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HEIGHTSTONIAN - A vintage perspective, from the FIRST ever Austin Vintage Style Festival

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Houston has an intense vintage scene for buyers and collectors alike. Always has! It also has a wildly popular second hand market. I have quite a history with both experiences, being I'm from Houston and have lived here all my life. I have pristine second hand and vintage capes, furs, gloves, hats ... you name it and I know how to apply it ALL! I'm always prudently in search of that next special piece for my wardrobe. However, there is simply too much to choose from for me not to have set standards when it comes to vintage specifically. If I see something, no matter if it's one of a kind, I'm not paying retail for something that's almost 40 years old, if can't wear it off the rack. If I am expected to buy something you call "vintage," it has to have endured a multitude of phases in order for me to even consider purchasing a piece at retail cost. For instance, it must maintain its appeal having been undamaged or mended, cleaned, still stylish and ready

HEIGHTSTONIAN presents Christian Siriano for Payless & F/W 2011 & SS 2012

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Fashion designer, Christian Siriano loves Houston and he's back a year after participating in Fashion Houston's 2010 inaugural shows. This time he was here to push his two new lines of shoes for Payless , where I caught up with him at the Galleria November 3, 2011. The day after was a sneak peek of his SS2012 at a trunk show in the Houston Galleria's  Neiman Marcus , where he was also marketing his FW2011 collection. Also in tow, a unique creation Heidi Klum wore at the Emmy Awards. Mr. Siriano was sweet enough to take the time to share all about it work, and then some! My colleagues, Jay Maroquin and Luis Soto of Metrovelvet  and local fashion designer Gin Martini  were in on the coverage. See his latest collection in motion here!! If you missed it, here is Christian's SS/2011 collection at Fashion Houston 2010, presented to you online by HEIGHTSTONIAN.

HEIGHTSTONIAN ends "MaxXandauX may" series TONIGHT!

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***12-5-11 UPDATE: See Parts 5 & 6 of the debut documentary by Rachel Estrada, entitled "MaxXandauX may." I've been screening it during the monthly movie night  at Avant Garden,  hosted by Mike James since  Monday, October 24, 2011.  In this final stretch of the series, see MaxXandauX engage his "Engorged Glitterii" in back to back p erformances as they came together one Sunday in May 2009, including  MaxXandauX's performance at Mango's, in front of a group of senior citizens. That, and an impromptu gig I personally booked at LaStrada's Sunday Funday for MaxXandauX that same afternoon. This exclusive footage of r ehearsals, make-up and all the friends and fun in between, gives you, the viewer, the fan, and the friend, an inside look at MaxXandauX's love of what he does & his beauty within the performance. To see it all come together in this final stretch of "MaxXandaux may," be at Avant Garden tonight at 9:30pm. Run time: 20m. 

HEIGHTSTONIAN presents Celebrating the Career of Kay King

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HEIGHTSTONIAN presents The Career of Kay King. This spectacular evening featured a reception and unique fashion retrospective celebrating the Fashionably Fabulous Career of Kay King. Many people from the Houston fashion community came together to celebrate King's stylish journey, complete with models outfitted in King's own creations. Here is a recent writeup of King by Houston Woman Magazine . Proceeds of the event benefit fashion, interior design, and beauty industry scholarships through The Fashion Group International, Inc. of Houston and the Kay King Scholarship at Houston Community College.

HEIGHTSTONIAN pictures of FASHION HOUSTON 2011

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This year, I brought Tony Rio to take photos of FASHION HOUSTON 2011. He captured some fun arrivals  and pieces from Spring/Summer 2012, which will be here before you know it, so take note! If you were there, you don't need me to identify "Who's Who." If you didn't go, there's always next year, so see you then. Enjoiah!! 

Fashion Houston 2010 hosts Christian Siriano S/S 2011

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Fashion Houston 2011 is in less than two weeks and I'm SOOO excited. Christian Siriano was in the inaugural lineup a year ago. We'll miss him this year. Anyway, he's in my thoughts today so here is my take on his show. Enjoiah!

New Local Interior Designers Fashion HOUSTON HOUSE

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HEIGHTSTONIAN presents HOUSTON HOUSE Interior Designers: Kristen Johnson, Richard Sanchez, Saba Jawda, and Chris Nguyen . All were asked to design the interior of specific apartment homes for Houston House, whic h is undergoing $10 million in renovation. See the redesigned units on display through October 2, 2011. Sept. 23, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. // Sept. 24 - 25, 1 - 5 p.m. // Sept. 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 1 - 2, 1 - 5 p.m.

HEIGHTSTONIAN presents Danny Nguyen Fall/Winter 2011

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HEIGHTSTONIAN presents Houston's own  Danny Nguyen  Fall/Winter 2011. Consider my version a rough edge on the elegance that Nguyen creates.  Photo of invite provided by Danny Nguyen Music (in my video) by Houston  DJ Gracie Chavez .  Catch her at  BomBon  in Houston, TX. and on  facebook  for more details. Enjoiah!

HEIGHTSTONIAN meets VIOLET PEACOCK

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This was a HUGE thrill for me as a Houston fashion "Tracker!!!" I attended the Houston Vintage market in the Houston Heights (aka my playpen) Saturday afternoon, where Lindsay Halpin, the woman behind VIOLET PEACOCK was marketing her pieces, many of which she made specifically for the event. I've been following Violet Peacock for quite a while now and was so grateful she took the time to chat with me about this special day of "firsts" for her. A fashion show at the vintage market was the first actual runway presentation of her beautiful hat and 'fascinator' collection. A couture collection entitled "Velocity" was modeled by Neil Hamil models that evening. She also tells me, I'm the "first to do a story on her." She shared a bit about about how she works, what inspired the collection, & why she takes the time to do things by hand. In the freeze frame below, Halpin holds one of her favorite pieces. Enjoiah!!

HEIGHTSTONIAN Nabs AL PACINO in Houston!!

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HEIGHTSTONIAN plays paparazzi!! I caught the "AL PACINO One Night Only" featuring the legendary actor at Jones Hall Monday night, where he spoke for almost 3 hours about acting, & shared many details about the incredible journey of his legendary career. He even performed prose and took questions from the audience. At one point, he exclaimed "isn't anyone going to ask me about my love life?!?!" Finally, to find myself standing in front of Al Pacino, was so ultimate! In fact, he and I are already on a first name basis, as you will see here. I like to think his last sweet wave was for me when I yelled "we love you Al. We love you."  NewsFix Houston is airing it tonight on their news broadcasts at 5 & 9 p.m., but it won't likely air in its entirety, so to see it all, press play. Enjoiah!!

HEIGHTSTONIAN WINS Best Music Video Honor

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A prestigious panel of judges from Houston's prestigious film and art community collectively awarded me, Rachel Estrada, the top video honor of Best Music Video at the Senorita Cinema Film Festival , led by Stephanie Saint Sanchez. The now award winning music video, features  "Possessed By the Beat"  a song by music artist  MaxXandaux , produced by Houston producer extraordinaire BL ACK CAT. The distinguished panel of judges included native Houstonian Alfred Cervantes, Deputy Director of the Houston Film Commission . Another judge was producer and director, Mary Lampe, Executive Director of Southwest Alternate Media Project . Lampe also serves on various grant panels around Texas. Another judge was Dr. Tish Stringer , anthropologist and media maker, film lecturer and Film Program Manager at Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts is also the Film and Video Tech. Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center, Christine Jelson West was also on the judging pane

HEIGHTSTONIAN Gets Selected By All Latina Film Festival

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A HEIGHTSTONIAN production was selected by the prestigious panel of Senorita Cinema for this year's film festival. "Possessed By the Beat" was a music video I made for MaxXandaux this year and just a pure joy to create. This year's festival will be held Saturday August 27th at Talento Billingue de Houston 333 S. Jensen 77003 from 7-9pm. You are all invited to come and support me that night!! If you haven't seen my entry, here it is once again for your entertainment. Enjoiah!!

HEIGHTSTONIAN presents COFFIN CASE MODELS Houston 2011

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It's all in a name!!! BAD new Heights restaurant

I really tried to keep this one in the bag, but it's been upsetting me ever since my mom and I were there this past Thursday afternoon. A certain new Heights restaurant need to get its act together. It's a thumbs down for DOWN HOUSE . I took my lovely mom to DOWN HOUSE , a "nice, $$" new restaurant on Yale, only to have our dinner swarmed by 10+ FLIES!!! In fact, DOWN HOUSE should change its name to ROUND HOUSE because that's what you have to do several times over just to get a bite down. My mother nearly broke her neck turning at every approach! The clincher?!!? When I told the waitress about it, she said "there's nothing we can do." I'm thinking "you mean there's nothing you can do about flies swarming my mother as she eats her $22 port chop?!?! UH-UH!" My mother didn't want to switch tables because we were by the window. My mother and I are the kind of people who wouldn't tell a patron "there's nothing I can do.

Fashion, Art and a Popping Newsroom

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I published a beauty from Fashion Houston 2010. Music by Houston's own Josh Dupont, owner of Nightshade Music . I've always thought his style was more for fashion shows, BIG ones. Anyway, what he did in May 2010 works very well for Irina Shabayeva's. And recently, I published one of my many art days. I went to the Lawndale and that's where GONZO 247 of Aerosol Warfare , was making a presentation. I love the crazy arm shadows that appear on the wall, just as he's speaking on the topic of painting shadows. You've gotta love divine coincidence.  And KTRH gets poppin'!! We have a new popcorn machine in the newsroom at work! It's classic! Of course i was there to taste test the first batch! So were John Labus and Joe Gomez from Clear Channel Radio Houston 740 KTRH Newstalk. 

Advocating Houston's Budding Designers

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HEIGHTSTONIAN here... Simply supporting Houston's local fashion designers. Show me what you have so I can share it with the world... if you're ready.

New music video!!

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I know you've been waiting for MaxXandaux's new music video. I'm steadfast in post production, but it will be worth the wait, so hang in there. Meanwhile, here are a couple of trailers for the upcoming video screening this Sunday, which is also Mother's Day. Kiss your mom and drop in on your way home. The first... The second... Please come Sunday. I know it's Mother's Day but you have aaaalll day to hug and kiss mom before heading home. Stop by for a eyeful and then head home to prepare for your work week. I personally GO to events. I don't conduct them, so this is a BIG deal for me. I've invited many people I sincerely hope to see there. I hope you too can make it. A little background: This is a track in a string of songs MaxXandauX has created. The video these trailers are for is a second collaboration between HEIGHTSTONIAN and MaxXandauX, and I'm honored he chose me to direct, shoot and edit the video for "Possessed By the Beat.&qu

New fashion show!! I just LOVE'em!

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This is Lila Rose! Happy springtime. Enjoiah!

Houston Fashion Week, 2010 for SS2011, Day 2

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Spring is just around the corner. I thought I'd share more shows from Fashion Houston Day 2, which was full of wonderful surprises, & great people. Here's a look! Enjoiah.

Diana Ross LIVE

I’ve had this book called “What Becomes A Legend Most? The Blackglama Story” by Peter Rogers, by my bedside for a while now. Inside, is an interview with Diana Ross, circa 1973 about preps for the ad shoot. Tonight I saw Diana Ross live in concert. She makes being amazing look so easy. In true Supreme form, she had 5 changes of decadent beaded, jeweled and sparkly gowns. First red, then gold, blue, and finally, ultra gold sparkle, She started with “I’m coming out,” then segued into Supreme classics including “Stop, In the Name of Love.” She covered a couple of Billy Holiday classics and then said “this one is for my friend Mahogany,” as she led into “Do You Know?” She was just lovely, with the open armed Diva pose on the last notes; classic and every bit the embodiment of a legend. She had a great time and was even a little flirty with a guy she brought up to dance with onstage for a short while. His name was Demarion. Later, I asked him what she said in his ear onstage. “She said ‘I

My BIG debut for Michael Berry

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My voice was used for a very funny parody for the Michael Berry show!! Enjioah.