Week O’Nautical – Nautical Fit and Flare

Nautical Stripes On A Most Flattering Style

Nautical Stripes On A Most Flattering Style

When you think nautical you think stripes… or at least I do.  What’s a better way to beat the summer heat than in a nautical striped fit and flare dress!?  What’s great about this style is it pretty much flatters every body type and the flare skirt allows you to keep a bit cooler than a fitted pencil skirt style.  Add navy nautical stripes and you’ve got yourself a Week O’Nautical winner!

Week O'Nautical - nautical fit and flare dress!

Week O’Nautical – nautical fit and flare dress!

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Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring

mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring

I love how even an all over striped dress is really a blank canvas.  The basic navy and white really are quite neutral so a pop of color works really well against it.  The higher neckline is a perfect base for a statement necklace.  I styled this dress with the new mark. Natural Charm Necklace.  This necklace features a genuine tiger eye which plays perfectly with my tortoise watch (Avon).

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

mark. Natural Charm Necklace

I played off those light pink stones on this necklace with a bright pink lip (Avon Color Indulgence Lip Color in Orchid Petal) and a coral clutch (mark. Fade To Fab Clutch).  Plus I love how great this clutch looked the last time I wore it with navy stripes (see here).  In addition to this great statement necklace I added a great statement ring with opal stones reminiscent of the ocean (mark. Irresistibly Iridescent Ring) — you know that nautical tie in, even if I’m the only one who gets it…

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

Perfect Pallet for Pops Of Color

Perfect Pallet for Pops Of Color

Summer Nautical Style

Summer Nautical Style

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Full Of Flair

Full Of Flair

You want to know what’s the best part of this look?  This dress was $10 at H&M!  This weekend is a great time for summer sales.  Retailers are looking to rid their summer stock to make room for back to school/fall so everyone is having a sale.  (Including my eBoutique!).   Shop my pieces and get free shipping on a $15 order and 20% off a $60 order with promo code HIAGAIN at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Nautical Fit and Flare Look

Week O’Nautical – Red White and Blue

Red White and Blue for Week O'Nautical

Red White and Blue for Week O’Nautical

As we approach our most patriotic holiday I theme out my day to day in our most patriotic colors! Week O’Nautical is difficult this time around; a. It’s around 110 all week so, I’m hot, like super hot. b. I’ve worn pretty much all my nautical items on the blog already, and no one wants to see repeats up in here.  c.  The items I do have that are red white and blue aren’t necessarily nautical.  Whatever, ‘merica!

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

A Little Dazzling Cobalt Blue for the 4th

Red White and Blue Outfit

Red White and Blue Outfit

For the 4th I’ve been loving a bright dazzling blue with my red and white.  I’m always a fan of navy but this bright blue really pops for the summer holiday!  I paired a dazzling blue tank (Express) with a white lace pencil skirt (H&M) with red lace pumps (Shoedazzle) and red statement earrings!  (Avon).

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

Red Pumps Add The Perfect Punch

For instant nautical feel just add this Avon Smooth Sailing Charm Bracelet!  I’ve been wearing this non-stop this summer!  Best $7.99 I spent!  I really like it layered but for this simple look I liked it cleanly by itself.  Plus it matches my nautical mani (check it here if you didn’t see yesterday’s post!)

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

Avon Smooth Sailing Bracelet

With a simple look like this a fun printed bag is perfect!  This striped bowler bag (mark.) has a bit of a nautical feel with the stripes and a bit of a 4th of July feel with the bright cobalt accents!  You bet I’m caring this bag all week!

Striped Bags Have More Fun

Striped Bags Have More Fun

You can’t have a Red White and Blue look without a red lip!  Mine, courtesy of mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up ($11).  It’s actually the best summer red lip product I’ve used to date.  It’s bright and because it wears like a balm it has the perfect finish for summer and a little more laid back than a full on lipstick.  If you haven’t tried the Lip Butters yet DO SO!

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip:  mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

Red Lip: mark. All Butter Now in Fired Up

If you haven’t noticed I’m totally wearing this hair style AGAIN!  When it’s this hot there’s no way I’m blow drying my hair.  Have you been inspired to bust your red white and blue this week!?  Check back for more Week O’Nautical all week long!

4th Of July Mani – Julep 4th Of July Maven Box

4th Of July Sparklers Mani for Week O'Nautical

4th Of July Sparklers Mani for Week O’Nautical

Mani Monday is kicking off Week O’Nautical with a 4th of July sparklers mani!  For my June maven reveal I saw they were offering a 4th of July box and YOU KNOW I was all over that stuff!  Here’s a look at the box and my sparklers mani for the 4th!DSC_0907 DSC_0908 DSC_0909 DSC_0910

Julep June Maven 4th Of July Box

Julep June Maven 4th Of July Box

For my sparkling 4th of July mani I decided to use the fireworks glitter top coat and stars and stripes stickers from this box with my Julep Vanna, Julep Monaco and Julep Karissa.  I haven’t done a mixed media mani in a long time and I forgot how fun and how much I love them!  I wore it with this look over the weekend for a baby shower and I’m excited to wear it all week long!  #merica!

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4th Of July Mani

4th Of July Mani

What are you going to wear on your nails this 4th of July?  If you haven’t yet, sign up for Julep and get access to these awesome boxes every month (sign up here!).  Be sure to check back all week as Week O’Nautical sails on!  (sneak peek of tomorrow’s look!)

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Nautical Inspired Mani for the 4th!

Nautical Inspired Mani for the 4th!

Summer Makeup: mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Color Collection

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe In Fun Tropical Packaging!

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe In Fun Tropical Packaging!

I’m not going to lie, I like looking like I just came back from vacation regardless if it’s a random Tuesday. Problem is I didn’t… so fake it to you make it right!? If you want an instant vacation look you should check out the mark. Buenos Aires Color Collection for you summer makeup:

mark. Caliente Eyes ($16)

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Caliente Eyes

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Caliente Eyes

Catch The Vibe:  At first I was unimpressed with this pallet.  Then I began using it daily and I was like what was I unimpressed with!?  They’re the perfect range of colors for whatever look you’re going for.  I wear the middle pink shade just all over with the liner below for easy day look.  Then I like to mix the grey and purple for a smokey night look.  The purple is matte so it plays really well with the shimmery shades.

Caliente Eyes - Lucy Hales Top Pick from the collection

Caliente Eyes – Lucy Hales Top Pick from the collection

 

mark. Saved By The Gel in Majorly Murado and Cool Azul ($11)

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mark. Saved By The Gel in Majorly Murado and Cool Azul

mark. Saved By The Gel in Majorly Murado and Cool Azul

Catch The Vibe:  These Saved By The Gel Liners are my new favorite liner.  First off, this pot is going to last you forever so that $11 price tag is pretty much all you’re going to spend for the next year on eyeliner.  The blue shade (Cool Azul) is so pretty and perfect for 4th of July and Labor Day with a red lip!  The colors are super bold, their really wearable so you can wear them for day for a subtle summer look.  Really easy when you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup and these won’t sweat off so win win for summer!

Up close and personal on the Saved By The Gel Limited Edition

Up close and personal on the Saved By The Gel Limited Edition

 

mark. Caliente Glow ($16)

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Caliente Glow

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Caliente Glow

Catch The Vibe:  This is another daily wear item.  I use a fan brush in the bronze to contour and swirl a blush brush in the center 2 shades for the apples of my cheek.  OR if I’m being lazy or for a quick summer look swirl all three on a fluffier blush brush and sweep up from apples to cheek bones.   The purple undertones really make this one stand out from most others out there on the market and it has ZERO orange factor.  THIS IS the item for the fresh from vacation look.

THE perfect shade combos to not look orange!

THE perfect shade combos to not look orange!

 

mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers ($7)

mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers ($7)

mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers ($7)

Catch The Vibe:  I already did a swatch post here but seriously these are so fun for summer!  I’ve been wearing the blue on my toes non stop!  It’s such a great shade of blue and has a great shimmer that screams summer!  I can’t wait to wear this on my fingers for the 4th!

Check out that shimmer and halo!

Check out that shimmer and halo!

You can get the collection at my eBoutique here and use promo code JUNE15 for FREE SHIPPING on a $15 order!  Which is a killer little promo!  BONUS anyone who orders anything from this beauty collection before July 8th gets a FREE bonus item!  Shop online at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger (your bonus item will ship separate directly from me) OR just contact me if you want me to take your order directly!

Your Summer Makeup Needs All Right Here In 1 Collection

Your Summer Makeup Needs All Right Here In 1 Collection

Beauty Staples I Got From My Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!  Today Dad would of been celebrating his 65th birthday and Father’s Day on Sunday with his 4 children, but he left us too early.  Since he was such a great man, he left a lasting impression and a day doesn’t go by I don’t think about him or his influence doesn’t play a part.  Daily I’m reminded by my go-to everyday beauty staples that I got from my Dad!  Dad was particular and that totally got annoying some times.  However, some of those things I now can’t live without (like butter, NO MARGARINE!).  Growing up with 1 bathroom you just used what was in there but that wasn’t such a bad thing.  Here are my top 3 everyday beauty items influenced from my Dad:

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1.  Dove Soap  — tried and true this is my every day without a doubt!

2.  Panteen Pro-V — Dad had a good set of hair and def where I got mine from!  Panteen Conditioner is one of the only conditioners that only work for me.

3.  Aerosol Hairspray– Dad and I both have to spray the side sweep to keep it in place.  We know it has to be the right kind of hairspray.  On our fine hair pump sprays aren’t a fine enough mist, so aerosol it is.  (the good kind though).

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!

I totally remember my mom would give my dad facials from time to time.  I got his skin, which is not awesome (darn you Dad, Mom has killer skin!).  We always had some new products laying around to try out, which as a girl, I totally loved.  Dad was the manliest man I know and he totally wasn’t afraid to look his best and put some effort in.  I mean he loved short shorts and socks ALL THE TIME so yea he was your average goofy dad but he was awesome.  Moral of the story beauty inspiration comes in all shapes and forms and hang out with your Dad if you can, you never know when they’ll be gone too soon.

Dad in his manly glory for a coffee break from plowing.

Dad in his manly glory for a coffee break from plowing.

And one last note, you know my mom taught him everything :)

Hairtastic: The Half Up Messy Bun

The Half Up Messy Bun

The Half Up Messy Bun

The half up messy bun is having a moment.  I’m totally on board with this hairstyle for a few reasons.

1.  It’s super easy.  Who doesn’t like easy.

2.  It’s super quick.  I’m always late.  ALWAYS.  So having a hairstyle in my arsenal that’s quick and looks good is a must have.

3.  It keeps your hair out of your face while still looking “done.”

4.  It works with semi-wet hair.  Again back to this whole late thing, I don’t have time to blow dry so I need some wet hair looks.

5.  It was my go-to hair style in High School when I was running late.  Obiv it looks way better now when I do it but who doesn’t like resurfacing old trends haha.

Black and Gold Accessories

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The Perfect LBD For Night

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Here’s how I do it: Air dry my hair for a little bit, basically until my bangs are dry.  Next I prep the hair with mark. Give It To Me Straight Super Smoothing Lotion.  Then I separate about half my hair starting at about half inch above my ears.  With this gathered hair I either twist into a bun or just create a messy ponytail bun, both secured with an elastic.  By messy ponytail bun I mean I just go through the motions of doing a ponytail only I don’t pull the ends out.  There’s no wrong way to do this, just create a non-perfect half up look.  I then will round brush and blow-dry my bottom half of hair, finger comb/style my bangs and leave some face framing layers loose.  Spray it all with a hair spray (John Frieda Frizz Ease Aerosol is my hair spray of choice.)  Done!

Take a look at some inspiration on this look!  https://www.pinterest.com/ach167/hair-tastic/

Who else is sporting the half up messy bun!?

my go-to hair as of late!

my go-to hair as of late!

Spring Styling Tips: A How To

How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

As we enter the last two weeks of spring into the official start of summer let’s embrace this beautiful weather.  Lucky for us we had a few styling tips from Jill from My Sweet Obsession and myself this spring.  If you missed them they were:  Easter, Spring Layers, and Spring Colors.  We shared how we style these trends in the spring… but cool… great… nice outfit, now what?  Here’s a little how to apply these tips in your every day dressing.  I took Jill’s tips from her Spring Layers post and applied them to my look.

OOTD Using Jill's Spring Layering Tips

OOTD Using Jill’s Spring Layering Tips

Be Ready

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak

Jill suggested the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak, or a anorak jacket in general to keep you ready for whatever spring weather may bring.  It’s a lightweight jacket but also functional with a hood and adjustable sleeves.  So that’s just what I did, wore the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Jacket.

