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Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, animal prints are a huge trend right now. They were hot in the summer and even hotter for fall. You’ll see some sort of version at pretty much every retailer. The thing with animal prints, they’re kinda are always in, just how you wear them fluctuates. Which means now is a great time to get some pieces that will be super trendy now but also last in your wardrobe for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to shop and wear the trend:

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Leopard: A leopard piece is the way to go If you don’t really think yourself as trendy but you like the trends.  Or, if you’re someone who hates the trend when they first come out, but then end up liking it once you see it all over (guilty!).  Leopard works really well for fall because its already set in fall colors with the browns, taupes, blacks and creams.  I suggest finding a leopard blouse in a soft flowy material.  You can dress up a pair of jeans or wear it with some white shorts for a late summer look.   Come actual fall pair with a boyfriend cardigan or with your fav moto/leather/jean jacket for a cool girl appeal.  A leopard blouse always works well for workwear too.  Be trendy by pairing it with a tie waist cropped pant in blush.  Once this of the moment trend dies down a leopard blouse will still work well in your closet especially if you’re just pairing it with a black pant/skirt for work or a dark denim for casual wear.  If you want something a little more trendy the oversized leopard print cardigans are huge!  Nordstrom’s version sold out but the one on Amazon everyone is grabbing.  I also really like the black and cream/white leopard prints as a take that not everyone is wearing…

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet - Express; Mules - Calvin Klein

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet – Express; Mules – Calvin Klein

 

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin:  Now snakeskin is like the uber-trendy trend right now.  So if you want to be in, then snakeskin it is.  You’ll see snakeskin right now in everything… I mean everything!  From trench coats to shoes to bags to joggers… snakeskin everything!  But, because of this, you can find some really cool pieces, like a red snakeskin printed bodysuit I picked up from Express which is a total fun twist on the trend.  What I recommend shopping for though, is a pair of snakeskin boots!  These are something that will work in your wardrobe for years to come!  For you regular trendy people, get an ankle boot.  Wear it with white jeans and a white tank for a wear now look and then wear it with black jeans and a black tee come actual fall.  For you super trendy folks, get a pair of tall OTK snakeskin boots! Wear them with a t-shirt dress or a band graphic tee and shorts for a late summer look.  Come fall pair them with a sweater dress and a trench or the classic leggings/tee/jacket combo.  Even wear them with a pencil skirt for a wear to work look.  For the not-so-trendy shop for a pair of snakeskin flat mules or loafers.  Just a pop of snakeskin that keeps you on trend but not by too much and a style you can wear to work to running errands to casual outings.

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties ;)

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties 😉

 

Zebra Print

Zebra Print

Zebra:  If you don’t want to be wearing the same trend as every girl on IG then zebra is the way to go.  Just as in as leopard/snakeskin but a little different, and a little harder to find so you’ll stand out in a different way.  If you want to be even more mega trendy, pattern mix it with other animal prints, I especially like it with a tiger print or giraffe print.  Right now shop for a slinky midi skirt in a zebra print.  The leopard version is all over the place, but a zebra print is a more unique alternative.  It’s really wearable and on trend with just a white tee and sneakers, but I would wear it with heels… you know me.  Come fall, throw on a denim jacket for weekend, a cardigan for work, or a leather jacket and black heels for a night out.  This Ann Taylor Zebra Print Skirt, it’s the perfect transitional piece plus it’s one you could wear 10 years ago and one you could wear in 10 more years.  With all these animal print pieces a nice fabric in a sophisticated style will allow you to get more wear out of the pieces for years to come.

Tee/Layered Necklaces - Avon; Skirt - Ann Taylor; Sandals - Marshall's

Tee/Layered Necklaces – Avon; Skirt – Ann Taylor; Sandals – Marshall’s

Fun fact about me, zebra’s are my favorite animal.  With that being said, I don’t really like a zebra print unless its done extremely tasteful.   That’s the trick to wearing animal print find it in luxe fabrics and fits that will read classy not trashy and then have fun with it with what you pair it with.  Now they become pieces that last beyond the trend!  What animal print pieces do you have your eye on?

PS:  I have a great neutral makeup look that works with all these looks, and transitions into the fall.  If you want to see more leave me a comment!

Shoes that are HOT for the Summer

Shoes that are HOT for the Summer

Shoes that are HOT for the Summer

We all know I have too many shoes. But let’s also be real, I’m going to buy more shoes. I’ve been stalking the trends, fashion-y girls on Instagram and what’s been hot in the stores. Some of these shoes I’ve already nabbed up, others are on the wishlist, but regardless these are what shoes are HOT for summer.

Flatforms

Flatforms

Flatforms – Flats + Platforms = Flatforms.  These have been around for the last few years and are still going strong.  Basically because you get the height of a heel and the comfort of a flat making them versatile and walkable.  I like these for summer events like concerts and fairs.  They look good with summer dresses or casual shorts.  I picked up these raffia ones from Shoedazzle.

Vinyl

Vinyl

Clear Vinyl – I’m not sure what the exact name of this trend is but basically a shoe with a clear vinyl strap, usually in a 2 strap design one thick one thin, but there are a couple variations.  I’ve seen more of these in a heel but also some flat sandals or even wedges if that’s more your gig.  I’m stalking these ones from DSW but I’ve also seen some good versions at Express.

Square Toed Sandals

Square Toed Sandals

Square Toe Sandals – Carrie Bradshaw fans unite!  The square toe sandal circa late 90’s is updated for us now.  This version from Zara has been dubbed the “it” sandal of the summer but honestly I’m seeing more of that vinyl trend IRL!

Slide Sandal

Slide Sandal

Flat Sandal Slide – This has been big for a bit too, and also mega functional.  I was OBSESSED with this look at the end of the summer last year and picked up two key versions; A  snakeskin slide from Sam Edlerman and a crystal embellished slide from Express.

Athletic Slide

Athletic Slide

Athletic Slides – Or pool slides, whatever term you like.  If you are an athleisure kind of person then you need this.  I personally want to get those old school Adidas ones that I had in the 7th grade, Adidas Adissage.  Confession, I only got rid of them like 2 yrs ago because they were warped from the hot CA sun.  Oh brings back memories of obsessing over them in the Delia’s catalog and finally convincing Mom to get them for me from Kohl’s.  To bring things full circle I better order them for in-store pickup from Kohl’s right now, I’m sure they have a coupon ;  *UPDATE*  The husband got me some!  Score!

Ew... crocs...

Someone has a case of the Mondays…

You know what’s even hotter than these summer shoes?  Summer shoes on sale!  Because I’m JUST now getting around to this blog post most of the summer fashion is on major sale to make room for back to school shopping!  Between Amazon Prime Day and all the other retailers trying to match them you can DEF score some major deals.

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!

 

Trending Tuesday: Iridescent

Trending Tuesday: Iridescent

Trending Tuesday: Iridescent

If the world of alicia was the internet #iridescent would totally be trending. This holiday season I’m totally digging on all things iridescent.  Its like capturing the twinkle in the twinkling lights; capturing that glimmer in St. Nick’s eye.  Either way… sparkle!  And ’tis the season to sparkle!

Glimmering with Starbucks and Avon

Glimmering with Starbucks and Avon

What’s glimmering in my world lately:

Avon Illuminate The Holidays Highlight Palette

Avon Illuminate The Holidays Highlight Palette

3 Very Wearable Glimmering Shades

3 Very Wearable Glimmering Shades

Avon Swan Ornament

Avon Swan Ornament

Avon Cushion Walk Glittery Party Pumps

Avon Cushion Walk Glittery Party Pumps

The Avon Ooo La La Fa La La Eye Palette is now sold out BUT I HIGHLY SUGGEST the Iconic Beauty Collection instead (see my post on it here).  You can get these other Iridescent products at my eBoutique and in time for Christmas and New Years.  Just $7.95 for 2-Day Shipping from Sunday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 19 at 12 noon ET with promo code SPEEDY at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Glitter in my veins.

Glitter in my veins.

If you are interested in these glitter pumps they have to be ordered by product number at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Select campaign 26 and search Glittery Party Pumps, select your size and color (comes in gold too!) and add to bag!  Contact me if you have any questions or issues!

What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

Summer trends are the most fun.  They’re usually bright, functionable and bold.  For whimisical trends the pineapple is back this summer in everything from home goods to wearables.  A pineapple became a symbol of status and wealth during Colonial times for its scarcity, so no surprise we’re loving it lately.  Today, Erica from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty and I are showing you two ways to wear the trend.

How Alicia’s Wearing Pineapples:

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

Weekend Vibes with mark.

Pineapple Trends With mark.

I always seem to wear more prints in the summer, especially tropical prints!  I like to feel like I’m on vacation even if I’m just living my everday life.  A pineapple print is the perfect mix of fun and whimsical for summer.  I love it on a trendy blouse like the mark. Pretty as a Pineapple Top.  An off the shoulder, statement sleeves top in a cute pineapple print goes perfect with jeans and flip flops for a weekend vibe. Off the shoulder can be tricky esp if you struggle with strapless bra’s like me.  I paired a high neck wired bralette underneath for a more functional wear.  Pair it with the mark. Fruit for All Earrings and your trendy summer fun level just hit scorching!

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

Pretty as a Pineapple

Pretty as a Pineapple

 

What Alicia is wearing:  mark. by Avon Pretty as a Pineapple Top, mark. by Avon Fruit for All Earrings, Old Navy Distressed Jeans, Dooney & Bourke Montego Nylon Kendra Satchel Handbag, Coach Abbigail Star Flip Flops (Marshalls), Michael Kors Hvar Aviator Sunglasses.

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

How Erica’s Wearing Pineapples: 

Erica's Pretty Pineapple Look

Erica’s Pretty Pineapple Look

“Summer is here and pineapples are seriously everywhere! I am totally on-board with this fun trend, btw. For this look I was inspired by the model in the Avon brochure. Pairing these printed shorts with a chambray button down is not something I would have immediately thought of plus statement earrings are a little out-of-the-box for me. I added a some crazy bright pink makeup and ta-da – Summer fun outfit!!!” Erica’s Beauty and Fashion

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

What Erica is wearing: mark. By Avon Pretty As A Pineapple Shorts, Avon Pineapple Pouch, Avon A Box Exclusive: Palm Leaf Dangling Earrings, top from my closet, and denim bow slides from Walmart.

Avon Pineapple Pouch

Avon Pineapple Pouch

See Erica’s full blog post to see more on her summer look including her makeup and earrings which are A Box exclusives!

Weekend Vibes

Weekend Vibes

Another way you could wear my top and Erica’s shorts is together as matching separates, which is also very on trend.  mark. released some really fun pieces in this Aloha Summer colleciton, including a pineapple embroidered chambray (last seen here), a sequined pineapple tank (see more here), even a fun pineapple embelished slides!  Check out the entire collection at my eBoutique and be sure to add that exclusive A Box to your order!

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

Trending Tuesday: #mod

What sparked my obsession... mark. Mod

What sparked my obsession… mark. Mod

If the world of alicia was the internet then #mod would totally be trending.  I’ve always been a fan of all things 60’s, the British invasion, Austin Powers and the mod movement.  What totally has me obsessing over this retro trend is the newest release of the mark. Mod limited edition holiday collection!  It’s black and white optical prints, styling in the current magalog, and graphic feels has me inspired:

For more inspiration check out my mod mood board on Pinterest!  Get inspired by the mark. Mod collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Trending Tuesday: #wrapdress

Trending Tuesday:  #wrapdress

Trending Tuesday: #wrapdress

If the world of alicia was the internet #wrapdress would totally be trending.  I’m slightly obsessing over wrap dresses and finding a few to add to my arsenal after picking up this navy one at Ross (also currently obsessing over, such great dress finds lately!).  This past wrap dress look is one of my all time favorite outfits (and posts!).  A wrap dress can be SUPER flattering on all body shapes, that’s why they’re so popular and Diane von Furstenberg is a freakin legend.  Here are the wrap dresses I’m currently obsessing over:

Avon Bordeaux Knit Dress – and paired with that adorable faux fur stole, I think this has to be my Thanksgiving day look!  (s-3x $24.99)

Avon Bordeaux Knit Dress

Avon Bordeaux Knit Dress

Avon Faux-Fur Fashion Stole

Avon Faux-Fur Fashion Stole

Avon Little Red Dress – this has been on my wishlist since like last December!  How perfect for the holidays!?  I really like that its a little longer in the back for some extra drama.  NEED.  (s-xl $24.99 1x-3x $29.99)

Avon Little Red Dress

Avon Little Red Dress

Diane von Furstenberg Long Sleeve Floor Length Wrap Dress – Another reason I need the Avon version is because I don’t have $548 to splurge on a DVF.  LOVE this full length red with the cute neck scarf and booties… swoon!

DVF Long Sleeve Floor Length Wrap Dress

DVF Long Sleeve Floor Length Wrap Dress

What wrap dresses are you loving?  I need more to obsess over!  In the mean time I’ll stalk these ones at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Trending Tuesday: Urban Safari

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.

Follow me on pinterest to see what else has me inspired!  You can shop the urban safari trend here!

Trending Tuesday – Bag Charms

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!

mark. Bad Hair Day Bag Charm

mark. Bad Hair Day Bag Charm

Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Charm

Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Charm

 

Charming Charlie Initial Pom Charm

Charming Charlie Initial Pom Charm

 

Kate Spade Reversible Black/White Swan Charm

Kate Spade Reversible Black/White Swan Charm

 

Michael Kors Aviator Puff Charm

Michael Kors Aviator Puff Charm

 

Coach Fawn Charm

Coach Fawn Charm

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!

Trending Tuesday: #throwandgo

Summer Must Haves To Trow and Go

Summer Must Haves To Trow and Go

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

Beach Waves Must Haves

Beach Waves Must Haves

2.  Flip Flops

Rubber flip flops with bow detail from Coach!

Rubber flip flops with bow detail from Coach!

3.  mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress

Throw it on over anything chambray dress

Throw it on over anything chambray dress

4.  mark. Right On Stack Bracelet Set

Just add your favorite watch for an instant arm party

Just add your favorite watch for an instant arm party

5.  Polarized Sunglasses

Tiffany & Co. Polarized Sunglasses to throw on and go! ...and maybe with a little Avon Luck La Vie

Tiffany & Co. Polarized Sunglasses to throw on and go! …and maybe with a little Avon Luck La Vie

6.  Express Bra Cami

Wearing an Express Bra Cami my ultimate summer tank

Wearing an Express Bra Cami my ultimate summer tank

7.  mark. Touch and Glow

mark. Touch and Glow

mark. Touch and Glow

8.  mark. Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat

mark. Around Back Heels and Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat

mark. Around Back Heels and Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat

9.  VS Pink Slouchy Crew

What I've Been Living In Lounge Wise

What I’ve Been Living In Lounge Wise

10.  mark. All Time Eye and Gloss Gorgeous

New Summer Shades. Gloss Gorgeous and All Time Eye

New Summer Shades. Gloss Gorgeous and All Time Eye – see post here

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