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De-stress…Fingers to Toes

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on April 29, 2009
OPI On Collins Ave. Nailpolish, Part of OPI South Beach Collection

OPI On Collins Ave. Nailpolish, Part of OPI South Beach Collection

If you are anything like me, this week is bananas. I told someone earlier that the stress of this week is worse than being in love. I can’t eat, sleep or function normally.

So how do we fix this little stress problem and take a moment to ourselves? Paint your nails. Yes. I said it. Don’t go to the salon. Do it yourself and take care of those little fingers and toes. You’ll be surprised just how valuable and therapeutic those 15 minutes of paint time will be.

Oh ya, and with OPI’s (my favorite) fab spring/summer colors, your de-stress tactic will double as a good luck charm for that big test. (I bet sizzling red nails will help you ace those finals)

Christina Geyer

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Armoires & More Hosts Jarma Trunk Show

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on April 28, 2009

A Vintage Jarma Kelly Green Handbag, $62

A Vintage Jarma Kelly Green Handbag, $62

Vintage alert!

Holly Olmstead, owner and founder of Jarma Vintage Clothing and Accessories has a trunk show this Thursday at Armoires & More, a trendy furniture/home decor store near Lovers Lane and Inwood.

Amazing furniture, to-die-for candles and vintage jewelry? It’s not too be missed. Oh and by the way, Jarma’s Website is officially up and running with new pictures of merchandise.

Armoires & More is located at 5120 W. Lovers Ln. The trunk show is set to start at 11 a.m., this Thursday, April 30. For more information about the event e-mail vintagejarma@gmail.com.

P.S. Rumor has it that Holly just returned from NYC and is busting at the seams with new pieces that are ripe for the picking (buying.) Think vintage coach handbags and necklaces from the
’60s and ’70s.

Christina Geyer

The Movies Dahling — Très Chic!

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on April 27, 2009

Here’s to a style feast: French glamour, explained.

The French are responsible for some of the most fashionably influential women in the world: Coco Chanel, Carla Bruni, and Audrey Tautou just to name a few. I find the French actresses from the ’60s and ’70s the most inspiring for any fashionista. The drama and glamour of the period made for beautiful clothes and looks. The female French actresses exhibit the qualities I love most and the trends of today often pull from this source of inspiration.

Brigitte Bardot in “Le Mepris”: Bardot was the first to coin the term “blonde bombshell.” Spotted on camera: heavy black cat-eye makeup with an adorable French-chic striped shirt. The look is timeless and could still be worn today!

Anna Karina in “Pierrot Le Fou”: In this movie, Karina plays a carefree woman on the run from the cops with her lover. Her pink dress and cardigan are striking. The light pink dress juts out at the bottom making for a beautiful silhouette.

Catherine Deneuve in “Les Demoiselles de Roquefort”: Deneuve plays a young, single girl in the South of France and wears a happy yellow dress throughout the movie. Dolce & Gabbana and Versace pushed bright dresses this spring with fixed shapes that gave a sixties vibe to it.

Lucy Blair Akin

You’re Invited…L.bartlett

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on April 24, 2009

Head to L.bartlett at West Village Saturday to shop, sip and socialize! We hear it’s going to be a warm weekend, so get going and cool off with a cocktail while shopping for spring.

Christina Geyer

Hunter Dixon Trunk Show @ SMU

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on April 23, 2009

n63531088850_59SMU sophomore Morgan Predieri is hosting her second Hunter Dixon trunk show this weekend! Predieri is good friends with the co-founder of the line, which sells at hip boutiques nationwide. Hunter Dixon features girly, on-trend pieces that have a fun hippy flare. Stop by the SMU Panhellenic House and browse the entire Spring 2009 collection, along with left-overs from Fall 2008.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: Panhellenic House, 3100 Daniel Ave

Sarah Bray

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Nastia Liukin for Max Azria

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on April 23, 2009

nastia-liukin-bcbgmaxazria-spring-summer-2009-ad-campaign-11It’s already way cool Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin is in your psychology class…
The gymnast turned celebrity turned SMU student has had a whirl wind of a life since she won the all around gymnastics title in Beijing last summer. From appearances on Oprah and Gossip Girl, to gracing the pages of People and Us Weekly – the girl is definitely soaking up the spotlight. At New York Fashion Week, Nastia sat front row at big shows like Peter Som and Isaac Mizrahi. While getting her fashion fix at Max Azria’s show Nastia was spotted and landed a contract for the line’s 2009 spring/ summer ad campaign. Nastia clearly has an affinity for fashion, as she is also in the works to collaborate on a denim line and leotards (very fitting).

Sarah Bray

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Stylish Stationary

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on April 23, 2009

hannanew51It’s that time of year again – and no I’m not talking about Christmas. It’s Spring, the season where everyone seems to be either walking down the aisle or getting their diploma. Gift giving for these occasions is always troublesome, and the fact that most of us are broke really adds to the dilemma. But, recently my present problem was solved as a friend introduced me to her friend’s brand new stationary biz.
The friend of a friend is Hanna Brooks and her absolutely adorable stationary is “Gadabout” – my new favorite word.
gad⋅a⋅bout [gad-uh-bout] An aimless pleasure seeker; A traveler in search of enjoyment and amusement; One who roams or roves for social activity.
Each card is completely hand illustrated and Brooks even does custom designs. Give Gadabout, for something personal, chic and unique!

Sarah Bray

H.D.’s Sips and Sweets

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on April 23, 2009

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H.D.’s Clothing Company on Greenville is having a shopping extravaganza this weekend. Checkout what owners Harry and Vicki DeMarco just picked up from Paris all while sipping champagne! Ooohh la la!
Click on the invite for all the deets.

Sarah Bray

Rush to The Rack

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on April 21, 2009

Psst! Here’s the secret to snagging some goodies from the new Nordstrom Rack — without losing your mind in the process.

-Be patient. You’ll have to sift through racks and weave between other eager shoppers.
-Plan ahead. The dressing room always has a line, and if you go on a weekend you’ll most likely spend some time finding a parking spot.
-Keep an eye out. Like its counterparts Saks Off 5th and Neiman Marcus Last Call, there are some super steals from hip designers just waiting for you to take home and cherish.

Top three reasons to run to the Rack:

1. Rich & Skinny boyfriend jeans: These babies are going fast, so be speedy and get your hands a pair of Spring’s hottest denim. If Rich & Skinny isn’t your style, opt for Seven For All Mankind, Joe’s, Citizens of Humanity, Earnest Sewn, or AG by Adrianno Goldschmeid.

2. Accessories: From flats to sandals and pumps to purses, these are timeless items that will never go out of style. Other great accessories include Juicy Couture sunglasses, Michael Kors bags and Pashmina scarves.

3. Shoes: (Because we might have a fetish) Your tootsies will look trendy in Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, Havaianas, Reef, Via Spiga, Ed Hardy, Nike, Lacoste … the list is endless!

Your friends will envy all your fashion finds; and they’ll be even more jealous that you paid only half the price.

Nordstrom Rack is located on North Central Expressway east of 75 across from NorthPark Center

Jaimie Siegle

Be A Green VIP

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on April 21, 2009

If you haven’t already noticed, green is the new black, which means Earth Day is the new Christmas — well, not quite, but it’s getting there!

How we’ll be celebrating our love for the planet? A bevy of VIP and (sparkling green) events at Mockingbird Station on Wednesday.

Here’s the scoop…
Shop the street: Retailers at Mockingbird Station will be moving their eco-friendly and locally made products from inside to out for a fashionable sidewalk sale.

P is for PURE: Society Stylist and PURE Dental are teaming up to host a VIP launch party benefiting The Ultimate Exchange. Sips and bites will be served. You’re invited so RSVP to rsvp@societystylist.com and stop by tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fashion Frenzy: Movida Boutique is hosting an in-store fashion show benefiting For Love of the Lake, a volunteer organization working to preserve the beauty of White Rock Lake. The show is tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. See you at the catwalk!

Christina Geyer

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