Blog: Crossroads Style

September 7th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 10 Celebrities That Are Going Makeup Free

#NoMakeupMonday has been a popular movement on Instagram, with even our favorite celebrities baring all and posting makeup-free selfies. For women who have the media telling them what is beautiful, there is something so empowering about showing oneself as is, no makeup and no filters. Are we finally moving towards individual beauty being the standard, instead of having someone tell us what is desirable? We can hope so! Until then, makeup-free selfies are a step in helping women everywhere become more confident with their bare-faced selves.

Take a look at some of our favorite celebs taking part in makeup-free selfies!

 

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Alicia Keys
Alicia has actually vowed to stop wearing makeup altogether, whether at home, on a red carpet, or for a photoshoot. In making a statement about the industry’s beauty standards, she has inspired so many young women to embrace their natural beauty as well.

 

Britney Spears

Britney Spears
Britney has always been that down-to-earth, sweet Southern girl since she took over pop music when she was 17, and to this day, she’s not afraid to bare her natural self to her fans.

 

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
Demi is not shy about being confident—in fact it is the focus of most of her music! Demi often goes makeup-free and has said that she practices daily affirmations to keep herself grounded and confident.

 

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
Selena knows that she has a huge influence on a lot of young women, and she isn’t afraid to go makeup-free. She lets her fans know that beauty is what is on the inside and that everyone is perfect as they are.

 

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore
Drew is America’s favorite free spirit, and although she founded her own cosmetics line, she knows the value of natural beauty as well.

 

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson is such an inspiration for health, fitness, and natural beauty. She has always had that natural glow about her and I love that she embraces it.

 

Chrissy Tiegen

Chrissy Teigen
No filter necessary, on photos or opinions. Chrissy is outspoken and has openly shared her thoughts on her insecurities while still making her confidence in herself clear.

 

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot
Gal isn’t afraid to get real and honest. She’s spoken about the hardships of being a new mom while being so busy—yet she still looks as gorgeous as ever in her makeup-free selfie.

 

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
She has always said that she’s still just “Jenny from the block.” She proves her realness time and time again on her Instagram, with behind-the-scenes peeks into her personal life, from full glam to stripped down.

 

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Adele
Though she’s known for that perfect winged eyeliner, Adele radiates beauty both with makeup and without.

 

Of course, makeup can be fun and empowering and artistic too! But it should be something that makes you happy. Whether you love makeup or not, what’s most important is feeling comfortable and YOU. We love seeing celebrities show us another side of themselves as part of an effort to embrace and empower women everywhere.

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June 6th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile Summer Vacation Style Inspiration

Summer is here, and we’re in peak vacation mode! Vacation style is more carefree and relaxed than your typical everyday style. But whether it’s a vacation abroad or a weekend road trip, packing for a vacation can be overwhelming. There’s no reason to have to start your vacation with stress, so I’m sharing some of my favorite vacation-worthy styles from bloggers below.

Check these items off your packing list, and make the most of your vacation this season!

 

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Grasie Mercedes, Grasie Mercedes
Grasie’s casual and flirty look is perfect for any summer getaway.

 

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Dylana Suarez, Dylana Suarez
Dylana’s tropical look will have you planning the perfect beach vacation this summer.

 

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Natalie Suarez, Natalie Off Duty
Natalie’s retro summer look is having me dreaming of a desert getaway. Palm Springs, anyone?

 

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Hanna Stefansson, Hanna Elle
Easy, breezy, and effortless: all qualifiers for perfect summer vacation style.

 

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Lucy Williams, Fashion Me Now
You’ll look like anything but a tourist when taking inspiration from Lucy’s simple, easy style.

 

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Brittany Xavior, Thrifts and Threads
Brittany has summer written all over her in her tropical print set!

 

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Sara Escudero, Collage Vintage
An easy print dress should always be an item on your vacation packing list.

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May 16th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile How to Create a Curated Closet: A Primer

Recently, I have been seeing and hearing more about scaled-down, curated closets. As fun as fast fashion is and as exciting as having an overflowing closet can be, I am becoming more interested in quality over quantity—pieces I love that I can mix and match together. Not only is a curated closet a way to focus on your personal style, it will also save you money and prep time each morning, and it’ll have less impact on the environment.

So what exactly is a curated closet? A curated closet consists of quality pieces that are meant to mix and match with each other. If this is something you are interested in, there are so many blogs and books out there to help get you started! Check out some of my favorite tips and resources on the topic below.

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1. Define Your Style
Everyone’s style is different, and it may be difficult to define yours. However, you’ll want to narrow it down as much as possible for a challenge like this. For example, my personal style has evolved from a relaxed bohemian to a relaxed minimalist look. I gravitate towards fun prints every now and then, and I’ll buy a few stand-out pieces.

2. Purge, Purge, Purge
The first step is to go through your entire wardrobe and purge the pieces that you don’t wear. As much work as this step is, it is the most important. You will get a better sense of your style and what is important to you to have for each season. Will you focus more heavily on a combination of tops and bottoms, or do you love to wear dresses? This will be important because the best way to create a curated closet is to focus on the number of items. I like the idea of a range (like 30-40 items) instead of one specific number.

3. Organize
After you purge your closet and are left with the pieces that you truly love, see if there are any holes in your closet that you need to fill. Are you missing a button-down blouse or a perfect pair of denim? Once you fill the holes in your closet, make a pact with yourself to hold off on shopping until the next season. Remember: the idea is to keep it simple.

4. Remix
Your biggest challenge will be learning to remix your now limited wardrobe to create an entire season of outfits. This may be challenging if you are used to having a higher quantity of clothing in your closet, but it will help to refine your style and really test your closet curation.

After reading these tips, if you are interested in taking on a curated closet challenge, below are some of my favorite resources for inspiration:

Anuschka Rees: This is the site of the author of The Curated Closet, and it will be one of the most in-depth and helpful resources to get you started. Anuschka gives you step-by-step instructions, worksheets, and exercises to help create your new closet.

Project 333 (Be More With Less):  Featured by the Associated Press, The Today Show, and O, The Oprah Magazine, Project 333 challenges you to live with 33 items of clothing or less for an entire three months.

Unfancy: Caroline began curating her closet and has helpful tips for those just beginning. She keeps it simple, straightforward, and approachable.

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May 9th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile Round-Up: Unexpected Trends of 2017

Trends come and go in waves; some are modernized, revamped, and welcomed back with open arms, while others take some time to be accepted and embraced. Lately, I’ve seen some surprising statement trends slowly making their way back into stores and editorials—and they have me scratching my head a bit. Not one to judge, I am diving in and rounding up a few of the latest unexpected trends to share with our Crossroads readers.

 

Scrunchies:

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You read that right—the hair tie of your childhood has snuck into your adult life, and you’ll more than likely be seeing it in stores again. If you’re tempted to grab a few out of nostalgia, you won’t be the first or the last. To easily incorporate it into your modern wardrobe, keep it in the same color family as your outfit’s, or wear a neutral color like white on your wrist as a fun accessory.

 

Denim Maxi Skirts:

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The bane of my existence growing up in the ’80s and ’90s: the denim maxi skirt. We saw the return of denim mini and midi skirts this past year, so it was only inevitable that we would be seeing the maxi come back as well. I will admit that I was not a fan of its original run, but today’s cuts have been updated, and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. Details like frayed edges, layers, and high slits have really revamped the denim maxi.

 

Dresses Over Pants:

Dress Over Pants

I rocked this look in high school and after seeing photos of myself years later, I was so happy that this was not a trend anymore… until now. This early 2000s look typically consists of a mini dress—usually with embellishments like ruffled layers—worn over low-rise flared denim. Today’s modern take on a dress-and-pants combo is a big improvement. Try a button-down maxi dress fastened a quarter of the way over high-waisted distressed denim, or a sheer dress with high slits over a slim pant.

 

Furry Shoes:

Fur Shoes

I’ve been surprised to see shoes with fur accents taking over as much as they have. I didn’t think they were a practical shoe choice for the everyday women, but this is one surprising trend that I am definitely loving. Who says your shoe choice needs to be practical, anyway? Fur-accented mules, loafers, and heels add a bit of excitement and fun to your outfit.

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April 25th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 5 Tips to Refresh Your Wardrobe Staples

We all have our favorite staple pieces that we go to again and again. They make our wardrobes more cohesive and can save us from those mornings we feel we have nothing to wear. But as much as we love those wardrobe staples, basic pieces can get a little boring and may need an update from time to time.

To help you refresh those wardrobe staples, I’ve rounded up five shopping and styling tips that’ll keep them exciting and just as easy to wear!

 

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1. Look for Unexpected Details
Freshen up your basics by looking for pieces with unexpected details, like statement sleeves on your next button-down blouse.

 

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2. Pair Them with Lively Pieces
Grasie pairs her white sneakers—a wardrobe staple every girl should have in her closet—with a fun, colorful set that is perfect for spring.

 

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3. Mix Traditional with Modern Classics
Tonya is wearing classic block heels with one of my favorite modern classic looks: denim on denim.

 

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4. Oversize It
A classic blazer becomes a modern piece that can be worn with any outfit when you choose an oversized fit and scrunch up the sleeves.

 

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5. Add a Personal Touch
Use your DIY skills to add some extra flare to your staple pieces; for example, try adding a raw edge hem to your denim or embroidery if you’re feeling crafty.

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