If the world of alicia was the internet #urbansafari would totally be trending. Mix a little safari, with a little bit modern, a touch of tropical, and a tinge of uptown and you get yourself some #urbansafari. Here’s what’s been inspiring me for the urban safari trend.
If the world of alicia was the internet, #bagcharms would totally be trending. Like with a lot of trends when they first hit the scene I couldn’t tell if I liked it or hated it. Now as the trend has become more popular, so are the options, giving you more things to LOVE and of I’m all about it. Here are my favorites for a little charming additions to your bag!
I love how you can do something big bright and fun like a pom pom ball or something whimsical like the swan and fawn charms or even something simple like a tassel! There really is no reason for your bag not to have a killer accessory too! Plus, a bag charm is really affordable way to update for fall and embrace a new trend!
If the world of alicia was the internet, #throwandgo would totally be trending. Summertime and living’s easy! I’m such a summer person and I’m not talking about my 80’s classification of my “colors!” I love everything about summer, hot days and warm nights, swimming, tan lines, ice cream… all things summer. With so many summer happenings you need to look the part with minimal effort, hence the throw on and go! Here are my favorite throw and go items for the summer!
1. mark. That’s Beachy Texturizing spray
2. Flip Flops
3. mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress
4. mark. Right On Stack Bracelet Set
5. Polarized Sunglasses
6. Express Bra Cami
7. mark. Touch and Glow
8. mark. Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat
9. VS Pink Slouchy Crew
10. mark. All Time Eye and Gloss Gorgeous
These 10 items have been in heavy rotation in my world. I can just throw them on and go! No fuss summer essentials that allow me to enjoy my time and still look put together! Shop the mark. pieces at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger
If the world of alicia was the internet #tropical would totally be trending. Do you notice a theme here… #pineapple, #maui, #tropical… I definitely like to take it tropical in the summer and this year there’s been a ton of awesome products to inspire. Here’s what’s in inspiring me this Tuesday:
If that’s not enough inspo for your Tuesday you can check out my pinterest board for more! Some of the items are available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to take advantage of the Avon Multi-Way Sarong offer with promo code MULTI. (see IRL pics here). Maybe it’s because I don’t get too many tropical vacations, but adding a few tropical items, scents and accessories definitely makes the summer a bit better. What tropical items do you add into your life or do you just take a tropical vaca? What are your favorite tropical locations to visit or dream about!? I might need to plan a vacation!
If I had my stuff together this would of been a Trending Tuesday post however it’s Wednesday so it’s just and obsession post. With the mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss release and the start of all things summer I’m OBSESSING over all things tropical. What seems to be the tropical pattern of the moment, PINEAPPLES! They’re everywhere from fashion to food. Here’s what I’m currently crushing on:
Fashion: From a small accent on your bag to full on pineapple print this summer pineapples are still going strong. I love the appliqué tote from Avon. Perfect bag for weekend, picnic or the beach. If you’re heading to a fair or amusement park these Avon Tropical Slip On Sneakers are perfect with shorts and a tee, or try the mark. Coconapple Tee from the Maui Bliss collection. Erica sported it with the mark. Stroke Of Genius Shorts! (see more here)
Tech: I stare at my lappy all day and on my phone way too much not to have a cute background. I just downloaded this pineapple and palm leaf one from laurenconrad.com.
Food: Pineapple is definitely one of my top summer time fruits, but it is hard to cut. That’s why a corer is a MUST! This one from Avon makes making pineapple salsa a reality and so does this recipe from Katie Lee. Not only am I crushing on Katie Lee’s pineapple on pineapple outfit on her Today Show segment, but her tenderloin tacos with pineapple salsa recipe sounds perfect for a summer night. Be sure to watch the video for not only the how-to but also a good look at that outfit!
Beauty: I’m definitely nailing a good pineapple mani/pedi this summer like this pinspiration one, but first is the proper prep. The Avon Footworks line is not only actually really really good, it’s also really really affordable and this summer they’re debuting the Pineapple Chill scent. That will refresh your feet with a cooling pineapple treat… and a twist of lime. Check out this sneak peek from Samantha (with the upcoming Avon Pineapple Watch and Avon Tropical Slip On Sneakers).
For more tropical pineapple inspo check out may pinterest board! You can shop some of these pineapple treats at my eBoutique and be sure to take advantage of the Tropical Appliqué Tote deal at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger when you spend $10 get it for $12.99! If you’re interested in the Avon Pineapple Chill Footworks collection I’m taking pre-orders for the summer must-have trial pack, comment/dm/email aliciahess1 AT gmail.com to order or fill out this pre-order form here.
If the world of Alicia was the internet then #maui would totally be trending. I’m all about Maui for two major reasons right now; 1. mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection release and 2. Maui was the best vacation to date I’ve ever taken and I seriously could use that right now. However, there’s no Maui in my immediate future so I guess I’ll just have to instantly be transported there with this new mark. collection worked into my everyday! Every year mark. releases a capsule collection based of a vacation destination, this year it’s Maui! So let’s take a peek at some must haves from the collection and must haves to hit up in Maui!
About the mark. Instant Vacation Maui: It’s the island that has you at hello! The Pacific surrounds you and fun is all around. When your’e not in a bikini (or snorkeling gear!), cue up cute shorts and a tee. Heading out to view the vibrant yellow hibiscus and towering bird of paradise Maui is known for? Avoid tan lines by going off-the-shoulder. And if there’s a chance your day will stretch into night, dress for both in a maxi with an irresistible island vibe!
Maui Must Have: Early evening beachfront drinks: “followed by dinner and a little live music on bustling Front Street in Lahaina – this maxi’s just what you need to make waves at both places.” Front street in Lahaina is definitely where the night life is, happy hour and the sun sets, what’s better than that! A tropical print maxi is the PERFECT outfit for that. Also would be my pick on what to wear for a luau in Lahaina.
It all starts with a scent: “Get whisked away to a paradise island with this Hawaiian-inspired blend of reforesting coconut water, exotic hibiscus and rich glowing amber.” Seriously, this scent does capture the tropical paradise and warm sun!
Maui Must Have: Early morning walk along Ka’Anapali beach: “cute and comfy shorts and a tropical-flavored tee are the right balance of easy and breezy. The sandals are adorable – even if they don’t stay on your feet” I totally agree that easy to wear separates that are light and breeze are the best thing to pack for your typical beach days… and if you’re not in Maui, sounds about right for lazy summer days.
Maui Must Have: The epic drive from Kahului to Hana: “on the Hana Highway is an absolute Maui must. Wear a dress that’s both comfy in the car and cute enough to steal some attention from the jaw-dropping scenery when you jump out to ooh and awe.” The scenic drive to Hana was definitely a favorite thing to do in Maui and this look totally would fit the bill. You could even wear your suit underneath because every day on Maui I found myself in the ocean some how. It’s crazy how as you climb up in elevation how the weather changes so a dress like this is both cool, comfortable and functional!
Maui Bliss Color Collection: Humid days and beach front lifestyle doesn’t require much in the beauty department. A little brozner, an eye pallet inspired by the lush tropical paradise, a long lasting gel finish polish and a compact brush set is all you’ll need. These all are sized perfectly for travel for that trip across the Pacific… or in your bag as you “jet set” to work through weekend this summer. I would add to my travel bag Avon Anew Skinvincible moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 50, a waterproof concealer Avon Extra Lasting Concealer, and a waterproof mascara Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara and Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon with SPF 15. A seaspray for your hair with mark. That’s Beachy and a good sun hat with the Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat and you’re all set for Maui.
Maui Must Have: Wai’anapanapa State Park. The black sand beach on Maui is just way too cool not to go see. I loved the contrast of the bright blue water and black sand, plus there’s fun little spots and cool cliffs to get a great view. We hiked a long the coast a bit and it was just breathtaking!
Word Of Alicia: This capsule collection embodies Maui perfectly and I’m totally ready to go back! I love that I can embrace a little bit of the tropical paradise in my everyday life with the fashion and beauty items from mark. You can shop the collection starting tomorrow at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and join my Facebook group for the launch! Everyone who joins is entered in to win a little Maui Bliss! You can join my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wordofalicia/
If the world of alicia was the internet #springbasics would be trending. Kind of a lame trending topic, well sometimes you need lame to wear with your statement pieces! Here’s what basics my basic girl wardrobe needs:
Plain White Tee: And some not so plain white tee’s… basically I need something I can utilize with a casual look or one for work.
Basic Black Slacks: When most of you work pants are plaid you find yourself needing some basic black work pants.
Black Maxi Dress: The hunt continues for a simple black maxi dress. For me my must haves are wider straps and a slit because I need that movement flexibility.
Navy Striped Shirt: Believe it or not this is a basic, especially during Week O’Nautical and much harder to find than anticipated.
Metallic Flats: Metallics go with everything and as much of a heel girl I am, I need a practical walkable shoe.
What basics do you absolutely have to have? What ones are on your wish list?
If the world of alicia was the internet then #blackandwhite would totally be trending. I’m currently crushing on all things black and white. Black and white were my wedding colors, what my nephew thought was my “uniform”, and the easiest color scheme to incorporate into your life. As much as it is a classic it is totally trendy this spring too! Here’s what I’m loving:
Merimekko For Target:
The latest designer collaboration, Merimekko for Target just launched last week and I’m smitten over the black and white patterns this collab included. If I had an unlimited budget all those outdoor patio pieces (umbrella, rug, hammock, pouf, etc) would be mine! Because I don’t, I only ended up getting the placemats and a scarf in the black and white (and a cover up not in black and white). I love these collaborations because it gives an affordable way to own a little Merimekko. My local stores still have a ton so it’s not too late to shop it (unlike past collabs, Lilly I’m talking to you) and the bathing suits are really really cute too!
Howlite is a gemstone that’s white with black/grey veins through it and right now its the IT stone in jewelry. I love that it resembles marble and goes with everything. I picked up the mark. Bar None Necklace and have been wearing it non-stop. It’s such a unique shape and design that actually goes with just about everything I put on. The matching earrings are on my wish list as are these pieces from White House Black Market .
I think what sparked up my B&W obsession again is the newest mark. magalog. The new arrivals are basically all mix and match b&w with graphic elements. I love the graphic hemlines and black and white stripes on the mark. Change Your Stripes dress and the stark contrast the mark. White About Now Waistcoat achieves over black with its statement making proportions. I love the whole eye candy these new arrivals achieve in the graphic photo shoot. Definitely enough inspiration to last the season.
For more black and white inspiration check out my B&W pinterest board! What black and white pieces do you gravitate to? Did you hunt down your favorite pieces from this Marimekko for Target collab!? You can shop the mark. new arrivals at my eboutique and right now get this day to night convertible bag FREE with a $60 order. BONUS it goes PERECT with this black and white trend!
If The world of alicia was the internet then #lbd would be trending! The power of a Little Black Dress comes from it’s versatile sophistication. Avon recently modernized and re-released one of it’s most popular fragrances, Little Black Dress. Inspired but the iconic fashion piece, the fragrance inspired me. For the next two weeks I’ll be featuring all things LBD. To get us started here’s what’s inspiring me:
Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance: I’m not only loving the eye candy that is the campaign for this, but I’m also loving the scent itself. It’s a little sophisticated and versatile for day or night just like a LBD is. Avon Little Black Dress fragrance is also on promo right now for it’s introduction. Get the perfume, lotion and shower gel all for $25!
“Our muse for this fragrance was the iconic Little Black Dress, a universal symbol of sophistication that never goes out of style, reflecting the beautiful silhouette of a woman… her neckline, waistline, and hemline.”
— Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Master Perfumer and Little Black Dress Co-Creator
Avon Signature Collection: Along with the fragrance Avon introduced its Signature collection to go with it. The pops of lemon bring out such a spring feeling. I’m inspired to pair yellows with my LBD for a fresh chic take on a LBD. And you can get this Avon Signature dress with the cutouts on my eboutique right now, it’s adorable!
LBD’s Of The Past: If you look at my closet 60% of it is easily black, and I’m not mad at it. I have some great LBD’s in there that are just perfect for spring. I tend to wear them more in the fall but I think I need to pull these puppies out and accessorize for spring!
Pinspiration: I’ve pinned a lot more of my pinspiration over on my little black dress board. (Go check it out here). I’m excited to share some great LBD looks from some friends this week on the blog that I KNOW will end up on the board as well!
What inspires you with the thoughts of a little black dress?
If the world of alicia was the internet the color of the year #rosequartzandserenity would be trending. Maybe it’s because they’re the perfect shades for spring, the dynamic duo has me all things pink and blue… especially blue since it is my favorite color!
Nailed It: Lately my mani’s have been straight up color of the year. Jamberry released a collection around the colors and I picked up Rose Quartz Getaway (see here) and Sculpted in Serenity as seen here. I wore Sculpted in Serenity first with the Steel Magnolia shade from the mark. Nailed It Duo (here) and then later with Essie Fiji for the ultimate color of the year combo!
Bag It: To add some serenity to my everyday I saw this Christian Siriano for Payless bag at a steal of a price and have been obsessed ever since! Not only do I love the color obviously, the functionality of it is amazing… two full top zip pockets on each side PLUS 4 slip pockets AND a normal zip pocket. And it fits so much! OBSESSED.
Pin It: Besides these small additions to my world there is so much pinspiration for rose quartz and serenity. Here’s a few that’s inspiring me and check out more on my pinterest board (soft shades).
How are you working in the color of the year? Do you like the idea of 2 colors this year? I personally do think they go together really well and in a more modern way vs a baby shower way.