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Easy Street

Easy Street

Easy Street

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us, January is set to easy mode. Time to reload and refresh. The new year brings its own set of challenges but getting ready doesn’t have to be one of them. Especially during these back to work weeks post holidays… ugh. As we get back to the grind I needed to make things easy.

Easy January Outfit

Easy January Outfit

I picked up a few easy, go with everything pieces from the new Avon Go Easy Capsule collection, including this 4 pack Tee Shirt set, go with everything lucite earrings and a winter soft colored handbag to switch out of my holiday bag.  All these items are go-with-everything kind of pieces that make getting ready super easy.

Avon Modern Zen T Shirt

Avon Modern Zen T Shirt

Currently Crushing on Shades of Purple

Currently Crushing on Shades of Purple

For my easy back to work look I paired the cream tee with some pinstripe pull on pants (Express) and a lilac cardigan (Target and on Clearance).  Super comfortable and casual but still put together, easy for transitioning back to work.  To make things even easier I wore my flat riding boots (DSW but these ones from the collection are getting FAB reviews).

Riding Boots For Easy Footwear

Riding Boots For Easy Footwear

Switched to my January bag, the Avon Hobo Bonded Leather Bag

Switched to my January bag, the Avon Hobo Bonded Leather Bag

For jewelry lately I’ve been reaching for super simple go with everything easy pieces.  These Avon Modern Shapes Earrings are still interesting but so easy to wear, and look great paired with my go-to Cosmic Constellation Necklace (in Leo) and friendship bracelet (in and out of the eBoutique).

Easy Go With Everything Jewelry from Avon

Easy Go With Everything Jewelry from Avon

Pretty Lucite Earrings from Avon

Pretty Lucite Earrings from Avon

Word of Alicia:  I’m kinda over the moon about these Avon Modern Zen tee’s.  They come in 4 must have shades, cream, black, navy and slate purple which are super cool and on trend.  Excellent layering pieces with a longer line so you can wear them a lot of ways.  They can be dressed up or down or even for the gym.  Just something WELL worth your money.  I’m also over the moon about the Cosmic Constellation Necklace, it seriously is my everyday and just SO PRETTY.  Can layer it with other necklaces or wear a lone, can be casual, business, fun, you name it.  Definitely easy pieces and work with my look and will work with so many looks, so good they needed and extra call out.

Walking on Easy Street With an Easy OOTD

Walking on Easy Street With an Easy OOTD

Shop the Go Easy collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Holiday Hangover

Holiday Hangover

Holiday Hangover

I’m a keep my holiday going till after the New Years kind of person so now that I’m on Christmas vacation I’m kinda in a holiday hangover. Don’t really know what day it is, what I have done, what I need to do before year end, but I do know there are a lot of blog posts I never got around to in Dec. so here’s a little re-cap of the things I meant to post…

 

PJ Party for 2

Tammy and I in our Avon PJs

Tammy and I in our Avon PJs

Christmas Eve is spent at my sister’s.  We go to Christmas Eve service then head over for her formal dinner which usually always includes lots of pictures, fun and cheesecake.  This year Avon had some really fun and festive holiday jammies so we got in the spirit early.

Holiday Plaid is my jam!

Holiday Plaid is my jam!

Pink and flamingos are Tammy's jam!

Pink and flamingos are Tammy’s jam!

PJ Party for 2!

PJ Party for 2!

 

Perfect Red Dress

Little Red Dress

Little Red Dress

This perfect red dress is what I wore for Christmas Eve.  Since it is now winter changed it up and paired it with tights and some lace up patent leather pumps (mark., old) and a pretty rhinestone bow belt (WHBM).  I felt very Mrs. Clause in it which was very appropriate.  I meant to have it hemmed, but never got around to it.  Maybe for Valentine’s day make it more fun and flirty.

Satin Bow Sleeve Detail

Satin Bow Sleeve Detail

When in doubt, wear red.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

 

First Day Of Winter

Icy Hues on Winter Solstice

Icy Hues on Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice had me feeling the icy vibes with silver gray and light blues.  This fun sequin reindeer sweater (Avon) was a simpler way to be festive.  I really liked it paired with my boot skirt (WHBM) and OTK mushroom gray boots (Shoedazzle).

Avon Sequin Reindeer Sweater

Avon Sequin Reindeer Sweater

First Day of Winter

First Day of Winter

Festive green baubles for the win

Festive green baubles for the win

I may not of got around to doing full posts on these but they did hit the IG stories so if you aren’t already then follow me over at www.instagram.com/wordofalicia PLUS I am doing a little giveaway so even more reason!  Some of these items are still available but there’s a bunch of new arrivals over at the eBoutique, http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Giveaways on IG, SCORE!

Giveaways on IG, SCORE!

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!

Girl’s Night Out Sweater… Or Girl’s Night In… Or Just Anytime Sweater

Girl's Night Out Sweater... Or Girl's Night In... Or Just Anytime Sweater

Girl’s Night Out Sweater… Or Girl’s Night In… Or Just Anytime Sweater

It’s sweater weather finally! Well, I mean, in Nor Cal at least. That’s the problem, when sweaters all launch in September it’s still 100 degrees here and my money is not going toward a sweater that I’m not going to wear for 3 months. When sweater weather finally hits, most of the good ones are low stock, like this mark. Girl’s Night Out Sweater. My normal size Small and XS were sold out so I grabbed this guy in a Med. Which is now sold out too! Only XL and 2x but its SO COZY its worth a blog post.

mark. Girls Night Out Sweater

mark. Girls Night Out Sweater

Wearing a size bigger for an oversized look

Wearing a size bigger for an oversized look

Mega Cozy and Comfy

Mega Cozy and Comfy

I think this style is one you can kinda wear a size too big or even a size smaller so if a XL or a 2X would work for you, grab it!  We had some chilly weather and this guy kept me warm and cozy all day long.  Plus, it brightened up my day with the fun colors and unique pattern and texture.

Winter Uniform:  Sweater, Leggings, Boots!

Winter Uniform: Sweater, Leggings, Boots!

I paired the mark. Girl’s Night Out sweater with a pair of basic black leggings and my new favorite bootie, these blue velvet lace up ones from Shoedazzle.

Shoedazzle Brady Bootie

Shoedazzle Brady Bootie

Blue Velvet Making Casual A Little Glam

Blue Velvet Making Casual A Little Glam

I’m also wearing the new Avon x Julia collection with the Julia Teardrop Ring and Julia Teardrop Earrings.  (Keep an eye out for my feature on this!)

Avon x Julia Jewelry Collection (Teardrop Ring and Statement Earrings)

Avon x Julia Jewelry Collection (Teardrop Ring and Statement Earrings)

Julia Teardrop Ring

Julia Teardrop Ring

As the winter weather plagues on I’ll be staying cozy in this pairing, no doubt!  You can shop mark. and more sweaters at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Be sure to check out the Avon x Julia collection, take advantage of the 12 Days and Deals and add on your A Box!  Man, so much awesomeness going on at the eBoutique!

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You're Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

I don’t host Thanksgiving but I do host a Friendsgiving before the big turkey day! The difference between planning what to wear when your attending (see here) vs when you’re hosting is all about being strategic for function and time. We all know when you host, you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off, and getting ready is usually what suffers.

Festive and Functional

Festive and Functional

Word Of Alicia on what to wear:  Start the day off with solid black leggings, ones that are more like work out material than a knit.  That way they easily dust/wipe/lint roll off anything you get on them while prepping.  Wear a t-shirt during prep time then switch to a short sleeve party top as the time gets closer.   A short sleeve top because you don’t want to pushing your sleeves up while you are cooking and cleaning, and you’ll probably be warm from running around.

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

This year I’m all about that luxe velvet, so I’m suggesting the Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse.  You can still get this one by ordering direct from me or backordering it from campaign 23 (product #’s at the bottom of this post).  But I would also suggest the mark. Get Ruffled Up Top!

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

As the hostess you’ll be doing a lot of the work so bracelets and rings aren’t really functional, I suggest going with a statement necklace or earring.  I decided to wear with this a black velvet and crystal choker necklace with some crystal earrings.

Festive Friends

Festive Friends

I am a no shoes house so why would I wear shoes and break this rule?  I opted for a sparkly slipper instead!  Mine are from last year but Avon currently as some SUPER cute ones this year.  My last little trick is to go with your quick updo.  Keeps the hair out of the face while prepping but looks chic while hosting.

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

I hope everyone has a fun and festive Thanksgiving, and cheers to the holiday season!

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills with buying butters shipped like a turkey haha

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills by buying butter shaped like a turkey haha!

Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse Product Numbers:  S 800-800; M 800-829; L800-867; XL 801-017; 1X 801-605; 2X 801-753; 3X 802-711

Back order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger by going to order by product number (top right) then select campaign 23 and add in the appropriate product number.  Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You’re Attending

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You Are Attending

What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You Are Attending

Are you hosting or attending a Thanksgiving dinner this year? If you are an easy going attendee then picking out an outfit is a little more fun and less strategic. My suggestion, the ever so popular sweater dress! It looks polished, put together but is oh so cozy and comfy. My pick is the Avon Elena Sweater Dress.

Avon Elena Sweater Dress $39.99

Avon Elena Sweater Dress $39.99

Why is the Elena Sweater Dress my pick?  Well, first off its black so instantly chic, and flattering. Its also a straight fitting shape, not tight so you can eat and sit and lounge and still be totally fine.  Like I said, it’s cozy and comfy and that’s what fall is all about!  It’s also $39.99 so super affordable.

Cute and Comfy Sweater Dress

Cute and Comfy Sweater Dress

Embellished Details

Embellished Details

Plus the Elena Sweater Dress comes pre-glammed with these fun rhinestone details.  No necklace required!  Just layer on some cute bracelets like these Avon Pearly Jet Stretch Bracelets.  I also added the Avon Sterling Silver Onyx rings for a little more glam.

Easy Thanksgiving Look

Easy Thanksgiving Look

Avon Pearly Jet Bracelet and mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint

Avon Pearly Jet Bracelet, Sterling Silver Onyx Rings and mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint

To make it holiday ready I really like it paired with these Marc Fisher red booties and red plaid bag from Guess.  Of course it needed to be paired with a mega shiny red lip, the mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint in Glamour.  What I like about the lip paint for Thanksgiving is it has some serious staying power and is a bright red.

Pops of Red for Holiday Feels

Pops of Red for Holiday Feels

You can shop my dress, jewelry and lip paint at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to use code SAVEBIG and get 20% off your entire order, plus free shipping.  While you’re at it you might as well add on that A Box!

Eat Drink and Give Thanks!

Eat Drink and Give Thanks!

Clearance Find: Wanderlust

Clearance Find:  Wanderlust

Clearance Find: Wanderlust

Guess being a procrastinator pays off.  If you saw on my IG Stories (@wordofalicia) for Wear and Share Wednesday I featured the mark. Printed Dreams Dress, which is now on clearance for $26.99!  Good thing this wanderlust look is just as cute in fall as it is in late summer!

mark. Printed Dreams Dress NOW $26.99

mark. Printed Dreams Dress NOW $26.99

Late Summer Style

Late Summer Style

For late summer I styled it with a teal bow belt (WHBM) and teal espadrille sandals (mark.)  However for fall I’ve worn it with booties and a denim jacket.  I can see this being just as cute with OTK (over the knee) or tall boots and a cozy sweater under your jacket for even cooler days.  This would make a cute Thanksgiving look too!

Fall Style

Fall Style

I’m also wearing the jewelry from the mark. wanderlust collection which is currently unavailable but DM me if you want me to hunt it down for you.

mark. Jewelry

mark. Jewelry

Vintage mark. Accessories

Vintage mark. Accessories

For $26.99 this is a really great deal on a dress that really can work year round layered with the right pieces.  Plus the blue is a really pretty shade with a fun print.

At $26.99 Well Worth It

At $26.99 Well Worth It

Shop the mark. Printed Dreams dress at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to hit a $40 order and add on the Merry and Bright A Box for only $10 (great for a gift see here) and you’ll also get free shipping!

Meet Mademoiselle Mistie

Meet Mademoiselle Mistie!  She’s the darling face of the real representatives you see on the cover of the Avon Brochure and modeling our Fall For Paris collection.  I first “met” Mistie in the bloggersphere as a fellow WordPress blogger stalking and liking each others posts.  You can follow her blog, Mistie’s Musing’s, here!  Mistie has a keen sense of style since day one, which you can see if you follow her live vids, etc… I’m always getting ideas from her, especially as a fellow hot weather resident she gives great reviews!  That is why its no surprise I asked her for a little commentary on the Fall For Paris fashion collection she so exclusively got to be a part of.

Meet Madelmoiselle Mistie


 

On her favorite look from the collection:  “When I very 1st got to the shoot they put me in this outfit and I absolutely fell in love with it! I’m a big lover of graphic tees and this one super comfy & super chic! Unfortunately I wasn’t photographed in it, but Julie was and it looks amazing on her!!”

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Mistie's Fav Look From The Fall For Paris Collection

Mistie’s Fav Look From The Fall For Paris Collection

Another favorite of Mistie’s are these Avon Brianna Tee’s from the Fall For Paris collection:

You can read all about Misitie’s New Your Fashion Shoot Experience over at her blog and see more behind the scenes, fashion favorites and what an Avon Fashion shoot is really like!

To shop the looks seen on Mistie and the complete Fall for Paris line head over to the eBoutique!

Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?

Week O’Nautical: Sail

Week O'Nautical - Sail

Week O’Nautical – Sail

Week O’Nautical sails on, like literally with sail boats.  I’m counting down to the long Labor Day weekend with a little nautical take on patriotic red white and blue.  What is more nautical than sail boats!?  I picked this Avon Lucy Dress on clearance and it couldn’t be more perfect!

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

For this nautical look it pulls a little retro so that def calls for some peep toe pumps (Guess) and some nautical jewelry (Avon).  I even tied the matching print scarf (Avon) to my navy and white tote (Coach).

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Sail Boat Print

Sail Boat Print

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

Not only is this Lucy Dress on clearance (in limited sizes) so are my go-to summer earrings the Avon Seaside Stripes Triple Ball Earrings!  Good thing with Labor Day is all the good summer goodies are on clearance and here in Nor Cal its still hot through October.  And at $7.99 I really suggest these super on trend earrings.  You can shop the Labor Day Sale at my eboutique now.

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale