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Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, animal prints are a huge trend right now. They were hot in the summer and even hotter for fall. You’ll see some sort of version at pretty much every retailer. The thing with animal prints, they’re kinda are always in, just how you wear them fluctuates. Which means now is a great time to get some pieces that will be super trendy now but also last in your wardrobe for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to shop and wear the trend:

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Leopard: A leopard piece is the way to go If you don’t really think yourself as trendy but you like the trends.  Or, if you’re someone who hates the trend when they first come out, but then end up liking it once you see it all over (guilty!).  Leopard works really well for fall because its already set in fall colors with the browns, taupes, blacks and creams.  I suggest finding a leopard blouse in a soft flowy material.  You can dress up a pair of jeans or wear it with some white shorts for a late summer look.   Come actual fall pair with a boyfriend cardigan or with your fav moto/leather/jean jacket for a cool girl appeal.  A leopard blouse always works well for workwear too.  Be trendy by pairing it with a tie waist cropped pant in blush.  Once this of the moment trend dies down a leopard blouse will still work well in your closet especially if you’re just pairing it with a black pant/skirt for work or a dark denim for casual wear.  If you want something a little more trendy the oversized leopard print cardigans are huge!  Nordstrom’s version sold out but the one on Amazon everyone is grabbing.  I also really like the black and cream/white leopard prints as a take that not everyone is wearing…

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet - Express; Mules - Calvin Klein

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet – Express; Mules – Calvin Klein

 

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin:  Now snakeskin is like the uber-trendy trend right now.  So if you want to be in, then snakeskin it is.  You’ll see snakeskin right now in everything… I mean everything!  From trench coats to shoes to bags to joggers… snakeskin everything!  But, because of this, you can find some really cool pieces, like a red snakeskin printed bodysuit I picked up from Express which is a total fun twist on the trend.  What I recommend shopping for though, is a pair of snakeskin boots!  These are something that will work in your wardrobe for years to come!  For you regular trendy people, get an ankle boot.  Wear it with white jeans and a white tank for a wear now look and then wear it with black jeans and a black tee come actual fall.  For you super trendy folks, get a pair of tall OTK snakeskin boots! Wear them with a t-shirt dress or a band graphic tee and shorts for a late summer look.  Come fall pair them with a sweater dress and a trench or the classic leggings/tee/jacket combo.  Even wear them with a pencil skirt for a wear to work look.  For the not-so-trendy shop for a pair of snakeskin flat mules or loafers.  Just a pop of snakeskin that keeps you on trend but not by too much and a style you can wear to work to running errands to casual outings.

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties ;)

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties 😉

 

Zebra Print

Zebra Print

Zebra:  If you don’t want to be wearing the same trend as every girl on IG then zebra is the way to go.  Just as in as leopard/snakeskin but a little different, and a little harder to find so you’ll stand out in a different way.  If you want to be even more mega trendy, pattern mix it with other animal prints, I especially like it with a tiger print or giraffe print.  Right now shop for a slinky midi skirt in a zebra print.  The leopard version is all over the place, but a zebra print is a more unique alternative.  It’s really wearable and on trend with just a white tee and sneakers, but I would wear it with heels… you know me.  Come fall, throw on a denim jacket for weekend, a cardigan for work, or a leather jacket and black heels for a night out.  This Ann Taylor Zebra Print Skirt, it’s the perfect transitional piece plus it’s one you could wear 10 years ago and one you could wear in 10 more years.  With all these animal print pieces a nice fabric in a sophisticated style will allow you to get more wear out of the pieces for years to come.

Tee/Layered Necklaces - Avon; Skirt - Ann Taylor; Sandals - Marshall's

Tee/Layered Necklaces – Avon; Skirt – Ann Taylor; Sandals – Marshall’s

Fun fact about me, zebra’s are my favorite animal.  With that being said, I don’t really like a zebra print unless its done extremely tasteful.   That’s the trick to wearing animal print find it in luxe fabrics and fits that will read classy not trashy and then have fun with it with what you pair it with.  Now they become pieces that last beyond the trend!  What animal print pieces do you have your eye on?

PS:  I have a great neutral makeup look that works with all these looks, and transitions into the fall.  If you want to see more leave me a comment!

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday:  Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

So lately this pin has been receiving so many re-pinnes. Before that it was this cheesecake recipe I’ve yet to make it, but looks easy and delicious… I digress, back to the mani. Because it was getting so much pinterest love I decided to recreate it.

Recreating Most PInned Mani

Recreating Most PInned Mani

For my recreate I did it a little differently but kept the nude, blue and spot design. I recently got this Avon Gel Finish Polish in Barely There, a darker nude shade and been wanting to use it so figured this was the time! I applied 2 coats over the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat on every finger except my ring where I used Essie Borrowed and Blue (last seen here). I then used a gold glitter on my middle and a leopard jamberry wrap on my pointer.  The wrap is called Spot On, which is just a leopard print on a clear base.

In Full Sun:  Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

In Full Sun: Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

All together my recreation has the same color scheme and overall design as the pin but with a little different twist with the glitter and clear based Jamberry wrap. I love the whole look and feel for spring and I can see thing working really well in the fall too coming off of summer brights.

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Can I comment on how awesome the Avon Gel Finish polishes are! They are so perfectly self leveling, shine and wear great without a top coat and last! Right now these polishes are any 2 for $8.99.  You can shop the gel finish polishes and the ridge filling base coat at my eBoutique.  You can shop Jamberry here.

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

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!