trends

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Leopard, and Snake and Zebra, OH MY!

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, animal prints are a huge trend right now. They were hot in the summer and even hotter for fall. You’ll see some sort of version at pretty much every retailer. The thing with animal prints, they’re kinda are always in, just how you wear them fluctuates. Which means now is a great time to get some pieces that will be super trendy now but also last in your wardrobe for years to come. Here are a few suggestions on how to shop and wear the trend:

Leopard Print

Leopard Print

Leopard: A leopard piece is the way to go If you don’t really think yourself as trendy but you like the trends.  Or, if you’re someone who hates the trend when they first come out, but then end up liking it once you see it all over (guilty!).  Leopard works really well for fall because its already set in fall colors with the browns, taupes, blacks and creams.  I suggest finding a leopard blouse in a soft flowy material.  You can dress up a pair of jeans or wear it with some white shorts for a late summer look.   Come actual fall pair with a boyfriend cardigan or with your fav moto/leather/jean jacket for a cool girl appeal.  A leopard blouse always works well for workwear too.  Be trendy by pairing it with a tie waist cropped pant in blush.  Once this of the moment trend dies down a leopard blouse will still work well in your closet especially if you’re just pairing it with a black pant/skirt for work or a dark denim for casual wear.  If you want something a little more trendy the oversized leopard print cardigans are huge!  Nordstrom’s version sold out but the one on Amazon everyone is grabbing.  I also really like the black and cream/white leopard prints as a take that not everyone is wearing…

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet - Express; Mules - Calvin Klein

Blouse/Skirt/Bracelet – Express; Mules – Calvin Klein

 

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin Trend

Snakeskin:  Now snakeskin is like the uber-trendy trend right now.  So if you want to be in, then snakeskin it is.  You’ll see snakeskin right now in everything… I mean everything!  From trench coats to shoes to bags to joggers… snakeskin everything!  But, because of this, you can find some really cool pieces, like a red snakeskin printed bodysuit I picked up from Express which is a total fun twist on the trend.  What I recommend shopping for though, is a pair of snakeskin boots!  These are something that will work in your wardrobe for years to come!  For you regular trendy people, get an ankle boot.  Wear it with white jeans and a white tank for a wear now look and then wear it with black jeans and a black tee come actual fall.  For you super trendy folks, get a pair of tall OTK snakeskin boots! Wear them with a t-shirt dress or a band graphic tee and shorts for a late summer look.  Come fall pair them with a sweater dress and a trench or the classic leggings/tee/jacket combo.  Even wear them with a pencil skirt for a wear to work look.  For the not-so-trendy shop for a pair of snakeskin flat mules or loafers.  Just a pop of snakeskin that keeps you on trend but not by too much and a style you can wear to work to running errands to casual outings.

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties ;)

Snakeskin and Puppy Booties 😉

 

Zebra Print

Zebra Print

Zebra:  If you don’t want to be wearing the same trend as every girl on IG then zebra is the way to go.  Just as in as leopard/snakeskin but a little different, and a little harder to find so you’ll stand out in a different way.  If you want to be even more mega trendy, pattern mix it with other animal prints, I especially like it with a tiger print or giraffe print.  Right now shop for a slinky midi skirt in a zebra print.  The leopard version is all over the place, but a zebra print is a more unique alternative.  It’s really wearable and on trend with just a white tee and sneakers, but I would wear it with heels… you know me.  Come fall, throw on a denim jacket for weekend, a cardigan for work, or a leather jacket and black heels for a night out.  This Ann Taylor Zebra Print Skirt, it’s the perfect transitional piece plus it’s one you could wear 10 years ago and one you could wear in 10 more years.  With all these animal print pieces a nice fabric in a sophisticated style will allow you to get more wear out of the pieces for years to come.

Tee/Layered Necklaces - Avon; Skirt - Ann Taylor; Sandals - Marshall's

Tee/Layered Necklaces – Avon; Skirt – Ann Taylor; Sandals – Marshall’s

Fun fact about me, zebra’s are my favorite animal.  With that being said, I don’t really like a zebra print unless its done extremely tasteful.   That’s the trick to wearing animal print find it in luxe fabrics and fits that will read classy not trashy and then have fun with it with what you pair it with.  Now they become pieces that last beyond the trend!  What animal print pieces do you have your eye on?

PS:  I have a great neutral makeup look that works with all these looks, and transitions into the fall.  If you want to see more leave me a comment!

Shoes that are HOT for the Summer

Shoes that are HOT for the Summer

Shoes that are HOT for the Summer

We all know I have too many shoes. But let’s also be real, I’m going to buy more shoes. I’ve been stalking the trends, fashion-y girls on Instagram and what’s been hot in the stores. Some of these shoes I’ve already nabbed up, others are on the wishlist, but regardless these are what shoes are HOT for summer.

Flatforms

Flatforms

Flatforms – Flats + Platforms = Flatforms.  These have been around for the last few years and are still going strong.  Basically because you get the height of a heel and the comfort of a flat making them versatile and walkable.  I like these for summer events like concerts and fairs.  They look good with summer dresses or casual shorts.  I picked up these raffia ones from Shoedazzle.

Vinyl

Vinyl

Clear Vinyl – I’m not sure what the exact name of this trend is but basically a shoe with a clear vinyl strap, usually in a 2 strap design one thick one thin, but there are a couple variations.  I’ve seen more of these in a heel but also some flat sandals or even wedges if that’s more your gig.  I’m stalking these ones from DSW but I’ve also seen some good versions at Express.

Square Toed Sandals

Square Toed Sandals

Square Toe Sandals – Carrie Bradshaw fans unite!  The square toe sandal circa late 90’s is updated for us now.  This version from Zara has been dubbed the “it” sandal of the summer but honestly I’m seeing more of that vinyl trend IRL!

Slide Sandal

Slide Sandal

Flat Sandal Slide – This has been big for a bit too, and also mega functional.  I was OBSESSED with this look at the end of the summer last year and picked up two key versions; A  snakeskin slide from Sam Edlerman and a crystal embellished slide from Express.

Athletic Slide

Athletic Slide

Athletic Slides – Or pool slides, whatever term you like.  If you are an athleisure kind of person then you need this.  I personally want to get those old school Adidas ones that I had in the 7th grade, Adidas Adissage.  Confession, I only got rid of them like 2 yrs ago because they were warped from the hot CA sun.  Oh brings back memories of obsessing over them in the Delia’s catalog and finally convincing Mom to get them for me from Kohl’s.  To bring things full circle I better order them for in-store pickup from Kohl’s right now, I’m sure they have a coupon ;  *UPDATE*  The husband got me some!  Score!

Ew... crocs...

Someone has a case of the Mondays…

You know what’s even hotter than these summer shoes?  Summer shoes on sale!  Because I’m JUST now getting around to this blog post most of the summer fashion is on major sale to make room for back to school shopping!  Between Amazon Prime Day and all the other retailers trying to match them you can DEF score some major deals.

Trending Tuesday: Urban Safari

If the world of alicia was the internet #urbansafari would totally be trending.  Mix a little safari, with a little bit modern, a touch of tropical, and a tinge of uptown and you get yourself some #urbansafari.  Here’s what’s been inspiring me for the urban safari trend.

Follow me on pinterest to see what else has me inspired!  You can shop the urban safari trend here!

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

Spring Skirts With Loft Outlet

 

April showers brings May flowers… and spring skirts!  Now that we’ve got warming temps the spring skirts are in full effect.  This year I picked up a few new from my local Loft Outlet.  If you are in the greater Sacramento area, head over to the the Folsom Premium Outlets and check out my friends at the Loft outlet!  Not only will they hook you up with some great customer service, they’ll also fit you up right!

Navy Crochet Skirt From Loft Outlet

Navy Crochet Skirt From Loft Outlet

Out of my Loft Outlet finds, this navy crochet skirt has to be one of my fav’s.  This is actually something that can work year round!  For spring I paired it with a chambray top (also Loft Outlet) but will look equally as cute with a sleeveless blouse for summer or a sweater come fall.

Chambray Navy Skirt Combo

Chambray Navy Skirt Combo

Maybe I’m already in Week O’Nautical mood, but there’s something so clean about navy and white, which is why I LOVE this skirt paired with white accessories.  I took some super trendy white accents and paired them with an otherwise more conservative look.  Thought you couldn’t wear the lucite heels trend?  Well, you’re wrong!  Try these mark. So Clear To Me Sandals with your spring skirts as a way to wear the trend.   The mark. Total Perfection Bag is also the perfect spring/summer bag to add to your collection this year.

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

 mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

The Lucite Trend: mark. So Clear To Me Sandals

The Lucite Trend: mark. So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

mark. Total Perfection Bag and So Clear To Me Sandals

To tie things all together I’m also wearing the mark. Whimsical Ways statement necklace again, (see here, here and here) along with that spring beauty look from Lisa!  (see here!).

mark. Whimsical Ways Necklace

mark. Whimsical Ways Necklace

When re-freshing your wardrobe for spring try mixing classic cuts from places like Loft Outlet with super on trend pieces from mark, it makes dressing way more fun!  You can shop my bag, shoes, jewelry and beauty at my eBoutique, http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Spring Trends and Skirts

Spring Trends and Skirts

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ONLY $10 with a $40 purchase NOW through May 24th at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Trending Tuesday: September Inspo

September Inspo

September Inspo

If the world of Alicia was the internet inspo for September would totally be trending!  September for me is always a love/hate relationship.  I LOVE August, summer, hot temps and long days.  September is the start to the end of all of that… but also the start of more things I love, Penn State football, all football, apple hill (for my nor cal’ers) and all the fun events in September.  Luckily it’s still summer hot here and we technically have a few weeks left of summer so here’s what’s inspiring me for September!

Color Pallet

September Inspo Colors

September Inspo Colors

This month I’m really feeling all shades of blues, especially navy, camels and nudes, red and burgundy with a bit of neutral blush tones and light greys.  Think very collegiate shades.

navy, burgundy, camel

navy, burgundy, camel

Camel Sleeveless Trench Vest

Camel Sleeveless Trench Vest

Off The Shoulder and White Jeans

Off The Shoulder and White Jeans

Mad For Plaid

Berry Plaid

Berry Plaid

Just as inspiring as a color pallet I always have a print I gravitate toward.  September it’s always plaid and menswear fabric inspired prints.

September Accessories

September Accessories

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September Beauty

Lauren Conrad's Makeup for September

Lauren Conrad’s Makeup for September

I saw this pic of Lauren for her September LC Lauren Conrad Collection ad and I immediately was smitten.  This is what September beauty is about, flawless skin, a light and bright eye with a classic wing liner, full lashes and a bright but deep berry lip.  I already use her staple eyeliner, mark. On The Edge Liquid Liner and I think I can find a similar lip shade!

Apple Everything

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

If pumpkin everything is the motto for October then apple everything is the inspo for September!  I’ll be sure to make my favorite apple crisp, take a visit to Apple Hill and light a few of my favorite apple scented candles this month.  I totally like apple flavors way more than pumpkin!

Avon Fresh Apple

Avon Fresh Apple

 

 

What is inspiring you this September?  Any traditions you like to bust out come September?

 

Trending Tuesday – Marble

If the world of Alicia was the internet #marble would totally be trending. I’m currently crushing on all things marble right now. It’s luxurious, clean and sharp which all translates when used unexpectedly in fashion and beyond.  Here’s what’s inspiring me:

Marble Print T-Shirt Dress  (mark. Soft T Dress)

mark. Soft T Dress

mark. Soft T Dress

Tech Marble Background Download (IvankaTrump.com)

 

Marble Vanity

Lux Vanity

Lux Vanity

 

Marble Heeled Boots (mark. Marbleized Heel Boot coming soon)

mark. Marbleized Heel Boots

mark. Marbleized Heel Boots

 

Marble Surfboards 

Sleek Surf

Sleek Surf

 

Marble Watch (Taste Timepiece)

Taste Timepiece

Taste Timepiece

 

DIY Marbelization

Marble Ikea Hacks

Marble Ikea Hacks

See more Pinspiration and get inspired by clean sleek marble looks for not just your home but also your looks!  I love idea of the DIY marble mugs with nail polish!  And these shoes!  It’s official, I need to marbleize my life.

 

 

Trending Tuesday: #summeraztec

If the world of Alicia was the internet, aztec would totally be trending.  Aztec prints have been in for a hot minute but I really just couldn’t get into them at first because it just was a 90’s flashback and not in a good way.  I’m talking hammer pants in aztec prints, kind of flashback.  Like all old trends made new again, the trend came back modernized.  I just had to wait for the right inspiration… or pinspiration!  Here’s a few favorite aztec pinspiration!  (and check out more on my pinterest board Summer Aztec)

Aztec Plazo Pants

Aztec Plazo Pants

Navy Aztec and A Killer Statement Cuff

Navy Aztec and A Killer Statement Cuff

Aztec Shorts and Open Stitch Sweater

Aztec Shorts and Open Stitch Sweater

Killer Aztec Print Dress

Killer Aztec Print Dress

Aztec Nails

Aztec Nails

I dabbled with some aztec influence this winter (as seen here) but the print fits summer so much better!  Its fun, playful and colorful, everything a good summer trend needs to be.  For me personally I’m loving the trend glitzed up and in more fun colors, not the dusty dessert shades.  Which is why these mark. Aztec Empire shorts ($30) were the perfect pick for me to start with.  I love the colors and the print, while a little 90’s-esq, its modernized.  I’ve been fully pinspired so this week see how I styled these shorts 4 different ways:  casual, fun, dressed up and for going out!

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts ($30)

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts ($30)

Have you been feeling the aztec trend lately?  What pieces have you added or what pieces do you have your eye on?

Trending Tuesday – Nautical

In the world of Alicia if Week O’Nautical was a social media site these would be the most popular hastags used!  In other words, this is why I dedicate a week to nautical inspiration… besides the fact that I’m a kid at heart and will take any excuse to theme out my day to day life.

#STRIPES

Stripes for Week O'Nautical

Stripes for Week O’Nautical

Nautical stripes pretty much take any outfit to Week O’Nautical level.  I’m inspired by every use of them (see #pinsperation below).  My outfit today might not necessarily be super nautical but it is influenced.  The thick black and white stripped dress from H&M is accessorized with a black vest, gold jewelry, a faux stone bracelet (Bohemian Rocks Bracelet $24 at my eBoutique) and a red bag.  I think it meets Week O’Nautical standards with stripes, red and white!  (sorry blue, we’ll see you tomorrow).  Stripes are pretty much a staple in nautical dressing, check out past stripes during Week O’Nautical here:

Nautical and Neutrals

Nautical and Neutrals

here:

Fit To Print Reversible Tote and Go To Print Cosmetic Case

Fit To Print Reversible Tote and Go To Print Cosmetic Case

and here!  (just to show a few!)

Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

#SEASIDE

The sights of the sea are solely responsible for nautical inspiration.  Take the colors, shades of the ocean from navy to seafoam or the whites of a whitecap or a white sail from a sailboat sailing the sea or the reds, oranges, yellows and everything inbetween as the sun sets over the coastal horizon.  All these shades are all the shades you go to when going nautical.  There’s nothing quite as impressive as a seaside view, take the one above from a favorite blog I follow:  http://sealaura.blogspot.com/ Instant happiness!  (and check out sealaura for how to live life with a seaside influence)

Seaside on the Pacific

Seaside on the Pacific

#ANCHORS

Anchor in Maui

Anchor in Maui

Pretty much every look I’ve put together for Week O’Nautical involved accessories with shiny gold, burnished brass, ropes, hooks, chains, etc… all things essential to anchors and boats.  In real life these items are for function in girl world they’re used for fashion.  I love my rope necklace, that’s made an appearance in Week O’Nautical more than once.  Today I used the inspiration once again with my shiny gold accessories, chain link bracelet and straps on my bag.  (both vintage mark. keep an eye out for them in the sale section in my eBoutique).  My watch even has a nautical like dial!  PS. I’m OBSESSED with this Perfect Timing Watch ($40 – launching July 12th or get it now directly from me direct message to order or hit me up on the FB)

mark. Perfect Timing Watch and Nautical Chain Accents

mark. Perfect Timing Watch and Nautical Chain Accents

#SAILORS

Sailors (source)

Sailors (source)

Besides the honor behind our armed services I really love a sailors uniform.  Navy, white, double breasted jackets, sailor pants, stripes, gold, pride…  Even vintage naval uniforms still have the trends down.  I wonder if I can work tassels into my outfits???

Vintage Naval Uniform

Vintage Naval Uniform

#PINSPIRATION

Pinterest Board - Instant Vacation Hamptons

Pinterest Board – Instant Vacation Hamptons

Seems like all my inspiration these days comes from Pinterest, but really, how can it not.  Its one giant web based inspiration board.  Ever since the capsule collection release of Instant Vacation Hamptons from mark. I’ve been using my Instant Vacation Hamptons board on pinterest to pin all my nautical inspiration.  Check what inspires me and follow!

#trendingtuesday #nautical #weekonautical are you on board?