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Modern Southern Belle: Linda

Meet Modern Southern Belle Linda!  Linda, a fellow Avon representative, is optimistic, fun and effervescent.  If you’ve caught any of her videos (live on FB or on her YouTube channel) you’ll easily agree.   Which is why she’s no stranger to Word of Alicia to dose in some fun.  (see here!)  She’s a true Southern Belle from Virginia, so her modern take is kinda straight from the horse’s mouth.


Guest Post:  Linda Montavon

Hello Spring

Avon Modern Southern Belle

Avon Modern Southern Belle

With the Avon Southern Belle collection there are so many options to mix and match!  Pair the Blue Strip Michelle Boatneck Top with the Cobalt Annabelle Cardigan and you have comfort, style and modern southern belle charm. The 100% cotton boatneck top has a flattering cut and is definitely on trend with stripes. The fine-knit, long-sleeve sweater with pearl-like button closure feels so soft and is this season’s must have layering piece. Both the striped top and cardigan are wardrobe essentials.

Happy In Spring Shades

Happy In Spring Shades

Maybe it is the beautiful, vibrant shades of blue, not sure, but wearing this outfit just makes me feel happy and wanting to smile. Hello spring. I’m ready for you!

Avon Michelle Boatneck Top and Annabelle Cardigan

Avon Michelle Boatneck Top and Annabelle Cardigan

Note that some of the sizes in these are selling out quick, but don’t fear!  The Michelle boatneck top is sticking around, launching in more colors!  Every 4 campaigns Avon fashion will be releasing capsule collections like this one, with updates seasonal faves, trendy limited edition pieces and beautiful must-haves!  Shop now before its gone forever and get FREE shipping today with promo code TGIF.


Linda has a bigger look at the Avon Southern Belle collection on her YouTube channel (watch here).  Be sure to follow her and to learn more from Linda check out her book A View From The Top Vol 3.  I’ve already introduced you to Sealaura and will continue to introduce you to more Modern Southern Belles here on the blog, but be sure to show us your take on it.  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!

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!

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A Loooooooong Jacket… on sale!

A Loooooong Jacket... on sale!

A Loooooong Jacket… on sale!

mark. Stay On Top Trench originally $75 now $49.99

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench

So I did a post about all the things I never got around to sharing in 2017 (see here) and it included this jacket. Well, the mark. Stay On Top Trench is now on clearance for $49.99 so I figured let’s highlight it. This microsuede jacket is a lightweight jacket that easily can be worn across the seasons.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on this guy!  And its seen some good use this fall/winter!  It is well worth the $49.99!

For an easy look I’m wearing mine with destructed denim (Old Navy), a black turtleneck (Guess), some grey booties (mark. Well Heeled Booties also on clearance for $29.99 at my eBoutique) and a statement necklace (mark. Tough It Out Necklace, last seen here).

Wrap Tie Belt

Wrap Tie Belt

Classic Trench Style

Classic Trench Style

mark. Jewelry

mark. Jewelry

mark. Well Heeled Booties

mark. Well Heeled Booties

Micro Suede Jacket for Under $50!  A must-have!

Micro Suede Jacket for Under $50! A must-have!

You can shop the mark. Stay on Top trench at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  If you are shopping for it after January 31st then you’ll have to backorder it by selecting “Product #” from the top navigation.  It will take you to an area where you can select a campaign and enter in the product number.  Select campaign 4 and enter the proper corresponding product number, then select add to order.  If you have any questions or concerns please hit me up!

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench Product Numbers

Extra Small:  830911;  Small:  830926;  Medium:  830930;  Large:  831937;  Extra Large:  831937;

mark. Well Heeled Bootie Product Numbers

Size 7: 719721;  Size 8:  197620;  Size 9:  197908;  Size 10:  197912

Get it before its gone at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Get it before its gone at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Apres Ski: Ski Prints

Apres Ski:  Ski Prints

Apres Ski: Ski Prints

Winter has me currently crushing on all things apres ski (as seen here). With my upcoming winter weekend trip I’m planning and pinning so many ski prints. Ski prints range from fair isle to plaid and everything in-between. Basically, all you winter favorites fit for a chalet!

Avon Zoey Knit Vest

Avon Zoey Knit Vest

I picked up this Avon Zoey Knit Vest from the Southwest Capsule Collection.  It technically is an Aztec print, but by pairing it with winter pieces it reads ski print.  It all comes from native prints which are all very similar.

Wrap Belt Tied In The Back!

Wrap Belt Tied In The Back!

For winter wear, I layered the Avon Zoey Knit Vest and tied the wrap belt in the back so it give is a little different shape.  Layering over a black turtleneck, Avon Sloan Turtleneck in black, lets the vest be the statement piece.

Layer A Knit Vest For Winter Wear

Layer A Knit Vest For Winter Wear

It wouldn’t be winter wear without some boots!  These glossy black Hunter boots are staples for me in the winter.  I find them be so comfortable and they work better than any boot to keep out the wet, plus they are fashion friendly!

Winter Staple:  Hunter Boots

Winter Staple: Hunter Boots

Even though I am in mild weathered California, I still find a need for warm winter pieces.  Especially for weekend trips to snowy Tahoe!  Which is why I’m super excited of my pearl embellished knit hat find from Charming Charlie!  Perfect winter piece to go with a casual winter look.

Peal Hats and Statement Earrings

Peal Hats and Statement Earrings

Apres Ski is by definition the party after skiing, so what makes this look more apres ski than a sparkly statement earring!? This Avon Looped Linear Earrings glams up an otherwise super causal and functional outfit.

Layer on the ski prints!

Layer on the ski prints!

I think I definitely found a good look to pack for my Tahoe weekend, along with wearing it all winter long!  You can get my vest, turtleneck and earrings at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger which would also qualify you for the newest A Box!  (see more here).

ONLY $10 with a $40 Purchase

ONLY $10 with a $40 Purchase

Last Day To Get Cyber Monday Deals At Avon/mark.

Last Day For Cyber Monday Deals

Last Day For Cyber Monday Deals

Today is the last day of the Cyber Monday deal at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  You have until midnight to take advantage of these extra savings!

Shop amazing offers online — use offer code CYBERMON!

  • Free shipping on orders of $20 or more
  • Free shipping and 20% discount on orders of $45 or more
  • And spend $65 or more get 25% discount, free shipping, and a FREE A BOX!
    • Choose from the following A Boxes:
    • C18 Divine Wine Collection (offer code: DIVINE)
    • C19 Pro Picks Collection (offer code: PRO)
    • C20: The Best of Beauty Collection (offer code: BEST)

A few things I loving to gift or get:

Wintry Mix

Wintry Mix

Wintry Mix

It’s that time of year when everyone is over winter.  Here in Nor Cal we’ve been hit with heavy rains and grey dark days, which means you have to dress both for function and fashion, enter in mark.’s Wintry Mix cardigan.  Mix cozy with cute and you’ve got yourself an outfit fitting for any wintry mix weather.

mark. Wintry Mix Cardigan

mark. Wintry Mix Cardigan

mark. Wintry Mix Cardigan

mark. Wintry Mix Cardigan details

Wearing mark. Wintry Mix cardigan over the Express cut-out trapeze dress with mark. Close For Comfort Tights under my Hunter Rain Boots.  As always a little shimmer with the mark. Gleam Come True Bracelet (now on sale!)

mark. Wintry Mix Cardigan

mark. Wintry Mix Cardigan

mark. Gleam Come True Bracelet NOW $12.99!!!

mark. Gleam Come True Bracelet NOW $12.99!!!

mark. Close For Comfort Tights with Hunters

mark. Close For Comfort Tights with Hunters

Express Cut Out Trapeze Dress

Express Cut Out Trapeze Dress

Another reason to love this mark. Wintry Mix cardi, it has pockets!  Pockets are always a good idea!  You can shop the mark. Wintry Mix cardigan along with my tights and jewelry at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

A Cardigan With Pockets, WIN!!!

A Cardigan With Pockets, WIN!!!

Stay dry my friends!

 

Cyber Monday Offer and a FREE Holiday Shopping List Printable

He’s making a list and checking it twice… Time to make your shopping lists and get names checked off!  Let me help you with that.  First, to organize your shopping here’s a holiday shopping list printable so you can write out who and what you need to get.

Holiday Shopping List Printable

Holiday Shopping List Printable

Holiday Shopping List Printable

Once you have that figured out might as well get your list tackled over at my eBoutique.  Not only will you find something for everyone on that list but you will also get FREE shipping, 20% off today and a bonus 8 piece gift set that you can keep for yourself as an appreciation for your hard work online shopping OR use as a stocking stuffer or girlfriend gift.  Not sure what to get?  Check out the gift guide!
avon-holiday-gift-guide-header makeup scent

Either way there’s TONS of great stuff at Avon this year, especially in the Avon Living section!  You can’t go wrong with a triple wick candle as a gift!  Today’s Cyber Monday deal is definitely the best all week but we have exclusive offers coming for the next 12 days… 12 days of deals if you will so be sure to check back and see what tickles your shopping list fancy!

Shop Now: http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Lip Of The Week: Avon Perfectly Matte Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte in Coral Fever

Makeup Monday woke up with a fever… and the only prescription is more cowbell!  …Or a really good matte lipstick in a red coral shade that instantly brightens up a Monday.  I’ve definitely been digging these Perfectly Matte lipsticks but this red coral shade (Coral Fever) has to be a top pick from the bunch.  It’s a little more wearable than a true red and instantly brightens up the face coming off a sickness 😦  I paired it with mark. Touch and Glow in Coral for the rest of my Makeup Monday look.  I swirled all the shades together for a blush and just used the shimmering beige shade (cube 3) as an eye shadow with mark. Saved By The Gel liner and Avon Big and False masacra.  Topped it all off with this Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever.

mark. Touch and Glow Shimmer Cube in Coral

mark. Touch and Glow Shimmer Cube in Coral

Avon Perfectly Matte In Coral Fever  (SUN)

Avon Perfectly Matte In Coral Fever (SUN)

Avon Perfectly Matte In Coral Fever  (SHADE)

Avon Perfectly Matte In Coral Fever (SHADE)

If you didn’t know today is National Pi Day which means you can score this lipstick for ONLY $3.14!  (and a few other favorite products at the themed out price of $3.14 and you know I love a good theme!)  You can shop the look at my eboutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nailed It: mark. Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers

mark. Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers

mark. Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers

Mani Monday going up on a Tuesday… I don’t think that phrase will ever get old to me… mainly because I’m always doing today what I needed to do yesterday… but anyways, it’s spring mani mode up in here!  Luckily I got this mark. Nailed It Precious Petals Nailed It Mini Nail Lacquers to freshen up my mani options with a fresh mint and steely grey!

Spring Mani with mark. and Henri Bendel Bracelets

Spring Mani with mark. and Henri Bendel Bracelets

mark. released it’s newest Nailed It Duo set that I absolutely adore for spring!  The two shades Green Thumb and Steel Magnolia are totally unique and perfect for transitioning into spring and beyond.  They are shimmers with a metallic matte finish, which you could easily top with a topcoat for that shimmer to really show through.  I personally really loved the matte finish, it just felt really different than anything I’ve worn lately.

Green Thumb and Steel Magnolia

Green Thumb and Steel Magnolia

Green thumb is so pretty to me.  It’s more of a sea foam, a little retro a little modern.  I just love it!  Plus I love wearing this color in March as we lead up to St. Patrick’s day with all things in shades of green.  Steel Magnolia is a really good metallic too!  I will wear these both by themselves and together for a lot of different looks.  It’s one of those pairings really worth having in your stash.

Accent Nail:  Jamberry Silver Chevron

Accent Nail: Jamberry Silver Chevron

Since I’ve been loving mixed mani’s lately I used another Jamberry wrap as my accent nail, this time in silver chevron.  It has a clear base so you can put it over a colored polish for a really fun look.  I really like it over Green Thumb, it really ties the look together!

Mixed Mani with mark. Nailed It Precious Petals and Jamberry Silver Chevron

Mixed Mani with mark. Nailed It Precious Petals and Jamberry Silver Chevron

I’m really obsessing over these shades, probably one of my more favorite Nailed It Duo‘s from mark.!  And they’re only $7 for the pair!  You can shop the mark. Nailed It Duo’s at by eBoutique.  If you’re interested in Jamberry you can get this wrap here.  In addition as today is International Women’s Day a special FREE GIFT with any $45 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger I would love this little number to stash in my purse, I love the double zippered pouches!

mark. Nailed It Duo in Precious Petals

mark. Nailed It Duo in Precious Petals

Killer LBD Alert – mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

Killer LBD Alert - mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

Killer LBD Alert – mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

I don’t even need to discuss why LBD’s are perfect/must-haves/favorite but I do need to discuss my latest favorite – the mark. Ace In the Hole Dress.  This dress was released in the first wave of fall from mark. which means I’ve had time to really get a good read on it.  And the word on is, it’s KILLER!  This dress is unique enough to feel special but classic enough for the everyday.  I’ve worn it to work, to church, a benefit and to celebrate my birthday!  Needless to say, it’s a winner.

mark. Ace In Hole Cutout Details

mark. Ace In Hole Cutout Details

The cut out details are what MAKE the dress.  I really like that they are both the top and bottom.  The fabric is somewhat similar to a ponte so it has some stretch and holds it’s shape.  Plus it conceals the stomach area a bit and we all know a dress that does that is a winner!  It’s also hard to find a good short sleeve dress.  This time of year I’m not really wanting to wear a sleeveless style, so just another reason this dress is killer!

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set and Neck and Neck Choker Set

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set and Neck and Neck Choker Set

These easy accessories don’t take away from the simplicity of the dress but are still unique enough to be trendy.  The mark. All Four It Bracelet Set and Neck and Neck Choker Set have been my staples lately.  They just go with everything!  mark. does a great job on designing pieces that are trendy and you won’t find anywhere else but still are really easy to wear.  Funny how jewelry really just is that must-have finishing touch!

mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

For under $100 you can have a full look that will not only be unique and trendy but an addition to your wardrobe that you’ll get good use out of.  I never feel guilty for buying a killer LBD I can wear again and again.  This look would look just as cute with boots and a cardi and really with a name like Ace In Hole it’s just plain fun! You can shop the full look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to use PROMO CODE: PLANETSPA for your FREE Avon Planet Spa gift of choice for orders of $75 or more!

Got an Ace in the hole!?

Got an Ace in the hole!?