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.

Destination Unknown: Vacation Dresses and More!

This spring, it seems like everyone I know is already planning an exciting vacation. Needless to say, I’ve caught the travel bug! But where to go to next? Exotic Thailand…a backpacking trip through Europe…or perhaps a tranquil week on a deserted island (which is winning so far).

Yet suddenly where is not the issue at hand while planning my perfect vacation.  I am instead stuck wondering, what on earth am I going to wear? Luckily, we’re busy filling our stores with vacation-worthy dresses, tote bags and sandals just in time for you’re next trip.

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What:
Cream Beach Cover-up, $ 32.50
Printed Leather and Fabric Tote, $65
Platform Leather Heels, $85

When: Pull this dress over your bikini after a long day at the beach. Grab a designer tote and heels to take the whole look up a notch!

Where: Wear this on a spur of the moment weekend trip to Santa Monica, CA.

What: Hibiscus Print Dress with Scarf Hem, $32.50

When: This flowing cotton dress with bold print screams exotic vacation, and with a low-cut back and sides you won’t need to pack much more.

Where: I’m thinking a trip to tropical Kauai is a match.

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What:
Orange Red Trapeze Dress, $32.50
Leather Mules, $85

When: Another dress that’s perfect for walks on the beach. The oversized body and sheer red fabric make this a great pick, plus it arrives wrinkle free after way too many hours en route.

Where: Thailand. Or for something closer, take a trip just across the border to Mexico.

What: Floral Slip with Asymmetrical Bottom, $32.50

When: Pair this floral slip dress with a pair of ankle boots and you’re ready for a trip north.

Where: Portland or Seattle

What:
Off the Grid Blouse, $17.50
Chiffon Jumper with Suspenders, $28.50

When: This look is just too cute. Day or night, I’m seeing this look around museums or coffee breaks at a hole in the wall café.

Where: Gallivanting around Prague, or perhaps a day exploring Washington D.C.

Happy travels and happy shopping!

#Crossroadsfinds Road trip

Have you ever dreamed of an epic shopping road trip with Crossroads? Well I have, and last week I finally did it! (And I highly recommend it).

Jump in the car with your closest friends and hit up as many of our locations as you can in one day! Oh the #crossroadsfinds you will score! I went shopping at 7 of our locations in the L.A area and found some really fantastic items.  But don’t you worry, there are pieces like these coming into our 32 locations nationwide daily, so get out there and get shopping!

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Steve Madden Leopard Print Slides, $27.50.

House of HarlowHouse of Harlow Necklace, $18.50.

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Sam Edelman Adora Sandals, $42.50.

Naya Blue bootsNaya Blue Cowboy boots, $32.50.

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Zara Fringe PurseZara Fringe Purse, $65.

Jeffrey Campbell X UOJeffrey Campbell x UO Mules, $37.50.

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J Crew Peplum Tee, $16.50.

 

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Zara Metallic Sandals Zara Metallic Sandals, $18.50.

Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena

Sam Edelman CircusSam Edelman Circus Boots, $37.50.

Lucky Brand Lucky Brand Leather Heels, $25.

Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek. Come sell with us today and use the trade towards your blossoming spring wardrobe! And if you can’t make it to one of our locations come shopping with us online!

Festival Season: What to Wear to Coachella 2015

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It’s almost that magical time of year again: festival season.  And our first stop? Coachella, of course.  

But what’s a girl to wear to her favorite desert weekend with so few little time left to shop? Well, your in luck because we’ve put together a Crossroads online shop of Indio-worthy styles that will keep you looking and feeling cool even if you run into Drake in the VIP section.

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Boho Rucksack, $36.   Throw it over your shoulder and hit the road. Whether you’re headed uptown or out of town, our Boho Rucksack packs enough style to go wherever you’re headed.

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Blush Fringe Top, $27.50. The epitome of summer style all grown up, this loose-fitting top in blush has bell sleeves that drape perfectly.

