A Shade Of Orange: No Kid Hungry Back-To-School Influencers Brunch Eve

Getting ready to host the No Kid Hungry Back-To School Brunch for Influencers in LA tomorrow. *Custom No Kid Hungry Manicure by Note at Enamel Diction

Getting ready to host the No Kid Hungry Back-To School Brunch for Influencers in LA tomorrow. *Custom No Kid Hungry Manicure by Note at Enamel Diction

We’re in an orange matchy-match mood over here at @TheCupcakePalaceLA today. But, ummm, Miss Ellie, can you puhleez get off my @HossIntropia dress for the @NoKidHungry Influencers Brunch I’m hosting tomorrow? No?

I’m a proud ambassador and advocate for No Kid Hungry because all kids need to be fed to be fueled to flourish. After all, breakfast and lunch should be a requisite for all, not just a luxury for a choice few.

If you’re interested in getting involved with @NoKidHungry, head over to www.NoKidHungry.org, where helping can be as simple as hosting a bake sale for the whole month of October, like I am, when Domino Sugar is matching registered bake sale donations dollar-for-dollar up to $75,000.

SO excited to raise awareness tomorrow with my editor, blogger, writer, host and actor friends!!

And, stay tuned for more ‘tails on my Bake Sale announcement. Hint! There may be a Texas element…



Mani Monday: Gilded Macaron by Enamel Diction

It’s just another Mani Monday…or is it?
Nope, it looks like a Macaron Monday to me!

Mani Monday: Gilded Macaron by Enamel Diction

This week, Enamel Diction brought the sweetness as they crafted a confection of a mani, that made the macaroons at Bottega Louie I picked up the next day jealous.

Head on over to Enamel Diction for your own gel mani with nail art (one like this runs around $55).




BF Asks: What sweet mani are you sporting this week? 

Mani Monday: Dusty Lavender Vintage Tuxedo at Enamel Diction

Change is inevitably in the air. You can probably taste it, it’s so close, it’s mystifying.

I love mystical stuff. Reiki. Horoscopes. Tarot card readings. Handwriting analysis. Astrology. Colorastrology.

Enamel Diction + Rose Theodora = A Magical Marriage

Wait, what was that last one again?
COLORASTROLOGY. And it’s exclusively available with Rose Theodora. I’ll be getting my in-depth reading later this month but ’til then, I decided to let her weekly colorasytology forecast dictate my freshly shortened nails this week.

What does the forecast call for?

Dusty Lavender This Week at Enamel Diction

Rose Theodora says: This week weaves a hue of femininity in all areas of our life–work, intimate relationships, our relationship to our bodies/health, family, work, even the way in which we connect with animals.

Continuing the theme from last weeks New Year and Full Moon in the sign Cancer, this week continues with intensified “feelings.” Last week was about sitting with and allowing your feelings to surface. This week, is about physically expressing our feelings, integrating them into our experience/into our being. You may be feeling more artistic, more expressive physically, and more service oriented. The important thing this week is to balance the tendency to get carried away with emotions while remaining grounded.

Wearing a Dusty Lavender and incorporating it into your home, and physical upkeep i.e. nails, lipstick ++ can subtly help you to channel the positive energies of this week, while simultaneously remaining grounded.

Dusty Lavender with it’s hues of purple can help to uplift and calm the nervous system, help you to get more in-tuned with your spiritual side and feel more creative.
Well, alright, alright, alright.

So, here’s how I took the Dusty Lavender that will hopefully calm and uplift me and added a little award season sass to it:

Mani Monday: Dusty Lavender Vintage Tuxedo ℅ Enamel Diction

Head over to Enamel Diction yourself and book your own color reading ($65 – $145) – or, at least, see what color you should be rocking this week to fuel your spirit!




BF Asks: What’s your sign?


To celebrate my birthday with a mani from my favorite nail joint, Enamel Diction,  I had a checklist:




Well, check, check and check.

I present to you, Mani Monday: BEST. BIRTHDAY. MANI. EVER.


And, let’s not forget the matching pink and glittering gold ombré pedi.

No, I'm not bringing back Flashdance style. I was at pilates at Whole Body Method, thank you very much.

Thanks so much, Enamel Diction!! Y’all spoil me.



BF Asks: What would your “best birthday mani ever” checklist look like? 

Mani Monday: The Newly Refined French Mani

I love me some nail art. It’s always fun, whimsical and unexpected.

