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Summer may technically be ending, but that doesn’t mean that we’re tired of looking at beach photo shoots. I mean, this is California after all! We’re all about the sandy feet and salty hair. Davia (@davia_gomez) gave us an inside perspective of her shoot with German photographer, Max Motel (@maxmotel). Read all about what really went into getting these gorgeous photos below.

“3 o’clock in the afternoon I was struggling to find parking in a dirt lot at El Matador State Beach. Finally I see a tiny spot and decide to try to squeeze in my car, and to my luck that is how I met Max. He was in the car I was going to box in (oops)! A friendly guy with an accent came out of his car and said, “You must be Davia”. Right off the bat there was great energy between us. After that he helped me squeeze my car in the spot and we were ready to get shooting! I opened my trunk and we rummaged through the suitcase of clothes I had brought to the shoot. After picking what we agreed to be our favorite looks we headed down the dirt trail to the beach. You couldn’t pick a more beautiful walk looking down at clear water, white sand, and feeling a refreshing breeze.

As we approached the beach we had noticed the tide had gotten high so we had no choice but to jump in the water and start shooting right away. Shooting in the water was full of laughs as neither of us had been there or knew the extent to how rocky it was, I’m positive I couldn’t count how many times each of us tripped! Max was incredible to shoot with, super easy going and fun. It felt less like being at a shoot and more just like being at the beach with a friend. He used a disposable underwater camera with which we took candid shots playing in the waves, laughing, and splashing around the water.

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After playing in the water a bit, the tide came up too high and we had to relocate. We found a high rock that rose above the tide and climbed it. Up there it was a little chilly as the wind picked up and the sun started to set. Lucky for me I was with a nice photographer who let me shoot with a towel wrapped around me until the sun was perfect!

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Around 7 the sun had almost set, making a pink glow in the sky. So we decided for our last hour to hop back in the water and catch the light. When it all faded we walked back to our cars. I had such a fun day but how could I have not because when you live in California! Nothing beats being in the ocean, and when you’re modeling nothing beats working with a great photographer.”

Here are some of the images Davia and Max captured from their Malibu rendez-vous!

Photographer Maximilian Motel is currently based in Berlin, but tries to spend as much time as possible in Los Angeles- which he fell in love with a couple of years ago. His work consists largely of portraiture, ranging from street portraits taken in LA and NYC to fashion portraits.

To view his full portfolio, click here. To follow him on instagram, find him @maxmotel.

Follow Davia @davia_gomez, or take a look at her full portfolio here.

 

Cover Photo Late August always brings a few things, but two of our favorites are the MTV VMA’s and the Primetime Emmy Awards! There’s just something about a venue full of celebrities focused entirely on fashion and entertainment that gets us looking forward to this week every year! Inspired by all of the old Hollywood glamour award shows bring to mind, photographer Melanie Rains collaborated with hair and makeup artist Phoenix and our girl Bridget Satterlee to produce this photo shoot and video that they titled, “Starlet”.

You can find this amazingly beautiful photographer behind and in front of the camera. Melanie Rains is a fashion, portrait and headshot photographer based in the Los Angeles area as well as a talented model and actress! Shooting everyone from entertainment professionals to aspiring models and everyday people- she’s young, fun, and extra talented. Check out her full portfolio here. To get your own vibrant head shots or test photos, just shoot her an email! It’s melrainsphoto@gmail.com.

Not on the west coast? We got you! Bicoastal, New Orleans-based hair and makeup artist Phoenix Rose does it all. Perfecting everything from every-day maintenance to fashion photo shoots and weddings, book an appointment with Phoenix by visiting her website.

garagedenim_cover4We can’t believe it is almost fall! That means back to school, layers, and getting cozy. Thankfully, Garage Clothing has us covered with their amazing new collection of jeans and separates! We can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so we can rock some of these new looks!

Check out Garage Clothing’s handy denim guide here!

Shot by the talented Chris Heads, our model Tereza shows off how effortlessly cool Garage’s style can look. Check out the behind the scenes on the shoot:

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Skinny jeans are a timeless staple that can never go wrong. Pair them with pretty much anything plaid or a soft tee you are set! Jeggings are basically our favorite things, providing maximum comfort with that long and lean look you love. Check out Garage’s skinny jeans here!

