Savvy Spice http://www.savvyspice.com International Fashion Blogger, Fashion Columnist, & Candy Connoisseur Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:59:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Black, White & Martini Bianco http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/black-white-martini-bianco.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=black-white-martini-bianco http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/black-white-martini-bianco.html#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:48:03 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=6004 Have you ever thought about starting a blog? If you enjoy writing, keeping a diary, or just want to vent on a topic you’re passionate about longer than a Facebook status update, then I highly recommend taking your thoughts to

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New Savvy Spice Fashion Blog

Have you ever thought about starting a blog? If you enjoy writing, keeping a diary, or just want to vent on a topic you’re passionate about longer than a Facebook status update, then I highly recommend taking your thoughts to the blogosphere. There’s enough platforms available to fit what works for your life.

Some blogs change, grow, and take breaks throughout the years whether it’s the design or the content itself. The past few months I realized there are going to be some changes on Savvy Spice too. I have 5 tips if you’re thinking about updating or starting your own blog, including 5 NEW Ch-Ch-Changes coming to this site from ‘Behind the Scenes‘ shots of an upcoming Youtube video…

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1. Not Everything is Black & White with your Blog - Don’t get stuck in one category or niche if you don’t want to! When I first started my blog in San Francisco, it was about fashion trends, celebrity scandals, and whatever I felt like talking about. Then I kept hearing ‘find your niche‘ which can be confusing.  Now that I’m in Switzerland 80% of the time, Savvy Spice will be filled with newbie travel tips, lifestyle short-cuts, hot topics, beauty tricks, celebrity looks-for-less, and candy – yes candy, because I LOVE Candy!

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2. What about Video Content? - Not sure about Youtube? Test your interest on a light basis with instagram videos or VINE. If you’d like to test making Youtube videos, I will have expert tips for beginners in an upcoming post. Plus, a new series of Youtube videos coming soon to my channel SavvySpiceFashion because I’ve always loved writing, but sometimes it’s easier to explain in person what I want to say. So have a seat and subscribe if you’d like. icon wink

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3. Should You Show Your City? ~ After living in Switzerland a little over a year, everything is SO different in Europe from the US. I discover new trends -some which are 5 years behind the US, but I’ll be sharing more ‘What’s Hot/What’s Not in Europe‘ so you know first. PS. If you have a blog, I highly recommending sharing some of the local flavor or culture in your city. There will always be people checking out your site who have never been there, and will find it fascinating whether you live in a big city or tiny town anywhere in the world.

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4. Lifestyle Tips for the Lazy (aka if you’re short on time) – I hate cooking and thankfully my husband has accepted ‘fruit salad and PopSecret‘ as a ‘perfect light dinner’ I’m happy to prepare. I’m the furthest thing from Rachel Ray and wouldn’t attempt a Pinterest DIY with a 10-foot pole, but I do have some super time-saving tricks around the house to share. Share your tips, no matter how simple they may seem because you never know; there may be someone out there who doesn’t even know how to make a hardboiled egg. gulp.

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 5. Stick with what You Love ~ The truth is whether you’ve been blogging 3 months or 3 years, you will be bored if you don’t write about what you really, truly like. And take a break whenever you want to, blogging should be fun or at least a learning experience. Thanks for reading!  Do you ever feel like your blog is on the back burner when life is busy and want to make changes to it? Or are you thinking about starting your own blog in 2015?

~xo,

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<Details by Dale> – Zara top & skirt with MAC Russian Red lipstick, plus my favorite cocktail of the summer, Martini Bianco on ice with lemon.

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The New Savvy Sleepers ‘Wine Country Collection’ http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/new-savvy-sleepers-wine-country-collection.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-savvy-sleepers-wine-country-collection http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/new-savvy-sleepers-wine-country-collection.html#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:13:07 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=5993 If you love ‘pink‘ like me, then I’m excited to share the new ‘Wine Country Collection‘ – Savvy Sleepers luxe anti-aging satin pillow cases – has officially launched! The 3 new shades were inspired by my childhood growing up in Mendocino

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Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillow Cases

If you love ‘pink‘ like me, then I’m excited to share the new ‘Wine Country Collection‘ – Savvy Sleepers luxe anti-aging satin pillow cases – has officially launched! The 3 new shades were inspired by my childhood growing up in Mendocino County’s wine country just north of San Francisco. The same high-quality blend of satin is ultra-smooth for your skin and prevents hair breakage, especially if you sleep on your back or toss and turn during the night.

