Confession:  2017 has been a rocky start for us.

Let’s be real.

It feels like monsoon season (cold, dark, and raining for days), Christmas is over, Trump’s executive orders scare us everyday, and in the midst of it all our New Year’s goals have been slightly sidelined.

All we want to do is getaway!

It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, and we often find ourselves neglecting our health (and sanity!)  Sometimes we need what feels like superhuman strength to keep pushing forward.


How do we become our own superheros and power through?
Focus on reinvigorating inspiration, which for us starts with the power of a dramatic #OOTD.  To get re-inspired, we went back to basics in a clean  white and black palette (on the one day the sun came out to give us enough good light to shoot an editorial). Black and white are very cleansing to the mind, and always looks modern. The perfection of high contrast is shocking to the system in an ultra chic manner, jolting the wearer into action once again.




A refreshing hit of white is just the tonic for turning a palette of darks from boring and insignificant into something memorable and interesting.  Valentina took her creativity to the next level and re-designed an old Forever 21 long white dress (similar here) into a striking, minimalist, white coat – perfect for asserting her authority and confidence in herself and with others.  To elevate the clean lines from to ladylike into edgy territory, Valentina employed the sophisticated underpinnings of Wolford’s lacey black tights.  Valentina encourages us all to use the cold weather as a time to get creative with seductive touches of black lace, silk and suede a la her outfit here.


The LBD has been around for at least 100 years.  Coco Chanel was the first designer to create a big shift in the 1920s with the LBD; she gave power to an alluring concept, that simple black meant strength.  In the 1920s Vogue had tipped the LBD to become, ‘a sort of uniform for women all over the world, from all backgrounds regardless of their walk of life’.  Today Francesca chooses to wear the LBD as a statement of freedom and confidence.

Legs. For. Days.

 Francesca’s perfect addition to her superwoman LBD has also become her official addiction.  Spring’s key statement heel – thigh high boots – are becoming a growing staple for Francesca.  This statement approach to dressing that instantly elongates the body. As someone who is never caught in pants, these velvet ( a hint of Old World elegance) Raven Simmi Shoes boots make the perfect addition to Francesca’s sculptural black cape dress.



Tell us below – how do you conquer your stress and become your own superhero?  What are your go-to power outfits? 



After the post-election shock turned into a week of heaviness filled with impending apocalyptic dread, we needed to re-capture the spirit of openness, global unity, and freedom that we hold so dearly.  We looked back through our recent shoots and found one that represents our current rebellious mood – an anarchic, colorful Cuban carnival editorial shot in San Francisco’s mission district – where people of all races and backgrounds can express themselves, the neighbor’s laugh together against the brightly painted houses and local bands play loudly while people dance up a storm!

aaimg_0599Inspired by Chanel’s recent staging of its Resort 2017 show in Havana, we picked up on the musical Havana essence associated with pre-Revolutionary exuberance, and donned a vibrate color palette that translates to a wearable sense of joy.  Cuba’s rich artistic and cultural heritage has inspired designers like Lagerfeld, McCartney and Piccioli, and similarly we have fallen in love with the romantic sunbaked colors, decaying colonial buildings, and clandestine retro cars.  The island has now become a potent symbol – an isolated, stagnating nation slowly embracing change.  Cuba’s own traditional dress is an exclusive synthesis of diverse nations, influenced by several cultures including Latin and African roots, empowering a sense of vivacity built on a tradition of simplicity and authenticity.


aimg_0541aimg_0560What a perfect time to inject for Fall with the energy of island-infused Caribbean colors? Think coral, turquoise and bright yellow – and birds of paradise, palm fronds and Fifties car prints – all perfect for dancing the election blues away.  We focused on traditionally feminine, ’50s and ’60s-inspired silhouettes in the form of ankle-length skirts, paired with a fitted top on Francesca or a structured jacket on Valentina. We love this paring because it creates a fit-and-flare bombshell shape. Tropical motifs featured heavily, like the wildly colorful patterned vegetation on Francesca’s skirt and the bold embroidered prints on Valentina’s jacket.  Combined with simple, strong colors to balance out the patterned statement pieces, these outfit are perfect for an elevated day to night look.  We hope the Cuban spirit moves you to connect with the visual therapy of color and utilize what you wear to spread joy and positivity.

Kick up yours heels and cha cha cha!

Similar billowing skirts on Francesca: Stella Jean Graphic-print skirtMarni wool midi skirt, and Delpozo High-Waisted culottes 

Similar maxi skirts on Valentina – Peter Pilot Butterfly hemmed skirt and Diane Von Furstenberg  Melita Skirt 







BABY it’s cold outside!  Even in California!  Winter heats up as we ward off the chill with fun statement accessories…
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