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Orange Is The New Black

Summer Orange Maxi With Flats and Gold Accents

Summer Orange Maxi With Flats and Gold Accents

Have you been bing watching Orange Is The New Black?  The second season was released just in time for summer vacation bing watching… can you say staycation!?  I may not be wearing an orange jumpsuit but this orange maxi is the next best thing!  Orange is having a major moment in the world of Alicia (as seen here).  I’ve replaced my go-to black pieces with this bright cheery color.  Its the perfect bright summer color that looks great on almost anyone and look really good with a tan and gold accents!  Instead of a standard black maxi go with an orange maxi!  I picked up this dress for $5… yes $5! at H&M.  It was a little shapeless but I knew it would be perfect for accessorizing.  It also is short enough to wear with flats!  When you’re only 5′ that’s a big deal because sometimes a maxi and flats is just a functional, must-have type of outfit.

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Brooks Brothers Orange and Linen Flats

Brooks Brothers Orange and Linen Flats

I had these linen and orange leather trimmed flats from Brooks Brothers that really added a little luxe to an otherwise thrifty maxi.  To also luxe up the look shiny gold sunglasses, jewelry and belt!  The gilded accents really play off the warm coloring of orange and make this look chic for summer.

Coach Sunglasses With Gold Stems

Coach Sunglasses With Gold Stems

The straight lines of this dress really does not help a curvy figure.  One of the biggest appeals of maxi dresses are their lengthening and slimming effect.  A straight cut like this one on a curvy figure does the opposite by tenting out and making me appear bigger than I am.  That’s when a belt becomes your best friend!  Just adding a slim metallic wrap belt like this mark. Cross Over Belt completely transforms the look and makes it way more flattering.  Tie it all together with a gold cuff from Buckle and my Avon Signature Watch and I’ve got a easy summer look thats both functional and flattering.

Orange and Gold for Summer

Orange and Gold for Summer

An easy summer outfit needs easy summer makeup.   Let the freckles shine through by only adding a touch of concealer, bronzer on cheeks (mark. Island Beauty Pallet, reviewed here.) and a swipe of metallic blue liquid liner (mark. On The Edge Eyeliner in Blue Chrome) with a killer voluminous mascara (Avon Aero Volume Mascara).  A little mark. All Butter Now Lip Butter on my lips and I’m good to go!  You can get the look at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. On The Edge Liner in Blue Chrome

mark. On The Edge Liner in Blue Chrome

Make orange your new black this summer!  It looks especially oh so summery with gold accents, metallic blue liner and freckles.  What orange pieces are you looking to add or already love?

Put Some Spring In Your Step – with pastels, gold and PG + T Nolita pumps!

Who else has spring fever!?!  I’m ready for all things spring… everything fresh, blooming flowers and most of all warmer weather.  I usually miss out on spring fashion because I jump from winter to summer and forget that window inbetween because I’m usually just cold or hot… or at least I dress like its hot then put on a winter sweater because its not.  This year however I’m NOT doing that!  Thanks to all the inspiration on Pinterest, wearing spring fashion is as easy as adding a few key pieces into your wardrobe.

Pastel Perfection

Pastel Perfection

First step… adding color!  All things pastels are hitting high notes this season so starting with this aqua color top pretty much sets the stage for a good spring fever outfit!  Since it is still a little chilly the long chiffon sleeves help keep off the chill but as temps warm up this would look equally as chic with shorts.  This one is from Buckle but you can find a pastel top with sheer detailing pretty much at any store these days.

Second step… finding a good pair of ankle pants.  They’re just enough of a break at the hem to say hello spring! but still keep you warm like pants do.  Since its “technically” still winter anchoring your pastels with black keeps the look of the season.  These Great Details Pants from mark. have been in and out of sale so check back at my eBoutique or direct message me.

Ankle Pants and Baubles

Ankle Pants and Baubles

Third Step… it’s all in the details!  Your accessories will take you further than you think.  Try switching to gold, rose gold, brass to warm things up.  I’ve been OBSESSED with these new JUST LAUNCHED jewelry pieces from mark.  The Styles and Stones Bracelet ($24) is such a lady like piece with fresh blush colored faux pearls and clear stones making it my spring must have pick!  Pair it with the In A Flash Ring ($16) and you got yourself some serious charm going on.  Also from mark. the Moonlighting Necklace ($18 – worn extended) is a more dainty piece to pair with the larger pieces.  Shop all the new arrivals at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

All In the Details - a fun back

All In the Details – a fun back

Prabal Gurung for Target Nolita Pump

Prabal Gurung for Target Nolita Pump

Final step… a super fun patterned shoe!  When I saw these Parbal Gurung for Target Nolita pumps at the store I KNEW they were my spring patterned shoe of choice!  They have tons of colors in them, a pattern that will go with a lot and super comfy to boot!  There are a ton of killer options for a fun spring patterned shoe at Shoedazzle too and at great prices!

Since my spring fever has officially hit be prepared for a crap load of more spring inspired posts heading your way!  What have you done to put a little spring in your step?