Gladiator Gal in Spain

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How do you spot a trend that probably won’t last? When you see it on every Kardashian sister in one outing. As I scrolled through Daily Mail a couple nights ago at 2 am; Kris, Kourtney and Kendall were all decked out in gladiator sandals filming in St. Barts. Whether you slipped into the not-so-easy to wear gladiators this year or not, here’s a summer trend special featuring a 3 looks to squeeze in before fall arrives.

While on a family vacation a couple weeks ago in Majorca, Spain I wore an off-the-shoulder romper with a pair of lace-up gladiator sandals in a look that screamed ‘fast fashion.’ But it was comfortable, light-weight in the humidity, super-easy for feeding Wilhelmina, and most importantly as my sister complimented the style, she added, ‘it hides your extra baby weight.Bingo! – I wore it almost every day.

Off the shoulder Romper floral

The Scene – Majorca, Spain

(SIDENOTE – I just read this 7×7 article about a Spanish village north of Madrid that costs less than an apartment in San Francisco! Not that you need to buy a village, but Spain, especially Majorca has been my FAVORITE place to visit while living in Europe. It’s unpretentious with amazing food and beaches. It’s also seriously budget-friendly compared to most of Europe if you’re planning to visit from the US). Now, moving on to the summer styles…

Gladiator sandals Kardashians

1. Gladiator Sandals ~ This pair by MANGO looked fun to wear when I bought them, but the laces kept falling down so I recommend a more structured leather style with a zipper.

Gladiator sandals Kardashian style

2. Off – the – Shoulder – Styles ~ When I first saw off-the-shoulder looks popping up over the spring and summer I thought, ‘eww, that’s kinda 80’s,’ but the style grew on me and shows just enough skin for summer. Off-the-Shoulder is also the perfect combo with a romper because…

Back from Bali romper vacation style

3. Rompers & Jumpsuits ~ I usually steer clear of rompers because they just don’t fit when you have a medium – long torso, but when the style is off-the-shoulder you can instantly move it down a bit on your shoulders until it fits the way you like.

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<DETAILS by Dale> romper c/o Back from Bali (size M/L) / gladiator sandals –MANGO / faux tan – FAKE BAKE Travel Size / nails – random German brand (last seen in Kimono Chic) / aviators – Ray Ban>

Did you wear any off-the-shoulder styles or gladiator sandals this summer?


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10 Tips to Survive a Family Vacation (with a Newborn)

10 tips to travel with a baby Majorca Spain

If you ever went on family vacations as a kid, then you know all too well things can go wrong, especially if they involved minivans in the years before Google maps. From breakdowns, getting lost, arriving to the campground too late to find a spot or endless arguments with my siblings (pictured above) about who called ‘shotgun‘ first; family vacay drama was never-ending.

Sure, we had a few summer vacations as kids that made the Griswold’s road trip to Walley World look like a walk in the park, but we’re all adults now. So when my entire family traveled to meet us in Majorca, Spain earlier this month for a BIG reunion, I was more concerned with the new dynamic – traveling with a baby!. Here’s my top 10 Tips to Surviving a Family Vacation with a newborn baby [Read more…]


How to Look Chic in a Kimono

Kimono style Back from Bali new mom clothes

Kimonos aren’t known for being the most flattering look – maybe a cuter cousin of the moo moo at best – but they sure are comfy. Last week, my entire family and in-laws met in Majorca, Spain for a week of R&R and baby bonding. There’s nothing like a new baby to bring all the siblings together, and it was a nice relief to have a team of burpers, singers and rockers around when Wilhelmina was fussy.

Loungewear often gets overlooked as PJ’s, but occasionally you need the ‘outfit before the outfit’ –  Kinda like the ‘shirt before the shirt‘ concept coined on the Jersey Shore. Sometimes you just need casual loungewear to throw on while you’re sipping coffee, savoring a lazy Saturday, writing emails, or in my case – getting the baby fed and changed – before getting dressed myself. A silk robe just isn’t practical, especially if it’s accessorized with baby spit-up. Here’s a kimono and a few ‘summer styles‘ I’ve been loving before August screeches to a halt and fall arrives… [Read more…]


‘Back from Bali’ Founder Spills Her Secrets to Selling Online

Back from Bali InterviewAre you an Amazon Prime fan? If you’ve ever thought about starting your own online store or wondered how the process works for those Prime products, I have a special interview with the owner of the resort-wear clothing line, Back from Bali, sold exclusively on Amazon.

I first met the founder, Leslie, a couple years ago at the American Women’s Club of Zurich and she told me she owned a clothing brand. I was instantly curious and ordered a Back from Bali baby blue and white floral dress (below). I’m always nervous about ordering clothes on Amazon, but Back from Bali didn’t disappoint! The tunics, dresses and cover-ups are feminine, ideal for any summer getaway and best of all – you won’t feel guilty adding it to your cart because there isn’t a single piece that will break the bank. Plus, the story behind how Leslie started her brand is truly inspiring if you’ve ever wanted to start your own business. Now, meet Leslie… [Read more…]

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Bubbles & Baby Talk

Champagne France Dale Janee fashion blogger

What’s on the fun forecast this summer? A couple of years ago, whether it was night out or our wedding reception, I’d say ‘champagne showers‘ – technically sparkling wine showers – were a likely bet. Now, I’m lucky if I can squeeze in a 5 minute shower. My husband and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary last week and during our recent road trip to the Champagne region of  France, I savored a few sips to celebrate. ‘Let’s get a bottle for Wilhelmina to save for her 21st birthday,’ I suggested. Then I remembered no one really cares in Europe about a ‘drinking age,‘ so maybe she’ll pop it open for her 16th b-day to enjoy over dinner. Gulp… #FutureParentingIssues

Now moving on to the land of the bubbly. The last few weeks have been jam-packed with family visiting so while in France we took my mom to Mumm International for a tour and my dad to Reims to scope out cathedrals as this gorgeous region so close to Paris is ideal for a getaway…

Epernay France Savvy Spice Dale Janee

The Scene – Champagne region in France (visiting Avize, Épernay and Reims). PS – I highly recommend reading this ‘Champagne Facts‘ post by Jill of Everyday Champagne based in San Francisco. She really knows her bubbly!

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<Style Sidenote> I decided to mix prints again with this nautical striped top and a polka dot print skirt I wore a couple weeks ago with this hot air-balloon blouse.

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Avize, France was a beautiful small town with stunning views of the vineyards home to the must-see smaller Champagne house called Franck Bonville. Franck Bonville has a range of champagne called “Cuvées Camille” – a Trilogy of Champagne Grand Cru with grapes coming from villages of the Côte des Blancs, where their house is established since 4 generations.

Mumm France Savvy Spice Dale

<My mom and I after a tour of Mumm. The tour was through two levels of the cellars below which are more than 20 miles long full of champagne bottles>

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<Winetasting Trick – Unlike wine tasting, your teeth don’t really get stained from champagne, but I still wore this merlot shade of lipstick called ‘Rebel‘ by MAC. It makes your teeth look whiter and isn’t too dark if you have pale skin like myself>

Savvy Spice Reims France fashion blogger

 <Must-See CathedralNotre-Dame de Reims. The city of Reims is only about a 20 minute drive from Épernay, which is where champagne houses like Moét & Chandon and Perrier Jouet have their tasting rooms and gift shops>

Epernay France Champagne tour

<DETAILS by Dale> Lipstick – top (recent) – H&M / Rebel by Mac / heels – (old) Nine West / bag c/o – Adora Handbags / skirt (old) – JCrew (Last seen here)

Are you a champagne fan or do you prefer wine?

Hope you had a great weekend and later this week on the blog, we’re going tropical!


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Basic Blush in Champagne

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“When I ask how old your toddler is, I don’t need to hear ’27 months.’ ‘He’s two’ will do just fine. He’s not a cheese. And I didn’t really care in the first place.” ― George Carlin

Classic Carlin, right? I think we can all relate to his joke, but I’ve still always thought it’s polite to ask a friendly question or throw out a compliment whether someone has a baby, a cute pup, or even a nice pair of pants. Of course, no one wants to hear a crying baby in a restaurant or hotel so I was a little anxious when we took a road trip to France last weekend as Wilhelmina hit her 1 month mark. After rushing her German passport, we took drove to France’s Champagne region to show my parents what I think of as the ‘Napa Valley‘ of Europe. We stayed in Nancy, France which is a beautiful city just hours from Paris without the crowds where you can sip any champagne you’d like on a beer budget…

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The Scene – Nancy, France

French Bull Dog Nancy France

<As we walked across the courtyard for brunch, this French Bulldog (I think) photobombed the blog post…>

French Bull dog France

<‘She’s so cute,’ my husband said leaning down to pet her. ‘Thank you, but she’s really too fat,’ her owner replied in a thick French accent.>

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<Styled in Rosé – I’m still working out my ‘new mom’ wardrobe, and decided to pair a simple burgundy tank with lace detail partially tucked into blush trousers I found last season. Just add nude heels which go with everything.>

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<High-Waisted Pants – I’ve been seeing high-waisted jeans on celebs and models like Kendall Jenner, and while I’m definitely not at the point of wearing my old jeans already, loose high-waisted trousers are definitely comfy for summer>

Savvy Spice Nancy France all pink blush outfit

<DETAILS by Dale> pants – Zara (old) / top (recent) – H&M / Heels – Nine West  (last seen here) / sunglasses – Prada / bracelets – Banana Republic (old)

Cheers and I hope you had a great weekend!


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