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.
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.
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…
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!
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
I’ve been a busy maker over here these last few weeks…
I started playing around with some looks for an event promo, and really enjoyed the freshness of the crisp and bold color. Perhaps I’ll take it further and do a bit of a makeover one of these days.
With a larger than normal slate of orders and upcoming events, I needed to produce bigger batches of product. My husband is such a gem, and he helped me tackle the labeling - which is not fun.
I’ve been lacking a little in the swag department, so I whipped up some new pins (#SaltyLady) and made some business card samples, so I could share Universal Oil with potential new fans. Fingers crossed…
My Herbal Lip Balm is back, because it’s that chapped lip time of year everyone loves so much. It always surprises me how much people ask for this product, which I initially started offering as a promotional item.
I was asked to create something for a local company’s holiday client appreciation gifts, so I bottled Universal Oil in a small rollerball for the first time then decided to add it to my regular stock offerings! #FoxSeaOnTheGo
I love a good bath, as does my smallest human. I really dig the ritual of a nice bath, so I teamed up with a local candle maker to help me create the first ever FoxSea bath candle. This first batch isn’t exactly what I want (not a reflection of my candle partner, but my own issues) but it’s got tons of potential! Stay tuned…
This summer I decelerated, both with FoxSea ish + my freelance writing, which is the great part about being freelance. However, it took me a bit to get back up to speed and I’m not sure I can sustain another deceleration. This busy last quarter of 2018 has reenergized me and I’m excited to keep up the pace!
I know I’m always going on and on about using clean skincare, and I do so because there are so many compelling reasons why it’s important. I believe simple, clean, minimal skincare is best, and if you can incorporate freshly made products into your routine, even better! Reading labels is key to knowing what you’re absorbing through your skin as well as ingesting from your packaged foods. I’m getting in your face today about discontinuing the use of palm oil.
Currently, it’s used in so many consumer products, and its popularity is killing the orangutans. Palm oil is found in approximately half of the products found in grocery stores, like frozen foods and margarine as well as personal care products like soaps, candles, cosmetics and household cleaners. And it’s not always easy to see it written on the label, because there are so many alternative names for the ingredient:
Read more about the issue from the experts, because I’m definitely not one of them:
Simple and clean living is great for you AND the sweet orangutans, who don’t have a voice in this fight or their future. It will take even more effort in reading labels, and we’re bound to slip up here and there, but if palm oil products start becoming less popular, an alternative will be found. Money talks, as we all know too well.
I hate asking people for money, but I really want you to #GetFoxSea.
FoxSea Skin is natural, organic beauty products that are effective and luxurious. I make each batch right before delivering it to stores, meaning the ingredients are fresh. For now, FoxSea is has a small, tight radius in Northeast Indiana. Would I like to widen that radius? You betcha. For now, FoxSea products can be purchased at a handful of boutiques, who also ship, by the way…
There are plenty of things that rile me up these days. When I literally can’t even, I have a few resources I rely on, so I’m sharing here just in case you need them too.
I used to call The Calm Center Hotline, which tickled me because it actually existed, but it’s no longer a thing, sadly.
I’m obsessed with my Sleep Pillow app and use it to create a soothing environment at bedtime as well as when I’m feeling the need throughout the day.
There’s almost nothing as soothing as a lovely cup of tea. Even better is using all the best accoutrements possible to really get lost in the ritual of the whole experience, which is something I really love. I have two favorite teas, one of which is widely available, including here.
If I really need to zone out, I game. I love putting pencil to paper and playing a few games of sudoku (if I’m really feeling anxious, I stick to the easy level). I also love to play Tetris on my old school Game Boy, spider solitaire on my iPhone or Luxor 2 on our XBox360.
And, at the risk of being too sales-y, I often rely on an awesome bath to soothe my mind, body and soul. This is another activity where I really dig the ritual, which is one of the reasons why I make bath and body products (ahem, #GetFoxSea). A candle, ambient sounds from the Sleep Pillow app, a cushy bath pillow and a big ass mound of FoxSea Sea Soak calms me right down.
Wishing you peace of mind, mates.
I'm a pretty terrible salesperson but I do wholeheartedly believe in the products I make. Behold a sales pitch below, with product recs from other skincare lines, because including them makes me feel better about tooting my own horn so blatantly.
Transitional weather is here, which means it's time to make some tweaks to your skincare regime. Keep that summer glow going with the right mix of healthy beauty oils.
