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Week O’Nautical TGIF

The long Memorial Day weekend is here!  TGIF!  Time to start the unofficial kickoff of summer!  Week O’Nautical continues with some red white and blue!

Time To Start The Weekend!

Nautical Arm Party

Nautical Arm Party

Arm party:  Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet, mark. Looking Sharp Bracelet in rose gold, Avon tortoise watch.  (shop here)

Summer Time Treat:  Infused Water!

Infused Water For Your Weekend

Infused Water For Your Weekend

This was probably the best idea as of late.  Fill multiple mason jars with your favorite fruit, fill with water and refrigerate.  Grab and go options that are not only tasty, refreshing and portable but also super cute and pinterest worthy!  How great would these look on your picnic table this weekend!?  Mine includes lemon, cucumber, strawberries, blueberries and kiwi.

Casual Friday!

Red Lace OOTD

Red Lace OOTD

Casual Friday might not be so casual around here, nor is it that nautical, but red white and blue for the win! See the last time I shared this dress here.  Paired today’s OOTD with a red lip (Avon), mark. jewelry and some summer heels (Steve Madden).

Sipping water in my red dress...

Sipping water in my red white and blue…

Get Weekend Ready!

Mini playlist on repeat as of late.  Don’t be discouraged by the image of the Biebs… it’s Skrillex so enough said.

 

 

 

Date Night Outfit – Girly Dress + Leather Jacket

 

Girly Dress + Leather Jacket = Date Night Outfit

Girly Dress + Leather Jacket = Date Night Outfit

 

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner time to start planning!  If date night is on your agenda here’s some outfit inspiro:  Girly Dress + Leather Jacket.  The pairing is flirty but not too formal with the casual leather jacket.  This way, us girls get to dress up but still look cool and casual.

mark. About Lace Dress

mark. About Lace Dress

For my girly dress I’m wearing the mark. About Lace Dress ($42).  Purple is an under appreciated color for Valentine’s day.  It’s in the same family of pinks and reds only a little more dark and a little more royal.  This dress definitely works the girly factor with it’s fit and flare shape, silky fabric and lace detailing.  I love a good lace detailing, esp for a date night look!

Lacey Detailing on mark. About Lace Dress

Lacey Detailing on mark. About Lace Dress

Girly Dress Nailed with mark. About Lace Dress

Girly Dress Nailed with mark. About Lace Dress

Even though this dress is seriously spring it’s still February and cold, so tights and a jacket are a must.  I think opaque black tights and a black leather jacket looks best.  They don’t complicate the look but bring a level of sleekness.  Good thing my favorite mark. Attention To Detail Tights ($18) are still going strong and this old mark. faux leather jacket is seeing some use after getting it at the end of the season last spring (last seen here).

A little faux leather for warmth

A little faux leather for warmth

mark. Attention To Detail Tights

mark. Attention To Detail Tights

All about the booties, black tights and a black jacket!

All about the booties, black tights and a black jacket!

With a crew neck like this dress has I always think a statement necklace is the perfect addition.  The solid colored base is the perfect canvas to showcase the mark. Clear Choice Necklace ($38).  I love its vintage-y look with the lace detailing of the dress.

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

To finish off a date night look try the perfect makeup look, get my Valentine’s Day Makeup look here. Of course you’ll need a perfect little bag, like the mark. Glam Glimmer Clutch ($28).  It’s big enough to hold all the essentials but small enough to drag along to wherever the night might take you!  Plus the metallic snakeskin pattern is a little “cool girl” to help toughen up your girly dresss.

Toughen Up A Girly Dress For Date Night

Toughen Up A Girly Dress For Date Night

The combination of girly dress + leather jacket isn’t just for date night, try it for any of your upcoming occasions; girls night, lunch, casual work environment, etc… It’s comfortable but still looks very put together and chic.  You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and get it in time for Valentine’s Day!

Put a little swing in your skirt!

Put a little swing in your skirt!

Holiday Styling Tips: New Years Eve

Holiday Styling Tips:  New Year's Eve

Holiday Styling Tips: New Year’s Eve

If Christmas is only 9 days away that mean’s that New Years Eve is only in 17 days!  Time to start making plans and more importantly, what are you going to wear!?!  I feel New Year’s is one of those events that seem to always disappoint, but I also figured out there’s a few things to plan for that make it work out.  First is who you’re with, plan to spend it with good friends and/or family.  That way, doesn’t matter what you do, you’ll for sure have a fun night.  Secondly, is plan a special outfit.  You know if you at least dress up a little, then the night automatically feels special!  Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have few tips to help with that last part, styling a New Years Eve outfit that will have you covered no matter if it’s for a night in or a night out!

What To Wear For New Years Eve

What To Wear For New Years Eve

1.  Pick A Party Dress!

mark. Grand Entrance Lace Dress

mark. Grand Entrance Lace Dress

This is THE opportunity to wear a party dress.  Even if you’re not a dress wearer, on New Years, you can be.   Most of us in real life don’t have too many occasions to dress up, so take the chance.  Even if your event isn’t something crazy, this is the night that being overdressed is completely acceptable.  My party dress pick is the mark. Grand Entrance Dress ($44).  With it’s fitted lace bodice and satin tulip skirt it’s a party perfect pick!

Lace Bodice on the mark. Grand Entrance Dress

Lace Bodice on the mark. Grand Entrance Dress

2.  Keep It Comfortable.

Comfortable in the mark. Grand Entrance Dress

Comfortable in the mark. Grand Entrance Dress

You’re in for a long night and being super uncomfortable in an outfit you can’t move in and heels you can’t walk in just makes for a miserable NYE.  Pick a dress you can move, and dance, and sit in… and maybe one that hides the few pounds of Christmas cookies I’ve been eating.  That’s what I love about this mark. Grand Entrance Dress, it’s cut to flatter and be functional.  The waist is a litter higher hitting that sweet spot that’s the small part of our torso.  The tulip skirt allows you to move and prance, so you’ll be good with whatever comes your way… chasing kids to dance floor moves.

 

3.  Pile on the sparkle.

Sequin Clutch and mark. Opulent Charm Heels

Sequin Clutch and mark. Opulent Charm Heels

 Last week’s tips on how to wear sparkles weren’t for a one time thing, you’ll definitely need them for NYE.  Again if there’s ever a time to go all out it’s NYE, and no one will judge you for it, believe me.  So bust out the sequin clutch (or again for me, last seen here.)  Pull out some statement earrings like these mark. Noir Essence Earrings, and stack on an arm party (kate spade bracelets).  Don’t forget the shoes!  I love the mark. Opulent Charm Heels so much from last week I had to bring them back.  They’re PERFECT for a party dress and NYE with their embellished detailing.  Plus they’re very comfortable and walkable, so the fit style tip #2 above.

 

4.  Amp Up Your Makeup.

Smokey Eye and Bold Lip for NYE

Smokey Eye and Bold Lip for NYE

NYE is the BEST time for a smokey eye and bold lip!  Spend a little extra time getting ready and pull out some of the best tricks like a smokey eye.  Key is sticking with formulas that will last all night.  mark. On The Dot Smokey ($18) and mark. On The Edge Eyeliner ($10) are top notch formulas.  Try a bold pink lip for a different look then that bold red you’ve been wearing.  Try Avon Extra Lasting Lipstick in Fearless Fuchsia.

Smokey Eye and Bold Lip

Smokey Eye and Bold Lip

 

5.  Have Fun!

Fun With The Pups!

Fun With The Pups!

The biggest tip for NYE is to have fun!  Pick something fun to wear, pair it with fun accessories and make the most of your night.  It’s all about stepping out of your norm and being a little extra-special just for one night.  It’s the last night of the year, go out with a bang!  You can shop my dress, earrings, shoes and makeup at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

NYE Party Look

NYE Party Look

Jill’s Styling Tip: Make your New Year’s Eve look casual and sparkly!

Holiday Style: New Years

Holiday Style: New Years

“Keep your look casual in the oversized Desert Dream Camo Sweatshirt by mark and a pair of snake print flats. Dress up the sweatshirt with a champagne sparkly sequin pencil skirt. Who doesn’t want to be sparkly to bring in the New Year? Balance out the sequin skirt with simple accessories.” – Jill from My Sweet Obsessions

mark. Desert Dream Camo Sweatshirt

mark. Desert Dream Camo Sweatshirt

See all of Jill’s tips and more of her casual glam look for NYE over at My Sweet Obsessions.

What are you planning for New Years Eve this year?  Are you going more casual like Jill or more party like me?  Either way, add in some sparkle and make it a little special.  You’ll be surprised how this little thing can actually add to the night!

 

BONUS:  Starting tomorrow (Tuesday 16th) offering FREE 2-day ship AND 25% off a $75 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger!  So shop Jill’s sweatshirt, my dress, heels, makeup and earrings for your NYE look at a discount!