Exploring Netflix – Documentaries You Need To Watch

DocumentariesHi there, how are you all? Now that school is over, if you are like me and you work a wonky schedule. You try to fit movies in when you can. Lots of times I enjoy listening to movies in my headphones while I write. I enjoy a lot of the times to watch documentaries. Ever since the phrase “Netflix & chill” has become popular, I’ve been exploring Netflix’s documentaries.  I’m going to give a short synopsis of each documentary I have listed here. Hopefully you will like and watch as well.

 

Hot Girls Wanted – This documentary is an interesting looking to armature porn world. It’s a interesting depth look into the power of the internet and how porn has an effect.  There are young girls who turn 18 everyday and they are interested in doing porn.  It follows five young women in central Florida (where most amateur porn is filmed) and the journey they have entering and exiting the business. Its a deeper look into the world that we live in, how porn affects women. This documentary looks into the power of porn and the internet.

Iris- Iris Apfel has always been one of my inspirational muses. This an interesting documentary on Iris’s life. Iris started Old World Weavers with her now late husband Carl. They designed several rooms within the White House for several presidents. Iris much later in her life was considered a style icon. This documentary explores that eccentric side of Iris and her fashion. What I personally love about this documentary its so light hearted. Iris is truly interesting and fun. It has many faces in fashion in the film you will recognize as well. The documentary speaks so much on a truly inspirational women who is stylish at 93 years of age.

Advanced Style- I discovered this film sometime ago. Advanced Style was a fashion blog started by Ari Seth Cohen. He started to photograph older women. The one thing that was different was these women had an eccentric sense of style. The different women offer up different advice on life and style. The women also share their life stories. I just adore this film. It really inspires me, that you can be anyone in this world. Life is an open interpretation. The women in this film are simply fabulous.

Bill Cunningham New York- If you know anything of fashion, you’ve probably heard of Bill Cunningham. Hes an icon in the street style fashion industry. This documentary follows Bill in his quest to find a new apartment (at the time of this film He was living at Carnegie Hall). It follows His quest to find New York style right on the street.  The film features a lot of prominent people in the fashion industry. These people discuss Bill and his work with fashion. The film focuses a lot on Bills work ethic and his long history at the NYC Times. It is an eccentric film that fills you in about a remarkable person. This one is a really good to watch, if you need inspiration.

Dior & I – This movie I was so excited for. This movie follows the illustrious house of Dior. Dior in its height was held under the reigns on Christian Dior. Ever since in the 2000’s it was lead by the infamous John Galliano. John was relinquished of the head of this throne. So enter in Raf Simons. Raf was quite popular in his role as creative director at Jill Sander. This move shows you the inside world of couture. This movie was filmed in 2012 when Raf only had 6 weeks to create a Dior Couture show for Paris Fashion Week. Everyone is anticipating Raf’s show. This film lets you inside the design process of a designer. Raf studies the workings of Christian Dior. It discusses the workings of Christian Dior and how his designs affected the fashion industry. The film goes deep into a place that is rarely seen by the public.  The film goes deep in the mind of Raf Simons and behind the closed doors of the work room at Dior. It is a very interesting film to look and to watch. If you ever want to know what it looks like to produce a fashion show this is the movie to watch.

Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorfs- this is the one film about fashion you will want to watch. This movie goes deep into the heart of Bergdorf Goodman. This is the illustrious store in New York where every designer wants to be. The film discusses the long history of Bergdorfs.  It’s an interesting look into the American retail industry. It also is an insight to fashion and designers. There are lots of people fawn over the Bergdorfs windows. The documentary discusses the retail merchandising history, ideas and construction. This an excellent film if you want to learn the history of such an iconic store.

Mademoiselle C-This documentary covers the interesting life of former Vogue Paris Editor in Chief Carine Roitfeld. This documentary talks about how Carine, left vogue to start her own magazine. Carine is a different and more edgy women in fashion. I enjoyed the documentary because its a look into what it takes to start a fashion magazine. Roitfeld has a long history in fashion. She served as a muse for Karl Lagarfeld and Tom Ford.  Carine shows us what it takes to created, edit, and promote a new fashion magazine. Its a deep look into fashion, marketing and style. Its amazing film to watch and see what Carines thought process is.

