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All content by Jessica Lee

Student’s food blog sparks tasty journey

Jessica Lee May 2, 2012

Just two years ago, when petroleum engineering senior Allison Boyle thought of what would be on the menu for dinner that night, processed foods such as macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles came to mind. But...


UT alumna creates, sells jewelry on Etsy

Jessica Lee April 30, 2012

As graduation nears, many seniors stress over how to put their degrees to good use. In 2009, Audra Deaton was experiencing the same situation. After graduating from UT with a degree in textiles and apparel...


Take a break from school and enjoy an eventful weekend in Houston

Jessica Lee April 18, 2012

The final days of school are approaching, and it is hard not to have summer in mind. Final projects and examinations are on the horizon, and what better way to take your mind off the stress of school than...


Austin artist creates one-of-a-kind artwork

Jessica Lee April 4, 2012

In 1999, artist Sue Zola decided she had had enough of the East Coast’s cold winters. The Connecticut native was ready to escape her fast-paced life, so she packed up her car with all of her belongings...


Thrifting takes time, saves money

Jessica Lee March 27, 2012

It’s hard to be fashion forward in college. Everyone wants to look their best, but buying a closet full of new clothes while attempting to pinch pennies is almost impossible. Rather than scouring...


New Orleans proves to be sweet escape

Jessica Lee March 22, 2012

The perfect escape before final exams roll around is in New Orleans. The Big Easy is an eight-hour road trip away, and though sitting behind the wheel for half a day may seem like torture, it seems like...


Boho chic comfort, rock ‘n’ roll accessories key to stylish looks

Jessica Lee March 9, 2012

South By Southwest is almost here. You’ve RSVP’d to all the concerts you want to attend, scoped out the best route to get from one panel to another and decided which films you are dying to...


Fashion blogger makes an appearance at SXSW

Jessica Lee March 8, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second of two profiles on fashion bloggers who will be part of this weekend’s Texas Style Council conference. It is hard not to take notice of Julie O’Boyle....


Well-received fashion blogger set to visit Austin

Jessica Lee March 7, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first of two profiles on fashion bloggers who will be part of this weekend’s Texas Style Council conference. Look for the second profile in tomorrow’s issue....


B12 Bingo creates a unique atmosphere for all ages

Jessica Lee March 5, 2012

A smoky haze fills the air of the B12 bingo parlor. Patrons young and old stamp their bingo cards with a paint pen, hoping that the next number called will give them the chance to yell “bingo”...


Nail art trend provides easy way to show off stripes

Jessica Lee March 1, 2012

The word “trend” can immediately set off a sigh or palm-to-face motion as fashion lovers recall those horrible style mistakes that seemed right at the time. Anyone who embraced gauchos pants,...


Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop whips up sweet treats, expands location

Jessica Lee February 28, 2012

The air inside of Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop smells sweet. Carla Finley emerges from the kitchen with a smile on her face, covered head to toe in flour and cake batter. Five days a week, Finley wakes...


Romance novelist hits the spot between love and lovemaking

Jessica Lee February 23, 2012

When mother of two Tina Leonard sits down at her computer in her home office, she weaves lavish tales of whirlwind romances and passionate nights of lovemaking. Hunky Southern cowboys recur in many of...


Strange state laws are obsolete, humorous

Jessica Lee February 20, 2012

Growing up we were taught a number of rules. As children, we were told to look both ways before crossing the street. As young adults, we were forced to memorize all the driving laws before getting a license....


Food, friends, fun await in San Antonio

Jessica Lee February 16, 2012

An escape from the routine certainly seems attractive. A mere 83 miles from Austin lies San Antonio. The historic Alamo city offers plenty to do and serves as a reminder that a vacation doesn’t have...


Artists’ tattoos color Austin

Jessica Lee February 13, 2012

The sound of ceaseless buzzing is in the air as Rachel Kolar begins to work on a piece of art. Her paintbrush is a needle, her medium is ink and her canvas is the human body. Kolar has been working at...

Defining and Exploring Modern-Day Hipster Culture

Jessica Lee February 8, 2012

The word “hipster” instantly brings to mind a number of stereotypical images: Ray-Ban sunglasses, record players, moustaches and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The television show “Portlandia”...


Family business preserves art of taxidermy

Jessica Lee February 6, 2012

There is a vanilla aroma in the air at the Martinez Brothers’ shop. Family photos are tacked onto a corkboard next to a desk covered in paperwork. Alex Martinez puts on a stained apron, walks into...


Fun, cheap road trips are possible through South Texas

Jessica Lee and Anjli Mehta 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...


Saxophone player shines with major

Jessica Lee January 30, 2012

We live in a society where the word “saxophone” immediately triggers you to hum the tune of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” Music composition senior Walter Nichols would...


Pets need more protein-rich diets

Jessica Lee January 26, 2012

It is easy to run into the supermarket and grab a bag of dog food; filling a bowl with kibble every morning becomes a mindless act. But Bark ‘n Purr manager Sandy Schultz urges pet owners to take...


Students experience unique perceptions of CAP program

Jessica Lee January 23, 2012

In high school, Gramm Klein felt that The University of Texas at Austin was the perfect school for him. What better place to major in sports management? UT has a multi-million dollar sports program, a...


Locals give winter wardrobe advice

Jessica Lee January 19, 2012

When you think of the winter season, a picturesque white winter wonderland with its snow flurries, frosted windowpanes and the constant longing for a warm cup of hot chocolate comes to mind. But winters...


Popular professors share their New Year’s resolutions

Jessica Lee January 18, 2012

Each new year brings new resolutions. Whether it be a change to one’s external appearance or internal attitude, some of the student body’s favorite professors divulged what they hope to accomplish...

Nation-wide events to get excited for in 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...

Journalism student shows off thrifting skills in blog

Jessica Lee November 30, 2011

The Goodwill outlet store on Burleson Road is a madhouse on Saturday morning. Thrifters frantically pick through unsorted bins scattered throughout the giant warehouse looking for fashionable treasures....

Eavesdropper blogs about all things Austin

Jessica Lee November 23, 2011

Tolly Moseley is still reeling from getting to meet her idol, Wayne Coyne. The Flaming Lips’ front man showed up at Fun Fun Fun Fest a few weeks ago, and Moseley spotted his wild hair, approached...

Couple competes for dream wedding

Jessica Lee November 15, 2011

As soon as Marilyn Courtney Raudry and Preston Young begin to go into the story about how they fell in love, it might come as a surprise that this is not the audio version of Nicholas Sparks novel. This...

Engineering blogger to host fashion show

Jessica Lee November 9, 2011

[Correction made on Nov. 9 at 2:12 p.m.: Added "not" to: "She advises those seeking to start a blog of their own to do it in the hopes of getting famous."] Diya Liu is not afraid to...

Fire breather hopes to pass the torch

Jessica Lee November 2, 2011

When Robert Camp was a child, he did not listen to his parents when they told him not to play with fire. Instead, he held a lighter up to the couch when no one was around just to see what would happen....

Sophomore slams his way to the top of Austin poetry scene

Jessica Lee October 26, 2011

When Zach Caballero steps onto the stage, he hears the cheers and claps from the audience. He takes a second to breathe, and the room goes quiet. He has performed poetry across the nation from Los Angeles...

A capella groups perform together for wildfire benefit

Jessica Lee October 18, 2011

Three of UT’s a cappella groups are coming together tonight in an attempt to raise money for victims of the recent Texas wildfires. A cappella is a form of singing without instrumental accompaniment....

Game designer helps men find love

Jessica Lee October 12, 2011

There is no cheat sheet for mastering the dating game, but Dominic German is doing what he can to help the less skilled find success. German, a 25-year-old video game artist, knows what it is like to...

Comic artist Maybury finds support in Austin

Jessica Lee October 4, 2011

Paul Maybury never expected a chalkboard drawing of Mr. T pitying the fool who did not eat Whole Foods’ boneless sirloin steaks would give him the push he needed to turn his interest in comic books...

Local artist’s paintings show unique ‘vintage swagger’ style

Jessica Lee September 28, 2011

Ian Shults has always been interested in art. As a child, his mother helped him make his own toys out of clay. As a teenager, he started creating graffiti characters under bridges after he was kicked out...

Students use social media for personal branding

Jessica Lee September 21, 2011

When Anjli Mehta began sorting through dozens of unanswered emails, she thought the message from USA Today was junk mail. She took a quick glance at the contents of the email only to find that it was a...

Shyama Golden uses social media, local venues to show paintings

Jessica Lee September 14, 2011

A growing figure in the Austin art scene, Shyama Golden never expected she would be able to attribute her success to social media. After joining Twitter, Facebook and Dribbble, a website that allows designers...

Local video stores thrive, refute national trend

Jessica Lee September 6, 2011

With Blockbuster filing for bankruptcy last year and closing about 900 of its stores, it may come as a surprise that local video stores such as Vulcan Video and Waterloo Records & Video are still able...

Tinsel outshines feathers as latest flashy hair trend

Jessica Lee August 30, 2011

Nowadays, it seems like anytime a breeze blows through someone’s hair, a feather is revealed. A quick glance at the sunbathers at Barton Springs Pool reveals the trend has spread to everyone from...

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