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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer!  I couldn’t be more excited for long summer days.  I have myself a little dinner and a movie date night so why not wear a killer summer dress!  Summer dresses are my favorite, they’re easy breezy and go with any occasion, kinda like a summer day.

Summer Trends

Summer Trends

I hit a few trends with this black midi dress from Express; button front, ribbed and midi!  It’s appropriately called the Ribbed Button Front Midi Dress.  It actually was a spring item that went out of stock online.  When mom was out visiting we hit up the real legit mall and I was able to swoop it up  and it did not disappoint.  (Its back in stock online btw, and in 3 colors!)  I love it as a summer dress because its so light weight and easy to wear it will be the perfect thing for 100+ days we hit here in the summer.

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Because it is such a thin material I felt more comfortable layering it over a strappy bra cami for work. I work in a causal office so summer dresses are allowed, however you could layer this over a white crew neck t-shirt for a 90’s look if you need more coverage.

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Solstice calls for summer accessories!  Boater Hat by LC Lauren Conrad and some raffia flatforms from Shoedazzle fit the bill.  My Avon Summer Sands jewelry collection was the perfect compliment on top for some more summer obsessories.

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

You can shop my summer dress at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply.

Happy Summer My Friends!

TGIF: Clean Friday Favorites

TGIF!  Maybe it’s because last weekend was spent being dirty camping in the Sierras, but this week I’ve been favoriting everything so fresh and so clean clean!

Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale

Bath and Body Works Haul

Bath and Body Works Haul

We needed more hand soap and how perfect is it that the Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual sale is going on.  So not only did I get more soap I also walked away with some new home fragrance in summertime scents.  I walked away with all of this for under $30!  Usually I don’t leave the sale under $60 but I restrained this time… but it’s a great time to stock up on your favorites especially if you pair it with a coupon.  So Fri-Yay for cheap clean hands for me!

Anew Clean 

Anew Clean Cleansers

Anew Clean Cleansers

New arrivals hit the eboutique this week including the new Avon Anew Clean cleansers and vibrating cleansing brush.  I’ve wanted a cleansing brush for years and never got one so I was SUPER excited when I saw this was coming out, but this week I got a chance to use and it love it as much as expected!  And these new cleanser are legit, I love the Everyday Scrub.  Full review coming soon but these are all now available and at a special intro price so check them out!  So Fri-Yay for new clean face for me!

Friday Flash Sale

Today only get and additional 30% off select products during the flash sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and if you have a $60 order pack it with the 20% off coupon AVONFB16.  I’ll be picking up a new Touch and Glow and Powderbuff powder foundation since now that it’s summer I need my darker color.  So Fri-Yay for (clean?) discounted must haves!

Clean White Suit

Heidi Klum In Clean White on AGT

Heidi Klum In Clean White on AGT

Summer TV means the return of America’s Got Talent, which is a little reality tv pleasure in our house.  Judging by Grace and her golden ticket it’s going to be a good season.  As much as I love variety show acts Heidi Klum and Mel B usually are styled expertly!  Heidi has always been a personal favorite but when I saw her in her white suit, red lips, gold eye, statement ring and bright red nails I was smitten!  I scoured the internet trying to find a picture but came up empty handed.  So you’ll have to watch the vide to see :).  Now if only I can recreate this in a summer friendly way.  So Fri-Yay for clean white inspo!

And Fri-Yay! to the weekend!

Trending Tuesday – Fall IT Color #camel

If the world of alicia was the internet then #camel would totally be trending.  This fall I’ve had a color crush on camel.  I’m not much of a brown person but camel is like it’s creamy cousin that looks excellent against that end of summer tan and your classic blacks and blues.  That’s why camel is totally trending in my world… if you couldn’t tell by my #1 camel pick, my camel colored bag that I’m OBSESSED with… and a few other camel inspirations…

A camel bag – My must have as of latemark. Neutral Territory Bag.  Big and structured so super effective!

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

 

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

mark. Neutral Territory Bag

A Camel Coat – A perfect camel topper for chilly days and classic like no other!

White House Black Market Topper

White House Black Market Topper — and the shoes!  love the shoes!

Trench, Dress, Boots...

Trench, Dress, Boots…

mark. On Top Of Things Jacket

mark. On Top Of Things Jacket

A camel hat – I’ve found my camel floppy hat to be a fall staple!

Camel hat and a camel pup!

Camel hat and a camel pup!

A camel sweater – as sweater weather creeps in, there’s just something a bit regal about a camel sweater, it can be trendy or classic.  I was super inspired by Kelly Ripa today on Kelly and Michael in her thin gauge camel sweater and leather skirt!

Michael Kors Inspired

Michael Kors Inspired

Camel Sweater and Black Pencil Skirt

Camel Sweater and Black Pencil Skirt

Kelly & Michael Inspo (with a mega glam Cindy!)

Kelly & Michael Inspo (with a mega glam Cindy!)

A comforting camel – Fall is the start of all things cozy.  In the fall I always restock my triple wick candles and upgrade to fall scents in my bath and body and hand soaps.  I love a scent with a comforting caramel undertone.  Not quite a camel color but more a fall inspiration for my camel crush!

Avon Home Fragrance Candles

Avon Home Fragrance Candles

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Avon Naturals (Buy One Get One .99)

Avon Naturals (Buy One Get One .99)

BONUS!  Today only (and how fitting!) at my eBoutique with a $50 purchase get a FREE Triple Wick Autumn candle and with a $75 order ALSO get a Whipped Pumpkin, so 2 FREE triple wick candles.  Just in time help get you inspired to trend some camel for the fall season!  AND check back all week at my eBoutique for a unique bonus offer!  However this FREE candle deal is the cats meow!

FREE candle at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code FALLSCENT

FREE candle at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code FALLSCENT

Happy National Lipstick Day! (and Get A Free Lipstick and Lipgloss!)

Today is National Lipstick Day and in honor I thought I’d share my lip favorites lately and a FREE Lipstick offer!

Summer Time Go-To:  Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon (NOW ONLY $4.99). This formula wears more like a glossy balm and has a bit of shine and extremely nourishing and I love it.  The easy melon coral shade is super flattering for an every day shade during the summer.

 

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon

 

Basic Neutral:  Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Tender Mauve (NOW ONLY $4.99)  This is one of those matches your natural lip color shades so it’s good for a wear to work day shade.

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Tender Mauve

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Tender Mauve

Spicy Shade:  Avon Ultra Color Indulgence Lip Color in Chocolate Rose (NOW ONLY $4.99!) Brown shades are super on trend right now but this one is a little spicy with some red undertones.  This kind of shade is  a great way to wear a bold shade without being to loud.  

Avon Ultra Color Indulgence Lip Color in Chocolate Rose

Avon Ultra Color Indulgence Lip Color in Chocolate Rose

{Sidenote:  obiviously I’m really digging this mark. Box Set Necklace ($24.00).  It just always goes!  All 3 pics were taken on different days and yes I wear black that often}

Red Hot Lip Color – mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up ($11).  This red is the perfect summer red.  Because the formula is more a nourishing balm you wouldn’t expect the color pay off to be so much but it’s amazing.

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up

These are what I’ve been wearing lately but if you just look through the archives (like here and here) you can see I totally love mark. and Avon lip colors!  Even better is that most of these are on mega sale at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger BUT TODAY ONLY get a FREE Lipstick and Lipgloss with a $50 purchase!  (if you missed my week of sales post from yesterday that’s today’s promo!)  In addition comment below on your favorite lip shade and type (lipstick, gloss, etc) and I’ll send you a free lip sample!

July 29 - One Day Only! National Lipstick Day FREE Lip Gloss & Lipstick with any $50+ order. Use Code: LIPSTICK

July 29 – One Day Only!
National Lipstick Day
FREE Lip Gloss & Lipstick with any $50+ order.
Use Code: LIPSTICK

 

 

Monthly Edit – What To Buy In February

If you’re anything like me you constantly feel like you want to just go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, but don’t have the budget, or honestly, the closet space to do so.  But I do love new things and being strategic and smart on my purchases, so instead of going all out each season add few key items each month that expand on what you have and keep you trendy and feeling good!  I’ve already shared my must-haves for January, here’s my word on February picks!

 

A new pink lip color and multi-tasking shimmer pallet:

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Baby Me

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Baby Me

Nothing is better than adding a little glow to pale winter skin.  Go with soft shades of pink and shimmer to perk up winter complexions.  mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Baby Me ($11) is an easy investment plus it wears like a balm so you prevent chapped lips while getting the perfect light pink shade!  Pair it with the mark. Touch and Glow Shimmer Cubes ($16) for a super easy look with a super versatile pallet.  Check out my look with it here.

mark. Touch and Glow

mark. Touch and Glow

 

A sparkly statement necklace:

Chambray and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Chambray and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Sick of wearing scarfs yet?  Try switching out a scarf with a sparkly necklace on those days when you’re not freezing!  Pair it with a chambray shirt for major impact that’s on trend and perfect for achieving the no- quite-spring-yet-look (as in with your leggings and boots).  mark. Clear Choice Necklace ($38) is the clear choice for this (see what I did there) and will work with your winter looks straight through to your summer looks!  {pic cred:  sealaura}

 

A spring scarf:

mark. Four Seasons Scarf

mark. Four Seasons Scarf (and wearing Baby Me on lips)

Not sick of wearing scarfs, then grab a new spring scarf in a lighter weight fabric and fun spring print.  I like the mark. Four Seasons Scarf ($18) because it’s super oversized!  I can wrap up in this baby and stay perfectly warm while wearing a print that just makes me spring-happy.  Plus this guy can transition into spring and summer not only as a scarf but also as a coverup for shoulder baring dresses (maybe during wedding season!?) or even at the beach!  Now that $18 seems even more appealing!

See how long this guy is!

See how long this guy is!

 

A new luxurious bath line:

mark. Naked Love

LOVE mark. Naked Love

Time to save winter skin and smell fresh for spring!  I can’t get over my excitement for the mark. Naked Love bath and body line.  This is probably my top pick (and favorite body line) in a long time.  Every time I lather up in the shower I’m immediately a little happier AND that gorgeous packaging makes me even more happy!  We’re over those deep scents from winter, but the notes of apricot nectar, white peaches, velvet freesia and skin musk are perfect for this time of year and beyond.  Whipped Up Body Butter is also super nourishing for winter skin.  It preps us for the upcoming skin-baring season.  This way, when those first few warm days hit we’ll be ready.

 

A chiffon layered top:

mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

It’s hard to shop for clothes in February because we’re SO over buying those dark bulky winter items but it’s not quite warm enough for all those new spring arrivals.  So stick with buying tops that can work with many types of bottoms and in soft shades that work for winter and spring.  I’m loving the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt ($28) for these exact reasons.  I can pair this with jeans for a casual look, or dress it up with a skirt or slim fitting dress pants.  The chiffon layer really let’s you dress it up, plus it takes away some of the bulk but still gives you that layered look!  I’m also looking forward to wearing this guy with shorts on those warmer days… like a cute pair of white denim shorts would look amazing with this!

BONUS:  An on-clearance favorite!

February is the best time to shop winter clearance finds!  Some of my favorites from fall and holiday releases are now marked down super low!  Like this top, necklace, clutch, polish set and MORE!  (all on clearance at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)

 

Final Word of Alicia:

None of these items will break the bank (like under $150 for all of them, ALL of them!) and are new and now for February and beyond.  I also love how I can pair them with my January top picks and breath some 2015 life into my 2014 (and older, yikes!) wardrobe.  It’s like a breath of fresh air!   If you can only budget 1 thing this month my pick is the mark. Naked Love bath and body set ($34.99 for 6 pieces).  You can shop the items here and get 20% off with promo code AVONFB20