Blog: Crossroads Style

September 20th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile How Blake Lively Has Reinvented the Suit

Lately, Blake Lively’s style has been getting as much attention as her acting career. She’s worn a suit for every single promotional appearance for her new movie, A Simple Favor, once even changing seven times in one day. It seems the decision may be part of a subtle PR stunt that plays homage to her character Emily. Blake has practically reinvented the suit and shows us how it can (and should) be styled. From prints to neon and from sleek and chic to relaxed and casual, she hasn’t been afraid to be daring and playful. If a trend can be made into a suit, Blake has worn it and pulled it off. The best part of Blake’s amazing style stunt (and what makes me admire her even more)? She acts as her own stylist!

Now that the movie has been released nationwide, will Blake return to flawlessly sporting a variety of styles, or will she be sticking to her two-piece ensembles? Either way, I’m excited to see what she has up her sleeve next!

Take a look at five of my favorite suit looks and accessories from Blake Lively this past summer!

 

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This classic pinstripe and lace combination suit is giving me total “boss babe” vibes.

 

Blake upgrades plaid with this multi-tone suit and tie ensemble.

 

I die for this jewel-toned velvet-on-velvet, vest-as-a-top, absolutely fabulous suit combo!

 

Blake clearly knows that rich jewel tones are trending, and her print-mixing game is on point with this shorts suit.

 

Blake started her press tour by taking the neon trend to the next level with a monochromatic, traffic-stopping suit!

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September 7th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Lady Gaga’s Stuns in Valentino at the ‘A Star Is Born’ Premiere

The upcoming musical film A Star Is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival, and I cannot stop thinking about Lady Gaga’s dress. She wore a pink, feathered Valentino gown, aptly nicknamed “Flamingo,” and my jaw dropped upon seeing it. Bravo, Valentino. Bravo. Lady Gaga is no stranger to statement-making looks; how can anyone forget the meat dress she wore for the 2010 MTV VMA Awards? We’ve become accustomed to the style and shock she brings to red carpet events.

When I saw this dress, I felt like I should hate it. There is absolutely no shape, she looks like she’s drowning, and it’s just too much of everything. BUT… this dress is different. This Valentino is bold, confident, chic and somehow reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, which seems to be her look of choice for this press tour. If anyone else wore this, I would scoff and think how unnecessarily over-the-top it is (except for Rihanna—because let’s be honest, Rihanna can pull off literally anything). Whatever it is about this look, it makes me excited to see her upcoming choices for this movie’s premieres, and, inevitably, the award season.

Please, let’s take a moment to appreciate the stunning Lady Gaga and her Valentino dress at the A Star Is Born premiere. By the way, I hear the movie is getting rave reviews, and I cannot wait to see it!

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August 23rd, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Suits: The Fall Trend Celebrities Are Already Wearing

The chicest trend for fall is suiting and all of our favorite celebs are already rocking suits with a trendy twist. There are so many ways to wear suits this season: from wide leg and oversized to fitted and cropped, there is a suit out there for any occasion you have coming up!

Take a look at some of my favorite suit looks from celebs that are ahead of the style game!

Blake Lively
Blake Lively has been on a press tour for A Simple Favor and has been killing the suit game! My favorite is this oversized, plaid suit.

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Celine Dion
Celine Dion proves her diva status in a silk pink suit, complete with fuzzy slip-ons.

Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis steps out in a plaid two piece that can easily be mix and matched into a fall wardrobe.

Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner made her post-baby red carpet debut at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a sexy chic belted blazer dress.

Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian is no stranger to red carpets and knows how to turn heads. This embellished patterned suit is stunning on the reality star.

Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo pairs a cropped wide leg suit with knee high boots. A perfect fall power look!

Rachel Zoe
It’s no surprise that Rachel Zoe is ahead of the trend game with her chic leather suit!

Cate Blanchet
Cate Blanchet mixes prints and sets a trend standard in this gorgeous suit.

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August 9th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile 5 Royal Fashion Traditions Meghan Markle Has Broken

While I have always loved Kate Middleton’s classic style, Meghan Markle is refreshingly bringing a bit of edge and modernism to the royal family. Much like Princess Diana did, she’s bending a few fashion protocols. Rules were made to be broken, right?

Perhaps her style confidence comes from being in the entertainment industry, or maybe it’s simply from being an independent woman who wants to keep some semblance of a normal life while living a real-life fairy tale. Whatever the reason, I always look forward to seeing what the new Duchess of Sussex is wearing!

Below, we look at five ways Meghan has gone against the grain of royal family fashion.

 

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She doesn’t exclusively carry clutches.
According to royal etiquette, members of the royal family are encouraged to carry clutches. This is apparently to keep their hands busy and deter the public from extending their hands for a handshake. Meghan has been seen in public many times carrying different purses with (albeit shorter) handles and crossbody straps.

 

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She wears messy buns.
Royals are expected to look clean, put-together, and sleek. A messy bun does not typically fall into that category, but Markle has frequently sported one.

 

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She foregoes the pantyhose.
Per tradition, royal women are to wear pantyhose. In fact, Queen Elizabeth has not ever been photographed without wearing them! Markle ditched the pantyhose to announce her engagement to Prince Harry and has even opted to wear thigh-high boots in place of pantyhose under dresses.

 

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She wears non-British designer clothing.
Markle does not discriminate when it comes to her love of fashion! While it’s tradition for the royal family to wear only clothing from British designers, she is often seen paying tribute to her favorite Canadian and American fashion designers.

 

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She wears “revealing” clothing.
Meghan’s dress for Trooping the Colour—a British tradition since the 17th century—is said to have broken royal protocol by exposing the top of her shoulders. Her engagement photo dress also sparked a bit of controversy with its sheer details.

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July 26th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Jennifer Lopez is Living Her Best Life

Jennifer Lopez turned 49 years old this week. Yes—49 years old can look that good! An actor, singer, and dancer, J.Lo is a triple threat, and it’s no surprise that every project she’s involved with becomes hugely successful. In honor of J. Lo’s birthday this week, let’s take a look at how she is living her best life!

 

Family First

We’ve all read about Lopez’s relationship dramas in the tabloids over the years, but her current relationship with baseball star Alex Rodriguez (A. Rod) seems to be her happy place. “We both are so happy about our lives right now and where we’re at professionally, as well as personally,” Lopez told ET Online. J. Lo and A. Rod share plenty of family photos on Instagram, and have seemingly created the perfect blended family, including a wonderful co-parenting relationship with ex-husband Marc Anthony.

 

Lo Gives Her All

Jennifer’s Las Vegas residency, Jennifer Lopez: All I Have, takes place at the Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood and has been critically acclaimed for its performance and production value since debuting in January 2016. Time Magazine praised the show as “a spectacle as lively and extravagant as the city itself” and Jennifer with: “the latest in a slew of pop stars to set up shop in Vegas, she brings a showmanship that’s hard to top.”

 

Triple Threat

This year J. Lo has been able to delve deep into her acting, singing, and dancing talents. Her NBC drama Shades of Blue is completing its third and final season this summer, a trailer for her upcoming movie Second Chance has recently debuted, and she’ll be continuing her successful Las Vegas residency through September. Last but not least, the second season of Lopez’s NBC dance competition show, World of Dance, debuted in May and has already been renewed for a third season.

 

Self Care

Lo knows that the secret to aging gracefully is to take care of yourself, mind, body, and soul. We all know what we should be doing to take care of ourselves, but let’s be honest: it’s easier said than done.

Not for Jennifer Lopez! Daily workouts, meditation, eating clean, drinking water, staying out of the sun, and getting plenty of sleep are her simple secrets to aging gracefully.

 

Red Carpet Maven

Lopez steals every red carpet she steps onto and seems to only get better with age! Her red carpet looks turn heads and constantly land her on best-dressed lists!

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