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Wardrobe Blue Print: Spring Layers

Wardrobe Blue Print:  Spring Layers

Wardrobe Blue Print: Spring Layers

Happy First Day of Spring!  And just like that, as we hit the daylight savings day switch, it feels like spring.  The cold and rain here seems to of given way for some warm sun this week and those longer days feel so nice and energetic! But with spring comes spring fashion that needs to be just as energetic but also functional, as the afternoon sun warms things the cold night still keep things chilly.  So I’m following the blue print for spring fashion:  spring layers.

Layering Spring Dresses and Moto Jackets

Layering Spring Dresses and Moto Jackets

So is mark.’s spring fashion release:  Follow the blue print this season with denim pieces, touches of turquoise and indigo florals.  Dance through a field of flowers in the peasant-style dress as you let your style bloom this season.

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

I’m layering the mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress with the mark. Denim Day Moto Jacket, with some cognac wedge boots (Shoedazzle) and the mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet and Earrings (last seen here).

Long sleeved spring dress with prairie prints and details!

Long sleeved spring dress with prairie prints and details!

Toughen up a peasant style dress with a denim moto jacket.

Toughen up a peasant style dress with a denim moto jacket.

This denim moto jacket was super comfy to wear all day like a layer not just a jacket.  It has good stretch in it and is a deep solid indigo.  I was in a sweater rut and just like the rest of us ready for something new and fresh.  When that afternoon sun hit I took it off and the long sleeve dress worked perfectly.

Denim, Florals and Turquoise

Denim, Florals and Turquoise:  mark. Denim Day Moto Jacket

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

Come spring I’m always excited to pick up a few new spring dresses.  I love that this one is on a blue base and has long sleeves, which makes a nice addition to my wardrobe.  I’m REALLY excited adding this denim moto jacket too.  I’m about to layer like a mo fo!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

You can shop my look and the full spring collection from mark. at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Also this month, if you place a $50 order online you’ll get a coupon for 20% off in April, so that’s a win!

 

25 Uses for Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

25 Uses For Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

25 Uses For Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than a good multi-tasking product.  One of my biggest multi-takers are my Avon True Color Dazzle Drops ($14).  This gem of a product is not one I’ve really “highlighted” before (see what I did there) but it’s currently FREE with your $50 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger so I thought I’d share why this guy is such a find with 25 uses for the Avon True Color Dazzle Drops.

Avon True Color Dazzle Drops Swatch (Full Sun)

Avon True Color Dazzle Drops Swatch (Full Sun)

Word on Avon True Color Dazzle Drops ($14):  Get your glow on…and take it to the max! Whether it’s a strong streak of sun-kissed shimmer or a deep bronze glow, your customized radiant look will dazzle as much as you dare. 5 fl. oz.  BENEFITS  • Provides a luminous, light-reflecting, pearl, dewy finish  • Adds a touch of silky moisture

Dazzle Drops Dropper

Dazzle Drops Dropper

 

25 Uses for Avon True Color Dazzle Drops

 

1. As a face highlighter: Use on cheekbones, under brow, tip of nose, cupids bow, all the places you’d highlight

2. Brighten Complexion: For a subtle glow, mix 1-2 drops with your face moisturizer

3. Glowing Base: For a luminous glow, mix 2-3 drops with your foundation

4. Accent Collarbone: Use on your collarbones, tips of shoulders, to accent your decolletage

5. Body Glow: Get an allover glow by mixing 3-4 drops with your body lotion

6. Longer Legs: Swipe Dazzle Drops down the front of your shins for the appearance of longer legs

7. Under Eye Brightener: Mix in with your under eye concealer to brighten up your under eye area

8. Look More Awake: Apply dazzle drops at the inner corner of your inner eye to appear bright eyed and bushy tailed

9. Fuller Lips: Using your finger tip, apply to your cupids bow and in the center of your bottom lip (with or without lip color)

10. DIY Shimmer Lipstick: Mix with your favorite lipstick to create a luminous finish

11. Golden Goddess: Mix Dazzle Drops with a liquid bronzer for that golden goddess look, apply where the sun would naturally hit or on the body

12. Easy Eye Shadow: Swipe Dazzle Drops all over the eye lid for a quick and easy glimmering eye look

13. Gleaming Primer: Using Dazzle Drops as your lid base, it creates a primer with gleam before applying eye shadows

14. Blushing Glow: Mix Dazzle Drops with your cream blush for a blushing glow, I like the Avon True Color Be Blushed Cheek Color

15. Define Brows: Use Dazzle Drops under your brow and right on top of the tail end of your brow to help define, preferably after using Avon Glimmersticks Brow Definer

16. Make Matte Look Less Flat: When wearing matte makeup, highlight with dazzle drops to add some light reflection for a more dimensional look

17. Make Your Highlight Pop: To achieve maximum highlight impact, layer your highlighters, use Dazzle Drops first then apply a powder highlight on top, like Avon True Color Moonlit Highlighting Powder

18. Beach Makeup: When you need a little beach glow, use Dazzle Drops on eye and cheeks along with waterproof mascara for easy beach makeup

19. DIY Shimmer Shadows: Combine dazzle drops with your favorite eye shadow to create a creamy shimmery eye look, apply with a dense brush like a concealer brush

20. Shimmery Eyeliner: Using and clean eyeliner brush, use Dazzle Drops as a glistening eyeliner, looks great with a smokey eye

21.  Aging Skin Looks Younger:  Because Dazzle Drops are a liquid you can use them on aging skin and instead of settling in line and wrinkles like a powder would, this actually illuminates and brings back that youthful glow

22.  Fake A Tan:  Build a body bronzer with some powdered bronzer, body lotion and Dazzle Drops

23.  Party Part:  For an easy party hairstyle, create a deep part and slick back into a sleek pony tail, apply Dazzle Drops down that part for a sparkling effect

24.  Coachella Brows:   Music festivals and party scenes sometime require an out-of-the-box makeup look, take a twist on glitter brows and run Dazzle Drops through your brows with a clean spoolie 

25.  Hair Shine That’s So EXTRA:  Add 1 drop of Dazzle Drops per 1 pump of the Avon Advance Techniques Daily Shine Dry Ends Serum, mix together and apply to dry hair to smooth and shine on a whole other level (another under-rated multi-tasking Avon product)

You can get the Avon True Color Dazzle Drops at my eBoutique for $14 or currently on sale as part of the buy one get one half off products, OR it’s automatically added to your cart FOR FREE with a $50 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Clearance Find: Wanderlust

Clearance Find:  Wanderlust

Clearance Find: Wanderlust

Guess being a procrastinator pays off.  If you saw on my IG Stories (@wordofalicia) for Wear and Share Wednesday I featured the mark. Printed Dreams Dress, which is now on clearance for $26.99!  Good thing this wanderlust look is just as cute in fall as it is in late summer!

mark. Printed Dreams Dress NOW $26.99

mark. Printed Dreams Dress NOW $26.99

Late Summer Style

Late Summer Style

For late summer I styled it with a teal bow belt (WHBM) and teal espadrille sandals (mark.)  However for fall I’ve worn it with booties and a denim jacket.  I can see this being just as cute with OTK (over the knee) or tall boots and a cozy sweater under your jacket for even cooler days.  This would make a cute Thanksgiving look too!

Fall Style

Fall Style

I’m also wearing the jewelry from the mark. wanderlust collection which is currently unavailable but DM me if you want me to hunt it down for you.

mark. Jewelry

mark. Jewelry

Vintage mark. Accessories

Vintage mark. Accessories

For $26.99 this is a really great deal on a dress that really can work year round layered with the right pieces.  Plus the blue is a really pretty shade with a fun print.

At $26.99 Well Worth It

At $26.99 Well Worth It

Shop the mark. Printed Dreams dress at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to hit a $40 order and add on the Merry and Bright A Box for only $10 (great for a gift see here) and you’ll also get free shipping!

Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?

Week O’Nautical: Sail

Week O'Nautical - Sail

Week O’Nautical – Sail

Week O’Nautical sails on, like literally with sail boats.  I’m counting down to the long Labor Day weekend with a little nautical take on patriotic red white and blue.  What is more nautical than sail boats!?  I picked this Avon Lucy Dress on clearance and it couldn’t be more perfect!

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

For this nautical look it pulls a little retro so that def calls for some peep toe pumps (Guess) and some nautical jewelry (Avon).  I even tied the matching print scarf (Avon) to my navy and white tote (Coach).

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Sail Boat Print

Sail Boat Print

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

Not only is this Lucy Dress on clearance (in limited sizes) so are my go-to summer earrings the Avon Seaside Stripes Triple Ball Earrings!  Good thing with Labor Day is all the good summer goodies are on clearance and here in Nor Cal its still hot through October.  And at $7.99 I really suggest these super on trend earrings.  You can shop the Labor Day Sale at my eboutique now.

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale

Week O’Nautical: Lemons

Week O'Nautical: Lemons

Week O’Nautical: Lemons

Guess what today is, National Lemon Day! And it’s Week O’Nautical…. guess that means a lemony fresh take on a nautical OOTD! I’m a huge fan of lemons, not just as food, garnish, flavor, etc but also in design and aesthetic. So today is totally a me day haha!

Currently crushing on all things yellow!

Currently crushing on all things yellow!

I’ve been obsessed with yellow lately and I don’t see that going away come fall. For late summer it’s a great color, and this linen yellow dress from Target has been a go to.  I love the fit and the ruffle sleeves are mega fun and unexpected.  I’ve worn this dress accessorized so many ways, with black accents, with colorful accents, with gold accents, and now with lemon and nautical accents!

Lemon Necklace, kinda perfect!

Lemon Necklace, kinda perfect!

Lemon Earrings, kinda perfect too!

Lemon Earrings, kinda perfect too!

For National Lemon Day I added this lemon necklace and lemon earrings from Avon, which could not be more perfect.  To take it a little nautical I added those navy and white striped mules also from Avon (last seen here) and a navy tote (Coach) with nautical print scarf (Avon) tied to it.  Bracelets and Red Supreme lips also from Avon, watch Movado (a new birthday prezzy!)

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents

I also wore my lemon and basil Avon Senses bath and body collection today which is an ALL TIME FAV!  And its all marked down to clearance so swoop it here:  https://www.avon.com/search/lemon?rep=aliciahessinger

Mellow Yellow Nautical

Mellow Yellow Nautical

Week O'Nautical Lemon Look

Week O’Nautical Lemon Look – Happy National Lemons Day!

Only a few more days until that long Labor Day Weekend!  You can make it!

Birthday Pants, Let’s Make It A Thing

Birthday Pants, Let's Make It A Thing

Birthday Pants, Let’s Make It A Thing

When your birthday falls on a Thursday that means you celebrate all weekend long. Which also means Monday following birthday weekend is rough. For a non-milestone birthday, with last minute plans and most my family not in town it actually turned out to be quite a fun weekend. It all started with fun birthday pants! mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants to be exact.

mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants

mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants

Wearing: mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants, Tie Waist Bodice Top (WHBM), Modern Metals Statement Cuff bracelet (Avon), Ultra Glam Statement Earrings (Avon), Sunglasses (Ralph Lauren) and mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat (Pop Tart)

Statement Earrings and Bright Pink Lips

Statement Earrings and Bright Pink Lips

I opted for the gold pants for birthday OOTD because they would work for desk through dinner.  Instead of wearing the typical party dress, why not wear some party pants!?  I see these being equally as chic come holiday season and for when you want to be comfortable but fancy.  They made quite a statement without being too over the top.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I received!  Plus, I’ve seen this metallic fabric all over the place this fall as a huge trend.

Birthday OOTD

Birthday OOTD

You can shop the mark. Gilded Glamour Wide Leg Pants at my eBoutique!  And remember anyone who orders now through Sept 3rd gets a FREE birthday gift from me!  Let’s Celebrate!!!

Wear Now Fall Trends: Alix Pleated Skirt

Wear Now Fall Trends:  Alix Skirt

Wear Now Fall Trends: Alix Pleated Skirt

I don’t do fall before September 1, but that doesn’t mean I’m not doing my adult back to school shopping.  I picked up a few pieces from the Avon Fall For Paris collection (see here) and lucky for me I selected some on trend pieces that I can wear now and wear later!

Wearing Avon Fall For Paris Collection

Wearing Avon Fall For Paris Collection

“Inspired by the streets of Paris, this latest fashion collection from Avon is perfect for fall with a color line up of roses, greys, pinks and blacks. The highly versatile pieces are designed to mix and match and will go great with pieces already in her wardrobe. These classic designs look great on everyone – just check out the pages and pages of fellow Representatives wearing the pieces in their individual style. Coordinating jewelry in this collection is available at special pricing in Campaign 19.”

Avon Alix Pleatead Skirt

Avon Alix Pleatead Skirt

The Avon Alix Pleated skirt has classic design in a gorgeous menswear inspired print that still has all the trends for fall. This skirt is lightweight, flirty and not lined so extremely wearable now. I personally have a houndstooth obsession so this was my #1 pick from the Fall For Paris collection.

Wear Now with Cobalt Blue

Wear Now with Cobalt Blue

I absolutely love a black and white print with a cobalt blue which is really nice as a late summer color pallet.  Still bright and bold but still being fresh.  I paired the Alix Pleated skirt with a cutout chocker tank from Express, bandage heels from mark., tassel earrings from Avon and a houndstooth bracelet and watch.

Houndstooth and Tassels

Houndstooth and Tassels

Wear Now Look

Wear Now Look

Houndstooth Obsessed.

Houndstooth Obsessed.

Alicia 5 years ago would never buy a pleated “long” skirt and even when I got this, I thought, should I hem this?  I short girl with curves and thick legs doesn’t seem to be the ideal candidate for this skirt BUT with the right heel can conquer the world, or the skirt.  If I can wear this skirt, so can you, that’s what I’ve found about this collection, its WAY more flattering than you’d think.

Making It My Own

Making It My Own

The Avon Alix Pleated Skirt is actually a good year round skirt.  It’s classic enough that you can pair it with the right seasonable separates for any season.  Come fall I’ll wear it with a graphic tee and booties.  (and by graphic tee I mean the upcoming Queen tee from mark.), in the winter this will look adorable with tights, tall boots and a fine gauge sweater.  In the spring I can see this with a really pretty feminine blouse and a lady like pump.  I’ll get good use out of this skirt!

You can shop the Avon Alix Pleated Skirt and the full Fall For Pairs collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Nailed It: Birthday Mani!

It’s Mani Monday AND Birthday Week sooooo Birthday Mani it is!

Nailed It:  Birthday Mani!

Nailed It: Birthday Mani!

I’m a summer baby so I wanted a summer mani but also a little party so I went with a bright orange with gold glitter accents.  I did go gel… which is rare for me.  Even having a professional mani is rare for me but #birthdayweektreats!  Well actually pre-birthday week treats. I had them done last week, so I knew I needed to last a week, so what lasts?  Gel.  What ruins my nails?  Gel.  It’s a love hate relationship.  I know once I soak these off those long talons will soon break.  I have ridged nails so all the buffing and filing them down really removes a lot of their strength.  But until then I’m sporting birthday nails!

Orange and Gold Glitter Gel

Orange and Gold Glitter Gel

I know the glitter gel is Daisy Gel Polish Legendary Diamond 467 but I didn’t take note of the orange.  I know it was the brand DND and in the 400’s so it might of been Pastel Orange but either way I’m digging it for a late summer birthday mani!

Birthday Talons

Birthday Talons

Planning for Paradise

Planning for Paradise with Zoey

Planning for Paradise with Zoey

You know what next week is?  Birthday week!  So I’m planning out my week to include all things I spoil myself with.  Things I’m planning:  get my hair did, spend birthday coupons, capitalize on free birthday gifts, birthday party with family, birthday outing with friends, eating all my favorite foods and desserts every day!  If you don’t #treatyoself during your birthday week then you’re doing it wrong!

mark. Tropics Maxi with ruffle details

mark. Tropics Maxi with ruffle details

mark. Off Duty Hat

mark. Off Duty Hat

Summer Happy Hour Look

Summer Happy Hour Look

Wearing:  mark. To The Tropics Maxi; mark. Off Duty Hat; Tropics Leather Crossbody Bag; Pineapple Printed Wedges (Ross Dress For Less)  (most available here)

Taking It Tropical

Taking It Tropical

mark. Off Duty Hat

Easy Combo:  maxi + hat + wedges + crossbody

While planning for birthday, I’m wearing the mark. Planning for Paradise pieces to savor the rest of summer!  Favorite piece I’m wearing?  The mark. Tropics Leather Crossbody Bag.  This has been my summer savior!  It’s the perfect crossbody for all your summer activities and beyond.  It fits your phone AND essentials, has a front pocket for easy access and is REAL leather for only $35!

mark. Tropics Leather Crossbody

mark. Tropics Leather Crossbody

Summer Wedges and Crossbody

Summer Wedges and Crossbody

Front Slip Pocket

Front Slip Pocket

Leather and Tassel Details

Leather and Tassel Details

Full Plan For Paradise Look

Full Plan For Paradise Look

These pieces are very limited and only available for a limited time at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  and while you’re at it there’s a little deal going on as well!  You get free shipping on a $25 order and with a $50 order you get free shipping AND Avon Anew Ultimate Kit.

Use promo code ULTIMATEKIT at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Use promo code ULTIMATEKIT at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger