A: My name is Amber Lucas. I currently live in Wine Country (Northern California) with my boyfriend, two cats and guinea pig. I work as a full time manager at a local boutique, I own two online stores through Etsy, as well as my blog, A•Mused. I am mixed: my mother is Danish, and my father is Haitian. I grew up in Hawaii, came out to California for college, and I never left!
What is your style philosophy?
A: My style philosophy is to wear what makes me happy. I love when clothing has a story, such as wearing items from my mother’s closet, or creating DIY versions of designer items. It makes the pieces more personal, and more “me”. I think personal style should be that: completely unique to you, and not something that others dictate.
How would you describe your sense of style?
A: I love to play with color and texture. I don’t think I fall into one particular style. I am drawn to quirky, unusual items: such as cat prints or scalloped collars on blouses. I want my clothing to have a sense of humor. I think fashion should spark conversation. I have a pink t-shirt that says “Pink Freud”. I think it’s hilarious, and people comment on it whenever I wear it. I love things like that! I also love to shop second hand and vintage stores. I just recently discovered Gunne Sax dresses, and I am so in love! I feel like my style is similar to the little girl of my youth playing dress up, only now I try to walk the fine line of playing dress up while striking a balance with what is appropriate for the public. I am however, always looking for an excuse to wear my pettiskirts.
What is the process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
A: My inspiration for choosing outfits usually happens when I have been awake for too long. Late at night I like to open my closet (my closet is organized into groupings of tops, skirts, dresses, and top layering pieces, such as vests, cardigans, denim jackets, and blazers) and start to pair items that I normally wouldn’t think of putting together. I assemble the whole outfit, including accessories and shoes, and then snap a photo. I have a whole gallery on my phone, which I browse on mornings I’m running late, which helps me get dressed in record time.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
A: Ooh. I’ve got a whole bunch of favorites! If I were to narrow it down to three, my top three favorite items would be: My vintage Yves Saint Laurent wrap dress that I purchased in Texas, my vintage Dolce & Gabbana evening gown that I found at a local consignment store, and my custom made leather dress. Those three are total (tri)polar opposites of each other, but I guess that ties back to my style being experimental! I also have a vintage velvet bow tie that I just bought, and I cannot wait to wear it!
What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
A: Yoox.com and theoutnet.com are a favorite of mine for shoes. For accessories I love to shop Etsy stores. I’m going through a ring phase at the moment, and there are several beautiful, handmade delicate ones available. I like that I am supporting someone’s craft when I shop through Etsy. I have a few eBay sellers that I love, and I also love browsing Asos to see what they have available. Asos is so dangerous! Also, I am fortunate enough to live 20 minutes away from the nation’s largest Salvation Army store. They sell everything from mopeds to tractors to furniture and clothing. I once bought a $6 Coach bag there! I love amazing finds like that.
How long have you been natural?
A: I have never permed or had any sort of straightening treatment in my hair, so I haven’t really had a transition. However I did struggle with accepting my natural hair. I believed for the longest time that I couldn’t be as pretty, or attractive as others because of it. I struggled with learning how to maintain my hair with curls that dried to different lengths, and the multiple textures it had. It seemed that the stylists I went to either butchered it with bad, uneven cuts, or suggested shaving my head (!!) or getting a perm. I went for years wearing my hair pulled back.
Finally, in college I met a stylist named Richard, and he changed my relationship with my hair. He showed me how to maintain it, gave me an amazing cut, and introduced me to the Kerastase lines. I had been using a Kerastase shampoo for years, but never the whole line at once. That was the beginning of my falling in love with my hair. Over the years I have become increasingly aware of how many people have a lack of knowledge when it comes to curly/natural hair. I’ve had many people automatically assume that I hate my hair because of how curly it is. They couldn’t be more mistaken! I love my hair. I want others to love their hair as much as I do. It’s amazing how much confidence you gain when you accept yourself (and your hair)!
What is your signature hairstyle?
A: My signature hairstyle is to wear my hair down. I love my hair to have soft, defined curls, with several layers. When I get my hair cut (which is the Deva cut) I always ask for facial framing layers, and for as many layers as possible. The more layers, the more free my curls are to move around. I usually wear my hair with a small side part, or no part at all. My moto is “the bigger the better”.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: I wash my hair every 2–3 days. I no longer use Kerastase. For the last 5 years I have been using Wen, a cleansing conditioner. In the shower it is the first product I use, and the last thing I rinse out. I then section my hair into 3 parts, and add some product back in. I use a plain white t-shirt to remove the excess water. I then add a mousse (Smooth ‘N Shine Polishing Curled Up Curl Activating Mousse), and let my hair air dry. The mousse creates a “curl cast” (where the curl is stiff and very defined), which I scrunch out for big, soft curls. When I sleep I will either sleep with my hair down (so as not to stretch my curls), or I will wear a loose scrunchie. In the mornings I’ll remove the scrunchie first thing — that way while I’m getting ready my hair has time to “relax” (it’s sticking straight at first!). For a deep conditioning treatment, I’ll use the Wen deep conditioner. That’s it!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: Yes! Come visit me at www.amusedblog.com!