Chic Traveler: Yasmin Kaderali
Occupation: CEO, Mommy’s Bliss
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Yasmin Kaderali and her team work hard at making mommyhood easier with their line of natural baby care products called Mommy’s Bliss. The company was founded by Yasmin’s Mom Roshan in 1999 when she introduced the first all natural Gripe Water, which relieves infant colic and gas, to the US market. Now the Mommy’s Bliss line has a number of natural products for relieving common childhood health issues. When Yasmin isn’t working, she can be found hiking the Marin County hills or traveling to exotic beaches and cities.
What’s always inside your carry on?
EO Hand Sanitizer, headphones, iPhone
What’s on your plane play list?
I waver between podcasts and music- I love listening to TED talk podcasts, but sometimes I need a little music from Pink or Michael Franti to get me through the flight.
Your guilty pleasure while traveling?
Swedish fish and a few magazines.
The Stephanie Johnson bag / bags that always make the trip?
My Stephanie Johnson Mini Pouch!
Any tips or must-pack items for making your hotel feel more like home?
I bring my Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Spray with me everywhere. It immediately makes the hotel room feel calm and it smells like home.
Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?
Surprisingly, they are places where I see young families spending time together – the beach, hotel pools . . . I’m reminded of the joys and challenges of parenthood, and inspired to look for areas where Mommy’s Bliss can make a positive impact.
What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited? Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?
Rome, Italy. The casual, yet elegant style was amazing.
If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?
Probably the Mini Pouch. It’s perfect for makeup, but it’s also cute enough to act as a little wallet or clutch.
Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?
The Julie Jewel Case. I really need something to keep my jewelry organized and protected.
What’s your favorite SJ piece to give as a gift?
The Molly Straw Mat – everybody needs one of these and it’s such a cute gift!
Is there a favorite possession you’ve acquired during your travels? What is it?
I love the jewelry I bought in India: it’s so beautiful and intricate, and reminds me of what a wonderful trip that was.
Favorite travel ritual or souvenir: (Do you always visit a local book shop? Hunt down the best cappuccino? Pick up a tree ornament depicting your destination?)
I always save the drink coasters from favorite times in local bars and restaurants. I now have a collection from all over the world.
Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort? A private hideaway? Do you prefer to lie on the beach? Explore the countryside?)
I love places that are quiet, so a little private getaway near the beach would be at the top of my list. Doesn’t have to be luxury, but there has to be a comfy bed!
The one thing that you cannot leave home without?
Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?
Zihuatanejo in Mexico is a place my family goes every year and we always have so much fun. For my alone time, I love Wilbur Hot Springs in Northern California. It’s very peaceful and the waters are rejuvenating.
How do you pack for a trip? (Are you a list maker? Do you pack in outfits? Throw caution to the wind and shop when you arrive?)
Definitely a list maker! And I choose lots of mix and match tops and skirts.
First drink in the air: H2O, champagne or OJ?
Checked bag or carry-on?
Carry On. I travel as light as I can.
Favorite Airport? Why?
San Francisco (SFO). The Virgin America terminal has a Pinkberry and Plant Café, both great for getting healthy in-flight snacks.
Favorite in-flight pastime?
Catching up on the latest Inc. Magazine & watching movies.
Plane food or bring your own?
Bring my own or grab a salad before boarding.
Any tips for breezing through airport security?
Breathe and laugh: it will feel shorter and more enjoyable.
Window or aisle?
When I’m traveling somewhere new, I’ll choose the window so I can look out as we land and see the area. But typically for work trips, I will take the aisle.
Your flight’s delayed: best way to kill time at the airport?
How often do you fly?
Twice a month.
Go-to flying ‘uniform?’
Gap Body long black cotton skirt, a T-shirt and hoodie.
Any tips that make frequent travel more efficient?
Pack lightly, wear something really comfortable on the plane and breathe!
Do you work in-flight or use the time to unwind?
Both! I always start the flight with unwinding, work comes later.