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April Showers Bring May Flowers

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We definitely had some April showers this weekend, which I wasn’t hating on.  It gave me a chance to depart from my LBD and wear some seriously comfy casual pieces this week.

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Casual Rain Gear

Layered Rain Gear

As the girl scouts say, always be prepared.  I definitely came prepared with my rain gear and layered essentials.  I paired really comfy black jeggings (Express) with this (old) mark. layered sweatshirt, layered with this (old) mark. anorak.   What better way to be prepared than with some Hunters and a cute umbrella from Kate Spade!?  Sidenote on Hunters:  I hate to say it, they’re actually worth the price.  They’re seriously the most comfortable functional shoe I own, and keep you dry without freezing your feet.

Hunter Rain Boots

Hunter Rain Boots

Rain Check

Rain Check

Kate Spade Umbrella and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Kate Spade Umbrella and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

What would life be without a little glam?  All I needed to glam up such a casual outfit is the mark. Clear Choice Necklace.  It’s mix of howlite, pink and blue stones on a clear base added the perfect touch!  I’m seriously obsessing over this necklace!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered it, seriously worth it!

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Rainy day gear doesn’t have to suck.  What is your favorite thing to wear on a rainy day!?  You can shop the mark. Clear Choice Necklace at my eBoutique and watch sale for this anorak and sweatshirt or similar styles.

Rainy Day Look

Rainy Day Favorites

Rainy Day Favorites

 

 

What To Wear: Black Friday Shopping

 

What To Wear:  Black Friday

What To Wear: Black Friday

We’re almost to my favorite holiday… Black Friday!  (I kid, I kid) but I do love a good shopping day trip especially when there are mega sales and festive holiday spirit galore!  Don’t let the day get cut short by not wearing the right things.  Here are few tips for dressing for Black Friday.

1. Start With The Right Shoes

Wear A Walkable Shoe

Wear A Walkable Shoe

If your feet are miserable you are miserable.  It’s that simple.  So wear something walkable, comfortable and warm.  A good riding boot/flat boot is always a good choice or a bootie with a thick low heel like these burgundy ones from mark.

Hmm what to buy this black Friday!?

Hmm what to buy this black Friday!?

2.  Dress in Layers

Layer Up A Cami, Sweater, Jacket, Scarf

Layer Up A Cami, Sweater, Jacket, Scarf

You’re going to go from cold to warm to hot so dress in layers that you can easily strip off.  I like wearing a open front cardi sweater because for me it’s the perfect not to hot not to cold layer.  AND when you’re shopping especially on a busy day like black friday you’re not going to wait in line for fitting rooms.  This way you can easily take it off and try on tops/sweaters/jackets even if you’re just getting an idea of how something runs as you gift hunt.

Easily Remove Layers To Adjust For Changing Environments

Easily Remove Layers To Adjust For Changing Environments

3.  Bring The Right Jacket

Wearing The mark. Luck Of The Draw Anorak

Wearing The mark. Luck Of The Draw Anorak

Standing out in the lines (if you do such a thing) can get cold or start to rain/snow so a longer jacket with a hood is a good bet.  Double bonus if it has a lot of pockets so you can stash things like change and your phone quickly.

Bring The Right Jacket

Bring The Right Jacket

4.  Go Hands Free

Hands Free With mark. Good Things Mini Bag

Hands Free With mark. Good Things Mini Bag

Wear a cross body bag so you’re not bogged down by a big satchel.  This will help keep you hands free for touching the merchandise and being an efficient shopper!

A Cross Body Bag Keeps Your Hands Free For Shopping

A Cross Body Bag Keeps Your Hands Free For Shopping

5.  Bring a scarf and hair tie.  

Scarf and Ring - mark.

Scarf and Ring – mark.

A scarf will just be that added warmth when you’re outside or when you’re just a bit to hot for your jacket.  I know this seems super random but nothing is worse when you’re hairs all in your face when you’re fighting the shoppers and weather!   These two accessories are your must haves.

mark. Endless Style Scarf

mark. Endless Style Scarf

And there you go!  A little Black Friday outfit inspo!  If you need some Black Friday shopping inspo check out these KILLER deals at my eBoutique through Monday!  20% OFF AND A FREE GIFT!  Be sure to shop http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger for these limited time offers this weekend… lucky for you, you can do this in your pi’s!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

The Must-Have Spring (and beyond) Jacket – mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Your Must-Have Jacket For Spring

Your Must-Have Jacket For Spring

Everyone and their mother has a list of must-haves, wardrobe staples, etc, etc… but there are actually are a few things that pop up on all those lists every time for a reason!  One of those is an anorak jacket.  Not only is it functional, but it’s also super on trend and also a classic.  (is that an oxymoron?)  I own safari type jackets that are similar but not a true anorak.  Then mark. came out with this Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and I was smitten.  But do I really need another jacket?  I really don’t like army green, is this really a must-have?  Well, after seeing a billion awesome looks on pinterest and reading a million different must-haves, wardrobe staples, etc, etc lists I decided yes I need another jacket!  So glad I did because even if it’s not my ideal color this is my ideal jacket!  Honestly, you never really have buyers remorse on a jacket, it will last you years and you can wear it every day if you really want to.

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

The mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak is a true anorak style.  It has a longer length, multiple pockets and a hood.  What sets this one apart is it’s ruching details on the sleeves and the ability to cinch it at the waist.  The material is a nice weight, canvas like cotton so not only will it look chic on but it will withstand the elements.

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Wearing mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak With A Lace Pencil Skirt

Wearing mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak With A Lace Pencil Skirt

Let’s call it like it is, this really isn’t an Alicia jacket.  I’m not really casual and as stated I’m not a huge fan of army green.  But you know what is very Alicia?  Pairing it with a lace pencil skirt!  Pairing 2 very different styles pays off, because how cute are these 2 together?!  The mix of casual and dressy achieves a very wearable and approachable look.  You could also recreate this look with some white crochet shorts for summer of even lace/crochet pants that are trendy right now.  This just shows the versatility out of such a classic jacket.

Style Payoff With mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Style Payoff With mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Pairing Casual With Dressy For A Very Alicia Look

Pairing Casual With Dressy For A Very Alicia Look

 

Cinched Waist and Ruched Sleeves For A More Tailored Look

Cinched Waist and Ruched Sleeves For A More Tailored Look

It’s really worth it to break out of your comfort zone and try a style that you typically wouldn’t buy.  Especially when it’s a style that’s a classic must-have for a reason!  That’s why I really like trend brands like mark., you can try the style at an affordable price (especially when there’s a coupon! like AVONFB20 for 20% off at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).

Try This Anorak With Lace or Crochet For Spring

Try This Anorak With Lace or Crochet For Spring

Alicia Frolics In The "Woods" In Her New FAV Jacket

Alicia Frolics In The “Woods” In Her New FAV Jacket

I’m not going to lie, a little bit of what sold me on it is all the cool girls have one.  You might recognize it from Jill in our last Spring Style Tips post on spring layers, but she also paired it with jeans and navy and white striped shirt for the perfect casual outfit, see more here.  I was not only inspired by cool girl Jill’s cute styling of this jacket but also all those cool girls on pinterest.  Here’s a few reasons why this jacket pops up on every must-have list:

Over Gingham and Pearls

Over Gingham and Pearls

Recreate with mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and A Cut Above Mini Bag

Recreate with mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and A Cut Above Mini Bag

12 more ways to recreate!

12 more ways to recreate!

The style options are endless, just check out pinterest to verify!  I guess that’s why this jacket is on all those lists, it’s really a must-have for Spring (and summer, and fall, and winter).  You can shop the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring at my eBoutique and use promo code AVONFB20 for 20% off.  That makes the jacket ONLY $48 for a really nice quality spring jacket.  You won’t be sorry, believe me!

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

PS:  Want the deets on my look minus the jacket?  Check back next week for the next installment of Spring Style Tips:  Spring Colors!