Savvy Spice http://www.savvyspice.com International Fashion Blogger, Fashion Columnist, & Candy Connoisseur Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:14:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Nightmare on Whimsical Way http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/08/wild-whimsical.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wild-whimsical http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/08/wild-whimsical.html#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:52:24 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=5805 Nightmare on Whimsical Way



Are you afraid of the dark? Between watching ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ and ‘America’s Most Wanted’ growing up; by the time I was a teen, I was a total scaredy cat! While Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world, there’s not a

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Nightmare on Whimsical Way

Are you afraid of the dark? Between watching ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ and ‘America’s Most Wanted’ growing up; by the time I was a teen, I was a total scaredy cat! While Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world, there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t spot a perfect location for a horror film or an eerie setting for a scary story to tell around the campfire.

In case ‘American Horror Story‘ ever decides to shoot a season in Europe; here’s a perfect Swiss location I spotted over the weekend. A boarded-up abandoned farm house just beyond the murky lake. Check. Cowbells in the distance just a few hundred feet from an active shooting range. Check. A wilted ‘pick-it-yourself’ wildflower patch complete with a rusted barrel, knife hanging from an old rope, and slot to deposit your coins in case you find a tulip worth taking. Check. Swampy shores, rats, train tracks. Yep, yep, perfect setting! Thankfully, I was wearing a pair of neon lime skinnies and a whimsical water-color sheer top to lighten the mood. Welcome to the spooky side of Switzerland…

<DETAILS by Dale> top – MANGO / H&M Jeans / Rebel lipstick by MAC / Mulberry purse (old) / Michael Kors Watch (Similar Here) / Trina Turk bracelets (Banana Republic) / Nine West Heels 

What movies or books scared you most as a kid and gave you nightmares? Reading ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz was bad, but for me, Silence of the Lambs took the cake. 

Hope you had a great weekend! ~xo,

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When it comes to your diet, how do you label yourself? Vegan, vegetarian, Gluten-Free, or a classic ‘picky’ eater like myself. In my mid-twenties living in San Francisco, I tried to hide the fact I was a ‘picky eater‘ every

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Pepsi-Cola Chic

When it comes to your diet, how do you label yourself? Vegan, vegetarian, Gluten-Free, or a classic ‘picky’ eater like myself. In my mid-twenties living in San Francisco, I tried to hide the fact I was a ‘picky eater‘ every time a fancy-schmancy California fusion hotspot opened. But my faux shellfish allergy would only go so far and hiding tuna belly under kale leaves was a daunting task during dinner parties. At least it’s more accepted now to have major dietary restrictions.

Although in Europe, every country has its own specialties that are just too much for my palate. Bratwurst and sauerkrautjust can’t do it…without a liter of beer. Escargot and frog legsAhhh! No way. Veal Wienerschnitzelnope, I don’t eat babies. I know I’m an unadventurous picky eater which is why I was completely surprised when we visited Poland last weekend and I ABSOLUTELY loved all the traditional specialties. Here’s our ‘Weekend in Poland Part II’ styled in stripes and sipping the most popular soda in town, Pepsi-Cola…

<‘Catch that Pepsi Spirit’ - That was the brand’s 1980 slogan btw, but Poland is the first place I’ve seen since the US in the 90′s with Pepsi sold EVERYWHERE. Check out this ‘Beach Club’ we saw on a walk to the lake in South Poland>

<Country Side Casual – Red, white and blue sundress, a denim jacket & classic white Converse>

<Berry Picking following an afternoon downpour>

<Do You Know Your Berries? From raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries, you name it, I thought I knew them. But these are called Johannes Berries (or red currants)- part of the gooseberry family in Europe including Poland. They’re a bit sour like cranberries – have you ever had these?

