Burst the Bubble Blog: Market Center Sample Sale Preview

November 12, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post by Elizabeth Lowe

Burst the Bubble presents a sneak peek at the annual Dallas Market Center Sample Sale, happening Nov. 12-14. Once ‘Stangs get through some of the more over-the-top, gaudy, and a little too bling-y booths, there are plenty of gems to be found.

Step outside the Bubble this weekend and do a little holiday shopping on the cheap. Of course, you can always go to find a little something funky for yourself. Shopping agenda or no shopping agenda, it’s a Dallas holiday classic that’s worth experiencing.

Definitely worth checking out are the shoe sample sales and pre-owned furs. Some are a little ridiculous, like shawls with the fox’s head still attached and taxidermied, but others seem to be on-trend with this year’s fur look. Think Chanel Fall-Winter 2010 – head to toe fur anyone?

If you’re the crafty type, there are several booths for beading and jewelry material. The prices are so low that I considered taking up a new hobby and creating my own necklaces. Not to mention some of the beading and stones are out of sight.

Outside of the fashion realm, shoppers can peruse booth after booth of home goods and holiday decorations. There’s also a booth in the center of the market solely dedicated to toys. Which one you decide to shop at may be very telling of your current college mindset: revisiting childhood or prepping your independent space?

After looking at all the material goods I’m assuming we don’t “need,” it’s nice to pay a visit to the Salvation Army Angel Tree in the center of Market Hall.
Each angel on the tree is a different child in the Dallas area that could use a little extra spirit this holiday season, be it a new coat or an electronic game. Pick up an angel and you could even shop for the child on-site. Giving back to the greater Dallas community -now that’s bursting the Bubble.

Burst the Bubble Blog: Row Your Boat at White Rock Lake

October 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post by Elizabeth Lowe

Fall is here but the weather is still a Dallas-perfect 75 degrees – perfect for a jaunt outside The Bubble.

This week, consider exploring all there is to do around White Rock Lake.
The area is reminiscent of the bike, river and nature trails in Austin minus the drive and weekend crowds.

My personal favorite activity to do in Austin is kayaking on one of the city’s several rivers. Imagine my excitement when I heard White Rock Lake here in Dallas is offering kayak rentals this fall! Not only is the drive shorter, but it’s also a nice, quick break from the often mundane SMU weekend lifestyle of Greenville, Boulevarding, and Uptown.

White Rock Paddle Company is now renting kayaks and canoes through the end of October for various rates. For a mere $19.99 an hour, you can rent a tandem kayak or canoe to explore the lake with a friend. You can even stay out until sundown to catch a Texas sunset on White Rock.

The White Rock Paddle Co. also conducts lake trips for Thursday Nights at the Arboretum. Paddle or no paddle, this regular Thursday night live music event is another not-to-miss at White Rock.

Starting around 6 p.m., locals fill the open-air amphitheater with quilts, picnic baskets, and bottles of wine to watch an evening of live music on the lake. Beatlegras delighted concert-goers last month with their bluegrass-Beatles fusion and played past sunset making for a beautiful fall night.

Petty Theft, a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band, hits this amphitheater stage this week. Tickets are $16.00 for non-members, but you can pack your own picnic and drinks to make a night of it. My words of advice: get there early, bring a blanket, and pack bug spray. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music from 7-9 p.m.

Take advantage of this great weather and burst The Bubble outside on White Rock Lake. Whether you bike, kayak, or catch some tunes you’re sure to find a nice getaway just down the road.

Burst The Bubble Blog: A Different Side of Dallas Life in Oak Cliff

September 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post By Elizabeth Lowe

It’s a month into the school year – have you felt the force of the “SMU Bubble” yet?
Even Coach June Jones has felt the pull, saying almost everything a person needs to live can be found in University Park.

But how about doing a little living?
That’s where Oak Cliff comes in my friends.

The historic neighborhood is sometimes subject to a shady stereotype for those Mustangs not in the know. However, ask any Dallasite or savvy professor and they’ll be quick to tell you otherwise. From artsy street markets and shops to Texas-style entertainment and dining, Oak Cliff has got it going on.

Most recently, the Oak Cliff community began a new initiative to revive their beloved city blocks – and it shows. Just take a look at the Observer’s “Best Of” list; 23 of this year’s winners can be found in Oak Cliff.

Next time you’re looking for a weekend activity or a taste of something new, I challenge you to step outside The Bubble with me and into Oak Cliff for a different take on Dallas life.

Here’s what’s on the Oak Cliff Radar this week:

“Return to Giant” at the Texas Theatre, Thursday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
This historic Dallas landmark has been under construction making way for a new bar and concession stand. Although it’s still a work in progress, the Texas Theatre is opening its doors for a repeat screening of the documentary “Return to Giant.”
The documentary illuminates the town of Marfa, TX where Giant was filmed. Haven’t heard of Giant? Let’s just say it’s a Texas classic.
James Dean shines in his final role as a rancher in the small Texas town alongside legend Elizabeth Taylor. The film is credited as the basis for the TV series “Dallas.”
It’s sure to be a night of true Texan culture.

Live Blues at Jack’s Backyard, Saturday Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.
Since opening in 2008, Jack’s Backyard has been a go-to bar for Oak Cliff locals.
By day, Jack’s serves American and Tex-Mex fare like quesadillas, burgers, grilled cheese, and tortilla soup. By night, Jack’s is a laid-back bar and music venue.
This Saturday, check out live blues as the band Bona Fide Blues performs. This will be a bluesy experience in the neighborhood of blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.

16th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert, Sunday Oct. 3
For blues fans or a Harley man, it’s an epic annual event. This is a daylong bike fest and blues concert benefiting the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Starting at 9 a.m., attendees are invited to breakfast at the World’s Largest Hooters in Dallas’ West End. From there, the motorcycle parade will commence at 11:15 a.m. Next up, it’s an all-day blues concert series at Cowboys Arlington until 6 p.m.
Sounds like a long day? Just remember it’s for the kids – and Stevie.