The Way We Wore: Coachella 2014

I went to Coachella last weekend – and, my-oh-my, the fashion! While I definitely wasn’t the biggest risk-taker at the 3-day annual music festival, I was inspired to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace my inner boho hippie.

So what did I pack?

Packing for Coachella included a Trina Turk sunhat, a Lolli Swim swimmie, Garrett Leight sunglasses, Hello Apparel tee, Just Fab Cayte wedges, Jesslyn Blake Beatrice bag, Nordstrom Savvy rompers, One Hope Wine sparkling wine and more!

Besides a bunch of rompers, jumpsuits and sundresses from Nordstrom (in the always-delightfully-surprising Savvy department), I relied heavily on these fashion superstars:

1. Kyu Mélange Eclair Bag in Camel ($795): Y’all, I love this bag SO much that I’m devoting a whole post to it. I felt chic, elegant  - and, best of all – it actually made me a better packer. Cannot wait to share this – and more – from this new line with you!!

My new love - the Kyu Mélange Eclair Traveller in Camel ($795) - also pictured my Just Fab Cayte wedges - here I'm getting ready on Day 3 - Sunday - to (sadly) leave Palm Springs

2. My Lolli Swimwear Floral Peplum One-Piece ($40): This is the ultimate feminine-meets-cool swimmie. I felt cute. I felt sexy. And I felt downright flirty. Thanks, Lolli!

In love with Lolli Swim - pictured here my Lolli Swim Floral Peplum One Piece ($40), Trina Turk sunhat and Garrett Leight sunnies

3. My Hello Apparel “Hello California” tee ($22): I’m obsessed with this tee because a) it’s comfy, b) it’s super cool looking and c) it actually makes me look a tad bit cooler. Any shirt that has that kind of power is a must in my closet!

Day 1 of Coachella - Pre-Road Trip with Jenn Chan: Laughing in my Hello Apparel Hello California tee following my pre-Coachella blowout at DryBar with Jud Ashouri

4) Sparkly Soul headbands ($15): With a flash of glitter, they’re instantly glamorous while marrying well with the laid back, boho-chic vibe of Coachella. And not only are they great for a festival, summer days or date nights, they also are PERFECT for your sweatiest workout. With a velvet underbelly, they stay in place while being uber-comfy.

Sparkly Soul glitter headbands: marrying laid back boho-chic with relaxed glamour

5) Trina Turk sunhat: All I can say here is that it made me feel like Jackie O meets Babe Paley in a Slim Aarons book – which is all you ever want to feel like in Palm Springs

Feeling my Palm Springs-best in my Trina Turk sunhat

 

I had such a ball dressing up – and I’ll be back with more pics from what I wore to all the parties! So stay tuned for that! As for how I’m adjusting to being back in reality – well, if you can call L.A. “reality”?

Instead of leaving my free-spirited self behind in Palm Springs, I decided she should come back with me and stay all spring and summer long! It’s gonna be a super fun sunny summer, y’all!

 

xoxo,
Dawn

Coachella 2014: Pre-Coachella Primping Picks

Coachella Prep Time! *Feather headdress by Helen Kathleen Phillips

Coachella is upon us – the festival responsible for giving birth to summer’s hottest beauty and fashion trends. So how does one prep for a weekend in shorts, rompers, sundresses and swimsuits. The answer? Verrrrrrrry carefully.

In the midst of all the whimsical style we will see there, there is only one way that everyone needs to look: Golden, glowing, fresh-faced and FABULOUS!

So how do I get to looking like that with only a few hours to spare? Here we go. My top Pre-Coachella Primping Picks:

1) I start with Teadora Body Polish ($40) in Dawn (naturally) which is loaded with moisturizers and antioxidants and improves the elasticity and texture of skin. Since I’ve been told by some of my friends that their 17-year-old DAUGHTERS are going, I wanted to make sure that my skin looks as young as possible even if my body may not!

2) My favorite new trick is to use the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt ($19.99) which helps your body scrub of choice and oils penetrate more deeply into the skin. And it works to prepare your skin for moisturization and -in my case – self-tanner which is what I did to prepare next.
3) Who doesn’t want to look like a Victoria’s Secret angel? After all, did you know that the VS angel’s hairstyle is the most requested hairstyle at blowdry salons? Well, I can at least tell you how to get their golden goddess tan. I love the Victoria’s Secret Self-Tanning Tinted Spray with 360 degree continuous application ($15). It sprays evenly and lets me see where I apply so there are no oopsies. I mean, ain’t nobody got time for oopsies when you’re trying to look like a supermodel! I emphasize, tryyyyying.
4) To get that fresh-faced glow that’s a must for Coachella, I turned to Sjal Kashmir Saphir (Restore) Perfecting Maskv($150). Perfecting, you say? Gimmesomeofthat. This mask reduces pore size while upping the skin’s oxygen intake all while lifting and firming the skin. Perfect, indeed!
5) Next up – after my tan had dried a bit – I hydrated my skin a bit for that dewy glow with The Honest Company’s Organic Body Oil ($9.95). Its soothing ingredients calm and hydrate skin while leaving the gift of a subtle sheen.
6) As for my mani, I was torn. The thing with Cochella, it is young, hip and fresh so your manicure needs to be that, as well. I got a mani at Côte before I left and I adore their nail polishes – particularly their #1 – which is a sheer, creamy peachy melon. Getting a mani there It feels like you’re at the beach! Then, for a little surprise splash of fun, I added 2 coats of L’Oreal Pop The Bubbles nail polish ($5.99) on the ring finger of each hand. Pop The Bubbles is a sparkling, sea-foamy turquoise with silver glitter in it. So it’s just the right amount of fun without looking like I broke into a 5-year-old’s nail polish – because that would not be Coachella-cool.
5) Prepping your hair for a weekend at Coachella is a must! Since Coachella is a little reminiscent of Woodstock, there isn’t a lot of hairwashing going on. There are braid bars and flower crown bars ready to add a little whimsy to your hair. So to get my hair super clean before I left, I relied on my trusty Tresemme Keratin Smooth shampoo/conditioner combo  to keep my hair clean, shiny, smooth, bouncy and full of life.
6) Lastly, I prepped by getting into the spirit with a braid. When I went to the Assembly Braid bar to get a crown braid ($30), they specifically told me how shiny my hair was! And I have to tell you, I am not someone who loves wearing my hair up (I always feel like I look like a boy, don’t ask) but I will be visiting Assembly Salon for a crown braid again when I need to spice up my look a bit. I felt like Princess Leia – and we know dudes loooove Princess Leia.

Here's one of the braids I was treated to at Assembly in preparation for Coachella. There's ribbon in there! RIBBON, I SAY!!!!

Okay, I’m off for the weekend, y’all! And I can’t wait to come back next week and share with you my packing list, what I wore and what trends I spotted! COOOOOAAAAAACHHHHEEEEELLLLAAAAA, BAAAAAAABY!!!
xoxo,
BF
BF Asks: What was your favorite festival trend last year? 

Pre-Coachella Mane Makeover at Sally Hershberger Salon in Los Angeles

When the folks at the Sally Hershberger salon in Los Angeles want to give you a mane makeover  (complete with a keratin treatment, cut, blowdry and style) for Coachella, you let ‘em! And not just let ‘em, you LOVE ‘em!!

Now I know how intimidating it can be going in to a hoity-toity, high-end salon. And it can be even more intimidating when that salon belongs to the goddess of coifs herself, Sally Hershberger. But I cannot emphasize enough how down-to-earth Sally and her team of stylists are.

 

BEFORE: A little fried and frizzy

 

Let’s start with colorist and texture technician extraordinaire, Andrew Cruz. With Andrew, I got a customized keratin treatment. So what does customized mean? Well, I was worried – from prior keratin experience – that my hair would be left flat, limp and so-not-sexy. But Andrew had a secret solution! He took the 2 best forms of keratin for my hair and applied them where they needed to go in a custom, non-cookie cutter application. Instead of volume-sapping results, I walked out with shiny, conditioned, baby-soft hair with bounce. It was the best keratin treatment I’ve ever received, I do believe.

Post-keratin goofing with smoother-extraordinaire, Andrew Cruz at Sally Hershberger salon

In Phillip James, I found a stylist not only with sharp skill but with sweet soul. He knew I was fearful of taking too much off the ends, so he took off just what was necessary and with his warmth and kind smile, I instantly trusted him.

A little nervous about losing a little length...but Phillip put my fears at ease

Then, he knew that I love to wear my hair 1970s style – with a little winged bang action à la Jaclyn Smith – so he tapered my fringe around my face to be amenable to that kind of styling as well as being worn straight. What Phillip adds to your soul - not to mention your hair – is richer than I can describe here on a blog. So you get more gorgeous on the outside while feeling more gorgeous on the inside.

Phillip made me feel not only gorgeous on the outside but on the inside as well!

And I left with a little extra pep in my step because they sent me home with some of Sally’s finest products so I can get the same results at home!

Now, I can get this sleek, sexy look at home! And my new fave tee pictured here is by Hello Apparel ($22)

 

Sally Hershberger products in my home! Coachella really IS like Christmas! Yay!

Walking out of their salon onto La Cienega – one of the busiest streets in Los Angeles – I felt downright sassy and – dare I say – confident. Good thing it was date night! (Wink, wink)

AFTER: Controlled, smooth, sleek...and just a tad bit sassy *tee c/o Hello Apparel ($22)

SALLY HERSHBERGER LOS ANGELES

760 North La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90069
310-854-4922
*Keratin treatments with Andrew Cruz cost about $400 (rates subject to change)
*Haircut & styling with Phillip James costs about $185 (rates subject to change)

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: How are you wearing your hair this spring?

High-Low 4/7/14: Wrecking Ball & Sick For A Day

HIGH: Friends who just know you-and give you the best gift of all

High: Meeting Emmylou Harris & Daniel Lanois on their Wrecking Ball tour

When I was 18 – and a senior in high school – I lost my beloved grandmother whom we lovingly called, “Nanny.” Nanny was the heart of our family and her heart was in the kitchen. I think that’s why I always feel so at peace when I’m in the kitchen now.

When we lost her, music became even more important to me – and it was already very important. I would listen to Mancini’s “Moon River” on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundtrack incessantly. This only stopped when my big brother, Davy, introduced me to a record by Emmylou Harris – which was produced by Daniel Lanois – called Wrecking Ball.

One vivid memory I recall – among the many I have of that record  - is sitting in the sunroom of my brother’s ex-girlfriend’s-stepmother’s house for which he was housesitting that summer. This room was the “truth” room in that it coaxed us into sharing memories, complaining about – and to – one another, and was a place where secrets had a way of coming out that would change us forever.

The one common thread – amongst all of the drama – that I remember that summer is that record. Wrecking Ball. And what an apropos title it had! Good music has the most magical way of doing that – sitting in your memory like a lover lost that you just can’t ever forget.

Now, I have another magical memory of that record – thanks to one of my dear best friends, Lindsey Vaerst. This girl is one of the most considerate, thoughtful and giving people I know. She told me about Dan and Emmylou going on a Wrecking Ball 20-year reunion (really, that long??!) tour and I’m pretty sure that when she did, I turned into a giddy-faced, glee-filled 18-year-old again.

Giddy.

But she went above and beyond. See, she knows Dan and Emmylou and ended up getting us all-access passes. Well, shoot, y’all! I don’t get too impressed by many celebs – but Emmylou??!! Holy heck. I got to meet her and Dan and tell them the profound heart-filling effect that they had on my family with that record. It was SO special.

It meant the world to me. And I met the most magical people.

Magical folks - LA meets Nashville

Magic just seems to follow Lindsey Vaerst around – even when she can’t see it – and sometimes, I’m lucky enough to have it spill over into mine.
Thank you, my precious friend.  This is a lifetime pass gift  - meaning that you can’t give me anything ever again. What a memorable – and magical – night! I thank you.

LOW: Oh, just sick…for a day 

Sick. But so much healthier after.