<Polish Vodka Anyone? – An outdoor bar near a campsite at the lake in S. Poland>

<Do your weekends fly by too fast? Here’s a secret - I had NO internet the entire weekend out in the country and my husband, his family and I sat on patio drinking tea, exploring, and I even learned some Polish. Most importantly, the day seemed twice as long compared to weekends with my iphone>

<My Favorite Restaurant in EuropeKarczma Opolska Strzecha I loved everything here from the Polish Borscht beet soup, Pierogi dumplings, Polish ‘krokiety’ (croquettes). Definitely try traditional Polish food if you ever get the chance, especially if you’re a picky eater>

<DETAILS by Dale> Zara dress (last season) / Cruciani Angel Heart bracelet c/o / Pepsi GMT vintage watch / Converse /  33Knots Light Blue Prayer Bracelet c/o / Baby blue lace hair tie6D Hairties c/o (Made in the USA)

Do you consider yourself a picky eater or do you have a special diet you’re trying?

Speaking of diets, check out some of my friends’ latest blog posts! Nia of Naturally Nia here in Switzerland just wrote about what is was like to go TOTALLY VEGAN for A WEEK and Whitney of To Live and Diet in LA just broke it down in Don’t Be a Dietary Label Whore. Have a great weekend! 

~xo,

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Did you know August is ‘National Hair Loss Awareness Month’? Sure, they have a month for everything but the non-profit hairfoundation.org did a study on women’s degrees of concern about hair loss (from a survey of 2,000+ households) Here were the

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Closed! ~ Savvy Sleepers Pin It to Win It Giveaway

Did you know August is ‘National Hair Loss Awareness Month’? Sure, they have a month for everything but the non-profit hairfoundation.org did a study on women’s degrees of concern about hair loss (from a survey of 2,000+ households) Here were the results: 

Extremely Concerned 19% / Somewhat Concerned 24% / Slightly Concerned 28% / Not at all Concerned 29%. I know I’ve been in the ‘slightly to somewhat concerned’ category in the past and for anyone who’s thought about switching to a satin pillow case, we’re having our first Pinterest Giveaway that ends tomorrow!

PINTEREST GIVEAWAY!
To Enter – Follow us on Pinterest 

Pin One image from our Savvy Sleepers Board by Aug. 15th 2014.

3 Winners will win a standard Savvy Sleepers Luxe Satin Pillow Case which are extra-gentle and ultra-smooth for hair preventing breakage and loss during the night. Ends tomorrow – Aug. 15th at Midnight PST. Thank you for entering!

Winners will be chosen by random.org. We’ll notify the winner through your Pinterest contact info and shipping is on us. US only. To know about future giveaways, discounts, and news first, sign up for our Savvy Sleepers Newsletter.

~xo

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What is your number on the ‘high-maintenance’ scale? I consider myself relatively easy going, but let’s just say the term ‘not a happy camper‘ and my name were used synonymously growing up during summer vacations in National Parks across California, Utah and Nevada. So

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Walk on the Wild Side

What is your number on the ‘high-maintenance’ scale? I consider myself relatively easy going, but let’s just say the term ‘not a happy camper‘ and my name were used synonymously growing up during summer vacations in National Parks across California, Utah and Nevada. So when my husband and I planned a weekend in Poland to visit his grandpa in the country side, he told me it would be ‘super hot’ with lots of mosquitoes, huge bugs, and the ultimate ‘roughing it‘ buzzword – no internet.

So I saddled up and packed my carry-on for the summer cottage in Southern Poland. Thankfully, my skin’s level of fake tanner and shimmer lotions have made it a natural repellant to skeeters for years and ‘super hot‘ in Europe is the equivalent to a typical summer day in California. Without going into detail about which one of us had a ‘major afternoon allergy attack,’ mosquito bites head-to-toe and a swollen ankle thanks to a nasty spider; here’s a quick tour through our weekend in the beautiful country side, my first time in Poland, which I loved…

<Morning Walk to the lake right after my husband told me theres ‘a lot of tics in the area‘>

<A Wild Koi Fish Pond>

<Country Girl Accesories -  Rusted wooden chair, cognac leather bag and classic denim jacket>

<The Color Family Rule – Mixing leopard print sandals with a mini floral print dress>

<Lakeside Latergram Pics + a Messy Fishtail Braid>

<DETAILS by Dale> Banana Republic Bucket Bag c/o / H&M dress (recent) / Zara sandals & belt (old) / AG Jeans denim jacket c/o / LVX Nails c/o / Prada Sunglasses

Did you go camping growing up or have a special place in the country you visited each summer?

Hope you had a great weekend! See you Wednesday.

~xo,

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After long hours, plenty of phone calls with their headquarters in Canada, a new retail package designed by my father-in-law, and regular Haribo gummy bear breaks; I’m excited to share a new Savvy Sleepers partnership! Our luxe satin pillow cases are

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Savvy Sleepers Now Sold in the World’s Largest Blow Dry Chain

After long hours, plenty of phone calls with their headquarters in Canada, a new retail package designed by my father-in-law, and regular Haribo gummy bear breaks; I’m excited to share a new Savvy Sleepers partnership! Our luxe satin pillow cases are now sold in the world’s largest blow dry chain - Blo Blow Dry Bar! 

Savvy Sleepers were first inspired after the dramatic difference I noticed in my hair and skin after sleeping on a hand-sewn satin pillow case recommended by my Aunt Jean – a hair stylist who had been sharing her hair care secrets with me since my first highlights at 16. Now that Savvy Sleepers are specifically sold as a beauty investment to help protect blow outs in the world’s largest blow dry bar chain, it seems like one of those perfect ‘circle of life‘ Lion King moments.

Savvy Sleepers are already available in these Blo Blow Dry Bar Locations: W Hollywood, California / Austin, Texas Fifth St. / Woodlands, Texas / Tampa & Miami (Brickell) Florida / Charlotte, North Carolina / Shreveport, Lousiana / Gaithersburg, Maryland / Chelsea, New York NY. pic via

Big thanks to Blo Blow Dry Bar for giving our growing beauty startup from San Francisco a chance and my family for helping with the nitty gritty logistics in Nor-Cal. Follow us on Instagram for the latest news, beauty & bedding by our Marketing and Social Media Director, Brittany! For yesterday’s official press release by our Chico State PR intern, John Riggin, click here.

Thanks for all the support since our launch! It is REALLY REALLY appreciated. See you Monday…

~xo,

 

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‘It was labor day weekend I was seventeen – I bought a coke and some gasoline - And I drove out to the county fair.’ In a Tim McGraw nutshell, those were my ‘Something Like That‘ summer years as a teen. There’s something about a

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Casual Basics in Berlin

‘It was labor day weekend I was seventeen – I bought a coke and some gasoline - And I drove out to the county fair.’ In a Tim McGraw nutshell, those were my ‘Something Like That summer years as a teen. There’s something about a white tee-shirt and ripped-up jeans that takes me back to my Nor-Cal country roots. While I’ll miss California’s hot August nights this year, exploring new European cities on weekends has been a welcome treat from the non-stop rain here in Switzerland and crazy weather everywhere.

California is on fire, Switzerland is flooding, but last week Berlin was hot and a bit balmy when we visited. Here’s a quick city tour, plus distressed denim on-the-go before we hopped in a cab to the airport. PS – If you’re ever traveling to Berlin, Tegel Airport is the fastest most efficient airport I’ve ever seen…

<The Scene – Berlin, Germany>

<Super Casual - A white tank and distressed denim is one of those outfits I throw on when I’m in the mood for pure comfort. The look can always be styled-up with a pair of heels>

<Sightseeing in Berlin where the taxis all seem to be Mercedes painted the same shade as a Manila folder>

<One of the most well-known landmarks in Germany, the Brandenburg Gate>

<DIY Shredded Denim? I’ve had enough near disasters with old Levis and a cheese grater trying to create my own ‘distressed denim.‘ There are so many ‘ready made shredded jeans,’ I prefer to buy like these by Mango>

<Auf Wiedersehen for now Berlin, I’ll definitely be back>

<DETAILS by Dale> jeans (recent) MANGO (exact pair on sale below) / Nine West heels (black here)/ H&M tank / metal screw cuff bracelet (Zara) / vintage watch / yellow Cartier trinity bracelet / MANGO clutch / Prada Sunglasses

Is distressed denim a summer ‘do’ or ‘don’t’ for you?

~xoDale

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There were many moments in my early 20’s (aka the pre-filter years) where I avoided photos with direct sunlight on my face at all costs. I finally got the blemish situation under control (I’ll get to that later), but my

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How to Avoid Travel Acne

There were many moments in my early 20’s (aka the pre-filter years) where I avoided photos with direct sunlight on my face at all costs. I finally got the blemish situation under control (I’ll get to that later), but my skin still tends to revert back to teenager mode when I travel.

I’ve always been jealous of those friends who say, ‘Oh, I can just wash my face with any bar of soap and my skin is fine.’ But for those of us (guys and gals) that have temperamental travel skin, here’s how to keep it looking clear on any summer getaway. After testing multiple products this year – I’ve found Murad is a big winner especially for travel:

  • Hotel Water – I’m convinced my skin is truly sensitive to water in different cities. Either it’s too drying or will barely wash off my makeup. After testing Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser for the past 2 months I love it! The face wash is strong and ‘fights blemishes,‘ but I recommend using eye-makeup remover first. It gives skin that tingly feeling and the Murad Mattifying lotion is an absolute MUST during the day. It truly hydrates while keeping skin matte for men & women. I’ve been using it all summer, plus it’s oil free.
  • Skin Savers in the Sky – On our last transatlantic flight from the US back to Switzerland, I woke up as we were about to land feeling gross. I looked over and my husband’s skin looked perfect, clean, refreshed and not greasy at all. ‘Wow, your skin looks so good!’ I said. ‘I know, it’s my beauty secret for flying,’ he replied coyly before spilling his tricks. Here’s what he used: Murad Cleansing Wipes 1 in the beginning of the flight / 1 at the end. I highly recommend these cleansing wipes because I’ve used other brands and never saw results like his.
  • Skin Confessions – Traveling or not, I believe in getting a handle on constant breakouts through a great dermatologist. It can make all the difference and save you years of trying over-the-counter/infomercial products that don’t work. In Nor-Cal – I highly recommend Dr. Dans who I saw in San Francisco and in Chico, CA – Brent Hopson is amazing. While everyone has varying opinions on the medication Accutane, it is has helped so many friends, family, and myself in the past that I highly recommend it. It’s a commitment and can have side effects, but it’s the only medicine that ever worked (long term) for me. If you use it and have excess dry skin, I recommend La Prairie Cellular Time-Release Moisturizer (1 container can last up to 6 months and it’s the most hydrating moisturizer I’ve ever used).

Hope this helps. Please share your own skin saving products if you’ve ever been prone to breakouts?

~xoDale

 

Savvy Sleepers Update: Our luxe 100% satin pillow cases are now sold in Dr. Kimberly Henry’s MD plastic surgeon offices in 3 locations: Greenbrae, CA, Petaluma, CA & Davis, CA. Dr. Henry has an amazing staff, plus was voted ‘Best Plastic Surgeon in Marin County’ selling one of my faves - Clarisonic and now Neocutis - the luxury Swiss facial products only available only by physicians!

 

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There’s nothing like reminiscing with an old friend in a new city. My husband and I visited Berlin, Germany over the weekend and met up with one of my savvy Silicon Valley BFF’s, Whitney, visiting from San Francisco. We ate at Dudu’s (which was

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What to Wear: Summer Girls’ Night Out

There’s nothing like reminiscing with an old friend in a new city. My husband and I visited Berlin, Germany over the weekend and met up with one of my savvy Silicon Valley BFF’s, Whitney, visiting from San Francisco. We ate at Dudu’s (which was SO good) and giggled about the late nights we had back in the Bay – cue the cheesy flashback sound effect. Oh…the nights out on Polk street, the holiday parties, Giants games, those $16 infused cocktails at ‘the hottest new ultra-lounge‘ and how we met at our first (tech) job right out of college smack-dab in the middle of SOMA.

Sure, life changes, but isn’t it nice to have good friends where you can always pick up where you left off? Even if it’s half-way across the world Berlin. And speaking of Berlin – I loved it! It’s the first place I’ve been in Europe with that quirky San Francisco vibe, the big city ‘shopping mall‘ feel of LA, plus the history and landmarks of European must-see destinations. The ultra-warm weather was just the cherry on top, so I slipped into a paint-splattered print dress I’d been crushing on all week for our semi-girls’ night out in Berlin

<DETAILS by Dale> Zara paint-splatter dress (recent on sale) / clutch + necklace (old) TJMAXX / Louboutin Heels / Cartier Trinity bracelet / 1001 Hair Extensions c/o (on sale now) / LVX nails  c/o

Hope you had a great weekend! See you soon.

~xo

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Who tolerates shopping more, men or women? According to the DailyMail men are fed up with shopping after just 26 minutes; while women can hang in there two hours. Of course, impulse shopping online is a whole different ballgame. Do

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Green Means Go!

Who tolerates shopping more, men or women? According to the DailyMail men are fed up with shopping after just 26 minutes; while women can hang in there two hours. Of course, impulse shopping online is a whole different ballgame. Do you ever feel competitive on Amazon when you’re about to checkout and see ‘Customers who bought this item also bought…’?  Suddenly, I can’t help but check out the other items, read the reviews, maybe order both to compare, which can lead to a downward spiral of impulse buys.

However, often an internet search is the only way to find that random illusive item and while it may lead you on a wild-Google-goose chase; you’re on the hunt and click anyway. Last month when I spotted Miranda Kerr in Lucky Magazine styled in a green dealer’s visor, I thought it would be a fun summer accessory for the pool, any ultra-sporty ensemble and just for hits and giggles on the tennis court.  So here’s my top rules for avoiding an online shopping disaster styled in my $11 green-apple Amazon score…

<Want, Need or Love?> They’re pretty much all the same when it comes to fashion or beauty items, right? However, when I spotted visors on the catwalk at Zurich fashion week last fall, on Uniqlo mannequins in the US this summer, and then in Lucky Mag – I wanted one. My new rule with silly accessories that will be worn a few times before retiring to the Halloween box: it needs to be $20 or less, including shipping. Make your own limit so the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer becomes instant. 

<Have a Cooling-Off Rule> Have you ever had an item you were on the fence about buying and the next day it was gone? Unless it was an antique worth millions now, you’re probably not too upset about not buying it. I learned quickly after a few of the Target and H&M ‘designer collaborations‘ where people stormed in crazy for items and over-spending that the cooling off rule is well advised.

<Compare and Contrast – Always> Have you ever been on vacation and find a street vendor with ‘the cutest most unique souvenir ever!’? Then you buy it and realize every other vendor down the street has the same item for half the price. I found these shorts on clearance at Zara a couple weeks ago, after nearly spending double on a H&M pair in May. Always compare and contrast.

<Reviews are Golden> If you’re shopping on Amazon and the seller has no reviews or a couple shady ones, skip it. I always look for ones that are 3-4 stars because there’s a mix of good and bad (aka real reviews). Surprisingly, this visor looked worse online and turned out to be comfy and much better quality than I expected. I think it’s the exact one from the Miranda feature.

<DETAILS by Dale> Trademark Universal Size Visor (exact one I bought on Amazon) / Zara shorts (recent) / InStyle Essentials white tunic shirt c/o / Gucci sandals / nails – Sinful Colors Snow White

Do you have your own impulse shopping rules whether it’s online or in stores?

Have a great weekend! See you Monday.

~xo,

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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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