Recap: Chicago Edition

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{ Sweater : Vintage Skirt: Vintage Bag: Thifted: Necklace Key Necklace Juicy Couture (40% of all full-priced sale jewelry), A necklace- Thrifted, shoes: vintage, bag:vintage. scarf : coach , Headscarf: vintage}

Well by now, If you have followed me on Instagram you’d would have known i spent my weekend in Chicago IL. I arrived Friday afternoon only to meet with my designer friend Ashley Drapes (who you before saw me style in earlier post which you may be-wanting to buy DRAPES and NOW), i have a new piece from Drapes i cant wait to wear. This weekend was just nuts, i spent more time running around that city than anything (if you know i used to live there). I was mostly there to attend a concert and see friends (which partly didn’t happen due to schedules and time conflicts) However, i did attend a fabulous Midwest Style bloggers brunch on Saturday morning held at QUAY . I was nervous not knowing what to expect because i myself am relatively new at blogging.  However, i did learn a lot from seasoned veterans in the game, that you blog what you love, and what I’m Loving, everything (bedazzled ahem that sweater I’m wearing). I went with an open mind and to represent Iowa as my state (which there were a few others there from out-of-town). Here are 5 things i learned.

  1. Always be yourself, do what you know, blog what you love. Dont be afraid to be who you are (being plus -sized or not)
  2. Hard work does pay off.
  3. Networking and Bouncing ideas off each other, helps epically when your very new
  4. Its OK to live on a small budget (for me that’s where my passion streams out from)
  5. Everyone has there own style, you just need to find out how to work with yours.

See, the event payed off more ways than one, plus i got to meet a lot of fabulous women, and eat some delicious food from Quay (might i mention that the space is like the best Chicago had to offer? I mean lets talk about swanky to a T) below i will share some fun images from my trip including my swag from the awesome gift bags that were provided from the brunch. Also, i made a rather special buy at Louis Vuitton (i told myself only one time and as a result I’ve made a commitment not to shop for 2 moths to be financially responsible, who am i turning into my dad?) I had a fabulous time in Chicago, a huge thank you to the sponsors of my fabulous time at the #MSBBRUNCHI

12A Huge thank you to the sponsors of the event Quay Chicago, Langford Market (which i did take a visit to and the staff was very helpful and Loads of fun dresses i picked up some cute jewelry and i love it!) Berco’s Popcorn (Chicago’s most delicious popcorn way better than garrets) , Tieks, Vita Coco, Thyme Is Honey (ps i won a fabulous organizational pad i love), The Gem Lush, two rubbies, Comfort Me (which was SUPER amazing to visit the girl helping me was very nice and invited me back next time i visit Chicago) , Pretty Quick,  Nicole by Opi, Jouer Cosmetics (which i LOVE my new grace color!)  Red Apple Lipstick , Bloomingdales.

*note i have not been compensated for mentioning anything in this post, this is just for the love of these brands who showed me love*

collage with that, i remain till tomorrow.

xo

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The Art Of Getting Lucky When Your’e Thrifting

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Today … on Styled in the heartland,  I will be giving some general tips when getting lucky in a thrift store. As you can see here, i am so excited its fall and that means fall fashion is around the corner (or literally here in some cases).  This past weekend has been really busy for me as im preparing for a mini weekend vacation as well as a lot of projects going on and very busy week. Recently since i moved ( i had to give a lot of my clothes away), but i have shopped at the salvation army a lot here, in the town i moved to. I approached it as  it’s just a salvation army just like all the rest of them, but seemingly this seems to be the cheapest on in or surrounding the Des Moines area. Central Iowa has a lot of advantage over other parts of the state everything is right here, at your finger tips. What’s really great about it, is that on this saturday i happen to be in the salvation army shopping before my trip (as you know i used to live in Chicago, so i am departing to do some errands including a visit to my network Chicago Bloggers Network ) so i am taking up some other things while visiting and a few suggestions of stores from my favorite bloggers). As i was saying but this last Saturday i happen to walk down the blazer isle, and i happen to see this beautiful blazer (currently wearing) and i looked at the label of the blazer and its ESCADA, now if any of you know Escada is a high Luxurious Label. I was so overjoyed to not only find 1 blazer but 4! They retail for over $599-799.00 New (according to Neiman Marcus/Saks Fifth Avenue) . Lets just say when you have it you buy it, don’t let those things go!

Mini Tips

  • Vintage Designer – BUY IT
  • Don’t know the Label Google it on your smart phone- to see price range

On more important news, as you know this Monday launched the official Phillip Lim For Target collection. Is overly static (if you have seen my Twitter i talked about not being able to find it). I luckily had them hold the last satchel bag. The women’s collection is fantastic, full of fun prints, and a lot of very neutral colors, Perfect for that fall wardrobe, there are a lot of tans,  yellow, black, and gray , and burgundy and a few prints , but very tailored for that specific look that you’re looking for to ease into that “fall Wardrobe”.  The collection in itself does work for a range of body types, I am partial to this sweatshirt, but i found a post that explains what works best for Plus Size Types.  I would suggest you take a look and nab it up while you can, because it will be gone before you know it.

{Credit    Blazer : Vintage Escada (Similar Here) Sweatshirt: Boom – Phillip Lim For Target Pants: Rockstar Skinnies -Old Navy (Similar Here ON SALE!) Bag: Mini Satchel – Gussot Yellow- Phillip Lim For Target  (scarf tied to bag vintage)  Shoes: BCBG Generation Flats – Old (Similar Here) Necklace: “A” necklace – Thrited – Rings & Earrings- Thrifted

PS dont forget to follow me on Twitter / Instagram

Have a fun week!

xo Alexandria

A New Site, A New Me, & Fun.

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            “Hardwork Mixed With Passion, You Can Do Anything” – Corri Mcfadden

….and I am back, with a whole new site! I’d like to present styledintheheartland.com. I’ve been away from blogging for several reasons, but have received lots of encouragement to start up once again. I’m pretty proud of this site and have made a few changes I think you’ll enjoy. Coming back with lots of new ideas! I’ve been working hard at crafting up new outfits and just going with what I know! Since I last blogged, I’ve moved to a new community and am refocusing again on my weight loss. As you know, I lost 60 lbs. and am working on losing more! Even as hard as I’ve been working, it’s a slow process. I don’t see myself as a “Plus Size” blogger, even though there’s nothing wrong with that. I just feel that I’m different and my style makes me stand out from others. I promise to do my best this time and stick with the blog. I hope you stick with me too! Welcome to the my new “Styled in the Heartland” website!

 

credits : Sweater (Vintage Leather Sweater): Thrifted / Pants : Mossimo – Target (similar here)/ Shoes: Vintage Loafers [Estate Sale Purchase] / Necklace & Earrings C/O of DRAPES by Ashley Scott / Bag : Coach (similar here)

 

Happy Holidays XX (sorry this is so short)

 

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Hey everyone, i just wanted to write a quick posting (and a bad Christmas photoshoped card)  to write you to tell you happy holidays, thank you for so much for your support of styled in the heartland just the one follower on twitter or like on facebook or subscriber to this blog has meant so much to me, this blog is my one place where i come to be me, and i hope that you keep watching and keep reading THANK YOU.  I hope you and your family have the merriest and happy safe holiday.

Love,
Alex

It’s Almost Christmas, I Still Dont know what to get that Artsy Girl in my life?

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Holiday- Edition! I know it’s ALMOST Christmas, and you’re still wondering what do I get someone in my life who is really artsy and is hard to shop for? Well, I’ve gone out and helped pick out some awesome designers and websites I love, (as I am an artsy type) to give you a little kick – to try to get those last minute gifts in before Christmas! – Hurry time is running out!

We first have Lara Miller, who seriously is rad. She’s located right in Chicago (swoon we love her). Her products are affordable, colorful and Eco-friendly – which is sure to sit well with those artsy type. I just love her colors! To check out Lara Miller visit : Lara Miller

Secondly we have custom made iPhone cases, you can purchase via Etsy  which for any type is a great gift because it makes super personal and fun for the person receiving!!!

Thirdly, we have the amazing Shana Logic, which is all handmade and indie goods, which ANY artsy girl loves anything handmade ( I’m a sucker for buying local). I love this site because not only does it have a wide range of gifts for him or her, it’s all handmade by artist so giving art to a artist – is awesome! I chose some cute bags that I think any artsy girl would love check out Shana Logic for more information!

Fourthly comes those amazingly dope sweatshirts you can’t live without, and being a foodie, and a love of strange things, I found this collection by GLINT. It’s funny but any dope type of sweatshirt will work, but this collection, I adore! Check them out to purchase here: GLINT

Lastly, I love accessories (if you can’t tell) I love bracelets and especially sparkly ones- that’s why any artsy girl can not adore these bracelets by Isabella Rose Designs. She is a local Chicago designer and I ADORE her work! I have to say these are not only amazing she has a lot to choose from, and even “good cause” bracelets which is going to satisfy any artsy girl in your life <3! I hope you also check out Isabella Rose Designs

I hope you have enjoyed my holiday gift guide for the artsy girl, in your life, if your wondering what my current “Wish” list is, you can Pintrest it! Check out “Alex’s WANT List

Have fun shopping and PS, while you’re at it make sure you’re following us on instagram @ Styledheartland or twitter @ styledheartland or facebook.com/styledheartland

love always

Alex

Bring Me Home

 

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-Credits:  Beaded Jacket: Thrifted Dress: Thrifted Leggings: (Old gift) (I believe from Wal-Mart) Shoes: Target -Mossimo – Earrings & Bag -Vintage – Thrifted Rings-Heart Ring Watch – Estate Sale- Apple Ring (Dollar Store Here In Iowa) Diamond Pink Ring (Found Object) Horn Necklace- Purchased from Modern Vintage Show in Chicago IL 2011-

Hello, Longtime no see, I know I know. You were probably wondering where I have been hiding? Well life, got kinda crazy but I am back in full swing- reposting  new looks and hopefully some new looks, plus I am working on alot more projects and now have motivation to post more looks, and work harder at this blog because I have been thinking about this blog and what it means to me and I’ve been thinking it’s time to work harder and post more awesome stuff, including inspiration, the blog itself will be getting a make-over soon I promise, a lot of new attitudes for the blog, because it is my project and my outlet to express my sense of fashion, being from the mid west it’s hard to find people here that share my love of fashion and my like of clothing, plus life has been crazy! I hope you can understand my time away from the blog, but it feels great to be back. I hope you are here to stay with me-

To the Future,

Love

Alexandria

 

Styled in The Heartland X A Beautiful Mess Carving Contest!

 

Hey friends! Sorry i haven’t updated in while I’ve been going through some personal things that have kept me away from style blogging. As you know, Halloween is right around the corner! In honor of Halloween i have decided to enter a contest that one of my favorite Blogs A Beautiful Mess  is having.  They are doing a pumpkin carving contest! So i decided to a Pumpkin teeth problem! I picked up the pumpkin at Discount  Grocery Store Aldi’s for 2.99 *Cant beat that!* and also the carving kit for 3.75! I hope you enjoy this fun little event and it inspires you to get out and carve your own pumpkin! If you want to more information on the contest read here

(this blog is not endorsed by aldis or a beautiful mess)

 

 

Xx

alex

Styled In The Heartland Hearts Edrop Off

 

 

Hey guys, sorry its taking me so long to update you! Last weekend i had the privilege of shopping with E-Drop Off ( a consignment based eBay store in Chicago IL) They had a annual charity warehouse sale, which i didnt make it to last year but this year i drove up at 2 am got there @5 and stood in line and managed to snag loads of designer goodies such as Lanvin Flats, Chanel , Prada, Fendi, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, Elizbath Gillet, Escada, Bill Bass, Judith Lieber! It was madness the people in line, plus the ladies i stood in line with were funny! I had a great time in picking up some designer end items for a good cause. All the Money went to Charity. I also had the privilege of consigning items with Edrop Off they made it super easy for me all i had to do was drop of the item in the posh Lincoln park store.
I hope you enjoy this short quick post! If you would like to bid on my item Vist Here
for more info on E-drop off visit : shopedropoff.com

xx Alex

Sometimes, I Still Need You

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey there, welcome to this weekend’s edition of Styledintheheartland, I’m sorry i don’t get to post much during the week, i have not a ton of time on my hands then , but today Was really cold. My friends took me to a park, where i shot photos for them (i do photography for my job). So i had a lot of fun in the park running around shooting and freezing to death. I chose this sweater because it has a lot of meaning to me, it was the sweater i purchased right before i moved out of Chicago and i haven’t worn it since last year, and i was 65lbs heavier so it brought back memories putting it on I really want to focus on my jewelry. The Leaf Necklace i am wearing was made by a jewelry company called Decadence, which i found out through Handmade City. Andrew, the designer creates one of a kind vintage pieces, and He’s so incredibly talented. I love this necklace it took me forever to decided when i purchased it. If you really want to check his work out i will drop Decendances Facebook and etsy links at the bottom of the post. I really hope that you are all staying warm out there, next weekend i will have a special post, as i travel back to Chicago a year later to relive my time there. I will hopefully be meeting some other bloggers and friends and i will be attending a few events and some shopping. Until Tomorrow, xx

 

Credits:  Sweater: Vintage – Thrifted Leggings: Faded Glory -old (from walmart). Shoes: moccasins -yard sale Bag: Vintage Fendi (old) Rings: Flower Ring (from the Middle East it was a gift sent to me from Lebanon) Other 2 Rings – Yard Sales, Free (Found). Poncho- Thifted (old) – Necklace – Leaf Necklace- Decadence – Feather Pendant (purchased in Chicago at a 2nd hand store in wicker park (just cant remember last year) .

 

Check out Dependance here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Decadence.Style?ref=ts&fref=ts

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/decadencestyle

xx

Alex