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Tao-girl Interview with the Dynamic Tatiana Mclane of Queenie4ever

Los Angeles Teen Fashion Designer, Tatiana Mclane of Queenie4ever, embodies the ideal balance of work and play as she brings her uplifted sense of warmth, enthusiasm and fantastical delight to her dreams and ambitions. Tenacious and determined, Tatiana has become a successful entrepreneur while still in herteens and pursues her studies with the same brand of heart-felt dedication.

Tatiana leads her fans on a “Once Upon A Time” whimsical adventure, where Old Hollywood Glamour and Modern Japanese Harajuku Streetwear live in harmony in a ‘happily ever after’ synergy.
Studious and stylish, Tatiana attends an exclusive College Preparatory High School where she is part of the school’sJapanese Language Program and a member of the Japanese Language Honor Society and award-winning Dance Team. Within her busy life, Tatiana also makes time to give back to her community by volunteering and sponsoring several non-profit organizations including A Place Called Home, P.A.L.S. Class Act (Musical Theater Scholarships) where she was a Platinum sponsor helping raise 25,000$ towards scholarships for youths who cannot afford to pay for acting lessons, the Dorough Lupus Foundation and Angel Way Maternity Home amongst others.

Tatiana’s clothing line, which displays the elements of fashion consciousness and comfort-oriented authenticity, has been seen on the likes of Hollywood Royalty including Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, Melissa Joan Hart of “Sabrina The Teenage Witch”, Olympic Ice Skating Champion Sasha Cohen, Ming-Na best know as the voice of Disney’s Mulan, Missy Elliott, Macy Gray, Daveigh Chase the voice of Disney’s loveable Lilo, Backstreet Boys, Howie Dorough, JC Chasez from N’Sync, Aaron Carter, Tyler Connolly lead singer from chart topping rock band Theory of a Deadman, Bryce Soderberg of LIFEHOUSE, Beverly Mitchell From hit TV series “7th Heaven”, jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino and many more!

Please join us as we sit down with Tatiana and discuss her thoughts on image, style and the importance of following your dreams~

This excerpt from the Tao-girl Interview with Tatiana Mclane shows very clearly why she remains an outstanding role model for Tao-Girls everywhere:

T-G: In your opinion, what are the most significant things (messages/beliefs/imagery) that girls should be weary of when looking to the media to find style icons/role models to aspire to?

Tatiana: When looking for a fashion role model, it is best to choose someone in your own age range. This way you will be dressing more appropriately and be in trend at the same time.
Inspiring and empowering girls at a young age gives them confidence to develop into confident, powerful, independent women. I feel that there are so many negative influences in the world that are creating unnecessary stress and low self esteem because of the media’s portrayal of beauty which is actually digitally crafted perfection, so it’s not reality. Some of the things that should be embraced as what makes a girl unique, such as freckles, are portrayed as flaws

T-G: What, from your perspective, are the most important things to keep in mind for the challenges faced by girls in the 11-17 age demographic? If you were to summarize the wisdom you’ve obtained from all of your experiences, which words of encouragement would you offer?

Tatiana: I think that you shouldn’t let life or others discourage you. If you feel you are having a bad day then there’s always tomorrow. I think that if you are very passionate about a dream, then you should be able to pursue it even if others think that what you are doing is strange. Strive toward your goals as young as possible since in the long run you are more likely to be successful and others will appreciate all your hard work and realize that what you were doing wasn’t really so strange after all.

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Video from Queenie4ever L.A. fashion week runway show Oct/2010: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5hvDhEhwZc
Website: www.queenie4ever.com/

Sonia Choquette

Quote: “Love yourself, don’t be afraid to say no when you mean no and yes when you mean yes and no the other way around. Speak your truth and trust your vibes.”

Bio~ Sonia Choquette is a world-renowned author and healer educated at the University of Denver and the Sorbonne in Paris. She’s the author of several best-selling books, including Ask Your Guides, Trust Your Vibes, and Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose. Her books have sold over a million copies worldwide including her NY Times Bestseller The Answer Is Simple…. Love Yourself, Live Your Spirit. She holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology and has been featured on ABC,NBC,CNN as well as in New Woman Magazine, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune and The London Times. Ms. Choquette is also the host of her own weekly radio show Trust Your Vibes on Hay House Radio.

Websites: www.trustyourvibes.com | www.soniachoquette.com/


A Conversation With Dr. Christiane Northrup ~ On Celebrating Womanhood, Mother-Daughter Wisdom and Rites of Passage

“The most crucial thing to realize for a young woman is the point of power inside herself; her inner guidance. The passage from child to young adolescent is a stormy time. She must individuate from the family unit, discover her own voice and also understand the voice of the collective so that she can confidently live in society.

At about age 9-11, girls really know who they are. As they enter puberty, they must develop the ability to pour themselves into an endeavor [energy channeled into art, literature, mind/body/spirit connection], harnessing the Kundalini ( life force) energy that is rising in their bodies.

There can be an enormous grieving process as the young woman loses the little girl she once was. Although her physical exterior is undergoing change and new stages of maturity, the interior still has the sense of self belonging to the little girl. It’s important to acknowledge this loss as part of her rite of passage into the early stages of womanhood.

With my own daughters, when my youngest got her period, she said, “You’re not going to have your friends come over and bless me now are you?”

In how they relate to you, they might appear cheeky and think you’re a fool, but they’re just as vulnerable, in need of nurturing. Mentors, mothers should not be accepting of the eye-rolling, however. Simply say, “In this household we base our interactions on love- we can discuss your needs but if you had someone roll their eyes at you, you’d feel dissed.” At times conflict can arise when a mother is yearning for the honoring of her first menses that never happened for her. Her “inner maiden” is still there, requiring care. Her daughter, sensing this, will often reject any attempt by the mother to celebrate her coming of age. She instinctively knows that her mother has unfinished business. So it’s best for a mother to get together with her peers and tell the story of her own first menses. This way, the “charge” and grief are not unconsciously projected onto the daughter. The second chance for a woman to be ‘initiated’ often comes on the celebration of a woman’s 50th birthday. This belated celebration of womanhood is important to the mother’s growth and can take the pressure off her daughter. I also highly recommend that women mentor girls who are not their daughters because sometimes the mother-daughter bond is just too close.

It’s quite wonderful what’s happening with women today and how they’re being reawakened and liberated in middle age. An excellent book to read is Daughters of Copper Woman by Anne Cameron about the coming of age ceremonies in the tribes of the NorthWest, in particular the story of Tem Eyos Ki.

In the Aborigine tribes, there is far less of a burden on the mother to be all things to her daughter. That’s because the tribe makes no distinction between the biological mother and her sisters. All the aunts are mothers. All the uncles are fathers. When the mother needs to go on her ‘walk about’, she is confidant that her daughter is being nurtured and raised by her other mothers and the daughter is able to cope easily with the temporary separation. It truly does “take a village”.

If any young woman doesn’t have the nurturing relationship they need with their biological mother, they have to seek that connection with other female mentors and role models in their lives.
Remember that as a soul, our journey is something we’ve chosen. The people in our lives, our parents, our circumstances all were our choices. We need to find as much joy as possible in living in the present moment. It is in this way that we acquire the skills to tell ourselves a new story. Becoming conscious we reach a turning point and choose between simply surviving and truly thriving.”

Bio~ New York Times Best-Selling author of books such as Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change and the Quill Award nominated, Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Emotional and Physical Health, Dr. Northrup “…is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. Following a career as a practicing physician in obstetrics and gynecology for over 25 years, Dr. Northrup has dedicated her lifework to helping women (and the men who love them) learn how to flourish on all levels by creating health, prosperity, and pleasure in their lives.” Dr. Northrup’s works have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, NBC Nightly News, Rachael Ray, The View, Good Morning America, PBS, and ABC’s 20/20.


Rebecca Grose of SoCal Public Relations~ on pursuing dreams, being an entrepreneur and staying focused:

“No matter what your goals and aspirations might be, it’s important to always stay true to yourself. Listen closely to your inner voice, but also solicit advice from the people you admire most in your life; their path may not be the same as yours, but they will have wisdom and experience in areas you don’t. Finally, once you know what you want to achieve, let nothing stop you…stay focused, learn as much as you can, and success will be yours.”

Bio~After achieving my BBA in Marketing and Management from Western Michigan University, I moved to San Diego and began my career working for a small publishing firm. Through the assistance of a mentor, I was able to secure a position in the publicity department at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in San Diego. Eventually, I moved to New York to pursue my dreams of a career in publicity for the literary industry to the fullest. In New York, I climbed the ladder from Associate Publicist to Senior Manager of Publicity at several major children’s book publishers, including Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. In 2003, I returned to San Diego to start my own freelance public relations firm, specializing in children’s books — SoCal Public Relations. Being an entrepreneur has made it possible for me to choose interesting and challenging projects working with both publishers and authors, which is truly a gift.

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