by Jamila Pierre

If you haven't gathered yet, I am quite fond of mixing it up. I am far too complex of a person to not express all my many facets and put them on display. I feel as though my creativity tries to break free of this shell of a body and existence. I can almost physically feel it coming to a head and needing to burst out of me. Not exploring those different sides of me only helps in stifling myself in ways I just can't get behind. So this is me, a mixed bag of artistic expression, a person who thrives and leans on juxtaposition as though it were life or death. 


I had a conversation (one of many) with a newly expanded upon friend(ship); we spoke of everything under the sun (those are my favorite types of relationships), and I explained how my mind works. After the explanation she called me a contrarian. Of all of the words I've heard and worked with throughout life.....this was the first I was hearing of this word. I asked her to elaborate. She explained it as a someone who MUST go against the grain. The dictionary explains it as a person opposing or rejecting popular opinion; going against current practice. That couldn't be more accurate.

This outfit was born from that. When Ashley Nell Tipton came out with the white studded floral print moto jacket (for JCPenny Boutique), I saw many  bloggers pair it with the pink lace dress that said designer also designed. It was an awesome pairing, logically sound....but...I wanted to do something different. I wanted to use this as an opportunity to concoct a print cocktail. 

The first jacket is a sheer bomber with the same coloring and print as the leather moto but it gives a slightly different vibe. I wanted to show a way to mix things up AND demonstrate how by merely changing the material and structure of a piece; it really does change  its already existing and beautiful vibration.

I threw on a studded belt with the bomber to break up the print of the dress and didn't with the moto because the leather jacket already had enough stud. The look with the bomber jacket gave me some 80's T's; with the inclusion of the heart-shaped glasses. When I took off the belt and the shades and replaced it all with the leather moto, I immediately and effortlessly gave femme with edge. The best part about it all...? I can give similar looks almost all year if I wanted; the first look obviously being Spring/ Summer and the second look being Fall/Winter. I'm not sue if that was Ms. Tipton's intention when it came to what pieces to include in the collection; ten gold stars for her if it was.

The dress is an oldie but a goody that I got from Wetseal when it still had an online presence. With the size of the print and the color palette next to the floral with its particular color scheme, these pieces were pretty much kismet. 

What I'm Wearing:

  1. Headband with bow from Forever21. $3.90
  2. Necklace from Forever21. $6
  3. Floral print moto jacket from Ashley Niltipton via $36.99 (On Sale)
  4. Floral print  bomber jacket from Ashley Niltipton via $24.99 (On sale)
  5. Dress from the late great $36.90 (On sale...wetseal no longer exists online)
  6. Bracelet from Burlington Coat Factory. $7
  7. Belt was borrowed from a friend. $Free dollars free cents (similar HERE, and HERE)
  8. Booties from Mandee to the rescue. $15 (On sale and no longer avail., similar HERE)


by Jamila Pierre

Not you, but most all things crappy....unless you're crappy......are you crappy....? LOL! This post and this dress is for those who get me and for those who have a sense of humor, at the very least a care-free bone in their body. All others...I suggest you wait until my next post.

Let me preface this by assuring you that there are quite a few things to be happy about in life, at least for me, I am absolutely aware and acknowledge all of the privileges I have been afforded (no matter how big or small).....but this past week.....?! This past week has been an emotional roller coaster of shit logs being slung in my direction.

 I've done my best to cope with the pieces of turd that somehow still landed on me despite the old "college try", I still managed to get in the Kung Fu was at about a level six out of ten this week....not nearly enough.

I barely made it out alive this week...but I am alive.

There's this misconception that things shouldn't phase you, that if you give in to the rage or "negativity"'re somehow less evolved. I think not! For me personally, very little gets to me as far as how people perceive me, how I physically look,  etc..., I really don't care. But, there are still some lines out there that can be crossed and the cup of rage just runneth over. Guess what....? That's OK! Feel all of those feels.

The idea that you should be so elevated that you only see things as a "positive" (even though some things are just shitty...just plain old shitty, nothing more nothing less), it just doesn't sit well with me. I need to be able to see and except things for what they are, whatever they are, and that I have the space to explore ALL of said feels.

With that said, these past few months let alone this past week, has been craaaaaaaaazyyyyy. Not a fan. But hopefully I'll be able to push through yet again and find a way to live with the new changes heading my way.

On a brighter note, I find it to be amazing that there's clothing out there that can express your sentiments with such pinpoint accuracy. 

As some of you might know, I'm an ambassador for the brand CowCow, I honestly couldn't be more stoked and appreciative about it. It isn't every day you get to work with a company that you mesh with so well. I have a plethora of existing posts on the brand and how in love I am with them as a whole, much less for their actual products. 

They sent me this dress (which I selected myself), after I'd already bought its sister of course. When I saw that this awesome print came in black and white...I just had to cop it. The dress just screamed "Fifty Shades Of Fuck You". And guess what?! They have it in a bunch of other colors too. I just might get one for every day of the week, especially because this print is my #ForeverMood. It perfectly reflects my response to the shit that people need to miss me with. Can you tell that this week has been trying...? LMFAO! I can somewhat laugh about it now because life is real funny sometimes.

What I'm Wearing:

  1. Sunnies from Joyce Leslie. $5
  2. Necklace from AFAZE. (On Sale 3 for 10)
  3. Leatherette Bomber from Forever21. $19.90 (Alternative HERE)
  4. Dress from COWCOW, via (Sent for review)
  5. Belt from a friend because mine fell apart. 
  6. Shoes from Mandee. $15 (Similar HERE)