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!

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