Ladies Who Lunch: Kissing Up with Italia Ricci of Chasing Life

What? Ladies Who Lunch Interview with Italia Ricci
When? August 14, 2014

Where? At the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at the Walgreen’s Hollywood Flagship Store

Who? Italia Ricci of ABC Family’s Chasing Life

Not only did I get to see my old friend, Fergie again (looking glamorous per usual) at the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at Walgreen’s a few weeks ago, but I also had the pleasure of getting to sit down and visit with a new friend, Italia Ricci of ABC Family’s Chasing Life as she donned her pretty pink in honor of the big event.

Fergie and Italia Ricci at the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at Walgreen's in Hollywood

Channeling Jackie O and laughing with her then-boyfriend, now fiancé (!!!) Robbie Amell  (of CW’s The Flash), I learned about her no-nonsense style, her color in a box (for real) and her intense gratitude for her fans. And let me tell you, the kissing going on outside wasn’t the only romance in the air. These guys are c-u-u-u-u-u-t-e! See for yourself.

DM: Well, hey Italia! Ok. Let’s start with the basics. When people ask you what you do for a living, what do you say?

Italia: I pretend.

DM: Got any nicknames ya wanna share?

Italia: Mom I get from a lot of my friends because I’m a mom. My boyfriend calls me Fatty because I eat like I’m a 9-year-old boy.

DM: I love it. What do you always carry in your purse?

Italia: I carry everything. Literally, if you were stranded on a desert island, you would want my purse. If someone’s like, “I’ve got a stain!” Don’t worry. Italia’s got Shout wipes. Shout wipes are very important. I’ve got a little leather bag with every single emergency pharmaceutical you would ever need. Antihistamine. Aspirin.

DM: So you ARE a mom. You really are.

Italia: Oh yeah. I’ve got the little bags in a giant tote – I’ve got my pharmacy one with like band-aids and everything you’d ever need – even blister covers! Then I’ve got the little sewing one with like tweezers and ear plugs, in case you need it. Eye drops. I literally have everything.

DM: Do you have makeup anywhere in there?

Italia: I mean, I didn’t do this today but I really only wear lipgloss and maybe mascara. But as a little kid, I was always obsessed with Wet n Wild clear lipgloss that tasted like watermelon. It was my very favorite.

DM: What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

Italia: Less is more.

Italia effortlessly walking through the crowd at the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at Walgreen's

DM: Do you have any daily rituals – or, as I call them “daily delights,” that just make the day a little happier?

Italia: Respond to fan mail. Every day.

DM: What’s the worst beauty sin you ever committed?

Italia: Oh GOD. I tried that mayonnaise hair mask once. It didn’t go over well for me. But I do dye my hair out of a box. I did it with Frost and Glow this week Just the blonde one – the highlighting kit. Everyone was like, “Don’t do this. It’s a mistake.” I had the cap on and was like Wheeee! Everybody can do it. It’s like $12.

DM: What beauty products can you not live without?

Italia: Toothpaste. Sunscreen. And a round brush.

DM: I like the no-nonsense…and certainly not in my house. Don’t see that very often in this town. What’s your typical workout routine?

Italia: I occasionally work out. I do Cardio Barre. It’s amazing. I feel like a dancer. You don’t realize what a difference it’s making in your body until you’re looking in the mirror and you’re like, “Hey, butt, heyyyy-yyy.”

Italia’s boyfriend, Robbie Amell, interjects: And we walk everywhere.

Italia: And, welcome my boyfriend, Robbie Amell. He’s on Flash on the CW.”

DM: Now, that’s a supportive girlfriend! Giving you a promo during her interview. Niiiiiice. What do you wish you could tell 13-year-old you?

Robbie (laughing): If you could see a picture of 13-year-old her….

Italia: Take the dreadlocks out and stop practicing witchcraft.

DM: Seriously? I think there’s a story there. But that’s for another time. What would 13-year-old you think of your life now?

Robbie (laughing): No way!!

Italia: That will NEVER be my life. I wish that could happen! Yeah, “no way” is a good one.

Italia Fergie and the retro-clad models at the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at Walgreen's, benefitting the American Cancer Society

DM: And, lastly, what would your theme song be?

Italia: Perfect Day by Hoku.

 

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Ladies Who Lunch: Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting and Italia Ricci of ABC Family's Chasing Life

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What question do you WISH I’d ask Italia? 

 

 

Wet n Wild More Kisses Event at Walgreen’s Hollywood

A few weeks ago, I had one heckuva crazy busy day – 2 interviews and seven events in one single day! Yep. Crazy. But I’m so happy that to start that crazy day off, I got to attend the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at the Walgreen’s flagship store here in Hollywood.

Fergie and me at the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at Walgreen's in Hollywood, benefitting American Cancer Society - the official sponsor of birthdays

It was a celebration to promote the partnership of Wet n Wild and Walgreens as the official sponsors of the “More Kisses” campaign to benefit the American Cancer Society, the official sponsor of birthdays.

25 cents of every sale of Wet n Wild’s Think Pink lipstick (pictured below) will be contributed to this inspiring cause.

Wet n Wild Think Pink lipstick

Using the iconic portrait, “Kissing The War Goodbye,” featuring an image of a nurse and sailor kissing outside the Walgreens location in Times Square as inspiration, the event repeatedly recreated that iconic kiss by inviting all guests in attendance to kiss their loved ones outside the Hollywood Walgreens.

At the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at the Walgreen's Hollywood flagship store. 25 cents of every sale of their Think Pink lipstick will be donated to the American Cancer Society

Wet n Wild’s global beauty ambassador, Fergie, acted as the Grand Marshal of the Kiss, counting down the event amongst guests, press, and celebrity friends. It was like New Years in August!

Fergie at the Wet n Wild More Kisses event

Not only did I get to see my old friend, Fergie again (looking glamorous per usual) but I also had the pleasure of getting to sit down and visit with a new friend, Italia Ricci of ABC Family’s Chasing Life as she donned her pretty pink in honor of the big event.
 Check out the next post for the interview with Italia!
BF Asks: Ummm…how cute is that photo booth?!

Mani Monday: The Thin Gold Line

Just another Mani Monday.
This week it’s back to gel manis. I need some super durability in my life!

I call this one…The Thin Gold Line by @Hyewon8803 at my new neighborhood nail salon, Enamel Diction.

With the nude and gold, it’s such a classic, chic and sophisticated minimalist mani. I’m only sad I only get to have it a week! Why, you ask? After all, Enamel Diction gel manis usually last 2 weeks. Welllll…I’m headed to the iHeartRadio Music Festival and I need my nails to match all the fun that I’m gonna have!!

*necklace featured by Anthropologie

Mani Monday: The Thin Gold Line at Enamel Diction - mani by Hyewon Kong

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: What mani are you rockin’ this week? 

Gorgeous Giveaway: Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Collection

Happy Friday, lovelies!
Did you catch my post the other day featuring the Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Collection launch party I hosted?

Well, that Gabriel loved it and is such a sweetheart that he wants to give one of YOU the entire Burlesque collection and a few little extras (valued at over $300)!!!

Gorgeous Giveaway with Gabriel Cosmetics: What makes you feel your sexiest?

Here’s how you can easily enter to win (any of these qualify as one entry each):

Reply to this question, “What makes you feel your sexiest?” in any of these ways:

1) Replying below to this post

2) Follow @beautyfrosting @gabrielcosmetics and share On Twitter: Just answer the question and be sure to include @beautyfrosting @gabrielcosmetic #BurlesqueGabriel #giveaway

3) Follow @beautyfrosting @gabrielcosmetics and share on Instagram: Regram the pic above, and say “I feel sexiest when _____. When do you feel sexiest? Regram this pic and answer that question,” and be sure to include @beautyfrosting @gabrielcosmetic #BurlesqueGabriel #giveaway

4) FFollow @beautyfrosting @gabrielcosmetics and share on Facebook: Just answer the question and be sure to include @beautyfrosting @gabrielcosmetic #BurlesqueGabriel #giveaway

That’s it.
I’ll pick a winner next Thursday!
Now, who’s excited!

 

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: Of course, you know what I’m gonna ask today…“What makes you feel your sexiest?”

Try It, You’ll Light It: Kathy Ireland Skincare by reVive Anti-Aging treatment

What do you get when you take a sci-fi nerd like me and an anti-aging device that looks like something out of Star Wars?
Um, excitement.
And a smidge of cynicism.

Cycnical sci-fan right here. Let's see how this goes...

But in the case of Kathy Ireland Skincare by reVive Anti-Aging treatment ($69), I may want to revisit the scifi-loving kid more than the cynic.

Kathy Ireland Skincare by Revive Light Therapy Anti-Aging Treatment

Sure it looks like a Light Brite and weighs a mere pound or so, but this little guy packs a wallop of a punch when it comes to doing its job. What is it’s job? Well, it’s clinically tested and proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and improve skin tone, color and texture.

So how did I hear about this force? Well, my friend – we’ll call her Princess Leia – in Las Vegas, kept going on and on about the results she gets every time she uses this. “I can really tell a difference. My skin actually glows and plumps and looks younger.” I told her I’d have to see about that for myself and said, “May the force be with you if it doesn’t work.”

Well, ole Princess Leia knew what she was talkin’ about! I’m already a fan because I tried it last night and I saw instant, glowing results! And it’s easy to use. You just wash and dry your face prior to use and then pretreat face (or selected area) with the Peptide Serum. Turn on the “light saber” (as I choose to call it), apply your safety goggles (those lights are STRONG) and get ready to look younger.

Place the device head within 1/4″ of the skin on the area you wish to great. Leave the light on the treatment area for a minimum of 3 minutes. And there’s no need to do acrobatics with this guy, just hold it in place and let it do its magic. Do this for every area of concern.I, personally, did it while watching The Soup on E!. See, I’m a true multi-tasker – making my face younger with Kathy Ireland Skincare by reVive Anti-Aging treatment, while making my heart younger with laughter, thanks to Joel McHale.

My blackmail picture for sure. If you ever wanted to know how I'd look as a bug in Star Wars, now you know. As, um, as quirky as I may look here, I know that this little light saber will help me in the fight against aging.

Other things I love about it! Um, it’s pretty. And it can be charged either by AA batteries, a power adaptor, or – get how high-tech this is – by attaching it a USB power cord.

Yep, we’re truly in the future here, folks.

Oh, this is good. Really good.

**Note: They also have Kathy Ireland Skincare by reVIve Acne Treatment ($69), which has been proven to reduce acne flareups, kill acne-causing bacteria and prevent blackheads, acne and scarring. You use it the same way as the anti-aging device. And, let’s be real here. You can also use it to zap those pesky little zits and have them go bye-bye!

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: Which of these light sabers do you wanna try?

Hostess with The Mostest: Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Launch Party at SLS Beverly Hills

A few weeks ago, I had the oh-so-fun pleasure of co-hosting the launch party of the new Burlesque Collection for Gabriel Cosmetics at the SLS Beverly Hills.

My co-host? Why, the gorgeous Gabriel himself, of course!

Co-hosting the launch of the Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Collection with the oh-so-handsome Gabriel of Gabriel Cosmetics *Photo by Dustylu

And, due to the theme, things got a little, um, risqué and rowdy when it came red carpet time!

I thought this was a beauty event! WHAT is going on here?? Oh, just a little Burlesque drama… *Photo by Dustylu

I was giddy with glee as friends and fellow tastemakers arrived and struck their poses on the red carpet.

With my fellow southern girls - and dear friends - Brooke Anderson of ET and actress, Sarah Jane Morris

With actresses (and fellow Step Up members and friends), Amy Davidson and Ashley Jones

With my fellow tastemakers and celebs, We Heart This, Everything Hauler, My Beauty Bunny and actress, Sarah Jane Morris *Photo by Dustylu

Next stop? We grabbed a blue margarita and sipped it verrrry slowly. Those margaritas were strong! Just like Gabriel’s pigments.

That's one STRONG drink, son! (Good thing I was raised in the TexMex capital!) *Photo by Dustylu

And that’s what we were celebrating, after all! I love that the entire Gabriel Cosmetics line is all natural, vegan, gluten-free and animal-cruelty free. I get asked all the time if natural and vegan cosmetics can be good. Gabriel proves that not only can they be good but they can be even better than some of the leading department store brands.

The Gabriel Cosmetics display at the SLS Beverly Hills *Photo by Dustylu

My fave picks from the new Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque Collection?
1) The Peep Show Palette ($45) which includesPeep Show Shadow Colors(Amber – Sizzling Gold, Toasted – Warm Brown/shimmer, Velvet – Deep Brown/shimmer and Nude – Neutral Ivory; Peep Show Powder Color inTranslucent – sheer setting powder that leaves skin with a flawless finish; and Peep Show Blush Color in Bitten – neutral red for perfectly flushed cheeks)

A must for fall? Gabriel Cosmetics Peep Show Palette ($45) *Photo by Dustylu

2) Gabriel Meritage Lipstick ($19.95) (a full-bodied, long-lasting, hydrating wine creme lipstick) which I felt verrrrry sexy wearing for the party. p.s. The best part? I didn’t need to reapply even once! And I was in A TON of pictures, y’all!

  
Need some sex appeal in your lipstick this fall? Try Gabriel Cosmetics Meritage Lipstick ($19.95)   

Wearing Gabriel Cosmetics' Meritage Lipstick with Gabriel, himself. I've kissed a lot of frogs - and come to think of it - maybe there were a few duckies along the way. *Photo by Dustylu

3) The Shades of Nude Lip Palette ($19.95) – four perfect shades of nude that perfectly complement the aforementioned Gabriel’s Peep Show Palette.

