The Perfect Shade of Coat

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For as long as I can remember I’ve been looking for the perfect camel colored coat. Honestly, it’s been about 2 years. And I’m not one to splurge on coats, because I don’t have to wear them for as many months as some of you, but this year I figured it was time to get what I actually wanted!  

 

My Christmas gift to myself this year was this gorgeous Burberry coat. It’s the perfect shade of camel. It’s heavy enough to hold up in rougher winter weather, like when I travel to Colorado next month to ski. But it’s also still very chic, and can be worn to classy dinners and parties, and not look out of place. I think it was worth every penny and can see myself having this coat for a very long time.  

 

Now I realize, a thousand dollar coat is more than a splurge for some, it’s not on the menu at all. But there are plenty of beautiful camel coats to fit any budget (I would know, I’ve searched and searched!). So I’m linking those along with this Burberry Beauty here and on IG via the LIKEtoKNOW.it app! If you haven’t downloaded this app yet, get on it!  It’s the free way to shop your favorite fashion influencers looks via Instagram, including MOI! So download that app and screenshot any of my IG pics. They’ll go right into your app with shopping links and you can shop my looks direct from the stores I got them from. Every single piece, down to the earrings! It’s the day after Christmas, go spend those gift cards.  

 

Oh! And share with me what your favorite fashion piece was that you got for Christmas! Mine was this coat, and I’ll say my new Nikon camera (to take more fashion/blog pics with).  What were your faves?? Leave them in the comments! 

Where to shop for YOU this season!

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Let’s face it. It’s hard NOT to shop for yourself over the holidays! I know we are supposed to be shopping for others BUT with so many great deals RIGHT in front our our faces...I mean, how can we not?! So if we are gonna do it, here are some of the places I recommend for the best deals...that way we don’t have to feel quite as guilty about it! 😊

 

Starting with my first look, the dress I got SO many compliments on from Instagram...my little sexy pilgrim look. This dress comes from one of my favorite online shopping destinations: Shopbop. It’s on a ridiculous sale right now...under $30!!! And that’s characteristic of Shopbop, as they often have all of my favorite designers at up to 70% off in sale! So if you’re itching to shop some new fall and winter looks, I highly recommend giving them a look! 

 

The second look is from South Moon Under. They also often frequently discount excellent pieces down to unbelievable prices! They also have a small men’s selection, for my hubby, which he enjoys, AND they offer frequent denim deals from great brands like AG and Blank NYC! 

 

The thirds look is a hodge-podge of many favorite places, but let’s focus on the jacket. How seasonally appropriate, right? I love plaid for winter. Anywho, this little baby was scored from Von Maur! Here’s the secret about Von Maur...their markdowns are predictable. Yup. Every Wednesday is the first wave of markdowns and Thursdays are further markdowns. I caught the jacket on a second markdown. And I’m obsessed with it. And we all lived happily ever after! 

 

As always, you can shop my looks via the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, available on iPhone AND Android now! Or you can follow this link to shop my looks!  

 

 https://www.liketoknow.it/thebrandirhodes

Harvest!

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Fall is my FAVORITE time of year to decorate the house. Christmas is a close second, but I just love the colors of fall. They are so gorgeous and offer up so many options when it comes to choosing your decor! 

For the outside of the house, I wanted to really showcase the colors of fall, especially with our red door. So I played up the brilliance with a very colorful wreath, pumpkins and Indian corn. I kept the welcome mat basic this year with Autumn leaves so it would work with any decor I chose, and I love it!  

 

For the dining room, I decided that I wanted a more contemporary and dazzling look! So I chose to work with a combination of silver and gold with basic white. And yes, a hint of glitter indeed. I'm a show gal. I like my sparkle 😉.  Mixing silver and gold in moderation can truly be a beautiful thing. You just have to know when to stop! I let silver lead this duo. Gold was my secondary color and very subtle. Now, I feel silver and gold can also be a bit gaudy.  And I definitely didn't want to be too extravagant. So I left some traditional elements in there, like the oak leaves and the wooden napkin holders.  

 

Its so so nice to have decorations complete! And now here's the kicker, NO ONE is coming over to enjoy them 😫  We are heading up north to visit family for the holiday, so the look is just for me and my husband to enjoy this time. I'm totally okay with that! Hey, at least we took these fab pics! 😂 

To shop the tablescape and entry way decor just click here

HHN 27 - 7 years for me!

This is my 7th year attending Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando. I can't believe it! It seems like just yesterday Cody and I were on one of our first dates there 😍.  Now we've been married 4 years and become total regulars. We get to hang out with our pal Creative Director Mike Aiello all night, and we are showing our pals Matt and Chelsea the ropes. Gosh we are old pros! Anyway, this year was none short of fantastic. The scares were fantastic, even the houses I had NO expectations for, in fact, my top three will surprise you! Don't worry, no spoilers here. Just telling you my top three houses and how they made me feel! 

 

3. American Horror Story

Upon a revisit, this one could very well move up. It was our first house of the night and I spent most of it trying to decide if Chelsea was having fun, or if she was gonna rip my arm out of its socket and I was going to have to go to the hospital 😂.  She was having fun! Anywho it features Asylum, Coven and Roanoke and does an excellent job making you feel like you're in each one. Characters are very well represented and the scares are frequently and fun. Highly recommend resisting the temptation to do this one first. It's very good. Make yourself wait.  

 

2. Blumhouse

I had high expectations for this one as a big fan of Sinister and Insidious. It delivered on all levels. One of my issues is I confuse those two movies often. I wasn't confused at all in this house, everything was perfectly sorted.  And the two being separated by Purge really helped me discern between them. The scares were really packed on. I found myself getting double and triple scared in some rooms, which I absolutely love, it's kind of the only way to get me, and they got me. Good. Multiple times. Loved it. 

 

1. The Hive

This house wasn't even on my radar. It's about a hive of blood thirsty vampires, which I wasn't sure how you do that differently, oh but they did! This house impressed and scared me the most. It's very well thought out and intense. I can't say too much, otherwise I'll give too much away but I could do that house a thousand times and still get scared. Let that be my summary.  

 

This year, there was no house that left me longing for more, with nine houses, that is so hard to do and they killed it once again. I'm currently looking for time to go back and hopefully indulge in a daytime behind the scenes tour of some of the houses. It was SO good. And there are so many things I'm curious about! ESPECIALLY some of the effects in the Fallen...another fantastic house you MUST do. 

The Trick or Treat scare zone was a favorite in our group. We went through it a couple of times. Once at dusk and once at nightfall. Completely different looks day vs night. I recommend going through a couple of times!  

Also of course, bittersweet, the final Bill & Ted's 😭 It was amazing, and YES, there's a wrestling reference, actually a fun one, not a watered down overdone one. You'll enjoy it 😉 Those actors and dancers do an incredible job. I'm sad they are replacing it. Whatever comes next will have its work cut out FOR SURE!  

 

Overall, 27 has been one of my favorite years by far. Truly hope I get to go back this year and scream my voice away once again! Have you gone yet? If so comment with your favorite houses. If you haven't gone, but are planning to, let me know which houses you're most looking forward to! 

 

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My Favorite 2015 Moments 

2015 was a year of highs and lows for me. The emotional roller coaster inspired me to begin writing this blog in the first place.  As we shift into another year I'm reflecting on all that happened this year past. Hope you enjoy looking back with me on some of my favorite moments. Hall of Fame 2015. I walked the red carpet with my father-in-law Dusty Rhodes. It was the first and last time I got to do this with him. It was an off year because Cody was not attending for the first time. Instead of having me do interviews, Michael Cole opted for me to be a guest with Dusty. I am very grateful for that. We had a fun night. People don't know this but Dusty did not feel well that day. I had to push him to do this interview with Maria and Michael. I knew he was mad at me but I made him do it. My mind was telling me that if I didn't get him up there I'd regret it. My intuition was right. Because it's a great moment in history. The last time the world saw Dusty be Dusty. It was the last time I got to complain with him about inductees talking for too long and the bus ride being a pain in the butt. I remember it all so fondly. I did not know at the time that Dusty was leaving us soon. Had I known, I'd have done everything just the same. It was a perfect night. This night is my second to last memory of Dusty. He and I know my very last. Again, I didn't understand that one at the time, but when he passed I knew what it all meant.  So now that I'm crying and the woman sitting next to me on the plane is giving me sympathetic looks, I must move on. 

  

We bought the Texas Rhodes House in May of 2015 and I am just elated with it. I've told the story a million times. 12 rentals until I found my true home with my true love. This gypsy wanders no more. This house represents so much for us. The first major fruits of our labor. Something to show for with all of the travel and the hard work. Something concrete. We put down roots for the first time here. Two kids who vowed to be wanderers for life found each other and changed their plans. This is one of the many steps we have taken towards our commitment to being an awesome little family. It's also a big deal that Pomeranian Colby-Jack made it to his forever home. He's a little old man and he has lived a long life with me. He deserved to finally settle into a home as well. In 2016 we will continue with plenty of more I am sure.        

My first trip to Asia took place this year. I did not want to go. Dusty passed 2 weeks before. Going meant leaving my family behind to grieve, and leaving my husband all alone. I hated myself and I hated the people who put me on it and didn't offer to take me off. But in the long run...it was the most refreshing tour. I was shown love and respect here. The fans were so amazing I couldn't believe it. At a time when I needed peace and understanding the WWE Universe of Asia provided that and I was so grateful. I cannot wait to return here again. 

      

Meeting Elijah (Drax Shadow) was a huge surprise. It happened at a time when my husband certainly wasn't himself. This witty, inspiring child and his family were a huge help in turning things around for us. Elijah was so cool and fun to be around. His contract signing on RAW was so much fun and he did such a great job delivering his lines. He allowed my husband to have fun at work again and be himself. It was such a great moment. We have become friends since, and I enjoy finding out about Elijah's progress and victories. He's a great kid with a great family behind him. 

  

Our 2 year anniversary was a superb night. We found out there was an amazing steakhouse in our area and they treated us like a Queen and King that night. We had a private table to enjoy our dinner peacefully outdoors with candles and the whole bit. We were able to slow dance together on the outdoor patio alone and retrace the steps of our wedding dance. Its a memory I will never forget. It's so awesome to be so in love, and such a great blessing to have each other through thick and thin. I adore my husband. He's one of the great ones. That makes me one of the lucky ones, indeed. 

     This year was Halloween Horror Night's 25 year anniversary. We are HHN fanatics. Have been ever since one of our first dates their. I say we fell in love there but for me, I was honestly in love immediately :) this year was the best year I've attended, and that's saying a lot. Every year that I have been has been excellent and a ton of fun but this one was surely special. Getting to stay in the Presidential suite in our favorite hotel. Getting to see Jack the clown perform live and getting toured around by the guy who makes it all happen every year. It was pretty damn awesome! Looking forward to seeing what HHN brings us in 2016! And how can you not love this art render of Jack, Stardust and I?

                

Thanksgiving was the first time we housed both of our families at once. The Texas Rhodes House is all decorated and settled into and it was just lovely to have everyone together at the same time. I enjoyed putting all of my holiday decorations together and just having that time off to spend with family. I am hoping we can host Thanksgivings for many years to come in this house. Hopefully next year the theater room will be complete and we can have one heck of a movie night with the whole fam! 

      First Christmas in the new house was excellent. We found a great place to get a Christmas Tree which I know we will use for years to come. We were able to make memories and keep up our tradition of our crazy Christmas Eve shopping game, church and dinner out. We are really enjoying where we live and all it has to offer. I enjoyed especially having a super warm Christmas! Cody wanted snow...I feel there is still PLENTY of time for all of that. After all, I am not a snow child. A relaxing Christmas at home with our dog children, however, was exactly what the doctor ordered!

      Star Wars was epically awesome. Arguably the best movie I have EVER seen. I fancy myself a huge movie buff and my top list is very good. Star Wars probably takes the cake, because it had so much to live up to and it was able to deliver. Old characters, new characters, nostalgia and things to look forward to. It was simply a bad ass movie. When you work so hard and so much, a movie like this is like a great escape. I love letting myself get lost in a great story. I saw this movie twice already. I never see anything twice in theaters. This movie was a winner and deserves every dollar earned and every accolade given. If you haven't seen it yet...GO SEE IT!

   Last but not least Eden's Style officially launched at the end of 2015. This is my labor of love. I worked for months and months to make this happen and I am very proud of it and its success so far. So many program ideas get turned down after a lot of hard work and pitching. Mine was fortunate to survive the process! Thankful to all of you for tuning in week after week and allowing it to be a success. I enjoy hearing your feedback and I promise there are exciting things coming for Eden's Style and Eden Stiles in 2016. Thank you for all of your love and support. It truly means the world to me! 

   As we move into 2016, I encourage you all to do so with open eyes, hearts and minds. Go after those dreams and attack those goals. Let's crush it together. I dream huge and it has gotten me this far. It will take me wherever I'm going with a grateful heart and spirit. Here's to a New Year guys! 🍾🍾🍾