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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

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

Abundance

November 25, 2016 blog, Uncategorized

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. While Christmas reminds me of that first date: trying to make the right impression, stressful, over indulgent, and a feeling of fleeting good behavior, Thanksgiving is reuniting with a true loved one: comfortable being yourself, sharing what you love, gratitude and a feeling of abundance.    I love when people come together over a meal, share in conversation and build traditions. I love to cook. When feeling creative, I take a new recipe I made to my grandmothers.Read More

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

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