happy friday, gang! i hope everyone is headed into the weekend with their heads held high—we made it through another week of physical distancing and staying home. earlier this week i talked about dressing up when you’re feeling down to perk up your mood and give you a healthy distraction. well, we are continuing that idea here today on fridays with oscar. my outfit today is a departure from my typical casual friday OOTD, as of late. we’re going a little more formal. but if that feels like a lot of work right now, not to worry: we’re keeping things super simple with our recipe and cocktail today. ’cause who says you need a party to whip up a cheeseboard?! so join us and see how to make a cheeseboard, as we are grazing on meats and cheeses and sipping a low abv cocktail: an elderflower spritz, today on fridays with oscar.
i am picnic ready today with this adorable gingham skirt from Talbot’s. it’s great that warmer weather is coinciding with my knee surgery because it is so much more comfortable to wear a skirt or shorts!
a sleeveless white sweater is perfect for these spring days when it’s not too hot to wear a knit top. a sweater shell is a timeless classic. it’s so versatile, i recommend everyone have at least one in their closet. it can be worn over a button up as a vest, or alone when the weather is right.
the large check gingham skirt makes a bold statement – it’s fun and playful, just perfect for spring and brightening my mood. my blue suede slides are a fun contrast to the red in my skirt. they are topped with colorful gem-like baubles and sparkles. their whimsy makes me smile every time i wear them. pax is here today, hoping for a tasty bite!
gingham skirt | cable mock neck | similar sandals
putting together a charcuterie platter and cheeseboard is a great way to clear out the cheese drawer in your fridge! it’s simple to put one together and it can be an easy dinner. if you want something more substantial than crackers, you can put out small slices of bread and condiments to make finger sandwiches.
whether it’s just you at home, or you have family in your home with you, putting out a cheeseboard is a fun change-up to the normal dinner or lunch routine. the cheeses on our board today include manchego, a blue brie, and a semi-soft cheddar. when selecting cheeses, it’s nice to have a variety between harder cheeses and softer cheeses. our meats include a spicy salami and prosciutto. it’s also nice to include a variety of crackers. we have a lavash cracker, Triscuits and Raincoast Crisps which have dried fruits and nuts baked right in.
round out your cheeseboard with fresh fruits like grapes, veggies like carrots. nuts and cherry tomatoes also make great snacks for your board. don’t forget to include some condiments if you like, maybe mustard or a fruit preserve. salty green olives stuffed with feta made it on to our board today, but pickles are a great option too.
to go with our “no recipe” cheeseboard, we have a low alcohol cocktail that is perfect for sipping in the afternoon on a warm day, an elderflower spritz. you can make this as low alcohol as you like by changing up the ratios: add more soda water than wine and a dash of elderflower liqueur. we have some elderflower soda, but you can use plain soda water and a little extra elderflower liqueur to taste. but however you build your spritz, the idea is simple: a little wine, a little soda, a splash of liqueur and that’s it – a refreshing, flavorful cocktail that’s fun to sip in the sunshine.
2 oz sauvignon blanc
2 oz club soda (or other soda water)
1.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Pour wine then liqueur into and ice filled glass and top with soda water, stir to combine.
in the coming weeks on the blog i will have more mini-home tours of my home for you, as we’ve made a number of changes lately. we will have more health and wellness, and updates on my knee surgery recovery. you can also look forward to more videos on youtube and plenty of how-to’s and classic style tips and tricks. i hope that we continue to be a place where you come to have a distraction from your worries and stresses. we are here for you, at style at a certain age. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a happy and safe weekend.
gingham skirt | cable mock neck | similar sandals
if you’re looking for more spring fashion, make sure to take a look at some of my top picks.
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 46, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
Kelly also has a food blog called Djalali Cooks, which you can find by clicking the world icon below.
So love your blog. It’s wonderful to see clothes on real women, not teenaged models.
style has no age limit. and aren’t we happy about that?!
Pax and Oscar❤️
I love your skirt too!
Look Mom I shrunk the dog! Movie trailer coming soon, haha! Oscar opened his own AirB&B? A new puppy? A co-host? The suspence is killing me, lol.
Pax is Jr. Style’s puppy. But Oscar loves him!
such a cute skirt that’s perfect all summer long.
Who is the little pup in the 4th pic down the post? I only recall you having Oscar. Is this a new puppY?
Pax is Jr. Style’s new puppy. he’s adorable!
Beth, you are a bright light for the world! I so enjoy your blog-inspirations. My comment is a bit behind, but have to tell you that I made Kelly’s popovers last night to go with homemade soup, and they were fabulous! I’ve tried several of your recipes too, and loved them. Brava!
kelly is a bang up cook! i know you’ll love her recipes. and mine aren’t too bad either. i still love to cook too.
I have continued to enjoy your blog, for quite a while, and have enjoyed the mix of fashion and personal style… In June of 2018 I had my Total Knee Replacement… You’re looking great! I can report that I’ve returned to walk/running and all my fitness endeavors and it feels great! Well done you!!!
good for you! i know i’ll be following in your footsteps in a few months. can’t wait!
Thank you, Beth. Simply, thank you. Today your OOTD brings memories of dressing similarly long ago, and Oscar’s loving gaze reminds me of Billy Joel’s, “I love you just the way you are”! Of course, in Oscar’s case, he has an absolutely lovely lady on whom to gaze and love. Pax is such a cutie. He also appears to gaze lovingly at you! Happy to see him, too. Inspired to do a chessboard now. You do brighten our days and we thank you~
well, i did have food in my hand when Pax was gazing up! but he’s a cuties for sure. and Oscar? he will always be the best. happy weekend!
Having a Picnic is a lovely idea even if it’s just under one of our own trees. It is warm here, 80 today, so perfect. I have a small patchwork quilt for the ground so I think we’ll go country with a basket of fried chicken and potato salad. I’m not the skirt type but I love the way you look in this outfit. We are rural though so jeans and a chambray shirt is more my style. Thanks for inspiring me. It’s a wonderful idea.
Hope you are gaining on things after your knee surgery. Once again you knock it out of the park with your OOTD. Thank you!
Love the color of lipstick! Can you tell us the brand & color?
What a cheerful, bright outfit. Especially after all the rain we had this week!
And while it may be more formal, it’s no more work than throwing on a shirt, shorts, & Dr. Scholls.
I’m putting this in my idea bank for if/when our outdoor concerts on the mountain resume.
Love your outfit – I have a couple of dress I call my “house” dresses that I enjoy at home – your cheese board looks wonderful – my kind of meal!
Friday’s with Oscar always my favorite. Glad to hear you are healing well. I have been looking for a cheese board similar to yours. I apologize if you have already told us, but where can I find it or one similar? Thanks for continuing to inspire us and I love how it’s become a family affair. 😍
Best wishes for a speedy recovery from knee surgery! Darling outfit today. And I can’t wait to try the Elderberry Spritz.
After reading your acct of the health problems you have faced plus the loss of your dear mr.style, I admire you more than ever. You are so positive.
So enjoyed your cheese board post as well as your ootd. Wishing you continued recovery
Love the skirt so splurged and ordered it. On sale!! I’m in between sizes right now in my weight loss journey so most of my pants don’t fit right. I can’t go shopping and try them on so sticking to skirts which are much more forgiving in fit. Keep up that PT You look great!!
Beth – I’m just struck at how well you’re doing with the knee surgery and all! You look fabulous, both dogs look so healthy, and your OOTD along with the colors of the cheeseboard, the cocktail bottles and your gorgeous home are truly inspiring! You are a rockstar!!!! Bless you and your dear family, four legged as well as your sons and Kelly!!
Your cheeseboard is an inspiration. You look fabulous. Hope you are doing better with each passing day. Your posts are wonderful and I look forward to them every day. Best wishes to you, Oscar, Ollie and the family for a happy weekend!
Hello Beth….your cheeseboard looks wonderful and inviting. As with most posts like these, I feel one important thing is missing…how to serve. Not a hint of a serving utensil in sight except two knives I assume to cut cheese. How do you pick up nuts, pluck grapes, grab an olive? Toothpicks? Plates and forks? Fingers? Now, more than ever…what is the etiquette?
looking fabulous. Have a great weekend Beth and family
You’re doing very well to look so lovely, walk without assistance, fix a charcuterie board and keep the pups entertained. I’d say you’ve aced this Friday post thing. Pax is adorable, by the way. So cute. And incidentally, you’ve got great bend going on with that knee. Excellent! I hope you have a relaxing weekend where you can elevate that leg and rest. (Nights were the hardest for me–I just could not sleep, and then I was exhausted during the day.) ‘Hope the heel slides are behind you before too long. Thinking of you…what a lovely post, and no one would have been the wiser that you are dealing with all you are. Kudos. You’re a warrior. Take good care…
Thank you! I just love Fridays with Oscar!!
Another lovely article. Love the skirt and the shoes, as well as the how to make a cheeseboard. Like your longer hair as well.
I just started to follow your blog. I really enjoy all of your topics and the fashion advice. I recently had my right knee replaced in September 2019. All is going well, but I find my tolerance of heels is limited. I have so many pairs of shoes that I’ll be giving away. I hope you’ll address changes in your shoes as well, as your recovery continues. My deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved husband.
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