Tuesday, May 26

LIFE / STYLE: Long Weekend Love


What did you do this holiday weekend? We spent our Memorial Day weekend soaking up some sun, grilling with friends, and wandering around the neighborhood (Sunday kicked off our favorite outdoor farmers market!) Later this month, we'll be sharing some of our local favorite spots across the city, neighborhood by neighborhood. What are your favorite places to eat, shop, and grab a cocktail or cup of coffee? Which spots do you hope to see us feature? Do tell!




On Claire:  Tusk Ring / Tusk Cuff   //   On Lauren:  Duster: Top Knot GoodsSignet Trophy Ring

Friday, May 22

Astrology Stitch Poster: Gemini


Gemini you're up! Your independent, clever, impulsive, energetic, and witty character makes you one of our favorite astrological signs. Learn more about Gemini and download the Astrology Stitch Poster below.


Gemini
May 21 - June 20

Element: Air
Ruling Planet: Mercury, which rules communication and travel
Written Symbol: The Twins
Lucky Day: Wednesday
Lucky Numbers: 5 and 9
Birthstone: Agate - protects from deception, falsehood, and bestows eloquence
Color: Yellow

"Gemini people do not sit back and watch the scenery go by. As a Gemini, are you endlessly curious about everything and must be part of it all.

Duality is your most famous trait. You usually want more than one of everything. That includes jobs, hobbies, careers, and lovers. Basically your nature is restless, on the go, in quest of new ideas, and fresh experiences. Things get very dull for you unless you have a constant change of scenery. Variety is your game. As a result, you often leave a trail of unfinished tasks. Your tendency is to fritter away energy on too many projects instead of concentrating your cleverness on one task."
- From The One Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woodfolk


Gemini Astrology Stitch Poster //
Download our Gemini print - white or black.

Print on heavy card stock to prevent bending or creasing. Take your favorite color embroidery thread and back stitch along the dashed line between the stars (making sure to go under the stars with your thread). It's that simple!
Check out our other free downloadable Astrology Stitch Posters here. And share your astrology stitch cards with us by tagging your photos #foxtailmakes.

PS. Make sure you check in with us on Instagram today. There's an extra special exclusive giveaway going on and you don't want to miss out! 

Wednesday, May 20

Summer in the City


Summer is finally starting to settle over the city. And after embracing our inner homebodies all winter long, we're more than excited to get out, explore, and soak up all Chicago has to offer in these precious few warm months. We can't wait for movies in the park, plenty of outdoor concerts, street festivals, backyard bar-b-ques, brunch al fresco, bike rides all over town, sunny days spent at the beach, and hot nights gathered around a bonfire. What are you most looking forward to this Summer?

The other day we found ourselves in the West Loop grabbing coffee at the Allis with a favorite new friend. (By the way, if you haven't been to the Allis...go. Like, right now! The space is taking coffee dates to a whole new level.) It's not a neighborhood we spend a ton of time in, so we decided to do some wandering. Besides, like, a million amazing restaurants popping up everywhere (Grange Hall, Little Goat Diner, Au Cheval, to name a few) the West Loop is the former (and in some spots still current) home to the city's meat packing district, giving the neighborhood a very cool industrial vibe. There is so much street art and so many colorful murals plastering the walls of old factories and warehouse. It's such a vibrant place!


On Lauren / Sunglasses: Laced With Romance / Necklace: Vanessa Mooney / Dress: Forever 21 (similar here) / Boots: Vintage / Boot Strap: Bird Trouble 
On Claire / Hat: Urban Outfitters / Necklace: Another Feather / Blouse: Vintage / Jeans + Belt: Levi's / Flats: Target

PS. Make sure you check in with us on Facebook today. There's an extra special exclusive giveaway going on and you don't want to miss out!

Monday, May 18

Attalie Dexter Home + Accessories


It's been almost a year since we first featured local Chicago maker, Attalie Dexter of Shades of Grey, in our Behind The Brand Series. This past year has been such a busy and exciting one for Attalie as she's grown her line of one-of-a-kind jewelry and added a collection of home accessories that we absolutely adore. Recently Attalie worked with designer Kati Forner to create a whole new look for her brand and this month she's relaunching under a new name. With an ever changing collection of jewelry, a variety of unique wall hangings, and an expansion of more home accessories in the near future, we'd like to (re)introduce you to Attalie Dexter Home + Accessories!



To celebrate the relaunch, Attalie is giving away a Mixed Media Mobile to one lucky F+M reader!

Here's how to enter to win:
Step One // Follow Attalie Dexter Home + Accessories on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Step Two // Visit Attalie Dexter's new website
Step Three // Leave a comment below (include your email address please!) telling us which piece from her current collection is your favorite.
Step Four // Cross your fingers. Winner will be contacted on Monday, May 25th. Good luck!

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Along with the wall hanging giveaway, Attalie is sharing an exclusive gift with purchase for all you F+M readers. Purchase any item on Attalie Dexter Home + Accessories and receive a FREE pair of crescent moon earrings. Just mention Foxtail + Moss in your order comments. It's that simple! Promotion valid thru Monday, May 25.


Make sure you stay tuned and follow FOXTAIL + MOSS on Facebook and Instagram. We have more surprises for you later in the week!

Friday, May 15

AFTER // Lauren's Bedroom Makeover



Last month I started the process of giving my bedroom a makeover. It was high time for a couple of updates and a little freshening up. Today, I'm super excited to share 'After' photos of the space. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint and changing a few small details can do!

The first thing we did was pull everything out of the room and repaint all the walls. From the looks of things, it had been years since those walls had received a fresh coat, certainly far before we moved in to the apartment. I decided on a slightly warm off-white because I just love white walls. They make a room look so fresh and clean. After much back and forth with the husband, we chose a deep charcoal as an accent wall for behind our bed. For a while now, I've been itching to paint a wall or two black. It took a little convincing on Matt's part, but we both absolutely adore how dramatic this dark dark charcoal turned out!


I love the vintage map that hung over our bed before but I was really ready for something a bit less bulky and way more organic looking. Inspired by a few of my favorite textile artists, I put together this wall hanging in just an afternoon. I love how the copper accents and textures pop against the dark wall. (PS- keep your eyes peeled for a DIY coming to the blog soon!) Because the dark wall and busy wall hanging are so eye catching, I decided to keep it simple with our bedding, plain white linens and a bright pink kilim pillow for an extra punch.




Our dresser is an Ikea hack that I copied directly from here. I love the gold accents and wanted to incorporate more gold and copper in to our bedroom, so I about died when I stumbled across a little vintage gold trunk. Not only is the perfect size for a bed side table, but the added storage is a life saver in our teeny tiny room. I think my favorite element in the room is the Norman Leigh mirror hanging above the dresser. It was my "big splurge" for the makeover but, I mean, how could I not get it!?

FOXTAIL + MOSS

I'm so happy with the way things are looking in our new bedroom. The space feels calmer and more intentional, a bit more luxe and grown up. But just like the rest of our apartment, the space is a constant work in progress. Next up is finding a little rug to go between the bed and dresser to make the room that much more cozy. Any suggestions? What do you think of the makeover? I'd love to hear from you! And don't forget to check out the source list for the room below. Xx. Lauren



Sources: Wall Hanging: DIY / Triangle Mirror: Norman Leigh Design from Humboldt House / 'You, Yes You' Print: People I've Loved from Have Company / Laundry Basket: Nate Berkus for Target / Gold Chest Nightstand: Vintage / Hanging Copper Light: West Elm (cut glass bulb from CB2) / Kilim Pillow: Lost Girls Vintage / Wall Color: Crisp White Linen and Deep Onyx by Glidden