Styling Tips

The Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt – mark. Any Which Way Sequin Skirt

The Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt

The Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt

Tis’ the season for all things sparkle, glitter, glisten and sequins!  A few friends and I are in full holiday spirit showing you the ULTIMATE holiday party skirt, mark. Any Which Way Sequin Skirt!  This sequin skirt is like multiple skirts in one!  It features brush sequins, so depending which way you swipe the sequin the skirt wears gold or teal… swipe down for gold, up for teal, or create any sort of pattern you want.

mark. Any Which Way Sequin Skirt

mark. Any Which Way Sequin Skirt

Dipped In Gold:

Alicia's Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt

Alicia’s Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt

I’m wearing my skirt as if its dipped in gold!  First push all the sequins up so it’s teal, then brush down the bottom in an uneven pattern for a dipped in gold look.  Perfect for NYE or a holiday party!  I paired mine with a simple tank, white fur stole, (mark. Chill Factor Stole), glittery gold heels, and some shimmering jewelry!

mark. Any Which Way Skirt Goes Glam

mark. Any Which Way Skirt Goes Glam

 

Back in Black:

Laura's Ultimate Holiday Skirt

Laura’s Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt

Our friend over at Sealaura is wearing hers in an uneven pattern to really showcase the uniqueness of this skirt.  She paired hers with a basic black turtleneck which would work perfectly if you’re wearing it to an office party.  Sophisticated and still fun!  Check out her full blog post for a really good look at those sequins!

Brush Sequins For The Season

Brush Sequins For The Season

 

I Love Gooold:

Natasha's Ultimate Holiday Skirt

Natasha’s Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt

Fellow rep and fashion fan, Natasha is going for the gold by wearing the skirt all swiped down for that full on gold look.  She paired hers with a basic black turtleneck, a black and gold arm party (mark. Grow Your Stack Bracelet Set), and tall black boots (Avon Cushion Walk Kiki Stretch Fashion Boot).  A winter friendly way to wear the skirt, and perfect for a Christmas house party!

mark. Any Which Way Skirt Hitting The Party Circuit

mark. Any Which Way Skirt Hitting The Party Circuit

 

Day Sequins:

Bronwyn's Ultimate Holiday Skirt

Bronwyn’s Ultimate Holiday Party Skirt

Beauty Boss and fellow rep Bronwyn styled hers my favorite way, for day!  Also keeping her skirt all gold, she dressed it down with a cute graphic tee and a faux leather jacket.  This makes it extremely wearable for anyone and everyone.  Add a little glam with the Avon Stylish Sparkle Multicolor necklace and you have yourself some day sparkle!

There’s still time to get this skirt for Christmas, and definitely for New Years!  TODAY ONLY at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger you can get 2 day deliver for half the cost with a $50 order.  The mark. Any Which Way Skirt is $44 so add on the Party Ready A Box for $10 (see more) and have yourself everything you need for the ultimate party look and get the speedy shipping discount!

Party Ready A Box Only $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Party Ready A Box Only $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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What Is a Boot Skirt and Why You Need One

What is a boot skirt and why do you need one?

What is a boot skirt and why do you need one?

What is a boot skirt?  Basically a skirt you wear with boots, if that wasn’t obvious.  But let me tell you why you need one.  They typically are more A-line so that means more flattering.  They usually are of a thicker material like wool blends, stiff cotton, etc, which means perfect for the fall and winter.  You usually have two options, shorter and midi.  Both are cut at a length that shows off the boots but also works with proportions.  A shorter skirt will be cut a few inches above the knee but not a mini, and is the most versatile with what boots work with it.  I found the perfect boot skirt with the mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt.

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

Perfect Boot Skirt For Fall

Perfect Boot Skirt For Fall

The mark. Peek of Pleats skirt is the perfect shorter version.  It has that flattering a-line shape in a nice wool blend.  What makes this one stand out is its peek of chiffon pleats and wrap detailing.  Pleats are a huge trend for fall and the wrap draws the eye in making it even more flattering.

Peak of chiffon

Peak of chiffon

Flattering A Line Cut

Flattering A Line Cut

You can wear a boot skirt with everything from blouses to sweaters.  I paired this black mark. Peek of Pleats skirt with a striped ruffle sleeve sweater from White House Black Market.  I tucked it in but you could easily wear it untucked as well.

