Quick Picks - Scarves and Hats

I love to accessorize with scarves and hats. That's no secret. This season plaid is a huge trend, but the classic red, green, and blue hues can leave me feeling a little too much like a lumberjack.  Although, sexy lumberjack does have it's appeal, am I right?

If you want to leave the sexy lumberjack look for the fellas...

Here are my quick picks for a softer look. 

Soft Double Layered Scarf - $39.90

I love the subtle blush tones in this neutral scarf.  Plaid Blanket Scarf - $128

Taco Soup

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This hearty soup is delicious and easy.  It is one of our favorites. 

Taco Soup

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Water

1 package El Paso low sodium taco seasoning

1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix 

1 can white shoe peg corn, drained

1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies

1  can diced tomatoes 

1 can black beans, drained

1 can kidney beans, drained

1 can pinto beans, drained

1 medium onion, chopped

1lb lean ground beef, ground turkey, or chicken (meat from one rotisserie chicken works too)

Avocado (optional) garnish

Sour cream/greek yogurt (optional) garnish

Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) garnish

Shredded mexican blend cheese (optional) garnish

Pickled jalapeños (optional) garnish

Directions:

1. Brown meat. Once meat is mostly cooked through, add chopped onion and cook until tender. 

2. While meat is browning, add all other ingredients to pot. 

3. Drain grease from meat then add to soup. Stir.

5. Bring soup to boil then reduce heat to simmer for about 1 hour. 

6. Add garnish 

 

This recipe is really fool proof.  I've served as quickly as 30 minutes and it is still great.  The ingredients can be easily doubled to serve larger crowds.  Beans can be swapped out to what you have on hand or flavor you prefer. I usually add black eyed peas.  I like to serve with tortilla chips. 

Enjoy!

Xo, e

 

World with Octobers

Anne of Green Gables said it best:

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October is our favorite month at the beach. The crowds are gone; the humidity has dropped and temperatures have too, but the water is still warm.  The seaweed has cleared out leaving the water crystal clear. 

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The way the sun hits the water this time of year makes the Gulf look like sheets of glittering glass.

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Cool breezes move in at night, perfect for snuggling by a beachside fire. We love to watch football in our outdoor living area as the sun sets. All Auburn fans appreciate a spectacular skyline painted in our team colors. :)

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The dragonflies swarm and masses of fluffy pink blooms of cotton candy grass decorate the landscape.

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 The sunset has moved back over the water and the sun drops below a glittering horizon in a fiery orange ball that paints the sky long after it has disappeared.

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Mr. Hudson loves to point out the moon

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 If all that doesn't sound amazing enough, the monarch butterfly begins it's migration through the area.

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 It's the real life fairytale God created for all of us to enjoy.  Nature's beauty shows off it's magic on the Gulf Coast in October and we tried our hardest to soak it all up. 

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This baby loves shells.

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Naturally, Mr. Hudson's first trip out of town was to the beach in October. 

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He was just a few weeks old then. 

Two years later, here we are in the same spot.

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High five, Zombie! 

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We decided to take Hudson Trick or Treating in Seaside this year. 

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Our test run of the outfit at home was not very promising. I worried that he would not actually wear his costume. Once he figured out he got candy when it was on, smooth sailing. 

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Hudson as Max from Where The Wild Things Are

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He took to trick or treating like a boss. Got his sweet tooth from his daddy.

He announced boldly, "Trick or Treat, smell my feet, GIVE ME SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT! please."

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Trick or Treating in Seaside was a success. And great fun!

Huddy was all tuckered out the next day. He and Hobbes settled in for some College football. 

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Saturday also happened to be a nice day for a wedding.  The renters next door pulled a genius move and decided to leave out the fact that they would be having their WEDDING during their stay. We got a front row view of the nuptials and the following reception at the pool. They were kind enough to invite us for a drink and to help with a sparkler send off for the bride and groom. Venue rental? nah. beach permit? nah.  Permission to take over the pool for two days? nah. Rebel marriage, I tell ya. 

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We eat lunch at George's at Alys Beach almost every.single.day. I never get sick of it.  

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Sucker fanatic is looking way too grown up these days.  

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Alabama and Florida have large populations of whitetail deer and sightings are common. Even so, seeing one in the middle of the afternoon is unusual. Huddy was ecstatic. 

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See ya later, October!  Hello, NOVEMBER!

