Garden State Rollergirls’ Fancy Nasty

Bouts. Pivots. Blockers. Jammers.

If these terms ring a bell for you, then you’re probably familiar with the Roller Derby. If not, then get ready to meet your new favorite sport and one of its fancier players: Fancy Nasty.

Fancy Nasty is a part of the Garden State Rollergirls, New Jersey’s premier all-women flat track roller derby league, consisting of about 40 skaters on five teams: two traveling teams (Ironbound Maidens and Brick City Bruisers) and three home teams (Northern Nightmares, Jersey City Bridge and Pummel, and Gateway Grim Reapers).

One of the most well-known and most fun aspects of the Roller Derby is the player’s names. They are often pun-y and always tough. Fancy Nasty, tells #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino that she was inspired by her off-track life as an author to choose a children’s literature inspired name. She went with a derivative of the Fancy Nancy series and became, Fancy Nasty.

Now that you’ve been familiarized with the league and the names, it’s time to brush up on the rules of play. Games, or bouts, are divided into 30-minute periods. Periods consist of jams, which last up to two minutes, where five players from each team battle to earn points: One pivot, one jammer and three blockers.

Jammers score a point for every skater from the opposing team that they can pass two or more times. The Pivot and the Blockers try to make it difficult for the opposing team’s Jammer, while trying to help their own Jammer score.

Of course, this sport has a reputation for being tough and aggressive, but it’s not wholly without rules and regulations. On the contrary, there are very strict rules about the kind of contact that can be made between players.

All of this add up to an hour of non-stop action and family- friendly entertainment! In fact, many of the women of Garden State Rollergirls are moms, themselves.

For their next home game, Saturday May 11, the Ironbound Maidens invite families to come and celebrate Mother’s Day, by watching these empowering women take on the DC Rollergirls. Aside from watching this showdown on wheels, kids will have a change to design some Mother’s Day cards with the women of Garden State Rollergirls.

This all-star face-off takes place at 7:15pm at the Inline Skating Club of America in North Arlington. You can get tickets at the door for $15, but advance tickets are available for $10 at

Be sure to follow these amazing ladies on social media!

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Our April Skater of the Month is truly a wonder woman! With the colorful flowing hair of a mermaid and a serious flare for the fabulous, Fancy Nasty is jamming her way into everyone's hearts this season. Fancy always brings so much to this league, and we don't just mean her dog FLOTUS, our unofficial GSR mascot! She's an excellent listener who always makes those around her feel heard and valued, is generous with her time on and off the track, and genuinely wants to see everyone succeed. She is a great teacher, teammate and friend who'll support anyone at any level. We're so lucky to have her serving off the track as our league's VP and on the track both as this year's Bruisers captain and as a swing skater for the Maidens. Head over to our Facebook page for her FULL Q&A! Name: Fancy Nasty How did you start playing roller derby? I just googled "Roller Derby NJ" and I found Garden State Rollergirls. I was a member of their very first Fresh Meat class!! What’s your favorite thing to do off the track? I am an author of YA fantasy (Mermaids!) so I love all things that inspire my creativity: Reading, painting, movies, crafting and of course, wearing a mermaid tail! #gardenstaterollergirls #skaterofthemonth

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2019 New York Denim Days Festival

Here’s What’s Happening at the 2019 New York Denim Days Festival

New York Denim Days (June 8/9), the denim and shopping focused two-day festival, will feature a diverse mix of activations, brands and collaborations designed to spotlight the distinct and universal nature of indigo. (GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!)

TENCEL™ branded fibers by Lenzing returns as New York Denim Days’ title sponsor. “We have developed some creative ways of displaying our theme, ‘Denim From the Ground Up,’ for this edition of New York Denim Days with an interactive display and several places for great photo-ops,” said Tricia Carey, Director Global Business Development – Denim. “Together with our brand partners 3×1, Athleta, Garbage by Marta Goldschmied, and Triarchy, we will build the World of TENCEL™ Denim with styles to suit every consumer lifestyle. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend of festivities!”

A new addition to Denim Days Festival 2019 is one of the world’s most-recognized children’s clothing brands OshKosh B’gosh. Their signature style is grounded in denim, an optimistic color palette and an artful attention to detail. It’s clothing that nods to the brand’s roots while moving forward with the perfect balance of quality, value, fashion and kid-friendly style. Sizes 3M – 14.

“Our favorite outfits start with denim, which is why we are thrilled to be part of the Denim Days Festival 2019. From the World’s Best Overalls to the Best Jeans Ever, we’ve got a fit and style for every OshKosh B’gosh kid,” said Zia Taylor, VP OshKosh B’gosh Design.


+ Denim Talks Speaker Series presented by Advance Denim
June 8 + 9
The denim industry is full of inspiring people – from designers and makers to activists, renegades and innovators. Denim Days will welcome a selection of speakers from within these ranks for our Denim Talks speaker series featuring Q&As, panels and lectures. Full speaker roster to be announced shortly.

+ Denim Days Music
June 8 + 9
In a nod to the blue jean babies, the tiny dancers and those who can’t help but be tangled up in blue, New York Denim Days will present two days of diverse live music and entertainment. Full line-up and set times to be announced shortly.

+ Morning Yoga With Athleta
June 9 // 10:30AM + 11:30AM
Join us on 18th Street for two sessions of alfresco yoga taught by Athleta’s in-house yoga instructors. The $10 sign-up fee includes participation in a yoga class, a free denim yoga mat and bag, plus an entrance ticket to New York Denim Days. Attendees must register to participate, as space is limited. Tickets available HERE and at

+ Kids Fashion Show – “Our Future In Denim”
June 8 // 3PM
We believe the children are our future. Join us to see mini denim lovers sporting the latest denim fashions from OshKosh B’gosh, Athleta Girl, Indi-Kids, Trico Fields and more.

+ Rare Sneaker Exhibit
June 8 + 9
@Just4kicksdaily will be showcasing an exhibit of its rare collection of sneakers and bringing together a crew of sneaker customizers. Visit with famed customizers @bymalcolmgarret and @ceezemc, who will be on-site showing their work and available to take orders. Colchester and Vans will be available for purchase. Buyers will be offered the opportunity indigo dye their new sneakers with Sayaka, the Brooklyn-based indigo dyer, while supplies last.

+ Artistic Moments Throughout
Moon Heemin, graphic artist and 3D creator will be back to unveil his latest work presented by Artistic Milliners. The fabrics for the collaboration will be from Artistic Milliners’ recently launched “RESPECT: 100% Recycled Denim” concept.

Anna Weber, artist and denim designer will be showcasing her latest stop-motion art created specifically for Denim Days Festival. Her collection of thread art works previously featured in Sourcing Journal will also be on display at New York Denim Days.

Artist Shya Beth, known as The Denim Rider will display a portion of her 18 life-size equine sculptures using recycled denim & Styrofoam as the primary media, with many smaller equine sculptures available for purchase as well as other denim inspired accessories and décor. This exhibit was designed to raise awareness of the struggles horses face today and proceeds from the purchases will benefit horse charities.

+ 18th Street Vintage Denim Market
June 9 // 11AM – 5PM
A one-day street bazaar with some of the very best vintage denim shopping, food, live entertainment, games, art and more.

+ The High School of Fashion Design Contest + Catwalk
June 9 // 12PM
Students from the High School of Fashion Industries will be participating in a design contest and fashion show of this semester’s finest works. Each student re-purposed a denim jacket and will unveil their creation at Denim Days

New York Denim Days is an event for all ages. Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the door. Students and kids under 12 attend for free. To register for any of the events or to purchase tickets, go to Ticket holders will also receive discounted rides to and from the festival courtesy of LYFT by using code NYDD19.

Get your tickets today at

A Guide to Improving Your Style

A Guide to Improving Your Style

If you’ve taken a glance around your group of friends and are fretting that you don’t seem to have as good a style sense as everyone else, then don’t panic. Style doesn’t have to be expensive or involve a complete clear-out of everything you own. Instead, sometimes improving your appearance can simply come down to being a little more selective with the items you do purchase in the future, and clothing pieces you currently own.

Empty your wardrobe
If you’re self-conscious about your style, then the best way to fix it is by taking a broader look at your wardrobe. Rather than pulling through endless hangers of clothing items you never wear, pull out every single item and assess whether you really want to wear it again. If you have a number of tops that make you feel frumpy or unappealing, place them in a separate pile for a thrift shop.

Finding new ways to organize and categorize everything in your wardrobe is also incredibly helpful for taking a much closer look at everything you own. Using stylish storage tools such as wicker baskets or specially-designed scarf hangers can also push you into being far more choosey about what you decide to put on display.

Look to your icons
Often, those who appear to have impeccable style will have taken their inspiration from their own personal heroes. Many people cherry-pick their heroes’ best style features and integrate them into their wardrobe. Style comes down to personal taste, so try not to worry too much if your heroes might be regarded as unusual. After all, someone who lives in body-con dresses and leopard print won’t agree with someone who wears Doc Martens and second-hand clothing on what makes for a stylish outfit. Fashion is subjective.

Once you’ve accumulated a few styles that include fashion pieces that you like, you can begin to start trying out what works. Instead of just throwing anything on, put on combinations and see if they work together. This is one way of creating your own judgment on what looks good, and what clashes enormously. Taking inspiration from women you follow on Instagram is also a great way of judging which combinations work best.

Find some statement pieces
Unless you have an enormous budget, you don’t necessarily have to have a wardrobe that’s bursting with high-fashion items. Picking out a few statement pieces that tie many outfits together will help you feel effortlessly chic. For example, finding a stylish overcoat from will help you browse a number of styles before settling on one that works with your current look. If you have a particular color you know you look good in, finding particular pieces in this shade can add a pop of brightness to outfit choices.

Before you undergo any form of style transformation, remember to not be so hard on yourself. Before you discard everything you don’t like, be sure to compliment yourself on what you do like. Not only will this help with your self-confidence, but it will also enable you to accent your best features, and compliment them with your outfits.

Live Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard.