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By Morgan O’Hare


Albacore tuna tataki topped with lime ponzu, avocado, cucumber and scallions. Sautéed cream mushrooms served with lobster meat, spinach and lemon butter. Warm bread pudding accompanied with pecan praline ice cream. Is your mouth watering yet? For SMU junior Schuyler Mack, ordering these delicacies is just doing “research.”

Mack is the founder and creative mind behind the Instagram account . Conceived barely over a year ago, Mack began documenting her quest to inform Dallas natives of the best restaurants in town, whether they be newly opened eateries or hidden gems across town. With occasional foodie coverage in Palm Beach or New York, depending on Mack’s travels, she is launching her career through Instagram, and it’s starting to pay off.

Today, Devouring Dallas has almost 3,000 followers, and still growing. For Mack, this was a business plan all along. Mack originally created her Instagram to gain supporters and to then expand the brand into a blog. She wants to work in the food industry one day, so this was the perfect opportunity to create a name for herself.

These are a few of the mouth-watering photos featured on Devouring Dallas

These are a few of the mouth-watering photos featured on Devouring Dallas

Contrary to what you might think, Mack’s idea and motives are not unprecedented. Although she is well on her way down the road to “Instafame,” there is a group of non-celebrities within the realm of Instagram who have risen far and above the general public.

While these people may not have as many followers to compete with ’s 10 million, they still have become celebrities in their own right. The newfound Instastars dominate the “popular” page, rake in thousands of likes, and have more followers than the number of strands of hair on an average human head, which, in case you were wondering, is 100,000.

How has Instagram become one of, if not the, most utilized social media app out there? SMU Psychology Department research assistant Grace Merck says, “People love Instagram because it is simple and non-invasive. It’s so accessible to everyone and easy to follow and keep up with. People don’t want to look through 200 photo-long Facebook albums anymore. It’s all about quality over quantity now.”

These entrepreneurs have created a name for themselves and have used their fan base following and exposure to brand themselves. Our attention spans have dwindled down to a simple scroll of the thumb. So how does one captivate an audience and convince them to follow you?

Avid Instagrammer Hillary Johnson says that the reason she follows these normal-people-turned-celebrities is for pure entertainment. “When I’m bored, I love to see what exotic island Nicole Warne ) is on or where in the world Miroslava Duma () is co-hosting a dinner with the international fashion elite. It’s just fun to see how they live their lives,” says the SMU senior.

It seems that if you have cool enough pictures, the rest of the world will eventually find you, take you in with a “follow,” and put you on their list of “People I wish I knew in real life.”

Left: A photo @MiraDuma posted of her street style Right: @GaryPepperGirl enjoying the beautiful destination of Hamilton Island

There are, however, downsides to the fame that can come along with being Instafamous. Like if you don’t want it. Luisa Fernandez Espinosa () is a Los Angeles-based stylist with the chicest outfits and a closet that I would be more than happy to spend the rest of my life in. Espinosa has an Instagram where she posts pictures of her 5-year-old son, Alonso Mateo, who is arguably the most stylish boy in the world with a blue steel that would make Zoolander himself get the goose bumps.

Espinosa began “gramming” outfits of Alonso decked out in designer duds and sharing photos of their travels, as well as her daily life in the fashion world. People fell in love with Alonso and his fame grew infectiously. He started being recognized in public by his fans, and even by celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Pharrell.

Espinosa’s cousin, SMU student Alfredo Molina, says that the point of the Instagram account is just for fun, not fame. “The fame is not really welcome. They really like fashion, and that’s why they do it. If you look through her Instagram, a lot of the pictures of him have been deleted and it’s now more focused on his mom because he was getting too much attention, which is not safe or healthy, I think, for a boy that age,” Molina said.

Molina also explains that Alonso has always been stylish because of his mother, and that he would still be the same person because he was dressing in designer clothing before the account was even created.

