BOY BYE.















Men's streetwear has shifted focus to a new industrial inspired aesthetic. Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh was the catalyst in these new industrial and utility inspired pieces. Abloh's designs boast a utilitarian vibe that harness inspiration from industrial objects such as seat belts, street signs, cross walks, architectural lines and angles. His designs have started a movement of expressive fashion pieces that literally speak to people with words plastered all over them and ironically placed on findings I.e. "Shoelaces" printed on the laces of his shoes from the Nike x Off-White "The Ten" collection.

These industrial influences can be seen in the Closed Circuit belt by Korean Brand 51PERCENT above. A new Frozen Yellow color surfaced in the streetwear world this past Fall with the super limited release of the Yeezy Boost 350 'Frozen Yellow' or 'Yebra's' that is a neon yellow that is almost reflective like that of a construction worker's vest. Extra fastenings, straps, and text are subtle details that take pieces from simple to . I'm all for keeping your looks interesting by combining staple pieces with intricate accessories and details.

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TUNNEL VISION // VISION BOARD 101



When you visualize, you are emitting a powerful frequency to into the universe. Studies show that the brain activity between a weight lifter visualizing lifting a 300lb weight and him actually lifting the 300lb weight were nearly identical. I truly believe that if it can be thought of, it can be achieved. We are all capable. The only time we aren't able to achieve something, it's because we set limitations on it ourselves. Even things that seem to be external forces that we tend to believe "got in the way" can be moved around. Keep your eye on the prize and don't let anything deter you. You'll get there eventually.

What is a vision board? Vision boards have become very popular recently. Pinterest is probably to blame. They're my go-to for all things inspiration & DIY.  A vision board is basically a smorgasbord of inspiration, goals, and reassurance for you to stay focused on the things you want to achieve. Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. You can use an array of words, pictures, miscellaneous objects (I.e. bookmarks, event tickets, awards, etc.) that you want to manifest into reality. This can range from buying house, re-decorating your apartment, finding true love, finding self-love, traveling to Paris, getting a raise, starting your own business... the possibilities are endless and there is no wrong or right way to make a vision board. The moral of this whole project is to practice the art of NOT LIMITTING YOURSELF!






What you’ll need:

- Board of your choice 
         I used a 16x20" Canson Illustration/Comic art board
- Magazines to cut words and images from 
- Embellishments (optional) 
       Pearls, ribbons, jewels etc.
- Other misc. objects you wish to use 
Bookmarks, photographs, certificates, etc
- Glue stick
- Scissors
- An open area to work in


How to do it:


1. Write a list of personal goals you are focusing the board on
        First, begin with a list of short term and long term goals you have for the year (or whatever time frame you prefer – I targeted my vision board towards the 2018 year)
        If you don’t already have your goals written down, or you aren’t exactly sure what your goals are it’s time to dig deep. What are you currently unhappy with in your life? Your job isn’t paying you a livable wage? Your relationship is draining you? You feel unhealthy or lazy? Start with what you don’t like and figure out how you want to change these things. I.e. Read more on setting goals in my previous post New Year, New Goals // How to Keep your New Year's Resolutions
2. Choose your workspace
Choose music, light candles, burn incense, chant, gather your crystals, sing to your angels, bang drums, or anything else that supports you in feeling comfortable, relaxed, and tapped into your desires.
3. Cut out images/words/visuals that portray your goals. 
Be creative!
4. Rearrange all clippings on the board until you’re happy with the layout. 
This may require some additional cutting and searching for more content. 
5. Glue everything in place.
6. Hang (& frame) your vision board somewhere you will see it and be inspired by it daily
7. Put action behind your visions & congratulate yourself each time you bring any goal into fruition


My vision board focuses on what I want to achieve in 2018 mentally, physically, spiritually, financially and career wise. You can make your vision board for 2018 like I did or you can focus it on something more specific like your career or your new home. It's completely up to you! I plan to make a bunch of smaller boards for different areas of my life. This is my main board for 2018 which overs everything I wish to achieve. I focused each section of my board on different topics. The left ranges from living a happy and healthy lifestyle, maintaining a vegetarian diet, pursing my passions in art, photography and travel. The middle section is mainly focused on stepping outside my comfort zone and doing things that scare me, letting go of fear, doubts, and living a more active and earthly lifestyle. On the top right corner of my board I highlighted words that are associated with my identity such as Aquarius, Latina, Creator, Strong Spirit, etc. Although these are things that I don't necessarily need to achieve because they are absolute - I want to dig deeper into all of these aspects and get to know myself more. In 2017 I started digging into astrology a lot more and it helped me understand myself on a much deeper level. I want to continue to study astrology and my Zodiac as well as that of others because I believe it helps me navigate life and interaction with other people so much. I plan to do a blog post on this topic once I feel confident enough with the information. The bottom right portion of my board is all about success. I vow to read more books this year, sit front row at a fashion show during Fashion Week, work towards buying a Tesla, be more conscious of how harsh I come off to other people, travel the world and most importantly become self-employed.


I was originally planning on making my vision board by myself. I am very much a loner and I enjoy doing things independently. However, one of my everlasting goals is to build up the people around me and be surrounded by love and support, so I brought up the idea for a vision board party to my closest friends (We tend to have a really difficult time coming together.) Only one of my best friends was down to get together and make the boards. Side note: I was initially really upset that not everyone wanted to participate. I get really frustrated when people turn down an opportunity that is only beneficial for them. I spent way too many years trying to help people and it only ever drained me. So I've made it a point to learn to be more tolerable of other people's wishes even when I don't agree or understand them, because maybe I really don't know what's best for them. So my best friend Samantha and I made a little girls night of it. We made tea (would've been wine if I weren't sick with a cold because of this horrible NY weather), listened to music and caught up on our lives. It was a really great bonding experience. There's nothing better than working on productive things with the people closest to you. It was SO interesting to see how differently our boards turned out - which mirrored our personalities so well. We have a lot in common I.e. We were both cheerleaders in High School, and played the clarinet, we were in a lot of the same classes and we both have a huge drive for success. BUT, we also have a lot of differences. I'm much more artsy, edgy and risqué whereas she is more focused on health, family, and love which is evident on our boards. 



My Vision Board

My nephew walked in on me taking pics and insisted on me taking a picture of him




Samantha's Vision Board







Vision board parties are a great way to get together with friends and bond. You can discuss your goals before hand and explain your creative process of making your boards after they're finished. Grab some wine and finger foods and it's a party! Make sure you set the mood with a clear working space, music, candles, whatever it is that inspires you. 

You gotta believe it to see it, not the other way around.

I wish you all the best new year ever and hope that you all make it a point to become greater this year!


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Brittany Jade

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NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS // HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

A new year usually means new resolutions that most of us will forget about by the time February rolls around. Let's all make an active effort to stay on top of our goals and set plans into place to help us reach the next level we've all been dreaming of. Below I have listed some of my New Year resolutions and some tips on how to stick to your guns. It's time to cut the shit and get to it.




I like to set goals for myself every day, not just in the beginning of the year. However, there's something about a fresh start that awakens a monster of motivation within us. Here are some resolutions to help us stick to our resolutions. Ha! 

SET GOALS 
Write them down. It'll hold you more accountable. I also believe that writing things down makes them real; it's already thought of, now you just have to do it.

Create a vision board. Use old magazines or print out pictures and put inanimate objects on it. Get creative and make something that will inspire you every time you look at it.

Make a plan. Whether they're short term or long-term goals, you're going to need to figure out a realistic way to make them happen. i.e. If your goal is to find a new job by March, you might want to first update your resume, and apply to X amount of jobs per week.

Congratulate yourself every time you accomplish a new goal. It'll keep you motivated to continue.

STAY FIT
Exercise. Whether you going your local gym, go for a run every morning, do yoga, dance, kickboxing, etc. Exercise is a crucial part of staying fit. Your body gets stronger, it gives you a huge boost of self confidence, you look better, and you tend to live longer. If you can afford a Personal Trainer, that's the perfect way to stick to your routine. Pinterest is a good place to find workout routines for what you want to work on as well. After few weeks it will be a natural habit & you'll start to actually look forward to exercising.

Eat well. Cut the junk out of your diet. You're not 5 years old anymore so chill on the Oreos & Cheetos. I highly recommend doing your research and finding a balanced diet that is best for you based on your body type, your lifestyle and your blood type. (Eat  Right for Your Blood Type)

FIND INNER PEACE
Mental health is just as important as physical. Make sure you are constantly challenging yourself to be positive and become a better version of yourself without being too hard on yourself.
FREE YOURSELF. Read more on my recent blog post.

GET RICHER
Create a savings plan. I transfer a certain amount into my short term saving account every 2 weeks (for bills & monthly expenses). Then, I send a certain amount to a high yield online savings account for my long term goals (i.e. New car, new apartment, new laptop, travel, etc.)

Cut down spending. Do you reaaaallly need that $5 coffee every day? Maybe try packing your lunch instead of eating out. Take a look at your last few month's bank statements and notice your spending trends. Now figure out a way to cut back on the unnecessary stuff.
Rule of thumb: If you can't afford to buy it twice (2x the price), then don't buy it.

Invest. They key is to make your money make money without you needing to do anything. Whether you want to get into stocks, cryptocurrencies, or CDs. Explore your options and be smart! The sooner you start, the better.

Increase your income. Gone are the days when people have one source of income. Studies actually show that the average millionaire has 7 sources of income . Whether you work a 9-5 or you're taking the road less traveled, you need to find multiple ways to make money. Aside from investing, there are multiple ways to stream more income. Try freelancing on your free time whether you are an artist, a photographer, a makeup artist, a gamer, a hairdresser and so on, there's a market for everything and social media makes it so much easier to build your own business or brand. Find a main side hustle and master it. Try selling your unwanted or unworn clothes. There's multiple apps for this i.e. Poshmark (My personal fave), Mercari, Letgo

I Will Teach You to be Rich This book has been my financial holy grail, It's basically a guide to financial freedom for the average person. I really recommend reading it.




CROSS SOME THINGS OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST
Travel.  Far. Close. Alone. In a large group. Just book a ticket and go!
Try a new activity. Whether it's sky diving or learning to dance Salsa. Try some things you've always wanted to do but for some reason always found a reason not to.
Learn a new skill. If you want to learn how to edit videos or color hair, go for it. Not to mention it'll offer you another outlet to make money. With the internet nowadays, we have free information readily available to us so real you have no valid excuses.
Explore your city. Yup, like a tourist. Or like a local. Or maybe both. Challenge yourself to do things and go places that are out of the norm for you.

STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
I cannot stress this one enough! This should be something that you strive for every single day, in all aspects of your life. They didn't lie when they said great things never came from comfort zones. 

FIND YOUR PASSION
Whether you want to be a nurse or a famous music artist, figure out what it is that sets your soul on fire and go for it full force. Don't let anybody else's doubts reflect on you and don't stop until you get there. You can't fail if you never quit.

REMOVE TOXICITY
Cow milk, bad friends, and a cheating boyfriend all have something in common: They are toxic for you! So stop being a weak a** b*tch and cut it out of your life. 
Notice the people who drain your energy, or who suddenly get all quiet when you share an accomplishment with them. If your relationship seems to drain you more than it fulfills you, maybe its time to let it go (Of course, you should do some self reflection first to make sure you aren't the issue.)
Cut out bad habits. Whether you smoke cigarettes, pop pills, self harm, bite your nails, lose your temper easily, listen to sad songs when you're already feeling depressed, etc. Stop treating yourself like trash. How can you live a happy and successful life if you're literally beating yourself down? Find healthy ways to cope with your inner demons. Yoga, meditation and twerking in the mirror help me. Lmao (no shame.)



Thank you so much for reading loves! Now let's put these goals into place and make this new year the best one yet.


What I'm Wearing:
Black Puffer Coat (Primark) | Red Button Leg Trousers (Mystique Boutique)
Nylon Booties (Zara) | Chinese Takeout Bag (Forever 21)


Photos by @senseinick

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FREE YOURSELF.


My longest and most difficult challenge through my entire life has been finding inner peace or “freeing myself.” I grew up in a pretty negative environment so reacting to outside factors, waiting for the next bad thing to happen and being negative-minded was a natural thing to me. The older I got the more this became a burden to me and it eventually developed into depression and anxiety. It wasn’t until I went away to college and physically separated myself from a familiar place that I really learned to retrain my mind, body and soul. Looking back, I’ve made so much progress and my accomplishments can attest to it. Once I started taking active responsibility for the good AND especially the bad in my life and thinking positively, my whole life changed for the better. 

Some things that helped me become more conscious of my thoughts and remain centered were meditation, yoga, reading self-help books and listening to positive affirmations (this especially helped when I was having an anxiety attack – just search ‘Positive Affirmations’ on YouTube). My favorite self-help book is The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A Singer. It gets really deep about consciousness and separating your physical body from your spirit. It really helped me put things into perspective and I truly have been more grounded and conscious since I adopted the methods they promote in the book.


I’d like to share a short piece of writing from one of my favorite motivators on Instagram (@Idillionaire) that pretty much sums up this whole subject.

Calmness is a superpower. The ability to not overreact or take things personal keeps your mind clear and your heart at peace. You have to learn how to not be controlled by other people’s negativity. You can’t walk around with a button that can easily be pushed. You can’t be swayed left or right every second by what others outside of you are saying and doing. You have to learn how to be in control of your inner emotions and gain inner stability. Be too great for negativity and nonsense.

Your emotions:
You might not realize this, but you choose how you want to feel. You choose to be sad, happy, excited, up and or down. However, when people don’t understand this, they become reactors. Reactors, tie their inner emotions to things, people, situations, and or circumstances. They wait till “this” happens to be happy. They can’t be excited unless “that: happens. Have you noticed, that when you’re just happy for no reason, people ask, “What are you so happy about?” It’s like we can’t just be in that state, without having a reason. And for most people, if there is no reason to be happy, they are either sad or depressed waiting for something on the outside to shift their inner state.

Start choosing your inner state:
First step is deciding how you want to feel. If you don’t decide, you’ll be waiting for something on the outside to decide for you. When you make a clear-cut decision, nothing will alter that state, if you keep your vision on the choice you made. You have the most effect on your reality when you feel good. Feeling good aligns you to the things you desire. The environment might look the same; but the mind looking at it has changed. Know that your inner reality, controls your outer reality.

Be free:
I know you might not have been taught this, but you’re meant to feel good for no reason. You’re meant to be happy for no reason. You’re meant to smile for no reason. Let yourself go and be free. You no longer have to wait to get these feelings. You no longer have to expect others to give it to you to get these feelings. We have to stop tying ourselves down when we’re meant to fly.



Thanks for reading loves. I really hope you learn to free yourself as well! 

Photography by Odd Native 

What I'm Wearing:
Denim Jacket (L Train Vintage) | Floral/Paisley Blouse (Vintage)
High Waist Jeans (ZARA) | Suede Chelsea Boots (Steve Madden)
Black Pashmina Scarf | Retro Cateye Sunnies (Fantaseyes)

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