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With summertime quickly approaching, looking and feeling your best is a priority, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it.

“Self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity,” says Wedad Jaber, owner of the newly-opened Kalologie 360 Spa in Lamar Union.

Kalologie 360 Spa offers full-service massage therapy combined with restorative and rejuvenating skin care treatments. Jaber explains that skin treatments should be an essential part of your spring routine to prepare for being outdoors all summer.

After 15 years working in analytics, Wedad found a career path that could put her in a position to better help others. A licensed esthetician, Wedad opened Kalologie (which means "the study of beauty") to share the company's philosophy on health and wellness.

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HELO Austin offers chopper tours (not the two- wheel kind, but the two-blade kind) of Central Texas. In a 2015 Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, three passengers can take a custom tour of our city — check out the wild flowers from above or do a special flyover for Austin City Limits and Formula One.

Watch our tour below!

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Following the success of Broadway’s All The Way — an intense, behind-the-scenes stage production based on Lyndon B. Johnson’s raucous first year as president — director Jay Roach and screenwriter Robert Schenkkan translated the play onto the small screen.

On May 11th, the LBJ Presidential Library hosted the Austin premiere of the HBO film, and TRIBEZA was on the red carpet to chat with lead actor Bryan Cranston and screenwriter Robert Schenkkan about bringing LBJ's story to life.

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As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.

For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.

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The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before you leave the fairgrounds, here are five booths you can’t miss.

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Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.

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Gail Chovan

Fall/Winter 2016 Collection: Less is More

In March, Austin fashion designer, Gail Chovan, launched her Fall/Winter 2016 Less is More collection in Paris in tandem with Paris Fashion Week. During her installation of 12 artisanal couture creations at the Subsequi Showroom on Rue Chapon, Chovan was outed. It became very clear that this Jersey-born, Texas transplant is really French.

The Friday night reception for her installation was a like a lively reunion. And not the Romy and Michelle kind. Non! The room buzzed with artisan felt makers, pattern cutters, patrons of the art form, make up artists, models, fellow couturiers — all bons amis de Chovan. A diverse group that seemed joined at the dress form hip to delve deep to their pencil drawings and straight pin souls to birth great fashion on six-month gestational cycles. The Fall/Winter 2016 offerings, black and navy blue hues Gail described as “bruised,” hung and spun on the installation’s display elements she resourced and assembled. Bulb light fixtures from Ikea, disco ball turning mechanisms, electrical converters and, voila! Industrial chic with a lovely accent.

Chovan’s F/W 2016 collection primarily uses silk shantung, a fabric she chose for its foldable and structural qualities. The clothing has details that delight like the concert ticket you find years later combing through pants pockets before the Goodwill dropoff: tucks at right angles, Navajo yarn, ribbed knit. The designer’s muse is close to her heart. “ I constantly think about my daughter Zelda, who is blind, and I try to imagine how she would feel the weight, textures and fold of the design on her body,” said Chovan.

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JUDE GALLIGAN

Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.

Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?

From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks, trails and connectivity to the eastern half of downtown.

What’s unique about living in downtown Austin compared to other cities?

Few cities have kept pace with Austin’s growth. It has an undeniable entrepreneurial spirit and creative energy that can be felt just by walking the streets of downtown. This has paved the way for smart urban growth projects - such as repurposing historic structures into functional spaces from residences and offices to grocery stores and event spaces. I think the Seaholm Power Plant development is doing a great job of mixing all of these.

Describe a perfect Saturday living in downtown Austin.

My perfect Saturday would be spent on foot, first waking up to a view of downtown then walking to Royal Blue Grocery to grab a breakfast taco and coffee. After people watching for a while, I’d walk the Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike trail en route to the Farmers’ Market at Republic Square to pick up some fresh produce from the local vendors. In the afternoon, I’d catch a movie at The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz with a friend before eating at the Whole Foods Flagship on Lamar. I like ending my Saturdays with a nightcap in the Rainey Street district before heading back home.

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Jude Galligan is the Broker-Owner of REATX Realty and Publisher of DowntownAustinBlog.org and AustinTowers.net. He has closed more sale transaction sides of downtown condos than any other REALTOR® in Austin in 2014 and 2015 (source: MLS). Jude Galligan has served on the Downtown Commission, the Waller Creek Citizens Advisory Commission, and currently serves on the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Board of Directors and the Downtown Austin Alliance Board of Directors.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRAVIS HALLMARK

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For our April feature "The Beekeeper," Matt Rainwaters returned to his roots, swapping out his Digital SLR for a Wista 4X5 film camera. During this early morning shoot we captured some behind the scenes footage of Rainwaters photographing Tara Chapman, owner of Two Hives Honey. Watch how this unique story came together.

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Sure, you know Shakey Graves. Willie Nelson’s name might ring a bell. But this year the SXSW roster is stacked with some awesome local acts you might not be familiar with. We picked a few you need to know about.

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SXSW is officially underway, and this year we find ourselves running around more than ever.

Whether you're visiting from out of town or you’re an Austin local looking for a place to escape the chaos, you'll need a break this week. Here's some of our best tips for recharging, refueling and getting through the 10-day fest.

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For our March fashion spread, we were inspired by some of Austin’s biggest film and television credits. We reimagined the rugged western-wear featured in True Grit –– which was partly shot in downtown Austin –– and gave it an on-trend edge. To get a closer look at how Hollywood movie magic meets Austin fashion, shop the pieces below.

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During a lunch break on our I Love You So Much shoot, our staff, photographer and models sat down to share several pounds of brisket, sausage and ribs from la Barbecue (right after shooting this mouthwatering closeup of the spread).

With so many incredible pitmasters and local breweries in town, we reached out to the folks at Austin Beerworks, Adelbert's Brewery, Live Oak Brewing Company and Zilker Brewing Company for some barbecue pairing suggestions.

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As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.

Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers in town for their ideas, tips and guidance on DIY flower arrangements.

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As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.

For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.

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The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...

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Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.

more
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JUDE GALLIGAN

Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.

Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?

From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...

more
IMG_4713.jpg

As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.

Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...

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