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So it's January 31, 2018 and today I turn 24 years old. That's 1 more year till 25. WTF! I can't be anything but grateful to see another year and I'm so excited to see what this next chapter has in store for me! Here's a little personal post on some random facts to help you guys get to know me better. I'm going to dive right into it. Enjoy (:

1. Zodiac: My sun sign is Aquarius. My moon is in Libra. My Venus is in Aquarius. Im really into astrology. I'm not too fond of my birth chart because it exposes my most unfavorable traits, but it's taught me the importance of consciously choosing to change the things I don't like about myself and has definitely helped me understand myself better. I kinda think of it as a cheat code to life.

2. I was born & raised in Staten Island, NY (the forgotten borough). Not so proud of it lol. I moved 10 times from the ages 8 - 17 years old. I had a very unstable and unsheltered childhood. I had my first alcoholic drink at age 13 (supervised by my older brother), I've been working since I was 14, and I first tried smoking weed at age 15. I'm grateful for my early exposure to real life shit because I was taught how to handle things/have fun responsibly. It made it hard for me to connect with people my age because I was more experienced and no longer found interest in the things they were just starting to indulge in.

3. I was a straight A student my whole life but always risked graduating because I had horrible attendance & lateness. It started in 7th grade when I was at the peak of puberty and I went through my first ever phase of depression. I'm pretty sure I have the sleeping disorder DSPS which is the underlying cause for my tardiness (self diagnosed). I'll probably do a post focused on my struggles with my internal clock soon!

4. Im 5'0 tall. I used to be extremely insecure about my body (junior high & high school) because I got bullied and ridiculed every damn day. The most hurtful thing people would call me was a midget (my legs are much shorter "than they should be" in proportion to my torso.)  I knew that they were only deflecting their own insecurities on me but their words did hurt and they planted subconscious seeds in my mind. I never let it stop me from being my best self, but although I appeared to be strong and not be bothered by it I was really hurting on the inside (It's an Aquarius thing.) As I got older, I learned to dress in ways that flattered my figure and learned to love my body even with it's flaws. Now, nobody can tell me SHIT to make me feel bad about my body. I treat my body good, I eat well, I exercise, I dress in ways the empower me and help me express myself and I admire myself in the mirror. The funny thing is that so many of those people who used to make fun of me now comment under my pictures with heart eyes and the like.

5. I hate chocolate ice cream. But, I loved it when I was a kid. I'd chose sweet snacks over salty snacks any day.

6. I played the clarinet for 10 years and I was in my school's concert bad & marching band. I wish I would've taken it more serious and continued playing after high school. My favorite song to play as a band was 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles (I love them!)

7. I was obsessed with cheerleading as a kid and I was captain of my high school's team all four years. Yes, it IS a sport.

8. My all time favorite series is LOST. I've watched the full series 3 times over. I'm obsessed with any show or movie that has deep subliminal messages, time travel, mysteries/suspense, and fate-lined stories. You can say I'm a conspiracy theory junkie.

9. I write lists for EVERYthing. I even have a list in my iPhone of my favorite movies & shows... in order. LMAO

10. I graduated college Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing Management with a minor in Graphic Design. Truthfully, I don't feel as proud to have graduated college as I thought I would. Education is important but a degree doesn't guarantee success. Hard work does. And if you aren't trying to follow the beaten path, a degree is most definitely not necessary.

11. I don't drink coffee. I drink at least 2 cups of tea every day.

12.  3 huge turnoffs for me (in a guy) are small talk/boring conversation/close-mindedness, condescending attitudes, & long nails. Also, I hate texting all the time - I'm old school in many aspects and I appreciate a nice phone call like were 11 years old again lmao.

13. My favorite number is 17. I was always number 17 in alphabetical order in elementary school and I always won raffles when I picked that number. It has never done me wrong.

14. Reggae/Dancehall is my favorite genre of music, Caribbean food is my favorite cuisine and I am a sucker for dreads. Maybe I was Jamaican in a past life?

15. I massage my own feet and shoulders a few times a week. I try to meditate and do Yoga every day. The first thing I do every morning as soon as I wake up is thank God for another day and pray for more blessings. I practice speaking positive affirmations to myself every day as well (This really helped with my anxiety and self confidence!)

16. I am mixed with a bunch of ethnicities but mainly I am Puerto Rican, Italian & British.

17. I've traveled to 7 different countries. My absolute favorite place would have to be Venice, Italy. Jamaica was amazing as well and had this incomparable free, loving energy.

18. The book I'm currently reading is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

19. The most common things people say to me:
When they first meet me in person: "You're so much shorter than I expected."
When they get to know me: "You're so much cooler and sillier than I thought."
When I'm not wearing makeup: "You have freckles?!"

20. Two things I wish I could do: sing & fly.

21. I color coordinate my closet and I am an organization freak. I can't sleep with any doors open and I need to have a pillow between my knees in order to sleep well.

22. My favorite strange smell is the scent of new shoes. Especially in Payless lol.

23. The album I currently have on repeat is Heartbreak on a Full Moon by Chris Brown.

24. Fashion Freeway got it's name from my free spirited personality. A freeway connects two places across borders and I wanted to stress the importance of breaking boundaries and freeing yourself in  your personal style and all other aspects of your life. Dress up. Boss up. Bless up.™

Photography by Elizabeth Malave

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Red is the color of passion, energy and action

Red is a warm and powerful color. It ties us to our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a powerful energy that is impossible to ignore. If you follow me on Instagram, you can tell that red has been my color for the past few months. Many people have assumed that this is my favorite color. Truth is, I don't have a "favorite" color. I just go through phases where I feel connected and empowered by a certain color (also evident in my Instagram feed.) Anyone who knows me can understand why I love the color red after reading this post on the psychology behind the color. I am a very passionate person that exudes a powerful and rebellious energy all around. Red looks good on my skin tone because my undertones are warm. This is the first look in a series of color theories I am working on in collaboration with my photographer and good friend Lizzy. Each look will embody a different color and emotion. I hope you enjoy!

Red & General Traits
Red signifies positive traits such as determination, strength, courage, power, passion, energy and speed, assertiveness, confidence, spontaneity. It can stimulate the appetite (often used by restaurants for this reason.) It can also stimulate sexual and lustful energy. 

On the not so positive side, the color red is often associated with anger, short-temper, ruthlessness, rebellion, violent, brutal, resentful, tiring, and domineering.

It's suggested to keep a good balance of the color around you. Too much of it and we become irritated and angry. Too little of it and we tend to feel fearful, manipulative, and super cautious.

Personality Color Red

According to studies, your personality color can be closely associated with your favorite color. However, you may find that you relate to the personality color of a different color. Personality colors are ties between a person's characteristics, attitudes, and actions which are also seen as traits of a certain color. Red personalities are the pioneers of the world. They are go-getters and entrepreneurs who like to be the first to discover new physical realms. Red's are always in a hurry and seldom procrastinate. They don't see the pointing putting off something for tomorrow if it can be done today. They are not afraid to pursue their goals and biggest dreams and they maintain a lively passion for life and adventure. 

Personality color red's are hard workers and don't mind getting their hands dirty. Although they do not always make for great bosses because of their aggressive and domineering attitudes. They act impulsively and out of anger, it is important to think before reacting. Although they do react and get worked up quickly, they get over it just as fast once they let the anger out of their system as they tend to not hold grudges. Red's have a vast need for power and control, which is tied to our most basic survival instincts. People with the personality color red often have an overactive ego and a heightened sense of self worth which can come off as condescending to other people.

The deepest need for a personality color red is for physical satisfaction and achievement. They are more "worldly" than spiritual and need to experience life through the five senses.

Red & Fashion

The color red takes on many different meanings depending on the cultural, historical and physical context it is being used. It is a contradicting color that is both associated with love and warmth (Christmas, Valentine's Day) but also danger and fury. It can stimulate life but also symbolize the loss of life.

In Eastern cultures such as China red is the color for good luck. Although times are changing and many Chinese brides now wear white, it is traditionally the color for weddings. In Indian culture it symbolizes purity and is often used in their wedding gowns. In South Africa, red is symbolic of mourning. In U.S. politics, Red is the Republican Party. If you're "in the red" on Wall Street, you're at a loss of money. In Jamaica, if you're red, that means you're drunk. Worldwide, the color of Communism is red.

A pop of red in just the right place is smart in some cases. I.e. One red accent in an otherwise neutral room draws the eye; a red lip with an all black or all white outfit adds just the right amount of energy to draw the eye.

After reading this do you think of the color red differently? Do you relate to the personality traits associated with the color? Do you oppose them? Do you see how you can use the color to your advantage both personally and professionally? Let me know what you think in the comments below! 

Stay tuned for the next color in our COLOR PSYCHOLOGY series!

Photography by Elizabeth Malave

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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.

Photography by Fashion Freeway


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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 risquĂ© 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!


Brittany Jade


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