Gabriel Nude Palette for fall ($19.95) *Photo by Dustylu

The day was filled with sweets – the cupcake variety (because you know I can’t host an event without cupcakes)!

Hey there, Cupcake! *Photo by Dustylu

…and the people variety.

The girls with Gabriel. Pictured here: our "cigarette" girl, Sydney, Brooke Anderson, Gabriel, Dawn McCoy, Ashley Jones, Amy Davidson and Sarah Jane Morris *Photo by Dustylu

And there was plenty of fun and frivolity in the photobooth!

Fun & frivolity in the photobooth with Gabriel and my girls! *Photo by Dustylu

Thanks for letting me join the fun, Gabriel!
Now, ladies, go sexy up your fall look with a little help from Gabriel’s new Burlesque collection!

 

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: Which Gabriel Burlesque product are you most excited to try? 

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Blissed Out at my Bliss Hollywood Spa Day

When Bliss Spa named itself, they knew EXACTLY what they were doing.

Blissing out at Bliss Hollywood

I had the enchanted pleasure of getting all blissed out last weekend at the Bliss Spa at the W Hollywood.

Bliss Hollywood

Thanks to the sweet folks at Bliss, I felt spoiled sweet, starting with the champagne upon my arrival and then by my therapist Michael. Michael gave me a full day of relaxation & detox with the Elermis Exotic Lime & Ginger salt glow ($130/60-minute treatment), a 105-minute Blissage massage ($225/105-minute massage), Phyto Hair Dew hair conditioning treatment ($40), Hot Paraffin Pack foot treatment ($20), Parafango detox back treatment ($45) and Jet Out aromatherapy ($20).

Let the relaxation commence! (Thanks, Michael, at Bliss Hollywood)

After my treatments, I sat in the sauna, took a steam shower, downed some water and then enjoyed another glass of champagne – and a few bites of their famous brownies – as I sat and read my book and wrote a bit in my journal. It was HEAVEN.

Brownies and bubbly? Well, don't mind if I do!

I can’t thank y’all enough. Best Labor Day weekend treat ever.

I left feeling blissed out…and that was exactly what I needed after a busy summer.

And I took home some blissfully delicious products to boot!

They just screamed, "Take me home!" Some blissfully delicious products at Bliss

*To schedule your “Blissed Out” day, schedule your appointments here! Scheduling online is just a breeze.

https://bliss.vipguestservice.com/default.aspx

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: How do you “bliss out”?

Mani Monday: Pumpkin Spice Sparkle by Enamel Diction

Just another Mani Monday.

I call this one…Pumpkin Spice Sparkle by @noemihk at my new neighborhood nail salon, Enamel Diction.

*pumpkin potholder by Crate and Barrel

Mani Monday: Pumpkin Spice Sparkle at Enamel Diction

 

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What fall nail art or mani trend would you like to see me do next? 

Dawn on the Dear Mattie show on iTunes!

Dear Mattie podcast on iTunes, EP. 6 DAWN MCCOY OF BEAUTYFROSTING.COM - Dawn McCoy is THAT neighbor who cooks food for you and just sits right down on your front porch for a chat. I love her. She's also the creator of BeautyFrosting.com, which is all things beauty, baking, & being.

Oh, Mattie!

I am so honored and thrilled to be a guest on the Dear Mattie podcast this week on iTunes with one of my best friends (and neighbors) host, Matt Marr!

Download and listen on your commute, on a walk (like I just did), on the plane or just while washin’ dishes! Listeners’ questions we answer include: parents with narcissism, cell phone etiquette, discovering your true self and a 33-year-old woman in a romantic relationship with a 19-year-old (oh my!).

We also chat about southern sins, new chapters, branding, Step Up, rediscovering childhood passions, my Nanny, how I almost became an FBI agent and the new definition of layover. And just wait til you hear the Chatty Mattie questions. Oh my.

What fun we had on that hot summer day!
Click here to download and listen:
http://www.talktomattmarr.com/podcasts/ep-6-dawn-mccoy-beautyfrostingcom/

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: Do you have a question you want Dear Mattie to answer? Send him one here. Or are there any questions you wish he’d asked me? 

Life Lessons: Tennis After 27 Years

It only took 27 years of a hiatus after some discouraging words…but I'm back at it!

There are moments that shape us – for better or worse – and, at the time, we don’t even realize that they’re happening. And there are authority figures who become monsters in our minds’ memories simply because of a few ill-thought words they say on a Monday. We are such fragile little people as children and haphazard words can break us much more easily than broken bones can.

One of those moments for me was when I was in 7th grade and that authority figure was Mrs.B – or Coach B, as her players called her. I knew she hadn’t ever liked me in the two years she’d had me for P.E. but I braved it out and asked Mrs. B when the tennis tryouts would be that spring of 1991. Her chuckle couldn’t hide her mockery, “Do you even know how to play? It’s very competitive and hard to make the team. And you’re anything but athletic.” Her smirking, disbelieving face read, “Are you stupid? I will never let you make that team” all over it. I believed her. And why wouldn’t I? After all, I had only attended one tennis camp when I was 9 years old and this was all it took to make me rethink my confidence as an athlete. So a tennis pro I was not to be. Shut down. At age 13.

But this wasn’t the first time this particular coach had shut me down. See, she was right. I wasn’t what you would call the most athletic of kids. I was raised in an intellectual household where the arts were encouraged and my mother took glee in throwing away the sports page. She still does. She literally grins.

But I really did try to give sports a go. Over the years, I would try field hockey my freshman year of high school (where I played Junior Varsity one season, received excellent & encouraging hard-core coaching by Coach Mrozek and got to wear cute skirts), volleyball (in 8th grade where that same earlier coach, Mrs. B, never even looked at my group during tryouts even though I’d been in volleyball camp all summer long) and cheerleading…which is, unsurprisingly, where I wound up (again, with the cute skirts – see a theme here?).

At 13, it seemed to me like Coach B seemed to delight in my misery. But “why?” I would ask myself. Was it because unlike my best friend (one of her favorites, who was blonde and petite like her and played tennis and volleyball) I was already 5’9″ with a woman’s body which at 13 seemed to translate to chubby? Was it because I dreaded gym class (or did I dread gym class because of her)? Or maybe it was because I was a bit of a singing-acting-sunshiney kid who was considered a bit of a Pollyanna-meets Patty Simcox kissup?

13-going-on 30. Was this why Mrs. B never liked me? As pretty as the setting is, this picture was the beginning of the worst year of my life…8th grade.

No, the reason she didn’t like me I imagine was a) that I didn’t try out for the volleyball team in that earlier fall of my 7th grade year when she had asked me to try out because they “needed tall people” (what a thrilling invitation) – and – b) because I was different from a lot of the girls in our Dallas, Texas, prep school and she didn’t understand me, and didn’t care to. Honestly, I have no idea why she didn’t like me and I’ll never know. Do we ever know why people don’t like us?

The truth is it doesn’t matter. I let these negative words and this negative energy from one coach keep me from years of playing a sport I actually really enjoyed. Worse yet, I learned that athleticism was a club in which I could never belong and to view working out as a chore rather than a game which I dreaded and feared over the years as my weight fluctuated up and down on the scale, along with my self-confidence. I never played tennis again…until now.

I am grinning as I write this. I have been saying that I wanted to take tennis lessons for years. It’s the one sport I can see sticking with as I grow older. And, it’s not just because of the cute skirts this time – although that certainly doesn’t hurt.

Well, Chris – one of my best friends – had been listening all this time. And this past Friday, when I was having kind of a hard day, he came over and said, “We’re gonna go buy you a tennis racquet.” And so we did. A beautiful white and robin’s egg blue Prince racquet…for my birthday…in November.

Two days later, I found myself on the courts at Beverly Hills Tennis Club volleying back and forth with Chris. It was like I’d never stopped. I’d say it was as easy as getting back on a bicycle but I’ve never ridden a bicycle. (Truth.) I could have played for hours. But while I played, I found all of those years of feeling like I wasn’t good enough come flooding over me. That one moment in my life kept me from playing a sport I loved for 27 years!! How could I have let that happen? I made the decision right then and there that I would never let another person’s words ever have that kind of power over me again. What time I’ve wasted and what fun there is to be had!

Now, on to important questions like “who am I going to play with?” and “which new tennis skirts should I buy?” No, seriously. I am so excited to have rediscovered this sport at this point in my life. I’m as giddy as the girl I used to be.

One minor victory when it came to Mrs. B? When I was in high school, Mrs. B called me and asked me to babysit one Saturday night as we lived in the same neighborhood. She was desperate and really in a pinch. I heard the pleading in her voice and thought about the good girl I usually was and how we should help those in need…and then proceeded to feel the deepest, most devilish little thrill as I told her, “I’m so sorry. I’m going out tonight,” and smiled to myself. That karma sure has a funny sense of humor.

 

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: What life lessons have you learned?