Friday, March 27


We're retiring the wool socks for the winter and busting out our favorite kind of Spring time foot wear. Clogs, you guys! These classic European clunkers are simple to slip on and exude a very breezy bohemian Jane Birkin vibe, don't you think? Ok, so maybe they're not the most friendly shoe for trekking endless city blocks (and their downright treacherous on uneven ground!) but we love the way they look so effortless with a pair of dark wash denim or a midi skirt. What's your take? To clog or not to clog?

On Claire: BDG Leather Platform Clog (sold out- similar here + here) / On Lauren: Vintage clogs found on Etsy

Wednesday, March 25

Strolby Comes to Chicago!

You know that we're all about shopping small and local. But we'll be the first to admit that online shopping is one of our biggest guilty pleasures! It's just too convenient- strolling through sites from the couch in our pjs- but we hate that online shopping all too often means making purchases from big box stores. The struggle is real, y'all. Enter Strolby, an online shop that has married our love of laziness with shopping small makers and artists. Praise hands emoji!

Brooklyn-based Strolby is the online destination for discovering and shopping the world’s best brick-and-mortar shops. They showcase small shops curating remarkable products in the most creative cities, towns and neighborhoods. Their philosophy is simple and one we can totally get behind: support independent entrepreneurs and give them additional exposure while making it easier for shoppers to discover them.

Strolby works with shops in Brooklyn, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, Marfa, TX, Austin, and now Chicago! With the Chicago Collection launching today, we thought it'd be fun to share our very favorite finds from some of our very favorite shops and makers. Happy online shopping!

Yoko Necklace / Roll-Top Rucksack by Archival / Short Raw Silk Infinity Scarf in Black Speckle by Argaman and Defiance / Black Dagger Cuff by Cities in Dust / Eastwood Fedora with Chinstrap by Yellow 108 / Jagger Pant by Knot Sisters

Vintage 1960's Cheese Board / Marbled Hanging Planter by Leah Ball / Comoda Chair / Disc Chimes by Pigeon Toe / Wild Olive Wood Coffee Scoop / Carved Orb Planter by A Question Of Eagles  

Monday, March 23

State x State

We love to road trip around the US. When we're headed to a new city, we'll spend a ridiculous amount of time in the planning phase - researching where the townies eat, getting recommendations from friends on where to grab a drink, and scouring Instagram for cool boutiques and local makers. Don't get us wrong, we enjoy some good touristy sight seeing, but we really love to get a true sense of what's happening in a community. It's all part of the adventure and travel experience.

Luckily the folks at State x State plan their vacations the same way and have made traveling like a cool kid easy. This online platform helps you discover well-made products, talented designers, and tips for how to travel the 50 states like a local (with great taste). They've connected with makers, artists, and tastemakers from around the country who have weighed in on their favorite spots in their own backyards. State x State's travel and product guides put you in the know on where the locals are enjoying the best craft cocktails or late night tacos and give you the inside scoop on up and coming designers, makers, and artists.

We've been dying to take a trip out to the Pacific Northwest. State x State was kind enough to send us an Oregon Gift Box to give us a little taste of the region.

The goodies found in the Oregon Gift Box: Tumblers by Mazama Wares / Waxed Denim Folding Wallet by The Good Flock / Leather Coasters from Tanner Goods / Chocolate Bars by Woodblock Chocolate / Postcards featuring artwork from Emily Anderson of The Usual

We had such a good time digging through the Oregon Gift Box. All of the products are from Portland makers, because duh, Portland. Reading through the map travel guide got us super excited to start planning our Pacific Northwest vaycay. Now have a jumpstart on all the cool places to eat, drink, shop! You can get your hands on other State Gift Boxes here.

State x State just introduced their Illinois travel guide and they asked us to share our favorite spots in Chicago. Check out where we love to eat, drink, shop, and hang out here

Wednesday, March 18

Hitting the Road with Timberland

Winter is waning and there's some kind of magic energy in the Spring air that has us daydreaming about road trips, travel, and escaping outdoors. Timberland just introduced their Spring collection and it's clear that they have skipping town on the brain as well. With a "Pack Less. Do More." motto, we love that the new line has a get-up-and-go kind of vibe. Cute enough to sport to weekend brunch but rugged enough for a hike in the woods - we feel ready for just about anything in these pieces. You'll definitely find these favorite picks in our suitcases!

Mount Tabor Leather Bomber Jacket / Andover Leather Tote Bag / Winnegance Leather Duffle Bag / Savin Hill 3-Eye Leather Ankle Boots / Sunrise Lake Skinny Fit Railroad Stripe Pant / Savin Hill Double-Buckle Leather Ankle Boots / All items c/o Timberland.

If you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you've probably caught wind that we'll be hanging out at the Chicago Timberland store tomorrow (Thursday, March 19th) for the Spring Collection launch party and to welcome the brand's MarkMakers. Check out the details below and hope to see you there!

Monday, March 16

HOMEMADE // Hydrating Hair Mask

After a long winter, does your hair feel dry and damaged? Instead of using a hydrating treatment full of chemicals, treat your hair to a healthy mask with four simple ingredients found in your kitchen! Using a hydrating hair mask weekly with avocado and banana will strengthen, moisturize, and help fix your damaged hair. This mask is on heavily rotation in our homes - getting our hair ready to look amazing for the sunny warm outdoor weather.

Hydrating Hair Mask

Hydrating Hair Mask
1 tablespoon almond oil
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 avocado
1 banana

Step One // Combine ingredients and mix together till they form a paste like substance.
Step Two // Apply mixture to hair and cover with a shower cap. Let the mask sit on your hair for 15-20 minutes.
Step Three // Finally rinse the mask off in the shower, following with your regular shampoo and condition treatment.

Have you ever used a natural hydrating hair mask? What's your favorite?
Make this homemade hair mask and share it with us by tagging your photos #foxtailmakes.