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Fly, fresh & fashion forward describes 23 year old blogger, Amber Alexander! Originally from Brooklyn, New York Amber is the creator of the dope blogazine Beauty & The Street. In an efforts to fill a void of online publications for eclectic urban young women of all shades who are passionate about style, music, beauty, and women’s topics, she launched Beauty & The Street.
Amber’s blogging has earned her an honorary feature in legendary designer Thierry Mugler’s ‘Womanity’ campaign, Orbit Gum’s blogger campaign, a slot to do exclusive coverage at Rebecca Minkoff events with selected bloggers, Fashion Week, and a cameo in The New York Times blog ‘The Local’ in 2010.
She’s also held internship positions at various companies within the fashion/beauty industry including Purple Lab NYC, Funky Fanny’s Vintage and Teen Diaries Online in addition to personal assisting for former high-fashion model Lois Samuels on her self-titled line The Vessel by Lois. Being passionate about music and culture Amber also regularly contributed to ground-breaking movement Afropunk’s official website and Brooklynbodega.com. Recently she’s been featured on The Fashion Bomb, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and Ebony.
Let’s get to know Amber a little better….
What originally motivated you to jump into the creative field of fashion & blogging?
Initially I just wanted an outlet to talk about celebrity style and gossip, so I started a blog. At the time it was simply for fun!
Beauty and The Street is a dope fashion and lifestyle blogazine, what inspired you to launch your site?
Why thank you! At one point I used to read a million blogs and though I enjoyed them all, none spoke directly to me. As a young woman of color with multiple interests and an unconventional perspective on style I felt it was my duty to fill the void.
In fashion it’s important to stay fresh and current, how do you keep your creative juices flowing?
Well, I don’t watch tv or read magazines so I just allow my everyday experiences to inspire me. I enjoy people-watching in NYC, reading a ton of books, watching retro flicks, and listening music (my favorite). Those things get my juices flowing daily.
Describe your style.
Wow that’s such a hard question for me, because I look different all the time. I would call myself urban-eclectic. I tend to pull from different types of style whether it’s street, punk rock, bohemian, etc and blend them all together. I’m pretty much a chameleon.
What has been the highest point of your career so far and why?
Thus far the highest point in my career honestly is hearing great feedback from readers who felt like they never fit in anywhere. I’ve always felt like an odd-ball and it is nice to know that young women like myself can connect with Beauty & The Street. It’s the best feeling in the world!
We tend to pull characteristics from others in our lives or from people we admire, who inspires you and why?
I admire my parents because they taught me the importance of entrepreneurship, my twin sister because of her impeccable style, and my young sister for not giving a damn what anyone thinks. Those are all great characteristics to have, especially in the fashion industry.
Where do you see yourself and Beauty & The Street in the next 5 years?
In 5 years I see Beauty & The Street as THE go-to online destination for fashion and culture with staffed contributors on board. There’s more but you will see for yourself Personally, I would like to be deeply active in my community there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the inner city.
We’re all about empowerment at C.O.R.E Mag, what does empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment means to know who you are, ignoring naysayers and going after what you truly deserve. After all, no one else will do it for you!
Fun Faves!!- Food? Song? Artist? Celeb Crush?
Roti and Jerk Shrimp, I’m West Indian so I love Caribbean cuisine.
I don’t have a favorite song but as of late I have been listening to Frank Ocean – Pink Matter often.
Ehhh, I am not crushing on any celebs per se but Nas is pretty hot lol
Check out more of Amber Alexander & Beauty & the Street here…
The days of cold, snow and 12 layers are slowly dwindling down. Since we know Spring and warm weather will be here before you know it, it’s time to think about new & fun fashion that you can add to your wardrobe collection. Yes, I know thinking ahead is something you rather not do but trust me you’ll love us once you do! Check out three tips of how to get your wardrobe Spring Fresh on a Budget…
To Give is to Get- Ok, so you have TONS of clothing in your closet. Even if you just shook your head “no,” I still don’t believe you and neither should you. When we all think about everything we own we always feel like we never have enough of anything. Once you go diving into your closet and pull out all the clothes you have and haven’t worn, you may have found your ticket to getting new clothes. Gather up all your gently used clothes and take them to places like Buffalo Exchange or Platos Closet and go cash in. This will allow you to make room for new clothing while putting money in your hand for new outfits!
One by One- Ok so I know everything you see flipping through mags, blogs & stores is what you want. But one key item you have to remember is to try not to get all new items at once. That is too much pressure for you and your trendy wallet. Since it’s only February you have the perfect time to save up and buy a new item every other week until Spring gets here! If you follow this plan, you will be one of the fashionable girls around!
Thrifting!- Yes, I know when you think of thrift stores, you might be a little sketchy about them. But I promise you won’t be disappointed! Make a list of staple products you need that you want to get from main stores. And then for accessories or anything else drop into the thrift store and see what you can find. For instance if it’s difficult for you to find jeans that fit, go to your fave store to buy them but for jewelry or a cute cardigan check out your local thrift shop. Trust me there is nothing better than looking fly and only spending $ 2.99 for it instead of 29.00, just saying.
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