4th of July

Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?

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Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

Week O'Nautical:  Stars and Stripes

Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July… on a Wednesday… For the lucky ones off today, yay! For the unlucky ones working today, boo! But even for a Wednesday I had a festive BBQ, fireworks, and wore my stars and stripes!

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

For my 4th fit I updated my ‘merica shorts with this year’s version from Target.  Have to have stripes with those stars, so add in this one shoulder bodysuit from mark.

4th Fit

4th Fit

'Merica look from mark. and Target

‘Merica look from mark. and Target

Nautical accessories for some more red white and blue!  Watch (last seen here), bracelet (last seen here) and sailboat sprint scarf (last seen here) all from Avon.

Nautical Accessories

Nautical Accessories

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

My navy and white striped Kate Spade hobo was a comeup my mom found at an auction!  It’s absolutely perfect for this week, good job mom!

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

I hope you make it through this post 4th Thursday with a little extra holiday spirit!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

 

Week O’Nautical: Sea of Shimmer

Hello short week!  Hello Week O’Nautical!  Even though I’m in the office today, I’m dreaming of being kissed by the sun while staring at shimmering sea.  Since that is not my reality, I’m sporting some killer beauty items that make me look like I am!  I really was inspired by this page in the Avon brochure, then I realized these are all the products I’ve been loving lately!  So here’s my current top 5 products for a sun kissed shimmering look!

Sea of Shimmer

Sea of Shimmer

 

  1.  Skin So Soft Radiant Glow Illuminating Dry Oil Mist – currently on backorder (available in 2 weeks) but this shimmer oil is my #1 top favorite.  I’m a huge body oil fan, but this works for those who aren’t.  Just spray on arms/legs/whereever you want a little glow!

    Radiant Glow Oil and Polish

    Radiant Glow Oil and Polish

  2. Radiant Glow Skin Lumosity Polish – summer is all about bare skin so to keep it glowing need to get off the rough edges and this scrub does the trick and then some.  It’s creamy so extra moisturizing and smells amazing!

    Moisturizing and Exfoliating

    Moisturizing and Exfoliating

  3. Avon True Color Sandy Beach Bronzing Palette – with two bronze shades and a pink shade this is my go-to for easy makeup.  I use the darker shade where you’d contour at, the pink shade as a blush and the lighter bronze shade to blend the two together.  I also swirl them all together and with a light hand bronze up my face for a quick look.

    Sandy Beach Bronzing Pallet in Full Sun

    Sandy Beach Bronzing Pallet in Full Sun

  4. Avon True Color Dazzle Drops – if that wasn’t enough shimmer, I’ve been adding these dazzle drops for even more!  I apply them with my finger for a highlight on the cheek bone and cupids bow.  I also mix in with body lotion and apply all over my arms and chest for that shimmering like the sea shimmer.
    Dazzle Drops features a dropper for multi-use

    Dazzle Drops features a dropper for multi-use  

    Dazzle Drops Swatch

    Dazzle Drops Swatch

  5. Avon True Color Sunset Beach Face & Eye Palette – For a fun summer change this blush and eye pallet has been my go-to.  Its all in one so makes getting ready super easy.  Use the bronze shade all over the lid with a quick line of blue eye liner (like the ones above) for a sunkissed day look.  For a night out look, I like the green as a crease color, the peach as a transition shade and the blue on the center of the eye for a pop.  Looks great with the Sandy Beach Bronzing Palette too!  And it has cute pineapples printed on it!

    1 Summer Pallet for tons of looks!

    1 Summer Pallet for tons of looks!

I may not have that fresh from the sea glow naturally but with the help of these goodies I can fake it until I make it!  Plus, shimmer goes with everything!  These products are my top pick from a bunch of new items this year that are part of Avon’s #brilliantlyavon products.  Search that hashtag on social media for some more IRL’s (in real life pics).

Brilliantly Avon

Brilliantly Avon

You can shop them now at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code SHIPFREE for free shipping on a $25 order (ends 7/1/18).  Perfect time to pick up those lower cost beauty items.

Or win them for FREE as part of the current sweeps over at the eBoutique!

Win It!  ($164 value!)

Win It! ($164 value!)

