‘Back in Black’

Savvy Spice fashion blog Black leather jacket

Do you ever feel like your winter wardrobe is feeling a bit stale, but you know Spring the collections are around the corner, so why buy another puffy coat? That’s how I felt last weekend, but decided to dress up the basics in a simple 80’s AC/DC ‘Back in Black’ inspired weekend ensemble.

Layering black basics is the perfect solution any day you want to feel a little taller, less bulky (aka thinner), and put together on a chilly winter day which was exact what I needed…

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<Add a leather jacket over a soft jersey knit sweatshirt for the perfect mix of warm & cozy>

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<I love adding a statement necklace to a V-neck or simple sweatshirt>

Dale Janee Savvy Spice Zara leather jacket

<If skinny jeans make your legs feel short, wear black denim instead of blue and pair them with black boots to elongate your legs>

Black Dolce Gabanna boots

<The BIG winter sales are about to start so keep an eye out for designer boots on clearance>

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<Small statement bags have been my a daily staple because they’re so easy to wear all day when I’m on the train or walking through Zurich. They’re lightweight and simple, but getting my wallet in them is a different story. Refinery 29 shares tiny wallets perfect for mini statement bags>

Dale Janee Savvy Spice Versace Jeans purse

<DETAILS by Dale> jeans – H&M / handbag – Versace Jeans / jacket & sweatshirt – Zara / Dolce & Gabbana boots / necklace c/o – b.shou

I’m looking forward to a road trip to Germany tonight. I hope you have a great weekend and do you ever layer a simple sweatshirt under a leather jacket?


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Prada + Savvy Sleepers Giveaway!

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There’s a study you’ve probably heard that ‘American consumers are willing to spend more with companies that provide outstanding service, and they will also tell, on average, twice as many people about bad service than they are about good service.’

If I have grandchildren one day, there’s a few old ‘fashion tales‘ I’ll always remember to tell them. The horror story about the homeless woman who ripped out my hair extensions walking down the street in San Francisco, strategies during crazy designer collaborations like our Versace for H&M night, and most recently, my Trois Pommes Tale at the Prada store in Zurich which leads to the Prada + Savvy Sleepers Giveaway at the end of this post…

Savvy Spice Prada Store Zurich Trois Pommes

The day before Christmas I walked into the Prada store in Zurich above. My husband (who is super hard to shop for) put a key chain on his ‘wish list.’ I started browsing and then…

Prada Keychain Frankfurt Savvy Spice

I found one! Perfect, I thought. My husband opened it on Christmas Eve in Frankfurt, Germany but it was a little bulky for his style. ‘Don’t worry, we can exchange it tomorrow so you’ll have the one you love,’  I said. The next day we walked 20 minutes in the snow to the Prada store in Frankfurt…

Savvy Spice fashion blog Frankfurt Germany Dale Janee

I walked in the Frankfurt Prada store in this not-so-stylish (but warm) ensemble including lime green fleece-lined mittens. We went to the counter to exchange our keychain for a different style when the associate studied the Prada receipt, smiled, then called a manager over.

The manager looked over the receipt and gave me a weird look as if I bought it at a flea market trying to return it to them. ‘Where did you buy this?’ he asked. ‘At the Prada store in Zurich,’ I replied. After a phone call, he came back and said, ‘We’re sorry, you can’t exchange it here, we don’t recognize where you bought it as an official Prada store. You’ll have to deal with it in Switzerland.’  So much for luxury customer service.

Trois Pommes Prada Zurich store

UPDATE: As it turns out, the shady franchise Prada store here in Zurich is owned by the infamous Trois Pommes CEO, Trudie Götz. Trois Pommes is a chain of boutiques in Switzerland known worldwide for telling Oprah a $38,000 handbag was ‘too expensive‘ for her back in 2013 as she shopped in Zurich. Turns out, Prada has decided to part ways with her, and this exact location will shut down.

(Sidenote) If you live, shop or travel in Zurich, I recommend avoiding or being very careful about shopping in any Trois Pommes stores. They portray locations as official, but may not be recognized by the brands. Here’s a full list of all stores owned by Trois Pommes in Zurich.

New Prada Keychain Savvy Spice Dale Janee

Sooo…. As much as I’d love this little key chain for myself, after being embarrassed by managers in Frankfurt and bamboozled by the Trois Pommes Prada store in Zurich, of course I can’t keep it so I’m giving it away to one WINNER! I’ll replace my husband’s Christmas gift the moment I get to a Nordstrom in the comfort of great customer service.

