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Week O’Nautical – Cool Silver

Week O'Nautical - Cool Silver

Week O’Nautical – Cool Silver

Are you a silver or a gold person!? Just like everything else, it depends on my mood and what vibe I’m going for, but overall I’m both. I tend to lean towards silver more often… its cool and chic, just like today’s Week O’Nautical OOTD!  Week O’Nautical = Counting down to the holiday weekend wearing anything that fits into the red white and blue theme with a loosely nautical feel, key word being loosely.

Pencil Skirt for today's OOTD

Pencil Skirt for today’s WoN OOTD

I knew I wanted to wear this red pencil skirt to work today (Express, old).  It’s the perfect summer red and really since I’ve been back to the office I really haven’t worn my pencil skirts.  It has this silver disc detailing at the belt and that’s what insipred me to carry that cool silver throughout. 

Avon Summer Statement Metal Jewelry in Silver

Avon Summer Statement Metal Jewelry in Silver

I just got this Avon Summer Statements Stretch Bracelet (that I can’t stop wearing!) but it has the same hammered disc details that the skirt has so I was like, yep, wearing that.  Also released with the bracelet as part of our summer fashion release, are these Avon Summer Statements Hoop Earrings, that I’m also wearing non-stop!  Both of these go with EVERYTHING and they do come in both silver and gold… I, of course, got them in both tones.  When something is so classic, versatile and on trend you just have to go for both!  

Matching Silver Hammered Metal Details

Matching Silver Hammered Metal Details

What also stood out to me was this old mark. ring with silver and turquoise, so I had to wear it today too.  But what top could pull these all together, a ruffled chambray top!  Cool, chic, layed back, and maybe a little fitting to watch Yellowstone that’s saved on my DVR later.

Cool and Chic

Cool and Chic

You know what else is cool and chic… my summer bag!  I’m obsessed.  This Dooney and Bourke Wayfarer Nylon Tote with Accessories from QVC.  It is the perfect summer work bag, perfect!  The Italian nylon is so lightweight and easy to care for, the tan handles make it casual for summer and the red detailing on the zipper… swoon!  

Ultimate Summer Work Bag

Ultimate Summer Work Bag

I’m digging my look today.  I haven’t been too excited about outfits lately, and this one is changing my mind.  It feels more like me, it has a theme, and its cool and chic.  

Week O'Nautical Counting Down to 4th of July 2020

Week O’Nautical Counting Down to 4th of July 2020

Week O’Nautical: Summer Whites

Week O'Nautical - Summer Whites

Week O’Nautical – Summer Whites

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer.  It’s also the unofficial kickoff to wearing your summer whites!  Nothing says summer more than a white tee and denim.  The classic pairing goes Week O’Nautical… loosely… there’s a red white and blue combo in there 😉

Fresh Summer Whites

Fresh Summer Whites

All white everything — White tee, white bag, white slides.  

Eyelet Lace Sleeve White Tee

Eyelet Lace Sleeve White Tee

This Eyelet Lace Sleeve Tee from Express has a slight puff to its lace sleeve and its so freaking adorable and on trend.  Very lightweight and the perfect length to wear untucked or tucked.  I’ve been seeing this trend for spring/summer and I just love the idea of a clean white tee with these details and denim.  I’ll be pairing this with jean shorts as the weather heats up.

Week O'Nautical 2020

Week O’Nautical 2020

Avon Jewelry for the finishing touch

Avon Jewelry for the finishing touch

From Where I Stand...

From Where I Stand…

Tee – Express; Jeans & Slides – Shoedazzle; Bag & Sunglasses – Michael Kors; Necklace, Earrings, Ring & Red Lip – Avon.

WoN RBF

WoN RBF

Express is having a major sale for Memorial Day if you wanted to swoop this tee for $29.50, it also comes in other colors.  As always you can shop my Avon eStore at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Hellloooo Summer!

Hellloooo Summer!

Week O’Nautical Wants

Week O'Nautical Wants

Week O’Nautical Wants

Week O’Nautical is year has fallen on a weird weather pattern, which is probably more in-line with the rest of the country’s weather normally.  Typical spring weather that can range from cool to warm rain to sun all in one day.  What I’ve found this year in figuring out what to wear is that I really want some nautical pieces that work for these gray days… more white bottoms than 1 pair of jeans, more layering pieces, and more beach sweaters.  I have a ton of looks pinned over on my Week O’Nautical board but I don’t have the supporting items to re-create them.  So, here’s what’s on my want list…

 

A Classic Navy Blazer with Gold Buttons – I kick myself for not taking advantage of that employee discount and getting one of these when I worked at Brooks Brothers, but young 20’s Alicia didn’t care about that…

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A White Dress Slack – I’ve had plenty of these throughout the years but none that fit at the moment.

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A Beach Sweater – Again, I’ve had variations of these in the past (see here) but time for an updated one. like the oversized striped ones that have been trending.

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Star Printed Jeans – I’ve had my eye on these plenty of times, basically since Stella McCartney’s went super popular, but never thought they fit in during my typical warm springs, and hot summers.  Boy was I wrong…

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Ralph Lauren Jumpsuit – This jumpsuit is just a fun pieces I’d wear in my fantasy life.

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Lucky for me Memorial Day Weekend is full of sales, especially on fashion, so maybe I should shop some sales!?  Are you shopping for anything good this weekend?

 

 

A Wet Week O’Nautical

A Wet Week O'Nautical

A Wet Week O’Nautical

It’s the end of May and its raining and cold… am I back in PA!? Usually Week O’Nautical is debuting all my new summer threads, but this year its more about finding something functional for the weather.

Blue and White Stripes

Blue and White Stripes

Planning my OOTD around my red Hunter Rain Boots!

Planning my OOTD around my red Hunter Rain Boots!

With the on again off again rain, I had to bust out those red Hunters!  I started there and built up!  Navy Ponte Pants (Avon Kaya Ponte Pant in Navy) because they can be easily tucked into boots and thick enough to not have the wind go right through them.  Then I added a blue and white striped off the shoulder blouse (Kohls, old).  Layered on some of my fav nautical jewelry, a red lip, and I’m good to go!

Off The Shoulder Spring Blouse

Off The Shoulder Spring Blouse

Rainy Cloudy Days...

Rainy Cloudy Days…

My Go-To Triple Ball Earrings

My Go-To Triple Ball Earrings

At least the rain and clouds make a good backdrop.  However, I’m ready for some sun and warmth to actually make it feel like Memorial Day Weekend is around the corner.  Hows the weather shaping up for your weekend!?

Memorial Weekend, I hope you're warm and sunny!

Memorial Weekend, I hope you’re warm and sunny!

Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?

Week O’Nautical: Sail

Week O'Nautical - Sail

Week O’Nautical – Sail

Week O’Nautical sails on, like literally with sail boats.  I’m counting down to the long Labor Day weekend with a little nautical take on patriotic red white and blue.  What is more nautical than sail boats!?  I picked this Avon Lucy Dress on clearance and it couldn’t be more perfect!

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

Avon Lucy Dress for Nautical Look

For this nautical look it pulls a little retro so that def calls for some peep toe pumps (Guess) and some nautical jewelry (Avon).  I even tied the matching print scarf (Avon) to my navy and white tote (Coach).

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Peep Toe Pumps and Sail Boats

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Nautical Look for Labor Day Weekend

Sail Boat Print

Sail Boat Print

Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue

Not only is this Lucy Dress on clearance (in limited sizes) so are my go-to summer earrings the Avon Seaside Stripes Triple Ball Earrings!  Good thing with Labor Day is all the good summer goodies are on clearance and here in Nor Cal its still hot through October.  And at $7.99 I really suggest these super on trend earrings.  You can shop the Labor Day Sale at my eboutique now.

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale

Seaside Stripe Triple Ball Earring part of the Labor Day Sale

Week O’Nautical Special Edition: Seaside Gardens

It may only be March but I’m already thinking about Memorial Day and my “Week O’Nautical!” Partially because I want warm summer days, but also because of the new capsule release from Avon titled “Seaside Gardens.” Seaside Gardens is a fashion and home release influenced by all things nautical, which means this calls for a Week O’Nautical Special Edition!

Introducing Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection

The Seaside Gardens capsule collection is a limited release for spring.  This means all the items are meant to mix and match with each other (and well with what you have).  It also means that once the stock is gone, its gone.  Judging how the last capsule collection went (Savana Blooms/Modern Southern Belle) popular items will sell out.  I usually don’t like just sharing up the stock photographs but I wanted to share this entire fashion collection.

There are a lot of items I’m just loving!  My top picks include this Veronica Tote Bag and the adorable Ivy Jumpsuit.  There are so many jewelry options that will work from now through Labor Day, especially my pick, the Seaside Stripes Statement Necklace.  And can we take a moment to admire all the shoes… allllll of them!  I literally could work every single item into my wardrobe but my budget doesn’t agree.

In addition to the fashion there is a entire Avon Living line to match! (home goods)  I will be sharing here on Word of Alicia more from the Avon Living line, a Week O’Nautical outfit,  how to update your wardrobe without breaking your budget and how to take the nautical theme to your beauty routine.

Seaside Garden’s launches Wednesday March 14th and will be available through camping 11 (about 6 weeks) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  If you would like to know how to gain early access to these types of collections and score them at 40% off leave a comment saying you want the word!

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: Nautical Grommets

Week O'Nautical:  Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical goes weekend ready!  Nothing is more weekend than an easy top and comfy shorts.  4th of July weekend means we get a little red white and blue with that formula.  I of course took it nautical with this Avon Grommet Split Sleeve Top, part of the Avon Signature Weekend collection.

Nautical Weekend Look

Nautical Weekend Look

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Going Weekend Casual

Going Weekend Casual

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

This top in a small is loose and roomy on me so I’m wearing it off the shoulder with some white denim shorts (F21) some nautical jewelry (Avon and mark.) and weekend staple flip flops (Shoedazzle).  I couldn’t be more comfortable for a holiday weekend, along with my new fav red bag (Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx).

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

You can shop my nautical grommet top in both misses and women’s sizes at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and for a limited time with a $40 order get this weekend ready tote filled with weekend essentials for only $15!

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!