Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Here’s to the 5th of May!  Today may be the day that the Mexican army overcame the French in an unlikely battle, but it’s also a day to have a mini fiesta to honor it!  Plus, personally, my mom comes into town today, my good friend’s anniversary and Thursday Bites at work, so a day be celebrated!

What To Wear on Cinco De Mayo

What To Wear on Cinco De Mayo

Word On What To Wear:  Be a little festive and represent the Mexcian flag in red white and green anchored with black.  Or go bright and colorful like a fiesta!  I paired a chambray shirt over a white dress (both from Loft) with a bright fun necklace (mark.), red lips (Avon Perfectly Matte in Coral Fever) and some spring boots (Sheodazzle) since its a rainy day here.  Originally I was going to wear this Marimekko For Target dress… but…

Marimekko For Target

Marimekko For Target

Or I think a really on trend off the shoulder top and bold pants would be cute or even a dress, like these from Express.

Express Life

Express Life

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Or how perfect would this LC Lauren Conrad dress be for Cinco!

Women's LC Lauren Conrad Striped Cold-Shoulder Dress

Women’s LC Lauren Conrad Striped Cold-Shoulder Dress

Either way all of these would be cute for the 5th of May or any other day in May:)

 

Word On What To Do:  Go grab some tacos and a margarita!  Hit up happy hour at your local Mexican restaurant or make some for dinner tonight.  Street tacos are the absolute easiest and a crowd pleaser.  I guarantee you have at least half the ingredients you need to make taco’s tonight and pick up the rest on your way home.  Here’s a recipe idea if you need one.

Thursday Bites! (snapchat ach167)

Thursday Bites! (snapchat ach167)

Wholy Guacamole!  An additional perk to the day get FREE SHIPPING at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code CINCO

 

 

Trending Tuesday: #springbasics

If the world of alicia was the internet #springbasics would be trending. Kind of a lame trending topic, well sometimes you need lame to wear with your statement pieces! Here’s what basics my basic girl wardrobe needs:

 

Plain White Tee:  And some not so plain white tee’s… basically I need something I can utilize with a casual look or one for work.

Avon Tissue Tee 4 Pack

Avon Tissue Tee 4 Pack

 

Why I Need A Plain White Tee (via pinterest)

Why I Need A Plain White Tee (via pinterest)

Basic Black Slacks:  When most of you work pants are plaid you find yourself needing some basic black work pants.

mark. Fit To Be Wide Culottes -- black pants cool for summer

mark. Fit To Be Wide Culottes — black pants cool for summer

S. Gomez Looking Sleek In Black Pants

S. Gomez Looking Sleek In Black Pants

Black Maxi Dress:  The hunt continues for a simple black maxi dress.  For me my must haves are wider straps and a slit because I need that movement flexibility.

Rachel Zoe The Queen Of The Maxi

Rachel Zoe The Queen Of The Maxi

 

Navy Striped Shirt:  Believe it or not this is a basic, especially during Week O’Nautical and much harder to find than anticipated.

mark. What A Placket Henley  - coming this summer

mark. What A Placket Henley – coming this summer

 

Navy Stripes Via Pinterst

Navy Stripes Via Pinterst

 

Metallic Flats:  Metallics go with everything and as much of a heel girl I am, I need a practical walkable shoe.

mark. Silver Streak Sneaks - metallic and a statement shoe!

mark. Silver Streak Sneaks – metallic and a statement shoe!

Metallic Flats Inspo For Spring

Metallic Flats Inspo For Spring

What basics do you absolutely have to have?  What ones are on your wish list?

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday:  Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

Mani Monday: Nude Blue and Leopard Top Pinned Recreate

So lately this pin has been receiving so many re-pinnes. Before that it was this cheesecake recipe I’ve yet to make it, but looks easy and delicious… I digress, back to the mani. Because it was getting so much pinterest love I decided to recreate it.

Recreating Most PInned Mani

Recreating Most PInned Mani

For my recreate I did it a little differently but kept the nude, blue and spot design. I recently got this Avon Gel Finish Polish in Barely There, a darker nude shade and been wanting to use it so figured this was the time! I applied 2 coats over the Avon Ridge Filling Basecoat on every finger except my ring where I used Essie Borrowed and Blue (last seen here). I then used a gold glitter on my middle and a leopard jamberry wrap on my pointer.  The wrap is called Spot On, which is just a leopard print on a clear base.

In Full Sun:  Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

In Full Sun: Nude, Blue and Leopard Mani

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

Jamberry Wrap Spot On on Pointer

All together my recreation has the same color scheme and overall design as the pin but with a little different twist with the glitter and clear based Jamberry wrap. I love the whole look and feel for spring and I can see thing working really well in the fall too coming off of summer brights.

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Featuring Essie Borrowed and Blue and Julep Tazeen (glitter)

Can I comment on how awesome the Avon Gel Finish polishes are! They are so perfectly self leveling, shine and wear great without a top coat and last! Right now these polishes are any 2 for $8.99.  You can shop the gel finish polishes and the ridge filling base coat at my eBoutique.  You can shop Jamberry here.

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

Avon Gel Finish in Barely There

Going Graphic: mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

Going Graphic: mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

Going Graphic: mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

Yesterday’s black and white obsession is real yo.  Wear and share Wednesday goes graphic today with the mark. Change Your Stripes dress.  With a simple printed dress you really don’t need much to make a statement.  Easy to wear, easy to see why this is my go to look this month:

mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

mark. Change Your Stripes Dress

The mark. Change Your Stripes dress is a statement piece all on it’s own with its alternate stripes in different thickness, graphic hemline and easy to wear midi length and sleeveless styling.  For a spring dress, it is a really, really light jersey material which means, it works well layered with a jacket or sweater or on it’s own come summer.  We lucked out with some warm temps this spring so I’ve been able to wear it as is.

Asymmetrical Midi Dress For Spring

Asymmetrical Midi Dress For Spring

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What I love about stripes is how much you’re able to treat them like a neutral.  I easily was able to pair this dress with a pair of statement heels and a statement bag.  The mark. By Any Stretch Pumps have to be my absolute purchase by far in the last year or so.  They’re so comfortable and just look at them, they’re gorgeous!

mark. By Any Stretch Pump

mark. By Any Stretch Pump

I’ve also been having a major blue moment.  Besides being one of the colors of the year, blue is my favorite color so this pale blue bag from Christian Siriano for Payless was a good choice for me.  Plus, it pairs perfectly with black and white!

Kicking Up My Heels For Blue Accessories

Kicking Up My Heels For Blue Accessories

I’m also loving this look paired with a mauve purple lip with the mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Mauvelous.  A little unexpected for a spring color but works really well and the formula is so hydrating. Paired it with a graphic winged eye for a makeup look to match my graphic outfit!

mark. All Butter Now In Mauvelous

mark. All Butter Now In Mauvelous

mark. Bar None Necklace

mark. Bar None Necklace

To finish off the accessories, there’s nothing more perfect than this howlite necklace from mark, the Bar None Necklace.  Graphic in shape but small in size to add the perfect punch paired with a hematite bracelet and my black and white houndstooh Michael Kors watch that I’m obsessed with!

Obsessories.

Obsessories.

Graphic In Black and White and Blue

Graphic In Black and White and Blue

For spring I’m super glad I added this dress into my wardrobe.  It’s super comfortable, flattering and easy to wear.  Stripes are a pattern you can wear like a neutral and look great with this statement heel I can’t get enough of.  You can shop the look at my eboutique and be sure to use promo code 2in1 for a FREE convertible tote that would pair PERFECTLY with this look.  Sidenote:  you can always see the latest discounts and promos for http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger under the SHOP tab here on word of alicia.

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Trending Tuesday: #blackandwhite

If the world of alicia was the internet then #blackandwhite would totally be trending. I’m currently crushing on all things black and white. Black and white were my wedding colors, what my nephew thought was my “uniform”, and the easiest color scheme to incorporate into your life. As much as it is a classic it is totally trendy this spring too!  Here’s what I’m loving:

Merimekko For Target:

marimekko for target finds

marimekko for target finds

The latest designer collaboration, Merimekko for Target just launched last week and I’m smitten over the black and white patterns this collab included.  If I had an unlimited budget all those outdoor patio pieces (umbrella, rug, hammock, pouf, etc) would be mine!  Because I don’t, I only ended up getting the placemats and a scarf in the black and white (and a cover up not in black and white).  I love these collaborations because it gives an affordable way to own a little Merimekko.  My local stores still have a ton so it’s not too late to shop it (unlike past collabs, Lilly I’m talking to you) and the bathing suits are really really cute too!

B&W from Marimekko For Target

B&W from Marimekko For Target

Paprika Print Scarf and Avon Lipstick in Chocolate Rose

Paprika Print Scarf and Avon Lipstick in Chocolate Rose

Howlite:

mark. Bar None Necklace

mark. Bar None Necklace

Howlite is a gemstone that’s white with black/grey veins through it and right now its the IT stone in jewelry.  I love that it resembles marble and goes with everything.  I picked up the mark. Bar None Necklace  and have been wearing it non-stop.  It’s such a unique shape and design that actually goes with just about everything I put on.  The matching earrings are on my wish list as are these pieces from White House Black Market .

bar none earrings

bar none earrings

Going Graphic:

Flatlay: New Arrivals From mark.

Flatlay: New Arrivals From mark.

I think what sparked up my B&W obsession again is the newest mark. magalog.  The new arrivals are basically all mix and match b&w with graphic elements.  I love the graphic hemlines and black and white stripes on the mark. Change Your Stripes dress and the stark contrast the mark. White About Now Waistcoat achieves over black with its statement making proportions.  I love the whole eye candy these new arrivals achieve in the graphic photo shoot.  Definitely enough inspiration to last the season.

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mark. Mag 5 - a Graphic Novel

mark. Mag 5 – a Graphic Novel

For more black and white inspiration check out my B&W pinterest board!  What black and white pieces do you gravitate to?  Did you hunt down your favorite pieces from this Marimekko for Target collab!?  You can shop the mark. new arrivals at my eboutique and right now get this day to night convertible bag FREE with a $60 order.  BONUS it goes PERECT with this black and white trend!

Word Of Alicia Review: Avon Big and Multiplied Mascara

Word Of Alicia Review:  Avon Big and Multiplied Mascara

Word Of Alicia Review: Avon Big and Multiplied Mascara

Recently Avon released their newest mascara in the “Big and…” family, Avon Big and Multiplied Mascara.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Avon Big and Daring and Big and False mascara so I knew I had to try this one and of course review it for you:

Description:

Avon Big and Multiplied Mascara NOW $6.99

Avon Big and Multiplied Mascara NOW $6.99

Our first triple-threat mascara: detangling + serious seperation + head-turning volume! For the ultimate look in lash fullness. Featuring a killer combo of brushing and combing zones that instantly seperate and volumize lashes. Designed with Smart Slip Technology, our mascara sticks to lashes, not to itself. Good-bye unruly lashes!

BENEFITS
• Clump- and smudge-free
• Available in Brown Black, Black, and Blackest Black
• Wildy defined, dramatically full coverage with head-turning volume
• Waterproof
• Easy to remove
• All day wear
• Detangles, separates and provides volume
• Designed with Smart Slip Technology, our mascara sticks to lashes, not to itself
• Hypoallergenic
• Ophthalmologist tested
• .338 fl. oz.

TO USE
• Sweep on from root to tip to detangle lashes and create instant volume and definition
• Black is the “go to” shade for everyday impact
• Blackest Black delivers maximum drama
• Brown Black works well for those with fair hair and skin, mature ladies and for an ultra-natural look

Big and Multiplied Mascara on the lashes!

Big and Multiplied Mascara on the lashes!

Word Of Alicia Review:

I got it in blackest black which is my typical color choice.  As you can tell in the picture it definitely adds volume and separates as it claims.  I think as the next version in this series it definitely belongs and works as an every day mascara because it’s not as thickening or lengthening as the previous versions.  That’s probably why I don’t love it as much.  I like the more dramatic versions, but if you’re looking more for a good everyday mascara this is it.  It washes off easily, lasts all day and doesn’t flake or smudge.  I also really like how well the brush got smaller lashes (bottom and inner corner) because the brush is smaller than that previous versions.  I’ll probably still buy Big and Daring or Big and False when it comes time to replace this one but for right now I’m not mad at it.  Plus it’s only $6.99 as the intro price at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and it’s a mascara worth way more than $6.99!

PROMO CODE ALERT:  Get the FREE Day To Night Covertible Tote Bag at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger with promo code 2IN1

3 Ways To Wear Your LBD!

3 Ways To Wear A LBD

3 Ways To Wear A LBD

I’ve been featuring all things LBD inspired by the newest fragrance from Avon.  For my last installment, today, I’m bringing you 3 ways to wear your little black dress!  You know, just in case you needed more proof why a little black dress is super versatile.  Here are 3 different looks all with a LBD as the base from Jackie, Jill and myself!

Jackie:

Jackie's Way on a LBD

Jackie’s Way

Black as a neutral is just about as groundbreaking as florals for spring, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve to be talked about! I am a New Yorker and I love my all black outfits as much as the next girl, but adding bold elements to a simple black base is way more fun. When you start with a plain black chiffon dress as the base of your outfit the options are pretty much endless. A fringe bag, bold printed scarf and snake skin accessories may not seem like the greatest combination, but somehow look completely cohesive (and still cool & casual) when you see it together!

Jackie from Living After Midnite 

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Jackie's LBD from Living After Midnite

Jackie’s LBD from Living After Midnite

Jill:  

Jill's Way

Jill’s Way

For me, the key to styling a Little Black Dress, is to keep it simple. Black dresses remind me of Audrey Hepburn and her elegant yet simple style. To keep things Audrey style, let the dress be the statement. Keep your jewelry simple with just one statement piece such as a gold and rhinestone bracelet. Also keeping things Audrey style, go with a pretty flat. For a fun twist, try a flat with a pop of color such as cobalt blue.  

— Jill from My Sweet Obsessions

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Jill's Classic LBD

Jill’s Classic LBD

Alicia:

Alicia's Way

Alicia’s Way

Because a little black dress is basic and neutral,  pick one with spunk, like these cutout details!  You might feel it would be too much if this was on a printed dress but on a black dress it’s the perfect statement.  The versatility all comes down to the accessories, and I love accessories, they always fit!  I can get the most out of my statement pieces when wearing a little black dress.   Statement shoes like these aqua cutout and lace up sandals from Avon work with it and don’t compete.  Layer on some fun jewelry from mark. (they always have fun jewelry you want to wear !) and you’ve got a look that’s simple and wearable for any occasion.

Avon Lace Up Sandals

Avon Lace Up Sandals

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Cutout Details and mark. Accessories

Cutout Details and mark. Accessories — and mark. Nailed It polish in Green Thumb

This dress is from the fall but it’s so popular that Avon revamped it for spring.  You can shop the Avon Laser Cut Little Black Dress for ONLY $34.99 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger along with my accessories and shoes.  Now that you have 3 ways to inspire, bust out your LBD and bare those legs this spring!

Little Black Dresses For Spring

Little Black Dresses For Spring

What’s In My Makeup Bag: Little Black Dress Makeup

My little black dress week is still going strong with a little makeup Monday!  We already know the power in wearing a LBD, but what about the little black dress of makeup?  To me the LBD of makeup is the classic winged eyeliner look.  It works on everyone, in pretty much every situation, day or night.  That’s pretty much my go to all the time but especially for this week.  Here’s what’s been in my makeup bag this week that compliments the power of a little black dress:

What's In My Makeup Bag

What’s In My Makeup Bag

A classic precise lined eye in a super black liquid liner is the LBD of makeup.  Wing it out if you can or not, either way this Avon Super Extend Precise Liquid Liner is what to use.  It’s been my go-to lately.  Only downfall is the cap, it likes to come off but the payoff is worth the design flaw.  Additionally for the eyes I’ve been just using the Avon True Color Quad in Mocha Latte or I’ve been using mark. Touch and Glow in coral (gold shade:  top row far right) all over the lid.

Avon Super Extend Liner and mark. Touch and Glow Coral

Avon Super Extend Liner and mark. Touch and Glow Coral

On my lashes I’ve been using the NEW Avon Big and Multiplied, the newest addition to Avon’s “Big and…” family.  This new mascara claims:  “Our first triple-threat mascara: detangling + serious seperation + head-turning volume! For the ultimate look in lash fullness. Featuring a killer combo of brushing and combing zones that instantly seperate and volumize lashes. Designed with Smart Slip Technology, our mascara sticks to lashes, not to itself. Good-bye unruly lashes! ”

Big and Multiplied Mascara on the lashes!

Big and Multiplied Mascara on the lashes!

For the face I start with Avon MagicfX primer then conceal and correct with my Avon Extra Lasting Concealer in Medium.  Then I’ll bronze and chisel out my cheekbones with Benefit Hula Bronzer.  For blush I’ll use my mark. Touch and Glow in Coral all swirled together and applied to the apples.  I follow everything up with Elf Tone Correcting Powder.

Primed, Perfected and Highlighted!

Primed, Perfected and Highlighted!

For early spring I think a touch of coral and reds really compliment an otherwise very basic face for a look that is perfect for all your little black dress looks! During the day it works well for work and then amp it up at night with a red lip or a bold lipstick of your choice.  I’ve been loving mark. All Butter Lip Treat in Fired Up (worn here) or new Avon Perfectly Matte in Coral Fever (see here).

Primed, Perfected and Highlighted!

Primed, Perfected and Highlighted!

