must haves

FLASH SALE ALERT! Up to 50% off some select mark. and Avon!

Currently going on at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger is a Friday Flash Sale! This time around it’s a pretty legit one! Ton’s of mark. and fashion items that usually aren’t in there.  Everything is an additional 30% off and if you combine it with promo code AVONFB16 (with a $60 order) then you get another 20% off!  Here are my top picks from the flash sale:

mark. Sweat Equity Dress and Buckled In Tote – see more here.

Fall Travel Outfit - mark. Sweat Equity Dress

Fall Travel Outfit – mark. Sweat Equity Dress and Buckled In Tote

mark. Right Step Ankle Boot

rightinstepankleboot

mark. All Bundled Up Collection – see more here.

Word On mark. Bundled Up Bath and Body Collection

Word On mark. Bundled Up Bath and Body Collection

mark. Show Some Shoulder Top – my top item on my wish list!

Get The Look!

Get The Look!

Avon Elegant Royal Collar Necklace:

Wearing the Avon Elegant Royal Necklace

Wearing the Avon Elegant Royal Necklace

mark. Naked Love Bath and Body Collection

mark. Naked Love

mark. Naked Love

Avon Lightweight Quilted Jacket – perfect for fall!

Avon Lightweight Quilted Jacket

Avon Lightweight Quilted Jacket

To see all the options head over to http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to shop ASAP as this flash sale only lasts through midnight tonight!

The Essentials All Girls Need In Their Lives

The bare necessities of life – ah, the stuff we girls just couldn’t live without. Naturally the girls nowadays will have a much different list of essentials for the girls from a few years ago, in fact as things progress therefore the list will inevitably change.

Here are a few essentials which most ladies (and very often boys) just could not live without:

• The internet – how on earth did we ever manage without it? Are you able to imagine trying to last a week, a day and even an hour without internet connection? It’s like somebody has chopped your arm off. If we needed to take an umbrella, without the internet we wouldn’t be able to function these days – we wouldn’t be able to shop, to find our way about, to communicate with this friends and family, to know what’s going on on earth – heck, we wouldn’t even know what the weather was like and. It seems that the times of looking out of the window to check whether it’s raining are long gone.

internet

• Cell phone – this sort of ties along with the internet. Not only do we demand that the internet is at our beck and call in any way hours from the night and day at home, we want it basically we are out and about as well. We want so as to send instant messages to family and friends, take a photo and have it whizzing through cyber space to show off to our own nearest and dearest. We want for the greatest Chinese restaurant within a half mile radius, know when our favorite boutique has a sale on and whether the train is going to be delayed for the journey home. You want it all and we want it NOW.

• Daily shower – “cleanliness is next to Godliness” my Grandmother used to say, and she only bathed once a week in front of the fire. Today we won’t step on the front door until we’ve experienced a nice hot shower to wake us up leaving us feeling fresh and clean. How times have changed.

• Makeup – this is definitely one for your girls. We have now this morning routine which cannot be broken – get up, go on a shower, do our hair and apply our makeup before even popping in the market to the store for a bottle of milk. Obviously it helps if our makeup is organized for quick application inside the mornings – a nice makeup brush holder keeping things tidy and a cosmetic organizer so that we can easily pick out the lipstick we have been in the mood for at a moment’s notice. If you’re interested, they’ve got some great products at thesalonoutlet.com.

• Dessert – dessert is definitely the ultimate comfort food, it kind of “mends everything”. It may mend a broken heart, it can raise your spirits following a sad experience; it can help to fill the void of loneliness on the Saturday night without a date. If you have the foresight to stick to dark chocolate it’s pretty good for you too – but maybe that’s going a bit too far. A lot of women find a sweet treat fits in perfectly after having a busy day.

desserts

• A cup of tea or coffee – how else can anyone get moving in the mornings? It takes no less than three servings of strong coffee for some before eyes are open and sufficiently focused to even attempt any one of the other things at the top of the list . . . and I’m sure it’s not just me.

a hot cup

 

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored with Salonoutlet.com.  See my last review from Salon Outlet here!

Your Summer Vacation Must-Haves

I absolutely LOVE that summer is JUST around the corner.  Which also means its time to start planning your summer vacation!  If you’ve been following my posts for the last 2 weeks you’ll notice I’ve been highlighting pieces from the mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts collection (last seen here), so let’s pretend I’m planning a real vacation to Saint Barts.  There are a few must haves from the collection that are needed for any summer travel regardless of the destination.  Here are my top 3 must haves for your summer vacation:

1.  mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24).

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case ($24)

If you’re anything like me when packing its about fitting as much as possible and bringing as many multitasking items as possible.  The mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case solves both those issues.  Pack all your jewelry in its 3 zippered pockets, 1 slip pocket and along the necklace/earring bar, then roll it up!  The compacted case fits nicely in your bag and keeps you organized.  MULTITASKER:  The jewelry roll can then double up as a clutch once you get to your destination!

2.  mark. Get Packing Tote

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

mark. Get Packing Tote ($40)

The mark. Get Packing Tote is just what you need for your carry on bag or overnight bag.  Its roomy so you can pack a lot, and I mean a lot!, but it has sturdy and comfortable straps for lugging it around.  But on top of all that its a really good looking bag!  The neutral camel faux leather is really nice in quality and the pops of pink neon around the trim, studs and tie details give it a luxe look so you can also look like a chic jet-setter!  MULTITASKER:  Use this bag as your beach bag, shopper tote and/or just as your purse when you get to your destination.

3.  mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16 each)

Beautiful sunwashed eye shades and bronzy goodness!

mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets ($16)

Who wants to haul a bunch of makeup when traveling?  That’s when a good pallet is really important, one that will give you a ton of looks from one case!  I’ve already reviewed and sung my praises on the mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty pallets here, but on a trip these are really all you would need to bring, plus the slim design makes them really travel friendly!  MULTITASKER:  The mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet is a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one!  The mark. Island Eyes pallet contains the perfect shades to go neutral and beachy or bold and smokey!

BONUS MUST HAVE!  Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard (pic cred’s to Erica Gerlemann!)

I know I said my top 3, but I had to add on the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line!  A lot of vacation destinations are going to have bugs and pests you don’t want biting you.  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line is EXTREMELY effective at keeping them at bay, plus its deet free!  No matter your formula preference there’s an option for you, lotion, spray or towelette.  MULTITASKER:  Get your other vacation must have, SUNSCREEN in your Bug Guard formula!  The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Line also has options with SPF30, which is just a life must have, really!  DOUBLE BONUS:  Now through memorial day the Skin So Soft Bug Guard is all on special pricing in our Memorial Day Shop (shop it here!) and with a $40 order get a FREE travel size Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Spray.  Plus shop the Memorial Day Shop for other must-haves to ready you for the weekend!

Let's Get Packing For St. Barts!

Let’s Get Packing For St. Barts!

Now let’s get planning for your summer vacation!  Possibly with the long Memorial Weekend?  Let’s kick off summer with a vacation weekend with these vacation must-haves!  What destinations are on your bucket list for summer travel?

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!