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Backstage Pass: An Inside Look of Backstage at Rodeo Houston

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We got an exclusive sneak peek with designer, Torie Halbert of To the T. Interiors, of the incredible backstage set up created for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each year.  Torie, who has been a Rodeo committee member for 12 years, has been designing backstage for the show for 7 years now and she just keeps outdoing herself!  Bringing elements of Houston into each of the 6 rooms backstage, she’s showcasing just how great the city is and leaving a lasting impression on the biggest music artists in the country, just before and after they hit the stage.  These rooms are available to the performers to get ready before the show, unwind afterward, and receive their commemorative belt buckles, the Rodeo’s version of a trophy for playing the big stage. Keep Reading

Farewell, 41: A Tribute to President George H.W. Bush

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There’s a saying we have in Texas: “American by birth, Texan by the Grace of God”. This holds true for our late President. George H.W. Bush moved to Houston in 1958 while working in oil and gas and fell in love with the city. He’s said to have credited Houston for his political success, the city that embraced him as their own and allowed him to flourish. Keep Reading

Soccer Star, Kealia Ohai is Changing the Game

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Who you are isn’t based off what people think of you, but what you think of yourself just ask Kealia Ohai. From falling in love with soccer as a child to professionally playing the sport as captain for Houston Dash, she’s no stranger to pursuing her passion and overcoming her obstacles. Instead, she thrives off it. Although it might be difficult to imagine running into a stadium with fans cheering your name, this scenario is already a reality for Kealia. With a smile on her face and the #7 on her jersey, she’s on the field doing what she does best: scoring goals and setting records.  Keep Reading

Leon Bridges, Texas Retro Soul Revue

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Think of him purely as a throwback and you’ll miss the brilliance inherent in his eclectic performances. Leon Bridges is paving his own way up the charts with a nod to the past and a healthy dose of originality. Keep Reading

Fashion Forward: Meet Local Designers Behind their Labels

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Houstonians have always had impeccable style, and designers are beginning to take notice. We chatted with three of our favorite local designers about their story, collections and why they love Houston. Keep Reading

Homegrown Talent Graces NBC’s The Voice

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Houston boasts a long list of stars: Beyoncè, Wes Anderson, Jennifer Garner, Kenny Rogers, just to name a few. And now, there’s a new star on her way to the top: Sarah Grace. This 15-year-old fireball has gone from student at Houston School of Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) to a national sensation on The Voice in just a few months. The blues-influenced singer wowed America on the show with her rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Ball and Chain,” so much that she earned a spot on Kelly Clarkson’s team. Clarkson commented on her “stank face for days” and fellow judge Jennifer Hudson applauded her for her sass.

The Voice offers a platform for everyday people to become stars. On its 15th season, the show features judges Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Levine. Contestants perform in a “blind audition” meaning the judges will have their backs turned. Judges can either buzz in to see who the contestant is or keep their back turned. If judges turn around, contestants may choose which team they would like to be coached on. In Grace’s case, more than one judge turned around, allowing her to pick who she wanted, Kelly Clarkson. The show has grown in popularity, making it one of the most-watched talents shows in the nation.

Ten episodes in, Sarah Grace has proven her talent time and time again after every performance. This past Tuesday she went to battle against Erika Zade, another young pop-soul performer. And Grace emerged victoriously.

This soulful singer will continue on The Voice, making Houston proud one song and stank face at a time. You can tune in Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c to catch more of Sarah Grace and follow her journey on Instagram @sarahgraceandthesoul, #TeamKelly.


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Tell Your Story with Kendra Scott Charms

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Now that she is a national brand you may not have known that Kendra Scott was founded in (2002) and is still based in Austin, TX! Known for her colorful and playful jewelry, she is excited to be expanding into charms this Fall. If you have ever visited her store or website you may be familiar with the Color Bar™, which allows customers to design their own piece of Kendra Scott jewelry.  Keep Reading

The ‘OG Pilates’ Comes to Houston

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Courtney Lindsay and Kale Luhrman opened Control Studios earlier this Summer to bring the classical approach of Pilates to Houston. OG (original) Pilates is based on Joseph Pilates original method called, Contrology which focuses the act of controlling the strength of your body – hence the name of the studio – Control Studios. Keep Reading

Boulle to Debut at Spa with Rinaldi Racing

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Nick Boulle of de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry, will be part of the Rinaldi Racing’s lineup in their #488 Ferrari GT3 race car. The 24-hour endurance race is part of the SRO Blancpain Endurance Cup that features four classes – Pro, Pro-Am, Am and National Cup. Nick recently came in 8th place finish in class at the Le Mans 24 Hour and is excited about his next race.  Keep Reading

Trading One Spotlight for Another: Meet Daniella Rodriguez

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You’ve probably heard of Daniella Rodriguez: from her trickling first pitch before an Astros game last August or from Carlos Correa’s momentous proposal after winning the World Series. Despite retiring from her pageant life after winning Miss Texas USA in 2016, Rodriguez has stepped into the spotlight once again. Not only is she more than willing to laugh at herself, as she did after her botched pitch at the Astros game — showing off that endearing pageant attitude Texas fell in love with — but her list of talents makes it easy to see how Correa could fall head over cleats for this Mexican-American sweetheart.

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