Brunch on the Bay ~ Bloody Mary’s & Hipster Style

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There’s more colorful neighborhoods in San Francisco than Nicki Minaj’s favorite eyeshadow palate. Yesterday, on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I discovered a new one. I dodged SOMA and mozied down to the Dog Patch with friends and family. This neighborhood just south from AT&T park has a restaurant, bar and spacious outdoor hangout called The Ramp. It’s not fancy, but with good food, friendly service and outdoor seating a stones throw from the bay, I highly recommend this SF classic.

Along with bundled-up unintentional hipster style; this post will be complimented by shout-outs, sunshine and some huge ships.

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 What is ‘Hipster?’ ~ Last year, Buzz Feed showed ’11 Tired Hipster Fashion Trends’ from overdone ripped denim to flag tees and shredded tights. Hipster to me is wearing shades, distressed denim, avoiding uber trendy styles and most importantly not really trying. We showed up yesterday after a long weekend of late nights and recovering from that crazy flu. I spontaneously starting snapping pics capturing authentic ‘I don’t care’ hipster style rather than ‘I spent 2 hours putting this look together for Coachella’ hipster style. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. simple smile

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 Hermione in coral kitten heels & a wool coat from Amsterdam on a business call. Follow her @HermioneWay for updates on her travels, startups, drama and more…

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 My sister, Jody, helped me Saturday shoot ehow.com style videos at The Factory (SOMA’s hottest clothing boutique.) Sunday, she took it easy in her short new haircut, poofy vest, denim top and Toms. Two dogs enjoying the sun at The Ramp in pumpkin & Niner’s outfits came to say ‘hi.’

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The Dogpatch ~ This pup may be excited about Superbowl Sunday, but I just found out a childhood friend has created a FB fanpage taking off all over the world. After teaching her little Corgi dog Franklin to hide, she takes a photo and you try to find him in the pic. The next day, she tags him in the photo so you know where he’s hiding. To play, just like the FB page, Where’s Franklin?

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 Ships & Giggles ~ My brother and I joked that this might be the only house, slipping into the Bay, that I could actually afford a mortgage on here in San Francisco.

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Hey Guys ~ If there’s one thing I’ve learned about men since starting a fashion blog; it’s that snapping pics for style posts is pure torture. I asked them for a cute pose anyway and got this…

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 My brother Drew (on the left) has also just launched his comedy FB page Dru James Entertainment for weekly posts, videos and craziness in SF

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The Creamery is Out ~ The Ramp is my new favorite SF ‘Brunch in the Sun’ spot.

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 Plaid Toms & Skinny Jeans. Aww.

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So what is ‘hipster style’ to you?

(Sidenote) ~ Beyond these casual SF shout-outs, I’m looking to feature new businesses, fun fashion startups, good causes, cool restaurants, hotels and entrepreneurs more regularly on my blog this year. If you’d like a chance to be featured or to share a new product or project, please email me directly at dale202@gmail.com.

Thanks for virtually brunching with us. Hope you had a great weekend! ~xoDale


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A Corporate Affair at the Beverly Hilton

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You may be looking at this photo wondering why I’m hanging out on a hotel balcony in LA dressed like Hillary Clinton. The truth is when the red carpet, celebs and reporters are stripped from the Beverly Hilton, what do you have? A retro-glam hotel full of Tinseltown nostalgia, guests whispering about Whitney Houston, and ballrooms that transform into conference centers.

Last week, I attended a corporate conference at the Beverly Hilton in this very same room where the Golden Globes took place. However, Quentin, Clooney, and cleavage were nowhere to be seen. And Seacrest asking ‘Who are you wearing?‘ was nowhere to be heard. So without further ado; here’s 5 style tips when the dress code is all business (aka ‘ultra conservative’)…

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‘90210’ Flashback at the lovely Beverly Hilton. Up Next: My Top 5 Tips for Business Travel 

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1. Show Skin Very Sparingly ~ For the opening night reception, I wore a matching dress and jacket. With every fashion risk comes a trade off. For example, because I decided to go with this emerald green Anne Klein ensemble rather than a black or neutral suit, I kept my arms covered, jewerly to a minimin and a super-low heel.

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2. Stay Conservative from Head to Heel ~ The last thing you want is to draw attention to your toes for all the wrong reasons in a pair of 5-inch spiked stilettos. I found these tortoise shell Franco Sarto2-inch heels that worked with my suits and this dress. (Sidenote~ I need your help! Whenever I travel I usually toss all my jewelry in this little box and it all gets tangled. Do you have a better idea or product to travel with accessories?)

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3. Early Morning Make-up Secrets ~ I was in conferences all day starting at 7:30 am. To decrease the chance of looking extra sleepy, I added these fake lashes. With practice, they can be applied in 10 seconds to make eyes look more awake. I also carried my Tarte vitamin infused lip gloss and MAC Mineralize loose powder in my purse to freshen up after especially intense break-out sessions.

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4. Fashion Mags to the Rescue ~ For Wifi withdrawals when you’re without Internet on your trip, I recommend packing a couple fashion mags. If you’ve considered subscribing by mail (12 issues for $12), Glamour is my fave! Wearable style tips, minimal ads and columns by fashion designers with enough content to last a 60 min flight.

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5. You Don’t Need Hose ~ If you want to skip nylons or tights, but still want some coverage on your legs, I always pack along a travel container of my Vegas Potion (aka this Sally Hansen, Cocoa Butter & Shimmer.) Recipe HERE. Thanks for reading!

When is the last time you had to wear a suit? ~ xoDale

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How to Spice Up Weekend Wear in Pops of Red

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Finally, the first 3-day weekend since December. Time to sleep in, relax, grab a coffee with a friend or slip into yoga pants with no intention to actually hit the gym. While it’s tempting to bundle up in hoodies on long weekends, there’s a few ways to spice up casual outfits.

Here’s a few shots of my sister on a weekend walk with her dog, Ollie. Beyond the pops of red in this post, I want to share a real life look at the scam of catfishing dogfishing…

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The Power of Red ~ From Politicians to celebs; crimson is a striking shade. Try this ‘Russian Red’ Lipstick by MAC last seen here on the streets of San Francisco.

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All Star Paws ~ I’ve mentioned before, but a classic pair of Converse Chucks are appropriate at any age. Especially white, black or neutral with denim and a cozy sweater.

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My sister, Jody, and her dog Ollie in Mendocino County, CA

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Q. What’s Worse than Catfishing? A. Dogfishing. In light of the Manti Te’o fake online girlfriend scandal, I want to explain ‘dog fishing.’ A few years ago, my sister found a breeder on Craigslist selling purebred yellow labs. After weeks of contact with the breeder, emails of blurry puppy photos, promises of paperwork, and not much more details, she drove three hours to buy her labrador. It turns out once Ollie grew, she has multiple medical issues, she’s socially awkward and clearly not a purebred anything. But we still really love her even though we got dogfished.

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The Simplicity of Weekend Bling ~ Instead of feeling the need to pile on a bunch of bangles when you’re relaxing on the weekend, try a wrap bracelet and an over sized watch. Your weekend arm-party for two is complete.

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<DETAILS by Dale> skinny jeans ~ Forever21, shoes (below) ~ Converse, Vest ~ Gap (similar for men here), top (old) ~ Similar below, watch ~ Michael Kors, bracelet ~ Stella & Dot, lipstick ~ MAC, hat~(random from the OC)

I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll be back this week with a full ‘corporate style report’ from Beverly Hills. (Sidenote) Have you ever known any who has been scammed online? ~xoDale

 Shop Weekend Essentials…

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City Lights & the Dress Every Woman Should Own

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When the lights go down in the city of SF; there’s no place I’d rather be than perched in Potrero Hill watching the sunset over the City by the Bay. With abundant parking and beautiful views, this neighborhood is a year-round treat on clear nights.

Today, I want to keep it simple and share a dress secret in a DVF number I just found at Crossroads Trading Co. It’s a style that’s ideal for 3 out of 4 seasons in most cities, but especially in San Francisco. It’s also a trend opposite of all the bare shouldered strapless gowns we saw on Golden Globe’s red carpet. The time-saving, figure-flattering, fun-loving dress I think every woman should own is….

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…A Classic Longsleeve Dress ~ It’s comfortable, warm in the winter and offers 2 HUGE  flattering factors: If tricep dips haven’t been a priority in the new year or your shoulders are feeling extra pale like mine, sleeves cover everything! Choose a belted version or one with pockets for variety and pair with boots or tights. When spring rolls around, I can pair this with white platforms or nude heels.

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Bling Up a ‘Boring’ Dress ~ If a simple dress needs a boost, it’s the perfect excuse to stock up on costume jewelry. I have candy jars full of Forever21 earrings for that exact reason.

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 The view from Potrero Hill in San Francisco, 20th St. #IHeartNorCal

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50 Shades of Green ~ The color of 2013 has already been determined as emerald green, but you will be seeing hues from forest green, lime, sea foam to any Gumby shade. What would you call the color of this dress?

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 Goodbye SF ~ I’ll be in Beverly Hills the next few days for work, but I’ll be tweeting, instagraming @Savvy_Spice and facebook’n from So-Cal. Leave your twitter handle or instagram below so I can follow you. simple smile

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 <DETAILS by Dale> Dress ~ Diane von Furstenberg (old) similar DVF in orchid HERE (on sale), watch ~ Michael Kors, ring ~ InPINK, Boots (old)~ Report Signature, nails~Sinful Colors, clutch ~ from Shanghai trip

 Are you a fan of long sleeve dresses in the winter? ~xoDale

*Upcoming Collaborations ~ I’m happy to announce I’ll be producing style videos for Demand Media in the next couple months. I also wanted to introduce Threadbright which is a new ‘Silicon Valley’ based fashion site which features bloggers and shows you the newest arrivals from your favorite shops around the web. See you soon…


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Fuschia Friday! It’s Your Carrie Bradshaw Moment

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‘Sex and the City’ re-runs do it. So does Gossip Girl. Celebs and top fashion bloggers can be even worse. I’m talking about drooling over their out-of-reach head-to-toe designer outfits. Louboutin lust and moments of ‘high-end design envy‘ happens to women every day, especially fashionistas. It’s natural to desire designer bags, $900 heels, or a $2K party dress, but it’s also a bit unrealistic for most of us. Plus, money can buy a Celine, but it doesn’t really boost self-esteem. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. simple smile

If you’re into fashion; sometimes you just want a little ‘Insert Your Favorite Designer HERE‘ to make your wardrobe complete. While I’d never advocate freezing your charge cards to look hot for a night in a Dolce and Gabbana gown; there are a few tricks to score high-end gems for less I’ll show on my sister, Jody, below…

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The Trick to Faking a Designer Look ~ Go with solids! They look clean, simple and classic compared to busy patterns. Look for quality and nothing too trendy. This fuschia pea-coat is 6-years-old but it’s doesn’t fade or gather lint. Plus, the fully lined, bright shade seems to cylce through the cold seasons year after year paired with black.

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What to Buy When You’re Ready to Splurge? ~ If you saved up to buy a designer bag, consider a clutch or wallet. They’re less expensive and will likely last much longer through seasons. Also, try vintage high-end designs or find mega deals. Jennifer at Just Add Glam is a pro at this. Check out her newest post mixing F21, TopShop and a Valentino Aphrodite handbag 50% off at Neiman Marcus. Score! 

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Missoni for Target is still Missoni ~ Sure, the crowds get crazy at designer collaborations in H&M & Target. While the quality isn’t as high; knowing you found a signature piece by a fave designer for under $20 (like this beanie) is still a good feeling. 

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Exclusive Doesn’t Mean Expensive ~ This four leaf clover bracelet by Cruciani made in Italy is very popular throughout Europe. Fashionistas want every color and design ranging from $8-$15 on average. I saw them featured blogs from Italy I follow like Lilli of Candy & Style and The Blonde Salad. Start the trend in your city by wearing them to school or in your blog! Cruciani is expanding to the US soon….

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 <DETAILS by Dale> Jacket (old) ~ New York & Co., black skinny jeans ~ Forever21, wallet ~ Chanel, beanie ~ Missoni for Target, bracelet ~ Cruciani, watch ~ Croton

So if you were Carrie Bradshaw for a day and could have any designer item you desired; who and what would you buy? Heels, a handbag or a dress?

 Have a great weekend and if you’re a SATC superfan, the ‘Carrie Diaries’ debuts Monday on the CW. ~xoDale

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Harry Styles & Hermione Way ~ The Hot Tub Truth

010713 AD HermioneBransonSSMy late afternoon routine is pretty standard. I get home, check emails, grab some Goldfish crackers and flip on E! News hosted by Giuliana Rancic for the latest Hollywood gossip. However, Monday’s episode was different. The first 5 minutes featured a hot tub ‘scandal.’ A photo involving Taylor Swift’s presumed ex, Harry Styles, and Hermione Way in a red bikini who I styled for dates, toga parties, her birthday, and more for Bravo!’s ‘Start-Ups: Silicon Valley.’ Last night I watched as the Sun, E! Online, Perez Hilton and the Daily Mail reported rumors of the two ‘flirting‘ and possibly ‘hooking up’ at Richard Branson’s  on Necker Island over the weekend.

I’m not sure if there’s a such thing as a ‘Hot Tub Party Analyst,’ but here is why I don’t think there was any hanky panky between Hermione and Harry…

1. In terms of hot tubbing with the opposite sex, she’s world’s apart from Harry (who’s on the very left). She’s sitting closest to Branson with two other males between her.

2. Harry was born in 1994 and he’s cute, but looks like he’s 13. Too young.

3. Her first initial caption for the hot tub pic Saturday on her FB said she was with Branson and ‘that kid from One Direction.’ Definitely not a groupie.

When the bubbles settle on this outrageous hot-tub scandal; the bottom line is that a slow news day coupled with a popstar break-up and a bikini-clad coed at Richard Branson’s can create quite a ‘story.’ While gossip news outlets are running wild with any photo they can google of Hermione & Harry; it’s safe to say nothing happened. And if Taylor does write a #1 hit inspired by the hot tub rumors; there’s plenty of cool words that rhyme with ‘Way.’ Like ‘day,’ ‘lay,’ ‘say,’ ‘Kanye,’ ‘hay,’ ‘okay,’ ‘betray’….

~xoDale

See you tomorrow and thanks for all the support with my first beauty line, Savvy Sleepers satin pillow cases. There will be a Valentine’s Special coming soon & see the ‘Behind the Scenes’ video of our slumber party photo shoot with my sister, cousins and Miss Hermione Way.


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