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Trailblazers: Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Nichole Gustas

I’ve always loved working with hair and makeup and I was the go to girl for high school dances and recitals, but I never really believed I could make a successful career out of it. Read more>>

Ari Kasprowicz

From a young age, I new I wanted to land a job in the healthcare field. Having grown up on the East Coast, I wasn’t familiar with anything other than Western Medicine, so naturally that is what I found myself working towards while in college. Read more>>

Kristin Welch

Nearly 7 years ago, I lost a family member who meant the world to me. Even though I had spent my whole life telling her how much I loved her, when she passed away it still never felt like I had told her enough. Read more>>

Dr. Kim Van Dusen

It all started with a dream, Since as far back as I can remember I wanted to start my own brand. I have a background in Television Broadcasting and Psychology and as soon as I became a mom it finally all came together. Read more>>

Ruby Lynn Fuentes

Having no training let alone a license it was something that came natural to me. Later on I attended beauty school and got my license as a cosmetologist. Read more>>

Michelle Hansow and Cynthia Argumedo

I will always have a soft spot for a really good blow out as well, so it just seemed perfect! An extension bar with consistent blow outs were my goal! And that’s how Mane Bar was started! Making hair goals simply attainable! Read more>>


I started Happily Ever Hunters shortly after to create a place where I can share my experiences, expose my truths and hopefully inspire others to live their best lives all while making it a safe place for others to share their voices as well. Read more>>

Kristine Baker

With my interest in Craft Beer growing exponentially many years ago, I naturally wanted all my friends to join in on my brewery visits and explorations! Read more>>

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