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Fête Set: SMUStyle Fall 2011 Trend Party at CUSP by Neiman Marcus

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on September 29, 2011

The SMUStyle fall 2011 trend party at CUSP by Neiman Marcus tonight was a huge success! Five SMU fashion bloggers, Carson Eisenhart, Krystal Schlegal, Shelby Foster, Rebecca Marin and I styled mannequins in our favorite fall looks from CUSP. It was a night to see and be seen as fashion photographers Kristi and Scot Redman of D StyleSheet were snapping pictures. Guests enjoyed beats by DJ Zoo and sips and sweets throughout the party. The biggest hit of the night was definitely the photo flipbooks. Stylistas grabbed a friend, dressed up in hats, scarves and glasses and posed in front of a video camera for 7 seconds. A minute later a handheld flipbook was made!

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Special thank you to Apryl Churchill and her team at Neiman Marcus for all of their hard work on this event. 

For more information about the flip books visit

Meg Jones



Beauty Blast: What’s the Buzz about Organic Beauty?

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on September 29, 2011

As the number of organic beauty products hitting the shelves is constantly increasing I wanted to see what all the hype is about. So, I chatted with Brandie Gilliam,’s founder and editor-in-chief. She gave me the scoop about why it’s important to shop smart when it comes to beauty.

Gilliam started her journey with organic beauty ten years ago when she first heard about the Terrible Touch-Me-Nots often found in cosmetics and skin products. These ten harmful ingredients can cause effects as minor as a headache or as severe as cancer.

Once she learned that beauty and skin products are not well regulated she became interested in finding great products that are completely natural, and free from harmful ingredients.

“Just because it’s on a shelf doesn’t mean it’s good for you” Gilliam said.

So what exactly should a buyer look for when it comes to organic beauty products? According to Gilliam there are three main criteria for this. The first is that there are no harmful ingredients in the product. The second is that the products’ ingredients are all natural, rather than synthetic. Thus they must be naturally derived. Finally, the company should pay attention to where it sources its ingredients.

So with these criteria in mind, Gilliam set off to find the best of the best in organic beauty products. To do this she has tested tons of items, from eye shadow to hand lotion she’s tried it all.

These days finding great organic products is much easier than it was a decade ago. Back then the selection was small and the choices were slim- not to mention product packaging was just plain ugly. Now Gilliam finds organic beauty products everywhere from Sephora to Tom Thumb, and they are just as good, if not better than their synthetic counterparts.

The organic products Gilliam features on her blog are, “Trusted, true and genuine” she said. For her the decision to use the organic products is easy, “It just makes sense.”

As Gilliam has seen the organic beauty industry grow first hand, she hopes it continues to flourish. “I hope people will become more educated and won’t blindly use whatever products are on the shelf,” she said.

As beauty trends come and go, it seems this one is here to stay. According to Gilliam when it comes to organic beauty, “The sky’s the limit.”

For product reviews and all your organic beauty needs go to

Caroline Foster

Shop Savvy: Nest

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on September 28, 2011

Whether you need to escape to an art gallery or renew your living space for fall, visit Nest, a Mid-town Dallas design and gift hot spot, for a visual vacation. Nest is full of funky accessories on black lacquered tables and unique books on fashion and cooking.

Looking for a stylish touch and extra seating in your dorm or apartment?

Try this iconic Crystal Louis Ghost Chair. The chair’s clarity complements any existing mix of furniture and its light design makes for an easy move-in.

Craving more exciting yet, easy meals?

Pick up What to Cook & How to Cook It by Jane Hornby, for creating chic meals with little kitchen tools and space.

Nest is located at 4524 McKinney Avenue.


Julia Eggleston

Spotted: Hannah Stuckey

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on September 27, 2011

SMU Sophomore Hannah Stuckey was spotted looking simple and chic on campus today. What is she most excited to wear this Fall season? Bagyy sweaters and leggings!

Sophomore Hannah Stuckey

1. Young Fabulous & Broke Dress from Shopbop, $162.40

2. Rayban aviator sunglasses from Neiman Marcus, $139

3. Jack Rogers sandal from Neiman Marcus, $98

4. Jessica Simpson plaid scarf from Nordstrom, $40


by Kelsey Charles

CUSP Fall Preview

Posted in Uncategorized by SMUstyle on September 27, 2011

Last night, fellow fashion blogger, Carson Eisenhart of Dallas Stylistas, and I went to CUSP by Neiman Marcus to get a sneak peak at the fall trends before our party on Thursday. Here is a little preview of what we found:

Our fav looks! Meg, left and Carson, right

Don’t forget to stop by CUSP this Thursday night from 6 pm to 8 pm to celebrate fall 2011 trends with Carson Eisenhart, Krystal Schlegel, Shelby Foster, Rebecca Marin and myself.

Meg Jones


Shop Savvy: Anna Kendrick Look For Less

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on September 27, 2011

Friday, September 23 marked the official first day of fall. Although the Dallas temperatures are still in the 90’s, fall trends are everywhere. One trend to try this season is colored denim. Anna Kendrick, star of the new movie 50/50, was spotted rocking this trend–pairing her green denim with a chic blazer and heels. Here is how to pull of this look for less:

1) Urban Outfitters Cropped Jeans in Green $49.00

2) ASOS cami in Gray $10.98

3) Urban Outfitters Sheer Black Blazer $39.00

4) Forever 21 Studded Gold Bangle $6.80

5) Forever 21 Black Heels $22.80

All five pieces are just under $130. Whoever said you can’t rock a trend on a budget was not a true fashionista. Happy shopping!

Kelsey Reynolds


Shop Savvy: Bootglams

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on September 26, 2011

While at the L’Oréal Paris Collier Strong-Ulta event in Arlington, I met a fabulous fashionista, Erica Johnson.  She designs for Bootglams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  They create unique and sophisticated accessories to revive your “oldie but goodie” shoes.  After meeting Erica, I perused the website,, and found that Bootglams come in a variety of colors and materials, from crystals to feathers.   I love the concept, and the Bootglams looked fabulous on Erica, and the models at the event.  Definitely a new trend for SMU Stylistas to check out!

Erica Johnson and SMUStyle blogger Alex Small


Models in Bootglams

Alex Small

Fashion Insider: Collier Strong

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on September 26, 2011

SMUStyle blogger Alex Small and Collier Strong

We all know L’Oréal Paris is the force in bringing Project Runway fashions to life.  L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist, Collier Strong, visited Ulta in Arlington Sunday for the unveiling of the L’Oréal Paris and Project Runway exclusive cosmetics collection called “Colors Take Flight.”  You’ve seen Collier behind the scenes on Project Runway, working with the designers to complete their runway looks.  At Ulta on Sunday, he worked his makeup magic on his fans and shared his expert makeup tips.  I got the opportunity to meet Collier and chat with him.  He was extraordinarily kind and engaging.

Mr. Strong was so busy that I only had a few moments to ask him questions, but he took his time and put a lot of thought into his answers.  I love it when someone as successful and famous as Collier takes the time to be gracious to his fans.  I asked him who his style icon is.  He responded, “I have so many.”  He loves his friend Diane Keaton’s quirky style.  And Elizabeth Taylor is another style icon of his because of her fashionable beauty in the 1950’s.  His favorite part about working on Project Runway is that it is so fast-paced.  You have to be creative and “think quickly in very small amounts of time,” just like the designers that are competing.  When I asked him who his favorite Project Runway designer is, he said, “They’re all my children.  I can’t pick!”  Good answer!

The “Colors Take Flight” collection is inspired by colors of exotic birds, which are translated into luxurious eye shadow, lipcolour, blush, and nail polish.  Each eye shadow quad represents a different bird: Charming Cockatoo, Watchful Owl, Audacious Amazon, and Sultry Raven.  So clever!  My favorite look is the Watchful Owl, which includes metallic brown and gold eyes with red lips and pink blush.  Classic and glamorous.  You can purchase the collection at Ulta and at other retailers.  But remember, it is limited-edition, so make sure to buy it now!

"Colors Take Flight" Collection Display

Didn’t make it to meet Collier like I did?  It’s not too late!  Go to L’Oréal’s website and Collier will walk you through finding the best makeup look for you!  And remember what L’Oréal Paris always says… You’re worth it.  I know I am.

Alex Small

Shop Savvy: Ashley Greene Look for Less

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on September 25, 2011

Ashley Greene was spotted by the paparazzi after grabbing some lunch in LA wearing a classic look that’s easy to rock for fall in Dallas. Her cuffed denim shorts and breezy long sleeved blouse keep it cool and casual for school, and the flats would be perfect for walking around campus. The leopard cross body bag adds a little flair to the outfit and incorporates one of fall’s biggest trends; animal print. Get Ashley’s look for less with pieces from Forever 21, DSW, Urban Outfitters, and Etsy rounding out at just under $120.

1. Forever 21 Relaxed Peasant Top, 16.90

2. Forever 21 Cuffed Denim Shorts, 10.50

3. Urban Outfitters Leopard Cross body bag, 29.99

4. Small Gold Circle Necklace, Etsy, 25.00

5. DSW Black Ballet Flats, 39.95


Lauren Rogala


Beauty Blast: Salon Lucien

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on September 25, 2011

The hair salon: a sanctuary for women (and sometimes men!) to reflect, rejuvenate, and reveal their inner beauty. When life gets crazy, sometimes nothing feels better than getting primed and pampered, leading up to that moment the stylist swivels you around to face the mirror and BAM! Locks to compete with Farrah’s.

But really now, I’ve experienced it all. The overpriced, the under sanitized, the Aqua Net updos for prom, the coloring nightmares, the ghetto fab barbershops, the late night cutting of your best friend’s bangs, the French hairdresser who promised to “protect me” from Sarkozy, the list goes on. So when I moved to Dallas, I needed a salon with high quality, reasonable prices and a considerate staff. Most importantly, I wanted somewhere I could keep going back to. And I found it at Salon Lucien.

I discovered Salon Lucien via D Magazine’s Best Of Big D 2011. I instantly knew why. The lavish interior, complimentary drinks & snacks, minimal wait time, and both a personal stylist and colorist who carefully consulted me before, and after, to assure my needs were met. The salon is fully equipped with space dryers, chandeliers, a self-styling bar, Shu Uemura products and more. And two weeks later, my hair still has the wow-factor it did when my stylist spun me around to show my reflection. Now I anxiously await my next retreat, er, appointment at Salon Lucien.

Salon Lucien is located at 8411 Preston Road Suite 102. Call 214.369.2500 to book an appointment with colorist, Rachael Schneck and stylist, Christen Swearengin. Salon Lucien even offers discounts for SMU students (yes boys, you too)! Let me know if you’re interested in a VIP card for an additional 20% off your first service as well.

Zoë Mattioli


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