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Week O’Nautical – Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical can almost taste the long weekend… or maybe its those red white and blue sweet treats we enjoyed today.  Regardless, nautical stripes on stripes were in order today!  Nautical striped t-shirt dress with some striped heels all tied together with some nautical accents and the best lightweight soft trench!

Striped T-shirt Dress, Heels and Soft Trench

Striped T-shirt Dress, Heels and Soft Trench

Deets:  Dress, H&M; Soft Trench/clutch/ring/earrings, mark.; Watch, Avon; Heels, Just Fab; Necklace/Bracelet, Charming Charlie’s.
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mark. Soft Touch Trench

mark. Soft Touch Trench

A classic trench coat is the perfect layering piece for chilly spring mornings intro work.  For spring a soft trench is not only on trend but the lighter design makes it ideal.  I just love this mark. Soft Touch Trench, it was such a great investment piece.

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Layer On A Soft Trench

Layer On A Soft Trench

Navy and white always look great paired with sea-worth turquoise and coral, which is why I added those nautical accents in my fav color pairing.  And those platform sandals are so statement making they might not be considered an accent!

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents With Statement Power

Nautical Accents With Statement Power

You can shop the mark. Soft Touch Trench at my eBoutique and today’s the last day to get the FREE boho necklace set but there are many other offers all weekend long (check out my shop page for all the promo codes).  Who’s ready for this long weekend to be here already!  A little retail therapy might be in order to speed things along 😉

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Fit and Flare

Nautical Stripes On A Most Flattering Style

Nautical Stripes On A Most Flattering Style

When you think nautical you think stripes… or at least I do.  What’s a better way to beat the summer heat than in a nautical striped fit and flare dress!?  What’s great about this style is it pretty much flatters every body type and the flare skirt allows you to keep a bit cooler than a fitted pencil skirt style.  Add navy nautical stripes and you’ve got yourself a Week O’Nautical winner!

Week O'Nautical - nautical fit and flare dress!

Week O’Nautical – nautical fit and flare dress!

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Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring

mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring

I love how even an all over striped dress is really a blank canvas.  The basic navy and white really are quite neutral so a pop of color works really well against it.  The higher neckline is a perfect base for a statement necklace.  I styled this dress with the new mark. Natural Charm Necklace.  This necklace features a genuine tiger eye which plays perfectly with my tortoise watch (Avon).

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

I played off those light pink stones on this necklace with a bright pink lip (Avon Color Indulgence Lip Color in Orchid Petal) and a coral clutch (mark. Fade To Fab Clutch).  Plus I love how great this clutch looked the last time I wore it with navy stripes (see here).  In addition to this great statement necklace I added a great statement ring with opal stones reminiscent of the ocean (mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring) — you know that nautical tie in, even if I’m the only one who gets it…

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

Perfect Pallet for Pops Of Color

Perfect Pallet for Pops Of Color

Summer Nautical Style

Summer Nautical Style

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Full Of Flair

Full Of Flair

You want to know what’s the best part of this look?  This dress was $10 at H&M!  This weekend is a great time for summer sales.  Retailers are looking to rid their summer stock to make room for back to school/fall so everyone is having a sale.  (Including my eBoutique!).   Shop my pieces and get free shipping on a $15 order and 20% off a $60 order with promo code HIAGAIN at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue for Week O'Nautical

Red White and Blue for Week O’Nautical

As we approach our most patriotic holiday I theme out my day to day in our most patriotic colors! Week O’Nautical is difficult this time around; a. It’s around 110 all week so, I’m hot, like super hot. b. I’ve worn pretty much all my nautical items on the blog already, and no one wants to see repeats up in here.  c.  The items I do have that are red white and blue aren’t necessarily nautical.  Whatever, ‘merica!

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

Red White and Blue Outfit

Red White and Blue Outfit

For the 4th I’ve been loving a bright dazzling blue with my red and white.  I’m always a fan of navy but this bright blue really pops for the summer holiday!  I paired a dazzling blue tank (Express) with a white lace pencil skirt (H&M) with red lace pumps (Shoedazzle) and red statement earrings!  (Avon).

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

For instant nautical feel just add this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet!  I’ve been wearing this non-stop this summer!  Best $7.99 I spent!  I really like it layered but for this simple look I liked it cleanly by itself.  Plus it matches my nautical mani (check it here if you didn’t see yesterday’s post!)

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

With a simple look like this a fun printed bag is perfect!  This striped bowler bag (mark.) has a bit of a nautical feel with the stripes and a bit of a 4th of July feel with the bright cobalt accents!  You bet I’m caring this bag all week!

Striped Bags Have More Fun

Striped Bags Have More Fun

You can’t have a Red White and Blue look without a red lip!  Mine, courtesy of mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up ($11).  It’s actually the best summer red lip product I’ve used to date.  It’s bright and because it wears like a balm it has the perfect finish for summer and a little more laid back than a full on lipstick.  If you haven’t tried the Lip Butters yet DO SO!

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

If you haven’t noticed I’m totally wearing this hair style AGAIN!  When it’s this hot there’s no way I’m blow drying my hair.  Have you been inspired to bust your red white and blue this week!?  Check back for more Week O’Nautical all week long!

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?

Pops Of Spring

A POP of Color For Spring

A POP of Color For Spring

Hello sunshine.  Hello warmer temps.  Hello springtime!  Spring is springing up all over the joint, including on me!

