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This feature was originally posted on blog.ae.com.

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.

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

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It might seem like everyone around you is coming down with a cold- so it might seem like a better idea to stay home and watch House of Cards for the rest of your life. That sounds lovely. If you figure out a way to do that, let me know. In the mean time, I have a homemade herbal remedy that will boost your immune system and help fight off germs. Behold – the Fire Cider. This tangy tincture includes garlic, horseradish, hot peppers, onions, turmeric and apple cider. All the ingredients, finely chopped and combined in a mason jar, stand and ferment for about two weeks. The strained liquid is called Fire Cider. It is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics as well as an anti-fungal and anti-viral remedy.

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A couple of words about the natural properties of the ingredients:

Apple Cider – a good source of vitamin C and acetic acid. It contains mineral salts, amino acids, helps with digestion and washes out toxins. (If you read my Bone Broth recipe, you know the importance of using apple cider to draw out nutrients from other foods).

Garlic – treats high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fungal infections, and helps regulate blood sugar. It is also great for boosting the immune system.

Onion – an anti-inflammatory and beneficial to cardiovascular health.

Hot Peppers – anti irritant properties. They can help digestion, ease allergies, prevent migraines and speed up metabolism.

Ginger – reduces inflammation, stimulates circulation, and inhibits rhinovirus – which causes the common cold. It also benefits the intestinal tract and may prevent stomach ulcers.

Horseradish – has antibiotic properties, helps relieve symptoms of water retention, and treats sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and bronchitis.

Turmeric Powder – boosts immunity, helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, puts the brakes on aging, is anti-inflammatory, and has beneficial effects on arthritis, allergies, asthma and even cancer.

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Now the taste of Fire Cider may at first be surprising. It has a strong kick to it and the first unsuspecting spoonful made my eyes water. Personally, I happen to love the apple cider vinegar taste and the potency makes it seem like the germs and bacteria are burning away. Start with a tablespoon a day, and slowly work your way up to a small 1 oz shot. Take once daily as a prophylactic and immune strengthening aid. Increase intake slightly if you are actually under the weather, but remember to still work your way up to the full dose. Bottoms up!!

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Recipe:

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¼ cup finely chopped garlic

½ finely chopped onion

¼ cup grated ginger

¼ cup grated horseradish

2 fresh hot peppers (habanera, or cayenne work well)

2 tbsp turmeric powder

Preparation:

 IMG_34021. Combine and mix all ingredients (except for vinegar) in a bowl.

2. Transfer the ingredients into a Mason jar, and add apple cider vinegar.

3. Place a piece of parchment paper over the jar, before placing the lid on. This will prevent rusting.

4. Shake vigorously.

5. Place the jar in a cool place, and let stand for at least 2 weeks. Make sure to give it a good shake a few times a day.

6. After 2 weeks, strain the liquid using a metal strain.

7. Refrigerate in an airtight container. The tonic will last for up to 6 months.

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

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TILIKISSEDYOUCOVER

Don’t envision yourself cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway with your hair blowing in the wind anytime soon? Not to worry: all your West Coast desires will be fulfilled when you watch this adorably awesome video starring Faith Picozzi and her boyfriend Filip, shot and directed by photographer extraordinaire John Huba. Based in New York and repped by Elyse Connolly, John recently escaped the East Coast chill to warm up by shooting alongside the California coast, and we really can’t blame him. Watch as the real life couple drive down the coastline with the top down in a convertible Mini Cooper, frolic along Venice Beach trying on heart-shaped sunnies, and eat sweet potato french fries by the beach – all while the sweet, melodic voices of The Everly Brothers’s “I Kissed You” play in the background. (Swoon). Just a forewarning, though, we’re already experiencing major FOMO – and we actually live in LA.

John Huba WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Faith Picozzi PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM / FILIPANDFAITH

 

 

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Obviously, we could never come close to replicating the iconic work of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition. Idolized by girls and guys alike (understandably), the SI Swim covers have long been a coveted spot for aspiring models worldwide. So, we decided to make this dream come true for a handful of the lovely ladies of Nous Models in an exclusive photoshoot for Nous Zine titled – what else – Nous Illustrated!

As a token of our love and appreciation for the famous SI Swim signature looks, Nous Illustrated is a fun expression of the growing talent here at Nous Models that we are amazed by every day. Captured by one of our favorite photographers Bogdan Morozovskiy, this featurette aims to inspire you to go for the gold. We hope you love it as much as we do!

The originals:

1964:

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1966:

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1973:

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1976:

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1977:

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1979:

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1997:

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2001:

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2002:

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2003:

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2008:

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2014:

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Brianna Gilchrist / Bridget Satterlee / Davia Gomez / Lyzy Adler / Maitlyn Simmons / Naty Belmont 

Niki HueyPolina Frantsena / Sakura Heffron / Sydney Schafer / Zeda Navarro / Zelly Dugan 

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On a sunny SoCal day, Davia Gomez visited Nous Models HQ to talk all things Hurley. Dressed in a short Forever 21 frock and adorable booties, the average passerby might be surprised to discover that this seemingly girly-girl is the face of Hurley, a household name among surfers and skateboarders. But as any good story begins, there’s more than meets the eye. Find out how this brand became one of her favorites as Davia spills the deets on why she loves Hurley.

“They are like family,” she says of the Costa Mesa-based brand. A born-and-raised California girl herself, Davia’s father was one of the original founders of Hurley (NBD), and her brother and boyfriend now also call it home. “Both of them work there!” she exclaims with a smile on her face as she describes a typical visit to Hurley offices. “Everyone is so laid back, kind, and down-to-earth. My boss, Riana, is like a sister to me.” On set, Davia says she feels just as much love. “The photographer is really cool, he’s so fun to shoot with,” she shares of the talented Derek Bahn, whose resume is chock-full of mega beach babes – we’re only fangirling a little. Promise.

Thanks in part to that homey-vibe, it’s easy to tell that Davia has a deep connection to Hurley. Starting at a young age with the Hurley Girls line, Davia has literally grown up in and around Hurley, eventually moving on to active wear and finally swim. In addition to getting first picks on some of the best new bikinis, Davia has an insider’s knowledge on the clothing itself. “Everything is really well-made. They use such great material.” One of Davia’s favorite picks: this leather jacket, which we immediately envisioned ourselves adventuring around town in. As for the scoop on swimwear, Davia says the options are endless (which is good news for your spring break packing list. Just saying. We don’t believe in coincidences.)

We could talk clothes for hours, naturally, but when asked how she would describe Hurley in one word, Davia chose the word creative. “They have an amazingly talented team.” She raves about the Hurley Women’s clothing designers Tanya and Natasha, who help style Davia on shoots. Davia also believes Hurley is ahead of the activewear game when it comes to art and photography. We even learned that the brand was recently featured in Japanese Vogue, and that’s something few active lines can say they’ve accomplished.

Davia was literally born to be the face of Hurley, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for their future. In the mean time, you’ll find Davia traveling along the California coastline going to and from Hurley events and being a part of the brand that she loves and has become her family. It’s nice to see that the ultimate beach babe keeps her feet on the ground – or in this case, the sand.

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

 

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“I’m in love with San Francisco! It’s such a fun and colorful city. So, I was obviously extremely excited about going there for the second time to work for Old Navy.

TUESDAY
My flight was scheduled to depart around 4 but there was terrible weather so I was delayed. I ended up leaving at 10! But, I was prepared and brought a book and my laptop so I was fully entertained. When I got to my hotel it was around 12 and I ended up crashing within minutes of getting there.

WEDNESDAY
The next morning I woke up bright and early for a quick work out at the hotel gym (despite my few hours of sleep). By 8 I was at the studio, nice and clean and ready to shoot. Our team was great and the first day went smoothly. We wrapped around 5, leaving me plenty of time to explore the city! After getting a bite to eat I went to Union Square for a little shopping and a walk around the park. It was decorated beautifully for the holiday season, Christmas tree and all.

THURSDAY
The next day we shot outside on location. Shooting on the streets of San Fran is the best! There are so many cute vintage-y houses and shops that anywhere you go is a great photo-op. After Thursday’s shoot I squeezed in a little workout and pampered myself by taking a bath with a LUSH bath bomb (they’re my favorite).

FRIDAY
Last day! I got my hair and make up done and was ready to work! By the third day everyone in the studio had a hang of what we were doing and the day seemed to go by faster. It’s always a bitter sweet feeling when wrapping in the studio. You meet such great people and it’s sad having to leave them (thank god for Instagram for making it easier to keep in touch) but at the same time, it’s an awesome feeling to be back home after a long week!”

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

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At my annual LA Friends Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, one of my friends gently shamed me for wanting to throw out all the bones from our delicious turkey. “You can make bone broth out of them!” she said. What? How would I go about doing that, and why do I want to do it? Also, isn’t that gross?

If you are a New Yorker, standing in line of trendy Brodo restaurant, waiting for your to-go cup of bone broth – you already know what all the hype is about. If you’re just hearing about bone broth for the first time, like me, let me tell you why this magic sustenance will be your favorite go-to brew.

Bone broth is made by slowly cooking bones with small amounts of meat, vegetables and aromatics in a large batch of water. It is similar to stock, but is made over a longer period of time (sometimes upwards of 24 hours), thus allowing the natural ingredients from bones – electrolyte minerals, amino acids, gelatin, collagen, and bone marrow, to leech into the broth.

The first records of bone broth being used, come from the 12th century, when Egyptian physicians prescribed it as a remedy from colds and asthma. Bone broth is easily digested, and when made from organic chicken, contains natural antibiotics. Ever wonder why you crave chicken soup when you’re sick?!

It has been shown that consuming a cup of bone broth a day helps reduce inflammation of stomach lining, thus is a great option for when your tummy is feeling under the weather. On top of that, the readily-available nutrients and amino acids in the broth strengthen your immune system and nourish the body. Many people claim that consuming bone broth on a daily basis helps with allergies and autoimmune diseases. And you did hear that I said bone broth contains gelatin and collagen, right? That means stronger hair and better, more elastic skin, as well as stronger nails and teeth.

I have made bone broth from both the left over turkey bones and from organic beef bones that I bought at my local Whole Foods (who knew they sold those?!). I make sure to get organic, free range chicken, turkey or beef. Everything from the bones gets cooked into your broth, so you want to make sure you are eating a healthy animal. I was afraid the broth would taste a little funky, but I have to say using bones from an already cooked or roasted meat makes for a great taste. If you get raw bones from Whole Foods or your butcher, roast them in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes before putting them in the broth. I prefer making the broth in a slow cooker. That way it can be left alone to do it’s thing, and I don’t have to use my gas stove.

BONE BROTH RECIPE:

2 pounds bones, gizzards, skin
1 onion roughly chopped
3 carrots roughly chopped
2 stalks of celery roughly chopped
1.5 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 bunch of Italian parsley (add during the last 30 minutes of cooking)
1 Tsp whole peppercorns
2 Bay leaves
Salt to taste after the broth is finished.

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1. Cover the bones and gizzards with water. I use a 5-quart slow cooker, so that’s about 4.5 quarts of water.
2. Add apple cider vinegar, and let sit for 30 minutes. This draws the nutrients out of the bones.
3. Cook on high for about 2 hours, periodically removing the impurities that rise up to the top. When the broth is brought to a boil, change settings to Low, take the gizzards and skin out of the broth. Remove the bones, taking the meat off them, then return them to the pot. Add onion, carrots, celery, peppercorns, bay leaf and garlic, cook on low for 22-24 hours.
4. 30 minutes before finish time, add the parsley to the broth. This adds an extra kick of nutrients to the broth.
5. Strain the broth over a metal mesh strainer, discarding the bones and vegetables. You can add some more salt to taste at this point. Let the broth cool to room temperature. By that time, there should be a layer of fat at the top. Skim the layer off for a fat-free bone broth! Now store in the fridge for up to 6 days, or freeze for later use.

If made correctly, the broth will become gelatinous while in the fridge. I like to drink the broth hot from a cup, with a dash of turmeric. Turmeric is another anti-inflammatory agent, that’s supposed to be fabulous for your health. So far, I have found the broth to be quite filling, I have it as an in between meals snack sometimes. And my agency did say that my skin looked really good. So, what are you waiting for? Go try it!!

Giza by @thanimara

Giza by @thanimara

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