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What Is a Boot Skirt and Why You Need One

What is a boot skirt and why do you need one?

What is a boot skirt and why do you need one?

What is a boot skirt?  Basically a skirt you wear with boots, if that wasn’t obvious.  But let me tell you why you need one.  They typically are more A-line so that means more flattering.  They usually are of a thicker material like wool blends, stiff cotton, etc, which means perfect for the fall and winter.  You usually have two options, shorter and midi.  Both are cut at a length that shows off the boots but also works with proportions.  A shorter skirt will be cut a few inches above the knee but not a mini, and is the most versatile with what boots work with it.  I found the perfect boot skirt with the mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt.

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

mark. Peek of Pleats Skirt

Perfect Boot Skirt For Fall

Perfect Boot Skirt For Fall

The mark. Peek of Pleats skirt is the perfect shorter version.  It has that flattering a-line shape in a nice wool blend.  What makes this one stand out is its peek of chiffon pleats and wrap detailing.  Pleats are a huge trend for fall and the wrap draws the eye in making it even more flattering.

Peak of chiffon

Peak of chiffon

Flattering A Line Cut

Flattering A Line Cut

You can wear a boot skirt with everything from blouses to sweaters.  I paired this black mark. Peek of Pleats skirt with a striped ruffle sleeve sweater from White House Black Market.  I tucked it in but you could easily wear it untucked as well.

Pair it with a ruffle sleeve sweater!

Pair it with a ruffle sleeve sweater!

What’s a boot skirt with out a killer pair of boots!  This season mod, white and ankle cut boots are huge trends which I accomplished with this pair from Shoedazzle.  However boot skirts are also designed to wear with tall boots, so bust out your favorite pair to wear with this skirt.

These boots were made for boot skirts!

These boots were made for boot skirts!

Completely my look I’m wearing the mark. Tough It Out necklace, a doctor’s bag from Brooks Brothers and a bright plum lip with Avon True Color Bold Lipstick in Power Plum.

mark. Tough It Out Necklace

mark. Tough It Out Necklace

Sweater and Skirt Full Look For Fall

Sweater and Skirt Full Look For Fall

You can shop my look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger along with all the new fall arrivals.  The skirt alone would qualify you for the current A Box!  $10 for all the fall/winter moisture you need!  (see more here)

Shop This Boot Skirt Look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Shop This Boot Skirt Look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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What To Wear: Fall Dresses

What To Wear:  Fall Dresses

What To Wear: Fall Dresses

Fall is officially here weather I like it or not, or weather the weather suggests it or not.  One thing is for sure, its time for fall dresses!  If its still hot, or gets warm in the afternoons, a fall dress is the perfect solution.  Linda and I have 2 fall dress options we’re loving for fall…

Alicia’s Fall Dress:  Avon Zip-Back Double Layer Dress $29.99

Avon Zip-Back Double Layer Dress

Avon Zip-Back Double Layer Dress – and Lexi pondering…

An easy fitting navy dress is never a bad idea.  This Avon Zip-Back Double Layer Dress is one of those throw and go options.  The keyhole neckline means you don’t need a necklace and the exposed zipper and split back add just enough style to stand out.  I like this dress for fall because it’s navy, which is a great transition shade, and it’s super easy to wear, and will go with warm weather sandals, to booties, to cold weather boots!

Also Wearing:  Earrnings, Bracelet:  Avon Lavena Collections; Shoes:  Shoedazzle, Bag:  Brooks Brothers (but for a similar look try the Avon Saffiano Leather Dome Bag)

Linda’s Fall Dress:  Avon Open Shoulder Mock-Neck Dress $29.99

Open-Shoulder Mock-Neck Dress

Open-Shoulder Mock-Neck Dress

The silhouette on this Avon Open Shoulder Mock Neck dress is super on trend, add in an unique print in harvest colors and you’ve got yourself a fine fall dress!  Linda, loves this dress for fall because, “this dress is super comfy, fully lined and transitions perfectly for autumn days. Expect complements when you wear it!” – Linda Montavon, View From The Top Co-Author.

Linda is Also Wearing:  Avon Stainless Steel Timeless Collection Drop Earrings, and Long Necklace and the Stainless Steel Eternal Collection Linked Bracelet along with the  Avon Cushion Walk Lace-Up Gigi Flat.

Pups love fall dresses!

Pups love fall dresses!

Both dresses are a really easy decision for fall.  Just throw on and go!  For cooler temps add a denim jacket or your favorite blazer for a more work friendly option.   Shop all you need for Autumn with the fall fashion selection here!  At such great prices pick up a piece or two and then add on your A Box for some fall beauty perfectly curated for the season and for only $10 with your $40 purchase!

Fresh and Clean A Box ONLY $10 with a $40 order from any category at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Fresh and Clean A Box ONLY $10 with a $40 order from any category at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

Last Day Of Summer Favorites

Last Day Of Summer Favorites

Last Day Of Summer Favorites

Today is the last day of summer… sad face.  However, it’s been a pretty awesome summer.  My mom came to visit, we went to the Caribbean FOR FREE, made a visit back to PA and had plenty of lake days, bbq’s and warm summer night with friends and family.  In celebration of all things summer here’s my last day of summer OOTD!

Wearing:  Cherry Portofino Blouse, Pants: Express; Bag, Bracelets:  Avon, Scarf, Earrings, Rings, Lipstick, Sunglasses:  mark.; Shoes: Shoedazzle.
Shop Now:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Farewell Summer!

Farewell Summer!

 

The Ultimate Spring Date Outfit

The Ultimate Spring Date Outfit

The Ultimate Spring Date Outfit

As soon as that spring weather hits everyone is itching to get out and do something, wether it is meeting up for a brunch date, happy hour date, a romantic date and everything in between, I have the PERFECT outfit!

Outfit for all your spring dates!

Outfit for all your spring dates!

mark. Garden Design Dress

mark. Garden Design Dress

This mark. Garden Design Dress is the ultimate spring date outfit.  Not only does it feature one of the hottest trends for spring, the statement sleeve, it also has at the most perfectly fun, slightly romantic and certainly adorable cut to it.  Fitted in the bodice with a little flair out for the skirt, this dress will not only impress it will also work with pretty much any function you can think of.

Spring Trends With Bonobos

Spring Trends With Avon and Bonobos

This dress is versatile enough it will compliment even your dates!  Here are 4 spring trend looks for guys from Bonobos, that if you put this dress next to, it compliments each and every one.  Just another reason this guy is the perfect spring date outfit!  See more here!

Over The Knee Boots, Tote and Floral details!

Over The Knee Boots, Tote and Floral details!

I paired my mark. Garden Design Dress with grey over the knee boots (Shoedazzle) and my favorite goes-everywhere, goes-with-everything tote, the mark. Dragon Around Tote (last seen here and here).    To add a little springy touch this white and gold floral design necklace from Kate Spade was the perfect finishing touch!

mark. Dragon Around Tote

mark. Dragon Around Tote

Spring Details

Spring Details

If you’re looking for the perfect spring date look with all the right trends this mark. Garden Design Dress is it.  Note that the fabric has no stretch so if you are in-between sizes might want to consider going up.  You know what else is great about this dress, the sleeves are just the right length the they don’t get in the way while doing things like washing your hands!

Bell Sleeve Trend on the mark. Garden Design Dress

Bell Sleeve Trend on the mark. Garden Design Dress

You can get the mark. line from Avon at my eBoutique.  For men’s spring apparel trends check out Bonobos here.  If you love this date look and would like to get it for 40% take advantage of the Avon Opportunity here and get 40% off your first order!

Spring Forward With Florals

Spring Forward With Florals

Spring Forward With Florals

Daylight Savings Time was this Sunday so why not spring forward with some florals! I’ve been obsessing over florals lately, from fresh cut ones gracing my vases to dark floral prints on my blouses!

Floral Cut-Out Blouse For Spring

Floral Cut-Out Blouse For Spring

Perfect Length For Leggings

Perfect Length For Leggings

On those cooler spring days you still need to dress for the weather but so over bulky dark sweaters this kind of outfit really works.  I’m loving this floral cut-out blouse from White House Black Market.  Besides drooling over it for weeks, it is on trend and spring friendly enough to lighten up my look!  I paired it with black leggings and burgundy boots from Shoedazzle.  My mint Kate Spades makes it even more spring forward!

Spring Arm Party:  mark. Stacked In Your Favor Bracelet Set

Spring Arm Party: mark. Stacked In Your Favor Bracelet Set

I’ve been just loving anything floral this year, and I’m not alone.  It’s a been a huge trend this spring with a unique take, like having the actual floral print be larger and against a dark background.  It also works great layered under a light jacket!  Why not spring forward and ditch those dark heavy winter layers while still being seasonally appropriate!

Light Layer With A White Spring Jacket from WHBM

Light Layer With A White Spring Jacket from WHBM

Hello Spring!

Week O’Nautical – In The Navy (Romper)

Nautical Navy Romper Look

Nautical Navy Romper Look

In the Navy, you can sail the 7 seas… or celebrate Week O’Nautical!  I was inspired by Khloe Kardashian’s navy jumpsuit look (see here and here), but I made it more practical for everyday wear for hanging out with friends and watching the fireworks!

mark. Easy Does It Romper

mark. Easy Does It Romper

The key elements from Khloe’s look were the navy jumpsuit, textured high ponytail, navy eyes and killer horn  hoop earrings! Because I don’t have a Kardashian wardrobe, lifestyle or stylists I channel the same vibe with the mark. Easy Does It Romper.  It’s way more functional for everyday and like the name says a really easy piece.  I absolutely love that it has pockets!  The easy fit has me wearing this piece all summer long.  Don’t be afraid of the 1-piece, it’s actually really flattering and easy to wear!

mark. Easy Does It Romper Is Super Easy To Wear

mark. Easy Does It Romper Is Super Easy To Wear

Khloe Kardashian Navy Inspired Look

Khloe Kardashian Navy Inspired Look

To make it a little more nautical I added white and gold elements.  I didn’t have killer horn hoop earrings but I did have some chain detailed oversized hoops (mark.)!  Add a long necklace and white hobo bag (both mark.) and some white lace and gold pumps (Shoedazzle) and I had a more nautical take on Khloe’s look.

Big Hoops and Hobo

Big Hoops and Hobo

Khloe has some serious mermaid eyes going on, but I went a little lighter for day using the mark. On The Dot Smokey Eye Pallet.  Paired with nude lips (mark. All Butter Now in Bare All) and some bronzed contoured (barely) cheeks (mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Caliente Glow Brozner and Blush – see here).

Navy Eyes with mark. On The Dot Smokey

Navy Eyes with mark. On The Dot Smokey

Like I said it’s been mega hot here (and majorly windy during these pics!) so there was no way I was going to do a major hair style… even though Khloe’s pony is most definitely way more curled and teased I went the easy route.  On wet hair I used mark. That’s Beachy Texturizing spray.  Once It dried a little I swept it up all into a high pony and secured with an elastic.  Final step was to take a piece of hair from underneath and wrap around to disguise the elastic.  It was the perfect hairdo for a hot summer day!

Nautical Navy and White Look for Summer

Nautical Navy and White Look for Summer

You can shop these pieces at my eBoutique and create yourself a little navy look!

 

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue for Week O'Nautical

Red White and Blue for Week O’Nautical

As we approach our most patriotic holiday I theme out my day to day in our most patriotic colors! Week O’Nautical is difficult this time around; a. It’s around 110 all week so, I’m hot, like super hot. b. I’ve worn pretty much all my nautical items on the blog already, and no one wants to see repeats up in here.  c.  The items I do have that are red white and blue aren’t necessarily nautical.  Whatever, ‘merica!

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

Red White and Blue Outfit

Red White and Blue Outfit

For the 4th I’ve been loving a bright dazzling blue with my red and white.  I’m always a fan of navy but this bright blue really pops for the summer holiday!  I paired a dazzling blue tank (Express) with a white lace pencil skirt (H&M) with red lace pumps (Shoedazzle) and red statement earrings!  (Avon).

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

For instant nautical feel just add this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet!  I’ve been wearing this non-stop this summer!  Best $7.99 I spent!  I really like it layered but for this simple look I liked it cleanly by itself.  Plus it matches my nautical mani (check it here if you didn’t see yesterday’s post!)

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

With a simple look like this a fun printed bag is perfect!  This striped bowler bag (mark.) has a bit of a nautical feel with the stripes and a bit of a 4th of July feel with the bright cobalt accents!  You bet I’m caring this bag all week!

Striped Bags Have More Fun

Striped Bags Have More Fun

You can’t have a Red White and Blue look without a red lip!  Mine, courtesy of mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up ($11).  It’s actually the best summer red lip product I’ve used to date.  It’s bright and because it wears like a balm it has the perfect finish for summer and a little more laid back than a full on lipstick.  If you haven’t tried the Lip Butters yet DO SO!

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

If you haven’t noticed I’m totally wearing this hair style AGAIN!  When it’s this hot there’s no way I’m blow drying my hair.  Have you been inspired to bust your red white and blue this week!?  Check back for more Week O’Nautical all week long!

Love: Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  February the 14th (sung in the key of Outkast!)  I hope you enjoy the day with the people you love!

Lovely Look for Valentine's Day

Lovely Look for Valentine’s Day

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Jacket, Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, Clutch:  mark.

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T-shirt, Express.  Mint jeans, Tillys.  Lace pumps, Shoedazzle.

 

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Dark Blooms Dress

Wear and Share Wednesday:  mark. Dark Blooms Dress

Wear and Share Wednesday: mark. Dark Blooms Dress

It’s Wear and Share Wednesday!  Which means Jacki from Living After Midnite and I take the same item and style it 2 ways!  With the mark. Dark Blooms Dress ($42) you really don’t need to do much with it’s bold and big floral print, but we found a way to make it our own.  I mean really Jackie, all she needs is the dress and that Chanel purse!

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Lace Blazer Over Poppy Prints

Lace Blazer Over Poppy Prints

As a working girl I immediately style most my outfits work friendly!  Playing up the lace details I layered a lace blazer from Bebe over the dress.  I cinched the waist with a wide black belt (mark.) a few accessories and some lace pumps rounded out the look.  The shift dress is very 60’s but this mark. Dark Blooms dress is a modern take… so I styled mine with some 60’s influence from my clutch to my hair!

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Lacey Details on the mark. Dark Blooms Dress

Lacey Details on the mark. Dark Blooms Dress

The lace detailing around the neckline really makes this dress.  Its so pretty and delicate I don’t even need a necklace!  A statement earring in scarlet red is all that’s needed!  The Avon Scarlet Chandelier Earrings (coming soon to http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) were the perfect red accent to the red poppies on the dress.  Stealing a little style from Lucy Hale at the Teen Choice Awards (our mark. brand ambassador) I stacked and styled the mark. Ring For More Stackable Rings.

mark. Ring For More Stackable Rings

mark. Ring For More Stackable Rings

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Lacey Accents and Avon Scarlet Chandelier Earrings

Lacey Accents and Avon Scarlet Chandelier Earrings

My go to lace pumps (Shoedazzle) pair well with my lace cuff (gifted) all against my black satin clutch.  A little something about this clutch… it’s my mom’s from the 60’s.  As a kid I always loved it, played with it, stared at it, held it.  Then as I got older and realized it just always sat in her closet so I snatched it up.  Mom’s always had good taste!  Plus I like having the mom memento!

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Dark Florals For Fall

Dark Florals For Fall

Florals are big for fall, especially dark florals.  The black background of this dress keeps it on trend while the big red poppies make it stand out.  For only $42 this dress is a must-have for your transitioning wardrobe.  It keeps you trendy and you can wear it now and wear it later with a blazer (like my black lace one!) and tights and boots!

mark. Dark Blooms Dress Works It

mark. Dark Blooms Dress Works It

I just felt pretty all day in this dress.  If a dress makes you feel good you know it’s well worth it!  Shop the mark. Dark Blooms Dress at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  (get 20% off a $50 order with promo code AVONDREAMS).  See more details on how Jackie styled this dress over at Living After Midnite.

mark. Dark Blooms Dress Total Look

mark. Dark Blooms Dress Total Look

 

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon Styling Trapeze Blouse

Wear and Share Wednesday Styling Trapeze Blouse

Wear and Share Wednesday Styling Trapeze Blouse

It’s wear and share Wednesday, which means Jackie from Living After Midnight and I take the same piece, wear it two different ways and share it!  For July we selected the mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse ($30).  It’s the perfect versatile summer top, pool blue color, fun cutout neckline and lightweight for hot summer temps.

mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse

mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse

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Total Look with mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse and PUPPIES!

Total Look with mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse and PUPPIES!

Going graphic, I played off the graphic cutout details of the top by pairing it with a graphic black and white knit pencil skirt.  Remember this skirt from a previous Wear and Share Wednesday Post?  Jackie and I styled this mark. High Contrast Skirt back in February but it seemed more than fitting to bust it out again for a fun, office-friendly-on-a-106-degree-day look!

Going Graphic

Going Graphic

What’s more graphic than black and white? Black and white pumps from Shoedazzle and a black leather bag with a black and white striped silk scarf tied on add to my look.  My bag and scarf are from Brooks Brothers but you can recreate the look with the mark. Handle With Flair Handbag in black.

Brooks Brothers bag and silk scarf.

Brooks Brothers bag and silk scarf.

Graphic Details

Graphic Details

The cutout trend is definitely having a moment, but its harder to make that trend work-friendly.  The mark. Styling Trapeze Top ($30) perfectly placed their cutouts around the neckline, making this a more versatile way to wear the trend.  To really focus on this detail I went sans-necklace but avec statement earrings (mark. Wow Factor Earrings) and kept my other jewelry summer friendly in shades of blue and gold.  (Avon Signature Boyfriend watch, mark. Nail This Look Ring, Limited bracelet, blue bracelet from the mark. Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set, and two bracelets I picked up on my Hawaiian vacation last year).

Statement Earrings, Blue and Gold Arm Party and a Big Bun

Statement Earrings, Blue and Gold Arm Party and a Big Bun

Wearing my hair up also helps draw attention to the super fun details of the mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse.  Plus, when its over 100 there is no way I’m wearing my hair down… enter in the mega messy bun.  I used the sock bun technique but wore it lower on my head to make it more appropriate.  Quick summer style for a hot summer day.

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Chic Summer Style

Chic Summer Style

This look is definitely my style.  My favorite color, blue, with my favorite style, graphic black and white.  Plus, I was able to make my current closet more versatile with adding in one new summer top, the mark. Styling Trapeze Top, and for only $30!

mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse

mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse

You can shop the mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse at my eBoutique.  I bet you already have a handful of things you could pair it with to freshen up your current closet to create a killer new summer look.  This top is extremely versatile, you could wear it with denim shorts like Jackie did or your favorite white bottoms, or slim capris, or skinny jeans or under a blazer… the list goes on.  Be sure to head over to Living After Midnite to see more details on Jackie’s look!

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. by Avon Styling Trapeze Blouse

Wear and Share Wednesday mark. by Avon Styling Trapeze Blouse

 

BONUS!  Now through July 18th (Friday) with a $75 order at my eBoutique get this tote filled with goodies for FREE.  Yep, FREE!  Perfect time to shop the mark. Styling Trapeze Blouse and all the SUMMER CLEARANCE (as seen here) items!