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Week O’Nautical – Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O'Nautical - Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical – Nautical Stripes on Stripes

Week O’Nautical can almost taste the long weekend… or maybe its those red white and blue sweet treats we enjoyed today.  Regardless, nautical stripes on stripes were in order today!  Nautical striped t-shirt dress with some striped heels all tied together with some nautical accents and the best lightweight soft trench!

Striped T-shirt Dress, Heels and Soft Trench

Striped T-shirt Dress, Heels and Soft Trench

Deets:  Dress, H&M; Soft Trench/clutch/ring/earrings, mark.; Watch, Avon; Heels, Just Fab; Necklace/Bracelet, Charming Charlie’s.
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mark. Soft Touch Trench

mark. Soft Touch Trench

A classic trench coat is the perfect layering piece for chilly spring mornings intro work.  For spring a soft trench is not only on trend but the lighter design makes it ideal.  I just love this mark. Soft Touch Trench, it was such a great investment piece.

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Layer On A Soft Trench

Layer On A Soft Trench

Navy and white always look great paired with sea-worth turquoise and coral, which is why I added those nautical accents in my fav color pairing.  And those platform sandals are so statement making they might not be considered an accent!

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents

Nautical Accents With Statement Power

Nautical Accents With Statement Power

You can shop the mark. Soft Touch Trench at my eBoutique and today’s the last day to get the FREE boho necklace set but there are many other offers all weekend long (check out my shop page for all the promo codes).  Who’s ready for this long weekend to be here already!  A little retail therapy might be in order to speed things along 😉

Going Graphic: mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

Going Graphic: mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

Going Graphic: mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

Yesterday’s black and white obsession is real yo.  Wear and share Wednesday goes graphic today with the mark. Change Your Stripes dress.  With a simple printed dress you really don’t need much to make a statement.  Easy to wear, easy to see why this is my go to look this month:

mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

The mark. Change Your Stripes dress is a statement piece all on it’s own with its alternate stripes in different thickness, graphic hemline and easy to wear midi length and sleeveless styling.  For a spring dress, it is a really, really light jersey material which means, it works well layered with a jacket or sweater or on it’s own come summer.  We lucked out with some warm temps this spring so I’ve been able to wear it as is.

Asymmetrical Midi Dress For Spring

Asymmetrical Midi Dress For Spring

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What I love about stripes is how much you’re able to treat them like a neutral.  I easily was able to pair this dress with a pair of statement heels and a statement bag.  The mark. By Any Stretch Pumps have to be my absolute purchase by far in the last year or so.  They’re so comfortable and just look at them, they’re gorgeous!

mark. By Any Stretch Pump

mark. By Any Stretch Pump

I’ve also been having a major blue moment.  Besides being one of the colors of the year, blue is my favorite color so this pale blue bag from Christian Siriano for Payless was a good choice for me.  Plus, it pairs perfectly with black and white!

Kicking Up My Heels For Blue Accessories

Kicking Up My Heels For Blue Accessories

I’m also loving this look paired with a mauve purple lip with the mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvelous.  A little unexpected for a spring color but works really well and the formula is so hydrating. Paired it with a graphic winged eye for a makeup look to match my graphic outfit!

mark. All Butter Now In Mauvelous

mark. All Butter Now In Mauvelous

mark. Bar None Necklace

mark. Bar None Necklace

To finish off the accessories, there’s nothing more perfect than this howlite necklace from mark, the Bar None Necklace.  Graphic in shape but small in size to add the perfect punch paired with a hematite bracelet and my black and white houndstooh Michael Kors watch that I’m obsessed with!

Obsessories.

Obsessories.

Graphic In Black and White and Blue

Graphic In Black and White and Blue

For spring I’m super glad I added this dress into my wardrobe.  It’s super comfortable, flattering and easy to wear.  Stripes are a pattern you can wear like a neutral and look great with this statement heel I can’t get enough of.  You can shop the look at my eboutique and be sure to use promo code 2in1 for a FREE convertible tote that would pair PERFECTLY with this look.  Sidenote:  you can always see the latest discounts and promos for http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger under the SHOP tab here on word of alicia.

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Trending Tuesday: #blackandwhite

If the world of alicia was the internet then #blackandwhite would totally be trending. I’m currently crushing on all things black and white. Black and white were my wedding colors, what my nephew thought was my “uniform”, and the easiest color scheme to incorporate into your life. As much as it is a classic it is totally trendy this spring too!  Here’s what I’m loving:

Merimekko For Target:

marimekko for target finds

marimekko for target finds

The latest designer collaboration, Merimekko for Target just launched last week and I’m smitten over the black and white patterns this collab included.  If I had an unlimited budget all those outdoor patio pieces (umbrella, rug, hammock, pouf, etc) would be mine!  Because I don’t, I only ended up getting the placemats and a scarf in the black and white (and a cover up not in black and white).  I love these collaborations because it gives an affordable way to own a little Merimekko.  My local stores still have a ton so it’s not too late to shop it (unlike past collabs, Lilly I’m talking to you) and the bathing suits are really really cute too!

B&W from Marimekko For Target

B&W from Marimekko For Target

Paprika Print Scarf and Avon Lipstick in Chocolate Rose

Paprika Print Scarf and Avon Lipstick in Chocolate Rose

Howlite:

mark. Bar None Necklace

mark. Bar None Necklace

Howlite is a gemstone that’s white with black/grey veins through it and right now its the IT stone in jewelry.  I love that it resembles marble and goes with everything.  I picked up the mark. Bar None Necklace  and have been wearing it non-stop.  It’s such a unique shape and design that actually goes with just about everything I put on.  The matching earrings are on my wish list as are these pieces from White House Black Market .

bar none earrings

bar none earrings

Going Graphic:

Flatlay: New Arrivals From mark.

Flatlay: New Arrivals From mark.

I think what sparked up my B&W obsession again is the newest mark. magalog.  The new arrivals are basically all mix and match b&w with graphic elements.  I love the graphic hemlines and black and white stripes on the mark. Change Your Stripes dress and the stark contrast the mark. White About Now Waistcoat achieves over black with its statement making proportions.  I love the whole eye candy these new arrivals achieve in the graphic photo shoot.  Definitely enough inspiration to last the season.

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mark. Mag 5 - a Graphic Novel

mark. Mag 5 – a Graphic Novel

For more black and white inspiration check out my B&W pinterest board!  What black and white pieces do you gravitate to?  Did you hunt down your favorite pieces from this Marimekko for Target collab!?  You can shop the mark. new arrivals at my eboutique and right now get this day to night convertible bag FREE with a $60 order.  BONUS it goes PERECT with this black and white trend!

Week O’Nautical – Warm Summer Cabana Striped Nights

 

Cabana Stripes

Cabana Stripes

Warm summer evenings are perfect for tiki torches, twinkling lights, bbq’s and garden parties!  As the sun sets, the lights turn on and as we garden and bbq can’t help but make the night more magical with a pretty cabana striped dress!  I may not be lounging in the cabana so I might as well bring the cabana to my lounging!

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The dress is from Loft Outlet, a major score with the holiday sales this week/weekend!  The fit is full and the material a nice thick linen (and lined!) so I needed to tie it all together with a wide belt.  The mark. The White Approach belt ($18) was the perfect way to tie in my nautical influence as well as tie my look together!

mark. The White Approach Belt

mark. The White Approach Belt

Why stop the stripes at just the dress!?!  Print matching the cabana stripes with the black and white stripes from my mark. Handle With Flair Handbag ($36).  Which also perfectly match my cobalt faux suede peep toe pumps from Shoedazzle!

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mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

mark. Handle With Flair Bag ($36)

To complete the look I just added some sparkly jewelry and eye look with my mark. Island Beauty Face Pallet (see review here) and What A Line Felt Tip Eyeliner in Twilight.  You can shop the beauty products used, Handle With Flair handbag and The White Approach Belt at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes On Stripes

Stripes on stripes actually work really well together!  Try it for yourself by mixing different sized stripes in your outfit and in an accessory.  Personally I’m loving how my nautically influenced cabana stripes pair with the mark. Handle With Flair handbag.  I’d recommend it as your striped accessory.  It has exterior pockets as well as interior and the silky fabric is anchored with with cobalt trim.  I’m thinking this bag will look equally as chic paired with black and white stripes for some stripe on stripe matching!  Now through Sunday get FREE SHIPPING on this bag (or any other $20 purchase) with promo code JULY4FS at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Week O'Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Week O’Nautical Cabana Stripes for Warm Summer Nights

Week O’Nautical – 4th of July Edition

The summer is flying by, just like it does every year…  The 4th of July is days away and it feels like Memorial Day was just yesterday!  I’m not complaining because the 4th is my favorite summer holiday, it’s usually mega hot (unlike Memorial Day), there’s still plenty o’summer left (unlike Labor Day) and there’s fireworks (unlike any other holiday)!!!!!  Even though this year it falls on a Wednesday I’m still doing a week of nautical inspired looks!  Really a week plus, since last week I spent some time on holiday with fam bam on a houseboat, full of nautical looks carried all the way through this week…  which I’ll share later, but let’s start this 4th of July week with Monday off right!

Nautical and Neutrals

Nautical and Neutrals

Shinning Neutral Accents

Shinning Neutral Accents

Today’s nautical look consists of a white and navy striped dress from H&M from a few years back.  I’ve debated donating this dress multiple times, then this time of year rolls around and I’m SO glad I kept on to it.  Striped dresses are a dime a dozen so find one that works for you, because I consider it a wardrobe must have!  I accented with neutral accessories to keep the look clean.

My nautical rope necklace is a clearance find at Target (which I also got in blue, oopsies!) but how perfect is it for nautical looks!  Quick story… I saw this necklace on some chic at the bar way back in early early spring and thought it was SO crazy cute how she had it styled with a 3/4 sleeve white crewneck t-shirt, sailor shorts and bright patterned sky high wedges.  Then when I randomly saw it at Target the other day I was like, THERE’S THAT ROPE NECKLACE!!!!  And for how many times I’ve been to Target over the past months and NEVER saw it, it was week o’nautical destiny!

The rest of my accessories are from mark. of course!  Can’t do nautical without a shiny gold menswear watch with the Borrowed From The Boys Watch ($40).  The bracelets are a set of 4 mixed metal stretch bracelets, In The Mix Bracelets ($22) coming out July 13th.  Also debuting July 13th is my tiger eye ring, Ring Me Up Stretch Ring ($16).  I stacked in an extra bracelet from Express just for fun, the Mesh and Rhinestone Bracelet ($26.90).  The Catch Of The Day Clutch ($32) is a summer outfit go to and lastly my woven belt is also from mark. that’s been in and out of sale so check out my eBoutique for the latest http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

There’s just something about wearing a cool cotton sun dress that makes a summer day feel oh so perfect.  Especially when you can make it nautical!