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: Chanel Bags

House of Chanel, you can do no wrong. With each season, I look forward to seeing what your wispy models will strut down the runway in. But right now, I’ve got my eye on your handbags. So classic, so perfect, so necessary for my closet. These street style stars have set their sights on you as well; take a looksy…

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Photo credits: Gal Meets Glam, Stockholm Streetstyle, Frassy, Strange Line, Handbag, Harper’s Bazaar, The Fashion Tag, Just the Design, Zimbio

Look of the Week: Bright Prep

Typically, a preppy outfit conjures up images of snappy, well-tailored ensembles in red, white and blue, but one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members–Micaela of Drifter & the Gypsy–proves you can maintain your preppy cool while exploring fun color palettes like this key lime pie-inspired one:

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I love how Micaela (styled by another one of our Style Council ladies, Beth Jones) went monochrome in citrus hues. The key lime theme makes theses conservative pieces fun, while accessories like her killer statement necklace break away from the preppy feel just enough to make it interesting.

Here are some more preppy outfits with a colorful twist…

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Who’d have thought preppy could be so much fun?

Photo credits: Drifter & the Gypsy, Life through Preppy Glasses, The Best Fashion Blog, You Look Fab, Fab Sugar

Current Obsessions: Peach

Nothing says summer like peaches (peach ice cream… yummmm)–but why stop there? Shades of peach are just what your closet needs as we enter into the dog days of summer. And I’m not the only one who feels this way; check out these fab peach outfits:

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Photo credits: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Closet Freaks, Lace & Locks, Handbag, Daily Mail, Not Just Brides, City Tonic

How to Get Away with a Daring Outfit

Recently, a photo caught my eye on The Sartorialist. It’s of a man wearing typical “man-gear”: newsboy cap, blazer,button-down shirt, trousers, loafers. But in true Italian style (he was snapped by The Sartorialist, so of course he was jaunting around Italy), this man’s outfit consists of super stylish man-gear.

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The statement piece is, of course, the blue smock. And if you were to describe this man’s overall outfit, most people would give it a thumbs down. Yet when you look at it… it works. How?

  1. Monochrome. When you’re going to wear something a little over-the-top, keep the color palette simple. This guy nails it with shades of blue from his hat to his socks.
  2. Semi-classic tailoring. The blazer is just a blazer. It’s not oversized; it’s not snug; it’s juuuust right. The trousers nudge the envelope just a touch above the knee, but since the smock nearly reaches his knees, all you really see is a classic cut.
  3. Subtle accessories. The loafers have large gold buckles. Can any other country get away with this, or is just Italy? And he’s got some sort of long-strapped bag casually slung over his shoulder. He’s not concerned with convincing anyone that it’s a Man Bag: it’s a sassy, strappy thing, and he’s making it work.

I think it’s refreshing to see a man take fashion risks, especially when the risks are wrapped in a moody color scheme and unusual pieces (hello, smock). What do you think? Are you ready to see more adventurous styling in men’s fashion?

Two Summer Trends You Need Right Now

When the big bullseye store starts prepping for back-to-school, then I know that fall is coming… eventually. Sure, I’ll fantasize about brisk days and cozy sweaters–but since it’s still early July–I’ll content myself with shopping for the summer pieces I’ve been lusting after for the last couple of months.

One of my favorite trends that will totally take me into fall is the drapey/flowy midi skirt. You can wear it with any top and your favorite sandals, pile on jewelry (especially the shiny, clinky kind) and automatically look chic.

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You can shop this look here.

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This lovely thing is 50% here.

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Get this here.

The other look I love but sadly don’t have a whole lot of in my closet right now is the slouchy, slightly oversized light sweater/sweatshirt. It’s also another easy piece to transition into fall, and it looks so effortlessly chic.

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Love this one.

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And this one.

I’m definitely getting one of these tops and at least one of the skirts while it’s still summer… What else is on your summer trend list?

 

Photo credits: Style Hawk, The Front Row

 

Re-Style Your Fourth

Independence Day is coming up quick, so it’s time to strategize: what are you going to wear? Here’s a rundown of my favorite holiday weekend looks… Get ready to re-style your Fourth!

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Cut-out ankle booties are so, so much better than wearing flip flops with cut-offs, don’t you agree?

One of our very own Crossroads Style Council members, Bethany of Snakes Nest, has inspired the foundation for my Independence Day outfit. (1) She has on quite possibly the best pair of cut-out bootiesever. (2) Extra points for wearing them with cut-off denim shorts. (3) Plus, I love how she’s paired a nicer top with cut-offs. It’s unexpected and kind of dresses up the look without trying too hard.

If black booties just aren’t summer-y enough for you, try them woven. These Jeffrey Campbells are from last year, but I’d still kill for them…

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Denim cut-offs are just as necessary to the 4th of July as fireworks. And for a little change, I’m loving this super easy styling trick I’ve been seeing lately… roll your cutoffs once or twice so you can still see a little fray peeking out.

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Although I just can’t get on board with the return of 90′s jeans (flattering on .0001% of the population), I love the idea of pairing a nice button-up blouse with destroyed denim shorts.

So we’ve covered white and blue with a white blouse and blue denim, and we’re accessorizing with black. So here’s the pop of red that will make this outfit fireworks-ready:

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Yes, lipstick is part of your outfit. It may seem like patriotic nail art would be a gimme, but I can’t in good conscience recommend that. During my most recent pedicure, I was coerced into getting nail art, and now my toes look like they belong to Wonder Woman. So stick with the red lips, OK?

Photo credits: Snakes Nest, The Good FashionistaSartorial FlairMisses Dressy, Stud-Center

Meet Kristen of Miss Kris

Two words pretty well sum up Kristen of Miss Kris: fabulous & crafty. She’s got more DIY’s up her sleeves than, dare I say it, Pinterest. And what’s more, her projects–which range from watermelon kegs to leopard-izing a pair of Keds–are all inspiring and actually seem doable.

That’s why we’re oh-so-excited to welcome Kristen to the Crossroads Style Council! She uses her mad DIY skills for good, by dressing fabulously and giving the rest of us pointers on how to follow in her footsteps. We think you’re going to love her… 

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All photos courtesy of Miss Kris

 

Look of the Week: Polka Dots

Everybody knows that Beth of B. Jones Style has crazy good style–fearlessly mixing prints, styles and decades to suit her mood. So when she puts together something that stands out from her usual fare, does it become amaze-y good? I think so.

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Let’s break down the anatomy of a fantastic outfit, shall we?

  1. Re-Mixing Prints. Beth isn’t mixing prints in the plaid/floral way; she’s mixing big ol’ polka dots with micro-dots. How does she make this work? By sticking with black & white.
  2. Working the ’90s. This outfit is a prime example of how to work with decade-specific trends while still somehow making it look contemporary. How does Beth do this? By finding a silhouette that works for her. The high-necked crop top paired with high-waisted culottes accentuates her waist, while the long blazer balances out the overall proportions.
  3. Sporting Heels. What’s the fastest way to wreck a perfectly good pair of culottes? By wearing them with flats… yuck. Instead, Beth elongates her legs with these adorable chunky heels with rounded toes.
  4. Donning Unexpected Accessories. The average person would feel nervous enough by wearing polka dots alone. But Beth looked in her closet, saw a bold red, broad-rimmed hat and said, Perfect.

Not everyone can dress like Beth (one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members!), but everyone can wear polka dots. Here’s some inspiration for you:

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Photo credits: B. Jones Style Instagram, Fashion One, Just the Design, Style for Fashion, Glam Check

Best Street Style Looks of the Week

Happy Monday! (cue laughter) Alright, so the week’s just started, and you desperately need something to get you through ’til Friday. Step One: Grab a coffee… stat. Step two: Get inspired by these amazing street style looks that have been floating around on the internet over the last week–starting with our very own Crossroads Style Council member, Grasie of Style Me Grasie. Does this girl ever have an off day?

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Here’s wishing you a fabulous week!

Photo credits: Style Me Grasie, Le Fashion, Fab Sugar, Streetstyle Aesthetic, Handbag

Look of the Week: Mixed Metals

Recently, Kathleen of Inspirafashion (and Crossroads Style Council member), created a head-to-toe mixed metals look that we just love. It’s edgy and sophisticated–just right for a night out in the city. Oh, and she scored that amazing metallic mini at Crossroads.

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Whether you wear one item with mixed metals or piece together several items to create a mixed metal look, here’s some inspiration for you…

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Photo credits: Inspirafashion, Love Grows Wild, Wendy’s Lookbook, Denim Hunt, pinterest, Wardbrobe Looks