Do’s & Don’ts of Pregnancy Pampering

LABO SPA Zurich Pregnancy massage

When I first found out I was pregnant, I signed up for a weekly newsletter by TheBabyCenter, which sent a weekly update what to expect week by week and the size of my baby (which is due any day now). It was the only newsletter in Gmail’s kelly green ‘promotion tab‘ I actually looked forward to! You can literally search any question on ‘The Baby Center‘ and get sucked into forums of helpful advice and horror stories from real moms.

In the first trimester I searched, ‘what happens when you’re in labor?’ – one mom wrote something about how she ‘wished she had gotten a pedicure because her nails looked so bad during her 20 hours of labor staring at her feet.’ I made a mental note then to have a bit of pampering toward the end of my pregnancy since I figure I’d have NO time after the baby arrives. Here’s what I learned after a visit to LABO Spa in Zurich, Switzerland and some dangers with pregnancy pampering…

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The Scene – LABO Spa in Zurich, Switzerland. I first learned about this spa a couple years ago from MyGirlfriendGuidetoZurich and after visiting a couple times in the past, the service is top notch and the staff is so friendly, helpful and speak both German and English. Here’s my review after they offered me the Mother-to-Be massage and pedicure.

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1. The Nails – At some point in pregnancy it got SO difficult to paint my toes, which is why I recommend a ‘pedicure‘ as a great gift for any expecting mom (especially in Switzerland where baby showers are not a tradition like in the US). LABO had the Infinite Shine collection by OPI which is described as drying quickly and giving off a shiny, thick vibe similar to gel, but this can be removed at home. But remember…

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2. Is it safe to get a Pedicure while Pregnant?According to TheBabyCenter the answer is, ‘Yes, if the salon follows recommended practices for hygiene and sterilization of tools.’ LABO was very clean and had individual sink like soak baths for my feet which were swollen and marked up from ankle socks. The treatment felt SO good on my aching feet. Now moving onto your body…

Coconut sugar scrub Labo Spa Switzerland

Is Getting a Massage Safe? – (Sidenote) I loved this coconut body scrub at LABO, it looked good enough to eat! I was able to have LABO’s specialized ‘Mother-to-Be‘ massage. It was so relaxing, especially after having back pain during my 8th month. The therapist was SUPER gentle massaging my back and feet at certain pressure points, which can cause early labor.

LABO Spa Aromatherapy

What about the Aromatherapy oils? She offered only a couple selections as some essential oils like lavender or jasmine can induce labor. (Sidenote – one of the best parts was the pregnancy pillow they have because you lay on your side! I asked and LABO can order it for clients, which I wish I knew in the 2nd trimester when sleeping starts getting uncomfortable)

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While there are some spa activities that are a definite no-no, I highly recommend pregnancy massages and I did get my hair highlighted and eyebrows done in the past week before everything changes. Although it hasn’t been too tough to manage, I’m not sure how easy it would be to squeeze in ‘pampering‘ if you have other kids at home while you’re expecting. Any tips?

If you live in Zurich, check out LABO Spa here and they have a new location opening in Locarno.


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Life & Bump Style at Art Basel

Art Basel Savvy Spice 2015

Rain, rain, go away…unless Art Basel is in town! On our ‘Swiss Weekend Staycation – part III,’ we met up with my in-laws at Art Basel and escaped the showers at the world famous art show. Art Basel is like the ultimate mix of art, style, and people-watching. As CNN describes the annual event, ‘Think of it as the ultimate superstore of the art market with its endless aisles and swarms of shoppers. It features 300 or so international exhibiting galleries and reportedly $3.4 billion worth of art.’ PS – Art Basel Miami Beach is coming up again in December.

Basel is Switzerland’s third most populous city (with only about 195K people) and Art Basel expects 92K+ visitors from around the world including the celeb with the hottest dad bod (aka Leonardo Dicaprio) who visited last week. He was rumored to have bought a $16 million dollar Picasso! While I didn’t spot Leo, here’s a peak inside this year’s impressive Art Basel as I wisely opted for Adidas sneakers and stretchy blue dress walking floor to floor…


<We arrived early to grab breakfast before the crowds starting lining up to enter the show>

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<There are multiple floors and nearly 10 sectors of types of art. My favorite is the ‘Unlimited‘ which include ‘out-sized sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances.’ Here’s some examples…>

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<Unlimited Gallery – ‘The Yearbook’ by artist Ryan McGinley>

Art Basel Unlimited gallery

<‘Egocentric System’ – One of the most popular was by this Berlin-based artist. It’s ‘a giant concrete saucer spinning on an axis with the artist—who is tall, always in a designer suit jacket and rocking a ZZ Top-worthy beard—constantly inside.’ If you get sea sick easily, this is not the art for you. Read more about it here>

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<I didn’t get the official name, but I call it ‘Trashbags in Trees‘…>


<We were invited by Ruinart Champagne which had a special gallery by artist, le Gall, in the lounge>

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<We walked up on this art piece which had a creepy vibe…>

Savvy Spice girl sculpure wig Art Basel Switzerland

<Art piece by Valérie Blass using ‘Forton, a wig, mirror, modeling clay, and plinth.’

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<This was a city landscape printed on a mattress which I thought was creative and looked extra comfy 2 hours into the show. As I just entered Week 40 of Pregnancy, I find myself taking daily cat naps>

Never Argue with a police officer Art Basel

<More art…>

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<Art Basel Style – Last year I made the mistake of wearing heels to Art Basel which killed my feet. This year I wore a stretchy H&M blue dress (same as from my Kardashian post last Friday), Stan Smith sneakers and a cropped white denim H&M jacket>

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<You could spend hours and hours on all the floors. But I was ready to head home by early afternoon>

Car demonstration Art Basel

<As we walked out to leave there was an abandoned spray painted car in the plaza and cops started surrounding it. It was definitely not planned for Art Basel and the scene seemed chaotic for Switzerland with more police officers coming every few minutes…>

Car demonstration Art Basel Switzerland 2015

<We decided to pass by quickly and I was surprised so many people were getting so close to the car. After 20 minutes, on the right, the car had been taped off as police investigated. We read on the news that night it was parked by a 35-year-old man who threatened to have a bomb – but it turned out to be a hoax. Uh, not funny>


<Thanks for coming along to Art Basel, Switzerland. Here’s the official Art Basel site for upcoming dates in Hong Kong & Miami Beach. Photo credit thanks to @SavvySenior>


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Kim Kardashian Stole My Pregnancy Style

NEW Cover photo Savvy SPice Kim Kardashian grey dress

Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but can’t a post be a bit over-the-top when I’m 9 months pregnant and it involves a Kardashian? Unlike last year, it has really felt like summer in Switzerland lately! There have been consecutive weeks with warm, humid days and most buildings in Zurich, including our apartment, do not have air conditioning. If pregnant women were superheros, I’d say humidity would be their Kryptonite.

Maternity style and the heat usually end in an evening of swollen legs and feet. The last thing you want to wear on hot days are compression socks or maternity jeans, so the past month I’ve rotated a few looks over and over including one simple grey jersey knit dress. I woke up Sunday to throw it on again for brunch, when I spotted Kim Kardashian, a few months pregnant, in the Daily Mail squeezed into the same look…

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Kim, who was slammed for her pregnancy style with North West, wore this skin tight American Apparel dress shopping over the weekend – although she doesn’t seem to be showing yet. (Kim K. pics via)

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Maybe she’s the last person’s style you’d emulate, but I decided to copy her nude heel idea anyway.

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39 Weeks! If there’s one thing I’ve learned about pregnancy style, it’s that at some point, it’s easier to just sport your bump! If you try to hide it in an over-sized dress or top, it can feel like you’re wearing a tent, so why not show your curves? And speaking of curves…

Pregnancy Style Kim Kardashian grey dress

Kurve Alert! While I won’t say you’ll get Kardashian kurvy during pregnancy, you will definitely have more than you’re used to. Kim has said she wears two pairs of Spanx to hold her in these dresses, which I don’t recommend – although I’ve found ‘Power Mama’ pregnancy Spanx are comfortable and ultra-stretchy on the stomach part if you need them now and then.

Savvy Spice fashion blog pregnancy style Dale Janee

Anti-Maternity Style Secret – You don’t have to only shop ‘maternity.’ The bigger your bump grows, simply look for longer styles. Old tops or tunics I thought were long look like crop-tops now and dresses that went to my knees are WAY too short. The H&M grey jersey dress I’m wearing isn’t a maternity, but it’s super long, easy to layer and stretchy so it works.

