Hats for the Holiday!

With all the talk of dressing up for the winter season, don’t forget about hats! Hats will keep your head warm and comfy as well as give you a fun way to show off a bit of your personality.

Bomber hats are in stock in many stores! You may have seen them around during the winter time, but never really took notice, but never really given them much attention. These hats are square shaped, with flaps that cover your ears. They are commonly found with furry material on the inside and often come in unique patterns.

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Outerwear to Keep You Warm for the Holiday!

Girl in Knit SweaterWhat could say more about winter than a knit sweater! With such cold and windy days, a knit sweater will do the trick! They come in many patterns and colors to fit your style and are sold at a fair price. Some can be found at Forever21, and are usually sold around $20, more or less. If you love them, check out some sweater dresses as well. Sweaters are not limited to just a top, but also come as outerwear. Some look similar to jackets with buttons and are split down the middle. These sweaters look cute with short dresses or casual clothing, yet still give off the winter-theme feel.

Blue BlazerFeeling classy? Try on a blazer. Blazers are not just for professional wear, but also give you a more mature look. You can pair longer ones with dresses and go out to social events. The perfect blazer can give you a comfortable and forming shape on the shoulder, as well as leave you looking slim. Most blazers don’t come as light as the one above, so it will still block the wind on a cold day. And as any outerwear, they come in all sorts of colors and patterns.

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Sunset Screening of “Walk the Line”

Walk the Line

Having one of those days where you feel like doing something new and different for a change? You can have a good time with friends and save your dollars! This Saturday, November 19th at 7pm, there will be a screening of Walk the Line at Strauss Square in downtown Dallas. Walk the Line is a film about the musical and love life of Johnny Cash. So, come out to this sunset screening to enjoy a new experience and different atmosphere!

These film screenings happen every third Saturday of the month, and they are provided free by the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Dallas Film Society. All they ask is that you RSVP, so they can get a headcount for chairs and space! Since the event is in downtown, you can always plan a day trip to go shopping, eating, or exploring the unique sites of Dallas all around you! And don’t forget that you can use your free DART pass as a UTD student!

For more information on this and other events, check out AT&T Performing Arts Center and The Flash List.

T-Shirt Reconstructing!

Everyone has those old t-shirts lying around in the back of their closets; instead of letting them go to waste, make them wearable! T-shirt reconstructing has become a common DIY (do-it-yourself) project. It’s a simple way to update your wardrobe without spending more money. All you need is a t-shirt (oversized ones are even better) and a pair of scissors (preferably sharp). With just a plain t-shirt, you can create an off-the-should look or turn one into a racer-back tank!

Adam Saaks of Ed Hardy
The best part of t-shirt reconstructing is probably weaving! This is when you braid, pattern, and create a new design element with your t-shirts. Adam Saaks of Ed Hardy is well-known for doing t-shirt reconstructing. You can get the same look without buying the expensive tops. Continue reading

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

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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Conquering the land of Fried Food!

On Saturday October 8, I went to the State Fair with an association I’m currently in called FSA. As a group, we all met at UTD and carpooled to the Dart Rail station. There are two special trains that run for specifically to the State Fair so no stops are needed. Around 5, we arrived and turned in our empty Dr. Pepper cans so we only had to pay $5 for admission. There was a TX vs OU game going on this weekend, so I expected the fair to be super crowded, however, by late afternoon, many people had left the fair. Even better, we met up with the FSA from UT. It was smart to go late since it was cool and windy for a change; however it ended up raining when I left.

Walking through one side of the fair

Awaiting me all around the fair was fried food! Since I was with a group, we all shared what we got so everyone got to try out a lot of different fried food. I bought fried vanilla cake balls and fried Snickers. Other things my group had were fried watermelon, funnel cake, Belgium waffles, sausage on a stick, and more.  Overall, I would say everything was delicious – however, quite expensive. Sharing is always a good option when it comes to trying out a lot of food.

Fried and other Delicious Food!

There were also many fun rides to go on; if you’ve never been on the ferris wheel, it’s a memorable experience and a pretty view from above. Other than rides, there were a lot of carnival games across from the food stands. There are huge stuffed animal prizes that everyone wants to have! Although it was a lot of money gone to waste, getting a huge prize would make up for it. My friends won a huge wolf-like puppy and the red angry bird along with the minion from Despicable Me. We also went to the car show when it was sprinkling outside. There were new, shiny cars, but I do not remember the names of them.

Large prizes and the car show

Overall, I would say the State Fair of Texas was a success. It was an enjoyable event even though I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. It’s good to go with a group or a couple of people, so you can all enjoy the experience together and share food rather than spend a bunch of extra money. Even so, many people who haven’t gone still have a bit over two weeks to still go. I will actually be going again either this weekend or the next for sure.