Can you imagine if every Sunday was like Christmas, in the retail sense, with nearly all stores closed? Welcome to weekends in Europe. When I moved to Switzerland, one big adjustment was that restaurants, malls and grocery stores are closed on Sundays. ‘But what do you mean everything is closed?’ I asked my husband. ‘What if you need food? I don’t understand?!’ I went on. ‘You spend the day with your family and if you have to go shopping, do it Saturday,’ he replied calmly.
He wasn’t kidding, and I actually really love it now. If it’s a Sunday afternoon in Switzerland, everyone is out with their family or friends – especially when it’s sunny. Jogging, bike-riding, skiing in the alps, or taking long walks near the lake. A 2 hour walk is just what we did yesterday before I slithered into these faux leather pants and a safari style sweatshirt to check out a local Expat Expo near Zurich welcoming newbies to Swiss life…
<DETAILS by Dale> pants ~ Zara, sweatshirt ~ H&M, bag (old) ~ Mulberry, sandals (old) ~ BCBG, necklace ~ TJMaxx
On our wilderness walk yesterday, I reminisced about weekend adventures in San Francisco on foot discovering new neighborhoods and hole-in-the-wall cafes. Not to mention, it’s a major calf workout. On your next Sunday afternoon, why not create a little ‘urban safari’ in your city – who knows what you’ll discover? Could you imagine if the US was ‘closed for business’ every Sunday?
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Spring trends are on high-alert right now, but there are a few that have really caught my attention. Wild printed dresses are selling like hotcakes and designer, Mary Katrantzou, has made a major splash in the fashion world. I noticed her designs lately on blogger Atlantic-Pacific, and ‘It’ girl Lupita Nyong’o.
Over the winter, I spotted a neon and navy leopard print dress at Zara and went for it. Sure, my dress here is more Khloe Kardashian than Mary Katranzou; but I went for the long sleeves on a chilly night out in Paris in search of the perfect Italian restaurant. Truffle pasta is fancy enough for my palate in France. I paired the ‘ready-to-wear’ printed dress with my favorite Spring trends and one to skip… Read more ›
Part 1 of today’s post is about this season’s hottest prints. While Mary Katrantzou has created a buzz around her designs, there are other options I found below if you don’t want to drop $1K+ on a trendy Mary Katrantzou frock this Spring. Part 2 in Paris coming later today! ~xoDale
It’s a mega fashion week from the Oscars red carpet to the catwalks of Paris. We flew to Paris over the weekend during PFW packing in mini-getaways this Spring – thanks to flight miles from countless Zurich -> SF roundtrips. Not that I was going to any fashion shows, my imaginary Chanel invite got lost in the mail, but Saturday we attended the Tranoi trade show checking out Swiss designer Van Bery at the Carrousel du Louvre.
As we made our way to the Champs-Élysées through the park, I noticed a familiar sight. Off to the side, there appeared to be a fashion blogger prepping to take pics. However, I noticed she had a friend fixing her hair and two photographers around her. About a minute later I saw other photographers running past us to capture…who? What happened next is an ‘inside look’ at what really happens behind all those street style shots you see in magazines and fashion sites during Fashion Week, plus the photos we snapped starting with Van Bery and Anna Dello Russo… Read more ›
Are you a reality show lover? If so, there’s a new cast to add to your Monday night DVR. Meet TNT’s new show the ‘Private Lives of Nashville Wives.’ I had the chance to interview cast member Sarah Davidson just hours before the show’s pilot premiered on national television. As I called Sarah in Nashville atop my charcoal Ikea duvet with my notebook in Switzerland; it was clear from the first 5 minutes why she’s already the stand-out on the show.
I have to admit I was eager to interview Sarah because I hold a special place in my heart for country music. It instantly reminds me of summer evenings at my parent’s house north of San Francisco in the country. The vineyards, dirt roads, lemonade on the back porch, go-karts, big trucks and yes, a nice selection of country radio stations. But the simple life isn’t so simple when you’re trying to make it in Nashville. Sarah spilled about the reality of show biz in Nashville, her workout tricks and what it’s like to be 1 of 6 kids. Meet Sarah Davidson… Read more ›