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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: Lemons

Week O'Nautical: Lemons

Week O’Nautical: Lemons

Guess what today is, National Lemon Day! And it’s Week O’Nautical…. guess that means a lemony fresh take on a nautical OOTD! I’m a huge fan of lemons, not just as food, garnish, flavor, etc but also in design and aesthetic. So today is totally a me day haha!

Currently crushing on all things yellow!

Currently crushing on all things yellow!

I’ve been obsessed with yellow lately and I don’t see that going away come fall. For late summer it’s a great color, and this linen yellow dress from Target has been a go to.  I love the fit and the ruffle sleeves are mega fun and unexpected.  I’ve worn this dress accessorized so many ways, with black accents, with colorful accents, with gold accents, and now with lemon and nautical accents!

Lemon Necklace, kinda perfect!

Lemon Necklace, kinda perfect!

Lemon Earrings, kinda perfect too!

Lemon Earrings, kinda perfect too!

For National Lemon Day I added this lemon necklace and lemon earrings from Avon, which could not be more perfect.  To take it a little nautical I added those navy and white striped mules also from Avon (last seen here) and a navy tote (Coach) with nautical print scarf (Avon) tied to it.  Bracelets and Red Supreme lips also from Avon, watch Movado (a new birthday prezzy!)

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents

I also wore my lemon and basil Avon Senses bath and body collection today which is an ALL TIME FAV!  And its all marked down to clearance so swoop it here:  https://www.avon.com/search/lemon?rep=aliciahessinger

Mellow Yellow Nautical

Mellow Yellow Nautical

Week O'Nautical Lemon Look

Week O’Nautical Lemon Look – Happy National Lemons Day!

Only a few more days until that long Labor Day Weekend!  You can make it!

Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

Week O'Nautical:  Stars and Stripes

Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July… on a Wednesday… For the lucky ones off today, yay! For the unlucky ones working today, boo! But even for a Wednesday I had a festive BBQ, fireworks, and wore my stars and stripes!

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

For my 4th fit I updated my ‘merica shorts with this year’s version from Target.  Have to have stripes with those stars, so add in this one shoulder bodysuit from mark.

4th Fit

4th Fit

'Merica look from mark. and Target

‘Merica look from mark. and Target

Nautical accessories for some more red white and blue!  Watch (last seen here), bracelet (last seen here) and sailboat sprint scarf (last seen here) all from Avon.

Nautical Accessories

Nautical Accessories

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

My navy and white striped Kate Spade hobo was a comeup my mom found at an auction!  It’s absolutely perfect for this week, good job mom!

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

I hope you make it through this post 4th Thursday with a little extra holiday spirit!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

 

Week O’Nautical – Beach Please

Week O'Nautical - Beach Please

Week O’Nautical – Beach Please

It’s that time again… Week O’Nautical time! The week before our summer holidays, (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day) I theme out my life with nautical influenced red, white, and blue! Unfortunately, this year, I’ve come down with a bad cold so WON gets a late start.  Memorial Weekend is all about fun and sun as it begins the unofficial kickoff to summer.  Lucky for me, my mom was still here visiting so we spent her last day poolside… well hot tub-side because the pool was too cold, but regardless we took advantage and had some fun in the sun.

Casual Nautical Lounge Look

Casual Nautical Lounge Look

Today’s look may of been meant for louging poolisde, but it would be just as great beachside or at a casual picnic or bbq.  These nautical mark. Beach Bum pants with sailboat print, were the perfect cover up that looked just as good as an outfit as they did over my suit.  And they have pockets!  I paired the mark. Beach Bum pants with a white sweater tank from Express.  A white summer sweater always feels so nautical to me.

mark. Beach Bum Pants

mark. Beach Bum Pants

Nautical Sailboats Print

Nautical Sailboats Print and Avon Floral Jelly Sandals

They even have pockets!

They even have pockets!

Beach Please!  A fun in the sun look isn’t complete without a fun sun hat!  This Avon Beach Please Sun Hat was the perfect topper along with my, Avon Floral Jelly Flip Flops in orange and naucial watch and earrings (Avon Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection).

Beach Please!

Avon Beach Please Sun Hat

Avon Seaside Gardens Earrings and Watch

Avon Seaside Gardens Earrings and Watch

To be a little more extra I also used the new Avon True Color Sandy Beach Bronzing Pallet (launching May 30th), which was AMAZING!  All I needed was this pallet and some mascara for a perfect beach makeup look.

Week O'Nautical Beach Bum

Week O’Nautical Beach Bum

Week O’Nautical might of started late, but it’s a good one!  You can shop this look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Let’s hope I can beat this cold before fun and sun this weekend!

Spending the weekend with this new arrival!

Spending the weekend with this new arrival!

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: How To Easily Update For Spring

Week O’Nautical: Update Without Breaking Your Budget

The Nautical trend is always a good way to update your wardrobe for spring.  In most places it’s still pretty cold out, but we’re over our black on black on black and heavy winter wear.  You can work in a few nautical pieces that will go with your winter basics and your summer basics making a very versatile spring wardrobe update.  Avon just released their Seaside Gardens (see more), a nautical fashion and home capsule collection, and its extremely affordable!  Let’s look how you can update your spring looks without breaking the break.

 

The Power Of 4.

Add 4 pieces, yep just 4 pieces.  Sticking to only 4 pieces keeps you in budget and will be just enough to switch up your basics and breathe new life. The Avon Seaside Gardens collection is pretty affordable, so 4 pieces would keep you close to that $100 range.  I would suggest a top, bottom, accessory and dress, but you need to gage your current wardrobe and lifestyle.  Looking at what I was loving, needed and knew would flatter my shape, I went with a skirt, sandal, handbag and scarf.  I can mix and match to update my spring wardrobe with these 4 items totaling $110.96!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I wear a lot of skirts and dress for work, and with the hot temps in Nor Cal a skirt works well for my lifestyle.  If your lifestyle wears more casual and you’re just going to wear your favorite jeans try a classic nautical striped top like the Michelle Boat Neck top ($19.99).

Ankle strap, block heels and pretty embellishment, all a spring shoe needs!

I’ve always been a shoe person.  A new spring shoe can even make an all black outfit feel like spring.  The shoe selection in the Seaside Gardens collection is strong!  I went with the Avon Cushion Walk Sandal With Stone Clusters, a low block heel sandal which will be functional, on trend and a pop of color.

Give me all the nautical shoes!

Switching to a new spring bag is the easiest way to spring up your wardrobe without giving up any of your winter wear.  I went with this Veronica Tote Bag in the Blue and White strip (it also comes in red!).

 

Avon Veronica Tote with Scarf

 

 

Pick 1 thing different than anything you have.

For me it was this square scarf.  I have plenty of big, wrap all over you scarfs, but I don’t have a cute little silky square scarf in a nautical print!  Don’t diminish the power of an accessory, I can wear this as a cute neck scarf, a style I’ve never done and would bring something completely new to my look.  Plus, it would be some warmth around the neck in the chilly weather.  I can also wear it tied on a bag, as a head scarf, or ever worn a few different ways as a neck scarf.

Avon Silky Scarf

I literally could go through the entire collection and come up with a million combinations of 4 items to mix and match into your regular wardrobe.  If you would like me to select a personalized pick for you, leave a comment!

Nautical Square Scarf

 

Spring Perks

As an Avon representative, not only do I get to order things early, I also get some perks.  For instance, with the Seaside Gardens collection, with every 4 items I ordered I received a FREE pair of earrings.  These Avon Pop of Red Statement Earrings ($9.99) to be exact.  A piece of statement jewelry is definitely a good idea for a 5th piece to add to my original 4.  Even if I wear these with my black on black on black I’m adding a pop of something fresh.  Or I can pair this with the block heel sandals and I’ll bump up my look for spring.  *if you want early access, discounts and all the perks of being an Avon rep too you can sign up here for ONLY $25!

Statement Earrings For All The Nautical Looks

I couldn’t be more pleased with the 4 items I picked.  You can shop the entire collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger or see more here!  When building your order be sure to add on the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase.  It not only is a great deal but will be the perfect makeup items to pair with your nautical outfits.  See my look with it here!

Week O’Nautical: Fresh Picks for Spring A Box

Week O’Nautical: Fresh Picks For Spring A Box

Have you forgot about the A Boxes, because I have… BUT with the launch of the Avon Seaside Gardens collection comes a new A Box, the Fresh Picks For Spring A Box (product # 101464).  Featuring 5 freshly picked beauty faves you’ll love, they’ll perk up any pout and add a flirty flutter to lashes and will coordinate perfectly with your fresh Seaside Gardens picks!

Five Fresh Faves
Check out Fresh Picks A Box products that will perk up your look:

1. Avon True Color Glazewear Lip Gloss in Fiery Red: .21 oz.
2. Avon True Colors Glimmersticks Waterproof Eye Liner in Blackest Night: .01 oz.
3. Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black: .34 oz.
4. Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Royal Red: .4 oz.
5. Rare Pearls Eau de Parfum Travel Spray: .5 oz.

Why is this post titled Week O’Nautical?  Because this A Box has everything you need for a fresh spring face that goes with a nautical look!  This A Box includes 4 of my all time favorite products for a simple go-to makeup look perfect for sitting seaside!  Create an easy eye look with a simple neutral shimmery shadow (mark. Eyeshadow Single in Cookie for example), with clean black eyeliner and lots of lashes with the your A Box items.  Finish it off with red lips and red nails and you are simply put together and for only $10!  Like I’ve said before (see here and here) these Glazewears are totally legit!  This red shade I wore all holiday long and kept going back to it!

Makeup Look from the Fresh Picks A Box

Makeup Look from the Fresh Picks A Box

Fresh Picks A Box All You Need For A Nautical Look

Fresh Picks A Box All You Need For A Nautical Look

Red Lips and Lots of Lashes!

Red Lips and Lots of Lashes!

 

ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger
Remember that all purchases in your Campaign 8 order count toward a qualifying $40 order for the $10 collection offer—including orders from the C8 Outlet and Marketing catalogs so take advantage of this A-mazing value!

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!

Modern Southern Belle: Linda

Meet Modern Southern Belle Linda!  Linda, a fellow Avon representative, is optimistic, fun and effervescent.  If you’ve caught any of her videos (live on FB or on her YouTube channel) you’ll easily agree.   Which is why she’s no stranger to Word of Alicia to dose in some fun.  (see here!)  She’s a true Southern Belle from Virginia, so her modern take is kinda straight from the horse’s mouth.


Guest Post:  Linda Montavon

Hello Spring

Avon Modern Southern Belle

Avon Modern Southern Belle

With the Avon Southern Belle collection there are so many options to mix and match!  Pair the Blue Strip Michelle Boatneck Top with the Cobalt Annabelle Cardigan and you have comfort, style and modern southern belle charm. The 100% cotton boatneck top has a flattering cut and is definitely on trend with stripes. The fine-knit, long-sleeve sweater with pearl-like button closure feels so soft and is this season’s must have layering piece. Both the striped top and cardigan are wardrobe essentials.

Happy In Spring Shades

Happy In Spring Shades

Maybe it is the beautiful, vibrant shades of blue, not sure, but wearing this outfit just makes me feel happy and wanting to smile. Hello spring. I’m ready for you!

Avon Michelle Boatneck Top and Annabelle Cardigan

Avon Michelle Boatneck Top and Annabelle Cardigan

Note that some of the sizes in these are selling out quick, but don’t fear!  The Michelle boatneck top is sticking around, launching in more colors!  Every 4 campaigns Avon fashion will be releasing capsule collections like this one, with updates seasonal faves, trendy limited edition pieces and beautiful must-haves!  Shop now before its gone forever and get FREE shipping today with promo code TGIF.


Linda has a bigger look at the Avon Southern Belle collection on her YouTube channel (watch here).  Be sure to follow her and to learn more from Linda check out her book A View From The Top Vol 3.  I’ve already introduced you to Sealaura and will continue to introduce you to more Modern Southern Belles here on the blog, but be sure to show us your take on it.  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!