memorial day

Week O’Nautical Special Edition: Seaside Gardens

It may only be March but I’m already thinking about Memorial Day and my “Week O’Nautical!” Partially because I want warm summer days, but also because of the new capsule release from Avon titled “Seaside Gardens.” Seaside Gardens is a fashion and home release influenced by all things nautical, which means this calls for a Week O’Nautical Special Edition!

Introducing Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection

The Seaside Gardens capsule collection is a limited release for spring.  This means all the items are meant to mix and match with each other (and well with what you have).  It also means that once the stock is gone, its gone.  Judging how the last capsule collection went (Savana Blooms/Modern Southern Belle) popular items will sell out.  I usually don’t like just sharing up the stock photographs but I wanted to share this entire fashion collection.

There are a lot of items I’m just loving!  My top picks include this Veronica Tote Bag and the adorable Ivy Jumpsuit.  There are so many jewelry options that will work from now through Labor Day, especially my pick, the Seaside Stripes Statement Necklace.  And can we take a moment to admire all the shoes… allllll of them!  I literally could work every single item into my wardrobe but my budget doesn’t agree.

In addition to the fashion there is a entire Avon Living line to match! (home goods)  I will be sharing here on Word of Alicia more from the Avon Living line, a Week O’Nautical outfit,  how to update your wardrobe without breaking your budget and how to take the nautical theme to your beauty routine.

Seaside Garden’s launches Wednesday March 14th and will be available through camping 11 (about 6 weeks) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  If you would like to know how to gain early access to these types of collections and score them at 40% off leave a comment saying you want the word!

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Week O’Nautical – The Perfect Lake Dress

Week O'Nautical - The Perfect Lake Dress

Week O’Nautical – The Perfect Lake Dress

Do you know what today is?  The kick off to Week O’Nautical 2017!  The time where I count down to the unofficial start of summer with my red white and blue.  This year I got the party started early with a perfect summer day trip to Lake Tahoe with my friends and family, and the with the perfect lake dress!

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

mark. Vintage Wash Dress is the perfect dress for your lake days!  As part of the mark. Instant Vacation Havana capsule collection this dress features a white rope lace up detailing on a short sleeve denim dress.  A little nautical detailing if you will.

The Perfect Lake Dress - mark. Vintage Wash Dress

The Perfect Lake Dress – mark. Vintage Wash Dress

What makes this the perfect lake dress is the weight of the dress, it’s thick, perfect to ward off the chill coming off the lake.  The style of the dress works as a suit cover up, a lunch-ing look or worn for your lake activities.  Oh and did I mention it has pockets!  You know how I feel about a dress with pockets!

Easy Over Your Swimsuit

Easy Over Your Swimsuit

Lake Day Essentials

Lake Day Essentials

Nautical Rope Detailing

Nautical Rope Detailing

With all the rain we got this is a great year for Tahoe, so we took advantage on our day trip and hit up Bride Veil Falls, Eagle Falls and lunched and beached it at The Beacon Bar and Grill.

Bride Veil Falls

Bride Veil Falls with the Fam

Beacon Bar and Grill, South Lake Tahoe

Beacon Bar and Grill, South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls Overlooking Emerald Bay

Eagle Falls Overlooking Emerald Bay

Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

What To Do Over Memorial Weekend:  Day trip to the lake!  If you are in Nor Cal go up to South Lake Tahoe and check out the gushing waterfalls and enjoy a little lunch and beach.

What To Wear:  mark. Vintage Wash Dress!  Throw it over you suit, bring a beach sweater and bust out your best beach waves.

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and starting Wednesday get this perfect eye bundle for only $10 with your $40 purchase!

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

 

Week O’Nautical – Julep Sail Away Bombshell Maven Box

Julep Set Sail Collection for May

Julep Set Sail Collection for May

Ok so I was supposed to post this yesterday but the long weekend was way to enjoyable to be on the computer/tablet/etc. I definitely disconnected over Memorial Day weekend and I’m totally ok with it. So here’s my mani Monday post “going up, on a Tuesday!”

May Bombshell Maven Box

May Bombshell Maven Box

For May, Julep released a “Set Sail” collection based around nautical influences.  I HAD to opt in this month and get my monthly maven box in bombshell which included a purple creme with blue undertones (Denise) and a slightly off white creme (Vanna) with a lip crayon in a fuchsia (which I gave to my mom because it looked PERFECT on her).  Even though these shades aren’t your typical nautical red white and blue (which I was this close on getting instead) they still go perfectly with your nautical looks.  For my add on I added these anchor nail decals because as much as I liked my free-hand anchor last year (see here) this was WAY EASIER!  Oh and can we mention it came with salt water taffy from Ocean City MD, how fitting!

Julep Anchor Nail Decals Add-On's

Julep Anchor Nail Decals Add-On’s

I really couldn’t decided on what I wanted to do with this box since I’ve been into just classically painted nails in one color with a great topcoat.  So I decided just to do 2 fingers in Vanna (white) and 3 in Denise (purple) with the anchors on my pointer and middle.

Week O'Nautical Nails with Julep

Week O’Nautical Nails with Julep

I have to say despite my horrible cuticles this nail look definitely was a favorite as of late.  It got a lot of attention randomly, like the check stand girl complimenting how great they looked and how she thought it was a gel mani.  Goes to prove how fantastic the Julep formula is!

Thumbs up for Julep!

Thumbs up for Julep!

Nautical Mani for Week O'Nautical

Nautical Mani for Week O’Nautical

Julep Denise and Vanna from the Set Sail Collection

Julep Denise and Vanna from the Set Sail Collection

As we are officially unofficially now in summer, and the long Memorial Day weekend is now over, so is my Week O’Nautical here on the blog… until the 4th of July that is.  Until then, let’s paint the town red!  and purple!  and white!  and all the other mani colors of summer!

A little Kate Spade and Julep!

A little Kate Spade and Julep!

Week O’Nautical TGIF

The long Memorial Day weekend is here!  TGIF!  Time to start the unofficial kickoff of summer!  Week O’Nautical continues with some red white and blue!

Time To Start The Weekend!

Nautical Arm Party

Nautical Arm Party

Arm party:  Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet, mark. Looking Sharp Bracelet in rose gold, Avon tortoise watch.  (shop here)

Summer Time Treat:  Infused Water!

Infused Water For Your Weekend

Infused Water For Your Weekend

This was probably the best idea as of late.  Fill multiple mason jars with your favorite fruit, fill with water and refrigerate.  Grab and go options that are not only tasty, refreshing and portable but also super cute and pinterest worthy!  How great would these look on your picnic table this weekend!?  Mine includes lemon, cucumber, strawberries, blueberries and kiwi.

Casual Friday!

Red Lace OOTD

Red Lace OOTD

Casual Friday might not be so casual around here, nor is it that nautical, but red white and blue for the win! See the last time I shared this dress here.  Paired today’s OOTD with a red lip (Avon), mark. jewelry and some summer heels (Steve Madden).

Sipping water in my red dress...

Sipping water in my red white and blue…

Get Weekend Ready!

Mini playlist on repeat as of late.  Don’t be discouraged by the image of the Biebs… it’s Skrillex so enough said.

 

 

 

Week O’Nautical – Beach Sweater

 

Week O'Nautical - Beach Sweater

Week O’Nautical – Beach Sweater

 

I  gave in to my Week O’Nautical Wish List… hello new nautical shorts.  You know what goes great with nautical shorts during Week O’Nautical?… beach sweaters!  Memorial Day can be cool and cloudy or warm and sunny which is why pairing a beach sweater with a pair of shorts is an effective way to dress for the long weekend.

Nautical Shorts, A Beach Sweater & Coral

Nautical Shorts, A Beach Sweater & Coral

Beach sweaters are lightweight, usually with some sort of open weave and perfect for a little warmth but also keeping you a little cool.  Ideal for places like the beach when the cool breeze can hit or when the warm sun can, well, warm.  I’ve had this sweater for a while now from mark. but I just recently learned to love it.  In the spring it pairs perfectly with shorts.

Nautical look with a beach sweater and navy striped shorts.

Nautical look with a beach sweater and navy striped shorts.

These Old Navy shorts couldn’t be a better pairing for my nautical look with my beach sweater.  I’m so glad I got them, they’re unbelievably comfortable and as we know, #1 on my wish list.

Pairs perfectly with nautical shorts and coral ombre clutch.

Pairs perfectly with nautical shorts and coral ombre clutch.

Accents of coral are just the nautical pop of color I needed in my clutch and flat sandals.  Navy and white are so classic and neutral that any of your summer colors go great with them.  This ombre clutch from mark, the mark. Fade To Fab Clutch $30, is going to be in heavy rotation this summer.  It’s so fun and functional!  Slightly oversized, extra pockets and a killer summer hue!  Check the inside:

Inside of the mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

Inside of the mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch For A Nautical Accent.

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch For A Nautical Accent.

Details:  Sweater – mark. / Shorts – Old Navy / Clutch – mark. / Sandals – Target / Sunglasses, Watch, Bracelet, Earrings, Necklace – mark. / Bronzer (Caliente Glow) Lip (All Butter Now in Bare All) – mark.

Statement Necklace and Sunnies

Statement Necklace and Sunnies

Because even in a casual outfit I need a little glam, the mark. Clear Choice Necklace adds a nice sparkle.  Paired with an arm party, graphic earrings, some sunnies and my favorite nude lip and bronzed cheek my nautical look is finalized.  I mean what’s the kick-off to summer without some brozner (mark. Caliente Glow) and some sunnies (mark. Throw Some Shade Sunglasses)!?

Nautical Shorts For A Casual Look

Nautical Shorts For A Casual Look

Glam Up A Casual Look With The Perfect Accessories

Glam Up A Casual Look With The Perfect Accessories

Navy Striped Shorts For Summer!

Navy Striped Shorts For Summer!

Summer Go-To Look:  Nautical Shorts and Beach Sweater!

Summer Go-To Look: Nautical Shorts and Beach Sweater!

This look would be perfect for your Memorial Day BBQ!  And practically all summer long.  You bet this look will be in heavy rotation!  You can shop my accessories at my eBoutique.

Do you know what I’m also celebrating this weekend.  The anniversary of my Zoey’s adoption!  She forever changed my life, and I hers… and Lexi’s.  Here’s to the pups!

Happy Adoption Anniversary Zoey!

Happy Adoption Anniversary Zoey!

Lexi Kisses

Lexi Kisses

 

Week O’Nautical – Blue Slip Dress

Week O'Nautical - Slip Dress

Week O’Nautical – Slip Dress

Week O’Nautical looks are kicking off with a great blue slip dress!  What is more nautical than the many shades of blue in the ocean.  Blue is my favorite color so when I saw this mark. New Angled Slip Dress I knew it would be a good addition.  With the 90’s resurgence slip dresses are back in a big way.  Here’s how I styled a slip dress in a slightly nautical way.

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Ocean Blue Slip Dress

Ocean Blue Slip Dress

Back of the mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Back of the mark. New Angled Slip Dress

This mark. New Angled Slip dress is the most beautiful shade of blue, making it perfect for nautical styling.  Besides it’s nice quality flowing fabric and a super easy style this dress is also REVERSIBLE!   The underside is a gorgeous ocean turquoise color, so it’s like 2 dresses in one!  For this Week O’Nautical look I wore the royal blue but check back for an upcoming look with the turquoise side.

Sneak Peek Of The Turquoise Underneath

Sneak Peek Of The Turquoise Underneath

Add A Gold Wrap Belt

Add A Gold Wrap Belt

For my curvy figure I needed to add a little shape, so I added this thin gold wrap belt (mark., old).  It was still loose enough to keep the flowy look of the dress but still gave me some shape to the slip dress.

Flowy Shape With The mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Flowy Shape With The mark. New Angled Slip Dress

A nautical look isn’t complete without it’s gold accessories which work beautifully with this blue.  Besides the belt I added the mark. Twice As Nice Necklace, Avon Signature Watch and Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet (coming next week to http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  The Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet is the ULTIMATE Week O’Nautical Accessory!

Nautical Gold Accessories

Nautical Gold Accessories and Orange Lip

Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet

mark. Twice As Nice Necklace

mark. Twice As Nice Necklace and Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

We can’t be celebrating the unofficial start of summer without some killer sunnies!  These mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses are the perfect pair with their flattering on almost anyone shape in a tortoise color that goes with everything!  Plus they’re only $5 with a qualifying mark. purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

This look would be equally as chic with some wedges or flats depending on what your Memorial Day plans shape up to be.  What also is great about a slip dresses easy styling… it’s SUPER comfy all while looking chic.  Win win!

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Try A Slip Dress This Summer

Try A Slip Dress This Summer

I’m starting off Week O’Nautical with one of my FAVORITE looks.  The ocean blue hue with gold and nautical accessories is perfect way to kick off summer.  I’ve been wearing this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm bracelet non-stop and can’t get enough of this blue.  Try a slip dress this summer, like the mark. New Angled Slip dress, you won’t be disappointed.  I promise!   Shop them here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Look to kick off summer in!

Nautical Look to kick off summer in!

Trending Tuesday – Week O’Nautical #wishlist

If the world of alicia was the internet, Week O’Nautical #wishlist would be trending.  It’s the week before Memorial Day so I celebrate my own Week O’Nautical.  If you’re not familiar with my obsession to theme out my day to day, check out my past Week O’Nautical posts here.  Since last year I haven’t really added any nautical inspired pieces to my wardrobe, sad I know!  So here’s some nautical inspired pieces I’m currently crushing on for my Week O’Nautical #wishlist:

 

1.  Navy and White Nautical Stripped Shorts

Nautical Shorts

Old Navy Printed Chino Pixi Shorts ($24.95)

Nothing is more versatile than a pair of striped chino shorts.  You can dress them up or down for a BBQ to a night out.  I think these are the ultimate on my #wishlist for my Week O’Nautical looks this year and at a great price!

2.  Nautical Portofino

Express Anchor Print Portofino ($44.90)

Express Anchor Print Portofino ($44.90)

My obsession over Express portofino shirts is kinda unhealthy but they’re THE PERFECT SHIRT!  So when I saw they came out with this in red, sleeveless and in an anchor print it immediately made the #wishlist.

3.  Nautical Striped Rope Wedges

Express Espadrille Wedge Sandals

Express Espadrille Wedge Sandals

I realized I’m really lacking a great nautical inspired wedge.  The rope/espadrille detailing on a striped canvas shoe would be perfect!  Too bad these only come in 6 and higher (darn size 5 feet!)

4.  White Statement Necklace

mark. So White Now Necklace

mark. So White Now Necklace ($38)

Here’s that darn white necklace again, it’s popping up on all my wish lists!  Maybe I should just break down and get it haha.  (see here).  This would look great over a navy or red outfit for my Week O’Nautical looks!

5. Navy Blazer

Brooks Brothers Cotton Knit Blazer ($298)

Brooks Brothers Cotton Knit Blazer ($298)

This whole look actually!  I realized my blazer collection is black black and more black.  I kick myself on the daily for never getting a classic Brooks Brothers navy blazer when I moonlighted there (at employee discount!).

All week I’ll be counting down to Memorial Day with my take on red white and blue and nautical influence.  Be sure to check back and see what I can come up with this year!  Until then check out the history of my Week O’Nautical.

Week O’Nautical – Super Sneak Peek! mark. All American Style Tank

Hope everyone had a great long weekend and are refreshed for the short week… or had such a GREAT weekend that you’re worn out and just excited its a short week!  Since I wasn’t able to share too much from my week o’nautical, today I have a SUPER sneak peek!  Check out the mark. All American Style Tank ($20) not available until June 14th!

mark. All American Style Tank

mark. All American Style Tank

The All American Style Tank is a full cut, loose fit, burnout tank perfect for all the summer holidays!  Since it was a little rainy on Monday I wore mine with a long cardi from Express and sailor shorts from F21.  Not only is the All American Style tank a sneak peek but so is my jewelry!!!

mark. Keep Me Dangling Earrings

mark. Keep Me Dangling Earrings

These Keep Me Dangling Earrings ($18) are also a new arrival launching June 14th and the perfect companion to the tank.  The fun aztec design keep the look casual but the bright red makes them pop!  Add in the Double Take Bracelets ($24 launching June 14th) and you have casual cute nailed!  You can pick these pieces up starting June 14th at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger OR GET THEM NOW by directly ordering through me!  Just comment below or send a direct message to order or for details.

Celebrating Zoey in an American Style Kinda Way

Celebrating Zoey in an American Style Kinda Way

A sidenote this is the anniversary weekend of rescuing Zoey and her sister Chloe.  Even though we rescued them, in reality they rescued us.  Nothing is better than this little goof troop running over to me with her crooked run when I get home everyday to shower me with hugs, yes she hugs.  There are so many wonderful pets who need a home so if you’re looking for a new member to add to your family check your local shelters and fosters.  We found her on petfinder.com and could not be happier!

Week O’Nautical – Instant Vacation Marrakesh

Happy Memorial Day!  The unofficial kickoff to summer and the unofficial kickoff to wearing white pants… who are we kidding I wear white year round but now I can do it without a second thought!

The long weekend is perfect for my favorite nautical combination, white and gold!  It’s also perfect for taking an instant vacation to Marrakesh with the mark. capsule collection!  I combined a few of my favorite pieces from the mark. Instant Vacation Marrakesh Collection with some crisp white basics to create a weekend friendly look!

Instant Vacation Marrakesh White and Gold Look

Instant Vacation Marrakesh White and Gold Look

The mark. Tank You Knit Top ($28) is the perfect soft gold knit with a shimmery silver accent.  It’s super soft and the loose knit looks super cute over a white cami and white jeans.  The tank is a the perfect canvas for the Mesh Together Necklace ($26) and Swing By earrings ($18)also from the mark. Instant Vacation Marrakesh collection.

mark. Mesh Together Necklace and Swing By Earrings

mark. Mesh Together Necklace and Swing By Earrings

To complete the look I added the Wedge Right In Wedges ($34).  The have a fun print design on the wedges that play off an exotic design but comfy enough to wear to your backyard bbq.  Add the Stack and Style Rings ($18) and you’re all set!  Perfect look for whatever the weekend throws at you!

White and Gold Total Look with mark.

White and Gold Total Look with mark.

 

mark. Tank You Knit Tank Sparkling Details

mark. Tank You Knit Tank Sparkling Details

What did you do this long weekend?  Or more importantly, what did you wear!?!  Did you get some nautical inspiration from my previous posts?

You can shop the Tank You Knit Top, Mesh Together Necklace, Swing By Earrings, Stack and Style Rings and Wedge Right In Sandals all at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger AND GET FREE SHIPPING TODAY!  (With promo code MDANY) Happy Memorial Day!

Week O’ Nautical – Weekend Wear

And the long weekend is here!  I’ve already slept in, went out, washed the cars, bowled, hit up a bbq and roasted delish meat on spits!  And there’s still 2 more days left full of more bbq’s, pools, swimming and lake day!  For all this casual weekend activity I’m going to need some equally chic and nautical themed pieces!

Week O'Nautical Weekend Wear

Week O’Nautical Weekend Wear

Memorial Day weekend definitely means shorts.  I’ll be wearing my favorite sailor shorts and my white cut offs all weekend!  Both of these are from Forever 21 and I’ll be wearing them with some red white or navy bra tanks from Express and maybe an open stitch sweater for a coverup.  My other weekend essentials are my Hamptons fragrance and shimmer lotion from mark.  It’s a super clean scent perfect for summer, plus the shimmer lotion is so sparkling it adds just that little bit of something to bare arms and legs, and we’re not talking Spice Girl’s glitter, classy shimmer if you will.  Every year mark. comes out with an “Instant Vacation” series fragrance and this one has to be one of the most wearable, and my favorite!  Another weekend essential is my self tanner from mark. in both face and body, the face lotion is shown here.  After being in the sun all weekend my skin will also need some TLC with my Lemon Sugar Whipped Up Body Butter that smells so summery and so nourishing.

Week O' Nautical Swimwear

Week O’ Nautical Swimwear

Nautical Details
Nautical Details

Basically I plan for the rest of my weekend to be poolside and lakeside so I’ll need some nautical suits.  Both of these were picked up at Victoriassecret.com clearance which is the BEST place to get quality suits at great prices.  I like the red monokini for the extra coverage and everything stays in place during activities.  I have to wear a single string top under to hold in the ladies, which is such a great idea!  I can now wear a suit I usually couldn’t wear and achieve some color blocking as well.  It actually looks better than you’d think.  And what’s that big white thing?  Oh thats the new floating cooler, new just for the weekend.  It will only be holding my lemonaid but will fo sho hold a lot of adult beverages needed for lake day.  Throw on a PSU cover up skirt and we’re good to go for the weekend!

 

PS.  Even my jammies are nautical this weekend!

nautical pj's

nautical pj’s