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Week O’Nautical – LDW 2020

Week O'Nautical - LDW 2020

Week O’Nautical – LDW 2020

Happy Labor Day!! Labor Day Weekend is always a bit bittersweet for a lot of reasons. It is the end, but also the begining. The end of summer, the unofficial begining of fall. It’s also the anniversary of moving to California, so end of PA begining of CA. 2020 is no exception, a bit bittersweet with a new begining for me and new opportunities. What’s better for a celebration of new beginings than day sequins!

Day Sequins

Day Sequins

Wearing:  Sequin Striped Tee and Navy Button Front Flares, Express.  Gold chain jewelry, Avon Studio 1886 Chunky Link Collection, Coral Mules, Shoedazzle.  

Nice and Nautical

Nice and Nautical

Avon Studio 1886 Chunky Chain Jewelry

Avon Studio 1886 Chunky Chain Jewelry

Week O’Nautical will always be constant even if its only one post and some IG stories haha! Let’s enjoy the long weekend and welcome in fall with all its fresh newness… and savor a little bit of summer with some sun and s’mores.  

Week O'Nautical 2020

Week O’Nautical 2020

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!

Week O’Nautical – Cool Silver

Week O'Nautical - Cool Silver

Week O’Nautical – Cool Silver

Are you a silver or a gold person!? Just like everything else, it depends on my mood and what vibe I’m going for, but overall I’m both. I tend to lean towards silver more often… its cool and chic, just like today’s Week O’Nautical OOTD!  Week O’Nautical = Counting down to the holiday weekend wearing anything that fits into the red white and blue theme with a loosely nautical feel, key word being loosely.

Pencil Skirt for today's OOTD

Pencil Skirt for today’s WoN OOTD

I knew I wanted to wear this red pencil skirt to work today (Express, old).  It’s the perfect summer red and really since I’ve been back to the office I really haven’t worn my pencil skirts.  It has this silver disc detailing at the belt and that’s what insipred me to carry that cool silver throughout. 

Avon Summer Statement Metal Jewelry in Silver

Avon Summer Statement Metal Jewelry in Silver

I just got this Avon Summer Statements Stretch Bracelet (that I can’t stop wearing!) but it has the same hammered disc details that the skirt has so I was like, yep, wearing that.  Also released with the bracelet as part of our summer fashion release, are these Avon Summer Statements Hoop Earrings, that I’m also wearing non-stop!  Both of these go with EVERYTHING and they do come in both silver and gold… I, of course, got them in both tones.  When something is so classic, versatile and on trend you just have to go for both!  

Matching Silver Hammered Metal Details

Matching Silver Hammered Metal Details

What also stood out to me was this old mark. ring with silver and turquoise, so I had to wear it today too.  But what top could pull these all together, a ruffled chambray top!  Cool, chic, layed back, and maybe a little fitting to watch Yellowstone that’s saved on my DVR later.

Cool and Chic

Cool and Chic

You know what else is cool and chic… my summer bag!  I’m obsessed.  This Dooney and Bourke Wayfarer Nylon Tote with Accessories from QVC.  It is the perfect summer work bag, perfect!  The Italian nylon is so lightweight and easy to care for, the tan handles make it casual for summer and the red detailing on the zipper… swoon!  

Ultimate Summer Work Bag

Ultimate Summer Work Bag

I’m digging my look today.  I haven’t been too excited about outfits lately, and this one is changing my mind.  It feels more like me, it has a theme, and its cool and chic.  

Week O'Nautical Counting Down to 4th of July 2020

Week O’Nautical Counting Down to 4th of July 2020

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

Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Week O'Nautical - White Hot August

Week O’Nautical – White Hot August

Things about me:  I love any reason to theme out my day.  I love August aka the birthday month.  This year I themed out my August as white hot.  What does that entail you ask?  Buying and wearing white things.  It all started with my hunt for a new purse and coming across this white MK bag at the beginning of the month… on clearance at Marshalls!  I decided there it was going to be a #whitehotaugust!  I’ve been wearing my whitest of whites, painting my nails white, even obsessing over my new white and black new car interior.  So when I was shopping for birthday outfits I ordered this white dress, however my plans didn’t really involve activities functional for a dress.  Now that it’s Week O’Nautical I have the chance to take this LWD out for a spin as we count down to LDW!

White on White

White on White

Birthday Treats!

Birthday Treats!

