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What To Wear In Maui: The Off The Shoulder Dress

What To Wear In Maui - Off The Shoulder Dress

What To Wear In Maui – Off The Shoulder Dress

The epic drive from Kahului to Hana is world famous.  It is a curvy coastal road with views of its natural beauty of its unblemished cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and miles and miles of rainforest.  It was one of my favorite things we did while visiting Maui and according to mark.; The epic drive from Kahului to Hana on the Hana Highway is an absolutely must.  Wear a dress that’s both comfy in the car and cute enough to steal some attention from the jaw-dropping scenery when you jump out to ooh and awe.   For this scenario the perfect piece is the mark. Warm Shoulder Dress.

mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Not only is the off the shoulder trend huge this summer it’s a star item from the mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection.  Inspired from our tropical destination Maui, this dress is lightweight, features a hibiscus like cutout design along the hem and cut to be the the perfect versatile dress for summer vacations and beyond.

Off The Shoulder Trend For Summer

Off The Shoulder Trend For Summer

I may not currently be in Maui but I am taking an instant vacation there wearing this pretty blue dress.  You know those pieces you put on and you just feel good in, this is one of them.  The periwinkle blue color is just stunning, and not like anything else I already own.  I like that I can wear it off one shoulder, both shoulders, the sleeves pushed up or long.  It’s really functional and pretty.

Versatile Way To Wear It

Versatile Way To Wear It

For something comfy to wear on a summer road trip or along the road to Hana this dress has that relaxed vibe.  Especially if you pair it with some shimmering flip flops and a great beach bag.  If I was in Maui I’d wear it over my suit and my bag would include a towel, snorkeling gear, Avon Sun+ Sunscreen, mark. Touch and Glow Coral, and Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara!  However I’m not, so for my any day in real life look I wore it over a lace bralette (Victoria’s Secret Pink) instead of a swim suit.  And my  faux straw bag (Lilly Pulitzer for Target) contains my wallet instead of snorkeling gear and a towel but the Touch and Glow and Big and Daring stay!

Your Go-To Summer Dress - mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Your Go-To Summer Dress – mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Perfect For A Summer Road Trip

Perfect For A Summer Road Trip

Maybe it’s the birds of paradise, or the cute floral cut outs but I’m feeling pretty tropical.  With the pretty blue dress I’m wearing the pretty Blue Atlantic jewelry collection (pendant necklace and earrings).  My bracelets are actually from my trip to Hawaii from a local vendor.  Finally for the perfect tropical feel my bright orangy-coral lip is mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini.

Cut out skirt detail!

Cut out skirt detail!

Lips:  mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini

Lips: mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini  Jewery:  Avon Blue Atlantic Collection

If you’re planning a trip to Maui this would be the perfect dress to pack.  If you want to just be influenced by Maui this would fit the bill for that too.  From the mark. Maui Bliss collection this has to be my favorite fashion piece.  You can shop the entire Maui Bliss collection here.  Use promo code MULTI for a free sarong that would oh so match this collection perfectly!

mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

For more from my Maui Bliss Collection looks check out the maxi dress, the color collection, the bronzer and the fragrance!  With this little capsule collection you’ll be ready for your Maui vacation, or at least look like you just had one 😉

Maui Vacation Ready With These Must Haves!

Maui Vacation Ready With These Must Haves!

 

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Trending Tuesday: Maui

 

Trending Tuesday: Maui

Trending Tuesday: Maui

If the world of Alicia was the internet then #maui would totally be trending.  I’m all about Maui for two major reasons right now;  1.  mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection release and 2.  Maui was the best vacation to date I’ve ever taken and I seriously could use that right now.  However, there’s no Maui in my immediate future so I guess I’ll just have to instantly be transported there with this new mark. collection worked into my everyday!  Every year mark. releases a capsule collection based of a vacation destination, this year it’s Maui!  So let’s take a peek at some must haves from the collection and must haves to hit up in Maui!

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Launch!

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Launch!

About the mark. Instant Vacation Maui:  It’s the island that has you at hello! The Pacific surrounds you and fun is all around. When your’e not in a bikini (or snorkeling gear!), cue up cute shorts and a tee. Heading out to view the vibrant yellow hibiscus and towering bird of paradise Maui is known for? Avoid tan lines by going off-the-shoulder. And if there’s a chance your day will stretch into night, dress for both in a maxi with an irresistible island vibe!

Aloha Maui!

Aloha Maui!

Maui Must Have:  Early evening beachfront drinks:  “followed by dinner and a little live music on bustling Front Street in Lahaina – this maxi’s just what you need to make waves at both places.”  Front street in Lahaina is definitely where the night life is, happy hour and the sun sets, what’s better than that!  A tropical print maxi is the PERFECT outfit for that.  Also would be my pick on what to wear for a luau in Lahaina.

Drinks in Lahaina

Drinks in Lahaina

Luau in Lahaina

Luau in Lahaina

It all starts with a scent:  “Get whisked away to a paradise island with this Hawaiian-inspired blend of reforesting coconut water, exotic hibiscus and rich glowing amber.”  Seriously, this scent does capture the tropical paradise and warm sun!

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

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That Maui Moment

Hawaiian Feels

Hawaiian Feels

Maui Must Have:  Early morning walk along Ka’Anapali beach:  “cute and comfy shorts and a tropical-flavored tee are the right balance of easy and breezy.  The sandals are adorable – even if they don’t stay on your feet”  I totally agree that easy to wear separates that are light and breeze are the best thing to pack for your typical beach days… and if you’re not in Maui, sounds about right for lazy summer days.

Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

Morning Beach Walks In Maui

Morning Beach Walks In Maui

Beach Day!

Beach Day!

Maui Must Have:  The epic drive from Kahului to Hana:  “on the Hana Highway is an absolute Maui must.  Wear a dress that’s both comfy in the car and cute enough to steal some attention from the jaw-dropping scenery when you jump out to ooh and awe.”  The scenic drive to Hana was definitely a favorite thing to do in Maui and this look totally would fit the bill.  You could even wear your suit underneath because every day on Maui I found myself in the ocean some how.  It’s crazy how as you climb up in elevation how the weather changes so a dress like this is both cool, comfortable and functional!

Above The Clouds

Above The Clouds

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On The Road To Hana

On The Road To Hana

 

Be A Maui Beach Babe!

Be A Maui Beach Babe!

Maui Bliss Color Collection:  Humid days and beach front lifestyle doesn’t require much in the beauty department.  A little brozner, an eye pallet inspired by the lush tropical paradise, a long lasting gel finish polish and a compact brush set is all you’ll need.  These all are sized perfectly for travel for that trip across the Pacific… or in your bag as you “jet set” to work through weekend this summer.  I would add to my travel bag Avon Anew Skinvincible moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 50, a waterproof concealer Avon Extra Lasting Concealer, and a waterproof mascara Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara and Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon with SPF 15.  A seaspray for your hair with mark. That’s Beachy and a good sun hat  with the Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat and you’re all set for Maui.

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The Colors Of Maui

The Colors Of Maui

Lucy Hale's Top Picks For Travel

Lucy Hale’s Top Picks For Travel

Maui Must Haves

Maui Must Haves

Maui Must Haves!

Maui Must Haves!

Maui Must Have:  Wai’anapanapa State Park.  The black sand beach on Maui is just way too cool not to go see.  I loved the contrast of the bright blue water and black sand, plus there’s fun little spots and cool cliffs to get a great view.  We hiked a long the coast a bit and it was just breathtaking!

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Black Sand Beaches

Black Sand Beaches

Word Of Alicia:  This capsule collection embodies Maui perfectly and I’m totally ready to go back!  I love that I can embrace a little bit of the tropical paradise in my everyday life with the fashion and beauty items from mark.  You can shop the collection starting tomorrow at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and join my Facebook group for the launch!  Everyone who joins is entered in to win a little Maui Bliss!  You can join my Facebook group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/wordofalicia/

Aloha!

Aloha!

Week O’Nautical – Fishes on Fishes

Week O’Nautical gets a little vacation love for Labor Day this year. Usually I spend the week leading up to our summer holiday’s sporting red white and blue with a nautical twist… this week things got a little cray cray with customer visits and obligations so I’m bringing your my summer vacation looks from Hawaii!  What’s more nautical than what I wore while visiting the sea!?

 

Upstream Jumpsuit by Lilly Pulitzer For Target

Upstream Jumpsuit by Lilly Pulitzer For Target

Most days were spent in a bathing suit but come evening I switched into easy pieces like this fish printed jumpsuit from the Lilly For Target collection.  I loved the novelty of the piece and it was perfect for my vacation in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Fishes on Fishes - Upstream Print Pouch and Jumpsuit!

Fishes on Fishes – Upstream Print Pouch and Jumpsuit!

Lucky for me I scored the matching pouch that I used to organize my beach bag on the daily during this trip… then popped it out as a clutch while heading out to dinner.  Fishes on fishes as I liked to call it.  With the fun Lilly print I din’t need much else but a lose braid, navy eyeliner (mark.) and embellished sandals (Target).

Isle Style for Week O'Nautical

Isle Style for Week O’Nautical

Isle style seems to let you get away with a little more have more freedom.  You know, like wearing this embellished halter bathing suit top under the strapless jumpsuit. You never know when you might just end up in the ocean, or having a bonfire on the beach like we did!  This look went from dinner and drinks to beach and bonfire!  That’s what I classify as a Week O’Nautical multitasking winner!

Bonfire On The Beach in Kauai Hawaii

Bonfire On The Beach in Kauai Hawaii

 

August Friday Favorites

TGIF!  Back from vacation AND back to work makes for a rough week.  But August has been good to me… here’s what I’ve been favoriting this month!

Favorite Arm Party:

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

I’ve been wearing these mark. All Four It Bracelet Set all month.  They go with everything, clean lines but still statement making and bonus you can stack them with other bracelets for even more of an arm party!

 

Favorite Beauty:

August Beauty

August Beauty

These new arrivals from mark. and Avon were in heavy rotation!  mark. All Butter Now in Terra Hotta, On The Dot Eye Pallet in matte, Nailed It Duo in matte shades, Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara and Super Extend Liquid Liner.  (all available now here)

 

Favorite Birthday Treat:

Birthday With The Favorite Family!

Birthday With The Favorite Family!

Double Birthday Desserts

Double Birthday Desserts

I got a few birthday celebrations and I’m totally ok with that!  Hit up dinner at my favorite restaurant with the fam, got myself a few birthday treats and celebrated my actual birthday in Hawaii!  My favorite birthday treat was this double dessert at our resort in Kauai!

 

Favorite August Outfit!

Favorite Hawaii Moment

Favorite View in Hawaii 

Bathing suits!  I spent as much time as I could soaking up the sun, swimming and all things summer in my suits!  (top Target, bottom Old Navy)

Favorite Moment:

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

This moment right here.  (suit, Victoria’s Secret Pink, bag, Lilly For Target, hat, mark.)

Favorite Beach Must Haves

Favorite Beach Must Haves

Trending Thursday #coconuttreat

Enjoying a Coconut Treat in Maui

Enjoying a Coconut Treat in Maui

If the world of alicia was the internet then today the top trending search would be #coconuttreat  I’m such a sucker for anything coconut!  Not only is it delicious (as a kid it was my favorite snack) but it also just smells like summer (can we say hawaiian tropic!)  Here are my top 5 coconut treats that I’m obsessing over

 

#bathandbody

mark. Coconut Treat Body Line

mark. Coconut Treat Body Line

This entire line of bath and body products from mark. in coconut treat are straight out of paradise!  The scent is described as a deliciously tropical indulgence, with refreshing coconut water and mandarin mingling with luscious hazelnut and coconut cream.  Basically, in licia-language its a warm coconut smell with sweet undertones.  It’s not overpowering or too beachy so you can wear it for all occasions.  This whole line is a must!  Layer by starting with Three’s A Charm 3-in-1 cleanser (8) that can be used as a body wash, bubble bath or shampoo!  Follow up with Whipped Up Body Butter ($10), my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE, super moisturizing and creamy.  The finish off with Get Misty Body Mist ($14) for lasting smell-delish-all-day power!  I’ve never been more excited about a bath and body line since Bath and Body Works return of Vanilla Bean Noel each Christmas.  Shop the collection at my eBoutique.