Pair it with a ruffle sleeve sweater!

Pair it with a ruffle sleeve sweater!

What’s a boot skirt with out a killer pair of boots!  This season mod, white and ankle cut boots are huge trends which I accomplished with this pair from Shoedazzle.  However boot skirts are also designed to wear with tall boots, so bust out your favorite pair to wear with this skirt.

These boots were made for boot skirts!

These boots were made for boot skirts!

Completely my look I’m wearing the mark. Tough It Out necklace, a doctor’s bag from Brooks Brothers and a bright plum lip with Avon True Color Bold Lipstick in Power Plum.

mark. Tough It Out Necklace

mark. Tough It Out Necklace

Sweater and Skirt Full Look For Fall

Sweater and Skirt Full Look For Fall

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger along with all the new fall arrivals.  The skirt alone would qualify you for the current A Box!  $10 for all the fall/winter moisture you need!  (see more here)

Shop This Boot Skirt Look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Shop This Boot Skirt Look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

What To Wear In Late Summer

What To Wear In Late Summer

What To Wear In Late Summer

As much as I’ll “never let go” of summer, late summer is kinda nice.  The transitioning weather allows for a refresh on the looks.  Can work in new fall trends, colors and staples, all while still embracing the last bits of summer.

What I'm wearing for late summer.

What I’m wearing for late summer.

Fall Trend:  Bell Sleeves.  Late Summer Wear Now: Cropped Sleeve in Light Flowy Fabric.

Bell Sleeves For Wear Now Wear Later

Bell Sleeves For Wear Now Wear Later

Statement sleeves are not only a hot summer trend but a cool fall one as well.  So what’s better than a blouse that works for both!?  This Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse from Avon has a cropped sleeve making it perfect for transitioning weather and looks.  Choosing a fall trend in a lightweight fabric flowy fabric allows you more wear year round out of it.  Plus, the peep of lace at the top lightens it up too.

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Fall Trend:  Out Of The Ordinary Baubles.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Gold Chain Details.

Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace

Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace and mark. Gleam With Pride Ring

A big trend in fall jewelry is out of the ordinary necklaces.  Your standard run of the mill statement necklace is not going to cut it, you need something legit.  “How ’bout some gold bracelets” or gold necklace if you will… thick gold chains and a unique pendant drop allow this necklace to stand out from the crowd.  Additionally, the bright gold is a perfect late summer metal, but this would look equally as chic worn with a simple black turtleneck or your favorite plaid top come fall.  The Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace is part of the Breast Cancer Shop For The Greater Goods Shop at my eBoutique.  What makes it even more unique than it’s look, is that 20% of the proceeds go to support the Breast Cancer Crusade, which is in style year round!

Embrace Big Gold Chains

Embrace Big Gold Chains

Fall Color:  Jewel Tones.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Amethyst Blouse.

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

By wearing brighter jewel tone now, like amethyst, vs a deep tone, like plum, allows you to keep your look more late summer.  I love this Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse from Avon for the perfect wear now jewel toned shade.

Jewel Tones Now and Later

Jewel Tones Now and Later

Fall Staple:  Jeans.  Late Summer Wear Now:  White Jeans.

White Deconstructed Jeans for Late Summer

White Deconstructed Jeans for Late Summer

It was a brisk mid 80’s so I was able to wear pants… like the first time since May.  These destructed white jeans from mark. are finally seeing some wear!  White jeans are the perfect way to create a late summer look, they brighten up those fall trends and colors.  Come later in the season, pair this exact look with your dark denim and boots for a true fall look.

mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans

mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans

Fall Staple:  Suede.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Pops Of Suede.

Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote

Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote

Pop in some suede during late summer.  I’m wearing a suede fringed sandal from Steve Madden, and switched to my fall bag, a leather tote with suede pieced in.  The sandals are from last year but the tote is the new Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote.

Pops Of Suede For Late Summer

Pops Of Suede For Late Summer

This is just one of those easy outfits for a lot of different occasions.  You can tweak it depending on what you got going on and as that true fall weather creeps in, but overall the perfect take on late summer.  You can shop my entire look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Be sure to take advantage of the newest A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase!  And yes, I probably should of ironed my shirt instead of just pulling it out of my suitcase after a week.  Life, man, life.

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October

 

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

 

April showers brings May flowers… and spring skirts!  Now that we’ve got warming temps the spring skirts are in full effect.  This year I picked up a few new from my local Loft Outlet.  If you are in the greater Sacramento area, head over to the the Folsom Premium Outlets and check out my friends at the Loft outlet!  Not only will they hook you up with some great customer service, they’ll also fit you up right!

Navy Crochet Skirt From Loft Outlet

Navy Crochet Skirt From Loft Outlet

Out of my Loft Outlet finds, this navy crochet skirt has to be one of my fav’s.  This is actually something that can work year round!  For spring I paired it with a chambray top (also Loft Outlet) but will look equally as cute with a sleeveless blouse for summer or a sweater come fall.

Chambray Navy Skirt Combo

Chambray Navy Skirt Combo

Maybe I’m already in Week O’Nautical mood, but there’s something so clean about navy and white, which is why I LOVE this skirt paired with white accessories.  I took some super trendy white accents and paired them with an otherwise more conservative look.  Thought you couldn’t wear the lucite heels trend?  Well, you’re wrong!  Try these mark. So Clear To Me Sandals with your spring skirts as a way to wear the trend.   The mark. Total Perfection Bag is also the perfect spring/summer bag to add to your collection this year.

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

 mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

The Lucite Trend: mark. So Clear To Me Sandals

The Lucite Trend: mark. So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

To tie things all together I’m also wearing the mark. Whimsical Ways statement necklace again, (see here, here and here) along with that spring beauty look from Lisa!  (see here!).

mark. Whimsical Ways Necklace

mark. Whimsical Ways Necklace

When re-freshing your wardrobe for spring try mixing classic cuts from places like Loft Outlet with super on trend pieces from mark, it makes dressing way more fun!  You can shop my bag, shoes, jewelry and beauty at my eBoutique, http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Spring Trends and Skirts

Spring Trends and Skirts

ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase NOW through May 24th at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase NOW through May 24th at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

3 Ways To Wear Your LBD!

3 Ways To Wear A LBD

3 Ways To Wear A LBD

I’ve been featuring all things LBD inspired by the newest fragrance from Avon.  For my last installment, today, I’m bringing you 3 ways to wear your little black dress!  You know, just in case you needed more proof why a little black dress is super versatile.  Here are 3 different looks all with a LBD as the base from Jackie, Jill and myself!

Jackie:

Jackie's Way on a LBD

Jackie’s Way

Black as a neutral is just about as groundbreaking as florals for spring, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be talked about! I am a New Yorker and I love my all black outfits as much as the next girl, but adding bold elements to a simple black base is way more fun. When you start with a plain black chiffon dress as the base of your outfit the options are pretty much endless. A fringe bag, bold printed scarf and snake skin accessories may not seem like the greatest combination, but somehow look completely cohesive (and still cool & casual) when you see it together!

Jackie from Living After Midnite 

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Jackie's LBD from Living After Midnite

Jackie’s LBD from Living After Midnite

Jill:  

Jill's Way

Jill’s Way

For me, the key to styling a Little Black Dress, is to keep it simple. Black dresses remind me of Audrey Hepburn and her elegant yet simple style. To keep things Audrey style, let the dress be the statement. Keep your jewelry simple with just one statement piece such as a gold and rhinestone bracelet. Also keeping things Audrey style, go with a pretty flat. For a fun twist, try a flat with a pop of color such as cobalt blue.  

— Jill from My Sweet Obsessions

LBD 3

Jill's Classic LBD

Jill’s Classic LBD

Alicia:

Alicia's Way

Alicia’s Way

Because a little black dress is basic and neutral,  pick one with spunk, like these cutout details!  You might feel it would be too much if this was on a printed dress but on a black dress it’s the perfect statement.  The versatility all comes down to the accessories, and I love accessories, they always fit!  I can get the most out of my statement pieces when wearing a little black dress.   Statement shoes like these aqua cutout and lace up sandals from Avon work with it and don’t compete.  Layer on some fun jewelry from mark. (they always have fun jewelry you want to wear !) and you’ve got a look that’s simple and wearable for any occasion.

Avon Lace Up Sandals

Avon Lace Up Sandals

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Cutout Details and mark. Accessories

Cutout Details and mark. Accessories — and mark. Nailed It polish in Green Thumb

This dress is from the fall but it’s so popular that Avon revamped it for spring.  You can shop the Avon Laser Cut Little Black Dress for ONLY $34.99 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger along with my accessories and shoes.  Now that you have 3 ways to inspire, bust out your LBD and bare those legs this spring!

Little Black Dresses For Spring

Little Black Dresses For Spring

Make An Old LBD New Again

How To Make An Old LBD New Again

How To Make An Old LBD New Again

Erica from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty and I have collaborated to show you two ways to make that old little black dress you have in your closet new again!  We both shopped our closet and took an old piece and made it new for spring.

Erica’s LBD Look:

Erica's Little Black Dress Look

Erica’s Little Black Dress Look

“Sometimes the best shopping can be done in your own closet! It is a fun challenge to give a forgotten clothing item new life by adding trendy accessories or a modern piece. My outdated LBD is a boring one-shoulder dress. It is amazing what a few Avon accessories, fabulous red lips, and a jacket can do for an outfit!”

Spring Details With A Spring Scarf, Jacket and Red Lip!

Spring Details With A Spring Scarf, Jacket and Red Lip!

To see more of Erica’s look and details (including that great Avon scarf!) head over to Erica’s Fashion and Beauty!

 

Alicia’s LBD Look:

Alicia's Little Black Dress Look

Alicia’s Little Black Dress Look

Shopping my closet allowed me to take this old sleeveless mark. dress and make it new again by layering a collared shirt underneath.  Not only did it breath new life into my existing items it also created a wear to work style perfect for spring weather with the convertible sleeves.  Adding on the Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace gave it a little more sophistication and the mark. clutch and shoes made it fun!  This LBD look will easily be recreated again!

Spring Re-Vamp With A Convertible Sleeve Blouse

Spring Re-Vamp With A Convertible Sleeve Blouse

I’ve seen this trick, layering a blouse under a sleeveless dress, done by all the fashion girls, but I never though I could pull it off.  However, just trying it payed off!  A tip is to wear a cami, like an Express Best Loved Bra Cami, over the blouse to keep it in place and avoid bulk underneath your dress.

Taking On Trendy Details

Taking On Trendy Details

Wearing the Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace tight around the collar is also a little trendy trick.  On a dress I normally wouldn’t wear a necklace with I added just the pearls of this necklace.  For a little pop I added a bright spring lip with mark. All Butter Now in fired up and these awesome heels coming to my eboutique next week, the mark. By Any Stretch Pumps.

Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace

Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace

mark. By Any Stretch Pumps

mark. By Any Stretch Pumps

Making A Summer Dress Spring Worthy

Making A Summer Dress Spring Worthy

Making An Old LBD New Again With Avon

Making An Old LBD New Again With Avon

You can shop the accessories to make your own old LBD new again at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger BONUS there’s a killer flash sale going on today only!  And use promo code AVONFB60 for 20% off a $60 order!  And try the new Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance (see here and here) get the full set for only $25!  Let me know if you want a sample and/or your fav way to wear a LBD!

Inspired By Avon Little Black Dress for LBD week! Shop the new scent and collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Inspired By Avon Little Black Dress for LBD week! Shop the new scent and collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Wear The Wide Leg Trend: mark. Navy Gazing Pants

 

Wear The Wide Leg Trend: mark. Navy Gazing Pants

Wear The Wide Leg Trend: mark. Navy Gazing Pants

A big trend this year is a swing back to wide legs and flare leg pants. I have to say I’m totally in support of this. Flare legs work better with my curvy shape so selfishly I like this. Wide legs are WAY more comfortable than peeling off those skinny pants that leave indentations on you, but they can be tricky to wear. Here are a few tips on wearing the wide leg trend.

Wide Leg Pants For Spring

Wide Leg Pants For Spring

The biggest thing to think of is proportion.  Wide legged pants can look good with a loose flowy top or a slim fitted one the point is to get the right proportion for you.  Because I am short and curvy a slim top fits best.  If you are more on the athletic build then a loose flowy top like the mark. light and layered top works well.  If you are pear shaped a cropped top loose or fitted would flatter.  Either of these styles can be worked on any body type the items just need to be proportioned to you.  In this look I went with a light spring sweater in a metallic grey from Express.  I tucked it in to keep it slim.

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Lightweight Sweater Keeps It Looking Slim

Lightweight Sweater Keeps It Looking Slim

I really like these mark. Navy Gazing Pants not only for the comfortable, lightweight material but also the deep navy shade and pockets!  These ones are the perfect pants for spring.  Functionally and fashion wise.  The have a side zip and a banded waist band.  The lightweight material is like a gauze making them really functional as the weather warms up.

mark. Carry All Handbag

mark. Carry All Handbag

Spring Details

Spring Details

Going back to proportions, the silhouette of wide leg pants really can carry bigger accessories, like a large cuff bracelet, statement necklace and oversized bag. These are all “larger” pieces but all worn together they work.  I’m wearing my spring fav the mark. Grows On You Bracelet with and old mark. necklace but you can get the same look with the mark. Free and Clear necklace.  My bag is the mark. Carry All Handbag (last seen here and here).

mark. Grows On You Bracelet

mark. Grows On You Bracelet

mark. Carry All Handbag

mark. Carry All Handbag

Wearing wide legs is not as intimidating as you might think if you get the proportions right.  I think they’re a must have to add this spring.  Plus they’re really really REALLY comfy.   Spring can be chilly so a pair of pants in an updated silhouette makes sense.  As the weather warms up I’ll ditch the spring sweater and leopard flats for an open lace top and sandals.  In addition to my spring outfit here get the deets on my spring makeup here in this post!

Spring Makeup With Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever (see here)

Spring Makeup With Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever (see here)

You can shop the mark. Navy Gazing Pants, Grows On You Bracelet, Carry All Handbag, Free and Clear necklace and Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever at my eBoutique.  Today’s the last day to get 10% off your order with promo code NOFOOLING

mark. Navy Gauzing Pants

mark. Navy Gazing Pants

 

 

Holiday Styling Tips: Winter Wonderland

Holiday Styling Tips: Winter Wonderland

Holiday Styling Tips: Winter Wonderland

Winter is officially here by terms of the winter solstice!  So perfect time to share some tips on dressing for a winter wonderland with Jill from My Sweet Obsessions!

Tips For Dressing For Winter

Tips For Dressing For Winter

Warm Layers:

Warm Layers with mark. Outside Chance Cape

Warm Layers with mark. Outside Chance Cape

Lucky for us folks who are always cold turtlenecks are back in!  And they’re the perfect layering piece.  Layering a turtleneck under a chic cape is a modern way to wear winter layers.  This mark. Outside Chance Cape in it’s Aspen chic print layers perfectly over a black and white striped turtleneck for a cozy winter look.

A warm and chic cape

A warm and chic cape

mark. Outside Chance Cape for Aspen Chic

mark. Outside Chance Cape for Aspen Chic

Tall Boots:

Lots of Layers

Lots of Layers

It’s like layers for your legs!  The extra insulation helps ward off winter’s cold while looking super chic!  I like a good heeled one but there are so many cute flat boots or even a mini heel.  Mine are an old pair from Shoedazzle but check out a few tall boots I like here, here and here.

Tall Boots and a Weekender Bag!

Tall Boots and a Weekender Bag!

Layered Accessories:

mark. Ruffle Your Feathers Earring Set and Grows On You Bangle

mark. Ruffle Your Feathers Earring Set and Grows On You Bangle

When wearing lots of layers, accessories sometimes get lost.  Try layering a long necklaces over your layers, it won’t add bulk to your already bulky layers and helps draw the eye down keeping a long and lean look.  I like this mark. Feathered Friends Necklace which will work just as well in the winter/spring/summer/fall.   This winter try layered earrings like these mark. Ruffle Your Feathers Earring Set, ear jackets and cuffs are a huge trend this year. Finish off your look with a bag big enough for a long winter weekend with the mark. Carry All Handbag

mark. Feathered Friend Necklace

mark. Feathered Friend Necklace

Layered Accessories and mark. Carry All Handbag

Layered Accessories and mark. Carry All Handbag

Jill’s Tip:

 

Jill's Winter Outfit

Jill’s Winter Outfit

“The Holidays are the perfect time to break out the winter color palette. Think whites, greys and light blues. To help keep you warm, throw on a faux fur vest. The “make me plush vest” by mark is just perfect with it’s faux fur collar and super soft, short faux fur lining. Then, to finish things off, you can’t go wrong with a great pair of booties.”  (read more)

mark. Make Me Plush Vest

mark. Make Me Plush Vest

This winter try a little apres ski with your look.  Think cozy, cute and comfy for lounging in a chic cabin or lodge.  This winter the Aspen chic look is trending, try it with key pieces like an aztec print cape and faux fur vest like in Jill’s look.  You can shop these pieces here.

Fall Styling Tips – Back To School

Fall Styling Tips:  Back To School

Fall Styling Tips: Back To School

Regardless if you’re heading back as a student, a parent of a student or as a student of life it’s back to school time!  Each fall the new school year brings about a refresh.  As a student it’s always a clean slate to start with new trends, friends and self.  As a parent of a student it’s a new start on organization, time schedules and socials.  As a student of life, just like the air getting a little crisper it’s a time to crisp up your fashion, organization and functionality!  That’s why Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have teamed up once again to bring you a fresh fall styling tips for a going back to school look.

1. Take On A Trend

Taking On The 90's Trend

Taking On The 90’s Trend

The new school year is the best time to try out something trendy because you know after the fist month you’re going to fall back into what’s quick and easy so try the trend now.  90’s is having a major moment but you don’t have to 15 to be trendy.  For my look I kept it age appropriate by sticking to a black and white pallet.  I tied my 90’s plaid shirt (Target) around my marble print t-shirt dress (mark. Soft T Dress, last seen here).  Because nothing about me is grunge in the slightest bit so my look is more Clueless than 90’s grunge.  (you know you’re thinking of that gym scene).

Fall Is The Perfect Time To Be A Little Trendy

Fall Is The Perfect Time To Be A Little Trendy 

2.  Keep It Functional 

mark. Soft T Dress and Draw To A Close Bag

mark. Soft T Dress and Draw To A Close Bag

Comfort and functionality are back to school must-haves… and a good back pack!  A t-shirt dress is the perfect solution, comfortable, cute and functional.  mark. Soft T Dress is the perfect easy to wear addition for your back to school shopping.  And what’s back to school without a good backpack!?  This mark. Draw To A Close bag is both functional and sleek so it works from high school to work and everywhere in between.  The detachable straps allow you to wear it as a back pack, cross body or over the shoulder so you can maximize your functionality all fall.

mark. Draw To A Close Bag - Worn Crossbody

mark. Draw To A Close Bag – Worn Crossbody

mark. Draw To A Close Bag - Worn As A Back Pack

mark. Draw To A Close Bag – Worn As A Back Pack

mark. Draw To A Close Bag - Worn Over The Shoulder

mark. Draw To A Close Bag – Worn Over The Shoulder

3.  Wear Walkable Footwear

Mint Converse Were Made For Walking

Mint Converse Were Made For Walking

Walking to and from school, class, picking up the kids, taking them to practice or just normal life requires a more functional shoe sometimes.  Co-eds sport chucks like it’s no body’s business and they do so for a reason.  Functional, cute and goes with a-plenty.  I personally elected to go with a more fun color like my mint converse which add just the right pop against my black and white.  And doesn’t hurt they match my Tiffany & Co sunglasses!

Chucks On The B-Ball Court

Chucks On The B-Ball Court

 

4.  Layer It Up

Layer Up With A Plaid Shirt Over Your T-Shirt Dress

Layer Up With A Plaid Shirt Over Your T-Shirt Dress

Here’s what I hated.  I would sweat like a mo fo walking to class in the hot indian summer days then freeze inside the class room.  Layers solve this problem. I can easily un-tie the plaid shirt and put it on to battle too much AC and chilly mornings/evenings.  Layers are a fall must-have… going back to that functionality thing.

Back To School Look With A T-Shirt Dress, Plaid Shirt Layered, and a Functional Back Pack

Back To School Look With A T-Shirt Dress, Plaid Shirt Layered, and a Functional Back Pack

 

5.  Accessorize Lightly

mark. Neck To Neck Chocker Set

mark. Neck To Neck Chocker Set

With all the moving and shaking back to school brings lightweight jewelry just works.  Daintier pieces are not only on trend this season but work with whatever you’re wearing and don’t get in the way.  I’ve been wearing these mark. All Four It bracelet set pretty much on the daily and you can see why.  Easy and goes with everything.  With the crew neck style of this dress try wearing a choker style necklace for an updated version of the 90’s classic.  These mark. Neck and Neck Choker Set are the perfect unique addition to my back to school shopping!

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

Back To School Ready!

Back To School Ready!

Even if you’re not going back to school be back to school ready with these styling tips for a fresh new look functional for whatever you got going on this fall.  Jill’s look is just as functional for fall with her cool neutral look, check out her styling tips for another back to school look!

Jill's full look featuring mark. Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt

Jill’s full look featuring mark. Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt

Jill’s Styling Tips:
Start your look with a casual cool top like the mark. Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt. Casual because it’s a sweatshirt, cool because of the added embellishments. The top is the perfect throw on and go because the embellishments mean no additional accessories needed. Keep your look on trend with a pair of army green skinny pants. Then finish off your look with just a touch of print in a pair of leopard sneakers.   See more of Jill’s look over on her blog…
Jills Casual Cool Details On The Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt

Jills Casual Cool Details On The Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt

 

 

 

Spring Styling Tips: A How To

How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

As we enter the last two weeks of spring into the official start of summer let’s embrace this beautiful weather.  Lucky for us we had a few styling tips from Jill from My Sweet Obsession and myself this spring.  If you missed them they were:  Easter, Spring Layers, and Spring Colors.  We shared how we style these trends in the spring… but cool… great… nice outfit, now what?  Here’s a little how to apply these tips in your every day dressing.  I took Jill’s tips from her Spring Layers post and applied them to my look.

OOTD Using Jill's Spring Layering Tips

OOTD Using Jill’s Spring Layering Tips

Be Ready

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Jill suggested the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak, or a anorak jacket in general to keep you ready for whatever spring weather may bring.  It’s a lightweight jacket but also functional with a hood and adjustable sleeves.  So that’s just what I did, wore the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Jacket.

Spring Layers With An Anorak

Spring Layers With An Anorak

Add More Layers

Layering A Spring Spring Scarf

Layering A Spring Spring Scarf

Next Jill suggested layering lightweight scarf to help with chilly mornings and nights, by wearing it loose it doesn’t make you too hot.  I added the oversized mark. Four Seasons Scarf (now only $7.99!!!) for a spring floral print in a lightweight spring fabric.

Pink Lips, Spring Scarf, Light Anorak, Arm Party

Pink Lips, Spring Scarf, Light Anorak, Arm Party

 

Keep Things Simple

 Simple Arm Party for Spring

Simple Arm Party for Spring

 

With the warmer weather Jill suggests going with simpler jewelry instead of your statement pieces so that’s just what I did with layering two simple bracelets (express and mark.) with my watch (avon).  The layered look still gives impact while keeping things simple and functional.

 

Keep It Cool

mark. Hit The Spot Flats

mark. Hit The Spot Flats

Jill’s final tip is to pair your look with some flats instead of sandals to avoid cold piggies.  I of course wore the only flats I love love love, the mark. Hit The Spot Flats (on clearance contact me to order).

How To Apply Spring Layering Tips

How To Apply Spring Layering Tips

Jills tips for layering this spring were easy to follow and apply.  I mean why read all these OOTD blog posts if you don’t get inspired and apply them to your own looks!?  It was Jill’s look that inspired me to order the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and I’M SO GLAD I did!  It’s the perfect “IT” jacket missing from my closet and I’ve worn it a ton!  I can see it being a go-to all summer long especially for those cooler summer nights our around the bon fire or camping, etc.  I know in PA you ALWAYS needed a light jacket in the summer and I never had the right one!

Jill's How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

Jill’s How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

Not only did I apply Jill’s tips but she also showed you how easy it was to apply my tips!  Head over to My Sweet Obsessions and see Jill’s spring look using our spring styling tips!  I think she nailed her look, check our more here.

My Sweet Obsessions Look

My Sweet Obsessions Look