Travel

Imagine that you have two weeks in Europe to spare, where would you go? What would you see? Well, our girl Alex G. has had the privilege of leaping over the big puddle that is the Atlantic Ocean, and has provided us with a little travel guide in the form of a questionnaire! She has become a true jet-setting queen this past month – take a peek below to discover more from her trip!:

Hi Alex! Welcome home! Where did you travel to?

We visited Paris, Brussels, Florence, Rome, Santorini, and London. Each place was uniquely beautiful. The way they live and eat in Europe is truly something I’ll be dreaming about forever!

Ok, we all know that Europe is known for their amazing meals! What did you eat?

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Being the foodie girl that I am, I was in absolute heaven! I mean, European food is on another level! In each place, the food was a bit different than the other, yet all were insanely delicious. There’s a ridiculous overload of the yummiest croissants, cheese and baguette in Paris. 

If you are a beer lover, than Brussels Belgium beer is for you. Florence and Rome’s pizza, pasta, and pretty much any carb you can think of actually changed my life with how delicious they were (And okay we may have also had gelato every single day….way too good for words!)

Santorini had the freshest most amazing fish, because they catch everything locally around the Greek islands. And how could we not be cliché and have lots of tea and sweet treats in London?

There is something so beautiful about how the people of these places take such pride and put so much love into the food they eat. And you really can taste it.

For all the fashionistas out there, what was in your luggage?!

Alex G in Paris, France wearing All-Saints

For what I wore, it was fun to pack cute things that made me feel like I fit in with the fun European fashion! Because in Paris, Brussels, and London, the weather was colder so we had to dress a bit warmer. Brands like All-Saints, Rag & Bone, Zara, John Elliott, Paige, and Levi‘s were all perfect to stay bundled up and comfortable, while still feeling edgy/stylish while exploring.

In Santorini and Italy, the sun was shining so much that is was way easier to run around in sundresses and sandals. I wore brands like Faithful The Brand, Free People, For Love and Lemons, Ulla Johnson, Rèalisation Par, Givenchy, and Madewell. Basically anything that felt fun and flowy was perfect to wear. Each one of these places hold such a big place in my heart.

Alex G in Santorini, Greece rocking her Yasmine Eslami one piece swim suit

All of these places sound amazing, but one had to stand out among the rest. What was your favorite spot that you visited?

If I had to choose my favorite place that we visited, it would probably be Santorini. Greece is unlike anywhere I have ever been. It’s almost like a different world. To see such a beautiful island surrounded by the bluest water was insane! The blues and whites are something you can only dream of seeing. I truly felt so lucky to be able to wake up to such a magical place and experience it for a few days.

For all those out there that are looking to make the journey to Europe, do you have any advice for your fellow wanderlusters? 

Europe is a dream! If you have the opportunity to visit these places, I highly recommend that you do. Traveling offers a new view of the world and of other individuals that is truly so special. The new type of views, people, food, and culture that you will meet will and hold close to your heart forever.

I will definitely be going to visit again soon to experience such wanderlust again!

Sounds like an amazing trip, right? Scroll below to see more photos from her adventure!:

Check out Alex G‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

 

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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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Summer’s so close we can taste it, and we’ve got the wanderlust bug at Nous, planning adventures to the perfect getaways to kick off our favorite season.

The best part? Updating our closets with the hottest new pieces from our favorite brands, from flowing chiffon dresses to staple pieces.

This year we’ve got our eyes locked on J Brand Jeans, who continue to set denim trends with their oh-so-comfy jeans that have captured the hearts of fashion mavens like Heidi Klum and T.Swift.

Before you pack up your bags, head over to their website and check out their Ventura Highway lookbook featuring Davia Gomez. Inspired by jet-setters and dreamers everywhere, the collection is comfortable, classic, and perfect travel wear.

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Photographer – Bjarne Jonasson Website / Instagram 

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Makeup – Nathan Hejl Website / Instagram

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

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“Having the opportunity to live and work in Thailand for three months was absolutely one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. It was a little scary at first because I really had no idea what to expect, but that is also what made the trip so amazing!

