Yeah, that's me.

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January 28, 2011

Shirt: American Apparel
Pants: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Belt: J. Crew
Sandals: Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)
Necklace: A gift from Kate
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (borrowed from my boyfriend)

After chatting with my mom back in Rhode Island, I feel a little guilty about how frequently I say things like “it’s freezing” and “I’m so cold I could die” (I’m a bit of an exaggerator). I know it’s not really cold, but on a day when it’s below 75 degrees, I like to pile on the layers and keep myself at a tropical temperature. I’m not kidding…ask anyone who’s come for a visit recently. With a refreshed appreciation for spending the winter somewhere warm and sunny, I refused to let myself bundle up too much. I didn’t want to freeze (I really need to stop), but I still wanted to keep it light.

This American Apparel button down has really served me well. Button downs are a wardrobe staple for me, and I wear them year round: with leggings, boots, and a chunky knit in winter, with skinny jeans and ballet flats in spring, with a dress or skirt in summer and with boyfriend jeans and oxfords in fall. The options are endless, but today I decided to pair this cheery pink gingham shirt with cargo pants and sandals. I couldn’t resist stealing my boyfriend’s olive green and tortoise shell sunglasses on my way out the door; they were just too perfect!

Oh, and I can’t forget the necklace. If you follow me on Twitter (if you don’t, what are you waiting for?), you already know that Kate was here not so long ago, soaking up some much needed sun on her pasty (as only Portland can make you) shoulders. About two minutes after she arrived, she handed me a gift: this cow necklace that reads “COW HUGGER”. As I’ve mentioned before cows are some of my favorite animals. Granted, I love all animals, but cows are right up they’re with cats for me (don’t even ask me how I feel about cow printed cats) and when presented with the opportunity to hug one, I definitely don’t shy away. Cow Hugger? Yeah, that’s me.

Week in Photos: January 14 - January 21

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Photo courtesy of Kate

Photo courtesy of Kate

Glasses: Day Two (and hopefully the last!)

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January 14, 2011

Jacket: UO (Urban Outfitters)
Shirt: Gap
Cutoffs: Citizens of Humanity (a gift)
Necklace: J. Crew
Sandals (not shown): Gap
Glasses: Burberry

I know what you’re thinking, and believe me, I was less than thrilled to find myself in glasses for the second day in a row, as well. The day after I gave my eyes a well-deserved break from wearing contacts, I woke up to find my left eye completely irritated. Really, eyes? Is that how you thank me? Apparently it is. Even though I am totally the kind of girl who won’t let a little irritation stop me from just throwing in my contacts and hoping for the best, sadly, my eye was irritated enough that even I was afraid of making it worse, leaving me with no choice but to wear my glasses…again.

Those of you who have read Style by Santina for a while are probably rolling your eyes at this look. Wow! Shocking! Santina isn’t feeling quite herself and reached for stripes. I’m nothing if not true to me, and stripes just soothe my soul. Not to mention that I do live on a beach and there really couldn’t be a more perfect nautical print than stripes in my mind. I quickly decided on my well-loved cutoffs and threw on my military jacket. To finish off the look, I added one of my favorite necklaces; the mix of metals, rhinestones and ribbons always feels feminine while still looking slightly undone. It wasn’t until I looked at these photos that I realized this look is a mix of favorites. No wonder I was undeterred while facing the barrage of comments and questions about my glasses…because that’s what people talk about in a town the size of my high school! It’s a funny notion that so many people, who I don’t know in the most literal sense of the word (if you’re reading this, I’m looking at you), know that I wear glasses and yet the people I see every day had no idea. Is there anything you’ve revealed through blogging that the people you interact with each day would be surprised to hear?

Who are you calling four eyes?

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January 13, 2011

Sweater: J. Crew
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: J. Crew
Glasses: Burberry

All right, the cat is out of the proverbial bag (obviously, I would never actually put a cat in a bag)…I wear glasses. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say I wear contacts as I am rarely caught outside of the house with my glasses on. It’s not that I don’t like my glasses or not even that I don’t like how I look in my glasses. It’s just that I see that much better with contacts.

This look was all about comfortable pieces that were perfect for a day mostly spent lounging around the house. As I’ve mentioned before, I did one of the worst packing jobs for my time here in Mexico. I brought nearly every t-shirt I own and yet only a handful of sweaters, all of which are cotton. After a few cool nights with temperatures in the low 60’s, I thought it was time to order something a little warmer. Luckily for me, J. Crew was having an amazing sale right before Erin’s visit. Seriously, who doesn’t love a sale on sale items? I scooped up this sweater and had it shipped to her just in time for her trip. This is the first time I wore this sweater, and I love it. It’s warm but still lightweight, comfortable but still feminine. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of boyfriend jeans, so a boyfriend sweater wasn’t much of a stretch. Wearing them together? A complete no-brainer.

I have to admit that for someone who had an unabashed shopping addiction not so long ago, I found it felt almost foreign to be shopping online after going months without even perusing some of my favorite places to shop online. I used to fill up online shopping carts just for fun (haven’t we all?) and yet I found myself struggling to pull the trigger on buying just one sweater, which was actually something I needed. Something tells me that once I’m back in the US and working fulltime, my “shopper’s block” will come to an end…

Week in Photos: January 10 - January 17

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Blue But Happy

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January 10, 2011

Shirt: Mo Vintage (won in a giveaway on Merl’s blog)
Skirt: Gap
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Dolce Vita (Nordstrom Rack)

I don’t wear a lot of vintage pieces. In fact, aside from this shirt, the only other vintage in my closet is this Louis Vuitton bag, but wearing this shirt had the same effect on me as wearing that bag does: I found myself fantasizing about its previous life. Who else has worn this shirt? What sort of memories does it hold for her? Looking through my closet often elicits vivid memories, and I can’t help but wonder what would come to mind if this shirt’s previous owner saw it today.

When I won the Clyde’s Rebirth giveaway, I found myself with a generous credit to both of Merl’s Etsy shops, which afforded me not only my new favorite necklace but also this shirt. I absolutely love the pattern and colors of this shirt, and I was pleased to find that it fit exactly as described. I considered playing up the lavender color, but in the end all I wanted was blue: a blue belt, a dark rinse denim skirt, and pale blue sandals.

I don’t know where this shirt has been, but our story together starts on a beach…

Earth to Space Cat...Do You Read Me?

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January 6, 2011

Shirt: Wiloh (won in a giveaway on Jemina’s blog)
Shorts: J. Crew
Shoes: Gap
Necklace: Clyde’s Rebirth (won in a giveaway on Merl’s blog)
Bag: Matt & Nat (a gift)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

These photos were taken the day after Erin headed back to Portland after a week of sun and fun. I know I’ve said it before, but I really do hate goodbyes (and I may just be the world’s most hideous crier). I woke up feeling a bit lonesome and hoping my best friend would come walking out of the guest room, telling me to hurry my ass up so we could get to the beach. That didn’t happen, so instead, I spent the day at home, catching up with blogging and watching whatever sappy TV I could get in English.

To cheer myself up, I decided to wear my giveaway winnings. Seriously, can you believe I won two giveaways over the last few months? I mean, sure I enter giveaways, but I don’t actually think I’ll win them. This is the first time I wore my Space Cat t-shirt, but it definitely will not be the last. What crazy cat lady could resist this print? Not to mention it was designed by Mademoiselle Robot, whose blog has become one of my favorite reads, and it’s printed on a super soft bamboo American Apparel tee. The scoop neck was perfect for showing off my new necklace, which I decided to wear with the square links in front this time. This necklace is amazingly versatile, so be prepared to see it often. Comfortable cutoffs, metallic sandals and a bright bag finished off this easy look.

Have you ever won a giveaway on a blog?

Let's do this 2011!

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I’ve never really been one to make New Year’s resolutions. It always seemed to be a notion that would inevitably lead to disappointment. I’m not really good with general goals like “be healthier” or “read more”. I’m the kind of girl who likes to have discreet objectives that are easily measured, much like the ones you might find on my countless to-do lists. This year seems to be a good one to set a few goals for myself since I will spend the first half of 2011 here in Mexico without any real obligations. If I can’t do it now, when can I? When I move back to the US without a job or place to live? I doubt it; something tells me I’ll have bigger priorities.

In 2011, I resolve to…

Continue studying and speaking Spanish.
For me, immersion has always been the best approach to learning a language. I’m ashamed to admit that I spent years and years studying Italian and yet I find myself searching for the right words when I now try to speak it. What once came naturally to me is lost because I simply did not keep up with it. I’m determined to not do the same with Spanish. Working in a restaurant in which all but two people speak nothing but Spanish has proved to be invaluable: I’m forced to speak Spanish. Continuing to advance my Spanish while here in Mexico won’t be the hard part, keeping it up after I return to the US will but I refuse to let all that I’ve learned so far slip away.

Maintain a consistent fitness routine. Working out is as important to my mental health as it is my physical health, and yet I often allow myself to fall into lulls of inactivity. There always seems to be two or three times a year that I go a few weeks without going to the gym, and it seems I always convince myself that I have a good excuse. I get a tattoo and the artist recommends I avoid sweating profusely for a week or so…well, I give myself three weeks. Or work leaves me mentally exhausted and even though I know a good sweat will energize me, I allow myself to go home and watch trashy reality TV all night. Or I simply don’t make exercise a priority and find myself hitting up happy hours night after night. For me, sticking to a fitness routine requires a schedule, and sometimes I begrudge the feeling of obligation that comes along with a schedule. This year I will stick with it, knowing that consistent exercise is not only good for my body but also my mind.

Stop sweating the small stuff. I can admit that I sometimes struggle with stress management. While it’s been easy to lead an almost entirely stress-free life here in Mexico, facing the pressures of returning to the US and finding a job and apartment will certainly bring on a decent amount of stress. This year I’m going to try to go against my natural tendency to freak out about everything and discern those things worthy of stressing over and those that I just need to let go. This will certainly be the most difficult resolution for me, but I think it’s also the most important.

Here’s to a healthy, happy, and Spanish speaking 2011!

Week in Photos: January 2 - January 9

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The necklace that saved New Year's Eve

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December 31, 2010

Shirt: Forever 21
Dress: a 3 + 1 (Sloan Boutique, Portland)
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: Clyde’s Rebirth
Shoes: Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)

I’ve spent way more New Year’s Eves at home with my boyfriend and in bed before midnight than I’d like to admit. While I love the sense of renewal that comes with a New Year, I’ve grown to hate the pressure of making New Year’s Eve plans. This year was a little different though; small town life really doesn’t offer too many options for nighttime activities so there wasn’t much to stress about. Where I spent the evening didn’t really matter much to me anyhow as I knew I’d be in good company. Erin was in town (for a week that went by too quickly), and anytime I get to hang out with my boyfriend and best friend, I know I’m in for a good time.

Finding a New Year’s Eve look was a bit more challenging than past years (maybe because sweats weren’t an option this year). I had visions of something sparkly but was disappointed to find not one glimmer while searching my closet a few days before New Year’s Eve. I decided to leave the outfit as a last minute decision…and then I opened the Clyde’s Rebirth package that my pack mule Erin brought along with her. Remember how I won that giveaway waaaaaaaay back in October? Fearing that my winnings wouldn’t actually make it to me, I had them sent to Erin and have been (impatiently) waiting ever since. When I opened the beautifully wrapped package and saw this stunning choker, I knew at least one thing I’d be wearing on New Year’s Eve. Starting with this necklace really didn’t help me decide on clothes, which is exactly why I selected this particular necklace after winning the giveaway: I can wear it with anything. It is so incredibly versatile; I’ve only begun to play with all the ways I can wear it.

One of the ways I’ve found to stretch my closet is by wearing dresses as skirts. I realize this isn’t anything new to all of you creative ladies who remix with such ease, but it is something I never did while living in Portland. The ruffled bottom and fitted bodice of this pixelated floral dress were perfect for layering, and while I tried to resist wearing this lacey t-shirt again, I couldn’t help myself. The loose fit was exactly what I was looking for and the neckline was perfect for showing off my new favorite necklace. Later on I threw on my military jacket and changed into gold flats before heading out for an evening of margaritas, giant sparklers, and laughs galore!

Sometimes you have to step back to move forward

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December 24, 2010

Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: Hinge (Nordstrom)
Belt: Gap
Clutch: H&M (San Francisco)
Sandals (not shown): Gap

I completely forgot about these pictures. I had every intention of finishing up all 2010 posts in 2010 and ending the year with a look back. Well, it appears as though I got a little lost in my look back, so here we are starting 2011 with my Christmas Eve look rather than New Year’s Eve as I planned. Can you tell that I hate when plans go astray?

I wasn’t really sure what to wear for the holidays this year. Living somewhere warm and sunny even in December threw me off a bit…not that I’m complaining. I was sure to go swimming in the ocean on Christmas Eve and Christmas simply because I could. When it was time to swap my bikini for some actual clothing, I wanted to look festive albeit casually so. For reasons still unknown to me (temporary insanity is highly probable), I only brought a handful of skirts when I moved to Mexico. Luckily, this one was not overlooked, and it’s become a favorite of mine. I’ve worn it quite a bit, but it seems I’ve been stuck in a rut of tucking shirts into it. To rectify that, I grabbed this oversized t-shirt with a lace inset, and cinched the waist with a metallic lavender belt. Truth be told, the belt isn’t just adding some much-needed shape to this look, but it’s also holding my skirt up. It’s not like it would fall off without the belt; I just decided that a shorter length was more flattering for this look.

I have to admit that my limited wardrobe has really forced me to reexamine my clothes and consider them in ways that I normally hadn’t. I have to admit that I grew quite accustomed to a large wardrobe...not to mention my complete lack of restraint has always allowed me to go out and buy something I “needed” all too easily. In that way, my life on a beach has brought an unexpected inspiration to my style.

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