Working Girl Wardrobe

Copy Cat Look: Meghan Markle

Copy Cat Look:  Meghan Markle

Copy Cat Look: Meghan Markle

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

Meghan Markle's Look (pinterest)

Meghan Markle’s Look (pinterest)

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

My best recreation

My best recreation

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

WHBM Blazer over the shoulders

WHBM Blazer over the shoulders

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

mark. Summer Crush Crossbody

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

 

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Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

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

My take on the Avon Cover Look

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

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

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

Chambray and Gingham

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

Gingham for Spring

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

Veronica Tote and Scarf Bag Charm

Nautical accessories from Avon

mark. Beach Babe Earrings

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

Seaside Gardens Look

Week O’Nautical: How To Easily Update For Spring

Week O’Nautical: Update Without Breaking Your Budget

The Nautical trend is always a good way to update your wardrobe for spring.  In most places it’s still pretty cold out, but we’re over our black on black on black and heavy winter wear.  You can work in a few nautical pieces that will go with your winter basics and your summer basics making a very versatile spring wardrobe update.  Avon just released their Seaside Gardens (see more), a nautical fashion and home capsule collection, and its extremely affordable!  Let’s look how you can update your spring looks without breaking the break.

 

The Power Of 4.

Add 4 pieces, yep just 4 pieces.  Sticking to only 4 pieces keeps you in budget and will be just enough to switch up your basics and breathe new life. The Avon Seaside Gardens collection is pretty affordable, so 4 pieces would keep you close to that $100 range.  I would suggest a top, bottom, accessory and dress, but you need to gage your current wardrobe and lifestyle.  Looking at what I was loving, needed and knew would flatter my shape, I went with a skirt, sandal, handbag and scarf.  I can mix and match to update my spring wardrobe with these 4 items totaling $110.96!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I wear a lot of skirts and dress for work, and with the hot temps in Nor Cal a skirt works well for my lifestyle.  If your lifestyle wears more casual and you’re just going to wear your favorite jeans try a classic nautical striped top like the Michelle Boat Neck top ($19.99).

Ankle strap, block heels and pretty embellishment, all a spring shoe needs!

I’ve always been a shoe person.  A new spring shoe can even make an all black outfit feel like spring.  The shoe selection in the Seaside Gardens collection is strong!  I went with the Avon Cushion Walk Sandal With Stone Clusters, a low block heel sandal which will be functional, on trend and a pop of color.

Give me all the nautical shoes!

Switching to a new spring bag is the easiest way to spring up your wardrobe without giving up any of your winter wear.  I went with this Veronica Tote Bag in the Blue and White strip (it also comes in red!).

 

Avon Veronica Tote with Scarf

 

 

Pick 1 thing different than anything you have.

For me it was this square scarf.  I have plenty of big, wrap all over you scarfs, but I don’t have a cute little silky square scarf in a nautical print!  Don’t diminish the power of an accessory, I can wear this as a cute neck scarf, a style I’ve never done and would bring something completely new to my look.  Plus, it would be some warmth around the neck in the chilly weather.  I can also wear it tied on a bag, as a head scarf, or ever worn a few different ways as a neck scarf.

Avon Silky Scarf

I literally could go through the entire collection and come up with a million combinations of 4 items to mix and match into your regular wardrobe.  If you would like me to select a personalized pick for you, leave a comment!

Nautical Square Scarf

 

Spring Perks

As an Avon representative, not only do I get to order things early, I also get some perks.  For instance, with the Seaside Gardens collection, with every 4 items I ordered I received a FREE pair of earrings.  These Avon Pop of Red Statement Earrings ($9.99) to be exact.  A piece of statement jewelry is definitely a good idea for a 5th piece to add to my original 4.  Even if I wear these with my black on black on black I’m adding a pop of something fresh.  Or I can pair this with the block heel sandals and I’ll bump up my look for spring.  *if you want early access, discounts and all the perks of being an Avon rep too you can sign up here for ONLY $25!

Statement Earrings For All The Nautical Looks

I couldn’t be more pleased with the 4 items I picked.  You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger or see more here!  When building your order be sure to add on the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase.  It not only is a great deal but will be the perfect makeup items to pair with your nautical outfits.  See my look with it here!

How To Wear A Spring Blouse For Work and Weekend

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

For Work

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

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For Weekend

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

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

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Best Of Beauty A Box

Being Presidential In My First Lady Coat

Being Presidential In My First Lady Coat

Being Presidential In My First Lady Coat

Happy Presidents Day! I definitely am enjoying my long weekend which included lots a errands, a birthday party, a night out for pasta and mini golf, a trip to Old Sac and taking in a movie.  While our mini golf outing there’s always a bit of smack talk, as I was wearing my new pretty Avon Lilly Coat, I was being chanted at “Your up first lady!”  Thinking about it, my coat does kinda look presidential!

Avon Lilly Coat

Avon Lilly Coat

The Avon Lily Coat is part of the he Modern Southern Belle collection.  They combined the vibrant hues of the azaleas in Savannah’s Forsyth Park and the sunny blues from Carolina skies with ruffled details to create ladylike prints in contemporary silhouettes.  The tweed Lily Coat with butterfly print lining is the perfect layering piece and transitional coat from winter to spring.

Wearing The Avon Southern Belle Coat and Earrings

Wearing The Avon Southern Belle Coat and Earrings

This is one of those pieces that will not only see good use because of its functionality but you will have it for years with its classic style and unique beautiful blue coloring.  Just look at this stunning butterfly lining!  I immediately thought of Easter in PA.  As much as we want Easter to be springy and beautiful it usually is kinda cold so this would be the PERFECT topper!

The detailing on this jacket justifies the price tag.  But if you are interested only smalls, 2x and 3x left.  If you are a medium I think you can get away with the small.  Shop quick before it sells out at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Modern Southern Belle: Word Of Alicia

Modern Southern Belle: Word of Alicia

Modern Southern Belle: Word of Alicia

Pour yourself a cup of sweet tea, because I’m about to share with you how to be a modern Southern Bell…. from Nor Cal.  Being a Modern Southern Belle means you take the idea of a Southern Belle and make it your own.  For me, the Southern Belle elements I want to take and apply to my own life/look are classic beauty, bright colors and lady like designs.  I think I hit all of those in this Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse from the Avon Savana Blooms collection.  This is my pick from the collection and how I’m making it modern.

Modern Southern Belle

Modern Southern Belle

My own modern take on a Southern Belle is pairing a beautiful colorful floral blouse with a pair of dark green ankle pants and lace up pumps!  For me wear to work dress pant is still lady like in styling but grounds the bold florals.  The deep green color and ankle cut styling makes it modern.  (pants, Old Navy; pumps, Nine West Outlet).  The lace up details and suede finish on my pumps take an otherwise classic pump to the next level.

Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse

Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse

Modern Elegance Bypass Ring and Gel Finish Polish in Clover

Modern Elegance Bypass Ring and Gel Finish Polish in Clover

Ruffles, cut-out shoulder and slight bell sleeve

Ruffles, cut-out shoulder and slight bell sleeve

Modern Details, Classic Style

Modern Details, Classic Style

Its all about that blouse, that blouse. Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse from the Avon Savana Blooms collection is the star of the show, and its only $29.99!  This pretty blouse is such a spring staple, one with fun details and bright pattern is a great addition.  I can wear this to work, dressed down for weekend, pretty much for any occasion.  If you have a cooler weather Easter, this would be a great outfit for that.  And the details make it unlike anything else in my closet.

Spring Looks With Savana Blooms

Spring Looks With Savana Blooms

Have you meet all the Southern Belles!?  Laura, Linda, Erica and myself all had different picks from the collection but all can mix and match for an update to our spring wardrobe.  What pieces are your favorite, how are you a modern Southern Belle?  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!  Shop this limited edition quick as the pieces are selling out fast at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Valentine’s Outfit Idea That’s Not A Dress

Valentine's Outfit That's Not A Dress

Valentine’s Outfit That’s Not A Dress

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday.  So if you have plans on the actual day, then most likely you’ll be going to work first, so a date night dress probably isn’t the best option on a cold February day.  For a Valentine’s Day outfit that’s not a dress, try a pair of statement pants!  I’m personally loving the Avon Ashley Wide Leg Pant.

Ashley Wide Leg Pants

Ashley Wide Leg Pants

These wide leg pinstripe pants are kinda perfect for a date night.  They’re a little take notice, flatter the figure and a lot of comfortable.  You can easily style them for work with a simple white turtleneck (Avon Sloan Turtleneck in White).  If you wanted something a little more for date night try a black lace blouse or put a corset over your turtleneck which is really trendy right now.  Even pairing a slinky cami with a cardigan would be great for a day to night look.

Statement Wide Leg

Statement Wide Leg

Date Night Pants

Date Night Pants

Dress up your look for Valentine’s Day with some date night jewelry!  This ravishing red collection from Avon looks way more spendy than it is!  I like how classy it looks but yet sparkly and fun for a date.  I’m wearing the drop earrings, necklace, tennis bracelet also layered with this super cute XOXO pave bracelet.  I just LOVE the jewelry offerings this year from Avon.  They did the cutest pieces that add just the right amount of fun.

Avon Ravishing Red Collection

Avon Ravishing Red Collection

I love a good work tote and this reversible one from Coach fits my work needs perfectly.  I also like it for a Valentine’s Day work look because its my 3rd wedding anniversary present, the year of leather.

Pinstripes, Arm Party and a killer Tote

Pinstripes, Arm Party and a killer Tote

Ravishing Red Drop Earrings Really Stand Out!

Ravishing Red Drop Earrings Really Stand Out!

You can shop the entire Valentine’s Day collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  For my pants and turtleneck you’ll have to backorder.  To do that, at the top right click “Product #”, scroll to the bottom of the page and where it has the search option type in “ashley wide leg pant” or “sloan turtleneck” and select campaign 3.  Your available size options should pop up.  Select the one you want then add to cart.  If you have any trouble please reach out to me and I can assist.

Valentine's Day Look

Valentine’s Day Look

Hello January!

Hello January!

Hello January!

Why, hello there 2018! Guess who left a lot of unpublished posts in 2017. This gal! A little resolution for word of alicia is to publish in a more timely manner. Since there’s no time like the present here are a lot of looks I never got around to sharing in 2017… like this amazing mark. microsuede jacket!

Jacket Weather:

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench

Wearing A Looooong Jacket Look:  mark. Stay On Top Trench, mark. Touch It Out Necklace, mark. Well Heeled Booties, Guess Turtleneck, Old Navy Jeans.

Jacket Weather

Jacket Weather

Merry and Bright!

mark. Split Personality Blouse

mark. Split Personality Blouse

Wearing a Colorful Look:  mark. Split Personality Blouse, Avon Multi-Color Statement Necklace, mark. Lip Paint Vinyl in Cozy, White House Black Market Navy Pants, Express Glitter Clutch, mark. Ring.

Merry and Bright Look

Merry and Bright Look

Bright Colors for Winter

Bright Colors for Winter

Linda’s Beautiful Party Look:

Avon Velvet Fit and Flare Dress

Avon Velvet Fit and Flare Dress

Linda Wearing Her Velvet Look:  Avon Velvet Fit and Flare Dress, Avon Multicolor Statement Necklace, Avon Sasha Velveteen Pump.

Party Perfect Look

Party Perfect Look

Perfect From The Front and BACK!

Perfect From The Front and BACK!

Wintersoft:

Avon Winter Soft Blue Sparkle Necklace

Avon Winter Soft Blue Sparkle Necklace

Wearing Soft Shades Look:  Avon Winter Soft Blue Sparkle Necklace, Forever 21 Dress.

First Day Of Winter

First Day Of Winter

Matching The Winter Sky

Matching The Winter Sky

 

My favorite blouse of 2017:

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

Wearing That Lovely Lace:  mark. About Lace Cami Blouse, mark. Clutch, White House Black Market Ankle Pants, Tahari Mules.

Wear To Work

Wear To Work

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

Winter Weather:

Black and White Winter Look

Black and White Winter Look

Wearing Winter Weather Look:  White House Black Market Sweater (last seen here), White House Black Market Flare Pants, Express Houndstooth Jacket, mark. High On Glitter Platform Heels, Avon Tassel Earrings.

Winter Weather With WHBM

Winter Weather With WHBM

Well there it is, pretty much what I looked like the last 2 months of 2017 haha.  Some of this is still available, some of it will pop up in clearance, some of it is old and just for some outfit inspo haha.  You can shop mark. and Avon at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

A Classy AF Thanksgiving

Classy AF Thanksgiving

Classy AF Thanksgiving

Not all holiday looks are all glitz and glam, some are just classy AF.  And what’s classier than a classic LBD!?  Sometimes just a classic black dress is all you need for your holiday looks!

Avon Chain-Detail Dress

Avon Chain-Detail Dress

No one needs to argue the power of a Little Black Dress but this Avon Chain-Detail Dress is a must have!  Not only is it a great year round dress in its crepe like fabric but its a great dress for the holidays too!  The best part about it, its only $16.99 at my eBoutique!

Removable Black Chain Detail

Removable Black Chain Detail

The dress features a removable black chain detail around the neckline so you don’t need a necklace. You could easily remove it and pair this dress with your favorite statement necklace.  For this classy af look, I went with a statement earring instead with the Avon Modern Pearlesque Tassel Earrings.  For the rest of my jewelry I went with a simple black watch (Michael Kors) and a simple sparkly bracelet (Avon Modern Glamour Jet Pave Stretch Bracelet).  On lips mark. Vinyl Pout Lip Paint in Glamour.  (could that be any more perfect of a name for this look!?)

Avon Modern Pearlesque Tassel Earrings

Avon Modern Pearlesque Tassel Earrings

Clean and Classy with a LBD

Clean and Classy with a LBD

What’s a holiday look without a little glitter!?  I added some glitter with these mark. High On Glitter Platform Pumps.  These black suede heels are really comfortable with the block heel and platform and also really secure with the ankle strap… and the perfect holiday heel!

mark. By Avon High on Glitter Platform Heels

mark. By Avon High on Glitter Platform Heels

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo

I love this outfit for Thanksgiving because its classic but still fun, comfortable but still put together. It can handle eating all the turkey you want and still look amazing.  Think about it you could get this dress for $16.99, the earrings for 12.99 and the heels for $50, which qualifies you for the Beauty Of Gold A Box for only $10.  THEN use promo code AVONBLACK to get 20% off all of this, free shipping AND a FREE 7 piece beauty gift to complete the look.  So for under $100 you have your holiday look from head to toe NAILED.  You can thank me later.

Get this ENTIRE look for under $100, and a FREE Beauty Bundle

Get this ENTIRE look for under $100, and a FREE Beauty Bundle

Shop the entire look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Use Promo Code AVONBLACK at www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Use Promo Code AVONBLACK at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

*editors note: alicia doesn’t swear. alicia had internal debate with even using AF.  alicia was a rebel and used it because alicia’s down with the slang.  word yo!

Luxe Fall: Black and Camel

Luxe Fall:  Black and Camel

Luxe Fall: Black and Camel

A color combination that always looks luxe is black and camel. A classic combination that works year round, but looks extra appropriate for fall. This fall I found the perfect luxe fall look with black and camel with the mark. Drape Expectations Dress.

mark. Drape Expectations Dress.

mark. Drape Expectations Dress.

My go-to dress this fall has been this mark. Drape Expectations Dress.  It’s super easy to wear, especially for work, one and done!  This dress features a camel sheath dress with a black overlay to create a color block effect.  It’s in a crepe like fabric making the classic color combo even more luxe.  The color blocking/cut in effect also gives the illusion of a slimmer you, and that’s never a bad thing!

Luxe Dress For Fall

Luxe Dress For Fall

Black Overlay for a Unique Detail

Black Overlay for a Unique Detail

To luxe up the look even more I’m wearing the mark. Tough It Out Necklace, Mixed and Matched Bracelet and a genuine leather tote, the Avon Whipstitch Leather and Suede tote.  (all available here)

mark. Tough It Out Necklace and Mixed and Matched Bracelet

mark. Tough It Out Necklace and Mixed and Matched Bracelet

Luxe It Out

Luxe It Out

Avon Whipstitch Leather and Suede Tote

Avon Whipstitch Leather and Suede Tote

Luxe in camel and black

Luxe in camel and black

For the warm fall we’ve been having, this dress has seen a lot of wear just by itself.  Now that its officially November, this dress can easily transition with a cardi or blazer, some tights and boots.  I have this great camel and blacked striped long open cardigan I love wearing with it! It would also look really cute with a black turtleneck underneath, as it has that faux jumper look to it.  A classic dress like this is never a bad idea to add to your closet!

You can shop my entire look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and because this dress is $42 you already qualify for the A Box for only $10!  Get red-y by adding this on and you’ll have a head to toe look perfect for you luxe fall!  (see more about the A-box here)

The A Box: Joy Of Red

The A Box: Joy Of Red