* As the temps start to dip (they'll dip eventually, right?), switch from gel or foaming cleansers to a cream or oil variety. FoxSea Universal Oil can be used as a cleansing oil, or try Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil, which gently removes the dirt and makeup of the day without stripping skin bare.
* The eye area is among the most delicate, and wacky weather can parch the area quickly. An oil serum can do a deep dive to help combat the fine lines and wrinkles that can age a face in a snap. Eye Eye, Captain is my personal fave, but Little Barn Apothecary makes an excellent version, available here.
* A nighttime facial oil is a must for waking up with glowing skin, and is the perfect last layer in an evening regime, because it helps to seal in what was applied before. FoxSea Eternal Oil is an ultra nourishing option, thanks to a super group, if you will, of natural oils known for soothing and moisturizing.
Okay, that wasn't so bad, I guess...
I felt I could go two ways with this post. The title came first, sometime in July, so I noodled on whether or not I wanted to write about salad dressing (a favorite topic) or summer appropriate clothes. But now I've decided I don't want to write about either. I want to write about fall style...
The issue with summer dressing is that everything is so breezy, spare, light, which I do love. But there comes a point every summer when I'm tired of all the exposed skin and the casual feel of summer weight styles. Tanks tops, shorts, beach dresses, caftans + basket bags and sandals become a little...meh, while the sweaters and booties of autumn feel so...substantial.
The problem is there's no clear indication of when the cooler temps will arrive and stay. Just because Memorial Day passes, doesn't mean the weather cooperates. The calendar and weather don't always play well together. <-- that's catchy. Did I make that up? I feel like I did.
So, it's time to get resourceful with the lightweight items that are now boring by blending in some exciting fall pieces to get through the seasonal transition. Here's how I'm doing it this time around the sun.
* Accessories are usually where I focus first. I'm still in love with my Clare V ballet perforated attaché but it does feel very spring-summer with its pink and yellow tassel + light striped strap (that feels very early 80's tennis club to me, which I love). Until I'm ready to move into my fall handbag (a very dreamy suede number) I'm subbing in a navy leather tassel and navy/red crossbody strap that will give the pink hue a bit more heft.
* No matter the season, I dress in pretty neutral textures, patterns and tones and rely on accessories, especially jewelry, to take any ensemble further. The bright, colorful bracelet stacks and flirty earrings get toned down a smidge for more classic, timeless pieces that feel too formal in the summer months.
* I love a good sweater-shorts combo. It feels so cozy and reminds me of the cool nights that follow sunny days on Cape Cod. I update my denim shorts by switching out t shirts and sandals with light sweaters and booties. And by now, after months of sandals, slides and flips, my feet are in need of a major rejuvenating pedicure, so I appreciate being able to cover them up.
* My breezy, floaty dresses still get worn (both because I do love them + they're the perfect thing to pop on during the lingering humid days that make me sweat like a hockey player), but I accessorize them differently. The straw panama hats get benched so the floppy felt hats can get in on the action. And again, booties instead of sandals give me that dose of autumn I want while still letting me be comfy in the heat.
* The lightweight, sleeveless shirts I wore all summer with shorts now get pared with denim and ballet flats. Instead of toting around a summer weight scarf/wrap for chilly air conditioned spaces, I hang a light military inspired jacket over my shoulders.
* I switch up my lipstick colors + nail polishes to reflect my autumn craving mood, which is literally the easiest way to bring a fall vibe while it's still blazing hot. Bright or frosty pinks and purples (and other pastels) make way for nude and red pouts and black, dark ruby or chocolate brown nails. Texture matters here, too. By Memorial Day's end, I'm usually over shiny lip glosses and want more matte finishes for my lipstick. And my beach proof glitter toenail polish can't be chiseled off fast enough. All this said, I often embrace "counter programming" when it comes to nail and lip colors. I like the unexpectedness of black nails in the heat of summer and a bright pink pucker in the dead of winter. Though now you might be expecting me to do that. Which kind of ruins this practice for me. Should I leave these sentences in? Might as well... Who cares, right? Is anyone reading this? Is this thing on? Hahahahahaha. I'm fine. Everything's fine.
Happy Memorial Day and cheers to all the fall sweaters patiently waiting to be worn!
I'm so excited to announce FoxSea Skin's latest launch: Eye Eye, Captain! Formulated with a blend of healthy, natural oils, this serum helps keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. While it's suitable for morning and evening, play around with how much you apply, and how long you let it sink it, prior to applying makeup. I spend many of my days makeup free, and drenched in FoxSea oils, so I have zero issues applying it in the morning. I also dab a little into my brows and on the tips of my lashes, since the castor oil in the formula can encourage hair growth (I over waxed my brows in the 90's). As always, when dealing with the eye area, be gentle, don't tug and take care not to get the product in your eyes. #safetyfirst
I haven't launched a new product in a while so I wanted Eye Eye, Captain to get a little fanfare before hitting the shelves. I threw a teeny private party to help fete the slim vial of skincare gold, and it was so lovely to get the product into the hands of other creative women I admire. Owning a small business that focuses on small batch, handmade goods is no joke, and support from the maker community (both local and at large) means so much to me.
Take a peek through the evening and then order what's sure to be your next beauty crush (fingers and toes crossed) online from The FIND!
Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate Eye Eye, Captain.
You float my boat!
I am obsessed with lemons. I've been eating them raw, much to my dentist's dismay, since childhood. From beauty products, home accessories and jaunty ensembles, and so many recipes, the mighty lemon makes everything brighter (treats scurvy, too). Here's how I'm getting zesty this summer.
Natural beauty oils are the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. I assume most people are already well aware and are using beauty oils, but just in case...
Nothing adds a youthful lustre to skin quite like a quality beauty oil. Pure plant based oils can be great for all skin types, including oily (nothing cuts oil like oil). From tackling fine lines and wrinkles, and soothing environmental effects to adding a healthy sheen to skin morning and night, the right beauty oil is hands down the MVP of any skincare squad.
If you haven't been using a quality beauty oil, for crying out loud, right the wrong by jumping on the bandwagon straight away. Obviously, I'm a fan of my FoxSea Skin oils, but there are so many fab options on the market, and at every price point.
FoxSea Skin options include the best selling Universal Oil, which now also comes in gold and rose gold shimmer varieties for extra pizzazz, as well as Eternal Facial Oil, a soothing balm (especially great in colder months) and will soon include Eye Eye, Captain - the yet to be launched under eye serum. FoxSea's distribution is small, for sure, but I hope to get a digital store opened sometime this year. #goals
When shopping for yours, be sure to select a pure, truly natural product, eschewing those with cheap additives and fillers, unnecessary chemicals and the like.
What are you waiting for? Get glowing!
FoxSea was invited to be part of a lovely rosé themed event at The FIND, along with a few other fab collaborators.
Photanical brought the gorgeous roses and greenery, setting up an instant photo booth so friends could leave with a sparkly framed photo of themselves. Eden & Ruth are incredibly talented, creative and beautiful souls and if they're involved in an event, you know it's going to be great.
Cap'n Cork provided us all with tastings of rosé, aka #SummerWater. My favorite of the four they presented was Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses, which is also elegantly packaged in a rose shaped bottle, and with a glass cork.
Cassie Beer, of Rosalind & The Way, sang her beautiful songs, treating us all to an acoustic set and giving the party an extra special vibe.
The FIND team really knows how to throw a party, and the hors d'oeuvres were tasty and perfectly pink. They gave each attendee an adorable keychain and take home glass flute. I adore The FIND and their sister store The Trove. *I'm involved professionally with both stores but I'd happily shop and attend all their events even if I wasn't. Just want to be clear here.
For my part, I set up a FoxSea Skin Herbal Facial Steam Bar, where guests could choose from 8 organic dried herbs, mixing them into their own custom blend for at home facial steams. I provided pink pens and rose stickers so they could name and decorate their bags. I also featured my Rose Gold Gilded Universal Oil and made a limited edition Rose Facial Mist just for the occasion. I just might add the mist to the regular lineup...
Take a spin through the party below, and enjoy all the beautiful images taken by the wonderful Grace Harman.
I love these last two pictures of my hands, and here's why: Right before leaving for the event, I remembered this rose ring my sister made for me AGES ago - like 10 or so years! She made it out of light pink paper adorned with little gold dots. I don't think I'd actually worn it before; I guess I'd been waiting for this precise event. It was perfect. #shescrafty
Finally, this last picture made me giggle. I like a drink - and I had my fare share of rosé (probably more than) during the party. Clearly, I didn't let my glass get too far away from me at any point in the evening. I never do.
Thank you to the splendid collaborators and all the rosé lovers who attended!
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!