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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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A Clutch Worthy Holiday Mani

A Clutch Worthy Holiday Mani

A Clutch Worthy Holiday Mani

A good holiday mani is so clutch during the holiday season.  It doesn’t have to be a full on nail art situation, it can be as simple as a really good red.  Including today and Christmas day we only have 3 MORE MANI MONDAYS of the holiday season!  So let’s paint the nails red!

Red and Gold Holiday Mani

Red and Gold Holiday Mani

My perfect holiday red polish is the Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in Royal Red.  My glimmering gold accent nail is Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel in Glimmer.  Both are finished with the Avon Gel Finish Top Coat.

Avon True Color Pro Nail Enamel in Royal Red and Gel Finish in Glimmer

Avon True Color Pro Nail Enamel in Royal Red and Gel Finish in Glimmer

Perfect Pairing With The Stylish Sparkle Bracelet

Perfect Pairing With The Stylish Sparkle Bracelet

Simple, easy and perfect for the holidays! What goes with the perfect simple holiday mani?  The perfect holiday clutch, the mark. Soft Touch Velvet Clutch to be exact!  This deep navy velvet clutch from mark features a super pretty ruffle design on the front and a diamond like opening so you can get in and out of it super easy.  Plus slots for cards, detachable strap and a super pretty top lock!

Pretty Details and Digits

Pretty Details and Digits

mark. Soft Touch Velvet Clutch

mark. Soft Touch Velvet Clutch

I really find this to be the perfect pairing for the holiday!  Usually a clutch can barely fit what you need to bring but this one fits it all and is super pretty.  (Peep a live view here) You can shop my mani, bracelet and clutch at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger I also wanted to note that I got both these polishes in past A Boxes (see here).  If you are not taking advantage of these $10 deals then you are missing out!  Basically for the price of buying the polishes I got $90 worth of product!  The Party Ready A Box is our latest A Box now available at my eBoutique!

Happy National Cookie Day with Linda and Alicia!

Happy National Cookie Day from Linda and Alicia

Happy National Cookie Day from Linda and Alicia

Today is national cookie day!  That’s a day Linda and I can get behind!  With cookie baking get togethers, cookie exchange parties and just your general holiday meet ups, Linda and I have 2 outfit ideas for you for a cookie exchange!

Alicia’s Look:

Alicia Cookie Exchange Look

Alicia Cookie Exchange Look

In my experience cookie exchanges are usually a casual affair, so it’s a perfect time to wear jeans and a sweater (Old Navy).  To make those casual staples more party perfect apply the right accessories.  The highlight of my outfit is my snowflake choker necklace, rep lips and statement heeled boots.  I’m wearing the Avon Velvet Choker Charm Necklace, mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Fired Up and the mark. Rush of Plush Booties.  The rich textures make these trendy pieces party perfect.  And the boots are so comfortable you can wear them for the whole gig without having to switch shoes!

Snowflake Velvet Choker and Red Lips

Snowflake Velvet Choker and Red Lips

Holiday Heels

Holiday Heels

mark. Rush of Plush Boots

mark. Rush of Plush Boots

Linda’s Look:

Linda's National Cookie Day Look

Linda’s National Cookie Day Look

Cookie exchange parties are a reason to wear something a little fun and what’s more fun then a  reversible genuine suede vest with faux fur!  Linda paired her Avon Faux Fur and Suede Vest with a contrasting white bell sleeve blouse and the mark. Pile on the Compliments Pants.  Not every party shoe has to be a heel, her Avon Cushion Walk Lace-Up Gigi Flats are just as adorable and ready to rock around the Christmas tree.  To finish her look Linda has on the Avon Modern Glamour Collection Hoop Earrings, Jet Pave Stretch Bracelet and mark. Grow Your Stack Bracelet Set.  For her holiday red lip Linda is wearing the mark. Lip Paint in Glamour.

Ready To Rock Around the Christmas Tree

Ready To Rock Around the Christmas Tree

Party Perfect Avon Faux Fur and Suede Vest

Party Perfect Avon Faux Fur and Suede Vest

You can get a little more Linda in A View From The Top Vol 3 (available here)!  And who doesn’t want a little more Linda!?

Baking With Avon

Baking With Avon

Now that you know what to wear, it’s time to make the cookies!  This year Avon Living offers the perfect baking items for the holiday season.  If you are going to a cookie exchange they make a really cute hostess gift, or a festive way to present your creations!  PLUS today only get an additional 20% off at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger as part of our 12 Days of Deals, so shop our looks and gifts and get a discount!

What To Wear: Winter Wonderland

What To Wear:  Winter Wonderland

What To Wear: Winter Wonderland

Just because it’s not snowing doesn’t mean winter weather isn’t here, and chilly! And just because it’s a winter wonderland doesn’t mean you can’t look legit while staying warm! That’s why I’ve teamed up with Linda Montavon for what to wear this holiday season and in the new year to ward off the chill!

Alicia’s Look:

Alicia's Winter Wonderland Look

Alicia’s Winter Wonderland Look

Staying warm in Nor Cal is a lot different than other winter weathers but does require some winter fabrics, layers and a warm scarf like the mark. Glam All Around Stole.

mark. Glam All Around Stole

mark. Glam All Around Stole

I like to glam up my winter looks with more luxe fabrics like these velvet pants (Loft outlet), pony-hair bag (mark., old) and suede pumps, (mark. Standing in the Wings Heel) and of course the most glam of them all a super soft faux fur stole!  The mark. Glam All Around Stole has to be one of my favorite finds this season!

mark. Standing In The Wings Heels

mark. Standing In The Wings Heels

mark. Just A Peek Blouse

mark. Just A Peek Blouse

For winter I like to layer my winter white coat (White House Black Market) and faux fur stole over a chic blouse like the mark. Just A Peek Blouse.  The rich color works great for the holidays and all through winter but the cut-out details make it way more fun!  Who says winter fashion can’t be fun! If you have a casual house party this would be a great outfit for NYE!

Cut Outs and Winter Details For Winter

Cut Outs and Winter Details For Winter

 

Linda’s Look:

Linda's Winter Look With Warm Boots and Jacket

Linda’s Winter Look With Warm Boots and Jacket

Linda’s staying warm with Avon Winter Wonderland Faux-Fur Coat and Cushion Walk Knee-High Stretch Back Boot.  Fuzzy and cozy these two together definitely are the definition of winter warm but also on trend and chic!

Avon Cushion Walk® Knee-High Stretch Back Boot

Avon Cushion Walk® Knee-High Stretch Back Boot

Linda paired her winter outerwear with a pop of purple also from Avon proving the point that warm and cozy can also be cute and chic!  Maybe you plan on an outdoor ball drop for New Years Eve?  This outfit would be perfect for that!

Pop of Purple with Avon

Pop of Purple with Avon

Avon Winter Wonderland Coat

Avon Winter Wonderland Faux Fur Coat

Thank you Linda for putting together such a great winter wonderland outfit for our collaboration!  If you love Linda’s coat you can still get it by ordering directly through me or online by ordering by product number.  Next to the shopping bag icon you’ll see “Product #” link.  Once you click through that link scroll to the bottom of the page to the search section.  Change the campaign number to 1 and search “winter wonderland faux fur coat” and select your size and hit add to form.  Once added to the form you can then Add To Bag.

Linda's Winter Wonderland Look

Linda’s Winter Wonderland Look