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Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Here’s to the 5th of May!  Today may be the day that the Mexican army overcame the French in an unlikely battle, but it’s also a day to have a mini fiesta to honor it!  Plus, personally, my mom comes into town today, my good friend’s anniversary and Thursday Bites at work, so a day be celebrated!

What To Wear on Cinco De Mayo

What To Wear on Cinco De Mayo

Word On What To Wear:  Be a little festive and represent the Mexcian flag in red white and green anchored with black.  Or go bright and colorful like a fiesta!  I paired a chambray shirt over a white dress (both from Loft) with a bright fun necklace (mark.), red lips (Avon Perfectly Matte in Coral Fever) and some spring boots (Sheodazzle) since its a rainy day here.  Originally I was going to wear this Marimekko For Target dress… but…

Marimekko For Target

Marimekko For Target

Or I think a really on trend off the shoulder top and bold pants would be cute or even a dress, like these from Express.

Express Life

Express Life

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Or how perfect would this LC Lauren Conrad dress be for Cinco!

Women's LC Lauren Conrad Striped Cold-Shoulder Dress

Women’s LC Lauren Conrad Striped Cold-Shoulder Dress

Either way all of these would be cute for the 5th of May or any other day in May 🙂

 

Word On What To Do:  Go grab some tacos and a margarita!  Hit up happy hour at your local Mexican restaurant or make some for dinner tonight.  Street tacos are the absolute easiest and a crowd pleaser.  I guarantee you have at least half the ingredients you need to make taco’s tonight and pick up the rest on your way home.  Here’s a recipe idea if you need one.

Thursday Bites! (snapchat ach167)

Thursday Bites! (snapchat ach167)

Wholy Guacamole!  An additional perk to the day get FREE SHIPPING at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code CINCO

 

 

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

Get The Look: Lauren Conrad Inspired Makeup Look For September

Lauren Conrad Inspired Makeup For September

Lauren Conrad Inspired Makeup For September

Yesterday I shared my inspiration for September (check it here), included was this makeup look from the LC Lauren Conrad September campaign.  I liked I it so much I decided to recreate it with products I had.

Lauren Conrad's Makeup for September

Lauren Conrad’s Makeup for September

The key points to recreate from Lauren Conrad’s look is her flawless skin, thick winged liner and a deep berry/Bordeaux lip.  I will never be quite so flawless but foundation is the right starting point to this look.

Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation For The Base

Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation For The Base

Face:  Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Liquid Foundation in Creamy Natural, mark. Just Blushing in Dollhouse (no longer available try Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Heavenly Pink) and for highlighter I used mark. Touch and Glow Shimmer Cubes in Coral.

Inspired Look With Pink Eyes, Winged Liner and Deep Lips

Inspired Look With Pink Eyes, Winged Liner and Deep Lips

Lauren’s eyes seem to have a bit more of a rose gold and bronze shading to them but I was inspired to just go with a light shimmering pink all over my lids.  The pink and burgundy play so well together in her outfit so well it inspired me to leave it just as is.  If you wanted to go more true to her look I would work in the mark. On The Dot pallet in Neutral in the outer V and middle of lid.  I used Lauren’s favorite mark. liner for the wing and lots of mascara to recreate her full lashes.

 

Eye Look Using mark. On the Edge Liquid Liner

Eye Look Using mark. On the Edge Liquid Liner

 

Eyes:  mark. Spring Fling Eye Pallet (contact to order), mark. On The Edge Hookup Liquid Liner in Cleo, Avon Big and Daring Waterproof Mascara in black.

Avon Beyond Color Lipstick In Revenge

Avon Beyond Color Lipstick In Revenge

Lips:  Avon Beyond Color Lipstick in Revenge.  Avon just re-released their Beyond Color lipstick in an updated formula and new shades along with classic favorites.  This shade Revenge is the perfect deep berry/bordeaux shade I’ve been looking for.  (and spot on for this recreation!).

This is definitely a look I’ll be wearing all September.  You can shop the products used here and check out the shop tab for all the promo codes available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger 

BONUS:  Not sure if you’re as big of a fan of the LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s collection as I am.  BUT tonight they’ll be airing her first runway collection for the line live from NY Fashion week.  Be sure to head over to kohls.com at 7pm est to get the deets.  Download the app periscope to view on your device.  That navy moto jacket with the rose gold detail is calling my name!  I love how fun and creative this line is, they do a great job sticking with the esthetic and keeping things unique!

 

PS.  I’m going to throw this out there… Galaxy S5 camera is the WORST.  These images were taken with the front facing camera which is even worse then the backside.  But makeup pics and front facing selfie camera go together like pb & jelly!  I can’t believe what an inferior product Samsung made with this camera.  It rarely focus and the images are grainy and horrible even in natural light.  I’m too lazy to bust out my slr, set up a tripod and use my remote when I have a self facing camera in the palm of my hand.  If there was ever a reason to upgrade your phone this would be it… I despise it.  So sorry for the crappy images, maybe because I’ll be wearing this look all Sept. long you’ll see me in person and be like killer lipstick!

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

 

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!

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!