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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.

Avon Favs A Box and Online Promo Codes – $67 worth of product for $10

Here’s the inside scoop on what we’re currently coveting: a floral treasure, a pro-inspired eye lift and a game-changing day cream. We’re bringing some of our beauty faves together in the A Box for C16 — Avon Faves (product number 621-220). This A Box has some of our top sellers valued at $67 and you can get them all for only $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Simply add $40 worth of product to your cart, add the Avon Faves A Box and it’s price will auto adjust to $10 at checkout!

Our full-size top-selling eye treatment plus two try-it size beauty favorites:
• Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System, Each, .33 fl. oz.

Full Size Eye Lift Pro

Full Size Eye Lift Pro

• Anew Ultimate Multi-Performance Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Mini, .5 oz. net wt.

TSA Friendly Moisturizer!

TSA Friendly Moisturizer!

• Rare Pearls Eau de Parfum Travel Spray, .3 fl. oz.

Perfect Purse Size Spray!

Perfect Purse Size Spray!

 

Word of Alicia:  This box is worth it alone for the eye cream at $10!  Then add on 2 travel size mini’s perfect for summer vaca’s and you’ve got yourself a deal!  The Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System is one of our best sellers and the perfect eye cream for pretty much all skin types, all eye area concerns.  If you haven’t tried it yet try it now at this A Box price of only $10!

All the favs for only $10!

All the favs for only $10!

Avon Promo Codes:  Also going on are some pretty killer promo codes you can use along with the A Box deal!  You can only use one promo code per order.

This week (valid 7/16-7/22), customers can get a free Velvet Bath Bomb ($14 value) when they make a $50+ order on your online store and enter code JULY50 at checkout.

WELCOME10 – 10% off your first order over $40 or more

TAKE1O – 10% Off (one time use)

FREE Bath Bomb with a $50 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

FREE Bath Bomb with a $50 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Week O'Nautical - Style Trial

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Let’s give this style a trial for Week O’Nautical!  Today’s look comes from my Express Style Trial box! I’ve been wanting to try a clothes rental subscription for awhile and finally bit the bullet and tried the subscription rental offering from Express… think Rent the Runway only with Express.  I’ll do a full review on the whole experience after I get my 2nd box but until then this little jumpsuit number is a perfect piece for July!

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

The Express Stripe Square Neck Jumpsuit is super fun in red, black and white stripes with a culotte cropped leg.  It is a one and done kind of situation with easy pull on pull off for bathroom breaks.  It handled the summer hear really nicely too.  This one is currently on clearance too!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I thought it gave some Americana vibes so I really picked it out for this week.  I paired it with my black tortoise shell jewelry from Avon and some striped wedges for an elevated casual look.  I wore this to work but I work in a very relaxed dress code kind of place, but you could easily throw a black blazer or sweater over it or even a white collared blouse under it.

A Bit of that 90's Vibe

A Bit of that 90’s Vibe

Too keep it more functional I paired my mini black backpack the husband got me with it, perfect for trotting around BBQ’s and going to watch fireworks.  I wore my walkable wedges but this would look cute with a flat slide too (I have these ones in mind from Steve Madden at DSW)

Walking into the holiday weekend like...

Walking into the holiday weekend like…

You can shop this jumpsuit at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply — which probably means this 50% off sale going on until but check or check after the 4th.  For my Avon jewelry hit up my eBoutique that has free shipping on $25 today and tomorrow with promo code CELEBRATE

Makeup Look To Master: The Quickie

Makeup Look To Master: The Quickie

Makeup Look To Master: The Quickie

Even if you are not a perpetually late person like me, you need to master the quickie!  From my 5 makeup looks to master the quickie is the easiest and most necessary!  Need something you can quickly do to feel good and look good. Your quickie makeup look has to be quick and easy and with no-fail products!

Easy Breezy Word of Alicia

Easy Breezy Word of Alicia

I have a few of these quickie techniques that I rotate, based on scenario and what products I have at hand… aka what’s already in my purse, what’s on top of my makeup bag if I’m home, what activity I’m doing, going to work/going to the store/etc…  For this look I went with my lashes and lips technique.

