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Week O’Nautical: Nautical Grommets

Week O'Nautical:  Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Grommets

Week O’Nautical goes weekend ready!  Nothing is more weekend than an easy top and comfy shorts.  4th of July weekend means we get a little red white and blue with that formula.  I of course took it nautical with this Avon Grommet Split Sleeve Top, part of the Avon Signature Weekend collection.

Nautical Weekend Look

Nautical Weekend Look

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Avon Grommet Split-Sleeve Top

Going Weekend Casual

Going Weekend Casual

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

Worn Off The Shoulder With Nautical Accessories

This top in a small is loose and roomy on me so I’m wearing it off the shoulder with some white denim shorts (F21) some nautical jewelry (Avon and mark.) and weekend staple flip flops (Shoedazzle).  I couldn’t be more comfortable for a holiday weekend, along with my new fav red bag (Michael Kors via T.J. Maxx).

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

Holiday Weekends Are Made For This

You can shop my nautical grommet top in both misses and women’s sizes at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and for a limited time with a $40 order get this weekend ready tote filled with weekend essentials for only $15!

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Week O’ Nautical – Weekend Wear

And the long weekend is here!  I’ve already slept in, went out, washed the cars, bowled, hit up a bbq and roasted delish meat on spits!  And there’s still 2 more days left full of more bbq’s, pools, swimming and lake day!  For all this casual weekend activity I’m going to need some equally chic and nautical themed pieces!

Week O'Nautical Weekend Wear

Week O’Nautical Weekend Wear

Memorial Day weekend definitely means shorts.  I’ll be wearing my favorite sailor shorts and my white cut offs all weekend!  Both of these are from Forever 21 and I’ll be wearing them with some red white or navy bra tanks from Express and maybe an open stitch sweater for a coverup.  My other weekend essentials are my Hamptons fragrance and shimmer lotion from mark.  It’s a super clean scent perfect for summer, plus the shimmer lotion is so sparkling it adds just that little bit of something to bare arms and legs, and we’re not talking Spice Girl’s glitter, classy shimmer if you will.  Every year mark. comes out with an “Instant Vacation” series fragrance and this one has to be one of the most wearable, and my favorite!  Another weekend essential is my self tanner from mark. in both face and body, the face lotion is shown here.  After being in the sun all weekend my skin will also need some TLC with my Lemon Sugar Whipped Up Body Butter that smells so summery and so nourishing.

Week O' Nautical Swimwear

Week O’ Nautical Swimwear

Nautical Details
Nautical Details

Basically I plan for the rest of my weekend to be poolside and lakeside so I’ll need some nautical suits.  Both of these were picked up at Victoriassecret.com clearance which is the BEST place to get quality suits at great prices.  I like the red monokini for the extra coverage and everything stays in place during activities.  I have to wear a single string top under to hold in the ladies, which is such a great idea!  I can now wear a suit I usually couldn’t wear and achieve some color blocking as well.  It actually looks better than you’d think.  And what’s that big white thing?  Oh thats the new floating cooler, new just for the weekend.  It will only be holding my lemonaid but will fo sho hold a lot of adult beverages needed for lake day.  Throw on a PSU cover up skirt and we’re good to go for the weekend!

 

PS.  Even my jammies are nautical this weekend!

nautical pj's

nautical pj’s

Week O’ Nautical Day 5 – Navy and White

Now here’s your traditional nautical look for Friday.  The delta breeze is coming through so only like a high of 70 today which got me excited because I thought to myself, “I can wear my white jeans for nautical week!”  This is what gets me excited, I’m easy to please.

Classic Nautical Look

Classic Nautical Look

The top is my week of nautical staple, I wear it every week o’ nautical every year.  This BeBe find from years back has paid for itself with the price per wear index.  My jeans were gifted to be from the best gifter, my mom!  She’s got the Kohl’s connection so when I saw that Rock and Republic came to Kohl’s mom granted the hookup.  I highly reccommend the Rock and Republic line at Kohl’s.  Since Kohl’s bought out the line they’ve done a good job at keeping its original look and feel of the line with a better price point.  These are the Kasandra fit which I like a lot because they slim through the legs down past the knee until they flare out for the bootcut.  I would like them to be a little more low rise but that’s because I’m only 5′ even.  The weight on these is a little thick but not too thick that they’re too hot for spring.  Plus the thickness allows for almost zero show through.

As for the rest of my outfit I switched from the gold I’ve been wearing all week to clean and sleek silver.  I kept it simple with a cuff from Express, a bracelet style watch from Burberry and simple silver band ring I got on vaca to Mexico.  And then there’s my shoes… I’ve been waiting all week to wear these navy cut out pumps with grey and yellow detailing from Shoedazzle.  These shoes suck to walk in, they’re too big even with inserts and barely stay on my feet, but they’re nice and high and match so nicely so when I can, I sacrifice for fashion.  And you know that bag and scarf I showed you in Wednesday’s Boho Nautical look... well I tied that scarf on my bag for a little extra something.  (even the pups liked it!)  I also wore some super star dangling earrings I found in my jewelry box from college.  Didn’t really show up well in my pics, but my star earrings showed up nicely with a messy pony.  I thought they were very USA stars and strips appropriate!

A little more nautical

A little more nautical

Star Spangled Ears

Star Spangled Ears

Week O’ Nautical Day 4, Nautical Parisian Stripes

What’s black and white and “red” all over?  A newspaper…. and my outfit hahaha.  You know you chuckled… and also thought a zebra with a sunburn.

Week O' Nautical Day 4 Look

Week O’ Nautical Day 4 Look

Even though it’s getting a little too warm for pants I wanted to wear my red Columnist pants from Express with my black and white tank also from Express.  The Columnist fit of their pants is my favorite!  When they released the red suit last fall I was all over it, except I never got the jacket and didn’t get these pants until like Feb when they went on super clearance and I’m so glad I did.  When in doubt, wear red!  If you’re going for a colorful pant in your wardrobe I would suggest red.  It works year round, looks good on pretty much everyone and will get you noticed in a good way.  Plus it will match so much you already have and works for all your holiday dressing.  Except for St. Patrick’s day.  I don’t recommend wearing it with your green, since everyone will think you’re Christmas-ing it up.  I digress… back to my outfit…  the red pants also kinda look a little Parisian with the black and white striped top which is never a bad thing!

I coordinated my stripped top with my stripped shoes.  Now these shoes are from the Nine West outlet years and years ago and really have seen better days.  I’ve tried to doctor them but if I let you look closely you could see where the dog has got them, the white stripes that don’t necessarily look so white anymore, the mole skin I’ve wrapped them in around the toe to cover the wear and cracking, etc… However they match PERFECTLY and are still some of my favorites.  They were my go to shoe for standing on my feet all day at Brooks Brothers to trade shows to going out comfy heel… these are 24hr shoes!  (I will explain my shoe classification by hrs at a later date).  If these shoes could tell a story they represent a good portion of my life, so I will continue to wear them and maybe take them to the cobbler and see what he can do.

As for the rest of me, those shades are Marc Jacobs and POLARIZED!  I have bad eyes so polarized lenses are a MUST HAVE, actually they are for anyone, skip those $5 shades at the market and get yourself some protective shades.  Then there’s my statement necklace!    I think it looks kind of nautical with all the twisted chains and mixed metals and beads, like a twisted anchor chain with bling.  It’s of course, from mark. they do GREAT statement necklaces.  This one is called the Scene Stealer necklace and has been in and out of sale.  The earrings are the Fireball earrings that match the necklace PERFECTLY.   They will be in next month’s sale at my eBoutique so get them at the KILLER sale price.  I’ve worn mine with everything, they give just that small amount of needed sparkle especially when you’ve got a lot going on elsewhere.  And super light you won’t even notice you  have them on!  I wish you could see my makeup better but lots of sun and a point and shoot camera doesn’t always allow for that.  However, what goes perfectly with all these nautical outfits is the mark. On The Dot Pallet in Neutral.  It has 9 shades you can create a million different looks with and are the most flattering neutral shades I’ve ever come across.  If you get one mark. item in your life it should be this pallet, and it’s only $16!  Take that Naked Pallet!

Statement Accessory:  Scene Stealer Necklace

Statement Accessory: Scene Stealer Necklace

On The Dot Neutral and Fireball Earrings

On The Dot Neutral and Fireball Earrings

Cocktail Rings and Watch

Cocktail Rings and Watch

Since I was wearing such a statement making necklace I kept it simple with my favorite silver watch from Burberry and doubled up on the cocktail rings!  The mixed metals and “stones” went well with the mixing going on in my necklace.  The red ring was gifted to me by the FAB miss nicole and I love it!  The 2 balls are also from mark. from last holiday season.  I like how my jewelry all plays together so nicely today, sometimes it just works.

How does day 4’s look hold up?  Too Parisian to be nautical?  Do you have a pair of beater shoes that keep on kicking and you’d like to have brand new once again?

Week O’ Nautical – Day 3 Boho Nautical

Next up on Week O’Nautical is another look that’s not your stereotypical nautical look but incorporates pieces in the right color family and functionally nautical.

Boho Nautical Look

Boho Nautical Look

Def on the casual side with the rouched t-shirt dress from Express, gifted to me by the fab sis-in-law for Christmas (I would say brother but you know Steph picked it out).  Love this style because it works year round with the 3/4 sleeve and t-shirt material.  Also killer because it works for so many occasions, dressed up for work or thrown over a bathing suit as a cover up… etc…  If you don’t own a t-shirt dress GET ONE!  It’s a wardrobe must have.

My other wardrobe must have is a silk scarf.  To go with the casual boho vibe I have it tied as a headband with the knot tied toward the side of my head with one end longer than the other so you can pull it forward to make more of an impact.  This scarf is from my days moonlighting at Brooks Brothers, they have the best silk scarfs!  This outfit could easily be transformed by tying the scarf as a belt low on the hips or right under the bust tied in the back and thick like a cummerbund, or again tied in the back but all the way open so it kinda looks like a tube top… the options are endless.  I always have a constant scarf inspiration from Rachel McAdams in Wedding Crashers when they go out on the boat and she has her scarf wrapped around her head.  I love that look but just not on me, maybe one day…

Wedding Crashers Inspiration

Wedding Crashers Inspiration

Sorry for the crappy picture, I had to screen cap a really poor quality you tube video.  I love her full nautical look here.  Still waiting to recreate it with an open stitch sweater and linen pants all in white… on a boat… one day, one day…

Boho Nautical Accessories

Boho Nautical Accessories

You know what’s been missing from my previous posts… shoes!  Given how much of a shoe-a-holic I am, kinda surprising.  Since we’re on the topic of wardrobe must haves, gold wedges are another one of my picks.  These ones are from Nine West and I’ve worn them to DEATH!  They go with EVERYTHING!  Can dress them up for a summer night out or run errands in them in shorts and a tank or take them to the beach/lake/pool for a little glam or when you know you’ll be transitioning from lounging.  Make sure they’re comfortable and easy to walk in, really that’s what a wedge is all about.  (PS. you like my nautical toes?  You know my nails will have their own post)

What really makes this look boho, is of course, my Bohemian Style Bag from mark.  I’ve been obsessed with this since it launched!  It has that uber cool style that everyone who is anyone has been carrying but its priced perfectly at $38.  Plus it holds EVERYTHING!  It’s great for commuting back and forth to work.  I’ve even used it as beach bag and it still looked cool.  The color surprisingly goes with more than you think, yes even black.

And let’s round things out with my super fun jewelry, the statement making hoops are mark. too, part of the heat wave duo set.  My go to instant summer ring is the mark. Pretty Stellar Ring and then of course we have the Borrowed From The Boys watch yet again.  This time I paired it with a white bangle from Express and a thin gold bangle from Brighton.

Boho’s not my typical style so this is my take on it…

Week O’ Nautical

Countdown to summer is on!   Memorial Day Weekend!  It’s the unofficial summer kickoff in my book and it’s an extra day off work so, winning!  (is winning still cool to say?  i totally love it… sup c.sheen!)  Let’s be honest, I’m not a real adult.  I find any excuse to think and act like a kid including getting massively excited for any and all holidays.  Memorial day to me is a reason to celebrate our country’s service men in true U.S.A. form by being as Americana as possible.  Translate to licia language… Week O’Nautical!  I make a point to wear my favorite fashion trend all week, nautical inspired looks!  I do this with all my summer holidays… Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.  It’s kind of like how in December I try to wear red all month long… like I said I’m not a real adult.

Every year when I do this I realize the same thing, I LOVE anything navy and I don’t own NEARLY enough of it.  I LOVE anything and everything nautical.  Which means sine I don’t really own a lot of my favorite navy and nautical pieces I save the most themed out pieces for the end of the week.  So were going to start this off with my Monday Week O’Nautical outfit of the day!

Week O'Nautical Monday Look

Week O’Nautical Monday Look

I’m wearing my navy and white sheath dress that has as pleated chiffon top.  The dress is from H&M a few years back but I have seen similar pieces as of late.  But you could re-create this look with a navy pencil skirt and a dressy white tank.  The rest of the look is all in the details… my accessories!  I’ve been LOVING my mark. Rock Of Ages necklace in peach and it looks really sharp with navy.  Now I wouldn’t necessarily call it a nautical look, but more beachy.  The necklace has this awesome faceted cut so it really pulls so many colors when the sun hits it and looks like something straight from the ocean.  Pair it with some gold jewelry and it becomes nautical!  For my gold accents I’m also wearing a wrap bracelet from Express, the mark. Borrowed From The Boys Watch and the mark. Cross Your Fingers Ring.  All topped off with my mark. Catch Of The Day straw clutch.  I love how the gold of the watch matches the awesome bold turnlock of the clutch… its the little things in life.  This look has that summer fun vibe but completely office appropriate esp for a Monday.

mark. Bronzy Beauty Look

mark. Bronzy Beauty Look

It’s a little hard to see in my photo, but for my beauty I went for a bronzy gold look, all with mark. products.  For my eyes I used i-mark metallics in sugar sugar and goldi luxe. I also accented my crease with shade 2 of On The Dot Neutral.  Followed with Get In Line Liquid Eyeliner in Painted Black and Lash All You Want Volume Mascara.

I used Touch and Glow Shimmer Cubes as my blush and with Get Bright Hookup Highlighter.  I used Bronze Pro for contouring and Powder Buff as my foundation.  With just a touch of gloss on my lips in Blow Kisses.

You can get all the beauty items I used as well as the Rock Of Ages Necklace, Borrowed From the Boys Watch, Cross Your Fingers Ring and Catch Of The Day clutch all at my eBoutique:  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com

Stay tuned all week for more outfits of the day for Week O’Nautical.  And yes I know its Tuesday and I’m posting Monday’s… I’ll try to be more on top of it as the week progresses!

Weekend Nails – Pink and Grey

Lately I’ve been loving pastels and all things Spring, but technically its still Winter.  Which is why the weather one day will be wonderful and the next crappy.  So that means my nails will follow a similar pattern, pastel pink for spring grey for winter.

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Overall pink and grey is one of my absolute favorite color combos, and this coming from someone who generally hates pink!  There’s just something about the contrast that makes  my eyes happy.  I was originally inspired by this pic found on Pinterest.  (which I’ll probably still do sometime)  I’ve been loving my mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer duo so I jumped at the chance to use my favorite pink, Tickled Pink.  For the grey I also used another mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer in Industrial.  (From the duo set from fall 2011, if interested in it message me, its been in and out of last chance at my eBoutique.)  Of course I had to do a gradient glitter on my accent nail, Essie A Cut Above.  I’ve been obsessed with this glitter since I got it.

I loved how they turned out and made a great weekend mani for weekend fun activities!  You can purchase the mark. Nailed It mini trend lacquer duo in Voilet Femme now available at my eBoutique.  http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com