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Happy Friday, gang! We made it through another week. Can you believe this is the last weekend in February?! Spring truly is just around the corner, even if the snow may be falling in your neck of the woods. Oscar is by my side once again, and we’re dishing up a delicious Caesar Salad and scrumptious cocktail. Come on in and stay awhile!

Halsbrook

It’s been a moment since I’ve partnered with Halsbrook, a company dedicated to style, quality, and fit. Their assortment of American and European designers is not available anywhere else online. Max Mara, Veronica Beard, Vince, and Eileen Fisher are all represented at Halsbrook. What I love best about this online retailer is their styling point of view, that’s sophisticated sensibility. Every piece found at Halsbrook is on-trend, not trendy. Amen! But what I think I love most about Halsbrook is the backstory of the founder, Halsey Schroeder. Here’s a soundbite:

Halsey Schroeder has her mother to thank for many things, not the least of which is the inspiration for Halsbrook. Halsey grew up watching her mother carefully build her wardrobe – choosing beautiful pieces that would stand the test of time. Having acquired the same sense of style, Halsey soon discovered how underserved this market was. “Everything was too flashy and trendy.” And just like that, Halsbrook was born.

Women influencing women – especially mothers and daughters. Now, that’s a brand I can stand behind. 

Must-have Eileen Fisher Boucle Sweater

For some of us, winter is still here; and for others, it’s basically here.  That’s why I’m always on the hunt for that perfect transition weather sweater.  That’s why I’m easing into the season with a pair of Veronica Beard off-white stretch cotton pants that fit like a dream and this must-have Eileen Fisher cotton boucle sweater.  It’s a comfy sweater that’s just the right weight for Spring temperatures. 

They’re both available online at Halsbrook, a company that offers style solutions for your everyday look with the convenience of online shopping. Don’t you love it!

Pants (Veronica Beard) | Sweater (Eileen Fisher) |Sandals (similar)

Tahini Caesar salad

Today’s recipe is a fun and easy take on an old favorite—the mighty Caeser salad.  Give this Tahini dressing a try to put a new spin on an old favorite. 

Pants (Veronica Beard) | Sweater (Eileen Fisher) | Sandals (similar)

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Tahini Caesar Salad with Olive Oil Breadcrumbs


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Tahini Caesar Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt or plant-based yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese (or a mixture of both), divided
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salad

  • 2 thick slices crusty sourdough bread, cut into cubes (2 heaping cups)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin oil
  • 12 ounces 2 or 3 heads Little Gem lettuce or hearts of romaine, washed and dried

 


Instructions

Make the dressing

  • Combine the tahni, lemon juice, garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil, yogurt, 1/4 cheese, water, salt and cayenne pepper in a blender or mini food processor until smooth. (Makes about 1 cup).

Make the breadcrumbs

  • Spread the bread on a small baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss until evenly coated. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bread is brown and crisp. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop the cubes on a cutting board or in a food processor to make pea-sized crumbs.

Assemble the salad

  • Pull the green leaves off the lettuce and cut the inner core into wedges. If using romaine hearts, separate the leaves and tear into large bite-size pieces. Keep the inner core intact and cut into small wedges.
  • Put the lettuce in a bowl or serving platter and toss with about 1/3 of the dressing. Sprinkle half the breadcrumbs and the remaining grated cheese over the salad. Serve with additional dressing and breadcrumbs on the side.

Notes

I tossed my breadcrumbs with olive oil and set them in a stainless steel skillet over high heat tossing them until brown.

 

Southside cocktail

Alright—a big shoutout to America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) and their book How to Cocktail.  ATK is one of my favorites and their recipes appear regularly on my daughter-in-law’s blog Djalali Cooks.  They always have great recipe ideas, kitchen hacks, and product reviews.  If you’re not checking in on them regularly, you should be. 

Pants (Veronica Beard) | Sweater (Eileen Fisher) | Sandals (similar)

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Southside


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Units Scale

2 ounces dry gin

1/4 ounce lime juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup

6 fresh mint leaves, plus mint sprig for garnish


Instructions

Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and mint to a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Shake mixture for 30 seconds. Strain cocktail into cocktail glasses. Garnish with mint.

Fridays with Oscar

Happy Friday, ladies!  From Oscar, Ollie, and me to all of you—have a wonderful weekend! 

Pants (Veronica Beard) | Sweater (Eileen Fisher) | Sandals (similar)

A big thank you to Halsbrook for this sponsored post.  Companies like this although me to bring to you items like a must-have Eileen Fisher sweater.  So fun. And thank you, lovely readers, for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you these new ideas.


In case you missed it

We’re continuing with our Spring previews over here on the blog.  Yesterday, we took a look at the 5 shoes trending this Spring.  So 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. 

Happy Friday, ladies!  We’ve made it through another week, and in all honesty, I cannot believe February is almost halfway over.  Where is the time going?  I think we’re all ready for Spring to arrive, that’s for sure.  And although the weather here in Athens has warmed considerably, we’re just not quite there yet.  So in hopes of moving Spring alone more quickly, I’m going full technicolor today—in stark contrast to yesterday’s neutral OOTD.  We’re featuring a cozy striped funnel-neck sweater and one of the easiest (and most delicious) recipes yet!  

Cozy striped funnel-neck sweater

Today’s OOTD is a super simple colorful way to make the transition from winter to spring.  This cozy striped funnel-neck sweater is from Ann Taylor but already sold out!  (Like so many things these days.)  So, I’ve rounded up similars here, here, and here.  I went matchy-matchy with these red pants from Frances Valentine.  My ballet flats are old, but again, I’ve found similar here, here, and here).

Sweater (sold out, similar here, here, and here, Ann Taylor) | Pants (Frances Valentine) | Ballet Flats (old, similar here, here, and here Tory Burch) |Watchband | Bangle | Earrings

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Greek chicken & hummus wrap

Want a deliciously healthy and simple recipe this weekend?  Well, here’s one for you:  a Greek chicken & hummus wrap.   Whether you cook the chicken fresh or pick a rotisserie one up at your local grocery, you really can’t go wrong with this recipe.  

 

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Greek Chicken and Hummus Wrap


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp Greek vinaigrette dressing
  • 4 (10-inch, burrito size) flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup hummus, store-bought
  • 3 cups chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 2 medium grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup (2.5 oz) feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill over medium-high heat to 425 degrees. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet.
  • Brush chicken breasts lightly with about 1 Tbsp olive oil, season with salt and pepper.
  • Brush grill grates lightly with oil, and grill chicken, rotating once halfway through cooking until it registers 165 in center, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to a plate, cover with foil, let rest 10 minutes then dice into cubes. Transfer chicken to a bowl, pour vinaigrette over chicken, and toss to evenly coat.
  • To assemble wraps spread about 3 Tbsp hummus over each tortilla, top with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese, then wrap tortillas.

Notes

I substituted the chicken breasts with a rotisserie chicken. No muss no fuss.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 598
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 1205 mg
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 42g
  • Cholesterol: 124mg

Sweater (sold out, similar here, here, and here, Ann Taylor) | Pants (Frances Valentine) | Ballet Flats (old, similar here, here, and here Tory Burch) |Watchband | Bangle | Earrings

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Classic Margarita

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Classic Margarita


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Description

The Classic Margarita is a simple cocktail to throw together with fresh ingredients. No mix required!


Ingredients

Units Scale

1 1/2 ounce blanco tequila

1 1/2 ounce triple sec

1 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1 lime wedge for garnish


Instructions

Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip in salt.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake for 30 seconds.

Strain the cocktail over the glass rimmed with salt and garnish with a lime wedge.

Enjoy!

Sweater (sold out, similar here, here, and here, Ann Taylor) | Pants (Frances Valentine) | Ballet Flats (old, similar here, here, and here Tory Burch) |Watchband | Bangle | Earrings

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Fridays with Oscar

Oscar, Ollie, and I are wishing you the best possible weekend.  

Sweater (sold out, similar here, here, and here, Ann Taylor) | Pants (Frances Valentine) | Ballet Flats (old, similar here, here, and here Tory Burch) |Watchband | Bangle | Earrings

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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. 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

As a reader pointed out, I went full-on Cruella de Vil yesterday with my tweed jacket.  Make sure to check it out.  

Friday is finally here, and this weekend is Super Bowl weekend? Will you watch? Who are you rooting for? I’ll definitely put on the game, even though I don’t have a dog in this fight. (Except Oscar, of course.) That’s OK, though. Georgia had a great run in 2021:  the World Series and National Championship ain’t bad. For those of you looking to make it through the weekend in one piece and (maybe) show up for work on Monday, we’ve got 2 things you need 2 survive the big game:  an Aperol cocktail and a super simple take on nachos good for one or more!    And, of course, it wouldn’t be Friday without that smart-casual style we’re known for around here. 

Smart casual style

Today’s OOTD couldn’t be simpler:  this button-trim sweater is from Ann Taylor and jeans from Wit and Wisdom. I do love little adornments like buttons, especially on a classic neck sweater. (So much so that I featured one prominently on yesterday’s how-to-style faux leather pants.) 

Sweater (three colors, Ann Taylor) | Denim (Wit and Wisdom) | Snakeskin sneakers (old from Vince, similar and similar 2)

Grapefruit Aperol cocktails

Anyone who follows me regularly knows my love affair with Aperol cocktails. Today, I’ve got a real simple grapefruit Aperol cocktail that’s perfect to satisfy this weekend. If you’re looking for other Aperol cocktails, check out my introduction to Aperol. But also check out this winter Aperol cocktail. If you love Aperol, you’ll love this too.  

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Grapefruit Aperol Cocktails


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Description

A light and refreshing alternative to grapefruit margaritas with an edge.


Ingredients

Units Scale

16 ounces tequila

4 ounces Aperol

12 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

8 ounces triple sec

4 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice

4 ounces simple syrup

Fresh grapefruit and limes slices for garnish

salt for rims


Instructions

  1. Fill a pitcher with ice and add tequila through simple syrup. Stir well to combine.
  2. Place salt on a small plate. Run a grapefruit wedge around the edge of the glass and dip in salt on plate. Fill glasses with ice and pour cocktails into prepared glasses.
  3. Garnish glasses with fresh grapefruit and lime slice.

old fashion glassespitcher | tidbit plates

Mini nachos

If you’re not spending this weekend with a large crowd, but you still want to get in the Super Bowl spirit, then this recipe is for you.   I put together these mini nachos:  a super simple way to make delicious nachos for a few. I mean, you can’t go wrong with shredded chicken, but substitute for any protein (or not), and these things are just as delicious.  

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Mini Nachos


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Units Scale

1 bag tortilla chips

1 1/2 cups shredded chicken

3/4 cup cooked black beans

3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced

1 jalapeño, thinly sliced

1 avocado, diced

3/4 cup salsa

1/2 cup sour cream


Instructions

  1. Preheat your broiler on low. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On the baking sheet, build a small spiral of 15 chips, stacking them close together in a 3-inc circle. Repeat to make a total of 6 piles.
  3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup chicken and 2 tablespoons black beans on top of each pile of chips. Top each with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook until the cheese is totally melted, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  5. Top each pile with 2 tablespoons scallions, a few jalapeño slices, 2 tablespoons avocado, 2 tablespoons salsa and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Serve immediately.

Sweater & jeans

Sweater (three colors, Ann Taylor) | Denim (Wit and Wisdom) | Snakeskin sneakers (old from Vince, similar and similar 2)

Snakeskin slip ons

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much fun sneakers can really be. They don’t get featured that often over here on the blog, but how cute are these snakeskin slip ons from Vince? (Similar here and here.)  Animal print adds visual interest to any outfit. And when you already have something fun going, why not make it that much more fun-er? (Double comparative for emphasis only!) 

Sweater (three colors, Ann Taylor) | Denim (Wit and Wisdom) | Snakeskin sneakers (old from Vince, similar and similar 2)

Fridays with Oscar

Happy Friday, ladies! And enjoy the big game this weekend with friends and loved ones.  

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Daily Looks

If you haven’t checked out our new addition to the blog, DAILY LOOKS, make sure to do just that. 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. Today’s look is below.  

Daily Look 2.11.22

January is quickly coming to an end, with February hot on its heels. It’s the month of love, and we’re gonna focus on self-care. If we don’t take time to love ourselves, our tank will hit empty pretty darn quick. And who wants that? Said no one, ever. So grab your best gal, hubs, or fam and plan a FUN Valentine’s or Galantine’s party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; use what you have on hand, head to your local bakery but set time aside this Valentine’s Day to spread the love.

But before we leave January completely behind, Oscar is here today for his weekly gig. We’ve got a Love Struck cocktail on the menu, and I threw together a cute outfit that celebrates Love.  Literally the cutest Valentine’s sweater. So come on in and stay awhile. Hopefully, you’ll leave with a bit of inspiration tucked up your sleeve.  (Oh, and make sure you read to the end of the post.  We’ve got some changes coming to the blog.)

The cutest Valentine’s sweater

Last year near Valentine’s, I featured a gray and white love sweater in this post.   This year it’s shades of red, pink, and cream:  I mean, how cute is this Love sweater from Loft?  Gotta say I never tire of red and pink. Maybe that’s why I love Valentine’s day, as it’s infused with this color scheme. Loft and Talbots have the best selection if you’re looking for Valentine-specific sweaters or tees. I picked out a few of my favorites. Take a look below.

pants | sweater | shoes | lip shade Brick O La | lip gloss | eyeshadow | lash primer | mascara | eyebrow gel | foundation | blush

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Valentine’s tablescape

Love struck cocktail

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Love Struck


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Units Scale

1 1/2 ounce vodka

1 1/2 ounce Hibiscus liqueur

1 ounce cranberry juice

1/2 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

3/4 ounce Prosecco


Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker except Prosecco with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe and top with Prosecco.

Plaid pants

Today, I went with a festive look with the Love sweater from Loft. Plaid pants from J.Crew were just the ticket to keep the love affair going. Red flats from Frances Valentine complete the festive outfit.

Style tip

  • Don’t reserve your plaid pants just for the holidays. Instead, recycle them all winter long. Add a jazzy sweater for an upbeat look, or pair them with a navy blazer to tone to look down. 

 

pants | sweater | shoes | lip shade Brick O La | lip gloss | eyeshadow | lash primer | mascara | eyebrow gel | foundation | blush

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Big updates coming to the blog

There are some new and fun things coming your way in February!

  • We’re going to be creating a new section explicitly devoted to my daily outfits—I think we’ll name it Daily Outfits… how’s that for originality! 
  • Every week, I’ll share selfies with that day’s ootd (5x outfits in all) with a shopping widget, as many of you stop by the blog to shop my outfits. The Daily Outfits will have a specific space on the main page of the blog for shopping ease. The web designer is working on that now. In the meantime, it will be shared as a featured blog post.
  • We’re also going to expand and refine our long-form content.  So continue to expect topics ranging from health & beauty to fashion tutorials anything and everything that helps us age with grace, strength, and beauty. If there’s a topic that’s of interest to you please leave a comment with your suggestion.

In the meantime:

  • You can also follow my LTK Shop for up-to-date outfits; and 
  • I recently opened my Amazon Shop, so stop by and take a peek.

TGIF! Oscar and I wish you a lovely weekend!

TGIF! We made it through another week. This week the weather has bounced from rain to snow to sleet and back again. Today is dry, but gray skies swirl overhead. It’s a great day to stay inside, whip up a tasty meal and cocktail, and binge-watch TV. I think you’re gonna like today’s OOTD too, as I’m throwing in a few tips to look chic casual

What shows have you been watching? I stumbled upon Emily in Paris that has mixed reviews. Personally, I think it’s a cute show. Darren Star the creator of Sex in the City is at the helm of this series. There are definite similarities between the main characters Carrie and Emily respectively who tend to make dumb life decisions. But we wouldn’t have the conflict necessary to move the plot along if they didn’t. Any movie, book, or television show needs conflict and lots of it. The fashion inspiration alone is worth tuning in for and it’s lighthearted fluff so I’m hooked!

Tips to look chic casual

Oscar was definitely in a mood during our photoshoot. The mood of no more photos, please, it’s naptime. I think he just might want an early retirement… isn’t he a hoot! Ollie just might have to step in and steal your thunder buddy. Ha!

Today’s outfit is fitting for Friday:  walking that line of chic casual, with a bit more on the casual side. What’s easier to throw together than a t-shirt (yep, it’s one of my wardrobe basics. Don’t miss part 2 of our Wardrobe Basics Seris Essential Tops) coatigan, and blue jeans? It’s an easy-style recipe that works!  A coatigan adds chicness to the outfit, and paired with a neutral tee and a classic pair of denim—you’re all the way there.  The tee is old from Vince (similar here and here), the coatigan is from Jenni Kayne, and the blue jeans are from Frame.

Anyone remember clogs? They’re back! And I’m loving it. All through high school, you would find me on any given day wearing a pair of brown or blue suede clogs. This pair was purchased from Ann Taylor last fall. If you’re looking for comfort try Dansko clogs that have a memory foam footbed. Tory Burch has a shearling clog and Steve Madden carries a faux fur-lined clog that looks adorable.  The clogs push this outfit to the casual side of things, but swap them out for, say, wedges or ballet flats, and you’re headed back in the classic chic direction.     

denim | tee (similar here and here) | coatigan | clogs (similar here, here, and here) | earrings | bangle | watch band

denim | tee (similar here and here) | coatigan | clogs (similar here, here, and here) | earrings | bangle | watch band

Instant pot lemon chicken

instant pot lemon garlic chicken

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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken


  • Author: Beth Djalali
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Description

A quick and easy meal perfect any time of year.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs I used bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice squeezed from about 1 lemon; or more to taste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold cream OR milk OR water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • lemon slices to serve (optional)

Instructions

  • Brown meat: Set instant pot to sauté. Add oil to pot and add thighs skin-side down. Cook, in batches if needed, until golden and crisp. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Remove chicken from pot.
  • Start sauce: Add onion and garlic to pot and cook until starting to soften, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, herbs and seasoning. Stir, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Pressure cook: Place chicken thighs back in the instant pot. Secure lid and set the pressure valve to “sealing”. Choose “pressure cook” (or “manual”) and “high” for 12 minutes (for large thighs, about 2 thighs per pound; cook for 8 minutes if chicken thighs are small, about 4 thighs per pound). Naturally release pressure after cooking time is up (just switch off the instant pot and leave it alone until pressure is gone).
  • Finish sauce: Carefully remove thighs. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Pour cornstarch slurry into pot, stir well and simmer until sauce has thickened. Stir in butter until melted, then serve sauce over chicken with lemon slices, if desired.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 501
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 390mg
  • Fat: 39g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 196mg

instant pot lemon garlic chicken

instant pot lemon garlic chicken

 

Winter Aperol spritz

winter aperol spritz

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Winter Aperol Spritz


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Description

A refreshing winter cocktail.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 ounces Aperol
  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces club soda or sparkling water
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 1 orange zest twist
  • 1 sprig of rosemary

Instructions

Combine the Aperol, prosecco, and cranberry in a glass with ice. Add in an orange wedge and a twist. Pop in a sprig of rosemary for festiveness. It’s so pretty and easy!

winter aperol spritz

winter aperol spritz

Uncommon Threads

If you’re looking for something besides TV Uncommon Threads is offering Style Your LIfe series that consists of three virtual workshops. The series costs $95 for all three workshops: charcuterie board making, wine experiencing, and herb garden growing. All proceeds from this series directly benefit Uncommon Threads a non-profit organization that helps low-income women see and feel their true potential.

If you’ve ever wondered where my clothes go after a closet cleanse it’s Uncommon Threads. You can even shop online and just might stumble upon an item or two of mine! You will be hearing more about Uncommon Threads in the future as I’m partnering with them to raise awareness and money.

denim | tee (similar here and here) | coatigan | clogs (similar here, here, and here) | earrings | bangle | watch band

denim | tee (similar here and here) | coatigan | clogs (similar here, here, and here) | earrings | bangle | watch band

Oscar and I wish you a lovely weekend!

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Tips to look chic casual

If you missed the Anti-aging Skincare post please check it out. 100% of the proceeds raised from your purchase from Georgia Skin Cancer will go directly to Uncommon Threads. And your skin will look a-ma-zing after using their medical-grade skincare products from their Curated line. Use code BETHD until February 19th for 15% off your purchase.

It’s Friday, gang, time to usher in another weekend. While Fridays are for Oscar, my favorite German Shepherd, it’s all about the Bulldogs this weekend. Georgia Bulldogs that is who won the National Football Championship last Monday night. Yep, Kirby and the gang finally beat their nemesis Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. GO DAWGS! It was an exciting game, to say the least, that didn’t end until midnight. Final score 33 – 18! The festivities began shortly after we clinched the win with the students filling the streets of downtown Athens. Yours truly was fast asleep by that time, but the celebrations continue this weekend with a parade scheduled at 12:30 pm, Dawg walk at 1:00 pm, and program at 2:00 pm. Tickets are sold out, but there will be a live stream on georgiadogs.com, Facebook, and SEC Network+.

What I love about living in a college town is the energy the students bring, the opportunity to cheer for the Georgia Bulldogs, no matter if it’s football, basketball, baseball, or the sport of your choosing. Plus, we have a vibrant arts program that hosts plays, ballets, string quartets, choirs the list goes on and on. It’s a vibrant town that’s just plain fun with more than one nationally recognized restaurant for all those foodies out there. Moving to Athens was the best decision Mr. Style and I made six years ago. I can’t even believe it’s been that long. Where does the time go?

Best sweater joggers

Since Fridays are always about casual ease, I slipped into my favorite sweater joggers (limited, similar here and here) on sale for $49 from Banana Republic, popped on a ribbed turtleneck (limited sizes, similar here and here), added a windbreaker (old, similar here),  and polished off with white sneakers (similar here). It’s a monochromatic outfit that can be replicated in any color. All I know is that it’s cozy, cute, and comfy.

sweater joggers

sweater joggers (limited, similar here and here) | ribbed turtleneck (limited sizes, similar here and here) | windbreaker (old, similar here) | white sneakers (similar here

windbreaker

sweater joggers (limited, similar here and here) | ribbed turtleneck (limited sizes, similar here and here) | windbreaker (old, similar here) | white sneakers (similar here

women's white sneakers

sweater joggers (limited, similar here and here) | ribbed turtleneck (limited sizes, similar here and here) | windbreaker (old, similar here) | white sneakers (similar here

Mocktails:  virgin jungle juice

Continuing on with dry January, I’m serving another delicious mocktail Virgin Jungle Juice.

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Virgin Jungle Juice


  • Author: Beth Djalali

Ingredients

Units Scale

1/4 cup raspberries or blueberries

1/4 chopped strawberries

1/2 orange, freshly squeezed

2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

1 can sparkling water

Lime for garnish


Instructions

Muddle together the berries and 1 tablespoon of the pomegranate. Pour the orange juice over the top and let sit for 20 to 60 minutes to infuse. Pour into a glass, top with ice, and sparkling water. Mix well. Garnish with remaining pomegranate seeds and a lime wedge.

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Taco spaghetti squash

On the menu, today, we’ve got a healthy Taco Spaghetti Squash. Who doesn’t love tacos? This version is a Southwest blend of ground turkey, black beans, red pepper, and green onions. Tweak the veggies to suit your taste, but the filling is deliciously stuffed inside spaghetti squash instead of a taco shell.

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Taco Spaghetti Squash


  • Author: Beth Djalali
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

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FOR THE SQUASH:

3 medium spaghetti squash about 2 pounds each

3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoons ground black pepper

FOR THE FILLING:

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 bunch scallions about 6, chopped, with white and green parts divided

1 red bell pepper cored and chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons ground chili powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 can black beans (15 ounces), rinsed and drained

1 can diced tomatoes in their juices (14 ounces)

3/4 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar Monterey jack, cheddar jack, or pepper jack cheese, divided

For serving: chopped fresh cilantro diced avocado, plain Greek yogurt or sour cream


Instructions

Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the end off the spaghetti squash and slice in half. Scoop seeds out from the center. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper over the top. Place face down on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, make the filling: Heat the two teaspoons of olive oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium heat. Add the ground turkey, all white parts, and half of the green pieces of the green onion, bell pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat until it is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender for about 5 minutes. Stir in the black beans and fire-roasted tomatoes. Increase the heat to high and cook until the mixture is thickened and most of the tomato juice has cooked off about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Stir in 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

Once the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to shred and fluff the inside flesh, so it’s no longer attached to the walls and makes a “nest.” Divide the taco filling evenly among the boats, using a fork to mix it with the spaghetti squash lightly. Arrange the stuffed squash on baking sheets and sprinkle it with the remaining cheese.
Bake until the cheesy is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve hot, sprinkled with any desired toppings.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour

Nutrition

  • Calories: 322
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 743mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg

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Fridays with Oscar

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Yesterday, we continued with a tour of my renovated home.  We’ve now showcased:

How to celebrate the New Year

Enjoy a fabulous new beginning…celebrating this New Year with abandon!!  Whether you are celebrating safely with friends or an intimate day – evening at home…ENJOY!! There are sooo many ways to be joyous….and for sooo many wonderful reasons!!

Of course, dressing up and theming your event is always fun…maybe you are having a Black & White Ball with or without costumes, masks, like Truman Capote’s famed annual soirees! Or, simply black and white with hearts and stars or traveling theme of France or Italy?  Maybe you are combining a special friend’s New Year’s Birthday as your theme, with balloons and candles for a Bonne Anniversaire Fête!! 

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Or, a frosty, snowy theme – all white, silver, and gold perhaps?! In any event, libations abound…. Classic, effervescent champagne, prosecco, or sparkling waters and wines! Cocktails of all sorts are so ceremonial, fun, and beautiful! A little Caviar, Blinis, Crème Fraîche, Foie Gras, and Pâtés are fabulous too! Especially, if made by my dear, French friend Monique!!

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If you need a cocktail refresh, Old Mister Boston knows a thing or two about the classics …tried and true. It has been updated for the times, in hardcover too! A gold metallic, leather-bound volume of BUBBLY or 2022 Diary would be wonderful New Year, Birthday or Valentine gifts!!

Glassware & Drinkware   | Bubbly: A Collection Of Champagne and Sparkling Cocktails | 2022 Desk Diary Agenda Planner

A guide to Champagne 

Anyone who knows me, knows of my passion for bubbly and celebrating – everything, life, and love!! We all have sooo much to celebrate! Champagne is so festive, joyous, for important days and every day…birthdays and anniversaries of all kinds and, of course, New Year’s Day 2022, so full of potential!!  It is optimism at its best!! One simply cannot be unhappy with bubbles in hand! It is a celebration of life in a bottle! It’s said, “Champagne is the only wine that may be served with any course and at all times during the meal.” How wonderful…I concur!!  Every party becomes special with the simple POP of the cork! The host is happily pouring, with thumb nestled in the bottle bottom, to steady it, as my entertaining friend Steve taught me! His adorable dog, Channing, runs frantically upon hear the familiar sound…and plays happily with the cork all night, licking away!! Too cute!!

My champagne flutes are my favorite collection. Each one continues to make me smile ~ giving great joy! Through them, I remember dear friends who have gifted them, countries I love, special occasions and happy memories sharing toasts in many of my different home cities over the years!! Many are designed by my beloved Italian glass artist, Carlo Moretti. Some are engraved with tiny stars, some have whimsical colored and shaped bases. Recently, I celebrated the birth of my dear, Irish friend’s grandbaby. Sharon was visiting from New York, one of my many former homes, and chose the beautiful, Moretti kelly green, clover leaf footed flute for our toasting celebration! Such special, memorable fun! Welcome, baby Walker!!  Flutes are so elegant and their shape helps the bubbles last longer, as their surface is small. With such minimal, sleek profiles, many more glasses fit onto a serving tray or shelf!

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The coupe, however, is quite dramatic! It is chic to hold and enjoy with pinkie in the air! Desserts are very elegant in the coupe! Think luscious raspberries, with a dollop of fresh whipped crème and sprig of mint! Voila!!  Champagne bottles and labels are very beautiful too!!  They incorporate the best if Art and Design…love!

From the golden yellow of my favorite, La grande dame Veuve Clicquot, to LOUIS ROEDERER, MOËT, KRUG and elegant Dom Pérignon’s Limited Editions, created as a tribute to Andy Warhol’s bold colored graphics, with Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design in London. Veuve Clicquot actually has a charming history, as well. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot, his son François eventually joined him. Following François’ untimely death, his young widow, Barbe Ponsardin, took over the family business at just 27 years of age. The House was renamed in her honor: ‘Veuve Clicquot’ means ‘The Widow Clicquot.’ It is now, one of the largest champagne houses! 

Waterford Mixology Mixed Small Coupe | Elegance Champagne Belle Coupe | Veuve Clicquot Champagne Yellow Label BrutWilliam Yeoward Fern Champagne Flute Roederer Estate Brut | Dom Perignon Brut Champagne | Dom Pérignon’s Tribute to Andy Warhol  | Roederer Estate Brut | La Maison Du Chocolat | Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board  | White Marble Glass Domed Cheese Board

Until we meet again…. I wish you a wonderful, bubbly new beginning…2022!  Enjoy with a little champagne truffle and maybe football, too! Cheers and a Very Happy, Healthy New Year 2022! xoxo MMK

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hi gang! this week’s fridays with oscar has us nearing the end of october. my neighborhood is looking the part too. some neighbors have elaborate halloween scenes set up in their yards, complete with skeletons, spider webs and jack-o-lanterns. others have harvest-themed porch decor with fantasy pumpkins, leafy wreaths and pots of mums. all of this festive decor and the crisp evening air make oscar’s after dinner walks just that much more enjoyable! so sit back and enjoy a cocktail and appetizer with us, all together now!

 

casual fall outfit of the day

it’s easy to put together a casual outfit when the base is a pair of comfortable boyfriend jeans (similar here, here). add a touch of sophistication with a light and airy printed button up top, like this one from Ann Taylor. and then bring it back to casual with a warm and soft cardigan. this sweater is several years old (similar here, here). 

similar sweater 1 | similar sweater 2 | printed top | similar jeans 1 | similar jeans 2 | similar driving moccasins | similar belt  these driving moccasins are old, but there are always similar options (here, here, here). i like the soft leather typical of driving moccasins. they are so comfortable, like wearing slippers! 

 

similar sweater 1 | similar sweater 2 | printed top | similar jeans 1 | similar jeans 2 | similar driving moccasins | similar belt  

fresh figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto

today’s appetizer is super easy to whip up at a moment’s notice. it’s a delicious mix of sweet and savory flavors. it’s gluten free and overall not an unhealthy indulgence. 

figs with gorgonzola and prosciutto

  • 8-12 fresh figs
  • crumbled gorgonzola
  • 1 package sliced prosciutto
  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. slice the stems off the figs and slice lengthwise to create quarters, leaving the figs attached at the bottoms.

  3. fill centers with crumbled gorgonzola.

  4. slice the prosciutto slices in half lengthwise and wrap each fig with prosciutto, leaving the tops exposed.

  5. bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and prosciutto is slightly crisp.

all wrapped up and ready for the oven. meanwhile, oscar and pax are hoping for a piece of prosciutto to hit the floor.

similar rectangular trays | tidbit plates | coupe glasses | similar plaid napkins 

hot out of the oven, i topped these delicious bites with toasted chopped walnuts. they added a perfect amount of crunch and flavor to cut through the soft and sweet fig. 

the Mott & Mulberry

this cocktail is a wonderful fall drink, thanks to the apple cider and the slightly bitter Amaro, it’s just the ticket for a crisp fall cocktail. and don’t skimp on the garnish! Gala apples are particularly good in Athens this season. the fanned apple slices are a pretty topper for a delicate fall drink. 

Mott & Mulberry

  • 1 oz Rye
  • 1 oz Amaro
  • 3/4 oz apple cider
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • apple slices for garnish
  1. In a shaker, combine everything except the ice and apple slices. Fill the shaker with ice, cover and shake well. Using a fine sieve as well as a cocktail strainer (preferably a Hawthorne), strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe. Garnish with the apple slices.

doesn’t that just look so tempting! a perfect fall cocktail. 

 

all together now! fridays with oscar and ollie

it’s days and weeks like this in athens that we make full use of the three-season porch. the air is fresh and crisp. the sun is warm and keeps the chill in the air at bay.  

many of you have been asking after ollie. she is always with us on fridays with oscar. but she often prefers to remain behind the scenes, batting around my fall decor or otherwise being mischievous while our concentrations are elsewhere. 

this week though, her curiosity and interest in watching oscar and pax play in the yard brought her front and center. and junior style was right there with his camera to catch her. 

 

well ladies, another week in the books. in case you missed monday’s post, the Talbots friends and family sale is in full swing until october 25, so be sure to head over there to take advantage of great sale prices. as always stay tuned to the blog for all our upcoming posts. we are heading into the holiday season; beginning next week, we will kick off the season with our annual gift guides. think of style at a certain age as your one stop shopping guide for the holidays! oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a wonderful weekend!

 

hooray for friday! oh wait…it’s thursday. this is a special thursday edition of fridays with oscar. this week we are mixing things up a bit with an early delivery of everyone’s favorite german shepherd, oscar. not to mention, a recipe, a cocktail and a great casual outfit. fall in athens has been beautiful so far with nice mild temps. oscar and pax had a great time chasing and playing today. i know they must appreciate the cooler days. we have a fun and easy appetizer. along with a classic cocktail that is definitely worth revisiting. it’s a fine fall day on this special thursday edition of fridays with oscar!

 

outfit of the day

today’s outfit is easy and comfortable. this mockneck sweater from Talbots is a cotton blend and has a slight waffle pattern. i love the button detail at the shoulder.  the dark olive color is so perfect for fall. 

these jeans are by Wit & Wisdom. they are a raw hem version of my favorite Ab-solution jeans (last seen here). they are so comfortable and i like how the rinse is right between light and dark. 

mockneck sweater | similar shoes | similar shoes | jeans

these suede flats are old (similar here), but i could see styling this outfit with a leopard print flat. how about a croc or snake embossed smoking slipper? really, the sky’s the limit because with a neutral sweater and jeans, you can have some fun with your footwear. 

 

mockneck sweater | similar shoes | similar shoes | jeans

sun-dried tomato and goat cheese empanadas

this dish is fun to make! they are baked rather than fried and you can make your own pastry crust, or go for the store bought. i opted for store bought, and that made it all the easier. the filling is tangy from the sun-dried tomatoes and rich thanks to the caramelized onions and goat cheese. 

Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Empanadas

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 1 pastry for a single-crust pie (9 inches)
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly. Gently stir in goat cheese and tomatoes.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. round biscuit cutter. Place circles 2 in. apart on baking sheets. Place 1 heaping tsp. of filling on 1 side of each circle. Brush edges of pastry with water; fold circles in half. With a fork, press edges to seal. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

once you’ve placed a tablespoon of filling, wet the bottom edge with a little water. then gently fold one side over and press the dough to close.

use a fork to make indentations and close up the empanada. 

classic whiskey sour

the classic whiskey sour calls for a little egg white to create the light foam on top. but this is optional. the egg white does nothing to the flavor, but i do recommend shaking a lot to get the froth right.

whiskey sour

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz egg white, optional
  • Angostura bitters or bourbon cherry for garnish
  1. add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (no ice).

  2. add ice and shake again.

  3. strain into a coupe glass.

  4. garnish with 3 or 4 drops of Angostura bitters or bourbon cherry

coupe glasses | similar serving tray | tidbit plates | similar table runner

with our cocktail made and our empanadas out of the oven, we are ready to enjoy our evening!

fridays with oscar (on a thursday!)

these two had so much fun playing chase with the ball, i want to share their adventure with you.

i was finally able to lure oscar in for his close up with the smell of fresh empanadas.

coupe glasses | similar serving tray | tidbit plates | similar table runner

mockneck sweater | similar shoes | similar shoes | jeans

 

we are full steam ahead on holiday content, so be sure to stay tuned to the blog all season long! coming up we will have home decorating for the holidays, new holiday recipes, fashion and gift guides. so you don’t want to miss it! oscar, ollie, and i wish all of you a wonderful rest of the week! cheers to a fine fall day!