Posts filed under live-dream

new year, do you


ayyyee happy new year! this year i’m focusing on doing more of the things i love. eating at good restaurants, making good food at home, challenging my body with new workouts, challenging my mind with good books, leaning into relationships with my family, friends, riders and my partner. so far it feels really good! i have not watched tidying up with marie kondo but my partner did move in with me so naturally i’ve been forced to throw a lot of my shit away. i like “does this spark joy?” as a rule of thumb but some things i hold on to because they bring back memories…memories that aren’t necessarily joyful. do you keep things that remind you of your pain and your progress? what are some of the things you’re doing this year to make you feel good and aid in your healing? write them down and say peace out to the past but remind yourself how far you’ve come xoxo P


tights by onzie, spirit jersey at soulcycle studios, shoes by nike

Posted on January 18, 2019 and filed under wear, live-dream.

hi burrow


a reminder to "breathe", "go your own way" and get on the burrow train.  

i love getting things in the mail and you can now count couches as one of those things. this couch is comfy, has a charging station, and is easy to assemble. it's meant to take a part and put back together so if you are on the move this is the couch for you. it fastens sort of like a chest, you screw in the legs, and volià - couch. 




Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under live-dream.

dare to bare wrap up

are you still feeling the positive vibes from dare to bare? me too. so what now? how can we continue to empower ourselves and women of all ages? for me it starts small. continue the positive self talk. exercise. eat right. don't consult a scale or worry if those pants no longer fit. focus on how you feel! and spread positivity whenever you can. if you weren't able to make the event feel free to browse the movemeant foundation website to learn more about what we were up to and donate. huge shout out to everyone who was able to ride! what a special day... hope to see you next year! 

me and my college friend vanessa

me and my college friend vanessa

before the ride with my badass co-instructors luigi and rachael 

before the ride with my badass co-instructors luigi and rachael 

on the stage living our best lives 

on the stage living our best lives 

post ride realness

post ride realness

Posted on June 13, 2017 and filed under live-dream, sweat.

back from the burn

i'm back from burning man and feeling swaggy af! because gratitude! i have an amazing life and i'm so grateful to live it up and be surrounded by such awesome people! there's not much else to report... 

i played an amazing back to back set with cameron drake at the barechested baristas camp! that was a highlight and i will post our set soon! also, i was finally able to catch a tycho sunrise set (they haven't posted it yet on soundcloud but here's one from last year). to me sunrise is the best time out there and this year i was able to be up for 4! it's worth the sleep debt or the hauling yourself out of bed because... dawn! 

and finally i'm taking my dj skills to the dark room! that's right! this friday i am mixing and teaching my soulcycle class at the same damn time! this will be the first time i'm doing this and the first time an instructor has dj-ed their own class in the bay area! there are a few bikes left so i suggest you grab one here

so happy i can wear dope leggings (thank you whitney alix you are a true inspiration) and sequins in the default world! the man burns in 359 days. until then slay honey, slay! :)

also wearing illesteva sunnies and old nike blazers

Posted on September 8, 2016 and filed under wear, live-dream.

Crushin' on Chubbies

a few months ago a friend of mine asked if i was available for a photoshoot with chubbies! they were looking for ladies to model their new shorts line for women. i was excited to join the crew and show off my thighs in some chubbies shorts. if you go to the website you can find photos of me here and there with my blue hair!

photo courtesy of  Chubbies

photo courtesy of Chubbies

photo courtesy of  Chubbies

photo courtesy of Chubbies

fast forward a few days and chubbies asks me if i want to model their swimsuit. gulp. without hesitation i said yes. was i going to feel comfortable prancing around in a swimsuit in front of a camera all day? no. was it something i needed to do? yes. this is what the movemeant foundation is all about - celebrating and being proud of our bodies. if you haven't heard about movemeant stop reading this and go to their page now! 

i'm not the typical model size. i workout six days a week, eat healthy (for the most part) and my thighs touch... they always will. i have a nice layer of wine and cheese on top of my very strong abs. but this is why it is important to me to model this swimsuit (or any swimsuit really). people need to see real bodies. not photoshopped not altered but just beautiful the way they are. the chubbies photography team made me feel comfortable, beautiful and empowered. statements like "your butt looks great in this suit!" broke the ice as i attempted to get my covergirl on.  

photo courtesy of  Chubbies  

photo courtesy of Chubbies 

next up! videoshoots. they came up with an awesome concept to offer "pants repair" for april fools day. because let's face it, life's too short to wear pants :) 

and then rope swing beer pong. which is as epic as it sounds. we went to the rope swing at bass lake to try out this revolutionary game. check out the video on chubbies facebook page

all in all. the team at chubbies rules. working with them is a dream! great product. great people. #dawning with a bunch of #dawners. what more could you want?

sky's out. thighs out ya'll

Posted on June 9, 2016 and filed under live-dream.


if you are in the mood to have a great time memorial day weekend go to lightning in a bottle! for those that are unfamiliar, lightning in a bottle is a music festival based in bradley, ca. the festival is thrown by the do lab, one of my favorite places to shake it at coachella. this was my first year attending and i will definitely be back! the vibes are right! the art is beautiful. the lines are short (for bathrooms and bars). everyone is camping (a sense of community) and having a great time. what drew me in? the music!

of course jamie xx was my favorite... at one point he remixed drake's one dance and i lost my shit. i made a bad joke "just drop the new drake in your set and everyone will love it". but for real, he was incredible. he took the crowd on a 2+ hour musical journey, mixing vinyl, playing the original songs he's sampled, etc. honestly everyone blew me away minus mr. carmack but i'm not going to get into that... hint: he remixed ultra light beam with a salsa song.

the truth is festivals aren't really about the music. you can have a plan, memorize set times, etc. but you are bound to miss some acts and stumble on artists you've never heard of. i think that's the point! additionally, LiB does a great job of making it about much more than the music. countless workshops, yoga, meditation, etc. you can even go shopping! which brings me to outfits! i love dressing up at festivals because it's an outlet for self expression and creativity. one thing i always make sure of... comfort! recently my friends and i have really gotten into kimonos. they are great to throw on because they are lightweight, you can use them later to sit on or tie around your neck as a scarf. 


i got this kimono on etsy! finding something unique is worth the 30min search! this swimsuit was comfortable, sexy, and cheap. i used tribal markers to paint my legs! they were so easy to use and gave my outfit a nice boost. everyone made fun of my soul patch! i'll try and get better at the face designs ;) 


i purchased this crop top and short set a year or so ago. i also grabbed a fanny pack from forever 21! since we were camping i didn't need to pack a backpack. this made dancing much more enjoyable. i threw on a necklace, some combat boots and more body paint (pretty easy to remove so you can do new designs every day). 

i got my nails done at sparkle in the mission! you can see the dreams of dawn logo on my thumb! 

despite the delicious food i actually lost a few pounds over the weekend from the dancing and hiking (there are hills & stairs). our camping location was sooo far away - i would not recommend rv with hookups. if you're doing the rv thing camp w/o hookups and you will be much closer to the action! the good news was the closest stage to us was my favorite stage - the woogie! woogieing is a thing and i suggest you try it! did i mention you can bring your favorite drink along with you? 

woog vibes ya'll. hope to see you there next year :) 

Posted on June 5, 2016 and filed under live-dream.

change for the twenty

today, treasury secretary Jacob J. Lew announced Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill. this historical moment brought a lot of amazing stories to light. one thing that standed out to me was this quote

every great dream begins with a dreamer. always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

I've always identified as a dreamer and I hope to share more of my dreams with you. welcome to dreams of dawn!


paula dawn

Posted on April 20, 2016 and filed under live-dream.