a white summer dress | fridays with oscar

happy Friday everyone! we’ve come to another weekend and it’s been quite a wet one here, in Athens. but that’s ok, because the summer heat will be here soon enough! i have been spending a lot of time lately sprucing up my home and outdoor spaces.  in case you missed it,  i gave a virtual tour of my living room earlier this week.  but i’ve gotta say, it’s been so nice to take advantage of our outdoor space:  it extends our living area and provides a great escape from the workday.  yesterday, we talked how to wear white.  we’re continuing in that theme today, and i’m going to show you how to wear a white summer dress.  

we’ve also got an easy frittata recipe courtesy of Ina Garten, with a few modifications by me. luckily my herb garden is ready to supply me with fresh thyme for today’s recipe. we are testing out a prohibition era cocktail called the Last Word. it’s a gin-based cocktail that is light and feels more glamorous than its 4 simple ingredients, perhaps because of its prohibition-era origins. 

a white summer dress

a white summer dress to welcome the change of season. today’s ootd is an easy, sleeveless shirt dress with a ruffle hem from Banana Republic (similar here and here) to add just a little panache. can’t wait to trot this ensemble to brunch one sunday soon.  black jewelry (similar necklace and bracelet) ties into my black and white polka dot pointy toe slingbacks from Talbots (similar here) for an easy chic outfit that’s one and done. 

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zucchini leek frittata and simple side salad

4.41 from 5 votes

Zucchini Leek Fritatta

Course Breakfast, Brunch, dinner, lunch, Main Course
Author Ina Garten


  • quality olive oil
  • 4 cups medium-diced leeks, white and light green parts (4 leeks), washed and spun dry 
  • 8-10 oz small zucchini, thinly sliced in rounds 
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, minced 
  • 12 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 10 oz grated Gruyere cheese, divided 
  • 6 oz pancetta, 1/2-inch-diced 
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-by-18-by-1-inch sheet pan with olive oil.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute for 5 minutes, until it begins to brown. Add the leeks and saute for 5 minutes, until tender. Add the zucchini and thyme and saute for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is tender. 

  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Stir in two-thirds of the Gruyere and the basil. 

  4. Pour the zucchini mixture in an even, well distributed layer into the prepared sheet pan. Pour the egg mixture over the top and sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere. Shake the pan to evenly distribute the egg mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until puffed and just set in the center.  Allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Cut the frittata into 30 equal size squares, sprinkle with salt, garnish with the julienned basil and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

instead of baking in a sheet pan and slicing into squares, i did it one-pan style, in my skillet.

last word

known as a prohibition-era cocktail, the Last Word actually predates the Volstead Act. it was introduced at the Detroit Athletic Club and according to a menu from 1916, at 35 cents, it was the most expensive drink on the menu –  which in today’s money, is about $8.22.  i brought the cafe table to the front, so i could enjoy the hydrangeas while i sip my cocktail.

4.41 from 5 votes

The Last Word

Course cocktail


  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part green chartreuse
  • 1 part maraschino liqueur
  • 1 part lime juice


  1. combine ingredients, shake with ice and strain into a coup glass. garnish with a maraschino cherry

brass tray | cocktail shaker | glasses

table | chairs

fridays with oscar

oscar loves to be in the front yard, watching the people and cars go by.  this week he was so preoccupied with all the hustle and bustle he didn’t quite have his FWO game face on… sometimes, we win and sometimes we go with the flow. that’s life! well gang, another friday in the books. june is upon us and i for one am really looking forward to the sunny days of summer. i know oscar is too, he loves to run and play in the backyard! we have a lot of fun content coming up this summer, so you will want to be sure to stay tuned. and remember, i love hearing from you! drop me a line in the comments below to let me know what you’d like to see more of as we stroll into summer. ollie, oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!

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  1. Janet Loop wrote:

    Love the white dress. It is so simple but so cool and refreshing looking. I worry about wearing all white – especially dresses – over the age of 60. Am I trying to be too young? — but you look fantastic in this dress. I will rethink my concept about wearing all white. I cannot wait to try the recipes. Oscar looks fantastic as usual.

    Posted 5.29.20
  2. Becci West wrote:

    5 stars
    I look forward to your daily posts. Thank you very much.

    Posted 5.29.20
    • Paula wrote:

      Beth, love the dress. Just wish Banana Republic’ still had that one.
      And another good recipe. I’m looking forward to trying the frittata recipe it’s looks good!!
      Have a great weekend!!

      Posted 5.29.20
  3. Mosie wrote:

    Beth, it literally took MONTHS for my knee to look and behave as well as yours is…….congrats on your speedy recovery. Have a lovely summer!

    Posted 5.29.20
  4. Suzan wrote:

    I am a dress girl…love how easy it is to dress. One and done! I love your garden and especially Oscar❤️
    This past Mother’s Day I received a gift card to Banana Republic and plan to shop on line this weekend, I love the simplicity of their clothing.
    I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot lately and I remembered how she changed every day before dinner. She was the traditional 50’s homemaker and I guess that signalled the end of the work day for her. Nothing ever fancy, mostly a skirt and blouse or a sundress, but after a busy day with kids and house and garden,I’m sure she needed the way it made her feel. I used to do that quite often when my kids were little, and remember how I looked forward to my evenings. I’m reminiscing a bit, I wonder if anyone else changes for the evening? Or does this practice belong in the last century 😄

    Posted 5.29.20
  5. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Beth, you’ve brought us through another week! Thank you! Love wearing all white, but as Blog Sister Janet writes, worry about doing so at my age and head of gray hair. Can look washed out in my case. Yet am drawn to it so am experimenting! It’s such a refreshing look. You and your hydrangeas are lovely! The recipe sounds yummy and being an Ina Garten one with your spin is a win-win. And Oscar. Love Oscar! Brings a smile to our hearts. Looking forward to our summer with you and your creativity. Happy weekend with love from the Texas countryside!~

    Posted 5.29.20
  6. annie wrote:

    The dress is very cool to wear it seems and is button through front easy to wear.
    Your lovely dog Oscar is so happy and gorgeous he looks totally devoted to you,
    When you show summer seasons clothes it is winter here in Australia. It is nice to look at the summery fashions, it sort of warms one up a little. Also you are ahead of us in the fashion seasons so we can get an early glimpse of summers fashions before summer arrives here.

    Posted 5.29.20
  7. Stephanie wrote:

    4 stars
    You look lovely in the white dress.
    My husband is having his right knee replaced on Tuesday, any tips to help him along? He will be diligent in doing the follow up exercises.

    Posted 5.29.20
  8. Kathy wrote:

    4 stars
    My daughter is getting married this summer. A black ad white formal affair. I am anxious to locate a dress and am concerned because of Covid about finding something floor length and what color??? I am afraid all black will make me resemble the bridesmaids dresses or someone in mourning. My skin tone is fair so a light color may not work?? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Love your blog and read it daily!!! Just never comment…..

    Posted 5.29.20
  9. Happy weekend to you and Oscar and Ollie.

    Posted 5.29.20
  10. Nancy wrote:

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and links on style for older women who want to be stylish. I look forward to reading your daily emails.
    I would like you to do something on special occasion dressing. My granddaughter is getting married in October and I’m not finding anything I like. Most pieces show too much skin or the style is “old lady”.

    Posted 5.29.20
  11. Diane wrote:

    Very nice article, exceptional flow of story. Beautifully done. Thanks

    Posted 5.29.20
  12. Pam K wrote:

    I love wearing white–especially an all white outfit. Tip–size up when wearing because white is unforgiving if it looks too snug.
    As usual, great outfits, Beth!

    Posted 5.29.20
  13. Sandra Reiber wrote:

    4 stars
    Beth, I have the same taste as you, and so enjoy your channels….however (not trying to be mean) this dress doesn’t fit you. It’s pulling at the buttons in all the wrong places. Perhaps a size or two larger would fix this problem.
    Your recipes are great!

    Posted 5.29.20
  14. Julie Mycock wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi Beth, you look lovely and you have just made me smile xoxo Julie from England

    Posted 5.29.20
  15. Kelly wrote:

    You look lovely all in white! Please keep featuring dresses — I love them so much but have a hard time finding things that look good on my top-heavy body. Like Janet Loop said, I worry about trying to be too young. I’m always trying to figure out how to be fresh, but not ridiculous.

    Posted 5.29.20
  16. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    The white dress is so simple and lovely–I like the simple ruffle at the hem. That frittata sounds delicious. I’ll have to give it a whirl. I’m a big fan of eating things that aren’t too heavy in the warmer weather, so this would be perfect with a nice fresh salad, as you suggested. Thanks for the recipe. Have a relaxing weekend–your hydrangeas are glorious. We have one in our front yard this same color blue and one in our back yard that turns violet, leaning towards a brighter purple-pink, so I guess our soil acidity must vary to produce the different colors. But I love them–they’re so dramatic in a simple vase. Ours aren’t blooming just yet.

    Posted 5.29.20
  17. Sangita M wrote:

    The dress is simple yet classic. Looking good as always and hoping you enjoy the weekend with Oscar and Ollie!

    Posted 5.29.20
  18. Diane R Hubbard wrote:

    Enjoy checking in on your site Beth! Love the summery white dress and just ordered shoes similar from Talbots.

    Posted 5.29.20
  19. Erin wrote:

    Great minds must think alike, Beth! My new white gauzy halter Dress was coincidentally just delivered this morning and I can’t wait to wear it this summer.
    Your hydrangeas look beautiful.

    Posted 5.29.20
  20. Dora Renata Pala wrote:

    Bella ricetta per un ottima frittata come omelette di Kelly così semplice e appetitoso. Molto carino l’abito tu sempre così elegante e signorile nella tua semplicità. Il contesto del tuo giardino è molto rilassante e viene tanta voglia d’estate dopo una primavera così travagliata. A presto. Buon fine settimana🍀🌼🐝

    Posted 5.30.20
  21. Teresa de Beer wrote:

    Just checking in as I have not receive the blog from 2 June this week -is there a problem my side or from the blog -thank you

    Posted 6.5.20

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