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.

5 stylish hats you need now

jaglever6When I think of hats, I think of our very own Crossroads Style Council member, Rachel of Jag Lever. Her hat collection is most certainly a labor of love, and she is a master collector.

Clearly, there is much we can learn from Rachel and her collection, but what’s most important is being inspired get our own hat collection started! Whether you like hunting for vintage hats or buying them new, Crossroads has you covered. Just think of us as your new haberdashery.

Hats 027I love this woven wide brim hat, and I think Rachel would approve too. It comes in burgundy, gray and tan; $18.50.

Hats 003You just can’t go wrong with a classic Panama hat with ribbon trim. Available in tan, black and navy; $25.

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Hats 011My favorite piece in this little collection is the riding cap. It features a front brim and adjustable back and is just $22.50. Comes in black, burgundy and navy. It reminds me of one of my favorite blog posts of Rachel’s (pictured above), featuring her twist on a Sherlock Holmes look in snowy Central Park.

Hats 020The multi-color wool bucket (or cloche hat for you ladies) is just the ticket at $17.50. I adore the bright coloring and texture of this hat.

Hats 014Up your beanie game with this floral beanie, just $12.50! Added bonus–it converts into a floral headband if that’s more your style! Rachel upgrades her beanie below by sporting one with a playful print. Take a lesson from her and opt for a floral beanie this season instead of your usual solid one.

beanieFeatured hats are available in stores now. Plus we’re now buying for fall so you’ll be sure to find even more amazing cold weather accessories at any of our 32 Crossroads store locations!

Photos of Rachel are from her blog, Jag Lever.

A Buyer’s View: Behind the scenes at MAGIC

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There is only one reason to go to Las Vegas in the sweltering heat of August: the trade shows of MAGIC, POOL, PROJECT, etc. With my MAGIC book in hand, I’ll lead you through just some of the styles and looks you can look forward to seeing in a Crossroads store near you this coming season!

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Loved the decorative visuals as well as the cover art for this year’s MAGIC itinerary and show maps.

photo 1Great winter prints were the star of the show. From dresses to tops, winter prints will be at the top of the list for our must haves this season.

photo 2Sweaters, sweaters and more sweaters! I just loved the juxtaposition of summer hats paired with luxe winter cardigans.

photo 2The distressed boyfriend jean and simple ankle boot will definitely be on our winter staples list.

44To die for jackets and neutrals were found at almost every collection, including one of our favorites: JOA. We still have a few pieces left by JOA in the Crossroads online shop!

photo 4Great statement necklaces and jewelry are a no brainer this coming season.

photo 2Hippie chic? Yes, please! Bell sleeved dresses and maxi skirts continue to be essential for easy dressing in the morning.

jewelry wallCouldn’t resist snapping a pic in front of the never-ending jewelry displays! That’s all from this August’s show…more next time!

Looking forward to doing some serious fall shopping with Crossroads? Check back in weekly to the Crossroads’ blog or our Instagram feed for a sneak peek of what’s new this week! And don’t forget to shop Crossroads online!

 

Our new favorite: duster length cardigans

When it comes to shopping for fall, our favorite part is buying sweaters. We love thick knits and soft cashmere. We live for comfy pullovers and cotton flyaways–we’re even into mohair! But this season we have a new sweater obsession: duster length cardigans. Take one look at these new floor length sweater/coat hybrids and we’re sure you’ll be swooning too.

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You can get our Favorite Duster Cardigan in our online shop! If you’re on the hunt for fall essentials, then look no further. This week’s online collection features leather accents, thick flannels and (of course!) the perfect duster cardigan.

long duster cardigans 004Featuring a light textured fabric in gray, this cardigan is the sweater that will transition you from summer into fall. Looks great over a short or a long dress and is priced at just $37.50. Tip for fall layering: I layer mine over a maxi dress and then add a leather jacket on top!

long duster cardigans 021This thermal knit duster features two front pockets and hits mid-calf. We love the rich burgundy color and the hi-lo hem. I’ve styled it with a burgundy and white striped shift dress by Lumiere and tan open-toed booties. You can find this duster at one of our Crossroads store locations for $27.50.

long duster cardigans 049For a neutral look, go for this oatmeal duster in an open rib knit, $27.50. I finished the look off with printed black denim by Free People, a woven button-down by Bardot and a vintage Coach purse.

long duster cardigans 028A duster sweater, like a kimono, can easily give a boho vibe to any outfit. This gray jersey cardigan pairs effortlessly with bell bottoms, silver stilettos and a paper-thin vintage tee.

Inside the Crossroads Jewelry Vault

silver tones 025Today we’re excited to give you insider access to the Crossroads jewlery vault! Featuring an all-silver cast of bracelets and hand accessories, you’ll be sure to find something that strikes your fancy in this crowd. Plus, even though summer is drawing to a close, you can count on these festival style accessories to continue trending well into the fall months.

silver tones 022Lately, we can’t seem to get enough of silver toned jewelry. So when we saw these hand-made bracelets made with antique silver plated pewter by this season’s hottest jewelry maker, Chanour, we knew we had to have them. Each bracelet is priced at $25, and all 7 styles feature the company’s signature coin pendant on the chain link closure.

silver tones 007We love this bracelet to ring number, featuring a heavily engraved linked bracelet.

silver tones 029Next is this rectangular linked bracelet. We fell for the triangle and floral etchings on each piece of this elongated cuff.

silver tones 030This ring bracelet features hammered ovals shapes and the classic trio of chains linking the two pieces together.

silver tones 032The Hand Mesh Ring Bracelet is available in our online shop! It features a triangular shaped mesh made of silver flowers. Get it now before it’s gone!!

silver tones 034These two styles feature smaller linked crescents and circles.

silver tones 036And last, but not least, is this long bracelet featuring links of silver sticks.

All items shown available at select Crossroads stores.

Shop the Crossroads Blog

You can count on this blog to showcase the latest new clothing pieces headed out to our stores, but today we’re adding a special feature to one of our pieces: you get a buy it now option through the Crossroads Online Shop.  Can you guess what we just had to feature first? It’s this season’s favorite, the jumpsuit, of course.  And this one is our favorite yet…

Shop the Crossroads Blog 006It’s our Python Print Jumpsuit! This semi-sheer snake print number features a gathered tie waist, spaghetti straps and a wide leg. It is fully lined on top and lined with shorts for a semi-sheer look at the legs. It’s perfect for that final summer getaway.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 022And we love the back of this jumpsuit as much as the front. It features a deep cut V, perfect for walking around in the sun without getting any pesky tan lines.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 060We recommend pairing it with this season’s popular silver coin necklace, a simple crossbody purse and a pair of neutral colored slides. These ones are by one of my favorite shoe brands, Ge Wawa.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 036If you’re looking for something to transition your jumpsuit game into fall, then try our black widow cut-out jumpsuit on for size, available in Crossroads stores for $42.50. It features an extra-wide leg, elastic waist and short sleeves.

Shop the Crossroads Blog 048The triangle shaped cut-outs at the waist are the perfect accessory to this all-black number. Just add a bold statement necklace.

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I’ve also added red leather sandals and peach Karen Walker number one sunnies to add a punch of color to the look.

Stay tuned because we have lots of new items hitting the Crossroads Online Shop in the coming weeks, with more items featured here available with our buy it now option.

How to: style bold patterned bottoms

This week I’ve probably heard “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new track Because I’m Tacky at least 100 times. OK, I’m exaggerating a little, but he brings up some good points about fashion these days. In fact, some of the “tacky” items on his list come straight from this year’s hottest fashion trends.

He rhymes about “…wearing stripes and plaid” and sporting “…sandals with…socks.” But wait–I’ve seen the mixing of stripes and plaid all over the blogger scene this past year. And W Magazine is forecasting that sandals with socks will be Fall 2014’s biggest footwear trend. Which begs the question, what is tacky anyway? And when it comes to busy prints how should we style our bold patterned bottoms?

Bold Bottoms 003Option 1: Pair your bold patterned bottom with a simple black tank. This multi-colored sunray maxi skirt ($35) is the perfect first styling challenge. It has an all-over print and incorporates at least 6 colors in its busy design. I’ve kept the styling simple with a pair of brown leather sandals, white sunnies and a black silk tank top. The simple, barely there, black tank keeps the bold print at the center of attention.

Bold Bottoms 012Option 2: Style your bold bottom piece with a bright colored blouse. If you want to play up that bold print, opt for a brightly colored blouse. I’ve selected this cherry red blouse with draped front by 213 Industries. Pairing a bright top in a contrasting color just livens up the whole outfit. Pick a simple black shoe and keep the accessorizing to a minimum.

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Plus these blue and tan printed trousers are just $15!

Bold Bottoms 022Option 3: Wear a solid tunic or dress on top. Sometimes when styling a busy print, less is more. To play down the print on your bottom half, wear an elongated solid on top. It minimizes the print and slims the body! These blue geometric trousers are also just $15.

Bold Bottoms 034Side note: I’m really digging these wall decals I picked up at Ikea (similar here). They’re a great way to add a little decor to an empty space, plus they’re super affordable!

Bold Bottoms 026Option 4: Get “tacky” with it and add a printed top to your printed bottoms– even add a printed shoe! Taking fashion risks is what fashion is all about after all. And sometimes two prints are better than one. So pile on the prints like I did here, pairing this checkered print bra top with our black and white scarf print trousers, $15. Contrasting prints often compliment each other and one thing’s for sure: you’ll have one eye-catching outfit! #sorrynotsorry

All printed bottoms hitting stores early next week! Can’t get to one of our 32 locations? Shop the Crossroads Online Shop with us! We’ve got plenty of printed bottoms for you to choose from, with some on sale!

styled by our buying crew

As fashion lovers, we are all fans of classic and simple pieces. But as shopaholics, we love finding those key pieces that can be styled in more than one way (Hello, fashion budget!).

I knew we had one of those highly sought after pieces when this black and white maxi skirt (by up-and-coming label Dance and Marvel) came through our doors. Check out how our buying crew styled this skirt with looks that work for day, night, work and weekend!

Day: Styled by Samantha

black and white maxi skirt 042I paired the maxi skirt with bright cherry reds and soft pinks. For a daytime look, I thought it would be great to keep the black and white background neutral and add this red tank by Mink Pink I bought for $16.50. I added a red bucket purse by Coach and these pink sandals by Zara to complete the look.

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Night: Styled by Solana

black and white maxi skirt 002Solana paired her maxi skirt with lots of dark colors to achieve that night out look. A forest green cropped tank by Fluxus, $16.50, and a cropped biker jacket by Widow finishes off the look.  I love the juxtaposition her buckled leather combat boots make against the femininity of the maxi skirt.

Work: Styled by Orion

black and white maxi skirt 009To get that office appropriate look, Orion gathered up pieces that mirrored the black and white found in the skirt. I especially love her vintage Vera Neumann black and white tulip printed tee. Her high-heeled oxfords are by Dries Van Noten and her wool blazer is vintage.

black and white maxi skirt 019Orion has been collecting Vera Neumann clothing, scarves and home goods for almost 15 years now. Many of her best pieces she found while working at the original Castro store in San Francisco, which has since been moved to its current location on Market St.

black and white maxi skirt 018Her butter-soft leather Dries Van Noten heels came from our Crossroads store in Costa Mesa.

Weekend: Styled by Jason

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Jason opted to pair the skirt with a classic denim jacket for the perfect weekend outfit. With a punch of color (thanks to the pumpkin swing tank) and those awesome black sandals, this look is begging for the weekend to arrive!

This black and white striped skirt can be found in select Crossroads stores for just $35.  Or shop the Crossroads Online Skirt Shop here.

Looks that are easy as 1-2-3

Do these really go together? Am I really pulling it off? These are the questions we ask ourselves when we’re not sure if our new plaid shirt really goes with our vintage floral capris. We know we all have to take fashion risks, but how do we know if Clinton and Stacy would approve?  It’s a furry Birkenstocked world out there after all and I, for one, don’t want to end up on What Not to Wear.

When I’m having an outfit-911, I call on my favorite fashion magazine for inspiration. Magazines that highlight looks based on a theme can shed light on new ways to wear existing pieces.  But believe me, they can do even better than that. When I have tons of new arrivals on my hands, these “fashion bibles” help me coordinate outfits inspired straight from the pages of their magazines.

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First Blushes. This look is all about the color white. Well…white with just a touch of soft peach, heather grey and just a sprinkle of sheerness.

1. White structured dress, $28.50 2. Two-tone pumps, $16.50 3. Sheer crop blouse, $22.50 4. Heather gray yoga pant, $13.50 5.Grid shortalls, $26.50

Neutrals 054When it comes to wearing white, a dainty necklace is a must. Try one of these little gems from our newest arrivals in stores now: daisy in glass, $13.50; violet glass cube, $10; gold infinity symbol, $8.

Neutrals 055Or try something unexpected like our layered rectangles necklace in gold, $16, or the pearl gilded penknife, $16.50.

Neutrals 3The Bohemian Dreamer. This look is inspired by Indian cottons, embellishments, rich tans and golds, and crochet.

1. Floral mini skirt, $20 2. Peep-toe pumps, $16.50 3. Crochet vest, $26.50 4. Ikat print kimono, $15 5. Bell-sleeved embroidered blouse, $28.50

Neutrals 053Nothing completes the bohemian dreamer look better than a floral headdress. The lyric “be sure to wear some flowers in your hair” still rings true today. Now that’s a summer anthem we can get behind.

Daisy or English rose headband, just $7.50.  And check out this jewelry video for more new accessories hitting stores now!

 

Magazine photo credits:  Nylon, InStyle

 

Trendspotting: the jumpsuit

If there’s one thing that’s certain about the fashionable employees who work for Crossroads: they’re trendsetters.

When our entire management team came together for our annual retreat last week, there were two undeniable trends: Birkenstocks and jumpsuits. I thought it might be a little gauche to run around taking pictures of feet, so instead I opted to feature their love of jumpsuits. Here are Lia, Aruna and Erin all clad in different variations of this summer’s hottest one-piece wonder.

IMG_6710Lia is wearing a cobalt blue jumpsuit from Crossroads featuring a delicate lace detail in front and a harem leg. She has paired it (quite expertly I’d say) with these tan and neon slingback sandals by Zara. Oh, and what’s that pear belt, you say? Yep that’s Marc Jacobs, circa 2000, and one of Lia’s very first designer Crossroads finds.

IMG_6694Aruna is wearing a blue and white printed jumpsuit by Emmy and brown leather open-toed pumps by (one of my favorites) Chie Mihara. This is definitely a jumpsuit made for lounging by the pool. It features an elastic waist, spaghetti straps, and super-soft jersey fabric.

IMG_6707Erin’s jumpsuit is so unique! This oversized (and hand sewn!) wide-legged jumpsuit is simply striking on her tall frame. She found it shopping the racks of our newly renovated store on Market st. in San Francisco for just $10.50! We love how she played up the blue print of her jumpsuit by pairing it with gold accessories. We especially love her gold choker, which she picked up from our new jewelry assortments. Her edgy studded sandals, by Ash, were a Crossroads find as well.

What’s your latest find from Crossroads? Share your finds with us by tagging us @crossroadstrading on Instagram for a chance to be featured on the Crossroads Instagram feed.

Chicago: my kind of town

If you haven’t been to Chicago yet — go. Go now. Go today. You can thank me later.

I’m a California girl born and raised, so I never knew I could love a city like I love Chicago. Food, fun and fashion: it has it all (and lots, lots more).

Since I’m neither a native Chicagoan nor an expert, I couldn’t possibly tell you all the wonderful and amazing things Chicago has to offer. But I simply had to share my Crossroads’ shoe scores with you from my trip to the Windy City last week.

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These Dolce Vita leopard strapped sandals caught my eye as soon as I stepped into our store on Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. With the red accents and a cut-out block heel, these were a score at just $18.50.

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I also found these yellow suede heels by Biviel for $22.50! (I love you, Crossroads).

And if you’re already in the area shopping, make sure to check out all this hip neighborhood has to offer. With great bars, restaurants and night life, it’s easy to find yourself in Wicker Park all day long. Oh, and don’t forget to try Chicago’s famous Old Style beer if you’re in town–it’s a classic.

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photo 5The bustling 3-way corner just steps from our store where Milwaukee, Damen, and North Avenues meet.

shoes 017I was jumping up and down from joy when I spotted these white cut-out Everly booties by Jeffrey Campbell. A white leather bootie is such a fun boot option for the summer months.

shoes 010Now that’s it’s summer, I’m (of course!) already shopping for fall, and I’ve been searching for green boots for some time now. I am excited to have found them in these Seven by all Mankind green suede pirate booties for just $27.50.

I picked both boots up at our store in beautiful Evanston on Sherman Ave. Whenever I’m in Evanston, I stop into Sashmi Sashimi on Church St. for a sushi lunch; it’s my go-to lunch stop.

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My final fantastic summer boot find were these fringe mukluks by Minnetoka. With silver accents and a soft bottom, I’ll be sporting these well into the fall months. I bought these at our store on Clark St. in Lincoln Park for $22.50.

If you’re in the Lincoln Park area, you have to stop by the Weiners Circle for a hot dog. It’s one of many Chicago establishments offering up a true Chicago dog featuring a Vienna beef link, poppy seed bun, and my favorite sport peppers.

photo 3Chicago is also home to some of the most beautiful homes and residential neighborhoods I have ever seen.  Be sure to walk around to find gems like this little cottage– it’s one of my favorites.

photo 4I was also lucky enough to see some amazing sunsets while dining near Logan Square (just one stop down on the Blue Line from our store near the Damen stop in Wicker Park).

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Are you a Chicago fan? Leave your favorite part about Chicago in the comments below! And a big thank you to our Chicago team for a wonderful visit!