The limited edition collection just launched today on Savvy Sleepers so now I’d like to introduce you to the new shades below…

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Vintage Rosé ~ The classic girly, girl pink perfect with a bottle of bubbly and your besties during that ‘Sex and the City‘ re-run you’ve already seen 10 times.

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Zinfully Blue ~ The best way to describe this deep midnight-blue shade is that you instantly feel like royalty the moment you sleep on it. PS - Every shade in the new collection also comes with the secret stash pocket which is also embroidered with our logo.

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Pinot Greige ~ This charcoal shade of grey is the perfect pairing for so many homes and all Savvy Sleepers are unisex and offer the same ultra-smooth benefits for hair and skin. Anti-aging + machine washable.

Thanks for all the support this year and if you have a favorite shade, let me know. Can’t wait to share more and ‘Behind the Scenes‘ of our photo shoot and more. FREE SHIPPING all month using code ‘WINE14‘ at checkout. Cheers! 

New style post coming tomorrow! 

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‘The Work Date’ ~ Techs and the City http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/techs-city-style-work-date.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=techs-city-style-work-date http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/techs-city-style-work-date.html#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:15:35 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=5970 I remember growing up and my mom and dad were constantly saying to each other, ‘you’re running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.‘ Whether we were packing for a vacation, getting ready for school or spring cleaning;

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I remember growing up and my mom and dad were constantly saying to each other, ‘you’re running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.‘ Whether we were packing for a vacation, getting ready for school or spring cleaning; the truth is we were a family of crazy chickens. So by the time I moved out, a bit chaos with a smidge of adventure was just how I preferred life. If you’ve ever felt like this too, you can find solace in this quote by Buddha, ‘Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.’

Of course, my husband on the other hand, is 100% the total, complete, opposite. Martha Stewart would be jealous of his organizational skills. So when we were back in SF this month, I had two days in the city to get A LOT of errands done. Rather than show him my never-ending to-do list; I said, ‘I need your help with a few things today, this is going to be so fun running around the city together!’ You’ve heard of play dates, but this day was purely a ‘work date‘ in San Francisco from sunrise…

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<Bright and Early!> The only thing I love about the jet lag from Zurich–>SF is for 1 week I’m wide awake and ready to take on the day at 6 am. After replying to a few emails and checking out my daily dose of fashion bloggers – many who were at NYFW with their own ‘meetings’ that sounded much more exciting than my day – but here we go.  First, a quick walk to Jamba Juice in my Northface fleece and makeup free face. Pics unavailable. 

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 <Fifi is Back in Action> No parking ticket…Yes! I love Fifi, my little Fiat, in SF. She makes my life so much easier zipping through the city finding parking in a snap. It was off to Copy World in The Dogpatch where I’ve gone for years to print all my business cards, brochures and press kits.

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<Handle with Care> The next stop was one of my favorites, The Packaging Store, in SF where I order all my packaging materials for Savvy Sleepers. I promised we’d grab a coffee after if he helped me pick out tissue paper and stickers.

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<Wallee Time> After the long morning, he really needed to get out, take a breather, and stretch his legs. After all, Wallee is the CEO of The City Supply Co. Apparel.

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<Live – Love – Life > Meeting for an upcoming (hopefully) project to be filmed by one of the best videographers in San Francisco, Live Life Company. Last meeting before lunch.

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<Take Me Down to South Park> If you’ve never been to this little hidden park in SOMA a couple blocks from AT&T Park, check it out. I met my brother and a few friends for a meeting about a new fashion start-up. I had the cobb salad and a side of app chat.

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<Time to hit the Road!> A couple more stops in Marin and we were off to Mendocino County. After a morning like this, guess who was more than happy to hop in the car for a 2 hour drive to his in-laws? Success!  

That’s it for this episode of ‘Techs in the City.‘ Hope you have a great weekend!

~xo,

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What is your Starbucks name? After this video went viral a few days ago by a Starbucks barista named Paul who spells customers names wrong on purpose, even Forbes asked, ‘Is Starbucks Personalization – Evil, Funny or Brilliant?’ The article quotes Dale Carnegie’s sixth principle, “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

Clearly, misspelling names is common at Starbucks, but it happened to me 3 times in a row last week here in Zurich. I’d say ‘Dale,’ and each time, my Caramel Frappuccino came out ‘Thea,’ as they yelled out ‘Tay-ya.’ Except, instead of being annoyed or confused like in the video, I happen to love my Swiss Starbucks name. They even write it fancy.

As long as Starbucks isn’t butchering your name into anything offensive, it can be an amusing start your day – whether it’s on purpose or not – right? Plus, ‘Thea’ is a lot better than my SOMA Starbucks name in San Francisco…’Dell.’ Ugh! 

What is the worst spelling or random name you’ve had at Starbucks? Or does your barista always get your name right? 

See you tomorrow!

~xo,

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Have you ever had a job, hobby or perhaps a TV show or video game addiction that you could only discuss with a few people in the entire world? The definition of ‘Shop Talk‘ is ‘talk about your business or hobby that only others in the same business can understand.’ For me, one of those people for over a year now has been Brittany, who is a big part of the marketing, sales and social media interaction behind Savvy Sleepers.

When we met up in Walnut Creek last week in the California sun, I wore a look that was purely inspired by Cameron Diaz in ‘The Other Woman.’ On a side note, the movie was blah, but I loved Cameron’s wardrobe and for some reason, my tolerance for cheesy chick-flicks goes up with the altitude on long flights. Now back to Brittany! Here’s several moments from our meeting, plus SECRETS to running your own small business wherever you are in the world…

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The Scene - Mid-Morning Work Meeting in Walnut Creek, CA

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Brit Back-Story - I first met Brittany at a Chico State career fair as she was about to graduate last year. Not only is she a natural at sales and marketing, she has helped me run my business especially when I’m working from Switzerland. PS – Chico State, my Alma Materwas just voted in the top 10 Public Universities on the West Coast by US News & World Report.

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Time Zones Don’t Matter – If you’re thinking about starting your own business now (or maybe as a New Year’s Resolution) don’t plan on sleeping much. But you won’t miss it if you’re excited about doing something new. I loved meeting Brittany face-to-face and when I’m in Zurich we are constantly communicating online. I sleep 5-6 hours a night so I can work mornings in Zurich, be home to make East Coast calls, and be up very late to call, Skype and email when California is doing business. Let’s just say, with a 9-hour time difference, my basic addition/subtraction skills have really improved.

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#StayConnected! -  Please don’t ignore social media! It’s the easiest (free) way to watch trends in your industry, discover niches of your target audience, network, drive traffic and market your biz initially to your local community. Connect your Facebook, twitter, and instagram together immediately so you can easily share in less than 60 seconds so social media doesn’t seem like a huge chore.

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Sharing is Caring, and So is Listening - It doesn’t hurt that Brittany’s gorgeous hair is straight out of a Panteen Pro-V commercial when she’s promoting our satin pillow cases. PS – She also shares her hair care secrets and more as the voice of instagram @SavvySleepers. More importantly, she also has amazing, creative, out-of-the-box ideas! If you’ve ever worked in a corporate office and never had your opinion or suggestions heard, don’t make that same mistake if you start your own business. Listening to other’s ideas, opinions and experience, especially if they know your industry, can be highly rewarding! 

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Help Wanted, Help Needed ~ I know many business owners in Zurich and San Francisco where website help costs a LOT (especially in Switzerland). A site called WPHired.com has been a life saver for me. You can post a job free, get bids from design/web professionals around the world for a great price. After emailing back and forth/Skyping, then make your choice. If you need help specifically now, email me (dale202@gmail.com) and I can recommend wordpress help. 

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<DETAILS by Dale>  Zara leopard top / H&M jeans / TJ Maxx Clutch / Banana Republic bracelet / LB heels / Sweet & Spark tassle necklace c/o

Brittany Details – Target Dress / Premier Designs Jewelry / Kate Spade Bracelet / TJ Maxx

If you have a small business or online shop and/or you’ve seen a new brand you’d love to share, let me know in the comments or Tweet Me the brand. I am creating an online business directory on my site and would love to link to you in any location of the world.

See you Wednesday. ~xo,

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What’s your AM drink of choice - a Mimosa or Bloody Mary? Call me naive, but I had never heard of champagne brunch until I went away to college at Chico State. I was standing in line with friends at the Italian Cottage when suddenly a college coed stumbled outside and well, let’s just say he tossed his scrambies all over the sidewalk. I learned then and there to never take full advantage of ‘bottomless mimosas,’ unless you’re game for a splitting headache all afternoon.

I love Sunday brunch though and it’s the perfect way to spend time with family and friends, especially on a sunny day. Last weekend in Denver, Colorado my family and I all grabbed brunch at Waffle Brothers the day after my cousin’s wedding. I kept it casual in white denim and a loose-fit top fitting for the occasion. Welcome to Denver…

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First, a Brunch Quote ~ ‘All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.’
~John Gunther

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Brunch Means Business ~ Waffle Brothers in Denver serves all types with fresh fruit, whip cream and even chicken and waffles.

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Aviators for Outdoor Seating ~ Squinting and sipping champagne in the sun is best accessorized with shades.

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 Chillin’ Sneakers ~ I love these shoes by the Italian brand, Geox. They’re sold out of ivory for summer, but I just found they have grey and black for fall.

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Casual Tee & Coffee! ~ Super soft cotton T-shirts are so comfortable and can easily be dressed up for brunch with a little bling.

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<DETAILS by Dale> Banana Republic Top (recent in store) / Banana Republic Earrings / H&M jeans (old) / GEOX shoes (Similar here) / Banana Republic Toggle Bracelet / Shop my fave simple tee’s for brunch below…

Hope you had a great weekend. Where do you recommend going in your city for Sunday Brunch?

~xo,

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End of Summer Love & Lace http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/fall-wedding-style-lace-floral-print.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fall-wedding-style-lace-floral-print http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/09/fall-wedding-style-lace-floral-print.html#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:16:51 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=5891 Tis the season for an affair in lace. Whether it be layered under a blazer for a date or cobalt blue dyed dress, lace details have been all over this summer and fall. My family and I met up in

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Savvy Spice Love Lace Style

Tis the season for an affair in lace. Whether it be layered under a blazer for a date or cobalt blue dyed dress, lace details have been all over this summer and fall. My family and I met up in Denver, Colorado last weekends for my cousin’s nuptials in the oh-so-gorgeous Rockies. The outdoor ceremony was beautiful leading into an evening of dancing, dining and catching up with cousins I haven’t seen for years.

My sister, Jody, wore a lace crop top and floral skirt while I stuck with a bright blue lace dress. Strappy sandals seemed like a good idea, but as midnight rolled around our heels were throbbing. Here’s a quick peak at my ‘Love & Lace’ wedding diary from last weekend…

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First time seeing my sister Jody in months so it was nice to catch up and have some girl talk…

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My mom, me, my sister.

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Found this photo the next day on my camera. After my younger brothers (Drew & Paul) have had so much fun making fun of ‘fashion blogger‘ poses, they just earned themselves a spotlight with this pic.

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Wearing sky high stilettos to a wedding? Always stuff a pair of ballerina flats somewhere for the venue for later.

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<DETAILS by Dale> Me – Zara dress / Gucci heels / Banana Republic bracelet (recent) / Jody (my sister) – DSW heels / H&M top / Cotton On floral skirt

We’re off to another wedding this weekend in wine country here in California. I hope you have a great weekend and on a side note, I was so sad when I heard the news yesterday that Joan Rivers had died. She was a huge inspiration for me and so funny, witty and fashionable. Friday nights will never be the same without Joan hosting E!’s Fashion Police.

~xo

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A few months after I was married we were staying back at my old apartment in San Francisco one night when suddenly the power went out. It was an especially cold night so I started lighting candles everywhere, searching for extra blankets stuffed into a closet when my husband said, ‘I feel like I’m camping.’

After that comment, I haven’t officially taken him on a real family camping trip sans hot showers and Nespresso. Maybe next summer. Did you have one of those parents who loved to take you camping as a kid? Don’t get me wrong, I love the great outdoors making smores and hiking until my calves ache, but camping was always a tough week for me. Of course ‘Glamping’ is a different story and this weekend as I traveled to the US, I dressed for a casual Labor Day on the road…

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Retro Fiat Savvy Spice red Fiat<DETAILS by Dale > Location – Switzerland / MANGO Jeans / GEOX Shoes (Lowtop Version here on Sale) / Beverage Accessory – Info coming soon / Zara Jacket (see more of my faves below) / Top – Forever21 (last year) / Savvy Sleepers satin pillow case / Retro Fiat

Hope you’re having a great Labor Day whether you’re chilling, grilling or ‘glamping’ this weekend.

See you later this week from Denver & California,

~xo

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Life, Love & Lemons http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/08/when-life-gives-you-lemons.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=when-life-gives-you-lemons http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/08/when-life-gives-you-lemons.html#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:03:11 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=5856 When life gives you lemons, how do you handle it? Whip up a batch of lemonade or squeeze it into a vodka soda and call it a day? Over the weekend, my husband made a grand announcement that after two months of

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Savvy Spice fashion blog When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons, how do you handle it? Whip up a batch of lemonade or squeeze it into a vodka soda and call it a day? Over the weekend, my husband made a grand announcement that after two months of nearly non-stop rain in Switzerland, news stations declared ‘summer is officially over‘ here.

But it never even started!?’ I whined. I’ve been waiting since May. If you grew up in California, you will never know how spoiled you are weather-wise unless you move. So while I was savoring a few hours of sunshine yesterday painting my nails on the patio, suddenly my San Francisco friends were awake at 3 am posting – Earthquake!!! While most were only shook up and Savvy Sleepers headquarters is still standing; sadly Napa and Sonoma counties had major damage.

That’s when I saw a look of panic on my husband’s face and learned something new about him – he’s totally scared of earthquakes. So I hate the snow and he’s terrified of tremors as we split our time between Switzerland and San Francisco. Makes sense. But that’s life and with all of terrible tragedies across the world right now – complaining about rain showers seems crazy. Plus, there’s always a few instant pampering pick-me-ups rain or shine. Here’s my favorites this summer…

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Vibrant Nails ~ Loving this shade ‘Orchid‘ by LVX on my favorite lime lounge chair from Ikea

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Lemonade Shades ~ Summer weather here might be scarce, but I have plenty of hot pink and yellow in my wardrobe

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Vintage Finds ~ A sheer vintage top from SF’s Mission District and my favorite Black Hills Gold ring I’ve had since I was a teen, but lost in ’09. My parents luckily found it this summer in their house!

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Lighten Up ~ This summer, the darker the skies, the lighter I want my hair. Hence the increase in highlights at the hairdresser requesting, ‘sehr sehr hell’ in German which means ‘very very light’

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There’s No Place Like Home ~ I can’t click my feet and be back in Nor-Cal for a day, but it’s hard not to smile when I look down and see these sparklers

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< DETAILS by Dale > vintage top – Clothes Contact San Francisco /  Franco Sarto flats (hand-me-down) / HoboTheOriginal bag c/o Use code ‘Makeover15‘ for 15% off entire Hobo collection /  Michael Kors Watch (similar) /  Cruciani Infinity bracelet c/o / Zara shorts / LVX Nail Polish c/o

While any sunshine often fades into stormy evenings, I’ll never forget the first summer of my life in Switzerland cuddling on the couch during cool rainy nights sipping hot Lipton tea – with a lil sugar and of course a slice of lemon. How has your summer weather been and have you ever felt an earthquake before, either in San Francisco yesterday or somewhere else?

~xo,

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5 Tips to Fix Social Anxiety at Any Age http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/08/5-tips-fight-social-anxiety-age.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-tips-fight-social-anxiety-age http://www.savvyspice.com/2014/08/5-tips-fight-social-anxiety-age.html#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:24:19 +0000 http://www.savvyspice.com/?p=5831 And when I say ‘fix,’ I really mean like a 2-hour Band-Aid. Raise your hand, or just nod, if you’ve ever suffered from social anxiety? There’s even a definition for my entire high-school existence, and maybe your’s too, in Wikipedia called a Wallflower. ‘A wallflower

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And when I say ‘fix,’ I really mean like a 2-hour Band-Aid. Raise your hand, or just nod, if you’ve ever suffered from social anxiety? There’s even a definition for my entire high-school existence, and maybe your’s too, in Wikipedia called a Wallflower. ‘A wallflower is a shy or unpopular individual who doesn’t socialize or participate in activities at social events. He or she may have other talents but usually does not express them in the presence of other individuals.’ Sound familiar? 

This week I attended a launch party for a beautiful new boutique in Zurich called Little Black Dress, wearing a little floral Zara dress. The super-chic shop was packed with fashionistas. If there’s one oh-so-posh and polarizing similarity in fashion events I’ve attended from California to Europe; it’s that the social setting can be quite intimidating! I went to most events with my sister back in Cali, but now that I’m in Zurich I often go alone. Here’s my top 5 Tips for handling social anxiety whether you’re in junior high, college, at a professional work event or about to attend your 30th high-school reunion… 

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The SceneLittle Black Dress boutique grand opening just as the event was starting in Zurich. Now, the tips…

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#1 – The Pep Talk ~ Maybe it’s in your car, on a walk, or taking a break in the powder room. If you’re in an uncomfortable social setting, give yourself a little ‘I can do this,’ pep talk. My best advice is to pretend you’re an actor whether you’re channeling Leo in Wolf of Wallstreet or Zac Efron in High School Musical is up to you, as long as you have a confidence boost. Wouldn’t it be nice if Jamba Juice could offer that boost along with protein and energy?

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#2 Rest Assured You Always Have a Security Blanket ~ AKA Your smartphone. If you’re feeling uncomfortable or sitting alone feeling awkward, you can always check-in to Comfort-Zone-Central for a few moments. Just hop on the social media destination of your choice.

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#3 A Smile is Social Anxiety SPF - When in doubt whether you’re walking through a crowd or standing around, just smiling in itself can be an ice-breaker. It shows you’re in a good mood, willing to talk, and not taking life or the event too seriously.

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#4 Body Language Speaks Volumes ~ Crossing your arms or uncomfortably holding one like I’m doing here makes you look unapproachable, insecure, or super cold so try not to close yourself off physically. Shake hands, wave across the room if you see someone you recognize and it never hurts to start a convo with a compliment if the crowd is a bit frozen.

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#5 Be Yourself, Even if that Means Being a ‘wallflower’ 75% of the Time ~ Toward the end of the event it was packed. Suddenly there was a surprise choreographed performance of ballerina dancers who danced from inside the boutique, then across the street in silk robes performing in front of the crowd, traffic and everyone! It was a beautiful New York style surprise I loved. It’s also something I could never do!

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Final Thoughts ~ If you’re a wallflower, stay happy and comfy around your circle of friends, but every now and then it’s SO important to get out of your comfort zone whether it’s an event, public speaking engagement, reunion, or _________(fill in the blank).

Have you ever considered yourself a ‘wallflower’ at some point in life?

Have a great weekend! See you Monday

~xo,

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