I blame it on the tutu!

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July 29, 2010

Jacket: UO (Urban Outfitters)
Shirt: American Apparel
Skirt: Kensie (Sloan Boutique, Portland)
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: BCBGeneration (Nordstrom)
Bag: See by Chloe (a gift)

I think starting the week off with a tutu really influenced my choices for the entire week: day after day I reached for dresses and flirty skirts. In all honesty I really wanted to wear my tutu every single day; sadly, I resisted so nothing but girly looks would suffice. This purple ombre skirt always makes me feel really sweet, but to avoid looking overly sweet, I toned it down a little by pairing it with a simple mens black v-neck with the sleeves rolled a few times. To add a little edge to this look, I added a mixed metallic layered chain necklace and my silver bag. I wore my military jacket for a rather brisk walk to the bus stop, as well as to keep warm in my overly air conditioned office. I loved the addition of this layer; the army green is perfect with the purple tones of the skirt.

As I’ve mentioned before, my outfit photos are kindly shot by either my boyfriend or best friend. On this day both of them were unavailable so I turned to my friend, Kate, for photos. She was more than happy to help me out, and it's really fun to see her style of photographs (she loves a diagonal shot). The day before Kate and I took a trip to what we consider to be the best Forever 21 in Portland, and while I mostly picked up cute accessories, including this belt, Kate left the store with some amazing finds. She looked so adorable while taking these photos that I couldn’t resist snapping a few of her. It was really fun to be on the other side of the camera and the pictures came out so well that I will feature Kate in my next post! After all, it was Kate’s birthday that prompted the purchase of my beloved tutu, so I think she more than deserves a feature. Don’t you?

Same shirt, new style!

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July 28, 2010

Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: J.Crew
Shoes: MIA (Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace: Sloan Boutique, Portland
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

I’ve wanted to wear this shirt tucked into a skirt ever since I wore it on a Sunday date a few weekends ago. I’ve truly been inspired by the all the style blogs I read, and I love seeing someone take one item and transform it into something new with each wear. I will admit that has never been my strength. Call me a creature of habit, but I am definitely the type of girl who falls in love with a look from head to toe and really has to resist the urge to wear it in the exact same way over and over again. Does anyone else feel this way?

I knew I would need to find a skirt with a high enough waist to cover the shirt’s elastic waist, but I also needed one that was loose enough to avoid unattractive bunching of the hidden lower half. This denim skirt was just right. I added a pink belt with gold studs to add a little color and then completed the look with gold accessories: antique skeleton key necklace, a ring and pointed toe flats. Feeling like I needed a little more color, I decided to add this poppy colored bag. Despite being in a casual outfit, I felt very refined and flirty and I'm curious about all the other shirts I have in my closet that I never thought to transform by tucking them into a skirt.

I only realized after looking at today’s pictures that this look isn’t really so different from when I wore this shirt last. I think I prefer this shirt tucked into the skirt, but tell me what you think by voting below!

Too cool for school

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July 26, 2010

Dress: See by Chloe (Gilt)
Jacket: Alexander McQueen for Target
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (gift)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boston)
Rings: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boston)
Bag: Treesje (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

As my time as a city dweller dwindles I feel obligated to get in one last wear of many of closet favorites, and this dress is definitely a favorite. I remember seeing this dress on Gilt and quickly putting it in my cart; sadly, I was in a See by Chloe frenzy and couldn’t resist another look at what was left, and by the time I returned to my cart it was gone. Never one to give up easily, I clicked refresh on my browser at least a thousand times and finally it was back! I clicked buy without hesitation, totally feeling like I had just won the imaginary competition in my head. Is it just me or do you feel victorious when you score something amazing at a sample sale?

Normally a drop waist isn’t flattering for my body shape (hello, hips!), but for some reason this one works. I love everything about this dress: the delicate pleating at the waist and back, the deep pockets, and especially the abstract, colorful print. It also transitions well from season to season, and I love wearing it in winter with a long cardigan and black tights. While summer has finally arrived in Portland, it is still quite chilly in the morning. I threw on my gray denim motorcycle jacket, which I have never worn with this dress, and just felt so cool. It really made me want to throw on motorcycle boots, but I will leave that for colder days. Since I wasn’t wearing boots, I decided to add some tough accessories: two spiky rings, a chain link band bracelet and a studded bag.

