Crazy, Beautiful – The Perfect Chaos that is Fashion Week

October 23, 2016 Uncategorized

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist I finished reading The Alchemist just days before boarding a plane to Los Angeles. It couldn’t have come at a better time. The book spoke to me and reminded me that “when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to help people see how beautiful they truly are. IRead More

Do What You Love

October 8, 2016 blog, Uncategorized

Summer has come to an end here in New Mexico. That means cool, sweet mornings and hot afternoons, with the unexpected chance of rain. The beginning and end of the day are always the same incredible sun shows with views for miles. It’s also the best or worst time to be driving an open air Jeep Wrangler. My desire for a Jeep began in high school when a friend’s boyfriend drove a white hard top. I jumped at every opportunity to sit in the back, close my eyesRead More

Heart and Soul

September 18, 2016 Uncategorized

It’s Saturday, and I’d like to say I took the day to chill and bask in the pure enjoyment of last night’s show, however work calls and I was back at the sewing machine…I’m totally okay with that. I’ve been talking about Heart and Soul since March when I set the date for the Spring/Summer collection review. As my third runway show, I really wanted to pull from within, where I came from and where I’m going. I originally didn’t follow the pathRead More

Runner’s Kiss

September 8, 2016 Uncategorized

With the Spring/Summer collection shows coming up, I started running again on a consistent basis a few weeks ago. A couple of nights ago, I ran in the rain. Probably not the best idea with the slick roads and the opportunity for the heavens to open up as part of New Mexico’s monsoon season, but it felt so good. The rain was light and cleansing, helping me to clear my thoughts and focus on the weeks ahead. I don’t consider myself a runner. My build isRead More

Full Heart

August 13, 2016 Uncategorized

It was a year ago this month, that I had a conversation with a friend who wouldn’t let me step away from fashion design. Jennifer simply stated, “I’m not going to let stop following your dream. I want to commission you to create two dresses for me for two upcoming events.” The first outfit I created for her was for Diner en Blanc, a white jacquard knit, wide-legged pant and matching halter top (because I knew she’d be schlepping herRead More

Choices: Switzerland or Ghana?

July 16, 2016 Uncategorized

Last week, I was traveling for work and enjoyment. What was supposed to be a light filled week–celebrating with friends, talking to Fashion Week Los Angeles (FWLA) about the upcoming show, and going gaga over fabrics–included moments that weighed pretty heavily on me. I make it a point to not watch mainstream news because as it I learned early on “if it bleeds, it leads”. There is so much senseless death and destruction. While I know that this is the normRead More

You Sang to Me

June 26, 2016 Uncategorized

Music–it moves me in so many ways. It enhances my mood. It sets my pace. It opens my creative flow. It reopens memories. It gives me words when I have none. I can’t listen to bagpipes playing Amazing Grace without crying. I dance every day to my favorite beats. When a song sings to my soul, it is on repeat until I’ve absorbed every word. Wednesday night was one of those moments that reminded me how much music is a part of meRead More

Let’s Just Be Who We Really Are

June 12, 2016 Uncategorized

There is a man, that if I’m heading out in the morning at the right time, I catch walking along the road just outside my casita. What makes him stand out from the other runners/walkers that I see on a daily basis is the way he carries himself. He wears clothes covering his entire body—beanie hat, long sleeve shirt, sweats, if I recall correctly, shorts over his sweats and a backpack. As he’s walking, he uses his entire body asRead More

Keep Saying It

May 26, 2016 Uncategorized

Hello from the Atelier! Now that I have your attention… I really didn’t create this on my own but borrowed it from an email sent to me when I was contemplating fashion design a year and a half ago. I pulled it out last weekend when I needed to remind myself where I’ve come in the past year. The Atelier will be celebrating its first birthday in a couple of months. I wrote my first business plan in September and newRead More

One Way -> Fashion Forward

May 13, 2016 Uncategorized

My mind is swirling…maybe I just need a nap. However, it’s been an adventurous couple of weeks. Thank you, danke, gratzi, gracias, merci for the support, the orders, and the referrals. Hopeless + Cause Atelier was at the Mayor’s Gala, the Kentucky Derby (yes, THE Kentucky Derby) and the Burque Derby. You’ll find Hopeless + Cause Atelier at the Crab Bash and 40 under 40 plus a few outfits for more fab women. And if you’re interested, I’m still transforming jeans.Read More


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