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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!

 

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Apres Ski: Ski Prints

Apres Ski:  Ski Prints

Apres Ski: Ski Prints

Winter has me currently crushing on all things apres ski (as seen here). With my upcoming winter weekend trip I’m planning and pinning so many ski prints. Ski prints range from fair isle to plaid and everything in-between. Basically, all you winter favorites fit for a chalet!

Avon Zoey Knit Vest

Avon Zoey Knit Vest

I picked up this Avon Zoey Knit Vest from the Southwest Capsule Collection.  It technically is an Aztec print, but by pairing it with winter pieces it reads ski print.  It all comes from native prints which are all very similar.

Wrap Belt Tied In The Back!

Wrap Belt Tied In The Back!

For winter wear, I layered the Avon Zoey Knit Vest and tied the wrap belt in the back so it give is a little different shape.  Layering over a black turtleneck, Avon Sloan Turtleneck in black, lets the vest be the statement piece.

Layer A Knit Vest For Winter Wear

Layer A Knit Vest For Winter Wear

It wouldn’t be winter wear without some boots!  These glossy black Hunter boots are staples for me in the winter.  I find them be so comfortable and they work better than any boot to keep out the wet, plus they are fashion friendly!

Winter Staple:  Hunter Boots

Winter Staple: Hunter Boots

Even though I am in mild weathered California, I still find a need for warm winter pieces.  Especially for weekend trips to snowy Tahoe!  Which is why I’m super excited of my pearl embellished knit hat find from Charming Charlie!  Perfect winter piece to go with a casual winter look.

Peal Hats and Statement Earrings

Peal Hats and Statement Earrings

Apres Ski is by definition the party after skiing, so what makes this look more apres ski than a sparkly statement earring!? This Avon Looped Linear Earrings glams up an otherwise super causal and functional outfit.

Layer on the ski prints!

Layer on the ski prints!

I think I definitely found a good look to pack for my Tahoe weekend, along with wearing it all winter long!  You can get my vest, turtleneck and earrings at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger which would also qualify you for the newest A Box!  (see more here).

ONLY $10 with a $40 Purchase

ONLY $10 with a $40 Purchase

APRÈS SKI PART DEUX

With all the winter weather, snow days and cold its time to embrace the cozy.  Cozy with a little luxe, that’s what apres ski is all about.  You might recall my last inspo post from last January (see here) but this time around I’m back with more!  Even if a luxe winter weekend isn’t in your plans you can at least dress like it is!  Here are some things to embrace for that apres ski life:

Fur:

Vests:

Ski Prints:

Cozy Knits:

I have an upcoming weekend getaway to Tahoe at the end of the month so I’ll be planning on how to apply this apres ski inspo to some weekend wear!  See more of my pinsperation at http://www.pinterest.com/ach167/apresski

Trending Tuesday: #mod

What sparked my obsession... mark. Mod

What sparked my obsession… mark. Mod

If the world of alicia was the internet then #mod would totally be trending.  I’ve always been a fan of all things 60’s, the British invasion, Austin Powers and the mod movement.  What totally has me obsessing over this retro trend is the newest release of the mark. Mod limited edition holiday collection!  It’s black and white optical prints, styling in the current magalog, and graphic feels has me inspired:

For more inspiration check out my mod mood board on Pinterest!  Get inspired by the mark. Mod collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Trending Tuesday: Tropical

If the world of alicia was the internet #tropical would totally be trending.  Do you notice a theme here… #pineapple, #maui, #tropical… I definitely like to take it tropical in the summer and this year there’s been a ton of awesome products to inspire.  Here’s what’s in inspiring me this Tuesday:

Lucy Hale In the mark. All Is Palm Maxi

Lucy Hale In the mark. All Is Palm Maxi

Caftans and Pineapples

Caftans, Arm Parties and Pineapples

Avon Tropical Shirt Dress Worn Open Like A Duster

Avon Tropical Shirt Dress Worn Open Like A Duster

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Tropical Mani's

Tropical Mani’s

mark. Wood Works Jewelry Collection

mark. Wood Works Jewelry Collection

Little White Dress, Turquoise Jewelry and Palm Leaves (items coming soon!)

Little White Dress, Turquoise Jewelry and Palm Leaves (items coming soon!)

Tropical Scents (Avon's Tripple Wick in Tropical Sunshine)

Tropical Scents (Avon’s Tripple Wick in Tropical Sunshine)

Tropical Casual

Tropical Casual

Avon Heavenly Hibiscus Lightweight Pant

Avon Heavenly Hibiscus Lightweight Pant

Lauren's Tropical Haul

Lauren’s Tropical Haul

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Black And White Tropical Prints

Black And White Tropical Prints

Tropical Greens (Avon Ruched Crochet Dress and Tropical Tote)

Tropical Greens (Avon Ruched Crochet Dress and Tropical Tote)

Avon Senses Starfruit and Coconut

Avon Senses Starfruit and Coconut

If that’s not enough inspo for your Tuesday you can check out my pinterest board for more!  Some of the items are available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to take advantage of the Avon Multi-Way Sarong offer with promo code MULTI.  (see IRL pics here).  Maybe it’s because I don’t get too many tropical vacations, but adding a few tropical items, scents and accessories definitely makes the summer a bit better.  What tropical items do you add into your life or do you just take a tropical vaca?   What are your favorite tropical locations to visit or dream about!?  I might need to plan a vacation!

 

Currently Crushing On Pineapples

If I had my stuff together this would of been a Trending Tuesday post however it’s Wednesday so it’s just and obsession post.  With the mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss release and the start of all things summer I’m OBSESSING over all things tropical.  What seems to be the tropical pattern of the moment, PINEAPPLES!  They’re everywhere from fashion to food.  Here’s what I’m currently crushing on:

Fashion:  From a small accent on your bag to full on pineapple print this summer pineapples are still going strong.  I love the appliqué tote from Avon.  Perfect bag for weekend, picnic or the beach.  If you’re heading to a fair or amusement park these Avon Tropical Slip On Sneakers are perfect with shorts and a tee, or try the mark. Coconapple Tee from the Maui Bliss collection.  Erica sported it with the mark. Stroke Of Genius Shorts!  (see more here)

Jill's Tropical Avon Haul!

Jill’s Tropical Avon Haul!

Erica's Maui Bliss Look

Erica’s Maui Bliss Look

Avon Tropical Sneaker

Avon Tropical Sneaker

 

Tech:  I stare at my lappy all day and on my phone way too much not to have a cute background.  I just downloaded this pineapple and palm leaf one from laurenconrad.com.

Laurenconrad.com

Laurenconrad.com

 

Food:  Pineapple is definitely one of my top summer time fruits, but it is hard to cut.  That’s why a corer is a MUST!  This one from Avon makes making pineapple salsa a reality and so does this recipe from Katie Lee.  Not only am I crushing on Katie Lee’s pineapple on pineapple outfit on her Today Show segment, but her tenderloin tacos with pineapple salsa recipe sounds perfect for a summer night.  Be sure to watch the video for not only the how-to but also a good look at that outfit!

Katie Lee on The Today Show

Katie Lee on The Today Show

Katie Lee on The Today Show

Beauty:  I’m definitely nailing a good pineapple mani/pedi this summer like this pinspiration one, but first is the proper prep.  The Avon Footworks line is not only actually really really good, it’s also really really affordable and this summer they’re debuting the Pineapple Chill scent.  That will refresh your feet with a cooling pineapple treat… and a twist of lime.  Check out this sneak peek from Samantha (with the upcoming Avon Pineapple Watch and Avon Tropical Slip On Sneakers).

Pineapple Mani Inspo

Pineapple Mani Inspo

Pineapple Avon Love

Pineapple Avon Love From Samantha Jane.

For more tropical pineapple inspo check out may pinterest board!  You can shop some of these pineapple treats at my eBoutique and be sure to take advantage of the Tropical Appliqué Tote deal at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger when you spend $10 get it for $12.99!  If you’re interested in the Avon Pineapple Chill Footworks collection I’m taking pre-orders for the summer must-have trial pack, comment/dm/email aliciahess1 AT gmail.com to order or fill out this pre-order form here.

