FUEGO.






FUEGO sunnies by Fantaseyes.

Kurt Cobain meets the urban jungle in this vintage inspired series shot by me. A classic denim button up thrown over a white cry stop and bright high waisted jeans provide the perfect contrast without doing too much. Keep it casual with a pair of comfy kicks for a model off-duty vibe. And of course, no look is complete without a pair of kick ass sunnies. This style has made a major comeback in street style and in the celeb world. You can catch Takeoff from Migos wearing them, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and many more! 

Yes, sometimes I like to get behind the camera as well. Photography has always been a passion of mine her since I held my very first disposal camera (we've come such a long way!) I've been doing a lot more photography lately, and although I don't plan on pursuing it as a career, I will always continue to practice capturing amazing memories and tell stories thorough images. I seriously don't know what I'd do without pictures. It sounds shallow at first, and my whole life I was always the annoying one in the group taking pictures of everything and everyone but it's so much deeper than just taking a photo to post for 'likes.' There's something so magical to me about being able to literally snapshot a moment in time and be able to keep it with you FOR EVER!



Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Brittany Jade

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HOW TO MAKE IT IN NEW YORK


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







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.