I recently purchased a jean skirt, which for me was something truly outstanding. I’ve wanted one for a long time, but I could never find the ideal one that fit me properly around my waist and wasn’t too tight or too long. Issues, man. I thought this dream skirt didn’t exist, UNTIL my friend who was visiting came home from Zara with it in hand. My dream turned into a reality, and the next day I dragged her back to try it on for myself. On a whim, I ended up buying it. lol are you really surprised?
Ever look at someone’s flawless makeup in awe and confusion as to why you can’t get yours to look that perfect? Well, Maddie Rice is that girl we’ve all caught ourselves staring at and this week I was lucky enough to get the inside scoop on all of her secrets. Follow Maddie’s steps for “going out” makeup and prepare to wow the crowd at Homebar this Thursday, or at least the few that will remember.
My pal Mary Sanford McClure started a fashion blog, Sanford Standard, this past April. Now that she’s gotten into the swing of blogging, I couldn’t wait to ask our fellow mustang some quick q’s.
Page Walker is everything; she’s smart, gorgeous, creative, sweet, and trés chic. She’s a member of SMU’s Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, competes on the Ad team, has interned for D Magazine, styled for Free People, along with a slew of other credentials that set her above the rest. Even with the pressures of school, her extra-curriculars, a social life, and the need for sleep, she maintains her poised demeanor.
If you haven’t met her I’d have to say you’re definitely missing out.
Keep killin’ em Page!
You’ll either spot him on campus with his bike or you’ll just spot him in general for what he’s wearing to class that day. Let me introduce you to Julian Ryles– a junior from San Francisco, California whose style has a lot to do with where he’s from. Dressing comfortably over dressing flashy is his motto, but let’s be honest…even when he dresses comfortably it’s not your typical t-shirt and basketball shorts. Not only is his style great, but he also has killer taste in music to go with it. (Ask him for song recommendations, you won’t regret it) Thankfully we were able to sit down with him recently to get a glimpse of who Julian Ryles really is.
SS: Who are your style icons?
Julian : Arthur Ash, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Ryan Gosling, and JFK.
SS: What is your favorite piece to shop for?
Julian: Watches. Because like shoes, it says a lot about a person. I’m into square vintage watches and ones that are hard to find.
SS: What would you describe your style as?
Julian: I would say my style is very California-hippie-urban based.
SS: What does every guy need in his closet? And why?
Julian: Every guy needs a good pair of vans. They’re great to just throw on, and even when they’re beat up they still look good.
SS: What is something you absolutely have to bring with you when you walk out the door?
Julian: A nice pair of sunglasses. I use to be big on Oliver Peoples, but the quality isn’t that great so now I really like Persols.
SS: What are you most excited about in 2015?
Julian: I’m excited to hang out with my best friends Rehan, Jared, Austin and Ted. Those guys keep me grounded and they influence me everyday some way or another.
Photos Taken By: Taylor Lewis
Last week on your typical Tuesday night, Addison and I got the chance to meet up with Nicky Hilton at Belk of the Galleria Mall to ask her a few questions about her new book 365 Style, along with some sage fashion advice from the famous fashionista–enjoy!
J&A: What was your inspiration for writing a book and how did this specific book come about?
NH: The idea came about a few years ago when I started becoming active on social media like in the Myspace days, and even Facebook, Twitter, people started writing in to me asking me for style advice and what to wear to certain events. I figured I’ve been in the fashion world for a long time, I started modeling in New York at 16, soon after designing handbags, and clothing. This was just sort of the next evolution.
J&A: Where did the inspiration for the title of the book come from?
NH: I’m a big numbers person, and so it sort of dawned on me that I would get dressed in the morning, and I was talking about it with my girlfriends, we’ll go to our closet, and we have all this stuff, but we feel like we have nothing to wear. Every girl can relate to that, so we found if we had three typical activities to dress for, stuck to six staple pieces and five accessories, we’d have a closet full of stuff that we actually wore.
J&A: What was your favorite part of writing the book?
NH: My favorite part was sitting down with friends and family and sort of interviewing them, having them remind me of different fun fashion memories and just being able to relive them.
J&A: What fall trend are you most excited about?
NH: I love the over-the-knee boot thing, all the animal motifs and embroidery on sweaters and handbags, I love that. I’ve seen a lot of capes, I don’t know if I can kind of pull off that trend but it’s interesting. Pastels and the mod resurgence, I love.
J&A: What is always in your bag?
NH: Rosebud lip salve, a blackberry, an iPhone, and candy – swedish fish.
J&A: What items are worth the splurge?
NH: There’s a chapter in the book actually called the Blacklist, it’s the five items every girl should have that are forbidden to ever enter storage. They are: a nice black blazer, a black pump, a black flat, a black pair of denim, and a black dress. So I would definitely recommend spending money on classic things. It seems like people buy so many trendy items and you spend money on them and then they’re not on trend next season and you won’t be caught dead in them. I have some funny stories about falling victim to that in the book.
J&A: What do you recommend for college kids style/money wise?
NH: I think it’s a big misconception that you need to spend all this money to look stylish, I don’t think that’s true at all. Anyone with a credit card can buy an expensive designer dress. To me, style is about putting your own twist on it and making it different and unique and finding your own signature. For example, Anna Wintour, her signature is the bob and the shades. Jackie O always in the over sized shades. These people have their thing, and I don’t think this should be limited to celebrities.
J&A: So what would your signature be?
NH: I think mine would be cats. I always incorporate it somehow into my wardrobe, whether it’s a necklace or a ring or on my shoes. One of the big talking points of the book is encouraging the reader to find their own sense of style and to not copy their favorite celebrity. Have fun with fashion! It’s a form of expression and it’s your chance to tell the world what you’re all about without having to speak. We’re constantly making first impressions even when we don’t realize it, so why not make it a bestseller?
Nicky is clearly a force to be reckoned with and we wouldn’t be surprised if you found her working her Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boot in a city near you as she continues her book signing–but first stop…a mini break in France as she attends Paris Fashion Week (it’s fine, we plan on hitting the road with her to PFW as well).
A BIG thank you to our friends at Nuñez PR Group for all of the pictures and help!
-brb running over to the bookstore to pick up a copy of the book and you should too-
xx–jjan & A
Whenever I see John Pennington, whether that be around campus on his way to class or out at night, he is always dressed up like the classy gentleman that he truly is. This SMU senior and president of Sigma Chi never fails to bring his true style to campus, so of course I had to catch up with him and figure out some of his style secrets on how he brings his own bad-ass twist to the typical preppy SMU uniform.
glasses / shirt / watch / jeans / shoes
How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is a very WASPy-British-gentlemen-influenced-overly-hyphenated-classic-prep look with a lot of elements like tailoring, patterns, colors, and fabrics reminiscent of styles from the 1950s and 1960s country club looks. In short, modern gentlemen. Recently I’ve been focused on adding more basics in timeless cuts and neutral colors with really subtle, yet unique details in them. I like to look well put together with an original style – I like finding things that I won’t see anyone else in Dallas wearing mixed with staple pieces. But I think the most important thing about what I wear is that it’s comfortable and that it makes me feel good.
What’s your must-have without item?
Prorsum tailored navy suit or Tom Ford black velvet tuxedo slippers (the basics, right?)
Who is your favorite designer?
Who is your style icon?
Fictional characters: James Bond, Jay Gatsby, and Bill Cosby (great sweater collection)
Real people: Daniel Craig, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Eddie Redmayne
Where is your favorite place to shop?
As a Dallas native, the first store I go to is always Neiman Marcus. I also consistently check out the new shipments whenever they come in at Burberry Northpark (Mary Lou is the best stylist) and the Seven for All Mankind store.
Why did you get interested in fashion?
In high school I worked retail at Northpark and was constantly around sophisticated and picky shoppers and high-end clothes. Growing up in Dallas, you have access to tons of great designers and so many boutiques and luxury retailers – Neiman Marcus, stores of Highland Park Village, Northpark boutiques, etc. – that are known for their customer service and personal client care. Now I work at J. Crew at Northpark and am constantly looking at new trends, styles, and designers from stores in Northpark and around Dallas and enjoy setting myself apart with a unique and defined style that is more refined than most 22 year olds.