Friday, July 29, 2011

Gretchen Jones: Si o No?


Last year's Project Runway winner has released a line of jewelry exclusive to Piperlime.  I think this is awesome, actually.  I love Gretchen Jones' style when it comes to apparel, but I think her jewelry is totally rad.  In fact, during her runway show during the PR finale last year, it was the jewelry collection she created that was the real star.  She has a F/W 2011 collection that you can view on her website.  The piece to the left is one of them.  Again, cool jumper, but that necklace is TOTALLY FAB.

Piperlime is in cahoots with Project Runway in a big way.  So you can not only buy Gretchen's jewelry line on the site, but anything "seen on" the show as well.  How many of you are watching this season?  I thought last season's go-round on Lifetime was MUCH better than the final season on Bravo.  Do you guys like Gretchen's stuff?  A couple of my fave pieces from her exclusive collection on Piperlime are below.

Another cool point about the jewelry is that it is made by artisans in Bogota, Colombia, and 100% of net profits is donated to Aid to Artisans, which supports artisans like these Colombians around the world.  Pretty cool.  A bummer is that if you get something, there are no returns since it's a charity donation.  Oh well.
Before the Dawn Earring, $58

Universal Language Necklace, $98

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Looking At Online Today...[To Die For on ASOS]

Hand Crochet Dress, ASOS, $120.67
Oh My Love Chiffon Kimono Jacket, ASOS, $77.58

Le Freak Tee, Zoe Karssen, $112.05

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

As Seen on AshInteriors.net::Kelly Wearstler Room to Outfit

In preparation for a new Amber & Ash post featuring a fun celeb and an outdoor room, here is one of the last posts that I wrote for Ash Interiors.  I absolutely LOVE this room and outfit.  I'm a huge fan of Kelly Wearstler and her career.  I recently read a Wall Street Journal article about her, and it really feels like she's doing it right.  And her style, well, it's impeccable.  Her clothing and accessories line debuts this fall also.  I CANNOT wait.  Check this room out!  Can you imagine having that in your home?  How about the outfit?  Like it?

I love Kelly Wearstler.  I could never pull off anything she does in the spaces she designs, but I appreciate her gutsy style so much.  It's a little bit 1970s glamour, usually pretty bright, and full of pattern-mixing, one of my all-time favorite things to do in decorating and in outfits!  My husband and I actually stayed at a hotel called the Viceroy in Miami last year simply because she had designed the inside.  Oh my gosh.  It was amazing and made our time feel so luxurious.  I've taken her love of bold colors and mixing prints within the same color palette to my outfit.  This might be my favorite one yet!

A.  Diamond Maze Enamel Bracelet, Lucky Brand, $40.
This bracelet perfectly echoes the patterned pillow in the room, and of course works with the other prints because it stays in the same color pallette.
B.  Blu Moon V-Neck Tank, Shopbop, $93.
Cute with jean shorts and great with an Ikat skirt.  This top coordinates with the maxi skirt because the smaller pattern is not competing with the skirt's big print.  
C.  Crown Jewels Chain Ring, Nasty Gal, $18.
If you could use one adjective to describe Kelly Wearstler's style, it might be "daring."  This ring is that also.  Why not throw a little whimsy into your outfit with a double-knuckled ring with a little extra bling?  And I love this Nasty Gal site also.  So many unique pieces at great prices.
D.  OPI "Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em" Nail Polish, Beauty.com, $8.50.
I had to throw some bright pink in the mix because of that throw on the bed.  And why not?  Too Hot Pink To Hold 'Em?  Sounds like summer to me!
E.  Fringed Fan Necklace, Nasty Gal, $40.
This necklace is meant to represent the cool lamp in the photo, and it's another great way to make a 70's statement.  I am a firm believer in accessories, whether with your clothes or in your home, really personalizing your belongings.
F.  Rebecca Minkoff Studded Rocker Bag, $295.
Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite handbag designers because, well, she uses lots of grommets and studs.  I love bringing a little edge to outfits with a handbag.  When people ask me how to take their look up a notch, how they can look cool without trying too hard, one of the first things I always say is get an awesome handbag!  You would be surprised at how many things in your closet will work with a bright orange one too.  
G.  Leather Chain Pink Bracelet, Fossil, $26.
Fossil is doing some really cute things lately.  I love these bracelets layered with tons more in a haphazard way.
H.  All Saints Alba Skirt, $139.30.
This ikat skirt is the piece de resistance of this outfit.  This ikat design is very current (every magazine has page after page featuring these batik prints right now) and the colors in this skirt perfectly reflect the feel of the room.  I'm in love.
ICheap Monday yellow sunglasses, $30.
In the bright, cloudless days of summer, you hafta think about protecting your peepers and using your shades as just another way to bring your style quotient up.  These are an affordable way to do that.  So cute.  Love Cheap Monday.
J.  Boyfriend Bling Bangle, Fossil, $48.
This is great for everyday and would be perfect for a cocktail party also.  And Fossil, at it again with the cute accessories.
K.  Hammered Band Ring, Lucky Brand, $26.50.
This band is so easy, cool-girl.  You could have bought this at an artisan fair in San Francisco...or, just on Luckybrand.com. 
L.  Pro Longwear Lipcream in Goes and Goes, MAC, $16.
I've been obsessed with purple lipstick since the beautiful spread of Adele in all aubergine shades in last month's InStyle.  A makeup artist on a shoot I did last month wore this shade on herself with tons of mascara and that's about it.  It looked so fresh!  I can't wait to get it.
M.  Pixie Zip Wedge, Jeffrey Campbell, $124.60.
The platform wedge keeps this outfit in the mode of Wearstler's 70's glamour.  However, this skirt could easily go beach style with some epradrilles or flat sandals.  And shoot, for now, I'd wear those pink platforms with some cutoffs and a t-shirt.  I love the light pink!

So, that was my blog over on Ash Interiors.  If you have questions about interiors at all, she's always so happy to help and her blog is GREAT!  Check it out!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lip Gloss Junkie by Carrie::Is Hair Powder Magic?

The Lipgloss Junkie and I at Bonnaroo.  Before we got super-disgustingly sweaty and not stylish.

Hey, it's Amber, and I thought I'd pass the mic to Carrie again, the self-proclaimed Lip Gloss Junkie and wardrobe coordinator for Amber Lehman Styling.  Not only is she a lip gloss fiend, but she's super-good at spotting great beauty products.  We liked her first post so much, we decided to branch out into all of beauty, not just lip gloss.  So, take it away Carrie!

Just wanted to take a second to tell you about a couple of my new obsessions. (I'll spare you from listening to me going on and on about Friday Night Lights. OB.SESSED. We watch at least two a night. Ok, enough. Texas Forever.)

So, two words. Hair. Powder. Have you tried it? It's a must! I have flat, thin hair (kinda like Julie Taylor--but enough about FNL.)  Hair powder does wonders for volume. It also helps you skip a day between washes. I've tried every brand under the sun and have found THE best. This brand has also been recommended by a few celeb hair stylists at shoots we have worked on, so you can take their word and mine.


Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder, Amazon, $11.39. 
Best texture. Best results. Best price.
Next up. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. They are amazing!  Easy to use and last at least a week.  (The box says up to 10 days!) Also, there is no dry time. Who has time to sit around and wait for your nails to dry?  My favorite color is "Raise a Glass". P.S.-Just me, but I would stick to solid colors, no butterflies or flowers. Unless you are 12, in which case, thanks for reading and have at it!
 Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, Drugstore.com, $9.

So, I'll just be trying out products for the next, ooooh, month or so, and of course asking all our hair and makeup friends lots of probing questions about their faves.  Look out for more to come from the lip gloss junkie.  xoxo and clear eyes, full hearts-Carrie
 No good reason to put this here except all Lip Gloss Junkies love Tim Riggins.  The End.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rascal Flatts feat. Natasha Bedingfield::"Easy" video

So this video I have described as feeling like I birthed a baby.  Of course, I've never birthed one, but I think it is probably something akin to dressing 25 extras in a music video. I also worked with Natasha Bedingfield, who is impossibly nice and hilarious.  I had been a fan of hers for such a long time, so it really was extraordinary to get to dress her for this video.  We created a hairpiece especially for her as well as all the other feather accoutrement in the crowd that are attending the gala.  It was fun to brainstorm all these little details and put them together.  Natasha is wearing a stunning gown by Alberta Ferretti, which was especially perfect for all the running shots because it was so ethereal and flowy.  Let me know what you think!



If you like Natasha's voice, then you will love this live rendition of the song. Just a little something extra for you to enjoy :-).

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Mini-trends

Summer is almost halfway over!  It's so hard to believe.  I also find it super hard to believe every time I say this because I remember my parents saying things like "Time is flying" when I was little.  And I always thought it was dragging so slowly and that I would never be able to say that.  At any rate, since summer is "flying" right past us, I thought I would highlight some of my favorite summer mini-trends so far.  What are some of your mini-trends at this half-way point?  

1.  Cropped sheer tops.  This one by Free People, $88.  Now not everyone has the body, the occasion, or the lack of modesty to wear a sheer top over a bustier like this gal.  This is a cute look, but probably one reserved for the pool or Bonnaroo only.  I highlighted this trend during my Girls of Grace fashion show in the spring by putting a sheer top over a strappy maxi dress. I think it adds an interesting layer to a dress without bringing up the temperature too much.
2.  Kimono jackets.  This one on Urban Outfitters, $54.  I'm obsessed with Nicole Richie's look and her line Winter Kate has been full of these batwing, bed jackets for several seasons now.  This look is best over a simple tank and cutoffs or jeans. 
3.  Printed ethnic shorts.  These at Forever 21 for $14.80.  Any printed short will do, but I particularly adore an ikat print like these or another that has a bit of an ethnic flare.  Wear with really strappy sandals on a super-hot day.  And with shorts that are sure to get noticed, you can buy several pairs for this price and toss them next season when these prints are no longer all the rage (or when they fall apart in the wash--whichever comes first :-).
4.  Panama Jack hats.  This one is at J. Crew for $58.  This year's fedora, the "Panama Jack" hat, as I like to call it, looks so fresh with summer outfits.  The bright white of this one really pops and would look especially fab with those printed shorts.
5.  Below-the-knee skirts.  This one at Madewell for $158.  You could of course find about a bajillion just below the knee skirts at Goodwill or out thrifting, I just happen to be obsessed with the beautiful color and flow of this one from Madewell.  I love that skirt lengths are coming down a bit too.  It means I can skip shaving my legs every day, and it's also a trend literally for all ages. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Kenny Chesney::"You and Tequila" video

This video came out a couple of weeks ago, and I realized today that I had forgotten to post it!  I dressed Kenny for "You and Tequila", working with Shaun Silva out in Malibu on it.  I really think it's the most beautiful video Shaun has done in quite a while.  Pretty gorgeous.  Meeting Grace was a total blast too.  She's a super cool girl.

We shot it one day in a fabulous house (see the view from the master bedroom below), and in Griffith Park overlooking all of L.A. the second day.  This was one of those jobs where I kinda can't believe I get to do what I do.  Enjoy the video, and here's to hoping that these lyrics don't describe your 4th of July weekend!  Happy Holiday!

        
The view of L.A. from Griffith Park.  I probably won't ever see the city like this again.
Would be pretty awesome drinking coffee out here every morning.