I am reviving my Style Guide Series and am thrilled to have international style blogger and friend, Dale Janee of Savvy Spice, share her favorite style inspirations with readers of StyleMindChic Life.
Style Guide Questions:
Favorite Style Icons?
My favorite style icons are a mix of Hollywood stars throughout the decades from Jackie O. and Brigitte Bardot to today’s celebs like Gigi Hadid and Blake Lively. Plus, there are so many fashion bloggers for everyday inspiration.
Favorite Fashion Brands?
For everyday staples, I love Zara and my favorite jeans dating back to ’05 are Citizens of Humanity. Some of my most prized pieces are vintage dresses I’ve had tailored. If I had a magical celebrity budget, you could find me in Dolce & Gabanna and Roberto Cavalli.
Favorite Beauty products?
I swear by fake lashes and wear them every day. Nothin’ fancy – just a strip of the natural Ardell lashes from the drugstore. I am a huge fan of Makeup Forever for powder and foundations. My daily staples include Nars Orgasm Blush, Prestige liquid eyeliner in black/brown (another drugstore buy), and Makeup Forever High-Definition powder. Use this to set your eye shadow all day – especially in the summer!
I’ve never been big on fragrances because I have sneezing attacks simply walking through the cosmetics aisle. The few fragrances I have on my dresser include my favorites, The One by Dolce & Gabanna and Victor & Rolf – Flowerbomb. I have to admit I still have Paris Hilton’s original fragrance and Clinique Happy. They smell like candy, fun and college memories to me – so I keep them on hand for nights needing a spritz of nostalgia.
Best style tips?
My best style tips are to wear what you love and feel is most flattering. Never be afraid to try new trends. Never underestimate the slimming powers of wearing all black, which I learned living in Zurich, Switzerland. And for beauty, a great lipstick, tinted moisturizer or foundation, and dark shades can go a long way to make you look completely pulled together to leave the house in less than 2 minutes. I learned this after having a baby.
Self-care/ Wellness tips?
I never went to a spa until my mid-twenties and fell in love with the entire vibe. I had to find a way to create that ‘spa like’ feeling on my budget, which was part of the inspiration for launching Savvy Sleepers. My best self-care tips: Joining a gym with Pilates classes and a steam room (it’s like a wellness spa membership), drinking water with cucumber slices, keeping a diary and getting the best sleep possible, even if it’s 5 or 6 hours a night.
What 3 things do you value most in your life?
My family, my friendships and my passion for writing and business.
If you could play any fashionable or popular personality for the day who would it be? Why?
I think it would be crazy to be Beyonce or JLo for a day during one of their huge performances, because I could never, ever imagine being able to dance, sing and perform in front of millions of people.
What would be your must-have item of choice on a desert island?
A great pair of shades! I can’t imagine a sunny, deserted island without a pair of sunglasses.
What advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Start a blog now, dump your boyfriend (and don’t get back together with him), and get your Masters in Business after graduating Chico State, instead of jumping into a 7-5 inside sales job – a.k.a. cubicle life.
What is your favorite thing about being your current age?
Throughout my 20’s, I was always stressed about turning 30, but once it happened, it wasn’t such a big deal. This year has been an exciting and challenging adventure moving from Switzerland to Dallas, and time is flying!
What is your secret for staying ageless?
Positive thinking and daily goals help. Yoga isn’t for me, but I swear by Pilates. It’s like a combo of toning and meditation for your body and mind. Coffee breaks, lots of water, and having a good sense of humor about yourself always helps. My beauty secrets include using my Clarisonic at least 4 nights a week, a great moisturizer (I splurge for La Prairie).
What is your dream destination?
My dream destination is Bora Bora. It just seems so glamorous and I have seen it in so many travel mags, reality shows, and travel pins, that I’d love to go one day.
Dale is as sweet as she is stylish. She has family in Chico, and it’s always wonderful to get together when she is in town. Isn’t that photo of her with her little one, Wilhelmina, beyond darling?
Dale is the founder of Savvy Sleepers and I am such a fan of the brand. I own them in several colors and always travel with them. I swear they make my hairstyle last an additional day or 2 per week. Dale introduced a brand new shade this month, Serenity Blue, Pantone’s color of the year for 2016. I received this stylish package in the mail. #prettypretty
Follow Dale on her blog Savvy Spice, and if you don’t already own a Savvy Sleeper, you should treat yourself. Savvy Sleepers make a lovely gift, by the way. I’m proud to collaborate with Dale and carry the line in my Style*Mind*Chic Boutique. Look for them to show again on my gift guide for Mother’s Day.
Thanks for sharing your style inspiration with us, Dale.
(The Summer Splash Collection)