FWO | Cinco de Mayo

cheers to the weekend, gang! and cheers to FWO Cinco de Mayo style. this margarita-loving girl couldn’t let this celebration go by without a nod. out came my blender to whip up a batch of frozen margaritas. margaritas on the rocks with fresh ingredients are my all-time favorites. but there’s a time and place for frozen margaritas, especially on a hot summer day. a tasty and might i say a healthy version of a taco salad is on the menu too. so come on in and sit a spell.

fridays are always about oscar, but my Maine coon cat ollie loves to join us from time-t0-time especially when we’re on the screen porch. this is one of her favorite haunts, where she spends hours looking outside at all of the flora and fauna. while ollie is mainly an indoor cat, she comes outside when i’m puttering in the garden and roams around the yard. the birds sound the alarm as they know a predator when they see one. it’s fascinating to watch nature in motion. not to worry, as i’m a bird lover as well as cat and dog lover, so all is well with my feathered friends and their birdhouses.

FWO Cinco de Mayo

today’s outfit is fit for a beautiful spring day. this opens in a new windowcropped cardigan from opens in a new windowAnn Taylor is a gorgeous shade of purple certain to brighten even the dreariest day. slowly but surely, my whites are making an appearance. a opens in a new windowwhite tee is a wardrobe must-have.  typically, i add two or three new ones to my closet each year as they are on style repeat all summer long. sales are a great time to stock up and save. opens in a new windowTalbots and opens in a new windowJ.Crew even opens in a new windowOld Navy are brands i can rely on for a simple crewneck tee. a white denim skirt (old, similar opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new windowhere) is a nice alternative to shorts or blue jeans, and i like to have at least one white denim skirt hanging in my closet.

accessories are the icing on the cake to any outfit. if you’ve followed the blog for any length of time, you know i sing the praises of metallics. metallic shoes or metallic belts act as neutrals. when in doubt, reach for silver or gold. one of my favorite gold belts is from one of my favorite designers opens in a new windowRalph Lauren (old, similar opens in a new window here and opens in a new window here), and was a splurge at the time of purchase. but if i pro-rate this purchase over its lifespan, honestly, it was a bargain. accessories can be investment pieces if you go the luxury route, but since belts, handbags, scarves, and jewelry can last a lifetime, i don’t mind spending a pretty penny.

the metallic gold sandals are from opens in a new windowBanana Republic (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) and see lots of action once summer rolls into town. honestly, this pair has turned into my go-to sandal since they arrived on the scene last summer.

Taco Salad


  • 1 pound ground beef (I use grass-fed beef)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce (or lettuce of your choice)
  • 1 cup tomaotes, diced (I use cherry tomatoes, halved)
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • tortilla chips
  • ranch dressing or dressing of your choice (I like Trader Joe's Green Goddess dressing)


  1. Add the ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, breaking the meat into pieces until browned and cooked through. Add the garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and water to the skillet. Stir to combine and cook an additional 3-5 minutes until the water has evaporated.

  2. Layer the romaine lettuce in a bowl then add ground beef, black beans, avocado, tomatoes cheese, and tortilla chips.

  3. Pour the dressing over the top and enjoy!

Frozen Margarita


  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • ½ cup triple sec or Cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 6 cups ice


  1. Place all ingredients into a large blender. Blend until slushy and pour into 4 glasses.

skirt (old, similar opens in a new windowhere and opens in a new windowhere) | opens in a new window tee | opens in a new windowcardigan | belt (old, similar opens in a new window here and opens in a new window here) | sandals (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere)

cheers to Friday! oscar, ollie and i wish you a lovely weekend!


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  1. RORY wrote:

    Great post. Hi Miss Ollie and Mr. Oscar. Pats to you both. I really like the purple sweater for today. I will make the taco salad on Weds. Thank you.

    Posted 4.30.21
    • a taco salad is one of my go-to meals! thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 4.30.21
  2. Rene Wingerson wrote:

    5 stars
    Dear Beth,

    Thank you so very much for the daily posts. You are the first email that I read each day.

    You are such an inspiration! Love your beautiful outfits, shoes, accessories and pics of Oscar and Ollie.

    Have a wonderful day and a Happy Cinco de Mayo!


    Posted 4.30.21
    • thanks so much for stopping by, rené! enjoy your weekend.

      Posted 4.30.21
  3. Emily wrote:

    Love the post today. The sweater is a great color.
    Love taco salad with ground turkey or chicken.
    Know you have been posting about affordable clothing recently. Several comments mentioned Target. Beth, did you get the notice about the upcoming Designer Dress Collection at Target? Would love to have your “stylish” eye comments in a post.
    Thanks so much. Your blog has changed my thinking about many aspects of aging with grace!!!

    Posted 4.30.21
    • i did notice Target is coming out with that collection. i will definitely check it out. i used to shop Target clothes all the time but just haven’t liked the direction they took about two years ago. i’ll keep trying!

      Posted 4.30.21
  4. Eve wrote:

    That’s one beautiful cat! Of course, Oscar is the star of any post he’s in.
    I wish I could wear skirts. You look great in them and I like white denim especially with purple. My first outfit I remembering loving was a purple tee and white jeans.

    Posted 4.30.21
    • fridays are always about Oscar! isn’t this shade of purple gorgeous?! what a pop of color.

      Posted 4.30.21
      • Susan wrote:

        I live for Fridays to see Oscar. Ollie is huge! I love them both. A new hair style for you? Shorter. Cooler in Summer. My favorite is the photo of you, sunglasses, stripped varsiety style sweater, bluejeans, loafers.

        Posted 4.30.21
  5. Kim Kirkegaard wrote:

    Love that outfit! Looks lovely on you and the purple sweater is a nice pop of color! Oscar has the sweetest face! Have a good weekend, Beth, Oscar and Ollie!

    Posted 4.30.21
  6. I love your outfit! Love the purple. They are out of a medium in it though. Will have to do another color that I all ready have.
    Love Oscar and Ollie. Also love taco salad and margaritas though haven’t had one for years. Had a taco salad last week and makes me hungry for another one. ha ha

    Posted 4.30.21
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  8. Anad wrote:

    5 stars
    I love these earrings which you have worn in several other posts. Are they turquoise and amethyst? Where did you get them?

    Posted 5.1.21
    • these earrings are a favorite of mine. they are custom-made turquoise and amethyst earrings from my overseas days with mr. style.

      Posted 5.2.21
  9. Rina Lubaton wrote:

    5 stars
    I am greatful being in here, I love how madam Beth dress herself so got a lot of idea on fashions how to dressed myself whose age is like you. Hoping to get more fashion wears and accessories.

    Posted 5.2.21
  10. Jane Lynch wrote:

    I made this taco salad tonight for dear friends traveling 2 hours to see our new home. I used Beyond Meat ground “beef” as we eat plant-bases, and it was delicious! The only thing I added was lime wedges to squirt over top.
    I channeled your style and calm, and the day went beautifully! Thanks so much for all your inspiration, Beth.

    Posted 5.2.21
    • the fresh lime juice is a good idea! it sounds like the perfect day spent with friends.

      Posted 5.3.21

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