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Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Week O'Nautical - White Hot August

Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Things about me:  I love any reason to theme out my day.  I love August aka the birthday month.  This year I themed out my August as white hot.  What does that entail you ask?  Buying and wearing white things.  It all started with my hunt for a new purse and coming across this white MK bag at the beginning of the month… on clearance at Marshalls!  I decided there it was going to be a #whitehotaugust!  I’ve been wearing my whitest of whites, painting my nails white, even obsessing over my new white and black new car interior.  So when I was shopping for birthday outfits I ordered this white dress, however my plans didn’t really involve activities functional for a dress.  Now that it’s Week O’Nautical I have the chance to take this LWD out for a spin as we count down to LDW!

White on White

White on White

Birthday Treats!

Birthday Treats!

White before Labor Day

White before Labor Day

Dress:  Amazon;  Necklace:  Avon (old but this one would look just as cute and is buy one get one free!); Bracelet – gifted by my sister; Ringmark. old but this one works too!); Sandals – Sam Edelman (last yr’s but these are the same vibe); SunglassesMichael Kors.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Obsessories.

Obsessories.

Maybe because its been 100 degrees out but I’ve been wearing flat slide sandals like its my job!  I’ve just not been feeling the heels lately… who am I?!?  Good thing a good LWD works so many ways, heels/flats/sandals/booties you name it goes.  A LWD will always be a year round item for me but I’m maximizing them before Labor Day for Week O’Nautical and it’s been white hot!

LWD for LDW - see what I did there ;)

LWD for LDW – see what I did there 😉

Week O’Nautical – Amazon Green

Week O'Nautical - Amazon Green

Week O’Nautical – Amazon Green

The disadvantage of having your birthday in late August is you kinda get in that birthday mode and kinda forget what’s actually going on.  Like the long Labor Day weekend is days away and I have a TON to get done before break.  The advantage of having your birthday in late August is you get a ton of new goodies, birthday coupons to use with Labor Day Sales and some extra summer glow to get you through.  With that said, don’t hate on me because this look is barely nautical, and barely fits the red white and blue theme I try to stick to.  The feature here is this Amazon Green dress which is an unexpected color that looks GREAT with your red white and blues for your nautical looks.  (and its a new dress, so deal)

Green dress from Amazon

Green dress from Amazon

Not only is my dress Amazon Green its also from AMAZON!  Let me you tell you something, I’ve been on the Amazon fashion train before those influencers were on the train.  I’ve been buying key pieces for years.  They really are my secret for swimsuits!  Usually you can get some pretty good prices so order a couple different sizes in all the styles you like, try them on at home, and send back what doesn’t work.  I do have to say though ever since Amazon Fashion became its own Instagram account and building influencers it really has become endless with options.  The biggest trick to shopping Amazon Fashion, reviews are where its at.

Avon Sacred Coin Necklace

Avon Sacred Coin Necklace

I’m wearing the Longwu Women’s Elegant Short Sleeve Wear to Work Casual Pencil Dress with Belt in a 4/6 in the shade malachite green.  The real deal on this is that its a t-shirt like material with lots of stretch and more on the teal/amazon green coloring.  It’s a little tight on my problem areas but pretty much everything is, but its still really flattering and fits true to size.  The style features a boat neck and pockets!  I’m a fan.

Pop of color to mix in with your classic nautical prints

Pop of color to mix in with your classic nautical prints

For late summer styling I paired it with white flat slides from Shoedazzle, my new favorite necklace, the Avon Sacred Coin Adjustable Necklace in Moon and a favorite bangle set from last summer.  As I said this color goes great with your nautical prints, like in my navy and cream striped bag.  This is easily transitioned into fall with some booties and a denim jacket or a navy blazer to dress it up.

White slides, a wardrobe must have!

White slides, a wardrobe must have!

Transitional dress for Week O'Nautical

Transitional dress for Week O’Nautical

Week O’Nautical is here to give summer the send off it deserves so check back for more nautical inspired looks incorporating red white and blue as we count down to the long Labor Day Weekend!

Week O'Nautical sails on!

Week O’Nautical sails on!

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake it until you make it! And this summer is definitely a fake it year, because I’ve barely done any summer sun activities, especially any that give me that golden glow. So that means my fake tan game is on, and I’ve gone pro or at least semi-pro! Here are my tips and tricks for getting a good fake tan at home.

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Fake Tan Tips and Tricks

Regardless if I’m doing a fake tan sesh at night or in the am it all starts in the shower.  Step 1 you need to exfoliate to create the perfect “canvas.”  In the shower I’ll exfoliate with my Skin So Soft Radiant Glow Body Polish.  It’s a gentle scrub, doesn’t clog your drain, and it’s moisturizing.  I either will use a brush or just my palms.

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

See how gentle the SSS Body Polish is IRL!

2nd step for me is a step most people don’t do.  I usually use a bath oil after I shower but those typically break down fake tans.  I still need a moisturizer because moisturized skin will take tan better and prevents it being patchy.  My trick is to use an in shower moisturizer.  I love the one’s from Avon — and you can get the Moisture Therapy Ultra Hydration In Shower Lotion right now for FREE with a $50 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger using promo code SUMMER50

In shower lotion - the secret to my fake tan prep!

In shower lotion – the secret to my fake tan prep!

After I’ve showered step 3 is to use a body butter around the tricky spots like ankles, knees, elbows, feet… basically places where fake tan always goes patchy.  A body butter works better than a lotion as it thicker formula stays where you put it and nut butters don’t break down the tan.  Right now I’m LOVING this Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment with Coconut Oil (launches in my eBoutique in a couple weeks!).

Moisturizing products are the key!

Moisturizing products are the key!

Finally step 4, the actual tanning solution.  This summer I’ve been using this Tan AF foam version which I like but don’t love as much as the Neutrogena 3 Days To Glow Moisturizer.  I tend to like a moisturizing lotion form over a foam for my skin.  I also tend to get the medium to deep shade so I only have to apply once, versus having to re-apply in 4 hrs to get the desired shade.  I mean the 3 day one works best when you do it 3 days in a row, but I’ve used it just one day and it still gave me color.

Fake it until you make it!

Fake it until you make it!

And now I’m fake tan af.

Avon Favs A Box and Online Promo Codes – $67 worth of product for $10

Here’s the inside scoop on what we’re currently coveting: a floral treasure, a pro-inspired eye lift and a game-changing day cream. We’re bringing some of our beauty faves together in the A Box for C16 — Avon Faves (product number 621-220). This A Box has some of our top sellers valued at $67 and you can get them all for only $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Simply add $40 worth of product to your cart, add the Avon Faves A Box and it’s price will auto adjust to $10 at checkout!

Our full-size top-selling eye treatment plus two try-it size beauty favorites:
• Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System, Each, .33 fl. oz.

Full Size Eye Lift Pro

Full Size Eye Lift Pro

• Anew Ultimate Multi-Performance Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Mini, .5 oz. net wt.

TSA Friendly Moisturizer!

TSA Friendly Moisturizer!

• Rare Pearls Eau de Parfum Travel Spray, .3 fl. oz.

Perfect Purse Size Spray!

Perfect Purse Size Spray!

 

Word of Alicia:  This box is worth it alone for the eye cream at $10!  Then add on 2 travel size mini’s perfect for summer vaca’s and you’ve got yourself a deal!  The Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System is one of our best sellers and the perfect eye cream for pretty much all skin types, all eye area concerns.  If you haven’t tried it yet try it now at this A Box price of only $10!

All the favs for only $10!

All the favs for only $10!

Avon Promo Codes:  Also going on are some pretty killer promo codes you can use along with the A Box deal!  You can only use one promo code per order.

This week (valid 7/16-7/22), customers can get a free Velvet Bath Bomb ($14 value) when they make a $50+ order on your online store and enter code JULY50 at checkout.

WELCOME10 – 10% off your first order over $40 or more

TAKE1O – 10% Off (one time use)

FREE Bath Bomb with a $50 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

FREE Bath Bomb with a $50 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – 4th of July Sparks and Sparkles

Week O'Nautical - Sparks and Sparkles

Week O’Nautical – Sparks and Sparkles

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you get to enjoy some bbq, s’mores, sparks and sparklers!  I’m prepping a few things for the BBQ we’re attending this afternoon, like this Grilled S’mores Popcorn and this Creamy Pasta Salad.  Not only will I have my stars and stripes on but I’ll be sporting this FOTD (face of the day) featuring “sparks” and “sparkles”

*Sparks*   Avon Lip Glow in Spark

Avon Glimmer Shadow in Fool's Gold and Lip Glow in Spark

Avon Glimmer Shadow in Fool’s Gold and Lip Glow in Spark

*Sparkles*  Avon Glimmer Shadow in Fool’s Gold

Sparks and Sparkles!

Sparks and Sparkles!

Also wearing:  Avon Magix Tint, Avon True Color Contour Stick in Light, mark. Hook Up Bronzer and Blush, Tarte High Tides and Good Vibes Eye Pallet (transition color), Maybeline Lightliner in Gold (highlight on eyes), Avon Love and 1st Lash Mascara in black, Avon Ultra Luxury Brow Liner in Blonde.

Fun and festive for today’s festivities!  I can’t wait for today’s hot dog bar!  Be sure to follow me on IG for extra fun.  And I’ll let you know how those new recipes panned out for the 4th!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

 

Week O’Nautical – Buttoned Up

Week O'Nautical - Buttoned Up

Week O’Nautical – Buttoned Up

What’s red and white and blue all over?  A patriotic Red White and Blue Week O’Nautical OOTD!  That kinda works right!?  Either way Week O’Nautical is sailing through this short work week as the long holiday weekend is so close I can taste it!

A Little Inspo from Emily Gemma

A Little Inspo from Emily Gemma

If you follow Emily Gemma of the Sweetest Thing Blog then you know she loves a good hat, ESPECIALLY a good Fiddler Baker Boy cap!  It was her post (see here) that had me smitten with this red and white striped hat last year.  I should of copy cat-ted her look there when Memorial Week O’Nautical was cold and rainy, but of course I thought about that after the fact.  So I decided in my head I’ll recreate this look for the 4th but now the summer heat is here and there’s no way I’m wearing jeans, but a denim button front dress I can do!  So I took her flow with the white tee and jeans and put my word on it with this Express Button Front Denim Mini Dress (now marked down to clearance!)

Little White Dress - With Pockets!

Little White Dress – With Pockets!

Hat – Brixton |  Heels, Jewelry – Avon |  Dress – Express |  Red Lip – Avon Lip Glow in Spark

Button Front Trend

Button Front Trend

Avon Lip Glow in Spark

Avon Lip Glow in Spark

This lip on repeat all week long!

This lip on repeat all week long!

I love a little white dress (as seen here, here and here) and this one was a welcome addition to the LWD family.  The square neck and button front details are super on trend.  The denim material is a little easier to wear too not getting as dirty as quickly.  And white always feel perfect for summer and for Week O’Nautical.

Express Button Front Mini Dress

Express Button Front Mini Dress

We’ll be heading out to watch some fireworks tonight so I’ll easily switch into some slides and be good to go for a festive casual night out!  Do you have any early 4th festivities this year?  Or you saving it all for the long weekend!?

Bandit LOVES Week O'Nautical

Bandit LOVES Week O’Nautical

Just as a little PSA there’s a TON of promo’s going on right now over at the eBoutique!  Free Shipping at $25 ends today but always free shipping on $40 🙂

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Week O'Nautical - Style Trial

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Let’s give this style a trial for Week O’Nautical!  Today’s look comes from my Express Style Trial box! I’ve been wanting to try a clothes rental subscription for awhile and finally bit the bullet and tried the subscription rental offering from Express… think Rent the Runway only with Express.  I’ll do a full review on the whole experience after I get my 2nd box but until then this little jumpsuit number is a perfect piece for July!

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

The Express Stripe Square Neck Jumpsuit is super fun in red, black and white stripes with a culotte cropped leg.  It is a one and done kind of situation with easy pull on pull off for bathroom breaks.  It handled the summer hear really nicely too.  This one is currently on clearance too!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I thought it gave some Americana vibes so I really picked it out for this week.  I paired it with my black tortoise shell jewelry from Avon and some striped wedges for an elevated casual look.  I wore this to work but I work in a very relaxed dress code kind of place, but you could easily throw a black blazer or sweater over it or even a white collared blouse under it.

A Bit of that 90's Vibe

A Bit of that 90’s Vibe

Too keep it more functional I paired my mini black backpack the husband got me with it, perfect for trotting around BBQ’s and going to watch fireworks.  I wore my walkable wedges but this would look cute with a flat slide too (I have these ones in mind from Steve Madden at DSW)

Walking into the holiday weekend like...

Walking into the holiday weekend like…

You can shop this jumpsuit at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply — which probably means this 50% off sale going on until but check or check after the 4th.  For my Avon jewelry hit up my eBoutique that has free shipping on $25 today and tomorrow with promo code CELEBRATE

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O'Nautical - Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical is here for the short work week!  I’m counting down to the long weekend by theme-ing out my life in all things red white and blue with a loose – and I do mean loose – nautical vibe.  Last time, Memorial Week O’Nautical was all about the blues, but this 4th of July week we’re all about the red! Starting it all off with a Little Red Dress!

Red Dress For A Short Work Week

Little Red Dress – the Avon Myrna Dress

This little red dress was from the spring release via Avon which you might of seen me share on IG, but from the moment I ordered it I had nothing but Week O’Nautical OOTD thoughts on it.  A good red dress is a must in my closet.  I like this one because its off the shoulder which I love, even if I have to layer it with a bodysuit.  Its also lightweight, stretchy, kinda loose, kinda fitted and packable so perfect for summer trips!

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

For work I paired this with some nautical block heeled sandals (last seen here), a gold cuff and white hoop earrings all from Avon.  My bag is my new summer bag! I scored on a good deal on it at Marshall’s.  This Michael Kors metallic gold canvas bag with rope straps is the PERFECT for Week O’Nautical bag!  This is such a great summer work bag and I’m very pleased I found this gem.

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Nautical Details for today's WON OOTD

Nautical Details for today’s WON OOTD

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

I of course had to pair this look with the Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance.  I mean, I said I LOVE a theme right!?   Plus, Little Red Dress Fragrance Line is on sale too during the Semi Annual Sale going on over at the eBoutique.  I love all the summer sales that go on this weekend!  If you haven’t already checked out my eBoutique be sure to follow me on IG (@wordofalicia) where I’m highlighting my pick of the day’s and some killer deals.  Plus, building fantasy carts gets you through these few short days before our long holiday weekend!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance - Now On Sale!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance – Now On Sale!

Makeup Looks To Master – Seasonal Switch

Makeup Look To Master:  Seasonal Switch

Makeup Look To Master: Seasonal Switch

Makeup Monday is our last installment in our Makeup Looks To Master series with a look at switching up your makeup for the season.  Just like our wardrobe our makeup wardrobe needs to be updated each season.  Not just for trends, but also for functionality!  In the fall/winter I tend to wear heavier makeup both in formulas and in colors, a lot of purples, smokey taupes and deep jewel tones.  Come spring I’m always looking to lighten and brighten so more highlighting and pinks and peaches.  In the summer it’s all about that bronze glow in formulas that can withstand the hot heat and sweating faces.

Bronzy and Glowy for the Summer

Bronzy and Glowy for the Summer

In the summer it all starts with the right base!  I may be able to use a lighter day moisturizer but I have to use a primer more than ever in the summer.  Perfect for summer is the Magix Face Perfector because it not only blurs my summer pores, it also has SPF 20 in it.  I’ll then use my concealer or my Magix Tint Tinted Moisturizer.  Mid-day I’ll need a powder touch up with some translucent powder or at least the use of some blotting sheets.

Functional for the hot heat

Functional for the hot heat

Functionally in the summer my makeup can’t be too heavy, it will just clog my pores.  I also prefer to use more summer friendly colors to make more of an impact and still look down for anything like a summer day is!  I tend to favor bronzer, glow-y products, bronzy brown shadows and simple glossy lips or a vibrant bold lip if I’m going out in a bright coral, orange or pink.  I’ve really been loving the Avon Dazzle Drops to add in some summer glow to my look.

Tip and Trick:  Use your bronzer as your transition shade on your lid

Tip and Trick: Use your bronzer as your transition shade on your lid

A little summer makeup tip and trick is to use your bronzer as your transition shade on your eyes.  Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend in the crease and under the eye, making sure there’s no harsh lines.  Then use a simple shade all over your lid, I used the taupe shade in the Berry Love Avon Eyeshadow Quad.  Finally, add a little bit of your Avon Dazzle Drops on the center of your eyelid for a easy and glowing summer makeup look.  Here I finished it all with Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Peach Bellini, which I think is the perfect summer lipgloss “flavor.”

Avon Lip Crave in Peach Bellini

Avon Lip Crave in Peach Bellini

Word on A Few Summer Favorites:  Magix Face PerfectorBenefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, Avon Dazzle Drops, Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit Blush, Avon Crave Lipgloss in Peach Bellini, Avon True Color Bronzing Pearls.

Summer Lip Shade:  Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit Blush

Summer Lip Shade: Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit Blush

The products I used in my Big and Bold post are also summer favorites!  I love a fun summer eyeshadow palette along with some big and bold summer color.  I know I don’t take the best makeup pictures, never have, never will but I hope you got the gist of how you can master 5 different takes on makeup and apply them to your life in a functional way!  Just to recap the 5 we have The Everyday Slay, The Quickie, Going Out, Big and Bold and lastly the Seasonal Switch we highlighted today.  Please reach out if you want any suggestions for mastering your makeup!

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer!  I couldn’t be more excited for long summer days.  I have myself a little dinner and a movie date night so why not wear a killer summer dress!  Summer dresses are my favorite, they’re easy breezy and go with any occasion, kinda like a summer day.

Summer Trends

Summer Trends

I hit a few trends with this black midi dress from Express; button front, ribbed and midi!  It’s appropriately called the Ribbed Button Front Midi Dress.  It actually was a spring item that went out of stock online.  When mom was out visiting we hit up the real legit mall and I was able to swoop it up  and it did not disappoint.  (Its back in stock online btw, and in 3 colors!)  I love it as a summer dress because its so light weight and easy to wear it will be the perfect thing for 100+ days we hit here in the summer.

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Because it is such a thin material I felt more comfortable layering it over a strappy bra cami for work. I work in a causal office so summer dresses are allowed, however you could layer this over a white crew neck t-shirt for a 90’s look if you need more coverage.

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Solstice calls for summer accessories!  Boater Hat by LC Lauren Conrad and some raffia flatforms from Shoedazzle fit the bill.  My Avon Summer Sands jewelry collection was the perfect compliment on top for some more summer obsessories.

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

You can shop my summer dress at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply.

Happy Summer My Friends!