10 Item Grocery List

Grocery shopping can be a hassle for college students. Make it easier on yourself and create a personal grocery list so you can grab everything quick and not spend too much time or money buying stuff you don’t need. Here is an example to get you started. You can get all of these items for around $30-$40.

  1. Milk- Necessary for healthy bones and strong teeth…oh and your cereal. ($3)
  2. Cereal or Granola Bars- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ($3.50)
  3. Juice- Important for starting your day off right. ($3)
  4. Frozen Dinners- Quick and easy meals. ($2.50 each)
  5. Bread-Take a sandwich to-go. ( $2.50)
  6. Snacks-Things to munch on while you’re studying. ($3-$6)
  7. Bottled Water- Stay hydrated all day during your busy schedule. ($5)
  8. Fruit/ Vegetable- Be healthy! Choose your favorite fruit or vegetable. ($2-$4)
  9. Coffee/Tea- Essential for those early mornings and all nighters. ($5)
  10. Ramen Noodles- Can’t forget the cheapest, most college friendly grocery item! ($0.30)

For more information on grocery lists and healthy options check out Grocery List for College Students and Healthy College Food.

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Getting in the spirit with the arts

Vim Studio imageIt’s the end of the semester, and not to mention the end of the year. We are all looking for a little rest and relaxation after this very long, tedious semester. The Dallas Arts District is getting in the spirit by celebrating the Holidays in the district with many amazing, festive activities for the whole family. After a long week of finals we suggest that you enjoy the holiday festivities at The Dallas Museum of Art during their late night on December 16th. For only $5 you can attend the up-coming Late Night at The Dallas Museum of Art and enjoy all of the wonderful warmth of our local museums until midnight! Don’t forget to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier event and the Mark Bradford exhibit. If all of the exhibits inside the DMA aren’t enough for your wandering eyes, then you can take a stroll through the Arts District and see the beautiful Christmas tree. Don’t forget that you can take the DART train down to the Arts District for free with your UTD DART pass. For under $10 you can travel down to the Arts District and start getting in the holiday spirit to prepare to see your folks during the holiday break!

Gifts for Her: Under $30

The holdiays can be an expensive time of year, so we’re keeping the money-saving tips coming this week with a continuation of our earlier post, Gifts for Him: Under $30. Here are some unique gifts for the special women in your life.

Hilary Duff With Love perfume

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Rhinestones and Talking Mannequins-A Walk Inside Gaultier

Hello sensory overload! Last night, I braved the crowds of the monthly Dallas Arts District Art Crawl and DMA late night, to wander through the halls of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Walking into the museum, you immediately know something incredible is going on. Everyone at the front desk is donning the Gaultier, white and blue sailor stripe shirts, and behind them the entire wall is fashioned to match their shirts.

Looking in on the exhibit from the outside, gave me goosebumps. As I began to walk into the blue lit entrance of an exhibit, it proved to take the visitors breath away. Absolutely no cameras were allowed in this exhibit, and there was a disclaimer on the wall stating that the content was not appropriate for young audiences. As I walked into the main room, the eager viewers were greeted by a dozen or more mannequins that all assumed a Mona Lisa effect. The exhibit designers had a rigged system of projectors that showed images of different models talking by moving faces onto the blank mannequins face. There was audio playing in the sea-themed room, where Mr. Jean Paul Gaultier greeted you as you walked in. His mannequin was made to interact with the audience and give a background story as to what was happening in this room, and what we would see as we made our journey through his archive of pieces from his collections. The front room set the tone for the rest of the rooms. Each mannequin in this room had a projected face that would move and interact with other mannequins that gave an added intrigue to the perfected, over-detailed garments that they were wearing. The walls were covered with large framed photographs that accompanied the theme the models were wearing. Continue reading

‘Tis The Season!

Most people would say that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who plan ahead, and those who do not. I would  counter  that there are actually three, when you include the people who always intend to plan ahead. In any case, this post is for all of you.

A girl I know throws an annual Christmas cocktail party. Everyone dresses up, eats bite-sized food, and drinks out of actual glasses. As a one-time thing, it’s always a fun night. If you don’t have a friend like mine, you could become the person who throws the fabulous Christmas party every year. If it sounds intimidating, start small: the invitations. There’s a budget way to create beautiful invitations – using only your computer!

The website 123print.com is a great place to get started. It’s incredibly easy to use. They have hundreds of pre-made templates to choose from that you can then customize. You can add text and edit any text’s font, size, and color. If you’re ambitious, there are more advanced tools that let you upload your own pictures and add various characters into your text. For the Photoshop-savvy, there is a completely blank template that allows you to upload the entire design. You can make this in Photoshop in the specified size and simply save it as a.jpg, then upload it to the site and voila! Invitation!

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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.

“Enfant Terrible” of fashion

If you’re a lover of fashion perhaps you have heard of the little design house of Jean Paul Gaultier. Jean Paul Gaultier is living proof that fashion can be walking art work, and the Dallas Museum of Art is bringing some of his most influential pieces to an exhibit. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, you can be up close and personal with avant-garde couture fashion that has left its everlasting mark on our society.  This is the first exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art that will explore the world of fashion. The exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art will open to the public on Sunday, November 13, 2011. The cost of admission is $12.00 for students, but please don’t forget that you must pay $5 student admission to the museum first. At this exhibit you will see 30 animated mannequins, including one of Jean Paul Gaultier himself, and will feature approximately 120 ensembles. This is an event that no college fashionista will want to miss; fashion from the sidewalk to the catwalk event will run until February 12, 2012.