chalk it up to a new start.

Flaxen Tawny pop-up shop in Connecticut November 24th, 2012. Invites to follow…

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summer’s slipping away…

..and once again we will encounter what is possibly our favorite fashion season of all… FALL.

these are some fall inspired images of a couple of shoots we did with the fantabulous Will Haddad this summer that we wanted to share and somehow never got around to it until now.. enjoy these beauties;)

Hair, Makeup, Styling by FlaxenTawny

Photography by Will Haddad

Feather Jewelry by Oscen Designs

All other Jewelry from Fashionmongers

light as a feather

We are loving this gorgeous, ivory, 60+ count-feather flower hairpiece custom hand-crafted by Oscen Designs. Elegant yet gentle, and weighing no more than a ball-point pen, it is the perfect addition to any bride who wants nothing more than to feel completely free on her big day. Ball and chain, what?? Try light as a feather;)

beauty is in the eye of the beholder…


When I grew up, all the women around me swore by their evil eyes. I was given three in my lifetime, and have been wearing them (or hiding them under my pillow) for over 25 years. There are many cultures (primarily in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions) that have been using the evil eye as a way of guarding themselves from those who harbor ill-feelings towards us, including envy and malice.

Lately, I have been feeling some negative, maybe even ornery, energy. I wear my evil eye whenever I rock the above gold chain (a chain passed down from my beloved grandfather that flaxen rocked once). But, I felt that I needed more and to make a statement, without saying a word.

And that’s what jewelry, fashion, and etsy is for. To be unique and at the same time silently say “don’t f*ck with me”, is what we consider priceless. Eff American Express πŸ˜‰

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases, it strikes the eye.

Aristotle

what to wear: wedding edition

It’s the beginning of wedding season. You want to wear the cutest dress possible; be the bell of the ball; the next best attraction next to the beautiful bride. You don’t want to go broke and you want the ability to wear this garment again and again. Mod Cloth has great ideas for wedding wear showcasing complete ensembles; from the hat to the shoes. Check it out and buy some. Or steal some ideas and hit up the thrift and consignment stores. ‘Cause ya know, it’s all what you make of it πŸ˜‰

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

pore us another;)

If there is one thing that really gets our goat, it’s the problem of enlarged pores. One can have a beautiful complexion but still have those little indents in our face that only look worse with makeup. Men also have pore issues, restricted to the nose region only. Flaxen and I being the makeup zealots we are, are constantly complaining about this problem 😦

So yesterday, on a quick ‘tryst’ to Connecticut to attend a Fashionmongers party, my sister, niece and I took a trip to Ulta to search out Benefit’s amazing bronzer. Upon perusing the Benefit shop in shop, I noticed this.

Benefit- The Pore Professional $28

I quickly scooped, and applied it to areas on my face with the largest pores (for me, nose, upper and lower cheeks and chin). I could have sworn I saw a difference, a big one at that. But being a skeptic and not wanting to spend $$$ on just another product that would sit in my makeup bag, I attacked my sister and began applying on her. While she does not have the pore issues I do, I applied it to a small area on her nose and immediately saw that the larger defined pores began to fill in. I was sold. Shop Benefit for a bevy of products we know and love.

We must be willing to get rid of the life weve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

Joseph Campbell

my motive…

Flaxen and Tawny reunited for a few days after not seeing eachother for almost 2 months! I mean, seriously, that is kinda crazy. So what did we do tuesday night after our loooongg days of office work and hair do’s??? Well, makeup of course;)

Two of our good friends recently started selling a newly launched makeup line by the name of Motives, and they wanted to test some stuff out with us, so gladly we agreed.

Our thoughts? Well, we love. Especially the completely customizable foundations. I think that may have been our favorite part. It was like a chem-lab/color-theory experiment resulting in pure prettiness… I mean, how can you go wrong?? (Chemistry and Art were always my two favorite subjects…) Seriously, we started with the pigments, toning with yellows or purples depending on where we were at, then adding a variety of moistuizers/sunscreens/hydrators/dilutors/skin firmers…. whatever fit our fancy. It was pretty awsome. And at the end, I ended up with a pretty glass container of my own customized blend of ‘jenn’. Beauty is.

for the full makeup line and purchasing inquiries check out their website http://scandalousyou.com