Fringe Gladiator Sandals at White Rock Lake

Savvy Spice White Rock Lake

‘Let’s go to the lake this weekend!’ Whether you’re gearing up for summer ‘staycations,’ or mini roadtrips; that one simple phrase can have a plethora of definitions depending on the lake in question. Growing up in Nor-Cal, my family spent weekends at good-ole’ Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa on Clear Lake or biking around Lake Mendocino. College typically meant the shores of Lake Tahoe and Switzerland was a whole new ball game with breathtaking lakes and shades of blue that could make the Mediterranean jealous.

And now, we’re in Texas. A few days ago we ventured over to White Rock Lake. Technically it’s a reservoir (‘a large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply’), but who’s counting? Murky or not, it’s the perfect escape from downtown Dallas. White Rock Lake might be man made, but it’s only a 15 minute drive from downtown Dallas lined with charming (HUGE) homes with easy access for sailboats, canoes and a trail packed with people biking and walking. We stopped near the White Rock Lake boathouse as I was decked out in casual duds including some of my favorite distressed denim and my new leather fringe gladiator sandals I’m loving…

Lakes Dallas Texas

The Scene – White Rock Lake (Dallas, Texas)

Leather Fringe Sandals

Vintage Belt – I’ve had this belt my mom made in college for years. Now I’m on the outlook for vintage belt buckles. If you’re local and know any great vintage stores in Dallas, please let me know.

Brown leather fringe sandals

Fringe  Sandals for Spring – Tassels, fringe and pom pom details are all over heels and sandals this year. I’m loving these leather sandals and they are so comfortable and go with denim, shorts and this BCBG dress I wore for Margarita date night.

White Rock Lake Dallas Texas

Casual Mom Hair-Do – Half-back with a bobby pin and then a low messy bun. Done.

White Rock Lake

Aviators & a Slightly Hazy Day – The perfect remedy for tired eyes after a night out at the Rihanna concert (more about that in the next post).

White Rock Lake Savvy Spice

<DETAILS by Dale> tank & jeans (old) – Zara / bag c/o Adora / gold necklace – F21 / shades – Calvin Klein / fringe leather sandals – Marc Fisher (also available in black & gold)

Any lakes you’d recommend near your city? If so, what do you love about it?


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The Mother’s Day Slumber Party

New Savvy Spice fashion blog Dale Janee founder of Savvy Sleepers

If there’s one thing I’ve learned to appreciate since having a baby, it’s that phrase, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ And I only have one. Now that I’m a 3-hour flight from California, I’m seeing my family more often and was so excited when my mom, aunt and sister visited Dallas last month. We explored the city, walked to the JFK History Museum, had an amazing steak dinner, grabbed cocktails at Nobu and even managed to have a carefully orchestrated ‘Slumber Party.’

I had just received our new Savvy Sleepers shipment with our new ‘Serenity’ shade we’d be releasing for Mother’s Day. I thought it was a perfect chance to sneak in a quick Saturday morning photo shoot before heading out for Texas style BBQ. I know it was a Kris Kardashian kind of move, but I had the perfect combo to create some new content. My husband – the photographer, my sister for behind-the-scenes help, plus my aunt, mom and Wilhelmina for the lifestyle pillowcase shots. So it was two hours of business and then we were ready (fake lashes and all) for a weekend of play…

Savvy sleepers satin pillowcases our story

My Aunt Jean, who is like a 2nd mom to me is also an amazing hair stylist and the inspiration for Savvy Sleepers. About five years ago, she told me to start sleeping on a satin pillow case to help protect my fragile hair from more split ends, after I spent years damaging it with straightening irons and highlights.

light blue pillowcases Mothers Day gifts

(Sidenote) As a new mom, I have a new appreciation for my mom and aunts who made having kids and raising them look so easy!

Pantone colors Satin Pillowcases

My Mom, Jan, has always been there for me (and my three siblings) – through the good and bad – and now she’s there for my daughter. They even Facetime almost every day!

Wilhelmina Savvy Sleepers Dale

My first Mother’s Day with Wilhelmina! Although she doesn’t hair yet and people always think she’s a boy, even when she’s decked out in pink head-to-toe, she’s the best little daughter I could imagine and I can’t wait to spend this Sunday with her.

PS – Thank you for all the comments on our FB page with words of wisdom your mom taught you growing up. Such great advice I’ll definitely be sharing.


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Margarita Chic for Date Night in Dallas

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¿Cuál es tu comida favorita? Yep, I’m taking it back to Spanish I today asking, ‘What is your favorite food?‘ Mine is Mexican food. I love it and missed Mexican cuisine more than any other dish while living in Switzerland. Sure, there were some Mexican restaurants in Zürich, but with Swiss spices, there was always something that was just off from the tortillas to the salsa.

One night in Zug, Switzerland at an ‘authentic‘ Mexican restaurant, I spotted ‘horse meat,’ on the menu. I completely lost my appetite. I was looking for Barbacoa, not BBQ’d My Little Pony, so I decided to make tacos at home and keep my chips & guac cravings at bay until I was back in California. Now that we’re living in Texas, I’m in Mexican food heaven and taking full advantage in Dallas. I’ll share my favorite spots below so far, plus what-to-wear secrets if you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo in your city tonight…

Mesomayo Dallas Mexican restaurant

The Scene – Dallas, Texas on our way to Mesomayo Mexican Restaurant

Margarita Savvy Spice BCBG dress

What-to-Wear – Restaurants can be packed on Cinco de Mayo so I recommend a flirty patterned dress in case you get splashed with a margarita. I scored this BCBG dress last week at Ross.

Mesomayo Mexican restaurant Dallas

The Best Mexican Restaurants in Dallas?! * – So far, I’m loving Mesomaya (gourmet), Urban Taco (fun, stylish, small portions), Unlce Julios (reminds me of Chevy’s), Gloria’s (El Salvadorian & Mexican food). *I know there are so many more, so if you’re a local in Dallas, please share your favorites!

Best Margarita Dallas Texas

Frozen or on the Rocks? – I used to be an on-the-rocks only gal, but frozen margaritas are so popular in Dallas (probably because they’re so refreshing in the heat). At Mesomayo I order the top shelf frozen margarita with a shot of Grand Marnier on top (highly recommended) and salt on the rim (I love salt!).

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Long Hair, Don’t Care – I’ve had no time for highlights lately (a 3 hour hair appt. with a 10-month-old is a nightmare), so my hair is a bit darker these days. I just bought these Light Blond with Golden Blonde clip-in extensions on Amazon to match. PS – If you’re on Prime, your hair can be to your house by tomorrow. Gotta love Amazon!

nude heels to elongate legs

Nude Heels! – I’ve been using this style trick for years. Whether they are lace-up, chunky or stilettos, look for a pair of nude heels in the closest shade to your skin tone to help elongate your legs.


Dark Lipstick for Date Night – Even if you have pale skin like me, give ‘Rebel’ by MAC a try. It’s semi-matte and a deep merlot shade of lipstick that I’ve worn for years.

hot pink Chanel purse with chain strap

<DETAILS by Dale> dress – BCBG / nude heels – Nine West (last seen here in France) / lipstick – ‘Rebel’ MAC Cosmetics / purse – Chanel / nails – OPI ‘Five Apples Tall’ Hello Kitty Collection / (Shop the Look Below)

Will you have a margarita today? Frozen or on the rocks?


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Mansion Hunting in Texas

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‘Wow, compared to California, you can buy a mansion in Texas?!‘ This is what I heard so many times when I found out we were moving to Dallas. House hunting in Texas is actually fun compared to in-my-dreams while living in San Francisco and Switzerland, but can you really buy a mansion in Texas for $300K? Not quite…although it depends on the location.

The first month in Texas I was logged into Zillow like it was my first year on Facebook. I was glued to updates, price-drops, new homes on the market, and researching like crazy! I wanted to see these huge homes. I drove around to all the neighborhoods within 15 minutes of downtown Dallas and fell in love with Highland Park (considered the Beverly Hills of Dallas). The homes are beautiful, with HUGE manicured yards, guest houses, and luxury cars parked in the driveways. After a couple months of house hunting all over Dallas, here’s what I learned in case you’re thinking of moving to the Lone Star State[Read more…]


White Denim & Tweed in Dallas

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Has anyone ever said to you, ‘bless your heart?’ Thanks to Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live and The Real Housewives of Dallas, I learned there are quirky Southern sayings way beyond, ‘Y’all.’ I always thought, ‘bless your heart,’ was a endearing, but according to, ‘the phrase has little to do with religion and more to do with a passive-aggressive way to call you an idiot. Depending on your inflection, saying “bless your heart” can sting worse than any insult.’  Did you know that and is this really true?!? I still think it sounds sweet.

Thanks to this month’s ‘D’ Magazine the newcomer edition – it’s been perfect to get the scoop on how to live in Dallas. They spill the beans on everything from ‘BIG’ hair, what-to-wear to Texas galas,  and why locals don’t use the phrase ‘Tex-Mex.’ I’m still adapting my wardrobe to Texas, and with a little white-denim inspiration from Kim at Northern California Style and a Chanel look-for-less tweed top, I was ready for date-night last weekend… [Read more…]


Marimekko for Target + Savvy Sleepers Giveaway!

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Can you believe summer is just around the corner? From what I’ve heard from Texas locals, it’s best to be prepared and make sure the AC is running non-stop. Yesterday’s Marimekko for Target collection put me in the mood for sunshine and I snagged the iconic navy and white print beach towel.

I’m hosting a mini pre-summer giveaway with this limited edition towel pictured above + our classic White Russian Savvy Sleeper in the size of your choice. Perfect for a night after hot-tubbing or detoxing from Coachella. Jk!

Giveaway Below…

Marimekko Beach Towel

The beach towel was on many of the ‘Must-Have‘ lists of the collection. It’s super soft and high quality cotton with the iconic pattern below from 1961.

Marimekko for Target beach towel

The back story of the Lokki towel above. It was cute how each piece had the story printed about how the Finnish design came to life. Now for the giveaway. Simple Entry Below. Open Internationally and I’ll cover Shipping & Handling

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