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Easy Come, Easy Glow

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Pure, plant-based oils are skin loving gifts from nature. These golden elixirs add moisture, plus a light, healthy sheen, and can be an essential part of any skin type's skincare regimen.

FoxSea began with one product, what has come to be known as Universal Oil. This is my go-to, multitasking product - my desert island pick. It can be used on face, body and hair (use sparingly from mid-shaft through ends) for incredible moisture, can be added to a bath for an extra skin softening boost, used in dry clay mask preparations and even as an oil cleanser.

From there, the next oil product I made became what I call Eternal Oil, specifically for the face, for skin that needs a little extra attention on fine lines and wrinkles.

Next came the Soothing Balm, a soft solid version (of sorts) of Universal Oil. It has a small cult following at this point, with fans raving about its ability to help tackle eczema (I can't technically make this claim, but I sure as hell can repeat the feedback I've heard). It's great for the dry winter months, fab as a cuticle cream, on elbows and heels, and in a very small amount, used on dry ends. I also use it to protect under eye skin when I go hiking with my family in colder months and apply a smidge of it around my nostrils when flying (read this).

Then, after lots of testing, I launched Gilded Universal Oil, a lightly shimmering body oil. Golden mica + best selling Universal Oil = glow getting body skin staple. I've also created a Rose Gold version, that adds a bit more color while remaining subtle (no OTT J. Lo glow here).

Finally, I'm getting ready to add my obsession worthy under eye serum I'm calling Eye Eye, Captain. A little goes a long way, and the oil nourishes skin and tackles the fine lines and wrinkles of our most delicate skin. I've been testing this out on myself (and a few friends) and I've gotten rave reviews so far. I can't wait to launch this baby...

These five (FIVE! My fave.) oils are essentials for me, and I hope you fall in love with them. While FoxSea is not a comprehensive, clinical range (and it never will be), it can enhance and augment any skincare routine with simplicity and a bit of luxury. #treatyoself

I always love hearing constructive criticism (ok, I may not love it, but I understand the need to hear it) and heaps and heaps of praise, so please reach out and tell me what you dig, what you'd like to see next and how you #GetFoxSea! 

Rosé All Day (and Night)!

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Join me for my first FoxSea Skin event of 2018, at The FIND in oh-so charming #DTFW!
Wednesday, April 18th from 6:30 - 8:30p

This lovely event will feature Photanical's new floral wall photo booth (I could just stop right there, you know?), wine tastings by Cap'n Cork (I love a captain who serves me rosé, naturally), and with an acoustic performance by Cassie Beer of Rosalind and The Way (the voice of an angel, I tell ya).

FoxSea (that's me) will be guiding guests through a DIY facial steam bar, where I'll have a handful of organic dried herbs to choose from, including fragrant rose petals. I'll also have a limited edition Rose Facial Mist and the Rose Gold Gilded Universal Oil for sale, because I love a theme.

Guests will be treated to:
* light hors d'oeuvres, perfectly paired with a selection of rosé wine tastings from Cap'n Cork
* delicious (and pink!) sweets by GK Baked Goods
* music by Cassie Beer
* a photo strip of you and your friends in front of the floral wall from the talented ladies of Photanical
* a custom FoxSea herbal facial steam for at home care
* an adorable rosé themed keychain (that I've been obsessing over since I first laid eyes on it) + a pretty take home glass from The FIND
* the chance to walk away with one of a handful of amazing door prizes, including a FoxSea Skin rose themed skincare trio

The FIND is capping the number of tickets and the store will be closed to the public, so click below to grab your tickets, dahlink!

One Big Holiday

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For my husband's 40th, we celebrated by traveling to the Dominican Republic for My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday music festival. We went with another couple and had the best time relaxing in the sun, sand and surf by day then singing along with some favorite bands by night.

A selection of photos of our #OBH shenanigans follows...

Up at the @$$ crack of dawn to head south. I'm really just including these photos because the pink in my hair washed out VERY quickly, and these are almost all the pix of those lovely pink strands.

What could be better than back to back concerts in paradise? My Morning Jacket, Portugal. The Man, Sylvan Esso, Moon Taxi, Spoon, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, J. Roddy Walston, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (and more) did not disappoint. 

At check in, we were greeted by "tequila drink", a concoction of tequila, pineapple, lime and jalapeños, and something else, I'm sure. It was so delicious, they really should have given it a more creative name. We spent all week looking for that drink again, finally finding it at the thatched roof hut where we grabbed our hollowed out pineapples (you'll meet my pineapple in a second). Tequila drink out of a pineapple while sitting beachside was per.fec.tion. My husband and I will work all summer to replicate this drink. We will succeed, and I will share the recipe here.

Beach, please.

Beach, please forgive us. We humans need to do better.

I made friends with a pineapple! Every drink tastes better when consumed from a hollowed out, juicy pineapple (there might be a few exceptions to this, actually). Still, it was festive AF.

I brought some FoxSea products with me to use, then repurposed my soaking stones corked vial to bring back some of the DR's soft, soft sand.

The breakfasts were the stuff of dreams: a plethora of cheeses, fresh fruit, nuts and carbs, sweet carbs. Multiple drinks, too. Not pictured: the morning I triple fisted with a mimosa, a bloody mary and iced coffee. *Side note: I know Mary should be capitalized but I don't like the way it looks as part of bloody mary. It's my blog, I do what I want.

I always prefer savory to sweet, but oy vey, the dessert bar on the festival plaza every night was wonderful (especially after consuming unlimited dranks into the wee hours of the morning). 

The resort had 12 (?) pools for us to choose from, and we hit at least half of them, because swim up bars. #poolparty

I don't have many pictures of the music (I do have some vids but I'll spare you those), because we were too busy enjoying the music. We listened while in hammocks, enjoying cocktails from our cozy concert couch (we coined that term to describe the wonderful outdoor furniture ringing the festival plaza) and in the middle of all the chaos up front by the stage.

Perhaps I take too many pictures of my feet... ?

Here are my knees, though.

My narcissism is showing. #selfielove

And the reason for the trip: Mr. Ryan Fox. He's the greatest.

We had such a blast, it took me a few days to removed my concert/resort bracelets. #armfestival

I'm Blushing

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I don't give a fig that "Millennial Pink" is on the outs. I love the color pink - always have, always will. So you can have your Ultra Violet. I'll keep all da pinks.

I've always adored personalization. I get that from my maternal line. Also, how about those toothbrush hair clips?! Wish I still had those...

More throwbacks, some older than others. I'm obsessed with my pink velvet couch. She's a beaut!

I love working with the pink Himalayan salts from my FoxSea Skin line. They are the most gorgeous blend of translucent pinks, and they remind me of the pink sands of the Bahamas. I traveled there with my family as a child and fell in love. I need to get back there...

I'm jetting off for a little vacation to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday so I added some fun party pink to my hair for the occasion! #obsessed

I really wanted to snap a pic of my new blush pink wrap from J. Crew but I REALLY didn't want to do my hair or makeup. So, Snapchat filter to the rescue! Also, get a load of my Spring bags from Clare V. I've been planning my Spring wardrobe around these two lovelies since early September! 

And this Clare V Circle Clutch is what I call a bonus bag. Totally wasn't planning on ordering her but it was love at first sight, and the perfect bag for a little personalization. The purple tassel is just icing on the cake. 


You know, sometimes I put off posting to this blog because my images aren't PERFECT. Today, I decided to say, F^CK IT! I'm not a pro photog - no one is even under that illusion, so why should I care? As I inch toward my own 40th birthday, I'm letting go of a few mental blocks that hold me back. Yes, this is just a silly post about my love of the color pink, but the act of hitting publish is a release. Which is why I blog in the first place, thankyouverymuchokaybye.

Miel Moment

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One year for Christmas, my beloved grandfather gave me the complete collection of Winnie the Pooh, narrated by the amazing Carol Channing, on cassette tapes. They were bright white, which made them even more special, for some reason. I listened to them non stop, falling in love with the stories, as well as Ms. Channing's gorgeously raspy voice. I recently purchased a pretty yellow (faux) leather bound book of the stories for my youngest, and we've been reading one chapter every night.

Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
— A.A. Milne

Concurrently, I discovered Mike's Hot Honey and have been drizzling it on everything. The chili infused honey is fab on cheese and crackers, whipped into a vinaigrette for salads, on top of grapefruit supremes and even on top of pizza and avocado toast. The gorgeous, amber color is so rich and beautiful, the velvety texture luxurious, and the flavor decadent.

Clare Vivier's Miel handbag reminds me of something Marie Antoinette might have carried while pretending to be a poor (but really chic) farm girl at her Petite Trianon...

Photo by my talented pal Sienna Lohman.

And because every obsession of mine always translates into some sort of beauty product or DIY treatment, I've been using honey to soothe blemishes. Because it's antimicrobial, it can help to clear up and banish pernicious pimples. I apply the honey to each blemish with a q-tip, leaving it on for 20 - 30 minutes, while I mask the rest of my face. #multimasking 

So, all this to say, I'm having a honey moment.

It all comes of liking honey so much.
— A.A. Milne

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!