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What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

Summer trends are the most fun.  They’re usually bright, functionable and bold.  For whimisical trends the pineapple is back this summer in everything from home goods to wearables.  A pineapple became a symbol of status and wealth during Colonial times for its scarcity, so no surprise we’re loving it lately.  Today, Erica from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty and I are showing you two ways to wear the trend.

How Alicia’s Wearing Pineapples:

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

Weekend Vibes with mark.

Pineapple Trends With mark.

I always seem to wear more prints in the summer, especially tropical prints!  I like to feel like I’m on vacation even if I’m just living my everday life.  A pineapple print is the perfect mix of fun and whimsical for summer.  I love it on a trendy blouse like the mark. Pretty as a Pineapple Top.  An off the shoulder, statement sleeves top in a cute pineapple print goes perfect with jeans and flip flops for a weekend vibe. Off the shoulder can be tricky esp if you struggle with strapless bra’s like me.  I paired a high neck wired bralette underneath for a more functional wear.  Pair it with the mark. Fruit for All Earrings and your trendy summer fun level just hit scorching!

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

Pretty as a Pineapple

Pretty as a Pineapple

 

What Alicia is wearing:  mark. by Avon Pretty as a Pineapple Top, mark. by Avon Fruit for All Earrings, Old Navy Distressed Jeans, Dooney & Bourke Montego Nylon Kendra Satchel Handbag, Coach Abbigail Star Flip Flops (Marshalls), Michael Kors Hvar Aviator Sunglasses.

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

How Erica’s Wearing Pineapples: 

Erica's Pretty Pineapple Look

Erica’s Pretty Pineapple Look

“Summer is here and pineapples are seriously everywhere! I am totally on-board with this fun trend, btw. For this look I was inspired by the model in the Avon brochure. Pairing these printed shorts with a chambray button down is not something I would have immediately thought of plus statement earrings are a little out-of-the-box for me. I added a some crazy bright pink makeup and ta-da – Summer fun outfit!!!” Erica’s Beauty and Fashion

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

What Erica is wearing: mark. By Avon Pretty As A Pineapple Shorts, Avon Pineapple Pouch, Avon A Box Exclusive: Palm Leaf Dangling Earrings, top from my closet, and denim bow slides from Walmart.

Avon Pineapple Pouch

Avon Pineapple Pouch

See Erica’s full blog post to see more on her summer look including her makeup and earrings which are A Box exclusives!

Weekend Vibes

Weekend Vibes

Another way you could wear my top and Erica’s shorts is together as matching separates, which is also very on trend.  mark. released some really fun pieces in this Aloha Summer colleciton, including a pineapple embroidered chambray (last seen here), a sequined pineapple tank (see more here), even a fun pineapple embelished slides!  Check out the entire collection at my eBoutique and be sure to add that exclusive A Box to your order!

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

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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!

A Loooooooong Jacket… on sale!

A Loooooong Jacket... on sale!

A Loooooong Jacket… on sale!

mark. Stay On Top Trench originally $75 now $49.99

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench

So I did a post about all the things I never got around to sharing in 2017 (see here) and it included this jacket. Well, the mark. Stay On Top Trench is now on clearance for $49.99 so I figured let’s highlight it. This microsuede jacket is a lightweight jacket that easily can be worn across the seasons.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on this guy!  And its seen some good use this fall/winter!  It is well worth the $49.99!

For an easy look I’m wearing mine with destructed denim (Old Navy), a black turtleneck (Guess), some grey booties (mark. Well Heeled Booties also on clearance for $29.99 at my eBoutique) and a statement necklace (mark. Tough It Out Necklace, last seen here).

Wrap Tie Belt

Wrap Tie Belt

Classic Trench Style

Classic Trench Style

mark. Jewelry

mark. Jewelry

mark. Well Heeled Booties

mark. Well Heeled Booties

Micro Suede Jacket for Under $50!  A must-have!

Micro Suede Jacket for Under $50! A must-have!

You can shop the mark. Stay on Top trench at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  If you are shopping for it after January 31st then you’ll have to backorder it by selecting “Product #” from the top navigation.  It will take you to an area where you can select a campaign and enter in the product number.  Select campaign 4 and enter the proper corresponding product number, then select add to order.  If you have any questions or concerns please hit me up!

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench

mark. Stay On Top Trench Product Numbers

Extra Small:  830911;  Small:  830926;  Medium:  830930;  Large:  831937;  Extra Large:  831937;

mark. Well Heeled Bootie Product Numbers

Size 7: 719721;  Size 8:  197620;  Size 9:  197908;  Size 10:  197912

Get it before its gone at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Get it before its gone at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Travel Outfit

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Travel Outfit

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Travel Outfit

Week O’Nautical launched with such a bang it had to anchor for a few days.  So let’s sail on with a little post-Memorial Day Week O’Nautical with the perfect travel outfit for any long weekend travel plans!  A lot of the times your travel day still counts as a day, so you need to look cute and functional.  That’s where the mark. Crop It Like It’s Hot jumpsuit comes in.

mark. by Avon Crop It Like It's Hot Jumpsuit

mark. by Avon Crop It Like It’s Hot Jumpsuit

Full Nautical Travel Look

Full Nautical Travel Look

A jumpsuit/romper may not be the best idea for “pit stops” but usually you keep those to a minimum anyways when trying to get somewhere.  This mark. Crop It Like It’s Hot jumpsuit (last seen here) is perfectly packable and travel-able.    Jumpsuit and rompers are great because it’s 1 and done, and when precious suitcase space is involved, that becomes important!

Nautical Cardi - A Travel Must Have

Nautical Cardi – A Travel Must Have

Take it nautical, and a little more functional, by adding a long white and navy striped cardigan that you can take on and off depending on the chill factor.  A lightweight sweater like this one from Old Navy is a MUST for traveling.  When traveling I like easy to wear jewelry like a watch, Avon Pretty Chic Bracelet Watch and some statement earrings, mark Show Stopping Earrings.

Travel Ready In mark. Crop It Like It's Hot Jumpsuit

Travel Ready In mark. Crop It Like It’s Hot Jumpsuit

Last time I wore this jumpsuit I wore it with a good heel height but that’s not functional esp when running through an airport, so flats it is.  If I HAVE to wear flats why not some fun silver sneakers!?!  These are an old mark. item but I do have 1 pair of 6’s in my overstock if anyone wants them.

mark. By Avon Isle Style Bag

mark. By Avon Isle Style Bag

Travel Bag Packed - mark. Isle Style Bag

Travel Bag Packed – mark. Isle Style Bag

A travel outfit is not complete without a good carry-on bag.  This mark. Isle Style Bag is your perfect travel companion.  It fits a lot and screams vacation as it is part of the mark. Instant Vacation Havana Sol line (see more).  It also has a detachable long strap and the handles fit over the shoulder so when you need to use your hands you can.

Bring On The Summer Vaca's!!!

Bring On The Summer Travel!!!

2017 is definitely a high travel year which makes me super excited!  Now that I have the right travel pieces I’m even more excited, especially since they’re a little nautical 🙂 You can shop my look at my eboutique and be sure to hit that $40 and get the $10 eye bundle, that’s a GREAT deal for the #1 eye product from Avon 😉

Always take the scenic route...

Always take the scenic route…

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 – 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

 

Trending Tuesday – Week O’Nautical #wishlist

If the world of alicia was the internet, Week O’Nautical #wishlist would be trending.  It’s the week before Memorial Day so I celebrate my own Week O’Nautical.  If you’re not familiar with my obsession to theme out my day to day, check out my past Week O’Nautical posts here.  Since last year I haven’t really added any nautical inspired pieces to my wardrobe, sad I know!  So here’s some nautical inspired pieces I’m currently crushing on for my Week O’Nautical #wishlist:

 

1.  Navy and White Nautical Stripped Shorts

Nautical Shorts

Old Navy Printed Chino Pixi Shorts ($24.95)

Nothing is more versatile than a pair of striped chino shorts.  You can dress them up or down for a BBQ to a night out.  I think these are the ultimate on my #wishlist for my Week O’Nautical looks this year and at a great price!

2.  Nautical Portofino

Express Anchor Print Portofino ($44.90)

Express Anchor Print Portofino ($44.90)

My obsession over Express portofino shirts is kinda unhealthy but they’re THE PERFECT SHIRT!  So when I saw they came out with this in red, sleeveless and in an anchor print it immediately made the #wishlist.

3.  Nautical Striped Rope Wedges

Express Espadrille Wedge Sandals

Express Espadrille Wedge Sandals

I realized I’m really lacking a great nautical inspired wedge.  The rope/espadrille detailing on a striped canvas shoe would be perfect!  Too bad these only come in 6 and higher (darn size 5 feet!)

4.  White Statement Necklace

mark. So White Now Necklace

mark. So White Now Necklace ($38)

Here’s that darn white necklace again, it’s popping up on all my wish lists!  Maybe I should just break down and get it haha.  (see here).  This would look great over a navy or red outfit for my Week O’Nautical looks!

5. Navy Blazer

Brooks Brothers Cotton Knit Blazer ($298)

Brooks Brothers Cotton Knit Blazer ($298)

This whole look actually!  I realized my blazer collection is black black and more black.  I kick myself on the daily for never getting a classic Brooks Brothers navy blazer when I moonlighted there (at employee discount!).

All week I’ll be counting down to Memorial Day with my take on red white and blue and nautical influence.  Be sure to check back and see what I can come up with this year!  Until then check out the history of my Week O’Nautical.

Happy 4th Of July with Stars and Sparkles!

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you’re celebrating our nation’s independence with some stars and stripes and sparkles!  I definitely themed out my work week in red white and blue with Week O’Nautical and now that my favorite summer day is finally here I’ll be doing the same, only more casually and with more sparkles (fireworks and sparklers, duh!)

Stars and Sparkles

Stars and Sparkles

One of my favorite outfit formulas is wearing a tee with a pencil skirt… you get the the laid back California cool with preppy east coast style all in one fun look!  Plus it works really well for my laid back office.  When it comes to 4th of July tee’s you know which one immediately comes to mind, the Old Navy $5 flag tee (which were actually $4!)  However, I stepped it up a notch at Old Navy and got this burnout star muscle tee for $6!  Not nearly as cheesy and actually super cool for the 4th and beyond.  So cool I might of picked it up in white too and my 5-per-customer $1 rubber flip flops (in red, white, blue, mint and gold!)

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Star Spangled

Star Spangled with Zoey

Pair the tee and pencil skirt formula with some sparkle and be ready for 4th of July fun!  Sequin clutch is from Julep… yes that Julep I keep boasting about has more than just polish!  Add more sparkle with my bracelet (gifted, F21), red earrings (Avon) and complete with grey peep toe pumps (Shoedazzle).

Easy summer beauty is crucial for hot July fun so I was inspired by Shaanxo’s tutorial and recreated the look with mark. On The Edge Liquid Liner in Blue Chrome over a shimmering nude shadows from the mark. Island Eyes Pallet and finished with lots of voluminous mascara with Avon Aero Volume Mascara and red lips with mark. Lipclick in ChaCha.  Shop all the products used at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

mark. On The Edge Liner in Blue Chrome

mark. On The Edge Liner in Blue Chrome

I hope you have a little fun and sparkles today be it at a BBQ, pool party, beach day, or just watching the Dead White and Blue marathon on AMC!  What ever it is, be sure to follow it up with some fireworks and sparklers!

Stars and Sparkles for the 4th of July

Stars and Sparkles for the 4th of July

 

Week O’Nautical Kickoff – 4th Of July Countdown!

Week O'Nautical Kickoff Outfit

Week O’Nautical Kickoff Outfit

Once again I’m kicking off another Week O’Nautical!  My own celebratory way to wear red white and blue all week leading up to our patriotic holidays!  Seems fitting for being July 1st, officially half-way through 2013 and it’s also a Monday so back to the grind.  Even though it’s a short week counting down to the 4th I still need to be productive.  I had a chaotic weekend moving so I needed to get focused this morning and the best way to start that, is with a clean, simple and classic look inspired by the american beauty look in mark.’s summer magalog (launching the 11th — see the inspiration below).

mark. Tote The Town Bag and Tall Order Sandals

mark. Tote The Town Bag and Tall Order Sandals

I started with a simple navy dress (that I picked up years ago at Old Navy!) then added some simple summer accessories, mark.’s Tote the Town Bag ($45 at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com) and Tall Order Sandals (NOW ONLY 19.99 at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com).  THIS.  BAG.  Let me tell you, it’s the perfect working girl summer bag.  It is PERFECT going back and forth from work with its side pockets and front flap and large enough to fit everything.  It also doubles as an overnight bag and triples as an awesome carry on perfect for long 4th of July weekend trips.  It will look equally chic at work to the beach to the nights out!  Think how pretty this would be paired with a white cotton sundress and capri sandals to a linen suit and heels!

I really wanted to show off my back-from-my-tropical-vacation tan with my nail color picks, an opaque nude for fingers and an opaque white for toes, my twist on the classic french.  And really showcased with these Tall Order Sandals.  The heels really look great against tanned skin (or during my whiter days seen here haha.)  These heels are SO COMFY so be sure to catch them on mega sale for a limited time only at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Like I said, the inspiration behind this look is from the mark. summer magalogs (comment if you want to get on the mailing list!)  Two looks mark. created were this retro American Beauty Look and the Ombre Lips Look:

Ameican Beauty Look Inspiration

Ameican Beauty Look Inspiration

Ombre Lips Inspiration

Ombre Lips Inspiration

Ok… ok… I admit I really hated this ombre lip trend.  I mean really, its not ombre it’s just lip liner in a different color.  HOWEVER I’m eating my words.  Today mark. girl challenged us to try it, so I did, and I liked it!  I used the same colors used here Make It Rich in Royal for the liner and LipClick in ChaCha for the lips.  All I did was line my lips with Royal only I did it a little thicker than I would with a regular lip liner pencil.  In the magalog it’s a bit sever, in real life it actually blends really well it just gives dimension to your lips.

Ombre Lips In Real Life with mark. Make It Rich in Royal and Lipclick in ChaCha

Ombre Lips In Real Life with mark. Make It Rich in Royal and Lipclick in ChaCha

Can you believe the ONLY jewelry I’m wearing today are these Keep Me Dangling Earrings ($18)!?!  When I went simple, I went real simple.  It was just enough to tie in some red to not only match my lips but my Week O’Nautical Theme, red white and blue!  You can shop these earrings, Make It Rich Lip Crayons and Lipclicks at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

For the rest of my beauty I just copied the black winged liner with Get In Line in Painted Black and black mascara with Lash Act in Blackest Black.  I just added a bit of bronzer for definition with Bronze Pro all available at http://ahessinger.mymarstore.com  To top it all off I used the feather pin from the Hold It Right There Pin Set ($12 at my eboutique) to keep things neat by keeping the bangs out of my face.

American Beauty Inspired Look

American Beauty Inspired Look

mark. Hold It Right There Pins (feather shown from set of 3)

mark. Hold It Right There Pins (feather shown from set of 3)

There’s my total look from head to toe for the first Week O’Nautical look for the week as we count down to the 4th of July!  It may not necessarily be super nautical but it’s only day one and definitely is red white and blue and American beauty inspired!  Be sure to check back all week for all my looks and a special Week O’Nautical edition of Wear and Share Wednesday with Jackie from Living After Midnight!  (who might also be doing the ombre lips today on Living After Midnight!)