 

Week O’Nautical: How To Easily Update For Spring

Week O’Nautical: Update Without Breaking Your Budget

The Nautical trend is always a good way to update your wardrobe for spring.  In most places it’s still pretty cold out, but we’re over our black on black on black and heavy winter wear.  You can work in a few nautical pieces that will go with your winter basics and your summer basics making a very versatile spring wardrobe update.  Avon just released their Seaside Gardens (see more), a nautical fashion and home capsule collection, and its extremely affordable!  Let’s look how you can update your spring looks without breaking the break.

 

The Power Of 4.

Add 4 pieces, yep just 4 pieces.  Sticking to only 4 pieces keeps you in budget and will be just enough to switch up your basics and breathe new life. The Avon Seaside Gardens collection is pretty affordable, so 4 pieces would keep you close to that $100 range.  I would suggest a top, bottom, accessory and dress, but you need to gage your current wardrobe and lifestyle.  Looking at what I was loving, needed and knew would flatter my shape, I went with a skirt, sandal, handbag and scarf.  I can mix and match to update my spring wardrobe with these 4 items totaling $110.96!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I wear a lot of skirts and dress for work, and with the hot temps in Nor Cal a skirt works well for my lifestyle.  If your lifestyle wears more casual and you’re just going to wear your favorite jeans try a classic nautical striped top like the Michelle Boat Neck top ($19.99).

Ankle strap, block heels and pretty embellishment, all a spring shoe needs!

I’ve always been a shoe person.  A new spring shoe can even make an all black outfit feel like spring.  The shoe selection in the Seaside Gardens collection is strong!  I went with the Avon Cushion Walk Sandal With Stone Clusters, a low block heel sandal which will be functional, on trend and a pop of color.

Give me all the nautical shoes!

Switching to a new spring bag is the easiest way to spring up your wardrobe without giving up any of your winter wear.  I went with this Veronica Tote Bag in the Blue and White strip (it also comes in red!).

 

Avon Veronica Tote with Scarf

 

 

Pick 1 thing different than anything you have.

For me it was this square scarf.  I have plenty of big, wrap all over you scarfs, but I don’t have a cute little silky square scarf in a nautical print!  Don’t diminish the power of an accessory, I can wear this as a cute neck scarf, a style I’ve never done and would bring something completely new to my look.  Plus, it would be some warmth around the neck in the chilly weather.  I can also wear it tied on a bag, as a head scarf, or ever worn a few different ways as a neck scarf.

Avon Silky Scarf

I literally could go through the entire collection and come up with a million combinations of 4 items to mix and match into your regular wardrobe.  If you would like me to select a personalized pick for you, leave a comment!

Nautical Square Scarf

 

Spring Perks

As an Avon representative, not only do I get to order things early, I also get some perks.  For instance, with the Seaside Gardens collection, with every 4 items I ordered I received a FREE pair of earrings.  These Avon Pop of Red Statement Earrings ($9.99) to be exact.  A piece of statement jewelry is definitely a good idea for a 5th piece to add to my original 4.  Even if I wear these with my black on black on black I’m adding a pop of something fresh.  Or I can pair this with the block heel sandals and I’ll bump up my look for spring.  *if you want early access, discounts and all the perks of being an Avon rep too you can sign up here for ONLY $25!

Statement Earrings For All The Nautical Looks

I couldn’t be more pleased with the 4 items I picked.  You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger or see more here!  When building your order be sure to add on the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase.  It not only is a great deal but will be the perfect makeup items to pair with your nautical outfits.  See my look with it here!

Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Lace

Week O'Nautical:  Red White and Blue Lace

Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Lace

Week O’Nautical sails on with another red white and blue (lace!) outfit!  This loosely nautical look sails into summer hitting those summer trends.  Nothing says summer like a good summer dress that you can wear for multiple occasions from work to a bbq!

mark. Sun On My Shoulder Dress

mark. Sun On My Shoulder Dress

This mark. Sun On My Shoulders dress doesn’t launch until later this week but as an Avon rep you get the upcoming styles early and get them out a discount! There are definite personal perks to being an Avon rep.  When I saw this blue off the shoulder lace dress coming up I was this will be perfect for Week O’Nautical!  It’s my favorite color of blue, my favorite fabric, and my favorite summer trend (off the shoulder!).

Off The Shoulder Style

Off The Shoulder Style

Red White and Blue Lace Look

Red White and Blue Lace Look

Summer Dress Must Have

Summer Dress Must Have

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it a again, adding a good summer dress to your wardrobe is a must.  You need something versatile, something you can wear to work, bridal showers, bbq’s and everything in-between.  When your combating summer heat a summer dress is the only solution.

Nautical Take On Red White and Blue

Nautical Take On Red White and Blue

mark. Lip Paint in Glamour

mark. Lip Paint in Glamour

To take my summer dress a little nautical I added that same red lip and red white and blue jewelry from before (see here) but this time I also added this new upcoming mark. Street Party Bracelet, super fun cuff with metal tassels at the end, so when your bracelet flips around because you know it’s going to, it’s cute from either side!

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

I definitely been wearing a lot of blue and white this Week O’Nautical so more red was needed, good thing mark. came out with these red wedges, the mark. Easy Does It Slides!  The wedge is not steep so don’t feel like you’re wearing heels and the red bands are super soft so you don’t feel like they’re digging in or rubbing, I just LOVE these guys for summer!

mark. Easy Does It Slide

mark. Easy Does It Slide

Wearing mark. Easy Does It Slide

Wearing mark. Easy Does It Slide

As we enjoy the 4th weekend a good tote is needed to lug around snacks, a blanket, camera, etc as you go from bbq to watching fireworks.  This Avon Saffiano Two Piece Tote is PERFECT.  I can put my cards/cash/phone etc in the clutch pouch then all my goodies in the tote, and I’m making sure to throw my Avon Bug Guard in there too, another summer must!

Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

Hope most of you have today off, but if not hope Week O’Nautical is enough to help pass the time until the 4th holiday.  If you’re interested at getting mark. and Avon at a discount and early, before it launches to the public, consider joining me and sign up to be a rep, even if it’s just for your own personal purchases.  To sign up go here, for more information hit me up, otherwise you’ll be able to shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Easy Summer Trends With mark.

Easy Summer Trends With mark.

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Grommets

Week O'Nautical:  Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical goes weekend ready!  Nothing is more weekend than an easy top and comfy shorts.  4th of July weekend means we get a little red white and blue with that formula.  I of course took it nautical with this Avon Grommet Split Sleeve Top, part of the Avon Signature Weekend collection.

Nautical Weekend Look

Nautical Weekend Look

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Going Weekend Casual

Going Weekend Casual

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

This top in a small is loose and roomy on me so I’m wearing it off the shoulder with some white denim shorts (F21) some nautical jewelry (Avon and mark.) and weekend staple flip flops (Shoedazzle).  I couldn’t be more comfortable for a holiday weekend, along with my new fav red bag (Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx).

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

You can shop my nautical grommet top in both misses and women’s sizes at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and for a limited time with a $40 order get this weekend ready tote filled with weekend essentials for only $15!

Week O’Nautical: 4th Of July Mani Pedi

Perfect s'mores pairing... a Patriotic July mani!

Perfect s’mores pairing… a Patriotic July mani!

Who else is in a 4th of July hangover!? I took Tuesday off for an extra long holiday weekend which is why mani Monday is going up on a Wednesday.  For the holiday weekend I went with a majorly patriotic mixed mani/pedi combo using Jambery nail wraps.  Like I’ve said before I really like using a base coat under Jamberry nail wraps.  I used Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat with these.

 

Week O'Nautical:  4th Of July Mani Pedi

Week O’Nautical: 4th Of July Mani Pedi

 

Mani:  From pinkie to thumb; Julep polish (old), Jamberry Kaboom, Jamberry Red White and Boom, Jamberry Star Spanged, Avon Gel Finish Roses Are Red.  I meant to put the Jamberry Fireworks over my ring and thumb but after I waited for the polish to dry I never got around to doing it.  Oh well, it would look cute for NYE too, guess I’ll save it.

