Nailed It: Julep Alicia

What a better mani Monday then our own namesake!  Julep Alicia!

Julep Alicia

Julep Alicia

I have this thing with names, I like to get people polish in their name even if its not a color they’d wear.  It’s like a collectors piece.  Alicia, while you know the name, it’s not really as common as you’d think, so when I saw Julep had an Alicia I was ALL OVER IT.  Except it’s been sold out for-ev-ver!  The re-released in the new formula a few months ago and I snatched it up.  At first I was like, eh, it will probably not look that great on me, but I want it for my vanity, so it sat in it’s box all pretty and new.  Then for Easter I decided to bust out this shade.  I was going to do a fun Easter mani but I also had a wedding and business trip so I needed just an easy shade to get me through.  Julep Alicia it is!

Julep Alicia for Easter

Julep Alicia for Easter

Once I applied Julep Alicia I was immediately in love with my namesake.  In just two coats it’s full coverage cream with the shiniest finish with NO topcoat!  It’s super super bright and unique but doesn’t come across as gaudy.  Julep Alicia is the word.  If I was ultimately going to create a polish that represented me I wouldn’t change a thing!

Spring Favorite:  Julep Alicia

Spring Favorite: Julep Alicia

You can shop Julep here and get your first Julep Maven 4-piece box FOR FREE using promo code SCORE.

Spring Styling Tips: Easter

Styling Tips For Easter

Spring Styling Tips For Easter

Spring has sprung!  Regardless if the weather is here or not it’s time to lighten and brighten things up for spring, which is why Jill from My Sweet Obsessions and I have teamed up again to bring you some styling tips for the new season.  First up, dressing for Easter!  I always feel this is the kick off point for spring looks.

Alicia’s Tips for Dressing for Easter:

What To Wear For Easter

What To Wear For Easter

1.  Add in a new dress to the wardrobe.

mark. About Lace Dress

mark. About Lace Dress

Growing up, Easter always meant a new dress, hat and purse, which always made a little girl happy!  As a grown up, I still do the same thing, add in a new spring dress to the wardrobe this time of year.  Here’s my tip, pick a dress that’s something you can use for all those upcoming spring and summer occasions like baby and bridal showers, weddings, brunches, etc…  This way you’ll maximize your wardrobe and be making a smart purchase.  I went with the mark. About Lace Dress.  It has a flirty cut but yet conservative for things like church on Easter.

mark. About Lace Dress for Easter

mark. About Lace Dress for Easter

Styling Tip:  Add a new spring dress to the wardrobe that you can get good use out of all season long!

Styling Tip: Add a new spring dress to the wardrobe that you can get good use out of it all season long!

 

2.  Brighten things up.

Try Jewel Tones For Easter

Try Jewel Tones For Easter

Come spring we want to lighten and brighten things up.  We’re so over the dark and gloomy outfits (even if the weather still is).  Easter dresses are the perfect piece to embrace spring colors and/or prints, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your spring pastels.  Try a jewel tone, it’s still a bold color but sometimes helps against that winter complexion (cough, cough, my white legs, cough cough), and it will look just as good come summer.

Jewel Tones and bright lip with Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Matte Fuchsia

Jewel Tones and bright lip with Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Matte Fuchsia

mark. All Seasons Scarf

mark. All Seasons Scarf

 

3. Add a unique spring accessory.

Brooks Brothers hat and mark. All Seasons Scarf

Brooks Brothers hat and mark. All Seasons Scarf

There is never a more appropriate time to wear a fun hat then on Easter.  I prefer a wider brimmed hat for this occasion, it’s a little more dressy, and I’m definitely not opposed to details like flowers, ribbons, etc. but this solid blue Panama hat from Brooks Brothers has been my Easter go-to for years (as seen last year).  Invest in one hat that you can use for years to come since it’s not an every day thing.  If hat’s aren’t your thing try a spring scarf.  This mark. All Season’s scarf is the perfect mix of a fun spring print, lightweight material, and oversized shape.  This makes it perfect to wear wrapped as a scarf or open as a shawl for chilly spring breezes.  Or if you’re like me wear both!  Then add some oversized pearls for a modern yet girly finishing touch.

