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Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

Week O'Nautical:  Stars and Stripes

Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July… on a Wednesday… For the lucky ones off today, yay! For the unlucky ones working today, boo! But even for a Wednesday I had a festive BBQ, fireworks, and wore my stars and stripes!

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

For my 4th fit I updated my ‘merica shorts with this year’s version from Target.  Have to have stripes with those stars, so add in this one shoulder bodysuit from mark.

4th Fit

4th Fit

'Merica look from mark. and Target

‘Merica look from mark. and Target

Nautical accessories for some more red white and blue!  Watch (last seen here), bracelet (last seen here) and sailboat sprint scarf (last seen here) all from Avon.

Nautical Accessories

Nautical Accessories

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

My navy and white striped Kate Spade hobo was a comeup my mom found at an auction!  It’s absolutely perfect for this week, good job mom!

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

I hope you make it through this post 4th Thursday with a little extra holiday spirit!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

 

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How To Wear A Spring Blouse For Work and Weekend

As spring approaches I’m ready to lighten up. Lighten up in fabrics, prints and in bulk. That’s why I’m all about versatile pieces like this mark. Floral Fantasy Tunic for both work and weekend! Let’s see it two ways this Wear and Share Wednesday!

For Work

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This blouse dresses up nicely!  For work I paired it with a navy trouser (White House Black Market), a structured tote (Kate Spade), nude pumps (Nine West) and a white druzy necklace (Avon Druzy Pendant).  Tucking the tunic in gives it a little more professional look, plus the neckline isn’t too low.  Pairing it with navy instead of my usual winter black changes things up just enough to feel spring worthy!

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For Weekend

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A spring tunic is the perfect dress down piece!  You look put together, of the season and comfortable.  I styled mine casually with a pair of lilac cords (Loft Outlet), taupe booties (mark. A Cut Above Booties) and turquoise jewelry (mark. Oh So Boho ring set and earrings).  This look is still weather appropriate for spring but with color, fresh fabrics and turquoise treats.

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Easily style this tunic two ways, and more!  I see this being just as cute with white denim jeans or your favorite pair of denim shorts or dressed up with a great pair of camel slacks or a pretty pencil skirt and under a classic navy blazer and dark denim!  Spring versatility at its finest!  You can shop my tunic, jewelry and booties at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and don’t for get to add the A Box only $10 with a $40 purchase!

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Ultimate Spring Date Outfit

The Ultimate Spring Date Outfit

The Ultimate Spring Date Outfit

As soon as that spring weather hits everyone is itching to get out and do something, wether it is meeting up for a brunch date, happy hour date, a romantic date and everything in between, I have the PERFECT outfit!

Outfit for all your spring dates!

Outfit for all your spring dates!

mark. Garden Design Dress

mark. Garden Design Dress

This mark. Garden Design Dress is the ultimate spring date outfit.  Not only does it feature one of the hottest trends for spring, the statement sleeve, it also has at the most perfectly fun, slightly romantic and certainly adorable cut to it.  Fitted in the bodice with a little flair out for the skirt, this dress will not only impress it will also work with pretty much any function you can think of.

Spring Trends With Bonobos

Spring Trends With Avon and Bonobos

This dress is versatile enough it will compliment even your dates!  Here are 4 spring trend looks for guys from Bonobos, that if you put this dress next to, it compliments each and every one.  Just another reason this guy is the perfect spring date outfit!  See more here!

Over The Knee Boots, Tote and Floral details!

Over The Knee Boots, Tote and Floral details!

I paired my mark. Garden Design Dress with grey over the knee boots (Shoedazzle) and my favorite goes-everywhere, goes-with-everything tote, the mark. Dragon Around Tote (last seen here and here).    To add a little springy touch this white and gold floral design necklace from Kate Spade was the perfect finishing touch!

mark. Dragon Around Tote

mark. Dragon Around Tote

Spring Details

Spring Details

If you’re looking for the perfect spring date look with all the right trends this mark. Garden Design Dress is it.  Note that the fabric has no stretch so if you are in-between sizes might want to consider going up.  You know what else is great about this dress, the sleeves are just the right length the they don’t get in the way while doing things like washing your hands!

