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.
The sun or a flashbulb? Sierra Scott will definitely take the first over the latter, preferring to work with natural light and as little equipment as necessary. That doesn't mean she has abandoned technology, though. While keeping the tinkering limited, she still does some light retouching to get images just right. She snaps those images during portrait sessions for families, couples, and individuals, as well as during fashion and lifestyle shoots.
One of Kelly Emmert’s most vivid memories is the red-haired art teacher who first kindled her creativity in elementary school. But little did she know that this memory would come full circle after the birth of her first child. The milestone event made her realize the importance of fostering creative abilities, and so she followed in that red-haired teacher’s footsteps and went to work for a high school art department. Now, she shares her love for creation from The Art Garage, an artistic utopia where more than 250 blank pieces of pottery await colorful coatings. Students can participate in mediums such as clay, glass fusion, and mosaics. Kelly also hosts classes for adults, who would otherwise be stuck at home trying to fold their tax returns into origami.