Archive for August, 2017

Enchanted Bee & Thistle Inn Wedding
August 23, 2017

Olivia + Joris

July 1st, 2017
Enchanted Garden Wedding
Our beautiful, doe eyed, bride Olivia was truly a treasure. She expressed a wish keep her natural beauty and glow and create a look that does not require much makeup at all. What makes us special here at Jennie Fresa Beauty is creating that “no makeup” makeup look and helping our brides look and feel as comfortable as possible on their very special, and magical day. When we finished, Olivia was beaming! We wish Olivia + Joris many enchanted days together.
Vendors {Click on vendors for more information}:
Venue: Bee and Thistle Inn, Old Lyme CT
MU: Lorna for Jennie Fresa Beauty
Hair: Amanda Gates of Posh Salon
Wedding Planner: Tosh Perkins
Flowers: Mar Floral and Botanicals
Gown: Jennie Yoo
Bridesmaid dresses: Watters from BHLDN
Photographer: Jennifer Bach Photography
Beauty Look {Shop the bride’s look HERE}:
Skin: Tinted Moisturizer Ilia Beauty: Belle Mare
Setting powder: RMS Un-Powder Translucent
Brows: Lily Lolo Eyebrow Duo in Medium
Eyes: Lily Lolo: Buttered Up and Chocolate Brown Liner Pencil
Blush: Lily Lolo: Life’s a Peach
Lips: Ilia Beauty:  Lip Conditioner:  Nobody’s Baby

Elihu Island, Stonington Wedding
August 23, 2017

Allison + Justin

June 24, 2017
Stonington Sweethearts
This girl! I love everything about her! I might be a little biased because she grew up in Stonington CT (also my stomping ground), she loves diy projects (my weakness) …and well she is just so darn likable! For Allison’s wedding day look she wanted a bit more of a modern, chic vibe to play off of the bohemian setting of the farms on Elihu Island.
We played up her gorgeous eyes with a bit more bold contrasting eye shadows using golds, deep smokey browns and lots of mascara. Lipstick was a sweep of deep nude to intensify her natural lip color and we finished with touch of bronzer with a soft rosy cheek. I was honored to have played a small part in Allison and Justin’s amazing Elihu Island wedding! Congratulations to the two of you!
Vendors {Click on the vendor for more information}:
Venue: Elihu Island, Stonington CT
MU: Lorna from Jennie Fresa Beauty
Hair: Amanda Gates of Posh Salon
Flowers: Stems
Caterer: Gourmet Galley
Wedding Planner: Adrienne O’Connor of Ruffles and Tweed
Photographers: Ali+Julie
Beauty {Shop the bride’s look HERE}:
Skin: Ilia Beauty: Vivid Foundation F3 Santorini and Temptu Airbrush
Brows: Lily Lolo Eyebrow Duo in Dark
Eyes: Ilia Beauty: Shadow Quad in Luna
Cheeks: Lily Lolo Pressed Powder in Coming up Roses
Lips: Ilia Beauty: Madam Mina Lipstick

Avon Old Farms Academy Wedding
August 23, 2017

Liz & Jake
June 17 2017

A Vision of Rose Gold

Liz and Jake met at camp at the Avon Old Farms Academy, so it made perfect sense that these two love birds tie the knot at the beautiful grounds they grew to know and love. Such a sweet bride and a vision in touches of rose gold. Even her romantic, blush ballgown was a dream in a hue of soft pink. So lovely, the pink wedding gown even got the stamp of approval from Grandma! Congratulation Liz and Jake we wish you all the best!

Vendors {Click on vendors for more information}

Venue: Old Avon Farm Hotel Avon CT
MU: Lorna and Tricia for Jennie Fresa Beauty
Wedding Planner: Sixpence for your Shoe; Lindsay
Flowers: Just For You Flowers
Hair: Jossy
Gown: Carine’s Bridal of DC
Photographer: Jeff Lundstrom 

Beauty {Shop her wedding day look HERE}

Beauty Look:
Skin: Temptu Airbrush
Eyes: RMS Garden Rose GR-19 Swift Shadow + Chocolate Brown Eye Liner by Lily Lolo
Cheeks: Lily Lolo Pressed Blush Duo in Naked Pink Cheek
Bronzer: Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach
Lips: Ilia Lipstick in Neon Angel + Lily Lolo in Rose Gold

Team JF

Nautical Branford House Wedding
August 23, 2017

Brittany + Tate’s Nautical Preppy Wedding
June 10, 2017

From anchors and sailboats to monogrammed Jack Rogers flip flops, Brittany loves life and all things Nautical + Preppy! Such a bubbly fun bride! It was a breeze working with her to complete her vision of a coastal, preppy New England style wedding look. We wish both her and Tate a lifetime of smooth sailing in their happily ever after…..

Beautiful photos by Jennifer Bach Photography 

Vendors {Click on the vendor to learn more}:

Venue: Branford House, Groton CT
MU: Lorna of Jennie Fresa Beauty
Hair: Amanda Gates of Posh Salon
Caterer: Coastal Gourmet
Gown: Blush by Haley Paige
Photographer: Jennifer Bach Photography

Beauty look: {Click HERE to shop her wedding day look}

Skin: Indie Lee skincare regimen; Brightening Cleanser, CoQ10 toner and Clearing Mask   Foundation: Temptu Airbrush
Setting Powder: RMS Un-Powder translucent
Eyebrows: Eco Brow in Marilyn
Eyes: Lily Lolo pressed powder palette in Smoke and Mirrors
Cheeks: Lily Lolo Contour Duo
Lips: Ilia Beauty Lip Crayon in Call Me


Team Jennie Fresa

Jennie’s Travel Style Diary: France
August 23, 2017


Doug and I just returned from a soul-stirring ten day vacation in France. Our trip started with a two day stay in Paris where we resided in an old romantic flat in the heart of St.Germain. We then ventured off to the French Riviera, also known as ​Côte d’Azur. Our airbnb was located in the city of Nice, about a 5 minute walk from the infamous cobalt blue sea. We also took a few day trips to surrounding villages such as Cannes, St. Tropez, Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo. It was truly a magical adventure!

I love to travel and I love to shop. So for me, preparing my outfits for this trip was both exciting and fun. You may not know this about me, but I’m a huge fan of consignment shopping. Not only because I feel like I’m doing my part to be environmentally responsible, but also because I love designer fashion and the thrill of the hunt.

After sharing a few photos of our trip on my personal Instagram account @jennieontheblock_1 a couple of friends requested I spill the details on my fashion finds and beauty products so I decided to put together this blog post and share my “french style diary” with you. I hope you enjoy it and maybe find some inspiration for your next trip!

First, let me tell you about my favorite places to shop consignment on-line. My most recent obsession is Tradsey. They sell authentic, designer fashion for less. And, the best part is you can list your own items and share them with someone who will treasure them just as much as you do. Voila, cash back to buy more! 😉 I also enjoy using The RealReal and PoshMark.

My local favorite is Fantasia in Old Saybrook, CT. I used to do serious damage at 2ndTimeAround in NYC but they recently closed their doors (wahhhhh!) now that online shopping has taken demand. If I’m not shopping second hand, I’m likely looking for a deal at Off Saks (their online selection is WAY better!) or shopping locally at one of my favorite neighborhood shops like Bella Perlina, The Dressing Room or Khaki & Black, because let’s be honest, shopping small is important too!

On a lovely stroll one afternoon in Nice, I stumbled upon a very unassuming second hand shop (Pomme Glamour). In fact, if the lady with the puffy lips floating in front of me didn’t stop to gaze in the windows, I might have even passed by without looking twice. Luckily, she caught my attention and I decided to walk in. Not only did I walk in, I walked out with the ultimate consignment score! Authentic, navy-blue, patent-leather Chanel flats, size 6 1⁄2 in excellent condition. WHAT?!! I immediately imagined a chic, Parisian woman walking endless miles up and down Champs Elysees and knew I had to have them! (part of the experience is imagining stories of previous owners–it’s so fun, hehe!).



I kept my beauty regime simple on this trip. After all, the modern French woman knows how to swing the “effortless chic” look like no other. Perhaps it’s that “je ne sais quoi” attitude. Either way, I needed to master that perfectly imperfect look, so I decided to embrace mussed up hair

and minimal makeup. I carried Coola Cucumber SPF, translucent powder and two red lipsticks, RMS “content” & NARS “annabella:, which became my best fashion accessory. Dewy skin (thanks to french skincare staples: Vichy mask & Caudalie face mist), my red statement lip and dab of “frivole” Fragonard parfum (purchased from the factory in Eze) completed my everyday look. In the evening I wiped the day off with either a Kaia Naturals or BioSecure wipe, cleansed with Suntegrity Cleansing Oil (coming soon to JF) and applied PawPaw multi-purpose balm around my eyes and on my lips and slapped CV skinlabs calming lotion all-over.
Beauty: Jennie Fresa  

RMS Lip color in BELOVED– my best accessory on this trip!  It’s the perfect French Girl Red!