I tend to take all outfit photos at one time, but the morning was so gray and the afternoon so beautifully sunny and hot that I couldn’t resist snapping a few more. The last two were taken during my lunch at the food carts, and I have to say that while I loved wearing my motorcycle jacket I was more than happy to shed it and throw on some sunglasses for lunch!

Tutu Tuesday!

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July 25, 2010

Tank: Michael Stars (Nordstrom)
Tutu: Forever 21
Bracelet: Adia Kibur (Gilt)
Headband: J. Crew
Shoes: Nine West
Card case: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc store, San Francisco)

I have to admit, I have was dying to break out my tutu again having only worn it once before. I decided to wear it to a very late Sunday brunch, thinking that it would be a perfectly sweet ending to my weekend. I had no idea how much attention a tutu would draw, so in response to all the stares and smirks I decided to toast my tutu with a few mimosas. Champagne and a pink tutu turned out to be a perfect pairing!

I love this outfit. I wanted to take it in a different direction than the last time I wore it, and like so many others, whenever I see a tutu, I have visions of the opening sequence of SATC. I drew inspiration from Carrie’s soft yet oh so chic ballerina look and decided to throw on a simple white tank. Already in love with the simplicity of the white tank and its uncomplicated neckline, I decided to only add a bracelet albeit a chunky one. Do those zipper edged flowers look familiar? This bracelet actually matches my statement necklace; I bought them with every intention of wearing them together but I have yet to find the perfect outfit with which to do so (if you have ideas, please let me know!). While I tried to resist my natural inclination to toughen up this look, I only partially succeeded. For a daytime tutu look, I wanted to go with flats rather than heels, but when it came time to choose a pair, these studded ballerina flats called to me. I, in no way, wanted to weigh down this light and cheerful look with a clunky bag, which is apparently the only kind I like, so I decided to pack my silver studded card case (see, more studs) with only my license and ATM card. I guess this ballerina just loves her some studs!

This outfit instantly lightened my mood. I wasn’t quite my usual sarcastic self. I felt almost giddy floating around in the tutu. While sarcastic Santina almost always goes for a savory breakfast; on this day, sweet Santina went for bananas foster French toast. I would say it has been at least ten years since I’ve had French toast! Feeling rather grateful for the elastic waistband and layers of tulle, I left breakfast determined to take some photos that reflected the playful spirit of this look. These are actually some of my favorites yet!

Tutu Tuesday was planned with two of my favorite bloggers: Ashley of Free Honey and Sarah from Mocha-Soy-Whippy.  If you haven’t checked out their blogs, you need to. Ashley is too cute for words, and I love her writing style because when I read it, I feel like I know her even though we’ve never met. Then there is Sarah…I don’t know about you, but I think the girls on the other side of the pond have a leg up on us. Everything Sarah wears is just so effortlessly cool.

Do you have a tutu? Send me a link! I’d love to see how you styled it!

Spreadin' the love

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July 25, 2010

It seems quitting my job and announcing the big move lead to a week of celebrations, cutting into time that is usually spent on my blog. Sorry for the slow week, but I already have a fun post in the works for Tuesday; today we shot some of my favorite photos to date and I can’t want to share them.

I knew this week would be exciting, but just as I was thinking I couldn’t be happier I found myself in three, yes three, features! Me?!? Before this week I had never been featured once, and then I found myself in one on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I am so incredibly flattered...I really can’t express how much the amazing support I’ve received from complete strangers means to me. I definitely lean a little to the pessimistic side and this kindness gives me hope that all people aren’t assholes (I kid). 

So, if you haven’t checked ‘em out, here are the features:
Ladies, I love your style (thanks to the lovely Jemina)
Lovely Ladies’ Lovely Looks (thanks to Fashion Translated)
Jeffrey Campbell JC Girls

Honestly, I was thrilled to see myself featured. I feel proud of myself for sticking with blogging even when I feel like no one’s reading, and pretending not to see the spectators as I pose for pictures, and most of all, sacrificing a few hours of sleep while editing photos. (Seriously, are you all exhausted?)  Wanting to share the love, here are five of my favorite posts (in alphabetical order) from this week all from blogs I recently found:

1.    Blog to Note: Morgan & Lua from MouseVox Vintage
I found Morgan & Lua right as I started my obsession with fashion blogs. I fell in love with her photos with her beautiful dog, Lua. She does casual chic with total ease and I adore her preppy yet quirky style. This photo from her interview is my favorite from this week, and I can't even see the outfit!

2.    Cow Town from Haiku Ambulance
I stumbled across Haiku Ambulance one morning and couldn’t stop clicking from page to page to page. There is nothing this girl can’t wear! And, you might say I have a thing for short blond hair…I also have a thing for cows; I absolutely love cows. I think they are such innocent and beautiful creatures so this post won me over before I even laid eyes on the red shoes.

3.    Happy Hues from Pretty Pleased
I am a firm believer in willing my mood with my clothing and color choices. Just seeing this cheery yellow shirt brightened my day so I can’t imagine how the lovely Catherine felt!

4.    Not Long To Go from Lucy Laucht
The mention of a bold move first attracted me to this post as I understand the mix of anxiety and excitement, and the Mark Twain quote perfectly summed up my feelings about my decision to take a break from the working world. But then I saw those khakis and forgot all that… Honey, with style like this, you will make it anywhere!

5.    Salute! From Jemina
Jemina is one of the kindest people I’ve encountered on this adventure in blogging. I can’t get enough of her blog; I find her confident style so inspiring. She is nothing short of bad ass, but in an adorable way that just makes me want to hug her!

I love finding new blogs. Tell me some of your favorites!

My cat told me to do it.

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July 23, 2010

Shirt: Gap
Pants: J. Crew
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Coach (Nordstrom Rack)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom Rack)
Hat: Gap

Today reminded me of why I decided a few years ago to work a four day schedule: working on Friday sucks! Usually I start the day by getting a few extra hours of sleep and heading to the gym for a long workout. Today started off when I opened my eyes, feeling rather refreshed for going to bed as late as I did, only to realize that I had never set an alarm! Usually I would completely freak out over such an oversight, but on the day after I submitted my resignation, I was nothing but grateful for the extra sleep as I strolled in late. I think this newfound laid back attitude is reflected in this relaxed look.

I bought this shirt yesterday because I really can’t resist striped shirts, not to mention it was on super sale. I wish I had the perfect pair of khakis but since I don’t, I paired this shirt with a rolled up pair of cargo pants. I decided to wear my cat necklace in an attempt to appease my cat, Marley, who was totally pissed off that I was going to work. When I asked him if I should wear it, he meowed what I interpreted as a yes meow and so it was (yes, I take fashion advice from my cat). I am in dire need of a pedicure and prefer to cover my toes until I make it to the nail salon, so I grabbed one of my favorite pairs of flats and this canvas Marc bag.

I didn’t own this hat when I got dressed but I bought it on a shopping adventure at lunch. I was really surprised to find that I like how this hat looks on me. Don’t get me wrong, when I have longer hair, I quite like to wear hats, but with short hair, it’s challenging to find the right hat. While I’m definitely attracted to menswear inspired looks (like this and this), I always like to feel feminine. All too often I try on a hat and find it looks altogether boyish and in an unflattering way. I decided to throw it on for my outfit pictures because I thought it would be a good test to see if this hat can be worn in the name of fashion as opposed to necessity (like when I am sitting on the beach everyday in the very near future). After seeing the photos, I think I like it but tell me what you think!

Adios, Portland!

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July 22, 2010

Shirt: H&M (San Francisco)
Tank: Banana Republic
Jeans: J.Crew
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Sam Edelman (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boston)
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

I started out the day both anxious and excited. I had been planning this day for so long and yet somehow playing it out over and over in my head wasn’t enough to calm my nerves. I think this somewhat bohemian inspired look was my last attempt to do so. Blue is definitely my favorite color (since I wouldn’t quite classify black and white stripes as a “color”) and I love the varying shades in this flowy top. To balance the volume, I added skinnies and leg lengthening pointed toe flats. I stayed in the color scheme with my accessories, adding a bag of mixed blues and purple sunglasses.

And now for what put me into such a tizzy: I quit my job today! For quite some time, my boyfriend and I have been planning a break from the working world. We (and our darling cat, of course) are moving to Mexico to spend at least six months living on the beach doing absolutely nothing but just what we want! After six gloomy and rainy Portland winters, I am more than excited to have a little sunshine in my life. Not to mention I will finally be free of my wetsuit for the foreseeable future. Surfing without a wetsuit in Oregon is not an option, and I have to say that I despise them. Seriously, a more unattractive article of clothing has yet to touch my body.

So, what does this mean for the blog? Well, for my last month and a half of city living I will surely be pulling out many of my favorite items in anticipation of saying “see you later” when I put them in storage. After that I look forward to the challenge of making the most of a limited wardrobe in sometimes often heat (I love the heat) while living in a small beach town. I’m not one to plan too far ahead so I can’t predict much more than that. For now I’m just really, really excited…I love that I don’t know where I will be next year at this time.

Oh, and one last thing: Just as I was thinking that nothing could make this day better I find myself in my very first feature by the very lovely Jemina. I am so beyond flattered to have a woman who rocks looks like this and this call me fearless!

Which way to go?

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July 21, 2010

Shirt: Trouvé (Nordstrom)
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Sloan Boutique, Portland
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Belt: Gap
Shoes: Seychelles (Urban Outiftters)
Bag: Coach (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
After four glorious days away from the office, I returned to work on Tuesday to find myself drowning in work. The day flew by so quickly that I never had a chance to snap a few outfit shots…well, that’s not exactly true. I did try to get a few while waiting for the bus after a happy hour in honor of my intern’s last day. Let’s just say I wasn’t quite looking my best.

I scored this skirt on the same trip to Forever 21 as when I picked up this shirt and necklace. I knew I wanted to wear this skirt today, but I just wasn’t sure how. When buying it I had a vision of tucking in a simple white tank and throwing my denim blazer over it, which is exactly what I put on the first time I got dressed this morning. I did like the overall look, but this skirt is both short and tight, and the blazer didn’t tone it down quite enough for me to feel comfortable strutting around my office of rather conservatively dressed older people. The first thing that came to mind was a button down. I resisted my immediate impulse to pull out my white button down, fearing that I might look a little too red, white and blue, and reached for my chambray one instead. This shirt is long enough to cover most of the skirt, and I really liked the bagginess over the fitted skirt although I looked a little frumpy. To remedy that, I grabbed a brown belt that I bought a while ago but had yet to wear and cinched the waist.

While taking these photos it occurred to me that this is the exact location of the photos for my first blog post almost three months ago. Not only was it the same location, but I was also wearing the same shirt and bag that I was in that very first post. I had to smile to myself recalling those very awkward first few weeks of taking outfit photographs. I’ve never really liked pictures; they seem so permanent and I just can’t commit to forever etching that moment into time. I also tend to shy away from attention, so dealing with the seemingly endless stream of people who are so fascinated by the sight of someone having their photo taken has also been challenging, to say the least. Starting this blog has been quite an interesting adventure and I look forward to watching its evolution. It’s too easy to get caught up in comparisons with all the amazing bloggers that are so inspirational to me, so I would really like to thank all of you who take the time to read my blog and especially those of you who leave comments. Your support truly amazes me!   

I spy with my little eye...

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July 19, 2010

Shirt: Forever 21
Jeans: J.Crew
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden (Nordstrom)
Bag: Coach (Nordstrom)

Unlike most Sundays, this one was spent being productive, and unfortunately, that meant being cooped up in the house and staring at a computer. By early evening the sun finally came out and it was a perfect evening for a date. My boyfriend and I decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants and stopped for a few quick pictures along the way.

I scored this shirt and necklace on a trip to Forever 21 earlier in the weekend without realizing how cute they looked together. I love anything with black and white stripes, but most of all I adore the bows and cutouts on the back of this shirt. I threw on skinny jeans, wedges, and my laughing lady bag (yes, on this day she was not screaming) and was ready to go. This was a perfect look for a Sunday night date. I felt pretty and romantic while staying comfortable and casual in jeans and wedges. It turned out that a billowy top was the right choice for dinner. We finished with an amazing shortcake filled with Oregon berries and whipped cream, and I was definitely happy to have a little extra room as I packed away those last few bites!

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