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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

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Pop Of Color

Pop of Color

Pop of Color

I am a HUGE fan of black and white. I’m a bigger fan of adding a pop of color to black and white.  Easiest way to do this?  JEWELRY!  It’s affordable, fun, versatile and can instantly change a whole look.

Avon Luxe Look of Turquoise Necklace, Earrings and Ring

Avon Luxe Look of Turquoise Necklace, Earrings and Ring

Jewelry really is the easiest way to add a pop of color.  Now that we are getting into the warmer months I gravitate toward turquoise.  This Avon Luxe Look of Turquoise Necklace, Earrings and Ring are the perfect set to add a pop of color to my black and white.

Avon Alana Printed Dress - Palm Chic Collection

Avon Alana Printed Dress – Palm Chic Collection

This easy to wear black and white dress is part of the upcoming Avon Palm Chic fashion capsule colleciton launching next week.  The Alana Printed Dress is one of those go-to simple summer pieces you need to add a pop of color to for versatility.

Pop of Color with Turquoise

Pop of Color with Turquoise

Easy To Wear

Easy To Wear

I have to say these Luxe Look of Turquoise are one of those pieces that looks SO much better in real life.  It is one of the newest options from Avon in a line of colorful jewelry that are just enough to update your look and add a pop of color.  Additionally, they are on sale at buy 2 get 1 50% off, so you can get a little set like this for less.  You can shop the new jewelry pieces at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to take advantage of the sale, it’s rare!

Luxe Look of Turquoise

Luxe Look of Turquoise

Luxe Look of Turquoise Detailed View

Luxe Look of Turquoise Detailed View

It’s also versatile!  I wore this set a whole different way by wrapping it around twice.  I was able to spice up my neutrals just with a pretty turquoise jewelry set.

Versatility with your jewelry!

Versatility with your jewelry!

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The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit

The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit

The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit

Weekend warriors unite! It’s hump day so that means the weekend is closer than it is further. The magic of the weekend is, it can lead to so many random things which is why, as the Girl Scouts say, always be prepared! In comes the go anywhere do anything fit.

Fit Formula

Fit Formula

 

The Go Anywhere Do Anything Fit = white tee + black leggings + chambray + booties.

 

Spring Booties

Spring Booties

You might of already seen this look on my IG (wordofalicia) and that weekend in this outfit we went fishing, bowling, ran errands, grocery shopped, visited the in-laws, planted some new plants and crashed on the couch. This fit was fitting for all of it.

mark. Back To The Tropics Top

mark. Back To The Tropics Top

White Tee (Avon, old), Leggings (Pink, VS), Booties (mark. – watch for them at the eBoutique), Pineapple Chambray (mark. Back To The Tropics Top – NEW), Bag (Avon Veronica Tote – last seen here), Necklace (mark. Sweet Drops Necklace – NEW).

Do all the things in this outfit

Do all the things in this outfit

mark. Sweet Drops Necklace

mark. Sweet Drops Necklace

Avon Veronical Tote

Avon Veronical Tote

Bunch of new items launched at the eBoutique so check them out while getting yourself this mark. Back To The Tropics Shirt, you won’t be sorry.  AND add on the A Box for $10 because its “tropic like its hot.”

Pineapple Embroidery :)

Pineapple Embroidery 🙂

 

Copy Cat Look: Meghan Markle

Copy Cat Look:  Meghan Markle

Copy Cat Look: Meghan Markle

The Royal Wedding is coming up next weekend, and regardless if you’re a royal watcher or not, can’t argue that Meghan has style. Because I’ll take any reason to theme out my life, I decided this week I’ll pour my best cup of Earl Grey and channel my best London Looks. Meghan’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting look had me. I had to copy this look to the best of my ability with what I had in my closet.

Meghan Markle's Look (pinterest)

Meghan Markle’s Look (pinterest)

Word on Meghan’s Look:  Keys to this look are the pinstripe trench dress, black blazer over the shoulders, black strappy pumps, striped cross body bag and delicate jewelry.

My best recreation

My best recreation

What I had in my closet:  Mad Men for Banana Republic black and white striped dress, not quite a trench dress but same overall look with a cream base, black stripes and a longer length.  I love her blazer with the nautical gold buttons, but I only have 1 black blazer these days, a WHBM blazer with micro dots, still works.  For heels I have these old mark. ones with some strappy details and worked in some dainty jewelry pieces from Avon.  I think its super cute how she has the black and white striped cross body worn a little higher up, the best I could re-create this is with the mark. Summer Crush Crossbody, which gives it a little more California feel for my everyday.

WHBM Blazer over the shoulders

WHBM Blazer over the shoulders

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

Immittion is the greatest form of flattery right?  Either way, good style isn’t hard, you just have to copy cat it.  Find what you like in a picture, on tv, from my blog maybe and just re-create with what you have.  Maybe you’ll have to pick up an item or two, but that way you’re building a wardrobe with what you love, which is always ongoing.  I’ll be sipping some afternoon tea this week as we get closer to getting some eye candy from the Royal Wedding.  Can’t wait to see her dress!

 

California Cool

California Cool

California Cool

This Labor Day I’ll be celebrating 13 years as an Californian! I definitley have embraced the laid back sunny lifestyle, which is perfect because, I love the heat and the sun! As much as I loved my upbringing, I’m not headed back to PA except for a visit. As a transplant, it does give a different perspective, especially style wise. It allows me to bring in some east coast style to mix with that California cool which actually works well in NorCal. I still will always be a little more dressed up then most around me, and I don’t find flip flops as a dress shoe, but I do support white, brights and an easy take on the everyday. Recently mark. released a little Cali Vibes fashion capsule collection and this California girl definitely embraced it, but so did a lot of my friends! The pieces are easy to wear, which totally represents those Cali vibes. Let’s take a look how we’re all wearing and sharing them all over the U.S.!

Erica Gerlemann

Erica G., Missouri

 

Stephanie Cudney, New Jersey

Stephanie C., New Jersey

 

Grace Cosenza- Epstein, New York

Grace C- E., New York

 

Elizabeth K., Florida

Elizabeth K., Florida

 

Cheryl A., Southern California

Cheryl A., Southern California

 

Rebecca L., Arizonia

Rebecca L., Arizonia

 

Ann F., Pennsylvania

Ann F., Pennsylvania

 

Sam R., Nor Cal

Sam R., Nor Cal

The Beach Bound tank is a popular favorite, just an easy tank to wear.  I personally love the Hot As Summer Dress, its a really nice knit, almost a terry cotton.  But this whole collection is fun and perfect for summer, and extremely versatile!  Just look at everyone with different styles and looks all wearing each peice flaslessly!  What piece are you liking best!?

mark. Hot As Summer Dress

mark. Hot As Summer Dress

mark. High Tide Bodysuit

mark. High Tide Bodysuit

mark. High Waister Pant

mark. High Waister Pant

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. OnThe Boardwalk Platforms

mark. OnThe Boardwalk Platforms

mark. Cool as a Cluster and Beach Babe Earrings

mark. Cool as a Cluster and Beach Babe Earrings

I really see this entire collection being my wardrobe for Memorial Day!  Shop my favories and view the entire Cali Vibes line at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and if you’re adding an Eye Lift Pro get to it to ship for FREE with promo code EYELIFT (see previous post for more details)

Oh So Boho

Oh So BoHo

Spring always gets me willing be more boho.  Light and laid back, after winter I’m ready to adjust my looks and the mark. Floral Festival collection has me doing just that!  This collection is a little bit boho a lot a bit fun, perfect for spring!

mark. Slip On By Dress

Free your mind, and the rest will follow… This free flowing slip dress, mark. Slip On By Dress is one of those super easy pieces.  Throw and go.  Simple spaghetti straps and a hankerchief hemline.  I paired mine with a chambray button down, layered necklace, and mark. Oh So Boho Ring Set (last seen here) and the mark. A Cut Above Bootie (also seen in that link above.)

This dress’ print is a navy base with pops of pink, blush, purple in the different patterns vertically.  It also has the same floral print from the boho blouse I already have.  (see here).  Its very wearable especially for spring and summer.  But this outfit would work in early fall too!

A Cut Above Bootie and boho prints!

Printed all the way around!

I am not typically a boho kind of gal but the fresh weather swings things that way.  I love that mark.’s floral fantasy collection is boho that any gal can wear.  Also new with this collection is the sizing, mark. now caters to plus size, so xs-3x!  You can shop the collection and my look at my eBoutique!

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical Special Edition sails on with a look from the Avon Seaside Gardens collection (see here).  I just LOVED the cover look on the Avon brochure, so when deciding on what items to purchase I knew I was going to get that pencil skirt.  I opted to go with it in the gingham print, which is a huge trend this year (see it last here!).  Because I loved that cover look so much I decided to reacreate it my way.

My take on the Avon Cover Look

In my last post I said all you need is 4 items to update your spring with a nautical take, well I’m wearing all 4 of my items at once to recreate that cover look!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I already had a chambray button up so I didn’t need the ruffled Mia Shirt, but its certainly cute and pairs perfectly with the Melanie Pencil Skirt.  This skirt is forgiving!  It has stretch to it, hits at a flattering length, and is a nice thick material but not lined so perfect for spring/summer.

Chambray and Gingham

A pencil skirt and button up is an easy recipie to recreate, but its the accessories that make it fun!  These ankle wrap block heel sandals are super on trend, but the embelished detials and fun print make them mega unique and only $39.99!  The Cushion Walk Sandal with Embelishements come in 3 colors, including gingham so if you want just a pop of gingham this spring, the sandal is an EXCELLENT way to do it.

Gingham for Spring

From my last post you know I got this Veronica tote and Bag Charm Scarf and you can see why.  Its the perfect nautical bag to go with gingham!  Its the perfect spring bag, both functional and killer spring style.  Finishes off the look along with my mark. Beach Babe earrings and Avon Modern Elegance Pearl bangle set.

Veronica Tote and Scarf Bag Charm

Nautical accessories from Avon

mark. Beach Babe Earrings

This look definitley gives off that charming coastal town look, but also a cute spring wear to work outfit.  This gingham skirt would look just as cute with a white T-shirt and leather thongs come summer.  I think this Week O’Nautical special edition is an excellent idea with all these Seaside Gardens items 😉  Are you loving the gingham print this spring?

Seaside Gardens Look

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 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!

How To Wear A Spring Blouse For Work and Weekend

As spring approaches I’m ready to lighten up. Lighten up in fabrics, prints and in bulk. That’s why I’m all about versatile pieces like this mark. Floral Fantasy Tunic for both work and weekend! Let’s see it two ways this Wear and Share Wednesday!

For Work

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This blouse dresses up nicely!  For work I paired it with a navy trouser (White House Black Market), a structured tote (Kate Spade), nude pumps (Nine West) and a white druzy necklace (Avon Druzy Pendant).  Tucking the tunic in gives it a little more professional look, plus the neckline isn’t too low.  Pairing it with navy instead of my usual winter black changes things up just enough to feel spring worthy!

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For Weekend

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A spring tunic is the perfect dress down piece!  You look put together, of the season and comfortable.  I styled mine casually with a pair of lilac cords (Loft Outlet), taupe booties (mark. A Cut Above Booties) and turquoise jewelry (mark. Oh So Boho ring set and earrings).  This look is still weather appropriate for spring but with color, fresh fabrics and turquoise treats.

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Easily style this tunic two ways, and more!  I see this being just as cute with white denim jeans or your favorite pair of denim shorts or dressed up with a great pair of camel slacks or a pretty pencil skirt and under a classic navy blazer and dark denim!  Spring versatility at its finest!  You can shop my tunic, jewelry and booties at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and don’t for get to add the A Box only $10 with a $40 purchase!

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Best Of Beauty A Box