Behind the Scenes: exotic influences with local charm

Summer in California means hours outdoors and playing in nature's landscapes. We love the character of San Diego but for our seasonal photoshoot, we got inspired by all things exotic -- the ripeness of Indian mandarins, the intricate mosaic patterns of Marrekesh, and the dramatic sunrises and sunsets of coastal Mexico. The question iss, how do you translate a foreign vision in the place you call home? Luckily, San Diego is sprinkled with really special spaces that infuse the color and lushness we were searching for. Enter Rancho Valencia, a resort and spa located in Rancho Santa Fe. This gem was hand selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest Five-Star hotels in the world and was awarded the prestigious 2014 North America Grand Award by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. This hideaway has beautiful rooms, great food and amazing pools, but what about the yoga space? Well, let's just say there's no better place to practice yoga than in this lush paradise. Imagine flowing through sun salutations surrounded by fresh air, lush green and water - it's an oasis. We long for exotic destinations, but after experiencing Rancho Valencia with our ambassadors and friends, Kenna Crouch and Courtney Miller, we decided we don't mind planning a vacation close to home if it feels as good as this day was. View the Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook