chalk it up to a new start.

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


when the goin gets tough, the tough go shopping.

Feeling slightly despondent and maybe, just maybe, a little cranky pants McGee, I couldn’t resist the textbook, online, retail therapy session. And aren’t those little shoes just divine? Levis always delivers…

Carrie: Honey, if it hurts so much, why are we going shopping?

Samantha: I have a broken toe, not a broken spirit.

pregger jeggers.

As you must know in the recent wake of our ‘ode to jeggings’ piece, Flaxen and Tawny are lovers of their jeggings. We wear them almost daily and we have every intention of continuing to wear them well into this spring.

As you might not know, but are about to, I recently found out that I am expecting bebe numero 2;) As this is all very well, my super skin-tight jeggings are already beginning to feel like they could possibly be asphyxiating that ever-growing bean inside. Now, be it the case or just those morning sickness bagel fixes that are taking up what very little wiggle room was left, I am in need of some space. And as we’ve already once discussed back in June, let’s face it, the first few months of pregnancy aren’t the complementary ones. We don’t look pregnant, but bloated. Like we’ve been hanging in the local watering hole a bit too frequently. Like we’ve been skipping the gym. Like, well, we’re just kinda getting fat. And this is no good for a girl’s ego: especially one in the very fragile emotional state such as a woman in her first trimester of pregnancy. Pregnant women need to feel comfortable AND sexy… Even more so than one who is not. The incredible changes that your body undergoes in this short period of time are enough to make a girl completely lose her mind… not to say that doesn’t still happen periodically along the way;)

During my last pregnancy, jeggings had really just hit the market. I mean, I was still cringing at the though of actually having to refer to them by a name as stupid as this, but it stuck… and I never did come up with a better name myself. I’m not actually sure that there even were maternity jeggings yet. I hated every pair of maternity jeans I found so I ended up resorting to wearing a lot of my old skinny jeans unbuttoned and folded in below my bulging belly with long shirts. Thankfully many affordable clothing lines have since them come out with some pretty cute maternity-cut jeggings.

So, my dilemma? We have come to the end of this jegging season in the ‘fashion world’, and these affordable lines have stopped making them for spring and have put all that is left on clearance, leaving me to choose from what remains, which basically includes only sizes 14-18.

Then, of course, there is the ever-favorite jbrand jean, who’s maternity jegging looks oh so enticing, but I can not(at this point) bring myself to pay 200 dollars for a MATERNITY jean that I will be wearing for only a few months of my existence on this earth. So I have decided to take matters into my own hands… scary, huh?? I recently bought myself a couple of back-up pairs of old-navy’s jeggings on clearance for 10 dollars a pop and figured they were the perfect subjects for my maternity jegging project.

Here is my quick and dirty of inserting a ‘gusset’: A triangular insert, as in the seam of a garment, for added strength or expansion, into a pair of jeggings for extended use…

jeggings-old navy, $10 on clearance

with scissors, cut about 2-3 inches along the seam of the hips of the jeans as shown below.

(for a cleaner look, pull apart the seam rather than cutting. This gives more material to work with when adding the gusset. I wasn’t quite patient enough to take the time to do this myself, and am now wishing I had… story of my life;)

either with a sewing machine or by hand, carefully sew in the ‘gusset’. leave extra material to work with, you can always cut it clean once you are sure it fits you well.

you can use either a thick elastic or as I used, a fairly soft elastic-cotton blend, folded over for extra support.

So there it is my friends, FT’s jegging gusset insertion 101. So whether it be a baby belly, or just winter’s comfort foods taking up that extra space in your skinny’s, don’t throw in the towel too soon. FT says put your 8th grade home-ec sewing skills to the test. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised that even with all of the note passing, poetry scribbling, teenage angst, and of course, the total distraction of being partnered with your hugest crush to work on your teddy bear project, you did actually learn a thing or two;)

ode to jegging.

puff jacket- Michael Kors; Jegging- OldNavy; Boots- Uggs; Bootlet-Fashionmongers; Purse- Gift; Street- Smith (BK)

Sweater- Free People; Jegging- Forever 21; Boots- Mia; Bar- Court and Spark (BK)

o’ our jeggings
we wear you everyday
you tighten up our thighs and buns
and let us get on our way

you’re stretchy for comfort and ease
we tuck our boots in you
but what happens in the spring?
will you still be seeing us through?

of course we can continue to rock you
with a hot 3′ inch pump
making our legs appear long and skinny
the antithesis of a frump

so this 2009/2010 “trend”
is definitely one to keep
buy us at forever 21 and old navy
where we are nice and cheap 😉


Happy Trails Jegging-aroos!

opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

as we’ve previously discussed, working from home is difficult for most. specifically for women who have a house to run, children to feed, businesses to stay afloat, and husbands to keep happy.

