Happy Friday, ladies!  June is moving, and moving fast.  Almost at the halfway point, which is incredibly hard for me to believe.  I'm headed to Charleston this weekend with an old, dear friend.  And I'm really looking forward to it.

As for today, we're up to our usual Friday business over here on the blog:  an appearance from Oscar, a cocktail & salad, and a comfy casual outfit for the weekend.  Plus, I thought I'd throw in the pair of sandals Jackie Kennedy loved, because, well I love Jackie Kennedy.

Oscar, Ollie, and I wish you a very wonderful weekend.  Cheers!

The Summary

  Today's featured items are a button-down from J.Crew and slide sandals from Jack's

  Both items are modeled, and I pulled together 2 alternates

  I've also got a super-simple cocktail and BLT salad on the menu

  Finally, I pulled together 5 of my favorite sandals for Summer at the end of the post

The Sandals Jackie Kennedy Loved

1. Button-down

(J.Crew)

One of my favorite style uniforms for summer is a button-up popped over a pair of shorts. It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s polished. Honestly, I could live in oversized button-ups like this blue striped one from J.Crew.

I’ve also purchased several from Everlane and Banana Republic that I love just as much. Wear it with shorts come summer then transition to jeans and chinos in the fall. Who doesn’t love a hard-working wardrobe staple like the mighty button-up?

Beth JUNE 2022

Button-down (J.Crew, sold out, similar here, here, and here) | Shorts (Ann Taylor) | Sandals (Jack Rogers)

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Beth JUNE 2022

If there is one quintessential pair of preppy summer sandals it has to be Jack Rogers.  Years ago, this iconic shoe was made famous by Jackie Kennedy.

Legend has it that while vacationing in Italy in 1960, she fell in love with a whipstitched sandal with a rondelle detail. Upon her return to the states, she gave a pair to her cobbler in Palm Beach.

When her friends spied the sandal they wanted a pair too. and so the perennial preppy classic was born.

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2. Peach Iced Tea

Beth JUNE 2022

Button-down (J.Crew, sold out, similar here, here, and here) | Shorts (Ann Taylor) | Sandals (Jack Rogers)

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Peach Iced Tea


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

For the Iced tea

4 tablespoons loose leaf tea or 4 teabags

4 cups water

For the Simple Syrup

1 large peach, sliced

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pinch sea salt

For Each Cocktail

1.5 ounces peach simple syrup

1.5 ounces vodka

1 ounce St Germain liquer

4-6 ounces tea

Optional Garnishes

peaches, sliced

fresh mint leaves


Instructions

 For the Peach SImple Syrup

Combine the peach, honey, water, vanilla and sea salt in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Run the syrup through a fine mesh seive placed over a large measuring cup or bowl. Use the back of a spoon to push all liquid through the seive. Store simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the Tea

Combine 4 tablespoons of loose leaf tea and 4 cups of water in a large pitcher or container Leave in the sun for 6-8 hours. Strain and chill until ready to serve.

For Each Cocktail

Place 2-3 large ice cubes in each glass. Add 2-3 thin slices of peach to each glass.

In a cocktail shaker or glass measuring cup, combine the peach simple syrup, vodka and elderflower liquer. Shake or mix until well combined. Pour mixture over ice. Fill each glass with iced tea and garnish with fresh mint.

3. BLT Salad

Beth JUNE 2022

Button-down (J.Crew, sold out, similar here, here, and here) | Shorts (Ann Taylor) | Sandals (Jack Rogers)

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BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Scale

For the Creamy Dressing

1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped shallots

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

For the Salad

8 slices bacon

1/2 lb green beans

1 head Romaine lettuce,

2 cups heirloom tomatoes

2 medium ripe avocados, sliced

1/4 red onion, sliced

Kernels from 2 medium ears of cooked corn


Instructions

First, make the dressing. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, chives, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.

Place the bacon strips in a skillet and heat over medium heat. Turn the strips as needed until they reach the desired crispness, 8 to 12 minutes. Drain well on a paper-towel-lined plate. Or bake in the over at 425 for 15 minutes.

Place the chopped lettuce in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, avocado, green beans, corn, and onion. Chop the cooked bacon strips and add them to the salad. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

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5 of My Favorite Summer Sandals

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2.

Arizona Birko-Flor Slide Sandal

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3.

Cognac Leather Alibi Sandals

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4.

Taina Slide Sandal

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In Case You Missed It

Yesterday, Kelly put together a variety of wedding guest dresses for petites.  Click the title or image below to read the article.

Happy Tuesday, ladies!  A lot of you have noticed that I recently painted the exterior of my house.  So... I thought I'd use today as an opportunity to show you---as well as my Southern porch and patios.

This is somewhat of a mega-post today---a lot of pictures to show you:  1 porch, 2 patios, and 2 outfits perfect for Spring & Summer.  So, I'm going to keep it short and let the pictures do the talking.

Let's get to the tour.

The Summary (TL;DR)

  Today's featured items are black shorts from Ann Taylor and jean shorts from Talbots

  Each item is modeled, and I pulled together 2 alternates each, for a total of 4

  The shorts are shoppable via a text or image widget

  Each alternate is shoppable via a text widget

  I've pulled together tons of gardening tools I use, all from Amazon, and all presented in a text widget

  I added some gardening tips I've picked up along the way

My Southern Porch and Patios

1. White Button-Down & Black Shorts

(Ann Taylor, Tory Burch)

Beth Djalali
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Alternative Stylings

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2. Front Porch

How to Plant a Container

(that's visually pleasing w/ varying height)

  Thriller plants with a height that add drama and vertical interest. Planted in the back of the center of the pot (Dracena, Asters, Cosmos)

  Filler adds color and volume and placed in center of pot (Geraniums, Mexican Heather, Petunias, Daisies)

  Spiller are trailing plants that spill over the container (Ivy, Vinca, Creeping Jenny)

3. Back Patio (1)

4. Gingham Button-Down & Jean Shorts

(Talbots)

Beth Djalali

Jean shorts (Talbots) | Gingham blouse  (Ralph Lauren, old, similar here and here) | Gardening clogs (Amazon)

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5. Back Patio (2)

Gardening tips

  Once your containers have been planted add Plant tone organic fertilizer

  Deadhead flowers once the bloom is spent

  Yellow leaves?  Too much water or not enough

  If your pots are located where rain doesn’t fall then place them in the rain when a storm blows through. Plants perk up and look healthier after being watered by rain.

In Case You Missed It

Yesterday, I featured one of your favorite items this month---a shift dress from Talbots.  Make sure to check it out by clicking the link or image below.

Happy Tuesday, ladies.  The week is underway, and it’s already turning out to be a busy one.  We’ve been focused a lot on Spring dresses and skirts lately, so I wanted to shift gears a bit.  Variety is the spice of life, as they say.  I picked up a pair of Ralph Lauren linen pants a few weeks ago.  And if you’re like me and gravitate towards classic style, I think you’re going to like them too. I couldn’t wait to style them.  Here’s what I came up with.

Ralph Lauren linen pants

Today’s outfit is clean, classy, and classic:  a pairing between cream button-up and linen twill pleated pants.  Both the top and bottom are from Ralph Lauren and are available at Macy’s.  We’ve been all about color lately, so I wanted to mix things up a bit with a monochromatic, neutral outfit. 

Crepe Button Up (Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) | Linen Twill Pleated Pants (available at Ralph Lauren 0 -18, available at Macy’s limited sizes | Cap toe pumps (limited sizes from Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) Full selection at Zappos | Canvas Embossed Leather Belt (Ralph Lauren) | Station necklace (Tory Burch old, similar here and here) | Bracelets from Nest | Handbag (old similar here and here

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Cap toe pumps 

Crepe Button Up (Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) | Linen Twill Pleated Pants (available at Ralph Lauren 0 -18, available at Macy’s limited sizes | Cap toe pumps (limited sizes from Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) Full selection at Zappos | Canvas Embossed Leather Belt (Ralph Lauren) | Station necklace (Tory Burch old, similar here and here) | Bracelets from Nest | Handbag (old similar here and here

Accessories 

Given the simplicity of the outfit, accessories are what push it over the age.  Leather highlights from this canvas embossed belt are subtle and effective. And a canvas shoulder bag like this one from Coach (old similar here and here) add visual interest.   

