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Trailblazers: North Park, South Park & Kensington

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 North Park, South Park & Kensington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Carianne Cordova

I started my lashing career in a bit of a roundabout way. To be 100% honest, I didn’t even realize you could make a career out of being a lash artist until a few years ago when I first got into the beauty industry! I got into the lashing world after becoming a licensed Esthetician in 2016. I had always known that I wanted to become an esthetician because when I was younger I had terrible acne. Read more>>

Nancy Flint

Sugar Mamma Caramels all began as a gift of love. Since 2009, owner and confectioner, Nancy Flint, had been gifting family and friends with her signature Sea Salt Caramels. With their encouragement , Nancy entered a candy contest at the 2012 San Diego County Fair and won 1st place! Read more>>

Lauren Mahlberg

I started practicing yoga 8 years ago, not knowing what the heck it was or how it could have an impact on my life. I would take several months off at a time, but I always came back to it. Five years later, I decided to journey to Costa Rica to get my 2oo-hour teaching certification, which was an obviously memorable experience for me. I didn’t start teaching right away because it made me so nervous! Read more>>

Silvana Barrios Pereyra

I am a graphic designer from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and I also studied photography. I studied (shoe design) in Arsutoria School – Milan, Italy and in Slem – The Netherland. I started to design shoes at my home in Argentina in February 2012, just for fun. I designed three pairs of flats and opened a Facebook page and then, quickly realized that many people really loved my classical, romantic shoe designs. Read more>>

Whitney Kleiner

As a military wife, our life is crazy being stationed all around the world and often being separated as a family. I decided not to practice nursing once we were stationed here in San Diego, I wanted to stay home with our new born. While it is an incredible gift to stay at home with her, I felt like I lost a little bit of myself in the world of motherhood. So, my blog Positively Posie became an outlet for me, I always loved taking photos and documenting so starting a blog seemed so right!  Read more>>

Sidney Hambsch

I graduated from the award-winning Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication, where I spent my time reporting in front of the camera and now I give my followers a behind the scenes look of my life as a wife, new mom and freelance reporter on my life and style blog, Newlywed Diaries. Read more>>

Alyssa Pietrosanto

A friend of mine actually encouraged me to start Life + Style by AP! She told me daily that, I should start a styling blog and months later, she wore me down! Ha! I am forever grateful to her! Ha! Definitely not a smooth road. I think everyone thinks being a blogger is easy since you generally only see the pretty pictures! Read more>>

Christy Holcomb

Color has always done it for me. I love color… especially of the pink variety. Growing up, I loved meticulously organizing my crayons into rainbow order (it’s a thing) and the shades of pink always came first. Pink is my color. Pinkalish is my creative passion. Read more>>

Cassy Velez

I first became interested in health and fitness about 9 years ago after gaining the dreaded Freshman 15. Before that, I hated anything to do with healthy eating and exercise. There was a running joke amongst my friends and family about how out of shape I was and how I would never sweat. Read more>>

Bailey Seay

If you asked me five years ago if I would ever be influencing or putting myself out there on social media platforms, shy 18-year old me would have laughed and said, “absolutely not!… and as you can see, I am so glad I did not listen to 18 year old me, ha! I am from a small town where taking a leap of faith and putting yourself out there, was not a norm for most people so even though, I thought about the idea frequently, I was too timid to do anything about it. Read more>>

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