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Check Out Our San Diego March 2019 Issue

Written By: Kandace Cornell SD Issue Features Remi Cruz and Alisha Marie
Photographed By: Jared Magnani and Joe Schlachet
Styled By: Sara Borgese and Gina Checchia
Makeup By: Jennifer Mau
Props Styled By: Jaclyn Kershek

Like the business partners (and best friends) that they are, Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz arrived together with a mini entourage of BFFs-turned-production-team in tow to the frothy pink dreamworld that is to become their cover photo shoot.

To say that pink was the theme of this session would be an understatement. With the flamingo-hued backdrops, an electric neon sign shouting the words “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” and feminine props like heart-shaped balloons and giant pool floats, the scene was a full-fledged Instagram wonderland, wrapped up and tied with a Pinterest bow.

And the cherry on top? The clothes! With an array of candy-colored statement pieces to pull from the wardrobe rack, Cruz made an entrance in her first look: a pale pink pleather mini dress. Marie followed suit, stepping out of the fitting room in a fringed, bright fuchsia number, which Wardrobe Stylist Sara Borgese cinched with a skinny white belt. With Remi’s long, dark, beachy waves and Alisha’s choppy, blond, chin-length locks, their chic looks and lovable “fun girl” personas complemented the style for their cover photo shoot.  

Snacking from a take-out container as Beauty Stylist Jennifer Mau carefully dusted highlighter along her cheekbones, Marie begins explaining the backstory on her career as a social media influencer, which currently sees her as the co-creator of the recently-launched podcast “Pretty Basic” which she started with—you guessed it—Cruz. The other half of the duo only needed some finishing touches, having arrived already fully-lashed and glossed.

For two girls who make their living in front of a camera, this shoot was a piece of cake for photographers Jared Magnani and Joe Schlachet. After making their way to the set, the pair tapped into their arsenal of pretty poses, played with fun props and blew bubbles with a plastic wand. In their natural element, the cover shoot theme created a world that’s perfectly suited for Marie and Cruz–best friends turned top digital influencers.