outfit of the day

How I Wore It – Skinny Pants

Last week I introduced you to 3 trends that stay constant and how I wore the shift dress, today it’s SKINNY PANTS!!!  Now, I’m not a fan of skinny pants so I’m going to call them ankle pants.  Which to me are much more flattering and more true to the trend that is constant year to year.   So how do I wear the trend?  With mark.’s Blues Cruise pants ($32)!!!  Perfect slim leg, ankle hem and NAUTICAL influence in navy with bronze detail buttons!

How I Wore mark. Blues Cruise Pants

How I Wore mark. Blues Cruise Pants

My obsession with nautical looks made these pants super easy to style and wear.  I paired them with a navy and white polka dotted cotton corset and a navy and white stripped open cardi that I had in my closet.  Then, of course, my super large rope necklace in navy and my newest addition to my jewelry obsession the mark. Dramatic Effect Bracelet ($24)!  It’s big, navy and delicate rhinestone accents… its perfect!!!  PLUS it matches the Deco Drama Studs ($16) I’m wearing that you can’t see.  Of course what’s a look these days with out my In A Flash Ring ($16).  The Dramatic Effect Bracelet, Deco Drama Studs and In A Flash Ring are all available at my eboutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Outfit Closer Look

Outfit Closer Look

Yep, pretty sure this outfit is going into the favorites category and FOR SURE is making a reappearance during Week O’Nautical!

mark. Blues Cruise Detailed Look

mark. Blues Cruise Detailed Look

Up close and personal you can see the detailing of the bronze buttons that take these ankle pants to the next level.  I’ve been wearing them with my Hot To Handle Bag and so many various tops.  These are one pair of pants that will get good use in your closet.  Pretty true to size but if you have thick legs you might want to order a size up but the waist is very forgiving and the amount of stretch in the pants will make any girl happy.

You can shop the Blues Cruise Pants $32 at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com  How would you wear the skinny pants/ankle pants trend?

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Day To Night Outfit feat. The Roll With It Romper

Finding an outfit that you can wear to work and wear out straight from work is a headache.  We’ve all been there.  I’ve found a solution with mark.’s Roll With It Romper.  Ok ok ok… yes I said I would NEVER wear a romper, even the word “romper” sounds ugly.  Then mark. came out with Roll With It Romper and the more I saw it the more I liked it!  What makes this one the exception is that it is done in a wonderful fabric… soft, silky, flowy and luxe!  Then of course the fact that it is sold black makes it even more wearable!  This is one of those items I just had to try and SO glad I did… and so should you!

How I Wore It:  For Day

Roll With It Romper For Day

Roll With It Romper For Day

Wear it to work under a skirt!  So basically you’re wearing it like a body suit.  Pick a skirt that isn’t tight to the body, one with some room so the shorts portion don’t show through.  What makes this even more awesome, you “shirt” always stays tucked in!  The luxe fabric and cut of the romper makes a perfect dressy top!

How I Wore It:  For Play

Roll With It Romper For Play

Roll With It Romper For Play

For your post-work activities just take off the skirt and throw on a belt and DONE!  This look goes pretty much everywhere.  Make it more casual with some flats or wedges or take it dressy with sky high heels to make it a killer legs look!  I wore this with some black wedges for dinner and mini golf and it was the perfect outfit!

Pair It With Pretty

Triple Sparkle Necklace and Pick A Posy Earrings

Triple Sparkle Necklace and Pick A Posy Earrings

For an easy day-to-night transition pick accessories that are pretty!  This simple necklace is dainty enough for day but sparkle-tastic for night.  The button earrings are large enough to make a serious impact but classy enough to channel your inner Kate Middleton!  The Triple Sparkle Necklace ($18) and Pick A Posy Earrings ($18) are both available now at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com.  Same with the Roll With It Romper $32.  I also have on the Borrowed From The Boys Watch and Cross Your Fingers Ring in Gold from my eBoutique.

The options you can create with this romper are endless!  It all comes down to your accessories!  Pair it with everything from a statement necklace, to a blazer, to a vest, to your flip flops, etc… there’s really so many possibilities!   I also really love how mark. featured it for a night out look with the We Got The Bead Necklace ($32) for an aztec appeal!

Roll With It Romper and We Got The Bead Necklace

Roll With It Romper and We Got The Bead Necklace

Just a note on sizing, this romper runs on the small side so unless you have a really short torso go with a size larger than you normally wear.  The Roll With It Romper, Triple Sparkle Necklace, Pick A Posy Earrings, Cross Your Fingers Ring and Borrowed From The Boys Watch are all available now at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Week O’ Nautical – Weekend Wear

And the long weekend is here!  I’ve already slept in, went out, washed the cars, bowled, hit up a bbq and roasted delish meat on spits!  And there’s still 2 more days left full of more bbq’s, pools, swimming and lake day!  For all this casual weekend activity I’m going to need some equally chic and nautical themed pieces!

Week O'Nautical Weekend Wear

Week O’Nautical Weekend Wear

Memorial Day weekend definitely means shorts.  I’ll be wearing my favorite sailor shorts and my white cut offs all weekend!  Both of these are from Forever 21 and I’ll be wearing them with some red white or navy bra tanks from Express and maybe an open stitch sweater for a coverup.  My other weekend essentials are my Hamptons fragrance and shimmer lotion from mark.  It’s a super clean scent perfect for summer, plus the shimmer lotion is so sparkling it adds just that little bit of something to bare arms and legs, and we’re not talking Spice Girl’s glitter, classy shimmer if you will.  Every year mark. comes out with an “Instant Vacation” series fragrance and this one has to be one of the most wearable, and my favorite!  Another weekend essential is my self tanner from mark. in both face and body, the face lotion is shown here.  After being in the sun all weekend my skin will also need some TLC with my Lemon Sugar Whipped Up Body Butter that smells so summery and so nourishing.

Week O' Nautical Swimwear

Week O’ Nautical Swimwear

Nautical Details
Nautical Details

Basically I plan for the rest of my weekend to be poolside and lakeside so I’ll need some nautical suits.  Both of these were picked up at Victoriassecret.com clearance which is the BEST place to get quality suits at great prices.  I like the red monokini for the extra coverage and everything stays in place during activities.  I have to wear a single string top under to hold in the ladies, which is such a great idea!  I can now wear a suit I usually couldn’t wear and achieve some color blocking as well.  It actually looks better than you’d think.  And what’s that big white thing?  Oh thats the new floating cooler, new just for the weekend.  It will only be holding my lemonaid but will fo sho hold a lot of adult beverages needed for lake day.  Throw on a PSU cover up skirt and we’re good to go for the weekend!

 

PS.  Even my jammies are nautical this weekend!

nautical pj's

nautical pj’s

Week O’ Nautical Day 5 – Navy and White

Now here’s your traditional nautical look for Friday.  The delta breeze is coming through so only like a high of 70 today which got me excited because I thought to myself, “I can wear my white jeans for nautical week!”  This is what gets me excited, I’m easy to please.

Classic Nautical Look

Classic Nautical Look

The top is my week of nautical staple, I wear it every week o’ nautical every year.  This BeBe find from years back has paid for itself with the price per wear index.  My jeans were gifted to be from the best gifter, my mom!  She’s got the Kohl’s connection so when I saw that Rock and Republic came to Kohl’s mom granted the hookup.  I highly reccommend the Rock and Republic line at Kohl’s.  Since Kohl’s bought out the line they’ve done a good job at keeping its original look and feel of the line with a better price point.  These are the Kasandra fit which I like a lot because they slim through the legs down past the knee until they flare out for the bootcut.  I would like them to be a little more low rise but that’s because I’m only 5′ even.  The weight on these is a little thick but not too thick that they’re too hot for spring.  Plus the thickness allows for almost zero show through.

As for the rest of my outfit I switched from the gold I’ve been wearing all week to clean and sleek silver.  I kept it simple with a cuff from Express, a bracelet style watch from Burberry and simple silver band ring I got on vaca to Mexico.  And then there’s my shoes… I’ve been waiting all week to wear these navy cut out pumps with grey and yellow detailing from Shoedazzle.  These shoes suck to walk in, they’re too big even with inserts and barely stay on my feet, but they’re nice and high and match so nicely so when I can, I sacrifice for fashion.  And you know that bag and scarf I showed you in Wednesday’s Boho Nautical look... well I tied that scarf on my bag for a little extra something.  (even the pups liked it!)  I also wore some super star dangling earrings I found in my jewelry box from college.  Didn’t really show up well in my pics, but my star earrings showed up nicely with a messy pony.  I thought they were very USA stars and strips appropriate!

A little more nautical

A little more nautical

Star Spangled Ears

Star Spangled Ears

Week O’ Nautical Day 4, Nautical Parisian Stripes

What’s black and white and “red” all over?  A newspaper…. and my outfit hahaha.  You know you chuckled… and also thought a zebra with a sunburn.

Week O' Nautical Day 4 Look

Week O’ Nautical Day 4 Look

Even though it’s getting a little too warm for pants I wanted to wear my red Columnist pants from Express with my black and white tank also from Express.  The Columnist fit of their pants is my favorite!  When they released the red suit last fall I was all over it, except I never got the jacket and didn’t get these pants until like Feb when they went on super clearance and I’m so glad I did.  When in doubt, wear red!  If you’re going for a colorful pant in your wardrobe I would suggest red.  It works year round, looks good on pretty much everyone and will get you noticed in a good way.  Plus it will match so much you already have and works for all your holiday dressing.  Except for St. Patrick’s day.  I don’t recommend wearing it with your green, since everyone will think you’re Christmas-ing it up.  I digress… back to my outfit…  the red pants also kinda look a little Parisian with the black and white striped top which is never a bad thing!

I coordinated my stripped top with my stripped shoes.  Now these shoes are from the Nine West outlet years and years ago and really have seen better days.  I’ve tried to doctor them but if I let you look closely you could see where the dog has got them, the white stripes that don’t necessarily look so white anymore, the mole skin I’ve wrapped them in around the toe to cover the wear and cracking, etc… However they match PERFECTLY and are still some of my favorites.  They were my go to shoe for standing on my feet all day at Brooks Brothers to trade shows to going out comfy heel… these are 24hr shoes!  (I will explain my shoe classification by hrs at a later date).  If these shoes could tell a story they represent a good portion of my life, so I will continue to wear them and maybe take them to the cobbler and see what he can do.

As for the rest of me, those shades are Marc Jacobs and POLARIZED!  I have bad eyes so polarized lenses are a MUST HAVE, actually they are for anyone, skip those $5 shades at the market and get yourself some protective shades.  Then there’s my statement necklace!    I think it looks kind of nautical with all the twisted chains and mixed metals and beads, like a twisted anchor chain with bling.  It’s of course, from mark. they do GREAT statement necklaces.  This one is called the Scene Stealer necklace and has been in and out of sale.  The earrings are the Fireball earrings that match the necklace PERFECTLY.   They will be in next month’s sale at my eBoutique so get them at the KILLER sale price.  I’ve worn mine with everything, they give just that small amount of needed sparkle especially when you’ve got a lot going on elsewhere.  And super light you won’t even notice you  have them on!  I wish you could see my makeup better but lots of sun and a point and shoot camera doesn’t always allow for that.  However, what goes perfectly with all these nautical outfits is the mark. On The Dot Pallet in Neutral.  It has 9 shades you can create a million different looks with and are the most flattering neutral shades I’ve ever come across.  If you get one mark. item in your life it should be this pallet, and it’s only $16!  Take that Naked Pallet!

Statement Accessory:  Scene Stealer Necklace

Statement Accessory: Scene Stealer Necklace

On The Dot Neutral and Fireball Earrings

On The Dot Neutral and Fireball Earrings

Cocktail Rings and Watch

Cocktail Rings and Watch

Since I was wearing such a statement making necklace I kept it simple with my favorite silver watch from Burberry and doubled up on the cocktail rings!  The mixed metals and “stones” went well with the mixing going on in my necklace.  The red ring was gifted to me by the FAB miss nicole and I love it!  The 2 balls are also from mark. from last holiday season.  I like how my jewelry all plays together so nicely today, sometimes it just works.

How does day 4’s look hold up?  Too Parisian to be nautical?  Do you have a pair of beater shoes that keep on kicking and you’d like to have brand new once again?

Week O’ Nautical – Day 3 Boho Nautical

Next up on Week O’Nautical is another look that’s not your stereotypical nautical look but incorporates pieces in the right color family and functionally nautical.

Boho Nautical Look

Boho Nautical Look

Def on the casual side with the rouched t-shirt dress from Express, gifted to me by the fab sis-in-law for Christmas (I would say brother but you know Steph picked it out).  Love this style because it works year round with the 3/4 sleeve and t-shirt material.  Also killer because it works for so many occasions, dressed up for work or thrown over a bathing suit as a cover up… etc…  If you don’t own a t-shirt dress GET ONE!  It’s a wardrobe must have.

My other wardrobe must have is a silk scarf.  To go with the casual boho vibe I have it tied as a headband with the knot tied toward the side of my head with one end longer than the other so you can pull it forward to make more of an impact.  This scarf is from my days moonlighting at Brooks Brothers, they have the best silk scarfs!  This outfit could easily be transformed by tying the scarf as a belt low on the hips or right under the bust tied in the back and thick like a cummerbund, or again tied in the back but all the way open so it kinda looks like a tube top… the options are endless.  I always have a constant scarf inspiration from Rachel McAdams in Wedding Crashers when they go out on the boat and she has her scarf wrapped around her head.  I love that look but just not on me, maybe one day…

Wedding Crashers Inspiration

Wedding Crashers Inspiration

Sorry for the crappy picture, I had to screen cap a really poor quality you tube video.  I love her full nautical look here.  Still waiting to recreate it with an open stitch sweater and linen pants all in white… on a boat… one day, one day…

Boho Nautical Accessories

Boho Nautical Accessories

You know what’s been missing from my previous posts… shoes!  Given how much of a shoe-a-holic I am, kinda surprising.  Since we’re on the topic of wardrobe must haves, gold wedges are another one of my picks.  These ones are from Nine West and I’ve worn them to DEATH!  They go with EVERYTHING!  Can dress them up for a summer night out or run errands in them in shorts and a tank or take them to the beach/lake/pool for a little glam or when you know you’ll be transitioning from lounging.  Make sure they’re comfortable and easy to walk in, really that’s what a wedge is all about.  (PS. you like my nautical toes?  You know my nails will have their own post)

What really makes this look boho, is of course, my Bohemian Style Bag from mark.  I’ve been obsessed with this since it launched!  It has that uber cool style that everyone who is anyone has been carrying but its priced perfectly at $38.  Plus it holds EVERYTHING!  It’s great for commuting back and forth to work.  I’ve even used it as beach bag and it still looked cool.  The color surprisingly goes with more than you think, yes even black.

And let’s round things out with my super fun jewelry, the statement making hoops are mark. too, part of the heat wave duo set.  My go to instant summer ring is the mark. Pretty Stellar Ring and then of course we have the Borrowed From The Boys watch yet again.  This time I paired it with a white bangle from Express and a thin gold bangle from Brighton.

Boho’s not my typical style so this is my take on it…

Week O’ Nautical – Tuesday’s Look, Minty Nautical

Week O’Nautical sails on!  (pun intended haha)  Little note of fun, as I started to write this Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Summertime, the ultimate summer anthem,  just started playing on my iTunes.  Coincidence?  I think not… its fate!  And if you know me you know my obsession for Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  I can relate pretty much anything in life to a Fresh Prince episode!  Aaaaanyways…. here’s Tuesday’s fresh ensemble:

Minty Fresh Nautical Look Day 2

Minty Fresh Nautical Look Day 2

Minty Earrings and Beach Waves

Minty Earrings and Beach Waves

Nautical Stripes and Back Detail

Nautical Stripes and Back Detail

Makeup Look featuring mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

Makeup Look featuring mark. Keep It Going in Naturalist

The Necessary Accessories

The Necessary Accessories

This is not your typical Nautical look but what’s more sea-worthy than some sea green?  It’s no secret for my mint obsession this spring and these are few of the pieces I actually have to play out that obsession with.  I’m wearing a mint green t-shirt with a black and white stripped bandage skirt, super easy!  The t-shirt I got for $5 at Target, (this one) and my skirt is from Express awhile ago.  But stripped bandage skirts are a dime a dozen so easily re-created.  I love my Express one for the unexpected back detailing with the line down the back.  I’m also glad I got it a size larger so its not skin tight.  I highly recommend adding a black and white stripped skirt to your wardrobe.  I’ve worn mine to death with everything from a t-shirt, to a blazer, to a button down dress shirt to a sequin tank for my Christmas party last year.

For my hair decided to try out some beach waves.  This style I wore a lot in the early 2000’s when I lived in PA and the humidity was ridiculous and NO WAY was I going to blow dry.  Plus the humidity brought out the waves.  Now in super dry Nor Cal there’s no waves in that hair, BUT mark. launched a NEW haircare line and the Curl Commander Curl and Wave Defining Gel  help me achieve effortless beach waves!  All I did was use a decent amount on towel dried hair and scrunched.  I used a little hairspray on my bangs and DONE!  I was really shocked how this gel created some texture in my naturally straight hair AND was soft not crunchy at all!  I’m looking forward to playing more with this look and with addition of Curl to Curl Reactivate and Define Mist.  More hair posts to come!

For the rest of my look I have on some minty fresh baubles from the Banana Republic outlet and mark.  My Borrowed From the Boys watch is a staple.  The ring and earrings are also from mark. which have been in and out of sale!

My makeup look of course is all mark. too!  My mark. of the moment product is the Keep It Going Longwear Shadow and Liner in Naturalist.  It’s a gel formula in a teal and brown duo.  I’ve been sporting by lining half my lid with the teal shade followed by the outer half in the brown with an eyeliner brush.  I then drag the brown shade up into my crease to create definition.  Its WAY easier than it sounds and creates interest with the pop of color perfect for spring and summer.  On my lips is another of my mark. must haves, Lip Click Color Shine in Cupid.  This is not your typical lipstick!  It wears like a balm with some shine and SPF 15!  Added bonus the cap is magnetic so you don’t loose it in your bag o’makeup so no ruined lipstick!  Love this flattering pink shade in Cupid.

So what’s the verdict on day 2?  Nautical enough?  What’s your favorite nautical looks?

Week O’ Nautical

Countdown to summer is on!   Memorial Day Weekend!  It’s the unofficial summer kickoff in my book and it’s an extra day off work so, winning!  (is winning still cool to say?  i totally love it… sup c.sheen!)  Let’s be honest, I’m not a real adult.  I find any excuse to think and act like a kid including getting massively excited for any and all holidays.  Memorial day to me is a reason to celebrate our country’s service men in true U.S.A. form by being as Americana as possible.  Translate to licia language… Week O’Nautical!  I make a point to wear my favorite fashion trend all week, nautical inspired looks!  I do this with all my summer holidays… Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.  It’s kind of like how in December I try to wear red all month long… like I said I’m not a real adult.

Every year when I do this I realize the same thing, I LOVE anything navy and I don’t own NEARLY enough of it.  I LOVE anything and everything nautical.  Which means sine I don’t really own a lot of my favorite navy and nautical pieces I save the most themed out pieces for the end of the week.  So were going to start this off with my Monday Week O’Nautical outfit of the day!

Week O'Nautical Monday Look

Week O’Nautical Monday Look

I’m wearing my navy and white sheath dress that has as pleated chiffon top.  The dress is from H&M a few years back but I have seen similar pieces as of late.  But you could re-create this look with a navy pencil skirt and a dressy white tank.  The rest of the look is all in the details… my accessories!  I’ve been LOVING my mark. Rock Of Ages necklace in peach and it looks really sharp with navy.  Now I wouldn’t necessarily call it a nautical look, but more beachy.  The necklace has this awesome faceted cut so it really pulls so many colors when the sun hits it and looks like something straight from the ocean.  Pair it with some gold jewelry and it becomes nautical!  For my gold accents I’m also wearing a wrap bracelet from Express, the mark. Borrowed From The Boys Watch and the mark. Cross Your Fingers Ring.  All topped off with my mark. Catch Of The Day straw clutch.  I love how the gold of the watch matches the awesome bold turnlock of the clutch… its the little things in life.  This look has that summer fun vibe but completely office appropriate esp for a Monday.

mark. Bronzy Beauty Look

mark. Bronzy Beauty Look

It’s a little hard to see in my photo, but for my beauty I went for a bronzy gold look, all with mark. products.  For my eyes I used i-mark metallics in sugar sugar and goldi luxe. I also accented my crease with shade 2 of On The Dot Neutral.  Followed with Get In Line Liquid Eyeliner in Painted Black and Lash All You Want Volume Mascara.

I used Touch and Glow Shimmer Cubes as my blush and with Get Bright Hookup Highlighter.  I used Bronze Pro for contouring and Powder Buff as my foundation.  With just a touch of gloss on my lips in Blow Kisses.

You can get all the beauty items I used as well as the Rock Of Ages Necklace, Borrowed From the Boys Watch, Cross Your Fingers Ring and Catch Of The Day clutch all at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Stay tuned all week for more outfits of the day for Week O’Nautical.  And yes I know its Tuesday and I’m posting Monday’s… I’ll try to be more on top of it as the week progresses!