Savvy Spice http://www.savvyspice.com International Fashion Blogger, Fashion Columnist, & Candy Connoisseur Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:38:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Wedding Bells in Istanbul, Turkey http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/07/hermione-ways-weekend-wedding-istanbul-turkey.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hermione-ways-weekend-wedding-istanbul-turkey http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/07/hermione-ways-weekend-wedding-istanbul-turkey.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:04:06 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=5615 Wedding Bells in Istanbul, Turkey



Here comes the bride…on a boat! In a wedding that can be described as a royal treat, one of my best friends - Hermione Way -tied the knot in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend with her true love Serhan. After a whirlwind

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Wedding Bells in Istanbul, Turkey

Here comes the bride…on a boat! In a wedding that can be described as a royal treat, one of my best friends - Hermione Way -tied the knot in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend with her true love Serhan. After a whirlwind engagement following the couple’s New Year’s Day proposal, they planned the destination wedding of their dreams!

I won’t use that ‘pinch me‘ phrase because I hate being pinched, but there were truly too many instagrammable moments to keep track of during the weekend on the Bosphorus. Here’s my ‘Behind the Scenes’ diary of their beautiful wedding weekend… 

<The Scene ~ Istanbul, Turkey at the amazing A’jia Hotel - just don’t fall in the Bosphorus strait. The current is VERY strong!>

<I loved watching the ‘Captain Phillips‘ size cargo ships sail by every few minutes from the hotel. They are SO huge!>

<The Night Before the Wedding – Cocktail Hour>

<Destination Success ~ There were friends and family flying in from around the world who had never met before, so the little pre-wedding mixer at sunset the bride & groom planned the night before was perfect>

<The next day after a morning of heavy rain and thunder, it cleared just in time for the fairytale-esque wedding ceremony!>

<Behind the Scenes Bridesmaid Pic: I watched this ‘Easier Than It Looks Updo‘ Youtube video while I was doing my make-up to create my wedding hairstyle with extensions (I’m on the right in this pic). I recommend it for weddings and don’t forget hairspray, bobby pins and a little of patience, but it really was easy>

<My first time being a bridesmaid walking down the aisle with Hermione’s childhood friend, Alison>

<The Bride & Groom, plus 11 Bridesmaids. This was one of the most drama-free weddings I’ve ever seen and the only wedding hiccup was Ukraine Airlines lost one bridesmaid’s luggage including her dress. But she made it work with a classy black number>

<The Morning After – Boat ride on the Bosphorus>

<And the bride closing out the weekend on a boat. Cheers to Hermione & Serhan and the start of their new adventure together!>

~xo,

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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

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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? 

~xo

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We’ve all made those mistakes in the oh-so-tempting summer sale aisle. ‘Whoa! This bikini top is 75% off, but there’s no matching bottom! Oh well, I’ll mix and match.’ Or maybe the wild printed maxi dress that caught your eye

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Summer of Sand

We’ve all made those mistakes in the oh-so-tempting summer sale aisle. ‘Whoa! This bikini top is 75% off, but there’s no matching bottom! Oh well, I’ll mix and match.’ Or maybe the wild printed maxi dress that caught your eye and has been hanging in your closet since ’09. As temps are rising this month, prices are falling for summer collections, so it’s all about finding the trends with seasonal staying power.

I just spent a week with my family in Majorca, Spain and some of our favorite moments (especially for my 19 year-old-brother) were Spanish dinners near the beach starting the night with a glass of bubbly and ‘¡Salud!’ ‘¡Salud!’ ‘¡Salud!’Summer style is all about feeling comfortable whether you’re heading to a wine tasting weekend, a beachside party, or a glamorous Pinterest-inspired backyard soiree. Here are some of my favorite styles I just found (ON SALE) that will make you feel like a beachside goddess without breaking the vacay bank. Accessorize with any fruity or mint-infused cocktail…

A Chunky Chain Necklace ~ I have been living in this white necklace this summer and any metallic, white or black chain necklace will pair with most summer outfits.

Lightweight Flowy Trousers ~ This is one of those items I’d consider one and done. These MANGO scarf print trousers are super comfortable and give off a happy summer vibe. I’m a fan of the elastic waistband too.

A White Clutch ~ Perfect when you’re out and about for summer and I recommend one with a strap to wear as a cross body bag. I’ve been loving the idea of matching white accessories which go with every color.

Flirty Flats ~ They’re easy to pack and this orange shade pretty much goes with every summer outfit I have. Plus, they are a refreshing treat for our feet all summer.

An InStyle Essentials Weekend Tunic ~ I was a little uneasy about reviewing the new InStyle Essentials shirt collection because every brand claims to have the ‘best white collared shirts,’ but I have truly been living in these all summer. This Weekend Tunic by InStyle Essentials can easily be tucked in, worn as a swimsuit cover or tied at the waist for a casual look. The sizing is based on your bra size and after working at Victoria’s Secret in college, I can tell you this is a  HUGE advantage for women looking to find the perfect fit.

<DETAILS by DALE> pants/clutch/flats (On Sale Now – Entire Look Below) MANGO / Zara necklace / Top – InStyle Essentials Weekend Tunic ℅/ Bracelet Cruciani 4-Leaf-Clover ℅

Are you shopping summer sales already? Hope you have a great weekend!

~xo

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The past week has been a whirlwind road trip through Europe as my parents visited for their first time so I was in tourist guide mode skipping from city to city. Last Saturday we stayed in Milan at The Radisson

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One Night in Milan

The past week has been a whirlwind road trip through Europe as my parents visited for their first time so I was in tourist guide mode skipping from city to city. Last Saturday we stayed in Milan at The Radisson where a ‘little’ band called One Direction also happened to be staying which would have been really cool if I was 15, but navigating through a sea of cute Italian groupies was definitely an experience.

The next morning after a croissant and Cappuccino, we popped into the Cruciani store for a peak at its newest collection of bracelets. The Italian brand is one of my favorites and I have discovered a few other European brands and styles perfect for traveling or making a statement this summer in the States or beyond. Here’s a few of my Italian inspired ‘Summer Lovin’ Favorites…’

The Scene ~ Milan, Italy decorated in the spirit of the World Cup

Summer Lovin’ #1 – Cruciani Bracelets! I mentioned the bracelets last year after seeing them on men and women everywhere in Italy. Cruciani bracelets and handbags are sold online and the Italian brand has a new store in New York, plus another in Palm Beach, Florida.

Summer Lovin’ #2 – Bucket Bags! Traveling with my Banana Republic bucket handbag has been perfect this summer because I can keep it right in front of me safely to hold my camera, chapstick, wallet and other essentials.

Summer Lovin’ #3 – Italian Swimwear! The Italian Swim Wear line, Calzedonia, is so stylish and my husband and family just bought suits for men and women at their stores. As we were leaving town, I also spotted a brand called Twin-Set as well.

Summer Lovin #4 ~ Bright Accessories! The summer is the perfect chance to stack bracelets and Cruciani works for any age. They even make children’s sizes.

Summer Lovin’ #5 – Floral Embellishments! I noticed women carrying Chanel boxes earlier this Spring with a cute flower attached and then just bought this bikini with a removal flower. It can be done with any top, bikini, clutch or as a hair clip by heading to the craft store and finding a silk flower and hot glueing a tiny clip on it.

<DETAILS by Dale> Citizen of Humanity Jeans / BCBG sandals (old) / Banana Republic bucket bag ℅ / Forever21 top (old) / Cartier trinity bracelet / Cruciani Bracelet

What mini trends or accessories are you loving this summer? Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend too!

~xo

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‘If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.’ -John F. Kennedy I’ve never been particularly artistic, although I have been called ‘a real piece of

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Orange Crush at Art Basel

‘If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.’ -John F. Kennedy

I’ve never been particularly artistic, although I have been called ‘a real piece of work‘ in the past. However, over the years my art appreciation has grown from tagging along with friends to art museums in San Francisco to this year at Art Basel! Art Basel has become the ‘premiere platform’ for the world’s top artists to show off their modern and contemporary art. It’s also going on in Hong Kong and Miami Beach coming up in December. Here’s a quick tour of Art Basel 2014 with some pieces that caught my attention in my orange on orange matching set I just found at Zara…

<The Day Started at the House of Ruinart celebrating its champagne House since 1729. This art piece is by Georgia Russell especially for the event which will travel around to the other shows.>

<Russell, the young Scottish visual artist  is known for using the paper of old books to cut which she sculpts with a scalpel before precision cutting her art (aka – this piece must have taken A LOT of time) >

<After a couple glasses of Ruinart champagne, it was time to hit the show which would take hours or days to see everything>

<There was photography with some very familiar faces by artist Jablonka Galerie>

<There was art with lights, mirrors, and everything you could think of>

<This was the fancy food court in the center of the event. Unfortunately, I haven’t acquired a taste yet for Swiss veal white sausage which is very popular to serve, especially at events>

<‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ by artist Mel Bochner. The overall oil painting comes in 8 pieces>

<Loved this one!>

<This piece of art was a room of bullet shells all over the floor called ‘20.000 Gunshells‘ by artist Matias Faldbakken. You had to walk through the bullet shells and seeing and hearing the sound of them below people’s feet was actually a little creepy and just reminded me of the non-stop tragedies of gun violence in the US>

 <I thought this piece was inspirational>

<’Dolphin‘ by Jeff Koons – the mirror polished stainless steel was my FAVORITE piece of the day!>

Thanks for coming along and highly recommend Art Basel if you ever get the chance to go! Do you enjoy art shows? Also, maybe it’s all the ‘Orange is the New Black‘ talk, but I am loving the citrus shade this summer. Here’s a few of my ‘Orange Crush’ looks below.

~xo

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How do you know if your legs are considered long or short for your body? While there’s obviously no right or wrong answer, I decided to do a little scientific research because sometimes I look in the mirror and think,

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5 Secrets to Instant Longer, Thinner Looking Legs!

How do you know if your legs are considered long or short for your body? While there’s obviously no right or wrong answer, I decided to do a little scientific research because sometimes I look in the mirror and think, my legs look long and other times I feel stumpy. But there really is an equation that ‘an average leg has an inseam that represents 45% of the height.’ 

Here’s the equation to get your percentage – Your inseam (cm) x 100 / Your height (cm) = % (Just in case -Here’s how to Measure Your Inseam)

At 5’7″ I did the math and it came out to 44.7% (just below average), which is why I have some tricks to instantly make my legs look longer, thinner and more toned. Here’s my top 5 Summer 2014 Secrets after a couple days in the sun last weekend which brings me to #1 – Prepping with a Faux Tan…

1. The Basics for Summer 2014 Legs! ~ Prime legs to instantly look slimmer with an amazing self-tanner! I’ll share my faves below and to cover any marks, veins, scars or for added coverage – I’ve loved Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs for years. Beyond a couple weekly classes involving lunges and squats, the best way I’ve found to tone my legs is walking! I hate running, but a few miles here and there walking fast 3 days a week can really make a difference. And ignore ‘thigh gap,’ talk. I’ve never had it and I’m not about to give up Sour Patch Kids and croissants to try.

2. Ankle Straps Can Be Leg Killers ~ We all know nude heels can elongate your legs. For summer, choose wedges and strappy sandals in a nude shade that closely matches your skin tone. If it’s a non-nude heel, just remember the thicker the ankle strap – the more it cuts down on the length of your legs.

3. How to Find Your Perfect Length ~ There is a reason Jessica Simpson has been wearing super short shorts since losing weight before her wedding. She is very petite and about 5 ft tall, so she can make her legs look longer with shorter shorts. Generally, we all have slightly different lengths that look most flattering depending on our proportions. Above, I have the top arrow as my ‘shorts‘ length, the middle is my ‘dress‘ length and the lowest arrow (just below my knee) for pencil skirts or cocktail dresses. I’ve noticed the least flattering length for shorts, skirts or dresses are ones that fall just an inch above your knee. Aim for a little shorter or longer depending on your preference. 

4. Pose Thinner ~ Oh no! It’s summer vacation and time for a group shot. I’ve noticed a little trick bloggers and celebs use when posing their legs. Pop one heel up slightly which instantly makes it look a little longer and thinner as the rest of your weight falls on your other hip. It also creates a little gap between your legs because one is in front of the other.

5. Shin Shimmery Celeb Trick ~ From Blake Lively to J-Lo on the red carpet, I’ve noticed this trick. Add a bit of highlight or shimmer lotion on your shin and upper leg which instantly makes legs look more toned, especially when the sun hits them.

Hope these tips help and please share if you have your own secrets for enhancing your height?

~xo

<DETAILS by DALE> Shorts (old) Forever21 / Cynthia Rowley top / Mango heels & bag / Prada sunglasses / Faux Tan (Fake Bake) / Dove shimmer lotion (from Germany) here on Amazon / My Summer ’14 Favorites Below. I love Fake Bake – but St. Tropez is great too. The tanning mits make all the difference!

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If someone would have called me in June when I was living in California and said, ‘It’s going to be sunny this week!’ I would have responded, ‘Uh, duh.’ But as I’ve learned quickly in Europe, people LOVE to talk about

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Sahara Summer

If someone would have called me in June when I was living in California and said, ‘It’s going to be sunny this week!’ I would have responded, ‘Uh, duh.’ But as I’ve learned quickly in Europe, people LOVE to talk about the weather and I get a daily update from my husband. A couple weekends ago while packing for a road trip to Frankfurt, I got the news. ‘It’s going to be a sahara summer this weekend – like SUPER hot!’ 

Believe it or not, this was very exciting news. You simply can’t take sunny, warm, rain-free days for granted in Switzerland. HOT days are a special treat, although AC is virtually non-existent and I have to beg for extra ice-cubes at restaurants. I found my romper I’ve been waiting to wear all Spring and we hit the road to Germany. I highly recommend ‘Sahara Style’ this summer from palm print, leopard and neutral accessories…

<DETAILS by Dale> Zara jumpsuit / Nine West heels / Zara handbag / Cartier Trinity bracelet / Nail Polish Essie Bikini So Teeny, necklace (old)

I hope you’re having a great week and special thanks to one of my favorite bloggers Chic ‘n Cheap Living for giving me a chance to guest post on her site with my top European Travel Tips.

Cheers to Summer! Are you a fan of rompers or avoiding them?

~xo

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Spas are a big deal in Europe and while I won’t delve into the whole ‘mixed sauna’ situation; I can safely say some of the most beautiful spas I’ve ever seen are here in Switzerland. You’ve probably read, ‘you need

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How to ‘Spa’ Your Way to Better Skin

Spas are a big deal in Europe and while I won’t delve into the whole ‘mixed sauna’ situation; I can safely say some of the most beautiful spas I’ve ever seen are here in Switzerland. You’ve probably read, ‘you need 8 hours of sleep to replenish your skin,’ but what if you don’t have 8 hours to sleep every night? That’s exactly how my lifestyle was for a couple years in San Francisco starting in 2011 – work all day, run errands, dinner, checking out events, blogging until 3 am and then waking up again at 8 for work. I needed to find a solution to maximize my 5 hours of ‘beauty sleep‘ which was also the same time Savvy Sleepers were born and I discovered how effective steam rooms and spas are for skin.

After quick late night workouts, I’d hit the steam room at the San Francisco Tennis Club for about 15 minutes, then go in the sauna, followed by 2 huge glasses of water. I noticed a huge difference in my skin after the steam room and face felt so calm and relaxed after a stressful day. Since then, I started getting facials a few times a year. Last month we visited the Palace Luzern Spa in Switzerland for an afternoon of R&R. Here’s how to ‘Spa Your Way to Better Skin,’ plus how to know if a facial is worth it and how to create the same ‘spa treatment’ feeling at home...

How to Know if a Spa is Really Worth It? - After getting suckered into a couple Groupon ‘spa’ deals, I learned my lesson. There is absolutely no reason to splurge on a spa unless you can truly relax and stay a few hours of pure relaxation can make anyone’s skin look and feel younger. The Palace Luzern Spa is beautiful and even had this Relaxation Room where you could lounge as long as you wanted, nibble on fresh fruit, before and after your treatment.

Facial Confessions ~ Trusting your make-up free face to an esthetician is not always pleasant. They see every imperfection, but you should never feel uncomfortable or even worse, have your skin or products you use at home insulted. I’ve had facials with no steam, no extractions, that felt like 10 layers of oil were being massaged into my pores. Those are the bad ones. You should feel relaxed the entire time (hence my carefree pineapple pom-pom ponytail). The best facials I’ve had involve a light peel, extractions, a tingly toner, a head a neck massage and most importantly, when you look in the mirror after it’s all done, you have no redness. This is exactly what happened at The Palace Luzern. It’s one of the best facials I’ve had since Nob Hill Spa in San Francisco last year.

Treat Yourself Head to Toe~  If you’re going to the spa for a facial, try not to rush in and out for your treatment. Take your time and enjoy all the ammenities of the Spa. If you’re new to steam rooms, take a handful of ice (like I did above) and massage it on your skin which cools down your body.

How to Continue the Feeling at Home ~ Estheticians tend to massage lotions and products in a circular motion especially light around the eyes which you can do when you wash your face at home and apply moisturizer. Try taking a few deep breaths when your head hits the pillow to calm your skin as you fall asleep. And if you’re joining a gym, splurge on the one that gives  you have access to a steam room. Also, a product I’ve loved for years is Clarisonic Cleansing System. It truly exfoliates.

The Proof is in the Water ~ I’ve never been great about drinking a lot of water, but it’s so important if you use the steam room or sauna regularly and it does wonders for skin. My old roomie from SF, Lisa of Cocobella Ballerina, just shared her secrets to LOSING 100 POUNDS and water was a big factor! Lisa says in her post, ‘One thing is for sure since I’ve switched over to drinking predominately water and tea it’s made my skin AMAZING!!! I used to break out so much more (never EVER left the house without foundation) but since switching to water my skin has never been clearer.’

I’ll be sharing more skin care tips over the next few weeks. If you have any at home ‘Spa’ secrets or experiences (good or bad) you’ve had getting facials in the past, please share.

~xo 

Special thanks to Palace Luzern for the Spa day. Check out the monthly special deal.

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Same Shirt, Different Day. Packing for small trips like weekend getaways can spell disaster if you’re not careful. I used to be a complete nightmare to travel with trying to pull multiple overweight suitcases, duffle bags on each arm, plus receipts

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5 Travel Secrets from France

Same Shirt, Different Day. Packing for small trips like weekend getaways can spell disaster if you’re not careful. I used to be a complete nightmare to travel with trying to pull multiple overweight suitcases, duffle bags on each arm, plus receipts or ID’s scattered throughout my luggage. I still have room for improvement, but I’ve drastically cut down on over-packing.

On Part II of our Tour de Champagne through France last week; I’ll share my best tips for packing light whether you’re on the road or traveling in Europe. Thanks to confusing converters and the world’s worst blowdryers in European hotels; it’s not exactly a walk in the park if you’re moderately high-maintenance like me. However, my best tip to packing this summer is to find lightweight clothes that you can mix and match and wear throughout the entire trip! Hence, the white top and handbag on repeat in the post on our way back to Switzerland stopping for a bite in France…

The Scene ~ Verdun, France (a small city in Northeast France known as the being the site of a major battle during the First World War). I’ve learned A LOT of history facts I probably should have already known since traveling Europe, but better late than never.

TIP 1 ~ A Solution for Wrinkled Shirts: Hotels often don’t have an iron (especially in Europe – I haven’t had a single hotel with this amenity). A quick fix for polyester or jersey knit cotton material is to put the shower on full heat and hold your garment right next to the steam for a few minutes. With a collared shirt like this, pop the collar, roll the sleeves and then tie it in a bow which all drastically cuts down on the appearance of wrinkles.

 TIP 2 ~ Light Heels to the Rescue: Stuffing your suitcase with heels is not recommended and you’ll always stick to the pair that is most comfortable. I’ve been loving these NUDE heels  from Nine West which are a bonus because they go with everything. If you’re heading to Europe, avoid stilettos and wedges which are catastrophic on cobblestone streets.

TIP 3 ~ Stick to Private School Skirt Lengths: Taking public transportation in a mini skirt? No thanks. And maxi skirts can spell ‘total disaster’ on an airport escalator with all your luggage. There are so many cute A-Line and pleated skirts trending right now, and this polka dot one has been perfect for traveling on hot humid days.

TIP 4: Skipping Sunnies is Not An Option: You’ve applied sunscreen – that’s step one. It’s so important not to skimp on sunglasses with UV protection while traveling. Not only will your eyes be protected from sun damage and constantly squinting, it will block out excess light on flights. Just make sure to bring a small case so they don’t get smashed in your bag.

TIP 5 ~ Avoid a Handbag Headache: I used to bring a different bag or clutch for nearly every outfit. BIG MISTAKE. Take one handbag that can fit all of your necessities and a smaller cross body bag for day tours.

 <DETAILS by Dale> Nine West gladiator heels (recent) / JCrew Skirt (old) / ‘W Tote’ – LV / InStyle Essentials Shirt  (size 34C) ℅ / Prada Shades / men’s watch – vintage

Do you have any packing tips that have helped you when you’re traveling light? For expert tips, check out blogger ‘The Fashion Travel Girl‘ and her Minimalist Packing List.

~xo

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You’ve seen London, you’ve seen France, now let’s head to the land of Champs – as in Champagne. If you’re planning a trip to Paris in the future, I have to recommend a tour 2 hours away to France’s Champagne

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Roadtrip to Champagne

You’ve seen London, you’ve seen France, now let’s head to the land of Champs – as in Champagne. If you’re planning a trip to Paris in the future, I have to recommend a tour 2 hours away to France’s Champagne region. Paris is the ultimate tourist destination, but after a weekend road trip with friends to Nancy and Reims, this is my favorite part of France. After a night in Nancy’s city center, we indulged in the typical French breakfast called petit déjeuner. Although, I have no idea how French women stay so petite with a daily petit déjeuner because if you plan to enjoy it, you must throw all carbohydrate caution to the wind.

A French breakfast equates to a delicious buttery croissant, fresh baguette, butter from Normandy, and my favorite – Bonne Maman strawberry preserves which if you’d like for your next Sunday brunch you can skip the transatlantic flight and just head to your local Target. The beverages are included too! The entire meal, under 10 euros each, comes with a Cappuccino or as the waiter politely corrected me - Café au lait – plus fresh squeezed orange juice. Before I start craving goodies not on my weekday diet, let’s head to part 1 of the tour de Champagne this week. Welcome to Nancy, France…

<DETAILS by Dale> InStyle Essentials top ℅, Zara pants – (Love these by Rag & Bone), ‘W Tote’ – LV,  Shady Sl*ts sunglasses, Gucci outlet heels, bracelet (gift) – Love this Michael Kors Tortoise Watch

(Style Side-Note) If you’re packing for Europe this summer, it’s so important to bring light-weight pants, a jacket and jeans. The weather changes daily and even if the sun is out in June; it doesn’t mean ‘California Sun‘ and can be on the chilly side. Most french women I saw wear neutral tones or black and white. Solid styles are key so save the hot pink flamingo print dress for the beach or tropical destinations. If you’re looking to visit Nancy, here’s the train schedule from Paris.

Have you ever traveled to France or is it on your must-see list to visit one day?

~xo

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