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A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That's Actually Functional For Spring

A Spring Dress That’s Actually Functional For Spring

Wear and Share Wednesday is all about the spring dresses! With Easter this Sunday, and numerous Spring events, I always find myself needing a new spring dress. The thing with Spring is it can still be pretty chilly, especially in the morning, you know, like when Easter service is and brunch! So not only do we need a new spring dress, we need a functional way to wear it.

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

Layering A Pretty Spring Dress

This is why I love a long sleeve dress!  It gives you JUST enough to keep you warm in that spring breeze.  Layer it with a longer spring jacket like a trench and you can combat those overcast days.

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

mark. Floral Femme Printed Dress

I’m loving this long sleeve dress from mark., the Floral Femme Printed Dress.  Its a lightweight almost gauzy material so as the sun does warm up the afternoon you can push up the banded sleeves and bask in the warmth. Flowing, free-spirited and feminine, it’s the perfect peasant for springtime.  Plus the pretty pastel mint base with a print in living coral, navy and white make this an excellent on trend design.

Mixing Prints

Mixing Prints

For spring events layer this dress with a navy and white trench, (Expresss; old).  We are pulling that navy out of the print on the dress and pattern mixing with the nautical stripes.  Work your topper to match your dress for an even more polished look especially for things like Easter, baby showers, wedding showers, etc.  To keep the chill off even more I wore closed toe mules in white, (Express; old) and a spring scarf (Avon; old).

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

Pretty Prints and Pretty Baubles

I styled this dress with a mint statement necklace and pearly accented bangles (Avon; old).  This allows me to dress up a boho dress for my Spring events.  Shimmery peach makeup finishes off the look in an appropriate, but also fun, way.

Fully Functional Look For Spring

Fully Functional Look For Spring

You can shop my dress, and my peach makeup look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Be sure to add on the A Box for $10 with a $40 order and use promo code GLIMMER for a FREE set of Glimmersticks eye liners in black, majestic plum and starry night!

Moves Like Jagger

Moves Like Jagger

Moves Like Jagger

Wear and Share Wednesday has moves like Jagger… or at least that’s how I feel, a little like Mick Jagger in this OOTD.

Bell Sleeves and Striped Pants

Bell Sleeves and Striped Pants

My Mick Jagger Vibe really comes from these Hudson striped skinny jeans being paired with a very boho blouse from mark.  The mark. Tassel Without Hassle Tunic is described as “Unleash your desert spirit and let it roam for miles with flowy fits and boho-inspired silhouettes. Break free with the totally-airy tunic that takes you away on a spontaneous adventure.”  If that doesn’t embody the spirit of the 60’s… and 60’s Mick Jagger… than I don’t know what does.

mark. by Avon Tassel Without Hassle Tunic

mark. by Avon Tassel Without Hassle Tunic

My vibe isn’t so much boho or free spirit but I appreciate it so I took it in my own direction with pairing it with striped pants and silver and turquoise jewelry.  The mark. Third Layer’s A Charm Necklace is a real show stopper, take my word for it, but it also has that layered jewelry look all in one piece.  Mick Jagger vibes all in one necklace.

mark. by Avon Third Layers A Charm Necklace

mark. by Avon Third Layers A Charm Necklace

I just feel I could hop on a tour bus and do a summer tour in this outfit!  It was mega comfortable, and shout out to Liselda who’s Secret Santa Marshall’s Gift Card got me these Hudsons 😉

Spring OOTD

Spring OOTD

You can shop my top, watch and necklace at the eBoutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Mood: Moody Blues

Mood: Moody Blues

Mood: Moody Blues

In like a  lion, out like a lamb.  The “old Pennsylvanian saw” holds true this year so far.  With the windy, rainy, moody blue days we’ve had, I’m also feeling that vibe.  I’ve been gravitating towards the blues lately, which seem to be perfect for end of winter.

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb!

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb!

Wearing:  * mark. Blue Belle Blouse; * Express High Waisted Denim Perfect Seamed Bell Flare Jeans; * mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet and mark. Boho Beauty Earrings, * Michael Kors Red Suede Platform Heels (old).

Wearing for Spring

Wearing for Spring

Wearing for Winter

Wearing for Winter

Wearing for Winter: Calvin Klein Navy Faux Leather Jacket (Ross), mark. Rebel Ice Scarf (old)

Layered with leather and a long scarf!

Layered with leather and a long scarf!

When looking for a black leather jacket for the Justin Timberlake Concert (see here) I found this cool navy one instead, which got me super excited and fit my moody blue vibes.  Layered with a prairie blouse and some fresh-again flares I have a look that works well for March as we transition to that lamb like weather.

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Boho Beauty Bracelet

mark. Boho Beauty Earrings

mark. Boho Beauty Earrings

Wear and Share Wednesday may be blue, but in the best way possible, as blue IS my favorite color.   I’m loving that I can layer up a spring blouse and jeans and not freeze, which means spring is on its way!  And as far as my lip of the day, Avon True Color Lip Glow in Afterglow!  Pinks go strangely well with blues (see what I mean here!)  You can shop the mark. spring collection and lip color online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Lip Of The Day: Avon True Color Lip Glow in Afterglow

Lip Of The Day: Avon True Color Lip Glow in Afterglow

Stashing some Lip Glow in my jeans pocket!

Stashing some Lip Glow in my jeans pocket!

More March Weather Lore:

  • A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
  • As it rains in March, so it rains in June.
  • March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.
  • So many mists in March you see, so many frosts in May will be.
  • Is’t on St. Joseph’s day (19th) clear, So follows a fertile year; Is’t on St. Mary’s (25th) bright and clear, Fertile is said to be the year.
#mood

#mood

Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig

Happy Lunar New Year!  I’m kinda missing the parade that used to pass by my College Ave appt in State College on this festive day.  So I guess I’ll celebrate with an Asian influenced OOTD.

Asymmetrical Details

Asymmetrical Details

Kimono Like Sleeves

Kimono Like Sleeves

Wearing:  mark. Zen Garden Top, Avon Avery Pant, Target CooCoon Cardigan, Target Boots (old), Avon, mark. Botanical Garden Earrings

mark. by Avon Asian Inspired

mark. by Avon Asian Inspired

Layered for Winter Wear

Layered for Winter Wear

Tie Waist Details

Tie Waist Details

Loving the fun style and details

Loving the fun style and details

It is still winter so I layered up this asymmetrical blouse with a open front cardigan (last seen here along with my bag!), some black booties and ponte pants!

Pop of orange-y pink lip to match the orange pop in the top

Pop of orange-y pink lip to match the orange pop in the top

Lip of the Day:  Avon True Color Nourishing in Persimmon Pink

Persimmon Pink Swatch

Persimmon Pink Swatch

Persimmon Pink On

Persimmon Pink On

15 New Shades including this pretty one!

15 New Shades including this pretty one!

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see I’m doing my Lip of the Day to feature some of my favorite lippies during the 5 for $20 deal going on over at my eBoutique.  All 130+ lip shades are included in this deal in all types and finishes!  Be sure to check it out at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Rain Rain Go Away…

Rain Rain Go Away

Rain Rain Go Away

Its been a rainy January, which we need here in NorCal. Doesn’t change the fact that rainy days need an extra boost! Like a holographic a rain anorak, a bright cobalt blue sweater and some hunters!

Wearing:  mark. New Millennium Anorak, mark. Laced Up Sweater, Avon Ponte Knit Pants, Hunter Rain Boots.

Anoraks are a great staple for your jacket wardrobe.  They’re light and packable and extremely functional.  I’m really loving this holographic one from mark. with convertible sleeves but there are a ton of different options.  I also am really loving this cute gingham one!  If it is still too cold to wear a light layer then pair an anorak up with your warmest fleece or sweater, or over something like a fleece North Face Jacket.

You can shop my look over at the eBoutique.  Also going on over there a free sample of our unreleased but majorly hyped Honey Blossom perfume with any fragrance purchase.  Basically, you can try it before anyone can even order it!

Word Yo!

Word Yo!

Holiday Hangover

Holiday Hangover

Holiday Hangover

I’m a keep my holiday going till after the New Years kind of person so now that I’m on Christmas vacation I’m kinda in a holiday hangover. Don’t really know what day it is, what I have done, what I need to do before year end, but I do know there are a lot of blog posts I never got around to in Dec. so here’s a little re-cap of the things I meant to post…

 

PJ Party for 2

Tammy and I in our Avon PJs

Tammy and I in our Avon PJs

Christmas Eve is spent at my sister’s.  We go to Christmas Eve service then head over for her formal dinner which usually always includes lots of pictures, fun and cheesecake.  This year Avon had some really fun and festive holiday jammies so we got in the spirit early.

Holiday Plaid is my jam!

Holiday Plaid is my jam!

Pink and flamingos are Tammy's jam!

Pink and flamingos are Tammy’s jam!

PJ Party for 2!

PJ Party for 2!

 

Perfect Red Dress

Little Red Dress

Little Red Dress

This perfect red dress is what I wore for Christmas Eve.  Since it is now winter changed it up and paired it with tights and some lace up patent leather pumps (mark., old) and a pretty rhinestone bow belt (WHBM).  I felt very Mrs. Clause in it which was very appropriate.  I meant to have it hemmed, but never got around to it.  Maybe for Valentine’s day make it more fun and flirty.

Satin Bow Sleeve Detail

Satin Bow Sleeve Detail

When in doubt, wear red.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

 

First Day Of Winter

Icy Hues on Winter Solstice

Icy Hues on Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice had me feeling the icy vibes with silver gray and light blues.  This fun sequin reindeer sweater (Avon) was a simpler way to be festive.  I really liked it paired with my boot skirt (WHBM) and OTK mushroom gray boots (Shoedazzle).

Avon Sequin Reindeer Sweater

Avon Sequin Reindeer Sweater

First Day of Winter

First Day of Winter

Festive green baubles for the win

Festive green baubles for the win

I may not of got around to doing full posts on these but they did hit the IG stories so if you aren’t already then follow me over at www.instagram.com/wordofalicia PLUS I am doing a little giveaway so even more reason!  Some of these items are still available but there’s a bunch of new arrivals over at the eBoutique, http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Giveaways on IG, SCORE!

Giveaways on IG, SCORE!

Girl’s Night Out Sweater… Or Girl’s Night In… Or Just Anytime Sweater

Girl's Night Out Sweater... Or Girl's Night In... Or Just Anytime Sweater

Girl’s Night Out Sweater… Or Girl’s Night In… Or Just Anytime Sweater

It’s sweater weather finally! Well, I mean, in Nor Cal at least. That’s the problem, when sweaters all launch in September it’s still 100 degrees here and my money is not going toward a sweater that I’m not going to wear for 3 months. When sweater weather finally hits, most of the good ones are low stock, like this mark. Girl’s Night Out Sweater. My normal size Small and XS were sold out so I grabbed this guy in a Med. Which is now sold out too! Only XL and 2x but its SO COZY its worth a blog post.

mark. Girls Night Out Sweater

mark. Girls Night Out Sweater

Wearing a size bigger for an oversized look

Wearing a size bigger for an oversized look

Mega Cozy and Comfy

Mega Cozy and Comfy

I think this style is one you can kinda wear a size too big or even a size smaller so if a XL or a 2X would work for you, grab it!  We had some chilly weather and this guy kept me warm and cozy all day long.  Plus, it brightened up my day with the fun colors and unique pattern and texture.

Winter Uniform:  Sweater, Leggings, Boots!

Winter Uniform: Sweater, Leggings, Boots!

I paired the mark. Girl’s Night Out sweater with a pair of basic black leggings and my new favorite bootie, these blue velvet lace up ones from Shoedazzle.

Shoedazzle Brady Bootie

Shoedazzle Brady Bootie

Blue Velvet Making Casual A Little Glam

Blue Velvet Making Casual A Little Glam

I’m also wearing the new Avon x Julia collection with the Julia Teardrop Ring and Julia Teardrop Earrings.  (Keep an eye out for my feature on this!)

Avon x Julia Jewelry Collection (Teardrop Ring and Statement Earrings)

Avon x Julia Jewelry Collection (Teardrop Ring and Statement Earrings)

Julia Teardrop Ring

Julia Teardrop Ring

As the winter weather plagues on I’ll be staying cozy in this pairing, no doubt!  You can shop mark. and more sweaters at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Be sure to check out the Avon x Julia collection, take advantage of the 12 Days and Deals and add on your A Box!  Man, so much awesomeness going on at the eBoutique!

Wear Now Fall Trends: Alix Pleated Skirt

Wear Now Fall Trends:  Alix Skirt

Wear Now Fall Trends: Alix Pleated Skirt

I don’t do fall before September 1, but that doesn’t mean I’m not doing my adult back to school shopping.  I picked up a few pieces from the Avon Fall For Paris collection (see here) and lucky for me I selected some on trend pieces that I can wear now and wear later!

Wearing Avon Fall For Paris Collection

Wearing Avon Fall For Paris Collection

“Inspired by the streets of Paris, this latest fashion collection from Avon is perfect for fall with a color line up of roses, greys, pinks and blacks. The highly versatile pieces are designed to mix and match and will go great with pieces already in her wardrobe. These classic designs look great on everyone – just check out the pages and pages of fellow Representatives wearing the pieces in their individual style. Coordinating jewelry in this collection is available at special pricing in Campaign 19.”

Avon Alix Pleatead Skirt

Avon Alix Pleatead Skirt

The Avon Alix Pleated skirt has classic design in a gorgeous menswear inspired print that still has all the trends for fall. This skirt is lightweight, flirty and not lined so extremely wearable now. I personally have a houndstooth obsession so this was my #1 pick from the Fall For Paris collection.

Wear Now with Cobalt Blue

Wear Now with Cobalt Blue

I absolutely love a black and white print with a cobalt blue which is really nice as a late summer color pallet.  Still bright and bold but still being fresh.  I paired the Alix Pleated skirt with a cutout chocker tank from Express, bandage heels from mark., tassel earrings from Avon and a houndstooth bracelet and watch.

Houndstooth and Tassels

Houndstooth and Tassels

Wear Now Look

Wear Now Look

Houndstooth Obsessed.

Houndstooth Obsessed.

Alicia 5 years ago would never buy a pleated “long” skirt and even when I got this, I thought, should I hem this?  I short girl with curves and thick legs doesn’t seem to be the ideal candidate for this skirt BUT with the right heel can conquer the world, or the skirt.  If I can wear this skirt, so can you, that’s what I’ve found about this collection, its WAY more flattering than you’d think.

Making It My Own

Making It My Own

The Avon Alix Pleated Skirt is actually a good year round skirt.  It’s classic enough that you can pair it with the right seasonable separates for any season.  Come fall I’ll wear it with a graphic tee and booties.  (and by graphic tee I mean the upcoming Queen tee from mark.), in the winter this will look adorable with tights, tall boots and a fine gauge sweater.  In the spring I can see this with a really pretty feminine blouse and a lady like pump.  I’ll get good use out of this skirt!

You can shop the Avon Alix Pleated Skirt and the full Fall For Pairs collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Afternoon Tea: Earl Grey

Afternoon Tea is a ritual introduced in Britain in the early 1800’s where in no time all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.  These days Afternoon Tea is usually only an occasional luxury for the British; a birthday treat in a country house hotel, or a welcome break from a hectic days shopping ‘in town’.  In the world of Alicia afternoon tea is a moment to have a little snack, zen out and recharge before finishing the days work.  I’m very much a tea person and would love if you’d join me for some afternoon tea!

I’m trying to make Afternoon Tea a daily ritual in my day to day.  In addition to my zen moment, it will also be my social moment, because after all, it is a social engagement.  Be sure to follow Word Of Alicia on Instagram where I’ll be sharing my Afternoon Tea!  Let’s launch this here on the blog first!

Earl Grey in my cup and burning bright!

In My Teacup:  Twinings Earl Grey in a Lenox Park City mug

What’s The Word:  Avon Earl Grey Triple Wick Candle ($11.99).  This doesn’t quite smell like a strong Earl Grey tea but more like the soft bergamot, rose and cedar.  It’s the perfect all day comfort candle.  I ordered a ton of these triple wick candles from Avon and this Earl Grey one I was most excited for, because I love Early Grey tea!  Burns well and the label peels right off if you wanted a sleek look.  (nails featured in my last post, see here!)

Avon Earl Grey Triple Wick Candle

You can shop all the triple wick candles Avon has to offer at my eBoutique but I highly recommend this Earl Grey one!   Let’s be classy, social and high societal and join me for Afternoon Tea over on instagram, and maybe a few here on the blog too.

How To Wear A Spring Blouse For Work and Weekend

As spring approaches I’m ready to lighten up. Lighten up in fabrics, prints and in bulk. That’s why I’m all about versatile pieces like this mark. Floral Fantasy Tunic for both work and weekend! Let’s see it two ways this Wear and Share Wednesday!

For Work

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This blouse dresses up nicely!  For work I paired it with a navy trouser (White House Black Market), a structured tote (Kate Spade), nude pumps (Nine West) and a white druzy necklace (Avon Druzy Pendant).  Tucking the tunic in gives it a little more professional look, plus the neckline isn’t too low.  Pairing it with navy instead of my usual winter black changes things up just enough to feel spring worthy!

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For Weekend

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A spring tunic is the perfect dress down piece!  You look put together, of the season and comfortable.  I styled mine casually with a pair of lilac cords (Loft Outlet), taupe booties (mark. A Cut Above Booties) and turquoise jewelry (mark. Oh So Boho ring set and earrings).  This look is still weather appropriate for spring but with color, fresh fabrics and turquoise treats.

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Easily style this tunic two ways, and more!  I see this being just as cute with white denim jeans or your favorite pair of denim shorts or dressed up with a great pair of camel slacks or a pretty pencil skirt and under a classic navy blazer and dark denim!  Spring versatility at its finest!  You can shop my tunic, jewelry and booties at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and don’t for get to add the A Box only $10 with a $40 purchase!

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Best Of Beauty A Box