HOW TO MAKE IT IN NEW YORK

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


People say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. But, how many people actually make it here? Shoot, I'm still struggling to myself. So, in no way am I claiming to be some successful entrepreneurial motivational speaker here. I'm just here to share my personal experiences, knowledge and observations. Keep reading for some pointers on how to make it in NYC - or any big city.




Being a native New Yorker is so bitter sweet. All my fellow New Yorkers know what I mean, everyone else either A) Hates New York and thinks everyone here is rude and it's too fast paced (although there is some truth to that. More on that later.) or B) Thinks New York is heaven on Earth. The land of opportunity, wealth, and glamouros lifestyles. 

Now let's lay down some unfortunate truths about NewYork City, followed up with some cheat codes on how to make the best of living in the "greatest city in the world."

NewYorkers are rude.
This is mostly true. Everyone in NY is so focused on making the next move that anyone that gets in the way of that suddenly becomes a burden. Even if they were just trying to take in the beautiful sites.A lot of tourists I've encountered weren't much better than us NY'ers.

You don't realize how genuine and friendly people are until you leave NYC and a stranger holds the door open for you and greets you with a smile. I think it's safe to say every New Yorker that has experienced something similar didn't know how to react at that moment. 

New York is too fast paced.
If you are incapable of maneuvering on sidewalks the way you would in your car on the street, then the NY streets are not for you. 
If the GPS says it'll take 15 min to walk somewhere, someone with NY feet is gonna get there in 7.25 minutes. 


New York is expensive AF
Studies say in order for a single person to live comfortable in NYC they must be making about $6,200/month to live comfortably.



Cheat codes:
 Move to the outer boroughs i.e. The Bronx, Queens, Uptown Manhattan, Staten Island (My home) or Brooklyn (although the cost of living in BK is almost as high as Manhattan now).

Live with roommates. This is a great way to save money on rent. That's if you can handle sharing a bathroom and kitchen with strangers - Definitely not the life for me.

Buy an unlimited metro card.

You know that "NEWS - Never Eat Shredded Wheat" acronym you learned in grade school to help you with directions? USE IT! Manhattan is one of the easiest cities to navigate because all the streets and avenues are in chronological order. The avenues start in order from the right side of the city to the left. And the streets begin from the souther most tip all the way up to the northern most part.

Rack up on free credits for taxi apps such as Uber, Lyft, Gett & Juno by referring people to use the apps.

Dollar pizza is a lifesaver after a night out. Or just one a day that you're too broke to afford anything else.

Visit free art galleries, museums on free nights, party with club promoters (if you're a hot girl you get free entry and drinks)

Network. Network. Network. You never know who you can be standing next to. New York is filled with amazing and interesting people. Go out and meet them!

Visit as many roof top venues as possible. The views are breathtaking.

Do NOT touch the rails or poles in the subway stations. Unless you want to catch something.



The unwritten escalator rule: The left side is for walking & the right side is for standing. Don't be that person standing on the left side.

The unwritten sidewalk rule: Always walk on the right side of the sidewalk. It just makes the traffic flow much easier.

Be the best at everything you do. If you don't, the next person might beat you to it. It's the dog eat dog mentality we're raised with.

I was inspired to write this post because every single day I have a battle with myself about loving and hating New York. I've lived here my whole life so at times I feel like I really need a different environment. Something with more trees, and clean air. Other times, I still can't believe the opportunities that living in NYC has brought to me. Over all, I'm beyond grateful to be able to experience all this city has to offer.



DON'T MESH AROUND: 17 THINGS ADULTING HAS TAUGHT ME

Thursday, April 6, 2017







You can never go wrong with an all black ensemble. Spice it up with a mesh hoodie over a lace bralette. I dressed this look down with joggers and Vans but if you wanted to elevate it you could throw on a pair of bootie heels and you'd look bomb af. 





Now for the deeper stuff.  I've been in a real dark place for the past year or so - since my anxiety really kicked in. Thankfully, I've learned how to control my anxiety much better and not let it consume me but I'm not sure if it will ever go away completely. It has made me extremely susceptible  to other people's energy, not to mention I'm a natural born empath. That being said, I have learned that I need to be extremely choosy with the people I choose to surround myself with.

Anything that is not growing, is dead.

My anxiety has also taught me the power of patience and faith. Yoga and meditation help me connect with my inner self and balance out my hectic days fromm working in Manhattan to coming home to working more on Fashion Freeway and all the things in between. Growing up has been a huge challenge, mostly just finding the balance between maintaining a social life, eating well, making enough money to support myself, and still follow my dream to achieve financial freedom and travel the world. 

I've recently had to cut people off that I genuinely care about, because they were only holding me back. It's safe to say it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. But, I know it's for the better so I'm taking this time to really find myself and redefine life. New hair, new me? Maybe! haha. 

Here's a list of things that being an adult has taught me so far.

  1. Pack your lunch if you want to save money.
  2. Open up a savings account for long-term goals and one for short-term goals.
  3. Apply for a credit card with great rewards (I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card with travel points which I will be using to fly to Jamaica basically for free!)
  4. Treat your body great - after all you have to live in it until you die.
  5. Eat well
  6. Moisturize
  7. Exercise
  8. Meditation is key 
  9. Cow's milk is disgusting and is not meant to be drunk by humans
  10. Patience will get you far in life. Very far. (I'm working on that every day)
  11. Speak your success into existence. Once you see it, it already exists all you gotta do is get there.
  12. Every setback is a setup for a major comeback (like Fab said)
  13. Death is inevitable so appreciate everyone you have in your life and let them know it.
  14. It's ok not to be ok sometimes. We need those moments to find clarity. Just make sure you pick yourself up and keep moving.
  15. Be a good person. In every way possible.
  16. You will have to be the one to reach out to people first most of the time if you want to keep a relationship with them. (I've had such a challenge with this bc I'm really bad at keeping in touch with people and if they don't hit me up first I feel like they don't care so in turn I push myself away. I'm still learning.)
  17. Medicine is meant to keep you sick, not to help you get better.
  18. If you want something, go get it. By any means necessary.
  19. This society is really not meant to help people get ahead and find their true potential. We're conditioned since birth to become these brainless robots who follow the status quo. The people who make their own path either end up famous or dead. There really isn't an in between.
  20. Keep your heart open. Don't let any external factors alter your happiness and your willingness to love and connect with people.



STYLED: NORA.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
















Delicate hues combine with rustic elements to create a sultry and nostalgic vibe in the above fashion story I styled on the lovely model, Nora. I was highly inspired by the fashion of the 1970s with earth tones and wild hair. The wooded setting was the perfect way to pay homage to the free-spirits of the hippies of the 1970s revolution. If there's anything English class taught me, it is to find the metaphors and symbolism in everything. I'll leave the interpretation for this project up to you guys.

Photography by Jorge Rivera


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Brittany Jade

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FENTY x PUMA FALL 2017 COLLECTION

Tuesday, March 7, 2017












Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

It goes without saying that Rihanna was not the most studious teen. She was constantly sent home from high school for breaking the dress code by adding some spice to her utterly boring school uniform. Shoot! I don't blame her one bit, I'd probably do the same. That's probably why I am growing such fondness for the multi faceted celeb - we are both rebels at heart. Rih was never one to go with the flow and follow the crowd. She always paved her own way and that is what I admire most about her. Coincidentally, today is International Women's Day and I am all for celebrating the genius mastermind that lies behind her beautiful green eyes of hers. 

When it comes to collaborations between celebs and fashion brands, the question always arises about how much input the celebrity actually had in the creation of the pieces. Fenty x Puma's AW 17 presentation at Paris Fashion Week is a pretty honest display of Rihanna's large contribution as creative director for this collection. Personal influences of Ri can be seen throughout the collection with her lucky number (13) and her birth year (1988). The collection embodies the core of both the fashion forward singer and the athletic brand with oversized knits, slouchy silhouettes high platform shoes, and just the right amount of exposed skin. The contrast between athleisure and high fashion is the perfect equilibrium. I fell in love with this collection the moment I saw it because it is a reflection of my personal style.

The greatness stretches far beyond the clothing in this collection. To express even further how much of a creative genius Rihanna is, the runway was made to resemble a collegiate library. Models could be seen strutting their stuff atop a library table with study lamps and lockers behind them. Growing up in Barbados meant wearing a boring ol' uniform to school for all of Rihanna's childhood, so this was a very exciting concept for her to develop. It's safe to say she's done it again and be ready to see inspiration from this collection hitting the streets really soon and this upcoming Fall season.

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Brittany Jade

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IN BETWEEN.

Saturday, March 4, 2017








 I have been lacking so much inspiration lately. It's probably due to all the stress I've been under due to losing my grandmother a week ago, a bunch of nonsense going on with my living situation, some hurdles in my relationship, work, keeping up with Fashion Freeway and my online presence, etc. etc. I haven't been in a good place lately and I'm beating myself up about it. 

I'm only human. Many people think I have everything all figured out because of the way I portray myself on social media but truthfully, I'm a fucking mess. Excuse the language. I just want to be as raw as possible with you guys. I'm sure many of you know the feeling. When you just feel stuck. When you have to actively remind yourself to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones because it just isn't coming natural to you like it should. Like you want it to. Especially if you have anxiety. Life is a learning process and the real challenge is applying your knowledge in the moment that you need it. 

Truthfully, life has been draining me lately and I have felt so unmotivated and uninspired. But, I am focused on building myself back up. Every time I feel this way, I come back stronger. Don't get me wrong, I constantly have those debilitating negative thoughts about giving up and all the hopeless feelings that come along with it but somehow I always find the strength to keep going. The reward is usually very much worth it. I just want to be able to have more balance in my life all-around.

23 is such a weird age. Some people close to me are having kids, others are still supported by their parents, some are moving 20,000 miles away just to be able to afford to support themselves. Being thrown into the "real world" out of college or high school is such a slap in the face. "Reality" isn't all it's chalked up to be. You're forced to choose between doing whats "right" & expected of you and what your heart is really calling out for. Every day you are forced to question yourself and your purpose. It's like you're too old to be as carefree as you were when you were in school but too young to be considered a "real" adult. It's like purgatory. Stuck in between. Trying to work to pay the bills and enjoy your life but then you end up working so much you don't have the energy to go out and do the things you want to do. In turn, you feel yourself drifting from everyone you know because you'd rather relax in your bed that you work your ass of to have and binge watch Netflix with a bunch of unhealthy - but good for your mental health - snacks all night instead of going to the club or bowling with the girls. And then those days come when you start to realize that you're a 50 year old AND a 3 year old AND a 17 year old stuck in a 23 year old's body. Bruh. Exhausting isn't even the word. Why can't their just be a guide to life for dummies? 

If there is anything being an adult, for a short amount of time has taught me, it is to never have expectations. Not for your career, not for your friends, not for your relationship, not for your family, not for your finances. Just let go and live. Pray on it. PRAY. PRAY. PRAY. Whether you believe in God, Jesus, Alaa, Buddha, Confucius, Unicorns, Aliens, Nothing. Whatever you believe in, prayer just brings a sense of self awareness, humility, and peace. Most of the issues that we stress about are so situational and worldly, they really don't matter on the large scale. Now don't get me wrong, I am not preaching to you guys and I obviously don't have all the answers. Heck, I clearly find it hard to find peace for myself when I need it most. But, I know that as long as I stay true to myself and continue to put my worries aside and just be, I know I will continue to flourish.

I get so upset when I don't stay consistent on the blog and Instagram. I guess it's because I feel like I need to be posting something every single day in order to grow my audience. I'm learning to really be ok with taking a well needed break from the inter-world (I totally just made that word up.) I'm realizing that it really is quality over quantity. I want to get deeper with you guys in my posts and I want to actually engage with my readers and connect with them. I started Fashion Freeway as an outlet of expression and to inspire others, so that's exactly what I aim to do. 

P.S. I'm a little hesitant on posting this. I am almost tempted to just erase it all and retype something about the outfit in the pictures above, but I am committed to stepping outside my comfort zone. I hope you guys took something away form this post and hopefully it impacted you in a positive way. Sometimes, hearing other people's problems helps us with our own.


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Brittany Jade

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THE RETURN OF THE VELOUR SUIT

Sunday, January 29, 2017
















 So, I heard from a little birdie that the velour suit has found its way back into the scene. Kylie Jenner was seen rocking a Juicy Couture sweatsuit on Instagram  and we've seen it in many lines on the Runway during Fashion Week. The suit got some fun updates and is not so dreaded and stereotypical as when it first emerged. It's comfy, it's textured, it's form fitting. Why wouldn't you want one?

The off the shoulder detail like the one I'm wearing takes a modern twist on this old school ensemble. Dress it up with heels or booties for a casual meets chic vibe. I really took it back with an oversized denim jacket embroidered with Disney's Winnie The Pooh characters. I thrifted this jacket at L Train Vintage. This is one of my favorite thrift stores in NY. They are a chain of privately sourced thrift shops and they have THE BEST vintage denim election you could find. My only issue is that they never seem to have denim jeans in my size (US 6). They're either way smaller or way larger. Otherwise, you're guaranteed to find the dopest denim jackets, cutoffs and soon much more there. I have been thrifting for years now. I mainly starts thrifting for two reasons.

1. I never had the disposable spending money required to shop at fast fashion and higher end stores for every season.
2. I love having unique pieces that nobody else has.

Thrifting has become a very popular shopping trend lately and I am happy about this shift. Not only does it help people find their individual style and get more creative with their wardrobe but it helps reduce waste. The fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to worldwide waste. Buying pre-loved pieces is an all around win.

Some of my favorite thrift/reselling shops in NY are as follows

L Train Vintage
No Relation Vintage
Buffalo Exchange
Beacon's Closet
Goodwill
The Salvation Army

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and really consider thrifting instead of shopping at Forever 21 the next time you go shopping!

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Brittany Jade

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