How to Solve a Denim Dilemma One Leg at a Time

When it came to math and science in school, I was pretty much dead in the H20. While subtraction may not be my strong suit, I learned that when it comes to designer denim addition, does the ‘Cost’ + ‘Brand Name’ = A Flattering Pair of Denim? No. The truth is a $200+ price-tag and designer label doesn’t always equal a great pair of jeans. Everyone has a different style, cut, and wash preference, but there are some basic denim qualities you should test drive before ever spending too much on designer jeans.

I recently discovered a denim diamond in a rough of never-ending racks of jeans called Lotus Premium Denim. This line was started by 6 young business women in Silicon Valley and launched last November. Lotus has already made a huge dent in the world of designer denim and 5% of all sales go to charity. Beyond fashion and charity events, they were exclusively invited to GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge for the MTV Movie Awards last month. So in the future, you may see the stars of “Pretty Little Liars,” Jennifer Love Hewitt and Taylor Armstrong splashed accross the tabloid mags wearing Lotus. I recently partnered with Lotus Premium Denim and will show you their signature designer jeans below ~

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All denim was not created equally ~ Try on tons of pairs and ask your friends what styles and brands they like most. Especially for women, the most annoying aspect of desiner denim are the ones that stretch out really fast and you feel the need to constantly wash and dry them. (Tip ~ Wash dark designer jeans inside out to preserve them longer.)

You Have Your Denim, Now What ?~ The worst part of designer jeans is when they’re too tight or uncomfortable with certain tops, especially when you’re breaking in a new pair. Keeping a blazer and loose blouse on hand usually solves that problem.
Candy Toe Trend Alert ~ As I was taking Wallee (the CEO of the City Supply Co) for a walk I realized one common quality of good denim is they can go with any heel, wedge, boot or flat like these neon toe 2-inch heels at H&M last week (on sale for $20 from $59.95) I always TWEET deals I see like this when I’m out shopping. Follow @savvy_spice for more 
Full Disclosure: What to look for in designer denim? ~ When Elaine of Lotus Premium Denim invited me to try on a pair of their denim ($129), I knew if I didn’t like the fit, there was no way I could accept or blog about them. I tried on the first pair and they were too short. ‘Try the 30 inseam,’ she said and they were perfect! If you’ve ever had to get your jeans tailored, Lotus makes them in “28” & “30” inseams to save you time & money altering them. They run true to size and the denim is thick, but still comfy and stretchy so I could move around, sit, etc. (Some designer denim is not forgiving & some are too stretchy)

The Pocket Effect ~ The days of checking someone’s back pocket for elaborate designer brands are over. I actually try to avoid flashy branding with too much thread or labels all over the pockets, what about you? The lotus flower on the back pocket is creative & unique while not taking away from the jean. There’s a science to pocket placement. If they’re too high, it will flatten your butt. If they’re too small, butts will look bigger. Lotus specifically designed their denim to have a “sweetheart yoke” in order to create the most flattering backside. Details below~
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ABC’s of Denim ~ Always Be Comfortable
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 Choose Jeans Depending on Your Mood ~ Past Denim Posts from left to right
1. Summer Flares ~ By Citizens of Humanity (Full Post HERE)
2. Trendy Doesn’t Mean Spendy ~ Tangerine denim by Forever21 (under $20) (Full Colorblocking post HERE)
3. Just Right ~ Today. Lotus Premium Denim

 
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Blazer & heels & neon necklace~H&M, striped top (old) ~ Express, Jeans ~ Lotus Premium Denim, watch ~ Michael Kors (similar here), ring ~ Versace for H&M,
 Special thanks to Lotus for offering a special discount code to readers. If you want order a pair of their denim HERE, use promo code “savvyspiceLPD” for a 20% off discount. Free shipping is included on orders over $50.
(I’m wearing the ‘Inspire’ Vintage Blue size 27, 30′ inseam in this post)
Do you have your own denim equations and what is the most important design detail you look for when choosing your jeans?
Special Announcement~You’re Invited…
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I’m excited to be a part of the upcoming Lotus “Art with Style” charity art show event at Santana Row in San Jose on Sat. July 21. Proceeds to go Career Closet, a charity that helps women getting back into the workforce receive new professional clothes. Full details & ticket info for the event HERE Hope to see you there! simple smile Find Lotus Premium Denim on Facebook or follow them on Twitter
Have a great weekend!
~xoDale

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Cupcakes & Megan Fox! What’s on the Dessert Menu this Summer?

Oh, what a tabloid treat! Megan Fox was splattered accross gossip sites and blogs yesterday revealing her bikini body on vacation with her growing baby bump and hubby, Brian Austin Green (aka David from the original Beverly Hills 90210). While many women compare their bods to celebs whether they’re pregnant or not, this morning the Today Show had a story about a group of Conneticut moms showing off their post-baby bods. The women showed photos of their bare stomachs months after giving birth to encourage women not to compare themselves to celebs like Beyonce most recently who bounced right back after having her baby, Blue Ivy.

With so many fad and seasonal diets out there, even celebs on their crazy strict meal plans crave sweets at some point. I recently discovered a few summer time “Low Calorie”desserts I’ll share below (Under 100 calories) ~

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The Nilla Cool Whip & Yogurt Cupcake
Easy as 1, 2, 3 ~ I don’t cook or bake so when I discovered this recipe that only required stirring on the back of the Nilla wafer box, I had to try it.
Ingredients ~ You will need 1 individual yogurt (your choice), but I went with Yoplait Original Raspberry. A container of Cool Whip Lite & Nilla Wafers Reduced Fat. (They taste the same as regular)
Stir Crazy ~ Stir the yogurt and cool whip together until it’s totally mixed. It’s best to wait until the cool whip is a little soft or it can be annoying at first.
Clear Your Cookies ~ If you’re trying to go super-low cal, you’ll save 15 calories per cupcake cutting out the wafer at the bottom. Otherwise, add a Nilla wafer into the bottom of the cupcake holder.
Final Step ~Spoon in the Cool Whip/Yogurt concoction into each cupcake holder and garnish with another wafer on top. Place in the freezer for 2 hours and you’re done!
How Many Calories? ~ After doing the math following this exact recipe with the reduced fat Nilla’s, the Cool Whip Lite & the Yoplait Original Yogurt there are only 85 Calories per Cupcake.

Other Low Calorie Dessert Options Under 100 cals
1. If you LOVE greek yogurt & fruit, I recently discovered filling 70 calorie yogurt pops by Yasso with 6 grams of protein at Safeway. They come in strawberry, blueberry and raspberry.
2. If you LOVE caramel, try 7 Quaker Mini Caramel Rice Cakes with a little Peanut Butter on top.
3. If you LOVE chocolate, try Trader Joe’s Dark Covered Chocolate Pretzel Slims. They are at least twice the size of mini pretzels with the sweet/salty combo. Have 3 for under 100 calories.
Women compare themselves to celebrities either way, but as discussed on the Today Show, do you think they feel even more pressure after having babies to try and keep up with celebrities who have trainers, live-in chefs, etc.?  Also, if you have a special low-cal summer dessert, cocktail or blog post recipe, please share.
~xoDale
I’ll be back Friday with ‘Solving Denim Dilemmas’ from ‘Casual Fridays’ to ‘What’s in Your Jean-eology”

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‘Little House on the Prairie’ Life & Style ~ The Next Generation

Can you imagine Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie hanging out with Snooki? Oh, how times have changed, but if you ever read the Little House books or watched reruns of the hit series; you may have imagined yourself transplanted into prairie livin’ every now and then.

