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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

Gone FoxSea-ing

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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!

Whew!

Get FoxSea

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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…

Please support my small side hustle by shopping FoxSea skin at The Find, The Trove, Idlehour Boutique and Salon Renew, all small, women owned businesses themselves!

Calm Yourself

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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.

Get FoxSea & Get Glowing!

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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...

 

GO BUY SOME FOXSEA!

FoxSea: Eye Eye, Captain

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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!

Summer Playbook 2018

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My summer playbook this year is quite long, so I'm sharing just three of my summer 2018 goals. I still have a few things to tackle from last year's list (such as my Nan's gazpacho), and I'm still on my quest to make the perfect jalapeño marg. But, while I like to set goals and be organized, I'm also 100% into decelerating with my family each summer, so I'm not going to be too hard on myself if I don't cross all my goals off the list. But the three below? They'll be tackled in no time (like, this week), which will give me a real sense of (false?) accomplishment. I'm okay with that. It's summer, get off my back. 


tomatoes

Harvest my backyard garden. 

I've been snacking on my baby tomatoes, but fresh pesto from my own basil is at the top of my list, since it's so damn hard to find large bundles of basil at the grocery store. 


peaches

Try out new #PeachWeek recipes.

I'm going to start with a few from this list of 25 Savory Peach Recipes from Epicurious.com. I just adore Peach Week.


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New FoxSea Launch

I'm so excited about Eye Eye, Captain, an under eye oil serum that helps keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay! I hope everyone loves it as much as EYE do. #badumching

Glow Your Own Way

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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. 

some faves:

What are you waiting for? Get glowing!

Everything's Coming Up Rosé

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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! 

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!

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.

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.