So I haven't blogged in a while. That's pretty obvious. Y'all might know that Matt and I are building a house (follow our progress on Instagram at #lehmansbuildahouse), expecting a baby, and getting ready for the CMAs was CCCRRRAAZZZYYY. We dressed eight people this year all in all. I'll show y'all the pics later in the week. I'm still catching up on my sleep! Sounds like a recipe for a nervous breakdown, right?
Also this fall, I helped Johnston & Murphy put together a mens' inspiration book using their new styles for the season, dressed up and dressed down. I thought I would share with you, especially since I haven't posted anything for the dudes in a while.
The Ellington Wingtip is my favorite because it is so cool and current and is probably the easiest of the new collection to dress down, and you're not gonna be wearing the burgundy suit nearly as much as you are going to be wearing jeans.
If I weren't pregnant, and I had $200 laying around, left over from the house-building process that is sucking us dry, I would buy these jeans--the Mother skinny flare. They are the most comfy, most flattering flare ever. I used them on a shoot with the lovely Francesca Battistelli yesterday paired with a very pointy heel. So chic. I like the wash too--that lighter blue but not bleached-out blue is coming back.
You can tell me "thanks" when you go to the Urban website and see how much is on sale, but for now, know that I've gone through it all and pulled out the best pieces that you can still wear for Fall. ALL of these prices are an additional 30% off 'til Sunday. Sure, the site is full of cropped tee's with graphic obscenities on them, and the random mustachioed beer mug, but underneath all that, there's some really grown-up amazing stuff.
Ok, trust me on this one. Dressy Sweat Pants. I know. 2011 Amber would have said no way Jose. But, for real. Half tuck a silk shirt in the front and wear with casual-ish heels like this. Perfect for PMS days!!!!
Well, I love polka dots like I love re-runs of The Notebook. Except polka dots make me smile not bawl. Polka dots don't look like Ryan Gosling though, so there's that. Anyway, this sweater is awesome and looks great with those leather leggings.
I recently worked on one of the most fun shoots I've done in a while. How could you not love huge hair bows, prints that say "POW!" on them, and holographic leggings? You can't. It's not possible. This new group is called One Girl Nation, and they have a lot to say to teen girls about priorities. Watch the video we styled above. Big props to Haley Hoover, former all-star intern, for rocking some day-of styling responsibilities.
Itching for Fall? Yeah, me too. I wore my booties today, and my ankles were sweating so bad in the 90 degree heet. It'll eventually get here though, but until then, clammy ankles and all, I want to wear my adorable ankle boots. I put together a little guide to help you transition yours! They're great with dresses right now, like I've paired them below. You definitely wanna make sure they don't hit you in a weird spot on your leg though. Always keep in mind that you should still be able to see the smallest part of your lower leg when your boot is on.
Other random notes: That sunscreen is my favorite cheap face sunscreen I've ever used. It doesn't feel like you are wearing a Halloween mask when you put it on--it is light as a feather. That denim vest? Is just the best ever to throw over any sort of sundress going into Fall to make it feel just slightly more seasonally appropriate. OK, that's all. Wear your booties!
The Boot:Jeffrey Campbell Hanger Suede Raw Booties, $165
The original girl to really rock a fistful of rings was Phoebe Buffay. It was usually accompanied by some sort of weird hair-do, a large chunky necklace, and a thrift store wardrobe. So basically, it was totally awesome.
Today's handful of rings is, well, a little more subdued. Here's a little how-to. Basically, you can wear just about as many as you want. I mean, not on every finger, but you could wear a ring on most fingers; the size just needs to be varied a wee bit from teeny, tiny to medium. It would look weird if you were wearing all these dainty rings and then a super huge one. If you wanna wear a couple super huge ones, I would limit myself to two on one hand.
Feel free to mix metals without a care, mix new and old...but if you're going to do this look, nothing too tribal-y or New Mexico-ish. Keep the rings on the clean, straight-lines side like they all could be distant cousins. Be sure and mix in a first-knuckle ring or two and no thumb rings, please and thanks. And add in a hand piece for extra bonus cool girl points. Like this one from Luv AJ--one of my all-time FAAAVVEESS.
1 Rose Gold First Knuckle Ring, $64, Catbird NYC // This ring is so versatile and comes in three finishes. I am currently having a slight love affair with rose gold, so I would go with rose gold. But that's just me. And married ladies, simple rings like this look great layered with wedding bands!
2 14K Black Diamond Open Ring, $370, Zoe Chicco // Zoe Chicco is a new fave jewelry designer that I just found out about. She makes lots of dainty rings and necklaces with precious materials like pave diamonds that you'll want to layer with everything and keep forever.
Lots of times before music videos and photo shoots, the record label will provide a mood board or a look book with inspiration for the shoot--things the artist likes to wear, the direction we want to go. But sometimes I am tasked with reading the treatment and then providing this inspiration. I recently worked on a video for an artist that was country, but I wanted to give it a fashion-y twist and keep it young. Below are some of my tears and some of the things I bought for it. Fun, huh? Yeah, I look at magazines for a living sometimes. Dream job.
There aren't too many music video shoots that involve water guns, paint-filled balloons, and cannon balls into a pool. So, this one was fun. Oh yes it was. AAAAANNNNDDD, we got to trash a wedding dress. It just feels good to be destructive sometimes, doesn't it, Jana? Watch this video as she wreaks havoc on her ex's wedding festivities. And doooo take note of those amazing Louboutins she is wearing in the performance scene.
Thanks so much to Sherri Hill for letting us paint the crud out of their dress and to white Chuck Taylors for just being awesome.
Y'all, this spring I got the amazing pleasure to get to work with Dara Maclean on the styling for her new album "Wanted", out September 24 on Word Records. She couldn't be more fun! She has drool-worthy beachy waves in this video and a voice that is just mmm, mmmm, mmmm.
I styled the album cover and video, which were shot in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Unfortunately, I did not get to go (bummer!!) BUT, I did help with what turned out to be some amazing wardrobe that reflected the vitality of the city they were in as well as the beach. Check her out! For real. That girl good.
*Also, come on Zappos, those shoes are horrible with it. Way too heavy.
Go with a strappy, open-toed sandal*
On the cover of the album, which you very obviously cannot see in full-length, Dara is wearing a jumper that had us all drooling on the floor and having our own individual conniption fits about how awesome it was. You can have it on sale at Zappos right now! And the jewelry she is wearing throughout is mostly by Charlene K.
Still shoot photos by Allister Ann, Styling by me, Art direction by Shane Tarleton
To the shock of no one, I've found a new lip product that I love. CoverGirl jumbo gloss balm. I'm the girl who consistently has about 14 (not an exaggeration) shades of lip gloss falling out of her purse at all times, so I'm no rookie. I do always love a gloss for summer because I think it works with the way I like to wear my makeup, which is sheer, shiny and minimal. However, I also love a good pop of color when all I want to wear is mascara, but want to look, well, alive.
I'm also not the girl who wants to go all the way during the day time with an extreme pink like NARS Schiap (which I adore) or do something super matte either. This gloss balm literally strikes the perfect balance. It feels like a lip balm, and you can build the color to be as bright as you want. It's also not shiny or sticky like a gloss. The color I love "Haute Pink Twist" provides just enough oomph for a summer day so that you're not "that girl" walking into the coffee shop at 9 in the morning, making people wonder where you left your high heels and your going-out clothes.
Brett's new album cover (Out August 6th!) Hubba, hubba.
Wearing Naked and Famous shirt + Kane and Unke jacket
Oh, and my talented hubs did Brett's logo. All in the family!!
Brett Eldredge is easily one of my favorite clients. But I'm pretty sure I say that about all my clients. Matt says I'm completely biased toward all of them and that their songs could be horrible, and I would still think they were the best. It's kinda true, I must admit. But I have heard this album, y'all. And it is incredible. The boy's voice is like whipped butter on a piece of cornbread from Cracker Barrel, and the songs are really good too. (Not that you read this blog for album reviews or anything.)
Back to style. So I love Brett's style because it's different for country. We try to go a little more GQ for him, which I'm always into for the dudes. So here are some images that I pulled for inspiration for our photo shoot a couple months ago. Clean, simple, well-fitting, and sexy. If every man would just pick clothes like this, we'd all be better off.No need to throw a man scarf on top of everything or wear a crazy graphic tee.Oh, and it doesn't hurt to get your butt to the gym every now and then like Brett does.