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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

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?

 

 

Sweet Cherry Pie

Sweet Cherry Pie

Do you not immediately think of Warrant’s Sweet Cherry Pie when you see this cardi… because I do! I should of put this look as a Week O’Nautical outfit (see here) but I didn’t get around to it, but I’m still loving this Americana look from the Seaside Gardens Collection! (see here)

Americana outfit with Seaside Gardens

Spring rain hit us hard and I was ready for it! A cute cardigan is definitley the solution to spring weather. This Avon Felicity Cardigan in Cherry print brightens up a rainy day. (sidenote: it also comes in navy, white and red).  A spring layer is almost as necessary as keeping that umbrella around!

Felicity Cardigan in Cherry Print

Rain Check!

For my Americana look I paired the Cherry cardigan with the Gingham Melanie Pencil Skirt (last seen here).  Of course I had to wear some rainboots (Hunter) and my big umbrella (Kate Spade) to handle this on again off again rain showers!

Melanine Skirt in Gingham

Spring Weather Must-Haves

You can shop my entire look over on my eBoutique!  Maybe make this bright and cheery cardi as part of your 4 pieces to upgrade your spring wardrobe, and don’t get caught in the rain!

Getting caught in the rain out takes!

Week O’Nautical: 4th Of July Mani Pedi

Perfect s'mores pairing... a Patriotic July mani!

Perfect s’mores pairing… a Patriotic July mani!

Who else is in a 4th of July hangover!? I took Tuesday off for an extra long holiday weekend which is why mani Monday is going up on a Wednesday.  For the holiday weekend I went with a majorly patriotic mixed mani/pedi combo using Jambery nail wraps.  Like I’ve said before I really like using a base coat under Jamberry nail wraps.  I used Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat with these.

 

Week O'Nautical:  4th Of July Mani Pedi

Week O’Nautical: 4th Of July Mani Pedi

 

Mani:  From pinkie to thumb; Julep polish (old), Jamberry Kaboom, Jamberry Red White and Boom, Jamberry Star Spanged, Avon Gel Finish Roses Are Red.  I meant to put the Jamberry Fireworks over my ring and thumb but after I waited for the polish to dry I never got around to doing it.  Oh well, it would look cute for NYE too, guess I’ll save it.

Jamberry Kaboom, Red White and Boom and Star Spangled

Jamberry Kaboom, Red White and Boom and Star Spangled

Pedi:  I used Jamberry Star Spangled on my big toe and then Avon Gel Finish in Roses are Red with a red white and blue glitter by Julep (old).

Jamberry Star Spangled and Avon Gel Finish with Julep Glitter Top Coat

Jamberry Star Spangled and Avon Gel Finish with Julep Glitter Top Coat

I hope you survived the holiday weekend and got to enjoy some fireworks and some delicious s’mores too!  You can shop Jamberry here, Avon here and Julep here.  The 4th may be over but this works all summer long!  Plus, for the fan girls out there, check out the new Marvel releases from Jamberry for more fun!  They pair perfectly with all things Americana.

 

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!

Today, more than ever, feels like a proper day to celebrate our fly our flag freely and proudly. In honor I’m wearing my red white and blue and here’s a few patriotic items I’m loving too! Just in time for the 4th, and quite frankly, anytime.

Red White and Blue Sparklers!

Red White and Blue Sparklers!

Dress, Express / Necklace, Charming Charlie / Sunglasses and Watch, Michael Kors / Blue Pumps, Guess / Lips, Julep Plush Pout Lip Crayon.

 

Sparklers:

Hot Steppers:  

 

Shoedazzle Frances Wedge

Shoedazzle Frances Wedge

Firecrackers:

Old Navy T-Shirt

Old Navy T-Shirt

Grand Ole’ Flag:

Target Panama Hat

Target Panama Hat

 

 

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Week O’Nautical – Super Sneak Peek! mark. All American Style Tank

Hope everyone had a great long weekend and are refreshed for the short week… or had such a GREAT weekend that you’re worn out and just excited its a short week!  Since I wasn’t able to share too much from my week o’nautical, today I have a SUPER sneak peek!  Check out the mark. All American Style Tank ($20) not available until June 14th!

mark. All American Style Tank

mark. All American Style Tank

The All American Style Tank is a full cut, loose fit, burnout tank perfect for all the summer holidays!  Since it was a little rainy on Monday I wore mine with a long cardi from Express and sailor shorts from F21.  Not only is the All American Style tank a sneak peek but so is my jewelry!!!

mark. Keep Me Dangling Earrings

mark. Keep Me Dangling Earrings

These Keep Me Dangling Earrings ($18) are also a new arrival launching June 14th and the perfect companion to the tank.  The fun aztec design keep the look casual but the bright red makes them pop!  Add in the Double Take Bracelets ($24 launching June 14th) and you have casual cute nailed!  You can pick these pieces up starting June 14th at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger OR GET THEM NOW by directly ordering through me!  Just comment below or send a direct message to order or for details.

Celebrating Zoey in an American Style Kinda Way

Celebrating Zoey in an American Style Kinda Way

A sidenote this is the anniversary weekend of rescuing Zoey and her sister Chloe.  Even though we rescued them, in reality they rescued us.  Nothing is better than this little goof troop running over to me with her crooked run when I get home everyday to shower me with hugs, yes she hugs.  There are so many wonderful pets who need a home so if you’re looking for a new member to add to your family check your local shelters and fosters.  We found her on petfinder.com and could not be happier!

Week O’ Nautical

Countdown to summer is on!   Memorial Day Weekend!  It’s the unofficial summer kickoff in my book and it’s an extra day off work so, winning!  (is winning still cool to say?  i totally love it… sup c.sheen!)  Let’s be honest, I’m not a real adult.  I find any excuse to think and act like a kid including getting massively excited for any and all holidays.  Memorial day to me is a reason to celebrate our country’s service men in true U.S.A. form by being as Americana as possible.  Translate to licia language… Week O’Nautical!  I make a point to wear my favorite fashion trend all week, nautical inspired looks!  I do this with all my summer holidays… Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.  It’s kind of like how in December I try to wear red all month long… like I said I’m not a real adult.

Every year when I do this I realize the same thing, I LOVE anything navy and I don’t own NEARLY enough of it.  I LOVE anything and everything nautical.  Which means sine I don’t really own a lot of my favorite navy and nautical pieces I save the most themed out pieces for the end of the week.  So were going to start this off with my Monday Week O’Nautical outfit of the day!

Week O'Nautical Monday Look

Week O’Nautical Monday Look

I’m wearing my navy and white sheath dress that has as pleated chiffon top.  The dress is from H&M a few years back but I have seen similar pieces as of late.  But you could re-create this look with a navy pencil skirt and a dressy white tank.  The rest of the look is all in the details… my accessories!  I’ve been LOVING my mark. Rock Of Ages necklace in peach and it looks really sharp with navy.  Now I wouldn’t necessarily call it a nautical look, but more beachy.  The necklace has this awesome faceted cut so it really pulls so many colors when the sun hits it and looks like something straight from the ocean.  Pair it with some gold jewelry and it becomes nautical!  For my gold accents I’m also wearing a wrap bracelet from Express, the mark. Borrowed From The Boys Watch and the mark. Cross Your Fingers Ring.  All topped off with my mark. Catch Of The Day straw clutch.  I love how the gold of the watch matches the awesome bold turnlock of the clutch… its the little things in life.  This look has that summer fun vibe but completely office appropriate esp for a Monday.

mark. Bronzy Beauty Look

mark. Bronzy Beauty Look

It’s a little hard to see in my photo, but for my beauty I went for a bronzy gold look, all with mark. products.  For my eyes I used i-mark metallics in sugar sugar and goldi luxe. I also accented my crease with shade 2 of On The Dot Neutral.  Followed with Get In Line Liquid Eyeliner in Painted Black and Lash All You Want Volume Mascara.

I used Touch and Glow Shimmer Cubes as my blush and with Get Bright Hookup Highlighter.  I used Bronze Pro for contouring and Powder Buff as my foundation.  With just a touch of gloss on my lips in Blow Kisses.

You can get all the beauty items I used as well as the Rock Of Ages Necklace, Borrowed From the Boys Watch, Cross Your Fingers Ring and Catch Of The Day clutch all at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Stay tuned all week for more outfits of the day for Week O’Nautical.  And yes I know its Tuesday and I’m posting Monday’s… I’ll try to be more on top of it as the week progresses!