Halloween House Party

Posted by on October 31, 2014 | No Comments »



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“In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it.” 

-Cady Heron

And these oh so familiar words ring true yet again; its finally Halloween! Some of my best memories from SMU have been from this weekend, and the fact that today is Friday?… the party gods have finally rewarded us, so let me begin by toasting to this grand holiday *cheers*. In preparation for tonight, I stole the soundcloud from Nati and put together a super dope playlist that will turn your party out.
This one goes out to all my undercover gangstas out there—that’s right, this list is pure rap-gold, garunteed to set it off. Pour up, turn up the bass, and leave the rest to the music.

Most of all be SUPER safe tonight, and have a Happy Halloween!

xxx

Taylor

 

Now that Fall is FINALLY here {Get her look}

Posted by on October 30, 2014 | No Comments »


I LOVE this look! Well I always love TMR, but this especially. Easily duplicated and all under $100 (Except the shoes). Check out this identical Chanel backpack I found…you’re welcome! Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.02.03 PM

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XO, Sky

 

Don’t be Halloweak

Posted by on October 29, 2014 | No Comments »


If you are looking to be a little more adventurous this Halloween, check out these Dallas hotspots. Whether you’re looking for a massive blowout spookfest or a more laid-back night, these parties will be sure to give you just the right amount of tricks and treats.

halloween1. Pumpkin Carving at The Old Monk: Everyday this week from 3 pm till Midnight and from 11:30-7 on Halloween, head over to the Old Monk for their annual pumpkin carving contest to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank. For $10 you get a pumpkin, a carving kit, and a free pint of Guinness, Smithwick’s, or Black & Tan.

2. Meddlesome Moth Halloween Spectacle: If you are looking for a more sophisticated event, head over to the Meddlesome Moth’s event held at the Red Arrow Contemporary Gallery on Halloween starting at 7. The evening will entail live music, art, and 18 different craft beers from Prairie Artisan Ales and Jester King Brewery. Tickets are $20.

3. Halloween Hoedown: Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar is hosting their Halloween Hoedown from 5-midnight sponsered by Jim Beam with $8 drink specials. $200 goes to the guest with the best costume and the night will be DJed by Little Brother Big Brother.

4. Hotel ZaZa Freak Show: Notorious for their crazy and outrageous parties, Hotel ZaZa is hosting their annual Halloween bash with this year’s freak show theme. Call the hotel to reserve tickets!

5. Fiesta de la Vida: Stampede 66 by Stephen Pyles and the Lakewood Brewing Co. are hosting their Halloween party featuring five beer and food pairings, live music, and a costume contest. There will also be drink specials on cocktails and wine. Tickets are $60.

6. Jack-O-Lantern Costume Ball: Reunion Tower’s Halloween bash will begin at their GeoDeck at 8 pm and will move up to Cloud Nine where there will be a DJ, appetizers, cocktails, and a costume content. Winners for the best costumes will receive gift certificates to Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty. Tickets are $60.

7. W Hotel’s Day of the Dead: Dia de los Muertos, W Dallas style, is being held at Altitude on their 33rd floor. The night will be full of drinks, food, and costume contests. General Admissions tickets are $30.

8. Candleroom Halloween Weekend: Friday and Saturday from 9 until closing, Candleroom is hosting their dead celebrity themed Halloween weekend full of shot and cocktail specials and costume contests.

9. The People’s Last Halloween: The People’s Last Stand in Mockingbird Station is hosting their pre-Halloween party Thursday evening starting at 6. The first 200 patrons to arrive will receive two free drinks aka alcohol trick-or-treating!

 

Happy Haunting!

xxSL

 

 

Do you remember #Armparty?

Posted by on October 27, 2014 | No Comments »


The #ArmParty, is like sooo two and a half years ago…get with the times, people! The new trend is the ear party, which is so much more fun (although painful.) I write this as I just took a trip to Claire’s to get my 4th hole…pain is beauty, right? That’s what I call dedication to the game. Last week while I sat across from Tina Craig (aka Bagsnob) at lunch, all I could do was stare at hear ear party (although what she was saying was all very interesting). They were encrusted in diamonds, dangles and chains and every time she shook her head, light reflected on her face…it was really quite enchanting. I decided then and there to pursue an ear party of my own, and you can too! Below are some tips…

 

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1. Melroso , 2. Jacquie Heriker , 3. Dannijo

4. Dannijo , 5. Rosantica , 6.  Maria Black

7. Joomi Lim, 8. Caterina Zangando , 9. Maria Pepe

10. Givenchy, 11. Joomi Lim

Xx, Sky

 

Dear Diary, My Bag is Alive

Posted by on October 27, 2014 | No Comments »


 

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Pictures from fashion week continue to circulate through the internet, and it seems that furry accessories are the new “fetch”. What I mean by that is, although these loud and obnoxious accessories shouldn’t necessarily happen, they do…and I’m into it.

