California Cool

California Cool

California Cool

This Labor Day I’ll be celebrating 13 years as an Californian! I definitley have embraced the laid back sunny lifestyle, which is perfect because, I love the heat and the sun! As much as I loved my upbringing, I’m not headed back to PA except for a visit. As a transplant, it does give a different perspective, especially style wise. It allows me to bring in some east coast style to mix with that California cool which actually works well in NorCal. I still will always be a little more dressed up then most around me, and I don’t find flip flops as a dress shoe, but I do support white, brights and an easy take on the everyday. Recently mark. released a little Cali Vibes fashion capsule collection and this California girl definitely embraced it, but so did a lot of my friends! The pieces are easy to wear, which totally represents those Cali vibes. Let’s take a look how we’re all wearing and sharing them all over the U.S.!

Erica Gerlemann

Erica G., Missouri


Stephanie Cudney, New Jersey

Stephanie C., New Jersey


Grace Cosenza- Epstein, New York

Grace C- E., New York


Elizabeth K., Florida

Elizabeth K., Florida


Cheryl A., Southern California

Cheryl A., Southern California


Rebecca L., Arizonia

Rebecca L., Arizonia


Ann F., Pennsylvania

Ann F., Pennsylvania


Sam R., Nor Cal

Sam R., Nor Cal

The Beach Bound tank is a popular favorite, just an easy tank to wear.  I personally love the Hot As Summer Dress, its a really nice knit, almost a terry cotton.  But this whole collection is fun and perfect for summer, and extremely versatile!  Just look at everyone with different styles and looks all wearing each peice flaslessly!  What piece are you liking best!?

mark. Hot As Summer Dress

mark. Hot As Summer Dress

mark. High Tide Bodysuit

mark. High Tide Bodysuit

mark. High Waister Pant

mark. High Waister Pant

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. OnThe Boardwalk Platforms

mark. OnThe Boardwalk Platforms

mark. Cool as a Cluster and Beach Babe Earrings

mark. Cool as a Cluster and Beach Babe Earrings

I really see this entire collection being my wardrobe for Memorial Day!  Shop my favories and view the entire Cali Vibes line at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and if you’re adding an Eye Lift Pro get to it to ship for FREE with promo code EYELIFT (see previous post for more details)


Better Than Bare A Box

Better Than Bare A Box

Bare it all with our Better Than Bare A Box (product number 101809), new for Campaign 9. For just $10 with any $40 purchase, you will get four faves that will add a glow to the skin and glimmer to the eyes.

Best Basics in Better Than Bare A Box

Better than Bare – Check out the C9 A Box products that will enhance your natural radiance.

1. Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Muse: .21 oz.

Get this FULL SIZE eye pallet in your A Box

2. Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara in Black: .21 oz.
3. Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackest Black: .01 oz.
4. Anew Power Serum: .24 oz.

The Better than Bare A Box is one of the better options I’ve seen lately.  It includes a FULL SIZE eye pallet which is a personal favorite from Avon.  It has all the everyday colors for your everyday looks, can be bare and simple or build it up for something more dramatic.  I’m wearing the full A Box look here for my easy every day look.

Wearing the 8-in-1 Eye Pallet, Glimmerstick and mascara all from the A Box!

You can get this A box for only $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and with all the Seaside Gardens stuff (see here) Mother’s Day options to gift or get reaching $40 isn’t hard at all!  I HIGHLY reccomend getting this A Box with your order.  Plus the packaging is SUPER cute with the lipstick design that definitly matches the whole travel set in the Mother’s Day line.  This offer is live through Tuesday April 17th, then it will become a back order item.  (message me for details).

$10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Sweet Cherry Pie

Sweet Cherry Pie

Do you not immediately think of Warrant’s Sweet Cherry Pie when you see this cardi… because I do! I should of put this look as a Week O’Nautical outfit (see here) but I didn’t get around to it, but I’m still loving this Americana look from the Seaside Gardens Collection! (see here)

Americana outfit with Seaside Gardens

Spring rain hit us hard and I was ready for it! A cute cardigan is definitley the solution to spring weather. This Avon Felicity Cardigan in Cherry print brightens up a rainy day. (sidenote: it also comes in navy, white and red).  A spring layer is almost as necessary as keeping that umbrella around!

Felicity Cardigan in Cherry Print

Rain Check!

For my Americana look I paired the Cherry cardigan with the Gingham Melanie Pencil Skirt (last seen here).  Of course I had to wear some rainboots (Hunter) and my big umbrella (Kate Spade) to handle this on again off again rain showers!

Melanine Skirt in Gingham

Spring Weather Must-Haves

You can shop my entire look over on my eBoutique!  Maybe make this bright and cheery cardi as part of your 4 pieces to upgrade your spring wardrobe, and don’t get caught in the rain!

Getting caught in the rain out takes!

Oh So Boho

Oh So BoHo

Spring always gets me willing be more boho.  Light and laid back, after winter I’m ready to adjust my looks and the mark. Floral Festival collection has me doing just that!  This collection is a little bit boho a lot a bit fun, perfect for spring!

mark. Slip On By Dress

Free your mind, and the rest will follow… This free flowing slip dress, mark. Slip On By Dress is one of those super easy pieces.  Throw and go.  Simple spaghetti straps and a hankerchief hemline.  I paired mine with a chambray button down, layered necklace, and mark. Oh So Boho Ring Set (last seen here) and the mark. A Cut Above Bootie (also seen in that link above.)

This dress’ print is a navy base with pops of pink, blush, purple in the different patterns vertically.  It also has the same floral print from the boho blouse I already have.  (see here).  Its very wearable especially for spring and summer.  But this outfit would work in early fall too!

A Cut Above Bootie and boho prints!

Printed all the way around!

I am not typically a boho kind of gal but the fresh weather swings things that way.  I love that mark.’s floral fantasy collection is boho that any gal can wear.  Also new with this collection is the sizing, mark. now caters to plus size, so xs-3x!  You can shop the collection and my look at my eBoutique!

Week O’Nautical: What’s In My Bag

Week O'Nautical:  What's In My Bag

Week O’Nautical: What’s In My Bag

It’s officially spring and that means its time for spring cleaning! The easiest place to start is with something fun like your purse.  In the world of alicia this is also known as the bag o’ wonder. Why, you ask?  Because you never know what I’m going to pull out of it because it gathers SO. MUCH. CRAP. So lets clean out the old and in with the new and see what’s in the bag o’ wonder!

Avon Veronica Tote in Striped

I always switch to a spring bag right at the begining of the season, so even if I’m still wearing cold weather clothes at least I have a fun spring bag to perk up my day. I’m tough on bags, use them day to night, work to weekend, toss them around… I like an affordable option that I don’t mind destroying by the end of the season. This spring’s pick is the Avon Veronical Tote in striped.

Inside View! Complete with organization.

I like big tote style bags because they’re the most functional for me. I throw my lunch, papers, mail, an occassional change of shoes, you name it, I throw it in there.  This Veroncia Tote has a middle divider to help keep thing organized.  I usually like the open style, but I needed some more organization.

What made it into the new bag?  This stuff… and I’m sure more stuff will gather.  I love peeping at what’s in folks’ bags, and medicine cabinets!  Its like a window into the soul. And a testiment to what they actually use on the daily.

What’s In My Bag

Now that you’ve peeked into my bag, have you switched over to a spring bag yet?  You can shop my new spring bag, bag charm, scarf, fav lip products and makeup bags over at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger


Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical Special Edition sails on with a look from the Avon Seaside Gardens collection (see here).  I just LOVED the cover look on the Avon brochure, so when deciding on what items to purchase I knew I was going to get that pencil skirt.  I opted to go with it in the gingham print, which is a huge trend this year (see it last here!).  Because I loved that cover look so much I decided to reacreate it my way.

My take on the Avon Cover Look

In my last post I said all you need is 4 items to update your spring with a nautical take, well I’m wearing all 4 of my items at once to recreate that cover look!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I already had a chambray button up so I didn’t need the ruffled Mia Shirt, but its certainly cute and pairs perfectly with the Melanie Pencil Skirt.  This skirt is forgiving!  It has stretch to it, hits at a flattering length, and is a nice thick material but not lined so perfect for spring/summer.

Chambray and Gingham

A pencil skirt and button up is an easy recipie to recreate, but its the accessories that make it fun!  These ankle wrap block heel sandals are super on trend, but the embelished detials and fun print make them mega unique and only $39.99!  The Cushion Walk Sandal with Embelishements come in 3 colors, including gingham so if you want just a pop of gingham this spring, the sandal is an EXCELLENT way to do it.

Gingham for Spring

From my last post you know I got this Veronica tote and Bag Charm Scarf and you can see why.  Its the perfect nautical bag to go with gingham!  Its the perfect spring bag, both functional and killer spring style.  Finishes off the look along with my mark. Beach Babe earrings and Avon Modern Elegance Pearl bangle set.

Veronica Tote and Scarf Bag Charm

Nautical accessories from Avon

mark. Beach Babe Earrings

This look definitley gives off that charming coastal town look, but also a cute spring wear to work outfit.  This gingham skirt would look just as cute with a white T-shirt and leather thongs come summer.  I think this Week O’Nautical special edition is an excellent idea with all these Seaside Gardens items 😉  Are you loving the gingham print this spring?

Seaside Gardens Look

Week O’Nautical: How To Easily Update For Spring

Week O’Nautical: Update Without Breaking Your Budget

The Nautical trend is always a good way to update your wardrobe for spring.  In most places it’s still pretty cold out, but we’re over our black on black on black and heavy winter wear.  You can work in a few nautical pieces that will go with your winter basics and your summer basics making a very versatile spring wardrobe update.  Avon just released their Seaside Gardens (see more), a nautical fashion and home capsule collection, and its extremely affordable!  Let’s look how you can update your spring looks without breaking the break.


The Power Of 4.

Add 4 pieces, yep just 4 pieces.  Sticking to only 4 pieces keeps you in budget and will be just enough to switch up your basics and breathe new life. The Avon Seaside Gardens collection is pretty affordable, so 4 pieces would keep you close to that $100 range.  I would suggest a top, bottom, accessory and dress, but you need to gage your current wardrobe and lifestyle.  Looking at what I was loving, needed and knew would flatter my shape, I went with a skirt, sandal, handbag and scarf.  I can mix and match to update my spring wardrobe with these 4 items totaling $110.96!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I wear a lot of skirts and dress for work, and with the hot temps in Nor Cal a skirt works well for my lifestyle.  If your lifestyle wears more casual and you’re just going to wear your favorite jeans try a classic nautical striped top like the Michelle Boat Neck top ($19.99).

Ankle strap, block heels and pretty embellishment, all a spring shoe needs!

I’ve always been a shoe person.  A new spring shoe can even make an all black outfit feel like spring.  The shoe selection in the Seaside Gardens collection is strong!  I went with the Avon Cushion Walk Sandal With Stone Clusters, a low block heel sandal which will be functional, on trend and a pop of color.

Give me all the nautical shoes!

Switching to a new spring bag is the easiest way to spring up your wardrobe without giving up any of your winter wear.  I went with this Veronica Tote Bag in the Blue and White strip (it also comes in red!).


Avon Veronica Tote with Scarf



Pick 1 thing different than anything you have.

For me it was this square scarf.  I have plenty of big, wrap all over you scarfs, but I don’t have a cute little silky square scarf in a nautical print!  Don’t diminish the power of an accessory, I can wear this as a cute neck scarf, a style I’ve never done and would bring something completely new to my look.  Plus, it would be some warmth around the neck in the chilly weather.  I can also wear it tied on a bag, as a head scarf, or ever worn a few different ways as a neck scarf.

Avon Silky Scarf

I literally could go through the entire collection and come up with a million combinations of 4 items to mix and match into your regular wardrobe.  If you would like me to select a personalized pick for you, leave a comment!

Nautical Square Scarf


Spring Perks

As an Avon representative, not only do I get to order things early, I also get some perks.  For instance, with the Seaside Gardens collection, with every 4 items I ordered I received a FREE pair of earrings.  These Avon Pop of Red Statement Earrings ($9.99) to be exact.  A piece of statement jewelry is definitely a good idea for a 5th piece to add to my original 4.  Even if I wear these with my black on black on black I’m adding a pop of something fresh.  Or I can pair this with the block heel sandals and I’ll bump up my look for spring.  *if you want early access, discounts and all the perks of being an Avon rep too you can sign up here for ONLY $25!

Statement Earrings For All The Nautical Looks

I couldn’t be more pleased with the 4 items I picked.  You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger or see more here!  When building your order be sure to add on the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase.  It not only is a great deal but will be the perfect makeup items to pair with your nautical outfits.  See my look with it here!

Week O’Nautical: Fresh Picks for Spring A Box

Week O’Nautical: Fresh Picks For Spring A Box

Have you forgot about the A Boxes, because I have… BUT with the launch of the Avon Seaside Gardens collection comes a new A Box, the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box (product # 101464).  Featuring 5 freshly picked beauty faves you’ll love, they’ll perk up any pout and add a flirty flutter to lashes and will coordinate perfectly with your fresh Seaside Gardens picks!

