Blog: Crossroads Style

Tuesday, November 19th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Packing Tips for Your Holiday Travel

The holiday season is officially upon us, and for many that means traveling to visit family and friends. Traveling in general, no matter the time of year is stressful; planning, preparing and packing, and the actual act of the travel whether via plane, car, or train is the most painful part. The holidays tend to put an extra edge on traveling, but there are ways to lessen the impact. Ease your travel stress by eliminating packing stress and remorse with these 5 simple packing tips.

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Make a List
Make a list and check it twice! The simple act of writing things down will help you remember to pack them, and double checking to be sure will help avoid anything important is left behind.

 

Plan Outfits Ahead Of Time
Have a habit of throwing pieces into your suitcase and not knowing how to put them together once you reach your destination. Save yourself time and dressing stress by planning your outfits for each day and activity ahead of time. Take it a step further and take pictures of your planned outfits so you don’t forget!

 

Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes allow you to separate items by category (toiletries, intimates, active wear, etc.), events, or people (if you are sharing luggage). They also ensure everything you pack stays organized throughout the manhandling your luggage will inevitably receive during travel.

 

Pack Trusted Pieces
It’s always tempting to shop for new clothes for your holiday getaway; who doesn’t want to go home and impress their family and old friends? But you don’t want to be stuck with clothes you’ve never properly worn before and potentially being uncomfortable not knowing that your new sweater was so itchy or those new jeans stretch out too much after only an hour of wear. Pack trusted pieces that you know you look and feel good in.

 

Weigh Your Luggage
Portable luggage scales are inexpensive and eliminate the guessing game of how much your luggage weighs before getting to the airport. Knowing your luggage weight beforehand will give you a chance to reevaluate what you’re packing without having to struggle at the airport with rearranging between bags, buying an extra bag, or paying avoidable fees.

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November 14th, 2018 by Melanie Sutrathada 6 Plaid Pieces You’ll Want to Pick Up Instantly

Ready to rock some plaid? We are too! If you’ve been on the hunt for more plaid prints in your life (because who could resist?), you’ll want to get your hands on some of these pieces ASAP.

Here are six plaid pieces that we can’t get enough of:

We’ll find any excuse to wear a plaid blazer this season. Tip: We’re loving these oversized blazer prints that you can throw over a dress for work!
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When in doubt, wear a long plaid coat as the focal point of your outfit!

 

For chillier days that require a few extra layers, try a red, black and white scarf.

 

Anyone catching major Cher Horowitz vibes with this yellow plaid dress? Take us back to the 90’s!
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Julia Engel has totally captured all the feminine vibes in this fun plaid skirt. Who else thinks this outfit is perfect for a picnic at the park?

 

Nail urban style by pairing high-waisted plaid pants with a leather jacket.

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November 13th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Fall Outfit Inspo That Doesn’t Involve Denim

It’s not uncommon to depend on denim once the seasons change and the temperatures lower. It’s also too easy to get into a style rut when depending on one type of bottom for the entirety of your seasonal wardrobe.  Give your denim a break and be inspired to take a more creative approach with your fall dressing – without wearing a single pair of jeans.

 

Take your jumpsuits beyond spring and summer and add a jacket or sweater as an outer layer.
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Add some texture with fall’s hottest trend, corduroy. Find a two piece set like Olivia and mix and match with your wardrobe throughout the season.

 

Trade in your true blues for a pair of camel or brown trousers for an authentic autumnal look.

 

Throw a blazer over your favorite midi and complete the outfit with a pair of boots to take you from work to date night.

 

Suits are no longer resigned to work wear, and have quickly become a go-to favorite for casual wear in place of denim.

 

Swap out your favorite jeans for a statement making skirt.

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November 6th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile How to Make Bold Color Statements This Fall

I am the biggest fan of neutrals – all year round, not just in fall – but sometimes when the weather turns drab and the skies are grey for months, it’s refreshing to add bold color to your fall wardrobe rotation. Resist the temptation to stick to dark neutrals all season and brighten up your mood by brightening up your outfit. Check out 10 of my favorite bold color outfit inspirations for this fall.

 

Orange has always gotten a bad rap, but this fall is the time to swap out your go-to date night dress with an eye catching midi.
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Be bold with your second layers and invest in a vibrant colored coat.

 

Pair different shades of colors in the same color family. Mustard and burnt orange? Yes, please and thank you.

 

Trade your neutral cable knit for a vibrant color to contrast the season’s jewel tones.

 

You don’t need vibrate colors to make a bold statement; play with adding pastels to your wardrobe this season.

 

Keep a bit of sunshine in your life by finding pieces in any shade of yellow.

 

Thinking of holiday outfit ideas yet? A rich purple is the perfect color to get the party started!

 

Your fall color doesn’t have to be solid, monochromatic, or tonal: go bold and vibrant with color and print!

 

Pairing two vibrant, unexpected colors will create an outfit you’ll want to wear on repeat.

 

Match your makeup to your outfit for the ultimate bold color statement for fall.

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October 30th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Inspiring Street Style Instagram Accounts to Follow

Instagram is my most used source for style inspiration. I follow countless accounts: bloggers, models, celebrities, street style stars and their photographers. I gather ideas from the use of colors, movement, and lighting and often find myself looking forward to seeking out the perfect accounts to add to my collection. Good news: I’ve done the hard work for you! Take a look at 5 of my favorite street style photographers to follow on Instagram when you need just a bit of a inspo burst.

 

Melodie Jeng, @melodiejeng
See New York style come to life with Melodie Jeng’s street style photography.

 

Phil Oh, @mrstreetpeeper
A street style photographer for Vogue Magazine, Phil Oh doesn’t always take himself or his subjects seriously.

 

Tommy Ton, @tommyton
This veteran street style photographer is taking a stab at fashion design. If he has the same eye for design as he does for capturing street style, I cannot wait!

 

Eddie Newton, @mister_newton
Eddie Newton doesn’t only focus on street style stars, models, and celebrities – he also shoots women of all ages and ranges of style, including accessible fashion.
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Scott Schuman, @thesartorialist
A bit of a “duh” on a list like this, Scott Schuman is a leader in the industry and has built his empire from his blog, The Sartorialist.

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