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OhLaLa So Royal! Air France New Campaign 'France Is In The Air'

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Here is a our first look via Bello Mag at the new Air France campaign: 'France Is In The Air' shot by Sofia & Maur.

I mean isn't this the most fabulous airline campaign ever!!!? It's so chic and so French, it does not get better than a Marie Antoinette like passenger enjoying macarons in a Versailles inspired cabin. I wish the AF first class cabin was more like on this picture tho.

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This new campaign also feature images depicting iconic destinations served by AF. J'adore!!!!!

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Hyding In South Beach ...

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So this past week, Alek and I went to Miami for various business & pleasure reasons. I will spare you the business parts, except for that fun morning when we had to shoot the sexy Aaron Tveit for an upcoming issue of Bello Mag:

+ Behind The Scenes With Aaron Tveit For Bello Mag

I did managed to take some time off away from the beach to post some images:

+ La Plage Du Sud 'I Luh Ya' South Beach

Today we are back in Los Angeles, I have to say that I brought back a nice tan with all that time spent at the beach and even tho I love our home, we really miss Miami already. We are going to Europe soon and I think we may take another trip to South Beach over the summer.

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There are so many spots at the beach you can choose from but my favorite was Hyde Beach at the SLS hotel. It was just perfect to relax and enjoy the view ;-)

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Images via instagram @ohlalamag @alekandsteph @bellomag.

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La Plage Du Sud 'I Luh Ya' South Beach

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The lack of posts this week is not due to a technical problem ... the only excuse I could really find is the amazing weather here in South Beach! Isn't that the best excuse ever not to post anything?

We left Los Angeles Monday morning, my alarm was set at 7am sharp, with my favorite music, little did I know we would wake up at 6:26 am to the sound of car alarms and windows shaking courtesy of mother nature #earthquake!

It was the strongest quake we felt since we moved to LA. The fact that the epicenter was in the middle of the city and that it was not too deep ... It was not a gentle wake up call.

3 hours later we took off for Miami. The last hour of our flight felt like a 7.5 earthquake, let me tell you that I was happy to land.

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So here we are for the rest of the week. The weather is perfect, the Ocean is actually usable (yes I'm looking at you LA!!) things will probably remain light not to say inexistent until we fly back to LA next week.

Oh and Miami really does feel like a JLo Music Video ...

Photos via our instagram accounts @alekandsteph and @belloMag.

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Postcards / Summer Fun In SoCal

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As you may have noticed I am doing a 'light' version of OhLaLa this month. If I don't enjoy the summer, nobody else will for me ... :-)

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If you follow our instagram accounts alekandsteph and bellomag you probably already saw those images, but here is a little résumé of our summer days in SoCal.

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Santa Barbara, Laguna Beach, Nights at the Bowl, Buddhist Temples, Santa Monica Pier, the Hollywood Hills ... la vie est belle en Californie.

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Escape To Palm Springs

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I love going to Palm Springs. This place is out of time and out of style but in a good way. I do love the energy of the desert and I am crazy about Mid-Century Modern architecture ... and for that PS is the ideal place.

There's a specific style called Desert Modernism and I think (hope) that one day we may want to invest in one of those houses in the desert.

As much as I can only take about a day and a half of Las Vegas every other year, when we go to Palm Springs I feel like a day there (with no computer and very little phone activity reduced to Instagram) is worth a week of relaxation so right now I feel like we went on a month long vacation :-)

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You can find lots of great hotels but luckily for us, we have a friend who owns an amazing William F. Cody house, perched on top of a rocky hill in the Southridge community where John Lautner built for Arthur Elrod the famous house featured in "Diamonds Are Forever" and the "Martian Spaceship" for Bob and Delores Hope in 1974, Steve McQueen owned a house just down the street. Our friend's house is for rent so if you feel like a unique retro holiday check out Escape To Palm Springs for more info.

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At first we did not want to plan anything (especially) for the extended 4th of July wekend but a last minute invite to Palm Springs was more than welcome :-) If you follow us on Instagram via alekandsteph or BelloMag you may have seen most of those photos already, but here are a few more ...

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It is also very hot in PS during the summer, which I do love, especially at night, but if you can't stand the heat then don't even try ... it's brutal ... and the 'human sprinklers' aka outdoor AC along the restaurants won't do anything for you.

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We did enjoyed our lunch breaks in town, especially Lulu California Bistro (top right) but as soon as you step outside the only thing you can think of is taking a plunge into the nearest pool ... or fountain.

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I do not think I layed for a single minute in the sun during our entire stay. So if you want to lounge around the pool then shade it is ... but we did spend most of our mormings/afternoons/nights floating in the pool, or having a drink in the pool, or having a conversation with our friend in the pool ... everything we did of our days was pool related lol there is no other way.

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The view from the house is quite amazing so one more reason to be in the pool all day and looking at the clouds rolling over the mountains, listening to the sound of the wind in the palm trees or when they wake up the Cicadas ... they can be pretty loud (check out our video here) but it reminds me of the Cigales and my summers in the South of France.

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One of the best things about Palm Springs in the summer (if I have to pick a favorite) would be the hot summer nights that we never get (or very rarely) in LA.

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As soon as the sun dives behind the mountain, you still have an extra 2 hours of daylight without feeling like a vampire exposed to the sun ... this specific time of the day is perfect for an apéritif outside and using the BBQ. I love Palm Springs so much and it's only a couple of hours away from LA ... no more excuses, we'll be back soon.

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Also you may remember that we already 'escaped to Palm Springs' a few years ago with our friend Ryan Barry ... unfortunately the galleries are no more (thanx to one little crash of a server) but we still have a couple images online here on OhLaLa:

+ Escape To Palm Springs Part One
+ Escape To Palm Springs Part Two

and also on our Photography website alekandsteph.com

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NYC Postcards By Alek & Steph
Spring 2013 Edition

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New York City in the spring is just picture perfect. My only issue is that compare to LA I feel like a day last about 6 or 7 hours ... I do not know if it is because we have and want to do so many things but NY is eating hours like minutes.

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Here are some of our pictures we took around town.

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I really enjoy having my iphone and not having to carry a camera around, I love the panoramic option but what I enjoy the most is doing vertical panoramics and for that, NYC is THE place.

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You can see more photos from our trip to NYC on our instagram accounts alekandsteph and bellomag.

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