Shredding the POW POW in Aspen

As most of you know from my  IG (@foxdenblog), Mr. Fox and I recently went to Aspen, CO on vacation.  My husband has been skiing there for nearly 20 years.  I have been once before a couple of years ago. We both love it. The skiing is great with 4 mountains of varying levels within 20 mins of each other to choose from. The public transportation around to the slopes is efficient and easy. The mood of the town is very laid-back and relaxed, but at the same time Aspen offers top of the line shopping, accommodations, and food. It's really everything you could want.  There is also a direct flight from Atlanta, which makes it a no brainer choice for me. I hate wasting time in airports when I could be at my destination. Plus, winter weather can wreak havoc on your flights.  It's better if you don't have to worry about connections. 

Our weather was perfection. Mid 30's with lots of sunshine. It was actually colder in Alabama during our tip than in Colorado. I didn't hate missing that! Cold is great if there is snow! 

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We stayed at a hotel called Limelight. I would highly recommend it! The location is centrally located to shops, dining, and Aspen mountain. The staff was eager to help us, they would take us in the hotel car anywhere (including different slopes to ski), and they will hold your ski equipment.  They basically shuttled us anywhere we wanted to go! Limelight has a great bar scene for Apres Ski or to grab a late afternoon pizza. {Or in Mr. Fox's case, grab a drink while you wait on your wife.} Our room was spacious and had a fireplace. This was the view from our balcony.  not bad at all.   

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I give the Limelight a 10/10 for accommodations. 

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We went snowmobiling on our first day.  I am obsessed.  Our hotel arranged for us to go at the T-Lazy-7 Ranch.  This was my favorite part of our trip. We were able to see the Maroon Bells and ride through the White River National Forest plus other stunning views that you can only see from their ranch. If you're going to Aspen,  I could not recommend this more!

The Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells

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Of course I wanted to drive AND have my OWN snowmobile.  

Our guide happened to be from Montgomery. Small world. 

Our guide happened to be from Montgomery. Small world. 

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The only thing slowing me down on our tour was the chick who had a fresh pair of boobs. Come on! Of course the bouncing hurts! meh. thankfully, she turned around and went back to the ranch. That may be her there in the background. ha. 

ZOOM ZOOM!

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Our first lunch stop is always Ajax. Great spot at the base of Aspen (or Ajax) mountain.  The truffle fries are a must. You can sit and watch all the skiers/ snowboarders come down the mountain and marvel at how they all manage to stop before colliding with concrete and diners. If you've been, you know how small the landing area is. gives me anxiety. 

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Then it was off to the slopes! 

We skied Aspen the first day and I had a few spills. One near death experience. I have only skied twice in my adult life- this trip being my second. Although I love Mr.F for believing in my athletic ability to shred pow with the most elite, I could've done without my life flashing before my eyes with in my first 20 minutes.  It was all caught on the GoPro. The video is just so laced with profanity that I'm not sure it should be viewed by the public. :)  But, I figured it out, stayed as far away from that scary cliff as I could, and I had a BLAST! 

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I would arrange photo-ops whenever I needed a break.   For sure, it was the longest Mr.Fox has ever spent trying to ski down a mountain.  

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The second day we skied Aspen Highlands, which is about a 5min car ride from Limelight.  I like Aspen Highlands bc the slopes are much wider and I get crowd anxiety. I like a lot of room to correct myself when I start skiing too fast.

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But, the best part about Aspen Highlands is Cloud Nine Bistro at the top.  That place is awesome. The views are incredible and the food is fantastic.

{insider tip: the 2:00 seating is when things get wild.}

 

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At the base of Aspen Highlands there is a Ritz with and incredible slope side heated pool. 

Then there is Snowmass and Buttermilk. We didn't go there this trip.

 

The food in Aspen is mouth-watering delicious. 

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The first picture is of a friend chicken sandwich from The White House, which was so great that we went to eat there twice. It was phenomenal. Thank my lucky starts I don't have that as an option to eat everyday. Hello. calories.  Ajax and Cloud Nine are places you must try.  

The most adventurous meal came from Nobu or Matsuhisa.  I will pretty much try anything.  We ordered Uni (Sea Urchin) along with some other fabulous sushi. The texture of the Uni was bizarre, but the flavor was sort of sweet. 

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Then we ordered the most epic of all snow cones. 

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This mountain of heaven was fluffy shaved iced over a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit topped with mango and strawberry purree. And if that's not tasty enough, it's drizzled with condensed milk! holy yum. I'm gonna need bigger sweaters.  They used a shaved ice machine that made the ice so incredibly fine and fluffy. This is what they use in their kitchen. Get you one. :) Let me know when you do. I'm coming over. 

 

If you are looking for something a little different than the spots I mentioned, I did see an ad for this in Aspen's dining guide magazine. 

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The world's changing, I tell ya. People are eating cactus. 

There are a lot of trendy bars and night-scene hot spots, but I don't really care about going to nightclubs these days. Plus, my whole body hurt.

 

For the fashionistas and snow bunnies, here are some of the things I wore.

My coat was by far one of my best purchases for the trip. Down coats can be bulky, this one provides all the warmth, but without the massive Michelin man look. The belt helps keep the shape flattering. I also love the color and that oversized shawl hood.  I made the mistake last time we went skiing of wearing a bazillion layers to go out at night. It was fine when we were walking, then I would be sweating bullets the second we entered a building. This year I wore normal winter clothes under my down jacket and I was perfect inside and out. 

Add Down Coat - Similar here 

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I love this color block fur infinity scarf by Jocelyn.(worn above) A perfect trio of neutrals. 

My tall wedge boots were fine walking the streets at night. I just made sure to take a pair with a rubber sole. 

I also wore these Sorel boots and I love them! Sorel nails it with their winter footwear.  These are super warm and water proof. They run slightly small. I usually wear a 6.5 and the 7 was perfect. 

Sorel Tofina Organza Boot 

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Sorel has so many great styles right now. I love these for a slip-on option. 

Glacy Slip On

My grandmother's fur from Henig Furs was perfect.  

I hate telling you bad news, but this awesome leopard scarf is no longer on Zara's website. Possibly still in stores?? fingers crossed. Things are always selling out before I have time to blog about them. Bummer.  It's too good not to share.

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My black ski jacket is one I purchased a couple of years ago from The North Face. This year I purchased these soft shell white pants and loved them! The short inseam fit me (5'2) perfectly. I highly recommend them.  They have a flattering, not so bulky fit that is hard to come by in ski pants.  Bonus, they're only $160. 

 

This Smart Wool long underwear pants and top were perfect. Light-weight and warm. 

That about wraps it up!

Are you headed for snow bunny adventures this winter? Where is your favorite place to ski?

 

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

Transient

This is fabulously cozy.

Intarsia Poncho Cardigan - $79

Transient

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