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Oktoberfest Party Ideas

I get it, I probably shouldn’t post this the last days of October but this year we hosted our annual take on an Oktoberfest. Here’s a bit of inspiration for next year… or have one in November, that’s not out of the question either! Cheers!!!

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Fall Friendly Oktoberfest Cenerpieces

Fall Friendly Oktoberfest Cenerpieces

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The Set Up

The Set Up

 

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Cornhole Tournament

Cornhole Tournament

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Raffles and Prizes

Raffles and Prizes

Beer Garden Tent

Beer Garden Tent

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Beers and Brauts

Beers and Brauts

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Apple Treats

Apple Treats

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A Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

A Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch

Week O’Nautical TGIF

The long Memorial Day weekend is here!  TGIF!  Time to start the unofficial kickoff of summer!  Week O’Nautical continues with some red white and blue!

Time To Start The Weekend!

Nautical Arm Party

Nautical Arm Party

Arm party:  Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet, mark. Looking Sharp Bracelet in rose gold, Avon tortoise watch.  (shop here)

Summer Time Treat:  Infused Water!

Infused Water For Your Weekend

Infused Water For Your Weekend

This was probably the best idea as of late.  Fill multiple mason jars with your favorite fruit, fill with water and refrigerate.  Grab and go options that are not only tasty, refreshing and portable but also super cute and pinterest worthy!  How great would these look on your picnic table this weekend!?  Mine includes lemon, cucumber, strawberries, blueberries and kiwi.

Casual Friday!

Red Lace OOTD

Red Lace OOTD

Casual Friday might not be so casual around here, nor is it that nautical, but red white and blue for the win! See the last time I shared this dress here.  Paired today’s OOTD with a red lip (Avon), mark. jewelry and some summer heels (Steve Madden).

Sipping water in my red dress...

Sipping water in my red white and blue…

Get Weekend Ready!

Mini playlist on repeat as of late.  Don’t be discouraged by the image of the Biebs… it’s Skrillex so enough said.

 

 

 

Summer Summer Summer Pedi Time

Hot days, warm nights, short shorts and flip flops… summer is here!  As I get my summer glow on I need to start at the base, with a summer pedicure!  Cute summer sandals demand cute summer toes so here’s my top summer pedi shades for summer!

Summer 2014 Pedi Polish Trends

Summer 2014 Pedi Polish Trends

1.  Seafoam Mint – mark. Seafoam (from Nail This Look polish and ring set, last seen here), Essie Turquoise and Caicos (last seen here) or Avon Sea Breeze.  Instead of going with a pale mint go with one that leans more towards turquoise, aka seafoam.  For summer this really pairs well with silver, yellows and whites.

 2.  Summer Beige – Avon Barefoot Beige, Zoya Cho (last seen here) or Essie Cocktails and Coconuts.  Beige is a little darker than nude and will work better with your summer tan.  A beige on your toes is super work appropriate and really clean looking.  Pair it with white, navy and reds for your summer holidays!

 3.  Neon Pink – mark. Pink Spark (from the Nail This Look Color and Bracelet Set $28), China Glaze Shocking Pink or Avon Mega Watt in Pop.  Neons are a huge trend this season!  Replace your standard summer go to, coral, with a neon pink.  Your hot summer nights will thank you!  Pairs perfectly with blacks, whites and nudes!

 4.  Neon Orange – mark. Orange Blast (from the Nail This Look Color and Bracelet Set $28) or Essie Serial Shopper, Julep Natasha (last seen here).  Again with the neon trend but going with a super bright orange will definitely up your summer game.  Pairs well with golds, browns, greens and navy.

 5.  Bright and Happy Blue – Julep Monaco (last seen here) or mark. Azure (from the Nail This Look Color and Flip Flop Set $28).  Blues are a dime a dozen now and every collection for spring/summer seemed to include a bright and happy version of blue.  So I picked the two that are standing out the most to me, Julep Monaco is the perfect cobalt and mark. Azure is the perfect mid range blue which makes it more wearable.  Pairs well with silver, browns and pinks/corals.

mark. Nail This Look Sets for Summer

mark. Nail This Look Sets for Summer

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mark. Nail This Look Sets for Summer

mark. Nail This Look Sets for Summer

Pedicures from the local nail joints are luxuries to me.  I go for my birthday and maybe a random special occasion here and there.  I just can’t seem to justify the $30-40 on a one time outing when I can achieve the same results, if not better, myself!  Just apply that $ you would spend on a trip to the nail salon and get the proper supplies and get many, many pedicures out of that same investment!  Here are my top must-have pedi products for at home pedicures… or just to maintain your summer feetsies!

1.  Cuticle RemoverAvon Nail Experts Instant Gel Cuticle Remover

2.  Foot Scrub – Avon Foot Works Beautiful Ginger and White Tea Smoothing Scrub

3.  Foot Brush – Avon Double Sided Foot Brush (coming soon)

4.  Foot Cream – Avon Foot Works Beautiful Ginger and White Tea Nourishing Cream

5.  Foot Soak – Avon Foot Works Restorative Milky Foot Soak

I was gifted the Avon Foot Works line many Christmas’ ago by my now Sister-In-Law and I haven’t found better foot care products since.  The prices are amazing and the formulas are just that amazing.  I’m currently loving the Beautiful Ginger and White Tea line because it smells so spa worthy.  If I were to add a #6 to this list I’d add the Avon Foot Works Beautiful Ginger and White Tea Clay Mask.  I put this on, let it dry then rinse off in the shower in the mornings.  It really helps my feet with the summer abuse I put them through and only takes like 2 minutes.

Foot Works Beautiful Ginger & White Tea 3-Piece Spa Treats Collection $7.99

Foot Works Beautiful Ginger & White Tea 3-Piece Spa Treats Collection $7.99

You can currently get the Foot Works Beautiful Ginger and White Tea 3-Piece Spa Treats Collection for $7.99… yes all 3 for $7.99!  Or for $9.99 get the Avon Foot Works Beautiful and Healthy 4-piece Fabulous Foot Collection which includes the foot soak mentioned above, the dual action pedi-peel, the overnight renewing foot cream and the bonus sized maximum strength cracked heel cream.  I mean for under $10 you can have what you need to do an at home pedi, then add a bottle of polish, a foot brush/pumice and cuticle cream and for the same price you’d spend one one trip to the salon you can do it on your own MANY times over.  Think of all the money you’re going to save that can go toward that summer vacation… or more nail polish!  Because let’s face it, I’m addicted.

 

Avon Foot Works Beautiful & Healthy 4-Piece Fabulous Foot Collection for $9.99

Avon Foot Works Beautiful & Healthy 4-Piece Fabulous Foot Collection for $9.99

Shop my summer pedi polish picks for summer 2014 and at home must have pedi products at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Stay tuned for my next post a how to on actually giving yourself that at home diy pedicure using the products mentioned!

Mani Monday – Tips and Topcoat with Julep Monaco

I’m lazy and a procrastinator.  Which also means I’m pretty good at finding quick fixes to deal with the things I meant to do and never got around to or things I didn’t leave enough time for because I spent too much time on pinterest looking at 100 different pins on how to wear a chambray shirt (when I only wear it one way anyways…).  Such is the case for extending a mani, I have a quick fix that!  Tips and topcoat!

Example:  It’s 4pm on a Friday and I the mani I did on Monday isn’t looking weekend worthy, all scratched up, dull and definite tip wear.  I don’t have time to remove, base coat it up, 2 coats of polish and a topcoat and all to dry enough so its not a smudge fest for happy hour!  Enter in my quick fix to extend any mani, tips and topcoat!

NOT weekend worth with scratches and wear

NOT weekend worthy with scratches and wear

Definite tip wear, needs a QUICK FIX ASAP!

Definite tip wear, needs a QUICK FIX ASAP!

Just apply your color to the tips of your nails, including free edge.  Do a thin coat or touchup on any nail that’s particularly scratched/chipped/etc.  Then do a layer of topcoat (again making sure to get the free edge) and voila!  A weekend worthy mani in no time.

Julep Monaco Quick Fixed!

Julep Monaco Quick Fixed!

Obviously, I have crappy cuticles and you can see that up close, but also means you can see how this was my original mani quick fixed to a weekend ready mani!  Lazy girls rejoice!  Now come Sunday they’re going to look crappy again but Sunday Funday is made for Dexter binges and doing your nails!  So the Word of Alicia to quickly extend your mani is tips and topcoat!

Can we take a minute and comment on how AWESOME Julep Monaco is!  Its the perfect “dazzling blue” polish for spring.  Which if you didn’t know already by my posts here and here its the pantone color trend for spring!  Plus its vacation destination name just makes me happy!  Sign up to become a Julep Maven here AND get your first box for FREE using promo code FREEBOX here.

 

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!