I arrived in Bangkok at around 11pm and was greeted at the airport by one of my agents. I am still so grateful for that because after my 16hr flight, I was exhausted. We went straight to the model apartment, I got the chance to meet all of my housemates and then I was off to bed.

The next morning I was already off to my first casting so I didn’t have much time to settle in or buy groceries. It was so perfect because literally as soon as I walked down our street to the main road there was so much food! I mean, street vendors everywhere selling pretty much anything you can think of for super cheap. Definitely one of my favorite things about Thailand… the food! I was hungry and wanted to grab a quick breakfast before my casting. It was so nice to be able to have fresh coconut water and a little bag of mixed fruit for less than $1!

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The castings in Bangkok are also a lot different than L.A. They do your hair and makeup at each casting, so sometimes it can end up taking anywhere from 1-7 hours (I was at a casting for 7 hours one time; it was crazy!). After my first casting I decided to explore a little. I was beyond excited to be in such a beautiful and tropical place. Another wonderful little thing about Bangkok is the transportation. It is so easy and inexpensive to get around. The majority of the time I would take a motorbike taxi because they are so fun, cheap and you never have to sit in traffic.

Whenever the housemates and I had some free time we would try and go to as many markets as we could because there are so many all over the city. One of my favorites was the night market. There was so much good food, vintage clothing, jewelry, live music and the atmosphere was just really cool.

Bangkok is such an amazing city full of life and culture. It is crazy but beautiful and hard not to fall in love with. The best mornings were the ones I would spend on the balcony at the model apartment…it was my lovely little sanctuary before a long day at work or castings.

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The first job I booked was a wedding shoot. There was such a fun team and we got to shoot at the beautiful Amari Hotel. This was my favorite dress, I loved how long the train was. Guests that were staying at the hotel kept congratulating the ‘groom’ and I, we thought it was pretty funny and after a while we would just smile and say thank you.

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During my last week in Thailand I took a little two-day trip to this little island called Ko Samet. This was absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The beaches all had white sand, the water was crystal clear and it was pretty much heaven on earth.

Buying my breakfast from this nice man before a long day of swimming and adventuring around the island! Being at the beach was so nice and definitely the perfect end to my trip. I fell in love with everything! The people, the food, the language and the beauty in nature everywhere…I can’t wait to go back someday!”

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

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Summer is well under-way, the year is just about halfway over, and it’s been a hot minute since we’ve had a decently long holiday break. Chances are, you’re getting The Itch. You know, that annoying little voice in the back of your mind begging to go somewhere far, far away or to do something totally wild and unexpected; anything to stir up a little excitement and adventure. Most of us aren’t quite so #blessed that we can actually pack up and leave our lives behind for a while, but you can always fake it ’til you make it there. Pick a country, and dress the part!

In their newest lookbook series, “Around the World in One Summer” Faith is rocking inspired looks from one of THE most popular destinations of the moment: Morocco. Mococcan design is known for its vibrant colors and intricate patterns, and you’ll find that aesthetic worked into anything from furniture to clothing or even entire buildings. Lead with bold color and the Fig Blood Orange Embroidered Swing Tank. Channel eclectic, sultry vibes with the Arriba Off The Shoulder Top and pair it with some black vintage cutoffs, or trick yourself into thinking that you’re traveling IRL, and opt for something no-muss-no-fuss, like a cheeky graphic tee and your favorite pair of jeans, or even sweats (this is a judge-free zone people).

Whether you’re traveling for real, or only in your dreams, Living Doll has what it takes to scratch that itch. So head over to LivingDoll.La and get your wanderlust on!

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Shop more Living Doll here.

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

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Resort fashion was taken to the next level quite literally at last night’s Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection show. Situated high above ground at the gorgeous Bob Hope Estate in Palm Springs, guests like the face of the brand Michelle Williams, besties Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez and even Kanye West himself enjoyed the picturesque, hilltop views of mountains and palm trees.

Dream vacation setting aside, the clothes were pretty major. Designer Nicolas Ghesquière presented long, flowy A-line maxies with structured moto jackets that created the perfect equilibrium of California cool. Leather, suede and fringe details also contributed to the mixture of high-low style, as seen on our model Carly Moore.

After the show wrapped, the crowd ventured over to the Parker Hotel to munch on bites of West Coast staples like tacos and caviche in between claw games featuring Louis Vuitton purses as prizes (we’ll let that just sink in for a minute). All in all, this event seemed like the true California dream.

Want more? Watch the full show here.

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California, here they come! Continuing along the western road recently paved by high fashion designers Burberry and Tom Ford, global luxury house Louis Vuitton is ditching Paris for Palm Springs, CA to host their Cruise 16 Resort Collection.

Palm Springs has long been a chic oasis only a two-hour escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles (It’s the Hamptons to our Manhattan).  Now, with the arrival of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière and the rest of the LV squad, the global spotlight is finally cast on the modern desert town, solidifying its rise as a fashion capital.

Tonight’s invite-only show is rumored to draw an elite crowd of around 800-1000 to the historic Bob Hope House. This famous estate boasts futuristic, out-of-this-world vibes that are sure to be a foreshadowing of something major in store. And while the details of this much-anticipated event are understandably being kept on the DL, we anticipate that the results are going to be #epic.

Catch the action live here, and check back tomorrow for our recap of what’s sure to be nothing short of an amazing show. Because you know what they say: shoot for the moon (or, a house that looks like the moon).

 

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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 MEET ALEXIS

You love brunch now. You love brunch because 2015 SURFING Magazine Swimsuit star Alexis Ren loves brunch and you love Alexis Ren. So, like it or not, you’re a brunch person now. But before you reach for another cup of coffee, do yourself a favor and press play on this video. It’s an in-depth biography on Alexis. And when we say “in-depth biography” what we mean is “150 or so seconds of her looking blindingly sexy while wearing a very minimal amount of clothing.” French toast does sound pretty good right now.

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 MEET TEREZA

Do you love J.K. Rowling and her books? Neither do I! But Tereza Kacerova does and now both you and I have a direct route to her heart. It’s simple. Just go to your local Barnes And Noble and buy the latest issue of SURFING Magazine (for fun) and a Harry Potter book. Or if you’re poor, go to your local elementary school and steal one from a student — all is fair in love and war. Then find Tereza, preferably in a relaxed state, ideally in a lounge chair. Plop down next to her and begin to read your Harry Potter. After 20 minutes or so, slam the book shut in disbelief and exclaim “J.K. Rowling, wow, I can’t even begin to… She’s just so… And the wizardry… Do.. Do you want to get a drink?” She’ll bat her eyes and say yes. Pay for her drink, have an enthusiastic and inquisitive conversation, take her on dates, be compatible, be funny, be flexible, feel the fleecy blanket of love embrace and capsulate both of you, ask her to move in together after nine months, and to marry you after thirty-six months, say I do in front of a priest, have children, navigate the stresses of parenthood, adulthood, marriage, and real life in general while maintaining a level-headed and loving composure. Then her heart will forever be yours.

Maybe it’s not as simple as I thought. This video is cool though, right?

See more at SurfingMagazine.com.

Alexis Ren – Portfolio / Instagram / Twitter

Tereza Kacerova – Portfolio / Instagram

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Vacationing on a private island resort definitely has a solid spot at the top of our bucket list. If we had to ask ourselves what would happen if we were trapped on said island with only a few fashionable items, we might begin to panic. Luckily for us, the new resort wear from GUESS is the answer to our Hawaiian Tropics oil-infused prayers. Allison, Maggimae and Tereza looked PHENOM in curve-sculpting dresses, crochet-detailed denim and flirty florals that make packing for your dream vacation a breeze. Read on to browse the rest of these resort wear essentials, and leave all fears of a makeshift, coconut bikini top behind.

Shop more GUESS here.

Allison Holton / Maggimae / Tereza Kacerova