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Months of traveling and my house looks like a bomb went off.  Disaster.  Reality slaps me  out  of my October fairytale FAST. BOO. (pun intended)

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Hope you all had a Happy and safe Halloween! 

Do the right thing and put all your mini snickers in the freezer.  You won't regret it. 

Xo, e

Your Phalanges Are Showing

 Selecting THE right pumpkin, or, in my case, THE right 10 pumpkins, is a very personal, highly analyzed decision.   I pace row after row of hopeful, orange orbs and after much (husband irritating) deliberation, I stand back and point at my subjects one by one as said irritated husband loads the chosen ones up.  I give the group a final once over just to make sure they look good together.  

This year I have a good group, but not as many as I would like and I'm still missing my one jumbo, giant.   Stems are a must. A pumpkin without a stem is like a unicorn without a horn. Useless.  Time will tell if they will actually get carved or decorated this year. 

If you follow my IG account, foxdenblog, you'll know about my obsession with these Mara and Mine slippers.  They're incredibly comfortable.  Plus, people feel bad for you that your feet are dead, but simultaneously are consumed with jealousy that your bones are gold.  gold bones = uber chic

Your phalanges are showing. Get it? Scandalous. 

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How cute are these Boco Baby leggings??!! A friend shared this brand with me and I adore them! There are several pattern options, customizable fonts, and colors for leggings and t-shirts. Definitely worth checking out! 

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This seems like a lifetime ago. 

But, at the same time, I can't quite grasp how quickly he is developing. It seems that in the last month he is just spewing out all the things he's been soaking up like a sponge in his first 2 years of life.  He made me cry this past Sunday when his sweet little voice calls out to me as I was pulling out of the driveway "be carewwlful, momma!"  Then, last night, I was stopped at a stop sign at the end of our street trying to figure out the radio in a car I'm not use to driving, when I hear Huddy say, "here comes a car."  Me: "umm, yeah, baby."  H: "Here comes two cars and a big red truck."  Wait... are we having a conversation? Did you just say full sentences, identify colors, recognize your surroundings, AND count?!!!!!!?? All at once??  What a true blessing it is to be able to watch this tiny little person grow and LEARN.  I'm constantly amazed. 

Speaking of amazing, I got these night lights that project halloween scenes on the wall or ceiling. spooky. Target. 

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This is not a photoshop trick. The world's tiniest turtle that my parents found in their pool. I had no idea they were born that small! 

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Calling cards my friend K made for Mr. Hudson.  

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Grandmother always loved pumpkins. I keep her by them this time of year. 

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The LoveFeast Shop is my source for the best velvet pumpkins. Beautiful colors with real, uniquely shaped stems. Remember how I feel about stems! I love the white velvet ones. Velvet acorns are next on my list.

What I've been wearing-

My version of mom sweats.  Leopard sweatshirt is by Zoe Karssen. 

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I purchased it last year, but I found this one by Current/Elliot on Shopbop

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Leopard print enthusiasts,  I love this blue coat and leopard blouse combo. Coat is a great price at $186.

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Mr. Hudson still screams when I rinse out his shampoo, but he has no problem blasting his face with freezing hose water. 

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This baby has some kind of impressive ribcage. You'd never guess he was in the 90th percentile for weight.  97th percentile for height.  This combo makes his favorite game of jump on mommy feel more like abuse than toddler play.  He will probably be taller than his momma by the time he starts kindergarten.  It's so awkward to stand eye to eye with elementary age kids. Short girl probs. 

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If you've got an extra $700 to spend on a super cute cardigan, this is my pick. You're in luck though bc Calypso is having offering  25% with the code FRIENDS14.  MAN, I LOVE A DEAL. DON'T YOU? 

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If you're going to splurge at Calypso, I highly recommend their cashmere ponchos. The quality is excellent and the style is timeless.  They will last you season after season. 

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While we were traveling in Virgin Gorda, we had limited WiFi access.  I really didn't miss it all that much, except late at night, when my brain magically starts to go into over drive.  I didn't realize how much I relied on my phone to help me through insomnia. It reminded me of this card my mom gave John. 

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Every night I had the same conversation with myself.  I wonder what (insert anyone) is up to? NO. I wonder what (insert  tropical illness, tropical storm, etc)? NOPE. Hey, you think (insert anything)? Let me look that, oh way, NO, NOPE, NOT GONNA KNOW. dammit. 

Oscar has always been a good sport about costumes.  He really loves capes. 

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I love my kitchen.

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Mr. Hudson decided to brew some tea.  He likes his tea infused with rubber, and 100 grande bars. 

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In blogger news,

It's Breast Cancer Awareness month, as you all know.  Cathy Williamson is a breast cancer survivor and also happens to be the author of one of my favorite style blogs, The Middle Page.  I originally discovered her through Instagram (THEMIDDLEPAGEBLOG) and I was so moved by her story, her courage, and her ageless, timeless style.  My favorite series on her blog is "Chic at Every Age" where she and three other bloggers show how their  "decade" could wear a certain trend. I love this. Helps disprove the old thought that certain trends should only be worn by certain age women.  Style is ageless!  Cathy is passionate about spreading awareness of the type of cancer, Triple Negative Breast Cancer, she was diagnosed with and her latest Chic At Every Age post is showing her line of rainwear, which 25% of the proceeds from purchasing will go to the TNBC Foundation.  Check it out. 

In celebrity news, how incredible does Blake Lively look??! There is just wayyy too much beauty going on in that photo for me to ever like her again.  #jealous

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Reese Witherspoon has been killing it lately.  I love her style.  Glamour that is relatable.  

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Go do something awesome!

Xo,e

Stylist for 24hrs

For a mere 24hrs, I got to be a celebrity stylist. Hello, DREAM job.

It was the.most.awesome.awesome.EVER. Plus, I got to attend Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen! Did I mention it was awesome?!! 

Amy Johnson, star of Bravo's hit reality show, Below Deck, was scheduled for her first live appearance, and, naturally, she was in a panic about what to wear. Because, it's kind of a big deal! Amy is a friend of a friend, and when I heard that she wanted my assistance, I said, "HELL-TO-THE-YES, AMY JO!" I packed 70 pounds worth of dresses, shoes, and jewelry and jumped on a 6 a.m. flight to NYC. It was a fast and furious trip, but it was fabulously fun!!

We stayed at the Gansevoort in the Meat Packing district. I've actually stayed at this hotel before, and I highly recommend it. The Meatpacking district is one of my favorite areas. Here is a view from the rooftop bar. 

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We met for lunch at the Standard Hotel then we got down to business.

Me, Amy, and her friend, Deb.

Me, Amy, and her friend, Deb.

View from The Standard Hotel rooftop

View from The Standard Hotel rooftop

 

I had an idea of what I wanted to dress Amy in. Honestly, she is gorgeous and has a rocking' body so making her look good wasn't exactly a challenge. She is also incredibly sweet and genuine {can't say the same for a cast mate I met ( insert big eyed emoji)}  Amy has a bohemian spirit and loves wearing color. I can handle that!  Amy wanted her outfit to stay true to her personality, but we also had to be conscious of how her outfit would translate on T.V. and how it would look while seated, which she would be for the entire interview.  Also, I wanted to emphasize her teeny, tiny waist. We spent the whole afternoon trying on different dresses, shoes, jewels, and practicing the best way to sit in each ensemble. It really was a lot to consider! 

Earlier that afternoon, while Amy was out doing some press interviews, I pulled out my top outfit picks and jewelry so she could see what we were working with. 

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We eventually decided to go with a dress I have previously blogged about, my pink wrap dress by Rhode Resort. She was beaming with confidence when she put it on, and I knew immediately it was the right choice. She looked absolutely radiant! 

K and I sending Amy off to the studio for her makeup. Further proof of the natural beauty she is. 

I don't know how I didn't get a solo shot of her in it, but here is one of The Johnson siblings and me. 

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Stop gawking at her studly brother, Kelley.

Doesn't she look fabulous??!! I love, love, love the pink color on her! Everybody and their momma wears black on T.V.  I say, Go BOLD!  I knew the wrap style would be ultra-figure flattering. Her hairstyle (Amy did her own hair!) complimented the dress perfectly. Mermaid-bohemian-yacht-steward-goddess-look achieved! 

Watch What Happens Live tapes live at 11pm. I was so excited that my exhaustion didn't set in until the following day. Thank goodness because nothing ruins a celebrity stylist fantasy faster than the reality slap of mom-job-induced narcolepsy.  Sudden sleep attacks, anyone?!!

Anywho, back to the.most.awesome. The show is shot at the Bravo headquarters in a really tiny, intimate studio.  It was a very laid back and fun scene. 

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We got to hang out in the green room prior to the show.  Amy was a chill as a cucumber. 

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SHOWTIME!

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Andy was hilarious and extremely personable. 

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Quick outfit change and our starlet was ready for the after party! {sorry for the terribly grainy photo.}

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The show was a huge success! Amy was as charming as ever and nailed-it. She was super impressive under the anxiety of a live show! She looked amazing, and the dress got rave reviews. It was a great experience!!

Make sure to tune into Bravo tonight to watch Below Deck , Season 2, season finale 9/8c! Previous episodes can be viewed as well. I really hope we get to see Amy and a Season 3!

Meanwhile, on the home front, Huddy was on a date.

I am truly lucky to have two of the best babysitters a mom could ever hope for.  While I was in NYC, L took Huddy to the zoo, where he and E had a date. Aren't they the cutest things you've ever seen?! 

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Huddy sharing his enthusiasm for the animals with E.  I could just gobble them up! :)

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Here, Mr. Hudson was practicing his "flamingo." This is a sure-fire way to impress the ladies. 

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Melts my heart!!!! Thank you L for sending me these precious pictures!

 

Hope you enjoyed my fantasy, 24 hr dream job tale!  In another life.......

Xo, e

Beauty Review

Highlighting and Contouring

Highlighting and contouring are really simple ways to enhance your features.  The idea can be intimidating to some, but it is simply the use of dark and light areas to shade and contour your face in a flattering way. Highlighting and contouring shouldn't be considered  techniques only used on "heavy" or full make-up days. The idea is to use a shade darker than your skin tone to contour and use a shade lighter to highlight.  

First, you want to identify your face shape. You can reference this diagram to help guide you. 

There are a zillion tutorials on pinterest, youtube, etc. that can help you if you need more information. 

The 10 Commandments of Contouring and Highlighting by Allure Magazine gives really great tips if you are a beginner.  

 I use these products in my every day routine.  The contouring or shading helps define my cheek bones and jawline, and the highlighting helps to create a dewy, fresh-faced effect.  

{Added Bonus : These products in particular are great to use during the colder months when your skin is losing that summer glow and can start to take a grayish, dull tone.}

1. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream - I love this product. It is a non-greasy, SPF 35 "beauty balm" that I wear alone on "no make-up" days or to even out my skin and create a primed flawless base. I put this on over my moisturizer. I think this has better, but still light, coverage than a typical tinted moisturizer.  Smashbox describes this product as a "multitasking tinted cream formula with SPF 35 moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin on set and beyond."   

2. Sonia Kashuk Primer Base Perfecting Brightening Primer -  On those particularly gray and dull complexion days, I will mix a tiny of amount of this in with my moisturizer.

3.  Nars The Multiple - This product is fantastic. I use "Shimmering Apricot" on my cheekbones. I apply this after the BB cream and under eye concealer. It is a cream to powder stick that can be used on cheeks, lips, eyes, body, you name it! It gives a warm glow. This should be in everybody's make-up bag. It wins the Best All Around Award. 

4. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick -  My go-to highlighter. I apply this at the very top edge of my cheekbone, a dab in the bow of my lip, and to highlight my eyebrows. This product does what it's name suggest and makes your complexion look more luminous. I use shade "sparkling sands 45."

5. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch - I've been addicted to this product for years. I use it over my Stila concealer in the under eye area to lighten and brighten.  It's really an instant brightener for your face. This product has reached cult following. If you don't believe me, read some of the more than 3000! reviews on Sephora that give it 41/2 out of 5 stars. This is another one that everyone should use. 

6. Nars The NARSSist Cheek Kit - A great compact all-in-one kit that has a perfect bronzer for countering, a blush, and highlighter powder. This is great to have in your purse to refresh your make-up. If you are not sure what products are best for you, this is a great item to start with! 

To contour I use my Nars bronzer in Laguna. It is in the cheek  kit mentioned above. 

Are you already highlighting and contouring? What are some of your favorites? 

Xo, e

Friday Favorites

I  previously blogged about this top. Now on sale. Get you one. 

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A classic style at a great price. Double wrap coat - $159

I've been making my own jewelry. I love it.  druzy, diamonds, wood, and horn - What's not to love?

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Clare V flat clutch - piperlime $198

Great Dress and great price (also in black) Carice Dress - Piperlime $65

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Hands down the best ballet flat. This pair is on sale $58.80 or check out yosisamra.com for loads of ballet flats. I find most flats uncomfortable. I could wear these all day, every day. 

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

Xo,e

Game Day Fashion + other

This weekend my pledge sisters and I are doing our annual reunion tailgate.  We had a group of 12 girlfriends that were really close throughout college. Several years ago we decided to do an annual tailgate reunion as a way to keep up with each other.  We had to come up with a name for our tent, and  "Twelvegate" was born.  I look forward to it every year!  

I love Auburn football, and I've been lucky enough to have been in the stadium for what will probably be some of the most infamous games in Auburn history.  Nothing quite like pulling out miraculous victories!! 

When it comes to game day fashion I am all over the map. For most events I dress in whatever I am feeling the best in at that moment. Game day is no exception.  

In the past,

I've gone with a casual blue jean look {Au vs Ole Miss 2011}, and this silk Tucker maxi dress {2011} 

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Last year I wore this neoprene Clover Canyon dress. I still love that dress. 

And for one of those times where I look back and laugh at my outfit, there's this little mini skirt, turtleneck, heinous wrestling belt number..... my interview at Hooters was later in the day. (jokes.) No seriously, the belt is to support my back back from the weight of my top half. 

This year I am going to be rocking' an orange and blue tiger print jumper, knee high boots, and my navy fringe jacket. Theme dressing in the best way!

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Top Shop fringe jacket //Parker romper// Michael Michael Kors boots purchased last year. Similar ones here  

Every year we have cups made for our tailgate. Auburn University is asking everyone to wear orange for the game against LSU. In honor of THE BEST SHOW EVER, and our school's wardrobe color suggestion, K made these bomb cups. 

Speaking of Parker Rompers, I ordered this one from Revolveclothing.com and it is fantastic. Unfortunately, it's too small in the bust. damn boobs again.  Parker's beaded clothing is simply the best. 

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Now that it's October, Alabama might actually get some sweater weather. 

I ordered from Zara.com for the first time. Really loving some of the sweaters I purchased. There are dozens of things on their website that I love. If you've never checked Zara out you should. Reasonably priced and free shipping and returns. These are just a few of the things I'm obsessing over.

I couldn't resist this oversized beauty in my favorite color.  

( Clutch - Prada, Glitter pumps - Louboutin, Pants - Minnie Pant from J. Crew )

{yes, I am taking  outfit selfies in my bedroom. the air conditioning won over scenery today. whatevs. focus on the sweater!}

I love the back detail.

I adore this pastel color block sweater. So beautiful with mint, blush, and cream.  It has a relaxed fit. Cant wait to wear this one.  

 Color block sweater - $79

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This is fabulously cozy.

Intarsia Poncho Cardigan - $79

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Totally loving my moth scarf. I love bugs. Purchased from Anthropologie.

 (fox pendant is Carmen Diaz Jewelry)

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I have worn these practically every day for two weeks. Steven by Steve Madden Wonderr espadrilles  - $66.99

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This pork recipe is a winner. A favorite among my Twelvegate girlfriends.  The pan sauce will make you want to lick the pan. Easy to cook. Delicious. 

 

Cookware a little lacking at the beach house. Thanks to whomever bought this bread dish, and left it at the house. :)

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I hit the lottery when it comes to parents.  Two of the most loving people you will ever meet. I hope Hudson will one day think of Mr. Fox and me the way I think of my parents.  My mom and dad celebrated their 42nd anniversary on September 23.  My dad makes my mom breakfast every morning. That could be the key to their long marriage.  And the fact that he likes to buy her jewelry.  It's probably the jewels not the toast. #winwin

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My parents met at Auburn. My mom loves to tell the story on how she accidentally stood my dad up on their first date. He was to pick her up at her dorm early in the morning. She over slept. No cell phones, no way in the dorm, dad was out of luck!  When it comes to my love of sleeping, I get it from my momma!  

This photo was taken at my mom's graduation from Auburn. 

Loving Auburn is a family tradition.

For a little more random, this basket makes me laugh. I love to decorate for Halloween. I started pulling my things out this week.

I miss the beach the second I leave. 

We celebrate our fifth anniversary this month. 

Girl talk with a view.

I absolutely love it when I see people in their Fox Den style purchases! How great does D look in her  white poncho and B in her fab booties?!! LOOKING GOOD LADIES! 

{That's B'sFantastic house all decorated for W's baby shower.}

Huddy is currently in to all things truck.  I got him a plastic tool set, and immediately regretted showing him how to use a hammer. 

That's a whole lotta random for one post! Go to Zara and order some sweaters, cook some pork, and WAR EAGLE!!

Xo, e