Spring

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O'Nautical:  The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

This nautical trench coat is a bit of a unicorn item for me.  With the weather we’ve been having its kind of the perfect piece for a spring layer.  It is functional and seasonal and also classic in style with a classic nautical look in navy and white stripes.

My Unicorn Coat

My Unicorn Coat

Lets go back a few years when Cabi released this beautiful navy and striped trench coat. It was out of my budget and not the most practical purchase for me especially at a higher cost. I live in Nor Cal where coat weather is pretty much only Nov – Feb… and let me tell you I already have a billion coats. So I stalked it.  And stalked it.  And stalked it and wish I had it.  THEN I saw Express release their version, but again at a higher price than I wanted to spend on another coat I don’t need.  I had a great black trench coat from Express that Nicki found me on clearance back during the working at the mall, Elder Beerman days.  Probably like 2001 and that guy lasted me a good 15 years or more.  So when this striped version went on clearance and I was able to get it for pennies on the dollar I swooped it.  That was also in July so it hasn’t even been worn until this spring!  And now, my unicorn coat is home where it belongs, getting its full exposure on Week O’Nautical.

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Even living in a climate where coats are super necessary this is still a style that should be a staple.  Come spring we’re all ready to leave all the black and grays of winter behind.  And hey, San Francisco is only a car ride away and I’ll always need a jacket there!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

My OOTD is basically this Week O’Nautical look all over again, gold sweater and white jeans.  My sweater is also from Express circa early 2000’s and my jeans are some random brand from Marshalls.  Slides are Calvin Klein from Nordstrom’s Rack… and I’m loving them with white jeans!

I love gooooooold!

I love gooooooold!

Pop ya collar!

Pop ya collar!

You might remember I also wore this trench over my spring dress here, for another look at its versatility.  I found quite a few of this exact jacket on Poshmark and Ebay but I’m also loving this BCBG one and this Rachael Roy one.  I’m hoping I can pack this puppy away soon, but it has been my must have go-to this week!

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

A Wet Week O’Nautical

A Wet Week O'Nautical

A Wet Week O’Nautical

It’s the end of May and its raining and cold… am I back in PA!? Usually Week O’Nautical is debuting all my new summer threads, but this year its more about finding something functional for the weather.

Blue and White Stripes

Blue and White Stripes

Planning my OOTD around my red Hunter Rain Boots!

Planning my OOTD around my red Hunter Rain Boots!

With the on again off again rain, I had to bust out those red Hunters!  I started there and built up!  Navy Ponte Pants (Avon Kaya Ponte Pant in Navy) because they can be easily tucked into boots and thick enough to not have the wind go right through them.  Then I added a blue and white striped off the shoulder blouse (Kohls, old).  Layered on some of my fav nautical jewelry, a red lip, and I’m good to go!

Off The Shoulder Spring Blouse

Off The Shoulder Spring Blouse

Rainy Cloudy Days...

Rainy Cloudy Days…

My Go-To Triple Ball Earrings

My Go-To Triple Ball Earrings

At least the rain and clouds make a good backdrop.  However, I’m ready for some sun and warmth to actually make it feel like Memorial Day Weekend is around the corner.  Hows the weather shaping up for your weekend!?

Memorial Weekend, I hope you're warm and sunny!

Memorial Weekend, I hope you’re warm and sunny!

Week O’Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Week O'Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Week O’Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Nautical Details

Nautical Details

Things I love:  Week O’Nautical and Target collaborations!  So!  We’re kicking off WON 2019 with my Vineyard Vines for Target haul!  Half the fun of these collaborations is stalking your favorites pieces and hunting them down.  I was somehow able to hit up my local store on the day of the release to go stalk.  I ended up coming home with 2 dresses and a blanket.  All 3 pieces are super nautical, very preppy and obviously my 3 top picks from the collection.

Vineyard Vines for Target Haul

Vineyard Vines for Target Haul

I knew the fashion would be the first to blow out of stock so I zoned in on those first.  The white dress is a seersucker-like fabric with an adorable navy and white ribbon belt… which you know I’ll be re-using ;).  The navy and white striped pullover shift dress is so versatile, and I was really impressed with the quality.  It’s more of a material like you’d find on a golf shirt, and it has pockets!  It’s just a super easy piece for the summer.  I can wear to work, the golf course, the pool, the lake, you name it!

Wearing casually as a summer dress

Wearing casually as a summer dress

Wearing with a visit from Mom

Wearing with a visit from Mom

Wearing poolside over a swimsuit

Wearing poolside over a swimsuit

These Target collabs always do a good job on the home pieces, and if I had more budget, I would of come home with way more of it.  A red, white and blue blanket has been something I wanted to drape over my papasan chair to dress it up with some summer holiday decor.  I also really loved the wood trays and the whale hooks.  The tumblers are also a great little item if you just wanted something cute and practical.

Red White and Blue Throw Blanket

Red White and Blue Throw Blanket

I want to go back for the cute pet bandanas (which you’ll see all over IG if you search the hashtag #vineyardvinesfortarget).  I also really like that beach chair, and I’ve been wanting one for lake days.  It would also pair really well with that whale shaped pool float, which I also need a new one of.  So if I need these items anyways, why not get some exclusively cute ones from Target which are priced pretty darn well.

Vineyard Vines for Target

Vineyard Vines for Target

You can view the entire release on Target’s website and shop what’s still available.  If there’s something you have your eye on and is in my local store, hit me up, I’ll go get it for you 🙂  And just to refresh, Week O’Nautical is how I count down to our patriotic holidays, by wearing red white and blue all week in a nautical fashion… see previous posts and how loosely I follow this theme haha.

Pups like being nautical too!

Pups like being nautical too!

 

Online Avon Promo Codes and Spring Ahead A Box

Spring Ahead A Box

Spring Ahead A Box

It’s finally getting warmer and we’re here for it! The Spring Ahead A Box is packed with essentials for a fresh-for-spring look, and only $10 with any $40 purchase (a $33 value)!

$33 Worth of Products for only $10!

$33 Worth of Products for only $10!

Light and bright: Two full-size makeup essentials, a skin care mini serum, and a travel spray:

Haiku Eau de Parfum Travel Spray
Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Pastel Pink
Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Citrus Sangria

A Few Favorite Things For Spring!

A Few Favorite Things For Spring!

Word On The Spring Ahead A Box:  I really love this A Box!  I’ve been wanting to pick up that shade of Crave lipgloss and get one of my favorite nail shades, (see here) and one of my favorite fragrances (Haiku) in a travel size AND the NEW Vit C in a travel size… DONE!  To get to a $40 order to add this A Box for $10, I’m picking up the new Vitamin C Serum and Warming Peel Mask which would also get me a FREE lip treatment.  I’m also adding the new Magix Tint Tinted Moisturizer and a couple of  Naked Proof Body Sheet Masks that are 2 for $5 right now.  So really I’m at a $50 order which will also give me a $10 off promo code for next time!  (See below for more info)

Right now during campaign 11 you can take advantage of a few special offers besides this $33 value A Box for only $10 with your $40 order.  Bump that order up to $50+ and get a $10 coupon code for a purchase in June or July plus free shipping at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  No code needed, you’ll just be e-mailed your offer.

TAKE10:  This is a one time use promo code for 10% off you order.

WELCOME10:  This is a one time use promo code for 10% off your order.

Campaign 11 Offers:  FREE Vitamin C Lip Treatment with the purchase of any 2 Anew Vitamin C Products.

 

 

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Monday mornings are the worst.  It’s no secret I’m always late, always.  9/10 its because I don’t know what I want to wear and Monday’s seem to be the toughest.  Mondays are also setting the pace for the week, and seem to always include a meeting or two or three… so I need to dress for success!

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

My go-to items for when I need to look legit are Express blouses paired with some ankle pants.  It always looks polished and professional while still being on trend and fun.  When I can’t figure out what I want to wear and, as always, running late, this dynamic duo is what I always reach for as my work OOTD.  No matter what the activity is that day, or what spring weather throws at me, this duo is functional!

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Stripes work as a neutral for me, I tend to pair them with my basics to my colors.  I love this Express Striped Strappy Cross Front Large Button-Cuff Blouse.  I also have an Express Portofino Shirt in this same pattern, as well as an off-the shoulder version.  I can not “express” how much they level up my Monday morning’s get ready sesh.

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

For spring I LOVE pairing my ankle pants with pumps!  I’m wearing the Columnist ankle pants, which are the best fit for me, and mark pumps (old), but I’m loving these Elastic Cross Strap Snakeskin Print Heels!  Finished off with a statement hoop earring (Avon) and a clear bag for a fun desk to dinner look (mark., old – try the Express Yellow Trim Event Bag for the same look.)

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Express has always been my go-to for work wear, they outfit ambition.  Level up your Monday mornings with an Express blouse, I promise you, it will be a go-to!  You can use my ring code 8482 to get 15% off your order at Express.com (exclusions apply)

From Desk To Dinner

From Desk To Dinner – and everything in-between!

