The Holiday Giveaway Kickoff!

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Hi Guys! I am back with a brand new Holiday Kick Off Post! I have an exciting giveaway happening in this post! I recently took a trip and learned about a sweet jewelry company called “The Gem Lush” which is run by a really amazingly sweet and awesome lady, well I’ll let Her Tell You about What the Gem Lush is!

ABOUT THE GEM LUSH

Feminine and bright, bold, yet delicate, The Gem Lush is a boutique that creates Brazilian inspired handmade jewelry.  Semi-precious gems, wire-wrapped stones, chunky necklaces and delicate chains are staples of this collection.  The Gem Lush is located in Chicago and was founded by native Brazilian, Lilian Machado Colsant.  Each piece is handcrafted from the finest materials inspired by a Brazilian aesthetic which translates their fun, sensual, and sunny way of life.  The Gem Lush jewelry is all that, and is created with quality and elegance in mind.

With a background in business and a passion for art and traveling, this fashion-enthusiast is all about incorporating a diversity of styles in her pieces, while maintaining Brazilian identity.  Her sense of style is inspired by her past experiences of living in major cities of Brazil including, the Boho Chic Rio way of life as well as the urban and fast-paced, urban style of São Paulo.  Brazil is a vast country with many cultural differences. You will see the many facets of this culture reflected in The Gem Lush pieces.

I of course, saw some of her work in Chicago and new i had to do a giveaway for my holiday kick off party! The Gem Lush x Styled In The Heartland are giving away a Gorgeous pair of earrings just in time for Christmas!

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See i know you have been waiting for a pair of earrings like this, because you already have that tacky sweater picked out right? (I know mine is already out and waiting for the perfect holiday party you have to attend! Or if you are looking for a gift you can win! I also have other goodies, because we are such good friends by now i want to let you in The Gem Lush is also offering 10% off your purchase from her Etsy site! (make sure you enter the Code: TGLXMAS2013) Make sure you head over and scoop up lots of Christmas gifts for everyone!

You ready to enter the giveaway now Right? Well Here are the deets!

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remember to check out the Gem Lush for more pretty jewelry and Holiday Fun

I cant wait to see hear from you! And welcome to Styled in the Heartland’s Holiday Party 2013!

Love,
Alex

That Ugly, Ridiculous Legging, You Know You Own.

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Credits: Blazer – Vintage – Shirt : Sworn In T-shirt (available here) Leggings: Tripp NYC (from Trash & Vaudeville) Shoes: N by Nicole Miller (Similar Here) Necklace: Vintage Rope Link Earrings: Vintage : Ring : Owl Ring By Zombina Boutique   Sunglasses : Vintage Liz Claybourne Beanie: Vintage Beanie -Thrifted Bag : Vintage Coach (Similar Here)

Hey guys, so did your survive black Friday? Or Just like me and go to one store (to buy this : Record Player). I luckily made it out in 30 minutes of time. I am very excited to bring you one of the last installations before i start talking all holiday of “Ugly Trends that are cool again” I will have two more installations, before i end this series. I have some exciting things coming up for the blog so be sure to stay tuned.

In this post, I’m going to talk about the ridiculous legging you know you probably own. I am a huge fan of leggings (and so is every girl in Iowa who wears Jackets and boots). I am more on the crazy leggings side of this, you see that leggings have become more and more popular in the rise of the Middle of the 21’st century. Everywhere you can imagine now sells them, I of course bought these stripped leggings at one of my favorite stores in NYC –Trash & Vaudeville (that have dressed the likes of Ramones and Debbie Harry to name a few) we all know the ridiculous Space and cat leggings everyone carries (i mean serious you’d want to buy those cat leggings right????)  Everywhere you look has bottoms from Disney, Old 90’s tv shoes. Where you can find them you might ask, well a few places are the ever so popular Shop Jeen, Unif, Wastlanad , Hot Topic,  just to name a few. The rise of the legging, is here to stay, so you know deep inside you have those leggings hiding, just like i do (i even have  TRIPP NYC leopard leggings) hiding in my closet. It’s always fun to bring out that ridiculous legging now in then even just for the hell of it.

-Hope you have a fabulous weekend,

xo-

Alex

The Happiest Thanksgiving – Of The Year!

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Credits: Thanksgiving Tshirt – (HANDMADE by ME (check out the tutorial on how to make it here) Sweater: Thrifted : Skirt: Thrifted Shoes Thrifted (DIY glittered check out here) Bag: Vintage Leather Bag (old purchased at a yardsale) Scarf: Vintage Bill Bass (similar here) : Jewelry: Thanksgiving Pins – Earrings: Dollar Store Purchase  Thrifted Rings: Gifted Nailpoilish :  Wired by L.A. Colors

Hi guys! I just wanted to start off my Thanksgiving post, with a HUGE THANK YOU. HUGE, i mean for real this dream of blogging has come into full effect this year and i couldn’t of made it without my supporters and readers, thank you for those who follow on me on my social media Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pintrest you all mean the entire world to me. Today was a not – so eventful day for me there has been a lot going on in my life as recently new relationships, new friendships and new opportunities. A few things i am truly thankful this year is a great job that is really flexible, and lets me find great fashion stuff (check out my work STUFF ETC). I am so very thankful for my parents, who have sacrificed a lot for me to live my dreams and make things happen. I am so thankful again, for a wonderful opportunity to have to blog, and that i have a home to come home to. I recently took a trip to a outreach locally in Iowa called Joppa Outreach . I was blown away by the outcome of that trip, how much i learned about the Homeless especially in Iowa are really living. I took upon myself to volunteer for them, I really appreciate to have a home to come to, and a family that loves me. That’s why this Thanksgiving i am really truly thankful. I hope you are all thankful, too!

have a blessed, and safe thanksgiving,

-Alexandria

That’s the Ugliest Monogram, shirt ever.

 

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Shirt: Thrifted (similar here)  Skirt: Thrifted : Leggings: Thrifted Shoes: thrifted : Bag : vintage holiday travel bag Jewelry: Vintage : Sunglasses: Liz Clayborne Vintage (Similar Here) Lipstick: Wet & Wild in Red Velvet (here)

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Hi there sorry that its been forever since i have written, I am really going to start working on the blog more, i know i say that every time but this time i really mean it. Today in my series of The trends that died out, that are cool again, we have the Ugly Monogram that you wouldn’t ever want to wear. Everyone Likes something customized i mean (HELLO? only reason to own a custom Louis Vuitton) Yesterday i went thrifting, i have been on a recent kick to get rid of things i dont use, and Ive been pretty  on it, and i found this sweet “Mike- Chucks Harley Davidson shirt). More in the last year I have been so recently obsessed with peoples monograms that aren’t mine. Something about the monogram, with someone else initials makes me think of who did it belong to? Who owned it before me? I still fell in love with this Harley shirt i kinda of associate it with that last post i made (wearing men’s clothes is cool again). Again i find myself caught up in this trend, that it is cool to wear the monogram of someone else, i mean my new name is mike anyways! –

xoxo

alex

The Mens Wear Collection

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Have you been wondering where I’ve been? I have been hiding away from blogging for a week due to illness, and in general being super busy with my job. Today, I am going to bring you the brand new topic of “The Menswear Collection” in my break down of trends that have died away but are cool now. I recently went thrifting in the men’s side of things, and have really looked at men’s clothing more often than women’s to be honest. They are more interesting sometimes. It has been more of a fun print thing for me recently, and men are always wearing ridiculous button ups, flannels, and bow ties – so why couldn’t women wear that kinda of stuff? I pulled together some prime examples of the way men’s clothing are used today (I.E. the men’s flannel shirt used as a dress, so DIY babes do it). Of course I just had to throw Carrie in there because I once heard Pat Fields describe wearing menswear as very sexy (ie. why women started wearing the “boyfriend jeans” and why Gap made them in every color).

In today’s society, I feel there are no gender switching roles between men and women. Women want to be equally treated as men and put into power positions just the same (i.e. the recent twitter debate about there are no women who sit on the twitter board of directors). So why are we bringing this up? Well geez, if Dennis Rodman can wear ladies clothing , so can I. Women want again to be treated as equals to men, so why are the gender clothes switching recently in fashion today? Is it because we want that equality. For me personally, I saw this as an opportunity as an oh hey an ugly dress, i can make look awesome moment. For most women the menswear line is big and drapy as some larger ladies. Like for me, I like it high waited and some menswear really does provide that stability that in “over-sizing” we want. To throw that in with underwear too, we women thought it was very sexy to have “the boy-short” created for us because we felt sexier in our boys underpants then those thongs we owned.

Women wanted to have something they could feel comfortable in and move about in, so as you find yourself stealing your boyfriends FDNY t-shirt, Ill be rocking my 5x mens shirt as a dress. Only because I felt that I don’t need to shop either side. Sometimes it’s fun for a woman to switch clothing genders! Switch it up!

Wearing: Thrifted XXXL Mens Shirt /Leggings: Kmart // Shoes: vintage sperrys //Bag Louis Vuitton [Vintage Alma]/ Lipstick: “Grace” c/o Jouer costmetics

 

 

xox have a fabulous Man-Ful week

alex

The Ugly Sweater Party

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As you can see from the photos, this must be the post you were waiting on right? Today on Styled in the Heartland I am starting a series of #TRENDS that died but are cool now. First, we will start with the ugly sweater. We all know deep in your closet you have that giant bunny sweater your grandma probably knitted you, or in my case bought cheap at K-mart – thanks grandma. You’re possibly thinking what the hell is wrong with you? You’re actually wearing that god awful sweater?

Why yes, the ugly sweater has come up, not only because Bill Cosby made it cool in the 80s, but because in more recent years the art of the ugly sweater has come back in style.  You can find them in places like Urban outfitters, high-end retailers like Nasty Gal , Shop Jeen, and even Jeremy Scott. As we leave a time where the ugly sweater wasn’t cool, the rising “hipster” culture brought back the ridiculous sweater party. So you may find yourself asking, “Why would I wear that? I can’t make that happen.” My personal motto is “You can make tacky happen.” If I were you, and I’m not just suggesting this for your next ugly Christmas sweater party, I’d be looking at my nearest thrift store for gems, because when you find it, you’ll know it. Hence this one I’m wearing. Clearly there was a moral obligation for me to buy it,  am i right? Chances are, you are the only who owns it and it will get you a lot of looks (or for me it was like what the hell?).

For now, I don’t really see this trend dying out ever again because it’s been made cool by today’s generation of kids and adults.  This a definite trend you will see me rocking this winter, so do us a favor and get yourself an awesome UGLY “trendy” sweater.

{Credits : Sweater: Vintage {But im sure you can find one at your nearest salvation army}, Skirt: Target (But thrifted), Leggings: Thrifted: Shoes : Charlotte Russe (old but similar styles here) bag: Vintage Lord & Taylor}

Top Blogge Essentials Things you may Want.

 

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Hey Guys, I’m back with a new post, well I’m back with some more #October Obsessions. This little post is about have you ever considered starting a blog? One of my many obsessions now is writing for my blog, and it has kept me really focused and pushing my creativity to come up with new ideas for my blog. Well today I’m going to share my ability, as i have been purely growing in my blog and things i’ve been really using when it comes to blogging and figuring out things along the way.

First Essential for your new-found love of blogging : Is a tablet, id suggest the Ipad, it’s not only has great portability but it’s a mac product, (as i have been using apple products for a long time it makes it the best) its light weight and durable and features many other things you can do with it, which i will get to in a later point. Plus it helps you write your blog on the go, writing for me has been difficult to keep up so i have been really focusing on writing everyday if possible on new topics i’ve really started to write on the go to. Thats why the iPad is perfect. Plus its perfect for searching inspiration, pintrest, and many other social media outlets.

Second Essential is a good working camera,  {for me its a bit different i went to school for photography but i am longer practicing in my field of study due to a career change} I use personally a canon30D but i found this stunning Samsung camera that i absolutely fell in love with. its a great focus point and shoot model and comes in a gorgeous white color and it’s pricey. When you are willing to spend lots of money for a great shooting camera for those wonderful pictures of all your fashion you’ll be posting.

Third Essential you will need in your new technical lifestyle, Will be social media, social media plays a HUGE part of the blogging industry, (Ps are you following me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pintrest) see as you can see, the social media keeps you majorly connected to designers, people other bloggers and worlds of information. So if your’e thinking of setting up these id suggest that you’d get yourself on all these networks because it’s really important that you’d check these out!

The One fast last Essential that you need is a smart phone, not only like your Ipad it keeps you connected in so many ways, if you are considering blogging, id suggest getting Instagram because its kept me in tune with so many awesome people who i love to follow and in the fashion industry if your ever curious to those of the highest in fashion live life everyday. Not only is it essential you can keep in touch with trends , tips (Thanks to Apps Like Purely who will keep you RIGHT on trend with all the fashion designers you love) There are many other options a cell phone can do for you in the world of blogging, when I was starting out I kept tweeting like a maniac to start my blog , and it helps you stay connected in so many ways.

 

As you can see investing in good products + fan-girling social media will help you become successful in the terms of blogging and seeing where you can bring your future.

 

To more #octoberobsessions

-alex

Crossing Things Off The Fall Bucket List

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Hi Guys! I’m back with another posting! I have to share what a day off i had the other day. See when you work my schedule days off are very rare and sacred, and i try to live them for the most that they are. As you read my October Obsessions : What To Love About October  you’d know i have this fall bucket list, to cross off. Well i decided, what better to do then to check out orchards. Since i live in Iowa (which your probably asking what in the heck do you do in that state?) Well since we are in hence “Americas heartland” Iowa does, has a rich land to explore, and great for photo options. I of course visited Center Grove Orchard” it was a fantastic, place to visit if you are in central Iowa I’d suggest checking this place out. I paid for the admission of the farm, which has a lot of activities for kids (hey and me too). They have a giant corn pool you can swim in, i mean hence = Iowa corn! I had a lot of fun picking apples ( i walked with a half of bag of apples)! They have a great pumpkin patch too. I ended up picking a HUGE pumpkin! Lots of fun, for the entire family, it was just fun to do on a day off, it was beautiful out. Whats on your bucket list that you’ve been waiting to cross off? Something fall related, i’d suggest checking out my October Obsessions Pintrest board for more ideas! Hope your weekend is fabulous!

{Credits Sweater: Banana Republic (last year old but im sure you can find one there now): Leggings: Walmart Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasins (my favorite moccasins ever!) Necklace: Vintage Wishbone Necklace : Marc Jacobs Earrings: Feather Earrings by B.A.B.E}

 

Love

Alex

Learning To Work With What You Have: {Love who you are}

 

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Hey guys, I am back with another edition of styled in the heartland. I wanted to take a a post to talk about, well the reason i started blogging. For so long as far as i can remember i’ve always really hated my body i never liked who i was. I was so jealous of people who are naturally skinny and who dont really have to work to have a healthy body. I had to work over 9 months to loose 60lbs and it was so hard, and now i have to continue to even work harder to lose more weight (as i really am aiming that goal but it has been super difficult.) With my body however i am like the in Between i can were a plus size but in shirts I can wear normal sizes. I recently emailed another blogger, telling them within the world of blogging i hated subjecting myself calling me “A plus sized blogger” because i really hate that term, its just a label America slapped upon me. However i like to think of myself as more of a fun sized blogger, with a lot of weird style. I keep fighting myself everyday to get up to eat right to work out because being skinny is/or was my obsession and losing the weight became the best thing in my life that has happened to me but in September and even the beginning of October I’ve really Slipped up because its just been increasingly heard to keep up. I dedicated myself to being the best i can be and that’s when im eating healthy, getting a lot of sleep, and working my body for good.

The More I blog the more i am beginning to understand i have to work with the body i have, and that i have to keep my goals in my mind, the more i am learning about my blog the more i learn about myself. It has been such a great building progress so far. I want to say thank you for those who have been reading so far and really believing in me, because I know that i have to believe in myself, and believe that this blog has kept me in a lot of growth, not only to love me for who i am, and keep focusing on being the best stylist i can be with my own vision and style.

{credits: Dress : Vintage  (yard sale) Shirt: Vintage (yard sale) Shoes Prabal Gurung for target (past season) Neckalca “D” Vinatge Earring: C/O drapes by ashely scott  bag: vintage} Lipstick “Grace” – C/O of Jouer Cosmetics

love always

alex

October Obsessions, What to love about October

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Can you feel it already? It’s that time of year, it’s finally fall! Fall is not only the greatest time in the year, but the most changing time in my life as well. In this post, im going to dive into a few things im obsessing about for the month of October. I will breaking it down in little subsections to give you some fun insight to whats on my mind these days, as we head into October a time of pumpkins, fall, and sweaters.

First things first, after my Chicago trip i started making a list of all the things i want to do this fall, so i found this cute bucket list on Pintrest (by the way you should totally follow me I’ve even made it easy and made you guys a fall obsession board) The few things from this bucket list, i really want to do is Visit a pumpkin patch, pick apples, and of course drink apple cider. What kinda fall would it be without anyone of those things listed on that little bucket list! (Ps, if you are in Iowa and know of a pumpkin patch please let me know! I’m looking for one!)

Secondly, ill dive into fall fashion, as you know this is the time to bring out those great sweaters. My favorite items included in fall fashion are there are so many sweaters to dive into, but since i live in area not accessible to a lot of fashion (such as big houses like H&M, Zarra, Topshop etc) i did however find this amazing poncho from Gap (which you can see here) . I am a huge fan of the faux leather leggings, you can totally find them at target. I mean for a deal for faux leather target is your place!. See a trend here? Over size sweaters, and leggings (plus cute hats and apple cider!) Forever ago, i began searching for the perfect boot, i hate not seeing a lot of choices for a tall leather boot, but how ever i have been surfing Steve madden and found the ones ive been wanting and under $200.00 (which isn’t bad for fall boots because they can get super pricey). As again, ill state Huge Sweater, Leggings + tall boot = Fall love and my super obsession.

Thirdly + Fourthly (are combined): I’m going to dive into to Halloween, now we ALL love Halloween! I’m mean for real who does not love Candy, costumes and the ever tacky Halloween sweater (oh yeas im all about the tacky here) in my pintrest fall obsession board ive listed all kinds of fun Halloween ideas, decor and more pumpkin carving ideas. I am planning a Halloween scare off! I like home-maid Halloween items and themed jewelry (which most of it came from Super Sales, Yard Sales, and Claire’s after Halloween specials) You can check out I’m Your Present on Etsy she not only is the coolest but has the best choice in dresses and accessories for Halloween (like ps isn’t that pumpkin dress the BEST!?).

Lastly i am going to dive into how to stay connected with all of these Obsessions and trends. Have you heard of the Purely Fashion App? If you are like me, and crave style tips at your fingertips well now there is away! You can check out the Purley fashion app on your smart phone. (Or if you have the Iphone you can find it on the iTunes market free). You can follow your favorite designers (like who DOESN’T love being in-tune with the likes of Dior, Siriano, McQueen, Wang just to name a few). The App is so nicely designed and keeps you informed on trends, and whats going on in the current Season. I just love Purely not only it keeps me informed but it keeps me finding designers who i didnt know about that i fall in love with. So check out Purely Fashion App Today!

(*i have not been compensated to speak for purley fashion just love the app)

Hope you enjoyed hearing my trends & Obsessions for fall!

xo

Alexandria