Tea time at Paris Apartment Boutique and Tea Room
April 15, 2014
Tea time is really the most important time of any day. Especially as a college student, it is the perfect time to reflect on your day while enjoying the perfect cup of soothing tea. With finals approaching quickly, I've consciously been making time for tea.
I used to have ...
A taste of Brussels and Berlin
April 14, 2014
This week lacked a little bit of adventure. I returned from Berlin on Monday morning (gotta love 7 a.m. flights–and sleeping on the airport floor). Classes recommenced Tuesday and we were loaded down with prep work for the coming month. May will be a three-week, non-stop adventure for ...
Put a spring in your step with the latest spring fashions
April 11, 2014
Spring has finally made its debut to the hills of our lovely campus, and with that comes the ever-present Nike shorts, Chacos and T-shirts. But what if instead of going with the flow this spring, you step up the glam this spring?
The spring trends of 2014 for women are all easy to recreate. There are a few trends to watch out for: wide-legged, cotton pants; and don't get too excited, because pantsuits are back, and they're here to stay; crop tops, made specifically to keep the relationship between you and the TRECS strong; as well as the annual trend of floral prints. For the men, neon trainers are out, and so are tropical floral prints. Bring out your Hawaiian shirts, boys.
Take a hike: From the forest to sorority formal
April 10, 2014
I'm in a sorority, but I'm not a sorority girl.
I'd trade a letter shirt for a flannel any day, and I prefer camping to beach vacations. However, when it comes to formal, even those of us less in touch with our girly sides can party with the best of 'em.
Last weekend, I had to transform from a T-shirt clad frumpster to a "sophisticated" (heavy sarcasm) socialite. Here are a few of the things I learned about making the leap from forest to Sigma Phi Lambda formal.
Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop brings sweet Southern comfort to Knoxville
April 09, 2014
I was immediately intrigued when I heard the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop was opening on Kingston Pike. Knoxville is filled with yogurt places, coffee shops and even cupcakeries. All these places are great, but they offer less variety in exchange for a convenient sweet treat.
Upon entering the small shop ...
Berlin: Love at first sight
April 08, 2014
I had a feeling before I got there that I wouldn't want to leave Berlin, and my intuition was right. As a part of the exchange program, we ventured to Germany's capital for five days and explored the city with wide-open eyes. Boarding the plane to return to ...
Thanks Taker: Despite WrestleMania loss, the Deadman's legacy lives on
April 07, 2014
For over two decades, The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak was the only consistent theme in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Over those 23 years, the WWE has seen far more change than any other industry in the sporting world.
But when it came to WrestleMania, one thing never changed.
The Undertaker strolled ...
On why students wear sunglasses
April 04, 2014
My fellow students, I think it is safe to say that spring has finally sprung.
After what seemed like weeks of polar vortexes and impending snowstorms, the temperatures in Knoxville are finally warm enough to walk around campus sans the winter coat you've worn nonstop since winter break.
With this week's beautiful weather came a belated reemergence of the shining sun, which – let's be honest – can be a little annoying when you just spent an hour and a half in a dark lecture hall. After so many weeks spent below the gloomy Knoxville sky, it's difficult to adjust to the suddenly bright and overwhelming sun that spring is now providing us with.
Take a hike: Unexpected surprises at Fontana Dam
April 03, 2014
Why do we do the things we do?
I ask myself this question nearly every time I go backpacking. When you're walking uphill with 25 extra pounds strapped to your back, too busy trying not to trip to take in the scenery, it's not a philosophical question. I'm not contemplating the motivations and beliefs behind human behavior.
French Market Crêperie offers delicate options for the spring season
April 02, 2014
Sometimes the weather can play a huge factor in what we feel like eating. In the winter we tend to eat warmer, filling comfort foods. In the spring we gravitate toward lighter options. Lately, Knoxville has been experiencing unusual weather conundrums. Sometimes it is both cold and warm within the ...
Belgium: Learning lessons and tasting things
April 01, 2014
My Spring Break began before the sun rose. Toting a camera bag and a satchel stuffed with necessities, I boarded a train and set off on the five-hour journey that would take me to Bruges, Belgium. This northwestern city of Belgium began the weeklong adventure that taught me a lot ...
Style offers unique, vast method of self-expression
March 28, 2014
People judge others based on what they look like.
It's an unfortunate fact of life that we probably all have experienced, whether you judged or were judged.
People assume things about others based on the color of their hair (oh you're a redhead so you must be vivacious), their height (are you an athlete because you're 6-foot-4) and unfortunately the color of their skin (you know where this is going).
But when a person has graciously become immune to all prejudices and discrimination based on judgments, there remains one true, un-malicious way to examine someone based off the way they look.
Take a hike: Virginia Creeper trail
March 27, 2014
Our shuttle driver was born and raised in Damascus, Va., the jumping off point for our day's adventure.
His middle-aged mind reminisces about the little town's past as we traverse its mountain holler roads, hauling our mounts for the afternoon on a trailer behind. We are waiting to ...
Ruth's Chris proves worth the splurge
March 26, 2014
When people think about the typical college meal, they are usually referring to quick, easy and inexpensive foods.
However, I don't think it's fair for college students to limit themselves to Ramen Noodles and Chef Boyardee every single night. When the dorm goes away, so should the cheap foods college students often consume. Everyone, even broke college students, should treat themselves to a fancy dinner every once in a while.
Life in the Netherlands: Before the international adventures begin
March 25, 2014
Every morning when my alarm goes off, I remind myself I'm in Europe.
"WAAAAAKE UUUUUPPPPP, HANNAH. THERE'S A LOT TO SEE TODAY. YOU'RE IN A NEW PLACE," my subconscious screams at me. That's usually enough to get me out of bed, unless it's raining, in which case I'll hit snooze at least once. Who wants to roll out of bed when the sky is gray?