Espinosa’s account today has grown to 252,000 followers. While we might, sadly, see fewer pictures of Alonso being uploaded in his mother’s attempt to keep him more in the private eye, he will most likely continue to appear on blogs and receive media coverage. I’m sure Espinosa did not plan to have the hundreds of thousands of followers that she has by just uploading pictures of her daily life, but we can’t help loving her and Alonso’s styles, travels, and lives filtered out to us.

Some of Alonso Mateo’s style posted from his mother’s Instagram

So what is to come of all of this Insta-madness? What does the future hold? With our world, and by that I mean our smartphones, literally in the palms of our hands, social media has become a non-stop train leading straight into the future of marketing and advertising.

For people like Schuyler Mack, Instagram is simply a building block. She says that it has definitely made an impact on her life. “It has given me hope that I could actually launch a business and pursue my dream after I graduate,” she says.

Then there are others like Luisa Fernandez Espinosa and Mira Duma, where the app is just a way to share their lives, with no intention of fame. They post pictures of their inspirations, travels and personal style, which just happened to lure hundreds of thousands of people’s attention. The exposure they are receiving from Instagram serves as a powerful tool for any business ventures or projects that they choose to jump into.

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“Thin” Pins

By Sam Peltier

I have to admit, I’m a addict. My day doesn’t officially start until I tap the Pinterest app on my phone and scroll through countless pins.

Photos of beautiful models wearing the latest braided hairstyle are intertwined with tips for starting your first juice cleanse.

Another trend on Pinterest are the many pins devoted to getting, and keeping, the perfect body: Pictures of rail-thin models clad in skimpy sport bras and spandex shorts with captions about how being skinny is better than eating that cupcake.

One of my favorite “thin” pins is a simple quote credited to Kate Moss: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”


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These pins might seem harmless. But we see the same “thin ideal” imagery everywhere we look: on billboards, in magazines, on television. Experts maintain that the average American is exposed to anywhere from 300 to over 1,000 ads every day. And while the occasional pin or magazine ad glamorizing Kate Moss’ size ’00′ frame may not affect most women’s self-image, exposure to literally millions over a lifetime may.

In fact, such overexposure to thin ideal images may be a contributing factor to the disordered eating that today costs some young women their health and, in extreme cases, even their lives.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-V, recognizes anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating as the most common eating disorders.

Anorexia is characterized by restricting calories, while bulimics binge on large amounts of food and then purge.

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Melanie Zumm, a support group coordinator for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders also known as ANAD, says no studies show that viewing photos of runway models causes full-blown eating disorders. However, they may be the tipping point that pushes someone with certain genetic and psychological factors toward disordered eating patterns.

Or to quote psychotherapist Craig Johnson: “Genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger.”

ANAD‘s website says that people who are diagnosed with an eating disorder are consumed by thoughts of food, weight and/or exercise. This can be propelled by unrealistic, critical thoughts about their own bodies and eating habits.

The version of beauty upheld by the fashion industry and highlighted in most fashion ads certainly doesn’t help the situation, says Cathey Soutter, director of counseling and psychiatric services at SMU.

“They [media] do promote the ideal of impossible thinness, fitness and good looks which is often assumed to be the answer to all problems and to be obtained through any means and at any cost.”

This reminded me of another quote I’d found on Pinterest: “Don’t trade what you want most for what you want at the moment.”

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Chances that thin ideal imagery will disappear from the fashion world or from the media that cover it are, well, slim.  However, Soutter says that media could start showing more realistic forms of beauty and fitness and depicting all the ways bodies can and do look good.

“The problem with this cultural quest for outward perfection is that it prevents many from relating in an authentic way to others in ways that lead to growth.”

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No Shave November

By Brooke Williamson

“November: To not partake in the use of a razor for the entire month of November. This month has the effect of categorizing men, most of whom will have a girlfriend who disapproves.”  – The Urban Dictionary

Bearded men. Lots of bearded men. November now means no shaving, as decided by the men who take part in the No Shave November movement.

