Recap: Chicago Edition

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IMG_0868images courtesy of Gretchen B Photography

{ Sweater : Vintage Skirt: Vintage Bag: Thifted: Necklace Key Necklace Juicy Couture (40% of all full-priced sale jewelry), A necklace- Thrifted, shoes: vintage, bag:vintage. scarf : coach , Headscarf: vintage}

Well by now, If you have followed me on Instagram you’d would have known i spent my weekend in Chicago IL. I arrived Friday afternoon only to meet with my designer friend Ashley Drapes (who you before saw me style in earlier post which you may be-wanting to buy DRAPES and NOW), i have a new piece from Drapes i cant wait to wear. This weekend was just nuts, i spent more time running around that city than anything (if you know i used to live there). I was mostly there to attend a concert and see friends (which partly didn’t happen due to schedules and time conflicts) However, i did attend a fabulous Midwest Style bloggers brunch on Saturday morning held at QUAY . I was nervous not knowing what to expect because i myself am relatively new at blogging.  However, i did learn a lot from seasoned veterans in the game, that you blog what you love, and what I’m Loving, everything (bedazzled ahem that sweater I’m wearing). I went with an open mind and to represent Iowa as my state (which there were a few others there from out-of-town). Here are 5 things i learned.

  1. Always be yourself, do what you know, blog what you love. Dont be afraid to be who you are (being plus -sized or not)
  2. Hard work does pay off.
  3. Networking and Bouncing ideas off each other, helps epically when your very new
  4. Its OK to live on a small budget (for me that’s where my passion streams out from)
  5. Everyone has there own style, you just need to find out how to work with yours.

See, the event payed off more ways than one, plus i got to meet a lot of fabulous women, and eat some delicious food from Quay (might i mention that the space is like the best Chicago had to offer? I mean lets talk about swanky to a T) below i will share some fun images from my trip including my swag from the awesome gift bags that were provided from the brunch. Also, i made a rather special buy at Louis Vuitton (i told myself only one time and as a result I’ve made a commitment not to shop for 2 moths to be financially responsible, who am i turning into my dad?) I had a fabulous time in Chicago, a huge thank you to the sponsors of my fabulous time at the #MSBBRUNCHI

12A Huge thank you to the sponsors of the event Quay Chicago, Langford Market (which i did take a visit to and the staff was very helpful and Loads of fun dresses i picked up some cute jewelry and i love it!) Berco’s Popcorn (Chicago’s most delicious popcorn way better than garrets) , Tieks, Vita Coco, Thyme Is Honey (ps i won a fabulous organizational pad i love), The Gem Lush, two rubbies, Comfort Me (which was SUPER amazing to visit the girl helping me was very nice and invited me back next time i visit Chicago) , Pretty Quick,  Nicole by Opi, Jouer Cosmetics (which i LOVE my new grace color!)  Red Apple Lipstick , Bloomingdales.

*note i have not been compensated for mentioning anything in this post, this is just for the love of these brands who showed me love*

collage with that, i remain till tomorrow.

xo

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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

Bring Me Home

 

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-Credits:  Beaded Jacket: Thrifted Dress: Thrifted Leggings: (Old gift) (I believe from Wal-Mart) Shoes: Target -Mossimo – Earrings & Bag -Vintage – Thrifted Rings-Heart Ring Watch – Estate Sale- Apple Ring (Dollar Store Here In Iowa) Diamond Pink Ring (Found Object) Horn Necklace- Purchased from Modern Vintage Show in Chicago IL 2011-

Hello, Longtime no see, I know I know. You were probably wondering where I have been hiding? Well life, got kinda crazy but I am back in full swing- reposting  new looks and hopefully some new looks, plus I am working on alot more projects and now have motivation to post more looks, and work harder at this blog because I have been thinking about this blog and what it means to me and I’ve been thinking it’s time to work harder and post more awesome stuff, including inspiration, the blog itself will be getting a make-over soon I promise, a lot of new attitudes for the blog, because it is my project and my outlet to express my sense of fashion, being from the mid west it’s hard to find people here that share my love of fashion and my like of clothing, plus life has been crazy! I hope you can understand my time away from the blog, but it feels great to be back. I hope you are here to stay with me-

To the Future,

Love

Alexandria

 

Styled In The Heartland Hearts Edrop Off

 

 

Hey guys, sorry its taking me so long to update you! Last weekend i had the privilege of shopping with E-Drop Off ( a consignment based eBay store in Chicago IL) They had a annual charity warehouse sale, which i didnt make it to last year but this year i drove up at 2 am got there @5 and stood in line and managed to snag loads of designer goodies such as Lanvin Flats, Chanel , Prada, Fendi, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Pucci, Elizbath Gillet, Escada, Bill Bass, Judith Lieber! It was madness the people in line, plus the ladies i stood in line with were funny! I had a great time in picking up some designer end items for a good cause. All the Money went to Charity. I also had the privilege of consigning items with Edrop Off they made it super easy for me all i had to do was drop of the item in the posh Lincoln park store.
I hope you enjoy this short quick post! If you would like to bid on my item Vist Here
for more info on E-drop off visit : shopedropoff.com

xx Alex

Styled In the Heartland Loves G&F!

 

 

Guys, do you know about Glossed and Found? Well if not you should, this is a website your gonna want to read, if you live in the midwest like me, you are always looking for (Kinda local) things to watch to keep you updated on all things fashion in chicago. I sadly just learned about G&F when i moved away but they are FANTASTIC! You really need to to tweet them (@glossedandfound) and tell them how much you love them, for real, when you see the Chic new video “September Issue” ( aka fall lookbook) you will drop dead with wow! (remember in my last posting about #NYFW and Edrop off? well that vintage chanel was used in the newest issue of G&F)! Please check them out tweet them , read them (and if you are in chicago and dont know about them….you need to get to know them : Go to source for things like #FNO #style #beauty #fashion)!

Styled in the heartland loves G&F because: They keep me inspired and up-to-date in my missed other home <3

Info:

Website: http://glossedandfound.com/

Twitter: @GlossedandFound

Facebook: Facebook.com/glossedandfound

(while your on twitter follow me @Alexandriareene)

 

x0x0

Alexandria

She Look Good But Only On Camera…

Hey There! Its my 5th posting! I am really loving this playing dress up, and photographing it, i mean who doesn’t love that? It’s fun! Ok so today is sunday, i had a bit of trouble this morning with my car and didn’t make it to where i was going so i decided to blog instead. I have a little bit more modern fun look here, and i definitely bring it to a level of fun.  These colors are usually a step away from my normal bright colors but i love this dress so much , that i decided to push it and where it (even though its like 100 degrees outside) I still wore it. I still struggle with my image, believe me, but i think i did a great job in my opinion I’m gonna rock it and get it down!

 

Credits:

Dress: Akira Chicago- (I found this yesterday i about melted because i previously lived in chicago and i like akira so of course i bought it) -3.00

Pants- (Old gift i think?) Joe Boxer- Kmart (yes im cheap)

Shoes: N by nicole Miller- (Purchased @ Jcpenny’s along time ago for 30.00 (They were on sale)

Earrings: Hoop Silver Earrings – 1.00 (1.00 Or More Jewelry)

Necklace: Yard Sale – (1.00 didn’t have a chain i added that later)

Rings: Ruby Red Ring (Found Object -Free)  Turtle Ring (1.99 was that the dollar or more jewelry store)

Bag : Vintage Louis Vuitton Alma, – Vintage Find (this is my pride & joy- love this)

Glasses: Chanel (Purchased in Las Vegas -from a friend)

 

I hope you enjoy today <3

Alexandria