Pub crawls are no good for me this week since I’m taking antibiotics…so a blog crawl instead seems very appropriate. Today it’s my turn to make “my life an open book” thanks to the lovely Beth (of Hello, Splendor)
I am so excited to take part, so thanks Beth, for including the me and the Compai Blog in the crawl…it’s been fun so far getting to know so many new, GREAT blogs and bloggers throughout the crawl. So, while we’re talking about great posts, be sure to visit Rachel at La Bella Bungalow, who posted yesterday, and don’t miss Erin tomorrow at Bows and Sparrows.
So here’s my open book:
That’s me! Your humble and hairful designer, Justina! My book starts out in the wine country, in Northern California it’s just turned Spring in 1979.
It was not long before I realized I had a big Sister, Faith.
And Soon thereafter, a little brother, Yeshaia.
We were raised in Berkeley, by are psychologist parents where we learned how cool Afros were, among other things.
While I grew up in the foggy hills of Berkeley, I studied in Switerzland for 2 years in Jr. high and High school. I fell in love with travel, and languages. I learned to speak Swiss German and some French. I roamed all over Europe with a Classical Choir, singing, making out with European boys and eating quite a bit of yogurt, croissants (or Gipfeli, as they’re called in Swiss German) and, CHOCOLATE.
I moved down to Los Angeles in ’97 to go to UCLA where I studied WAC (World Arts and Cultures)– and then the day after graduation, I moved to Italy with Faith, and stayed for 7 years.
We studied fashion and opened a boutique for upcycled design pieces (Only we didn’t call it that back then)…we called it COMPAI.
We authored our first 2 books there.
In 2006 we moved to Willliamsburg, Brooklyn to hang with the hipsters and then in 2008, back to Cali! Now I call LA my home. I truly love it. I live in Los Feliz, in my Jungalow.