Boycotting the razor for the entire month of November hasn’t been a long-standing tradition, but the no-shave approach has caught on quickly, whether or not women approve. These bearded men have found a way to band together and make something good out of a hairy situation.

From the men of the “Today Show” to the entire Boston Red Sox team, men across the country this year took part in the “Movember” movement – with the goal of bringing awareness to men’s health issues.

And while they support this goal, women, for the most part, don’t like the method of achieving it.

“I hate it personally. I was definitely ready for the month to be over,” says Jenny Devries, girlfriend of a man participating in the No Shave November movement.

An odd idea because men usually give in to their ladies, succumbing to their wishes. Not this time. Men have gathered in barbershops and sports bars and made a pact. They will not shave during the month of November, and the women in their lives will have to get over it.

The men, they have succeeded.

Matt Lauer, one of the most notable beards from this November, kicked the campaign off this year saying: “We’re all growing beards. We’re trying to get people to tune in and say, ‘Wow they look awful, but hey, I should get checked out.’ ”

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But not just any facial hair will suffice.  Here are some details on what “No Shave November” requires, as outlined by the official noshember.com.

November 1: Razors are stowed, indifference ignited.

November 1-7: The week of scratching that itch, push yourself, control the desire to shave and relieve the itchiness.

First Wednesday: Itch hump day.

November 7: Day of Gnashing of Teeth.

November 14: Finally the men don’t look ridiculous (boys may look ridiculous).

Thanksgiving: “Moms and grandmothers just don’t understand.”

November 30: Photograph day. Take your best hair exhibiting-celebration photos. You have truly completed something great.

December 1: Great festival of many razors, shaving commences.

Having a hard time grasping the fact that men can turn something so bizarre into a nationwide campaign? Keep reading.

Movember is a non-profit that is leading the way on raising money as a result of the beards men grow throughout November. Basically, the better the facial hair, the more donations. With more moustaches on display, more money is being donated to the cause.  The goal of all these hairy faces, according to the campaign, is to bring “awareness to men’s health issues by prompting conversations wherever they go.”

They are prompting conversations all right. Since Movember got its start in 2003, the moustache movement has inspired more than 4 million participants across 21 countries worldwide.

How much money have they raised? Wait for it… $446 million.  Funding over 500 projects to create awareness for men’s health.

Men, you have really outdone yourselves. And there is no sarcasm here—men have found a fun way to raise money and create awareness for their own kind. Round of applause. But what about the women?

Even though Devries “hates” the moustache, she knows it is something her boyfriend wants to do. She says, “It’s for a great cause. And it’s something that is fun for guys to do together while showing support.”

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The Perfect Pick-Me-Up

By Brielle Kuhn


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If I were stranded on an island and I could take only one beauty item with me, it would definitely be Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. The perfect pick-me-up for your face, this is the best beauty product I have ever tried.  All you need is a little dab. Just rub it between your fingers and softly press it into your skin—voilà! Pure refreshment for your face. If you really want to treat yourself, try a quick zap in the microwave and prepare for a soothing warmth that leaves you feeling completely calm.

I love it so much that I use it all day—to brighten my sleepy eyes in the morning, or to prime my makeup and restore my skin before bedtime after a long day. It’s the best $45 you will ever spend, trust me!

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Do the Twist

By Allie Zoranski, Sarah Bicknell and Hayley Harrison

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With final exams coming up, female students are looking for quick and easy ways to get ready in the morning. Enter the . It’s a messy bun hairstyle that keeps hair away from the face and is quick to make.

This twist on the classic bun allows girls to remain focused on their studies while also looking stylish. To create this look, simply flip your head over and gather all of your hair at the top of your head. Then, twist the hair, making a rope. Next, coil the twisted hair around center into a messy bun and secure with a hair tie.

Next week while you’re studying, keep your routine stress free with the topknot.

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The Perfect Trio

By Hayley Harrison

With the holidays just around the corner, tis the season of gift giving.


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A Sephora exclusive, Yves Saint Laurent‘s Love and Lacquer Reds Set features a trio of coveted products, including Glossy Stain No. 9 in Rogue Laque, Laque No. 1 nail lacquer in Pop Art and Baby Doll Mascara in Fetish Black.

The Glossy Stain combines the shine and texture of a gloss with a long-lasting stain in a bold red color. The nail lacquer shares the stain’s cherry red color and comes in Saint Laurent’s no-chip, strengthening formula. Lastly, the Baby Doll Mascara comes in the perfect blackest black with a no-clump wand.

With products totaling $74, the set will only set you back $58, making this exclusive holiday set the perfect gift for any lucky lady on your holiday list, yourself included.

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Larger Than Life

By Bailey Wilson


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Finding the right eyeliner can be a difficult task. Finding one that lasts all day without smearing can be even harder. With the Larger Than Life Long-Wear eyeliner by NARS, you can have a smudge free look that will last for hours.

This eyeliner is a creamy pencil that allows for precise application. Available in a variety of colors, this pencil is sure to please any skin tone. No need for a sharpener though, because the sharpener is built in! Just twist the top and the tip is sharpened. Easy and less messy!

NARS products can be found at various retailers and beauty stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and many others. At the reasonable price of $24, everyone can have perfect eye makeup that lasts all day.

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Stress Overload

By Bailey Wilson

Last Christmas break I found myself in the hospital as a result of a stress overload. After studying for finals for weeks, I flew home to California where I soon was admitted to the hospital due to chest pains. I shortly found out that a virus had attacked my heart, a condition called myocarditis.

What caused this virus to attack my heart? Doctors still do not know exactly what the cause of this terrifying experience was. But what they did suggest is that stress, prescription Adderall, and lack of sleep led to this episode. Almost having to be rushed to UCLA for a heart transplant, I was lucky: My heart made a miraculous recovery.

Long nights in the library studying for final exams. Many think that getting through the night is their biggest problem, but as I learned, college students may have more to worry about when pulling that all-nighter. Stress can be more detrimental to our bodies than we think.


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To this day, when studying for exams I take serious precautions to avoid these health complications, and others should do the same. People may be going too far to get good grades. Stress combined with stimulants, caffeine, lack of sleep and a poor diet can lead to severe problems.

Stimulants: Adderall and other medications are prescribed for people with ADHD.  These stimulants affect chemicals in the brain to help with hyperactivity and impulse control. As a result, students who take the drug are able to concentrate better and for longer periods of time. The meds improves our ability to retain information and study effectively.

However, students with ADHD are not the only ones popping these pills. It has become a huge trend for students who don’t have attention deficit disorder to take Adderall, Ritalin or other prescription stimulants to get better grades. Yes, even if you don’t have ADHD, these pills can still help when it comes to writing that paper or studying all night – but with that come some consequences.


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Side effects of misused stimulants can include an irregular heartbeat, irritability, light-headedness, fainting, increased blood pressure, restlessness, dry mouth, trouble sleeping, and more. So although you may think that popping this miracle study pill is helping you get an A, think twice about what it is really doing to your body.

My brother, former SMU student Rick Wilson, also contracted myocarditis. He has ADHD and was ordered to stop taking Adderall, as was I. Rick says that when he was using Adderall more often to maintain his concentration during final exams, he did feel side effects. “I could feel my heart pounding in my chest but never really thought twice about it.”  This was, of course, until he was diagnosed with a heart problem.

Because prescription stimulants are amphetamines, similar to speed or cocaine, when they are misuesed, they can be highly addictive. Thus, misuse of these medications — including the brands VyvanceRitalin and Concerta as well as Adderall – has become a problem across college campuses, primarily among those who do not have prescriptions. One SMU student says that it is pretty easy to get Adderall around campus. “People who are prescribed are always down to get a little extra cash.”


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Caffeine: Those who can’t get their hands on prescription drugs may settle for a different drug: caffeine. Many people use caffeine to stay awake. From coffee to Red Bull to 5-Hour Energy shots, there are many ways for people to get their caffeine fix.

When studying for exams, caffeine can come in handy. However, your body may not be so happy. Sure caffeine keeps you alert to enable you to study all night. But caffeine can cause headaches, irritability, restlessness and high blood pressure,  all of which are very similar to the side effects of Adderall.

Many people double up and take both Adderall and caffeine. CVS pharmacist Emory Murray says that taking both at the same time “would make the Adderall stronger, having more of an effect on the Central nervous system.” However, as I learned, this is not a good idea for your heart.

Food: Studying for long hours is usually accompanied by the late-night munchies. Stress eating is a big problem for many students when studying for finals. Stress releases the hormone cortisol, which is responsible for the fight or flight response. This response is usually automatically turned off; however, with stress, the response is not turned off. The body goes into panic mode. Board certified dietitian Karin Hosenfeld states that there are many ways to cope with this stress, food being one of them. Hosenfeld says that people are usually drawn toward foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt.


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Sleep and Snacks: So sure, using mass amounts of caffeine and Adderall can help you stay up to study. But eating the right foods and getting adequate rest can aid you even more. Dietitian Hosenfeld says that snacks that stabilize blood sugar are the way to go when studying. “High fiber and high protein snacks prevent peaks in blood sugar and provide stable energy that will last long.”

Amie Hazama, a senior at SMU, says that she stayed up all night once studying for a test. “When I went in to take the test my brain went blank and I couldn’t even think.”  Getting a good night’s sleep allows the information to be solidified in your brain and allows for a clear thinking process the next day. So put down the Adderall and caffeine, grab a healthy snack, get some rest, and happy studying.

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Welcome to Heaven: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013

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By Jaclyn Castado

The sexiest show on earth is back. Yes, that’s right – the 18th annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired on CBS Dec. 10.

The six themes of the evening were British Invasion, Birds of Paradise, Parisian Nights, Shipwrecked, Snow Angels and PINK Network. But the crowning achievement will be a royal affair: South African stunner Candice Swanepoel will be wearing a $10 million Royal Fantasy Bra. The 18-karat gold bra is made with more than 4,200 precious stones and a 52-carat pear-shaped ruby hanging from the middle.

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“It’s kind of a big ordeal,” Swanepoel told People Magazine in October. “The bra comes with two bodyguards and we have to handle it with a lot of care!”

The fashion show began in 1995 and has only been getting bigger.

Featuring lavish costume lingerie, a variety of musical acts by leading entertainers, intricate set designs and, of course, the flawless models themselves, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is one of the most prestigious annual fashion shows.

“The Fantasy Bra is the press-piece that makes tongues wag. It’s the loss-leader that sells the zillions of other options at, shall we say, more practical prices,” says Jan Strimple of . “But the thing I like most is that the show has raised more than $5 million for varied charities in its history.”

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The intricate and stunning lingerie is not the only thing that attracts audiences. This year, musical guests such as Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Neon Jungle and A Great Big World also rocked the runway alongside the models, best known as “The Angels.”

Swanepoel led the pack, follwed by fellow Angels Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge and Adriana Lima, some clad in bizarre, balloon-clad costumes.

The Angels prep for months for the big show, but not in ways you may think. Adriana Lima, who is a mother of two, revealed in 2011 to The Daily Telegraph that she had eaten nothing but protein shakes for nine days leading up to that year’s show.

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Fur Vests on the Boulevard

By Ashley Wali, Caroline Hicks and Emily Sims

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With the advent of animal activism, fur-loving fashionistas have multiple options when bundling up this winter. Fur vests are easily the most versatile winter staple, adding a bohemian touch to any warm weather ensemble.

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While many girls are still sporting traditional authentic fur, many are turning to faux furs for a more cost-effective option. A fur vest can be paired with a billowy blouse and jeans for a casual winter look, or with tights and a dress to channel a more dressy air. Some great options are fur vests by Marc Jacobs, Ashley B, Alice + Olivia and Rebecca Minkoff.


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