Spring Layers With An Anorak

Spring Layers With An Anorak

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Layering A Spring Spring Scarf

Layering A Spring Spring Scarf

Next Jill suggested layering lightweight scarf to help with chilly mornings and nights, by wearing it loose it doesn’t make you too hot.  I added the oversized mark. Four Seasons Scarf (now only $7.99!!!) for a spring floral print in a lightweight spring fabric.

Pink Lips, Spring Scarf, Light Anorak, Arm Party

Pink Lips, Spring Scarf, Light Anorak, Arm Party

 

Keep Things Simple

 Simple Arm Party for Spring

Simple Arm Party for Spring

 

With the warmer weather Jill suggests going with simpler jewelry instead of your statement pieces so that’s just what I did with layering two simple bracelets (express and mark.) with my watch (avon).  The layered look still gives impact while keeping things simple and functional.

 

Keep It Cool

mark. Hit The Spot Flats

mark. Hit The Spot Flats

Jill’s final tip is to pair your look with some flats instead of sandals to avoid cold piggies.  I of course wore the only flats I love love love, the mark. Hit The Spot Flats (on clearance contact me to order).

How To Apply Spring Layering Tips

How To Apply Spring Layering Tips

Jills tips for layering this spring were easy to follow and apply.  I mean why read all these OOTD blog posts if you don’t get inspired and apply them to your own looks!?  It was Jill’s look that inspired me to order the mark. Luck Of The Drawstring Anorak and I’M SO GLAD I did!  It’s the perfect “IT” jacket missing from my closet and I’ve worn it a ton!  I can see it being a go-to all summer long especially for those cooler summer nights our around the bon fire or camping, etc.  I know in PA you ALWAYS needed a light jacket in the summer and I never had the right one!

Jill's How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

Jill’s How To Apply Spring Styling Tips

Not only did I apply Jill’s tips but she also showed you how easy it was to apply my tips!  Head over to My Sweet Obsessions and see Jill’s spring look using our spring styling tips!  I think she nailed her look, check our more here.

My Sweet Obsessions Look

My Sweet Obsessions Look

Nailed It: mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Futbol Blue and Palermo Purple

Nailed It Duo Buenos Aires Vibe ($7)

Nailed It Duo Buenos Aires Vibe ($7)

You guys!!! There’s a lot of excitement from the Buenos Aires Vibe capsule collection release in the world of Alicia… I mean a jumpsuit! a coral ombre clutch! a reversible dress! a fedora with interchangeable bands! etc… etc…  With all that excitement I kinda just glazed over these mark. Nailed It polishes. BUT. YOU. GUYS! mark. put out a holy mecca of nail polishes, a halo!!! That’s right a halo! Not only just a halo like many have tried in the past… but a most perfect halo that actually delivers the true definition of a halo.

Futbol Blue and Palermo Purple

Futbol Blue and Palermo Purple

For those of you not as obsessed about nail polish as myself, a halo is the most perfect polish that contains the most perfectly embedded adult holographic sparkle. THIS is a halo. Palermo Purple from the mark. Nailed It Duo.

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Palermo Purple the PERFECT Halo Polish

Not only is it a halo, but it’s also in a perfect purple shade. Not too bold that you feel a little weird wearing it to work. Not too dark that it doesn’t show the halo and not too light that it doesn’t flatter.

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mark. Nailed It Duo Trend Mini Polishes

mark. Nailed It Duo Trend Mini Polishes

It’s so hard to capture this sparkly goodness but it’s there I promise you.  Paired with the purple is the Futbol Blue a bright metallic cobalt blue, which looks amazing on the toes for summer.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, mini bottles are the way to go.  You get about 10 uses out of each bottle (use = 10 fingers/toes), even though I seem to get a bit more than that.  But it’s just enough to get you through the season before you’re on to the next trend.

Halo Polish Awesomeness

Halo Polish Awesomeness

I like that these shades are vibrant enough for summer but also work year round.  At $7 a pop these are a great little find to treat yourself with.  They also pair perfectly with my summer clutch (mark. Fade To Fab Clutch).

Summer Nails With The Summer Clutch

Summer Nails With The Summer Clutch

Up close and personal!

Up close and personal! (to view the embedded sparkle!)

The mark. Nailed It Mini Trend Lacquers are part of the Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe capsule collection.  The beauty release is just as good as the fun boxes it comes in!  Check out the full beauty collection along with the fun fashion pieces that will make you summer instantly better at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code WELCOME for 20% off your order!

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Beauty Collection

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Beauty Collection

The Must Have Summer Dress – mark. New Angled Slip Dress

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

mark. New Angled Slip Dress

No shocker here that the mark. New Angled Slip Dress is my pick for a must-have this summer. You’ve already seen it here and here, but the real reason this dress is a winner is because it’s reversible! How killer is that!? That’s 2 dresses for the price of one!  Win win!

The Turquoise Side Of The New Angled Slip Dress

The Turquoise Side Of The New Angled Slip Dress

This slip dress is royal blue on one side that reverses to a cool turquoise on the other.  While on the turquoise side it peeps the royal blue just enough to make you go mmmmm!

Peep Of Blue

Peep Of Blue

For summer I totally paired this colorful number with more color!  The coral ombre clutch, mark. Fade To Fab is also a must-have for summer (see here and here).  My colorful pumps (Target, old) channel that Buenos Aires Vibe, while my gold jewelry and belt ties it all together.

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

Ombre Clutch and Two-Tone Slip Dress

That Buenos Aires Vibe with Ombre Clutch and Two-Tone Slip Dress

Not only is the dress multi-functional but so is my fedora!  The mark. From The Top Fedora takes a basic Panama hat and makes it so you can customize it to match your outfit with it’s interchangeable bands.  It comes with a basic black band, a tropical floral one and a this turquoise one.  Genius, pure genius!  I’m a total hat person especially in the summer when I’m at the lake and need to cover up that not so awesome hair (or bad roots, usually it’s bad roots).  So instead of needing to buy a billion hats to match my billion outfits I now just need one!  With these three bands one is bound to match what I’m wearing.

mark. From The Top Fedora and Throw Some Shade Sunglasses

mark. From The Top Fedora and Throw Some Shade Sunglasses

The mark. New Angled Slip Dress, Fade To Fab Cluch, From The Top Fedora and Throw Some Shade Sunglasses are 4 pieces you can add into your collection and be SET for summer.  These are perfectly packable for your summer vacations and multi-functional.  So you save money, and suitcase space to make budget and room for that extra souvenir.  There’s a reason why this is the third time I’ve posted about these pieces haha.

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Total Look

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Total Look

You can get all these pieces at my eBoutique here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger use promo code AVONFB75 for 20% off your $75 order or more.  BONUS: those sunglasses I’m wearing… they’re only $5 dollars (for a limited time) so catch the vibe and shop this collection!

Current Vibe:  catch the vibe at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Current Vibe

Copy Cat Look: Lucy Hale Buenos Aires Vibe Cover Look

Lucy Hale's mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Cover Look

Lucy Hale’s mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Cover Look

With the Pretty Little Liars premier tonight I thought it was only fitting to recreate Lucy Hale’s cover look for the mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe collection.  Lucy looked so vacation perfect I just had to copy cat her look!

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe cover

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe cover

I know you already saw this dress here, and I promised you a look with the turquoise side (check back tomorrow!) but this mark. New Angled Slip Dress is so perfect for summer in my favorite blue color! This mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires capsule collection has your summer must-haves nailed!  To achieve the Lucy Hale Look I had to add on the mark. From The Top Fedora, sit on a retaining wall, and bask in warm sun surrounded by color!

Vacation Ready Look with mark.

Vacation Ready Look with mark.

mark. From The Top Fedora (with floral band)

mark. From The Top Fedora (with floral band)

mark. New Angled Slip Dress (reversible, blue side)

mark. New Angled Slip Dress (reversible, blue side)

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Fade To Fab Clutch

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Capsule Collection

mark. Instant Vacation Buenos Aires Vibe Capsule Collection

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Color Collection

mark. Buenos Aires Vibe Color Collection

Lucy Hale is wearing the mark. Buenos Aires Vibe color collection for her makeup look.  The sultry and colorful collection are the perfect addition for summer.  I love the purple tones replacing where you’d typically go black (liner, smokey eye, etc).  Summer is the perfect time to embrace color, functional and packable fashion and a good straw hat.  I’m totally vibing on the mark. Buenos Aires capsule collection, it’s here for a limited time so catch the vibe at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.

Ready For Vacation With A Lucy Hale Inspired Look

Ready For Vacation With A Lucy Hale Inspired Look