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Trailblazers: La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Mikala Janse van Rensburg

My story started as a young girl in a small town in TX. Small towns aren’t always the greatest at challenging people to go do something great in the world, but I was so blessed to have a mom who always did that. Read more>>

Denise Vo, Caitlyn Vo and Karen V

The story starts with the youngest one, Denise. She has suffered from Eczema since birth and growing up, she was constantly asking us to scratch her. As much as we didn’t want to… we couldn’t say no to the baby of the family. Back in the day, there was very little known about Eczema. Read more>>

Alexis Dunnigan

XO’s mission has been hand crafted over the 11+ years I have spent in the special event hair and makeup industry. I started building my business in 2008. After the recession hit, my salon clientele started to space out their hair appointments to help with their budget. Read more>>

Sara Kelly

I decided to make my dreams come true and enrolled in a beauty school in Orange County, CA. I moved back to San Diego and worked in Del Mar for several years before making La Jolla my hopefully forever hair home 4 years ago. Read more>>

Sarah Lemke

I have always kept one foot in the beauty business since I was 17. Three years ago my love for the industry and my love for people came full circle when I stepped into the world of cosmetic tattoo. Read more>>

Allison Eden

I was a fashion design major and loved art, interior design and fashion and wanted to mold them all together to create art for the interior design industry that was a signature style. Read more>>

Lindsay Stenovec

I created an online community called The Nurtured Mama where moms can get support from peers on their experience with food, body image and raising families. Thanks to the mothers in the community, it has grown into an incredible space of connection, authentic conversations and non-judgmental support. Read more>>

Nora Khamphoukeo

I work so hard and just seeing how much money I was making other companies it was very disappointing. I finally took a leap of faith after a decade with my partner Kim and we opened a hair studio together for the last 10 months. It has been busy which I am blessed and thankful for! Read more>>

Brittney Charlot

When people would ask me “what’s do you do as a hobby?” my mind would draw a blank. I decided just this year to pick up my love of fashion and beauty again, by focusing on these topics in my instagram/blog. I’m so happy I did, because I love to be able to inspire, be inspired, and connect with others who have similar passions through social media. Read more>>

Imelda Lachica

My dance and fitness journey began in 2006 when I lived in Memphis TN. I don’t have a dance background but I’ve always loved to dance since I was little. I love all genres of dance. Read more>>


I most enjoy blogging because I can share my passion for vegan and cruelty-free living, whether it be through fashion, travel, or food. Read more>>


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