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A Wet Week O’Nautical

A Wet Week O'Nautical

A Wet Week O’Nautical

It’s the end of May and its raining and cold… am I back in PA!? Usually Week O’Nautical is debuting all my new summer threads, but this year its more about finding something functional for the weather.

Blue and White Stripes

Blue and White Stripes

Planning my OOTD around my red Hunter Rain Boots!

Planning my OOTD around my red Hunter Rain Boots!

With the on again off again rain, I had to bust out those red Hunters!  I started there and built up!  Navy Ponte Pants (Avon Kaya Ponte Pant in Navy) because they can be easily tucked into boots and thick enough to not have the wind go right through them.  Then I added a blue and white striped off the shoulder blouse (Kohls, old).  Layered on some of my fav nautical jewelry, a red lip, and I’m good to go!

Off The Shoulder Spring Blouse

Off The Shoulder Spring Blouse

Rainy Cloudy Days...

Rainy Cloudy Days…

My Go-To Triple Ball Earrings

My Go-To Triple Ball Earrings

At least the rain and clouds make a good backdrop.  However, I’m ready for some sun and warmth to actually make it feel like Memorial Day Weekend is around the corner.  Hows the weather shaping up for your weekend!?

Memorial Weekend, I hope you're warm and sunny!

Memorial Weekend, I hope you’re warm and sunny!

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

Spring Styling Tips: Spring Colors

How To Style Spring Colors

How To Style Spring Colors

It’s already May but spring feels like it just hit.  Time to lighten and brighten everything, from spring cleaning to fresh highlights to your wardrobe!  Introducing spring colors into your wardrobe is a great way to lighten and brighten your look.   Color not your thing?  Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I are back with our Spring Style Tips on how to wear spring colors.

1.  Pick a pastel.

Pastel Pieces for Spring

Pastel Pieces for Spring

Nothing is more springy than a spring pastel.  Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post pastel blues, greens, aqua’s are huge this season but the thing with pastels is there a version of every color so there’s sure to be something you like.

Aqua shades trending for spring

Aqua shades trending for spring

 

2.  Start with a piece you love.

Avon Fancy Flora Collection Earrings and Statement Necklace

Avon Fancy Flora Collection Earrings and Statement Necklace

If you love something you’re more inclined to wear it.  I absolutely fell in love with this Avon Fancy Flora Collection Earrings and Necklace!  It’s retro 60’s design in spring pastel colors is right up my ally.  Plus it pairs perfectly with my favorite pastel blue blouse.  I just love the way this blouse fits, the color and the gold details.  It’s an old find from LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s but this all over color is a lot easier to wear because I absolutely love it!

A Blouse I Love

A Blouse I Love

 

3.  Try just a pop of color.

Go with a pop of color or all over!

Go with a pop of color or all over!

I’m not one to shy away from color but I do find myself wearing a lot of neutrals like black and white on the daily.  That’s when just a pop of color is needed and achieved with the Avon Fancy Flora Collection Earrings and Statement Necklace.  The pretty pastels add just enough color to feel springy even on your most basic of basics.

How I'm wearing spring colors.

How I’m wearing spring colors.

The perfect pop of spring color, Avon Fancy Flora Collection Earrings and Statement Necklace

The perfect pop of spring color, Avon Fancy Flora Collection Earrings and Statement Necklace

 

4.  Pair pastels with lace or crochet.

Try pairing your pastels with lace!

Try pairing your pastels with lace!

Not sure what to wear your spring colors with?  Try lace or crochet!  Not only is it huge this year (as it was last year) but it can also be classic.  I’m wearing a lace pencil skirt with my pastel blue blouse and Avon Fancy Flora Collection Jewelry for a look that’s more than appropriate for work.  However, I could switch it out for some crochet shorts and be weekend ready!

A lace pencil skirt is perfect for a spring work look.

A lace pencil skirt is perfect for a spring work look.

5.  Turn to your beauty items.

My Spring Fling With mark.

My Spring Fling With mark.

Work some spring colors into your beauty routine!  I lightened and brightened my look with pastel pink eyeshadows (mark. Spring Fling Eyeshadow Trio) , a flushed cheek (mark. First Blush) and orchid lip (Avon Ultimate in Orchid Petal)!  (see more and the full details here).  Even a fresh nail polish shade in a spring color will do the trick.  I’m wearing Essie Borrowed and Blue from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target release (see more here).

Can I be a Breck girl?

Can I be a Breck girl?

SIDENOTE:  look how great these spring colors look with your spring neutrals!  I wore this exact look with the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak over it and it payed off!  See the full look here.

Pair your pastels with your spring neutrals!

Pair your pastels with your spring neutrals!

Jill’s Tip: “Add Spring color to your wardrobe with muted colors”
Jill in the mark. Dark Endings Maxi

Jill in the mark. Dark Endings Maxi

“Spring is the time to get away from the darker colors of Fall/Winter and add the brighter colors of Spring/Summer into your wardrobe. Start with muted colors like the mauve pink of the Dark Endings Maxi Skirt by mark. It’s is the perfect transition color. Pair it with a printed top, simple jewelry pieces and strappy sandals and your good to go!” (continue reading here)
Jill's Style In Spring Colors

Jill’s Style In Spring Colors

Be sure to head over to My Sweet Obsessions to see all the killer details on Jill’s look.  I love how Jill anchored her blush ombre skirt with black and polka dots!  What a great look for spring!

You can shop my jewelry, beauty items and Jill’s skirt at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Chic Peek: LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection

Chic Peek:  LC Lauren Conrad Disney's Cinderella Collection

Chic Peek: LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection

One of my earliest life memories is this magical day when I was a little girl and my older brother and mother took me to see Cinderella. It obiv was a re-release but to the 5-yr old Alicia is was the newest most magical movie ever and spawned many Cinderella themed outfits for most of kindergarden. Now with the live action Cinderella in theaters, the outpouring of Cinderella collaborations has been nothing but pure Disney magic.  They’re making me just as happy as a 5 year old Alicia wearing those screen printed Cinderella outfits with the matching skirt/leggings. My favorite collaboration has to be the LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection.

Chic Peek:  LC Lauren Conrad Disney's Cinderella Collection

Chic Peek: LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection

Besides being completely inspired by her super fun ad campaign (see here), to her launch event (see here) I went to my local Kohl’s to browse the collection they had in stock.  This collection is perfectly fitting for a modern day princess, clean cut, dainty and girly.

Alicia's Top Picks From The Collaboration

Alicia’s Top Picks From The Collaboration

My top picks from the collaboration are (from left to right), Mesh Back Dress ($80), Organza Bow Back Dress ($80), Foil Graphic Tee ($44) and Tulle Skirt ($64).  The best thing with Kohl’s is there is always a sale going on and coupons/additional discounts so those original prices are never what you pay.

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LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Skirt and Foil Graphic Tee

LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Skirt and Foil Graphic Tee

Now if only I could wear a tulle skirt every day of the week!  A big tulle skirt may be a little hard to wear but dressing it down with a graphic tee makes it all the more wearable.  Might just be the perfect pairing for a Easter gathering or a spring fling!  (shoes and watch from my eboutique)

Shop the collection at Kohl's

Shop the collection at Kohl’s

What are your favorites from all the Cinderella collaborations?  You can shop the collection at Kohl’s and see my LC inspired nails that are Cinderella worthy!

A Mani Fit For A Princess

A Mani Fit For A Princess

 

BONUS:  Here are a few bonus crappy fitting room pics

the mobile uploads

the mobile uploads

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Mani Monday: Copy Cat Lauren Conrad Nails

Lauren Conrad Nail Inspo (via IG)

Lauren Conrad Nail Inspo (via IG)

Lauren Conrad posted this pretty up on her Instagram page and I was immediately smitten, the soft shades, the gorge trimmings and that nail!  A small pop of sparkly goodness that I HAD to recreate!  It looks like a white base shade with pink undertones and a glittered textured top coat like Essie LuxeEffects (which I’ve been known to rock).

Copy Cat:  Lauren Conrad Mani

Copy Cat: Lauren Conrad Mani

For my recreation I used Julep Dana as my base and Avon Dazzlers Top Coat in Disco Ball.  I think the outcome was definitely spot on!  I could of gone with Avon Dazzlers Top Coat in Show Stopper Copper to look a bit more like hers, but I liked the silver.  I have many Essie LuxeEffects and I have to say these Avon Dazzlers are giving them a run for their money… literally, considering these Avon polishes are only $6.

Julep Dana and Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

Julep Dana and Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

Creamy white mani with dazzling glitter topcoat!

Creamy white mani with dazzling glitter topcoat!

Huge fan of this one!  Definitely going to recreate this a few more times, plus it was super quick and easy with mega impact!  Bonus it’s the perfect soft shades mani to go with my current obsession (see here)!

Recreating Lauren Conrad's Nails with Julep and Avon

Recreating Lauren Conrad’s Nails with Julep and Avon

Pretty perfect for her Cinderella inspired collection for Kohl’s right!?  Check back for my “chic peek” from the Disney’s Cinderella collection by LC Lauren Conrad!

A Mani Fit For A Princess

A Mani Fit For A Princess

 

Fall Boots That Don’t Break The Bank

Fall Boot Look from mark_girl Instagram

Fall Boot Look from mark_girl Instagram

Here’s the #1 reason I love boots so much:  I’m always cold.  Boots keep you warmer than sandals so boots it is!  Besides the fact that they are super cute, usually more comfy than most the other shoes I own and practical for pretty much every occasion, I usually am wearing boots because I’m cold.  Now that the cat’s out of the bag here are my top picks topping my fall wish list:

 

1.  Ridding Boots – Even though I’ve wanted them for years I’ve yet to own a pair of riding boots.  They might not be as trendy as they were say 2-3 years ago, but the classic style is a staple everyone should have in their boot arsenal, especially for walking and activities.  My #1 pick are the mark. Go For A Ride Boots which are part of the Fall Sale for ONLY $45 (orig $60)!  Coming in 2nd place are the LC Conrad Riding Boots for Kohls $59.99 (orig $99).

mark. Go For A Ride Boots Orig $60 NOW $45

mark. Go For A Ride Boots Orig $60 NOW $45

LC Lauren Conrad Riding Boots

LC Lauren Conrad Riding Boots

 

2.  Lace Up Boots – In the 6th grade I had these lace up boots that were imitation Timbs (Timberlands for the urban impaired) that I wore with slouch socks or these socks from Limited Too that had a daisy on them that matched my daisy print shorts also from Limited Too.  I think that was my favorite outfit to date (is that sad I peaked in 6th grade haha)  So I think it’s been long enough that it’s time to add in some lace up boots back into my wardrobe…. however, still on the search for daisy print shorts.

mark. Army of Style Boots $60

mark. Army of Style Boots $60

DIVA LOUNGE Jetta Womens Military Boots $39.99

DIVA LOUNGE Jetta Womens Military Boots $39.99

 

3.  Booties – I definitely already own quite a few pairs of booties, BUT they’re the most practical to wear with work outfits to nights out to casual wear.  I’m swooning over the mark. Multi-Mixed Media Booties also in the Fall Sale for ONLY $48 (orig $65).  That’s a great price for genuine leather and suede, and will practically go with every outfit I own!  Plus, I also need a fun oxford type bootie like these blush and lace ones from DSW.

mark. Multi Mixed Media Booties NOW $48

mark. Multi Mixed Media Booties NOW $48

Not Rated Ezra Bootie $49.95

Not Rated Ezra Bootie $49.95

 

4.  Tall Dressy Boots – Ok so this is pretty much what my entire boot collection is made of.  So what!  I like tall boots and tall heels!  But my current old go to from Shoedazzle are on their last legs and I need to replace them.  I want a tall black boot with some fun detail like the gold zipper  and gold heels on these mark. Mixed Details Tall Boot $90 (launching 10/31/14).  Now $90 is a little on the high end and they definitely aren’t walk all day boots but I can’t stop thinking about them!!!  So added to the wish list…

mark. Mixed Details Tall Boots

mark. Mixed Details Tall Boots

 

Which boots are on your fall wish list?  With a lot of these on a good sale I definitely can add a few into my boot collection!  You can shop some of the featured boots on the Fall Sale at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger be sure to use promo code BESTBEAUTY for 20% off a $60 order!

Aztec Shorts 4 Ways: Dressed Up

Dressing Up Aztec Print Shorts

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

I introduced the aztec trend into my wardrobe with these mark. Aztec Empire Shorts ($30).  After being inspired by pinterest I realized these shorts are way more versatile than I first thought.  So after being inspired (see my previous post) I decided to show you how crazy printed shorts can actually be super wearable for your summer wardrobe.  Here’s the first look of 4 ways to style aztec print shorts.

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

Dressing Up Aztec Printed Shorts

LOOK 1:  DRESSED UP AZTEC PRINT SHORTS – Sheer blouse, structured satchel, pumps, chain link watch and glitzy jewelry.

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

To dress up my mark. Aztec Empire Shorts I decided to pair it with a sheer blouse (LC Lauren Conrad Kohls) that picks up the mint coloring in the print and lady like accessories.  A black pair of pointed toe pumps grounds the look (Rino GX by Gwen Stefani for Shoedazzle) and finished it off with mark. accessories (Classic Hit Handbag, All In Good Time Watch and  All The Angles Earrings).

Lady Like Details Dress Up Aztec Printed Shorts

Lady Like Details Dress Up Aztec Printed Shorts

Total Look:  Dressed Up mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

Total Look: Dressed Up mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

This is a very wearable look for summer.  You still have the trendy aztec print but grounded in flattering, classic pieces.  And to think, there’s 3 more looks to come!  You can get the mark. Aztec Empire shorts at my eBoutique and come back for more ways to wear aztec printed shorts.

BONUS:  Now through Friday get site wide savings with promo code TIER2O  Perfect time to pick up the shorts for yourself!

Week O’Nautical – Guard Orange

Nautical Guard Orange

Nautical Guard Orange

Week O’Nautical sails on with the Coast Guard’s signature orange being today’s focus.  I mean, with a bright color like that, how can it not go noticed… at sea or in a nautical influenced outfit!  The inspiration all started with one perfect necklace, the mark. Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace ($20 at my eBoutique).  How perfectly fitting for my week of nautical outfits as we count down to the long Memorial Day weekend!?!

Anchors Away with the mark. Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace

Anchors Away with the mark. Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace

The mark. Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace is a delicate, colorful charm necklace featuring an anchor and a sail boat.  The perfect nautical styling for pairing for a casual and fun nautical outfit!

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Casual and Fun Nautical Outfit

Casual and Fun Nautical Outfit

I paired my guard orange skirt from Express (belt by mark.) with a navy tank from Kohls and my favorite navy and white striped open cardigan from Loft with a gold tote and flats from mark.  A functional outfit for so many occasions including a Memorial Day BBQ!

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Sometimes cute flats are just necessary.

Sometimes cute flats are just necessary.

Typically a heels wearer, but I’ll make an exception for cute chain details and gold.  Sometimes the occasion just calls for flats.  When nautical trend styling gold chain detailing is a must!  A trend carried from head, the mark. Hang With Me Earrings ($20 at my eBoutique), to toe with these mark. flats.

Gold Chain Details

Gold Chain Details

Perfect Memorial Day BBQ outfit

Gold Details For A Memorial Day BBQ outfit

Gold details, nautical stripes, navy and guard orange, all the nautical elements needed for a Week O’Nautical outfit.  You could easily switch out the skirt for shorts or loose the cardi for warmer weather.  Wearing a bright color is easy when you pair it with grounded pieces like a solid navy tank.  Give it a try this Memorial Day weekend!

Navy Winged Eye with mark. Island Eyes Pallet

Navy Winged Eye with mark. Island Eyes Pallet

Because the skirt is a little mod in shape with the a-line mini I went with a mod eye makeup creating a navy cat eye using the mark. Island Eyes Pallet ( $16 — see my review here).  I used the light blue shade all over my lid then using an eyeliner brush (dry) I created a line at the lashes using the dark blue shade and extending it beyond.  I followed up with a liquid liner on top of that line (mark. Get In Line) and finished with a good coat of mascara on curled lashes (mark. Last Act) and mark. Island Beauty Pallet for bronzing and blush.  Get all the products used at my eBoutique.

Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

We’re down to only 1 more work day until the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend.  As you figure out your plans, and therefore your outfit, hopefully Week O’Nautical provides some inspiration.  Check out my past posts from the week:  Mani Monday, White Linen and Wear To Work.  Be sure to check back tomorrow and over the weekend for more Week O’Nautical!

Week O'Nautical - Guard Orange

Week O’Nautical – Guard Orange

 

BONUS:  Memorial Day Savings have started!  Get 20% off a $50 order at my eBoutique now through Sunday:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Derby Days

I’ve never seen a horse race in my life.  I’ve never even watched the Kentucky Derby on tv, but I appreciate the cult party its grown in to.  I do have one late night memory of my friends and I meeting up with these young Republican newbies trying to make their name on the political scene here in Sacramento for a post derby party complete with preppy boys and girls in sundresses.  That was a fun night but you know what’s even more fun… the hat’s!  So in honor of my love for redic hats, all things preppy and a good themed party here are my picks for some derby looks!

via Ann Taylor (shop the look)

Bright, Fitted and Flared

Bright, Fitted and Flared

via Brooks Brothers – They are the ultimate in preppy and quality, and for the fellas anything from the Great Gatsby Collection is a must!

 

Oversized Yet Dainty

Oversized Yet Dainty

Great Gatsby Collection

Great Gatsby Collection

via mark. Sunny Disposition Hat ($26) keeps it casual but chic!  Perfect with a sundress, a more wearable look for the everyday girl going to a backyard bbq for the derby.  (shop the look)

mark.'s Sunny Disposition Hat

mark.’s Sunny Disposition Hat

via LC Lauren Conrad – this would be my look (and my favorite) since I already own the dress 😉 now if only I could get those shoes in my size!  (shop the look)

Mint Derby Look To Match A Mint Julep

Mint Derby Look To Match A Mint Julep

and I would wear it with this hat!

My Derby Hat Pick

My Derby Hat Pick

I just love all the preppy and polished looks that come out for the Derby.  If you were going to the Kentucky Derby or even just going to a Kentucky Derby party what would you wear?  Maybe just for the fun of it I’ll wear a killer spring preppy and pastel outfit and force others to drink mint juleps just to have fun with the weekend!

Week O’ Nautical Day 5 – Navy and White

Now here’s your traditional nautical look for Friday.  The delta breeze is coming through so only like a high of 70 today which got me excited because I thought to myself, “I can wear my white jeans for nautical week!”  This is what gets me excited, I’m easy to please.

Classic Nautical Look

Classic Nautical Look

The top is my week of nautical staple, I wear it every week o’ nautical every year.  This BeBe find from years back has paid for itself with the price per wear index.  My jeans were gifted to be from the best gifter, my mom!  She’s got the Kohl’s connection so when I saw that Rock and Republic came to Kohl’s mom granted the hookup.  I highly reccommend the Rock and Republic line at Kohl’s.  Since Kohl’s bought out the line they’ve done a good job at keeping its original look and feel of the line with a better price point.  These are the Kasandra fit which I like a lot because they slim through the legs down past the knee until they flare out for the bootcut.  I would like them to be a little more low rise but that’s because I’m only 5′ even.  The weight on these is a little thick but not too thick that they’re too hot for spring.  Plus the thickness allows for almost zero show through.

As for the rest of my outfit I switched from the gold I’ve been wearing all week to clean and sleek silver.  I kept it simple with a cuff from Express, a bracelet style watch from Burberry and simple silver band ring I got on vaca to Mexico.  And then there’s my shoes… I’ve been waiting all week to wear these navy cut out pumps with grey and yellow detailing from Shoedazzle.  These shoes suck to walk in, they’re too big even with inserts and barely stay on my feet, but they’re nice and high and match so nicely so when I can, I sacrifice for fashion.  And you know that bag and scarf I showed you in Wednesday’s Boho Nautical look... well I tied that scarf on my bag for a little extra something.  (even the pups liked it!)  I also wore some super star dangling earrings I found in my jewelry box from college.  Didn’t really show up well in my pics, but my star earrings showed up nicely with a messy pony.  I thought they were very USA stars and strips appropriate!

A little more nautical

A little more nautical

Star Spangled Ears

Star Spangled Ears