South Park Style

Savvy Spice fashion Casual SF

Have you seen any ‘Stars at Coachella‘ stories pop up this week? That’s what I get for subscribing to 10+ gossip sites and while I was there in 2012; nowadays I couldn’t squeeze my belly into a high-waisted pair of Levi cutoffs if I wanted. Waddling around Indio pregnant is not on my Spring bucket list, but I still enjoy seeing all the Hollywood starlets in their festival styles.

Last year I posted a ‘Too Old for Coachella‘ style post and a couple weeks ago in San Francisco I went ultra-casual when I met up with Brittany who helps handle sales and marketing for Savvy Sleepers in one of my favorite spots in the city – South Park. It’s tucked away off 3rd Street near AT&T park perfect for lunch and a casual get-together in the sun. Here’s a few snaps of our meeting, plus some of my momchella ultra-comfy styles I’ve been wearing this Spring…

Meeting Brittany Savvy Sleepers

<Layers – SF can be chilly, and I ended up wearing this draped Zara cardigan a lot during my stay>

Dale Janee Brittany Savvy Sleepers

<Distressed Denim – Thanks to this BellaBand I bought at Nordstrom, I was still able to wear some of my favorite light jeans last seen here>

Stan Smith Adidas Navy Blue

<A Pair of Casual ClassicsAdidas Stan Smith sneakers in ‘collegiate navy’>

South Park Savvy Spice

<Loose Waves or a Messy Braid channel a festival style look anywhere>

South Park Style Dale Janee pregnant

<DETAILS by Dale> sweater – Zara (similar here) / MANGO jeans (old) + BellaBand / shoes – Stan Smith Adidas / Ferragamo bag // Brittany – Levi’s Jeans / top – Nordstrom (similar here) / Shoes – Mix No. 6 (DSW)

Weekend 2 of Coachella is coming up this weekend. Who’s ready? jk…

Hope you’re having a great week. I’m excited to share pics this weekend from the baby shower my mom hosted while I was in Northern California.


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Baby Blue & Sunshine

Savvy Spice Halo Blow Dry Bar

Horizontal stripes aren’t exactly known for their slimming effect, but I have a few maternity tops I’m loving and last week I had my first glimpse into the pregnancy perks you receive as soon as you sport a bump in public. I’ve grown a lot the past month and suddenly strangers started noticing I was pregnant which resulted in unexpected smiles on the BART train, ‘Good Luck’ wishes, super friendly customer service at Bank of America and even complimentary shopping bags. Paper bags cost 10 cents in SF and I’ve never been offered one free prior to being pregnant. Even little gestures can make your day.

So last week when I had the chance to check out HALO Blow Dry Bar in Burlingame, I wore one of my comfy, striped stretchy tops that really shows my bump inspired by this maternity look I saw on Blake Lively when she was about 8 months along…


<The Scene ~ On our way back from HALO, we drove through one of my favorite spots in San Francisco on Potrero Hill that overlooks the city>

Blake Lively Pregnancy Style

<Bump Drama – Just as my stylist, Andi, had lathered up my hair, I started to feel a little queasy. I think the baby had a growth spurt this month, which caused some random moments of morning sickness. Suddenly I started feeling nauseous right in the middle of my hair appointment…ugh!>


<Halo Angels – Andi and Jen, the manager, were so nice and understanding. I was definitely a little embarrassed I wasn’t feeling well and dragging out the appointment. I took a couple breaks to take some deep breaths as they offered me ice-water and tea until I felt better. Whew! Andi finished my blow out after applying a bit of volumizer. I showed her a pic of how I wanted my blow out styled and within 20 minutes, she’d created the soft, wavy look>

Halo Blow Dry Bar Burlingame

<The Blow Out – I added in a few clip-in extensions toward the bottom for length, looked at HALO’s Makeup Bar and then Jen gave me a ‘Guide to Make Your Blow Out Last,’ plus some dry shampoo to send me out to enjoy the sunshine. So how long did the blow out really last?>

San Francisco Savvy Spice

<Halo Results – There are SO many blow dry bars across the country and I’ve had a lot I love, but so far HALO’s has lasted the longest* with minimal effort. To help protect it, I slept on my Savvy Sleeper satin pillow case each night, wore a shower cap and used a bit of dry shampoo on the following days. By the 4th day, my blow out still had its volume and shine when I braided it for an afternoon meet-up with Adrienne of Rich Life on a Budget.

