Art Smart

Spring Break Playlist

Posted by on February 28, 2014 | No Comments »


Happy Friday Readers!!

I am beyond honored to be a part of SMUStyle’s first playlist. I would love to start by saying that music is a huge asset to one’s style. The way we walk, talk, dance, and dress is so similar to what we listen to whether we notice it or not. I’m not saying that if you listen to indie music you are a hipster or if you listen to rap you are super ghetto; but, artists we enjoy listening to often dress the way we like to dress or sing the tunes we love to let loose to! Music is not only one of my biggest passions, but is definitely an ongoing, growing lifestyle I hope to continue pursuing throughout my life and journalistic career. It is so important that we listen to what we love and discover new tracks that are similar to our diverse tastes. I thought it was only fair for our spring break playlist to reflect all genres that may appeal to our readers (even if I don’t listen to them myself hehe). So without further ado, I bring to you SMUStyle’s Spring Break Playlist! 


pop from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5


dance from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5


indie from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5


alternative from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5


country from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5


rap from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5


classic jams from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5


remixes from left to right: 1/2/3/4/5

I hope everyone enjoys their spring breaks and has safe travels!!!


P.S. Happy listening!!!


“Riding Solo” to BEYOND Pedaling

Posted by on February 15, 2014 | No Comments »

I’m not going to lie, it had been quite a long time since I had been to a spinning class. Working out isn’t exactly my thing but, you do what you gotta do to stay fit (at least that’s what I tell myself to get through studio doors!) So, when I saw BEYOND Pedaling’s Valentine’s Day class special – they simply made an offer I could not refuse.


Their ever so punny “Riding Solo” themed Valentine’s Day class topped with a live DJ

not only sounded like fun, but was fun!


When I first walked into the dark studio room, saw the DJ stand next to the instructor bike stand along with my complimentary towel at my bike, I was a little nervous about being able to keep up with the other students who clearly seemed like pros by now. But once the DJ started bouncing with us to Hardwell, Zedd, and even a little Robyn – it was hard to not enjoy myself! I might have walked in tired, but I left almost too energetic to start my evening off the right way. After class I definitely considered telling them to change their name to Club Pedal!


With spring break right around the corner, I know everyone is working extra hard to get that Cabo-ready Spring Break bod and BEYOND Pedaling is definitely SMUstyle’s choice of studio to get you there! Believe me, you’ll be dying to go back after your first class!


Check out all of their available classes here!


And in case you were in the market for some more workout stuff…


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Fashion Makeover: Emoji Edition

Posted by on February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Harper’s Bazaar has just changed the whole emoji game with their release of the most perfect fashion emoji’s I have ever

seen – and just in time for New York Fashion Week!


Now that’s just a preview of the goodies the Harper’s Bazaar team has provided to make conversing amongst the fashion savvy that much easier. If you haven’t already, I suggest you get to the App Store ASAP to show your friends how sultry Gwyneth circa March 2012 you’re feeling or maybe how you’re needing a green juice cleanse to get ready for the long weekend ahead!


Happy texting!

xx, D



Posted by on January 27, 2014 | No Comments »

I’ll be honest, I usually watch the Red Carpet hour before the award shows start and then…turn off the TV. The Grammys are always known for being the place to wear your sexiest or craziest get-up of Awards Season, but last night the stars stayed pretty tame in my opinion. Here are a few highlights of the night’s festivities.

Chrissy Teigen literally killed it. It may not be the most avant-garde or on-trend look on the red carpet, but this girl looked absolutely stunning in a blingy gown by Johanna Johnson. Everyone should be jealous of John Legend (her new hubby) right about now.

Katy Perry walked a fine line between being too theme-y with her Valentino dress from the most recent Couture collection shown just last week. Personally, I thought it was a hit. Perry is known for her eccentric and playful wardrobe, and I thought it was perfect for her.Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.02.40 AMNever a huge Ciara fan, I would argue that she has never looked so beautiful. She reminded me a lot of Kate Hudson on the Red Carpet, with a perfect balance of effortless and glamorous all at the same time. This gown was custom Emilio Pucci.  She also gets a bonus +100 points for being one of the best dressed of the night while working around a pretty significant baby bump.

Props to Taylor Swift for looking so chic. It may not be the most exciting gown I’ve ever seen, but she looks amazing nonetheless. I also love how perfectly tailored her dress was, it really accentuated the streamlined feel. This gucci dress is actually made of chainmail, a welcome change to the amount of sequined metallics out there. Now that Little Tay is growing up I believe has a calling as the First Lady. I mean can’t you totally see it?!Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.10.42 AM

Finally for some of the worst dressed ladies on the Red Carpet…

I think Paris Hilton may have teamed up with figure skater Johnny Weir to design this gown. Perhaps she found it fitting with the upcoming Winter Olympics next month? The hair really doesn’t help this look either, I’m scared to know the amount of hairspray that was used to make her hair stand up so that it looks like she is in a wind machine.

Rita Ora is usually one you can count on to rock some awesome outfits with unique style. But what was this dress. Seriously. I think she just didn’t have a dress the day before and had this hanging in her closet. Not only is it the identical color of Frankenstein, but the silhouette is awful! My mother wears less conservative clothing. I also despised the color of her hair with the green, as well as the sandals which were just so random. Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.18.49 AM

 xo, SWM



Beautiful as a butterfly (Paris couture 2014)

Posted by on January 24, 2014 | No Comments »

As the Paris fashion week couture shows are wrapping up, neutral elements have been hitting main stage. Incredible craftsmanship is what separates haute couture from the rest of fashion. Relying on modern ideas to stay relevant. Couture usually reflects the seasons coming up. In this case…Spring. Natural landscapes and butterflies have been trending in the shows like Valentino, Chanel and Gaultier.

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Peter Pilotto For Target

Posted by on January 22, 2014 | No Comments »

Target has done it again! Contracting top designers to add to their already impressive portfolio. The London based designer has put together a collection of casual tops and skirts, along with blazers and a-line dresses. The bold pattern clashes that Pilotto is known for are paired with color blocking textiles. Here are some of the looks that will be in Target stores February 9th.
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Rush Week: Coats Under $100

Posted by on January 10, 2014 | No Comments »

Even though we are all aware of the Ice Age that is currently taking over the North East and luckily left Dallas already, if you are anything like I am… you’ve checked the Dallas forecast for next week about 10 times each day, and are contemplating how to avoid freezing your butt off in addition to looking like the abominable snowman. With these coats under $100, you’re guaranteed to still show off your cocktail attire or even dress up your snappy casual! (P.S. most of these coats are on sale, so expedite like there is no tomorrow ladies 😉 )

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Also, the great thing about all of these jackets are that they are closet staples. You can wear them multiple times with out it being obvious!

xx Isa



Posted by on January 8, 2014 | No Comments »

Snappy casual?! Whatever the hell that means; your guess is as good as mine. Basically don’t come in a gown but, do try to show off your own unique style. Whether you’re a skirt and jacket kinda gal, or you prefer to mix it up with some harem pants (10 points for gryffindor). Here are some edgy and some simple outfits and accessory options to mix and match as you please. 

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Happy shopping!



Day 2: Philanthropy Day

Posted by on January 7, 2014 | No Comments »

philanthropy day


As I am sure most of you have gathered by now, dressing for the philanthropy day of recruitment is all about figuring out how  to incorporate the mandatory provided shirt into your wardrobe. Though I very much wanted to burn camouflage this said shirt, I remember having to make do with it, as will you. Above are a few outfit ideas that will help you abide by the rules while still showing a hefty amount of  personal style. Oh and P.S., some of these items are on sale!


Suited Up {Dominick Hidalgo}

Posted by on November 25, 2013 | 1 Comment »

With all the formals going on this past weekend, we couldn’t forget to keep our eyes out for all of the boys suited up in their formal best!




Meet our next It-Boy Dominick Hidalgo, sophomore from Miami, FL who loves formals just as much as he loves dancing …which is a lot. (Trust us!) Guaranteed you’ll always be able to find Dominick on the dance floor, or working his way around the room being Mr. Social. When Dominick called me last week for advice on what kind of tux to get for the one-and-only FIJI Black Diamond formal my answer was immediate – black tuxedo, black bow-tie, white shirt, cummerbund: yes, vest: no. Classic, simple, elegant.




I caught up with Dominick at the W Hotel as he was getting ready for his big night. While girls go through the whole process of “what dress should I wear?” and “how should I do my hair?” Boys, or at least Dominick, take a maximum half hour …if that! See how Dominick pulls together his sharp ensemble.





SS: What’s your favorite part about formals?

DH: Probably the dancing because I love music and dancing is a great way to celebrate the fun occasion and having fun with your friends


SS: As a guy, do you enjoy dressing up?

DH: Yeah, I always like looking good and getting dressed up


SS: What are you most excited about tonight at Black Diamond?

DH: To see everyone dressed up and live it up with my friends


So dapper in his penguin suit!

So dapper in his penguin suit!


xx, D