“do i stay in sweaty rags all day, or do i doll myself up, pretending that i am not actually a shut in all week long?”

we think this look is the perfect middle ground. you can be both cute and comfortable all day long in stretch pants and a cozy sweater, and then when the kiddies and hubby get home, you can still look totally chic. why not throw on a pair of specs, irregardless of whether or not you actually need them. we’re told people like the ‘hot for teacher/librarian’ look. now where is that card catalog?

On Tawny:

Sweater- Nicholas K, Jeggings- C & C, Tank Top- Theory, Boots- Fergie Ledger, Nuts and Bolts stereo wire bootlet and Elastic Bracelet- handmade by fashionmongers, Earrings- H & M, Tan handbag- C.C. Skye, Eyeglasses- Prada

On Flaxen:

Cardigan and Tank Top- American Eagle, Jeggings- Old Navy, Necklace- Jade one from ex-boy

real women don’t have curves? we guess…

Aside from being business partners and best buds, Flaxen and Tawny also share another feature in common: curvaliciousness. And that is one of the reasons we began our friendship, our business, and our blog; to get across to women that being ‘imperfect’ is actually better than being ‘perfect’. We’re so much more interesting that way! We want to appreciate all that we are, without being advocates of changing our weight, our shape, or our external demeanors. Apart from that, we both get quite cranky when not fed and enjoy shakin’ what our mamas’ gave us on a regular basis;)

Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So visualize this when trying to identify with our above position:

Tawny, in need of a paying gig to support her blogging habit, ventures out into unknown terrain to look for work. While perusing the web, she happens upon a post that she may be perfect for. What they need is a woman with her exact proportions to come in and be a fit model for a specific designer. Upon request, she sends in her measurements and a full length picture. This job pays well.

She gets asked to come in for a casting call (hopefully not ‘couch’) to test her wearability of garments a) jeans, b) tank top and c) shirt. Her first thought? Don’t eat or drink water before 3pm; the call time. A flat belly can almost guarantee her employment.

She eats of course or she’d be a tear through the offices upon arrival and cantankerous Tawny could possibly come out. She walks up the stairs and sighs a big sigh. Low and behold, upon entering the building suite, there is a gaggle of 25 tall women ranging from sizes 6-8. Wait, scratch that. A gaggle of 25 tall women supposedly ranging from sizes 6-8. Her second thought? Starvation would have been a good idea. Her third thought? Run.

She doesn’t, seeing that some confidence and a possible blog could come out of this painful casting session. She’s the first size 8 asked to come in for review. She feels like a cattle on the way to the slaughterhouse, 1,500 miles away from home. Thrown at her are the skinniest of skinny jeans, the thinnest and tiniest size ‘M’ tank she has ever seen, and a button down man-tailored workshirt large enough to fit her childhood Cabbage Pitch Kid, Candy Sherry. There’s one way in and one way out, and nowhere to hide.

She is escorted through a maze of cubicles, judging eyes everywhere, to a changing room (which was really a men’s room, an attempt at sounding sophisticated by the chief herder). With deep breath and trepidation, she undresses, and stares at the pile of clothes chosen for her with indignation, then begins. One foot in one leg, one foot in the other leg and then shimmy, jump, shimmy, button, then breathe. Tank top pulled over head, shift girls up then down, place tank in bunching position over muffin top and camaflouge adequately. Unbutton blouse, one arm in, wrist caught on button, pull without tearing, resulting in a crop top and burdensomely short sleeves. Goddamn monkey arms strike again. Button first button, then second, whoops, it’s pulling at the chest. Shit. Renegade weight rows caused broadening of back muscles. Fat guy in a little coat syndrome. Again.

Once fully draped in the constricting sample clothing, she exits and is directed to turn left into the photography room. No name or questions asked. First things first, awkward face shot. Next, frontal jean shot, lift shirt up so we can see the complete jean, then turn sideways. Quadricep/hamstring shot. Butt shot next, then other side quad/hammy shot. Done. ‘Thank you. Please exit right and give the samples to said woman standing in corner’.

a true size 8

What seemed like forever was all of 10 minutes and Tawny was once again back in street mode, bbm’ing her besties, calling her sister, to let them know of the days occurrences. When all was said and done, she strikes it up to an experience and an experiment and as Flaxen best layed it out for her ‘you did it for the cause!’. Our cause at FT, of course.

