Wedding

Anniversary Mani – Deep Red and Lace

Anniversary Mani:  Deep Red and Lace

Anniversary Mani: Deep Red and Lace

Yesterday was my 2nd wedding anniversary so in honor I re-created my wedding mani with a twist.  For my actual wedding I did a classic fall red with Avon Speed Dry in Red Wine, see the details here.  For my anniversary I tweaked it for something a little more fun, still in my wedding theme and perfect for fall festivities or even holiday!

Avon SpeedDry in Red Wine and Lace Overlay Wraps from Jamberry!

Avon SpeedDry in Red Wine and Lace Overlay Wraps from Jamberry!

Instead of all over red I added an accent nail in silver with mark. Nailed It duo.  Then, on my ring and middle I added a lace overlay wrap from Jamberry.  This is an old wrap from holiday last year but you can re-create the same look with new wraps from Jamberry with either Black Lace or Papel Picado.

Red Red Wine....

Red Red Wine….

If you aren’t already go ahead and sing red red wine… because I am.  To celebrate we went to Apple Hill a collection of orchards and farms up the hill a bit and took a stop at Lava Cap Winery.  In addition to my nails fitting right in they also brought back my wedding details.  My wedding colors were black and white with deep fall red and black lace accents!

Cheers!

Cheers!

You can shop Avon and mark. nail polish at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  If you would like to try Jamberry comment/dm me/hit me up and I’d love to send you a sample now that I joined as a hobbiest I can definitely hook you up and keep your mani Monday’s killer!

Trending Tuesday: October Inspo

Hello October!

Hello October!

If the world of alicia was the internet #october would totally be trending.  October will now forever hold a little special place in my heart. It is now my anniversary, the mr.’s birthday, football, perfect fall weather, pumpkin patches, halloween and the start to the holiday season!  All these are what inspire my October!

Our 1st Anniversary

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10.04.14

I can’t believe it’s been a year already!  We started October off right with a trip to wear it all began, Lake Tahoe.  We were married lake front on Oct. 4th and it was a beautiful day!  I haven’t shared much of it on here so this month I’ll be sure to post a little recap, and my wedding must haves and failures.

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October Color Pallet

October Color Pallet Inspo

October Color Pallet Inspo

My wedding colors were black and white with pops of red (fall red as I called it) and lace.  True, lace isn’t a color, but with all my color pallets I need a pattern too.  So it’s more my wedding theme not just my wedding colors!  This October I’ll be wearing this same pallet.  Not only is it special personally to me it also really works for this time of year.  Black and white always works but more so right now as you transition your warmer days clothing with your cool evenings clothing.  Red works as a great fall accent from fall equinox to Halloween!  Think vampires!  As with everything some stunning metallics and sparkles accent the theme perfectly too 🙂

mark. October Fashion

mark. October Fashion

Fun Fall Events

Pumpkin Patch-ing!

Pumpkin Patch-ing!

October is the perfect time for visiting breweries/Oktoberfests, pumpkin patches, apple orchids, football games and all those outdoor fun fall events!  We’ll be celebrating the Mr.’s birthday at a brewery this year and every weekend is a reason to have a mini party/tailgate… football!  If you live in Nor Cal my favorite place this time of year is Apple Hill.  A string of apple orchids and farms located in the foothills is the perfect place to inspire your October events.  So pull out your boots and favorite fall scarf and plan some fall fun!

Jack Russell Brewing Co.

Jack Russell Brewing Co.

Apple Hill

Apple Hill

 

Halloween

Trick Or Treat

Trick Or Treat

What is October without Halloween!?  I love pulling out my Halloween decorations because I know it’s the start of the holiday season.  I just love when things get a little more magical!  And pumpkin carving, I love pumpkin carving!  As I get older it’s a little harder to find a good Halloween party to go to but I did already buy my caped tee from Wal-Mart as my work costume at the very least… I don’t care if no one else dresses up, you better believe I’m going to find a way to theme out my Halloween!

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

 

What is inspiring your October!?

The Ultimate Mani Monday – Wedding Nails + eShakti

Bridal Mani/Pedi Party

Bridal Mani/Pedi Party

My #tahoeweddingfestHD (aka wedding weekend) went by too fast but at least it can live forever in memories and pictures!  One of my favorite parts of the weekend was the Friday before my sister organized a day at the nail salon with the maides!  We were able to relax, talk and enjoy some time together before the rehearsal later that night and get the ultimate mani, my wedding nails!

Cute little invites for a bridal mani/pedi party!

Cute little invites for a bridal mani/pedi party!

I knew I wanted to do a classic red mani for my wedding but it needed to be a fall red to go with the rest of my details.  While planning the invites my sister and I thought it would be a good idea to include a bottle of nail polish so I picked out Avon Speed Dry Polish in Red Wine and not only was it super cute for the invites it was also the perfect fall red for wedding manis and pedis!

Red Lace, Glitter and a Pedi!

Red Lace, Glitter and a Pedi!

Since we all like a good party, my sister glittered up some champagne bottles (and sparkling cider for me and my prego Caroline!), brought some cheese and crackers and chocolate covered strawberries to make our salon trip a #tahoeweddingfestHD pre wedding party!

Black and White Glittered Champaign and Cider

Black and White Glittered Champaign and Cider

Like with any good party you need a good party dress and my red lace dress from eShakti was a crowd favorite! eShakti approached me if I was interested in trying them out and I have heard of them from Jackie at Living After Midnight but I guess I didn’t really get it.  They let you customize your dress!  Coming from a girl who’s 5 foot nothing with curves this means EVERYTHING!  Start with picking your dress (or more realistically your shell).  Then you can adjust the neckline, sleeves, hem, etc to match not only the look you’re going for but how you want it to fit.  I personally like lower necklines and I wanted longer sleeves (since I was in the cooler temps) so I selected to change my dress to have a deep V neckline and 3/4th sleeves.  I then entered in my height so the length of the dress hit me where it was actually suppose to not below the knee like most off the rack dresses do.  You could also enter in your exact measurements if you like, but I just went with my general sizing.

Getting Ready and Meeting BigE

Getting Ready and Meeting BigE

With wet hair, no makeup and meeting my little nephew you can see the killer details of my red lace dress from eShatki!

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eShakti Dress and a Bridal Mani/Pedi Party

eShakti Dress and a Bridal Mani/Pedi Party

With eShakti I got the exact dress I wanted and didn’t have to just deal with it being 90% there.  This is the greatest idea ever!  Check them out you won’t be disappointed.  My red lace dress was the perfect fit not just size wise but also for my theme and my bridal mani/pedi party!  OH and did I mention it had pockets, any dress with pockets is a winner!  The day couldn’t of gone better thanks to eShakti and my sister for planning the perfect Bridal Mani/Pedi Party!!!

The Pedi Pose

The Pedi Pose

PS:  Sorry for some crappy mobile pics but I was more concerned with enjoying the moment then capturing the perfect picture.

DIY Bridal Survival Kit with thesalonoutlet.com

If rain on your wedding day is lucky, what is arson forest fire smoke?  I’m just under 2 weeks from my big day which is seeming to be ruined by the King fire since its barely contained and still spreading.  There is no way you can plan to avoid something like this but I can plan for the other small “fires” that are bound to happen on my wedding day with a DIY Bridal Survival Kit.

 

DIY Bridal Survival Kit

DIY Bridal Survival Kit

 

thesalonoutlet.com generously provided a product of my choice for review, with my upcoming wedding I knew I wanted a “train case” for all my beauty and survival needs.  I selected the black soft makeup train case with shoulder strap ($39.99).  It’s the perfect size with tons of compartments to keep me organized and hold everything I need.  As I’ve been getting closer I’ve been adding bits and pieces here and there to build the kit.

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thesalonoutlet.com Black Soft Train Case with strap

thesalonoutlet.com Black Soft Train Case with strap

 

DIY Bridal Survival Contents:

  • Advil (or pain reliever of choice)
  • Tums
  • Band-Aids
  • Shoe Inserts (heel grips and sole)
  • Blister Stick
  • Chalk (to cover up any last minute smudges or smears on your wedding dress)
  • Clear nail polish (for runs or nails)
  • Nail File
  • Corsage pins
  • Dental floss/toothpicks
  • Eye drops/contact solution
  • Eye makeup remover (for smudges)
  • Primer (mark. Primed for Perfection) and Powder (mark. PowderBuff)
  • Extra earring backs
  • Hair pins/ponytail holder
  • Hairspray
  • Tail Comb
  • Shine Serum (for fly aways)
  • Perfume (Avon Femme)
  • Hand towelettes
  • Hem tape
  • Matches
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Scotch tape
  • Small folding scissors
  • Spot remover (aka shout to go wipes)
  • Static-cling spray
  • Straws (to protect the lipstick)
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers
  • Lotion
  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and toothpaste (since mine is an out of town/across the country for some wedding and who knows who forgot what)
  • Razor
  • Q-tips
  • Breath mints/gum
  • Extra phone charger
  • Lady Stuff
  • Cash
  • Nuts and granola bars (hangry is not a fun wedding day feeling)
Avon Anew Vital Day and Night Cream

Avon Anew Vital Day and Night Cream

Avon’s new Anew Vitale line is the perfect duo to pack.  It helps stressed and sleep deprived skin look awake and refreshed.  Def a must have for the weekend.  I’ve also been saving these firming eye gels for a day-of beauty treat!  Other face must haves are gentle cleanser from Liz Earle, mark. Powderbuff, mark. Primed for Perfection, mark. Mist Opportunity all to create the perfect pallet!

Avon Femme For My Signature Scent

Avon Femme For My Signature Scent

At my friend Mary’s wedding I noticed how all night long she smelled AMAZING!  I want to copy her with a nice clean scent, so far Avon Femme is the leading candidate, perfect for a wedding!

Start of the DIY Bridal Survival Kit

Start of the DIY Bridal Survival Kit

I still need to finish packing this little survival kit along with a million other things on the to do list before October 4th, but at least my train case from thesalonoutlet.com is the perfect fit for it!  Fingers crossed this King Fire gets under control and clears out so I can survive my wedding weekend!

Mani Monday – Bridal Shower Nails with Essie Love Every Minute and She Said Yes

Every year Essie does a wedding collection, and since I am getting married in October I figured this was my year to to pick up that collection.  This last weekend involved back to back bridal showers on Saturday and Sunday so the perfect opportunity to finally bust out my Essie Wedding Collection shades Love Every Minute and She Said Yes.

Essie Love Every Minute

Essie Love Every Minute

For my engagement party I used Love Every Minute on my toes, but after it was on I decided it was a much better shade for the fingers!  It was perfect for this lovely August afternoon tea party!

Bridal Shower Mani

Bridal Shower Mani

I used She Said Yes as the perfect bridal white for my pedi!  The gals at Nail Plazzo did a great job on mom and I’s pedi setting the stage for the most lovely weekend for my bridal showers.

Pedi in She Said Yes on me and Coca Cola Red by OPI on mom!

Pedi in She Said Yes on me and Coca Cola Red by OPI on mom!

Thanks again to everyone who came and extra special shout outs to those who threw it for me.  Of course more pictures and posts to come!

 

 

 

Get Jenna Dewan Tatum’s Oscar Look

 

1. Celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey prepped Jenna’s skin with Sjal Cellular Renewal Cream.

2. After lining her eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil he then applied Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Mocha Latte, which he also used to fill in her brows.

3. Followed by coating her lashes with Avon Mega Effects Mascara.

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation was applied on her face.

5. mark. Chic Frills Powder Blush on the apples of Jenna’s cheeks.

6. On her lips, Jake applied NEW Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon.

7. Completing the look Jake used Chanel Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder on Jenna’s cheekbones for a glowing final touch.

mark. Chic Frills Blush

mark. Chic Frills Blush

 

Not only was Jenna’s look one of my favorite red carpet looks from last night’s Oscars, but it is also something I can easily recreate with my mark. (and Avon) products!  Winning!  Plus, seriously Channing and Jenna are so my celebratory crush!  Too cute and their selfies from the Vanity Fair after party… hilarious!

Shopping List:

mark. Chic Frills Blush

Avon Eye Shadow Quad in Mocha Latte

Avon Mega Effects Mascara

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon

You can get all these products at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  (PS use promo code THANKYOU20 and get 20% off!)

Putting this look in the save file to try this for my bridal look!