mark. all four it bracelet set

Menswear Inspired LBD – mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

Let’s talk fall in Northern California during a drought… there isn’t one.  Not only has it been hot it’s been dry.  This doesn’t work for fall fashion when all I want to wear are my heavy tweed pants.  However there are some great transitional pieces that are not only super versatile but follow the menswear trend for this season!  (see yesterday’s trending tuesday:  #menswear post).  Let’s take this look I’m smitten with and make it Nor Cal appropriate shall we?

mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

Ok there’s no way I’m wearing a long sleeve shirt in 90 degree weather.  But what if I just pair a black cami under it.  DONE!  Booties… I do love those menswear inspired booties but hot and I don’t have them… pumps it is!  Add on my menswear styled satchel in the mark. Neutral Territory Bag and some gilded treasures with the mark. All Four It Bracelet set and I just made this menswear trend my own.

LBD For A Hot CA Fall

LBD For A Hot CA Fall

Wearing mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvellous

Wearing mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvellous

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

DSC_0084 DSC_0085

Menswear Inspired LBD For Fall

Menswear Inspired LBD For Fall

A LBD with a twist like this one really is versatile.  Fall and winter will come and I won’t be so hot that I need bare arms and legs.  This dress easily can transition with, as shown above, a white button down underneath, or a classic cardigan or blazer for work.  It’s a great holiday party dress with a strappy back bra and some tights.  I think my next rendering on this dress will be with a long duster and some booties!  How would you wear this dress?

You can shop the mark. Day After Day dress, my bag and jewelry at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

Advertisements

Killer LBD Alert – mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

Killer LBD Alert - mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

Killer LBD Alert – mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

I don’t even need to discuss why LBD’s are perfect/must-haves/favorite but I do need to discuss my latest favorite – the mark. Ace In the Hole Dress.  This dress was released in the first wave of fall from mark. which means I’ve had time to really get a good read on it.  And the word on is, it’s KILLER!  This dress is unique enough to feel special but classic enough for the everyday.  I’ve worn it to work, to church, a benefit and to celebrate my birthday!  Needless to say, it’s a winner.

mark. Ace In Hole Cutout Details

mark. Ace In Hole Cutout Details

The cut out details are what MAKE the dress.  I really like that they are both the top and bottom.  The fabric is somewhat similar to a ponte so it has some stretch and holds it’s shape.  Plus it conceals the stomach area a bit and we all know a dress that does that is a winner!  It’s also hard to find a good short sleeve dress.  This time of year I’m not really wanting to wear a sleeveless style, so just another reason this dress is killer!

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set and Neck and Neck Choker Set

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set and Neck and Neck Choker Set

These easy accessories don’t take away from the simplicity of the dress but are still unique enough to be trendy.  The mark. All Four It Bracelet Set and Neck and Neck Choker Set have been my staples lately.  They just go with everything!  mark. does a great job on designing pieces that are trendy and you won’t find anywhere else but still are really easy to wear.  Funny how jewelry really just is that must-have finishing touch!

mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

mark. Ace In The Hole Dress

For under $100 you can have a full look that will not only be unique and trendy but an addition to your wardrobe that you’ll get good use out of.  I never feel guilty for buying a killer LBD I can wear again and again.  This look would look just as cute with boots and a cardi and really with a name like Ace In Hole it’s just plain fun! You can shop the full look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to use PROMO CODE: PLANETSPA for your FREE Avon Planet Spa gift of choice for orders of $75 or more!

Got an Ace in the hole!?

Got an Ace in the hole!?

Fall Styling Tips – Back To School

Fall Styling Tips:  Back To School

Fall Styling Tips: Back To School

Regardless if you’re heading back as a student, a parent of a student or as a student of life it’s back to school time!  Each fall the new school year brings about a refresh.  As a student it’s always a clean slate to start with new trends, friends and self.  As a parent of a student it’s a new start on organization, time schedules and socials.  As a student of life, just like the air getting a little crisper it’s a time to crisp up your fashion, organization and functionality!  That’s why Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have teamed up once again to bring you a fresh fall styling tips for a going back to school look.

1. Take On A Trend

Taking On The 90's Trend

Taking On The 90’s Trend

The new school year is the best time to try out something trendy because you know after the fist month you’re going to fall back into what’s quick and easy so try the trend now.  90’s is having a major moment but you don’t have to 15 to be trendy.  For my look I kept it age appropriate by sticking to a black and white pallet.  I tied my 90’s plaid shirt (Target) around my marble print t-shirt dress (mark. Soft T Dress, last seen here).  Because nothing about me is grunge in the slightest bit so my look is more Clueless than 90’s grunge.  (you know you’re thinking of that gym scene).

Fall Is The Perfect Time To Be A Little Trendy

Fall Is The Perfect Time To Be A Little Trendy 

2.  Keep It Functional 

mark. Soft T Dress and Draw To A Close Bag

mark. Soft T Dress and Draw To A Close Bag

Comfort and functionality are back to school must-haves… and a good back pack!  A t-shirt dress is the perfect solution, comfortable, cute and functional.  mark. Soft T Dress is the perfect easy to wear addition for your back to school shopping.  And what’s back to school without a good backpack!?  This mark. Draw To A Close bag is both functional and sleek so it works from high school to work and everywhere in between.  The detachable straps allow you to wear it as a back pack, cross body or over the shoulder so you can maximize your functionality all fall.

mark. Draw To A Close Bag - Worn Crossbody

mark. Draw To A Close Bag – Worn Crossbody

mark. Draw To A Close Bag - Worn As A Back Pack

mark. Draw To A Close Bag – Worn As A Back Pack

mark. Draw To A Close Bag - Worn Over The Shoulder

mark. Draw To A Close Bag – Worn Over The Shoulder

3.  Wear Walkable Footwear

Mint Converse Were Made For Walking

Mint Converse Were Made For Walking

Walking to and from school, class, picking up the kids, taking them to practice or just normal life requires a more functional shoe sometimes.  Co-eds sport chucks like it’s no body’s business and they do so for a reason.  Functional, cute and goes with a-plenty.  I personally elected to go with a more fun color like my mint converse which add just the right pop against my black and white.  And doesn’t hurt they match my Tiffany & Co sunglasses!

Chucks On The B-Ball Court

Chucks On The B-Ball Court

 

4.  Layer It Up

Layer Up With A Plaid Shirt Over Your T-Shirt Dress

Layer Up With A Plaid Shirt Over Your T-Shirt Dress

Here’s what I hated.  I would sweat like a mo fo walking to class in the hot indian summer days then freeze inside the class room.  Layers solve this problem. I can easily un-tie the plaid shirt and put it on to battle too much AC and chilly mornings/evenings.  Layers are a fall must-have… going back to that functionality thing.

Back To School Look With A T-Shirt Dress, Plaid Shirt Layered, and a Functional Back Pack

Back To School Look With A T-Shirt Dress, Plaid Shirt Layered, and a Functional Back Pack

 

5.  Accessorize Lightly

mark. Neck To Neck Chocker Set

mark. Neck To Neck Chocker Set

With all the moving and shaking back to school brings lightweight jewelry just works.  Daintier pieces are not only on trend this season but work with whatever you’re wearing and don’t get in the way.  I’ve been wearing these mark. All Four It bracelet set pretty much on the daily and you can see why.  Easy and goes with everything.  With the crew neck style of this dress try wearing a choker style necklace for an updated version of the 90’s classic.  These mark. Neck and Neck Choker Set are the perfect unique addition to my back to school shopping!

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

Back To School Ready!

Back To School Ready!

Even if you’re not going back to school be back to school ready with these styling tips for a fresh new look functional for whatever you got going on this fall.  Jill’s look is just as functional for fall with her cool neutral look, check out her styling tips for another back to school look!

Jill's full look featuring mark. Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt

Jill’s full look featuring mark. Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt

Jill’s Styling Tips:
Start your look with a casual cool top like the mark. Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt. Casual because it’s a sweatshirt, cool because of the added embellishments. The top is the perfect throw on and go because the embellishments mean no additional accessories needed. Keep your look on trend with a pair of army green skinny pants. Then finish off your look with just a touch of print in a pair of leopard sneakers.   See more of Jill’s look over on her blog…
Jills Casual Cool Details On The Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt

Jills Casual Cool Details On The Stroke of Luxe Sweatshirt