5 Tips to Networking at Any Age

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When I first moved to Switzerland, it was like starting kindergarten all over again and instead of burgers and Mac-N-Cheese, the cafeteria serves sausage and Schnitzel. I didn’t know anyone (except my husband) and learning German isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Meeting new people starts out, ‘Mein Name ist Dale. Ich komme aus Kalifornien, uhhh… Sprechen Sie Englisch? Ya!…Ok, whew! Can we please switch to that?’ Most people I meet speak 3+ languages; super hard ones too. Thankfully, the networking part came a little easier after years of practice in San Francisco and blogging which is the fastest way to find others that love the same interests as you.

Today, I want to share my top 5 tips for networking, with the assistance of my friend and first intern, Lily, who emailed me last Spring interested in a fashion internship. After meeting over coffee at the Nordstrom Cafe, she was a perfect fit. Not only did she do an amazing job handling marketing, social media and Bay Area events for Savvy Spice; she’s pursuing her dreams in fashion and was just accepted to Cal Poly Pomona. We snapped a few pics together last month in San Francisco meeting before she heads to So-Cal this summer. Here are my Top 5 Tips for Networking at any age and learning how to connect with others not only for meaningful professional relationships, but true friendships… [Read more…]


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A Fresh Start in Winter White

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After seeing the mashup videos of bad behavior on Black Friday with crazed shoppers being compared to zombies, holiday shopping felt a bit dirty. At least we can all breath a sigh of relief now that it’s Cyber Monday although I’m sure ‘Out of Stock’ alerts online today will cause some mini breakdowns across cubicles nationwide.

Holiday shopping days are seriously dwindling, but I think it’s time for a fresh start. After shopping near Zurich yesterday; I had some Cyber Monday clarity sightseeing through the snowy backroads. This all-white ensemble is a bit impractical in Europe, but reminded me that our California vacation is just around the corner. Here’s my top 5 ‘Fresh Start’ holiday shopping secrets that have nothing to do with Walmart stampedes, online discounts or mall meltdowns…

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1. Simplify ~ Are you buying too much or did you already buy presents for people earlier this year and they’re hidden away in a cupboard? Make a list of who you have left to shop for this year.

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2. Don’t Trash the Giftwrap ~  If there are designer gifts being opened, ask if you can keep the gift wrap. I saved this Chanel ribbon from last Christmas and tied it around my ponytail over the weekend. I saw so many sleek ponytails on the runway at Zurich Fashion Days, why not dress it up a bit with designer ribbon.

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2. How to Find a Designer Gem for Her ~ ‘Budget friendly’ and ‘designer’ don’t go hand-in-hand, but you can get creative. I checked Piperlime (30% off today) and found trendy D&G Blue Mirrored Aviators & a Fire Engine Red Rebecca Minkoff Wallet for under $150 each.

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4. Timing is Everything ~ Take full advantage of the less crowded ‘late night store hours’ in the US. Some of my favorite xmas shopping moments have been looking for gifts until 10 pm at Macy’s in Union Square with friends, then sneaking up to the Cheesecake Factory for a late night dinner.

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5. Are you a Last Minute Gift Giving Diva? ~ Every year my family is still shopping on Christmas Eve and having private wrapping parties behind locked doors frantically stuffing presents in gift bags. Shop early and have a gift wrapping night with   hot cocoa, popcorn and your favorite Holiday movies.

DSC02853<DETAILS by Dale> Jeans ~ Express, aviators ~ RayBan, Zebra bracelet c/o ~ LuLuLe Jewelry, white & gold bracelet ~ TJMaxx, sweater & boots ~ H&M, purse ~ Mulberry, photo credit ~ @SavvySwiss

Did you brave Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year? 

~xoDale


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Savvy Sleepers + Tiffany & Co Necklace Giveaway

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You’ll never forget your first little blue box. One of my favorite gift ideas ‘for her’ has always been the classic ‘Return to Tiffany pendant necklace.’ It’s dainty, classic and perfect for layering.

Coming up on the 1 year anniversary of launching my line of luxury anti-aging satin pillowcases, Savvy Sleepers, I wanted to host a giveaway….

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The Giveaway includes a Savvy Sleepers satin pillowcase like the one pictured in this post. You pick the signature shade of your choice and…

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A ‘Return to Tiffany’ mini double heart tag pendant in silver with enamel finish in the little blue box. Total Giveaway Value – $161.00

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We all deserve a little luxury and coffee in bed every now and then. Thank you for all the Savvy Sleepers support this year! 

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 Giveaway starts today! Open Internationally – Enter Below. Up to 22 Entries…

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Click here if you’d like to check out the Savvy Sleepers collection or order. Thanks again and good luck to everyone entering! I’ll see you tomorrow. ~xoDale


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How to Dress Slimmer with 3 Simple Style Tricks

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We’ve all done it! Worn a dress or outfit and thought it looked fine, then saw photos splattered across FB or uploaded to iPhoto and immediately thought ‘Wow, that’s really unflattering on me.’

Here’s a Before & After pic of the way I looked in this same MANGO dress a few weeks ago. It was boxy and unflattering; plus I forgot the basic styling tricks like adding a belt. Luckily, we’re not under the scrutiny of celebs like Kim Kardashian getting slammed for daily fashion mishaps. Here’s my fave slimming style tricks…

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1. Add a Belt & Posture ~ If your dress is on the boxy side and has no structure, add a belt. The shorter the dress, the thinner the belt. If your dress is longer or a maxi, the belt can be thicker. (Old school slimming trick) If you’re at an event and not a fan of your outfit, practice perfect posture and it’s an automatic trick to look 5 lbs thinner.

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2. The Power of Neon ~ If you really want to disperse attention to other parts of your outfit, just ADD Neon. Jewelry, nails, and definitely summer footwear will instantly attract attention to your toes.

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3. Get Vulnerable ~ Whether it’s asking ‘Does this look good on me?’ or ” Do I look fat?,’ only ask someone who will be totally honest with you. As it turns out, my non-American friends from Europe and Asia are always the most blunt and truthful. (Sidenote – Never take outfit critiquing personally.)

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As I mentioned above, to see the Before & After 20lb difference this belt & styling tricks made, click here.

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<DETAILS by Dale> Dress – MANGO, shoes (old) – F21 (Similar HERE), bracelets – yellow & striped – F21, Gold Bardot Bangle ~ Stella & Dot, belt ~ Ralph Lauren

Do you have your own styling tricks when it comes to unflattering dresses?

~xoDale


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