The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more. With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.
Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Coronado Island that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
LUMO was born from my own love of fine jewelry. When I first became interested in fine jewelry, I found it really difficult to find dainty, minimal pieces that I could wear every day. My inevitable solution was to learn to make them myself. So, I studied at a number of independent studios in Southern California, learning different styles and techniques along the way. It was at that point that it really grew from an interest, into my life’s passion. Read more>>
I grew up as a first-generation American, meaning I was born and raised in the US after my parents immigrated from India. Growing up with a foot in two vastly different cultures made me very curious and interested in learning more about other people and cultures. Read more>>
I started the beauty industry with a desire to help women feel beautiful inside and out. The idea of “playing” with glitter and nail polish all day sounded ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Entering my spa nail program, I was very fortunate to have an instructor that was very talented and cared about each and every one of her students. She was the director of the program as well as a CND master. She helped lay a strong foundation to a very promising career. Read more>>
I didn’t know I wanted to do hair or that I would love doing it. My mother’s dear friend and very first mentor (I’m fortunate to have had many) felt it would be something I would be good at and enjoy. I began my apprenticeship with her 20 years ago at 19. She owned an amazing salon in Little Italy and she was a cutting educator. I learned so many lessons from her on how to run a salon, value clients, and make education a priority. These traits she said will set you apart from all the other talented artists behind the chair. What we do is so much more than just “doing hair.” Read more>>
In March of 2014, I tore my hip cartilage while playing golf at a networking event. It left me on a cane for 6 months and in physical therapy for over a year. After a year of recovering, my body suffered from the stress of running my own photography business while I was injured. Read more>>
I was 13 when my dad handed me a camera with black and white film loaded. We were about to embark on a cross country train trip to visit my grandfather who was quite ill. My brother had his Gameboy, I had a camera. We all had a LOT of hours to kill and I took a lot of photos. Read more>>
From a long career as a TV news anchor/reporter to now a media coach, host of The Approved Home Pro Show on ABC10, part of a women’s empowerment team and a brand ambassador for a health and wellness company… it’s been a long and windy road! Read more>>
When I first became a mother I was working full time and my husband was on his first deployment. I needed a creative outlet that didn’t take me away from home. So I started blogging about my journey into motherhood and navigating my post partum emotions. Read more>>
Once I got out of the navy, I went to cosmetology school at Paul Mitchell the school – San Diego, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with it once I graduated, so I was just working as a receptionist until I decided to go to Bellus Academy for their Spa Nails course. Once I started there I knew that’s exactly the industry I wanted to be in. Read more>>
I started my journey into the beauty industry at Paul Mitchell the School in Sacramento. Eventually, making my way to San Diego as a navy spouse having two little boys and being a full time mom. With my husband’s help and once my two boys were school age, I returned to school for Makeup Artistry. I completed the Makeup Design program at Bellus Academy here in National City. Read more>>