Spring

Easter Dress During This Mess

Easter Dress During This Mess

Easter Dress During This Mess

Normally every year I get myself a new spring dress for Easter. Something springy that refreshes the wardrobe and can be used for all those spring occassions like showers, events, etc… Since this in an un-normal Easter/spring/forever I won’t be going to Easter service but I still got the dress!  Retail therapy right!?

Avon Metalic Lace Shift Dress

Avon Metalic Lace Shift Dress

I had this picked out way before we went into a state of shelter in place, so I figured I’d share anyways, beacuse we will emerge eventually. Wear and Share Wednesday is what I would of wore to a normal Easter service followed by brunch.  Wearing the Metalic Lace Shift Dress and Statement Stones Jewelry Collection all from Avon.  

Avon Statement Stones Jewelry Collection

Avon Statement Stones Jewelry Collection

Maybe its because I’ve beeing binging season 3 of The Crown but the gray lace dress and statement jewels kinda had me feeling like high tea.  I really like how this dress is a little longer so it will work year round becuase who knows when I’ll actually be able to wear a dress again and feel appropriatenly dressed.  A gray lace dress accented with pastels works well for the spring but I can see it looking just as chic with white pumps and bag come summer.  For fall I’d pair it with navy and burgundy and a red blazer for the winter holiday season!  

This Avon dress launches April 14 but the jewelry is available now at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  For this un-normal Easter I’ll probably just wear a white sweater and lavender cords for a more casual Easter OOTD.  I WILL however, be still coloring eggs, making Easter basekts for my family and husband and making a delicious meal served on my hardly used fine china.  

Wear and Share Wednesday: Stripes

Wear and Share Wednesday:  Stripes

Wear and Share Wednesday: Stripes

Well, this shelter in place/work from home lifestyle doesn’t really mix with my business casual wardrobe. However, it does allow me to reintroduce myself to my jeans and tees. I picked up a few new casual pieces from Avon that will mix and match with my wardrobe, including this striped tee from Avon.  

Tango Love!

Tango Love!

White Jeans, Striped Tee, Red Cardi

White Jeans, Striped Tee, Red Cardi

The Avon 3/4th Sleeve Lace Front Top is only $29.99 and comes in 4 colors.  I went with the black and white stripe.  I love that this has a relaxed fit, 3/4th sleeve and some lace front detailing to give it a little something.  This top looks good with jeans and cardi but also with leggings and top knot!  PERFECT for shelter in place/wfh.

Avon 3/4th Sleeve Lace Up Top

Avon 3/4th Sleeve Lace Up Top

I paired this with my white jeans and a red cardigan sweater (both killer finds from Ross Dress For Less).  This OOTD was perfect for my work from home day, then a visit to my family to celebrate my niece’s birthday.  Having a birthday during this coronavirus isn’t ideal, but we had a great pancake brunch at home to celebrate her day complete with some Avon sheet masks and fun drinks!

Family

Family

I hope everyone is staying happy and healthy!  If you need a little pick me up I highly reccomend this tee and some sheet masks.  Both you can use during the shelter in place time, and after!  There’s a ton of new arrivals over at the eBoutique so be sure to check them out!

In like a lamb, out like a lion…

In like a lamb, out like a lion!

In like a lamb, out like a lion!

Ok March, you were a doozie! You came in soft and roared out like a Tiger King! I think we all can agree a new normal for March is going to be tough to carry out through April but we’re going to try. Here’s to spring revival for April!

March Favorites

March Favorites

Head over to my Facebook page to see some really awesome new arrivals!  April is all about a spring refresh for me with the new spring beauty and a fresh new fragrance.  Just want I need to emerge fresh faced… esp with my Coronavirus Lash Challenge!

New Spring Arrivals

New Spring Arrivals

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for fresh stories, ootd’s and what I’m doing to get through this all!

Been living in this Tie Dye Top from Avon

Been living in this Tie Dye Top from Avon

Favorite March OOTD

Favorite March OOTD

As always you can shop my Avon features online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Free shipping with a $60 order and as always delivered straight to your door, clean and quarantined!

 

 

Coronavirus Lash Challenge

CORONAVIRUS LASH CHALLENGE!

Get fuller longer lashes once we emerge from this shelter in place!

Get fuller longer lashes once we emerge from this shelter in place!

This virus has us social distancing, self quarantining, and basically stuck at home with limited activities for the next couple of weeks. So I CHALLENGE you to take advantage of this time to get LUSH, NATURAL LASHES! How? with the Avon Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes. So you’ll come out the end of this unique time with some seriously lush lashes and brows.

CORONAVIRUS LASH CHALLENGE!

CORONAVIRUS LASH CHALLENGE!

I started this challenge last week and I’m already seeing a difference! Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Serum in on sale for only $24.99 ($60 value) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger OR anyone who places a $70 order I’ll send you the serum FOR FREE! If you accept the challenge, order to get your serum, and use it for the next few weeks then let me know your results. I’ll send you a gift for the start of your challenge. Once you complete the challenge you’ll get you a Lush Lash Challenge gift and Avon credit off your next order! Who’s up for the challenge!?

Get longer and fuller lashes.

Get longer and fuller lashes.

WHAT IS THE AVON ANEW CLINICAL UNLIMTED LASHES LASH AND BROW SERUM? Get lush lashes that are all yours with Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Lash & Brow Activating Serum*. Our unique serum, with a peptide blend and botanicals, is designed to dramatically enhance the look of your lashes. In just weeks, lashes look longer, fuller and healthier. .10 fl. oz.

• 84% of women agreed lashes look longer after 8 weeks of use
• 84% of women agreed lashes look fuller after 8 weeks of use
• 81% of women agreed lashes are visibly healthier after 8 weeks of use

BENEFITS
• Begin seeing results in 4 weeks
• Extra-thin brush allows for precise application along the upper lash line and brows
• Phthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free
• Hypoallergenic
• Vegan

Easy to use thin brush tip!

Easy to use thin brush tip!


TO USE
For lashes, apply once daily on clean, dry skin at nighttime, prior to skin care regimen by sweeping a thin layer of serum along the lash line of upper eyelids only, like a liquid eye liner. Do not apply to lower lashes. One dip into the vial is the proper amount of serum for both upper eyelids. Do not double dip. Let dry. Do not rub eyes.

For brows, apply Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes on clean, dry skin as you would a brow pencil to the natural shape of your brow, concentrating on sparse, thinning or over-groomed areas.

Here's my before picture, and will share the after once we emerge!

Here’s my before picture, and will share the after once we emerge!

I’m not trying to make light of the serious situation we are in, but I am trying to make it as positive as possible. I myself have a vacation at the end of May that is very touch and go. I started this really to get lush lashes for that vacation and thought that the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a lash challenge. Now I’m extending that beyond me to you! For the summer I love all lake days, swimming, and no makeup lazy warm afternoons so I need summer ready lashes for that exact reason. I don’t want fake lash extensions that I have to worry about and falsies that bug my sensitive eyes, I want naturally long and lush lashes. This serum REALLY works for that. I’m getting my lashes summer ready, who else wants in!?  If you were doing extensions nows the time to give them a break, regrow your lashes and get them to a long and lovely level!

Shop Avon Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Lash and Brow Serum Online

Who wants in!?

Who wants in!?

One Of A Kind Treasures

Pearly Treasures

One Of A Kind Treasures

Pearls are a little, precious, one-of-a-kind treasures!  Lately I’ve been on a little treasure hunt obsessing over pearls.  Over the years I have had faux and real pearl jewelry, pearl embelished items and overall just a soft spot for them as being June’s birthstone as both my brothers and dad have June birthday’s.  Recently I’ve on this pearl kick and picked up a few really awesome pearl items!

What makes pearls so precious?

What makes pearls so precious?

Why are pearls so precious?  Partly because they are extremely unique and the only precious “stone” found within a living creature.  You don’t cut or polish a pearl, they’re precious and stunning right as they are found!  They’re also rare, even though they’re cultured/farmed it still takes tons of oysters to find 1 pearl.  Naturally only 1 in 10,000 oysters yield a pearl!  Pearls are so appealing for their stunning qualities and value making them so classic, and worth the investment large or small.  They’ve dated back as far at 13th century China!

Pearly Treasures for me!

Pearly Treasures for me!

What I’ve picked up lately is what I’m wearing all layered together!  There are more pealrs and pearly pieces available at the eBoutique.  I def have my eye on those freshwater pearl earrings!  I also think all these pearly pieces would make great gifts for Mother’s Day!

Freshwater Pearl Necklace: Beautify your neck with a sea of genuine freshwater pearls set on a goldtone chain. This pretty necklace will elevate any ensemble with elegance.   Features genuine freshwater pearls, 16.5″ L with 3.5″ extender, lobster claw clasp and goldtone plating.

Freshwater Pearl Toggle Bracelet:  A strand of shiny baroque freshwater pearls forms this chic toggle bracelet. Ease into the pearl trend with this cute, yet simple piece.  Features genuine freshwater pearls, 8” L, 10mm diam., toggle closure with goldtone plating.

Pearly Bracelets!

Pearly Bracelets!

Pearly Statement Bangle: The pearl goes modern on this unique bangle bracelet, complete with a large baroque pearl, wiry goldtone hardware and a shiny stone accent. It features an open-hinged closure for easy on and off. Features a goldtone wire bangle, pearly detail, 1 1/4″ W, open-hinge closure with goldtone plating and faux glass pearl.

Pearly Statement Earrings: Make a pearlescent statement in our stunning drop earrings, designed with wavy hammered posts and dangling baroque pearls for extra glamour. These unique beauties are sure to earn you compliments. Featuers pearly stone, goldtone accents, pierced, 2 1/2″ L drop, post & dama clutch backs, goldtone plating and faux pearls.

Pearly Earrings!

Pearly Earrings!

Pearly Charm on my Paper Clip Necklace: This pretty pearlesque piece works like a charm by easily hooking onto our Paper Clip-Style Bracelet and Necklace.  Features charms range from ¾” L to 1” L, pearlesque accent, goldtone cap, spring ring closure.

Pearly Charms!

Pearly Charms! – even the adjustable lobster clasp toggle is pretty!

Also note #lipoftheday here is the Avon Ultra Luxury Lip Liner in Chocolate (worn all over lip) with a little clear gloss on top.  Also obsessed with this lip and these Ultra Luxury Liners on sale for $3.29 right now!  You can shop these pearly pieces and the lip liner at the eBoutique.

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