About Erin

Deputy Editor, Southern Living Magazine. Digital and social media girl who learned everything with a pen and a reporter's notebook. Mom. Florida native celebrating all things kitsch, accidental Birminghamian. Is probably getting back from somewhere or heading somewhere. Knows: Elvis, journalism, pop culture, Southern artisans and emerging neighborhoods, vintage clothes, pugs, Yacht Rock. 

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Tums, TV, and The Golden Hour 

I woke up this morning in a Hampton Inn in Wilson, North Carolina. This was on the television. It followed a night of downing Tums and drinking Ginger Ale after an ill-fated Italian meal in a strip mall near said Hampton Inn. Ladies and gentleman, the other side of life on the road ... Actually, other than this spirited wakeup call, it was one of the most memorable days of my reporting career, and I'm dying to share the story, which I will, in an upcoming issue of the magazine. I will say this -- standing in the middle of a field in Eastern Carolina talking to someone who has lived his dream for more than seven decades -- that's a perspective shifter. The weather cooperated and light was amazing, our subject humble and profound. Worth getting up tomorrow at 4 a.m. to fly back to Birmingham. IMG_1955 To top it off, I also ate some excellent vinegar-based BBQ at the legendary Parker's (thanks Bailey for recommending this.) And homeward bound. IMG_1968 IMG_1971

Reader Comments (2)

Hi Erin,
Could I send you a media invite to a spring 2012 fashion event in Bham?

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMBD
Although I was born and raised in the South, I've been in New York and San Francisco for the past eight years--until last week when my husband and I moved back to Nashville. I can't say that access to a bevy of top-notch BBQ joints *wasn't* one of the motivating factors, too! I love the variety you can get down here, from traditional barbeque to vinegar to mustard-based--YUM. And I'm off to Memphis tomorrow, so I'd say there's a lot of pulled pork in my near future.
December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamels & Chocolate

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