Santina and Marley As Morgan and Lua

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April 16, 2011

Shirt: H&M
Scarf: Zac Posen for Target
Shorts: Gap
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (Nordstrom Rack)
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Bag: Louis Vuitton (vintage)

This look was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Morgan from Morgan & Lua. To celebrate her blog’s one year anniversary, Morgan is ever so graciously offering up two beautiful necklaces, one to two lucky winners! To enter, all she asked for was a Morgan and Lua-esque post, so I started preparing Marley straight away for his role as Lua. Truth be told, this post has been a few weeks coming while he worked on his Lua face.

There were a few key elements to Morgan’s style that I wanted to incorporate: chambray, neutrals, at least one scarf, something vintage, and a boyishly preppy yet feminine aesthetic. Beyond the outfit, I wanted the photos to reflect Morgan’s relaxed style as I often admire how comfortable she appears in front of the camera, and, of course, I needed Marley to bat his pretty blue eyes and win mama a necklace. Speaking of Marley, the future stardom went straight to his head, and I spent most of the morning brushing him to be sure he was looking his very best. After much consideration, it was decided that he would go with a minimalist look (even though his blue harness and leash really bring out those blue eyes), and feeling rather pleased with his wardrobe choice, he spent the rest of the morning dozing in his kitty bed to be sure he was fresh faced for his big photo shoot. Something tells me Lua’s a bit more blasé about blogging.

Those of you who have read Style by Santina for a while (thanks for sticking with me!) might remember that way back in July I shared five of my favorite posts from the week, including a feature on Morgan & Lua from MouseVox Vintage. I fell in love with this photo and it still makes me smile every time I visit her blog, so I decided Marley and I would give it a try. What do you think? 


And here’s Marley’s money shot, the one snapped right after I told him to look into the camera and win me a necklace! How cute is he?

28 comments:

Morgan and Lua said...

This is amazing Santina! Laughing the whole time I read it. Marley really is a natural in front of the camera. Sash-a-ing his way back and firth in front if the lense. Lua's much more of a sit and stay kind of girl. I can't give her that kind of artistic freedom.
You put the outfit together beautifully with a nice sunny Mexico spin. Not to mention that flattery will get you a long way in a contest like this. Still jealous of all that sun you have down there. Thank you so much Santina!!!

And the last shot with Marley...heart strings.
www.morganandlua.blogspot.com

Morgan_Lua said...

Coming back for round #2 of comments.

Chambray. Blush. Scarf. Vinage bag. Big sunnies. You did me proud, probably better than the original, but I won't hold that against you.

While there's nothing funnier than a cat on a leash, I have to admire Marley's laid back style here. He even tried to catch a quick nap.

Finally, Still can't get over Marley's face at the end. Definite kitty smize.

Fashnlvr said...

Those topsiders are awesome! Love the fresh pink color and the flowers beside you are beautiful! Marley is quite handsome! This is a great look for both of you!!

Emily said...

OMG Marley is AMAZING. he's so cute! I miss having cats, they are so lazy and floppy haha.
Great morgan post. Mine's going up shortly. May the best pet win ;)

Santina said...

Thanks so much, Morgan! While there's definitely no one better at your style than YOU, I have to say I had fun putting together a Morgan inspired look. At first I struggled to figure out what to wear with my limited closet, but then it all came together! I might rock some other Morgan-esque looks once I'm reunited with my closet because I came up with quite a few ideas involving pieces that are in storage. Hope you don't mind...you won't have to offer up a necklace or anything like that. :)

Marley exhausted himself trying to look big and dog-like. He definitely settled in for a nap halfway through our shoot. Actually, I think his sleepiness lent itself well to the smize! It was all part of his plan, I know it!

Tanvi said...

Nicely done. And now that Morgan approves no harm in saying you did great!!! :) Hope you win !


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Santina said...

OMG, he really is amazing! Thanks for saying so, Emily!

Alright, I'm going to check out your post now. Snowy Pixie and Hurley vs Sunny Pixie and Marley...

Santina said...

Thanks! I love my boat shoes and can't believe I actually considered returning them! Aren't those flowers beautiful? These shots were actually taken in my yard. When I leave, I will truly miss all the tropical flowers growing everywhere!

Vanessa said...

I need shorts like those. I always have a hard time finding longer shorts, and that's why I only wear capri's. I really like how much style the scarf, and shoes add. I don't wear tons of pink but I would wear those awesome shoes any day.
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jentine said...

Gotta admit... I was pretty pumped to check your blo today and see kitty lounging shots. I am not disappointed.

Becca said...

I'm pretty impressed that Marley was a willing participant in this photo shoot!! And I definitely laughed out loud a little at the photo of both of your feet. That's so a Morgan picture!!

Julie Khuu said...

You match that gorgeous background perfectly! Love the shots of pink and your cat is ohsoadorable! I can see she wants IN too :D

Btw, Haute Khuuture just celebrated her 1st birthday so I'm sponsoring a HUGE giveaway, would love to see you stop by when you get the chance :D

Happy Monday!

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Sarah said...

haha, he's sooo cute! that last picture is just adorable! I really love the pink in your outfit and that gorgeous scarf! Hope you win!

Fashionista_Next_Door said...

Santina!!! I am so jealous of your bag. I have been looking for a good vintage LV bag.

I have that H&M Sweater and I love it! isn't it cozy? It's the perfect spring sweater.

Now, I've gotta go check out Morgan's blog. thanks for sharing!

Archives said...

swooning over here! i looooove little marley's poses! you two are adorbs :)

Santina said...

Thanks, Sarah! I love that last picture, too. You can really see Marley's dedication to winning mama a necklace!

Santina said...

I wish I could take credit for this bag, but it was actually a gift from my mom. She picked it up at a tag sale - can you believe it? She's always keeping an eye out for me!

Yes, I love this sweater! It's a perfect beach layer; I wish I bought it in more colors.

Thanks for commenting!

Santina said...

Marley has been known to make the ladies swoon! He's a heartbreaker!

brunetteblogging said...

Lovely pictures :) the flowers are beautiful and your cat is funny! :)

Aquí said...

love your pink Sperrys! You look gorgeous! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog :)

erika sheffer said...

Noooo you didn't! Really? I want to eat Marley up!!!!! I wish Vivienne (my cat) would be so compliant. But she is entirely too high maintenance.

Let's chat about your outfit. The sunnies are killing it. And the vintage bag? Count me jealous. And anything in the pink family steals my heart, instantaneously making me fall in lust with your shoes.

I fell in lust with your shoes, all right. Hasn't been the first time.

Ta ta for now :)
Xo,
Erika

Frankie hearts fashion said...

Loving your vintage LV and your boat shoes! xo

Natalie Garza said...

Marley is so cute. I'm so inspired that I think I might feature my cat, Angus, on my blog soon! He doesn't normally go outside, so I may have to train him beforehand. He'll need to feel comfortable in order to totally loosen up for like camera like Marley. That last picture is adorable.

I love the scarf that you paired with this outfit. It really does add the perfect amount of femininity.

Citizen Rosebud said...

cute hair, cute glasses- cuter cat. it's a win/win!

merl said...

Marley puts my cats to SHAME. no way would they be so easy going and pose for photos without putting them in a sleep hold. I can't wait to meet [read: molest] him when I come to San Fran!!! Ps it will probably be the second week of June which will be after my bday but I demand we celebrate while I'm in town. It can be a joint coming back to the states party for you, but only I get to wear the tiara. ;) I can never get over your hair. This color and the pixie cut is just so damn FAB and it comforts me I can live the short hair life vicariously through one of my favorite ladies.

A Stylized Hysteria said...

Marley! Where have you been all my life? And who dipped your tail into the inkwell? Ahh, I crack myself up. Love all the pretty pink and pretty flowers and gorgeous, handsome Marley!!

T. said...

Love these pictures! The one where Marley is lying in the sun is so cute!

Morgan and Lua said...

This is amazing Santina! Laughing the whole time I read it. Marley really is a natural in front of the camera. Sash-a-ing his way back and firth in front if the lense. Lua's much more of a sit and stay kind of girl. I can't give her that kind of artistic freedom.
You put the outfit together beautifully with a nice sunny Mexico spin. Not to mention that flattery will get you a long way in a contest like this. Still jealous of all that sun you have down there. Thank you so much Santina!!!

And the last shot with Marley...heart strings.
www.morganandlua.blogspot.com

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