Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Hi, everyone! If you guys don’t already know me, nice to meet you! Like Ash said, I’m a wardrobe stylist in Nashville, but during the summer, it’s much too hot here to film or shoot outside, not to mention that most of the artists are on summer tours. So, we slow waaaay down; I sorta feel like a schoolteacher with these summer breaks I experience in my job. With that said, I am beyond excited to devote some of my free time to doing another thing I love—talking about fashion and interiors—and my first “guest blogging” experience! Ash and I hope you have as much fun reading along as we have had putting it all together for you. Now onto our first room-to-outfit transformation!
I love the palette of our first room. It feels very intentional in that the designer has made the walls, trim and floors stark white, really allowing the accessories to pop off this blank canvas. That gilded clock, those lovely mirrors and frames, the old books, and the vintage-looking side chairs all really stand out. Likewise in fashion, one of the best parts of this time of year is the simplicity of a lot of our wardrobe pieces—khaki boyfriend shorts, white sundresses, barely-there sandles. When it’s hot, we’re likely only wearing one layer any way. So why not take a nod from this room and make it a solid color (even white!), and add a great necklace or classic watch. People will notice your sun-kissed, glowy skin and jewelry for sure.
This room is classic with a little bit of modern thrown in—you don’t get much more classic than those mid-century white chairs--but the clean lines of the coffee table and the brightness of the room keep it very modern. Maybe I’ve been watching too much of The City, but the first person I thought of whose style corresponds to this room is Olivia Palermo. If you think about it, Olivia is most well-known for her accessories. I mean, she’s an accessories editor at Elle. Besides that, she tends to wear a catalog of very few colors, mostly earth tones and black, completely opposite the protagonist Whitney Port, who is fearless with color and patterns. Also, you’ll really never see Miss Palermo without a classic bag or shoe--even her hair is timeless! She’s also touted her love of vintage timepieces as well. Somehow, despite wearing mostly subdued wardrobe items like in these pictures, she manages to be simultaneously cutting-edge and modern.
Here are the pieces that make up our room, tagline: inspired by Olivia Palermo.
- French Connection Bella Jersey Dress. $168. French Connection is one of my favorite lines for “grown-ups.” The pieces are well-made, on-trend, and easy on the pocket book. The room as a blank canvas inspired this dress. Anytime you wear all white, your accessories will tell the story. I love how this dress, like our room, is classic and modern at the same time. Gosh, those shoulder pads have spanned generations.
- Nixon Kensington Watch. $120. One of the first things I noticed in our room is that bright gold clock. Olivia wears Cartier, and well, we wear Nixon. All the same, an oversized gold watch is a must-have right now. If you can get your hands on a vintage men’s one, even better.
- Gorjana Peyton Leather Bali Studded Bracelet. $55. I have a tendency to want to add a bit of toughness to every outfit, but the diminutive size of these studs keeps them lady-like. The black books in the foreground are a real statement, so I chose black bracelets like this one to mimic that. They bring in the shoe nicely as well.
- Sephora Maniac Long-wearing Lipstick in Rich Chocolate Shimmer. $12. Echoing some of the color in the artwork frames is this classic brown lipstick. Oh, and it’s coming back--the bold late-‘80s lip (think old school Cindy Crawford.) Ease into it with something a little more sheer like this one from Sephora.
- Ann Taylor Swarovski Stud Earrings. $40. When listing women’s retailers that appeal to a more timeless style of dressing, Ann Taylor is one of the first. And every girl needs a pair of “diamond” stud earrings. When all else fails in choosing an earring, these ALWAYS work. If you’re wearing a statement necklace, for example, these beauties are all your ear lobe needs.
- We the Free Piano Trench Jacket. $49.95. Another one of those items that every girl needs—a classic trench coat. This one is perfect for a windy night on a patio and matches the spirit of the room.
- Hayden-Harnett Lorca Bag. $269.10. Ringing in at over $250, this purse is one of our “investment” pieces. If you wag your purse around as much as I do, you really do need one built to last. This bag adds that pop of burgundy to the outfit that the artwork on the right-hand wall does to the room.
- Rosegold Suede Wedges. $168. If you’re on your feet as much as I am, you realize that it really does pay to invest in good shoes. Rosegold is one of my new favorite lines. Adored by celebrities and the sister shoe of Modern Vintage (like the room!), these wedges are European-crafted of the softest leather. The front gladiator-style panel is really on-trend and adds a cool twist to our white shift dress.
- Gorjana Leather Skinny-Studded Bracelet. $55. Add this Gorjana bracelet to either wrist, either mixed with the other leather bracelet or wear both on the same side as your watch.
- Anthropologie Petaled Remains Scarf. $48. I love how the pattern and color of this scarf perfectly mimic the side chairs in this living space.
- OPI “You Don’t Know Jacques” nail polish. $5.99. This grey nail polish, I swear, is our generation’s answer to our grandma’s classic bright. It’s no longer even trendy to wear it so much as it’s just your every day nail color. “You Don’t Know Jacques” matches the palette and the classic modern feel of the room.
- Target Oversized Sunglasses. $16.99. Jackie O sunglasses will never go out of style. Olivia Palermo would probably wear the Chanel version of these of course, and would never be caught dead in glasses as faddish as Wayfarers.
- Oval Bead Hinge Bracelet. $5.90. I needed something in this outfit that would bring in the more ornate, vintage-inspired flair of the frames and the curvier shape of the side chairs in the room. I think this bracelet does just that. And at $6 from Forever 21, you can buy a headband to match.
Whew! That’s our first outfit! Hope you had as much fun as I did! There is lots more to come from Amber and Ash, so stay tuned! Please visit my blog at blog.amberlehman.com to see how Ash was able to transfer Alexa Chung’s style into a room and let us know if you like it. Questions or comments are welcome! Til next time—Amber.
Friday, July 16, 2010
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Monday, July 5, 2010
Let us move on to Alexa Chung. Has there ever been anyone cooler? Maybe not. She is more than an “it girl.” She has managed to hop across the ocean and take us by storm! Alexa followed in the tracks of Sienna Miller and Sarah Jessica Parker and has created this ridiculous style of her own. She has been known to refer to herself as “schoolgirl meets grandma!” She is casual with a touch of carefully placed glam, unexpected, earthy, quirky, and really does make H&M paired with Chanel seem perfect. The room I have designed reflects this style. It is anchored by a couple more expensive pieces that are intended to last for many years. I’ll go item by item to help you know how to create this look for yourself.
A. Room and Board Reese Sofa. At $4300, this is that piece that you will keep for a looooong time. Think of this classic beautifully warm caramel sofa as the “Chanel” piece that Alexa throws in there so effortlessly! If it is out of your budget you can find similar pieces for less, but plan on paying $1000 for a decent upholstery sofa, and $2500 or more for leather.
B. CB2.com Coffee Table. This piece is $299, and stands up nicely to the sofa. Because it is round, it works perfectly with the sectional. Black iron and glass will never go out of style.C. Anthropologie Chest. How great is this? It looks JUST like Alexa! Ringing in at $998, this was one I debated. It is pricey, but it matched her style so well I could not resist. You could also just shop around at vintage stores and thrift stores and see if you can find something a little ratty but quirky like this. I bet you really could!
D. Anthropologie Lobster Rug. Here is the unexpected! It is sort of “granny” in its colors but no granny I know would have a huge ridiculously awesome lobster rug. Retails for $495.
E. ZGallerie Geo Garden Stools. You can snag these for $99 each and use them as either side tables or stools. They are adorable and add a little touch of glam!
F. Urban Outfitters Ludhiana Bench. This is so great. Guests could sit on this and KNOW that you are not pretentious. Only $128.
G. Anthropologie Curtains. A girl like Alexa has got to have her privacy! I love really open windows that allow a ton of light to flood in, but if I thought the paparazzi could snap a pic of me- then I would most certainly invest in some beautiful shabby curtains. $208 per panel.
I. Target’s Black Chandelier. This chandelier anchors the space for only $299. Who loves Target? I do! Amber does!
J. Gold Record Wall Clock. This great little accessory is $42. If you have a ton of money, you could just go ahead and buy some real gold and platinium records, but it you are NOT a bazilionaire, these will sub just fine!
K. ZGallerie Wall Art. Did you notice that Alexa’s shorts are giving a nod to every Southern Belle’s favorite cowgirl, Daisy Duke? Because of this, I threw in the cow paintings from ZGallerie. $69.95 each.
L. Succulent Plants. I think every room needs some plants. At LEAST one. If you are a jetsetter and really do not have the time to keep up fancy plants, then just spring for some succulents. They require very little attention. I recently got some for my house and I absolutely love them.
M. Urban Outfitters Bird Hook. $8. Can you just see a beautiful Chanel bag hanging from this? What a fun conundrum!
N. Urban Outfitters Ruffle Stripe Pillow. Romantic and adorable! This pillow is only $28, so why not get 2 in different colors?
This has been a treat! Thanks, Amber for the invite! Hop on over to my blog and check out a role reversal. I provided Amber with a room and she created an outfit. Such fun times! Love--Ash (Note from Amber: Thanks, Ash! Also, we'll figure out how to make Ash's room bigger next time. If you want me to email you a pdf so you can view it bigger, let me know!)
Friday, July 2, 2010
Ashley Sullivan Hawthorne and I were roommates in college. As with any apartment full of girls there are plenty of stories there—oh my goodness are there, but we’ll save those for another blog.
I was a microbiology major at LSU, and Ash was in interior design. I always secretly envied the cool projects she got to do. For example, an average weeknight might find me slaving to memorize the life cycle of a paramyxovirus, while Ash would be happily constructing a Jenga-like craft project consisting of toothpicks and cotton balls. Even though our paths could not have been more divergent at the time, we always identified with each other. Ash and I both loved decorating, and we both loved clothes (still do!) I was a “scientist in training”, but Ash will tell you she never knew what I was gonna walk out of my room wearing. Likewise, I never knew what shade of lipstick she’d be rocking or what wild print she might be loving on any given day.
Fast forward to present day and our careers have become even more similar than either of us could have imagined. She has become a very successful interior designer in Baton Rouge, making homes and offices, even university coffee shops look beautiful, and of course, I’m no longer a microbiologist but a wardrobe stylist, making people look beautiful but also loving to decorate my house on the side ;-).
We thought it would be fun to combine forces and guest write on each other’s blogs this summer with a new feature we’re both calling the Amber & Ash Fashion | Home series. I will be taking a room and making an outfit, and she will be taking an outfit and making a room. We’ll both be giving helpful tips too! And what’s great is that we both have similar styles and believe in spending money on certain pieces while making the rest of the aesthetic, whether outfits or interiors, work with budget items. So if you enjoy this blog, then you will love what she has to say! I hope you’ll bookmark and continue to visit ASHinteriors.net for more great ideas from her about your home. Oh-and Ashley has another really fun blog where she has begun to absolutely TRANSFORM her ranch style home, which I am completely fascinated by. Bookmark it TOO!
Hope you enjoy the Amber & Ash Fashion | Home series this summer. We've scoured the internet for some beyond-awesome stuff, and we're giddily excited about it. We're starting with Week 1 on Monday. Tell your friends. And if you have suggestions, please COMMENT! Have a great weekend, guys!