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What To Wear In Late Summer

What To Wear In Late Summer

What To Wear In Late Summer

As much as I’ll “never let go” of summer, late summer is kinda nice.  The transitioning weather allows for a refresh on the looks.  Can work in new fall trends, colors and staples, all while still embracing the last bits of summer.

What I'm wearing for late summer.

What I’m wearing for late summer.

Fall Trend:  Bell Sleeves.  Late Summer Wear Now: Cropped Sleeve in Light Flowy Fabric.

Bell Sleeves For Wear Now Wear Later

Bell Sleeves For Wear Now Wear Later

Statement sleeves are not only a hot summer trend but a cool fall one as well.  So what’s better than a blouse that works for both!?  This Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse from Avon has a cropped sleeve making it perfect for transitioning weather and looks.  Choosing a fall trend in a lightweight fabric flowy fabric allows you more wear year round out of it.  Plus, the peep of lace at the top lightens it up too.

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Fall Trend:  Out Of The Ordinary Baubles.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Gold Chain Details.

Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace

Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace and mark. Gleam With Pride Ring

A big trend in fall jewelry is out of the ordinary necklaces.  Your standard run of the mill statement necklace is not going to cut it, you need something legit.  “How ’bout some gold bracelets” or gold necklace if you will… thick gold chains and a unique pendant drop allow this necklace to stand out from the crowd.  Additionally, the bright gold is a perfect late summer metal, but this would look equally as chic worn with a simple black turtleneck or your favorite plaid top come fall.  The Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace is part of the Breast Cancer Shop For The Greater Goods Shop at my eBoutique.  What makes it even more unique than it’s look, is that 20% of the proceeds go to support the Breast Cancer Crusade, which is in style year round!

Embrace Big Gold Chains

Embrace Big Gold Chains

Fall Color:  Jewel Tones.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Amethyst Blouse.

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

By wearing brighter jewel tone now, like amethyst, vs a deep tone, like plum, allows you to keep your look more late summer.  I love this Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse from Avon for the perfect wear now jewel toned shade.

Jewel Tones Now and Later

Jewel Tones Now and Later

Fall Staple:  Jeans.  Late Summer Wear Now:  White Jeans.

White Deconstructed Jeans for Late Summer

White Deconstructed Jeans for Late Summer

It was a brisk mid 80’s so I was able to wear pants… like the first time since May.  These destructed white jeans from mark. are finally seeing some wear!  White jeans are the perfect way to create a late summer look, they brighten up those fall trends and colors.  Come later in the season, pair this exact look with your dark denim and boots for a true fall look.

mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans

mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans

Fall Staple:  Suede.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Pops Of Suede.

Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote

Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote

Pop in some suede during late summer.  I’m wearing a suede fringed sandal from Steve Madden, and switched to my fall bag, a leather tote with suede pieced in.  The sandals are from last year but the tote is the new Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote.

Pops Of Suede For Late Summer

Pops Of Suede For Late Summer

This is just one of those easy outfits for a lot of different occasions.  You can tweak it depending on what you got going on and as that true fall weather creeps in, but overall the perfect take on late summer.  You can shop my entire look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Be sure to take advantage of the newest A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase!  And yes, I probably should of ironed my shirt instead of just pulling it out of my suitcase after a week.  Life, man, life.

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October

 

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The Ultimate Summer Pant: mark. By Avon Call Of The Wild Palazzo Pants

 

The Ultimate Summer Pant: mark. By Avon Call Of The Wild Palazzo Pants

The Ultimate Summer Pant: mark. By Avon Call Of The Wild Palazzo Pants

Summer + Pants DO NOT go together in my book. However, I will make and exception for these mark. By Avon Call Of The Wild Palazzo Pants.  Here is why they are my ultimate summer pant:

mark. Call Of The Wild Plazzo Pant

mark. Call Of The Wild Plazzo Pant

These mark. Call Of The Wild Plazzo Pants are your typical lightweight plazzo pant, but features a statement making slit up the legs.  This slit not only makes them eye catching, but keeps them comfortable to wear in warmer temps.

