There will be jellies.

Starting to decorate for Christmas.  We picked out our tree.  I finally put halloween in the attic and Christmas cards are starting to arrive.  But, this is my first time decking the halls with a toddler. It might take me the whole month to get it all done.  We had a melt down over these tiny bottle bush trees.  Life is hard when you are told you can't whack the dog with the holiday decor. 

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Potted Christmas trees replace the ferns. 

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I ate my weight in casseroles, soufflés, and turkey over Thanksgiving.  Made three dishes this year in efforts to learn my mom's traditional dishes. They were pretty good, if I do say so myself! I'm working on perfecting my mushroom soufflé to share the recipe with y'all.  The flavor was mouth.watering.delicous. but it came out a little soupy.  I secretly didn't want my efforts to be too unforgettable because I don't want any body (Im talking to you mom) getting crazy ideas about me taking over  as head Thanksgiving chef.   Stay tuned.  

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After a full day of fun, food, and cousins, we headed to the beach.  Happy and Pepper tagged along. 

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Couldn't get enough of Huddy in his peeking bambi sweater and sweater leggings.  

*update: 30% off all orders over $200 + free shipping at Oeuf right now* 

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This is my favorite bottled marinade/dipping sauce for pork tenderloin.  You should try it.   The steam bag quinoa and spinach isn't half bad either. 

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Our beach house interiors have been slow to come together, but soon enough we will be surrounded by beauties like these.  Can't wait.  

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This would look so great paired with brown boots and denim. 

Prairie Check Coat = $89

I'm starting to gravitate towards any clothing that looks like a giant blanket.   Saw this in a store and it's divine. Can take you from daytime chic to couch. 

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My memory is terrible.  I take a zillion pictures so that I always remember where I've been and what I've done.  Many times, my pictures remind me of exactly how I was feeling in the moment.  I love revisiting my travel adventures the most.  I'm happiest when I'm out seeing the world.  I started to keep a travel journal, but that got tedious.  

So, what was I doing in November of 2011?? Glad you asked! Let's take a peek inside my travel diary, picture book style.  

I was driving the PCH 1 with Mr. Fox and feeling like this...

Edge of the country excitement right there!

We stayed here (Post Ranch Inn)

So we could watch the sunset from here

But one could also sleep here

and still be able to eat breakfast here

then go for a mid day swim here

or an afternoon hike here

make sure to look out for this guy

Then you could drive a little further and enjoy a delicious meal at Nepenthe. 

until you are comatose like this

No time to sleep though because exciting adventures are just up the road!

There will be seals

There will be jellies

You'll see copper bars

Beauty every where you look

When your husband could care less about golf, you only have to eat lunch here 

then you get to move on to more exciting things like RODENTS and BIRDS.  oh joy.

say hello to my little friends

If you love me, you'll feed it in your lap.

He loves me. 

Awesomely terrified. Gimme dat peanut. 

I can't for the life of me remember why in the hells bells I picked that giant sperm thing up and started whipping it around. what is that?!!!

Hope your Thanksgiving was divine.

Go whip some thing strange, around yo head. (said in Ghost Busters Theme song style)

Xo, e

Weekend Vibes - Fringe Benefits

Friday Fashion

When I first saw this jacket, I knew I had to have it. OBSESSED.  As luck would have it, Nordstrom had it on sale! Fringe is HOT for fall and I definitely think it's a trend worth trying. Fringe is showing up on everything from handbags, to shoes, to clothing so, If you think a fringe jacket might be too much of a commitment, try fringe in a smaller dose. Everyone should have fringe benefits. 

Kate Moss for Top Shop - Fringe Jacket in navy

Here are some of my inspiration pics:

Leigh Ann Rimes

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A girlfriend of mine from college is now a stylist for Elyse Walker. They kill it every time. I love following their Instagram account - Full of style inspiration. 

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What I'm Wearing

I found that I loved this jacket with several looks in my closet. Here are pics of the way I would wear it.

Of course, my favorite looks involve a half-tucked white tee!

I love the jacket paired with a white tee, mini and simple black pumps.  This tank by Feel the Peace is my new go-to for layering. It has a perfect drape to it. Also, I LOVE these black pumps by Alice and Olivia. They create such a flattering line for the leg and they are suede, which makes them easier on your feet. No blisters from stiff leather! 

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 {black suede pumps by Alice and Olivia // cross body chain bag purchased from Calypso St. Barth // Oversized gold watch by Michael Kors // gold skirt is Torn by Ronny Kobo (old)}

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For a little edgier, daytime casual vibe, I chose to pair the jacket with the same tee, denim cut-offs, oversized clutch and booties.  

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Switch up the booties and put on a floppy felt hat...

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{Items mentioned in previous posts -hat by ASOS // shorts by free people // necklace by Lizzie Fortunato}

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{black booties by Rosegold- purchased a while ago from Gilt.com}

{Sorry for the grainy pics that follow. Apparently the humidity attacked my lens and I didn't realize it. Ain't no body got time for that.}

When the weather turns colder, I'll swap my shorts for jeans. 

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But probably my favorite is this jumper I found at TJ Maxx for $19!!  You can't beat that! I love the tribal vibe and its lightweight but full length style makes it perfect for a "wear now, wear later" addition to my closet.

 

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Fox Den Style Tip: If you'll notice, I wear a lot of necklaces that are longer in length, and I am usually in a v-neck top.  This helps elongate my frame and keeps me from looking too boxy up top.  I call it the "head on boobie shelf" problem.  V-neck shirts are a buxom lady's friend.  Just ask Oprah - Have you ever seen her in anything but a v-neck? rarely.  Working in the same way as a v-neck, a long pendant necklace will visually stretch you out for a taller-appearing figure.  This is an especially good style trick when you have a square neck like this jumper. 

 

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{bag is old from Anthroplogie}

 

 It could also be styled several different ways. It's great to buy clothes that can change looks depending on your needs. Usually my looks are dictated by footwear requirements! 

Looks great with flats (Joie), booties (Louboutin), platforms (Jessica Simpson)...

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For the last look, I paired the fringe with a plaid shirt and wide leg jeans. 

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Plaid is big for fall so put it on your "must try" list! This plaid shirt is by Rails and is the most comfortable thing I have ever put on my body! I will probably live in it this fall. The good news about this trend is that plaid shirts are every where. Literally everywhere. You can try this trend out at whatever price point you feel comfortable with!

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"Hunter" plaid shirt by Rails LA // "Hutton" wide leg jean are Citizens (similar here

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*Fall Trends to Try*

Romper + Plaid + Fringe + Tribal Print + Black Bootie

Options that caught my eye:

1. Faux Wrap Jersey Romper - $23.99 // 2. Rayon Easy Romper - $119 // 3. Plaid tunic - $49 // 4. Suede Fringe half moon shoulder bag - $49 // 5.  Peg Leg Jumper - $305/ 6.  Santa Fe Fringe Jacket - $178 // 7. Mercie Bootie by Dv - $129 // 8. Knox Fringe Jacket - $220

 What I love about fashion is that it can speak volumes without every having to say a word. You can be whomever you want to be. You can dress according to your mood. You can try out a new look and, if it doesn't suit, take it off, and don't wear it again. No commitment required! I love the freedom of creativity in expressing yourself through fashion.  It's a judgmental world we live in, and everyone seems to want to share their negative opinions out loud. I vote we have more expression through fashion, and less talk!

Try out some trends this weekend and on in to the Fall!! If you're really brave, try them all at once!

This weekend I'll be wearing my Dr.Mom outfit. Mr.Hudson has been sick and we have had a lot of wardrobe changes, but not for the sake of fashion! There really is nothing quite like the feeling of puke running down in-between your boobs. Motherhood sometimes makes me feel like I have multiple personalities. Is the gal that's in her driveway looking like a greasy, hot mess, scrubbing down the barf covered highchair really the same girl that's taking fringe jacket and mini skirt outfit pics???! The answer is YES.  All mothers wear many "hats" and take on multiple roles. It's what we have to do. Quite frankly, we're good at it! So, my point is, don't get boxed in with your style. Have a fashion multiple personality. Switch it up. Try new things. Whether it's edgy, preppy, classic, or a 70's glam girl - HAVE FUN with your style!  

Happy weekend!

Xo, e

My little sick angel

Smiles even through the full-body fever chills


Tie.Dye.For

Tie-dye is making a major comeback and I'm not mad about it!  The trend was hot back summer 2012 and it looks like it's not going anywhere. Today's tie-dye is not quite the same Greatful Dead look of the past. Thank goodness! The look is more hippie-chic than concert stoner. Sophisticated fabrics, limiting dye to one or two colors,  softer more abstract design, and gradient dye or ombré effects make this trend one you don't have to be in a psychedelic state to try! 

