fisher is “the system”….eight simple shapes.  An entire wardrobe can be built around “the system,” from long and short shells, tank tops and dresses, to their four awesome pant options. It’s the fit that makes their simple shapes work effortlessly season after season. My favorite EF pant is their slim pant…a streamlined style that looks great with long layers.  And to give it a more relaxed fit, you can order one size up! Hmmm….I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to do a happy dance!

Their October and November pieces are all about bold color combinations grounded with a neutral.  Megan Markle brought navy back, and Eileen Fisher brought “midnight” back…her luxe version of navy that perfectly balances their bold fall colors.  I’m major crushing on their “red lory” with orangey undertones, and their “pine” is the most luxurious version of green I’ve ever seen. Built around a neutral, their pieces are so easy to color block.  And the good news….the Northpark team members can easily assist you with the perfect fit and color combo! A shopping bonus, indeed!

Accessories always complete an outfit….right?  From scarves to handbags, Eileen Fisher gives her clients easy coordinated options.  One of my favorites is a navy and grey plaid scarf modeled by the gorgeous Gigi, Northpark team member.  Don’t you just love how it perfectly complements their navy tank dress? Eileen’s grey felt tote is the ideal everyday bag and will give your travel style a touch of sophistication….definitely my pick for a weekend jaunt to New York!  

Eileen Fisher’s contemporary styles are not only classic but super comfy and hip!  Wow…it looks like I just made a new best friend! By the way….her name is Eileen! How cool is that?

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.

Contact Holley at [email protected]  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Mad for Plaid

Okay, I’m just going to say it….we are “mad for plaid”….which just happens to be one of this season’s biggest trend!   From shoes to jackets, we’re sharing some great looks that will take you from a business meeting to a busy weekend!

To up your professional style, consider wearing a checked pantsuit.  A fun and mod way to add a little pizzazz to your office style is with a black checked pantsuit and white sneakers. Geometric shapes are perfect for the office. We are loving a pair of black and white checked pants topped with a contrasting poncho and a red checked clutch adds the perfect pop of color!

A sophisticated look on our Pinterest board shows a belted black and white plaid jacket worn with white slacks.  An all-plaid pantsuit is another great office style, and we are loving the gray pantsuit on our board shown with a black Givenchy handbag.  Please know, a plaid pantsuit is so versatile. You can wear the pants with a sweater or blouse or wear the jacket with jeans. Make it work girl!!!

Maybe you do not have a fulltime career but still put in a lot of hours on volunteer committees or auxiliary boards.  For your volunteer job, a plaid jacket worn with jeans gives a casual vibe to a put-together look. Our Pinterest board favorite from Nordstrom’s anniversary sale features a pair of jeans worn with a brown Gucci belt and topped with a plaid car coat.  And think about finishing off this chic look with fur-lined loafers!

We are really getting a kick out of the plaid shoe trend!  Toms and Vans are two brands that offer fun plaid sneakers from slip-ons to lace-ups.  And don’t you think a pair of plaid rain boots is perfect for a rainy autumn day? Burberry is the ultimate when it comes to plaid rain boots….be sure to add a scarf and plaid tote!

Plaid skirts are my favorite preppy look!  Ralph Lauren has cornered the preppy market for years….point proven with their vintage blanket-wrap plaid skirt. J. W. Anderson brings a contemporary look to plaid with their asymmetric maxi skirt. And my favorite Pinterest look is a plaid wrap ruffle skirt as seen on Nina Garcia, creative director of Elle magazine.  BTW….if you want to score extra preppy-points, just add a denim shirt!

What says “preppy” more than a cable sweater complemented with something plaid?  Nothing…right? To rev up your preppy style, we think an ideal look is a cable sweater, plaid shirt, and jeans.  Another cute option on our Pinterest board shows a cable sweater and jeans topped with an oversized plaid scarf. By the way, did you know Target has some great plaid scarf options?  Sounds like you are ready for “Friday night lights!”

With all these great options, how can you not be “mad for plaid?” From the first day of school throughout winter, it’s the perfect look for our Texas weather.  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.

Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Anthropologie

From bohemian to classic, Anthropologie seems to have a style for everyone.  We are so fortunate to have one of their stores in Fort Worth. With its artsy interior design and merchandise display, you get a “cool vibe” the minute you walk in.  

