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Week O’Nautical: Seersucker

Week O'Nautical - Seersucker

Week O’Nautical – Seersucker

This is a late post because long weekends tend to be for RR and not blog posts.  And then short work weeks tend to be for catching up not blog posts.  Either way, Labor Day marks my California-versary so I feel I need to mention it each year!  I feel this outfit kinda represents a lot about it.

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt

My seersucker skirt is from Brooks Brothers that I bought while I was moonlighting there.  It’s extremely east coast, classic and preppy, which represents that part of me.  I got it on mega deal because I worked at the Brooks Brothers Outlet and this was a retail piece, so that represents the champaign taste on a beer budget part of me.  Which is why I was moonlighting to begin with, fresh out of college and moved across the country, I needed more $$. Lucky for me a lot of opportunity came from that Brooks Brothers gig, including my now husband.  The skirt was too big for me when I bought it and at the time too long, I always planned to have it hemmed.  Flash forward to now when I’ve gained some weight and learned that I actually like these longer pencil skirts on me, that too represents how I’ve grown here in CA.

East Coat meets West Coast

East Coat meets West Coast

Wearing it today on LDW feels a little full circle.  I paired it with another clearance find from Express, this one shoulder eyelet top.  CA style is much more relaxed so I can wear something that bares my shoulder to work and a Brooks Brothers skirt.  So this top represents my CA side.  I also went back to my favorite ivy covered dumpster at my old office building to take these pictures which absolutely was a huge part of my CA life.

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Beautiful Ivy Dumpster Backdrop

Additionally I’m wearing a few of my favorite Avon accessories, my ring, scarf, earring and fav red lipid Coral Fever (see here), which all represent another big part of my CA life and all the opportunities it brought.  Like not having to work retail hours but having a 2nd job for that champaign taste!

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Coral Fever

I may not be where I thought I’d be when I first moved here, but its been a ride for sure… and we’ll see where I go from here!

Where are we headed!?

Where are we headed!?

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Fall For Paris

Fall For Paris

Fall For Paris

Paris is always a good idea right? While I fuel up the private jet, I’ll lust over the new Fall For Paris fashion, jewelry and home collection from Avon.  This limited edition collection just launched today at my eBoutique and my wish list is already a mile long.  Parisian influenced this collection is sophisticated, from the design to the color pallet with a lot of versatility.  There’s a special place in my heart for all things french! (shout out to Melle, Nicki, crepes, eclairs, and French Disney Singalongs!)

Not only is the Parisian inspired fashion a really well done collection of wear now wear later pieces perfect for fall shopping, it’s also modeled complete by real women, real representatives.  August is Avon Rep appreciation month so why not feature our best asset in the brochure, our reps!  Plus you can get a better view of what they actually look like on real bodies.

 

You can view all the fashion and jewelry pieces here.

 

 

Don’t forget Avon home Autumn Romance Collection!  I’m equally lusting over these home accents !  I think they are very modern while still being sophisticated.  The colors add just enough warmth as we transition into fall.  Plus can’t you see these all being in that cool girl’s digs!?

Avon Autumn Romance Home Collection

Perfect for a fall/Thanksgiving Dinner

Avon Home Autumn Romance Collection

Avon Home Autumn Romance Collection

 

You can view all the home pieces here.

 

Avon Home Autumn Romance Collection

Avon Home Autumn Romance Collection

This is one of those releases that’s kind of amazing for this thing called Avon.  I really would love to get you a book in hand to really see its amazingness!  Comment/dm me and I’ll send you out a brochure.  Also anyone who orders from today through September 3rd will receive a FREE BONUS GIFT!  Doesn’t matter what the order size or what it is, just order in person or online and I’ll mail you out $30+ worth of product for FREE!  Be sure to stay connected as I share more from this amazing collection, IRL pics and reviews along with ways to wear now and wear later!

Autumn Romance Home Collection

Autumn Romance Home Collection

What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

What To Wear: Pineapples

Summer trends are the most fun.  They’re usually bright, functionable and bold.  For whimisical trends the pineapple is back this summer in everything from home goods to wearables.  A pineapple became a symbol of status and wealth during Colonial times for its scarcity, so no surprise we’re loving it lately.  Today, Erica from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty and I are showing you two ways to wear the trend.

How Alicia’s Wearing Pineapples:

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

How To Wear Pineapple Prints

Weekend Vibes with mark.

Pineapple Trends With mark.

I always seem to wear more prints in the summer, especially tropical prints!  I like to feel like I’m on vacation even if I’m just living my everday life.  A pineapple print is the perfect mix of fun and whimsical for summer.  I love it on a trendy blouse like the mark. Pretty as a Pineapple Top.  An off the shoulder, statement sleeves top in a cute pineapple print goes perfect with jeans and flip flops for a weekend vibe. Off the shoulder can be tricky esp if you struggle with strapless bra’s like me.  I paired a high neck wired bralette underneath for a more functional wear.  Pair it with the mark. Fruit for All Earrings and your trendy summer fun level just hit scorching!

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Top

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

Palm Print Dooney compliments Pineappe Print mark.

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

mark. Fruit For All Earrings

Pretty as a Pineapple

Pretty as a Pineapple

 

What Alicia is wearing:  mark. by Avon Pretty as a Pineapple Top, mark. by Avon Fruit for All Earrings, Old Navy Distressed Jeans, Dooney & Bourke Montego Nylon Kendra Satchel Handbag, Coach Abbigail Star Flip Flops (Marshalls), Michael Kors Hvar Aviator Sunglasses.

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

Casual with Jeans and Flip Flops

How Erica’s Wearing Pineapples: 

Erica's Pretty Pineapple Look

Erica’s Pretty Pineapple Look

“Summer is here and pineapples are seriously everywhere! I am totally on-board with this fun trend, btw. For this look I was inspired by the model in the Avon brochure. Pairing these printed shorts with a chambray button down is not something I would have immediately thought of plus statement earrings are a little out-of-the-box for me. I added a some crazy bright pink makeup and ta-da – Summer fun outfit!!!” Erica’s Beauty and Fashion

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

mark. Pretty As A Pineapple Short

What Erica is wearing: mark. By Avon Pretty As A Pineapple Shorts, Avon Pineapple Pouch, Avon A Box Exclusive: Palm Leaf Dangling Earrings, top from my closet, and denim bow slides from Walmart.

Avon Pineapple Pouch

Avon Pineapple Pouch

See Erica’s full blog post to see more on her summer look including her makeup and earrings which are A Box exclusives!

Weekend Vibes

Weekend Vibes

Another way you could wear my top and Erica’s shorts is together as matching separates, which is also very on trend.  mark. released some really fun pieces in this Aloha Summer colleciton, including a pineapple embroidered chambray (last seen here), a sequined pineapple tank (see more here), even a fun pineapple embelished slides!  Check out the entire collection at my eBoutique and be sure to add that exclusive A Box to your order!

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

Campaign 12 Palm Chic A Box

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical: Nautical Gingham

Week O’Nautical Special Edition sails on with a look from the Avon Seaside Gardens collection (see here).  I just LOVED the cover look on the Avon brochure, so when deciding on what items to purchase I knew I was going to get that pencil skirt.  I opted to go with it in the gingham print, which is a huge trend this year (see it last here!).  Because I loved that cover look so much I decided to reacreate it my way.

My take on the Avon Cover Look

In my last post I said all you need is 4 items to update your spring with a nautical take, well I’m wearing all 4 of my items at once to recreate that cover look!

Melanie Pencil Skirt in Gingham

I already had a chambray button up so I didn’t need the ruffled Mia Shirt, but its certainly cute and pairs perfectly with the Melanie Pencil Skirt.  This skirt is forgiving!  It has stretch to it, hits at a flattering length, and is a nice thick material but not lined so perfect for spring/summer.

Chambray and Gingham

A pencil skirt and button up is an easy recipie to recreate, but its the accessories that make it fun!  These ankle wrap block heel sandals are super on trend, but the embelished detials and fun print make them mega unique and only $39.99!  The Cushion Walk Sandal with Embelishements come in 3 colors, including gingham so if you want just a pop of gingham this spring, the sandal is an EXCELLENT way to do it.

Gingham for Spring

From my last post you know I got this Veronica tote and Bag Charm Scarf and you can see why.  Its the perfect nautical bag to go with gingham!  Its the perfect spring bag, both functional and killer spring style.  Finishes off the look along with my mark. Beach Babe earrings and Avon Modern Elegance Pearl bangle set.

Veronica Tote and Scarf Bag Charm

Nautical accessories from Avon

mark. Beach Babe Earrings

This look definitley gives off that charming coastal town look, but also a cute spring wear to work outfit.  This gingham skirt would look just as cute with a white T-shirt and leather thongs come summer.  I think this Week O’Nautical special edition is an excellent idea with all these Seaside Gardens items 😉  Are you loving the gingham print this spring?

Seaside Gardens Look

Week O’Nautical Special Edition: Seaside Gardens

It may only be March but I’m already thinking about Memorial Day and my “Week O’Nautical!” Partially because I want warm summer days, but also because of the new capsule release from Avon titled “Seaside Gardens.” Seaside Gardens is a fashion and home release influenced by all things nautical, which means this calls for a Week O’Nautical Special Edition!

Introducing Seaside Gardens Capsule Collection

The Seaside Gardens capsule collection is a limited release for spring.  This means all the items are meant to mix and match with each other (and well with what you have).  It also means that once the stock is gone, its gone.  Judging how the last capsule collection went (Savana Blooms/Modern Southern Belle) popular items will sell out.  I usually don’t like just sharing up the stock photographs but I wanted to share this entire fashion collection.

There are a lot of items I’m just loving!  My top picks include this Veronica Tote Bag and the adorable Ivy Jumpsuit.  There are so many jewelry options that will work from now through Labor Day, especially my pick, the Seaside Stripes Statement Necklace.  And can we take a moment to admire all the shoes… allllll of them!  I literally could work every single item into my wardrobe but my budget doesn’t agree.

In addition to the fashion there is a entire Avon Living line to match! (home goods)  I will be sharing here on Word of Alicia more from the Avon Living line, a Week O’Nautical outfit,  how to update your wardrobe without breaking your budget and how to take the nautical theme to your beauty routine.

Seaside Garden’s launches Wednesday March 14th and will be available through camping 11 (about 6 weeks) at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  If you would like to know how to gain early access to these types of collections and score them at 40% off leave a comment saying you want the word!

Modern Southern Belle: Fashion Erica

Meet Modern Southern Belle Erica, from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty.  Erica is a fellow Avon Independent Sales Representative who loves fashion, beauty, movies, TV, dogs & reading!  You’ve seen Erica on Word of Alicia plenty of times, like at our pajama party!  Erica as a keen eye for lady like fashion with a modern, fun vibe which she’s sharing with us today with her take on a Modern Southern Belle with her pick from the Avon Savana Blooms collection.  (now available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)


Guest Post:  Fashion Erica

My Style: Modern Southern Belle Edition

One of my favorite spring trends is gingham print. It definitely says “spring is here”! If you’re afraid you’re going to look like a walking tablecloth, never fear Avon has done beautiful things with gingham this season!!! The Savannah Blooms collection offers several pieces in gingham including sneakers, tops, and capri pants! One thing I like about gingham is that it is really casual. My OOTD is perfect for the weekend or a fun day off. Pick up a gingham piece from Avon’s Savannah Blooms collection and you’ll be feeling like a modern southern belle in no time!

What I’m wearing:
Vanessa Tunic


You can see more from Erica over at her blog!  Be sure to follow her on the FB, IG, Twitter and more importantly Pinterest!  She has a killer Pinterest account filled with pinnable inspo!

Be sure to check back for more Modern Southern Belles here on the blog, and to show us your take on it.  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Modern Southern Belle: Sealaura

Meet Modern Southern Belle Sealaura!  Sealaura, aka Laura, is a coastal lifestyle blogger with a mission to remain authentic.  She shows you a real life take on life on the west coast with her scientist husband and their pups Newman and León.  She is also no stranger to Word Of Alicia, with her latest, showing us her take on wearing a sequin skirt (see here).  Lucky for us we have a guest post today from her, a west coast take on the Modern Southern Belle with her pick from the Avon Savana Blooms collection (available now at http://ww.youravon.com/aliciahessinger)


Guest Post:  Sealura

SAVANNAH BLOOMS IN LA…

I never met a stripe I did not like so when I saw the Megan Tunic from Avon’s Spring Line I had to have it. When it comes to adding new pieces to my wardrobe I stick to what works for my lifestyle and shape. Tunics are essential for beach life especially in sunny blue stripes.

The slit sleeves makes this piece different for Spring 2018. I know I will appreciate the extra breeze come summer and the ruffle cuff is also a nice detail. Can you believe this tunic is only $29.99? That’s what I really love about AVON fashion, it does not break the bank. Adding one new piece can add a little pep to your Spring wardrobe and I believe this top is it for me.

Pin on Pinterest

Avon ‘s Southern Belle collection consists of a lot of fun pieces that mix and match. This is my favorite piece because it will be great for travel and for beachy adventures. I am definitely taking this to Hawaii when I see B in February and during Spring Break.

This past weekend I was able to spend some time with León. He is currently living with my sister in Vegas because I am traveling a lot and am also finalizing the Hawaii travel for him and Newman. The boys will be taking a red eye in March and then B will pick them up at the airport and we will be done with this saga!! Moving pets to Hawaii is NOT easy!
Anyway, I miss those guys! But I was grateful to spend the weekend with him and have some snuggles before he headed back to Sin City.

In 20 days I will be in Hawaii to visit B. I can not wait. It will be a whirlwind weekend but we have set these little markers to make the time we are a part go by faster.

Do you have any weekend getaways planned?


Be sure to follow Sealaura over on her blog, on IG, Twitter and on Facebook for some more coastal influence in your life!  I will continue to introduce you to more Modern Southern Belles here on the blog, but be sure to show us your take on it.  Use hashtag #wordofalicia for your chance to win a little treat from the Savana Blooms collection!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

Share your Modern Southern Belle take with hashtag #wordofalicia for a chance to win!

 

Apres Ski: Ski Prints

Apres Ski:  Ski Prints

Apres Ski: Ski Prints

Winter has me currently crushing on all things apres ski (as seen here). With my upcoming winter weekend trip I’m planning and pinning so many ski prints. Ski prints range from fair isle to plaid and everything in-between. Basically, all you winter favorites fit for a chalet!

Avon Zoey Knit Vest

Avon Zoey Knit Vest

I picked up this Avon Zoey Knit Vest from the Southwest Capsule Collection.  It technically is an Aztec print, but by pairing it with winter pieces it reads ski print.  It all comes from native prints which are all very similar.

Wrap Belt Tied In The Back!

Wrap Belt Tied In The Back!

For winter wear, I layered the Avon Zoey Knit Vest and tied the wrap belt in the back so it give is a little different shape.  Layering over a black turtleneck, Avon Sloan Turtleneck in black, lets the vest be the statement piece.

Layer A Knit Vest For Winter Wear

Layer A Knit Vest For Winter Wear

It wouldn’t be winter wear without some boots!  These glossy black Hunter boots are staples for me in the winter.  I find them be so comfortable and they work better than any boot to keep out the wet, plus they are fashion friendly!

Winter Staple:  Hunter Boots

Winter Staple: Hunter Boots

Even though I am in mild weathered California, I still find a need for warm winter pieces.  Especially for weekend trips to snowy Tahoe!  Which is why I’m super excited of my pearl embellished knit hat find from Charming Charlie!  Perfect winter piece to go with a casual winter look.

Peal Hats and Statement Earrings

Peal Hats and Statement Earrings

Apres Ski is by definition the party after skiing, so what makes this look more apres ski than a sparkly statement earring!? This Avon Looped Linear Earrings glams up an otherwise super causal and functional outfit.

Layer on the ski prints!

Layer on the ski prints!

I think I definitely found a good look to pack for my Tahoe weekend, along with wearing it all winter long!  You can get my vest, turtleneck and earrings at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger which would also qualify you for the newest A Box!  (see more here).

ONLY $10 with a $40 Purchase

ONLY $10 with a $40 Purchase

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 In Late Summer

What To Wear In Late Summer

What To Wear In Late Summer

As much as I’ll “never let go” of summer, late summer is kinda nice.  The transitioning weather allows for a refresh on the looks.  Can work in new fall trends, colors and staples, all while still embracing the last bits of summer.

What I'm wearing for late summer.

What I’m wearing for late summer.

Fall Trend:  Bell Sleeves.  Late Summer Wear Now: Cropped Sleeve in Light Flowy Fabric.

Bell Sleeves For Wear Now Wear Later

Bell Sleeves For Wear Now Wear Later

Statement sleeves are not only a hot summer trend but a cool fall one as well.  So what’s better than a blouse that works for both!?  This Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse from Avon has a cropped sleeve making it perfect for transitioning weather and looks.  Choosing a fall trend in a lightweight fabric flowy fabric allows you more wear year round out of it.  Plus, the peep of lace at the top lightens it up too.

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Fall Trend:  Out Of The Ordinary Baubles.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Gold Chain Details.

Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace

Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace and mark. Gleam With Pride Ring

A big trend in fall jewelry is out of the ordinary necklaces.  Your standard run of the mill statement necklace is not going to cut it, you need something legit.  “How ’bout some gold bracelets” or gold necklace if you will… thick gold chains and a unique pendant drop allow this necklace to stand out from the crowd.  Additionally, the bright gold is a perfect late summer metal, but this would look equally as chic worn with a simple black turtleneck or your favorite plaid top come fall.  The Avon Pink Hope Ribbon Power Necklace is part of the Breast Cancer Shop For The Greater Goods Shop at my eBoutique.  What makes it even more unique than it’s look, is that 20% of the proceeds go to support the Breast Cancer Crusade, which is in style year round!

Embrace Big Gold Chains

Embrace Big Gold Chains

Fall Color:  Jewel Tones.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Amethyst Blouse.

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

Avon Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse

By wearing brighter jewel tone now, like amethyst, vs a deep tone, like plum, allows you to keep your look more late summer.  I love this Lace Trim Bell Sleeve Blouse from Avon for the perfect wear now jewel toned shade.

Jewel Tones Now and Later

Jewel Tones Now and Later

Fall Staple:  Jeans.  Late Summer Wear Now:  White Jeans.

White Deconstructed Jeans for Late Summer

White Deconstructed Jeans for Late Summer

It was a brisk mid 80’s so I was able to wear pants… like the first time since May.  These destructed white jeans from mark. are finally seeing some wear!  White jeans are the perfect way to create a late summer look, they brighten up those fall trends and colors.  Come later in the season, pair this exact look with your dark denim and boots for a true fall look.

mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans

mark. Nature Of The Bleach Jeans

Fall Staple:  Suede.  Late Summer Wear Now:  Pops Of Suede.

Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote

Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote

Pop in some suede during late summer.  I’m wearing a suede fringed sandal from Steve Madden, and switched to my fall bag, a leather tote with suede pieced in.  The sandals are from last year but the tote is the new Avon Leather and Suede Whipstitch Tote.

Pops Of Suede For Late Summer

Pops Of Suede For Late Summer

This is just one of those easy outfits for a lot of different occasions.  You can tweak it depending on what you got going on and as that true fall weather creeps in, but overall the perfect take on late summer.  You can shop my entire look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Be sure to take advantage of the newest A Box for only $10 with a $40 purchase!  And yes, I probably should of ironed my shirt instead of just pulling it out of my suitcase after a week.  Life, man, life.

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October

Power Of Pink Just In Time for October