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.

Which Family Ties Character Best Matches Your Style?

For those of you who have no idea what Family Ties is (for shame…), here’s a quick synopsis: It’s a TV show that ran through the ’80s starring a dashing and very young Michael J. Fox. I’m sure there are other important details about the show, but you were totally on board as soon as I mentioned Michael J. Fox, am I right?

Each member of this TV family (the Keatons) has their own unique personality and style… and one of them is bound to be your perfect match. So let’s get to know the Keatons, shall we?

The Public Television Employee, Steven Keaton

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You have a big heart and a fair mind, and you’d rather suffer through caffeine withdrawals than get your coffee from the coffee chain on every corner. You wear sensible cardigans, either made from organic, fair-trade cotton or purchased from your favorite Crossroads, and you keep your accessories to a minimum.

The Successful Professional with Hippie Sensibilities, Elyse Keaton

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You’re kind and considerate of others, and you try hard to see things from other people’s point of view. You’re a hard working professional who has managed a healthy work-life balance. Your style is effortless and elegant; your hair is always gorgeous, and your makeup and clothing is understated and functional.

The College-Bound Young Conservative, Alex P. KeatonĀ 

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Like all teenagers, you love to get a rise out of your parents by completely contradicting them. Yet, when it comes down to it, family always comes first. You’re far more interested in dressing to impress than dressing for comfort; in fact, skinny sweats and sneakers with everything are your two most heinous sartorial nightmares.

Mallory Keaton, The Vapid Fashionista

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You have your finger on the pulse of the fashion world; academics… not so much. But hey, you look fabulous, and you’d rather focus your attention on finding a date for this weekend. You are always right on trend, but you tend to play it safe and not wear anything too outrageous.

The Sarcastic Wit, Jennifer Keaton

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You’re not afraid to speak your mind, but you’re never nasty about it, and boy are you quick with the comebacks. You are definitely a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, preferring sneakers to heels. When you do wear something a little trendier, it’s usually a disaster.

So which Family Ties character best suits your style? I think I’m a little of all of them. Sha-la-la-la….

Photo credits: Star Pulse, Daily Mail, DVD Talk, GoPixPic, Pixgood

 

 

Look of the Week: the Midi Pencil

Let’s be honest here, we all look forward to freezing cold weather solely to celebrate all that is comfy and right in our closets: flannel sweats, thick socks, an oversized sweater. But after a while, you miss the more feminine pieces that show off your curves a bit, am I right?

That’s where the midi pencil skirt comes in. It’s the perfect combo of sexy/sassy while providing more yards of fabric than your average-length skirt. Add thick tights, boots, sweater, coat and scarf and you’ve got yourself a super warm alternative to the housebound, I-have-six-cats-and-am-addicted-to-Netflix sweatpants go-to. For a lighter, California version of the midi pencil, take a look at Jennifer of Seeking Style, the eternally boho chic member of the Crossroads Style Council:

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She picked up this lovely skirt and denim jacket (and turban!) at Crossroads. Much love for the mustard-oxblood pairing. And check out these other midi pencils–so many great ways to style them!

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Photo credits: Seeking Style, The Fashion Tag, Style Cab, Be Modish, Hot Spot Diva, The Covetable

What to Wear This Thanksgiving

Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving with family or friends or a mix of both, when it comes to this feast of all feasts, you want to be comfy while still maintaining some style, non? Here are some of this season’s best looks that give you plenty of room to enjoy 10 days’ worth of food in a single afternoon. Bon appetit.

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Cozy, plaid and perfect for letting it all out.

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Get creative with your knits: pull your favorite cable knit over a dress for a new, comfy look.

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Loosen up with a gorgeous, flowing bohemian blouse.

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Layers like this oversized blazer are a great way to get a little coverage.

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Cinching a scarf with a belt is such an easy–and classy–way to dress up for chowing down.

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There’s nothing comfier than a flowing maxi dress; give it a “fall” vibe with a fur vest.

 

Photo credits: Who What Wear, Olivia Style, The Chic Departement, Pop Sugar, Loafers and Polish,

 

Look of the Week: Faux Fur

Although faux fur is a trend that emerges from time to time, this is the first time I’m seeing it styled in a way that’s more accessible to the average style-conscious gal.

My most recent fur fave was worn by one of the Crossroads Style Council membersRachel of Jag Lever. With its speckled fawn coloring (which is really just an extension of my fawn obsession), Rachel’s cropped vest adds just the right amount of texture and interest to her outfit without making her gawk-worthy. LOVE.

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A vest is a great way to work faux fur if you’re petite like Rachel; it’s a small enough piece that the fur doesn’t swallow up a petite frame. And she does a fantastic job of keeping everything neutral–including those gorgeous, warm-brown boots–and then bringing in a pop of color with a little glimpse of opaque emerald tights.

Here are some more great faux pieces–I love the styling on all of these!

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How are you wearing faux fur this season?

Photo credits: Jag Lever, Lauren Messiah, Gastellum, Fashion Tag, Pearls & Peacocks

Look of the Week: Sleeveless Coats

Here’s a riddle for you: what looks like a coat but doesn’t really keep you warm? The answer is this season’s most unexpectedly fantastic–albeit non-utilitarian–trend: the sleeveless coat.

Like a vest, sleeveless coats give you a little warmth; unlike a vest, sleeveless coats allow you to add a layer of warmth and look a little dressier. Check out Mara of M Loves M (and Crossroads Style Council member):

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And here are some other lovely examples of this season’s most sophisticated layering piece:

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Photo credits: M Loves M, Just the Design, Impossibly Imperfect, Modern Magazine, La Vida

Current Obsession: Clogs

Maybe it’s because the weather is swiftly getting colder and it won’t be long before it’s downright chilly, but I suddenly want a pair of clogs like I never have before. Or maybe it’s because one of the Crossroads Style Council members, Micaela of Drifter & the Gypsy, recently sported a delicious pair of brown leather Free People clogs that I’m now coveting so hard.

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Photo credits: Drifter & the Gypsy, Collage Vintage, The Chic Curve, LaTonya Yvette, Vogue

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