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All I Wanna Say Is It’ll Be Alright

One Revolution Around The Sun from MTV c/o Richard Turley on Vimeo.

I started wearing my wedding band again. To remind myself that I’m stronger than I feel. I recently interviewed Amy Jo Martin, who wore red nail polish every day for 5 years as a confidence trigger whenever she felt unworthy.

This is my wedding band. It’s an ouroboros. Eternal chaos and renewal. My physician told me that my life has been series of crises, one after the other. He referred me to a crisis therapist, but I never called. Because I never feel stressed or sad unless it involves a broken heart.

Otherwise, I’m stronger than I feel.

In our time of shiny happy social media feeds, I figured I’d try to review my year in earnest and show you all of the darker periods and how it’s ok. How I’m doing ok and whatever shit you’re going through – that too shall pass.

Joey Ng Lower East Side New York 2015



This was the year that my divorce was final. And although I haven’t spoken to Chris since I filed a restraining order against him, it marked a real sense of closure. I don’t talk about this often, as it is a particularly painful story – but it is over. The important lessons are to always put your personal safety first and never let a broken person, break you.

This was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to overcome, which is why I’ve chosen the ring as my talisman for courage.

My boss, the CEO of American Apparel, Dov Charney gets booted from the company he founded

This has been covered extensively in the news. And while it may be fun schadenfreude fodder for those who have participated in the culture of American Apparel in some way for the past decade, this had very real and difficult ramifications in my life.

While I had been living out of a suitcase since 2009, I was accustomed to the organised chaos and rhythm in which we ran the company. I’d written about my thoughts on this here. There was an extremely high level of uncertainty and instability.

When you’ve dedicated most of the waking hours of your adult life to working there as I had, it often feels like your career is all you have. Some malevolent force was fucking with the one constant, my every day, my foundation, my family.

Joey Ng Brooklyn Bridge New York April 2015

I was fired

After 7 years of tenure, I was fired from both of my positions at American Apparel as Marketing Director and Retail Director of our Australian subsidiary. Under new management and within 2 weeks of a new supervisor – I encountered hostile bullying and discrimination, filed an HR complaint, 48 hours later I was out of a job, my US work visa, and $40,000 worth of unpaid bonuses.

This didn’t stop them from taking credit for positive work that myself and my colleagues were responsible for, after throwing us out the door.

American Apparel has filed for bankruptcy which make my shares worthless and legal claims effectively frozen. But bad situations give us the best ideas, my views changed in ways I never thought they would.

When cash is scarce, you figure out what your life essentials are. In things, in people, in beliefs. This means that I no longer put up with a lot of bullshit out of loyalty, obligation, or mercenary reasons.


My dog died

Miss you, Albert Einstein. You were a great physicist.


Now, remember how I said it’ll be alright? I had a destabilising year, but the pros always outweighed the cons and I thank Based God for the generosity of all the people in my life. Here’s what kept me afloat.

Great Sex

Incredible sex will change your life. Let’s not discredit how something so basic can alter your entire mood. I thought I was doing alright in this arena until I was dumbfounded by a specific experience. I asked my partner at the time how he became the best I’d ever had. For someone who never says much, his response was sweet and profound.

“It’s not me, it’s us. It’s about two people connecting, and we’re just very connected.”

Imagine going your entire life having never been vulnerable enough to share that kind of connection with someone.

Sometimes you have to love like you have nothing to lose.
And who knows? Your entire universe might expand in a moment of surrender.


Female Friends

No relationship is stronger than that of a female bond. I wholeheartedly believe this. I just broke up with someone I really, really, really liked. For every time I’ve been in a tailspin, the unconditional support and humour from my friends and sisters have always brought me back to some semblance of sanity.

Women confide in each other and listen, really listen and care. It’s a type of intimacy that may never be achieved through romantic relationships. For romance to work, there has to be some suspension of belief and female friendships are as real as they get. Ugly cries, guilty admissions, secret slobby behaviours, and mental hospitalization levels of cray are all safe territory in the context of BFFs.

Love you, bitches.

DJ Slow Joey Ng Paris October 2015


I’d never been to Europe before, and this year I made it a priority to get to Paris. It wasn’t all that.

My favourite moments were centered on one-on-one time spent in my air bnb with some very special dear-to-my-heart dudes.

Hot showers shared, home made breakfasts, listening to lesser-known Bieber tracks. It made me miss home.
Home being a person, and not a place.

Here’s to you, my people.

Happy New Year.
With love,

your girl.

This entry was written by Joey, posted on December 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm, filed under Friends, Joey Ng, Los Angeles, Love, New York, Sex, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Scotch & Soda,
NMRKT Fashion Series Party

Scotch & Soda opened up a new store in Union Square and the launch party was hella packed.

So baby hid in the corner with Natalie Suarez and Chris Reed.

Grabbed itty bitty bites catered by The Fat Radish and had a few martinis with Susie G and Miguel Guesso.

We swiftly left to make room for all the suckers in line and headed to the NMRKT Fashion Series Party at Mister H.

Hosts Julia Jacobson, Kelsey Panicco, and Ryan Fleisch in their red light best.


which aptly describe myself, Vesper Wolfe, and Max Bosch. I’ll let you decide which one of us is which.

And since none of the chicks were prostitutes, the boys had to play a game of who’s taller than whom to score ’em.

But hey, why not take ’em both for 13 feet of fun!

Or an AZN and a JEWZN cuz it’s all good when you’re up to no good.

This entry was written by Joey, posted on April 8, 2013 at 9:00 am, filed under Events, Fashion, Friends, Joey Ng, New York, Photos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

White Girl Problems by Babe Walker at Milk Studios

Story of my life. I guess I have a ton of white girl problems even though I’m yellow.

Book release party for White Girl Problems by the trio that is Babe Walker. Everyone I know was there so it was a grand slam time.

Milk Studio’s babliest babe, Jessica Conatser.

Ubiquitous. Kept drinking greyhounds redubbed Size Zeros. (But like what if I’m a double zeroooooo… #whitegirlproblems. Jay. Kay. I’m like a size 10. PERFECT 10.)

Justin Bridges tweeted “Reunited and it feels so good” MMHMM!

Most precious duo, Small Girls PR‘s Mallory and Bianca. Ok it’s a party now. Offish.

Chris Reed and Izzy Tuason doing what they do best.

FAKE HIGH FIVING! Well, it’s always fake for Chris because he’s 70 feet tall.

Sigh* bassists… heartthrob, Kyle McCammon, making my heart skip a beat.

B the Great and his Aussie blogger friend, Tom Jackson. Is everything coming up Australian these days? Are Australians the new Asians? (Never.)

Dance party time.

My phone died so I had to stop drunk texting and focus on dancing to Mia Moretti mixes with Susie G.

Who’s ready for a Milk Made fashion week?


This entry was written by Joey, posted on February 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm, filed under Books, Events, Friends, Joey Ng, New York, Photos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

StyleCaster supper at LAVO Las Vegas

Day trip to Vegas! Went back since everyone was in town for Project and Magic. Got up bright and early with the sun. Then we figured out the blackout curtains. Bliss!

Got triple booked for dinner trying to fit in plans to see all of my friends from the East coast.
Vanity shots while waiting for an executive decision, haven’t worn a full face of make up in a long time. Gotta fit in in Sin City.

Went with the StyleCaster crew who invited me along to their dinner at LAVO. Here are the courses they picked for our tasting.

Heirloom Tomato Bufula Mozzarella

Tuna Tartare

StyleCaster’s sublime Associate Editor, Susie G. CEO, Ari Goldberg, beside her.

Chicken Marsala

Rigatoni Sausage Bolognese

Rachel, StyleCaster’s Social Media Manager here with their President, David Goldberg. Our perfect little dinner party of five.

Steak. Their chimichurri was sooooo delicious. Put that on everything.

Miss you so hard, Susie!!

Thank you to StyleCaster and
LAVO Las Vegas
The Palazzo
3255 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This entry was written by Joey, posted on September 1, 2011 at 9:00 am, filed under Food, Friends, Joey Ng, Las Vegas, Photos and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Hotel Chantelle x BlackBook rooftop grand opening party

Grand opening event at Hotel Chantelle co-hosted by BlackBook. A brand new rooftop bar to enjoy Summer nights in the Lower East Side.

