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.
I then became OBSESSED with reading EVERYTHING on my beauty bottles, but I realized everything natural + organic out there was really expensive — especially as a broke college student. So, I started hitting the kitchen and making my own recipes. Read more>>
My road to becoming an Olympic Gold Medalist Water Polo Player and a Professional Surfer has been a unique journey filled with many peaks and valleys. Having an Aunt, Uncle and Father who all swam in two Olympic Games may have given me the dream at a young age. Read more>>
Dr. Jeshana Avent-Johnson
I strongly encourage young women who are starting out on this journey to surrounding yourself with a tribe that is dedicated to thriving and taking you along. Have a circle that can support you emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually when you’re struggling and when you’re on top. Read more>>
I never picked up a camera until I was in Art School. I started as a Fine Art major with a focus in Intermedia and found that I was immediately drawn to photographing people. I quickly changed my emphasis to Photo and Design. I started out by doing freelance photoshoots for bloggers and various fashion brands. Read more>>
Life has truly been a journey so far! I grew up in Sweet Home Alabama in the city of Birmingham in a single parent home with my two brothers. Growing up I knew I wanted to move to Southern California but honestly I had no true idea of my path and exactly what I wanted to do. Read more>>
Throughout all these careers I was always helping friends with their closets and shopping for others. About 10 years ago I started having strangers ask me to help them with their wardrobes and I was like huh? Maybe I should do this for a living!! So fast forward to 2018. Read more>>
Charmaine Joie Rodriguez
I plan moving forward to design for women who want to stand to be unique in their own right . The Charmaine Joie Couture label believes in associating itself with diversity, self acceptance, positive empowerment and various charities as well as being a luxury brand expanding on a global scale. Read more>>
To be living a more fulfilling life but just wasn’t sure what that meant or looked like. In 2014, I knew something needed to change but our lives were so chaotic that I didn’t know where to start. So I decided we needed to simplify our lives and create margin for purpose. Read more>>
Helping others has always brought me so much fulfillment so my repost page became a bigger passion/priority than becoming an influencer. Even though I loved everything that came with being an influencer, I could not fight the feeling of wanting to do more. Read more>>
My goal with the site is to help her get a delicious dinner on the table, quickly (and other mom hacks) so she can find a little bit of time for herself. Mom guilt is REAL and it can be super easy to lose sight of yourself while parenting the heck out of your kids! Read more>>