I’ll keep this simple. I got sick. I got sick because I was going non-stop and my body rebelled and declared, “I NEED A BREAK!!” So I rested Friday and most of Saturday and (as Gomer Pyle used to say), “Surprise, surprise!” I felt better. I stayed in bed and read the rest of Mindy Kaling’s book (GOD, IT’S GOOD!!!), and ended up working on my book. Oh, what’s that, you say? You didn’t know I had a book? Well, I’m 1794 words in so I do now, folks! It was an important reminder to both listen to my body and take a little bit more me-time every week to see what creative magic might be stirred up. As always, the lesson of the low outweighed the low itself.

xoxo,
BF

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Mani Monday: BF Mani Recipe – Chocolate Dipped Roses (featuring JustFab PaintFab polishes)

I’m trying to feature more Mani Monday BF Mani Recipes for you but today’s just happens to fall on Tuesday. Sorry about that y’all!

And just an FYI, I’m gonna keep these BF Mani Recipes on the short side so they’re easy to replicate. ANd keeping things short is no easy feat for me because, well, we all know I love to talk.

But, here ya go!

BF Mani Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Roses

(featuring the new JustFab PaintFab polishes)

Since spring just arrived and the cooler weather is still reigning over most of the country, I decided to do a mani that combines the best of both winter and spring.

The answer? A two-toned french mani perfect for worktime or playtime. Elegant yet understated, my Chocolate Dipped Roses mani is sweetly sublime.

 

BF Mani Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Roses (featuring JustFab PaintFab polishes inPenny For Your Thoughts and Modern Mauvels)

The Recipe:
1 Base Coat

2 Coats PaintFab Modern Mauvels (on nail)

2 Coats PaintFab Penny For Your Thoughts (just on the tips)

1 Top Coat

xoxo,
BF

 

BF Asks: Would you rock this winter-meets-spring sweet style? 

Gorgeous Giveaway: A BeautyFrosting-FleaMarket Girl Cupcake Necklace Giveaway!

As y’all know, I celebrated my 2-year BeautyFrosting bloggiversary a few weeks ago. I was suprised and delighted that some of my favorite brands sent me a slew of some of my most favorite products – including this FleaMarket Girl cupcake charm necklace!

How perfect is this FleaMarket Girl cupcake charm necklace?

But why should I be the only one celebrating? After all, you – my readers and social media followers – make BeautyFrosting possible. So it may have been BeautyFrosting’s birthday but YOU get the gifts! I have a number of BF Gorgeous Giveaways over the next few months that I am SOOOOO excited to share with you. And I’m thrilled to kick it off with this one!

Win It! I am giving away 5 FleaMarket Girl Cupcake Charm necklaces! (details below)

I am giving away 5 (!!!) FleaMarket Girl cupcake charm necklaces to celebrate 2 years of BeautyFrosting! To enter, just do two of the steps below:

1) Follow BeautyFrosting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

2) Share one of our pics on Facebook or Twitter or regram our pic on Instagram. Be sure to tag @BeautyFrosting @FleaMarketGirl #CupcakeCharmNecklaceGiveaway

3) Tell me what you love about BeautyFrosting. Was there a story that resonated with you? What’s your favorite feature? Was there a product you saw on BF that ended up becoming a favorite?

That’s it!

Again, I’ll pick 5 (!!!) winners next Friday, April 4th who will win this oh-so-gorgeous FleaMarket Girl cupcake charm necklace!

 

xoxo,
BF

 

BF Asks: What outfit would you wear with your FleaMarket Girl cupcake charm necklace if you win? 

Spring Fling, Indeed! Bebe Spring Fling Hosted by Sydne Summer of Sydne Style

I was honored and delighted to be invited by Bebe and my super stylish blogger friend, Sydne Summer of Sydne Style, to attend the Bebe Spring Fling at the SLS Hotel a few weeks ago to introduce us bloggers to Bebe’s new Spring 2014 collection.

Growing up in Dallas and going to Northpark Mall, I’ve always been a fan of Bebe. But I must admit it had been a while since I’d made a visit. After all, Bebe is so young, hip and fresh – which is why I loved it SO much in my twenties – but how would it apply to a curvy, more classic 36-year-old like myself?

The answer? Effortlessly. I was sweetly surprised to find Bebe pieces this spring that will be permanent wardrobe staples for me. And better yet, these wardrobe staples marry beautifully with pieces I already own. A marriage made in heaven.

For the Bebe Spring Fling event that my dear blogger friend, I chose to don 2 pieces from Bebe’s spring collection.

Spring Fling, indeed! Wearing my Bebe spring picks! Photo by LookbookLA

Bebe Mixed Stripe Midi Skirt ($79)

I have always been a little nervous about wearing horizontal stripes since I’m not a size 2 (and because my mama always warned me against them) but I must say I was floored when I put on my Bebe Mixed Stripe Midi Skirt. It hit in all the right places, curved just like it should and played off my curves leaving me feeling downright sexy. A piece that actually accentuates your curves instead of hiding them? Why, yes please.

Bebe Eve Linen Blazer in Fiery Red ($139)

Hi Modern, meet Classic. I decided to venture outside of my comfort zone and try this fiery Bebe Even Linen Blazer in Fiery Red on for size. Well, I fell in love. Perfect when paired with a matching fiery lip, it makes a statement while most blazers make a whimper. With a mockneck, single snap front closure and 3/4 sleeves, it gave me edge without looking I like I was trying to look edgy.

Then I paired my 2 spring staple pieces with a simple ruchéd black top, turquoise necklace, cherry popsicle-hued wedges, vintage Ted Baker peach handbag and Bebe sunglasses to complete the look. Oh! And don’t forget that L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Orange Tempo. It sealed the sophisticated spring sexpot look I didn’t even know I was going for.

Sophisticated spring sexpot, you say? Didn't even know that was the look I was going for? Photo by Lookbook LA

Add in a sunglass shopping station, DIY champagne bar, champagne pong…

Let's get classy, people - Champagne pong! Photo by Lookbook LA

a delicious lunch…

Bebe Spring Fling 2014 Lunch at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills - Photo by Lookbook LA

and even more delicious company – and you just created my idea of a perfect Sunday.

 

Thanks, Bebe and Sydne!

All the bloggers in their beautiful Bebe spring 2014 ensembles - Photo by Lookbook LA

***ALL PICTURES ABOVE BY LOOKBOOK LA’s Felix Foto.

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: What are your spring staples this season? 

 

Looking Back – How BeautyFrosting Was Born

BF Turns 2 Bloggiversary Party Co-Hosted by HomeGoods & Hope At Home - fashion illustration by Kara Endres of Sprinkles in Springs and cake by Magnolia Bakery - Photo by Takahiro Watanabe

When I started this little adventure called BeautyFrosting 2 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never written a blog. Actually, I had never even really read a blog! I mean they seemed like such a fad and, um, who had the time?
How BeautyFrosting came to be.
Then one day I found myself in Dallas sitting at our fave family spot, Mi Cocina, pondering the possibility of moving home from LA to Dallas. I was at the lowest point of my life having ended a 7-year relationship and having left my job that I’d had for years with Barbra Streisand as her personal shopper. I was down, depressed and my life wasn’t looking so beautiful.
I was searching for an answer and I found it while talking to my mom and one of my oldest, best friends – Kristin Merritt Liles. We were talking about beauty, baking and how much I love connecting with people and came up with the crazy idea of starting a place of positivity and light filled with all of the people and things I love so much. From that little, crazy nugget of an idea, BeautyFrosting was born.
Looking back, I realize that this one little leap of faith gave birth to so much. In the months following, I hit the ground running. I researched blogs that had similar aesthetics to my own, learned about the best ways to start a blog and would spend hours on Pinterest getting very clear about what exactly I wanted BeautyFrosting to be about.

