Collar On Collar

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Sweater: Zara
Shirt: Zara
Jeans: J Brand (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Collar: BCBG Max Azria
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Ring: Marc by Marc Jacobs (NET-A-PORTER)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

That cold spell I mentioned yesterday? It lasted just three days. Before I knew it, I was back to layering up to forgo a jacket. Have I mentioned how much I love this San Francisco winter? I think I have, but it’s worth repeating. I love it. Sunny days with temperatures in the sixties are glorious, especially in January.

This collar is my new favorite necklace, so I hope you like it. I’ve been wearing it constantly, and you’re sure to see it again soon. I am obsessed with it. I’ve admired a few collars but never pulled the trigger for some reason or another, but I really don’t understand the hesitation. I love anything with a collar. Now I can wear two at once. What could be more perfect?

Leather Pleats

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Turtleneck: Zara
Sweater: Free People
Skirt: BCBG Max Azria
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Necklace: All Saints
Rings: Surface To Air (Shotwell) and ModCloth
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

As I’ve already mentioned, I ended up doing a bit of shopping while in Portland, even though I really had no intention of doing so. A canceled wine tasting left Erin and I with a free day, and when that day started out cold and rainy, we went right back to our old ways - brunch, mimosas, and shopping (and more cocktails). A full leather skirt was something I kept an eye out for all winter but never found anything that quite justified the price tag. I was giddy when I spied this faux leather skirt on sale with a further reduction. After trying it on and getting Erin’s approval, I knew I wanted it but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to squeeze it into my carry on. In the end I decided I’d rather wear it on the plane back to San Francisco than pass on it. (Thanks to my impeccable packing skills it wasn’t necessary to wear it on the plane.)

The mild weather here will keep this skirt in rotation all year round, but I returned from Portland just in time for a cold spell, so I wasted no time in wearing it. I like to take advantage of heavy fabrics by wearing tops that would appear bulky under more delicate skirts. The heavy pleats easily concealed this tunic length sweater vest, but that extra layer kept me toasty warm on one of winter’s coldest days. All that black and white begged for a pop of color, so a bag with neon accents finished off this look.

A Week In My Shoes

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Jeffrey Campbell (Sole, Portland, OR) // Coach (Nordstrom Rack)
Nine West // Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz) // Seychelles (ModCloth)

Plaid With A Pop Of Color

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Blazer: H&M
Shirt: Trouve (Nordstrom)
Pants: J. Crew
Shoes: Dolce Vita (ModCloth)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Necklaces: J. Crew
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

A few weeks back, I spent a few days in Portland, hanging out with Erin. It seems that no matter where we are, no trip is complete without at least a little (though usually a lot of) shopping. I couldn’t resist taking advantage of all the end of season sales (not to mention no sales tax!) and these pants were one of my purchases. There was only one pair left and in my size; I didn’t hesitate in adding another pair of printed pants to my closet. This pair is actually much more subtle than my other printed pants, making them a bit easier to wear. They were perfect for a surprisingly chilly day (by San Francisco standards); since they’re wool, these pants are quite warm despite being cropped. I paired the plaid with preppy layers – a blazer and an oversized chambray shirt. Bold pumps, a patent bag and layered necklaces added a bit of color and a dose of fun to a conservative look. 

New Classics

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Shirt: J. Crew
Jeans: Levi’s (Urban Outfitters)
Shoes: Chanel (Jeremy’s)
Bag: Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Necklaces: ModCloth and Stella & Dot
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bracelets: Marc by Marc Jacobs and Stella & Dot 

You know we have to talk about the shoes, right? Let’s just get it out of the way. I love Chanel. I love anything that Mr. Lagerfeld touches for that matter. The man can do no wrong in my eyes. Needless to say, I have wanted a pair of Chanel flats for a very long time. Imagine my delight when I found a pristine pair at Jeremy’s. A classic pair in my size with a significant discount? I screamed…just a little.

Now the bag… Unlike the shoes, a red bag was not something I was coveting but when I saw this one on sale, I couldn’t walk away without it. I actually love the shape of this bag and the quilting is very chic and classic, but the color threw me. You may have noticed that I don’t really wear red. And in a moment of complete weakness, I took that fact and used it to justify the purchase. “I don’t wear red. Yeah. That’s why I should buy a red bag.” While these two purchases were months apart, I love that my first time wearing each was at the same time. Are there any classic pieces you're dying to add to your wardrobe?

