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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!



10 Tips on Surviving College




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

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

Glam Rock Aint Dead.







  Vintage Leather Leopard Jacket (Similar Here)

Mossimo/Target Dress  (old) – (Similar Here)

 Faux Leather Leggings  – (On Sale!)

 Charlotte Russe Leopard Booties (old) (Similar Here)

 Old Leather Cut Off Gloves ( DIY’ed)

Snake Skin Clutch (Vintage) – (Similar Here)

Necklace: Express

Sunglasses : Forever 21

 NYX Matte  Lipstick 

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Happy Friday!

Since i was in college ( the first time .. now I’m there again). I have been obessed with Glam Rock.

Glam rock (also known as glitter rock) is a style of rock and pop music that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, which was performed by singers and musicians who wore outrageous clothes, makeup and hairstyles, particularly platform-soled boots and glitter. The flamboyant costumes and visual styles of glam performers were often camp or androgynous, and have been connected with new views of gender roles. (Wikipedia) .

Some of the most memorable artists (and my favorites) are The New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie.  I am a huge HUGE fan of The New York Dolls. I tried to recreate a glam rock look. I am obsessed with this leopard jacket. It was a gift from my aunt, it was hers from the 1960’s. I hope you check out Glam Rock Movement!

E Komo Mai









 For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars- Joanne Harris

I’ve been in a vacation mood lately, thinking about somewhere i haven’t been before, well you can guess? HAWAII! I have been watching to many vintage travel films and TV shows (not to mention that Brady Bunch Episode) . I picked up this beautiful Kimono a week ago, and fell in love with the colors and the “Aloha” written on, so i thought id put together a fun vintage Hawaii look!  Enjoy.

Kimono : Vintage Aloha (Similar Here and Here) | Clutch: Banana Republic (Old) (Similar Here | Earrings: Thrifted (Similar Here) | Necklace: Vintage (Similar Here or Here) | Glasses : Vintage (Similar Here or Here)

Feeling The Weekend.











Happy weekend everyone! i hope that your Fourth of July was fabulous! I cant get over the red, white and blue look. I thought id put together this fun little outfit, for the weekend to enjoy. I have had these sunglasses since last Christmas, and they came out to play! I paired it with a bright yellow vintage coach bag i picked up at WORN (a fabulous consignment store in Des Moines Iowa) ! I hope you enjoy your weekend

Top : Vintage (Similar Here) | Skirt: Thrifted (Similar Here) | Bag: Coach Classic | Shoes : Sas Duo Sandals | Earrings: Vintage (Similar Here) | Glasses : Vintage (Similar Here) | Iowa Pins : Vintage (Similar Here) | Watch: Vintage Gucci Watch (Similar Here) |  Ring : handmade by Me



Hoist the flag and let Her fly Yankee Doodle do or die





Happy 4th of July! I put together a fun little Post with a 4of july outfit! I hope you enjoy.

Shirt: Ruffle Shirt (Thrifted) (Similar Here or Here) | American Flag Jacket – Vintage (Similar Here or Here ) | Jeans Ultra Skinny Rockstars -Old Navy  | Sandals – Duo Sas Sandles | Earrings – Vintage Star Earrings (Similar Here or Here) | Bag- Betsey Johnon Cherry Pie Bag | Scarf- American Flag Scarf – Charming Charlies | Belt – Vintage

Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White, and Blue.



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“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.” ~ Joe Barton

Happy almost 4th of July! I am excited to attend Yankee Doodle Pops in Des Moines with my Grandma, its a family tradition every year. It meets at the Iowa State Capital! I am so excited that i put together a little fun pre Fourth of July look! I hope you enjoy.


Dress: Vintage (Similar Here or Here) | Shoes: “Miss America” Shoes (Similar Here or Here) | Earrings: Vintage Star Earrings  (Similar Here) | Necklace: Vintage (Similar Here | Bag: Vintage Coach Bucket Bag (Similar Here or Here)

You oughta shine as brightly As Jupiter and Mars








Its summer, and I’ve been feeling sparkly lately. I picked up this AMAZING jacket last weekend at an estate sale, and i had just had to photograph it. I hope you love it like i do!

Dress : Gap (Similar Here Or Here)|Sequin Jacket: Vintage (Similar Here or Here) | Bow Tie: Saks Fifth Avenue | Shoes: Parable Gurrung For Target (Old) | Gloves : Vintage (Similar Here Or Here) | Clutch : Vintage (Similar Here ) | Sunglasses: Forever 21