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New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 – Night Two
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LHTX by Leigh K Hajovsky
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Wanderlust and White Sands

New Mexico Fashion Week 2016 – Night Two

The second and final night of New Mexico Fashion Week promised six more designers: Destinista Fashions, Enlightened Designs, Guadalupe Ramirez, Monista Arts, Montecristi Custom Hat Works, and Westerngrace. During the intermission, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the lovely Gabrielle Torrez. The short interview included how I got my start in blogging, what my blog is about, and also about my unique vintage style.

The evening started out with the Santa Fe Community College student designers presenting their collections (as they did on the first night, which you can read about it HERE).

The first designer presenting was Guadalupe Ramirez. The Santa Fe Community College alum presented some pieces from his past collections and gave us a tease of his 2017 collection- “La Catrina.” Guadalupe explained to me that the aqua and red dresses were a part of his “Simple Economy Triangles” collection from 2010. “This was back in 2010, the year when the economy of USA was in jeopardy, so my inspiration was the triangle behind our American currency — behind our dollar bill — we have a triangle with an eye in the middle. So every garment I included a triangle representing our current news about the economy.” The black dress was a part of his 2011 collection- “Yin/Yan Swan,” where all the garments were in black and white. He drew his inspiration from the movie, Black Swan. “As you can see, I really get inspired from current news, movies, and history.” He presented three garments from his “La Catrina” collection, which is set to officially debut in December. That inspiration was based on La Calavera Catrina, which was a zinc sketch image of a female skeleton dressed only in an upper-class hat, by famed Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer- José Guadalupe Posada.

Next up, was Monista Arts. Monista Arts was founded by Monica Duran- an artist and designer, who is battling a terminal form of cancer. Monica “feels that life is a huge canvas just waiting to create wonders and beauty. Her art tells a story about her life, and the suffering of losing hope of all the dreams she had. Monica started working nights on images that reflected how she felt or how she wished her life could be. Through revelation, God gave her this gift to share with other women who are lost and lives that have been taken by illness.” This season, she showcased lambskin clutches, handbags and clever leather ponchos with fur trim. The collection took on an essence of Native American culture, while also having a Southwest flair.

Designer Jesse “Grace” Call presented several of her western-influenced designs from her brand, Westerngrace. Westerngrace embodies the timeless spirit of the west, as well as the culture of cowboys and cowgirls. Notable garments that I enjoyed seeing walk the runway were: dresses, a jacket, and skirt with a leather tooled yoke/trim; diagonal ruffled maxi skirts; and a gingham print dress and blouse.

New Mexico Fashion Week veteran- Destini Duran of Destinista Fashions presented her signature abstract print, wearable collection. The Santa Fe Community College alum lets the designs tell the story, while allowing the fabric to be the “cover.”

Another NMFW vet, Sharidynn Denetchiley of Enlightened Designs, showcased her jewelry collection. She proudly represents the Diné (Navajo) Nation, is a notary public, contributes to political activism, and advocates on leadership committees for social justice for urban Indians in Albuquerque. Patrick “Cloudface” Burnham‬ also collaborated with Sharidynn, by creating unique Native American mediums on the models, while complementing Denetchiley’s designs.

The last design house of the evening was Monticristi Hat Works. The Santa Fe-based hat company was founded in 1978 and has been a staple when it comes to Panama-style and fur felt hats. We were treated to a variety of styles that evening, many of which were worn by NMFW team members.

I would like to take the time to thank the New Mexico Fashion Week team, namely: Melissa, Nick, Manny and Elizabeth, for having me!

LHTX by Leigh K Hajovsky

LHTX by Leigh K Hajovsky

I e-met LHTX boss-lady, Leigh Hajovsky through Instagram and eventually, personally met her during ‘Junk Prom’ at Zapp Hall a couple years back. She’s got this bohemian, free-spirited personally that especially shines through her apparel brand- LHTX.

Leigh was born into a family of entrepreneurs and has always had to need to work for herself. After trying and hating the corporate working world, she decided to teach herself how to silkscreen and go into business for herself. About ten years ago, her business partner was bought out, and that’s when she decided to move from Houston Heights neighborhood, relocate to Fayetteville (where it’s more affordable) and re-brand her company into what it is now- LHTX.

The GO TEXAN certified LHTX brand is centered around western-style Texas-made shirts, with sayings that have been inspired by country music and experiences that Leigh and her friends/employees have had, as well as bohemian accessories. Leigh credits her ex for being the inspiration behind the majority of her best-selling designs. “The things that he would say to me were awful, and there was always a response in my head that I had- and that would become the design. This was going on while he and I were still together, because I had no other way to retaliate… I was so beaten down at that time…Now, I’m vocal about it. It’s very important to me – to be honest about where these things come from and how they’ve come to be. I want every woman to know that they don’t have to deal with that kind of crap.”

Another of her best-selling designs, “I’m not too much, you’re just not enough,” was actually a saying that was told to one of Leigh’s good friends. The guy she was dating didn’t approve of her lifestyle. She has a son that rodeos and she takes him to all the rodeos; she’s also loud and bold. “I was so offended that he was being rude and judgmental to her, that we made a shirt and it’s now one of our top-sellers,” Leigh explained.

Today, she has her production facility in Columbus and a small boutique in Fayetteville. She has a permanent space at Zapp Hall and opens during the twice-yearly Texas Antiques Weekend at Warrenton, Round Top and the surrounding communities. Her brand is very Texan-meets-country-gypsy, but with a heart of gold. If you want indulge your inner boho-gypsy, check out LHTX and if you are local- be sure to stop by the boutique or Zapp Hall every Spring and Fall!

#WorkHardBeBoldStayTrue

Wanderlust and White Sands

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Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

Blogger, White Sands, New Mexico, outfit, style

(Cactus Print Tee- Curated Cotton, Vintage Skirt- Coronation Vintage, Rope Sandals c/o Corda.)

Recently, the Mr. and I drove to Los Angeles. We stopped at White Sands National Monument for a couple days. It has incredibly beautiful landscape, with soft white grainy sand (gypsum) dunes encompassing miles of acreage. Once inside the park, you meander for a bit, passing by vegetation and sand dunes, until your car leaves the pavement and enters the main section of the park (barely vegetation and mostly dunes). The roads are covered in white; emulating snow. Funky picnic areas dot various areas. We got to experience the Sands in time for sunset, as well as in the morning (when the photos were taken). The blue skies were lovely, yet the air was crisp, while also windy (which helped set the tone for perfect photos).

This trip proved the perfect opportunity to break out my Corda rope sandals that I won in a giveaway a short while ago. After working with an orphanage for an month in Ethiopia, the folks behind the Corda brand noticed that many of them would leave the program with no job opportunities. After brainstorming, they came up with the idea of creating a brand where they could help the transitioned adult orphans by giving them vital training and sustainable jobs. Each rope sandal is handmade in Ethiopia with eco-friendly and durable rope. They are also 100% Vegan. They are pretty lightweight and machine-washable. Since I was still breaking in the sandals, I did notice that the straps were somewhat stiff, but all they need is a little adjusting. I was assured that the straps stretch about a finger’s width. I’m confident that the more I wear them, the better they will feel.

I HIGHLY recommend a visit to White Sands. A great mom ‘n pop place to stay is the White Sands Motel!

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