TRAVEL DIARY: MIAMI



So my boyfriend and I took a quick weekend trip to Miami this past weekend. We were originally going to go the previous week for a friend's show but our flight was cancelled due to inclimate weather. So we had the airline rebook us for the weekend after - which actually turned out better anyway. 

The outfit I wore to Rockwell Miami on Friday night.

Rockwell, Miami









On Saturday we hung out around the pool area of the Mondrian Hotel where the fashion show we were attending would be held later that night.  I loved this place! The pool was beautiful right off the waterfront with hammocks, cabanas and a bar and $20 piƱa coladas *straight face*. After our pool sesh we changed into our all white attired to attend the Swim The Globe fashion show. Truthfully I'm not a fan of fashion shows. I lose interested after the third model comes out. Now I understand why Anna Wintour wears pitch back shades to shows bc I feel myself drifting into sleep as well. 














Swimsuit from Zara / Sunnies from Fantaseyes

Miami International Airport

On Sunday we wanted to spend most of the day at the beach relaxing before we caught our flight back home around 730pm. We ended up going with a friend to the Soho Beach House. It's a members only (& hotel guests) venue with a rooftop pool, a dice pool, several lounge areas and a private beach. We chilled on the beach and at the pool for a few before heading to the airport. When we got to the airport (like literally just walked through the doors) we got a notification that our flight was delayed until 11pm. We were really upset because we could have spent more time at the beach had we known. We decided to not even go through the hassle of heading back and just killed some time at the airport. 

It was a really rough trip back. There was soooooo much turbulence and I was stuck in the middle seat. I had an anxiety attack like 30 minutes in. I was never happier to be off a plane in my life lol. Then I woke up and went back to work the next day. It's been a loooooong week. I'm off to the Poconos, Pennsylvania for the weekend for my nephew's birthday, then to Jamaica for a week. I've been traveling so much and I couldn't be happier. I'm such a free spirit, traveling makes me feel whole. So till next time loves.

JENNY FROM THE BLOCK VIBEZ.






It's only right that I come back from Puerto Rico and get my "Jenny from the block" vibes on. I went totally nostalgic with this look all the way down to the setting - a classic NYC Bodega. It's no secret that the 90s culture is back in full force. From patent leather shoes and clothing, Adidas tracksuits, fishnets, and even Juicy Couture. Our generation is definitely taking a hold on the current trends with some of our favorite - and not so favorite - trends from our childhood. I have never been one to rock a Juicy Couture sweatsuit, truthfully I rarely follow trends straight on. I stay true to my own style and add some touches of whats hot at the moment. Who wants to look like everyone else? Not I.








One 90s trend I do absolutely love is large logotype (worded logos, not images) and tube tops. So when I saw this cute JUICY top at Urban Outfitters I had to snatch it up. I'm really making an effort to wear the least amount of black as I possibly can this Summer. It's so hard for someone who's wardrobe is 90% black. A white tube top like this is definitely more comfortable and cool for those hotter days - no sweaty armpit marks lmfao! I kept this look extremely casual with black jeans and some neutral kicks. Extreme cat eye sunnies and large hoop earrings brought the whole JLO vibe together. Now I didn't use JLO as inspiration when getting dressed. I honestly just winged this outfit. I picked up the top one day after work while browsing around and just paired it with what I had in my overnight bag to stay with my boyfriend for the week. I try not to put too much thought into my looks, thats usually when they come out best. 




Now can we just talk about how great our NYC Bodegas are for a second? I don't think I really appreciated them until I lived Upstate for 3 years and ALL the stores except for Walmart closed at like 9pm. LIKE WHAT ?! Plus there's absolutely nothing that compares to a NYC baconeggandcheese sandwich. Add a little salt, pepper, ketchup & a little hot sauce please. Any real New Yorker knows how great a feeling it used to be when you were in elementary school and somehow you'd scrounge up a dollar and go to the corner store and rack up on snacks! A quarter juice, a bag of chips, a fudge round AND some gum. One dollar used to go so far man. I miss those days. I complain about NY a lot but this place will forever be home to me and I am beyond grateful to come from a place where I got to experience so many different cultures and people of all different social classes every day. There's such a strong sense of authenticity and pride that comes with being from NY. After all they do say it's the greatest city on Earth, right? ;)



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Photographed by Odd Native

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XOXO,

Brittany Jade

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RECONNECT WITH YOUR ROOTS.






Charlemagne the God once said, "the best thing to do when you're feeling stuck is to reconnect with your roots" in his New York Time's bestseller titled Black Privilege and thats exactly what I did this past weekend. Side note: this was a great inspirational read and blunt af, which goes without saying because it is written by Charlemagne. I definitely recommend reading it if you're looking for some motivation. So lately I've been feeling really stuck. I know that it is mostly because I have extremely high standards for myself and I always look to where I want to be rather than how far I've come - something I'm learning to be more mindful of. It's so important to stop for a second and just congratulate yourself for all your accomplishments and perseverance. I'm 23 years old with a good job with salary and benefits, supporting myself (in NYC, one of THE hardest cities to make it in), I have loving friends, family and boyfriend (yes, we're back together - more on that later.) I'm in good health and I have multiple hustles to rely on and engage in.
I'm all about promoting positive vibes and only surrounding myself with them. I preach on social media all the time about "good vibes only and positivity" and every morning when I wake up the first thing I do is thank God for another day and open myself up to all the blessings the day has in store for me. BUTTTTTT I'm going to play devils advocate real quick. Being so in tune and an over achiever can really but you in the ass sometimes. I'd be lying if I said I'm happy and positive all the time. I definitely strive to be. That's probably my biggest goal in life actually and for some reason it always seems so hard to keep a hold of. 

Most people don't expose the ugly truth on social media - I mean it isn't exactly aesthetically pleasing. We like to promote this fantasy image that our lives are all perfectly planned out with dope outfits everyday, hair makeup and nails always perfect, food so beautiful you almost don't wanna eat it, perfect relationships and friendships and so on. But lezzz be honest here. My face isn't always beat, I go way too long without getting a fill in, my hair is not always on point , sometimes I live off of cereal and eggs and I'm definitely not always happy-go-lucky. I'm so hard on myself. I criticize myself for everything little thing I do and think. I never feel like I'm doing enough, making enough money, reaching out to friends, family and networking enough. Sometimes I tell myself that when I'm making enough money to have financial freedom then things will fall into place. But do I really have to wait that long? Can I really not be happy with where I currently am? I think in a way I'm scared to let myself be truly happy because I may get comfortable - and good things don't ever come from comfort zones. I'm scared of failure and I'm scared of struggling like my family always has. I feel so much pressure to succeed because of that - because I don't have a safety net to fall back on. Because I want to get my family out the hood and introduce them to things they've only dreamed of.














Amidst all the day to day stress and tasks, I tend to lose my balance. I focus too much on work and forget to take a second to breathe. I can easily lose inspiration because my mind is going a mile a minute. This is when I begin to feel stuck. I start slacking on my Instagram posts, my shoots and my work in general - first world problems, I know. In turn I get more frustrated and it becomes a nasty cycle. I always try to find new ways to pull myself out of these ruts. Below are some of the things that have worked for me 

1. Reconnecting with my roots. In this case, this meant taking a spontaneous trip to (one) of my motherlands - Puerto Rico. Sometimes going back to your childhood neighborhood, visiting family, or hopping on a flight to your motherland is all you need to realign your mind, body and spirit.


2. Water. Drink a lot of it. Swim in it. Float in it. There's something so calming about feeling weightless in a body of water or just watching it fall. I got to bask in this beautiful waterfall, La Mina Falls in El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico.


3. Love. Give it but most importantly receive it. Have patience and understanding with all people in your life from the people closest to you to the strangers who accidentally bump you on your way to work. We're all fighting a battle nobody knows about. If we all treated each other with genuine love the world would be a much better place.

4. Look in the mirror. Every single day. Face your fears. Face the truth. Even if it hurts. Reevaluate your decisions and your thoughts and figure out how to improve them.

5. Most importantly, treat yourself with love. Speak positive affirmations throughout the day. Treat yourself - to a spa day, a restaurant you've been wanting to go to, a new outfit you've been eying, whatever it is that makes you happy. What I usually do is each week I will treat myself to something special every Friday. Whether its a fancy lunch/dinner, new pair of shoes, or a fun activity. It's a nice way of congratulating yourself for the hard work you've put in throughout the week.

La Coca Falls


El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico


La Mina Falls, Puerto Rico




El Pescador Restaurant

3lb lobster with coconut curry rice & cilantro rice


El San Juan Resort, Puerto Rico


Isla Verda Beach, Puerto Rico


Right after getting beat up by hail on jet skis


I take too many pics of him lol









If you've made it to the end of this post, first I wanna thank you for engaging in all my rambling. This is pretty much my therapy right now - since its nearly impossible to find a actual therapist HAHA. I figured I'd share a lot more of my thoughts with you guys rather than just posting about my outfits because truthfully I'm a really deep person and my styling is only a surface-deep thing. I want to connect with people and hopefully inspire someone.

I really hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tunes for a follow up post on how to make the most of your trip to Puerto Rico.



Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Brittany Jade

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