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Pose for the Camera Now…

I put down the microphone and picked up..well, nothing. All I had to do was walk! I was a model in the 2014 HCC Annual Fashion Show on May 2  at the Central Campus Learning Hub. After the event was over, I didn’t want to leave the runway!

10256830_2104037131038_3597141239966193788_nThis year’s theme was “Masters of Design,” which featured 12 collections by HCC fashion students. The students create their garments in a year-long course (the collections class) and those selected from there participate in the show. Being in the class does NOT guarantee a spot in the show, so as they might say in the fashion world, the competition was fierce *cue finger snap.*

Normally, I interview the designers backstage as part of my coverage for HCCTV, but this time I thought, why not get involved? After attending one of three casting calls held by the HCC fashion department, I found out I was chosen and the next stop was attending a fitting to find out who I’d be modeling for.

I modeled for three designers: Stephanie Ku – Integral Terrain, Rahill Abdur-Raheem – The New India, Mckenzie Twitty- Classique.

As a fan of America’s Next Top Model, a piece of my little catwalk dreams finally came true! And yes, it really is crazy backstage. Everyone is running around all over the place quick changing outfits, lining up models and touching up makeup and hair. The latter was provided by Visible Changes and my PERFECT makeup was thanks to Alaina of Color Du Jour.

10246485_2104038051061_9175469820469338220_nAll models scored goodie bags and one of the treats inside was a necklace from Charming Charlie. Plus, a professional photog snapped pics of the collections backstage.

Here’s the complete show:

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Dash On

Former Houston Dash player Nikki Washington, 25, received a huge homecoming at the Dash’s inaugural game and season opener, April 11,  against her previous team, Portland Thorns FC. Why do I say former already although the season kicked off just under a month ago? Washington now plays for the Boston Breakers in a trade that has brought Canadian midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to Houston.

But before the Mesquite, TX native returned to the northeast (she played for the Breakers in 2011) , she proudly sported Dash colors. I interviewed Washington after the team’s first match to find out more about what it was like to be back in her home state playing in front of two very familiar faces and got her thoughts on what some considered a questionable call in the 90th minute of the game.

The Dash return to action at home, May 3, (sans Washington) against FC Kansas City. Washington won’t be back on the pitch in Houston until July, when the Breakers take on her newest old team.

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Showing Houston Some Love

Joey Garza and Jaime Loera aren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves…literally. The duo owns the T-shirt company, Joey & Jaime, which was created to spread pride for the Bayou City, and according to their website, the product is “designed with the purpose of sharing love for H-town, Our Town.”

I caught up with Joey and Jaime at the Bi-Annual Art Opening hosted at Spring Street Studios. Besides selling their merchandise online, markets and festivals are another way these entrepreneurs have built interest and demand for their tanks and tees.

Here’s the full story on Joey & Jaime.