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.

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

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.

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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