Friday, April 29, 2011

D. Marlene Jewelry Trunk Show @ Gus Mayer: April 29 - 30, 2011

Head to Gus Mayer at the Mall at Green Hills April 29 - 30, 2011 for the D. Marlene Jewelry Trunk Show featuring their Spring 2011 collection. You'll have a chance to "meet the designer, give Mom's wardrobe an instant update - all in one fell swoop at Gus Mayer - Nashville's leading designer specialty store." 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Linea Pelle Trunk Show @ The Perfect Pair: April 29 - May 1, 2011

Join the gals of The Perfect Pair for a Linea Pelle trunk show this weekend, April 29 - May 1, 2011. You're sure to grab some great merchandise and maybe even a little bubbly while you're at it!

Franklin Main Street Festival: April 30 - May 1, 2011

Seriously, I love a good festival. I used to go to them ALL the time when I lived in Lexington, KY; there's just something charmingly small town about it. And Franklin, TN has that Main Street charm that will ensure a fun Saturday and Sunday event. 

The event will take place this weekend, Saturday April 30, 2011 and Sunday May 1, 2011 from 10:00 - 10:00 and 12:00 - 6:00 respectively. As indicated on the flyer (and the tons of emails I've gotten from Franklin), there will be over 200 art and craft booths, live entertainment, international food, and retail deals! Many of the local boutiques will be opening their doors for customers and offering special discounts on apparel and accessories. I mean, come on. How fun does this look??

Blush Boutique Seeks Part-Time Employees

Here are the details as listed on Blush's Ad:

Blush Boutique is hiring full and part-time Sales Associates.

Qualified applicants must:

• Be able to work 15-40 hours per week, including nights, weekends, and holidays
• Have the ability to prioritize tasks and multi-task to meet store sales objectives in a fast-paced environment
• Must have a proven track record of delivering outstanding customer service
• Must have a proven track record of meeting/exceeding organizational sales goals
• Must be able to work during and after summer

If you feel that you meet these criteria, please apply in store with resume and hours of availability between 10am-12pm, Monday-Thursday.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OMG Urban Flea Market: May 14, 2011

The ladies of OMG (formerly Made) are hosting an urban flea market at their retail location on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The event lasts from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. While "the situation" detailed on the flyer is a little vague, I'm sure this event will be just as unique as the items of OMG.

Marchesa Fashion Show Review

I really don't know what to say about last night's Marchesa fashion show at the Nashville Symphony Center, except that I was TOTALLY blown away. The venue, of course, was beautiful and the dresses were breathtaking and inspiring.

I arrived at the Symphony Center and mingled with a few guests while sipping a glass of red wine. And seriously, that place was packed! I'm talking wall to wall with fantastically dressed guests. And with a record-breaking 800+ individuals in attendance, you can imagine how crazy that place was.

Just as guests started to enter...

I grabbed a center seat on the balcony level and took over 100 photos. Despite this, I wasn't really pleased with any of the shots I took. So, in an unusual Amber C. fashion, I'm going to refer you to photographer Steve Harman's Flickr account of the Marchesa fashion show here. And I'm sure within the upcoming days hundreds of photos will be flying around. But in the meantime, here are some of the key looks:

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

photo credit: Steve Harman at 4050

I had also forgotten that in February of this year I posted an article offering my readers a sneak peek of the Marchesa Fall / Winter 2011 collection. View the original blog post here.

And if you were unable to make the show, don't worry. Nashville Arts has got you covered with YouTube:

In all honesty, this was the best fashion show I've attended in Nashville and I can't wait to see what the Symphony has in store for next year.

Local Honey Loves Our Art Institute Interns!!

I had to highlight a recent blog post by Local Honey owner Shea Steele and her tribute to her five interns- three of which are part of the Fashion & Retail Management program at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville. The last three pictured in the post, Corey, Nina, and Treona, are some of my upper-level students who are gaining valuable experiences working with Tidwell & Perryman (Corey & Nina) and Local Honey / WHITE RABBIT (Treona). And the line Shea wrote: "I feel like a mom," yeah, I pretty much feel like a mother bear every day! Check out the post here.

Now Hiring: Penny's Closet in Murfreesboro

Penny's Closet in Murfreesboro is seeking part-time employees. Individuals for this position "must be great with people" and will be "trained to deliver excellent customer service." Additionally, you'll learn the ins and outs of running a boutique fashion retail store. Visit the retailer with a resume in hand if you're interested.

13th Annual Eloise O'More Fashion Show: May 12, 2011

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, students at O’More College of Design will present their fashion collections for an anticipatory audience of friends, family, and industry professionals. Doors open at 6:00 pm and guests can view student collections.  Seating starts at 7:00 and the show begins at 7:30.

Here are the details as listed on the O’More College of Design’s website:

The individual collections of O’More College of Design’s fashion students will be showcased on Thursday, May 12, at the 13th Annual Eloise Fashion Show, presented by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

“I am very impressed with the level of talent that this group of students brings to the show,” said Jamie Atlas, chair of fashion design at O’More College. “Collections vary from casual wear and evening wear to couture, menswear, juniors and swimwear. The students are well prepared to make their mark on the fashion industry, and I think we’ll hear many of these names again in the future.”

The show will be held Thursday, May 12, in the Polk Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Selected costume and couture designs and illustrations will be on display for viewing at 6 p.m., with seating beginning at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the general public are $30 and available at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) or at Green Hills Mall.  Tickets can be purchased by phone at (615) 782-4040 or online at

Patron and Host tickets are also available at $200 and $500 through O’More College of Design by calling (615) 794-4254 ext. 240.

A Patron purchase includes two tickets to the Design Week Patron’s Party on Monday, May 9, priority seating for two and valet parking at the Fashion Show, as well as two tickets to the Design Week shows on Friday, May 13.

A Host purchase include four tickets to the Design Week Patron’s Party on Monday, May 9, priority seating for four and valet parking at the Fashion Show, four tickets to the Design Week shows on Friday, May 13, and a scholarship provided to a student, in your name, for $500 for Fall Semester 2011.

For the student designers, it’s not just a show—they will compete for prizes including a top-of-the-line sewing machine donated by SVP Worldwide, a cash scholarship and stipend from O’More and a Designer Look Book produced by and incorporating professional models from Reflection Agency.

Also, here are some exclusive behind the scenes photos sent to Nashville Fashion Blog. I can’t wait to see these looks!

Reflection Agency model Sophie Cudd design by Carly Nelson

Reflection Model Bailey Staver Student Miranda Internicola Instructor Kevin Crouch of O'More College of Design

Reflection Model Charissa James and Designer Carly Nelson of O'More College of Design

Reflection Model Libby Wright and Designer George Bray of O'More College of Design

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pearl Trunk Show @ Monkees Nashville: April 30 - May 2, 2011

Pearl Southern Couture will be having a trunk show at Monkees Nashville this Thursday, April 30, 2011 to Sunday, May 2, 2011 from 10:30 am - 7:00 pm at Monkees location on Hilsboro Pike. According to the Pearl Southern Couture website, the line was "founded in May 2008, Pearl is a Southern Inspired Dress Line. Pearl was created to capture the Unique Style and Culture of the Deep South." Here are some of the looks:

RSVP to this event on Facebook here.

$45 for $100 in Apparel & Jewelry at Hemline Nashville


OMG. DEAL! My obsession with online discounts is growing.. and today's deal is a serious winner. Today's daily deal from Nashville Lifestyles allows you to get $45 for $100 in Apparel & Jewelry at Hemline Nashville. Love love love this store and love love love this deal! Purchase the deal here and here are the details:

About This Deal

The gorgeous Hemline boutique in the Hill Center offers the best from a myriad of fine clothing, shoe and accessory lines.
Fusing cutting edge fashion and individual flair, Hemline offers wardrobe staples and signature pieces guaranteed to make a stunning statement.
Whether you need the perfect spring shoe, dazzlingly fit jeans or a show-stopping party dress, you can find it here. Your new season for style starts here.

The Fine Print

One voucher can be purchased per person - Only one voucher per visit per check - Cannot be combined with any other offer or discounts - Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash back - Must redeem full value in a single visit

Valid from 4/27/2011 to 10/27/2011

Marchesa Fashion Show Tonight!!

Seriously. I don't know if I can handle the six hour wait until this event starts. I've already heard good things about the event and breathtaking dresses. Annnddd... since I'm the best teacher ever, I hooked my students up working backstage at the show. And I have to admit, I'm a little jealous they get an upclose and personal look at these amazing designs! More details soon....

Monday, April 25, 2011

Naked Without Us: Dates, Designers, and Musicians Posted

Check out the daily updated Naked Without Us website for up to date information regarding this year's dates, designers, and musicians. Here is the most recent list:

Wednesday, May 11:  Hard Rock Cafe
8:00pm, Doors open 7:00pm – $10/General Admission
Live Music: The Future, Vinyl Pinups, Leslie, HeyHiHello, Yumi and The System
Fashion Designers:  
Only 50, Vicious Threads, Madness is Clothing, Lovers and Fighters, Mohawk and Love, and Hard Rock Clothing Line
Booth Showcase:  Lovers and Fighters, Mohawk and Love, Muse Boutique, nFUSION Design Studio, Mimi and Dottie, Jomarie Jewelry, Shawn Michelle LeFleur, and Revived Vinyl 

Thursday, May 12:  Decades
9:00pm – $5/General Admission
Enjoy a live screen printing by Only 50 and local DJ’s spinning the favorites.
DJ’s:  Vicious Guns, MC Charlie H.U.S.T.L.E, DJ RawTune, DJ C:3

Friday, May 13:  Mercy Lounge
9:00pm, Doors open 8:00pm – $10/General Admission
Live Music:  DJ Jane Dupree, Kink Ador, Hans Condor, The Ettes, and Baby Daggers
Designers:  Love Simone, M. Nichole, Carruth Couture, amy b. clothing, Pink Elephants, and Danielle Pierce
Saturday, May 14:  Mercy Lounge
9:00pm, Doors open 8:00pm – $10/General Admission
Live Music:  DJ Cornelianaire, Vicious Guns, Details Details, The Blacklist Royals, and The Hollywood Kills
Designers:  Black by Poni Silver, Muse Boutique, Alice Mokonzele, magpie apparel, Edward Elm, UAL, and n. Herron

