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Dreams at a Discount: Adam Levine for Kmart

December 9, 2013 by

Sorry ladies, this one is for the gentlemen. But then again is it really….?

 Adam Levine age (33 years old)

As Adam Levine was just named PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man of the Year,” I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us females wish we had a man like Adam in our lives. And if you don’t? Well, at least you can start dressing your replacement to look like him!

{Watch the sizzling commercial that started it all here.}

While Target has consistently hit the ball out of the park with its collaborations over the years, the Adam Levine for Kmart collection deserves our attention now. This collection is swoon-worthy— for both males and females, regardless of who’s wearing it.

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So, if you’ve been deliberating what to get your beau this Christmas, go ahead and spoil you both. Best part of all? The collection is currently on sale!

Shop the collection here.

Date Night Revamped: LARK on the Park

November 18, 2013 by

Plopped right down in the center of downtown Dallas, LARK on the Park is the perfect revamped date night go-to. Facing Klyde Warren Park, LARK becomes not only a dinner date destination but an evening adventure. Last week, I spent the night munchin’ down on Sicilian meatballs, American Kobe eye of round Carpaccio (a mouthful, literally and figuratively), and may have snagged some of my delectable dinner date’s braised lamb shank. His review? “Nothing will beat the lamb I had in Morocco, but this isn’t bad.” If only we were all so lucky.

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After paying the check, be sure to mosey on over the park just across the street. With the upcoming holiday season, the trees and pathways are lit beautiful with tea lights, which reflect of the skyscrapers all around you creating a breathtaking atmosphere.

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LARK on the Park: 2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy

Photos by: Shelly Knutson

Saint Ann and This Weekend’s Formal Frenzy

November 18, 2013 by

As expected, the SMUstyle team convened yesterday for our weekly staff meeting. With the break in what feels like sub-zero temperatures for this So-Cal girl, we decided to hold court over at Saint Ann awesome patio. Located just a block away from the Crescent, this converted schoolhouse boasts both a trendy Uptown-atmosphere eatery and art museum on the second floor. With cozy fire pits and a life-sized chessboard out front, Saint Ann would be an eclectic spot to surprise your girlfriends with next Sunday brunch. Count me in on that next round of Skinny Basil Lemonades!


Located at 2501 N. Harwood St., Saint Ann is a cozy and romantic joint that feels centuries away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dallas

candles + cafe lights only add to this cozy atmosphere

candles + cafe lights only add to this cozy atmosphere


Had to snap these killers– only Shannon could pull these off. Hate/love her.

This week stay tuned because we have a lot coming at you! It is officially formal season and the mayhem has taken over. This weekend, we will be covering most stylish of SMU celebrities at the most decadent of events— Phi Delt’s New Years in November, Fiji’s Black Diamond, Kappa and Theta’s Kite & Key, Chi Omega, Sigma Chi, Tri Delta… pardon my Greek. To deter any mental breakdowns, we’ll be delivering outfit inspirations, make-up ideas, go-to glamour punches with sick costume jewelry, and other doses of daily SMUstyle inspiration. And don’t forget to make sure your date looks just as hot as you do— this time the boys are taking it back with Best Dressed: #SMUstyleapproved Gentlemen’s Edition.

Also, don’t miss SMU Retail Club’s fashion show tomorrow at the Meadows Atrium at 5:30 PM.

Photos by: Shelly Knutson

Rose-Colored Glasses? Try FuelBand.

November 14, 2013 by

First rule of marketing: know your audience. And by the looks of Nike’s newest campaign, its audience has changed. The new target for the Rose Gold Nike FuelBand is an arm-party-obsessed (a la Man Repeller), city-sleek fashionista just like you and me and I am totally into it. But if you are too, don’t wait— only a limited quantity of these babies will be released November 21.

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ROWYMO Rock Show: What to Wear

November 14, 2013 by

This Friday (tomorrow), get ready to rock ‘n roll because it’s time for Rock Out with Your Moustache Out! As a lady, I dread the first day of November. Yeah, the first week of lazy bed-head and a little but of scruff is a hot look found on most frat stars around campus. But what happens 10 or so days in? Total moustache mayhem. However, I can’t complain. No Shave November is a movement similar to wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it benefits and supports awareness for men’s health. This awesome concert is no different.