Oversized Pearls (bebe), Might Pretty Bracelet (mark.), Tool Around Ring Set (mark.)

Oversized Pearls (bebe), Might Pretty Bracelet (mark.), Tool Around Ring Set (mark.)

Easter Accessories

Easter Accessories

 

4.  Keep it appropriate.

Lace Back Detailing on mark. About Lace Dress

Lace Back Detailing on mark. About Lace Dress

I love the flirty lace back detailing of this dress, but a sheer back isn’t necessarily appropriate for church.  I added a white cami underneath to still show the detailing but keep it appropriate.  Now if you were going to a brunch with your friends, totally rock the sheer back!  This is why this mark. About Lace Dress is the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe, it has that playful side you can maximize for your other occasions.

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How to wear a lace back dress to church

How to wear a lace back dress to church

 

5.  Put some spring in your step.

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

One of the biggest pet-peeves, and I see it every Easter, are girls in their pretty Easter dresses with rubber flip flops.  Maybe it’s my East coast classic coming out when I live in a West coast world, but when dressing up rubber flip flops are a no no.  Easter is a dressier Sunday regardless of what you’re doing so step up your shoe game.  It doesn’t have to be heels, but it does have to be a little nicer of a shoe (ex: see Jill’s chic flats in her look) .  There are so many good sandals, flats and heels out there that this should be an issue.  I love the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps because they are SO COMFORTABLE and a shoe that adds miles to your shoe wardrobe.  They can be worn with jeans to work wear to dresses and beyond.  You can see my love for them here, here, here and here, told you I loved them.

Getting Comfy in the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

Getting Comfy in the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

 

Jill’s Styling Tip:  Be ready for Easter church and your Easter picnic by casually styling pretty spring colors. 

My Sweet Obsessions Full Easter Look

My Sweet Obsessions Full Easter Look

Create your casual Easter look by pairing a pencil skirt in spring colors with a casual neutral top like the Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt by mark. The straight line of the pencil skirt and chiffon layer on the sweatshirt will dress up your look for church. Add a pair of flat sandals to show off your pretty spring pedicure and make it easy to run in the grass to hide those Easter Eggs at the picnic. Finish off your look by adding colorful spring jewelry pieces that go with your skirt like the Three Of A Kind Bracelet Set by mark. This look will easily take you from Easter church to your Easter picnic after church.
See Jill’s full look here.
Jill in the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

Jill in the mark. Sheer Brilliance Sweatshirt

 

From The Desk Of Alicia: Technical Difficulties

From The Desk of Alicia

From The Desk of Alicia

 

Just a little operational note.  My eBoutique has been down for a week… sad face… but should be back up with a vengeance this week… happy face!  If you wanted to get an Avon/mark. Campaign 8 order in please email directly at aliciahess1@gmail.com

This means the campaign with the 5 for $20 lip deal (awesome beyond belief!)!  As a little sorry for the inconvenience I’ll take 10% off every order AND a free gift.  Please email aliciahess1@gmail.com if interested!

 

UPDATE:  eBoutique is back up so shop now and get 30% off with promo code MARKNEWYEAR at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Lip Shades You Need For Spring

Happy first day of spring!  As the days continue to climb a little warmer, and the sunlight lasts a little longer it’s time to freshen things up.  Time to clean the windows and open them up for some fresh air.  Time for fresh flowers to brighten things up.  Time to refresh your look the easiest way possible, your lips!  Here are the top 5 lip shades for spring:

1.  Deep Berry/Wine

D&G Spring 2015

D&G Spring 2015

Think just finished eating a bowl full of berries or wine stained look rather than a deep dark color.  Dolce and Gabbana’s spring 2015 show nailed this look and made super wearable.  Try a lip stain (like Avon Extra Lasting Lip Stain + Balm in Berry bitten) or a lip pencil (Like Avon Ultra Color Lip Pencil in Pouty Plum) for more of a effortless look.

2.  Orange Red

Carmen Marc Valvo Spring RW 2015

Carmen Marc Valvo Spring RW 2015

Red is always a classic, but reds that lean toward orange are super hot for spring.  It’s like you’re taking the classic and making it citrus-tastic for spring!  A bold red lip was huge on the spring runways.  Try Avon Ultra Color Lipsitck in Poppy Love.

 

3.  Hot Coral

Coral goes mega-watt for spring!  Pair it with the bronzed cheeks we saw all over the runways and you’ll look instantly ready for spring break… or that you took a killer spring break, either way win win.  Try Avon Ultra Color Indulgence in Peach Petunia.

4.  Peachy Melon

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Creamy Melon

Switch out your nude lip for a peachy melon lip.  It’s basic enough to go with a smokey eye but steps up the game with making things just a little prettier for spring.  Try Avon Ultra Color Absolute lipstick in creamy melon.

5.  Pink

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pink Renewal

Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Pink Renewal

From baby doll to bubble gum to bright, pink as always and will always be a spring go-to.  We saw all the ranges at fashion week so pick a pink that you feel comfortable wearing.  Fuchsias work for any skin tone for a bright like Try Avon Ultra Color Bold in Fearless Fuchsia.  If you want something more demure go with a rose like Avon Ultra Color Indulgence Lip Color in Rose Bouquet.  Try my all time favorite pink Avon Ultra Color Absolute in Pink Renewal.

Mix and Match 5 for $20 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

Mix and Match 5 for $20 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

 

WORD OF ALICIA:  You guys!!! You can nail each of these trends this spring for ONLY $20!  Going on right now mix and match Avon lip colors 5 for $20!  That’s right, 5 shades for $20 bucks!  This deal is amazing take my word for it.  Avon’s lip colors are so on point and the formula is amazing.  They’re much more luxe than you think WELL worth the killer price making each $4.  I mean really that’s cheaper than drugstore for quality as good as high end.  You can shop the 5 for $20 deal here:  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger AND get free shipping with a $25 order with promo code FS2015

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

Houndstooth on Houndstooth

It may be in the low 80’s here but it’s the last day of winter!  Can’t say I’m disappointed, but I can say what I’ve been loving in late winter is lightweight blouses with everything from skirts to trousers to ankle pants, etc…  My favorite being the Express Portofino blouse.  It just fits and feels so right, especially when it’s in houndstooth.  Portofino’s and pencil skirts are my absolute favorite go to for work wear.

Express Portofino Blouse

Express Portofino Blouse

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts:  Express Portofino Blouse  |  Express Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

Portofino's and Pencil Skirts

Portofino’s and Pencil Skirts

mark. Box Set Necklace  |   mark. On Point Earring Set  |  Kate Spade Idiom Bangle

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

Avon Matte Ruby Ultra Color Lipstick with mark. Jewelry

mark. In Black and White Tote  |  Altuzarra for Target Ankle Boots

What to wear to work:  houndstooth

What to wear to work: houndstooth

Copy Cat Look: Tamron Hall, The Today Show

 

What to wear to work:  Plaid Pant Suit

What to wear to work: Plaid Pant Suit

Every morning after hitting snooze a few times to my 3 (yes 3) different alarms and struggle to pull myself out of bed, head to the Keurig for my tea and then to the couch to turn on The Today Show to lounge myself awake.  I like the mindless entertainment with a dash of news and some weather forecasting to get me ready for the day.  As I was watching one day I noticed one of the reporters, Tamron Hall, looked amazingly put together in a glenn plaid pant suit.  Usually the girls are in their business casual dresses or blouse and skirt combo, but this day Tamron stood out!  She was so on point with her look that I just had to re-create it!

Here’s a look (a crappy pixilated screen cap of the broadcast) at Tamron’s look:

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Tamron Hall's Plaid Today Show Look

Tamron Hall’s Plaid Today Show Look

Let’s analyze shall we… grey glenn plaid ankle pants, 5-button vest over a crisp white button down with some fun broaches for interest, capped off with some killer pointed toe pumps.  The look is a feminine and fitted twist on the menswear suit, perfect for the office!  Shopping my closet I was able to replicate to the best of my ability.

Plaid Pant Suit For Work

Plaid Pants and Vest from H&M

I had this charcoal plaid vest and pant pairing from H&M (old) which embodied her tailored menswear look.  Even though I could of worn one of my Brooks Brothers non-irons (last seen here) I decided to go with a sheer white blouse with a long shirt tail.

Suiting Style

Suiting Style

For visual interest I went with an oversized pearl bracelet set (BeBe).  The accessories still have that old school feel with a modern twist like Tamron’s broaches achieved.  For my shoes I went with the mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps.  Killer shoes with a pointed toe, snakeskin detailing and a menswear vibe!

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

mark. Sassy Stepper Pumps

Oversized Pearl Bracelets

Oversized Pearl Bracelets

Copy Catting Tamron Hall

Copy Catting Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall helped me get ready for the day in more ways than one!  I appreciate her perfectly tailored pieces and stepping out of the so run of the mill biz casual dresses for a look that was on point!  I would love to see more power pieces like suiting separates on the ladies that trend, but I guess I’ll just have to start with my own look!  Thanks Tamron for the inspiration, and frankly, making my day with an outfit.  The power of fashion.

Green and Gold for St. Patrick’s Day

Luck O’ the Irish to ya this St. Patrick’s Day!  Since St. Patrick’s Day is going up on a Tuesday it’s much more low key, but that doesn’t mean any less themed out!  Wear your green so you don’t get pinched, eat some Irish food and/or hit up a pub!

Word on what to wear:  Green.  Obviously green.  But there are so many chic options now more than the cheesy St. Patrick’s day t-shirt. With the great spring weather we’re having I wanted to wear a bright fresh green color and play up on the fun of the day with window pain ankle pants with glimmering gold accessories.  Express is my favorite for never boring but still legit work clothes hence the Express Portofino shirt (last seen here) with Express Columnist ankle pants (now available in white with black stripes, I think I need those too!).  Topped off with gold pumps (mark.) gold jewelry (mark.), a green and gold mani (Julep) and gold eye with green eyeliner (mark.).

St. Patrick's Day Look

St. Patrick’s Day Look

Express Portofino and  Columnist Ankle Pants

Express Portofino and Columnist Ankle Pants

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. In Black and White Tote

mark. Pumps and Bag

mark. Pumps and Bag

Lucky Green For St. Patrick's Day

Lucky Green For St. Patrick’s Day

Julep Valerie with Shamrock Decal

Julep Valerie with Shamrock Decal

Word on what to do:  Hit up your local pub for happy hour!  Green beer, Irish car bombs, whiskey shots… oooor maybe just some green tea or Irish Breakfasts tea for me.  If you’d rather celebrate at home then make yourself some corned beef and cabbage!  Roast the brisket for about 2 hrs with the last hour throwing in your cabbage, carrots and potatoes.  Easy, filling and festive!

 

At the pub for St. Patrick's Day

At the pub for St. Patrick’s Day

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Cinderella Inspired Glass Slipper Mani

Cinderella's Glass Slipper Mani

Cinderella’s Glass Slipper Mani

Since I’ve been on this Cinderella kick (here and here) when I was deciding on what to paint my nails I was inspired to do “glass slipper” nails!

Walking In Glass Slipper Nails

Walking In Glass Slipper Nails

Don’t tell me you never made your fingers walk, because I know you did.  Now make those fingers walk in glass slippers by painting your pointer and middle with a white base with a reflective blue undertone in Julep Dana.  Then top it off with the Essie Luxeffects in Shine Of The Times for an almost broken glass refection!

Cinderella Colors:  Robin's Egg Blue and Reflective White

Cinderella Colors: Robin’s Egg Blue and Reflective White

Paint the rest of your nails in a robin’s egg blue with Julep Shelly.  Bippity Boppity Boo!  You have (another) mani fit for a princess!  Cinderella would totally approve of these shades and the quick easy styling to this mani!  From doing dishes to going to the ball this look is what fairy tales are made of.

Julep Dana, Julep Shelly and Essie Luxeffects in Shine Of The Times

Julep Dana, Julep Shelly and Essie Luxeffects in Shine Of The Times

It’s really hard to capture the muti-deminsional reflective nature that is Essie Shine Of The Times.  Just take my word for it (my word of alicia haha), it’s absolutely stunning over white.

In Shade

In Shade

In Sun

In Sun

You can get your Julep welcome box for free with promo code SPRING here.  We all know how much I love Julep so please please do and take advantage of this offer.  Essie Luxeffects are sold pretty much everywhere from Wal-Mart to Amazon and beyond.  Sidenote:  I have no idea why my hands look so red in these pictures but the colors are very true to how they look in real life.

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Cinderella's Glass Slipper Inspired Mani

Cinderella’s Glass Slipper Inspired Mani

BONUS!  Who wants to see this look in a little video?  Add wordofalicia on Snapchat for this and so m any other fun snaps!

Add wordofalicia on Snapchat

Add wordofalicia on Snapchat

Chic Peek: LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection

Chic Peek:  LC Lauren Conrad Disney's Cinderella Collection

Chic Peek: LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection

One of my earliest life memories is this magical day when I was a little girl and my older brother and mother took me to see Cinderella. It obiv was a re-release but to the 5-yr old Alicia is was the newest most magical movie ever and spawned many Cinderella themed outfits for most of kindergarden. Now with the live action Cinderella in theaters, the outpouring of Cinderella collaborations has been nothing but pure Disney magic.  They’re making me just as happy as a 5 year old Alicia wearing those screen printed Cinderella outfits with the matching skirt/leggings. My favorite collaboration has to be the LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection.

Chic Peek:  LC Lauren Conrad Disney's Cinderella Collection

Chic Peek: LC Lauren Conrad Disney’s Cinderella Collection

Besides being completely inspired by her super fun ad campaign (see here), to her launch event (see here) I went to my local Kohl’s to browse the collection they had in stock.  This collection is perfectly fitting for a modern day princess, clean cut, dainty and girly.

Alicia's Top Picks From The Collaboration

Alicia’s Top Picks From The Collaboration

My top picks from the collaboration are (from left to right), Mesh Back Dress ($80), Organza Bow Back Dress ($80), Foil Graphic Tee ($44) and Tulle Skirt ($64).  The best thing with Kohl’s is there is always a sale going on and coupons/additional discounts so those original prices are never what you pay.

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LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Skirt and Foil Graphic Tee

LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Skirt and Foil Graphic Tee

Now if only I could wear a tulle skirt every day of the week!  A big tulle skirt may be a little hard to wear but dressing it down with a graphic tee makes it all the more wearable.  Might just be the perfect pairing for a Easter gathering or a spring fling!  (shoes and watch from my eboutique)

Shop the collection at Kohl's

Shop the collection at Kohl’s

What are your favorites from all the Cinderella collaborations?  You can shop the collection at Kohl’s and see my LC inspired nails that are Cinderella worthy!

A Mani Fit For A Princess

A Mani Fit For A Princess

 

BONUS:  Here are a few bonus crappy fitting room pics

the mobile uploads

the mobile uploads

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