Top 11 things to do in Madison, CT: A ladies guide to shopping, beauty, and fun!
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Hi Beauty Friends! Don’t miss out on our favorite things to do on the shoreline of Madison, CT. Grab your girlfriends and treat yourself to a ladies day out with a helpful guide from Jennie’s favorite spots in town:   1. Start your […]

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Real Wedding Feature: Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding by Anna Sawin
February 27, 2013

I know, its raining its pouring. This is a great day to cheer up with this beautiful Saltwater Farm Vineyard wedding full of purples, pinks and gentle green hues. My bride Josie was radiating and picked a perfect chic side chignon with a natural subtle makeup look. It was that kind of July day where there was just a gentle breeze to break up the heat and it just does not get better than that for a vineyard wedding. A great reminder that wedding season is about to begin in full swing and spring flowers are sure to bloom soon along with some more frequent sunny days. Thank you to photographer Anna Sawin for the gorgeous images! Xo, Jennie.

Saltwater Farm Vineyard Wedding by Anna Sawin

Oscars 2013: The 85th Academy Awards Glamour, Gowns & Gold
February 25, 2013

Hello Beauties! Well, Hollywood’s most anticipated night has finally arrived, and it did not disappoint! While the winners have already been announced, the fashion from last night’s red carpet still has us obsessing! It wasn’t easy narrowing down our favorites as the stars pulled out all the stops for last night’s epic red carpet. Overall, metallics were definitely on trend, while beading and tulle took center stage and makeup stayed effortless and minimal. However, Old Hollywood glamour reigned supreme with its timeless glamour found all over the carpet.

My #1 pick on the Red Carpet last night was without a doubt Jessica Chastain who exuded Old Hollywood perfection from head to toe. Jessica stunned in a flesh toned Armani Prive Couture gown that was perfection against her fair complexion. Flawless skin, flowing waves, classic makeup and a bright lip were the finishing details that came together and created Jessica’s show stopping look.

(Jessica Chastain, Glamour.com)

My top 5 picks for best dressed are:

1.) Charlize Theron
Everything about Charlize’s look was red carpet elegance! From her crisp white Dior Haute Couture gown, youthful pixie cut and fresh face, Charlize was the definition of elegance! (Not to mention how incredibly beautiful she was dancing with Channing Tatum during the opening!!)
(Charliez Theron, Glamor.com)

2.) Kerry Washington
The Django Unchained star brought a beautiful splash of coral to the red carpet last night! With minimal accessories, a soft complementary lip and her hair pushed back, Kerry was not to be missed as she showed off her embellished and colorful Miu Miu gown!
(Kerry Washington, Glamour.com)

3.) Stacy Keibler
While we already envy Ms. Keibler for her handsome man, we can now envy her for gorgeous Oscar gown! Stacy rocked a silver sequined Naeem Khan gown that looked absolutely beautiful draped over her to-die-for figure. Between the gown’s cool sequined pattern and classic halter cut, Stacy was beautiful combination of elegance and edge.
(Stacy Keibler, Glamour.com)

4.) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson looked absolutely amazing as she walked the carpet in a Roberto Cavalli creation! JHud was completely on trend last night from her dark blue metallic gown, gorgeous statement earrings and beautiful bangs! This Dreamgirl was a REAL beauty!
                                                                                                                  (Jennifer Hudson, fabsugar.com.au)

5.) Jennifer Garner
We adore the absolutely adorable Jennifer Garner! Mrs. Affleck donned a gorgeous dark magenta Gucci gown last night that was flowing with grace (literally!) From the front, Jennifer’s ensemble looked simple and sophisticated with a statement necklace and chic chignon. However, as Jennifer turned around, the back of the gown flowed down into a train of soft and romantic ruffles, floating with her as she graced the carpet.
(Jennifer Garner, fabsugar.com.au)

While there were numerous trends to be found for fashion, this year’s beauty looks maintained chic & minimal with a common homage to Old Hollywood that was sweeping the carpet!

Best hair, makeup & nails definitely have to go to the fabulous Adele. On the carpet Adele’s hair was so polished and glamorous while her makeup was simple with a muted lip and her signature statement lashes! During her performance Adele switched up her look with a fab red lip! And whilst belting out her Academy Award winning song, we were able to catch a glimpse of her killer nails! Those stiletto nails were very high fashion with a sophisticated twist!

(Adele, www.examiner.co.uk)

2. Reese Witherspoon, talk about Va Va Voom!! While the new mom walked down the carpet in a gorgeous blue and black Louis Vuitton gown, all eyes were on her luscious locks. Reese’s hair was the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour last night as her side swept waves were reminiscent of the iconic Veronica Lake style!
(Anne Hathaway, eonline.com)

3. Many congrats go to Anne Hathaway! Not only did she win best supporting actress, but she hands down won our award for best natural makeup. Anne fit the role of a movie star impeccably last night as she glowed with the use of a soft color palette. With a blush-pink lip and soft swept hair, Anne looked truly regal and effervescent!
(Anne Hathaway, eonline.com)

Oscars 2013: The 85th Academy Awards Glamour, Gowns & Gold
February 25, 2013

Hello Beauties! Well, Hollywood’s most anticipated night has finally arrived, and it did not disappoint! While the winners have already been announced, the fashion from last night’s red carpet still has us obsessing! It wasn’t easy narrowing down our favorites as the stars pulled out all the stops for last night’s epic red carpet. Overall, metallics were definitely on trend, while beading and tulle took center stage and makeup stayed effortless and minimal. However, Old Hollywood glamour reigned supreme with its timeless glamour found all over the carpet.

My #1 pick on the Red Carpet last night was without a doubt Jessica Chastain who exuded Old Hollywood perfection from head to toe. Jessica stunned in a flesh toned Armani Prive Couture gown that was perfection against her fair complexion. Flawless skin, flowing waves, classic makeup and a bright lip were the finishing details that came together and created Jessica’s show stopping look.

(Jessica Chastain, Glamour.com)

My top 5 picks for best dressed are:

1.) Charlize Theron
Everything about Charlize’s look was red carpet elegance! From her crisp white Dior Haute Couture gown, youthful pixie cut and fresh face, Charlize was the definition of elegance! (Not to mention how incredibly beautiful she was dancing with Channing Tatum during the opening!!)
(Charliez Theron, Glamor.com)

2.) Kerry Washington
The Django Unchained star brought a beautiful splash of coral to the red carpet last night! With minimal accessories, a soft complementary lip and her hair pushed back, Kerry was not to be missed as she showed off her embellished and colorful Miu Miu gown!
(Kerry Washington, Glamour.com)

3.) Stacy Keibler
While we already envy Ms. Keibler for her handsome man, we can now envy her for gorgeous Oscar gown! Stacy rocked a silver sequined Naeem Khan gown that looked absolutely beautiful draped over her to-die-for figure. Between the gown’s cool sequined pattern and classic halter cut, Stacy was beautiful combination of elegance and edge.
(Stacy Keibler, Glamour.com)

4.) Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson looked absolutely amazing as she walked the carpet in a Roberto Cavalli creation! JHud was completely on trend last night from her dark blue metallic gown, gorgeous statement earrings and beautiful bangs! This Dreamgirl was a REAL beauty!
                                                                                                                  (Jennifer Hudson, fabsugar.com.au)

5.) Jennifer Garner
We adore the absolutely adorable Jennifer Garner! Mrs. Affleck donned a gorgeous dark magenta Gucci gown last night that was flowing with grace (literally!) From the front, Jennifer’s ensemble looked simple and sophisticated with a statement necklace and chic chignon. However, as Jennifer turned around, the back of the gown flowed down into a train of soft and romantic ruffles, floating with her as she graced the carpet.
(Jennifer Garner, fabsugar.com.au)

While there were numerous trends to be found for fashion, this year’s beauty looks maintained chic & minimal with a common homage to Old Hollywood that was sweeping the carpet!

Best hair, makeup & nails definitely have to go to the fabulous Adele. On the carpet Adele’s hair was so polished and glamorous while her makeup was simple with a muted lip and her signature statement lashes! During her performance Adele switched up her look with a fab red lip! And whilst belting out her Academy Award winning song, we were able to catch a glimpse of her killer nails! Those stiletto nails were very high fashion with a sophisticated twist!

