Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Just By Being You" Featured in Country Weekly

It's always fun when you get a magazine mention, so I wanted to share a recent feature in Country Weekly for the Steel Magnolia video for "Just By Being You." Especially exciting is the pic of the front of Meg's "dream dress", which became an obsession. It was a fun one, that's for sure!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Amber and Ash--Part 4

Welcome to the return of the Amber & Ash Fashion | Home series! We are so excited about this one. Amber is designing an outfit inspired by Serena van der Woodsen, and a super glamorous bedroom! I am going to design a bachelor pad for none other than Zac Efron! For those of you who follow my blog, you have seen my “Not Your Average Bachelor Pad” series. That is a real life bachelor renovation, but for the fictional one, we will look at Zac. I asked Amber to describe his style in a few sentences. Here is what she had to say: “The difference in Zac, and say, Justin Timberlake, is that Justin might wear high-tops with his shirt and tie, whereas Zac would just go straight Old Hollywood with it. Zac's hair might always be the trendiest part about him. He always wears things extremely tailored, his suits really skinny, and he just, in general, always looks GQ. Even on the street, he's very put together and fashionable, but not in an in your face way. And of course, he's just handsome as all get out....” Let’s get on with it!

A. Crate and Barrel - Domino 3 Piece Sectional ($3,999). I think a sectional is a perfect fit for a bachelor pad! It is great for friends crashing at your place, playing Halo (which i know nothing about but have several friends married to Halo enthusiasts!), watching reruns of 30 Rock, or just having cocktails with friends. This color is neutral, yet cool. It is not too light and not too dark, and flexible as all get out.

B. Room and Board - Light Brown Cowhide Rug ($399). Cowhide rugs are one of my favorite things! They infuse a little humor into the space, and just tend to lighten up the mood! I have a dark brown and white one in my living room and love it to death! Room and Board has great ones, and if you are ever out West, you can sometimes find them being sold on the side of the road!

C. Design Within Reach - Arco Floor Lamp ($2,696). I love this floor lamp. Sometimes, rooms can feel like the end tables are taking over. If that is the case, get rid of one, and use a floor lamp! I love how this one would drape over the sofa. If this price is out of your budget (definitely is for me!!), then shop around because there are lots of great resources for cheaper ones.

D. Target - Manhattan Room Divider ($199). I love this divider! Because, in my mind, Zac’s bachelor pad is a studio, then you would need a couple of these to break up the spaces. It is so cheap!!! The look is so simple, though, that you can pull it off next to a really expensive sofa. Love it. If you need bookshelves, you could just push it against the wall.

E. Z Gallerie - Marilyn Monroe Print ($89). Is there anyone more Old Hollywood than Marilyn?? She’s so timeless and beautiful. I imagine that Zac has a special place in his heart for her kind of beauty. This print is great. Always remember Z Gallerie when looking for some stock prints that still have style.

F. ZGallerie - Andy Warhol Print ($39). I love Andy!!! This speaks for itself (literally), and gives a pop of color to a really neutral room.

G. Z Gallerie - Aero Side Chair ($149). Every apartment or flat or studio is going to need a small dining area- even if this is just for 2 people. I selected this chair because of its simplicity. It is perfectly tailored, just like Zac’s suits!

H. Z Gallerie- Ava Dining Table ($269). What a great little table! It is perfect for a simple chair like the Aero! I love glass tops, and once again, Z Gallerie knocks it out of the park with this one!

I. Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker (around $100). This is great for someone who lives alone! I have a friend with one of these, and they are so much fun to use! Shop around, because they vary in price depending on where you buy it. I am such a coffee lover, that I cannot imagine living living without one. (Side story- after Hurricane Katrina, I would plug mine into the generator every morning just because I love it THAT much!)

J. Williams Sonoma - Monogrammed Bar Tool Set ($29). This is such a beautiful set of bar tools for such a great price! I would suggest this as a gift for just about any guy in your life! I got my dad the monogrammed shaker from W.S. one year for Christmas, and the quality is great!

K. Zagat Guides (around $20). If I were designing a space for Zac, I would stock it full of Zagat guides! I would get as many different ones as I could find and stack them in that Manhattan divider! These guides are so useful, and being a Hollywood jet-setter, you’re going to be eating in new cities all the time!

L. Z Gallerie - Alto Bed ($699). This is our bed! I love it so much that I wanted to get one for Zac. Our previous house had a very small bedroom and there was no room for end tables. I always used the little ledge to sit my phone, a book, and a glass of water! This bed is so clean and pretty, and really a great price compared to other platform beds from furniture stores. I highly recommend it!

M. Powermat ($99) - I consulted Jared, one of our bachelor friends, to get his take on cool gadgets that guys love/want. He said that these are great! I do not have one, but Jared has good taste :) It is such a great way to charge stuff without all the annoying cords!

N. Apple TV ($149) - Another Jared suggestion! I really am impressed with all things Apple, and this is no exception. Does anyone have Apple TV? Let us know what you think, if so!

O. Crate and Barrel - Troy Chair ($589). How great is this chair?? Club chairs are always pricier than I am expecting, so just go with one that is neutral and amazing. You can dress it up or add color with a pillow or a throw, but keep the chair simple unless you are ready to commit to a color. They are usually more than the sofa if you get a pair! This one gets great reviews and comes in fabulous “neutrals.” I have a broad range of colors that I call neutral. We will push the limits for Zac, and call this “mango” color a neutral. Why not??

I hope you have enjoyed this! I sure have! Designing for men is just like women in that they have their own styles. Some are picky, some are not. Some like clean and refined, and some could not give a rip! I have really enjoyed working on “Not Your Average Bachelor Pad” as well as Zac’s bachelor pad! Leave a comment if you have questions. And please visit my blog to check out what Amber's written on a glam outfit inspired by another young actor in Hollywood, Blake Lively, aka Serena van der Woodsen!

Until next time...much love! ~Ash

*Seriously guys! I know there are a few of you out there! Ash is really great at responding to questions, so please leave them if you have any at all! Paint colors? Furniture? Whatever! ~Amber

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On My Radar: Russian Fur Hats

Rabbit Fur Russian Trapper Hat. LotusvintageNYC on for $32

I'm excited for Fall. I love it. Absolutely cannot get enough of it. One thing I don't love? The impending winter. I'm awful at being cold. And I'm cold a lot. My grandma says I don't have enough "padding" on my bones. (Umm, thanks?) She may be right, but padding or not, one thing that'll keep me warm as the temps continue to drop is a Russian Trapper Hat. Jeer at me if you want, but I'm getting one. Fur is gonna be big for Fall this year. You might go faux fur jacket, well, I'm going big all right. With a huge Russian hat.

Fantasy Fur Cossack Hat, for $30.33

Adrienne Landau Fur Trapper Hat, for $438

Monday, September 13, 2010

As Seen On AshInteriors.Net!--Room to Outfit 3

This week is the fourth installment of the Amber & Ash Fashion | Home Series. Yay! I'm having so much fun working on this with Ash, and I've missed it over the last month. To get you excited for our next post, here's the most recent installment, Outfit 3, as seen on Ash Interiors. It's perfect for the little cool snap outside. I'm so excited about Fall! How 'bout you?!

Doesn’t it feel like in those woodsy brown bowls you should be sitting down to eat some piping hot beef stew? The person who owns this dining room would probably invite us right in. This space just exudes approachability and comfort! Any eat-in area where chairs are replaced by couches is somewhere you could definitely kick back and stay a while. There are tons of natural, earthy elements in this room that make it so cozy and casual—wood trim and beams, those wooden bowls on the table, a very well-loved-looking tablecloth, antique chairs, even daisies!! Daisies have to be the ultimate in unpretentious flowers! Even Kathleen (Meg Ryan) on You’ve Got Mail thinks that daisies are the “friendliest flowers.” I have to agree. This room might be the friendliest dining room ever!

Because this room is so “friendly” and comfortable, I built an outfit you can get cozy in—soft layers, easy jewelry and laid-back elements. This outfit is not trying too hard but still looks put together; it’s an outfit where you can simultaneously look like the coolest girl in the room but also someone people wanna have fun with. I can think of only one celebrity whom these sentences perfectly describe. It’s the All-American girl who we all say would DEFINITELY be our BFF if only she knew us, Jennifer Aniston. Jen manages to always look like a star, while also making you think she’d definitely tell you she liked your shoes if she ran into you at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. She’s into a fairly muted palette, like this dining room, and most likely, she owns a closet full of jeans and belts, all matched up with simple accessories. Jen lives in LA, so she can wear these layers now. But, gosh! I wish it were Fall already here so I could put together this cozy, laid-back, Jen-inspired outfit. Bring on the cooler temperatures and Room-to-Outfit transformation 3!

A. American Eagle Boyfriend Plaid Shirt. $39.50. Something about this room feels like it could be out in the country. Maybe it’s those beams that scream “I’m someone’s country home!” (That’s what we’re gonna pretend, anyway.) Well, if you’re going to you’re country home, then you’re wearing plaid for sure. A plaid shirt is the ultimate in laid-back, weekend chic. American Eagle actually does some nice plaid shirts, and fortunately they put that annoying little eagle logo down at the bottom so no one has to know that you’ve been shopping at teeny-bopper stores.

B. Gap Studded Braided Belt. $29.50. Gap has always been known for its jeans. What’s the ultimate jean accessory? A belt. I’ve recently come back around to the belt-with-jeans world myself. Since starting to tuck things into my jeans after about a 5-year tucking hiatus, I have had to update my outdated belt collection. I’ve found that Gap has a GREAT selection of them in the Jen Aniston range. Translation: nothing too flashy, but very cute and functional. I have a lot of leather in this outfit to sort of play off all that dark wood in this room, and this belt is one piece.

C. American Apparel El Salvador Lace Tee. $38. This room has a palette that remains pretty simple, but it has such wonderful texture. To mimic the tablecloth, I included this lace tee as a layering piece to bring some texture to the outfit. You’ll just leave the plaid shirt open over this little tee and a camisole, since it is sheer after all. American Apparel, for all their seedy advertisements, really has some great basics, this season in particular. I love this lace tee because it so easily stands on its own and is so versatile. Buy it, and I promise, it’ll become your go-to for any occasion.

D. Tocca Solid Perfume in Stella. $30. My absolute favorite candle BY FAR ever, is the Tocca candle in Stella. Stella is a sexy combination of blood orange, sandalwood, musk, and white freesia, and when it is applied from a solid perfume, it is completely warmed up by your body’s temperature. Solid perfumes tend to be less overpowering than sprays, and they’re so easy to throw in your makeup bag and right into your purse! (Oh, and they make it through airport security!) Tocca Stella is the ultimate laid-back perfume.

E. Kyler by Joy O Minimal Hammered Bangle Set. $128. I ran across these bangles in InStyle magazine a couple months back. Here are the words describing this set from the Kyler website: “Handformed and handforged, decidedly easy and effortlessly chic, this bangle bracelet set is organic and harmonious.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, really. They’re kind of like our room, “organic and harmonious.” I just love the motto of the company too, where they make sustainability their #1 priority. For a product that is this beautiful, that is simply amazing. These bracelets are all made of recycled precious metals; they really are something you could pass on for generations.

F. Kettle Black Triple Wrap Bracelet. $60. Leather is to this outfit as all the wood is to this room. This bracelet is the perfect vehicle for bringing in some laid-back bling to our plaid-and-jeans combo.

G. Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses. $139. These sunglasses might actually be the ultimate Jen Aniston accessory. Nearly every face shape can wear them, and well, you just look cool wearing aviators. That’s all there is to it.

H. Lucky Brand Happy Trails Solid Messenger Bag. $119. I love Lucky Brand handbags, and this one is so utterly unpretentious. I would throw this baby across my body on my way out to the Farmer’s Market…to buy a bushel full of vegetables for our beef stew, of course. I chose this bag to match the room because a messenger bag is the utmost in functionality while maintaining style.

I. Current/Elliott The Roller Jeans. $216. For the ultimate in laid-back, we gotta do jeans. Is it really even a question? And not skinny, stiff jeans, but these rolled, more relaxed-fit Current/Elliot’s. My most comfortable jeans by far are my Current/Elliott’s; they felt like they had lived an entire life on their own before I ever even bought them. I know they are pricey, but you will literally want to wear them every single day. For a more budget-minded approach to achieve the same look, however, here’s a great pair from J. Crew. You’re gonna wear these with the cuff at the bottom, slightly shorter to show off those amazing boots! Like Jen!

J. All Saints Amarante Boot. $125. These boots ARE those chairs. Are they not? I love how worn-in looking they are already! They look like they might be the best vintage find of your life, but they’re not—they’re from one of my all-time fave stores—All Saints. I first heard about this store from my friend Caroline who knew an Irish gal who loved the store overseas. All Saints began in the UK, and now is beginning to open outposts in the US! There’s one on Lincoln Rd. in Miami and one in Bloomingdale’s in NYC now, with many more to come. They ship for free to the US too, so check it out for some of the most amazing layering pieces and fantastic leathers!

K. Birch Bark Ring by esdesigns. $55. Etsy is the ultimate flea market and artisan craft fair all rolled into one. I swear I could spend all day on Etsy just exploring. In one of my hour-long “exploring” sessions the other day, I ran across this ring, which I thought was perfect for this outfit. It is the perfect translation of the rough wood floors and the silverware and adheres to the modest, laid-back vibe of the outfit. Jennifer is usually into pretty simple pieces of jewelry, so I think she would love this ring as well.

L. Aveda SPF15 Lip Tint in Peaches. $14. If you’re going to your country house, you probably don’t care too much about putting on a full face of makeup to hang around and relax, so reach for a lip tint. It provides the lightweight moisture that your lips need with a tint of color to wake up your face. You also gotta love Aveda’s all-natural approach to beauty products!

M. Plush Cable-Knit Slouchy Pom-Pam Hat. $53. Being cozy in cool temps calls for a slouchy toboggan hat. I love messy hair hanging from underneath it, all unkempt and air-dried—again, we wanna look cute, but we’re not trying too hard. Just like those couches in the dining room.

N. Luv Aj Fool’s Gold Loop Earrings. $65. One thing I almost always do with a laid-back outfit is to wear at least one piece of unique, but understated jewelry. It really takes even a weekend, errand-running outfit to a whole new level. These earrings are so simple and organic, but they’re still so distinct. I’ve recently fallen in love with Luv Aj. You should definitely go to their site and check out more of their cool pieces.

O. OPI nail polish in Barefoot in Barcelona. $2.55. This color in the Espana collection is a really nice peachy taupe. Since it’s not overly orange and slightly darker than most neutrals, it really will work on almost all skin tones.

Are you ready for fall yet?! I am! I absolutely cannot wait to wear all my boots again and start piling on the layers. So, what do you think? Do you think this outfit matches this cool dining room? Which pieces are your fave? Let us know!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alexa Chung for Madewell

My girl crush and first ever Amber & Ash muse, Alexa Chung, has finally released her collection for Madewell. It is no stretch whatsoever to say that I want every. single. piece. They're all just so perfect for Fall. Watch the video, browse, be happy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Best of Summer 2010: Some of my Fave Things

Well. I officially wrapped my summer last week with one of the most soul-enriching vacations I've ever taken. I was in Costa Rica--I learned to surf, hiked a rainforest, crossed some rivers in my shoes, jumped off a waterfall--in general, capped off an incredibly productive summer with a lot of awesomeness. And while this blog is not a platform for all my innermost thoughts about down-time, vacations, and what I learned, it IS one where I can share with you some of my most favorite things. And with all that relaxing in the most laid-back atmosphere ever, I got to ponder them in detail. Now they're not all fashion, so don't get all legalistic on me, but cool stuff? I think so. The following is a round-up of Amber Lehman Styling's Best of Summer 2010.

A. American Eagle denim shirt. I honestly don't know what I would've done without this thing this year. When I went to San Francisco to hang out, it was the layer on top of my tanks on a cool night. When I was in Costa Rica, it covered up my striped tank dress. When I was running around town back in Nashville, the sleeves were rolled up with dark denim shorts and flats. I wore the fire out of it. This particular model was bought on sale earlier in the summer, but the dude one that I linked to would be awesome a little oversized. Oh, and this trend is still HUGE for Fall, so go 'head on and get yourself one.
B. Imperial Light Beer. Not sure if it's my Louisiana heritage coming out in me or what, but I love beer. I really do. And one of my favorite things to do when I'm traveling to other places is try the local beer. When I was in Turkey last summer, we drank Efes, Kenny Chesney video in Jamaica it was Red Stripe Light , and in Costa Rica, well, Imperial Light was the cerveza del dia. I had such a phenomenal time in Imperial country, I have an extra special place in my little beer-lovin' heart for this one.
C. Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple. I've painted my nails at least once a week this entire summer, and my fave color is by far this lovely, creamy green by Essie. That mani happened to be with my fab intern, Haley, which made it all the more special.
D. Orla Kiely Travel Tote. Obvi, I've done some traveling this summer. My absolute I'm-not-leaving-home-without-it travel essential is my Orla Kiely travel tote I got at Two Elle last year. I love retro patterns, hence, it's the perfect bag for me. I mean, you gotta look cute-ISH in the airport, right? Even if you're wearing a sweat suit, carrying this bag will still help you make the cute cut. Know what else makes it uber-excellent for travel? O.K. does this coated canvas that holds up amidst Lord-knows-what is on those plane floors, and they come with tons of fun pockets for all your gadgets to boot. My bag is no longer being sold, but here's a really cute one for you to drool over.
E. Smashbox Halo Powder. My mom is hooked on QVC. Like, she might need an intervention "hooked." One good thing that comes from this, however, is that she buys me lots of stuff, and I also get her hand-offs. Lucky for me, one of her recent purchases was this amazing powder from Smashbox. I probably haven't worn powder in 10 yrs 'til this. I have always found that powder makes my face look overly matte and cake-y, neither of which are attractive nor practical in 100-degree heat. This is the lightest, glowy in a non-frosty way-est powder ever. And it lasts and lasts and lasts.
F & G. The Black Keys & V V Brown. I spend an inordinate amount of time alone. I told my husband the other day that one of the reasons I listen to sports talk radio all day is that I kinda think of the hosts as my "friends." (Yikes.) I promise I'm not that pathetic, really, but certainly if I weren't constantly excited about new music like these two artists, it'd be a lot worse. I've been loving the sassiness of V V Brown's Travelling Like the Light all summer as well as the soulful, guitar rock of The Black Keys' new album Brothers. I highly recommend both.
H. Lands End Foldover Boyfriend Swimsuit Bottoms. I know! Lands Freaking End. Didn't see that coming, did ya? My friend Caroline brought these with her to Costa Rica, and I was totally jealous the entire time. Bottom line (no pun intended): they hold your junk in. And whether you're on a surfboard getting beaten up by the Pacific or strolling down the beaches of Destin, that's a good thing.
I. Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout. My spring obsession was with electric bright lipstick colors like Maggie Gylenhaal's Oscar look. For summer, I wore this matte lipstick almost every single day. With my skin vaguely tan, mascara + this perfect pink were all I needed on a day out and about. Tried matte lipstick lately? It's fun, I'll tell ya.
J. Kevin Murphy Texture Spray. Wanna give your hair body and make it hold just about any style? Use this spray before blowdrying. It protects hair from heat and smells yummy too. Awesome.
K. ELLE magazine. I succumbed to a pesky "Insider's only special" mail flyer for Elle a few months ago, and I'm now a subscriber. I must say, it might have become my favorite. After reading an issue, I feel like I've gotten some style advice, but I've really learned something too. Elle always has great book reviews (I love to read), cool essays (again, reading, love it), smart commentary on current social issues, and pretty pictures--yay! It's for the gal who likes a side of knowledge with her fluff.
L. Elise Yetton, Pennyweight. I don't get to read a lot of blogs. In fact, I'm a little overwhelmed by them to be honest. Reading blogs could be a full-time job. Shoot, y'all know I hardly have time to update my own, much less keep up with other people's. This summer, however, I found Elise Yetton's blog Pennyweight because she started following me on Twitter. Truly, it's one of the few blogs that I don't miss in the three minutes per day I get to read them. She's brilliant and so creative on many fronts--AND she's a fellow Nashvillian. Elise owns an exceptional little vintage Etsy store called Troubadour Vintage also, and heaven help us! How cute is she?! You really should add Pennyweight to your Reader. You won't be sorry. It'll be an endless source of inspiration for you.
M. Lancome Anti-Age Flash Bronzer. You know how earlier in this post I talked about being tan-"ish". Well, the "-ish" is totally because of this bronzer. It has the most natural looking tan ever, it doesn't smell all "self-tanner-y", and it has SPF, so it's all you need in the morning. By noon, you'll be looking like Padma Lakshmi.

To make your day even better, here's VV lighting it up on David Letterman last month. Impressed? Happy Day to You! Anyone else out there got some "best of's" you wanna share? Bring 'em on! What was one thing you absolutely could not live without this summer?

When My Parents Win the Powerball...

Helmut Lang Jersey and Leather Combo Leggings, $690

Friday, September 3, 2010

7 For All Mankind Sale At Green Hills!

World's most perfect wedge: 7 For All Mankind Honey Wedge in Cognac

So I just got a call from my buddy Madison at 7 For All Mankind in the Green Hills Mall. I love that store. Kinda had a bit of a crush on what they're doing with clothes lately--great muted palette, little bit rock-n-roll. Basically right up my alley.

Well, Madison wanted me to tell you all that they are having a sale. Here are the deets: It goes 'til 9.6.10--20% off select denim...and in addition handbags, accessories, shoes, and outerwear are 30% off. 7 makes great pieces. I probably have 8 pairs of 7 jeans, and I adore every one. Can't wait to get back to town to check out the sale! Happy Weekend everyone!