menswear

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

 

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Menswear Inspired LBD – mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

Let’s talk fall in Northern California during a drought… there isn’t one.  Not only has it been hot it’s been dry.  This doesn’t work for fall fashion when all I want to wear are my heavy tweed pants.  However there are some great transitional pieces that are not only super versatile but follow the menswear trend for this season!  (see yesterday’s trending tuesday:  #menswear post).  Let’s take this look I’m smitten with and make it Nor Cal appropriate shall we?

mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

Ok there’s no way I’m wearing a long sleeve shirt in 90 degree weather.  But what if I just pair a black cami under it.  DONE!  Booties… I do love those menswear inspired booties but hot and I don’t have them… pumps it is!  Add on my menswear styled satchel in the mark. Neutral Territory Bag and some gilded treasures with the mark. All Four It Bracelet set and I just made this menswear trend my own.

LBD For A Hot CA Fall

LBD For A Hot CA Fall

Wearing mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvellous

Wearing mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvellous

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

Sheer Panels And A Deep V

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Menswear Inspired LBD For Fall

Menswear Inspired LBD For Fall

A LBD with a twist like this one really is versatile.  Fall and winter will come and I won’t be so hot that I need bare arms and legs.  This dress easily can transition with, as shown above, a white button down underneath, or a classic cardigan or blazer for work.  It’s a great holiday party dress with a strappy back bra and some tights.  I think my next rendering on this dress will be with a long duster and some booties!  How would you wear this dress?

You can shop the mark. Day After Day dress, my bag and jewelry at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Day After Day Dress

mark. Day After Day Dress

Trending Tuesday: #menswear Inspired

#menswear trend in the world of alicia

#menswear trend in the world of alicia

If the world of alicia was the internet #menswear inspired trends would totally be trending this fall!  Come fall, menswear inspired looks are always on trend.  There’s something about menswear that is just classic when it comes to applying towards a women’s trend.  If you take a peek on my pinterest you’ll find TONS of menswear inspired looks but what I’m LOVING this fall is mark.’s boy meets girl fashion this season!

#menswear Trends

#menswear Trends

Boy Meets Girl:  You take a more masculine shape and put a more girly finishing touch to achieve this trend.  For me it has to still look like you’re wearing something made for a girl with the right silhouettes but made trendy with the fabrics and finishes.  For example how mark. did classic mixed with trendy with shapes, like the boxy tee, and details, like the mesh cut-outs!

Making Menswear Work

Making Menswear Work

Work Wear:  Working in trendy items for work isn’t always easy but when in doubt, layer in a classic white button down.  I LOVE how mark. styled the Any Day Tee and Day To Day Dress over a crisp white shirt.  A tip so simple but I never think to do this!  Pleated pants maybe should stay in the men’s department but when you make them slim, in a fluid fabric and in an ankle cut like these mark. Keeping Track Pants they become wardrobe must haves.

Need For Tweed

Need For Tweed

Need For Tweed:  Fall fabrics to me mean menswear, plaids, birdseye, houndstooh, tweed and more!  I love love love all the luxe fabrics come back in the fall, even if it is just the print.  The best way to wear these fabrics I think is in a coat, it just looks rich and makes a statement.  The Need For Tweed Coat from mark. has me smitten!  Wearing a coat like this over a cute little dress (like the mark. Day To Day Dress) is an easy (and warm) take on a Friday night look.  Don’t forget the leathers!  (or faux leathers) in a sturdy handbag (you KNOW I’ve been all about this  Neutral Territory Bag) and killer shoe/bootie!

Gilt Trip

Gilt Trip

Finishing Touches:  Like any look it’s the finishing touches that make it all come together.  For menswear I personally love adding some sleek metallic finishes and again mark.’s fall jewelry has the perfect solutions.  They compliment the menswear trend, not compete.  The lariat necklace has to be my #1 on the wish list.