How true: to be able to relay to all of our female readers that clothes are really not made for us curvaceous, well-developed, beautiful women is really a testament of sorts; a gospel if you will. So take this bible with you: next time you’re shopping, whether you be a size 4 or 14, think back and realize you haven’t gained weight and your hips don’t lie. The apparel market has just manufactured clothing to fit skinny, embryonic, and non-existant specimens of ‘women’ once again.

With empathy and sisterly love,
Flaxen Tawny

you won’t forget this password.

Two of my dear friends are getting married this coming saturday in West Hartford , CT (stay tuned for pics!!). Flaxen Tawny loves weddings, obviously. Being a busy hairstyling, blogging, traveling mom, I rarely find opportunities to dress myself up in a hot cocktail dress and heels anymore. So, I found myself in utter excitement in February when my girlfriend shared her wonderful news of engagement with me! Oh, the possibilities…I was on the hunt.

After finding the dress sometime in May, I immediately imagined pairing the short number with some nude-ish/mustardy-yellow heels to elongate my petite lil’ legs. I wanted something classy, fun, sexy, yet practical: something I would wear again, with something other than a cocktail dress. But, being the procrastinator that I am, I left the search for these babies until the Monday before the wedding.

Well, thank god for big favors (and shopaholics;). Tawny just so happened to be on her way to the mall with her sis! Knowing me (and shoes) so well, she immediately sent me this picture on arrival at Nordstrom.

Seychelles ‘Password’ in mustard yellow. Damn, she is good. It was the exact shoe I was looking for, and at only 90 dollars–a steal. The wide heel offers support and solidarity for all night dance parties, and may even keep me on my feet for a full day’s haircutting…regardless, I now have even more incentive to purchase those jbrand skinnys and hudson wide-legs I have had my eye on for this fall.

104 Days of Summer

Autumn is around the corner, arguably the most favored season by the fashionistas of the world. Boots, lightweight jackets, hats, sweaters, JEANS! ahhhh fun is. The August issue of NYLON is the annual jeans issue. It’s got the skinny and the wide-leg on the best brands, styles, and prices to look for this season. We’ve been scoping out some of the looks coming up for Fall 2010 and of course like we always do, thought we’d share a couple of our favorite eye-catchers.

Of course the skinny jean is still plastered all over the legs of fall 2010, and the winner of the skinny award? JBrand, of course. Still going strong.

This next look makes both Flaxen and Tawny as equally excited about jean shopping this fall.. and that rarely happens;)

This Hudsonwide leg Jean is flattering on most everyone, making it our pick for the fall.

So get amped, get ideas, explore your options for this coming fall… but please do us all a favor and wait until after Labor Day to really start rocking these looks. I mean, we know New York is fashion-Forward, but if we have to look at one more nyc fashionista dressed in jeans and knee-high lace-up leather boots on an 85 degree July afternoon, we might scream. After all, out of 104, we technically still have another 60 some-odd days of summer left which is more than HALF. Let’s not rush it;)

we still want your boys to swim!

There are few things that are more disenchanting then a man whose jeans are too tight; roller derby-ing and children on leashes to name a few. Our trend driven society that goes back and forth between fads is way too confusing for the male consumer that has no taste of their own. Let us review:
In the 1980’s, the style was a washed out, tapered jean look. Point blank, these should not be worn at all. Anymore. Ever again.
In the 1990’s, the trend was more of a baggy, ‘I think I am a rapper but I so am not’, ‘Look at my boxer briefs, I think I am Marky Mark’ look.

In the 2000’s, the jean sort of morphed between boot cut and straight leg, skinny and tapered, baggy but not saggy.
However, around 2004-2005, the ‘metrosexual’ immerged in NYC and spread its wings across the country in the upcoming years. As women and men, we became a bit uncomfortable that our boyfriends butts looked cuter in jeans than ours, their breasts/pecs bigger and their full monte exposed to all men and women to see and easily grope.
Finally the 2010’s are here. We think that trends for men’s jeans should really be thrown out the proverbial window. We want all of you guys to wear what is comfortable for you! Granted, we are women writing this blog, but we can still voice our opinion and provide tips as to what might be a good fit for you (we wouldn’t be flaxen tawny if we didn’t).
Some don’ts:
1) stay away from embellished jeans. Please. Grommets and studs are for the ladies, if at all.
2) don’t bite at thick stitching, it just makes your tush look bigger by drawing more attention to it.
3) if jeans are too tight, you leave nothing up to the imagination (even if that is your intention).
Some do’s:
1) a little room goes a long way.
2) distressed jeans are perfectly acceptable and to be quite honest, hot.
3) darker jeans will never fail you and will last longer than lighter ones.

We endorse Levis for all of our ‘do’ jeans. But if you don’t find something there, contact us and we can personally shop them for you 😉