french dip & five rules every woman over 50 should break

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. 

langley vest | turtleneck | utility pant | loafers | belt

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).     

langley vest | turtleneck | utility pant | loafers | belt

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.  

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
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Ingredients
  1. 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)
  2. 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  3. 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  4. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  5. 2 yellow onions quartered and thinly sliced
  6. 3 cloves of garlic minced
  7. 1 bay leaf
  8. salt/pepper
  9. 4-6 rolls nothing too soft or it will fall apart once dipped
  10. 8-12 slices cheese (provolone, swiss, havarti or monterey jack)
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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the holidays brings with it a lot of such situations:  everything from Thanksgiving leftovers to Christmas cookies.  and being even the slightest bit health conscious during this season can be challenging.  hard to squeeze in a trip to the gym when you’ve got a Thanksgiving play to attend. 

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! 

Moscow Mule
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  1. 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
  2. 1/2 fluid ounce lime juiceice cubes
  3. 1/2 cup ginger beer
  4. 1 lime wedge for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine.
  2. Drop a lime wedge into the mug for garnish.
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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?  

langley vest | turtleneck | utility pant | loafers | belt

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.

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42 Comments

  1. Kathy wrote:

    I’m 52 and I’ve thrown out the rules long ago! I have always been drawn to a more classic look but I like to have fun and break out of the mold now and then. You can never go wrong when you wear what you feel good in! Thanks Beth for giving a style voice to “woman of a certain age”.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • isn’t it great to put some FUN into classic styles?! xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  2. Marguerite wrote:

    Beth – I’m just about to break the “no grey hair” rule. And I’ll be rocking my red and pink lipsticks as always. Love your style.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • good luck on your gray journey! think of all the time and money you’ll save. xo

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  3. Jan Witthuhn wrote:

    Thank you for this GREAT post! I’m 71 and am thin for the first time in my adult life. Wow, am I enjoying discovering the fun I can rock with clothes! Perhaps my biggest learning so far is that I am smaller than I think I am. Turns out that I had been wearing my clothing a size or even two sizes larger than I needed to. Getting into the correct size and then shopping my style has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • i bet you’re having a ball putting together a new wardrobe! enjoy rocking your new outfits. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  4. Sheri wrote:

    Beth, I loved your posts and videos this week!! Receiving each one in my inbox is a high point in my day!! The instant pot recipe and accompanying drink look delicious and I must try them!! Looking forward to checking out the beauty must haves from you and Kelly! Have a great weekend!! Thanks again!!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • thanks so much for following along with us. the french dip recipe is A-MA-ZING and feeds a crowd. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  5. Deb wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I have been reading your blog for a few years but I think this Is my first comment 😊 Since we are talking Instant Pot, I just had to pop in and say that your Instant Pot Turkey Chili is amazing! I have made it twice since you posted it and shared it with two of my daughters! So yummy and a healthier version of a Fall comfort classic! Love you blog, your style, and your sweet spirit.

    Deb

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • isn’t that recipe delicious? we were looking for a healthy version of a fall favorite – chili! so glad to hear it was a hit at your house. xo

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  6. Judith wrote:

    Where is the cat? Love the blog, I know the cat doesnt care but I do😢

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • ollie makes cameo appearances from time to time. but fridays are always about oscar. and a recipe or two. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  7. Vicki wrote:

    You are my hero!! Starting the process to rock my gray hair. We are the same age and yours looks fantastic!!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • good luck on your gray journey! i’ve never looked back after letting my gray locks appear. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  8. Carolee wrote:

    Hi Beth! I am 74 and love my gray hair! Also loved your post on breaking fashion rules. My style is classic, but yesterday I bought my first pair of snakeskin booties. I’m sure they will look fabulous with my classic jeans and blazers.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • oooohhhh, you will love your snakeskin booties! it’s a terrific accessory that will spice up any outfit. enjoy! xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  9. Becky wrote:

    I break the bright lipstick rule & the gray hair rule. My hair is actually white, & I wear it about chin length with bangs. That breaks even more rules! I can’t tell you how many times that I have been complimented on how great my hair looks. I also wear knee length skirts & shorts. I have short legs & skirts that hit mid calf make my legs look even shorter. The same goes for capris.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • i imagine you look quite striking with a bold lip and white hair! keep on rockin’ those shorts skirts. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  10. Pam wrote:

    The style rule I break every day is, “only wear matt eyeshadow over 50”. As we age our eyes lose some of their life and twinkle. I think a nice shimmer (not glitter) add a nice pop back to our eyes.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • that’s a good rule to break! i love a little shimmer too. xo

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  11. Paula wrote:

    Beth, another great week of posts. I know I’ve mentioned Faster Way to weight loss before. I still haven’t tried it but you must be doing something right because you look like you have lost even more weight. Thanks again for your time and I love seeing Oscar.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • well, this program changed the way i look at food and the choices i make. i’ll forever more be a fan of FWTFL. it works! xo

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  12. Pat wrote:

    what was the lipstick and color you mentioned that was so popular? it was in today’s (11/8) fab 5 video.

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  13. Ellen wrote:

    I’ve read that only dark, plain jeans are appropriate for grown women. But I like to wear all kinds of jeans!
    Some say that hoodies are only for children and teens. I have sweater hoodies that look sophisticated to me. And hooded jackets are pretty and practical.
    Graphic tees – I love them and wear them. I think a jacket dresses up a graphic tee.

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    • so many jeans so many options. why be limited to just one? and i love hoodies. so glad you brought that up. mr. style would rock hoodies now and again. he looked adorable. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  14. Judy Parker wrote:

    Love you Beth, Thanks for five rules to break. I so agree. thumbs up.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • life is too short not to have fun. especially when it comes to fashion. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  15. Joanie wrote:

    Hi Beth
    Thank you for the five rules to break! You and I are the same age, 61, and you are right on! Blessings to you, Kelly, and your family. I love your blog and the updates.

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • thanks so much for your sweet words, joanie! xo

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  16. Marilyn wrote:

    I love wearing fedoras and “hipster hats”! I pair the hats with large earrings. Chic!!

    Posted 11.8.19 Reply
    • love hats! and large earrings too. together they sound divine. xo

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  17. Lea wrote:

    Thank you for this, Beth! I break all those rules except for the grey hair lol
    My favourite outfits of yours are the distressed jeans with tweed jackets… and I feel so good when I wear mine! Keep on rockin’… you do it so well.

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
    • love to pair a classic with a trend. and i’m happy to hear you do too. you keep on rockin’ and i will too. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  18. Lorraine Smith wrote:

    I have been wearing a lovely shade of blue nail polish on my toenails for a while now, onto the second bottle. I was told that I was too old for blue nail polish. I answered that I had really scanned the bottle carefully but could not find an age restriction anywhere. Well, I wear blue nail polish and the critics are quiet.
    So enjoyed the video and agree whole heartedly.

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
    • had to laugh when you read the bottle and didn’t find an age restriction. touche!
      love blue nail polish btw. xo

      Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  19. Debbie wrote:

    Very nice

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  20. Devon McGraw wrote:

    Hi Beth,

    Hello! First of all I want to pass along how much I’ve enjoyed your posts!! I am a bit younger maybe than some of your followers, but great style knows no age right?? I’ve passed your fabulous blog on to several friends in fact. Beyond the advice and outfit ideas YOU are a breath of fresh air and an inspiration!!

    It’s so cool how you not only give fashion advice but also recipes, diet ideas and overall lifestyle advice. I plan on trying the French Dip recipe this weekend in fact. 🙂

    So I have an idea for you! My sister Lauren and husband Rick just opened a fabulous “modern farm resort” called Julep Farms in Dillard, GA. They have a farm to table restaurant called “The Kitchen” , GORGEOUS shop called “The Market” AND the cutest baby doll sheep, miniature ponies and Polish chickens you’ve ever seen.

    I help her by curating the art gallery on site and they also have 4 themed cottages for rent. (The Boathouse, Sweet Tea, Magnolia and The Derby). Right now all 4 cottages are filled with the film crew from The Hallmark Channel as they are filming a new movie in the area. FUN times!

    The restaurant has only been open about 3 weeks but is already a bustling hive of happy energy! We think what she’s created is pretty special! (I am only a “little” biased being her big sis) 😉

    I was thinking her property would be a super cute backdrop for one of your posts! I think Dillard is not too far from Athens (an hour and a half maybe?) The fall colors right now are just about perfect! Anyway, just something for you to consider. I can only imagine how busy you must be! Feel free to check them out at http://www.julep.farm. 🙂

    Merci Beaucoup Beth for all you do! I look forward to all the posts to come from “Style at a Certain Age!”

    Devon 🙂

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  21. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Great ideas here. I am 65 now and I think fashion rules are made to be broken. Fashion should be fun–I like classic looks, but with a modern twist, so mixing things up is fun. The french dip looks good–great time of year for that, too. Happy weekend!

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  22. nedra wrote:

    Dear Beth,

    Thank you for being you and for your wonderful blog. I have always loved fashion. My father bought my mother’s clothes and she was always beautiuflly dressed. I spent time in her closet, looking and feeling fabrics and looking at labels. At 66, I still enjoy fashion. Now I spend most of my time on my farm, in leggings, sweatshirt or overalls. I do miss getting dress up as I once did. It is always fun to see what you are wearing!

    Posted 11.9.19 Reply
  23. Dessie Irvin wrote:

    LOVE the video. Why are women so judgemental? To each their own. Right?

    Posted 11.11.19 Reply
  24. Carol wrote:

    I have 3 of the wonderful german shepherd dogs. Life would be so boring without their “help” with everything. Thoroughly enjoy your column.

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
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