Look of the Week: Sequins

With the holidays here and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we’ll be turning to sequins again and again. Sequins are a big trend this winter and we’ve seen numerous celebrities and bloggers rocking embellished pieces. Opt for a subtle approach or all-over sparkle– either will instantly make an outfit more festive! This trend isn’t exclusively for holiday parties though. A little shimmer makes a big statement and is perfect for a date night, the office or just brunching in the city with your best friends.

Here are some of our favorite ways to style sequins now:

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How are you wearing sequins this season?

Photo credits: Sequins and Things, A Lacey PerspectiveCuppaJyoProsecco and Plaid, We Heart FashionLexicon of Style, Ring My BellOlivia Emily

 

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

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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.

Which Family Ties Character Best Matches Your Style?

For those of you who have no idea what Family Ties is (for shame…), here’s a quick synopsis: It’s a TV show that ran through the ’80s starring a dashing and very young Michael J. Fox. I’m sure there are other important details about the show, but you were totally on board as soon as I mentioned Michael J. Fox, am I right?

Each member of this TV family (the Keatons) has their own unique personality and style… and one of them is bound to be your perfect match. So let’s get to know the Keatons, shall we?

The Public Television Employee, Steven Keaton

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You have a big heart and a fair mind, and you’d rather suffer through caffeine withdrawals than get your coffee from the coffee chain on every corner. You wear sensible cardigans, either made from organic, fair-trade cotton or purchased from your favorite Crossroads, and you keep your accessories to a minimum.

The Successful Professional with Hippie Sensibilities, Elyse Keaton

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You’re kind and considerate of others, and you try hard to see things from other people’s point of view. You’re a hard working professional who has managed a healthy work-life balance. Your style is effortless and elegant; your hair is always gorgeous, and your makeup and clothing is understated and functional.

The College-Bound Young Conservative, Alex P. Keaton 

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Like all teenagers, you love to get a rise out of your parents by completely contradicting them. Yet, when it comes down to it, family always comes first. You’re far more interested in dressing to impress than dressing for comfort; in fact, skinny sweats and sneakers with everything are your two most heinous sartorial nightmares.

Mallory Keaton, The Vapid Fashionista

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You have your finger on the pulse of the fashion world; academics… not so much. But hey, you look fabulous, and you’d rather focus your attention on finding a date for this weekend. You are always right on trend, but you tend to play it safe and not wear anything too outrageous.

The Sarcastic Wit, Jennifer Keaton

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You’re not afraid to speak your mind, but you’re never nasty about it, and boy are you quick with the comebacks. You are definitely a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, preferring sneakers to heels. When you do wear something a little trendier, it’s usually a disaster.

So which Family Ties character best suits your style? I think I’m a little of all of them. Sha-la-la-la….

Photo credits: Star Pulse, Daily Mail, DVD Talk, GoPixPic, Pixgood

 

 

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!

Look of the Week: the Midi Pencil

Let’s be honest here, we all look forward to freezing cold weather solely to celebrate all that is comfy and right in our closets: flannel sweats, thick socks, an oversized sweater. But after a while, you miss the more feminine pieces that show off your curves a bit, am I right?

That’s where the midi pencil skirt comes in. It’s the perfect combo of sexy/sassy while providing more yards of fabric than your average-length skirt. Add thick tights, boots, sweater, coat and scarf and you’ve got yourself a super warm alternative to the housebound, I-have-six-cats-and-am-addicted-to-Netflix sweatpants go-to. For a lighter, California version of the midi pencil, take a look at Jennifer of Seeking Style, the eternally boho chic member of the Crossroads Style Council:

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She picked up this lovely skirt and denim jacket (and turban!) at Crossroads. Much love for the mustard-oxblood pairing. And check out these other midi pencils–so many great ways to style them!

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Photo credits: Seeking Style, The Fashion Tag, Style Cab, Be Modish, Hot Spot Diva, The Covetable

What to Wear This Thanksgiving

Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving with family or friends or a mix of both, when it comes to this feast of all feasts, you want to be comfy while still maintaining some style, non? Here are some of this season’s best looks that give you plenty of room to enjoy 10 days’ worth of food in a single afternoon. Bon appetit.

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Cozy, plaid and perfect for letting it all out.

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Get creative with your knits: pull your favorite cable knit over a dress for a new, comfy look.

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Loosen up with a gorgeous, flowing bohemian blouse.

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Layers like this oversized blazer are a great way to get a little coverage.

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Cinching a scarf with a belt is such an easy–and classy–way to dress up for chowing down.

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There’s nothing comfier than a flowing maxi dress; give it a “fall” vibe with a fur vest.

 

Photo credits: Who What Wear, Olivia Style, The Chic Departement, Pop Sugar, Loafers and Polish,

 

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.

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Look of the Week: Faux Fur

Although faux fur is a trend that emerges from time to time, this is the first time I’m seeing it styled in a way that’s more accessible to the average style-conscious gal.

My most recent fur fave was worn by one of the Crossroads Style Council membersRachel of Jag Lever. With its speckled fawn coloring (which is really just an extension of my fawn obsession), Rachel’s cropped vest adds just the right amount of texture and interest to her outfit without making her gawk-worthy. LOVE.

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A vest is a great way to work faux fur if you’re petite like Rachel; it’s a small enough piece that the fur doesn’t swallow up a petite frame. And she does a fantastic job of keeping everything neutral–including those gorgeous, warm-brown boots–and then bringing in a pop of color with a little glimpse of opaque emerald tights.

Here are some more great faux pieces–I love the styling on all of these!

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How are you wearing faux fur this season?

Photo credits: Jag Lever, Lauren Messiah, Gastellum, Fashion Tag, Pearls & Peacocks