Travel

 

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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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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Summer may be over, but the memories are not! We caught up with two of our jet-setting Nous girls, Tori and Grace, to speak on their recent adventures overseas. Here’s what they had to say ~


Tori Bass spotted in the Clapham district of London photographed by Shonay.

First and foremost, Where did you girls travel to?

Tori: I travelled around London and made a quick visit to Cologne (Germany).

Grace: Hong Kong with occasional visits to Guangzhou.

What brought you there?:

Tori: A mix of a vacation and work.

Grace: A few months prior, Nous spoke about sending me somewhere in Asia after I graduated from High School, but I wasn’t sure as to where at the time. Then in August, I got an email making sure that my passports were current, and to prepare to leave for Hong Kong; few days had passed when I got an email saying that I’d be leaving the next day! 24 hours later, I was on a plane to begin a new journey in my modeling career!

Grace opening the runway show for FFIXXED STUDIOS  in Hong Kong.

 

 

Where have you stayed or are staying for the majority of your trip?

Grace: I’m staying in a neighborhood on Hong Kong Island called Kennedy Town, which is an area where a lot of families live. It has only recently started to become more connected to the rest of the island because of its MTR station that was added in January. Because of this, the area is a more “hipster” part of Hong Kong, and it’s not as modernized as the more downtown areas such as Central.

Tori: I stayed in Greenwich, London. It has some of the best views of the city.

City views in Greenwich, London.

 

Did you girls get to visit any cool historical landmarks that you can now cross off your bucket list?

Tori: I went just about everywhere. Being the history nerd that I am, we visited Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Hever Castle in Kent, Kensington Palace, Churchill’s War Rooms, and a whole lot more! I was so happy to finally cross them off my list of places to visit.

What is the fashion like where you two visited?:

Grace: The fashion is pretty similar to that in the states, due to the western influence in Hong Kong. I’ve noticed that people tend to look ‘on-trend’ and put together, and I’ve seen more people carrying designer handbags than in Los Angeles (although maybe some of them are awesome knockoffs, who knows?).

Tori: Everyone is London seems to dress super fashionable. A sort of “elegant but comfortable” vibe.

Grace backstage for FFIXXED STUDIOS runway show in Hong Kong.

What’s something you packed that’s not absolutely essential, but you like having it?

GraceProbably a journal. It’s been a good way for me to reflect on what I’ve learned throughout this trip in Hong Kong. I’ve also been making a list of lessons in it to take away from this experience, ranging from simple ones like never leaving the apartment without a portable charger, to more personal ones!

Out of all of the foreign cities that you have visited recently, which place stuck out the most?:

Grace: Out of the two cities, definitely Hong Kong. I love how everything is super connected and easy to get to, and how it has several cool places in nature that you can go to if you want to escape the city.

Tori: Probably Cologne. I had never been to a German country before so I didn’t know what to expect! It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect!

A street view of Cologne, Germany’s sensational architecture.

How neat! That’s great that you found a easy way to get around the city. This brings me to my next question – What did you find to be the most effective form of transportation (walking, car, bus, train, etc) in the city or cities that you visited?

Grace: In HK, I usually take the subway system, called the MTR, and then walk the rest of the way. But when I’m in Guangzhou, we go to castings and jobs in taxis and vans, which makes for great book reading time.

Tori: I did a little bit of everything, but mostly stuck to the ‘Tube’ (London’s underground public rapid transit system). It makes it so easy to get practically anywhere in London.

Grace scanning her options at the Ladies Market in Hong Kong.

Thank you for your advice! Both sound like great tools to use when navigating through London and Hong Kong. Yet, while venturing through each city, did either of you guys discover any ‘hidden gems’ that most people have not heard of?

Tori: Greenwich Palace is fairly popular, but if you’re into history like me, then it’s definitely a good place to stop. It holds a lot of history that I had no idea about.

GraceThe Ladies Market in Mong Kok is great for finding cheap items, and for a bargaining, too (although my friend I went with did most of that for me haha).

Both of those places sound interesting! Now- let’s talk about people. Did either of you meet an interesting person while traveling that you felt has positively impacted your life?

Grace: Yes, just recently I had a conversation with a new friend at dinner, while I was feeling a little homesick. I asked her if she ever felt that way, and she told me that while she does miss home, she uses those feelings to motivate her to go even further in her modeling because she knows that she’ll always be supported by her loved ones. This caused me to think about homesickness in a new way, and it also motivates me to work harder as I continue to model in HK, because I want my family to be proud of me when I return.

Tori taking the summer sunshine in while working in London.

I love that you shared this with our readers, as it broadens the perspective for those that fear that modeling would disconnect them from their loved ones (by traveling so frequently). Moving forward, what time of the year do you believe would be the best time to visit the city that you traveled to?

Grace: Probably in the fall. I arrived in August, and it’s been really humid and hot here so far. In the fall, it’s supposed to cool down and become less humid, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.

Tori: Visiting London in the Summer was the best decision. Since it tends to be rainy and cold (during a large portion of the year), it was nice being able to experience the city while the weather was still beautiful! However, I’ve heard London is stunning during the Christmas time too, so I’ll have to visit again soon.

Now, I’m sure while visiting these cities you two also had some pretty spectacular meals. If someone was planning to travel to the cities that you visited, what’s the one meal they shouldn’t miss?

Tori: If you visit Cologne, you have to visit Freddy Schilling! I’ve never had a better veggie burger in my life!

Grace: If you visit Hong Kong, Dim Sum! You order a bunch of small plates and it’s especially good for a weekend brunch.

Dim Sum, a famous meal local to Hong Kong, spread out in all it’s yummy glory.

Oh my- both of these dishes sound delicious. I am sure with all tasty options near by, it can be hard to focus on health. What do you do to stay healthy/fit while you travel?

Tori: I found that finding healthier vegan options in London was a lot easier than I would have imagined. I never had a problem finding something to stay within my dietary preferences.

Grace: There’s this unsweetened Jasmine Green Tea that’s sold in almost every convenience and grocery store that has been one of my go-to drinks. I’m going to miss it when I arrive back in the states.

Tori’s passport ready to embark on her adventure with her to London and Cologne.

Thank you both for sharing. Both sound like solid ways to stay fit while abroad. Now, in a more generalized sense, I am sure our readers would love to know: what was the most exciting thing about modeling abroad?

Tori: Traveling has always been a passion of mine, so having the opportunity at all is amazing! I love having the chance to meet different people that I maybe wouldn’t cross paths with back home.

Grace: Probably having the experience of living on my own for the first time, and being nearly halfway around the world from home too! Also getting to experience the culture and lifestyle of Hong Kong has been wonderful for me.

Did either of you find any differences between modeling in the United States VS. abroad?

Grace: Yes. In the US, I would do mostly editorial style modeling. But in HK and Asia in general, modeling is much more commercial, and I had to learn to adapt to this style (I didn’t have much experience with it prior to coming to Asia). But I feel that it has only helped me grow as a model,  because I’ve learned to be more familiar with this style.

Tori Bass working her magic for ASOS in London.

Tori: Yeah definitely. It’s hard to point out any single difference between working in the U.S. and U.K., but I really did love working for ASOS. They’re a massive company so there’s lots of going on/people on staff, but they still manage to put out a very relaxed, and easy going vibe to keep everyone motivated.

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

Grace: I’ve noticed that people who are sick tend to wear face masks. I wish that was a thing in the US, especially at schools, because I feel that fewer people would catch colds here.

Do you have any additional advice for others that wish to travel to this city?:

Tori: When it comes to traveling around London, be sure to visit as many markets as you can! I loved seeing all the different types of foods, crafts, and clothes that all of them had to offer.

Grace: Be prepared for the humidity and high temperatures! It does get cooler in late September (as I’ve been told). Also, living space is much smaller in HK than it is in the US, so don’t overpack.

 Love what you see so far? Check out this video of Grace opening FFIXXED STUDIOS‘ SS18 Runway show!:

View Grace’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

& also, take a peek at Tori working her magic in London during a shoot by Shonay:

View Tori’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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:

Check out Alyena‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out Megan‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out KJ‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

Check out Camryn‘s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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?

Breakfast in Paris, France

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?!

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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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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 

Hair – Anna Lyles WebsiteInstagram

Makeup – Nathan Hejl Website / 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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Take a look at Faith’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.