115 Degrees Farenheit

I recently spent 4 days in the desert.  It was about 115 degrees Fahrenheit.  On the way to Palm Springs, we stopped at Borrego Springs.  Every restaurant and hotel were closed except for one restaurant. It gets so hot that there is no one is there except for a few year round retirees that probably cannot afford to go anywhere else.

We stopped to look at the sculptures in the desert. They were amazing. Just to get out of the car to get up close to the structures was like stepping into an oven.  I could only bear the heat for about 2-3 minutes to get a few shots.

It was definitely great to get out of town. I work from my home office/design studio now in San Diego most of the time and it was amazing to be able to drive just 2 hours away and it was like stepping onto another planet. Borrego

The desert is too hot for me. I cannot tolerate the heat. In Palm Springs the only way I could bear it was to be in the pool all day.  Then after 8 PM, it was bearable.

We also stopped at the Sultan …

Summer Is Here! Slow Down Out There!

Summer is here! It means that the pool is open! yay!  Today I got into a minor traffic collision. A lady was in a hurry to visit her son so she rear ended my SUV at a stoplight in Pacific Beach. The hood of her car went right into my back bumper and bicycle rack.  She has a very crumpled hood and has to pay for my new bicycle rack and bumper.  We will see how that goes.  My day did not start out great. ):  On to better news....

The good news is I launched the new website for the social innovation fashion Two Neighbors!  The brand is a fashion brand that involves women from Palestine and Israel to work together to create unique one of a kind garments that use traditional Palestinian embroidery.  As the Sales and Marketing Director, I am focused on bringing this brand to USA customers. It is super exciting!

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I learned today is that everyone…

Two Neighbors - Peace Through The Eye of a Needle

Peace Through the Eye of a Needle
I was brought on board to work on a new project for a social innovation company that was founded on building peace between Palestinians and Israelis.  It is grassroots peace building through fashion. The word interesting does not begin to describe my journey....

I just got home from a crazy whirlwind trip to Isreal and Palestine.  Almost daily I was back and forth between Israel and Palestine meeting with the team members from both sides.  From a small village made from rubble in Palestine to Tel Aviv to a Peace Building Summit in the West Bank, it was like a major history lesson in 8 days!  Stressful.  Amazing. Enlightening.  Fascinating. 

I have never been to the Middle East, so learning about the roots of the fashion brand Two Neighbors was essential for me so I can help them build their brand for the USA market. 

Two Neighbors is an emerging fashion social innovation brand that brings women from Palestine together with women from Israel to make beauti…

Can Fashion Help Build Peace?

Yes! Peace Through The Eye Of A Needle Two Neighbors is a social innovation brand that is building peace at a grassroots level. Two Neighbors is a fashion brand that unites Israeli and Palestinian women by working together to make beautiful apparel and fashion accessories. To learn more about this amazing brand that is helping build peace one stitch at a time, check out this youtube video at To learn more go to #socialinnovation #peace #fashion #innovation #peacestudies #twoneighbors #fashionunited #peacebuilding #conflictresolution

Should You Go To An Interview At A Private Residence? What About a Yacht?

You are looking for a job and land an interview. It is located at a private residence. Should you go? What about a yacht?
I was just reading an article on LinkedIn from a recruiter with some good advice. Never go to an interview at someone's house. I thought it was good advice and some posters were saying it was OK in some cases. Not OK. I still would tell my younger self not to go to an interview at a private place.

As a fearless female in my 20's I went to many job interviews when I first moved to Los Angeles. One of the jobs was for a Marketing Assistant in Long Beach. The owner said he was doing interviews out of his yacht which was situated at the end of the dock in Long Beach Harbor. We set up the interview over the phone. (note: This was before google) I find his yacht at the end of the dock. The man was a middle aged white guy in flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt. He seemed harmless enough. (I was like this is LA, not Idaho.) Before the interview, he introduced me to …

FREE: What Will It Cost You?

FREE. What Will It Cost You? The True Cost of Offering Something of Value for Free

The word FREE has been used in advertising since the dawn of time.  We have all heard the old adage, buy one get one free.  Free gift with purchase.  In fact, I worked for a company in Venice Beach that built their entire business around the free gift with purchase model. The company did millions of dollars in sales of those cheap cosmetic bags that you get when you spend $35 or more at the makeup counter in Macy's. (p.s. They cost like 50 cents to make)

When is FREE  not good for your business? How do you know when FREE is actually costing you too much time and money?  After over 15 years in the fashion industry, I have had my experiences with free.

As a female entrepreneur, I have attended several seminars for women-owned business.  They tell you to give away something for free to attract new customers. For example, a free consultation, a few free hours of work or a free download of a popular pod…

Work Ethics: Inherited or Taught?

Work Ethics: Inherited? No. Taught? Yes. 
Recently I had a friend stay with me for one week in my home. She has known me 15 years but has never seen me so up close and personal.  At the end of a few days, she said she was amazed at how I could just open the pantry and make a meal for 5 people out of nothing. I told her I was raised on a farm and I can pretty much make a meal out of whatever is in the pantry.  I am very creative that way and I don't use recipes ever.  This is a skill I learned from my mom. 
As I move on in life I realize that my valuable traits such as my tenacity, work ethic, ability to overcome obstacles are because of the way I was raised, not because of my personality.  I am a third generation American farm kid. I worked in the fields and with the animals from a young age. A good work ethic was passed on to me.  I am trying to pass it on to my daughter.  When she complains that she does not have designer clothes or an iPhone I just laugh. 
There will always be …