Spring

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake it until you make it! And this summer is definitely a fake it year, because I’ve barely done any summer sun activities, especially any that give me that golden glow. So that means my fake tan game is on, and I’ve gone pro or at least semi-pro! Here are my tips and tricks for getting a good fake tan at home.

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Regardless if I’m doing a fake tan sesh at night or in the am it all starts in the shower.  Step 1 you need to exfoliate to create the perfect “canvas.”  In the shower I’ll exfoliate with my Skin So Soft Radiant Glow Body Polish.  It’s a gentle scrub, doesn’t clog your drain, and it’s moisturizing.  I either will use a brush or just my palms.

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

2nd step for me is a step most people don’t do.  I usually use a bath oil after I shower but those typically break down fake tans.  I still need a moisturizer because moisturized skin will take tan better and prevents it being patchy.  My trick is to use an in shower moisturizer.  I love the one’s from Avon — and you can get the Moisture Therapy Ultra Hydration In Shower Lotion right now for FREE with a $50 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger using promo code SUMMER50

In shower lotion - the secret to my fake tan prep!

In shower lotion – the secret to my fake tan prep!

After I’ve showered step 3 is to use a body butter around the tricky spots like ankles, knees, elbows, feet… basically places where fake tan always goes patchy.  A body butter works better than a lotion as it thicker formula stays where you put it and nut butters don’t break down the tan.  Right now I’m LOVING this Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment with Coconut Oil (launches in my eBoutique in a couple weeks!).

Moisturizing products are the key!

Moisturizing products are the key!

Finally step 4, the actual tanning solution.  This summer I’ve been using this Tan AF foam version which I like but don’t love as much as the Neutrogena 3 Days To Glow Moisturizer.  I tend to like a moisturizing lotion form over a foam for my skin.  I also tend to get the medium to deep shade so I only have to apply once, versus having to re-apply in 4 hrs to get the desired shade.  I mean the 3 day one works best when you do it 3 days in a row, but I’ve used it just one day and it still gave me color.

Fake it until you make it!

Fake it until you make it!

And now I’m fake tan af.

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

One of my favorite styles in life is a T-Shirt Dress. I like the grab and go ease of one that works for pretty much any occasion, especially in Nor Cal.  Which is apparent in all these previous posts I’ve done wearing a t-shirt dress.  When I ordered the Avon Ella Dress I, at the time, had plans of wearing it for Easter, but when it arrived I realized it was a t-shirt dress!  I wanted something a little more formal but in the process I realized you can dress up t-shirt dress for church, work, baby showers, wedding showers, spring flings… you name it spring event… All while being comfy in a loose t-shirt!

Step 1:  Shoes!

Step 1: Shoes!

Dressing up a t-shirt dress comes down to three things for me, shoes, accessories and a shaping layer.  Let’s start with the shoes... because let’s always start with the shoes!  In this case a classic nude patent pump from Nine West took my outfit more polished.  You could swap in your favorite classic flats with this one if you’re not a pump gal, or a clean nude heeled sandal for hotter weather.

Step 2:  Accessories

Step 2: Accessories

Next up, accessories!  A t-shirt dress is the perfect canvas for all your fun accessories, in this case we want to dress it up so what better than pearls and rhinestones!?  My pearly set is from Avon (which sold out but is coming back in stock this summer!)  A bit on the statement side this pearly necklace really just stands out and turns my OOTD very pretty.

Step 3:  Shaping Layer

Step 3: Shaping Layer

Lastly, a shaping layer.  What does that even mean?  It means that usually a t-shirt dress can be kinda shapeless, so, add in something that gives it some structure!  A jacket, a blazer, a cardigan or even a belt or scarf.  We’re looking to dress up a t-shirt dress so some structure does that.  The Avon Ella Dress has these fun ruffled sleeve details so I pulled out this long jacket/blazer with similar ruffled sleeve details in a perfect-for-spring blush color from Calvin Klein.  The pastel colors compliment while the jacket gives it that a polished finish.  Plus I like how the blush tone from the jacket pulls out the blush tone in the necklace.

An outfit ready for any Spring event!

An outfit ready for any Spring event!

Fun Ruffle Sleeves On The Avon Ella Dress

Fun Ruffle Sleeves On The Avon Ella Dress

Perfectly Pearly

Perfectly Pearly

How perfect is this look for any spring event!?  Even though I didn’t wear it for Easter I’ve been able too dress up this Ella dress or wear it casually.  This is the last campaign the Avon Ella Dress will be available so take advantage of such a versatile piece!  You can shop the Avon Ella Dress and pearly jewelry at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – Happy Memorial Day

Week O'Nautical - Happy Memorial Day

Week O’Nautical – Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you’ve had a great long weekend and are enjoying this Monday with a little R&R!  It’s been more of a low key weekend for me but I did get in some bbq, shopping, snacks and sun for the few minutes it was out.

Lexi Loves Nautical Stripes

Lexi Loves Nautical Stripes

Basic Jeans and Blouse Outfit

Basic Jeans and Blouse Outfit

Taking OOTD Nautical

Taking OOTD Nautical

Wearing:  Navy Peasant Blouse (mark. by Avon), jeans (Old Navy), Sandals and Jewelry (Avon), Aviators (Michael Kors).

Slipping into the long weekend like...

Slipping into the long weekend like…

The power of accessories are strong with this one.  This is a rather boring outfit but with the right accessories I was able to make it feel fun and elevated.  A fun statement neckalce really dresses up such basic jeans outfit.  The sandals in a red and blue stripe are a really fun way to make it more nautical.  I picked these up on clearance after stalking them all last year.  And just to note there’s a big summer clearance coming to my Avon store in about a month!

Elevating the basic jeans outfit!

Elevating the basic jeans outfit!

More Nautical Stripes = More Fun

More Nautical Stripes = More Fun

More Accessories = More Fun!

More Accessories = More Fun!

More Days Off = More Fun!

More Days Off = More Fun!

Enjoy your Memorial Day and here’s to all our service men and women!

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Week O’Nautical Wants

Week O'Nautical Wants

Week O’Nautical Wants

Week O’Nautical is year has fallen on a weird weather pattern, which is probably more in-line with the rest of the country’s weather normally.  Typical spring weather that can range from cool to warm rain to sun all in one day.  What I’ve found this year in figuring out what to wear is that I really want some nautical pieces that work for these gray days… more white bottoms than 1 pair of jeans, more layering pieces, and more beach sweaters.  I have a ton of looks pinned over on my Week O’Nautical board but I don’t have the supporting items to re-create them.  So, here’s what’s on my want list…

 

A Classic Navy Blazer with Gold Buttons – I kick myself for not taking advantage of that employee discount and getting one of these when I worked at Brooks Brothers, but young 20’s Alicia didn’t care about that…

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A White Dress Slack – I’ve had plenty of these throughout the years but none that fit at the moment.

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A Beach Sweater – Again, I’ve had variations of these in the past (see here) but time for an updated one. like the oversized striped ones that have been trending.

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Star Printed Jeans – I’ve had my eye on these plenty of times, basically since Stella McCartney’s went super popular, but never thought they fit in during my typical warm springs, and hot summers.  Boy was I wrong…

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Ralph Lauren Jumpsuit – This jumpsuit is just a fun pieces I’d wear in my fantasy life.

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Lucky for me Memorial Day Weekend is full of sales, especially on fashion, so maybe I should shop some sales!?  Are you shopping for anything good this weekend?

 

 

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