Five Fresh Faves
Check out Fresh Picks A Box products that will perk up your look:

1. Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Fiery Red: .21 oz.
2. Avon True Colors Glimmersticks Waterproof Eye Liner in Blackest Night: .01 oz.
3. Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black: .34 oz.
4. Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Royal Red: .4 oz.
5. Rare Pearls Eau de Parfum Travel Spray: .5 oz.

Why is this post titled Week O’Nautical?  Because this A Box has everything you need for a fresh spring face that goes with a nautical look!  This A Box includes 4 of my all time favorite products for a simple go-to makeup look perfect for sitting seaside!  Create an easy eye look with a simple neutral shimmery shadow (mark. Eyeshadow Single in Cookie for example), with clean black eyeliner and lots of lashes with the your A Box items.  Finish it off with red lips and red nails and you are simply put together and for only $10!  Like I’ve said before (see here and here) these Glazewears are totally legit!  This red shade I wore all holiday long and kept going back to it!

Makeup Look from the Fresh Picks A Box

Makeup Look from the Fresh Picks A Box

Fresh Picks A Box All You Need For A Nautical Look

Fresh Picks A Box All You Need For A Nautical Look

Red Lips and Lots of Lashes!

Red Lips and Lots of Lashes!


ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger
Remember that all purchases in your Campaign 8 order count toward a qualifying $40 order for the $10 collection offer—including orders from the C8 Outlet and Marketing catalogs so take advantage of this A-mazing value!

Week O’Nautical Special Edition: Seaside Gardens

It may only be March but I’m already thinking about Memorial Day and my “Week O’Nautical!” Partially because I want warm summer days, but also because of the new capsule release from Avon titled “Seaside Gardens.” Seaside Gardens is a fashion and home release influenced by all things nautical, which means this calls for a Week O’Nautical Special Edition!

Introducing Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection

The Seaside Gardens capsule collection is a limited release for spring.  This means all the items are meant to mix and match with each other (and well with what you have).  It also means that once the stock is gone, its gone.  Judging how the last capsule collection went (Savana Blooms/Modern Southern Belle) popular items will sell out.  I usually don’t like just sharing up the stock photographs but I wanted to share this entire fashion collection.

There are a lot of items I’m just loving!  My top picks include this Veronica Tote Bag and the adorable Ivy Jumpsuit.  There are so many jewelry options that will work from now through Labor Day, especially my pick, the Seaside Stripes Statement Necklace.  And can we take a moment to admire all the shoes… allllll of them!  I literally could work every single item into my wardrobe but my budget doesn’t agree.

In addition to the fashion there is a entire Avon Living line to match! (home goods)  I will be sharing here on Word of Alicia more from the Avon Living line, a Week O’Nautical outfit,  how to update your wardrobe without breaking your budget and how to take the nautical theme to your beauty routine.

Seaside Garden’s launches Wednesday March 14th and will be available through camping 11 (about 6 weeks) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  If you would like to know how to gain early access to these types of collections and score them at 40% off leave a comment saying you want the word!

How To Wear A Spring Blouse For Work and Weekend

As spring approaches I’m ready to lighten up. Lighten up in fabrics, prints and in bulk. That’s why I’m all about versatile pieces like this mark. Floral Fantasy Tunic for both work and weekend! Let’s see it two ways this Wear and Share Wednesday!

For Work




This blouse dresses up nicely!  For work I paired it with a navy trouser (White House Black Market), a structured tote (Kate Spade), nude pumps (Nine West) and a white druzy necklace (Avon Druzy Pendant).  Tucking the tunic in gives it a little more professional look, plus the neckline isn’t too low.  Pairing it with navy instead of my usual winter black changes things up just enough to feel spring worthy!





For Weekend




A spring tunic is the perfect dress down piece!  You look put together, of the season and comfortable.  I styled mine casually with a pair of lilac cords (Loft Outlet), taupe booties (mark. A Cut Above Booties) and turquoise jewelry (mark. Oh So Boho ring set and earrings).  This look is still weather appropriate for spring but with color, fresh fabrics and turquoise treats.






Easily style this tunic two ways, and more!  I see this being just as cute with white denim jeans or your favorite pair of denim shorts or dressed up with a great pair of camel slacks or a pretty pencil skirt and under a classic navy blazer and dark denim!  Spring versatility at its finest!  You can shop my tunic, jewelry and booties at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and don’t for get to add the A Box only $10 with a $40 purchase!

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Best Of Beauty A Box