10 THINGS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT




Writing this post was a bit of a challenge for me because I overthink ev-er-y-thing! As I was listing things to include, I would counter with a thought on why I CAN live without these things and I started to feel like this was pointless. I can pretty much say I'm not a materialistic person. I always had to get creative with the bare minimum and it taught me to not place value on material things. Of course every now and then I like to be a regular human and indulge in nice things. Below is a list of things I can live without, but would really rather not.



1. A pretty smile (: (I really can't live without this one.) I try to look at the positive in every situation and smile when things get tough. Even if I'm going crazy in my head, smiling & laughing trigger physical responses within the body that help you feel better. I'm currently working on whitening these bad boys with Hi Smile teeth whitening kit. Cannot wait to show you guys the results!

2. Some bomb-ass cat eye sunnies. The ones pictured above were developed by me for Fantaseyes Inc. I'm a product developer by day - everything else by night lol. Cat eyes are definitely my silhouette of choice because they can spice up any outfit and they have attitude, just like me (:

3. A good ol' fashion magazine. I mainly use them for visual inspiration & ideas for sunglasses, blog posts, outfits, and anything really. They keep my creative side alive. Side note: I've always wanted to take part in creating a magazine. I'll probably try it out at some point.

4. A good poetry book. Had you told me I would say this about a year ago I would've laughed in your face. I was never a book person, let alone poetry. However, these past two years have really been a huge emotional and spiritual journey for me. I find that I have a new appreciation for anything that involves self expression and art. Poetry helps me make sense of my thoughts and emotions. The book  pictured above, Becoming by Shana Marie Roark was so relatable and definitely helped me get through some tough times these past few months.

5. My body pillow. I have to sleep with a bunch of pillows and blankets in order to sleep well. It might be a security thing? I don't know but I can't sleep without my body pillow between my knees and to hold onto lol, yeah I'm pretty much a 23 yr old baby.






6. MUSIC! What the hell would life be without it? It gets me turnt up when I need to be, it soothes my hopeless romantic when I'm in my feelings, it helps me sleep when I'm having anxiety attacks, it brings a deeper meaning to life. It transcends languages and cultures - it IS like a universal language. My JBL flip is liiiiiiife. It's so small and easy to travel with & even though it's small it is very powerful and it BANGS!

7. My car. I don't know how I ever survived without it. Especially now that the weather is damn near at the freezing point. I can't imagine stepping foot outside my house without having a warm comfy car to get me where I need to go. With music blasting of course! I actually just got my license & car earlier this year, so I'm a fairly new driver and I'm already kind of sick of driving just like everyone told me I would be, haha!

8. Dry shampoo. I can't tell you how many times it transformed me from homeless person to bad bitch. I have really thick and frizzy hair so washing & styling takes me a while and tbh I don't have the time to do my hair multiple times a week. 

9. A dope pair of kicks. I am a sneaker head at heart. I'd choose a dope fair of Air Force 1's over boots or heels any day because ummm comfort always wins.

10. Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy collection. Ever since I discovered these products some years ago, I have not stopped using them. They even updated their packaging which is much more aesthetically pleasing than it used to be. I really believe that certain scents stimulate brain function and have positive affects on the mind and body. The 'Comfort' scent from this collection is my favorite!

Photography by Elizabeth Malave

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Brittany Jade

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WALK THE WALK.



Yes, I’m wearing white after Labor Day. Who makes these stupid rules any way? Honestly you either make the rules or break em. That’s the way I see it. This is probably why I don’t do so well with authority haha! 

Although this look is definitely more fit for the warmer seasons due to its cuts and materials, it can work in the transitional seasons as well. Unfortunately it already feels like winter in NY ):  If you read my Miami Travel Diary, you saw me rock this fit to a fashion show during Swim Week. It’s definitely one of my more risqué looks. I either dress really laid back and "boyish" or barely wear clothes, like this look haha. There usually isn't an in-between. 


I felt really bawsé in this outfit and looking back at the photos trying to think of a concept to write about, the saying “if you wanna talk the talk you gotta walk the walk” came to me. Which brings me to my next point. It’s really a pet peeve of mine when people preach a life they do not follow. The growth of social media as a prevalent part of our daily lives seems to have given people this false sense of identity. I seriously hate it. You guys all know that I’m all for thinking positive and spreading good vibes, and I love people who do the same. But when it just becomes nothing more than a quote you post on Instagram meanwhile you’re actually a negative force in real life, it means nothing. Too many things become trends nowadays and people just hop on the bandwagon without actually taking the time to understand the origin and meaning of said things. These things take time and a lot of hard work! It requires a lot of self reflection and most importantly being honest with yourself even when it hurts.

Do you ask yourself how you have made a positive impact on the world or someone else's life every day? Do you redirect your negative thoughts to positive ones? Do you move away from negative people and situations? Do you actually practice what you preach? Try talking less & doing more. 




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CAMO'D OUT // ETHIK





I’ve been on a real camo kick lately. I find that I tend to stick to a certain color scheme for a certain amount of time until I get tired of it then I move on to the next. I was so excited for the transition into Fall, because well Fall fashion is my fave. Earth tones and dark colors are definitely my thing.




Streetwear is definitely my niche. I’ve always been a tomboy with “girly” tendencies and I’m learning to really master my own style to reflect my personality better. I love styling menswear looks in a way that compliments my body and offer an unexpected appeal. You can definitely catch me shopping in the men’s section of all my favorite stores. 

With that being said, I had the pleasure of modeling some pieces from the FW1 collection for Ethik Clothing Co. Windbreakers have definitely made a triumphant return into streetwear and I’m all for it. They’re perfect for chilly or rainy days and they give off real nostalgic 90s vibes. Something about a dope jacket just wins me over. Comfy tapered sweats and kicks complete this laid back look that is certainly streetwear certified. Yeah, that was corny. Haha! 

Photographed by Odd Native

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TUNNEL VISION.



The vision is free, the hustle is sold separately.


As I'm writing this I'm sitting alone in a park trying to soak in all the life around me. I've been lacking so much inspiration lately. This happens to me very often. I'll have a few weeks where I'm on fire with my ideas, motivation, everything in life really. Then boom. Suddenly I don't even want to open up my Instagram app, socialize much with anyone, eat healthy, go to the gym, or do anything active really. I take these feelings as a sign that I need some change in my life. I like to take these moments to reconnect with my core. I'll usually go sit down by the water to think and write. I'll write about my hopes, my dreams, my goals, my pain, my to do list for the day or the week, anything really. Sometimes I don't do anything and force myself to truly be in the moment. Listening to the waves crashing or the birds chirping and not worrying about anything in my life is so therapeutic. It's vital for me to refresh my brain and redirect my energy.

There's so much pressure I put on myself to stay active on social media every day. Add that on top of a 9-5 which in reality is a 7-7 including travel time, freelance projects, exercising, sleeping, eating... and yeah it's definitely a lot to balance. I have to remind myself that sometimes it's ok to go on a social media hiatus or even a people hiatus lol. Mental health comes before anything and I need a lot of moments to recharge.


When you want to succeed, you have to see the vision before it's really there. You have to feel your success, you have to hear it, taste it, see it and eventually you'll be able to touch it. You have to keep your eye on the prize and not let anything deter you. You have to wake up every day with a mission to get you one step closer to that goal. It's not easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it. It means crying in your own shoulder and telling yourself "everything is going to be ok" when you're hurt or discouraged. It means congratulating yourself and celebrating your own accomplishments because most people around you wont acknowledge them. It means working harder than everyone around you because you don't want to live a regular life. It means losing people and feeling lost at times. It means being humble because you’re doing this for yourself, not for credit... plus you get used to other people not wanting you to succeed so you learn to keep things to yourself. But most importantly it means picking yourself back up and getting right back on the path you've set for yourself despite all the obstacles presented along the way.




Tunnel vision is the key to success. When you really want to succeed you have to pass up on some sleep, some meals, and some social events to be productive. Well really you have to pass up on A LOT of those. It’s ok to be selfish with your time and energy. What works best for me to accomplish my short term and long term goals is making lists. I literally make lists for EVERY THING from my To-Do list for the day to the things I want to buy, things I need to repair, things I need to remember, places I want to go, my short term goals, long term goals, bills/expenses, etc. Sometimes I write them over and over so they really stick in my head. You have to be annoying with your success. The way I look at it is this: The more you practice your craft (whether you are an artist or a nurse) the better you get. If you put in work every single day you're going to get better faster than you would if you only put in work once a week. Know when your body needs a break, and don't feel bad about it. This is something I always battle with myself. 

Most importantly, work hard in silence. I find that when you put your ideas and your moves out there, someone is always wishing bad upon them or it gets jinxed somehow. Do not compare your journey to others around you, and especially people on social media. Your time will come so long as you work continue to work at it. Figure out your "why" and remind yourself every single day of that reason. Be humble, work hard, and don't give up. 


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