We had the good fortune of connecting with Cyndi Galley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cyndi, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
If the dream remains down on the inside of you and the vision and the why is still strong in my heart and mind, it’s a clear indication that I still need to keep going. Things do get hard, and sometimes you wonder if it’s still worth it, but then I think of the lives of the people who have been impacted. That, coupled with the vision to still do it, is what keeps me going.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A creative and a visionary, I get to host a fun talk show on YouTube, called, “A New Thing LIVE!” I run two inspirational fashion magazines, Teen Fashioned and Fashioned, and recently launched an organization,”She is Single, She is Strong,” meant to not only empower single women who are ready to break some of the habitual cycles of poor dating, but also to point them to being the strongest and best version of themselves as a single woman with limitless possibilities!
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.
If my best friend was visiting Cali, I’d take her to some of the fun, iconic and as well as some unique places that symbolize LA and Hollywood! Some of the places we’d go would include a day at the beach! While I personally love the more private beach feel, like Crystal Cove, where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the waves up close and personal, enjoying a tasty breakfast at Nick’s on Pico is a perfect way to start the day, before heading over to Santa Monica beach to go roller skating or bike riding! If it’s rides, and a little bit of nostalgic fun they’re looking for, some fun on the pier OR taking the ferry at Balboa Island in Newport Beach would be a fun way to spend a nice portion of the day before heading down to the sand for those “golden hour” on-the-beach photos!.
After coming home to rest and freshen up, let’s do Cuban at Versailles. You’ll be speaking love to your taste buds, and you won’t even need to go to another place for dessert, because their Cuban coffee and flan is BOMB!
Day Two could be a little more chill, and could be centered around shopping Melrose, The Grove and eating at a place of choice at the Farmer’s Market. You won’t be doing your guests any favors by NOT enjoying buttered shrimp, Bœuf Bourguignon, or their Niçoise at the very least at MONSIEUR MARCEL BISTRO, the perfect cuisine touch to ANY day with its French dishes. This is where the walking around The Grove comes in — to help break down the caloric intake of Monsieur’s! You can’t leave, of course, without a quick trip into the market to pick up some French items to make at home while visiting Cali! The evening could always end at the movie theaters, so that you’re greeted with romance of the water fountain in all of her glory. And so ends day two.
Days Three + Four might call for a ride on the railroad. Making our way to the Amtrak Station, I’d offer one of two locations to arrive and spend the night––either San Diego or Santa Barbara. If my bestie was leaving it all up to me, our overnight bag would be packed for Santa Barbara, because there’s no better thrift-shopping than State Street thrift shopping!
Since we’d still want to hit LaLa Land, Day Five would find us waking up at dawn to head on over to Runyon Canyon. Once we’ve all worked up that appetite-–and thirst––we could do one of two things. Head on over to the Urth Caffe, for a quick lite bite with a toasted bagel coupled with any of their deliciously frothed coffee drinks, if we could just go for it and enjoy a personal favorite of mine, The Salmon Scramble! I think this could be a day where we enjoy the hills and views, and so heading on over to the Griffith Park Observatory a could be nice, making our way over to do some horseback riding in-the-Hollywood Hills area. This day demands ending the evening at the Hollywood Bowl. Why? Because a weeknight at the Hollywood Bowl is always a good idea.
Is she still in the mood for “more”? Saturday morning breakfast at The Ivy is the just the morning to do it. Let’s keep up with that LA vibe and do a lite late lunch on Rodeo Drive, coupled with buying a souvenir from Tiffany’s and maybe stopping into Glaudi, to get fitted for that power suit we’ve always wanted to own. As we wind down that afternoon, stopping into the Regent Beverly Hills for apps are nice at The Cut Lounge. Still in the mood for a movie? Because the temps are still fairly nice, a nice way to bring the day to a close might be a movie at the Melrose Rooftop Theatre! Be sure to pick up a nice cup of Java along the way from Carrera or Alfred!
If she planned a stay for a little over a week, Sunday morning would be brunch, but not without first going to Zoe Church LA, with Pastor Chad Veach!
There’s still much sight-seeing, eating and shopping to do and if she was looking to get out of the LA area, there are some OUTSTANDING eateries in Pasadena––not to mention their bargain-hunting flea market at the Rose Bowl, on the second Sunday of the month.
She may just have to move out here because even being born in Hollywood, there’s STILL much to see and there is still a lot to do! That’s Southern California for ya!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
OH my goodness! I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for the help, love, support and DEDICATION to my amazing team. These women are powerhouses and oh so gifted! They are dreamers who see the vision, as well, and have laid it down to do their part in running with it!
This could NOT be done without the Teen Fashioned and Fashioned Magazine teams. Our Teen Fashioned Magazine team is actually mostly comprised of NextGen leaders ages 12 – 18, with a few adults who supervise! These girls are very talented, bringing their ideas and talents to the table for Teen Fashioned. So shout out to Aaliyiah, Bella, Chloe, Cienna, Daniela, Kailey, Kalese, Lauren, Olivia, Paige, Regan, Samantha and a HUGE shout out to the parents of our TFM team…they’ve been amazing. During the pandemic, many stepped into the role of director, photographer, videographer, stylist and hair and make-up! The Fashioned Magazine team have been pretty amazing–from our first magazine published seven years ago, through our most recent one, I have been so blessed to have such a dedicated team and am thankful for our Executive Team––Jake Burrola, Carol Pedro Gonzalez, Kelsey Lee Hollenbeck, Rax Ikari, Kyree McField, Pam Miro, Taylor Pike, Julie Prada, Marbie Waite and Chela Williams! And to our talented team of bloggers, writers, creative content, models and more––Sara Kil, Noemi Lopez, Lela McGee, Elena Zarate and also those who are “Friends of Fashioned!”
I definitely couldn’t do what I do without the directors and those in leadership who help me run and oversee ALL organizations collectively––Sonia Luque, Kyree McField, Julie Ornelas, Alisha Phalen, Pat LeBeauf, Marbie Waite, Shauna Fisher, Corinne Messaoudi and Cynthia Zuniga! These women have led the charge — and haven’t skipped a beat.
Last but certainly NOT least, I am SO very thankful to every person who has supported any one––or all of these, whether just for one specific event, through prayer, and financially…it all helps produce the vision and I’m so humbled and grateful for the huge outpouring of love and support. Of course, thanking my mom and my family goes without saying. But I’m also extremely grateful for my pastors and friends who’ve supported, prayed for and cheered me and my dreams on, along the way! From special guests on A New Thing LIVE to every interview and facilitator of She is Single, She is Strong, to every model, writer, proofer, photographer who has been a part of Fashioned and Teen Fashioned Magazines. Lastly, a HUGE shout out to Foursquare Missions Press for printing our magazines–I TRULY THANK YOU!
Style Week OC Photographer Credits to: Michael Sharp
All other photos are used with permission of Fashioned, Teen Fashioned and She is Single. She is Strong.