Memorial Day

Week O’Nautical – Seaglass Shimmers

Week O'Nautical - Seaglass Shimmers

Week O’Nautical – Seaglass Shimmers

The long weekend may be over, but Week O’Nautical isn’t! Well, at least on here. I intended to get more up but between the sickness and a busy weekend I didn’t. However, my Week O’Nautical mani was sooo pretty I had to keep it going. How fitting for a nautical influenced mani to be from the new Essie Seaglass Shimmers collection.

Essie Seaglass Shimmers Collection – via essie.com

“Seaglass Shimmers collection 2018: These nail polish shades bring to life the mystical underwater experience with a unique shimmer finish. The world is your oyster so let’s explore the ocean floor and look for precious items washed up on shore. Don’t be salty that this aquatic adventure will only be you, me & the sea.  As you look along the coral coast you will become captivated by the luminous hues. the high tides & dives will show you the iridescent elements of nature – from pearls at sea level to sea glass on shore, you will be digging for more! “

Essie always nails the naming – via essie.com

Don’t Be Salty and Coral Coast had to come home with me during a target run.  I also picked up Ballet Slippers which served as a nice base coat to really let these shimmers shine.

Essie Ballet Slippers, Don't Be Salty and Coral Coast

Essie Ballet Slippers, Don’t Be Salty and Coral Coast

Nautical Mani with Seaglass Shimmers

Nautical Mani with Seaglass Shimmers

These pictures do not do these polishes justice.  They’re pearlescent sparkly just like a shell and glimmer and shimmer.  I can’t even tell you how obsessed I am.  My Memorial Day Mani not only was fit for a mermaid, but showed off a bit of that golden glow I got over the long weekend.  You can shop Essie at your local drug stores or beauty stores.

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Week O’Nautical – Easy Stripes

Week O'Nautical - Easy Stripes

Week O’Nautical – Easy Stripes

TGIF! Hello long weekend! This week has been rough, between being sick, making up time at work and sleepless nights with the new kitten, I’m ready for a long weekend. And easy to wear pieces because I just don’t have the energy.  Easy striped T-shirt dress with some interesting details, for the win!

Avon Jill Dress

Avon Jill Dress

I’m wearing the Avon Jill Dress (from the Seaside Garden Collection) with navy bow flip flops (Kate Spade) and silver jewelry.  (bangles, Mexico street vendor; watch, Avon).

Avon Jill Dress Details

Avon Jill Dress Details

This dress worked really well for me this week because it was super mega comfortable, I could throw it on and go.  The detailed neckline gave it a little added luxe so even when I’m not feeling luxe in any way shape or form, I still look put together.

Simple Silver Accessories and Flip Flops!

Simple Silver Accessories and Flip Flops!

Isn’t this dress just perfect for Week O’Nautical!?!  Cheers to the long weekend… and summer!

 

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!

California Cool

California Cool

California Cool

This Labor Day I’ll be celebrating 13 years as an Californian! I definitley have embraced the laid back sunny lifestyle, which is perfect because, I love the heat and the sun! As much as I loved my upbringing, I’m not headed back to PA except for a visit. As a transplant, it does give a different perspective, especially style wise. It allows me to bring in some east coast style to mix with that California cool which actually works well in NorCal. I still will always be a little more dressed up then most around me, and I don’t find flip flops as a dress shoe, but I do support white, brights and an easy take on the everyday. Recently mark. released a little Cali Vibes fashion capsule collection and this California girl definitely embraced it, but so did a lot of my friends! The pieces are easy to wear, which totally represents those Cali vibes. Let’s take a look how we’re all wearing and sharing them all over the U.S.!

Erica Gerlemann

Erica G., Missouri

 

Stephanie Cudney, New Jersey

Stephanie C., New Jersey

 

Grace Cosenza- Epstein, New York

Grace C- E., New York

 

Elizabeth K., Florida

Elizabeth K., Florida

 

Cheryl A., Southern California

Cheryl A., Southern California

 

Rebecca L., Arizonia

Rebecca L., Arizonia

 

Ann F., Pennsylvania

Ann F., Pennsylvania

 

Sam R., Nor Cal

Sam R., Nor Cal

The Beach Bound tank is a popular favorite, just an easy tank to wear.  I personally love the Hot As Summer Dress, its a really nice knit, almost a terry cotton.  But this whole collection is fun and perfect for summer, and extremely versatile!  Just look at everyone with different styles and looks all wearing each peice flaslessly!  What piece are you liking best!?

mark. Hot As Summer Dress

mark. Hot As Summer Dress

mark. High Tide Bodysuit

mark. High Tide Bodysuit

mark. High Waister Pant

mark. High Waister Pant

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. OnThe Boardwalk Platforms

mark. OnThe Boardwalk Platforms

mark. Cool as a Cluster and Beach Babe Earrings

mark. Cool as a Cluster and Beach Babe Earrings

I really see this entire collection being my wardrobe for Memorial Day!  Shop my favories and view the entire Cali Vibes line at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and if you’re adding an Eye Lift Pro get to it to ship for FREE with promo code EYELIFT (see previous post for more details)

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 Special Edition: Seaside Gardens

It may only be March but I’m already thinking about Memorial Day and my “Week O’Nautical!” Partially because I want warm summer days, but also because of the new capsule release from Avon titled “Seaside Gardens.” Seaside Gardens is a fashion and home release influenced by all things nautical, which means this calls for a Week O’Nautical Special Edition!

Introducing Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection

The Seaside Gardens capsule collection is a limited release for spring.  This means all the items are meant to mix and match with each other (and well with what you have).  It also means that once the stock is gone, its gone.  Judging how the last capsule collection went (Savana Blooms/Modern Southern Belle) popular items will sell out.  I usually don’t like just sharing up the stock photographs but I wanted to share this entire fashion collection.

There are a lot of items I’m just loving!  My top picks include this Veronica Tote Bag and the adorable Ivy Jumpsuit.  There are so many jewelry options that will work from now through Labor Day, especially my pick, the Seaside Stripes Statement Necklace.  And can we take a moment to admire all the shoes… allllll of them!  I literally could work every single item into my wardrobe but my budget doesn’t agree.

In addition to the fashion there is a entire Avon Living line to match! (home goods)  I will be sharing here on Word of Alicia more from the Avon Living line, a Week O’Nautical outfit,  how to update your wardrobe without breaking your budget and how to take the nautical theme to your beauty routine.

Seaside Garden’s launches Wednesday March 14th and will be available through camping 11 (about 6 weeks) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  If you would like to know how to gain early access to these types of collections and score them at 40% off leave a comment saying you want the word!

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Knots

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Knots

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Knots

Let’s tie some nautical knots during Week O’Nautical!  Nothing is more nautical than a good blue and white striped top, but also super common.  Why “knot” step it up a notch with an off the shoulder version that knots on the side!?

Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top

Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top

The Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top is the perfect must have piece for Week O’Nautical.  I’ve been needing a basic top like this for some time so when this Avon one came out I took a chance and it paid off!  It’s super soft, the neckline can be worn regular or off the shoulder and you can untie the knot if you wanted to tuck it in, etc.

Nautical Striped Look

Nautical Striped Look

I paired it with a guard orange mini you might recognize from a previous Week O’Nautical look, but I’ve also worn this with jeans, white jeans like the mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans and shorts, so super versatile for your summer wardrobe.

Nautical Knots

Nautical Knots

Keeping it knotty I added this long knotted necklace (Loft), tie up wedge sandals, (mark. Wedge Issue Sandals) and my current favorite bag (mark. Isle Style Bag).

Nautical Knots

Nautical Knots

mark. Wedge Issue Sandals

mark. Wedge Issue Sandals

You can shop my look at my eBoutique, the Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top comes in misses and plus and is only $19.99!  ($24.99 for plus).  This is by far one of the best Avon fashion finds especially for Week O’Nautical!  Be sure to hit that $40 order and get the amazing eye deal for only $10!

Week O'Nautical Easy Summer Top

Week O’Nautical Easy Summer Top, Bag and Wedges!

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200) $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Travel Outfit

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Travel Outfit

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Travel Outfit

Week O’Nautical launched with such a bang it had to anchor for a few days.  So let’s sail on with a little post-Memorial Day Week O’Nautical with the perfect travel outfit for any long weekend travel plans!  A lot of the times your travel day still counts as a day, so you need to look cute and functional.  That’s where the mark. Crop It Like It’s Hot jumpsuit comes in.

mark. by Avon Crop It Like It's Hot Jumpsuit

mark. by Avon Crop It Like It’s Hot Jumpsuit

Full Nautical Travel Look

Full Nautical Travel Look

A jumpsuit/romper may not be the best idea for “pit stops” but usually you keep those to a minimum anyways when trying to get somewhere.  This mark. Crop It Like It’s Hot jumpsuit (last seen here) is perfectly packable and travel-able.    Jumpsuit and rompers are great because it’s 1 and done, and when precious suitcase space is involved, that becomes important!

Nautical Cardi - A Travel Must Have

Nautical Cardi – A Travel Must Have

Take it nautical, and a little more functional, by adding a long white and navy striped cardigan that you can take on and off depending on the chill factor.  A lightweight sweater like this one from Old Navy is a MUST for traveling.  When traveling I like easy to wear jewelry like a watch, Avon Pretty Chic Bracelet Watch and some statement earrings, mark Show Stopping Earrings.

Travel Ready In mark. Crop It Like It's Hot Jumpsuit

Travel Ready In mark. Crop It Like It’s Hot Jumpsuit

Last time I wore this jumpsuit I wore it with a good heel height but that’s not functional esp when running through an airport, so flats it is.  If I HAVE to wear flats why not some fun silver sneakers!?!  These are an old mark. item but I do have 1 pair of 6’s in my overstock if anyone wants them.

mark. By Avon Isle Style Bag

mark. By Avon Isle Style Bag

Travel Bag Packed - mark. Isle Style Bag

Travel Bag Packed – mark. Isle Style Bag

A travel outfit is not complete without a good carry-on bag.  This mark. Isle Style Bag is your perfect travel companion.  It fits a lot and screams vacation as it is part of the mark. Instant Vacation Havana Sol line (see more).  It also has a detachable long strap and the handles fit over the shoulder so when you need to use your hands you can.

Bring On The Summer Vaca's!!!

Bring On The Summer Travel!!!

2017 is definitely a high travel year which makes me super excited!  Now that I have the right travel pieces I’m even more excited, especially since they’re a little nautical 🙂 You can shop my look at my eboutique and be sure to hit that $40 and get the $10 eye bundle, that’s a GREAT deal for the #1 eye product from Avon 😉

Always take the scenic route...

Always take the scenic route…

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200) $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – The Perfect Lake Dress

Week O'Nautical - The Perfect Lake Dress

Week O’Nautical – The Perfect Lake Dress

Do you know what today is?  The kick off to Week O’Nautical 2017!  The time where I count down to the unofficial start of summer with my red white and blue.  This year I got the party started early with a perfect summer day trip to Lake Tahoe with my friends and family, and the with the perfect lake dress!

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

mark. Vintage Wash Dress is the perfect dress for your lake days!  As part of the mark. Instant Vacation Havana capsule collection this dress features a white rope lace up detailing on a short sleeve denim dress.  A little nautical detailing if you will.

The Perfect Lake Dress - mark. Vintage Wash Dress

The Perfect Lake Dress – mark. Vintage Wash Dress

What makes this the perfect lake dress is the weight of the dress, it’s thick, perfect to ward off the chill coming off the lake.  The style of the dress works as a suit cover up, a lunch-ing look or worn for your lake activities.  Oh and did I mention it has pockets!  You know how I feel about a dress with pockets!

Easy Over Your Swimsuit

Easy Over Your Swimsuit

Lake Day Essentials

Lake Day Essentials

Nautical Rope Detailing

Nautical Rope Detailing

With all the rain we got this is a great year for Tahoe, so we took advantage on our day trip and hit up Bride Veil Falls, Eagle Falls and lunched and beached it at The Beacon Bar and Grill.

Bride Veil Falls

Bride Veil Falls with the Fam

Beacon Bar and Grill, South Lake Tahoe

Beacon Bar and Grill, South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls Overlooking Emerald Bay

Eagle Falls Overlooking Emerald Bay

Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

What To Do Over Memorial Weekend:  Day trip to the lake!  If you are in Nor Cal go up to South Lake Tahoe and check out the gushing waterfalls and enjoy a little lunch and beach.

What To Wear:  mark. Vintage Wash Dress!  Throw it over you suit, bring a beach sweater and bust out your best beach waves.

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and starting Wednesday get this perfect eye bundle for only $10 with your $40 purchase!

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

 

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.