Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Perfect Party Polish

Let me tell you. It is a major crap shoot when you get married to get yourself some good in-laws. Thankfully, I have GREAT ones and LOTS of them. Well, my mother-in-law outdid herself for Christmas this year by buying me the *BEST* nail polish. One of the colors she got me would literally be the perfect color for your New Year's party. It says, "I'm kinda metallic, so I'm ready to party, but I'm grey too, so I can have a conversation with you that will knock your socks off." Not only is the color rad, but it has excellent staying-power and literally does go on, like, well "Butter." May I present to you, Butter nail polish in Chimney Sweep. You can thank me later.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Point of Grace Christmas

I know I shouldn't pick favorite clients, I shouldn't. It's probably like picking a favorite child. I can't help it though. I LOVE Point of Grace. And it's not because I wore out their CDs in college; I genuinely LOVE them. We have SO much fun when we get together, and they trust me to make them look good, which counts for a lot. Obviously, they like me too because they asked me to go on the road with them next year as the "Fashion Expert" on their Girls of Grace seminar tour. That should be a good time, so stay tuned for more info on that little venture.

I worked with POG on their last two albums, one of which is their Christmas album, "Home for the Holidays". There's still time to go pick it up to play at your family gathering this year! Check out the cover above, and a lil' video of a couple of the songs you'll find on it. Country Weekly loves the album too! I love the outfits we landed on for the girls in the picture in front of the tree. Since this album is a little bit country, we wanted to maintain a relaxed vibe for them with some warmer tones that weren't overtly Christmas-y, but were still festive. Oh, and there was the whole problem of if we wanted them to be wearing full-out Christmas gear, we did this shoot in July, so that would have been a challenge.





Thursday, December 16, 2010

"All I Want for Christmas..."

Well, helloooooo! Turns out that Christmas is just more than a week away. How did this happen? I've barely done ANY shopping. I don't know if you're in the same boat, but I put together a little list that might help you if you're short on ideas. They're just a bunch of fun things that I've seen around that I really love. That's the only theme. Things I love. Merry Christmas! (This page is organized from gal stuff on top to gal/guy in the middle and then guy on the bottom.)

A. Groove Pant, Lulu Lemon, $98. I don't personally own a pair of these, but all my girl friends who do SWEAR BY THEM. Supposedly they last forever, they make your butt look fantastic, and they are comfy as all get-out.
B. Faux Fur Coat, Uniqlo, $79.90. This is a great price for a fun coat. I'm drooling over this.
C. Nail Polish 4-pack, Essie for J. Crew, $20. You cannot lose with nail polish for the modern gal. I love the 4-pack too because the more colors, the MERRIER, right?
D. Ceramic White and Rose Gold Watch, Fossil, $195. If you, like me, got a huge gold watch for Christmas last year, maybe it's time for a big white one this year!
E. Shoulder Bag, Alternative Apparel, $98. I've always been a big fan of Alternative Apparel, so I'm super stoked that they are starting to produce accessories like this canvas shoulder bag. I bet I could pack that thing full of all kinds of snacks.
F. Blingy Mouse, BCBG, $18. When I sit down to do invoicing, I'm pretty sure it would be a lot more fun if I had this mouse.
G. Winter Texture Platter, West Elm, $49. How fun would a huge batch of peppermint bark look on this plate? VERY. That's how fun.
H. Lumi Candleholders, CB2, $1.95-$3.95. CB2 is FULL of great gifts. Mom, are you reading this? That's CB2.com. Got it?
I. Rough Crystal Station Ring, Low Luv x Erin Wasson, $53. I am obsessed with Low Luv jewelry. This little guy would be fan-freaking-tastic mixed with a big-as-your-head cocktail ring.
J. Penguin Classic Novels, Amazon, $13. Any of these books, such as Sense and Sensibility or Great Expectations, would look great on any man or woman's shelf. Penguin has re-released them with beautiful, arty spines and covers.
K. Scout Roll-up Travel Kit, Alternative Apparel, $82. This is the kind of thing that a guy is never gonna buy for himself, but he would surely love to get. Again, Alternative Apparel, coming in strong with another item on the list. This would also be great monogrammed, wouldn't it?
L. John Derian Paperweight, J. Crew, $30. This would be a good gift for the business man dad or husband. Or, maybe your cousin who lives in New York.
M. Retro USB Turntable, Urban Outfitters, $128. Even if you don't listen to LPs, this record player has an iPod attachment, so you can still look super cool with it sitting in the cabinet.
N. Watch, Converse, $79. There are not enough words for how cool this watch is. It's gonna take a certain dude to wear it, but watch out if you have one.
O. Highlands Botas, TOMS, $79. These look a little more winter-resistant than the old TOMS-standby, huh?
P. Surf Documentary Scratching The Surface, $29.95. I recently took a trip to Costa Rica to learn to surf. The place I stayed had TVs in the common area running surfing 24/7. The surfing on TV mesmerized the guys who were with us, my husband being one, like NFL football. You really can't turn away because what they are doing is so dang awesome. This doc follows surfer Julian Wilson to such places as Bali, France, and South Africa.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Steel Magnolia "Last Night Again"

Alright people. It's the new video from Steel Magnolia. I love it. I think it is just the cutest thing ever. I did the band's wardrobe, and Carrie did the wardrobe of the extra's, who are all supposed to be in a modern-day version of "Grease." We wanted an "homage" to "Grease" without going all-out period costumes. What do y'all think? I'll put the YouTube clip below the video that the middle-section of "Last Night Again" was based on. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that this video was challenging because, ummm, I've never seen "Grease." Well, I've now seen this YouTube clip about a dozen times. Gotta count for something, right?



Monday, December 13, 2010

Behind-the-Scenes of "Last Night Again"

My first video with Peter Zavadil and my first time to ever watch "Grease"* for my profession culminate on Wednesday with the release of Steel Magnolia's new video. Until then, here's some behind-the-scenes on CMT.com.



*I didn't actually watch the whole movie. Hee, hee.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dude Outfit of the Month: By Justin

I've said this so many times before. When you're a stylist who is self-employed, your "co-workers" and those you discuss random things like the Kardashians with are the people who work at the stores you frequent. With today's guest blogger, Justin Holbrook, the topics can range from the Republican Senate ticket to Justin Bieber. Justin (Holbrook, not Bieber) is one of my faves. He works out at Belk, and is pretty much the only good thing about driving to Cool Springs on many of my days. He kindly wrote today's blog, your Dude Outfit of the Month, chock full of tips that only a dude could provide.

My style can always vacillate between Nantucket Chic and True, Southern Fratastic. Regardless, it's always fun to prep out a bit here and there, and that look never really goes out of style. My wardrobe is pretty basic with many universal pieces and a little strategic fun thrown in. It's true I love to spend the most on items I'm going to reach for more frequently. I feel you should spend your money on good shoes, belts, ties, sunglasses, and watches... by the time you've worn them out, it becomes pennies per wear. Having said that, it's still possible to look good and not break the bank doing so.


A. Non-Iron Ainsley Collar Dress Shirt, Brooks Brothers, 3 for $199. Let's start with a great non-iron dress shirt. I love the Brooks Brothers all-cotton version. The preppy classic brand now offers an updated Extra-Slim Fit which will give you a trimmer silhouette right off the rack. Pull it out of the dryer and go. (Money saved on dry cleaning can go to a few extra brews at your favorite watering hole.) The shirts come in a multitude of colors and three different collar options. I especially love a light blue Ainsley Collar button-up. Right now they're three for $199, too, so stock up!


B. Monogram Dress Pant, Banana Republic, $155. Next, a good wool dress pant that also resists wrinkles. When you want something that lasts wear after wear and is pretty timeless, Banana Republic's Monogram dress pant is what you need. This wool/spandex version is trend-right without being too trendy--the back pocket flaps are an awesome addition. Pair the black/charcoal detailed pant with basically any color Non-Iron, but especially our light blue favorite.


C. McCormack Knit Tie, J. Crew, $69.50. A man's greatest chance to accessorize: the necktie. I've always loved J Crew for a fun variety of neckwear at a terribly reasonable price. Let's face it, they're the best at bowties, too! For our current look, though, let's do an iconic knit tie in a skinny navy cashmere blend. I just ordered this tie last week and it can literally go with at least twelve different shirts in my closet! Besides, knit ties just look cooler!


D. Magnanni "Basilio" Apron Toe Oxford, Nordstrom, $295. Now for footwear. I'm sure we don't have to remind you that your belt must always match your shoes. Guys also need to ditch the clunky square-toed shoes for a more updated slimmer, round-toed version. Nothing is as important as a good pair of dress shoes. The right ones might cost a little more, but with proper care and maintenance, they'll last an age. With our charcoal pants, I love the way these leather oxfords look. The burnished effect makes them look quite rich, and the brand has been producing high-quality leather shoes for years while consistently garnering rave customer reviews.


E. Eleven Eleven Aluminum Watch, Neiman Marcus, $295. You might not think this bright blue patent leather watch really works with our uber-buttoned up look, but that's part of the fun. These watches go from suit and tie to jeans and a T-shirt in seconds flat and they're incredibly comfortable and lightweight. You can also change out the bands if you're so creatively inclined. It's a little unexpected whimsy in just the right spot and sometimes that is exactly what separates the fashionable from the rest of the world.


Put it all together and I guarantee people will notice your new style upgrade. Don't be afraid to reach for a cozy cardigan on a chilly Fall day to take the look to an even higher level of prep!


Thanks for reading, guys! And go visit Justin at Belk! xo-Amber

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

American Country Awards 2010

The inaugural American Country Awards were held last Monday night in Vegas. So for Steel Magnolia's red carpet look, we wanted to go a little more, well, VEGAS BABY. We aimed for a little more glitz and glamour for this more laid-back Awards show.

All photos courtesy of zimbio.com

Meghan is wearing:
Dress by Rachel Gilbert
Earrings by Diana Warner
Clutch by Swarovski
Ring by Swarovski Crystallized
Shoes by L.A.M.B.

Josh is wearing:
Jacket by Versace
Shirt by Theory
Vest by Topman
And everything else is his own

Monday, December 6, 2010

Scarf Ambush Part 2

Marketing genius on our part. Google "Scarf Ambush" (cuz I mean, people are always googling that) and this video comes up. Wow. Somebody was thinking.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Amber Lehman Styling's Fall/Winter Must-Haves for Dudes

It's that time of year again--time for the Dude Fall/Winter Must-haves! Listen up, ladies--these are also great gifts for your boy, so keep reading!

A. fashionABLE Scarf, Etanesh on livefashionABLE.com, $24. If you read this blog at all, you know I spend a lot of time working with Mocha Club on their new venture, fashionABLE. It's hard to pick a favorite scarf, but if I had to pick a "most versatile" scarf in the line, it would be this one. It's stretchy, has great texture, and works really well for guys.
B. Esquire's Big Black Book, Amazon.com, $14.88. This book is a MUST OWN for all men. It has tons of tips for outfits, answers to questions like "What color shoe do I wear with a navy suit?" and "What constitutes black tie attire?"
C. Shawl Collar Cardigan, Topman, $108. A lot of you probably already own cardigans, but I love this more grandpa-ish/Mr. Rogers spin on it with the shawl collar. A grey or black one would be really versatile over all those plaid shirts you probably own, but I think this rust color feels a little more special.
D.
Whiskey Cocktail Book, Barnes and Noble, $5.99. It seems lately that the hot ticket in all the towns I've been visiting are throwback hang-outs like The Patterson House or cool whiskey bars. Wanna have some people over and just stay in for the wintery night? Brush up on your adult-beverage-making skills with a mini-bar book like this one.
E.
Utility Bag, A. Kurtz, $68. If you are a guy in Nashville, there's a higher-than-average chance that you are self-employed or at the least, aren't hanging in a cubicle that often. Thus, you are hauling around your MacBook and making the rounds at a few coffee shops takin' care of bizness. Might as well be carrying your gear in style in a cool utility bag like this one from A. Kurtz. Not in Nashville? You've still got stuff to carry, right? So get a cool man-bag.
F. Wingtip Boot, Urban Outfitters, $78. I think this boot mixes so well with all the American Heritage styles that are re-surfacing. Translation: that old school J. Crew/Ralph Lauren look.
G. Chunky Fisherman Sweater, BDG, $73.50. A chunky sweater is a must for very chilly winter days. Get one or two in neutral colors and just like the cardigan, layer it on top of all your plaid and checked shirts that you wore out earlier in the year.
H. Red and Black Plaid Shirt, Penguin, $79. You could go all out and get the lumberjack plaid that your dad probably has in his closet or you could get a more modern version like this one from Penguin. There are lots of iterations out there and red looks good on everyone.
I. Classic Watch, Timex, $29.99. Every guy needs a good watch and the one that is on my radar this season is one in a classic shape that will literally last for years.
J. Versatile Worn-In-Looking Tee, J. Crew, $36. Put it under the cardigan, jacket, shirt, sweater...couldn't be easier. Your undershirt should also be cool.
K. Fair Isle Accessories, Hat $34 and Gloves $18 both Urban Outfitters. So "Fair Isle" is actually located in an archipelago just north of Scotland. The eponymous sweater originated here and has been around for hundreds of years. Talk about fashion being cyclical, huh? I wouldn't object to any guy getting a sweater or cardigan with this classic pattern, but for most of you, it's probably safer to stick to accessories like these.
L. Tweed Jacket, ASOS, $89.65.
I love mixing patterns and textures in the winter. This tweed jacket would look great over a dark plaid, a black velvet vest, or again, over your easy, versatile tee.
M. Dark Wash Slim Fit Denim, Levi's 511, $98.
I'm a big fan of the Levi's 511. It's not too skinny for the average Joe, it makes almost every guy look slimmer and taller, and the leg opening will still fit over all your boots. Oh, and it's great for cuffing! If you don't have a super-dark wash pair of denim like this, you need to stop reading right now and go buy some.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scarf Ambush Part 1

I "ambush" Mocha Club staffers and show them that there's a fashionABLE scarf for every outfit. Pretty fun.