to greet the new year

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Like most of you, I am generally pretty glad to be done with 2016.

Although I’m not one of those people that puts a great deal of emphasis on New Years, I can’t help but hope that the events I remember later in life from the year 2017 are better than the standout moments of 2016.

Loss. Burnout. Stress. Boredom. Fear. 

2016 was just kind of a shitty year all around.

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Even though my memories of 2016 will probably always be plagued with these feelings and events, there were a some good things that happened.

I finished pretty much my entire master’s course load while working full time, I got my project proposal approved so that I can graduate this spring, and most importantly, I started this blog!

Since its May inception, I’ve created a pretty steady flow of content on Alexz in Wonderland. Some images I’m pleased with, some I worriedly obsess over. Some outfits I love, some I nitpick over. Some of my writing I like, some I want to delete.

But my insecurities aside, I’ve started something I love (a blog) to showcase something else that I love (fashion!), and I’m really proud of what I have created!

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With 2017 underway, I want to hold on to that momentum.

I’ve been dissatisfied with my life for a while now and I am finally reaching a point where I can finally do something about it. I worked hard in 2016 and this year, it’s going to pay off.

I have a good feeling about this year!

Sig

Featured posts, in the order shown: I’m a Little Bit Older, a Little Bit Bolder // Way Out in the Country // the Wilderness Inside // Every Road Leads to an End // Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away //  Outside Lands Day 3 // Outside Lands Day 2 // She Was an American Girl // Everything You Touch Turns to Gold // Love is a Polaroid 

under $50 holiday dress guide

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It’s officially December, which means one thing – it’s holiday season! Whether you’re looking for your New Years Eve dress, something to wear to Christmas dinner, or an ensemble for your office party, there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of festive & stylish cocktail dresses on the market right now. With all of the gift hunting going on right now, who has time to hunt through everything available to find something cute and affordable?

That’s where I come in. Here’s a collection of my favorite dresses of the season, all of which are under $50 (whoo hoo!)

1. ASOS One-Shoulder Dress – $46 // 2. ModCloth Floral Dress – $49.99 (On Sale!) // 3. ASOS Off-Shoulder Bardot Dress – $46 // 4. Nasty Gal Cape Dress – $34.80 (On Sale!) // 5. H&M Mock Neck Glitter Dress – $39.99 // 6. Forever 21 Sheer Dress – $24.90

I picked up my work party/Christmas dress from Nasty Gal last week – I’ll be sure to share it with you later this month. Until then, I’d love to see what holiday clothing treasures other’s have come across!

Sig

plaid skirts that hide love

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Have I ever told you about how much I love midi skirts? (That was sarcasm, because I know I have). I don’t know if its because of my short stature or what, but I think midi skirts are so flattering – they’re one of my favorite items to purchase and wear year-round.

Still itching to give this classy look a try? Try a fun pattern for fall, such as plaid or floral. Pair it with a turtleneck like I’ve done, or mix it up with a cute blouse or a band t-shirt and a slouchy cardigan. You can mix up the shoes too – flats, heels…everything works!

Happy shopping, everyone!

Sig

Get the Look: Plaid Midi Skirt from Modcloth (Similar Here) // Free People Black Turtleneck (Similar Here) // Coral Pumps from Modcloth (Similar Here)

Photos by Bryant Yang

way out in the country

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Like with furniture, its important to invest in certain wardrobe essentials. Therefore, its good to know: a) what to splurge on and what to save on; b) where and when to get deals on more expensive items; and c) where to get cute stuff on a budget.

For example, I buy all of my boots at within the first two weeks following Christmas, because Steve Madden always has a huge selection and a massive sale. T shirts, tank tops, basic long sleeved shirts – I typically get these somewhere cheap, like Forever 21. If they’re on sale, I’ll go for something from Madewell or Gap.

In an effort to illustrate just how much of an art fashion is (and to refute the mindset that its impossible to dress cute on a budget), I present to you the Target dress. Guys, if you haven’t figured it out already, Target actually has some hidden gems in its women’s clothing section.

When I went into Target a few weeks ago to get your run-of-the-mill household items, I was pulled in by this dress almost as soon as I walked in. I admit, its my favorite color and its lace (which I have a deep love for), so its destiny really. But more importantly – its cute, its comfortable, its easy to clean, and it was cheap! SCORE.

What are some of your favorite places to shop on a budget?

Sig

Get the Look: Lace Mint Dress from Target // Steve Madden Cowboy Boots (Similar Here) // Kate Spade Handbag (Similar Here)

Photos by Bryant Yang

a cold & wet november dawn

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and there are no barking sparrows, just emptiness to dwell upon.

Since the Thanksgiving holiday is this week, I decided to modify my blog schedule and post once on Wednesday rather on both Tuesday & Thursday. Although I don’t necessarily agree with Thanksgiving from a historical standpoint (and also don’t like the whole turkey thing much as a vegetarian), its a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with family and away from social media. So tomorrow, you won’t be hearing from me – I’ll be busy cuddling my baby niece, stuffing my face with pie, and playing board games with my cousins. Sometimes we just need to take a day away from school, work, etc. and just live in the present, and I’m taking the holiday to do just that.

In the spirit of fall and Thanksgiving, I decided to share the outfit that I wore for the holiday last year. I initially purchased this dress to wear for Halloween last year (as Wednesday Adams), but so many people at work thought I was a pilgrim that I thought, what the heck, maybe I should wear it for Thanksgiving too!

Its a great piece for an occasion such as this, as its sexy, but also somewhat modest, and it can be dressed both up and down, depending upon your holiday plans. Its also very simple, opening up an array of accessory options. Add a headband or a hat (such as the bowler hat I paired it with), some tall socks or tights, a pair of simple flats or some heels, or even a bold bag or red lipstick. With a simple black and white dress, the options are boundless!

On that note, I hope everyone has a lovely holiday!

For a glimpse at this year’s Thanksgiving outfit, be sure to follow me on Instagram @alexzinwonderland.

Sig

Get the Look: UO Collared Bodycon Dress (Similar Here and Here) // ASOS Bowler Hat // American Apparel Oxford Heels (Similar Here)

Photos by Bryant Yang

holiday gift guide: the fashionista

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My entire life I’ve been told that I’m difficult to shop for. Although I disagree, I must say I feel people’s pain, as I am a terrible gift giver. To make matters worse, I’m surrounded by fantastic gift givers, so the pressure is always on. If you are a poor gift giver like me, or you simply need ideas for what to get the fashionista in your life, here are some ideas:

Makeup, or any beauty product really, is a great direction to take when shopping for a girly girl. I am always pleased when I open a bag up and hidden inside the tissue is a gorgeous new lipstick shade or a new eyeshadow to try. Online stores like Sephora offer great holiday deals and gift sets as well, and there’s a wide range of prices available, depending on your budget. I also love Lush products, like their lip-scrubs and face masks.

Accessories are also a great way to go. For a higher-quality gift, Kate Spade has a great selection of earrings, wallets, and makeup bags available in the sale section. For a more moderately priced gift, Urban Outfitters and ModCloth have some great options for scarves, jewelry, and hair accessories. If you’re on a really tight budget, Forever 21 has a great accessory collection as well, and offers a lot of variety at a low price.

Finally, going with a practical & cute gift is a different direction to go in this year. Get the girl-on-the-go a S’Well water bottle for her day on the go or her trip to the gym, or a cute new mug to sip tea out of on Sunday morning (fun fact: I own this fox mug!) A notepad, calendar, or a phone or tablet case is also a great idea for someone that’s always busy. Personally, my favorite gift for my type-A friends is an adult coloring book (perfect for a little indoor stress relief while the weather is nippy).

What are you planning to get your bff this year? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Sig