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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!:

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

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There is only one word that describes Olivia Trowbridge‘s latest Beauty Editorial with XIOX Magazine and Brian Love: MAGICAL. With their keen insight for modern trends, this team has successfully managed to summon a series of beauty ideas, without losing the wearers natural glow.

To capture these looks, take a look at the full spread below and enchant yourself! ~

 

Wanting to make your lips stand out, without having to bare a heavy lipstick? Wearing a nice glossy lip from Glossier is the new-age remedy. This product adds both style and comfort to those who wear it, making it a growing sensation in the beauty industry.

Also, if you’re looking for something to compliment this look, take a peep at this amazing glow kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This kit is geared to make one’s natural features more prominent, and it does it with the highest quality. Just peep this InStyle review, they couldn’t get enough of it!

Glossier Lip Gloss – $14

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun-Dipped Glow Kit – $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling Inspired? Peep some more beauty items below that will help you capture each look modeled by Olivia:

Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Sculpting Foam $7.99

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection $49

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in “Miss Scarlet”  $30

View full magazine on XIOX’S website.

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Photographer – Brian Love  Instagram | Website.

Makeup Artist – Erika Fitzgerald Instagram

Hair Stylist – Sylvia Stankowski Instagram

Creative Director –Eleanor Love Instagram

Where are you from?:
I was born in Wichita, Kansas.
What inspires you the most?:
My family in every way. My mom and dad truly give me the best type of motivation and inspiration to wake up every morning, with a happy heart. They taught me how to choose to be the very best version of myself, no matter the circumstance.
What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?:
Okay, I totally do not understand the whole wave of putting poached eggs or any type of egg that isn’t cooked on well-done burgers or by itself. Runny eggs are so disgusting to me and I just don’t get it!
Where would you take your dream vacation?:
There are so many beautiful places in the world that I haven’t been to and that I hope to eventually visit, but if I’d have to chose, right now the Maldives are top on my list.
What’s your favorite weekend activity?
I am such a homebody! If I am not working, I love to just be at home relaxing with candles lit, watching movies, reading, cooking up something tasty in the kitchen, and listening to good music playing. Those things I love.
What is the funniest thing that happened to your recently?:
So….I have this vibrating facial-scrub that I am obsessed with, and I take it with me whenever I travel for work. Once, while I was at the LAX airport going through TSA,  I saw a group of officers run over and react to something that was in a bag, with zero clue that it was mine they were dissembling. One of them yells out to the waiting crowd of people, asking “WHOSE bag is this?!” Of course, this drew everyone’s attention to me as I realized that it was my luggage. I don’t know how it got turned on, but it was loudly shaking/rumbling my entire bag. It was TOTALLY embarrassing, yet actually funny at the same time.
Do you have any mottos you live by?:
I wouldn’t say mottos, but I do have a lot of morning mantras that I exercise first thing when waking up to get my mind right for the day ahead of me. Positive-intent is really important to me.
Which superpower would you want to have?:
Teleportation would really come in handy at times.
What’s your guilty pleasure?:
I have such a sweet tooth. I love all kinds of cookies, ice cream, cakes. Anything dark-chocolate has my name on it.

What’s your most valuable high-school or college class you ever took?:
Well, I was homeschooled and as unusual as it sounds, the greatest lesson that I’ve ever learned had absolutely nothing to do with the curriculum! My greatest life lesson was taught outside of the classroom, having learned the value of being my true self. That totally sits as the most valuable lesson with me.
Who is your role model, and why?:
Growing up in a big family (I’m the youngest of 7 children),  I was blessed with so many amazing role models in my life so it’s impossible to just choose one of them. However, if I’d have to pick, my oldest sister, Kathleen, had really been the leader of the pack since the beginning of time. She always exuded strength, while seeming effortless in everything she did, no matter what was going on. She also always had a smile on her face and could always find something to laugh about…. it really helped shape who I am today! Sadly, she just passed away and I miss her so much, but she left a lifetime of knowledge with me that I’m forever grateful for.

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Hello Summer Twenty-Seventeen! Thanks to the beautifully crafted clothing by Monoreno, we can finally put our winter jackets away, and embrace the magic that is this fruitful season – all in style! Jocelyn, with her girl-next-door essence, shined brightly in Monoreno’s lookbook for their 2017 Summer/Pre-Fall line, making admirers out of all of her onlookers.

For a little background information on the brand, since its start over a decade ago, Monoreno has made its mark in the fashion world by collecting  inspirational and timeless styles. They embrace free-spirited women, who are drawn to the brand’s unique aesthetics. With a mixture of vintage and bohemian edge, Monoreno continuously rethinks the contemporary trends with its beautifully crafted clothing, having cherished the bohemian lifestyle and its traditions.

This season, whether you’re staying local or wanderlusting around the globe, Monoreno is the perfect garment-friend to flaunt yourself in. It’s light and comfortable feel compliments numerous summertime occasions, making this brand very versatile!

Like what you see so far? Unfortunately, this brand is wholesale-only, BUT it is held in multiple boutiques nation wide… like this one! 🙂 

To see more magic, take a glimpse at the full shoot below:

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Photographer – John Park  Instagram | Website
 MUA – Susan Zeytuntsyan  Instagram.
Designer – Hyo S. Kim
Hair – Marina Migliaccio Instagram.
Creative Director – Karla Cardenas.

Summer is here, and there are plenty of good vibes and bright colors to light up our lives for the next few months! Lauren Johnson, with her natural ability to consistently dazzle her onlookers, radiates herpositive energy in her latest spread for the sixth issue of Awkward.World. In each issue, Awkward.World selects a message-embedded theme that is relatable to it’s audience, and then branches off into individual concepts to support their story.

For this issue, Awkward.World, chose to portray the teen world in all it’s love, glory, and of course, awkwardness! Lauren’s spread is titled “Rainbow Girl,” where she displays a wide range of expressions. Her choices of expressions reflect the various amounts of feels  that one goes through while traveling through their teenage years, all while promoting an optimistic outlook when comforting self-doubt. “Live life to the max” is a popular message that has stood the test of time, and it is very stimulating to see it being intertwined with modern art. Whether you’re in high school or are at the peak of your adult-career, everyone can find something to relate to when glancing through this shoot. 

To view the spread in full, take a peak below!:

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Photographer – Ari Michelson  Instagram | Website
 MUA – Leibi Carias  Instagram.
Stylist – Simona Sabo Instagram.
Hair – Robert E. Steinken Instagram.

Classic cars and a vintage sense of style is the name of the game in Davia Gomez‘s recent spread with Cake Magazine, and we couldn’t be more in love with how it turned out! This shoot features a set of photos that are purely black and white, refueling our passion for old-Hollywood and the sweet rides that once commonly dazzled the streets of southern California- how neat!

In addition, the theme of this spread is titled “Down the Road,” which can reference the always-changing course of trends throughout time. Fashion is constantly revamping itself, and with each generation adding a modern spin, why not take a trip down memory lane to rediscover our roots?!

Davia appears flawless in each shot, bringing an old-school elegance that is hard to duplicate. Not to mention, take a peep at all the amazing booties that she is wearing in this spread! I mean, Marilyn Monroe said it best, “give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Davia is totally out for world domination!

What to see the full spread? Check it out below:

View Campaign Video:


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Photographer – Carey Quinton Haider Website | Instagram.

 

 

We’re getting some serious Mad Max vibes in Ruby‘s latest shoot for iMute Magazine, and we’re loving it! This desert beauty mastered the art of seduction in each shot, making us intrigued of her venom sting. The color choices in wardrobe highlights the latest trend of pastels, along with some dramatically dark tones, both creating a contrast and variation that is art in itself. Not to mention, how amazing is the style of each garment? Ruby truly stands out amongst her surroundings!

For more information on iMute Magazine, iMute is an independent and inspirational print-on-demand and digital fashion magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of artists from all across the fashion world, focusing on the visual expression. After glimpsing through Ruby’s spread, one can see that they have upheld their mission beautifully in this shoot, for each shot captures emotion at it’s highest capacity. How neat!

Want to see more? Peep the full spread below:

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Photographer – Bartlomiej Kurela  Instagram | Website.
 MUA – Ashley Jensen  Instagram.
Stylist – Dutch Priestly Instagram.
Hair – Preseton Wada Instagram.

Oh my! MANGO‘s new Spring/Summer 2017 campaign carries a beautiful message, #AStoryOfUniqueness. This is a story of embracing one’s self, talents, passions, strengths, and weaknesses… and who better to represent this sense of uniqueness than a wonderfully creative person like Lauren. Aside from modeling, Lauren thrives in the world of ceramics. Check out some samples of her amazing creations:

Also, peep the campaign video below! It has some serious So-Cal vibes that you’ll adore:



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Photographer – Angelo Pennetta Instagram