Meet the Maker - Kim Egel
We are thrilled to be able to showcase amazing finds and pay homage to local artists and entrepreneurs who captivate and enlighten our senses. Beyond our artisanal home décor, we’ve sourced one of the most gifted local jewelry designers and carry her handmade, natural stone beauties in our store. A feast for your eyes. Your soul. Meet the real gem, Kim Egel.
What is your skill? What were you trained in?
I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology because I’ve always been and remain to be a huge believer in the power of self awareness. My interest in psychology continues to help me understand my truth and allows me to help others uncover theirs. After I was licensed as a therapist I felt a huge call toward so many untapped creative interests. I started getting involved with photography and designing t-shirts, which I sold in San Diego boutiques. Those two areas were the gateway for getting my hands involved with jewelry design.
What do you do now?
I am a licensed therapist and run a coaching business in Cardiff focused on the mind, the body, and overall wellness. I write a blog for my coaching business and find that the concepts that I base my jewelry brand around, go eye to eye with the concepts that I base my coaching business around. They totally connect in my mind. As a jewelry designer I use natural stones as my medium. I believe that stones carry an energy that affects wellness, can help the wearer cultivate intentions and can provide motivation for what we want to manifest. All of these concepts synergized helped me create my brand.
What’s your current obsession?
I’m really into traveling to places where I can be active, get into the water and be surrounded with good food, kind people and interesting decor. I’m currently digging tribal electronica music after my latest trip to Tulum. (Feel free to follow my Tulum Vibes playlist on Spotify to get in on some of this vibe.)
Where did you gather your sense of style?
It started off with my mom. She would always have a red lip and everyday, without fail, was super accessorized with unique jewelry and clothes. What used to embarrass me, because some of her pieces and dress where really different than the norm is now such an inspiration.
What’s your go-to piece that every women should/need to own?
I love my Lariat Necklace. It can be worn at the beach or out for dinner. I love pieces that can transition super effortlessly.
Any tips on defining or discovering your true self or sense of style?
I think it’s important to notice the things that you gravitate towards and how they make you feel. I’ve always thought that how you put yourself together is a powerful and creative way to express yourself.
Where do you shop for clothes?
What’s your home style like? What is a must for you to have in your home? What are your favorite design mags or blogs?
In terms of my home style, I went for a clean, simple and beach zen vibe when I redecorated recently. It’s all about the theme and color palette. With help from a friend I finally learned how to create a more cohesive space, which I’m enjoying. For me, it’s all about creating a feeling in your home. I think candles, tropical foliage, good tunes, dim lighting, and calm and neutral colors create the zen feeling I want at home right now. As far as design mags, I love Dwell.
Coffee or Tea: COFFEE. I’m a huge french press girl. I love the darker blends. If I’m in Cardiff and I’m feeling like something sweet, I love grabbing a California mocha from Pipes.
Lipstick or chapstick: GLOSS. Lancome Juicy Tubes. Color: PURE or Marshmallow Electro
Heels or flats: CUTE FLATS. Mellow heels, still comfortable, but cute.
Red wine or white: WHITE. I’m oddly, in a white wine phase right now, which is weird because I was strictly a red wine drinker for years. Currently, I’m loving a chilled buttery chardonnay. Yum.
Beach or mountains: BEACH. Blacks beach is amazing for solitude. I love Grandview in Leucadia. I have good friends that live near that break so that’s a regular beach spot for me.
Hike or stroll: HIKE. I love hiking down to Blacks Beach and getting in a solid beach run. I love cruising La Jolla Shores Beach, the cove for snorkeling and it’s beautiful to cruise around Sunset Cliffs. Running on the beaches of north county is like meditation to me, especially when it’s low tide. Total Zen.
Kim is the cat’s silky pajamas and we’re blessed to know her. If you’re already super fans like us, her jewelry is available for purchase at our store. Come visit us!
Love, The Sisters