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Charting the style of daily life...with a mouth like a sailor.

Full Steam Ahead

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One of my very favorite FoxSea Skin products is the Herbal Facial Steam. The current mix is organic lavender and lemon peel, a fragrant and therapeutic combo I happen to love. It doesn't hurt that the mix looks beautiful in the jar, to boot. 

Indulging in a proper steam allows a scrub, mask or nourishing oil to penetrate more deeply. A gentle yet effective steam can help boost circulation, loosen and unclog pores, hydrate skin and promote a healthy glow. The aromatic experience is also great for the senses and a perfect antidote to the frigid temps outside. 

Here's how to give yourself a lovely little steam at home:

Fill a medium-sized pot halfway with water and bring to a low boil then remove from stove. Pour into a heat-resistant bowl and place on a stable, flat surface (kitchen table or island is best, or wherever you can sit and be comfortable during the steam). Add a handful of herbs to the water and allow to steep for one minute. Using a large towel, fully tent your head to capture the steam while positioning your face a few inches above the bowl. The steam should feel comfortable, not too hot. Steam for 5 - 10 minutes, depending on comfort level. Rinse skin with cool water, gently pat dry then finish with normal skincare regime. If you’re really in a DIY spa mood, after steaming, apply your favorite mask then finish with your normal skincare regime.

While I have yet to offer online shopping on the FoxSea website, stockists Idlehour and The FIND/The Trove are more than happy to take phone orders. Or, try Skin Owl's Beauty Steam or Fig & Yarrow Herbal Steams, available for purchase online. 

Peace, love and organic skincare! OMG, so cheesy but I'm leaving it in.

Resting Beach Face

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I was lucky enough to be a test-subject for a super sweet, super talented photographer, Ruth Yaro, who wanted to sharpen her portrait skills in her home studio. I don't generally enjoy images of myself but I jumped at the chance to be photographed by Ruth. Her work always has such a beautiful, ethereal quality to it. I can't say I was shocked the images of me were good (because Ruth is so good), I just didn't know what seeing them would evoke in me. 

Ruth managed to capture what I really look like (albeit a bit cooler): a lady who is consistently mistaken for someone who is either angry, annoyed, shy or snobby. That last one really gets to me, because I don't feel I'm that way at all, though I do admit to being annoyed quite often. I've gone through life lifting up my eyebrows to reduce the bitchiness of my resting face, sometimes forcing my big smile to put others at ease. My sister has had the same issue and through the years we'd discussed our problem often, well before "resting bitch face" had been coined. We used to worry about it a lot. But you know what? This is my face, this is what it looks like, and what it will generally look like for the rest of my life. And if I'm actually pissed off, you'll know it. 

Ruth also captured who I am, in very simple terms, right now: a lady in the last year of her 30's, back to being a blonde, minus a gallbladder, and in love with, and loved by, FIVE Fox boys (one husband, two sons and two pups). Now, I realize you can't tell all that from the images but I can, which is why they've become so special to me. This is what I look like as a wife and mother, firmly set in some ways, TBD in others. Further, with my usual suspects of pink tones, pearl jewelry and fur accents visible, these images also show the essence of my sartorial style: I like basics and neutrals but with pretty, luxe embellishments and accessories. 

Finally, the seated image of me calls to mind the chic sensibility of my maternal grandmother, an opinion echoed by my step-mother. Seeing it myself is one thing, being validated, unprompted, by someone else who knew her is quite another. My Nan Nan was an elegant lady from birth to death, someone admired for her grace and good manners, someone who also loved the color pink, pearls, and (real) fur accents. She was immensely influential in my life, and while I would never dare to say I hold a candle to her elegance, I'm grateful to have some of her DNA. I would benefit by putting that to use more often...

As I approach my 40th birthday (in a few months, thank you), these images remind me of who I wish to be: someone who values less, but better. Quality over quantity in all things... possessions, friends, food, dates on my calendar, and so on. I may never take another picture as lovely as these two. I'm okay with that. I feel these perfectly captured the best version of me at midlife, and in the future, I want my children, and their children, to look at these images and see the person they knew and loved. #goals

Morning Detox

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I love the idea of detoxing. It makes me feel very Gwyneth Paltrow, even if just for a few minutes.

I found this recipe somewhere (can't remember, so soz) and started drinking it in the mornings to try to hack my way around what would end up being a bum gallbladder. It not only didn't work but actually made me feel terrible more often than not, because of said gallbladder. But now that my very scarred gallbladder is gone (perhaps the silver lining of my 2017?), I can go back to including this in my morning routine.

It's zesty and tart and delicious - the perfect way to start the morning. It's everything that comes after that I still need to figure out... #WWGD

Combine the juice of one lemon, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, a pinch each of cayenne, ground ginger, ground cloves and one cup of hot water. Garnish with a slice of lemon if you're feeling fancy.

Cheers to becoming the best Gwyneth Paltrow I can be in 2018!