Whether you wanted to be Melissa Gilbert’s character on the show or had a little crush on Michael Landon, here’s how “Little House” is still influencing us today from dating to fashion…

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Little House on the Vineyard ~ The photos in this post were taken near Ukiah, CA in Mendocino County (1-Hour North of Sonoma) near multiple wineries with no tasting fees and an indescribable hometown feel.
Come visit or drive through this summer! simple smile
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Loosen Up ~ Braids have been everywhere the past few years, but they’ve evolved. The two tightly woven side braids seen on the Little House on the Prairie daughters can be replaced with a loose messy braid, a fish tail, or your favorite version.
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I Heart Maxi Skirts from Mendocino County to San Francisco ~ They’re appropriate for almost any occasion, they’re comfortable, and come is a huge variety from pleated sheer with slits. Best of all they can easily be dressed up or down. This is my country vineyard version, see my sister’s Full House SF maxi here
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He ‘Likes’ My Status Update, He ‘Likes’ It Not ~ Technology has changed the old fashioned petal plucking “He Likes Me, He Likes Me Not” game, but the concept is still the same. If it’s a new relationship and he likes you, he’ll let you know on Facebook via liking, tagging, commenting, messaging and hopefully not ‘poking.’

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Running Barefoot in the Grass ~ Kind of. In most cities, the last thing you want touching the sidewalk is your bare feet, so flat summer sandals are the next best option. Look for a comfortable pair depending on your toes’ preferences.
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Girl Power Through the Grapevine ~ From Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best selling “Little House” novels to YOU; whether you’re a blogger, starting your own business or have something on your to-do list you’ve been meaning to tackle, reach out to other women (even if it’s a Google search) to find out the best approach or tips before you get started. Asking questions can get you major time saving responses!
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Maxi skirt (recent) ~ Forever21 (same skirt here 19.95), White top ~ SugarLips, Rings & bracelets ~ F21 (recent), sandals ~ American Eagle Outfittters, leather clutch ~ Vintage, Nails~ Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (Lively Lilac), Daisy~ homegrown
Photos ~Special thanks to Thomas Delgado
Did you watch “Little House on the Prairie” and do you ever find yourself wearing elements of that ‘old fashioned’ style?
Hope you had a great weekend,
xoDale
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Summer Swag Giveaway & Hot June Finds in Stores Near You

The next few months are officially summer and don’t they always seem to fly by before you get a chance to wear your favorite warm weather attire? The earlier you organize your summer wardrobe, the better.

The past few weeks I’ve spotted some classic affordable summer staples that just hit stores. I’ll share my finds below, along with my California Summer Swag giveaway open to everyone internationally

Cali-for-ya~ I always smile when I drive by this mural on the corner of Folsom & 7th Street. Nothing says summer like some warm weather, sunglasses, and wedges. If you’ve been wearing bright denim all spring, try a bold colored maxi skirt or shorts.
More Peplum Please ~ I’d recommend a white peplum top as a summer wardrobe staple. Not only do they go well with skirts, shorts and pants, they look structured and stylish. (Here’s a more revealing similar version of a peplum top)
H&M Summer Score ~ H&M is having a huge sale right now and yesterday I found these lightweight bright beaded earrings. They’ll add a vibrant boost to any summer outfit.
Hot Pink Protection ~ Carrying around precious cargo like a laptop can get stressful (especially if you ever spilled on, dropped or broken one) so keep her safe. I found this Marc by Marc Jacobs pink cover this week at Bloomingdales (30% off) Similar Marc Jacobs snake print case HERE

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Shorts (recent) ~ Forever 21, White top ~ Crossroads Trading Co (no label), wedges ~ Nine West
Sunglasses, earrings, bracelets ~ H&M and Stella & Dot

SUMMER SWAG GIVEAWAY
Grand Prize 
Stella & Dot Renegade Bracelet  
This spiked gold bracelet has been my favorite piece of jewelry lately paired with a bunch of bangles and a watch (aka arm party) or worn alone. One of you will win your own Renegade bracelet of your choice (silver or gold) $59.95 

Bonus Swag
You’ll also receive these additional gifts
 Men’s or Women’s City Supply Co. Tee of your choice
GUESS original denim fanny pack seen here (extra I snagged at Coachella)

Giveaway Details
There are multiple ways to enter below and you can choose 1 to up to 4 entries total. Giveaway is open to everyone, ENDS July 9th and I’ll handle shipping. Enter below~


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Good Luck to everyone entering and thanks for all the support and reading for my ‘Summer Series’ week. Can’t wait to catch up this weekend! 
~xoDale 


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Fifty Shades of Lace ~ Romancing Your Style One Layer at a Time

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ being discussed in the media and everywhere the past couple months, I could buy an entire leather wardrobe. The chatter about this book has generated big time buzz among women in households across America and I know for a fact that men are reading it too. I met one last night.

The word on the street is “Fifty” majorly revs up the romance factor. While I can’t wait to dive into Chapter 1; until then, I have a few sexy style staples that may be tucked away in the back of your closet just waiting to be dusted off and slithered into for a night on the town…

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Romantic Style Staples ~ Leather, Lace, Sheer, Stilletos, Cuffs, Smoky Eyes, Fingerless Gloves, etc.
{Side note}~ If you’re in the mood for some new lace undergarments, Victoria’s Secret semi annual sale is going on now. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials. Moving on to to Ch. 1…

 {Ch. 1} Fifty Shades of Lace ~ Lace is romantic and it’s ‘in style.’ Lace shorts are trendy as well as dresses, tops, and skirts with multiple layers. They’re simple enough for a date night and I paired this neutral pair with a leather jacket & blazer to show different options. Lace comes in all different shades this season from neutrals, pastels to basic black or white.
{Ch. 2} Red Red Wine ~ A glass of wine on a terrace, the patio at your house or over dinner is undeniably romantic. Restaurants often let you bring your own bottle (with a small corkage fee) if you have a favorite bottle at home. This Zin courtesy of Cairdean Vineyards is a brand new winery in Napa Valley. They were just featured in 7×7 and their tasting room will open this fall in St. Helena. I’ll keep you posted…For now, Cairdean wine is specially available online
{Ch. 3} Play Up Your Assets & Create the Ones You Want ~ Wearing heels, tights, or trying my little “Sally Hansen” Youtube Trick can create leggy illusions, but always accentuate what you love most whether it’s your curves, hair, eyes, waist, etc. The rest can be ‘faked.’ I haven’t hidden the fact that I add in hair extensions when I want to pretend like I have long luscious locks like so many of you have naturally. Beauty tricks are endless….. 😉
{Ch. 4} When In Rome ~ Bix in San Francisco is one of the most romantic restaurants I’ve ever been to and I’m sure you have a favorite romantic spot in your city. Bix is tucked away in an alley on Gold Street in the financial district, and once you enter there is main floor seating or tables on the second level overlooking the restaurant with a live piano player. 
{Ch. 5} The Simple Bare Necessities ~ If you’re heading out for the evening, clutches are classy and sleek. Avoid handbags at all costs and take a clutch that will hold all of your essentials (don’t forget your house keys, ID, etc). (Sidenote) ~ I’ve noticed a few surprising work out tricks that help tone legs, I’ll be starting a little ‘FitnessLite‘ series in the next two weeks.
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{Ch. 6} Romantic to the Core ~ There are a few sexy style staples all women can wear starting with a classic leather jacket. Also, sheer can easily be worn. For example, under a blazer like this conservative top just has a few inches of sheer fabric at the neckline. Also, cuffs like this one on my wrist courtesy of Bolbach is a hot trend. Fashboulevard is also featuring the red python Bolbach cuff today for a great cause.
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lace shorts ~ Sans Souci (TJMaxx), cuff ~ Bolbach, heels~ Zara (kinda recent), blazer & leather jacket ~ F21, sheer top ~ H&M, clutch ~ The Limited

From a little black dress to red lipstick, what is your Go-To romantic style? Also, have you read “Fifty Shades of Grey” yet?
~xoDale

SUMMER SERIES FINAL DAY ~ Coming tomorrow…The “Summer Faves Giveaway” & tips to dress like a piece of candy in summer’s brightest shades.

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Summer Nail Polish Alert Plus 7 Beauty Tips to Cure a Horrible Morning

You just woke up with a splitting headache and less than 30 minutes to get out of the house. How do you pull yourself together without feeling too frazzled? I’ll share some tips for those days that start off with you not wanting to get out of bed for one reason or another, plus a look into the hottest nail shades now that it’s officially SUMMER…
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7 Tips to Cure a Horrible Morning
1. Keep an eye mask in the freezer at all times. Ice wrapped in a napkin works in a pinch, but if you wake up with swollen eyes, a cool compress held under your eyes for 5 minutes works wonders.
2. Shower~Cocoa Butter~Coffee in that order. A quick shower will wake you up, slathering cocoa butter lotion on your skin will keep you silky smooth plus the scent is surprisingly refreshinging (like a 2 second vacay to Hawaii), then start sipping a strong cup of coffee. (I recommend Philz if you’re in SF
3. If your eyes just feel tired or have dark circles, concealer is a MUST. (I don’t judge guys for wearing it either). I prefer Laura Mercier, Cargo, or MAC depending on skin types.
4. The Magazine Model Trick ~ Notice how they often have a bit of shimmer on the inside corner of their eyes? You can achieve the same look and it instatntly makes eyes look more awake adding a bit of MAC Cosmetics loose pigment
5. Massage Time ~ If you don’t have in-house massage benefits (like Google offices) keep an eye out for daily deals like Groupon. If you have a little surplus of coupons, schedule a massage later in the day it will help your work day go smoother.
6. The Hat Trick ~ Fedoras are very popular for men & women. Take advantage of these on bad hair days.
7. Mani/Pedi Please ~ There is nothing more relaxing than a summer lunch break or after work mani/pedi. Nail salons often offer mid-day deals during weekdays.
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Go Bold or Go Nude ~ There was a huge range of nail polish shades that were “in style” for spring ranging from bright, neutrals or pastels. Or try a sparkly blue if you like your nails festive for the 4th of July.
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Neutral Wedges Paired with Polish ~ The easiest sandal options that will match any outfit are neutral or metallic wedges, but they look so much better with a bright summery polish on your toes. I went OPI (Kiss Me on my Tulips) Wedges~ (Franco Sarto) handbag (Jason Wu for Target)
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Desperate Housewives may be over BUT….Wisteria Lane still exists~ I recently partnered with Pinkies Nail Salons located all over the Bay Area. Their location I visited on Potrero Hill for a complimentary Deluxe Pedi overlooking SF not only had plenty of (free) parking, the adorable decor reminded me of a TV show set. It’s the perfect location for a relaxing mani/pedi or your own private nail spa for a group celebrating a bachelorette party or birthday. Become a Pinkie’s VIP with a discount HERE (Outfit denim top~ F21, white skirt ~ Express (old)
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Splash your Toes in Summer’s Hottest Nail Shades ~ Essie consistently creates some of my favorite colors and I can’t wait to try these this summer. Left to Right (Fear or Desire, Off the Shoulder, Cascade Cool, Bikini So Teeny, & Mojito Madness) pic via Twenty2
I follow a lot of nail blogs and I’m so impressed with how many bloggers are so on top of every nail trend including designs & nail art. I often add favorites to my “Nait It” board on Pinterest for inspiration. What nail shades are you most exicted to try this summer and do you have any morning beauty tricks that help you through a bad day?
I’m always curious to learn more.
~xoDale
Summer Series Coming Tomorrow~ “Romancing Your Style” including red wine, cuffs and plenty of lace.

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