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Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?

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Week O’Nautical: Sail

Week O'Nautical - Sail

Week O’Nautical – Sail

Week O’Nautical sails on, like literally with sail boats.  I’m counting down to the long Labor Day weekend with a little nautical take on patriotic red white and blue.  What is more nautical than sail boats!?  I picked this Avon Lucy Dress on clearance and it couldn’t be more perfect!

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

For this nautical look it pulls a little retro so that def calls for some peep toe pumps (Guess) and some nautical jewelry (Avon).  I even tied the matching print scarf (Avon) to my navy and white tote (Coach).

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Sail Boat Print

Sail Boat Print

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

Not only is this Lucy Dress on clearance (in limited sizes) so are my go-to summer earrings the Avon Seaside Stripes Triple Ball Earrings!  Good thing with Labor Day is all the good summer goodies are on clearance and here in Nor Cal its still hot through October.  And at $7.99 I really suggest these super on trend earrings.  You can shop the Labor Day Sale at my eboutique now.

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical Special Edition sails on with a look from the Avon Seaside Gardens collection (see here).  I just LOVED the cover look on the Avon brochure, so when deciding on what items to purchase I knew I was going to get that pencil skirt.  I opted to go with it in the gingham print, which is a huge trend this year (see it last here!).  Because I loved that cover look so much I decided to reacreate it my way.

My take on the Avon Cover Look

In my last post I said all you need is 4 items to update your spring with a nautical take, well I’m wearing all 4 of my items at once to recreate that cover look!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I already had a chambray button up so I didn’t need the ruffled Mia Shirt, but its certainly cute and pairs perfectly with the Melanie Pencil Skirt.  This skirt is forgiving!  It has stretch to it, hits at a flattering length, and is a nice thick material but not lined so perfect for spring/summer.

Chambray and Gingham

A pencil skirt and button up is an easy recipie to recreate, but its the accessories that make it fun!  These ankle wrap block heel sandals are super on trend, but the embelished detials and fun print make them mega unique and only $39.99!  The Cushion Walk Sandal with Embelishements come in 3 colors, including gingham so if you want just a pop of gingham this spring, the sandal is an EXCELLENT way to do it.

Gingham for Spring

From my last post you know I got this Veronica tote and Bag Charm Scarf and you can see why.  Its the perfect nautical bag to go with gingham!  Its the perfect spring bag, both functional and killer spring style.  Finishes off the look along with my mark. Beach Babe earrings and Avon Modern Elegance Pearl bangle set.

Veronica Tote and Scarf Bag Charm

Nautical accessories from Avon

mark. Beach Babe Earrings

This look definitley gives off that charming coastal town look, but also a cute spring wear to work outfit.  This gingham skirt would look just as cute with a white T-shirt and leather thongs come summer.  I think this Week O’Nautical special edition is an excellent idea with all these Seaside Gardens items 😉  Are you loving the gingham print this spring?

Seaside Gardens Look

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!

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue Boho

Week O'Nautical - Red White and Blue Boho

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue Boho

T.G.I.F.! The long weekend is here! Week O’Nautical is definitely feeling casual Friday with a little bit of a boho vibe and a little red white and blue!

Boho Vibe With Bell Sleeves

Boho Vibe With Bell Sleeves

A little Boho For Casual Friday

A little Boho For Casual Friday

What’s more perfect for kicking off summer than a little white dress that’s super comfortable and oh so easy and breezy.  This Avon Little White Dress is coming in 2 weeks so here’s your exclusive preview.  It was just oh so perfect for Week O’Nautical with a wide belt (mark., old) some and some red white and blue accents.

Avon Little White Dress

Avon Little White Dress

You might recognize the shoes from yesterday, and the necklace from Wednesday but they’re Athe perfect nautical accents I had to wear them again.  Additionally, I added my go-to blue bag from Christian Siriano for Payless, and added this nautical bandana from Target for a little more nautical fun.

Red White And Blue!

Red White And Blue!

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Lips: mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up, Nails: mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss Duo (Cloud 9)

Red White and Blue Boho

Red White and Blue Boho

I absolutely adore the crochet detail on this dress, even if it is a little big on me.  I can see this dress even working for over a bathing suit!  Such a perfect summer dress.  Be sure to check my eboutique all summer long for great deals and awesome summer essentials like this dress.  Kicking things off they have a great sale on summer essentials right now and free shipping with promo code MEMORIAL.

Crochet Detail

Crochet Detail

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Wearing my red white and blue proudly!

 

Have a happy Memorial Day!  Be sure to be safe this weekend and pay tribute to those who have fallen in our honor.  Wear your red white and blue proudly… and maybe support a local friend like me, your Avon lady, because Memorial Day sales are legit!  If you’re traveling for the long weekend maybe think about getting this perfect weekend getaway bag for FREE at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Week O’Nautical – In The Navy (Romper)

Nautical Navy Romper Look

Nautical Navy Romper Look

In the Navy, you can sail the 7 seas… or celebrate Week O’Nautical!  I was inspired by Khloe Kardashian’s navy jumpsuit look (see here and here), but I made it more practical for everyday wear for hanging out with friends and watching the fireworks!

mark. Easy Does It Romper

mark. Easy Does It Romper

The key elements from Khloe’s look were the navy jumpsuit, textured high ponytail, navy eyes and killer horn  hoop earrings! Because I don’t have a Kardashian wardrobe, lifestyle or stylists I channel the same vibe with the mark. Easy Does It Romper.  It’s way more functional for everyday and like the name says a really easy piece.  I absolutely love that it has pockets!  The easy fit has me wearing this piece all summer long.  Don’t be afraid of the 1-piece, it’s actually really flattering and easy to wear!

mark. Easy Does It Romper Is Super Easy To Wear

mark. Easy Does It Romper Is Super Easy To Wear

Khloe Kardashian Navy Inspired Look

Khloe Kardashian Navy Inspired Look

To make it a little more nautical I added white and gold elements.  I didn’t have killer horn hoop earrings but I did have some chain detailed oversized hoops (mark.)!  Add a long necklace and white hobo bag (both mark.) and some white lace and gold pumps (Shoedazzle) and I had a more nautical take on Khloe’s look.

Big Hoops and Hobo

Big Hoops and Hobo

Khloe has some serious mermaid eyes going on, but I went a little lighter for day using the mark. On The Dot Smokey Eye Pallet.  Paired with nude lips (mark. All Butter Now in Bare All) and some bronzed contoured (barely) cheeks (mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Caliente Glow Brozner and Blush – see here).

Navy Eyes with mark. On The Dot Smokey

Navy Eyes with mark. On The Dot Smokey

Like I said it’s been mega hot here (and majorly windy during these pics!) so there was no way I was going to do a major hair style… even though Khloe’s pony is most definitely way more curled and teased I went the easy route.  On wet hair I used mark. That’s Beachy Texturizing spray.  Once It dried a little I swept it up all into a high pony and secured with an elastic.  Final step was to take a piece of hair from underneath and wrap around to disguise the elastic.  It was the perfect hairdo for a hot summer day!

Nautical Navy and White Look for Summer

Nautical Navy and White Look for Summer

You can shop these pieces at my eBoutique and create yourself a little navy look!

 

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Fit and Flare

Nautical Stripes On A Most Flattering Style

Nautical Stripes On A Most Flattering Style

When you think nautical you think stripes… or at least I do.  What’s a better way to beat the summer heat than in a nautical striped fit and flare dress!?  What’s great about this style is it pretty much flatters every body type and the flare skirt allows you to keep a bit cooler than a fitted pencil skirt style.  Add navy nautical stripes and you’ve got yourself a Week O’Nautical winner!

Week O'Nautical - nautical fit and flare dress!

Week O’Nautical – nautical fit and flare dress!

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Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring

mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring

I love how even an all over striped dress is really a blank canvas.  The basic navy and white really are quite neutral so a pop of color works really well against it.  The higher neckline is a perfect base for a statement necklace.  I styled this dress with the new mark. Natural Charm Necklace.  This necklace features a genuine tiger eye which plays perfectly with my tortoise watch (Avon).

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

I played off those light pink stones on this necklace with a bright pink lip (Avon Color Indulgence Lip Color in Orchid Petal) and a coral clutch (mark. Fade To Fab Clutch).  Plus I love how great this clutch looked the last time I wore it with navy stripes (see here).  In addition to this great statement necklace I added a great statement ring with opal stones reminiscent of the ocean (mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring) — you know that nautical tie in, even if I’m the only one who gets it…

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

Perfect Pallet for Pops Of Color

Perfect Pallet for Pops Of Color

Summer Nautical Style

Summer Nautical Style

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Full Of Flair

Full Of Flair

You want to know what’s the best part of this look?  This dress was $10 at H&M!  This weekend is a great time for summer sales.  Retailers are looking to rid their summer stock to make room for back to school/fall so everyone is having a sale.  (Including my eBoutique!).   Shop my pieces and get free shipping on a $15 order and 20% off a $60 order with promo code HIAGAIN at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue for Week O'Nautical

Red White and Blue for Week O’Nautical

As we approach our most patriotic holiday I theme out my day to day in our most patriotic colors! Week O’Nautical is difficult this time around; a. It’s around 110 all week so, I’m hot, like super hot. b. I’ve worn pretty much all my nautical items on the blog already, and no one wants to see repeats up in here.  c.  The items I do have that are red white and blue aren’t necessarily nautical.  Whatever, ‘merica!

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

Red White and Blue Outfit

Red White and Blue Outfit

For the 4th I’ve been loving a bright dazzling blue with my red and white.  I’m always a fan of navy but this bright blue really pops for the summer holiday!  I paired a dazzling blue tank (Express) with a white lace pencil skirt (H&M) with red lace pumps (Shoedazzle) and red statement earrings!  (Avon).

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

For instant nautical feel just add this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet!  I’ve been wearing this non-stop this summer!  Best $7.99 I spent!  I really like it layered but for this simple look I liked it cleanly by itself.  Plus it matches my nautical mani (check it here if you didn’t see yesterday’s post!)

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

With a simple look like this a fun printed bag is perfect!  This striped bowler bag (mark.) has a bit of a nautical feel with the stripes and a bit of a 4th of July feel with the bright cobalt accents!  You bet I’m caring this bag all week!

Striped Bags Have More Fun

Striped Bags Have More Fun

You can’t have a Red White and Blue look without a red lip!  Mine, courtesy of mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up ($11).  It’s actually the best summer red lip product I’ve used to date.  It’s bright and because it wears like a balm it has the perfect finish for summer and a little more laid back than a full on lipstick.  If you haven’t tried the Lip Butters yet DO SO!

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

If you haven’t noticed I’m totally wearing this hair style AGAIN!  When it’s this hot there’s no way I’m blow drying my hair.  Have you been inspired to bust your red white and blue this week!?  Check back for more Week O’Nautical all week long!

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 – Fleet Week Chic

Fleet Week Chic

Fleet Week Chic

It’s Fleet Week in NYC.  Fleet Week is the military tradition when the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard’s active ships from overseas come into port.  The crews are welcome to tour the city and sites.  Even the public gets a tour of the ships, military demonstrations and or air shows.  Starting in 1935, this military tradition happens all over the country in our port cities all through out the year.  You might recognize this famous pic from Fleet Week.

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Even though I’m completely on the other side of the country, and I’ve never been to Fleet Week that doesn’t mean I can’t take some of those nautical elements from those Navy men and work it into today’s Week O’Nautical Look.

Red lips, hands on hips

Red lips, hands on hips

It all starts with the mark. The White Approach Belt ($18).  Nautical in nature, this wide belt was the perfect detail over my white pencil skirt (Charlotte Russe) and red flutter sleeve top (The Limited).  A little retro/pinup-esq with the cinched waist, fitted pencil skirt, t-strap pumps and red and white look!
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mark. The White Approach Belt ($18)

mark. The White Approach Belt ($18)

After yesterday’s look I couldn’t not wear this mark. Sail Away Duo necklace again.  It’s so fitting for a Fleet Week chic look with its cute little sail boat!  Pile on some chain links in my watch and bracelet and some gold hoops (all by mark.) and I’m set!

mark. Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace

mark. Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace with The White Approach Belt

I may be lacking some blue in my look but the red and white are definitely fitting for a patriotic approach for my Week O’Nautical.  Will you be rocking the red white and blue this weekend?  If so take it nautical with your accessories!
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Taking Fleet Wee Chic with Nautical Accessories

Taking Fleet Week Chic with Nautical Accessories

T.G.I.F. and the start of the long weekend!  I may not be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with Fleet Week, but I definitely want to thank all our armed service men and women for a job I could never do!  We’re the home of the free because of the brave so thank a vet or service man/woman this weekend!  Hat’s off to you… a nautical sailor’s hat perhaps!

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Fleet Week Chic for Week O'Nautical

Fleet Week Chic for Week O’Nautical

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