Are Off-the-Shoulder Tops Actually Flattering?

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Have you jumped on the trend of the year? No, not Pokémon GO. Push Pikachu aside for a moment while we discuss the off-the-shoulder trend revealing clavicles across the country (and world) this year.

‘Do you have one yet?,‘ I asked my sister last week. ‘No, she replied, adding, ‘those shirts will make my shoulders look too big. I don’t think they’re flattering.’

Although style experts have been raving about this ‘universally flattering trend,’ I was a little uncomfortable first wearing it as well. Although my post-baby romper was so comfy last summer, here’s a few of my favorite tips if you’re looking to dip into the bare-naked-shoulder trend this summer…

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The Scene – Dallas (indoors) because I’m finding the best accessory during summer in Texas is AC.

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Stay away from Cropped or Elastic Waistbands – Too long, and an off-the-shoulder top can look like a PJ shirt and too short can leave you feeling boxy. You can also instantly make your shoulders look and feel more slender (while erasing tan lines) with a layer of fake tanner the night before.

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Pineapple Print Sidenote – I feel like there is a pineapple obsession in Texas from prints, pool floaties to home decor, so I couldn’t resist these Keds when I saw them in the perky pineapple print. They’re also SO comfortable.

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Find an Off-the-Shoulder Top that’s Comfy for Your Lifestyle – Having a 1-year old who is constantly pulling on my tops can cause a major wardrobe malfunction with off-the-shoulder tops. You’ll most likely be wearing a strapless bra which is why I loved that this top had a little built-in bra giving it more structure.

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Don’t Splurge on a Designer Off-the-Shoulder Top – I found this very basic neutral off the shoulder top at ROSS and love pairing it with skinny jeans.

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Feeling Like You Have Broad Shoulders? –  Wear your hair down. If I had more time to spend on my hair this day, I would have, but a side pony or braid helps too. Also, avoid off-the-shoulder tops that have lots of layers and ruffles which can add more volume to your upper body.

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<DETAILS by Dale> top (recent ROSS find) / Pineapple print Keds c/o (love these on sale now at Nordstrom) / Zara white jeans (last summer) / OPI nail polish (‘Do You Take Lei Away?’)

Are you wearing off-the-shoulder tops this summer?

~xo,

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A Very Blue Week in Dallas

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Since shots rang out in Dallas last Thursday night, the city has been on edge and in mourning. We live five blocks from where the ambush occurred. As we were sitting on the couch just as darkness fell, we heard the shots. ‘Those were gunshots,’ my husband and I both said looking at each other. Within about two minutes, we looked out of our apartment and could hear police sirens coming from every direction. I must have counted 50 police cars rushing to downtown within a couple minutes. It was then I had a sick feeling in my stomach and knew something very serious was happening.

I ran to my phone to check Twitter. ‘Breaking News’ — ‘shots fired at the protest’ as we watched the local anchors live at the protest run, hide and try tell the city of Dallas what was going on downtown. Although I’ve only lived in Texas about six months, there is a sense of pride and patriotism across the state and in Dallas that I thought only existed in Hollywood movies. Walking around the city the past couple days, you can see the sadness on people’s faces, memorials, vigils and I’ve seen men and women walk up to police officers (who are all over the city) telling them ‘sorry,’ ‘hello,’ or ‘thank you.’ But last night we realized we still need to be very careful…

Dallas Texas Blue lights for fallen Police Bank of America Building

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The night after the shootings the Bank of America building, Omni Hotel and buildings in the Dallas skyline have been lit in blue with messages of hope scrolling across all night.

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Over the weekend streets surrounding the ambush have been closed

Last night around 8:45 we were walking downtown with friends visiting from Germany and my sister. There were police everywhere downtown helping block streets 24 hours a day near last Thursday’s ambush. As we finished dinner walking home from downtown, we were near the Dart tracks when a police officer’s radio came on loud and clear. All of a sudden he had look of worry on his face and grabbed for his gun.

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Downtown Dallas last night

The voice on the other end of the officer’s radio stated there was an ‘Active Threat’ in the area and for all officers to be on the look out for a grey car. ‘Where are you going?’ he said to us, as he watched a look of fear come over our faces. ‘We’re heading home right now’, I replied holding Wilhelmina. ‘Hurry up and go!’ he said.

We all started running a couple blocks until we got out of the area and while the threat turned out to be nothing once we got home, it’s clear Dallas is on edge and police aren’t taking any chances. Officers are doing everything to protect people downtown, but if you live in Dallas, I recommend staying out of the area a few more days.

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American Airlines Center yesterday where the Mavericks play 

There will be an interfaith memorial in the next couple hours in Dallas for the five police officers where President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President George W. Bush will speak and meet with the victims’ families.

~xo

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If You Love Greek Yogurt or Peaches, Read This!

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I have fallen in love with a dessert this summer that is so good, I’ve been eating it almost daily for months. I’m always a little skeptical of sponsored food posts (no offense to Blue Apron), which can often seem forced. While this may seem like a sponsored post, it’s 100% real. Ok, back to the dessert I have to share.

One of the downsides of living in Switzerland is I became a total yogurt snob. I’ve literally tried over 20 yogurt brands from Organic Bulgarian to Chobani since moving to back looking for one that was as creamy and rich as Swiss dairies produced. A few months ago in Dallas, I spotted a new yogurt bar that has a rich texture, amazing flavor and reminded me of the fresh peach smoothies my mom used to make me as a kid. SO here’s my #1 dessert for 2016…

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Nestle Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars! Check your grocer’s freezer for these. They are so good.

Outshine Yogurt Bars Peach flavor

I’ve been loving them ALL SUMMER. While we don’t give Wilhelmina sweets, she always sneaks a couple bites of my yogurt bar and loves it, especially now that she’s teething.

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Mmmmm. PS – they also come in Strawberry, Mango, and Blueberry. Here’s the ingredient details:

  • Made with 100% yogurt
  • Contains live & active cultures
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No artificial colors or flavors

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You Will Love These If You…

  • Are obsessed with Greek yogurt
  • Love peaches!
  • Love desserts with real fruit flavor, but don’t actually want to eat real chunks of fruit. This yogurt pop is super-smooth and creamy with the perfect peach taste – no artificial flavoring – so it’s not overpowering.
  • Love Gelato or ice-cream, but can never decide if you want a scoop of sweet & creamy or tart & fruity. This is the best of both worlds.
  • Have a 1-year-old who is cranky and teething.

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One of the best parts is it’s only 90 Calories for the whole bar, but tastes like it’s 200+!

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Cheers to summer and fingers crossed these New Outshine Yogurt Bars are never discontinued.

Are you a fan of greek yogurt? If so, what is your favorite brand?

~xo,

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Hello from Las Vegas! Our First Tradeshow

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If you want to know what a hangover without alcohol feels like in Las Vegas; go there for a trade show from set-up to closing. Talk about exhausting! I spent last weekend with the Savvy Sleepers team participating in our first official trade show. Savvy Sleepers had a booth at the International Beauty Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center with 300+ beauty brands from hair, skin, lashes, extensions to waxing, bleaching, botoxing and literally every beauty treatment you could imagine.

After months of planning, we put on our game face and comfy shoes for 24+ hours on the floor over the 3-day show. We had a great time revealing our pillowcases to hair and beauty professionals from around the world. Trade shows are A LOT OF WORK. It’s like planning a wedding in a 10 ft x 10 ft space, but instead of a kiss to seal the deal, you’re looking for real deals from buyers, spreading the word about your brand, and making valuable connections. More pics from Vegas coming soon on our Slumber Party Lifestyle & Beauty Blog.

We have exciting news coming soon, plus our new packaging reveal coming later this summer. Thank you for all the support of the years and I hope you have a great 4th of July! Any big plans?

~xo,

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PS – If you have any salons, blowdry bars, spas or boutiques in your city who may want to sell our pure satin pillowcases to customers, please email brittany@savvysleepers.com. We’ll send them wholesale info and rush some Savvy Swag to you!


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Staycation in ‘The Big D’

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While Hillary and Bernie were battling it out in Cali yesterday and Trump is working on ‘Making America Great Again,’ does anyone else need a break from politics and the candidates this summer? Speaking of politics, did you know June is National Potty Training Awareness Month? But on a more serious note, we stepped into a much different political scene last weekend. It was goodbye 2016 – hello 1960’s.

We enjoyed a staycation in Dallas and checked out the newly opened JFK ‘Special Exhibit‘ at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza. Perhaps you know all about November 22, 1963 (conspiracy theories and all) when JFK was assassinated. To stand on the sixth floor overlooking Dealy Plaza seeing photos and hearing voices of bystanders who saw the assassination that day was surreal and upsetting there are so many unanswered questions to this day. It is the #2 tourist destination in Texas (after the Alamo in San Antonio) and I highly recommend adding this stop to your travel list…

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The Scene – Dallas on our walk toward the JFK Memorial and the Sixth Floor Museum.

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Just a few minutes from the JFK Memorial, you’ll find tons of tourist-stye restaurants and souvenir shops.

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There is a constant stream of tourists visiting this scene where Kennedy was assassinated which has been preserved to look exactly like it did in the 60’s. You can stand on the Grassy Knoll and there is actually an ‘X’ painted in the street that marks the spot where he was killed.

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‘A Time for Greatness’ – There is a ‘Special Exhibit’ that just opened inside the Sixth Floor Museum where you can view more photos of JFK and Jacqueline as you literally step inside the 1960 Kennedy Campaign. (It’s open through November)

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You can even sit down and snap a pic as if you were working in the Kennedy/Johnson campaign headquarters. It felt so authentic right down to the rotary dial phone and ash tray.

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Special Thanks! – This post was made possible thanks to our generous sponsor, Wilhelmina, who donated a 90 minute mid-day nap so we could enjoy the museum.

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<DETAILS by Dale> olive dress (old) H&M – last seen here on my sister / leopard studded sandals (old) – Zara / purse – Ferragamo

Have you ever visited the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas?

~xo,

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My Night at the Rihanna Concert

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Rihanna is coming to Dallas next week, can we go can we go?’ I begged my husband like an 11-year-old school girl a few weeks ago. ‘Yea, sure!‘ he said. We hadn’t been to a concert in years (the last was Pink in Zürich), but I love Rihanna’s music. ‘Love the Way You Lie‘ was practically the theme song of my life the year it debuted, and I grew to love ‘FourFiveSeconds‘ after hearing it FourFiveHundred times.

As it turns out, a lot of teens and 20-something females in DFW also love Rihanna (more on that below). Luckily, my mother-in-law was in town last month and we took advantage for a few baby-free date nights in Dallas. The night after the concert, I was telling my sister about the evening. ‘You went to the Rihanna concert?‘ she said surprised. I was at least a decade older than most of the party-goers, but all it took was the first few notes of Umbrella-ella-ella to wash my insecurities away and enjoy the night. From my concert style in a romper to sipping a stiff Crown & Diet Coke before the show, here’s a recap of our night with Rihanna…

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Rihanna opened the show walking across a clear bridge that hung through the air as she danced in a sleek white satin bodysuit and thigh-high boots. All eyes (and iPhones) were following her every move and she is stunning!

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Friday night Crown & Cokes! There’s nothing like Canadian whisky to get the party started. After we made it inside and took our seats, I noticed a group of teens to our right in denim cut-offs and F21 off-the-shoulder tops. They were Shapchatting away while their grandparents (looking bored and chaperoning) looked the other way.

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I thought my romper and Zara lace-up heels were racy enough, but Rihanna fans go all out! The crowd was about 80% women and I’ve never seen so many sheer jumpsuits, short-shorts, and bandage club dresses in one night. It was a fashion blogger’s paradise for people watching.

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(New to Dallas Sidenote) It’s already getting humid in Dallas and I’m finding myself searching for foundations that don’t melt in five minutes and shampoos that help keep frizz at bay. Any tips or Midwest bloggers you known who share beauty secrets to deal with these weather conditions, please let me know. Rihanna concert Dallas Texas style

As Rihanna addressed the crowd between songs with profanity-laced pleasantries saying how much she ‘F’n loves Dallas,’ the crowd cheered. Although, she seemed like she’d rather be chilling at Coachella with Leo, she put on an amazing show with 4 costume changes, unique back-up dancers and a mash-up of all of her top songs over the past 10 years.

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<DETAILS by Dale> romperrecent Calvin Klein / heels (old) – Zara / beverage – Crown Royal & Diet Coke / nails – Sinful Colors ‘Snow Me White’

What is the last concert you went to? PS – Rihanna’s Anti-World Tour is headed to Europe next including Zürich so definitely see it if you can!

~xo,

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