To Do List: Easter Weekend!

April 10, 2009 by


 
I’m spending Easter weekend in (not-so-sunny) Los Angeles but if you’re in Dallas for the long weekend here’s a to-do list.
 
BRUNCH: What would Easter be without a great brunch…La Cubanita has $7 bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday. Oh…and great breakfast tacos!
 
ROCK ‘N ROLL: Austin-based band Nelo is playing at the House of Blues tomorrow night. Rumor has it if they get a big turn out they’ll headline at HOB more often!
 
PARK & POOCH: Lee Park’s annual Easter in the Park festivities (hint: dog parade) are a great way to enjoy the spring weather and Dallas community.
 
PAMPER: Cocktails and manicures? Yes! Sip a cosmo and soak your toes at Nail Bar on McKinney…maybe pick up a cup of Yogilicious while you’re at it.

Live From Paris!

April 9, 2009 by

I’m here in Paris for the semester. Models at clubs, Karl Lagerfeld walking the streets, fashion shows down the street from your apartment…who wouldn’t want to be on their style game?
 
Parisian pre-schoolers are more fashionable than most of the people I know! Being in this city has inspired me. Spring has finally come and women are starting to break out the jumpers, funky sunglasses, and striped sailor T’s.
 
Style Tips For The Wanna-Be Parisian:
 
BLACK: French women tend to dress in all black. It makes an outfit look effortlessly timeless and chic.
 
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: Parisians get creative with the silhouette and textures of their clothes. This causes the outfit to not look depressing and drab, but updated and modern.
 
MESS IT UP: Parisians like to look a little messy. They have the “I just threw this incredibly fashionable outfit on in two minutes” look. The hair will be uncombed, the scarf thrown on top, and the clothes just a little baggy.
 
ARABIAN NIGHTS: The trend that I have noticed of late are harem pants paired with chunky wooden heels and a blazer on top. This is the “classic” look of Spring 2009 in Paris. Isabel Marant, has shown this outfit on her runway in its various forms.
 
So when it comes to any season, the French can be seen looking très chic. New trends may come, but the French know how to adapt that look into their classic French look.
 
Lucy Blair Akin

ANTM’s London

April 8, 2009 by

Top Model

 
If you’re keeping up with America’s Next Top Model this season then you definitely know London. The stunning Agness Deyn look-alike, who grew up in Arlington, has been spotted everywhere around Dallas since her recent departure from the show. I caught up with her at the SMU Retail Club’s Fashion Show at Barney’s New York in North Park Center. London stood out in the crowd of students with her unique grunge style and platinum edgy hair. After the show, London commented that the Retail Club’s runway event was professional and well styled.

The Future of Denim: Naked & Famous

April 8, 2009 by
Naked and Famous - Front View

Naked and Famous - Front View

Calling all dudes looking for the perfect jean. Meet Naked & Famous Denim, the future of men’s jeans.

 
Naked & Famous jeans are made from imported Japanese selvedge and raw denim, made into fits in Canada. Selvedge denim is a rare fabric made days ago on shuttle looms, patented sometime around 1924.

 
All of the jeans are raw, meaning there are no ugly and overwhelming washes, embroidery or rips. They are all simple and classic.

 
The Best part? Since the jeans are raw, their fate is up to the consumer. After buying your first pair, wear them for a few months without washing them and you will see what this means. The result is a personalized jean that molds to your body. Pretty rad and reasonable…the best combination.

 
At just $130 a pair, Naked & Famous Denim is revolutionizing premium denim.

 
Grab your pair at Barneys New York at NorthPark Center

 
Johnny Brackett

Pedal to the Metal

April 7, 2009 by

Beach Cruiser
 
Need an Outlet for your summer fever, or just a way to calm that overall jitteriness until classes are over? Channel your inner ’60s Cali beach babe and enjoy the kind of stylin’ bike ride the Beach Boys would have sung about.
 
Fleetwood’s Kit Kat Bike Rentals offers cheap deals for daily and weekly bike rentals and is located right on Mockingbird Lane. Choose a bike from an array of colors like hot pink or tangerine orange. Add some pimped-out detailing, and make pedestrians and car drivers jealous of your wheels.
 
Free rides down Katy Trail and around Victory Park are offered twice a week, for those who want to pedal while keeping their wallets smiling.
 
What’s even more rad? Proceeds from bike rentals go towards preserving the Katy Trail. Even Lance Armstrong will think you’re “living strong.”
 
So grab your friends and take in the sunny skies together. It will make the countdown to summer just pedal by.
 
Visit Fleetwood’s Kit Kat for more information and rental rates. Fleetwood’s Kit Kat is located at 5214 E. Mockingbird Ln. and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 
Happy Trails!
 
Laura Cook

Seek The Sun! (Safely)

April 7, 2009 by

Time for the tanning pool! Yes, it’s April…and May is sneaking up. The Texas sun is starting to warm up and I couldn’t be more excited. But if there’s one thing i’ve learned (from yes, my perfectly imperfect skin), its that as great as a little Vitamin D is for the soul, protecting your face from over-exposure is vital. After all, no one wants deep wrinkles by the time they’re 30. Here are a few of my fave skin products with SPF:
 
Fresh makes a great antioxidant-rich SPF with deep-sea algae to not only protect your skin, but repair current damage.
 
For those spring time social activities that occur in the sun try Chanel‘s tinted moisturizer with SPF. I use it every day and it gives perfect coverage, with a little bit of glow and enough SPF to keep you covered.
 
Finally, for those of us who stay active in the sun on Katy Trail and at White Rock Lake, try the Solar Defense Wipes by Dermalogica. With one fell swoop of the wipe across your face, these light, fragrance-free wipes fit right in your purse — perfect for outside workouts, or long (makeup free) days by the pool.

More Than Vintage: Jarma

April 6, 2009 by
A Vintage Jarma Necklace

A Vintage Jarma Necklace

 

It didn’t get much better than playing dress up in your grandma’s gowns and stomping around in your mom’s (ten-sizes too big) stilettos. But now we’re grown up (sigh) and sometimes all I want is an attention-getting piece. Something that shows the time in your grandma’s closet was worth it.

 

So if you’re like me, and love a vintage find check out Holly Olmstead’s vintage jewelry and accessories line Jarma.

 

From vintage designer pieces spotted at flea markets to stylish scarves, Olmstead has an eye for spotting the trendiest of items.

 

Check it out: jarmaonline.com

Best Kept Secrets

April 6, 2009 by

You’re hanging on to being a fashionista by a thread. The idea of a recessionista frightens you. Worry no more. With these best kept, online shopping secrets, you don’t have to let on that your bank account is tight.
 
Who: Gilt Groupe
What: Invite-only access to limited time luxury designer sales at up to 70% off. With names like Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and more, Gilt Groupe is literally a fashion maven’s gold mine.
Where: Gilt.com
When: Christian Louboutin goes on sale April 8 at 11 a.m. (Dallas time).
Why: Because you want to get your hands on those red soles (minus the $1,000 price tag). Oh, and because they do men, women, kids and home.
 
Who: Billion Dollar Babes
What: The online sample sale source. Three, 48-hour sales a week means perfect variety at perfect prices.
Where: Billiondollarbabes.com
When: Right now? A fab Cosabella sale.
Why: Because we all want exclusive access to exclusive deals.
 
Who: Ideeli
What: Deeply discounted designer sales (everything from sunglasses to gowns) and giveaways.
Where: Ideeli.com
When: Sales and giveaways don’t last long. But with a deep lineup of designers it’s no sweat if you miss one. A Vivienne Tam sale starts April 8 and their giving away a Roger Vivier clutch this week (but with a secret start time/date, you’ll have to click to find out when.)
Why: It’s always fun to find that some great things in life do come for free.
 
All the sites listed are invite only, if you’d like an invite comment or e-mail smustyle@gmail.com. It’ll be our little secret.

Closet Culture : A Retail Revolution

April 6, 2009 by

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Despite the fact that your closet is packed, finding something to wear is a daily dilemma. Stop stressing, Ilana Heller is ready for you to raid her closet. Heller, founder of Closet Culture, has picked up her biz based in Cali and set up shop in Dallas. Closet Culture is the ultimate solution for those – Oh, what to wear? – moments.
 
Here is the low-down on how Closet Culture works:
 
1) Closet Culture does a DNA (Designers Needed Assessment) on the SMU student body to determine what brands and trends are popular on our campus.
 
2) A location is picked on or near campus to set up the closet.
 
3) Students buy a membership and have access to trendy tops, dresses and handbags. You checkout the goods for the night/weekend return them (similar to website bag, borrow and steal but not virtual).
 
From Claremont to NYU, Closet Culture is already a running success at Universities across the nation. If you want to be apart of the retail revolution email closet.culture@gmail.com or visit the website closet-culture.com