Style Secret:  I wear an Express Bra Cami under everything… all day every day.

#Expresslife

#Expresslife

Wear and Share Wednesday: Mother’s Day

Wear and Share Wednesday:  Mother's Day

Wear and Share Wednesday: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 12th incase you were wondering. If you still need some ideas Wear and Share Wednesday has got you! Heather from Hopelessy Heather is back and ready to share with you a look at the Limted Edition Iconic Avon Collection.  I let you in on the 1967 inspiration on this Limited Collection but there’s more to the Mother’s Day Shop.

Alicia’s Picks:

Word Yo!

Word Yo!

Mother’s Day is all about appreciating the beauty in MOM.  (and I’m going to use all caps there because my Mom always writes it out that way, as that’s now she was taught — I think during her shorthand days — google shorthand if you don’t know that that is).  I always like beauty gifts for these kind of gift giving opportunities.  They are personal, as you’re picking out something you think she would like, flatter her.  They’re extremely useable and something Mom doesn’t really treat herself to all the time.

Limited Edition Beauty for Mother's Day

Limited Edition Beauty for Mother’s Day

The Mother’s Day beauty selections are really wearable, practical and pretty.  The packaging is extremely giftable, you could just tie them up in a bow and give!  The actual item’s design are really pretty too, and they all mix and match to create a perfect little bundle/gift set.

Wearing The Iconic Avon Blooming Blush Palette

Wearing The Iconic Avon Blooming Blush Palette

Iconic Avon Blush Palette

Iconic Avon Blooming Blush Palette

I selected my top picks here and look how pretty they all are bundled together.  The Iconic Avon Blooming Blush Palette is the star of the show.  Substantial in size, weight, and product amount is worth far more then the $9.99 its going for.  The formula is spot on as well.  VERY wearable shades and who doesn’t want a healthy flush!?  Here I’m wearing the pink shade and you can see how healthy it looks! (also wearing the peachy/coral shade in this post)

4 Beautiful Shades for $9.99

4 Beautiful Shades for $9.99

Bundled along side are a few lip products, the Iconic Avon Lipstick in Natural Shimmer, the Mom’s The Balm Lip Balm in Melon and the Iconic Avon Blooms & Kisses Lip Gloss.  These three all stand on their own or paired together.  The Iconic Avon Lipsticks are in those classic metal lipstick tubes that are so fancy and feel so luxe.  In these pics I’m wearing the Blooms & Kisses Gloss in Lively Violet and let me tell you how pigmented and long lasting this little guy is… and at $4.99!  Also shown, the Iconic Avon Pearly Earrings (see Heather’s picks below for more details!)

Pretty Little Lippies

Pretty Little Lippies

Iconic Avon Lipstick in Natural Shimmer Swatch

Iconic Avon Lipstick in Natural Shimmer Swatch

Finally, fragrance!  Not only did Avon launch a pretty new spring scent, Flourish Honey Blossom, we also have some gift sets released for Mother’s Day.  I JUST LOVE the gingham design, marrying perfectly with the other beauty products.  Giftsets available in Velvet (shown here) and Haiku including a full size fragrance, body lotion and travel size mist.

Velvet Gift Set - $30

Velvet Gift Set – $30

 

Heather’s Picks:

Heather from Hoplessly Heather

Heather from Hoplessly Heather

“On Mother’s Day we show the mother figures in our lives how much we love and appreciate them – and Avon has released the perfect vintage inspired jewelry line that includes a heart brooch, pearly earrings, a dangling charms bracelet, a pearly ring and a pendant watch necklace.  All the above are absolutely stunning in traditional gold settings and would make killer gifts for your wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt or other mom you want to celebrate. Make it twice as nice by getting your favorite ladies matching pieces and present them at the same time.  

Iconic Avon Pearly Earrings and Broach

Iconic Avon Pearly Earrings and Broach

Iconic Avon for Mother's Day

Iconic Avon for Mother’s Day

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the brooch, earrings and watch necklace.  The brooch is hefty and features gorgeous scroll work with some sparkly bits sprinkled on top.  Brooches make great additions to hats, coats, scarves, tops and even as hair decorations.  The earrings show off two beautiful pearls in a leafy bed of gold that simply delights.  The watch necklace features an incredibly long chain and a sturdy watch pendant – the chain could be wound around a wrist instead of worn around a neck or the pendant could be removed from the chain altogether to attach a clip assembly and tack it to a handbag, keychain or tons of other places!” – Heather

Iconic Avon Pendant Watch Necklace

Iconic Avon Pendant Watch Necklace

Heather styled these vintage inspired pieces perfectly with her vintage inspired look.  Excuse me while I go grab a scarf to look as adorable as she does in her neck scarf.  Classic pieces make excellent giftables… even as a gift for yourself!

Heather Looking Classically Iconic

Heather Looking Classically Iconic

You can shop Heather’s and I’s gift picks and the full Mother’s Day collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Be sure to use promo code HOORAY for FREE SHIPPING on an order $25+ or if your order is over $40 you’ll get automatic free shipping so use promo code GLIMMER for a FREE set of Glimmersticks! — HOORAY is valid for April 24th only and GLIMMER through April 30th.

You can follow Heather over at Hopelessly Heather

Makeup Monday Is Just Peachy

Makeup Monday Is Just Peachy

Makeup Monday Is Just Peachy

You know what I’ve been loving for spring… peachy tones! In fashion, in nails, in makeup. It feels like such a fresh springy neutral. My current peachy makeup routine has been in heavy rotation as of late.

On Face:  Avon True Color Ideal Nude Cream Concealer, mark. Glow Together Hookup Bronzer, Avon Iconic Avon Blooming Blush Palette (using the orangy/peach shade.

Peachy Perfection This Spring

Peachy Perfection This Spring

On Eyes:  Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow in Peach Sapphire, Avon Ooo La La Fa La La Eye Palette (for white inner eye highlight and neutral transition shade), Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Pen in Black and Avon True Color Love At First Lash Mascara in Black.

Shimmering With Peach Sapphire

Shimmering With Peach Sapphire

On Lips:  Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Peach Bellini

Lip Of The Day:  Avon Crave Lipgloss in Peach Bellini

Lip Of The Day: Avon Crave Lipgloss in Peach Bellini

This peachy look is very user friendly; easy to apply, works for everyday and perfect for Spring!  You can shop the products I used in today’s Makeup Monday over at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

NOTE!  If you are trying to get your hand on these glimmershadows they have been so popular they’ve sold 5months of stock in a month SO some shades are currently sold out and others going fast.  If you want to get on the waitlist for restocks add your email here by clicking “Join Waitlist.”

A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That's Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

Wear and Share Wednesday is all about the spring dresses! With Easter this Sunday, and numerous Spring events, I always find myself needing a new spring dress. The thing with Spring is it can still be pretty chilly, especially in the morning, you know, like when Easter service is and brunch! So not only do we need a new spring dress, we need a functional way to wear it.

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

This is why I love a long sleeve dress!  It gives you JUST enough to keep you warm in that spring breeze.  Layer it with a longer spring jacket like a trench and you can combat those overcast days.

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

I’m loving this long sleeve dress from mark., the Floral Femme Printed Dress.  Its a lightweight almost gauzy material so as the sun does warm up the afternoon you can push up the banded sleeves and bask in the warmth. Flowing, free-spirited and feminine, it’s the perfect peasant for springtime.  Plus the pretty pastel mint base with a print in living coral, navy and white make this an excellent on trend design.

Mixing Prints

Mixing Prints

For spring events layer this dress with a navy and white trench, (Expresss; old).  We are pulling that navy out of the print on the dress and pattern mixing with the nautical stripes.  Work your topper to match your dress for an even more polished look especially for things like Easter, baby showers, wedding showers, etc.  To keep the chill off even more I wore closed toe mules in white, (Express; old) and a spring scarf (Avon; old).

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

I styled this dress with a mint statement necklace and pearly accented bangles (Avon; old).  This allows me to dress up a boho dress for my Spring events.  Shimmery peach makeup finishes off the look in an appropriate, but also fun, way.

Fully Functional Look For Spring

Fully Functional Look For Spring

You can shop my dress, and my peach makeup look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Be sure to add on the A Box for $10 with a $40 order and use promo code GLIMMER for a FREE set of Glimmersticks eye liners in black, majestic plum and starry night!

Iconic 1967

Iconic Hessingers

Iconic Hessingers

1967 – an Iconic year!  If you didn’t know, the 60’s are kinda my spirit animal.  I love the fashion, the looks, the music, the spirit, just dig it all.  Maybe it has a little to do with my parents who were newlyweds and new parents at the age of 20.  I just loved looking at those vintage family pictures, spurred my infatuation.  When Avon showcased their Iconic Avon collection for Mother’s Day featuring inspiration from vintage Avon from 1967, I already knew I would be smitten!  Let’s take a look at that Iconic 1967 in some snapshots of the year, vintage Avon ads and to help feel the spirit of the 60’s I recreated a few of these Iconic 1967 looks!

