The Iron Fist

by Jamila Pierre


"Things like skulls, camo, and leopard print...are neutrals as far as I'm concerned. You can also add spikes, studs, and all such things to the list  that I find to be staples/standard. These things are comfort-zone for me...these things make sense; if they weren't in my wardrobe I'd feel empty." -Jamila Pierre

First let's start off by thanking the sun gods for casting shadows on my face for these photos.... now we may move on.

Let me tell you about Ironfist clothing, I am head over heels for them (have been for a very long time) and I want pretty much everything they make. wellllllll....not everything (if you don't remember me stating in a post not far off from this one, not all skull/leopard/edgy things are created equal), but most everything they produce is primo. The one collection that has me going crazy (and has for a very, VERY, long time), is the "Loose Tooth Collection". 

OH DEAR SWEET LORD HOW I LOVE THIS PRINT!!! 

I just love how it's an X-ray of a skull and has the missing teeth, it's just as imperfect and equally perfect as I am. Then if you're anything like me... you start making up stories as to how the teeth were lost. I like to think the skull belonged to a thrill seeker, or someone who was scrappy like me (maybe a member of a particular club to which we do not mention). The idea of this makes me smile even more so.

In any event, I freakin' love this brand and this print specifically, and have been dying to get my hands on just one piece to don in my wardrobe (memories of the time I wanted some loose tooth oxfords and snoozed on them bad boys...and lost out on that opportunity...I'll never forget...I'll always want them and think about them, I'll never lose hope in finally having them), so when Hottopic had this tank on sale................HUNNY!!!!!!

Hottopic.com has this in both the sexes, but I purchased mine in the men's section, in an XL (it fits like Le Dream

I've worn this tank a few times and it will be up on this blog many-a-time, trust! But, this time I decided that I wanted to be a little over the top by pairing it with a multi-way striped  skirt, and this waterfall blazer with grommets all up and down the trim. 

YUP, I DO'S THE MOST.

To be honest the skull face kinda looks like that of a gorilla's...(yes. no?), either way I loves it. I also made the decision... a high pineapple ponytail, cat-eyed sunnies, and my minimal wedge sandals it is.

I also paired it with my most obvi fave bracelet, a statement necklace, and this nifty spiked ring that I dubbed the "spiky ring of death"; it acts as a style statement while providing you with the tools you need to #ProtectYourNeck...PERFECT! 

 

What I'm Wearing:

  1. Cat-eyed sunnies from Buffalo Exchange $9 (???)
  2. Waterfall blazer from Burlington Coat Factory. $19.99 (On sale, circa 2yrs ago)
  3. Necklace from AFAZE. (3 for $10 Sale)
  4. Iron fist tank top from Hottopic.com. $16 (Sale)
  5. Bracelet from Burlington Coat Factory. $7
  6. Spiky ring of death from Wholesale District. $2 (fave thing EVAR, and acts as a finger "BrassKnuck")
  7. Skirt from Charlotterusse.com. $ (Sale)
  8. Shoes from Oldnavy.com. $11 (Sale)

 


GREEK SEA WITCH REALNESS

by Jamila Pierre


"That moment when you're Low-key/Hi-key channeling the love child of a Greek Goddess & Ursula the Sea Witch, yea...we're having one of those moments." -Jamila Pierre

Honestly when I first tried this piece on (sans accessories, sans pulled together look), the first thing that came to mind was, where are Flotsam & Jetsam?**Cues "Poor Unfortunate Souls"**  

I held my hair up in a mock bun and glanced over at my necklace (handmade by me), I realized that I was crossing over into Greek mythology territory (dare I say Medusa). I equally love and hate Medusa's  story, but I wont go into all the reasons as to why in this post. 

I was super excited, I knew exactly how I wanted to pair it. This Tunic/ dress/sassy, made my ass look fabulous, and the quality was above and beyond. I contacted the designer ASAP to let her know that she needs way more notoriety than she currently has. 

Lara Popa, of TEYXO, did it again! 

She contacted me and told me that she wanted to send me a piece of my choosing as a gift; just because she felt that I'd been so kind, she enjoyed working with me, and she appreciated all I'd done for her thus far. What she doesn't understand is that she deserved every bit of it. 

She's been nothing but awesome to work with, she's sweet and generous, understanding, and accommodating; not to mention her designs are tremendously unique. 

When she told me to select a piece, honestly, it was extremely difficult to choose...but it finally came down to this supreme number right here. 

It originally came as a cap-sleeve...I don't really gets down with all that, so I simply asked her if I could get a 3/4 sleeve added and in if it could be in a contrasting leatherette (or just a wet "leather-look")  type of material. Lara was happy to oblige and actually thought it was a great idea. 

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I wanted it to be several different textures in one so that it wasn't just your average black frock, I also asked to make sure that the material used for the sleeves was pliable because my arms are HBIC's, they take up the all spaces and make entrances...sooooo...yea. Lastly, since it's so hard to get things with my preferred sleeve length I figured now was a good a time as any (plus it makes for a seamless seasonal transition piece).

What I'm Wearing:

  1. Necklace handmade by me.
  2. Tunic from TEYXO. $75 (Gifted by designer)
  3. High-waisted bikini bottoms from Forever21. $15.90 (But It was on sale for another price)
  4. Moto Jeans from Target. $34 (Gifted)
  5. Bracelet from Burlington Coat Factory. $7
  6. Ring of spiky death from the wholesale district. $2
  7. Shoes from OldNavy.com. $11 (On Sale)