April 17, 2016 Uncategorized

It was 6am, just yesterday. I was driving in the dark, through the snow of northwestern New Mexico, while listening to #GIRLBOSS on my way to a seminar hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week on How to Sell to BIG Buyers. I had only decided earlier this week that I would attend. It was tricky. I was driving solo (because NO WAY would I ask anyone to join me on this hair-brained idea) 6 hours to Phoenix, AZ for an hourRead More

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

April 2, 2016 Uncategorized

I saved this quote from Peter Drucker because this week I made that my reality…growing Hopeless + Cause Atelier to NYC and once again applying for Project Runway. I returned from NYC late Thursday night. This wasn’t an entirely planned trip. It occurred because of two friends, Kathy and Tiffanie, helped me get there. When I was in NYC for Fashion Week, I stumbled upon a show during Style Fashion Week called the WeWork Collaborative. It was four emerging designers showing in a small venue. IRead More

Taking a Leap

March 20, 2016 Uncategorized

I look forward to yoga. It frees my mind on what I’ve been fixated on for that week. I attend with friends (either instructing or practicing with me) and there’s usually an intention set before each class either by me or the instructor. For the past few weeks, the intention set by the yogi has really called to me. Have you ever attended a religious service and felt like the readings or the hominy was written specifically for you? As of late, that’sRead More


February 27, 2016 Uncategorized

This month has been a whirlwind of inspiration to creation. Spending a few days in New York City for Fashion Week, I really spent time reflecting on my design aesthetic and what I wanted to create for the Hopeless + Cause Atelier AW16 Renegade show. Enjoying the various fashions shows, while trying to not be influenced by what I saw on the runway, I instead focused on what I saw on the streets, in the museums and in one of my favoriteRead More

Sunday Funday!

February 8, 2016 Uncategorized

Gearing up for the Autumn/Winter 2016 show, I reached out to my team and asked if they wanted to descend on Nob Hill for a guerilla photo shoot. On an unusually warm winter morning a few weeks back, I met up with Erin (one of my go to photographers), my models: Jennifer, Ashley & Heather, an emerging designer, Quentin, and a marketing student from UNM, Emily (who also has an interest in sustainable fashion). My inspiration for the shoot: juxtaposition, when high society collidesRead More

It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year

December 21, 2015 Uncategorized

Happy holidays from the Atelier! I can’t believe it’s been four months since I started designing and creating under the name of Hopeless + Cause Atelier. I love creating beautifully unique apparel for my customers, but what makes my heart full is that a percentage of the proceeds benefits local charity. In many cases, the customer chooses the organization and then it become perpetual. A gift any time that particular garment is created. Beneficiaries include: Dental Care in Your HomeRead More

From the Atelier

November 9, 2015 Uncategorized

On Sunday, November 8th, I hosted my first fashion “reveal”. What does that mean? I have made a number of my outfits for various social events and was always really appreciative of the compliments I received…but never knew what people were really thinking. Were they just being kind because they knew me? It wasn’t until I was a “fly on the wall” when Jennifer wore her her “Jennifer” to Concours du Soliel and people came up in droves to complimentRead More

Gotta have faith, beauty and light!

October 5, 2015 Uncategorized

A candle looses nothing by lighting another candle…James Keller Today, was such an inspiring day. Woke this morning to the rain and limited hours to complete the Daphne dress sample. With the rain and lack of make up artist, Erin and I weren’t sure if we should move forward with the photo shoots…not to mention the city swelled with thousands of visitors for Balloon Fiesta and many of them would be in Old Town during our shoot. We opted to moveRead More

Fall Style & Fashion with a Cause

September 25, 2015 Uncategorized

On this Friday, fashion Flashback for fall, I want to share a recent conversation I had on the the local morning program, 2 KASA Style. I was asked to share what I’ve seen for fall 2015 trends and to my surprise, I was also asked to talk about the Hopeless + Cause Atelier line. You can find the segment by clicking on the photo below. I’d like to thank: the talented Erin Killion of Erin Killion Photography for capturing these beautifulRead More

Thoughts from the design studio

September 23, 2015 Uncategorized

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well, I wanted to be a fashion designer and when that didn’t happen, I moved on. Thank God I found a wonderful path in a career that I not only enjoyed but felt I made a difference in. When it ended, I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do next. I was then catapulted into small business. It was hard work…harder than anything I had ever done before, butRead More


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