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Jon Ryan is a Los Angeles-based writer and director. His production company, Sugimoto Pictures, specializes in the art of branding videos and commercials. When we saw the amazing video Jon did of our model Alana Bunte, we knew we wanted to team up more often! This time Jon envisioned a spooky Halloween video, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Starring Polina, this is sure to get you in the mood for Halloween! Take a look below.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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LA Fashion Week is over! Our models Polina and TyLynn walked for Sue Wong, a couture designer with dramatic flair.

“The Sue Wong show was dramatic from the music to the head pieces. She herself is something out of an extravagant opera. I have worked with her for a while now and admire her tenacity.” – TyLynn

“I loved wearing Sue’s collection. The clothes are elegant, but what makes the experience unique is that Sue makes the show an otherworldly experience. The accessories and the headpieces, paired up with lighting and music, really make you feel like you are in a magical world. Her latest collection was called Sirens and Nymphs, and I definitely felt like a siren up on that runway.” – Polina

Here’s a look at what they wore on the runway:

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All photos courtesy of WWD.com.

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Last week something super exciting happened: We had our first in-house casting in the Nous Fashion Den with our dear friends at Swell! As California girls, we can’t get enough of their huge selection of clothing and accessories for a surf-oriented lifestyle. I mean, we don’t actually surf or anything, but that doesn’t stop us from heading to Swell whenever we need to up our beach-attire game!  Plus, they update their collection daily, which is an absolute must for true shop-aholics like us.

Part of the functionality of our new space is to be able to provide next-level services for our beloved clients, including in-house photoshoots and castings.  Nous Fashion Den castings in particular are designed to be both a convenient and luxe experience for our clients.

As you can see here, the process begins with all of the girls gathered in our open call area.

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One by one, they head into the next room for some one-on-one time with the client. In this case, the lovely Dana Wimberly from Swell‘s core team was there to greet the girls and get to know them a little better.  Dana sat casually on our pretty little couch (complete with sparkly authentic Moroccan textiles that we just can’t get enough of) and interviewed each girl.  From the same seat, she also had an unobstructed view of the studio area, so she could watch the girls model after speaking with them. Our Art Department Director and in-house photographer Ashley was right there to have the girls do a mock-ecomm shoot so that Dana could sit back, relax, and watch them do their thing. Fabulous!

Casting in progress

When building the studio space, we brought in the expert opinion of one of our favorite photographers, Ed McGowan, to help us get the lighting just right.  He did a fantastic job, look at how perfect these casting photos of the girls come out!  Of course, for ultra-convenience, we made sure to give Dana a thumb drive with all of the images to take with her back to Swell HQ.

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Thanks Swell, for testing out our new space with us!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Go check out our Women’s Board to see the girls’ full portfolios.

To cast with Nous Model Management in our new space, email the details of your shoot to bookings@nousmodels.com!

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First it was kale, then quinoa, now it’s all about the chia seeds! And here’s why: Chia seeds have long been used by Mayan and Aztec cultures for energy, hydration and their nutritional benefits. Chia seeds are naturally gluten free, contain calcium, omega 3, protein and antioxidants. They can absorb 12 times its weight in water, aiding in hydrations for athletes and us regular folk during the hotter months. Chia seeds are now being used as nutritional supplements, an aid in appetite and as energy boosters.

If you’ve never used chia seeds before, have no fear, here are 5 super fun ways to get started with this amazing super food.

 

Salad

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Put the seeds in some water, drain the water off and leave in a glass container for 2-3 days. Every 12 hours rinse with water, and drain the water off. After the seeds have sprouted, add them to your salad!

 

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  • 2tbs chia seeds (soaked previously, or straight out of the bag)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • handful of spinach
  • ½ cup of frozen berries ( I use blueberries or strawberries)

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

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  • 5 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (can substitute soy or coconut)
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder a bit of natural sweetener such as honey or agave

Put the ingredients in a mason jar, mix thoroughly and leave in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. I like to try and mix the pudding every few hours to avoid the mixture clumping together. Eat for breakfast, or as a yummy desert!

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Just in time for upcoming fall holidays, here is a yummy gluten free, mineral and omega 3 packed Pumpkin desert, borrowed from purelytwins.com.

  • 1 medium ripe plantain (7oz or 200g once peeled)
  • 1 cup pumpkin (8oz)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (1 1/4oz)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (1oz), liquid

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl, whisk the ingredients. Next peel your plantain and puree in a food processor or blender. Once pureed add into dry ingredients bowl. Stir till all combined. Add in pumpkin puree and coconut oil. Batter will be a little thick. Grab your pan and scoop your batter into each hole. Or into your 8 inch pan.I lightly oiled my pan with coconut oil. Bake for about 20 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.

 

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yRXjJzIEfvae2to5tnF5#CE6B00Don’t forget where it all started! Chia seeds have been used to grow funky pets for years, who knew all this natural mineral packed goodness was right under our noses… on top of a bald mans head!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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