We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandrine Philippe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sandrine, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Persistency and a passionate personality! As a famous quote say: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” Driving a small business to success is a choreography of many elements. Many of the skills I have acquired from past jobs are still applied in my business these days. Nothing is vain in life, everything happens for a reason.

The success of the business lays in intuition and constant adjustments. I also regularly practice quantum physic meditation which I owe my mental sanity to. It is a big part of my success as it keeps me grounded and going.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I grow up in Paris, France with a father artist painter. This impacted my life forever. Being surrounded by interesting and unusual characters. My parents often hosted parties with artists. I thought it was a normal life. From a young age, I had a passion for fashion which my life took me to a whole different direction. I guess I was always a bit of a jack of all trades. I had a hard time finding my place in this world but never did I give up. Again, I thanks all my past work experiences that I believe were necessary to lead me in the place I have reached today.

The challenges and struggles were on a more personal level The fundamental core values as human seek, the truth of where we are here on earth.

Creativity is an cathartic outlet. It has enable me to tap into myself and a media to express my feeling and be understood amongst a community of like minded people.

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?
Socal is really a beautiful place, it is not an understatement. I love the scenery, the diversity of people, it makes Socal an even more cultural rich place to visit.

San Diego has beautiful beaches and for a Parisian in vacation, they enjoy it so much. We tempt to forget we have those amenities at hand’s reach. I would take them to Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, by Niki de Saint Phalle. It a sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park in Escondido. Also, one of my all favorite spot in SD is the hotel Coronado. It is such a historical place. The movie “Someone’s like it hot” starring Marylin Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon was filmed there.

The food scenery has grown so much in the past 15 years. San Diego is now called “America’s best cities for foodies” by Travel & Leisure magazine. A good burger is always a sure choice, Rocky’s Crown Pub is home of the best burger in SD.

A good place to grab a drink is a small winery named Orfila. It offers a peaceful countryside view and produces French & Italian varietals wine.

Somi somi is a special Korean dessert known as “Ah-Boong”, a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with your choice of filling and topped with soft serve.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, I’d like to give credit first to my vintage community. I have met people willing to help me more than any other industries. We are strong bonded community. Also, family, friends… all play a role at some point in time in my business… from a small talk to a more invested advice. And at last, my to go regular practice of meditation, Alan Watts, Tara Brach and Joe Dispenza have given me the energy to believe in myself during the low of my business.

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