Thirsty Thursday: The BeautyFrosting Sugared Peach Bellini

You saw it yesterday and you asked for the recipe…now you got it.
The perfect bottomless brunch beverage when a merry mimosa just seems mundane.

It will leave all of your brunch guests saying to you, “Well, now, aren’t YOU a peach!”

The BeautyFrosting Sugared Peach Bellini

The BeautyFrosting Sugared Peach Bellini 

2 oz Powell & Mahoney Bellini Cocktail Mixer ($7.99)

3 oz Chilled champagne or prosecco

1 sliced yellow peach

Mint sprigs, washed and dried

Pour the bellini mixer into the glass and top with champagne. Take peach slices and wet with water. Roll peaches in granulated sugar. Top bellini with a sliced, sugared peach on the rim of the glass and a mint sprig in the glass.

Bottomless bellinis, anyone?


BF Asks: What’s your favorite brunch beverage? 

Featured ISSE Beauty Influencer: Show me what ya got!

I am thrilled and honored to be a Featured ISSE Beauty Influencer this weekend at ISSE in Long Beach!

Meet ISSE Blogger Café Featured Influencer, Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting THIS Saturday, January 23rd in Long Beach

What is ISSE? Good question. It’s the International Salon And Spa Expo.

The 13-year-old me is over the moon that I get to nominate my picks for best new product, best established product, and best of show in hair, nail and skin from all of you exhibitors across the show floor.

I cannot wait to meet all of you guys from salons, spas and beauty brands and try out your latest and greatest!

Please email to schedule appointments and to discuss future collaborations.

Here are all the details:

Blogger Café: For the first time at ISSE Long Beach 2015, the show floor will feature a one-on-one Blogger Cafe giving top beauty influencers from across the U.S. the opportunity to meet with show exhibitors. ISSE Long Beach attendees will also have the chance to meet with these beauty influencers, including yours truly, throughout the show and can win a VIP gift bag! Each beauty influencer will nominate the best new product, best established product, and best of show in hair, nail and skin from exhibitors across the show floor. Each exhibiting company has 7 chances to win! The “Best of Show” will be announced by celebrity hairstylist, Ted Gibson, at the ISSE Long Beach Night Out Party! Sunday, January 25 at Sevilla Nightclub.

Job Fair: PBA is proud to host the first annual Southern California Beauty Career Fair at ISSE Long Beach 2015. Show attendees and beauty professionals can speak one-on-one with representatives from beauty companies and salons/spas about available job opportunities on Monday, January 26, from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. in the Long Beach Convention Center. The career fair is open to the public but qualified attendees must purchase a ticket to access the show floor.    

 OMC Tryouts: New this year, competitors can also enter for a chance to be on Team USA at OMC Hairworld 2016 in Seoul, Korea. OMC Hairworld is a bi-annual global competition inviting the world’s most talented hairstylists to compete on creativity, skill and the ability perform under pressure. The U.S. will be represented by four teams in 2016: Senior Ladies’ Technical, Senior Ladies’ Fashion, Junior Ladies’ Technical and Junior Ladies’ Fashion. Tryouts will be held on Monday, January 26, in conjunction with the ISSE hairstyling competitions. Only one spot is available on the Senior Ladies’ Technical Team. All four spots are available on both Junior Ladies’ Teams. OMC categories are open to all contestants. Competitors must compete in both technical categories or both fashion categories to be eligible for the Team USA try-out.

The Nail Spot/Cut, Color & Style Stage: The Nail Spot and the Cut, Color & Style Stage are the newest additions to ISSE Long Beach. Dedicated to nail professionals, The Nail Spot is an area featuring creative and technical education, nail competitions and more. Nail professionals looking to enhance their knowledge, creativity and skills, will find it at The Nail Spot.  All ISSE nail events including education, creative demonstrations and NailPro competitions will be held in this one, convenient place.  The new Cut, Color & Style stage will showcase stylists educating attendees on the latest techniques and creating the most sought after styles at any skill level.

And…The Beauty Bar!

Did someone say Beauty Bar?

BF Asks: Will you be at ISSE? Tell me more, tell me more! 

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Vanessa’s Ladies’ Long Beach Brunch

Easy like Sunday morning…in Long Beach

Upon graduating from college and announcing my move to Los Angeles, my mom had one piece of advice for me when it came to entertaining. “Entertain at home as often as you can. When we were young, we all did potluck dinners at each other’s houses and they’re some of my favorite memories to date.” I only wish I’d taken that to heart back then, when I was going into debt with bars and clubs and (ugh) parking in LA.

But better late than never, right? Lately, there’s been a huge surge in my social calendar of entertaining at home at friends’ houses – in backyards, at pool parties, porch parties and more. It’s truly a gift to me because when I’ve been asked what I like to do for fun, I always say that I forego the clubs and love doing dinners, happy hours and game nights at friends’ homes. It’s cheaper, warmer, cozier and just plain more fun.

This past Sunday, my former roomie (2002-2004), Vanessa hosted an impromptu ladies’ brunch at her beautiful mid-century home in Long Beach. Her husband was out of town and she just thought that a girls day was in order! And boy was it!

The best part? She taught me that a brunch doesn’t have to be extravagant or over-the-top to be a success.

Orange, Blue and White: Simple. Stylish. Sophisticated.

It can be simple, stylish and sophisticated with one focal dish and a few side dishes.

Brunch and Bellinis - a very happy partnership

I brought the Bellini fixins’, thanks to Powell and Mahoney Bellini Cocktail Mixer. (More on that recipe tomorrow)

Bellinis are the best!

Vanessa cooked a delicious egg casserole – and may I say that it was cooked perrrrfectly – and it was her first time making the recipe, to boot! As for the sides, she did like I do and combined homemade items with store or bakery bought items, which lends itself to ease and grace.

The pièce de résistance? CRONUTS. Yes, I ate 2. Don’t judge.

Cronuts. Enough said.

It was a day of laughter and libations, new friends and old friends and good old fashioned eating and entertaining in one of my best friend’s backyards.

More of that please, 2015.

Blissful brunch dress by Free People

Dawn Do? To keep your leftover champagne all bubbly, place a teaspoon in the bottle. In my experience, my champagne has stayed deliciously bubbly for between 2-5 days.Yes, really. It doesn’t matter the metal of the spoon, although I have had the best luck with silver or stainless shell. p.s. People say this is a myth, but all I know is it works.

Dawn Do? To keep champagne fresh, put a spoon in it!


BF Asks: How do you brunch all “Easy Like Sunday Morning?”