French Beauty Finds

Parfum from Fragonard 

I picked up the book, “Cooking for Picasso” by Camille Aubray at RJ Julia Bookstore in Madison prior to our departure- a tale of love, food and family involving a makeup artist (present day) and her chef grandmother who lived in the French Riviera (in 1936). Um, yes, please!! The only problem was, with days so busy sightseeing and beach days packed with fascinating people-watching, I barely got through half of the book. Something to look forward to before summer’s end, I guess.

Strapless one piece: Victoria’s Secret  Black tote: Target COOLA sun care​ ; Swim wrap & hat: Glass Onion Boutique on Block Island; Book: Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubrey

Now back to the wardrobe, below you’ll see a gallery of my looks and a credit reel for my threads. I would be remiss in not crediting my patient husband, Doug, for his efforts in photo journaling. It was a team effort and a lot of fun to document– for me anyway, lol. In all seriousness, some photos took some time in terms of art-direction (plenty of photo shoot experience coming into play there) and some shots were completely candid but it was all worth it, because I will cherish these photos and the memories forever.

Even though I appreciate good style, I’m no fashion expert. For me, it’s about self-expression and having fun. That said, I do want to note a few staples that you might notice reappear in my looks. No matter where you’re traveling to, here are my top 10 “must-haves” for stylish and practical packing:

1.) Trench Coat, Denim or Motto Jacket
2.) Black Heels, Flats & Sneakers
3.) A Crossbody Bag, Tote & Clutch
4.) White Tee & White Button Down Blouse
5.) 2 Dresses, 1 pair of Jeans, 1 Skirt and/or Shorts

6.) 1 Scarf and/or Cardigan
7.) Swimsuit & Coverup
8.) 2 pair of Sunglasses & Jewelry
9.) Black Tank Top
10.) Panama Hat

Navy dress: Bella Perlina ​; Sneakers: Adidas;Trench:Comptoir des Contonniers;Sunglasses: Prada   Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Red silk blouse: Wes Gordon  ; Boyfriend jeans: Just Black;Nude heels: Steve Madden ​; Clutch: Cynthia Rowling

White Dress: Tracy Reese; Denim Jacket: Free People; Shoes: Nude Restricted sandals   Cross body purse: Coach

Bag: Black leather Baggu pouch; Blouse & Pants: Scotch and Soda NYC ​Black heels: Steve Madden

Aquinnah Jewelry

Sunglasses: Linda Farrow x The Row; Black Tank Top: The Dressing Room ; Cargo shorts: APC ; Nude flip-flops: ESPIRIT ; Purse: Chloé Marci Mini cross body

Asymmetrical Blue dress: Camilla & Marc White tee: J. Crew ; Choker: Aquinnah; Sneakers: Adidas; Hat: Tommy Bahama (from Mad Hatter on Block Island);Blue paisley scarf: Unknown; Bangle: Unknown; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Diff Eyewear ; Doug’s sunglasses: Rayban
High-rise jeans: GAP ; White blouse:Benetton   Clogs: Isabelle Marant ​; Bag: Chloé Marci Mini
White Blouse: Benetton; Pleated skirt: ZARA  ; Black Quilted Chanel bag: Fantasia ; Black heels: Steve Madden

Turkish Towel; One piece red swimsuit: Laundry

Navy button down dress: Catherine Melandrino ​ ; Black tote: Target ; Nude flip-flops: Espirit
Chanel & Croissants {what’s better than that?!} =)

Gaucho pant romper: Renamed ; Waist bag: Michael Kors ; Brown gladiator sandals: Anthropology ; Hat: Tommy Bahama
I hope you enjoyed reading my post. Let me know your thoughts or if you have any specific Q’s about my french-girl beauty and fashion sense– I would love to hear your feedback! Until my next trip…..
Bisou Bisou,

More consignment finds: Sonia Rykiel cardigan and Karen Millen culottes – amaze!!