Prada Savvy Sleepers Giveaway Trois Pommes Zurich


1 New Unisex Prada ‘Retro Car’ Polished Steel Keychain – value $150 (includes gift box & little Prada pillow) – Made in Italy 

1 Savvy Sleeper 100% Pure Satin Pillow Case for Skin & Hair – value $36+ (any size or color you want. Includes gift box, card, & mints)




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Good luck and thanks for entering! PS – Savvy Sleepers now offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders $50+ in both the US & Switzerland for the month of February! The ‘Wine Country Collection‘ is also available in European pillow sizes.


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Lakeside Blues

Cool Tones Switzerland

Cool or warm, what are your undertones? Whether it comes to makeup, your hair color or wardrobe, it’s a good thing to know about yourself. As much as I loved neon, yellow and pink in California; those pieces have been pushed to the back of my wardrobe in Switzerland. So how do people warm up around here? Well, there’s ‘Solariums‘ aka tanning beds which I don’t frequent, spas and of course saunas.

Speaking of the whole sauna and steam room situation, I’ve noticed how Europeans can be so much more private than Americans in some ways. From our ultra-secretive neighbors to regularly meeting people in Switzerland who don’t even have a Facebook account! But, when it comes to the whole ‘spa situation,’ let’s just say Europeans (compared to Americans) are very, very…open. While the mixed steam room might not be my cup of tea, layering cool tones this winter has done the trick to stay warm. Here’s a few snaps from a recent stroll on Lake Zug with my new peacock print Persolé shade umbrella…  [Read more…]


10 Life Hacks for Expats in Switzerland

Savvy Spice Expat Life Hacks

Have you ever been curious about Swiss banks? Last week something big happened in Switzerland to the economy and although my husband tried to explain it to me numerous times and I replied, ‘Oh, I get it,‘ – I’m still a little foggy. Forbes wrote this article last Thursday, ‘Why the Swiss Franc Shot Up 30% in a Morning‘ and there’s been news about it all over the world since. I wondered if I’d notice any difference living here.

The day after the big announcement I was at the post office (which is also a bank – the Post Finance) and there was a long, slow line which is very weird for Switzerland. I noticed each person at the counter with a stack of Swiss Francs (CHF) converting it to Euros. The past 3 days I’ve walked around Zurich and the shopping scene is basically a ghost town. Last weekend, local news reports went crazy about the grocery shopping exodus to neighboring Germany and France. Clearly, if you’re living in Switzerland or a new expat yourself, this will effect you. After calling Switzerland ‘home’ for nearly two years, here’s my top ’10 Life Hacks’ to save you money, time and stress now… [Read more…]


XXL Coats

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When it comes to celebrity gossip sites, my faves have gone in waves. In the mid 2000’s it was Popsugar, followed by Perez Hilton and The Superficial. Then I made a switch in 2010 to fashion blogs which I still love and there’s a new one added into the bunch. Since living in Europe, I get sucked into the Daily Mail online for at least 15, okay sometimes 50, minutes a day. Besides endless pics of Heidi Klum frolicking around in a string bikini, UK celebs, and Taylor Swift; they also post a crazy amount of ‘kontent’ on the Kardashians.

I noticed the past couple months Kim and Kylie sporting quite a few oversized jackets like this one on Kylie Jenner and on Kim over her ultra-tight, midriff-baring ensembles. Vogue calls ‘XXL Coats‘ one of the top 20 trends for Fall/Winter 2014-2015. Here’s my new oversized coat I scored in a second-hand store in Zurich… [Read more…]


4 Tips to Winterize Your Look

Savvy Spice Winter

Hello Winter! Last week, we had our first real snow storm this winter in Switzerland. I didn’t leave the house for two days. It was New Year’s Eve, my Fiat was covered in 3 feet of snow that just kept falling and Uggs or not, walking to the grocery store was out of the question. Finally, feeling like a stir crazy house cat, I said to my husband, ‘How do people live in this? What if it was a work day? Do people just stay home?’  

‘Of course they go to work SnowCat, they’re used to this,’ he replied. But I’m starting to believe how you handle winter might depend on where you were born and raised. A fellow expat blogger I know, Lisa, from San Diego now living in Switzerland who writes The Honeymoon Life just shared how her Scandinavian friends in Zurich have their bundled up babies nap in strollers outside during winter because the cold, fresh air helps them sleep. ‘They like to say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing,’ she writes. Thankfully by the weekend, it had thawed out when my husband and I ventured out in the city. Here’s my TOP 4 TIPS this winter from staying moisturized to officially WINTERIZED this January… [Read more…]