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!


Beyond Grateful!







“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











Shirt: Thrifted

Old Navy Rockstars | Gray

Shoes: Dakota Basic Editions

Boss Necklace

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!










First Day Of School


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

Etsy – Etsy Stores I Love.



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!



WorkSpace Workspace Workspace



Lately, i have been in my mode latey about the workspace. The workspace is the best place to create, relax and enjoy. I am all about my workspace and how it needs to reflect me. I want to challenge you to write about your workspace and what it means to you. Why do you have the things on your desk? Why do you have things hanging up? What does it mean to you. I am providing a picture of my workspace.

workspaceThis is my happy workspace. It’s filled with cute little trinkets and things. I have found that really make me happy. When i write styled in the heartland, i need to be in a good mood. These things make me happy. I purchased this big desk last winter for only 10.00 at a local consignment store. Probably my favorite thing on my desk now is that head lamp. That was an excellent estate sale find for 3.00. I believe its from the 1950s. Its one of my favorite pieces on my desk. Up in the corner i have my real life Pinterest board. I have cards, things that people have given me and drawings. I have some photos of my best friend and me. Just a few fun things. My desk makes me very happy. Here’s the challenge, show me a picture of your workspace and tell me all about what make you happy when you create in your space!


Have a happy weekend!


Super DUUUPER Cute Ridiculous Sale



ModClothsale2Thanks to my friend, Mr Internet, i just found out that my favorite beyond favorite website (besides Etsy) is having a 50% off Sale! On over 4,000 items!!! It was hard to pick my favorites when there are like 1,000 more i could of picked! I hope you go check it out!

(1)  1. Daily Lunch Date Top | 2. Heart Over Heels Dress | 3. Smitten Sketching Dress4. Newfound Friendship Carigan5. Capo May Dress  |6. Fisher Schooner Dress  | 7. Drive In Dinner Mushroom Top | 8. Curiously Cute T shirt

(2) 1. Sweet Sentiments Bag |  2. Spritz its a Wonderful Life | 3. Unicorn Ucopia Wall Deco |   4. Just Treat You Up 5. Tutti Fruity Sandal | 6. Geography Teacher’s Pet Toiletry Bag | 7. I’m Having a Good Hare Day   | 8. Conversation Hearts Heel | 9. Outfit Of The Daring Cream Bag | 10. Splish Splash boot | 11. Clear Path Heel |  12. Code and Tie Tablet Case




The Art Of Getting Lucky When Your’e Thrifting




Today … on Styled in the heartland,  I will be giving some general tips when getting lucky in a thrift store. As you can see here, i am so excited its fall and that means fall fashion is around the corner (or literally here in some cases).  This past weekend has been really busy for me as im preparing for a mini weekend vacation as well as a lot of projects going on and very busy week. Recently since i moved ( i had to give a lot of my clothes away), but i have shopped at the salvation army a lot here, in the town i moved to. I approached it as  it’s just a salvation army just like all the rest of them, but seemingly this seems to be the cheapest on in or surrounding the Des Moines area. Central Iowa has a lot of advantage over other parts of the state everything is right here, at your finger tips. What’s really great about it, is that on this saturday i happen to be in the salvation army shopping before my trip (as you know i used to live in Chicago, so i am departing to do some errands including a visit to my network Chicago Bloggers Network ) so i am taking up some other things while visiting and a few suggestions of stores from my favorite bloggers). As i was saying but this last Saturday i happen to walk down the blazer isle, and i happen to see this beautiful blazer (currently wearing) and i looked at the label of the blazer and its ESCADA, now if any of you know Escada is a high Luxurious Label. I was so overjoyed to not only find 1 blazer but 4! They retail for over $599-799.00 New (according to Neiman Marcus/Saks Fifth Avenue) . Lets just say when you have it you buy it, don’t let those things go!

Mini Tips

  • Vintage Designer – BUY IT
  • Don’t know the Label Google it on your smart phone- to see price range

On more important news, as you know this Monday launched the official Phillip Lim For Target collection. Is overly static (if you have seen my Twitter i talked about not being able to find it). I luckily had them hold the last satchel bag. The women’s collection is fantastic, full of fun prints, and a lot of very neutral colors, Perfect for that fall wardrobe, there are a lot of tans,  yellow, black, and gray , and burgundy and a few prints , but very tailored for that specific look that you’re looking for to ease into that “fall Wardrobe”.  The collection in itself does work for a range of body types, I am partial to this sweatshirt, but i found a post that explains what works best for Plus Size Types.  I would suggest you take a look and nab it up while you can, because it will be gone before you know it.

{Credit    Blazer : Vintage Escada (Similar Here) Sweatshirt: Boom – Phillip Lim For Target Pants: Rockstar Skinnies -Old Navy (Similar Here ON SALE!) Bag: Mini Satchel – Gussot Yellow- Phillip Lim For Target  (scarf tied to bag vintage)  Shoes: BCBG Generation Flats – Old (Similar Here) Necklace: “A” necklace – Thrited – Rings & Earrings- Thrifted

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Have a fun week!

xo Alexandria

Styled in The Heartland X A Beautiful Mess Carving Contest!


Hey friends! Sorry i haven’t updated in while I’ve been going through some personal things that have kept me away from style blogging. As you know, Halloween is right around the corner! In honor of Halloween i have decided to enter a contest that one of my favorite Blogs A Beautiful Mess  is having.  They are doing a pumpkin carving contest! So i decided to a Pumpkin teeth problem! I picked up the pumpkin at Discount  Grocery Store Aldi’s for 2.99 *Cant beat that!* and also the carving kit for 3.75! I hope you enjoy this fun little event and it inspires you to get out and carve your own pumpkin! If you want to more information on the contest read here

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