Organization

Cyber Monday Offer and a FREE Holiday Shopping List Printable

He’s making a list and checking it twice… Time to make your shopping lists and get names checked off!  Let me help you with that.  First, to organize your shopping here’s a holiday shopping list printable so you can write out who and what you need to get.

Holiday Shopping List Printable

Holiday Shopping List Printable

Holiday Shopping List Printable

Once you have that figured out might as well get your list tackled over at my eBoutique.  Not only will you find something for everyone on that list but you will also get FREE shipping, 20% off today and a bonus 8 piece gift set that you can keep for yourself as an appreciation for your hard work online shopping OR use as a stocking stuffer or girlfriend gift.  Not sure what to get?  Check out the gift guide!
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Either way there’s TONS of great stuff at Avon this year, especially in the Avon Living section!  You can’t go wrong with a triple wick candle as a gift!  Today’s Cyber Monday deal is definitely the best all week but we have exclusive offers coming for the next 12 days… 12 days of deals if you will so be sure to check back and see what tickles your shopping list fancy!

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

3 Step Spring Cleaning: Makeup Organizing and Storage For Only $7!

Makeup Spring Cleaning with Avon Beauty Caddy

Makeup Spring Cleaning with Avon Beauty Caddy

The spring cleaning bug has bit. For months now I’ve been meaning to tackle my under the sink disaster that is all my makeup/beauty. A few weeks ago I ordered this Avon Beauty Caddy but last night while bing watching Netflix I decided let’s put this baby to use!

Avon Beauty Caddy $9.99 now $6.99!

Avon Beauty Caddy $9.99 now $6.99!

I’ve been holding off because I wanted to snap a few pics of the caddy all prettied up with the newest products as shown in the stock photo for you guys, but last night I said screw it and pulled out all my stuff to clean out and organize.  One of my biggest life motto’s is waste not want not, which is also that of a hoarder, yes I have hoarding tendencies, I can’t help it!  To not hoard it all I had to follow a few steps to get my stuff under control.

Side Elastic For Extra Storage

Side Elastic For Extra Storage

Front Slip Pockets For Small Items

Front Slip Pockets For Small Items

 

1. Pitch It – Throw out any nearly empties.  Why am I holding on to a trial size eye primer that I can barely squeeze out.  Throw out any old mascara’s.  I have new mascara’s that I LOVE way more no need to hold on to those old ones that are WELL past the 3 month mark (recommended renew date for mascara).  Throw out anything where the formula hast changed or smells funny.

2.  Pass It On – After I went through everything that needed to go I still had a BUNCH of stuff from gifts with purchases, beauty subscriptions, things I just bought or while traveling when I forgot my usual, or things that just weren’t my color/flattering.  I held on to all these because well they’re like brand new or barely used, and that waste not want not mentality sets in.  So to ease the guilt I sprayed them all down with alcohol and put them in a bag to share with my friends too see if any of them want them before I either donate or pitch.

3.  Pack It Up – So after I narrowed down everything I still have a ton of stuff.  Whatever, I like beauty products!  I sorted them into eyes, lips, face and almost a sub-category of all things pencils/tubes and then tools.  Now on to the storage… the Avon Beauty Caddy actually fits so much, like SO MUCH.  It also has adjustable dividers so I was able to organize all my pallets in one section.  Face products and lipsticks in another, all the pencils/tube like things standing up in the back, and some body products in another.  Along the sides it has 3 pockets perfect for sample sizes, squeeze tubes, etc.  Also on both ends there’s elastic bands where I put my foundations, kabuki brush and eye curler.  I keep most my brushes in a cup on the counter but otherwise I would of put them in here too!  I was shocked how much I fit in here and how easily accessible everything is!

Under TAdjustable Compartmentshe Sink Makeup Storage

Adjustable Compartments

Under The Sink Makeup Storage

Under The Sink Makeup Storage

 

When I finished last night I was almost giddy with excitement over my new organization!  I am no longer embarrassed the the status under my sink, go ahead open it up see how pretty and accessible all my crap is!  I was just as giddy this morning when I got up to use it… and see that this exact caddy is on flash sale for 30% off making it only $7!  I mean I’ve been searching makeup storage solutions/diy’s for months and months and didn’t really find anything worth it and affordable.  PROBLEM SOLVED!  I’m ordering 2 more, one for my hair products/accessories and one for skincare/bath and body care.  I was so excited I snapped these crappy super organic pictures this morning just so you can scale how realistic a solution these steps and organizer are.

