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Published by City Magazine Hong Kong.

Photographer – Matt Hui Instagram and Website.

Makeup Artist – Deep Choi

Hair Stylist – Ziv Lau Instagram.

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Art Director – Nina Ricardo Instagram.

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Hair Stylist – Heitai Cheung Instagram.

Stylist – Chloe Makcm Instagram.

Today’s the big day! Our trailblazing Nous girl, Jessica Michél Serfaty, has launched her new jewelry line, Michel Jewels, created with SEVEN50, and the results couldn’t be more mesmerizing!

With a heart for exploring, Jessica has spent much of her life dedicated to sampling and learning from various types of cultures. The design inspiration has been drawn from her travels around the world, as well as her experiences close to home. It is a collection that encompasses a chic and cool beauty, while emphasizing a powerful expression of femininity and strength. Each piece is ideal for a number of occasions, whether it be a glamorous evening out, a dinner in with that special someone, or by simply engaging in a ‘catch up coffee’ with friends.

Love how this sounds so far? Don’t just take our word for it. Scroll down, and take glimpse at her new lookbook below. It’s difficult to not get hooked on all these treasured pieces at such an affordable price!:


To get some of these looks, shop here:

www.MichelJewels.com

Can’t get enough of this line? Shop more Michel Jewels on her website.

Also, check out Jessica’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photographer – Loli Laboureau  Instagram.

Producer – SEVEN50 Instagram (Jeffrey Loloi Instagram & Orine Loloi Instagram).

Styling and Art Direction – Max & Fred LA Instagram.

Hair & MUA – Phoebe Dawson Instagram.

Summer may be over, but the memories are not! We caught up with two of our jet-setting Nous girls, Tori and Grace, to speak on their recent adventures overseas. Here’s what they had to say ~


Tori Bass spotted in the Clapham district of London photographed by Shonay.

First and foremost, Where did you girls travel to?

Tori: I travelled around London and made a quick visit to Cologne (Germany).

Grace: Hong Kong with occasional visits to Guangzhou.

What brought you there?:

Tori: A mix of a vacation and work.

Grace: A few months prior, Nous spoke about sending me somewhere in Asia after I graduated from High School, but I wasn’t sure as to where at the time. Then in August, I got an email making sure that my passports were current, and to prepare to leave for Hong Kong; few days had passed when I got an email saying that I’d be leaving the next day! 24 hours later, I was on a plane to begin a new journey in my modeling career!

Grace opening the runway show for FFIXXED STUDIOS  in Hong Kong.

 

 

Where have you stayed or are staying for the majority of your trip?

Grace: I’m staying in a neighborhood on Hong Kong Island called Kennedy Town, which is an area where a lot of families live. It has only recently started to become more connected to the rest of the island because of its MTR station that was added in January. Because of this, the area is a more “hipster” part of Hong Kong, and it’s not as modernized as the more downtown areas such as Central.

Tori: I stayed in Greenwich, London. It has some of the best views of the city.

City views in Greenwich, London.

 

Did you girls get to visit any cool historical landmarks that you can now cross off your bucket list?

Tori: I went just about everywhere. Being the history nerd that I am, we visited Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Hever Castle in Kent, Kensington Palace, Churchill’s War Rooms, and a whole lot more! I was so happy to finally cross them off my list of places to visit.

What is the fashion like where you two visited?:

Grace: The fashion is pretty similar to that in the states, due to the western influence in Hong Kong. I’ve noticed that people tend to look ‘on-trend’ and put together, and I’ve seen more people carrying designer handbags than in Los Angeles (although maybe some of them are awesome knockoffs, who knows?).

Tori: Everyone is London seems to dress super fashionable. A sort of “elegant but comfortable” vibe.

Grace backstage for FFIXXED STUDIOS runway show in Hong Kong.

What’s something you packed that’s not absolutely essential, but you like having it?

GraceProbably a journal. It’s been a good way for me to reflect on what I’ve learned throughout this trip in Hong Kong. I’ve also been making a list of lessons in it to take away from this experience, ranging from simple ones like never leaving the apartment without a portable charger, to more personal ones!

Out of all of the foreign cities that you have visited recently, which place stuck out the most?:

Grace: Out of the two cities, definitely Hong Kong. I love how everything is super connected and easy to get to, and how it has several cool places in nature that you can go to if you want to escape the city.

Tori: Probably Cologne. I had never been to a German country before so I didn’t know what to expect! It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect!

A street view of Cologne, Germany’s sensational architecture.

How neat! That’s great that you found a easy way to get around the city. This brings me to my next question – What did you find to be the most effective form of transportation (walking, car, bus, train, etc) in the city or cities that you visited?

Grace: In HK, I usually take the subway system, called the MTR, and then walk the rest of the way. But when I’m in Guangzhou, we go to castings and jobs in taxis and vans, which makes for great book reading time.

Tori: I did a little bit of everything, but mostly stuck to the ‘Tube’ (London’s underground public rapid transit system). It makes it so easy to get practically anywhere in London.

Grace scanning her options at the Ladies Market in Hong Kong.

Thank you for your advice! Both sound like great tools to use when navigating through London and Hong Kong. Yet, while venturing through each city, did either of you guys discover any ‘hidden gems’ that most people have not heard of?

Tori: Greenwich Palace is fairly popular, but if you’re into history like me, then it’s definitely a good place to stop. It holds a lot of history that I had no idea about.

GraceThe Ladies Market in Mong Kok is great for finding cheap items, and for a bargaining, too (although my friend I went with did most of that for me haha).

Both of those places sound interesting! Now- let’s talk about people. Did either of you meet an interesting person while traveling that you felt has positively impacted your life?

Grace: Yes, just recently I had a conversation with a new friend at dinner, while I was feeling a little homesick. I asked her if she ever felt that way, and she told me that while she does miss home, she uses those feelings to motivate her to go even further in her modeling because she knows that she’ll always be supported by her loved ones. This caused me to think about homesickness in a new way, and it also motivates me to work harder as I continue to model in HK, because I want my family to be proud of me when I return.

Tori taking the summer sunshine in while working in London.

I love that you shared this with our readers, as it broadens the perspective for those that fear that modeling would disconnect them from their loved ones (by traveling so frequently). Moving forward, what time of the year do you believe would be the best time to visit the city that you traveled to?

Grace: Probably in the fall. I arrived in August, and it’s been really humid and hot here so far. In the fall, it’s supposed to cool down and become less humid, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.

Tori: Visiting London in the Summer was the best decision. Since it tends to be rainy and cold (during a large portion of the year), it was nice being able to experience the city while the weather was still beautiful! However, I’ve heard London is stunning during the Christmas time too, so I’ll have to visit again soon.

Now, I’m sure while visiting these cities you two also had some pretty spectacular meals. If someone was planning to travel to the cities that you visited, what’s the one meal they shouldn’t miss?

Tori: If you visit Cologne, you have to visit Freddy Schilling! I’ve never had a better veggie burger in my life!

Grace: If you visit Hong Kong, Dim Sum! You order a bunch of small plates and it’s especially good for a weekend brunch.

Dim Sum, a famous meal local to Hong Kong, spread out in all it’s yummy glory.

Oh my- both of these dishes sound delicious. I am sure with all tasty options near by, it can be hard to focus on health. What do you do to stay healthy/fit while you travel?

Tori: I found that finding healthier vegan options in London was a lot easier than I would have imagined. I never had a problem finding something to stay within my dietary preferences.

Grace: There’s this unsweetened Jasmine Green Tea that’s sold in almost every convenience and grocery store that has been one of my go-to drinks. I’m going to miss it when I arrive back in the states.

Tori’s passport ready to embark on her adventure with her to London and Cologne.

Thank you both for sharing. Both sound like solid ways to stay fit while abroad. Now, in a more generalized sense, I am sure our readers would love to know: what was the most exciting thing about modeling abroad?

Tori: Traveling has always been a passion of mine, so having the opportunity at all is amazing! I love having the chance to meet different people that I maybe wouldn’t cross paths with back home.

Grace: Probably having the experience of living on my own for the first time, and being nearly halfway around the world from home too! Also getting to experience the culture and lifestyle of Hong Kong has been wonderful for me.

Did either of you find any differences between modeling in the United States VS. abroad?

Grace: Yes. In the US, I would do mostly editorial style modeling. But in HK and Asia in general, modeling is much more commercial, and I had to learn to adapt to this style (I didn’t have much experience with it prior to coming to Asia). But I feel that it has only helped me grow as a model,  because I’ve learned to be more familiar with this style.

Tori Bass working her magic for ASOS in London.

Tori: Yeah definitely. It’s hard to point out any single difference between working in the U.S. and U.K., but I really did love working for ASOS. They’re a massive company so there’s lots of going on/people on staff, but they still manage to put out a very relaxed, and easy going vibe to keep everyone motivated.

Are there any social norms or practices that you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were more common in the USA?

Grace: I’ve noticed that people who are sick tend to wear face masks. I wish that was a thing in the US, especially at schools, because I feel that fewer people would catch colds here.

Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to this city?:

Tori: When it comes to traveling around London, be sure to visit as many markets as you can! I loved seeing all the different types of foods, crafts, and clothes that all of them had to offer.

Grace: Be prepared for the humidity and high temperatures! It does get cooler in late September (as I’ve been told). Also, living space is much smaller in HK than it is in the US, so don’t overpack.

 Love what you see so far? Check out this video of Grace opening FFIXXED STUDIOS‘ SS18 Runway show!:

View Grace’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

& also, take a peek at Tori working her magic in London during a shoot by Shonay:

View Tori’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Wave goodbye to Summer, as the back-to-school season is now upon us! As students nationwide prepare for their first day, we decided that it was only fitting to sit down with a few of our girls (ChonzieEmily, Kyndall, and Lily, ), revealing what is it like to manage a blossoming model career, all while taking on the load of being a full-time student. We hope that their advice can gear prospective models in the right direction, showing them that they too can have the best of both worlds! Read below to see what the girls’ had to say in regards to juggling being a full-time student, while pursuing a modeling career:

Hi girls! Thank you so much for doing this. I know things can get a little hectic this time of the year. Let’s start with a little background info. What is your age and what year in school is this for you?

Emily: I am 18-years-old and am in college. I attend Fordham University, and I am doing their online program for the second semester, majoring in Business.

Kyndall: I am 16-years-old and am a Junior in High School.

Chonzie: I am also 16-years-old and am a Junior in High School.

Lily: I am 17-years-old and am a senior at Stanford University’s Online High School.

Emily, as the only current college attendee out of the bunch, what’s your plan for the future?

Emily: I want to graduate college and continue on to do something else! Since I model full-time in New York, I am doing online classes because I love to learn and want to continue to challenge my mind in a way that isn’t related to modeling. So, with that being said, I will continue to do this and then finish college and potentially go onto grad school. I have always wanted to be a lawyer.

Lily, shot by: Megan Taylor

Very cool! I am sure with the communication skills you are acquiring with modeling, you will be an excellent lawyer. Next question is for Lily – what is your favorite thing about finishing high school online?

Lily: In this wonderful program, students and instructors attend live classes remotely from all over the world via the webcams and microphones on our computers (it’s like a web conference, or Skype). It’s a unique and powerful way to learn. I was even able to schedule some of my classes in the evening to free up more days for work.

As for a favorite, there are so many amazing things about Stanford Online High School. I think the most rewarding part of an online education is that I get to learn with, and from, students who live elsewhere. I’ve had the opportunity to discuss politics and philosophy with kids from throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia. Needless to say, my educational experience has broadened significantly over the past year that I’ve been attending this school. Everyone is approaching the class material in the context of their own local culture and experiences, and that has put my own assumptions and beliefs into the proper, international perspective.

How insightful! It also seems very convenient for those that are fearful that castings will get in the way attending classes, but enough about all the technical stuff! What does education mean to you on a personal level?

Emily: An education, whether it be inside or outside of the classroom, is expanding your mind so you gain a deeper knowledge of things you didn’t know about before. You are learning and just gaining a deeper understanding of different subjects.

Chonzie hanging out in class with one of her favorite teachers.

Chonzie: Education is extremely important to me. My father immigrated to the United States from Tibet. He wanted to attend an American University to obtain an education in order to have a future. Coming from a family where opportunities were limited and were just a dream for him, I am extremely grateful to have an opportunity to attend a school where education is available to everyone.

Kyndall: To me, education means everything.  Learning new things and gaining knowledge is crucial to success in whatever I do.  A person never stops being educated in some way or form throughout their whole life.  However, primary education is the most crucial, which is why I am so grateful to go to the school that I do where I have the opportunity to learn so many new things.

I love the role that education plays in all of your lives. It seems to hold many positive attributes. However, it can’t be all that easy while pursuing a modeling career. Were their any concerns you had before signing your modeling contract? Has these concerns lessened over time?

Chonzie: When I signed my modeling contract, I just finished middle school and was about to start high school. I wasn’t aware of the challenges that I would be facing when it came to missing school for modeling. Some administrators find it difficult to understand why I need to miss school for a “casting” or a “photo shoot,” which can be really frustrating. Another thing I was unaware about is when you miss school for a job, you don’t have much time to catch up on what you’re missing. You are mostly spending the entire day on a photo shoot. I generally do my school work while traveling on a plane, in order to keep up with my school work.

Well, that’s great that you have figured out a system that works for you! This brings to me my next topic. Do any of you guys have a special technique that helps you manage your time between studying and jobs that you feel would be helpful to others?

Kyndall’s go-to headphones to study with.

Kyndall:  One way that I learn is through music! For example, how did I learn my ABC’s? Through singing a song!  So my advice to others that are worried about missing a study time between castings is to listen to a song on the radio with a really good beat, and change out the words to a topic that you are learning about in school!  An example of one that I did to help me remember information from my math class was I changed the lyrics of Kesha’s lyrics from her song, “Tik Tok,” to geometric formulas.

Lily:  One of the most exciting, and sometimes challenging, aspects of this line of work is the varying and unpredictable schedule – shoots and castings may either be confirmed or canceled up until the day before they happen. Because of this, I can’t always count on having a free day during the week to complete schoolwork or study for upcoming exams. One time management technique I had to learn this past year was to stay at least a few days ahead, without fail, on all of my assignments and other school responsibilities. That way, if an unexpected work event came up and I was busy for ten hours one day, I wouldn’t have to worry about rushing to meet a deadline. This probably seems obvious but it really took discipline to get everything done ahead of time, especially after a long day in LA!  I also prepare for all shoots and castings the night before: setting up directions, choosing clothes, getting my portfolio and comp cards together, and packing lunches and snacks.

Chonzie, taken for Claire’s Spring ’16 Prom Campaign

Emily: I think that scheduling things out on paper with a pen is the best way to go about things. I always feel more confident about my day, especially if it is hectic, if I can see it written out in front of me and not written out on a screen.

All these techniques sound super helpful in terms of time management! Branching from my last question, what have you found to be absolutely essential to your success in school and/or work?

Chonzie: My earbuds are honestly so helpful for me, and play a big role when it comes to succeeding in school. I work best when I’m isolated, and my earbuds totally zone everything out and help me focus on whatever I’m doing.

Kyndall: Support is vital to success in school and work.  My family has always been behind me to support and help me in any situation, whatever the circumstance.  Whether it be not knowing the answer to a homework question and my parents sitting with me and helping me until we figure it out, or my grandpa driving with me for four and a half hours through L.A traffic to get to my casting.

Lily:  One of the most important things I’ve learned this year is that even though I have lots of varying responsibilities, it’s essential to be fully present in whatever I am currently doing. Even if I know I have a lot of studying to do after work, I stay 100% focused on the task at hand without letting any one thing impact how well I do somewhere else. It’s all about taking things one step at a time. Even more importantly, being professional is definitely essential to success, and that is another commitment of mine.

Kyndall dominating the school yard in a photo shot by: Tina Jo.

Absolutely! I can see how all of these things can strongly benefit you in the long run. Now, let’s get to the fun stuff. If we took a look at your locker or dorm, what celebrity crush would probably be posted?

Kyndall: Hmmm… that’s a good question.  I think it would most likely be Prince Harry of Wales.  I adore the royal family, and Harry is just positively charming!  I have little picture frames in my locker, so I wouldn’t be surprised if his picture found it’s way into one of them!

We all have our preferences – hot or cold lunch?!

Kyndall: 100% cold lunch!  I eat the same thing for lunch pretty much everyday: a protein bar with at least 12 grams of protein since I’m vegetarian, a piece of fruit for necessary vitamins and minerals plus fiber, and roasted chickpeas for carbohydrates to fuel me for the rest of the day.  And don’t forget lots and lots of water!

Kyndall’s favorite bars to snack on.

Lily: Cold lunch – maybe that’s just because it’s August and 80-90 degrees in LA! 🙂

Haha! I think it is safe to say that cold lunch takes the lead – which I am not mad about! Healthy is happy, after all. This brings me to my next question: is there a subject that you are always happy to learn about?

Lily sharing her bright ideas in a photo taken by: Tina Jo.

Lily: This is a difficult question to answer. I really do love them all! But, if I had to choose one, it would probably be calculus. There’s a unique beauty to mathematics in general, but when I was introduced to calculus it was like I had discovered the hidden mechanism of the universe.

Emily: I have always been a history fan. My history teacher in High School taught it really well, and I just loved to learn about all of these events that happened in history and how it shaped our current world. It is fascinating to me how one day we will be in history books for certain events.

Amazing! Is there anything that you are excited to learn about this upcoming school year that is new to you?

Lily: This year I am taking an elective history course called “Globalization and Imperial Exchange: From Alexander the Great to NATO.” The class is centered around the growth and decline of different empires throughout time. I am interested in how cultural identity is shaped by power struggles and outside influences.

Do you feel that modeling has helped your performance at school in certain areas?

Lily: Actually, yes, it really has helped, both in school and in life. I tend to be more introverted by nature and when I started modeling it required me to enter another, more extroverted dimension of my personality. I’ve noticed that since I’ve been working I’ve become more and more comfortable with this side of myself. Although I’m still the same person, my inner extrovert is now on display quite often, and I see and feel a difference in my performance in school presentations and discussions. I’m a bit more voluble and confident in expressing my thoughts and opinions than I was previously.   

Chonzie having a blast with her fellow classmates in-between classes.

Chonzie: I believe that modeling has helped me a lot when it comes to communicating with teachers. I have to communicate to my agency especially when I am living in Colorado, not California. Because of that, I’ve had to really work on expressing all my needs and making an effort to keep them updated. Therefore, modeling has really helped me when it comes to communication with others.

Kyndall: Absolutely.  If a person is failing all of their classes, it’s going to be extremely difficult to have a successful modeling career, because they will be too worried about keeping their grades up to do anything else.  So for me, modeling provides the motivation to pay attention in class, in order to excel in school and get good grades so that I can continue to do what I love: model.

One of Kyndall’s favorite outfits to wear to school, purchased from TOPSHOP.

It’s great to see how modeling has impacted all of you so positively! Now, is there a specific hobby that you like to do when your not in school, that is not modeling? 

 EmilyMy favorite thing to do is either to shoot/model, play the guitar, or spend time with my friends. I think it’s a nice balance!

Kyndall: My favorite thing to do when I’m not in school aside from modeling, is to design clothes.  I have a journal that I keep by my bed so that when inspiration hits, it’s there for me to sketch in. Lately, I’ve received a lot of inspiration from the dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Gala, so I have been inspired to create a collection that is entirely black and white with a futuristic twist.

Lily: I love to read a good book or play with my dog, Pansy.

She got it from her mama! Lily’s beloved dog, Pansy, modeling in the sunlight.

Chonzie, taken by: Alex Geim

Very cool – To wrap things up, do any of you gals have any other advice for aspiring models that are also enrolled in school?

Chonzie: My advice for an aspiring model who’s enrolled in school is to keep up with all your classes. The worst thing is to be leaving town when your grades are struggling. If you’re on top of everything, you won’t be as stressed when you have to leave. Also, make a serious effort to really communicate with your teachers.  For example, before I leave for a job I ask them, “I’m leaving town for ___ day(s), what am I going to be missing? And when can I make it up?” That way you can have a good relationship with your teacher, and feel better about missing school.

Emily, Shot by: Troels Jepsen

Emily: I would say just make sure you plan out your days and your schedules every week to make sure you have time to do school. I know as a model, we don’t typically get our schedule until the night before but if you know you will have a busy day, print some reading out and take it with you to read in-between castings or during down time on set. It is all about organizing and planning and you can stay on top of things.

Kyndall: Don’t be afraid to go for your dreams!  Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, so if your desire is to be a model, don’t let anything stand in your way.  Things have a way of working themselves out, and there are amazing people like the wonderful women of Nous to help you fulfill your dream.

Emily, taken by Senreve

Check out Chonzie‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out Emily‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out Kyndall‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out Lily‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Looking for a new look to rock this summer? Well, we have just the solution! This past week our girl, Alyssa Miller, launched her modern take on western-wear, collaborating with Understated Leather. We couldn’t be more in love with the results and knew we just had to share it with all of you! For those that want to learn more about her collaboration, we have good news. Upon the launch, Alyssa sat down with  W Magazine, offering all the exclusive deets on her new line. View the full interview below!:

W Magazine: How did this partnership with Understated Leather come to life?

AM: Jen, who owns and operates Understated Leather, and I became close friends and just started chatting about it casually and eventually decided to collaborate. It’s been a dream to work with my bestie on my first collection.

W Magazine: What was your inspiration for the collection?

AM: I was very inspired by Nudie and Roncelli suits, and western wear in general. I loved the idea of having a few pieces of the same collection and being able to wear them together as suit wear, throwing a jacket on with jeans, or the shorts with a classic white button up tied at the waist.

W Magazine: From music to modeling, you’re a multi-hyphenate. Did you always plan on venturing into design as well?

AM: I wear many hats, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having been a model for so long I learned a lot about clothes, design, and style. So I think it was a matter of time before I started working on my own designs. I didn’t realize exactly how rewarding it could be to see your concepts go from mind to paper to being born into actuality. I loved the process. I imagine it will be even more so seeing all the beautiful women of the world actually wearing them.

W Magazine: Take me through the design process with the Understated Leather team. How did this collaboration work?

AM: Jen was amazing, she was very hands off and let me conceptualize the entire collection and every piece I wanted. We then worked with a designer on fit. We worked very hard to make sure that every piece was as flattering and flawless as possible. I relentlessly pushed every detail, the pants I am particularly proud of. A good suede pant is very hard to come by—I know because I’ve searched endlessly. So I’m proud to say I think we made the perfect pair.

W Magazine: The collection seems to be based around the brand’s Texan roots. Was this intentional?

AM: With both Jen and I being based out of Austin I think it was impossible to avoid. We both love and embrace western culture and are inspired by it every day out here. I wanted to find a way of meshing city wear with Texas country cowboy wear. I want to take a bit of Texas with me everywhere I go.

W Magazine: What would you say is your signature touch in the collection?

AM: The embroidery is to me, what makes this collection so special and spectacular. It reminds me of something you might find on a vintage piece. Something that if you were to find in a vintage shop you might die from excitement.

W Magazine: You also styled the campaign—what is your styling philosophy?

AM: In this case it was less is more. I used only vintage white blouses and t- shirts from my vintage collection for Pilgrim, a bit of a signature of mine. The great thing about this collection is that it really speaks for itself, it didn’t need much.

W Magazine: You took a three day road-trip to West Texas for the campaign. What was that like?

AM: I wanted it to feel like a journey, like an adventure, and it was one. We almost ran out of gas on a country road with nothing around for miles. We talked for hours, we shared our stories and offered our advice. We almost peed our pants while waiting for the next rest stop, then ate all the crappy convenience store snacks and drank wine straight from the bottle at night. We shot when we came upon something interesting that helped tell our story. We shot when it felt right, and when it didn’t, we didn’t. It was perfect.

W Magazine: Do you feel your friendship helped shape this collection?

AM: My friendships shape everything I do, but this one in particular especially. Jen offered me a safe place to design my first collection and Harper offered me a safe and open collaboration in image making as well. Having been in the industry for so long I know how hard that is to come by. To be able to speak freely about what it is I want and need to convey and to have Harper be so receptive was truly a gift. Capturing an exact mood, a feeling, is incredibly hard to do and I would never have been able to do it with out them.

W Magazine: Who are your style icons?

AM: Bianca and Mick Jagger, Françoise Hardy, Pattie Boyd… too many to count.

(Source: W Magazine, Model Alyssa Miller On Her New, Texas-Inspired Collaboration With Understated Leather)

Shop her collection at Understated Leather by clicking here.

Looks and sounds amazing, right? Peep below to view more shots from her launch!:

Check out Alyssa’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
Browse more of the W Magazine and follow them on Instagram.
Shop at Understated Leather and follow them on Instagram.
Photographer – Harper Smith  Instagram | Website.

Oh yes, Summer has finally arrived! That means it is time to purchase a tube of sun block, whip out your passport, and start globe trotting. But, before jumping into your next adventure, our Nous ladies (Megan, KJ, Camryn, and Alyena) have offered some advice that they would like to share from their recent travels.

Peep their interview below to become the jet-setting pro that you were destined to become!:


1. Hi ladies! A little birdie told me that you have recently had the opportunity to travel. Where did you travel to?

KJ in Havana, Cuba

KJ:  Hey! So after my trip to Governor’s Ball in New York with Juicy Couture, I had the impromptu decision to join my friends in Cuba, but I was only there for a total of 32 hours! I was in Havana, Cuba and we stayed at the Four Points Hotel which was a great central location for the city and beach.

Megan Martin in Bogota, Columbia

Megan: Over the past couple of years, I have been so blessed to have traveled a lot during  my modeling career.  I have been fortunate enough to book a lot of travel jobs outside of the country :).  THIS is one of my absolute favorite parts of the job.  I have been to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Mexico (many times), the Bahamas (many many times), & so many more.  These are just a few of my favorite & most memorable locations.

Camryn in London, England

Camryn:  I signed to Nous when I was 15, which then lead to me signing in New York City when I was 16-years-old (which I had never been) and then last year in London at (age) 17. Everything in Europe is so close, so I’ve been able to take holidays to Paris and Amsterdam. I hope to go explore more if I can.

Alyena in London, England

Alyena: Since joining Nous I have gone to London, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Amsterdam! I was stoked to go to these places because it was sort of a post-High School adventure!

2. If you had to choose, which place stuck out the most?

Alyena: My favorite place so far has probably been Amsterdam because of the youth culture as well as the art scene.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Megan: If I haaad to choose… I would probably choose the Exumas in the Bahamas.  I was there this past May & fell in love.  I am a beach girl, & the Exumas had the most remote & beautiful beaches with the most clear & blue water I have ever seen!  I was in awe. The Exumas is made up of 365 islands.  Most are all close together so it is easy to “island hop.” It is the most serene place I have ever been.

Megan Martin in the Exumas, Bahamas.

Camryn: New York City is my favorite city in the world so far. London, Paris, and Amsterdam were so beautiful but NY will always have a special place in my heart and has inspired me to keep pushing for what I want. I’m actually moving there in August!

Press play to follow Camryn’s adventures in NYC:


KJ enjoying a day at the beach in Cuba

3. What are some of your key/favorite brands that you wore around while traveling?

KJ: While i was there (Cuba), I wore an adorable two piece skirt/top set by XIX Palms, some swim and cover up pieces by Bamba swim, and the rest was my own vintage stuff.

Alyena: Local stuff. Paris had the best fashion it was incredible! There were so many boutiques with so many different types of looks the main difficulty was trying to fit everything in my suitcase.

 

Alyena in Paris, France.

 

4. What’s something you pack that’s not absolutely essential, but you like having it?

Alyena: One thing that was essential for my trip was headphones. In long train rides and on the plane I couldn’t imagine not having them.

Camryn: I (really my mother) will pack bags of Tea and Emergen-C, so as soon as I land, I’ll be able to make my go-to drink!

Megan: A sound machine.  When traveling to a new place, you never know what your surroundings are like… & you NEED that beauty sleep.  I also use it to help me sleep & deal with time changes.

5.  Speaking of beauty sleep, what’s the best way to sleep on a plane?

Camryn: I always end up watching movies on the plane because I rarely go to the movie theater and catch up on all the new movies.. so no sleep!!

6. Was there anything that came up while you were traveling that you did not expect?

Alyena: One food I plan to never have again is veal. In Germany I got tricked into eating it because they brought out the wrong meal and it was quite a shock.

KJ sitting down for a meal in Havana, Cuba

7. Oh no! I am so sorry. Well, this brings onto our next topic: Where and/or what did you eat? Any unusual secret gems that you can’t wait to bring back home?

KJ: Our favorite restaurant to eat lunch at was called El Dandy. They had meat and cheese plates, carnitas tacos (😍😍  my fav), and the best mangos I’ve ever had! Everything there is really cheap, taxi’s were 10-20 pesos to get anywhere, and every meal was around 15 pesos a person including drinks. Both nights I was there, we ate this adorable rooftop restaurant called El Cocinero. The ambiance and food was amazing.

Megan: Bogota, Colombia has the best fried Yuca. It  is similar to french fries, but better ;).

AlyenaIf you go to Italy the one thing that I practically lived on was gelato. It’s a culture where gelato is considered acceptable with every meal!

A Spread of Italian Gelato

Megan enjoying the view in Amboise, France

8. That all sounds so good! I’m sure one of you found a familiar plate while traveling. What is one food you could now never eat in your home country again because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin and you’ve been forever spoiled?

Megan: Fresh pasta from Italy!

9. Now, in terms of location, did you girls get to experience/discover some local secret gems? 

Camryn: If you travel to London, I’m sure you will hear of the Shoreditch House. It’s really a hip venue in a culturally rich area and they have the best roof top pool. Oh! And Brick Lane in Shoreditch has some really great thrift shops!

KJ: One night, we went to a rooftop salsa bar called Roma and it had the best vibe. I met some of the most down to earth people.On my second day in Cuba, I went to the AMAZING beach called Tarara, which is i a private beach club. It only costs 5 pesos to get in, and you feel like you’re on a deserted tropical island. Only locals really know about it so there are no people and it’s really clean. The water is super clear.