Crepe Button Up (Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) | Linen Twill Pleated Pants (available at Ralph Lauren 0 -18, available at Macy’s limited sizes | Cap toe pumps (limited sizes from Ralph Lauren, available at Macy’s) Full selection at Zappos | Canvas Embossed Leather Belt (Ralph Lauren) | Station necklace (Tory Burch old, similar here and here) | Bracelets from Nest | Handbag (old similar here and here


In case you missed it 

Yesterday, we featured a beautiful olive-colored tiered midi dress from Neiman’s.  I showed you three different ways to wear it, including how to create beautiful, Spring color combinations.


Welcome Kelly

In case you missed it, yesterday, we announced Kelly Djalali coming on as a regular contributor. Here’s what that means.

TUESDAY: DAILY LOOKS

On Tuesdays, Kelly will be posting an entry to our Daily Looks feed. She’ll post an OOTD and you can shop those outfits easily through the shop widget below the photo. Being of a smaller stature, at 5 feet tall and 105 pounds, Kelly will create fresh looks with a focus on classic style for petites.

THURSDAY: FEATURED POST

On Thursdays, Kelly will be contributing a full-length fashion-related post. Whether she’s modeling outfits or giving you tips on how to build her capsule wardrobes, you can expect the same great content you’ve come to expect from SAACA.

SATURDAYS: KELLY’S KITCHEN

Kelly will be reviving her Kelly’s Kitchen column on Saturdays. Each week, you can expect a delicious, easy-to-follow recipe.

What a week! It’s been a big week over here on the blog to say the least.  Yesterday, we introduced our newest regular contributor:  my daughter-in-law, Kelly Djalali.  I cannot thank you enough for the warm reception you gave her.  It meant the world.  We’re both extremely excited for what’s to come, and we hope you are too.  In celebration, we thought we’d do something fun today:  a joint Fridays with Oscar.   Super simple:  I’m responsible for the drinks, and Kelly’s making the appetizer.   Plus, we’ve both got super fun outfits for you.  I’m sporting Oprah’s favorite AYR shirt, and Kelly’s featuring a pair of woven loafers I think you’re going to love. 

Oprah’s favorite AYR shirt

My outfit could not be simpler.  I’ve paired this button-down, striped shirt  (AYR, Oprah’s Favorite Things) with a pair of raw hem jeans  (Nordstrom).  The shirt is a bit large—looking for that oversized, comfy, casual look perfect for Fridays. But it you want a more tailored look size down one size. Throw on a pair of sandals (Talbots), and you’re headed straight into the weekend. 

Shirt  (AYR, Oprah’s Favorite Things) | Raw Hem Jeans  (Nordstrom) | Sandals (Talbots)

Intro to Aperol

Kelly and I both share a love of Aperol.  And anyone who follows Fridays with Oscar regularly knows it’s one of my go-tos.  Today, I’m sharing my recipe for an Intro to Aperol.  Cheers to the weekend, ladies! 

Bar Tool Set (Williams Sonoma)

Shirt  (AYR, Oprah’s Favorite Things) | Raw Hem Jeans  (Nordstrom) | Sandals (Talbots)

Coupe Glass (Pottery Barn)

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Intro to Aperol


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Units Scale

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

1 0z Gin

1/4 oz Sugar Syrup

Dash Angostura Bitter

2 oz Aperol


Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

Fridays with Oscar

Shirt  (AYR, Oprah’s Favorite Things) | Raw Hem Jeans  (Nordstrom) | Sandals (Talbots)

 

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Spring loafers

This is Kelly’s first “official” fashion post on the blog.  Her outfit, too, could not be simpler.  She went with a pair of high-rise vintage slim jeans (Gap) and a relaxed short sleeve cotton popover (J.Crew).  Remember ladies, high-rise denim is in for 2022, and the price point on this pair is right.

