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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.

Vanessa Elle Wilde

Improv changed my life. I started by taking a class in 2013. After a Lyme disease diagnosis, I was desperately looking for activities that took my mind off the physical, mental, and neurological effects of the illness. I took an improv class and immediately felt the physiological benefits of play, laughter, and community. Read more>>

Tamara Talbot

I was born in Argentina with an inherent and severe case of wanderlust. I was fortunate to move to California with my immediate family right when I hit puberty (please picture bad 1985 permed hair, bad skin, crooked teeth, and not speaking one word of English… so obviously I was super popular in Jr. High). This was when I fell in love with design. Pretty accessories didn’t judge my broken English. Read more>>

Nicole Edelstein

From watching beauty influencers on YouTube, I became inspired to do my own makeup. My love for makeup began to grow and I decided to launch my Instagram account last September. When my account first started, I focused on art and makeup. As my account grew, I noticed my followers were more interested in my makeup content and I began posting only that. Read more>>

Deborah Miller

My journey has been rich with lessons. In addition to owning YNG Studios in San Clemente where I also teach yoga classes, I have been a hairstylist for over 35 years and owned one of the largest salons in South Orange County. My experience as an owner/operator in the salon provided me with a critical foundation for owning and operating YNG Studios. Read more>>

Brittney Ellers

My story started with a love of movement through sports and dance, which guided me towards the idea of working in the health and wellness field. My first dance class in college was Salsa and I loved it so much I decided to minor in it! That love of movement worked itself into a love of healing and helping others and I found physical therapy and yoga as my favorite too. Read more>>

Jaki Yermian

I was born and raised in San Diego. I’m the only American in my family and the first to graduate college! I always knew I wanted to major in art but hadn’t quite found my calling until a co-worker introduced me to Design Institute of San Diego. From the day I toured that school, I never looked back; it just felt right. Throughout my four years of school, I worked multiple jobs at a time. Read more>>

Patty Berg

Finding a meaningful and lasting gift was a challenge when our dear friends Cathy and Greg got married. Our group of BFFs decided to send them a pretty orange tree to be planted in the back yard of their new home in La Jolla. Knowing little about trees, it wasn’t easy to do, but we managed to select a beautiful and healthy tree and arranged to have a professional gardener deliver and plant it. Read more>>

Heather Binns

I’ve actually been involved in fitness since I was a child as an athlete in school but officially got involved career-wise in 2006 when I first became a Certified Personal Trainer. I worked in the corporate world for over ten years and bounced around from job to job, trying to find something that I would truly enjoy doing day in and day out. After each workday, I would go for a run with friends or workout at the gym on my own. Read more>>

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