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What To Wear In Maui: The Off The Shoulder Dress

What To Wear In Maui - Off The Shoulder Dress

What To Wear In Maui – Off The Shoulder Dress

The epic drive from Kahului to Hana is world famous.  It is a curvy coastal road with views of its natural beauty of its unblemished cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and miles and miles of rainforest.  It was one of my favorite things we did while visiting Maui and according to mark.; The epic drive from Kahului to Hana on the Hana Highway is an absolutely must.  Wear a dress that’s both comfy in the car and cute enough to steal some attention from the jaw-dropping scenery when you jump out to ooh and awe.   For this scenario the perfect piece is the mark. Warm Shoulder Dress.

mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Not only is the off the shoulder trend huge this summer it’s a star item from the mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection.  Inspired from our tropical destination Maui, this dress is lightweight, features a hibiscus like cutout design along the hem and cut to be the the perfect versatile dress for summer vacations and beyond.

Off The Shoulder Trend For Summer

Off The Shoulder Trend For Summer

I may not currently be in Maui but I am taking an instant vacation there wearing this pretty blue dress.  You know those pieces you put on and you just feel good in, this is one of them.  The periwinkle blue color is just stunning, and not like anything else I already own.  I like that I can wear it off one shoulder, both shoulders, the sleeves pushed up or long.  It’s really functional and pretty.

Versatile Way To Wear It

Versatile Way To Wear It

For something comfy to wear on a summer road trip or along the road to Hana this dress has that relaxed vibe.  Especially if you pair it with some shimmering flip flops and a great beach bag.  If I was in Maui I’d wear it over my suit and my bag would include a towel, snorkeling gear, Avon Sun+ Sunscreen, mark. Touch and Glow Coral, and Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara!  However I’m not, so for my any day in real life look I wore it over a lace bralette (Victoria’s Secret Pink) instead of a swim suit.  And my  faux straw bag (Lilly Pulitzer for Target) contains my wallet instead of snorkeling gear and a towel but the Touch and Glow and Big and Daring stay!

Your Go-To Summer Dress - mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Your Go-To Summer Dress – mark. Warm Shoulder Dress

Perfect For A Summer Road Trip

Perfect For A Summer Road Trip

Maybe it’s the birds of paradise, or the cute floral cut outs but I’m feeling pretty tropical.  With the pretty blue dress I’m wearing the pretty Blue Atlantic jewelry collection (pendant necklace and earrings).  My bracelets are actually from my trip to Hawaii from a local vendor.  Finally for the perfect tropical feel my bright orangy-coral lip is mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini.

Cut out skirt detail!

Cut out skirt detail!

Lips:  mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini

Lips: mark. All Butter Now in Coraltini  Jewery:  Avon Blue Atlantic Collection

If you’re planning a trip to Maui this would be the perfect dress to pack.  If you want to just be influenced by Maui this would fit the bill for that too.  From the mark. Maui Bliss collection this has to be my favorite fashion piece.  You can shop the entire Maui Bliss collection here.  Use promo code MULTI for a free sarong that would oh so match this collection perfectly!

mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

For more from my Maui Bliss Collection looks check out the maxi dress, the color collection, the bronzer and the fragrance!  With this little capsule collection you’ll be ready for your Maui vacation, or at least look like you just had one 😉

Maui Vacation Ready With These Must Haves!

Maui Vacation Ready With These Must Haves!

 

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Trending Tuesday: Maui

 

Trending Tuesday: Maui

Trending Tuesday: Maui

If the world of Alicia was the internet then #maui would totally be trending.  I’m all about Maui for two major reasons right now;  1.  mark. Instant Vacation Maui Bliss capsule collection release and 2.  Maui was the best vacation to date I’ve ever taken and I seriously could use that right now.  However, there’s no Maui in my immediate future so I guess I’ll just have to instantly be transported there with this new mark. collection worked into my everyday!  Every year mark. releases a capsule collection based of a vacation destination, this year it’s Maui!  So let’s take a peek at some must haves from the collection and must haves to hit up in Maui!

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Launch!

mark. Instant Vacation Maui Launch!

About the mark. Instant Vacation Maui:  It’s the island that has you at hello! The Pacific surrounds you and fun is all around. When your’e not in a bikini (or snorkeling gear!), cue up cute shorts and a tee. Heading out to view the vibrant yellow hibiscus and towering bird of paradise Maui is known for? Avoid tan lines by going off-the-shoulder. And if there’s a chance your day will stretch into night, dress for both in a maxi with an irresistible island vibe!

Aloha Maui!

Aloha Maui!

Maui Must Have:  Early evening beachfront drinks:  “followed by dinner and a little live music on bustling Front Street in Lahaina – this maxi’s just what you need to make waves at both places.”  Front street in Lahaina is definitely where the night life is, happy hour and the sun sets, what’s better than that!  A tropical print maxi is the PERFECT outfit for that.  Also would be my pick on what to wear for a luau in Lahaina.

Drinks in Lahaina

Drinks in Lahaina

Luau in Lahaina

Luau in Lahaina

It all starts with a scent:  “Get whisked away to a paradise island with this Hawaiian-inspired blend of reforesting coconut water, exotic hibiscus and rich glowing amber.”  Seriously, this scent does capture the tropical paradise and warm sun!

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

The Signature Scent: Maui Bliss

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That Maui Moment

Hawaiian Feels

Hawaiian Feels

Maui Must Have:  Early morning walk along Ka’Anapali beach:  “cute and comfy shorts and a tropical-flavored tee are the right balance of easy and breezy.  The sandals are adorable – even if they don’t stay on your feet”  I totally agree that easy to wear separates that are light and breeze are the best thing to pack for your typical beach days… and if you’re not in Maui, sounds about right for lazy summer days.

Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

Instant Vacation Maui Bliss

Morning Beach Walks In Maui

Morning Beach Walks In Maui

Beach Day!

Beach Day!

Maui Must Have:  The epic drive from Kahului to Hana:  “on the Hana Highway is an absolute Maui must.  Wear a dress that’s both comfy in the car and cute enough to steal some attention from the jaw-dropping scenery when you jump out to ooh and awe.”  The scenic drive to Hana was definitely a favorite thing to do in Maui and this look totally would fit the bill.  You could even wear your suit underneath because every day on Maui I found myself in the ocean some how.  It’s crazy how as you climb up in elevation how the weather changes so a dress like this is both cool, comfortable and functional!

Above The Clouds

Above The Clouds

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On The Road To Hana

On The Road To Hana

 

Be A Maui Beach Babe!

Be A Maui Beach Babe!

Maui Bliss Color Collection:  Humid days and beach front lifestyle doesn’t require much in the beauty department.  A little brozner, an eye pallet inspired by the lush tropical paradise, a long lasting gel finish polish and a compact brush set is all you’ll need.  These all are sized perfectly for travel for that trip across the Pacific… or in your bag as you “jet set” to work through weekend this summer.  I would add to my travel bag Avon Anew Skinvincible moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 50, a waterproof concealer Avon Extra Lasting Concealer, and a waterproof mascara Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara and Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon with SPF 15.  A seaspray for your hair with mark. That’s Beachy and a good sun hat  with the Ray Of Sunshine Beach Hat and you’re all set for Maui.

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The Colors Of Maui

The Colors Of Maui

Lucy Hale's Top Picks For Travel

Lucy Hale’s Top Picks For Travel

Maui Must Haves

Maui Must Haves

Maui Must Haves!

Maui Must Haves!

Maui Must Have:  Wai’anapanapa State Park.  The black sand beach on Maui is just way too cool not to go see.  I loved the contrast of the bright blue water and black sand, plus there’s fun little spots and cool cliffs to get a great view.  We hiked a long the coast a bit and it was just breathtaking!

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Black Sand Beaches

Black Sand Beaches

Word Of Alicia:  This capsule collection embodies Maui perfectly and I’m totally ready to go back!  I love that I can embrace a little bit of the tropical paradise in my everyday life with the fashion and beauty items from mark.  You can shop the collection starting tomorrow at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and join my Facebook group for the launch!  Everyone who joins is entered in to win a little Maui Bliss!  You can join my Facebook group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/wordofalicia/

Aloha!

Aloha!

Week O’Nautical – Fishes on Fishes

Week O’Nautical gets a little vacation love for Labor Day this year. Usually I spend the week leading up to our summer holiday’s sporting red white and blue with a nautical twist… this week things got a little cray cray with customer visits and obligations so I’m bringing your my summer vacation looks from Hawaii!  What’s more nautical than what I wore while visiting the sea!?

 

Upstream Jumpsuit by Lilly Pulitzer For Target

Upstream Jumpsuit by Lilly Pulitzer For Target

Most days were spent in a bathing suit but come evening I switched into easy pieces like this fish printed jumpsuit from the Lilly For Target collection.  I loved the novelty of the piece and it was perfect for my vacation in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Fishes on Fishes - Upstream Print Pouch and Jumpsuit!

Fishes on Fishes – Upstream Print Pouch and Jumpsuit!

Lucky for me I scored the matching pouch that I used to organize my beach bag on the daily during this trip… then popped it out as a clutch while heading out to dinner.  Fishes on fishes as I liked to call it.  With the fun Lilly print I din’t need much else but a lose braid, navy eyeliner (mark.) and embellished sandals (Target).

Isle Style for Week O'Nautical

Isle Style for Week O’Nautical

Isle style seems to let you get away with a little more have more freedom.  You know, like wearing this embellished halter bathing suit top under the strapless jumpsuit. You never know when you might just end up in the ocean, or having a bonfire on the beach like we did!  This look went from dinner and drinks to beach and bonfire!  That’s what I classify as a Week O’Nautical multitasking winner!

Bonfire On The Beach in Kauai Hawaii

Bonfire On The Beach in Kauai Hawaii

 

August Friday Favorites

TGIF!  Back from vacation AND back to work makes for a rough week.  But August has been good to me… here’s what I’ve been favoriting this month!

Favorite Arm Party:

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

mark. All Four It Bracelet Set

I’ve been wearing these mark. All Four It Bracelet Set all month.  They go with everything, clean lines but still statement making and bonus you can stack them with other bracelets for even more of an arm party!

 

Favorite Beauty:

August Beauty

August Beauty

These new arrivals from mark. and Avon were in heavy rotation!  mark. All Butter Now in Terra Hotta, On The Dot Eye Pallet in matte, Nailed It Duo in matte shades, Avon Big and Daring Waterproof mascara and Super Extend Liquid Liner.  (all available now here)

 

Favorite Birthday Treat:

Birthday With The Favorite Family!

Birthday With The Favorite Family!

Double Birthday Desserts

Double Birthday Desserts

I got a few birthday celebrations and I’m totally ok with that!  Hit up dinner at my favorite restaurant with the fam, got myself a few birthday treats and celebrated my actual birthday in Hawaii!  My favorite birthday treat was this double dessert at our resort in Kauai!

 

Favorite August Outfit!

Favorite Hawaii Moment

Favorite View in Hawaii 

Bathing suits!  I spent as much time as I could soaking up the sun, swimming and all things summer in my suits!  (top Target, bottom Old Navy)

Favorite Moment:

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

This moment right here.  (suit, Victoria’s Secret Pink, bag, Lilly For Target, hat, mark.)

Favorite Beach Must Haves

Favorite Beach Must Haves