Art Smart


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


Spooktacular Digs: My Apartment!

Posted by on October 31, 2013 | No Comments »

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


“How To” Wear a mask…Vogue edition

Posted by on October 30, 2013 | No Comments »

Halloween done Vogue style. What could be better? While one might think that simply wearing  a mask for halloween is a great idea. It’s a different story when you have the design team of Marchesa constructing your custom mask, things might get a-little pricy. Heres a few of my hit favorites from the Vogue collection.

hhTop Left: Dolce and Gabbana. Top Right: Custom Nike mask for model Hilary Rhoda

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Grace Coddington rocks a custom Stephen Jones Millinery mask.

Keep it original! X Sky


Spooktacular Digs: Dorm Edition

Posted by on October 29, 2013 | No Comments »

Since it’s Halloweek and everyone is always just so curious what the Freshmen are up to… (whether you are or not, pretend like you are for the sake of this post and for Halloween spirit) I decided to do some hunting to find the best dorm deco!

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After a fun, but slightly frightful, time of going door to door and being bribed with candy, I had a hard time picking favorites

…until I came across this. This is when I chose a favorite:

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(Special thanks to Chloe Marciano, Ali Bloom, Kate Howard, and Bari Kesner for the spooktacular tours)

So Freshmen, and all else are welcome of course, if you’re as determined as I am to keep that trick-or-treating tradition going this year, you now know exactly where to find it. These dorms are not to disappoint.

Happy Haunting My Pretties


Sassy New Salon Opens Uptown

Posted by on October 28, 2013 | No Comments »

Happy “Holloweek” everyone! — Or in short, the week we here at SMUstyle are dedicating to the sassiest, chicest holiday of all. Of course everyone wishes to look the finest and have the killer costume of the party, but where would all of that start without hair and make-up!? The old Salon Pompeo location has been gutted and transformed into a colorful and exuberantly staffed new Uptown hot spot, Blaine’s salon. With the recent raise of prices at drybar, more and more people are opting out of that $40 flat-rate and looking elsewhere for more affordable replacements. At Blaine’s salon, you can have it all. Whether you’re looking for simply a blowout, a cut, coloring, or a professional makeup application, it is truly a “one-stop-shop” — not only for Halloween makeup essentials, but for year round beauty treatments as well.

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XO, Sky


Comfy Sweaters and Bold Necklines

Posted by on October 22, 2013 | No Comments »

I know I’m not the only one who has noticed the dropping temperatures here in Dallas – and it looks like they’re finally here to stay! Fall and winter is arriving which means it’s only that much more difficult to get out of those super comfy oversized sweaters and into something a little better suited for OT / Rose Wednesdays and Den Thursdays. It’s that time of the year where you don’t necessarily want to freeze in your silk blouse when you walk outside, but don’t want to die of heat once you walk into a bar or a restaurant either. In this slightly awkward transition, I’m voting to stay in my comfy sweater!


Matched up with a big statement necklace, simple sweaters (or even a cardigan thrown over a tee!) can easily transform into chic ensembles. Add a pair of skinny jeans, or even a cute skirt and you’ll see what I mean.


Here are some of my favorite classic sweaters and funky statement necklaces I found while procrastinating on my last minute papers and homework assignments – can you blame me? They’re all so adorable! And check out the prices – you’ll be shocked to see how affordable your favorite statement necklaces can be!


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Enjoy! xx, D


Sunday Sunsets & Toko V

Posted by on October 21, 2013 | No Comments »

This week the SMU Style team enjoyed a Sunday evening perched right above Highland Park Village in it’s trendy new Asian-inspired tavern. With Halloween creeping up and the weather (finally) allowing us to strut our fave fall outfits, the team had plenty to plan and discuss.

Toko V has renovated the upstairs portion of the former Marquee Grill into a modern eatery, ideal for the SMU social scene. Located just above the Highland Park Village Theatre, this bistro proposes an elegant yet upbeat feel for its guests, complete with fantastic cuisine and immaculate service. From the lighting to the furniture, Toko V invites all to indulge in fine food and good conversation. 



While discussing plans for new stories and shoots, we devoured a few decadent dishes and sampled some phenomenal cocktails. The menu offers a balanced variety, ranging from simple shared plates to well portioned entrees. Their incredible cocktails can quench any thirst and explore unique flavor combinations, influencing guests to engage in another treat. Best of all their cuisine is not only healthy and made fresh, but also reasonably priced, making Toko V a key component in the Dallas restaurant domain.

Whether grabbing some sushi with a friend or enjoying a cocktail going out, this gem promises a good time. Through the course of this week, we urge you to all keep stylish in this gorgeous fall weather and to make plans to check out Toko V, the New Asian Restaurant.
Love always, 
The SMU Style Team

Who doesn’t love a little Birchbox?

Posted by on October 16, 2013 | No Comments »

Last Thursday while everyone was getting his or her last minute essentials ready for the big long weekend, Shannon and I were being introduced to the best website for goodies!

A preview of what your Birchbox could look like!

A preview of what your Birchbox could look like!

Birchbox is an awesome company that helps people discover different beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products on the market.  Through a subscription, consumers receive a monthly package (aka box full of awesome presents!) with a different selection of samples from both loved and up-and-coming brands already pre-screen by Birchbox.  A Birchbox subscription is great for a monthly “care package” or even a thoughtful gift for a friend or boyfriend. Their goods are not limited to just girls! Boys have the option of signing up to receive their own personalized Birchbox as well.

Last night, Birchbox threw a lovely dinner party at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar. It was an intimate gathering of Birchbox employees and local Dallas fashion bloggers. We both had a great time meeting other women in the area with the same interests as us.  Dinner consisted of mouth-watering squash hush puppies, shrimp and grits, and delicious southern-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and biscuits. And for dessert, was an amazing key lime pie and “better than sex” chocolate cake, and my god it was so good!  There’s nothing better than a fantastic meal and even better gift bags to start off our long weekend! For party favors, everyone received a Birchbox, which was an example of what you would get every month and it was full of great samples of lotion, nail polish, lipstick, and perfume.  Sissy’s also gifted everyone with homemade jam and cookies.

Birchbox Event @ Sissy's

Overall, it was a fantastic night of amazingly delicious food and was a great way to meet local Dallas fashionistas. After learning more about the company, Birchbox is definitely something to try out!! Check them out at!

xxSL & D