As we wrap up all things little black dress I have one more LBD post for you this week but we know the power of a LBD is always in.  Check out all that’s been inspired by the new fragrance here, here and here. You can shop the Avon Little Black Dress fragrance set all 3 for 25 and what’s in my makeup bag at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  Today is also the last day to get the Avon makeup caddy FREE with your order.  You might remember me toting it’s praise here.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

We definitely had some April showers this weekend, which I wasn’t hating on.  It gave me a chance to depart from my LBD and wear some seriously comfy casual pieces this week.

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Casual Rain Gear

Layered Rain Gear

As the girl scouts say, always be prepared.  I definitely came prepared with my rain gear and layered essentials.  I paired really comfy black jeggings (Express) with this (old) mark. layered sweatshirt, layered with this (old) mark. anorak.   What better way to be prepared than with some Hunters and a cute umbrella from Kate Spade!?  Sidenote on Hunters:  I hate to say it, they’re actually worth the price.  They’re seriously the most comfortable functional shoe I own, and keep you dry without freezing your feet.

Hunter Rain Boots

Hunter Rain Boots

Rain Check

Rain Check

Kate Spade Umbrella and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Kate Spade Umbrella and mark. Clear Choice Necklace

What would life be without a little glam?  All I needed to glam up such a casual outfit is the mark. Clear Choice Necklace.  It’s mix of howlite, pink and blue stones on a clear base added the perfect touch!  I’m seriously obsessing over this necklace!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered it, seriously worth it!

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

mark. Clear Choice Necklace

Rainy day gear doesn’t have to suck.  What is your favorite thing to wear on a rainy day!?  You can shop the mark. Clear Choice Necklace at my eBoutique and watch sale for this anorak and sweatshirt or similar styles.

Rainy Day Look

Rainy Day Favorites

Rainy Day Favorites

 

 

Make An Old LBD New Again

How To Make An Old LBD New Again

How To Make An Old LBD New Again

Erica from Erica’s Fashion and Beauty and I have collaborated to show you two ways to make that old little black dress you have in your closet new again!  We both shopped our closet and took an old piece and made it new for spring.

Erica’s LBD Look:

Erica's Little Black Dress Look

Erica’s Little Black Dress Look

“Sometimes the best shopping can be done in your own closet! It is a fun challenge to give a forgotten clothing item new life by adding trendy accessories or a modern piece. My outdated LBD is a boring one-shoulder dress. It is amazing what a few Avon accessories, fabulous red lips, and a jacket can do for an outfit!”

Spring Details With A Spring Scarf, Jacket and Red Lip!

Spring Details With A Spring Scarf, Jacket and Red Lip!

To see more of Erica’s look and details (including that great Avon scarf!) head over to Erica’s Fashion and Beauty!

 

Alicia’s LBD Look:

Alicia's Little Black Dress Look

Alicia’s Little Black Dress Look

Shopping my closet allowed me to take this old sleeveless mark. dress and make it new again by layering a collared shirt underneath.  Not only did it breath new life into my existing items it also created a wear to work style perfect for spring weather with the convertible sleeves.  Adding on the Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace gave it a little more sophistication and the mark. clutch and shoes made it fun!  This LBD look will easily be recreated again!

Spring Re-Vamp With A Convertible Sleeve Blouse

Spring Re-Vamp With A Convertible Sleeve Blouse

I’ve seen this trick, layering a blouse under a sleeveless dress, done by all the fashion girls, but I never though I could pull it off.  However, just trying it payed off!  A tip is to wear a cami, like an Express Best Loved Bra Cami, over the blouse to keep it in place and avoid bulk underneath your dress.

Taking On Trendy Details

Taking On Trendy Details

Wearing the Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace tight around the collar is also a little trendy trick.  On a dress I normally wouldn’t wear a necklace with I added just the pearls of this necklace.  For a little pop I added a bright spring lip with mark. All Butter Now in fired up and these awesome heels coming to my eboutique next week, the mark. By Any Stretch Pumps.

Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace

Avon Style Swap Ocean Ave Necklace

mark. By Any Stretch Pumps

mark. By Any Stretch Pumps

Making A Summer Dress Spring Worthy

Making A Summer Dress Spring Worthy

Making An Old LBD New Again With Avon

Making An Old LBD New Again With Avon

You can shop the accessories to make your own old LBD new again at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger BONUS there’s a killer flash sale going on today only!  And use promo code AVONFB60 for 20% off a $60 order!  And try the new Avon Little Black Dress Fragrance (see here and here) get the full set for only $25!  Let me know if you want a sample and/or your fav way to wear a LBD!

Inspired By Avon Little Black Dress for LBD week! Shop the new scent and collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Inspired By Avon Little Black Dress for LBD week! Shop the new scent and collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger