TGIF! We made it through another week. This week the weather has bounced from rain to snow to sleet and back again. Today is dry, but gray skies swirl overhead. It’s a great day to stay inside, whip up a tasty meal and cocktail, and binge-watch TV. I think you’re gonna like today’s OOTD too, as I’m throwing in a few tips to look chic casual
What shows have you been watching? I stumbled upon Emily in Paris that has mixed reviews. Personally, I think it’s a cute show. Darren Star the creator of Sex in the City is at the helm of this series. There are definite similarities between the main characters Carrie and Emily respectively who tend to make dumb life decisions. But we wouldn’t have the conflict necessary to move the plot along if they didn’t. Any movie, book, or television show needs conflict and lots of it. The fashion inspiration alone is worth tuning in for and it’s lighthearted fluff so I’m hooked!
Tips to look chic casual
Oscar was definitely in a mood during our photoshoot. The mood of no more photos, please, it’s naptime. I think he just might want an early retirement… isn’t he a hoot! Ollie just might have to step in and steal your thunder buddy. Ha!
Today’s outfit is fitting for Friday: walking that line of chic casual, with a bit more on the casual side. What’s easier to throw together than a t-shirt (yep, it’s one of my wardrobe basics. Don’t miss part 2 of our Wardrobe Basics Seris Essential Tops) coatigan, and blue jeans? It’s an easy-style recipe that works! A coatigan adds chicness to the outfit, and paired with a neutral tee and a classic pair of denim—you’re all the way there. The tee is old from Vince (similar here and here), the coatigan is from Jenni Kayne, and the blue jeans are from Frame.
Anyone remember clogs? They’re back! And I’m loving it. All through high school, you would find me on any given day wearing a pair of brown or blue suede clogs. This pair was purchased from Ann Taylor last fall. If you’re looking for comfort try Dansko clogs that have a memory foam footbed. Tory Burch has a shearling clog and Steve Madden carries a faux fur-lined clog that looks adorable. The clogs push this outfit to the casual side of things, but swap them out for, say, wedges or ballet flats, and you’re headed back in the classic chic direction.
2tablespoonslemon juicesqueezed from about 1 lemon; or more to taste
salt and black pepperto taste
2teaspoonscornstarchmixed with 1 tablespoon cold cream OR milk OR water
lemon slicesto serve (optional)
Brown meat: Set instant pot to sauté. Add oil to pot and add thighs skin-side down. Cook, in batches if needed, until golden and crisp. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Remove chicken from pot.
Start sauce: Add onion and garlic to pot and cook until starting to soften, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, herbs and seasoning. Stir, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
Pressure cook: Place chicken thighs back in the instant pot. Secure lid and set the pressure valve to “sealing”. Choose “pressure cook” (or “manual”) and “high” for 12 minutes (for large thighs, about 2 thighs per pound; cook for 8 minutes if chicken thighs are small, about 4 thighs per pound). Naturally release pressure after cooking time is up (just switch off the instant pot and leave it alone until pressure is gone).
Finish sauce: Carefully remove thighs. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Pour cornstarch slurry into pot, stir well and simmer until sauce has thickened. Stir in butter until melted, then serve sauce over chicken with lemon slices, if desired.
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I am on a constant quest to find jeans that fit and are comfortable…..I have slim legs & not much of a backside, and can’t stand anything too tight in the waist! If I get a size that fits my rear & legs, it’s way too tight in the waist…..concurrently, a comfortable waist comes with a baggy behind & legs😤 Anyway, the Frame jeans you’re wearing in this post look to be full length & yet are shown to be cropped on the website…..just curious….are they the same jean? Since they’re a mid-rise, I’m going to try them…..wish me luck!
i went back to my original order and here’s the link:
both jeans are the Le Garcon denim from Frame. the link in the post has been updated!
Ohhh no! Please don’t retire Oscar. I look forward to Fridays With Oscar a lot. My beloved 12 year old Shepherd/Boxer/? mix Rilee was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. I am heartbroken so seeing Oscar is a small pleasure in life these days.
Oscar has job security! I am so sorry to hear Rilee has been diagnosed with cancer. Enjoy each precious day with him.
I’m with Oscar! Winter’s my favorite season yet have the blahs for whatever reason! Oscar, buddy, hang in there. You make Fridays so special. Beth, thanks for mentioning Uncommon Threads again. Needed the reference for a friend. As ever, the OOTD is perfect, even if staying in! I dress so that when I pass a mirror in the house, even with the blahs, there’s a momentary “ahhh, not bad!” 😊 Hugs!~
i’m with you Sylvia!
I treasure your Friday posts! Oscar is so adorable. The look on his face at time is “Enough already . . . let’s curl up & watch tv!” I think Oscar has figured out he does not get to eat your Friday meal or lap up your Friday drink – ha! He may be on strike!
I was not sure about the coatigan when it first became prevalent. But, after wearing one, I love them! My first coatigan was a blue/black tweed. I highly recommend having a blue coatigan as it goes so well with jeans & creates either a casual or dressed-up look easily.
i am a big fan of coatigans! and it sounds as if you are too! enjoy your weekend.
I found some cute, inexpensive clogs at Walmart that actually fit me and they are super comfortable. They are the Time and Tru bow clog and come in black and cognac. Oddly, the website says they are out of stock but I found both colors at the Walmart nearby. I enjoy your posts and your attitude. Thanks Beth!
Time and Tru and Scoop typically have cute items to choose from!
Beth l love your posts and look forward to them but honestly this is one expensive outfit. I think paying that much for.a pair of jeans is madness when other brands are more affordable and can give me a great look. Please keep an eye on the money 🙂
Happy weekend friend.
I hope you read our recent post that highlighted a variety of denim that might suit your budget:
I did thanks. But much as l love Jenni Kayne visually, the prices are very steep and just not in my wheelhouse. Such expensive clothing and we have all just done Christmas !!! Thanks for listening happy weekend Beth.
that’s why the blog offers a variety of price points.
I enjoy your posts and have learnt so much from your style – thank you. A small request please. How about some vegetarian/vegan recipes on a Friday for those of us who do not eat animals. A second request is for some mocktail recipes. I can no long have alcohol due the medication I take.
Have a happy weekend from cold and damp Devon, England. Best wishes Barbara x
thanks for the suggestion, Barbara. I hope you read the previous two FWO posts where we shared mocktails:
Although I LOVED the cozy coatigan and tee and the jeans , all 3 are not in my budget as a retired person. If you could provide a budget friendly option, I would truly appreciate it.
some items in your closet can be investment pieces that last a lifetime. a coatigan from Jenni Kayne is one such piece. but we regularly feature clothes with a variety of price points. hopefully, you’ve read those posts too.
Of course. I read all of them. But there were no options for a less expensive coatigan or jeans. In this post.I usually scroll through Jenni Kayne pieces because I could not afford to pay my utility bills for the price of that adorable coatigan.
good! then you know there are many options when it comes to style.
Very good chicken recipe
I love chicken and always lookIng for ways to cook it
such an easy recipe too! enjoy!
Glad to see clogs are still in. I’m not wild about the way they look but they are my go to shoes when I have to do a lot of walking and don’t want to wear sneakers. I have Clark’s in every color and have worn out a few. Guess I’ll keep them after all. Can’t wait to try your recipies
really? i love the look of clogs. adds a boho chic look. enjoy your weekend!
I love your Fridays with Oscar posts. I am intrigued with the “Uncommon Threads” organization. Thank you.
this organization is pure inspiration!
Love this look! Since retiring, I’m struggling with chic casual. I don’t want to just wear sweats; I want to be chic casual even if I’m not going out anywhere. I struggle with identifying chic casual shoes. Though tennis shoes have come a long way since I was a youngster, I don’t want to wear tennis shoes all the time, especially in the winters of Nebraska! Thank you for the inspiration!
thanks for stopping by!
I love this outfit. I love to be a bit more dressy but since retirement I need to put that inclination aside and buy more casual outfits. I look to you for inspiration and if the outfit is too expensive either wait for a sale or look for something similar in my price range. Thank you so much for your Ideas and inspiration. I have even started my own personal pictoral diary of my outfits to remind me what I liked.
i’m so happy you’re finding inspiration! enjoy your weekend!
Tbh, I don’t ‘shop the post’ because I don’t live in the USA or Europe. We can all enjoy the style inspiration, analyse the elements and incorporate what does fit our personal style and body type. From a retailer that suits our budget and is accessible. I was happy to see that besides the basics jeans and tee that’s e would all have in our wardrobes, I have a stone coatigan and brown clogs that I can bring out of retirement. (I don’t always declutter items I have enjoyed and remain in good condition from seasons past.)
However, this OOTD will have to wait – today is all about sunscreen, a bathing costume, sarong and hat as it’s a scorcher!
i’m so happy you’ve found inspiration! that’s the purpose of the blog. thanks for stopping by.
I absolutely love Emily in Paris! I can’t wait for Seasons 3&4…the scenery and clothes alone are worth your time viewing!
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