Love Actually

September 17, 2017 Uncategorized

Last weekend was incredible, a life dream realized starting with a bad ass show in Albuquerque and then checking off my bucket list item to debut my line in New York City. It was chaotic (like sewing the models into their looks minutes before hitting the runway–thanks Roby, Whitney and Jimmie–and loosing my bank card in NYC–thanks Heather for helping me get through Sunday) and absolutely fabulous (like seeing the team come together like they’ve worked together for years; hearingRead More

It’s Like a Blender On without the Lid

August 28, 2017 Uncategorized

It’s been two years since Hopeless + Cause Atelier was realized. It was born in a thunderstorm—the closing of one chapter is a where this story began. Two years ago, I went to a friend’s house after weeks of severe depression and feeling of failure. I had invested my retirement savings, my life and my reputation in trying to make local retail work. It didn’t and I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue to pursue clothing design. She convinced meRead More

I’ll Bring Thunder – I Will Reign

August 13, 2017 Uncategorized

The past two months have been a designer’s dream come true as Hopeless + Cause Atelier has started to get the attention of some incredibly cool venues (updated on August 26, 2017 with the addition of FashionXDallas and Ode to Fashion LA invitations). Dallas, TX Hello! The Fashion X Advisory Board has reviewed your application and I’m excited to offer you one of the full runway show spaces during FXD this year! Please mark your calendar for September 30th. That will beRead More

Before the Sun Rises

July 5, 2017 Uncategorized

I normally wake before the sun rises. I can feel the silence of the new day creeping in and I’m serenaded by the sound of crickets while I slowly adjust to the day before me. This is the time for me to gather my thoughts, go for a run or the gym, read my latest find, say a prayer and set my intentions, all while savoring a cup of coffee. Sometimes when I’m really motivated I work on design projects.Read More

The Road Less Traveled

May 20, 2017 Uncategorized

There is a back road that goes through the National Forest to this hidden waterfall up in the mountains surrounding my family property in Northern New Mexico. I can’t exactly explain how to get there unless I’m actually traveling on the road. It was introduced to me on my first birthday as my family would travel up there to celebrate and have continued to do so many, many years after that first celebration. The road is winding, bumpy and at some pointsRead More

The Trickster

April 2, 2017 blog, brand

I woke to what I thought was the sound of screams. My eyes popped open and my heart was racing. I didn’t know where I was initially. The screaming started again and I realized it was the howling from coyotes. I immediately thought, “Where are my pups?” As I woke, I realized I was in my bed and they were safely in their beds. I took a deep breath and listened more to their midnight melody. While I’ve said howRead More

For Real

March 5, 2017 blog, brand

“You’ll never teach Albuquerque that you have to wait for a fashion show.” Hopefully, this blog will lighten your mood. It’s the next chapter in my Ms. Adventures. Everyone that knows me, knows I love a good party. I don’t like large parties. I like intimate parties where I get to spend time with loved ones, while meeting their guests, and I also have the opportunity to create the unexpected. I think that’s why I truly love designing fashion events. ButRead More

Fashion as a Voice

February 23, 2017 Uncategorized

When I was a child, I carried a security blanket with me for a number of years (I’m definitely not sharing the number because I know it was way too long). It was a soft white blanket with the image of a purple bear on it. I remember how it comforted me and how I took it everywhere. When I’d play pretend, it would become my superwoman cape, my queen robe or my luxurious stole. When I was scared, I’dRead More

Once Upon a Dress

January 16, 2017 Uncategorized

“Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” Eminem, Loose Yourself Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? Or are you the type that doesn’t believe in making them because you never keep them? I was going into 2017 bright-eyed and with open arms, continuing with the momentum I had built in 2016. A couple of weeks before the New Year, I made aRead More

24 Hour Adventure in NYC (well, actually 15)

December 22, 2016 blog

If there is one thing you need to add to your bucket list, it is a trip to New York City sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The city comes to life with all the cultures and traditions of the season (Fashion Week in September is the next best time in my opinion). This year, I thought “What fun it would be to take the red-eye flight the night before my mom’s birthday and spend the entire day andRead More


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