Quirky, funny, gregarious, and gorgeous, Jamie Lewinger, the style blogger behind More Than Turquoise, is the life of every party she goes to. We were so happy that she accepted an invitation to ours. We spoke to her about her traditions, life in New Mexico, and her great style.
When did you start More Than Turquoise? What made you start a style blog?
I’ve been blogging for about three and a half years now. The short version of the story is that I have always followed fashion bloggers. I realized—wouldn’t it be fun for people to see how we do great fashion in New Mexico? It was pretty scary at first—to put myself out there all the time. I’d think, “Oh, my gosh. Is anyone paying any attention? Am I just blogging to my mom?” But it certainly has organic reach, so you feel these little surges of approval as you go along, and more people start to pay attention to what you are doing.
Where did the name More Than Turquoise come from?
Well, the term, More Than Turquoise, really comes from the fact that I love turquoise. I love it. I’ve always loved it, all shades of it, and I have a fabulous collection. But Southwestern style is more than turquoise. Turquoise is the color of the sky. To me, it is a neutral. I think it goes with everything.
How do you describe your style?
I think people have a perception about Southwestern style, that we typically just wear broomstick skirts and cowboy boots all the time. Yes, I have those—come on, they’re fun—but I don’t wear them every day. My goal is to show off all the great style we have here. The truth is, I really don’t have a defined style. I try everything. If it doesn’t work, then I just shake it off, and I don’t wear it again. I don’t get upset about it. I do tend to lean toward things that are lush. I like bling. I like velvet. I like rich fabrics.
What’s the key thing to remember about dressing for the holidays?
I love wearing festive attire. It’s the time of year when you can wear your most blingy, embellished, luxe fabrics. You can go with feathers, velvet, lamé—you name it—day or and night. So break out your sequin sweater during the day, and wear it with jeans, or pair it with a skirt and heels at night. You’ll be totally appropriate because the holidays are the time of year when more is more.
What are your holiday style go-to’s?
Since we often travel during the holidays, I like to bring something of home with me: a piece of turquoise or some Native American jewelry. It’s unexpected but it works beautifully, and they are the best conversation pieces. People stop to ask about them, and I love to share our beautiful jewelry with the world.
What do you recommend doing in New Mexico for the holiday season?
One of the most wonderful things to do in New Mexico during the holidays is to go to Santa Fe on Christmas Eve. There, they have The Farolito Walk. Farolitos are brown bags filled with sand with candles in the middle. The walk takes place on Canyon Road, which they shut down and light up. It’s a half mile of galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. People sing Christmas carols, walk around, and drink cider and hot cocoa. It is a really spectacular evening.
What do you and your family do for the holidays?
We generally travel at this time of year. We love to see how other cultures celebrate. If we are home, we make a point to use items we’ve picked up on our travels to decorate the house and the tree. It is a mishmash of stuff, but because we love all of it, it somehow all comes together. It reminds us of our time together.
What has been your most memorable holiday abroad experience?
We loved Zurich, Switzerland. They have this amazing Christmas tree that it huge—like three stories high. On each level of the tree, there are children singing and it’s all lit up. I think they call it, The Singing Tree. It is really sweet and beautiful.