Madame Sophia | My Italian Beauty Muse

For years, before ever visiting, I imagined Italy and the beauty of its landscape, as Sophia Loren personified. The Sophia of the 1950’s. The Legend of the Lost Sophia- demure and mesmerizing. A perfect dichotomy between coyly aloof, and intensely passionate. Equal parts signora, and sex bomb, simultaneously.

Sophia Loren’s beauty and style is the embodiment of femininity… soft curls, turbans, head wraps, and scarves; chandelier earrings, and jeweled statement necklaces accessorize long, rounded brows, sitting against, sharp, carbon-winged eyes, and soft nude lips.

Chiffon draped shoulders and lace silhouettes, sweetheart necklines tucked into midi-skirts, where sex meets modesty. She oozes every color, and so, I themed shades of red, from the palest pantone pink to the boldest fuchsia. In skirts, scarves, lips, cheeks, nails, and embroidered details, dressed, and undressed, I channeled That Kind of Woman, Sophia.

Ciao, Ciao!

Facemaid

Inspiration from Sophia Loren's 1965 Vogue Cover

Inspiration from Sophia Loren’s 1965 Vogue Cover

Sophia, Sophia!!! Vogue 1965

Sophia, Sophia!!!
Vogue 1965

FACEMAID Four Roma.  My favorite products used to channel my inner Black Orchid. COVERGIRL TruNaked Waterproof Eyeliner Madina True Deep Eyeliner Bite Lipstick in Chai NYX Powder Blush in Pinched Dress: ASOS

FACEMAID Four Roma. My favorite products used to channel my inner Black Orchid.
COVERGIRL TruNaked Waterproof Eyeliner
Madina True Deep Eyeliner
Bite Lipstick in Chai
NYX Powder Blush in Pinched
Dress: ASOS

Color Overload!!! Vintage YSL Skirt Vintage Blouse from a Parisian Vintage Store Shoes: Miu Miu

Color Overload!!!
Vintage YSL Skirt
Vintage Blouse from a Parisian Vintage Store
Shoes: Miu Miu

My favorite nail laquer for travel. No top coat necessary!! COVERGIRL Outlast in Red-dy and Willing

My favorite nail laquer for travel. No top coat necessary!!
COVERGIRL Outlast in Red-dy and Willing

Muse.

Muse.

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Fleming{o} Dreams…

On my last morning in Sardinia, my lovely waitress Alicé told me of a Sardinian park, home to thousands of flamingos. Like a poodle, my ears perked up! I taxied to the park’s information center, braving the heat (in sequin pants) and armed with Italian directions, set out to discover the family of some 15,000 flamingos, in all of their black, pink, and white splendor.

I trekked for three and half miles, coming to what was a literal crossroads. The sun was setting, I was sweating and  could barely decipher a word of the directions I was given. Like a scene from a movie, I looked left, then right, standing confused on which way to proceed. My fear of being too lost to find my way back, or worse, stranded without an ability to effectively communicate, I turned, and walked the path I knew. After seven miles of searching, I ended up back at the information center. The attendant, surprised to see me, inquired about my mishap. Standing together, I retraced my steps, using the map on her wall. She gasped, and showed me, had I taken right, (my first instinct) I would have seen the birds, only feet away.

This moment proved to be a metaphor for my life. Although it may seem unimportant, after all, we’re talking about Flamingos; to me it signified a lack of trust I have with myself, and my dreams.

Upon returning to New York, in what I refuse to believe was coincidence I began noticing flamingos everywhere. At lunch days later, a beautiful pregnant woman, sat next to me, in a white dress, covered with pink flamingos. I accepted this, as the Universe’s way of affirming my dreams, and the faith and trust I should have in them. So, onward, Flamingo, or Flemingo, Dreaming.

~Facemaid

 

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A Fleming, Flamingo theme day inspired by my travels, and this Flamingo Jumpsuit by Anthropologie.

Flamingo moments from the day.

Flamingo moments from the day.

Blue Flamingo Party

Blue Flamingo Party

 

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Nonna Roma | Grandma Rome

Rome is a Nonna, (Italian for Grandmother.)  The matriarch of all cities, where the world visits, and people flock to hear her first hand anecdotes of love and war, art and fashion, family and food, and tales of an emperor, or two.  She is stoic, weathered by thousands of years of life, and millions of stories found behind the beauty of piercing eyes.

