When is Valentine’s Day this year?

When even is Valentine’s day!?  What day of the week is it on?  What am supposed to get this year… ugh!  No fear, word of alicia has it covered.  This year Valentine’s Day, February 14th, falls on a Tuesday… so that means Taco Tuesday and $5 movie Tuesday!  It’s a precious week night so maybe you make the taco’s at home for Netflix and chill.  But what about the gift?  I have a few ideas for you straight from our Valentine’s Day Boutique on everything on what to wear to what to gift:

Valentine's Day Boutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Valentine’s Day Boutique at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

What to Wear:  Regardless if you have a date or not you can still wear something to theme out your day even if all you’re doing is going to work.  I personally lean toward red but pinks and purples are also festive!  I love the look above for sultry date night look, the red wrap dress with high low hem works perfectly with a black lace up bootie and statement necklace all from Avon.

I’m loving this girly purple look from mark. for Valentine’s day too!  It would be perfect for a day date, or for tacos!  Paired with fun flats and a mini bag makes if functional while still being romantic.  Also the kind of outfit you could wear to work just to theme out your day 🙂

Purple for Valentine's Day

Purple for Valentine’s Day

 

What To Give This Valentine's Day?

What To Give This Valentine’s Day?

What To Gift:  Fragrance and jewelry are kind of the go-to gifts for Valentine’s Day for a reason.  They always fit and flatter.  Thing is, you don’t have to break the bank to get them either.  Regardless if you your gifting your kids, your friends, your valentine or even yourself, there are some killer items at my eBoutique.  For your kids, I love the jewelry sets in a heart shaped box for girls.  For your friends the mark. Love, mark. bath and body line is perfect, especially the little hand cream.  For your valentine, fragrance and fine jewelry!  I’m loving the Avon Sterling Silver Genuine Onyx ring!

Boxed Jewelry From Avon

Boxed Jewelry From Avon

Fragrance is always a little personal which also why it makes a great gift for yourself.  The nice thing about gifting it at Valentine’s Day is you can gift what you want your Valentine to smell like.  For women’s fragrance I love Avon Femme and the Ultra Sexy Line, like the new trio of body spray’s for $15.  Little Red Dress was just released and perfect for Valentine’s Day.  For men my husband loves Avon Luck and I have to say I do too!  It’s clean and casual so perfect for every day.

Avon Little Red Dress

Avon Little Red Dress

You can shop all the products mentioned at my eBoutique here, or if you want me to completely handle this, shop for you, wrap for you and deliver for you hit me up I’m more than willing to do it all 🙂  Happy Valentine’s Day loves!

Lip Of The Week – Avon Perfectly Matte in Ravishing Rose

Lip Of The Week - Avon Perfectly Matte in Ravishing Rose

Lip Of The Week – Avon Perfectly Matte in Ravishing Rose

Somedays all you need is lipstick, today is one of those days.  It’s been a rough week in addition to being dark and stormy so I decided I needed a bright raspberry-esq lip, enter in Avon Perfectly Matte in Ravishing Rose.

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Ravishing Rose

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Ravishing Rose

Not only is it a matte formula that is actually comfortable to wear but the staying power on these perfectly matte formulas is pretty legit.  I re-applied once after lunch and I really didn’t need to I just wanted to.  I needed the pick me up 🙂 and sometimes just the act of putting on lipstick can change your frown upside-down!

Swatch (shade aka grey and stormy day)

Swatch (shade aka grey and stormy day)

Avon Perfectly Matte in Ravishing Rose is currently on sale for $5.99 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Mani Monday Inspo: Golden Globes Edition

I actually caught the Golden Globes last night and not just the red carpet recap the next day. It was super entertaining with Jimmy Falon hosting and of course even more entertaining with all the fun fashion! Such a glam evening is transferring to my not-so-glam Monday by inspiring my mani.  It’s time to take off my NYE jam’s (see here) but what to replace it with?

Kristen Bell Inspo:  Black Holo with Julep Ebony (last seen here)

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Julep Ebony

Julep Ebony

Priyanka Chopra Inspo:  Gold with mark. Nailed It Gift Set (gold shade – last seen here)

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mark. Nailed It Gift Set

mark. Nailed It Gift Set

Emma Stone Inspo:  Light Pink with Stars with Essie Fiji and stamping with mark. Nailed It Gift Set (silver shade) (last seen here)

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Essie Fiji

Essie Fiji

 

All The Sequins and Metallics Inspo:  with Essie Penny Talk (last seen here)

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Essie Penny Talk

Essie Penny Talk

Janelle Monae Inspo:  Pearly white with Avon Creme Brûlée (last seen here)

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Avon Gel Finish in Creme Brûlée

Avon Gel Finish in Creme Brûlée

What’s your vote!?  What mani should I do next?  What topped your favorites list from last night’s Golden Globes?

 

(pics via pinterest)

From The Desk Of Alicia – Happy 5 YR Anniversary to Word Of Alicia

From The Desk of Alicia

From The Desk of Alicia

5 years ago on this day in 2012 I started this little spot on the internet! There may be more pictures but the game is the same.  In it’s honor I’m picking a few favorite posts from each year to look back on, which will be REALLY REALLY difficult, but here’ we go!

2012 – the beginning: 

  1.  2012 was the year I got in the mixed mani game… and here’s my post to prove it:  Nail Trend:  Mixed Media Nails

    Mixed Media Nails... Coral, Graphite Glitter and Houndstooth

    Mixed Media Nails… Coral, Graphite Glitter and Houndstooth

  2. 2012 also had some killer capsule collections from mark. like the  Night Iris collection with a Rebecca Minkoff colab and the Hamptons Instant Vacation were 2 of my all time ever favorites

    mark. Cool It Dress NOW $21.99

    mark. Cool It Dress

  3. Week O’Nautical also got it’s blog birth in 2012 with this all white look, White As A Sail, being one of my all time favorites (sidenote 2012 was also my best looking year in my opinion, who says turning 30 was a bad thing!?!)

    Taking a LWD Nautical

    Taking a LWD Nautical

2013:

  1.  I really stepped up my picture taking game in 2013, mastering that self timer and getting a DSLR.  I’ve always loved this What To Wear… With All look, especially with the sun beaming in against this ivy background which I used a lot here on WOA.  Want to know a secret, it’s a dumpster by my old office in a parking lot.  That’s right, I use a dumpster as my background, WORD YO!

    Wear With All Dress

    Wear With All Dress

  2. 2013 was my first blog collab with Jackie from Living After Midnight!  Wear and Share Wed had some great looks but this Wear and Share Wed:  Go For Baroque was a favorite not only of my look but also of Jackie’s!

    Wear and Share Wednesday around the mark. Go For Baroque Necklace

    Wear and Share Wednesday around the mark. Go For Baroque Necklace

  3. My all time most viewed post comes from 2013 5 Must Haves For A Hawaiian Vacation!
  4. I had to add an extra fav from 2013 including two of my all time favorite looks, How I Wore It:  Skinny Pants and Copy Cat – Express Peplum Look
    How I Wore mark. Blues Cruise Pants

    How I Wore mark. Blues Cruise Pants

    Copy Cat Express Peplum Look

    Copy Cat Express Peplum Look

2014:  

  1.  The biggest event in 2014 definitely was my wedding even though I didn’t blog about it much, but I did share my wedding nails and bridal shower nails!  Maybe someday I’ll get around to getting those wedding details blogged.  I also had some really good mani posts with Pumpkin Spiced Mani and Wear And Share Wed with a Valentine’s Day Mani

    Bridal Shower Mani

    Bridal Shower Mani

  2. Week O’Nautical is definitely my favorite series and in 2014 I had 2 favorites, Guard Orange because the pictures turned out great and Warm Cabana Striped Nights which is not only an outfit I love to repeat, but also a WOA fan favorite.
    Nautical Guard Orange

    Nautical Guard Orange

    Cabana Stripes

    Cabana Stripes

  3. Sequins hit WOA good real nice in 2014 with Wear and Share Wednesday Effortless Edge Sweatshirt and some 4th Of July Stars and Sparkles.
    mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

    mark. Effortless Edge Sweatshirt

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2015:

  1.  I feel this little blog of mine brought my love for Target designer collars to a new level.  Not only does the thrill of the hunt get me excited but so does also sharing my finds on here because let’s be honest you know my husband and most my friends could care less!  Lilly for Target from 2015 has to have been one of my all time fav Target collabs and a few posts to prove it; Fishes on Fishes  First Timer, a bag feature here, and Essie for Lilly For Target.
    Fishes on Fishes - Upstream Print Pouch and Jumpsuit!

    Fishes on Fishes – Upstream Print Pouch and Jumpsuit!

    Lilly For Target Beauty

    Lilly For Target Beauty

  2. Beauty posts were upped in 2015.  I’m a HUGE beauty fan but I don’t photograph it well on my face, which is why I usually stick to product shots, which is my favorite thing to take pictures of!  Favs:  My Spring Fling With mark., Summer Makeup mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Color Collection, Nailed It:  Julep Smitten Kitten Box
    My Spring Fling With mark.

    My Spring Fling With mark.

    mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Beauty Collection

    mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Beauty Collection

    Julep Smitten Kitten Box

    Julep Smitten Kitten Box

  3. Looking back at my posts I totally remember how happy certain times made me with a peek at the outfit and this one was one of them!  Plus I really liked my hair in this Week O’Nautical Beach Sweater post.

    Lexi Kisses

    Lexi Kisses

2016:

  1.  2016 was definitely the year of Jamberry.  I signed up to be a hobbiest rep (you can too and get 30% off every order – contact me!).  These little nail decals definitely gave me a new gig for Mani Mondays… fav post has to be this Icy Mani one, the pics turned out great, application was smooth and a pretty mani to boot!

    Icy Mixed Mani With Jamberry and mark.

    Icy Mixed Mani With Jamberry and mark.

  2. The mark. Instant Vacation capsule collections have been a big hit every year but in 2016 they went to Maui and it resulted in vacation memories, tropical post pics from my sister’s house and some new favorite tropical pieces!

    mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

    mark. Maui Bliss Instant Vacation Capsule Collection

  3. One of my favorite posts from 2016 was this April Showers one, taken completely on my phone while my husband was fishing and I was killing time.  I just loved the umbrella pics and since it rarely rains in CA I loved capturing it on a rainy day!

    Rainy Day Favorites

    Rainy Day Favorites

  4. 2016 BONUS favorite was my Redbook feature for being an Avon Rep and my Word Of Alicia blog!  I’m truly honored and humbled that anyone spends their precious time to look at my ramblings on the world wide web regarding my outfits, nails, current inspiration, etc…  Thank you for reading and here’s to more misspellings, bad grammar and crappy pictures that I still feel the need to share on Word of Alicia in 2017!

    Word Of Alicia on Redbook!

    Word Of Alicia on Redbook!

 

Cheers to 5 years!  Word Yo!

 

Nailed It: Bubbly Champaign Mani for New Years!

Nailed It: Bubbly Champaign Mani

Nailed It: Bubbly Champaign Mani

Pop! Clink! Fizz! Need a mani idea for New Years? How about a super easy bubbly champaign mani!? Recreate a bubbling champaign glass on your nails to toast to the new year.

mark. Nailed It Gift Set and Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

mark. Nailed It Gift Set and Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

Bubbly Champaign Mani

Bubbly Champaign Mani

This mani was super easy to do especially when the mark. Nailed It Gift Set ($12) comes with 3 out of the 4 products needed.  Start with the base coat, follow it with 2 coats of the metallic gold.  Next, after the gold has dried for about 2-5 minutes, dab on the the Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball to the tips to recreate the bubbles in the champaign.  Finally add a layer of top coat from the Nailed It Gift Set.

Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

Avon Dazzlers in Disco Ball

The different sizes of silver glitter in Avon Dazzlers is the perfect addition to recreate the bubbly on your nails.  You can see Dazzlers in Disco Ball also used here and here.

Ready To Toast The New Year With A Champaign Mani

Ready To Toast The New Year With A Champaign Mani

I wore this mani this holiday season and I thought how perfect is this for New Years!  It was so easy to do while being fun and festive.  You can shop the mark. Nailed It Gift Set and Avon Dazzlers at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  (ps. ring is also mark!)

Pop! Clink! Fizz!

Pop! Clink! Fizz!

What To Wear: Winter Wonderland

What To Wear:  Winter Wonderland

What To Wear: Winter Wonderland

Just because it’s not snowing doesn’t mean winter weather isn’t here, and chilly! And just because it’s a winter wonderland doesn’t mean you can’t look legit while staying warm! That’s why I’ve teamed up with Linda Montavon for what to wear this holiday season and in the new year to ward off the chill!

Alicia’s Look:

Alicia's Winter Wonderland Look

Alicia’s Winter Wonderland Look

Staying warm in Nor Cal is a lot different than other winter weathers but does require some winter fabrics, layers and a warm scarf like the mark. Glam All Around Stole.

mark. Glam All Around Stole

mark. Glam All Around Stole

I like to glam up my winter looks with more luxe fabrics like these velvet pants (Loft outlet), pony-hair bag (mark., old) and suede pumps, (mark. Standing in the Wings Heel) and of course the most glam of them all a super soft faux fur stole!  The mark. Glam All Around Stole has to be one of my favorite finds this season!

mark. Standing In The Wings Heels

mark. Standing In The Wings Heels

mark. Just A Peek Blouse

mark. Just A Peek Blouse

For winter I like to layer my winter white coat (White House Black Market) and faux fur stole over a chic blouse like the mark. Just A Peek Blouse.  The rich color works great for the holidays and all through winter but the cut-out details make it way more fun!  Who says winter fashion can’t be fun! If you have a casual house party this would be a great outfit for NYE!

Cut Outs and Winter Details For Winter

Cut Outs and Winter Details For Winter

 

Linda’s Look:

Linda's Winter Look With Warm Boots and Jacket

Linda’s Winter Look With Warm Boots and Jacket

Linda’s staying warm with Avon Winter Wonderland Faux-Fur Coat and Cushion Walk Knee-High Stretch Back Boot.  Fuzzy and cozy these two together definitely are the definition of winter warm but also on trend and chic!

Avon Cushion Walk® Knee-High Stretch Back Boot

Avon Cushion Walk® Knee-High Stretch Back Boot

Linda paired her winter outerwear with a pop of purple also from Avon proving the point that warm and cozy can also be cute and chic!  Maybe you plan on an outdoor ball drop for New Years Eve?  This outfit would be perfect for that!

Pop of Purple with Avon

Pop of Purple with Avon

Avon Winter Wonderland Coat

Avon Winter Wonderland Faux Fur Coat

Thank you Linda for putting together such a great winter wonderland outfit for our collaboration!  If you love Linda’s coat you can still get it by ordering directly through me or online by ordering by product number.  Next to the shopping bag icon you’ll see “Product #” link.  Once you click through that link scroll to the bottom of the page to the search section.  Change the campaign number to 1 and search “winter wonderland faux fur coat” and select your size and hit add to form.  Once added to the form you can then Add To Bag.

Linda's Winter Wonderland Look

Linda’s Winter Wonderland Look

What Eye Makeup Goes With Red Lipstick

What Eye Makeup To Wear With A Red Lip

What Eye Makeup To Wear With A Red Lip

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… red lipstick season! Not that red lips aren’t a thing all the time but for the holiday’s people who don’t normally wear red feel a little more inclined to bust it out and sport a red lip. Honestly, it’s all you need to create a festive look, but the question always arises, what eye do you pair with a red lip? Especially if you are not one who wears red lips often you don’t want to go to big on the eyes and just feel “over madeup” especially for daytime wear.  Do not fear because I have the PERFECT and easy! eye look for all your red lipped outings!

Easy eye makeup for a red lip, mark. Tough Luxe Eye Shadow

Easy eye makeup for a red lip, mark. Tough Luxe Eye Shadow

The PERFECT eye shadow when wearing a red lip, mark. Tough Luxe Eye Shadow in Gilt Complex. It’s the perfect shimmery neutral shade with a touch of rosy gold.  Not only does it have great color pay off its shimmer adds just enough to make a red lip a holiday red lip!

Easy Makeup with mark. and Avon

Easy Makeup with mark. and Avon

Pair it with a winged liner using Avon Super Extend Liquid Liner and lots of lashes with Avon Big and Daring Mascara.

mark. Tough Luxe Eye Shadow in Gilt Complex

mark. Tough Luxe Eye Shadow in Gilt Complex

This eyeshadow also works as a great every day shade post holiday. If you like the mark. On The Dot Neutral eye pallet you’ll like this single shade.  You can shop the look at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger and free shipping now through the 31st with a $25 order using promo code NEWYEAR

Perfect Holiday Makeup Red Lip and Neutral Eyes

Perfect Holiday Makeup Red Lip and Neutral Eyes

12 Days Of Deals – FREE LUXE Avon Anew Ultimate Supreme Creme and Review

On the 7th day of Christmas Word Of Alicia gave to me, great skin with a FREE Ultimate Supreme!

We’re half way through our 12 days of deals and I have to say day 7 is one I’m personally taking advantage of!  Avon Anew Ultimate Supreme Creme rivals a $300+ creme from a competitor and you can get it FREE today with any $45 purchase.

Avon Anew Ultimate Supreme:

Avon Anew Ultimate Supreme Creme

Avon Anew Ultimate Supreme Creme

Introducing Anew Ultimate Supreme Advanced Performance Crème. The ultimate in luxury performance skincare that indulges your skin with a supreme experience and rewards it with immediate and long term results on most visible signs of aging, even on the most advanced ones, including deep wrinkles, creases, expression lines and skin firmness. 1.7 oz. net wt.

Born in the exotic waters of Tahiti, the black pearl is known to improve skin’s ability to retain moisture. Our luxurious yet lightweight night crème, infused with black pearl extract and our highest-level Celluvive anti-aging complex, helps repair the look of all visible signs of aging** while immersing skin in radiant moisture for the ultimate transformative experience.

Did you know? The Tahitian black pearl is considered one of the rarest gems on earth, taking as long as three years to form. A truly revolutionary discovery, the Tahitian black pearl is known to improve skin’s ability to retain moisture.

BENEFITS:
•  Non-greasy and non-tacky
• Absorbs quickly
• Suitable for all skin types
• Restores skin’s ability to retain radiant moisture for the ultimate pampering experience
• Infused with rare black pearl and gold mineral extract

HOW TO USE:
• Apply at night on clean dry skin onto face, neck and décollage. Can be used with any Anew regimen.

Made in USA

WORD OF ALICIA:  I’ve personally been using this creme and boy is it luxe!  It rivals a competitors cream that’s priced over $300 and I can see why.  It’s so smooth and absorbs beautifully, but more importantly the moisture it delivers is outstanding!  This is now my go to moisturizer.  I personally use it then AM too but because it does not include sunscreen I always use Avon’s MagiX primer which does have SPF.  Believe me your winter skin will thank me.

Get it for FREE today with your $45 order at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

12 Days of Deals – Cranberry and Cinnamon Senses 4 Piece Gift

On the 6th day of Christmas Word of Alicia gave to me, a 4 pieces senses gift for FREE!

Today’s deal is a FREE 4-piece set including the Avon Senses lotion and body wash in Cranberry and Cinnamon, along with a body puff and a triple wick candle in cranberry too!  I personally think think this is the perfect combo for a gift exchange gift.  Something festive, but general enough to be liked by the many.   If you have a white elephant, a secret santa or just need something small this combo is great!  To get the gift for FREE you need to spend $45 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger so why not pick something festive to wear to your gift exchange!  Linda and I created 2 looks you can wear to your holiday gift exchange, see them here!

Avon Senses The Perfect Gift Exchange Gift Idea

Avon Senses The Perfect Gift Exchange Gift Idea

 

Avon Fashion For The Holidays!

Avon Fashion For The Holidays!