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Name: Lee K.

City: Austin, TX

Austin is the perfect place for Lee: it is a place which “affords artists the time and place to work.” She is never not working. She balances being a film/video artist with teaching filmmaking/video production at the public access television center, channelAustin. Additionally, she is a freelance writer, video designer for theater and a film editor.


She is an integral part of a very “Austin” scene – part of a huge social group of artists and musicians who do most of their partying at laid-back outdoor events. According to Lee, one of the key benefits of living in a smaller city – as compared to say, New York – is being able to sample everything. From art openings, music shows, cinema, and restaurants – the new and unusual are never off her radar.


posts by this scout:

Soviet Kitsch

(Jul 09, 2014) From the Russian House’s New Years Eve party. I was ready to write this place off without ever trying it, The Russian House...

Viva Old Vegas!

(May 05, 2014) El Cortez, one of the oldest hotels in Vegas. May I recommend if you get to Vegas you take a quick drive straight down The Strip p...

TRUE CRIME

(May 04, 2014) The recent craze for HBO series True Detective, has me pining for more of one of my favorite television crime dramas of all time...

Austin Texture

(May 04, 2014) Shibori dyed silk scarf from Miranda Bennett Studio It’s summer in Austin and it’s time to strategically engineer every piece ...

Radical Modularity

(May 03, 2014) For several months I’ve been getting more and more excited for the possibility of a smart phone that will be modular, allow...

Michelada Time

(Apr 30, 2014) Michelada at the Hotel San Jose in Austin, TX Not long ago Micheladas, the Mexican beer cocktail likened to a bloody mary made wit...

Nerd Words

(Feb 11, 2014) It’s the 21st century and typography is hip, and understandably so. Talking typography gets just about every creative I know fi...

The Reason Prohibition Was Repealed

(Feb 10, 2014) The absinthe fountain at Peché, a bar specializing in pre-prohibition era drinks in Austin, TX. On my first trip to Europe in my ...

Refresh Your Digital Wallpaper

(Feb 10, 2014) Awesome desktop wallpaper by artist Mary Kate McDevitt One of my go-to blogs for inspiration and new cool stuff is The Fox is Blac...

New Country Outlaws

(Feb 09, 2014) Any survey of the new Austin country music scene would be remiss in leaving out that band of long-haired young cowboys Mike &...

Make-up for Thinking Women

(Feb 09, 2014) A Tippi Hedron look as re-created by make-up artist Lisa Eldridge I can get nerdy about pretty much anything. Recently I had my fi...

Tequila Trend

(Dec 05, 2013) For many years tequila, in my mind, was inextricably linked to the ritualistic, and slightly gross, party routine of salt on th...

Who are the ATL Twins?

(Dec 05, 2013) Sure, I mean the ATL Twins had recognition as the side-show attraction to James Franco’s Alien in this year’s Spring Breaker...

The French Diet

(Dec 05, 2013) It’s not that it’s a French food fad, it’s a French-way-of-life movement. It emphasizes quality over quantity and food as a...

Train Traveling Video Art

(Dec 04, 2013) Doug Aitken seems to be the very first ever cross-over video artist. Aitken is well known for his large scale, sometimes buildin...

Made in the Shade

(Dec 04, 2013) Does it mean you’re a grown up when you get nerdily excited about a new kind of SUNSCREEN you’re using? Yes? Well, I don’t ...

Romance Music

(Sep 30, 2013) “Mrs. Glass plays romance music,” says the artist’s bio. Tuesdays used to be my double shot of psychedelic count...

Love in the Time of Singularity

(Sep 27, 2013) Joaquin Phoenix in “Her” Though I lament every day that goes by without a new script from Charlie Kaufman, I consider ...

Pay Your Friends

(Aug 23, 2013) OK, I may be light-years behind the rest of humanity, but I feel like everyone in my world is finally coming around to iPhones an...

Timeless Timepieces

(Aug 08, 2013) There’s this one Swatch watch I had when I was 10 that I still think about. It had a translucent aqua strap and clock face wit...

Pedal Pushers

(Aug 05, 2013) from bikes + babes When it comes to looking cute while biking, Europeans do it best. Like no hands, standing on the handlebars, po...

