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Week O’Nautical – Nautical Knots

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Knots

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Knots

Let’s tie some nautical knots during Week O’Nautical!  Nothing is more nautical than a good blue and white striped top, but also super common.  Why “knot” step it up a notch with an off the shoulder version that knots on the side!?

Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top

Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top

The Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top is the perfect must have piece for Week O’Nautical.  I’ve been needing a basic top like this for some time so when this Avon one came out I took a chance and it paid off!  It’s super soft, the neckline can be worn regular or off the shoulder and you can untie the knot if you wanted to tuck it in, etc.

Nautical Striped Look

Nautical Striped Look

I paired it with a guard orange mini you might recognize from a previous Week O’Nautical look, but I’ve also worn this with jeans, white jeans like the mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans and shorts, so super versatile for your summer wardrobe.

Nautical Knots

Nautical Knots

Keeping it knotty I added this long knotted necklace (Loft), tie up wedge sandals, (mark. Wedge Issue Sandals) and my current favorite bag (mark. Isle Style Bag).

Nautical Knots

Nautical Knots

mark. Wedge Issue Sandals

mark. Wedge Issue Sandals

You can shop my look at my eBoutique, the Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top comes in misses and plus and is only $19.99!  ($24.99 for plus).  This is by far one of the best Avon fashion finds especially for Week O’Nautical!  Be sure to hit that $40 order and get the amazing eye deal for only $10!

Week O'Nautical Easy Summer Top

Week O’Nautical Easy Summer Top, Bag and Wedges!

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200) $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

 

April showers brings May flowers… and spring skirts!  Now that we’ve got warming temps the spring skirts are in full effect.  This year I picked up a few new from my local Loft Outlet.  If you are in the greater Sacramento area, head over to the the Folsom Premium Outlets and check out my friends at the Loft outlet!  Not only will they hook you up with some great customer service, they’ll also fit you up right!

Navy Crochet Skirt From Loft Outlet

Navy Crochet Skirt From Loft Outlet

Out of my Loft Outlet finds, this navy crochet skirt has to be one of my fav’s.  This is actually something that can work year round!  For spring I paired it with a chambray top (also Loft Outlet) but will look equally as cute with a sleeveless blouse for summer or a sweater come fall.

Chambray Navy Skirt Combo

Chambray Navy Skirt Combo

Maybe I’m already in Week O’Nautical mood, but there’s something so clean about navy and white, which is why I LOVE this skirt paired with white accessories.  I took some super trendy white accents and paired them with an otherwise more conservative look.  Thought you couldn’t wear the lucite heels trend?  Well, you’re wrong!  Try these mark. So Clear To Me Sandals with your spring skirts as a way to wear the trend.   The mark. Total Perfection Bag is also the perfect spring/summer bag to add to your collection this year.

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

 mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

The Lucite Trend: mark. So Clear To Me Sandals

The Lucite Trend: mark. So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

To tie things all together I’m also wearing the mark. Whimsical Ways statement necklace again, (see here, here and here) along with that spring beauty look from Lisa!  (see here!).

mark. Whimsical Ways Necklace

mark. Whimsical Ways Necklace

When re-freshing your wardrobe for spring try mixing classic cuts from places like Loft Outlet with super on trend pieces from mark, it makes dressing way more fun!  You can shop my bag, shoes, jewelry and beauty at my eBoutique, http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Spring Trends and Skirts

Spring Trends and Skirts

ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase NOW through May 24th at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase NOW through May 24th at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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

 

 

Spring Styling Tips: Spring Layers

Spring Styling Tips: Spring Layers

Spring Styling Tips: Spring Layers

Spring has sprung, but if you’re anything like me you still kinda feel like you’re wearing the same old things you’ve been sporting all winter.  Just because the weather is colder in the morning and at night doesn’t mean that you need to still be wearing those winter sweaters.  The key is layering!  And layering in spring fashion!  Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have teamed up to break out of the cycle with some tips on styling spring layers.

