E Komo Mai

 

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 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.

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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

xx

Alex

Lets Clutch It.

 

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Clutchit

 

Once again here i am writing about glorious spring again (can’t you see I’ve broken out the sun glasses.) Today i am going will be talking about something i adore clutches! I have been a huge fan of the little purse ever since college. I started collecting vintage clutches from thrift shops and antique shops. I really do love vintage bags. I’ve been fawning over some clutches recently. I was lucky enough to get to sit down with a company who i adore. I saw a few of the bags on the website. I immediately had to email and chat with Ashlyn’d clutches . I had to have of course fun in my photo shoot today showing you just how many clutches i actually own (the red one is a vintage Furla and I’m obsessed with it) Here’s my chit-chat with Ashlee the designer behind Ashlyn’d Clutches

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STIHL: What do you offer over other clutches …what makes yours special?

Ashlynd: Ashlyn’d clutches are very unique. We love the idea of turning something entirely unexpected into a purse. Our bags truly are conversation starters. I think affordability and quality really separate us in the marketplace. We also focus on functionality. Our clutches are made to fit a lot of stuff where many other evening bags barely fit a phone!

STIHL: Who are the primary designers of the clutches? What is your background and history?

Ashlyn’d: My name is Ashlee Nik, I am the designer and founder of ashlyn’d. I was born and raised in Los Angeles where I acquired a love for fashion at an early age watching my mother design belts and handbags. I attended business school as I thought I would pursue a career in finance but could not seem to squash my creative yearning. I then decided to go to fashion school where I studied product development and design. I worked in the fashion industry for several years doing design and product development as well as visual merchandising for companies such as JBrand and Alice + Olivia.

I launched ashlyn’d alongside my mother, Denise Lewinstein, in January of 2013. We wanted to explore the idea of making bags that were entirely unexpected. The concept of creating clutches that looked like marble, granite, wood etc. seemed to inspire the “nature themed” collection. In order to achieve this look, we use acrylics and exotic woods with custom finishes. During the development process, I came up with the idea to create an acrylic bag filled with sand that floats to give a “snow-globe” effect. This developed into a full line of bags with various fillers like pearls, chains, etc. While constructing the bags, it was very important to us that the bags could fit everything a girl may need; a mirror to touch up her makeup, enough room to fit all of the necessities (a phone, lipstick, credit card and ID, and much more!). It was also very important to us that the clutches be priced reasonably so that they would be attainable to the average consumer. Most importantly, we always had a fond appreciation for quality goods that were hand crafted as opposed to having a machine-made assembly line produce our bags. In an attempt to help bring manufacturing back to the United States and maintain quality control, my mother and I chose to work with Los Angeles based artists to construct our clutches.

I was on a search for evening bags and felt the market was lacking something that was truly different but at the same time moderately priced. I spoke with my mother about the idea of creating a bag that looked as though it was made out of a material that was completely unexpected, like marble. This idea ended up emerging into a full collection which my mother, Denise Lewinstein, and I now run. It truly started more as a shopping experience and ended up as a business.

 

STYHL : What is your design aesthetic? What inspires the clutches?

Ashlyn’d: My desire to bring affordable luxury to a consumer that loves fashion and is not scared to take a risk, certainly influences my brand. Of course, when I am designing I take into account not only what I love and would want to carry, but what I think my friends might love as well. When my mother and my best friend are both fighting over the same bag, I know I have a winner

I take a lot of influence from nature. I am always looking at different types and colors of marbles, shells, pearls, rocks etc.  We have several bags that are made out of wood and I get a lot of inspiration for the finishes from furniture. My father having run one of the largest furniture businesses for 45 years, has allowed him to acquire some of the most beautifully finished antique furniture.

 

STYHL: What’s the future hold for  Ashlyn’d?

Ashlyn’d: We just launched a few leather styles and we will continue to develop more bags in different materials other than woods and acrylics. We also have some fun exiting collaborations coming up for some other types of accessories which we cannot wait to share with you soon!As you can totally see they are the cutest company don’t you think? Such sweet people to work with.

 

I enjoyed getting to know the company better. Plus i am still drooling over the teddy clutch and the chalkboard clutch. I hope that you enjoyed my chit chat with Ashlynd, head over to the website and pick out some pretty clutches for yourself. You’ll be pretty happy you did!

Swag Shirt- Thrifted – (Similar Here) | Neon Tube Dress- Thrifted (Similar Here) | Faded Glory Leggings |Neon Flats -Old – Gap- (similar Here)|  Thunderbolt Earrings | Gnome Necklace By Jessiii | Sunglasses Thrifted (Similar Here) | Clutches : Vintage (Similar Styles Here and Here)|  Lipcolo- Fiery Viel By Loreal

 

The charm of Spring

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Spring is finally here! I’ve been really feeling  inspired by Dinah Shores “April In Paris”. This weather is really wonderful, welcome spring.

I never knew the charm of spring,
I never met it face to face,
I never new my heart could sing,
I never missed a warm embrace.

April’s in the air
but here in Paris
April wears a different gown
You can see her waltzing down
the street.

Dress: Vintage (Similar Style Here and Here ) | Pants: Thrifted (Similar Here) | Necklace: Beaded Flower Collar Necklace | Purse : Vintage Deer Skin Bag (Similar Here) | Shoes: Old Navy | Headband Made by Me(tutorials here)

Gimme that Celebration Fever!

Hey Guys! Welcome to Sunday Funday! Thanks for again joining me for some fun. Today I was on my way to a partay for my cousin who got married yesterday so I wanted to choose Warm, but yet Casual. In my family we are big on thrifting, especially me if you know from reading my blog. So I took my butt to Salvation Army yesterday and found these amazing Slim-fit straight pants in a rich blue color that I fell in love with! I also found a sparkly sweater that I fell in love with and have been dying to wear this vintage clock necklace (YO’ FLAVA FLAV YEAHHHH! BOIIII). Also found this great locket last night that I wanted to wear. I had so much fun pairing neon accents with a casual look (see, I told you all neon rules!). I am also loving this little cute, clutch I sported all day, it was an awesome find last night too! I can’t believe the weekend is all over! I hope you enjoyed this shorty posting, and I cant wait til next weekend’s fun! xx

Credits:
Pants: Mossimo (Target but thrifted); Sweater: Vintage (Thrifted); Undershirt (Old tank); Shoes: Gap; Earrings: Salvation Army; Clock Necklace: Estate Sale; Silver Locket: Salvation Army; Rings: Thrifted & Yard Sales; Bag: Salvation Army.
Location: Old abandoned building off 34th Street.

Ghetto Gold x Biggie Smalls

Ok Ok, are you sick of seeing #NYFW stuff already? I know i Am certainly not, tomorrow comes S/S 2013 more madness than ever! But tonight i wanted to take some time out to post an outfit i wore sunday. Sunday i attended a picnic, and i had a friend take these incredible shots for me. so you can totally check out the details super awesome. (big special thank you to Karl K for your help!) I hope you are digging the biggie biggie shirt.

Credits:  *Top -Biggie Smalls XXXXL shirt (Thrifted in Chicago @Salvation army in pilsen) Pants: Gap- Zippered Leggings (old) Sweater: Yellow Cashmere- Neiman Marcus (old) Necklace: (belt) – Old -Thrifted Glasses (my own reading glasses) Rings : (Green-Yardsale) -(Double Finger Ring- Salvation Army -somewhere in wisconsin)  Bracelets-  (#SOE legendary bracelet c/0 #S.O.E. (check them out here : https://www.facebook.com/STUNTONEM) Gold Bracelets- (yardsales, all of them) (Yellow Bracelet-Yardsale) Shoes – (NOT SEEN gap- Old)

Hope you love, see you tomorrow. xx

alex

 

With All The Frills Upon It

 

 

 

 

Hey Guys! Welcome back to this weekend’s edition of styled in the heartland. I’m sorry i havent been able to blog in awhile but i dont get to wear my fun clothes until the weekend. So here we go! Let me tell you about my busy weekend! I ran a 5k For Race For the Cure ( heres the photo  (im the left one)

We ran at 8am this morning. and I’ve been pretty tired for the rest of the day, i ended up at a graduation this afternoon and had to throw on some clothes, and i came up with this fun mint outfit, one of my favorite summer dresses that i pulled out. I added the fun hat later on in the day. I hope you will check it out, and leave lots of comments! Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

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Dress: vintage mint dress (salvation army)

Hat: -Rose Bow Hat- (salvation army)

Leggings- Old Grey leggings from Kmart

Shoes- Tan Flats (Kmart OLD)

Necklace – Peacock- Bought in New York City

Bracelets: Multi-Pastel Bangles -Yardsale (2.00 got today)

Rings: Vintage Stone Ring (OLD thrift find) Owl Ring (1.99 @ 1.00 or more jewelry)

Bag: Alaska bag – $.80 cents- Salvation Army (purchased sometime this last week)

 

 

Thanks to all my race participants today!

love,

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!

 

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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