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Mani Monday – Summer Pink and Black and White Striped Mixed Mani

Mani Monday:  Summer Pink and Black and White Striped Mixed Mani

Mani Monday: Summer Pink and Black and White Striped Mixed Mani

When I’m uninspired on what mani I want to do I usually lean towards pinks and reds.  Maybe it’s because of my pink undertones, but they always look legit.  In the summer I want a fun and bright mani so why no mix it up with pinks and black and white stripes!  So I did, and I love it!  The perfect summer mixed mani!

Mixed Mani With Jamberry and Avon

Mixed Mani With Jamberry and Avon

For my base I used Avon Ridge Filling Base coat on all 10 digits.  On my pinkie and middle I used Avon Nail Wear Pro in Viva Pink (last seen here) followed by Avon Gel Finish Top Coat.  For those black and white stripes on my ring and thumb I used Jamberry Black and White Stripe wrap and for the chevron pink accent on my pointer I used Jamberry Sorbet wrap.

Jamberry Sorbet Nail Wrap on Pointer

Jamberry Sorbet Nail Wrap on Pointer

Avon Nailwear Pro in Viva Pink for Middle and Pinkie

Avon Nailwear Pro in Viva Pink for Middle and Pinkie

Jamberry Black and White Stripe Nail Wrap on Thumb and Pinkie

Jamberry Black and White Stripe Nail Wrap on Thumb and Pinkie

For summer this mani makes me happy, actually I’d rock this year round.  For me doing my nails is my happy place.  The process is sort of mindless that allows me to do whatever I want on those 10 fingers of mine.  When I look down and see my happy new mani I feel happy and content even if it is just for a few seconds until the next fire pops up I have to put out.  I can escape all the yuck by just doing my nails, silly or not, it’s the small things in life like this that work for me!  You can shop this Avon Viva Pink at my estore and Jamberry here.

Peace Out!

Peace Out!

Week O’Nautical – Warm Summer Cabana Striped Nights

 

Cabana Stripes

Cabana Stripes

Warm summer evenings are perfect for tiki torches, twinkling lights, bbq’s and garden parties!  As the sun sets, the lights turn on and as we garden and bbq can’t help but make the night more magical with a pretty cabana striped dress!  I may not be lounging in the cabana so I might as well bring the cabana to my lounging!

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The dress is from Loft Outlet, a major score with the holiday sales this week/weekend!  The fit is full and the material a nice thick linen (and lined!) so I needed to tie it all together with a wide belt.  The mark. The White Approach belt ($18) was the perfect way to tie in my nautical influence as well as tie my look together!

mark. The White Approach Belt

mark. The White Approach Belt

Why stop the stripes at just the dress!?!  Print matching the cabana stripes with the black and white stripes from my mark. Handle With Flair Handbag ($36).  Which also perfectly match my cobalt faux suede peep toe pumps from Shoedazzle!

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mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

To complete the look I just added some sparkly jewelry and eye look with my mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet (see review here) and What A Line Felt Tip Eyeliner in Twilight.  You can shop the beauty products used, Handle With Flair handbag and The White Approach Belt at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes on stripes actually work really well together!  Try it for yourself by mixing different sized stripes in your outfit and in an accessory.  Personally I’m loving how my nautically influenced cabana stripes pair with the mark. Handle With Flair handbag.  I’d recommend it as your striped accessory.  It has exterior pockets as well as interior and the silky fabric is anchored with with cobalt trim.  I’m thinking this bag will look equally as chic paired with black and white stripes for some stripe on stripe matching!  Now through Sunday get FREE SHIPPING on this bag (or any other $20 purchase) with promo code JULY4FS at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O'Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Week O’Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Aztec Shorts 4 Ways: Mixed Prints

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

Sometimes you just have to mix it up and have some fun.  The print on these mark. Aztec Empire Shorts ($30) is so fun that I was inspired (see my inspiration post) to show how versatile these shorts are for summer by styling them 4 ways (check out Look #1 here).  So I decided to have some fun and mix it up… by mixing prints!

Mixing Prints:  Aztec and B&W Stripes

Mixing Prints: Aztec and B&W Stripes

LOOK 2:  MIXING PRINTS AZTEC AND STRIPES – Black and White stripped tank, fun jewelry, neon clutch, oversized shades and strappy flat sandals.

Mixing Prints with mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

Mixing Prints with mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

I’m not a huge fan of mixing prints but done right the payoff is pretty, well, fun!  Stripes are the easiest print to mix and match with.  To break into mixing prints stick with classic colors, like my black and white tank here (Express, old).  The black and white stripes in the tank play off the black and white stripes in the shorts, just switching up directions.  Just for kicks, mix the prints with super fun accessories, coral jewelry (mark., old), a neon clutch (mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case used as a clutch), summer staple sunglasses (Coach) and flat strappy sandals in coral and snakeskin for more print mixing (Sam & Libby Karina Sandals, Target)!  Keep the accessories all in the same color family to mix and match them into your mixed prints to keep the look from going too overboard!

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case (used as a clutch)

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case (used as a clutch)

Fun Accessories Mix and Match with Mixed Prints

Fun Accessories Mix and Match with Mixed Prints

This look is definitely out of the box, but definitely way more fun than a plain old tank, shorts and flip flops.  For easy print mixing try stripes and fun accessories all in the same color family.  Life is too short not to have some fun, even if it is just in your outfit!  Give it a whirl and have some fun, like playing hopscotch on stepping stones!

Having fun in my mixed prints!

Having fun in my mixed prints!

Shop the mark. Aztec Empire shorts and Glam and Roll Jewelry Case at my eBoutique and get a tiered discount now through June 27th!  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger