Working Girl Wardrobe

My Favorite Fall Outfit

My Favorite Fall Outfit

My Favorite Fall Outfit

Hello November! Halloween is always the switch here in Nor Cal. It’s now for sure fall. Seriously last week I was so hot I still had to pull my sleeveless tops out again. However, it did lead me to my favorite fall outfit. This combo from Banana Republic Factory:  Sweater dress + Felt Hat + Ruana + Mules

Banana Republic Factory Ribbed Midi Sweater Dress

Banana Republic Factory Ribbed Midi Sweater Dress

This ribbed sleeveless midi dress is so easy to wear for fall.  It’s comfortable, flattering, the perfect weight and extremely versatile.  A few fall accessories and I have my perfect fall look.  I liked it so much that I got it in both black and tan!  Both are the perfect fall colors.  *sidenote I’m linking the petite but I’m wearing a regular.

Black and Tan For Fall

Black and Tan For Fall

Fall Jewelry from Avon

Fall Jewelry from Avon

Pop of Plaid with a reversible poncho from BR Factory

Pop of Plaid with a reversible poncho from BR Factory

What makes this look so fall friendly are the accessories.  The hat is from Amazon, which for the price, an excellent find and its adjustable to fit multiple head sizes.  The ruana, or poncho as they call it, is from Banana Republic Factory too.  It is the perfect combination of fall neutrals in a plaid which reverses to my favorite print, black and white houndstooth.  It’s also so soft and cozy so as weather transitions, or for cooler mornings, or cooler offices, this guy was my GO-TO in Sept and Oct.  I liked it so much I might of got a few for gifts. Actually, this ruana and felt hat combo would make and excellent pairing for a Christmas gift.  Especially for someone you really don’t know their size in clothes but you still want to get them something fashionable.

Dynamic duo for fall - and a great gift idea!

Dynamic duo for fall – and a great gift idea!

Also wearing my favorite nude mules, Calvin Klein, my go-to fall camel tote from Michael Kors (found at TJ Maxxx),fall jewelry from Avon and my fall favorite lip, Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Delicate Date.

Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Delicate Date

Avon Nourishing Lipstick in Delicate Date

Lip of The Day - errr season - Delicate Date

Lip of The Day – errr season – Delicate Date

This has been my favorite fall outfit, not only this black version but also in the tan.  I wear the same accessories and just reverse the ruana for a completely new look!  You could definitely warm this up for cooler temps with a denim jacket, cozy cardigan sweater, or even a turtleneck underneath the dress.  The ruana/poncho is really warm too so if you belted it and treated it more like a cardigan sweater you’d be plenty warm.  Also, instead of mules switch into your favorite tall boots and done!  I’ll be wearing this all fall and winter I’m sure.

All The Fall Feels

All The Fall Feels

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, animal prints are a huge trend right now. They were hot in the summer and even hotter for fall. You’ll see some sort of version at pretty much every retailer. The thing with animal prints, they’re kinda are always in, just how you wear them fluctuates. Which means now is a great time to get some pieces that will be super trendy now but also last in your wardrobe for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to shop and wear the trend:

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Leopard: A leopard piece is the way to go If you don’t really think yourself as trendy but you like the trends.  Or, if you’re someone who hates the trend when they first come out, but then end up liking it once you see it all over (guilty!).  Leopard works really well for fall because its already set in fall colors with the browns, taupes, blacks and creams.  I suggest finding a leopard blouse in a soft flowy material.  You can dress up a pair of jeans or wear it with some white shorts for a late summer look.   Come actual fall pair with a boyfriend cardigan or with your fav moto/leather/jean jacket for a cool girl appeal.  A leopard blouse always works well for workwear too.  Be trendy by pairing it with a tie waist cropped pant in blush.  Once this of the moment trend dies down a leopard blouse will still work well in your closet especially if you’re just pairing it with a black pant/skirt for work or a dark denim for casual wear.  If you want something a little more trendy the oversized leopard print cardigans are huge!  Nordstrom’s version sold out but the one on Amazon everyone is grabbing.  I also really like the black and cream/white leopard prints as a take that not everyone is wearing…

