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A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That's Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

Wear and Share Wednesday is all about the spring dresses! With Easter this Sunday, and numerous Spring events, I always find myself needing a new spring dress. The thing with Spring is it can still be pretty chilly, especially in the morning, you know, like when Easter service is and brunch! So not only do we need a new spring dress, we need a functional way to wear it.

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

This is why I love a long sleeve dress!  It gives you JUST enough to keep you warm in that spring breeze.  Layer it with a longer spring jacket like a trench and you can combat those overcast days.

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

I’m loving this long sleeve dress from mark., the Floral Femme Printed Dress.  Its a lightweight almost gauzy material so as the sun does warm up the afternoon you can push up the banded sleeves and bask in the warmth. Flowing, free-spirited and feminine, it’s the perfect peasant for springtime.  Plus the pretty pastel mint base with a print in living coral, navy and white make this an excellent on trend design.

Mixing Prints

Mixing Prints

For spring events layer this dress with a navy and white trench, (Expresss; old).  We are pulling that navy out of the print on the dress and pattern mixing with the nautical stripes.  Work your topper to match your dress for an even more polished look especially for things like Easter, baby showers, wedding showers, etc.  To keep the chill off even more I wore closed toe mules in white, (Express; old) and a spring scarf (Avon; old).

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

I styled this dress with a mint statement necklace and pearly accented bangles (Avon; old).  This allows me to dress up a boho dress for my Spring events.  Shimmery peach makeup finishes off the look in an appropriate, but also fun, way.

Fully Functional Look For Spring

Fully Functional Look For Spring

You can shop my dress, and my peach makeup look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Be sure to add on the A Box for $10 with a $40 order and use promo code GLIMMER for a FREE set of Glimmersticks eye liners in black, majestic plum and starry night!

Wardrobe Blue Print: Spring Layers

Wardrobe Blue Print:  Spring Layers

Wardrobe Blue Print: Spring Layers

Happy First Day of Spring!  And just like that, as we hit the daylight savings day switch, it feels like spring.  The cold and rain here seems to of given way for some warm sun this week and those longer days feel so nice and energetic! But with spring comes spring fashion that needs to be just as energetic but also functional, as the afternoon sun warms things the cold night still keep things chilly.  So I’m following the blue print for spring fashion:  spring layers.

Layering Spring Dresses and Moto Jackets

Layering Spring Dresses and Moto Jackets

So is mark.’s spring fashion release:  Follow the blue print this season with denim pieces, touches of turquoise and indigo florals.  Dance through a field of flowers in the peasant-style dress as you let your style bloom this season.

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

I’m layering the mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress with the mark. Denim Day Moto Jacket, with some cognac wedge boots (Shoedazzle) and the mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet and Earrings (last seen here).

Long sleeved spring dress with prairie prints and details!

Long sleeved spring dress with prairie prints and details!

Toughen up a peasant style dress with a denim moto jacket.

Toughen up a peasant style dress with a denim moto jacket.

This denim moto jacket was super comfy to wear all day like a layer not just a jacket.  It has good stretch in it and is a deep solid indigo.  I was in a sweater rut and just like the rest of us ready for something new and fresh.  When that afternoon sun hit I took it off and the long sleeve dress worked perfectly.

Denim, Florals and Turquoise

Denim, Florals and Turquoise:  mark. Denim Day Moto Jacket

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

mark. Blue Belle Printed Dress

Come spring I’m always excited to pick up a few new spring dresses.  I love that this one is on a blue base and has long sleeves, which makes a nice addition to my wardrobe.  I’m REALLY excited adding this denim moto jacket too.  I’m about to layer like a mo fo!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring!

You can shop my look and the full spring collection from mark. at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Also this month, if you place a $50 order online you’ll get a coupon for 20% off in April, so that’s a win!

 

Lip Of The Week: Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Darling Pink

Lip Of The Week: Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Darling Pink

Lip Of The Week: Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Darling Pink

You know what I’ve been loving lately?  Lip Gloss!  “Taking it back to the old school, cuz I’m an old fool who’s so cool…”  (10 points if you can name that song)  …Anyways, Avon Glazewear has me loving lip gloss again.  I am just LOVING this formula.  It’s super comfortable to wear, not too sticky, moisturizing and great color pay off!  I’m wearing Avon True Color Glazewear in Darling Pink, which is just a perfect everyday lip color.  Especially perfect for spring.

Avon True Color Glazewear in Darling Pink (Shade)

Avon True Color Glazewear in Darling Pink (Shade)

Swatch (shade)

Swatch (shade)

Avon True Color Glazewear in Darling Pink (setting sun)

Avon True Color Glazewear in Darling Pink (setting sun)

Swatch (setting sun)

Swatch (setting sun)

Darling Pink is actually a cream shade, so its pretty opaque for a gloss.  In the sun shots you can see it has just a *touch* of shimmer that looks really stunning on.  I never would of bought this on my own, for no reason other than that I’m just “into lipsticks now.”  This Glazewear came as part of a set, the Spring Pink Delights Collection 7-Piece Set actually.  After getting a Glazewear in my Savana Beauty Set (see here) and this one I’m officially on the gloss train.  That’s why I love sets, you get to try something you normally wouldn’t of picked out and sometimes its a grand slam, like this time.  The whole set is actually a grand slam!

Spring Pink Delights Collection 7-Piece Set

Spring Pink Delights Collection 7-Piece Set

Valued at $93 this Spring Pink Delights Collection set is ONLY $34.99!  I got it because I wanted the makeup bag, being a little larger I knew it would be great for traveling to fit larger items like foundation, full size hair products, etc.  Additionally, I needed more Skin So Soft oil and the Soft and Sensual scent is my favorite.  So for the cost of the SSS oil and the bag, I got a full size perfume, polish, lipgloss, shower gel and lotion!  Lucky for me I was trying out three new products (perfume, polish and gloss) and all of which I’m now using on the daily and loving!  Haiku Kyoto Flower is another one I’m kicking myself for not getting before now!

Take Me Traveling: Bag went to Tahoe with me!

Take Me Traveling: Bag went to Tahoe with me!

Spring Pink Delights Collection 7-Piece Set Includes:

Spring Pink Delights Collection 7-Piece Set

Full Size Beauty

Cosmetics Bag, polyester. Zip close with handle 11” L x 5” W x 7.5” H
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Shower Gel, 5 fl. oz.
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Bath Oil, 16.9 fl. oz.
Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Body Lotion, 11.8 fl. oz.
Haiku Kyoto Flower Eau de Parfum, 1.7 fl. oz.
Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Pastel Pink, .4 fl. oz.
Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Darling Pink, .21 oz. net wt.

Full Size Skin So Soft Line

Full Size Skin So Soft Line

Beautiful Bag Details

Beautiful Bag Details

Avon True Color Nailwear in Pastel Pink

Avon True Color Nailwear in Pastel Pink

If you haven’t figured it out, I love this set.  I think its an EXCELLENT value and I suggest trying a few new products.  I also think this would make a perfect Easter gift, basically everything you need to fill a basket outside of some candy.  I have a feeling this guy might sell out, so grab yours at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  and maybe pick up a few more Glazewears at 2 for $10!

Nailed It! Happy Easter With Easter Egg Nails!

Nailed It!  Happy Easter with Easter Egg Nails!

Nailed It! Happy Easter with Easter Egg Nails!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope the Easter Bunny didn’t hide your basket too hard 😉 I’m celebrating today with family, friends and food… and these super cute Easter egg nails!

Nailed It!  Happy Easter with Easter Egg Nails!

Nailed It! Happy Easter with Easter Egg Nails!

I paired my favorite peach polish, Essie A Crewed Interest, with these clear Jamberry Paint Me Pastel wraps. I’ve tried this Easter egg look many of years with hand painted nail art and it’s been a fail each time. That’s why I love Jamberry, perfect nail art each time, and quickly!

Jamberry Paint Me Pastel Over Essie A Crewed Interest

Jamberry Paint Me Pastel Over Essie A Crewed Interest

You can shop Jamberry here and Essie at your favorite beauty or drug store.

Easter Vibes

Easter Vibes

Hoppy Easter!

What To Wear For Easter

What To Wear For Easter

What To Wear For Easter

Easter will be here in under 2 weeks and if you haven’t found your Easter dress yet Linda and I have a few ideas we’re sharing with you today!

Alicia’s Look:

Avon Romantic Floral Dress For Easter

Avon Romantic Floral Dress For Easter

Easter always meant a new dress, new shoes, new purse and a new hat!  As I grew older it turned into just a new dress, but now I’m back to the full sha-bang because well #fashion!  New dress; the Avon Romantic Floral Dress.  New purse; mark. Say Cheese Camera bag.  Because I thought these blue pumps (Guess, old) and yellow cardi (Express, old) were the perfect addition I added new jewelry instead from mark. (last seen here).

mark. Say Cheese Camera Bag and new mark. Jewelry!

mark. Say Cheese Camera Bag and new mark. Jewelry!

Dress has POCKETS!

Dress has POCKETS!

I absolutely adore this dress as an Easter dress because it has a fun spring print and a lady like cut that works for Easter Sunday or wear to work.  Usually I lean toward Easter pastels, but this primary number works just as well.  And the dress has pockets… POCKETS!  Any dress with pockets is an automatic winner!

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

Linda’s Look(s):

 

Linda's Look In The Avon Soft Flutter Sleeved Dress

Linda’s Look In The Avon Soft Flutter Sleeved Dress

Linda is wearing the Avon Soft Flutter Sleeved Dress for her Easter look.  It’s feminine sleeves with a flattering silhouette in a spring worthy print, this flutter-sleeve dress is all you need.  Paired with the Avon Embossed Chunky Heel Sandal, Linda’s Easter look is easy to wear and seasonly on trend!

Pretty Spring Prints for Easter

Pretty Spring Prints for Easter

The Soft Flutter Sleeve dress is only $24.99 and the Embossed Chunky Heels are only $29.99 so for under $60 you have your Easter look DONE!

Linda Pretty In Polka Dots

Linda Pretty In Polka Dots

As a BONUS check out Linda’s other idea for a great Easter outfit all for under $40!  For a little Italian flair try the Avon Pretty In Polka Dot Dress paired with the Avon Spring Flowers Collection Necklace (coming soon!)  It’s super feminine and fun!  Polka dots always work and her red lip seals the deal.

You can shop both our looks at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to order ASAP so it is here in time for Easter!  (or use shop runner for free 2-day shipping!)  If you were interested in becoming an Avon rep like Linda and myself, check it out here.

 

 

Nailed It: Spring Break Mani – Rose Quartz Getaway

Nailed It:  Spring Break Mani

Nailed It: Spring Break Mani

Even though I’m not going on spring break I can put myself there mentally with this mani!  I picked out this wrap to wear for Easter because the color of the year rose quartz and serenity are the prefect easter colors.  Once I put it on I was like this is kinda perfect with the palm print since everyone is on spring break!

Spring Mani Essentials

Spring Mani Essentials

The wrap I used is Rose Quartz Getaway from Jamberry with an accent nail in Essie Apres Chic.  To prep I used this Avon Senses Cherry Blossom Hand Cream to help with cuticles.  Then I made sure the the nails were clean before applying Avon Ridge Filling Base Coat before applying my wrap.

Jamberry Rose Quartz Getaway with Essie Apres Chic

Jamberry Rose Quartz Getaway with Essie Apres Chic

mark. Grows On You Bracelet With My Spring Mani

mark. Grows On You Bracelet With My Spring Mani

As perfect as this mani is for spring break I’m wearing it for Easter.  What I love is I put it on Palm Sunday and it looks just as good come Easter Sunday!  And that week inbetween when I look down at my nails I feel like I’m on a mini spring break.

Color Of The Year For Easter Mani

Color Of The Year For Easter Mani

If you have a spring getaway coming up I highly recommend this wrap both for its design and staying power.  You can shop Jamberry here and you can get my bracelet at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and get 20% off a $60 order with promo code SAVE20

Getaway With A Spring Mani

Getaway With A Spring Mani

 

Easter Inspo

Can you believe that Easter is already THIS Sunday!?  I still need to figure out an Easter dress, dye eggs, make a side dish for Easter brunch and create an Easter basket!  With the ultimate spring holiday quickly approaching here’s what has me inspired for Peter Cottontail:

Easter Eggs – Dying eggs is an Easter tradition I’m not willing to give up.  This year I’m loving these blue swirled eggs!

Easter Egg Inspo

Easter Egg Inspo

Easter Gift DIY – How easy are these mason jar gifts!?  Chocolate bunny in the middle surrounded by jelly beans and some grass.  Finish off with a ribbon and done!

Mason Jar Easter Gifts

Mason Jar Easter Gifts

Easter Sunday Outfit – Every year I take Easter as a time to buy a key spring piece to the wardrobe.  This year I got these Avon Lace Up Sandals, question now is what to wear them with!?  I’m definitely inspired by fresh colors, fun rompers and sleek shifts!

Easter Outfit Inspo from mark.

Easter Outfit Inspo from mark.

New Kicks For Easter: Avon Lace Up Sandal

New Kicks For Easter: Avon Lace Up Sandal

White House Black Market

White House Black Market

Avon Spring Sensation Dress - LONG SLEEVES!!! So crucial for cold Easters!

Avon Spring Sensation Dress – LONG SLEEVES!!! So crucial for cold Easters!

 

Easter Nails – I love a good Easter themed mani and there’s way too many to inspire me this year!

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Easter Mani Inspo

Easter Mani Inspo

 

Easter Beauty – The mark. Precious Petals collection pretty much screams Easter!  I think the All Time Eye Hookup Cream Shadow would look killer as just a pop on the inner corner with On The Dot Eye Pallet in Neutral on the rest of the lid and one of the new lip glosses from the collection would finish it off!

mark. Precious Petals Beauty Collection

Lucy Hale in mark. Precious Petals Beauty Collection

mark. Precious Petals Beauty Collection

mark. Precious Petals Beauty Collection

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Easter Accessories:  I’m one that definitely will try to wear an Easter hat (as seen here and here) but in addition to a good hat, a spring bag and shoes are a must.  Goes back to that reason to add new spring items to my closet!  Another thing to consider is spring weather has a chill so a soft trench coat and spring scarf are those layers you need!

mark. Soft Touch Trench

mark. Soft Touch Trench

Easter Accessory Inspo

Easter Accessory Inspo

mark. Subtle Sparkle Scarf and In The Money Wearable Wallet

mark. Subtle Sparkle Scarf and In The Money Wearable Wallet

 

What is inspiring you for Easter and spring!?

 

Nailed It: Julep Alicia

What a better mani Monday then our own namesake!  Julep Alicia!

Julep Alicia

Julep Alicia

I have this thing with names, I like to get people polish in their name even if its not a color they’d wear.  It’s like a collectors piece.  Alicia, while you know the name, it’s not really as common as you’d think, so when I saw Julep had an Alicia I was ALL OVER IT.  Except it’s been sold out for-ev-ver!  The re-released in the new formula a few months ago and I snatched it up.  At first I was like, eh, it will probably not look that great on me, but I want it for my vanity, so it sat in it’s box all pretty and new.  Then for Easter I decided to bust out this shade.  I was going to do a fun Easter mani but I also had a wedding and business trip so I needed just an easy shade to get me through.  Julep Alicia it is!

Julep Alicia for Easter

Julep Alicia for Easter

Once I applied Julep Alicia I was immediately in love with my namesake.  In just two coats it’s full coverage cream with the shiniest finish with NO topcoat!  It’s super super bright and unique but doesn’t come across as gaudy.  Julep Alicia is the word.  If I was ultimately going to create a polish that represented me I wouldn’t change a thing!

Spring Favorite:  Julep Alicia

Spring Favorite: Julep Alicia

You can shop Julep here and get your first Julep Maven 4-piece box FOR FREE using promo code SCORE.

Spring Styling Tips: Easter

Styling Tips For Easter

Spring Styling Tips For Easter

Spring has sprung!  Regardless if the weather is here or not it’s time to lighten and brighten things up for spring, which is why Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have teamed up again to bring you some styling tips for the new season.  First up, dressing for Easter!  I always feel this is the kick off point for spring looks.

Alicia’s Tips for Dressing for Easter:

What To Wear For Easter

What To Wear For Easter

1.  Add in a new dress to the wardrobe.

mark. About Lace Dress

mark. About Lace Dress

Growing up, Easter always meant a new dress, hat and purse, which always made a little girl happy!  As a grown up, I still do the same thing, add in a new spring dress to the wardrobe this time of year.  Here’s my tip, pick a dress that’s something you can use for all those upcoming spring and summer occasions like baby and bridal showers, weddings, brunches, etc…  This way you’ll maximize your wardrobe and be making a smart purchase.  I went with the mark. About Lace Dress.  It has a flirty cut but yet conservative for things like church on Easter.

mark. About Lace Dress for Easter

mark. About Lace Dress for Easter

Styling Tip:  Add a new spring dress to the wardrobe that you can get good use out of all season long!

Styling Tip: Add a new spring dress to the wardrobe that you can get good use out of it all season long!

 

2.  Brighten things up.

Try Jewel Tones For Easter

Try Jewel Tones For Easter

Come spring we want to lighten and brighten things up.  We’re so over the dark and gloomy outfits (even if the weather still is).  Easter dresses are the perfect piece to embrace spring colors and/or prints, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your spring pastels.  Try a jewel tone, it’s still a bold color but sometimes helps against that winter complexion (cough, cough, my white legs, cough cough), and it will look just as good come summer.

Jewel Tones and bright lip with Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Matte Fuchsia

Jewel Tones and bright lip with Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Matte Fuchsia

mark. All Seasons Scarf

mark. All Seasons Scarf

 

3. Add a unique spring accessory.

Brooks Brothers hat and mark. All Seasons Scarf

Brooks Brothers hat and mark. All Seasons Scarf

There is never a more appropriate time to wear a fun hat then on Easter.  I prefer a wider brimmed hat for this occasion, it’s a little more dressy, and I’m definitely not opposed to details like flowers, ribbons, etc. but this solid blue Panama hat from Brooks Brothers has been my Easter go-to for years (as seen last year).  Invest in one hat that you can use for years to come since it’s not an every day thing.  If hat’s aren’t your thing try a spring scarf.  This mark. All Season’s scarf is the perfect mix of a fun spring print, lightweight material, and oversized shape.  This makes it perfect to wear wrapped as a scarf or open as a shawl for chilly spring breezes.  Or if you’re like me wear both!  Then add some oversized pearls for a modern yet girly finishing touch.

Oversized Pearls (bebe), Might Pretty Bracelet (mark.), Tool Around Ring Set (mark.)

Oversized Pearls (bebe), Might Pretty Bracelet (mark.), Tool Around Ring Set (mark.)

Easter Accessories

Easter Accessories

 

4.  Keep it appropriate.

Lace Back Detailing on mark. About Lace Dress

Lace Back Detailing on mark. About Lace Dress

I love the flirty lace back detailing of this dress, but a sheer back isn’t necessarily appropriate for church.  I added a white cami underneath to still show the detailing but keep it appropriate.  Now if you were going to a brunch with your friends, totally rock the sheer back!  This is why this mark. About Lace Dress is the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe, it has that playful side you can maximize for your other occasions.

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How to wear a lace back dress to church

How to wear a lace back dress to church

 

5.  Put some spring in your step.

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

One of the biggest pet-peeves, and I see it every Easter, are girls in their pretty Easter dresses with rubber flip flops.  Maybe it’s my East coast classic coming out when I live in a West coast world, but when dressing up rubber flip flops are a no no.  Easter is a dressier Sunday regardless of what you’re doing so step up your shoe game.  It doesn’t have to be heels, but it does have to be a little nicer of a shoe (ex: see Jill’s chic flats in her look) .  There are so many good sandals, flats and heels out there that this should be an issue.  I love the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps because they are SO COMFORTABLE and a shoe that adds miles to your shoe wardrobe.  They can be worn with jeans to work wear to dresses and beyond.  You can see my love for them here, here, here and here, told you I loved them.

Getting Comfy in the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

Getting Comfy in the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

 

Jill’s Styling Tip:  Be ready for Easter church and your Easter picnic by casually styling pretty spring colors. 

My Sweet Obsessions Full Easter Look

My Sweet Obsessions Full Easter Look

Create your casual Easter look by pairing a pencil skirt in spring colors with a casual neutral top like the Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt by mark. The straight line of the pencil skirt and chiffon layer on the sweatshirt will dress up your look for church. Add a pair of flat sandals to show off your pretty spring pedicure and make it easy to run in the grass to hide those Easter Eggs at the picnic. Finish off your look by adding colorful spring jewelry pieces that go with your skirt like the Three Of A Kind Bracelet Set by mark. This look will easily take you from Easter church to your Easter picnic after church.
See Jill’s full look here.
Jill in the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

Jill in the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt