it’s a white denim kind of day | fridays with oscar

happy friday, gang! i am closing this week with one of my favorite fall color combinations: white and tan, with a little animal print thrown in for fun. for our appetizer this week, who doesn’t love french onion soup in the fall? well, we have french onion stuffed mushrooms on the menu today. and our cocktail this week is my favorite aperol cocktail. 


it’s a white denim kind of day

crisp opens in a new windowwhite denim is perfect for fall. the pop of brightness from white is so refreshing on these cooler, shorter days. for a monochromatic look, i have a opens in a new windowplain white tee. pairing white with camel or brown is a classic combination. you have the bright white and it’s softened by my camel cardigan ( opens in a new windowsimilar).  

accessories go a long way with this outfit. animal print is probably my favorite way to add a pattern to any outfit. i have my opens in a new windowanimal print belt and to prep things up, i have an opens in a new windowanimal print tassel driving moccasin. my bright gold chunky chain link necklace ( opens in a new windowsimilar) and bracelet ( opens in a new windowsimilar) set glams it up.   

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french onion stuffed mushrooms

these little mushrooms are quite addictive – they are perfect for snacking on while watching football this weekend. i could see modifying this recipe to stuff portobellos and making it a main dish. it’s that good! 

french onion stuffed mushrooms

Course Appetizer
Author Laura Reve via delish


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat butter and oil. Add onions and season with salt, pepper, and thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are caramelized and jammy, about 40 minutes.

  3. Increase heat to medium-high, stir in garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in sherry and simmer until almost completely reduced, 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Place mushrooms stem side up on the prepared baking sheet. Roast mushrooms on top rack until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven. (If any moisture gathers in mushroom caps, blot moisture with a paper towel.)

  5. Top mushrooms with onion mixture and Gruyère. Switch oven to broil and broil stuffed mushrooms until cheese is bubbly and melty, about 2 minutes.

  6. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

to get your onions to the proper caramelized state, you have to cook them low and slow for about 40+ minutes. it takes a while but you really taste the difference.

my favorite aperol cocktail

all summer this cocktail was on happy hour repeat for me. i really enjoy the light bittersweet flavor of this drink. it’s very refreshing. 

beth's favorite aperol cocktail (intro to aperol)

Course cocktail
Author Audrey Saunders via Bon Appetit


  • 1/4 cup Aperol
  • 2 tbsp gin
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • flamed orange peel or lemon peel to garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with 2 cups ice. Add Aperol. gin, lemon juice, Simple Syrup and Angostura bitters ; cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass; garnish with a flamed orange peel, or lemon peel

opens in a new windowsimilar chunky chain link necklace | opens in a new windowsimilar matching bracelet 


fridays with oscar

oscar and i are coordinating today, with his brown fur and white bandanna. as usual,  pax is here too! the two of them had a fun game of chase in the backyard.

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well gang, this wraps another week and another fridays with oscar. stay tuned to the blog as we start to get ready for the holidays in the coming weeks. i imagine a lot of us will be doing a lot more online shopping this year, and i have a great guide for beauty and skincare shopping online at Nordstrom. check it out, if you haven’t already! oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a wonderful weekend! 



  1. Pat wrote:

    Love this look! The link to the cardigan is not working,

    Posted 10.2.20
    • Hi Pat, Kelly here…Thanks for catching that pesky link. I have updated it now. It seems to be working correctly. Here it is for you: xo Kelly

      Posted 10.2.20
  2. Jan wrote:

    Pretty outfit. You match Oscar.

    Posted 10.2.20
  3. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    This post just made my day! Love the OOTD, the recipe, and of course, Oscar. Two pics are so perfectly posed! He’s beautiful (Pax being cute!) and together, you both look fabulous. Enjoy a great Fall weekend~

    Posted 10.2.20
  4. Anna M Potter wrote:

    5 stars
    Love the leopard belt
    You always give me great ideas
    Thanks xoxo

    Posted 10.2.20
  5. Sharon Olsen wrote:

    Have a wonderful weekend !

    Posted 10.2.20
  6. GL Gardener wrote:

    Great outfit. I love animal print. It is always in my wardrobe. You look great.
    So does Max.
    I will be making the mushrooms.

    Posted 10.2.20
  7. Jill Bakeman wrote:

    If you could only carry one purse through all four seasons (like me), what would that be?

    Posted 10.2.20
  8. Great look. I confess I still find it hard to want to wear white denim in Fall but I like the way you style it. Always love seeing Oscar and Pax. Happy weekend.

    Posted 10.2.20
  9. jackie wrote:

    looking lovely. Love white jeans but I always spill coffee…… Dogs are looking very swish but I think that they would like to embrace the leopard print look with a leopard print bandana. Stay safe and well

    Posted 10.2.20
  10. Lyn wrote:

    Fantastic look! Every fall I get my husband into the kitchen to help me peel and cut large bags of onions to carmelize. I put them in a large electric fry pan, add seasonings, and in an hour and a half they are gorgeous. They freeze beautifully, and I can pull them out for French onion soup, toppings for pot roast sandwiches, and patty melts. That way you only smell up your house once! I tried my first aperol spritz a year ago while on a family trip to Italy – love them. They bring back such wonderful memories of sitting in Verenna on Lake Como. Have a great weekend lovely lady.

    Posted 10.3.20
  11. Cindy wrote:

    Beth—this is my favorite color combo for fall and you look fantastic!! I absolutely love your haircut—very flattering on you! I’ve enjoyed following you for a long time and especially love seeing Oscar as I’ve the pleasure of German Shepherds in my home for many years and they are without a doubt the best pets!! xoxoxo

    Posted 10.3.20

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