You can shop the Avon Beauty Caddy ON SALE through 12pm EST tonight at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Makeup Spring Cleaning with Avon Beauty Caddy  In addition you can use a free ship code on $20 (see yesterday’s post) OR shop more from the flash sale and get an additional 20% off a $60 order with promo code AVONFB60.  A few of my all time favs are included in the flash sale like mark. Touch and Glow (seen here), mark. Outside Chance Cape (seen here), mark. Ruffle Your Feathers Earrings (seen here) and mark. Dream Sequins Shimmering Eye Shadow Pallet (seen here)… all 30% off!  Shop Now!

 

New Year, New You, New Arrivals

new year, new you, new arrivals!

new year, new you, new arrivals!

New year, new you.  Regardless if you make a resolution or not January represents a fresh start!  Out with the old in with the new: new year, new you, new arrivals!  Here are my top 5 picks to start the new year off on the right foot and will still keep you within your budget (you know, for that save money resolution!).

New Bag:

Style On The Run Bag

Style On The Run Bag

A new bag for the new year is a must.  Not only does it help with the get organized resolution but it also keeps you looking chic.  Go with a basic color in a classic shape like the mark. Style On The Run Bag ($45).  This bag not only is roomy for all your essentials but it works day or night PLUS it has a removable case for your tablet, phone, etc.  This is like a designer bag for a whole lot less (like $100 less than that MK one I was stalking)

New bag happy in day sequence!

New bag happy in day sequence!

New Shoes: 

Hit The Spot Flats

Hit The Spot Flats

Kick out those old run down shoes with a new pair of leopard flats, mark. Hit The Spot Flats ($38)!  Not only are they super trendy but also super classic in a pointed toe and leopard so you can wear them year round.  Quality doesn’t have to cost you, these new real leather flats from mark. are only $38!  For this new year I’m interested in going for quality over quantity which is why smart purchases like this are prefect for the new year.

Leopard flats are on point!

Leopard flats are on point!

New Everyday Liner:

Saved By The Gel

Saved By The Gel

I wear eyeliner everyday even if I wear nothing else so having a quality liner that looks good and lasts all day is important.  The new mark. Saved By The Gel Waterproof Cream Liner ($11) is the perfect solution for the everyday.  Cream liners are less harsh than liquid but have the same lasting effect.  Plus you can smoke out a cream liner really nice for night.  Adding a fail proof product to your everyday is a must for the new year to simplify your routine.

mark. Saved By The Gel in Black

mark. Saved By The Gel in Black

New Accessory:

Keep It Connected Hair Pin

Keep It Connected Hair Pin

Accessories are the easiest way to add something new and fresh but keeping the cost down.  The mark. Keep It Connected Hair Pin ($14) is my pick for the new year.  There are tons of ways you can wear it, in your hair (bun like shown, or through a braid) and out (like on a bag or on a collard blouse!).  When you want to save a little time throw your hair up and dress up your tresses with this pin.

Sparkly Add Ons For The New Year

Sparkly Add Ons For The New Year

New Coat:

Close Rank Capes

Close Rank Capes

Let’s not kid ourselves, spring is months away and the winter chill is real so a new coat for the new year is a must.  Instead of going with your standard black wool jacket got with a statement making cape!  In a basic black you can still pair it with everything but you get some extra interest with the shape.  The mark. Close Rank Cape as been a top seller and you can see why at only $70!

Wearing the Close Ranks Cape with Poseidon

Wearing the Close Ranks Cape with Poseidon

For under $200 ($178 to be exact) you can start off the year right with some key pieces to mix and match in with what you already have.  Shopping in January can be a bit difficult (esp on the spending guilt) but with smart buys on classic go-to items go for guilt free shopping.  PLUS you can get 20% off your $50 order so shop new arrivals with promo code SITEWIDE at http://www.youravon.comaliciahessinger

DIY Bridal Survival Kit with thesalonoutlet.com

If rain on your wedding day is lucky, what is arson forest fire smoke?  I’m just under 2 weeks from my big day which is seeming to be ruined by the King fire since its barely contained and still spreading.  There is no way you can plan to avoid something like this but I can plan for the other small “fires” that are bound to happen on my wedding day with a DIY Bridal Survival Kit.

