Summer

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When it comes to Coachella, every cool girl knows that outfit inspo is key to making the most of the three-day desert festival. And with the recent announcement of this year’s lineup, we’ve already started mentally prepping our closet as we countdown until the days of rocking out to Kaskade, the Weeknd, and alt-J.

We’re already way ahead of the game thanks to our friends at PacSun, the ultimate California brand for West Coast, bohemian-infused style that’s perfect Coachella fashion. Alexis, Monica and Taylor show us the trends for this year: breezy tunic tops, killer kimonos and printed maxis will keep you grooving all day long, while cozy cardigans lend a stylish (and warm) as you wind down for post-show bonfires in the unexpectedly chilly desert nights. Add in some rad accessories, patterned canvas totes and even a boho-printed portable speaker, and your bags have already packed themselves for a weekend to remember.

Scroll through to browse our festival essentials while listening to the official Coachella 2015 Spotify playlist. And don’t forget to use the code (TAKE30) to receive $30 off your purchase of $100! (Warning: extreme happiness may ensue).

Get $30 off purchases of $100+ (stackable) with code: TAKE30. Valid until 1/15/15 on regular price items and markdowns. Exclusions apply.

Shop more PacSun here and follow them on Instagram.

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Monica Ollander PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Taylor Hannum PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

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Capturing golden hour – that delicate time frame just after a sunrise or before a sunset – is not an easy feat. Fortunately, we can rely upon one of the best in the game, Steve Fan, to do it for us! Steve’s shots are among the most beautiful as they get, and his technique for lighting leaves us mesmerized. On top of that, his personality is equally as golden; our models continually rave about his down-to-earth nature and great directional advice, making him a favorite to work with.

Scroll through to see all the gorgeous looks of Alex, Bridget, Polina and Taylor as they are transformed into radiant silhouettes amongst soft meadows and edgy coastlines. Thank you, Steve for your stunning creations!

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Getting caught in the rain, missing a new episode of Glee, not being born a Kardashian: these are things (we’d like to think) are out of our control. Something that’s not: having a camera-ready complexion.

A healthy glow may be the last thing on your mind in the cold winter months. But if you think that wintertime gives you a free pass when it comes to the clear skin department, think again! As a model knows best, you can’t hide under a hat or behind a pair of aviators when it’s time for a photoshoot on, say, the beach. And who wants to turn down a chance to spend some time behind the lens in the sand and sun?

Our girls Sydney Schafer and Sakura looked (in the words of Queen Bey) flawless in their recent tropical shoot with one of our favorite photographer duos, Melis and Dainon. Aside from having a top-notch photography team on their side, what’s their secret? It lies in the skin care!  In the interest of shopping local, all of our featured products have been selected from LA-based spa and skincare brand, Ole Henriksen.

For a girl on the go it’s important to find products that fit easily into your routine. Since we love all of you so much, we’ve decided to give you the ultimate cheat sheet to achieving enviable skin. Start now, and come spring break, you won’t even be needing an Instagram filter to look your best.

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Starting your day off right is essential – you’ve got your O.J., your egg white omelette, and your pump up Katy Perry playlist on repeat. Add in an exfoliating face scrub to your morning routine and you’ll come to class feeling like a rockstar yourself. Our favorites are the Walnut Complexion Scrub and Rub N’ Buff Salt Scrub.

Jet Setting

A day in the life of a model is never boring; sometimes, you’ll wake up at home and be in a new time zone by dinner time. To keep travel light without having to sacrifice your skin, try throwing in the Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths, which will fit perfectly in your carry-on. When you land, spray on some refreshing Cucumber Face Mist to refresh and revitalize (and combat the jet lag).

Afternoon Pick Me Up

Move over Starbucks latte; it’s time to make room for a new afternoon essential. A face tonic is a must-have after a morning or midday workout, which oftentimes leaves our pores clogged and looking dirty. This face tonic is grease-free (score!) and will leave you feeling renewed, replenished and ready to tackle the second half of your day with ease.

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Bedtime is the most crucial time for getting your skin in check. Unwind after a long day with a lavender body oil – a scent that has been proven to increase relaxation and improve sleep (see ya later, insomnia). Then, apply an Invigorating Overnight Treatment to do some repair work for you, while you catch some Zzzs.

 

 

Photographers – Melis and Dainon WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM

Sakura Heffron PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

Sydney Schafer PORTFOLIO / INSTAGRAM

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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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This article is reposted from Nylon.com.

The first time we watched MINKPINK’s Spring 2015 campaign video, we were too preoccupied by the graphic coverups and swim suits (still can’t get over that shark-printed bikini) to give the storyline the attention it deserved. So we watched it again (and again and again) and totally got swept up by The Beaches’ riotous soundtrack and the pure badass-ness of MINKPINK mega babes Taylor Hannum and Kamilla Alnes. While we were totally into the girl powerness of it all, we couldn’t help but fixate on the super incredible water aerobics instructor. We wanted to know more—like where did he get his moves and what were his thoughts on the whole Glam-ma showdown?

As luck would have it, MINKPINK had another video up their sleeve: one that focuses completely on said instructor, whose name just so happens to be Theyoncé. Watch the short clip below to learn more.

 

Take a look at Taylor’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Here at Nous, we’re always on the lookout for new talent of all kinds. Sometimes we find them, and sometimes they find us. This summer, we were lucky enough to be approached by Yazzi Williams, a photography blogger who was in town from Australia. When it comes to a test photoshoot, Yazzi is pretty much a one stop shop! A talented photographer, makeup artist and stylist, we were so thrilled that she wanted to work with us. Bringing out soft, feminine qualities in the girls, and capturing perfect golden hour moments, her work is exactly what we were looking for. During her short stay here, we were able to coordinate eleven beautiful photoshoots. All of our girls loved her, and learned so much from the experience. Yaz, this one’s for you! Thank you so much for all of your hard work; we can’t wait until your next trip out here! Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments. To see more of her amazing work, or if you have any questions for her, check out her blog, Love Yaz Photo.

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The Models

Diane Murtha // Allison Holton // Chloe Bechtol // Holly Hicks // Brianna Gilchrist // Zeda Navarro

Zelly Dugan // Caralee Ellis // Wase Chief // Maitlyn Simmons  // Selena Sloan

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If there’s one brand where we’re pretty much obsessed with everything they do: it’s MINKPINK. First things first, it’s an Aussie-born brand and we’re digging everything that’s been coming out of Australia recently. It’s all fresh, fun, and most importantly- vibrant! They run with the tagline “Be brave and free”, which we’re planning on heaving henna tattooed on the next time we find ourselves in Venice Beach. Chloe Norgaard is on their design team; no explanation necessary there. Love! Their tweets are out of this world funny, if you’re not already following them, do yourself a favor and do it now. You can find them in the trendiest stores all over the world, from Urban Outfitters and Nastygal to Pacsun and Nordstrom, so you can always find some MINKPINK close by or at the click of a button. Lastly (and right now most importantly) they chose our girl Taylor Hannum to be a part of their video for the 2015 Swim collection, and it is purely AWESOME. It’s exactly what we needed to get us through this week’s case of the Mondaze.

So check out their video and then scroll through a super fun gallery of images we snagged off their inspo board on Tumblr. If you love them as much as we do, click through the individual pieces to get your hands on them.

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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!

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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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Zeda is a textbook free-spirited, whimsical, go-with-the-flow kind of soul child. You could imagine, she’s no stranger to the festival circuit. She’s full of energy and loves a good beat. She is all over the music scene, so we asked her to share some her favorites with us.

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Favorite Band: Nirvana all day, every day.

Favorite Genre: Deep house if I’m dancing, but rock and roll if I’m jamming along.

First Concert: The Offspring at the 2010 Warped Tour, I was only ten.

Best Festival This Season: Desert Hearts for sure!

Why’s that?: Because, duh! You get to wear crazy clothes, and dance the night away in the middle of nowhere.

Song I Could Listen to on Repeat: Definitely “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash.

Do you play?: Nah no instruments, but I do sing.

 

Check out Zeda’s playlist of her favorite songs that wrap up summer!