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nashville Groupon: $50 for $200 Worth of SEE Prescription Eyeglasses

Ok, I recently told you about my obsession with Groupon, and now I just can't help myself. SEE eyewear, possibly the coolest glasses retailer in Nashville is offering the siccckkkkest deal on prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses possible- pay $50 and get $200 worth of merchandise. I just bought one and am considering asking my boyfriend to sign up for Groupon just so he can buy me another one. I mean, a girl can never have too many backup pairs of glasses, right? Seriously though, go to this website now and hit this deal up. 

Billy Reid Designs for J. Crew

Love me some Billy Reid and love me some J. Crew. So what do you get when combine the two? RETAIL MAGIC! According to, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund "winner Billy Reid and runners-up Prabal Gurung and Eddie Borgo [met at J.Crew's new flagship store with] their capsule collections for the brand. The three designers re-created looks from previous collections using new colors and materials." Uh... win! Read the full article and get the scoop from here.

View the collection here.

J. Crew Spring 2011 Collection

I die for this skirt.

photo credit:
Billy -
J Crew -

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Girl's Night Out @ The Belcourt / Screening of Bill Cunningham, NY: April 26, 2011

If you're not headed to the Nashville Symphony for the Marchesa fashion show, you MUST attend this event! The Belcourt Theatre is hosting a Girl's Night Out followed by a screening of Bill Cunningham, NY. You'll start off at Sunset Grill at 5:30 then head over to one of the most anticipated fashion movies of the year. Here is a synopsis of the film I received from Haylee Waddey Hall, Marketing & Development Director at the Belcourt Theatre:

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirĂ©es for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

“CRITICS’ PICK! Celebratory, humorous and often touching!
Captures one of New York’s most appealing characters!”
–New York magazine

“Fascinating! A must-see!”
–The Sartorialist

“A great documentary for a deserving fashion legend.”
–Mark Mikin, Esquire online

Seriously, watch the movie trailer for Bill Cunningham, NY, and tell me you're not geeking out...

Macy's Spring Fling Fashion Show: April 23, 2011

You may have the weekend reserved for family time for Easter, but Macy's at Cool Springs will be hosting a Spring Fling Fashion Show this Saturday, April 23, 2011 in their department store. The event promises customers a look at great spring looks for Steeplechase, wedding season, and more. The event starts at 2:00. 

Blush Boutique Shoe Sale- Winter Heels & Flats $10, Booties $15

You have got to be kidding me. $10 heels and flats?! $15 booties?! Get outta town, Blush! Seriously, you should hit this up right now. Oh, and I'm a size 7.5 if you're in the giving mood. 

Launch of Le Jardin de Julia Millinery Website

Just in time for Derby and Steeplechase, Alain Patterson Couture has launched the website  Le Jardin de Julia Millinery. The website features opulent and delicate hats, perfect for classin' it up. Visit the website here and here is an example hat as pictured on the designer's website:

Seriously. I'm in love.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show @ Gus Mayer: April 21 - 22, 2011

I have been obsessed with designer Monique Lhuillier since the Spring Symphony fashion show several years ago (which my students worked at backstage, coincidentally.) Her garments are exquisite and I hope one day I'll have a reason to both purchase and wear one of these gems. And in celebration of the new Fall 2011 collection, Gus Mayer is hosting a trunk show April 21 - 22, 2011 at their Green Hills Mall location. Seriously, if you buy me a Monique Lhuiller dress there's a strong possibility I just be your best friend forever.

Models Wanted for Naked Without Us: May 12 - May 15, 2011

Naked Without Us is doing things a little different this year and allowing designers to choose their own models. I think this is fantastic as it allows each designer to showcase their creations on indviduals hand-picked to represent their line. And there are still some designers in need of models. Amy B clothing and Love, Simone are seeking models. Message them on their Facebook pages if you're interested in this opportunity.

Blush Boutique Sidewalk Sale: April 18, 2011

Now! It's happening! Blush Boutique is having a sidewalk sale where you can score some great deals on fashionable merchandise. Seriously. What are you waiting for? Go!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Now Hiring: Studio 615 Boutique

I haven't seen an advertisement online, but I walked by Studio 615 on my way to United Apparel Liquidators the other day and saw some "Now Hiring" signs in the window. Full time? Part time? Either way, if you're in the market for a job, hit it up!

United Apparel Liquidators Groupon: $10 for $20 Worth of Clothing

I've recently become obsessed with Groupon, scoring deals for European facials, haircuts and highlights, Nashville dining, and shopping. And now, United Apparel Liquidators is offering a Groupon- $10 for $20 worth of clothing. I'm not really sure how far $20 will get you at UAL, but hey, I'm always down for a discount! Purchase the Groupon here