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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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Wear Now Fall Trends: Alix Pleated Skirt

Wear Now Fall Trends:  Alix Skirt

Wear Now Fall Trends: Alix Pleated Skirt

I don’t do fall before September 1, but that doesn’t mean I’m not doing my adult back to school shopping.  I picked up a few pieces from the Avon Fall For Paris collection (see here) and lucky for me I selected some on trend pieces that I can wear now and wear later!

Wearing Avon Fall For Paris Collection

Wearing Avon Fall For Paris Collection

“Inspired by the streets of Paris, this latest fashion collection from Avon is perfect for fall with a color line up of roses, greys, pinks and blacks. The highly versatile pieces are designed to mix and match and will go great with pieces already in her wardrobe. These classic designs look great on everyone – just check out the pages and pages of fellow Representatives wearing the pieces in their individual style. Coordinating jewelry in this collection is available at special pricing in Campaign 19.”

Avon Alix Pleatead Skirt

Avon Alix Pleatead Skirt

The Avon Alix Pleated skirt has classic design in a gorgeous menswear inspired print that still has all the trends for fall. This skirt is lightweight, flirty and not lined so extremely wearable now. I personally have a houndstooth obsession so this was my #1 pick from the Fall For Paris collection.

Wear Now with Cobalt Blue

Wear Now with Cobalt Blue

I absolutely love a black and white print with a cobalt blue which is really nice as a late summer color pallet.  Still bright and bold but still being fresh.  I paired the Alix Pleated skirt with a cutout chocker tank from Express, bandage heels from mark., tassel earrings from Avon and a houndstooth bracelet and watch.

Houndstooth and Tassels

Houndstooth and Tassels

Wear Now Look

Wear Now Look

Houndstooth Obsessed.

Houndstooth Obsessed.

Alicia 5 years ago would never buy a pleated “long” skirt and even when I got this, I thought, should I hem this?  I short girl with curves and thick legs doesn’t seem to be the ideal candidate for this skirt BUT with the right heel can conquer the world, or the skirt.  If I can wear this skirt, so can you, that’s what I’ve found about this collection, its WAY more flattering than you’d think.

Making It My Own

Making It My Own

The Avon Alix Pleated Skirt is actually a good year round skirt.  It’s classic enough that you can pair it with the right seasonable separates for any season.  Come fall I’ll wear it with a graphic tee and booties.  (and by graphic tee I mean the upcoming Queen tee from mark.), in the winter this will look adorable with tights, tall boots and a fine gauge sweater.  In the spring I can see this with a really pretty feminine blouse and a lady like pump.  I’ll get good use out of this skirt!

You can shop the Avon Alix Pleated Skirt and the full Fall For Pairs collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Planning for Paradise

Planning for Paradise with Zoey

Planning for Paradise with Zoey

You know what next week is?  Birthday week!  So I’m planning out my week to include all things I spoil myself with.  Things I’m planning:  get my hair did, spend birthday coupons, capitalize on free birthday gifts, birthday party with family, birthday outing with friends, eating all my favorite foods and desserts every day!  If you don’t #treatyoself during your birthday week then you’re doing it wrong!

mark. Tropics Maxi with ruffle details

mark. Tropics Maxi with ruffle details

mark. Off Duty Hat

mark. Off Duty Hat

Summer Happy Hour Look

Summer Happy Hour Look

Wearing:  mark. To The Tropics Maxi; mark. Off Duty Hat; Tropics Leather Crossbody Bag; Pineapple Printed Wedges (Ross Dress For Less)  (most available here)

Taking It Tropical

Taking It Tropical

mark. Off Duty Hat

Easy Combo:  maxi + hat + wedges + crossbody

While planning for birthday, I’m wearing the mark. Planning for Paradise pieces to savor the rest of summer!  Favorite piece I’m wearing?  The mark. Tropics Leather Crossbody Bag.  This has been my summer savior!  It’s the perfect crossbody for all your summer activities and beyond.  It fits your phone AND essentials, has a front pocket for easy access and is REAL leather for only $35!

mark. Tropics Leather Crossbody

mark. Tropics Leather Crossbody

Summer Wedges and Crossbody

Summer Wedges and Crossbody

Front Slip Pocket

Front Slip Pocket

Leather and Tassel Details

Leather and Tassel Details

Full Plan For Paradise Look

Full Plan For Paradise Look

These pieces are very limited and only available for a limited time at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  and while you’re at it there’s a little deal going on as well!  You get free shipping on a $25 order and with a $50 order you get free shipping AND Avon Anew Ultimate Kit.

Use promo code ULTIMATEKIT at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Use promo code ULTIMATEKIT at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Pink Friday

TGIF!  Who else is ready for the weekend!?  But before we get there, lets do a little shopping!  Today is Victoria Secret’s Pink Friday, a day of deals.

Pink Friday

Pink Friday

Pink Friday Deals:  Cotton leggings, bras and tee’s are all $25.  They also have 7 for $25 panties.  If you are a member of Pink Nation (the VS PINK app) you get a Pink Nation Crew sweatshirt for $25.  On top of all that with a $75 order get a free duffle bag and water bottle.  Boost your order to $150 and add on a free sherpa blanket.

Promo Codes:  Pink Nation Crew, CREW25; Free duffle and water bottle, PINKFRIYAY ; Free duffle, water bottle and blanket, PINKTRIO; Free ship on $50, SHIP50

FREE Stuff!

FREE Stuff!

Collegiate Gear:  My biggest excitement is that most of the collegiate gear is also on sale for $25 including the leggings!  Being a Penn State fan on the west coast means I need more hot weather gear during football season, so I picked up the t shirt dress, the cut out neck tank and the leggings.  It IS birthday month….

Pink PSU Perfect V-Neck Pocket Tee and mark. Denim Shorts

Pink PSU Perfect V-Neck Pocket Tee and mark. Denim Shorts

Word of Alicia:  You can shop this online or instore but it does usually sell out of popular colors/sizes.  I like to take this time to freshen up my lounge gear.  No need to look like a bum even when you’re bumming around the house.  Plus if you need to run out and get a redbox you’re totally ok doing so in some fresh gear.  But honestly its the collegiate gear deals that is the biggest selling point to this post.  Happy Fri-YAY!

WE ARE!

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!

 

Let’s Go To Mexico!

Let's Go To Mexico

Let’s Go To Mexico

Happy first day of summer! I wish I was on my way to a summer vacation, like to Mexico, but since I’m not I’d figure I might as well take an instant vacation today with the mark. Oaxaca fashion collection!

mark. Oaxaca Fashion Collection

mark. Oaxaca Fashion Collection

Every year mark. releases a summer instant vacation capsule collection, while this year’s is a bit smaller and only fashion items it still emobies the feelings of a summer vacation in Mexico, Oaxaca Mexico to be exact.  Oaxaca is located in Southwestern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Guerrero to the west, Puebla to the northwest, Veracruz to the north, Chiapas to the east. To the south, Oaxaca has a significant coastline on the Pacific Ocean. The state is best known for its indigenous peoples and cultures.

Oaxaca Vibes for Summer

Oaxaca Vibes for Summer

Inspired by Oaxaca and the collection I created a Pinterest board for my instant vacation staycation.  For my first day of summer look featuring the mark. Oaxaca collection I was inspired by summer whites, crochet detailing, and the bold bright colors of Mexico.

Summer Whites

Summer Whites

Wearing the mark. Crochet Like Its Hot Top with a white accordian pleat skirt (Express) for work.  If I was on my Mexican vacation I’d be paring this guy with white denim shorts.

mark. Babe in Oaxaca Wedge

mark. Babe in Oaxaca Wedge

For pops of color I’m wearing the mark. Pretty in Beads Earrings  along with my boho ring set (last seen here).  I added in silver pieces from my last trip to Mexico, like these bangles and ring, stacked with the Avon Sterling Silver Opal Rectangular Ring (last seen here).

Silver and Souviniers

Silver and Souviniers

The mark. Oaxaca collection is only available for a limited time at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  I think it includes the perfect pieces to add to my summer staples. Where would you love to take a summer vacation to!?

Instant Vacation Mexico!

Instant Vacation Mexico!

Week O’Nautical – Beach Please

Week O'Nautical - Beach Please

Week O’Nautical – Beach Please

It’s that time again… Week O’Nautical time! The week before our summer holidays, (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day) I theme out my life with nautical influenced red, white, and blue! Unfortunately, this year, I’ve come down with a bad cold so WON gets a late start.  Memorial Weekend is all about fun and sun as it begins the unofficial kickoff to summer.  Lucky for me, my mom was still here visiting so we spent her last day poolside… well hot tub-side because the pool was too cold, but regardless we took advantage and had some fun in the sun.

Casual Nautical Lounge Look

Casual Nautical Lounge Look

Today’s look may of been meant for louging poolisde, but it would be just as great beachside or at a casual picnic or bbq.  These nautical mark. Beach Bum pants with sailboat print, were the perfect cover up that looked just as good as an outfit as they did over my suit.  And they have pockets!  I paired the mark. Beach Bum pants with a white sweater tank from Express.  A white summer sweater always feels so nautical to me.

mark. Beach Bum Pants

mark. Beach Bum Pants

Nautical Sailboats Print

Nautical Sailboats Print and Avon Floral Jelly Sandals

They even have pockets!

They even have pockets!

Beach Please!  A fun in the sun look isn’t complete without a fun sun hat!  This Avon Beach Please Sun Hat was the perfect topper along with my, Avon Floral Jelly Flip Flops in orange and naucial watch and earrings (Avon Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection).

Beach Please!

Avon Beach Please Sun Hat

Avon Seaside Gardens Earrings and Watch

Avon Seaside Gardens Earrings and Watch

To be a little more extra I also used the new Avon True Color Sandy Beach Bronzing Pallet (launching May 30th), which was AMAZING!  All I needed was this pallet and some mascara for a perfect beach makeup look.

Week O'Nautical Beach Bum

Week O’Nautical Beach Bum

Week O’Nautical might of started late, but it’s a good one!  You can shop this look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Let’s hope I can beat this cold before fun and sun this weekend!

Spending the weekend with this new arrival!

Spending the weekend with this new arrival!

What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

Summer trends are the most fun.  They’re usually bright, functionable and bold.  For whimisical trends the pineapple is back this summer in everything from home goods to wearables.  A pineapple became a symbol of status and wealth during Colonial times for its scarcity, so no surprise we’re loving it lately.  Today, Erica from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty and I are showing you two ways to wear the trend.

How Alicia’s Wearing Pineapples:

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

Weekend Vibes with mark.

Pineapple Trends With mark.

I always seem to wear more prints in the summer, especially tropical prints!  I like to feel like I’m on vacation even if I’m just living my everday life.  A pineapple print is the perfect mix of fun and whimsical for summer.  I love it on a trendy blouse like the mark. Pretty as a Pineapple Top.  An off the shoulder, statement sleeves top in a cute pineapple print goes perfect with jeans and flip flops for a weekend vibe. Off the shoulder can be tricky esp if you struggle with strapless bra’s like me.  I paired a high neck wired bralette underneath for a more functional wear.  Pair it with the mark. Fruit for All Earrings and your trendy summer fun level just hit scorching!

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

Pretty as a Pineapple

Pretty as a Pineapple

 

What Alicia is wearing:  mark. by Avon Pretty as a Pineapple Top, mark. by Avon Fruit for All Earrings, Old Navy Distressed Jeans, Dooney & Bourke Montego Nylon Kendra Satchel Handbag, Coach Abbigail Star Flip Flops (Marshalls), Michael Kors Hvar Aviator Sunglasses.

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

How Erica’s Wearing Pineapples: 

Erica's Pretty Pineapple Look

Erica’s Pretty Pineapple Look

“Summer is here and pineapples are seriously everywhere! I am totally on-board with this fun trend, btw. For this look I was inspired by the model in the Avon brochure. Pairing these printed shorts with a chambray button down is not something I would have immediately thought of plus statement earrings are a little out-of-the-box for me. I added a some crazy bright pink makeup and ta-da – Summer fun outfit!!!” Erica’s Beauty and Fashion

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

What Erica is wearing: mark. By Avon Pretty As A Pineapple Shorts, Avon Pineapple Pouch, Avon A Box Exclusive: Palm Leaf Dangling Earrings, top from my closet, and denim bow slides from Walmart.

Avon Pineapple Pouch

Avon Pineapple Pouch

See Erica’s full blog post to see more on her summer look including her makeup and earrings which are A Box exclusives!

Weekend Vibes

Weekend Vibes

Another way you could wear my top and Erica’s shorts is together as matching separates, which is also very on trend.  mark. released some really fun pieces in this Aloha Summer colleciton, including a pineapple embroidered chambray (last seen here), a sequined pineapple tank (see more here), even a fun pineapple embelished slides!  Check out the entire collection at my eBoutique and be sure to add that exclusive A Box to your order!

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit

The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit

The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit

Weekend warriors unite! It’s hump day so that means the weekend is closer than it is further. The magic of the weekend is, it can lead to so many random things which is why, as the Girl Scouts say, always be prepared! In comes the go anywhere do anything fit.

Fit Formula

Fit Formula

 

The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit = white tee + black leggings + chambray + booties.

 

Spring Booties

Spring Booties

You might of already seen this look on my IG (wordofalicia) and that weekend in this outfit we went fishing, bowling, ran errands, grocery shopped, visited the in-laws, planted some new plants and crashed on the couch. This fit was fitting for all of it.

mark. Back To The Tropics Top

mark. Back To The Tropics Top

White Tee (Avon, old), Leggings (Pink, VS), Booties (mark. – watch for them at the eBoutique), Pineapple Chambray (mark. Back To The Tropics Top – NEW), Bag (Avon Veronica Tote – last seen here), Necklace (mark. Sweet Drops Necklace – NEW).

Do all the things in this outfit

Do all the things in this outfit

mark. Sweet Drops Necklace

mark. Sweet Drops Necklace

Avon Veronical Tote

Avon Veronical Tote

Bunch of new items launched at the eBoutique so check them out while getting yourself this mark. Back To The Tropics Shirt, you won’t be sorry.  AND add on the A Box for $10 because its “tropic like its hot.”

Pineapple Embroidery :)

Pineapple Embroidery 🙂

 

Copy Cat Look: Meghan Markle

Copy Cat Look:  Meghan Markle

Copy Cat Look: Meghan Markle

The Royal Wedding is coming up next weekend, and regardless if you’re a royal watcher or not, can’t argue that Meghan has style. Because I’ll take any reason to theme out my life, I decided this week I’ll pour my best cup of Earl Grey and channel my best London Looks. Meghan’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting look had me. I had to copy this look to the best of my ability with what I had in my closet.

Meghan Markle's Look (pinterest)

Meghan Markle’s Look (pinterest)

Word on Meghan’s Look:  Keys to this look are the pinstripe trench dress, black blazer over the shoulders, black strappy pumps, striped cross body bag and delicate jewelry.

My best recreation

My best recreation

What I had in my closet:  Mad Men for Banana Republic black and white striped dress, not quite a trench dress but same overall look with a cream base, black stripes and a longer length.  I love her blazer with the nautical gold buttons, but I only have 1 black blazer these days, a WHBM blazer with micro dots, still works.  For heels I have these old mark. ones with some strappy details and worked in some dainty jewelry pieces from Avon.  I think its super cute how she has the black and white striped cross body worn a little higher up, the best I could re-create this is with the mark. Summer Crush Crossbody, which gives it a little more California feel for my everyday.

WHBM Blazer over the shoulders

WHBM Blazer over the shoulders

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

Immittion is the greatest form of flattery right?  Either way, good style isn’t hard, you just have to copy cat it.  Find what you like in a picture, on tv, from my blog maybe and just re-create with what you have.  Maybe you’ll have to pick up an item or two, but that way you’re building a wardrobe with what you love, which is always ongoing.  I’ll be sipping some afternoon tea this week as we get closer to getting some eye candy from the Royal Wedding.  Can’t wait to see her dress!