Marcie: A Honeybee at the Tea Party

By Marcie Everhart

Friends approached us with the idea of doing a “styling” challenge to help bring awareness to a cause. The challenge this month is styling yellow and black outfits without looking like a zany bumblebee, and the cause is the current plight of the honeybees, who pollinate much of our food.

Why do we care? About 1/3 of our food depends on pollinators such as honeybees. Their colonies are collapsing at unprecedented rates. What can we do? Follow pesticide labels carefully or avoid altogether by using more natural methods. Plant pollinator-friendly plants.

Black and yellow happen to be my two favorite colors on me, and I decided to not shy away from a garden-lace-gingham-spring vibe, fearing bees and honey come too close to mind. No, this is me marching right up to that darn hive and banging on the door in a sunshine-soaked lace and sweet country gingham.





In retrospect, I don’t like the art deco clutch (shoulda went with a straw bag, and I actually have a perfect black one that I forgot about, ha) nor the black glittery pumps. I’ll be hunting down a strappy black sandal with a comfortable block heel soon.



My grandmother was in charge of taking care of the bees as a young girl on her daddy’s farm in Dibble, OK, during the 1930s Dustbowl Days. I loved imagining my beautiful grandmother charming the bees out of their honey. She had a lifelong habit of rinsing a clean glass before she used it, in case any red dirt had settled in it.

Shopping Links

One of my favorite fashion bloggers is the Atlantic-Pacific gal, Blair. Her work is perfection.


When I saw her in a yellow lace halter dress a few weeks ago, it sparked my memory about my own yellow lace pencil skirt from Talbot’s, picked up three years ago in Houston.


There’s a gorgeous one available at Loft right now for $65.


And Lulus for $75.


And Anthropologie for $128.


Remember the Pantone official colors for spring 2017 lines? We’re looking at the joyful Primrose Yellow.


The Real-Real Behind the Scenes

I felt so girly and pretty in this outfit I wore it to the Mother’s Day tea party at my mom’s assisted living facility…


…where I decided I want my job to be taking pictures of elderly women, because they are the happiest people on the planet! Whether they are Forever51, Forever71, or Forever91, these women got the STYLE!




The Hitching Post.


Mom said she cut the floral squares from old greeting cards that were then used to wrap the soaps in all the gift bags. They’ve put her to work! ;^)

A Little Background Music

What a treat for me to get to hang out with these gorgeous human beings and celebrate moms. I lost count how many times I was called “sugar” or “honey.” :^)


  1. One of my favorite memories of owning a tea room and countless dress me up tea parties for girls of all ages was the joy and delight when women pick out a special hat! It says so much about their personality! I love these pictures so much!❤️

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  2. Marcie, this is sweet! I got a kick out of all the “Moms” in their fancy party hats. You just happens to have your camera with you.? That’s our Marcie! Always there to document everything.
    Oh, and I LOVE the yellow skirt.
    Happy Mother’s Day. 🌸
    💜 Lori

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  3. Yeah! I asked! The handful of men were redirected during the ladies’ tea party, lol. The reality is this is that weird space of time where the women outlive their men! Mom’s facility is probably 80 percent women, and they love their special activities. The grumpy men, not so much. They just want their rack and three squares, without all the hoopla and noise. The women rule that hive, I suspect.


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