aIMG_4773aIMG_5073You rarely know how beautiful your own back yard is, right? Our lives of late have been a little crazy – have you been feeling slightly buried as well?  In Silicon Valley the feeling of being extremely busy with ideas, startups and love of work is prized as a very positive thing to hold onto.  Although we wouldn’t trade our business for anything, especially not boredom (and admit that we love our adventurous new projects), staying joyful under stress does not come naturally to yours truly…the artists that need a decent amount of time day dreaming.  When we take the time to quiet our surroundings and reconnect with nature, creative ideas have more room to flow forth and develop in the unstructured space allowed.

One of our favorite places for a sneaky, zen time-out is the Hotel Paradox, nestled in the gorgeous town of Santa Cruz (re-live our first blog post from last summer taking you to this glorious California destination).  There is something magical in the air as you drive up into the Santa Cruz Mountain range, then down into the colorful, vibrantly relaxed town.  This time we made it a work trip – because working in front of computer screens is so much more fruitful surrounded by fresh ocean air and munching on delicious snacks in a private cabana, poolside!

Hotel Paradox embodies the natural beauty of the area, featuring core aspects of Santa Cruz like the redwoods and mountains – delivered through modern, artistic interior design elements. We felt enveloped and nurtured by the elegant natural themes, and devoured a selection of delicious local and sustainable poolside bites (the burger “embellishments” and calamari were to die for)!

The nostalgic colors and laid-back vibe of Santa Cruz always remind us of the ’70’s, so we created a grown-up and less floaty version of our own ’70’s show.   No matter who you are, there’s always a bit of psychedelic rockstar in us all – it’s just about finding the right balance for the modern Femme Fatale.  Take us back to Santa Cruz!


Francesca on her Fearless Bianca Jagger Look:

I adore Bianca Jagger – her completely original and daring style sings so well with my own!  Throughout the ’70’s, Bianca became a Queen of the NYC night life scene, especially due to her friendship with pop artist Andy Warhol and illustrious designer Halston.  She always accentuated her long limbs with a high waist, and I centered this look on my statement red belt – contrasting with the summery pink shorts.  The addition of a stunning patterned H&M conscious collection top made me feel expensive, delicious and ready to be seen…just like Bianca!


Valentina on bringing sexy back as a Charlie’s Angel:
For this off the grid workday in the the gorgeous land of Santa Cruz, I brought out my bad-ass, crime fighting, super chic inner Charlie’s Angel.  I was on a secret mission!  This strong color-block look is just what I needed to empower me for embracing an all-day mission trip. The little black dress is a classic, and I have to say, I have more than one. This particular one hugs my body in the most flattering way, creating an elegant silhouette. Adding a pop of 70s color in the form of an H&M mustard yellow blouse gave this angel some more delight and fun!




Hotel Paradox

611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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