Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Winter Items to Stock Up On

My amazing sis-in-law and assistant Beth had a GREAT idea for a post the other day.  She thought it would be great if I gave y'all a guide on the winter sale items you should stock up on while they are on sale.  Sure, you may not be able to wear any of them until next year, but it will be a really fun surprise when you switch your closet around this fall.  It might even make that job fun!  Here are some of my picks:

Cosabella Mood Swings Boxed Gift Set, $55, regular $110,
For a while after the holidays, it's easy to find items you use regularly (like underwear :-) on sale simply because they are "holiday boxed."  Like this example, it's the same great Cosabella style you would buy for $25/pair, but it has been packaged for Christmas.  There's nothing that 
says you can't stock up for yourself and just take it out of the box.  
(Other things to look for:  nail polish, body wash, and face products.)

Spotted Zigzag Tights, $9.95, regular $22, Anthropologie
Not only can you keep wearing these for a month or so still, store them away for next winter.  
Pattern tights will always be in.

Drapey sequin tank $29.99, regular $78, J. Crew
Sequins abound for New Years and then they sort of die.  There are tons of occasions during the year that could call for a sequin tank, however:  like one's birthday week, your friend's bachelorette party, a fun dinner party, or if you're Serena van der Woodsen, bedtime calls for sequins!  Not to mention that this black sequin tank can be recycled in countless ways for New Years to come!

7 For All Mankind Jiselle Flare Jean, $133, regular $189, Revolve Clothing
Take it from someone who used to be a boutique buyer:  the basics of premium denim do not change much from season to season.  It is common among companies like J Brand or 7 to rename styles and clear out the old style, and to present new washes seasonally.  BUT especially when it comes to tried and true dark washes, the look changes very minimally.  So why pay more for this season's model when last season's model would work just as well!  


Braden boot by Vince Camuto, $99.99, regular $149, Piperlime
I mean, this boot may not actually be "timeless", but a fitted to-the-knee boot with a walkable heel will be a go-to for the forseeable winters just because, well, people wear boots in the winter!!       

Sabine One Shoulder Dress, $64.99, regular $79, Piperlime
Again, back to sharing my expertise as a former boutique buyer...there's a season called "resort" that the average Joe may not even be aware of.  Stores receive it right after the holiday shipments and they are full of brightly colored, thin fabrics sewn specifically for those shoppers who "winter" or who "vacation in January" or who "holiday" places or go to "resorts" during breaks.  So, these things have been hanging in stores for a few months, but now that all the new spring stuff is coming in, the resort stuff has to go...on sale!  But now's the time you can actually wear it.  Look for maxi dresses like this one, white jeans and pants, and other beachy prints!

The North Face East Village coat, $208.90, regular $299, Nordstrom
This is the time of year to buy a coat, any coat.  Buying basics like pea coats and lined trenches is a perfectly fine decision, but I like to take this opportunity to buy something utilitarian (read: boring therefore I don't want to spend a load) OR something I'd never buy.  Translation:  now's the time to purchase that almost impractical 3/4 sleeve wool boyfriend coat where the weather has to be cold but not quite too cold to wear it OR this puffy coat (snooze cruise, boring, utilitarian.)  If you live in a cold climate or visit them or work outdoors a lot like I do, a quality down-filled puffy coat that covers your butt like this one will be one of the best purchases of your life, even though it isn't all that fashionable.  It's like wearing a sleeping bag for Pete's sake.  Just wear a cute hat
and be okay with staying warm, mmmk?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Lip Gloss Junkie::Fab Foundation from Chanel

After a brief hiatus, the "Lipgloss Junkie" is back in action with a new tip that is road-tested and approved.  This is less of a "drugstore beauty junkie" tip and more of a "high-end department store" tip, but like Carrie, I think foundation is worth the extra pennies.  My personal fave is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silkfor the record.  Now, take it away, Carrie.  Love, Amber 

It's been a while. I really have no excuse. Except that I have a 2 year old. (I use that one a lot.) :) But, I do have a new obsession that I am excited to share with you fab peeps.

