Fall

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You're Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

I don’t host Thanksgiving but I do host a Friendsgiving before the big turkey day! The difference between planning what to wear when your attending (see here) vs when you’re hosting is all about being strategic for function and time. We all know when you host, you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off, and getting ready is usually what suffers.

Festive and Functional

Festive and Functional

Word Of Alicia on what to wear:  Start the day off with solid black leggings, ones that are more like work out material than a knit.  That way they easily dust/wipe/lint roll off anything you get on them while prepping.  Wear a t-shirt during prep time then switch to a short sleeve party top as the time gets closer.   A short sleeve top because you don’t want to pushing your sleeves up while you are cooking and cleaning, and you’ll probably be warm from running around.

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

This year I’m all about that luxe velvet, so I’m suggesting the Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse.  You can still get this one by ordering direct from me or backordering it from campaign 23 (product #’s at the bottom of this post).  But I would also suggest the mark. Get Ruffled Up Top!

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

As the hostess you’ll be doing a lot of the work so bracelets and rings aren’t really functional, I suggest going with a statement necklace or earring.  I decided to wear with this a black velvet and crystal choker necklace with some crystal earrings.

Festive Friends

Festive Friends

I am a no shoes house so why would I wear shoes and break this rule?  I opted for a sparkly slipper instead!  Mine are from last year but Avon currently as some SUPER cute ones this year.  My last little trick is to go with your quick updo.  Keeps the hair out of the face while prepping but looks chic while hosting.

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

I hope everyone has a fun and festive Thanksgiving, and cheers to the holiday season!

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills with buying butters shipped like a turkey haha

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills by buying butter shaped like a turkey haha!

Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse Product Numbers:  S 800-800; M 800-829; L800-867; XL 801-017; 1X 801-605; 2X 801-753; 3X 802-711

Back order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger by going to order by product number (top right) then select campaign 23 and add in the appropriate product number.  Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

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What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You’re Attending

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You Are Attending

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You Are Attending

Are you hosting or attending a Thanksgiving dinner this year? If you are an easy going attendee then picking out an outfit is a little more fun and less strategic. My suggestion, the ever so popular sweater dress! It looks polished, put together but is oh so cozy and comfy. My pick is the Avon Elena Sweater Dress.

Avon Elena Sweater Dress $39.99

Avon Elena Sweater Dress $39.99

Why is the Elena Sweater Dress my pick?  Well, first off its black so instantly chic, and flattering. Its also a straight fitting shape, not tight so you can eat and sit and lounge and still be totally fine.  Like I said, it’s cozy and comfy and that’s what fall is all about!  It’s also $39.99 so super affordable.

Cute and Comfy Sweater Dress

Cute and Comfy Sweater Dress

Embellished Details

Embellished Details

Plus the Elena Sweater Dress comes pre-glammed with these fun rhinestone details.  No necklace required!  Just layer on some cute bracelets like these Avon Pearly Jet Stretch Bracelets.  I also added the Avon Sterling Silver Onyx rings for a little more glam.

Easy Thanksgiving Look

Easy Thanksgiving Look

Avon Pearly Jet Bracelet and mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint

Avon Pearly Jet Bracelet, Sterling Silver Onyx Rings and mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint

To make it holiday ready I really like it paired with these Marc Fisher red booties and red plaid bag from Guess.  Of course it needed to be paired with a mega shiny red lip, the mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint in Glamour.  What I like about the lip paint for Thanksgiving is it has some serious staying power and is a bright red.

Pops of Red for Holiday Feels

Pops of Red for Holiday Feels

You can shop my dress, jewelry and lip paint at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to use code SAVEBIG and get 20% off your entire order, plus free shipping.  While you’re at it you might as well add on that A Box!

Eat Drink and Give Thanks!

Eat Drink and Give Thanks!

Lip Of The Week – mark. Lip Click in Rebel

Lip Of The Week:  mark. LipClick in Rebel

Lip Of The Week: mark. LipClick in Rebel

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, and we’re already in the spooky spirit!  The advantage of Halloween is it allows you to wear things completely out of your comfort zone and mega fun, like navy lipstick!  Which I wore last night as part of my costume for my sisters Halloween bunco party.

mark. LipClick Matte in Rebel

mark. LipClick Matte in Rebel

Word on mark. Lipclick in Rebel:  The full-color lipstick delivers vibrant color with state-of-the-art pigment technology. Dare to try a killer shade in a velvety matte finish. 0.106 oz. net wt.

BENEFITS
• Full, even coverage with a lightweight feel
• Innovative magnetic metal case “clicks” shut
• Contains vitamin E, jojoba oil and safflower oil
• Leaves lips looking smooth and feeling soft and moisturized

Matte Navy Lips for Halloween!

Matte Navy Lips for Halloween!

Word of Alicia:  This navy shade has just enough purple in it to be kinda flattering and wearable.  On dark skin tones they could wear it as an everyday deep lip shade.  Fair like me, its more of a certain circumstances kind of gig.  But I’ll tell ya, its super comfortable to wear, not drying like most mattes and lasts!  It’s just the perfect shade for Halloween!  You can get it in time for Halloween over at the eBoutique.

Feel the Winter Wonder With the Beautiful C23 A Box

Feel The Winter Wonder With The Beautiful C23 A Box

Feel The Winter Wonder With The Beautiful C23 A Box

Escape to a winter wonderland with this darling Timeless Winter A Box (393-382) packed with the skin care solutions you’ll need for cold weather. You’ll get three try-it-size products that exfoliate, hydrate, and brighten, not to mention a sparkly snowflake pin, exclusive to this A Box. At just $10 with any $40 purchase, this is the perfect cap to the winter season.

Sparkle Season Prep With An A Box!

Sparkle Season Prep With An A Box!

Four Timeless Winter Picks:  Three try-it-size skincare favorites and A-Box exclusive pin—a $30 value!

$30 value only for $10!

$30 value only for $10!

New! Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream: .5 oz.
Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum: .23 oz.
Anew Clean Daily Scrub: 1 oz.
A-Box Exclusive Snowy Shimmer Pin: Silvertone with faux stones

Add a little exclusive sparkle!

Add a little exclusive sparkle!

Word on the A Box:  I know its not winter yet, it’s barely Halloween, but this A Box is sparkling with year round skincare.  I alone want it for the travel size Hydra Fusion cream and then I get 2 of my other favorites and a cute pin, done!  I love when they include skincare in these A Boxes, you really get a great value on this.  I can get my skin prepped and ready for sparkle season!  Maybe it can be as flawless as that Samsung Selfie Focus Blur 😉

Let's get that skin sparkle season ready! And for only $10!

Let’s get that skin sparkle season ready! And for only $10!

 

Velvet Crush on the Avon A Box

Velvet Crush C22 A Box

Velvet Crush C22 A Box

You’ll be turning heads with each and every product in the Velvet Crush A Box (product number 498-272). This box features rich, luscious products that will add drama to every look, including three makeup options and a beautiful pair of earrings. At just $10 with any $40 purchase, this is one A Box you’ll definitely want to purchase.

Four Sumptuous Beauty Picks:  Three full-size makeup essentials and A Box exclusive earrings—a $33 value!

Red Matte Lipstick

Red Matte Lipstick

Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Red Supreme: .11 oz.

Makeup Bag Essential Black Shadow

Makeup Bag Essential Black Shadow

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Single in Blackest Black: .11 oz.

Your New Favorite Black Alternative

Your New Favorite Black Alternative

Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackened Green: .01 oz.

Go-To Fall Studs

Go-To Fall Studs

A Box Exclusive Velvet Stud Earrings: Goldtone, Pierced.

A really great A box to update your Fall and for only $10!

A really great A box to update your Fall and for only $10!

Now that’s rich. Oh, those velvety matte red lips will turn heads every time. Add a stroke of dark liner and elegant stud earrings to create drama with any look—from cocktail sophisticate to casual chic.  Remember that all purchases in your Campaign 22 order count toward a qualifying $40 order for the $10 collection offer—including orders from the C22 Outlet and Marketing catalogs. A Boxes are an ultimate A-mazing value for only $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

First Monday of Fall

First Monday of Fall

First Monday of Fall

Today is the first official Monday of fall. It’s also Mani Monday, Makeup Monday, Man Crush Monday, and Meatless Monday. So that means today is Fall Mani Monday, Fall Makeup Monday, Fall Man Crush Monday and Fall Meatless Monday… right?

Mani Monday:  Avon Gel 7 in 1 Polish in Glimmer

Mani Monday: Avon Gel 7 in 1 Polish in Glimmer

Mani Monday:  This weekend I had an exciting Sat night staying in and binging Marriage at First Sight by myself. Yep, you heard.  So I figured I might as well do my nails.  I wanted a fall-ish shade that would still go with my hot weather outfits.  Avon Gel Finish 7 in 1 Nail Polish in Glimmer.  (last seen here)  It’s more of a bronzy gold so fitting for the fall harvests!

Fall Lip Of The Week:  mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Marvelous

Fall Lip Of The Week: mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Marvelous

Makeup Monday:  Today I pulled out my mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvelous and I’m just loving it as my everyday fall lip shade.  It’s super on trend and really goes with the fall vibes, and also so comfortable to wear.

Fall Wedding Vibes

Fall Wedding Vibes

Man Crush Monday:  Man crush everyday is the husband, but fall is his jam.  He’s an October baby, our anniversary is in Oct and we’re about to take a little fall holiday vaca to Universal Studios so let’s get excited!

Free Espira Energy

Free Espira Energy

Meatless Monday:  On the menu today, cabbage soup! (I use this recipe)  I’m trying to get things more aligned as I have to start wearing pants again.  (oooh summer dresses I’m going to miss you…).  This week I prepped cabbage soup for a little crash diet along with fresh fruits, fresh veggies, whole foods and the boost system from Espira.  Which is currently on promotion with a FREE bottle of Espira Natural Energy with any $40 Espira purchase at www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Either way I’m welcoming fall as a time to refresh and revive.  It may still be 93 degrees out today, but Hello Fall!

Meet Mademoiselle Mistie

Meet Mademoiselle Mistie!  She’s the darling face of the real representatives you see on the cover of the Avon Brochure and modeling our Fall For Paris collection.  I first “met” Mistie in the bloggersphere as a fellow WordPress blogger stalking and liking each others posts.  You can follow her blog, Mistie’s Musing’s, here!  Mistie has a keen sense of style since day one, which you can see if you follow her live vids, etc… I’m always getting ideas from her, especially as a fellow hot weather resident she gives great reviews!  That is why its no surprise I asked her for a little commentary on the Fall For Paris fashion collection she so exclusively got to be a part of.

Meet Madelmoiselle Mistie


 

On her favorite look from the collection:  “When I very 1st got to the shoot they put me in this outfit and I absolutely fell in love with it! I’m a big lover of graphic tees and this one super comfy & super chic! Unfortunately I wasn’t photographed in it, but Julie was and it looks amazing on her!!”

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Mistie's Fav Look From The Fall For Paris Collection

Mistie’s Fav Look From The Fall For Paris Collection

Another favorite of Mistie’s are these Avon Brianna Tee’s from the Fall For Paris collection:

You can read all about Misitie’s New Your Fashion Shoot Experience over at her blog and see more behind the scenes, fashion favorites and what an Avon Fashion shoot is really like!

To shop the looks seen on Mistie and the complete Fall for Paris line head over to the eBoutique!

Meet Mademoiselle Heather

Meet Mademoiselle Heather

Meet Mademoiselle Heather

Bonjour Monsieur, Bonjour Mademoiselle!  Meet Mademoiselle Heather!  I was first introduced to her via her IG by fellow friendly face, Erica.  Back then it was full of pictures of nachos with a few Avon and mark. items thrown in, now it has way more selfies than nachos, but someone who likes nachos and selfies is worth getting to know!  Heather is a fellow Avon Lady from Oregon, who’s wit shines through her social media and blog (Hopelessly Heather).  Heather represents her lady like side with her real life reviews of fashion and more importantly on a ton of jewelry!  Which is why I wanted to bring in the jewelry expert to share her take on the new jewelry from the Fall For Paris collection from Avon, and she did not disappoint!

Meet Mademoiselle Heather 


What would you do if you won an entire collection of Paris inspired jewelry? Have a fashion shoot, right?! Throw on your scarves and hold on to your berets while I take you along a bit of my fashion shoot of Avon’s Fall for Paris jewelry line…and some of their clothing!

1: A classic Parisian look featuring the Mila Dress accessorized with the Choker Necklace and Stud Earring Trio (I picked the clusters) from the Diamondesque line and Gunmetal Coil Bracelet from the Contemporary Beads Collection. The dress is a beautiful herringbone tweed in a neutral grey with an adorable ruffle along the hem – a very feminine, but not girly, touch. What I love most about this dress is its flexibility to dress it up for a night out or sensibly for work and just about any other occasion you can imagine. Accessories alone set the tone for this piece



2. For several days before this fashion shoot, I repeatedly dreamt about one specific shot – and this is it! 

3. This structured LBD is in a deliciously thick ponté fabric that looks summery, but is definitely built for fall! If you’re into the fun graphic mod look from the 60s, then the Modern Geo Collection is totally your bag! I didn’t have the heart to break up the set, so I wore the Statement Necklace, Drop Earrings and Stretch Bracelet to complete the overall look.

4. Still in the LBD from above but I swapped out the jewelry pieces and opted instead for the Maroon Necklace (minus the earrings from the set) and Metro Maroon Watch from the Contemporary Beads Collection as well as the Goldtone Stud Earrings from the Celestial Spirits Collection. It’s impossible to showcase in a photo just how sparkly the necklace is – such a stunning piece!

5. Still in the LBD from above with the skinny rectangles from the Diamondesque Stud Earring Trio and the Pearly Parisian Collection Fringe Necklace that I looped around my neck to give it a layered look – one of my favorite tricks to shorten a long necklace and quasi-satisfy my longtime lust for chokers.

6. I switched things up with the super shimmery Madeline Asymmetrical Tee – a thin (but not sheer) fabric that’s a perfect weight for the end of summer! This tee looks like a party but feels like a comfy night in – the best of both worlds! The Gunmetal Contemporary Beads Collection Necklace (again, minus the matching earrings from the set) and Hoop Earrings from the Diamondesque Collection finish off the look by adding more glitz to the mix!

7. Still in the tee from above I went a completely different direction with the Pearly Parisian Collection Fringe Bracelet and Celestial Spirits Drop Earrings – this look screams New Orleans French Quarter to me…all I need is a crystal ball or tarot cards to complete the picture! All kidding aside, the most surprising jewelry piece I received were these earrings – they are so much more amazing in person than the stock photo in the brochure gives them credit for!

8. Still in the tee from #6 above I stuck to the Celestial Spirits Collection showing off its Orbit Pendant Necklace and Goldtone Stud Earrings (again).

9. I opted to put two showstoppers together for this look because I just had to find an excuse to break out the leopard print Kamila Coat! This piece is probably the piece I’m most excited about owning – I’m chomping at the bit to be able to wear this for real…it’s a surprisingly heavy coat! Dangling from my ears are the Pearly Parisian Collection Fringe Earrings – an early favorite of mine that deserves to be showcased without a competing necklace!

10. The Modern Geo Collection: Statement Necklace, Drop Earrings and Stretch Bracelet

11. Diamondesque Collection Necklace and Earring Set

12. Celestial Spirits Collection: Moon Pendant Necklace and Drop Earrings

13. Deep Red Autumn Romance Collection: Pendant Necklace, Stud Earrings and Drop Earrings; Celestial Spirits Collection: Orbit Pendant Necklace, Goldtone Stud Earrings and Black Locket; Modern Geo Collection Linear Earrings; Maroon Contemporary Beads Collection: Necklace (earrings from the set not pictured) and Metro Maroon Watch

14. Diamondesque Collection: Hoop Earrings and Flex Bracelet; Café Chic Collection Tassel Statement Earrings; Pearly Parisian Collection Fringe Necklace; Gunmetal Contemporary Beads Collection: Necklace (earrings from the set not pictured) Coil Bracelet and Modern Mesh Strap Watch

15. Café Chic Collection: Long Tassel Necklace and Drop Earrings

16. Pearly Parisian Collection: Statement Necklace, Fringe Earrings and Layered Bracelet

Are you ready to visit the Eiffel Tower yet? I know I am!  

– Heather


I am DEFINITELY ready to plan a trip to Paris after all of that!  A few… er a lot! of swoon worthy pieces in there.  Lucky for us are all buy one get one free right now over at the eBoutique!  The jewelry Heather featured is part of the Fall For Paris fashion and home collection, available for a limited time.  Be sure to follow Heather, and peruse a few Parisian pieces over at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Au revoir!

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!?

Birthday Pants, Let’s Make It A Thing

Birthday Pants, Let's Make It A Thing

Birthday Pants, Let’s Make It A Thing

When your birthday falls on a Thursday that means you celebrate all weekend long. Which also means Monday following birthday weekend is rough. For a non-milestone birthday, with last minute plans and most my family not in town it actually turned out to be quite a fun weekend. It all started with fun birthday pants! mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants to be exact.

mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants

mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants

Wearing: mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants, Tie Waist Bodice Top (WHBM), Modern Metals Statement Cuff bracelet (Avon), Ultra Glam Statement Earrings (Avon), Sunglasses (Ralph Lauren) and mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat (Pop Tart)

Statement Earrings and Bright Pink Lips

Statement Earrings and Bright Pink Lips

I opted for the gold pants for birthday OOTD because they would work for desk through dinner.  Instead of wearing the typical party dress, why not wear some party pants!?  I see these being equally as chic come holiday season and for when you want to be comfortable but fancy.  They made quite a statement without being too over the top.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I received!  Plus, I’ve seen this metallic fabric all over the place this fall as a huge trend.

Birthday OOTD

Birthday OOTD

You can shop the mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants at my eBoutique!  And remember anyone who orders now through Sept 3rd gets a FREE birthday gift from me!  Let’s Celebrate!!!