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Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, animal prints are a huge trend right now. They were hot in the summer and even hotter for fall. You’ll see some sort of version at pretty much every retailer. The thing with animal prints, they’re kinda are always in, just how you wear them fluctuates. Which means now is a great time to get some pieces that will be super trendy now but also last in your wardrobe for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to shop and wear the trend:

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Leopard: A leopard piece is the way to go If you don’t really think yourself as trendy but you like the trends.  Or, if you’re someone who hates the trend when they first come out, but then end up liking it once you see it all over (guilty!).  Leopard works really well for fall because its already set in fall colors with the browns, taupes, blacks and creams.  I suggest finding a leopard blouse in a soft flowy material.  You can dress up a pair of jeans or wear it with some white shorts for a late summer look.   Come actual fall pair with a boyfriend cardigan or with your fav moto/leather/jean jacket for a cool girl appeal.  A leopard blouse always works well for workwear too.  Be trendy by pairing it with a tie waist cropped pant in blush.  Once this of the moment trend dies down a leopard blouse will still work well in your closet especially if you’re just pairing it with a black pant/skirt for work or a dark denim for casual wear.  If you want something a little more trendy the oversized leopard print cardigans are huge!  Nordstrom’s version sold out but the one on Amazon everyone is grabbing.  I also really like the black and cream/white leopard prints as a take that not everyone is wearing…

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet - Express; Mules - Calvin Klein

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet – Express; Mules – Calvin Klein

 

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin:  Now snakeskin is like the uber-trendy trend right now.  So if you want to be in, then snakeskin it is.  You’ll see snakeskin right now in everything… I mean everything!  From trench coats to shoes to bags to joggers… snakeskin everything!  But, because of this, you can find some really cool pieces, like a red snakeskin printed bodysuit I picked up from Express which is a total fun twist on the trend.  What I recommend shopping for though, is a pair of snakeskin boots!  These are something that will work in your wardrobe for years to come!  For you regular trendy people, get an ankle boot.  Wear it with white jeans and a white tank for a wear now look and then wear it with black jeans and a black tee come actual fall.  For you super trendy folks, get a pair of tall OTK snakeskin boots! Wear them with a t-shirt dress or a band graphic tee and shorts for a late summer look.  Come fall pair them with a sweater dress and a trench or the classic leggings/tee/jacket combo.  Even wear them with a pencil skirt for a wear to work look.  For the not-so-trendy shop for a pair of snakeskin flat mules or loafers.  Just a pop of snakeskin that keeps you on trend but not by too much and a style you can wear to work to running errands to casual outings.

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties ;)

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties 😉

 

Zebra Print

Zebra Print

Zebra:  If you don’t want to be wearing the same trend as every girl on IG then zebra is the way to go.  Just as in as leopard/snakeskin but a little different, and a little harder to find so you’ll stand out in a different way.  If you want to be even more mega trendy, pattern mix it with other animal prints, I especially like it with a tiger print or giraffe print.  Right now shop for a slinky midi skirt in a zebra print.  The leopard version is all over the place, but a zebra print is a more unique alternative.  It’s really wearable and on trend with just a white tee and sneakers, but I would wear it with heels… you know me.  Come fall, throw on a denim jacket for weekend, a cardigan for work, or a leather jacket and black heels for a night out.  This Ann Taylor Zebra Print Skirt, it’s the perfect transitional piece plus it’s one you could wear 10 years ago and one you could wear in 10 more years.  With all these animal print pieces a nice fabric in a sophisticated style will allow you to get more wear out of the pieces for years to come.

Tee/Layered Necklaces - Avon; Skirt - Ann Taylor; Sandals - Marshall's

Tee/Layered Necklaces – Avon; Skirt – Ann Taylor; Sandals – Marshall’s

Fun fact about me, zebra’s are my favorite animal.  With that being said, I don’t really like a zebra print unless its done extremely tasteful.   That’s the trick to wearing animal print find it in luxe fabrics and fits that will read classy not trashy and then have fun with it with what you pair it with.  Now they become pieces that last beyond the trend!  What animal print pieces do you have your eye on?

PS:  I have a great neutral makeup look that works with all these looks, and transitions into the fall.  If you want to see more leave me a comment!

Week O’Nautical – Buttoned Up

Week O'Nautical - Buttoned Up

Week O’Nautical – Buttoned Up

What’s red and white and blue all over?  A patriotic Red White and Blue Week O’Nautical OOTD!  That kinda works right!?  Either way Week O’Nautical is sailing through this short work week as the long holiday weekend is so close I can taste it!

A Little Inspo from Emily Gemma

A Little Inspo from Emily Gemma

If you follow Emily Gemma of the Sweetest Thing Blog then you know she loves a good hat, ESPECIALLY a good Fiddler Baker Boy cap!  It was her post (see here) that had me smitten with this red and white striped hat last year.  I should of copy cat-ted her look there when Memorial Week O’Nautical was cold and rainy, but of course I thought about that after the fact.  So I decided in my head I’ll recreate this look for the 4th but now the summer heat is here and there’s no way I’m wearing jeans, but a denim button front dress I can do!  So I took her flow with the white tee and jeans and put my word on it with this Express Button Front Denim Mini Dress (now marked down to clearance!)

Little White Dress - With Pockets!

Little White Dress – With Pockets!

Hat – Brixton |  Heels, Jewelry – Avon |  Dress – Express |  Red Lip – Avon Lip Glow in Spark

Button Front Trend

Button Front Trend

Avon Lip Glow in Spark

Avon Lip Glow in Spark

This lip on repeat all week long!

This lip on repeat all week long!

I love a little white dress (as seen here, here and here) and this one was a welcome addition to the LWD family.  The square neck and button front details are super on trend.  The denim material is a little easier to wear too not getting as dirty as quickly.  And white always feel perfect for summer and for Week O’Nautical.

Express Button Front Mini Dress

Express Button Front Mini Dress

We’ll be heading out to watch some fireworks tonight so I’ll easily switch into some slides and be good to go for a festive casual night out!  Do you have any early 4th festivities this year?  Or you saving it all for the long weekend!?

Bandit LOVES Week O'Nautical

Bandit LOVES Week O’Nautical

Just as a little PSA there’s a TON of promo’s going on right now over at the eBoutique!  Free Shipping at $25 ends today but always free shipping on $40 🙂

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Week O'Nautical - Style Trial

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Let’s give this style a trial for Week O’Nautical!  Today’s look comes from my Express Style Trial box! I’ve been wanting to try a clothes rental subscription for awhile and finally bit the bullet and tried the subscription rental offering from Express… think Rent the Runway only with Express.  I’ll do a full review on the whole experience after I get my 2nd box but until then this little jumpsuit number is a perfect piece for July!

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

The Express Stripe Square Neck Jumpsuit is super fun in red, black and white stripes with a culotte cropped leg.  It is a one and done kind of situation with easy pull on pull off for bathroom breaks.  It handled the summer hear really nicely too.  This one is currently on clearance too!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I thought it gave some Americana vibes so I really picked it out for this week.  I paired it with my black tortoise shell jewelry from Avon and some striped wedges for an elevated casual look.  I wore this to work but I work in a very relaxed dress code kind of place, but you could easily throw a black blazer or sweater over it or even a white collared blouse under it.

A Bit of that 90's Vibe

A Bit of that 90’s Vibe

Too keep it more functional I paired my mini black backpack the husband got me with it, perfect for trotting around BBQ’s and going to watch fireworks.  I wore my walkable wedges but this would look cute with a flat slide too (I have these ones in mind from Steve Madden at DSW)

Walking into the holiday weekend like...

Walking into the holiday weekend like…

You can shop this jumpsuit at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply — which probably means this 50% off sale going on until but check or check after the 4th.  For my Avon jewelry hit up my eBoutique that has free shipping on $25 today and tomorrow with promo code CELEBRATE

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer!  I couldn’t be more excited for long summer days.  I have myself a little dinner and a movie date night so why not wear a killer summer dress!  Summer dresses are my favorite, they’re easy breezy and go with any occasion, kinda like a summer day.

Summer Trends

Summer Trends

I hit a few trends with this black midi dress from Express; button front, ribbed and midi!  It’s appropriately called the Ribbed Button Front Midi Dress.  It actually was a spring item that went out of stock online.  When mom was out visiting we hit up the real legit mall and I was able to swoop it up  and it did not disappoint.  (Its back in stock online btw, and in 3 colors!)  I love it as a summer dress because its so light weight and easy to wear it will be the perfect thing for 100+ days we hit here in the summer.

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Because it is such a thin material I felt more comfortable layering it over a strappy bra cami for work. I work in a causal office so summer dresses are allowed, however you could layer this over a white crew neck t-shirt for a 90’s look if you need more coverage.

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Solstice calls for summer accessories!  Boater Hat by LC Lauren Conrad and some raffia flatforms from Shoedazzle fit the bill.  My Avon Summer Sands jewelry collection was the perfect compliment on top for some more summer obsessories.

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

You can shop my summer dress at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply.

Happy Summer My Friends!

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O'Nautical:  The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

This nautical trench coat is a bit of a unicorn item for me.  With the weather we’ve been having its kind of the perfect piece for a spring layer.  It is functional and seasonal and also classic in style with a classic nautical look in navy and white stripes.

My Unicorn Coat

My Unicorn Coat

Lets go back a few years when Cabi released this beautiful navy and striped trench coat. It was out of my budget and not the most practical purchase for me especially at a higher cost. I live in Nor Cal where coat weather is pretty much only Nov – Feb… and let me tell you I already have a billion coats. So I stalked it.  And stalked it.  And stalked it and wish I had it.  THEN I saw Express release their version, but again at a higher price than I wanted to spend on another coat I don’t need.  I had a great black trench coat from Express that Nicki found me on clearance back during the working at the mall, Elder Beerman days.  Probably like 2001 and that guy lasted me a good 15 years or more.  So when this striped version went on clearance and I was able to get it for pennies on the dollar I swooped it.  That was also in July so it hasn’t even been worn until this spring!  And now, my unicorn coat is home where it belongs, getting its full exposure on Week O’Nautical.

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Even living in a climate where coats are super necessary this is still a style that should be a staple.  Come spring we’re all ready to leave all the black and grays of winter behind.  And hey, San Francisco is only a car ride away and I’ll always need a jacket there!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

My OOTD is basically this Week O’Nautical look all over again, gold sweater and white jeans.  My sweater is also from Express circa early 2000’s and my jeans are some random brand from Marshalls.  Slides are Calvin Klein from Nordstrom’s Rack… and I’m loving them with white jeans!

I love gooooooold!

I love gooooooold!

Pop ya collar!

Pop ya collar!

You might remember I also wore this trench over my spring dress here, for another look at its versatility.  I found quite a few of this exact jacket on Poshmark and Ebay but I’m also loving this BCBG one and this Rachael Roy one.  I’m hoping I can pack this puppy away soon, but it has been my must have go-to this week!

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Monday mornings are the worst.  It’s no secret I’m always late, always.  9/10 its because I don’t know what I want to wear and Monday’s seem to be the toughest.  Mondays are also setting the pace for the week, and seem to always include a meeting or two or three… so I need to dress for success!

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

My go-to items for when I need to look legit are Express blouses paired with some ankle pants.  It always looks polished and professional while still being on trend and fun.  When I can’t figure out what I want to wear and, as always, running late, this dynamic duo is what I always reach for as my work OOTD.  No matter what the activity is that day, or what spring weather throws at me, this duo is functional!

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Stripes work as a neutral for me, I tend to pair them with my basics to my colors.  I love this Express Striped Strappy Cross Front Large Button-Cuff Blouse.  I also have an Express Portofino Shirt in this same pattern, as well as an off-the shoulder version.  I can not “express” how much they level up my Monday morning’s get ready sesh.

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

For spring I LOVE pairing my ankle pants with pumps!  I’m wearing the Columnist ankle pants, which are the best fit for me, and mark pumps (old), but I’m loving these Elastic Cross Strap Snakeskin Print Heels!  Finished off with a statement hoop earring (Avon) and a clear bag for a fun desk to dinner look (mark., old – try the Express Yellow Trim Event Bag for the same look.)

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Express has always been my go-to for work wear, they outfit ambition.  Level up your Monday mornings with an Express blouse, I promise you, it will be a go-to!  You can use my ring code 8482 to get 15% off your order at Express.com (exclusions apply)

From Desk To Dinner

From Desk To Dinner – and everything in-between!

Style Secret:  I wear an Express Bra Cami under everything… all day every day.

#Expresslife

#Expresslife

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!

Mood: Moody Blues

Mood: Moody Blues

Mood: Moody Blues

In like a  lion, out like a lamb.  The “old Pennsylvanian saw” holds true this year so far.  With the windy, rainy, moody blue days we’ve had, I’m also feeling that vibe.  I’ve been gravitating towards the blues lately, which seem to be perfect for end of winter.

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb!

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb!

Wearing:  * mark. Blue Belle Blouse; * Express High Waisted Denim Perfect Seamed Bell Flare Jeans; * mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet and mark. Boho Beauty Earrings, * Michael Kors Red Suede Platform Heels (old).

Wearing for Spring

Wearing for Spring

Wearing for Winter

Wearing for Winter

Wearing for Winter: Calvin Klein Navy Faux Leather Jacket (Ross), mark. Rebel Ice Scarf (old)

Layered with leather and a long scarf!

Layered with leather and a long scarf!

When looking for a black leather jacket for the Justin Timberlake Concert (see here) I found this cool navy one instead, which got me super excited and fit my moody blue vibes.  Layered with a prairie blouse and some fresh-again flares I have a look that works well for March as we transition to that lamb like weather.

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Boho Beauty Earrings

mark. Boho Beauty Earrings

Wear and Share Wednesday may be blue, but in the best way possible, as blue IS my favorite color.   I’m loving that I can layer up a spring blouse and jeans and not freeze, which means spring is on its way!  And as far as my lip of the day, Avon True Color Lip Glow in Afterglow!  Pinks go strangely well with blues (see what I mean here!)  You can shop the mark. spring collection and lip color online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Lip Of The Day: Avon True Color Lip Glow in Afterglow

Lip Of The Day: Avon True Color Lip Glow in Afterglow

Stashing some Lip Glow in my jeans pocket!

Stashing some Lip Glow in my jeans pocket!

More March Weather Lore:

  • A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
  • As it rains in March, so it rains in June.
  • March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.
  • So many mists in March you see, so many frosts in May will be.
  • Is’t on St. Joseph’s day (19th) clear, So follows a fertile year; Is’t on St. Mary’s (25th) bright and clear, Fertile is said to be the year.
#mood

#mood

Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?

Hello January!

Hello January!

Hello January!

Why, hello there 2018! Guess who left a lot of unpublished posts in 2017. This gal! A little resolution for word of alicia is to publish in a more timely manner. Since there’s no time like the present here are a lot of looks I never got around to sharing in 2017… like this amazing mark. microsuede jacket!

Jacket Weather:

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench

Wearing A Looooong Jacket Look:  mark. Stay On Top Trench, mark. Touch It Out Necklace, mark. Well Heeled Booties, Guess Turtleneck, Old Navy Jeans.

Jacket Weather

Jacket Weather

Merry and Bright!

mark. Split Personality Blouse

mark. Split Personality Blouse

Wearing a Colorful Look:  mark. Split Personality Blouse, Avon Multi-Color Statement Necklace, mark. Lip Paint Vinyl in Cozy, White House Black Market Navy Pants, Express Glitter Clutch, mark. Ring.

Merry and Bright Look

Merry and Bright Look

Bright Colors for Winter

Bright Colors for Winter

Linda’s Beautiful Party Look:

Avon Velvet Fit and Flare Dress

Avon Velvet Fit and Flare Dress

Linda Wearing Her Velvet Look:  Avon Velvet Fit and Flare Dress, Avon Multicolor Statement Necklace, Avon Sasha Velveteen Pump.

Party Perfect Look

Party Perfect Look

Perfect From The Front and BACK!

Perfect From The Front and BACK!

Wintersoft:

Avon Winter Soft Blue Sparkle Necklace

Avon Winter Soft Blue Sparkle Necklace

Wearing Soft Shades Look:  Avon Winter Soft Blue Sparkle Necklace, Forever 21 Dress.

First Day Of Winter

First Day Of Winter

Matching The Winter Sky

Matching The Winter Sky

 

My favorite blouse of 2017:

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

Wearing That Lovely Lace:  mark. About Lace Cami Blouse, mark. Clutch, White House Black Market Ankle Pants, Tahari Mules.

Wear To Work

Wear To Work

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

mark. About Lace Cami Blouse

Winter Weather:

Black and White Winter Look

Black and White Winter Look

Wearing Winter Weather Look:  White House Black Market Sweater (last seen here), White House Black Market Flare Pants, Express Houndstooth Jacket, mark. High On Glitter Platform Heels, Avon Tassel Earrings.

Winter Weather With WHBM

Winter Weather With WHBM

Well there it is, pretty much what I looked like the last 2 months of 2017 haha.  Some of this is still available, some of it will pop up in clearance, some of it is old and just for some outfit inspo haha.  You can shop mark. and Avon at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger