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Health, Love & Beauty in 2016
December 30, 2015

Dearest Friends,

There is so much beauty to be found in the start of new year. Out with the old, in with the new. A chance to learn from the past and make changes for the future. I have always loved the idea of a fresh start- whether you’re working on rekindling a relationship, cleaning out your closet, trying out a new look or setting goals in your career or family life, it’s both liberating and exciting to have a clean slate in front of you.

2015 was undoubtedly a game changing year for us at our new location in downtown Madison, CT. We couldn’t be happier or more grateful to all who supported us this past year. We learned a great deal about operating a retail store and loved every minute of meeting so many new women. It was an amazing year to say the least but it wasn’t always easy. We had some growing pains and made the necessary changes to meet the demands of our expanding business- enter my amazing staff! Finding a tribe of individuals who share my vision and passion has made the biggest impact on our success. We hit bumps in the road as you might expect, but we kept going, always keeping the happiness of you, our clients, a priority. We saw enormous growth in our business, but more importantly, we got serious about safe beauty.

After years of working in cosmetics, I realized that I was slathering chemical laden beauty products on myself and wondered if there was a way to look good + feel good without compromising my health? This quest led me on a year long mission to discover the BEST in non-toxic beauty. Today, I’m not only thrilled to share these luxurious, effective and noteworthy brands with my clients and friends at my Madison boutique (and my on-line store), I’m also proud to have a better understanding of the truth behind “green beauty” and the harmful ingredients found in most cosmetics. My goal for 2016 is to change the way you think about the products you use on your face and body because you deserve to be healthy and beautiful.

In closing, we have many exciting changes coming up in the new year including growing our curated collection of natural beauty brands. Additionally, we are launching a new on-line booking platform and POS system through MindBody software. This update will enhance your client experience with us by allowing you to gain rewards, book your appointment through our very own app and give you access to your client profile at any time. Lastly, we are working on creating tutorial videos so you can learn our beauty tips right from home. Thank you in advance for your patience and support while we make these changes (new software is always a little scary!) and thank you for trusting us to lead you in the direction of a healthier, happy and more beautiful life!

Cheers to peace, love & beauty in 2016!

Much love,

Engagement Photo Shoot on Elihu Island by Ali & Julie Photography
July 29, 2015

Katie was a dream to work with. From the moment we met we connected and I was excited to help her create the most natural, flawless look for her engagement photo shoot with Ali & Julie photography.

For her makeup, I created a simple but ethereal look using a palette of natural tone hues. Her skin was nearly perfect so I applied Tinted Moisturizer all-over with just a hint of color to her cheeks. Katie brought in her own lashes and which we enhanced with a fine line of “Coffee Bean” shadow liner. We finished her look with “Tenderness” lipstick; a soft barely-there shimmery pink.
Photography: Ali & Julie
Venue: Elihu Island

Exciting Job Opportunities Available at Jennie Fresa!
May 14, 2015

Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar  is looking for self-motivated, passionate Beauty Ambassadors  to join our store team and help share our safe skincare standards with others. Requirements and open positions are below. If you are interested, please email with your resume, references, and position preference. Thank you!


  • Energized by beauty, wellness, environmental sustainability, and start-up culture.
  • Love meeting new people, and discussing beauty, fashion and wellness.
  • Love skincare and beauty products.
  • Comfortable applying makeup and skincare products.
  • Friendly and warm demeanor.
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly organized with a close attention to detail.
  • Ability to work proactively.
  • Prior retail experience preferred, but not required.
  • Beauty Ambassador (Aesthetician/Makeup Artist): Aesthetics License or Certification and 2 years minimum experience.
  • Beauty Ambassador (Aesthetician/Makeup Artist): Experience in Brow Styling/Waxing.
  • Freelance Makeup Artist: 2 years minimum experience working with Brides.
  • Team Player



Beauty Ambassador  (Part Time Makeup Artist & Aesthetician) – Madison, CT
Beauty Ambassador  (Part Time Receptionist & Sales Associate) – Madison, CT
Freelance Makeup Artist (Part Time) – Traveling CT, RI & NY


Jennie Fresa Pucker Up Event Captured by Anna Sawin
February 18, 2015

Thank you SO much to all the lovely ladies that braved the cold and snow to join us for our Pucker Up Event! If you missed it don’t worry here is a preview. Anna Sawin came to capture our fun girls night out full of glitz, glam, champagne, sweet treats, beautiful tulle skirts from Everthine, wonderful planning by True Event and the GORGEOUS paper items from Patti Murphy Designs. We had so much fun doing lip print readings! It was the perfect way to kick off Valentine’s week and have a galentine’s night. XO Jennie.


Weekapaug Golf Club Wedding by Anna Sawin Photography
February 12, 2014

Jennie Fresa makeup artist Shelly was on hand for this seaside Weekapaug Golf Club wedding in Rhode Island for our bride Lauren. It was the most perfect day and to top it all off there was a Rhode Island’s very own Dell’s frozen lemonade truck for guests to enjoy. Lauren went with a classic look and soft, natural wedding makeup, perfect for this setting. A sprawling blue sky and a day filled with sunshine is always the perfect recipe for a coastal wedding. Lauren had gorgeous florals by Hana Floral Design, a stunning Anne Barge gown from The White Dress by the Shore and accessories from one of our favorite jewelry lines, Aquinnah Jewelry. With another snow storm in our midst, we are counting down the days to getting back into full swing with our spring and summer weddings. We have some more wonderful Rhode Island venues booked for 2014 and can’t wait to be back to the stunning Weekapaug Golf Club. Click here to see all the lovely details captured by Anna Sawin Photography. XO, Jennie

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Ceremony: Weekapaug Chapel, Weekapaug, Rhode Island

Reception & Catering: Weekapaug Golf Club, Weekapaug, Rhode Island

Photography: Anna Sawin + Julia Gargano for Anna Sawin Photography

Flowers: Hana Floral Design, Mystic, CT

Makeup: Shelly from Jennie Fresa

Bridal Gown: Anne Barge from The White Dress by the Shore

Accessories: Aquinnah Jewelry

Blowdry & Styling Room Soiree Recap!
October 17, 2013

At long last the pictures from August’s Blowdry & Styling Room Grand Opening Soiree are finally on the blog! The images, recently featured on Style Me Pretty were shot by the fabulous (and bi-coastal) photographer extraordinare, Leila Brewster! The event was planned by dear friend Sarah True of True Event and held on the boutique’s lawn as well as inside- to show off the new Blowdry room, of course. We loved the pops of pink and sparkle  that True Event incorporated into the night’s elegant,feminine design and Hana Floral’s bright blooms truly made our vision come to life. Vintage furniture from Sassafrass Vintage Rentals sat under a soft and sheer tent from Libery Rentals. Guests danced the night away with tunes provided by Elan Artists & Jarrell Entertainment while they sipped and nibbled on treats from Gourmet Galley (Recognize the bartender?  its Jennie’s husband, Doug! )  Scroll through the images below for a recap of all the nights festivities and then read on for the video from Caddywhompus Productions as well as more info on our new services!
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Click here to find out more about our Blowdry and Styling Room services and to book your appointment!

We would like to extend a huge hug &kiss  to all who came out to show your support- it means the world to us and we can’t wait  for you to experience our new services, that is, if you haven’t already!

Also, we need to send a big thank you out to all the vendors below, the event was picture perfect because of the following industry talents:

Photographer: Leila Brewster 

Catering : Gourmet Galley 

Event Design & Coordination : True Event 

Floral : Hana Floral Design 

Lighting : Ryan Designs 

Linens: La Tavola 


Music: Jarrell Entertainment 

Music: Elan Artists 

Paper: Tie That Binds Weddings 

Vintage Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals

rentals : Rentals Unlimited 

tent: Liberty Rentals 

video:Caddywhompus Productions


xo, Jennie & Team


Behind the Scenes: Aquinnah Jewelry Photo Shoot
October 16, 2013

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We were so happy to be a part of dear friend, Aquinnah Jewelry’s, look book photo shoot! We carry Aquinnah here in the boutique and jumped at the chance to do the beauty for their first ever styled shoot highlighting these lovely pieces! The team met at the boutique and Jennie created a subtle ‘Camera-Ready’ look inspired by the more dramatic makeup below. Kelley, designer of Aquinnah, wanted to achieve a soft, yet smokey eye and nude lip- we also added a rosy cheek to bring everything together!


Then, assistant makeup artist, Olivia went on location to make sure Liane’s makeup was sitting pretty all day long! Here is a look behind the scenes:

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Here is  a sneak peek at the beautiful images from this shoot, more to come soon!

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Makeup: Jennie and Olivia of Jennie Fresa Makeup & Skincare Boutiquerie

Jewelry: Aquinnah

Photography: Abigail Scott Photography

Model: The always lovely, Liane Boyko

Concept Design & Coordination: Jillian Sandrey

xo, Jennie & Team

Video Tutorial: Autumn Makeup inspired by a look by Lovet Pop-Up Shop
October 9, 2013

Boots, cozy sweaters, jackets and more- Let your new fall wardrobe inspire your beauty with this gorgeous look created by Team Artist, Shelly, and modeled by Assistant In-Studio Makeup Artist, Olivia! The girls developed the beauty look (think richer tones and matte finishes) around an outfit available at the boutique in our Lovet Pop-Up Shop! Stop by and “fall” into fashion!

xo, Jennie & Team


P.S- Shelly’s fabulous necklace is also available in the boutique and is by none other than, Aquinnah Jewelry!

October Evens at the Boutique
October 2, 2013

With so much going on during our favorite month of the year, we thought we would share all of the goodness with you on the blog! 



{OCTOBER PRETTY PERK: Hair Cut with Our New Master Stylist, Renee}

We are so pleased to introduce you to our Master Stylist, Renee Russo! Renee comes to us with a shinning personality and a great deal of industry experience! She offers Wash & Blowdry’s, Upstyling and On Location Bridal Hair Styling in addition to a new service in which Renee specializes- Hair Cutting! 10 Minutes Scalp Massage, Wash, Haircut & Blowout with Renee $75 Receive 40% Off all ‘Blow Pro’ products with this appointment.

*Offer valid through November 15th. 


Autumn Makeup Master Class
October 10th, 6-8PM, $10 (Free for Members)
Learn how to update your makeup wardrobe & skincare regime for fall!
All guest receive 10% off products
Shop the Lovet Pop-Up Shop inside the boutique!
Providing all the fabulous fall clothing and accessories finds you’re coveting!
Lovet proudly designs and produces it’s own clothing and accessories line.​ Our store also carries other designers who have the same mission. We believe in well made clothing that is not mass produced. ​​Lovet’s style is Classic with a twist.  Clothing you feel good in and will keep going to in your closet… time and time again…and why ? Well, because you Lovet…of course.
xo, Jennie & Team

Meet Renee Russo- Our New Stylist, Offering New Services!
September 25, 2013

We are so excited to introduce you to Renee!  She is a super talented hair stylist with an incredible 10 year background in the industry. Along with her skills in the realm of bridal hair styling, we are happy to announce that we have added a new service based upon Renee’s specialized background- the boutique will be offering in-studio hair cuts by Renee!
Scroll on to read a little more about Renee!
With over a decade of experience as a professional hairstylist and educator for Paul Mitchell, Renee joins Jennie Fresa with a wealth of knowledge and passion for exceptional service. Renee  has traveled all over the country educating young professionals in the art of hair cutting and has  herself acquired over 10,000 hours of cutting training. In addition to hair cutting, she also loves long hair design and working with brides to create a personalized look for their special day.
When Renee isn’t creating a new look for someone or beautifying a bride, she is probably in the kitchen trying a new recipe or snuggling with her two black and white Shih Tzu babies, Buddy and Pepe. Renee is excited to join the amazing team at Jennie Fresa and bring her expertise to you!
xo, Jennie & Team