Avon Iconic Jewelry Collection

Avon Iconic Jewelry Collection

Recreating With The Avon Pearly Earrings - comes in clip-on too!

Recreating With The Avon Pearly Earrings – comes in clip-on too!

1967 History Snapshot:  A little history, in 1967 we had the world’s first heart transplant and the first ATM!  The music scene was strong with Monterey International Pop Music Festival.  Times were shaken with strikes by US teaching staff throughout country for pay increases and with the Six Day War and Arab Forces attack Israel beginning the Yom Kippur War.   And have to note the first Super Bowl was played between Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs!

Limited Edition Avon Iconic Collection Beauty

Limited Edition Avon Iconic Collection Beauty

Recreating with Avon Iconic Lipstick in Natural Shimmer

Recreating with Avon Iconic Lipstick in Natural Shimmer

1967 Cost Snapshot:  
Average Cost of new house $14,250.00
Average Income per year $7,300.00
Average Monthly Rent $125.00
Gas per Gallon 33 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,750.00
Movie Ticket $1.25
Polaroid Camera History$50.00
Parker Pen Set $11.95
The Federal Minimum Wage is increased to $1.40 an hour

Avon Iconic Collection just in time for Mother's Day!

Avon Iconic Collection just in time for Mother’s Day!

Recreating with my best Blue Steel look ;)

Recreating with my best Blue Steel look 😉

Top 100 Songs in 1967:  Need a playlist for your Mother’s Day brunch, done!  Follow my playlist on Spotify and sing along because these songs are iconic.  1967 Spoitify Playlist.



 

Mom's The Balm Flavor Savor Lip Balm

Mom’s The Balm Flavor Savor Lip Balm

Iconic Avon Bubble Bath and Pear Magnolia

Iconic Avon Bubble Bath and Pear Magnolia

Shop Iconic 1967:  You can shop the Iconic Collection on my eBoutique here.  These would make gifts for mom’s!  Or to #treatyoself because its such a darling classic collection.  If you would like me to create an Iconic 1967 gift bundle basket for any of your Mother’s Day gifting, or spring gifts, reach out because I have some ready to ship and/or give!

Pamper Yourself A Box

Pamper Yourself A Box

Pamper Yourself A Box

Spring into the new season with the super cute C9 A Box, Pamper Yourself! It has some of our favorite skin care go-tos you’ll love for this warm-weather season!  Plus, an exclusive necklace and all contained in the prettiest of spring-time boxes!

Bandit LOVES the new A Box!

Bandit LOVES the new A Box!

Get Pampered: One full-size and two try-it-size skin care essentials, plus an A Box exclusive necklace ($43 value)!

A $43 Value! Only $10 with a $40 Purchase!

A $43 Value! Only $10 with a $40 Purchase!

Anew Purifying Clay Mask: 1.7 oz.
Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream: .5 oz.
New Clean Rich Cleansing Foam: 1 oz.
A Box Exclusive Constant Love Pendant Necklace: goldtone

Bandit is digging this EXCLUSIVE necklace!

Bandit is digging this EXCLUSIVE necklace!

Word on the Pamper Yourself A Box:  The A Boxes this year have really stepped it up a notch, and this one is no exemption.  The pretty exclusive pendant marries perfectly with the iconic Avon jewelry just released.  Everything in this box are pure favorites!  I LOVE the rich cleansing foam cleanser especially used with the facial brush (Avon Anew Clean Cleansing Brush).  The Purifying Clay Mask is my go-to for detoxifying.  A travel size Hydra Fusion is just want I need to add to the makeup bag for mid day refreshes and upcoming travel!  This one definitely holds its value for only $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Perfectly Packaged To Gift or Get!

Perfectly Packaged To Gift or Get!

This would also make a GREAT Mother’s Day gift.  Could gift it alone, or along with some flowers or pair it with some of the adorable Mother’s Day gif tables at the eBoutique.  You could easily hit your $40 order add this on and give Mom a gift worth much more.  Or even for Easter baskets for older girls, or if you give Easter gifts to your family members.  I also love this for a bridal shower gift.  Seriously this A Box is one to grab up and stash because it really works for a lot of occasions and the packaging is too cute!

Bandit Says

Bandit Says “Shop Online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger”