Slacker!

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August 27, 2010


T-shirt: Express
Shorts: Citizens of Humanity (gift)
Socks: Betsey Johnson (Nordstrom Rack)
Belt: J. Crew
Necklace: Forever 21
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Dolce Vita (Nordstrom Rack)
Bag: Treesje (Nordstrom)

First of all, I have to apologize for slacking a bit the last week or so. In all honesty, the move completely consumed nearly every moment and when I wasn’t packing I was trying to squeeze in as much time with friends as possible. The good news is that I just finished packing, and by Tuesday afternoon I will be living on the beach with plenty of time to devote to the blog…even if with a much smaller wardrobe.

I threw this outfit together by reaching into a pile of clothes that had yet to be packed. I planned to spend the entire day packing but took a quick break for one last run to Forever 21 and to pick up my final batch of dry cleaning. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, cutoffs and a t-shirt were the perfect choice, but I didn’t want to look boring. I’ve wanted to wear socks for ages (especially since Erin wore these), and there wasn’t much time left. I’m not quite sure about this sock and shoe combination, but there really wasn’t much time to debate not to mention nearly all my other shoes were packed. I think socks and sandals will always be a tough choice for me…it kind of brings back nightmares of my college years spent in Vermont although I’m fairly confident this combination is a little chicer than wool socks and Birkenstocks.

I have a secret...

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Alright, I just couldn’t resist posting a few pictures that were snapped right after my hair appointment last night. I absolutely love my new hair, and I’m happy to once again see my eyebrows. I know many people feel that dark brows with bleached hair are a fashion don’t, but I totally disagree! I really must get back to packing…can you believe I will be living in Mexico next week at this time?!? Agggggghhhhh! I promise a better post soon!

Last girls night out in Portland!

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August 25, 2010


Dress: Zac Posen for Target
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (Nordstrom)
Necklaces: Marc by Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc, Boston)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

The final days before my move to Mexico are proving to be even busier than expected. When I’m not packing, I’m running around with a seemingly endless list of annoying tasks. For my last girls night out I found myself with very little time to change into something worthy of the occasion. I also found myself with very few options (most of my favorites have been packed away) but when I saw this tank dress hanging in my closet, I knew it was the one. The rest of the outfit was chosen just as quickly; I basically piled on some of my favorite accessories (including my beloved watch necklace) and threw on my black open toe booties. I ran out the door, snapped a few pictures and was on my way. I had every intention of posting these pictures yesterday, but I had a little too much fun with the girls the night before and spent most of the day trying to recover when I should have been packing!

It's not goodbye...it's hasta luego!

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Clockwise from upper left: Diane von Furstenburg, Moulinette Soeurs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, See by Chloe, Theory, See by Chloe, Betsey Johnson
I have a confession to make: I never actually got dressed yesterday. To my defense, I also never left the house. I spent the entire day in a hot pink terry cloth romper (my mom has a matching one) because it was all I could tolerate on a ninety degree day spent packing on the second floor of my house. It was sweltering, but I couldn’t wait any longer. I have procrastinated long enough and it’s now time to get down to business. Aside from a few items that are still at the cleaners, I managed to pack away my entire closet, as well as all sweaters, scarves, and anything else that isn’t coming to Mexico with me (read: anything requiring dry cleaning). Today I need to tackle bags and shoes…I might cry. Dresses were bad enough. I was illogically sad while packing away some of my favorite dresses and found myself, sitting in my closet, silently reminiscing about the last time I wore each of them. Okay, maybe I wasn’t completely silent about it. I may have sent an e-mail to a few friends with a picture of one particularly memorable dress (sadly, from before the blog’s time). Maybe. In the absence of outfit pictures I decided to dedicate today’s post to a few of my favorite dresses. Do you have a favorite? Let me know which you liked best!

Sometimes I just reach for whatever is closest

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August 23, 2010


T-shirt: Rodarte for Target
Skirt: J. Crew
Wedges: Banana Republic
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc, Boston)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

After a morning workout, I spent almost the entire day in sweats, packing away the majority of my winter clothes. It made me wish I started my blog earlier; I love my fall and winter wardrobe. Layers, boots, sweaters, and tights? Yes, please! But, not this year…there will be no fall for me, so everything is getting neurotically folded and packed away. When it came time to get dressed to run a few errands and go out for dinner, I realized I had made a complete mess of my summer wardrobe, as well. My outfit choice was mostly the result of grabbing whatever was closest and not already packed.

This skirt is definitely coming to Mexico with me. I can wear it with anything, and I love the shape and pockets. This t-shirt was sitting on top of the nearest pile of clothes, and I just can’t resist a bow tie. The rest of the look was chosen just as lazily. Do the shoes and bag look familiar? I wore them Saturday night and still hadn’t put them away…don’t judge me. I am in such a mess with packing that not putting away a pair of shoes and a bag is the least of my concerns.

Hair inspiration

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Images (from left to right) courtesy of: I  ♥ Shorthair Girls, Celebrity Short Hair, Three In A Crowd
I really can’t wait to cut my hair this week! I always like changing my hair although this style, or rather variations of this style, I’ve had before and most certainly will again. I adore short hair and it seems once I have it I can’t resist cutting it shorter and shorter and shorter until there’s not much left. While I love my hair, it’s a bit high maintenance and doesn’t suit life on a beach, so I’m going shorter with a look that can be worn messy. When I first cut all my hair off at the age of 18, I remember bringing in pictures of both Winona Ryder and Mia Farrow, and I’d be lying if I said this is the first time I’ve turned to Agyness Deyn for hair inspiration. Now I just need to figure out when my appointment is…I can’t remember if it’s Wednesday or Thursday!

A forgotten floral dress

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August 21, 2010


Dress: Jaloux (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Belt: Forever 21 (came with this skirt)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

Moving is just not enjoyable although knowing that a life on the beach with no real responsibility awaits me once the move is over definitely makes it easier. While packing is mostly an annoying but necessary evil, I have to say that I do enjoy the little surprises I inevitably find. I keep everything so my trips down memory lane might be a little more detailed than most. I love how the sight of something as small as a forgotten ferry ticket or postcard brings me back to a very precise moment in time. Going through bins and bins of clothes has been horrifying at times, but I’ve also found quite a few items, like this dress, that I will happily bring back.

I love the draped sleeves of this dress, but the shape of the rest of it is hideous (at least on me) without a belt. I love when a skirt comes with a belt I actually like, and I knew when I bought this skirt that I would wear the belt much more than I’d wear the skirt. I really like the colors in this dress and decided to add a bit more with this bold necklace, as well as my poppy colored bag, which matched too perfectly not wear. Saturday night brought cool temperatures that made it feel like fall is just around the corner, and the rich colors in this look perfectly matched the weather.

It's all about the boots.

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August 20, 2010


Tank: Forever 21
Bandeau: Forever 21
Cutoffs: Citizens of Humanity (gift)
Boots: Theory (Nordstrom Rack)
Watch: L.A.M.B. (gift)
Rings: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc, Boston)
Bag: Treesje (Nordstrom)

When I saw that the high temperature for the day was going to be a cool seventy three, I knew I couldn’t let this opportunity slip away. I had to wear these boots one last time before putting them into storage. Despite the cool temperatures, I didn’t want to fully jump into my fall wardrobe so I balanced the boots with cutoffs and a tank. I have to admit that when I checked this look out in the mirror I thought it might be a wee bit trashy and I couldn’t decide if it was good trashy or bad trashy. Perhaps I was a little too inspired by Jersey Shore the night before? After a quick text poll, it was agreed that it was good trashy, so I rolled with it.

It’s more than clear that I can’t resist anything in black and white, and I’ve had a streak of black and white purchases from Forever 21 (like this skirt and this tank). Since this tank has low cut armholes, I decided to wear a bright bandeau to add a little color. For accessories, I wore only this watch, which fit the rocker vibe of the rest of the look, and a slouchy gray bag with studs.

Lately, while editing photos there are only two words that come to mind: bang trim! I really need a bang trim but I am cutting almost all of my hair off next week so I just don’t see the point. I meant to get one two weeks ago but I am so busy with moving that my days are flying by. When I first realized that my current hairstyle is just not realistic for beach life, I was a little sad to say goodbye to it. I have a history of experimenting with my hair and this one is definitely my favorite so far, but as my hair appointment approaches, I am actually really excited to chop it off! Who else loves the feeling of a cute new haircut?

