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Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

One of my favorite styles in life is a T-Shirt Dress. I like the grab and go ease of one that works for pretty much any occasion, especially in Nor Cal.  Which is apparent in all these previous posts I’ve done wearing a t-shirt dress.  When I ordered the Avon Ella Dress I, at the time, had plans of wearing it for Easter, but when it arrived I realized it was a t-shirt dress!  I wanted something a little more formal but in the process I realized you can dress up t-shirt dress for church, work, baby showers, wedding showers, spring flings… you name it spring event… All while being comfy in a loose t-shirt!

Step 1:  Shoes!

Step 1: Shoes!

Dressing up a t-shirt dress comes down to three things for me, shoes, accessories and a shaping layer.  Let’s start with the shoes... because let’s always start with the shoes!  In this case a classic nude patent pump from Nine West took my outfit more polished.  You could swap in your favorite classic flats with this one if you’re not a pump gal, or a clean nude heeled sandal for hotter weather.

Step 2:  Accessories

Step 2: Accessories

Next up, accessories!  A t-shirt dress is the perfect canvas for all your fun accessories, in this case we want to dress it up so what better than pearls and rhinestones!?  My pearly set is from Avon (which sold out but is coming back in stock this summer!)  A bit on the statement side this pearly necklace really just stands out and turns my OOTD very pretty.

Step 3:  Shaping Layer

Step 3: Shaping Layer

Lastly, a shaping layer.  What does that even mean?  It means that usually a t-shirt dress can be kinda shapeless, so, add in something that gives it some structure!  A jacket, a blazer, a cardigan or even a belt or scarf.  We’re looking to dress up a t-shirt dress so some structure does that.  The Avon Ella Dress has these fun ruffled sleeve details so I pulled out this long jacket/blazer with similar ruffled sleeve details in a perfect-for-spring blush color from Calvin Klein.  The pastel colors compliment while the jacket gives it that a polished finish.  Plus I like how the blush tone from the jacket pulls out the blush tone in the necklace.

An outfit ready for any Spring event!

An outfit ready for any Spring event!

Fun Ruffle Sleeves On The Avon Ella Dress

Fun Ruffle Sleeves On The Avon Ella Dress

Perfectly Pearly

Perfectly Pearly

How perfect is this look for any spring event!?  Even though I didn’t wear it for Easter I’ve been able too dress up this Ella dress or wear it casually.  This is the last campaign the Avon Ella Dress will be available so take advantage of such a versatile piece!  You can shop the Avon Ella Dress and pearly jewelry at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

How To Wear A Spring Blouse For Work and Weekend

As spring approaches I’m ready to lighten up. Lighten up in fabrics, prints and in bulk. That’s why I’m all about versatile pieces like this mark. Floral Fantasy Tunic for both work and weekend! Let’s see it two ways this Wear and Share Wednesday!

For Work

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This blouse dresses up nicely!  For work I paired it with a navy trouser (White House Black Market), a structured tote (Kate Spade), nude pumps (Nine West) and a white druzy necklace (Avon Druzy Pendant).  Tucking the tunic in gives it a little more professional look, plus the neckline isn’t too low.  Pairing it with navy instead of my usual winter black changes things up just enough to feel spring worthy!

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For Weekend

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A spring tunic is the perfect dress down piece!  You look put together, of the season and comfortable.  I styled mine casually with a pair of lilac cords (Loft Outlet), taupe booties (mark. A Cut Above Booties) and turquoise jewelry (mark. Oh So Boho ring set and earrings).  This look is still weather appropriate for spring but with color, fresh fabrics and turquoise treats.

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Easily style this tunic two ways, and more!  I see this being just as cute with white denim jeans or your favorite pair of denim shorts or dressed up with a great pair of camel slacks or a pretty pencil skirt and under a classic navy blazer and dark denim!  Spring versatility at its finest!  You can shop my tunic, jewelry and booties at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and don’t for get to add the A Box only $10 with a $40 purchase!

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Best Of Beauty A Box

Modern Southern Belle: Word Of Alicia

Modern Southern Belle: Word of Alicia

Modern Southern Belle: Word of Alicia

Pour yourself a cup of sweet tea, because I’m about to share with you how to be a modern Southern Bell…. from Nor Cal.  Being a Modern Southern Belle means you take the idea of a Southern Belle and make it your own.  For me, the Southern Belle elements I want to take and apply to my own life/look are classic beauty, bright colors and lady like designs.  I think I hit all of those in this Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse from the Avon Savana Blooms collection.  This is my pick from the collection and how I’m making it modern.

Modern Southern Belle

Modern Southern Belle

My own modern take on a Southern Belle is pairing a beautiful colorful floral blouse with a pair of dark green ankle pants and lace up pumps!  For me wear to work dress pant is still lady like in styling but grounds the bold florals.  The deep green color and ankle cut styling makes it modern.  (pants, Old Navy; pumps, Nine West Outlet).  The lace up details and suede finish on my pumps take an otherwise classic pump to the next level.

Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse

Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse

Modern Elegance Bypass Ring and Gel Finish Polish in Clover

Modern Elegance Bypass Ring and Gel Finish Polish in Clover

Ruffles, cut-out shoulder and slight bell sleeve

Ruffles, cut-out shoulder and slight bell sleeve

Modern Details, Classic Style

Modern Details, Classic Style

Its all about that blouse, that blouse. Avon Shelley Cutaway Blouse from the Avon Savana Blooms collection is the star of the show, and its only $29.99!  This pretty blouse is such a spring staple, one with fun details and bright pattern is a great addition.  I can wear this to work, dressed down for weekend, pretty much for any occasion.  If you have a cooler weather Easter, this would be a great outfit for that.  And the details make it unlike anything else in my closet.

Spring Looks With Savana Blooms

Spring Looks With Savana Blooms

Have you meet all the Southern Belles!?  Laura, Linda, Erica and myself all had different picks from the collection but all can mix and match for an update to our spring wardrobe.  What pieces are your favorite, how are you a modern Southern Belle?  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!  Shop this limited edition quick as the pieces are selling out fast at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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!

How To Style A LWD

How To Style A LWD?  With Puppies!  Or a statement necklace, whatever works!

How To Style A LWD? With Puppies! Or a statement necklace, whatever works!

Summer is in full swing, long days, warm nights and official LWD season. Sun bronzed skin looks excellent in a little white dress so why not bust your favorite dress and let’s accessorize it.  A little white dress is just as versatile as a little black dress so anything from simple to sparkling goes!

Accessorizing A LWD

Accessorizing A LWD

For today’s look summer look I wanted to keep that clean light pallet with a bit of a boho charm.  The easiest way to do that is with the mark. Natural Charm Necklace.  This statement necklace features rose quartz stones and genuine tiger’s eye with a little sparkle.  I love how nicely it plays against the white.  It’s really the impact accessory for this look and really all you need.

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

mark. Irresistible Iridescent Ring

mark. Irresistible Iridescent Ring

Paired with the incredible necklace I really like this mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring.  They’re not exact matches but they have that same relaxed summer vibe.  Worn with a LWD they really take it to a chic level for a summer look.

Summer Stunners from mark.

Summer Stunners from mark.

Now that I got the statement pieces on, for the rest of my accessories it’s more about compliments.  Like a skinny rose gold belt and a simple rose gold bangle (mark. Looking Sharp Bracelets).

Rose Gold Accents With My Statement Pieces

Rose Gold Accents With My Statement Pieces

A Bit Of Boho with curls, rose gold and summer parkle!

A Bit Of Boho with curls, rose gold and summer parole! — and a puppy in the background!

I don’t curl my hair often in the summer but this look called for some boho waves created with the mark. Curl Time Styling Wand and a little mark. Curl To Curl Mist sprayed on first.  Even though it was a little work the look is still easy.  And too keep it easy I even wore flats!  (sparkly sandal flats from Nine West, but still flats!)

Easy Boho Summer Look

Easy Boho Summer Look

This simple LWD just went from boring to boho with a little sparkle.  I love this look for all your summer activities from BBQ to Pool Party to Bridal/Baby Shower and beyond.  Just amping up a few accessories but keeping them easy and summer friendly really makes it all come together.  That is… when you don’t have the ultimate puppy accessory!  You can shop these pieces at my eBoutique and use promo code HIAGAIN for 20% off and/or FREE shipping!

Puppies are the best accessory!

Puppies are the best accessory!

PS.  Look at that highlighter glow!  That’s the mark. First Blush Face Compact… you can see me singing it’s praise here!

#tbt – Week O’Nautical Labor Day Weekend Look

Week O'Nautical Labor Day Look

Week O’Nautical Labor Day Look

So sometimes life just gets in the way…   Like when you have full intentions on sharing your Week O’Nautical Labor Day edition looks but then don’t end up being on your computer at all and just enjoying the extra long weekend.  So here’s my favorite look and my favorite weekend moments!

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

The dress is a Target find that I thought was absolutely perfect for the summer holidays!  (you might remember it here).  It’s not the absolutely most flattering for my shape but I like it so much I’ll make it work… like by putting a cami (Tilly’s) underneath and tying on a gold belt (mark.).

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Labor Day Look

Labor Day Look

Finish off the look with some summertime golden details!  Gold wedges (Nine West), gold bracelet ring (mark.), gold watch (avon).

Golden Details

Golden Details

I enjoyed my makeup look from the 4th of July so much I just re-created it!  (see here)  How perfect were my Avon Scarlet Chandelier Earrings!?

Red White and Blue Makeup Look

Red White and Blue Makeup Look

#tbt to the long weekends best moments! Check out my instagram to see what moments made the feed!

 

Long Weekends Are Made Of This

Long Weekends Are Made Of This