It was a blast when my friends, Laurie and Rochelle, and I recently modeled in their annual fall style show….thanks to Tamara Zrostlik, Anthropologie apparel manager.  And a bonus….we got to work with their in-house stylist, Carol Lumpkin. The style show theme was “Layers of Love,” benefiting Living beyond Breast Cancer. The outfit I modeled was a pair of grey skinny jeans complemented with an oversized white turtleneck with dramatic sleeves and draped with a plaid cardigan….plus lots of “layers” of bracelets.

Browsing Anthro’s online store can be just as fun as being in the actual store.  When you click on “Shop the Trend” you will discover this month’s trend is menswear.  Man, oh man….we are loving these looks! From a pair of plaid leggings matched with a white sweater and belted mojo jacket to a striped shirt dress, you will find some wonderfully inspired options.  A great look for the fall season is their navy double-knit blazer paired with jeans and a navy and white striped t-shirt. For a trendy pop, they added a scarf-tied yellow handbag and a pair of animal print loafers.  

At age 74, Lauren Hutton, is Anthro’s menswear muse.  The fact that they chose a “seasoned” woman to be their fall ambassador makes me love them that much more!  With over 53 years of modeling experience, Hutton ups Anthro’s game with her ageless style. We think she “brings it” when wearing a pair of striped Hepburn wide leg pants complemented with a lovely white blouse.  And of course, she looks fabulous in a grey sweater dress draped with a long belted coat. So many great looks for every age…don’t you think?

You will want to be sure to check out their jewelry selection in the store and online as well.  I was thrilled to discover one of my favorite Australian-based jewelry designers, Amber Sceats, has teamed up with Anthropologie. Her resin jewelry embodies artistic style and individuality. From her green resin hoop earrings to her Tokyo resin bracelets, “she creates a timeless tribute to abstract expression.” How artistic does that sound?  

For my everyday go-to style, I love wearing Anthro’s monogramed “H” initial necklace, because it goes with everything I own and is so on-trend!  Another necklace I’m coveting is their triple relic coin set. You can choose to make a subtle statement by wearing them individually, or opt for a trendy, layered look.  Anyway you wear them, this set will add a classic touch to your style.

Anthro Style Team

So there you have it….a quick guide to shopping at Anthropologie.  Be sure to browse online and check out more options on our Pinterest board.  And speaking of “layers of love”….think about loving yourself and make an appointment with their in-house stylist, Carol Lumpkin!  Trust me….it will be so worth it!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Casual Friday

“It might be “Casual Friday”, but that doesn’t mean your sense of style should take a break”

Wow…how true is that quote?  As a wardrobe consultant, I’ve been invited to professional offices over the years to talk to their employees about how to dress casual and still look professional.  Seems like a no-brainer…right?

So, for once and for all…let’s do this and get it right!  Denim is the usual go-to look for a casual day at the office.  To give your denim a professional vibe, wear your jeans with a blazer the same way you wear your suit pants with a blazer. In other words, make your jacket work overtime! For a classic touch, add a scarf and a classy handbag.

Speaking of scarves, accessories are an easy way to add polish to a casual look.  You will definitely want to include a scarf in your fall/winter-office style. A gray coat worn with skinny jeans topped with a camel blanket scarf is so chic….add a leather handbag for extra luxe.   A camel coat, sweater, and jeans paired with a black scarf and cross body bag will definitely score brownie points with the boss!

Cardigans, wraps, and kimonos are another way to dress up your casual style.  The key here is coordinating with shoes/boots and accessories to give your denim a polished look.  A Pinterest board favorite shows a long bulky cardigan belted. By belting a cardigan, it shows off your waist and makes it look like a coat.  A day-to-night look we love shows a pair of black flared jeans topped with a floral kimono. Hmmm….looks like these wraps are working over-time!

When you are in “the trenches”, it’s good to know a wardrobe built around staples can be a life saver.  We think a trench coat should definitely be a staple in your career wardrobe. They look great over dresses and suits and ultra-classy when worn with jeans or wide leg trousers.  To give your trench coat a current look, add a few “it” accessories…like a Staud bucket bag, an initial necklace from Anthropology, and tortoise earrings from Bauble Bar.

Did you know it is perfectly acceptable to wear leggings to work on “Casual Friday”?  But here’s the deal: Make sure you complement your leggings with a long tunic top, or long sweater or blazer.  We are loving Spanx faux leather leggings. A Houston blogger gets it right by matching her Spanx leggings with a long white shirt topped with a black sweater.  A look I think is perfect for “Casual Friday” is black leggings coupled with a camel J Crew blazer and oversized checked scarf.

An army green jacket should definitely be one of your wardrobe staples. Typically they are a “weekend look” but also perfect for casual Friday. There are several cute fall options to check out on our Pinterest board. Think about pairing a wrap jacket with a striped sweater, scarf, jeans, and top off the look with a pair of over the knee boots. And when the weekend rolls around, just add a suede cap!   

You do know there’s business casual and then there’s weekend casual….right?  To stretch the budget, anything from frayed denim to logo t-shirts are a fun way to give your “Casual Friday” style a weekend vibe!  In other words, repurpose your plaid blazer by wearing it with distressed denim and a logo t-shirt. Meeting a friend for a cup of Joe on Saturday morning?  We think the trench coat you wore on Monday with black slacks and heels will look just as amazing with tattered jeans and loafers. Make that budget work girl!  

Get ready!  Because once you combine your great taste, style, and common sense with a few of my “Casual Friday” suggestions….it’s bonus time!!!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Tailgating Style

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Let’s just say it like it is….some fans never make it to their stadium seats. Why? Because they are having too much fun tailgating! From game winning spreads to catching up with old friends, sometimes there’s more action in the parking lot than on the field.  

So let’s get started and talk about our hometown team, TCU….tailgate style! A purple puffer jacket matched with a purple and white striped sweater is definitely a score! And yes, you get extra points for purple sneakers! Are you a “classy frog”? Then you will want to add a strand of pearls to your purple vest/plaid shirt ensemble.  Go Frogs!!!

Did you know that SMU Mustang fans do not tailgate….they “boulevard”! We think a pony-print skirt is perfect for this winning tradition…don’t you agree?  We also agree a red and blue plaid off-the-shoulder top would look adorable on a SMU coed.  Without question, a fashion “first-down” is layering. One of our Pinterest board favorites shows a red puffer vest layered over a navy striped t-shirt and white cable-knit sweater.  Pony-on Mustang fans!

For those cool-ish game nights, a faux fur vest will take your style into overtime.  A black fur vest layered over a grey sweater worn with maroon jeans has “Aggie style” written all over it.  “Whoop!” Though not to be out-done, a soft white and brown fur vest layered over a burnt orange plaid shirt definitely says “Hook’em Horns!”  We love our Texas rivalries!

 

Are you a “tailgate trendsetter?” Then you will look football-fabulous in this season’s “it” trend….a plaid blazer.  To kick off your tailgate party, wear a plaid blazer over your team logo t-shirt. A Pinterest board favorite I plan to copy shows a black and red plaid blazer layered over a red logo sweatshirt.  And just so you know, I will be wearing an Arkansas Razorback long sleeve t-shirt under my plaid jacket. “Wooo to the Pig!!!”

 

 

 

 

Plaid wraps and shirts are always perfect for game day.  The plaid button-down poncho on our Pinterest board is definitely a winner.  We are crushing on two classy plaid wraps that are worthy of an upscale Baylor Bear tailgate party.  One is a green wrap worn over a black turtleneck with green jeans. The other is a gold plaid wrap complemented with a beautiful white blouse, jeans, and animal print heels.  “Sic ‘Em Bears.”

Have you ever been invited to a tailgate party and realized you don’t own anything in the team’s color?  Don’t worry because I have a fashion solution for you…wear camel. A camel vest worn over a white sweater and jeans is so classy!  A camel coat goes with everything and looks beyond amazing with a white sweater, jeans, and booties…and think about adding a scarf in the team color.  One thing I know for sure….a classic Burberry scarf will definitely make a statement….“Game over, y’all!”

Click pic for link to these genious tailgating tips!

