summer dresses

Week O’Nautical – Candy Paint

Week O'Nautical - Candy Paint

Week O’Nautical – Candy Paint

I hope everyone’s July 4th was sparkling!  Week O’Nautical was in full sail last week over on FB/IG but its sailing on here over on ze blog and the sails are candy painted!  I took everyone’s favorite yellow dress and week o’nautical’ed it with some candy colors.

Avon Ribbed Faux Wrap Dress

Avon Ribbed Faux Wrap Dress

The Avon Ribbed Faux Wrap Dress has been a hot item for summer.  It looks good on every shape and size, has on-trend ribbing in a light-weight fabric perfect for hot heat and its only $36!  The summer fun yellow color is stunning on its own but I wanted to make it even more fun with some candy colors.

Candy Colors

Candy Colors

I paired this dress with a light blue and white striped button down from Old Navy.  It had vibes of the boardwalk and cotton candy so I thought why not add in even more with the Avon Statement Stones jewelry collection.  The pastel stones were the perfect candy colored adornment to top it all off.

Avon Statement Stones

Avon Statement Stones Collection

Not sure if you noticed but wrap up sandals are pretty hot for summer!  I picked up this white pair from Shoedazzle.  They actually have a pretty small heel so they are actually really wearable.  I’m still on the hunt for a nude pair that I love, maybe a taller heel or even a flat, but I’m a sucker for anything that wraps around the ankle.  

Ankle Wrap Sandals for Summer

Ankle Wrap Sandals for Summer

I totally am getting boardwalk vibes with this look.  Now I just  funnel cake, cotton candy and a corn dog!  I really like the idea of tying a button down over a dress for a totally different look on a simple summer dress.  I can see this blue and white striped top layered a number of items in my closet, and vice vesra, I can see layering a lot of different options with this dress.  Even as we tranisiton into fall, this dress would be adorable with warm colors anchored with blacks instead of whites.  

Layering a button down over a summer dress.

Layering a button down over a summer dress.

You can shop the Avon Ribbed Faux Wrap Dress and the Avon Statement Stones jewelry collection over at my eBoutique.  This dress is one of those versatile pieces you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again, its just so easy to wear.  Believe me when I say it flatters pretty much everyone!

Sailing into to summer in happy colors!

Sailing into to summer in happy colors!

First Day of Summer 2020

First Day of Summer

First Day of Summer

Well 2020 has been, uh, fun… so far. I’m glad to welcome in summer though as today is the first day of Summer!!!  Not sure if I’ll get to do all my fav summer activities or take any summer trips but I do know there will be hot weather regardless!  And one thing I have learned is how to battle the hot 100 degree days we get here in Nor Cal, and that’s with a summer dress!

Bold and Bright for Summer

Bold and Bright for Summer

Dressing Up A Day Dress

Dressing Up A Day Dress

Summer dresses have to be easy to wear, a one and done item that is super versatile!  The Avon Tie-Dye Swing dress is exactly that.  Super fun summer colors with orange, coral, pink, white on a super easy to wear swing style, aka won’t stick and cling to you.  It is a very lightweight fabric, like a slinky t-shirt kind of feel.

Avon Tie Dye Swing Dress

Avon Tie Dye Swing Dress

Tie Dye Trend In A Summer Dress

Tie Dye Trend In A Summer Dress

This dress is SO versatile.  I mean its handsdown the perfect dress to pop over a swim suit as a cover up but it can also be worn as a darling day dress or for a hot summer night dinning al fresca!  

Avon Raffia Jewerly Collection

Avon Raffia Jewerly Collection

For the first day of summer I punched it up with even more color adding a coral denim jacket (Old Navy, old) coral heels (Shoedazzle) and coral jewelry (that same Avon Raffia Collection I’ve worn in my last 3 posts… obiv obsessed).  If you couldn’t tell I’ve also been color crushing on coral.  

Summer Swing Dress

Summer Swing Dress

Crushing of Coral

Crushing of Coral

Best thing about this dress is its only $29.99!  You can get this dress, my jewelry and alllll the makeup I used today to create this makeup look… also coral in theme… at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

The Face Shop Rouge Satin Lipstick in Cashmere Coral

The Face Shop Rouge Satin Lipstick in Cashmere Coral

Makeup details:  Anew Vitamin C Priming Lotion, Avon Magix Tinted Moisturizer, (bronzer and blush are limited edition Avon that’s no longer avail), Love at First Lash Mascara in Black, SuperExtend Liquid Eyeliner in Black, The Face Shop Mono Pop Eyeshadow Pallet in Coral (on backorder), Avon Glimmersticks in Gold (for highlighting), Avon Dazzle Drops (cheek highlight), Avon High Brow in Blonde, and The Faceshop Rouge Satin Moisture Lipstick in Cashmere Coral. — all available at my Avon eBoutique

Coral Summer Makeup

Coral Summer Makeup

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Happy first day of summer!  I couldn’t be more excited for long summer days.  I have myself a little dinner and a movie date night so why not wear a killer summer dress!  Summer dresses are my favorite, they’re easy breezy and go with any occasion, kinda like a summer day.

Summer Trends

Summer Trends

I hit a few trends with this black midi dress from Express; button front, ribbed and midi!  It’s appropriately called the Ribbed Button Front Midi Dress.  It actually was a spring item that went out of stock online.  When mom was out visiting we hit up the real legit mall and I was able to swoop it up  and it did not disappoint.  (Its back in stock online btw, and in 3 colors!)  I love it as a summer dress because its so light weight and easy to wear it will be the perfect thing for 100+ days we hit here in the summer.

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Express Button Front Ribbed Midi Dress

Because it is such a thin material I felt more comfortable layering it over a strappy bra cami for work. I work in a causal office so summer dresses are allowed, however you could layer this over a white crew neck t-shirt for a 90’s look if you need more coverage.

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Obsess-ories!

Summer Solstice calls for summer accessories!  Boater Hat by LC Lauren Conrad and some raffia flatforms from Shoedazzle fit the bill.  My Avon Summer Sands jewelry collection was the perfect compliment on top for some more summer obsessories.

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

15% off at Express with ring code 8482

You can shop my summer dress 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.

Happy Summer My Friends!

Instant Vacation Saint Barts — Ocean Hues

Wearing Ocean Hues on a Sunny Day

Wearing Ocean Hues on a Sunny Day

The ultimate vacation for me involves sun, sand and ocean!  Since I’m not on a vacation I’ll just have to take what I can get with enjoying sunny spring days and sand and ocean hues in my outfits.  The mark. Instant Vacation Saint Barts capsule collection has just the right pieces to make vacation worthy outfit for my real life days in these ocean hues.  Enter in the perfect vacation piece, the mark. Change Your Ways Dress ($36).

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

On a vacation I could pack this one dress and get 3 different looks.  The Change Your Ways Dress is a convertible dress with a cotton tube top and a satin printed bottom which you can wear the tube at full length for a midi dress, fold it in half for a mini dress or wear as a skirt.  The gorgeous swirl and abstract palm leaf pattern instantly calls thoughts of shimmering waters of Saint Barts.

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mark. Change Your Ways Dress

mark. Change Your Ways Dress

Because I am not next to the shimmering waters of Saint Barts but spending most my day in my grey and blue cubicle I need to make this perfect beach vacation dress work friendly.  Easy!  Add a white blazer, heels. a classic handbag and some luxe jewelry.  I’m wearing the mark. White On Blazer (in and out of clearance at my eBoutique), mark. Stand Back Heels (in and out of clearance at my eBoutique), mark. Classic Hit Handbag (last seen here), mark. Major Mix necklace (last seen here), the mark. Wow Factor Earrings (last seen here) and mark. Glimmer and Gleam bracelet set (last seen here) paired with the mark. All In Good Time Watch (last seen here).  Get them all at my eBoutique!

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Add A White Blazer like the mark. White On Blazer

Add A White Blazer like the mark. White On Blazer

To finish the look I used my new favorite go-to beauty items the mark. Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets.  (I reviewed them here!).  The more subdued sunwashed shades of the mark. Island Eyes allowed me to create a blue eye look that wasn’t too bold for day.  Pair it with my favorite pink lipstick, Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Pink Renewal ($9 last seen here) I had a pretty look that instantly put me in a vacation mood!

Beauty in Ocean Hues Too with Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets

Beauty in Ocean Hues Too with Island Eyes and Island Beauty Pallets

mark. Classic Hits Handbag and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. Classic Hits Handbag and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. All In Good Time Watch and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

mark. All In Good Time Watch and Glimmer and Gleam Bracelet Set

Jacket off, off duty ready!

Jacket off, off duty ready!

What’s your ideal vacation?  Are you ready to incorporate some ocean hues into your wardrobe and take and instant vacation?  You can shop my full look at my eBoutique here.

Instant Vacation Saint Barts Moment

Instant Vacation Moment

 

Week O’Nautical – Nauty Navy Stripes

Nauty Navy Stripes

Nauty Navy Stripes

Week O’Nautical is coming to an end, and no better way to go out than with navy and white stripes.  This has been my favorite easy summer dress as of late.  You can really play up your accessories and create totally different looks.

Accessoreis in Sea Shades, Wild Blue Ring and Take Your Time Watch

Accessoreis in Sea Shades, Wild Blue Ring and Take Your Time Watch

For my accessories I played up the sea shades of blue with the mark. Take Your Time Watch ($40), mark. Wild Blue Ring ($18) and my favorite rope necklace from Target last year.  I also added on the Bohemian Rocks Bracelet ($24) which you can get at my eBoutique.

Wearing the Wedge Right In Sandals

Wearing the Wedge Right In Sandals

To make this a summer time day to night outfit I wore nude wedges, mark. Wedge Right In Sandals ($34).  They’re super comfy so I can walk all day in them but they give me some height to take me out in.  These are wardrobe staples in my book!  Do you recall this High Style Convertible Bag ($40) I featured here and here… well here I’m using it as a clutch!  Get the wedges and the bag at my eBoutique.

High Style Convertible Bag

High Style Convertible Bag

I’m ready for the long weekend!

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!