But when it came time to decide what nail design Enamel Diction would adorn me with for my annual fall trip home to Dallas, I was a little reticent.

I wanted to keep it simple and classic (so Mom would approve), showcase the natural length of my once-bitten nails (that have plagued my mom for over 30 years) and add a little LA flair (because, well – hey! – that’s me).

This is what we – @DaniJean_W and @Mairanisnails and I – at Enamel Diction came up with. I call it The Newly Refined French Mani.

Upside Down. Boy, ya turn me. Mani Monday: The Newly Refined French Mani by @DaniJean_W & @MairanisNails of Enamel Diction (Jewelry 'tails: on the right hand, A.V. Max NYC ring and bracelets & Marcia Moran rings and bracelets on the left)

I wanted a classic french manicure with a twist. So a gold diamond-centered stud on the ring finger and a chevron-defined french mani with a band of gold seemed like the perfect compromise.

Turn it up. Mani Monday: The Newly Refined French Mani, ℅ Enamel Diction (Jewelry 'tails: on the left hand, A.V. Max NYC ring and bracelets & Marcia Moran rings and bracelets on the right)

Now, what will the Enamel Diction girls and I come up with next?


BF Asks: What mani should I get for the spoooooookiest day of the year?

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



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

Mani Monday: Burlesque Bling

When I host an event, everything matches.


Even my mani by Zenii LA .

Mani Monday: Burlesque Bling by Zenii LA - a matchy-matchy manicure to match this Gabriel Cosmetics invitation

I call this one “Burlesque Bling” – a perfect fit for the upcoming Gabriel Cosmetics Burlesque launch party I’m hosting at the SLS Beverly Hills this Thursday.

I modeled it after the invitation. Yep. Matchy-matchy.



BF Asks: Are you matchy-matchy?

Mani Monday: Blinged Lemon

Summer’s still here, folks. And that’s exactly what THIS mani says.

Mani Monday: Blinged Lemon

I call this look – “BLINGED LEMON” – visualized by me and designed by @fefethecreator at Zenii Skin and Nails on Melrose. She’s the queen of nail art!

So what is a “Blinged Lemon”?

Well, it’s a pale, PALE shade of pink with a french sliver of a tip of muted lemon and a cluster of swarovski crystals on the ring finger of each hand.

A slice of summer with a tinge of bling. Subtle and sweet with a bit of sass.

Thanks, Zenii!!

*gel nail lacquer by #prestogel




BF Asks: What mani are you rocking right now? 

Mani Monday: Ganesha Ganache with Zenii

Last week, I had the pleasure of popping by Pop Your Shop hosted by Eventbrite LA and my dear friend, Harmonie Krieger.

With art, Veev cocktails, cupcakes, a braid bar by Assembly Salon and much more, this was one heck of an evening!
But the biggest treat of all? Super luxe and lovely nail art and manis by Zenii Skin & Nails.

Mani Monday: Ganesha Ganache by Zenii Nails

I already had a pink and white design but they freshened it up and added a little fancy flair on the ring finger that totally reminded me of Ganesha…hence the name, Ganesha Ganache!

I hope this slice of sweetness can inspire your mani this week!



Mani Monday: The Perfect Palm Springs Mani

Mani Monday: The Perfect Palm Springs Mani

Listen, I have to tell you something up front. The mani you see pictured here was directly inspired by my good friend, Kirbie Johnson of PopSugar’s Olive And June mani for Coachella.
Yep, I ripped her off. I plagarized her nails.

But, I mean, COME ON!!!
How could I not when I was invited to one of my favorite fellow blogger Kelly GoLightly’s Flamingo Fiesta with L*Space Swimwear? So I headed to Pampered Hands on Melrose and prettied up my paws.

Prettying up my paws at Pampered Hands with a palm tree! How fabulously festive!

I opted for a little personalization with a punchy peach Essie polish and gold french mani with a palm tree on the right ring finger and a flamingo on the left. I was especially excited about the flamingo art because our hostess-with-the-mostest, Kelly, loves her flamingos.

Look! My polish matches the stitching on my L*Space swimmie cover-up!

So while I’m not a super craftsy girl when it comes to my nails – and I sadly can’t exactly tell you how to do this mani – I urge you to take these pics to a nail salon (or talented friend) who is known for their nail art.

After my mani, I felt 100% Palm Springs-prepared.