07 /25
Green Means Go!

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Who tolerates shopping more, men or women? According to the DailyMail men are fed up with shopping after just 26 minutes; while women can hang in there two hours. Of course, impulse shopping online is a whole different ballgame. Do you ever feel competitive on Amazon when you’re about to checkout and see ‘Customers who bought this item also bought…’?  Suddenly, I can’t help but check out the other items, read the reviews, maybe order both to compare, which can lead to a downward spiral of impulse buys.

However, often an internet search is the only way to find that random illusive item and while it may lead you on a wild-Google-goose chase; you’re on the hunt and click anyway. Last month when I spotted Miranda Kerr in Lucky Magazine styled in a green dealer’s visor, I thought it would be a fun summer accessory for the pool, any ultra-sporty ensemble and just for hits and giggles on the tennis court.  So here’s my top rules for avoiding an online shopping disaster styled in my $11 green-apple Amazon score…

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<Want, Need or Love?> They’re pretty much all the same when it comes to fashion or beauty items, right? However, when I spotted visors on the catwalk at Zurich fashion week last fall, on Uniqlo mannequins in the US this summer, and then in Lucky Mag – I wanted one. My new rule with silly accessories that will be worn a few times before retiring to the Halloween box: it needs to be $20 or less, including shipping. Make your own limit so the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer becomes instant. 

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<Have a Cooling-Off Rule> Have you ever had an item you were on the fence about buying and the next day it was gone? Unless it was an antique worth millions now, you’re probably not too upset about not buying it. I learned quickly after a few of the Target and H&M ‘designer collaborations‘ where people stormed in crazy for items and over-spending that the cooling off rule is well advised.

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<Compare and Contrast – Always> Have you ever been on vacation and find a street vendor with ‘the cutest most unique souvenir ever!’? Then you buy it and realize every other vendor down the street has the same item for half the price. I found these shorts on clearance at Zara a couple weeks ago, after nearly spending double on a H&M pair in May. Always compare and contrast.

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<Reviews are Golden> If you’re shopping on Amazon and the seller has no reviews or a couple shady ones, skip it. I always look for ones that are 3-4 stars because there’s a mix of good and bad (aka real reviews). Surprisingly, this visor looked worse online and turned out to be comfy and much better quality than I expected. I think it’s the exact one from the Miranda feature.

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<DETAILS by Dale> Trademark Universal Size Visor (exact one I bought on Amazon) / Zara shorts (recent) / InStyle Essentials white tunic shirt c/o / Gucci sandals / nails – Sinful Colors Snow White

Do you have your own impulse shopping rules whether it’s online or in stores?

Have a great weekend! See you Monday.


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07 /23
Wedding Bells in Istanbul, Turkey

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Here comes the bride…on a boat! In a wedding that can be described as a royal treat, one of my best friends - Hermione Way -tied the knot in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend with her true love Serhan. After a whirlwind engagement following the couple’s New Year’s Day proposal, they planned the destination wedding of their dreams!

I won’t use that ‘pinch me‘ phrase because I hate being pinched, but there were truly too many instagrammable moments to keep track of during the weekend on the Bosphorus. Here’s my ‘Behind the Scenes’ diary of their beautiful wedding weekend… 

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<The Scene ~ Istanbul, Turkey at the amazing A’jia Hotel - just don’t fall in the Bosphorus strait. The current is VERY strong!>

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<I loved watching the ‘Captain Phillips‘ size cargo ships sail by every few minutes from the hotel. They are SO huge!>

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<The Night Before the Wedding – Cocktail Hour>

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<Destination Success ~ There were friends and family flying in from around the world who had never met before, so the little pre-wedding mixer at sunset the bride & groom planned the night before was perfect>

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<The next day after a morning of heavy rain and thunder, it cleared just in time for the fairytale-esque wedding ceremony!>

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<Behind the Scenes Bridesmaid Pic: I watched this ‘Easier Than It Looks Updo‘ Youtube video while I was doing my make-up to create my wedding hairstyle with extensions (I’m on the right in this pic). I recommend it for weddings and don’t forget hairspray, bobby pins and a little of patience, but it really was easy>

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<My first time being a bridesmaid walking down the aisle with Hermione’s childhood friend, Alison>

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<The Bride & Groom, plus 11 Bridesmaids. This was one of the most drama-free weddings I’ve ever seen and the only wedding hiccup was Ukraine Airlines lost one bridesmaid’s luggage including her dress. But she made it work with a classy black number>

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<The Morning After – Boat ride on the Bosphorus>

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<And the bride closing out the weekend on a boat. Cheers to Hermione & Serhan and the start of their new adventure together!>


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07 /16
Into the Blue

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Europeans since moving to Switzerland; it’s that they take vacation time very seriously. It’s actually called ‘holidays‘ and compared to the US, it seems they get A LOT more. I feel fortunate to be located in Europe which makes it easier to travel; but I’ve always taken ‘Simple Escapes.‘ Whether it was sneaking out of the office back in San Francisco for a mid-day fro-yo topped with Gummi bears and fresh raspberries, or taking an evening walk on the Embarcadero pretending I was a tourist in my own city.

My family and I just spent a week in Majorca, Spain during their first visit to Europe. One night we ate at a secret restaurant with Spanish style home-cooking overlooking the Mediterranean. I wore a new dress so lightweight and easy-to-wear designed by a friend I recently met in Zurich. She went to Bali years ago, fell in love with it, and started her clothing line called Back from Bali.’ It’s sold on Amazon which can be a pricy ‘escape’ on its own and although I’ve never been to Bali, I had it as a screen saver for a few months. And this brings me to a fewsimple summer escapes. And speaking of screen savers; make yours’ a photo of your dream destination and then find a way to get there whether its 2016, ’17, or beyond… Read more ›

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07 /11
Summer of Sand

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We’ve all made those mistakes in the oh-so-tempting summer sale aisle. ‘Whoa! This bikini top is 75% off, but there’s no matching bottom! Oh well, I’ll mix and match.’ Or maybe the wild printed maxi dress that caught your eye and has been hanging in your closet since ’09. As temps are rising this month, prices are falling for summer collections, so it’s all about finding the trends with seasonal staying power.

I just spent a week with my family in Majorca, Spain and some of our favorite moments (especially for my 19 year-old-brother) were Spanish dinners near the beach starting the night with a glass of bubbly and ‘¡Salud!’ ‘¡Salud!’ ‘¡Salud!’Summer style is all about feeling comfortable whether you’re heading to a wine tasting weekend, a beachside party, or a glamorous Pinterest-inspired backyard soiree. Here are some of my favorite styles I just found (ON SALE) that will make you feel like a beachside goddess without breaking the vacay bank. Accessorize with any fruity or mint-infused cocktail… Read more ›

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07 /07
One Night in Milan

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The past week has been a whirlwind road trip through Europe as my parents visited for their first time so I was in tourist guide mode skipping from city to city. Last Saturday we stayed in Milan at The Radisson where a ‘little’ band called One Direction also happened to be staying which would have been really cool if I was 15, but navigating through a sea of cute Italian groupies was definitely an experience.

The next morning after a croissant and Cappuccino, we popped into the Cruciani store for a peak at its newest collection of bracelets. The Italian brand is one of my favorites and I have discovered a few other European brands and styles perfect for traveling or making a statement this summer in the States or beyond. Here’s a few of my Italian inspired ‘Summer Lovin’ Favorites…’ Read more ›

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