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Favorite Duster Cardigan, $37.50. Sheer gray & cream with a geo print, this open cardigan is ultra lightweight, so it’s perfect for early morning coffee runs, sunsets at the beach… whatever.

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Black Lace-Up Dress, $40. The lace-up detail, high front slit and adjustable spaghetti straps on this black dress would be a perfect way to channel Lorde’s edgy goth style.

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Black Magic Maxi Skirt, $35. The contrast print of this maxi skirt is absolutely eye-catching, stirring visions of sunset evenings sipping tasty margaritas.

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Braided Wide-Brim Panama Hat, $30.   Classic structured Panama hat fitted with a larger brim. Made from 100% wool and finished with a contrasting hatband of braided faux leather around the crown.

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Flower Child Cut-Out Top, $32.50. Take your cut-offs up a notch with our flower child cut-out top. Sweet flower detailing mixes with a dramatic open back cut-out and slightly belled sleeve to add up to a perfect piece from every angle.

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Modern Gatsby Dress, $60. A sheer lace overlay transforms a mini dress into an ankle-length stunner.  Add edge to the look by pairing it with a fringe handbag, chunky sandals and piles of silver.

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Palm Springs Kimono, $36. You’ve checked in to the perfect mid-century modern rental and plan to throw the best pool party spring break has ever seen.  This kimono is fit for such a hostess.

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Folk Queen Maxi Skirt, $28.50. Yes, your mom wore this look in the 70’s, and she rocked it. Just add a bodysuit, wide brimmed hat and fringe crossbody bag. Guitar is optional.

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Indie Folk Fringed Poncho, $24.00. Nothing says festival like a poncho, especially this soft stretch jersey one with red fringe. This poncho is as necessary for cool nights as your favorite sunnies are for day.

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Southwest Poncho Top, $20. Sometimes you wish you had a go-to item in your closet that goes with anything and instantly makes you look ridiculously chic without even trying. Look no further.

Take a look here for these items and more in our What to Wear to Coachella Shop in the Crossroads Online Store.

Photo credit: How to Coachella

That 70’s Look: Bohemian Pieces In Stores

This season, everyone from Gucci to Dior are jumping on the bohemian bandwagon. This means you can look forward to easy-to-wear pieces inspired by the hippie movement of the late 60’s, with just a dash of late 70’s Marrakesh thrown in.

Perfect for a summer full of fun festivals–or even just a day by the riverside–we’re sharing how to get that 60’s/70’s look with pieces pulled straight from our stores’ newest arrivals.

Getting that bohemian vibe is a no-brainer: keep it simple with embroidered pieces, lots of fringe, round sunnies and of course Birkenstock (or at least Birkenstock-inspired) sandals.

Our Lace Insert Maxi Skirt, $38.50, sits high on the waist, is made of lightweight floral fabric and is our top pick for what to wear to Coachella 2015.

coin belt Oh and that coin belt? Yup, we’re obsessed too. Throw it on over denim shorts, your bikini or a delicate maxi skirt and snap!: instant festival style.

A linen tunic layered over ripped denim is an absolute must this spring. Add our Wide Brim Panama hat to accomplish that lusted-after relaxed weekend vibe.

Try our Bell Sleeved Maxi Blouse, $28.50 on for size. Available in white floral (pictured above) and black paisley.

For a simple summertime look, go for an embroidered cotton tank and super flared bell bottoms. And, if you dare, add a fanny pack. ( I know, I know — but it’s the perfect bag for festival season because you can roam hands free!)

I’m personally gearing up for spring by hoarding embroidered pieces, and my newest find is this puebla dress — and I must say I love it and am on the hunt for more like it!

Look for tons of other 70’s-inspired festival wear on the Crossroads Online Shop too!

Pop! Colorful Sunglasses for Spring

With sunny days on the horizon, we’re busy finding you the best of the best in summer eyewear and accessories. Our newest sunglasses are so major that we’re pretty sure you need at least one pair in your life.

