nautical

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!

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Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Safari Style

Week O'Nautical:  Red, White and Blue Safari Style

Week O’Nautical: Red, White and Blue Safari Style

Week O’Nautical returns!  This time we’re taking Week O’Nautical on a safari!  Is an urban safari outfit nautical, not really.  Is it 109 degrees out so I don’t really care, yep.  Am I wearing red white and blue, absolutely!  So Week O’Nautical it is!

mark. Style Safari Dress

mark. Style Safari Dress

You would never guess summer is coming to an end with these over 100 temps!  To combat the late summer heat I need a nice easy summer dress and this mark. Style Safari dress is perfect.  It features a fit and flare style thats not only flattering but keeps you cooler.  The blue, white, black and grey safari paisley print is super fun and fitting for late August.  The contrasting design at the waist defines while the piping gives a flattering illusion.

Details

Details

Red, white and blue is actually all happening in this dress but I amped up it’s late summer style with a red lip and white accents in addition to my leaf jewelry (mark., old).  I’m wearing the mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up for my red.

Red Lips:  mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red Lips: mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red white and blue take on safari!

Red white and blue take on safari!

If you follow that “can’t wear white after Labor Day” rule you better get it in all now, because these white accents are white hot!  These mark. So Clear To Me lucite heels have been a summer staple in the world of alicia, along with this mark. Total Perfection bag.  (see here, here and here).

White Hot Accents

White Hot Accents

This safari style outfit definitely is perfect for late summer but I can see it transitioning into fall really well.  I would pair it with some black booties and a cute denim jacket!  Or even with a cardi and pumps for work, either way definitely a versatile dress!  Wear now and wear later style if you will.

Wear Now Wear Later Styles

Wear Now Wear Later Style

 

You can shop this look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  The mark. Style Safari Dress this dress alone will have you at a $40 order so you can get the A-Box for only $10!  If you want the pro picks A Box only have a day left before our next A box launches so get on it!

Pro Picks Collection

Pro Picks Collection – Get it for $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

 

Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Lace

Week O'Nautical:  Red White and Blue Lace

Week O’Nautical: Red White and Blue Lace

Week O’Nautical sails on with another red white and blue (lace!) outfit!  This loosely nautical look sails into summer hitting those summer trends.  Nothing says summer like a good summer dress that you can wear for multiple occasions from work to a bbq!

mark. Sun On My Shoulder Dress

mark. Sun On My Shoulder Dress

This mark. Sun On My Shoulders dress doesn’t launch until later this week but as an Avon rep you get the upcoming styles early and get them out a discount! There are definite personal perks to being an Avon rep.  When I saw this blue off the shoulder lace dress coming up I was this will be perfect for Week O’Nautical!  It’s my favorite color of blue, my favorite fabric, and my favorite summer trend (off the shoulder!).

Off The Shoulder Style

Off The Shoulder Style

Red White and Blue Lace Look

Red White and Blue Lace Look

Summer Dress Must Have

Summer Dress Must Have

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it a again, adding a good summer dress to your wardrobe is a must.  You need something versatile, something you can wear to work, bridal showers, bbq’s and everything in-between.  When your combating summer heat a summer dress is the only solution.

Nautical Take On Red White and Blue

Nautical Take On Red White and Blue

mark. Lip Paint in Glamour

mark. Lip Paint in Glamour

To take my summer dress a little nautical I added that same red lip and red white and blue jewelry from before (see here) but this time I also added this new upcoming mark. Street Party Bracelet, super fun cuff with metal tassels at the end, so when your bracelet flips around because you know it’s going to, it’s cute from either side!

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

mark. Street Party Bracelet

I definitely been wearing a lot of blue and white this Week O’Nautical so more red was needed, good thing mark. came out with these red wedges, the mark. Easy Does It Slides!  The wedge is not steep so don’t feel like you’re wearing heels and the red bands are super soft so you don’t feel like they’re digging in or rubbing, I just LOVE these guys for summer!

mark. Easy Does It Slide

mark. Easy Does It Slide

Wearing mark. Easy Does It Slide

Wearing mark. Easy Does It Slide

As we enjoy the 4th weekend a good tote is needed to lug around snacks, a blanket, camera, etc as you go from bbq to watching fireworks.  This Avon Saffiano Two Piece Tote is PERFECT.  I can put my cards/cash/phone etc in the clutch pouch then all my goodies in the tote, and I’m making sure to throw my Avon Bug Guard in there too, another summer must!

Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

Avon Staffiano Two-Piece Tote

Hope most of you have today off, but if not hope Week O’Nautical is enough to help pass the time until the 4th holiday.  If you’re interested at getting mark. and Avon at a discount and early, before it launches to the public, consider joining me and sign up to be a rep, even if it’s just for your own personal purchases.  To sign up go here, for more information hit me up, otherwise you’ll be able to shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Easy Summer Trends With mark.

Easy Summer Trends With mark.

Week O’Nautical: Working Girl

 

Week O'Nautical: Working Girl

Week O’Nautical: Working Girl

Can you believe it’s the last week of June already!? I felt like I was just doing my Week O’Nautical posts for Memorial Day… because I was.  Word of Alicia has been a little light in the month of June because I’ve been living that summer life with my summer vaca to the Bahamas, baseball games, Father’s Day, swimming, lake days, etc., but really it’s that work life that takes up most of my time.  Work clothes in the summer can sometime be difficult and tedious when you’re battling the heat and professionalism.  That doesn’t stop me from sporting my red white and blue in a nautical fashion as we count down to our most patriotic holiday and get a little extra time off from that 9-5.

Avon Ponte Peekaboo Lace Dress

Avon Ponte Peekaboo Lace Dress

You’ve already seen this Avon Ponte Peekaboo Lace-Hem dress here, but it’s the perfect work dress.  A stretchy knit so you don’t have to iron it, lightweight so good for summer heat, a longer hemline and a full shoulder for conservative offices, and it’s navy!  Perfect for a little summer nautical looks at work.  Unfortunately it is sold out in misses sizes, only women’s available currently, however it does come in black and white as well and if I were to pick a backup you know black and white would be it!

Week O'Nautical Wear To Work Outfit

Week O’Nautical Wear To Work Outfit

Most of us wear and re-wear the same thing to work.  Even though I’ve worn this dress a bunch of times I wear it with different accessories.  This time I’m able to give it a more nautical look with my accessories.  I pulled out this Avon Ms. Patriotic necklace set and nautical rope bracelet, but this time I added my new(er) Avon Pretty Chic Bracelet Watch and the lucite heel sandals I’ve been loving, mark. So Clear To Me Sandals.  For the finishing touch, wearing the new mark. Vinyl Lip Paint in Glamour.

Nautical Accessories

Nautical Accessories

As any working girl knows a key part to the work wardrobe is the work bag, so I could not of been more excited when I found this Michael Kors bag on clearance for $59 at T.J. Maxx!  A good work bag needs to be big and roomy for all the crap you have to shove in it, but it also has to be sturdy to hold that weight and chic to go with your polished work wear.  This red bag is perfect for the upcoming holiday and Week O’Nautical and for such a great price!  I love the thrill of the hunt and the score!

Maxxinista with this MK find!

Maxxinista with this MK find!

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to check your local T.J. Maxx for some good finds.  If you hit up the one in Fair Oaks, CA they had a couple of these red bags 🙂  As we approach the the long weekend be sure to add in some red white and blue to your looks this week!

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Knots

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Knots

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Knots

Let’s tie some nautical knots during Week O’Nautical!  Nothing is more nautical than a good blue and white striped top, but also super common.  Why “knot” step it up a notch with an off the shoulder version that knots on the side!?

Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top

Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top

The Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top is the perfect must have piece for Week O’Nautical.  I’ve been needing a basic top like this for some time so when this Avon one came out I took a chance and it paid off!  It’s super soft, the neckline can be worn regular or off the shoulder and you can untie the knot if you wanted to tuck it in, etc.

Nautical Striped Look

Nautical Striped Look

I paired it with a guard orange mini you might recognize from a previous Week O’Nautical look, but I’ve also worn this with jeans, white jeans like the mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans and shorts, so super versatile for your summer wardrobe.

Nautical Knots

Nautical Knots

Keeping it knotty I added this long knotted necklace (Loft), tie up wedge sandals, (mark. Wedge Issue Sandals) and my current favorite bag (mark. Isle Style Bag).

Nautical Knots

Nautical Knots

mark. Wedge Issue Sandals

mark. Wedge Issue Sandals

You can shop my look at my eBoutique, the Avon Striped Off The Shoulder Top comes in misses and plus and is only $19.99!  ($24.99 for plus).  This is by far one of the best Avon fashion finds especially for Week O’Nautical!  Be sure to hit that $40 order and get the amazing eye deal for only $10!

Week O'Nautical Easy Summer Top

Week O’Nautical Easy Summer Top, Bag and Wedges!

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200) $10 with a $40 purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – The Perfect Lake Dress

Week O'Nautical - The Perfect Lake Dress

Week O’Nautical – The Perfect Lake Dress

Do you know what today is?  The kick off to Week O’Nautical 2017!  The time where I count down to the unofficial start of summer with my red white and blue.  This year I got the party started early with a perfect summer day trip to Lake Tahoe with my friends and family, and the with the perfect lake dress!

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

mark. Vintage Wash Dress

mark. Vintage Wash Dress is the perfect dress for your lake days!  As part of the mark. Instant Vacation Havana capsule collection this dress features a white rope lace up detailing on a short sleeve denim dress.  A little nautical detailing if you will.

The Perfect Lake Dress - mark. Vintage Wash Dress

The Perfect Lake Dress – mark. Vintage Wash Dress

What makes this the perfect lake dress is the weight of the dress, it’s thick, perfect to ward off the chill coming off the lake.  The style of the dress works as a suit cover up, a lunch-ing look or worn for your lake activities.  Oh and did I mention it has pockets!  You know how I feel about a dress with pockets!

Easy Over Your Swimsuit

Easy Over Your Swimsuit

Lake Day Essentials

Lake Day Essentials

Nautical Rope Detailing

Nautical Rope Detailing

With all the rain we got this is a great year for Tahoe, so we took advantage on our day trip and hit up Bride Veil Falls, Eagle Falls and lunched and beached it at The Beacon Bar and Grill.

Bride Veil Falls

Bride Veil Falls with the Fam

Beacon Bar and Grill, South Lake Tahoe

Beacon Bar and Grill, South Lake Tahoe

Eagle Falls Overlooking Emerald Bay

Eagle Falls Overlooking Emerald Bay

Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe

What To Do Over Memorial Weekend:  Day trip to the lake!  If you are in Nor Cal go up to South Lake Tahoe and check out the gushing waterfalls and enjoy a little lunch and beach.

What To Wear:  mark. Vintage Wash Dress!  Throw it over you suit, bring a beach sweater and bust out your best beach waves.

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and starting Wednesday get this perfect eye bundle for only $10 with your $40 purchase!

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

The Eye Opening Essentials Set (product # 721-200)

 

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue Fall Edition

Week O'Nautical - Red White and Blue Fall Edition

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue Fall Edition

I always have a bit of summertime sadness come Labor Day knowing my long hot summer days are coming to a close.  Best way to beat the blues is to embrace fall!  It’s still super hot here pretty much through October so I may not be wearing jeans, boots and sweaters but I can embrace fall colors, fabrics and trends.  Which is exactly what I did for today’s Week O’Nautical red white and blue look with fall versions of our patriotic colors.

mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress

mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress

Embracing fall’s deep burgundy and thick crochet lace in this skirt from Express.  Pair it with a white tank (Express) and fall-tastic chambray and I have a red, white and blue look perfect for Labor Day and beyond.  The mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress was my summer staple for a lightweight layer worn open as a duster, which I can see getting good use this fall too!  See my summer looks with this guy here and here.

Avon Bravo Jewelry Collection and Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Wild Cherry

Avon Bravo Jewelry Collection and Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Wild Cherry

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Burgundy Lace Skirt and Suede Sandals

Burgundy Lace Skirt and Suede Sandals

Another fall favorite is suede!  Since it’s too hot to wear a suede boot I might as well wear some suede sandals.  You might remember these suede fringe sandals being all the rage in the spring, well they work even better in the fall.  I got these Steve Madden versions on mega deal at T.J. Max by the way!

mark. Neutral Territory Bag now only $24.99

mark. Neutral Territory Bag now only $24.99

Finally, finishing things off with the mark. Neutral Territory Bag (now on clearance for only $24.99!), Avon Bravo Jewelry Collection and Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Wild Cherry.

Avon Bravo Jewelry Collection and Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Wild Cherry

Avon Bravo Jewelry Collection and Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Wild Cherry

You can shop my dress (worn as a duster), bag, jewelry and lipstick at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger be sure to use promo code ISLAND for a free triple wick candle with your $40 order!  BONUS there’s also a FLASH SALE going on!  Awesome mark. fashion in this one including these guys all for an additional 30% off!!!

Week O’Nautical: Black and Blue

Week O'Nautical - Black and Blue

Week O’Nautical – Black and Blue

Ok so this may not be my most nautical look for Week O’Nautical but it does involve some #nauticalblues!  As we creep closer to the long weekend my wear to work outfit this week took my basic blacks a little more patriotic with cobalt blue.

 

Black and Blue Wear To Work Outfit

Black and Blue Wear To Work Outfit

This has been the summer of skirts for me.  I’ve seemed to gravitate to skirts with sleeveless tops and tanks all season long.  Today, I paired my black pencil skirt with a ladder back tank (both Express, old) with some cobalt pumps (Guess) and a classic black bag (Avon Signature).

Tank and Pencil Skirt Combo

Tank and Pencil Skirt Combo

Ladder Back Details

Ladder Back Details

The ladder back adds some unexpected fun to a work look.  Granted, I do work in a laid back office environment but I understand this wouldn’t work for all offices.  But you know what does work, fun red white and silver Kate Spade dupe earrings and a fun on trend choker (both Charming Charlie).

Red Lips mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red Lips mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

I think I’ll be themeing out those nautical blues this Labor Day Week O’Nautical.  Long weekend here we come!  (even though I’m sad birthday month is coming to an end)  You can checkout my past Week O’Nautical looks here.

Week O'Nautical Work Wear Look!

Week O’Nautical Work Wear Look!

Trending Tuesday: #nauticalblues

If the world of alicia was the internet, #nauticalblues would totally be trending.  Official countdown to the long weekend is on!  As we appreciate all our labors it also means summer is coming to an end, sad face.  However, this time when the days are still warm and sunny, but just a little bit shorter, and the nights are cooler, is actually pretty legit too.  Plus, we can get excited about all the fun new fall stuff coming out!  I’m def not ready to ditch summer but I am ready for some new inspo, and I’ve been obsessing over all things in #nauticalblues hues!  Something about navy, aquamarine, teal and deep blues have me obsessing lately.  These shades you can mix into your summer wear and also wear through the fall.  Here’s my what’s been inspiring me:

The Limited Navy Leather Jacket

The Limited Navy Leather Jacket

Coach Outlet's Must Have Hue

Coach Outlet’s Must Have Hue

mark. What A Placket Henley

mark. What A Placket Henley

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Teals and Deep Blues

Teals and Deep Blues

Denim Blues with mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress

Denim Blues with mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress

So get your s’mores ready for this long summer weekend, and pair your nautical blues with some red and white for Week O’Nautical Labor Day Edition is here!

Toasting some s'mores in my nautical blues!

Toasting some s’mores in my nautical blues!

Week O’Nautical – Mermaid Mani

Week O'Nautical:  Mermaid Mani

Week O’Nautical: Mermaid Mani

Week O’Nautical returns with Mani Monday!  Because the 4th of July falls on a Monday we get two mani Monday’s out of Week O’Nautical this year.  So, for this one, I decided to break away from the usual red white and blue and go mermaid nautical with these mermaid nails!

mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss Mini Gel Polish Duo

mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss Mini Gel Polish Duo

I started with the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat.  A little trick is to use this ridge filling base coat not only to fill ridges on natural nails but to get white polish to apply better.  I also found having a thicker base coat like this works really well when applying jams (aka Jamberry Nail Wrap).  It helps protect your nails, create an even surface for application so they apply better and last longer, and it helps make removing jams much easier.

Jamberry Wrap in Mermaid Tales

Jamberry Wrap in Mermaid Tales

For this mermaid mani used the mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss mini gel lacquer duo.  I used the white (Cloud 9) on my pointer and pinkie, and the purple (Hula) on my thumb and middle.  On my ring I used Jamberry Nail Wrap in Mermaid Tales.  I then used the scraps to create an angled accent piece over my pointer.  I finished everything off with the Avon Gel Finish top coat, which is seriously a game changer in my life!

Mermaid Mani for Nautical Looks

Mermaid Mani for Nautical Looks

I’m definitely feeling like a nautical goddess with my mega pretty mermaid mani!  It was so hard to capture how stunning this mani is in real life with my crappy phone camera.  I was too lazy to use my real camera so you’re going to have to take my word on it.  The purple and teal in the metallic finish in Mermaid Tales looks so perfect with the mark. Nailed It Maui Bliss duo.  I’m such a fan of these new gel polishes they last so long and look so smooth. You can shop the mark. Nailed It Duo here and the Mermaid Tales wrap here.

In Full Sun

In Full Sun

In Shade

In Shade

Hope you don’t mind a little twist on my Week O’Nautical Mani Monday as we count down to the long weekend.  Going forward this week I’ll be in my red white and blue for our most patriotic holiday and special deals and free stuff too so check back all week long!  Preview the promos going on this week at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger:

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Use Promo Code: SUMMER

Use Promo Code: SUMMER