How Do You Give Back to Mom

Mothers Day is always a bit hard for me. It’s not always been an easy celebratory holiday for me. My mother passed away in 1995 from a brain aneurysm.This year however I wanted to celebrate Mother’s Day in a different way. I wanted to give back to my mother! I have selected the National Brain Aneurysm Foundation to be apart of. This organization is so wonderful! They bring awareness to the Brain Aneurysm and what the symptoms and signs are.

I wanted to share these signs and factors of the brain aneurysm. It is an important cause close to my heart. I am giving back to mom this mothers day by bringing awareness. I challenge you to give back to your Mom. I am challenging you to #givebacktomom on your social media channels of something you have done for your mom this Mothers Day!

Have a great weekend!

 

Alex

My Favorite Pajams

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Hi! I am so sorry i have been missing in action. I have been so busy with school and finishing my semester (which by the way i have learned a lot). I am sorry i have been sort of non-blogging. I have just been busy plus i have had issues with my site. I wanted you to know i am back ( i am sorry to take a break). I have included some of my favorite sleepwear! I am currently in LOVE with Old Navy’s selection! I picked up this cute bear print waffle shirt last weekend! It is the warmest and coziest! I am again so sorry to take a break (please don’t forget that i have not forgot about you my readers).  Have a Happy wenesday!

Love

Alex

Hoist the flag and let Her fly Yankee Doodle do or die

 

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Happy 4th of July! I put together a fun little Post with a 4of july outfit! I hope you enjoy.

Shirt: Ruffle Shirt (Thrifted) (Similar Here or Here) | American Flag Jacket – Vintage (Similar Here or Here ) | Jeans Ultra Skinny Rockstars -Old Navy  | Sandals – Duo Sas Sandles | Earrings – Vintage Star Earrings (Similar Here or Here) | Bag- Betsey Johnon Cherry Pie Bag | Scarf- American Flag Scarf – Charming Charlies | Belt – Vintage

Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White, and Blue.

 

 

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“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.” ~ Joe Barton

Happy almost 4th of July! I am excited to attend Yankee Doodle Pops in Des Moines with my Grandma, its a family tradition every year. It meets at the Iowa State Capital! I am so excited that i put together a little fun pre Fourth of July look! I hope you enjoy.

 

Dress: Vintage (Similar Here or Here) | Shoes: “Miss America” Shoes (Similar Here or Here) | Earrings: Vintage Star Earrings  (Similar Here) | Necklace: Vintage (Similar Here | Bag: Vintage Coach Bucket Bag (Similar Here or Here)

I’ve been far away. – Happy Holidays

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Hi guys!, I am so sorry that i have been away for almost 2 weeks, a lot has been going on which has prevented me from blogging, plus with christmas coming up it has been really busy, Currently i am getting ready to go back to my hometown to visit my family for the holidays, and wont have access to my blog so i am leaving a few final things before i leave for the holidays, Happy Holidays to you all, thank you for always supporting me and being such awesome friends and people who read my blog hopefully in 2014 i will only get better and more on schedule with blogging!

Secondly i bet you are dying for those who wanted to know who won my giveaway contest, well here it is! CONGRATS TO @CharlotteG for participating!  696ba207f9471542c9fe4385818454e6

With that i leave you to the holidays, i wish you all the merriest Christmas and happiest holidays ever i hope you all have a good and safe Christmas and enjoy your holidays!

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love always,

alexandria

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

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

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

 

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