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  • Ashley Wagner

My Southwest Lifestyle & Simple Western


Purpose of my blogs:


I come from a family that has been farming in New Mexico for over 100 years, specializing in growing green chile! Because I value the rural heritage, wildlife, and sustainable food systems in this state, I am a passionate activist for farmland preservation. Through my social media, I want to share with you the beauty of farm life, and to give you a glimpse of what it means to live in the Southwest, as I know it. This is my home, and I love it here! I plan to showcase New Mexico destinations and brands whenever possible because supporting local is crucial! However, you will see many different great brands that accentuate my life.


To sum it up, I am a farmer’s daughter, farmland preservationist, rambler, and maven.


Because I am crazy for the turquoise jewelry at Gertrude Zachary, I tend to pile it on. However, for this post, I wanted to show a simpler version that any woman can feel comfortable wearing. I particularly like the light shade of blue of these stones because the color really pops.



I’ve only recently started to appreciate cowboy hats. In fact, in a couple of my first photo shoots I didn’t even notice that my hat was on backwards. Oh shame! But now, few things make me feel cooler. I finally understand why my grandpa never left home without his.


Looks brought to you by:


Gertrude Zachary Jewelry in Albuquerque, NM.

“Each piece is handcrafted using the same meticulous attention to detail that Gertrude utilized when she started her business. At the Gertrude Zachary jewelry manufacturing facility in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, each piece is created through a collaborative process between the designers and the Native American silversmiths who make each piece by hand.”


Biggar Hats in Decatur, Texas

“Biggar Hat Store is a brand new hat store with Old World experience. At Biggar Hat Store you will receive an experience getting a hat the way it should be. You can come in and sit back while a true professional shapes your hat. Please ask for a tour of the back of the store where Biggar Hats are made.


Stiefeld Boots


Blog photography by Damian Wagner


Photography and Styling for Gertrude Zachary Billboards by Studio Seven Productions