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Our Summer Crushes

Summer Crushes

Our Summer Crushes

I have a crush and I’m not the only one!  A few friends and I are crushing on our summer staples, products that keep you at your best all summer and beyond.  Here’s what we’re crushing on and why:

Lisa Monoson ~ Avon Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil $20

Lisa Monoson's Summer Staple: SSS Triple Phase Oil

Lisa Monoson’s Summer Staple: SSS Triple Phase Oil

“My pick would be the triple phase oil, I love it for my entire body after a shower but especially for the legs makes them so pretty after shaving, nice glow. Great for those summer dresses.”  – Lisa M.  Lisa has that summer glow in her summer dress, the mark. Crochet All Day Maxi ($46).  The Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil is currently buy one get one for .99 cents with all the current Skin So Soft products.

Erica Gerlemann ~ Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel $10

Erica Gerelmann's Summer Staple: Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Clover

Erica Gerelmann’s Summer Staple: Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Clover

“For me a pretty pedi is a must-have for #sandalweather! Avon’s Gel Finish nail polishes come in pretty summer shades like Clover (and my other faves Mint To Be and Rain Washed) and last a good 5-7 days before I need a redo.” – Erica G.  The Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel  are currently on sale for $6.99.

Sheray Oliver ~ Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration Collection $24

Sheray Oliver's Summer Staple: Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration

Sheray Oliver’s Summer Staple: Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration

“Sometimes a Woman needs time to unwind, de-stress, relax, meditate… I love the New Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration Collection made with Mediterranean Olive Oil. The scrub leaves my dry, summer skin feeling soft and moisturized. It’s the perfect gift for the Super Women in your lives….including the She-ro inside of YOU. #spa #giftsforher #avon #superwoman #wonderwoman #shero” – Sheray O.  The Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration is currently on promotion for all 3, lotion, shower gel and dry oil for $24 PLUS get a FREE cosmetic bag.

Linda Montavon ~ Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray $13.

Linda Montavon's Summer Staple:  Avon Makeup Setting Spray

Linda Montavon’s Summer Staple: Avon Makeup Setting Spray

The Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray is my favorite for setting makeup instantly for all-day wear. It’s easy to keep your beautiful going with this beauty must have. Bonus on a hot day it is the perfect refreshing,rejuvenating pick me up! I love it! – Linda M.  Linda’s looking refreshed as her summer makeup stays all day.  The Avon Makeup Setting Spray is currently on sale for $9.99

Jill Anderson ~ Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer $10 and mark. Walking Tour Sandals $36.

Jill Anderson's Summer Staple: mark. Walking Tour Sandal

Jill Anderson’s Summer Staple: mark. Walking Tour Sandal

“My summer essentials are the Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer paired with a super cute pair of neutral sandals like the mark By Avon Walking Tour Sandals. My legs tend to take longer to tan than everything else so I love to use the Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer to help even out the color. I love that it’s non-streaking and provides a natural color with a pretty scent. That’s a hard combination to find at such a great price. With a great tan, you’ll of course need a great neutral sandal to help keep your feet cool and show off the pretty pedicure. The mark By Avon Walking Tour Sandal is just perfect for this! It’s neutral color means it goes with anything and since it’s a flat, it’s super comfortable! Besides that, who could resist those awesome tassels and wrap laces?! They’re so on trend and so adorable!!!’ – Jill A.  Skin So Soft Satin Glow Body Gel Moisturizer is currently on sale for $5.99.   The mark. Walking Sandals are part of the mark. Instant Vacation Havana Capsule Collection (see more here).

Rebecca Luedemann ~ mark. Touch and Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes $18

Rebecca Luedemann's Summer Staple:  mark. Touch and Glow

Rebecca Luedemann’s Summer Staple: mark. Touch and Glow

“With my schedule I am all about products that can multitask. My summer makeup bag staple is the mark. Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes. These all over face palettes pack a serious punch when it comes to creating a beautiful summer glow. Swipe your blush brush over the whole palette to get just the right color for cheeks, choose an individual shade to use as a highlighter or combine several shades to create the perfect eye look. In a pinch I have even applied a shade to my lips over lip balm to give myself a color touch-up. I have both the Pearly Glow and Coral Glow palettes and I love them both equally!” – Rebecca L.  Touch and Glow Shimmer Cubes are a cult favorite among makeup artists, beauty editors and regular gals like us!

Alicia Hessinger ~ mark. by Avon Isle Style Bag $42

mark. Isle Style Bag - My Summer Go-To

mark. Isle Style Bag – My Summer Go-To

“I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this bag when I got it, and have used it all summer.  The style is unique and a really good quality.  It holds a ton, so great for summer travel, and has a polished but easy look, which you want in a summer bag.  Plus, it goes from work to weekend.”  You can see how much I love this bag here, here, here and here.

You can’t argue with true life testimonials.  Sometimes you just need to hear it from the horse’s mouth.  To get these summer staples shop online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Some are limited edition so be sure to grab them up before they go away, and take advantage of the $10 deal before it ends on August 1st!

Let's Makeup Beauty Bundle $10 with a $40 order

Let’s Makeup Beauty Bundle $10 with a $40 order

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Word On Anew Sheet Masks

Word On Avon Anew Sheet Masks

Word On Avon Anew Sheet Masks

Skincare Sunday just revealed itself to be a game changer.  Avon just released their take of the hottest trend in skincare, sheet masks in two forumulas, brightening and firming.  Here’s my word on them!

I'm Sheet Faced :)

I’m Sheet Faced 🙂

Word On Anew Sheet Masks:  Firming or Brightening formula

Inspired by ancient Asian beauty rituals, the sheet masks hold a generous amount of serum and are designed to fit the contours of your face like a second skin to reduce evaporation. Infused essences are continuously and evenly released for immediate and enhanced benefits.

Firming Mask: Amp up your regimen with a mask! Use it one to two times a week after cleaning for an immediate lift. Follow with your regular routine. 4 individually wrapped, single-use sheet masks.

BENEFITS: 

• Skin instantly feels firmer, tighter and lifted
• Diminishes the appearance of wrinkles
• Improves the appearance of skin
• Skins looks younger
• Moisturizes skin

Brightening Mask:  Amp up you regimen with a mask! Use it one to two times a week after cleansing for an instant glow. Follow with your regular routine.
4 individually wrapped, single-use sheet masks.

BENEFITS:
• Leaves skin feeling and looking brighter, hydrated, and refreshed
• Skin appears more radiant, luminous, & glowing
• Improves texture & skin feels smoother
• Immediate and visible brightening results
• Immediate improvement in brightness
• Infused essences are continuously and evenly released for immediate and enhanced benefits
• Improves skin texture

HOW TO USE

For immediate lift or instant glow, use the mask 1-2 times per week after cleansing and before your regular skin care routine.

  1. Unfold mask carefully.
  2. Apply onto clean, dry face, smoothing to adhere.
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove and massage serum into skin.  Do not rinse.
Anew Sheet Masks Drastic Results

Anew Sheet Masks Drastic Unedited Results – picture on left day before using mask, right, day of using sheet mask.

Word Of Alicia:  I have used quite a few sheet masks in the past from many a different brands but none had as drastic results on me as the firming mask.  As you can see from my picture my frown lines were severely diminished and the the lines around my eyes and the area looks lifted, in addition to just being more plump and moisturized.  It didn’t seem to do anything to that line on my forehead but I guess that’s not where I had loose skin to firm up.  I def seem lifted.  The brightening mask had a really fresh faced look after I was done.  I thought I looked more awake, which is awesome on a day you didn’t get enough sleep, but it wasn’t as drastic as the firming one.  Are they worth the penny?  For me, YES.  They definitely are more luxe of a mask than you’re getting for $2 at Walmart.  I do wish they sold them individually rather than a box of 4, but $24.99 for the box that gives me those results, I’ll take it!  You can shop the Avon Anew Sheet Masks at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

If you saw my last post and are interested at getting the Avon Representative discount on your skincare and everything else mark. and Avon you can sign up here!  Seriously, getting high quality skincare on sale really has helped my budget as much as it has helped my face!