Shop The Trends

Shop The Trends

Shop The Trends:  Usually I’m inspired by a ton of different images, shops, bloggers but seriously this time the mark. magalog was all the inspiration I needed.  I seriously want ALL OF THIS.  If you’re a capsule collection shopper, as in you buy all things that mix and match together for a season, then this is the ultimate!  I’m so all over the place and like different styles on the daily so I shop more for key pieces.  If I HAD TO pick just a few key pieces to add to my collection I think first is the Neutral Territory Bag (and yes I did already pick this one up so of course it’s my #1), followed by the Need For Tweed Coat, Keeping Track Pants, Fine Lines Lariat and Top Story Hat.  These are all classics for your wardrobe that you can wear again and again and mix with what you already have.  What menswear trends are you loving?

You can shop the trend at my eBoutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger ALSO there is a FREE SHIP code TREATS for any order over $25 and 20% off of a $60 order with promo code AVONFB60.

Trending Tuesday: September Inspo

September Inspo

September Inspo

If the world of Alicia was the internet inspo for September would totally be trending!  September for me is always a love/hate relationship.  I LOVE August, summer, hot temps and long days.  September is the start to the end of all of that… but also the start of more things I love, Penn State football, all football, apple hill (for my nor cal’ers) and all the fun events in September.  Luckily it’s still summer hot here and we technically have a few weeks left of summer so here’s what’s inspiring me for September!

Color Pallet

September Inspo Colors

September Inspo Colors

This month I’m really feeling all shades of blues, especially navy, camels and nudes, red and burgundy with a bit of neutral blush tones and light greys.  Think very collegiate shades.

navy, burgundy, camel

navy, burgundy, camel

Camel Sleeveless Trench Vest

Camel Sleeveless Trench Vest

Off The Shoulder and White Jeans

Off The Shoulder and White Jeans

Mad For Plaid

Berry Plaid

Berry Plaid

Just as inspiring as a color pallet I always have a print I gravitate toward.  September it’s always plaid and menswear fabric inspired prints.

September Accessories

September Accessories

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September Beauty

Lauren Conrad's Makeup for September

Lauren Conrad’s Makeup for September

I saw this pic of Lauren for her September LC Lauren Conrad Collection ad and I immediately was smitten.  This is what September beauty is about, flawless skin, a light and bright eye with a classic wing liner, full lashes and a bright but deep berry lip.  I already use her staple eyeliner, mark. On The Edge Liquid Liner and I think I can find a similar lip shade!

Apple Everything

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

If pumpkin everything is the motto for October then apple everything is the inspo for September!  I’ll be sure to make my favorite apple crisp, take a visit to Apple Hill and light a few of my favorite apple scented candles this month.  I totally like apple flavors way more than pumpkin!

Avon Fresh Apple

Avon Fresh Apple

 

 

What is inspiring you this September?  Any traditions you like to bust out come September?

 

Copy Cat Look: Tamron Hall, The Today Show

 

What to wear to work:  Plaid Pant Suit

What to wear to work: Plaid Pant Suit

Every morning after hitting snooze a few times to my 3 (yes 3) different alarms and struggle to pull myself out of bed, head to the Keurig for my tea and then to the couch to turn on The Today Show to lounge myself awake.  I like the mindless entertainment with a dash of news and some weather forecasting to get me ready for the day.  As I was watching one day I noticed one of the reporters, Tamron Hall, looked amazingly put together in a glenn plaid pant suit.  Usually the girls are in their business casual dresses or blouse and skirt combo, but this day Tamron stood out!  She was so on point with her look that I just had to re-create it!

Here’s a look (a crappy pixilated screen cap of the broadcast) at Tamron’s look:

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Tamron Hall's Plaid Today Show Look

Tamron Hall’s Plaid Today Show Look

Let’s analyze shall we… grey glenn plaid ankle pants, 5-button vest over a crisp white button down with some fun broaches for interest, capped off with some killer pointed toe pumps.  The look is a feminine and fitted twist on the menswear suit, perfect for the office!  Shopping my closet I was able to replicate to the best of my ability.

Plaid Pant Suit For Work

Plaid Pants and Vest from H&M

I had this charcoal plaid vest and pant pairing from H&M (old) which embodied her tailored menswear look.  Even though I could of worn one of my Brooks Brothers non-irons (last seen here) I decided to go with a sheer white blouse with a long shirt tail.

Suiting Style

Suiting Style

For visual interest I went with an oversized pearl bracelet set (BeBe).  The accessories still have that old school feel with a modern twist like Tamron’s broaches achieved.  For my shoes I went with the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps.  Killer shoes with a pointed toe, snakeskin detailing and a menswear vibe!

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

Oversized Pearl Bracelets

Oversized Pearl Bracelets

Copy Catting Tamron Hall

Copy Catting Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall helped me get ready for the day in more ways than one!  I appreciate her perfectly tailored pieces and stepping out of the so run of the mill biz casual dresses for a look that was on point!  I would love to see more power pieces like suiting separates on the ladies that trend, but I guess I’ll just have to start with my own look!  Thanks Tamron for the inspiration, and frankly, making my day with an outfit.  The power of fashion.

Copy Cat Look – Lucy Hale

Copy Catting Lucy Hale (source)

Copy Catting Lucy Hale (source)

Since it’s Valentine’s week I guess I can admit my girl crush on Lucy Hale.  Last fall Lucy Hale was announced as mark.’s brand ambassador right around the same time she did this cover for Lucky Magazine and that’s when my girl crush started.  This menswear inspired look is killer and with her makeup look done in mark. I had to re-create the look.  Granted, the magazine cover shot was from months and months ago but whatever it’s still just as awesome in February.

Get The Look With Brooks Brothers and mark.

Get The Look With Brooks Brothers and mark.

Get The Look With Brooks Brothers and mark.

Get The Look With Brooks Brothers and mark.

To recreate her look all you need is a blue and white striped button down, some casual dark pants, a burgundy satchel and a floppy hat.        Shirt and bag are Brooks Brothers, my hat and jewelry are mark.   My Brooks Brothers burgundy bag is an absolute favorite, I’ve had it for years and it sill looks incredible!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, the best, I mean the ABSOLUTE BEST button down shirts are from Brooks Brothers.  What you get with Brooks Brothers is quality, fit and a non-iron material that is not even close to being matched by the best of them.  This shirt has been packed away in storage for a couple years and I just pulled it out today and didn’t touch an iron to it.  If that’s not proof of its awesomeness then I don’t know what is.

Lucy Hale Inspired Menswear Look

Lucy Hale Inspired Menswear Look

This look was really easy to recreate with just shopping my closet.  Plus I had a super cute puppy to recreate her Lucky Magazine cover shot!  Even though my Zoey looks huge compared to her little pup!

Zoey Mean Mugging

Zoey Mean Mugging

As for my mark. accessories I went with the mark. Head First Hat (in and out of sale here) a classic watch slightly oversized with the mark. All In Good Time watch and the mark. Stack and Style rings (on sale now!).  They complimented the classic and clean look perfectly.  I did have a leather strap watch to mimic Lucy Hale’s but my new mark. one is just in heavy rotation as of late!  You can shop it at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Get The Look with mark. Makeup

Get The Look with mark. Makeup

Not only is her outfit classic and clean so is her makeup look.  I recreated the look using the exact products used, a clean base with Got The Goods Multi-Benefit foundation and Just Blushing in Charmed, eyes using i-mark in Nightly, Get In Line in Painted Black, Scandal-lash Mascara, and on lips Color Me in Lip Crayon in Punch.  You can shop all these products here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Re-created Lucy Hale's makeup look with mark.

Re-created Lucy Hale’s makeup look with mark.

Get The Look with Brooks Brothers and mark.

Get The Look with Brooks Brothers and mark.

Get The Look with Brooks Brothers and mark.

Get The Look with Brooks Brothers and mark.

Those Pretty Little Liars definitely have some good style to copy cat and make your own!  Shop your closet and add a few pieces to the looks you love!  And just a little note for new upcoming spring releases from mark. DEFINITELY have Lucy Hale style written all over them so be sure to watch for those from me here and at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger