#TURNITUPFORCHANGE

A few weeks back, an email popped up in my inbox reading “INVITE: Jennifer Hudson – Dallas Wedding Singer?” Curious and confused, I clicked on the bolded banner to realize that Addison had forwarded me the email from the SMUStyle account, and what followed was an invite to cover the incredible event that took place last Wednesday, July 8. The email didn’t include many details, but generally explained that W Hotels had teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign to celebrate the courts ruling on same-sex marriage. The two came together to throw a wedding for an anonymous gay couple in Dallas, and would be flying Jennifer Hudson out to surprise and perform for the grooms after the ceremony. Being the only SMUStylist (is that a thing?) currently in the Dirty D and the one whose most influenced by the gay rights movement, it was obvious that I would be in attendance.

After entering the W, I was directed to a line that fed into a room of elevators, stocked with exited guests and buoyant chatter. The 33rd floor welcomed the wedding attendants into an open space decorated with white draping and endless bouquets, while hues of purple and blue danced along with the music. The balcony encapsulated the Dallas skyline and echoed the songs from inside. The fashion scene—killer. Pretty much Joan River’s angel was refusing the unworthy at the door. The energy continued to build, emulating a sense of celebration I had never witnessed before. It was really gay—seriously, everyone was so happy. Champagne and appetizers circled around the venue while Lady Bunny stood in a DJ booth paying homage to the gay-club anthems. After while, everyone gathered towards the stage and awaited the ceremony to begin.

Scott and Chris Lindsey entered the room from a distant corner and marched to the wedding song, preceded by their four kids. At that point I didn’t even know the couple’s names, but my sense of pride and happiness for them became overwhelming. The pure joy present in the room seemed to unite the guests, as if we were celebrating the long-awaited success of two heroes. The ceremony told the story of two men, both with two children each, who fell in love fourteen years ago and are finally able to be legally recognized as treated as a single familial unit. When the men read each other their vows, it was obvious that love was not restricted to any combination of gender, but rather an inexplicable connection between two individuals.

Jennifer Hudson Surprise Performance at Same Sex Wedding in Texas as Part of W Hotels TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE Campaign, W Dallas – Victory, July 8, 2015 (Photo Shannon Faulk / AP)

Jennifer Hudson Surprise Performance at Same Sex Wedding in Texas as Part of W Hotels TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE Campaign, W Dallas – Victory, July 8, 2015 (Photo Shannon Faulk / AP)

Jennifer Hudson Surprise Performance at Same Sex Wedding in Texas as Part of W Hotels TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE Campaign, W Dallas – Victory, July 8, 2015 (Photo Shannon Faulk / AP)

Jennifer Hudson Surprise Performance at Same Sex Wedding in Texas as Part of W Hotels TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE Campaign, W Dallas – Victory, July 8, 2015 (Photo Shannon Faulk / AP)

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a TV rolled out and projected a video of Jennifer Hudson congratulating the couple, but at the end of the clip she added that she had one more surprise. The curtain behind the couple dropped and revealed a stage on which JHud belted her song, “I Still Love You” as the attendants watched in awe.

After the wedding I was able to talk to the couple and find out how this all came about. It turns out that W Hotels started this movement #TURNITUPFORCHANGE, a partnership with the Human Rights Campaign that supports gay rights and celebrates love equality. Chris (an SMU alum) and Scott both work for HRC and when the ruling was announced it only made sense that the Lindsey’s would be the recipients of such an incredible celebration. The men were so thankful that their four kids were able to be at the wedding, and you could tell the kids felt the same way about being there. They told me all about where they were when they found out the court decision and how phenomenal that day was. So thankful to have been apart of such a special day, congratulations Chris and Scott! Sending thanks to the Human Rights Campaign and W Hotels!

Call Me Caitlyn

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Today the pictures of Bruce Caitlyn Jenner for the cover of Vanity Fair were released and…(fill in the blank). The Bruce Jenner and Diane Sawyer interview left everyone with a lot of questions but pretty much publicly confirmed the obvious. Today the game changed: a) I totally missed when anybody announced that this was happening; b) what girl-Bruce would look like was one of the most difficult questions to answer from the whole ordeal; and c) she’s fierce!?

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Caitlyn is what she chose, and good for her for setting herself apart from the Kardashian franchise. Caitlyn looks damn good for a 65 year old woman (who used to be a man), and her poise and equanimity radiate confidence and happiness. The VF article quoted Jenner saying that Caitlyn “doesn’t have any lies”, unlike the tormented and silent Bruce, she’s living her life the way she wants to. Regardless of your stance on the situation, you have to admit she killed the public reveal.caitlyn-jenner-boobs-060115

But at this point, that’s old news, so here’s to consoling and confirming your mixed emotions.

Shocked?

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she just pulled a Beyonce.

Sad?

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But she looks way better now

Confused? 

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Yeah, let’s not get into details, just know that “he” is a “she” now.

Disgusted?

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It’s 2015, open your eyes…

Skeptical?

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Until she has her own show I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt…

(wait)

Cool w/ It

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Dissapointed? 

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You shouldn’t be looking at the Kardashian family for moral validation anyways. Keep in mind there are people out there who struggle with things others don’t and Caitlyn is giving a voice to that population (cue Santa from Mean Girls).

I don’t really care, but I’ve read this far

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Get off of here Kylie.

That’s all I got, feel free to rant below.

xx

Tay

Mercat: Patio Game Strong

Euro vibes, killer patio space, and Dallas weather. That’s my kind of triple threat.

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Mercat Bistro in Harwood District is working hard to check off all three boxes.

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If you’ve ever been to Spain you’ll understand the looks I got after my over excited squeal from seeing this hunk of meat hanging around.

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Because who doesn’t love teensy macaron surprises with their cappuccino?

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If you’ve been seriously lacking some Parisian sidewalk feels, order the Violet Fizz and sip away your woes.

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Braised Mushrooms with an egg on top. I wouldn’t mind a plate of these in my lunchbox everyday. These fresh fungi were packed with juicy, earthy flavors. Fried breadcrumbs should also be added to all mushrooms ever.

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Shishito Peppers are always fun when you want to play Russian roulette with your tongue. Because there’s no way to tell from appearance which peppers are going to light up your life, tread carefully amongst these salty sweethearts.

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Jamón ibérico is the delicious product of that ham leg I was drooling over earlier. Think prosciutto except quite a bit better. Much drier than its Italian cousin, jamón ibérico has a sweeter flavor imparted by the acorn fed hogs it’s harvested from. It’s still pretty difficult to find in the states, and is so worth the extra dollas – it will make you holla.

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Ricotta and Honey, this was Sara’s favorite dish of the evening. I can only describe it as the perfect summer afternoon snack after a long day of sitting on the porch reading your new book sipping on lemonade. Pretty sure orange zest has never hurt anything ever either.

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Sea Scallops with farro and mushrooms. This dish is crazy rich with deep mushroom flavors and fat, sweet scallops. Kind of like that pool full of gravy dream you won’t admit to having except way better.

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This spinach and mushroom quiche was SO QUICHE (@Ja’mie). The fluffiest filling pinched between golden brown crust, this ish is legit yall.

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We topped the night off with the dessert shooters – tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and lemon curd. The chocolate mousse was our overwhelming favorite, but probably because it tasted so delicious with the BOMB shaken espressos. Seriously. This drink is life changing.

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Harwood has lots of exciting openings in store for 2015 – check back with us in the fall to find out more about this up and coming Dallas hot spot! We know we’ll be making it our new home away from campus.

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Keep devouring dolls,

-A

Final Words from the Editors

*Cue Vitamin C’s Graduation Song*

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It’s here. The day we have all dreaded… Schuyler and Shannon are spreading their wings and flying away. You may think we’re joking, but in all seriousness, we will all mourn the blog’s loss of the two people who have shaped it over the past four years.

With the help of our friends at Elements Boutique, it only seems fitting if we profile our editors, their time with SMUstyle, and hear their final thoughts one last time.

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Do you remember your first posts?

Sky: A DevouringDallas post DUH! HG supply when it first opened.

Shannon: A Christmas gift guide.

What was your favorite post? 

