Ruckus Apparel X Braids & Bikinis 1x3
About a month ago I went on an amazing adventure. I joined my hometown friends of Ruckus Apparel and some new friends in Chacala Mexico. Chacala is set in a small cove on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It's about 100 kilometers north of Puerto Vallarta. You've probably seen some of these photos floating around the internet and if you follow Braids & Bikinis on instagram or snapchat you got to watch behind the scenes of everything as it took place. I'll gladly try to retell all the adventures and express to you just how amazing this trip was.
I started the trip by joining my dearest Kassia Phoy and flying together in Puerto Vallarta where we met 3 more Los Angeles locals and models of our shoot. We all traveled together to a private yacht club where we met the rest of the Ruckus Crew. I've mentioned Ruckus a couple of times in previous posts but in case this is your first Braids & Bikinis blog view, Ruckus is a clothing brand based out of Denver, Co, my hometown. I've been working with the brand since they first started in 2009. First with modeling and then becoming their photoshoot and model coordinator. The Ruckus team, as you'll see in photos to come, quickly bonded over our 6 hour boat ride along the beautiful dolphin coast trip to Chacala.
We arrived sometime in the evening when the sun had gone down. We waited for our water taxi boat while staring at into the black abyss of where the sleepy town of Chacala was waiting for us to explore. Once we got on land we jumped into 3 ATVs and cruised Indiana Jones style through the rocky streets and jungle environment to the mansion seated in a cliff side that our wonderful host Aaron owns. We strolled into the house covered with dirt from the ATVs not having any idea of what an amazing house we were staying at! All I have to say is the photos don't do it justice. 75% percent of the photos from the entire lookbook were shot here. It was a decadent mansion built into a cliffside over looking the ocean. With 8 bungalows, 3 pool areas, 2 bars and an entire building for a shuffle board game. Only in the early morning did we get to fully see the building this place beheld.
We started shooting every day around 10 am after breakfast was served, complete with fresh squeezed orange juice and native fruit. There were 5 models and 3 photographs and only 6 days to create everything and see all the sights! Each day was something different, shooting at the house, in Chacala, on the yacht, a private beach and my personal favorite spot, Sayulita! They were all unique and extremely beautiful! I hope this post makes you feel like visiting Chacala Mexico one day, I know I will again.