Thirsty Thursday: ONEHOPE Wine Mimosa Bar Set – DIY Mimosa Bar

Brunch is the best. Brunch with bubbly is better. But brunch with bubbly that benefits kids in need? Well, there’s nothin’ better than that. That’s why I’m proud to support ONEHOPE Wine as they promote their new Mimosa Bar Set ($139). Did you know that with every case of sparkling that ONEHOPE Wine sells, 25 meals are connected to children in need via the World Food Programme? Gives sippin’ mimosas a whole new meaning.

Do good by poppin' some bubbly with the ONEHOPE Mimosa Bar Set

So how can you help? By drinking mimosas. Yep, it really is that simple. The ONEHOPE Wine Mimosa Bar is the perfect addition to any brunch, shower or party. Just serve it up with your favorite juices and fruit and encourage some DIY magic by instructing your guests to mix and muddle their mimosas while mingling with friends.

A Happy Easter, indeed with the ONEHOPE Wine Mimosa Bar Set ($139)

So how did I customize my own ONEHOPE Mimosa Bar Set at my 3rd Annual Classic Southern Easter Dinner?

MY 3rd Annual Classic Southern Easter Dinner was a garden party theme. Know what pairs beautifully with a garden party theme? A DIY Mimosa bar!! Say whaaaa?!

Well, I supplied my guests with the following juice options:

The juice is loose!

  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Cranberry
  • Pink Lemonade

And the following muddling ingredients:

  • Mint
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
What was my favorite mimosa recipe, you ask?
ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine + Cranberry Juice + Mint + Blackberries = Perfect Easter Mimosa
BF’s Fave Mimosa Combo: Cranberry-Mint-Blackberry-Bubbly
Also, I must say, I didn’t know if my gentlemen guests would be into it but I would venture to say that they loved it more than the ladies, even. And the ladies looooovedit! We even had to bring the mimosa makins’ outside because we enjoyed refilling our glasses so much!

Don't even ask what's on Jose's phone. It's just about the carafes, folks. Focus on the carafes.

The ONEHOPEWINE Mimosa Bar Set really made the afternoon even more enjoyable than it would have been – and it truly was an integral part of the most magical, memorable day.

Mimosas make the meal even more enjoyable...even the bunnies seem happy!

Each Mimosa Bar Set (right now, only $139) includes:

  • 3 bottles of ONEHOPE Brut Sparkling
  • 5 carafes
  • 4 fruit bowls
  • 1 muddler
  • 1 muddling/rimming sugar tray
  • 25 straws
  • 10 juice carafe tags
  • 8 fruit cards
For more info on the World Food Programme:
Twitter: @WFP
Instagram: @wfpusa
xoxo,
BF
BF Asks: What mimosa recipe are you most excited to concoct?

Pretty Talk: How I “Plus Up” My Pretty Routine with Pond’s

What are the two skincare tips I tell you guys all the time? Wash your face every night and hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE.

It’s so important to get that makeup off before you hit the hay but it’s also important to keep your skin hydrated – especially at night when your skin is more receptive to retaining moisture.

But, listen, I get it. We’re all busy. Sometimes taking care of our skin is the last – and I do mean – LAST thing on our minds. That’s why I wanted to share with you a few ways I “plus up” the pretty in my skincare regimen.

First of all, I ONLY cleanse my face once a day at night before bed. Two is too many. That’s my motto, at least. To maintain the delicate levels of moisture in the skin, it’s important not to strip the skin of nourishing oils that keep our skin hydrated and our complexion looking young.

A busy day behind, an early wakeup call and a loooong day ahead of me tomorrow but I NEVER skip my skincare regimen

But again, I know after a long day, cleansing your skin is not at the top of your priorities. That’s why right now I’m loving Pond’s Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towlettes (only $4.67 at Walmart). My second tip is to keep these little beauties next to your bed along with your nighttime moisturizer so that you can cleanse and moisturize your skin in under two minutes flat right before bed. These guys are primed to take off makeup in a jiffy. And the best part? There’s no need to rinse! It does everything you need a cleanser to do – without the fuss. It gently removes all of the makeup, dirt of the day and pesky impurities while leaving the skin feeling fresh and moisturized.

At te moment, I’m using a powerful one-two punch by using the Pond’s Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towlettes and then following it up with the good dose of anti-aging moisture I get with Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream (can you believe it’s only $8.97 at Walmart?). This moisturizer richly hydrates the skin (and penetrates even more deeply when used at night) all while firming and reducing fine lines – so much so that you’ll see a visible difference in 2 weeks. And, y’all, Connie Britton is a fan of Pond’s if that tells you anything. Her fave? She prefers the Exfoliating Renewal Morning Refresh Towlettes (also $4.67).

How do I plus up the pretty with my skincare regimen? Right now, I'm loving Pond's. And you can get all three of these products for under $25.

 

For my third tip, we focus on what we do during the day. I’m not a big foundation fan as I like my skin to show and glow not hide and disguise so I’m a big fan of Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ Cream ($9.97). It’s a beautiful alternative to heavy foundation as it instantly adds a subtle glow to the skin while visibly reducing dark spots, perfecting skin tone and providing Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen. Yep, it does all that in one little product!

Sittin' pretty after plus'ing up my pretty for the day with Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream

Which is perfect when you’re a girl like me on the go. Oh, who am I kidding? We’re all girls on the go. And just because we wouldn’t have it any other way, that doesn’t mean our skin should suffer. So try to plus up your skincare regimen! You can try all of my fave plus up products for under $25 and…drumroll please…I even have a coupon for you:

Save $1 off your preferred Pond’s product to plus up your daily skincare regimen!
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Visit Walmart.com/ponds to find beauty tips for your whole day and unlock a $1 coupon to save on Ponds®. Walmart truly does have the best prices for Pond’s which is perfect when you’re trying to plus up the pretty!

p.s. And guys, tune in tomorrow when I just might be announcing a big #PondsGiveaway ! Who’s ready to win?

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: Which Pond’s product will you be using your $1 off coupon for? 

*This is a sponsored post. Products provided to BeautyFrosting by Lunchbox Media. While the post may be sponsored, I only write about products that I believe in 100%. Trust in that.

Reality Born of A Dream: My Jouer Spring Sirens/ Troy Jensen Iconic Muses Shoot

Dear Jouer Cosmetics & Troy Jensen,
This is my love letter to you. Thank you for an amazing day on which I felt that my inner beauty was embraced just as much as the outer – and for making me feel truly, truly like an icon. It was a reality born of a dream and this dream-come-true has changed me forever. How? It’s made me believe that dreams do indeed come true and to never doubt the power of the dreams of your childhood. They are more potent than we know.

xoxo,
Dawn 

Yours truly as one of Troy Jensen's Iconic Muses for the Jouer Cosmetics Spring Sirens Shoot - makeup & photography by Troy Jensen, hair by Nikki Lee of 901 Salon, makeup products by Jouer Cosmetics (** Specific product details coming up next week)

Dear Readers,

When one of my all-time fave makeup lines, Jouer Cosmetics - invited me to be one of Troy Jensen‘s  Iconic Muses for their Jouer Spring Sirens shoot, I replied with an enthusiastic “YES!” faster than I’ve ever replied to anything in my life.

Cosmetics AND cookies? My fave!! Jouer-branded treats by Sweet E's BakeShop

I mean, I knew the genius of Troy’s work (his bevy of celeb clients include Miranda Kerr, Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jewel and more) but never dreamed that I’d be one of his subjects.

Actually. That’s not true. I have always dreamed of a day like the one I had last Wednesday. See, as a 14-year-old girl in Dallas, Texas, I thought I looked like a boy – like my dad to be specific – and was obsessed with beauty and transformation and how it could make me become anybody else instead of the uncomfortable, insecure, cheesy 14-year-old that I was.

Allure magazine was my bible and Troy’s dear friend, Kevyn Aucoin was my god. I learned so much about beauty, women’s insecurities & strengths – and about myself – in those pages that I could have never learned in school. As professors, my parents wondered how on earth this useless knowledge would ever be helpful – but they continued to pay for the annual subscription because they saw my passion and they encouraged anything I was passionate about. Well, they needn’t wonder anymore if it was useless.

Back to last Wednesday. Shooting with Troy – as one of his Iconic Muses – for the Jouer Spring Sirens campaign was one of the most magical days of my life. Take Cinderella and Carrie Bradshaw, add in a double dose of my 14-year-old dream self and that’s what it was.

Before the transformation in my favorite new Hello Apparel tank!

Nikki Lee of 901 Salon took my yesterday-washed hair and added curls, volume and va-va-va-voom.

Nikki Lee's gorgeous work - curls for days & va-va-va-voom volume (and a few flowers in my hair courtesy of Troy)

After playing dress-up – and getting to try on a slew of gowns, I was dressed in a gorgeous gown from For The Stars Fashion House.

Playing dress-up with For The Stars Fashion House at the Jouer Spring Sirens / Troy Jensen Iconic Muses Shoot

 

Troy – the most amazing makeup artist, visionary and photographer dynamo – took one look at me and said he was inspired by Linda Evangelista, circa 1992.

Troy was inspired by Linda Evangelista circa 1992 for my supermodel siren look. Thank you, Inspiration. Thank you.

He ended up transforming me into his vision of Linda meets Cindy Crawford meets Monica Bellucci meets Sophia Loren - or as Troy said, “Linda Cindy Sophia Monica Evangelista.”

You want a supermodel? Well, I'm not one. But I can TRY to give you that supermodel pout!

 

They also said I looked like Demi Moore so um, thanks for including all of my icons from every decade. I’ll take it. Actually, I’ll take all of it. Because it’s not just the kind words and the magic you offered me that made this the most memorable day but the fact that I truly got to live out a lifelong fantasy.

Being adorned with roses by the inimitable Troy Jensen

Thank you for making my inner 14-year-old’s dream come true. I couldn’t have dreamed a dream this delicious. And I cannot thank Troy JensenChristina ZilberMeg Young and Jouer enough. I am so honored.

Selfie time! With the Founder & Creative Director of Jouer Cosmetics, Christina Zilber - whose external beauty is only matched by her internal beauty

Selfie time continues with the amazing Troy Jensen!

To your dreams coming true…

xoxo,
BF

A Note From BF: The image with Jouer on it has some Photoshop magic but all of the other images are raw. I think it’s important that you know this so you can discern between the dream and reality. Remember, no one is perfect. No one. But you are perfect just the way you are.

 

High-Low 4/22/14: Easter & Ouch

Yet again, it’s time for the most popular column on BeautyFrosting – my High-Low. *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 the sake of reflection 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…

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HIGH-LOW 4/22/14

Easter? Yay!!! Face burns? No bueno.

This week was a doozy (aren’t they all?) as it contained my favorite holiday – for which I hosted a garden party – and my not-so-fave as, well, my face got burned! And it all happened in one day. See? Doozy.

As my old boss used to say, Oy vey.

Up first? The high, of course. Here we go, here we go, here we go.

HIGH: My 3rd Annual Classic Southern Easter Dinner

My Easter table surrounded by friends. My cup runneth over...both literally and figuratively

I love having a houseful of people. To be honest, I feel most alive and happy when I am hosting a soiree at my house – surrounded by friends, indulging in delicious, homemade food and drinking wine and laughing. Add in some board games and I’m having the time of my life. All of that just does my heart good. And it definitely does my heart good to look around me and see the folks I hold so dear looking plumb happy.

Which is why I ignored a friend’s advice when he told me to skip hosting my annual classic southern Easter dinner this year (although he’s usually quite wise). With all I have going on, it just didn’t seem like the smartest thing to do. But I am so glad I did it!

There were old friends, new friends and enough food, wine and spirited conversation to go around. And I really appreciate that my guests who have attended each year said that they so look forward to it and it’s one of their most beloved events of the year. It might be a hefty task to take on when things are busy and bustling but anything that makes me feel so good simply can’t be a bad thing.

The theme this year? Ricky Nelson-Garden Party style. In the backyard with the tasel garlands, puffs on trees, birds and the bees. Oh, you know what I mean...

The reason I love this tradition so much is because it marries the best of the old traditions precious to my family – which reminds me of my younger days – with the new traditions that I’m creating on my own with my friends and surrogate family out here in LA. It is such a beautiful thing – and isn’t that what life’s all about?

As with everything, it’s all in the delicate details – and the delicate details are what delight me. I used my Nanny’s silver, made her Jello lime salad in her vintage jello mold and served the salad on her white and gold cake stand. I always feel connected to her when I bake but when I actually use precious family treasures that she owned for years, I feel especially connected to her.

Marrying the old traditions with the new ones. Pictured here is my Nanny's silver and my favorite new washable linen napkins from Haute Hostess (Left) and Jessie Steele (right)

We started out the day with a DIY Mimosa bar from One Hope Wine that was a hit! Guests could custom-make their own mimosas featuring One Hope Sparkling wine and select from a bevy of juices, fruits and mint to muddle, mix and design to their heart’s content. More on the Mimosa Bar (and how you can order the One Hope Wine Mimosa Bar Set) on Thirsty Thursday this week!

DIY Mimosa Bar featuring One Hope Wine Mimosa Bar Set - this was a HIT!

 

What else was served for dinner? Well, we always have a HoneyBaked ham, my Cowboy Corn Casserole, my Paris, Texas Green Bean Casserole, my Southern Pea Salad, Matt Marr’s Prized Deviled Eggs, mac & Cheese, turkey, salads and SO much more!

 

The Spread: southern fare galore!

 

As for the best part? Dessert, of course! I baked my annual Easter Bunny Coconut Cake (this year her name was Bedelia – yes, seriously), my Chocolate Cream pie, my Blackberry Cream pie and my Nanny’s ‘Nana Pudding. Holy goodness, it was all delicious!

But even more delicious than the food was the company. Thank you to each and every one of you who came and celebrated a beautiful spring day in my backyard. The memories will live on long after the food is gone – and the memories were downright magical.

The memories will live on long after the food is gone...

LOW: Ouch!

LOW: Ouch! Too many irons in the fire and something might catch ON fire! (p.s. That white stuff on my face? It's Silver Sufudiazine which helps burns)

 

I’ll keep this short. I burned myself. While busily setting the table, cooking, baking and decorating for Easter dinner, I spotted a Diptyque candle on fire in my living room. Nope. Not stressful at all. A fire extinguisher would’ve made a mess for such a small fire so I (dumbly?) decided to blow it out. Well, the hot wax splashed up and hit my face. It actually didn’t really hurt – probably because I was so focused on putting out the fire!

I’m fine  - and it could have been much worse but I did receive 4 small burns on my face – one second degree that’s requiring a bit of attention so as to prevent scarring. But thanks to my dermatologist, I’ll be right as rain in no time. And, again, even though I’m calling it a low, I know that there is much, much worse than having a few burns on your face. A good reminder to yes, keep all those irons in the fire but to keep your eye out for things catching on fire with all we have going on every day.

xoxo,
BF

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

 

 

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?