Bread Winners Inc.’s freshly opened spot (just 3 bebe weeks in fact) is just a quick three minute drive from campus down on McKinney and is ready for SMU biz. Sara and I made the long haul last Tuesday to check out the new space.
This past Sunday, Daniela and I made the trek across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (prime photo op heading back into Downtown, btw) to check out Boulevardier in the heart of the Bishop Arts District. Even on a Sunday night, the neighborhood was bumpin’, and we couldn’t wait to see what was in store.
This past Sunday, the SMUStyle crew made the trek across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (the big fancy white one on all the Dallas promos) to the far off land of Oak Cliff in order to investigate Victor Hugo’s newest endeavor, a casual eatery called VH that’s just coming up on it’s 4th week of business.
Why is it that we live in such a fabulous, food focused city and rarely choose to explore it? Most SMU students (including myself) are guilty of sticking to their main hoods, stretching from campus to uptown, for finding meals. Time to stretch out and explore, kiddos. So next time you’re heading for a night out in uptown, head over to the Design District first for drinks and yummy small plates courtesy of Pakpao, your new not-so-traditional Thai go to. I joined them for a few bites last week to pass the knowledge on to you lovelies (oh, the sacrifices I make).
The Texas State Fair, that most legendary of institutions, made its way to D-town last month. Being a 1+ year Dallasite that had never made the trip, I decided to brave the highway maze and 95 degree weather (DO NOT GO WHEN IT IS ABOVE 90 DEGREES) to see what it’s all about. I can’t exactly recommend the fairgrounds as the best street fashion destination, but the food scene is massively more interesting. Even if they are a heart attack waiting to happen, these *mostly fried* creations are only around once a year so we’ll excuse you. Just make sure to run by Start afterwards for a spinach salad to soothe your arteries.
Monday is a b*tch. If you’re sitting in class reading this right now, I’m sorry, and, I feel your pain. In better news, my roommate just reminded me that fall break is near (thank God).
Well the crew went downtown this Sunday, and sat down for brunch at The Joule Hotel’s in-house restaurant, CBD Provisions. Of course we chatted about boulevard experiences, and everybody’s new obsession with Sisu, but more importantly, we brainstormed and assigned the posts for this week (fabulous). The food was absolutely incredible. Although all of my pictures from the meeting are of food (sorry I’m awkward and there were people everywhere), I’m going to give you a first-hand perspective of the team, and their contributions at breakfast.
Addison : First couple weeks on the team, and she’s killin’ it. She’s super in-the-know, and keeps us updated on who is doing what, and where. She’s pretty chill, but has this exciting edge about her that I look forward to finding more about.
Sara: She’s like a creative machine, always coming up with epic posts and improving the ideas we come up with. I love Sara’s style because it is so unique, but a direct embodiment of her personality. Her demeanor is polished, and I have no doubt that she will be America’s favorite first lady someday.
Adriana: It’s awkward bc Adriana has me CRACKING UP throughout our meetings. She boasts excitement, comedy, style, and fun. She always has the best jewelry, and is a vital entity on the team. If the team was a plate of food, Adriana would be that spicy marinade that is full of flavor and completes the meal.
Jessica: Obsessed. So fashionable, always always always. She’s a hard worker and is already bringing new stuff to the table. Jess is so sweet it’s unreal. She can carry on a convo with anyone and I can tell everyone is so happy to have her ebullient personality on the team.
Daniela: Daniela and I go way back, and I can’t say much has changed (except maybe the IMPECCABLE additions to her resume [you go girl]). She’s graceful and delicate, but also has this crazy-awesome fashion sense that puts her above the rest. Daniela will probably be a nicer, and more Miami-inspired Grace Coddington in the future, so keep your eye on her.
Shannon: Quite possibly the coolest person I know. Shannon is pretty reserved, but when she speaks you know what she’s saying is legit. She isn’t trendy, she sets trends. Giving her the most coveted wardrobe award, because wowowowow, when is she not wearing something that isn’t to-die-for.
Nati: Don’t quote me, but Nati might be the greatest person you will ever meet. She is a DIE HARD Nick Jonas fan, but actually lives for the Man Repeller (remember me when you’re her assistant). She is a fashion genius, and unbelievably hilarious.
Back to the food—so amazing. CBD Provisions’ menu may be modest in the number of items, but the dishes bleed flavorful, savory goodness. The service was amazing, and the atmosphere was inviting. CBD is definitely joining my go-to list for Dallas, and I might or might not be making a reservation for next weakend (cheers)! Although none of us indulged in Sunday morning comfort drinking, my eyes kept darting to the concoctions exiting the bar…..let me just say, next time, I’m starting with the drink menu.
Well, that wraps up the first post of this week, so good luck and God speed through these next 5 days. Thankfully, most hell-weeks should be over, so enjoy some well-deserved rest before the next round of testing. If nothing else, stay fashionable, because the world could always use a little less ugly.
Syllabus week is over and I can’t confidently say I’m okay with that. Some of us are clearly still on summer mode, but the reality of the semester is beginning to set in. So for these first few weeks we’ve really been emphasizing the philosophy “work hard, play hard”, and we’ve done just that *cheers*. For the team’s first official brunch of the semester we decided to check out Vagabond on lower Greenville. We didn’t know much about it, and to say the least we were pleasantly surprised with this hidden gem. Between the insane stories from the night before and the endless cups of water (much needed), we found ourselves drooling over the menu, eager to order.
While waiting for the food, we enjoyed Vagabond’s patio scene and all it’s glory. Nati and Shelly played a few rounds of Bocce, Daniella and Adriana sat at a table chatting about something fabulous I’m sure, and Sky and Shannon were posted in the back, simply being cool.
*****NEW TREND: DOUBLE BAGGING*****
Back to the food—those plates came out from the kitchen and we all immediately gathered back around the table without anyone having to say a word. We ate family style (aww) so we could sample all the different entrees and get a taste for everything Vagabond has to offer.
Recommendations: The Brunch Burger, French Toast with Brandied Cherries, and the Apple Stuffed Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar
After indulging in brunch, we got down to business. We brainstormed some new ideas, presented a few opportunities, planned some stellar posts, and most importantly discussed the potential new bloggers for the team! All I gotta say is, it keeps getting better. The SMUStyle team is back and better than ever, advising all to stay tuned and stay stylish.
The SMU Style Team
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.