Staying in Dallas for Thanksgiving Break

November 23, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kalyn Harper
kharper@smu.edu

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays completely dedicated to seeing family, but not this year.

If you are staying in the Dallas area for break, you are not alone.

SMU freshman Jake Higgins stood outside Boaz Hall last week, talking to his friends about the upcoming Thanksgiving break. He listened as they chatted about their anticipation to see their parents and eat homemade meals. Nodding occasionally with a forced smile on his face, he kept thinking about the fact that he will spend Thanksgiving break on campus, away from his family for the first time.

“I’d rather go see my family, but Christmas break will come soon enough,” Higgins said. “I’m not too upset about it.”

A lot of Americans are changing their Thanksgiving travel plans this week because of tough economic conditions. That doesn’t mean students can’t still enjoy the six-day break with reasonably priced turkey dinners and Thanksgiving-inspired events available throughout the metroplex.

Although the travel industry appears to be recovering at a faster pace than the economy, it still has a long way to go.

This year’s predicted increase in Thanksgiving travel doesn’t make up for the 25 percent drop in travel in 2008, according to the American Automobile Association’s annual Thanksgiving survey.

The group said many Americans are in a better financial position than they were last year, but high unemployment and economic uncertainty are still lingering concerns.

Higgins, born and raised in Las Vegas, is staying in Dallas for Thanksgiving because most of his family is traveling to other places instead of staying in Nevada.

“My uncle is coming to Dallas and we’re going to go out to dinner or just order food to go,” said Higgins.

Thanksgiving Meals

This year, Central Market is offering a complete dinner, from gravy to stuffing, made from red quinoa and dried fruit. This gluten-free turkey dinner feeds four for $139.99.

Another option is a vegetarian Thanksgiving with a hazelnut fig roast, sweet potatoes and all the fixings, which is $39.99 for two. To order, call the Central Market Holiday Hotline at 1-877-263-1379.

Here are some suggestions for the college student on a budget, who wants to add cheap, hip ideas to their dinner party:

• Serve your guests Frito chili pie in small Fritos bags with plastic spoons. It’s innovative, simple and chili is great for cold weather.

• If you want your guests to leave with something more personal, give them something you’ve baked- along with the recipe, like a cookies or chocolate mud bars.

• Doniphan Moore of Dallas’ Doniphan Moore Interiors, suggests giving friends a basket of homemade potpourri using cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel, cloves and dried cranberries.

Thanksgiving plans are difficult for international SMU students who can’t afford the long trip home since Christmas break is less than three weeks after Thanksgiving.

“I’m not going home because it’s too far and would cost too much so I’m spending Thanksgiving with my fraternity brother,” said SMU senior and Paris native Chris Chauve. “Plus, there’s no point to go home for Thanksgiving because we don’t celebrate it back in Europe.”

Thanksgiving Day Plans

Any sports-loving students can visit the Dallas Cowboys website to raise money for Salvation Army and have a chance to spend Thanksgiving Day at the sold-out Cowboys game.

Keith Urban will show his support with a halftime performance to kick off the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

If you aren’t able to get tickets to the game, you can serve food to the homeless at Carr P. Collins Social Services Center by Parkland Hospital.

Gloria Brown, a Salvation Army volunteer, said that a large number of young adults volunteered on Thanksgiving day last year and she expects about the same outcome this week.

“We have volunteers come all the time to help throughout the year, but more people volunteer during Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Brown said.

To celebrate Thanksgiving for free, check out Thanks-Giving Square at 1627 Pacific Ave. in Downtown Dallas. Attractions include The Hall of Thanksgiving, which features maps of nations that celebrate Thanksgiving, and a spiraling series of stained glass windows in the Glory Chapel.

Thanksgiving day hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and general admission is free. Call 214-969-1977 or visit their website for more information.

Black Friday Deals

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is infamous for being the best shopping day of the year. Malls and retail shops will open early and even all night long to offer shoppers access to discounted merchandise.

This year, students don’t have to wait until Friday to get holiday bargains. A large number of stores are opening Thursday for shoppers who want to avoid the crowds.

For the first time, Sears is opening on Thursday from 7 a.m. until noon. The Wall Street Journal reported that Kmart, which has opened on Thanksgiving for 19 years, is allowing shoppers to buy online and pick up their purchases at stores on Thanksgiving day this year.

Locally, Black Friday at NorthPark Center is from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tory Burch in Highland Park Village will have 40% off their fall collection and Saks Fifth Avenue at Galleria Dallas will have discounts in every department.

There are more deals online and local deals in your city. Get updates on Black Friday sales here.

Whether students are going home or staying in Dallas for the holiday, Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings and be thankful for what you have, a tradition that has remained strong since 1621.

Fall Into The Fur Trend

September 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Krystal Schlegel
kschlegel@mail.smu.edu

This season fake and real fur has been making a huge come back at fashion week, in stores, on celebrities and on students.

The trend was seen on the runways of Chanel, Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, and Juicy Couture- at all different price points. Chanel, always a trendsetter, sent models down the runway in head to toe faux fur ensembles at the Fashion Week.

“Fur is such a large trend this season, because we are seeing a huge ‘70s retro comeback,” said Patty Talley, a top sales associate at Neiman Marcus NorthPark, who styles many SMU clients. She said the ‘70s inspired look can be observed in every fashion magazine and is being worn by many celebrities now.

According to Talley, shoppers are spending from $100-$300 on faux fur vests and jackets and $1,200 and up for the real deal. If shoppers are looking for real fur that is less expensive, rabbit fur is the lowest price.

Valerie Elizabeth of SocietyStylist.com tells her clients to buy vintage furs second hand at a cheaper cost.

“You can pick fur up in so many ways,” Talley said. “Not particularly the full coat, but accent pieces at any budget are available.”

Stylish students can transition their wardrobes from summer to fall by adding an accessory. Young customers are incorporating fur any way they can into their wardrobe with vests, shoes, and bags, said Talley. Students are pairing their fur vests for daytime with simple and understated outfits such as jeans and a T-shirt. However, they can also take the trend from day-to-night by styling fur accessories with an evening dress.

As far as color goes, “beige and blush are huge trends for this fall,” Talley said.

Neutral colors are highlighted in top designers such as, Chanel, Chloe, and Theory’s fall 2010 looks in stores now.

The September issue of Vogue also showed the trend in a spread with a wide variety of accessories and clothing with fur embellishments.

The fur trend is somewhat controversial.

“As a vegetarian, I only wear fake fur because I don’t like the idea of killing animals for skin,” said Lauren Taylor, a fashionable student and member of the SMU Retail Club.

Taylor shops at Cusp and plans to wear fur this fall to school and out with friends. Her fashion icon is Rachel Zoe, a celebrity stylist who can almost always be spotted in a fur vest or jacket, even came out with her own line of faux fur for qvc.com. Zoe is well known for her vintage seventies inspired looks.

Sarah Bray is the Style Editor of the Daily Campus and co-founder of SMUstyle.com. The SMU senior said she looked everywhere for a fur vest last year, but was disappointed there were not any options in mainstream retail shops.

“Now faux fur is everywhere,” Bray said. “After Chanel showed fur on the fall runway, everyone got in on the trend.”

Bray is faux fur all the way. “I can’t handle the thought of a dead animal on my body-it really grosses me out. Even if I had the budget, I still would never purchase real
fur.”

Bray has a passion for style.

“Fashion is art and personal expression, an outfit in an unexpected unique way is like looking at an artist’s work,” Bray said. “Having the ability to be different and who you are is the best part of being a human, so why not express your personality and stand out through what you wear.”

Fashion’s Night Out Hits Highland Park Village

September 13, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Caroline Foster
cfoster@smu.edu

The tree-lined sidewalks of high-end shopping center Highland Park Village were busier than usual on Friday night. Empty parking spots were scarce as shoppers roamed from store to store with their hands full, carrying glasses of champagne, balloons, and shopping bags.

This was the scene of the second annual Fashion’s Night Out festivities taking place at Highland Park Village. Over 20 stores participated in the event, each store celebrating fashion in its own way.

Anthropologie had live music from 6-8 p.m. as well as hors d’oeuvres and artisan chocolatier, Stephen Smith, on hand. Smith brought three different varieties of his Nib Chocolates that complemented the fall clothes. He said, “My chocolates are artsy and fashion oriented.” The shoppers enjoyed eating the sweets while scouring the racks of ruffled sweaters, sweetly printed blouses, and eye-catching accessories.

At Scoop the staff promoted Genetic Denim while a DJ played energizing music for the crowd. The Carolina Herrera store installed a photo booth for the event that instantly printed black and white photos of each participating guest. The new Christian Louboutin store was packed as guests viewed brand new shoes premiering just for the event.

A few doors down, Los Angeles based knitwear store, Vince, hosted a party featuring photographer David Woo’s new coffee table book about Dallas celebrities and their dogs. Attendees along with their pampered pooches walked around the store eyeing sweaters as music played and drinks were poured.

Vince Store manager Stacy Gibbons said, “It’s fun to shop in a different environment.” This fun shopping atmosphere seems to be exactly what Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg of The Council of Fashion Designers of America had in mind when they, along with the City of New York initiated Fashion’s Night Out in 2009.

The event was started when the economy was slow and people were not shopping as much as they had during past seasons. Vogue and CFDA worked in New York City to create an event that put the fun back in shopping, while also helping the economy.

The date was set on September 10th and stores all over New York City and the country participated in the event. This year many other cities around the world including Madrid and London decided to join the fun making the event bigger than ever.

Gibbons is not surprised by the expansion because of the millions of fashion devotees around the world. Gibbons said, “It’s viral this year, people want to support something they love.” Dallas fully supported the endeavor as stores such as Stanley Korshak, Forty Five Ten, Barney’s, and Neiman Marcus stayed open late for the night.

Love for fashion is exactly what Fashion’s Night Out is all about. This doesn’t just apply to the fashion elite – Fashion’s Night Out is an event for everyone to enjoy. The crowd at Highland Park Village is a perfect example: pre-teens wearing their graphic printed Fashion Night Out t-shirts took pictures in the photo booth as older couples waited behind them.

Long-time Dallas residents Olga and Rob Levin said the concept of Fashion’s Night Out was remarkable, and they planned to visit almost all of the events Highland Park Village had to offer, citing Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo at the top of their hit list. Mr. Levin joked, “I’m taking back the credit card.”

Fashion’s Night Out at Highland Park Village added extra excitement to the area on a rather ordinarily warm Friday night. It was obvious that guests were delighted to be a part of such a large event promoting a common love. Judging from the great amount of shopping bags and smiling faces, the event was a success.