Im Going to #NYFW

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American Apparel Dress

African Print Pants (Similar Here)

Simply Vera Wang Cape (Similar Here)

Vintage Nylon Prada (Similar Here)

Simply Vera Wang Booties

HAPPY #NYFW! Its one of my favorite times of year Fall! Not only has fall begun to start, its also NYFW! The biggest little stent of heaven! I am dreaming and wishing someday i could go to NYFW! I am in love with fashion. It has always been my dream to be at the Mercedes tents or at milk studios watching shows! I am going to watch as many shows as i can (here from Iowa). I imagined this is what i would wear on my first day of #NYFW. I have been seeing a lot of african print trends. I pulled out these disco pants! I hope you enjoy xx HAPPY #NYFW!

 

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

SALE SALE SALE!!!!!

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Happy Labor Day! I am totally late with getting on the bandwagon with all the crazy end of summer sales. While your at the bbq in your shorts, pull out your smart phone and START SHOPPING!

-Clothing-

Aldo– take 10 off on orders of $100 or more.

Aeropostale– take 70% Sitewide

American Apparel– take 30 % of site wide (code BIGDEAL)

Anthropologie– 20% off select styles

ASOS- take 20% off all sale items

Barneys Warehouse – Up to 30% off clearance items

Bauble Bar- 50% off or more (select markdowns) – 20% off full price stuff.

Bergdorf Goodman – Up to 40% off select RTW items

BCBGeneration- 40% sitewide

Bloomingdales (Hello Designer Bags?) – take up to 60% off of brand new markdowns. (this weekend ONLY)

Club Monaco – extra 40% off sale items extra 50% off clearance items (Code HEYFALL)

Diane Von Furstenburg (DVF.com) – take 30% of new fall styles (this weekend only)

Express– Everything is 40% off

Forever 21– Buy one get one free on all sale items

Gap- Up to 40% off online and in stores.

H&M – Shop the Labor Day sale with prices starting at just 4.95 (this weekend only)

Kiarna Ziabete – Up to 75% of sale items

Last call Neiman Marcus- take an extra 25% of sitewide this weekend (only)

Loft– 50% off new fall styles 50% off all full priced items.

Jcrew– 40% on everything that’s final sale. Free shipping throughout labor day

Jcrew Factory Outlet– 40% to 60% off all items

Madwell- Take 20% off select dress and boots plus an extra 30% of sale (code YESYES) until Sept 2

Nasty Gal– 30%, 40% ,50 % on all items! #GIRLBOSS

Nordstrom- 40% of all sale

Old Navy– Up to 40% online and in stores.

The Outnet – up to 50% of M by Missoni Merchandise

Scoop NYC- extra 40% of sale items

Shopbop – up to 70% of select items

Topshop – 30% of select items

Tory Burch – up to 30% off site wide (with code LABORDAY14)

Trina Turk– extra 20% off sale items (till Sept 2)

 -Beauty-

Sephora – 75 % off summer items

Toofaced- up to 70% off toofaced cosmetics

 

Happy Labor Day Shopping ,- Overspend for me xx

 

alex

 

Let’s Go To The Movies

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Happy Friday! Phew my first full week of madness is over! Hurrah! I like to take Friday nights to wind down after work is over. My lovely friend over at Charmingly Styled picked out here favorite fashion moves. I borrowed her ideas and picked out my favorite old fashioned movies. My favorite movie of all times, is on here Camille. (Which if you have seen Annie, you know that this is the movie she watches after the famous song “Lets Go To The Movies”). I love to wind down Fridays with a classic film and snacks. Tell Me Whats your favorite movie? What kind of films do you like watching? I love old movies with judy, doris and gene and Fred the whole gang! I hope you have a wonderful weekend <3 and happy Labor Day!

xx Alex

Wild Moutain

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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

 

 

 

#IAMWOMEN

 

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Shirt: Thrifted

Old Navy Rockstars | Gray

Shoes: Dakota Basic Editions

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Glasses : Vintage

Bracelets : All Thrifted

Happy Tuesday! (you survived Monday right?) Today is my first “Full” day of school. This is pretty much what i look on a normal school day. My Favorite Old Navy Jeans, a quirky t shirt, and my favorite Kmart shoes. Simplistic and cute! Have a HAPPY tuesday!

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Alex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She got the power in her hands

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Shirt: Vintage (Similar Here)

Jacket: Vintage Lace Jacket (Similar Here)

Pants: Mossimo | Target

Shoes : Dakota Basic Editions

Hat: Thrifted

Neckalce: Estate Sale Find (Similar Here)

Earrings: Thrifted Globe Earrings (Similar Here)

Bracelet: Thrifted (Similar Here)

Bag: Forever 21

Sunglasses: Vintage (Similar Here)

Hi! Happy Monday! This week is gonna be busy! I start my full time school this week! This past week i received an interesting question via a reader. The question was proposed, if i have such a problem with my body type, why do i blog? Am i subjecting myself towards a even more critical world. To answer that question, my blog is the only place i can dress how i want to dress. I don’t really get to wear all the stuff i want during the week. This is my creativity and play space.  With that, i really stepped up the to challenge of adding crazy prints with neon. Its the last of sweet summer (believe me when i shot this it was 90 degrees)! I hope you have a wonderful begging to your week.

xx alex

Liesbster Award

LIEBSTER AWARD

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?

First Day Of School

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Holy Chic Shirt

Skinny Cords

Sliding Crescent Necklace

Denim Dome Backpack

Eat Cake Laptop Sleeve

Zip Up Booties

Holy BAGEEZ! Summer is over! Its officially over. Today is my first day of school. I am like sort of ready? I mean i have everything. I picked out in my mind what i would wear to my first day of school. I am living in the Old Navy Rock stars. They are so comfy they even come in cords. I picked out a few cute accessories too that you will love. Tell me whats your favorite thing about going back to school? Is it the learning, or just the fact that fall is officially here (HELLO PUMPKIN!!!)

Have a great Thursday (wish me luck!)

xx alex