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet - Express; Mules - Calvin Klein

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet – Express; Mules – Calvin Klein

 

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin:  Now snakeskin is like the uber-trendy trend right now.  So if you want to be in, then snakeskin it is.  You’ll see snakeskin right now in everything… I mean everything!  From trench coats to shoes to bags to joggers… snakeskin everything!  But, because of this, you can find some really cool pieces, like a red snakeskin printed bodysuit I picked up from Express which is a total fun twist on the trend.  What I recommend shopping for though, is a pair of snakeskin boots!  These are something that will work in your wardrobe for years to come!  For you regular trendy people, get an ankle boot.  Wear it with white jeans and a white tank for a wear now look and then wear it with black jeans and a black tee come actual fall.  For you super trendy folks, get a pair of tall OTK snakeskin boots! Wear them with a t-shirt dress or a band graphic tee and shorts for a late summer look.  Come fall pair them with a sweater dress and a trench or the classic leggings/tee/jacket combo.  Even wear them with a pencil skirt for a wear to work look.  For the not-so-trendy shop for a pair of snakeskin flat mules or loafers.  Just a pop of snakeskin that keeps you on trend but not by too much and a style you can wear to work to running errands to casual outings.

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties ;)

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties 😉

 

Zebra Print

Zebra Print

Zebra:  If you don’t want to be wearing the same trend as every girl on IG then zebra is the way to go.  Just as in as leopard/snakeskin but a little different, and a little harder to find so you’ll stand out in a different way.  If you want to be even more mega trendy, pattern mix it with other animal prints, I especially like it with a tiger print or giraffe print.  Right now shop for a slinky midi skirt in a zebra print.  The leopard version is all over the place, but a zebra print is a more unique alternative.  It’s really wearable and on trend with just a white tee and sneakers, but I would wear it with heels… you know me.  Come fall, throw on a denim jacket for weekend, a cardigan for work, or a leather jacket and black heels for a night out.  This Ann Taylor Zebra Print Skirt, it’s the perfect transitional piece plus it’s one you could wear 10 years ago and one you could wear in 10 more years.  With all these animal print pieces a nice fabric in a sophisticated style will allow you to get more wear out of the pieces for years to come.

Tee/Layered Necklaces - Avon; Skirt - Ann Taylor; Sandals - Marshall's

Tee/Layered Necklaces – Avon; Skirt – Ann Taylor; Sandals – Marshall’s

Fun fact about me, zebra’s are my favorite animal.  With that being said, I don’t really like a zebra print unless its done extremely tasteful.   That’s the trick to wearing animal print find it in luxe fabrics and fits that will read classy not trashy and then have fun with it with what you pair it with.  Now they become pieces that last beyond the trend!  What animal print pieces do you have your eye on?

PS:  I have a great neutral makeup look that works with all these looks, and transitions into the fall.  If you want to see more leave me a comment!

Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Week O'Nautical - White Hot August

Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Things about me:  I love any reason to theme out my day.  I love August aka the birthday month.  This year I themed out my August as white hot.  What does that entail you ask?  Buying and wearing white things.  It all started with my hunt for a new purse and coming across this white MK bag at the beginning of the month… on clearance at Marshalls!  I decided there it was going to be a #whitehotaugust!  I’ve been wearing my whitest of whites, painting my nails white, even obsessing over my new white and black new car interior.  So when I was shopping for birthday outfits I ordered this white dress, however my plans didn’t really involve activities functional for a dress.  Now that it’s Week O’Nautical I have the chance to take this LWD out for a spin as we count down to LDW!

White on White

White on White

Birthday Treats!

Birthday Treats!

White before Labor Day

White before Labor Day

Dress:  Amazon;  Necklace:  Avon (old but this one would look just as cute and is buy one get one free!); Bracelet – gifted by my sister; Ringmark. old but this one works too!); Sandals – Sam Edelman (last yr’s but these are the same vibe); SunglassesMichael Kors.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Obsessories.

Obsessories.

Maybe because its been 100 degrees out but I’ve been wearing flat slide sandals like its my job!  I’ve just not been feeling the heels lately… who am I?!?  Good thing a good LWD works so many ways, heels/flats/sandals/booties you name it goes.  A LWD will always be a year round item for me but I’m maximizing them before Labor Day for Week O’Nautical and it’s been white hot!

LWD for LDW - see what I did there ;)

LWD for LDW – see what I did there 😉

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O'Nautical - Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical is here for the short work week!  I’m counting down to the long weekend by theme-ing out my life in all things red white and blue with a loose – and I do mean loose – nautical vibe.  Last time, Memorial Week O’Nautical was all about the blues, but this 4th of July week we’re all about the red! Starting it all off with a Little Red Dress!

Red Dress For A Short Work Week

Little Red Dress – the Avon Myrna Dress

This little red dress was from the spring release via Avon which you might of seen me share on IG, but from the moment I ordered it I had nothing but Week O’Nautical OOTD thoughts on it.  A good red dress is a must in my closet.  I like this one because its off the shoulder which I love, even if I have to layer it with a bodysuit.  Its also lightweight, stretchy, kinda loose, kinda fitted and packable so perfect for summer trips!

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

For work I paired this with some nautical block heeled sandals (last seen here), a gold cuff and white hoop earrings all from Avon.  My bag is my new summer bag! I scored on a good deal on it at Marshall’s.  This Michael Kors metallic gold canvas bag with rope straps is the PERFECT for Week O’Nautical bag!  This is such a great summer work bag and I’m very pleased I found this gem.

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Nautical Details for today's WON OOTD

Nautical Details for today’s WON OOTD

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

I of course had to pair this look with the Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance.  I mean, I said I LOVE a theme right!?   Plus, Little Red Dress Fragrance Line is on sale too during the Semi Annual Sale going on over at the eBoutique.  I love all the summer sales that go on this weekend!  If you haven’t already checked out my eBoutique be sure to follow me on IG (@wordofalicia) where I’m highlighting my pick of the day’s and some killer deals.  Plus, building fantasy carts gets you through these few short days before our long holiday weekend!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance - Now On Sale!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance – Now On Sale!

Wearing A Summer Jumpsuit For Work

Wearing A Summer Jumpsuit For Work

Wearing A Summer Jumpsuit For Work

It’s wear and share Wednesday and I’m wearing my newest favorite summer jumpsuit… to work!  Wearing a summer jumpsuit for work doesn’t really sound appropriate or professional.  However, it totally can be!

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

Let’s start with the jumpsuit… this pretty blue number is the Avon Ella Jumpsuit ($39.99).  It features a sleeveless design with a keyhole neckline and a wide cropped leg with elastic waist.  And it has pockets, anything with pockets in instantly better.  This is the same material of the palm print one I loved from last year (see here) but what makes this one more work appropriate is its simple clean design in a solid color.

Neckline Details

Neckline Details

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

Avon Ella Jumpsuit

For work I layered it with a sleeveless suiting vest in black.  The quality fabric keeps this looking professional while the sleeveless design keeps it functional for hot summer weather.  I anchored this look in black to add a layer of sophistication.  My black strappy sandal works with the shorter hem length over say a chunky shoe, and of course my black Movato watch always looks clean.  I also kept my jewelry simple and clean with these Julia pear shaped earrings and a single bangle.

Styling a summer jumpsuit for work

Styling a summer jumpsuit for work

This look really works for work and play.  Head to happy hour and loose the vest for a warm summer nights look.  I really love a bright blue paired with black but this would also look fresh with a clean white.  If your office is chilly then pair a regular blazer over this for a wear to work look.  It has a lot of flexibility in your working girl wardrobe.

Layer with a black open suiting vest

Layer with a black open suiting vest

Accessorize with simple black pieces

Accessorize with simple black pieces

Keep it work friendly in solid colors

Keep it work friendly in solid colors

You can shop this blue jumpsuit as my eBoutique as I know its going to be a summer must-have and only $39.99!  This is a summer trend you can get a lot of milage out of from work to weekend.  It looks just as cute with your favorite slide and straw bag for a summer road-trip or beach vaca!  For a little extra inspo see how some celebs are wearing the trend!

Celeb Inspiration

Celeb Inspiration

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