Sea Sick

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While FoxSea Skin is a small operation, we're passionate about donating a portion of each year's sales to organizations fighting for our oceans. Our waters are becoming increasingly contaminated, which affects our seafood and the fishing industry. Coastlines are seeing more and more pollution. Climate change is causing the temperature of the oceans to rise, resulting in damage to coral reefs and wetlands, as well as extreme weather, which negatively affects tourism. And this is just a small portion of the damage being done.

MAKING WAVES

This year, FoxSea Skin is happy to donate funds to Oceana, an international organization focused on the health of the world's oceans. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Oceana is the largest international conservation and advocacy organization focused on protecting and restoring the world's oceans. The organization is committed to fighting the affects of industrial fishing and pollution with clear policy changes in support of marine life. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Be aware of what you throw away and work tirelessly to reduce, reuse and recycle what you can. One way to make a seemingly small contribution is to stop using plastic straws, which are polluting our oceans. Opt for reusable metal straws or biodegradable paper straws instead. Another is to refuse to use plastic bags. There are so many lovely reusable shopping bags and totes these days so there's no excuse here. My personal favorite is by Baggu

In addition to supporting businesses which give back to causes important to you, those same causes benefit the most from your direct donations and support. Get involved, make regular donations of time and money and spread the word for your favorite cause. One small ripple can makes waves...

Lady Weekend

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For a treasured friend's milestone birthday, a handful of us ladies traveled (at the crack of dawn, and in variously sized luggage) to New York to celebrate. The whirlwind weekend included lots of delicious food and much needed beverages (the best Sazerac of my life!), our fair share of shopping (alas, still no Birkin) and so much laughter, per usual with this crew. Time well spent in the Big Apple...

It is indeed one hell of a town!

Slow Down

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This Fall threw me for a loop.

I made multiple trips to Massachusetts to help manage a family health issue. These trips were stressful in some ways but in others, quite pleasant. I made sure to find at least one reason to smile each day I was there. From multiple visits to my favorite cafe to taking hundreds of pictures of the beach, I just love being on the Cape, no matter the reason, no matter the season.

I came home for a few days between Massachusetts trips to take part in Middle Waves Music Festival and it was the exact right decision. The fun and excitement (and long hours on my feet) made for a perfect distraction. 

Once my Massachusetts trips were done, I had my own health issue that forced me into the hospital for a handful of days. I'm doing just fine and recovering well from a trio of minor surgeries. I lost a week of work but no matter... I left the hospital with a new perspective, one that I hope will guide me toward a more peaceful future. 

I want less. Less physical stuff, less body mass, less on my calendar.

While I'm a consumer and love beauty products, clothing and accessories, and feathering our family nest, I'm going to buy less, but up the quality with things that will last. My plan is to only buy pieces I truly love and which fill a specific need (or worthy want). I'm also going to be getting rid of a ton of things I've been holding on to for far too long. It's time to purge...

I need to move my body more, plain and simple. While I'd love to shed a few pounds, my goal is to be more healthy, to get my muscles moving, and my brain. I've signed up for a month of semi-private Pilates classes to help me jump start. 

I love hanging with my friends and I don't want less of them - but I do need to be more mindful about how I spend my time. I've been learning to say no to professional opportunities but I'm going to get more aggressive in this area. 

I want more. More time with my little family, more physical activity (that will help with the whole less body mass thing), more cheese (that might just negate the physical activity), more experiences, more laughter (and I already get a lot of that, but I want even more).

As I head into the holidays, I plan to celebrate the hell out of the season by embracing these goals. More family, more movement, more laughter, more cheese...

Rise & Shine

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I'm in makeover mode right now, but for my life. The push-pull of modern life can be a pain but I feel like I'm finally figuring things out. I've been reading about the routines of successful women and have noticed a common theme: badass bitches wake up early. So, my latest challenge is to start waking up well before I need to.

I'm going to rise before the sun so I can have time to meditate, make myself some tea, then sit at my computer to get some work done before all the emails start rolling in. I might even make a hot breakfast for my kids! 

Mornings at Chez Fox tend to be a little hectic. Making lunches, searching for coats and shoes, brushing teeth and getting out the door on time is a universal struggle. Surely waking up earlier will help reduce that, right? We shall see... 

Fair Winds and Following Seas

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The little details in and around my beloved Fairwinds, are some of the most treasured of my Cape Cod experience each year. The antique door latches, the weathered shingles and worn boards of the boardwalk, the collections of rocks and other beach treasures that assemble around the house, the muted colors of each corner, the salty sand in our front yard that acts as a blank canvas, wiped clean after each high tide, these are the small bits of loveliness I keep in my mind all year long. 

May you have fair winds and following seas.
— traditional nautical blessing

Yeah Buoy!

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I like to customize EVERYTHING and am constantly dreaming up new ways to put my stamp on even the most mundane of things. In another life, I might have started my own monogram or personalization biznaz...

We've been DIY-ing shirts to mark special occasions (or just for the hell of it) for years and years. Since we can't take our pup Buoy Darling with us when we head to the Cape, this year's shirt brought him along in spirit. 

YEAH BUOY!


We also made shirts for the boys for a little shameless promotion for FoxSea. Keyoote, right?

