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Wear And Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Oh Couture Handbag

Wear And Share mark. Oh Couture Handbag

Wear And Share mark. Oh Couture Handbag

I’ve been seeing the quilted leather trend everywhere this fall from Express to Nordstroms to H&M and definitely from mark. in the mark. Oh Couture Bag ($38)!  With such an on trend item we had to choose it for our Wear and Share Wednesday!  And it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, you’ve already seen it on myself (here) and on Jackie from Living After Midnight (here) in previous posts, but this week we decided to let it take the feature and plan a whole outfit around it.  Don’t you love Jackie pairing it with plaid, looks so equestrian and classic!

Wear and Share Wednesday Look featuring the mark. Oh Couture Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday Look featuring the mark. Oh Couture Handbag

A Quilted Leather Look featuring mark.

A Quilted Leather Look featuring mark.

What goes better with a quilted leather handbag than a quilted leather skirt!?!  This mini skirt from Express couldn’t be more perfect, complete with its gold zipper details.  To make the skirt a little more day appropriate I paired it with a sheer blouse, the mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse, tights with some fun detailing with the mark. A Bit Lacey Tights, and tons of black and gold accents with my jewelry and heels!  Obviously, my black and gold obsession isn’t dying out.

What To Wear To Thanksgiving

What To Wear To Thanksgiving

So where would you wear an outfit like this?  How about to Thanksgiving!  I like the fun and edge the leather provides (or in my case the faux leather) then add some conservative with lady like details and design.  It can meet the parents, impress people you haven’t seen in a long time, and go out on the town on a cold November night for the Thanksgiving Eve!  For my “What To Wear To Thanksgiving” look #4 I’m loving this black and gold look!  Check out look #1, look #2 and look #3.

mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Check out the details on this mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the throwback style but once I saw how they updated it with a modern faux leather cutout collar, gold buttons and lace down the front I was in love.  Plus the fit is flattering and modern so the retro styling just works.  This is one of those must-haves you should have in your wardrobe especially for the holiday season!  You’ll just throw it on add some bling and be DONE!

Opulent Arm Party With A Gold and Black Mani To Match

Opulent Arm Party With A Gold and Black Mani To Match

With all the detailing on this look I didn’t really need much BUT I did,  its black and white simplistic base really allowed the accessories to pop!  I just kept it all in the same family, shimming gold!  I stacked my arm party with bangles including the new mark. Antiqued Chic Bracelet and topped it off with my mani with the mark. Nailed It Duo in Tuxedo and Gleam Scene ($7 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  I’m so in love with our last wear and share item, the mark. Go Baroque Necklace ($45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) that I wore it once again.  I mean its the ULTIMATE holiday necklace.

mark. A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 set of 2)

mark. A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 set of 2)

Tights are my best friend this time of year.  They keep me warm on cold November nights and allow wearing a mini skirt to be more functional.  I have quite a collection but none impress me more than the mark. tights over the years.  The quality is TOP KNOTCH and so is the style.  Just check out these mark.  A Bit Lacy Tights ($22 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)!  Most the leg is opaque with a slight pinstripe (as seen in the detailed pic above) but it has this bit of lace cutout trailing down the back of the leg to make them a stunner!

Make An Entrance With mark.

Make An Entrance With mark.

With these mark. A Bit Lacy Tights you’ll be making an entrance from the front and the back!  And let’s talk those heels!  Can you get a better holiday pump than the mark. SoPumped Heels ($60 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahesinger) ?  Real suede, platform, gold rivet detailing, cutouts and a mega gold heel!

mark. Oh Couture Handbag and mark. So Pumped Heels

mark. Oh Couture Handbag and mark. So Pumped Heels

Since I got this mark. Oh Couture Handbag I’ve been using it non-stop as my everyday bag.  It holds a lot without being a huge bulky bag.  It goes with everything from work to play and looks really more luxe than the $38 price tag would suggest.  This has to be one of my favorite handbags ever, like in my life ever.  It’s that good, making it easy to plan a whole outfit around it.  You can shop my look including the mark. Oh Couture Handbag, mark. Sheer Me Out Blouse, mark. Go Baroque Necklace, mark. Antique Chic Bracelet, mark. A Bit Lacy Tights and the mark. So Pumped Heels at my eBoutique (http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

A Total Look Based Around The mark. Oh Couture Handbag

A Total Look Based Around The mark. Oh Couture Handbag

PS.  A little Thanksgiving note of thanks to all the beauty out there.  While I was taking these pics these guys were just chilling enjoying the fall day.  It made me happy for all the beautiful fall foliage and the everyday beauty we see.  I’m also thankful for my sister who let me use her beautiful landscape as a backdrop!  She does more for me than I ever seem thankful for but I’m grateful!

Deer In The Fall Foliage

Deer In The Fall Foliage

Wear And Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Go For Baroque Necklace

Wear and Share Wednesday around the mark. Go For Baroque Necklace

Wear and Share Wednesday around the mark. Go For Baroque Necklace

You might of already got a sneak peek at this look on the mark. girl official facebook page and pinterest (or my own facebook page and pinterest) but when asked to wear mark. our way, we said, EASY!  Jackie from Living After Midnight and I have been doing it from the start and bringing it your way with our Wear And Share Wednesday posts!  So this week we planned both our outfits around the mark. Go For Baroque Necklace ($45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  Stunning statement necklace in black and gold (which we know I’m LOVING) with details that’s out of this world and perfect for fall and holiday!

Wear It My Way - Go For Baroque Necklace

Wear It My Way – Go For Baroque Necklace

We already know that in the world of alicia #blackandgold is trending hardcore so when planning an outfit around this necklace you know I went full on black and gold!  I started with the mark. Gilded Glam Pant ($32 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  These are basically a super comfy black leggings with a gorgeous gold sheen.  Seriously, these are going to be your go to for the holiday season, comfy warm and still know how to party!  (and they’re substantial in fabric so you can wear them as real pants) You can dress them up or down… like here I elected to make my outfit more casual with an off the shoulder tee with gold button detailing from The Limited.  A big shout out to the bff Nicki who gifted me this perfect wardrobe staple for my birthday!  She knows what’s up!

mark. Gilded Glam Pant ($32)

mark. Gilded Glam Pant ($32 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Because I was going with a more easy look and really wanted to feature this mark. Go For Baroque Necklace I didn’t need much else in the accessories department.  I’m wearing my peeptoe booties from Steve Madden (old, but try the Modern Peep Toe Bootie from Avon) and the mark. Oh Couture Handbag ($38 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) and simple green and gold studs from the mark. Hoops and Studs Earrings Set (set of 3 $22 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  Also wearing the mark. Perfect Timing Watch that’s coming to clearance soon!  (taking pre-orders on the sale price so hit me up)

mark. Go For Baroque Necklace

mark. Go For Baroque Necklace ($45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Eyes in the mark. Fab 5 Eye Pallet

Eyes in the mark. Fab 5 Eye Pallet ($10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

What I’m really loving about the mark. Go For Baroque Necklace is its amazing detailing.  This guy is really all you need for your holiday looks.  Pair it with a tee like I did or your favorite sweater or blouse, it really goes with everything!  Like how Jackie paired with a colorful printed dress which is totally opposite of my white tee.  I really like this look for Thanksgiving, it’s casually luxe!  I think I’ll repeat this for my night out before Thanksgiving…. turkey eve!  The biggest night of the year to go out 🙂  Only I for sure will need a jacket, maybe the mark. All Good Points Jacket (last seen here!) or even a cute leather (or faux leather) jacket.

Casual Luxe Look with mark. Go For Baroque Necklace, Gilded Glam Pants and Oh Couture Handbag

Casual Luxe Look with mark. Go For Baroque Necklace, Gilded Glam Pants and Oh Couture Handbag

So this is how I wear the newest offerings from mark. for fall and holiday, check out Jackie’s full post on how she wears it over at Living After Midnight.  If you pick one piece to glam up your holiday I highly recommend it being the mark. Go For Baroque Necklace ($45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahesinger).  I’ve really worn it non stop, and it’s that amazing that it’s all you really need!

How I Wear It - mark. Fall and Holiday Must Haves

How I Wear It – mark. Fall and Holiday Must Haves

PS:  Totally rocking my mark. Nailed It Duo in Tuxedo and Gleam Scene (last seen here) to complete the total look, can’t really tell but it’s there, I promise!  Totally worth the $7 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Style Goddess Necklace

1 mark. Style Goddess Necklace Styled 2 Ways

1 mark. Style Goddess Necklace Styled 2 Ways

If there were a goddess of fall, this necklace would be her style!  Since I don’t know of one, we’ll just have to do our best and channel our inner fall goddess and plan 2 outfits around this stellar necklace!  Jackie from Living After Midnight and I had no problem with the challenge!

mark. Style Goddess Necklace

mark. Style Goddess Necklace

I SO called this one, shades of burgundy, wine, oxblood, etc, being the IT color for fall.  I was claiming it all last year, which means by the time it hit production it is all over everywhere this year!  What’s awesome about these shades are they look good on everyone, reminiscent of fall and a way to wear a bold color without being, well, too bold!

It's All In The Details

It’s All In The Details

I worked the IT color into my outfit in 3 ways:

1.  A punch of color with a statement piece in the mark. Style Goddess Necklace

mark. Style Goddess Necklace

mark. Style Goddess Necklace

2.  All over color with the mark. Fit Right In Skinny Pants

mark. Fit Right In Skinny Pants

mark. Fit Right In Skinny Pants

3.  Just a touch with the mark. Mosaic Detail Earrings (wearing the burgundy ones from the set of 2), and with my lip color in mark. Make It Rich Lip Pencil in Royal

mark. Mosaic Details Earrings (with vintage mark. bracelet)

mark. Mosaic Details Earrings (with vintage mark. bracelet)

A Wine Influenced Total Look

A Wine Influenced Total Look

Total look:  mark. Fit Right In Skinny Pants ($34), Express cutout mock neck top (old), mark. Style Goddess Necklace ($50), mark. Stellar Style Bracelet, mark. Mosaic Detail Earrings ($20 set of 2), mark. Straight Up Sassy Heels (in and out of clearance, contact for more details), mark. Super Flash Cosmetic Bag ($12), mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Royal ($11 — for my full makeup look check back for my next post!), Essie Cashmere Bathrobe (on nails).  Available at my eBoutique.

Details For Fall

Details For Fall

Just pick one of the 3 ways to work some wine friendly hues into your fall looks… or do what I did and wear all 3 ways!  Be sure to check out Jackie at Living After Midnight‘s full post to see how she weaved the IT color into her fall look.  You can shop my look at my eBoutique and be sure to check back for my next post on how to get my “wine with everything” makeup look.

Rich and Luxe mark. Accessories For Fall

Rich and Luxe mark. Accessories For Fall

BONUS:  Want the mark. Super Flash Cosmetic Bag FOR FREE!?!?!  From October 4th through October 31st you can get the mark. Super Flash Cosmetic Bag FREE with any $20 fragrance purchase (select fragrances) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger This mark. Super Flash Cosmetic Bag pulls double duty as a clutch!  Perfect to add a little midas touch to your fall outfits, and getting it for FREE, doesn’t get much better than that!

The mark. Style Goddess Necklace definitely put me in a fall mindset.

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Tough Luxe Booties

“Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world!”  – Marilyn Monroe

2 Looks Around The mark. Tough Luxe Booties

2 Looks Around The mark. Tough Luxe Booties

That Miss. Monroe knew a few things or two.  I swear if I have on a bad pair of shoes my day is miserable, but the right pair and the possibilities are endless!  Which is why Jackie from Living After Midnight and I styled 2 outfits around one pair of killer mark. shoes, the Tough Luxe Booties!  I would say half the time I start my outfit with the shoes.  My day dictates what shoes I’m wearing… ones I need to walk all day in, ones that just need to look pretty as I sit at my desk or ones that I need to need a little bit of both!  The mark. Tough Luxe Booties are both pretty and functional!

mark. Tough Luxe Booties

mark. Tough Luxe Booties

The Tough Luxe Booties ($50 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) are the perfect mix between functional and fun.  The gold accents and 4 1/4” heel (with 1/2″ platform) gives them the right amount of luxe and the easy round toe and coloring keep them casual.  Let’s not forget that they’re super comfy and super easy to walk in!  Granted I’m really a size 5 and these are 6’s but with some heel grips these are good to go… so that means half sizes, order up!

mark. White On Time Blazer (NOW $21.99 orig $48)

mark. White On Time Blazer (NOW $21.99 orig $48)

It was super easy to plan an outfit around these booties.  As the season transitions I love pairing a boot or bootie with shorts!  The weather is still super hot here in Nor Cal so wearing an easy bootie at least makes me feel a little fall while still keeping cool.  Now for wearing a blazer… not so much!  However it works for chilly ac and cooling nights.  I’m wearing the mark. White On Blazer (NOW $21.99 originally $48!  Talk about a steal!!!)

Fall White With Golden Accessories

Fall White With Golden Accessories

I loved all white outfits for summer but for transitioning into fall had to switch up the fabrics, styles and accessories.  By mixing up the shades of white, like the more creamy texture to the White On Time Blazer, it gave the outfit some dimension.  Gold always looks sharp against white and why not play up the gold on the Tough Luxe Booties!?!  I’m wearing the pyramid studs from the mark. All The Angles Earrings Set ($20), mark. In The Mix Bracelet Set (NOW $9.99 orig $22), Bohemian Rocks Bracelet (NOW $14.99 orig $24) and a leopard print bangle from Express.  And that necklace… it’s the mark. Snake Charmer, a multitasker you can wear as a necklace, belt or bracelet or any other way you can think of.  I think it adds just the right amount of edge to a pretty basic outfit.  You can get the mark. Snake Charmer ($26) and my other jewelry at my eBoutique.

Transitioning Outfit With The Tough Luxe Booties

Transitioning Outfit With The Tough Luxe Booties

Because it still is so hot here throwing on some booties definitely is an easy way to take on the fall trends, and so is changing up your bag.  That’s why I love this mark. Taupe Of The Line Bag ($75), its fall friendly taupe color goes with everything, even those summer neons I’m not quite done with and with my all white outfit here.  This bag is also real suede, and super soft suede at that!  Adding in rich textures for fall like suede is an easy way to bring on fall.

mark. Taupe Of The Line Bag With A mark. Arm Party

mark. Taupe Of The Line Bag With A mark. Arm Party

To complete my look I went with a shimmery neutral makeup look with the newest beauty arrivals from mark, the mark. The Day Eye Pallet and mark. Wonder Glow Blush Pallet on my cheeks with a nude glossy lip.  You can shop all the new mark. 10 year anniversary beauty collection at my eBoutique.  Be sure to check out my next post on how to use these beauties!

mark. The Day Eye Pallet and mark. Wonder Glow Mosaic Powder For A Shimmery Neutral Look

mark. The Day Eye Pallet and mark. Wonder Glow Mosaic Powder For A Shimmery Neutral Look

mark. certainly has stepped up their game in shoe department this year!  Which is why Jackie from Living After Midnight and I could so easily create 2 looks from the same mark. Tough Luxe Booties!  Seriously, so many must haves for your shoe wardrobe, there’s something for everyone; boots, flats, pumps, sparkles, studs, dressy, casual… the shoeaholic in me needs them all!  To see more on these killer shoe offerings check back all week!

mark. fall shoes galore!

mark. fall shoes galore!

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

One Clutch Inspiring 2 Looks

One Clutch Inspiring 2 Looks

Let’s get this party started!!!  August is not only my birthday month but mark. is turning 10!  10 years of on trend beauty and fashion is nothing to blink at and just in true Alicia style we’re celebrating ALL MONTH!  To kick things off mark. released this anniversary collection featuring plenty of party ready pieces!  One of our top picks from the collection is the Case Of Glam Clutch ($28)!  Jackie from Living After Midnight and I both styled our outfits around this knuckle-duster minaudière!

mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

You can see this style of clutch on celebs galore and designed by many high end designers… can we say Alexander McQueen!?!   But this gem gives you the same look for only $28!  It has the option of being worn with the chain shoulder strap or held comfortably with the knuckle rings.  The case itself is a good size, plenty of room for all your essentials and the faux black leather is much more luxe than expecting!  You can see I have my huge Galaxy S3 in here just to show proportion.

Inside Case Of Glam Clutch

Inside Case Of Glam Clutch

With such a cute little party clutch I needed a cute little party outfit for birthday month!  I’m wearing the mark. Hot Mix Blouse ($30)over a simple black tank dress from Express.  Not that I need much more to accessorize with this clutch, but its birthday month so load up those sparkles!!!  mark. Dropping By Necklace ($22), mark. Rock The Place Ring ($20), mark. Cuff Bracelet (contact for details) watch by Burberry, nails by Julep (see the details here!) and some serious heels, the mark. Statuesque Style Heels $40)

Heels and Sequins with mark. Anniversary Collection!

Heels and Sequins with mark. Anniversary Collection!

The Case of The Glam clutch is definitely one cool girl piece.  I mean, just look at Jackie from Living After Midnight in her cool girl black and color of the season leather jacket!  You can make this clutch work for more than just your party outfits.  Keep with the rock and roll style by making sure your nails are killer, like in bold and bright shades like Jackie and I did!  You can pick up the Case of The Glam clutch for only $28 at my eBoutique (and the other mark. anniversary collection pieces!)

Bright and Bold with Case Of Glam Clutch

Bright and Bold with Case Of Glam Clutch

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Go For The Bold Necklace

mark. Go With The Bold necklace Styled 2 Ways

mark. Go With The Bold necklace Styled 2 Ways

There’s no denying that Jackie from Living After Midnight and I are accessories junkies!  They’re like little treasures, small, shiny and always eye catching!  That’s why this week’s Wear and Share Wednesday’s treasure had to be the mark. Go For The Bold necklace!  This exotic piece really stands on its own which is why Jackie and I both styled an outfit around it.

Working Girl Wardrobe

Working Girl Wardrobe

If you caught my post yesterday I suggested that every working girl wardrobe needs a sleeveless sheer blouse and a pencil skirt.  Here’s another look how that simple combination and some killer jewelry can easily answer the question “what am I going to wear to work today!?!?”  Recreate with an animal print sheer blouse with a solid pencil skirt, I’m wearing the mark. Call It A Tie Blouse with a basic white skirt from Charlotte Russe.  You can look completely put together and fashionable with this formula.  Now just add on the little treasures… like the mark. Go For The Bold necklace ($24)!

Accessory Treasures featuring mark. Go For The Bold Necklace

Accessory Treasures featuring mark. Go For The Bold Necklace

Mixing prints with prints is super on trend but hard for me!  I just feel mismatched, but the combination of animal prints in neutral, similar colors is a subtle way to do it.  The Go For The Bold necklace ($24) really compliments this outfit and the shiny gold allows it to stay summery.  To keep things looking light and appropriate for summer I kept my jewelry in the same color family with the Get To The Point Ring ($18 remember from our last wear and share post!?!), Bohemian Rocks Bracelet ( $24), In The Mix Bracelets (in and out of sale in my eBoutique) and a smokey eye in shades of bronze and brown withe mark. i-marks!  All available at my eBoutique.

Animal Prints and Neutrals for The Working Girl Wardrobe

Animal Prints and Neutrals for The Working Girl Wardrobe

And what’s a working girl without a great work bag!?!  The mark. Tote The Town Bag ($45 at my eBoutique) has been my go to for work.  It’s HUGE so it holds everything and then some, like your notebook, ipad and lunch!  The linen with faux leather trim keeps the look light and fresh but tailored enough for all your work wear.  Complete the look with a pair of pointed toe pumps in a neutral color, bonus points if they have cutouts like these ones!  I recently unloaded my storage unit and came across a bunch of treasures including these pumps I completely forgot I even owned!  Storage wars, Alicia version (as I’m coining it!) unveiled a lot of awesome finds that completely uplifted my wardrobe (and life!)

Neutral Accessories

Neutral Accessories

Update your working girl wardrobe with this fun and exotic piece, The Go For The Bold Necklace ($24 at my eBoutique) and follow the equation sleeveless sheer blouse + pencil skirt = work wear winner!  Check back for ANOTHER success with this formula.  (see it here! )

Tote it all in the Tote The Town Bag

Tote it all in the Tote The Town Bag

Wear and Share Wed – mark. Shift and Swing Dress

Jackie from Living After Midnight & I are teaming up for a new series on our blogs called Wear It Wednesday!!! Every other Wednesday we’ll be styling the same mark. item with our own spin of course!!! We’re kicking off the series with mark.’s Shift & Swing Dress!! 

Wear and Share Wednesday

Wear and Share Wednesday

What I love most about mark. is it’s versatility, Jackie and I are different shapes with different styles and this dress is killer for both of us!  Check out Living After Midnight to see how Jackie styled her Swift and Swing Dress!  This dress WILL look good on everyone!  Plus the fun asymmetrical hem is super flattering!  This dress will turn heads.

Wearing and Sharing the mark. Shift and Swing Dress

Wearing and Sharing the mark. Shift and Swing Dress

I styled mine with, well, more mark.!  I just loved how the magalog paired this dress so I just copied it!  Wearing the Chase The Blues Necklace ($24), Blue Me In Earrings ($18), Big Mix Up Bracelets (blue strand $20), Shell Bracelet (Cookie Lee), High Style Convertible Bag ($40) and Stand Back Heels ($38).  Shop all these at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Shift and Swing details

Shift and Swing details

The trim on this dress has a bit of an aztec feel, perfect for summer!  The bright tangerine, purple and turquoise will give you so many options for styling this dress yourself!  I wanted to bring out the turquoise a bit more with the mark. Pretty Stellar Ring (in and out of sale at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com) and with Essie’s In The Cabana from the 2013 resort collection.

Stand Back Heels and High Style Convertible Bag

Stand Back Heels and High Style Convertible Bag

How would you style this dress?  I’m thinking the next time I wear this I’m going to pair it with simple gold heels and dainty gold jewelry!  Be sure to check out Living After Midnight and comment who’s looks is more your taste!  Join us every other Wednesday for 1 mark. item styled 2 ways!  Get your own Shift and Swing Dress $36 at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

PLUS just for today, an added bonus at the eBoutique!