Meet the Ladies

Herb & Lace features independent, adventurous women sharing their local discoveries, explorations, and experiences around the world. Current contributors:

Camilla (Berkeley) was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and started traveling the world before she could walk. She’s eaten khachapuri in Georgia, ridden a camel through the deserts of Rajasthan, and hunted for mushrooms in the Dolomites. After a stint living in Prague (and several other beautiful cities), Camilla is back in her native California for graduate school. / Say hello at


Catherine_150x150Catherine (Denver) is currently exploring Colorado after growing up and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoys experiencing different cultures through travel (while drinking coffee at every stop) and is a photojournalist at heart. When she’s not outside, Catherine is a software Product Manager in the tech industry. / Say hello on Instagram @catherineshyu or at


Cindy (Honolulu) is all for social enterprise, music, innovative technology, cheap & dirty food, and making/keeping friends whenever, wherever the wind takes her. Trying new things in life has taken her to the following places and made them her home base at some point: Jakarta, Irvine, New York City, Bali, and now Honolulu. When she’s not soaking in the gorgeous sun and nature of the island, she is connecting with people who want to change the world with solar energy and crowdsourcing at SunFunder and TheSpark. / Say hello on Twitter @cindiot.

Gemma (Melbourne) is a country-born architect who, since finishing her Master’s in Brisbane, moved to Melbourne to embark upon a fresh adventure. She’s a yeasaying vegan optimist, who is always on-the-go around her neighbourhood on her pink-saddled bike. You may run into her dancing maniacally in a health-food store to anything from ‘the drums’ to ‘the kinks’. She loves talking to strangers, live gigs and proper coffee. / Say hello on


Jeno (Paris) is Korean American from Southern California, but an experienced globetrotter by heart and practice. At 25, she moved to her beloved Barcelona where she’s currently kneading her way into becoming a world-class pastry chef. She loves dark chocolate with sea salt and is obsessed with the fine balance between textures and cakes. After 2 years of long Catalan lunches and dinners at 9pm, Jeno is quite the Spanish gastronome.


serina-photoSerina (San Diego) grew up in the Silicon Valley and found herself in San Diego in 2003 when she became a student at UCSD and graduated as a Cognitive Science major and Jazz Studies minor. She wears many hats – she is a Senior User Experience Designer at Qualcomm, Inc., is a part-time musician, and a certified yoga instructor. Serina’s wanderlust has taken her on backpacking, hitchhiking, and jungle trekking adventures in over 25 countries. Say hello at or @serinasays.


Ciara (San Francisco) ciara anthonylives and writes in the Bay Area.  Always up for an adventure, her wanderlust and cat-like curiosity have taken her across the globe in search of good food and good conversation.  Ciara enjoys cooking, yoga, fashion and photography.  Say hello on Twitter.



isabelleIsabelle (Silicon Valley) has called Taipei, Tokyo, Paris, and San Diego home and is now based in the Bay Area. She enjoys traveling, taking photos, and experimenting in the kitchen. You will likely find her carrying one too many cameras and trying new foods with her husband off the beaten path somewhere in the world. / Visit her portfolio, Facebook, or Instagram and say hello!


herblace_picJade (San Francisco) finds home to be in more than one place (somewhere close to the vast ocean). Born and raised in Hawai’i, left the rock for college on the “mainland” in Californ-IA (Go Tritons!), where she found the perfect mix of art and science in the field of user experience. She has worked in Tokyo, Berlin, Hong Kong, and now back in the SF Bay Area with hopes to focus on educational technology. She is all about new cultures and new experiences (so of course became fascinated with language, food, and photography). Say hello on Twitter @oneheartmind.

karenKaren (San Francisco) is a San Diego native who was bitten early by the travel bug. Her global adventures have taken her to Nicaragua to build composting latrines, Germany for wastewater research, Spain to study sustainable energy technology, and China to work on energy and climate projects. Currently she’s working as an energy engineer in San Francisco, a city that is fueling her obsessions for street art, spicy food, craft beer, hiking around, and alternative modes of transportation. / Say hello at [email protected] or Instagram @borderlesskaren.

kendylKendyl (San Francisco) is a caffeine addicted, shower singing, outdoor adventuring, book loving, San Francisco devotee.  She is a native Californian who grew up in a small town outside of Sacramento, studied at the University of California, San Diego, did a year abroad in England, and is now happily settled in San Francisco. To fund her book purchasing and travels, Kendyl works as a consultant by day and an editor by night. / Say hello at [email protected]. 

543355_10151510025245627_1676525422_nNatalia (San Francisco) is an Australian who has just moved to San Francisco via Tokyo. By weekday, she manages the 8000-strong translator community at Gengo. Weekends are usually spent exploring her new city and seeking out foodie haunts. In addition to food and Japan, Natalia is a huge fan of coffee, snowboarding, vampire fiction and Michael Jackson.


jyoungJoanna (Seattle) is an artist, tree hugger, and food enthusiast who grew up exploring the SF Bay area. She took a management consulting job in Seattle after college, travels the world for work and pleasure, and enjoys the great outdoors. Visit her personal website at



emilybaillieEmily (Toronto) is a Toronto based writer and photographer who was bitten by the travel bug after living in Ireland for a year. She has since visited and photographed over 25 destinations around the globe, from Paris to Peru and Morocco to Miami. When she is not writing or taking photos she can be found at a local pub, planning her next trip, or some combination of both. / Say hello on Twitter @EmilyBaillie or on Instagram @emilybailliephoto.

Yumiko_profileYumiko (Vancouver) spends her days marketing produce (yes, that’s actually a job), and her evenings and weekends running her wedding planning company, Setting the Tone. After moving back home from some years in Japan, she has been exploring and discovering a newfound love for her hometown of Vancouver. / Say hello on Instagram: @settingthetone.