Jamberry Kaboom, Red White and Boom and Star Spangled

Jamberry Kaboom, Red White and Boom and Star Spangled

Pedi:  I used Jamberry Star Spangled on my big toe and then Avon Gel Finish in Roses are Red with a red white and blue glitter by Julep (old).

Jamberry Star Spangled and Avon Gel Finish with Julep Glitter Top Coat

Jamberry Star Spangled and Avon Gel Finish with Julep Glitter Top Coat

I hope you survived the holiday weekend and got to enjoy some fireworks and some delicious s’mores too!  You can shop Jamberry here, Avon here and Julep here.  The 4th may be over but this works all summer long!  Plus, for the fan girls out there, check out the new Marvel releases from Jamberry for more fun!  They pair perfectly with all things Americana.

 

Week O’Nautical: Ms. Patriotic

Week O'Nautical - Ms. Patriotic

Week O’Nautical – Ms. Patriotic

Just call me Ms. Patriotic.  I don’t know when my obsession with all things Americana happened but now I’m kinda known for it.  Week O’Nautical sails on with another patriotic look featuring the Avon Ms. Patriotic set and nautical stripes.

Avon Ms. Patriotic Necklace and Earring Set

Avon Ms. Patriotic Necklace and Earring Set

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Not only do I wear my red white and blue for my patriotic holidays but I also wear it year round.   Key is to finding pieces that work with anything, for multiple occasions like a sparkly red white and blue statement necklace, and/or a versatile bustier top.  Avon usually comes out with a patriotic themed jewelry item, this year they stepped it up with the Ms. Patriotic necklace and earring gift set.  Not only does it work well for the 4th it really stands on its own for any time of the year.  Plus it goes perfectly with my bustier top from White House Black Market that I picked up at their semi-annual sale going on now.

Wearing The Avon Ms. Patriotic Set and mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

Wearing The Avon Ms. Patriotic Set and mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red White and Blue Stripes For The Holiday

Red White and Blue Stripes For The Holiday

The embellished striped bustier top is one of those items that looks good with a pencil skirt for work or denim shorts for weekend or I just LOVED it paired with the matching skirt, that gives you a dress look with separates (which you can mix and match with other things for more versatility).  For my look I just paired it with a navy pencil skirt and my go-to heels and current fav red earrings and a stars printed bandana on my blue bag (last seen here)

Wear To Work Week O'Nautical

Wear To Work Week O’Nautical

As I sail through the work week to our patriotic weekend this Week O’Nautical look really sparks me into the 4th of July mood.  Tonight I’ll switch to some denim shorts and wedges for a little pre-4th fireworks and hanging out.

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

You can shop the Ms. Patriotic set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to take advantage of our weekend deals!

July 1-3
Get an Avon Athena Goddess 3-piece gift set in goldtone with your $45+ order. Use code: GIFT
July 4
Time to celebrate! Take 20% off your $60+ order – sitewide! Use code: JULY4

Just Call Me Ms. Patriotic

Just Call Me Ms. Patriotic

 

Week O’Nautical: Beach Hat and Romper and Perfect Brows For Free

Week O'Nautical - Romper and Beach Hat

Week O’Nautical – Beach Hat and Romper

What’s more weekend ready than a beach hat and a romper?  What’s more 4th of July weekend ready than a red white and blue romper and a shimmering faux straw hat!?  Nothing, that’s what, so I guess I’m 4th of July weekend ready!  I can already taste the burgers and dogs!

Rocking A Romper In Red White And Blue

Rocking A Romper In Red White And Blue

I picked up this guy at Marshall’s this spring and it has been my go to for summer bbq’s and picnics. Rompers can definitely be tricky, key is to find one that flatters your body shape especially at the waist.  And also find one that’s easy to get in and out of because let’s be honest, your going to have to go to the bathroom and nothing worse than a bad romper bathroom situation.

Rocking A Romper In Red White And Blue

Rocking A Romper In Red White And Blue

Pineapple Tote and Pineapple Watch

Pineapple Tote and Pineapple Watch

I love this one for the 4th with all its colors against the white base.  It’s really a statement all on its own so I just need to add on my sparkly straw hat with a circle brim, the mark. Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat and my go-to red earrings the mark. Flight Of Fancy Earrings, Avon Summer Quench Watch, Avon Ms. Patriotic Necklace and mark. Right On Stack Bracelet Stack (coming soon) all at my eBoutique.  Follow it up with these fun wedges from Shoedazzle and I’m good to go for whatever the weekend brings me!

mark. Flight Of Fancy Earrings

mark. Flight Of Fancy Earrings

Just as easy as my summer outfit is so is my summer makeup.  Great thing about wearing a great hat like this mark. Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat is you can lay off the shades.  Which means its a great time to play up those eyes.

mark. Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat

mark. Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat

In makeup right now the trend is big lashes and on point eyebrows, which actually is a pretty summer friendly eye makeup look, just add a bold lip and done (like the mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up).  I’m not a big eye brows person (sorry, not sorry) but when I do decide to jump on the band wagon the Avon Perfect Brow Kit is my go to.

Eye-tastic Summer Makeup You Can Get For Free

Eye-tastic Summer Makeup You Can Get For Free

Luckily for us Avon did a 7 piece set that includes everything you need to perfect this look and you can get it FREE with your $50 order with promo code EYES at my eBoutique.  Which is really a killer set and valued at $42 value this set includes:

• Mega Effects Mascara (Black) – A $10 value
 Kohl Eye Liner (True Black) – A $7 value
 Perfect Eyebrow Kit (Soft Brown) – A $6 value
 Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion – A $4 value
 Avon Eyelash Curler – A $3.99 value
 Avon Pro Brow Brush – A $5.99 value
 Ergonomic Tweezer in Black – A $5 value
Avon Eye-tastic 7-Piece Set

Avon Eye-tastic 7-Piece Set

You can thank me later 😉  Shop all my accessories and get the FREE Eye-tastic eye kit at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O'Nautical Take On A Romper and Beach Hat

Week O’Nautical Take On A Romper and Beach Hat

Week O’Nautical – Mermaid Mani

Week O'Nautical:  Mermaid Mani

Week O’Nautical: Mermaid Mani

Week O’Nautical returns with Mani Monday!  Because the 4th of July falls on a Monday we get two mani Monday’s out of Week O’Nautical this year.  So, for this one, I decided to break away from the usual red white and blue and go mermaid nautical with these mermaid nails!

mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss Mini Gel Polish Duo

mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss Mini Gel Polish Duo

I started with the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat.  A little trick is to use this ridge filling base coat not only to fill ridges on natural nails but to get white polish to apply better.  I also found having a thicker base coat like this works really well when applying jams (aka Jamberry Nail Wrap).  It helps protect your nails, create an even surface for application so they apply better and last longer, and it helps make removing jams much easier.

Jamberry Wrap in Mermaid Tales

Jamberry Wrap in Mermaid Tales

For this mermaid mani used the mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss mini gel lacquer duo.  I used the white (Cloud 9) on my pointer and pinkie, and the purple (Hula) on my thumb and middle.  On my ring I used Jamberry Nail Wrap in Mermaid Tales.  I then used the scraps to create an angled accent piece over my pointer.  I finished everything off with the Avon Gel Finish top coat, which is seriously a game changer in my life!

Mermaid Mani for Nautical Looks

Mermaid Mani for Nautical Looks

I’m definitely feeling like a nautical goddess with my mega pretty mermaid mani!  It was so hard to capture how stunning this mani is in real life with my crappy phone camera.  I was too lazy to use my real camera so you’re going to have to take my word on it.  The purple and teal in the metallic finish in Mermaid Tales looks so perfect with the mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss duo.  I’m such a fan of these new gel polishes they last so long and look so smooth. You can shop the mark. Nailed It Duo here and the Mermaid Tales wrap here.

In Full Sun

In Full Sun

In Shade

In Shade

Hope you don’t mind a little twist on my Week O’Nautical Mani Monday as we count down to the long weekend.  Going forward this week I’ll be in my red white and blue for our most patriotic holiday and special deals and free stuff too so check back all week long!  Preview the promos going on this week at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger:

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Get a free Eyetastic Set with your $50+ order! Use code: EYES 
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July 4
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Use Promo Code: SUMMER

Use Promo Code: SUMMER