About Samantha

Samantha has long been a lover of fashion, art and travel. A chameleon of style, she loves experimenting with color and challenges each day to inspire her next great outfit. Currently, if there is one thing Samantha enjoys more than the art of fashion--it is the art of eating well.

Current Obsession: Culottes

Culottes. Love them or hate them, we just can’t say no to a good old-fashioned styling challenge, especially when it involves a match-up with the widely forecasted “it” trouser of 2015. So take note as we break down how to wear these pants-meet-skirt pieces with ease.

White and Black Pinstripe CulottesYou’ll notice culottes have been modernized since the not-so-cute gaucho trend in the early 2000’s. They’ve been given a higher waist, pleats in front and a straighter leg. Above are Pinstripe Culottes available in stores now, $32.50.

With embroidered sweatshirtPair these vertically striped ankle-length pants with your favorite embroidered sweatshirt in winter.

With a crop top Or throw on a blousy top to create volume.

White Maxi TunicIf layering is more your thing, then grab our Pleat-Back Maxi Tunic,$28.50, and layer away! Culottes look great with longer silhouettes cascading down them– just add heels to add some height to your look.

with a pop of redSince we’re closing in on warmer weather, I added some stripes on top in a smaller print. Tip: When you mix stripes, always make sure to wear the bigger stripe on your bottom half and the smaller stripe on top. Add a red cardigan for a pop of color and you’re all set for spring!

I will most definitely be trying this trend this year, will you? Let us know how you style your culottes in the comment section below!

New To Our Online Shop: Neoprene Feel Midi Skirt

What’s better than pastels in spring? Absolutely nothing…and we’ve got plenty of them arriving in stores daily as we begin our transition into the new season.

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again- this is the year of the midi skirt and boy do we have the perfect one for you! Now available in the Crossroads Online Shop is our Neoprene Feel Midi Skirt in soft pink.

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Black accessoriesTip: Give your midi skirt a retro vibe with a polka dot blouse, bowler hat and patent oxfords.

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Pastel accessories

This spring I’m playing a lot with monochromatic pastels. Above I added a peach colored split-side sweater and our Spinning Blue Necklace ($10.50). To finish the look, I picked up this pastel blue crossbody with lucite handles.

Parisian twist

red and black accessiriesIn this look, I went for a classic Parisian twist with our Double Layer Striped Blouse, $26.50 and in stores now. Then I replaced the expected beret with a red beanie and added my favorite black pumps.

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We all love a denim shirt, but this season try our Boxy Chambray Blouse, $28.50. Just add a cute bow-tie and messenger bag!

Head on over to the Crossroads Online Shop to pick up this versatile skirt for your spring collection!

How to: Accessorize with Sunglasses

Apparently sunglasses aren’t just for summer anymore. We’ve seen everyone from bloggers to fashion editors sport dark lenses on even the cloudiest of days. In fact, they’ve really become more of an accessory than a way to block out the sunlight. With so many new styles in Crossroads stores now, we decided to count off the 6 most popular pairs of sunglasses right now.

1. Wayfarers & Oversized

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Ladies Sunglasses

2. Matte & Tortoiseshell

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3. Retro Inspired

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4. Aviators

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All sunglasses are NEW and available now in Crossroads stores. Priced from $10-$12.

Photo Credits: Fashion Tag, Stylecab, Menstyle1

Styling Neutrals for the New Year

michelle- williamsIt all started with the debut of Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2014 ad campaign. Michelle Williams looked stunning clad in a white turtleneck, cream shift and light pink LV bag. Ever since, I’ve been hoarding neutrals…and I know I’m not the only one.

Now it’s your turn to try this soothing color palette! New this week in our stores is our Loose Knit Cardigan with Fringe, $35, and available in cream and black.

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my favorite neutralsNot sure how to accessorize a neutral pallet? A bold red lip can keep you from getting that “washed out” look. Or– if you’re not much of a make-up person–simply pile on the blush and cream toned accessories, you can never go wrong with a string of  pearls.

For more styling inspiration, I’m calling on the Crossroads Style Council  to show us how they’re wearing their neutrals in 2015.

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And don’t forget to shop Crossroads Online because we have plenty of neutrals to inspire both your winter and spring wardrobes!

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Photo credits: Louis Vuitton, M Loves M, Drifter and the Gypsy, Style Me Grasie

New In: Winter prints and layering pieces

Are you tired of your inbox being inundated with sale alerts, only to find sizes XS and XXS left? We hear ya. Hit delete already and come shopping with Crossroads. Whether you’ve got gift cards aplenty or a $5 check from Grandma burning a hole in your pocket, we’ve got just the thing to fill your shopping basket. This week we’re featuring our newest winter prints and layering pieces, available in stores and online.

Winter layers

shortalls and fringe kimono Grab this entire look with our Frayed Hem Shortalls , Autumn Tee with Leather Sleeves, and Triple Layered Necklace –all available in the Crossroads Online Shop.

printed kimono with fringeFinish it off with our Printed Fringe Kimono, just $38.50 and in stores now.

Birch print kimono with tie front maxi

A black maxi dress is an easy go-to when you’re going for a layered look. Try our Black Lace Up Dress with high-slit skirt for a solid start to any outfit.

birch print kimonoOur Birch Print Kimono, $32.50, is also new in this week. It’s already making waves on our Instagram feed so get to one of our 32 locations nationwide to grab one this weekend before it’s gone!

printed shift with knit sleeve jacketPlum tones are in the forecast to be big in 2015, so start your collection with our Printed Sugar Plum Shift, $28.50, and Drape Front Jacket with Knit Sleeves, $38.50.  Both available in stores now.

roswell necklaceDon’t forget to snag some sale accessories! Our Roswell Necklace is perfect for NYE and it’s 50% off!

tan layersGrab those much needed winter neutrals with our Snake Print Cold Shoulder top, $26.50, Faux Leather Moto, and Ballet Pink Midi Skirt.

Happy Shopping and Happy New Year from all of us at Crossroads!

5 Essential Winter Coats

My name is Samantha, and I have an outerwear obsession. The truth is that I have two entire closets full of winter coats. So, continuing with my 2014 coat obsession, I rallied up the Crossroads Style Council to share my list of 5 essential winter coats you can find in Crossroads stores now.

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Black Moto Jacket

1. The Black Moto Jacket, $35

(Also available in the Crossroads Online Shop in olive green)

You can’t go wrong with a leather jacket, faux or real. Seriously ladies, if you don’t already own one, you’ll want to snatch up this oversized and belted version STAT. Grasie of Style Me Grasie knows a thing or two about leather jackets, so if you ever need advice on how to style your new moto jacket, head over to her blog for her pro styling tips.

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cream car coat $352. Cream Blazer Coat, $35

A cream or tan blazer is a versatile winter coat option. Here, Noelle of Noelle’s Favorite Things spices up her tan blazer with zip-front boots and a red bag. Since it’s neutral, this coat goes with everything!

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Classic Red Pea Coat 3. The Classic Peacoat, $36.50

A classic peacoat will always be a winter staple–in any shade. Above, Rachel of Jaglever channels her Michigan roots in a forest green peacoat she found at Crossroads. Whether in green, red or black, make sure to get this coat into your repertoire.

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Plaid with Shearling4. The Plaid Button Down Coat, $36.50

This season, plaid is everywhere! Everyone loves a plaid coat and this green plaid version with faux shearling collar is no exception! Micaela of Drifter and the Gypsy wears our Plaid and Dot Flannel Peacoat, now on sale for $32.50 in the Crossroads Online Shop.

laceandcombatbootsStepping in to show us coat #5 is our newest addition to our Crossroads Style Council! Please give a warm welcome to Melanie of Lace and Combat Boots! When Melanie isn’t shopping at her local Crossroads (where she found this amazing grey coat by J. Crew) you can find her writing her blog, working in marketing/PR, acting and modeling, or snacking on a bowl guacamole (and as a native San Diegan, I bet she makes a mean guac!)

Grey Overcoat5. The Gray Overcoat, $36.50

This gray overcoat with removable faux-fur collar has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. Its double front pockets feature a cute zipper detail, and it becomes a perfect fit with its sash tie at waist.

Happy Winter Coat Shopping…and Happy Holidays from all of us at Crossroads!

The 2014 Crossroads Gift Guide

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If not, and you’re feeling flustered (or on the verge of a panic attack!) let Crossroads help. This year, we’re making a list and checking it twice with our top 5 gift ideas. So whether you’re almost done or still procrastinating, check out what Crossroads has to offer in-store and online this holiday season!

Diamonds DailyThe Diamonds Daily iPad case with detachable gold chain strap by Thursday Friday is the perfect selection for any lucky lady on your shopping list. It combines both fashion and function in one. Get it for your designer obsessed BFF or your techie cousin. Available in stores now!

the little things 005Our Hammered Stone Cuff, $12.50, is the perfect stocking stuffer! I’m buying three just for myself.

Wide Brim Panama HatYou can also find our classic structured Panama Hat in the Crossroads Online Shop for $30. Perfect for the gifting season, it is fitted with a larger brim, made from 100% wool and finished with a contrasting band of braided faux leather around the crown.

The Fest Tote

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The Fest ToteI just love this tote bag. The leather satchel applique on The Fest Tote is so realistic looking! These canvas totes by Thursday Friday are made with care. The printed images actually wrap around the entire tote bag, creating a true 3D effect.

PugsYou can never go wrong with socks! I’m getting everyone in my family a pair of these super cute Pug Trouser Socks, $7.50.

All orders made at the Crossroads Online Shop must be submitted by December 18th to receive before December 24th. Happy shopping everyone!

Holiday glam for under $35

It’s the same thing every year: we tell ourselves we will not splurge on yet another holiday outfit we will wear only once. But just as we decide to stay strong something happens….we start to hyperventilate and the internal monologue starts up. Can I really wear that dress again? Maybe if I just buy it and return it after the party….no, that would be wrong (and do people actually still do that?) But seriously, what am I going to wear to the office party this weekend? And that Mad Men themed soiree next Tuesday….and what about New Year’s Eve? Arghhh! You give in, you buy a new dress, and then you instantly regret it.

Well there’s no regret involved when you score the perfect party dress at Crossroads! Because whether you need one, two, or even three new Holiday outfits, we’ve got you covered in-store and online and we’re pretty confident you won’t regret it.

gold dressLexi Dress in gold, $28.50

cut-out back dressCut It Out Dress in bronze, $32.50

martha dressMartha Dress, in red velvet $32.50

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party time 053Find our Evening Star Crop Top in the Crossroads Online Shop (it’s on sale!) and pair it with this Blue Sequin Pencil Skirt, with bow front, $25.

silver topOr go with our Metallic Tee on sale for just $11.25 and pair it with our Starry Nights Skater Skirt, $25.

sequin heartsI love this heart shaped cut out. Sequin Cut-Out Bandage Dress, $32.50

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Or choose a sequin collar instead with our Lace Long Sleeved Shift, $32.50.

Wondering what to do with all those dresses you’ll never wear again? Come sell with Crossroads today for cash or credit towards your next great holiday look!

The Crossroads Style Council: Masters of Plaid

If anyone knows how to wear plaid well it’s the members of our very own Crossroads Style Council. Mara, Grasie and Beth are all queens of mixing prints and have their own unique ways to style plaid.

Today we’re showing you how to recreate some of their most memorable moments with some of the newest winter arrivals hitting our stores now. And since we’re learning from the masters of plaid, these expertly checked outfits will become fashion no-brainers.

holidayplaidmlovesmMara creates this envy-worthy holiday look by pairing her black and white checked flannel with a solid green pencil skirt and preppy pearl and metallic accessories.

mad for plaidGet Mara’s look with our oversized Black and White Checked Shirt Dress, $36.50. Looks great with a basic cardigan and black platform boots.

stylemegrasieGrasie wore perhaps my favorite type of plaid at NYFW this past summer: buffalo plaid. But what’s the difference between this bold two tone check pattern and a classic multi-colored plaid? Let’s let Webster’s Dictionary lend a helping hand:

Buf·fa·lo (bf-l) Plaid  noun, adj –An even plaid consisting of two alternating color stripes, one black and the other often red, at right angles, thus forming a checked pattern of even squares; often used in Westernwear.

mad for plaid 10I for one have been meaning to recreate Grasie’s NYFW look for some time now and am super excited to find this Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Maxi Dress. Like with Grasie’s outfit, just add your favorite black booties, a touch of gold jewelry and a black purse to finish her 90’s inspired look.

bjonesWe all know Beth has a thing for mixing prints (especially when it comes to plaid), and we love her for it! Here she plays it cool by masterfully pairing her thrifted plaid trousers with a camouflage button down and a pair of leopard slip-ons.

green plaid circle skirtRecreating a three-print look can be daunting and at times is best kept for the professionals. But you can easily channel Beth’s printed look with our Green Plaid Circle Skirt, $28.50. It’s the perfect skirt for this year’s office party or just a rainy day at home cuddled up with a good book.

Abstract Plaid blouse Or try something a little more modern with our Abstract Pink and Tan Blouse, $28.50. All items are in stores now! Plus, we have some great plaid pieces available in the Crossroads Online Shop.

Buy It Here: The Damask Travel Cardigan

Whether you’ll be traveling home, heading to the movies or waiting in line on Black Friday, we’ve got the perfect cardigan for your upcoming holiday weekends. Our newest sweater obsession is perfect for any post-Thanksgiving activity and rapidly becoming our favorite everyday piece: The Damask Travel Cardigan. Pick one up for you (and your best friend) for just $32.50, now available in limited quantities on the Crossroads Online Shop.

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Fringe Bucket PurseOh, and don’t forget to pick up our Fringed Drawstring Bucket in stores now! It includes a soft suede-like fabric complete with gold or silver hardware, 6″ fringe, and two available strap lengths. Comes in red, tan, or black with southwest fabric, just $35.

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damaskDon’t forget to check out the Crossroads Online Shop for great sale items that are perfect for gifting!