Her grandeur is awe inducing.  Ivy lies artfully laced over buildings like fabric, with ornate details, as if each Basilica were adorned in her ‘Sunday’s Best.’  Bougainvillea blooms throughout the city, hanging like vintage artwork, accessorizing piazzas. And a family’s tomato sauce is protected by confessional, but tastes like heaven.

In all of her statuesque opulence, lies a rustic-ness wrought by warfare, yet she still bore the most iconic historical fruit, whose cultural impact reverberates centuries later. Where Caesar periled, Michelangelo painted, Valentino’s brilliance was born, da Vinci invented, well, everything; and then, there is you know, the Pope

Amore,

FACEMAID

In Awe.

In Awe.

Streets filled with tourists from all over the world, for Nonna.

Streets filled with tourists from all over the world, for Nonna.

My name is Gladiator.  A peek inside the Colosseum, completed in AD80 and home to contests, animal hunts, and executions alike.

My name is Gladiator. A peek inside the Colosseum, completed in AD80 and home to contests, animal hunts, and executions alike.

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Bougainvillea can be found throughout the city sharing its beauty and color.

Sweet eats at Paticceria Boccione in Rome's Jewish Ghetto.

Sweet eats at Paticceria Boccione in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto. Address: Via del Portico D’Ottavia, 1, 00186 Roma, Italy

The ceilings of the Vatican Museum are beyond words,

The ceilings of the Vatican Museum are beyond words,

The beauty of Ivy-laced Hotel Campo di Fiori, and my Roma 'Home Away from Home.'

The beauty of Ivy-laced Hotel Campo de Fiori, and my Roma ‘Home Away from Home.’

A gun invented by the mastermind himself, Leonardo da Vinci.

A gun invented by the mastermind himself, Leonardo da Vinci.

Delicious Simplicity.

Delicious Simplicity.

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I Have This Thing with Doors. :)  Dress:  The Jet Set Diaries Scarf:    Zara Earrings: Mercedes Salazar Shoe:     Miu Miu

I Have This Thing with Doors. 🙂
Dress: The Jet Set Diaries
Scarf: Zara
Earrings: Mercedes Salazar
Shoe: Miu Miu

 

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One, but not done! Happy Birthday Facemaid!!!

Within this space, I have found an outlet to express myself creatively, emotionally, and artistically, while sharing and celebrating the beauty I am blessed to experience in this non-traditional career (I was supposed to go to Law School), in the most dynamic city in the world (mostly New York), with my family, friends, and clients(too many to name!)  I wanted this to be a space of beauty, to share and celebrate the places, people, and product that add a little, or a lot, of pretty in my life.

I have learned so many things since launching this blog:  To author the definition of my name, no matter how unconventional, to use my voice, because I have things to say; and most of all, during the moments my brain has felt empty, to equally celebrate and appreciate the little things, where the most beautiful lessons can be found.

We’re a year old, and this is just the beginning!!!  There are so many adventures to come.:)FullSizeRender-106

THANK YOU, for stopping by, and letting me share with you!!!

exes and oohs,

Jennifer Fleming,

FACEMAID

 

 

 

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Thunderbolt | Coup de Tonnerre

A night in the Marais filled with awful instrumentals that somehow still sounded so sexy, and laughter at idiosyncrasies, complimented by a smile as bright as a million moons; with perfect attention paid to every detail. Whispering in French, English, and Frenglish, while trading stories of wander and wonder of who we would be if we weren’t who we are, what ifs, what’s next and what feels right. It was one of those perfect Parisian nights ended by obligation, leaving behind a mental memento of the power of a mind or soul or body’s connection to another; indeed, magic, and the ultimate facemaidcapade.

Ouais, c’est magique…

FACEMAID

Le 153 Bar- Paris

Le 153 Bar- Paris

Bisous

Bisous

Mementos...

Mementos…

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Mother Orchid | Spring at The Orchid Show

Behold the luxurious and mysterious romantic allure of the orchid. With its asexual regality, the orchid does not flirt, yet plays hard to get, making you lead with effort, giving special instructions for its maintenance that, if ignored, will surely abandon you. The orchid’s decorative, edible, and medicinal qualities, make it a flower that feeds all five senses. To nurture it requires commitment, and like the mate that elicits your best qualities, it teaches patience and perseverance.

Each Spring, the New York Botanical Garden celebrates this elegant flower with its annual Orchid Show. Thirty thousand species of orchids displayed and inspired by an ever-changing theme, is at perfect as it sounds. In a nod to this year’s Orchid show, and to celebrate the first week of Spring, I reminisce on last year’s ‘Chandelier’ event; daydreaming of being surrounded by thousands of species of floral bliss, in an explosion of orchids with varying personalities, each beautiful in their own complex way.

Walking through the exhibit ignites childhood memories of trips to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, picnicking with my mom, and inciting sensory cognition of floral notes that smell and feel new, and hopeful, like the first days of Spring.

love and hope,

Facemaid

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This Way to Bliss!!!

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Orchid Light

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Beauty In All Forms

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Surrounded By ‘Chandeliers’

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Facemaid Four the Orchid Show: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Vichy Idealist MAC Pigment Christian Dior Lipstick

Captured, Capturing

Captured, Capturing

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The Most Magnificent Display

Photo Credit: @erikasanz

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Helloooo…Your Face Called | Hydrate Winter Skin

The past weekend’s New Year festivities (btw, Happy New Year!), coupled with the fashionably late arrival of winter has my skin singing Adele, searching for hydration.  Mother Nature’s cool dry air aligned with the warm, dry indoor temperatures of blazing boilers, dehydrate the skin at rapid pace. Protect your pretty, hydrate.

I like to add a mixer, or two, to my everyday skincare cocktail. Adding hydrating mists, masks, and moisturizers, are essential to combat the stress of the current, much cooler climate.

Below, I’m sharing a few of my face’s favorite drink’s of water!

An industry cult favorite, and my all-time favorite moisturizer, Embrolisse.  Made with plant extracts that hydrate, and a texture that cushions the skin like a down comforter, I keep this in my personal and professional skincare kit.

An industry cult favorite, and my all-time favorite moisturizer, Embryolisse. Made with plant extracts that hydrate, and a texture that cushions the skin like a down comforter, I keep this in my personal and professional skincare kit.

New to regime, Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask, leaves my skin feeling fresh, and soft.  Infused with Chamomile and kiwi extract to soothe, and Shea butter to moisturize, this mask once a week seals the moisture deal!

New to regime, Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask, leaves my skin feeling fresh, and soft. Infused with Chamomile and kiwi extract to soothe, and Shea butter to moisturize, this mask once a week seals the moisture deal!

As one of my favorite brands of skincare, Caudalie Lip Conditioner does exactly what it says, conditions, but, with superpower antioxidants to help with anti-aging.  You know I love a two-fer.

As one of my favorite brands of skincare, Caudalie Lip Conditioner does exactly what it says, conditions, but, with superpower antioxidants to help with anti-aging. You know I love a two-fer.

A literal 'drink of water' for your skin!  But Avene Spring Water is a fave for its ability to soothe redness (windburn anyone?), and balance the skin's ph.  Mist throughout the day to keep skin plump and hydrated!

A literal ‘drink of water’ for your skin! But Avene Thermal Spring Water is a fave for its ability to soothe redness (windburn anyone?), and balance the skin’s ph. Mist throughout the day to keep skin plump and hydrated!

My Facemaid Four Hydrated Skin!!!

My Facemaid Four Hydrated Skin!!!

PS.  I missed talking to you; I hope your 2016 is off to an amazing start!!!

xoxo,

Facemaid

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Besos | Barcelona

It felt as though someone from everywhere in the entire world set out for the beaches of Barcelona that weekend; and it was the third stop on my own personal Eat, Pray, Love excursion.

Barcelona is warm, sexy, and casual. Where couples stop to kiss in the street, overcome with passion, defeated by anticipation.

Feminine details can be found within the city’s architecture, as if the buildings were stenciled in concrete lace; and floral elements embedded in the masonry, giving an air of romance affirming the passion of the culture.

And so, I adorned my hair with flowers, like Frida; and draped my shoulders with lace, mimicking the buildings around me.

Warm bright eyes, signature red lips, and big, strong brows, lure Spanish expressions whispered in Catalan…with words that fall deaf upon the ears, yet understood by the eyes…

Besos,Besos…Petons

~FACEMAID

…DONA...

…DONA…

…Lacy Details in the Gothic Quarter...

…Lacy Details in the Gothic Quarter…

Deep Red Lips, and Hair Roses… Eyes: Makeup Forever Lips: MAC Cosmetics, COVERGIRL

Deep Red Lips, and Hair Roses…
Eyes: Makeup Forever
Lips: MAC Cosmetics, COVERGIRL

…Floral, Feminine Inspiration...

…Floral, Feminine Inspiration…

An obvious feast of Sangria, tapas, and paella; and tapas, sangria, sangria, sangria…

An obvious feast of Sangria, tapas, and paella; and tapas, sangria, sangria, sangria…

…Romantic Details...

…Romantic Details…

…Esperanza...

…Esperanza…

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Beauty{Fall}| Makeup Inspiration

Colors mimicking your favorite Malbec, warm and rich; shades of marsala and mustard, apricot and eggplant…Fall is full of inspiration. The time of year we switch from rosé, to pumpkin spiced everything; and hints of autumn reveal themselves in the warm colors of foliage, and the beauty in aging leaves, synonymous with cooler climates.

My BeautyFall inspiration was inspired by the certainty in, and embracing of, transition…literally, and figuratively. An edit on my everyday red…an upgrade of a clean eye…with colors that feel like the leftovers of summer, and the anticipation of autumn.

What I love about this NARS eyeshadow, is how beautifully deceptive it is. For a complexion like mine, at first glance its impact isn’t obvious. However, on the skin, it warms up the eye with a hint of sparkle. {On a lighter complexion, it works as a beautiful shadow liner by day, and smokey eye by night. :)}

I wanted my lips layered with an intense base tempered with warm shades of red like the depth of autumn leaves, as if I’d kissed the leaves of The Cloisters’ trees.

As days become shorter, sunsets seem so much more intense. A walk through Fort Tryon Park was the perfect in-between-seasons moment. Mother Nature’s torment between what was Summer, and what is becoming, Fall.

~FACEMAID

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Beauty Fall

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A Change Is Gonna Come…The Cloisters at Ft Tryon Park

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The Fall Beauty Crew NARS Eyeshadow Duo in SURABAYA NARS Velet Matte Lipstick in TRAIN BLEU NARS Audacious Lipstick in RITA

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Fall V. Summer at Sunset

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Inspiration by Nature

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Warm Sun, Warm Eyes, Warm Lips…Cool Air

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Lets Walk Through The Park

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Sunset With A View

Sunset With A View

 

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Luxuriate In Laruicci | Megawatt Jewelry

A Detroit girl gone global, Lauren Ruicci was clearly born with serious cool-girl allure. Having studied extensively in Florence, Italy, she gives a nod to Linda Loppa and Pattie Wilson as influences. However, her creativity at finding inspiration in Aunties and automotive alike, make it no wonder her brand, Laruicci, is blowing up all over the world. Much like her presence, Laruicci exudes strength mixed with sass- think Megawatt Jewelry meets Wonder Woman. The result: instant superpower potential.

After a chance meeting over coifs at Didact Hair Building in Paris’ Marais; I had the privilege of previewing her most current collection, inspired by a girl biker gang, cruising down the Almafi coast. Her vision, aptly displayed in the textures and color (opaque white) of each piece, gives a nod to Italian décor and the architecture of vintage Italy, southern style.

Each Laruicci collection has a distinct story, where more is more or less can be made more, layered with Laruicci. Now, luxuriate here.

~ FACEMAID

Laruicci Overload

Laruicci Overload

 

You Have The Right To Remain Cuffed

You Have The Right To Remain Cuffed

If Wonder Woman Wore Rings...

If Wonder Woman Wore Rings…

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The Leather-Clad Creative Rocking Her Label. #BOSS

The Leather-Clad Creative Rocking Her Label. #BOSS

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Getting A Sneak Peek…

Biker Girl Gangs!

Biker Girl Gangs!

A Close-Up of the New Collection

A Close-Up of the New Collection

A Few of My Favs

A Few of My Favs

Luxuriate

Luxuriate

 

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