Music Mondays: October

Posted by on October 20, 2014 | No Comments »

Singing the Monday blues could be a little better this time around. This month for SMUstyle’s Music Monday, we are spotlighting specific songs, their remixes, and their artists! Enjoy!

1. Flying Lotus, also known as FlyLo

Listen if you like: Bibio, Four Tet

Recent Album Release: You’re Dead! (Out on the shelves October 7,2014)

2. Galantis, also known as Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw. 

Listen if you like: To party or have a super fun car jam

Recent Release: Runaway U&I (October 5, 2014)

3. Gregory Porter- Liquid Spirit 20syl Remix

Listen if you like: To boogie or bop your head like so

Recent Release: 20syl’s Remix playlist on sound cloud 

4. James Hersey- Coming Over (Filous Remix)

Listen if you like: Filous’ Remix to Kodaline’s High Hopes

Recent Release: Jose Gonzalez- Heartbeats (Filous and Mount Remix)

5. Ed Prosek

Listen if you like: Bon Iver, Bombay Bicycle Club

Recent Release: Hold On Tight is his most recent single (Released on October 5,2014)

6. Odesza- Say My Name

Listen if you like: Banks, Shlohmo

Recent Release: In Return, on shelves and on iTunes last month!

7. Odesza Say My Name RAC Mix

Listen if you like: ALL THINGS RAC. RAC mixes include anything under the sun (Foster the People, 2 Door Cinema Club, Phoenix)

Recent Release: Young & Sick- Ghost of a Chance (RAC Mix)

8. No Better Blues- Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment

Listen if you like: Chance The Rapper, that is all.

Recent Release: This track was dropped October 15,2014.

9. Around the Bends- Osca

Listen if you like: Knox Hamilton, Coasts the Band, or just music in general.

Recent Release: Blood w/ The Night VI

10. Wonder Wonder- Shark

Listen if you like: Slow XX / raspy voices

Recent Release: They only have released two songs in the past year, but I would definitely stay tuned.

11. Tools-Yellerkin

Listen if you like: Young & Sick

Recent Release: Tools was released this past month.





Posted by on October 17, 2014 | No Comments »

The OCIE collection is inspired by various time periods in fashion and the experiences of living in New York. The clean and unique jewelry collection mixes timeless designs with the essence of art seen throughout the streets of NYC. The OCIE collection infuses vintage and art deco themes as well as organic rocks, architecture, graffiti art, and pop culture while remaining timeless and sleek.

Sarah Pope Littlejohn, designer and founder is committed to making high quality fashion jewelry women will be able to wear for years. Sarah believes where she lives in between Gramercy Park and the Flatiron building inspires her designs. 
OCIE is the nickname Sarah’s husband Angus gave her on their third date in Richmond, Virginia. OCIE comes from the word Ocelot and is pronounced Ah-see. According to Sarah’s husband her spirit animal is an Ocelot, because she is small and feisty. Sarah was so impressed by Angus ‘s ability to describe her character so well on the third date, he called her OCIE from that day on.

OCIE New York is the perfect mix of edgy and chic, for the trendy fashionable girl that likes to wear out of the ordinary jewelry, while still looking sleek. OCIE was launched in May and is made of 18k gold plated brass

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The OCIE necklace, Bitsy necklace, and Mercer necklace are the perfect everyday necklaces, they aren’t your typical preppy gold necklace. Perfect for dressing up any outfit on your way to class.
The Ellie earrings, bitsy studs, and Mercer studs are perfect earrings for everyday wear, and for wearing to job interviews.

The Rossie and the Amy necklaces we call the outfit necklaces, because you can literally throw on any solid dress or pants and a top then add the Rossie or the Amy necklace to complete the look.
The Betsey hand bracelet, two-finger ring, and original hand bracelet are our favorites because the hand bracelets are ahead of the curve, and make a bold statement. Making you feel like a boss, and will have everyone asking you what you are wearing.


The Best of Etsy

Posted by on October 17, 2014 | No Comments »

     Etsy is a fabulous concept that I am proud to say I’ve been behind since the beginning. Over the years I have ordered invitations, jewelry, vintage clothing, various kinds of artwork, and more from this “homemade” online shopping mecca. The best thing about Etsy is that you are supporting small business owners and it is also shockingly inexpensive! Now that it has become I guess you could say ~~mainstream~~ I find myself getting lost in muddled down merchandise, clicking through pages of rooster-themed crafts and children’s birthday decorations. Here are a few of my favorite Etsy shops that feature a variety of unique finds for insanely low prices. Check ‘em out!

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Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.43.58 AMDemestiks New York is by far the best shop on Etsy right now. The designs are the perfect combination of being vintage but with a unique modern feel, fitting as the designer is young and working out of Brooklyn. I WANT EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.42.29 AMMr. Lentz wallets are the coolest present for guys, but even I’m secretly considering ordering one of these beautiful and practical handmade wallets for myself.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.42.42 AMHarllee brings a sense of humor to Etsy and is the perfect gift for your emoji-obsessed BFF. She makes needlepoint designs exclusively of emoji emoticons! I think these would be a perfect addition to a gallery wall, and just love the combination of the old needlepoint and new technology.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.45.41 AMLuca makes dainty, everyday jewelry. I love everything in her shop. She also does a lot of customization, like adding little jewels and engraving essentially whatever you want on her jewelry.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.45.25 AMHullabaloo designs is great for both inexpensive fun jewelry (tassel earrings are $28 and come in every shade of color, neutral, and metallic!) For all the greek girls out there they make really cute sorority decals that are different from any I’ve ever seen, as well as name decals and monograms in modern cool fonts.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.43.12 AMSophia Cabalan’s collage prints are my favorite artwork I have found so far on Etsy. They are truly unique and would work in many different spaces.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.44.37 AM5c Home Decor makes throw pillows for basically nothing. You have to dig through some of the trite prints, but as a throw pillow lover its totally worth it.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.44.14 AMHopeless Romantics make prints in two techniques that I loooooove: watercolor and metallic foil. You should def check these Brits out.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.45.02 AM001 Trick Pony features vintage clothing, accessories, and odds and ends for your home. She always has something I am drooling over: right now a vintage YSL fur coat, a bowler hat with ink drips, and a textured leather laser cut tote that is the perfect combination of boho and Alaia.

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.43.42 AMC Brannen Designs will write anything you want for an incredible price. She also makes handmade stationary in a variety of colors that is simple and sweet. The coolest part of her shop is that she can turn her calligraphy into temporary tattoos! You literally send her what you want and she sends you a proof and then the real thing. Flash Tatts 2.0 am I right?

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 11.43.27 AMRachillustrates makes some of my favorite prints, I love the quotes that she chooses and the simple yet statement making black and white.


Alexander Wang X H&M

Posted by on October 16, 2014 | No Comments »

Aqua man meets the abominable snowman in Wang’s latest “gen-pop” collection. Neoprene everything, oversized jackets, and unflattering shoes… At first I really wanted to try and like the collection, but to be honest I’m not really sure what I think of it. While Wang is known for his edgy shapes and twist on sportswear, I think this collection was poorly executed. This is the most hype I’ve seen around a collection since Isabel Marant debuted their H&M collection. I’m going to reserve judgment till I see the pieces in the store, and yes I will even be there at 6am. The collection debuts November 6th, and you know what they say, “the early bird gets the worm.”


Xx, Sky


Pakpao: Pak-ing a Punch

Posted by on October 15, 2014 | No Comments »

Why is it that we live in such a fabulous, food focused city and rarely choose to explore it? Most SMU students (including myself) are guilty of sticking to their main hoods, stretching from campus to uptown, for finding meals. Time to stretch out and explore, kiddos. So next time you’re heading for a night out in uptown, head over to the Design District first for drinks and yummy small plates courtesy of Pakpao, your new not-so-traditional Thai go to. I joined them for a few bites last week to pass the knowledge on to you lovelies (oh, the sacrifices I make).

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If you’re not the most adventurous of eaters but still enjoy yummy flavors, they’ve got you covered. Pineapple fried rice served in a hollowed out pineapple hits all the right notes, with the pineapple adding just enough citrusy sweetness to make it interesting.

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The khao soi curry is rich in coconut milk and would be perfect to cuddle up with on a rainy day while re-watching every season of Gossip Girl on Netflix (no shame here, Blair will always be Queen B).

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Crispy Tamarind Duck is a safe bet if you’re a fan of traditional Asian concepts of sweet sauce on cooked meat. The veggies add a nice texture contrast and even out the dish. Lots of sweet sauces going on here, totally acceptable to even the mildest of palates.

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If you haven’t tried Thai tea but you’re a Starbucks addict just like the rest of us, brave the strange orange color and experience the perfect blend of herbal aroma with sweet, silky milk. It’s kind of my new thing, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so go for it.

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Thai coffee mousse with chocolate fudge. Yes, it was as good as it looks.

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Braised pork belly. Never would’ve picked it from the menu and I can easily say it was my favorite dish of the day. If you don’t like melt in your mouth meat under a crazy tangy, sweet sauce with crunchy pickled veggies then you are just not my kinda peeps. Seriously this stuff was unreal and I will be returning for it.

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Morning Glory (fried) Salad. What. Yes it is awesome and no you don’t have to feel bad about eating it because it’s still salad! Crazy cool concept here mixes with fat, fresh shrimp to make the perfect light dish to accompany a chularita (lemongrass margarita (WHAT)(disclaimer: did not try margarita but still feeling strong about this pairing) on a mild fall evening.

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I am probably the pickiest mussel eater alive today. Any sign of grit or brine and I am unapologetically wasting a half pound of those suckers. That being said, these were clean as could be and in the most amaze-balls sauce I’ve ever had with mussels. It was perfectly, not overly, spicy and very brothy, none of that mysterious slime that tends to appear in lower end asian joints. I would and will gladly return for these shining beacons of seafood delight.

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These are Thai Chili Garlic wings. They are sticky, sweet, messy, and delicious. And on Thursday nights and Sundays, they are $10 for 10 alongside $4 Thai beers. If you discover yourself to be a Thai beer enthusiast, go for the 60 oz Chang Tower “Flying Elephant” with ten wings for a measly $25. They’re not joking about the wings guys.

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“On Sundays, we brunch” is the Mean Girls turned SMU slogan of the school year. And Pakpao wants to help us along in our unhealthy brunch addiction, so they’re offering 10% discount for Sunday brunch (11 am – 2 pm) when you show your SMU ID, and this deal applies to the entire party. They do takeout now too. Take advantage ponies!!!

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Hope to see some familiar faces enjoying Pakpao soon!

Happy devouring dolls,



Fair Food Feels

Posted by on October 9, 2014 | No Comments »

The Texas State Fair, that most legendary of institutions, made its way to D-town last month. Being a 1+ year Dallasite that had never made the trip, I decided to brave the highway maze and 95 degree weather (DO NOT GO WHEN IT IS ABOVE 90 DEGREES) to see what it’s all about. I can’t exactly recommend the fairgrounds as the best street fashion destination, but the food scene is massively more interesting. Even if they are a heart attack waiting to happen, these *mostly fried* creations are only around once a year so we’ll excuse you. Just make sure to run by Start afterwards for a spinach salad to soothe your arteries.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 6.58.07 PMPrepare yourselves for a lot of golden brown and to be sick of reading the word “fried”.

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“World Famous Mi Casita” brisket taco and the over priced coupons required to gain access to the over floured food fest.

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Fried alligator! ! ! and of course the always abundant whole smoked turkey leg (model props to the fair workers).

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In order, fried cake balls, fried potatoes, fried snickers, fried chicken skins, and of course, fried oreos.

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This is actual fried butter which I still don’t understand, or want to. Alongside it, a fried pb&j that was surprisingly popular among fairgoers.

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They called this concoction fried coke. I don’t know, don’t ask. The vaguely rectangular brown thing is fried cheesecake.

Not pictured, a “Deep Fried Frozen Margarita”. The only margarita on the fairgrounds to use actual tequila, apparently the liquid forms only use tequila flavored wine (ew) and beer (bigger ew).

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So if you’re feeling festive, grab lots of cash from the ATM and a Dr. Pepper can (gets you in to the fair for $5 on Tuesdays and every day after 5 pm) and mosey on down to explore your borrowed or born and bred Texas culture. Happy fall y’all!




Lumberjack chic is SO in

Posted by on October 8, 2014 | No Comments »

Over the summer while thumbing through the usual magazines I stumbled upon an unassuming Tommy Hilfiger ad. While normally I would have kept going I found this ad so aesthetically pleasing I remembered it a couple months later. Turns out good ole Tommy was ahead of the Fall trends. Mounteneer chic is hot right now, heres a guide to getting the look on the cheap.



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1. Sweater

2. Hat

3. Green skirt

4. Plaid mix shirt

5. Vest

6. Bag

7. Sunglasses

8. Boots

xx, SKy


Fall Break Playlist

Posted by on October 8, 2014 | No Comments »

Long flights and endless road trips just got a WHOLE lot better!

The tracks provided above are a solid mix of airplane music (some pump-ups, some turn-downs, and some chill-outs). I don’t know about you, but I like to have a mix of all kinds of genres for long flights, car rides, and breaks just in case you decide to skip a song or you are in a different mood. I tried my best to include oldies, new tracks, and just some overall classic ** cough cough Kanye**

Enjoy the tunes and enjoy your break!

xx, n_bru



It Boy {Marco Barrientos}

Posted by on October 8, 2014 | No Comments »

Double take – is that Nick Jonas walking into Meadows? Nope, it’s Marco Barrientos. And when it comes to style, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s not only the latest intern at our local Tom Ford boutique, but he’s also pursuing graduate school at the ever so prestigious Parsons School of Design next fall post-graduation




SMUstyle: Who is your favorite menswear designer?

Marco Barrientos: Probably John Galliano, but when he worked for Dior


SS: What is your least favorite women’s trend?

MB: The boyfriend jeans


SS: If you could have a meal with absolutely anyone, who would it be?

MB: Probably Cristiano Ronaldo because he’s my favorite athlete from when I was an athlete before I got old and slow


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SS: Why a photography major?

MB: I’ve always like taking pictures but I never knew how to use the camera and I want to be in the fashion industry. I really got inspired by Tom Ford who many don’t know takes almost all of the photographs for his campaigns and stuff


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SS: What can’t your resist buying?

MB: I just saved up and bought the YSL signature biker jacket


xx, D


Freshman Rules {Blair Croce}

Posted by on October 7, 2014 | No Comments »


Meet Blair Croce. She’s one damn cool SMU freshman. Not only does this Dallas native look like a total bad ass, but she is one too. She already earned herself the position of The Daily Campus’s Arts and Entertainment Editor in her first week here at SMU… smarty. So naturally we had to get to know this chick who clearly knows what she’s doing.


SMUstyle:What has been your favorite thing at SMU so far?

Blair Croce: I am really enjoying the film program here. I actually just completed my first short film, and it was terrifying and exciting at the same time.

SS: Tell me about how you became the Arts and Entertainment Editor of the Daily Campus.

BC: I’ve always been interested in writing about the arts. I applied for the associate A&E position, but was promoted when my boss quit the second day. Considering I’m only a freshman, it was scary in the beginning, but I love what I do now.

SS: Being from Dallas, what’s your favorite restaurant here?
BC: I’m a foodie, so definitely have more than one. I love Hibiscus (steak/seafood), Malai Kitchen (thai), Taverna (italian), and Nobu (asian).

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SS: Who is your style icon?
BC: My style icon is actually one of my friends. Her name is Blanda Eggenschilwer, and she is a graph designer from Switzerland. Check out her instagram @blahblahblanda.


SS: How would you describe your style?
BC: I would describe my style as classic feminine with a modern twist. And lots of leather. Give me a leather jacket, and I might not take it off.


SS: Has your style evolved since coming to SMU?
BC: I love heels. However, waltzing around campus on stilettos didn’t work for me the first week. I now wear more booties, and when I really need to get something accomplished, I break out my black converse. I love the cute dress with sneakers combo.


SS: What is your must-have closet item?
BC: As previously stated, I love a good leather jacket. I bought a dark navy one from All Saints (a favorite store of mine) a couple years ago and still wear it all the time. I like that it looks like black, but is slightly different from the norm.



Be sure to watch out for Blair around campus, for she is definitely going to be making a statement wherever she is.