 

DIY Bridal Survival Kit

DIY Bridal Survival Kit

 

thesalonoutlet.com generously provided a product of my choice for review, with my upcoming wedding I knew I wanted a “train case” for all my beauty and survival needs.  I selected the black soft makeup train case with shoulder strap ($39.99).  It’s the perfect size with tons of compartments to keep me organized and hold everything I need.  As I’ve been getting closer I’ve been adding bits and pieces here and there to build the kit.

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thesalonoutlet.com Black Soft Train Case with strap

thesalonoutlet.com Black Soft Train Case with strap

 

DIY Bridal Survival Contents:

  • Advil (or pain reliever of choice)
  • Tums
  • Band-Aids
  • Shoe Inserts (heel grips and sole)
  • Blister Stick
  • Chalk (to cover up any last minute smudges or smears on your wedding dress)
  • Clear nail polish (for runs or nails)
  • Nail File
  • Corsage pins
  • Dental floss/toothpicks
  • Eye drops/contact solution
  • Eye makeup remover (for smudges)
  • Primer (mark. Primed for Perfection) and Powder (mark. PowderBuff)
  • Extra earring backs
  • Hair pins/ponytail holder
  • Hairspray
  • Tail Comb
  • Shine Serum (for fly aways)
  • Perfume (Avon Femme)
  • Hand towelettes
  • Hem tape
  • Matches
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Scotch tape
  • Small folding scissors
  • Spot remover (aka shout to go wipes)
  • Static-cling spray
  • Straws (to protect the lipstick)
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Lotion
  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and toothpaste (since mine is an out of town/across the country for some wedding and who knows who forgot what)
  • Razor
  • Q-tips
  • Breath mints/gum
  • Extra phone charger
  • Lady Stuff
  • Cash
  • Nuts and granola bars (hangry is not a fun wedding day feeling)
Avon Anew Vital Day and Night Cream

Avon Anew Vital Day and Night Cream

Avon’s new Anew Vitale line is the perfect duo to pack.  It helps stressed and sleep deprived skin look awake and refreshed.  Def a must have for the weekend.  I’ve also been saving these firming eye gels for a day-of beauty treat!  Other face must haves are gentle cleanser from Liz Earle, mark. Powderbuff, mark. Primed for Perfection, mark. Mist Opportunity all to create the perfect pallet!

Avon Femme For My Signature Scent

Avon Femme For My Signature Scent

At my friend Mary’s wedding I noticed how all night long she smelled AMAZING!  I want to copy her with a nice clean scent, so far Avon Femme is the leading candidate, perfect for a wedding!

Start of the DIY Bridal Survival Kit

Start of the DIY Bridal Survival Kit

I still need to finish packing this little survival kit along with a million other things on the to do list before October 4th, but at least my train case from thesalonoutlet.com is the perfect fit for it!  Fingers crossed this King Fire gets under control and clears out so I can survive my wedding weekend!

Your Summer Vacation Must-Haves

I absolutely LOVE that summer is JUST around the corner.  Which also means its time to start planning your summer vacation!  If you’ve been following my posts for the last 2 weeks you’ll notice I’ve been highlighting pieces from the mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts collection (last seen here), so let’s pretend I’m planning a real vacation to Saint Barts.  There are a few must haves from the collection that are needed for any summer travel regardless of the destination.  Here are my top 3 must haves for your summer vacation:

1.  mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24).

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

If you’re anything like me when packing its about fitting as much as possible and bringing as many multitasking items as possible.  The mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case solves both those issues.  Pack all your jewelry in its 3 zippered pockets, 1 slip pocket and along the necklace/earring bar, then roll it up!  The compacted case fits nicely in your bag and keeps you organized.  MULTITASKER:  The jewelry roll can then double up as a clutch once you get to your destination!

2.  mark. Get Packing Tote

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

The mark. Get Packing Tote is just what you need for your carry on bag or overnight bag.  Its roomy so you can pack a lot, and I mean a lot!, but it has sturdy and comfortable straps for lugging it around.  But on top of all that its a really good looking bag!  The neutral camel faux leather is really nice in quality and the pops of pink neon around the trim, studs and tie details give it a luxe look so you can also look like a chic jet-setter!  MULTITASKER:  Use this bag as your beach bag, shopper tote and/or just as your purse when you get to your destination.

