Wednesday, April 27, 2011

On My Radar::[Cream Jeans for Guys] Starring Seth Philpott

I'm really loving the look of cuffed cream jeans on guys right now (usually just undyed denim.)  Try as I may, I haven't been able to talk anyone into wearing them in a photo shoot yet.  But I'll keep trying!!!  However, to tide me over until I actually get them in print, I ran into Nashville indie artist Seth Philpott at J. Crew the other day.  I casually (read: excitedly) told him he should try on their cream straight leg jean.  And, lo and behold, if he didn't totally do it!  I tweeted him a little later to ask how it went and he even sent me a picture!  What a guy.

I love that how to the left over there, Casual Leaning-against-the-Wall Seth is just wearing them with a tee (Alternative Apparel) and Sperry's.  It's perfect, really.  This look says, "Ladies, I'm kinda a hipster because I'm rocking some cream jeans, but look how dangerous I am by just throwing it all together so haphazardly."

Here's another great option at Imogene + Willie as well as a more relaxed fit at Lucky Brand.  Wearing cream on bottom is not scary--it matches everything and would look really great with that denim shirt you're a little iffy about because you're not sure if you can wear it with jeans.  Get on board, guys.  You know you wanna.  Hey, and keep it PG, mmk?  Not too tight.  Remember, they're white.

Oh, and back to Seth Philpott, some-time model and singer/songwriter, enjoy this little nugget from his vimeo site.  You can find Mr. Philpott on Twitter and the world-wide Internets as well.  Happy days--Amber

Never Fade w/ Nathan Angelo from Seth Philpott on Vimeo.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chambray is the New Denim

My MO is comfort first when the feeling that you're blanketed with a wet towel upon walking outside arrives.  Who wants to be wearing heavy denim or suctioned-to-your thighs skinny jeans when the humidity is through the roof.  To keep the look of denim but lighten up the sweat production, I think that chambray is perfect.  You can still enjoy your "jeans" but in a cooler (literally) and hipper way.  Of course my obsession with Madewell is well documented, so you know that my fave is this perfectly slouchy pant that they have worked back to oxfords (so cute) but would be equally adorable with a wedge like this.  Of course they have a shorts version too--If you're going slouchy, try to keep the look tucked in on top.  You can wear a more blousy shirt, but it's nice to see your waist.  This whole look, whether shorts or pants, is so perfect for weekend!  Here's a very dreamy one from Rag and Bone too.  LOVE.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Justin Moore :: "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" video

If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much fun I had working with Justin Moore on this video. We got to hang out all day, and I got to start getting to know him. I think it just made me feel like I was back home, really. I'm from north Louisiana, and Justin is from south Arkansas, which may as well be north Louisiana. People talk the same, act the same, do the same things. In fact, if Justin weren't a very busy rising superstar, he'd probably accept an invite to go deer-hunting with my brother. That's just the kind of guy he is, and his music reflects that. Catch him on tour this summer with Miranda Lambert. Sounds like a good time to me!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I Heart Japan

I love fashion for a cause that's actually cool.  When I signed on to help out with fashionABLE, for example, one of my top priorities for the line was that it be a really hip scarf--not just something you buy to "help out" but then never actually wear.  I think Jedidiah has done a great job of this, well, with their whole line, but particularly with the really cool Japan benefit shirts that they've done.  They have several styles for guys and girls that you can buy on their website or in town at 2L.  My fave is the one above.  So simple, yet such a powerful message.  For every 20.00 t-shirt purchase, Jedidiah donates $15 of it (that's a lot) to the World Vision/Japan disaster relief fund. World Vision is a great organization that is trustworthy and does phenomenal work around the globe.  Get one today!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lip Gloss Junkie by Carrie

You've heard me talk about my indispensable assistant/ wardrobe coordinator, Carrie Morgan (pictured to the left with a not-very-talkative Taylor Swift.)  Not only is she excellent at always knowing where my keys are, and a super-get-it-done kinda girl, she's a lip gloss expert.  We are constantly using each other's on shoots and kinda mad when one shows up with a new one that the other doesn't know about yet.  She's recently tried a few, so I told her we must alert the masses.  See her words of wisdom below.  Thanks, Carrie! 

I'll never forget the way I felt the first time I laid eyes on this amazing Hello Kitty lip gloss set. I was 7. It was $ may as well have been $100. But, I saved and and saved and and you better believe I bought it. It was the best day. I mean, it had SIX COLORS! That's where my lip gloss obsession began.

Add a few years (and colors) and the wonderful world of gloss still brings me a special joy!  Of course the only thing that has really changed for me between then and now is a revelation of options for all occasions and a slightly higher price tag :). Check out my latest loves....

Smashbox In Bloom Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in "Endless Kiss", Smashbox, $21
This lipgloss is AMAZING. *Such* a pretty color. It has the perfect texture and it stays on pretty well. My pet peeve is lip gloss that you put on, and it's gone in like 30 seconds. BUT- I also hate super gooey, thick lip gloss. This one is the perfect balance.
Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in "Just Enough Buff",, $7.99
It's the perfect nude lipstick. Need I say more?
Rosebud Mocha Rose Lip Balm,, $7
It's so yummy. (It even tastes like my Hello Kitty lip balm.)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Amber Lehman Styling's Spring Must-Haves for Dudes

Well, guys.  It's time for you to shine.  Here are your ALS-seal-of-approval Spring Must-haves in no particular order of importance.
A.  Ludlowe suit, J. Crew, $248 jacket, $118 pants.  In my experience as a stylist, this is the best slim-fit suit I've ever bought that costs less than $800.  If you're looking for a new suit for spring weddings or for just looking dapper, I suggest the khaki.  I doubt you have anything like this in your closet already, unless you're my friend Justin Holbrook, former guest blogger and frequent suit-wearer.   
B.  Cuffed chinos, Obey, $68.  Jeans are hot.  Like temperature hot.  And if there's anything I know about dressing guys, in general, they just like to be comfortable.  Why not trade out that sticky, tight denim for some lightweight pants?  Make sure they stay pretty trim.  A slimmer silhouette is much more modern than anything you would find at Hollister (unless you're an actual surfer, then wear whatever you want.)  Cuff them at the bottom with the shoes (K) pictured if you want.
C.  SPF 15 face lotion, Every Man Jack, $4.99.  In general, wrinkles are a little more acceptable and "distinguished" on guys than on girls.  However, skin cancer is not cool in any circles.  Man up, boys, and start wearing SPF on your face at the very least. Every day. 
D.  Brightly-checked button-up shirt, Burton, $49.  Change up your boring old plaid with some electric colors for spring.  
E.  Classic Bucks, GH Bass, $69.  'member those shoes your mom made you lace up yourself for Sunday school, guys?  They're back.  I love the idea of these with a slightly rumpled button up, faded jeans and a navy blazer for an easy out-and-about look.  Or for a more hipster vibe, again, cuff those pants and wear with a white-vneck tee and an open plaid shirt.
F. V-neck t-shirt, Urban Outfitters, 2 for $28.  These are the best t-shirts for the price, bar none.  You should have them in every color.  They are so soft and the v-neck is the perfect depth.  You know that "v" can get way too chest-hairy pretty fast if it's too low.
G.  Fitted leather jacket, All Saints, $549.  Nothing gives a guy that Tom Cruise in Top Gun look quite like a leather jacket.  (That look is hot to girls, in case you're wondering.)  Make sure it's nice and fitted and not Bachrach "jazzy dad."  
H.  Brightly-colored cutoffs, Levi's, $49.  These might not be for you bankers out there (cuz I know I have a HUGE banker readership), but there's just something cool and easy about knee-length cutoffs. Pair with lace-up boat shoes and a short-sleeve gingham shirt.
I.  Suspenders, Dockers, $14.  I just watched The Notebook, the movie that's always more traumatic than you remember.  Seriously, it's like I forget and then I subject myself to it all over again.  Anyway, Noah wears suspenders a lot in the movie, and you should too.  Also, I dare you to watch it and try not to cry.
J.  Plaid Tie, J. Crew, $59.50.  Why not spring it up with your ties too?  Easter service at church with the khaki suit or paired with a blue oxford, jeans and bucks--this tie is equally comfortable dressed up or down.
K.  Canvas lace-up shoe, Keds, $50.  Scared of Keds cuz your wife or girlfriend wore them as a fifth grader?  That's legitimate.  But try them, maybe you'll like 'em?  Still not feeling it?  Any sort of lace-up canvas shoe, even Vans with a little more weight to them is a great option for spring with shorts or pants.
L.  Lincoln Lawyer Soundtrack, Amazon, $14.99.  I think the last movie soundtrack I bought in full was Aladdin.  The music in this movie is much more manly than "Arabian Nights', however.  Even if you're not being taxied around in an old school Lincoln town car.