Céline and Isabel Marant brought furry shoes to the a/w 14 catwalks, and the Albert Einstein-inspired Acne loafers are classics in the category of hairy slippers, but I think what makes this trend work is the attitude these pieces possess. Furs are a staple of luxury, and to carelessly sling around a magenta fur bag with giant cartoon eyes protruding from it makes a mockery of it’s heritage. It’s tastelessly rich in a way, gaudy, but chic.

Since there is a variety of furry statement pieces, how you style them is ambiguous, and calls for personal taste. For those of us who stick to neutrals, something funky and explicit can add the perfect touch to your outfit and say something defining about you.

Fur is ESSENTIAL for fall and winter, but can also be poorly executed. If you’re looking for a fur piece to add to your wardrobe, I dare you to pick something weird and unique.

Trust me, it’s trendy

xxxx

Taylor
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1. Prada Fox Fur Bag

2. D & G Suede and Calf Hair Ankle Boots

3. Fendi Fur “Baguette Buggy Shoulder Bag

4. Zara Fur & Leather Ankle Boot

5. Alexander McQueen Folded Fur Clutch

6. Fendi Fur Monster Charm

7. Zara Furry Wallet Bag

 

Music Mondays: Taylor Takes Us Back to 1989

Posted by on October 27, 2014 | No Comments »


Hold the phone guys.

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TSwift just changed the game.

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Say goodbye to the sweet, pop-country good girl that got us all through that nightmare of the first high school breakup, and say hello to a rebellious, witty, young woman with extreme emotional diversity and the artistic ability to span the spiritual spectrum on her hot new album, 1989.

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Taylor has officially dropped the country tagline and is fully embracing Pop in all its glory. Electronic beats and auto-tuney (in the good/fun way, not the T-Pain-we-don’t-know-what-your-actual-voice-sounds-like way) vocals flow throughout the record to keep the sound of the album consistent. Her previously angsty lyrics have transformed into edgy, poetic lines that are catchy (and repetitive) enough to stay within her newfound pop guidelines.

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The Rolling Stone put it best when they spoke of the starlet late last week: “This is still an artist who likes to let it rip. Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she’s ever tried before. And yes, she takes it to extremes. Are you surprised? This is Taylor Swift, remember? Extremes are where she starts out.”

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Taylor is no longer mad at the boys; instead, she’s the one wearing the pants and has the sexy, confident lyrics to prove it. Here’s a prime example of the new, covertly sensual lyrics from one of the new tracks, “Blank Space”:

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“Keep you second guessing like oh my god
Who is she? I get drunk on jealousy
But you’ll come back each time you leave
Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream”

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Speaking of dressing like a daydream, homegirl has been killing the fashion game lately, whether she’s waltzing down the red carpet or strutting her stuff on the streets.

 

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Having a modelesque figure does tend to make almost all clothing look fab-u, but I’d give Miss Swift some extra credit for always staying classy while remaining totally relevant. I wouldn’t mind taking a swipe at her shoe closet either.

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Tay is obviously taking on the world with more wisdom and sass than ever before, and I for one am a huge fan. Personal faves from my first impression of the new songs are the previously mentioned “Blank Space”, “Wildest Dreams”, and “Bad Blood”. If you see a VW-driving brunette dancing badly to these snazzy, fresh tunes, join in and we can start a party on 75.

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Prepare yourselves kids, the new princess of pop has arrived, and she’s not backing down.

-A

 

Monsters In Your Closet

Posted by on October 23, 2014 | No Comments »


H*A*L*L*O*W*E*E*N: a magical holiday where you can dress up as whatever or whoever you want to be.

*(let’s not forget about all of the Halloween themed treats and the 50% off Chipotle meal you get on this special holiday)*

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As October 31st creeps on in, so will your anxiety for lack of costumes because let’s face it– you are currently swamped with 500 tests, papers and projects, and the last thing on your mind is “what am I going to be for Halloween this year?”

Well for those of you who don’t shop at Party City or Spirit Halloween everyday in your life, the best and greatest alternative to spending hundreds of dollars at specialty stores lies right inside your closet. Shocking right? I know, you may be thinking about how you really don’t want to repeat that one outfit you wore for that one event, but trust me, no one will ever notice because: a) it will be dark wherever you go and b) you’ll have the greatest accessories to go with your costume to complete the look.

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the little black dress is a classic for a reason… it never goes out of style AND it acts as a versatile costume piece.

It is great by itself, but is even better when you can use it to transform into someone else. Take out your LBD on Halloween and let your imagination roam.

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Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

You will need: a stack of pearl necklaces, gloves, cigarette holder, a pair of classic black pumps

Perfect if: you are looking for a chic costume with little to no effort

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Black Swan

You will need: a flared dress or black tutu, white pantyhose, black crown, a fierce makeup artist

Perfect if: you are a dancer and own thousands of leotards and tutus

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Coco Chanel

You will need: stack of pearls, pillbox hat, oversized sunglasses and anything Chanel

Perfect if: you want something easy to replicate, but want to try something new

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Flapper

You will need: red lipstick, pearl/long chain necklaces, gloves, feather headband, your best strappy heels

Perfect if: You love Chicago or The Great Gatsby

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Whether it is black and white or red and white, the number of costumes you could make with any striped piece are endless. If you are one of the blessed who can rock the striped pants, plz be sure to show them off during Halloween.

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Bank Robbers

You will need: black bottoms, black and white horizontal striped shirt, a pair of low rise converse, and of course your stash bag

Perfect if: you have a big group that all want to dress the same

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Referee

You will need: a black and white vertical striped top or bottoms, knee high socks, a whistle

Perfect if: you want to be able to dress your costume up or down

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Wenda and Waldo

You will need: a red and white striped top, red and white beanie, round glasses, a cane

Perfect if: you have a boyfriend/girlfriend

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A Pirate

You will need: a red and white striped top, black bottoms, hoop earrings, a pirate hat, an eye patch

Perfect if: you own all of the Pirates of the Caribbean DVDs

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Slip on your leather jacket and you’re immediately a little more badass. This year for Halloween, channel your inner punk royalty, biker chick or even Sandy from Grease to spice up everyone’s favorite holiday.

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Punk Rocker 

You will need: you favorite punk rock band tee, leather pants, high heel ankle booties

Perfect if: you have a Ramones t-shirt lying around

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Biker Meets Chic

You will need: aviators, leather bottoms, combat boots (and a motorcycle if possible)

Perfect if: you’ve always wanted to channel your inner badass but don’t know how

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Sandy

You will need: an off the shoulder black top, black skinny jeans, red heels

Perfect if: you’re a huge Grease fan

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Countdown to Halloween: 8 Days

Let the madness begin.

xx–jj

 

VH and the Great Oak Cliff Migration

Posted by on October 23, 2014 | No Comments »


This past Sunday, the SMUStyle crew made the trek across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (the big fancy white one on all the Dallas promos) to the far off land of Oak Cliff in order to investigate Victor Hugo’s newest endeavor, a casual eatery called VH that’s just coming up on it’s 4th week of business.

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The airy outdoor patio and cozy, warm interior make brunch to dinner transitions effortless. We decided to take advantage of Dallas’ ignorance of fall weather and show off our hats on the patio.

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The coffee was an overwhelming success among the crew – no watered down brews around here.

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Eats lowdown: comfort food for the soul. No boundaries pushing here, just good old brunch favorites to help heal your Avenu hangover.

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Good grits are hard to find in Texas (the Alabama girl complains) but VH is killing the game. Fresh kale and fresher shrimp satisfied this southern girl’s comfort cravings.

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Eggs Benedict and a classic hash kept Daniela inspired and energized for post idea discussions and boulevard dishing.

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Devouring Dallas will be back on the scene promptly for a full dinner menu workup. Until then, many x’s and even more o’s from the SMUStyle team!

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-A

 

 

Seasonal Baking {FALL}

Posted by on October 23, 2014 | No Comments »


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Fall baking is my favorite! Pumpkin stuff is everywhere… and I love it because everything pumpkin is delicious. Especially cupcakes. These pumpkin spice cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting are the perfect dessert. They are not only yummy, but also easy to bake. Hope you enjoy baking them as much as I did!

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Adriana

 

 

In Loving Memory: Oscar de la Renta

Posted by on October 21, 2014 | No Comments »


Last night the world lost one of the greatest fashion designers to have graced us with his elegant presence and timeless style. Today, the world remembers Oscar de la Renta – the king of evening and bridal gowns.

 

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