So, now to the good stuff….could someone pass the pigs-in-the-blanket and football deviled eggs…please? Oh, and one more thing….I hope you have “a ball” at your tailgate party!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

 

What Would Holley Wear: Parisian Chic

Do you suffer from FGO (French Girl Obsession)?  I’m pretty sure I do.  One thing I’ve observed about French girls/women is their minimalistic approach to fashion and beauty.   Not only are their clothes low-key, but also their hair and makeup. And of course…that is exactly why I adore their chic style!

First let’s talk about a French basic…denim.  Have you ever wondered how French women spin denim into something so sophisticated?  One denim look seen on the streets of Paris during fashion week was cropped jeans complemented with kitten heels. We are especially crushing on a pair of frayed jeans shown with a white tee, Chanel suspenders, plaid jacket, Dior kitten heels and a camel beret.  A pair of flared cropped jeans and a trench coat will add a little extra French flavor to your style! So sassy and so French!

Mrs. Twist Flips!  When I saw Holley’s post I had to share that I found these kitten heels at Target.  Don’t they look alot like the Dior inspiration!

 

For me, striped tops are a classic French style, and I have to admit, I love stereotypes.  Soooo…show me a girl wearing a striped tee while riding a bike in Paris, and I’m totally in awe!  I love how an American blogger shares her French style riding a pink bike wearing white skinnies and a green striped top….she even matches her shoes and purse to her pink bike.  French perfection….right?

A French girl must:  Bright red lipstick! Ooh la la!!!  

If I were visiting Paris one of my style goals would be to look so French, tourists would ask me for directions! BTW….does anyone know how to say “y’all” in French? An easy way to accomplish this look is by wearing a monochromatic ensemble.  What shouts “French Cuisine” more than a yummy peach blazer and crops complemented by a straw boater hat? Sounds like the perfect look for the French Riviera….Oui!   

Jeanne Damas, a Parisian “it girl,” exudes that elusive French style. In fact I love her style so much, I dedicated a section to her on my Pinterest board, “Feeling French”!  One of her trademark looks is wearing dresses and skirts that emphasis her long legs. Be sure to check out a few of her Paris Fashion Week front-row looks.   Another French icon and muse, Ines de la Fressange, reveals her long legs and classic style wearing a green floral dress. Don’t you just love their subtle sex appeal?  

Parisian Nostalgia:  Be sure to take a look at two photos I made in Paris over 13 years ago.  Their Parisian style is so classic and timely, you would think the photos were taken this year.

Another thing I adore about French women is they “appear” to live a life that includes consuming lots of croissants and no regular exercise.  Call me crazy, but I’m starting to wonder if my DNA test will prove I’m 100% French! That being said, I will not be talking about French fitness style, because I’m pretty sure there is no such thing.  

And finally…who doesn’t love a beret?  Even though a beret is not exactly considered French…for me, it completes my French fantasy.  The good news is berets are back in style and or not just a cute souvenir. A classic look on our Pinterest board shows wide leg trousers paired with a sweater, YSL handbag, boots, and complemented with a black beret….of course!  And a red beret worn with a plaid jacket is not only classic French but also on-trend.

 

Since it doesn’t look like a trip to Paris is in the near future for me, I think I will just mosey on over to la Madeleine!  Who wants to meet me for a coffee and a croissant…or two?!?!?

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

What Would Holley Wear: Sneaker Style

I have a “sneaky” little feeling you are loving the sneaker trend as much as I am….right?  What’s your go-to sneaker style? My Converse sneakers have definitely been my sneaker style this summer, especially at the airport and on vacation.  

Speaking of the airport, you can’t beat the comfort and practicality of a loafer sneaker.  Not TSA approved? Yikes…then you will definitely want to wear shoes you can easily slip on and off.  Dolce Vita’s black and white woven slip-on will give your sneaker ensemble a sophisticated look. We are also crazy about Steve Madden’s selection of quilted slip-on loafers….especially the pink ones!  And slip-on Converse sneakers are not only airport friendly but also super cute.

Printed sneakers are another way to add a comfy flair to your everyday style. From plaids to animal print, these fun kicks will easily transition into fall. With a pair of Chiko or Converse plaid sneakers, this casual trend never looked so hip.  Though, if I’m perfectly honest, I have to admit animal print sneakers are my absolute favorite! A grey blazer, t-shirt, and jeans paired with animal print sneakers is a great fall transition style.

Have you ever worn sneakers to work?  For years, working women have been wearing sneakers when walking to and from the train in cities.  The difference today is they wear them all day long. Think about saying hello to Monday with a plaid pantsuit and white Converse sneakers.  Want to look effortlessly chic at the office? Then you will certainly want to match a pair of sneakers to your skirt or dress. And be sure to check out all the cute options on our Pinterest board!  

Do you have an “out of the office” style?  I figured you did! A cool way to update this look is by wearing a pair of light blue jeans, black sweater, and black Converse sneakers to your next meeting at Starbucks.  And we’re loving the photo on our Pinterest board that shows a working girl wearing a checked dress while trading out her heels for sneakers….so out-of-the-office smart!

Do you count your steps?  Good for you! When I visited New York this summer, I made a special trip to the Allbirds store in SoHo to see what the shoe buzz was all about. After trying on and purchasing a pair of their gray loafer sneakers, let’s just say….I’m a believer! Besides being water resistant and ultra-comfortable, you do not have to wear socks with them! How awesome is that? Not only do I wear them when I’m counting my steps, but also with jeans and a blazer….the perfect sneaker for any season.

Today’s brides and bridesmaids have absolutely got the sneaker style down. We love how Kate Spade gives a classic pair of Ked’s a heaping dose of sparkle. A rubber-soled sneaker is not only suited for the sidewalk but also the dance floor.  So the next time you plan to dance the night away, whether at a wedding reception or a honky-tonk, think about wearing some sparkly Keds.  

 

If you are getting a “kick” out of this article, then that tells me you are ready to jump into the sneaker trend!  Have fun and enjoy your new kicks!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.

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 attend service at Church of the Wayfarer (United Methodist Church).  A maxi dress or skirt is a great look for a seaside church service. How lovely is Sarah Vickers’s, (Classy Girls Wear Pearls blogger), blue print maxi dress matched with a scarf-lined wicker bucket bag?  Pretty lovely…right? Another stunning blue on our Pinterest board is a striped maxi skirt worn with a white short-sleeve ruffle top and a Cult Gia wooden ark bag. I’m thinking a pair of Bermuda blue tassel earrings would complement both dresses.  Can I get an Amen?

Who doesn’t love happy hour….especially at Clint Eastwood’s restaurant, Hog’s Breath?  Sitting outside and watching the sheep graze with the ocean view in the background is the ultimate.  A few happy hour looks on our Pinterest board feature blue ruffle skirts. And think about wearing a hat for al fresco dining!  Another happy hour look I love is a pair of white wide-leg pants complemented by a yellow off-the-shoulder top and blue espadrilles….and of course, Clint approved!

Seaside stripes are the perfect look for the 17 mile drive and lunch at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.  A colorful striped off-the-shoulder dress is definitely “on par” for sipping a cocktail at the bar. And a blue striped maxi dress and straw hat are beach vacation perfection!   Want to look coastal chic? A striped cross-back maxi is the ultimate…don’t you agree?

Did you know there are more than 80 prestigious art galleries within one quaint square mile in Carmel by the Sea?   Part of the fun is stopping by wine tasting rooms in between gallery hopping. For a fun day of art browsing, I’m loving yellow slacks worn with a flowy white blouse, complemented with a colorful striped clutch. A chic wine tasting style on our Pinterest board shows blue checked crops paired with a white shirt tied at the waist and a white Staud bucket bag.  Hmmm….I’m guessing its 5 o’clock somewhere!

When dining out in Carmel your style will look casually-chic with a lace or crochet outfit.  One of my all-time favorite Pinterest looks is a black lace top paired with white wide-leg jeans, Gucci sandals, a striped wicker tote, and Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses…a perfect look for dining out in Carmel.  A white crocheted skirt paired with a black flowy blouse tied at the waist and strappy heels is unquestionably “Carmel classy”!

Photo: Mike Barton

But let’s be honest….the main reason you go to Carmel by the Sea is for the beach….right?  So what do I suggest you wear to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean? Absolutely anything you want to.  Though, I do have a few suggestions! Take a large beach bag for your sparkling rose’ and champagne flutes, and be sure to bring a few beach chairs.  

“Dear Beach, let’s plan to meet again…same time, same place next year.”

 

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected]   Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.