Just jeans and a tee

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August 19, 2010

T-shirt: Gap
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace: Mink, Portland
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom Rack)

What can I say? There are days when nothing calls to me except jeans and a white tee. Today was one of those days. Moving is overwhelming and a few unexpected twists left me feeling blah this morning. I had every intention of changing into something more fun before meeting up with a friend for dinner and Jersey Shore, but it never happened. Something so seemingly easy as buying an airline approved pet carrier (Marley will be in the cabin on our flight to Mexico) turned into an all day search, which was ended when an airline representative told us that the carrier doesn’t really need to meet the requirements. Hmmmm…I didn’t think requirements were arbitrary but I’ll roll with it. Maybe they’ll let me through with a full water bottle if I put up a good fight?

This look was all about comfort. It felt good to be back to my boyfriend jeans after quite a long break, and they were perfect for showing off my new boat shoes. Much like I love a white button down, I love a simple white tee.  I added a key necklace (I love keys) and a berry ombre bag. While it’s not the most interesting look, there’s something so classic about just jeans and a tee. I always feel conflicted when posting a super casual look like this one, but then I remind myself that I am attempting to capture my daily outfits and on this frustrating Thursday, I wore jeans and a white t-shirt.

Meet Erin (and her fabulous socks!)

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August 18, 2010


On Erin:
Tank: Gap
Skirt: Hinge (Nordstrom)
Sock: Ralph Lauren (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Mossimo (Target)
Necklace: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Kate Spade (Nordstrom Rack)
Watch: Raymond Weil (a gift)
Bag: Dooney & Bourke (Nordstrom)

On me:
Tank: Forever 21
Pants: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Wedges: Dolce Vita (Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelet: H & M
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

Tonight was a lovely ending to what started as a stressful day. When my happy hour plans fell through, I quickly filled that hole in my exceedingly busy social calendar for dinner and a movie with my boyfriend and best friend. The temperatures cooled quite a bit and settled into the mid-seventies, the temperature that allows you to comfortably wear pretty much anything. After my rough morning I had every intention of wearing something frilly so I’m not quite sure where this outfit came from! Maybe it was the thought of the always freezing movie theater or maybe I wore pants just because I could now that Portland’s first heat wave of the summer has ended. Once I decided on these pants, I immediately reached for this tank, which I bought on a recent trip to Forever 21. As evident in this last week’s posts, I also can’t get enough black and white, and the print perfectly matches the vibe of cargo pants. Never one to skip a pop of color, I grabbed my poppy colored bag, which I love with the olive pants.

It was a surprise to me when Erin agreed to a few pictures. I’ve tried to coerce her many times in the past but with no success…nothing even close to success. But, with a sandal and sock combo as cute as this one, who wouldn’t want to show off a bit? Seriously, how adorable are those pointelle socks? Erin kept the rest of the look just as soft as her sweet socks with a simple oatmeal tank, a flirty chambray skirt, and a lucite necklace. A preppy pink and green duck print bag finished off her polished but youthful look. No one appreciates preppy details like Erin, and I know how happy this bag makes her, which is exactly why I convinced her to buy it...in the middle of winter.

I know I’ve mentioned my genuine dislike of photos before I started this blog, but it still shocks me when I reach into my purse and grab a camera. When did I start carrying a camera? How did this happen? I kind of jumped into blogging without thinking about it too much because if I did I probably wouldn’t have done it and I’ve tried to ignore the changes it has discreetly brought on. Then there is a night like this one, when I am so happy that I had a camera to snap a few pictures of night spent with two of my favorite people in Portland (one of whom may or may not be coming to Mexico in my suitcase).

Another hot day, another black and white dress

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August 17, 2010


Dress: Lux (Urban Outfitters)
Slip Dress: Sloan Boutique, Portland
Shoes: Coach (Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace: Sloan Boutique, Portland
Bracelet: Tara (Nordstrom)
Bag: Juicy Couture (Nordstrom)

This is the dress I wanted to wear yesterday but resisted and opted for color instead. Feeling a little guilty about all the black and white I’ve been wearing, I decided to add colorful accessories to brighten up this look. I almost wore my pink boat shoes yesterday, and when I tried them on with that green tank, my love of green paired with pink came rushing back. I opted for something else, but I still had it in mind today when I hurriedly got dressed (it’s sweltering in my bedroom).

I love the print of this dress, and even with the slip dress underneath, it’s still one of my coolest options for a hot day. These shoes were bought in the same shoe frenzy in which I bought my boat shoes. I felt a little guilty knowing that in two weeks I will tuck these adorable flats into storage for the foreseeable future, so I once again turned to my tried and true remedy for a case of buyer’s remorse: I wore them so I couldn’t return them. Problem solved. I added a pink bracelet and then decided to pull out this slouchy bag. It can hold more than you’d think by looking at it, and I love the color paired with the bright pink shoes. Both the shoes and bag have gold accents, so I finished the look with my wishbone necklace.

It's not easy being green (with Shaq).

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August 16, 2009


Shirt: Ella Moss (Anthropologie)
Shorts: J. Crew
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Gilt)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boston)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc Jacobs, San Francisco)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria

The heat wave continues here in Portland, and I decided to depart from my recent uniform of little more than the bare essentials: dress, bag, shoes. Somehow wearing something other than a dress or skirt seems to require much more effort on these hot days. Not that I’m complaining; I love the heat. I just don’t love that my car doesn’t have air conditioning.

I actually almost wore yet another black and white print dress but forced myself to wear a little color…even if just for a day (I might want to wear that dress tomorrow). Whenever I wear a green like this one, I have to feel a bit of Celtics pride. While I am in complete denial that one of my all time least favorite NBA players, Shaq, is now on my all time favorite team, I am certainly not a fair-weather fan and like to show the love all year round. Aside from the color, I love how the ruffles of this tank perfectly dress up my distressed denim cutoffs. I debated a number of pairs of shoes (including these and these) but decided on this pair of wedges because I’ve only worn them once since I bought them and I like to add a little height when wearing shorts. I love green paired with all blues and couldn’t resist wearing this bag.

Okay, I’ll admit it: my decision not to wear black and white again actually wasn’t a display of self control. I love black and white and have no issue wearing it day after day. Today was Marley’s first vet appointment to prepare him for our move to Mexico, and I knew I would be holding him a lot during the appointment so I didn’t want to wear black when I would be away from my lint roller. Even with a lint roller, I always feel like I have Marley’s white little hairs all over me although it has become increasingly difficult to discern his from mine!

When in doubt, wear 'em so you can't return 'em!

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August 15, 2010


Dress: Kensie (Nordstrom Rack)
Scarf: Zac Posen for Target
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (Nordstrom Rack)
Bag: Coach (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Chanel (Chanel on Newbury St. Boston)

As I’ve mentioned before, I have some preppy roots in my fashion history, but after that stage was over I pretty much avoided the look completely. That is until recently, of course. When I spied pink patent boat shoes on the shelf in Nordstrom Rack, I was more than a little excited, especially since just the day before I decided I wanted a cute pair. I had a mild case of buyer’s remorse when I arrived home with not only this pair but three others, so to be sure I couldn’t return them (how could I?) I decided to wear them to brunch. I love them.

It was quite hot again today and a dress was the only thing I considered wearing. While this one is denim, it’s lightweight and short enough to still be cool. I thought the scarf fit the nautical spirit of the shoes, but I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off in the heat. It was just fine as long as I kept it loosely wrapped around my neck. I also waited to take photos until the end of the day as the sun was starting to go down. This dock proved to be a perfect location not only because I was wearing boat shoes but also because there was a cool breeze that made taking these pictures much more enjoyable than I expected…then the evening took an unexpected twist.

As we were driving home, we drove past an apartment building and I spotted a tiny dog on a second floor window ledge! I couldn’t just leave him there, so we parked and went to see what was going on. The poor little guy had pushed his way through the cardboard (yes, cardboard) stuffed beside an air conditioner. Unable to talk him into going back through the hole and after several unsuccessful attempts at reaching the apartment owner or building manager, I tried to call for help. In the process, a few people across the street noticed what they perceived as an entertaining scene: a suicidal dog and a girl trying to talk him out of it. Of course, I was telling him not to jump; I really think he would have broken a leg! In the end two slightly intoxicated men saved the day as one stood on the other’s shoulders and pushed the poor little dog back through the hole but only after he managed to piss on them both for a hilarious finish to a rather strange situation.

When Jemina asks, I answer!

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I was tagged by the gorgeous Jemina for a Q & A and here are her questions and my answers!

1. Who is your favourite designer?
Hmmm…that’s a tough one. It’s probably a tie between Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney. Karl Lagerfeld amazes me because he segments himself so well and designs for completely different women with Chanel, Fendi and his own line. I love anything designed by Marc Jacobs, be it Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc or Louis Vuitton. I tend to wear Marc by Marc quite a bit because it’s my favorite label in that price point, and I adore the youthful and quirky spirit. Being a strict vegetarian and huge animal lover, I adore Stella McCartney and her commitment to her morals. I don’t own anything by Stella McCartney, but there is something to be said for clothes designed by a woman for women.

2. Name 3 items you can't live without
My Marc by Marc watch necklace, a good white button down, and a pair of go to black pumps (the higher the better)

3. Your favourite fashion era
Definitely the 60’s! I love short hair (a la Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick), tights, minis, flat boots…and more minis! A British mod look totally suits me.

4. Any fashion icon?
I’m inspired by so many people, but, to me, there is no style I admire more than Kate Moss. I love her unexpected and yet classic style, which appears to come to her with nothing but complete ease. I share her love of a neutral palette of black, white, gray and navy. Even when looking back on pictures of her from the early 90’s, I still want what she has on. Her style is timeless but always feels current.

5. Favourite song
Right now I can’t stop listening For The Money (Fabolous Featuring Nicki Minaj). I could never pick just one song!

6. Favourite book(s)
Here are a few: Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami, As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7. Favourite movie
A Bronx Tale

8. Favourite season
My answer probably varies depending on where I’m living, but having spent the majority of my life to date in New England, I’d have to say fall. The crisp air always feels refreshing, especially after a sweltering summer, and I adore wearing layers. Since I’m moving to Mexico at the end of this month, I won’t see fall this year. Although Portland really doesn’t have a fall, so I’m not too sad about skipping it.

Thanks again, Jemina, for including me in your Q & A. If anyone has any questions for me, just drop me a comment or send an e-mail to: stylebysantina@gmail.com!

Putting on a brave face

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August 13, 2010


Dress: Staring at Stars (Urban Outfitters)
Shoes: Banana Republic
Necklace: J. Crew
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

These pictures were hastily snapped in the last light of day. A happy hour in honor of my boyfriend’s last day of work turned out to be many hours that would have been happy had I not said goodbye to one of my best friends in Portland. Truth be told, I am more sentimental than I like to admit and I absolutely hate goodbyes. I always cry. When an airport is involved, I have been known to gasp for air between sobs in such a pathetic way that strangers reach out and ask if I’m okay. Needless to say I kept my sunglasses on as we headed to a wood fire oven pizza cart for a late dinner to drown my sorrows.

I bought this dress in a frantic search for light, summer clothes to bring with me to Mexico. I love anything black and white, and I really like the print of this dress. It feels fresher than my go to black and white stripes and the silhouette is quite flattering. I thought it was perfect for a hot afternoon spent on a patio sipping beer in the sun. It was too hot for loads of accessories, so I kept it simple with this ribbon necklace and animal print bangle. I always like a pop of color and as I so often do, I added it with my purse.

With the return of hot weather I find myself dressing more minimally and it’s giving me a taste of the style I will soon adopt for life on the beach. What’s your go to summer style when you know you’ll be sweating the minute you walk out the door?

Black, white and pink all over!

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August 12, 2010


Tank: Express
Skirt: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21 (came with skirt)
Shoes: Steve Madden (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Betsey Johnson (Nordstrom Rack)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bangle: Tasha (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)
Bag: Coach (Nordstrom)

I bought this skirt the day before, and I couldn’t wait to wear it. I love, love, love black and white stripes! This look came together very quickly, just a simple tank and a skirt, but I have to say that while I love to dress up I often feel my prettiest in unfussy looks like this one. This basic look can be styled in so many ways but for a lunch date followed by errands I decided on sweet accessories and pops of color. This necklace always brings a smile to my face. I love the Betsey Johnson aesthetic: unabashedly girly and cute, and that’s exactly how I felt. I wanted to show my boyfriend a little extra love (his name begins with a “b”) since this is his last week of work and I am so very much looking forward to hanging out with him on the beach every day! Once I decided on the pink necklace, I felt a bit romantic and went with pink wedges, a pink bangle and a colorful bag. I intended to change into my tutu before going out for drinks in the evening, but I liked this look so much that I decided to only change out my shoes for a higher pair.

I have a question for all of the lovely ladies who rock Forever 21 on a regular basis. I noticed that this skirt is dry clean only despite being cotton. I can’t imagine that I would actually take it to the dry cleaners since the cost of one trip would be about half what I paid for the skirt. Would you dry clean it or throw it in the wash?

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