Mediocre Miniseries

(Jul 30, 2013) Cast of Arrested Development I finally gave Netflix a shot at wooing me with their television production prowess. I’d heard Hous...

A Hat for All Seasons

(Jul 05, 2013) Clyde Hats There’s something about a lady in a hat. A good hat, worn well becomes an indistinguishable part of the person. But ...

Clarks, Don’t Call It A Comeback

(Jul 04, 2013) Undoubtedly Clarks desert boots and, to a lesser extent, wallabees have made a resurgence in the past couple years. But were the...

Favorite Fool

(Jul 03, 2013) There are those special times when you know you’re witnessing an unusual and rare talent. When I first saw James Hand  play i...

The Bling Ring

(Jun 27, 2013) There’s no denying it, we’re obsessed with excess. Every reality show revolves around it in some way, either it’s about peo...

The New Aesthetic

(Jun 26, 2013) Landscape Permutation 2 (2010), David Semeniuk The Internet, it’s with most of us night and day, we don’t log on and off any l...

Handmade Mac

(Apr 22, 2013) Okay, I admit it may seem slightly over picky, insisting on custom made icons for your computer’s desktop, but given how many h...

Best Friends in the Wild

(Apr 22, 2013) “Best friends are a natural phenomenon seen all over the world,” starts a voice over in the tradition of great natural scienc...

Living for The Weeknd

(Apr 10, 2013) I have been hung up on this triple disk album for a couple months now without knowing much about it. Trilogy, released in 2012 b...

Hey, nice specs!

(Apr 09, 2013) They’ve become the ubiquitous, “looks great on everybody” brand of glasses. Almost every time I ask someone where they foun...

Angel Haze

(Apr 06, 2013)   While the whole world coos over Drake and Kanye showing their sensitive sides by admitting that there’s a dark side to g...

Hello Giggles

(Apr 05, 2013) I originally took Sophia Rossi’s Twitter bio at face value: “Bossy Tween.” Little did I know that she seems to be a media m...

A Man’s Shirt

(Apr 05, 2013) I’d long thought I was the only one, the lone lady seeking the perfect cut in a man’s shirt. But lo and behold I am not alone...

My new Skillcrush

(Mar 25, 2013) I just finished a pretty kick butt online course in web design through my new favorite web start-up, Skillcrush. Skillcrush wa...

An Interactive Who-Done-It

(Mar 22, 2013) South By Southwest is drawing to a close this week, with three separate and overlapping festivals happening over ten days: Intera...

Go Out Honky Tonkin’

(Mar 20, 2013) Honky tonks are nothing new around these parts. There are a few venerable ones in Austin, The Broken Spoke, Ginny’s Little Lo...

Found & Foraged

(Dec 24, 2012) Lox on Baguette at Hillside Farmacy Last night I had a meal at a swank hotel downtown (we had a Groupon). Besides some pretty stel...

Feast for Days

(Dec 24, 2012) Meal prep at a Feast for Days dinner. A friend of a friend recently launched a great new concept in meal sharing. Feast for Days s...

In.gredients

(Dec 23, 2012) Fresh basil and mint lemonade in front of the In.gredients garden. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world these days, a very s...

Reasons to Join a Shave Club

(Dec 08, 2012) I’m a girl, but I am ridiculously pumped for this razor service and I do believe I’m gonna sign myself up. The ridiculous ove...

Seapunk Goes Primetime

(Dec 07, 2012) Rihanna on SNL In case you missed it, apparently Seapunk is dead, Rihanna killed it. Or that’s what the internet is saying. Seap...

Open Culture

(Dec 07, 2012) The internet is getting a little boring, right? I might be alone here, but sites from news sources to Facebook are bent on showin...

Ode to the Far Rockaways

(Dec 06, 2012) This summer I fell in love with one of the farthest flung neighborhoods of New York City, the Far Rockaways.  I have always main...

Advanced Style

(Dec 06, 2012) I take my style cues from anyone over seventy years of age. I figure anyone who has been dressing themselves four decades longer ...

Of A Kind

(Sep 12, 2012) Bracelet by Nevil I love unusual, smartly designed, and lovingly made clothes. I’d prefer to buy less and buy better. So I’ve ...

Time for Deep Time

(Sep 11, 2012) Longtime favorite Austin band Yellow Fever now goes by the oh-so-enigmatic name Deep Time. With this new name they’re just as o...

World Traveler, Mother, Purveyor of Fine Goods

(Sep 10, 2012) From The Glow I happened to stumble into Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s boutique in New York after a rainstorm forced me to find shelter...

Ode to a Sneaker

(Sep 07, 2012) This is an ode to an unlikely love. I used to hate thee, New Balance. You were the shoes my dad wore exclusively, to church, to s...

Coming Attractions: Books

(Sep 05, 2012) From Naomi and the Horse Flavored T-Shirt trailer. “We’re not dead yet!” said The Novel. It’s true. I read. My friends rea...

A Good Pair of Shoes

(Aug 13, 2012) There are those few certain purveryors of goods that I internet stalk once every couple months, drool over, and then convince my...

Social Sharing for Art Lovers

(Aug 06, 2012) “Hands with Money, Hands with Rope, and Observer” John Badessari Social networking has come to the world of art collec...

Thinkin Bout You, Frank Ocean

(Aug 03, 2012) I haven’t fallen for an album like this in quite sometime, but I am totally crushed out over Frank Ocean’s debut record, chan...

Go To Public School

(Mar 06, 2012) What is Public School? Well I gather it’s some kind of creative brain trust where individual artists and designers work togethe...

Back to School Fashion

(Mar 05, 2012) Lauren Moffatt 2012 images by calivintage.com Fashion for me is far from brand oriented. I’m mostly interested in the old, th...

Introducing Miss Banks

(Mar 05, 2012) From Azealia's Facebook profile. Azealia Banks better come out with an album soon because I have pretty much played to deat...

Blog Roll

(Feb 06, 2012) I read (or at least scroll through) a ton of blogs, and I realized it’s time to give some cred to the best of these, for withou...

All Eyes on You

(Feb 03, 2012) I spotted these lovely videos from the German design firm, Britzpetermann, and was totally stunned. They document a series of inte...

Baby Girl Rapper

(Jan 31, 2012) On first listen you might hate this drivel. But maybe you give it a second chance, and you listen a little harder to the lyrics o...

Masterpiece Theater for a New Generation

(Jan 27, 2012) I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “I highly doubt I’m ever going to get into a Masterpiece Theater show. Unles...

Slow Fashion

(Jan 26, 2012) This is a call to call to action, a call for brands to put out better made and long lasting garments at an affordable price. In th...

Everyday Film from Everynone

(Jan 06, 2012)   Everynoneis a three man filmmaking collective based in New York city that makes strikingly simple yet visually rich short f...

Gothic Girls

(Jan 06, 2012) It’s far from Hot Topic style, but I’ve been noticing the subtle incorporation of Gothic and Victorian elements in fashion rec...

Furbies on Fire

(Dec 24, 2011) I recently came across the moody and surreal videos of Norwegian director, Kristoffer Borgli, and was quite mesmerized. He has a ...

Bjork for the New Millenium

(Dec 23, 2011) I can’t really imagine a more appropriate medium for Bjork’s music than an iPad. It’s as if Bjork’s two decade career an...

Maestros of the Strange

(Dec 23, 2011) My autumn soundtrack has been an unsettling rotation of two new albums by veteran wizards of the bizarre and unusual: Tom Waits a...

Tarte – Fresh Natural Cosmetics

(Dec 23, 2011) Surprisingly, in 2011, it is still hard to find earth-friendly cosmetics that keep harmful chemicals to a minimum and are actuall...

Mad for Patterns

(Dec 22, 2011) I was thumbing back through some of my fashion inspiration images and realized exactly how much I am mooning over patterns & ...

Left My Heart in Treme

(Oct 17, 2011) I have the hugest crush on the city of New Orleans. I don’t think there is a realer, sexier, more mysterious city in this big wi...

That West Texas Wail

(Oct 11, 2011) I just got home from a long drive from Austin to West Texas and back again. It’s a beautiful drive, the kind that gives you ampl...

Tavi: Riot Grrl and Media Mogul

(Oct 10, 2011) I’ve written about her before, fawning over her preternatural sense of style and irreverent regard for fashion convention, but T...

Social Music Sharing

(Oct 07, 2011) I got on the Spotify bandwagon and I’m pretty pleased with its selection and usability. So far I’ve found every artist and tra...

A Rainbow of Bags

(Oct 06, 2011) There aren’t many brands I come across that I think offer a totally great product at a reasonable price. Baggu bags have been a ...

Dutch Love

(Sep 15, 2011) I just got back from traveling through Europe and I have found Utopia: Holland! I’ve traveled in Europe before but had always av...

Perfectly Off-Kilter Design

(Sep 14, 2011) I’ve been internet stalking the Dutch design house Droog for a while now and was pretty excited to visit the showroom while I wa...

Too Twee or not Too Twee?

(Sep 13, 2011) That is the question. Miranda July is an extremely divisive figure for a pleasant looking waif of a lady who makes whimsical littl...

Muji Makes Me Smile

(Sep 12, 2011) Anytime I am in New York City I make it a point to stop in the Muji store and I inevitably leave with dozens of little containers...

White Hot, White Denim

(Sep 09, 2011) White Denim, Austin’s own arty garage rock trio came into their own with their latest album. I remember seeing these guys play d...

Brunch Culture

(Aug 01, 2011) Brunch at La Condesa On weekends, Austinites roll out of bed at a leisurely hour and head straight for brunch.  I have never witn...

Woody Allen Gems

(Jul 25, 2011) Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in Shadows and Fog Early Woody Allen, or even mid-career Woody Allen, ok anything before 1995, is gol...

Where is everybody?

(Jul 21, 2011) Do we really need another social networking site?  I believe one of my Facebook friends summed it up best when she said that Goo...

My Musical Family Crush

(Jun 24, 2011) Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Loudon Wainwrigth III, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright. I am in love with this musical family, ever...

Where Have All My Friends Gone?

(Jun 23, 2011) Is it just me or is everybody on Facebook hiatus?  My online friends have been dropping like flies.  I get the sense that as Fa...

The Elusive Tree

(Jun 21, 2011) Sean Penn in Tree of Life The whole world has waited on pins and needles for the long-delayed release of director Terrence Malick&...

The Real Jersey Shore

(Jun 17, 2011) Vintage New Jersey I am a native Philadelphian who some how found herself in the dead center of the Lone Star State.  As the temp...

Mad for Monochrome

(Jun 02, 2011) Spring 2011 collection from Mariona Gen Color theory be damned.  I don’t care about complimentary, tertiary or any of tha...

The Bizzaro TV That Made Me

(May 31, 2011) Twin Peaks: iconic, artful television. I don’t know how or why I came to love Northern Exposure in sixth grade, but I did....

For the Grown Up Sassy Reader

(May 26, 2011) As a young tweeny-bopper I waited on pins and needles for each month’s Sassy magazine to arrive in the mail.  It brought t...

An Indie Cowboy Rides Again

(May 23, 2011) He rides again, that honey-voiced veteran indie crooner, Bill Callahan. And he sounds better than ever.  Bill Callahan has had ...

iPhone uPhone!

(May 05, 2011) iPhone pic taken with Hipstamatic and my new wide angel lens. iFinally got an iPhone.  It feels like I’m the last one on t...

Take a Swan Dive

(May 04, 2011) Finally made it to the Swan Dive, a bar I’ve had my eye on for some time now.  From the creators of the ever popular East ...

Drab, Dark and Dreary

(Apr 28, 2011) Do you have a penchant for stories about drafty mansions, petticoats that bunch, and porridge that is just HORRIBLE? Well, I under...

Handmade Revolution

(Apr 27, 2011) From the Nadinoo lookbook I follow dozens of style blogs from the fringes of the fashion industry. That’s what I like, the s...

Keep It Weird and Make It Zen

(Apr 22, 2011) Ok, I’ve only caught a couple episodes, and I kind of already knew I’d love it.  But, I LOVE Portlandia.  Fred Armis...

New SXSW Sounds

(Apr 21, 2011) A good month has passed since the magical madness of South By Southwest swept through Austin and I’ve been reflecting on th...

Art Online

(Apr 18, 2011) The big tadoo over the release of the Google Art Project faded fast.  The web project that operated like Google Maps, allowing u...

SXSW is for Indie Doc Lovers

(Apr 13, 2011) For a non-badge holder at South By Southwest Film you can count on never seeing the premieres or the runaway hits.  You can how...

Big Brass Bands

(Apr 12, 2011) While most of Austin was resting up for the insane whirlwind of shows, parties, and debauchery that is South By South West, the b...

Pretty Songs of War from PJ Harvey

(Mar 15, 2011) After a more than a decade together I’m so pleased to have fallen in love with PJ Harvey all over again. Of course, all things ...

Dye Jobs

(Mar 14, 2011) Dyed scarf from Upstate This trend walks a fine line, gorgeous when it succeeds and garish when over done:  not any and all tie ...

Teenage Dream

(Feb 28, 2011) Cast of the UK series Skins I only fell for the British teen dram-edy Skins just a few weeks ago, but boy I fell hard. It’s eve...

The Color of Hope

(Feb 18, 2011) Blogger, CaliVintage, in a coat the color of 2011. I don’t usually think of my color preferences as part of a larger cultur...

Flaming Lips YouTube Symphony for the Unwaveringly Devoted

(Feb 18, 2011) I am infinitely interested in artists using the web in new and exciting ways — that’s about the only internet-related news I ...

Azz Everywhere

(Feb 17, 2011) New Orleans' Big Freedia If you aren’t moved to a booty jiggling frenzy by New Orleans’ latest musical export yo...

Pee Wee’s Big Comeback

(Jan 27, 2011) Refusing to let a few snow flakes stop me, on the fateful day of the New York blizzard I made my way to Midtown to catch one of t...

Beautiful Spreads

(Jan 25, 2011) A selection of NoLayout.com offerings Some books and periodicals are meant to be held. They are meant to be perused in all their ...

Putting on the Ritz

(Dec 31, 2010) Sparkly party dress from J. Crew As for New Years Eve, I haven’t committed to a party. I have, however, started to dream up ...

Trivia That’s Hip

(Dec 24, 2010) Disclaimer: I didn’t play online games — not on Facebook, nor on any other internet platform.  That changed last week. A...

Vintage Christmas on the Small Screen

(Dec 23, 2010) David Bowie and Bing Crosby on Crosby's Holiday TV Special ‘Tis the season when the TV gets all retro and nostalgic ...

Killer Ballerinas

(Dec 20, 2010) Natalie Portman in the Black Swan Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated new film, Black Swan, is a thrill so gripping I tho...

Green Style

(Dec 08, 2010) Styling by Beklina, a green boutique. I’ve become more and more aware of where the clothes I buy are coming from, who they ...

World of Echo: Arthur Russell’s Oeuvre

(Dec 06, 2010) I’m not the first to sing the praises of Arthur Russell, but it pains me to think there are those that haven’t heard ...

The Football Drama

(Dec 02, 2010) The team on Friday Night Lights Friday Night Lights is not a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s entertainment, it’s educat...

Johnny Cash Frame by Frame

(Nov 30, 2010) Still from The Johnny Cash Project by Chris Milk Chris Milk, creator of The Wilderness Downtown for the Arcade Fire’s lates...

Art Films for the Fashionable

(Nov 09, 2010) Still from Kenneth Angers short film for Missoni Fall 2010 The marriage of the art film and the couture collection isn’t ne...

Protected: Slim Pickins

(Nov 08, 2010) The cheap and yummy In-N-Out Burger 1. When it comes to fast food it’s hard to pick a favorite, more for the lack of palat...

Get Your Nerd On at Fantastic Fest

(Oct 29, 2010) Fantastic Fest Rolling Roadshow Premiere of Buried which had the audience of four in coffins. Fantastic Fest, a genre film festiv...

Home Sweet Teepee

(Oct 21, 2010) A teepee at El Cosmico against the sunset in Marfa, TX It’s about this time of year that my mind wanders West. Eight hours ...

The Texas Two-Step

(Sep 29, 2010) The Broken Spoke is one of Austin's best two-stepping spots. I’ve lived in the heart of Texas going on four years now, ...

A Fishy Documentary

(Sep 29, 2010) A still from Catfish Catfish, the world’s first “reality thriller,” is about to hit a theater near you.  The f...