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We have really been enjoying the Fall in Asheville the last few days and are a bit sad to go.  The colors have been so vibrant and the mountain vistas have been breathtaking!  There are loads of great shops and restaurants plus the Biltmore to see in Asheville, but I think we all agreed that our favorite thing to do here is to just get in the car and drive the winding roads, breath in the fresh air, and simply slow down.

It’s amazing how quickly our time here in the US has gone by and just how busy it has been, so we are super grateful for the last few days to just relax a little before the final stretch of our time here brings the holidays with it.  (We only have nine more weeks to go until we return to Copenhagen!)

We will be heading back to Atlanta via the Great Smokey Mountains just in time to dress up and go trick or treating, so it should be a pretty eventful day!  (We will be updating via Instagram if you want to follow along!)

I hope this weekend, even with Halloween festivities, will bring you rejuvenation and rest before November arrives!

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PS The winner of the Urban Trait 100 euro gift certificate is… Gabriele!  Congrats, Gabriele!  Expect an e-mail shortly!

Photos: Winding Roads in Asheville + the view from Grove Park Inn by Tina Fussell

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Is the Gap Going Danish?

by Tina on October 30, 2014

in Fashion

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Is the Gap going Danish? It is looking that way!

If the signs are right, it is looking like we will be seeing a lot more of Danish Fashion sense in one of our iconic American establishments, the Gap.  With Rebekka Bay, a native Dane, as the new Creative Director, there is hope that all my troubles about finding Danish style here in America  were unwarranted.  According to this article in Business Week, Rebekka took her role in the spring, so this season’s Lookbook is our first peek at what might be to come…

Shades of Grey, Black, and white plus stripes and modern classic pieces?  I’m in!  Some of the more subtle hints towards Danish style are the casual chic looks, such as sweatshirts paired with heeled boots or button down blouses with sneakers.  There is so much to love, don’t you think?

Not only has the Gap struggled financially (and in relevancy) these last few years, but apparently it has not had the best track record with their Creative Directors either.  I really hope that Rebekka can bring fresh life into the Gap and stick around for many years to come!

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Do you have any favorites already?  I really love the Drop Shoulder Coat, the Cable knit Sweater, and the Black Leather Slip On Sneakers

Photos via Gap, via The Neo Traditionalist

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A Grown Up Surprise Birthday Party

by Tina on October 28, 2014

in Celebrations, family

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As a mom I do not have high expectations for my birthday.  I usually make my own cake, which isn’t such a bad thing because it guarantees that I get just what I want and I get to eat an extra slice without unnecessary attention being drawn to me!  But this year my husband and kids knew that I had a mini crush on the adorable Oh Joy and Wit + Delight collections from Target and were so sweet to surprise me with a little party.  They even went so far as to grab a bottle of my favorite nail polish and add a few extra hot pink accents to my card and the forks.  Such a cute idea (and I suspect that my daughter may have been behind that one!)

I grabbed the camera and snapped a few shots before they sang me a boisterous rendition of “Happy Birthday” and served up the cake with everyone’s favorite ice cream.  It was such a sweet way to begin another year and I just felt so loved and appreciated with my Grown Up Surprise Birthday Party!

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This year I tried this extreme chocolate cake recipe and added a simple Chocolate Glaze.  I had mine with mocha ice cream and nearly died of happiness!  {smiles}

 

Photography: Tina Fussell

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Urban Trait :: 100 Euro Watch Giveaway

by Tina on October 27, 2014

in Fashion

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Hello, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We are currently in a gorgeous cabin in the mountains near Ashville, North Carolina, after spending the last few days celebrating my birthday.  While it is an absolute blast to receive so much love and attention, I actually prefer to give gifts which is exactly what I get to do today!  Our friends at Urban Trait have curated a super cool collection of modern watches.  They really have a thing for finding some modern eye candy for the wrist, both for guys and girls, and today we get to offer our readers the chance to win a 100 euro gift certificate to Urban Trait.  Isn’t that so awesome?

I have been wearing my Daniel Wellington watch daily from them for months now.  It’s timeless, classic, but modern and cool at the same time!  When I saw it, I immediately fell in love and had to have it.  I have always kind of been like that because I think when you love something you buy, you will keep it for ever and it becomes a part of who you are.

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Entering the Urban Trait giveaway is super simple.  First, visit their website, subscribe to their newsletter (which will automatically get your a 10euro gift card!) and then shop around a bit.  Come back here and tell me which watch is your favorite (and be sure to leave your e-mail address with your comment so we can contact you if you are the lucky winner!)

For an extra entry, follow Urban Trait on Instagram and tag 3 friends on this photo which would look like this: @yourfriend’susername

I will pick one random winner on Friday!  Good luck!

Urban Trait offers worldwide shipping, so no matter where you live, this giveaway is open to you!

 

Photography: Jack Fussell

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Jack and I had a photo shoot in Chattanooga, Tennessee this week so we dropped the kids off with my parents and arrived a little early so we could grab a coffee together at Brash.  Our client recommended the coffee shop and we were delighted with the recommendation.  Everything from the brick walls, the industrial feel, and the slight hipster vibe made this place feel like a trip to Copenhagen.  We also loved that these guys trade directly with their farmers, know them by name, and visit with them as often as they can.  The coffee is awesome, of course, but they also serve a variety of treats that are the perfect accompaniment.  I went for the vegan and gluten free (I can hear you adding tasteless which is SO far from the truth!) donut which after one bite I informed my husband that if he wanted a bite, too, he would have to go get his own.  And that was even after having cake for breakfast!

We may be newbies to Chattanooga, but Brash is definitely getting our vote for the best coffee shop in Chattanooga!

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Brash Coffee:: Chattanooga Warehouse Row

Clothing:: Tina: Shirt: J Crew (25% off with code: TGIFALL ) Jeans: Genetic Los Angelos, Jacket & Bag: Zara, Shoes: Nine West (30% off at checkout!) Bracelet: Valentino, Watch, Urban Trait, Lipstick: Rouge Coco Gabrielle by Chanel, Nail Polish: Vamp by Chanel Jack’s Shirt: J Crew

Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell

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