Like tourists huffing and puffing to reach the peak we forget the view on the way up

Dress by Rachel Pally

Shoes by Beverly Friedman

Earrings available from Fashionmongers

Sunglasses by Valentino

Bonita Springs, Florida


if your desk isnt covered, you are probably not doing your job

Fashionmongers one-of -a-kind necklace composed of rock stone, glass beads, and rose gold plated spacers- $25. Contact us for purchasing detes.

the joys of being stuck behind a desk are plentiful. not really. but when i was making this necklace last night, i couldn’t help but think: ‘this will sure look sweet on my off-white, plastic covered, plywood desk!’

so there it is in all its glory, could only get better on you πŸ˜‰

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

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

almost paradise.

Zara Linen Tank, Forever 21 Mini Skirt, Colin Stuart Strappy Sandals (, Valentino Sunglasses, Vintage Cross Body Purse, Fashionmongers Handmade Bird Bracelet, Vintage Wooden and Seashell Necklace

Add Madigan’s Striped Shirt, A Cocktail, and Your Mama…

…And Enjoy πŸ˜‰

Sunset Cruise on Captiva Island, Florida’s West Coast

feel the spirit you’re channeling.

after a greater hartford county thrift store shopping spree with an equally vintage adoring comrade, i was totally inspired by a 1970’s handmade knit dress i found. the details are beautiful; the style boxy. it is so remniscent of the mod look of the same and prior decade. hence, dress up time.

the dress. a black and white knit, with crocheted detail at the bottom.

the hair. being trapped in a house during a sleet storm sans flaxen, i improvised as we all must when our right hand woman is absentee;) my hair was brushed completely straight and set in place with major amounts of gel (channeling jersey shore more than twiggy perhaps). then i used a wide headband placed over the tips of my ears, and coming down right at my browline. i then teased my bangs with a brush for height, then took bobby pins to create a beehive-like illusion.

the accessories. all fashionmongers. lots of bangles, zigzag earrings, and big pendants are all part and parcel of accomplishing this complete look.

the makeup. check out our favorite online guru Michelle Phan on you tube.

now go have some fun in your closet. you may be bored with your wardrobe right now, but if you put a little story behind it, we promise you, it can be entirely reinvented.

can you dig it?


if a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late – H. Caulfield

We are sharing with you today a picture of yet another pleased fashiomongers client. We wish we could always look this hot. Kudos.

And P.S. we want that belt too.

Beaded necklace and Belt from Fashionmongers, Cutie Pie Daughter from Lisa and Joe πŸ˜‰

‘It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.’ – Coco Chanel