From City To Sand: A Printed A-Line Dress

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Putting On a Brave Face // All Tied Up: Guest Post at Sparkling Steps

I bought this dress for Mexico, but I had to wear it at least once before I left Portland. I expected this dress to be absolutely perfect for a hot day, and it doesn’t disappoint. What I didn’t expect is how versatile it is. While I’ve worn it a few different ways, layered with my boyfriend’s shirt is definitely my favorite yet. The fitted bodice is easy to disguise with a loose top, and I see myself wearing it as a skirt much more in San Francisco as temperatures will be quite cool compared to my current location. “Sand” wins this one for me, but I want to hear what you think!

Has It Really Been a Year?

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Today marks one year from my very first post here on Style by Santina. Can you believe it? In some ways it’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year but at the same time it’s almost like I can’t remember a time without the blog. For the first few months I remember thinking “no one other than my friends is ever going to read this”. I was wrong. Then, I remember thinking “everyone is going to stop reading my blog once I move to Mexico”. I was wrong once again. And while I hate being wrong (it’s so rare that I am), I couldn't be happier that I was.

What a year it’s been! You all must think I’m much more of an interesting person than I actually am. Just two months into blogging I announced that I was packing up all my favorite clothes and moving to Mexico. Despite a rocky start, it’s been quite the ride, and it’s interesting that the blog’s one year anniversary coincides with an end to my time here within just a few days. It’s definitely a time of new beginnings in so many ways: a new city, a new job, a new addition to my furry family (Sombrita, the Mexican cat who adopted us), and new friends, not to mention new shoes, clothes and handbags (who’s excited to shop again?).

But, before I raise my Pacifico to year two of Style by Santina, I want to thank all of you. Thank you for reading and commenting and inspiring me to go on when I’ve wanted to call it quits. And, to the people who have worked so hard on this blog, snapping pics and trying to make someone as awkward as me look less so – Ben and Erin, I can’t thank you enough. I definitely could not have done this without you…oh, and thanks in advance for your help in year two!


Guest Post at See Jane

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Hola! This actually should have gone up yesterday…you know, at the same time my guest post over at See Jane did. Oops. As though they didn’t before, the days are really starting to blend and I just kind of forgot what day it was. It may or may not be due to margaritas.
Anyhow, head over to see my full post! It's actually quite amusing to me that I found myself helping Anna out with a guest post while she's getting in Mexico, in the very town I've been living in for the last eight months!

From City To Sand: A Green Ruffle Tank

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It's not easy being green (with Shaq) // Thanks, St. Patty...and Thank You!

Those of you who have followed Style by Santina for a while are sure to be rolling your eyes, thinking, “yeah, we get it. You’re a Celtics fan”. It’s true that my love of this color is the result of being a lifelong Celtics fan: green is good; purple is bad (sorry Lakers fans). That said, it’s actually not the color that makes me love to wear this shirt; it’s the ruffles. Frilly and feminine, with a touch of NBA? What’s not to love?

As for which look I like more, I have to go with the city one. Though it’s a simple look, essentially just a tank and cutoffs, it’s the accessories that make it an easy choice. I just can’t wait to get my hands on those wedges and that bag again. What do you think?

Just In the Nick of Time

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T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Shorts: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider (Nordstrom Rack)

With less than ten days left in Mexico, it seems the days are flying by faster than ever, and to be honest, I’m having trouble tearing myself away from the beach in time to change into something other than a bikini and snap photos. You understand, right? I mean, if you had just a little more time to sit on the beach, sipping a cold Pacifico and watching the sunset, you’d soak up every last minute, too, right?

If I could go back in time to just before I left for Mexico, I’d tell myself to buy printed shorts. Seriously, I have to stop myself from wearing my only two pairs (the other being this pair) every day. These shorts are so much cooler (temperature wise, though I do think they’re quite cool, too) than cutoffs, and the print takes off all pressure to pair them with something other than a simple tank or t-shirt. Just a roomy gray tee, necklace and boat shoes, and I was out the door to grab the last light of the day.

From City to Sand: Military Jacket

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Military Jacket Remix // Copycat

Ah, my tried and true military jacket. This jacket is old. It’s one of those things that I just never got around to donating, and after a few years in storage, I decided to wear again. See, sometimes it pays to be lazy.

While it’s way too hot to wear this jacket now, I wore it all winter. The weather was colder than usual, and this was the only jacket I brought with me; it was an ever-present layer. There were plenty of looks from which to choose for a comparison, but I went with these two because of their surprising similarity. In both I layered the jacket over a form fitting dress, not to mention rocked the same pair of sunglasses. Then we get to the shoes…let’s just say the similarities end there.

Which look do you like better? For me, it's a toss up. I absolutely adore the DVF dress and mixed metallics I wore in Portland, but I also love the casual cool vibe of my beach look. 

Feeling Fancy

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May 17, 2011

Dress: Staring at Stars (Urban Outfitters)
Bracelet: Tasha (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Merona (Target)
Sunglasses: Forever 21

With the countdown well underway, it’s about that time when the boyfriend and I have started planning out our meals. Not only do we want to squeeze in as many yummy meals as possible, but restaurants are also starting to close down as the tourist season has slowed significantly. Once we decided on one of the fancier restaurants in town, I knew I wanted to wear this dress…and once I put it on, I wondered why I hadn’t been wearing it more. I love it.

I’ve worn this dress a few times before but never with the sash tied in front, and I think I might like it better this way. Taking the bow away almost puts the emphasis on the back of the dress, highlighting the amazing print and cut. Sticking to my minimal hot weather style, I added just a pink bangle and teal wedges for a little color. While the boyfriend and I walked to dinner after snapping these pictures, we ran into a few friends (as is inevitable while living in a town this small). I can’t lie; when we were greeted with whistles and raised beers, I felt pretty fancy.

(I’m looking for guest posts for the first or second week of June while I move to San Francisco, find an apartment and a job, adjust to temperatures that are much colder than I’ve felt in a while…you get it. If you’re interested, please email me at stylebysantina(at)gmail(dot)com or use the form on the Contact page. Thanks!) 

From City To Sand: A Polka Dot Skirt

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Sometimes Pink Tights Just Aren't Enough // Mixed Prints...Finally!
As my time in Mexico quickly comes to an end I thought it might be fun to feature a few pieces that served me well in both a city and in sand. First up is this polka dot skirt. I can’t help but laugh that I first wore this back in June and yet it still wasn’t warm enough in Portland to go without tights. Fast forward to November when I rocked it with just a tank. Yeah, I’m going to miss the weather.

Doesn’t this feel a bit like a “who wore it better”? Tell me, friends: who wore it better? The pale girl in the pink tights or the tan one in the striped tank?

Just a Tank and a Tan

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May 14, 2010

Tank: Michael Stars (Nordstrom)
Shorts: H&M
Necklace: J. Crew
Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)

This outfit all started with the tank. What can I say? I’m a sucker for white shirts: a classic white button down, the perfect white t-shirt, white tanks. I love them; I just can’t seem to keep them clean. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ruined a new white shirt on the first wear, so I’m pleased to say that I wore this for an entire evening, including dinner, and came home without one spot. Impressed?

Ever since deciding against these shorts for my Everybody, Everywear floral look, I’ve wanted to wear them and I love how this tucked in tank highlights their feminine shape. Still too hot to wear much more than the minimum, I finished the outfit with just a ribbon necklace and a pair of sandals. I can’t lie; I didn’t feel much pressure for accessories. This tank showed off my tan, and really, what better accessory is there than a healthy glow?

Week in Photos: May 1 - May 8

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Everybody, Everywear: Florals

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May 6, 2011

Dress: J. Crew
Belt: Gap
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Bag: Louis Vuitton (vintage)
Sandals (not shown): DV by Dolce Vita (Urban Outfitters)

Having missed out on the Everybody, Everywear fun in the past, I was sure not to this time around, especially since May’s item, florals, was well represented in my limited closet. I won’t lie; I almost wore these shorts again, but then I saw this floral dress and changed my mind. It’s cotton and loose, and I was sweltering as I stood in front of my closet, thinking maybe I should just throw on my floral bikini and call it a day. Seriously friends, May is a scorcher; don’t be surprised if I look a bit sweaty in outfit shots from here on out.

I’ve worn this dress a few times, but this time I decided to tuck the nude straps into the dress, creating the illusion of a strapless dress. What’s that? You still see nude straps? No, no, those are just tan lines! (Despite my efforts to fill them in, I can never seem to get rid of them altogether.) While I tend to pair this dress with pastels, I decided to go with a brown belt, my vintage Louis Vuitton bag, and tan sandals (I swear I wore shoes). I finished it off with a pair of sunglasses and nothing more. The mere thought of a necklace or bracelet made me sweat…

Florals | Everybody, Everywear

Simple But Honest

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May 1, 2011

Dress: Free People (old)
Shoes: Mossimo Supply Co. (Target)
Necklace: a gift
Sunglasses: Forever 21

I wasn’t going to snap outfit photos this day. I mean, what is there to say? It was scorching hot and I was starving for lunch; simple was best. Just a dress, a necklace and a striped pair of espadrilles and I was out the door and headed straight for a torta and fries. As always, I was able to think much more rationally once I ate and I decided to take a few pics. Sure, it’s not my shining fashion moment but it’s honest…and I’m nothing if not honest.

Sole Mates: Safari Chic

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Tom Ford 'Carter' Sunglasses (available at Nordstrom)
L.A.M.B. Freestyle Ikat Brandywell Bag (available from Shopbop)

It’s no secret how much I’m looking forward to getting back in heels when I leave Mexico, so you should expect to see towering shoes featured in Sole Mates for the next few weeks. I hope you don’t mind.

I actually checked out Aldo because I wanted to see the Julian Louie collection, which while gorgeous, wasn’t enough to stop this pair of wedges from stealing my heart. I love everything about them: the platform, the print and especially the laces. I would wear them with everything from boyfriend jeans and cutoffs to skirts and dresses, but when I built a look around these wedges I decided to take a safari chic approach with a khaki shirtdress and an ikat print cross body bag. Maybe if I somehow manage to obtain a job before I actually arrive in San Francisco, I’ll order these and have them waiting for me when I arrive…

From Beach To Street

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April 29, 2010

Dress: Victoria’s Secret
Bandeau: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21 (came with this skirt)
Bangle: H&M
Shoes: Merona (Target)
Clutch: H&M
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

Pssst, I have a secret. Don’t tell anyone, but this actually isn’t a dress; it’s a beach cover up! As my time in Mexico comes to an end, I’m feeling rather uninspired as I stare into my limited closet in search of something to wear. When I saw the lovely Laurel of Trophy Boutique transform her already fabulous beach dress into an adorable summertime look, I instantly thought of this cover up, which I had long been planning to wear as a dress.

The first thing I did to take this dress from beach to street (albeit one just by the beach) was swapped the matching belt with this braided black belt. The billowy top and low cut v-neck offered up a good show of my bra if the dress shifted or if I raised my arms even slightly. If I was living in the States I probably would have just thrown on a pretty bra and said, “enjoy the show”, but that’s just not how I roll here so I added this violet bandeau. Teal wedges (the teeniest of heel makes me so happy) satisfied my color craving, so I finished it off with a zebra print bangle, a black mesh clutch and my favorite Ray Bans.

Have you ever incorporated your beachwear, sleepwear, gym wear, or any other "wear" into an outfit? How did you do it?

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