spring looks

Sweet Cherry Pie

Sweet Cherry Pie

Do you not immediately think of Warrant’s Sweet Cherry Pie when you see this cardi… because I do! I should of put this look as a Week O’Nautical outfit (see here) but I didn’t get around to it, but I’m still loving this Americana look from the Seaside Gardens Collection! (see here)

Americana outfit with Seaside Gardens

Spring rain hit us hard and I was ready for it! A cute cardigan is definitley the solution to spring weather. This Avon Felicity Cardigan in Cherry print brightens up a rainy day. (sidenote: it also comes in navy, white and red).  A spring layer is almost as necessary as keeping that umbrella around!

Felicity Cardigan in Cherry Print

Rain Check!

For my Americana look I paired the Cherry cardigan with the Gingham Melanie Pencil Skirt (last seen here).  Of course I had to wear some rainboots (Hunter) and my big umbrella (Kate Spade) to handle this on again off again rain showers!

Melanine Skirt in Gingham

Spring Weather Must-Haves

You can shop my entire look over on my eBoutique!  Maybe make this bright and cheery cardi as part of your 4 pieces to upgrade your spring wardrobe, and don’t get caught in the rain!

Getting caught in the rain out takes!

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How To Wear A Spring Blouse For Work and Weekend

As spring approaches I’m ready to lighten up. Lighten up in fabrics, prints and in bulk. That’s why I’m all about versatile pieces like this mark. Floral Fantasy Tunic for both work and weekend! Let’s see it two ways this Wear and Share Wednesday!

For Work

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This blouse dresses up nicely!  For work I paired it with a navy trouser (White House Black Market), a structured tote (Kate Spade), nude pumps (Nine West) and a white druzy necklace (Avon Druzy Pendant).  Tucking the tunic in gives it a little more professional look, plus the neckline isn’t too low.  Pairing it with navy instead of my usual winter black changes things up just enough to feel spring worthy!

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For Weekend

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A spring tunic is the perfect dress down piece!  You look put together, of the season and comfortable.  I styled mine casually with a pair of lilac cords (Loft Outlet), taupe booties (mark. A Cut Above Booties) and turquoise jewelry (mark. Oh So Boho ring set and earrings).  This look is still weather appropriate for spring but with color, fresh fabrics and turquoise treats.

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Easily style this tunic two ways, and more!  I see this being just as cute with white denim jeans or your favorite pair of denim shorts or dressed up with a great pair of camel slacks or a pretty pencil skirt and under a classic navy blazer and dark denim!  Spring versatility at its finest!  You can shop my tunic, jewelry and booties at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and don’t for get to add the A Box only $10 with a $40 purchase!

The Best Of Beauty A Box

The Best Of Beauty A Box

Mani Monday: Whimsical Dark Florals

Mani Monday: Whimsical Dark Florals

Mani Monday: Whimsical Dark Florals

It’s just another mani Monday… I wish it were Sunday, because that’s my funday…  and a Sunday Funday it was celebrating my nephew’s 18th birthday!

Jamberry

Jamberry Happily Humming

For today’s whimsical dark floral nails I used Jamberry Sister Style Happily Humming, a limited edition wrap. These dark florals with adorable hummingbirds really fit my aesthetic lately.

Spring Nails and Hunter Rain Boots

Spring Nails and Hunter Rain Boots

Just another perfect little spring mani.  You can shop the new Jamberry catalog here!

Wear The Wide Leg Trend: mark. Navy Gazing Pants

 

Wear The Wide Leg Trend: mark. Navy Gazing Pants

Wear The Wide Leg Trend: mark. Navy Gazing Pants

A big trend this year is a swing back to wide legs and flare leg pants. I have to say I’m totally in support of this. Flare legs work better with my curvy shape so selfishly I like this. Wide legs are WAY more comfortable than peeling off those skinny pants that leave indentations on you, but they can be tricky to wear. Here are a few tips on wearing the wide leg trend.

Wide Leg Pants For Spring

Wide Leg Pants For Spring

The biggest thing to think of is proportion.  Wide legged pants can look good with a loose flowy top or a slim fitted one the point is to get the right proportion for you.  Because I am short and curvy a slim top fits best.  If you are more on the athletic build then a loose flowy top like the mark. light and layered top works well.  If you are pear shaped a cropped top loose or fitted would flatter.  Either of these styles can be worked on any body type the items just need to be proportioned to you.  In this look I went with a light spring sweater in a metallic grey from Express.  I tucked it in to keep it slim.

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Lightweight Sweater Keeps It Looking Slim

Lightweight Sweater Keeps It Looking Slim

I really like these mark. Navy Gazing Pants not only for the comfortable, lightweight material but also the deep navy shade and pockets!  These ones are the perfect pants for spring.  Functionally and fashion wise.  The have a side zip and a banded waist band.  The lightweight material is like a gauze making them really functional as the weather warms up.

mark. Carry All Handbag

mark. Carry All Handbag

Spring Details

Spring Details

Going back to proportions, the silhouette of wide leg pants really can carry bigger accessories, like a large cuff bracelet, statement necklace and oversized bag. These are all “larger” pieces but all worn together they work.  I’m wearing my spring fav the mark. Grows On You Bracelet with and old mark. necklace but you can get the same look with the mark. Free and Clear necklace.  My bag is the mark. Carry All Handbag (last seen here and here).

mark. Grows On You Bracelet

mark. Grows On You Bracelet

mark. Carry All Handbag

mark. Carry All Handbag

Wearing wide legs is not as intimidating as you might think if you get the proportions right.  I think they’re a must have to add this spring.  Plus they’re really really REALLY comfy.   Spring can be chilly so a pair of pants in an updated silhouette makes sense.  As the weather warms up I’ll ditch the spring sweater and leopard flats for an open lace top and sandals.  In addition to my spring outfit here get the deets on my spring makeup here in this post!

Spring Makeup With Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever (see here)

Spring Makeup With Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever (see here)

You can shop the mark. Navy Gazing Pants, Grows On You Bracelet, Carry All Handbag, Free and Clear necklace and Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever at my eBoutique.  Today’s the last day to get 10% off your order with promo code NOFOOLING

mark. Navy Gauzing Pants

mark. Navy Gazing Pants

 

 

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

Screw Birch Box Get Your mark. Beauty Bag!

There’s not denying it everyone loves samples.  Myself included.  I even love those perfume cards in the magazines.  Which is why things like Birch Box are SO awesome!  You know what would be even more awesome… if they weren’t sold out so I could actually get one, same goes for My Glam Bag.  I recently joined Julep’s Mavens and looking forward to that to arrive on my doorstep!  But honestly, these are GREAT ideas… why aren’t there more of these types of places where for on the cheap you can try some great product that you would normally never even think of, especially when there’s a team of professionals seeking it out all for you.  Genious!

So since I love the concept so much and I like to consider myself a mark. pro I decided to create the same thing for all you lovelies!  Introducing mark. Beauty Bags from me!  To get to know some awesome mark. products I’m offering a wide array of all that mark. has to offer… that includes beauty, skincare and fashion!  A mark. Beauty Bag will contain a dynamic combination of samples, deluxe samples and full size product along with coupons, looks and other tools to keep you RE-mark.-ABLE!  All for only $10.00!!!  Here’s and example:

mark. Beauty Bag Example

mark. Beauty Bag Example

Mine’s going to run a little differently than those other subscription services.  Instead of a subscription I’m going to offer it anytime.  You want 3, you can have 3, and they’ll all be different so you’ll get to try different product.  Not once a month, but whenever you gosh darn please!  All you have to do is register at my eBoutique <http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com>, fill out your contact information.  I will then email you to make sure all is correct, how many mark. Beauty Bags you want and send an invoice.  Once completed I’ll send your bag right out directly to you… pretty simple.  Pretty AWESOME!!!

where to register

Where To Register

Already registered?  Just send me a note <aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail.com> that you’d like a mark. Beauty Bag and I’ll get you hooked up!  The example above is a flawless face example in honor of the launch of our new, more diverse range of shades to better fit you in min-a-real, powder buff and matte-nifficent.  And with the sneak preview I posted on my facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/mark.alicia> of next month’s Instant Vacation Collection – the Hamptons, you bet my next bag is going to feature some instant vacation luxury!

If you haven’t tried mark. now’s your chance to meet mark.  If you’re already a fan this will be the perfect way to make your mark.  These are also available as gift options if you want to send one to a friend!  You know I’ll always give you the hook up!  Soo… REGISTER FOR YOUR mark. Beauty Bag, you won’t be disappointed, I promise!  ADDED BONUS!  REGISTER FOR YOU BEAUTY BAG BY SAT APRIL 7TH 2012 AND GET A FREE BONUS GIFT!!!!  (Bonus gift a $15 value! the bag already just paid for itself!) 

Register at:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Get The Look – Violet Femme

With the Night Iris Capsule Collection launch this month I’ve been in a whirl of spring… and I had grand intentions of sweeping you up in the scent of the season and the capsule collection it inspired.  However real life got in the way… so I promised a week of night iris-tasctic tips and looks and fell short on it.  So here’s a super FABULOUS post of all things Violet Femme to inspire your spring and a MAJOR promo to make up for it.

First, lets start things off right with your makeup look.  Make a bold statement this month with pretty pinks, powerful purples and liberating lilacs.

Get The Look Violet Femme

Get The Look Violet Femme

  • FACE: Apply get a tint in a complementary shade all over the face.

This look is way more wearable than you think and VERY easy to achieve.  Watch the tutorial by mark. makeup artist  Mai to see how you can achieve the Violet Femme look.  To make it EVEN easier for you, download the face chart to print out so you can have it by your side to follow along while applying your look.  Download the VIOLET FEMME FACE CHART here.

Captivate in a soft wash of color or glow in full-on indigo girl gorgeousness.  Find your way to femme with limited-edition shades from the mark. Night Iris collection.  All these products can be bought online at my eBoutique <http://ahessinger.mymarkstore> or directly through me at:  aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail.com

Now here’s for the promo… if you saw my previous post you saw that with any $40 purchase you’ll get 2 FREE Hand It Over Super Moisture Hand Cream in BOTH Lemon Sugar and Pear Blossom.  PLUS if you purchase any of the products from the Night Iris Capsule Collection (including all the products mentioned in this post) you’ll get a FREE mark. Maven Bag from me filled with deluxe samples and product!  (What’s a mark. Maven Bag? — think birch box meets glam bag meets mark!!!)

Be sure to use promo code SPRING 12 to get your FREE Hand It Over hand creams while shopping at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com or order directly from me at aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail.com  — (might be an extra maven bag product if you order directly from me!  wink wink**)  Happy shopping!!!

Get Pretty Hands For FREE!!!

2 FREE Hand It Over Hand Creams

2 FREE Hand It Over Hand Creams

Now through March 27th get 2 FREE HAND IT OVER HAND CREAMS in yummy Lemon Sugar (our best seller) and pear blossom (personal favorite) with a $40 order!

I personally relied on both of these to get my hands through the winter.  The light, yummy scent perked up my day and the creamy goodness moisturized my painfully dry and cracked skin.  So needless to say, this is one good deal!

You can shop at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore with promo code SPRING12 or through me at aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail.com

Now would be a great time to pick up some new spring pieces.  Refresh your beauty routine with the new i-mark shades in Pink Dusk, Mystical and/or Violet Ink ($6 each).  Or pick up a colorful piece to take your wardrobe into spring… being the first day of spring and all!  I’ve been loving my Decked Out Necklace ($28) and Show Off ring ($18) available in fuchsia or turquoise.  These 2 items alone would get you the FREE HAND CREAMS!  They even make my lbd ready for spring!  Browse all the new spring arrivals at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Wearing the Decked Out Necklace, Show Off Ring and new i-mark shades

Wearing the Decked Out Necklace, Show Off Ring and new i-mark shades