Living on one dollar- Living on one dollar follows a few men who go to a small village in Guatemala. They start living as the people of the village do on very little money. The film gives you insight to see how the rest of the world lives. It really opens your eyes to a whole new way of living. It looks deep insight to poverty in Guatemala. The men only brought a total of $56 dollars with them. You watch them learn to barter what they have in the village they stay in. The reason i loved this documentary, it opened up my eyes to the rest of the world. Some times we feel so sheltered by our world, we don’t experience the other cultures or lives. This is a really important film to watch. The producers of this film also released another film called “Salam Neighbor” which talks a lot about the Syrian Refugees. This is why this documentary is so important.

Girl Model -Girl model is an interesting look into the world of models from eastern Europe. Its a excellent look into the modeling society. The whole idea behind this movie is how we really look at a body and a face and acculturate judge who will like that body and face. Its a tale of a young girl that goes to Japan to model and her life in Japan. Its a very interesting spread on the modeling industry and what it takes!

 

Go Blog Social Recap

“I’m trying to find a way”

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In the past weekend –I traveled to Chicago. I needed a small place and space to clear my head for my sanity. I’ve been dealing a lot on my plate from school to work. It was nice to have a city vacation no for a little while.

This morning I was having a conversation with a friend who lives in Chicago. We were discussing all things that I have learned this past weekend. We were discussing Chicago as a place of making dreams happen. I talked how on Chicago had been a truly amazing time and growing experience when I lived there. That whenever I return back home I’m always filled with the “whys”.

This last weekend I attended another installment of Go Blog Social I always feel silly sometimes going to these things. I’m like the William Hung of blogging. Ever since GOMI I have felt like the outcast from blogging. This particular Go Blog Social featured a lot of speakers I’m truly inspired by. I mean that more than you may know.

The first speaker was Janet Mandell. Janet not only probably owns every Chanel bag I’d die to own. Janet is a business owner and has a fantastic blog that is highly successful. I was rather impressed when she talked about working with a brand. Working with a brand is a tough business. It requires a lot of skills to basically back it up. One thing I really thought that spoke to me was “Take No for answer”. Sometimes I feel that this is a hard pill to swallow. There are a lot of times you have to prove why you’re the best and that can’t always be easy. Janet is an amazing person and gave me some great advice after Go Blog Social.  She said “You can do this, be you and the rest will follow.”

One of the two keynote speakers I have always admired and followed. The first one we got to meet was Hallie Wilson (if you don’t know her you know her @ Corals + Cognacs). The one thing I totally vibe with Hallie is passion. When you find your passion you instantly know that’s it! Hallie’s story is not your “typical” blogger story. She dumped Chicago moved to NYC. While Hallie was in NYC she started attending Soul Cycle. After a few months at Soul Cycle she had this “AHA” moment! This is when she found out what her passion was. Hallie’s blog and focus shifted towards lifestyle + fashion. Hallie began to talk to us about how she auditioned for a Soul Cycle instructor, but yet didn’t make the cut. The second time around when she nailed it. Long story made pretty short is that Hallie ended up moving back to Chicago. She began working at Soul Cycle in Chicago.

I on a personal level got to talk with Hallie. I think out of all the people at Go Blog Social Hallie I think really understands me as a writer and blogger. I write this honestly with tears streaming down my face. In a world of blogging + the internet it’s really hard to find genuine people. People that really believe in you or people look at you as some dumb ass blogger. We talked after Go Blog Social was over the one thing I personally I told her was that everyone at sometimes finds themselves at a different time. In my case it was much later in life. Seemingly for Hallie it was too. I openly and honestly told her I was very grateful to meet someone that really truly understands that you have to push past all that negative mental shit.

