the sunday brief | top five may favorites

happy memorial day weekend, gang! and happy last sunday in may. next week we’ll usher in one of my favorite months of the year – june. the first blush of summer is upon us. the roses are blooming, weekend getaways looming and let’s not forget wedding season has arrived.

before we bid adieu to the merry month of may let’s recap your favorite blog posts. every month i take a deep dive into the blog analytics. it’s important to me to stay abreast of what resonates with you. are you ready to look back at the content i created for may? in case you were on vacay or taking a hiatus from the internet here’s a peek at what you might have missed.

Mother of the Groom Dress

our oldest son was married this past month. of course, i was on the hunt for the perfect mother of the groom dress. there were three dresses that made the final cut for my mother of the groom dress. the wedding party colors were blues and greens. so i stayed within that color palette. another factor that played into my decision making was that the wedding was held outside in a rustic setting. short dresses are perfect for afternoon weddings. a jumpsuit would be a suitable alternative.

beth from Style at a Certain Age what i wore to the rehearsal dinner Theory blazer, Theory black pants, Vince striped tee, polka dot slingbacks

What I Wore to the Rehearsal Dinner

when the sun sets in oregon, it does get a bit chilly. a blazer was a must. when special occasions are on my agenda, i typically shop high-end brands. theory is one of my favorites. known for their classic aesthetic, it’s easy to shop for all of my favorites –  blazerspants, and teestheory has stand-alone stores. but this brand is also sold at nordstrom and neiman marcus. i found the blazer first then decided on a pair of black pants. black is serviceable and chic so this decision was a no-brainer considering the setting. polka dot slingbacks add a pop of personality. flat shoes were the perfect choice for grassy terrain. as for the top i could have gone either way. shirt or tee. but i finally decided a tee gave a casual chic air to the outfit. it was the perfect choice for a rehearsal dinner held in a rustic setting.

how to wear a jacket for spring and summer beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a white utility jacket, striped tee, green utility pants, yellow sandals, lemon scarf, and cornhusk handbag

Spring and Summer Jackets

as we slip into the summer months with temps heating up many of us forego spring and summer jackets. whenever i pop one on in july or august there’s bound to be comments or emails “it’s too hot for a jacket!” which leads me to believe there a few of us who think spring and summer jackets collect dust all summer long. of course, if you’re spending time at the pool, lake or beach or simply lounging on a chaise in the hot summer sun you’ll forego this essential third layer. i don’t know about you, but i spend many an hour inside office buildings, malls, restaurants or movie theaters come june, july, and august. and baby it’s cold in there! which is the number one reason i have a selection of lightweight spring and summer jackets hanging in my closet.

banana republic jumpsuit

5 Summer Wardrobe Essentials

if you are new to the blog the sunday brief was created to answer commonly asked reader questions about a variety of subjects like the sunday brief | back to basics outerwear. or what bra to wear with a strapless dress the sunday brief | special occasion lingerie. and there are always questions about my skincare or makeup routines the sunday brief | 10 beauty tips. the sunday brief always ends up in the top five blog posts month-after-month. i think y’all love lists as much as i do.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a Gretchen Scott shirtdress while visiting Panama City Beach

Sail Away to Panama City Beach

travel posts continue to be one of your favorite blog posts. whether it’s a europe wardrobe capsule, beach getaway, caribbean cruise or travel outfits i’m happy to share our trips and love of travel with you.

now that we’ve covered the five most popular posts for may, let’s move along to the specific items that caught your eye.

top ten items

washed linen pants

cotton casual jacket

pleated georgette midi skirt

lemon lime print skirt

pleated front sailor skirt

black jumpsuit

button front tie waist shirt

koko slingback

cornhusk handbag

edison slingback



  1. Cher wrote:

    The cobalt blue dress is perfection.

    Posted 5.26.19
  2. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, it’s lovely to recap over the month at the outfits and suggestions you have given us. One of the things for me is how you give me inspiration in putting together outfits in a way I’d not thought about before so thank you. Your post today cheered me up as I’ve lost my voice so feeling sorry for myself, hubby on the other hand is having a bit of piece. 😂

    Posted 5.26.19
  3. Susan wrote:

    Hi Beth…I love the royal blue dress, it looks fabulous on you, I hope it is part of you permanent wardrobe! Love your blog, look forward to reading everyday! Susan

    Posted 5.26.19
  4. Cynthia wrote:

    Your Mother-of-the-groom outfits are perfection! Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 5.26.19
  5. Jennifer aberle wrote:

    Where did you find the cobalt blue dress
    It would be perfect for my son wedding

    Posted 5.26.19
    • hi jennifer,
      the mother of the groom post is linked and all the details of the dresses are listed. xo

      Posted 5.27.19
  6. Dorothy wrote:

    Ditto on the blue dress!!! Hope it’s still available somewhere. Dynamite.

    Posted 5.27.19
  7. Mary Cullerton wrote:

    Add me to the fan list for the blue dress —it is perfect on you in every way —stunning!

    Posted 5.27.19
  8. Pam wrote:

    The cobalt blue dress is a stunner, but all the above are great outfits as well.

    Posted 5.28.19
  9. Dorothy wrote:

    Still hoping to hear where I might find that gorgeous blue dress?

    Posted 5.30.19
    • hi dorothy! if you click on the blog post that features the mother of the groom dresses you will find all the details there.

      Posted 5.30.19

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