by Paget Smith

Winter just won’t go away and I don’t think any of us are too happy about it. While we are still five days away from spring break, here are some tips to stay warm until we get the heck out of dodge!

1. Sip on Something Warm

La Duni Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate cures all, trust me. To get your fix, head to one of these two hot spots. On Oaklawn, Chocolate Secrets has a variety of flavors including dark chocolate, peppermint, and Mexican spice for whatever your mood is! La Duni makes a crave-worthy French hot chocolate with creamy Belgium chocolate, half and half and whipped cream. Get a piece of their famous cake to pair with it because stressed spelled backwards is dessert!

2. A Night at the Movies

If you having been singing ‘Shallow’ since October like I have you’re in luck, this week and this week only the movie A Star is Born is coming back to theaters with an additional 12 minutes of never before seen footage. Warm up your heart with Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s fiery connection. A Star is Born Encore is playing at the AMC in NorthPark with two showings every day. Hurry and get your tickets fast because you know everyone in lining up to see some more Gaga and Bradley love!

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3. Relaxation Station

If you have a lighter midterm week, take the day off and head to one of Dallas’ indoor day spas. According to local Dallasites some of their favorites are Halycon Days Salon and Spa at Neiman Marcus, Coldwater Creek the spa (ask for the renewal spa day package), and Adrift Float Spa. At Adrift you can float in a zero-gravity massage chair in a salt bath that is suggested to equal four hours of sleep. Sit back, relax.

4. Art exhibits

Viva Avant Garde: A Jeremy Scott Retrospective

Tired of staring at a screen? Put on your parka and give your eyes a more colorful distraction to check out these amazing exhibits. At the Dallas Contemporary, Jeremy Scott head designer of Moschino and his namesake label Jeremy Scott, is exhibiting two decades worth of colorful clothing, shoes, handbags and an automobile collaboration. If you are interested in fashion, this is definitely a must-see! We also hear Lubbock-based artist Shannon Cannon’s exhibit Triggered at the Cris Worely Fine Arts is a sight to see. Cannon is most known for her brightly colored, realistic oil paintings of plastic toy guns. Both exhibits are open now until the end of March.

5. Soup for the Soul

Last but certainly not least, fill up a cup of soup that will make you feel all types of ways warm. If you’re looking for good recommendations, we got ’em! Our favorites are Fearings’ Tortilla Soup, The Grape’s Cream of Mushroom, East Hampton and Co.’s New England Clam Chowder, and anything from Central Market’s selection. If you are strapped for cash before your vacation, the Dallas Observer did their take on a DIY Fearing’s tortilla soup, check out the recipe here! Whether you take a break to study or you grab it to go on your way to Fondy, these soups will have you saying M’m m’m good!

We hope you take our tips and stay warm out there folks!