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

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

Current Obsession: Tie-Front Tops

I’ve watched Dirty Dancing more times than I can count. I’m not saying that that’s the reason for my current obsession–I’m just saying that Baby had something more going for her than just her dance moves. I’m talking about tie-front tops, and you’re going to want to wear them all summer long…

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Having a hard time finding just the right tie-front for you? Check out this amazing and simple DIY that shows you how to make your own summer-ready tie-front top:

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Find the perfect top at your favorite local Crossroads and get your DIY on!

Photo credits: Movie Star Style, Fab Sugar, Style Bistro, Fab Sugar, A Beautiful Mess

Current Obsession: Mirrored Sunglasses

I’ll be the first to admit that when mirrored sunglasses started popping up on fashion bloggers’ sites, I wasn’t ready to whole-heartedly embrace this trend. But slowly, some of my favorite bloggers and celebrities–including Grasie of Style Me Grasie–have been rocking these shades, and now when I imagine what I’ll be wearing this summer (everyone does this, right?), I have mirrored sunnies on. Here’s why:

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Photo credits: Style Me Grasie, The Budget Babe, Style Hunter, Details, Pret A Voir, Boutique Troubadour, The Modern Cool

Current Obsession: Light Wash Jeans

Along with my obsession of pops of pastels, I’m currently coveting light wash jeans: skinny, boyfriend, ripped, acid washgimme.

Light wash jeans almost trick me into believing it’s spring, even thought it’s only early February, and I’m so ready for sandal weather. Oh, and gents: this trend’s for you, too.

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Photo credits: Because I’m Addicted, Vanessa Jackman, Hi on Fashion, The Adored Life, Denimology, Ostentation and Style, Harper’s Bazaar, Stay Classic

 

Current Obsession: Kimonos

Ever since I saw Rachel of Jag Lever (and one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members) wearing this gorgeous fringed kimono, I’ve been obsessed with getting one of my own.

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And while hers happens to be one-of-a-kind, kimonos and kimono-like jackets are cropping up again on the streets. I foresee a happy little kimono trend for the spring…

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Photo credits: Jag Lever, Two Take On Style, Fashion Gone Rogue, Because I Am Fabulous, Fashion Bomb Daily, Photo Bucket, Life with Emily

Current Obsession: Showstopping Shoes

It’s confession time… I have a shoe problem. Stilettos, ankle boots, OTK boots, sneakers, sandals–you name it, I’m obsessed with it.

That’s why when Style Council member Grasie of Style Me Grasie posted a pic of herself in stunning mirrored pants (so amazing), my focus went to something else entirely:

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That’s right… Shoes. Zara (pony hair?) ankle boots to be precise. Here are some more fantastic shoes to dream up outfits for:

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Photo credits: Style Me GrasieStyle List, Fashionologie, The Shoe Buff, Styleoholic, MBDesire, Swide, The Best Fashion Blog

 

Co-ords, Crop Tops & Turbans

My two fashion obsessions of  2013– matching suits and crop tops– are in all Crossroads stores now! And if that’s not enough to entice you, we’re also filling our stores with leather studded belts, two-toned scarves, and this season’s hottest trend for your head: the turban.

So grab your recycled tote and head to your nearest store to pick up one or all three of these looks.

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I love this autumn-hued floral set. And with the top priced at $30 and the skirt at just $32.50, I won’t let this co-ord pass me by. You’ll see me sporting it with a brown leather motorcycle jacket and ankle boots.

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2. Turbans + Studded Belts

Sometimes the outfit is all about the accessories. This seemingly simple outfit is transformed with the touch of blue from the studded belt ($12.50; also available in brown and black). Add a black turban ($10.50), and you’re ready for a night out.

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3. Crop Tops + Two-Toned Scarves

Go bold with oranges and reds in this look. The midriff top is back, and I love how this burgundy long-sleeved crop top ($18.50; also available in black and gray) pairs effortlessly with this sheer circle skirt ($28.50). But don’t be fooled: the boldness of this look doesn’t come from its colors as much as from this amazing uni-scarf. The scarf ($13.50) is two sided–so you can wear it showing just one side, or both!

Photo via Etsytatic

Current Obsession: Valentino Clutches

It’s rare that I get such a thrill out of an entire collection–but that’s just what has happened with the Valentino Fall/Winter 2013 collection. I’m talking every single thing is on my wish list.

But my heart really went pitter patter when I saw these nifty little clutches with oh-so-chic straps that allow you to hold onto your little treasure without worrying that you’ll fumble it right into the gutter.

Until one of these beauties arrives at a Crossroads store (and, hopefully, falls into my hot little hands), drool over these clutches with me in dreamland.

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And gentlemen… Valentino’s got you covered, too:

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Photo credits: The Super Fresh Kids, Who What Wear, The Chic Buzz Blog, Bagaholic Boy, Tata Jazz Blog, Elle, Rashi Durrell

 

Style Inspiration: Separates

I’ll just come right out and say it: over here at Crossroads we are obsessed with Blair Eadie’s fashion blog Atlantic-Pacific. Cup of coffee in hand, my mornings usually begin perusing her latest post, my jaw on the floor, my mind chock full of inspiration. And no matter how much of our fashion budgets we spend trying to emulate her, there’s no beating her style. She masterfully structures every layer, incorporating bright colors, classic silhouettes and an ever-present gaggle of arm candy.

When this latest arrival of skirts and elegant prints came through our doors, however, I got to work paying homage to Blair as best I could.  Let me know what you think in the comments below. The best part for all of us: these summer separates are in Crossroads stores right now.

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My favorite look from Blair is this all black ensemble. Like Audrey Hepburn out of Roman Holiday, she makes these separates shine with minimal accessorizing.

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Blair is obviously a professional when it comes to separates, but mixing solids and prints is something we can all excel at. Below we reversed the order and paired a printed top with a solid skirt.

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Mustard sparrow print top, $18.50, and draped tulip skirt, $22.50

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 Above, Blair goes for an all-over floral motif.

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Compose a similar look with this floral print mini dress, $35.00

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Mimic Blair’s tie-dyed look here with the double paneled maxi skirt below and add some blue accessories to capture the entire look.

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Tie-dye print maxi skirt, $35.00

All photos of Blair are courtesy of Atlantic-Pacific.