Blog: Crossroads Style

April 27th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada Must-Have Cookbooks for Your Kitchen

Forget delivery and ordering into the office every day; there’s no better time to experiment in the kitchen, try new flavors, and get your Iron Chef on! Step up your cooking game with these four cookbooks that belong on your counter:

cook book1. Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy is pretty much everyone’s spirit animal and a total beast in the kitchen, so it’s no wonder that her cookbook is spreading like wildfire. The book is divided into sections like “Party Time,” “Sh*t on Toast,” and “Things That Intimidate People but Shouldn’t.” You’ll fall in love with her wit and recipes like John’s Famous Fried Chicken with Spicy Honey Butter.

P2 - Gwyneth Paltrow2. It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth shares more than 125 of her most healthy and delicious recipes from lazy breakfasts to easy dinners. My favorites include the Moroccan Chicken Salad Wrap and Pita Bread Pizzas.

P3 - Love and Lemons3. The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking by Jeanine Donofrio
This book features more than 100 simple vegetarian recipes starring fresh and delicious seasonal produce. It’s the perfect inspiration for quick and impromptu cooking!

P4 - Orange, Lavender, Figs4. Orange, Lavender & Figs: Deliciously Different Recipes from a Passionate Eater by Fanny Slater
Fanny makes one-of-a-kind recipes approachable yet stunning enough to earn you the title of “Top Chef” among your friends and family. Try her Butternut Squash Tacos with Apple-Fennel Slaw, and you’ll never look back.

Hungry yet?

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March 14th, 2016 by Melanie Sutrathada Spring Clean Your Closet in 4 Easy Steps

The weather is changing and that means it’s time for our closets to get a much-needed makeover (so you can do more shopping, of course!). Leave your excuses at the door and get started on spring cleaning today!

Here are four easy steps for spring cleaning your closet:

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1. Make a big pile.
Put everything in your closet on the floor​. ​ Yes, really. As terrifying and overwhelming as this may sound, it’s the best way to really see how much stuff you’ve collected​. There’s nothing quite as motivating as a pile that’s five feet tall and threatening to topple over.

2. Grab some bags and boxes.
Find three giant garbage bags or boxes for separating your unwanted clothing​ and label them​ sell, donate and toss.

3. Divide and conquer.
Hold each piece and ask yourself, “does this make me happy?” If the answer is no, or if you have to really think about it, it’s time to toss whatever you’re holding into one of the bins you put out in step 2.

4. Put everything back and organize accordingly.
One of my favorite ways to organiz​e is​ by season or style and then color​. For example, place all of your work blouses together and then sort them from light to dark.

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October 19th, 2015 by Melanie Sutrathada 15 Style Lessons To Learn By 25

No matter how old you are, there is always something new to be learned about fashion and style (Baddie Winkle, anyone?).  But the 15 style lessons below are the ones you’ll want to learn as early as you can:

1. It’s all about the fit. Wear clothes that fit you right now and not where you’ve been or where you want to be.

2. Speaking of fit, find a good tailor. Don’t be afraid to raise hemlines and nip a great piece in; your clothes will look and feel better.

3. A white button-down is a must. End of story.

4. Never underestimate the power of accessories. 

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5. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. A pair of chic flats often beats towering stilettos and a painful grimace.

6. There’s a reason certain pieces are called classics. Invest in these pieces and splurge – they’ll last you a lifetime.

7. When in doubt, wear black. It’s no-fail and figure-flattering.

8. Play with patterns and prints.  Polka dots and stripes will always be a “do”.

9. Pay attention to details. Cuff your jeans or layer a few necklaces. It’s the little things that take your outfit and style to the next level.

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10. Try out the seasonal trends if they really speak to you. Fashion is supposed to be fun!

11. Think in multiples. If you love a piece and it fits well, buy it in every color. You won’t regret it.

12. There are no real rules. Go ahead and wear horizontal stripes, white after Labor Day, and whatever else feels right.

13. Stand out in a crowd with fun pops of color. 

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14. A leather jacket is everything. Throw it over a lace dress, a t-shirt and jeans and pretty much everything else in your closet.

15. Confidence really is the best accessory. 

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MAY 8, 2015 BY SAMANTHA Trending: Unisex Backpacks

A well-made backpack is a wonderful thing. Perfect for music festivals or a quick walk down to your local farmer’s market, these bags are a favorite for men and women alike.

We’re committed this summer to utilitarian accessories, so naturally we’re all in on the backpack trend. Check out these ones, now available in Crossroads stores, and tell us which one is your favorite in the comments section below.

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Thick Stripe with Front Pocket, $42.50

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Tan Canvas Backpack with Zippers, $42.50

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Railroad Stripe, $42.50

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Jason is all over the backpack trend this season. I’ve seen him carry everything from leather backpacks to small canvas ones like these. He can’t seem to decide on just one!

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