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
Q: If you had only one wish, what would it be? A: World peace, of course — so 23-year-old model Ollie Henderson is doing something about it. Her hand-painted political slogan t-shirts, gifted to her fashionable friends during this year’s Australian Fashion Week, have triggered a revolution with an impact far beyond the fashion world.
To kick off Gals of Summer, we traveled from LA to NYC to track down the real girls who heat up the city.
Kiki, a photo editor for The Wall Group, is a minimalist with a club kid twist. With jet black bangs and porcelain skin, she personifies cool and never lets ’em see her sweat. Check out her White Haute Summer Goth summer survival guide.
(Photos by Magnus Unnar)
You know those bloggers? The ones with the long, blonde hair, the floppy hats, and that permanent “Who, me?” look on their faces? Micah Gianneli is not one of those girls. Her Instagram feed (with its whopping 80,000 followers) is all cropped black hair, red lips, over-the-knee boots… and helicopters (seriously). Who better to school us on how to stand out in a crowd?
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
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
It’s almost Memorial Day, so you can ‘officially’ start wearing white again. But why would you ever stop?
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.
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.
It’s hard not to fall in love with The Prettiots, and it’s not just because they have a killer band name. The New York-based trio (comprised of Kay Kasparhauser, Rachel Trachtenburg, and Lulu Prat) self-described “indie-girl-pop-but-not-shitty” sound all started with just a ukulele and a loop pedal. “I opened at the Bowery Electric for Rachel, and we shared some interests and ideas about music,” said Kay. “Rachel agreed to drum for me while I did my thing, which made it a lot more listenable. Lulu played bass on tour with Supercute! (Rachel’s former band), and when Rachel and I decided we needed a bass player, Lulu was the obvious choice.” After just one listen to their single “Dreamboy,” we were totally addicted to their “Tokyo pop band meets cat cafe meets Clueless” vibe, as we dug a little deeper, we found out that Kay is a mega fan of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘s fictional NYPD detective Elliot Stabler. So much, in fact, that she even wrote a song about him. “I’m obsessed with L&O:SVU for a lot of reasons. I think it’s morbidly fascinating, and the fact that it is so popular really speaks to the darkness of popular opinion. I like that every episode is this perfectly compartmentalized moral tale of good and bad, but more specifically, I love Stabler because he is the ultimate dream boy—like a short-tempered badass with strong convictions and a fierce determination to right the wrongs of this cruel world.” So, while we very patiently wait for The Prettiots debut EP to drop this summer, Kay explains what exactly what makes Elliot Stabler so dang dreamy and premieres her “Stabler” track right here on the blog. —Chrissy Mahlmeister
Paris might be France’s fashion capital, but the southern seaside town of Saint-Tropez has long been one of Europe’s most stylish destinations. The ultimate playground of the rich and famous—everyone from Sophia Loren to Jack Nicholson (back in the heyday) to Kate Moss have holidayed here. And though the resort first became the height of French chic in the 1960s and ’70s after it was immortalized in classic French films like La Piscine, it remains the place to be seen in summer—in Capri pants and espadrilles, of course.