Sky: I love working with Elements. Their store is nothing short of amazing. Pulling the clothes and borrowing them for a day….highlight!

Shannon: I loved doing all of the different photoshoots, it’s so fun to dress up. Also, just doing posts on our blogger meetings. It’s something to look forward to every weekend, going to brunch and talking about things and goofing off.

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Where do you think the blog is going?

Sky: SMUstyle has a bright future. I could see it becoming a franchise and making it out of the SMU niche. There is so much passion, handwork and drive from the bloggers. It’s going viral kids.

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Where do you see yourself within the next five years?

Sky: In London…. peace out America

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Shannon: Schuyler and I are definitely leaving SMUstyle in good hands. I see it only growing from here, especially with further expanding readership from the SMU community to the Dallas community. Also, we’ve already heard of students at other schools reading the blog and I hope that we can influence these students to bring fashion blogs to other schools and universities.

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Where do you see yourself within the next five years?

Shannon: Hopefully in NYC working in the business side of fashion, whether that be in buying or PR. I’ve wanted to live in the city for as long as I can remember, so I know I’ll regret it if I don’t make the big move from the west (best) coast to the east coast.

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What soundtrack will you be playing while walking to get your diploma?

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Sky’s Final Words: SMUstyle has shaped my college experience. I am truly humbled and honored to have seen the blog succeed so much in just 4 years. It has given me a creative platform and the ability to establish myself. The bloggers are like family and we created our own little community. This is just the beginning #RushSMUstyle

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Shannon’s Final Words: I’m so grateful to have been apart of SMUstyle. Not only has it given me an outlet to share my love for fashion, but I have met some pretty awesome people along the way. It has also given me several opportunities to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do without the blog and has driven me to further explore Dallas. As excited and ready as I am to graduate (aka I’ve been counting down the days since September), I really am sad to leave our SMUstyle family behind. I can honestly say this blog is one of the top, if not the very best, experiences I’ve gained from SMU.

Photos By Taylor Lewis.

-Clothes from Elements Boutique-

  We will miss you Sky and Shan!!!!

Music Monday: Finals Edition

If you’re like me, you’ve been dreading this week more than anything on this planet.

Not even the anticipation for a bikini wax compares to that of finals.Yep, it’s here- the week of all weeks that leaves us weak. To make your library sessions and your sleepless nights a little better, here are some solid tracks to keep you on track. 

Good luck to you all!

XX, n_bru

Not Fondren

Ah the last week of classes… This usually means that if you’re not already having long nights this week to catch up with all the lectures you slept through, projects you absolutely forgot about, and relentless teachers then you will be soon as finals are approaching. By next week if you’re not up in Fondy at the crack of dawn then good luck finding a spot that’s not too drafty or secluded. Instead of stressing for that prized table location in Cox, try out our six favorite great coffee, cool atmosphere, and fantastic study spots all around Dallas before you’re gone for the summer!

 

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Sip | Stir Cafe

3800 Mckinney Ave. #180
Dallas, TX 75204

weekdays: 7am – 9pm & weekends: 8am – 8pm

Order = Green Tea Latter

 

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The Wild Detectives

314 W Eighth St

Dallas, TX 75208

Monday: 2pm – 12am | Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30am – 12am | Sunday: 10am – 11pm

Order = Traditional Italian Macchiato

 

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Ascension

1621 Oak Lawn Ave. Suite A
Dallas, TX 75207

Monday: 7am – 7pm | Tuesday – Wednesday: 7am – 9pm | Thursday: 7am – 10pm

Friday: 7am – 10pm+ | Saturday: 8am – 10pm+ | Sunday: 8am – 6pm

Order = Cortado

 

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Mudsmith

2114 Greenville
Dallas, TX 75206

Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 11pm | Saturday: 7am – 11pm | Sunday: 7am – 10pm

Mudsmith = Iced Chai Latte

 

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Houndstooth

1900 N Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 7pm | Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 7pm

Order = Dirty Chai

 

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Magnolias – Sous Le Pont

2727 N. Harwood St. Suite P201,
Harwood, Dallas ,TX 75201

Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm | Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Order = The Shaken Espresso

 

Happy studying!

xx D

Finals [You Aren’t Alone]

It’s finals season again and summer break couldn’t come fast enough. I don’t know what happened this semester, but it seems like school just got INSANE somewhere after spring break. Nonetheless we’re soon to enter the hell-week that is finals, and I just wanted to let you all know that when you’re cracked out at 4 am in the library feeling like you just can’t do it anymore,  you’re not alone.

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Pause….It’s already May? 

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Starting Finals

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When you’re trying to get your shit together but it’s all over the place

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Walking Through Fondy

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Looking at the first chapters of the book

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“It’s All on the PowerPoints”

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I’m sure….

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Half way done with the essay, but surprise, single spaced

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EATING HEALTHY? 

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#ALREADY OVER IT

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You’ve been staring at the computer screen for too long

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Oh You Only Have 2 Finals?

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You Try Eating But You Just Can’t 

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You’ve slept 4 hours in the past 48 

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TBH, You’re Just Being Dramatic

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Graduation? 

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May The Odds Be In Your Favor

-Tay

smuSTYLE ICONS

We all have that someone who is a source of inspiration, ESPECIALLY when talking fashion. From Olivia Palermo to Iris Apfel, here are our style icons.. &  yes, we all wish we could be them for at least ONE day.

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xx,

AB

Crushin’ It

Drop that HBCB and wipe the Animal fries from your face: there’s a new late night spot in town and it’s kicking your fast food faves to the streets.

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Crushcraft is cooking up Thai street eats like nowhere else in the Metroplex. The surroundings are casual and authentic, decorated with cardboard boxes and license plates shipped straight from Bangkok. Oh, and they keep the kitchen going until 3 am on the weekends.

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Ask the crew for menu suggestions, they’ll help you navigate the options to make sure you’re not coughing up chilis if you hate spice, or help get your ears steaming if the heat is what you’re looking for.

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Speaking of the heat, Crushcraft has a fully stocked spice bar with 6 different options to spice up your life. If you enjoy unintentional tears during your meals, I recommend the chili oil. *cough*

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Now for the good stuff.

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#5 OG Phat Thai, an upgraded version of your pad thai go-to. Low on heat but high on flavor, this tamarind infused dish will feel like the home cooking of the Thai grandma you always wanted.

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#8 Suar Rong Hai, beware of the chili oil non-spicers, I think I’ve still got a hole burned in my throat from catching a stray flake. I managed to taste through the red hot haze and get to the balanced spice and tender meat of this grilled steak dish. Daniela and I agreed this was the best meat we tasted and we’d gladly go back for more.

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#3 Kra-Pao, can you say no to anything with a fried egg on top? Me either. Think of this as your Taco Bell upgrade, and by upgrade I mean completely different and a thousand times better but really you should not be going to Taco Bell at 2 am anymore and Crushcraft is open so just go there for your seasoned ground meat needs please.

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#7 Khao Soi, my favorite of the meal. This curry blasted chicken and noodle dish is my ultimate late night dream, sweet with a kick on the back end and crunchy wontons on top to switch up the texture. You might need a night at Avenu to numb up the spice sensors to get through the whole bowl, but it’s so very worth it.

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The Signature Green Papaya Salad will kick in you in the mouth and you will like it. If you’re not familiar with this citrusy, refreshing dish, you’re missing out on a fabulous meatless meal.

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Thai Fried Boiled Eggs, I was confused too. Basically, a boiled egg that is then fried on the outer layer only and smothered in a sweet tamarind sauce. A seemingly simple recipe, but the layers of textures and flavors are unexpected and thoroughly pleasing.

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Thai tea is already my favoritest ever and if you haven’t tried it I’m not sure we can be friends. The fruit waters were FAB and wonderfully refreshing. They send you straight into summer mode and would be perfect to help you cool off on a hot Dallas day.

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Plus a to go drink comes with the most adorable packaging straight from the streets of Thailand.

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Next time you’re piling into an uber and bribing the driver with a promise of chicken fries to drive thru some fast food dump, remember Crushcraft is way better and a damn good bang for your buck.

Keep Devouring Dolls,

-A