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Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Week O'Nautical - Style Trial

Week O’Nautical – Style Trial

Let’s give this style a trial for Week O’Nautical!  Today’s look comes from my Express Style Trial box! I’ve been wanting to try a clothes rental subscription for awhile and finally bit the bullet and tried the subscription rental offering from Express… think Rent the Runway only with Express.  I’ll do a full review on the whole experience after I get my 2nd box but until then this little jumpsuit number is a perfect piece for July!

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

Perfect Jumpsuit for July

The Express Stripe Square Neck Jumpsuit is super fun in red, black and white stripes with a culotte cropped leg.  It is a one and done kind of situation with easy pull on pull off for bathroom breaks.  It handled the summer hear really nicely too.  This one is currently on clearance too!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I can *almost* see that long weekend!

I thought it gave some Americana vibes so I really picked it out for this week.  I paired it with my black tortoise shell jewelry from Avon and some striped wedges for an elevated casual look.  I wore this to work but I work in a very relaxed dress code kind of place, but you could easily throw a black blazer or sweater over it or even a white collared blouse under it.

A Bit of that 90's Vibe

A Bit of that 90’s Vibe

Too keep it more functional I paired my mini black backpack the husband got me with it, perfect for trotting around BBQ’s and going to watch fireworks.  I wore my walkable wedges but this would look cute with a flat slide too (I have these ones in mind from Steve Madden at DSW)

Walking into the holiday weekend like...

Walking into the holiday weekend like…

You can shop this jumpsuit at Express and be sure to use promo code 8482 for 15% off your purchase.  As an #Expresspartner this code is good though the end of the year but some exclusions apply — which probably means this 50% off sale going on until but check or check after the 4th.  For my Avon jewelry hit up my eBoutique that has free shipping on $25 today and tomorrow with promo code CELEBRATE

Week O’Nautical – Happy Memorial Day

Week O'Nautical - Happy Memorial Day

Week O’Nautical – Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you’ve had a great long weekend and are enjoying this Monday with a little R&R!  It’s been more of a low key weekend for me but I did get in some bbq, shopping, snacks and sun for the few minutes it was out.

Lexi Loves Nautical Stripes

Lexi Loves Nautical Stripes

Basic Jeans and Blouse Outfit

Basic Jeans and Blouse Outfit

Taking OOTD Nautical

Taking OOTD Nautical

Wearing:  Navy Peasant Blouse (mark. by Avon), jeans (Old Navy), Sandals and Jewelry (Avon), Aviators (Michael Kors).

Slipping into the long weekend like...

Slipping into the long weekend like…

The power of accessories are strong with this one.  This is a rather boring outfit but with the right accessories I was able to make it feel fun and elevated.  A fun statement neckalce really dresses up such basic jeans outfit.  The sandals in a red and blue stripe are a really fun way to make it more nautical.  I picked these up on clearance after stalking them all last year.  And just to note there’s a big summer clearance coming to my Avon store in about a month!

Elevating the basic jeans outfit!

Elevating the basic jeans outfit!

More Nautical Stripes = More Fun

More Nautical Stripes = More Fun

More Accessories = More Fun!

More Accessories = More Fun!

More Days Off = More Fun!

More Days Off = More Fun!

Enjoy your Memorial Day and here’s to all our service men and women!

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O'Nautical:  The Nautical Trench Coat

Week O’Nautical: The Nautical Trench Coat

This nautical trench coat is a bit of a unicorn item for me.  With the weather we’ve been having its kind of the perfect piece for a spring layer.  It is functional and seasonal and also classic in style with a classic nautical look in navy and white stripes.

My Unicorn Coat

My Unicorn Coat

Lets go back a few years when Cabi released this beautiful navy and striped trench coat. It was out of my budget and not the most practical purchase for me especially at a higher cost. I live in Nor Cal where coat weather is pretty much only Nov – Feb… and let me tell you I already have a billion coats. So I stalked it.  And stalked it.  And stalked it and wish I had it.  THEN I saw Express release their version, but again at a higher price than I wanted to spend on another coat I don’t need.  I had a great black trench coat from Express that Nicki found me on clearance back during the working at the mall, Elder Beerman days.  Probably like 2001 and that guy lasted me a good 15 years or more.  So when this striped version went on clearance and I was able to get it for pennies on the dollar I swooped it.  That was also in July so it hasn’t even been worn until this spring!  And now, my unicorn coat is home where it belongs, getting its full exposure on Week O’Nautical.

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Navy and White Striped Trench Coat

Even living in a climate where coats are super necessary this is still a style that should be a staple.  Come spring we’re all ready to leave all the black and grays of winter behind.  And hey, San Francisco is only a car ride away and I’ll always need a jacket there!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

Shades of Nautical; Gold, White and Navy Stripes!

My OOTD is basically this Week O’Nautical look all over again, gold sweater and white jeans.  My sweater is also from Express circa early 2000’s and my jeans are some random brand from Marshalls.  Slides are Calvin Klein from Nordstrom’s Rack… and I’m loving them with white jeans!

I love gooooooold!

I love gooooooold!

Pop ya collar!

Pop ya collar!

You might remember I also wore this trench over my spring dress here, for another look at its versatility.  I found quite a few of this exact jacket on Poshmark and Ebay but I’m also loving this BCBG one and this Rachael Roy one.  I’m hoping I can pack this puppy away soon, but it has been my must have go-to this week!

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

Also on that oversized hair pin trend

Week O’Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Week O'Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Week O’Nautical: Vineyard Vines for Target

Nautical Details

Nautical Details

Things I love:  Week O’Nautical and Target collaborations!  So!  We’re kicking off WON 2019 with my Vineyard Vines for Target haul!  Half the fun of these collaborations is stalking your favorites pieces and hunting them down.  I was somehow able to hit up my local store on the day of the release to go stalk.  I ended up coming home with 2 dresses and a blanket.  All 3 pieces are super nautical, very preppy and obviously my 3 top picks from the collection.

Vineyard Vines for Target Haul

Vineyard Vines for Target Haul

I knew the fashion would be the first to blow out of stock so I zoned in on those first.  The white dress is a seersucker-like fabric with an adorable navy and white ribbon belt… which you know I’ll be re-using ;).  The navy and white striped pullover shift dress is so versatile, and I was really impressed with the quality.  It’s more of a material like you’d find on a golf shirt, and it has pockets!  It’s just a super easy piece for the summer.  I can wear to work, the golf course, the pool, the lake, you name it!

Wearing casually as a summer dress

Wearing casually as a summer dress

Wearing with a visit from Mom

Wearing with a visit from Mom

Wearing poolside over a swimsuit

Wearing poolside over a swimsuit

These Target collabs always do a good job on the home pieces, and if I had more budget, I would of come home with way more of it.  A red, white and blue blanket has been something I wanted to drape over my papasan chair to dress it up with some summer holiday decor.  I also really loved the wood trays and the whale hooks.  The tumblers are also a great little item if you just wanted something cute and practical.

Red White and Blue Throw Blanket

Red White and Blue Throw Blanket

I want to go back for the cute pet bandanas (which you’ll see all over IG if you search the hashtag #vineyardvinesfortarget).  I also really like that beach chair, and I’ve been wanting one for lake days.  It would also pair really well with that whale shaped pool float, which I also need a new one of.  So if I need these items anyways, why not get some exclusively cute ones from Target which are priced pretty darn well.

Vineyard Vines for Target

Vineyard Vines for Target

You can view the entire release on Target’s website and shop what’s still available.  If there’s something you have your eye on and is in my local store, hit me up, I’ll go get it for you 🙂  And just to refresh, Week O’Nautical is how I count down to our patriotic holidays, by wearing red white and blue all week in a nautical fashion… see previous posts and how loosely I follow this theme haha.

Pups like being nautical too!

Pups like being nautical too!

 

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Level Up Monday Mornings

Monday mornings are the worst.  It’s no secret I’m always late, always.  9/10 its because I don’t know what I want to wear and Monday’s seem to be the toughest.  Mondays are also setting the pace for the week, and seem to always include a meeting or two or three… so I need to dress for success!

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

Outfit Ambition With A Blouse and Ankle Pants

My go-to items for when I need to look legit are Express blouses paired with some ankle pants.  It always looks polished and professional while still being on trend and fun.  When I can’t figure out what I want to wear and, as always, running late, this dynamic duo is what I always reach for as my work OOTD.  No matter what the activity is that day, or what spring weather throws at me, this duo is functional!

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Express Blouse and Ankle Pants

Stripes work as a neutral for me, I tend to pair them with my basics to my colors.  I love this Express Striped Strappy Cross Front Large Button-Cuff Blouse.  I also have an Express Portofino Shirt in this same pattern, as well as an off-the shoulder version.  I can not “express” how much they level up my Monday morning’s get ready sesh.

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

Avon Sparkling Statement Hoops And A Fun Clear Bag!

For spring I LOVE pairing my ankle pants with pumps!  I’m wearing the Columnist ankle pants, which are the best fit for me, and mark pumps (old), but I’m loving these Elastic Cross Strap Snakeskin Print Heels!  Finished off with a statement hoop earring (Avon) and a clear bag for a fun desk to dinner look (mark., old – try the Express Yellow Trim Event Bag for the same look.)

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Stripes are totally a neutral!

Express has always been my go-to for work wear, they outfit ambition.  Level up your Monday mornings with an Express blouse, I promise you, it will be a go-to!  You can use my ring code 8482 to get 15% off your order at Express.com (exclusions apply)

From Desk To Dinner

From Desk To Dinner – and everything in-between!

Style Secret:  I wear an Express Bra Cami under everything… all day every day.

#Expresslife

#Expresslife

Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

Week O'Nautical:  Stars and Stripes

Week O’Nautical: Stars and Stripes

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July… on a Wednesday… For the lucky ones off today, yay! For the unlucky ones working today, boo! But even for a Wednesday I had a festive BBQ, fireworks, and wore my stars and stripes!

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

For my 4th fit I updated my ‘merica shorts with this year’s version from Target.  Have to have stripes with those stars, so add in this one shoulder bodysuit from mark.

4th Fit

4th Fit

'Merica look from mark. and Target

‘Merica look from mark. and Target

Nautical accessories for some more red white and blue!  Watch (last seen here), bracelet (last seen here) and sailboat sprint scarf (last seen here) all from Avon.

Nautical Accessories

Nautical Accessories

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

Patriotic Pattern Mixing

My navy and white striped Kate Spade hobo was a comeup my mom found at an auction!  It’s absolutely perfect for this week, good job mom!

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

Nautical Accessories with Kate Spade and Avon

I hope you make it through this post 4th Thursday with a little extra holiday spirit!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

Have a great 4th of July holiday week!

 

Week O’Nautical – Easy Stripes

Week O'Nautical - Easy Stripes

Week O’Nautical – Easy Stripes

TGIF! Hello long weekend! This week has been rough, between being sick, making up time at work and sleepless nights with the new kitten, I’m ready for a long weekend. And easy to wear pieces because I just don’t have the energy.  Easy striped T-shirt dress with some interesting details, for the win!

Avon Jill Dress

Avon Jill Dress

I’m wearing the Avon Jill Dress (from the Seaside Garden Collection) with navy bow flip flops (Kate Spade) and silver jewelry.  (bangles, Mexico street vendor; watch, Avon).

Avon Jill Dress Details

Avon Jill Dress Details

This dress worked really well for me this week because it was super mega comfortable, I could throw it on and go.  The detailed neckline gave it a little added luxe so even when I’m not feeling luxe in any way shape or form, I still look put together.

Simple Silver Accessories and Flip Flops!

Simple Silver Accessories and Flip Flops!

Isn’t this dress just perfect for Week O’Nautical!?!  Cheers to the long weekend… and summer!

 

Modern Southern Belle: Sealaura

Meet Modern Southern Belle Sealaura!  Sealaura, aka Laura, is a coastal lifestyle blogger with a mission to remain authentic.  She shows you a real life take on life on the west coast with her scientist husband and their pups Newman and León.  She is also no stranger to Word Of Alicia, with her latest, showing us her take on wearing a sequin skirt (see here).  Lucky for us we have a guest post today from her, a west coast take on the Modern Southern Belle with her pick from the Avon Savana Blooms collection (available now at http://ww.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)


Guest Post:  Sealura

SAVANNAH BLOOMS IN LA…

I never met a stripe I did not like so when I saw the Megan Tunic from Avon’s Spring Line I had to have it. When it comes to adding new pieces to my wardrobe I stick to what works for my lifestyle and shape. Tunics are essential for beach life especially in sunny blue stripes.

The slit sleeves makes this piece different for Spring 2018. I know I will appreciate the extra breeze come summer and the ruffle cuff is also a nice detail. Can you believe this tunic is only $29.99? That’s what I really love about AVON fashion, it does not break the bank. Adding one new piece can add a little pep to your Spring wardrobe and I believe this top is it for me.

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Avon ‘s Southern Belle collection consists of a lot of fun pieces that mix and match. This is my favorite piece because it will be great for travel and for beachy adventures. I am definitely taking this to Hawaii when I see B in February and during Spring Break.

This past weekend I was able to spend some time with León. He is currently living with my sister in Vegas because I am traveling a lot and am also finalizing the Hawaii travel for him and Newman. The boys will be taking a red eye in March and then B will pick them up at the airport and we will be done with this saga!! Moving pets to Hawaii is NOT easy!
Anyway, I miss those guys! But I was grateful to spend the weekend with him and have some snuggles before he headed back to Sin City.

In 20 days I will be in Hawaii to visit B. I can not wait. It will be a whirlwind weekend but we have set these little markers to make the time we are a part go by faster.

Do you have any weekend getaways planned?


Be sure to follow Sealaura over on her blog, on IG, Twitter and on Facebook for some more coastal influence in your life!  I will continue to introduce you to more Modern Southern Belles here on the blog, but be sure to show us your take on it.  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

 

Week O’Nautical: Ms. Patriotic

Week O'Nautical - Ms. Patriotic

Week O’Nautical – Ms. Patriotic

Just call me Ms. Patriotic.  I don’t know when my obsession with all things Americana happened but now I’m kinda known for it.  Week O’Nautical sails on with another patriotic look featuring the Avon Ms. Patriotic set and nautical stripes.

Avon Ms. Patriotic Necklace and Earring Set

Avon Ms. Patriotic Necklace and Earring Set

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Not only do I wear my red white and blue for my patriotic holidays but I also wear it year round.   Key is to finding pieces that work with anything, for multiple occasions like a sparkly red white and blue statement necklace, and/or a versatile bustier top.  Avon usually comes out with a patriotic themed jewelry item, this year they stepped it up with the Ms. Patriotic necklace and earring gift set.  Not only does it work well for the 4th it really stands on its own for any time of the year.  Plus it goes perfectly with my bustier top from White House Black Market that I picked up at their semi-annual sale going on now.

Wearing The Avon Ms. Patriotic Set and mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

Wearing The Avon Ms. Patriotic Set and mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up

Red White and Blue Stripes For The Holiday

Red White and Blue Stripes For The Holiday

The embellished striped bustier top is one of those items that looks good with a pencil skirt for work or denim shorts for weekend or I just LOVED it paired with the matching skirt, that gives you a dress look with separates (which you can mix and match with other things for more versatility).  For my look I just paired it with a navy pencil skirt and my go-to heels and current fav red earrings and a stars printed bandana on my blue bag (last seen here)

Wear To Work Week O'Nautical

Wear To Work Week O’Nautical

As I sail through the work week to our patriotic weekend this Week O’Nautical look really sparks me into the 4th of July mood.  Tonight I’ll switch to some denim shorts and wedges for a little pre-4th fireworks and hanging out.

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

You can shop the Ms. Patriotic set at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to take advantage of our weekend deals!

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Just Call Me Ms. Patriotic

Just Call Me Ms. Patriotic

 

What To Wear To Thanksgiving – Tux Inspired Pants

Wear Tux Inspired Pants To Thanksgiving

Wear Tux Inspired Pants To Thanksgiving

This time of year we reflect on what we are thankful for and one thing I’m certainly thankful for is my pup Zoey!  I can’t imagine my life without and her cuddly sweetness.  Totally not related to my what to wear to Thanksgiving series but she totally forced herself into these pictures, and I’m totally ok with that!  So as we figure out what we’re going to wear for Thanksgiving this tux inspired pants look is Zoey tested Zoey approved.

mark. Fit Right In Skinny Pants

mark. Fit Right In Skinny Pants

A tuxedo may be a bit too much for your family Thanksgiving dinner but a tux inspired look isn’t!  This look is based off the mark. Fit Right In Skinny pants ($34 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  These twill pants are a straight slim cut in burgundy with a black tuxedo stripe down the side, perfect for our favorite fall holiday in our favorite fall color!  These aren’t what I’d consider skinny pants, more of an ankle or cigarette pant, you might remember them from this post.

Tuxedo Stripes With Blousey Stripes

Tuxedo Stripes With Blousey Stripes

To compliment the black tuxedo stripe I went with my favorite black and white stripped blouse, the Portofino blouse from Express.  A soft blouse in a flowy cut like this is perfect for lounging around on Thanksgiving to keep you comfy.

A flowy fit for lounging and playing with the pups!

A flowy fit for lounging and playing with the pups!

To accessorize the look I added two simple long gold necklaces, the m.powerement Power Of Change necklaces from mark. ($28 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  Sparkly button earrings in shades of burgundy in the mark. Mosaic Details Earrings (20$ for a set of 2) to match my sparkly feather bracelet, mark. Antiqued  Chic Bracelet ($28) and a cluster of stackable jeweled tone rings.

mark. Antiqued Chic Bracelet, Stackable Rings and mark. Step Right Up Shoe Clips on the Straight Up Sassy Heels

mark. Antiqued Chic Bracelet, Stackable Rings and mark. Step Right Up Shoe Clips on the Straight Up Sassy Heels

Like I said before, the holidays are a reason to sparkle, even if its just a little bit.  A fun way to do that is with the mark. Step Right Up Shoe Clips (14$ set of 2 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  I love these black and clear crystal clips added on to my favorite basic black pump, the mark. Straight Up Sassy Heels (in and out of clearance at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger).  These not only my pick for holiday gift giving but they’ll be awesome for the holiday season and beyond!

Love me some Zoey and this look for Thanksgiving!

Love me some Zoey and this look for Thanksgiving!

Disregard Zoey’s bad red eye, but this look is definitely one of my favorites!  I love the fitted pants in burgundy paired with a stripy soft blouse and sparkly accessories from mark with some killer heels that really elongate the look.  This look would be great for also hitting up your neighborhood bar to meet up with friends.  It’s classy but yet comfortable and features my favorite fall color of burgundy!  Shop the mark. Fit Right In Skinny Pants, all my jewelry and heels at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

What To Wear To Thanksgiving:  Shop it http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

What To Wear To Thanksgiving: Shop it http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

PS.  Sorry for the crappy pics, this day light savings time really messed up my outfit picture taking schedule haha!  Be sure to check back for more what to wear to Thanksgiving ideas and order soon at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger to get here in time for Thanksgiving!