Tomorrow at the Granada Theater, you’ll find the drinks flowin’ and moustaches growin’ while banks like Goodnight Ned and The Roomsounds get to rockin’. Get there at 7PM to be on time or like a true rockstar, pregame the show at a trendy Greenville Ave location and arrive fashionably late. Either way, dress to impress. Luckily you have me here to help with that….

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Tickets: general admission ($20) and back stage ‘stache ($50, includes: admission, T-shirt, 2 drink tickets). All proceeds benefit men’s health.

Granada Theater: 3524 Greenville Ave

And! If you have a little too much fun (as the ROWYMO team suggests), Uber is offering 30% off your ride both to and from the even with the promo code “MOV2.”

– Shelly Knutson

Alpha Chi Couture

November 11, 2013 by

Last Friday I had the honor of modeling for Alpha Chi Couture, a silent auction and fashion show event put on by the ladies of the SMU Alpha Chi Omega sorority. The event was a smashing success, raising over $40,000 for Genesis Women’s Shelter, Alpha Chi’s philanthropy.


Expecting a basic pop-up shop event on campus, I was in for a surprise. This event was major. Put on by world-renowned supermodel  Jan Strimple, Alpha Chi Couture surpassed my expectations. Arriving at 3:45, I was greeted by the Avalon Salon team who did all the models’ hair and makeup (including foundation and a swish of lip-gloss for the boys!). As the Pi Beta Phi representative, I found the coolest part of the show to be how diverse the group of models was: a boy and girl from every sorority and fraternity on campus participated, including Alpha Chi alumnae.


The show was held at Tower Club Dallas, located on the 48th floor of Thanksgiving Tower in downtown. Check out the view from the dressing room!


All of the couture modeled in the show was donated by Tootsie’s for the women and a combination of  Zar Clothier, Beretta Gallery and WAREhaus for the gentlemen. The show was organized geographically with six different segments: Deep Ellum, The Blvd, Downtown, Park Cities, Uptown, and Tower Club.

At 7:45 the auction was over and it was time to hit the runway! My first look opened both the show and the Deep Ellum section. At my fitting at Tootsie’s, I walked in wearing a deep wine fur shawl and the lady styling me knew I’d just love this number. She was totally right!  I mean, that hunter green circle scarf?! How could I not.


With a quick change backstage, I was ready to go in my Downtown look. The goal of this section was to present a fresh, young take on old, stuffy Downtown Dallas workwear. I’d say we were successful. Best hidden secret: this royal blue top had a sexy open back!


And lastly for the finale— Tower Club. The looks of this section flowed seamlessly from the seats of the audience onto the runway. Elegance, poise, and glamour were the words of the walk and fit the ambiance of Tower Club effortlessly. Surrounded by floor-length ball gowns, I got to have some fun with this spiced-up flapper dress.


A huge thanks to all the ladies at Alpha Chi Omega and an enormous congratulations for the donation all your hard work raised! And also, thanks to all the various people who helped me out with capturing this amazing event.

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Spooktacular Digs: My Apartment!

October 31, 2013 by

So I wasn’t lying when I said my favorite holiday was Halloween….


Come on in!


This little man hangs comfortably from our living room fan.


“Dr. E. Vyle’s POISON Sppoky Tree Lane”


And like all other holidays, Halloween cannot lack glitter!


Trick or Treat


These were a Z Gallerie steal!


Can I lend a hand?


We have a flair for the dramatic here in 301.


Thanks for comin’, see ya’ll next year!


Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year! Halloweentime that is….


And a special thanks to my roommate Brenna for putting up with my obsession. Love you!

Photos by: Shelly Knutson

You Ate It…. Now Negate It!

October 30, 2013 by
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Caught your eye didn’t I?


So yesterday I came across something brilliant…..

My friend Samantha Donat posted quite an intriguing table on her Facebook. When I inquired, she told me her mother, Jennifer Donat, was a personal trainer at a gym called Vivre in Palo Alto, California. Her mother sent this along to remind Samantha that everything has a consequence! I immediately thought I had to share.

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And the spookiest part of all? This table is based on mini, bite-sized or “snack-sized” portions, NOT the real thing!

Lay off the candy this Halloween or get that booty to the gym!

The Apple of my Eye: Elements Boutique

October 18, 2013 by

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink— that’s how we’ve been feeling about our last-minute formal rush. We shared our findings from Aftershock London with you yesterday but perhaps that’s not enough? Don’t worry, beauty queen, Stevie from Elements Boutique swooped in like the Prince Princess Charming that she is and offered up some options for us to shoot and suggest to you.

Which one will steal Schuyler’s heart? Perhaps you’ll be at SoCo when the clock strikes midnight and you will get see…

The Perpetual Partier

This dress is for the girl with killer confidence: the combination of navy glitter and perfectly embossed highly structured leather shoulders, a sexy-fied front slit, and accentuated waist all demand so. Now you’re at your pre-pre-party dinner getting real cozy with your date and then it hits you: you may have forgotten a step when getting ready? Maybe next time….

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It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere

Now that you’re dressed, make-up on, hair blown-out, you’re gettin’ pretty confident. Let’s be honest, your chest is looking AH-some due to the perfect tailoring on this little number. It’s simple, sweet, and to the point. But then you remember that you don’t even know your date… cocktail time to calm the nerves!



Queen of Hearts

We’ll just admit it– you killed it tonight. Regardless of how the night began, you and your date rocked the dance floor, together you easily won “Best Dressed,” and you are now questioning whether you will remember it all the next morning. With pictures to prove it, who really cares?


Photos by: Shelly Knutson

Aftershock Afterdark

October 17, 2013 by

Gold, glitz and glamour— it all comes with a price, right? Well, at the recently-opened Aftershock London (located in Preston Center) you can have it all, and for a very reasonable cost. The huge European brand boasts stores in places like Egypt, Dubai, Greece and over 5 locations in London.  The eccentric European-style inspired look is evident in Aftershock London’s wide array of glamorous cocktail attire. It would be a shame to leave this store empty-handed.

We had almost a little too much fun playing with their assortment of different styles. From 20s flapper looks to sleek-city-girl style, each and every piece was a hit, making the decision on our top three picks for formal nearly impossible. This week the new fall collection arrives in-store, so if you are like us and are having a last minute dress disaster…look no further.

The Golden Girl

buy this dress-- be this happy.

buy this dress– be this happy.

thug lyfe

thug lyfe

we're serious about our obsession-- both front AND back

we’re serious about our obsession– both front AND back are seriously spectacular

but a little glam to remind 'em who's boss

but a little glam to remind ’em who’s boss

This dress immediately caught our eye. It’s one of those pieces we could see any one of our readers wearing out for a night on the town or even to one of the many upcoming formals, like Pi Phi and Theta’s Southern Comfort this weekend.

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

a party aficionado

a party aficionado

a flair for the dramatic

a flair for the dramatic

"Can't repeat the past? Why, of course you can!"

“Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!”



While the Pike Great Gatsby party may have come and gone like the decade it was inspired by, the fashion of the age is here to stay. This dress begs to be worn and adorned with classy accessories to match its elegant style.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

check dat blang blang

check dat blang blang

brass knuckles got nothin' on this

brass knuckles got nothin’ on this



did we forget about the sequins? oh wait.....

did we forget about the sequins? oh wait…..

If you’re anything like Shelly and Daniela, bold moves come to be expected. I don’t want to spoil any secrets but as a BFF-insider I can tell ya’ll that Daniela most definitely will not be wearing a dress to SoCo formal…. What will you wear?

P.S.: A big thanks to the team at Aftershock London. We loved getting to play dress up with ya’ll!

Written and Styled by: Daniela Hernandez, Shelly Knutson, and Schuyler Mack

Photos by: Shelly Knutson