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Yikes, Stripes!

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I've been going over my #CapeSoHard photos and noticed a theme: STRIPES!

Road Trip!

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  Every Summer, we head east, on a pilgrimage to my family's true home. Even the years when my little family lived in Boston, we still highly anticipated our much shorter Summer drives to Cape Cod. 

This year, my husband took our oldest son to Florida for a soccer match between their two favorite teams, the Tottenham Hot Spurs and Paris Saint Germain. So, I headed east with our youngest and made a mini trip of it, stopping in Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia, on our way to the Cape, where we all reunited. My road trip photo diary below...


The Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA

The Ace Hotel is badass. I love all the details of this boutique hotel and can't wait to check out their sister properties. We took a walk around the block to see our neighborhood before settling in at the hotel, exploring the super cool nooks and crannies until we had to check out and get back on the road.


Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, PA

On one of the hottest f^ck!ng days of the year, we arrived at our dear friends' house, just outside of Philly, in Berwyn. She prepared a delicious picnic dinner for us and took us to dine al fresco at the most gorgeous park, Chanticleer Gardens, in nearby Wayne (my photos do NOT do this place justice). We had an absolute blast, even though we were sweltering, and it was great to catch up with such treasured friends.


Arrival: Cape Cod!


After driving off Cape (in tears), we piled back in the car, this time all four of us Foxes, and headed home. To break the trip up, we spent a night in Pittsburgh, along with my brother and his family, and treated ourselves to a day at The Warhol Museum, before completing the final leg of our journey back to Indiana. The Warhol is a MUST EXPERIENCE for all ages. 

The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA

I love a good road trip and we packed a lot into getting to our destinations. Now to start planning for next year...

Cape So Hard 2017

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Each year's Cape trip involves old favorites, new discoveries, treasured traditions and new ones made. We chase tides, splashing in the ocean as much as possible. We do our best to make a dent in the local lobster population, and set lofty ice cream goals. Temporary tattoos on a rainy day and a fresh batch of boogie boards delighted the littles, while finding the best Boston Fruit Slices made me downright giddy. A Cape League baseball game is always a good time for all, as are jaunts to Provincetown, as well as mini adventures to previously undiscovered locales. Our first ever trip to the Wellfleet Drive-In Theater was a hit and will definitely be added to our yearly list of must-do's. Whew!


Day Trip to Boston

We lived in Boston for a decade and have lots of favorites to check in on each year, though we can never get to them all in one day. Since BDF was born in Boston, we also strive to keep old memories fresh and make new ones with him, so he never feels like a stranger in the city of his birth. 


One of the most delightful new discoveries was the Happy Fish Bakery in Yarmouth, where the atmosphere is simple and chic, the fresh baked bread is the stuff of dreams and the almond croissants are heavenly. Early morning trips to Happy Fish (before the bread sells out) are now mandatory going forward. Shout out to my sister in law for showing ME something new on Cape Cod.


Leaving is always full of anguish, my own treasured childhood memories now intertwined with my offspring's. Our only relief is knowing we'll be back, ready to make ever more memories and discoveries. We love you Cape Cod!

Get FoxSea at the Beach

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Shimmer and shine, like the magical mermaid you are, with FoxSea Skin's Gilded Universal Oil. This golden elixir hydrates dry skin with the nourishing, natural oils and therapeutic essential oil blend found in the best-selling Universal Oil, but with a dose of metallic shimmer for a healthy, beautiful sheen.

I took my sweet-ass time formulating this product. I struggled because in the bottle, it looks pretty OTT. I wasn't sure if customers would be wary of that much shimmer or would be disappointed if it didn't look the same on their skin as it did in the bottle. What I really wanted was a light, subtle shimmer, a sheen that's barely detectable and that's what I got. I hope you like it just as much as I do.

It looks fab-u-lous on all skin tones, especially on (responsibly) sun-kissed skin. I took a bottle with me on vacation and really enjoyed the oohs and aahs of friends and family who tried it, especially my sweet 6 year old niece. 

Gilded Universal Oil is currently exclusively available at Idlehour Boutique - and they ship.

Come to Middle Waves and get glowing with a complementary application of Gilded Universal Oil + a golden temporary tattoo for even more pizzazz, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Beach Please

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Beach, please! 

Make a splash this Summer with everything you need for the perfect beach escape. 

Be the first to score FoxSea Skin's latest launch: Gilded Universal Oil, a shimmering, golden version of the much loved multi-tasking oil. You'll also learn expert styling tips for achieving amazing beach waves from the lovely ladies of Salon Renew, and Pure Movement Pilates Studio will offer a few key mat Pilates moves, perfect for keeping bikini bods in check while on vacation. While you're here, stock up on the most stylish beach essentials, such as chic caftans, tanks and tees, bkr bottles, lightweight totes, and unbreakable plates, simply splendid for beach picnics.

Join us for this fun-filled evening, celebrating the best of Summer! #BeachVibesOnly

Tuesday, July 18th, 5 - 8p @ Idlehour Boutique in #DTFW