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We love how Tereza conveys a carefree casual style in the campaign. The styling is spot on and strikes the perfect balance between cute and relaxed! Layers, cool colors, and a little bit of sass are key.
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We want it all! Be sure to check out Garage Clothing for all your back to school needs!

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Follow Tereza on Instagram! @terezakacerova

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Everyone needs a second chance! The Giving Keys (@thegivingkeys), led by Caitlin Crosby, repurposes old hotel and house keys into totally chic jewelry with inspirational messages. Stamped with words and phrases like HOPE, DREAM, and LET GO, we could definitely use the little reminder in our lives. Proceeds from the keys go towards transitioning people out of homelessness and into the workforce. Wear a key for yourself, then pass it on to inspire someone else when you’re done! You can shop for your own key and share your story at www.thegivingkeys.com.

The seriously epic campaign was shot by Travis Schnieder. Check out Ashley Moore, Jordan Monaghan, and Maggimae rocking their keys below!

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Ever feel so overwhelmed with your life that you don’t even know where to begin?  We do.  I mean, come on!  Any tried-and-true fashion girl has a lot on her plate for one day.  We get things done!  You’ve got work, play, the gym, dinner, friends- don’t forget your social media feeds, and some shopping time if you’re lucky- sometimes it all just seems like too much!  T.M., an abbreviation short for Transcendental Meditation, is the twice-daily practice of mantra-based meditation.  In short, it’s a great way for people with super-chaotic daily lives to stay grounded, centered, and inspired.

Award winning film director, writer and producer David Lynch has taken on the task of sharing these enlightening techniques with the world with his nonprofit organization, The David Lynch Foundation.

Our girl Alyssa Miller (@luvalyssamiller) says she owes her sanity to T.M.; so when her friend and fashion publicist Robyn Berkeley proposed a capsule collection of lounge and activewear benefiting the David Lynch Foundation, she was all on board.

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“It changed my life. You spend twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes at night giving yourself the time to sort through your emotions. It’s all about change from within, like our T-shirt logo says, and this collection just made sense because it’s about eating well, working out, taking care of yourself, and giving back.” – Alyssa 

LIVE THE PROCESS, David Lynch Foundation and Alyssa Miller Collaboration

 

To get your hands on the beautiful collection that donates a portion of proceeds directly to the David Lynch Foundation, check out http://shop.livetheprocess.com

To read Alyssa’s statement for Live the Process, click on over to http://livetheprocess.com/2014/07/bringing-beauty-light-together/ 

 

Thanks Alyssa, for reminding us that our Instagram filters aren’t the only that make us look and feel better about ourselves.  Change begins within.  Live the Process!

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Playing in the sun like a meadow fairy, Alex Long (@allotree) glows in this editorial shot exclusively for Nouszine by photographer Steve Fan (@stevefanfotos).

Shot on a perfectly sunny day in Malibu, California, Alex and Steve had endless space to play. There was no one around, and they got to spend hours getting the sunlight to shine through her hair just right.

We spoke to Alex for a little behind the scenes on the shoot:

Nous: How much planning went into this shoot?

AlexThis shoot was really easy for me to get ready for. Because it was outside, I knew it would be pretty low maintenance for my hair and make up. I spent a couple hours going through my closet  making sure I had enough options. My entire trunk was full of clothes, so I probably over did it!

N: Are there any problems that come up when you shoot in nature?

AThe bugs. That’s it. I can handle almost anything else but the bugs, no. Other than that, I love shooting in nature! I feel very comfortable and connected when I’m outside so getting “in the mood” isn’t hard.

N: How was it shooting with Steve?

ASteve is awesome to work with. He is very down-to-earth and low maintenance. He gave great direction that really complimented the location and was able to capture these perfect moments. 

Perfection, indeed. Check out the rest of the editorial below!


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Our new girl Zeda Navarro (@zeds_dead1) is hot. The kind of hot that looks stunning doing mundane everyday things like, I don’t know, laundry.  Or  skimming through magazines. Or literally just sitting there. It’s kind of ridiculous.

Alexander Jacob (@alexanderjacob) managed to capture some pretty amazing photographic proof of said hotness in this new editorial. Welcome to the family, Zeda. We’re already obsessed with you.

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