Working Girl Wardrobe

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O'Nautical:  The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

This nautical trench coat is a bit of a unicorn item for me.  With the weather we’ve been having its kind of the perfect piece for a spring layer.  It is functional and seasonal and also classic in style with a classic nautical look in navy and white stripes.

My Unicorn Coat

My Unicorn Coat

Lets go back a few years when Cabi released this beautiful navy and striped trench coat. It was out of my budget and not the most practical purchase for me especially at a higher cost. I live in Nor Cal where coat weather is pretty much only Nov – Feb… and let me tell you I already have a billion coats. So I stalked it.  And stalked it.  And stalked it and wish I had it.  THEN I saw Express release their version, but again at a higher price than I wanted to spend on another coat I don’t need.  I had a great black trench coat from Express that Nicki found me on clearance back during the working at the mall, Elder Beerman days.  Probably like 2001 and that guy lasted me a good 15 years or more.  So when this striped version went on clearance and I was able to get it for pennies on the dollar I swooped it.  That was also in July so it hasn’t even been worn until this spring!  And now, my unicorn coat is home where it belongs, getting its full exposure on Week O’Nautical.

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Even living in a climate where coats are super necessary this is still a style that should be a staple.  Come spring we’re all ready to leave all the black and grays of winter behind.  And hey, San Francisco is only a car ride away and I’ll always need a jacket there!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

My OOTD is basically this Week O’Nautical look all over again, gold sweater and white jeans.  My sweater is also from Express circa early 2000’s and my jeans are some random brand from Marshalls.  Slides are Calvin Klein from Nordstrom’s Rack… and I’m loving them with white jeans!

I love gooooooold!

I love gooooooold!

Pop ya collar!

Pop ya collar!

You might remember I also wore this trench over my spring dress here, for another look at its versatility.  I found quite a few of this exact jacket on Poshmark and Ebay but I’m also loving this BCBG one and this Rachael Roy one.  I’m hoping I can pack this puppy away soon, but it has been my must have go-to this week!

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

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

Wardrobe Blue Print: Spring Layers

Wardrobe Blue Print:  Spring Layers

Wardrobe Blue Print: Spring Layers

Happy First Day of Spring!  And just like that, as we hit the daylight savings day switch, it feels like spring.  The cold and rain here seems to of given way for some warm sun this week and those longer days feel so nice and energetic! But with spring comes spring fashion that needs to be just as energetic but also functional, as the afternoon sun warms things the cold night still keep things chilly.  So I’m following the blue print for spring fashion:  spring layers.

Layering Spring Dresses and Moto Jackets

Layering Spring Dresses and Moto Jackets

So is mark.’s spring fashion release:  Follow the blue print this season with denim pieces, touches of turquoise and indigo florals.  Dance through a field of flowers in the peasant-style dress as you let your style bloom this season.

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

I’m layering the mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress with the mark. Denim Day Moto Jacket, with some cognac wedge boots (Shoedazzle) and the mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet and Earrings (last seen here).

Long sleeved spring dress with prairie prints and details!

Long sleeved spring dress with prairie prints and details!

Toughen up a peasant style dress with a denim moto jacket.

Toughen up a peasant style dress with a denim moto jacket.

This denim moto jacket was super comfy to wear all day like a layer not just a jacket.  It has good stretch in it and is a deep solid indigo.  I was in a sweater rut and just like the rest of us ready for something new and fresh.  When that afternoon sun hit I took it off and the long sleeve dress worked perfectly.

Denim, Florals and Turquoise

Denim, Florals and Turquoise:  mark. Denim Day Moto Jacket

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

Come spring I’m always excited to pick up a few new spring dresses.  I love that this one is on a blue base and has long sleeves, which makes a nice addition to my wardrobe.  I’m REALLY excited adding this denim moto jacket too.  I’m about to layer like a mo fo!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

You can shop my look and the full spring collection from mark. at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Also this month, if you place a $50 order online you’ll get a coupon for 20% off in April, so that’s a win!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Lovelies!  It’s always a little tough when it falls on a weekday but I still take any reason to theme out my day. We’re just going to a good steak dinner after work so I need a desk to dinner date night look.

Valentine's Day Desk to Dinner Look

Valentine’s Day Desk to Dinner Look

Wearing:  Black Beaded Blouse, WHBM; Black Jeans, Old Navy; Red Booties, Marc Fisher.

Valentine's Day Look

Valentine’s Day Look

I went with a pretty blouse, black jeans and a pop of red this year.  It was functional for all I had to get done today but also translates well to date night.  Added on my Avon Heart Hoop Earrings and Heart Ring along with my red booties and its a lovely V-Day look.

