Taylor Hannum

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Ready, set, swim! Once a year, babes from all over the country head to Miami to both showcase and preview the hottest suits of the season. Excited to get in on the action, the Nous team packed up and jet-setted from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast to get in on the action. It may have been our debut season showing there, but we’re believers in “Go Big, or Go Home”, and we were certainly not about to go home.

The crowd could not get enough of Ashley Moore, who was thrilled to close the show for Frankie’s Bikinis and to both open and close For Love and Lemons, whose whimsical and romantic pieces breathed new life into classic bohemian-chic. She also got to rock one of the four hand-made pop art looks Frankie’s collaborated on with Kim Gordon, the pretty pastel-minded genius behind the creation of Wildfox. Taylor Hannum opened for Indah Clothing in their modern vintage take on swimwear and joined Ashley at the For Love & Lemons show for a few dazzling numbers. Allie Holton and KJ SKorge also made appearances for Beach Bunny and Amuse Society, respectively. Between the runway glamour and backstage interviews, Nous girls sunbathed at the pool, recharged at spa lounges, and hit the beach in the Miami heat.

Keep scrolling to get an inside peek at the Nous girls taking over Swim Week Miami!
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Check out Ashley, Taylor, Allie, and KJ‘s portfolios and follow them on Instagram:

Ashley // Taylor // Allie // KJ

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Fall is, by far, the best time of the year for piecing together amazing outfits. And we’re not sure if you’ve heard this yet, but active wear is totally the new casual wear. This trend may be uncharted territory for you, so Tilly’s is here to walk you through it. Their fall lookbooks featuring Taylor are full of inspiration for casual-cool athleisure outfits. Make sure you have your bases covered before getting to work. Stock up on plenty of fitted joggers and hoodies, boyfriend fit denim, and (of course) a hearty selection of flannels, then get to mixing and matching!  If you’ve got something loose on top, go for fitted on the bottom and vice versa.  As long you’re comfortable and confident, it’s all fair game.  Shop all of Tilly’s Women here.

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Shop Tilly’s here.

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

 

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You’re know​n pretty exclusively as Melis+Dainon; so you guys are some kind of a duo? What does that mean and how does that work?
​​Yes! We are partners in life and in business, and are often referred to as a “photography duo.” We share similar talents, and the other skills we have developed really complement each other, so we are a good team. We conceptualize shoots, work with clients, and select models and creative teams together. I (Melis) am the lead on photography, while Dainon is the lighting master. In post, Dainon is the primary retoucher, and I come in for the finishing touches. It’s a great balance!

What ma​kes you different from your p​e​ers and competition?
Our photographic style is all about the search for authenticity. We take photos that are true to life and capture the best and most unique attributes of the model, design, and environment. Rather than adding stylistic signatures to the photos that identify them as ours, we preserve the integrity of the content through straightforward execution that is unfiltered and impactful.

We also took a very different path to photography than most. I earned my Master’s in Business Administration and worked as a Marketing Director, and Dainon earned his law degree and worked as an Executive Director prior to opening Melis+Dainon. Our non-traditional journey provides us with a unique understanding of the challenges that business owners face in developing their brands, as well as the ability to resolve these challenges through an integrated brand marketing and photography approach.

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Do you have a specialty or ar​ea of focus?
We specialize in photography and branding for the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries. Business owners and individuals in these industries are especially affected by image-based branding and depend on quality, impactful photography as a vehicle to communicate with their target customers. It’s a natural fit!

What drove you to expand the s​cope of your servi​ces?
The simple answer is that we realized there was a significant need for an integrated approach to branding, and we were uniquely positioned to provide a solution.

After we launched our photography business, we met a lot of designers, entrepreneurs, and individuals (e.g. models, actors, personalities) who would inevitably discuss their experiences – good and bad – with trying to build their brands. We could see how passionate they were and most had a really clear vision for their value, position, and business. However, in many cases, the brand that their target customers experienced did not fit at all with their vision. The customer-facing materials – like website images, POS displays, catalogs, ads, etc. – either were not very engaging, or worse, engaged the wrong audience entirely. It was frustrating to see brands that we really believe in suffer from miscommunication or lack of clarification between business teams and creatives. So, we decided to do something about it.

What kinds of things have​ you added?
​We now offer services that span the entire marketing process – from concept to campaign. We help businesses, owners, and individuals (personal brands) to grow and develop at all stages – from start-ups to established companies who want to launch new product lines or refine existing plans.

An example of our full-service process may look like:
Introductory brand consulting and strategic planning
Website content creation and structure, on-page SEO, and web images
Social media content creation, strategy, and promotional images
Advertising strategy, planning, implementation, creative direction, and campaign images
Brand direction & consulting – oversee the work of brand contributors to make sure the brand integrity is maintained

What’s the advantage to that?
When we are able to support owners and teams through the various stages of the marketing process, they can feel confident that ​their needs are heard, understood, and translated into quality and effective strategies. There is no gap in communication because we are with them from start to finish and handle both their marketing and photography needs.

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 ​#Goals; everybody’s got ’em. What ​are yours?
​We love traveling and experiencing different cultures, so we aim to develop our business into a vehicle that we can use to explore the world. We already have clients in different countries and would like to continue to grow our network so we can work and live without roots. Shooting campaigns in beautiful, exotic locations with amazing talent, and helping to develop global brands would be the ultimate achievement.

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“My pick is Selena Gomez. I think she looks so elegant and beautiful and the orchid headpiece is everything!

I would totally wear this look from head to toe.” – Taylor Hannum

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“I love Imogen Poots’ look! It’s sexy, classic, fresh, and unique!” – Faith Picozzi

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“For me it was a tie between Karolina Kurkova and Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

Karolina nailed the essence of the theme in a playful and traditional way,

but Rosie makes it look effortlessly classy in a dress that fits her perfectly.” – Cat Haave

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“I thought Alexa Chung look amazing in her silk gown.

She matched the theme and her hair and makeup was simple yet stunning.

I’ve always loved the silk on a Chinese Kimono, so this dress was perfect! (and pink)” – Monica Ollander

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“Lily Aldridge! I actually tweeted a picture of her last night and said “everything”.

Her dress is so classy and made it so fun by accessorizing it with the fish earrings and purse.

Love the dark burgundy lips too!” – Lyzy Adler

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“I think Kate Hudson can do no wrong on the red carpet and once again last night she killed it!

The color and style made her stand out in the crowd and was on trend with the theme,

but all the while she stayed very true to her on personal style.

She is always the definition of elegant and chic.” – Paige Watkins

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“This is so him. He never has to try too hard.” – Ashley Moore 

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Spring break season is just around the corner, aka the ideal time of year to introduce a little (or a lot) of color back into your wardrobe. Say sayonara to your black winter wear and head on over to Tilly’s, your one stop destination for vacation-inspired looks du jour. This So Cal-based brand has a knack for adventure and an ever-evolving knowledge of lifestyle trends, perfect for exploring new places during your time off from school or work.

Tilly’s assortment of tribal-chic pieces as modeled by Alexis, Bridget, Giza, Maggimae, Monica, Lyzy, Sydney, and Taylor will immediately have you dreaming of wearing them someplace exotic. Sip a fruity beverage poolside in a bright orange bikini, and then slip into a gorgeous ethnic-patterned crop top & mini skirt combo as you head out to try the cuisine of a new culture for the evening. Nothing but road trips planned? A passport is not needed to sport these fun looks. Race through town in a breezy, tie-dye fringe dress, a traditional American ice cream cone in hand.

Whatever your spirit desires, Spring Break 2015 will be one for the books for all Tilly’s girls out there. Browse through the rest of our favorite looks here to see what adventures are in store!

Shop more Tilly’s here.

The Models:

Alexis Ren / Bridget Satterlee / Giza Lagarce / Maggimae / Monica Ollander / Lyzy Adler / Sydney Schafer / Taylor Hannum

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Love is in the air, and 50 Shades of Grey is on the screen. For those of you out there hoping to turn up the heat a notch this Valentine’s Day -or date nights in general- look no further than Forever 21’s new collection of intimates as modeled by the flawless Taylor Hannum. (No really, she’s flawless).

But not to worry: if you’re feeling less than picture perfect, the great thing about this line is its versatility, aka its ability to help you achieve an effortless, “I Woke Up Like This,” look no matter what your mood – or current relationship status.

For days when you just can’t peel yourself off the couch any away from yet another Netlix binge-watching session, the Latte Print Bodyshorts will instantly become your new best friend. (Insider tip: you might want to order two pairs. #justsaying). If your bf is your co-pilot helping you navigate the Friends marathon, though, we love the Floral Lace Bralette for a subtly sexy allure.

As daylight fades away into a darker ambiance of the evening hours, those of you who are risk-takers might want something a little more spicier. You’ll knock ‘em dead in the Mesh Lace Garter Corset Set or the Mesh Cutout Bodysuit. Win win.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide what’s in store, but with this coupon code for 40-70% off select style, your date nights might just become a lot more fun and something Christian Grey would approve of.

Shop more Forever 21 here.

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

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In the dead of winter- is there a better way to pass the time than to dream of summer?  In your day dreaming endeavors… we’ve got the best of the best inspiration for you: a batch of some of our all-time favorite swim looks!

Alexis Ren, Allison Holton, Ashley Moore, Brianna Gilchrist, Bridget Satterlee, Britt Koth, Camryn Herold, Cat Haave, Davia Gomez, Faith Picozzi, Fo Porter, Greta Jimenez, Khloe Elkins, Maggimae, Monica Ollander, Naty Belmont, Niki Huey, Phoenix Cotner, Polina Frantsena, Sakura Heffron, Taylor Hannum, Tereza Kacerova, Wase Chief, Zeda Navarro, Beach Beauty, Bikini Body, Workout Inspo, Beach Body, Fitness Inspo, Inspo, Beach, Summer, Swimwear, Photography, Fashion Photography, Nous Models, Nous Model Management

Alexis Ren / Allison Holton / Ashley Moore / Brianna Gilchrist / Bridget Satterlee / Britt Koth / Camryn Herold

Cat Haave / Davia Gomez / Fo Porter / Greta Jimenez / Khloe Elkins / Maggimae / Monica Ollander

Naty Belmont / Niki Huey / Phoenix Cotner / Polina Frantsena / Sakura Heffron / Taylor Hannum

Tereza Kacerova / Wase Chief / Zeda Navarro

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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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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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