a preppy skirt for summer | fridays with oscar

friday is here again, and so are we for fridays with oscar. this week closes with a smart skirt ensemble; a colorful print perfect for summer. this week we talked all things skirts and this one definitely appeals to my preppy aesthetic. our appetizer today is light and easy. and our cocktail is a blackberry bourbon smash, full of refreshing flavor – which makes it an easy convert to a mocktail. 

a preppy skirt for summer

for all of my regular readers, you know i love to mix patterns and stripes. a opens in a new windowfine blue striped sleeveless button up blouse pairs perfectly with my opens in a new windowtropical fruit and floral print skirt. i love the colors in this skirt! bright orange and pink mixes so well with contrasting blues and minty green. nothing like bright pops of color to lighten everything up! all of today’s items are from opens in a new windowTalbots.

the opens in a new windowwoven strap slide sandals really bring the contrasting colors to a perfect point, as they mix orange and pink with blue. 

my opens in a new windowwhite belt adds another touch of contrasting pattern with its raffia triangle trim.

light summer rolls with tahini dipping sauce

Vietnamese summer rolls are a refreshing and light summer appetizer or light meal. they are simple to make and you can put what you like in them, to riff on it in your own way. 

these have shrimp, purple cabbage, cilantro, arugula, carrots, mung bean sprouts and cucumber. the rice paper wrappers are pretty easy to use provided you don’t overstuff the roll. it definitely gets easier and better as you make a few of them. 

there isn’t much of a recipe. you simply prep your veggies and soak one rice sheet at a time in water until it’s soft. then you lay it flat on a surface, smoothing out any wrinkles. layer in your veggies and protein.

then take the side closest to you and fold it over the veggies. then take one end and fold it over, take the other end and fold it over so you have something like an envelope. then, take the side closest to you, wrap your hands around the top of the roll and gently pull it toward you to help with the cylindrical shape. begin to roll it away from you. 

tahini dipping sauce

usually summer rolls come with peanut dipping sauce but i wanted something different so i chose to do a simple tahini dipping sauce. 

tahini dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water, or more
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. mix all ingredients in a bowl. whisk until smooth. if needed, add more water incrementally to get desired consistency

a refreshing blackberry mint bourbon smash

this cocktail is great mocktail, just omit the bourbon and replace it with two ounces of plain water. the mint makes this so refreshing. if you don’t care for bourbon, you could try vodka or a herbaceous gin, like Hendricks.

blackberry mint bourbon smash

  • 6-8 blackberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 handfull fresh mint leaves
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/4 cup seltzer
  1. in a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries, honey and mint until blended.

  2. add ice, lemon juice and bourbon, shake to mix.

  3. strain into ice filled glasses, top with seltzer. garnish with blackberries.

fridays with oscar

well gang, we’re at the end of another week, and another fridays with oscar. i hope you have enjoyed this closeup look at skirts on the blog. a preppy skirt for summer is the perfect way to close the week. in case you need to catch up on skirt week, you can find a gorgeous sequin pencil skirt styled with a casual linen top. or a white safari-chic button up pencil skirt. and don’t miss my latest opens in a new windowfashion flash video – devoted to all the skirts this week! oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a wonderful weekend! 



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  1. Julie Greene wrote:

    Hi Beth,

    Love your outfit. I bought that striped shirt and get compliments every time I wear it.

    I really wanted to mention your new “do” unveiled on instagram today. It is perfect, so flattering. It’s as if a heavy weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You look fabulous!


    Posted 7.31.20
  2. Frances wrote:

    Hi love all your outfits they look great on you and you look so lovely and slim, I have gained tummy weight over lockdown and my skirts do not sit as they should but will work on it,
    Greetings from Ireland,

    Posted 7.31.20
  3. Adrian wrote:

    I love that outfit 🙏, enjoy that drink.xxx

    Posted 7.31.20
  4. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    That drink looks yummy! Mmmmmm. Thanks for the recipe! I had my eye on that sleeveless top–such a classic. I might have to go back and see if it’s still available with all the sales they’ve been having at Talbots. Looks lovely with this colorful skirt. Cheers and Happy Weekend!

    Posted 7.31.20
  5. Lorraine wrote:

    Beth the skirt looks better on you than the Talbot model. We wore so many a line skirts in the sixties like this one. I think the belt makes the outfit, love the sandals.

    Posted 7.31.20
  6. Eve wrote:

    As lovely as that looks, I still couldn’t get up the nerve to wear stripes with flowers. I love your hair and your photos are always beautiful.

    Posted 7.31.20
  7. Nadine Nolte wrote:

    I love your drink recipes, but since my health issues do not allow me to consume alcohol I would appreciate it if you could include some non-alcoholic recipes as well.

    Posted 7.31.20
  8. Francesca B. wrote:

    Thank you for the lovely post Beth. I will make those spring rolls fo my daughter who is coming home for the weekend 🙂
    Happy times to all!

    Posted 7.31.20
  9. Jan wrote:

    Sorry, not a fan of stripes with a print. A solid top would look so much better in my opinion. But, hey wear what you like and enjoy whatever look you want.

    Posted 7.31.20
  10. Debbie Brand wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I’d love to make the Summer Rolls—do you mind sharing where to purchase the shrimp in Athens? They look great!

    Posted 7.31.20
  11. Pat LeMunyon wrote:

    Hi Beth, Love the outfit-love the stripes and flowers. The shade of blue in both look like an exact match. Keep doing what you do.

    Posted 7.31.20
  12. Beth,

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your daily emails. I particularly like Fridays with Oscar. I love the food and drink recipes and always like seeing pics of Oscar. Thanks for making my inbox a little bit friendlier every day!


    Posted 8.1.20
  13. Andrea wrote:

    Have a closet full of sleeveless shirts, a lot being striped and a goodly portion of my skirts are flowered, but never had the courage to combine. I get the technique now of pulling colours. I always did that with scarves etc., but didn’t think to do it with stripes and florals. My mum was a wartime Brit so looking for the silver lining was drummed into us, and kept me sane during some pretty intense times. Once again we are all facing intense times and you have become my silver lining, Beth. 💝

    Posted 8.1.20

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