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


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


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