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.

3 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Congratulations! You’ve managed to wait until the day before Halloween to figure out what you’ll wear for a costume. Don’t panic: I’ve got three easy fashion-themed costume ideas, and all you need to do is check out your own closet and then head over to your local Crossroads for whatever you’re missing.

  1. Pick-your-own animal (print). Stop it with the cat costumes, already. Instead, use whatever animal print you already have on hand–or pick something up at one of our stores–and go from there. Zebra print belt? Sweet. Give yourself a faux hawk and strap on some black strappy heels: you’re a zebra. Leopard print shirt? Get a little creative with some face makeup and, voila, you’re a jungle kitty.DIY-halloween-costume-animal-print
  2. Fashion Week-er. During fashion week, there are some spectacularly dressed folks who strut down city sidewalks like models on catwalks–but I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the completely ridiculous fashion disasters who seem to believe having “style” means putting all of the trends together at once. So (1) put on your day-glo sweatshirt, cat-print leggings, ironic beanie, platform Birkenstocks and oversized puffy jacket. (2) Side-part your hair and slick it down flat against your head. And (3) have your friend take lots of photos as you pose with your best uber serious face. Fun fact: people will probably mistake you for a hipster.DIY-halloween-costume-fashion-week
  3. Anna Wintour. If you don’t have the hair, you need to buy a wig. But other than that, you’ve probably got all of the pieces you need in your closet. Oversized sunglasses? Check. Sparkly statement necklace? You bet your baubles. Serious, haute couture facial expression? Done. Bonus points if you have a classic boucle jacket by Chanel.DIY-halloween-costume-anna-wintour

Happy Halloween!

Look of the Week: Black

Black has silently snatched back the title of “this season’s new black,” appearing on otherworldly models-off-duty and the rest of the street style stars too. But if you feel like black is outside your comfort zone, this week is your chance to try something a little darker than your norm; after all, Halloween is just days away.

Bethany of Snakes Nest–and the Crossroads Style Council–has definitely been testing darker waters lately, eschewing her typical forest-themed color palette for the eternally cool non-color, black. I love all of these looks:

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If you don’t normally wear a lot of black, then it’s probably time to stop by your local Crossroads. Our tops and dresses are organized by color–it doesn’t get any easier than that. Unless, that is, you snag one of these lovely frocks from the Crossroads online shop (psst… They’re on sale!):

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Happy shopping!

Current Obsession: Fawn Print

Fawn print walked down the runway this time last year and was noted by Vogue back in 2011, but it hasn’t been able to compete with mainstays like leopard, zebra and reptile. Yet, designers haven’t given up on deer–with new designs on the market just in time for this season–and neither should you.

Fawn print has a soft, warm hue that’s so perfect for fall, and the other animal prints could certainly use a rest. Don’t you think it’s time we let Bambi have the spotlight for a bit?

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Photo credits: Student Sartorialist, Harper’s Bazaar, What Helen Wore Today, Winston & Willow, Primped & Primed, Refinery 29

Style Hack: Dressing for Fall When It Feels Like Summer

Sure, the leaves may be changing, but in some places (LA, I’m talking to you) summer’s just not ready to let go yet. This can present a sartorial challenge to the ladies who are dying to break out their fall gear but are forced by warm weather (I know, boo hoo) to continue wearing lightweight summer frocks.

One such lady is on the Crossroads Style Council: Grasie of Style Me Grasie. So how is she coping with LA’s stubborn never-ending summer? OTK boots. You can pair these babies with a warm-weather friendly dress and get that fall feeling without overheating.

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I love these suede Stuart Weitzman’s with the tie on the back. And when the weather actually cools down, imagine all the great ways these lovely OTK boots can be styled! Here are some of my other favorite OTK boots on the street:

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Photo credits: Style Me Grasie, Style du Monde, The Zoe Report, Harper’s Bazaar

Look of the Week: California Desert Queen

Beth Jones of B. Jones Style is one busy lady. Between decorating her new home, being the mom of an adorable baby boy and working her booty off with a trainer (she looks fabulous), she hasn’t had a whole lot of time to document her amazing personal style.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting her next fashion post, and she’s back, baby! Her latest look: California Desert Queen.

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Her hat and dress are both Crossroads finds, but I can’t stop looking at those shoes (of course). This is a ’90s trend that can stay awhile.

Happy Monday!

Photo credit: B. Jones Style

How to Make Boyfriend Jeans Work for You

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, boyfriend jeans are a much-needed reprieve from skinny jeans. But how do you wear a looser, baggier cut without looking shapeless and sloppy?

Learn from one of the best: Jessie of Style & Pepper, and one of our very Crossroads Style Council members, who seems born to wear boyfriend jeans.

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Jessie looks amazing–put together but relaxed–all while wearing destroyed boyfriend jeans. How does she do it?

  1. Good fit. Like Goldilocks, Jessie’s jeans are just right–loose but not baggy.
  2. Rolled and belted. By rolling her jeans and wearing a belt, Jessie creates shape where there wouldn’t be otherwise.
  3. Chic front tuck. By simply tucking in the front of her shirt (while letting the rest of it hang loose), Jessie shows she’s got a waist and keeps her outfit from looking sloppy. Imagine the difference it would make if she left her shirt untucked.
  4. Heels. While skinny jeans elongate legs, boyfriend jeans shorten them. Counter this with a pair of heels. I love the heel strap on her ankle booties!
  5. Dressy accessories. While faded, ripped boyfriend jeans don’t exactly exude a dressy vibe, somehow Jessie still looks ready for a swanky lunch date. How? By adding a gorgeous blue clutch, a chunky pearl necklace and a metallic belt. A little shimmer and sass go a long way.

But you don’t have to follow all these rules to make it work for you. Check out these other perfectly styled boyfriend jeans…

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Photo credits: Style & Pepper, Style Bistro, Street Style Seconds, A Bit of Sass, La Modella Mafia

The DIY Project You NEED to Do This Season

Crisp weather calls for deliciously warm outerwear, but if you’re like me, you hate the shapeless bulk of a warm coat. Enter the cape. Sophisticated and lovely with its flowing lines, the cape is such an easy way to instantly spruce up any outfit. But can it actually keep you warm?

Let me share with you a DIY by Miss Kris, one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members.

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Miss Kris blends two of my favorite fall trends–capes and faux fur–in a DIY video tutorial that will blow your mind with its gorgeous end product and its simplicity. If you own scissors, you can do this. I’ve shared a few of my favorite caped looks below to get you inspired. Now let’s get snipping!

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Photo credits: Miss Kris, Estilo Tendances, Style Carrot, The Fashion Spot, Harper’s Bazaar

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