Memorial Day

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!

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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.

 

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Today, more than ever, feels like a proper day to celebrate our fly our flag freely and proudly. In honor I’m wearing my red white and blue and here’s a few patriotic items I’m loving too! Just in time for the 4th, and quite frankly, anytime.

Red White and Blue Sparklers!

Red White and Blue Sparklers!

Dress, Express / Necklace, Charming Charlie / Sunglasses and Watch, Michael Kors / Blue Pumps, Guess / Lips, Julep Plush Pout Lip Crayon.

 

Sparklers:

Hot Steppers:  

 

Shoedazzle Frances Wedge

Shoedazzle Frances Wedge

Firecrackers:

Old Navy T-Shirt

Old Navy T-Shirt

Grand Ole’ Flag:

Target Panama Hat

Target Panama Hat

 

 

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Week O’Nautical – Memorial Day Mani

Week O'Nautical:  Memorial Day Mani

Week O’Nautical: Memorial Day Mani

The long weekend got the best of me so Week O’Nautical Mani Monday is going up on a Tuesday! Which is totally fine because sometimes there’s way more to life than being on the computer… like floating around on a swan in the pool! However this super simple mani is just way too pretty not to share even if it is a day late!

Avon Gel Finish in Sapphired Up

Avon Gel Finish in Sapphired Up

Avon just released a whole new range of colors in their Gel Finish formula. Including this perfect bright sapphire blue, appropriately called Sapphired Up. At first I was going to create a really fun nautical red white and blue mani, but once I put this polish on it was so stunning, so glossy, so smooth that I knew I was just going to wear this and only this. The pictures from my crappy phone (samsung s5 you have the WORST camera!) DO NOT do it justice!

Avon Gel Finish Sapphired Up For Merica'

Avon Gel Finish Sapphired Up For Merica’

Not only is it such a pretty color, the formula is also SPOT ON! This one is a one coat wonder, yes I’m wearing only 1 coat here! Super self leveling, smooth and covers wonderfully. Then on top of that I used the NEW Avon Gel Finish Top Coat. It already had a great finish but with the addition of the top coat it dried fast and was extra shiny. (Again what my stupid camera didn’t pick up).

Avon Gel Finish Top Coat For Extra Fast Shine

Avon Gel Finish Top Coat For Extra Fast Shine

In honor of the shades release the Avon Gel Finish nail polishes are on sale for only $4.99 a piece AND if you buy 3 you get the Gel Finish Top Coat FOR FREE!  Definitely worth it… because you can use the top coat over any polish and get that same Gel Finish.  Shop the new Gel Finish line at my eboutique!  I’ll def be sharing more colors and swatches.

I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend, got a little r&r and sported some red white and blue!  I certainly did if you couldn’t tell by my IG and my Week O’Nautical posts!  You can re-cap them all here:

Week O’Nautical Trending Tuesday:  Nautical Accents

Week O’Nautical:  Nautical Navy Pants

Week O’Nautical:  Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical:  Red White and Blue Boho

Memorial Day Weekend '16

Memorial Day Weekend ’16

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical can almost taste the long weekend… or maybe its those red white and blue sweet treats we enjoyed today.  Regardless, nautical stripes on stripes were in order today!  Nautical striped t-shirt dress with some striped heels all tied together with some nautical accents and the best lightweight soft trench!

Striped T-shirt Dress, Heels and Soft Trench

Striped T-shirt Dress, Heels and Soft Trench

Deets:  Dress, H&M; Soft Trench/clutch/ring/earrings, mark.; Watch, Avon; Heels, Just Fab; Necklace/Bracelet, Charming Charlie’s.
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mark. Soft Touch Trench

mark. Soft Touch Trench

A classic trench coat is the perfect layering piece for chilly spring mornings intro work.  For spring a soft trench is not only on trend but the lighter design makes it ideal.  I just love this mark. Soft Touch Trench, it was such a great investment piece.

http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Layer On A Soft Trench

Layer On A Soft Trench

Navy and white always look great paired with sea-worth turquoise and coral, which is why I added those nautical accents in my fav color pairing.  And those platform sandals are so statement making they might not be considered an accent!

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents With Statement Power

Nautical Accents With Statement Power

You can shop the mark. Soft Touch Trench at my eBoutique and today’s the last day to get the FREE boho necklace set but there are many other offers all weekend long (check out my shop page for all the promo codes).  Who’s ready for this long weekend to be here already!  A little retail therapy might be in order to speed things along 😉

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Navy Pants

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Navy Pants

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Navy Pants

In the Navy you can sail the seven seas!  Or in these nautical navy pants you can embrace Week O’Nautical!  What’s more fitting for Fleet Week than a high waisted wide leg breezy nautical navy pant with the mark. Navy Gazing Pants.  (last seen here)

mark. Navy Gazing Pants

mark. Navy Gazing Pants

This time around for Week O’Nautical I wore them with a  cropped lace top (mark., old), gold flats (mark., old) and some red white and blue jewelry!

Nautical Navy and White

Nautical Navy and White

Avon Anchor Cord Bracelet

Avon Anchor Cord Bracelet

Its all about the nautical accessories this week.  Which is why this Avon Nautical Anchor Cord Bracelet ties this whole look together.  I REALLY wanted to wear my rope necklace that I’ve worn basically every other Week O’Nautical but I couldn’t find it.  So this sparkly red, white and blue number from Charming Charlie’s filled in.

Nautical Details

Nautical Details

Crop Tops and Wide Legs for Week O'Nautical

Crop Tops and Wide Legs for Week O’Nautical

You can shop my pants and bracelet at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to countdown to the long weekend with me during Week O’Nautical!  BONUS:  Free Boho Necklace Set with your order so get your Red White and Blue on for FREE!

Week O'Nautical Marches On!

Week O’Nautical Marches On!