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Chambray Top – Loft Outlet.  Skirt – H&M.  Pumps – Brooks Brothers.  Necklace, Bracelets, Ring and Nail Polish – mark.

Pop Of Spring Blooms

Pop Of Spring Blooms

Pop Of m.Powerment

Pop Of m.Powerment

Pop Of Yellow

Pop Of Yellow

Pop of m.Powerment!  The “Mighty Pretty” enamel bangle I’m wearing is not only the perfect pop of spring color to my look but it also stands for something!

m.powerment by mark.* is our philanthropic initiative dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence. So far, more than $1 million has been raised to benefi t education and prevention programs in communities across the country. 100% of the net proceeds from sales of the mighty pretty m.powerment bracelet ($20.92) is donated directly to this initiative.

Get yours at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Pop of Buds, Blooms and Leaves

Pop of Sunshine through Buds, Blooms and Leaves

 

Got $20 In My Pocket… Styling $20 At A Time

You can thank me later for getting that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song stuck in your head, if it wasn’t already with all their Grammy success last night.  This year “I’m looking for a come up”  haha… but seriously, the song got me thinking, he’s right.  For $20 there’s a lot you can do, and with everything I have to be super budgeted for this year certain things need to fall on the back burner, for example decorating the new house.  Instead of just letting it completely go I’m going to apply $20 bucks and see what I can do!

H&M Chevron Pillow Covers

H&M Chevron Pillow Covers

First mega find, these chevron pillow covers at H&M.  They had them on special for $3.95, but even at the original price of $5.95 they still fit in my $20 budget.  I signed up for their email list providing me with a free ship code so for approximately $9 I got 2 pillow covers.  I already have ugly throw pillows my couch came with so… COME UP!

Chevron Pillows

Chevron Pillows

Black and White Home Decor

Black and White Home Decor

Continue you check back and see what else I can style with $20 in my pocket!

Trending Tuesday – Nautical

In the world of Alicia if Week O’Nautical was a social media site these would be the most popular hastags used!  In other words, this is why I dedicate a week to nautical inspiration… besides the fact that I’m a kid at heart and will take any excuse to theme out my day to day life.

#STRIPES

Stripes for Week O'Nautical

Stripes for Week O’Nautical

Nautical stripes pretty much take any outfit to Week O’Nautical level.  I’m inspired by every use of them (see #pinsperation below).  My outfit today might not necessarily be super nautical but it is influenced.  The thick black and white stripped dress from H&M is accessorized with a black vest, gold jewelry, a faux stone bracelet (Bohemian Rocks Bracelet $24 at my eBoutique) and a red bag.  I think it meets Week O’Nautical standards with stripes, red and white!  (sorry blue, we’ll see you tomorrow).  Stripes are pretty much a staple in nautical dressing, check out past stripes during Week O’Nautical here:

Nautical and Neutrals

Nautical and Neutrals

here:

Fit To Print Reversible Tote and Go To Print Cosmetic Case

Fit To Print Reversible Tote and Go To Print Cosmetic Case

and here!  (just to show a few!)

Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

#SEASIDE

The sights of the sea are solely responsible for nautical inspiration.  Take the colors, shades of the ocean from navy to seafoam or the whites of a whitecap or a white sail from a sailboat sailing the sea or the reds, oranges, yellows and everything inbetween as the sun sets over the coastal horizon.  All these shades are all the shades you go to when going nautical.  There’s nothing quite as impressive as a seaside view, take the one above from a favorite blog I follow:  http://sealaura.blogspot.com/ Instant happiness!  (and check out sealaura for how to live life with a seaside influence)

Seaside on the Pacific

Seaside on the Pacific

#ANCHORS

Anchor in Maui

Anchor in Maui

Pretty much every look I’ve put together for Week O’Nautical involved accessories with shiny gold, burnished brass, ropes, hooks, chains, etc… all things essential to anchors and boats.  In real life these items are for function in girl world they’re used for fashion.  I love my rope necklace, that’s made an appearance in Week O’Nautical more than once.  Today I used the inspiration once again with my shiny gold accessories, chain link bracelet and straps on my bag.  (both vintage mark. keep an eye out for them in the sale section in my eBoutique).  My watch even has a nautical like dial!  PS. I’m OBSESSED with this Perfect Timing Watch ($40 – launching July 12th or get it now directly from me direct message to order or hit me up on the FB)

mark. Perfect Timing Watch and Nautical Chain Accents

mark. Perfect Timing Watch and Nautical Chain Accents

#SAILORS

Sailors (source)

Sailors (source)

Besides the honor behind our armed services I really love a sailors uniform.  Navy, white, double breasted jackets, sailor pants, stripes, gold, pride…  Even vintage naval uniforms still have the trends down.  I wonder if I can work tassels into my outfits???

Vintage Naval Uniform

Vintage Naval Uniform

#PINSPIRATION

Pinterest Board - Instant Vacation Hamptons

Pinterest Board – Instant Vacation Hamptons

Seems like all my inspiration these days comes from Pinterest, but really, how can it not.  Its one giant web based inspiration board.  Ever since the capsule collection release of Instant Vacation Hamptons from mark. I’ve been using my Instant Vacation Hamptons board on pinterest to pin all my nautical inspiration.  Check what inspires me and follow!

#trendingtuesday #nautical #weekonautical are you on board?