About Amber

Amber has been obsessed with fashion since she was nine years old--when she got a pair of white pointy boots with silver studs and beaded tassels. She's been collecting shoes (and bags and hats and jeans...) ever since. Now she's a writer and a mom, and she often takes her toddler shopping with her, rocking out to Raffi songs along the way.

Look of the Week: Drop Waist

After the release of The Great Gatsby (starring Leo), the fashion world exploded with 1920’s-inspired pieces–it was a drop waist-lover’s paradise. And although the sequined shimmer of the Jazz Era seems to have faded back into history, the drop waist has had surprising staying power.

Enter Noelle of Noelle’s Favorite Things–member of the Crossroads Style Council and rocker of amazing vintage-inspired dresses. New York (Noelle’s home base) is undeniably entering the fall season with changing leaves and steaming hot coffee. To celebrate, Noelle’s sporting a lovely plaid frock with a drop waist. How does she pull off such a challenging style? The trick, she says, is to wear heels. And her boots are the cutest, don’t you think?

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Here are a few more drop waist looks that I love…

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Photo credit: Noelle’s Favorite Things, Girl in the Lens, In Style, Style, Refinery 29

Top Street Style Looks for Fall

Fall 2014 seems to  be the season of anything goes, but let’s face it–some looks are so completely nuts or unflattering that most of us are all quietly praying for the trend to die before things get awkward.

But along with the eccentric, this season has also brought us some gems that I can’t wait to wear!   Here are some of my faves:

Oversized, Boxy Coats

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Head-to-Toe Black (hello, vampy lips!) + Belted Coats

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Destroyed Denim

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Oversized Sweatshirts

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Half-Tucked Shirts/Effortless Chic

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Photo credits: The Zoe Report, Luxo, Marie Claire, W Magazine, Cristina HH, Piece of My Heart, LA Social Fashionista, Le Fashion, The Sartorialist

Look of the Week: Glamp-wear

So just in case you didn’t know, “glamping” (or glamorous camping) is a thing now. From luxury yurts to gourmet food, glamping is blowing up. Suddenly, sleeping on the ground and eating pork ‘n’ beans seems completely uncivilized, and don’t think for a second that fashion has escaped.

Recently, Amelia of Clotheshorse NYC and one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members shared her sartorial secrets for keeping it sassy when you’re roughing it in nature.

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Let’s break it down: (1) Super-wide thick-knit scarf. As Amelia shows us, a wide scarf is versatile: wear it wrapped around your neck like any other scarf, or wrap it around yourself like a blanket. But practicality aside, I just love all of the patterns this scarf has going on, and fringe is always a win.

(2) Wide-brimmed hat. A little bit of warmth plus a little bit of shade is just what your fall wardrobe needs. And just in case you missed it, Crossroads has a great selection of super affordable fall hats right now.

(3) Hiking socks. Here’s something I never thought I’d write: hiking socks are a wardrobe essential. Amelia nails the glamping look with thick heathered socks paired with moto-inspired ankle boots. But let’s limit these socks to similar styles of ankle boots, please, and don’t even think about pairing them with your Birks (or is that the next big thing?  Place your bets.)

(4) Ankle boots. Tough motorcycle boots can surely endure a glamping trip, non? So ditch the worn out sneakers and pack your favorite ankle boots instead.

The best part of all of this? Even if you’re not a fan of glamping, this is a look you can totally rock in town.

Photo credits: Clotheshorse NYC

NYFW with the Crossroads Style Council

A few members of the Crossroads Style Council were lucky enough to attend shows in NYC during Fashion Week, and some of them have already begun posting pics of their “day of” outfits. Gorgeous and fashion forward, as always–I can’t wait to see what they share next!

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Noelle of Noelle’s Favorite Things looking ethereal before the Nicole Miller show.

I can't get enough of her structured pink bag and her patent leather chunky loafers.

I can’t get enough of Noelle’s structured pink bag and her patent leather chunky-heeled loafers.

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Those shoes! Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie blends edgy with ladylike.

I've been waiting to say this... I love culottes!

I’ve been waiting to say this… I love culottes! And Grasie scored the plaid top at Crossroads.

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Rachel of Jag Lever toughens up a white lace romper before the Nanette Lepore show.

Rachel combats a badly timed illness with this amazing sartorial hodgepodge.

Part yodeling champion, part Stevie Nicks–all so, so amazing.

Photo credits: Noelle’s Favorite Things, Style Me Grasie, Jag Lever

Look of the Week: Denim Vests

Everyone has that one piece of clothing they just can’t live without. For me, it’s my denim jacket–I can’t wait to put it in heavy rotation when the weather gets cooler. But until the crisp days of autumn arrive, Jennifer of Seeking Style and a Crossroads Style Council member has me seriously pondering a denim vest.

Perfect for transitional weather, easy to wear a million different ways–Jennifer gives her denim vest a boho-meets-city-girl vibe. Mixing her vest with a sheer bell-sleeved top and skinny black jeans, she tops it off with three great finds from Crossroads: a black broad-rimmed hat, long necklace and pair of ankle boots.

And if you can’t find the perfect denim vest, try Jennifer’s DIY: Buy a denim jacket and cut off the sleeves!

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Here are a few other great looks created by adding a denim vest…

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Photo credits: Seeking Style, The Walk, Fashion Tag, Style Cab, Jasmology

Look of the Week: Glamour

Ask yourself this: are you glamorous? I’m not talking about getting “dolled up” on occasion–I’m talking old-school screen siren glamour.

Take notes… because Kristen of Miss Kris (Glamour Queen and one of our newest members of the Crossroads Style Council) road tripped to Palm Springs. And did she go down the typical shorts/swimsuit road? Noooo… Just take a look at the gorgeous, dramatic style she brought to the desert:

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Photo credits: Miss Kris, She-la, Style Frizz, Fab Magazine, Fashion Gone Rogue, Girlshue, Big Fashion Style

Current Obsession: Black & White

It can be modern or classic, but either way black & white is a killer color combo that never fails. And as I anticipate what my fall wardrobe will look like, I’m leaning heavily towards this bold look to get me through the season. Here are some of my favorite street style looks so far.

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B&W checkered pumps. I die.

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Photo credits: Stockholm Street Style, Because I’m Addicted, AJ Wears Clothes, Elle Canada, Lauren Messiah, The Style Draft, What Would Gwyneth Do?, Trends Fashion Collection

Taking Your Maxi Skirts into Fall

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away all of your summer favorites. I love wearing a maxi skirt with sandals all summer long, but I also can’t wait to mix in some of my favorite fall pieces.

One of our very own Crossroads Style Council members, Mara of M Loves M, does just that. Check out her gorgeous outfit:

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Feeling inspired? Shop our gorgeous maxi skirts from the Crossroads Online Shop! Here’s a sample of what’s waiting for you:

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Photo credits: M Loves M

Blog Love: Meet Caroline of Perfect 10 SF

Meet Caroline Curran, the super chic, hilarious and down-to-earth SF blogger behind Perfect 10 SF.  From OOTD’s to family stories, Harry Potter obsessions to favorite designer collections, Caroline shares all of her perfect moments and finds with her readers.

So as an homage to the “perfect” theme of Perfect 10 SF, I’ve asked Caroline to fill in some blanks for us–and her responses are outstanding.

Caroline, describe your perfect…

   1.  Vacation. Lake Tahoe, Dublin or Stockholm.

   2.  Cocktail. A mojito or ANY and EVERY cocktail from Bar Agricole. (I also love beer: Anchor Steam, Blue Moon, Magnolia Brewing Co.).

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   3.  Handbag. Classic: anything Chanel quilted. Contemporary: Mansur Gavriel or Alexander Wang’s Rockie.

   4.  Way to keep fit. Co-ed basketball league with my husband and friends at University of California at San Francisco or running through Golden Gate Park.

   5.  Day in San Francisco. Toughest question ever! Spending the day in Golden Gate Park going to the deYoung, Conservatory of Flowers, paddle boats; trying a new ice cream spot; going to a show at the Curran Theatre.

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   6.  Date. That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold; all you need is a light jacket.*

[*OK, confession. Caroline totally got me here. I politely informed her that I meant date as in date night, not a date on the calendar. She politely referred me to Miss Congeniality and gave me this alternative answer...]


Perfect date.
Early dinner at Beretta and then a walk along the Embarcadero to Pier 39 to play air hockey and ski ball at the arcade. I also love going to drinks and then a lecture at City Arts and Lectures or a musical at the Curran Theatre. I can’t wait to see Motown.

[I'm not sure which answer I like best, but I'd like to offer Caroline a friendly challenge to an air hockey match next time I'm in town. Winner gets a new pair of shoes.]

   7.  Shoes. ALL SHOES! [I knew I liked this girl.] Chanel, Jenni Kayne, Anyi Lu, J. Crew, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Prada, J.P. Crickets, Miu Miu, Fendi, Isabel Marant.

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   8.  Designer. Oscar de la Renta (my wedding dress was ODLR), Carolina Herrera, Amy Smilovic of Tibi, Alexander Wang, Melissa Fleiss, Proenza Schouler.  

   9.  Live music show. Haim or Sia at the Fillmore, Ben Gibbard at the Palace of Fine Arts, James Taylor at the Orpheum, Harry Connick, Jr., Jenny Lewis with Rilo Kiley at The Regency, and for a fun night with friends, FOREVERLAND at Bimbos!  

   10. Crossroads find. Cantebury of New Zealand striped sweater, Prabul Gurung heels.

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Photo credits: Top 10 SF, Homegrown & Healthy

 

Top 9 Back-to-School Picks

We’re soaking up this last month of summer, for soon it’ll be time to head back to school. Not going? That’s okay. This year, back-to-school style is for everyone.

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Rachel of Jag Lever and one of our Crossroads Style Council members, nails the back-to-school look with this strappy plaid number that whispers, fall’s coming, while still keeping you comfy and cool in the dog days of summer. But just in case you do need an extra layer, I’m loving Rachel’s denim button up–it looks great over her dress, and it’s super cute tied around her waist. And those boots. Yup, we’re ready to go back to school.

Here are some of my top picks for back-to-school… And the best part? All 9 pieces can be mixed ‘n’ matched.

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What are you wearing  back to school?

 

Photo credits: Jag Lever