#ModelLife!

Imagine that you have two weeks in Europe to spare, where would you go? What would you see? Well, our girl Alex G. has had the privilege of leaping over the big puddle that is the Atlantic Ocean, and has provided us with a little travel guide in the form of a questionnaire! She has become a true jet-setting queen this past month – take a peek below to discover more from her trip!:

Hi Alex! Welcome home! Where did you travel to?

We visited Paris, Brussels, Florence, Rome, Santorini, and London. Each place was uniquely beautiful. The way they live and eat in Europe is truly something I’ll be dreaming about forever!

Ok, we all know that Europe is known for their amazing meals! What did you eat?

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Being the foodie girl that I am, I was in absolute heaven! I mean, European food is on another level! In each place, the food was a bit different than the other, yet all were insanely delicious. There’s a ridiculous overload of the yummiest croissants, cheese and baguette in Paris. 

If you are a beer lover, than Brussels Belgium beer is for you. Florence and Rome’s pizza, pasta, and pretty much any carb you can think of actually changed my life with how delicious they were (And okay we may have also had gelato every single day….way too good for words!)

Santorini had the freshest most amazing fish, because they catch everything locally around the Greek islands. And how could we not be cliché and have lots of tea and sweet treats in London?

There is something so beautiful about how the people of these places take such pride and put so much love into the food they eat. And you really can taste it.

For all the fashionistas out there, what was in your luggage?!

Alex G in Paris, France wearing All-Saints

For what I wore, it was fun to pack cute things that made me feel like I fit in with the fun European fashion! Because in Paris, Brussels, and London, the weather was colder so we had to dress a bit warmer. Brands like All-Saints, Rag & Bone, Zara, John Elliott, Paige, and Levi‘s were all perfect to stay bundled up and comfortable, while still feeling edgy/stylish while exploring.

In Santorini and Italy, the sun was shining so much that is was way easier to run around in sundresses and sandals. I wore brands like Faithful The Brand, Free People, For Love and Lemons, Ulla Johnson, Rèalisation Par, Givenchy, and Madewell. Basically anything that felt fun and flowy was perfect to wear. Each one of these places hold such a big place in my heart.

Alex G in Santorini, Greece rocking her Yasmine Eslami one piece swim suit

All of these places sound amazing, but one had to stand out among the rest. What was your favorite spot that you visited?

If I had to choose my favorite place that we visited, it would probably be Santorini. Greece is unlike anywhere I have ever been. It’s almost like a different world. To see such a beautiful island surrounded by the bluest water was insane! The blues and whites are something you can only dream of seeing. I truly felt so lucky to be able to wake up to such a magical place and experience it for a few days.

For all those out there that are looking to make the journey to Europe, do you have any advice for your fellow wanderlusters? 

Europe is a dream! If you have the opportunity to visit these places, I highly recommend that you do. Traveling offers a new view of the world and of other individuals that is truly so special. The new type of views, people, food, and culture that you will meet will and hold close to your heart forever.

I will definitely be going to visit again soon to experience such wanderlust again!

Sounds like an amazing trip, right? Scroll below to see more photos from her adventure!:

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When you’re healthy and fit, people can see it. Not just in your body, but in your overall vibe and energy from the inside-out. Positive lifestyle habits are totally contagious! Try adding more into your life and watch them catch fire. Before you know it, you’re smiling from ear to ear, working out effortlessly, and maybe even inspiring others to do the same. We can’t think of a person who exemplifies this kind of naturally snowballing happiness better than Allison Holton.

She loves to be active, but doesn’t take herself too seriously. She does lots of different activities regularly rather than trying to stick to one regimen on repeat, and she’s not afraid to try something new. For Allison, maintaining healthy habits is fun. She doesn’t stress about it because to her it’s not a chore; she just does what feels good. And we dare you to say it doesn’t look good on her.

Want to take Allison’s simple, well-rounded approach to a fit life? Read her advice below.

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  • Yoga
  • Aerial Yoga
  • Running
  • Pilates Reformer
  • Hiking
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Snowboarding
  • Biking
  • Dance (hip hop, jazz, & lyrical)

Do you belong to a gym? Have a personal trainer? 

My daily workout routine usually consists of two hours of ballet classes at night. The class starts with intense stretching, and then we spend a majority of the time learning choreography. On the weekends I get together with a group of friends (that happen to be nutritionists/personal trainers) and hike or hit up Equinox.

Are there any workouts you’re dying to try?

I’ve always wanted to get into mixed martial arts. I tried a jiujitsu class and it was really tough, but I’d like to give it another go.

You don’t believe in fad diets. Why not?

I believe eating healthy and staying positive is the best way find what people look for in diets. I don’t worry about what my body looks like. My primary concern is staying healthy and challenging myself with a good workout.

What about dietary restrictions on certain types of foods? (carbs, gluten, meat, dairy, etc.)  Why or why not?

My diet is well balanced.. I don’t like to deprive my body of anything. My meals are usually small portions of different food groups.

What’s one exercise move that every woman should know?  

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SQUATS. I used to think they would make my legs/ butt bigger and bulkier, but that’s a common misconception. I recently got into lifting at the gym and I’ve noticed such a difference. Try it girls, trust me.

What’s your best-kept secret beauty trick?

My skin is really important to me, so I use a couple different products to keep it hydrated. I use Sephora’s First Aid Beauty cleanser and repair cream. Once a week I chill with an Origins charcoal mask on my face, and a Moroccan oil mask on my hair.

What’s the first thing you do to prepare for a job?

If my job starts early in the morning, I throw on an eye mask to reduce puffiness and redness.

How about preparing for a work out?

I take C4 (preworkout) before my workouts. And a mineral water mix during them.

What are some of your favorite songs to work out to? 

I love the Weeknd and Ellie Goulding. I usually just Spotify between the two.

You seem like you’re happy all or most of the time, what’s your secret!?

I’m super lucky to be surrounded by my amazing friends. We are always adventuring. Surfing at the beach, snowboarding in Big Bear, and walking around Disneyland is my favorite! I’m always looking to find something new to try out

What’s your go-to fitness look?

Yoga has the cutest outfits, but I think running clothes/shoes are my go-to. When I put on my running gear, I can’t help but feel pumped.

3 Healthy Habits that you absolutely swear by:

Eat every two hours, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water and keep active!

Words of advice for anyone who wants to look and feel good:

Make small, achievable goals each day and tell yourself you can!

What is the best fitness tip you have ever received?

SQUATS!

   Check out Allison’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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…Aaand we’re back with more Fit Life interviews! Today we’re featuring Danielle Herrington, whose super-fit and amazingly toned bod (seriously, have you seen her!?) has us all wanting to know what her secret is. Turns out, there’s really not much of a secret! Sometimes having a fit lifestyle is no more than what it sounds like, working hard, eating clean, and staying hydrated- no extra bells or whistles. It’s all about balance and Danielle knows exactly how to shape up without overdoing it.

 

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Why is fitness important to you?

It’s important to me because it makes me feel good. Over all I feel more positive about things. Also the boost of energy you get. As well as all just being healthy.

Did you play sports in school?

I played Volleyball.

What’s your favorite part of working out? And your least favorite?

Favorite part of working out is the feeling you get when you start to see results. Also feeling accomplished after a tough workout. Least favorite is when I try a new workout I get sore after. That never really feels to good.

How often do you do Cardio?

I try to do it 3-4 times a week.

Which do you prefer, and why…steady state cardio or HIIT (high intensity interval training)?

I prefer HIIT running on a treadmill. Honestly I just don’t like long work outs. I tend to get bored a slack off if it’s too long. I’d much rather do a short and intense workout that keeps me on my toes.

What about strength training?

I do Pilates for lengthening and body weight exercises for strengthening.  My favorites are push ups, donkey kicks, sumo squats, side planks, mountain climbers and burpees. I know most people dread them, but I love burpees!

Are there any workouts you’re dying to try?

I’ve seen a lot of people taking up boxing. That’s definitely something I would try!

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Definitely! When I don’t workout I’m fatigued easily and overall I’m just not in the best mood so I stay active as regularly as possible.

Do you believe in diets?

No, they never last and eventually you’ll gain the weight back!

Say you’re at the grocery store picking out your eats for the week. What are your thoughts when choosing what to buy?
I go for organic, high protein, low fat , and low carb. No dairy, I’m not allergic or anything I’m just not a big fan of it.

What’s the first thing you do to prepare for a job?

It’s pretty simple. I work out, drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, and I try to get plenty of rest.

You mentioned that you do Burpees. What are the body benefits?

Burpees are my absolute favorite thing to do. Especially if I don’t want to go to the gym, I do them at home. Actually, you can do them pretty much anywhere and it works out your arms, legs, butt, and abs, all in one move.

What’s your go-to fitness look?

Sports bra, t-shirt & shorts. Ya know, super fancy 😉

What’s your favorite music to listen to for motivation?

Pretty much anything upbeat and fast-paced. I like it all.

What do you do to relax?

I go to the spa and get a massage. If I don’t have time, even getting may nails doing is super relaxing to me.

What would you say to someone who was looking to get fit but didn’t know where to start?
I would tell them to start of with small changes, like adding more veggies to their meals everyday or doing light workouts like power walking for 30 minutes. You have to start somewhere! Over time you can keep progressing. The key is longevity, so you don’t want to jump to super strict meals and tough workouts that would be too difficult to maintain.  Oh, and I would tell them that the work is totally worth it.

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Lauren Johnson is kiiiind of the ideal athlete-turned-model. This former high school track and field star radiates fit and healthy living from every beautiful freckle on her face! From representing some of the most in-demand fitness brands to her down time training for half marathons with her hunky personal trainer (a.k.a boyfriend) Kyle, Lauren clearly knows a thing or two about great lifestyle habits. Naturally, we thought you’d appreciate a little inspirational insight into how she stays looking and feeling so happy and healthy. Get a pen and paper ready ladies, you’re definitely going to want to take some of this down!

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  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Weight Lifting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kickball
  • Cycling
  • Boxing
  • Dance

 

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 Why is fitness important to you?

Aside from the obvious health benefits of being active on a regular basis, it is a stress reliever, and extreme mood booster.  It’s been a way to connect to other individuals through the love of living an active, healthy lifestyle.  You feel productive while you are bonding with others.

Did you play sports in school?

I played basketball, track and field (hurdles, 4×100, 100m dash and 200m dash), and after high school, was on a kickball team for a little bit.

What’s the secret to your amazing body?

Of course keeping up with an active weekly plan is important, as well as eating lots of veggies and fruits, but I honestly believe that having a good balance of what society considers “ no to treats and sweets” is important as well.  This may be a stretch for some people, but for me being happy is the first step to having an amazing body and mind.

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Are there any workouts you’re dying to try?

I haven’t tried the barre classes that everyone is in love with, and I have definitely been curious to try!

Do you see a difference in your mood when you don’t get to the gym?

Yes! Not just the gym, but any outdoor activity.  I don’t need to workout everyday, nor do I think it is the best for your body, but when I don’t keep up with my typical activity level, I feel sluggish.

You don’t believe in diets. Why not?

I think there needs to be balance, but I feel that diets are usually short term, and lifestyle eating is well, for life 🙂 I lifestyle eat, not diet. Ya feel me?

 

What’s in your fridge right now?

Tons of berries, pomegranate seeds, apples, almond milk, chocolate cashew milk, spinach, red/green peppers, broccoli, carrots, hummus, salsa, greek yogurt, chia seeds, quinoa chocolate bars, homemade bread, homemade chocolate raspberry mousse, hamburger buns, nut butters of all kinds, and basically every condiment!

 

What’s one fitness move should every woman know?

Sumo squat with weights –  I love it because it can zip up your booty, abs, inner thighs, and hamstrings.  Other variations can also tone your calves, and arms.  Also, the happy baby stretch! I know its not a “fitness” move, but it is a great hip opener and feels great after a run!

What’s your best confidence-boosting trick?

I take my lipstick and write on the mirror loving quotes or words.  My mom does this at home, and it is such a sweet reminder that lipstick is used mainly to enhance beauty, but using it to enhance inner beauty is so much cooler to me.

What songs are on your iPod?

I actually trained myself not to listen to music when I workout.  I use my inner thoughts and dialogue to keep me going, plus I’ve learned to do some critical thinking. Outside of workouts, I love anything old school, Al Green, James Brown, funky town music!

 

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Summer may be over, but that’s certainly no reason not to keep our fitness routines going all the way through the colder months (especially if you live someplace that’s warm year round, like us).  Enter: Jessica Serfaty. Fashion model, comedienne, musician, dancer, and most importantly, your new never-ending source of serious #fitlife inspo. In the hopes of keeping you on your fitness A-game (we’ve got your back), we got up close and personal with Jessica to get to know exactly how she does it all.  To stay up to date on Jessica’s adventures, join her army of fans by following @JessicaSerfaty on Instagram, Vine and Snapchat.

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  • Yoga
  • Hip Hop
  • Surfing
  • Bouldering
  • Racket Ball
  • Long Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowboarding

 

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Do you describe yourself as a morning person?

Truthfully, diet and exercise is a leading factor as to if I wake up at 6 or wake up at 9. When I am in a healthy routine, mornings come with ease and pleasure. I require no coffee to become sentient. I spring out of bed and I’m ready to interact with other humans.

What do you do to prepare for a job?

It differs from job to job. For fitness and swim shoots, the day before my diet will be strict and I’ll do a bit more cardio than usual. Fish, fruits and greens.

How about preparing for a work out?

I take a pre-work out powder to get pumped before some hearty gym time. Keeps me fueled.

Best Breakfast:

I have my favorite gluten free toast and I use a little coconut oil in a skillet to crisp the edges of my bread. I fry up an egg with fresh garlic and Himalayan sea salt. Sauté some baby spinach. Add a little pesto and avocado to top it all off. Vavoom. You have yourself a hearty meal that will keep your energy levels up but won’t make you feel bloated.

Favorite Recovery Food:

100% Protein shake. Preferably with peanut butter and a banana, thank you. More protein and the banana helps to not cramp after your workout and stretches.

You mentioned that you do dance workouts. What are the body benefits?

I love dancing. I dance at home, on set, even at the grocery store. I have only been taking classes for about 2 years and I can say it’s by far my favorite way to burn calories. It’s such a great cardio and it targets most muscles. My abs, legs and arms are sore the next day.

What’s your go-to fitness look?

Tight shorts and a old cut up rock t-shirt. That’s if I’m planning on going pretty hard. For a lighter workout I’ll wear some cute pattern yoga pants and a fun sports bra. I’m sweet and sour so I have to get both sides out.

What’s your favorite music to listen to for motivation?

Anything heavy, whether it be rock or old school rap. I like to run to songs that lyrically line up with what I’m doing. So if it’s a song that makes that person feel like they are a “boss” or a song that refers to strength I find that it genuinely helps push me. I’ll stretch to a comedy podcast by Tosh.0 or an audio book.

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3 Healthy Habits that you absolutely swear by:

Limu Seaweed – Its a liquid nutrition powered by a super-nutrient called Fucoidan. It helps with your immunity, joints, energy level, softer smoother skin and allergy relief.

The power of water. It is real. I drink AT LEAST half a gallon a day. On a good day I’ll get my whole gallon in. The trick to accomplishing this is to always drink out of a 1.5 liter bottle and don’t leave it in the fridge. It’s too hard to keep going back for small glasses or bottles. Not to mention keeping up with how many you have had. When you do a 1.5 liter you know It’s 2 bottles plus some. Done.

Power of mind. It’s incredible how mentally strong we can be when we put it into practice. Choosing to be happy and positive is a real thing people. When you start to feel tired or unmotivated RECOGNIZE that as a decision you made, and test out the waters of mind over matter.

What do you do to relax?

Breathing techniques. Release tension in your jaw. Take a 20 min power nap. Be in nature. Journal.

Words of advice for anyone who wants to get fit:

Make it easy for yourself. Preparation is the key to success. Know the importance of sleep, water, pre-work out powders, protein after workouts, eating healthy and most of all, consistency.

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See Nous Models’ Bridget live the SoCal dream.

Have you ever been star struck?
For my 12th birthday, I went to my first concert fourth row center stage for Jesse McCartney. Katy Perry opened for him and it was one of the best nights for me as a little girl! I had the biggest crush on him! Plus, the security let me move to the first row and we made eye contact.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever had to wear for a shoot?
So far I haven’t had to shoot with something too crazy, but the weirdest thing I’ve ever had to wear at a shoot was probably fern fronds around my neck.

What’s the band you’re dying to join?
The band I thought would be fun to be a part of is A Tribe Called Quest. I listen to a lot of solo artists but if I had to chose a group they’d be my favorite. They have an original rap sound that draws me to their music.

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How did your career as a model begin? Were you scouted or attend an open call?

I was actually scouted at a One Direction concert in Pasadena last year.

How do you maintain that gorgeous mane? Do you do conditioning treatments or use special products for curly hair?

I use conditioner in my hair everyday in the shower, and then I put on Leave In Conditioner from Neutrogena right before I go to bed.

Do you ever flat iron your hair? Do you prefer your hair curly or straight?

If I have time, I sometimes flat iron my hair. I do prefer it straight because it is easier to brush out, which makes a HUGE difference with long hair. I do like how my wavy hair looks when it’s brushed out though.

