Get the Look: Olivia Pope

Posted by on January 28, 2015 | No Comments »

It goes without saying that Olivia Pope is the ultimate BO$$. In honor of the return of Scandal tomorrow tonight, I’ve made an ode to this powerhouse of a woman played by the dynamic Kerry Washington. If you don’t watch Scandal a) you should start and b) you should dress like her regardless. We all have those events when we need to look adult and proffesh, and Olivia is the ultimate pro. Who knew work trousers could be so chic?! She also knows how to rock a statement coat like a pro and wear lots of neutrals without being boring. My personal favorite Olivia Pope ensemble: matching luxe PJs and a cashmere cowl neck sweater. I compiled Olivia’s most iconic looks and broke down the formula to her ever-polished equation. As Liv would say, “it’s handled!”

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Sadly, Olivia’s dress worn to the White House Gala is vintage, but here are some similar gowns (left, right). The matching sparkly box clutch is the perfect accompaniment.

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In the early seasons of Scandal, costume designer Lyn Paolo really tried to stray away from the ever-present black. Olivia definitely favors neutral colors such as dove gray, camel, and taupe. Her coat, gloves, and bag are perfect for looking put together in cold weather.Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PMScreen Shot 2015-01-28 at 3.31.26 AM

This is one of my favorite Oliva Pope looks because she completely redefines the traditional work suit. Intermix actually created an Olivia inspired collection, and this capelet is one of their piece. The black gloves and trousers are staples. Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

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I still don’t know how Olivia has time to work out, nor how she actually swims in these bathing suits, but its fabulous. Get one of her graphic bathing suits (left, right) and her swim cap, which is worn by US Olympic swimmers!Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM
Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 3.32.40 AMOlivia winds down in either silk or a pajama set, often with a cozy sweater. Popcorn and her fabulous wine glasses are truly necessary to get this look.Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM[Images of Olivia Pope from top via Buzzfeed, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and E Online]


Lobbin’ All Over the World

Posted by on January 28, 2015 | No Comments »


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 10 inches chopped off and I’ve officially been initiated into the “lob” crew. After months of contemplating taking the risky plunge, I divorced my beloved long locks and decided to rock the new hair style of the season. Best. Decision. Ever. Like many other girls, I treasured my long hair, even to the point that I was terrified of getting a trim. Although I can no longer create my braided milk-maid-esque crown (RIP), I’m digging this new lob style. It’s refreshing, edgy, and easy-peasy. And speaking of perks, it’s a socially acceptable way to rock the “I woke up like this” look without actually having to do anything other than waking up.



It’s all about LAYERING

Posted by on January 28, 2015 | No Comments »

With the weather like this – one day cold and one day sunny – it’s all about mastering the art of layering. This bipolar weather can only be fashionably beaten with layers. Too cold? You’ve got some layers. Too hot? You take one off. It is also all about looking cute, stylish & NOT bulky.

You can rock this look when going to class, mixers, brunches or simply to dinner. Remember to start off with a basic top and then keep adding… and adding… and adding. There is so much you can use as layers, and these below are only some examples (aka online shopping) of how to layer up for the unpredictable weather in the Big D.

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Men of Milan

Posted by on January 27, 2015 | No Comments »


(Fendi- Fall/Winter 2015-2016)

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So… let’s all pretend we took a couple of days off school and traveled to Milan last week to sit in on the Men’s A/W 2015-2016 shows. Literally was dying of fomo while I streamed the videos of the shows from my computer in class. On January 17-20, the city of Milan was #blessed with hundreds of international male models and 40 designers that got to showcase the best of the best–from leather trousers to patterned suits to earth tone, retro-inspired knee-length coats–each collection was flawless.

If you didn’t get a chance to catch a ride to Milan last week, here’s just a little day-to-day recap of some of my favorite looks from the runway. For more news and looks from Milan Fashion Week click here!

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Spring Semester Blues’s Greatest Remedy…

Posted by on January 26, 2015 | No Comments »


Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PMNew year calls for new brunch spots. The Remedy, located in Lower Greenville, is the absolute best spot to head over to after a long week of mixers and an eventful weekend out on the town. The name speaks for itself. The best food, drinks, and location calls for SMU Students to GO AND CHECK IT OUT!!Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

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Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PMDuring our delicious brunch, we spoke about new collaborations for the semester, possible SMUstyle sponsored events, and exciting Dallas “things-to-do” we may explore! We have all missed you dearly, readers, and can’t wait to get back into the swing of things!!Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

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New Year, New Trends

Posted by on January 23, 2015 | No Comments »

Yay for 2015, and hope your New Year’s resolutions are still holding up. 2014 was great and R.I.P., but a new year ensues plenty of opportunity for growth, experience, and getting your shit together. As the years change so do the trends, so let’s get you updated on what you should be doing with your wardrobe.


Blue Indigo Dream 

Not going to say that indigo is the new black, but it’s pretty dope. Thank God that the it-color is a dark one and oh-so versatile. If you’re lacking in the indigo department, next time you go shopping keep your eye out for some basic indigo pieces, and if you’re stuck between colors, always go darker.


Totally Nineties

Think short haircuts, OG denim, crop tops and lots of grunge. We really saw the 90s trend take off in 2014, but looks like it’s here to stay.  I think this trend speaks to a certain style, but contains elements that you could incorporate into many different looks. (Also, if anyone finds a clear plastic backpack, lmk—I’m into it.)

Ivy Prep

Ivy Prep 

Apparently, it’s really cool to be in college right now, so much so that it’s sparked it’s own trend. Thankfully, we go to a preppy enough school that very few of you should have any problem rocking this look. Sweaters, button ups, loafers, (side note) perfect for the intern.


Denim Denim Denim

Your denim will make or break you…choose wisely. This season is all about having the perfect denim, whether it be overalls, the flare, or the classic boyfriend jean. The denim on denim works, but always get a second opinion because it can be hard to pull off at times. Nonetheless, invest the time and money into a damn good pair of jeans.



Mod Madness

Austin Powers realness. Funky silhouettes, loud colors, and geometric patterns are taking 2015 by force. We saw it on the runway and now it’s in the streets; I love it. Totally an excuse to get crazy with your looks, and tbh this time period has some of the most impeccable style, so Google it. Also yes, it’s ok to obsess over the mega-chunky boot.


Sporty Spice 

The causal athletic gear is gaining more and more popularity, and with our free time decreasing on the daily, why not look cute and comfortable? I’m a mesh fiend, so I’m too happy to announce that sports luxe is back. There’s something about this style that screams “I’m not trying hard, just looking hot”.

*Always add some fancy details/accessories to avoid looking slobbish.

Now that we’re eye-to-eye on the trends, waste no time and pull some outfits—there’s never an excuse to not look cute. Read your horoscopes and take your vitamins.



P.C. all of my images and where I found them are here!


2014 Was…

Posted by on December 30, 2014 | No Comments »

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 10.20.24 AMWhen reflecting back on the past 365 days, I can’t help but think, “WOW. SO much has happened.” It’s true. Every year, the same thing happens. A new year begins with an absurd amount of hope and promise. New resolutions cloud our minds and we try to rid our bad habits and past misfortunes as the clock strikes 12.Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

While we all look forward to a new year, new memories, and new fortune, we can’t forget the past experiences this year has left us with. After all, we are now a year wiser, a year richer in experience, and most importantly- a year closer to growing up.Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but I would definitely say 2014 was one for the books. Whether it be in music, fashion, trends, or major global moments, I know this year tops any of the past ones. Then again, I honestly feel like every year tops the year before; granted, maybe it’s just a maturity thing and college is just getting ridiculously more fun by the second.Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

After long reflection, meditation, and several cups of cuban coffee, I have tried to gather all of the major moments of 2014 into a collage of photos.Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

With that being said, thank you 2014 for all the memories. You will be missed. And for those of you unsure how special 2014 was… Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 11.44.44 PM

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xx, n_bru


Music Mondays: Happy Holidaze

Posted by on December 15, 2014 | No Comments »

Let’s face it. If you aren’t listening to Christmas/Holiday music come December 1st, you’re basically on the naughty list. Buddy the elf said it himself,

“the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

With that being said, here are a few tunes you should know every (OK fine, most) words to.

Happy holidaze you filthy animals. 




Ugh… I Just…

Posted by on December 14, 2014 | No Comments »

Can’t. Even.


You never know when it’ll hit you. You could just wake up in the morning, check your iPhone for the temperature to see what you’ll pull together that morning and decide, like Nati, that…



After dealing with the weather, you casually scroll through your BFF’s snap story and, GASP!  like Adriana…


Maybe even ugh with Schuyler when you see someone Instagram their giant Acai bowl breakfast with a double scoop of oats and honey…


But the absolute worst for Sara is when you finally get into your car and you’re immediately confronted with booming noise from the stereo…



Or even worse, Taylor Swift is playing on the radio for the umpteenth time and like Shannon…



You might even be on your merry way to Dallas hall when two+ people walking one mile-per-hour are taking up the entire sidewalk making it almost impossible to pass through or  walk around them when you’re trying to get to class and like Addison…


If you’re maybe international, and some people are a little confused about your exact first language, you might take after Jessica…


Along with half of the population, apparently, you could just be flipping through the channels and as The Princess Diaries plays on The Disney Channel you remember like Taylor…



Or, if you’re anything like me, the whole world is just simply…DanielaDaniela


Gift Guide {For the Traveler}

Posted by on December 12, 2014 | No Comments »


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Slide11. Leather World Travel Journal

2. Back Me Mobile Charger

3. Minipresso

4. Bellroy’s Passport Sleeve and Wallet


6. Nap Sac Travel Blanket and Pillow

7. Travel Adapters

Wishing everyone a safe travel during winter break!