Haters Gonna Hate? Ashton Kutcher and I aren’t having it.

Haters Gonna Hate? Well, I'm not gonna have it.

Haters Gonna Hate? Well, I’m not gonna have it.

H A T E R S. G O N N A. H A T E? well, I’m not havin’ it. ✋

And, neither is Ashton Kutcher.

Thanks so much, Ashton, for featuring the #KissAndMakeup anti-bullying campaign with Bystander Revolution &  Tarte Cosmetics – and the small part I play in it – on your Aplus site and social media channels today.

Taking a stand against cyberbullying and cruelty is a no-brainier for me, and many of you out there. But, that’s not the case across the board, unfortunately.

Ironically enough – and, basically proving the point of the whole campaign – there are negative, bully-style comments below the picture on Ashton’s Facebook page. 😒

When will it stop?

When we MAKE it stop.

Tell your friends.

Teach your children.

Share with your teachers.

Send love when you can to those who need it.

Defend those who are defenseless.

And, take a stand.

Yes, even if it’s just on social media.

Especially on social media.

The power of social media is just that: POWER.

It can remind people that there are people behind the pictures. While it’s true that haters are gonna hate, it’s also true that that hate is usually rooted in something much deeper and much darker.

I truly believe that if we drown all that hate in loads of love, those haters aren’t gonna be hatin’ for long. Love is just too powerful a potion for them not to drink. 🙌

Tapas & Talking Points

Tapas & talking points

Tapas & talking points

We met last year with No Kid Hungry and now here we are. Welcome to LA, Silvie Snow! And, what a way to kick it off with tapas & talking points for two at Pour Haus Wine Bar.

From new chapters to new presidents, politics to pretty products, philanthropy to family, public policy to peppers, ideation to idiocy, and cheese to changing the world, we think we have it just about covered.

Sure, it might sound silly, but we don’t think so.

After all, it really does take just one forward thinker – with their heart in the right place – armed with a pocketful of prowess, a half-tablespoon of chutzpah and a gallon of gumption to make a real difference in this world. Watch us go. 🙌

 

Dear 15 Me: Heidi Klum

Dear 15 Me: Heidi Klum

Dear 15 Me: Heidi Klum

I caught up with the gorgeous (inside & out) Heidi Klum at the UNICEF ball last week at the Beverly Wilshire, here in LA.

Here’s what she had to say to her @dear15me self:

“I would do the same thing. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but you learn through your mistakes – you know your heartaches, or the silly, stupid things you’ve done in the past. Life is a roller coaster, so you need to have the good, bad and the ugly. You need all of that stuff to grow as a person.”

Thanks for sharing your hindsight wisdom and truth, Heidi! Such a pleasure chatting jewelry and advice with you! #Dear15me

p.s. Thanks, @milanwrld for introducing us!! 💗

*Photo by Lookbook LA

Your 2016 Mantra: Take Steps & Trust Yourself

Your 2016 Mantra: Take Steps & Trust Yourself

Your 2016 Mantra: Take Steps & Trust Yourself

I have one mantra for you to carry with you this year:

“In 2016, I will take the necessary steps to make my dreams come true, and I will trust that they will.” 🌟

Skeptical? I’m living proof of that.

4 years ago at this time, I broke up with my long-term boyfriend of 7 years and was a failed country singer. I found myself starting off 2012 lost, heartbroken, and unsure of what to do with my life.

During a trip home to Dallas over the holidays – and some major discussion with one of my lifelong best friends who told me that I was always good at inspiring women and helping them discover their inner and outer beauty – I decided to start a blog. It was the ONE thing I could do at that moment within the confines of my income and schedule to give myself some purpose and direction, while sharing a little of my light with the world.

Only thing was I’d never even read a blog.

And, I had a job, which included driving to Malibu for an hour each way every day. But, you know what? I made time for it. I wrote and looked for inspiration at lunch and at night. Even over breakfast! I established all my social media outlets. I reached out to brands, companies and public relations agencies I wanted to work with.

Two months later, on March 12th, 2012, I launched my blog, BeautyFrosting, and my life has never been the same. In 2013, I found myself losing my day job, and I’ve never had one since. I became a full-time creative, which has been my goal since originally moving to Los Angeles in 2000. That was also the year, I started officially hosting, and appeared on Home & Family, as well as did voiceovers for Target and UPS.

The next year – 2014 – I appeared again on Home & Family, as well as Access Hollywood and Extra, and became the voice of Marshalls. And, this past year, I became the voice of Hampton Inn and Pandora, had a small role in the film Merry Exes, worked with numerous non-profits as a host, ambassador & spokesperson, launched the positive social media movement Dear 15 Me and appeared on The Real


So, out of nothing but brokenness, I have built a whole new life – a life that gives back, and a life I LOVE!

And, you can, too.

You just need to believe it, & start by taking small steps…because those small steps can yield BIG results. 


Trust me.
Trust it.
Trust yourself.

xoxo,

Dawn

 

Christmas Card Truth Talk: Kill The Christmas Comparison Curse

Merry Christmas, y’all!

Let's stop the Christmas comparison curse, and adopt an attitude of gratitude

Let’s stop the Christmas comparison curse, and adopt an attitude of gratitude

My Christmas card this year makes it look like my whole life matches.

But, that was just one picture on one day, when I happened to put on a dress that matched my life, apparently.

Yep, It’s that time of year again – not just the time to hang the stockings, but also the time for these cute little Christmas cards to start coming in the mail.

This year I’m here to remind you of a little something: every time you look at these “perfect little cards with perfect little people or perfect little families with perfect little lives,” just remember this: there is no such thing as “perfect.” The idea of “Perfect” varies from person to person, and my ideal is not your ideal, & vice versa.

With every card you receive this year, keep in mind that you know only about 10% – 25% tops of what’s going on in these people’s lives and stories, and just a portion of what’s truly going on under their roofs. Don’t believe me? How much do people really know about you and your family? Mmmmmhm. That’s what I mean.

No, our Christmas cards aren’t sent to show our friends and family the reality of our everyday lives, with all of the struggles and challenges we face. They’re just there to show those we love that we’re happy to be here, doing what we’re doing, living the best life we can with the ones we love, in the moment we’re in, the best way we can, to the best of our abilities, on any given day.

So, kill the comparison and adopt an attitude of gratitude, and be thankful that those perfectly imperfect people on the card find you to be a special enough IMPERFECT person like them to receive a Christmas card. And, let’s take a moment of gratitude for what we’ve got right now because the known sure is better than the unknown.

After all, those folks you aspire to be more like might be dealing with struggles & challenges a whole lot more daunting than the challenges you’re facing. And, next year, you can also do what I – and so many others do – and donate $1 to your favorite charity for every Christmas card you send out. That makes every Christmas card a positive message in the world, and not one that inspires wanting more. You have everything you need, in this very moment.

xoxo,
Dawn

Good News: I’m proud to announce that I’m the Official Spokesperson of Unite4Good

 

I'm so proud to announce that I am the new official spokesperson of u4g!! I feel like Glinda, as I now officially get to encourage people to live kinder lives.

I’m so proud to announce that I am the new official spokesperson of u4g!! I feel like Glinda, as I now officially get to encourage people to live kinder lives.

Today on this Giving Tuesday, as I prepare to attend the UNICEF Snowflake Ball here in New York tonight, I am proud & honored to announce that I have been asked to be the official spokesperson for Unite4Good.

Unite4Good is an organization that encourages all people, brands, businesses and celebrities to do good, thus leaving a kinder footprint on the earth, due to their passions, actions and efforts.

So much exciting news ahead with these guys, but for now, I just have to say, that my dream of becoming Glinda the good witch has finally come true in a way, as I now get to officially encourage people to be kind, and reward them for doing so! 🙌 🙌

I’m so excited to take this journey of kindness and goodness with you all!

#unite4good

Yours kindly,
Dawn

Paris, nous vous aimons

Paris, nous vous aimons

Paris, nous vous aimons

On Wednesday, when my dear friend @KelseyJpatel invited a few friends and me to an intimate meditation and high tea at her home scheduled for today, I didn’t know that we would all be going with Paris on our minds and sitting heavy in our hearts.

High atop downtown LA, we prayed for those lost and those suffering in Paris, and we sent all the love we could muster their way.

Kelsey, my most intuitive friend, you knew we needed to be there before we even did.

Thank you.

Paris, nous vous aimons. 

Honored To Attend: The 2015 No Kid Hungry Heroes Dinner in Beverly Hills

Never prouder than when I get to stand as an ambassador with my No Kid Hungry family.

Never prouder than when I get to stand up against childhood hunger, as an ambassador for No Kid Hungry

Never prouder than when I get to stand up against childhood hunger, as an ambassador for No Kid Hungry

Tonight, I got the honor of getting to taste many a fancy food from many a fancy LA restaurant at the fancy Four Seasons in the fancy city of Beverly Hills, being seated next to many fancy people.

But the real honor was getting to join No Kid Hungry in Arkansas in April, where I had the opportunity to learn all about the efficacy & impact of breakfast in schools. I learned that when breakfast is served in schools in the classroom, visits to the nurse’s office, visits from social welfare and absences are reduced by 75%. SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT!! 

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry, I can’t even function, let alone learn what I’m being told to learn and be civil. Thank you, No Kid Hungry for keeping our kids fed so that they can be fueled so that they can flourish. Love & appreciate you, Shore family & Share Our Strength.

I’m doing this for my father, who grew up in a home with teen parents in Eagletown, Oklahoma, who often went to school with his belly empty, and was helped to get that belly and mind full, by many a kind stranger, so that he could later go on to graduate high school and college, armed with a dream, to become a success story in Dallas, Texas.

Breakfast – and kind souls – makes dreams dreams come true.

Period.

Be that kind soul.

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Photo ℅ David Livingston/Getty Images

Photo ℅ David Livingston/Getty Images

 

xoxo,
Dawn

Honored To Attend: Look Good Feel Better & OPI Manicares

I call this my "Fierce, Breast Cancer-Fighting Face." (at the OPI/Look Good Feel Better Manicares Event)

I call this my “Fierce, Breast Cancer-Fighting Face.” (at the OPI/Look Good Feel Better Manicares Event)

I call this my “Fierce, Breast Cancer-Fighting Face.” At the Look Good Feel Better OPI  Manicares event, celebrating & pampering those living with cancer – the survivors, heroes and their families – and the crusaders who are fighting against breast cancer every day.

Breast cancer is the fiercest of foes, but with all of us fighting against it, we will win, and beat breast cancer once and for all. ‘Til then, Look Good Feel Better makes a hard time a little softer for those living with cancer.


💗💗💗💗💗💗

Pretty. Powerful.  ( Look Good Feel Better polishes from OPI,  a pink, shimmering Swarovski bracelet & a gorgeous, glittery pink Breast Cancer Awareness bottle from One Hope Wine)

Pretty. Powerful.
( Look Good Feel Better polishes from OPI, a pink, shimmering Swarovski bracelet & a gorgeous, glittery pink Breast Cancer Awareness bottle from One Hope Wine)

Keep It Chilling: Ready to celebrate any success or sweetness on a whim

There's a rule in my house: ALWAYS keep a bottle of champ chilling in the fridge for unexpected celebrations

There’s a rule in my house: ALWAYS keep a bottle of champ chilling in the fridge for unexpected celebrations

There’s a rule in my house: You must always keep 1 bottle of bubbly on the top shelf of the fridge, to be both ready for a sudden celebration, and…to invite cause for such celebration into your life. By keeping a bottle in there for the ready, I feel like moments of celebration are more likely to occur.

I personally always keep champ in my own fridge – preferably Prosecco – for days just like today. Today was just my favorite day yet, so imagine my delight when I walked up to my doorstep after hosting the Unite4Good Variety ‪#‎PowerOfWomen‬ luncheon, to find the gift of a bottle of Chloe Prosecco, just waiting to be popped.

Celebration, indeed. It tastes almost as effervescent as I feel after toasting & hosting all of those amazing honorees today, including @Oprah @GwynethPaltrow @AnnaKendrick @salmahayek ‪#‎SusanWojcicki‬ & ‪#‎JimGianopulos‬.

Any day at all can bring about a little celebration, and it only seems right to keep a bottle chilled in the fridge, ready to celebrate any little success or sweetness that comes your way.

Don’t just wish for it. Expect it. And, when it arrives, celebrate – and savor – the moment…and every last sip.

BF Tip: Also, always keep a bottle of sparkling water chilling in the fridge for our non-alcoholic-preferring friends.

xoxo,
Dawn


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