Blog: Crossroads Style

April 26th, 2017 by Julius Adorsu Chicago Fashion Spotlight: An Interview with Two Creatives

Chicago is known for many things: deep dish pizza, great museums and galleries, and the beauty of the city itself. It’s a little less known for all the creative and fashionable people who reside here, but I’m looking to help change that. I had the opportunity to interview some of the most stylish bloggers/creatives I follow, and the results were inspiring beyond belief. The first two people were Brandon and Desirée—a creative and a blogger, respectively.

 

  1. How would you define style

Desirée: Style is your personality that comes across in your appearance. It can be the way you clothe yourself or the accessories you wear.

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Brandon: Style is personal expression meets visuals. It can be the clothing, it can be accessories, it can be nail polish, it can be beads, it can be confidence. For me, it’s a way to express myself through the way I present myself.

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  1. David Bowie once said, “I wanted to be thought of as someone who was very much a trendy person, rather than a trend.” How do you feel about that statement in our present time?

Desirée: If you’re trendy, you have a sensitivity to what’s going on around you and are able to pick up on it. But it’s something that continues to cycle. He was able to stay relevant for so long because he knew the difference.

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Brandon: Everyone is into a certain look, a certain trend, a certain style. Yet that isn’t always authentic and genuine.  I’m just a really big fan of being 100% yourself.

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  1. If you had to wear only one designer or brand exclusively for three years, who would it be and why?

Desirée: I’d have to choose a designer and it would be Marc Jacobs. He just knows how to do so many things.  He could do grunge or a polished-up lady Louis Vuitton look.

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Brandon: Louis Vuitton would be the brand, mainly because of the rich history. He was able to bring [the brand] from a bag no one wanted, to a luxury luggage brand, then to a full fashion house. I really appreciate what the house represents because I’m all about the hustle and the grind.

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Watch the full interview below!

 

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April 25th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 5 Tips to Refresh Your Wardrobe Staples

We all have our favorite staple pieces that we go to again and again. They make our wardrobes more cohesive and can save us from those mornings we feel we have nothing to wear. But as much as we love those wardrobe staples, basic pieces can get a little boring and may need an update from time to time.

To help you refresh those wardrobe staples, I’ve rounded up five shopping and styling tips that’ll keep them exciting and just as easy to wear!

 

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1. Look for Unexpected Details
Freshen up your basics by looking for pieces with unexpected details, like statement sleeves on your next button-down blouse.

 

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2. Pair Them with Lively Pieces
Grasie pairs her white sneakers—a wardrobe staple every girl should have in her closet—with a fun, colorful set that is perfect for spring.

 

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3. Mix Traditional with Modern Classics
Tonya is wearing classic block heels with one of my favorite modern classic looks: denim on denim.

 

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4. Oversize It
A classic blazer becomes a modern piece that can be worn with any outfit when you choose an oversized fit and scrunch up the sleeves.

 

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5. Add a Personal Touch
Use your DIY skills to add some extra flare to your staple pieces; for example, try adding a raw edge hem to your denim or embroidery if you’re feeling crafty.

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April 24th, 2017 by Melanie Sutrathada What to Wear with White Pants This Spring

White pants are admittedly hard to pull off; you have to be extra cautious about what you eat, where you sit, and what kind of undergarments you wear. However, when styled in just the right way, an outfit with white pants can look so sleek and powerful. It’s time to master the art of wearing white pants with these outfits in mind.

 

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Nail the perfect all-white look by adding a neutral handbag and heels. This tidy look is easy to put together and works for all sorts of occasions. You’ll be good to go in no time!

 

P2 - Extra Petite

Upgrade your 9-5 work attire by styling white pants with a classic button-up. Take a fashion tip from blogger Jean from Extra Petite and add an extra ladylike touch to your outfit with a feminine belt. 

 

P3 - Prissy and Savvy

If you want to bundle up for breezier spring weather while still keeping things clean and minimal, this look is for you. Play with contrast by styling a pair of cropped, fitted white jeans with a chunky, oversized sweater.

 

P4 - Sincerely Jules

As evidenced by blogger Julia Sarinana of Sincerely Jules, an embellished blouse looks great with white jeans. A pair of distressed white jeans is always a good investment as the piece can elevate even the most casual of outfits!

