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

Low Tide Logo

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I’ve been drawing on the low tide flats of East Sandwich beach on Cape Cod my whole life. It used to be my own name in various types, mermaids, that funky S that everyone learns to draw at some point, the names of crushes and my childhood dog, Sparky. Then came the FoxSea logo and hashtag, the names of my boys, and shadow drawings of their cute beach bods. This year, I created my own personal monogram and I’m really fucking jazzed about it. Time to get it professionally drawn and digitized and then emblazon it on literally everything I own. Maybe it’s even time for a new tattoo…?

Various drafts:

Final draft (ish):

Get a load of my beach pencil! I brought that piece of driftwood back with me…

Cape So Hard 2019

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Jam packed pilgrimage to Massachusetts, per ush.

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We stopped to see some dear friends in western Mass, where we visited a large and very charming farmer’s market (where PCF stopped to pet every dog) and had poolside hangs with said friends.

The farmhouse sink in our bedroom was too charming not to use for a FoxSea pic.

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We finally made it to Fenway as a family, though to see a soccer match, not the Red Sox. We had a blast, but vowed to come back for a baseball game next time.

I honestly couldn’t get over the beauty of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as the sadness and mystery surrounding the still unsolved heist. *Binge the podcast Last Seen for tons of intriguing details about one of the most famous art thefts in history.

Bought myself a few little goodies in the gift shop, including this articulated fish pendant that reminds me of my mother’s 1970’s version.

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We always want the boys to be familiar with Boston, so we tried to take them around to see various sights, neighborhoods and some of our favorite restaurants. Then we spent a little time at Children’s Museum for old times sake. Martin’s Playground just outside the museum ended up being their favorite destination.

C A P E C O D AKA H E A V E N ON E A R T H

The Cape is the best. I get such a great feeling of peace and calm when I’m there — even during stressful moments (there are always a few while on a multi-family vacation), there’s still a sort of… contentment. Everything is better there. We always look for new ways to enjoy our Cape time, building on beloved traditions with new memories, so this year we took advantage of David Sedaris’ book tour and IT. WAS. AMAZING. We stayed after so we could have our books signed and get a chance to speak with him. He’s divine. A fucking international treasure. I have a picture of him (not sharing for now) that is fantastic. A story for another time…

F O X S E A S K I N

I always take advantage of the beautiful, oh so FoxSea scenery for some pretty photos for the ‘gram. #ABP #alwaysbepromoting

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June & July Shenanigans

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This summer has been an absolute blur. These are the moments I was able to capture.

A Very Sporty 48 Hours in Chicago

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We love Chicago, and try to travel there a couple times a year. This summer, we planned a very Fox boy-centric, sporty weekend. I did still manage to get a little shopping in.

Morning river walk to breakfast.

Shopping (the boys didn’t let me buy them the sequin jackets, sigh)

Chicago Fire - our first MLS game!

Cubs game - the first for all of us but Ryan.

By the end of the weekend, we were all exhausted, sweaty and a little slap happy.

Took the opportunity to add some festive flair to my grandmother’s train case.

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FoxSea Summah

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It’s been rainy AF in the midwest (whole country?) this spring, so I’ve been channeling beach vibes with plenty of salt, nautical accessories and coastal pictures, which is no different than any other season of any other year, so… carry on.

May Hijinks

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May: jaunty red bandanas, Mother-Boy tatts and feeling like a domestic goddess when making whipped cream from scratch, which is one of the easiest things to do, like ever. I celebrate the smallest kitchen wins, thank you very much.

This is 41

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I celebrated turning 41 with a small swan party with some of my nearest and dearest, and at one of my very favorite restaurants - yippee! I’m thankful to have friends who know me well and sprinkle the table with lily of the valley and chic props (as well as lots of rosé). xo

Couple of A/B shots because they make me giggle:

A good time was had by most.

Bottoms Up!

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My poison of choice used to be gin, but I’m very firmly in the vodka camp now. And — I switched out tonic water for club soda, but I still call them Jen & Tonics and there’s nothing you can do about that, okay?

This slightly rosy version was made with grapefruit tonic which was quite pleasant, and I’m happiest when things have a pinkish hue.

Check out this short and simple video from bon appetit about the charms of a classic vodka soda and then follow #vodkasodacloseit on Instagram for some hilarious hijinks from Chads and Beckys all over the eastern seaboard. Cin cin!

S E A G L A S S

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I love to search for beach treasures, but I must say that I’m not really passionate about sea glass. I can appreciate the beauty of the finds of my sea glass loving family members and friends, but I’ve just never been all that excited about looking for it. That said, my dear cousin Holly (technically my first cousin once removed) sent me a beautiful quote about sea glass (really about aging, tbh):

This luminous piece was found by my sister on our East Sandwich beach.

I want to age like sea glass. Smoothed by tides, but not broken. I want my hard edges to soften. I want to ride the waves and go with the flow. I want to catch a wave and let it carry me to where I belong. I want to be picked up and held gently by those who delight in my well earned patina and appreciate the changes I went through to achieve that beauty. I want to enjoy the journey and always remember that if you give the ocean something breakable it will turn it into something beautiful. I want to age like sea glass.
— Bernadette Noll

Gorgeous words and sentiment, right? The above is merely an excerpt of Noll’s original writing, so read the full piece here.

I might keep my eyes peeled for a glimmer of sea glass when I walk the beach collecting rocks and shells, but even if I never find a piece, the real treasure will be keeping this lovely passage fresh in my mind for the rest of my life.

The Mother Lode

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If your mom is anything like me, she wants something gorgeous and beachy for Mother’s Day. I’ve rounded up a few coastal-inspired goodies from Saks OFF 5th that would be perfect gifts for the nauti mamas out there. I’m told there are many of us…

Saks OFF 5th is offering an extra 25% off gifts for mom, including wallets & cases, silk scarves, fragrances, straw bags, sleepwear and FIFTH CITY Beauty, up to 60% off handbags and 70% off Effy Fine Jewelry. These offers run May 1st - May 12th. Some exclusions apply.

Shop Saks OFF 5th for your mama, yourself or both here.

Fresh Eats: Summah Salad

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I’m a simple girl. I like simple food. And I like to eat the same foods over and over again. This dish is one that I could eat every night, and it can be switched up a little each time, which is just wild enough for me.

Despite the name, we make it whenever we damn well please, but it IS particularly great when it’s hot outside and the tomatoes are in their peak season, and especially so if you pick your tomatoes from your backyard like I do.

Behold, the Fox Fam Summah Salad:

The Foundation: Chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, fresh mozzarella, chunks of avocado, and canned mandarin oranges with just a smidge of the juice from the can. Add a dash of salt & pepper, the juice of two lemons + zest and some really fab EVOO.

Optional mix ins: Apples, garbanzo beans, shelled edamame, blanched and cut green beans, diced carrots, fresh parsley or basil.

Whatever mix you end up with can be served as is, or spooned over your lettuce of choice - like Boston lettuce, because that’s the best lettuce evah.

We typically serve this with fresh bread and buttah. Heaven!

Build, Play, Getaway

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Typically, Ryan and I go on Spring Break without our kids. This year, we decided not to be assholes and take them somewhere warm and fun. So, we hopped a flight to Florida (PCF’s first flight!) to visit my sea-ster in Cape Coral, then headed to LEGO Land for two days of amusement park fun. 75% of us got a nasty bug over the course of the week, but we still managed to have a great time. It was a real scene, man.

THE JOURNEY

CAPE CORAL / SANIBEL ISLAND

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Dreaming of the Sea

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Thoughts of being at the beach, floating in the ocean, eating lobster rolls, showering outside and twirling on the low tide flats spin around and around in my head every day. This is partly why I created FoxSea - to transform my love of all things nautical into my work, thereby ensuring the beach, and everything that goes with it, stays fresh in my mind at all times. The fact FoxSea has resonated with others is such a thrill for me, and I want to continue to share the products and the brand, so others can feel like they’re at the beach too - whether on a cold winter’s morning in Duluth or a spring day spent inside a classroom in Ohio.

Last month, I put together a little package of FoxSea goodies and left it in downtown Fort Wayne for someone to find. It was so fun to dream of who might find the package (and hopefully fall in love with the products) that I plan to do many more. I might even drop a few during my various travels, to spread the good word, as they say.

We’re not all lucky enough to live near a coastline, but we can all pretend to be for a moment with a fresh and healthy scent, skin nourishing oils and the cutest little anchor adorned bottle.

S L O W beauty

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I saw one of my fave skincare brands, Rodin Olio Lusso, post recently about the concept of slow beauty and it resonated with me so completely, so deeply. First off, I’ve loved and been inspired by Linda Rodin and her range of oils since she launched the brand in 2007 (as an EA to a beauty/style CEO, I was lucky enough to be exposed to Rodin, as well as receive some samples, in the brand’s infancy). Linda’s approach to beauty is chic and simple, and an oil based beauty routine has become central to my personal care habits, as well as my whole life, as founder of my own teensy oil (and salt) based skincare brand. While Linda herself is no longer involved in Rodin (the brand was purchased by Estee Lauder), her elevated, streamlined skincare range is still inspiring me.

So, #slowbeauty. What does that mean? In trying to answer this question for myself, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole, reading about the Slow Movement in general, flipping back through Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner, then stumbling into the Business of Fashion podcast episode about Ayurveda - something I plan to explore further, forever and ever. As far as I can tell, the idea of slow beauty in particular came from the founder of nail care line, Spa Ritual, Shel Pink (yes, that’s her real, and kickass, name). She defines the slow beauty movement as being “a story of sustainable self-love and self-care.”

Fab. Go on…

The Slow Beauty movement is the antithesis of the fast-paced world of the beauty industry that sells us quick fixes, immediate results and invasive options.  This outdated perspective has us racing against time, and fighting against aging.  The Slow Beauty philosophy, a balance between expansiveness and restriction - a middle way, explores the big ideas of growing young, the spiritualization of beauty, and practicing a renewed feminism, reframing our ideas and ideals about beauty.
— Shel Pink

Love it.

So, for me personally, this also jives with my less is more approach to beauty. And to be honest, I’m trying to apply that philosophy to every aspect of my life. I want less and less as I get older (except handbags - I want all of those). But to stick with the beauty/personal care category, here’s what’s rattling around in my head. First off, “less is more” is right in line with the lazy aspect of my personality. I could never have an intense face of makeup on a daily basis - I just don’t want to do the work AND it’s not the aesthetic I enjoy for myself. I’m also intensely afraid of needles and cannot imagine a time when I’d opt for injections, fillers or cosmetic surgery, so I’ll always choose prevention over intervention. My goal is to age gracefully and naturally, with toxin-free products that make me feel luxurious - it’s a nice bonus that I can make my own.

I also really enjoy rituals, so taking the time to care for my skin is almost a form of therapy, rather than a slap dash removal of dirt and makeup. Oil cleansing, followed by rolling serums into the skin, applying creams with light massage, inhaling beautiful essential oils, and being kind to myself in the form of positive thoughts, rather than tearing myself down for not being thin, poreless and perfect, are all things I strive to accomplish during my morning and evening skincare routines.

I think slowing down makes everything feel a little more intentional, more special. I’m worth slowing down for, and if the process of doing so is inspired by my slow beauty skincare routine, wonderful.

Thoughts about slow beauty? Please share with me!

Behind the Scenes

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I was going to write Behind the SEAnes up there but then thought that might be too cute. Anyway — last weekend I got together with a fantastic photog + two (and a half) models, all willing to help me get a portfolio of profesh FoxSea photos together. I’ll start using the jaw droppingly beautiful images very soon, but in the meantime, here’s a peek behind the scenes of our fun little photo shoot.

Part of the lineup of products, accessories and nautical decor accents. My yellow Gloucesterman in drag made it into quite a few shots - which I LURVE.

I’m beyond thrilled to have worked with these ladies (and that baby gent) to bring a new dimension to FoxSea’s digital presence. I feel lucky to know so many creative ladies who are up for collaboration! Hashtag blessed. #GetFoxSea