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Squirrel Sweater Set Christoper & Banks  Vintage (Similar Here)

Pencil Skirt (Thrifted) (Similar Here)

Dooney & Bourke Bag Vintage (Similar Here or Here)

Wood Circle Earrings -Thrifted (Similar Here)

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Hi there! I decided to pull this sweater out. I bought this sweater last year, at Goodwill. I love anything and quirky. The squirrels are just funny and cute.  I love that its a two separate piece. I also paired it with this super AMAZING bag. As if you read my MSB recap, you know that i am a yard sale queen. Every summer here in Ankeny Iowa there is a major yard sale at Our Lady Of Immaculate Heart Catholic church. I have a co-worker who attends there and told me about it. Last year i had a phenomenal experience two coach bags purchased one for only 2.50! This year i was so super excited! The first day i went, i ended up spending 15.00. I picked up this fabulous bag! The first thing i hit was the purse table. I was sorting through the bags and found this amazing D&B bag. All the purses were only 2.50! I think its only because Ankeny is a rich town. I picked up a ton of other goodies. I ended up going back next day, because everything was half price. I think that the more i church rummage sale the more i can outfit my self. I ended up at the half price sale finding a bunch of cool pins, and a few other small things. I hope you enjoy.

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

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Alex

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

 

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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)

Lets Clutch It.

 

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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 Fruits Have It!

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For the Most part, lately I’ve been feeling spring, thinking about summer, and spring all of the same time. Half of the year, i live in a sub zero temp (called Iowa). I am so tired of this whole winter (i mean seriously how many times have you heard that on Facebook?) I’ve been thinking a lot about the freshness of spring, and what can be more fun than fruit, (personally I’m obsessed with fruit bags) I’ve complied a bunch of fun fruit bags and a few clothing items, for you to to dive into, to get ready for your spring + summer wardrobes (long live spring with its freshness) and (summer with its endless Yard Sales + Estate Sales….). Remember, if your out and about to don’t hesitate to put that fun print or bag in your step.

 

Tie-Dye Berry Split Shirt | Beach London For ASOS Thomas Slater |  Lazy OAF Organic Fruit Cocktail Vest Dress| Pear Fruit Necklace| Watermelon Necklace | Apple Evening Bag | Falabella Fruit Print Small Tote | Via Limoni Lina | Vita Riva Wicker Lemon | Forever Fruitful Bag

The Crazy Cat Lady

crazycatladyIve been so busy this week, stressed out studying in school, so lets move on to something that makes my mind happy and fun….. Lets talk about Cats! (and no I’m not talking about Andrew Loyd Weber’s Cats)  We all know we love the cute little furry fuzzy creatures, well so does America! My boyfriend calls me i was recently talking with a friend how much cats making everything better, and if you follow me on instagram you know (Ella right? my fuzzy child) .Everyone has gotten on the cat train, from Charolette Olympia to many fun shirts are featuring cats,  i mean we all have a little crazy cat lady in our lives? I’ve complied a few cat inspired things that i love for you to check out, i hope you enjoy reading xx

Cat’s What I Like about You Sweater | Mr. Gugu Crazy Cat Shirt | Space Cat Leggings | Purple Crazy Kitty Sweater By Pretty Snake | Charlotte Olympia Cat Flats  similar (here) and (here) | Cat Face Iphone Case | Cat Ears Watch | Cat Bag | Prada Timeless Phantos