don’t spill your espresso (martini) on my perfect white shirt | fridays with oscar

it’s Friday, gang!  this week, we’re bringing you our first Christmas edition of fridays with oscar.  we’re Talbots heavy today, featuring their perfect white shirt and glen plaid pants.  i think you’re going to love this outfit:  it works for work, home, or any holiday party you’re headed to this season.  and you know how i feel about glen plaid:  glen plaid is always on-trend.  

and as always, Fridays would not be complete without a cocktail.  i’ve been on a martini kick over the past few weeks.  i’m continuing that today with a slight variation.  for all of you coffee drinkers, i know you’re going to love it.  so kick back.  relax.  and cheers to you ladies! 

outfit of the day: glen plaid is always on trend 

nothing is black and white until, well, it is.  today, i’ve got a classic outfit for you: a black cashmere crew neck from Everlane paired with Talbotsperfect white shirt. (no pop of color today, except well my nails and lips.) that combination goes perfectly with these killer gray glen plaid pants, again from Talbots.

this fall and winter, particularly when i’m working in and around the house, i’m consistently drawn to flats, loafers, and slippers.  these smoking slippers from Ann Taylor are just so fun and i featured a similar pair on fridays with oscar last week.  check them out 

cashmere crew neck | perfect white shirt | glen plaid pants | similar loafers

dessert: raspberry oat bars  

i’ve got a sweet tooth.  after all, it’s the holiday season:  how can you not?  we had our 2nd annual local Athens blogger cookie exchange the other night and i’ve got a freezer full of goodies. in that spirit, i’m featuring a dessert today.  on the menu:  raspberry oat bars.  super simple to make.  freeze to keep.  and serve when the (grand)kiddos come over.  you’re gonna love them.   


Raspberry Oat Bars
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  1. 1 roll Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies
  2. 1/3 cup all purpose-flower
  3. 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  4. 1/2 cup raspberry preserves
  5. 1/3 cup white vanilla baking chips
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vegetable or canola oil
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix cookie dough, flower and oats until crumbly and well combined. Press half the mixture into bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Spread preserves over base. Top with remaining cookie dough mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool completely, about two hours.
  3. In small microwaveable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips 30 seconds, stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second increments until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in the oil until well combined. Drizzle over top of bars. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.
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cocktail: baileys espresso martini

like i said, i’m big into martinis lately.  we’ve got a twist on that idea for you:  a baileys espresso martini.  as you can guess, it goes well with any desert.  i mean seriously:  how can you go wrong with coffee and baileys?  such a classic pairing.   

Baileys Espresso Martini
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  1. 2 oz Espresso
  2. 2 oz Baileys Irish creme
  3. 1/4 oz Vodka
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alright gang, that’s a wrap!  as always, from everyone here at style at a certain age, we wish you a wonderful weekend.  we hope that you’re managing stress during the holidays and finding time to spend with friends and family.  i’m traveling to Florida this weekend for a conference.  stay tuned next week for some pictures from my travels.

cashmere crew neck | perfect white shirt | glen plaid pants | similar loafers


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  1. Amy Partridge wrote:

    Love your outfit and as always – seeing Oscar! If you want to cut down on the amount of sugar in your oat bar recipe – consider using a raspberry jam that just contains fruit juice – no added sugar. The bars come out delicious too.

    Posted 12.6.19
  2. Lisa Cotton wrote:

    You are the epitome of class. Just sayin’!

    Posted 12.6.19
  3. Susan wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I’ve always loved your Fridays with Oscar. he is gorgeous and looks like a real sweetheart. We lost our 10 year old german shepherd suddenly 2 weeks ago, and we miss her a lot. It warms my heart to see Oscar posing so beautifully. Happy Holidays!

    Posted 12.6.19
  4. Julianne Leistner wrote:

    Love all of your posts, especially Fridays with Oscar! (and sometimes Ollie) A general suggestion: More closeups of your accessories, particularly jewelry, would be fantastic! Thanks, Beth!

    Posted 12.6.19
  5. Kim Morrison wrote:

    I think you meant flour in the above recipe, not flower!

    Posted 12.6.19
    • a typo indeed! thanks for the catch.

      Posted 12.6.19
  6. Karen in Cowtown wrote:

    Oh my—three of my favorite things: Bailey’s, Tito’s and Expresso. Probably did NOT need to know about this inviting combination! 🙂

    Posted 12.6.19
  7. Karen wrote:

    Loved today’s post….on a cruise and finished off the evening with an Espresso martini….
    Going to try the oatmeal bars…..
    And shopping for glen plaid next week!

    Posted 12.6.19
  8. Linda wrote:

    Thank you, Beth!

    Posted 12.6.19
  9. Love your blog and we do dress similarly….it seems. Love Talbits clothes, though I do mix things up a bit with unusual tops and accessories from anthropologie from time to time. I wish you strength and Peace during these first holidays without Mr Style. Remember, he is always with you…..

    Posted 12.7.19
  10. Lyn wrote:

    Beth, I made your vodka, vanilla almond milk with honey and pumpkin seasoning. We loved them. I made up a large pitcher in advance and then shook it in my cocktail shaker before serving. I will definitely be making your espresso martini. It’s nice to have a signature cocktail to serve when you entertain. So festive. Re the white shirt – whenever I wear a crisp white Talbots shirt my neighbor always asks – are you going out?? No – just like to look good. I think it is so very important as we get to a certain age that we up our game in life – clothing, hair, makeup, food, etc. Not to mention we need to look forward – not backwards. I am already planning items to add to my wardrobe for spring 2020, and a vacation with a trip to a spa. Keep up the good and inspiring work. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Posted 12.7.19
  11. Jeannine Warner wrote:

    Hello Beth…I always look forward to your Fridays with that handsome Oscar! I hope your are navigating the holidays…I love your positive spirit and grace moving forward. I plan on sharing your posts regarding handling grief and stress during the holidays with a friend of mine who lost her beloved husband of over 55 years.
    That cocktail looks fabulous! One if my favorite espresso martinis is: Equal parts espresso, Kahlua, and vanilla vodka. We enjoyed it many years ago at Spago’s in Las Vegas. It has a strong espresso kick…not too sweet…shake very well as it gets wonderfully frothy and chilled. It is tradition to make this at a monthly movie and pizza night at my house with girlfriends to get the party started! Happy Christmas to you all! 🎄☃️

    Posted 12.7.19
  12. Holly Kurtz wrote:

    Hi Beth, Love your outfit but in the post you mention that your shoes are smoking slippers from Ann Tayler but they look like Tory Burch Minnie flats. Am I missing something? BT the way, you are gorgeous as ever and Ollie is a handsome boy! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Posted 12.7.19
    • you’re totally correct. apologies for any confusion.

      Posted 12.8.19
  13. Judy wrote:

    Oscar is so handsome.
    But your blog is difficult to read on an IPad.
    1/3 cup all purpose-flower

    Posted 12.8.19

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