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Talking Top Tens: Shauna Mei

Founder and CEO of AHA


Shauna Mei is the founder and CEO of, where she connects the best the world has to offer with the most discerning individuals around the globe. An MIT engineer-turned-media expert, Shauna has created a digital discovery shopping destination that allows niche brands to tell their story and engage with an inspired audience. Her mission stems from her belief in carefully curating a lifestyle of conscious consumption and living life to the fullest. She exemplifies the AHA lifestyle in a multitude of ways, through her love of travel to culture-filled lands, from Catalonia to Inner Mongolia to Romania; by sharing food and drink with friends, especially caviar, Champagne and watermelon (in no particular order); by celebrating life with an epic dance party; and in always remaining curious about the objects and ideas that surround us. Be sure to follow Shauna on her Twitter and Instagram accounts as well as AHA

And more with Shauna Mei…

What do you love most about your work:

Meeting and discovering talented designers and artisans everyday, it’s such a joy! I’m so inspired by the creativity from all over the world. 

Your biggest fashion faux pas, or a regrettable purchase/style phase:

I went through a hip hop phase in middle school. 

One piece of advice you would give your 18­-year-­old self:

I would say spend more time in college focusing on making more genuine friendships and learning instead of achievement and grades.

Skincare product you can’t live without and why:

Fulvic Acid. Beauty comes from the inside out, we don’t really realize this but in Asia, beauty in is the secret to outer beauty. This acid is a nutrient that our body needs to maximize the efficiency and how we process food—it results in great skin, great hair, great nails. 

Your motto in life:

If you don’t make it happen, it does not exist—lots of people have dreams and thoughts. I challenge myself to take action and actually make things happen everyday. 

You decompress each day by:

Practicing mindful meditation. 

The trend you hope never goes out of style:

High quality silk blouses in any color. 

The skill or sport you’re dying to learn:

Kite surfing. 

What’s a trend you predict will catch on this year:

People buying more and more from local artisans and designers over big glossy brands. 

What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:

Expecting twin identical girls.