(Adele, www.examiner.co.uk)

2. Reese Witherspoon, talk about Va Va Voom!! While the new mom walked down the carpet in a gorgeous blue and black Louis Vuitton gown, all eyes were on her luscious locks. Reese’s hair was the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour last night as her side swept waves were reminiscent of the iconic Veronica Lake style!
(Anne Hathaway, eonline.com)

3. Many congrats go to Anne Hathaway! Not only did she win best supporting actress, but she hands down won our award for best natural makeup. Anne fit the role of a movie star impeccably last night as she glowed with the use of a soft color palette. With a blush-pink lip and soft swept hair, Anne looked truly regal and effervescent!
(Anne Hathaway, eonline.com)

Beauty Report: NYC Beauty Destinations
February 22, 2013

Doug and I went to NYC last weekend to celebrate his Birthday, Valentine’s day and the good life in general.  We usually try to get into the city at least once every few months.  Since we skipped our traditional anniversary trip back in December, we planned a getaway for President’s Day weekend.  We lived it up, but one thing is for sure, we will never plan another trip to the city in February ever again.  It was FREEZING!  SO freezing, I didn’t even want to shop around.  Most unusual.  So, I took the opportunity to stay warm and try out a few beauty destinations that have been on my radar for some time.  If you’re planning to go to NYC anytime soon, these are a few places you’ll want to check out!
1.) DRY BAR
Ya’ll know, I LOVE my blow outs.  To me, nothing beats having someone wash my hair and blow it out straight.  This was such a treat for only $40!  I first heard about DRY BAR opening in LA a few years ago.  Since then, I hoped one would open closer to CT.  I was over the moon, when I learned there are now 5 locations in NYC alone.  The branding is genius, not to mention, super adorable.  You can select your style from the “menu”.  Styles range from the “Manhattan”, sleek and straight to the “Cosmo” with loose curls. They even have an official mascot- a yellow blow dryer, named buttercup, how cute is that?!  Overall, I had a good experience.  It was quick, affordable and fun.
2.) Asia TuiNa
I declare this as the best “budget” massage I ever had.  No joke- 1 hour for $55 (if you pay in cash!).  The space is no frills but very clean.  After doing a quick google search and reading some rave reviews, I decided, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot.  My muscles were aching and a rub-down was in order after all!  Tui-na literally means “push-pull”, which I looked up after my massage.  The adorable, petite woman jumped on top of my back and kneaded the tension right out of me.  I was a little startled at first but WOW, I felt incredible afterward.
3.) Blue Mercury
I was SO excited to stumble upon a Blue Mercury on the UES after lunch on Saturday.  I have been to the Westport, CT location a few times and always loved the “boutique” feeling of these beauty chains that originally opened in Georgetown, DC.  If you prefer more of an intimate experience as opposed to the busy department stores, this is the place for you.  It’s rare to have my own makeup done but I couldn’t resist the spunky makeup artist at the NARS counter who shouted out,  “want to try a new color?!”  So, I let her jazz me up for our night out.  So fun!
4.) Acme
Ok, so this isn’t quite a beauty destination but it’s worth talking about.  In fact, you’re obligated to dine here next time you’re in NYC.  Located in NoHo, the atmosphere has a mind-evil vibe to it.  The menu is “farm-to-table” style, broken into different categories- raw, sea and land. The plates are small, definitely good for sharing.  Everything we tried was absolutely delish! You might be broke afterward but you won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and for cocktails–make sure you order the Foxy Brown (tequila, brown sugar & lime), YUM!
Let me know if try out any of these spots.  I always love to hear your feedback!
XO

Real Wedding Feature: Wainwright House Rye Wedding by Stefanie Kapra
February 20, 2013

We are warming up today with our bride Beth’s Wainwright House Rye wedding captured by Stefanie Kapra Photography. Just on time for your lunch break, today’s beautiful wedding reminds us there are warmer day’s ahead. Beth has the most charming and adorable smile with big brown eyes. A soft pink lip for both the bride and her maids perfectly complimented the soft sage and pink color palette. Bride’s do share will you be having a similar color palette for your upcoming spring and summer wedding? XO, Jennie.

Beauty Icon Michelle Obama
February 18, 2013

Beauty Icon
Michelle Obama
American Woman

michelle obama beauty icon
Happy Presidents Day Beauties! While we take today to recognize the 44 men who have lead our nation throughout its defining decades, how could we not honor the strong, regal and beautiful women supporting them, as well our nation? From Jackie-O to Hillary Clinton, our country has had a long lineage of diverse and not to mention iconic “Ladies” who have been perhaps just as influential as their historic husbands! Each member of this “first wives club” has represented and revolutionized the American woman through their individual staples on beauty, brains and strength; and we can all agree First Lady Michelle Obama has been no different! We absolutely adore Michelle! Not only do we love her natural beauty, effortless style and chic new bangs, but Michelle exudes a beautiful genuineness that we can’t help but obsess over! Since becoming the First Lady, Michelle Obama has become a trendsetter through her affordably chic style choices (J.Crew anyone?) to her daring event ensembles, but above all her flawless dedication to both her duties as FLOTUS and most important to those as Mom. Michelle Obama represents the modern hardworking American woman, who can still be mom, chic, strong, and real. We salute you Mrs. Obama as you are truly a beauty icon!!

Spring Beauty ~ Trend Alert
February 15, 2013

Spring Trend Alert!
Colored Liner
You’re My, Bright-Eyed Girl!

Look out beauties because spring 2013 is going to have us seeing color (literally)! From teal waterlines, emerald rimmed eyelids, and even magenta mascara, bright and colorful eyes were certainly on trend during S/S ‘13 fashion. From the runway to reality, colorful liner is a perfect answer to working this lively trend into your everyday beauty routine come this spring. What we love about these looks are their fun and fearless revamps on your basic black liner. With the help of a colorful kohl pencil on your water line or a bright liquid formula above your lash, this spring beauty trend is sure to create an “eye-catching” statement. So, don’t be afraid to line your eyes with a coat of your favorite color, because next season’s up and coming beauty trend is all about giving your everyday look a fresh and playful twist! Here are some recent looks we’ve been eyeing that we just can’t wait to experiment with this spring! What are some eyeliner colors + brands you think you might try, let us know!!

(Coco Rocha, Instyle Magazine 2013)

(Anna-Sophia Robb, As seen on Seventeen.com)

(Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney)

(Model at Kenzo fashion show)

Spring Beauty ~ Trend Alert
February 15, 2013

Spring Trend Alert!
Colored Liner
You’re My, Bright-Eyed Girl!

Look out beauties because spring 2013 is going to have us seeing color (literally)! From teal waterlines, emerald rimmed eyelids, and even magenta mascara, bright and colorful eyes were certainly on trend during S/S ‘13 fashion. From the runway to reality, colorful liner is a perfect answer to working this lively trend into your everyday beauty routine come this spring. What we love about these looks are their fun and fearless revamps on your basic black liner. With the help of a colorful kohl pencil on your water line or a bright liquid formula above your lash, this spring beauty trend is sure to create an “eye-catching” statement. So, don’t be afraid to line your eyes with a coat of your favorite color, because next season’s up and coming beauty trend is all about giving your everyday look a fresh and playful twist! Here are some recent looks we’ve been eyeing that we just can’t wait to experiment with this spring! What are some eyeliner colors + brands you think you might try, let us know!!

(Coco Rocha, Instyle Magazine 2013)

(Anna-Sophia Robb, As seen on Seventeen.com)

(Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney)

(Model at Kenzo fashion show)

Eternal Love Photo Shoot with Michelle Gardella & Everthine
February 13, 2013

Put together on a bit of a whim, this shoot was inspired by the great romantic poem, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.  Working with this team was completely magical.  We all came together on a cold January morning with this concept in mind: ‘Eternal Love’.  And, even though we were all exhausted by the passing of the holiday humdrum, we shared a passion for this idea and the results speak for themselves.  I hope you’ll enjoy all of the beauty.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Credits:
Makeup:  Jennie Fresa
Hair: Emily Reale
Location & Fashion: Everthine Bridal Boutique
Photography: Michelle Gardella Photography
A special thanks to our models:  Victoria and Abby!