Monday, December 19, 2011

ALS Christmas Wish List 2011

By this time of year, I've usually done my Fall Must-haves and I've done my Christmas gift guide, but I'm not gonna lie, y'all.  It HAS BEEN A CRAZY YEAR.  CRAZY, I tell you.  So what I've done is made one big catch-all and call it everything I want for Christmas.  You could also call these your fall and winter must-haves if you want.  I'll just call them "Hey Matt, here's my list."
1.  Old Timey Lady Blouse.  1) Peter Pan Collar Blouse, Topshop, $76.  2) Pussy Bow Blouse, Forever 21, $19.80.  One of these would look super adorbs layered under a grandpa cardi or blazer.
2.  Matte Red Liptick.  Russian Red Lipstick, MAC, $14.50.  I've finally gotten into a phase of loving bright lipstick.  That's well documented.  I've yet to find the perfect matte red, but this is supposed to be the ultimate.  Santa Baby, hurry down the chimney with my tube of Russian Red.
3.  Conversation-Starting Jewelry.  Pygmy Seahorse Open Ring and Crab Claw Ring by Flotsam and Jetsam, both $90.  Don't buy me costume jewelry.  I'll buy that myself.  If you're gonna get jewelry for me, I want it to be precious, and I want it to be interesting.  Either of these sea-inspired rings by Brooklyn-based designer Flotsam and Jetsam would definitely get a convo going.  I recently got one of her rings as a gift, and I LUUURRVVEE it.
4.  Cropped Rain boots.  Hunter Brixton Wellies, Madewell, $150.  I have some knee rain boots, so *technically* I don't need more, but these are just so cute, right?  And with tights, shorts, and a sweater?  Stop it.  Stop it right now.  And it flippin' rains all the time in the winter in Nashville, so I definitely hafta have 'em.  And helloooo, Bonnaroo next summer.
5.  Ultimate Hair Product.  Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, $28.  My hairdresser used this on me the last time I got my hair cut, and then I brought the sample home and tried it myself.  Fully expecting to completely suck at my at-home blowout again, when I used this product, I really felt like a professional (*almost.)  It eliminates frizz so you don't look like Mufasa from the Lion King when you click the blow dryer off.
6.  Rockin' Leopard Ankle Boot.  Sam Edelman Petty Leopard Ankle Boot, $190.  I do love mixing some patterns.  An animal print shoe is a pattern that can serve as a neutral in my opinion.  AND these serve to help you feel like you could be in the Beatles.
7.  Printed Palazzo Pant.  FP ONE Floral Fields Wideleg Pant, Free People.  $98.  The 70's called.  And they want you to wear their pants.  Ding ding ding!  I'm in!
8.  Perfect Plaid Coat.  Seattle Shearling Jacket, $248.  This is a classic lumberjack looking plaid.  Would work so well over all those American heritage inspired outfits you're wearing right now.  I mean, I hope you are wearing loafers and cuffed dark wash jeans while you're reading this.
9.  80's Blazer.  River Island Blue Tailored Blazer, $64.54, ASOS.  I'm particularly loving this cobalt blue, but any blazer that could have been worn by Julia Sugarbaker from "Designing Women" is definitely one you should own this fall.  And a little pop of color is always good to lift your mood on a dreary January day.
10.  Cheeky Animal Sweater.  Cooperative Intarsia Sweater, $54.  I love how whimsical these cutey little animal sweaters are that are popping up everywhere.  Sweaters can be so lame sometimes, but not when it has a swan, or a glittery fox or a llama on it.  I would layer this over a complementary plaid shirt and wear with jeans or a pleated skirt and tights.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ME AND ALL THE CREW AT 
AMBER LEHMAN STYLING!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lauren Alaina::American Country Awards 2011

I could not have been more happy with Lauren's adorable look from the American Country Awards this year.  Do you like it?  Her dress is by Maria Lucia Hohan, headband by Courtesan Studio, and earrings by Suzanna Dai. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A fashionABLE Holiday + 27 Ways to Wear a Scarf

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Well, if you've ever wondered how in the world to wear a scarf, I've compiled all the ways I could think of.  For real.  27 of them, to be exact.  And fyi, fashionABLE is having some awesome holiday promotions, great for this season; or heck, we don't do these sales often, you could buy gifts for the rest of the year.  Everyone loves a gift with meaning.  Everyone without a cold black heart, that is. We got scarves for guys, girls, and now KIDS!  Today is the kids' mulu promotion--2 for $25!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The One That Got Away::Nan Kelley

                                       
Nan interviewing Carrie Underwood at the Opry wearing 
one of my fave outfits from the summer

Nan Kelley is a former Miss Mississippi, who hosts the Top 20 Countdown and Opry Live on GAC, and we get to dress her for those.  Note the wording:  We GET to.  I say that because she also holds the official title of Sweetest Client of Amber Lehman Styling (Nan, gimme a holler.  I need to give you your trophy.)  Really.  Doing a fitting with her feels about the same as drinking a hot cup of  chamomile tea or eating a plate of cookies.  It's that great and about that stressful too.

While there are probably plenty of Mississippi boys who really do think Nan is the "One That Got Away", what I'm talking about is a FAB jacket that just didn't work for us at our last fitting.  Ya see, we pull a TON of clothes for these fittings, and there are some really lovely things that for whatever reason just don't click.  With Nan, it's usually that the jacket or top or pants just look awful on camera.  Nothing to do with her sassy self of course, usually it's a problem with the color clashing with the set of Top 20 or the pattern makes the camera do crazy things, something like that.  But it's different for every artist.  Could just be that we can only shoot so many things on a photo shoot and something had to get the boot.

So with this wealth of knowledge I have about what's out there right now, I thought it would be fun to start a new feature appropriately titled "The One That Got Away" to highlight the items that I LOVED from some of our fittings, but just didn't make the cut. Doesn't mean it couldn't work for you, right???!!  Here's our first installment:


Floral Cropped Jacket, $199, Maison Scotch

Beth and I were totally obsessed with this jacket at our fitting with Nan for the Fall Top 20's. This brocade-y/floral-y/old-lady-y/curtain-y/tapestry-y print is a tiny little nitch trend for Fall.  Frankly, I like how Piperlime has it styled in this pic here.  No need to complicate things.  Let the jacket do the talking.  And since you don't have to try to pull off a small floral print on TV like Nan, you can rock the tail off this baby.  (And here's another one I love at Free People, and it's on sale!)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lauren Alaina::CMA Country Christmas + People

We work with Lauren Alaina.  You guys know that by now.  And we've been working with her a lot to help create a new look for her that is still young, but classy and fun.  I think we captured this at the CMA Christmas Special, filmed here in Nashville at the Ryman.  She's wearing a Mandalay dress, Swarovski jewelry, and Enzo Angiolini peep toe sequin heels.  Kick back, drink a cider, and if you're feeling extra sentimental, you might just shed a tear during Lauren Alaina's rendition of "Grown Up Christmas List."

            

And she was also in People this week wearing her flirty CMA Dress.  Yay Lauren!  We love People!