We had the good fortune of connecting with Devika Blasi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devika, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for your children?
As a parent you have to decide early on what kind of influence you want to have on your child. For me it was for my son to value experiences over material things. I have tried to instill a love of travel and I already see it in his soul. It is important not only to be thankful for what we have, but to appreciate the cultures and people around the world and the true magic that travelling can bring into your life. We are not just American, we are Human. Confucius said ” We have two lives and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”. I want my son to live a great story. A life of adventure, wonder, love, hope and respect. It’s the way I was raised and I’ll never miss the toy I don’t even remember asking for, but I’ll never forget the adventures. Good, bad and undescribable. (I’m looking at you Cheese Farm)
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We all have adversity to overcome. For me it was the challenge of losing a longtime job that relocated to Florida. At this point, you have option on how to deal with the negativity. I chose to channel that negative energy into creative energy. This is when I launched my business that has now become Sundaze Originals. It started with a few products, mainly natural stone bracelets and rings and my signature blankets. I summoned the courage to go to my first street fair. With the surprise success, (I mean people wanted to buy jewelry I was making in my kitchen!) I felt empowered to expand my line. As I mentioned before, travel has always played a big part in my life, so I decided to design my collections based on the places I had traveled to and our beautiful home state of California. It felt good to to make pieces that had a special meaning to me and a story and inspiration behind them. Who doesn’t want a pair of earring inspired by the color of the ocean in Fiji or the sunrise in Bali? I love to engage with my customers and tell them why I used a certain stone or why I chose a color or design. The name Sundaze also came from that experience you have on a warm sunny Sunday day at the beach. To me it evokes the feeling of closing your eyes and letting the sun soak into your skin. We’re in a very unfamiliar professional landscape these days. I know that there are a lot of people that have been affected and may be wondering how to combat the negative feelings that can be overwhelming. Perhaps this is the time to challenge yourself creatively, It could be writing, photography, cooking, knitting… the possibilities are endless. I always strive to be the next best pinterest fail.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a North County girl, so I tend to stay with the local spots up here! I love my tacos and Pollos Maria is my current favorite in Carlsbad Village. There are so many new great spots to try in Carlsbad and Oceanside popping up! Local Taphouse in Oceanside is always great for amazing food and creative cocktails. You just can’t beat the beach in Carlsbad. Wide open stretches of clean beautiful beach. Its never crowded. I have a few secret beach spots that I love but they’ll remain my secret. I participate in a awesome night market called La Buena Vida Night Market at Bagby Beer in Oceanside, It’s typically one Friday night a month and its a great way to do some local shopping, listen to music and have some great food and drinks with friends. We love to do picnics at the beach for sunset, enjoy the summer concerts in the park and check out the local breweries, It may be a little sleepy for some, but I love the chill peaceful vibes of North County.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to say that there are some really amazing women here in the San Diego area. I have been so lucky to meet the most unbelieve group of women who act as my mentors, my friends, my supporters and my voice of reason, and sometimes just a shoulder to cry on, They never judge me, rather offer their guidance as my peers. I would never have had the courage to start my own business and put myself out for judgment without knowing that I at least had a few fans who would show up to support me. Women can be so tough on each other. It’s important to find the ones that lift you up and don’t quiet your spirit. And to my number one fan, my sister.
Dominique Labrecque (profile pic)