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<DETAILS by Dale> Sleeveless Jersey Dress – H&M runs big (Size Sm) / heels – Nine West (last seen here) / sunglasses (old) – Prada

 I know it’s a bad habit, but I still watch every season of The Kardashian’s (and I’ll definitely be watching ‘I Am Cait’) even in Switzerland thanks to Apple TV. Do you think Kim will step up her pregnancy style this time?


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2015 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Savvy Spice Fashion Blog Dale Janee Steliga Fathers Day Post

When I first started blogging a few years ago, I wrote this ‘Father’s Day‘ post from above with  childhood flashbacks and 5 Reasons to Mail a Letter to a Loved One. While I haven’t always appreciated my dads gifts like ‘Household Helpers‘ as a toddler or random pieces of trivia he loved to share, especially on car trips, I’m looking forward to him doing it all over again with our baby on the way – the first grandchild for my parents.

With Father’s Day 2015 coming up this Sunday, if you’re running late shopping for dad like me, I have a few last minute gift ideas. First, I recommend Amazon Prime if you don’t have it, which I can only describe as ‘life changing.’ You can get anything you want within 2 days! Here’s my top picks for Father’s Day this year including a Corkcicle Beer Chiller, luxury loafers, a Nespresso Machine, Frankline Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto,  a classic tie in a bright shade, or a razor that my husband has been loving. Shop below…


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Sunkissed in Zurich

Savvy Spice Zurich fashion

The official start to summer is only a week away! As I tried fall asleep late last night, I had to roll my tired eyes when I clicked a Harpers Bazaar article stating, ‘6 Summer Trends to Try Now.’ Followed by lace, nautical, silver accessories and pom pom embellishments was an ‘earth-shattering’ summer 2015 trend – ‘fresh faced makeup‘ and ‘sun-kissed’ skin. Since when is a sun-kissed glow not in style for summer? While the article linked to a $95 Tom Ford bronzer I’d never buy, I can tell you I’ve been loving this anti-aging Platinum Face Tanner by Fake Bake. More on that next week.

Last Saturday, on our ‘Waiting for the Baby – Weekend Staycation Part 11,’ we took a stroll through Zurich on an especially sunny, humid day. I wanted to share some of the most charming spots and my favorite treats in the city… [Read more…]


Swiss Charm & Swollen Feet

Luzern Switzerland Savvy Spice

A ‘staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds at night,’ according to wikipedia. That’s exactly what we’ve been up to lately as my due date approaches and one of my husband’s worst fears is being hours from home in a neighboring country on a road trip when my contractions start. I appreciate his concerns, although I suspect it has something to do with protecting his car’s pristine leather seats as well.

So we’ve been enjoying little weekend day trips close to home. When my in-laws recently visited, we decided to go to Lucerne, Switzerland – a tourist hotspot in Switzerland. Here’s a quick stroll through the city full of Swiss charm before my swollen feet called it a day…

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<The Scene – Luzern, Switzerland (spelled ‘Lucerne’ in English) with the Gütsch castle on the mountain up above with the crystal clear lake below>

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<Sightseeing through the old town in an olive H&M maternity top>

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<Fresh flowers for sale at the farmers market throughout the city on Saturdays>

Flowers Luzern Switzerland

<Swiss Farmer’s Markets are a little different than those in the US because prices are so high here, yet most of the produce in the Supermarkets is already organic anyway. So we skipped the $8 baskets of strawberries and pricy flowers (or ‘Blumen‘ in German)>

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<A little flea market along the water with paintings, Swiss memorabilia and a few fake Louis Vuitton handbags scattered throughout. Then we took a walk along the lake…>

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<Duck, Duck……Swan>

baby duck Luzern Switzerland

<He was ready for his close up. So cute!>

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<The famous covered bridge in Lucerne is called ‘Kapellbrücke‘ and is a major tourist attraction in the city>

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<Quick stroll on the bridge before it was time for a coffee break>

Savvy Spice Nespress coffee

<My husband has a Nespresso addiction so we stopped by the store to stock up on pods and they have a complimentary coffee bar in all Nespresso stores>

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<Coffee Sidenote – Nespresso, which is a Swiss brand, has its Inissia Espresso Maker available at Macy’s for less than $200. I love it, especially when we have guests, because you press one button and your coffee is done, plus the milk frother is actually fun and will make you feel like a professional barista>

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<After 2 hours of walking through Lucerne, my feet were swollen like little Swiss veal sausages, so we made our way back home>

Do you have any trips planned this summer including staycations?

lake shots & Nespresso store photo credit – Savvy Senior


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