mark. in black and white tote

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

It may be in the low 80’s here but it’s the last day of winter!  Can’t say I’m disappointed, but I can say what I’ve been loving in late winter is lightweight blouses with everything from skirts to trousers to ankle pants, etc…  My favorite being the Express Portofino blouse.  It just fits and feels so right, especially when it’s in houndstooth.  Portofino’s and pencil skirts are my absolute favorite go to for work wear.

Express Portofino Blouse

Express Portofino Blouse

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts:  Express Portofino Blouse  |  Express Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

Portofino's and Pencil Skirts

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts

mark. Box Set Necklace  |   mark. On Point Earring Set  |  Kate Spade Idiom Bangle

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

mark. In Black and White Tote  |  Altuzarra for Target Ankle Boots

What to wear to work:  houndstooth

What to wear to work: houndstooth

Green and Gold for St. Patrick’s Day

Luck O’ the Irish to ya this St. Patrick’s Day!  Since St. Patrick’s Day is going up on a Tuesday it’s much more low key, but that doesn’t mean any less themed out!  Wear your green so you don’t get pinched, eat some Irish food and/or hit up a pub!

Word on what to wear:  Green.  Obviously green.  But there are so many chic options now more than the cheesy St. Patrick’s day t-shirt. With the great spring weather we’re having I wanted to wear a bright fresh green color and play up on the fun of the day with window pain ankle pants with glimmering gold accessories.  Express is my favorite for never boring but still legit work clothes hence the Express Portofino shirt (last seen here) with Express Columnist ankle pants (now available in white with black stripes, I think I need those too!).  Topped off with gold pumps (mark.) gold jewelry (mark.), a green and gold mani (Julep) and gold eye with green eyeliner (mark.).

St. Patrick's Day Look

St. Patrick’s Day Look

Express Portofino and  Columnist Ankle Pants

Express Portofino and Columnist Ankle Pants

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. Pumps and Bag

mark. Pumps and Bag

Lucky Green For St. Patrick's Day

Lucky Green For St. Patrick’s Day

Julep Valerie with Shamrock Decal

Julep Valerie with Shamrock Decal

Word on what to do:  Hit up your local pub for happy hour!  Green beer, Irish car bombs, whiskey shots… oooor maybe just some green tea or Irish Breakfasts tea for me.  If you’d rather celebrate at home then make yourself some corned beef and cabbage!  Roast the brisket for about 2 hrs with the last hour throwing in your cabbage, carrots and potatoes.  Easy, filling and festive!

 

At the pub for St. Patrick's Day

At the pub for St. Patrick’s Day

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Soft Pants and Soft Shades with mark. Fine Print Pants

Soft Pants and Soft Shades with mark. Fine Print Pants

Soft Pants and Soft Shades with mark. Fine Print Pants

No secret that I’ve been digging the soft shades trend, but the soft pants trend is a little harder.  On pinterest they look like the most effortless thing out there, in real life they boarder bad Hammer pants.  When mark. released these Fine Print Pants ($36) I decided to give them a try!

mark. Fine Print Pants ($36)

mark. Fine Print Pants ($36)

These soft pants are exactly that a soft, lightweight, flowy material in a loose fitting cut with a higher waist line.  The mark. Fine Print Pants have a grey and black abstract print that is fun but yet subtle making them appropriate for a lot of occasions.

Styling Soft pants with Soft Shades

Styling Soft Pants

Styling Soft Pants

Styling mark. Fine Print Pants

When wearing soft pants you run the risk of looking like you dug out some early 90’s Hammer pants, which is why you need to pair it with the right thing on top.  I went with a fitted tank (Express Bra Cami) and an open front cardi (Express Tuck Stitch Cover Up).  This way, I kept the volume in the right places but still attained a relaxed fit and vibe.  Plus, the peach color against the grey and black pants achieves my soft shades color pallet.  (Even though I totally should of wore a grey cami instead of black)

Express Tuck Stitch Cover Up and mark. Tool Around Ring Set

Express Tuck Stitch Cover Up and mark. Tool Around Ring Set

Soft Pants in Soft Shades

Soft Pants in Soft Shades

mark. Box Set Necklace ($24)

mark. Box Set Necklace ($24)

My outfit is a little on the voluminous side, so keep the accessories simple with just a boyfriend watch (Avon, old) and layered necklace and rings, mark. Box Set Necklace ($24) and mark. Tool Around Ring Set ($18).

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. In Black and White Tote

To add to my relaxed look a black and white tote with stud detailing with the mark. In Black and White Tote ($40 but get it for $30).  A tote is my favorite bag shape because all at the same time it’s casual, classic and chic, and you can fit your life in it.  You can get this mark. In Black and White Tote ($40) for ONLY $30 with any $25 mark. purchase (for a limited time at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).

Get this tote for only $30!

Get this tote for only $30!

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

 

The biggest trick for pulling off these pants in in the heels!  Maybe not so much if you’re tall and thin, but being short and curvy these mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps ($40) elongated my legs to pull off these pants.  Can I just for a second talk about how much I love these shoes… they are my everything!  Mega mega comfortable, go with basically everything and I just dig the design so much!  But I digress… overall soft pants are super appealing for their comfort factor but styled with the right pieces they’re just as fashionable as they are comfortable.

mark. Jewelry with mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Baby Me

mark. Jewelry with mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Baby Me

Pulling off soft pants with mark. Fine Print Pants

Pulling off soft pants with mark. Fine Print Pants

Total Look:  Soft Pants with Soft Shades

Total Look: Soft Pants with Soft Shades

Have you tried the soft pants trend?  Shop my exact outfit here (http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) and here (www.express.com).