Celebrating BF Turns 2 with dear friends - photo by Drunken Pixel

Introduce yourself to people, be kind and be clear about what you want.
Knowing what I know now, I realize that folks must have thought that I had some major cajones – or maybe they just thought I was naive. I was told repeatedly by brands and other bloggers that I was doing it all wrong – backwards even. I was building the brand and consulting the PR before the blog had even been written or made its online debut. But I was doing it my way and it just made sense to me. After all, why would anyone (brand, person or otherwise) want to work with me if they didn’t even know who I was? Yep, that’s where my southern sensibility comes in. Whether it seemed smart or not, pr agencies and brands that I still work with have told me since that they worked me simply because I seemed charming and honest. So there ya go, folks – charm and honesty are the way to go!
Work with the talented people you already have around you.
Rather than be yet another blog to hit the already-saturated market, I decided to spend 4 months sending emails and making phone calls to hundreds of pr agencies and brands. I decided to pool my brain trust of dear, talented and creative friends to create a blog on a budget that was literally less than $200.
I created a logo and branding template – that would shape the entire blog and brand – thanks to my talented best friend and former roommate, Vanessa York of Shindig Shoppe. After all, who could understand my aesthetic better than my best friend who had lived with me for 2 years? I asked my talented photographer friend, Amy Opoka, if she would take my profile photos for the site and she did an amazing job of executing my vision on a shoestring budget.
This early experience taught me how crucial it is to collaborate with the talents of those you know best. I learned to always ask because the worst that could happen is that they say no. By the way, no one ever said no.

With my BeautyFrosting logo and graphics goddess - and best friend - Vanessa York of Shindig Shoppe - photo by Drunken Pixel

Celebrate every milestone in life.
Ask my mom and she’ll tell you – I love celebrating and I love me a party. Even as a child, I would try to find reasons to celebrate every occasion. My Barbies were getting married? Let’s throw a wedding! I got an A on a test? Let’s have a tea party! I made the cheerleading squad? Let’s have a tex-mex party! So in true Dawn-fashion, I decided to throw a Cupcakes and Cocktails debut party here at my house to celebrate the debut of the blog before anyone had even seen it. Besides being a precious affair, we brought out the laptop and let friends and former coworkers get a sneak peek at what BeautyFrosting would be. I really think a lot of things got rolling because of the choice to celebrate this little milestone. And celebrating milestones is a great way to remember the gratitude every step along the way.

Celebrate the milestones - and little victories - along the way - Photo by Drunken Pixel

Most important lesson learned on this journey? Don’t be afraid to be a fool.
Was I fearful of starting a brand new chapter of my life? Hell, yes. But you get past the fear, accept that you may indeed be a fool and get past yourself. I asked pr companies to send samples before I even knew what that meant. I asked friends to devote hours of their time and because I believed in this so much, they believed in it and wanted to be part of it, as well. And I realized that it was more important to appear confident than it was to have 1 million readers. I have never been more proud of anything…and that’s coming from someone who was never raised to be proud. This blog has literally changed my life and I am so much better because of it.
Most Importantly…Thank YOU.
I know that I am nothing without all of you guys – my readers and social media followers – finding interest in what I write about, take pictures of and who I am. So, I want to thank each and every one of you who read this every day, like my pictures on Instagram and Facebook and tweet at me. (By the way, 2 years ago, I had no idea about what any of that was – that’s how much things can change in 2 years.) I have a feeling that the next 2 years will bring even more exciting change and I hope that you will be there for my journey every step of the way. You have made my hearts so full.

Cutting the cake and celebrating 2 years of BeautyFrosting - thanks to YOU!! Photo by Takahiro Watanabe

xoxo,
BF
BF Asks: What’s your favorite feature on BeautyFrosting? What would you like to see more of?

High-Low: It Takes A Village & Too Much Everything

HIGH: It Takes A Village

High-Low: It Takes A Village

Well, you may have noticed that I took a little break from BF the past few weeks. Believe me, it was not voluntary. I was in the throes of celebrating our BeautyFrosting 2nd bloggiversary and threw quite a fête here at The Cupcake Palace to celebrate (more on that later).

With the help of my mom, friends, assistants and generous sponsors, I “single-handedly” threw the party that I had dreamed of to celebrate 2 years of BeautyFrosting. See, that’s the joke! Everyone said, “Wow! How did you manage to pull off a party at your home for 70 people when it’s just you working full-time at it?” Well, here’s the thing. I may be a one-man shop but I’ve got a whole host of people who help it run smoothly and make it so much more fun. From friends to part-time assistants to my champions cheering me on, I never feel like I’m alone in making my dreams come true.

I am so lucky to be surrounded by people who believe in the beauty of my dreams and who encourage me to keep doing my best and giving my all every single day. I am beyond thankful for them.

So, my high this week is all of you folks who have supported me the past 2 years, who helped make this dream of a “BF Turns 2″ bloggiversary party a reality and to the people who inspire me every day. There are SO many of you but let’s just start with the party people who made my party a seamless and beautiful affair: Mom, Vanessa York, Chris Richards, Lindsey Vaerst, Joey LiMandri, Lindy Ryan, Heather Adair, Rosy Usagi and Malina Li. Between stuffing giftbags, hanging decorations, shopping at HomeGoods, bringing ice, waiting for people to arrive, offering to help in any way and offering moral support, y’all make it all so much sweeter!

 LOW: Too Much Everything

LOW: You can do anything but you can't do EVERYTHINGI’ll be honest with ya, here. People often ask me how I do it all – “How do you come up with ideas to write about? How do you go to so many events? How do you stay so positive? How do you make time for spin class? How do you make time for makeup? How do you find time to bake with all of that going on?” And when they ask me this, I always feel really flattered. I’m so happy that I make a busy life seem so easy and fun. But let me tell you, y’all, it’s not all rainbows and cupcakes and puppy dogs all the time. The past month has taught me a lot. The main thing is this little life lesson above – “You can do anything but you can’t do everything. Yep. I hear ya. LOUD AND CLEAR.

For a person who really thrives when they’re multi-tasking as much as I do, it’s really hard to know your limits. And it’s even harder for me to say no to a friend or business associate. But, by golly, I am learning  - albeit, verrrry slowly – that I cannot do everything, no matter how hard I try. I can’t do it all. I can’t please ‘em all and  I can’t be it all to everyone. But I sure can try to do my healthy best.

So today I am trying to focus on the things that I can do, the ways I can improve the lives of those around me and am trying to let go of the superfluous so I can have a little bit more me-time every now and then. Because when your business is, well, you, the lines can between work and play can get pretty blurry.

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What was your High-Low this week?

*So what exactly is a High-Low, you ask? High-Low is the BEST & WORST part of your day, week, month, etc. I started this tradition with friends & family after I discovered it through a movie decades ago. Not only is it useful for reflection sake but it is also an excellent way to communicate with your spouse, kids or friends over the dinner table. By introducing this tradition to folks, parents have told me that their kids have opened up more and friends have told me that their spouses have become more communicative. Try it for yourself and let me know what your experience is! 

BF On The Case, Part 3: #SecretToGoodness – The coif caper is revealed…

I’m not an easy one to surprise…but I DO love me a good mystery!
So, when I was sent a mystery package a few weeks ago containing mystery hair products I was asked to try, I was both excited…and a little nervous, naturally.

But after trying the golden-bottled products for a week (and then deciding to keep using them even after the #SecretToGoodness challenge was over), I was pleasantly surprised and delighted at how GORGEOUS my hair looked!
It was fuller, more voluminous and shi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ny. And it didn’t feel heavy at all – but, rather, as light as a feather.

So when they sent those same products – but this time, thankfully, with the labels on them – I was excited to see who this coif caper was!

Well, I am happy to announce that the products sent by the coif caper doesn’t cost too pretty a penny. Here’s how it went:

My mom documented me opening the box…

The mystery is about to be solved! Opening the #SecretToGoodness Box...

And finding the box inside…

What in the world is this hair gold? #SecretToGoodness

And opening the box…

Here we go, here we go, here we go! #SecretToGoodness

And realizing that the products were Suave Natural Infusion Seaweed All Day Body Shampoo and Conditioner and Leave-In Foam!!

I was totally surprised! I love this stuff! #SecretToGoodness

Well, noooooow, this makes sense! The key ingredients in these pocketbook-friendly, pretty products are seaweed and lotus blossom! Ahhhh, now I see how it works! And,  so many of you will looooove this – this line of products contain no parabens or dyes. And best yet? It can be bought at your favorite drugstore for not too pretty a penny but for pretty, pretty hair.

So you can have beautiful hair without breaking the bank.

I went through the process of solving this mystery so you don’t have to. After all, with all of us beauty bloggers around to share our experiences, hair products should never be a mystery!

*This is a sponsored post. Products provided to BeautyFrosting by Lunchbox Media.

xoxo,

BF