*I think the big key was that she didn’t add a lot of products and just a tiny bit of finishing spray for my fly-aways, so my hair never felt weighed down or greasy. Mention this trick to your blow dry bar if you’re in a different city and want it to last longer>

Halo Blow Dry Bar <DETAILS by Dale> maternity jeans & top – H&M MAMA / Zara jacket (old) / handbag – Gucci (last seen here) / Heels Marc Fisher (super comfortable) – recent DSW (similar here at Macy’s) / Blow out special thanks to Halo Blow Dry Bar – Burlingame, CA (4 Locations in the SF Bay Area)

I’ve read different theories about how often women should blow dry or flat iron their hair. How many times a week do you blow dry your hair – either at home or a salon?

I hope you had a great weekend! I spent the past couple weeks catching up with friends and family in Nor Cal. New posts from California coming all this week!


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Feeling French in SF

Feeling French in San Francisco Savvy Spice

Parlez-vous français?’  I don’t speak French, but living in Switzerland has given me a peak inside the lifestyle. From the dijon to fashion designers, French style is in a league of its own. Last week we went to dinner in San Francisco and while I ditched tights and slipped into a navy dress too short by French standards; I was ready to bring back a bit of my old California fashion even if I am pregnant.

From my ‘Olivier Dachkin‘ blow out to a new pair candy colored Louboutin’s, here’s how I infused a bit of French into my night out in San Francisco… [Read more…]


Secrets to Starting Your Own Business

Dale Janee pic for SunnyDaysStarryNights

Earlier this month I was interviewed by two lifestyle bloggers (and real life sisters) Tracy and Jessica of Sunny Days & Starry Nights who I’ve followed for years for their style, DIY posts and home decor inspiration.

I shared my best tips for creating my happy work space, how to start your own small business, plus the biggest challenges of starting a business, plus how to advertise your brand on a budget.

See the full post here and big thanks to Tracy & Jessica for including me in their Career Spotlight series.


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Bras You Have to See + A Giveaway!

Kohls giveaway Savvy Spice 200 Giveaway

It hit me a few weeks ago that I was a bit of a bra snob. I think it started in college when I worked at Victoria’s Secret and fell in love with the ‘Miraculous‘ bras. Of course the 40% employee discount was an added perk at the time on my Chico State budget and they were seriously enhancing under my neon tank tops on campus. But by my mid 20’s they were a bit over-the-top and since finding out I was pregnant, a padded, push-up bra is the last thing I need! I’ve been desperate for new bras lately as my top drawer has become a Victoria’s Secret 34C cemetery.

So when I was approached by Kohl’s this month to check out their new and improved ‘Bra Collectionat first I thought, ‘No thanks.‘ But the big world of lingerie and bras has REALLY changed, so I decided to check Kohl’s bras online and was shocked. They had a huge selection of brands beyond what I expected and the prices are SO affordable. When I asked one of my best friends and my mom where they’d been bra shopping lately, both of them said ‘Kohl’s‘ too. I knew it was time to expand my undergarment horizons. After a shopping trip, here’s my TOP 4 bras from Kohl’s I loved with a few pics snapped in my aunt Jean’s backyard in Chico, California… [Read more…]


How to Pop in Spring Pastels

Spring Fling fashion blog Dale Janee

Pastels aren’t for everyone, although I think there’s an Easter egg shade flattering for every skin tone whether it’s powder pink or baby blue. I just arrived in San Francisco last week, but a few days before leaving Switzerland we snapped these pics in the country side.

I’m starting to realize depending on the clothes you wear in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, you can make yourself look very pregnant or tone down the bump simply based on styling. Here’s a quick post from Switzerland with a few tips to give your outfit a pastel punch with a brand new giveaway and posts from California starting tomorrow… [Read more…]