White before Labor Day

White before Labor Day

Dress:  Amazon;  Necklace:  Avon (old but this one would look just as cute and is buy one get one free!); Bracelet – gifted by my sister; Ringmark. old but this one works too!); Sandals – Sam Edelman (last yr’s but these are the same vibe); SunglassesMichael Kors.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Been obsessing over turquoise jewelry lately.

Obsessories.

Obsessories.

Maybe because its been 100 degrees out but I’ve been wearing flat slide sandals like its my job!  I’ve just not been feeling the heels lately… who am I?!?  Good thing a good LWD works so many ways, heels/flats/sandals/booties you name it goes.  A LWD will always be a year round item for me but I’m maximizing them before Labor Day for Week O’Nautical and it’s been white hot!

LWD for LDW - see what I did there ;)

LWD for LDW – see what I did there 😉

Summer Mani Pedi Combos for August

It’s mani Monday and I have bare nails. And I’ve had bare nails for like 2 weeks or so! I’m ready to feel human again and lacquer these puppies up but what color should I choose!? I’ve picked up a few new shades in addition to put tother a few of-the-moment, perfect-for summer-in-August, mani/pedi combos:

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

Nuditude and Teal Me About It

I just picked up Teal Me About It and I’m dying to use it.  I saw Essie make this pairing with similar shades and I’ve been thinking about it ever since!

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

Parfait Pink and Creme Brûlée

A bright pink is my go to for summer, it always wears well and paired with an on-trend white shade on the toes its a no-fail pairing.  (see Creme Brûlée on here)

Sterling and Roses are Red

Sterling and Roses are Red

A collab that will look great through Labor Day!

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

Sapphired Up and Orange You Crazy

This pairing has those Nautical vibes I’ll be loving come Labor Day for Week O’Nautical.  Sapphired up is also one of my all time favorites (see here).

Terracotta and Limoncello

Terracotta and Limoncello

This duo will look stunning with all the leopard and animal print that’s SO IN right now.  Don’t be scared of that Terracotta shade, its actually really wearable and pretty, not blah and brown.

 

As you can tell these pairing are all in my favorite formula, the Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel.  It is hands down my favorite formula and paired with the Gel Finish Top Coat it literally looks as good as a classic gel mani, and lasts really long.  Right now you can get any 2 polishes/top coat for 2 for $11.  An even better deal, you can get the Gel Finish Top Coat with select shades for only $10!  Shop Gel Finish polish and the deals online here.  Now the bigger question is what color should I pick to do my mani/pedi!?!  Leave a comment on your pick for me 🙂

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O'Nautical - Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical – Little Red Dress

Week O’Nautical is here for the short work week!  I’m counting down to the long weekend by theme-ing out my life in all things red white and blue with a loose – and I do mean loose – nautical vibe.  Last time, Memorial Week O’Nautical was all about the blues, but this 4th of July week we’re all about the red! Starting it all off with a Little Red Dress!

Red Dress For A Short Work Week

Little Red Dress – the Avon Myrna Dress

This little red dress was from the spring release via Avon which you might of seen me share on IG, but from the moment I ordered it I had nothing but Week O’Nautical OOTD thoughts on it.  A good red dress is a must in my closet.  I like this one because its off the shoulder which I love, even if I have to layer it with a bodysuit.  Its also lightweight, stretchy, kinda loose, kinda fitted and packable so perfect for summer trips!

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

Red White and Blue Wear To Work

For work I paired this with some nautical block heeled sandals (last seen here), a gold cuff and white hoop earrings all from Avon.  My bag is my new summer bag! I scored on a good deal on it at Marshall’s.  This Michael Kors metallic gold canvas bag with rope straps is the PERFECT for Week O’Nautical bag!  This is such a great summer work bag and I’m very pleased I found this gem.

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Twist Front Knot Detailing

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Red and Navy Striped Block Heels

Nautical Details for today's WON OOTD

Nautical Details for today’s WON OOTD

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

Michael Kors Isla Satchel

I of course had to pair this look with the Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance.  I mean, I said I LOVE a theme right!?   Plus, Little Red Dress Fragrance Line is on sale too during the Semi Annual Sale going on over at the eBoutique.  I love all the summer sales that go on this weekend!  If you haven’t already checked out my eBoutique be sure to follow me on IG (@wordofalicia) where I’m highlighting my pick of the day’s and some killer deals.  Plus, building fantasy carts gets you through these few short days before our long holiday weekend!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance - Now On Sale!

Avon Little Red Dress Fragrance – Now On Sale!

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!

Glow Baby Glow A Box and Current Avon Promo Codes

Glow Baby Glow A Box and Current Promo Codes

Glow Baby Glow A Box and Current Promo Codes

We’re brightening our look for all our summer travels! Bring your skin care on the glow with the A Box from C14 — Glow Baby Glow (product number 294-471). This A Box is packed with the perfect products for summer.  Plus, a $50+ purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger will earn you a free Avon True Color Illuminating Stick in Champagne — double bonus!

Expertly Curated A Box for Summer!

Expertly Curated A Box for Summer!

Glow on the Go:  Two try-it-size skin care serums and two full-size lip treats ($38 value)!

  • Anew Power Serum: .24 fl. oz.
  • Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum: .23 fl. oz.
  • Anew Vitamin C Antioxidant Lip Treatment: .13 oz. net wt.
  • Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Strawberry Glaze: .3 fl. oz.

2 Full Size and 2 Try It Size Products

2 Full Size and 2 Try It Size Products

Word on the Glow Baby Glow A Box

I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again Power Serum is one of my all time favorites!  It boosts what you use it with so apply the Vit C serum first let it dry down then try Power Serum over it before you finish with your day or night cream.  Personally what I like about this box is the Crave Lip Gloss in Strawberry Glaze, I didn’t have that one and its fruity smell did not disappoint.  You can tell its essentially a clear gloss so it will go with your Everyday Slay Makeup Look!  Plus you get the Vit C lip treatment, and some travel size skincare for summer travel… this box is SO worth its $10.  And its a great way to try the new formula on the Vit C serum.

Wearing Avon Lip Crave in Strawberry Glaze

Wearing Avon Lip Crave in Strawberry Glaze

Avon Promo Codes for Campaign 14 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

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Starting June 1st -June 30th – FREE Avon True Color Illuminating Stick in Champagne when they spend $50+ on your online store.  Automatically added to your cart with a qualifying $50 and get free shipping too!

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$10 with a $40 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

$10 with a $40 Purchase at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

5 Makeup Looks You Should (and can) Master

5 Makeup Looks To Master

5 Makeup Looks To Master

Makeup Monday is going to cary on all week because I’ll be sharing 5 makeup looks you should master for your life. I realize not everyone is as much of a product junkie as me, but what I also realized is basically I just do 5 main looks and tweak them, and they’re pretty much the looks everyone should have in their makeup arsenal.  So!  I’ll be sharing posts on each of the 5 looks, how you can master them and how you can tweak them.

You CAN do it!

You CAN do it!

With each look you’ll want to master them according to your skin type and lifestyle.  Its kinda like how workout videos have the main person to follow along with and then one person doing the modified version for not as skilled and then one doing modified for those more advanced.  You can do the same thing with makeup, be extra or be minimal.  Here are the 5 looks I feel are the ones everyone should and can master:

  1.  Everyday Slay – your go to everyday makeup routine that works for work, play, weekend and more.  Just complimentary go with everything shades that work for you.
  2. The Quickie – a super quick version of your everyday that can be done super quick when running late.  These are your dessert island products you can put on in a snap.
  3. Going Out – this is your party look for a night out or a special event that you know will look good for pictures but also makes you feel a little special.
  4. Big and Bold – going big or go home, with a bold pop of color, be it a bold lip or a bold eye or both!
  5. Seasonal Switch – you need to adapt your makeup for the season not just in colors but also in formula, I’ll be featuring my summer edition.

My top 5 products

My top 5 products

Here are my top 5 products representing each of these 5 looks:

Everyday Slay:  Avon Magix Tint Brightening Tinted Moisturizer

The Quickie:  Avon True Color Liquid Precise Pen

Going Out:  Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

Big and Bold:  Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Seasonal Switch:  Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Everything I Want A Box

Everything I Ever Wanted A Box

BONUS:  Avon A Box – here’s a shameless plug for the Everything I Ever Wanted A Box.  Right now it features one of my fav mascaras along with one of my fav nail polish formulas in addition to a good eyeliner and a nice neutral lipstick.  This A Box is perfect for your everyday slay with products that will translate over to every 5 of these looks to master… and for only $10 with a $40 purchase!

It's Makeup Monday All Week!

It’s Makeup Monday All Week!

Be sure to check back all week for my detailed post on the 5 looks along with some tweaks, swatches and reviews!