The Cold Shoulder

The Cold Shoulder

The Cold Shoulder

Off the shoulder tops were a huge trend this summer and the trend continues on for fall and winter!  The cold shoulder top is the fall version featuring shoulder cutouts.  I’ve always been a fan of this look and when mark. had thier version on a flash sale I scooped it up!  (SIDENOTE:  A new flash sale is hitting the eboutique on Halloween 10/31 so be sure to see what goodies are on additional 31% off!)

Fall Trends - Cut Out Shoulder and Button Front Mini Skirt

Fall Trends – Cut Out Shoulder, Button Front Mini Skirt, Ankle Boots and Choker.

Big trends for fall this year are cut out shoulders, ribbed fabric, button front mini skirts, ankle boots and chokers, all of which I’m wearing in this look.  I personally love each of these trends and even more so all paired together in the right way.  As the weather gets colder each of these can be adjusted like with jeans instead of a skirt, or with tights, tall boots and a leather jacket!

mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

Outfit Details:  Top/Booties/Bag/Belt – mark.  |  Skirt – Express  |  Choker – Charming Charlie  | Lips – Avon

Detailed View

Detailed View

Easy Fall Outfit with mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

Easy Fall Outfit with mark. Show Some Shoulder Top

I like how easy it is to wear cut out shoulder tops, they really give the look of something so fashion forward but you still stay comfortable and functional!

Embrace Fall's Biggest Trends While Staying Comfortable

Embrace Fall’s Biggest Trends While Staying Comfortable

Fun fact – this skirt is from like 2006 maybe 2007 it’s been in a pile of donation items I’ve never did anything with for yrs… yes yrs.   When I saw all the button front mini’s coming back I was like ooooh I have one of those!  It was like new maybe worn once or twice so for me it’s like a come up!  Moral of the story shop your closet, shop your attic and shop your donation piles if you’re super lazy like me you might get a come up too!  You can also shop my eboutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and get yourself a FREE tote bag and beauty set (including my FAV eyeliner!) with promo code BAGSWAG

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Word Of Alicia Review: Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance Collection

Word Of Alicia:  Avon Little Black Dress Collection

Word Of Alicia: Avon Little Black Dress Collection

Because it’s Little Black Dress week here on the blog, inspired by Avon’s Little Black Dress Fragrance, figured I might as well review the scent that’s inspired the theme!

Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance Collection

Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance Collection

Description:  Our classic Little Black Dress scent has been modernized. It’s now an oriental/floral fragrance that’s versatile and stylish from day to night. A sparkling aroma of Italian lemon oil and elegant jasmine essence embellished with luxurious sandalwood.

The neckline of the Little Black Dress is like the top note of the fragrance; it is the greatest first impression she can make.

The waistline of the fragrance represents glamour, grace and captivating femininity.

The hemline of the fragrance was made to create a self-assured elegance to the wearer and lends a long-lasting impression that she takes with her wherever she goes.

Little Black Dress Eau de Parfum Spray

Little Black Dress Eau de Parfum Spray

Meet The Perfumer:  RODRIGO FLORES-ROUX

Rodrigo has a distinguished career in perfumery spanning over 20 years and several countries, including Mexico, France and the United States. In 2007, he re-joined the house of Givaudan, where he had his initial introduction to perfumery more than 15 years ago.

“Our muse for this fragrance was the iconic Little Black Dress, a universal symbol of sophistication that never goes out of style, reflecting the beautiful silhouette of a woman…her neckline, waistline and hemline.” – Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Master Perfumer and Little Black Dress Co-creator

All 3 for $25

All 3 for $25

Word Of Alicia:  My immediate thoughts were sophistication.  The bottle design alone suggest this.  I’d get it just to sit and look pretty.  To me it is a warm scent, but not old lady.   Like they said, is perfect for any occasion.  This would work for day or night, work or play.  It’s not overwhelming, it has a softness to it that makes it easy to wear.  It’s not like anything I own however it’s suppose to be similar to Victoria’s Secret Heavenly.  I really do feel a little empowered and womanly in it.  The lotion is really good too!  Usually these type of lotions are just ok, but this one is really moisturizing and the scent doesn’t “sting” you when you put it on.  Layered with the shower gel this is a pairing I’d buy again.  Staying power is pretty good too.  Lasts the work day for me.  At $25 for all 3 I’d say it’s a definite!  If you’re unsure comment or dm me I’ll send you a free sample!

Get The Shower Gel, Lotion and Perfume!

Get The Shower Gel, Lotion and Perfume!

LBD Collection:  In addition Avon released a fashion collection to go with the scent.  My top pick from it is the Avon Signature Laser-Cut Little Black Dress.  It’s similar to this mark. one I have so I didn’t get it but if you missed out on that one GET THIS ONE!  I LOVE the dress, the fit and the versatility of it.  Also the Avon Style Swap Ocean Drive Necklace.  You can wear it 3 ways and it’s just that perfect accent for a LBD.

Avon Laser Cut Little Black Dress

Avon Laser Cut Little Black Dress

Avon Style Swap Ocean Avenue Necklace

Avon Style Swap Ocean Drive Necklace

You can shop the dress, necklace and new fragrance at the introductory rate of $25 for all 3 at my eboutique.  Be sure to check out the rest of the collection as well and request a sample if you’re interested!

Week O’Nautical – Blue Slip Dress

Week O'Nautical - Slip Dress

Week O’Nautical – Slip Dress

Week O’Nautical looks are kicking off with a great blue slip dress!  What is more nautical than the many shades of blue in the ocean.  Blue is my favorite color so when I saw this mark. New Angled Slip Dress I knew it would be a good addition.  With the 90’s resurgence slip dresses are back in a big way.  Here’s how I styled a slip dress in a slightly nautical way.

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Ocean Blue Slip Dress

Ocean Blue Slip Dress

Back of the mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Back of the mark. New Angled Slip Dress

This mark. New Angled Slip dress is the most beautiful shade of blue, making it perfect for nautical styling.  Besides it’s nice quality flowing fabric and a super easy style this dress is also REVERSIBLE!   The underside is a gorgeous ocean turquoise color, so it’s like 2 dresses in one!  For this Week O’Nautical look I wore the royal blue but check back for an upcoming look with the turquoise side.

Sneak Peek Of The Turquoise Underneath

Sneak Peek Of The Turquoise Underneath

Add A Gold Wrap Belt

Add A Gold Wrap Belt

For my curvy figure I needed to add a little shape, so I added this thin gold wrap belt (mark., old).  It was still loose enough to keep the flowy look of the dress but still gave me some shape to the slip dress.

Flowy Shape With The mark. New Angled Slip Dress

Flowy Shape With The mark. New Angled Slip Dress

A nautical look isn’t complete without it’s gold accessories which work beautifully with this blue.  Besides the belt I added the mark. Twice As Nice Necklace, Avon Signature Watch and Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet (coming next week to http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  The Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet is the ULTIMATE Week O’Nautical Accessory!

Nautical Gold Accessories

Nautical Gold Accessories and Orange Lip

Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet

mark. Twice As Nice Necklace

mark. Twice As Nice Necklace and Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

We can’t be celebrating the unofficial start of summer without some killer sunnies!  These mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses are the perfect pair with their flattering on almost anyone shape in a tortoise color that goes with everything!  Plus they’re only $5 with a qualifying mark. purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

mark. Throw Me Some Shade Sunglasses

This look would be equally as chic with some wedges or flats depending on what your Memorial Day plans shape up to be.  What also is great about a slip dresses easy styling… it’s SUPER comfy all while looking chic.  Win win!

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Try A Slip Dress This Summer

Try A Slip Dress This Summer

I’m starting off Week O’Nautical with one of my FAVORITE looks.  The ocean blue hue with gold and nautical accessories is perfect way to kick off summer.  I’ve been wearing this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm bracelet non-stop and can’t get enough of this blue.  Try a slip dress this summer, like the mark. New Angled Slip dress, you won’t be disappointed.  I promise!   Shop them here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Look to kick off summer in!

Nautical Look to kick off summer in!

Nailed It: mark. Nail This Look Nail Lacquer and Bracelet-Ring Set

mark. Nail This Look Nail Lacquer and Bracelet-Ring Set $28

mark. Nail This Look Nail Lacquer and Bracelet-Ring Set $28

First official mani Monday of September!  Typically this early in September I’m still wearing my summer brights but this year I’m embracing the fall trends early with deep smokey purples from the mark. Nails This Look Set ($28).  Even better pairing these on trend fall colors with a coordinating ring-to-wrist bracelet!  My go-to for a wanderlust August is continuing through September!

Plums and Purples for September from mark. and Avon

Plums and Purples for September from mark. and Avon

Shady Lady with an accent nail in Plumsation

Shady Lady with an accent nail in Plumsation

For my nail look I wore the more smokey grey plume shade (Shady Lady) with an accent nail in the deep purple (Plumsation) on my ring.  These shades are more matte so I left them sans topcoat.

Shady Lady and an accent nail in Plumsation

Shady Lady and an accent nail in Plumsation

These shades are totally up my ally.  I loved them so much I’ve worn them twice already!  Which is kind of a big deal since it’s still summer and super hot here causing me to typically be wearing my summer brights through October.  Plus they wear really well.

I’m a HUGE fan of the mark. Nail This Look Set’s (see here and here).  mark. coordinates the perfect little companion to your mani.  For under $30 you get TWO perfectly on trend shades and an accessory that will take you through the season.  Plus they’re just the right amount to use this season and be done and ready for the next by next season.  I think its just the perfect little pairing and a great way to spend a little on a big trend that you’ll love!  You can shop the mark. Nail This Look Set ($28) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger (along with this scarf only $10!  and these earrings and this necklace and this lip color!)

Coordinating bracelet-ring for a fresh fall look!

Coordinating bracelet-ring for a fresh fall look!

BONUS!  GET 20% OFF A $50 ORDER!  Now through September 21st with promo code TRIPLEPLAY2 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Prom Code TRILPLEPLAY2 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Prom Code TRILPLEPLAY2 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Word Of Alicia Review: mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Fragrance

Scent is such a personal thing.  For me a certain scent can bring back major memories, instantly make me happy or at the other end of the spectrum gross me out or give me a headache.  Needless to say ordering a new scent online is almost a pointless activity. Unless you know what to look for.  Historically I like clean scents that are light and fresh.  Which is why for the past 4 years the favorite perfumes in my collection are all from the mark. Instant Vacation collections.  Knowing that I’ve liked so many of their past scents when mark. released the Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil fragrance duo I knew I was going to take a chance and order it without smelling it.  It did not disappoint.

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray $24

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray $24

Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray is described as a luxe blend of fresh, breezy Caribbean waters; rich, exotic coconut milk and bold beautiful frangipani flower takes your senses on a journey to a glam island resort.  Paired with the eau de toilette spray is the Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion.  Inspired by the shimmering waters and silky sands of Saint Barts, this hydrating luminizer leaves your skin with a radiant glow and a wisp of the Saint Barts Soleil fragrance.  Layer under the eau de toilette spray for a luxurious, total-scent experience.

Layer mark. Saint Barts Shimmering Lotion under the Eau De Toilette Spray for Extra Staying Power

Layer mark. Saint Barts Shimmering Lotion under the Eau De Toilette Spray for Extra Staying Power

Personally this is right up my ally.  If you are familiar with past mark. Instant Vacation releases, its like a  combo of the Marrakesh scent mixed with the original Instant Vacation scent.  I adore anything coconut and this gives just the right amount of it to not smell like you just applied Hawaiian Tropic (which by the way I also really enjoy).  Its sophisticated enough for all ages and just like I like fresh, clean and light, like a summer fragrance should be.  Because it is a Eau De Toilette I do re-apply hours later if its going to be a long 15 hour type of day.  The shimmering lotion is the same formula as the past mark. Hamptons lotion but obviously with this new scent.  Its not as moisturizing as my typical Whipped Up Body Butter I use daily, but as a nice, light lotion it works.  The shimmer isn’t glittery but a nice, well, shimmer.  I really like it on my legs.  And just like any other fragrance duos layering helps the staying power.  At $24 for the Eau De Toilette Spray and $14 for the Shimmering Lotion this is a super affordable duo.  You can get them at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Shop the mark. Saint Barts Soleil at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Shop the mark. Saint Barts Soleil at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Word Of Alicia Review:  My new go-to must have scent.  At a super affordable price point I won’t mind wearing it everyday and everywhere.  The shimmer lotion is just a summer must have in general but also having this killer scent is win win.  Not to strong for work/day but intense enough to wear out at night.  Definitely a scent that instantly takes me to a warm summery happy place.  Shop the mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Soleil Eau De Toilette Spray and Shimmering Body Lotion at my eBoutique.

BONUS:  Get these sunnies for only $5!!!  with your purchase

BONUS: Get these sunnies for only $5!!! with your purchase

BONUS:  Now until May 15th get the mark. Get In The Shade Sunglasses ($18) for ONLY $5 with any $20 mark. Instant Vacation purchase!  I LOVE the tropical print on the trendy slightly cat-eyed shaped sunglasses.  These are perfect for your summer activities like lake days or being active or just to leave in your car when you don’t want to ruin your super expensive ones but still look really cute.  Shop it:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Be sure to check out all my mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts posts so far… and more to come!!!

mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts — Ocean Hues Outfit

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. Island Elegance Maxi Dress

Word Of Alicia Review:  mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts Island Eyes and Island Beauty 

Word Of Alicia: American Hustle

American Hustle

American Hustle (source)

Award season is in full swing!  I can’t say I watch all the nominated movies but I do catch a good handful of them.  One of those movies that seems to be nominated for everything this year is American Hustle, since I saw this last week I decided to do a review, Alicia style!  Plus Amy Adams is definitely one of my best dressed picks from the Golden Globes, staying slightly in character with her deep v and sleek gown.

Amy Adams Golden Globes

Amy Adams Golden Globes (source)

American Hustle Plot Overview:  

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams star in director David O. Russell’s fictional period crime drama about a reckless FBI agent who recruits a con man and his alluring partner into a scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians and gangsters. Smooth-talking Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) is a hustler of the highest order. No mark is off limits for Rosenfeld, especially when his crafty partner Sydney Prosser (Adams) is by his side. When renegade FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) thrusts the deceptive duo into the treacherous world of New Jersey power players and underworld heavies, the thrill of the hunt grows too strong to resist. Meanwhile, New Jersey politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) gets caught in the middle, and Rosenfeld’s capricious wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) holds more power than anyone could imagine. Louis C.K. and Jack Huston costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi (fandango)

J. Lawrence in American Hustle

J. Lawrence in American Hustle (source)

Word On American Hustle:

This movie was different.  That’s the best way to explain it.   It’s not your typical drama, comedy, romcom, thriller, etc… but not different in a bad way, but a good way!  I definitely give it 2 thumbs up.  It had me paying attention to the story line.  Which typically would be difficult since it’s not that fast paced really.  I was expecting some twists or a big action scene but no, it was all about the story line and relationships between the characters, that was all it needed with those acting skills.  It wasn’t as funny as the commercials or nominations in the comedy category would suggest, but it has its chuckles.  I did notice the 2hr and 9min runtime though… it felt that long fo sho.  I think what had me hooked was the character development, you really felt for each character and wanted them to succeed.  Plus Christian Bale was almost unrecognizable to me at first!  I had to ask if that was him, haha!

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle

Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle (source)

Through the whole movie I think I was just as enamored with the costume design as I was with the movie.  Here I thought I didn’t like 70’s fashion but I literally was wishing I had Amy Adam’s (Sydney’s) wardrobe.  And some of it I kind of do… the pants, the wrap dresses, the sleek gowns, the coats!  I basically have the black coat with mega fur worn by Jennifer Lawrence’s character Rosalyn.

Rosalyn's Coat I Basically Have a Dupe of

Rosalyn’s Coat I Basically Have a Dupe of (source)

American Hustle Costumes

American Hustle Costumes

Sleek V-necks and Pencil Skirts on Sydney

Sleek V-necks and Pencil Skirts on Sydney (source)

Killer Winter White and THAT HAT!

Killer Winter White and THAT HAT!

Not only was the fashion spot on, the hair!  If only I could get such bouncy soft flowing curls.  Ok, ok not all the hair.  I could do without the perms.  “Hey gang, now what would make this great day even better? Perms for everyone!”  (Burgundy reference for those of you not as cool as you think you are)

American Hustle Hair

American Hustle Hair

Amy Adams as Sydney In A Glorious Perm

Amy Adams as Sydney In A Glorious Perm

Word Of Alicia:  Go see this movie, don’t expect a lot of action or twists and be prepared to sit for over 2 hrs.  Then gawk at how pretty everyone is, then follow it up with wearing a wrap dress, big earrings, a trench coat and bouncy full curls.  Maybe I’ll just do that too!

Wear and Share Wed – mark. Shift and Swing Dress

Jackie from Living After Midnight & I are teaming up for a new series on our blogs called Wear It Wednesday!!! Every other Wednesday we’ll be styling the same mark. item with our own spin of course!!! We’re kicking off the series with mark.’s Shift & Swing Dress!! 

Wear and Share Wednesday

Wear and Share Wednesday

What I love most about mark. is it’s versatility, Jackie and I are different shapes with different styles and this dress is killer for both of us!  Check out Living After Midnight to see how Jackie styled her Swift and Swing Dress!  This dress WILL look good on everyone!  Plus the fun asymmetrical hem is super flattering!  This dress will turn heads.

Wearing and Sharing the mark. Shift and Swing Dress

Wearing and Sharing the mark. Shift and Swing Dress

I styled mine with, well, more mark.!  I just loved how the magalog paired this dress so I just copied it!  Wearing the Chase The Blues Necklace ($24), Blue Me In Earrings ($18), Big Mix Up Bracelets (blue strand $20), Shell Bracelet (Cookie Lee), High Style Convertible Bag ($40) and Stand Back Heels ($38).  Shop all these at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Shift and Swing details

Shift and Swing details

The trim on this dress has a bit of an aztec feel, perfect for summer!  The bright tangerine, purple and turquoise will give you so many options for styling this dress yourself!  I wanted to bring out the turquoise a bit more with the mark. Pretty Stellar Ring (in and out of sale at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com) and with Essie’s In The Cabana from the 2013 resort collection.

Stand Back Heels and High Style Convertible Bag

Stand Back Heels and High Style Convertible Bag

How would you style this dress?  I’m thinking the next time I wear this I’m going to pair it with simple gold heels and dainty gold jewelry!  Be sure to check out Living After Midnight and comment who’s looks is more your taste!  Join us every other Wednesday for 1 mark. item styled 2 ways!  Get your own Shift and Swing Dress $36 at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

PLUS just for today, an added bonus at the eBoutique!

Spring has Sprung – Violet Vibe

Spring officially has sprung today!  And after having weeks of perfect spring weather we got rain today… go figure.  Regardless, it just means I can officially be in full-on spring mode.  I think I captured it in the latest new arrivals from mark.  Well, the geese thought I did at least…

White On Blazer and Violet Vibe Dress

White On Blazer and Violet Vibe Dress

Leave it to mark. to create another go-to dress in a hot spring shade.  The Violet Vibe Dress ($32) is super flattering and the cut flatters pretty much any body type.  To slim the waist even more I added another new mark. arrival, Studs and Style Stretch Belt ($16).  I paired it with the White On Time Blazer ($48) since it’s not quite warm enough for sleeveless.  Seriously though, this blazer is pretty much the PERFECT white blazer.  The quality is on par and the fit is flattering and trendy while staying classy, a wardrobe must have!  It tops everything from dresses to tanks and jeans and everything in between!  You’ll see more of this blazer, I promise.

Spring Details

Spring Details That Geese Love

The Style and Stones Bracelet ($24) and In A Flash Ring ($16) add a little charm while staying fresh as spring in the brass crystal and blush tones.  Of course I’m carrying my favorite spring bag, the Hot To Handle Bag ($36 – get it for $25 with a $20 purchase now through 3/21) and anchoring it all the Straight Up Sassy Heels ($40) all available at my eboutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

This spring mark. has hit the mark with the new spring arrivals.  I love these pieces not only for their fresh feel but also for their versatility.  This whole outfit will work for work or play or a spring bridal/baby shower or a perfect look for Easter and so much more.  I can see myself wearing this dress all summer with some wedges and the blazer topping a tank and shorts.  I think I’m more than ready for spring with all these pieces… now I just need a tan.  Maybe I’ll hang out on the grass here with the geese and see if I can get some sun.

Check out my eboutique for all the new arrivals and to get this look:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger