Turn Up The Volume…

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 Kanye West Glow Tour Shirt (old)

Pink Skirt (old) (Similar Here)

Coach High Tops (similar Here)

Neon Bracelets (thrifted) (Similar Here)

Elephant Necklace (similar here)

Canada bag (thrifted)

Slick Headphones (Similar Here)

Owl Iphone Case (Bethany Mota X AeroPostale-Similar Cases Here)

Happy friday. I am so excited its Finally Friday! I already feel fall coming in full swing (and so is my homework) which is what I will be doing all of Saturday. (Hi Library)! While I’m currently drooling over all the #NYFW action. I have to keep it real. Next week i am so excited i finally got a new photo lens to shoot with. Expect way better pictures to come Your way. I hope you have a very happy and safe weekend (please drink a pumpkin latte for me)!

xx Alex

10 Tips on Surviving College

 

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Hi Happy Tuesday. Today i thought I’d take a different spin on the blog. I am going to talk a little more a bout college. As you know i am attending college. I am only 27 (I know what you are thinking you dont look 27) I decided to go back to school last semester. My first stent in college resulted in my achieving my bachelors degree in fine arts. It didn’t pan out in terms of a career. I decided to studying something else. I entered school i realized there were a lot of older students. I have come up with a few tips that will help you if you are a young college student or an older student like myself.

1. NEVER show up in your pajamas (like the images above). It looks unprofessional. I know a lot of college students roll out and come in pajamas. Treat school as it if it were a a job. Show up look professional. (put the bunny slippers away!)

2. Stay on top of things. Get a planner. I know for me between my job , my schooling and my blog. I rely on my planner. I don’t use my iPhone or my Ipad as a planner. I want assignments and deadlines  hand written. Its in bound hard copy. (My school offered a free planner but i of course i jazzed it up)

3. Keep a journal. I keep a journal of my goals. I know this sounds really silly . I take 5 minutes out of my day to list goals. I also take 5 minutes to write things I’m thankful for. It is to remind me that i am fortunate to go to school (even though ill be paying for it forever). Some people are not fortunate to go to school nor afford it.

4. When shopping. Take advantage of student discounts! (the assumption is that most college kids are poor. Granted im not rich I’m “surviving”. I am 100% thankful for all i have.) There are tons of discounts even as an adult student i can take advantage of.  To name a few. The salvation army offers 1/2 off on a purchase with showing a college id. I received 6 months free of Amazon Prime for  6 months by showing my student email. Some movie theaters-and other places by showing a college I.D. will get you discounts.

5. Take care of yourself! With all the things going on in my crazy life right now i always don’t get the amount of exercise and sleep i need.  Try to get some exercise, if that means going for a walk, or getting to a gym (I know some gyms offer student discounts). Get your SLEEP! It’s important to keep your mind sharp and fresh. (As an older student you ‘d think I would have figured this out by now, well nope! Ha, I’m still learning)

6. So your trying to do the just thing and work right? I am adult i put myself through school- you need to make extra money? Here are a few ideas to make extra money: If your like me, you have obsession for clothes, shoes, and many many accessories. You feel bogged down by how much stuff you have. I would take it local consignment stores and sell it. Here are a few options: Plato’s Closet , eBay, Walk In My Closet, PoshMark, Thredup, and many more.  If your like me and have a hard time parting with your more expensive items (aka your Louis Vuitton, Gucci bags and that Marc Jacobs bag you are still paying for. I suggest Shop EDrop off. Not only is it Midwestern (and in my special favorite city Chicago) it is a gem full of many goodies and so easy to get your stuff sold)

7. Manage your stress!  (I know it kind of goes with the few up above). How i manage my stress? Well you are looking at it. My blog is my stress outlet. *I am de stressing as i write. It is a good place for me to use my creative outlet.  i suggest find an activity that helps you manage all the things going on in your life. I enjoy writing , col aging, walking, i love to sleep, sometimes ill do puzzles or play games. Just take the time to scream ME. (hey it helps)

8.  Get good study habits. In my prior education i didn’t take a lot of tests, or do things like that. Now that I am studying again. I take tests, i find it easy to go home and get distracted. I take myself to the library at my school or my local library and i study. Take advantage of academic resources! I am a BIG believer in this. I had a teacher in grade school who taught me “No question is a stupid question”. I have borderline ADD. I cant focus a lot and i am easily distracted. I have trouble with my writing as well. I take full advantage of the learning center on my campus.

9. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you are too old to be attending school. Believe me, as an adult student, i never let people tell me im TOO old to learn something. In my first class of the semester everyone was older than me in the class! My dad always taught me, you are “Never to old to learn”. Don’t let anyone influence in what you choose to study. I was fortunate with my parents, they are awesome. They let me choose to study what i wanted to. This time around i had lots of people tell me not to study marketing its not a concrete position. Neither is web design some people would say. I am a firm believer in “How will you know if you dont try?” I let six years of being so down on my self and education i never thought id be here again. I full love marketing. I love the social interaction and the networking.  I have to believe in myself and my skills.

10. Finally and lastly, keep yourself in check.  Remind yourself what the end goal is. i think its really hard for me, to remind myself what the end goal is. I have had trouble visualizing my career after school because i have been in a non existent career. My professors say I’m proactive and enthusiastic. I tell myself geez Alex, you are doing this for YOU! I have read a lot of good college tips from a lot of people. Granted i go to a local college (AHEM the largest in Des Moines got #DMACC!) Ill probably never get to experience a sorority or your college parties (my idea of a party is a thrift store, and a good cheap meal hey!) Remember this is (well i tell myself a ticket out of Iowa) but i Know to help me make a career  i want that 9-5 job so bad i can taste it i don’t have to get paid a lot but i i just want that normality). To quote a rather now famous movie line from “Jack” with Robin Williams  ” Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer skies, when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day. Make a wish. Think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.” – Jack (Robin Williams) With that.

 

I hope these tips help you if you are new to college or returning like myself. Enjoy college that’s what its there for. Yet i am learning all day , everyday. Have a happy Tuesday.

 

 

xx Alex

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And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky.
I know he’d be a poor man if he never saw an eagle fly,
Rocky Mountain high, the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky.
Friends around the campfire and everybody’s high
Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high.
Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high.

Vintage Arizona Shirt (Similar Here)

Thrifted Maroon Skirt (Similar Here)

Vintage Fur Jacket (I DIY’d This) (Similar Here)

Hello Cheeseburger Necklace

Vintage Tooled Leather Bag (Similar Here)

Sonoma Platforms (similar Sonoma Brand Here)

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Hi! I have some incredible Thursday news. Last night i surpassed 11k Views! #SERIOUSLY thank you. THANK YOU i cant say it enough. I feel so incredibly blessed that you are so sweet to me in your comments! I hope you will follow me on Facebook, instagram and twitter  and Pinterest (i promise my instagram is full of cats and jewelry)

Here’s a thank you video from me to you <3

 

Beyond Grateful!

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“Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!” – Jeff Dixon

Shirt: Vintage Door County Shirt (Similar Here)

Vest: DIY’d (its an Old navy Maternity jean jacket)

Skirt: Thrifted (Similar Here)

Shoes : Stone Mountain Flats (Similar Here)

Necklace: Terrarium Necklace -Heidi Kenny

Bracelet: Alexis Bendel -Thrifted

Earrings: Tea Cup Earrings (Similar Here)

Happy Wednesday! I want to say to you my readers, i read your comments , they always have me in tears. I am so thankful for the out pouring of your love and support. I started blogging seriously in august. I made a promise to me, i would blog five days a week. I am still small, but i am so proud of myself for pushing this far. Thank YOU so much for reading, comment, liking my social media pages. You make this happen for me. I love you all!

I wanted to seriously thank you, by hugging you. This past year has been a huge obstacle for me. I want to thank you for being there with me through the tough posts and through the fun ones. You don’t know how much your words really mean to me.

xx Alex

 

 

 

Liesbster Award

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I want to thank Juliet for nominating me,  you can check out her awesome blog at Juliets Threads

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

1- I love metal music, I love going to shows. Some of my favorite bands are: Vanna, Sworn In, Corpus Christi, and Gwen Stacy
2- I love old movies. One of my favorite is Camille with Greta Garbo
3- I have 11 tattoos, my nose double pierced and my septum pierced
4- I have a bachelors degree in Fine Art Photography. I am currently in school for a marketing degree and web design degree
5- I’m left handed
6- I own two Louis Vuitton Bags. Both of them were purchased from a consignment store. (And yes they are real)
7- I still watch cartoons. (My favorites are Arthur, Pepper Ann, Doug, and I love Disney)
8- I’m obsessed with DIY’s. My pinterest board is full of them
9- I own a massive amount of jewelry. I cant help it I Love jewelry.
10-  Ive been plus size all my life. I really dream of having weight loss surgery. or plastic surgery to get rid of my fat.
11-We don’t celebrate Christmas in my family the traditional way of giving gifts. We just hang around with each other.

 

MY ANSWERS
1- What is the main goal for your blog? Meet friends, create a business? Well at first my main goal was to be all omg I am a famous blogger. Now? Its just because I honestly have fun getting dressed up for my blog. Creating all my content and just simply doing.

2- If you had to chose one year to be your favorite, what would it be? 2012 –I lost over 60lbs. I was a workout magnet; I also lost my job gained a lot of weight back. But I loved everyone moment even the days I hated myself.
3- What is your go to nail color? Grey. I love OPI’s grey. Or Essie’s grey colors. Most of my nail polish is from the dollar store. It was only certain colors I couldn’t find so I had to go to get them from Sephora. (which at the time Iowa had no Sephora so when I lived in Chicago I was always at Sephora)
4- Sandals, flats, or boots? Um, Heels! I love Heels, but if I have to pick defiantly boots.
5- What are your all time and current favorite movies?  I have seriously to many to list.. well here it goes: Fathers Day, Schindler’s List, Camille, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Meet Me In St Louis, The Great Muppet Caper. I love Musicals too. I love the musical State Fair.
6- What is your favorite season and why? Fall. I am OBSESSED with chunky sweaters, leggings, ridding boots. I love pumpkin everything (seriously. I am a HUGE fan of Halloween).

7- Favorite actor and actress? Actor-Judy Garland, Greta Garbo, Lucille Ball. – I love the classic ladies of the golden age of film.
8- What is your most worn scent? Change By Chanel , and Irresistible from Givenchy
9- It’s a cold Monday morning, what outfit do you pull from your closet? Well if I have to work, Jeans and my work tshirt. If I don’t, a chunk cute sweater, leggings, and my favorite flats, with my rings and favorite bracelets.
10- What song do you currently have on replay? Starving For Friends (Ft. Vic Fuentes) by Slaves. – Slaves is one my new obsession because Jonny Craig is the lead singer and his new band is amazing.
11- Where do you see yourself within the next 5 years? Hopefully a successful style blogger, and working full time as a Social media and PR marketing for a company living in New york or Chicago.

 

THE RULES:

-Thank the blogger that nominated you, link in the post.
-Write 11 random facts about yourself!
-Answer the questions they set you..

-Set 11 questions for your nominees, your own or from the previous blogger.
– And nominate 11 bloggers, or less if you really have to!

MY NOMINEES

 

Rachel from Suburban Style Challenge

Katelyn from Katalina girl

Maya from Charmingly Styled

Lauren from La Petite Fashionista

Troy from The Thriftinista in the City

Ash from The Stylized Wannabe

Dana from the Possesionista

Chelsea from Little Lessons in a Big City

Jenna from Chi City Fashion

Nicole from Cedar and Rush

Libby from the Stylin Iowan

Ivy from Wakeup for Makeup

 

MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

 

-What is the main goal for your blog? Meet friends, create a business?
– If you had to choose only one store you could shop at, what would it be?

– What is your favorite color to wear?

– Sandals, flats, heels or boots?

– What are your all time and current favorite movies?

– What is your favorite season of the year and why?

– Favorite actor and actress?

– What is your most worn scent?

– It’s a cold Monday morning, what outfit do you pull from your closet?

– What song do you currently have on replay?

– Where do you see yourself within the next 5 years?

Styled in The Heartland Goes To The Fair

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As you can tell i had a great time at the Iowa State Fair! The fair ended yesterday. I had a LOAD of fun. I really enjoy getting out to see different parts of my state. I complied all my photos from the fair in a slide show. I hope you enjoy. This next few weeks i wont be posting images of clothing, (my camera remote broke). I wont receive my new one for a few weeks! Heres more of my pictures to enjoy from the Iowa State Fair.  Whats your favorite activity to do at the fair? has tag #FAIRQUEEN2014 and tell me!

 

 


Etsy – Etsy Stores I Love.

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So in lew of talking about what i had planned tonight to write about. I wanted to write about my favorite etsy shops. If you dont know about etsy, educate yourself PAHLEASE! It is a wonderful handmade everything store. I have been a fan for so many years and its amazing!

First shop im going to talk about why i love it. Is IM YOUR PRESENT. I have been a HUGE fan of kelly forever. She is not only a NKTOB fan, But she makes super rad dresses. She makes all kinds of amazing accessories. Plus her model is one of my favorite people Elizabeth from Shop Bananas.  I fell in love with I’m Your Present, years ago when i saw her “sweatheart” earrings on tumblr. I then of course saw she made this miss piggy dress which i included it in my “birthday wishlist post”. I love Im Your present, if you are looking for Cute, fun and quirky Please visit , and tell them i sent you!

Secondly we have Cute Ability Jewelry. I  fell in love with this shop awhile ago. They have the cutest little jewelry. They range from food charms to silver Charms. Lots of super cute options to love. My personal favorite is her cute way of making food charms. This shop has been on of my favorite etsy shops forever. I hope you check out the Cute Ability Etsy.

Thirdly We Have Designosaur . Ok so they make like the raddest laser cut stuff ever?. I originally heard of them from a blog awhile back and had to follow them. They are super amazingly sweet people! I love the designs. The dinosaurs are super super amazing! Probably my favorite is the different skeletons of dinosaurs. I love dinosaurs with a passion, (i mean its ok to have sheets right?). I urge you to check out Designosaur ! They are amazing!

Fourthly, We have Yokoo.Yooko is one talented women. I seriously she has something just so magical about her. She quite her regular life only to start an etsy store. She is a smash! She makes these chunky hand crocheted scarves, hats and amazing accessories you have to have. She also has a side store called “x Mother x“. x Mother x is more of yooko’s vintage clothing and well curated style. Theres just something she does so beautiful but so simplistic, she really captivates you in your her photography. Visit Yokoo today and please buy yourself that Dookie Chain scarf? You wont be sorry you did!

Last but not Least, we have Jesiiii. I found Jesiii initially through her instagram. I was enthralled by her cute quirky talent. So i commissioned her to make me a custom made Alex necklace with a gnome. My name is painted in the gnomes hat. Not only is Jesiiii uber talented she is also a sweetheart. Her colorful yet quirky designs speak to me. I urge to go order lots of cute things from her. She can custom paint anything (yes even you- cat lovers). Please tell her i sent you, shell be happy to hear that you love her stuff just as much as i do.  (Jesiiiii)

 

 

have a super wenesday!

xx

Alex

You Squirrely Squirrel

 

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Squirrel Sweater Set Christoper & Banks  Vintage (Similar Here)

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Wood Circle Earrings -Thrifted (Similar Here)

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Hi there! I decided to pull this sweater out. I bought this sweater last year, at Goodwill. I love anything and quirky. The squirrels are just funny and cute.  I love that its a two separate piece. I also paired it with this super AMAZING bag. As if you read my MSB recap, you know that i am a yard sale queen. Every summer here in Ankeny Iowa there is a major yard sale at Our Lady Of Immaculate Heart Catholic church. I have a co-worker who attends there and told me about it. Last year i had a phenomenal experience two coach bags purchased one for only 2.50! This year i was so super excited! The first day i went, i ended up spending 15.00. I picked up this fabulous bag! The first thing i hit was the purse table. I was sorting through the bags and found this amazing D&B bag. All the purses were only 2.50! I think its only because Ankeny is a rich town. I picked up a ton of other goodies. I ended up going back next day, because everything was half price. I think that the more i church rummage sale the more i can outfit my self. I ended up at the half price sale finding a bunch of cool pins, and a few other small things. I hope you enjoy.

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Crop Top Leather Shirt -(Similar here or here)

Faux Leather Leggings

Vintage Lace Cape (Similar Styles Here)

Shoes: Parbal Gurrung X Target (No Longer Available)

 Wilson’s Leather Hat 

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Necklace : Vintage Lion head Necklace (Similar Here)

Hello! This whole time, i have been seeing the crop top. I know the typical thought here- would be why would you where a crop top? I am not a huge fan of showing off skin. I have always thought that plus size meant no “skin”. I thought i would try this look. I had paired this leather crop top and leather leggings i have had for a while. The crop top is all about making your body work for you. I really believe that you can make it work for you. I am a huge fan of this all black look. It just makes me think of my mood lately. I hope you enjoy.