To be honest:  I’m really loving her woven loafers the most–such a perfect shoe for Spring.  Kelly’s pair is old, but she rounded up some similars: here, here, here, and here.

High Rise Vintage Slim Jeans | Relaxed Short Sleeve Cotton Popover | Similar Woven Loafer | Sam Edelman Woven Loafers | Woven Flats | Banana Republic Woven Loafer

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Crostini

One of the big advantages of bringing Kelly on to SAACA is that she will get to share wonderful recipes with us.  For those that don’t know, Kelly runs a food blog:  Djalali Cooks. Thankfully, she’s agreed to revive her Kelly’s Kitchen column over here on the blog, so stay tuned for some yummy, easy-to-follow dishes.  Today, she’s cooking up mushroom and goat cheese crostini. 

High Rise Vintage Slim Jeans | Relaxed Short Sleeve Cotton Popover | Similar Woven Loafer | Sam Edelman Woven Loafers | Woven Flats | Banana Republic Woven Loafer

 

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Mushroom and Goat Cheese Crostini


  • Author: Kelly Djalali

Description

8 oz. Mushrooms, lightly chopped
1/4 cup Water
2-3 Shallots, thinly sliced
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup Parsley, finely chopped, divided
4 oz. Goat Cheese, at room temperature
1 Baguette, sliced thinly, on the bias
Balsamic Vinegar

Ingredients

  • Preheat broiler with a rack placed in the middle position.
  • In a large pan, over medium-high heat, sauté mushrooms with 1/4 cup water. Stir occasionally and cook until water is completely evaporated.
  • Drizzle olive oil over mushrooms in the pan and add the shallot slices to the pan.
  • Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
  • Continue sautéing, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms begin to develop a little browning and the shallots are softened and lightly translucent.
  • Stir all but about 2 teaspoons of the chopped parsley into the cooked mushrooms and remove from heat.
  • Arrange baguette slices on a large sheet pan. Drizzle olive oil over the bread slices and place on the center rack in the oven. Lightly toast the bread slices under the broiler, then flip the slices to lightly toast the other side.
  • When the bread slices are lightly toasted pull them from the oven.
  • Use a knife to spread goat cheese on each slice of toasted bread.
  • Top each slice of bread with about 1.5 tablespoons of the mushroom mixture, adding more or less to each slice, using up all of the mushroom mixture.
  • Place the cheese and mushroom-topped crostini on a serving plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  • Sprinkle the remaining chopped parsley over the tops as garnish.

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Just the two of us

March is over, and April is just beginning.   From Kelly, Oscar, and myself, we’re wishing you an absolutely wonderful weekend!  

Beth’s outfit

Shirt  (AYR, Oprah’s Favorite Things) | Raw Hem Jeans  (Nordstrom) | Sandals (Talbots)

Kelly’s outfit

High Rise Vintage Slim Jeans | Relaxed Short Sleeve Cotton Popover | Similar Woven Loafer | Sam Edelman Woven Loafers | Woven Flats | Banana Republic Woven Loafer


Welcome Kelly

In case you missed it, yesterday, we announced Kelly Djalali coming on as a regular contributor.  Here’s what that means. 

Tuesday: Daily looks

On Tuesdays, Kelly will be posting an entry to our Daily Looks feed.  She’ll post an OOTD and you can shop those outfits easily through the shop widget below the photo.  Being of a smaller stature, at 5 feet tall and 105 pounds, Kelly will create fresh looks with a focus on classic style for petites. 

Thursday: Featured post

On Thursdays, Kelly will be contributing a full-length fashion-related post.   Whether she’s modeling outfits or giving you tips on how to build her capsule wardrobes, you can expect the same great content you’ve come to expect from SAACA. 

Saturdays:  Kelly’s Kitchen

Kelly will be reviving her Kelly’s Kitchen column on Saturdays.  Each week, you can expect a delicious, easy-to-follow recipe.  

Happy Monday, ladies!  I hope you and a wonderful and restful weekend.  I was lucky to have my middle kiddo come up to Athens for the weekend.  We had a wonderful time and even went bowling—first time since before the pandemic.  March is completely underway—really hard to believe—and we’re heading into the week in style.  I’ve got a leather moto jacket for women from Scoop available at Walmart.   It checks all the boxes: 

Over the past few months, many of you have written in, asking us to feature more budget-friendly outfits.  Since you asked, we’re working hard to deliver.  Moving forward, we’ll be integrating some great outfit ideas from retailers like Walmart, LOFT, and J.Crew Factory amongst others.

Leather moto jacket for women

I’m loving bright colors this spring, and this faux-leather moto jacket Scoop available at Walmart in fiery red delivers.  I layered it on top of a white button-down blouse by Halogen from Nordstrom.  For my bottom, I went pretty matchy-matchy and chose a coral red skirt (also from Scoop).  But what I like most about this jacket, is that it would be wonderful with a pair of straight-leg jeans.  

Style tip: Want to hide your tummy? Choose a top with draping or ruching. Or an asymmetrical or wrap blouse is also very effective

Faux-Leather Moto Jacket (two colors) | Skirt | Blouse (Halogen from Nordstrom) | Shoes (limited sizes similar here, here, and here)

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Scoop from Walmart

Faux-Leather Moto Jacket (two colors) | Skirt | Blouse (Halogen from Nordstrom) | Shoes (limited sizes similar here, here, and here)

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Red is “In” for Spring

Coral red is an in-color this spring, and I’m loving it.  For those of us that generally prefer neutrals, jackets are a really easy way to incorporate color into your wardrobe, if only because you can take them off.  

Faux-Leather Moto Jacket (two colors) | Skirt | Blouse (Halogen from Nordstrom) | Shoes (limited sizes similar here, here, and here)

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Housekeeping 

Also, one final bit of housekeeping:  we get a lot of questions about our native advertising over here on the blog.  We’re currently in the process of building out a monthly/yearly ad-free subscription model.   We’re still working out the details, but soon you’ll be able to become a SAACA member and view our content ad-free. Stay tuned.  

In case you missed it 

We started our budget-friendly series last week with 

both of which are from Scoop available at Walmart.

Daily Looks

Make sure to catch up on our DAILY LOOK.  We post a dedicated photo to our daily outfit every Wednesday-Sunday. And you can shop those outfits easily through the shop the widget below the picture. 

Happy Friday, ladies!  We made it through the week, finally.  The weather in Athens has been wonderful—we hit 80 degrees yesterday!  I spent the afternoon cleaning my patio and hosted happy hour with my son and daughter-in-law Kelly.  Had to take advantage of the weather, because it looks like we’re in for a week of rain next week!   My son was in such a good mood, he decided to order tickets to The Black Crowes in June.  I’ve never really listened to them, but I haven’t seen live music since 2019.  I’m looking forward to it. To get you into a good mood, I’ve got a colorful Spring sweater from LOFT that I know you’re going to love.

Spring sweater from LOFT

If you’ve been following the blog this Spring, you’ll know that pink is in for Spring.  Today, I’ve layered a pink v-neck sweater (2 other colors) from Loft with a white button-down from Talbots.  Super simple; super comfy; and classic.  My jeans are old, but I’ve rounded up similar slim straight and high-rise skinny.  Platform Sneakers made my top 5 shoes for Spring. (Similars here and here.)

sweater (Loft) | shirt  (Talbots) | jeans (J.Crew old, similar here and here) | platform sneakers (similar here and here)

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Grilled bread with ricotta & tomatoes 

I’ve got a really easy recipe for you today that’s perfect if you’re inviting a small group over for appetizers and cocktails:  grilled bread with ricotta & tomatoes. 

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Grilled Bread with Ricotta and Tomatoes


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Description

A recipe from Bon Appétit that’s perfect for a light spring dinner.


Ingredients

Scale

1 garlic clove

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

3/4 pound assorted small tomatoes (such as cherry, Sun Gold, or green), halved, quartered if large

Freshly ground black pepper

8 slices 3/4”-thick country-style bread

1 cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped mixed tender herbs (such as basil, parsley, small dill sprigs, and/or chives)

10 oz whole-milk ricotta


Instructions

Step 1

Finely chop garlic, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, then mash with the side of knife to a fine paste. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in vinegar and 2 Tbsp. oil. Add tomatoes; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Let sit, tossing occasionally, at least 15 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare grill for medium-high heat. Brush both sides of bread with remaining 4 Tbsp. oil and grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes per side.

Step 3

Just before serving, toss herbs with tomato mixture. Spread ricotta on toast and top with tomato mixture; cut toast in half.

Step 4

DO AHEAD: Tomato mixture (without herbs) can be made 12 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 servings
  • Calories: 240
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 210 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg

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Bichon Frise

A vodka-based cocktail is on the menu this week:  a Bichon Frise.  I love St. Elder liqueur, so it was hard to not pass along this recipe.  Here’s to Friday, ladies!  As my mother used to say, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere in the world.  

sweater (Loft) | shirt  (Talbots) | jeans (J.Crew old, similar here and here) | platform sneakers (similar here and here)

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Bichon Frise


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Units Scale

1/4 cup sugar (to rim glasses)

Grapefruit wedge

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce red grapefruit juice, plus strip of grapefruit peel for garnishing

1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur

1/4 ounce lemon juice


Instructions

Spread sugar on small plate. Moisten rim of glass by running grapefruit wedge around outer edge. Roll moistened rim in sugar to coat.

Add vodka, grapefruit juice, liqueur, and lemon juice to cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Shake until well chilled about 30 seconds. Double strain cocktail into prepared glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

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Fridays with Oscar

Well, that’s a wrap for us over here at SAACA.  From Oscar, Ollie, and myself, enjoy your weekend.  And try to spend it with someone you love! 

sweater (Loft) | shirt  (Talbots) | jeans (J.Crew old, similar here and here) | platform sneakers (similar here and here)

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In case you missed it 

One of our readers’ favorite retailers is Talbots.  You probably noticed we snuck in a white button-down from them in addition to the Spring sweater from LOFT. In case you missed it, yesterday, we focused on the Talbots Spring Collection and featured a striped sweater that I just love.  Make sure to check it out.

Daily Looks

We just posted a new DAILY LOOK, so make sure to check it out. Daily Looks is a really simple feature:  a dedicated photo feed of my daily outfits. And you can shop those outfits easily through the shop the widget below the picture. 

Hey, gang!  Today we’re continuing with our Spring Preview series with a focus on Spring colors 2022.  Simply stated, Spring colors this year are bright and arguably bolder than recent years.  “Very Peri”—the new shade of periwinkle—took Pantone’s 2022 color of the year.  But bright yellows, orangey-reds, and blues are on-trend.  Stylecaster has colors like 

  • tangy lime; 
  • hot orange; 
  • cerulean; and
  • radiant yellow

as in-for-Spring.  If you poke around other fashion magazines and websites you’ll see similar palettes.  

Spring colors 2022

Today’s post is super simple:  I’ve rounded up 5 bright colors I’m loving this year and dug into the archives to show you different ways to style each color.  Those (general) colors are:  

  • purple; 
  • yellow; 
  • pink;
  • orangey-red; and 
  • blue. 

Anyone who follows me regularly knows I love neutrals.  But I have and will continue to embrace color any chance I get.  No doubt “bright and bold” can sometimes be difficult to incorporate into our wardrobe.  But remember, there are a lot of ways to introduce color pops into your classic wardrobe.  If you’re not a fan of colorful tops or bottoms, try a handbag or scarf.  If you’re on the fence about “yellow”, try pairing yellow shoes with a pair of black or white pants.  

Have fun this Spring looking for new and interesting ways to introduce color into your closet.  And as silly as it sounds, remember: a little color goes a lot further than we might think in a world that often seems dark. 

2022 new arrivals 

For each featured color, I’ve rounded up 12 new arrivals I’m loving from 3 retailers: 

I’m really enjoying each’s Spring collection.  You can shop my picks by clicking on the widgets at the end of each section.  You’ll see many of my picks in the upcoming weeks. 

Purple 

everlane ecru denim, ann taylor floral blouse, j.crew italian cashmere sweater, ann taylor suede pumps, ralph lauren belt, ralph lauren handbag

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Yellow 

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In case you missed it

Our Spring preview series is in full swing.  In case you’ve missed any of our posts, make sure to check out 

Daily Looks 

We just posted a new DAILY LOOK, so make sure to check it out. Daily Looks is a really simple feature:  a dedicated photo feed of my daily outfits. And you can shop those outfits easily through the shop the widget below the picture. 

I’ve featured faux leather pants probably more than any other time this year on the blog.  In fact, they’re the most talked about and most purchased item so far.  Today on Instagram alone, I’ve been asked multiple times for new and fresh ways to style these pants.  You asked, and I’m gonna deliver.  Today, I’m bringing you 5 (other) outfits with leather pants you can add to your repertoire.

Outfits with leather pants

For my regulars, you’ve seen these next three outfits.  They’re the ones we’ve featured over the past few weeks.  I’m not going to spend too much time on them:  I just wanted to give you a quick recap before we dive into the 5 other ways you should be wearing this style pant. 

With a blazer

Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP) | White shirt (Banana Republic) | Black Crewneck Sweater (Banana Republic) | Herringbone blazer (J.Crew old, similar) | Blazer (similar 2) | Blazer (similar 3) | Suede boots | Black satchel (Ralph Lauren, old)

With a color pop

Sweater (multi-colors, Banana Republic) | Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP)  | Lug Sole Chelsea Boots (similar)

With a Poncho

Cable knit sweater (old Vince similar here and here) | Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP) | Ruana (Banana Republic) | Booties (sold out similar here and here) | Handbag (old similar here and here) | Lip shade Exotica | Earrings

5 other outfits with leather pants

With a button-down 

A fast and easy way to style faux leather pants is with a neutral button-down.  

Style tip:  Accessorize to add visual interest. 

leather confidential

Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP) | Button-down (similar, J.Crew) | Clutch (similar, Clare V.) 

leather confidential

With sneakers

Pair faux leather pants with white sneakers for a super easy, comfy casual look. 

Style tip: Match your sneakers with a button-down to combine the above look with this one. 

Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP)Cashmere Poncho (Ann Taylor) | Oversized White Shirt (Banana Republic) | Platform Sneakers (Adidas) | Suede Handbag (similar, Isabel Marant)

With pearls & pumps 

If you’re looking for a chic and elegant look, pair faux leather pants with a string of pearls and a pair of pumps and call it an outfit. 

Style tip:  Go fully monochromatic (black or brown) for that perfect evening look.  

how to wear pearls

Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP) | Sweater (similar Talbots) | Pumps (similar, Banana Republic) | Pearl Necklace (similar, Talbots)

how to wear pearls

With a duster

If you like the oversized look of a poncho, then pair your faux leather pants with a long coatigan.  

Style tip:  Ponchos, dusters, oversized button-downs, and sweaters all work perfectly with faux leather pants.    

long duster cardigan in pantone's color of the year - rose

Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP) | Cardigan (similar, Madewell) | Mule Loafer (similar, Linea Paolo)

long duster cardigan in pantone's color of the year - rose

With a classic turtleneck

Just like the button-down, the turtleneck is a fast and easy way to pair with faux leather pants.

Style tip:  Layer the turtleneck with a blazer or duster to combine two of our featured looks into one.  

classics, blazers, turtlenecks

Faux Leather Pants (similar, Mango) | Faux leather pants (similar, NYDJ) |  Faux leather pants (similar, BP) | Turtleneck (similar, Talbots) | Sweater Blazer (similar, J.Crew)

classics, blazers, turtlenecks


Daily Looks

We’re excited to announce the first of many new additions to the blog this year: DAILY LOOKSDaily Looks is a really simple feature:  a dedicated photo feed of my daily outfits. And you can shop those outfits easily through the shop the widget below the picture. Stay tuned:  we’ve got a lot more exciting things coming your way this year.

Daily Looks 2.10.22

I’m in a bit of a mood today:  “light”,  “youthful”, “vivacious”.  Can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s somewhere in that zip code. All I know is that I wanted my outfit to reflect a sense of “fun”, because sometimes—oftentimes—we’ve gotta create our own levity despite the circumstances around us.  And that’s what I love so much about fashion:  it’s totally possible to reflect outward what we’re feeling on the inside.  And it doesn’t take much:  I want to show you how a simple pair of  Adidas shoes add levity to your outfits and give you that feeling of “youthfulness” I’m feeling.  

Wardrobe basics in action

Yesterday on the blog, we talked about the essential tops every woman should have in their wardrobe.  I wanted to show some of those essentials in action today:  I’ve taken a simple green button-down (old, similar J. Crew) and layered it with a black turtleneck (Banana Republic) for a classic wintry look.  I paired the tops with a pair of cropped boyfriend jeans for a simple, casual feel.

Denim (Frame)Black Turtleneck (Banana Republic) | Green Shirt (old J.Crew similar)Belt (old Ralph Lauren similar) | Sneakers (Adidas) | EarringsWatchband | Caviar Bangle 

Denim (Frame)Black Turtleneck (Banana Republic) | Green Shirt (old J.Crew similar)Belt (old Ralph Lauren similar) | Sneakers (Adidas) | EarringsWatchband | Caviar Bangle 

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Adidas shoes add levity to your outfits 

The neutrals of the turtleneck and button-down serve as the perfect backdrop for my Adidas Superstars—a pair I’ve featured on the blog many times.  The Superstars launched in 1969.  They’ve gone through many iterations but have remained the same at their core.  Some true staying power, making them an iconic classic.   

Given the state of, well, everything, I wanted to inject a little levity into my outfit today.  So, I rolled up my sleeves, tied off my shirt, and threw on a pair of sneakers.  It’s amazing how a single pair of shoes can change the entire dynamics of your outfit.  Just goes to show you how easy it is to dress an outfit down or back up again. 

Imagine the different feelings you could create with this outfit alone by swapping out the Adidas for a pair of boots or a pair of flats?  Goes to show you how little it takes to get that extra mile out of your existing wardrobe.  

Denim (Frame)Black Turtleneck (Banana Republic) | Green Shirt (old J.Crew similar)Belt (old Ralph Lauren similar) | Sneakers (Adidas) | EarringsWatchband | Caviar Bangle 

Denim (Frame)Black Turtleneck (Banana Republic) | Green Shirt (old J.Crew similar)Belt (old Ralph Lauren similar) | Sneakers (Adidas) | EarringsWatchband | Caviar Bangle 

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Daily style tip 

A quick daily style tip:  try rolling up your sleeves today to draw attention upward.  Stand up straight to get that little bit of extra length in your spine.  Take a moment to concentrate on your breathing, and imagine those breaths filling the spaces between your spine.   Take that added strength and confidence and use it to face your day.

Denim (Frame)Black Turtleneck (Banana Republic) | Green Shirt (old J.Crew similar)Belt (old Ralph Lauren similar) | Sneakers (Adidas) | EarringsWatchband | Caviar Bangle 

Denim (Frame)Black Turtleneck (Banana Republic) | Green Shirt (old J.Crew similar)Belt (old Ralph Lauren similar) | Sneakers (Adidas) | EarringsWatchband | Caviar Bangle 

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In case you missed it

Every Sunday this month, we’re getting Back to Basics.  In case you missed it, make sure to check out our first post reset and refresh with a closet cleanse and its companion YouTube video: 


Once you’ve cleaned your closet, make sure you’ve got these essential tops in your wardrobe.