 

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Want to make your cute spring blouse the focal point of your outfit? No problem! Go for an off-the-shoulder or one-shouldered top with some major statement sleeve details. Style them over a slim, fitted pair of white pants to really help your blouse pop.

 

P6 - The Fashion Cuisine

For a laid-back yet fashion-forward look, slip on some cropped white jeans, flat mules, a suede jacket, and a black hat.

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April 21st, 2017 by Samantha Weaver Shop Summer Staples: Jumpsuits, Dresses and Culottes

This week, our new collection hits the mark again with fabulous summer staples! These easy pieces feature some of our favorite silhouettes and prints and can be paired with simple leather accessories for a fully finished look.

 

all the photos 2141Our Halter Neck Jumpsuit ($35) features double front pockets, a cropped wide-leg, and a side-zip closure.

all the photos 2139Our lightweight Frayed Hem Dress ($35) features a v-back, chevron print, and boxy fit.

Our Ombre Culottes ($17.50) have a relaxed cut, side pockets and a tasseled drawstring.

all the photos 2131It’s easy to style our Buckle Strap Dress ($30)—just add a great pair of mules!

Our Wildflower Dress with Lace Trim ($25) features an allover floral print, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and a combo lace and pom-pom trim.

Last but not least, our Festival Maxi Dress ($48.50) features a delicate print, skinny straps, scoop back, and tiered bottom. Add our Silver Triangle Necklace ($35), coming soon!

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April 20th, 2017 by Jennifer Beile 10 Most Buzzed About Coachella 2017 Performances

Let’s celebrate what Coachella is really about: the music! Of course, the fashion and celeb sightings are bonuses to the weekend, but the music is what brings everyone out to the desert. If you weren’t able to make it this year, don’t fret—I’ve compiled a list of the best performances to catch online. They might just inspire you to begin planning for next year’s festival!

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Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar closed the first weekend of the world’s premiere music festival, and fans everywhere are calling it legendary. Not one for gimmicks, Lamar had several surprise guests and focused on his music, performing from his new album released the previous Friday.

Lorde
Debuting new music from her upcoming album, Lorde made an impression on fans and non-fans alike. Beginning with what may be a show of solidarity with Coachella-snubbed Kate Bush, Lorde doesn’t hold back in her performances and this past weekend was no different.

Hans Zimmer
A German film score composer with a full orchestra performing at Coachella? Was it a joke? Hardly. It was a brilliant move that will have Coachella-goers looking back for years to come. I am hoping this is the beginning of Coachella continuing to surprise us each year by branching out and booking acts from all music genres.

Lady Gaga
Is it any surprise that Lady Gaga had one of the best performances of the weekend? Gaga may have been a replacement when Beyonce bowed out, but no one was disappointed during her dynamic set.

Radiohead
They may be getting more press for their sound issues than their actual performance, but Coachella veteran Radiohead has never given an actual bad performance. Radiohead will, of course, be back this weekend to prove their showmanship without technical difficulties, but do we really need further proof?

Future
Future barely had to perform himself, with fans across the desert grass often singing loud enough to hear over the speaker system. The crowd lost themselves even further when Future brought out special guest Drake.

The xx
One of my husband’s favorite bands, the xx proved why they are universally loved as they rocked the desert last weekend. Raw, real, and emotional, the xx was a welcome addition to the heavy hip-hop and electronic lineup at this year’s festival.

DJ Khaled
If the theme of the weekend was surprise guests, DJ Khaled was the winner. From radio DJ and music producer to a musician in his own right, it wasn’t a shock to see so many guests during Khaled’s set, but nonetheless, the excitement at each new one was felt throughout the crowd.

Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphni
The three performed together, back-to-back, collaborating for 3 hours in the Yuma tent. From disco to house music and electronica, the Yumi tent was not to be missed on Saturday afternoon. Time will tell if the trio will combine their sets for the second weekend of Coachella.

Sampha
Soul singer Sampha brought his velvety smooth voice to Coachella this year and defied the odds; Coachella’s most hailed acts are usually the big name, big performance artists, but this year we’re taking notice of Sampha and his simple three-piece band and soul music.

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