animal print for fall! | fridays with oscar

happy friday, gang! well,  here we are at the end of august, can you believe it?! we are beginning to transition to fall here in athens: the mornings are a little cooler and we’ve had so much rain that it looks a lot more like fall than summer. but with the temps still in the 80s, today i am sporting summer shorts and a sleeveless top.  we have a light appetizer and spicy, cool take on a margarita. 


outfit of the day: animal print for (f)all!

animal print is a year-round go-to for me. it’s so fun each season to see the new takes on this print every year. leopard, cheetah, giraffe, large or small – there’s an animal print for everyone.  if you think you can’t mix brown and black – think again! animals do it with aplomb. when you wear an animal print, nature’s most neutral color palette, you have endless combinations to create with your tops and accessories.

i love the big, bold pattern of these leopard print shorts. pairing them with a flowy white sleeveless top is an easy way to go. 

animal print shorts | sleeveless top | sandals 


and of course, metallic sandals will always go with animal print!  but you could always go with gold or bronze too. when you with animal print for fall, you have a ton of options for accessories.


savory Thai turkey lettuce wraps

these lettuce wraps are easy and delicious. a perfect appetizer or lunch, they are savory, spicy, and light. if you want something more substantial than a lettuce wrap, the ground turkey mixture would be great in a corn tortilla too. 

Thai turkey lettuce wraps

Course Appetizer, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Author Good Housekeeping


  • 2 medium bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh mint, chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • lettuce cups and sriracha for serving


  1. In 12-inch skillet on medium-high, cook bell peppers in vegetable oil 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add ground turkey and fish sauce. Cook 5 minutes, breaking up meat.

  2. Stir in cilantro, mint leaves, lime juice and sugar. Serve in lettuce cups with Sriracha hot sauce, if desired.

the turkey mixture itself is not spicy, but add sriracha as a topping to spice it up as much as you like. another great topping would be chopped peanuts. 


spicy cucumber margarita

you all know i love a margarita and there are so many varieties. this spicy cucumber version is spicy from the jalapeño, yet cool thanks to the cucumber. it’s a really nice combination of flavors. rim the glass with tajin and you get a nice spicy, sour pop of flavor.

spicy cucumber margarita

Course cocktail
Author The Cocktail Project


  • 3 parts tequila blanco
  • 1/2 part triple sec
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 part agave nectar optional
  • mini cucumber
  • jalapeño


  1. Muddle 1-2 thin slices of jalapeño pepper in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the lime, lemon and optional agave nectar juices. Add the Tequila, Triple Sec and a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumbers, and Jalapeño slices (optional for spice).

fridays with oscar

this is a wrap on another fridays with oscar.  as september approaches, we have been looking at summer clothes that transition to fall with ease and style. in case you missed it, tuesday’s post was all about going into fall with bold bright colors (and don’t forget animal print for fall!). it’s a sure way to welcome the new season with confidence and a smile. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a gorgeous weekend!



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  1. Francesca B. wrote:

    Lovely post thank you Beth, margarita’s tonight! Please tell me where did you get your necklace? Happy weekend:)

    Posted 8.28.20
    • the necklace is from Tory Burch.

      Posted 8.29.20
  2. Alec wrote:

    I just want to thank you for your postings. It is so wonderful to see someone talking about fashion for older women. Since I’ve been on your email list, I have “gone grey”, added brighter, bolder colors to my wardrobe, and began wearing my yellow gold jewelry again. I thought grey hair could not wear yellow gold. Please continue. You brighten my day.

    Posted 8.28.20
    • i am so happy to hear this! yes, we are aging day-by-day but it’s time to embrace all the positive aspects of growing older. right?!

      Posted 8.29.20
  3. Beth Bevington wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi Beth,
    Love your posts and most recently the recipes from your daughter in law.
    I am reeling with the sudden news that my husband has stage 4 brain cancer. Your sharing of your experiences this past year have been important reading to me.
    We are so lucky as our daughter and husband are moving from Washington DC to Napa right away. Please keep up your raw, real postings. They mean more than you know. With love Beth B

    Posted 8.28.20
    • God bless you, Beth. It isn’t an easy road to travel when you’re soulmate is faced with a health crisis. of course, he is the one suffering the most but the whole family is affected. Nothing warms my heart more than to hear your daughter and son-n-law are moving to DC to be with you. Lean on them and they will lean on you. Sending prayers your way. xo

      Posted 8.29.20
  4. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Love this look on you, Beth. Animal prints done right simply elevate! The tunic top is perfect. I’ll echo the gratitude expressed by blog sisters for taking us through this COVID-19 summer with a positive outlook. It’s been ever so helpful! Love on your Oscar, Ollie, & Pax for us~

    Posted 8.28.20
    • Sylvia, your comments and support are near and dear to me. Thank you! xo

      Posted 8.29.20
  5. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    Such a charming outfit. You look adorable. I love animal prints too and agree they are a super neutral. They look fabulous with almost any color and are far more interesting and eye catching than solid neutrals. Oscar does animal print beautifully. P.S. I’m wearing my sleeveless blouses and shorter shorts again because of you. Thank you. I look good and feel comfy in NJ summer heat. Win win!

    Posted 8.28.20
    • I am so glad you noticed how Oscar rocks his animal print?! isn’t he just the most handsome dog? Love him to bits! You keep on wearing those sleeveless blouses and shorter shorts. Style is also about comfort. xo

      Posted 8.29.20
  6. Ann Creedon wrote:

    Love those shorts & I just ordered them!
    And got them on sale! Love your Fridays!
    Keep up the good stylin for us older chicks!

    Posted 8.28.20
    • Love a good sale! And I love Fridays with Oscar. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Posted 8.29.20
  7. Charlotte Krecow wrote:

    I’m always very disappointed when I cannot order items you feature in your blog. It seems this happens way to often. I’d almost prefer not to know about the item rather than be tempted by it, only to be denied the chance to purchase it.

    Any way around this?

    Posted 8.28.20
    • one of the biggest challenges as a blogger is featuring items that are in-stock. the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is always challenging as items sell out then are restocked then sell out again. Talbots items are typically in-stock as well as J.Crew and they are favorite brands of mins. but we do have a very popular blog and items can and do sell out frequently. which is a win for the brand but a loss for my readers.

      Posted 8.29.20
  8. Sangita M wrote:

    Thanks Beth for all your posts. I look forward to them everyday. I have been looking a fashion from a different vantage point since joining the blog. Thank you for your optimism and love of fashion.
    Love to Ollie, Oscar and Pax!

    Posted 8.28.20
    • You just made my day, Sangita. Thank you!

      Posted 8.29.20
  9. Lyn wrote:

    OK – this has to be the best post ever! I have become obsessed with animal prints. In the last 6 months I have purchased a turtleneck to be worn under a black cashmere sweater, Talbot’s new long sleeve animal print shirt, and also a pair of sling back animal print flats. Not to be all worn at the same time!!! I think the print kind of confuses the eye if you know what I mean – it is very kind to any body imperfections. I will definitely make those Thai lettuce wraps.

    Posted 8.29.20
    • And animal prints never go out of style. What’s better than that? Have a great weekend, Lyn.

      Posted 8.29.20

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