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 Orange County that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Gilda C. Banta
I would advise those just starting out to look for existing practices as opposed to starting from scratch. Of course, there are many successful practices that started from scratch. It is just my opinion that an existing dental office has it’s “built-in” patients already. As long as the hand-off and the transition are done correctly, it will be a smoother start. Read more>>
All I truly wanted in life was to become a wife, mom, and somehow find a way that I could help other women to have healthy marriages and happy homes too. And in the midst of all of this, I married my high school sweetheart to you know, get this whole plan of mine in action and that is really where my story takes a sharp turn far left. Read more>>
I would barely wear shorts in public and I would avoid going to the beach with friends because I didn’t want to wear a swimsuit. Behind all of that, I really struggled with binge eating and major digestive issues that caused bloating, fatigue, moodiness, headaches, chronic constipation and brain fog which I thought was normal at the time. Read more>>
This where I am blessed with creativity and hand skills, thanks to my parents. As I’ve gotten older, I practice styling my own hair for school and outings. Then, it leads to the joy of styling from curling to updos for my sisters for any occasions that came up. I took several bridal hairstyles courses and subscribed to multiple online courses to get my certification as a bridal hairstylist. Read more>>
Diana Douglas and Brittney LaBella
What do you get when you combine a nurturing mother of four who is a passion-filled believer of all things natural and loves investigating new ideas? You get Aloe & Bloom. Founded by mother and daughter duo, Diana Douglas and Brittney Douglas, Aloe & Bloom is a unique Natural & Organic Skincare line, that focuses on igniting inner and outer beauty, naturally. Read more>>
An online storefront soon followed, along with a personal blog where owner and designer Parisa Kaprealian shared bits of her creative inspiration, alongside her lifestyle, food, and fashion favorites.As she began a joined life with her own groom, the opportunities to create and prettify bloomed quickly. Read more>>
I really worked from the ground up before Instagram became a driving force for bloggers and businesses. I covered three seasons of New York Fashion Week and various LA Fashion Week and other fashion related events for the following years. FFF has given me numerous opportunities to write for various publications such as ehow. Read more>>
My family is my life. It’s something I have always wanted even as a young adult. To have a loving husband and to stay home raising my children. Here I was years later, I had everything. But everything I was doing was for everyone else I loved. Nothing I did was for my own pleasure; no outlet, no hobbies, no inner growth or self expression. Read more>>
I was so fascinated with the special effects makeup and prosthetics. Right out of high school I knew I was to go to cosmetology school to earn a license and take that with me to get started in the beauty industry. From there I planned on looking into different makeup schools/classes to learn special effects, and while I did that, I worked in a few different hair salons. Read more>>
I always look into new design trends and try to keep myself updated about the newest home design because is an important fact when you are in design and staging industry. Customer’s wants and needs changes as times passes, therefore, its crucial for a designer/stager to know what is hot in design market and be able to provide the most updated services to clients. Read more>>
After college, I was convinced I was going to be a nurse. I wanted so badly to make my parents proud but God had different plans for me than I ever had for myself. I embarked this journey of discovering who I was and in the midst found myself uncovering a hidden talent and passion. I picked up my very first camera at the age of seven and never thought I’d one day make it a career. Read more>>