My California Baby Shower

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Savvy Spice

Green or yellow?  We decided to wait to find out our baby’s gender until he or she gets here because I love surprises, but it definitely complicates the ‘prep‘ part for the color scheme of shopping, the nursery and the shower. Thankfully Pinterest is always there to rescue the day and I’m pretty sure Pinterest should be thanked for improving communications between mothers and daughters across the world.

I talk to my mom almost daily on the phone when I’m in Switzerland (6:30 am my time is 9:30 pm her time) and from my ’13 wedding to the baby shower, we had fun pinning cute ideas we loved, but couldn’t quite describe over the phone. My mom, sister and aunt put on a beautiful California baby shower for me last Saturday and I’m excited to share photos of last weekend celebrating with family and friends…

Neutral Baby Shower tulip flowers

<Instead of yellow & green, the color theme was mint & peach and my mom hosted the party on my parents back deck in Northern California. The weather was perfect in the mid 70’s and while there is a severe drought, luckily there’s been enough rain to keep Nor-Cal green through Spring>

Baby Shower Menu sliders salad chicken skewer

<The Lunch Menu>


<A garland of baby pics from guests and Jakob & I>

test tube vases baby shower

<Little Details - She ordered these white cloth napkins & cylinder bud vases that almost looked like test tube vases from Amazon. If you’re planning a party, Amazon Prime is better than any party rental business>


<The Shower Crew! It was so great to see cousins, friends and family from all over Northern California>

Neutral Baby Shower Ideas finger food

<Welcome Apero – My husband and little brother cooked all the food while the ladies were sipping on Peach Bellinis. He loves to add a little European flair to every meal so he created a little Italian style Apero as guests arrived with a mini olive bar, seasoned chips and fresh bread sticks from the best local bakery in town, Schats>

Carrots Celery in mini glasses Ranch dressing

<Pinterest Score - My mom was trying to explain these little veggie dips she saw on Pinterest and created them in these (about the size of shot glasses). Just cut skinny carrots and celery, add a little Ranch dressing or dip and serve. You can use these little 2.5 oz parfait glasses for mini-desserts too and they come with cute sterling silver spoons>

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<Time for Lunch>

Baby Shower Savvy Spice Ukiah California

<My mom, sister and I in the sun / My aunt Jean and I / My friend I’ve known since college, Kristen>

Karas Cupcakes Savvy Spice baby shower San Francisco

<Mini cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes in San Francisco. They sponsored the Savvy Sleepers launch party a couple years ago and I’ve loved them ever since – especially Red Velvet>

neutral baby shower Savvy Spice

<Gift Time - When I started opening all the newborn baby clothes, it started to feel so real that I’d be putting them on a real mini human being in a couple months. Luckily they’re tiny, so I was able to squeeze every little outfit, bib and blankie into a large suitcase back to Switzerland. The handmade quilts were so thoughtful and those gifts you just keep for-ev-er>

Hermione Way Dale Janee baby

<Hermione with her little girl, Venice, who was more interested in the lemon sorbet ice-cream push-pops my sister made for the shower>

Baby Shower Dale Janee Gender neutral baby shower

<A New Generation – I have 3 cousins on my mom’s side expecting this summer. My cousin Whitney is due in May, me in June and Michelle in July. Lots of babies coming soon!>

Hope you had a great weekend! Thanks for all the bump compliments and pregnancy tips in the last few posts.


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PS – I got my Whale Print Jersey dress by Julie Brown at Last Call by Neiman Marcus (new store in SF on Market Street). It’s not maternity, but it’s jersey knit, super stretchy, really good quality and on sale. I love the prints and styles of all her dresses below. They remind me of DVF.



South Park Style

Savvy Spice fashion Casual SF

Have you seen any ‘Stars at Coachella‘ stories pop up this week? That’s what I get for subscribing to 10+ gossip sites and while I was there in 2012; nowadays I couldn’t squeeze my belly into a high-waisted pair of Levi cutoffs if I wanted. Waddling around Indio pregnant is not on my Spring bucket list, but I still enjoy seeing all the Hollywood starlets in their festival styles.

Last year I posted a ‘Too Old for Coachella‘ style post and a couple weeks ago in San Francisco I went ultra-casual when I met up with Brittany who helps handle sales and marketing for Savvy Sleepers in one of my favorite spots in the city – South Park. It’s tucked away off 3rd Street near AT&T park perfect for lunch and a casual get-together in the sun. Here’s a few snaps of our meeting, plus some of my momchella ultra-comfy styles I’ve been wearing this Spring…

Meeting Brittany Savvy Sleepers

<Layers – SF can be chilly, and I ended up wearing this draped Zara cardigan a lot during my stay>

Dale Janee Brittany Savvy Sleepers

<Distressed Denim – Thanks to this BellaBand I bought at Nordstrom, I was still able to wear some of my favorite light jeans last seen here>

Stan Smith Adidas Navy Blue

<A Pair of Casual ClassicsAdidas Stan Smith sneakers in ‘collegiate navy’>

South Park Savvy Spice

<Loose Waves or a Messy Braid channel a festival style look anywhere>

South Park Style Dale Janee pregnant

<DETAILS by Dale> sweater – Zara (similar here) / MANGO jeans (old) + BellaBand / shoes – Stan Smith Adidas / Ferragamo bag // Brittany – Levi’s Jeans / top – Nordstrom (similar here) / Shoes – Mix No. 6 (DSW)

Weekend 2 of Coachella is coming up this weekend. Who’s ready? jk…

Hope you’re having a great week. I’m excited to share pics this weekend from the baby shower my mom hosted while I was in Northern California.


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Baby Blue & Sunshine

Savvy Spice Halo Blow Dry Bar

Horizontal stripes aren’t exactly known for their slimming effect, but I have a few maternity tops I’m loving and last week I had my first glimpse into the pregnancy perks you receive as soon as you sport a bump in public. I’ve grown a lot the past month and suddenly strangers started noticing I was pregnant which resulted in unexpected smiles on the BART train, ‘Good Luck’ wishes, super friendly customer service at Bank of America and even complimentary shopping bags. Paper bags cost 10 cents in SF and I’ve never been offered one free prior to being pregnant. Even little gestures can make your day.

So last week when I had the chance to check out HALO Blow Dry Bar in Burlingame, I wore one of my comfy, striped stretchy tops that really shows my bump inspired by this maternity look I saw on Blake Lively when she was about 8 months along…


<The Scene ~ On our way back from HALO, we drove through one of my favorite spots in San Francisco on Potrero Hill that overlooks the city>

Blake Lively Pregnancy Style

<Bump Drama – Just as my stylist, Andi, had lathered up my hair, I started to feel a little queasy. I think the baby had a growth spurt this month, which caused some random moments of morning sickness. Suddenly I started feeling nauseous right in the middle of my hair appointment…ugh!>


<Halo Angels – Andi and Jen, the manager, were so nice and understanding. I was definitely a little embarrassed I wasn’t feeling well and dragging out the appointment. I took a couple breaks to take some deep breaths as they offered me ice-water and tea until I felt better. Whew! Andi finished my blow out after applying a bit of volumizer. I showed her a pic of how I wanted my blow out styled and within 20 minutes, she’d created the soft, wavy look>

Halo Blow Dry Bar Burlingame

<The Blow Out – I added in a few clip-in extensions toward the bottom for length, looked at HALO’s Makeup Bar and then Jen gave me a ‘Guide to Make Your Blow Out Last,’ plus some dry shampoo to send me out to enjoy the sunshine. So how long did the blow out really last?>

San Francisco Savvy Spice

<Halo Results – There are SO many blow dry bars across the country and I’ve had a lot I love, but so far HALO’s has lasted the longest* with minimal effort. To help protect it, I slept on my Savvy Sleeper satin pillow case each night, wore a shower cap and used a bit of dry shampoo on the following days. By the 4th day, my blow out still had its volume and shine when I braided it for an afternoon meet-up with Adrienne of Rich Life on a Budget.

*I think the big key was that she didn’t add a lot of products and just a tiny bit of finishing spray for my fly-aways, so my hair never felt weighed down or greasy. Mention this trick to your blow dry bar if you’re in a different city and want it to last longer>

Halo Blow Dry Bar <DETAILS by Dale> maternity jeans & top – H&M MAMA / Zara jacket (old) / handbag – Gucci (last seen here) / Heels Marc Fisher (super comfortable) – recent DSW (similar here at Macy’s) / Blow out special thanks to Halo Blow Dry Bar – Burlingame, CA (4 Locations in the SF Bay Area)

I’ve read different theories about how often women should blow dry or flat iron their hair. How many times a week do you blow dry your hair – either at home or a salon?

I hope you had a great weekend! I spent the past couple weeks catching up with friends and family in Nor Cal. New posts from California coming all this week!


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Feeling French in SF

Feeling French in San Francisco Savvy Spice

Parlez-vous français?’  I don’t speak French, but living in Switzerland has given me a peak inside the lifestyle. From the dijon to fashion designers, French style is in a league of its own. Last week we went to dinner in San Francisco and while I ditched tights and slipped into a navy dress too short by French standards; I was ready to bring back a bit of my old California fashion even if I am pregnant.

From my ‘Olivier Dachkin‘ blow out to a new pair candy colored Louboutin’s, here’s how I infused a bit of French into my night out in San Francisco… [Read more…]


Secrets to Starting Your Own Business

Dale Janee pic for SunnyDaysStarryNights

Earlier this month I was interviewed by two lifestyle bloggers (and real life sisters) Tracy and Jessica of Sunny Days & Starry Nights who I’ve followed for years for their style, DIY posts and home decor inspiration.

I shared my best tips for creating my happy work space, how to start your own small business, plus the biggest challenges of starting a business, plus how to advertise your brand on a budget.

See the full post here and big thanks to Tracy & Jessica for including me in their Career Spotlight series.


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Bras You Have to See + A Giveaway!

Kohls giveaway Savvy Spice 200 Giveaway

It hit me a few weeks ago that I was a bit of a bra snob. I think it started in college when I worked at Victoria’s Secret and fell in love with the ‘Miraculous‘ bras. Of course the 40% employee discount was an added perk at the time on my Chico State budget and they were seriously enhancing under my neon tank tops on campus. But by my mid 20’s they were a bit over-the-top and since finding out I was pregnant, a padded, push-up bra is the last thing I need! I’ve been desperate for new bras lately as my top drawer has become a Victoria’s Secret 34C cemetery.

So when I was approached by Kohl’s this month to check out their new and improved ‘Bra Collectionat first I thought, ‘No thanks.‘ But the big world of lingerie and bras has REALLY changed, so I decided to check Kohl’s bras online and was shocked. They had a huge selection of brands beyond what I expected and the prices are SO affordable. When I asked one of my best friends and my mom where they’d been bra shopping lately, both of them said ‘Kohl’s‘ too. I knew it was time to expand my undergarment horizons. After a shopping trip, here’s my TOP 4 bras from Kohl’s I loved with a few pics snapped in my aunt Jean’s backyard in Chico, California… [Read more…]