Camryn in London, England in front of the Big Ben.

10. Are there any social norms or practices you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were more common in the USA?

Camryn: Saying English phrases like “que up” (assembling in a line) or when you are asking where bathroom is, you refer to the restroom as “the toilet.” Also, everyone says “proper” in numerous casual conversations and it is very versatile. Like, “she’s proper posh,” would be that girl is really elegant/upperclass/stylish!

11. What is the craziest/funniest thing that happened to you while traveling?

Megan: I was in Tulum shooting for a swimwear brand, and some locals approached us while shooting and proceeded to take their shirts off and get in the water & “pose” with me………..

Megan striking a pose in St. Barths wearing a swimsuit by Stone Cold Fox

12. Haha! That is hilarous. Now, has anyone done anything super creative to save money during their travels?

KJ: When traveling, always bring twice as much cash as you think you need. This is especially important in Cuba because American credit cards don’t work over there. With extra cash, if something goes wrong, you then have plenty of cushioning.

Camryn: I once took a 10 hour bus ride from Amsterdam to London because I had a job the next day and had to go home without my friends! It was actually really cool because I got to drive through Holland and Belgium.

13. Sounds like a memory for the books! So, let’s get a little personal. Do any of you ladies have an irrational fear that your travels have helped you overcome?

Megan: Traveling is such a beautiful thing. However, there is a lot of inevitable things you cannot control— like flight delays, weather, language barriers in different countries, misinterpreting cultures, & etc… You truly have to go into traveling with an open mind & ready for almost anything to happen.

KJ having some fun in the sun in Havana, Cuba

14. Love that advice! To wrap it up, does anyone have any further advice for other wanderlusters?

KJ: Knowing foreign languages is a plus, as locals may try to take advantage of you and tell you things are more money than they are. But for the most part, come with no expectations and have a great time!

Megan: Do not take traveling for granted (I sure do sometimes).  It is such a gift.  Try and be as present as possible & take any given opportunity to immerse yourself in another countries culture.

Alyena: Be a collector! One thing I try to collect in every city is a cool key chain, as well as a post card from either a museum I visited or from a street vendor.

….and that’s a wrap! Now that you’re a jet-setting pro, get inspired by checking out some more awesome photos from the girls’ past travels below:

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What’s our thoughts on Barbara‘s latest spread with Alison Su, you ask? Well, let’s just say it’s nothing short of breathtaking! Alison absolutely killed it with catching Barbara’s sporty chic side (dressed in the latest trends from Lime & Vine), all while using the contrasting element of California sunlight to capture her more softer glow. I mean, who else looks this flawless on a basketball court?

Want to see the genius for yourself? Check out the full shoot below:

Behind the scene shots:

Check out Barbara’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
 Photographer – Alison Su  Instagram | Website.
MUA –  Kendell Cotta Instagram.
Stylist – Deborah Gunther Instagram.

From daywear to eveningwear, HoneyBum has you covered! Their Spring/Summer line featuring KJ is beyond chic!

HoneyBum, being a pioneer in the LuxLeisure apparel industry, aims to celebrate the modern girl and does so in such an enchanting way. Their mission is to make women feel effortlessly flirty where ever and whenever they are. No longer are the days where women turn to sweatpants to stay comfortable when engaging with their friends. Their quality designs are form-fitting to the female anatomy, with prices that you will lust after!

Want an inside look at some of their newest designs? Peep the the full shoot below:

Love what you see so far? Shop some more looks below!:

Click on the video below to view behind the scenes:

Check out KJ’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
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Photographer – Ryan Pallota  Instagram | Website.
Producer –  Jianna Cofini Instagram.
Stylists – Michele Kawano & Jianna Cofini

 

 

 

America, land of the free, and home of the fashionistas is the best way to describe our All-American girl, Paige Watkins‘, newest shoot for Planet Blue! The blonde bombshell appeared absolutely radiant in her beachy setting, reminding us what it means to be the quintessential All-American girl. 

Love what you see so far? Check out the rest of the shoot below and witness fireworks!:

 

Pretty magical, right? Browse some more sweet looks from Planet Blue below!:

Check out Paige’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.
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Photographer –Jesse Fiorino  Instagram
 MUA – Britt Sully  Instagram.
Stylist – Whitney Scherillo Instagram.