working girl wardrobe

Why Not Rock A Blazer – mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket

Rocking Blazer - mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket

Rocking Blazer – mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket

Rock a blazer?  Why not!  This time of year, pre-spring if you will, is the perfect time to rock a blazer!  It’s still chilly so a jacket you can wear like a top is the best way to stay chic and warm.  You can rock a blazer with your work wear or your going out clothes which is why the investment is well worth it.  I’m currently rocking the mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket.  It isn’t like anything I already own with it’s take on a tux jacket made more casual with snakeskin print in a more casual material.

Rocking The mark. Tipping The Scales Blazer

Rocking The mark. Tipping The Scales Blazer

I rocked my mark. Tipping Scales Blazer with a black tee and blush columnist pants from Express.  There’s these slight pinky undertones to the grays in the blazer so my blush pants looked killer with it for a wear to work outfit.

Snakeskin and Blush

Snakeskin and Blush

For my accessories I went with the Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet from mark.  These accessories have been in heavy rotation lately!

mark. Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet

mark. Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet

Are you ready to rock a blazer!?  I’m also loving this paired with a white tee and black jeans for some weekend wear!  As you can see in the pic below, definitely a look that rocks!  (ps those pants, shoes and bag are all available at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) You can shop the mark. Tipping The Scales Jacket, Feathered Friend Necklace and Grows On You Bracelet at my eBoutique!

Rock It For Weekend Wear

Rock It For Weekend Wear

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Desk to Dinner Dress – mark. by Avon Wild For The Night Dress

Desk To Dinner:  mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Desk To Dinner: mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Ugh!  What am I going to wear!  The daily question I ask every day.  Especially on busy days where I have to leave work directly to meet up socially it’s even harder.  Work appropriate is sometimes not exactly what you want to be out and about in socially.  Problem solved:  mark. Wild For The Night Dress ($34).

mark. Wild For The Night Dress ($34)

mark. Wild For The Night Dress ($34)

It’s no secret the power of a LBD.  mark. just released their newest holiday collection including this little black dress, the Wild For The Night dress and it does not disappoint on it’s LBD power.  It’s a tailored cut so it’s going to give you hourglass curves, but it’s thick knit fabric keeps it comfy and not restricting. The edgy stud details give it a built in sweetheart shape that will also flatter with the illusion it creates.

Fit to perfection mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Fit to perfection mark. Wild For The Night Dress

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The bronze stud design details are flat so they won’t get caught on anything and create a killer look.  It’s like a built in statement necklace so really all you have to do is throw this dress on and go!

Bronze Stud Detailing

Bronze Stud Detailing

If you loved the mark. Exotic Edge Dress from last year (like I did as seen here and here) then you’re going to love this new Wild For The Night dress.  The dress by itself is perfect, I can’t express how perfect this cut and material are, just take my word.  (word of alicia, get it, get it!?!) But also, it is even more perfect because of it”s versatility.  Not only will it be perfect for pretty much any occasion you have now through January but it’s the perfect desk to dinner dress.

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mark. Wild For The Night Dress

mark. Wild For The Night Dress

For the desk:  Wear this dress easily with a cardigan.  I went for a longer length open cardi in tan and black from Loft to bring out the bronze coloring in the studs.  Pair it with the Avon The Carlen Bag ($24.99) for a fun and functional work friendly look.

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Wear To Work Outfit with mark. Wild For The Night Dress

Wear To Work Outfit with mark. Wild For The Night Dress

For dinner:  Loose the cardi, and maybe add a leather jacket.  You could keep the tote because the fun metallic gold works both ways!  Plus a metallic bag with metallic heels like the mark. Pumped With Vogue heels ($40) make it even better!

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The Perfect LBD For Night

The Perfect LBD For Night

For accessories:  With this dress you can easily just throw it on and go, but I like me some accessories.  Wearing a black and gold leopard belt and black and gold stretch bracelets from Express (old) with my mark. Show ID Bracelet ($24) and mark. Ring Me Up stackable rings with my mark. Pumped With Vogue Heels ($40).

Black and Gold Accessories

Black and Gold Accessories

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Avon The Carlen Bag

The Carlen Bag by Avon

As the holiday season approaches you’re going to need a go-to dress that you can move and feel comfortable in and will still make you look incredible.  This mark. Wild For The Night dress is it AND it’s only $34!  You can shop the dress, tote and accessories at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code BOUTIQUE14 for free shipping on a $20 order and a free gift for a $50 order now through 11/7/14!

Wear and Share Wednesday: mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Wear and Share Wednesday - mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Don’t call it a comeback… I’ve been here for years!  It’s been a little since our last wear and share Wednesday but Jackie from Living After Midnite and I are back!  And we couldn’t of picked a hotter summer dress to style two ways, the mark. Love On The Lime Dress ($44).

mark. Love On The Lime Dress $44

mark. Love On The Lime Dress $44

This mark. Love On The Lime dress is a lightweight dress in a crepe like fabric and zesty lime color is the perfect piece to wear the neon trend.  Neon has been on my summer wish list lately (as seen in my last post) and the mark. Love On The Lime dress is an easy way to go mega neon.  It’s draped top silhouette, adjustable belt and flirty hemline makes this dress a must-have for everything your summer entails from work to weddings to nights out!

Working Girl Wardrobe:  NEON

Working Girl Wardrobe: NEON

Sometimes its hard to update your working girl wardrobe with summer trends, especially a trend like neon, but its all about finding the right piece.  This dress is the right piece!  I can’t tell you how many compliments I got at the office!  The punchy color stands out but the shape keeps it appropriate.  And let me tell you, even on a 106 degree day this hot dress is surprisingly cool!

Full On Neon with mark.

Full On Neon with mark.

Fresh Fit

Fresh Fit

With such a bright color you don’t really need to do much to accessorize, just focus on the details.  I like anchoring neons with neutrals like black, white, nude, navy, etc…  Since I styled this for work I anchored it with black accents. The mark. Twist Of Lime Pumps were the PERFECT shoe!  The pointed toe styling works for the office and the twist of lime detailing on the straps keep it fun.  You can get the mark. Twist of Lime heels coming up on clearance for only $29.99!

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mark. Twist Of Lime Heels

mark. Twist Of Lime Heels

My black accents are carried through my baubles as well!  The mark. Multi Mix Necklace couldn’t of been a better way to link the Twist of Lime Heels with the Love On The Lime dress!  It’s also on clearance right now for $14.99, but hurry only for a limited time!  Then I finished it off with a little arm party featuring my Kate Spade Idiom Bangle and mark. Sparkle In A Snap bracelet, and Avon Signture Watch and a nude clutch from Express.

mark. Multi Mix Necklace

mark. Multi Mix Necklace

I’m really loving the versatility of this look for summer!  Its really one hot look that I can see working with so many different accessories for so many different events.  I mean, just look how different Jackie’s look is with pink and nude accents over at Living After Midnite!  Like I said from work to weddings to nights out!  You’ll definitely get noticed in all the best ways and show of that summer tan!

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Hot Summer Day To Night Look

Hot Summer Day To Night Look

On a hot summer day its so hard to look, and feel, cool.  The color is hot but the cool lightweight material definitely is a life saver.  There’s also no way I’m going to be able to complete the look with a blow out… that’s when the mark. That’s Beachy Texturizing Spray comes into play (last seen here).  On wet hair I just spray and scrunch and go!  My summer beauty look is just as easy, because you know you need to spend as little time as possible in that stuffy bathroom getting ready.  Use a neon purple shadow like mark. Neon Gaze in Violet Fever to line your top lash line with a thick line using a wet eyeliner brush in the shadow.  Follow it up with a thin black line using mark. No Place To Run eyeliner in Jet Set and full mascara like Avon Mega Effects.  A little bronze on the cheeks with mark. Island Beauty Pallet and coral on the lips with mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Punch (on clearance for $6.99!) and you’ve got yourself a complete total look that’s nothing but hot for summer!

Full Look with mark. Love On The Lime Dress

Full Look with mark. Love On The Lime Dress

BONUS: get the look for less!  The mark. Love On The Lime Dress is currently on sale for only $39!  Recreate my look with clearance finds like the mark. Major Mix Necklace ($14.99) and Twist of Lime Heels ($29.99 – available campaign 15) and Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Punch ($6.99).  Add on the beauty must-haves, That’s Beachy Texturizing Spray ($14), Neon Gaze Eyeshadow ($10), Island Beauty Face Pallet ($16) for the total look totaling $130.97!  BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!  Shop all these products at my eBoutique:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and use promo code: LTO20 for 20% making this look only $104.78!

Bright As The Summer Sun

Bright As The Summer Sun

Taking pics in my back yard sometimes include a sunbathing Zoey and my garden supplies.  This look is so bright and perfect and I equally love how Jackie styled hers!  Jump over to Living After Midnite and see her full look styled around the mark. Love On The Lime dress.  Jackie is also feeling the neon trend with her neon pink bag!

 

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. by Avon All Good Points Jacket

Wear and Share Wednesday - mark. All Good Points Jacket

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. All Good Points Jacket

Great minds think alike!  Jackie from Living After Midnight and I both had the same idea for this mark. All Good Points Jacket ($50).  Sometimes it is just that easy:  KILLER jacket + black skirt + pointed toe pumps + favorite accessories = winning!

Working Girl Wardrobe Look With A KILLER Jacket!

Working Girl Wardrobe Look With A KILLER Jacket!

I made my edgy jacket work appropriate with a black pencil skirt, pumps (shoedazzle), and a makeup look using the mark. Fab 5 eye pallet ($10 – gold shade for lids, green shade for crease).  I then used the mark. Ultimate HookUp Set to complete my look using the Get In Line liquid eyeliner, Scandalash Mascara and Pro Gloss in Swell — all part of the Ultimate HookUp Set which also includes 3 more best selling hookups!  So 6 hookups and hookup connectors all for $24.99 — now that’s a hook up!

Easy makeup with the mark. Fab 5 Pallet and mark. Ultimate HookUp Set

Easy makeup with the mark. Fab 5 Pallet and mark. Ultimate HookUp Set

mark. Fab 5 Eye Pallet $10

mark. Fab 5 Eye Pallet $10

Now accessories I might of piled those on, but how could I not!  I’m loving the snake trend from mark. this year with my snake hoops from the mark. Hoops and Studs Earring Set ($22 for a set of 3) and my bracelet is the mark. Snake Charmer ($26 – that you might remember me wearing as a necklace here!).  I added my newest love, my Kate Spade Idiom Bangle and mark. Perfect Timing watch ($40) topped off with the Get To The Point Ring (featured here and here!).  Shop my mark. accessories at my eBoutique.

mark. All Good Points Jacket

mark. All Good Points Jacket

I’m really loving the black and gold trend mark. has going on this month.  I’ve literally worn it at least once a week!  With such great offerings, how can I not!  Check out all the new arrivals, esp the black and gold ones at my eBoutique!

mark. All Good Points Jacket Makes A Look With It's Killer Details

mark. All Good Points Jacket Makes A Look With It’s Killer Details

I think Jackie and I found a fool proof equation for a killer outfit!  Check out Jackie’s total look details at Living After Midnight and shop the mark. All Good Points Jacket here!

mark. All Good Points Jacket Details

mark. All Good Points Jacket Details

Another #workinggirlwardrobe Look

Last Tuesday I gave you my easy formula for figuring out what to wear to work (check it here).  I then applied that formula for my last Wear and Share Wednesday post (check it here) and now FINALLY here’s another look.

Formula = sheer sleeveless blouse + pencil skirt = #workinggirlwardrobe

#workinggirlwardrobe that shimmers!

#workinggirlwardrobe that shimmers!

Day sequins are never a bad idea!  You just have to know how to wear them, like on this blouse from The Limited (holiday 2012).  The embellishment is anchored in neutral colors; grey and white, simple enough to let those sequin shine!  I paired it with my grey pencil skirt from Express, a blingy hematite cuff bracelet (mark. Cuff Link Bracelet), a white bag with hematite chain detailing (mark. High Style Convertible Bag) and and white nails with Kate from Julep.

mark. Statuesque Style Heels ($40)

mark. Statuesque Style Heels ($40)

My pencil skirt is a fuller cut and hits right under the knee so to make the look work for me I need to make sure I have on the right shoes.  Ones that are open (no ankle straps) and have a decently tall heel are needed to elongate the leg.  These Statuesque Style Heels ($40) are more than ideal with their glam d’Orsay style in a woven metallic fabric.  These are one of those styles that will work year round, match a ton of things in your closet and have just enough detailing to keep them interesting!  You can get them at my eBoutique.

#workinggirlwardrobe formula success!

#workinggirlwardrobe formula success!

I think today’s formula proved successfull:

Sequined Sheer Sleeveless Blouse + Light Grey Pencil Skirt + Metallic d’Orsay Pumps + Hematite Jewelry + White Nails + White Bag = success!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Go For The Bold Necklace

mark. Go With The Bold necklace Styled 2 Ways

mark. Go With The Bold necklace Styled 2 Ways

There’s no denying that Jackie from Living After Midnight and I are accessories junkies!  They’re like little treasures, small, shiny and always eye catching!  That’s why this week’s Wear and Share Wednesday’s treasure had to be the mark. Go For The Bold necklace!  This exotic piece really stands on its own which is why Jackie and I both styled an outfit around it.

Working Girl Wardrobe

Working Girl Wardrobe

If you caught my post yesterday I suggested that every working girl wardrobe needs a sleeveless sheer blouse and a pencil skirt.  Here’s another look how that simple combination and some killer jewelry can easily answer the question “what am I going to wear to work today!?!?”  Recreate with an animal print sheer blouse with a solid pencil skirt, I’m wearing the mark. Call It A Tie Blouse with a basic white skirt from Charlotte Russe.  You can look completely put together and fashionable with this formula.  Now just add on the little treasures… like the mark. Go For The Bold necklace ($24)!

Accessory Treasures featuring mark. Go For The Bold Necklace

Accessory Treasures featuring mark. Go For The Bold Necklace

Mixing prints with prints is super on trend but hard for me!  I just feel mismatched, but the combination of animal prints in neutral, similar colors is a subtle way to do it.  The Go For The Bold necklace ($24) really compliments this outfit and the shiny gold allows it to stay summery.  To keep things looking light and appropriate for summer I kept my jewelry in the same color family with the Get To The Point Ring ($18 remember from our last wear and share post!?!), Bohemian Rocks Bracelet ( $24), In The Mix Bracelets (in and out of sale in my eBoutique) and a smokey eye in shades of bronze and brown withe mark. i-marks!  All available at my eBoutique.

Animal Prints and Neutrals for The Working Girl Wardrobe

Animal Prints and Neutrals for The Working Girl Wardrobe

And what’s a working girl without a great work bag!?!  The mark. Tote The Town Bag ($45 at my eBoutique) has been my go to for work.  It’s HUGE so it holds everything and then some, like your notebook, ipad and lunch!  The linen with faux leather trim keeps the look light and fresh but tailored enough for all your work wear.  Complete the look with a pair of pointed toe pumps in a neutral color, bonus points if they have cutouts like these ones!  I recently unloaded my storage unit and came across a bunch of treasures including these pumps I completely forgot I even owned!  Storage wars, Alicia version (as I’m coining it!) unveiled a lot of awesome finds that completely uplifted my wardrobe (and life!)

Neutral Accessories

Neutral Accessories

Update your working girl wardrobe with this fun and exotic piece, The Go For The Bold Necklace ($24 at my eBoutique) and follow the equation sleeveless sheer blouse + pencil skirt = work wear winner!  Check back for ANOTHER success with this formula.  (see it here! )

Tote it all in the Tote The Town Bag

Tote it all in the Tote The Town Bag

Trending Tuesday – Sheer Blouse + Pencil Skirt = #workinggirlwardrobe

If the world of alicia was the internet, then today the top trending search would be #workinggirlwardrobe  It feels like everyday I’m late for work it’s because I can’t figure out what to wear.  I have a ridiculous amount of clothes but yet I never feel like I have anything to wear, and I KNOW I’m not the only one who thinks this.  With the recent organization of my closet and clothes I realized that working girl wardrobe needs to be reworked.  I need to approach it with a more organized thought process.  Start with a surefire formula, work it with pieces you have, and add accessories to complete the look.

#workinggirlwardrobe formula:  sleeveless sheer blouse + pencil skirt = work wear winner!

Sheer Blouse + Pencil Skirt = #workinggirlwardrobe

Sheer Blouse + Pencil Skirt = #workinggirlwardrobe

Proof:

Step 1:  Sleeveless Sheer Blouse

Sheer tops are really in right now and for good reason.  They can be dressed up, down or somewhere in between.  Come in solids, prints, colors, neutrals, detailed, simple, trendy or classic.  For your working girl wardrobe I suggest a few of these.  Start with a neutral color, a fun color and a print.  Why sleeveless you say?  Because you can stretch the use out of a sleeveless blouse!  When its hot hot hot nothing will look more professional but still keep you cool.  Then as it cools down you can add a sweater, jacket or vest.  Maximize the most out of your investment.

I use the term sheer loosely because really this can mean any sort of delicate. lightweight fabric.  To make sure its always office appropriate wear a cami and the right undergarments underneath.  You then can stretch the use for weekend wear with a bold color bra underneath (if you dare!).  Here are a few that I’m really loving:

Express

Express

Express

Express

The Limited

The Limited

mark. Hot Mix Blouse

mark. Hot Mix Blouse

Step 2:  Pencil Skirt

The key to wearing a pencil skirt is finding a shape you like.  I always felt I couldn’t wear them because they overwhelmed my frame and accentuated my cankles.  Then I realized I just needed to find my right shape… fitted, hem hits right above the knee and always wear with heels.  Experiment with the different shapes until you find one you like… try high waisted, fitted, longer length, ones with pockets/belt loops, looser cuts, etc… Try a bunch on and find which ones work for you.  Once you find a style (or styles!) you like then try to pick up a few in your basic fabrics and colors.  Start with a basic black in a year round fabric.  In the summer I love white and light grey in the winter I tend to go for plaids, tweeds and wools in dark colors.

Pencil skirts aren’t just for the office.  You can create fun desk to drink type of looks and if Ann Taylor has taught you anything, a good pencil skirt can even be your holiday party look!  Here are a few that I’m loving for year round wear:

Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

Solution:  Your what to wear to work questions solved!  All week I’ll be bringing you examples of how to follow through with this formula or working girl wardrobe success!  Here are a few celeb looks I’m loving who’s expensive stylist applied the same formula!

Source

Kim Kardashian. (source)

Jordana Brewster (source)

Jordana Brewster (source)

Update:  Check out my #workinggirlwardrobe looks applying this formula:  Look 1, and Look 2!