 

What are your top 5 must have skincare/makeup products?

My top 5 skincare/makeup products are my Actifirm face wash, moisturizer, Z-Peel, my Sephora Collection liquid eyeliner, and clear mascara for keeping my eyebrows in place.

How do you stay fit? Do you follow a specific diet?

I’ve been dancing for over 11 years, and I dance five days a week after school. I’ve never felt the need to follow a specific diet since I love food. I tend to eat more during dinner after dancing, so that I don’t dance on a full stomach.

Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?

Some of my favorite designers are Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton because I like how they have a classic, yet modern vibe to their pieces.

What has been your most memorable experience so far in your career?

My most memorable experience in my career was when I did a shoot at the LINE Hotel in LA with another girl from Nous named Lyzy. The hotel was a really fun place to shoot at because it had a modern, yet urban look to it, which I loved since I like traditional modern architecture.

Who are some photographers you are dying to work with?

I actually don’t have any photographers in particular in mind, because each photographer I’ve worked with has their own unique style. However, some of my favorite photographers I’ve worked with so far are Eddie Chacon, David Lim, Farhad Samari, Ed McGowan, and David Choi.

Describe your personal style. Do you like to dress up or down?

For the most part my style is usually casual, yet put together, and has a classic vibe to it. Some of my favorite pieces to wear are some of my matching sets and high wasted pieces.

What advice do you have for someone interested in pursuing a modeling career?

This might sound cheesy but never give up on your dreams! You will get rejected a lot, but it will pay off in the end if you work hard and keep an open mind. In addition, be sure to advocate for yourself.

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Take a look at Grace’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Tell us how you got your start in the fashion industry?

My mom entered me in a local modeling contest when I was younger. I was scouted by agents there from a local agency who placed me with a bigger agency.

Describe your personal style. Do you prefer heels or flats?

I would say my style is Free People meets Zara. I love boho but with a little edge. Little heeled booties are the perfect mix between high heels and flats, so comfy but they still give you that extra little height!

What are your thoughts on photo retouching?

You know, I think like anything in life photoshop wouldn’t be so bad if it was in moderation!  It could be a great tool to save time and do fun stuff with color editing and filtering but it when people take it too far and completely recreate unrealistic faces and bodies and pass it off as normal, that bothers me.

Who are some of your fashion/beauty icons? Who inspires you?

My favorite models are Natalia Vodianova and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley because they are so effortless with their style but still aspirational.  However, now with so many amazing bloggers and Pinterest and Instagram I think it’s hard to say I have just one fashion icon. With social media there is style inspiration everywhere, so that’s usually where I go to get inspired.  Social media has created a way for anyone to become a fashion inspiration!

How do you maintain such long and healthy hair? Do you ever do keratin treatments or other conditioning masks?

Hair is my thing! I always joke I would be notthiiinngg without my hair! I use Oribe shampoo and conditioner and Moroccan Oil hairspray, it keeps my hair smelling so good and It feels like a dream! I also think most hair damage comes from bad colorists or over using hot tools on your hair. You gotta protect it because once it’s damaged, it’s so hard to get back to a good place!

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened during a shoot and what has been the most rewarding experience so far in your career?

My most embarrassing fashion moment was when I walked into a glass door as I was walking in to meet the client.  Full on face squished against the glass; everyone behind me saw it and every one on the other side of the glass saw too. It was hard to recover (especially because I really thought I broke my nose)… Oops!

My most rewarding experiences in the industry have been all the beautiful places I have gotten to see… From exotic beaches, to Europe, to snow in Portland in August!  100 percent the most amazing feeling is when you get to go to work in places that take your breath away you feel #blessed! Meeting people from all over the world and different walks of life is also something I never want to take for granted.  People are so amazing with so much to share, especially in a creative industry. I get to meet new ones everyday and that is a beautiful thing.

What beauty/skincare products can you not live without?

Skin care is pretty much all Kiehl’s.  I’ve tried other things but I always go back.  Especially their skin brightening scrub and daily moisturizer!  For beauty products, I use Armani mascara and Nars Glo foundation.

How do you stay fit? Do you do cardio, lunges, squats, etc.. Do you follow a specific diet?

I do yoga sculpt, which is hot yoga with weights!  I have done a lot of exersize classes and hands down I have to say I have never seen results like I do with sculpt!   The combination of weights and the stretching aspects makes such nice long lean muscles and you sweat out all the extra water weight! Since I live in LA I have to add hiking to my routine!  It’s so nice to get outside and enjoy our beautiful city!  Diet wise, I do your basic clean eating stuff. Salads, fruits, veggies, lean protein (I know, it’s boring) and then one day a week I let myself have whatever I want. Having a cheat day at the end of my week keeps me going strong or otherwise I would feel so deprived!

What advice do you have for aspiring models who are seeking representation with an agency?

My advice is to be natural!  Agents want to see you as you are, not with loads of makeup.  Wear something simple, body conscious, and not too distracting.

I know the feeling of wanting to get all dolled up, but it isn’t what they are looking for. You will get all that on your photo shoots, I promise.  Lastly, be kind to yourself!  Not everyone is cut out for modeling, based off of things you might not have control over, but that does not mean it is based off of whether you are beautiful or not.

Agents are looking for other things that don’t have to do with being the most beautiful girl, such as height, face angles, marketability, photogenic range… Basically things you are more or less born with.   There is a range of modeling from high fashion to commercial print so try and find your niche and that is where you will be the most successful.

 

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“Having the opportunity to live and work in Thailand for three months was absolutely one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. It was a little scary at first because I really had no idea what to expect, but that is also what made the trip so amazing!

I arrived in Bangkok at around 11pm and was greeted at the airport by one of my agents. I am still so grateful for that because after my 16hr flight, I was exhausted. We went straight to the model apartment, I got the chance to meet all of my housemates and then I was off to bed.

The next morning I was already off to my first casting so I didn’t have much time to settle in or buy groceries. It was so perfect because literally as soon as I walked down our street to the main road there was so much food! I mean, street vendors everywhere selling pretty much anything you can think of for super cheap. Definitely one of my favorite things about Thailand… the food! I was hungry and wanted to grab a quick breakfast before my casting. It was so nice to be able to have fresh coconut water and a little bag of mixed fruit for less than $1!

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The castings in Bangkok are also a lot different than L.A. They do your hair and makeup at each casting, so sometimes it can end up taking anywhere from 1-7 hours (I was at a casting for 7 hours one time; it was crazy!). After my first casting I decided to explore a little. I was beyond excited to be in such a beautiful and tropical place. Another wonderful little thing about Bangkok is the transportation. It is so easy and inexpensive to get around. The majority of the time I would take a motorbike taxi because they are so fun, cheap and you never have to sit in traffic.

Whenever the housemates and I had some free time we would try and go to as many markets as we could because there are so many all over the city. One of my favorites was the night market. There was so much good food, vintage clothing, jewelry, live music and the atmosphere was just really cool.

Bangkok is such an amazing city full of life and culture. It is crazy but beautiful and hard not to fall in love with. The best mornings were the ones I would spend on the balcony at the model apartment…it was my lovely little sanctuary before a long day at work or castings.

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The first job I booked was a wedding shoot. There was such a fun team and we got to shoot at the beautiful Amari Hotel. This was my favorite dress, I loved how long the train was. Guests that were staying at the hotel kept congratulating the ‘groom’ and I, we thought it was pretty funny and after a while we would just smile and say thank you.

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During my last week in Thailand I took a little two-day trip to this little island called Ko Samet. This was absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The beaches all had white sand, the water was crystal clear and it was pretty much heaven on earth.

Buying my breakfast from this nice man before a long day of swimming and adventuring around the island! Being at the beach was so nice and definitely the perfect end to my trip. I fell in love with everything! The people, the food, the language and the beauty in nature everywhere…I can’t wait to go back someday!”

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Real friends. Real laughs. Real strong. Real love. Real now. #BackToREAL

You still have a couple months to soak up the summer sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in gear for Back To School! This year, our collection is all about heading back to real life. Whether reality for you is a heavy course load next semester or coming back from vacation and returning to the rise and grind of a 40-hour work week, one thing’s for sure. We’ll get you up and running and back to reality in no time.

Take a behind-the-scenes look below at our Back To School photoshoot featuring so many new faves from the collection!

Real cozy. We shot Back To School at the dreamiest NYC loft.

Real style! Aerie girls @SakurahHeffron and @CourtneyJamesCJ and our Stylist @ErinCRittling on location.

Real views. This roof made for some our fave shots!

Real smiles. Hi from @Sakuraheffron and @iamiskra!

Real city. This collection is in a New York state of mind.

 Shop your favorite looks online now! Mark your calendars, these pieces will be at your local Aerie store on 7.7.

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