Friday, March 4, 2011

Amber Lehman Styling's Spring Must-Haves for Gals

A.  Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors "Chasing Someday", $9.99.  I cannot stop listening to this album.  It's barely been above 50 this week, and I've forced myself to roll the window down even though it's still quite brisk, just so I can turn up the radio and blare this Nashville-based band.  "Fire and Dynamite" has gotta be my song of the year so far.  If you have one dollar to spend today, buy that song.  It'll make your weekend exponentially better.
B.  Blue nail polish, American Apparel, $6.  My "chocolate brown is the new 'You Don't Know Jacques'" prediction for Fall didn't quite come to fruition.  So there are no wagers on this one.  The simple fact is blue is fun.  It's springy.  It's awesome.  You should wear it.
C.  Half-sheer skirt, Urban Outfitters, $49.  The first time I really tuned into this trend was on the Project Runway finale when Gretchen was spotted wearing granny panties under a sheer skirt.  I wouldn't suggest heading to happy hour wearing that combo.  This Urban one would be great however because the underneath skirt is a normal length.  Love it with just a tee and wedges.
D.  Platform wedges, Jeffrey Campbell, $179.  This shoe for spring is truly all the rage.  This wooden one is great because the color and the fringe harken back to the 70s, which is back in FULL FORCE this year.
E.  Big beaded necklace, Lucky Brand, $75.  My spring uniform this year will be a bohemian top, those flare leg jeans and a big beaded necklace. This one from Lucky has a bit of a tribal feel to it, which is also a micro-trend, probably best taken in small doses.
F.  Striped cropped top, Forever 21, $12.90.  I'm not suggesting you wear a cropped top with low-rise jeans.  I am suggesting you wear with high-rise jeans OR a tank underneath.  We're grown-ups, and we don't need to be showing our midriff.  If you're not a grownup yet, you really don't need to be showing your midriff, but probably for different reasons.  
G.  Cat-eye sunglasses, ASOS, $21.52.  Maybe you don't need new sunglasses.  I certainly don't.  I put myself on a "no more sunglasses" diet about a year ago.  IF, and that's a big IF...IF I were to fall off the wagon, I'd buy these.
H.  Lipstick in Hot Sass, MAC, $14.50.  Coral lipstick looks so fresh with sheer layers and florals.  Oh, and a tan.  Aww.  I remember when I had one of those one time.  If you're a little scared of this color, I suggest baby stepping your way into full-blown orange by just dotting it on and then topping with sheer gloss.  
I.  Cold beverage drink holder, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, $7.99.  When it's nice out, I find any excuse I can to stop for iced coffee at Portland Brew in the afternoon.  I'm getting one of these this year to a) cut down on the cups on the floorboard and b) cut down on the cups overflowing from our recycle bins, and c) cut down on petroleum use because I'm using les...okay.  I'll stop now.
J.  Cropped silk pant, Madewell, $125.  I happen to love the print of these pants, but since this style is pretty trendy, you might wanna pick some up at Forever 21 or H & M.  Or there are a ton of cute similar ones at places like Anthropologie in solid colors, which may be more practical for your life.  The key is to be sure and tuck in your blouse or everything will just be balloon-ish.  A heel is always nice too.  Wanna stay as far away from the lounge pant look as possible.
K.  Hi-lo hem dress, Free People, $98.  Kinda like a mullet, except vice versa.  The hi-lo hem dress is a party in the front and business in the back.  Look for skirts and dresses to be sporting this multiple personality hem in the coming seasons. 
L.  Elsie flare jean, Imogene + Willie, $250.  You gotta get yourself a pair of flare leg jeans for the spring.  The shape works on everyone and they're practically timeless.  If you're gonna spend money, may I present you the Elsie from Imogene + Willie.  Us Nashvillians are partial to the store because we also LOVE Carrie and Matt and all the peeps who work there, but I submit to you that it may be the most perfect butt-lifting, lengthening, and flattering jean ever made.  High praise, I know.  The manager Rhett told me the other day he is batting 1000 on people who try them on purchasing them.  Numbers don't lie, people.  If you order online, I suggest going down a size.

Happy Spring's-Right-Around-the-Corner!  What's your favorite trend on the list?  Did I miss one?  If so, what is it?  


liner said...

Fun post, amber! My favorites - lipstick, platform wedges (mine are ordered), and the cropped silk pants.

Sara Beth Turner said...

OBSESSED with D! thx amber - you rock!

Kristi said...

Love coral (Revlon's Siren is amazing!) on nails, scared to wear on face. Can you suggest a coral for the whitest of the white?

Amber Lehman said...

Hey Kristi! I would suggest a gloss balm. It's a little more than a lip balm but not as shiny as gloss. That way it's more of a sheer wash of color and not so in-your-face. Like this one from Cover Girl:

Kristi said...

Thanks so much! I'll add it to my every growing bag of lip color. It's as addictive as shoes!