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.

High Style: Inside the New Exhibit

High-StyleThe Legion of Honor in San Francisco is currently showing a very special collection from the Brooklyn Museum that demonstrates fashion’s rise through the 1900’s. Some of my favorite pieces ranged from classic LBD’s by Coco Chanel to surreal jewelry pieces by Elsa Schiaparelli. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find inside:

Elsa Schiaparelli

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Halston from the 1970’s. You can see why this fashion house has stayed true to silks.

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If you are in San Francisco in the coming months, the exhibit runs March 14-July 19.

Celebrate Earth Day with Crossroads

Earth Day is April 22nd! To celebrate, Crossroads is creating awareness by sharing facts about how we recycle, reduce and re-use. Did you know that when you (r)evolve your wardrobe with Crossroads, you’re recycling your clothing back into closets across the country and keeping our landfills free of unnecessary textile waste?

image2By shopping with Crossroads, you’re helping to save millions of gallons of water that would otherwise be used to generate textile mills worldwide in the creation of new clothing. Quite a staggering number, isn’t it?

And at Crossroads, we are proud that a number of our store locations are green certified by the cities they reside in, and we also have a Green Committee that meets regularly to discuss eco-friendly opportunities for our company.  Many stores also host a bag donation program where every time a customer chooses not to take a plastic bag, we donate 5 cents to charities like the Environmental Defense Fund.

image1So go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back! Whether your shopping or selling with us, it’s a win-win, and our planet thanks you.

 

Street Style: Birkenstocks and Slides

modernlegacy.com/auSported by bloggers worldwide (and captured by the best street style photographers), Birkenstocks remain the go-to sandal this year. But if you aren’t sure you want to shell out $100+ for a pair, get into your nearest Crossroads store for our Birkenstock-inspired sandals, available now for $20 and under!

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Classic and clean, our Double Strap Sandals are available in black or white, $20.

Our favorite this season are Criss-Cross Slides, available in tan or black, $18.50.

Take a walk on the wild side with our Double Buckle Sandal in leopard, $20.

Have you tried the comfort of this sandal trend? Let us know your favorite color in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Modern Legacy

Trending: Major Print Mixing

Wondering what’s trending on our buyer’s lists these days?  Try Hawaiian prints, polka dots, graphic tanks and all-white.

Today we’re showing off our knack for mixing prints, using pieces straight from this week’s latest arrivals in our stores. Plus, sporting these trends is easy to do; just pick from our selection of midi and maxi skirts, add a printed blouse and finish it off with our new Birkenstock-inspired sandals.

Hawaiian Print Crop Top, $20
Polka Dot Midi Skirt, in white, $25

Summer Stripe Blouse, $18.50
Polka Dot Midi Skirt, in navy, $25

Oversized Lace Top, $18.50
Tiered Boho Maxi, in ivory, $22.50

Muchas Gracias Tank, $9.50
Tiered Boho Maxi, in black, $22.50
Double Strap Leopard Print Slides, $20

Happy Shopping!

New In Stores: Spring & Festival Jewelry

We’re gearing up for warmer weather with new jewelry displays at all of our locations, featuring festival-ready pieces and more!

On the hunt for a floral crown after your DIY went awry? Or perhaps you’ve been looking for a perfect cat themed necklace for your feline-obsessed BFF. No matter your jewelry goals this spring, we’re pretty sure we’ve got you covered. Next time you pop into your favorite Crossroads store, make sure to pick up one of these special pieces, now available in stores this week.

Etched Heart Earrings, $10
Curved Stone Bangle, $22.50

Floral Crowns, available in ivory or double entwined pink roses, both $9.50

Black Sheep on Chain, $12.50
Two Ways Necklace, in red, $16.50

Meow Face Necklace, $20
Red Button Studs, $13.50

And yep…they’re back and perfect for festival season: upper arm bangles, available in silver or gold, $8

Turquoise Stone Bib, $25
Long Safari Necklace, $22.50

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.

Melrose Avenue, Hollywood

Zara Fringe PurseZara Fringe Purse, $65.

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

Sunset Boulevard, Los Feliz

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Back DetailKill City Leather Jacket, $65.

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J Crew Peplum Tee, $16.50.

 

Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood

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.