The Kitchen & I

Posted by on November 20, 2014 | No Comments »

Honestly, the hardest part about cooking/baking is choosing the perfect recipe on Pinterest. Browsing through my Food + Drinks board on Pinterest and choosing the perfect one to do took forever, yet I found the perfect one. Although this recipe originally contains peaches, not pears, switching it up seemed like a good idea. Well okay, to be honest… I went to probably three supermarkets in a desperate mission to find peaches and couldn’t find any. I mean yes, it is not peach season, but hey I refused to accept such fact and therefore kept trying other stores. Instead, I bought pears and surprisingly the recipe turned out to be great- actually, soo delicious. This recipe is quick, simple, cute for deserts and so gourmet looking. With Thanksgiving break so close to us (YAY), be sure to try this recipe at home to make it to your loved ones! Enjoy…

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Recipe from: Some the Wiser (modified, aka I didn’t find peaches)


- Fillo Dough (I found it in Whole Foods

- 1 lb of Pears

- 4 oz Goat Cheese (I used crumbles)

- Ground Pepper

- Honey

- Balsamic Glaze

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First off, preheat the oven to 425 °F. Cut the fillo dough in squares and set in a baking sheet.

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Add a handful of goat cheese to each square, and top it off with thin slices of pears leaving a 1/2 inch border. Season each square with black pepper and put them in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Drizzle them with honey and balsamic blaze after the 20 minutes in the oven. Set them in a cute plate and they are ready to serve.

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From Cold To Cool

Posted by on November 19, 2014 | No Comments »

must haves


Well it’s finally starting to get cold…really cold, and I have a feeling your yoga pants just aren’t cutting it. Worry not, Tay is here to save the day. Comfortable and chic is the style; these are trendy basics  that will seamlessly transition into seasons to come. So let this be of some inspiration, and induce your icey fashion flows.

Oversized Scarf

The Chunky Platform

Statement Sunnies

Eye Catching Clutch

Classic Leather Jacket

The Winter Tee

Go-To Skinnies

Fur Piece

Timeless Coat

Phat Bootie 

Vintage Knit

Ear Ensemble

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Hoping you have some success with your winter wardrobes, but most of all, hoping you manage to stay warm in this literal tundra.





Bánh Shop: Vietnam comes to SMU

Posted by on November 19, 2014 | No Comments »

Bánh Shop is the newest restaurant opening down the street on SMU Boulevard. They are a Vietnamese street style venue on a college friendly budget, and definitely deserve your attention.

Whether you need a new study spot (hellooooo free wifi) or are looking to mix up the weekly routine, head over to Bánh Shop for some Southeast Asian flair.

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Vietnamese iced coffee is my new *thing* and it should be yours too. This potent blend of cold brewed coffee and condensed milk made in house is that extra push you need to make it through an all night econ study sesh or pump enough energy into you to drag yourself to that miz Friday bio lab.

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Bánh Fire Bowl – I would tentatively compare this dish to the more well known teriyaki bowl, in that it has a sweet flavorful sauce on the meat and piles of fluffy rice underneath, but this bowl is fresher and better, and lets you control the spice-meter with a dollop of jalapeño pesto on top. Strips of veggies and chunks of peanuts finish out the lineup on this filling option.

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Grilled Pork Meatball Bánh Mi – classic Vietnamese sandwich style here; rich pickled veggies with flavorful pork meatballs and a crunchy-on-the-outside fluffy-on-the-inside baguette. The creamy cucumber-cilantro aioli don’t hurt neither.

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Attention freshman who are sick for the first time without Mom: you’re welcome. Sweet coconut undertones flavor this Vietnamese take on chicken noodle soup, and what could be better with the narsty weather Dallas has experienced as of late? Hot soup + cold outside + cold inside nose + NyQuil = happy college kid (NyQuil not included).

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Breakfast All Day Bánh Mi – if you’re a breakfast sandwicher that also happens to enjoy funky fresh Asian flavors, look no further. Tastes pretty similar to the other bánh mi option except with egg and ham added. AKA it’s just as fab-u-lous as the others, but for breakfast times, which for college kids, is all the times.

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Saigon “Street Stall” Corn Cup – this classic Dallas side brings a little Southwest into the Vietnamese kitchen. Sweet corn with crumbled cheese and pops of pepper are a refreshing mix on the menu.

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Spice Dusted Wonton Chips – all I have to say is that you should definitely not try these because you will definitely become addicted and definitely start hoarding them in your room to be the best study snacks ever. Guilty.

Bánh Shop is proud to support the ‘Stangs this season with game night specials, which include $3 draft beers and half priced sandwiches during the games, easily viewed and enjoyed from one of the three TVs inside the shop.

They’re also sporting an all day happy hour on Thursdays including $3 draft beers, $1 off bottled beers, and $3 for one of their frozen cocktails: ginger margarita or passion fruit coladaaaa.

As if they didn’t love us enough, Bánh Shop also offers a %10 discount for SMU IDs and accepts pony. Pay them a visit soon and see what all the bánh mi buzz is about.

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Happy devouring dolls,



Giving Thanks and Gaining Weight

Posted by on November 18, 2014 | No Comments »

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 3.00.33 PMIt’s the mooooost wonderful time of the year! …Oh wait, that’s Christmas. But some people would argue that Thanksgiving is just as wonderful. That’s why we tried to draw it out for as long as possible by celebrating with a “Friendsgiving” 2 weeks in advance. Everyone contributed dishes (many obviously inspired by Pinterest) to create a buffet spread that even Ina Garten would bow down to. Public disclaimer: the turkey is actually a chicken, because even though we are bloggers of many talents, basting a turkey isn’t one of them.

I made my favorite Pumpkin pie recipe. Shannon made cheesy sausage rolls and an apple cider cocktail. Daniella made her grandmother’s mashed potatoes. Sara brought walnut and raisin bread with pumpkin butter. Nati contributed amazing mac and cheese. Taylor contributed to our healthy living efforts with green beans. Addison concocted her own secret maple bacon brussel sprouts. Last but not least, Adriana made diabetes-worthy pumpkin cream cheese bars. It’s safe to say ​that our “Friendsgiving” was nothing short of epic.
















Xo, Sky


Rain Dance

Posted by on November 18, 2014 | No Comments »

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Calling All Fashion Fiends

Posted by on November 18, 2014 | No Comments »

Attention fashion addicts, Koch clothing is starting a campus rep program at SMU! The company was started by a Dallas designer who went to SMU, and now she is helping current students out by giving them the opportunity to get some fashion experience! Check out their website at:

Contact information on the website!



Retail Club Fall Festival

Posted by on November 17, 2014 | No Comments »

Please join our friends at the SMU retail club for swag packed Fall Festival.


 DJ’s Devin Heller will be spinning along with vendors such as: Steel City Pops, Trunk Club (for the boys!) Y&I Boutique  will be bringing a flash tat bar and several other vendors, including the Akola Project.


Featuring student designers, such as: Justine McGregor, Mary Rowland Lewis, Charles Dupont from Long Awaited and Taylor Miller from Hazen Jewelry.


There will be a photo booth and lots of treats, including food and goodie bags (sponsored by Accents in Mockingbird Station) for the first 30 people.  If people want to keep up with event info including posts on all of our vendors they can like us on Facebook and follow us on instagram @smu_retailclub!


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Gwyneth Brings Goop to Dallas

Posted by on November 17, 2014 | No Comments »



Starting today, Gwyneth Paltrow is blessing Dallas with her newest Goop pop-up shop in Highland Park Village until December 14th. Opening just in time for the holidays, the shop will sell brands including Jennifer Fisher, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein Home, Jennifer Meyer, RMS Beauty, and Clare Vivier. Today also marks the launch of Goop’s newest collaboration: Monique Lhuillier, which will be sold at the store as well. The capsule collection will feature party pieces for the upcoming holiday season, along with crop tops, flirty dresses, tea-length skirts, and chic cullottes. On top of it all, the entire store will be shoppable, including furniture and decor.

Throughout the pop-up’s month long residency in Dallas, there will be events held at the store, such as in-store monogramming and shopping parties with local talent. Also the shop’s neighbor, Number One, will have a gourmet Goop inspired menu.

Make sure to stop by and get some holiday shopping done, and of course, a few things for yourself…


Happy shopping!




Tea at TASCHEN: oh we fancy huh

Posted by on November 14, 2014 | No Comments »

Last friday, Daniela, Jessica, and I zipped over to the Joule downtown to check out the hotel’s twice weekly event, Tea at TASCHEN. The event is held Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 in the TASCHEN Library in the Joule lobby.

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Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 12.45.06 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 12.45.13 PMThe tea is sourced from proprietors worldwide, focusing on rare, difficult to find teas as well as local, Texas finds. The menus, both food and tea, change seasonally and are prepared with the utmost care and attention. The tea experience doesn’t transport you straight to Harrod’s in London, and it shouldn’t. It’s wonderfully Dallas-ite in its execution, and is the perfect weekend move to spice up your schedule.

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The teas complemented the food wonderfully and each had a very unique flavor and aroma. You can even pinky-up if you’re not feeling fancy enough already.

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the Ham Mousse Eclair - you'll never go back to plain old ham sandwiches again

You’ll never go back to plain old ham and cheese after scarfing down one of the Ham Mousse Eclairs.

Lobster Mousse Napoleon - these mousses are KILLIN' IT

Lobster Mousse Napoleon – these mousses are KILLIN’ IT

yes, that is a giant dollop of fresh goat cheese. yes, I did eat three of them.

yes, that is a giant dollop of fresh goat cheese. yes, I did eat three of them.

the classiest version of a deviled egg you ever will see

the classiest version of a deviled egg you ever will see

I don't like scones and I LOVED this scone

I don’t like scones and I LOVED this scone

cloud of cream, rich as hell chocolate, and an explosion of passionfruit flavor, in that order.

cloud of cream, rich as hell chocolate, and an explosion of passionfruit flavor, in that order.

our sweet parting gift from the Joule

our sweet parting gift from the Joule

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 Happy devouring dolls,

-A, D, and jj


Sipping on that Haterade

Posted by on November 14, 2014 | No Comments »

#Trends come and go, but style is forever… am I right? So I would like to think.

As of recently, the bloggers and myself have been discussing a few trends we think should cease to exist/ question how they even became trends to begin with. Seriously though, do you think any of these things are socially acceptable? Let us know. We beg to differ.

Slide1It’s only normal for someone as edgy as THE Taylor Lewis to hate basic shoes (sperrys) and basic handbags (louis’ never full). And as for Lauren Conrad, Taylor would not be friends with you if you had a Mom haircut.

When I originally asked Shannon things she hated, she instantly responded “people.” But since people are not currently trending, she settled for knit UGG boots, monogram decals (especially on cars), and crocs (how hideous are these heeled ones?). Slide3 Schuyler would first like to apologize to Shannon for mentioning she doesn’t like Birkenstocks and doesn’t want to hurt Shannon’s feelings, but it’s all good, we are all entitled to question some trends, right Sky? She proceeded to babble on “basic” brown leathered combat boots with scrunched up socks, and cheap looking, fake fur; “If you want fur, buy the real thing, it’ll last you so much longer.” Slide4 Daniela is one after my own heart. Girls at the club that take off their shoes, really? THAT IS NOT A THING. Also, if your breasts are at the size that a bra is required, do everyone a favor and sport one, please. Lastly, no need to wear so many fashion labels at once, it’s so unnecessary. Slide5 If you are wearing Addidas Shower shoes with socks, Adriana will run the other way. Especially if you have a half-shaven head, sorry @ Demi Lovato and @ Skrillex. Also, flatforms are not her thing. Slide6 Sara thinks you are ridiculous if you are improperly dressed for the weather– I would have to agree. Secondly, she is NOT a fan of Doc Martens OR people sporting bra straps that really shouldn’t be seen. Do yourself a favor ladies, figure yourself out. Slide7 Addi thinks Michael Kors watches are so high school and is sad when she sees girls wearing them around campus- I don’t blame her! Also, she really isn’t fond of the sneaker wedge trend and high-low skirts. It’s all good though, Addi is tall enough that she doesn’t need to worry about her hight in her sneakers unlike some of us… Slide8Yeah, um… NO. NO CHACOS. NO CUT-OFF HIGH WAISTED JEAN SHORTS. AND NO POORLY DONE OMBRE. SERIOUSLY. Do us all a favor. It’s unfair for the rest of us that have to see you in these states.

Slide1Jessica’s nails will NEVER EVER be painted in Katy Perry’s OPI line. And don’t get her started on UGGs with gym shorts… AND BOYS: Croakies aren’t the way to Jessica’s heart.

Stay stylish SMU. DON’T BE THAT GUY….

xx, n_bru