A Pastel Pick-Me-Up

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When is the last time you heard someone say, ‘I wish a Starbucks would come to my city?’ Could you imagine if going to Starbucks felt like a special, rare experience? Last week at a blogger event in Zurich hosted by Starbucks during a fashion night in the city – I learned that feeling is real. After a coffee tasting paired with Swiss chocolate and mingling with new friends, it was time to head home for a bit of hyped up investigative reporting.

I started with a search for Starbucks locations within a 1 mile radius of my old apartment in San Francisco. I found 51! Then I searched how many Starbucks are in the entire country of Switzerland and counted only 31. No wonder it’s more special here, plus the free Wifi which isn’t so easy to come by in the EU. Over the weekend, with my newfound appreciation for a coffee franchise I’ve always taken for granted; I restyled my spring pastels and accessorized with a Skinny Latte…

Mango sweater pastel pink Savvy Spice Switzerland

<Pastel pink knit last seen here in head-to-toe pink>

Zara striped shorts nautical style

<Stripes go with everything>

Pastel Pink Bow Spring 2014

<Pastel pink bow from H&M>

Vintage Rolex watch mens watch for women

<Vintage men’s watch with faded red paint that looks pink now>

Starbucks LVX Nail Polish lilac

<Lilac chip-resistant nails by LVX. I’m giving away their entire Spring collection here>

Zurich Zara striped shorts

<DETAILS by Dale> flats (0ld) ~ Zara, sweater ~ MANGO, bow ~H&M (similar here Forever21,), tote (old) – AG Jeans, sunglasses ~ Prada, nails c/o ~ Legendaire by LVX,

So besides Starbucks, what other brands seem to still have ‘cool beans‘ status in parts of Europe that you might have nearly forgot about altogether? For starters: Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, ESPRIT, American Apparel, and yes, David Hasslehoff. Of course, it goes both ways. I thought Nespresso was the coolest new coffee machine on the block; I come to find out it’s been around 28 years with its headquarters in Switzerland for over a decade. Go figure.

If you drink coffee, what’s the go-to spot in your city?

~xo,

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  1. HaHa Dale! The things we take for granted in the States. Love your shorts and cute shoes.
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  2. I don’t drink coffee :)

    I love your pink sweater, it looks so wonderful on you… very pretty :)

  3. I love your flats! They are so cute!

  4. You look wonderful, love the cute bow in your hair too :) x

  5. I LOVE Starbucks – although I do love a good local coffee store even more. Your outfit is so cute though – I seriously love everything!

    Abby
    http://www.champagneplans.com

  6. I need to see how many Starbucks are local .. here in Seattle we have them on every street corner. With all the dark, grey days I believe we all need extra caffeine to keep from nodding off;)

    I’m loving all the pastels that are out and YES stripes are always fashionable and look great with anything. xxleslie

  7. such a lovely outfit <3 Love the pink bow in your hair!

  8. Nancy in PA says:

    Hello, again, Dale. Thought I’d drop you a line to tell you how much I am enjoying your posts. Reading them is a vicarious experience. Very kind regards,

    Nancy

  9. Such a lovely shorts!!Supercute look!!

  10. A world without Starbucks?! Sounds like a nightmare to me! I LOVE your pastel accessories – especially the LVX nail polish. I’ll definitely be entering your giveaway :)

  11. A world without Starbucks?! Sounds like a nightmare! I love your pastel accessories – especially the LVX nail polish. I’ll definitely be entering your giveaway :)

  12. How cute is the bow accent in your hair!!!!! :) I am loving it, however, I have no clue if I could ever pull something like that off – ha ha! And the last time I have been to a Starbucks, I don’t even know!! I am actually not REALLY a fan of it, don’t hate me! LOL! I only order black coffee and to me it kind of tastes like burnt cigs, LOL – not that I eat burnt cigs for a snack or anything!

    • Haha, yea it was definitely on the ‘cutesy 5-year old styling side’ but I wasn’t going anywhere special. :) And haha about the black coffee. It really does taste like burnt cigs.

  13. charming look! I love those shorts with pinks so much! very nice!

  14. Love pastels for Spring and your outfit is too cute, especially the striped shorts and bow! x

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  15. What a sweet spring look Dale! I couldn’t imagine Starbucks being elusive but I guess it is in certain parts of the world.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  16. Olivia Abdelmalek says:

    Perfect for spring!!!
    Best,
    Olivia Abdelmalek

    http://cleopatraskloset.blogspot.com

  17. Olivia Abdelmalek says:

    Perfect for spring!!!
    Best,
    Olivia Abdelmalek

    http://cleopatraskloset.blogspot.com

  18. Very cute! I really like the bow tucked under your bun. So sweet! I understand what you mean about Starbucks. When in Paris I was surprised to see the company there. I mean, who would have thought that in the city of endless cafes that they would have a strong following! But sure enough, they do.

  19. ahhh dale i love this!! pretty in pink :) that bow with your bun is so cute!! i love that touch! and those shorts are too cute too!!

    lol i know exactly how you feel.. the nearest starbucks to me is 2 hours away!!! and to think we i lived in sf.. i lived ABOVE a starbucks.. and totally took it for granted -___- HAHA

    anyways i hope you had a wonderful weekend in frankfurt can’t wait to see you :)!

    http://www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com

  20. ahhh dale i love this!! pretty in pink :) that bow with your bun is so cute!! i love that touch! and those shorts are too cute too!!

    lol i know exactly how you feel.. the nearest starbucks to me is 2 hours away!!! and to think we i lived in sf.. i lived ABOVE a starbucks.. and totally took it for granted -___- HAHA

    anyways i hope you had a wonderful weekend in frankfurt can’t wait to see you :)!

    http://www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com

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