PADDLE-POWERED

There are very few sports that we actually love to watch, but the Olympics present a whole other ballpark in drama and excitement, especially because we adore Brazilian culture, flavor, passion and the glamazon supermodels entertain us along the way!  Being active is something we love and partake in daily, and although we wouldn’t go so far as to call ourselves athletes, you should see Valentina’s ferocity while punching and kicking her boxing bag and Francesca’s killer glares while jumping up and down to the Insanity Asylum Game Day workout.aIMG_8783

aIMG_8653aIMG_8641Sometimes the best fashion doesn’t come from an editorial, or a runway show; it comes from a feeling that can push the boundaries of what we wear.  Because we have been kicking up our workouts lately inspired by the prowess of the Olympic athletes and have been enjoying the glorious last couple of weeks before summer’s end, we were ignited to capture the feeling of personal capability and carefree enjoyment in one.aIMG_8879

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aIMG_8715Set along the romantic Shoreline Lake in the heart of Silicon Valley, we hoped from the squad to squad of glittering paddle boats, sailboats and surfboards as the sun set upon the tranquil confines of this lovely nature preserve.  We anticipated lots of problems – wind, bad lighting, too many people etc, but were happily pleased that shooting was a breeze.

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It’s moments like this – when we are in the flow of shooting and the images are turning out successfully, that we have to pinch ourselves and grasp the moment, so we can cherish it and repeat!  It is probably a similar feeling for Olympians – tons of practice and dealing with off days, but then, with just a few strokes of luck and mastery, you get into the flow, feel the wind on your face and propel yourself forward – escaping from worry and doubt.

aIMG_8903Dive in!  Valentina embraced a powerfully structured scuba inspired sweatshirt and juxtaposed the sculptural, cocoon-like silhouette with a flirty summer mini skirt – both a perfect compliment to each other for an active, striking and comfortable daytime to night look! Similar scuba sweater ideas from Balenciaga at Matches.com, Adidas by Stella McCartney, and Christopher Kane. Similar fresh summer minis by Cecilie Copenhagen, No.21, and Self-Portrait.

Captain of the ship!  Francesca channeled her inner Duchess meets Captain in a white hot summer look infused with lots of structure, volume and lace.  Similar pieces by Self-Portrait, Marni, and No.21.  Amplify with a little silver for kicks by Miu Miu !

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