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Mother's Day Gift Round Up by Michelle Blam

Celebrate Mother’s Day this year with more than just flowers and chocolate. Toast to the special mom in your life in style this year with brunch out on the town or an evening at the ballet. We’ve rounded up some unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that will put a smile on her face.

Image Courtesy of Birchbox

Birchbox
For the woman who loves beauty products but doesn’t have the time to try them all, Birchbox is a brilliant solution. Mom will receive a monthly box filled with samples of the latest beauty, lifestyle, and grooming products. She can also earn reward points for buying the full-size version of the samples she loves! This is a one-of-a-kind gift she’s sure to adore.

About Town: Realty Austin's Southwest Opening

This spring, Realty Austin opened the doors to its new Southwest Austin office. Founded almost a decade ago as a start-up company by Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright, Realty Austin has become an award-winning real estate brokerage across the city. With interior design by Kelle Contine, its newest location on Mopac and William Cannon celebrates Southwest Austin’s vibrant and blossoming community.

palmer//harding: Opulent Minimalism

On a crisp autumn day in London, at the sumptuous Somerset House, three models gazed dreamily at the crowd, showcasing a trio of tailored shirts. Alternately belted, sheer and sporting a fringe of delicate cork, the garments were part minimalist Francisco Costa, part modernist Helmut Lang and entirely palmer//harding.

Though designer Levi Palmer grew up in Belton, Texas, it was in the world of style that he felt most at home. “I was always enamored by the glamorous idea of fashion,” he says. “No matter what outfit you put on in the morning, it can change your persona and the way people react to you. I liked being in control of those reactions.”

Jason Lawson's Crystal Antler Chandelier by Michelle Blam

You won’t have to hunt to get your hands on these antlers. Local glass artist Jason Lawson is causing a stir among décor enthusiasts with his Crystal Antler Chandelier, a hand-sculpted bronze armature equipped with a dozen crystal glass antlers.

This unique masterpiece, made in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is also equipped with LED light technology. Lawson explains how the bright idea came to fruition—“Having seen a large sterling-silver antler chandelier in Aspen, I was approached about the possibility of making glass antlers,” says Lawson. “I put an LED flashlight up to the base of a solid glass bar and bam! We were on our way!”

Behind Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color by Marisa Riley

Trenton Doyle Hancock's "Descension and Dissension"

Visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock has worked with many mediums during his career: acrylic, felt and, more recently, highly trained ballet dancers. Collaborating with choreographer Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds, the three were able to project Hancock's body of work across Ballet Austin’s stage in Cult of Color: Call to Color

Fifty Fest: Celebrating Blanton Museum of Art’s 50th Anniversary by Michelle Blam

Come celebrate in style with the Blanton Museum this month as they commemorate their 50th Anniversary with Fifty Fest, an all-day birthday party free to the public. Held on April 27, the museum will also unveil their new brand and graphic identity, which is designed to highlight how the Blanton will function as a site for creativity.

TRIBEZA Playlist: In Obscura

Even after SXSW is said and done, our city’s music scene never sleeps. Among Austin’s tireless musicians is Ian Varley, the mastermind behind In Obscura (IO), who has taken on the ambitious project of releasing one EP every month to create a steady stream of innovative sound. His latest work, Saga, dropped today, unveiling a lush soundtrack to inspire you this spring.

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