Google+

Navigate with Style

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

style

FoxSea Summah

fun, beauty, styleNavigate with StyleComment

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.

The Mother Lode

styleNavigate with StyleComment

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.

One Woman Army

styleNavigate with StyleComment

Daddy, the Colonel, insisted I ride side-saddle. He said it was the only way for a lady to ride, so graceful. Silly of him. Nobody rides side-saddle now, but it’s the only way I know. Just kidding. Those are lines from Auntie Mame. My father indeed was a Colonel in the Army, however I never called him Daddy and I don’t know how to ride a horse.

What my father did teach me was an appreciation for the armed services. He knew from an early age he wanted to be career military and started his Army development in a youth program when he was 14. Some people are just really compelled to serve. There’s a lot more I could share about his impressive military career, however the point of all this is much more fluffy: I really like camo prints. And olive drab.

I can spend hours (and do) in Army/Navy surplus stores. I have loads of authentic garb and regalia plus many commercial pieces, mostly from J. Crew. I don’t ever need camo to “come back in style” because I just never let it go, trends be damned. And I know I’m not alone. There are always plenty of options from major retailers, designers and brands.

The trick is making camo pieces feel more fresh and interesting than last season, so I’m loving this slightly muted camo print by James Perse. It helps that James Perse and the like make softer versions than the United States Armed Forces, who care not for comfort but durability. This jacket can be worn so many ways (dress it up! dress it down! yada yada yada, you know the drill) and I’m forever a fan of sweats (pants, shirts, you name it).

Then there’s this soft as hell sweatshirt in a color they’re calling Artillery Pigment, which is quite creative, I think. I wonder how many different ways people have tried to make the color Olive Drab sound less D R A B?


I think it goes without saying, though if it did, I wouldn’t feel compelled to SAY IT NOW: One piece of camo goes a looooong way, so do not ever wear more than one camo print ANYTHING at one time. I know they say there are no rules in fashion, but I’d argue that point on the subject of camo alone. It’s important to also shy away from trying to look too authentic in store bought military gear. Stolen valor is really insulting, and wearing camo looks more like a costume when overdone. Aaaaand one more point: My father always felt the need to approve the patches and pins I’d randomly pick out from surplus stores, because he said something could be offensive in its use or placement. If you don’t have a member of the military to consult, the best thing to do is talk with the staff at the surplus store for guidance before making a purchase of pins, patches and other embellishments.


There’s this song that I love (and love to sing), that perfectly captures for me what motherhood feels like.

Never knew what I was signing up for
Knew it was hard but not this hardcore
Never gonna stop, never gonna give up on you
No matter what I do

Wanna give you everything I never had
Love you and teach you good from bad
Never gonna stop, never gonna give up on you
No matter what I do

What I do, I do for you the best I can
Build a life for you with my own two hands
Never gonna stop, never gonna give up on you
No matter what I do

Here I am baby, I’m your one woman army
I’d fight for you, I’ll die, I’ll be your protector
Here I am baby, I’m your one woman army
No matter what may come, I won’t surrender
— Kate Earl

Sometimes parenting is like going into battle. Good thing I have so many olive drab coats.

Dig Yourself

fun, styleNavigate with StyleComment

Authentic is a word that’s thrown around a lot, and for good reason. As I age, I understand its meaning, and its weight, more and more. It’s said there are no original ideas, and since we’re all influenced by many factors on the daily, sometimes it’s hard to know if yours is truly yours.

I believe while one singular idea may not be original, the way that idea is applied, married with other ideas, carried out by a single person, can transform it into an original. I’m not the first person who loves nautical style, as well as mermaids, rainbows, narwhals and unicorns, has a large (and growing) adidas collection, embraces a bold lip color, loves pink, always wears sunglasses and invests in handbags and lucite costume jewelry, but perhaps the way I blend all those things makes the mix uniquely me.

I’m not a fan of straight up copying - at all. I don’t like it when someone blatantly bites my style, and I go to great lengths not to bite anyone else’s. I’ve returned unworn/unused items when I see them elsewhere in my circles or too many times around town. There are, of course, exceptions, but those pieces are in the minority.

I’m particularly annoyed by the cookie-cutter vibes happening among style bloggers on Instagram. I am not a style blogger, but I follow a ton of them, and am now unfollowing them, one by one. I’m bored by the same shots over and over - it’s not inspiring or interesting. Now, I am guilty of some of these things, too. I recently posted a doormat pic, complete with pumpkins! How basic. Please shout at me if this becomes the norm. But more and more, I want to see unique people, dressed uniquely, doing unique things, making unique things, in unique places. I want to see a unique point of view, and something a bit more real. I’m bored with the fashion blogger template of Louis Vuitton bag + coffee combo. It’s played. Don’t even get me started on the smokey eye and full face of makeup all day, erryday. The Kim K standard of beauty is so distasteful to me. But I think I’m getting off track here…

I’m a long time Bob Dylan fan, and bought his children’s book, Forever Young, for my firstborn as soon as it came out. We read it a lot back then, but after a few years without cracking the spine, it’s back in our regular rotation. The book takes Dylan’s legendary lyrics and couples them with charming illustrations that encourage kids to know themselves, love themselves and to be courageous and strong in the face of adversity. Good lessons. That Bob Dylan is pretty wise - I think he’s going places.

One of my favorite messages from Dylan, shown on one of the many placards in his iconic video for Subterranean Homesick Blues, and included in the charming illustrations by Paul Rogers for Forever Young, is Dig Yourself. Yes, indeed. Revel in what makes you you. Love you. Be you. I am uniquely me. You are uniquely you. Let’s keep it that way.

