Elegant Magazine feat. Kyra Santoro

A little bit of magic with Kyra Santoro on a hidden corner off the Pacific Coast Highway.

Always thankful to @MediaPlayPR @JoplinShowroom @RapparoundShowroom and @TomboySantaCruz

Shot by Enrique Bautista | Hair by Gabriella Murphy | Makeup by Christine Donee

Featured in the November Issue #4 of Elegant Magazine

How To: Creative Instagram Photography

Instagram is a whole different world from what it was before. If we jumped on the bandwagon originally, we may have a better following. In the mean while, users are searching for inspiration.

Here are some steps to amping up your IG game through photography:

- Keep it creative. Pose your OOTD's in front of a berserk wall and show off what you're up to.

- Do you have a hobby? Find different angles of your hobby. My hobby is finding new locations in the cities that I am visiting. I want people to see the real beauty in their backyard.

- Stay original and wear what makes you happy. Don't let a price point get in your way. Check Pinterest for inspiration on what to wear all over the world and DIY! I photograph everything I see, creativity is everywhere. xx

Classic: Patched Jeans

At the age of 5, my mother agreed that I needed to make my own fashion statement. From leather boots in red, pink and black and polka dot shirts in monochrome or rainbow, I always wanted to stand out from the stereotypical 90's ballerina in my suburbia class. I wasn't really allowed to listen to any radio music because my parents thought it would flood my brain with unnecessary judgment. Instead they let me listen to rock in Espanol which is "Spanish Rock". So over the years I would try to showcase my rock'n personality through art in my clothes. In the suburbia I grew up in, we had multiple fairs with local companies selling 90's merchandise, which of those included patches. So I'm totally going back into my #SantaCruz patch collectibles, grabbing one of my skinnies and ironing away! I can't wait.

DKNY seriously rocks.

Top to bottom: Cara De Lavingne, Runway DKNY, Song of Style.

Picnic Wear

Summer sophisticated, rather than an aspiring glamour girl. I'm loving this Panama hat from Goorin Bros. I only bought it because they had the coolest assortment of hats and I hear that some of Hollywood's best buy from them so I just had to see what all the hype was about. The only thing I'm afraid of is the old Mexican myth, will my hair really fall off from all of this hat wearing business? Later.

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Gap Denim Vest | Goorin Bros Panama Straw Hat | Tulle Dress: Pixie Market | Black Target Sandals | Brown J Crew Clutch | Gold H&M Earrings (diy'd)

Pepper Le Dress

Summer party dresses don't always have to be the perfect solid color or the perfect floral pattern. Party dresses don't have to be anything but what you make of it. You could wear velvet pants with a sequin blouse, and call that party-wear. Or switch the blouse to a button up and call it work wear. There are several ways to determine what you want to wear for what occasion. The remedy...the potion...the simple trick you see, is to find the dress that speaks to you. Not the dress that you think you're supposed to wear... (unless your a bridesmaid, in that case, you have no choice.)

I can't help but wonder, whether we can be driven by who's wearing what, and how can we look even hotter than that. If only your outfit could be based on who you are. In that case, you'll stand out regardless. Later.

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Pepper Dress by Cameo from Fashion Bunker | Green Suede Flats by Zara Spring '14 | Blue Cat Eye Miu Miu Sunglasses