So pop into your nearest Crossroads to pick up vintage-feel cat eyes, metal frames or colorful heart-shaped sunnies because–believe me–you won’t find fashion like this for under $12 anywhere else.

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Don’t forget to check out our accessories available online!  And for a sneak peek on new items heading to our stores, search for #comingsoon on the Crossroads Instagram.

WWDMAGIC: The Buyers Report Direct from Las Vegas

We’ve been prepping for WWDMAGIC for months, and now that it’s come and gone (whew!) I can give you a look inside our trend boards and fashion forecasts for Spring/Summer 2015.

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Floral accessories, 70’s inspired fringe pieces, embroidered dresses and neon sportswear dominated the show. Check out our favorite sets featuring pieces you can shop at all Crossroads locations this coming season.

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That’s a wrap from this years trade shows! Don’t forget to check our Instagram feed to be the first to know what’s arriving daily at our stores. Oh and…Viva Las Vegas!

-The Crossroads Buying Team

Our Managers Weigh In: The Top Trends of 2015

Last week, our management team gathered from all over the country to talk about what trends they’re excited to see come through their doors this spring and summer – and I got you the inside scoop!

“Rose will be the color in the spotlight this season. Paired with muted neutrals or black, we can look forward to seeing it in everything from clothing to accessories. Spring also celebrates fun and whimsy, which we’ll see in everything from artist-inspired patterns to kitschy accessories featuring fruit and futuristic metals. Finally, gingham will be big as well. I’m especially looking forward to seeing it presented in new colors like bright primaries and muted jewel tones.”–Kendra Tafurt, Regional Buyer, Los Angeles, CA

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“My favorite trend for spring is embellishments– I sense a ‘fringe fest’ coming this season. Be sure to look out for tassels and plume too! I also love the use of transparent fabrics because they give the illusion of showing skin without showing too much. And I’m a big fan of slouchy and trapeze tops and dresses because you can be stylish and comfortable at the same time.”–Linda Phavanant, Store Manager, San Jose, CA

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Bouchra-Jarrar-Spring-Summer-2015“For the spring season, our buyers are excited about mixed prints, boyfriend jeans, nautical pieces, bold colors and–of course–floral! We’re also excited to get everything in from preppy J Crew and Madewell, to the boho chic of Free People, Johnny Was and Tory Burch, to the sleek sophistication that transcends seasons like Zara, DVF, Joie and Vince.”Kelly Fucillo, Store Manager, Irvine, CA

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Photo Credits: Hip Candy, Ekception, The Fashion Spot, Chanel, Style Me Grasie, Bouchra Jarrar, M Loves M

Marsala: The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

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You might have heard by now that marsala–an earthy maroon hue with a matte finish–has been declared the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. We’re getting into marsala this season not only because its brownish undertone makes it practically seasonless, but because this rich plum tone has the ability to match a wide range of complexions.

So gather up your reds, your plums and your oxbloods, because this is the year of marsala.

Marsala 018Marsala is a fashion must this season but with variations ranging from bright pomegranate to murky terracotta, how will you choose to incorporate this 90’s throwback color into your wardrobe?

With JacketNubia jumps right into a full monochrome look with our Marsala Pencil Shift, $16.50, adding her own maroon leather trench coat. This look is a perfect example of how to sport this hue during the colder months.At bench

Remove the trench coat and add your favorite open toed booties and a brick-colored purse so you’re set for spring!

Nail Color and Lipstick ShadesWe tried soooo many red hues looking for the perfect marsala lip and nail colors but the winning nail lacquer goes to Angora Cardi by Essie.

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terracottaWhen the weather grows warmer, lighten your marsala hue to a terracotta one like we did here with this maxi length caftan. We let the color be the center of attention by keeping the accessories minimal, just adding a single silver cuff and a pair of bronze earrings.

shopifyAnd don’t forget that marsala isn’t just for fashion! There are so many fun things to incorporate it into, from home furnishings and decor to recipes and cocktails.

Photo Credits: Pantone, Shopify

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!