A Layered Look For Spring

A Layered Look For Spring

 

1.  Start with a cool “bottom layer”

mark. Easy Does It Romper

mark. Easy Does It Romper

Start with your bottom layer being something cool enough for the warmest temps, like a romper or tank, shorts, etc.  In full afternoon sun an easy romper like this mark. Easy Does It Romper is effortless and cool.  Being solid navy it layers well with neutrals and prints, making it a no-brainer for your spring wardrobe.  Plus its lined!  The quality on this one is spot on!

mark. Easy Does It Romper Layered For Spring

mark. Easy Does It Romper Layered For Spring

 

2.  It’s All About The Fabric

Layered Spring Fabrics

Layered Spring Fabrics

When layering putting the right pieces together comes down to the right fabrics.  In the spring you want to layer lightweight fabrics so things don’t get too bulky and look out of season.  A lightweight button down shirt (Loft) under a spring blazer work (mark.) well together.  If I were to put a winter weight blazer instead, it would of been too much.  Plus, you don’t want to feel like a fat man in a little coat, you want it to be easy breezy spring-tastic!

Spring Blazer Layered With Chambray

Lightweight Spring Blazer Layered With Chambray

 

3.  Layer more than one layer!

Try Topping With 2 Layers

Try Topping With 2 Layers

Instead of donning just a blazer over the romper I layered a chambray shirt too!  Not only does it give the look dimension and interest, it also is functional.  Sometimes it’s just a little too warm for a jacket but still need something, so take off the blazer and just sport the layered chambray over your bottom layer.  That’s the best part about spring, you can wear those pinterest-worthy styles and not get too hot and get more mileage out of your wardrobe.

Achieve Visual Interest With More Than Just A Blazer

Achieve Visual Interest With More Than Just A Blazer

 

4.  Spring Neutrals Layer Nicely

Layer Neutrals For Spring

Layer Neutrals For Spring

When layering multiple pieces think about the color family.  Keeping a like color scheme will keep the look put together and not hodge podge.  Navy, denim and tan are all neutrals that work well together in the blue family.  You could also work in a print (like a printed button down) but stay in the same family grouping even in you’re going with an eye-popping color (try yellow with this look!).  Leopard is a neutral too!  Classic leopard print is in neutral colors so these chic mark. Hit The Spot leather flats work well for a spring look!

mark. Hit The Spot Leather Flats For Your Spring Neutrals

mark. Hit The Spot Leather Flats For Your Spring Neutrals

 

5.  Layer Your Spring Accessories 

Layering On The Accessories

Layering On The Accessories

Now’s the time to bust out your straw hats, beachy bracelets, and shimmering spring accessories!  Spring layers don’t stop at your clothes, layer your necklaces, like the mark. Twice As Nice necklace set layered with the longer mark. Cube Effect Necklace.  Layered on top of my look is a straw fedora with chambray striped detail from Loft with a shimmering neutral snakeskin clutch (mark.).  My favorite layer though, is layered on my lips!  A bright coral lip compliments a navy neutral look and just screams spring with the mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Coraltini, (plus it’s super moisturizing coming off those dry winter months).

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Coraltini

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Coraltini

Spring Must Haves

Spring Must Haves

 

Jill’s Tip: Be ready for ANY Spring weather by layering in versatile layers. 
My Sweet Obsessions Spring Layers

My Sweet Obsessions Spring Layers

Be ready for any Spring weather that might come your way by layering in versatile layers like the Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak by mark. It will keep you warm in the cooler mornings and evening, then can easily be removed in the warmer afternoons. Plus it comes with a hood (which can be removed) for those sudden bursts of Spring rain. Add another light layer and a lil color with a light weight floral scarf tied low in the front… (read more)
Jill's Spring Layering Piece:  mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Jill’s Spring Layering Piece: mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

See more of Jill’s look and read all her tips here!

Desk to Dinner Dress – mark. by Avon Wild For The Night Dress

Desk To Dinner:  mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Desk To Dinner: mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Ugh!  What am I going to wear!  The daily question I ask every day.  Especially on busy days where I have to leave work directly to meet up socially it’s even harder.  Work appropriate is sometimes not exactly what you want to be out and about in socially.  Problem solved:  mark. Wild For The Night Dress ($34).

mark. Wild For The Night Dress ($34)

mark. Wild For The Night Dress ($34)

It’s no secret the power of a LBD.  mark. just released their newest holiday collection including this little black dress, the Wild For The Night dress and it does not disappoint on it’s LBD power.  It’s a tailored cut so it’s going to give you hourglass curves, but it’s thick knit fabric keeps it comfy and not restricting. The edgy stud details give it a built in sweetheart shape that will also flatter with the illusion it creates.

Fit to perfection mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Fit to perfection mark. Wild For The Night Dress

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The bronze stud design details are flat so they won’t get caught on anything and create a killer look.  It’s like a built in statement necklace so really all you have to do is throw this dress on and go!

Bronze Stud Detailing

Bronze Stud Detailing

If you loved the mark. Exotic Edge Dress from last year (like I did as seen here and here) then you’re going to love this new Wild For The Night dress.  The dress by itself is perfect, I can’t express how perfect this cut and material are, just take my word.  (word of alicia, get it, get it!?!) But also, it is even more perfect because of it”s versatility.  Not only will it be perfect for pretty much any occasion you have now through January but it’s the perfect desk to dinner dress.

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mark. Wild For The Night Dress

mark. Wild For The Night Dress

For the desk:  Wear this dress easily with a cardigan.  I went for a longer length open cardi in tan and black from Loft to bring out the bronze coloring in the studs.  Pair it with the Avon The Carlen Bag ($24.99) for a fun and functional work friendly look.

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Wear To Work Outfit with mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Wear To Work Outfit with mark. Wild For The Night Dress

For dinner:  Loose the cardi, and maybe add a leather jacket.  You could keep the tote because the fun metallic gold works both ways!  Plus a metallic bag with metallic heels like the mark. Pumped With Vogue heels ($40) make it even better!

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The Perfect LBD For Night

The Perfect LBD For Night

For accessories:  With this dress you can easily just throw it on and go, but I like me some accessories.  Wearing a black and gold leopard belt and black and gold stretch bracelets from Express (old) with my mark. Show ID Bracelet ($24) and mark. Ring Me Up stackable rings with my mark. Pumped With Vogue Heels ($40).

Black and Gold Accessories

Black and Gold Accessories

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Avon The Carlen Bag

The Carlen Bag by Avon

As the holiday season approaches you’re going to need a go-to dress that you can move and feel comfortable in and will still make you look incredible.  This mark. Wild For The Night dress is it AND it’s only $34!  You can shop the dress, tote and accessories at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code BOUTIQUE14 for free shipping on a $20 order and a free gift for a $50 order now through 11/7/14!

Week O’Nautical – Warm Summer Cabana Striped Nights

 

Cabana Stripes

Cabana Stripes

Warm summer evenings are perfect for tiki torches, twinkling lights, bbq’s and garden parties!  As the sun sets, the lights turn on and as we garden and bbq can’t help but make the night more magical with a pretty cabana striped dress!  I may not be lounging in the cabana so I might as well bring the cabana to my lounging!

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The dress is from Loft Outlet, a major score with the holiday sales this week/weekend!  The fit is full and the material a nice thick linen (and lined!) so I needed to tie it all together with a wide belt.  The mark. The White Approach belt ($18) was the perfect way to tie in my nautical influence as well as tie my look together!

mark. The White Approach Belt

mark. The White Approach Belt

Why stop the stripes at just the dress!?!  Print matching the cabana stripes with the black and white stripes from my mark. Handle With Flair Handbag ($36).  Which also perfectly match my cobalt faux suede peep toe pumps from Shoedazzle!

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mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

To complete the look I just added some sparkly jewelry and eye look with my mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet (see review here) and What A Line Felt Tip Eyeliner in Twilight.  You can shop the beauty products used, Handle With Flair handbag and The White Approach Belt at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes on stripes actually work really well together!  Try it for yourself by mixing different sized stripes in your outfit and in an accessory.  Personally I’m loving how my nautically influenced cabana stripes pair with the mark. Handle With Flair handbag.  I’d recommend it as your striped accessory.  It has exterior pockets as well as interior and the silky fabric is anchored with with cobalt trim.  I’m thinking this bag will look equally as chic paired with black and white stripes for some stripe on stripe matching!  Now through Sunday get FREE SHIPPING on this bag (or any other $20 purchase) with promo code JULY4FS at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O'Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Week O’Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Week O’Nautical – Monogram

LWD for Week O'Nautical

LWD for Week O’Nautical

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When its 106 out there’s really only a few options, and usually include your lightest sundress.  I’ll take any reason to wear a LWD, and then pair it with navy AND a monogramed bag and we have ourselves a look that will not only beat the heat and work for week o’nautical!

Dress, hat, necklace – Loft

Monogrammed tote – Bridesmaid gift from the one and only Nicki!

Pretty Strappy Demi Wedges – mark.

Watch – Burberry (Nordstroms), Bangles – Street vendor in Mexico

 

 

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

Week O’Nautical – White Linen

Week O'Nautical White Linen

Week O’Nautical White Linen

Lexi's Paws Love White Linen Pants

Lexi’s Paws Love White Linen Pants

My favorite nautical looks are anchored in crisp white and contrasting navy.  As we countdown to the unofficial start of summer, wearing all white seems more than fitting!  As the image of white sails and navy blue waters sail through my head, white linen is the perfect fabric to exemplify nautical influences in today’s Week O’Nautical look!

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White Linen Suit

White Linen Suit

You might think linen is hard to wear, but you have to appreciate the fabric.  It’s made to be wearable and breathable and the wrinkles are part of its characteristics, so embrace the wrinkles.  In hot Northern California you can really appreciate the function of linen and more importantly the comfort.  This white linen suit from Guess is one of my traveling go to’s.  Comfortable, you can move around in it, and it wares off the chill while also breathing as the sun heats up.  You can mix and match the pieces, making it extremely versatile.

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White Linen Anchored With Navy

White Linen Anchored With Navy

To make my white linen nautical I anchored it with a navy Bra Cami from Express and crisp white fedora with navy striped band from Loft.  Navy jewelry from mark. I was inspired by these two pins (pin1, pin2), pinned to my Week O’Nautical board.  Follow my board for more nautical influenced looks and eye candy!

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Accessorize with a fedora, strappy standals and navy jewelry!

Accessorize with a fedora, strappy standals and navy jewelry!

This outfit makes me feel like singing, “At the Copa, Copacabana.  The hottest spot north of Havana.  At the Copa, Copacabana music and passion were always the fashion.  At the Copa….they fell in love”  So if your planning a little havana-esq getaway, or be influenced by it, make sure you pack (or wear) some white linen.

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Nautical White Linen Total Look

Nautical White Linen Total Look

 

Pops Of Spring

A POP of Color For Spring

A POP of Color For Spring

Hello sunshine.  Hello warmer temps.  Hello springtime!  Spring is springing up all over the joint, including on me!

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Chambray Top – Loft Outlet.  Skirt – H&M.  Pumps – Brooks Brothers.  Necklace, Bracelets, Ring and Nail Polish – mark.

Pop Of Spring Blooms

Pop Of Spring Blooms

Pop Of m.Powerment

Pop Of m.Powerment

Pop Of Yellow

Pop Of Yellow

Pop of m.Powerment!  The “Mighty Pretty” enamel bangle I’m wearing is not only the perfect pop of spring color to my look but it also stands for something!

m.powerment by mark.* is our philanthropic initiative dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence. So far, more than $1 million has been raised to benefi t education and prevention programs in communities across the country. 100% of the net proceeds from sales of the mighty pretty m.powerment bracelet ($20.92) is donated directly to this initiative.

Get yours at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Pop Of Spring Outfit

Pop of Buds, Blooms and Leaves

Pop of Sunshine through Buds, Blooms and Leaves