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What To Wear To Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You're Hosting

What To Wear Thanksgiving When You’re Hosting

I don’t host Thanksgiving but I do host a Friendsgiving before the big turkey day! The difference between planning what to wear when your attending (see here) vs when you’re hosting is all about being strategic for function and time. We all know when you host, you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off, and getting ready is usually what suffers.

Festive and Functional

Festive and Functional

Word Of Alicia on what to wear:  Start the day off with solid black leggings, ones that are more like work out material than a knit.  That way they easily dust/wipe/lint roll off anything you get on them while prepping.  Wear a t-shirt during prep time then switch to a short sleeve party top as the time gets closer.   A short sleeve top because you don’t want to pushing your sleeves up while you are cooking and cleaning, and you’ll probably be warm from running around.

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

Tip: Start with a good base, quick and easy skincare with Avon Anew Hydrafusion Serum and Gel Cream

This year I’m all about that luxe velvet, so I’m suggesting the Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse.  You can still get this one by ordering direct from me or backordering it from campaign 23 (product #’s at the bottom of this post).  But I would also suggest the mark. Get Ruffled Up Top!

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

Tip: Use a scented body lotion straight out of the shower incase you never get around to perfuming before guests arrive

As the hostess you’ll be doing a lot of the work so bracelets and rings aren’t really functional, I suggest going with a statement necklace or earring.  I decided to wear with this a black velvet and crystal choker necklace with some crystal earrings.

Festive Friends

Festive Friends

I am a no shoes house so why would I wear shoes and break this rule?  I opted for a sparkly slipper instead!  Mine are from last year but Avon currently as some SUPER cute ones this year.  My last little trick is to go with your quick updo.  Keeps the hair out of the face while prepping but looks chic while hosting.

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Hard at work on the handmade pasta!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

Thankful and Grateful for all these folks!

I hope everyone has a fun and festive Thanksgiving, and cheers to the holiday season!

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills with buying butters shipped like a turkey haha

Tip: Wow them with your hostess skills by buying butter shaped like a turkey haha!

Avon Velvet Off The Shoulder Blouse Product Numbers:  S 800-800; M 800-829; L800-867; XL 801-017; 1X 801-605; 2X 801-753; 3X 802-711

Back order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger by going to order by product number (top right) then select campaign 23 and add in the appropriate product number.  Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

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Clearance Find: Wanderlust

Clearance Find:  Wanderlust

Clearance Find: Wanderlust

Guess being a procrastinator pays off.  If you saw on my IG Stories (@wordofalicia) for Wear and Share Wednesday I featured the mark. Printed Dreams Dress, which is now on clearance for $26.99!  Good thing this wanderlust look is just as cute in fall as it is in late summer!

mark. Printed Dreams Dress NOW $26.99

mark. Printed Dreams Dress NOW $26.99

Late Summer Style

Late Summer Style

For late summer I styled it with a teal bow belt (WHBM) and teal espadrille sandals (mark.)  However for fall I’ve worn it with booties and a denim jacket.  I can see this being just as cute with OTK (over the knee) or tall boots and a cozy sweater under your jacket for even cooler days.  This would make a cute Thanksgiving look too!

Fall Style

Fall Style

I’m also wearing the jewelry from the mark. wanderlust collection which is currently unavailable but DM me if you want me to hunt it down for you.

mark. Jewelry

mark. Jewelry

Vintage mark. Accessories

Vintage mark. Accessories

For $26.99 this is a really great deal on a dress that really can work year round layered with the right pieces.  Plus the blue is a really pretty shade with a fun print.

At $26.99 Well Worth It

At $26.99 Well Worth It

Shop the mark. Printed Dreams dress at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to hit a $40 order and add on the Merry and Bright A Box for only $10 (great for a gift see here) and you’ll also get free shipping!

A Classy AF Thanksgiving

Classy AF Thanksgiving

Classy AF Thanksgiving

Not all holiday looks are all glitz and glam, some are just classy AF.  And what’s classier than a classic LBD!?  Sometimes just a classic black dress is all you need for your holiday looks!

Avon Chain-Detail Dress

Avon Chain-Detail Dress

No one needs to argue the power of a Little Black Dress but this Avon Chain-Detail Dress is a must have!  Not only is it a great year round dress in its crepe like fabric but its a great dress for the holidays too!  The best part about it, its only $16.99 at my eBoutique!

Removable Black Chain Detail

Removable Black Chain Detail

The dress features a removable black chain detail around the neckline so you don’t need a necklace. You could easily remove it and pair this dress with your favorite statement necklace.  For this classy af look, I went with a statement earring instead with the Avon Modern Pearlesque Tassel Earrings.  For the rest of my jewelry I went with a simple black watch (Michael Kors) and a simple sparkly bracelet (Avon Modern Glamour Jet Pave Stretch Bracelet).  On lips mark. Vinyl Pout Lip Paint in Glamour.  (could that be any more perfect of a name for this look!?)

Avon Modern Pearlesque Tassel Earrings

Avon Modern Pearlesque Tassel Earrings

Clean and Classy with a LBD

Clean and Classy with a LBD

What’s a holiday look without a little glitter!?  I added some glitter with these mark. High On Glitter Platform Pumps.  These black suede heels are really comfortable with the block heel and platform and also really secure with the ankle strap… and the perfect holiday heel!

mark. By Avon High on Glitter Platform Heels

mark. By Avon High on Glitter Platform Heels

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo

I love this outfit for Thanksgiving because its classic but still fun, comfortable but still put together. It can handle eating all the turkey you want and still look amazing.  Think about it you could get this dress for $16.99, the earrings for 12.99 and the heels for $50, which qualifies you for the Beauty Of Gold A Box for only $10.  THEN use promo code AVONBLACK to get 20% off all of this, free shipping AND a FREE 7 piece beauty gift to complete the look.  So for under $100 you have your holiday look from head to toe NAILED.  You can thank me later.

Get this ENTIRE look for under $100, and a FREE Beauty Bundle

Get this ENTIRE look for under $100, and a FREE Beauty Bundle

Shop the entire look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Use Promo Code AVONBLACK at www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Use Promo Code AVONBLACK at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

*editors note: alicia doesn’t swear. alicia had internal debate with even using AF.  alicia was a rebel and used it because alicia’s down with the slang.  word yo!

Lip Of The Week: mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint in Cozy

Lip Of The Week:  mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint in Cozy

Lip Of The Week: mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint in Cozy

If November was a lip shade name, Cozy would be it!  (Or Thankful)  But Cozy is my lip of the week, so cozy it is!  These liquid lipsticks from mark. are a fabulous formula (see review here) so I decided to pick up another shade, Cozy.  This light pink shade is a really easy neutral shade.  I see this looking killer with a warm smokey eye for Thanksgiving!

Wearing mark. Lip Paint in Cozy

Wearing mark. Lip Paint in Cozy

I’ve been wearing this mark. Pout Vinyl Lip Paint in Cozy all week… minus Halloween where my lip of the day was Vamp for obvious reasons.  I really enjoy these vinyl shades, I love how saturated they are.  Extremely long wearing and comfortable.  Cozy, the light pink shade, is no exception.

Swatch in Shade

Swatch in Shade

Swatch in Full Sun

Swatch in Full Sun

You can shop these mark. Lip Paints in all 8 shades at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and be sure to take advantage of the A Box only $10 with a $40 purchase!

The A Box: Joy Of Red

The A Box: Joy Of Red

Eat, Drink, Give Thanks!

Fall Must Have - mark. Double Check Blanket Scarf

Fall Must Have – mark. Double Check Blanket Scarf

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours! Eat, drink and give thanks!  Just for fun here’s a few thanksgiving-tastic eye candy from http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and our Black Friday weekend sales and specials!

mark. Don't Let Go Satchel

mark. Don’t Let Go Satchel

mark. All Bundled Up Hand Cream

mark. All Bundled Up Hand Cream

mark. Blanket Check Scarf

mark. Blanket Check Scarf

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What To Wear: Black Friday Shopping

 

What To Wear:  Black Friday

What To Wear: Black Friday

We’re almost to my favorite holiday… Black Friday!  (I kid, I kid) but I do love a good shopping day trip especially when there are mega sales and festive holiday spirit galore!  Don’t let the day get cut short by not wearing the right things.  Here are few tips for dressing for Black Friday.

1. Start With The Right Shoes

Wear A Walkable Shoe

Wear A Walkable Shoe

If your feet are miserable you are miserable.  It’s that simple.  So wear something walkable, comfortable and warm.  A good riding boot/flat boot is always a good choice or a bootie with a thick low heel like these burgundy ones from mark.

Hmm what to buy this black Friday!?

Hmm what to buy this black Friday!?

2.  Dress in Layers

Layer Up A Cami, Sweater, Jacket, Scarf

Layer Up A Cami, Sweater, Jacket, Scarf

You’re going to go from cold to warm to hot so dress in layers that you can easily strip off.  I like wearing a open front cardi sweater because for me it’s the perfect not to hot not to cold layer.  AND when you’re shopping especially on a busy day like black friday you’re not going to wait in line for fitting rooms.  This way you can easily take it off and try on tops/sweaters/jackets even if you’re just getting an idea of how something runs as you gift hunt.

Easily Remove Layers To Adjust For Changing Environments

Easily Remove Layers To Adjust For Changing Environments

3.  Bring The Right Jacket

Wearing The mark. Luck Of The Draw Anorak

Wearing The mark. Luck Of The Draw Anorak

Standing out in the lines (if you do such a thing) can get cold or start to rain/snow so a longer jacket with a hood is a good bet.  Double bonus if it has a lot of pockets so you can stash things like change and your phone quickly.

Bring The Right Jacket

Bring The Right Jacket

4.  Go Hands Free

Hands Free With mark. Good Things Mini Bag

Hands Free With mark. Good Things Mini Bag

Wear a cross body bag so you’re not bogged down by a big satchel.  This will help keep you hands free for touching the merchandise and being an efficient shopper!

A Cross Body Bag Keeps Your Hands Free For Shopping

A Cross Body Bag Keeps Your Hands Free For Shopping

5.  Bring a scarf and hair tie.  

Scarf and Ring - mark.

Scarf and Ring – mark.

A scarf will just be that added warmth when you’re outside or when you’re just a bit to hot for your jacket.  I know this seems super random but nothing is worse when you’re hairs all in your face when you’re fighting the shoppers and weather!   These two accessories are your must haves.

mark. Endless Style Scarf

mark. Endless Style Scarf

And there you go!  A little Black Friday outfit inspo!  If you need some Black Friday shopping inspo check out these KILLER deals at my eBoutique through Monday!  20% OFF AND A FREE GIFT!  Be sure to shop http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger for these limited time offers this weekend… lucky for you, you can do this in your pi’s!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Mani Monday: Thanksgiving Nails with Jamberry

Mani Monday:  Thanksgiving Nails With Jamberry

Mani Monday: Thanksgiving Nails With Jamberry

Eat drink and give thanks!  Thanksgiving is only days away, and with all the preparation for the feast I’ve already prepared my Thanksgiving Day Nails with Jamberry.  So you might remember a bit ago I tried out Jamberry and I was surprised on how well they actually worked!  So I placed an order with these 2 designs that are absolutely adorable for Thanksgiving!

Jamberry Faux Fox and Friday Flannel

Jamberry Faux Fox and Friday Flannel

I mean look at that little fox… with a tail!  How cute is that!?!  I paired Jamberry Faux Fox with the red buffalo plaid called Friday Flannel.  These two together are the perfect fall pairing but will be just as cute come holiday.

Thanksgiving Nails and mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking Ring

Thanksgiving Nails and mark. Let Your Finger Do The Talking Ring

A litte on the ease of using a Jamberry nail wrap:  I definitely was a little hesitant since in the past these kind of things never even lasted a day!  BUT you can really tell the difference in quality with the Jamberry and honestly they’re not that hard to apply (even with your non dominant hand!)  My little trick was to go from the edge instead of from the middle out and heating it up.  That is KEY!  You can see the adhesive become tacky when you heat.

Select Your Size and Apply

Select Your Size and Apply

These nails I did Friday and then I did all things normal like washing your hands and showering but I also mega cleaned, gave 2 dogs a bath and sorted through gross recycling and they still look good and held up great.  I have NO DOUBT they’ll look this good come Thanksgiving Day!

Nails Immediately After I Did Them

Nails Immediately After I Did Them

Nails 4 Days Later

Nails 4 Days Later

Only issue is my pointer I didn’t apply it straight enough with my non dominant hand but that’s 1 nail out of 10, I consider that a win!

I’m currently hosting an online party with Jamberry.  You can join the group on Facebook (join here) and win prizes and get free samples.  To order go here and select Alicia’s Holiday Jamberry Bash.  There’s going to be some major savings this week AND you can get 1 free when you order 3 so fill up those stockings!

What To Wear: Fall Jewels

What To Wear:  Fall Jewels

What To Wear: Fall Jewels

With Thanksgiving next week there’s still some fall occasions left leaving you with the what to wear question. Jewel tones are not only of the season but also festive.  A few key pieces are all you need to really make an impact with a fall jewel tone look.

Navy and Emerald

Navy and Emerald

I paired a simple navy sweater dress (Express) with emerald accessories starting with this great wrap belt from White House Black Market (on sale!).  Comfort and cozy in the sweater dress and makes for a great canvas for statement accessories.  Emerald as an accent is really versatile, as it goes with my navy here but would also look stunning with rich purples or with your ruby reds for holiday.

Fantastic Fall Jewel Tones

Fantastic Fall Jewel Tones

Emerald Accents:  Belt, Bag, Pumps

Emerald Accents: Belt, Bag, Pumps

I might feel a little 80’s but these mark. Emerald Princess Pumps pair perfectly and have a modern take with the high back to them.  The finish is almost like that you’d see on a car.  They’re so unique but classic at the same time.

mark. Emerald Princess Pumps

mark. Emerald Princess Pumps

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Jewel Tones For Fall

Jewel Tones For Fall

I like a simple sweater dresses in the fall and you can so easily glam these up for day or night.  Easily could throw on a camel/tan leather (or faux leather) for going out the night before Thanksgiving.  A small bag like this with a strap makes for hands free mingling and killer pumps for the party factor.

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

However, the major impact to this whole looks are the actual fall jewels, as in the jewelry!  These mark. Baroque the Mold Earrings and Ring in rich jewel tones and opulent stones and styling are the perfect statement pieces for the right finishing touch.  Seriously all you need to do is add these bad boys on to any look and you’re instantly glam!

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

mark. Baroque The Mold Earrings and Ring

Finally what would a fall jewel tone look be without a fall lipstick!  Go for a jewel tone like the Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Radiant Raisin.  Pair it with an equally opulent eye using the mark. Dream Sequins Shimmering Eye Pallet.

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Radiant Raisin

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Radiant Raisin

As you prepare for last bit of fall before the big holiday kick try incorporating some fall jewels into your look!  You can shop the products used and featured at my eBoutique http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  and get FREE shipping on a $20 order today using promo code FREESHIP20 or save your order for next week!  20% off and FREE gifts starting Thursday!

PS:  Afternoon sun in Nor Cal can be intense, which is why my pictures are slightly inconsistent and over exposed.  But don’t be fooled these colors look STUNNING in person!

What To Wear: Thanksgiving Day

What To Wear:  Thanksgiving Day

What To Wear: Thanksgiving Day

Turkey for me.  Turkey for you.  I like to eat my turkey in a big brown shoe… or a chic Thanksgiving Day look.  We all know I’m a sucker for a holiday and a good holiday movie.  Did you notice in the movies, how everyone is always so sharply chic when they show up for family holiday dinners!?  And I always love their looks, so here’s my take on a chic Thanksgiving Day look, that’s still comfortable and fall friendly!

Chic Black and Fall Accessories

Chic Black and Fall Accessories

When in doubt, wear black.  Black always looks classy and chic.  Start with a basic fine gauge crew neck black sweater (Express).  I paired mine with a comfortable pencil skirt (Express), trick is to find one that’s not too tight or too high waisted.  I like pencil skirts because they’re slimming and you don’t have to fight with the hemline while sitting.  HOWEVER you could achieve the same look with black pants, skinnies, jeans or leggings.  The key is in the fall accessories.

Basic Fall Must Have:  Plaid Blanket Scarf

Basic Fall Must Have: Plaid Blanket Scarf

Adding this plaid blanket scarf (Target) over my all black look bumps up the fall factor.  Plus it’s extremely practical to ward of the cold and snuggle up.  I just draped mine over my shoulders for a chic shawl look and to showcase this stunning mark. Second Nature Necklace.  Every holiday look needs some major statement sparkle.  The branch like detail on this statement necklace is perfect for the fall holiday but will look just as stunning over my holiday red come christmas.  If you get one sparkle piece this holiday season for yourself let it be this one!

Fall Accessories To Up The Game

Fall Accessories To Up The Game

Rounding out the accessories are a skinny metallic belt, a really strong black pump (coming soon to my eBoutique taking pre-orders) and a lady like faux croc bag in fall friendly green. (mark. contact if interested).

mark. Totally Strapped Heels

mark. Totally Strapped Heels

Fall Accessory Game Strong

Fall Accessory Game Strong

mark. Good Things Mini Bag

mark. Good Things Mini Bag

Fall Friendly For Thanksgiving

Fall Friendly For Thanksgiving

I tend to lean a little more “dinner party” for Thanksgiving but if yours is more casual just switch out the skirt for some more casual bottoms.  A black pump looks good casual or dressed up and fall accessories up the game.  A little chic goes a long way!

Chic Look For Thanksgiving

Chic Look For Thanksgiving

Traveling this holiday season?  Then shop my eBoutique today or tomorrow (11/17 & 18) and get a FREE travel bag bundle in this fun abstract Mickey Mouse print. Do a little holiday shopping now and get the free gift!  Maybe pick up the mark. necklace I’m wearing here to add some sparkle to your Thanksgiving Day look!

Holiday Hostess: Shoes To Host In

The holiday hostess, a role we play more often than not this holiday season.  Since this role consists of cleaning, cooking, preparing, entertaining, and more all in a timely manner the less you have to deal with the better.  That’s where my hostess series comes in, first up the best shoes to host in.  Shoes!?  Who’s thinking about shoes but they pull your look together and keep you functioning fast so you don’t look barefoot in the kitchen.  The best hostess shoe option is a flat!  It’s like a slipper with out looking like you rolled out of bed.  Here are my top 5 Holiday Hostess Shoes!

1.  Blue Pom Flat

 

mark. Fuzzy Details Flats

mark. Fuzzy Details Flats

A jeweled color flat is perfect for fall and holiday plus the rich suede keeps it cozy and the fun pom accent gives it some statement making power.  Try pairing this shoe with a dress, one that’s comfortable enough to move, sit and eat in like the mark. Hit The Spots Dress.

mark. Hit The Spots Dress

mark. Hit The Spots Dress

2.  Fur Lined 

Kate Spade Scarlet Slipper

Kate Spade Scarlet Slipper

Ok this is an actual slipper but the rich velvet texture and cute bow makes it the perfect at home shoe to host in.  Try wearing this with a slim fitting bottoms and a cozy sweater with a statement necklace!

 What to wear with velvet slippers

What to wear with velvet slippers

Sparkly Statement Necklace

Sparkly Statement Necklace

 

3.  Smoking Flat

Lauren Conard For Kohls Lace Smoking Flat

Lauren Conard For Kohls Lace Smoking Flat

A smoking flat comes in a variety of textures from patent leather to velvet to these lace ones from Lauren Conrad for Kohls.  Wear these with a party skirt and sweater like the mark. Strike It Rich Skirt and Favorite Wine Sweater.  The gold brocade pleated skirt is striking but still something you can move in.

mark. Strike It Rich Skirt and Favorite Wine Sweater

mark. Strike It Rich Skirt and Favorite Wine Sweater

4.  Jeweled Detailed

Avon Genuine Suede Jeweled Flat

Avon Genuine Suede Jeweled Flat

Something sparkly automatically says party!  These Avon Cushion Walk Genuine Suede Jeweled Flat are super comfortable with the extra padding for all that running around and standing around.  The jeweled details are a pretty bonus.  Try wearing these with black slacks and a blouse!

Black and Jeweled

Black and Jeweled

5.  Perfect In Plaid

mark. On  Your Toes Flats

mark. On Your Toes Flats

Plaid is the perfect print for fall and holiday!  I like these burgundy and navy ones from mark. These are bit more casual so try wearing them with a sweater dress and a smokey eye!  I have a cream sweater dress I got years ago with a little metallic thread and it’s been my go-to for comfy and cute during this time of year!

Sweater dress, smokey eye and flats!

Sweater dress, smokey eye and flats!

With the right shoes you can conquer the world!  Or be the hostess with the mostess this holiday season!  Be sure to check back for more holiday hostess tips and tricks.  You can shop the some of the items featured here today for 20% off with the Veterans Day sale!  Use promo code TAKE20 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger