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Into the Blue


If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Europeans since moving to Switzerland; it’s that they take vacation time very seriously. It’s actually called ‘holidays‘ and compared to the US, it seems they get A LOT more. I feel fortunate to be located in Europe which makes it easier to travel; but I’ve always taken ‘Simple Escapes.‘ Whether it was sneaking out of the office back in San Francisco for a mid-day fro-yo topped with Gummi bears and fresh raspberries, or taking an evening walk on the Embarcadero pretending I was a tourist in my own city.

My family and I just spent a week in Majorca, Spain during their first visit to Europe. One night we ate at a secret restaurant with Spanish style home-cooking overlooking the Mediterranean. I wore a new dress so lightweight and easy-to-wear designed by a friend I recently met in Zurich. She went to Bali years ago, fell in love with it, and started her clothing line called Back from Bali.’ It’s sold on Amazon which can be a pricy ‘escape’ on its own and although I’ve never been to Bali, I had it as a screen saver for a few months. And this brings me to a fewsimple summer escapes. And speaking of screen savers; make yours’ a photo of your dream destination and then find a way to get there whether its 2016, ’17, or beyond…


<Shopping Sites that Makes Life a Breeze ~ I love Switzerland, but shopping is another story unless you’re immune to sticker shock. It’s actually easier and less expensive to send items to my mom and have her mail them over. Lately, I’m loving Amazon and Nordstrom has one of the best return policies and overall customer service – unlike this Comcast fiasco that just went viral.>


<Savor Outdoor Ambiance> One of my favorite summer memories growing up in California was being able to eat dinner outside on our back porch. There are only so many nights of summer left on the calendar, so enjoy!>


<Time Out with the Family ~ Now, that I’m living in Europe I don’t see my parents or siblings as often as I’d like so I definitely took advantage catching up while they were here. Having a glass of bubbly is a lot more fun in person than over Skype. pic: my youngest brother Paul/dad/mom/me/husband>


<A Summer Smartphone Cleanse ~ Although I’m snapping a pic with my brother’s phone here; for the majority of last week, I never carried my phone with me during the day. I’m not strong enough to do a ’30 day phone detox,’ but I highly recommend cutting down when you can.>


<A Vacation State of Mind ~ Messy up-do’s after a day at the beach or pool are perfect for summer evenings! And when I want to pretend my face is getting color (even though I drench it in SPF75 every morning), I apply Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanner which doesn’t break me out and will give your face a very light gradual tan.>


<DETAILS by Dale> ‘Back from Bali’ dress (on sale) bought on Amazon / Nine West wedges (old) / Hobo the Original handbag (similar here) c/o / Location – S’illot Restaurant Alcudia, Majorca Spain 

Do you have any tips for simple daily escapes for summer? 


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  1. Hi Dale! LOVE this color combo.. the pinks and blues are so pretty and I always like a good pair of wedges. Clarin DOES make an excellent facial bronzer that I have recommended to my patients on many occasions. Hope you are enjoying your week! xxleslie

  2. Thanks for your note, Dale!

    Cute dress. Cute family. Cute brothers!

    When I lived in London, my fellow expats kept telling me to go to Barcelona for the amazing food there. Never made it. I hope that you will go there some day and write about the restaurants.

    You are having so many wonderful experiences! Is it a challenge to choose a blog topic from such a whirlwind of events?

    Love to you from Pennsylvania. xox

  3. Just follow yours as they are perfect and will work also for me 🙂 Dale, you have such a beautiful family and you are very sweet! That restaurant is flawless and so romantic, if ever will visit Majorca, I want to go there! Your look is truly adorable, congrats to your friend as the dress is too nice, the pattern and the line suits you very well!:) Hugs! xo

  4. Hi, Dale, you look great, and what a lovely family. Looks like a great vacation. Thanks for the Clarins tip. Would love to go on a vacation from the web!

  5. Love the dress!

    I try to get “simple escapes” in everyday. Whether it taking a break from working to walk to the coffee shop and enjoy the fresh air and summer sun, or pampering myself with a glass of wine and a good book at the end of the day 🙂 It’s the little things!

  6. those wedges are everything 🙂

  7. You look gorgeous Dale and how fabulous to spend time with your family in Spain! Yes I noticed that both Europeans and Asians take “holidays”. There is definitely so much more vacation time in Europe too. My friend transferred from NY to London for work and he got 28 vacation days in London!!!

    Let me know if you ever want tips on trips to Asia! To tell you the truth, I didn’t love Bali. But there are gorgeous spots for dining and watching the surf. I’m going to give it one more try and then reassess my opinion of Bali!

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  8. I love your cute holiday outfit Dale… <3… all great accessories:)

    Oh and yes, I have to say I wish we had real holidays like Europeans do… my ex is from Russia, I am pretty sure he told me his mother got 8 weeks of holidays, WOW nice 🙂

  9. Not sure the other comment went through… I just wanted to say great little outfit and I too wish we adopted European ways for vacation.. my ex is from Russia, I think he told me his mom had 8 weeks and so did his father… wow 🙂

  10. I love the blue and white dress! The pattern is very Bali. Gorgeous. xx

  11. Your outfit looks beautiful. I love the blue on you. Your family looks incredible.

  12. My advice is unplug as often as you can and enjoy life. That’s what I did this Summer! I bet it’s hard to get clothes you order. You and your mom have a great system. Love your outfit! You look beautiful. I bet you miss your family. ((HUG))

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