Quick and Easy Makeup

Quick and Easy Makeup

On my face I just used concealer, concentrating on under eyes, around my nose and chin.  (I’m using a discontinued one so currently on the hunt for a new one, spam me with your favorites!)  I usually keep a mini blush in my purse right now its a mini Nars Laguna Bronzer and Orgasm Blush which I swirled together and lightly applied.  For eyes it’s just lots of mascara with the Avon Love at First Lash Mascara.  I kinda apply it messy so the transfer kinda darkens the lash line like a liner would.  And then seal the deal with a bright lipstick, Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit.  Quick and Easy.

Messy Mascara = Prentend Liner

Messy Mascara = Prentend Liner

It’s the bright bold lip that makes this looked so finished and polished.  If I have an ounce more of time and a good mirror I’ll do my eyeliner with my Avon SuperExtend Liquid Liner Pen (see review here).  Gets me closer to my Everyday Slay look.  Nice thing about being an Avon lady is I always have those little lipstick bullets in a pocket, drawer, bag, somewhere so I can get this quick look very easily.

Lip of the Day:  Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit

Lip of the Day: Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Dragonfruit

This is also the technique I used for my beach makeup, only I use a waterproof mascara and wear a tinted lip balm instead of lipstick and more bronzer than blush.  But real quick my earrings are from the Julia X Avon collection which is coming back to the outlet next week so be sure to check out http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger for them and for my Avon makeup products I used in this look!  Be sure to keep following along my 5 makeup looks to master series here on the blog because all these selfies have me like…

The Truth of Taking Selfies

The Truth of Taking Selfies

Makeup Look To Master: Everyday Slay

Makeup Look To Master:  Your Everyday Slay

Makeup Look To Master: Your Everyday Slay

The everyday makeup look is the hardest to perfect in my opinion, which is probably why mine is ever changing.  Not only do you need to find the best flattering shades, you also need to find the best formulas for your skin type and that work with your lifestyle… not to mention techniques and trends!  No one wants to look like they’re doing the same look they did when they first started wearing and experimenting with makeup.

First, determine what your everyday looks like.  What features you want to highlight, what products you like to use. Like for me, I like the look of a heavier eye and I don’t really like to wear foundation, so my look is going to be a more complicated eye look and a simpler face look.  For my lifestyle I need a look that works for my 9-5 that’s business casual, along with some after work and weekend casual actives.  Additionally, most of the year its super hot so I need something that doesn’t melt/sweat off and can handle my large pores.

My Go-To Everyday Makeup

My Go-To Everyday Makeup

Now that I’ve determined what my needs are, its time to slay!  I kid, I kid… I don’t slay I just like that it kinda rhymes… Anywho, I start with skincare straight out of the shower, a serum, eye cream and moisturizer.  Right now I’m using the Avon Anew Dual Elixir, the Anew Hydra Fusion Eye Serum and the Anew Ultimate Day Cream with SPF 25.

To battle my large pores and help battle the hot temps my face makeup starts with a primer, Ulta Poreless Face Primer.  Even though I said I don’t like foundation I’ve been wearing the Avon Magix Tinted Moisturizer in Light Medium.  It doesn’t feel like a foundation, or look like one, just blurs my imperfections and evens my skin tone all while looking natural.  Next, I follow up  with concealer under my eyes, on lids and on nose.  I use a fluffy brush and apply bronzer on the top of cheeks and forehead followed by blush on the apples of my cheeks.  Right now I’m using up my mark. Hooked Up Bronzer and been loving the Avon Blush Palette  from the spring.

Pinky Neutral Eyes and Liquid Liner

Pinky Neutral Eyes and Liquid Liner

For eyes, I stick to neutral pinks and taupes that are cool toned for my everyday.  Lately my go-to is a taupe shade in the transition area (from this holiday palette) and the Avon Glimmershadows in Rose Gold all over my lid and underneath.  From that same holiday palette I use a shimmery white to highlight my inner corners and brow bone.  I top it off with a winged eye using the Avon True Color SuperExtend Precise Liquid Liner in Black and Love and First Lash Mascara.  On my lips my everyday is some sort of balm or nourishing lipstick or oil, here I’m wearing some Burts Bee’s Lip Balm.

Just some side eye and RBF

Just some side eye and RBF

This is typically my everyday, all I do is tweak this look.  I tweak the eyeshadow colors and the lips most often.  Same eyeliner, same mascara, same blush/bronzer duo.  If I’m feeling really extra I’ll add a contour or highlight or maybe do my brows but for the most part this is it and easily re-createable even if you aren’t a liquid winged eyeliner fan, just swap in your fav black eyeliner (Glimmersticks are really easy to use!)

You can shop most of my go-to products that I used for this look at my eBoutique and today, June 6th, you can get FREE SHIPPING with a $25 order!  Perfect time to pick up some new makeup that are at lower price points.  I’d also suggest getting some Bug Guard as its on sale right now too!

This was a lot of words of/from alicia and very few and very similar pictures so if you read this entire post, kudos to you!

Week O’Nautical Wants

Week O'Nautical Wants

Week O’Nautical Wants

Week O’Nautical is year has fallen on a weird weather pattern, which is probably more in-line with the rest of the country’s weather normally.  Typical spring weather that can range from cool to warm rain to sun all in one day.  What I’ve found this year in figuring out what to wear is that I really want some nautical pieces that work for these gray days… more white bottoms than 1 pair of jeans, more layering pieces, and more beach sweaters.  I have a ton of looks pinned over on my Week O’Nautical board but I don’t have the supporting items to re-create them.  So, here’s what’s on my want list…

 

A Classic Navy Blazer with Gold Buttons – I kick myself for not taking advantage of that employee discount and getting one of these when I worked at Brooks Brothers, but young 20’s Alicia didn’t care about that…

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A White Dress Slack – I’ve had plenty of these throughout the years but none that fit at the moment.

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A Beach Sweater – Again, I’ve had variations of these in the past (see here) but time for an updated one. like the oversized striped ones that have been trending.

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Star Printed Jeans – I’ve had my eye on these plenty of times, basically since Stella McCartney’s went super popular, but never thought they fit in during my typical warm springs, and hot summers.  Boy was I wrong…

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Ralph Lauren Jumpsuit – This jumpsuit is just a fun pieces I’d wear in my fantasy life.

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Lucky for me Memorial Day Weekend is full of sales, especially on fashion, so maybe I should shop some sales!?  Are you shopping for anything good this weekend?

 

 

Week O’Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Week O'Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Week O’Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Nautical Details

Nautical Details

Things I love:  Week O’Nautical and Target collaborations!  So!  We’re kicking off WON 2019 with my Vineyard Vines for Target haul!  Half the fun of these collaborations is stalking your favorites pieces and hunting them down.  I was somehow able to hit up my local store on the day of the release to go stalk.  I ended up coming home with 2 dresses and a blanket.  All 3 pieces are super nautical, very preppy and obviously my 3 top picks from the collection.

Vineyard Vines for Target Haul

Vineyard Vines for Target Haul

I knew the fashion would be the first to blow out of stock so I zoned in on those first.  The white dress is a seersucker-like fabric with an adorable navy and white ribbon belt… which you know I’ll be re-using ;).  The navy and white striped pullover shift dress is so versatile, and I was really impressed with the quality.  It’s more of a material like you’d find on a golf shirt, and it has pockets!  It’s just a super easy piece for the summer.  I can wear to work, the golf course, the pool, the lake, you name it!

Wearing casually as a summer dress

Wearing casually as a summer dress

Wearing with a visit from Mom

Wearing with a visit from Mom

Wearing poolside over a swimsuit

Wearing poolside over a swimsuit

These Target collabs always do a good job on the home pieces, and if I had more budget, I would of come home with way more of it.  A red, white and blue blanket has been something I wanted to drape over my papasan chair to dress it up with some summer holiday decor.  I also really loved the wood trays and the whale hooks.  The tumblers are also a great little item if you just wanted something cute and practical.

Red White and Blue Throw Blanket

Red White and Blue Throw Blanket

I want to go back for the cute pet bandanas (which you’ll see all over IG if you search the hashtag #vineyardvinesfortarget).  I also really like that beach chair, and I’ve been wanting one for lake days.  It would also pair really well with that whale shaped pool float, which I also need a new one of.  So if I need these items anyways, why not get some exclusively cute ones from Target which are priced pretty darn well.

Vineyard Vines for Target

Vineyard Vines for Target

You can view the entire release on Target’s website and shop what’s still available.  If there’s something you have your eye on and is in my local store, hit me up, I’ll go get it for you 🙂  And just to refresh, Week O’Nautical is how I count down to our patriotic holidays, by wearing red white and blue all week in a nautical fashion… see previous posts and how loosely I follow this theme haha.

Pups like being nautical too!

Pups like being nautical too!

 

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Monday mornings are the worst.  It’s no secret I’m always late, always.  9/10 its because I don’t know what I want to wear and Monday’s seem to be the toughest.  Mondays are also setting the pace for the week, and seem to always include a meeting or two or three… so I need to dress for success!

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

My go-to items for when I need to look legit are Express blouses paired with some ankle pants.  It always looks polished and professional while still being on trend and fun.  When I can’t figure out what I want to wear and, as always, running late, this dynamic duo is what I always reach for as my work OOTD.  No matter what the activity is that day, or what spring weather throws at me, this duo is functional!

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Stripes work as a neutral for me, I tend to pair them with my basics to my colors.  I love this Express Striped Strappy Cross Front Large Button-Cuff Blouse.  I also have an Express Portofino Shirt in this same pattern, as well as an off-the shoulder version.  I can not “express” how much they level up my Monday morning’s get ready sesh.

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

For spring I LOVE pairing my ankle pants with pumps!  I’m wearing the Columnist ankle pants, which are the best fit for me, and mark pumps (old), but I’m loving these Elastic Cross Strap Snakeskin Print Heels!  Finished off with a statement hoop earring (Avon) and a clear bag for a fun desk to dinner look (mark., old – try the Express Yellow Trim Event Bag for the same look.)

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Express has always been my go-to for work wear, they outfit ambition.  Level up your Monday mornings with an Express blouse, I promise you, it will be a go-to!  You can use my ring code 8482 to get 15% off your order at Express.com (exclusions apply)

From Desk To Dinner

From Desk To Dinner – and everything in-between!

Style Secret:  I wear an Express Bra Cami under everything… all day every day.

#Expresslife

#Expresslife

Iconic 1967

Iconic Hessingers

Iconic Hessingers

1967 – an Iconic year!  If you didn’t know, the 60’s are kinda my spirit animal.  I love the fashion, the looks, the music, the spirit, just dig it all.  Maybe it has a little to do with my parents who were newlyweds and new parents at the age of 20.  I just loved looking at those vintage family pictures, spurred my infatuation.  When Avon showcased their Iconic Avon collection for Mother’s Day featuring inspiration from vintage Avon from 1967, I already knew I would be smitten!  Let’s take a look at that Iconic 1967 in some snapshots of the year, vintage Avon ads and to help feel the spirit of the 60’s I recreated a few of these Iconic 1967 looks!

Avon Iconic Jewelry Collection

Avon Iconic Jewelry Collection

Recreating With The Avon Pearly Earrings - comes in clip-on too!

Recreating With The Avon Pearly Earrings – comes in clip-on too!

1967 History Snapshot:  A little history, in 1967 we had the world’s first heart transplant and the first ATM!  The music scene was strong with Monterey International Pop Music Festival.  Times were shaken with strikes by US teaching staff throughout country for pay increases and with the Six Day War and Arab Forces attack Israel beginning the Yom Kippur War.   And have to note the first Super Bowl was played between Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs!

Limited Edition Avon Iconic Collection Beauty

Limited Edition Avon Iconic Collection Beauty

Recreating with Avon Iconic Lipstick in Natural Shimmer

Recreating with Avon Iconic Lipstick in Natural Shimmer

1967 Cost Snapshot:  
Average Cost of new house $14,250.00
Average Income per year $7,300.00
Average Monthly Rent $125.00
Gas per Gallon 33 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,750.00
Movie Ticket $1.25
Polaroid Camera History$50.00
Parker Pen Set $11.95
The Federal Minimum Wage is increased to $1.40 an hour

Avon Iconic Collection just in time for Mother's Day!

Avon Iconic Collection just in time for Mother’s Day!

Recreating with my best Blue Steel look ;)

Recreating with my best Blue Steel look 😉

Top 100 Songs in 1967:  Need a playlist for your Mother’s Day brunch, done!  Follow my playlist on Spotify and sing along because these songs are iconic.  1967 Spoitify Playlist.



 

Mom's The Balm Flavor Savor Lip Balm

Mom’s The Balm Flavor Savor Lip Balm

Iconic Avon Bubble Bath and Pear Magnolia

Iconic Avon Bubble Bath and Pear Magnolia

Shop Iconic 1967:  You can shop the Iconic Collection on my eBoutique here.  These would make gifts for mom’s!  Or to #treatyoself because its such a darling classic collection.  If you would like me to create an Iconic 1967 gift bundle basket for any of your Mother’s Day gifting, or spring gifts, reach out because I have some ready to ship and/or give!

Word on Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow

Word On Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow

Word On Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow

Word On Glimmershadows: Glimmer out loud with stay-all-day, high-impact sparkle eyeshadows. Brilliantly long-wearing shades combine the perfect mix of pearl and glitter for the look of incredibly lustrous eyes. No-smudge, no-crease shimmer glides on effortlessly and dries down smoothly for a sheer to dramatic gaze. Choose Glitter for a high-sparkle finish or Shimmer for a high-sheen finish. 0.7 fl. oz.

BENEFITS
• Buildable coverage can be layered for intense impact or blended out for a delicate effect
• Water resistant
• No crease
• No smudge
• No transfer
• Stay-all-day wear
• Minimal fallout
• Paraben-, Sulfate-, Phthalate-free

TO USE
Apply directly on clean skin and blend with applicator or fingertips. Allow to dry.
1. For subtle shimmer, dot eyeshadow along the eyelid and pat gently to blend.
2. For more impact, dab on additional layers.

Available in 8 shades!

Available in 8 shades!

Word of Alicia:  If you loved the mark. liquid shadows of yesteryear (mark. all time eye, see here) then you’ll love these!  Like me, I loved those mark ones especially in the summer for an eye that’s not overdone.  The formula is better, no creasing and stays all day, double the size and they’re glittery!  These aren’t quite on the same level as the Stila ones but those are $22 a pop and these are $5.99, so you do the math.  I picked up 4 shades, Rose Gold, Fool’s Gold, Jade and Peach Sapphire, all 4 I’m loving.  So much that I ordered two more shades!

Avon Glimmershadow in Rosegold Swatch

Avon Glimmershadow in Rosegold Swatch

Check Out That Shimmer and Glitter in Rose Gold

Check Out That Shimmer and Glitter in Rose Gold

How I’m Wearing the Glimmershadows:  After playing around with these new releases, I found my favorite way to apply them.  Because these are such a strong formula, I don’t need an eye primer, I start with using the doe foot applicator straight on the lid, all over, staying below the crease and running under my lower lash line as well.  I let those set, and curl my lashes with an eyelash curler.  Then, using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, I run a taupe shade in my crease and outer v (as you would a transition shade).  I then use a white eyeshadow on my inner corner and brow bone to brighten the eye.  Finish it of with my go-to cat eye liner, and a coat of black mascara.  I’ve literally done this with each of the 4 shades and it slay’s all day!  They look put together, and make my eyes pop!

How I'm Wearing The Glimmershadows

How I’m Wearing The Glimmershadows

I’m wearing the Rose Gold shade in this post and the Peach Sapphire shade in this post.  You can shop the Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow for $5.99 online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger