Airbnb-ing Across California

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The sun is setting late, the nights warm, and adventures a calling—all tell-tale signs of summer on the horizon, and in turn, roadtrips a brewin’. As a born and bred Californian, I firmly believe the Sunshine State is the prettiest state in this fair nation. From top to bottom there are insanely beautiful natural surroundings, A+ weather, nice-ass people, and the finest Mary-Jane in all the land. To commemorate the start of summer I’ve rounded up some of the coolest Airbnb hideaways in the state—all under $200/night. Round up your crew, make some kick-ass playlists and grab a disposable camera—adventuring commences now!—Marissa Klurstein, Content Assistant

Meet Billabong Pro Surfer: Laura Enever

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(Laura wears – Billabong Surf Capsule (worn as jacket) Billabong Reckless Wonder Pants, Billabong T-shirt, Shoe Cult Paradox Heel)

Surfing is hard, but Laura Enever makes it look easy. We asked the Billabong pro surfer, who currently sits at number 10 on the Women’s World Champion Tour rankings, why we should be joining her out there — and why we should keep getting back on the board when times get tough.

#MEMYSELFIEANDI

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Our pal Esther Kim, the freakishly talented and exceptionally adorable illustrator who has done work for NYLON, Anna Sui, and Nasty Gal, amongst others, is having an art show this Friday and you’re invited! #MEMYSELFIEANDI features work from Kim as well as a bunch of her talented pals, including Yewon Cha, Chocomoo, Foxy Illustrations, Jangkoal, and Junmarie, and opens in Los Angeles at Space 15 Twenty tonight!

To celebrate the launch of the show and accompanying pop-up shop, we asked Esther and a few of the other artists exhibiting to give us their tips on taking the best possible selfies:

Summertime And The Drankin’ Is Easy

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Pour up, drank. Head shot, drank. Though our ideal summer would involve soaking up the sun in Tahiti, drinking umbrella cocktails, and getting fanned by some really buff babe, the reality is that we’ll probably have to stick to our inflatable pools and DIY drinks. But hey, we’re not complaining—especially since we’re going to show you how to upgrade your hunch-punch-red-plastic-cup situation with these easy (and delicious) cocktails. A few sips of these babies and you’ll feel like a beach bum in no time. —Zarna Surti, Junior Fashion Copywriter

Photos by Stephanie Gonot

Ariel Beesley

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We know what you’re thinking. There’s nothing more annoying than a very beautiful girl who also happens to be totally talented and creative (all in addition to having perfect bone structure). We tend to agree, except in the case of Ariel Beesley, the twenty year old model and musician who not only looks like a dream but happens to creates perfectly dreamy music as well. We can’t help but be charmed by the bleach blonde beauty’s poise, intelligence, and penchant for the darker side of life. The former musical theater nerd recently released Wisp, her third (THIRD) record of sweetly simple yet slightly haunting folk tunes, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the music video for “Boys Like You” (directed by Aris Jerome) for an exclusive Nasty Gal premiere, as well as pick Ariel’s brain about her inspirations.

Photos by Felisha Tolentino

Video directed by Aris Jerome, styled by Ariel Beesley

BTS of “Lonely Hearts Club”

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If you’re anything like us, you probably watched our Nasty Gal original short film Lonely Hearts Club more than a few times, each time feeling more and more connected to the wonderful and exquisite creatures featured on your screen. To fill your (and our) burning desire for more on India, Jessica, Alexa, Flynn, Kesewa and Indigo, as well as Tracy Antonopolous, one half of the directing duo that makes up TANK Productions (along with her partner Asli Baykal), we asked Tracy some questions about her process, her aesthetic, and the 411 on the girls of the LHC from Asli. 

“Lonely Hearts Club”

 By now you’ve watched The Lonely Hearts Club at least nine times (if not, why not?!) and naturally you want to know more about the strange and wonderful minds behind it. These minds belong to two awesome women named Tracy Antonopoulos and Asli Baykal – the film’s director and co-director respectively, who both live and work in NYC. Sometimes they work separately on their own individual projects, but more often they work together, collaborating on cool visuals for companies like Opening Ceremony and A.P.C. under the umbrella of their shared production company, TANK. 

Curious to learn more about this intriguing girl power team, Nasty Gal spoke to Tracy and Asli about muses, movies, and why being a loner is A-OK.