by Jamila Pierre

Look who it is again, my spiced pumpkin sweater and chambray combo...but we're not gonna get into that again today, no. We're gonna get into this skirt, just look at's awesome! If you ask anyone who knows me, or even a fraction of my taste, they will tell you how borderline annoying I can get with all things quilted (I have friends who call me quilted northern). I just like it....a lot...OK I love it! 

It's not just that it's a quilted pattern that gets me going, it's the fact that there's added texture. I love texture, especially when it's applied as an accent or done in an unexpected way. In my world garments that have a quilted effect (or are like it's cousin twice removed; an embossed effect) automatically takes any look you you could dream of, up to an eleven on a 0-10 makes perfect style sense....right?

So when I saw this gem here, at Shop & Swap 2014...for the low-low price of $30 (which is insane because the skirt is from the brand MYNT1972), I prayed to the heavens it would fit.

The Lord was on my side.

When I got home with my purchase I immediately searched for this skirt online (because I just had to know how much of a bandit I made out like), and though I couldn't find the exact skirt due to the probability of it being out of stock or out of season being high, I sat there straddling the fence on shock but lack of surprise when I saw how much similar skirts ran.

I think it's safe to say that this purchase was a serious WIN! #WINNING!!!

In general the clothing is too rich for my blood, regardless, I do feel that the clothing may actually be of high quality, which is rare. Most of the time you will see retailers or brands pumping out the same things made by the same overseas worker (to put it nicely) and it's  sold (most of the time) by their competitors at a substantially lower price, for the same exact quality....I have NO time for that! I will NOT pay $200 for the same quality dress that is sold at Rainbow (no shade to Rainbow, I rocks with you). What's crazy, is that there have definitely been plenty of times when the less expensive brand won when it came to wear & tear, and did so without strong-arming my damn wallet. 


Side Note: This logic, at least for me, is only applied to certain things. I do believe in many instances  that you get what you pay for...but based on my experience (and my firm belief), the Hype Beast is real....don't believe it. Style is much more than a price tag, a label, how often you wear something, or whether something is "in trend".

And though this is my only piece from the brand, I've been fairly rough and tumble with this skirt, and  it's just something I can see and feel upon touching it that has lead me to believe that (dare I say it) it may have been worth the money *Gasps and clutches pearls*....but if you can find a way to get it on sale ladies so that you too can have great pieces that fit your what you have to, find a way...stalk your prey.


What I'm Wearing:

  1. Sweater from Target. $24.99
  2. Chambray top from $30 (On Sale)
  3. Leather Quilted Skirt from MYNT1972. $30 (Acquired at a Shop & Swap)
  4. Boots from $15 (On sale from $45)

Trench Me.

by Jamila Pierre

This amazing little trench has been with me for quite a few years now, and it still makes me feel so damn good when I put it on. I remember seeing it in straight sizes for eons before Forever21 decided to make me the happiest girl on the planet by selling it in plus. I remember seeing it online on one of my many insomnia- driven online-perusing extravaganzas, it was as if an angelic glow came off my computer screen (VERY dramatic...I know).  you just have to understand, I had been hoping that i'd be able to find this exact trench in plus for soooooo long, so when it came along I pounced like no one has ever pounced before. 

And my goodness when I tell you it hits every freakin' note, it hits every freakin' note:

  • The print is out of this world...out of this universe.
  • It has the perfect sleeve length.
  • It's lightweight but still cozy.
  • The overall length of the trench is perfection as well.
  • The colors duke, the colors...

Not to mention the awesome deep V that allows you to showcase a plethora of tops. All in all this baby is a win,  an excellent buy, and it was inexpensive dollars and inexpensive cents.


Here I paired it with the same leggings from my "Collegiate Chic" post, my one an only hot fuchsia collared button down, some understated accessories (because let's face it...I'm already doing the most), and my black studded pumps (best pictured HERE).

Oh and let's not forget my newest obsession lippy, Limecimre's Velvetine in Utopia!

What I'm Wearing:

  1. Necklace from Afaze. 3 for $10 (on sale)
  2. Top from $17
  3. Bracelet from Burlington coat Factory. $7
  4. Floral Goddess of a trench, from $34.80
  5. Leggings from $19.80
  6. Studded pumps from Marshalls. $29.99