Miss you, bodyguard!

Sponsored by my favourite beer, Heineken. Open bar drained the regular so we moved on to lights.

Oh Susie.

Secret garden vibe.

Orchids installed under table tops.

Wide open deck.

Death Mickey.

Some bro was hating on top buns. In the sweltering Manhattan heat, we had to represent. Team Top Bun!

This entry was written by Joey, posted on July 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm, filed under Events, Friends, Joey Ng, New York and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Never Hide by
Death and Taxes
for Ray Ban

Illin with Lacee Swan and Susie G at the Death + Taxes event for Ray Ban.

Rocking the Micro-Mesh Long Sleeve Mini Dress and Micro-Mesh Triangle Cross-Back Bra from American Apparel.

Photos Credit:

This entry was written by Joey, posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:10 am, filed under Events, Fashion, Friends, Joey Ng and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Diesel Summer Denim
The Powder of Diesel

Diesel showcased their feminine, make-up inspired Summer collection at their Lexington & 60th store.

Fresh colours, bleached splatters, and ‘The Jean that Kate Middleton Wore’.

Every girl knows you’ve got to try on at least a dozen pairs (if not more) before you find the right one. Pretty PR girls, fashion editors, and bloggers had loads of fun testing out fits and washes.

Susie G trendstarting the dropped-crotch pinstripe jeans for the evening.

Patrick, Diesel’s denim buyer, was on hand to help us with our picks.

Make Up Forever gave mini-makeovers to complement the denim line’s cosmetics influences.

I fell for their intense orange lippy.

Cory Kennedy brought along friends and caught up with Nylon editor, Dani Stahl.

The pair I picked, ‘Hushy’. Light, light wash with pastel water-coloured streaks. Reminds me of a rainbow sno-cone.

Approval from Dani, the event’s star stylist, rocking her distressed aqua Diesels.

For more on Powder – the Diesel Spring/Summer line click here.

This entry was written by Joey, posted on April 29, 2011 at 2:02 am, filed under Events, Fashion, New York and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Small Girls PR x Tumblr x Styleite PROM!

I tweeted “Am I ashamed or amazed at how quickly I pulled together a prom look from my closet? ”

Mallory and Bianca of Small Girls PR ended their 30 day prom-dress-a-thon for with a super adorable real life for adults prom at The Standard’s Le Bain.

Who doesn’t like prom? I LOVE PROM.

With my too-cool-rule-the-school date, Susie G and Mr. Dandy Project, Izzy.

The Standard’s staff babes. Love their Sailor Striped uniforms!

Prom princess and priestess.


For more coverage and photos by Susie G of all the pretty boys I pretended were my date, visit StyleCaster.

This entry was written by Joey, posted on April 25, 2011 at 1:09 am, filed under Events, Joey Ng, New York and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

G-Shock x Krink
Craig Costello Exhibit: Spray Paint The Walls

G-Shock collaboration with Krink – the DW-6900KR-8JR.

Launched with an art exhibit by Craig Costello at 18 Wooster – Spray Paint the Walls.

With Wendy Lam [], recently connected with her again in NYC for the first time in years.
Known this little miss for over a decade! Looking like a cutie pie in her American Apparel wool cape.

Susie G with her new 21 Jump Street bob haircut and friend, Clay Murphy.

I miss wearing these sequined shorts. Always accessorize with psychosis.

Lucky number 3.

Adorable baby girl. Have been noticing a lot of parents in the art crowd bringing their kids along. Coolest toddlers ever.

Band of beer.

CREEP killing it with their performance. Moody and enchanting within the painted space.

Lauren Dillard of CREEP. Skeleton leggings? Yes!


Kevin Leong [Fold Your Paper] and his baby, Change the Pomeranian. She was fresh out from the groomers. Can’t handle the cute.

Susie G shooting Soba Eshima from alife.

According to Susie G, we had infiltrated Babe Fort Knox that evening. Mmhmm.

This entry was written by Joey, posted on April 11, 2011 at 6:17 am, filed under Art, Babes, Events, Friends, Joey Ng, New York, Photos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

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