we’ve got a really fun fridays with oscar for you this week. to kick things off, there’s a new installment of friday fives on our YouTube channel. this week, we talk about breaking women’s fashion rules, namely five rules every women over 50 should break. you’re not going to want to miss it, as it’s sure to bring a little fun, sass, and (a little) controversy to your friday.
per usual, we’ve got a great recipe and cocktail—perfect for cool, brisk day. and of course, we can’t forget Oscar himself. kick back, relax, and slide into fridays with oscar with our family over here at style at a certain age.
outfit of the day
it’s self-care week over here on the blog. a lot of my outfits of the day have been about comfort. caring for ourselves can be difficult, no doubt, but being comfortable in our clothes doesn’t have to be. fall is the time for oversized sweaters, hoodies, turtlenecks, and vests.
warm, soft, and comfy.
today, i’m sporting a langley vest from J.Mclaughlin paired with a black turtleneck from Everlane. (pick it up in aqua blue if you’re looking for a color pop.) and how fun are these loafers from Neiman Marcus? i first debuted them during my trip to France. they were a huge hit. i get so many requests for advice for comfortable and stylish shoes. don’t miss out on these.
tablescape: more fall minimal
entree: instant pot french dip
i’m totally in love with my Instant Pot, and i’m always looking for an excuse to use it. this week, Kelly suggested making a french dip sandwich, and i just. could. not. resist.
during the fall and winter, there’s absolutely nothing like slow cooked, savory meat that falls apart effortlessly without any help from a knife or fork. but slow cooking can take hours. one of the things i love about the Instant Pot is that it cuts that time down by half (or more).
for those of you that have followed me on my health and wellness journey over the years, you know how committed i am to Faster Way to Fat Loss. it’s change my perspective and relationship to food in general. seems a bit contradictory given that i’ve got a lot of simple carbs on the cutting board.
- 2-3 pound beef chuck roast or rump roast trimmed of excess fat (I've also used a sirloin roast and boneless bottom round for a leaner option)
- 3 cups low sodium beef broth
- 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 yellow onions quartered and thinly sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 4-6 rolls nothing too soft or it will fall apart once dipped
- 8-12 slices cheese (provolone, swiss, havarti or monterey jack)
- Add the beef to the onion mixture in the Instant Pot, add in the remaining broth and the bay leaf. Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes, followed by a 20 minute natural release. Remove the meat to a cutting board and thinly slice it or shred it, set aside.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and carefully pour the juices from the Instant Pot through the strainer and into the bowl (this is your au jus). Set aside the onions that remain in the strainer, discard the bay leaf.
- Transfer the sliced meat and the onions back into the Instant Pot. Pour over a little bit of au jus to moisten the meat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve the remaining au jus for dipping. If you'd like more au jus, you can stir in a little beef broth to make it stretch farther.
- Toast your rolls, fill with meat and onions, cover with the cheese of your choice. Melt the cheese in a 375° oven or under the broiler until melted. Serve with the au jus on the side for dipping.
when faced with a meal like the one we’ve prepared for you today, drop the provolone and chips. or forget the bread entirely. there are a lot of little ways to maintain your focus on health and wellness. let me know your tips and tricks for staying healthy during the holidays in the comments below.
cocktail: moscow mule
we paired the french dip with a moscow mule. when was the last time you had one outside a traditional steakhouse? my oldest recommended we try it this week, and we’re sure glad we did. so refreshing with that ginger beer!
- 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
- 1/2 fluid ounce lime juiceice cubes
- 1/2 cup ginger beer
- 1 lime wedge for garnish
- Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine.
- Drop a lime wedge into the mug for garnish.
alright, gang! that’s a wrap for this week. but before you go, make sure to drop a comment in the blog. did you check out our friday fives this week? do you agree? disagree? are there any fashion rules that you consistently break that i missed?
also, for both kelly’s and my sake, let us know if there are any Instant Pot recipes you’re addicted to this fall. we’re always looking for something new to try, and we would both love to hear if you have any great recommendations. have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. and from oscar, ollie, kelly, junior style, and myself, cheers to you!
in case you missed it
this week has been all about self-care. we started with managing grief during the holidays, moved to a focus on fun and family during the holidays, and ended with putting the “self” back in self-care.
we also rolled out our first holiday guide for the year: beauty and makeup guide for the holidays. if you didn’t have a chance to take a look, make sure you do. kelly and i each put together a list of our top beauty and makeup picks for the season. we know you’ll love it.