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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!

In the Drink

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I love a drink (understatement). I rotate favorites around all the time, and am currently really into vodka + soda with lemon again. But since a post about vodka + soda doesn't strike me as being all that interesting, I decided to write about a few of my other current faves (I always have a lot of 'em). 


I had my first Monaco at an outdoor cafe in France, and really loved how wonderfully special it felt (France tends to do that to a girl). The recipe is simply a blend of lemonade and beer + a few dashes of grenadine, but I've had a hard time with the right mix and the exact right beer. I found this recipe on Saveur.com and it's pretty damn close to what I remember (though, I will not be making my own pomegranate syrup. A bottle of Rose's grenadine works for me):

Pour 1 1/2 ounces of grenadine and 2 ounces of lemonade into an ice-filled shaker, shake, then strain into a chilled beer glass. Top with 6 ounces of pale lager, such as Stella Artois. 


Rosé All Day

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I love a glass of rosé on a hot ass day. Sometimes I even put ice chips in the glass (gasp)! I love Dark Horse's rosé but I'm also obsessed with Whispering Angel, White Girl and Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses, which is beautifully packaged, making it a wonderful hostess gift.

I like to pair rosé (and other dry, white wines) with fresh, light salads, fruit and cheese plates, a lobster roll or my husband's chicken salad. Click here for pairing ideas and recipes from Kitchn.


Cheers to Beer!

I don't drink beer very often these days but when I do, I like a light, crisp one. Last year was the summer of Sea Quench by Dogfish Head (I still adore it, and plan to drink it heavily on the beach). This spring, I was introduced to Bubbles Rosé Ale by Rhinegeist, in Cincinnati, Oh. It's "made with apple, peach and cranberry, for additional pink hue, tartness and juicy fruitiness." This crisp and bright cider will be a crowd pleaser at any summer shindig, I promise.


Jalapeño Margs

Ever since my first taste of "tequila drink" in March (one of the signature cocktails featured at One Big Holiday in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic), I've been chasing that refreshing, spicy elixir! My husband and I still can't quite figure out the ingredients so we've been taste testing margaritas every chance we get. #research Pictured at left is The Bedford's version, which was super delicious and extremely close to what we had in the DR. Unfortunately, the Bedford in is Brooklyn. Rather, it's unfortunate that I'm not in Brooklyn...


Whiskey Tango

In the last few years, I've been really warming to whiskey. I learned of Jefferson's Ocean from my cousin and became enchanted with the "aged at sea" story (the sea is indeed magical, friends). I bought our first bottle as a gift for my husband. He liked it at first drop but was a little dismayed that I liked it too. It quickly became our yes, the kids are in bed, time for a nightcap drink this winter (he takes it neat, I take it with a giant sphere of ice). We just re-upped with another bottle and it's just as delightful in the summer months, too


Crush It!

I'm all about the accessories for any category of life, and especially so when said accessories can be personalized! #monogramEVERYTHING I'm a longtime fan of Steele Canvas Basket (we used to be neighbors in Chelsea, Massachusetts) so when I was ordering our household's latest rolling laundry basket, I saw their ice crusher bag with mallet. I knew I had to have it and while we actually haven't used it yet, it looks fab on the bar cart. Sadly, I see they don't currently offer it on their site. But they have plenty of other cool things. Shop 'em!

 

I'd love to hear about your favorite drinks for the season, and any cool cocktail accessories you adore. Drop me a line?

Cheers!

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! 

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!

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!

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!

Tropi-cool!

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My island vibes tend to skew more Nantucket than Maui but every now and then, I like a jaunty palm print or a juicy pineapple accessory. These are my picks for adding a little tropical vibe to Summer.

At Home

At the Beach

On Your Bod


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Bring tropical tastes into the kitchen, while you're at it. These are the recipes I'm most looking forward to trying this season.

* Jala-piña, courtesy of Food & Wine - I like my cocktails with a kick.

* Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Skewers - I'll be nixing that onion, though. #vileweed

* Pineapple Cucumber Salad - Oooh, #FreshEats, indeed!


Get the sun kissed glow of an island girl for face & body.


If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.
— Jimmy Buffett

The Summer Playbook

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As Summer (slowly) creeps up, I'm looking forward to long-treasured rites of passage, as well as a few new ones. I'm planning on taking it as easy as possible this season. My boys are growing up so quickly and I want to savor my time with them. Here's the list of my simple and carefree Summer plans:

* Watch fireworks at least once. Oohs and ahhs mandatory.

* Dance at an outdoor concert in a floaty maxi dress.

* Add to my playlist of Summery songs. #beachvibes

* Take a few road trips and blast said playlist.

* Learn how to make gazpacho. My Nan made a mean one and I need to find her recipe.

* Go for family walks or bike rides after dinner. Even just one lap around the block would be nice.

* Dine al fresco as much as possible. I'm on the hunt for our perfect back yard dining table. We've nailed down our picnic protocol so even if we don't find a table, we'll be happy as clams on a blanket.

* Luxuriate in the crisp waters of the Atlantic Ocean. I cannot wait to get to the Cape.

* Play croquet on our front lawn and grill in our backyard with friends and family.

* Pick blueberries with my boys, just as I did with my grandfather during Massachusetts Summers.

* Master a new seasonal cocktail. I've been "researching" candidates. 

* At long last, watch a movie at a drive-in theater. I know just the spot where I want my first time to take place...

What's on your must-do list this Summer?

 

Five Days in Charleston

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Day One


The Americano

In researching what to do/see/eat while in Charleston, I came across a photo of The Americano - one of the cutest, most vacation-y looking spots one could wish for. So, that was our first stop and our first meal. What the food lacked, the atmosphere (and spicy margarita) more than made up for. What a beauty! If we ever come back to Charleston, I'd swing by The Americano for an Instagram pic and one of those margs. 

Here Comes the Sun

There's nothing like sun + seaside. I could snap pix of beaches, boats, blue skies and palmetto trees all day, everyday. And I kind of did.

The Darling

The Darling, which we were told is a newer resto on the scene, was simply perfect, in food, atmosphere and service! Mr. Fox had his first of many oysters of the trip and his favorite, shrimp & grits. I ordered a crab, avocado and grapefruit parfait (so light and fresh!) and then had the BEST clam chowder on the planet. I know my New England forebears rolled over in their graves when I first made this statement but that doesn't make it any less true.


Day Two


Charleston Wine + Food Luncheon

We were generously gifted tickets to an official Charleston Wine + Food luncheon, which took place in the historic and stunning William Aiken house. What a meal, what a scene, what a treat. Thank you, Robyn!

Folly Island

We went searching for shells and shark teeth, dipped our toes in the crisp water and made friends with a few seagulls. Sublime!


Day Three


Around Town

We quite literally walked 10+ miles, exploring the various neighborhoods, stopping for treats along the way, toward our ultimate destination...

Leon's Fine Poultry & Oysters

Our many cocktails were fab and my fried chicken sandwich was perfect, the flavor heavy with celery salt. Yum! More oysters for Mr. Fox, and hushpuppies, cucumber salads and brussels sprouts for us both. I loved the exposed beams and twinkle lights of the old auto shop, and the charming vintage calendars (from an old auto parts company) lining the bathroom walls. 


Day Four


Butcher & Bee

Butcher & Bee offers a mezze section on all their menus, so you can build your meal from lots of smaller plates. Lurve it - I'm a picnic style eater. My whipped feta and honey came with grilled naan and I ordered a fresh green juice, bacon-wrapped figs and roasted fennel to go with. We sat at the bar, next to a food critic for a magazine (didn't catch which one), and it was interesting to see the culinary team in action, and hear a few comments from the critic (just doing his job). The decor was adorable and I adored the Bright Side hand scrub and soap in the bathroom, crafted especially for the restaurant by local company, Charleston Soap Chef. 

Middleton Place

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While Middleton Place was gorgeous and impressive (loved the blooming Camellias), it was extremely sobering to be on the grounds of a slave plantation (the Middleton family owned roughly 2700 slaves throughout the generations). In fact, I could say that about nearly everywhere we went in the south. To marvel at homes and historic landmarks, built on the backs of slaves, felt quite ugly at times. Such a disgraceful part of our history... 

Expensive Pink Houses

I love a pink house. One day, I'll have my own. Bank on it. 

Rodney Scott's BBQ

Damn! Rodney knows his sh!t. BBQ lovers can choose from Rodney's Sauce or Other Sauce - both are fantastic but Rodney's has a nice big kick to it.

USS Yorktown - Haunted Ghost Tour

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I'm a sucker for military museums AND boats AND ghost stories so this was a no-brainer. No sightings for us, though... 


Day Five


Collective Coffee

Breakfast of toasts and a little bit more exploring before we headed for the airport. 5 days without our Fox boys (+ little Buoy) had us longing for sweet snuggles and the general silliness that comes with two wild, young fellas. 


Of all the pictures I took, this last one is my fav-o-rite. We came to Charleston to celebrate Mr. Fox's birthday, and celebrate him, we did! 

Endless Summer

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I adore Fall and Winter. I never want to live somewhere I don't get to experience all four seasons. Buuuuut, there's nothing like Summer. While I may be currently cozied up in sweaters and boots, waiting on Spring, it's always Summer in my mind. Because the ocean is my happy place, I find my zen when I channel the beach, sand, sun and surf, no matter how low the mercury dips.

* Summery products keep the vibe going year round: Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, Hampton Sun Privet Bloom fragrance (my husband gives this to me every now and then and I LURVE it), BECCA Beach Tint (for a sheer wash of color) and my own line, FoxSea Skin. These instantly whisk me away to the beach.

FoxSea Skin

* My FoxSea Endless Summer playlist on Spotify helps transport me to sunny days. Some are for-real fav-o-rites, others are fun and funny, campy or cheesy, but all equally summery to me. 

* I use an ambient sounds app called Sleep Pillow when I meditate (and when I'm having a hard time falling asleep). There's nothing like the sound of waves, whales and gulls to give me that moment of zen I crave each day.

* My husband knows if he asks me what I want for dinner, on any given day, I'm going to answer, "Summer Salad." He gets so annoyed, yet he keeps asking. Bucking seasonal staples for a bright and citrusy salad has the ability to make me incredibly happy. Grapefruit, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes are the perfect combo, over endive, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and a generous dusting of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper - it's like biting into sunshine. And if I'm really feeling that Summer vibe, a crisp gin and tonic will send me right over the edge of a dune.

Summer Salad

Blast some Beach Boys and pretend it's Summer, all year long. 

Down the Hatch

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My favorite cocktail has always been the classic Gin & Tonic, which my husband renamed the Jen & Tonic. But while gin and I love each other when the night starts out, by the next morning, we're bitter enemies. So, I've recently gone back to one of my fave drinks from my very early twenties. Actually, late teens. Alright, alright... teens. The Cape Cod (or Cape Codder) is simple, crisp and refreshing and the bright color makes it festive year round.

Here's my perfect Cape Cod:

Pour 3 ounces cranberry juice and 2 ounces vodka over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a juicy wedge of lime (or two). 

For a bubbly twist, make it a Rose Kennedy by adding Club Soda (my favorite non-alcoholic bevvy):

Pour equal parts vodka and club soda over ice into a rocks glass, leaving room for a splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

My drink of choice at my husband's company holiday party. 

Pearl earrings and twin-set optional. Cheers!

Chicago Scrapbook, Part 2

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Our family trip to Chicago (two weeks after my fun girls trip) was exactly what we Foxes needed. Lego, our favorite hotel*, fantastic food and drinks - both high and low - and an exhausting but wonderful trip to the Museum of Science and Industry for BDF's 8th birthday. Whew!

*The Drake Hotel is old school in the best way and I absolutely adore it. All trips to Chicago as child included The Drake in some way (an overnight stay in one of their oversized rooms, dinner at The Cape Cod Room, afternoon tea in the Palm Court and so on) and I have so many lovely memories of the iconic hotel. This time, I snapped a pic of the initials of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved into the bar by the famous couple. 

Chicago Scrapbook, Part 1

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I got away for a rare girls trip to Chicago with some fantastic ladies I'm thrilled to call my friends. It was a whirlwind of shopping, fab food and plenty of beverages + a couple of newly minted inside jokes (#pineapple #Moby #MFpesto). We packed it in. xo

The Navy Tattoo

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Last year, my husband and I + a few friends went to see a Black Keys show in Louisville, Kentucky (it rocked, obvi). Before the concert, we dined at MilkWood, a fab restaurant that turns Southern cuisine on its ear. I loved my meal but I fell head over heels for the drink I ordered, the Navy Tattoo. I can't find a recipe online and it's no longer on their menu so I took a stab at re-creating it. Their description (I know because I Instagrammed it, thankfully) simply stated the ingredients: rum, grapefruit and rosemary. After a few trials, I think I've got it down.

The Navy Tattoo

Combine the juice of one large ruby red grapefruit (about 1 cup), 1/2 cup rum and 1 tablespoon rosemary simple syrup (I used this recipe to make mine) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake like cray. Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a little sprig of extra rosemary. 

Cheers!

ps - I inherited these fantastic vintage rocks glasses from my maternal grandparents, Captain & Mrs. Donn Langdon Ashley. I love them (the people and the glasses).