Gals Of Summer: Hayley Magnus

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By all conventional wisdom, actress Hayley Magnus should not have turned out normal. Despite having caught the acting bug at a very young age (“I think I came out of the womb mid-pose!”) the twenty five year old Australian beauty grew up telling the other kids she wanted to be a volcanologist, just to set herself apart (partly due to a few too many Dante’s Peak viewings). Her first real performance was as a pre-teen, as part of something they have down under called Tournament of the Minds, which is some weird hybrid of drama club and debate team they have in school (IDEK). She played a hillbilly who could only speak in rhyming couplets, and had to answer social science questions about the universal time code (no, for real). “It was the nerdiest of nerd things ever!” She insists she had friends and everything, (“do imaginary ones count?”) and after high school landed her first real gig, on popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. From there the quirky, brainy beauty landed a recurring role on a show called Slide, followed by several movie roles, eventually moving to Los Angeles last year. If you think moving to Hollywood has changed her, don’t: her favorite part about living here? “The opossums! They’re hilarious!”

Since Hayley did us the kindness of appearing in our Summer Garden Party editorial, I asked her to plan her perfect garden party. And guess what? It’s weird and charming, just like her:

#MusicMonday: L.A. Bands

Every Monday we send you a killer playlist straight from NGHQ!

“Imagine music discovery—not as an app or a feature of your music player—but a thing right under your nose. Sometimes the best music is in your backyard or, in this case, our backyard: Los Angeles.”

—Royce Hsu, UX Developer

Phoebe Lovatt

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We have a million and one reasons to love Phoebe Lovatt (see: killer style, on-point beauty game), but perhaps our favorite thing about this LA-via-London girl is that she regularly contributes to our blog! Whether it’s smart beach reads or all-girl art collectives, Phoebe is always inspiring us with thoughtful pieces on topics that we actually care about. Check out what she’s pining for this Christmas in her wishlist below!

Summer Wheaton

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Interning ain’t easy, but Summer Wheaton makes it look downright effortless. She helps manage our social media in the Brand Marketing department, and on a day-to-day basis, we’re always eyeing her adorable (and on point!) personal style. Check out her holiday picks below!

Allie Teilz

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If you don’t already know about Allie Teilz, you’ll definitely want to remember her name. Sure, she’s a mega babetron will killer style to boot, but she’s also a part of L.A. DJ collective The Embassy and has cameos lead parts in some seriously stellar music videos for the Silversun Pickups and Chateau Marmont. Allie was kind enough to make us a playlist and explain the brilliance behind it. Check it ouuuut!

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Do us a favor and Google “LIZ Y2k.” Why? ‘Cause she’s going to be the next big thing, and we’re totally calling it. The internet-obsessed L.A. native is equal parts badass streetwear babe as she is ’90s pop star princess. This week, she’ll be heading out on tour with Charli XCX, and to celebrate, we had her take some killer Nasty Gal pieces for a spin through Little Tokyo. (Spoiler alert: A Justin Bieber piñata also makes an appearance.)

(Photos by Felisha Tolentino)