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beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a classic summer blazer, drawstring shorts, seersucker sandals, and striped linen top

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a white linen blazer, classic summer blazer, seersucker sandals, and striped linen top

summer fun calls for a cute ootd with a classic summer blazer. happy memorial day weekend y’all! it’s finally here, the official kickoff for summer. not sure if i’m ready for the ninety-degree heat that’s arrived, but that’s here too. i shan’t complain. last week we saw summer-like days in the seventies with no humidity. perfection!  it was mother nature’s last hurrah. now it’s time to sizzle.

last week i modeled for our local Talbots store. a Talbots stylist came to town to dish up a few stylish tips and tricks. so a fashion show was in order. one of the outfits i wore stole my heart (and my pocketbook) due to a classic summer blazer. today’s the day to share it with you.  of course, oscar is on deck to usher in the weekend. and we didn’t forget to rustle up some grub along with a refreshing pitcher of sangria.

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

if you are looking for one classic summer blazer that will serve you well this white linen blazer fits the bill. dress it up with a tweed dress and kitten heels. or dress it down with drawstring shorts, split neck top, and seersucker sandals. of course, white goes with everything. but this little number comes in island turquoise and flax.

here’s a tip i learned at the fashion show. pin a brooch on your blazer pocket instead of your lapel. i liked it. i really liked it. so i pinned my brooch (similar here) on the flap pocket. have fun with the placement. feel free to position it lower. 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a white linen blazer, classic summer blazer, seersucker sandals, and striped linen top

classic summer blazer | similar brooch | watch

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

shorts | top | classic summer blazer | sandals | similar brooch | watch

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

there’s a little red, white, and blue going on with our memorial day tablescape.

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

placemats | napkins | napkin ring | white plate | blue and white plate | flatware | glasses

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

placemats | napkins | napkin ring | white plate | blue and white plate | flatware | glasses

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

sangria

a refreshing pitcher of sangria was in order. this simple recipe makes a big batch that’s chock full of fruit and mint.

sangria

Pink Moscato Sangria
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  2. 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  3. 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  4. 1 (750 ml) bottle Pink Moscato wine
  5. 1/2 cup Grand Marnier (or orange liqueur)
  6. 1 cup sparkling water
  7. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  8. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  9. fresh mint, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher combine berries, wine, orange liqueur, sparking water, lemon juice, and lime juice.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Chill for 1 hour to let flavors mingle.
  4. Serve in ice filled wine glasses with a sprig of mint for garnish.
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/
sangria

crabcakes

crab cake burgers are on the menu this week. this recipe is full of crabmeat rather than breadcrumbs. it’s tasty not doughy. serve it on a bun or salad greens. either way, this recipe is a keeper.

crabcakes

Crab Cake Burgers
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound crabmeat
  2. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  3. ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  4. ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  5. 2 tablespoons minced chives
  6. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  7. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  8. 1 teaspoon celery seed
  9. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  10. ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  11. 4 dashes hot sauce
  12. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  13. 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Mix crab, egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon juice, celery seed, onion powder, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl.
  2. Form into 6 patties.
  3. Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the butter stops foaming.
  4. Cook the patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/
crabcakes

crab cakes

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

shorts | top | classic summer blazer | sandals | similar brooch | watch

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

kate spade charlotte memorial day tablescape, plates, gingham napkins, blue placemats

who’s ready for a three-day weekend? then let’s get this party started. oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend.

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  • Cindi Bennett
    May 24, 2019 at 9:42 am

    LOVE this outfit!!! Thanks for the pin tip, a great one. You look fabulous.
    Cindi Bennett

    • Beth Djalali
      May 24, 2019 at 10:25 am

      the fashion show was fun! loved all the style tips and happy to share. xo

  • Vickey Taake
    May 24, 2019 at 9:44 am

    where is the beautiful chevron planter from?

    • Beth Djalali
      May 24, 2019 at 10:26 am

      the planter is from Grandin Road. xo

  • BamaCarol
    May 24, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Love this blazer and outfit! My mom and I went to the Talbots fashion show in our city as well and we loved it (and spent some too).

    • Beth Djalali
      May 24, 2019 at 10:26 am

      it’s dangerous to walk into Talbots. i never leave empty-handed. xo

  • Cathy Cunningham
    May 24, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Love the linen blazer. Enjoy the Memorial Weekend. ❤️

    • Beth Djalali
      May 24, 2019 at 10:28 am

      thanks, Cathy! we’re cranking up the grill and looking forward to three lazy days. xo

  • Julie
    May 24, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Love the outfit and the hydrangea is gorgeous, I have 4 hydtrageas planted last year. My goal is to have them look like yours. Beautiful!

  • Rebecca
    May 24, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I always look forward to Friday’s posts. Your recipes are great and your home so inviting and beautiful. Of course you are so perfectly styled and Oscar so adorable!

  • Lin
    May 24, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Love the outfit. Your tabletop is adorable too. Having friends for cookout Sunday and found it inspiring. Thanks.

  • Jeannine
    May 24, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Hello…I just made your Pork Tenderloin Sheet Pan Dinner from your March 29th post, and it was FABULOUS!!! I used fresh thyme in place of the parsley as I had lots of thyme in the fridge, and it made a wonderful, easy dinner. I served it to my visiting best friend from high school, and it made me so happy. I tried posting a review on the original post but for some reason could not.
    Its COLD and raining here in Wisconsin today…we really haven’t had any proper spring weather, so reading about 90 degree weather and enjoying your lovely Memorial Day post is a lovely balm to my sun-deprived mood. Happy Memorial Day, ladies! 🙂

  • Suzanne Smith
    May 24, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve been eyeing that top and the blazer. Great sales going on right now, too. Looks lovely. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  • Julie Mycock
    May 24, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Beth, you look lovely and relaxed in today’s outfit and ready for your weekend. I love your Hydrangeas, they are one of my favourite flowers, we have five but they aren’t as big as yours yet. I love all your posts but I think all your followers like me love Friday’s and Oscar and Cocktails. Both hubby and I are joining you in a cocktail 🍸 it’s past 5 o’clock here . So cheers, have a lovely weekend and those crab cake burgers look delicious, very jealous. Xoxo

  • Gloria Bickers
    May 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Could I wear a linen blazer over a sleeveless knit dress? Or is it best to pair linen with other linen pieces?

  • Wendy Dunbar
    May 24, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Love the outfit, the recipes, and, of course, Oscar! You always look so effortlessly elegant. Thank you for generously sharing your fashion and lifestyle advice! Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

  • Barbara
    May 24, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Are you able to tell us where the black planters on your porch railing are from?

    • Beth Djalali
      May 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      i believe the window box planters are from Lowe’s. xo

  • Kathye Vance
    May 24, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    All your outfits are great and practical at the same time. Of course, Oscar is adorable. Thanks for including him!

  • Jan
    May 24, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Hot sauce??? The best crab cake recipe includes Old Bay Seasoning. Just saying.

    • Susan
      May 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Love your outfit ! Especially look forward to seeing Oscar every Friday. I agree with Jan, Old Bay Seasoning is the best ! I’m partial being from Maryland.

  • Lisa
    May 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Memorial Day, Beth. Can”t wait to try the sangria recipe. Just got a linen duster this week. Thanks for sharing 😎.Love the flags on your table 🇺🇸

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