DIG YOURSELF.

Top Brass

styleNavigate with StyleComment

Brass accents (brassents? braccents?) are nothing new, of course, but the thoroughly design-y pieces on offer at the moment are trés chic and modern, instead of 80's cheesy, which is how I used to think of brass (remember those awful, cheap, bright brass chandeliers that were everywhere way back when? Ugh).

I love the warmth brass adds to a room, and it's looks spectacular contrasted with cool greys, which is what we Foxes always paint our walls (favorite combo = grey walls + brass accents + tons of houseplants). Go small with a decorative object displayed with books or a slim floor lamp next to a reading chair, or go big with a hammered brass drum coffee table and corresponding side tables in the living room. Even better, go really big and put it all in one room.  

 

Shop these badass brass picks (and way more) at everyone's fav-o-rite store, Target!

New Classics

styleNavigate with StyleComment

When discussing style, much emphasis is put on the classics, and for good reason. These commonly revered classics never go out of style, can always be relied on to look polished and elegant. They're a safe bet.

The problem with classics, is that sometimes they get boring. Or we get bored with them. The best way to combat that is to freshen up your classics, both old and new. Revive well-loved pieces with new lining, new buttons, an updated hem, yada yada yada. Replacing classics, when necessary, means you can replace them with pieces that feature updated details. They're still classics, but with a twist. Everything is better with a twist, in my opinion.

If these classics aren't your classics, that's cool. Not everyone is a blazer person, you know? My own blazer game is in need of an update, what with my large cans. I like to wear open front blazers and jackets, preferably without even the option of buttons because they always pull and make me look sloppy. 

I have also had one helluva time finding the perfect camel coat for my body, as evidenced by the 4 unworn, unloved coats hanging in my hall coat closet that probably should just be donated already... So perhaps I'm not a camel coat person. TBD.

I've rounded up a few classics with a twist, courtesy of Boden.

@ me with your favorite classics, twist or no twist, on Twitter. And if you’re busty like me and have any blazer recs, hit. me. up. with your suggestions or complaints. #miserylovescompany

Summer Dressing

style, beautyNavigate with StyleComment

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!

Suit Yourself

styleNavigate with StyleComment

A striped one-piece suit is always a good idea. Even if one has a bikini bod, a good one-piece is indispensable for more active days at the beach and water-based family get togethers (solid coverage and security is key in certain crowds).

Side note: I have nothing but love for anyone who chooses to wear a bikini in any scenario - you do you. Personally, after 20 years (cringe) of barely working out + two babies, you'd have to pay me a million dollars to walk onto the beach in a two piece. But perhaps that won't always be the case. Perhaps when I'm 50, I'll do it for free. But I want to make it clear that no matter your body or age, if you want to wear a two-piece, go for it!

99.9% of my beach apparel and accessories are nautically inspired, so when I think swimsuit, I think stripes, I think navy + white + red (or any combo thereof). These modern takes on a classic nautical look will work this summer and beyond, and each has a little detail or two that make them stand out from a sea of boring basics. 

With a Twist

beauty, styleNavigate with StyleComment

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.

Seaworthy

fun, styleNavigate with StyleComment

I'm forever upset I no longer live next to the ocean, so I'm constantly searching for ways to make it easy for me to pretend I still do. I've rounded up the cutest, nautically-themed goods from everyone's fav-o-rite store, Target, to help you do the same.

Nautical Candle Lantern | Nautical Flags Sheet Set | Seagrass BenchBlue Mirage Geo Throw Pillows 

One word of caution: Don't go too theme-y, or your home may end up looking like the inside of a Red Lobster. Unless you're into that sort of look... then you do you. 

Everything's Coming Up Rosé

beauty, fun, styleNavigate with StyleComment

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! 

Rosé All Day (and Night)!

fun, beauty, styleNavigate with StyleComment

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!

I'm Blushing

fun, style, beautyNavigate with StyleComment

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.

Soak Up the Sun

fun, beauty, styleNavigate with StyleComment

I enjoy the cold and snow - I grew up in a skating rink, after all. But as winter recedes and the darling buds of spring start to pop up through the ground, I'm excited to welcome warmer temps and sunnier skies. My fantastic husband and I turn 40 this year and to celebrate we're headed way south for some much needed beach time at My Morning Jacket’s music festival, One Big Holiday in the Dominican Republic.

My parched winter skin and hair are craving a healthy dose of humidity and my toes are ready to  hit the sand. We've been planning this trip for months and I started packing a few weeks ago (!!!), because I really love that process. Here are some of the essentials I've packed for our holiday in the sun:

  • Tons of sunscreen options. I’m waaay into anything and everything from SuperGoop. Also, a sun visor and a beach hat, because options.

  • Minimal makeup, with an emphasis on lipstick, and plenty of FoxSea, both for using and for photographing. #alwaysbepromoting

  • All my favorite beach caftans (many double as dresses) + two J.Crew bathing suits, which I will live in.

  • I’m keeping my jewelry fun, bright and inexpensive and packing three pairs of sunnies - again options.

  • Slides are my go-to, almost year round, so a pair of cute pink adidas slides will work for beach, pool and beyond. I’ll travel in my fav-o-rite sneaks of the moment, my pink Inikis.

  • And everything goes into my new Patagonia Black Hole duffle, which is comfy on my back and fits into the overhead compartment. I’m a solid member of the no checked baggage club.

Bon voyage!

Miel Moment

fun, beauty, styleNavigate with StyleComment

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