Holiday Travel- On The Cheap


Hi crazy coupon friends, its your crazy friend Alex here. Today i am introducing my couponing into blog.  I just traveled to Chicago two weeks ago. Today I’m gonna write about cheap travel for short and or long distances.

For me I was traveling to Chicago because of a blogger conference called Go Blog Social. I am a marketing student and used this as an opportunity to learn about branding and social media implementation.

My method of travel since I am a student had to be the cheapest possible form of travel. I knew the way to go was Mega Bus. Mega Bus I learned about when I was attending Art school. It was a the dollar bus everyone said you can travel on. Ive been traveling and using Mega Bus for a lot of my trips to short places in Iowa, Chicago and Wisconsin. I have never used Mega Bus to travel long distances.

My recent trip was only a total of 47.00. It’s really true on what they say when they say it is a cheap way to travel. I chose to book my trip on a Thursday night. The reason that I chose to do this was because of the fact it was cheaper to do so! All you do is book your reservations and then print out your confirmation reservations. It is that simple.

If you are like me you are really wanting to save money in every way possible , why don’t you book yourself an easy trip with mega bus. The great things about the bus for me in my case it stops in my hometown. I was able to meet my dad for 10 or so minutes. He brought me dinner (which was a lifesaver as i am on a budget).

The second thing that is pretty great as far as cheap travel is Grey Hound. The grey hound isn’t to0 expensive depending on where you are going. I have taken it a few times from Des Moines / Chicago or Des Moines/Davenport Iowa. The one great feature in Des Moines is the Grey Hound terminal is a small terminal. Its easy to get in an out. The bus its self is nice. They also offer free WiFi and make several stops to pick up different people.

If you are traveling long distances these are fairly easy accessible options. The holidays are coming up, so I would suggest that you book early. The reason I chose to write about buses for travel is that the city I live in has no train or no other sort of transportation besides an air port. Relatively I felt that the airport was to expensive, and i was only going a very short distance.

I hope you find these travel options easy & accessible

-Have a great week,


(*All opinions are my own and do not any shape or form reflect mega bus or grey hound*)


Go Blog Social Recap

“I’m trying to find a way”


In the past weekend –I traveled to Chicago. I needed a small place and space to clear my head for my sanity. I’ve been dealing a lot on my plate from school to work. It was nice to have a city vacation no for a little while.

This morning I was having a conversation with a friend who lives in Chicago. We were discussing all things that I have learned this past weekend. We were discussing Chicago as a place of making dreams happen. I talked how on Chicago had been a truly amazing time and growing experience when I lived there. That whenever I return back home I’m always filled with the “whys”.

This last weekend I attended another installment of Go Blog Social I always feel silly sometimes going to these things. I’m like the William Hung of blogging. Ever since GOMI I have felt like the outcast from blogging. This particular Go Blog Social featured a lot of speakers I’m truly inspired by. I mean that more than you may know.

The first speaker was Janet Mandell. Janet not only probably owns every Chanel bag I’d die to own. Janet is a business owner and has a fantastic blog that is highly successful. I was rather impressed when she talked about working with a brand. Working with a brand is a tough business. It requires a lot of skills to basically back it up. One thing I really thought that spoke to me was “Take No for answer”. Sometimes I feel that this is a hard pill to swallow. There are a lot of times you have to prove why you’re the best and that can’t always be easy. Janet is an amazing person and gave me some great advice after Go Blog Social.  She said “You can do this, be you and the rest will follow.”

One of the two keynote speakers I have always admired and followed. The first one we got to meet was Hallie Wilson (if you don’t know her you know her @ Corals + Cognacs). The one thing I totally vibe with Hallie is passion. When you find your passion you instantly know that’s it! Hallie’s story is not your “typical” blogger story. She dumped Chicago moved to NYC. While Hallie was in NYC she started attending Soul Cycle. After a few months at Soul Cycle she had this “AHA” moment! This is when she found out what her passion was. Hallie’s blog and focus shifted towards lifestyle + fashion. Hallie began to talk to us about how she auditioned for a Soul Cycle instructor, but yet didn’t make the cut. The second time around when she nailed it. Long story made pretty short is that Hallie ended up moving back to Chicago. She began working at Soul Cycle in Chicago.

I on a personal level got to talk with Hallie. I think out of all the people at Go Blog Social Hallie I think really understands me as a writer and blogger. I write this honestly with tears streaming down my face. In a world of blogging + the internet it’s really hard to find genuine people. People that really believe in you or people look at you as some dumb ass blogger. We talked after Go Blog Social was over the one thing I personally I told her was that everyone at sometimes finds themselves at a different time. In my case it was much later in life. Seemingly for Hallie it was too. I openly and honestly told her I was very grateful to meet someone that really truly understands that you have to push past all that negative mental shit.

The Third Keynote who was I was so happy to meet was Corri Mcfadden. As you may know Corri from E-drop Off, WICU + Me, and Glitter and Bubbles. Corri not only is one bad-ass boss but one of my mentors. One thing I’ve always admired about Corri is her work ethic. Corri was able to talk to us about her humble beginnings of E-drop Off, to “House of Consignment to her daughter Zelda. She talked to us a lot about what it means to be an “entrepreneur”. Corri spoke to my inner somewhat Beyoncé, (insert “the obvious two lines “Diva is a female version of a Hustler and Who Run the world: Girls ). She talked about GIRL POWER as women we empower each other. If you know Corri and have listened to herShe did it Her Way” podcast (which made me cry) is that one thing she always says “Failure isn’t an option”. The funny thing is that I realized that after GOMI and everything else that failed for me. I must make my career work for me. This is my blog, my style and my life. Corri is not only a wealth of knowledge. I was lucky to steal five moments with her afterword. We have been acquaintances for a while. I started to cry in front of her, which I felt really guilty and like a total spaz. Believe it or not this whole last year trying to figure what I need to do with this blog was incredibly confusing. Corri of course offered me the advice is that I should DO this. I can’t stop writing or believing that this is my moment and my blog. Who the fuck cares about what stupid ass internet people think? They don’t know me or who I am. Corri is one heck of lady! She has taught me so much even at Go Blog Social.


We also got to listen to Solopreneur Amanda Boelyn. That women is a dynamite wealth of knowledge. Amanda hosts the ultra-popular “She did it Her Way”. Amanda really talked to us about the podcast. The podcast has been ultra-popular since Serial. I haven’t told anyone yet but I have a new project coming with a podcast! Amanda has encouraged me to peruse it. So be on the lookout.


Go Blog Social to me has always been about meeting others + connecting. It’s not just a “blogger conference.” It’s one of those places where you make the lifelong friends. I have made some wonderful friends from Go Blog Social. People that have truly believed in me. Thank you to the creators Kat, Sara, Katelyn, and Samantha. Without you four I wouldn’t be here writing this. It was your humble words, thoughts and actions that have led to the most empowering Go Blog Social I have ever had (or at least the one where I had to hold back tears). I encourage you to check out this conference for 2016. You will meet the most empowering and faithful friends ever.


With that being said, I wish you all a great week! Thank you,


Mad For Plaid


One thing i love about fall is all the pretty colors. More recently i have been breaking out my plaid and flannel. I haven’t been feeling well, so i have been browsing lots of cute fashion ideas. I am obsessing over these plaid items i found. I am in love with plaid for the fall. I hope you enjoy the fun things i have found! Have a great monday.

Leather Obessesion


1. Leather Delux Motto Jacket  2. Faux Leather Peplum  / 3. Leather Ponte Body Con Dress / 4. City Ankle Boots  / 5. Leather Panel Leggings 

Lately I have been really obsessed with leather. When I was in junior high, leather pants were the coolest thing. I remember I could never find anything that fit me, however in the last few years the plus size movement in terms of fashion has really grown, there are more options than ever. I have a picked a few of my favorite leather trends, I hope you enjoy.

xx Alex

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



Best of The Urban Outfitters Last Summer Sale.

UOsaleToday i got an Email letting me know there was up to 70% off of Urban Outfitters final summer sale,  So i went ahead and picked my favorites from the sale. Be Sure To Check it Out!

Large Leather Envelop Clutch |Eyes Heart Lips Clutch | Paris House Zip Around Wallet | Feather Trim Suede Back Head Wrap | Lana  Flower Head Wrap | Suede Fringe Moto Jacket | Road Trip Blanket Poncho |Sea Animal Burnout Tee | Ombre Dress | Embroidered Ankle Boot  | Jeffrey Campbell Blow Out Heel | Vintage Rose Boots |

It’s My Birthday and Ill Wish If I Want To.


Since i am on spring break. I am gloriously loving every moment of it. I have began to think about a very important (yet celebration next month). I am not talking about (how freaking excited i am for GO BLOG SOCIAL!). I am talking about my birthday! Yup that’s right you heard it here I’ll be turning the big 27. I know how the heck did i get so old? Well i started making a wishlist already to see all the fun things i want. It just my own little personal wishlist!  I hope you enjoy (and maybe start wrapping !)


Ice Cream Cone Lamp | Ice Cream Scoop Hair Clip | Stripped Missy Piggy Applique | Lamb Chop Party Dress | Perfume Bottle Iphone Case | Initial Necklace by Amedeo NYC | Nikki Joy Ring by Danna Rebecca Designs | Crochet Dianna Colorful Pastels Purse | Betsey Johnson Frozen Clutch | Who Got The Smooch Bag | Pome Sweet Home Bag|


The Dookie Chain by Yokoo | Back Pachyderm | French Bull Dog Tote |Privileged Mercer Neon Color Blocked PumpSkeleton Brachiosarus Necklace | Butterfly Rainbow Necklace |Miss Piggy Party DressFine Art Collection Dress |



The charm of Spring











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)

The Ugly Sweater Party


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As you can see from the photos, this must be the post you were waiting on right? Today on Styled in the Heartland I am starting a series of #TRENDS that died but are cool now. First, we will start with the ugly sweater. We all know deep in your closet you have that giant bunny sweater your grandma probably knitted you, or in my case bought cheap at K-mart – thanks grandma. You’re possibly thinking what the hell is wrong with you? You’re actually wearing that god awful sweater?

Why yes, the ugly sweater has come up, not only because Bill Cosby made it cool in the 80s, but because in more recent years the art of the ugly sweater has come back in style.  You can find them in places like Urban outfitters, high-end retailers like Nasty Gal , Shop Jeen, and even Jeremy Scott. As we leave a time where the ugly sweater wasn’t cool, the rising “hipster” culture brought back the ridiculous sweater party. So you may find yourself asking, “Why would I wear that? I can’t make that happen.” My personal motto is “You can make tacky happen.” If I were you, and I’m not just suggesting this for your next ugly Christmas sweater party, I’d be looking at my nearest thrift store for gems, because when you find it, you’ll know it. Hence this one I’m wearing. Clearly there was a moral obligation for me to buy it,  am i right? Chances are, you are the only who owns it and it will get you a lot of looks (or for me it was like what the hell?).

For now, I don’t really see this trend dying out ever again because it’s been made cool by today’s generation of kids and adults.  This a definite trend you will see me rocking this winter, so do us a favor and get yourself an awesome UGLY “trendy” sweater.

{Credits : Sweater: Vintage {But im sure you can find one at your nearest salvation army}, Skirt: Target (But thrifted), Leggings: Thrifted: Shoes : Charlotte Russe (old but similar styles here) bag: Vintage Lord & Taylor}