Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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

Hey y'all.  I wanted to share my guest blog that was recently posted on  Enjoy!

Hey guys!  Just in time for it to be super steamy in Nashville and in Baton Rouge, I told Ashley that I was dying to design an outfit around an outdoor room.  I love so much the idea of an extension of one's house into the fresh air that is cozy and really does feel like another "room."  This room is well equipped with tons of pillows for lounging, a neutral airy color scheme with a couple bright pops, and the perfect amount of seating for tons of people talking by candle light and drinking summer-themed cocktails.  Yum!

I wanted the outfit to be elegantly casual, something that you might wear to a dinner party held in this outdoor room.  You would want to look dressed for the occasion, but in a laid-back, effortless way. 

A.  Free People Festival Belt, $38.  This belt in its natural-looking color palette goes with the pattern in this dress and would define the waist of many a printed top.  This belt could be made into a pillow or rug and fit right into our lovely cabana.  
B.  12th St. by Cynthia Vincent Maxi Dress, $260.  12th St. is one of the best brands out there for effortless chic.  She does shoes and handbags too, which you should for sure check out.  This dress in the cabbage rose print with its diaphanous layers is perfect for the temperature extremes of August. 
C.  Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Gold Dust, $7.49.  In my opinion, unless you are just dying over the unique color of a more expensive brand, you can usually skimp on lip gloss.  There are so many great low-priced ones out there, and this particular brand and color is one of my faves, recommended to me by my hair color girl Anjelica.  It's a beautiful peachy neutral that would work on pretty much anyone.  And when hanging outdoors, you don't wanna go over the top with the makeup.  Pretty and slightly sheeny is all you need.   
D.  Gretchen Jones for Piperlime Intuition Ring, $48.  I wrote a blog about this collection a few days ago.  I just love it.  I love everything about it.  Every piece has great architectural detail and a unique personality.  And the best part is that every one benefits Aid to Artisans, creating economic opportunity for low-income artisans around the world.
E.  Crystal Pendant, Nasty Gal, $20.  This outfit called for pretty simple jewelry to let the dress be the star.  I chose this single necklace because it looks like one of those lovely hanging lanterns.
F.  Seychelles Arden Espradrille, $90.  This espradrille is so darn cute.  The bows add a fun bit of youth and whimsy to the more mature-looking dress.  It helps keep the look not so serious.
G.  JJ Winters Crocodile Envelope Clutch, $59.  You could easily go with a beige or metallic clutch to hold your lipstick at our fictitious outdoor party, but why not add a fun pop of color with this amazing teal.  Kinda like the random bright, patterned pillow in the back corner of the cabana, this clutch is unexpected and fun.
H.  Anthropologie Summer Chill Pullover, $89.  If you're like me, you carry a cardigan or light sweater everywhere.  In Baton Rouge and in Nashville, restaurants are not scared to crank up the A/C.  And sometimes nights can even be a little chilly.  (Maybe that's just us in Nashville though. ;-)  A pullover like this one works perfectly with this dress because it cinches in at the waist and will look like you planned a second outfit once it's layered on top.
I.  Benefit High Beam Luminescent Highlighter, $26.  Like I said before, at an outdoor event, you want to make sure your skin looks flawless--all that natural light--eek!  High Beam is one of my favorite products.  Applied along the upper cheek bone and eyebrow bone, you look perfectly dewy, like you've been drinking gallons of water every day and never indulge in cocktails :-).
J.  Elizabeth and James Figueroa Sunglasses, $225.  Everything the Olsens touch is just cool.  No exception with these sunglasses--they look like they came straight off the set of "Almost Famous."  I love how the colors in these sorta look like the black and brown striped pillows in the cabana.  
L.  Hoop in Hoop Earrings by Elma Blint The Williamsburg Flea Market in Brooklyn is one of my favorite places ever.  It's chock full of yummy, interesting food and equally interesting vendors peddling their wares of handmade and one of a kind items.  I met the designer Elma Blint at the most recent one.  I am obsessed with a snake ring she sells with small real emerald eyes.   

Probably like you guys, I'm so excited for fall!  And for Ash and I, that means me dreaming of cozy knits and boots and her of deeper, richer pallettes and outdoor party planning.  Who knows what the two of us will come up with next, but stay tuned for more room/outfit switcheroos for sure!  xo-Amber

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dember Scarf on ONE website + New Fall Colors

I was super stoked today to find out that a scarf I designed is being sold on the ONE campaign website.  The Dember scarf, one of fashionABLE's best sellers, has been doing really great since ONE partnered with us.  Hopefully you know by now, but every fashionABLE scarf sold helps create sustainable business for women in Africa who are in desperate circumstances.  All the profits go to rehabilitate women and help give them a new choice in their lives.  For instance, Dember says that she is finally ABLE to "feel dignity in her work."  What an amazing difference you are ABLE to make by just buying something cool.  

The ONE campaign website is only selling two styles, but on the fashionABLE website, we just launched all the Fall colors and two scarves in a new infinity style!  I'm obsessed with ALL of the FABULOUS shades.  The Meselu infinity in Black Cherry is to die for.  And oops, will fit in perfectly on my annual voyage to Tiger Stadium.  You also can't go wrong with what has so far been our second best seller, the Kilt Green.  (And great for guys!!)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Amber & Ash Fashion | Home::BEYONCE

I'm so excited about today's guest blog post by the fabulous Ashley of Ash Interiors about the queen of fabulous, Beyonce!  Read on for a room inspired by Mrs. Jay-Z and head over to Ash's blog for a lovely outdoor room perfect for the cooler nights on the way...xo-AL

Well Hello!  Amber and I brainstormed quite a while to figure out who our next style icon would be.  If you have missed the previous installments, basically I design a room based on someone’s fabulous style, and Amber puts together an outfit/look based on a really cool space.  When we thought about Beyonce, we both knew she would be great!  How much fun for me to get to design a room based on this fabulous lady!?!? 

Beyonce’s style is daring, bold, colorful, fierce, and fabulous.  Her personality is lovable, kind, devoted, family-oriented, and she just seems like you could be her BFF.  Both of these must be considered when putting together her room--who is she on stage and who is she off stage?  You will see that the room is a mix of the fabulous and the comfortable.  For the record, those two seemingly opposite qualities can live harmoniously.

A. Besta TV Storage from Ikea ($580) – This sleek piece is simple and perfect for serving its function and not being fussy.  Sometimes the area around the TV can be so cluttered and really just an eyesore.  Mine currently is driving me crazy!  This piece is so darn inexpensive, and really could solve a lot of storage issues while giving an intentional home to the TV.   
B. Simpatico Corner Sectional from DWR ($8,500) – This is a simple perfect sofa.  It is also expensive!  Beyonce would probably splurge on her big items such as the sofa but if you work on a smaller dime than her (um, I think most of us do!), then look for similar options at Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and even Ikea.   
C. Lourdes S├ínchez Bull's-Eye Rug from West Elm ($109-$399) – This rug is graphic and modern, much like Beyonce’s outfits.  She is all about some sharp angles, be it in jewelry or jackets.  Love this rug… 
D. Eva Zeisel Coffee Table from DWR ($1,500) – This piece is a show-stopper, much like B.  It is feminine and beautiful, but the black color really does keep it from being over-the-top girly.   
E. Turquoise Moroccan Leather Pouf from Serena and Lily ($345) -  “perfect as a footstool or extra seating, our poufs are at home in any room of the house…” Poufs are everywhere these days!  They are sort of a modern day beanbag.  I love how this one really does give casualness to the space. 
F. Nube Armchair in Sarah Morris Fabric from DWR ($2400 each) – Very expensive but very, very, very fabulous.  I had a hard time with this room but once I found these chairs, I got a much clearer direction.  They are simple shapes but the fabric just puts them over the top.  If you love the look of printed chairs but do not have $4800 for a pair, check out the huge selection at Target.  Almost any room could use a printed fabric chair and they really do come in at a very low price point.   
G. Bourgie Table Lamp in Gold  ($985) – This lamp has modern day detailing but the shape and materiality are really pretty classic.  I mean, whose grandmother does NOT have a brass lamp somewhere in the house?  I see a cool DIY project here.  Salvage a brass lamp from a thrift shop or garage sale and spray paint a shade to match.  I think the “oldness” is cured by the matching gold shade.  It turns from out of style to totally funky! 
H. Saarinen Tulip Armless Chair with a Red Cushion ($1500) – This is a chair that has been around since the 1950’s.  Classic and modern.  You can find knock-off versions at quite a few places.  Here is a cheaper one in case you are not super rich.  :-)
I. Seychelles Chandelier from Serena and Lily ($1500) – Made from seaglass beads and a hemp-wrapped steel frame, this chandelier is just plain ole gorgeous.  Crystal chandeliers can be found all over these days, and really there is nothing to be afraid of with them.  Buy a cheap-o and hang it somewhere unexpected such as in a bathroom or laundry room.  Why not?! 
J. Abstract painting by local Baton Rouge artist, Doug Kennedy.  So much color and texture and graphics and depth… I could go on and on about his work.  There is nothing like art to really take a room to the next level.  I love helping people select art for their homes, and seeing the new life it gives the space. 
K. Diva Wallpaper from Graham and Brown ($85/roll) – Wallpaper makes such a powerful statement.  Try it out.  Don’t be scared!  I love this gold, which is appropriately called “Diva.”  If I remember correctly, it may just be hanging in Amber’s hallway!  (Yes, it is -- AL :-) 
L. Etch Candleholder ($55) – This candleholder plays so nicely off of the gold lamp.  Touches of gold can do a whole lot to modernize a space and give it personality.  I love silver metals too, but for B, we just had to go with gold! 
M. Jewel Tone Agate Bottle Stoppers from the Rain Collection (price varies) – these are so beautiful, and add a touch of glitz and color.  All of the collection is beautiful.  I also really love the green and blue coasters. 
N. Totem Pillow Cover from West Elm ($29) – Black and white accessories add a touch of “stability” to a room.  The colors cannot go wrong when paired with Beyonce’s look that is edgy, yet familiar. 

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I sure had a fun time putting it together!  Check out my blog and see what Amber is up to.  This time features an outdoor room-inspired outfit.  It is all built around a maxi dress that is to die for!

XOXO - Ash

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Imogene + Willie Summer Sale

Now's the time to buy those jeans you've been eyeing. The I + W folks don't do sales that often, duh, because they don't have to. So now's the time to take advantage! I might go get the Elsie cutoff in Natural b/c I have of late stopped caring what my legs look like in shorts because it is so bloody hot.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jennifer Lopez for Kohl's

J. Lo herself would probably never be caught dead in a Kohl's, but I'm sure Jenny from the Block made her way to the Bronx location a few times.  The now Miss Lopez is launching her debut collection there this fall.  Nina Garcia is on board, so it's probably pretty good.  The entire collection includes contemporary sportswear, dresses, handbags, jewelry, shoes, and sleepwear, and the Jennifer Lopez Home Collection consists of bedding, towels and luggage.  Everything will be available exclusively at Kohl’s stores nationwide, and online beginning in September 2011.

Can someone give me a ring when they head to the suburbs to actually go to Kohl's though?  Let's carpool.