Blowing Your Brains Out….

Chuck Palahniuk took the stage at the Dallas Museum of Art with such authority Tuesday night. He stood in front of loyal fans and aspiring writers to, in his words, “blow your brains out.” He came into the auditorium wearing saddle colored leather pants and a blue button down. He guided us on a tour and we were willing and ready to go on his journey. I, of course, was ready for this journey with blackberry in hand to live tweet through the entire event for the Undergrad Society Twitter followers.

His theme for the night was to “blow our brains out” and he wasn’t kidding. He had interactive games for the audience as he threw inflatable brains with his signature and date on one side. The idea was that the first two people to inflate their blow up brain would receive a copy of a book by an author he liked. Luckily, we caught a brain and began to blow…sadly, we did not win.

3 photos from Chuck Palahniuk DMA reading

Thank you Lauren Von Eper for the photo

After he had fun running around the auditorium throwing out brains, Chuck sat down to read the short story he wrote especially for this tour. The story was called, Romance. Oh, it was a Romance, and did it ever live up to the Chuck Palahniuk style of writing. There were twists, turns, profanity, and a level of disgust you can only receive from Palahniuk. We laughed, we identified, we may have been embarrassed at moments but the story touched each of us in different ways.

Chuck finished with a question & answer section. The majority of people asking questions were aspiring writers themselves and wanted to tell Chuck how much his work meant to them. We learned about the release of Choke, the movie, and how his mother was dying of cancer at the same time, and how he handled the situation. We learned that it prompted his newest book, Damned. At the end of the Q&A, he had another game for us. Chuck threw out blow up skeletons and again had books to give away. He made it interactive and fun for everyone in the audience. We left the DMA feeling a little bit more connected to our favorite author and had a better understanding of how and why he is as dark and witty as he is.

The total event cost me a whopping $10. I had to buy a signed copy of Damned, which was $27, but was worth every penny!

A Haunted Night on the Edge

Halloween is just around the corner, and many of us are still trying to figure out how to spend it. As college students, we have been too old for trick-or-treating for far too long, tired of the costume parties we have to spend so much money to dress up for, and bored of having scary movies marathons with our best friends.  This year try something new and exciting and make your way to a haunted house.

There are countless haunted houses and corn mazes in the DFW area, ranging usually from $15- $30.  The most convenient place  for students here at UTD is the Slaughter House in Deep Ellum. VIP tickets are $30, and you do not have to wait in line. However if that’s too pricey, you can get tickets for $18 at the door. There’s also a free shuttle that takes you to Slaughter House as well as two other haunted houses located in downtown Dallas.

This past weekend, I went to Cutting Edge Haunted House in Forth Worth. It is rated one of the best haunted houses in America and holds the Guinness World Record for longest haunted house. Although the price is $30 per ticket and $10 for parking, most would say it is definitely worth it. Loud sounds, mazes in the dark, people following you, and of course chainsaws are just a few of the exciting things in store for you. Be prepared to get wet because there is a nice surprise waiting for you at the end.

My advice before going to a haunted house this Halloween is to look for coupons online, arrive early to avoid long lines, and be ready to scream!

Pretty Sure I Nail’d It!

Every girl knows getting a manicure or pedicure is expensive, but you don’t always have to go to the salon to have great looking nails. If you’re interested in saving yourself a couple hundred dollars a year, doing your own nails once in a while can be fun and give you an excuse to have a girl’s night.

The Konad Stamping Nail Art is a DIY nail set I’ve bought that works fairly well. Each set comes with a stamper, a design plate, a scraper, and nail polish. All you have to do is apply nail polish to the design you want. Then, using the scraper, simply glide over the design once to scrape off the excess polish. Press the stamper down on the design to transfer it onto the stamper, then stamp or roll it onto your nail. It’s as simple as that! With many designs to choose from, your options are endless. This video will demonstrate the easy process of using the Konad product with a Halloween theme:

Another DIY nail project that has been around for a while now is the water marble effect. Here is another video tutorial on how to do it.

If you’re still interested in more unique designs, you can check out this channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/cutepolish

Aurora: A Spectacle of LIGHTS

It’s Halloween weekend! Many people are planning their outfits to attend house parties, but if you want a change of college scenery, you should check out Aurora. Aurora is in its second year of taking over the infamous Dallas Arts District. This particular exhibit gets you outside and looking at emerging and established artists that have created site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art. This mind-blowing event starts at 7:30PM on Friday, October 28 and ends at midnight. Come experience this free event that will challenge your notion of art in unexpected spaces. Take the DART red line down to the downtown, and while down in the Arts District, don’t forget to check out the food trucks. This event will be a fun and thought -provoking experience for students on a tight, college budget during this Halloween weekend.

More Information:

Another Good Video

Aurora

Food Truck Schedule

Scarves are your New Best Friend!

The weather has been getting chilly, and winter time will be here soon! Wearing a plain white tee, jeans, boots, and a jacket is fit for the season, but you won’t stand out from the crowd. By adding a scarf to a simple outfit, you will get a fashionable look without all the effort. It will give any outfit a different and refreshing look. Scarves are fairly affordable, (around $10) and you can find them at almost any women’s clothing store.

Besides keeping you warm, one of the best things about a scarf is the various ways you can wear one. The video below will show you how to wear a simple scarf in seven different ways.

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Halloween Fits

Remember no matter how old you are, you’re never too old to participate in the spirit of Halloween. Whether you’re causing mischief around the campus, trick or treating with some friends, or hitting up that sorority party, you don’t want to be that guy with no costume. Sure you could go out, and become your favorite superhero or anime character but for those who don’t watch such things,  here is a fun filled post of how to do creative Halloween get-ups with what you may already have in your closet.

Robber Baron

Essientals: 1. Beanie or Ski Mask 2. Stripe-tee 3. Bag full of Cash (a empty pillow case with a money symbol drawn works as alternative as well.) 4. Mask (Optional)

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Baby, it’s getting cold outside–warm up with some Versace for H&M

Dontella and models for Versace for H&M

Perhaps you haven’t fallen in love with H&M yet because you haven’t dragged your butt to NorthPark but darlings it is time to check it out. Every year H&M collaborates with a design for a bi-annual collection and this fall they have partnered with power house Dontella Versace. This exclusive collection for H&M will encompass all of the things we love about Versace’s heritage- leather, prints, color, and exclusive materials at college friendly H&M prices. The Versace collection will have lines for both women and men and select pieces for the home. The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the season, featuring studded leather, silk, and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration with H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspreads. This line will only be released in about 300 stores worldwide so let’s cross our fingers and pray to the fashion god’s that Dallas is one of those cities. The line will be available in those 300 select stores starting on November 19, 2011. Just in case the new baby store to the H&M family does not get selected as a store for the collection in November, in addition, Dontella Versace has also designed a pre-spring collection for H&M which will be exclusively available in countries with H&M on-line sales starting January 19, 2012.

For more informaiton: H&M press release
Images from: Focus on Style