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Headlights On: Interstellar Love Craft

Here at Nomad, one of our most important endeavors has been our collaborations with budding young designers. We are so lucky to have had our path cross with that of Rochester-based Marisa Krol, the talented crafter and visionary behind the handmade metal jewelry line, Interstellar Love Craft. Known for simple yet elegant geometric pieces (some of our faves include silver triangle studs, and brass lotus drop earrings), all of Marisa’s delicate creations seem to fly off our shelves. Read on to hear more about what inspired this crafter to get crafting, and peek a behind the scenes video by Mike Giardino of Pallette Films here.

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Marisa visits the truck in NYC!


When did you begin creating jewelry?

I began creating jewelry about 4 years ago.  I had just returned from 4 months of travel/volunteering in South America and felt very compelled to create adornment and take my creative pursuits more seriously.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Many places.  Through spontaneous thoughts, dreams, experimentation, quiet moments, busy surroundings full of life, the brilliant creatives and friends I keep company with, through hope that somehow creating beautiful things makes a positive difference, discipline, and trust that for now, I am supposed to be making jewelry.  It is where I feel I belong.

How has your process or style evolved over the years?

It feels more intuitive then ever before.  I think I was more fearful in the beginning and uncertain.  Now, I feel more relaxed and comfortable in my own skin.  I think that is apart of growing older period, and the work I believe, reflects that.

Has any one single person been an influence on your brand? If so, who?

I can’t say a single individual has had that kind of overwhelming influence on my brand.  I can say a certain type of woman has–she is strong, creative, savvy, intelligent, style-setting, a revolutionary type.  She is herself, paving her path as only she can.  She is in every woman, and I make adornment for her to remind her of these qualities.









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Five Frugal Finds

Got twenty dollars? Come on The Nomad Truck and leave with one or more of these goodies!


These Brooklyn based temporary tattoos are to die for! For $5 you get 2 to a pack with amazing designs (like the blue vintage Casio style watch telling you you are LATE) and inspiring wise words (like MAKERS GONNA MAKE). These beauties last for 3-5 days and add a fun whimsy and badass edition to any getup.



Two rich, beautiful colors in one nail polish? The double sided Nail Candy has many tricks up its sleeves. Coming in a combination of pink and white and black and red, these long lasting polishes are truly sweet. And then, just pop off the top of the cap of each side to find a perfectly fine point nail pen, with which you can make endless designs on your nails. $10.00 is all you gotta spend for some D.I.Y. nail art!


If the cool fall weather ever hits us, you gotta be prepared.  Sock It To Me makes amazingly soft, thick and fun over the knee socks ranging from $12-$18, in woolycozy grey to stripey colorful funs. Keeping wearing those short skirts and keep your little legs warm with Sock It To Me’s beautiful socks.

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We on The Nomad Truck love to stack our hands, wrists, and necks with as many baubles as our little bodies can handle. And this year, we are seriously rocking the knuckle ring. You may find a plain gold band, a tiny jeweled band,  or maybe a golden branch to wear stacked on your hands. And at $5 each, why not grab 2?


You can find many of Lauren Eve Designs’ beautiful and original creations on board The Nomad Truck, from her long beaded necklaces to intricate wrap around handmade bracelets, but her wish bracelets, at $10 a piece are something special. Each one is unique and different, with beautiful charms or words on them. And make sure somebody special helps you tie it on your wrist and say your wish in your mind so when the bracelet falls off after wearing it, that beautiful wish will come. 

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Summer is on her way out (thought it’s been a good one, thanks girl!!) and we, here on the Nomad Truck are trading in crop tops for beautiful tribal print sweaters and cutoffs for pairs of fresh new skinny jeans. 

It’s always bittersweet to put away the white post labor day and have the feeling of SCHOOL STARTING AGAIN, but how about this year, we celebrate? We embrace fall! We get ready to bundle up in some beautiful knits and we welcome the changing leaves and chillier weather!

The amount of new sweaters that we are daily, putting out into the truck are gearing me up for the months ahead in a biiiig way. Ranging from all sorts of designs and colors, I can guarantee ya that they are all perfectly loungey, warm and cozy, just the way we like ‘em, am I right? This fall, I’m excited to get back into my standard military green jacket that I wear every fall, and figuring out new ways to make it interesting. One of the newest pieces on the truck, a simple straight forward army jacket from the front, has a sweet sweet surprise on the back! When you turn around you see an amazing knit back, with beautiful complimentary colors to the army green and sharp tribal geometric angles and shapes. It’s a brand new spin on the ever trusty military jacket and it is inspiring me to see how I can twist my everyday look upside down and add an element of surprise.


Molly in our Knit Back Military Jacket ($78)

This fall, I am also on the hunt for the just most perfect scarf, my dream scarf: I’m looking for thick beautiful material with lots of length and width that you can wrap around yourself so many times you almost get lost in it. I think what I’m basically looking for is the dreamiest blanketscarf I can find, and I’m determined to find it. We do have an outrageous selection of scarves we are starting to put out on the Nomad Truck everyday (and to tell you the truth, I think my dream scarf is in the selection!! I’m just trying to not take the goods away before we can share ‘em with you guys!), so you must come check ‘em out and find your dream scarf for fall.


Two new cozy knits! (Left, $42, Right, $40)

No matter what you’re wearing or what you’re dreaming of wearing  this fall I hope you stay nice and warm and looking cozy, chic and beautiful. I hope you fall in love and fall into some new adventures, and hold onto the railing when you’re walking onto the Nomad Truck so you don’t fall down the stairs! Hope to see you on the truck, come and get cozy with us.

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Behind the Wheel with Molly McAdoo

Nomad’s newest team member dishes on insomnia, back to school outfits, and her new gig truckin’!

It’s 2:25 AM.

I can’t turn off the brain. I’m thinking those clogs will look great with the high waisted denim skirt and that new leotard (!). Oh! Or that great vintage Hawaii T (!). OOOH! Gotta figure out a way to wear that leather vest (!).

These are the thoughts that fill my head (all day everyday?) when I can’t fall asleep at night. And they have ever since I was a tiny little girl, struggling to fall asleep in elementary school, fantasizing about the perfect outfit for the next day. Sometimes dreaming beyond the next day and just thinking outfits in general. For life.

I’ve never known quite what to do with this obsession. I just style in my brain for myself on the regular. I shop (too much and too often), building my collection of clothes to make the nighttime styling fits more fruitful, helping the pool to pull from grow.But now that I’m part of team Nomad, somehow, it feels like I will be able to channel this obsession and have a place to put it into action.

So, won’t ya come find the Nomad Truck and let me help build you the perfect outfit, in broad daylight (!).

The first time I saw Nomad, it really felt like, in some way, now I know what to do with this obsession, this love of, this passion for, well, clothes. The clothes that Jessie has curated and collected from all over-local designers, friends she’s met on her journeys, small boutique companies, are beeeaaautiful. Some are sexy. Some are comfy. All are hip and exciting (to me!).  And the jewelry…oh the jewelry. There are long delicate necklaces with sharp, unique geometric shapes.  Big chunky rings of all different shapes and colors. Amazing beaded bracelets to be stacked perfectly along the wrist, and earrings that are delicate and dainty and perfect or textured and weighty and dangly. The opportunities to build killer outfits are endless. And you can find them on our amazing truck cruising the greater NYC area on any given day.

Not only is the selection on the truck thrilling, the truck itself is amazing! My first time walking onto the truck felt magical. There is something so special about walking into one of the loveliest boutique stores you’ve ever seen and then to pinch yourself with “WAIT, I’M ON A TRUCK”.  Being in the space of the store itself, one would never believe they’re on a truck, except for the fact that the only way you got there was by having seen the big beautiful yellow lady parked somewhere, perhaps Jersey City, Long Island City, the Highline, Williamsburg, whatever magical lucky spot we ladies of Nomad chose on that given day, and you climbed the vine covered wooden steps to get into the world of Nomad. I loved watching customers go thru the same experience I had when I first got on the truck. Everyone seems to be struck by the wonder of this wandering boutique. There’s magic happening on that there truck. And oh so many outfits to be built and styled and WORN. Come experience it for yourself and get into the goodness of the Nomad.

Perhaps now I will no longer be seeing those laaate night numbers on my clock staring back at me as my mind drifts from leotards to vintage T’s to clogs since my dreams get to come true every single time I walk on the truck.

I’ll think about it this way: quicker I fall asleep, quicker I’m back on the Nomad!


First day on the job and first purchase from the Nomad!

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Headlights on: Karma for a Cure

This month, we’re launching a new featured designer series to give you some up close insight on the unique, creative, and impressive designers we carry on board our truck. This week’s Headlights On showcases Karma for a Cure – the inspiring hand-drawn t-shirt line by NJ native, Margaux Minutolo. Read on for our behind the scenes interview with Margaux and visit our truck to purchase your Karma for a Cure today!

When did you launch Karma for a Cure? I launched the brand through our e-commerce website on December 3, 2012. Our official launch event into NYFW was in Feb 2013.

Where does your inspiration come from? My inspiration to create Karma for a Cure came from my father’s battle with prostate, lung and brain cancer. I wanted to create a brand that meshed fashion & philanthropy on a daily basis. A brand that was wearable, comfortable. high-quality, and that created awareness in an artistic way. This brand is for my fellow “philanthropic fashionistas” who want to give back to charity and look fabulous while doing so.

How has your process or style evolved? My process has evolved in so many ways. Each design I sketch not only has to relate to a cause, but it has to follow future fashion trends and, most importantly, it has to be unique. Like a piece of artwork, my designs have a deeper meaning than what meets the eye. My style has evolved into two customers: an edgy, downtown New Yorker and a bohemian free spirit.

Has any one single person been an influence on your brand? My father has been a huge influence on me and my brand. He was a talented painter when he was younger, which immersed me into art at an early age. Growing up with a father battling cancer since I was 12 years old, gave me a natural passion to support charities and families going through similar hardships. Last year when my father was diagnosed with stage 3 inoperable lung cancer, it was one of the hardest battles my family has faced. His strength and positive mindset to fight cancer gave me the inspiration to create Karma for a Cure.

What do you hope for the future? I hope to continue designing pieces that create awareness for a younger generation. It would be amazing to build an army of supporters who join the movement in spreading good karma worldwide. I wish to inspire other individuals and companies to give back, no matter how much…every bit counts.

Anything else you would like to include? This brand is not only a dedication to my father, but a dedication to every survivor, supporter, or lost solider. Wishing you all positive and happy karma, xo. 

Heart of Gold Tank featured in our #ootd via Instagram


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Spring Fever!

Yesterday was officially the first day of spring, and while the four layers I put on before leaving my Brooklyn apartment this morning lead me to feel otherwise, Spring is on its way, slowly crawling upon us like it always does. Gloves, hat, scarf one morning, then boom!  – the blooming, rich hues of April, flowers abound, sun shining,  a return to the outdoors!

This spring is especially significant for me as it means the grand opening of my mobile boutique, Nomad! While the winter months have blessed me with a variety of new, interesting (albeit cold) experiences – I am now the proud owner of a truck (saying that will never get old) – I am feeling more and more feverish about the new season among us. I’m excited, anxious, nervous, and have that feeling you get when you are on an airplane shooting down the runway for liftoff, and its going so fast that you are literally pressed back in your seat.

Going where any twenty-four year old trying to self soothe goes (ahem, Pinterest) I discovered the Bill Cosby quote below, and started to cool down a bit. Bring it on, spring. Let’s do this.

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Source: via Pinterest


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