Miss A Columnist

Grace Yco is the San Diego Editor for Miss A. Denying her writinglust finally caught up with her. She was forced to trade in biology for blogging and hasn’t looked back since (moments spent Hermèsmerized notwithstanding).

She grew up in Japan, considers California home, but feels like she belongs in Paris. In her bag, you will always find three books: one for reading, one for writing and one for planning. Yes she has tablets, but committing to them is another story, and so that relationship remains complicated.

You can find her scouring the web, musing over luxury elitism vs. fashion democracy, and dilly-dallying in rapturous moments of absolute silence (she is not a nun). Grace is also sensitive. And sometimes funny. She’s a professional bikini bard by day and a bookworm by night.

Recap: Live Like You’re On Vacation Pool Party To Benefit Odanadi

Bikinis and a Hollywood pool party—that’s one way to throw a fundraiser!

Tawney Bevacqua and Kayla Morrisey, co-founders of Live Like You're On Vacation (Photo credit: Matt Boisdore)

Tawney Bevacqua and Kayla Morrisey, co-founders of Live Like You’re On Vacation (Photo credit: LLYOV.org)

This past Sunday at the W Hollywood Hotel, that combination came in handy for the benefit of Odanadi, a nonprofit organization fighting against human trafficking.

Tawney Bevacqua, co-founder of Live Like You’re On Vacation (LLYOV), discovered the group and immediately joined twenty other women from Odanadi on a 600-mile bike ride across India to help spread awareness.

Her efforts did not stop there.  Teaming up with her friend and fellow LLYOV co-founder, Kayla Morrisey, the girls started an editorial site focused on a lifestyle of travel, global awareness and helping others.  Live Like You’re On Vacation is now a growing community made up of socially conscious members that love adventure, outreach and giving back.

ViX team, from left to right: Lauren Weimer, Lindsey Bach, Jenni King, Grace Yco, Gabby Burns  (Photo credit: Matt Boisdore)

ViX team, from left to right: Lauren Weimer, Lindsey Bach, Jenni King, Grace Yco, Gabby Burns (Photo credit: Matt Boisdore)

 

Gathering other local, charitable brands, including Sofia by ViX, The Neshama Project, Affirmats, Navitat and Stone+Cloth, LLYOV organized the Live Like You’re On Vacation Pool Party Presented by Sofia by ViX to further support Odanadi.  Besides a raffle raising proceeds for the cause, the event featured music by DJ Ella Fresh, live art by Nate Siggard and pop-up shops from many of the sponsors.  The highlight of the afternoon was an exclusive fashion show launching the Summer 2013 Collection of Sofia by ViX, a bohemian-inspired offshoot label of Brazilian resortwear brand, ViX Paula Hermanny.

It was an afternoon of sips and swimwear, cabanas, and causes.   Indeed, a true—judging by the host of generous Angelenos—pool party with a purpose.

Sofia by ViX Summer 2013 (Photo credit: Matt Boisdore)

Sofia by ViX Summer 2013 Collection (Photo credit: Matt Boisdore)

 

For more information about Odanadi and how you can help, click here.

For more information about Live Like You’re On Vacation, click here.

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