The Italian Handbag You Need to Feel

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Chocolate, cheese, Ricola and banking might come to mind when you think about Switzerland. Living in the land of Swiss banking has been a unique experience from the super serious vibe inside UBS branches to its online system. Logging in to my online Swiss bank account to transfer 5 bucks Francs is like a top secret mission. You would not believe the process. Yet, when it comes to style investments; it’s slim pickins. There are some clothing stores that only exist in Switzerland selling designs that make H&M look Hermès. And yet these low quality stores are 10x the price of Forever 21. This is where Italy saves the day…in terms of style!

Earlier this year I bought a faux leather tote that unfortunately it smells like a mix of sour milk and the cow pasture across the street from our apartment. This leads me to my favorite outlet hotspot near Lake Como, plus an Italian handbag brand you need to know now sold in the US. Here a few reasons to consider allocating fashion funds to ‘Made in Italy‘ style investments…

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<The Italian Experience - You won’t catch me in Milan doing much damage, but every now and then, my husband and I go to Foxtown Outlets in Switzerland – just 30 minutes from Lake Como near the border of Italy. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before. Every Italian designer you could think of and the outlet stores are pristine. No piles of clearance items or changing rooms filled with unwanted styles. Store associates (both men & women) dress ultra-stylish wearing little leather purses as part of their uniform. It seems that Italians know their clothes are high-quality and treat them like gold>

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<Meet Adora – Made in Vinci, Florence – I was first introduced to Adora handbags by Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget who featured her blue soft leather bag. Each Adora bag is handcrafted in Italy with 100% Italian leather and hardware. The quality is on the same level as Gucci and Prada, and I can already tell I’ll be wearing it all year>

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<Italian Quality - It includes a dustbag and this removal pouch made out of the same leather for my chapstick, cell phone, a comb and anything else I need. The leather is so soft and luxurious, you have to feel it to believe it>

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<Why Buy ‘Made in Italy’ - The best part about the trust I feel when I see an Italian brand is that they take fashion so seriously and truly care about quality and design. But that doesn’t necessarily mean over-the-top expensive. Some of my favorite Italian brands include Geox Shoes and Replay Jeans – both with selections under $180 and now the Adora bag for only $280>

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<DETAILS by Dale> BCBG heels (old) / Jeans (old) ~ Citizens of Humanity / Bag (black) ~ c/o Adora / Coat (old) ~ Sisley (last seen here) / nails ~ OPI ‘Alpine Snow‘ / necklace ~ Target / ring ~ InPink

Do you have an Italian brand you love?


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Oscar Bling Look-for-Less

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Perhaps the Academy Awards was a bit of a dud for you (if you tuned in), but at least you got to watch it. A bummer of living overseas is during awards season, I’m nine hours ahead and then have to cross my fingers it will be on Hulu Plus the next day. Actually seeing the movies nominated is almost impossible. as most still haven’t come to Zurich or AppleTV. But it doesn’t mean I wasn’t glued to the red-carpet coverage. and this year it wasn’t just the gowns that caught my attention; it was the bling.

The stunning jewelry draped across leading ladies classy clavicles and ooh-la-la ear lobes were stunning and yesterday I started searching for the look-for-less versions. Here’s a few of my favorite statement pieces from Sunday night…

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I thought Zoe Saldana was one of the best dressed with her curve hugging blush gown with a silver statement necklace. Beyond her arm candy, I also loved Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s jeweled belt and earrings. I know Miss Paltrow’s pale pink, rose-embellished dress had mixed reviews, but her earrings and hair were drop-dead-dazzling. Now, for the stars bling I loved most and how to get the jewelry looks-for-less… [Read more…]


Blonde Ambition in Hamburg

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We all have ‘blond moments’ now and then, even when it comes to our fashion. Like scrolling through old pics looking for a classic ‘Throwback Thursday‘ post of the week when you come across an old photo and think, ‘wow, what was I wearing?’

Sometimes I go to my closet and draw a blank, which brings me to today’s look in a graphic top with a blonde cartoon smack-dab on the front. It instantly caught my attention at Zara because I thought, ‘hey that looks like my hair without extensions,’ and thus, the no-brainer impulse buy was in motion. I wore it to lunch the last couple hours we spent in Hamburg last weekend, and literally copied the look right off my top. Come with me on a quick stroll through Hamburg, one of the most beautiful cities right on the water in North Germany… [Read more…]


4 Tips To Avoid Dating Disasters

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How was your Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re single, taken, married or in a grey area with an ex, I’ve learned that dating disasters don’t end just if there’s a ring on your finger. Over the weekend, my husband and I went to Hamburg, Germany for a romantic getaway including tickets to see the Lion King Musical Saturday night. After exploring the city, I took an over-extended power nap and slept through our original dinner plans. We rushed to make the 8 pm show time, grabbed two pretzels at the concession stand and made it to our seats just in time. By intermission, I looked at my husband and realized he couldn’t handle another second. [Read more…]


Tulips to the Rescue

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Last week Pennsylvania’s famous little groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow meaning the weather-predicting rodent forecast six more weeks of winter. Great. Apparently this whole Punxsutawney Phil theory is based on an old German legend that takes place on February 2nd every year; and yet, I didn’t hear a peep about it around town in Zurich. I suppose once you’ve spent a couple winters in Switzerland, you know not to be so naive and hunker down for snow well into April despite lil Phil’s prediction.

Luckily, I have a few ‘Spring infusion‘ tricks up my puffy coat sleeve including fresh tulips, which according to this CBS article today – ‘Are tulips the new roses?‘ – reports a massive increase in imports of the beautiful blooms from tulip central (aka Holland). So here’s a few tips to bring a warm spring vibe to any city covered in fresh powder or frigid temps… [Read more…]


‘The Love Note in San Francisco’ Video

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Whether you’ve been in love once, several times, or still waiting to meet your perfect match; you’ll never forget those first few moments of meeting that special person. I’m excited to present ‘The Love Note in San Francisco‘ – a short film by Savvy Sleepers based on a true story. Amanda and Fernando meet in the city and fall for each other fast, but will they ever see each other again? Watch below and find out…


We had such a fun day shooting this in San Francisco just before Thanksgiving 2014 taking Philz Coffee breaks and laughing on the Embarcadero. ~Special thanks to the Stars, my cousin Amanda Jenkins, our friend Fernando Guevara, Cinematography by Bobby Huerta and amazing Production Assistants, my cousin, Glori Jenkins and brother, Drew Steliga.

What do you think about handwritten love notes? Do you wish guys (or women) wrote them more?


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