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Holiday Hostess: Movie Night With Guest Host Erica

Hi this is Erica from Erica’s Fashion & Beauty! Let’s plan a Holiday movie night! I LOVE movies and this is the perfect time of the year to dig out your fave Holiday movies! My friends and I used to have movie nights all the time when we were teens and it’s still something we like to do now as adults. Instead of watching in someone’s parent’s living room we take it up a notch or two with a little planning. I have 4 tips for making your Holiday movie night spectacular! My party theme revolves around the 3 C’s: comfy, casual, and cozy!

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Tip 1: Setting the scene. Help guests feel comfortable and relaxed by putting out a bunch of pillows and blankets for them to use. If you have a fireplace, start a fire or string up a few twinkle lights to add a little soft lighting to the room. You’ll want to turn off the bright lights to watch the movie but you don’t want the room to be so dark that your friends stumble around looking for the bathroom or snack table.

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Try these items to set the scene​: 50 Clear Mini Christmas Lights, Avon Heritage Plaid Throw, Avon Cozy Cable-Knit Throw, & Avon Vintage-Inspired Pillow Cover

Tip 2: A snack table is a must! What goes better with a movie than popcorn? Fill your table with easy to eat finger foods or appetizers, nothing too messy. Get paper plates and napkins and create a little buffet of treats. Cover your table with a festive, throwaway tablecloth or even gift wrap. Provide a balance of sweet and savory snacks, maybe some homemade goodies, hot cocoa, sodas, etc. You could ask guests to bring snacks to share.

Snack Table

Snack Table 2

​Find these snack table items here: Avon Poinsettia Floral Nesting Bowl Set, Avon Living 3 Serving Bowls And Stand, Square Happy Holidays Dessert Plates, & Inspirational Mug Gift Set

Tip 3: Sticking with the 3 C’s, dress the part! Encourage guests to dress comfortably. Loungewear, PJs, sweatpants, leggings, and slippers are all perfect for this party!

What To Wear

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Try these comfy outfit ideas: Lace-Detail Drape Neck PJ Set, Juicy Couture Leopard Velour Track Suit Outfit, Fair Isle-Print Memory Foam Slipper Bootie, No Boundaries Juniors Fleeceback Hacci Leggings​

 

Tip 4: Since it’s the Holiday season, make a little gift bag for your friends to take home. You could include a copy of the Holiday movie you are watching, candy, bag of popcorn, Holiday socks (my obsession), winter lip balm or hand cream, whatever you want. Since I am an Avon Rep., I would include a few beauty samples in my swag baggies. 😉

Gift Bag

Gift Bag 2

Try these items for your gift bags: Movie Theater Butter Popcorn, Plastic Reindeer Holiday Favor Bags, Avon Mini Holiday Lip Balms & Hand Creams, & Luxury Divas Christmas 6 Pack Of Assorted Ladies Socks

 

More ideas:

-Have guests vote for the Holiday movie they want to watch or ask them to bring their favorite.

-Set the theme to go with the movie you are watching. For example if you are watching White Christmas have guests wear white, string up paper snowflakes, and serve white or snow themed snacks.

-Before the movie, play a Holiday movie trivia game. Just Google “Christmas movie trivia games”.

-Do the opposite of the 3 C’s theme and go for an elegant red carpet movie night. Have guests dress their best and serve wine and hor d’oeuvres. You could even put out a red carpet!

 

Have fun and enjoy the party!

Holiday Hostess: Shoes To Host In

The holiday hostess, a role we play more often than not this holiday season.  Since this role consists of cleaning, cooking, preparing, entertaining, and more all in a timely manner the less you have to deal with the better.  That’s where my hostess series comes in, first up the best shoes to host in.  Shoes!?  Who’s thinking about shoes but they pull your look together and keep you functioning fast so you don’t look barefoot in the kitchen.  The best hostess shoe option is a flat!  It’s like a slipper with out looking like you rolled out of bed.  Here are my top 5 Holiday Hostess Shoes!

1.  Blue Pom Flat

 

mark. Fuzzy Details Flats

mark. Fuzzy Details Flats

A jeweled color flat is perfect for fall and holiday plus the rich suede keeps it cozy and the fun pom accent gives it some statement making power.  Try pairing this shoe with a dress, one that’s comfortable enough to move, sit and eat in like the mark. Hit The Spots Dress.

mark. Hit The Spots Dress

mark. Hit The Spots Dress

2.  Fur Lined 

Kate Spade Scarlet Slipper

Kate Spade Scarlet Slipper

Ok this is an actual slipper but the rich velvet texture and cute bow makes it the perfect at home shoe to host in.  Try wearing this with a slim fitting bottoms and a cozy sweater with a statement necklace!

 What to wear with velvet slippers

What to wear with velvet slippers

Sparkly Statement Necklace

Sparkly Statement Necklace

 

3.  Smoking Flat

Lauren Conard For Kohls Lace Smoking Flat

Lauren Conard For Kohls Lace Smoking Flat

A smoking flat comes in a variety of textures from patent leather to velvet to these lace ones from Lauren Conrad for Kohls.  Wear these with a party skirt and sweater like the mark. Strike It Rich Skirt and Favorite Wine Sweater.  The gold brocade pleated skirt is striking but still something you can move in.

mark. Strike It Rich Skirt and Favorite Wine Sweater

mark. Strike It Rich Skirt and Favorite Wine Sweater

4.  Jeweled Detailed

Avon Genuine Suede Jeweled Flat

Avon Genuine Suede Jeweled Flat

Something sparkly automatically says party!  These Avon Cushion Walk Genuine Suede Jeweled Flat are super comfortable with the extra padding for all that running around and standing around.  The jeweled details are a pretty bonus.  Try wearing these with black slacks and a blouse!

Black and Jeweled

Black and Jeweled

5.  Perfect In Plaid

mark. On  Your Toes Flats

mark. On Your Toes Flats

Plaid is the perfect print for fall and holiday!  I like these burgundy and navy ones from mark. These are bit more casual so try wearing them with a sweater dress and a smokey eye!  I have a cream sweater dress I got years ago with a little metallic thread and it’s been my go-to for comfy and cute during this time of year!

Sweater dress, smokey eye and flats!

Sweater dress, smokey eye and flats!

With the right shoes you can conquer the world!  Or be the hostess with the mostess this holiday season!  Be sure to check back for more holiday hostess tips and tricks.  You can shop the some of the items featured here today for 20% off with the Veterans Day sale!  Use promo code TAKE20 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Trending Tuesday: November Inspiration

November Inspo

November Inspo

Hello November, welcome back! Just coming off a great October so it’s only right I give thanks for being here to welcome in a new November. I’m excited to prep for the holiday’s, host a get together or two, sparkle things up with decorations for the home and self and do my absolute favorite, holiday shopping! Here’s what’s inspiring me this month!

Give Thanks

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Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday, football food family and friends!  This month I’m inspired by Thanksgiving decor, an outfit for the day and all things hostess!

Ultimate Hostess Flats

Ultimate Hostess Flats

 

Glam Fall Decor

Thanksgiving Inspo

Glam Fall Inspo

Gold Dipped

Gold Dipped

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I’m excited to be a bit of a homebody as the cooler rainy weather sinks in and decorate for the holidays! I can transition some of my halloween white pumpkins to a more glam look this fall.  I wish I was more shabby chic because those decorations are super cheap to diy, but glam… no so much.  I’ve always like the luxe touch so looking to work in some of these glam decor at the baller on a budget price!

Glam From Avon Living

Glam From Avon Living

White, Light, Cream and Clean

Cream and Clean

Cream and Clean

This month for my color pallet I’m feeling whites, lights, creams and clean lines.  Obiv I’m feeling this from what to wear to my festive glam decoration pins!  White House Black Market hit this one on the head.

Cream and Cranberry

Cream and Cranberry

Sparkle

mark. Sparkle Collection

mark. Sparkle Collection

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I will always find a way to make November and December a little more sparkly!  Super sparkly statement necklaces, shimmering makeup and day sequins are just appropriate this time of year!  Not to mention mark. released a Sparkle beauty collection I’m swooning over!

Sparkly Statement Necklace

Sparkly Statement Necklace

If you follow me on pinterest you probably already noticed what’s been inspiring me.  Obiviously by this post some heavy emphasis on gold… Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold… (ooh can’t wait for Rudolph on TV!)  Now it’s time to put this inspo into action!  What is inspiring you this month?

Trending Tuesday: #Friendsgiving

Trending Tuesday: #Friendsgiving

Trending Tuesday: #Friendsgiving

If the world of Alicia was the internet #friendsgiving would totally be trending.  Now that we’re officially in November and my wedding and Halloween are over, it’s time to start getting excited for Thanksgiving!  Because we still battle with which family we spend Thanksgiving with, hosting is completely out of the question.  So instead, let’s host Friendsgiving aka Thanksgiving with friends!

 

Trending Tuesday:  Friendsgiving

Trending Tuesday: Friendsgiving

You can do it the weekend before or after.  Have everyone bring a dish and get to enjoy a something outside your norm!  Or host the whole shebang and just have your friends come and enjoy!  Either way get planning now.  Send out invites via online or word of mouth.  I’m guessing since these are your friends you see and talk to them decently often.  Plan a menu, plan an environment and make it happen.  Here are some pinspiration for you Friendsgiving (or your regular Thanksgiving, whatever floats your gravy boat!)

Friendsgiving Meal Inspo

Friendsgiving Meal Inspo

This week I’ll be posting some ideas for Friendsgiving from what to make (apps and fresh cranberry sauce) to what to wear (makeup, plaid and more)!  Until then enjoy my pinterest board!  http://www.pinterest.com/ach167/friendsgiving/

Friendsgiving Look Inspo

Friendsgiving Look Inspo

What To Wear To Thanksgiving - A Casual and Comfy LBD

What To Wear To Thanksgiving – A Casual and Comfy LBD

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo

Friendsgiving Decor Inspo