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.

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

The Fest Tote

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!

Current Obsession: Coin adorned jewlery

Obsession. No, I’m not talking about Calvin Klein’s signature scent, I’m talking about the kind of obsession we feel when we wait and watch for a certain piece to come into our lives and wardrobes. This kind of fashion obsession can be a jealous, needy, ravenous one. In fact “hungry like the wolf” comes to mind, so I think what I’m saying is that we’re Duran Duran level obsessed with the necklace here.

I like to think that at Crossroads we live by the mantra that all things come to those who wait. And yes, we’ve seen it elsewhere wearing a hefty price tag, so we waited. Well, we’ve all waited long enough! Starting today, Crossroads stores across the country are offering up this silver piece fit for a goddess for under 60 bucks. Oh, and alongside it, are about 20 other brand new jewelry pieces perfect for gifting and in stores now.

silver stone bib Hands down, the necklace of the year: the Silver Coin Bib, $55. Handmade in Turkey, this intricate necklace by Chanour is both lead and nickel free. Pair it with your favorite button down during the day or a slinky little black dress for night.

silver chanour necklaceFor something with just as big of a statement but a slightly more romantic feel, go for our Antique Key Necklace, $48.50.

gold tonesIf you’re into gold tones, try one of these beauties. From left to right: Chain Link Bib, $25; Cut-Out Cuff, $12; Chevron Coin Necklace, $25.

two silver chanour necklacesMy favorite thing about pieces by Chanour is that they are easy to layer. Plus, piling on the silver gives an instantly bohemian vibe to any outfit. Top: Spine Necklace in Silver, $ 38.50. Bottom: Silver Coins on Bead, $38.50.

white stone bib elements ringIf you’re looking for something with a little bit of sparkle, try our White Stone Necklace, $25. And I’m so in love with our Elements ring, just $13.50.

assorted piecesAnd even more gold tones! Our Dangling Daisies Necklace, $25; Triangle Link Bracelet, $10.50; and Small Crystal Ring, $9.50.

Our Hand Mesh Ring Bracelet is still available at the Crossroads Online Shop for $25! But hurry! I imagine this bracelet-to-ring number will be at the top of a lot of wish lists this season.

Hand Mesh Ring Bracelet

New Arrivals: soft pinks, deep reds and florals

This fall, as usual, we’re mad about florals. But this season we’re taking these potent prints to the next level by styling them with reds, pinks and touches of vegan leather.

Take a look: we grabbed a sampling of this week’s most exciting pieces and styled them for you with romance in mind. And once you’ve had your sneak peek, don’t forget to peruse today’s additions to the Crossroads Online Store.

floral jacketPetal Pink Shirt Dress, $28.50 (also available in black, grey, teal and burgundy).  Available in Crossroads stores now.

blog 038Pair your pinks with our Floral Blazer, which is not only super cute but made from 100% cotton! Even better, it’s priced at $27.50.

Floral blouse peather pipingOr try an edgier floral pattern with our Roses Are Red Muscle Tank with pleather piping, $27.50.

The perfect button downAnd nothing goes better with floral patterns than vegan leather. Enter our Vegan Leather Midi Skirt, $35. It’s our newest addition to the Crossroads Online Store and (if I do say so myself), it’s perfect.

Mars red pleather topIf you’re looking for some real fashion fun, pair it with the Mars Attacks Faux Leather Top, $27.50 and available in stores.

Pleather cuffed embroidered jacket And because we love red and black, we’ve layered our Black and Red Triangle Print Jacket on top! It also features vegan leather cuffs. Get it soon at a Crossroads location near you for $42.50.

Finally…this week, we’re also debuting very limited quantities of our X Marks the Spot Sweater Coat in our online store!

X Marks the Spot Sweater Coat

 

New This Week: black and gold

It’s only two days until Halloween but we can’t seem to concentrate on the finishing touches to our costumes…and we’re running out of precious time! Why the procrastination, you ask? It’s simple. We’re so completely over the moon about the plethora of black and gold items coming through our doors that we’re busy shopping instead of costuming!

October is my favorite month for fashion. The crisp fall air is the perfect excuse to buy as many coats and boots as you can afford, and we can break the rules when it comes to piling on the color black  because let’s face it…witchy is “in”. So take a peek at our newest arrivals and start filling your cart with pieces from our limited edition Blog Featured Online Shop.

???????????????????????????????Brand new to the Crossroads Online Shop: the Black and Gold City Bomber, $36.50.

???????????????????????????????Available in Crossroads stores: Mineral Washed Hi-Lo Dress, $16.50, and the Braided Panama Hat, $30.

???????????????????????????????Accessories in our favorite color heading to a store near you: assorted bags, $25; cotton blend tights, $15; Snake-Effect Obi Belt, $13.50.

???????????????????????????????Top off an all-black outfit with our Marled Longline Cardigan, $48.50, available in the Crossroads Online Shop.

???????????????????????????????Great for layering (or gifting): Reversible Floral Poncho, just $28.50 and in Crossroads stores.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Crossroads Online Shop to pick up one of our great coats or sweaters or save big by shopping our Sale items!

Buy It Now: Plaid & Fringe

With fall upon us, we find ourselves dreaming of pumpkins, warm cups of spiced apple cider and plaid (Oh how I wish everything I owned was plaid. And fringed! Yes, I wish everything I owned was plaid and fringed!) Now you too can adorn yourself in some of our fall favorites with the newest addition to the Crossroads Online Shop: the Plaid Shawl Wrap.

Three-in-one fashion at its best, this jacket, scarf, shawl hybrid offers up a myriad of styling options to your blossoming winter wardrobe.

So go! Pick your pumpkins and stir your cauldron, but make sure to stop into the Crossroads Online Shop to pick up this plaid miracle (for just $37.50), because it won’t be around for long.

Plaid fringe 075Wear it open with black jeans and our Resin Stardust Necklace, $22.50, available in Crossroads stores now!

Plaid fringe 129We love the fringe detail and the option to fold up the sleeves.

Plaid fringe 020Pair it with a maxi skirt and our new Jeweled Fans necklace, also available in stores at $22.50.

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Plaid fringe 006It looks especially fab with a large waist belt and our Knit Bodycon dress in charcoal, just $27.50 in select locations.

DIY: how to make a blanket cape in 5 easy steps

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I just love a good blanket cape. It has it all: the coziness of a blanket, the ability to be worn as a scarf, and (because it has no sizing) the versatility to be thrown over a winter coat for extra protection from the elements.

Last week, while wearing my favorite plaid blanket cape (pictured above), a friend of mine asked where she could find one like it. Well, I thought, since the design is so simple, why not make one? And so was born the Crossroads DIY Studio!

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What you will need

a. A blanket or piece of fabric at least 3 feet by 4 feet. The bigger the piece of fabric, the longer or wider your cape will be.

b. Scissors

c. Measuring tape

d. Chalk (not pictured)

e. Needle and thread

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1. Fold your blanket in half horizontally.

???????????????????????????????2. Measure the width of your blanket so you can find the middle, then mark with chalk.

???????????????????????????????3. Measure up from the center to 31″ and mark with chalk. My blanket was large, so I decided to cut to 31″, but you may find a shorter cut suits your height or blanket better.

???????????????????????????????4. Cut in a straight line up the center until you hit your 31″ chalk mark.

???????????????????????????????5. Finish the raw edge with a standard blanket stitch. How-to video here.

???????????????????????????????And voila! That’s all there is to it! A super simple way to make a new piece of outerwear out of an old blanket. I like to add a belt for waist definition.

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???????????????????????????????The finished product is super bright and fun! I just love a good blanket cape and I think this new Southwest blanket version may be my favorite yet.

YouTube video credit: Broadcasting Sunny.

The Baroque Cocoon Cardigan

In fashion life there’s simply nothing better than an oversized blanket sweater. Add an all-over print in black and tan and you’ve got a keeper on your hands. Enter the Baroque Cocoon CardiganThis knee length, oversized knit is part cape/part duster cardigan and it’s available now for just $42.50 in the Crossroads Online Shop. We’re guessing this will be one sweater you’ll put on and have a very hard time taking off.

sweater 020Create the perfect weekend look with a pair of your widest bell-bottoms and our Silver Crescent Southwest Tunic, still available online.

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Or throw it on over a maxi dress and add a piece from our jewelry selections available in stores.

sweater 049The view from the back isn’t bad either….

sweater 042This sweater has staying power: long after the winter thaw, this will become the perfect sweater for draping over your favorite shorts and crop top.

???????????????????????????????Limited quantities of the Baroque Cocoon Cardigan are available now in the Crossroads Online Shop. Happy sweater shopping everyone!