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Instant Vacation Saint Barts — Ocean Hues

Wearing Ocean Hues on a Sunny Day

Wearing Ocean Hues on a Sunny Day

The ultimate vacation for me involves sun, sand and ocean!  Since I’m not on a vacation I’ll just have to take what I can get with enjoying sunny spring days and sand and ocean hues in my outfits.  The mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts capsule collection has just the right pieces to make vacation worthy outfit for my real life days in these ocean hues.  Enter in the perfect vacation piece, the mark. Change Your Ways Dress ($36).

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

On a vacation I could pack this one dress and get 3 different looks.  The Change Your Ways Dress is a convertible dress with a cotton tube top and a satin printed bottom which you can wear the tube at full length for a midi dress, fold it in half for a mini dress or wear as a skirt.  The gorgeous swirl and abstract palm leaf pattern instantly calls thoughts of shimmering waters of Saint Barts.

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mark. Change Your Ways Dress

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

Because I am not next to the shimmering waters of Saint Barts but spending most my day in my grey and blue cubicle I need to make this perfect beach vacation dress work friendly.  Easy!  Add a white blazer, heels. a classic handbag and some luxe jewelry.  I’m wearing the mark. White On Blazer (in and out of clearance at my eBoutique), mark. Stand Back Heels (in and out of clearance at my eBoutique), mark. Classic Hit Handbag (last seen here), mark. Major Mix necklace (last seen here), the mark. Wow Factor Earrings (last seen here) and mark. Glimmer and Gleam bracelet set (last seen here) paired with the mark. All In Good Time Watch (last seen here).  Get them all at my eBoutique!

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Add A White Blazer like the mark. White On Blazer

Add A White Blazer like the mark. White On Blazer

To finish the look I used my new favorite go-to beauty items the mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets.  (I reviewed them here!).  The more subdued sunwashed shades of the mark. Island Eyes allowed me to create a blue eye look that wasn’t too bold for day.  Pair it with my favorite pink lipstick, Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Pink Renewal ($9 last seen here) I had a pretty look that instantly put me in a vacation mood!

Beauty in Ocean Hues Too with Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets

Beauty in Ocean Hues Too with Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets

mark. Classic Hits Handbag and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. Classic Hits Handbag and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. All In Good Time Watch and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. All In Good Time Watch and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

Jacket off, off duty ready!

Jacket off, off duty ready!

What’s your ideal vacation?  Are you ready to incorporate some ocean hues into your wardrobe and take and instant vacation?  You can shop my full look at my eBoutique here.

Instant Vacation Saint Barts Moment

Instant Vacation Moment

 

5 Must Haves To Update Your Wardrobe For Spring

As much as we want to go out and just buy all the new fashion for spring and have a whole new closet, that dream is not even close to reality.  However, with just a few pieces, you can breath new life into a tired closet stuck in the winter doldrums.

Must Have #1:  Chevron Skirt

mark. High Contrast Skirt

mark. High Contrast Skirt

I touched on a this in my last Wear and Share Wednesday post (see here).  Chevron is having  moment right and now and it can go with a boatload of things you already have in your closet.  Wear it casually with a t-shirt and a leather jacket or dress it up with a blouse and blazer.  Or take it super chic like Jackie did and wear a black sweater and long coat for an instantly classic look.  As the weather heats up this skirt will look equally chic with a tank and sandals.  Wear it now with a touch of neon to freshen up your look.

mark. High Contrast Skirt ($36 at my eBoutique)

Must Have #2:  Spring Scarf

Avon Playful Patterned Scarf

Avon Playful Patterned Scarf

Old man winter doesn’t want to go away quite yet so we have to silence him with still wearing a scarf.  Instead of wearing your chunky one you’ve been wearing all winter switch it out with one in a lighter fabric and design.  As the days get a little nicer you can wear just a scarf and loose the coat to ward of chilly mornings and nights.  Wear a spring scarf now with a sold top, t-shirt/sweater/blouse to instantly add some spring chic into your wardrobe.  If it gets too warm for it during the day tie it on to your bag and still show your spring style.

mark. Fawn Over Flora Scarf

mark. Fawn Over Flora Scarf

Avon Playful Pattern Scarf (9.99) and mark. Fawn Over Flora Scarf ($18) both available at the eBoutique.

Must Have #3 A Spring Handbag

mark. Classic Hit Handbag and Fawn Over Flora Scarf

mark. Classic Hit Handbag and Fawn Over Flora Scarf

Lighten up your purse!  A bag in a classic shape but in a spring color will transition with your winter items into spring.  Updating your most impactful and daily accessory is the easiest way to breath new life into your wardrobe.  I’ve already sung my praises on switching to a white handbag here and here with the mark. Classic Hit Handbag.  Another great option isn the mark. Properly Chic Satchel, with its color blocking and lady like shape you’ll instantly be on trend for spring.

mark. Properly Chic Satchel (with some dazzlers!)

mark. Properly Chic Satchel (with some dazzlers!)

mark. Classi Hit Handbag ($60) and Properly Chic Satchel ($50) both available at the eBoutique.

Must Have #4 Pantone Color Of Spring:  Dazzling Blue

mark. Royal Pretty Dress and Major Mix Necklace

mark. Royal Pretty Dress and Major Mix Necklace

For spring Pantone release its color of the season, Dazzling Blue.  Get a statement piece in this color to work it into your spring wardrobe like the mark. Major Mix Necklace and/or Royal Pretty Dress.  Blend in springs brilliant shades of blue, yellow and glistening stones in a statement necklace that you can add to your existing outfits to make a bit more springy.  Still wearing your boots and sweaters?  Just add this statement necklace and your instantly on trend for spring.  Too cold to wear a spring dress?  Pair it with a black blazer and black tights.  (and the white handbag above, Classic Hit Handbag).  Dazzling Blue pairs perfectly with black white and a pop of yellow (like in the Major Mix Necklace).

mark. Major Mix Necklace

mark. Major Mix Necklace

mark. Major Mix Necklace ($38) and Royal Pretty Dress ($42) both available at the eBoutique

Must Have #5 The Cool Girl “IT” Nail Color

mark. Nail This Look Set

mark. Nail This Look Set

A big real life trend is turquoise nails.  Lately its been all over celebs, like on Lucy Hale on set of Pretty Little Liars (check it here) and Beth Behrs on set of Kelly and Michael (check it here).  It looks really chic when wearing black and navy as well as looking really fresh against white and pastels.  A stand out color will add that extra punch needed to your tips and put you in a the perfect spring mindset.  Get the color in the mark. Nail This Look It Kit along with a punchy yellow and a Michael-Kors-esq enamel ring all in one set!

mark. Nail This Look ($28 at the eBoutique)

Word of Alicia:  With 5 (or so) items you can completely update your look for spring.  Mix and match with what you already have to breath new life into your look.  Total investment $162-184!  Shop it here!

PS:  Coming up in the next week I’ll be showing each of these must haves pulled together in a whole total look, how you can wear the trends to update your look for spring!

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon High Contrast Skirt

Wear And Share Wednesday with mark. High Contrast Skirt

Wear And Share Wednesday with mark. High Contrast Skirt

My nephew once asked me if my work’s dress code was black and white.  Completely confused since he’s very familiar with my software company, I was like, “Uh what?  No, why?” His response. “oh well because you wear it every day”… it was then I realized I have a problem with my love for black and white.  Let’s also add my favorite animal is a Zebra, my wedding colors are black and white, and I’m a sucker for anything houndstooth, b&w striped and/or chevron.  No surprise when mark. released this High Contrast Skirt I HAD TO HAVE IT!  Jackie and I also knew it HAD TO BE a Wear and Share Wednesday item!  Jackie from Living After Midnite and I had no problem proving its versatility with 2 different looks around this killer skirt!  Jackie wore it posh while my look is more laid back, wear it to work or wear it out, the mark. High Contrast Skirt has you covered.

mark. High Contrast Skirt

mark. High Contrast Skirt

The mark. High Contrast skirt is super comfy, mainly because it’s a stretch knit, but its also lined and a perfect length, making it the perfect skirt!  I wanted to keep with comfy vibe so I paired it with a loose tee (old, Express), but here’s where its versatility comes into play.  You could also wear this with a graphic tee to keep it casual, a blouse to dress it up, a sweater when its cold, a tank when its hot, a leather jacket to make it edgey, a blazer to make it work friendly… the list goes on and on!  Who knew a simple chevron skirt could work so many looks!

mark. Classic Hit Handbag and Deco Appeal Ring

mark. Classic Hit Handbag and Deco Appeal Ring

I thought the Deco Jewelry Set ( a past wear and share item), was the perfect match for this look along with the mark. Classic Hit Handbag (also a past wear and share item) and the Studs and Style Belt, Straight Up Sassy Heels (in and out of sale at my eBoutique).  The Deco Crescent necklace, Deco Drop Earrings and Deco Appeal ring adds just the right amount of glimmer against the chevron pattern.  Plus I love the look of them against cobalt as well!  (All available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

Pattern Play

Pattern Play

I think my love for black and white comes from the contrast, its eye candy!  The pattern actually plays as a neutral so you can pair more with it than you think.  I guarantee you already have a handful of things in your wardrobe to wear with this skirt!  The mark. High Contrast Skirt is a wardrobe staple for sure.  For only $36 you can update your spring wardrobe with an  item you can wear year round!

Zoya Cho + mark. Spring Arrivals

Zoya Cho + mark. Spring Arrivals

This is how Jackie and I wore our mark. High Contrast Skirt but be sure to check back for my next post on how it, and a few other key items, are all you need to update your wardrobe for spring!

BONUS!  Now through Feb 22, 2014 get this look for less!  Shop it:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code SITEWIDE

Shop It:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code SITEWIDE

Shop It: http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code SITEWIDE

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

And we’re back in the game!  (said like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 10 Things I Hate About You).  After an extended holiday break, Jackie from Living After Midnight and I are back with the first Wear and Share Wednesday of 2014!  There’s not a better way to start it off than with our take on a classic, the satchel!  We took the mark. Classic Hit Handbag and styled it 2 ways.

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

When styling around the mark. Classic Hit Handbag I went with a classic outfit.  Start with a classic shape like a shirtdress then take it modern like with the black and white stripes.  A classic shirtdress is one of those go to items that works for desk to dinner and you can dress it up or down.  I love this one from Express, the portofino dress which comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  Mom did good on gifting me this dress for my last birthday!

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Black and white is always a classic which is why I love it so much for this time of year. Since its still winter but here we’re having a drought and beautiful 70 degree weather I definitely have spring fever, so sticking with classic colors solves the dilemma of the fighting seasons.

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Continuing with the classics are my swiss dot tights and pumps only a bit more modern.  The tights are the second set from the mark. A Bit Lacy Tights (wore the other set here) which are now on clearance at my eBoutique!  mark. has the best tights they are really great quality and so comfy, they don’t dig into my waist like most do.  With my winter white legs a tight like these really help but aren’t too warm!

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Even though the shape are classic and the colors are classic the patterns are modern and bold, which means I don’t need much in the form of accessories.  This classic chain link watch, mark. All In Good Time Watch (an MK dupe) is also a new arrival from mark. (launching Friday January 24th $40 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)  I just added my favorite Kate Spade Idiom Bangle and with the mark. Classic Hit Handbag that’s all the accessorizing I needed!

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

What’s In My Bag?  The mark. Classic Hit Handbag is definitely a new go to.  It’s fresh for my spring fever but its winter white color works for the season now.  Plus it holds everything I need in its structured shape!  So what do I fill this classic satchel with?  mark. must-haves!  For my face (which you can’t see since my Burberry shades hide it) I used the mark. Got The Goods foundation, mark. Light Show (shown below) as my bronzer and mark. just blushing in dollhouse on my cheeks.  On my eyes I used the new On The Dot Smokey (shown below), mark. Get In Line Liquid Liner in Painted Black (shown below) and mark. Lash Act Mascara in Blackest Black (shown below) and on my lips I used the new On The Dot Lip pallet (shown below).  All these I stuffed chicly into the mark. Flora Fab Makeup Case a new must-have and a new favorite!  The chevron pattern had me at hello and the double zippered compartments keep me organized.  Perfect to throw in your bag and go!  You can get all these items at the eBoutique!

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Avon Classic Hit Handbag

If you caught my last post, Word Of Alicia on American Hustle, then you know that I had no idea how influenced I was 70’s fashion and here’s and example of it!  This look, though classic, is definitely a modern take on a retro look, and its definitely me!  To see more details on Jackie’s take on a look based off the mark. Classic Hit Handbag, head over to Living After Midnight for her black and navy winter look.  Her NY winter is much more sever than my CA one.