Here is the trend seen on some of your favorite celebrities.

 

  I love how Miranda Kerr (top right) takes the look a bit edgier. Reese Witherspoon (bottom right) takes tie-dye in the opposite direction pairing neutral accessories with conservative and classic cuts. 

As seen in above pics, tie-dye is surprisingly versatile. I always consider cost per wear and if I can make several outfits and occasions work, the item is a good choice.  Clothes that do swimsuit coverup and dinner out and airplane with Huddy, makes for a quicker pack, less laundry and a simplified day.  As I've mentioned before, I love clothes that have multiple (trippy) personalities!!

 Here are three of my favorite tie-dye looks currently in my closet. 

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In the first outfit,  tie-dye is a trendy update to my "uniform." Nothing complicated - tee, denim cut-offs, booties, and accessories. Half tuck my top, throw on a hat (duh), and I'm out the door!  

Fox Den Fashion Tips:

Top is a small and is a generous, high low cut with a longer back.  I am on the shorter side and by tucking a front portion of my shirt, I can correct proportions and  prevent longer length tops from swallowing me up. This isn't as big of a problem for me when I am wearing pants, but you don't ever want your top longer than your shorts!  An off-set tuck also works as an easy, casual way to give you a more defined waist. No more shapeless sack effect!  

Shorts are on sale for $46! Snag them! They fit really loosely and I sized down from my normal jean size.  Felt hat is just $38 bucks! Get you one and show me how you wear it!

Top by Tina+Jo purchased from Alys Shoppe // White cut-offs by Free People // Booties by Dolce Vita // Felt Hat by ASOS

Arm Party - There are no rules at an arm party. That's what makes it great! I always buy individual pieces I love then make up the stack as I go.  Some of my favorite will attend numerous parties. Some just come out on occasion. Classic metals always work.

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From L to R: Madewell, J. Crew, Giles Brothers, a vintage find, Gold and Grey Jewelry, and J.Crew.

Below: Earrings on left are vintage from Cherche Vintage and Antique Jewelry // vintage lion ring was a gift

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Below: Fox Necklace by Carmen Diaz Jewelry // Long necklace by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

 

The second tie-dye look can be worn as a swimsuit coverup or as a dress. Pair it with flats and simple accessories for a casual vibe or pile on the jewels, and step into heels for a night out.  I love this in the rich fuchsia and warm orange colorway. Pairs perfectly with warm gold accessories. It also comes in black and white. Can be purchased at the Alys Shoppe. 

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 I'm in love with the neckline and shoulder detailing of this dress; flattering on every shape!

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Elizabeth and James shoes no longer available. 

Elizabeth and James shoes no longer available. 

Above: earrings - Target // Shark's tooth necklace - Gold and Gray Jewelry  // Tassel necklace vintage

 

Below: Arm party is same stack as above // sunglasses by Oliver Peoples

 

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The third tie-dye outfit has to be one of my favorite purchases this summer!!  This romper by Bless'ed are the Meek is tie-dye perfection.  The colors are blue and soft lavender and the cut is ultra flattering. If you think you can't pull of a romper, you're wrong! It might take a little searching, but even a long torso lady like myself can wear this look! I still stick to the old rule that if one part of your body is being shown off then the other half should be more modest. I love this voluminous caftan-inspiried top with the flowy shorts.  To keep things from feeling too airy, if you ya know what I mean, I wear this underneath. It's genius. 

Can't you just feel my excitement to be wearing this romper?!!! It can make you do a rain dance too. 

Wedges are super comfortable and are on sale for $53.99!

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Wedges are Gianni Bini // Necklace byGold and Gray Jewelry // Margaret Elizabeth Bangle (on far left)

Last but not least, in the gradient tie-dye category,  the best mommy and me you have EVER seen. 

BOOM!

tha realest, no doubt

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Incredibly awesome, custom shirts by Michelle Montgomery

 

I hope you've been inspired to but a little tie-dye in your life! 

Check back tomorrow for my internet round up of tie-dye clothes and accessories!  

Cheers to the weekend!! 

I hope it's groovy!

Xo, e