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Women of Substance

I would like to be known as an intelligent woman a courageous woman a loving woman a woman who teaches by being. -Maya Angelou

Jeanine Singer Bair the owner of Le Beau salon, is living her childhood dream of being a hairstylist. But she’s had her share of hard times, too. A mother of five, she’s the primary caretaker for her severely autistic 23-year-old son. Every day produces challenges, yet she remains joyful as she advocates for her son and works to raise awareness of autism. Bair has volunteered with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and participated with the Sheriff Department’s Crisis Intervention Team with the Sheriff’s department over the past two decades, and hopes to form an Autism Crisis Center in Ventura County. Beyond that, she’d like to serve on the Behavioral Health Board as a voice for autism.

What can you do today that you couldn’t do a year ago? I can be at this photo shoot knowing that someone else is with my son and that he is safe.

What do you like about yourself? How I can reach out and help others because I’ve been humbled so many times.

What impact do you want to make on the world? To make a difference in the world of autism.

Charlotte Rousse Blush Dress $30, Buffalo Exchange
Gold and Diamond Necklace and Earrings (call for price), Van Gundy Jewelers

Zhena Musyka was a single mom with six dollars to her name when she founded Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. She’s since grown the business into a multi-million dollar company while strictly maintaining fair trade business practices. She has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Business and received numerous awards for entrepreneurship and social responsibility in business. A mother of two, Musyka recently completed her first book, “Life by the Cup,” and created her own publishing platform, which emphasizes philanthropic missions.

What can you do today that you couldn’t do last year? Forgive myself more easily.

What do you like about yourself? My ability to “laugh it off,” to not take things so seriously.

Free People Beaded Kaftan Dress $199, Nordstrom Rack
Green Agate Chandelier Earrings $525, Pear/Emerald Necklace $795, Diamond Bangle Bracelet $2150, Emerald/Diamond Bangle $1950, Van Gundy Jewelers

Mandy Martinez is a bit nervous. Not because of the lights and cameras, but because she has to get to her volunteer meeting. The vivacious mother of two has spent recent years working as the production manager at Petunia Pickle Bottom, traveling the world, and serving on the executive board of Pierpont School’s PTA. Her greatest joy came from donating a kidney to her father. He’s now healthy, and together they plan to pay it forward by assisting an orphanage in Mexico. Martinez is currently working to put on a Special Needs Prom—a meeting for that endeavor is why she’s got to run. But first, a casual stroll down the catwalk and a few quick questions…

What do you owe yourself? A break! It’s okay to not be so busy.

What impact do you want to have on the world? I want to set a good example of care and generosity, to teach my kids care and concern and to spread kindness. I want to live a life my kids are proud of.

Ashley Bautista is constantly on the go. Charming, soft-spoken, and preternaturally humble, she’s been named one of the Top 50 Women in Business and a member of the 40 Under 40 club, celebrating up-and-coming young business people. She’s sat on a slew of community and civic boards, all while homeschooling her four rambunctious boys. She’s currently the assistant Den Leader and membership chair for their Boy Scout troop, as well as the new interface between the Ventura Police department and the community. This month, Bautista is launching a Citizen’s Police Academy to help residents better understand police work.

What can you do today that you couldn’t do a year ago? I am empowered. A year ago my passions were on hold. Also, I never imagined I’d be taking pictures in a mansion, in the rain, with an Alpaca!

What do you owe yourself? Not losing sight of my own dreams.

What impact do you want to have on the world? To raise my four wild and sweet sons to be loving, kind, honest, hardworking men that will give back through service to others.

Free People Ballet Skirt $60, Free People Silver Jeweled Tank $160
Nordstrom Rack

White gold diamond hoop earrings $14990, Tahitian Pearl Bracelets $1950
Van Gundy Jewelers

Art Deco-inspired silver gold-plated, mother of pearl earrings $769, Pendant $395, Ring $359, Van Gundy Jewelers

PRODUCTION MBN Productions, mbnproductions@gmail.com
IMAGES Harper Point Photography, hello@harperpoint.com, harperpoint.com
HAIRSTYLING Kira Friedman MAKEUP Makeup by Naz, makeupbynaz.net
LOCATION Acacia Mansion, Ojai
PRODUCTS AVAILABLE LOCALLY Goldies 210 E. Main St., Ventura, shopatgoldies.com Buffalo Exchange 532 E. Main St., Ventura, buffaloexchange.com Van Gundy Jewelers 588 E. Main St., Ventura, vangundys.com Nordstrom Rack 261 Esplanade, Oxnard, nordstromrack.com

03-01-2016

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