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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

Holiday Styling Tips: Plaid

Holiday Styling Tips:  Plaid

Holiday Styling Tips: Plaid

The holiday season is here!  To go along with all those festive outings coming up you’ll need a festive look!  Which is why Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have a few tips to make your holiday styling a little easier.  First on the list, plaid!  Plaid is a easy fall print that transitions really well for holiday.  It can be casual or dressy so super fitting for your holiday events.  And yes holiday events include Thanksgiving!  Plaid is a perfect fall pattern for your Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving looks!

Alicia’s Tips For Styling Plaid:

1.  Go with a bold plaid

Go Bold This Holiday With Plaid Pants

Go Bold This Holiday With Plaid Pants

I like red of course, it’s the most festive, but you can pick any color.  The key is to go with an all over print like in pants, or a jacket!  These ankle columnists in red plaid from Express (old) are a pretty bold way to wear plaid.

Red Plaid Pants For Holiday

Red Plaid Pants For Holiday

 

2.  Anchor it with a neutral

When going bold anchor it with a neutral, like black, to keep it wearable.  The solid black blazer over a graphic tee helps keep my bold plaid pants wearable.

A Black Blazer Keeps Plaid Pants Wearable

A Black Blazer Keeps Plaid Pants Wearable

3.  Dress up casual plaid with dressy fabrics.

Satin Blazer Dresses Up Plaid Pants And A Graphic Tee

Satin Blazer Dresses Up Plaid Pants And A Graphic Tee

Adding a satin blazer instantly dresses up the look.  The mark. Blaze A New Trail Blazer ($60) is the perfect piece to dress up plaid, with it’s nice quality and poppy print lining it’s a wardrobe must have.  It’s fitted, so not only is it slimming, but it also is a dressier silhouette.  (I even paired this blazer over my wedding dress for the after parties!)

Satin Blazer:  mark. Blaze The Way Blazer

Satin Blazer: mark. Blaze A New Trail Blazer

 

4.  Complete with a little sparkle

A Little Sparkle with mark. Cube Effect Necklace and Twice As Nice Necklace

A Little Sparkle with mark. Cube Effect Necklace and Twice As Nice Necklace

Metallics and sparkle make anything a little more holiday-tastic!  I finished off my look with the mark. Pumped With Vogue Heels ($40), mark. Twice As Nice Necklace and mark. Cube Effect Necklace ($18).

Sparkly Necklaces, Shimmery Satin and Metallic Accents!

Sparkly Necklaces, Shimmery Satin and Metallic Accents!

Metallic Heels:  mark. Pumped With Vogue Heels

Metallic Heels: mark. Pumped With Vogue Heels

 

Jill’s Styling Tips: Subtly add plaid by layering 

My Sweet Obsessions:  Holiday Plaid

My Sweet Obsessions: Holiday Plaid

“Go subtle with the plaid by layering a plaid button up under a sweatshirt like the Effortless Edge Sweatshirt by mark. Expose the plaid cuff and collar and unzip the side zipper for just a hint of plaid. To keep the plaid the main focus of your look, keep your accessories simple. Then, stay casual by finishing off with a pair of medium wash distressed denim jeans and brown riding boots.” – Jill from My Sweet Obsessions

Jill Layers Plaid with mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

Jill Layers Plaid with mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

See Jill’s full look and more on her tips for layering plaid at My Sweet Obsessions.

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

Wear and Share Wednesday with mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

Wear and Share Wednesday with mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

Hello Autumn Equinox!  If today’s Wear and Share Wednesday doesn’t make you a little glad it’s officially fall, then I don’t know what will!  Jackie from Living After Midnite and I are taking one perfect-for-fall piece, the mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt ($28) and styling it two ways!

mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

In no way shape or form am I a casual person.  Sweatshirts for me are for lounging at home (aka not in public) and for Penn State games (because its freakin cold in PA).  However, leave it to mark. to make one that’s cut like a cute top with an interesting detail, an asymmetrical zipper!

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Effortless Edge Sweatshirt Details

Effortless Edge Sweatshirt Details

Inspired by all those cool girls on Pinterest, I thought a casual glam way to wear this mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt ($28) was to pair it with a sequin mini skirt!  I love creamy neutrals together so this Sequined High Waist Skirt from Express that my mom got me for my birthday was the perfect fit!  Unzipping the zipper on the sweatshirt opens it up just enough to let the sequin skirt shine though.

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Pairing a sweatshirt with a sequin skirt for a casual glam look!

Pairing a sweatshirt with a sequin skirt for a casual glam look!

To accessorize a casual glam look you don’t need much.  A nice boyfriend watch is really all you need, like this Avon Signature Boyfriend watch.  I, of course, took it further with a leopard bangle (Express, old) and the mark. Show Id Bracelet ($24).  Finished off with the mark. Ring For More Stackable Rings ($20) and a neutral clutch from Express (old).

Arm party with Avon, mark. and Express

Arm party with Avon, mark. and Express

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Dressing Up A Sweatshirt for Fall

Dressing Up A Sweatshirt for Fall

This look would look equally chic with a cool pair of booties, but I opted to dress it up with a metallic heel.  These upcoming heels from mark. are a sneak peek into the pre-holiday releases… and let’s just say its going to be a good holiday season!

mark. Pumped With Vogue Heels

mark. Pumped With Vogue Heels

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How To Wear Sequins For Daytime

How To Wear Sequins For Daytime

The mark. Effortless Edge sweatshirt is a perfect pick to update your fall wardrobe.  What I love most about it is I finally found a way to wear sequins for daytime.  It’s the perfect mix of relaxed casual with everyday chic.  I didn’t feel overdressed for daytime and I was super comfortable in this outfit.  I think I might of found a new closet go-to!

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Effortless Outfit For Fall

Effortless Outfit For Fall

You probably didn’t need all of these pictures to get the idea, but the first day of fall just created some pretty pictures and I just couldn’t settle on a few, so here’s many!  But you can really see how “effortless” this mark. Effortless Sweatshirt really is.  It’s got style and comfort and if you can find a way to make a sequin skirt daytime appropriate you just have to share it!  This effortless outfit is just what your closet needs!  I mean, look how effortlessly chic Jackie looks over at Living After Midnite!  If that look doesn’t make you ready for some fall traveling I don’t know what does!  You can shop the mark. Effortless Edge sweatshirt at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

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