lately, i’ve been talking a lot about the “changes”. as many of you know, there have been a lot of changes over here on the blog. this summer jr. style joined us as our new cameraman and videographer. he’s helped me revamp our YouTube channel. we’ve introduced several new series, including fashion flash, style secrets, and fashion squared. my daughter in law, kelly, has also joined the blog and helped redesign our aesthetic across all of our channels. but as you know, although change is good, it can be exhausting. thank goodness it’s Fridays with Oscar! so let’s all kick back, relax, and jump into fall with pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. hop into a comfy fall outfit and enjoy a pumpkin spice cocktail and savory pasta with Oscar and me.
the weather in Athens is finally turning. after a record heatwave, we’re headed into a cool(er) weekend. since it’s Friday—and since the name of the game is to relax—i’ve chosen a comfy halogen sweater purchased at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July. similar sweaters are available here, here, and here. fall fashion and style is just as much about comfort as it is chic elegance.
to offset the length of the sweater just a smidge—and to keep my lines clean—i’ve chosen a pair of high-rise toothpick jeans from J. Crew. you can see the same denim styled differently here and here.
animal prints are in this year in a big way. anyone who follows this blog knows how much i love them. and i’ve given the outfit a little oompf by pairing it with a pair of laney wedges from Talbots (see how i’ve worn prints this year here and here.) wedges are a great alternative to heels as they give height but also have extra support for your tootsies.
denim | similar sweater | similar sweater |similar sweater | shoes
last week, i refreshed my porch for fall. if you missed it, you can catch it here. today, i’m moving inside. i put together a tablescape for fall inspired by a pumpkin patch. i hope that it will get your creative juices going in preparation for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
notice that i’ve mixed glass and steel pumpkins with fresh ones i picked up from Trader Joe’s. much like floral design, mixing synthetic with organic creates visual interest.
how fun are these pumpkins? you can pick up a similar mercury pumpkin here and here and a similar glass one here and here.
and these place settings just the cutest? fall cannot be complete if your home and wardrobe are not replete with plaid. you can find the placemats and napkins at Pier 1.
similar pumpkin | similar pumpkin | similar pumpkin | similar pumpkin | placemats | napkins | bee glasses | silverware | plates
kelly chose our entree this week. it’s a pumpkin alfredo with butternut squash ravioli. i picked up the pasta from Trader Joe’s. (stay tuned for my upcoming post on how much i love, love, love TJs.) but the alfredo sauce is totally homemade. and it is d-e-l-i-s-h.
i can tell you with certainty that of all the recipes we’ve rolled out over the past few months, this one was the biggest hit with my kiddos. my oldest could not get enough. he ate more than his share, and is asking for more next week!
white dinner plates | bee water glasses | similar kate spade casserole dish
in case you missed it, last week i made an apple cider mojito. in the spirit of fall—and pumpkins—this week i’ve got something totally new and totally fun: a white pumpkin cocktail. this is a rum based drink with almond milk as a mixer. (but you can imagine substituting the almond milk for regular milk and/or cream.)
this cocktail looks almost as good as it tastes. it’s 5PM somewhere, isn’t it?
all right, gang! that’s a wrap for this week. it is my hope that with all the changes you may or may not be going through this fall, that you too are finding some time to relax. carving out time for ourselves is important. what does that look like for you? do you throw on a movie or pull out an old book? do you go for a hike in the park near you, or do you prefer a friday afternoon cocktail? let me know in the comments below.
oscar, jr. style, kelly and i wish each of you a lovely weekend! cheers to friday.
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.
Love your photos of “Oscar” and always enjoy your posts. Staying busy is therapeutic ❤️❤️
You look great in this outfit… I too have a shepherd who is always with me!
Thank you for your posts and hoping you are doing better each day…
Do I see Chair Whimsy chairs at your table?? I love the chairs she creates! Please take a shot of those chairs so all of us can see them! Love your blog and the improvements! So good to hear that your family is involved in your blog!
Hello! Your blog is one of my favorites! Your picture with Oscar is so precious. I would frame that one and put it on the family gallery wall😊. I love your hair and I’m trying to be brave and get mine cut very similar. Have you always worn a short hairstyle?
Love some of the changes, but using gray for the text makes it difficult to read. Sorry for the complaint, but would love to still be able to see what you say without straining!
I agree about 5he gray print. I have been struggling with reading the blog texts lately and thought it was my eyes. Now I realize the real reason. Thank you for mentioning. I wonder if anyone else is having the same struggle?
Yes! The lighter text is difficult to read for my 70 year old eyes.
Reading is what I choose probably 80% of the time when I want to relax. Otherwise, going for a walk (if I’m at our mountain cabin), watching a movie, or going out for a glass of wine.
So ready for autumn and loving the fall style these past few weeks.
Love it! It’s finally blustery cold up here in New England and it’s Peak Foliage Week! Can you tell me about your beautiful dining room chairs?
Where’s your sweet Ollie? I’ve missed seeing her on Fridays along side Oscar. The way he eyes her is priceless!
Your “new” take on the blog is refreshing. I enjoyed the old format, too.
Beth, you are a wonder to your followers. You have met your success and adversity with such grace. We should all emulate your example.
Love that sweater–I would get one in every color available!
Oscar is such a handsome boy!! Hope he gets extra treats for being so charming on camera!
It’s a chilly fall day in my area of Illinois.
Love your OOTD ~ the sweater is awesome!
Looking forward to to trying the two recipes.
Making the white pumpkin cocktail tonight 🍸
Have a great weekend.
I LOVE the new layout of the blog. Elegant and simple. Well done! 💐 That recipe I’m anxious to try…it’s all pumpkin here at the Warner household for the next month or so. Those photos are fabulous as well. I agree about framing the one of you and Oscar. Seeing Oscar makes me happy…I miss my German Shepherd boys, Brady and Natan, so very much. Thank you for the inspirational kick-off to my weekend. 🎃
Hi Beth, the changes you are making to all the platforms are really good & I am excited to see where you take us in 2020. Will be holding you and your family especially close in prayer and thought all through the upcoming holidays. Hugs from St. Simons Island GA☺️
Love this outfil!! You look fabulous! And I am going to try your recipes – so ready for fall. Cooler weather makes me want to get out & enjoy the splendor of fall.
Hi Beth – it’s still close to 100 degrees here in Phoenix – so, you give me hope that fall truly is coming. Love your outfit and decorations. Thank you for all you do. Inspiring as always.
OH Beth, the two pictures of you and Oscar are FABULOUS! You both have the same expression!!! I LOVE IT!!! I so enjoy your videos and blogs. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
95 degrees here in South Texas, bit we’re headed to Vermont next week to enjoy the fall foliage. Agree with other comments about the lighter print. A bit of a strain for my 70 year old eyes.
Hello again …
Your message today is all about 🍂 the
seasonal magic of Autumn ! You have me
wanting to try the recipes , decorate and dress for fall weather .
The temperature in Maryland is beginning to
cooperate … finally !
Weekend plans include meeting friends tonight, going to see “Judy” , attending a wedding , reading , and hopefully , I will get to TJ’s soon to find the butternut squash !
Thank you for the uplifting post !
Warm Regards !
I love decorating for the seasons, particularly fall and Christmas, and Pier 1 is a favorite! The sweater and shoes are on my list!
Question: I have never had it at a brunch, but do you think the pasta would be appropriate? I am having friends in next Sunday, and it looks delectable! Since I too am a widow, I would only make something like that when entertaining. Plus, it wouldn’t quite fit the healthy-living menus I try to adhere to.
Beth I love everything today! Would love to see some Fasterwaytofatloss recipes.
I joined on your recommendation, and love it! I have had no dairy or gluten for almost three weeks and am doing the IF!
Just finished my 24hr. fast yesterday!
Have a wonderful fall weekend!
I am enjoying all the changes that are taking place on the blog. We were at 95 here in the foothills of
NC today. Tomorrow’s high is only 70! Hopeful that fall is finally on its way. Always look forward to reading your blog, but probably more so now that I just had a complete hip replacement on Monday, and have another three weeks of rehab here at home. I’ll try not to bother you too much!
I loved the yellow tunic that you wore in NYC. Still praying daily for all the family.
Fabulous casual outfit! Great photo of Oscar as well:) Always look forward to the inclusions of Oscar and Ollie (who looks like my Riley:) Happy Friday Beth!
I end my week with a wonderful and relaxing ride on my trainers dressage horse!
Sounds delicious. I’ll have to pin it. I have very similar pumpkins here–I got a few as gifts one year, and bought one myself…and I always love the white real ones, too. They’re elegant to me. Fridays for me lately have been reading like crazy–I have a kindle and it’s great because I never have to go book-less! As soon as I finish one, I can figure out what I want to read next. I’ve already got the next one lined up. Have a great weekend–hope you get to relax some!
Where are the white candlesticks from?
It is great to hear that your family is supporting and rallying around you. You are in my prayers.
Hi Beth…you look great as always but I have to tell you that today’s first photo of Oscar is absolutely beautiful. He is such a handsome devil! I’ve admired your strength in your recent trials and am glad also to see how your kids support you.
I love your spirit and zest for life. You are a strong and amazing gal. Love the sweater! I too love TJ’s. It’s always an adventure to shop there. My eyes teared up a bit reading this post – you are so resilient.
I so enjoy all of your posts! Including your family and fur babies is definitely a must. Have a great weekend!
That color sweater looks great on you!
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