Look Great, Feel Great, Act with Grace
April 2022 Issue
by Edwina Hoyle Photography
by T.R. Love, T.R. Media World
Egle Saxton is the epitome of style and grace. She has an impeccable and unique style of her own, which these days is wearing dresses with fantastic heels. “I wear what I like, and I love shoes. I don’t like to shop, so when I want something specific, I look for it, and then go for it,” Egle said.
Her taste is eclectic, and she doesn’t go for specific brands or designers. Even at 5-feet, 8-inches tall, she always wears high heels. She has dresses in all lengths—long, mid-calf, mini—and her closet holds enough to allow her to wear a different dress each day of the month. Egle doesn’t stick to basic colors that are easy to accessorize. Instead her collection is more like a box of Crayola crayons in its colorful diversity. If you see her in a basic black dress, be prepared for knee-high red boots or bold-rimmed on-trend glasses. And, oh, the shoes! Egle said she probably has about 50 pairs, but more if you count her boots.
“I want to look pretty,” she said. “When we become moms we tend to lose our style. I love to dress up and get compliments, especially from my husband. That’s my fuel! It still takes two to tango, and we still do date nights.” Egle and her husband, Robert, enjoy sushi, going to different restaurants, eating, chatting, catching up and getting together one-on-one. Egle makes a concerted effort to make this happen because of their busy lives. Robert owns New York City Pizza and the new Chop House 119, and the restaurant business is certainly not a nine-to-five operation.
Egle is an engaged and committed full-time mother to 13-year-old son, Milan and 6-year-old daughter, Aleksi. She is also a support for her husband. She said that showing her children that she cares about her appearance teaches them about self-esteem. “When my husband compliments me or hugs me, it lets the kids see affection and respect. Family is the most important thing. I have to get my kids ready for life. When my husband pulls out my chair, or opens a door for me, my son, in particular, learns good manners,” she said.
Egle also teaches them life skills like cleaning, laundry and cooking. She advises that kids shut off social media and views it as the enemy due to the volume of bad information that children are exposed to and the predators who might target them. “Social media can become an addiction, especially selfies. They can ruin self-image and sometimes teens are not even sure who they are,” Egle said. “What is important is the family bond, and not to ever lose it.”
It’s tough for Egle to maintain that bond sometimes, for her mother, sister, cousins and friends live in Lithuania. Egle’s father was a very social person, always the funny one who got people together. He died when she was 16, and she learned to be just like him in order to fill the gap and not be so sad. Egle came to the United States in 2002 and ironically, married a man of Lithuanian heritage who was born in Manhattan (with a love for New York style pizza.)
“Even when I go back to Lithuania, I am the one who gets everyone back together, even friends who haven’t seen each other in a long time,” Egle said. A friend described her as an “old soul,” and Egle believes it is true. She enjoys organizing opportunities to socialize, and, she said, “Somebody has to be in charge.” Last month she hosted a celebration for International Women’s Day. As an immigrant, she has come to know others from foreign countries who are the core of her expanding group of friends. Egle said that women abroad celebrate International Women’s Day in a much bigger way than we do in America. So she invited her friends from Brazil, Panama, Spain, Romania, Russia, Bellarus, Macedonia and Lithuania who used to celebrate back home. Of course, her new American friends were included, too. Egle wore purple and white, the colors of this special day. In her homeland men give women tulips to acknowledge Women’s Day, so she gave tulips to her friends, as well as good food, laughter, games and camaraderie.
“I enjoy socializing and meeting with my girlfriends to chat about things with a glass of wine. It’s cheaper than counseling!” She said with a smile. Five years ago only about five friends were part of her group, and today there are up to 20 at her events. “When I meet someone, I always introduce everyone, and so the group is expanding.” Egle organizes a girls’ night out every four to six weeks, she hosts Friendsgiving just before Thanksgiving each year, and her annual Christmas cookie exchange is quite a decadent event.
Her social nature, inclusiveness, empathy and commitment to friends and family are the very definition of grace, and what could be more stylish than that?
Total Destiny: Egle was born in Kaunus, Lithuania and her husband’s family was from Vilnius, only 65 miles away.
Everyone Loves a Theme Party: Egle is the queen of theme! For her 40th birthday the theme was Chanel, and she hired ballroom dancers to entertain guests.
Coming to America: Egle arrived in the US on a student visa in 2002 and worked in Lake Tahoe, CA.
Stand Tall: The average height of women in Lithuania is about 5’8”.
Not that Big: Lithuania is about the same size as West Virginia.