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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!?

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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

New Neutrals

New Neutrals

New Neutrals

Wear and Share Wednesday goes neutral!  Neturals to me are things that can be mixed, matched and worn in multiple ways for multiple occasions.  The New Neutrals fashion collection from Avon is a limited edition set of items from clothes, to shoes, to accessories and jewelry.  This collection has been a huge hit and with only 2 weeks left of availability (before new fall launches!) nows the time to peek at a few new wardrobe staples.

 

Chambray and Black

Avon Kinsley Chambray Shirt

Avon Kinsley Chambray Shirt

Pairing chambray and black creates a casual vibe for work or weekend.  This look is a little more weekend but you could easily switch the skort for your fav black capris/pants/skirt and tuck in the shirt for a more professional look.  The pairing keeps your pallet sophisticated and laid back.

Easy Wear for Weekend and Beyond

Easy Wear for Weekend and Beyond

Chambray Detail

Chambray Detail

Wearing:  Avon Kinsley Chambray Shirt; skort, Express; necklace, Avon; wedges, DSW; sunglasses, Michael Kors

Polished Pallet with Chambray and Black

Polished Pallet with Chambray and Black

 

Swing Dress

Simple Swing Dress For All Seasons

Simple Swing Dress For All Seasons

Easy breezy, that’s what you want in a summer dress.  This one works well as a great transitional dress as you can wear it now in the heat of summer with some simple wedges and then in the fall with your favorite bootie and leather or jean jacket.  The style is supposed to be loose and swingy but the arms/chest is fitted to keep it wearable.

Relaxed Style

Relaxed Style

Wearing:  Avon Maggie Swing Dress; bracelets; Avon; wedges, DSW; sunglasses, Michael Kors

Avon Maggie Swing Dress

Avon Maggie Swing Dress with pockets!

Neutral Accessories

Neutral Accessories from Avon

Neutral Accessories from Avon

I think the accessories are the best features from this New Neutral Collection!  I picked up some unique pieces that work with A LOT of my current wardrobe.  Top pick, the Avon Cuff Bracelet!  A cuff like this has been on my wish list for years and to find one at such and excellent price with really pretty hammered details, I couldn’t be more pleased!

Neutral Sandal for work or weekend

Neutral Sandal for work or weekend

Soft, braided detail

Soft, braided detail

Shown:  Avon Cushion Walk® Braided Heel Sandal;  Two-Tier Chandelier Earring;  Glam Feather Earrings;  Modern Metals Statement Cuff Bracelet;  Modern Metals Long Necklace

Favorite piece from the collection!

Favorite piece from the collection!

The New Neutral collection is available now through August 21st at my eBoutique.  This is a limited edition collection so if you see something you like get it now!  These looks were only possible with a little help from Sealaura so be sure to pop over there and show her some love on her neutral looks!

 

Perfect Pout A Box

Perfect Pout A Box

Perfect Pout A Box

Our ABox for Campaign 17 will give you some kiss-worthy color! Our Perfect Pout A Box (product number 744-810) features glossy nudes and bold reds for the lips. Just $10 with any $40 purchase, this A Box is the perfect way to add some sizzle to your summer.

Red Hot Products, Five lip-smacking good products valued at $33!

Avon True Color Glossy Tube Lip Gloss in Natural Nude: .5 oz.
Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Candy Red: .11 oz.
2 Avon True Color Glimmersticks Lip Liners—Simply Spice and True Red: .01 oz
A Box Exclusive! Lips-Shaped Mirror (PVC, acrylic): 3” L x 1 ¾ “ W

All this for $10

All this for $10

 

Word of Alicia:  I love these A Boxes, because a lot of the time, they introduce me to items I never would of picked out for myself and then end up loving!  Like the Simply Spice glimmerstick lip liner and Natural Nude Glossy Tube combo.  Perfect everyday lip!  But I can also mix and match these 4 lip products easily up to 6 different looks and then not to mention what I can come up with, with other lip products I already own… and all for $10!  Word yo!

Remember that all purchases in your Campaign 17 order count toward a qualifying $40 order for the $10 collection offer—including orders from the C17 Outlet and Marketing catalogs. A Boxes are your ultimate beauty box at an A-mazing value.  Try new products at a price worth trying at!  Last day to add the A Box to your order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Simply Spice glimmerstick lip liner and Natural Nude Glossy Tube... 2 of the 5 products in this A Box

Simply Spice glimmerstick lip liner and Natural Nude Glossy Tube… 2 of the 5 products in this A Box

 

Pink Friday

TGIF!  Who else is ready for the weekend!?  But before we get there, lets do a little shopping!  Today is Victoria Secret’s Pink Friday, a day of deals.

Pink Friday

Pink Friday

Pink Friday Deals:  Cotton leggings, bras and tee’s are all $25.  They also have 7 for $25 panties.  If you are a member of Pink Nation (the VS PINK app) you get a Pink Nation Crew sweatshirt for $25.  On top of all that with a $75 order get a free duffle bag and water bottle.  Boost your order to $150 and add on a free sherpa blanket.

Promo Codes:  Pink Nation Crew, CREW25; Free duffle and water bottle, PINKFRIYAY ; Free duffle, water bottle and blanket, PINKTRIO; Free ship on $50, SHIP50

FREE Stuff!

FREE Stuff!

Collegiate Gear:  My biggest excitement is that most of the collegiate gear is also on sale for $25 including the leggings!  Being a Penn State fan on the west coast means I need more hot weather gear during football season, so I picked up the t shirt dress, the cut out neck tank and the leggings.  It IS birthday month….

Pink PSU Perfect V-Neck Pocket Tee and mark. Denim Shorts

Pink PSU Perfect V-Neck Pocket Tee and mark. Denim Shorts

Word of Alicia:  You can shop this online or instore but it does usually sell out of popular colors/sizes.  I like to take this time to freshen up my lounge gear.  No need to look like a bum even when you’re bumming around the house.  Plus if you need to run out and get a redbox you’re totally ok doing so in some fresh gear.  But honestly its the collegiate gear deals that is the biggest selling point to this post.  Happy Fri-YAY!

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