by Jamila Pierre

Oh, hey there, how goes it? Me? Not too good…. but a bitch still fly tho.

You know when your ability to stunt provides you much needed reasons to sashay, to smile, to wake up in the morning? I have a few reasons on a list that I toggle through from time to time and it helps me get through…. even when times get real rough like they are right in this moment.

There’s this idea floating around that one shouldn’t be defined by this, that, and the third; to that I say…Eh…..

I understand and believe in that as well to some extent, but I also understand the NEED for these things, these identifiers, I understand the compulsion to grab hold of what we deem to be “beauty”, “dope-ness”, anything we classify as “good”. When you’re surrounded or consumed with immense amounts of “negativity”, you hold on tight.

There is nothing, NOTHING, wrong with wanting to attain beauty or fly-ness…. you just have to make sure it’s your standards you’re trying to uphold, and most importantly that you’re regularly checking yourself to make sure you’re not being your own bully, unreasonable, and/or unrealistic.

I’m still working on this, balance is difficult, trust. Though I take up residence in the gray, and recognize its existence for most…., I still very often conduct myself in black and/ or white while trying to make these multitude of facets align. It’s just…..a trip…let me tell you.

But for now, let’s all bask in all my bossy bitch shit.

I bought this knit blazer almost two yrs ago right before it hugely popped off (the print that is) and I remember thinking to myself….this is gonna be huge again….I had no idea how much so (well I kinda did, but at this point it’s real crazy how saturated the market is with this print).

I truly never base my looks OR the pieces I choose to adorn myself with, on what’s going on in the world or whoever the fuck Pantone is….there…I said it (#ISaidWhatISaid), but I do have a sense as to what will be popular even before it is…and most times my contrarian ass just up and does the opposite.

However, I’d be dead lying if I said I didn’t love a good blazer, much less a classic print such as this one.

I was drawn to this blazer because of how the button placement emphasized my figure. Most of the time I wear what abstractly speaks to me (in all it’s juxtaposition glory), and sometimes the person I want to be is more inclined to dabble in balance. Well, I always believe in balance and try to exude in my looks, but it can be more of an organized clutter sometimes (most times) and other times it’s extremely structured (sometimes sans the stiffness), this outfit happens to veer on the side of a soops structured balance. I’m givin’ classic T’s fo sho **Insert thick New York Accent**.

The blazer is knit and has pretty much ZERO stiffness-structure, so the added emphasis to my shape is where the balance comes into play.

The white top (also a classic…are you seeing a theme here?), is also what I deem an “unbasic-basic” (I’m coining that term by the way, don’t @ me), and I decided to play with the shape of that too. The jeans have a bit of stylish flare as well, along with the shoe choice; all together this whole look is a perfect nod to the past while still very much so keeping things modern.

Honestly as I’m sitting here writing this post…I’m looking at this whole outfit and it’s further solidified that there’s nothing like a white shirt, it seriously elevates any and every look and the details on the sides of my pant legs…just absolutely flawless. The best part of this whole look is how super attainable it is, most of us have some variation of these pieces in our arsenal already. So even though I’m going to to hit you with some useful links…it doesn’t mean you should look anywhere but your own wardrobe FIRST!

I chose to pair this look with two different pairs of shoes. The vibes are only minutely different but they are still significant enough to include. I purchased these shoes not only because they are fly…but because they closely resemble a pair of GUCCI shoes and they were on sale for $14, HUGE SCORE!!!

When I saw them just thrown about in the Target near me, there was only the left shoe and when I saw the discounted price…I went on a mission to find the right shoe, needless to say, it was a success. Now, I’m sad to say, these specific shoes are no longer available but I’ve done y’all the solid and found a few alternatives and linked them below. Don’t worry, I’ve got y’all’s backs.


Actually, pretty much none of these items are available anymore….but I’m definitely going to include as many alternatives as possible as per usual. I want my babes out there to not only get creative with their own closets, but I want you to be able to (at minimum) ride a similar wave if you so desire.

What I am considering more and more each day (due to a constant inquiry about my sunnies) is conducting a huge Sunglasses Giveaway of a bunch of shades I’ve acquired over the last few months, AAAAANNNNDDDDD…..I’m considering a poll of some sort on my IG stories (real soon so keep an eye out), on which sunglasses I’ve worn in all my selfie/OOTD posts, that you’d like to be included, and I’ll see what I can do.

What I’m wearing:

  1. Sunnies from Five Below. $5 (Alternative HERE & HERE)

  2. Necklace from Telcostores. $6

  3. Blazer from Forever21. $19.90 (Similar HERE, HERE, & HERE)

  4. Top from $7 (On sale. Alternative white Tees with a twist, HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE))

  5. Pants from $20 (On sale/ Alternative HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE)

  6. Pointed slingback flats from Target. $8 (On Super Sale)

  7. Shoes from Target.. $14 (On sale. Alternatives HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE)


by Jamila Pierre

Would you like to hear some old ass, stale ass news?

Can you take a wild guess who relapsed yet again this week let alone these last few weeks? You guessed it, ya girl! Fair warning, I’m about to endure some of the toughest few months ahead…so that means even less interaction with all my lovely supporters and readers, and even less content across the board **Super Saiyan Side-Eye**

But in other news, Happy Halloween y’all, and to those who don’t celebrate it in any capacity…HAPPY HUMP DAY…or Happy Throwback Thursday (Whichever day you’re seeing this post from when it’s actually posted)!!!

Since the last post here on the blog a heap of life-changing events have transpired and shit’s about ta get really real **Crosses fingers for a little mercy from the universe**

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Truth moment: I shot this look months ago and just knew I wanted/had to post it for the Halloween season; although this is legit my steez 365, and mind you I don’t even celebrate the holiday myself really.

I usually prep for posts waaaaaay in advance due to conflicts in schedules AND because I’m dying most of the damn time. But all that aside, isn’t this lewk spot on for this time of year?


I came into this dress last year believe it or not, and it was on crazy sale which lead me to pounce on the purchase immediately. Some of y’all wonder how I always manage to get my pieces on the cheap….the truth is, I stalk sites like it’s going out of style. I have built Intel and file cabinets in my mind on many of the brands I shop regularly and without even utilizing a method most popularly used (email), I still manage to find the right things at the right time.

I also have a knack for sensing when to pull the trigger on the majority of my finds. I have homegirls who are baffled at the prices I find things for and I genuinely feel every bit of myself and get a rush when I score in such a way. If you’re looking for a sale, a way to be boujee on a budget, stay in the loop on the blog and my socials…or just hit me up and ask me, I’m always down to chop it up and share the wealth.

I paid fractions of the original price on this dress and did so from the original seller (Iron Fist Clothing).

Pro Tip: There are retailers that provide access to several brands on their sites (i.e, ASOS, Sourpussclothing, Attitudeclothing, etc…), but sometimes you can visit the site of the specific brand and they’ll be holding a sale that you would’ve known nothing about because you were unaware these retailers were essentially just hosts for these brands.

Copy and paste the name of the garment and plug it into google and potentially find it for even cheaper…you never know. I search far and wide, high and low for everything in my closet, and with a bit of effort…my wardrobe is something I am incredibly proud of and have built it up without going dead broke (cuz ya girl ain’t sponsored hunnnnay….not yet at least), you have to get creative in dis bitch.


I didn’t hesitate to pair the dress with this navy blue shag number that I acquired over a year ago as well, I know…I know, you’re probably wondering by now “GIRL, are we gonna be able to get the look at this point?”, the answer iiiiiissss….not exactly. BUT, don’t fret, ya girl came through with a few alternatives that will at least give you somewhat of a similar vibe and an option to request that a few retailers bring this dress back at the very least; check the links below.


When I saw the completed look I immediately thought I looked like an edgier version of the big blue monster from Monsters Inc. I think I nailed it, don’t you?

What I’m Wearing:

  1. Sunnies from Claire's. $14 (Was too much if you ask me, better deal HERE)

  2. Necklace from forever21. $6.90 (from ages ago)

  3. Jacket from Target. $15 (On sale from a while back, no longer avail. alternative HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE)

  4. Dress from $25 (On a crazy discount, no longer avail. Similar vibe HERE and HERE, here’s a rando retailer HERE, be put on a wish-list HERE and HERE)

  5. Sneakers from Mandee to the rescue. $15 (On sale, no longer avail. Alternative HERE, HERE, and HERE)