Week O’Nautical

Sweet Cherry Pie

Sweet Cherry Pie

Do you not immediately think of Warrant’s Sweet Cherry Pie when you see this cardi… because I do! I should of put this look as a Week O’Nautical outfit (see here) but I didn’t get around to it, but I’m still loving this Americana look from the Seaside Gardens Collection! (see here)

Americana outfit with Seaside Gardens

Spring rain hit us hard and I was ready for it! A cute cardigan is definitley the solution to spring weather. This Avon Felicity Cardigan in Cherry print brightens up a rainy day. (sidenote: it also comes in navy, white and red).  A spring layer is almost as necessary as keeping that umbrella around!

Felicity Cardigan in Cherry Print

Rain Check!

For my Americana look I paired the Cherry cardigan with the Gingham Melanie Pencil Skirt (last seen here).  Of course I had to wear some rainboots (Hunter) and my big umbrella (Kate Spade) to handle this on again off again rain showers!

Melanine Skirt in Gingham

Spring Weather Must-Haves

You can shop my entire look over on my eBoutique!  Maybe make this bright and cheery cardi as part of your 4 pieces to upgrade your spring wardrobe, and don’t get caught in the rain!

Getting caught in the rain out takes!

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Week O’Nautical: What’s In My Bag

Week O'Nautical:  What's In My Bag

Week O’Nautical: What’s In My Bag

It’s officially spring and that means its time for spring cleaning! The easiest place to start is with something fun like your purse.  In the world of alicia this is also known as the bag o’ wonder. Why, you ask?  Because you never know what I’m going to pull out of it because it gathers SO. MUCH. CRAP. So lets clean out the old and in with the new and see what’s in the bag o’ wonder!

Avon Veronica Tote in Striped

I always switch to a spring bag right at the begining of the season, so even if I’m still wearing cold weather clothes at least I have a fun spring bag to perk up my day. I’m tough on bags, use them day to night, work to weekend, toss them around… I like an affordable option that I don’t mind destroying by the end of the season. This spring’s pick is the Avon Veronical Tote in striped.

Inside View! Complete with organization.

I like big tote style bags because they’re the most functional for me. I throw my lunch, papers, mail, an occassional change of shoes, you name it, I throw it in there.  This Veroncia Tote has a middle divider to help keep thing organized.  I usually like the open style, but I needed some more organization.

What made it into the new bag?  This stuff… and I’m sure more stuff will gather.  I love peeping at what’s in folks’ bags, and medicine cabinets!  Its like a window into the soul. And a testiment to what they actually use on the daily.

What’s In My Bag

Now that you’ve peeked into my bag, have you switched over to a spring bag yet?  You can shop my new spring bag, bag charm, scarf, fav lip products and makeup bags over at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Week O’Nautical: How To Easily Update For Spring

Week O’Nautical: Update Without Breaking Your Budget

The Nautical trend is always a good way to update your wardrobe for spring.  In most places it’s still pretty cold out, but we’re over our black on black on black and heavy winter wear.  You can work in a few nautical pieces that will go with your winter basics and your summer basics making a very versatile spring wardrobe update.  Avon just released their Seaside Gardens (see more), a nautical fashion and home capsule collection, and its extremely affordable!  Let’s look how you can update your spring looks without breaking the break.

 

The Power Of 4.

Add 4 pieces, yep just 4 pieces.  Sticking to only 4 pieces keeps you in budget and will be just enough to switch up your basics and breathe new life. The Avon Seaside Gardens collection is pretty affordable, so 4 pieces would keep you close to that $100 range.  I would suggest a top, bottom, accessory and dress, but you need to gage your current wardrobe and lifestyle.  Looking at what I was loving, needed and knew would flatter my shape, I went with a skirt, sandal, handbag and scarf.  I can mix and match to update my spring wardrobe with these 4 items totaling $110.96!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I wear a lot of skirts and dress for work, and with the hot temps in Nor Cal a skirt works well for my lifestyle.  If your lifestyle wears more casual and you’re just going to wear your favorite jeans try a classic nautical striped top like the Michelle Boat Neck top ($19.99).

Ankle strap, block heels and pretty embellishment, all a spring shoe needs!

I’ve always been a shoe person.  A new spring shoe can even make an all black outfit feel like spring.  The shoe selection in the Seaside Gardens collection is strong!  I went with the Avon Cushion Walk Sandal With Stone Clusters, a low block heel sandal which will be functional, on trend and a pop of color.

Give me all the nautical shoes!

Switching to a new spring bag is the easiest way to spring up your wardrobe without giving up any of your winter wear.  I went with this Veronica Tote Bag in the Blue and White strip (it also comes in red!).

 

Avon Veronica Tote with Scarf

 

 

Pick 1 thing different than anything you have.

For me it was this square scarf.  I have plenty of big, wrap all over you scarfs, but I don’t have a cute little silky square scarf in a nautical print!  Don’t diminish the power of an accessory, I can wear this as a cute neck scarf, a style I’ve never done and would bring something completely new to my look.  Plus, it would be some warmth around the neck in the chilly weather.  I can also wear it tied on a bag, as a head scarf, or ever worn a few different ways as a neck scarf.

Avon Silky Scarf

I literally could go through the entire collection and come up with a million combinations of 4 items to mix and match into your regular wardrobe.  If you would like me to select a personalized pick for you, leave a comment!

Nautical Square Scarf

 

Spring Perks

As an Avon representative, not only do I get to order things early, I also get some perks.  For instance, with the Seaside Gardens collection, with every 4 items I ordered I received a FREE pair of earrings.  These Avon Pop of Red Statement Earrings ($9.99) to be exact.  A piece of statement jewelry is definitely a good idea for a 5th piece to add to my original 4.  Even if I wear these with my black on black on black I’m adding a pop of something fresh.  Or I can pair this with the block heel sandals and I’ll bump up my look for spring.  *if you want early access, discounts and all the perks of being an Avon rep too you can sign up here for ONLY $25!

Statement Earrings For All The Nautical Looks

I couldn’t be more pleased with the 4 items I picked.  You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger or see more here!  When building your order be sure to add on the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase.  It not only is a great deal but will be the perfect makeup items to pair with your nautical outfits.  See my look with it here!

Week O’Nautical: Fresh Picks for Spring A Box

Week O’Nautical: Fresh Picks For Spring A Box

Have you forgot about the A Boxes, because I have… BUT with the launch of the Avon Seaside Gardens collection comes a new A Box, the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box (product # 101464).  Featuring 5 freshly picked beauty faves you’ll love, they’ll perk up any pout and add a flirty flutter to lashes and will coordinate perfectly with your fresh Seaside Gardens picks!

Five Fresh Faves
Check out Fresh Picks A Box products that will perk up your look:

1. Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Fiery Red: .21 oz.
2. Avon True Colors Glimmersticks Waterproof Eye Liner in Blackest Night: .01 oz.
3. Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black: .34 oz.
4. Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Royal Red: .4 oz.
5. Rare Pearls Eau de Parfum Travel Spray: .5 oz.

Why is this post titled Week O’Nautical?  Because this A Box has everything you need for a fresh spring face that goes with a nautical look!  This A Box includes 4 of my all time favorite products for a simple go-to makeup look perfect for sitting seaside!  Create an easy eye look with a simple neutral shimmery shadow (mark. Eyeshadow Single in Cookie for example), with clean black eyeliner and lots of lashes with the your A Box items.  Finish it off with red lips and red nails and you are simply put together and for only $10!  Like I’ve said before (see here and here) these Glazewears are totally legit!  This red shade I wore all holiday long and kept going back to it!

Makeup Look from the Fresh Picks A Box

Makeup Look from the Fresh Picks A Box

Fresh Picks A Box All You Need For A Nautical Look

Fresh Picks A Box All You Need For A Nautical Look

Red Lips and Lots of Lashes!

Red Lips and Lots of Lashes!

 

ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger
Remember that all purchases in your Campaign 8 order count toward a qualifying $40 order for the $10 collection offer—including orders from the C8 Outlet and Marketing catalogs so take advantage of this A-mazing value!

Week O’Nautical Special Edition: Seaside Gardens

It may only be March but I’m already thinking about Memorial Day and my “Week O’Nautical!” Partially because I want warm summer days, but also because of the new capsule release from Avon titled “Seaside Gardens.” Seaside Gardens is a fashion and home release influenced by all things nautical, which means this calls for a Week O’Nautical Special Edition!

Introducing Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection

The Seaside Gardens capsule collection is a limited release for spring.  This means all the items are meant to mix and match with each other (and well with what you have).  It also means that once the stock is gone, its gone.  Judging how the last capsule collection went (Savana Blooms/Modern Southern Belle) popular items will sell out.  I usually don’t like just sharing up the stock photographs but I wanted to share this entire fashion collection.

There are a lot of items I’m just loving!  My top picks include this Veronica Tote Bag and the adorable Ivy Jumpsuit.  There are so many jewelry options that will work from now through Labor Day, especially my pick, the Seaside Stripes Statement Necklace.  And can we take a moment to admire all the shoes… allllll of them!  I literally could work every single item into my wardrobe but my budget doesn’t agree.

In addition to the fashion there is a entire Avon Living line to match! (home goods)  I will be sharing here on Word of Alicia more from the Avon Living line, a Week O’Nautical outfit,  how to update your wardrobe without breaking your budget and how to take the nautical theme to your beauty routine.

Seaside Garden’s launches Wednesday March 14th and will be available through camping 11 (about 6 weeks) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  If you would like to know how to gain early access to these types of collections and score them at 40% off leave a comment saying you want the word!

Modern Southern Belle: Linda

Meet Modern Southern Belle Linda!  Linda, a fellow Avon representative, is optimistic, fun and effervescent.  If you’ve caught any of her videos (live on FB or on her YouTube channel) you’ll easily agree.   Which is why she’s no stranger to Word of Alicia to dose in some fun.  (see here!)  She’s a true Southern Belle from Virginia, so her modern take is kinda straight from the horse’s mouth.


Guest Post:  Linda Montavon

Hello Spring

Avon Modern Southern Belle

Avon Modern Southern Belle

With the Avon Southern Belle collection there are so many options to mix and match!  Pair the Blue Strip Michelle Boatneck Top with the Cobalt Annabelle Cardigan and you have comfort, style and modern southern belle charm. The 100% cotton boatneck top has a flattering cut and is definitely on trend with stripes. The fine-knit, long-sleeve sweater with pearl-like button closure feels so soft and is this season’s must have layering piece. Both the striped top and cardigan are wardrobe essentials.

Happy In Spring Shades

Happy In Spring Shades

Maybe it is the beautiful, vibrant shades of blue, not sure, but wearing this outfit just makes me feel happy and wanting to smile. Hello spring. I’m ready for you!

Avon Michelle Boatneck Top and Annabelle Cardigan

Avon Michelle Boatneck Top and Annabelle Cardigan

Note that some of the sizes in these are selling out quick, but don’t fear!  The Michelle boatneck top is sticking around, launching in more colors!  Every 4 campaigns Avon fashion will be releasing capsule collections like this one, with updates seasonal faves, trendy limited edition pieces and beautiful must-haves!  Shop now before its gone forever and get FREE shipping today with promo code TGIF.


Linda has a bigger look at the Avon Southern Belle collection on her YouTube channel (watch here).  Be sure to follow her and to learn more from Linda check out her book A View From The Top Vol 3.  I’ve already introduced you to Sealaura and will continue to introduce you to more Modern Southern Belles here on the blog, but be sure to show us your take on it.  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Safari Style

Week O'Nautical:  Red, White and Blue Safari Style

Week O’Nautical: Red, White and Blue Safari Style

Week O’Nautical returns!  This time we’re taking Week O’Nautical on a safari!  Is an urban safari outfit nautical, not really.  Is it 109 degrees out so I don’t really care, yep.  Am I wearing red white and blue, absolutely!  So Week O’Nautical it is!

mark. Style Safari Dress

mark. Style Safari Dress

You would never guess summer is coming to an end with these over 100 temps!  To combat the late summer heat I need a nice easy summer dress and this mark. Style Safari dress is perfect.  It features a fit and flare style thats not only flattering but keeps you cooler.  The blue, white, black and grey safari paisley print is super fun and fitting for late August.  The contrasting design at the waist defines while the piping gives a flattering illusion.

Details

Details

Red, white and blue is actually all happening in this dress but I amped up it’s late summer style with a red lip and white accents in addition to my leaf jewelry (mark., old).  I’m wearing the mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up for my red.

Red Lips:  mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red Lips: mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red white and blue take on safari!

Red white and blue take on safari!

If you follow that “can’t wear white after Labor Day” rule you better get it in all now, because these white accents are white hot!  These mark. So Clear To Me lucite heels have been a summer staple in the world of alicia, along with this mark. Total Perfection bag.  (see here, here and here).

White Hot Accents

White Hot Accents

This safari style outfit definitely is perfect for late summer but I can see it transitioning into fall really well.  I would pair it with some black booties and a cute denim jacket!  Or even with a cardi and pumps for work, either way definitely a versatile dress!  Wear now and wear later style if you will.

Wear Now Wear Later Styles

Wear Now Wear Later Style

 

You can shop this look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  The mark. Style Safari Dress this dress alone will have you at a $40 order so you can get the A-Box for only $10!  If you want the pro picks A Box only have a day left before our next A box launches so get on it!

Pro Picks Collection

Pro Picks Collection – Get it for $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

 

The Ultimate Summer Travel Bag: Saffiano Two-Piece Tote

The Ultimate Summer Travel Bag:  Saffiano Two-Piece Tote

The Ultimate Summer Travel Bag: Saffiano Two-Piece Tote

You know when you come across something that is a total game changer you just want to shout it out to the world, well that’s how I feel about this Avon Saffiano Two-Piece Tote.  Let me just point out why this is the ultimate summer travel bag:

  1.  It’s a roomy tote to fit all your crap, be it going to from work, the beach, as a carry on for traveling or road trips.  It fits all the things.
    Avon Saffiano Two-Piece Tote

    Avon Saffiano Two-Piece Tote

     

  2. It’s white and navy, so it goes with pretty much anything. 
    Navy and White a Summer Favorite

    Navy and White a Summer Favorite

     

  3. It has an outside pouch that is easy for all those need to get at fast items.
    Outside Pouch Is Roomy For Your Must Haves

    Outside Pouch Is Roomy For Your Must Haves

     

  4. The pouch is detachable so you can use it as a clutch, so again multi-tasking for traveling.
    Detachable Outside Pouch

    Detachable Outside Pouch

     

  5. The detachable pouch also has a detachable cross body strap so you can be hands free, say for sight seeing while traveling.
    Two Bags In One!  Make it a cross body!

    Two Bags In One! Make it a cross body!

     

  6. It has an outside slip pocket perfect for keys and phone, you know the things that ALWAYS disappear at the bottom of your bag. 
    Outside Slip Pocket

    Outside Slip Pocket

     

  7. The inside features two slip pockets, a zipper pocket and a magnetic button closure so your tote bag is actually functional.
    Inside View

    Inside View

     

  8. Straps are long enough to fit comfortably over the shoulder and hold some weight making carrying it an easy task. 
    Comfortable Straps For Easy Carrying

    Comfortable Straps For Easy Carrying

     

  9. The textured saffiano gives it a luxe look and feel. 
    Bottom View Of The Saffiano Finish

    Bottom View Of The Saffiano Finish

     

  10. It’s freakin adorable. 

    Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

    Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

You can shop the Avon Saffiano Two Piece Tote for $29.99 at my eBoutique.  Believe me you will end up using it for all your summer activities, ball games, beach, work, picnics, etc!

Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Lace

Week O'Nautical:  Red White and Blue Lace

Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Lace

Week O’Nautical sails on with another red white and blue (lace!) outfit!  This loosely nautical look sails into summer hitting those summer trends.  Nothing says summer like a good summer dress that you can wear for multiple occasions from work to a bbq!

mark. Sun On My Shoulder Dress

mark. Sun On My Shoulder Dress

This mark. Sun On My Shoulders dress doesn’t launch until later this week but as an Avon rep you get the upcoming styles early and get them out a discount! There are definite personal perks to being an Avon rep.  When I saw this blue off the shoulder lace dress coming up I was this will be perfect for Week O’Nautical!  It’s my favorite color of blue, my favorite fabric, and my favorite summer trend (off the shoulder!).

Off The Shoulder Style

Off The Shoulder Style

Red White and Blue Lace Look

Red White and Blue Lace Look

Summer Dress Must Have

Summer Dress Must Have

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it a again, adding a good summer dress to your wardrobe is a must.  You need something versatile, something you can wear to work, bridal showers, bbq’s and everything in-between.  When your combating summer heat a summer dress is the only solution.

Nautical Take On Red White and Blue

Nautical Take On Red White and Blue

mark. Lip Paint in Glamour

mark. Lip Paint in Glamour

To take my summer dress a little nautical I added that same red lip and red white and blue jewelry from before (see here) but this time I also added this new upcoming mark. Street Party Bracelet, super fun cuff with metal tassels at the end, so when your bracelet flips around because you know it’s going to, it’s cute from either side!

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

I definitely been wearing a lot of blue and white this Week O’Nautical so more red was needed, good thing mark. came out with these red wedges, the mark. Easy Does It Slides!  The wedge is not steep so don’t feel like you’re wearing heels and the red bands are super soft so you don’t feel like they’re digging in or rubbing, I just LOVE these guys for summer!

mark. Easy Does It Slide

mark. Easy Does It Slide

Wearing mark. Easy Does It Slide

Wearing mark. Easy Does It Slide

As we enjoy the 4th weekend a good tote is needed to lug around snacks, a blanket, camera, etc as you go from bbq to watching fireworks.  This Avon Saffiano Two Piece Tote is PERFECT.  I can put my cards/cash/phone etc in the clutch pouch then all my goodies in the tote, and I’m making sure to throw my Avon Bug Guard in there too, another summer must!

Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

Hope most of you have today off, but if not hope Week O’Nautical is enough to help pass the time until the 4th holiday.  If you’re interested at getting mark. and Avon at a discount and early, before it launches to the public, consider joining me and sign up to be a rep, even if it’s just for your own personal purchases.  To sign up go here, for more information hit me up, otherwise you’ll be able to shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Easy Summer Trends With mark.

Easy Summer Trends With mark.

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Grommets

Week O'Nautical:  Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical goes weekend ready!  Nothing is more weekend than an easy top and comfy shorts.  4th of July weekend means we get a little red white and blue with that formula.  I of course took it nautical with this Avon Grommet Split Sleeve Top, part of the Avon Signature Weekend collection.

Nautical Weekend Look

Nautical Weekend Look

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Going Weekend Casual

Going Weekend Casual

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

This top in a small is loose and roomy on me so I’m wearing it off the shoulder with some white denim shorts (F21) some nautical jewelry (Avon and mark.) and weekend staple flip flops (Shoedazzle).  I couldn’t be more comfortable for a holiday weekend, along with my new fav red bag (Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx).

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

You can shop my nautical grommet top in both misses and women’s sizes at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and for a limited time with a $40 order get this weekend ready tote filled with weekend essentials for only $15!