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



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

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

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

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

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

Make Waves

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You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.
— Alysha Speer

Beach Babe

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No words can express,
The depth of her contentment,
As she walks along the beach.

As the waves lap against the shores,
They create the rhythm of her life.

Balmy breeze kiss,
Her sun-bronzed skin,
And she wonders...

Could there ever be a greater destiny,
Than to be born with a love,
For the treasures of the sea?

Here, she is home.
— Suzy Toronto

Beach Walk

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Come walk with me, take off your shoes, let’s walk the beach with only the moon to light the path and waves to hear you tell me you love me. Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night? So the sun will wake and kiss the beach.
— J. Henson

B-ACK on the Island

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My husband and I worked for two college summers on Nantucket Island. During our #CapeSoHard adventure this year, we took a day trip to ACK to visit our old haunts and create new memories, ones that include our two precious boys (and a little FoxSea).

From lunch at our favorite sub shop (where I worked those two glorious summers) to plenty of shopping and a private cruise around the harbor, we packed it in. And one of us got a little snooze on the shuttle formerly known as the NRTA.

Nantucket is a breath of fresh air. Insanely gorgeous, hydrangea-scented, expensive-ass air.

Coast to Coast

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Photo courtesy of Nikola Karagule. 

Photo courtesy of Nikola Karagule. 

Come to the beach
Where the sea is blue
And little white waves
Come running at you.

A wave comes splashing
Over your toes.
You just stand still
And away it goes.

We’ll build a castle
Down by the sea
And look for shells
If you’ll come with me.
— Anonymous

Introducing: FoxSea Skin

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I've been making my own skincare for ages. I was a beauty product junkie almost from birth but grew up in a house completely devoid of what I craved. I whipped up terrible concoctions from random ingredients found in the medicine cabinet and kitchen pantry back then. I shudder just thinking of some of those mixtures...

Over the years, I've studied, created, tested and tweaked hundreds of DIY beauty recipes. A little over a year ago, I shared some of these with friends and family then decided to give it a whirl and package them for sale. Thus, FoxSea Skin came to be.

FoxSea Skin is a teeny company of one (ME!) with 5 (my fav-o-rite number) signature products for healthy, glowing skin, completely free of toxins, artificial colors and fragrances. My goal is to make products that are effective and safe and make your mind and body feel as free and clean as a dip in the crisp waters of the Atlantic Ocean makes me feel. I make and package each batch right before they hit the shelves to ensure the freshest products possible. As I type, FoxSea Skin is in two phenomenal stores in my Midwestern city, with a third coming soon. Also coming soon will be a few new products. Growing already!

While FoxSea Skin is technically just me, I haven't done all this alone. I must thank my fab husband for encouraging me, applying labels to the packaging and handling all the boring math involved. I must also thank my pal, Heather, for helping me figure some sh!t out every step of the way. She's responsible for my kick @ss logos for Navigate with Style and FoxSea Skin and has done so much more as I've struggled to launch this little brand.

On November 13th, FoxSea Skin products lined some shelves of Idlehour Boutique, which opened for its first day of business that same day. I'm beyond grateful for being able to launch my brand along with this uber chic store. While this adventure is just really beginning and I have no doubt SO! MUCH! to learn still, I'm super proud of the initial launch, however soft it may have been. Please stay tuned for product updates, skincare tips and tricks and eventually, an honest to goodness website for FoxSea Skin. In the meantime, please sign up for the Navigate with Style newsletter (I won't bother you often, I swear!), LIKE FoxSeaSkin on Facebook and follow @FoxSeaSkin on Instagram and Twitter.

Dreaming of the sea...