Berry Lips and Beaded Blouse

Berry Lips and Beaded Blouse

Lip Of The Day:  I’m wearing a matte berry lip from the Avon Valentine’s Day Limited Edition Collection (see here) but its extremely similar to Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Wild Cherry.  These matte lipsticks last and last.  I put it on at like 11am and it lasted to post V-Day dinner!  The 5 for $20 Lipmania ends Monday at http:www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What To Wear: Flirting With Spring

What To Wear: Flirting With Spring

What To Wear: Flirting With Spring

It’s still winter. It still feels like winter. It still looks like winter. I’m over winter, and ready to flirt with spring. Which means I need wear-now styles with wear-later trends. Luckily I recruited Linda to help us flirt with spring with some appropriate long sleeved spring dress styles!

Alicia’s Look:

Lemony Fresh in the Avon Jenny Dress

Lemony Fresh in the Avon Jenny Dress

I’m flirting with fresh spring colors and cutouts.  I’m a lover of all things lemon so I knew I needed this lemon dress with split sleeves and keyhole detail, the Avon Jenny Dress.  It’s so bright and cheery even on a gray and dreary day.  I belted the dress and bloused it over the belt to give it a better shape for my body.  Of course I had to add the Avon Sunny Days Strap Watch for that extra punch.  My earrings are also lemons but from last year, but you can get the similar look with these!  Because it is still winter, I needed to layer this dress with tights and boots, but not your typical black, but with navy!  What I also love about these tights are how comfortable they are, these Avon 2 pack Opaque Tights come 1 navy 1 black.  Perfect!

Navy Winter Accessories

Navy Winter Accessories

Running away from Winter like....

Running away from Winter like….

Linda’s Look:

Avon Betty Dress

Avon Betty Dress

Linda’s flirting with spring prints and details.  Linda took advantage of those sunny days and went with bare legs and pumps.  Nothing flirts with spring more than a fresh dress and bare legs.  The fun black and white print on this Avon Betty Dress works in every season.  The sleeve detail of piping and cutouts gives it a little extra flirty peek while still being easy to wear.  Plus, an easy to wear dress that’s a 1 and done kind of style is what we all need.  Pop on your favorite spring lip color and DONE!

Feeling spring with sunny days and bare legs!

Feeling spring with sunny days and bare legs!

Lip of The Day:  On Alicia Avon Glimmersticks Liner in Au Natural with Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Peony Blue and on Lina Avon True Color Lip Glow Lip Gloss in Grandeur.  All lip products are still on sale during the Lipmania event, 5 for $20!  (see more here) Get ready to flirt with spring by switching up to a spring lip color.

Lip Of The Day: Avon Glimmersticks Liner in Au Natural with Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Peony Blush

Lip Of The Day: Avon Glimmersticks Liner in Au Natural with Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Peony Blush

You can shop both Linda’s and I’s look and our lip colors at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

 

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!

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

Week O’Nautical: Lemons

Week O'Nautical: Lemons

Week O’Nautical: Lemons

Guess what today is, National Lemon Day! And it’s Week O’Nautical…. guess that means a lemony fresh take on a nautical OOTD! I’m a huge fan of lemons, not just as food, garnish, flavor, etc but also in design and aesthetic. So today is totally a me day haha!

Currently crushing on all things yellow!

Currently crushing on all things yellow!

I’ve been obsessed with yellow lately and I don’t see that going away come fall. For late summer it’s a great color, and this linen yellow dress from Target has been a go to.  I love the fit and the ruffle sleeves are mega fun and unexpected.  I’ve worn this dress accessorized so many ways, with black accents, with colorful accents, with gold accents, and now with lemon and nautical accents!

Lemon Necklace, kinda perfect!

Lemon Necklace, kinda perfect!

Lemon Earrings, kinda perfect too!

Lemon Earrings, kinda perfect too!

For National Lemon Day I added this lemon necklace and lemon earrings from Avon, which could not be more perfect.  To take it a little nautical I added those navy and white striped mules also from Avon (last seen here) and a navy tote (Coach) with nautical print scarf (Avon) tied to it.  Bracelets and Red Supreme lips also from Avon, watch Movado (a new birthday prezzy!)

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents

I also wore my lemon and basil Avon Senses bath and body collection today which is an ALL TIME FAV!  And its all marked down to clearance so swoop it here:  https://www.avon.com/search/lemon?rep=aliciahessinger

Mellow Yellow Nautical

Mellow Yellow Nautical

Week O'Nautical Lemon Look

Week O’Nautical Lemon Look – Happy National Lemons Day!

Only a few more days until that long Labor Day Weekend!  You can make it!