 

#sheenstealer

mark. Sheen Stealer Coconut Treat

mark. Sheen Stealer Coconut Treat

 

The Sheen Stealer Dry Oil Body Spray ($10) in #coconuttreat is so awesome it is trending all on its own!  If you know me, you know I’m a huge advocate for oils, from hair to body to cuticles… Nothing quite does the job like a good nutrient rich oil.  This one not only is an easy to use spray dry oil but it smells so divine!  AND it makes your tan look WAY better.  Just spray this on your arms and chest for a glowing finish.  Then spray a line down your legs which will also make them look longer and tanner!  This gives your bod a back from the beach glow that just screams summer!  Shop it at my eBoutique.

 

#coconutwater

Coconut water straight from the coconut!

Coconut water straight from the coconut!

The power of coconut water is like that of a miracle!  Seriously, its the most hydrating and it tastes the best straight from the coconut.  Yes, some of you might think its bitter, so it might be an acquired taste, but once you acquire it you’ll never look back!  To help break you in try one of the ones flavored with pineapple or mango.  You can get these at your local grocery store.  I prefer the large coconut you have to machete open as my #coconuttreat

PS.  You might recall that Phone It In Bag from my Hawaii must-haves 🙂

 

#hawaiiantropictanningoil

Pool Days

Pool Days

Yes, yes I know, tanning is bad.  Sun is bad.  But life is too short not for me to enjoy my favorite pastime.  Sunbathing!  I have a hard time getting color, I just say I have natural sunscreen.  The only thing that works for me is Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Oil and a day of sun.  Plus I absolutely LOVE the strong coconut smell!  To me this IS summer and the ultimate #coconuttreat

 

#coconutcream

Berries and Coconut Cream

Berries and Coconut Cream

For a REAL #coconuttreat this pretty much is my ideal of yummy!  For the perfect summer breakfast, snack, dessert, party favorite try this recipe from Love and Lemmons for Berries and Coconut Cream.  After finding it on pinterest I’ve been obsessed ever since.  This would be great at a summer picnic, super easy and really yummy!

 

I hope you’re inspired to get some #coconuttreat trending in your world.

5 Must Haves for a Hawaiian Vacation

I kicked off the summer in Maui, Hawaii… lucky, I know!!!  It def was a trip of a lifetime spent with good family and friends, but being my first time there I didn’t really know what to expect… or pack!  Let’s just say I did not pack right for 8 days in a tropical laid back beach town.  Even though what I brought wasn’t ideal I had enough to make do, and I had a few key items that were absolutely essential!  So if you plan on visiting the islands anytime in the future here’s my top 5 must-haves to pack!

1.  mark. Phone It In Bag ($28)

Phone It In Bag Touring Maui

Phone It In Bag Touring Maui

mark. Phone It In Bag from snorkeling to fruit stand

mark. Phone It In Bag from snorkeling to fruit stand

This seriously was my lifesaver!  Easy, transportable, fit all the essentials and in a fun tropical color!  This bag perfectly fit my phone, point and shoot camera, spf lip product, my mark. hookup with eyeliner and waterproof mascara, and my cash and cards.  Everything I needed out and about and in a cross body bag style I was hands free for activities!  It made life so much easier by just grabbing this and going and its compact size kept it functional from everything from hiking up a volcano crater to beachside lounging!  Not only was this essential for Hawaii pretty much any vacation you take this would prove its worth.  You can pick up this bag at my eBoutique http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

2.  A simple gold bracelet

Dainty Gold And The Ocean

Dainty Gold And The Ocean

I picked up this m.powerment bracelet by mark. right before my trip and I didn’t take it off the entire time I was there.  It was just enough to be laid back but still give some shine.  It worked well swimming in the ocean, nights out, hiking, lounging and even in the shower.  I do not lie when I said I didn’t take it off.  I just knew that even if I didn’t put anything else on besides my bathing suit that this gave me a little extra something but didn’t make me look like I was overdoing it at all!  This bracelet is no longer available but you can accomplish the same thing with any dainty gold bracelet.  Try the LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls line, they have a great offering at affordable prices.

