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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.

Alanna Hay

My mission is to create beautiful, functional and flattering swimwear for active women who want more than a swimsuit that looks good poolside. Alanna Dawn swimwear is designed for the outdoor lovers, dreamers and doers in mind. I make each piece by hand and every swimsuit is as unique as the individual it was designed for. Read more>>

Taylor Marie

I got started over 14 years ago with a passion for understanding the “why” behind certain areas of the beauty industry. In this journey, I went through beauty school eight years ago and now have a degree in beauty health and management with a minor in organizational communications. Read more>>

Alexandra Brienne

I attended SDSU right out of high school and ended up changing my major about five times. I eventually dropped out because I couldn’t figure out what I was passionate about or what I wanted to do with my life. I only knew it had to be in the artistic field. Finally, months later, I decided to attend cosmetology school to specifically specialize in hair color. Read more>>

Chella Diaz

Chella knew at a very young age how to manage money, at nine years old, she would go to the Farmer’s market and knew the vendors that had the best product at the lowest price. She purchased her car at 17 and her first home at 23. Chella was married for 17 years and had two sons. For over 15 years, Chella has been on her spiritual journey. Read more>>

Breanne Swenson

I had become exhausted with filling people’s homes with material things only to be left with no emotional or spiritual substance. One day as I sat at the lake throwing stones in and watching the ripple spread across the water, I had the realization that each of us has a ripple effect that reaches far beyond that which we necessarily see. Read more>>

Ronda Renée

Often it’s our biggest challenges and disappointments that knock us on the right path. It was no different for me. At the end of my second failed marriage, I looked around and said, “Wait a minute! I did everything “they” told me to do, everything that was supposed to make me happy. And THIS is what I end up with. Read more>>

Hanna Lane

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and autoimmune issues. I decided to put my energy into learning about the healing powers of anti-inflammatory foods and embracing a Paleo lifestyle. I loved bread and knew we had to part ways but it would not be for long! I was determined to create a bread that met all my dietary limitations. Read more>>

Anna Sena

Steeped in creative history from small age and a family tradition of artisan woodwork, AnnaSenaArt is simply an extension of who I am. With a passionate and ocean-loving family, the coastal wild has settled within me and some of my earliest memories are play with the sand and listening to the sound of waves. Read more>>

Cassandra Schaeg

Drive, ambition, and independence were engrained growing up and my journey to entrepreneurship was unconventional. My first job at 16 was as a Drive-Thru lead at McDonald’s and in my senior year of high school, I was a Shift Leader at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop. I have always had a job and at times, had multiple gigs. Read more>>

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