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The good, the bad and the ugly of “backup” dates

May 4, 2012

It’s Friday night. Do you know where your backup date is? Chances are they’re right where you left them, at home waiting for you to call (or drunkenly text) them with the less-than-desirable...

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Cast of Workaholics discuss show, new season, hair care, sex products

May 2, 2012

If you think there isn’t anything charming about three 20-something best friends and roommates with jobs at the same call center, think again. Screenwriters and actors Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson...

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Playing games can complicate yet add excitement to dating

April 27, 2012

“Playing games” is one of those hopelessly ambiguous terms that all daters use but rarely ever know how to define. Like love itself, it’s just one of those things that you know once...

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Q-and-A with Lauren Conrad on recent book, beauty blog

April 20, 2012

Reality TV star turned one-woman-brand Lauren Conrad signed copies of her new book, “The Fame Game,” at BookPeople Thursday night. Conrad sat down with The Daily Texan to discuss the book,...

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Breaking old habits means fighting comfort, laziness

April 20, 2012

The many reasons people often get back together with an ex include, but are not limited to: the comfort of being around someone you’ve already gotten to know, toe-curling chemistry inside and outside...

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Free arcade games give bar retro vibe

April 19, 2012

Parties, video games, alcohol and kicking back with his friends — these are a few of Recess Arcade Bar owner Paul Chokota’s favorite things. Recess opened in February, just in time for the...

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Determining the thin line between an innocent kiss and causing a spectacle

April 13, 2012

It was 10 p.m. last Thursday at a cafe near campus, where the beer was flowing, the canopy of lights twinkled overhead and good conversation floated through a rare summer breeze. I surveyed the patio,...

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Pizza trailers spice up traditional dish with flavors from around the world

April 11, 2012

Food trailers are looking to establish their own niches to stand apart from the hundreds of food trucks, trailers and Airstreams in town. Whether it’s deep dish, thin crust or covered in traditional...

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Overcome infidelity, regain trust

April 6, 2012

If a relationship’s single greatest strength is the ability for both people to trust one another, then its greatest enemy is infidelity. Not so conveniently, the college environment — with...

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Dan Savage offers sex advice on MTV U

April 3, 2012

Tonight, syndicated dating columnist Dan Savage of the Savage Love column and podcast will premiere his new show, “Savage U,” on MTV U. The series brings Savage’s notorious wit to various...

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Sneaker enthusiasts share their love of shoes through blogs

April 2, 2012

Joah Spearman opens the door to Austin Java Cafe, brushes the late-afternoon drizzle off his leather jacket and wipes his limited edition Livestrong for Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop black and yellow...

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First dates don’t have to be disasters

March 30, 2012

In the world of Nicholas Sparks novels, first dates are life-changing events in which two absurdly attractive people almost instantly form a lifelong romance. In the real world, a first date isn’t...

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Campus career, internship fairs attract eager students

March 26, 2012

Each spring, students flood to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial stadium, resumes in hand and wearing their most impressive business wear for internship and career fairs that offer a last chance to secure...

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Staying overnight can bring couples closer despite possible embarrassment

March 23, 2012

For many students, living situations in college offer a respite from living under the reins of parental supervision and are a better place for alone time with your boyfriend or girlfriend than the backseat...

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Film, tech, music enthusiasts flock to SXSW

March 19, 2012

From Matthew McConaughey's cameo on the bongos at Auditorium Shores, to the “21 Jump Street” premiere, to rapper 50 Cent's performance with his mentor and fellow rapper Eminem, 2012...

SXSW Interactive — DAY 3

March 13, 2012

Pane: Sex in the Digital Age In recent years, the web has given sex scandals a new connotation of being sexually suggestive rather than being sexually explicit. Take for example the sexy tweet incident...

SXSW Interactive — DAY 2

March 12, 2012

Panel: Funny or Die: Future of Comedy & Everything Else The minds behind Funny or Die (sans Will Ferrell and Adam McKay) hosted a panel at SXSW Interactive on Sunday to discuss how the site started,...

SXSW Interactive — DAY 1

March 11, 2012

Panel Recap — Top Chef: How Transmedia is Changing TV Bravo defines “Transmedia” as storytelling across different media platforms. Lisa Hsia, Bravo’s digital media department,...

Panels focus on future of technology, connections

March 9, 2012

Considering the glamorous connotations of SXSW’s usually star-studded Music and Film festivals, many may question the significantly more expensive badge price ($950) for the Interactive festival....

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Facebook makes breakups difficult, future dates easier

March 9, 2012

Ten years ago, if a friend said they had a hot date, we’d take their word for it. But now it only takes seconds after asking their date’s name for the Facebook profile of the lucky bachelors...

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SXSW brings style to the scene

March 6, 2012

SXSW’s second annual tradeshow, Style X (pronounced “Style By”), is going to set style loose in the Austin Convention Center with 55 designers and eight panel discussions. Co-founder...

