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School is out and summer is in session! ☀️ For many high schoolers, this means kicking back, heading to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family. 👭🏖

However, recently signed Nous Model, Dakota Marquiss, had a different plan this summer. Eager to expand her modeling career, Dakota and her family traveled to Tokyo, Japan 🎎, for not only a fun family vacay, but also to meet with various agencies. It’s not a simple task breaking into the Eastern-Asian market, but with Dakota’s natural zest for exploration – it was a trip full of joy. 🎊

To learn more about Dakota’s first-time travels to Japan, peep 👀 her interview below:

Dakota, captured by: Wes Klain.

1.) Name?: 

Dakota Marquiss.

2.) Age?:

I am 16-years-old.

3.) Where did you travel to?:

Tokyo, Japan.

4.) What brought you there?:

I went with my family for summer vacation/visiting agencies.

5.) Before arriving what made this country stand out to you?:

The culture. In Japan, the (historical) culture is still so present, that it is really different from all the other places in the world.

 

6.) What agencies did you meet with while you were there?:

Yes. I met with four agencies – Zucca, Team, Image, and Satoru.

7.) What was the fashion like where you visited?:

I absolutely LOVED the fashion in Japan. A lot of it is pretty similar to what you would find here, however, the one thing that really stood out to me was all of ‘babydoll’ style clothing. I had heard about this before going, but I never thought that I would like it as much as I did!

The famous Japanese Harajuku ‘baby doll’ look.

8.) How did you get to place to place in the city you visited?:

The view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s building.

In Japan, I walked and took the train most of the time, which, while being a little more difficult than driving, was definitely worth it! It gave me a chance to really experience the city and the culture.

9.) What songs/ type of music do you listen to while traveling?:

During this trip, I was obsessed with the Khalid album, American Teen, in particular. The songs  – “Saved” and “Another Sad Love Song” are seriously sooo good.

10.) What are some of the best locations/ hidden gems that most people have not heard of in the city that you visited?:

I don’t know if this technically considered a hidden jem, as I had never heard of it, but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. We went at night and it was amazing! From the top of the building, you can see the entire city lit up and the view is incredible! It is one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever seen.

Dakota captured by: Wes Klain.

Dakota is all smiles as she explores the city of Tokyo.

11.) What do you do to stay healthy while traveling?:

The streets of Tokyo, Japan as captured by Dakota.

I spent A LOT of time walking in Japan so I think that definitely helped. I did have some trouble eating there, so what really helped was bringing some of my own snacks. With my own snacks, I could continue eating healthy without starving or eating something that I knew wouldn’t be good for me.

12.) What is something you brought that is not absolutely necessary but you liked having?:

One thing that I’ve always needed to have with me when I travel is something to read on the plane. This trip I brought the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. It was really great way to kill time on the plane.

Dakota having her favorite Japanese meal, Ramen!

13.) What is one food that you could now never eat in your home country because you’ve tasted the original version in it’s country of origin and you’ve now been forever spoiled?:

Definitely ramen! I’ve always loved ramen, so honestly I’ll probably still eat it here, but it will NEVER be the same!!

 

14.) What was your favorite thing about your trip?:

By far, my favorite thing about Japan is how different it is than here (California). It’s almost like being on a different planet, definitely in a good way though. Pretty much everything is different there, which I think is what makes it so interesting!

 

 

Dakota taking in the more nature-esque side of Japan.

15.) What is the best time of year you believe to visit your city?:

I’ve heard that the best time of year to visit Japan is in the Fall because it’s not as hot and humid as it is during the Summer… which would definitely be a relief! Although, I would really love to go in the Spring because that’s when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and I’ve wanted to see that since I was like 13!

16.) Did you snag a cool item when you were abroad that you are excited about?:

Definitely!!! We spent a day shopping in Harajuku and I got some really great clothes that I don’t think I would’ve been able to get back here. I’m really excited about that!

18.) Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to this location?:

Tokyo is a HUGE city and there is so much to see there! So, if there is something that are wishing to see, but it doesn’t work out, just let it happen because you will mostly likely run into something just as great!


Tokyo, Japan – Snapped by Dakota.

 

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“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

What makes a new artist rise in the music industry in 2018? With tons of ongoing competition surging into the charts each day, it takes a special person to stand out, emerging beyond anonymity.

When songbird and Nous model, Lee Rodriguez, first entered Nous – we were immediately blown away by her vocal talent. 🎤 Not only did she possess versatility (triple threat: model, actress, AND singer), but she was also extremely driven to start her career as a musician. After listening, we believe that she has what it takes. 💞 In an effort to learn more, we sat down with her and asked her questions about her history with music, as well as what her plans are for the future. ✨

To learn what Lee had to say, take a look below:

 

 

Photo taken by Brian Love.

 

1. Name?:

Lee Rodriguez.

2. Where are you from?:

Hesperia, California.

3. When did you first realize that you were a “song bird?:”

When I was a little girl! I always loved to sing along to songs, and have mini concerts in my bedroom.

4. What do you enjoy most about singing?:

I enjoy telling the stories of the songs.

5. Is there anything/anyone that has inspired you to partake in singing?:

My inspiration to become a singer happened at such a young age, I don’t have a specific memory on how or who inspired me. However, I remember always turning my tv to music channels, singing along to whatever artist came on, and that feeling alone was very inspiring to me.

Lee Rodriguez singing a cover of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb:”

 

6. What’s your favorite piece of music and why?:

At the moment, it’s “I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical Hairspray. I’ve had the privilege to perform this song multiple times, and it is just one of those feel good songs where you can just emotionally engage every time. The meaning of the song is very moving as well, and very relevant to current times.

7. Do you like to write music?:

Yes, I usually start off by finding a couple melodies, then come up with a couple chord progressions that fit best around it, following an improvisation of lyrics, and I do that until I come up with something I feel good about.

8. When do ideas come to you?:

They come at most random times! Usually when I’m driving, though.

Lee Rodriguez covering “Creep” by Radiohead:

 

Photo shot by Wes Klain.

9. What inspired you to learn how to play the guitar?:

Well, for my birthday my awesome agent (Alex Fox) and manager (Atil Singh), bought me an acoustic guitar, and I fell in love the moment I started playing! I’ve been taking lessons, and playing for 6 months now. Overall, I am glad that I’m able to expand my knowledge musically, and artistically. Big thanks to my agent, manager, and awesome guitar teacher!

10. What was the first song that you learned to play on your guitar? Did you find it to be challenging?:

It was actually a song I wrote! Yes, it was a challenge because I was just getting comfortable with chords at the time. Also, having to switch from chord to chord made it ever more challenging, because my hand would cramp like crazy!

11. What is your favorite genre of music?:

At the moment, alternative R&B.

12. At what age did you perform in front of a live audience for the first time? Did it make you nervous?:

Funny story: I was about 6 or 7 years old in the casino of the Buffalo Bills hotel. I was watching this lady from afar sing on a stage at the bar. After, I then begged my mom to let me sing on the stage. So my mom asked the manager of  the hotel if it was alright, BUT of course, I had to be 21 years of age to even enter the bar. So instead, the manager let me sing on the staircase at the entrance of the hotel. My mom gathered people who were walking into the casino to watch me sing at the top of the staircase to “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus (for some reason as a 6 or 7 year old was my go-to song). I was nowhere near nervous! I was living, and treating it like one of my bedroom concerts!

Lee Rodriguez performing “America” from Westside Story:

 

 

Lee Rodriguez (on the right) and friends striking a pose in anticipation of their high school production of High School Musical.

Photo taken by Brian Love.

13. Do you ever get nervous when you perform?:

Every time before I go on stage I get an insane amount of nerves. But once I finally get on stage, and the music starts to play, I become more grounded and present, and the nerves go away.

14. If you had to pick one: Beatles or Michael Jackson?:

KING of Pop!!

15. Where do you see yourself in 10 years as a singer?:

Having an album dropped, and touring!

 

Lee Rodriguez performing “All I Want” by Kodaline:

 

 

 

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For many Americans, the summer months mean taking a break from regular routines, urging us to go on our next adventure. This year – Nous Model, Katya Vladykina, had the opportunity to travel across the Atlantic Ocean, and explore various hotspots in Italy. From bathing along the southern coastline of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, to exploring the famous landmarks of Rome – Katya’s trip was one for the books! To get some serious wanderlust, take a glimpse at her adventure below:

 

Katya looking radiant while traveling around the city of Rome.

1. Name?:

Katya Vladykina.

2. Where are you from?:

I’m originally from Minneapolis, MN.

3. Where did you travel to?:

I traveled to Rome, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast!!!!

4. What brought you there?:

This was basically just a long awaited trip that finally happened with my fam bam, since we have wanted to go to Italy for sooooo long.

 

Katya is all smiles as she tours Rome’s famous landmark, The Colosseum.

5. Before arriving, what made Italy stand out to you?:

Ugh, the question should be what DIDN’T make Italy stand out to me – everything about it has always fascinated me. The gorgeous photographs I’ve seen, the culture, the history, and don’t even get me started on the Italian FOOD!!!!!

A delicious meal that Katya enjoyed on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

 

A beautiful and sunny day in Positano, shot by Katya.

6. How did you travel from place to place (walking, car, bus, train, etc) in the city you visited?:

Within Rome and Florence – we walked EVERYWHERE. That’s one of my favorite things about traveling to European cities, the ability to walk everywhere and experience GORGEOUS things and not be stuck on your butt in a car for hours.

However, while exploring the Amalfi Coast – We drove from there to Florence, renting a car. The car ride from the coast to Florence was through Tuscany, which held some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen!!!

 

 

Katya shot by Stacy T.

 

7. What’s something you packed that’s not absolutely essential, but you liked having it?:

For me this is always, always, always a camera. On this trip, I also brought a polaroid camera, which was so so fun to play with and now these polaroids will be memories which I can look back upon forever.

Gelato – That’s amore!

8. If I visit Italy, what’s the one meal I shouldn’t miss?:

Oh man, don’t do this to me!!!!

Every meal, to me, was freaking incredible. The pizza, the pasta, the desserts, the coffee… UGH! The pasta there is cooked al dente, which makes it a little undercooked. Growing up, I was a total weirdo and would beg for my mom to undercook my pasta since I loved the crunch – so I was in al dente HEAVEN!

However, if I had to choose one meal, it would be the gelato. And yes, it can be a meal….for every meal of the day. It was the freshest, most mouthwatering amazingness I have ever tried!

 

 

There’s nothing like having Gelato in Rome!

9. Are there any social norms or practices you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were more common in the USA?:

I loved how emotional the Italian people seemed to be. Any fight, any laugh, any conversation, was heard with so much emotion. I wish more Americans weren’t afraid to be emotional, openly show their feelings.

I also loved how people allocated time every day to relax, socialize, eat amazing food, and have amazing conversations. It’s important to find pleasures and experience them for yourself every day!!!

10. What is one food you could now never eat in your home country again because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin and you’ve been forever spoiled?:

The gelato would have to be my answer for this one. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat the fudgey, artificial Ben & Jerry’s pints every once in a while!!! But, anything labeled as “Gelato” here is just a fraud to me now.

Katya visiting The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512

11. What was your favorite thing about your trip?:

I was absolutely blown away by the history. It was my most favorite subject in high school, so all of the art museums, ancient Roman landmarks, and incredible stories literally brought tears to my eyes. Seeing and validating everything I learned about was fascinating like no other.

12. What time of the year do you believe would be the best time to visit your city?:

I LOVED going during the summer. Even though I’m sure it’s peak tourist season – there’s something about the idea of an Italian summer that just totally pulls me in.

Cooling yourself off with granita or gelato, or taking a dip in the Mediterranean in the Italian heat is just how I picture Italy!!! Although, I could eat that ish all year long….

 

 

Katya loving her new leather backpack.

13. Did you snag a cool item while abroad that you are excited about?:

Yes!!!

While in Florence, I visited one of the biggest street markets, which was a giant leather market as well. Italian leather is known to be the best of the best so I snagged the CUTEST little black leather backpack that I carried everywhere with me. The smell of the leather still reminds me of the trip.

14. What do you do to stay healthy while you travel?:

One of the BEST things about traveling, in my opinion, is the ability to be active, fascinated, and healthy while completely not thinking about it. Just the amounts of walking, skipping, and dancing through the streets as I explore them is usually more than any workout I do. I’ll get home after longdays of adventures and realize that I’ve walked 30,000 steps or more, which boggles my mind because it doesn’t even feel like a workout.

Views in Positano (The Amalfi Coast).

15. Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to there?:

ALWAYS keep an open mind while travelling!!! Take some time to really immerse yourself in the culture and learn as much as you can about it. Get an Airbnb instead of a well-known hotel. We booked only Airbnbs and the hosts were so passionate about their city, giving us secret spots and hidden gems that are now my favorite places there!

 

 

 

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It’s that time of the year again: the sun is out, the birds are chirping, and prom is finally here!  

 Prom is perhaps one of the most unforgettable moments of high school. If you’re struggling to find that perfect dress, jumping from store to store, look no further as we have got you covered. 😉

Looking for something that will fit your vibe? Check out Nous Models (Ashley, Bridget, CamrynChonzie, Maitlyn, + Tori)  rocking some of our favorite looks, ranging from light pastels to bright jewel tones. By taking a look at our list, you can toss aside all that dress-xiety and focus on the most important part of prom night…. having fun! 

To get inspired, peep below:

 

Ashley in “Calla Dress” by Lurelly:

Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

Bridget in “Wrapped Around You Love Gown in Wine” dress by Emerald Sundae:

 

 

Bridget in “Wrapped Around You Love Gown in Cobalt” dress from Emerald Sundae:

 

 

Ashley in “La Rosa Gown” from Lurelly:

Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

Bridget in “Wrapped Around You Love Gown in Emerald” dress from Emerald Sundae:

 

 

Tori in “Mock Neck Mermaid Gown” From Forever 21:

 

Maitlyn in Dress by Azazie, taken by Nicole Balsamo.

 

 

Camryn wearing a camisole from Escada, Victoria Hayes‘ skirt, and Sam Edelman Shoes.

Photographed by JJ Jimenez for Soon is Today Magazine.

 

Ashley in “Primrose Gown” from Lurelly:

 Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

Bridget in “Azalea Gown” from LL Bridal.

 

 

Ashley wearing “Tulip Deep V Gown” from Lurelly:

Photographed by Matt Petran.

 

 

Bridget in “Flower Sparks Blush Party Dress” by Emerald Sundae.

Catalogue shots by Patrick Maus.

 

Tori in “Plunging Twist-front Tulip Dress” from Forever 21.

 

 

Bridget in “Off Shoulder Sweetheart Bodycon in Wine” dress by Emerald Sundae.

Catalogue shot by Patrick Maus.

 

Maitlyn in dress by Azazie:

Photographed by Nicole Balsamo.

 

Maitlyn wearing “Azazie Julianna” dress by Azazie:

Photographed by Nicole Balsamo.

 

And don’t forget about accessories!  Modeling for Claire’s, we adore the flower crown that Chonzie rocked:

 

 

Bridget for Emerald Sundae, shot by Patrick Maus.

 

Can’t get enough of these lovely Nous ladies?

Check out their portfolio, and follow them on Instagram!:

Ashley – Portfolio | Instagram
Bridget – Portfolio | Instagram
Camryn Herold  – Portfolio | Instagram
Chonzie – Portfolio | Instagram
Maitlyn – Portfolio | Instagram
Tori – Portfolio | Instagram

With a new year on the horizon, people are embracing retrospection and reevaluating the impact that 2017 played on their lives.  In an effort to learn from, as well as celebrate each and everyday, we asked Nous girls, Maggimae and Logan to reflect on what made 2017 stand out, as well what they are anticipating for the upcoming year. Read below to find out what they have planned for in their next chapter!:

Hi ladies! Thank you for sharing your time with our readers. Pick three words to describe 2017.

Maggimae: Happy. Busy. Fun.

Logan: Relentless. Far-fetched. Prosperous. 2017 has easily been the wildest year of my life! It threw new challenges and opportunities at me left and right. It also led me to great friendships and revealed the best support team I could ever imagine.

Maggimae having a blast in her home state of Kansas.

Did you travel anywhere? If so, where?

Maggimae: As usual, I went back to Kansas for some of the summer to see my family and that’s always the best ever! My parents also got a house in New Mexico on the river up in the mountains (also 4 miles away from a natural hot springs) so I additionally traveled there. It’s so gorgeous and inspiring to be in nature!! I want to be a mountain woman someday, haha.

Logan: Yes! I think my 2017 consisted of half land-time, half air-time. In the first week of January, I flew to Shanghai, China to model for the agency, Feliz! I lived there for three months and then flew home to Minnesota for about two weeks until I was in the air again! After those two weeks, I made my way to Mexico City to model for the agency, Wanted! Once I returned home, I planned my initial week trip to Los Angeles to interview with modeling agencies! It did not take me long to pack my life into my car, round-up my parents, and start the twenty-seven-hour drive to my new home in Los Angeles!

Logan on set in Shanghai, China.

What was an unexpected joy this past year?

Logan: I really did not expect to like the food in Shanghai, China as much as I did! I will confess that sometimes I was unsure of what I was eating but for the most part, it was really good! Shamelessly admitting that I ate the street food for dinner almost every night!

Most overused phrase during this past year?

Maggimae: “Dead.”

(Urban Dictionary Translation: When you’re passed the point of something being hilariously funny; when you’ve laughed as hard as you possibly can!)

Logan modeling for Nupcias Magazine in Mexico City.

Was there a goal that you accomplished in 2017 that you can now cross off your bucket list?

Logan: There are two things I can now check off my bucket list! The first one was to be on a billboard. When I was in Mexico City, I shot for Liverpool’s Thats It back-to-school campaign! The photos were being used all over Mexico City including on billboards!! It was definitely an exciting surprise to see when I was walking around the city! I can also cross “climb a pyramid” off of my bucket list! When my parents came to visit me in Mexico City, I took them to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon! It was such a great experience with an even better view. I am happy I got to experience the climb with my parents!

If you had to pick only one, what was one of your favorite jobs that you booked this past year? Why?

Maggimae modeling alongside her BFF and fellow Nous Model, Britt, for Boys & Arrows.

Maggimae: I would have to say the Boys and Arrows campaign. It was super fun to shoot with my BFF Britt, stay in a hotel with her, and shoot with a really creative crew. It was basically just us dancing around and having fun the whole time at the shoot. Def more play than work!

Logan: One of my favorite jobs from this past year took place when I was living in Mexico City! I got booked to shoot two editorials for the bridal magazine, Nupcias (pictured above). The company flew the crew and myself to a resort in Punta Mita where we stayed for almost a week! The resort was beyond beautiful and the crew was incredibly fun so it pretty much felt like a vacation!

 

Did you discover any new effective ways to spend your time this past year? (Planning methods, new hobbies, etc.)

Maggimae: My mom taught me how to macrame so I have been making super cute plant hangers. Also this year I have been doing lots of different kinds of hikes around LA. It’s really is gorgeous here!

Logan: There are a few new hobbies I have picked up this past year that I really enjoy doing in my down time. One of them is to write letters either to friends (both from home and the friends I have met along the way) and also to family members. Who doesn’t love getting mail?! Plus, writing really helps me relax and de-stress for the night so it’s a win-win situation. Another way that I use my time is by doing research on literally anything and everything. There is an endless amount of information we can learn and it is always fun to expand our knowledge!!

 

Logan rocking her favorite bell bottom jeans.

What was your most worn clothing item of 2017?

Maggimae: My vintage Levi‘s denim jacket. It goes with evvvverything!

Logan: That would be my Flying Monkey bell-bottom blue jeans! They are SO COMFORTABLE. It is hard to find bell-bottom jeans that are the right length, but these are perfect. They are made for being travel day and casual day pants!

Name a trend that you’d like to see continue from last year into this upcoming year.

Logan: Talking fashion, the trend that I would like to see continue into 2018 is the 70’s and 80’s style of clothing! I loved the wide-leg flares of the 70’s, but also fell in love with florals and pinstripes of the 80’s. Really anything that is a “blast from the past” trend is something I will be excited about!

If there was one thing you could change about 2017, what would it be?

Logan: I would change my answers from “no” to “yes” when being asked to hangout or go out! I want to work on stepping out of my comfort zone and start saying “yes” more to invitations. If I would have agreed to these invites, I might have made more friends, more memories, and I would have been available for more opportunities!

Maggimae: Anything I worried or stressed about because, as always, everything turns out okay!

What were some of the best books that you read during this past year that you are eager to recommend?

Maggimae: I know it’s late and I’ve had the book since like 2011, but ‘The Secret.”  If you actually apply the tips that it says for you to do each day, it really is helpful with dealing with the small, stressful stuff in life!

Maggimae with her two dates for New Years!

Do you have any exciting New Years Plans? If so, how are you celebrating?

Maggimae: I always love spending New Years in hanging out with my furbabies so I wake up refreshed for the new year. 🙂

What is something that you are looking forward to this year?

Logan: I am looking forward to making California my home! I will be building new relationships and gaining new experiences this coming year and I cannot wait to see what that involves!

What are you hoping for more of this coming year?

Maggimae: Start booking commercials!

Pick three New Year Resolutions that you hope to stick with throughout this upcoming year.

Logan: Learn another language (Spanish) and become bilingual, Volunteer more on the weekends, Say yes to adventures.

Maggimae: POSITIVITY (always try to see the good in people and situations), health (stick with working out and eating lots of greens and fruit), and to enjoy the little things/be grateful!

Logan shot by Matt Shouse.

Check out Logan’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Maggimae shot by Creative Smiles.

Check our Maggimae’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.


Also, check out Tassia’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Photographer – Kate Szatmari Instagram and Website.

Makeup Artist – Brendan Robertson Beauty Instagram.

Browse Bisous Magazine’s website for more beauty inspiration.

Oh yes, Summer has finally arrived! That means it is time to purchase a tube of sun block, whip out your passport, and start globe trotting. But, before jumping into your next adventure, our Nous ladies (Megan, KJ, Camryn, and Alyena) have offered some advice that they would like to share from their recent travels.

Peep their interview below to become the jet-setting pro that you were destined to become!:


1. Hi ladies! A little birdie told me that you have recently had the opportunity to travel. Where did you travel to?

KJ in Havana, Cuba

KJ:  Hey! So after my trip to Governor’s Ball in New York with Juicy Couture, I had the impromptu decision to join my friends in Cuba, but I was only there for a total of 32 hours! I was in Havana, Cuba and we stayed at the Four Points Hotel which was a great central location for the city and beach.

Megan Martin in Bogota, Columbia

Megan: Over the past couple of years, I have been so blessed to have traveled a lot during  my modeling career.  I have been fortunate enough to book a lot of travel jobs outside of the country :).  THIS is one of my absolute favorite parts of the job.  I have been to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Mexico (many times), the Bahamas (many many times), & so many more.  These are just a few of my favorite & most memorable locations.

Camryn in London, England

Camryn:  I signed to Nous when I was 15, which then lead to me signing in New York City when I was 16-years-old (which I had never been) and then last year in London at (age) 17. Everything in Europe is so close, so I’ve been able to take holidays to Paris and Amsterdam. I hope to go explore more if I can.

Alyena in London, England

Alyena: Since joining Nous I have gone to London, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Amsterdam! I was stoked to go to these places because it was sort of a post-High School adventure!

2. If you had to choose, which place stuck out the most?

Alyena: My favorite place so far has probably been Amsterdam because of the youth culture as well as the art scene.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Megan: If I haaad to choose… I would probably choose the Exumas in the Bahamas.  I was there this past May & fell in love.  I am a beach girl, & the Exumas had the most remote & beautiful beaches with the most clear & blue water I have ever seen!  I was in awe. The Exumas is made up of 365 islands.  Most are all close together so it is easy to “island hop.” It is the most serene place I have ever been.

Megan Martin in the Exumas, Bahamas.

Camryn: New York City is my favorite city in the world so far. London, Paris, and Amsterdam were so beautiful but NY will always have a special place in my heart and has inspired me to keep pushing for what I want. I’m actually moving there in August!

Press play to follow Camryn’s adventures in NYC:


KJ enjoying a day at the beach in Cuba

3. What are some of your key/favorite brands that you wore around while traveling?

KJ: While i was there (Cuba), I wore an adorable two piece skirt/top set by XIX Palms, some swim and cover up pieces by Bamba swim, and the rest was my own vintage stuff.

Alyena: Local stuff. Paris had the best fashion it was incredible! There were so many boutiques with so many different types of looks the main difficulty was trying to fit everything in my suitcase.

 

Alyena in Paris, France.

 

4. What’s something you pack that’s not absolutely essential, but you like having it?

Alyena: One thing that was essential for my trip was headphones. In long train rides and on the plane I couldn’t imagine not having them.

Camryn: I (really my mother) will pack bags of Tea and Emergen-C, so as soon as I land, I’ll be able to make my go-to drink!

Megan: A sound machine.  When traveling to a new place, you never know what your surroundings are like… & you NEED that beauty sleep.  I also use it to help me sleep & deal with time changes.

5.  Speaking of beauty sleep, what’s the best way to sleep on a plane?

Camryn: I always end up watching movies on the plane because I rarely go to the movie theater and catch up on all the new movies.. so no sleep!!

6. Was there anything that came up while you were traveling that you did not expect?

Alyena: One food I plan to never have again is veal. In Germany I got tricked into eating it because they brought out the wrong meal and it was quite a shock.

KJ sitting down for a meal in Havana, Cuba

7. Oh no! I am so sorry. Well, this brings onto our next topic: Where and/or what did you eat? Any unusual secret gems that you can’t wait to bring back home?

KJ: Our favorite restaurant to eat lunch at was called El Dandy. They had meat and cheese plates, carnitas tacos (😍😍  my fav), and the best mangos I’ve ever had! Everything there is really cheap, taxi’s were 10-20 pesos to get anywhere, and every meal was around 15 pesos a person including drinks. Both nights I was there, we ate this adorable rooftop restaurant called El Cocinero. The ambiance and food was amazing.

Megan: Bogota, Colombia has the best fried Yuca. It  is similar to french fries, but better ;).

AlyenaIf you go to Italy the one thing that I practically lived on was gelato. It’s a culture where gelato is considered acceptable with every meal!

A Spread of Italian Gelato

Megan enjoying the view in Amboise, France

8. That all sounds so good! I’m sure one of you found a familiar plate while traveling. What is one food you could now never eat in your home country again because you’ve tasted the original version in its country of origin and you’ve been forever spoiled?

Megan: Fresh pasta from Italy!

9. Now, in terms of location, did you girls get to experience/discover some local secret gems? 

Camryn: If you travel to London, I’m sure you will hear of the Shoreditch House. It’s really a hip venue in a culturally rich area and they have the best roof top pool. Oh! And Brick Lane in Shoreditch has some really great thrift shops!

KJ: One night, we went to a rooftop salsa bar called Roma and it had the best vibe. I met some of the most down to earth people.On my second day in Cuba, I went to the AMAZING beach called Tarara, which is i a private beach club. It only costs 5 pesos to get in, and you feel like you’re on a deserted tropical island. Only locals really know about it so there are no people and it’s really clean. The water is super clear.

Camryn in London, England in front of the Big Ben.

10. Are there any social norms or practices you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were more common in the USA?

Camryn: Saying English phrases like “que up” (assembling in a line) or when you are asking where bathroom is, you refer to the restroom as “the toilet.” Also, everyone says “proper” in numerous casual conversations and it is very versatile. Like, “she’s proper posh,” would be that girl is really elegant/upperclass/stylish!

11. What is the craziest/funniest thing that happened to you while traveling?

Megan: I was in Tulum shooting for a swimwear brand, and some locals approached us while shooting and proceeded to take their shirts off and get in the water & “pose” with me………..

Megan striking a pose in St. Barths wearing a swimsuit by Stone Cold Fox

12. Haha! That is hilarous. Now, has anyone done anything super creative to save money during their travels?

KJ: When traveling, always bring twice as much cash as you think you need. This is especially important in Cuba because American credit cards don’t work over there. With extra cash, if something goes wrong, you then have plenty of cushioning.

Camryn: I once took a 10 hour bus ride from Amsterdam to London because I had a job the next day and had to go home without my friends! It was actually really cool because I got to drive through Holland and Belgium.

13. Sounds like a memory for the books! So, let’s get a little personal. Do any of you ladies have an irrational fear that your travels have helped you overcome?

Megan: Traveling is such a beautiful thing. However, there is a lot of inevitable things you cannot control— like flight delays, weather, language barriers in different countries, misinterpreting cultures, & etc… You truly have to go into traveling with an open mind & ready for almost anything to happen.

KJ having some fun in the sun in Havana, Cuba

14. Love that advice! To wrap it up, does anyone have any further advice for other wanderlusters?

KJ: Knowing foreign languages is a plus, as locals may try to take advantage of you and tell you things are more money than they are. But for the most part, come with no expectations and have a great time!

Megan: Do not take traveling for granted (I sure do sometimes).  It is such a gift.  Try and be as present as possible & take any given opportunity to immerse yourself in another countries culture.

Alyena: Be a collector! One thing I try to collect in every city is a cool key chain, as well as a post card from either a museum I visited or from a street vendor.

….and that’s a wrap! Now that you’re a jet-setting pro, get inspired by checking out some more awesome photos from the girls’ past travels below:

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Mix and Match These 2 Fall Trends

We all know Fall is about layering, but what it really comes down to is knowing the art of mixing and matching with some of this season’s most versatile staples – leather and silk, and lots of it.space-right-size

space-right-size1. The Leather Jacketspace-right-sizeIf you don’t own one yet, it’s time you invest in a good leather jacket this season like our Zipped Up Leather Jacket! It’s oversized with a flexible, comfy fit, making it perfect for all of your layering needs. You can toss it over literally anything from a pair of leggings and an oversized t-shirt or sweater to a pair of your favorite jeans, a see-through mesh top, and shiny metallic pumps! Find yourself wearing it more than once, twice, ten times all season long. This jacket is here to stay for every cold season, every year.space-right-size

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space-right-size2. The Silk Topspace-right-sizeSilk is in. We’re obsessed with this trend and are finding more and more ways to pair it and incorporate it into our everyday fall wardrobe. The best part about this trend? You can sleep in it. But, seriously this works day or night, which is like our favorite thing on earth besides pizza and Netflix. Tap into the 90s by layering it over a simple white tee or a band tee with jeans, a cool distressed jean jacket and ankle booties. For a night out, go with a high waisted mini skirt, choker, and a pair of open toe ankle booties! Nothing greater than something you can wear in bed and all the way to the dance floor.

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3. Mix it up!

Now, mix and match the leather jacket with the silk top and you’ve got a third look! You can make this look work for just about whatever day you have planned out. Pair it with some blue jeans and white sneakers for a casual day look in the city or put on a suede mini skirt and strappy heels for the night out with your girls!

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The Unexpected Accessory That Makes Any Outfit Pop

When you think of spring, pinks, pastels, and the like probably come to mind. But if your style isn’t overly feminine, what’s a girl to do? The key is to keep your outfit clean and simple, adding hints of color in the form of an unexpected power accessory: your lips. With sunny weather in full swing, there’s no better time than now to play up your pout with COVERGIRL’s Oh Sugar! collection. From layering your shades to creating a just-bitten look, this is how you make your lips the hero of your outfit.

Scroll down for three stylish ways to make your pout stand out. 

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 Lauren Johnson for Who What Wear

If you want your lips to be the focal point of your look, opt for a simple silhouette in white, like this dress from the Who What Wear collection exclusively sold at Target.


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Who What Wear Lace-Up Shift Dress, $33

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 Lauren Johnson for Who What Wear

 When wearing neutrals, it’s easy to pile on the jewelry. But in this case, layering necklaces and earrings could distract from your lips. Instead, add a skinny scarf that’ll help keep the attention on your pout.


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COVERGIRL Oh Sugar! Lipstick, $7

 

 

Using COVERGIRL Oh Sugar! Lipstick in Punch, apply to lips straight from the tube; add multiple layers to give your pout a just-bitten stained effect. The rest of your makeup should be light and natural; after adding a hint of color to your lids, finish your look with multiple coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Full Lash Bloom Mascara to emphasize your lashes and make them stand out.


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COVERGIRL LashBlast Full Lash Bloom Mascara, $7

What other tips do you have for making your spring outfits pop? Please share in the comments below!

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3 Secrets to Toughening up Spring’s Floral Trend

What’s on every fashion girl’s mind? Spring’s arrival and the need to refresh–and ace–spring style. Take florals, for example: the classic print is taking center stage this season, and it’s begging to be modernized. So what’s the trick to making something timeless look more on trend? The solution isn’t in your closet, it’s actually in your makeup bag. With the help of COVERGIRL‘s truNaked Shadow Palette and Waterproof Eyeliner Duo, you can tackle any wardobe dilemna. From adding a smoky bronze eye to winging it, this is how to add some drama to your look and take your spring florals to the next level.

Scroll down for tips on making your floral prints edgy, along with some serious outfit inspiration. 

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   Looking to tone down the floral print? Top off your look with an edgy leather moto jacket, like this one from the Who What Wear collection exclusively sold at Target.


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 Skinny scarves are having a major moment right now, so take advantage, because they’re one of the easiest ways to make your look instantly cool, just like a smoky eye. To get the perfect smoky eye, using COVERGIRL’s truNaked Shadow Palette in 810, apply Ginger over the entire lid, add Sunkissed to the inner corner of the eye, and blend the eye shadow in.


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When you’re unsure of how to style your florals, just wing it. A defined cat eye adds drama and edge to any outfit. To complete the look, grab the truNaked Waterproof Eyeliner Duo in Ebony to draw a clean cat eye, adding a more defined winged tip with Sierra from the shadow palette.


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How do you make your spring florals feel more edgy? Please share in the comments below!

Photographer – Justin Coit Website/Instagram

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