Blogger Profile: Lauren Wendt of Foxtail and Moss
How did you start Foxtail + Moss?
Basically it was born out of craft nights with my friend, [and the other half of Foxtail + Moss] Claire Snarski. We would get together and drink a bottle of wine and make stuff- mostly DIY and decor projects for our homes. We would get positive responses from people- they would be like ‘You made that? Teach me how!’ At the time, we were both really inspired by DIY bloggers like A Beautiful Mess, The Merrythought, and Almost Makes Perfect- and we thought, those ladies are doing it, so why can’t we? I had been keeping a personal blog for a couple of years at that point, but I posted really infrequently and it was mostly just an outlet for my photography and creative writing hobbies- I think I had like two followers, my mom and my husband. So when Claire suggested we collaborate on a blog, I saw it as a way to truly hold myself accountable to being creative regularly.
We started blogging without a real sense of purpose or a clear idea of where it would take us. Eventually we fell into hosting gatherings and workshops- sometimes taught by ourselves and sometimes taught by local artists or makers. We share this love of bringing people together, throwing parties, hosting dinner parties. It seemed like the next logical step. Claire has since stepped away from Foxtail + Moss to pursue other things and the gatherings and workshops have become more of a focus for me. I love that sense of building a community around creativity.
What’s your background?
I’m all over the place. I went to college for a while and first majored in creative writing, then I switched to fine arts, then I studied photography, and dabbled in film. Then I just dropped out altogether! I knew I wanted to pursue something in a creative field but I also knew I didn’t want to be a starving artist and that led to me going to beauty school. I’ve been doing hair for 12 years now but I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
What inspires your work?
Community, most of all. I’m inspired by other people and what they’re creating- that back and forth energy when collaborating with other creatives.
What brought you to Chicago?
Getting the hell out of Michigan! I had been living there for 6 or 7 years and I was in my early 20s and just ready for something bigger and more exciting. I had a lot of friends who were living out here and I visited the city and it just instantly felt like home.
If you weren’t here, where would you be?
Living on a goat farm in the hills of Tennessee. The city has been good to me but I’m ready for something with a slower pace to it.
How do you spend your free time/how do you take time for yourself?
Being nine months pregnant, I’m all about self care these days! Lately, I spend my free time at home listening to records, hanging out with my husband and our dog, and taking a lot of baths. I’m learning to embrace down time while I still can.
Why do you thinks it’s important for creative women to come together and collaborate?
Growing up there is so much jealousy and competition between little girls- it’s awful and I think it’s something we’re taught. As you get older you start to shed those insecurities- you begin to embrace other women and their creative endeavors and you actually want to uplift them. You’re inspired by them and in turn inspire them. It’s really cool.
What is your advice for young creatives?
Just go for it! And don’t be afraid to fall on your face. Because you will. But if you put yourself out there and put out the right energy, things will happen exactly as they’re meant to.
How would you describe your style/aesthetic?
Very minimalist meets overly boho. Like really tacky 70s meets very Scandinavian.
I just recently embraced the fact that I’m a morning person. I always rejected that for some reason- I think I thought it sounded cooler to be a night owl! I wake up early (around 7am) and pull a tarot card every morning. Then I write a little bit about what the card means to me at that moment and how I feel. And I drink coffee. ALL THE COFFEE.
Currently- sleeping in! Sleeping is like the best when you’re pregnant! Part of the reason I had to embrace being a morning person is because once I hit my 30s it became impossible for me to sleep past 9am. If I can snooze till 11am, it’s fantastic!
Favorite woman run brands/businesses?
Oh this is hard. There are so many. Locally, I’m so inspired by Caitlin Kerr ofFoxglove Studio, Claire Tibbs of Humboldt House, and Kristin Basilo of Gather Home & Lifestyle. They’re these really strong women and badass boss ladies and they’re just doing it! Also I have huge crush on Beth Kirby of Local Milk- I want to be her in my next life.
You star sign?
I’m very much drawn to the desert but also love the earthiness of the forest. So succulents, cacti, or ferns.
Savory or sweet?
Savory. Followed by a piece of dark chocolate.
Pizza or tacos?
Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the mornings. Tea at night.
Saturday or Sunday?
Movie or book?
Depends on my mood but typically a book. Or a really good documentary.