Diva's Bomb Onion and Spinach Dip

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I love dip. This one is super addictive. Would be a great app to bring to holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will thank you. 

Diva's Bomb Onion and Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8oz light cream cheese
  • 1 cup light mayo
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated cheese (I like Gouda)
  • 1 large Vidalia Onion finely chopped (about 1 cup. more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon  ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper  - plus one more dash :)
  • 1 package frozen spinach thawed and water squeezed out

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Spray a 10" square baking dish (or one similar) with Pam
  3. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except about 1/2 cup of grated cheese
  4. Smooth mixture out in dish. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. 

Best served immediately.  Serve with pita chips, pretzel thins, carrots sticks. etc.  Y'all know I like recipes that can't be messed up, and this one is no exception! Hope you try it! 

 

We've been continuing to enjoy the fall weather at the beach.  

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Since Huddy doesn't wake until around 10am, Oscar and I enjoy some beach time by ourselves. Good for the soul. Yes, those are fox soxs.

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Look at this Funyons/potato stick looking beach debris

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Mr. Hudson is 2 going on 22

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He's a perfect lunch date.

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How cute is this Herschel Supply Co backpack?! 

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Mr. Hudson's vest, gingham shirt, and this lion t-shirt are all from Fitz & Emme in Rosemary Beach.

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Sting rays moving along the coast. 

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Last week, a contractor was renting the house next door. He built this bomb sand pyramid.  The beach looks so empty since the rain washed it away. 

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Have a dashing weekend.

Xo, e

Tracy Watts Hats

Fox Den Spotlights

The Fourth of July has me feeling patriotic.  With that in mind, Fox Den Spotlights a company who's products are produced here in the USA. As far as I'm concerned, Tracy Watts hats are the be all end all. Her hats are handmade in Brooklyn and are super high quality. "All of our hats are designed, steam-molded over vintage blocks and handmade in our studio. -tw" The quality is evident when, after my use and abuse, they maintain their shape. These hats definitely go in the category of "you get what you pay for." Many hats stretch out after a few wearings and respond poorly to moisture. Hello...I live in the South and walk around in a natural sauna daily. I can't have my dirty/bad hair day disguise whimping out at the slightest humidity. My hair has already done that.  Their ability to maintain their shape makes them perfect for travel.  They can even be ironed! There is a great video on the website showing how to iron them.  

 TW hats are the perfect combination of durability and high style.

This wide brim fedora has me giddy! The gold band is incredibly chic. Easily my favorite accessory of the summer. Not to mention, the slightly broader brim is totally functional in shielding your face from the sun's harmful rays. I love when style meets function!  

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I immediately thought of the Gucci gold band belt seen here:

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Gah, I love that belt! 

This hat is the perfect addition to my collection. I love that it is a little more glam and has a little more of a dressed up look.  The TW  Dunaway Calssic Fedora is my outfit inspiration for the today's post. 

You can never go wrong with crisp white and gold. 

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I paired a Cremieux knit poncho (on sale at Dillards for $27!) with my one of my favorite pairs of jeans by AG, tan shoes with a gold painted wedge, and a vintage tassel necklace from the 70's.  I love this fresh look that is so basic, but is far from ordinary!! 

I love the flutter sleeve of this top. It's a great length, too. I'm wearing an XS.  These jeans are like my second skin. They are a thin, but substantial denim with a little stretch.  Great denim weight for summer.  I have a hard time finding legging style jeans that are roomy enough for my muscular legs. It seems that most jeans that fit me in the thigh are doing the awkward butt gap in the back.  If you've never experienced this, consider yourself lucky! Those who have, know exactly what I'm talking about :) These jeans fit me perfectly. I would recommend these to anyone. 

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Wedges are Jimmy Choo and are no longer available. 

Wedges are Jimmy Choo and are no longer available. 

 

As I mentioned before, the tassel necklace is from the 70's and I purchased it at the Junior League holiday market this past Christmas. I can't remember the dealer's name, but I'll try to find out. She had great stuff.  

Some detail shots of the tassel necklace and my bracelet stack. I love mixing vintage pieces with new style designs.

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On my wrist from left to right: Kenneth Jay Lane bangle purchased from Gilt.com // gold filled bangle from my grandmother // another vintage piece purchased from Whitney Lee at  Cherche  - Whitney has fabulous finds a reasonable prices. If you love vintage, you should check her out. //  purple agate bracelet was a birthday gift and was purchased from another one of my favorite local boutiques, Hue Studio

My second favorite Tracy Watts hat, is this foldable fedora that is perfect for traveling.  It is unisex and I bought my dad one for Father's day.  You'll see me wearing it a lot this summer.  It is a little sportier, but still versatile.  I purchased this hat from my favorite swimsuit shop, Ophelia Swimwear 

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On my Tracy Watts wish list are these beauties:

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This summer show your patriotism by purchasing products made in USA! Tracy Watts hats are my pick!

 

Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend! 

TB to last Fourth spent with my friends on Lake Martin. (Clearly, my hat obsession is nothing new) What a difference a year makes for Mr. Hudson! 

This year I spent the Fourth with these special ladies (and their hubs) in Exuma, Bahamas and had the most incredible trip! I can't wait to tell you all about it! Until then, you can see more pics from my trip on my Instagram @ediva84. 

How did you spend your Fourth of July?? 

Xo, e

Cobalt Crush

Beach living means laid back style. Style that translates day to night, easily goes from playground to cafe; I need clothes that can do it all!!   For this outfit post, I'm thinking of the cobalt blue of the deep waters. I often get my color inspiration from nature, and what's more beautiful than the waters of the Gulf?! I love cobalt blue paired with crisp white, black, and fuschia accents. Top it off with a hat because it's no secret that I don't believe in washing my hair daily. Ain't no momma got time for that. 

 

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Bella Dahl tops are meant to be lived in. This brand is a staple in my closet.  I love the spilt back (for a quick glimpse of that bootay!) and flowy fit.  This easy wearing, lightweight top keeps you covered, but cool during the dog days of summer. 

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I purchased this top from Tulipano Boutique in Atlanta. I really enjoyed shopping there this past weekend.

Birkenstocks are back and just as chic as ever. I love this style, The Gizeh sandal,  and there are a gazillion color combinations to choose from.  In addition to the black, I have a pair in tobacco oiled leather, which is another versatile color. 

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Heidi and the Olsen twins have been photographed countless times in their Gizeh sandals. Warning: Just like you remember from the good ol' days, they did hurt my feet for about a week and a half of constant wearing. 

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I love these goodies also purchased in ATL this past weekend. The sea foam and lavender bead bracelets are from Tulipano boutique. The other accessories were found at J.Crew. I'm continuing to show love to the tassel trend. 

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These Art Deco inspired earrings are going to be ones I reach for over and over again. They have the perfect amount of movement and are lightweight. At just $38, everyone should have these in their jewel box. 

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For dinner out, trade the Birks for some heels and you're good to go! 

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Booties by Dolce Vita.


In other news, I make incredibly delicious daquiris. My specialty is a fresh peach daiquiri that, I can not lie, is AMAZEballs. They're (in my mind) world famous. It's your lucky day, Fox Den readers because I am going to gift you with my recipe. Get out your blenders! 

Fox Den Daiquiri recipe (more of a loose guideline for what to throw in):

1/4 ish can of Bacardi limeade frozen concentrate

3ish Chilton County peaches (white nectarines work too)

I usually add a couple frozen strawberries or blueberries too (Daiquiri will no longer be peach colored, duh)

Bacardi Coconut Rum - the more the merrier

5-6 Mint leaves

Blend and top with cool whip.  

You can thank me later. 

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After drinking this, you have the potential to be this happy. . . 


Happy Blending! Xo, e