3.  mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16 each)

Beautiful sunwashed eye shades and bronzy goodness!

mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16)

Who wants to haul a bunch of makeup when traveling?  That’s when a good pallet is really important, one that will give you a ton of looks from one case!  I’ve already reviewed and sung my praises on the mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty pallets here, but on a trip these are really all you would need to bring, plus the slim design makes them really travel friendly!  MULTITASKER:  The mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet is a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one!  The mark. Island Eyes pallet contains the perfect shades to go neutral and beachy or bold and smokey!

BONUS MUST HAVE!  Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard (pic cred’s to Erica Gerlemann!)

I know I said my top 3, but I had to add on the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line!  A lot of vacation destinations are going to have bugs and pests you don’t want biting you.  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line is EXTREMELY effective at keeping them at bay, plus its deet free!  No matter your formula preference there’s an option for you, lotion, spray or towelette.  MULTITASKER:  Get your other vacation must have, SUNSCREEN in your Bug Guard formula!  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line also has options with SPF30, which is just a life must have, really!  DOUBLE BONUS:  Now through memorial day the Skin So Soft Bug Guard is all on special pricing in our Memorial Day Shop (shop it here!) and with a $40 order get a FREE travel size Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Spray.  Plus shop the Memorial Day Shop for other must-haves to ready you for the weekend!

Let's Get Packing For St. Barts!

Let’s Get Packing For St. Barts!

Now let’s get planning for your summer vacation!  Possibly with the long Memorial Weekend?  Let’s kick off summer with a vacation weekend with these vacation must-haves!  What destinations are on your bucket list for summer travel?

From The Desk Of Alicia – Happy 2014!!!

sealed with an a

sealed with an a

Happy New Year!  (a couple days later).  In the last couple of weeks I’ve been enjoying the holidays, a trip back east, my family, my friends, and some much needed time off!  A lot of that was spent unplugged and enjoying the moment and not worrying about capturing it electronically.  2014 is shaping up to be a big year…  not only is it the 2nd year anniversary here on the blog but I have a new nephew on the way, my niece is graduating high school and I have a wedding to plan!  I only half-heartedly make resolutions but this year with all this going on my resolution is to be more organized/on time/on top of things/etc.   I think the first step in making this happen is finding a really good planner to keep me organized… one that’s equally as chic and fun as it is functional.  Here are a few I’m looking at…

Topping the wish list, Kate Spade offerings:

Kate Spade Spiral 2014 Agendas

Kate Spade Spiral 2014 Agendas

A Peek Inside

A Peek Inside

Kate Spade Brightspot Avenue Debra

Kate Spade Brightspot Avenue Debra

The refillable agenda is really what I think I need.  Something with pockets and lots of options.  However its pink and $168 (neither are my favorite).

On the more affordable level Etsy has some great options:

Day Designer On Etsy

Day Designer On Etsy

2014 Planner on Etsy

2014 Planner on Etsy

 

Since I’m a sucker for fun office supplies these fun designs have me smitten:

Henri Bendel 2014 Planner

Henri Bendel 2014 Planner

Jonathan Adler Spade Design

Jonathan Adler Spade Design

 

laureldenise.com

laureldenise.com

 

The refillable options are what I’m searching for but I want something more fun in design, but this classic leather one from Coach has the functionality:

Coach Leather Tab Jacket

Coach Leather Tab Jacket

 

Since I’m not very good at this organization thing, I’m definitely open to suggestions.  Do you use a day planner you love?  Do you have a better suggestion?  Where’s the best place to shop for planners?  Searching Pinterest I’ve seen a ton of printable options, but what’s the best way to bind them/use them?  Leave a comment and help licia!

As for the rest of this organization thing for the year the biggies I want to tackle are my closet, my shoes, my jewelry, my office (both home and work) and my paper trails (documents/warranties/manuals/receipts/etc).  This will involve some pinspiration and diy techniques that I most certainly will be sharing here on word of alicia.

Here's to 2014!!

Here’s to 2014!!

Cheer’s to a happy and healthy 2014!