Two members of Grazia beauty team have just returned from Santa Monica in Los Angeles where we were busy shooting not just one but three beauty stories for our upcoming summer issues. While we’re feeling altogether a bit weary and a lot jetlagged this morning we’ve decided to round up our favourite ten moments from our trip away - not just to make you lot green with envy, but also to ease our way slowly back into office life.
1. Where We Stayed
We spent the duration of our time away staying at Shutters on the Beach Hotel which is located right on Santa Monica beach meaning that our team could roll out of beds in the morning and straight onto the shore for our super-early shoot call times. The views are pretty good too… No complaints there!
2. We Got Inspired
Look at our lovely pre-shoot mood board. It’s enough to make you book an immediate holiday. Right?
3. Our Dream Team
Allow us to introduce our fabulous team; photographer supreme Dusan Reljin, makeup maestro James Kaliardos and the very beautiful Elyse Taylor who just so happens to be a Victoria’s Secret model too.
4. We Worked Hard
Check out some of our behind the scenes shots from our shoot days on different parts of Santa Monica Beach. While it looks sunny it was a pretty chill-some so props to our model Elyse for wearing those itsy bitsy bikinis.
5. We Got Our Nails Did!
Bare/chipped or chewed nails are a no-go in LA, so we dropped into our favourite nail bar on Main Street. Our colour choices? These beauties which we just so happened to use on our shoots as well.
6. We Went Crazy For Caps
Not satisfied with just our SPF 50 sun care, we protected our faces with some of spring/summers coolest (we think) caps. What are your thoughts?
7. We Went Wild In The Aisles
We snatched a few hours on our shoot wrap day pounding the streets of LA to hit out favourite stores hard. Fred Segal, Victoria’s Secrets, Kitson and all of the rest we thank you for your generous hospitality...
8. We Worked Out
It doesn’t always happen that we head off on shoots and find ourselves inclined to daily workouts, but somehow the sun, surfers and beach babes inspired us. From beach workouts to a class at Yoga Works and taking the hotel gym by storm we did it all. And in keeping with our new sporty mentality we went truly wild in the aisles at the amazing lululemon store to scoop up some new workout wear as well
9. We Tried Raw Food
And it was cold but quite delicious… Hope you’re impressed.
10. We Prepped For Our Flight
After a lovely few days in the sunthere’s nothing that puts a dampener on things like a twelve hour overnight flight – which is three hours delayed. We made things as nice as possible by packing lots of lovely lounge wear and beauty treats to keep us and our skin comfortable on the journey.