3.  Printed Rubber Flip Flops

Tropical Flipflops in a Tropical Local

Tropical Flipflops in a Tropical Local

I’m a heels wearer through and through… even when I really shouldn’t be, but the laid back Island life required nothing but flip flops and I totally was on board.  I picked these tropical print ones from Old Navy for about $3, the BEST place to get rubber flip flops.  Tons of styles and colors and the best prices out there and I can attest to the quality.  These ones took me on a hike through the bamboo forest to see one of the best waterfalls.  If I can wear a pair of flip flops on a hike, through the sand and during all my ocean and beach days you know they’re good.  Now if you would like to step up your game try a pair of Havaianas, or if you want to be more like the locals try some from surf brands like Reef, or if you want to be more like the jet setting tourists grab the designer Tory Burch‘s!

4.  mark. Keep It Going Long Wear Waterproof Liner and Shadow in Naturalist

mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

Pretty much everyday during my vacation I somehow ended up in the ocean, which I think is pretty common place in Maui.  So you needed to plan your look with a bathing suit underneath, versatile easy hair, and a makeup look that wasn’t overdone… and won’t smear all over your face once you body surf a wave or encountering the heat and humidity.  Enter in Keep It Going in Naturalist, this was my go to for mermaid eyes!  The duo consists of a deep coppery shimmery brown shade and a shimmery teal shade.  With these 2 combos I pretty much could create a go to look on my eyes that made me look a little put together but not overdone.  Some days I just lined my eyes in the brown or the teal or half teal half brown.  Other days I used my finger and applied the shimmery shades all over my lid.  If I needed a little extra definition at night I used the brown to shade my crease and the teal all over the lid.  Plus, it lasts and stays put and is travel friendly in size, no liquids so no problem flying with it!  (PS. see me wearing it here)

5.  Mastering beach waves

Everyone else windblown, Me,  perfect beach waves

Everyone else windblown, Me, perfect beach waves

There was absolutely no way I was blow drying my hair in that humidity!  I’m totally a weather snob here in dry hot Nor-Cal so any bit of humidity just makes me miserable… but not my hair.  Besides, like I said before, you end up in the ocean sometime during the day so no need for a blowout just beachy waves.  Plus it’s what all the locals look like anyways, with that great sea salt and sand that ends up in your hair.  I mastered the beach waves with mark. Curl To Curl spray ($14 – available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  On wet hair I just sprayed this all over and scrunched.  Through out the day if things started to frizz I just wet my hands and scrunched some more.  Post ocean adventures I just combed through my hair then sprayed a little more and scrunched again.  Easy as that!  If your hair doesn’t hold then try pairing it with mark. Curl Commander Gel ($16).  This gel is soft not crunchy and will really hold the style.  AND NOW mark. has travel friendly mini’s!  ($8 each) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Hair Care Travel Set for ($24)

mark. Hair Care Travel Set for ($24)

BONUS MUST HAVE!  – Brazilian Cut Suit Bottoms

Trending - Brazilian Cuts

Trending – Brazilian Cuts

Ok, maybe this isn’t a must have more like an observation but all the locals had this style on.  I personally do not own this style but I saw it all over the place!  If you’ve been wanting to try this style out the Hawaiian Islands are the best place for it, you’ll fit right in.  Victoria’s Secret has a lot of options in this style.  Pair it with some cut off jean shorts and a top that’s loose cut so your bathing suit top shows through particularly in a sheer, burnout, crochet or lace fabric and you’ll have nailed the Isle Style.  Top it with a straw fedora or a snap back over your beachy waves!

Mahalo Maui

Mahalo Maui

Even if you don’t make it to Hawaii these items will still step up your Isle Style and make your stay-cation feel tropical worthy!