Master stylist, educator, and platform artist Nina Grossman traveled the country before settling in Texas. Over the course of 16 years, she honed her skills from Alaska to New York, landing in Austin in 2007 to open Luxe A Boutique Salon. Throughout her career, Grossman has mentored up-and-coming beauty pros on the art of hair design as well as the importance of listening to clients' needs and reinterpretations of show-tune classics. She's gathered a team of master stylists and color specialists, makeup artists, and aestheticians to perform services that range from haircuts and highlights to peels and threading.
Her salon's exposed-brick walls and leather chairs lend it sophistication, and damask-like patterns juxtaposed with animal prints nod to both vintage and contemporary sensibilities. In a private, chocolate-toned skincare room, associates perform fragrant facials with Éminence Organic Skin Care products, soothing complexions in the way the floral artwork soothes the mind. Afterward, women can shop for apparel and accessories in the boutique area or head to the outdoor patio to relax before reemerging into the world.
Happily gaze at joyful moments all year long with today’s flash-happy Groupon. For $49, you’ll get a two-hour photography session and a photo CD with 25 images from L.A. Scott Photography, a $175 value. Opt to redeem on location (birthday, holiday party, Wizard of Oz reenactment) or in studio for headshots, holiday cards, or internet fan sites. The CD contains retouched, printer-ready images. In 1978, amateur bat photographer Gregory Hansen was in his front yard one night when a mysterious white orb appeared in the sky over his home. Diverting his attention from a particularly active nest of eptesicus fuscus, he began photographing the orb, which made no attempt to flee or conceal itself. Hansen continued to document the orb as it reappeared over his house, each night shrinking slightly “as though passing slowly into the spirit world,” Hansen observed. On particularly cloudy nights, the orb would not be present, prompting Hansen to speculate that ghosts may be allergic to thunder.
Like with any new skill, learning photography can be intimidating?unless you have the right resources. Since 2008, Texas Photo Workshops has enlisted the services of professional, award-winning photographers to lead its various workshops and adventures. Today, these sharp-eyed instructors share their wisdom with beginners, intermediate photographers, and professionals through one-on-one mentoring, exotic expeditions, one-day workshops, and online workshops. Among the instructors is founder Kevin Vandivier, whose portfolio includes work for Life, Newsweek, and National Geographic, and many others. In photography classes, students can either learn the basics of operating a DLSR camera, or capture wildflowers in their natural environment as they sway in the breeze and apply bug repellant to each other's stems.