hot pink for summer | fridays with oscar

as another friday rolls around, we are closing the week with a delicious appetizer and a cocktail in honor of oscar called the old pal. as casual fridays go, my outfit today defines weekend lounging. on these hot august days, comfort is key so i have oh-so-comfy jean shorts and a light and loose sweater – which is perfect for staying comfortable in the air conditioning. 

hot pink for summer

it’s no secret that my favorite color is pink. and i am loving hot pink this summer. it’s such a bright color pop that it’s impossible not to feel bright and cheerful when wearing this hot hue. pairing this color with white is an easy choice. the brightness of both white and hot pink make it an easy combination. plus white is a neutral that is going to brighten up any outfit.

i love the side button detail on this linen blend  opens in a new windowsweater from opens in a new windowJ.Crew. it has an oversize fit, so i like to give it a little side tuck for a relaxed, but put together look.

opens in a new windowwhite denim shorts are so very comfortable and the button fly is on trend this summer. if jean shorts are not for you, opens in a new windowwhite bermudas or opens in a new windowchinos would be a great alternative. 

i have my opens in a new windowmulti-colored flat sandals back in action today, seen last week with my preppy skirt. the pink, orange and blue combo is a nice, subtle contrast with my hot pink for summer sweater.

artichoke spinach dip stuffed mini peppers

like my outfit, we have a colorful appetizer today: mini red, orange and yellow peppers stuffed with artichoke spinach dip. a little bread crumbs or panko sprinkled on top and baked to perfection. making the spinach artichoke dip from scratch adds a few more steps, but so worth it. you can use store-bought dip if you like, i am sure the results would be delicious.

artichoke spinach dip stuffed mini peppers

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 12 oz marinated artichoke hearts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bread crumbs or panko (optional)

multi-color mini peppers

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. defrost spinach and squeeze out as much water as possible

  3. combine all ingredients besides the mini peppers in a large bowl. stir well and season with salt and pepper to taste

  4. halve the mini peppers and fill each half with the dip

  5. sprinkle with more grated pecorino and bread crumbs

  6. bake for about 15 minutes, or until dip is bubbly and tops are golden

the old pal

this cocktail seemed appropriate for fridays with oscar. oscar is definitely a loyal pal, by my side through thick and thin. an old pal is typically made with rye whisky and is very similar to a negroni, but with dry vermouth instead of sweet. we are using bourbon for our old pal today. 

old pal

  • 1 oz rye whisky
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 oz campari
  1. add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and stir until well chilled

  2. strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist

fridays with oscar

my old pal oscar, showing off his pearly whites! say cheese, oscar!

well ladies, we’ve come to the end of another week. stay tuned to the blog for all the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goodies. to keep up with all of the NSale picks and posts, you can easily access all of my NSale content by clicking the convenient tab in my menu bar labelled NSale. as summer begins its wind-down, i hope you’re all able to get outside and enjoy the last weeks of summer. until next week, oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a lovely weekend!


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  1. Arna wrote:

    This appetizer looks delicious! We will definitely have to try it.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 8.7.20
    • Arna wrote:

      Made the appetizer for our weekly social distancing bar b q at the pool last Sunday. Delicious! I will be making this time and time again.

      Posted 8.14.20
  2. Mary Ellen wrote:

    Did you get a haircut ? I like it !!

    Posted 8.7.20
  3. Mary wrote:

    Love the sweater. Yes, the sweater with white bermudas! Yes, yes, yes

    Posted 8.7.20
  4. Mary Ann wrote:

    I love your blog, and really love your new haircut! You look amazing!!

    Posted 8.7.20
  5. Susan Barnes wrote:

    Great hair style!! Shorter is youthful & classic on you. Draws the eye up.
    I still don’t have enough courage to go to the salon yet. Since its a bob, its easy to trim myself, but i dream of the day I can go professional. I hope soon.

    Posted 8.7.20
  6. Jennifer M wrote:

    enjoy your posts and recipes – who is your hair stylist in Athens?

    Posted 8.7.20
  7. J Clendenin wrote:

    I love your new hair style. It looks fresh and stylish.

    Posted 8.7.20
  8. Stephanie wrote:

    Great app idea

    We tried Rye, Aperol, & sweet vermouth…with a little lemon juice- Excellent

    Posted 8.7.20
  9. Andrea wrote:

    I am so loving that haircut🥂 combined with the lighter eye shadow and bright but not dark lip – wow! It’s tricky as we age especially for those of us who have gone au natural hair wise, to bring colour back to our faces. Like you I love a vivacious lip, but am finding bold vs bright a real thing. A MUA suggested light to medium shades of my favs with a softer lip pencil- magic! Compromise saves the day. I adore that sweater on you, always love the way you incorporate brights into your wardrobe.

    Posted 8.7.20
  10. Laurel wrote:

    Love the picture of Oscar smiling!☺️

    Posted 8.7.20
  11. Madlyn Powell wrote:

    I alway love your hair but this cut is my favorite. The outfit is adorable on you.

    Posted 8.7.20
  12. Lynn wrote:

    ❤️ your hair 👌🏻

    Posted 8.7.20
  13. MaryLynne wrote:

    Thank you Beth for your style idea about having an outfit ready to go. I put one together that day. Last evening I had totally forgoten that I wanted to go to an outdoor concert. When I remembered it I had very little time to get ready. Luckily I was able to throw on my to go outfit that was ready with shoes, purse(with mask) jewelry, and even underwear. I could spend what little time I had, putting on make up and doing my hair instead of searching for some part of the outfit that wasn’t where I thought it was. If I had included a hat, I wouldn’t even have had to do my hair. So great to see you kneeling!! I haven’t been able to kneel since I had my knees done in 2016. I’m wearing hot pink out to dinner tonight. That will be my to go outfit for next week

    Posted 8.7.20
  14. mudra wrote:

    I see you kneeling on your new knee! You recovery looks amazing. My husband is having his knee replaced sept 10th. Keep us posted on your recovery tips!

    Posted 8.7.20
  15. Cindy wrote:

    Just ordered this hot pink sweater from JCrew. You look great in it!
    I will wear it with white crop jeans to a wine tasting party

    Posted 8.7.20
  16. Francesca B. wrote:

    I am sure you have heard it many times Beth, Oscar is a beautiful dog!! Love seeing him! Happy weekend:) Have fun!

    Posted 8.7.20
  17. Eve wrote:

    Pink is my latest color to add to my neutrals. This is a perfect sweater. V neck, length is just right and the little extra room just says comfort. I love it with white but pink is so versatile. You hair is looking s good and Oscar, what a cutie.

    Posted 8.7.20
  18. Carol wrote:

    You look fabulous in this pink top Beth! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for always being so positive.

    Posted 8.7.20
  19. Linda wrote:

    Love the pink sweater. Noticed it’s a final sale, though. Could you provide info about sizing? Did you purchase your regular size? Thanks…and happy weekend!

    Posted 8.7.20
  20. Kathleen McDermott wrote:

    You look so beautiful. A face like yours was meant for short hair. Oscar is beyond adorable. Kiss him for me. I so love your blog

    Posted 8.7.20
  21. Sue wrote:

    nice sweater … short shorts 🙂

    Posted 8.7.20
  22. CK wrote:

    I have that sweater and highly recommend it!! Loving the new hair cut – you look great!

    Posted 8.7.20

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