Avon Tropical Applique Tote

Avon Tropical Applique Tote

Week O’Nautical Trending Tuesday: Nautical Accents

 

If the world of alicia was the internet #nauticalaccents would totally be trending. Count it down! The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Weekend, is this weekend. I count it down with Week O’Nautical, where red, white and blue and nautical accents rule my life. This year its all about the nautical accents. Here’s what has me at attention!

Nautical Accents from Avon Living

Nautical Accents from Avon Living

 

Nautical Jewelry:

Avon Nautical Rope Bracelet and Earring Set

Avon Nautical Rope Bracelet and Earring Set

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Kiel James Patrick For Brooks Brothers

Kiel James Patrick For Brooks Brothers

 

Nautical Home Accessories:

Avon Living Rope Weight

Avon Living Rope Weight

Avon Living Nautical Outdoor Pillow Covers Set

Avon Living Nautical Outdoor Pillow Covers Set

Avon Living Nautical Hook Set

Avon Living Nautical Hook Set

Nautical Shoes:

Avon Gold Boat Shoes

Avon Gold Boat Shoes

Just Fab Terra Nautical Heel

Just Fab Terra Nautical Heel

Nautical Lace Up Espadrille

Nautical Lace Up Espadrille

 

Nautical Nails:

Nautical Nail Art

Nautical Nail Art

Nautical Nail Art

Nautical Nail Art

Avon NEW Gel Finish in Nautical Shades

Avon NEW Gel Finish in Nautical Shades

This week I’ll be highlighting my nautical accents as I count down to the long weekend… and after this past week I could use it!  You can shop Avon Living on my eBoutique!

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday:  Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

So lately this pin has been receiving so many re-pinnes. Before that it was this cheesecake recipe I’ve yet to make it, but looks easy and delicious… I digress, back to the mani. Because it was getting so much pinterest love I decided to recreate it.

Recreating Most PInned Mani

Recreating Most PInned Mani

For my recreate I did it a little differently but kept the nude, blue and spot design. I recently got this Avon Gel Finish Polish in Barely There, a darker nude shade and been wanting to use it so figured this was the time! I applied 2 coats over the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat on every finger except my ring where I used Essie Borrowed and Blue (last seen here). I then used a gold glitter on my middle and a leopard jamberry wrap on my pointer.  The wrap is called Spot On, which is just a leopard print on a clear base.

In Full Sun:  Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

In Full Sun: Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

All together my recreation has the same color scheme and overall design as the pin but with a little different twist with the glitter and clear based Jamberry wrap. I love the whole look and feel for spring and I can see thing working really well in the fall too coming off of summer brights.

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Can I comment on how awesome the Avon Gel Finish polishes are! They are so perfectly self leveling, shine and wear great without a top coat and last! Right now these polishes are any 2 for $8.99.  You can shop the gel finish polishes and the ridge filling base coat at my eBoutique.  You can shop Jamberry here.

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

Trending Tuesday: #blackandwhite

If the world of alicia was the internet then #blackandwhite would totally be trending. I’m currently crushing on all things black and white. Black and white were my wedding colors, what my nephew thought was my “uniform”, and the easiest color scheme to incorporate into your life. As much as it is a classic it is totally trendy this spring too!  Here’s what I’m loving:

Merimekko For Target:

marimekko for target finds

marimekko for target finds

The latest designer collaboration, Merimekko for Target just launched last week and I’m smitten over the black and white patterns this collab included.  If I had an unlimited budget all those outdoor patio pieces (umbrella, rug, hammock, pouf, etc) would be mine!  Because I don’t, I only ended up getting the placemats and a scarf in the black and white (and a cover up not in black and white).  I love these collaborations because it gives an affordable way to own a little Merimekko.  My local stores still have a ton so it’s not too late to shop it (unlike past collabs, Lilly I’m talking to you) and the bathing suits are really really cute too!

B&W from Marimekko For Target

B&W from Marimekko For Target

Paprika Print Scarf and Avon Lipstick in Chocolate Rose

Paprika Print Scarf and Avon Lipstick in Chocolate Rose

Howlite:

mark. Bar None Necklace

mark. Bar None Necklace

Howlite is a gemstone that’s white with black/grey veins through it and right now its the IT stone in jewelry.  I love that it resembles marble and goes with everything.  I picked up the mark. Bar None Necklace  and have been wearing it non-stop.  It’s such a unique shape and design that actually goes with just about everything I put on.  The matching earrings are on my wish list as are these pieces from White House Black Market .

bar none earrings

bar none earrings

Going Graphic:

Flatlay: New Arrivals From mark.

Flatlay: New Arrivals From mark.

I think what sparked up my B&W obsession again is the newest mark. magalog.  The new arrivals are basically all mix and match b&w with graphic elements.  I love the graphic hemlines and black and white stripes on the mark. Change Your Stripes dress and the stark contrast the mark. White About Now Waistcoat achieves over black with its statement making proportions.  I love the whole eye candy these new arrivals achieve in the graphic photo shoot.  Definitely enough inspiration to last the season.

mag5 graphicnovel shaped

mark. Mag 5 - a Graphic Novel

mark. Mag 5 – a Graphic Novel

For more black and white inspiration check out my B&W pinterest board!  What black and white pieces do you gravitate to?  Did you hunt down your favorite pieces from this Marimekko for Target collab!?  You can shop the mark. new arrivals at my eboutique and right now get this day to night convertible bag FREE with a $60 order.  BONUS it goes PERECT with this black and white trend!

Make An Old LBD New Again

How To Make An Old LBD New Again

How To Make An Old LBD New Again

Erica from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty and I have collaborated to show you two ways to make that old little black dress you have in your closet new again!  We both shopped our closet and took an old piece and made it new for spring.

Erica’s LBD Look:

Erica's Little Black Dress Look

Erica’s Little Black Dress Look

“Sometimes the best shopping can be done in your own closet! It is a fun challenge to give a forgotten clothing item new life by adding trendy accessories or a modern piece. My outdated LBD is a boring one-shoulder dress. It is amazing what a few Avon accessories, fabulous red lips, and a jacket can do for an outfit!”

Spring Details With A Spring Scarf, Jacket and Red Lip!

Spring Details With A Spring Scarf, Jacket and Red Lip!

To see more of Erica’s look and details (including that great Avon scarf!) head over to Erica’s Fashion and Beauty!

 

Alicia’s LBD Look:

Alicia's Little Black Dress Look

Alicia’s Little Black Dress Look

Shopping my closet allowed me to take this old sleeveless mark. dress and make it new again by layering a collared shirt underneath.  Not only did it breath new life into my existing items it also created a wear to work style perfect for spring weather with the convertible sleeves.  Adding on the Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace gave it a little more sophistication and the mark. clutch and shoes made it fun!  This LBD look will easily be recreated again!

Spring Re-Vamp With A Convertible Sleeve Blouse

Spring Re-Vamp With A Convertible Sleeve Blouse

I’ve seen this trick, layering a blouse under a sleeveless dress, done by all the fashion girls, but I never though I could pull it off.  However, just trying it payed off!  A tip is to wear a cami, like an Express Best Loved Bra Cami, over the blouse to keep it in place and avoid bulk underneath your dress.

Taking On Trendy Details

Taking On Trendy Details

Wearing the Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace tight around the collar is also a little trendy trick.  On a dress I normally wouldn’t wear a necklace with I added just the pearls of this necklace.  For a little pop I added a bright spring lip with mark. All Butter Now in fired up and these awesome heels coming to my eboutique next week, the mark. By Any Stretch Pumps.

Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace

Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace

mark. By Any Stretch Pumps

mark. By Any Stretch Pumps

Making A Summer Dress Spring Worthy

Making A Summer Dress Spring Worthy

Making An Old LBD New Again With Avon

Making An Old LBD New Again With Avon

You can shop the accessories to make your own old LBD new again at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger BONUS there’s a killer flash sale going on today only!  And use promo code AVONFB60 for 20% off a $60 order!  And try the new Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance (see here and here) get the full set for only $25!  Let me know if you want a sample and/or your fav way to wear a LBD!

Inspired By Avon Little Black Dress for LBD week! Shop the new scent and collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Inspired By Avon Little Black Dress for LBD week! Shop the new scent and collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger