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


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


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



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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robber/referee/waldo & wenda


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



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


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


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


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



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.



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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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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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.




The Outerwear Horoscopes

Posted by on October 21, 2014 | No Comments »

Now that the need for more than one layer of clothing is in the foreseeable future, it’s important to keep in mind what your coat says about you. Outerwear really pulls your look together, so getting pieces that complement the rest of your wardrobe and style is key.

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Boyfriend Keepsakes

Your style: Refined and simple. Possibly from the east coast (bc they always invest in timeless coats), but ready for any winter weather. You value practicality and pieces that are versatile and can be thrown over any outfit.

Color Palette: Neutrals, with an occasional printed statement piece.

Starbucks Drink: Vanilla Latte

Acsessorizes with: A pair of fab sunglasses.


Moto Chic 

Shops At: Barneys, Topshop, and Urban

Hobbies: Bein a Badass

Nightlife: House of Blues, The Granada, maybe an underground club or two, and finishing the night off at the Ritz with some people you don’t know that well.

Fashion Influence: Vintage grunge scene and masculine tailoring. You tend to have an edgier fashion sense and appreciate light and purposeful outerwear.


Fur Feinds

Quote: “F*** PETA, I want to look fabulous.”

Society Says: It’s controversial how okay we are with fur, but bottom line is it always looks dope.


Perfect for: Anybody that lives somewhere super cold (so sorry not Dallas), or if you just want to stay warm and look glam while doing so.


Capes & Covers

Is Listening To: The Starbucks’s playlist on Spotify

Style Is: Classic and comfortable. You have a more developed style, and are okay with going with something less basic.

Spotted: In the city, whether it be the concrete jungle, or the city of love, you’re trudging through the streets with style and movement.

Fragrance: Anything Chanel


Family Weekend and the Foodies

Posted by on October 21, 2014 | No Comments »

Famjam Weekend is finally here! And you need to make reservations for dinner or you’ll be using up your guest passes in Arnold! No worries, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of surefire winners for dinners and brunches for the weekend ahead. Links to restaurant websites on the names!

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All of the below are reservation friendly – a must for any Friday/Saturday night in Dallas, especially when all of SMU is prepped to gorge on non-allowance based food for the weekend. Drink menus at each of these locales get rave reviews all over Yelp so the ‘rents can bust out the booze in confidence.

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Victor Tango’s – An SMU classic, Victor Tango’s is the perfect place for parents unfamiliar with the Dallas food scene. Can’t say I’ve ever had even a mediocre dish at VT, but the duck and goat cheese flatbread, ahi tuna nachos, and warm sticky toffee cake are standouts and perfect for even the most tentative of palates. Sidenote – VT has one of the best restaurant Instagram accounts out there, pretty food and yummy food, can’t lose!

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Saint Ann – If atmosphere is your goal, Saint Ann is your go-to. The patio is complete with twinkle lights and the giant chess board is cooler than cool. Truffle fries on the menu means yes no matter what.

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Neighborhood Services - Though sometimes running behind on reservation times, Neighborhood Services compensates with flavor bursting food and efficient service. This Lovers Lane hole in the wall is hard to spot on google maps, but worth the secrecy. Fan favorites are the Butcher’s meatballs, steak frites, and butterscotch pot de creme. I may have been drooling just glancing at the menu.

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San Salvaje - Stephan Pyles’ newest opening is in the middle of downtown and always ready for a good time. The menu is adventurous and offers authentic Latin American flavors difficult to find in Texas or anywhere in the states. Menu standouts are the sweet corn humita, a modern twist on ropa vieja, chocolate and wild boar tamal, and desserts using the best of the more obscure Latin American fruits.

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Mr. MeseroFor the less adventurous eaters, Mr. Mesero is a comfortable compromise. Always fresh and modern, Mr. Mesero provides strong drinks and arguable the best guac in Dallas to ensure a memorable meal. Order any of their fantastic guacamole choices, brisket tacos, oaxaquenas enchiladas, and the OUTSTANDING cinco leches cake to top it off.

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Spend your midday hours sipping mimosas and ignoring calorie counts at these sweet treats instead of waiting 2 hours for a spot at Breadwinners.

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Social House – A well known night out spot among the SMU crowd, Social House has a pleasantly surprisingly awesome brunch menu. The Guinness braised short rib hash and bananas foster french toast are totally TDF. Snag a spot on the pooch friendly patio weather permitting.

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Gloria’s$1 mimosas need I say more? I will anyway. Gloria’s Mexican and El Salvadorian roots give their plates plenty of flavor and spice. The brunch menu keeps things simple and comfortable for the typical American palate, consisting mostly of expertly done eggs and a side. Their perfectly fried platanos and bean dip hit the spot after a late night on the town.

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The Porch – Victor Tango’s across the street neighbor always has a board full of specials ready to satisfy. The grilled cheese will steal your heart and the gooey butter cake will run off with your soul. Obviously seating on the outside porch is popular, but the traffic can be noisy and the dimly lit interior a savior post-boulevard.

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Cafe Brazil – If you’re looking for a less formal, stuff your face for ten bucks option, Cafe Brazil will probably make you wait 15 minutes but is completely worth it. The cappuccino bar and make your own pancakes satisfy the sweet tooth, while the classic Brazilian breakfast is salty and coma inducing. Prepare for a food baby of epic proportions.

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La Duni -  Similar to Gloria’s latin inspired options but with a wider range, including an entire list of lemonades. The chilaquiles and migas steal the show.


As always, happy devouring dolls.



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.

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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