Bell Sleeve Trend on the mark. Garden Design Dress

Bell Sleeve Trend on the mark. Garden Design Dress

You can get the mark. line from Avon at my eBoutique.  For men’s spring apparel trends check out Bonobos here.  If you love this date look and would like to get it for 40% take advantage of the Avon Opportunity here and get 40% off your first order!

Trending Tuesday – Bag Charms

If the world of alicia was the internet, #bagcharms would totally be trending.  Like with a lot of trends when they first hit the scene I couldn’t tell if I liked it or hated it.  Now as the trend has become more popular, so are the options, giving you more things to LOVE and of I’m all about it.  Here are my favorites for a little charming additions to your bag!

mark. Bad Hair Day Bag Charm

mark. Bad Hair Day Bag Charm

Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Charm

Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Charm

 

Charming Charlie Initial Pom Charm

Charming Charlie Initial Pom Charm

 

Kate Spade Reversible Black/White Swan Charm

Kate Spade Reversible Black/White Swan Charm

 

Michael Kors Aviator Puff Charm

Michael Kors Aviator Puff Charm

 

Coach Fawn Charm

Coach Fawn Charm

I love how you can do something big bright and fun like a pom pom ball or something whimsical like the swan and fawn charms or even something simple like a tassel!  There really is no reason for your bag not to have a killer accessory too!  Plus, a bag charm is really affordable way to update for fall and embrace a new trend!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We definitely had some April showers this weekend, which I wasn’t hating on.  It gave me a chance to depart from my LBD and wear some seriously comfy casual pieces this week.

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Casual Rain Gear

Layered Rain Gear

As the girl scouts say, always be prepared.  I definitely came prepared with my rain gear and layered essentials.  I paired really comfy black jeggings (Express) with this (old) mark. layered sweatshirt, layered with this (old) mark. anorak.   What better way to be prepared than with some Hunters and a cute umbrella from Kate Spade!?  Sidenote on Hunters:  I hate to say it, they’re actually worth the price.  They’re seriously the most comfortable functional shoe I own, and keep you dry without freezing your feet.

Hunter Rain Boots

Hunter Rain Boots

Rain Check

Rain Check

Kate Spade Umbrella and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Kate Spade Umbrella and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

What would life be without a little glam?  All I needed to glam up such a casual outfit is the mark. Clear Choice Necklace.  It’s mix of howlite, pink and blue stones on a clear base added the perfect touch!  I’m seriously obsessing over this necklace!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered it, seriously worth it!

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Rainy day gear doesn’t have to suck.  What is your favorite thing to wear on a rainy day!?  You can shop the mark. Clear Choice Necklace at my eBoutique and watch sale for this anorak and sweatshirt or similar styles.

Rainy Day Look

Rainy Day Favorites

Rainy Day Favorites

 

 

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

The “IT” Skirt For Summer – Asymmetrical Skirts

The "IT" Skirt For The Summer - Asymmetrical Skirts

The “IT” Skirt For The Summer – Asymmetrical Skirts

You know what song is stuck in my head, Demi Lovato “Cool For The Summer”.  You know what else is cool for the summer, asymmetrical skirts.  (see what I did there!?).   Anyways, this skirt trend has been happening for a bit, but looks like this summer marks it as the IT skirt.  I showed you a little inspiration in yesterday’s post but what’s great about this style it is super versatile dressed up or down summer, fall winter or spring!  mark, my love, is always on trend so no surprise this spring they came out with the mark. Taking Sides Skirt, it just took me this long to get my hands on it!

Asymmetrical Skirts and I Are Cool For The Summer

Asymmetrical Skirts and I Are Cool For The Summer

It’s basically and updated version of a high low skirt that mixed with a wrap skirt.  For summer this type of skirt is best in a knit fabric but dressier chiffon options are just as cool.  This mark. Taking Sides Skirt is a lightweight knit fabric in black but high enough quality that it will retain it’s shape and no see through.  This one is a little higher waisted on me so I did fold the band down and in.

Cool Asymetrical Wrap Design Gives a Hi-Low Appeal

Cool Asymetrical Wrap Design Gives a Hi-Low Appeal

I paired mine with a high neck racerback knit tank with lace detailing (Express, old) but this would look really cute with any of those high neck cut tanks with the deep cut ins around the shoulders that are super popular and at every store in every color known to man.  If you’re feeling a little more trendy pair it with a crop top.

mark. Taking Sides Skirt

mark. Taking Sides Skirt

The Deets: skirt, mark. Taking Sides Skirt / tank, Express / sunglasses, Michael Kors / bangles, Kate Spade / watch, Avon / shoes, Shoedazzle / lips, mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini

Cool For The Summer

Cool For The Summer

The "IT" Skirt For Summer

The “IT” Skirt For Summer

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Wrapped and Asymmetrical Skirt

Wrapped and Asymmetrical Skirt

For the hot summer this skirt is great, it’s cool but yet its more flattering and comfortable than a mini skit PLUS will look equally as chic with sweaters and boots come fall/winter.  I’m glad I picked up this on trend style.  You can shop this skirt at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

It may be in the low 80’s here but it’s the last day of winter!  Can’t say I’m disappointed, but I can say what I’ve been loving in late winter is lightweight blouses with everything from skirts to trousers to ankle pants, etc…  My favorite being the Express Portofino blouse.  It just fits and feels so right, especially when it’s in houndstooth.  Portofino’s and pencil skirts are my absolute favorite go to for work wear.

Express Portofino Blouse

Express Portofino Blouse

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts:  Express Portofino Blouse  |  Express Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

Portofino's and Pencil Skirts

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts

mark. Box Set Necklace  |   mark. On Point Earring Set  |  Kate Spade Idiom Bangle

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

mark. In Black and White Tote  |  Altuzarra for Target Ankle Boots

What to wear to work:  houndstooth

What to wear to work: houndstooth

Gift Guide: Things I Want To Buy Myself But End Up Gifting

The problem with this time of year is instead of shopping for my ever expanding Christmas list, I want to shop for myself!  I mean the deals are excellent and I always find things I never noticed before but I need!  What usually ends up happening is I buy the folks on my list things I would like!  It’s a win win situation… and maybe a dupe makes it into my shopping bag for myself too… ooopsies!  So let’s make a gift guide out of the things I want that are also great Christmas gifts for others!

 

1.  mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt in Black ($28).  

 

mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt $28

mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt $28

Ok, ok I know I already have it in beige (as seen here!), but I love it so much I want it in black too!  How cute would it be with some sequin leggings!?!

 

2.  Plaid Blanket Scarf

American Eagle Outfitters Plaid Blanket Scarf

American Eagle Outfitters Plaid Blanket Scarf

If you follow me on pinterest you’ll notice all my pins lately seem to include a holiday perfect plaid scarf!  Santa, take notes, I totally could use a plaid blanket scarf preferably in a red plaid.  This one from American Eagle seems to fit the bill considering my dream one from Express sold out… tear.

 

3.  Michael Kors Watch

Michael Kors Darci Watch

Michael Kors Darci Watch

A MK watch has been on my stalk list for years.  I think its about time I catch up with everyone else and get one!  I digress…, this would be a killer gift under anyone’s tree.  I’m loving the rose gold versions with red, holiday perfection!  (and a great way to wear traditional holiday colors!)

 

4.  mark. Eye Divine Soft Shimmer Shadow ($11)

mark. Eye Divine Shadows ($11)

mark. Eye Divine Shadows ($11)

These 3 heavenly shades are not only perfect for holiday in their cute packaging but also everyday colors that are wearable far past Christmas and New Years!  Stocking stuffers anyone!?

 

5.  mark. Glam Glimmer Clutch ($28)

mark. Glam Glimmer Clutch $28

mark. Glam Glimmer Clutch $28

I think a metallic clutch is pretty much a wardrobe staple, but this one also has a classic snakeskin pattern and a chain strap option!  Thinking this would be perfect for holiday outings, esp NYE, making it a great gift!  As a little gift-giving idea, wouldn’t it be great if this clutch was accompanied with some tickets!?  Ballet, concert or even just the movies!   And maybe a gift card to a favorite restaurant for a little diner and date night.

 

6.  mark. Go For A Ride Boots ($60)

mark. Go For A Ride Riding Boots

mark. Go For A Ride Riding Boots

Boots are always a winning gift idea!  Plus everyone likes to have a little something new they can wear Christmas Day.  A classic riding boot, in a go with everything brown, is a fool proof idea.  Maybe pair it with one of those plaid blanket scarfs.

 

7.  Kate Spade Agenda

Kate Spade Agenda

Kate Spade Agenda

These sell out like crazy so lucky you if you can grab one up.  This is both something functional and pretty to look at.  Kate Spade as such a great aesthetic making tasking way more fun.

 

8.  Candles… lots and lots of candles!

Avon Scented Candles $9.99

Avon Scented Candles $9.99

There are so many options but I haven’t met a person who doesn’t like getting a candle.  It sets the mood for a perfect winter night.  I love a good holiday spice scent like the Avon Holiday Spice Scented Candle ($9.99).  It’s a scent that works well for January too.  Really cute to package up a candle with this matches pinterest project.  I did it last year and it turned out great and super easy to do!

 

9.  Nail Polish 

mark. Nailed It $7

mark. Nailed It $7

Since I’m an adult and don’t get toys to play with on Christmas Day, I look forward to some nail polish in my stocking.  It gives me something to “play with.”  The mark. Nailed It Duo ($7) is again already packaged for the holiday and comes with 2 shades.  Sets are always better than a single.  Pair it with a nail file, base coat and/or top coat and a good hand cream like mark. Hand Cream ($6).  Could even go the extra mile and put it with a gift certificate to a nail salon.  Or if you’re looking for a good teacher/co-worker/etc gift putting some polish in a little bag with a note that reads “For Your Mistle Toes” is a cute idea!

 

10.  mark. Chain Reaction Necklace ($50)

mark. Chain Reaction Necklace $50

mark. Chain Reaction Necklace $50

Nothing says holidays like some major sparkle!  A full blinged out statement necklace will twinkle under those christmas lights and add that extra sparkle and fun.  It’s great as a gift because it’s not a necessity you typically buy for yourself but totally want!  And looks great with a LBD… if you’re looking for something to pair it with try the mark. Cross My Mind Dress ($42).

 

So, yea, basically I want to buy this all for myself so I’ll just buy it for all my well deserving friends and family.  Maybe Santa will deliver a few of these under my Christmas tree this year!

 

BONUS:  Cyber Monday Deal still available!  Shop #1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 for 30% off AND free shipping AND get a free gift with a $50 purchase.  So I guess get a little something for you… or use it for stocking stuffers!  Shop Now:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

 

 

Wear and Share Wednesday: mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Wear and Share Wednesday - mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Don’t call it a comeback… I’ve been here for years!  It’s been a little since our last wear and share Wednesday but Jackie from Living After Midnite and I are back!  And we couldn’t of picked a hotter summer dress to style two ways, the mark. Love On The Lime Dress ($44).

mark. Love On The Lime Dress $44

mark. Love On The Lime Dress $44

This mark. Love On The Lime dress is a lightweight dress in a crepe like fabric and zesty lime color is the perfect piece to wear the neon trend.  Neon has been on my summer wish list lately (as seen in my last post) and the mark. Love On The Lime dress is an easy way to go mega neon.  It’s draped top silhouette, adjustable belt and flirty hemline makes this dress a must-have for everything your summer entails from work to weddings to nights out!

Working Girl Wardrobe:  NEON

Working Girl Wardrobe: NEON

Sometimes its hard to update your working girl wardrobe with summer trends, especially a trend like neon, but its all about finding the right piece.  This dress is the right piece!  I can’t tell you how many compliments I got at the office!  The punchy color stands out but the shape keeps it appropriate.  And let me tell you, even on a 106 degree day this hot dress is surprisingly cool!

Full On Neon with mark.

Full On Neon with mark.

Fresh Fit

Fresh Fit

With such a bright color you don’t really need to do much to accessorize, just focus on the details.  I like anchoring neons with neutrals like black, white, nude, navy, etc…  Since I styled this for work I anchored it with black accents. The mark. Twist Of Lime Pumps were the PERFECT shoe!  The pointed toe styling works for the office and the twist of lime detailing on the straps keep it fun.  You can get the mark. Twist of Lime heels coming up on clearance for only $29.99!

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mark. Twist Of Lime Heels

mark. Twist Of Lime Heels

My black accents are carried through my baubles as well!  The mark. Multi Mix Necklace couldn’t of been a better way to link the Twist of Lime Heels with the Love On The Lime dress!  It’s also on clearance right now for $14.99, but hurry only for a limited time!  Then I finished it off with a little arm party featuring my Kate Spade Idiom Bangle and mark. Sparkle In A Snap bracelet, and Avon Signture Watch and a nude clutch from Express.

mark. Multi Mix Necklace

mark. Multi Mix Necklace

I’m really loving the versatility of this look for summer!  Its really one hot look that I can see working with so many different accessories for so many different events.  I mean, just look how different Jackie’s look is with pink and nude accents over at Living After Midnite!  Like I said from work to weddings to nights out!  You’ll definitely get noticed in all the best ways and show of that summer tan!

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Hot Summer Day To Night Look

Hot Summer Day To Night Look

On a hot summer day its so hard to look, and feel, cool.  The color is hot but the cool lightweight material definitely is a life saver.  There’s also no way I’m going to be able to complete the look with a blow out… that’s when the mark. That’s Beachy Texturizing Spray comes into play (last seen here).  On wet hair I just spray and scrunch and go!  My summer beauty look is just as easy, because you know you need to spend as little time as possible in that stuffy bathroom getting ready.  Use a neon purple shadow like mark. Neon Gaze in Violet Fever to line your top lash line with a thick line using a wet eyeliner brush in the shadow.  Follow it up with a thin black line using mark. No Place To Run eyeliner in Jet Set and full mascara like Avon Mega Effects.  A little bronze on the cheeks with mark. Island Beauty Pallet and coral on the lips with mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Punch (on clearance for $6.99!) and you’ve got yourself a complete total look that’s nothing but hot for summer!

Full Look with mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Full Look with mark. Love On The Lime Dress

BONUS: get the look for less!  The mark. Love On The Lime Dress is currently on sale for only $39!  Recreate my look with clearance finds like the mark. Major Mix Necklace ($14.99) and Twist of Lime Heels ($29.99 – available campaign 15) and Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Punch ($6.99).  Add on the beauty must-haves, That’s Beachy Texturizing Spray ($14), Neon Gaze Eyeshadow ($10), Island Beauty Face Pallet ($16) for the total look totaling $130.97!  BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!  Shop all these products at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and use promo code: LTO20 for 20% making this look only $104.78!

Bright As The Summer Sun

Bright As The Summer Sun

Taking pics in my back yard sometimes include a sunbathing Zoey and my garden supplies.  This look is so bright and perfect and I equally love how Jackie styled hers!  Jump over to Living After Midnite and see her full look styled around the mark. Love On The Lime dress.  Jackie is also feeling the neon trend with her neon pink bag!