We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriana Arellano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adriana, what’s your definition for success?
Success to me is living a life where you have everything you need and more. Success is building wealth for not only yourself but your community. If you are able to acquire success in business and life it is imperative that you give back to those less fortunate than you be it cash or mentorship. Success is being grateful for everything you have, and everything you are calling into your life. As Jay Z says “We measure success by how many people successful next to you. Here we say you broke if everybody gets broke except for you.”
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel the best when I am creating. I went to FIDM: Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising and studied Merchandise Product Development. My major gave me the ability to create anything I could dream of from concept to fully produced and ready to sell. I got a job two days after graduating but I was not emotionally ready to handle the difficult and demanding aspects of the fashion world and I burned out really badly. I was so burnt out I quit fashion for two years and supported myself by helping streamline my family’s real estate business while simultaneously going on a spiritual journey. The journey I took was solely so I could get to know all of myself, the good, the bad, my dreams, my wisdom, everything. Breaking away from “who I was supposed to be” into “who I am” allowed me to create The Gangster Hippie which uses Healing Crystal Jewelry as a means to bring back your awareness of self. Having a deep spiritual practice has helped me be a better employee, daughter, friend, partner and business owner. Choosing to prioritize myself over work actually makes me more focused and productive during my work day. It’s amazing how self care can have beautiful ripple effects in your life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love ICONS of Los Angeles and California. I would take everyone to the joints that have been here since prohibition like the speakeasy in Cole’s for cocktails prepared by award winning bartenders and finish the night off with french fires, a french dip and a huge wedge salad. High Tea at the Millennium Biltmore or the Peninsula followed by massive ice cream sundae’s at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Driving from La Placita in DTLA all the way to Nobu in Malibu and watching the city change. Driving up past the bu into Santa Barbara and all the beautiful vineyards on the central coast. VIsiting the Madonna Inn, Hot Springs or Hearst Castle in San Luis Obispo is also incredible. I adore anything with history so we mustn’t forget The Roosevelt Hotel and Musso and Franks in Hollywood. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Everyone deserves recognition! It sounds cheesy but the people that supported me AND the haters gifted me wisdom and insight. My mentors in the spiritual sphere, Gwen Dittmar, Mystic Pete and Yadira. My fabulous Fashion Design Mentor, Kim Gordon of Selkie. My real estate mentor and mother Esther Gonzalez. I am so thankful for all of these wonderful mentors in my life who help build me up and hold me accountable when I’m slipping into a hot mess expresses and help me regain my drive and focus.
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