On any given Wednesday…

Me in a nutshell on any given Wednesday morning: a heart of gold, messy morning cake and always taking notes on this thing called life.

Me in a nutshell.

Me in a nutshell.

Coffee Mug: Paper Source

Cake: Hansen’s Cakes

Notebook: Marshalls

Saucer: Homegoods

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

Never too early for sweets…not when you’re The Actor’s Diet!

Donuts & The Actors Diet? Seems like a dichotomy, but it isn't.

Donuts & The Actors Diet? Seems like a dichotomy, but it isn’t.

It was so sweet of my dear friend, Lynn Chen, editor of The Actor’s Diet blog to ask me to be the guest today on her The Actor’s Diet podcast…so I thought some sweets from SK Donuts (on 3rd street in LA) were in order.

After all, donuts always make an early morning gab session go great!

p.s. I’ll be sure to let y’all know when the podcast goes live! But ’til then, go check out her prior guests.

 

xoxo,
Dawn

Like The Necklace Says…INSPIRE

Like the necklace says, I have a job to do on this earth: INSPIRE

Like the necklace says, I have a job to do on this earth: INSPIRE

A few years ago I attended an event that my friend Nicole Myden hosted for her jewelry client, Nalukai, at the time. I wore the necklace they gifted me with for a solid year. Then I placed it on my jewelry stand, where it has been hanging, lost and forgotten, amongst all the shiny things I’ve accrued since.

Yesterday, I watched my friend, Gabby Bernstein’s video, in which she spoke about sharing your gifts and not feeling like a fraud doing so. She talked about speaking your truth and not feeling guilty for being paid for the gifts you have to offer. I so needed to hear that.

As I got into bed last night after sharing a deeply personal Sunday night eclipse experience, I went to turn off my bedside light and spotted the Nalukai necklace, where it has been hanging on my jewelry stand for over a year. I haven’t noticed it there before. On it is inscribed: “INSPIRE.”

The wording on this necklace never spoke to me. All the guests had received different ones as gifts and I remember wanting “love” or something. As I looked at it, I got a chill – the good kind – as I realized that that is EXACTLY what I am here to do: to inspire, as much and as OFTEN as possible.

Here’s to an inspiring week for us all!

xoxo,

Dawn

Just A Girl And Her Dog…And The Moon

Just a girl and her dog, watching the Total Lunar Eclipse/Super Blood Moon…and waiting patiently for new beginnings

Just a girl and her dog, watching the Total Lunar Eclipse/Super Blood Moon…and waiting patiently for new beginnings

I know that I’ll remember this night forever.

Just a girl and her dog, sitting on the side of her building, feet dangling precariously off the ledge, looking up at the Total Lunar Eclipse, watching the sky turn to a plummy hue, right as the moon says good night.

I’ve read that Total Lunar Eclipses are times of major shifts which bring endings to certain aspects of our lives, in preparation for new beginnings. One of my best friends captured this moment right before he told me that he’s considering a big life change. There was discussion, there were hugs and there were tears.

This has been such a strange 6 weeks, filled with old chapters ending and entirely new books beginning.

And I don’t know what any of it means. I also know that I don’t have to.

That’s not my job.

My job is to sit here on the ledge, with my feet dangling off, soaking up the moment, not knowing what’s above or below me, in front of or behind me, trusting that whatever it is, I am exactly where I need to be. I am being pointed in the right direction every day, while the sun shines on me in the daytime and the moon winks at me come night.

May this eclipse bring us new beginnings bigger than we could have dreamed.

 

xoxo,
Dawn

Life’s Not Always Peachy Keen: A Little Social Media Truth Talk

Life’s not always peachy keen…even on days when there are peach muffins for breakfast.

Life's not always peachy keen…even when there are peach muffins for breakfast. Let's get real, folks.

Life’s not always peachy keen…even when there are peach muffins for breakfast. Let’s get real, folks.

Life is made up of lots of little crumbs — some sweet and delicious, and some just too tough to digest.
Yesterday I posted that I was having a tough morning and was baking to deal with it. I was hurting for someone I love, about something that is out of my control. I was overwhelmed with messages of love, concern, care and support from friends and everyone I love. Thank you all.
But that’s not why I posted that.

As a so-called social media influencer I think it’s our responsibility to not treat social media as a Christmas card that just shows us at our best and our happiest. That’s not real, and that’s not life. We all have down days and we all have problems and moments we struggle with. I think it’s important to show what we do to cope with the hard times as honestly as we capture how we celebrate the good times. By being honest with our social media, and showing both the highs and the lows, I hope our friends and followers can see who we truly are, and hopefully know they’re not alone when they experience those darker days.
Hopefully, they’re reminded that lightness always follows the darkness, and they will be okay.

I Don’t Like This Picture…But I LOVE This Moment.

I don’t like this picture I have broken nails, I peeled the polish off my pinkie nail, have a random red mark on my chest and my eyes look asymmetrical.

I don't like this picture, but I LOVE this moment.

I don’t like this picture, but I LOVE this moment.

But I LOVE this moment. You know your best friend Matt Marr knows you as well as he knows himself, when you’re walking out of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck at Arclight Culver City and in the middle of a story, he gasps, saying “Oh my god. This light is beautiful. Give me your phone,” and starts snapping pictures.

I learn from him every day as my friend, my neighbor, my brother and as a human I aspire to be more like. He really is the best person I know. I love him to bits.

And I’m learning to love myself, because of – not in spite of – my imperfections – a little more every day.

I’d like to think we’re all here to help one another do just that.

 

xoxo,
Dawn

I’M LOVING…Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe – Spray & Go!

Vegas.

Fun on the heart, heavy on the wallet, and HELL on the skin.

I had such a ball hosting the red carpet for the North American Hairstylists Awards at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this past Sunday in the aforementioned Las Vegas.

Hosting the 26th Annual North American Hairstyling Awards at the Mandalay Bay

Hosting the 26th Annual North American Hairstyling Awards at the Mandalay Bay

But my skin? Well, it didn’t have such a ball.

The morning after the big award show, my skin was ashy, dry and just sad looking.

Truth talk.

But, I was slated to wear a breezy short summer romper that day that would show off my legs and arms.
So, what’s a parched girl to do?

Well, lucky for me, I packed my Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe ($6.49) in my bag and took it with me to the convention center for my brand meetings at Cosmoprof.

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe to the rescue in the desert!

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe to the rescue in the desert!

I stepped outside and sprayed it on, and I was good to go in under 10 seconds. Best of all, you can hold the bottle any which direction, and with its 360-degree continuous spray technology, you’re covered. It’s the perfect moisturizer for the busy girl like me on the go. I mean, you literally just Spray and Go! Yep. It’s really that easy!

Spray and go! Instant hydration - without the mess - for dry desert days

Spray and go! Instant hydration – without the mess – for dry desert days

So, how’s it work? Its unique fast to apply, quick to dry formula heals dry skin in seconds, and all without staining or sticking to your clothes. Plus, it’s good for us senstive-skinned sirens, which isn’t always easy to come by.

The final verdict? With micro-droplets of uber-hydrating Vaseline Jelly to heal dryness, my skin was glowing and soft in seconds, with no grease in sight.

Now, that’s a winning bet.

Dawn Do? Spray on Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe, right after your nighttime bath on towel-dried skin for deeper absorption. And, during the day, spray on your moisturizer and then  rub in your favorite luminous bronzer for an instant glowing hue.

xoxo,
Dawn

The Malibu Minimalist: The Launch of Lilah B

I LOVE a good launch party.

attends the lilah b. launch event at Ron Robinson Flagship on May 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Host, personality & writer, Dawn McCoy, attends the lilah b. launch event at Ron Robinson Flagship on May 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

And I got just that at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica last week, with the launch of Lilah B.

Got an arm-in-arm tour with Mr. Ron Robinson, himself.

Got an arm-in-arm tour with Mr. Ron Robinson, himself.

With Lilah B , I get simple yet sophisticated makeup, and my skin just looks pretty and polished.

The Malibu Minimalist…with milkmaid braid. Thanks, Lilah B!

The Malibu Minimalist…with milkmaid braid. Thanks, Lilah B!

I call it “The Malibu Minimalist” look. Details about this new line launch later today on the blog!

Pictured here on me: Lilah B Lip & Cheek Divine Duo in b.sassy ($46) & Lilah B Flawless Foundation in b.natural ($48) Makeup by: @EricPolito

xoxo,
BF

Twitter Partytime: Hickory Farms Tradition Talk – Welcome Spring!

Join the party! The Hickory Farms Twitter party tomorrow, that is.

Y’all. This bountiful basket just arrived on my doorstep from Hickory Farms and I simply cannot wait to share it with my Easter guests this weekend!

Spring in a basket! Literally! You can win it (minus the wine)

It’s called theHickory Farms Bountiful Tastings basket ($100 value) and I am giving away a slew of them tomorrow Tues, 3/31 at 10am PST/12pm CST / 1 pm EST when I host another fun #TraditionTalk #twitterparty with Hickory Farms – (Editor’s note: wine pictured is not part of the gift).

Just follow me @Beautyfrosting & @HickoryFarms on twitter and use the hashtag #TraditionTalk to RSVP to be entered.

It’s gonna be a party y’all! Who’s in?

xoxo,

Dawn