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Millennials find true love in laughter

March 2, 2012

Having come of age during the era of Judd Apatow films and viral web parody videos, 18 to 20-something year olds place a high priority on a sense of humor for the checklist of things they hope to find...

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Long-distance love: luxurious or limiting?

February 24, 2012

It’s 9 p.m. on a Thursday night, but before my high heels hit Sixth Street, I have a date. I carefully check my hair, my makeup and my internet connection. With a couple of clicks, Skype displays...

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Low lake levels not a problem for Austin Yacht Club

February 23, 2012

For sailors of the Austin Yacht Club, comfort comes in the sound of water rhythmically lapping against the sides of a boat and looking off into the distance at a horizon of homes dotting the hills that...

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Jealousy may be healthy in small amounts

February 17, 2012

Jealousy stems from many sources: from the quick glimpse of an incoming caller on your partner’s phone, from someone who got too close for comfort with the one you call yours or from the remaining...

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Popular hybrid meal provides time for relaxation

February 17, 2012

On Sundays, brunch isn’t just a meal, it’s a way of life. The meal is a true hybrid that blurs the lines between breakfast and lunch with menu staples such as fried chicken and waffles, steak...

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Valentine’s Day loses appeal with commercialism

February 10, 2012

Every year, as February brings a flood of jewelry commercials and preset dinner menus for two, I can’t help but look over at the box of chocolate covered strawberries I embarrassingly bought for...

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Jason Wu-ed Target Masses

February 7, 2012

While football fans wore jerseys emblazoned with their team’s logo on Super Bowl Sunday, fashion fiends around the nation slipped into comfortable shoes and an outfit that would be easy to quickly...

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Internet dating sites change the way we find true love

February 3, 2012

You can do everything to prepare for an upcoming date with the click of a mouse — from finding a reverse happy hour on Yelp to shopping for a perfectly nonchalant first-date outfit without a trip...

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Fun, cheap road trips are possible through South Texas

February 2, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first in a monthly series exploring inexpensive weekend road trip options. This week, we’ll explore Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, and Gruene, Texas. Sometimes it’s...

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Pinterest provides competition for Facebook

February 2, 2012

Recently, it seems some women have replaced the time they usually spend on Facebook stalking their friends and frenemies with stalking the virtual bulletin boards of social media site pinterest.com. From...

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Post-breakup encounters should be concise, civil

January 27, 2012

Editor’s note: This is a weekly column exploring the many perils and joys of modern dating. After a breakup, certain places become off-limits. Whether it’s the coffee shop whose lattes...

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Former painter develops make-up for Texas heat

January 26, 2012

Rochelle Rae is an artist of many mediums. With a degree in fine arts and experience as a painter and graphic designer, she ventured into a new world of art when she launched her Austin business Rae Cosmetics...

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Bollywood dance studio shakes up fitness routines

January 23, 2012

In front of a wall of mirrors, about 15 people shake their hips and heads to the latest Bollywood songs, showing off the shoulder shake made popular by Bollywood/Hollywood fusion movies like “Bend...

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Texting utilized as dating tool

January 20, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first in a weekly series exploring the many perils and joys of modern dating. Each generation reinvents the dating scene; we’ve graduated from the days of poodle...

Nation-wide events to get excited for in 2012

January 18, 2012

Editor's Note: This is the second part in a two-day series about the Life & Arts senior staff's most anticipated events and entertainment of 2012. Today's entries are about events taking...

Post-humous Winehouse album shows off her best

December 6, 2011

When listening to Amy Winehouse’s posthumous release, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, it’s hard to believe the tracks were recorded within the past decade. When it comes to jazz, Winehouse’s...

Winter Arts Preview: Music

December 2, 2011

Editor's note: The following tracks contain explicit lyrics Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, Mac & Devin Go to High School Released Dec. 13 Hip-hop veteran Snoop Dogg and rising rap superstar...

Songz unabashedly explores his favorite subject on new EP

November 29, 2011

 In his follow-up to 2010’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure, Trey Songz brings the heat in his new, sexually-charged EP Inevitable. On this EP, Songz refines his R&B vocal chops with five new...

Gym Class Heroes follow-up lacks cohesion

November 22, 2011

The digitized voice on the introductory track of the latest Gym Class Heroes album, The Papercut Chronicles II, states he’s “back to blow your mind.” He’s right. The sequel to the...

Strong vocals, beats lead to powerful Florence + the Machine release

November 8, 2011

Florence + the Machine’s sophomore album, Ceremonials, is a musical force of nature. Pulsing beats reverberate while frontwoman Florence Welch’s tornado vocals whir madly around the eye of...

Clarkson’s new album dips into mutiple musical genres

November 1, 2011

When it comes to pop music, if Britney Spears is the voice of unrefined sexuality and Taylor Swift is the voice of the demure girl next door, then Kelly Clarkson is the voice of fiery empowerment. Kelly...