The Third Keynote who was I was so happy to meet was Corri Mcfadden. As you may know Corri from E-drop Off, WICU + Me, and Glitter and Bubbles. Corri not only is one bad-ass boss but one of my mentors. One thing I’ve always admired about Corri is her work ethic. Corri was able to talk to us about her humble beginnings of E-drop Off, to “House of Consignment to her daughter Zelda. She talked to us a lot about what it means to be an “entrepreneur”. Corri spoke to my inner somewhat Beyoncé, (insert “the obvious two lines “Diva is a female version of a Hustler and Who Run the world: Girls ). She talked about GIRL POWER as women we empower each other. If you know Corri and have listened to herShe did it Her Way” podcast (which made me cry) is that one thing she always says “Failure isn’t an option”. The funny thing is that I realized that after GOMI and everything else that failed for me. I must make my career work for me. This is my blog, my style and my life. Corri is not only a wealth of knowledge. I was lucky to steal five moments with her afterword. We have been acquaintances for a while. I started to cry in front of her, which I felt really guilty and like a total spaz. Believe it or not this whole last year trying to figure what I need to do with this blog was incredibly confusing. Corri of course offered me the advice is that I should DO this. I can’t stop writing or believing that this is my moment and my blog. Who the fuck cares about what stupid ass internet people think? They don’t know me or who I am. Corri is one heck of lady! She has taught me so much even at Go Blog Social.

 

We also got to listen to Solopreneur Amanda Boelyn. That women is a dynamite wealth of knowledge. Amanda hosts the ultra-popular “She did it Her Way”. Amanda really talked to us about the podcast. The podcast has been ultra-popular since Serial. I haven’t told anyone yet but I have a new project coming with a podcast! Amanda has encouraged me to peruse it. So be on the lookout.

 

Go Blog Social to me has always been about meeting others + connecting. It’s not just a “blogger conference.” It’s one of those places where you make the lifelong friends. I have made some wonderful friends from Go Blog Social. People that have truly believed in me. Thank you to the creators Kat, Sara, Katelyn, and Samantha. Without you four I wouldn’t be here writing this. It was your humble words, thoughts and actions that have led to the most empowering Go Blog Social I have ever had (or at least the one where I had to hold back tears). I encourage you to check out this conference for 2016. You will meet the most empowering and faithful friends ever.

 

With that being said, I wish you all a great week! Thank you,

Alexandria

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

Travel Essentials

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This weekend is a very busy one for me. Today i depart for Kansas City. I am on a trip with my Marketing Group, exploring different professionals in the workplace. I have picked out a few of my cant live without travel essentials. Literally every item on this list i have. I however i am obsessed with the Customized Timbuk 2 bag. I have loved Timbuk 2 since my art school days. Im pretty excited to tour their new store in Chicago this weekend.  Where is a place you’d like to travel? Let me know in the comments! Have a Fabulous Thursday.

Xo

Alex

Mad For Plaid

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One thing i love about fall is all the pretty colors. More recently i have been breaking out my plaid and flannel. I haven’t been feeling well, so i have been browsing lots of cute fashion ideas. I am obsessing over these plaid items i found. I am in love with plaid for the fall. I hope you enjoy the fun things i have found! Have a great monday.

Leather Obessesion

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1. Leather Delux Motto Jacket  2. Faux Leather Peplum  / 3. Leather Ponte Body Con Dress / 4. City Ankle Boots  / 5. Leather Panel Leggings 

Lately I have been really obsessed with leather. When I was in junior high, leather pants were the coolest thing. I remember I could never find anything that fit me, however in the last few years the plus size movement in terms of fashion has really grown, there are more options than ever. I have a picked a few of my favorite leather trends, I hope you enjoy.

xx Alex

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

 

 

 

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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 

Vintage Chanel (Similar Here or Here)

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.

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 Vintage Mickey Sweatshirt (Similar Here or Here)

Leggings : Faux Leather Leggings 

Sneakers : Converse Chuck Taylors

Bag : Vintage Gucci (Similar Here or Here)

Necklace: Drapes by Ashley Drapes  c/0

Earrings : Hoop Earrings – Thrifted (Similar here or here)

It’s no secret, i love Disney. I have had this sweatshirt for years, but it sadly just sits in my closet. I decided to pull it out and wear it. I am currently obsessed with these faux leather leggings. They are on major sale at Target! I also am obsessed with my Drapes necklace, please be sure to check out Drapes. Ashley is majorly talented and a total babe. Have a great day.