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I’ve mentioned it a few times here and there, but if you don’t know, I’m the Senior Buyer of Accessories and Jewelry at Forever 21. That means, my team and I are responsible for the styles you see, and buy, in stores and online. It feels weird to put that in writing on my blog every time… I don’t know why, I guess it’s always been something I’ve kept super separate from Worship Worthy. But lately, when I’ve met people or people have asked what I do, they’ve been surprised and have encouraged me to share it a little bit more, so here we are!

Most people think that being a Buyer means that I basically shop for a living. And to an extent, you’d be right. But there is also so much more that goes into it. My job is SO much fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work. Essentially I work on a daily basis with vendors that provide us products, and they own factories overseas to produce the goods. They send me samples, or I develop samples with them, we the decide which items we are going to buy and take into stores and from there I am involved with what colors to buy, how many units we need, what the retail price should be, etc. So as much as I am working creatively with accessories, I’m also deep into Excel sheets, financial reports and analyzing data.

My job is incredibly fun, and I’m so thankful to be where I am. I literally dreamed of being a Buyer in the fashion industry since I was 12… yes, 12. Coming to California to live my dream still feels surreal. It’s a lot of hard work, but I’m so grateful.

I thought it would be fun to share the styles that I have bought for F21, that you can get your hands on RIGHT NOW! I have to admit, it’s crazy to see these styles live, and real. Makes me so happy to see them making others happy- and proud.

I hope you love these pieces as much as I do!

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I don’t know if you’ve seen this popping up EVERYWHERE yet, but I have! The newsboy hat trend is starting to explode and I think it’s SO cute. People are calling it a few different things- cabby hats, newsboy, cadet hat, etc. It’s all the same, and you can find versions at pretty much any price point.

So in today’s post I’m sharing you my look, along with some similar hats, as well as some of my favorite black turtlenecks!

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There isn’t much that needs to be said about Dylanlex. The statement necklaces that she has created are completely INSANE! She’s getting features everywhere, including publications like The Zoe Report, Honestly WTF blog, Who What Wear, etc. Her feature on Refinery 29 (here) is great- she seems like a very down to earth young woman, with a passion for jewelry (similar to myself…wink wink!)

I love that these pieces are handmade in New York City and that they are all one-of-a-kind. With so many retailers competing in the world right now, the market is often saturated with much of the same old, same old. That is 100% not true of Dylanlex.

The prices are sky-high, but for a truly special piece, made only for you, it’s tempting… Here are some of my favorite styles!

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[All photos taken from here]

“In a world where everyones fashion has something to say, statements must be louder.”- Dylanlex

XO, Ali

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