Blog: Crossroads Style

May 4th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada Best-Dressed at the Met Gala 2016

The most exclusive party of the year went down this Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit in New York City. The gala was centered around the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which explored the relationship between clothes created by hand and clothes created by machine. As always, it was a great night for fashion.

Here are the stars that made my best-dressed list on the Met Gala red carpet!

Met GalaThis evening was all about embellishments, and Taylor Swift did not disappoint in a stunning Louis Vuitton mini.

P2 - Rose ByrneRose Byrne walked the red carpet in a champagne-colored custom Ralph Lauren lamé gown.    

P3 - Rita Ora
Rita Ora rocked a silver Vera Wang gown with gorgeous on-trend feather embellishments.  

P4 - Kate HudsonKate Hudson slayed in Atelier Versace and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. The cut-outs are futuristic, yet modern!

P5 - Alessandra Ambrosia
The Balmain army is stronger than ever with Alessandra Ambrosia repping in a glimmering, body-conscious dress. 

P6 - Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn looked phenomenal in her beaded Balmain dress. Its art deco details fit the exhibit’s theme perfectly!

What were your favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala?

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May 3rd, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Five Must-Read Books About Fashion & Style

If you not only love fashion as a form of self-expression, but also find the ins and outs of the industry itself fascinating, you may find yourself wanting to go beyond blogs and fashion magazines. Good news: it’s easy to delve further!

I’ve rounded up my five favorite books about fashion and style below. These books give a behind-the-scenes look at the industry from those who have essentially created it from the ground up, and from those whose lives it has deeply impacted. From development to photography to marketing, you’ll get all kinds of influential fashion commentary.

1. Women in Clothes, by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanna Shapton, and moreWomen in Clothes
Get thought-provoking perspectives on fashion from those who know it best: women like you. The authors of this book surveyed over six hundred women about their views on fashion, giving us wonderfully revealing conversations about what fashion can say, and how it can impact your life.

2. Mario Testino: In Your Face, by Mario TestinoMario Testino
This book is filled with photos of the most fabulous fashion moments and will make the most gorgeous coffee book table. You’ll want to open and read it over and over again.

3. The Sartorialist: Closer, by Scott Schuman

The Sartorialist
I love street style shots more than any high fashion or runway photography. I love seeing how real people in this world dress and express themselves. If you do too, then this book—from renowned street style photographer Scott Schuman—is for you.

4. I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist, by Betty HalbreichIll Drink to That
Betty spent forty years of her life as a personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, and she has the stories to prove it. Hilarious, charming, and personal, Betty chronicles how she has been able to help women learn how to find their true selves with the help of fashion.

5. Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion, by Maureen CallahanChampagne Supernovas
There will never be another decade like the ‘90s. In my humble opinion, it was the best decade for fashion and music, and the last before technology overtook our lives. This book chronicles the best of the best in its unique fashion culture.

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April 29th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Styling Session: Summer Stripes

We love this Riviera-ready look that Amelia of Clotheshorse LA put together so much, that she (and those amazing pants) immediately became the inspiration for our very own summer stripes styling session!

Because this week’s newest arrivals feature so many fantastic stripes, I picked my favorites and headed to the styling closet. You can look forward to shopping striped pieces like these at all Crossroads locations this weekend!

Our simple Striped Crop Top ($9.50) is the perfect place to start. Pair this 100% cotton tee with high-waisted shorts and platform sandals, and finish off the look with a brightly colored purse.

Add a pop of red with our Mini Stripe Collared Tank ($16.50). I upped the cute factor by adding a black bow tie and cherry red bag.

Go neutral with our ‘70s Striped Tunic ($18.50). Achieve this look with light wash jeans, a pastel tote and minimal flats.

When the temperature climbs into the hundreds, you’ll want our High Neck Striped Tank ($9.50) handy. Just add your trusty denim cut-offs and let your brightest sandals complete the look.

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April 27th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada Must-Have Cookbooks for Your Kitchen

Forget delivery and ordering into the office every day; there’s no better time to experiment in the kitchen, try new flavors, and get your Iron Chef on! Step up your cooking game with these four cookbooks that belong on your counter:

cook book1. Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy is pretty much everyone’s spirit animal and a total beast in the kitchen, so it’s no wonder that her cookbook is spreading like wildfire. The book is divided into sections like “Party Time,” “Sh*t on Toast,” and “Things That Intimidate People but Shouldn’t.” You’ll fall in love with her wit and recipes like John’s Famous Fried Chicken with Spicy Honey Butter.

P2 - Gwyneth Paltrow2. It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth shares more than 125 of her most healthy and delicious recipes from lazy breakfasts to easy dinners. My favorites include the Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap and Pita Bread Pizzas.

P3 - Love and Lemons3. The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio
This book features more than 100 simple vegetarian recipes starring fresh and delicious seasonal produce. It’s the perfect inspiration for quick and impromptu cooking!

P4 - Orange, Lavender, Figs4. Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater by Fanny Slater
Fanny makes one-of-a-kind recipes approachable yet stunning enough to earn you the title of “Top Chef” among your friends and family. Try her Butternut Squash Tacos with Apple-Fennel Slaw, and you’ll never look back.

Hungry yet?

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April 26th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: Mastering the Model Off-Duty Look

The model off-duty look is the epitome of casual and comfort chic. In between runway shows and magazine shoots, models have a way of taking simple pieces and making them look effortlessly stylish. While it’s not as easy as hopping out of bed and throwing on your favorite tee, creating your own ‘off-duty’ style is entirely doable.

Follow the tips below to master the kind of effortless street style we love seeing on the likes of Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid, and Karlie Kloss.

Basics are Bestoff-dutyKeep it simple and build your outfits on your best basics. You can never go wrong with a worn-in tee and your most flattering denim.

Keep it UndoneundoneDon’t overdo it! Messy tucks, rolled hems, and unpolished top knots are key to an effortless look.

Invest in Wardrobe StaplesstaplesFast fashion is useful for trying out new trends, but invest wisely in staples that are timeless: a leather jacket, a chic blazer, and your favorite pair of shoes.

Keep it CasualcasualModel off-duty style is most attainable when it is kept casual. Think booties, simple prints, and neutral colors. If you’re more apt to dress girly, tone it down with some tomboy elements like sneakers or a bomber jacket.

Denim is #1denimWhen it doubt, throw on your best denim, whether it be jeans, a jacket, or a top.

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