Aficionada

Spanish noun (ah-fee-thyaw-nah-th ah)

a woman who is very knowledgeable about an activity, subject, or pastime. a connoisseur, expert, specialist, cognoscente, an enthusiast.


Lea Marcaccini Artist/Stylist

 

 

 

What do you do?
I am an artist and styling enthusiast, hoping to bring both components closer to the sustainable, environmentally friendly side of the spectrum!
 
Where are you from?
My siblings and I were born and raised in a nature reserve on the Pacific coast of Mexico called Cuixmala, which is now also an Eco Hotel! We are beyond lucky to have grown up amongst the colorful, lush jungle of Mexico’s western coast and we all still spend as much time as possible there.
 
Where do you live now?
I am now mostly based in Los Angeles, but with the love and passion for traveling, I do move around a lot!
 
What are your goals?
To keep on learning and creating, whether it is artwork, creating blissful environments, continue creating what my family have been doing so beautiful with the natural protected sanctuary that is Cuixmala.

"I dream to help create a place where humans are able to live consciously, with the ability to be, without destroying our sacred planet!"

 

Oblique Bangle Thick, Islero RIng, Thin Gold Rings, and Square Bangle 

 

What is your favorite music and latest bands?
This is hard as I love so many different musicians and bands, and sometimes its more about the song itself, but lately I am loving Babeheaven, Puma Rosa, fun house music, and just about anything that has a Bossa Nova ambiance.

Who is your favorite artist? Seen any great exhibits lately?
The list would be neverending, as so many artists or even just imagery that I come across are always so inspiring. However, here are the first ones which come to mind are Frida Khalo, Mati Klarwein, Chloe Wise, Claire Milbrath, Kate Morgan, Tarsila Do Amaral, Matisse, Mark Maggiori, Logan Maxwell Hagege and the list goes on…
 
  

 

 

What’s up next for you? Projects/life?
You will have to wait and see, but I cannot wait to show you all 

What are your favorite places that you have travelled to and where do you want to go next?
This is a tough question! I recently just got back from a beautiful trip to Japan with my boyfriend which was absolutely breath taking! I also loved traveling through Botswana with my family, backpacking through South America with my best friends as well as all road trips. 

 

"Road trips are always my favorite. Through California or Italy, they have been the best way to capture the place's essence. I do love to travel therefore I have quite a few destinations on my list, however I’d love to return to Kenya or see Aurora Borealis in full swing, and continue exploring the vast and diverse landscapes Mexico has to offer."

 

What is your favorite hotel/resort to stay in?
Cuixmala! You must come by and visit!

 

 

Maja Cuff , Gyro Cuff Thick, and Naked CuffsLittle Diamond Hoops, Gold Hoops, Essential Hoops, and Ball Chain  

 

Biggest luxury?
I know this sounds very cheesy, but I will say health, as being healthy and feeling good is unbeatable.
 
What are some of your favorite books/audiobooks/podcasts?
Books: Frida: A Biography of Frida Khalo by Hayden Herrera, and The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, by Jeremy Narby.
Podcasts: I love mindbodygreen which is about health and wellness, the CEO of the company interviews several amazing health and wellness doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, entrepreneurs etc. which is fascinating to me, I have learned a lot from it!

  

 

 

  "I wish I unplugged from devices far more than I do… technology has become such an addiction that even when I don’t have my phone, my subconscious whispers at me to reach for my phone in my back pocket, and to explore through it, which half the time can be very uninspiring content. This has made me realize the importance in making an effort to take time out from technology, which I am trying to do much more of."

 

How do you take good care of yourself?
I aim to exercise 5 days a week, and keep the body moving, from yoga or HIIT (high intensity interval training), it’s fun to mix things up. I do always try to keep a healthy diet and healthy habits. For supplements I take Ashwagandha for adrenal support. I am also a big fan of collagen and cacao. I make a drink in the mornings which serves as my "coffee". This includes cacao, almond milk, Maca, coconut oil and a few drops of vanilla flavored stevia, its delicious!
 

 

Maja Cuff II, Oblique Pendant I, and Oblique Pendant Long 

 

When do you feel your best?
I feel my best when keeping within the realm of healthy living, when I am looking after myself and doing the things that I love, as well as when traveling!
 
Beauty routine/skincare regime?
I don’t have one but the only thing I do put on my face daily is Heliocare Factor 50 sun cream, sometimes I use one with a tint as a light foundation, and make sure to cleanse my face before bedtime.

 

 

Oblique Drop Earrings, Ear Band Posts, Thin Rounded Posts, and Essential HoopsThick Rounded Ring, Artemisa Ring II and Girona Wrist Wrap

 

Female hero and why?
My mother for having brought life to us and for being the most amazing woman, and although not a female, my father too! I could not be luckier with whom I have been raised by.

 

 

Maja II Cuff, Islero Ring, Original Stacking Rings, and Gyro Ring

 

 
What was your first KC piece and what is your favorite?
A beautiful Islero gold ring which I wear everyday, I am wearing it as we speak! I also have my beautiful gold toe ring which I have also worn every day since I bought it. It’s the best! These are my favorites as well as the Thick Gyro Cuff.
 
 
What do you like best about KC bags or jewelry?
I like that you can wear it with anything, from the day into the night. I also love that some pieces you can wear as bold, statement pieces, and others can be more delicate for more of a casual vibe, I love Kendall’s jewelry so much!

 

 

 

 
 Photos by Kendall Conrad using an iPhone X
  

 

 

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