Blog: Crossroads Style

May 20th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Hello, Houston!

You may have heard that Crossroads is now open in Houston, Texas! Our newest store (number 35!) is nestled in the heart of the bustling Montrose neighborhood.

If you’ve never been to Houston, then you may not know that it is BIG. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and they weren’t kidding—in fact, you can cram all of New York City, San Francisco, and Boston within Houston’s city limits. Don’t get overwhelmed by it’s size though, because we’ve made a list of our favorite spots around our store to fuel yourself before or after some serious Crossroads shopping!

 


Morning Workout?

Before a big shopping day, consider centering yourself with the 9:30 am yoga class at DEFINE body and mind, right next door to our store. This popular exercise chain hosts a variety of classes including barre and cycling.

Coffee

Post-workout, head over to get caffeinated at Blacksmith. Whether you choose a simple black coffee or a Spanish cortado, Blacksmith will present you with a work of art. I ordered the homemade biscuits with crème fraîche and marmalade. Yum! They also offer a full breakfast and lunch menu that includes original and tasty items ranging from yogurt & granola to Vietnamese steak and eggs.
Lunch

While I was in Houston, I went to Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine three times for lunch. Seriously—it was that good. Everything from the hot and fresh pitas, the 8+ flavors of hummus, and the salads & sides (of which there must be at least twenty options to choose from) was amazingly good. The owner is a gem too!


Dinner + Drinks

For dinner and drinks, head over to Underbelly, just two blocks west of our store. Chef Chris Shepard is serving up locally sourced food inspired by Houston’s diversity. Shepard was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2014, so you can be sure to get a truly Houstonian experience at Underbelly.


Dinner no. 2

In the mood for Japanese? Head over to Osaka Japanese Restaurant for a roll and maybe even another cocktail (this place has a full bar to boot). Unlike its Michelin star counterpart Uchi across the street, this restaurant won’t require a reservation, so you can pop in to satisfy that sushi craving STAT.


Late Night

Katz’s Delicatessen is open 24/7 and serves up perfect diner food in an old school deli atmosphere.  Whether you get the pastrami or corned beef, you can’t go wrong at Katz’s.  

And of course, Crossroads is now open for all the shopping you want to do in between. Follow our Houston store on Instagram @crossroads_texas for a look at new arrivals and great merchandise!

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May 16th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Round Up: How to Wear Summer Fringe

Fringe is in and having its moment in the sun—literally! Fringe shouldn’t only be reserved for heavy jackets and scarves. It can easily be a part of your summer wardrobe too. A fun way to mix up your look and add a funky vibe to your outfit is to add pieces and accessories with fringe detail into your wardrobe. A sure tip to pull it off: pair fringe with minimalistic pieces to offset any rodeo or costume vibes.

I’ve rounded up some more fun ways to incorporate summer fringe into your wardrobe!

Lightweight Jacket
jacketFor those cool summer nights, add some fun fringe to your outfit with light jackets and wraps.

Denim
denimDenim shorts, shirts, and jeans can be remixed with fringe detail. Check out this easy DIY from Crossroads!

Jewelrysummer fringeStep up your jewelry game by mixing in some fringe statement pieces.

Purses
purseKeep an eye out for a bag with fringe details to add to your collection. It’ll go with nearly everything this season!

Shoes
shoesShoes can completely change the tone of your outfit. Add some funky fringe shoes to your rotation!

What’s your favorite way to wear summer fringe?

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May 13th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver Meet Denny, Our Newest Style Council Member!

We are very excited to welcome Denny Balmaceda to the ranks of the Crossroads Style Council! If you aren’t already one of his 90k+ followers, then listen up—because this guy may as well have invented the #ootd.
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Denny firmly believes in the difference between fashion and style:  Fashion is temporary; fashion is a race. Style is independent of that. Style is story telling.
 –Because of his ability to tell a story through style, ten minutes can easily turn into ten hours on any one of Denny’s platforms. Whether you’re scrolling through his blog or his Instagram feed, you’ll find yourself inspired by his artistry, musical vibes, and, of course, his personal style.
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We can relate to Denny’s fashion philosophy: “‘Look rich, shop cheap,’ will forever be my motto. Regardless of success or life changes, I have some of the best times when I am thrifting. When buying, selling or trading clothes, I can always rely on @crossroads_east in Manhattan to find the most unique pieces.”
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We can’t wait to see what Denny finds next at Crossroads! If you’re in the New York area, make sure to check out his favorite Crossroads location in the Flatiron District.
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Welcome to the Crossroads Style Council, Denny!

May 9th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver DIY: Frayed Hem Jeans

The moment I saw 3×1’s Crop Lima jean, I knew I had to have them—but with a $295 price tag, I set out to create my own affordable version. I closed my web browser, picked up my seam rippers, and ran to the Crossroads DIY Studio to create these frayed hem jeans myself!

First things first: you can use any pair of jeans to achieve this fringed accent. I’ll be using a pair of light wash skinny jeans, but you can use any color or silhouette you want.

You will need:

– A pair of jeans

– A seam ripper

– A pair of sharp scissors

– A ruler

1. Cut the bottoms off your jeans with scissors.

2. Use your seam ripper to open up the vertical seam on both sides of each leg. You can use a ruler to measure the length of your fringe. I went with a whopping six inches for an extra long fringe!

3. Now you can start fraying! You can use your fingers to rub the edges of the fabric to find your loose vertical threads. Then just start unraveling. I used the seam ripper to isolate each thread, pulling them out one by one.The entire process should only take about an hour to unravel both legs up to your desired height.

4. Finish with a run through the washer and dryer. Then twist the fringe between your thumb and index finger creating chunks of denim-y fringe!

Here’s a finished pair. I added some stitching to keep the fringe from unraveling beyond my original measurement.

Light wash or dark wash, this fun DIY is an easy and free route to transforming last season’s jeans into this summer’s hottest denim trend.

 

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May 4th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada Best-Dressed at the Met Gala 2016

The most exclusive party of the year went down this Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibit in New York City. The gala was centered around the theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which explored the relationship between clothes created by hand and clothes created by machine. As always, it was a great night for fashion.

Here are the stars that made my best-dressed list on the Met Gala red carpet!

Met GalaThis evening was all about embellishments, and Taylor Swift did not disappoint in a stunning Louis Vuitton mini.

P2 - Rose ByrneRose Byrne walked the red carpet in a champagne-colored custom Ralph Lauren lamé gown.    

P3 - Rita Ora
Rita Ora rocked a silver Vera Wang gown with gorgeous on-trend feather embellishments.  

P4 - Kate HudsonKate Hudson slayed in Atelier Versace and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. The cut-outs are futuristic, yet modern!

P5 - Alessandra Ambrosia
The Balmain army is stronger than ever with Alessandra Ambrosia repping in a glimmering, body-conscious dress. 

P6 - Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn looked phenomenal in her beaded Balmain dress. Its art deco details fit the exhibit’s theme perfectly!

What were your favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala?

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