About Pink Kale
Welcome to Pink Kale! We are a conscious beauty and lifestyle blog. We aim to bring you information and ideas that are easy, attainable, affordable and eco-friendly. Our goal is to inspire you to live healthfully, beautifully and sustainably. On this blog we share all things green: beauty, tips, products, reviews, style, plant-based nutrition, fitness, wellness, happiness and a few tidbits about kids, along with great healthy places to shop, eat, get fit and hang out here in L.A.
Pink Kale is based in Los Angeles, California.
Actual pink kale from Dawn’s father’s garden.
DAWN SHAND JOHNSON — EDITOR IN CHIEF / FOUNDER
Born and raised in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, I moved to Los Angeles to marry the love of my life and work as a freelance makeup artist (check out my makeup site www.dawnshandjohnson.com) in print, television and film. I was also the Beauty Editor for L.A.-based fashion and beauty magazine Genlux.
Like many women, I was inspired to start living a healthier, greener lifestyle came when I became pregnant with my first child. After reading “Not Just a Pretty Face” by Stacy Malkan, I was determined to learn everything I could about the products we use every day and the “stuff” we put on and in our bodies. I even got my husband to join me in committing to a mostly plant-based diet.
My transition to a healthier lifestyle is a work in progress. I’m certainly not perfect all the time, but I keep looking for new ways to be greener, smarter, healthier and more conscious about the choices I make about health, lifestyle and beauty — both for me and my family.
I live in Los Angeles with my husband and our two small children.
A funny fact about me: I love gangster rap and bad Lifetime movies.
Time I get up: 6 a.m. — I have to get up to meditate and get ready before my kids wake up.
Hobby: Hanging out with my husband and kids, and reading
Go-to snack: Almonds and raisins
Favorite restaurant: Crossroads on Melrose
TV show I love: “Sons of Anarchy” and “Teen Mom”
SHANNON L. BOWEN — EXECUTIVE EDITOR
My first true love was the written word. As a child, at the end of each trip to the local library, I took out as many books as my arms could carry.
I started writing for magazines over a decade ago, covering an array of lifestyle, travel and entertainment topics and holding various editorial positions at Brentwood Magazine, FashionLA, Genlux and The Hollywood Reporter.
After years of writing about Hollywood, I became part of it, working for the executive producer of Fox’s “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” I went on to manage Nigel Lythgoe Productions, then moved on to independent producing. My recent projects include a web series about animal rescue for PetSmart Charities and actor/producer Josh Duhamel and a new series for Animal Planet that will debut in 2015.
When I’m not reading, writing or producing, I’m practicing yoga or looking for adventure in my hometown of Los Angeles.
A funny fact about me: I can pick a whole fish clean using only chopsticks.
Time I get up: When I’m in production on a show, it can be any ungodly hour. The worst thus far was 3:30 a.m. Otherwise, a leisurely 7:00 a.m.
Hobbies: Yoga and more yoga, boxing, spinning, running, hugging other people’s dogs, listening to public radio, studying foreign languages, traveling and drinking bourbon
Go-to snack: A protein shake with an entire bag of spinach in it
Favorite restaurant: Hama Sushi in Downtown L.A
TV shows I love: “House of Cards,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Walking Dead,” “Archer,” “Californication,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” (yes, I know those last three are off the air).
Vice: Men with accents
LAUREN HILTON-HOCHHAUSER — CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Lauren has worked in the beauty industry for more than 13 years, in public relations, where she represented a variety of beauty brands such as Alterna Haircare, Hourglass Cosmetics, DuWop, L’Oreal and Bliss Spa, as well as working as a freelance writer. After having children, living a green lifestyle became more of a priority to her, and she began researching ways to live a cleaner, more eco-friendly life. As a beauty junkie, this meant switching to natural beauty products that were free of harsh chemicals. In addition to caring for her two toddlers and running her own PR company, Lauren spends her time scouring the globe for the best natural beauty products on the market. She’s excited to share her favorite finds with Pink Kale readers!
Funny fact about yourself: I am still scared of aliens, ghosts and crazy people under my bed, in closets, behind shower curtains and around the house!
Time you get up: 6:45 a.m.
Hobby: Cooking and baking, hiking, yoga, barre class, traveling and DIY home design projects
Go-to snack: Almond butter and apples
Favorite restaurant: Da Paolino in Capri, Italy. Sitting outside on the terrace under the lemon trees is heaven.
TV shows you love: I debated telling the truth here, but here it is: The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York, New Jersey, and Beverly Hills.
Cause: Beauty Bus Foundation
KATIE BACCARO — FITNESS CONTRIBUTOR
Originally from Connecticut, Katie has spent the last 15 years in Los Angeles, where she has worked as a television and film producer. Katie has a passion for fitness. She loves taking hikes with her dog Monkey and she works out every day, even when she has super early call time on set. Katie loves working out with a trainer, boxing and trying out new workout classes. Katie is determined to take the Beyonce workout class in NYC one day, and she loves Wille Geist, a good lobster roll and a massage.
Funny Fact about yourself: I can recite the entire movie, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” (I really can.)
Time you get up: 5 a.m.
Hobby: Anything athletic
Go-to snack: Protein smoothie
Favorite restaurant: In LA, The Little Door
TV shows you love: “Arrested Development.” I watch the episodes over and over.
Vice: Pahty, pahty! Just joking! Really? Probably craft service.
Cause: I really should get one of these…I’m the worst.
Brett Lynch & Wesley Horton — Graphic & Web Design
Bryce Johnson — Literary Editor & Guys Contributor
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