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.

Some Favorite Things

Fresh off the heels of a trip to Southern California, I had to share some of my favorite new trends, along with the pieces I found in our stores that fit the bill.found 013Rock Star Shoes. It doesn’t get much better then when we find something we’ve been actively shopping for. For me, it’s these Jeffrey Campbell Everly booties in gray. I’ve been dreaming of finding these boots at Crossroads for almost two years now! I finally found them at our store on 4th st. in Santa Monica for $37.50 (What a score!)

And for anyone who knows me, I’m in love with everything Zara. So when I spotted these black suede pumps with gold spikes at our Berkeley store, it was a no-brainer. Even better? These Zara pumps were brand new and priced at just $18.50.

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found 037Long Dresses. I am really into elongated dress silhouettes this season and this burgundy maxi dress by Lush is a prime example. I found it at our store on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood for just $27.50. I especially love the lace-up detail down the back.

found 015Hobo Bags. This bag is insane! I’ve never seen such a large suede hobo purse in my life (Honestly, my nephew could fit inside it). I found this Cristopher Kon bag at our store in Santa Monica for $75 and plan to take it with me everywhere this season.

found 018Cut-Out Heels. I’m simply in love with these coral sandals by Vince Camuto. I picked these up at our store in Pasadena for $32.50. I was wearing the burgundy dress (shown above) when I found these, which is why I couldn’t put them down– the coral looks so pretty against it.

found 046Slip Dresses. I’m really into the lingerie trend this year so I was so excited to find this mini slip dress by Nasty Gal at our Hollywood store for $22.50.  And I can’t wait to pair it with these fuchsia sandals by Coclico, found in our Santa Barbara store for just $22.50!

found 059Simple Basics. These two finds were much needed additions to my growing summer wardrobe. The heathered maxi dress by American Apparel was $16.50 at our Silver Lake store. On the right is a great oversized black tie-dyed tank by Enti. I found this one at our store in Studio City for only $12.50.

found 049Oxfords. My travel companion didn’t walk away empty handed either. She took home these butter-soft suede oxfords by Frye for $47.50 from our store in Pasadena. She also snagged these great sunglasses by Wildfox from our store in Studio City for $37.50.

found 028Muted Ombre. She then found this ombre tank by Aiko for just $16.50 at our store in West Hollywood.

running shoes 002Sneakers. To be totally honest, one of my last finds is by far the one I’m most excited about: hot pink Adidas sneakers from our store in Santa Monica for $15. They are light as air–they must weigh only 2 ounces–and I can’t wait to go running in them!

Show us what you’ve found lately on Instagram! Tag us @crossroadstrading with your #crossroadsfinds for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page!

the new acid wash

Gone are the days of acid wash. It’s all about the mineral wash this season. We’re really digging the effortless feel that this fabric manipulation adds to any outfit. Plus, these soft jersey tops and skirts mix easily into your existing day and nighttime looks.

Feel daring? Try mineral washed pieces on both top and bottom in a draped and sultry look this summer. And, it doesn’t hurt that a good mineral wash reminds us of some of our favorite fashion vibes from the 90′s. In short, these weathered knits are one trend we hope to see a lot more of in our closets.

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mineral wash 014Try on our Freebird mineral wash tee on for size in olive, just $25. Go with an all-over mineral look by adding our drawstring drape maxi skirt in charcoal, $28.50.

mineral wash 051Looking for your perfect pair of joggers this Spring? Our pin legged joggers, $28.50, come with a drawstring (middle) or without, $27.50 (far left). Choose from various shades including tan, slate grey, and charcoal. Complete the look with a pair of platform sandals and black leather crossbody purse.

mineral wash 025Opt for our cascading fringe tank, $26.50, to feed your inner wild child. The long fringe adds some much needed movement to your favorite denim shorts or black leggings. This tank is definitely worthy of a night out on the town.

mineral wash 038Dressing up mineral washed fabrics is easy! Our lace insert v-neck does just that with a touch of lace at the shoulder, just $25. Add a pair of black bell bottoms and wide brimmed hat and you’ll be channeling your inner Stevie vibe in no time.

mineral wash 064On the weekend, reach for our twist on a classic henley featuring a long line of silver buttons, $25. Pair with the drawstring drape maxi skirt in tan. The mix of soft jersey knits are heavenly.

No time to get into one of our stores?  The Music Fest Kimono in the Crossroads Online Shop puts the mineral wash look at your fingertips.

load up on festival accessories

It’s that time again: festival season. With SXSW behind us and Coachella at our doorstep, we’re eager to get our outfit shopping done and get on with the music.

And it’s not all about the short shorts and tank tops. In fact, we’d say the most important part of getting ready for a far-away festival is in the accessories. So, whether you’re gearing up for Coachella this weekend or planning for Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza in the coming months, take a look at our brand new festival-necessary accessories.

(Oh and for all of you who don’t think you’ll be finding yourself at a 3-day desert party any time soon–keep reading! These festival accessories are perfect for any hot summer day!)

accessories 058Wrapped and belted boots, $20. Every girl needs a good pair of sturdy desert boots.  These ones feature wrapping straps with brass colored hardware and a flat bottom for lots of trekking. Pair them with our orange tasseled triangle print scarf for $15.

accessories 041We wouldn’t even think about going to a summer festival without a hat. Try our solid fedora, $12.50, on for size. Or if you prefer something a little more feminine, go with our fedora featuring a black ribbon and bow, $15.

A faux leather crop top, $22.50, may seem too heavy for the desert heat, but we wouldn’t think of leaving this baby behind. You’ll find us at a late night pool party rocking this leathery crop top with our favorite denim shorts. (Necklace from an assortment, coming soon.)

accessories 008Embroidered paisley maxi dress, $36.50. Even from the back this white maxi dress is beautiful! It features a v-neck front, empire waistline, and woven paisley print at the bottom hem. It is fully lined but light as a feather, so it won’t weigh you down in the desert heat.

accessories 011Tip! When I can’t bear the heat of Coachella any longer, I make sure to wear a bandeau under my dress so I can shed a layer–at least on top! Assorted tube tops and bandeau tops in stores now, $6.50-$16.50.

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Traveler pant, $26.50. If you’re going to wear pants to a summer festival, let them be these. They feature a pull on waist, arrow print and the perfect bell bottom.

Pair it with our bohemian rhapsody open back top, $16.50. This cute cotton number has an all-over paisley print and an open back. With a boxy crop silhouette, it’s the perfect thing with any pair of flared pants.

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Dragonfly scarf, $13.50. Our neutral printed dragonfly scarf is equally perfect during the day to shade you from the hot sun as it is to keep you warm at sunset. It can also double as a picnic blanket!

All items in stores now. For more ideas on what to wear to weekend 2 of Coachella, visit the Crossroads online store! And have fun!

fashion paradise: tropical prints

If you haven’t booked your vacation this year but are soooo ready for one (if not two), head down to your nearest Crossroads store. Why you ask? Because our stores are full of new arrivals featuring island style and tropical prints like these.

print sampleWhether you’re headed on an island getaway of your own or just down the street to your local tiki bar, these summer-ready outfits featuring cute tropical prints are just for you!

island fashion 019Blue Print Maxi Dress with Sash, $32.50. This long flowy maxi dress is simply a dream to put on. It’s roomy yet adds definition with a simple tie at the waist. The entire dress is figure flattering with its all-over pattern and simple drape. Add a seashell necklace and you’ll be lounging by the cabana in no time.

island fashion 049Palm Tree Mini Skirt, $18.50, Criss-Cross Crop Top, $16.50, and Crochet Sweater, $28.50. This 3-piece outfit will easily take you from day to night. The flouncy skater skirt is made of breezy cotton and has an adorable palm tree print. Pair it with our most flattering crop top (shown in emerald, but also comes in coral) and throw on our short-sleeved crochet sweater (shown here in mint) for a midnight walk by the ocean.

island fashion 042Rainforest Print Maxi Dress with Tie Waist, $32.50. We love this pattern! Feels like every day is a vacation on a far away island when you’re wearing this lush printed maxi dress. Simple spaghetti straps and a waist tie finish the look. Wear some fresh flowers in your hair or try your own DIY flower crown. Either way, you’ll be looking like a little bit of paradise.

island fashion 058Palm Leaf Print Drop-Waist Dress, $28.50. Perfect for a day of shopping, this drop waist dress is casual with just the right details. Large palm fronds adorn the dress in blue. Three small buttons accent the neckline so there’s no need to wear jewelry with this one. Grab your straw tote and go shopping in town for tonight’s dinner.

All items in stores now. We say shop now and book the vacation later….

10 crop tops we need now

Crop tops are most definitely the ”it” top of spring/summer 2014. You can sport them with shorts or overalls, and they look great paired with a maxi skirt. Personally, we love this springy trend. When done right, the crop top is sexy, chic, and sophisticated all at once.

If hearing the words crop top conjures up scary images of belly-baring ‘90′s pop stars, you’re not alone.  It can take a little fashion creativity to pull off (not to mention a toned tummy). But pulling off the crop top doesn’t have to be so intimidating. For one thing, a crop top doesn’t automatically mean a bared belly button. There are plenty of ways to style it so that you’re showing just a hint of skin.

Crossroads to the rescue! This season we have crop tops sure to fit any body type and any budget. Check out these 10 crop tops in fun prints and new shapes. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be grabbing at least five of these to add to your quickly growing spring/summer wardrobe.

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studio 058Daisy lace crop top in ivory, $20

studio 001Daisy lace crop top in navy, $20

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Swiss dot crop tank with cutout, $20

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Diamond print cropped swing tank, $20

studio 073Gingham & check bow tank, $18.50

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Black eyelette tank, $25

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Lace white boxy crop top, $26.50

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 Tiger crop tank, $12.50

All items in stores now. For next level boutique brand crop tops by JOA, head over to the Crossroads online shop!

 

A New Take on Denim

Denim pieces are a key part of every guy’s closet. But if dark wash or straight leg is leaving you uninspired, try one of these new denim cuts.

We’ve got colored denim, washed denim, dip-dyed, cut-off, hooded, patched-up and more in stores this weekend.  And don’t tune out, ladies, because these men’s pieces can be perfect for you too.

studio 104Denim Vests, $32.50-$35. The denim vest is a great piece for summer layering for both guys and gals. Oh and they’re perfect for those festivals in the desert.

studio 112Ombre Denim Vest, $32.50. By far my favorite piece in this round-up. In addition to it being awesome, it reminds me of a little DIY tutorial we had on bleach dying a denim jacket. Check it out and create your own ombre look this summer.

studio 138Skinny Slouch Denim, $28.50-$32.50. From teal ombre to coated grey, these color washed jeans are right on trend. The light and dark grey are made of raw denim which allows the wearer to create their own personal distressing, whiskering and change in color.  How cool is that?

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Plaid Button Down, $22.50-$25. Don’t forget your shirt! These great plaids can be found in bright greens and blues and feature accents like rolled sleeves and western snap buttons.

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Black Washed Denim Jackets, $30-$35. Both of these black washed denim jackets feature black and grey distressing. I love the hooded version with graphic patch on the back.

studio 134Gunmetal Cropped Moto Jacket, $46.50. Perfect for a San Francisco summer, this cropped version of the classic moto jacket looks great. Period. The belt adds just the right sprinkle of punk to this little faux leather jacket.

Sell to Earn Trade for Spring 2014

If you’re like us, you’re ready to pull your dresses and sandals down from the back of your closet for good! Currently in NYC on a short visit to our Manhattan and Brooklyn stores, I spy fashionable people eyeing the sky in hopes of warmer weather.

Back in my home state of California, spring has clearly sprung and we’re already layering our favorite pastels. The best part? These pieces will be available at Crossroads locations from East to West this week. So pull out your gently worn clothing and come sell with Crossroads! Then, use that well deserved trade credit to buy one of these brand new spring pieces.

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b&w 054Denim Baby Doll Dress with Super Cropped Sweater, $28.50. (Shown with silver coral necklace, $22.50.) This super cropped sweater is by far my favorite piece in stores right now. You can wear it over anything (the possibilities are endless!) It’s definitely our favorite layering piece for spring 2014.

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Light Pink Pleat Blouse, $17.50. This is a perfect transitional piece for spring. Pair with a cranberry blazer in late winter (like this one I found at our Costa Mesa store by Australian fashion heavyweight Cameo), or take it into spring by pairing with a high waist denim skirt.

b&w 067Peter Pan Collared Gingham Dress, $20. This light blue checked dress is so darn cute! It’s screams Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, so we’ve styled it with a leather wallet purse and round nude sunglasses. But hey-if you have sparkly red pumps just laying around-I’d say go for it.

b&w 081The Oversized Camp Shirt, $22.50 (Shown with a striped high-waisted skirt from an assortment, $32.50). We love a good button down at Crossroads, and this classic khaki version with contrasting sleeve epaulettes offers up a great twist on an old favorite.

Trendspotting: Modern Day Sporty Spice

The sporty look has come a long way since Sporty Spice and her dance-ready track pants. This year, updated sport fabrics, patterns and shoes are appearing all over the fashion and music scene.

While I’m still not sold on sneaker pumps, I do like sporty hints in everyday looks. So here, I’ve rounded up some our our newest items and styled them to play up their sporty side.  The best part: they are arriving in Crossroads stores this week.

b&w 024Scuba Tri-Tone Mini, $22.50. Just because the dress is sporty doesn’t mean you can’t add lady-like touches. I went with my patent mary janes, a mini crossbody purse and my favorite oversized sunglasses.

b&w 007Oversized Referee Top,$17.50. We love the sporty accents of this top, from the black and white striped hemline to the spider-mesh back. I’ve added black gym shorts, a forest green Coach clutch and silver wayfarers.

b&w 016Herringbone Print Trousers, $16.50, and Super Cropped Sweater, $28.50. Two words:palazzo pants. If you haven’t begun to stock up on this summer’s go-to pant style, you need to start shopping!  Adding a black top keeps the outfit minimal. Just add a small crossbody bag and finish it off with bug-eye sunnies.

b&w 035Striped Tie Dye Blouse, $15, and White Noise Print Top, $17.50 (Available in Black or White). This look wraps up comfort and sportiness. All three of these blouses have super-soft jersey backs paired with killer prints in front. Style either with denim and suede booties, and you’re as ready for the weekend as I am.

All items are new and in stores now!  Or shop the Crossroads Online Shop.

 

Get the look: model off-duty

Fresh faced models like Karlie Kloss are famous for their laid back chic style. At Crossroads we adore quality basic attire, so it’s only natural that we love the minimalistic look of models off-duty.

The latest new clothing headed to our stores this week have model off-duty written all over them. When it comes to graphic tees like these in soft modal knits, well… let’s say we like them with black shorts and boyfriend denim and love them with long dusters and wool hats. Either way, you won’t go wrong.

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graphic tees 011Ladder on Forest Screen Tee, $22.50

graphic tees 018Gold Rings on Black Muscle Tee, $18.50

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Photo credit: Fashion of a Poor Girl

behind the scenes: las vegas trade shows 2014

Las Vegas:  a city best known for its shimmering lights and easy money. Although it’s not known as a fashion capital,  twice a year the fashion world emerges upon it to shop the trade shows of MAGIC, PROJECT, POOL, CAPSULE and ENK (to name just a few).

Amidst the casinos being torn down with promises of being rebuilt bigger and better–we at Crossroads were building up our spring and summer lines with the best styles I have seen in years. So take a sneak peek inside the shows with us and check out what you’ll be seeing in Crossroads stores and the Crossroads online shop this coming season at Crossroads Trading!

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