A look back at 2010

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As 2010 comes to an end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite looks from this year. I started Style by Santina at the end of May, after considering starting a style blog for months. Looking back at those first few posts brought to mind only one word: awkward! I recall those first days of outfit photos as being quite mortifying; I had always been one to shy away from cameras, and there I was, in the middle of a public place, posing for pictures. Scrolling through the archives was much more fun (and slightly less narcissistic) than expected. Ever the Type A, I was pleased to see improvement, but more than that, I could actually see when it started to be fun.

Thank you all for sticking with me this year. Your continued support is more appreciated than I could express, and I look forward to what lies ahead…for all of us!

City Safari // Color Me Happy

Don't fret, my pet. // True Colors // Military Jacket Remix
Dear Geometry... // Tutu Tuesday!
Peace out // Free at last! // It's not easy being green (with Shaq).
Mixed prints...finally! // I really will wear it all the time!

All Tied Up: Guest Post at Sparkling Footsteps

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Hey there! This is just a sneak peak of today’s post; the full one can be found over on Sparkling Footsteps, where I’m guest posting. When I read that Lynzy needed guest bloggers as she takes some well-deserved time off, I was more than happy to lend a hand. After all, Lynzy is always there with a kind word and offer of help despite her insanely hectic schedule. Be sure to click through her archives while you’re over there!

Thanks for having me, Lynzy!

Happy Holidays!

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Like a Tropical Candy Cane

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December 23, 2010

Jacket: UO (Urban Outfitters)
Dress: Banana Republic
Sandals (not shown): Havianas (Nordstrom Rack)
Bracelet: Tasha (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

I haven’t felt quite as caught up in the holiday spirit as I normally do. I blame it mostly on all the sunshine, palm trees, and time spent on the beach. While I absolutely love that I’m skipping winter this year, I can’t help but feel slightly nostalgic for the snowy, New England holidays of my youth. Mittens and scarves, last minute shopping, and cozy nights by a fire will always be at the heart of my holiday memories, but the holidays of my adulthood have diverged from my more traditional roots. This isn’t the first time I’ve spent them in another country, and I certainly hope it isn’t the last.

This morning I woke up with a mission to wear something festive…I also woke up with a raging hunger that needed to be satisfied as quickly as possible (which explains my bedhead). Being no stranger to this situation, I knew there wasn’t much time to debate. Scanning my closet for something red or green, I laid eyes on this striped t-shirt dress; it’s so soft that I couldn’t resist throwing it on. After adding another green layer with this military jacket, I tried to find something that would add a pop of red and much to my surprise I found that I do not have one red item with me…seriously, not one. So I went for pink instead with a bangle and sandals. I think this holiday season is much more pink and neon green anyhow.

Lazy days

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December 20, 2010

Cardigan: Ella Moss (Nordstrom)
T-shirt: Forever 21
Cutoffs: J. Crew
Sandals: Gap

I have a confession to make: I’ve been really lazy the last few days. Really lazy. With my boyfriend down and out with a nasty cold, I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit lounging around the house under the guise of warding off said cold. There is simply no way I can get sick right now; my best friend arrives next week! I haven’t seen her in far too long, and we have a lot of catching up to do…as well as sunning and drinking...I need my strength.

Another lazy day gave way to a comfortable outfit: cutoffs and a t-shirt. Cooler evenings call for an extra layer, and when I reached for it, I couldn’t resist adding stripes. As you may have noticed, I’ve been determined to master mixed prints, and lately it seems just one print (even this whimsical bird one) isn’t enough. While I didn’t wear this cardigan much when living in Portland, the fine knit makes it a perfect layer for evenings on the beach. Don’t you just love when something you bought a while ago becomes a new favorite?

Week in Photos: December 11 - 17

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Because I can’t eat potatoes every morning…

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In what feels like a past life, I would wake up early every single day – be it for the 6:30 am start to my ten hour work day (four days a week), or to get to the gym early, or just because I am a maniac morning person. My city dwelling alter ego loves to get up and go. The girl that exists today? Not so much. While I still wake up early, I definitely do not rush out the door either. Most mornings are spent hanging out on our porch/living room/dining room/bar (I love that I’m outdoors even at home!), sipping delicious coffee, watching birds, willing the cow across the “street” to come over and say hello, and chatting with the boyfriend and cats.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a bit of an insatiable appetite. What can I say? I really love eating! It would be all too easy to slip into a routine of going out for a huge breakfast every day. Luckily for me, there is no shortage of delicious fruit; so instead, I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking smoothies for breakfast. It’s just enough to get me through a morning surf session or a long swim and it's a healthy start to my day. The smoothies usually consist of whatever fruit looked best the day before, but lately I’ve been loving strawberry banana smoothies mostly because this was the first time I saw strawberries at the fruit stands, and I definitely left Oregon with an appreciation of good berries.

Strawberry Banana Smoothies:

1. Add 1 cup of strawberries and 4 to 6 bananas, depending on size, to the blender.

2. Add 1/3 of a cup of pineapple or orange juice and 6 to 8 heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt.

3. Add 1 to 1 1/2 trays of ice and blend until smooth.

Note: these measurements are approximations. In general, half the blender is filled with fruit, yogurt, and juice, and the other is filled with ice.

I really will wear it all the time!

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December 11, 2010

Jacket: UO (Urban Outfitters)
Dress: J. Crew
Belt (worn as bracelet): J. Crew
Shoes: Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)

This dress has been catching my eye every time I open my closet lately, and I just couldn’t resist it any longer. I’ve only worn this dress once before, and I remember thinking “I will wear this all the time in Mexico” when I bought it. Maybe I was justifying the purchase to myself at a time when I knew I should really be saving, not spending, but I can’t make a liar of myself…time to start wearing this dress!

While days are consistently warm and sunny (sun, everyday, without question), the evenings are cool enough to warrant an extra layer; it didn’t take me long to decide on this military jacket. I love the olive green paired with the pastels of the dress, and I thought it perfectly balanced the femininity of the delicate print and bow. Once I rolled the sleeves, I really needed a bracelet and upon spotting this belt (I considered wearing it over the jacket), I decided to wrap it around my wrist a few times to make a studded bracelet. I finished the look with studded tan sandals.

Lately I've been feeling like I need to be more creative with my limited wardrobe. I've considered taking on a "30 for30" remix challenge, but I have to admit that I'm intimidated...very intimidated by the thought of wearing only thirty items (including shoes but not accessories) and creating thirty outfits. What do you think? Is it time to push myself?

Holiday Wish List: Beach Style

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Holiday Wish list: Beach Style
Clockwise from top left: Longboard (Ron Jon),  Spring Suit (Roxy), Beach Cover Up (Marc by Marc Jacobs - no longer available), Statement Ring (Marc by Marc Jacobs), Beach Bag (Free People)

This year's holiday wish list looks a lot different from last year's. Rather than coveting handbags, shoes, winter essentials, or anything Marc by Marc, it's all about the beach right now. Here are the top items on my list:

1. A longboard. Right now the boyfriend and I share an arsenal of three boards: a longboard, a mini longboard, and a shortboard. While I learned to surf on the mini longboard, I've grown to love riding a longboard...just as much as my boyfriend. I think it's time for us to get another for those days that we both want one.
2. A spring suit. Yes, yes. I remember that not too long ago I proclaimed that I would never (ever!) stuff myself into a wetsuit again. I definitely don't need anything close to as thick as the one I wore in Oregon, but the water temperature is dropping and I find myself getting out of the water because I'm freezing more often than because I'm exhausted. (Is the water actually cold? No! And, I already know that when friends visit I am going to get a lot of shit for wearing a wetsuit!)
3. A cute beach cover up. Spending the winter on the beach, day in and day out, is tough work, but throwing on this adorable cover up might make it a little easier. Just a little. (I kid!)
4. A statement ring. After having most of my jewelry stolen, a statement ring would be a nice addition to my rather lonely jewelry box. This mixed blue one is neutral enough that I could wear it almost every day.
5. A beach bag. The beach bag I brought with me is a bit on the small side for lugging around a towel, board shorts, a rash guard, sunblock, sunglasses and other beach essentials, but this slouchy bag looks built to fill.

While I love giving gifts to others, I've never shied away from splurging on a purse for my own birthday or something special (to me and from me) for the holidays. This year is no exception: the boyfriend and I have decided to buy a longboard as a gift to each other...and I'm buying a spring suit for myself. Aside from that, there really isn't anything I want. I feel quite fortunate to be spending my days on a beach in Mexico with a man and two kitties I love, and I'm being reminded every day of how good it feels to take a break from it all and live a simple life.

Week in Photos: December 3 - 10

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Borrowed From the Boyfriend

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December 9, 2010

Shirt: H&M (borrowed from my boyfriend)
Skirt: Gap
Shoes: Mossimo Supply Co. (Target)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (borrowed from my boyfriend)

It’s no secret that I love looks with a touch of boyish charm, but this time I didn’t just look to the boys for inspiration. I actually reached into the closet of my favorite man (my boyfriend) as I got dressed before setting out to pick up a few ingredients for dinner. When it comes to button downs, I don’t like anything too proper (or ironed for that matter), so I stick to those with a relaxed fit, which makes borrowing from the boyfriend a perfect option. I can’t lie; I’ve had my eye on this shirt for a while. The sleeves were a little long for me, but once I rolled them up the shirt fit exactly as I hoped. The rest of the look came together in about two minutes. I immediately reached for this fitted denim skirt, which balanced out the roomy top. This necklace would have been a perfect addition to this basic look, but with it safely stowed away in Portland, I decided to add another pint with striped espadrilles. I think my recent interest in mixing prints is an effort to compensate for my lack of accessories…a different way to add interest. To finish it off, I turned to my boyfriend again and borrowed these olive green and tortoise sunglasses.

Do you like to go shopping in the closet of a man in your life? Tell me the items you can’t resist!

Stripes and a Scarf

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December 4, 2010

T-shirt: American Apparel
Skirt: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21 (came with skirt)
Scarf: H&M (San Francisco)
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (Nordstrom Rack)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

Don’t you hate it when you feel like you’re happy with life and the decisions you’ve made only to have someone (figuratively) bitch slap you across the face, chipping away at that happiness even if only temporarily? Me, too. While I do my best not to relinquish power over my happiness to others, there are times when the actions of others do get to me a bit. After a few days of wallowing, I decided to snap out of it. This time in my life is far too precious to allow others to ruin it for me. I feel so very fortunate to be able to take a break from the life so many others are slaves to, and I am determined to soak up every moment.

I’m sure that those of you who have read Style by Santina for a while aren’t surprised to see that while trying to pull myself out of a slump I reached for stripes. Not only is this skirt striped, but it’s also in one of my favorite color combinations: black and white. Half-dressed and I was already feeling more like myself. I added a black v-neck tee and rolled the sleeves a few times. This monochromatic look begged for a pop of color, and I decided to add it (and another print) with a scarf. While I have mostly moved on from the break-in, there really isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t curse the bastard who stole nearly all of the jewelry I brought with me here. Luckily, I packed a few scarves, which are a great alternative to a necklace. To finish off this look, I added what has quickly become my favorite pair of shoes that I have here: my pink patent boat shoes. I still can’t believe I actually debated returning these shoes. What was I thinking?

Week in Photos: November 25 - December 2

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