Alex , Alex marchin’ in her own parade.

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I sat tonight, trying to think what i was going to write about? I didnt have any outfits provided to write about. I have been feeling lackluster on my blog lately. Ever since my server went down i havent had time to shoot new clothing. I thought i would provide you with cartoon women whom i love.  Yes i am 27 and i still watch cartoons. Here are reasons why i like them

Daria- Tells it like it is. Uses sarcasm,. I used to believe that i was her, and jane both.

Miss Frizzle, always known for her clothes. Why identify with her so much.

DW- So Much Sass for a 4 year old.

Lisa Simpson- Smart and she wasn’t afraid to be who she was.

Pepperann, (she was my favorite since i was like 14) i love her. She does her own thing.

Ginger- I love Ginger. She was sensitive and creative.

Patty Mayonnaise – She was so in love with Dough. She had a sweet feminine side.

Eliza – She always followed her heart. She talked to a monkey all the time. Her sister was wacko.

 

I know this isn’t my typical blog post. I was just sharing things i really like!

 

Enjoy .

 

 

Comparing “american icons to alex icons”

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This weekend has been real, busy for me as i am finishing up school for a bit (before spring break you know that time where people go to Florida, and get crazy on MTV) I cant help my mind goes back to #MFW for those of you who don’t know Jeremy Scott, he was just named the creative director of Moschino . Jeremy is rather known for his larger than life prints, fun type of items, and really “over the top” way of going about things. I’ve heard quite a few people discussing this collection “as tacky, a down grade to Moschino (which has been around since 1983). Few others have classified it as fun, a bit of a fun side with Moschino, thats what Jeremy Scott exudes. This F/W 14 is all about Iconic, icons that we all know and associate with. Especially in my marketing class we talk about Positioning a lot (which watch me make my teacher proud and talk about it, “positioning is creating a image of your product in a consumers mind, different from your competition”). As Americans we generally think of when we think of food, McDonalds, (one of the largest burger fast food joints in america , can we please talk about how much i love their ice cream) and thats what Jeremy Scott did, he took something everyone recognized as that- and ran with it, to make Moschino a brand everyone associates with. He “positioned” iconic labels already into an iconic label. In this last Sunday it was my first Sunday as an what i call an “official midwest blogger” which i felt hey, this is a real thing what, i met with several girls and i felt a bit out of place because my style isn’t like all the others but hey i thought with Jeremy Scott in mind and his recent show id chanel some of my own icons (like perhaps the California raisins or donald duck ring a bell?) …lets have a look shall we.

 

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Sweater: Thrifted (similar Here) |Shirt Vintage 1988 Mycological Shirt (similar here) |High Waited Polka Dot Leggings thrifted (I Sewed these but you can find them Here) |Vintage Fur Cape (Similar Here) | Shoes: Zalos| Donald Duck Pin Vintage (Here)| California Raisins Suspenders (Similar Here) | Customized Gnome Necklace by JesiiiiDooney & Bourke See Through Bag | floral ring (handemade by me)

 

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have a rad week friends!

What’s On My Mind- Current Favorites

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What’s been on my mind lately? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and a lot of reading, others blogs, to dive deep into my internal thoughts on fashion, on life, on myself. I’ve been kind of of compiling a list of what’s in going on in my head right now. I have been watching a lot of documentaries on fashion, on writers, to see what there inner psych is. Collecting quotes from others who inspire me, Ive been really inspired by a few people who I really like the freedom of the people who they are. I found this sweet shirt by Jeremy Scott, (from Marlena on self constructed freak) I’ve been feeling such less like an adult, lately it just sucks sometimes when you are an adult, because you suffer with bills, you suffer with high fees of everything. I know I am facing that, (why did I get those damn credit cards again). That kind of of really leads into my next point, on money, I look at others around me and think “it must be nice to have money to go to places and do things when I spend most of my money and resources just to survive”. – In all honesty, that’s not what it is, I keep thinking I go to school, I live in America, I live in a wealthy country, we are just being selfish now aren’t we?

 

 

            Secondly I have been thinking a lot about Thrifting, I had been watching a super wonderful documentary called advanced style which follows eccentric ladies from New York city, and there personal style, its crazy good what these ladies, have to discuss with you. It features popular people like Iris Apfel. It talks about basically you can have style at any age, and that you are an artist with style. “People are afraid, People just want to be like everyone else, and want to do what everything is doing”- Iris Apfel, my awesome friend Tziporah Salamon, told me recently (who she was featured in advanced style) “Iowa does have its charm scout out those places such as salvation army, goodwill’s and so forth that give you your charm its not just new york”.  Which has me really thinking about what I love about fashion, these ladies have been pushing me to think about blogging in some other way that’s it more about fashion, and more about labels , but it is your identity. Your style is your identity. “The Majority of Americans Don’t Dress” – Tziporah Salamon The whole idea of this, its more of something that has pushed me to think about what gives me my style charm? Clothes are my life (if you are following me on instagram you know that Im in love with vintage). That’s why Salvation Army has been such a charmer for me, That’s what makes me so successful, in my budget because you cant just go to Barneys NY and pick up Prada loafers, but I can go to salvation army and look at that paisley dress I am dying to wear.

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Thirdly I had been thinking of new interesting things about winter, winter depresses me I suffer badly from seasonal depression, which a lot of Americans suffer from but I had seen these gloves in a recent refinery 29 article, these gloves stuck out for me but they are out of stock. But that would make a great DIY.- lets do it (soon I hope I need to scout out leather gloves).

 

 

Fourthly and lastly what am I watching recently? – You guessed it the virgin suicides (as for a recent love of finding this out via, Tavi aka Rookie Magazine Editor you know her right?) I had been re-watching this movie, I had read the book along time ago, and watching many more James woods movies (like and your name is Jonah) to think that we are only human, and that we all feel emotions that we are in fact, looking for much more of a interest than anything, and I feel a sense in The Virgin Suicides that these girls, were all looking for some sort of sense that they wanted something more meaningful in there lives, but restraints cut them off (such as there crazy parents) but as Tavi said, a quote from Rodger Ebert said about this film These parents look gruesome to us. All parents look gruesome to kids, and all of their attempts at discipline seem unreasonable. The teenage years of the Lisbon girls are no better or worse than most teenage years. This is not the story of daughters driven to their deaths.”  Although in my own opinion I feel a deep sense of that, you know that I do in a away feel like parental restraints play a huge ordeal in this film. Which goes back to my second thing on my mind, is diving into deeper fashion and what that truly means to me. .

 

 

 

            I hope you don’t all wonder where my content has gone and think what is she really saying? Its just for me ive been doing a lot of thinking and writing and personal story searching for content, and this is where I feel comfortable discussing what’s on my mind lately and what is in my heart.

 

 {Credits: Sweater By Jeremy Scott (but you make it from Self Constructed Freak), Advanced style, ASOS stunning gloves, Vintage Mini Sixties Dress Here and Here  (kinda like mine) Virgin Suicides Movie

 

With that,

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

DIY -Cut It Out, Wear it, Make it WERK!

Hey there, Welcome To Sunday Funday. I wanted to share a fun Easy DIY project you can do, if you have been watching trends, its super trendy to have a cut off shoulders, everyones wearing it these days!  (Equipment is a very popular comapany for having a style  check it out here: http://www.blondgenius.com/item.aspx/nixie-shirt/1141/ You can purchase that   @Blond Genius (which is located in Des Moines). But yesterday amongst hustle and bustle of all i had. I stopped at a estate sale, and there was ALOT of vintage books, bells from every state and some clothes, i pulled this top and i though wow! But it looks to boring for my taste, but what could i do to make it into spectacular. I  First decided to cut the shoulder pads out of it (Because im no-lady gaga and shoulder pads well i dont like them). But hence for this i followed an easy-step by step DIY tutorial (for me i couldnt cut super low because of the beading so i carefully eyed it).  Here is a great tutorial, from THE FITTING : http://www.thefitting.com/2011/04/diy-cut-out-shoulders.html where she will show you step -by step how to do this, fun cut out top. You can have your own Equipment Like top..

Credits: Top (Yard Sale .25 cents) Cutouts ( I DIYED it) Necklace “Creative” – Necklaces – By “Things With Wings:” (you can check out them here: www.thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com ( they are out of iowa city and are mixed media artists ) – I purchased this through Riverssance Arts Festival yesterday Because i fell in love with mixed media! Earrings: vintage yard sale!

-Have a great Sunday xx

Alex