After graduating from high school in El Paso, Leigh moved to the West coast to attend the University of San Diego, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Business while concurrently working at Saks Fifth Avenue. She then moved to Los Angeles briefly before her path redirected her to the fashion capital of the world, New York City. While in NYC, Leigh headed the Chloe Boutique at Bergdorf Goodman, a position she looks back on fondly for the challenges met and insight gained.

Leigh's experience in the fashion industry and her background in enameling prompted a move back to Austin, Texas, in 2005 where she aspired to start her own line of hand-crafted accessories in a city that prides itself on supporting local, small businesses. Following in her mother's footsteps, Leigh's aspirations quickly became a reality when she launched her own brand, Leighelena - a combination of her first and middle name. Her collections showcase the enameling process, which in a true display of cyclicality, her mother now helps her to produce, along with work in leather and exotic skins.