Look of the Week: Glamp-wear

So just in case you didn’t know, “glamping” (or glamorous camping) is a thing now. From luxury yurts to gourmet food, glamping is blowing up. Suddenly, sleeping on the ground and eating pork ‘n’ beans seems completely uncivilized, and don’t think for a second that fashion has escaped.

Recently, Amelia of Clotheshorse NYC and one of our very own Crossroads Style Council members shared her sartorial secrets for keeping it sassy when you’re roughing it in nature.

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Let’s break it down: (1) Super-wide thick-knit scarf. As Amelia shows us, a wide scarf is versatile: wear it wrapped around your neck like any other scarf, or wrap it around yourself like a blanket. But practicality aside, I just love all of the patterns this scarf has going on, and fringe is always a win.

(2) Wide-brimmed hat. A little bit of warmth plus a little bit of shade is just what your fall wardrobe needs. And just in case you missed it, Crossroads has a great selection of super affordable fall hats right now.

(3) Hiking socks. Here’s something I never thought I’d write: hiking socks are a wardrobe essential. Amelia nails the glamping look with thick heathered socks paired with moto-inspired ankle boots. But let’s limit these socks to similar styles of ankle boots, please, and don’t even think about pairing them with your Birks (or is that the next big thing?  Place your bets.)

(4) Ankle boots. Tough motorcycle boots can surely endure a glamping trip, non? So ditch the worn out sneakers and pack your favorite ankle boots instead.

The best part of all of this? Even if you’re not a fan of glamping, this is a look you can totally rock in town.

Photo credits: Clotheshorse NYC

NYFW with the Crossroads Style Council

A few members of the Crossroads Style Council were lucky enough to attend shows in NYC during Fashion Week, and some of them have already begun posting pics of their “day of” outfits. Gorgeous and fashion forward, as always–I can’t wait to see what they share next!

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Noelle of Noelle’s Favorite Things looking ethereal before the Nicole Miller show.

I can't get enough of her structured pink bag and her patent leather chunky loafers.

I can’t get enough of Noelle’s structured pink bag and her patent leather chunky-heeled loafers.

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Those shoes! Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie blends edgy with ladylike.

I've been waiting to say this... I love culottes!

I’ve been waiting to say this… I love culottes! And Grasie scored the plaid top at Crossroads.

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Rachel of Jag Lever toughens up a white lace romper before the Nanette Lepore show.

Rachel combats a badly timed illness with this amazing sartorial hodgepodge.

Part yodeling champion, part Stevie Nicks–all so, so amazing.

Photo credits: Noelle’s Favorite Things, Style Me Grasie, Jag Lever

5 stylish hats you need now

jaglever6When I think of hats, I think of our very own Crossroads Style Council member, Rachel of Jag Lever. Her hat collection is most certainly a labor of love, and she is a master collector.

Clearly, there is much we can learn from Rachel and her collection, but what’s most important is being inspired get our own hat collection started! Whether you like hunting for vintage hats or buying them new, Crossroads has you covered. Just think of us as your new haberdashery.

Hats 027I love this woven wide brim hat, and I think Rachel would approve too. It comes in burgundy, gray and tan; $18.50.

Hats 003You just can’t go wrong with a classic Panama hat with ribbon trim. Available in tan, black and navy; $25.

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Hats 011My favorite piece in this little collection is the riding cap. It features a front brim and adjustable back and is just $22.50. Comes in black, burgundy and navy. It reminds me of one of my favorite blog posts of Rachel’s (pictured above), featuring her twist on a Sherlock Holmes look in snowy Central Park.

Hats 020The multi-color wool bucket (or cloche hat for you ladies) is just the ticket at $17.50. I adore the bright coloring and texture of this hat.

Hats 014Up your beanie game with this floral beanie, just $12.50! Added bonus–it converts into a floral headband if that’s more your style! Rachel upgrades her beanie below by sporting one with a playful print. Take a lesson from her and opt for a floral beanie this season instead of your usual solid one.

beanieFeatured hats are available in stores now. Plus we’re now buying for fall so you’ll be sure to find even more amazing cold weather accessories at any of our 32 Crossroads store locations!

Photos of Rachel are from her blog, Jag Lever.

Look of the Week: Denim Vests

Everyone has that one piece of clothing they just can’t live without. For me, it’s my denim jacket–I can’t wait to put it in heavy rotation when the weather gets cooler. But until the crisp days of autumn arrive, Jennifer of Seeking Style and a Crossroads Style Council member has me seriously pondering a denim vest.

Perfect for transitional weather, easy to wear a million different ways–Jennifer gives her denim vest a boho-meets-city-girl vibe. Mixing her vest with a sheer bell-sleeved top and skinny black jeans, she tops it off with three great finds from Crossroads: a black broad-rimmed hat, long necklace and pair of ankle boots.

And if you can’t find the perfect denim vest, try Jennifer’s DIY: Buy a denim jacket and cut off the sleeves!

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Here are a few other great looks created by adding a denim vest…

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Photo credits: Seeking Style, The Walk, Fashion Tag, Style Cab, Jasmology

A Buyer’s View: Behind the scenes at MAGIC

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There is only one reason to go to Las Vegas in the sweltering heat of August: the trade shows of MAGIC, POOL, PROJECT, etc. With my MAGIC book in hand, I’ll lead you through just some of the styles and looks you can look forward to seeing in a Crossroads store near you this coming season!

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Loved the decorative visuals as well as the cover art for this year’s MAGIC itinerary and show maps.

photo 1Great winter prints were the star of the show. From dresses to tops, winter prints will be at the top of the list for our must haves this season.

photo 2Sweaters, sweaters and more sweaters! I just loved the juxtaposition of summer hats paired with luxe winter cardigans.

photo 2The distressed boyfriend jean and simple ankle boot will definitely be on our winter staples list.

44To die for jackets and neutrals were found at almost every collection, including one of our favorites: JOA. We still have a few pieces left by JOA in the Crossroads online shop!

photo 4Great statement necklaces and jewelry are a no brainer this coming season.

photo 2Hippie chic? Yes, please! Bell sleeved dresses and maxi skirts continue to be essential for easy dressing in the morning.

jewelry wallCouldn’t resist snapping a pic in front of the never-ending jewelry displays! That’s all from this August’s show…more next time!

Looking forward to doing some serious fall shopping with Crossroads? Check back in weekly to the Crossroads’ blog or our Instagram feed for a sneak peek of what’s new this week! And don’t forget to shop Crossroads online!

 

Look of the Week: Glamour

Ask yourself this: are you glamorous? I’m not talking about getting “dolled up” on occasion–I’m talking old-school screen siren glamour.

Take notes… because Kristen of Miss Kris (Glamour Queen and one of our newest members of the Crossroads Style Council) road tripped to Palm Springs. And did she go down the typical shorts/swimsuit road? Noooo… Just take a look at the gorgeous, dramatic style she brought to the desert:

miss-kris-and-the-colony-palms-hotelmiss-kris-and-the-colony-palms-12If Kristen can play croquet in a stunning white gown, then surely you can go glamour for your next night (or day!) out. Check out these other seasoned glamour queens…

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Photo credits: Miss Kris, She-la, Style Frizz, Fab Magazine, Fashion Gone Rogue, Girlshue, Big Fashion Style

Current Obsession: Black & White

It can be modern or classic, but either way black & white is a killer color combo that never fails. And as I anticipate what my fall wardrobe will look like, I’m leaning heavily towards this bold look to get me through the season. Here are some of my favorite street style looks so far.

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B&W checkered pumps. I die.

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Photo credits: Stockholm Street Style, Because I’m Addicted, AJ Wears Clothes, Elle Canada, Lauren Messiah, The Style Draft, What Would Gwyneth Do?, Trends Fashion Collection

Our new favorite: duster length cardigans

When it comes to shopping for fall, our favorite part is buying sweaters. We love thick knits and soft cashmere. We live for comfy pullovers and cotton flyaways–we’re even into mohair! But this season we have a new sweater obsession: duster length cardigans. Take one look at these new floor length sweater/coat hybrids and we’re sure you’ll be swooning too.

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You can get our Favorite Duster Cardigan in our online shop! If you’re on the hunt for fall essentials, then look no further. This week’s online collection features leather accents, thick flannels and (of course!) the perfect duster cardigan.

long duster cardigans 004Featuring a light textured fabric in gray, this cardigan is the sweater that will transition you from summer into fall. Looks great over a short or a long dress and is priced at just $37.50. Tip for fall layering: I layer mine over a maxi dress and then add a leather jacket on top!

long duster cardigans 021This thermal knit duster features two front pockets and hits mid-calf. We love the rich burgundy color and the hi-lo hem. I’ve styled it with a burgundy and white striped shift dress by Lumiere and tan open-toed booties. You can find this duster at one of our Crossroads store locations for $27.50.

long duster cardigans 049For a neutral look, go for this oatmeal duster in an open rib knit, $27.50. I finished the look off with printed black denim by Free People, a woven button-down by Bardot and a vintage Coach purse.

long duster cardigans 028A duster sweater, like a kimono, can easily give a boho vibe to any outfit. This gray jersey cardigan pairs effortlessly with bell bottoms, silver stilettos and a paper-thin vintage tee.

Taking Your Maxi Skirts into Fall

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away all of your summer favorites. I love wearing a maxi skirt with sandals all summer long, but I also can’t wait to mix in some of my favorite fall pieces.

One of our very own Crossroads Style Council members, Mara of M Loves M, does just that. Check out her gorgeous outfit:

pleated-maxi-skirt maxi 2Her felt hat and chunky knit sweater are such a great way to make her ethereal pleated maxi skirt fall-ready. And I don’t know about you, but leopard print accessories always make me think of colder weather… Mara’s bag is perfect!

Feeling inspired? Shop our gorgeous maxi skirts from the Crossroads Online Shop! Here’s a sample of what’s waiting for you:

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Photo credits: M Loves M

Blog Love: Meet Caroline of Perfect 10 SF

Meet Caroline Curran, the super chic, hilarious and down-to-earth SF blogger behind Perfect 10 SF.  From OOTD’s to family stories, Harry Potter obsessions to favorite designer collections, Caroline shares all of her perfect moments and finds with her readers.

So as an homage to the “perfect” theme of Perfect 10 SF, I’ve asked Caroline to fill in some blanks for us–and her responses are outstanding.

Caroline, describe your perfect…

   1.  Vacation. Lake Tahoe, Dublin or Stockholm.

   2.  Cocktail. A mojito or ANY and EVERY cocktail from Bar Agricole. (I also love beer: Anchor Steam, Blue Moon, Magnolia Brewing Co.).

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   3.  Handbag. Classic: anything Chanel quilted. Contemporary: Mansur Gavriel or Alexander Wang’s Rockie.

   4.  Way to keep fit. Co-ed basketball league with my husband and friends at University of California at San Francisco or running through Golden Gate Park.

   5.  Day in San Francisco. Toughest question ever! Spending the day in Golden Gate Park going to the deYoung, Conservatory of Flowers, paddle boats; trying a new ice cream spot; going to a show at the Curran Theatre.

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   6.  Date. That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold; all you need is a light jacket.*

[*OK, confession. Caroline totally got me here. I politely informed her that I meant date as in date night, not a date on the calendar. She politely referred me to Miss Congeniality and gave me this alternative answer...]


Perfect date.
Early dinner at Beretta and then a walk along the Embarcadero to Pier 39 to play air hockey and ski ball at the arcade. I also love going to drinks and then a lecture at City Arts and Lectures or a musical at the Curran Theatre. I can’t wait to see Motown.

[I'm not sure which answer I like best, but I'd like to offer Caroline a friendly challenge to an air hockey match next time I'm in town. Winner gets a new pair of shoes.]

   7.  Shoes. ALL SHOES! [I knew I liked this girl.] Chanel, Jenni Kayne, Anyi Lu, J. Crew, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Prada, J.P. Crickets, Miu Miu, Fendi, Isabel Marant.

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   8.  Designer. Oscar de la Renta (my wedding dress was ODLR), Carolina Herrera, Amy Smilovic of Tibi, Alexander Wang, Melissa Fleiss, Proenza Schouler.  

   9.  Live music show. Haim or Sia at the Fillmore, Ben Gibbard at the Palace of Fine Arts, James Taylor at the Orpheum, Harry Connick, Jr., Jenny Lewis with Rilo Kiley at The Regency, and for a fun night with friends, FOREVERLAND at Bimbos!  

   10. Crossroads find. Cantebury of New Zealand striped sweater, Prabul Gurung heels.

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Photo credits: Top 10 SF, Homegrown & Healthy