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…]

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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

Dale Janee Savvy Spice fashion blog

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…]


Ciao 2014! Hallo 2015!

Savvy Spice 2014 Recap Dale Janee Schroeter

From left to right: Glam in Gold Gucci / St. Moritz Style / When in Rome / Style is Timeless at BaselWorld

‘Let’s Do Lunch’ in SF / Capitol Hill Style in DC / Orange Crush at Art Basel / Wedding Bells in Istanbul

‘Paint the Town Red’ in Berlin / How to Make a Martini Bianco / Savvy Sleepers New Collection / ‘Shop Talk’

Blue Couture in Switzerland / Autumn Layers / Cozy Style in California / Holiday Secrets in Vienna

Farewell 2014!

Every year seems to pass by faster than my diary can keep up with and 2014 was no exception! So fast that I haven’t nailed down exactly what I want to accomplish in 2015. What about you, any New Year’s Resolutions you’re determined to tackle this year? As the memories of posts above show; 2014 was my first full year of living in Switzerland, settling into married life, struggling to learn German, working in Zurich, traveling on weekends and focussing on Savvy Sleepers. Last year, we officially started selling our luxe satin pillowcases in blow dry bars and salons across the country and launched our new ‘Wine Country Collection.’ Of course there is a lot more to do from blogging to business and I have a feeling it’s going to be a very busy year.

Thanks for following and the support. Cheers to you and 2015!


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Naughty or Nautical

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Do you fight naughty or nice? A few nights before Christmas my husband and I got into a little argument, like any married couple, and I made a rude comment which I quickly learned doesn’t really fly when you’re married to an only child. If you’ve ever dated or are married to an ‘only child,’ you’ll have a whole new perspective on personalities. They didn’t grow up with siblings and the daily bickering, joking and teasing that comes with the territory in big families…meaning they might be a bit more sensitive. 

After my childlike statement, my husband looked over at me [Read more…]