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Let’s Be Mermaids

 Let's Be Mermaids

Let’s Be Mermaids

It’s August! And birthday month!  So what’s a better way to celebrate than with my current favorites!  Summer is the perfect time to be a mermaid; beach waves, beach bums, and vitamin sea.  I haven’t made it to the sea (but I am headed to the lake this weekend!) so I need to channel my inner mermaid with Bath and Body Works Sea-Tox.  This bath and body line is and has been my new all time favorite from Bath and Body Works.  It smells exactly like the scent they pumped into the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, so it immediately takes me back.

Bath and Body Works Sea-Tox

Bath and Body Works Sea-Tox

Sea-Tox:  A mermaid-approved blend of soft sea breeze, salty ocean waves & crisp aquatic florals.  Currently available in a body cream, body lotion, body polish, all over mist and sheet mask.

Available in a range of products

Available in a range of products

Word Of Alicia:  I’ve been so obsessed with this collection that I’ve gone back and rebought it 3 times this summer.  The beach wave foam is wonderful but now sold out.  My top pick would be the body cream, the scent lasts all day and keeps you moisturized.  But honestly need the shower gel, lotion and spray, its that good.  I would call it more of a clean beachy scent, not a typical coconut beachy scent.  Honestly, just get it, it’s amazing.

Getting My Mermaid On During August

Getting My Mermaid On During August

You can shop this Sea Tox scent at Bath and Body Works.  You might recognize the backdrop as the “mermaid” skirt from holiday last year.  Just for fun see the post here.

In need of vitamin sea!

In need of vitamin sea!

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TGIF: Clean Friday Favorites

TGIF!  Maybe it’s because last weekend was spent being dirty camping in the Sierras, but this week I’ve been favoriting everything so fresh and so clean clean!

Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

Bath and Body Works Haul

Bath and Body Works Haul

We needed more hand soap and how perfect is it that the Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual sale is going on.  So not only did I get more soap I also walked away with some new home fragrance in summertime scents.  I walked away with all of this for under $30!  Usually I don’t leave the sale under $60 but I restrained this time… but it’s a great time to stock up on your favorites especially if you pair it with a coupon.  So Fri-Yay for cheap clean hands for me!

Anew Clean 

Anew Clean Cleansers

Anew Clean Cleansers

New arrivals hit the eboutique this week including the new Avon Anew Clean cleansers and vibrating cleansing brush.  I’ve wanted a cleansing brush for years and never got one so I was SUPER excited when I saw this was coming out, but this week I got a chance to use and it love it as much as expected!  And these new cleanser are legit, I love the Everyday Scrub.  Full review coming soon but these are all now available and at a special intro price so check them out!  So Fri-Yay for new clean face for me!

Friday Flash Sale

Today only get and additional 30% off select products during the flash sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and if you have a $60 order pack it with the 20% off coupon AVONFB16.  I’ll be picking up a new Touch and Glow and Powderbuff powder foundation since now that it’s summer I need my darker color.  So Fri-Yay for (clean?) discounted must haves!

Clean White Suit

Heidi Klum In Clean White on AGT

Heidi Klum In Clean White on AGT

Summer TV means the return of America’s Got Talent, which is a little reality tv pleasure in our house.  Judging by Grace and her golden ticket it’s going to be a good season.  As much as I love variety show acts Heidi Klum and Mel B usually are styled expertly!  Heidi has always been a personal favorite but when I saw her in her white suit, red lips, gold eye, statement ring and bright red nails I was smitten!  I scoured the internet trying to find a picture but came up empty handed.  So you’ll have to watch the vide to see :).  Now if only I can recreate this in a summer friendly way.  So Fri-Yay for clean white inspo!

And Fri-Yay! to the weekend!

National Fragrance Day: My Favorite Fragrances

Happy National Fragrance Day!

Happy National Fragrance Day!

Happy National Fragrance Day and welcome spring! Because I love both fragrance and spring, so I’m a happy camper today! Fragrance is such a personal thing but that doesn’t mean I can’t share my favorites.  In no particular order here are my favorite scents:

Avon Femme ($30 currently on sale for only $15!)

Avon Femme (Sale $15)

Avon Femme (Sale $15)

Description:  It’s your moment to shine. AVON FEMME captivates from day to night. An elegant fragrance with sparkling freshness and opulent florals. Rich jasmine petals and stunning magnolia touched with radiant amberwoods. Luxuriously long-lasting, for hour after hour of beautiful scent. 1.7 fl. oz.

Word Of Alicia:  Pretty much all my favorites are wear anytime scents but this one I particularly like in the spring/summer.  It has good staying power, and the florals are are balanced really well with a fresh scent.  Plus the price is the biggest selling point.

Ralph Lauren Blue ($46-$82)

Ralph Lauren Blue ($46-$82)

Ralph Lauren Blue ($46-$82)

Description:  Cool and fresh, Blue Eau de Toilette by Ralph Lauren is a soft floral fragrance that melts into the skin with notes of lotus flower, gardenia and pink peony, exotic blossoms such as tuberose, rose de mai and orange flower enriched with musk, ambrette and sandalwood.  Notes: Lotus flower, muguet, gardenia, sparkling jasmine accord, pink peony, rose de mai, tuberose, jasmine petals, orange flower, musk, ambrette, sandalwood, mousse de chine, vetiver.

Word Of Alicia:  I had no idea this fragrance was so floral until I pulled the details here!  This one I became a fan of while working at Elder Beerman Department Store in college and it’s stayed in heavy rotation ever since, and I’ve had A LOT of perfumes since then.  It’s really crisp and clean for being such a floral (apparently) scent.  Kind of what you associate with a scent from Ralph Lauren!

mark. Instant Vacation Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

Description:  Each year mark. does a capsule collection inspired by a hot vacation spot and it’s core features a fragrance.

Word Of Alicia:  These mark. Instant Vacation scents are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!  They’re usually an Eau De Toilette so a lighter scent, not as long lasting but that’s usually what you want for a vacation scent.  From Ibiza Sol, to the Hamptons, Marrakesh, Saint Barts and more I’ve loved them all!  This year’s hot spot is Maui and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next one in the collection!

mark. Naked Love Bath and Body ($6-$14)

mark. Naked Love

mark. Naked Love

Description:  Fresh and clean in the most amazing way with notes of apricot nectar, white peaches, velvet freesia and skin musk.

Word Of Alicia:  I’m lazy, this is no secret.  So as much as I love perfume I’m lucky if I actually put it on.  That’s why a good fragrant bath and body collection wins out.  I’ll pair a shower gel and a good body cream for a more lasting scent and this mark. Naked Love has a great scent.  I think the peach and apricot stands out the most, and it has secured the #1 position as favorite away from Lemon Sugar (a close second) in the mark. bath and body core collections.

 mark. Windswept Bath and Body ($6-$14 ON SALE $4.50-$11!)

mark. Windswept Bath and Body

mark. Windswept Bath and Body

Description:  Feel the breeze and let your spirit soar with this exhilarating mix of sparkling grapefruit orchid essence and cedarwood

Word Of Alicia:  Windswept is a seasonal scent but it’s been my FAVORITE go-to scent since it launched.  For me it’s perfect for spring, like a fresh spring breeze.  With all bath and body collections layering is key for the scent to last, plus spraying something like the body mist mid day is a good pick me up!

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel:  ($5-$16.50)

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel

Description:  Top notes: vanilla, sweet butter cream. Heart: caramel, benzoin, chocolate. Base: soft musk, sugar cookie.

Word Of Alicia:  This is another seasonal scent I HAVE to pick up every year from Bath and Body Works.  It is the ultimate layering scent.  I love it under my perfume, it never seems to clash just add warmth and in winter that’s exactly what I want.  I stock up every year.

Perfume Bar From My Bridal Shower :)

Dana At The Perfume Bar From My Bridal Shower 🙂

What are your favorite fragrances?  I’m always looking for a good new scent to try!  I also LOVE anything coconut scented and always looking for a good one for summer if you have any suggestions!  😉  In honor of national fragrance day you can get a FREE fragrance sampler at my eBoutique with your order!

 

 

 

Trending Tuesday – Fall IT Color #camel

If the world of alicia was the internet then #camel would totally be trending.  This fall I’ve had a color crush on camel.  I’m not much of a brown person but camel is like it’s creamy cousin that looks excellent against that end of summer tan and your classic blacks and blues.  That’s why camel is totally trending in my world… if you couldn’t tell by my #1 camel pick, my camel colored bag that I’m OBSESSED with… and a few other camel inspirations…

A camel bag – My must have as of latemark. Neutral Territory Bag.  Big and structured so super effective!

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

 

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

A Camel Coat – A perfect camel topper for chilly days and classic like no other!

White House Black Market Topper

White House Black Market Topper — and the shoes!  love the shoes!

Trench, Dress, Boots...

Trench, Dress, Boots…

mark. On Top Of Things Jacket

mark. On Top Of Things Jacket

A camel hat – I’ve found my camel floppy hat to be a fall staple!

Camel hat and a camel pup!

Camel hat and a camel pup!

A camel sweater – as sweater weather creeps in, there’s just something a bit regal about a camel sweater, it can be trendy or classic.  I was super inspired by Kelly Ripa today on Kelly and Michael in her thin gauge camel sweater and leather skirt!

Michael Kors Inspired

Michael Kors Inspired

Camel Sweater and Black Pencil Skirt

Camel Sweater and Black Pencil Skirt

Kelly & Michael Inspo (with a mega glam Cindy!)

Kelly & Michael Inspo (with a mega glam Cindy!)

A comforting camel – Fall is the start of all things cozy.  In the fall I always restock my triple wick candles and upgrade to fall scents in my bath and body and hand soaps.  I love a scent with a comforting caramel undertone.  Not quite a camel color but more a fall inspiration for my camel crush!

Avon Home Fragrance Candles

Avon Home Fragrance Candles

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Avon Naturals (Buy One Get One .99)

Avon Naturals (Buy One Get One .99)

BONUS!  Today only (and how fitting!) at my eBoutique with a $50 purchase get a FREE Triple Wick Autumn candle and with a $75 order ALSO get a Whipped Pumpkin, so 2 FREE triple wick candles.  Just in time help get you inspired to trend some camel for the fall season!  AND check back all week at my eBoutique for a unique bonus offer!  However this FREE candle deal is the cats meow!

FREE candle at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code FALLSCENT

FREE candle at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code FALLSCENT

Trending Tuesday – #fallpreview

Zoey Getting Snuggly In A Fall Scarf

Zoey Getting Snuggly In A Fall Scarf

If the world of Alicia was the internet new fall arrivals for #fallpreview would totally be trending!  This time of year is a total love hate relationship for me.  I LOVE summer, absolutely LOVE summer so I would never want to wish it away, but fall is a pretty cool time too!   Plus, all the best stuff comes out for back to school and the new season.  It’s like going back to school, you really dread it and you hate that you can’t sleep in everyday and watch daytime tv like The Price Is Right, but on the other hand you were excited to get new stuff and go back and see your friends.  I’m highly enjoying my hot summer days but here are a few things I’m slightly obsessing over new for fall.

 

Bath and Body Works Home Scents

Can shopping at Bath and Body Works actually be a tradition!?  Well, it is in my world!  Fall isn’t complete without attending the fall scent event (usually in late Aug/early Sept) where I stock up on all my favorite fall candles, sleeves, hand soaps and wall flowers! Usually the event involves some mega deals and free gifts and we all know we’re a sucker for anything FREE!  One product that always makes the cut is a triple wick candle in Leaves.  Its perfect for filling up a whole room with a crisp, not to overwhelming fall scent.  Which is why I’m so excited that this week is their Fall Preview Week!  In stores they have a small selection of new releases and favorites that you can get now, or at least preview and make your list for their fall event.  This display is only out for a week before they pack it up and send it back to wait until it’s official release.  My pick from the preview event is the pumpkin mini candle gift set ($24).  I might already have it sitting out on my coffee table.  (with my summer scented coconut candles in the kitchen, oooops!)

B&BW Pumpkin Candle Gift Set

B&BW Pumpkin Candle Gift Set

mark. New Fall Arrivals

This year mark. went seasonal!  In the past a small collection was released every 4 weeks, now we get one large release each season, making it way easier to get all your loves all at once and enjoy them all season long!  This year’s release includes everything you need to update and transition your beauty and fashion.  They really nailed the fall trends this year!  As part of my fall preview week here on the blog. I’ll be highlighting a few of my favorites I got early for you as the full collection launches August 8th! (at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

mark. Fall Preview

mark. Fall Preview

 

Fall TV

Fall TV is the best!  All your favorite shows return and a bunch of newbies come on the scene to fill up your DVR.  I’m most looking forward to the return of The Walking Dead!  With Comic Con just happening last weekend we got a preview of Season 5 and it looks CRAY CRAY!  Remember when the craziest thing was the walkers being kept in the barn… we’ll Dorothy, we’re not on the farm any more!  But what I can tell is they survive being shoved in that trailer and not being eaten by the possible cannibals.  AND at the very end of the trailer we see a sneak peek at Beth, which was a serious question in my book…  I’m so scared, I’m so excited!

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The Waling Dead  (source)

Watch The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer here:  http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/comic-con-trailer-the-walking-dead-season-5

…aaaaand the walking dead chat is now open… what are your theories?  what are you most excited to see and not excited to see.  I totally am over the long drawn out episodes so I hope there’s more action and bringing them more together so I’m not flashing between a million different story lines.

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple  (source)

And on a lighter note I’m kinda super excited for new show, The Odd Couple on CBS featuring Chandler and Dangle aka Mathew Perry and Thomas Lennon.  I loved the original Odd Couple so its going to be hard to recreate such a Nick-At-Night masterpiece, but if anyone can do it, its them!  What other new shows coming this fall are you excited about?  Seems a lot of super-hero type series are coming out and as always a ton of new dramas, but not a whole lot of comedies…

Be sure to check back all week as I continue Fall Preview Week here on the blog!  New arrivals, plus what you can use now and later and just what to get jazzed for!