Statement making slits!

mark. Hot Terrain Heels

mark. Total Perfection Bag

Recall that urban safari inspo?  Well these pants is how I’m wearing the trend.  The paisley design in jewel tones still creates a summer vibe while they’ll be just as fitting come fall.  To keep with the summer vibe, I paired them with an easy black cami,  some fun strappy sandals, the mark. Hot Terrain Heels, and my white-hot bag, the mark. Total Perfection Bag.

Summer Vibes with mark.

Summer Vibes with mark.

For those finishing touches I’m wearing the mark. Show Your Stripes Bracelet and It’s a Jungle Out There Earrings.  They are the perfect August go-to’s with the fun designs that still work with your summer looks and will transition into fall just as easily.  Same with my lip color, the mark. Lip Paint Velvet in Fancy.

mark. Show Your Stripes Bracelet

mark. Show Your Stripes Bracelet

mark. Its A Jungle Out There Earrings

mark. Its A Jungle Out There Earrings

mark. Lip Paint Velvet in Fancy

mark. Lip Paint Velvet in Fancy

If I’m wearing a pant in summer, it has to be one that fits the season and these mark. Call Of The Wild Plazzo Pants do.  mark. typically always has unique designs you won’t quite find elsewhere, while still being on trend.  For a summer look, I’m just loving this!  I also think they would be great for any end of the summer travel plans you may have!

The Ultimate Summer Pant Look for August!

The Ultimate Summer Pant Look for August!

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger Be sure to take advantage of the A-Box, $40 worth of product for only $10!  The A-box colors would look PERFECT with this look especially as you transition into fall.  There are only a few days left to pick up your A-Box so get on it!

Fall Beauty Trend: Divine Wine Collection Item#: 732-309 ONLY $10 WITH ANY $40 BROCHURE PURCHASE $40 value

Fall Beauty Trend: Divine Wine Collection
Item#: 732-309
ONLY $10 WITH ANY
$40 BROCHURE PURCHASE
$40 value

What To Wear: Fall Jewels

What To Wear:  Fall Jewels

What To Wear: Fall Jewels

With Thanksgiving next week there’s still some fall occasions left leaving you with the what to wear question. Jewel tones are not only of the season but also festive.  A few key pieces are all you need to really make an impact with a fall jewel tone look.

Navy and Emerald

Navy and Emerald

I paired a simple navy sweater dress (Express) with emerald accessories starting with this great wrap belt from White House Black Market (on sale!).  Comfort and cozy in the sweater dress and makes for a great canvas for statement accessories.  Emerald as an accent is really versatile, as it goes with my navy here but would also look stunning with rich purples or with your ruby reds for holiday.

Fantastic Fall Jewel Tones

Fantastic Fall Jewel Tones

Emerald Accents:  Belt, Bag, Pumps

Emerald Accents: Belt, Bag, Pumps

I might feel a little 80’s but these mark. Emerald Princess Pumps pair perfectly and have a modern take with the high back to them.  The finish is almost like that you’d see on a car.  They’re so unique but classic at the same time.

mark. Emerald Princess Pumps

mark. Emerald Princess Pumps

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Jewel Tones For Fall

Jewel Tones For Fall

I like a simple sweater dresses in the fall and you can so easily glam these up for day or night.  Easily could throw on a camel/tan leather (or faux leather) for going out the night before Thanksgiving.  A small bag like this with a strap makes for hands free mingling and killer pumps for the party factor.

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

However, the major impact to this whole looks are the actual fall jewels, as in the jewelry!  These mark. Baroque the Mold Earrings and Ring in rich jewel tones and opulent stones and styling are the perfect statement pieces for the right finishing touch.  Seriously all you need to do is add these bad boys on to any look and you’re instantly glam!

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

Finally what would a fall jewel tone look be without a fall lipstick!  Go for a jewel tone like the Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Radiant Raisin.  Pair it with an equally opulent eye using the mark. Dream Sequins Shimmering Eye Pallet.

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Radiant Raisin

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Radiant Raisin

As you prepare for last bit of fall before the big holiday kick try incorporating some fall jewels into your look!  You can shop the products used and featured at my eBoutique http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  and get FREE shipping on a $20 order today using promo code FREESHIP20 or save your order for next week!  20% off and FREE gifts starting Thursday!

PS:  Afternoon sun in Nor Cal can be intense, which is why my pictures are slightly inconsistent and over exposed.  But don’t be fooled these colors look STUNNING in person!

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

 

Wear Now Wear Later – mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress

mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress

mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress

The problem with fall new arrivals is it’s still summer!  Lucky for me the new fall arrivals from mark. have quite a few items you can wear now and later!  I’ve already highlighted how to update your beauty (see here) but as far as fashion my top pick is this mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress ($40).  It’s the perfect wear now, wear later item!

Easy dressing with a shirtdress

Easy dressing with a shirtdress

 

First, let me just tell you, as a working girl how important having a shirtdress in your wardrobe is.  Not only does it work for pretty much any occasion or situation but its SUPER easy to pull off.  Just slip it on and instantly be put together.  The versatility doesn’t stop there, you can pretty much wear it with any shoe from sandals to flats to pumps to boots!  (there’s where that wear now wear later comes in).  For transitional pieces jewel tones are a perfect pick like the emerald green in this mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress.

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Wear Now with the mark. Glitzed Out Pump (NOW ONLY $34.99)

Wear Now with the mark. Glitzed Out Pump (NOW ONLY $34.99)

Wear it now with nude pumps like the mark. Glitzed Out Pump (orig $64 NOW $34.99) and leopard accents (Express) and with a bright jewel tone bag like the mark. Go Royal Bag ($65).  Wear it later layered with a blazer or sweater and tights and boots!  (check the mark. Go For A Ride Boots at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

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Roll Tab Covertable Sleeves

Roll Tab Convertible Sleeves

The soft shirt material and roll tab convertible sleeves also make it perfect for transitioning between seasons, as it cools down just unroll your sleeves!  For only $40 you can have a go-to dress for now through next spring.  I can definitely see myself dressing this dress up for the holidays with a good red lip!  You can shop the mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress ($40), Go Royal Bag ($65), Glitzed Out Pump (orig $65 NOW $34.99) and Marquis De Style Earrings ($20) and all the other new fall arrivals at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress blowing in the summer breeze!

mark. Everything Goes Shirtdress blowing in the summer breeze!

Nailed It – Instant Vacation Marrakesh

I already  introduced you to the limited edition Marrakesh beauty collection but I left out one major beauty component, the nail polish!!!  Of course this is my favorite, the Nailed It Trend Marrakesh Mini Nail Lacquers.  With nails being the hottest trend around, these gorgeous shades of Marrakesh take yours to an exotic new place! Saffron, a glistening warm gold, will add spice to your look while mint tea, a lush, shimmering green, warms up any ensemble.

mark. Marrakesh Nailed It and Stack and Style Ring

mark. Marrakesh Nailed It and Stack and Style Ring

What I love the most about this duo set is they are mini’s, only 0.09 fl. oz. each so for a small price ($7) you get just enough to last you a season then on to the next trend.  I HATE wasting polish and this is the perfect amount.  AND in coordinating shades your mani pedi setup is already figured out or do what I did and wear the coordinating shades together.  I wore the gold shade on my thumb, pointer and pinky then the green shade on my ring and middle then freehanded a stripe of gold on top of the green.  The mini brush make it super easy.

How awesome does the Stack and Style Ring ($18) look with this polish!?!  I love how expertly coordinated the Marrakesh collection is!  You can shop the ring, polish and the rest of the Marrakesh collection at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

What To Wear… With All!

Everyone needs one of those dresses that’s just easy to wear.  Something you easily wash, wear and enjoy!

Wear With All Dress

Wear With All Dress

mark.’s Wear With All Dress ($36) is just that.  It has an easy cut shape, fitted up top, banded waist and loose skirt… with pockets!  I mean any dress with pockets automatically makes it a winner!  It’s really just one of those dresses that’s a perfect canvas, that you can, well, wear with everything!  You can dress it up or down with your accessories.  I personally love it with a statement necklace, a few bracelets, patterned tights and pumps!

Wear With All Dress

Accessorized with the Over Ice Necklace and Sparks Fly Bracelets

The berry color is not only on trend, but flatters all skintones.  The Over Ice necklace ($30) from mark. takes things up a notch and the Sparks Fly bracelets ($20) bring in some more jewel tones.  Graphic Details Tights ($14) keep things grounded with the black but keep things interesting with the pattern.

Straight Up Sassy Heels

Straight Up Sassy Heels

An outfit isn’t complete without the perfect pair of shoes!  The Straight Up Sassy Heels ($40) also from mark. finish this look off.  The faux snakeskin heel gives just a little interest to the classic black platform pump.  mark. got these ones right, the platform is the perfect height to keep them super comfy!

Full look from mark.

Full look from mark.

You can shop the full look from mark. at my eboutique at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com  Get this complete full look for $140 with the Wear With All Dress ($36), Over Ice Necklace ($30), Sparks Fly Bracelets ($20), Graphic Details Tights ($14) and Straight Up Sassy Heels ($40).  The best thing is you can wear this dress a million different ways… try it with metallic flats and dainty necklace for brunch or with tall boots and a cropped leather jacket for a night out or keep the black pumps and add a black blazer to take it to the office… the possibilities are endless!

Transition into Fall With Jewel tones – Amethyst

Why hello official first day of fall!  Though you wouldn’t really guess it since its still hot like a mo fo out… which I’m not complaining about AT ALL!  But that does make transitioning into fall a little difficult since it is still so warm out.  Easiest way to do that is with jewel tones!  They flatter just about everyone and easily mesh with your basics.  So let’s do a little series on transitioning into fall with jewel tones.  First up, Amethyst!

am·e·thyst  (m-thst)

n.

1. A purple or violet form of transparent quartz used as a gemstone.
2. A purple variety of corundum used as a gemstone.
3. A moderate purple to grayish reddish purple.

(source)

I’ve always been a fan of the amethyst gemstone and not just because its my mom’s and bestie’s birthstone but just because its naturally super pretty.  Purple is also a color of royalty so who doesn’t want to be a little more royal!?!

Full On Amethyst

Full On Amethyst

My favorite way to incorporate amethyst… full on!  Go with a solid dress in amethyst.  I personally like this jersey dress from mark. because its light enough for summer heat but the color is so rich!  Its shape is super flattering and makes a great canvas for accessories.  I paired it with fall friendly belts, a statement ring and gold jewelry.  Its great for late summer as well because the all over color still puts your mind in fun summer mode.

Dress:  Very Vintage dress (mark – in and out of sale, contact for more details).  Belts:  In A Cinch Belts ($18 mark. – set of 3 in black snakeskin and orange)  Ring:  Vintage Violet Stretch Ring ($18 mark.)  Necklace:  Power Of Change Necklace ($28 mark. – set of 2)  Nailpolish:  Essie Superbossnova ($8 essie.com)  All these mark. items can be found at my eboutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

If you’re not the full on amethyst type of gal than go for pops of amethyst.  For some fall flavor pair your amethyst with your grey or navy!  Such as an amethyst top with your grey slacks or a navy pencil skirt.  Or if you’re more daring it looks exceptional with yellow or teal, and even more daring put it with pink!  If you just want a pop of amethyst then I highly recommend the Vintage Violet Stretch ring mentioned above with your favorite purple shade of nail polish!  Plus vintage design will go beautifully with the art deco trend you’ll be seeing all fall and winter!

Vintage Violet Stretch Ring $18

Vintage Violet Stretch Ring $18

Ps.  don’t mind my keys in my hand or the hot coral pink nail polish!

Are you going to try to incorporate some amethyst into your wardrobe?  If so link it up in the comments below!