Let me start by saying that I am marketing department's dream. I see ONE good ad and I am sold. Just put a beautiful model with flawless, dewy skin in your ad and I am convinced I will look JUST like her as
soon as I purchase that foundation. What? You know you do the same thing. So, bravo Chanel! You got me. One look at the ad for Perfection Lumiere foundation, and I suddenly find myself in my Ford Edge running stop lights to get to Nordstrom.

So maybe I don't look EXACTLY like the gorge Chanel model but I do LOVE this foundation. It totally feels like silk and covers so well!  Not to mention that it smells delicious. The best part about it is that it's still going strong at the end of the day...which is saying a lot because I am either chasing above-mentioned 2 year-old around all day or hauling tons of clothes all over creation for our clients. Also, I've never found a foundation that matched my skin so perfectly.

I am also loving the Chanel Corrector Perfection long lasting concealer. It looks so natural and isn't cakey at all.

Moral of the story? Chanel is fab and you can't go wrong with it. :)  Go! Get it. You won't regret it.

Carrie, the Lipgloss Junkie

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, Dear Readers!

Because I love the snot out of y'all, and I can't send every blog reader a box of average drugstore chocolate, I made you a list of some of my favorite Valentine's Day-themed items!  And they're way less fattening.  However, if you're gonna wear that white swimsuit (5) this summer, you should probably just toss those chocolates straight in the trash can right now.  Call me the voice of reason.  But look at all those accessories on the list...Eat up!  See, I do love you.  Happy Valentine's, Everyone!
1.  "Hers" brass heart necklace by In God We Trust, $40,  My love of small jewelry is well documented.
2.  "Forget Me Not" ring by Kiel Mead, $58,  See #1.
3.  Deborah Lippman polish in Bad Romance, $17,  Good luck getting glitter polish off without a table saw, but it sure is festive when it's on there.
4.  Heart sunglasses, $16, Urban Outfitters.  Yeah, so maybe this is taking the whole heart thing a little far, but why not go all the way on this, the cheesiest of holidays.
5.  Marilyn Monroe Heart Swimsuit by Wildfox, $160,  I LOVE WILDFOX.  The coolest t-shirts.  The coolest jewelry.  And now SWIMSUITS!!!  I'm literally in love. (Sure hope that white swimsuit is well lined though.  Yikes.)
6.  Embroidered Heart Pillow by HoneyPie Design, $36,  So adorbs all year, not just today.
7.  Cut-out Heart Top by Dansk, $60.88, ASOS.  It's not sewn on there.  That heart is cut out.  So cute.
8.  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice, $6.39,  Classic Marilyn Monroe red right here.  The same color has been with Revlon since the 50's.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jana Kramer::"Why Ya Wanna" Video

I've been waiting SO long for this video to come out! We shot it at the beginning of last August on quite possibly the hottest day I've ever worked a music video. I wore my swimsuit. Under my tank top and shorts of course. But that's how much we were sweating!

For wardrobe in this video, we used a lot of Free People, the main dress she is wearing on the bike is from Fossil of all places, and the belt is Antik Batik that we tweaked a little bit with some extra feathers.  Another fun note is her cutie patootie swimsuit top is from Leona, who is releasing a much broader selection of swimwear this spring.  I'm a sucker for a ruffle, and Leona has ruffles-a-plenty!

One of our FAVE things were her slip on shoes from Keds (on bike and with boombox.)  This shoe is perfection for dressing down sundresses or for wearing with rolled up boyfriend jean shorts. Jan bought several more colors after the shoot she loved them so much!  Keds has a teal pair on line right now.  Aren't they just the perfect amount of "not too bright I just bought these don't be blinded by the newness"?  In the meantime, don't be blinded by the GORGE-i-ness of Jana in this video.  It was a hella hot day, and she looks fresh as a daisy.  And can you tell she's an actress?  I mean, that tear!  I almost shed one myself watching her Oscar-winning performance.

                                 Why Ya Wanna - Jana Kramer - Jana Kramer Videos

Keds Champion Brights Slip-on, $40