Luli Fama Swimwear // Side French Braid
This past week in Santa Barbara, CA we shot an amazing day full of editorials! The location was a gorgeous estate atop a hill with a glorious view of an orange grove and the ocean below. The models, the photographers, and of course the Braids and Bikinis were to die for and I can't wait to show you the results.
To start we had model Marissa McGylnn of DT Management, wearing a beautiful black bikini by Luli Fama, a swimwear designer based in Miami. You can tell with the eclectic mix of vibrant hues and bold prints they pay attribute to their Cuban heritage. The bikini has delicately placed cut-outs along the top and a rope type string for the tie. Marissa is also wearing a delicate necklace by Los Angeles local designer Vanessa Mooney. Her jewelry has quickly become the statement pieces of most LA it-girls. If you're a lover of bold pieces and metallics be sure to check out her jewelry.
Marissa has a gorgeous mane of natural curls that I was very excited to get my hands in and on! I got a traditional ever-so-crunchy curl perm at a young age and am obsessed with Marissa's perfect, effortless curls. Her hair was great for the slightly undone look I wanted to create with a loose french side braid. I started by doing two very loose fishtail braids to add some softness to the silhouette and incorporated the rest of the bulk of her hair into the loose french braid. Her hair is perfect, I can't say it enough.