1. What is your ethnicity?

This is probably my most frequently asked question. I am half Japanese and half white (also known as “hapa” originating from the Hawaiian word for ‘part’ or ‘mixed’). My mother is third generation Japanese American and my father has roots from all over Europe. And yes, my hair is naturally blonde!

2. Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I went to two different colleges: the University of Utah for 1 year and then UC Davis for 3 years. I played collegiate basketball and started at the U as it was the best team I was recruited to and I wanted to experience living outside of California. I quickly learned I missed the golden sunshine too much and transferred to UC Davis where I continued to play basketball and majored in Studio Art.

3. What curling iron do you use?

Ah an important question! I use the GHD Curve Classic Wave Wand availableΒ hereΒ andΒ here. It is utterly fantastic and heats up in 8 seconds for long lasting, beachy curls.


4. How long have you lived in Napa?

My husband Joe and I have been living in Napa now for 4 years. Joe moved here directly from Australia where he was playing professional basketball for his first job as an intern at Robert Mondavi Winery and I followed soon after I graduated from college.