09 /09
Let’s Do Brunch!

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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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The Scene ~ Denver, Colorado

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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.

Banana Republic Brunch Shirt

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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09 /05
End of Summer Love & Lace

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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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Have you been noticing lace dresses around lately?

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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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09 /01
Gone Glamping

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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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08 /25
Life, Love & Lemons

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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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08 /22
5 Tips to Fix Social Anxiety at Any Age

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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.

Zurich Little Black Dress

#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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Hi! I'm Dale. A San Francisco fashion columnist, sour candy addict, founder of Savvy Spice and newly married living in Switzerland. I just launched the world's 1st line of unisex satin pillow cases for anti-aging, plus healthier hair & skin called Savvy Sleepers. Stay Savvy Trendsetters! For questions or advertising inquiries, please email me at dale202@gmail.com

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