Lauren Johnson

Part-proven by science and part-being a girl, the colors you choose to style yourself in can affect your mood throughout the rest of the day. And since we always strive to wake up on the right side of the bed, we love that the fresh, vibrant patterns from Flynn Skye pretty much guarantee an awakening of our mind, body and spirit for a feels-like-Friday mood (even if it’s only Tuesday, ahem).

Exhibit A: Diane transcended peace and love vibes in this stunning halter dress, which she described as perfect for an impromptu shopping excursion or an after-hours beachside walk. A hiking enthusiast herself, it’s easy to see why Diane looks so content in Flynn Skye’s earthy tones, telling us she loves the brand’s bohemian, floral and romantic elements.

Exhibit B: Lauren, who usually rocks hair reminiscent of a chicer, more modern Sporty Spice, had soft, straight hair when she got to raid the Flynn Skye Style Closet. So she went with this artsy and romantic magenta paisley in the Err Night Mini Dress, complete with super sexy but subtle details. We’re pretty sure this dress would kill it for any date- night or day (no really though, you might want to save this for dates where your man is heart healthy, because this look is sure to cause some palpitations).

 

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Changing the world is not your normal post-grad job. But that’s just the route that the 21 year-old founders of 31 Bits chose after a eye-opening trip to Uganda, where they discovered a group of young girls just like themselves making a living in a war-torn nation by making simple, eco-friendly bracelets. Fast-forward to 2015, where jewelry aficionados and activists alike can now take part in a global phenomenon built off determination, a dash of fierceness and a core group of amazing people whose creative eyes and passionate hearts pulse with the desire to create something that impacts the world.

Made using 100% recycled materials, 31 Bits jewelry proceeds help support a holistic development program in Uganda that is changing women’s’ lives by enabling them to receive health education, finance training, counseling, and business training. This revolution has been impactful not just to the women themselves but to 31 Bits customers as well, who are described as Adventurers, Believers, and Romantics. Read on to see how great Lauren looked in these gorgeous gems and find out what category you fall into. Get ready to help save the world, and look good doing it.

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It’s festival season, so that means any available cash we have is responsibly tucked away into a fund dedicated to our favorite indie rockstars. Sigh. But contrary to popular belief, it is possible to rock out in existing threads, as Lauren Johnson so flawlessly showed us. All it takes is some unique accessories to add a touch of your own personality into your go-to wardrobe. We love the way Lauren paired vintage jewels from Etsy with jeans from Urban Outfitters and a go-to white tee from ASOS. An eye-catching necklace from Cape Town and a gemmed ring from her mother sealed the look. If a trip overseas is (unfortunately) not on your agenda anytime soon, head over to your local vintage store or log onto Etsy.com to integrate some one-of-a-kind finds into your everyday style. Ready, set, thrift.

 

GET THE LOOK

Shawl – Urban Outfitters

Tank – ASOS

Jeans – Urban Outfitters

Bracelet – Advoc

Ring – Etsy

Boots – Stuart Weitzman

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A favorite photographer among our models- and all of us here at Nous HQ- is the one and only Lucas Passmore. His photos are unmistakable: think simple, vulnerable and tastefully sexy all at the same time, which is no small achievement! A master at bringing out the strongest attributes and fierce confidence of every girl he works with, when he’s not testing you can find Lucas shooting for some of our favorite brands like Rails and Chloe Oliver or on the pages of magazines like Bisous, Angeleno, Cosmo or even Maxim!

Lucas’s funny, vibrant and energetic personality is incredibly infectious to everyone around him – ironically, it’s kind of a contrast to his sultry photography style. His ability to capture beauty in it’s most pure form continues to amaze us, so we can easily say that our obsession with Lucas isn’t ending anytime soon (but, we’re more than okay with that).

Thank you Lucas! You have taught our girls so much and provided them with valuable experience that has helped them be the successful women that they are today. We’ve seriously enjoyed the past few years of working with you, and are looking forward to many more to come.

Lucas Passmore

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The Models

Alana Bunte // Alex Long // Alexis Ren // Angela Highsmith // Ashley Moore // Brianna Gilchrist // Britt Koth // Cameron Richardson // Cat Haave // Davia Gomez // Fo Porter // Kirby Griffin // Lauren Johnson // Maggimae // Niki Huey // Phoenix Cotner // Polina Frantsena // Taylor Hannum // Zeda Navarro

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“I’ve been back in the US for about 3 weeks now, and oddly enough have a bit of a culture shock.

I had always wanted to travel for work, and had done so around the US, so when the opportunity came to spend a 8 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa I was all in. As my accommodations were being prepared and my flight was purchased, it was obvious that I was excited to venture off into a new territory, and create a name for myself outside of the US. But the closer it got to the day to leave, the more nervous I became. This would be the first time I leave the country alone. Once I arrived in Cape Town I found a hidden strength within myself that I feel we all have, to adapt and thrive in different environments. By the time I left I had made great friends from almost every continent, and had the opportunity to shoot in the most breathtaking locations.

While in Cape Town, I was most concerned about my safety and transportation. I was told before going to Cape Town that young women like myself, must always be aware of their surroundings because it is a city of theft and crime. Growing up I was taught this very thing and for the first 4 weeks I was very suspicious of everyone around me. About mid stay, I had credit card fraud, and had to close my card. I panicked a bit, I had little money to hold me over until my new card came, so I had to try really hard to live within my means. Despite my best efforts to keep all my personal information private, I was unsuccessful. It is important to remember that Cape Town is a city like any other and unfortunately, this could happen anywhere.

To my surprise, getting around Cape Town was very easy. Your options include taking the bus, taxi-bus, a regular taxi, and uber/personal driver. The main form of transportation many South Africans took were the white taxi-buses. It is almost always crowded, and not the most luxurious way to get around, but it’s convenient, and extremely inexpensive. At first I didn’t want to go anywhere alone, but within a few days I took my first taxi-bus ride into town alone, and it was empowering. I was on a continent where no one knew me, and it was beautifully terrifying. I eventually trusted every last minute trip or long distance ride to a super rad taxi driver I met down there named Frank.

 

Cape Town is more of a cosmopolitan city than I imagined. You may think that with 11 national languages you would find yourself lost in translation, but english is widely spoken around the city, and tourism is a cornerstone in their economy. During my stay there was constant construction and renovation, providing a vast amount of new jobs and services within the city. People think of Cape Town as a place to build your book and get amazing editorial work, which makes sense considering they’ve got their own Glamour, Oprah, Marie Claire, Cosmo & more. My agency welcomed me with open arms, they were so supportive, really pushing me with work and exploring the city. They were like a second family to me. I got the chance to shoot several editorials, and build my book, but they also have larger campaign opportunities and commercials that don’t get noticed enough, such as their Edgar’s and Woolworth’s department stores.

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Of course establishing yourself in a new market allows you some down time as well. I was eager to explore and be a tourist in this city, and I wanted to make sure I made the most of the time I had here. I went to Stellenbosch Vineyards, South Africa’s top wine producing area; I have never seen a more beautiful landscape. It was amazing to taste all the variations in wine, and because our tour guide shared with us the history of cape town, along with the extensive history of each vineyard we visited, the experience was unforgettable. I loved hiking the local mountains, and toughing it out during shark cage diving as well. Possibly the best thing about traveling here is how delicious and crazy inexpensive their food is, and being a vegetarian I was happily greeted with many options for all meals of the day.”

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Sunday is Father’s Day, a day to celebrate the dads, grandfathers and the other father figures in our lives. Read as our models share what they have planned for the special men in their lives. From plane trips, dinner dates, neat gifts, these girls have covered it all!

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“I like to keep it simple with my papa. He always want some quality time with his kids, so I make sure that I spend lots of time with him doing what he loves most. But I also try to shower him with his all time favorites. This fathers day, I managed to buy him a ticket to LA to visit me next month, and packaged a big box full of all his favorite workout attire, and all of his favorite goodies for him to enjoy!” – Lauren Johnson

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“This year he is getting a sampler package of cigars and season one of the Newsroom on DVD.” – Lisa Marlier

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“I’m planning on getting him this photo framed and sending him a gift card to a nice restaurant.” – Chebo

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“I bought my dad an ivory razor.” – Giza Lagarce

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“For Father’s Day I’ve decided I’m going to make my dad a pie from scratch (his fav) and I’m putting together a small scrapbook. He hates getting presents, so he actually planned a surprise for the rest of us.” – Kym Ellis