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McKenna Cottam


May 8, 2013 by

So I would have to say my biggest procrastination attraction would have to be Tumblr. Unlike Pinterest, my brain barely need sto think of where to organize pictures. Does the street style photo fall under this or that. Does a hilarious photo of the Man Repeller fall under Girl Crush (to say the least) or Smitten. You’re right, these problems are a meer fraction of issues I should be concerned about. But thats why Tumblr is my go-to. No thinking, just clicking. Like that? Oh, no problem. Just tap that little reblog post button and next thing you know you have just wasted (or not) an hour of fragile study time. Because if you’re anything like me I’ve been putting all of this nonsense off for quite sometime and now I am buried in a bit of things.

So here you go. A little filtered procrastination, and eye candy for those eyes that have either a) been staring at a book too long or b) dosing off into space for while.


xx McKenna


SMUstyle + To & From

April 17, 2013 by

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We are so excited that the lovely ladies, Katie and Meg, from To & From Magazine ask SMUstyle to participate in their Spring 2013 Gift Guide Issue. If you’ve never heard of To & From, well, you have been missing out. It’s definitely the magazine/gift guide of our time. Each issue (their previous issues include a Holiday and Valentine’s Day Gift Guide) incorporates a variety of gift categories made from what bloggers are currently coveting or what they would buy their bff for Graduation/Christmas/Valentines Day. What makes this ultimate gift guide the best is because each image links you right to the product. It’s brilliant. So say adios to the “I hate buying gifts” because you “never know what to get someone”.  To & From has done it all for you. All you have to do is just click here and there (and believe you’ll be gift-guiding for quite some type, this online mag is addicting to flip through)

The Spring 2013 Issue includes a whole bunch of goodies for not only Graduates, but also Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Weddings, Baby Showers and Birthday. So go ahead and check it out. Graduation is exactly month away from tomorrow (wow. that just made me feel weird inside) and hey, for all you graduates this can also work as a wish list if your still debating what you might ask for this big accomplishment.


McKenna Cottam

Goodness Gracious, Great Gatsby Soundtrack

April 16, 2013 by

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So as if The Great Gatsby Trailer hasn’t been a big enough teaser for you, I’ve come to tease you just a little bit more. The soundtrack for the much anticipated film (#dontletmedownleo) is going to be out of this world. After googling my guts out trying to find a leaked version of Florence Welch’s Over the Love or, um, how about Beyonce and Andree 3000’s cover of the late Amy Winehouse ‘s (R.I.P) Back to Black, I’ve failed. Sad to find nothing (besides the article), I have accepted the fact that May 7 (release date) will be like waking up on Christmas morning. Available for digital pre-order on April 23, this soundtrack may be the next best thing since the Forrest Gump Soundtrack or Blow Soundtrack. And since these movie are bit old, I’m way over due for some good movie tunes. I’ve listened to the trailer a good handful of times, but that just doesn’t do the songs justice.

Here is a low down on what to expect:

1. “100$ Bill” – Jay-Z
2. “Back to Black” – Beyoncé and André 3000
3. “Bang Bang –
4. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
5. “Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey
6. “Love Is the Drug” – Bryan Ferry with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra
7. “Over the Love” – Florence + The Machine
8. “Where the Wind Blows” – Coco O. of Quadron
9. “Crazy in Love” – Emeli Sandé and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra
10. “Together” – The xx
11. “Hearts a Mess” – Gotye
12. “Love Is Blindness” – Jack White
13. “Into the Past” – Nero
14. “Kill and Run” – Sia

Sorry if that just made you anxious…

xx MC

McKenna Cottam

Bronzed Babe

April 11, 2013 by



Remember that one time… when you thought it would be a good idea to experiment with a new tanning product before a big night? Instead of looking like a bronzed babe you looked like someone out of the Jersey Shore. I can’t blame you, we’ve all been there. I mean how are we suppose to know which self-tanning products work best when there about 178,986 options out there.? Between the daily moisturizing, spray bottles and wipes that stack the shelves of CVS I find myself in frenzie trying to pick ‘the perfect’. I’ve come to find this problem to be quite similar to the well-known tale of Goldy Locks. Too smelly. Too orange. Too streaky. Bottom line. Finding the self-tan product that is ‘jussst right’ is hard. But could this new product be the answer to all our tanning tantrums?

Sold at Nordstrom, ULTA and ASOS, Xen-Tan is the ultimate tan fix to all your Goldy Locks probs. They’ve got you fixed for all your tanning needs and ut-ohs. (because we all know apply the perfect tan by yourself is almost impossible). I dabbled into the Xen-Tan’s Daily Moisturizer in Light/Medium and my despite my initial fear I would look like Derek Zoolander in disguise, the Face Tanner Luxe in Medium/Dark (ambitious, I know, but I applied a small amount evenly and it gave my face a nice little glow).

The Daily moisturizer is my favorite. It’s suppose to smell like Green Tea. What does green tea smell like? I couldn’t really tell you first hand, but if this what Green Tea really smells like then I want everything to smell like green tea. I was never asked by friends if I just put on tanner because I smelled funky (and I’m sure you know, anyone that gets a wiff of self-tan is gladly willing to call you out for it) and I didn’t have freaky orange creases in between my fingers.

If you’re in dire need of a tan in 10 then I would go with Xen-Tan’s Moroccan Tan . *note: do use the tanning glove that is given, else things may get weird on your palms.* This potion (I’m going to resort to calling this stuff potion because I don’t unerstand how it can get you from butt-white to bronzed babe without making you smell weird) has a tropical-esc  scent that will get you looking darker instantly. Scared you might get called out for smelling like tanner, Xen-Tan hs got you covered. literally. Apply their Scent Secure Gold on about an hour after you have lathered yourself up in any of their products and you’ll be scent free (it’s like deodorant for your tan)

After a few days of being flawlessly tan, it’s no surprise, and sorry TMI, that that skins got to sluff off somewhere. And guess what goes along with it… your tan. Your glow has somewhat turned into a freakish leprosy type thing and as much as you luffa, there is still little hope to  get your skin looking  instantly normal. Thats where Xen-Tan comes into save the day, and to deter those stares you may be getting in class. Don’t forget to buy Xen-Tan’s Body Scrub, not only to apply as prep before your tan, but also to get the lingering tan and uneven toned skin back to its roots  pigma.

With the last few weekends of school left (meh, G word!) and no guarantee of consistent sun (thank you Texas weather) you’ve got to leave that lasting impression of looking good right? (being sarcastic, kinda) and sun-kissed skin (from a bottle or not) is an easy way to lookin’ good.

see you around you bronzed-babe, you.

xx MC
McKenna Cottam

I Die for These…

April 8, 2013 by

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With lots of formals and special events coming up ( like the G word) I’ve been on the hunt for cute dresses and what not. I popped into Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms the other day and easily feel in love with a few dresses ( and these which you saw on Insta if you follow us.) Here are a few of the favs + more I found stumbling around online. Why I swayto the blues and electric greens… I can not say…

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Happy Monday!

xx MC

McKenna Cottam

Shazam for Your Fashion Fancies?

April 4, 2013 by


We’ve all been there. You’re cruising down the ( I’ve been told only Californians place the before freeways/major highways, so ex that*) Central Expressway and a song flips the “ohh I like this” switch inside your head. So what do you do? Of course, pull out the iPhone and Shazam that sound. I don’t know about you, but this app has saved me a numerous amount of times. I’ll spend a decent amount of time competing with my brain to try and file out the name/artist of the song that is playing, and when I fail Shazam is there (and due to my stubbornness, by the time I chose to Shazam, the song ends before Shay Z [Shazam’s designated informal human name; pronounced Shea- Zee] has had time to  thoroughly listen) to pick up my music-knowledge deficiency.

But the makers of Shazam have informed the public that their brilliant software isn’t limited to adding tracks to your iTunes playlist, notifying you that “A Tagged artist is performing near you” and building your music repertoire. They are in the makes of creating fashion ID app that can identify what your favorite celeb is wearing. Way over my head, but I don’t hate it. Although I would be no-one without Google, I do find our bond teeters on a love-hate basis sometimes when Googs doesn’t understand exactly what I mean when I say “gray sweatshirt puffy sleeves” or “backless dress with cross over panelling”.

This ID app could be the answer to all of our style stalking questions and the initiator of a bank account buster. I can already tell you that I will be using this app on the reg when it hits the app store. My daily obsessions over Kelly Ripa‘s morning attire on Live with Kelly & Michael will be just one snap away.  It’s pretty much the answer to our style-crush prayers.

Fascinated with this fashion-savvy app, read more about it on The Guardian.


McKenna Cottam

* For  just a little laugh and some reinforcement that Californians do in fact speak in somewhat of a common traffic language, I present to you The Californians. [No harm intended, I myself am a CA native]

SMU Fashion Week is Here!

April 1, 2013 by


So we know all about New York Fashion Week and Paris from Street Style photos that have been posted all over the Interent from our favorites street style bloggers like The Sartorialist and. But it’s time to reel it in a little closer to home  home away from home ( because we all know or rents dont like it when we call this place our “home”) so come join all the stylish student body throughout the week during SMU Fashion Week.

See you there

xx McKenna Cottam


Let the Weekend Begin

March 28, 2013 by

I know, I know, we did just have a week off for spring break, but who doesn’t look forward to a long weekend?

Here some other things to enjoy/ are getting me through the last few hours before the weekend.

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Have a great weekend!

xx McKenna