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.

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.

Matal frames

Ivory Cat Eye

pop art 082

heart reflectors

collage

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.

polyvore

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.

lv3

lv8

lv5

lv1

lv9

lv6

lv11

lv4

lv12

lv10

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

hipcandy.blogspot.com

“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

flecos_tendencia_2015

best-of-sheer
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

Grasie397-004
Chanel-SS15-RTW-PFW-Jamie-Bochert-Nadja-Bender
skirt_and_boot_outfit_1

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

Pantone-Marsala-2015-color

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.

nail color essie, angora cardy

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.

Box Pleat Midi Skirt

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

peach on pink

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.

chambray

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

thefashiontag.com

Ladies Sunglasses

2. Matte & Tortoiseshell

menstyle1

Men's Sunglasses

3. Retro Inspired

thefashiontag

Retro Ladies

4. Aviators

Stylecab

Men's Aviators

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.

Neutrals 016

Neutrals 019

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.

drifterandthegypsy.com

mlovesmblog.com

Grasiemercedes.com

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

Blush Fringe Top

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.

stylemegrasie

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.

noellesfavoritethings

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!

jaglever

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.

drifterandthegypsy

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!