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Spring Styling Tips: A How To

How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

As we enter the last two weeks of spring into the official start of summer let’s embrace this beautiful weather.  Lucky for us we had a few styling tips from Jill from My Sweet Obsession and myself this spring.  If you missed them they were:  Easter, Spring Layers, and Spring Colors.  We shared how we style these trends in the spring… but cool… great… nice outfit, now what?  Here’s a little how to apply these tips in your every day dressing.  I took Jill’s tips from her Spring Layers post and applied them to my look.

OOTD Using Jill's Spring Layering Tips

OOTD Using Jill’s Spring Layering Tips

Be Ready

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Jill suggested the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak, or a anorak jacket in general to keep you ready for whatever spring weather may bring.  It’s a lightweight jacket but also functional with a hood and adjustable sleeves.  So that’s just what I did, wore the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Jacket.

Spring Layers With An Anorak

Spring Layers With An Anorak

Add More Layers

Layering A Spring Spring Scarf

Layering A Spring Spring Scarf

Next Jill suggested layering lightweight scarf to help with chilly mornings and nights, by wearing it loose it doesn’t make you too hot.  I added the oversized mark. Four Seasons Scarf (now only $7.99!!!) for a spring floral print in a lightweight spring fabric.

Pink Lips, Spring Scarf, Light Anorak, Arm Party

Pink Lips, Spring Scarf, Light Anorak, Arm Party

 

Keep Things Simple

 Simple Arm Party for Spring

Simple Arm Party for Spring

 

With the warmer weather Jill suggests going with simpler jewelry instead of your statement pieces so that’s just what I did with layering two simple bracelets (express and mark.) with my watch (avon).  The layered look still gives impact while keeping things simple and functional.

 

Keep It Cool

mark. Hit The Spot Flats

mark. Hit The Spot Flats

Jill’s final tip is to pair your look with some flats instead of sandals to avoid cold piggies.  I of course wore the only flats I love love love, the mark. Hit The Spot Flats (on clearance contact me to order).

How To Apply Spring Layering Tips

How To Apply Spring Layering Tips

Jills tips for layering this spring were easy to follow and apply.  I mean why read all these OOTD blog posts if you don’t get inspired and apply them to your own looks!?  It was Jill’s look that inspired me to order the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and I’M SO GLAD I did!  It’s the perfect “IT” jacket missing from my closet and I’ve worn it a ton!  I can see it being a go-to all summer long especially for those cooler summer nights our around the bon fire or camping, etc.  I know in PA you ALWAYS needed a light jacket in the summer and I never had the right one!

Jill's How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

Jill’s How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

Not only did I apply Jill’s tips but she also showed you how easy it was to apply my tips!  Head over to My Sweet Obsessions and see Jill’s spring look using our spring styling tips!  I think she nailed her look, check our more here.

My Sweet Obsessions Look

My Sweet Obsessions Look

Holiday Styling Tips: Sparkle

Holiday Styling Tips:  Sparkle

Holiday Styling Tips: Sparkle

Twinkling lights, shiny packages, glowing fires and glimmering ornaments, this time of year does nothing but sparkle!  So let’s match the season and sparkle a little more, and I’ll take any reason to sparkle a little bit more!  Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have a few tips on how to add some sparkle to your holiday looks.

1.  Pick A Statement Sparkle Piece.

Holiday Sparkle with mark.

Holiday Sparkle with mark.

This is the time of year where you can get away with going mega on the sparkle so why not go big or go home!   Bust out a sequin dress, sequin leggings or pick a statement sparkle piece like the mark. Chain Reaction Necklace ($50) which is nothing but major! (said like RZ).  With four rows of rhinestones outlined in a gunmetal chain in a deep Y design, this necklace has that IT factor.

mark. Chain Reaction Necklace

mark. Chain Reaction Necklace

 

2.  Showcase your sparkle piece with your outfit.

Showcase with the right neckline

Showcase with the right neckline

You’ll want to showcase that sparkle so pick an outfit that highlights.  With my sparkle piece, the mark. Chain Reaction Necklace, a wrap style LBD showcases the necklace.  With the Y shape a deep V or a wrap neckline is best.  Keeping my outfit simple in all black the major focus is on the necklace.  My dress is an old closet favorite but match it with the mark. Cross My Mind Dress ($42) for a similar effect.

Showcase Your Sparkle

Showcase Your Sparkle

 

3.  Choose some compatible sparkle.

mark. Opulent Charm Heels

mark. Opulent Charm Heels

Don’t stop at just the mark. Chain Reaction Necklace (even though by itself it would be killer!).  Pick a compatible piece like a sparkly cocktail ring and/or bracelet.  Try the mark. Dark Edge Ring ($20).  Don’t let your sparkle be top heavy, spread the love from the bottom to the top!  Add some sparkly shoes like these embellished pumps from mark., the Opulent Charm Heels ($65).  They’re the perfect holiday party shoe that will go with pretty much everything you put on this holiday season.  The black velvet and classic pump shape will make them go-to’s for holiday season’s to come.

mark. Attention To Detail Tights and Opulent Charm Heels

mark. Attention To Detail Tights and Opulent Charm Heels

 

4.  Balance it out with an all-over solid color

LBD and Black Tights for a Black Base

LBD and Black Tights for a Black Base

Will all the sparkle going on you’ll want to keep a solid base going.  I’m obviously a fan of black for the obvious reasons, but you could do the same with pretty much any solid color like with a winter white or a festive red.  I kept the look sleek with adding some black tights to my black dress.  Since it’s all about the sparkle lets go with the an opaque tight with a little sparkle graphic print down the leg for a little more holiday sparkle.  The mark. Attention To Detail Tights ($22) is a two pack including the one’s shown.  (a perfect stocking stuffer btw!)

Sparkle Detail Along The Tights

Sparkle Detail Along The Tights

 

5.  Add more sparkle.

mark. Sparkles On Top Headband

mark. Sparkles On Top Headband

Just when you think you’ve got your look ready, add more sparkle!  This is the time of year not to shy away.  This is really the season where wearing a sparkle headband, with the a majorly sparkly statement necklace, with a blinged out cocktail ring, with a subtle shimmery tight and embellished pumps is perfectly acceptable.  This mark. Sparkles On Top Headband is the perfect balance for any extra sparkle.

Shimmery Beauty Look For A Sparkling Look

Shimmery Beauty Look For A Sparkling Look

 

Jill’s Styling Tip:  Create Holiday Sparkle with an Icy Holiday look

 

Jill's Holiday Sparkle Tips

Jill’s Holiday Sparkle Tips

“Start with the sparkle by pairing a light wash chambray button up with silver-tone jewelry pieces that have clear and sapphire colored stones. The Ice Cold Collar Necklace and Icy Gaze Bracelet by mark are perfect for this! Then continue with the icy feel by adding a pair of white denim jeans. Add a pair of brown riding boots to protect the white denim from the slushy, snowy ground.”  Jill from My Sweet Obsessions

Holiday Style Sparkle Holiday Sparkle

Even with a casual day you can still sparkle.  Jill has mastered the casual sparkle with her icy look.  Head over to My Sweet Obsessions for more tips from Jill and more looks at her outfit!  You can shop both our sparkle at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  And just in time to get 20% off your order and have it in time for the holidays!

 

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.