Once Upon a Time

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Once upon a time in a land far, far, away there lived…‘ Remember your favorite fairy tale as a kid? I just discovered this look-out spot over the tiny town of Zug, Switzerland. It reminded me of a life-size version of that ‘StoryBook Land‘ ride at Disneyland. I know everyone always thought that ride was lame, but I loved it. Living in Switzerland can be so different from life the US that it truly feels worlds apart. Let’s put it this way - if we were talking Disney characters, the US would be Genie in Aladdin. Fun, loud, a little crazy, and will give you a couple extra chances here and there. Switzerland, on the other hand, would be King Triton from The Little Mermaid. Strong, rich, powerful and a bit overbearing to live under the sea same roof with daily. Yet, every time I get frustrated by the rules and rigidity, something like this happens…

Last week near Zurich, dressed in more layers than a holiday Hors d’oeuvre platter, I accidentally dropped my new adorable polka dot umbrella at the train station. I hate losing things! I knew it was gone, but I filled out a little online ‘Lost & Found‘ form just in case. Guess what happened 3 days later? I received a text saying, ‘SBB Lost Property has found the article you lost,’ and I picked it up safe and sound at the train stain office this morning. ‘Yes! I love how organized it is here,‘ I thought.  Now that the tale of the lost umbrella is solved, here’s a little stroll through my Swiss fairytale location bundled up in my pink winter wear…

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<DETAILS> H&M glitter heart holiday sweater / Zara jeans & boots / Coach jacket (old) / New Splendorosa front/back earrings (similar pearl ones here on B.Shou if you’re shopping in Switzerland) / nails – Sally Hansen ‘Wined Up’

I’ve been taking my winter jackets from past seasons and layering them over new sweaters which is a fun way to make an ‘old’ piece feel new again. Is it cold enough where you live for winter layers already? 


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Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway!

Freshly Picked Moccasins Giveaway

Do you ever watch the show Shark Tank? I know Mark Cuban can rub some people the wrong way, but I have to admit, I love the show! When I first saw entrepreneur, Susan Peterson, pitch her adorable line of leather moccasins for babies and toddlers called Freshly Picked, I was was rooting for her. She got a deal that day on Shark Tank and her business soared.

Celebrity moms like Rachel Zoe and the Kardashians love the line, so when Freshly Picked Moccasins offered to do a Giveaway for all of you, I was excited! One of my best friends, Hermione Way, just became a new mom last month launching her new site TheStartupMum.com and I can’t go a day without seeing a story about Kate Middleton and Blake Lively’s pregnancy style. So Now, onto the GIVEAWAY! The Winner will win a pair of Freshly Picked Mocassins in the color and size of your choice, plus a luxury Savvy Sleepers satin pillow case…Kortney Kardashian Freshly Picked Moccasins

Freshly Picked Moccasins was founded by Susan Petersen who started making baby moccasins in 2009 after becoming frustrated by the lack of well-designed baby shoes. Now everyone from moms around the world to the Kardashians love them. Pic Via

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Rachel Zoe is another big fan the the little Freshly Picked Moccasins are unisex, extremely high quality leather, toddlers love them, and they come in over 40 colors!

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Pictured above – Freshly Picked Moccasins in Rose Gold.


1 WINNER will win a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins in the color and size of their choice, plus a Savvy Sleepers pure satin pillow case in the shade of their choice. Giveaway Value – $96.

Open Internationally and I’ll cover shipping and handling. Enter Below & Good Luck…

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5 Holiday Style Secrets

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My name is Dale and I’m a shopaholic – but only during the holidays. If you’re buying gifts for others, it can’t really be that big of a problem, right?  I’ve always loved Christmas shopping and usually start as early as August. In fact, the shopping bags in this post are filled with Christmas gifts for others from a trip we took to Vienna, Austria earlier this fall. Well, all of them with the exception of the Douglas bag.

Douglas is a German chain of beauty stores and I needed a new concealer, which I thought would be simple enough until the sales woman started telling my husband that I had very dry skin around my eyes and needed a moisturizer asap. She wasn’t rude, just very honest – European style – but it’s definitely awkward having your husband delicately translate from German to English how the skin around your eyes is looking ‘older‘ in the middle of the beauty department full of Austrian teen girls. Anyway, that’s my excuse for the anti-aging moisturizer shopping spree in the baby blue bag. But moving on - I wanted to share my TOP 5 Holiday Secrets for 2014 – from stress-free shopping if you haven’t started yet, to slimming style secrets

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1. How to Take the Stress Out of Holiday Shopping FOR-EV-ER - Stumped on what to buy someone (or everyone) on your list? Grab a coffee and have a little brainstorming session alone. Think back….You know that time you were shopping with your BFF and she was obsessed with a new top or when you looked over your girlfriend’s shoulder and she was Pinning away on her ‘Stuff I Really Love‘ board. Bingo! The signs and clues for the perfect gift there; just make sure to write them down as soon as you know – even if it’s in July. 

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2. How to Avoid Credit Card Shock in January - The best $40 investment I made this season is the tiny little purse by Zara I’m wearing! I used to take all my credit cards holiday shopping in a huge handbag. When January came around, it was the worst-month-ever in terms of bills and a sea of lost receipts. Take a small purse with two cards max and cash – you’ll feel better and stay more organized. Plus, a small cross-body bag helps prevent any holiday pick-pocketing and keeps your valuables safe in case you get caught in the middle of a mad holiday rush or Target stampede.

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3. How to Feel Slimmer in 30 Minutes - I hate going to the gym on these icy cold Swiss winter days! If you feel the same way, but want a quick pick-me-up before a holiday party, I discovered a Youtube fitness channel I love called eFit30. It’s 30 minute workouts with cute Australian accents. For an intense cardio/sculpt/tone video, go with this one, or if you’ve ever wanted to try Pilates, I’ve been doing this one every week on my hot pink yoga mat.

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4. Add this Stylish Staple - If you don’t have a black leather jacket or you’re really sick of your old one, then it’s perfect timing because you can add it to your holiday list. I fell in love with this leather jacket I’m wearing by Karen Millen. A black leather jacket can make you feel like a rockstar and goes with everything from an LBD to a V-Neck and jeans. Plus, it’s slimming on all body types.

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5. Slimming Tights - I’ve worn so many uncomfortable tights, but in Europe they’re essential and this style has a secret slimming illusion! They’re completely black on the calves splitting the upper leg in two creating the illusion of slimmer thighs. These are by Calzedonia – an Italian brand – I wish they’d sell in the US, but I found others sexy like these by Calvin Klein with the seam. Or with a shorter mini dress, these ‘Suspended Tights’ (on sale). Finally, these are fancy/sexy by Wolford.

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PS - Thanks for reading and my site had a bit of work done - but not a full face lift – over the weekend so it has a an updated look and a simple layout I hope you like. In case you’re a blogger looking for a blog makeover in the new year, I hired Radu – here’s his site – and he’s great! Stay tuned – I’ll be having a special giveaway coming this Wednesday and new posts all month!

Sooo…now I have to ask, have you already started your holiday shopping?


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 <DETAILS by DALE> dress (borrowed) Van Bery Calzedonia tights/ Jacket (borrowed) – Karen Millen Switzerland (sold in Globus) / purse – Zara – Sidenote: I snapped these pics just before going out to eat after doing all my shopping in flats – there’s no way I could shop in stilettos. 



Cozy in California

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The number one question I’m asked when I meet new people in Switzerland is, ‘You moved from California to Zurich!?’ followed by an uneasy smile and, ‘How do you like it? The truth is where I live now in Switzerland is similar to the landscape of where I grew up in California. Sure, Nor-Cal has milder temps and warmer vibes than Europe, but I can handle the ‘rural‘ part and it’s been an adventurous change from San Francisco. However, I’ll take the Mendocino County ‘harvest scent’ any day over the constant stream of second-hand cigarette smoke I breath in Zurich on a daily basis walking through the city.

Some of the best moments of being home in California for Thanksgiving was cuddling up near the fire, taking brisk walks through the vineyards at sunset, and letting my hair down (aka going extension free). Unlike Zurich in November, I didn’t need a marshmallow-poof jacket and Uggs to set foot outside, so I threw on a poncho with faux fur details and distressed denim for a casual afternoon in the sun. Welcome to Nor-Cal for a little tour of where I was born and raised…

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<The Scene ~ My parent’s walnut orchard/summer go-kart track near Ukiah, CA >

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<California poppies & a new sparkly bracelet that doubles as a glam stowage ring for my new umbrella by Persolé – more on Persoléshade coming soon…>

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<I decided to ‘Shop Local‘ in Ukiah and found this faux fur detailed poncho at The Habitat boutique. That’s our old treehouse my dad built in the background. ‘Girls Only‘ until my younger brothers learned how to climb the ladder>

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<We don’t have dairy cows, but our neighbors have goats>

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<Walnuts from the orchard ready to be cracked by the family. ‘Not it’>

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<New highlights and a hair cut for Fall. I still love getting my hair done when I’m back in California where there is no translation issue with the term ‘super blonde‘>


<DETAILS by Dale> poncho – Habitat Boutique (Ukiah, California) / Zara jeans & purse / D&G boots / Essie nails ‘Vices Versa’ / vintage men’s watch

I’m loving ponchos more than usual this fall because it’s like wearing a cozy blanket when I’m in chilly room or the car without control of the thermostat. What about you, is a poncho a style ‘do’ or don’t?’

Hope you’re having a great week so far!


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Savvy Sleepers Major Cyber Monday Deal


Just like that, December is here! I spent Thanksgiving week with my family in Ukiah, California just two hours north of San Francisco. While the rural escape hanging out with my siblings (above), unplugging from social media and taking a quick day trip to the Mendocino Coast was relaxing; I squeezed in a bit of business just in time for the holidays.

Small Business Saturday was yesterday and tomorrow is Cyber Monday, so I’ve created a major Savvy Sleepers Weekend Sale (details below). Thanks to my younger siblings, Jody, Drew and Paul for helping (or as they like to say ‘bamboozling’ them) into this little photo shoot in the vineyards of NorCal to debut the launch of our first pop-up shop – ‘Fifi the Fiat!’

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Cyber Monday Sale - Our biggest sale of the year started yesterday and Fifi the Fiat will be delivering orders via the USPS and making stops in Nor-Cal cities!  The Major Sale- Add $100 to your cart, Get $40 off instantly using CODE: ‘My40′ or Add $200 to your cart and Get $100 off instantly using CODE ‘My100.’

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BONUS - This Rebecca Minkoff designed canvas tote will be included in every order using the Cyber Monday Sale Codes – My100 or My40 - through Monday while supplies last.

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Complimentary Swag! –  If you’re ordering our luxury 100% satin pillowcases as presents, we’ll include gift boxes, extra mints & Savvy Sleeper stickers complimentary with your order. Just leave a note at checkout or email us at contact@savvysleepers.com if you’d like the extra goodies.

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Thank You! for all the nice comments of support, blog mentions and shopping small whether it’s online or your favorite local retailers in your city.


The Savvy Sleepers Cyber Monday Deal!

Shop full collection of all Satin Pillow Cases below in every shade – Add $100 to your cart, Get $40 Off Instantly with CODE ‘My40.’ Add $200 to your cart, Get $100 Off Instantly with CODE ‘My100‘ at checkout. Deal ends Tuesday Dec. 2nd at noon PST. We offer FREE US SHIPPING on all orders over $50.

I’m signing off from Nor Cal and I’m back all week with new posts! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


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‘Behind the Scenes’ at Zurich Fashion Days

Zurich Fashion Days

It’s less than a week until Thanksgiving, are you ready? This week literally flew by after a 12 hour flight from Zurich to San Francisco; I’m catching up with family, running low on sleep and working on a bit of business. Yesterday, I was in Chico, CA and had the chance to grab coffee with the lovely Heather of Style Mind Chic. PS – Savvy Sleepers will be at the Bay Area Wedding Faire in Pleasanton, CA this Sunday so come by and say hello if you or a friend is getting married soon.

But last weekend was all about style in Zurich as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days came to town and I attended the ‘Swiss Selection‘ show where designers from Switzerland share their new collections. I’m working for the brand Van Bery now, and the designer, Berivan Meyer, just opened her first flagship store in Zurich’s old town. Last Saturday night, she featured her Spring/Summer ’15 collection inspired by the French Riviera in the 1950’s. Here’s my ‘Behind the Scenes’ coverage of my night at the show…


<Just before the show started last Saturday night>

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<Left: I wore a simple faux leather dress by Zara and my b.shou statement necklace / Right: Just after the Van Bery Show>

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<Left: The Van Bery Spring/Summer ’15 Collection / Right: Close up via New in Zurich>

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<Fashionistas were out in full force – I loved her mint green trench and statement necklace>

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<Left: With my family friend visiting from Germany / Right: Girl talk just before the show started>

Hope you had a great week and I’ll see you soon!


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