Mad For A Mod Dress

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Dress: H&M
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Rings: Surface To Air (Shotwell) and ModCloth
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Headband: J. Crew

Some dresses require a trip to the dressing room before I decide what I think. This was not one of those dresses. I spotted it on a recent trip to H&M and fell in love. The only thing that would have stopped it from being mine was if my size wasn’t available. Luckily for me, it was. There is nothing I don’t love about this dress. First off – it has pockets. My penchant for dresses with pockets has been well documented on Style by Santina; I just can’t resist them. I adore the colors, as evident in the fact that I already had a headband that perfectly matched the dress. And lastly, the shape couldn’t possibly be better for hiding a burrito induced food baby… For someone who hits up a taco truck for lunch at least three times a week, that sold me on it.

My Weekend Uniform

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Sweater: ModCloth
Shirt: Ben Sherman (borrowed from the boyfriend)
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Shellys of London (ModCloth)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

Those of you who have read Style by Santina for a while can probably guess when I wore this look – it’s very much my weekend uniform. (See more here, here, and here.) San Francisco's mild weather makes it all too easy to go without a jacket as long as I layer up, and a sweater, button down and jeans have become my winter layers of choice. This time around, I paired a bright blue cardigan with a classic plaid shirt stolen from my boyfriend’s closet. My well-loved boyfriend jeans are so comfortable, making it almost irresistible not to wear them. (Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for skinnies.) Feeling a bit boyish, I decided to wear these red velvet flats; the heart cutouts are so feminine and adorable, the perfect contrast to my boyish layers, not to mention perfect for a day of walking. Do you have a weekend uniform? 

Chambray, Spots, And Studs

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Shirt: J. Crew
Skirt: Wren (Saks)
Belt and Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

I am convinced that it is impossible to be unhappy in a pink leopard print skirt. Go on; try it. I dare you. It kept a smile on my face all day, and it wasn't just me. This is the kind of skirt that prompts other people to say that it’s making them happy. (Don't you love that?) Needless to say, I'm completely smitten with this skirt. I first spotted it while holiday shopping but in a fleeting moment of self-restraint stopped myself from buying it. But when I saw it on sale after the holidays, I did not hesitate. 

I debated wearing just a black turtleneck, but it felt a bit severe. After trying a few different button downs, I decided on this chambray shirt, which has quickly become a go to. While I liked the casual element of the shirt, I wanted to keep the look from being too much so. This belt was perfect – not to mention it’s an old favorite that I almost had forgotten! 

A Shirt Dress And A Satchel

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Dress: Audrey 3 + 1 (Mira Mira)
Belt: H&M
Tights: We Love Colors 
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs 
Necklaces: Stella & Dot and ModCloth 
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bracelet: Stella & Dot
Bag: The Cambridge Satchel Company (ModCloth)

When I spotted this dress on my latest trip to Mira Mira, I knew it had to be mine. It’s a shirt dress, yes, but you have to admit that it looks a lot like an oversized button down – my absolute favorite! Stripes, floppy pockets, not to mention incredibly comfortable and versatile? I am in love with this dress. But the absolute best part? It’s seemingly stain resistant. You see, I have an incredible talent for spilling, staining and often ruining garments on the very first wear. Anyone who knows me in real life will confirm this for you. On this particular day, I spilled on myself not once (first yogurt), not twice (then coffee), but three times (and finally orange juice) and yet by the look of my dress, no one would know that I’m that I’m apparently incapable of making it past ten in the morning without at least one spot on my clothes. Did I mention that I’m in love with this dress?

A Sparkly Swoosh

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Essie Mesmorized // Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular

It’s obvious that glitter manicures are my favorite. They’re forgiving, flashy and easy – what’s not to love? Feeling a bit bored with my go-to glitter gradient, I decided to apply a glitter polish to the bottom of my nails. Because I wanted to create a very defined asymmetrical swoosh, I actually used a nail art brush for the very first time. I started about halfway down my nail on one side, and traced it around the cuticle in a sweeping motion, ending at the tip of the nail on the other side. It was surprisingly easy, even with my left hand! I’m quite pleased with this manicure, but what do you think?

I’m always looking for nail inspiration, so if you see anything fun (and not too challenging) please leave a link in a comment!

Lone Wolf

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Coat: BB Dakota (ModCloth)
Sweater: Zara
Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Socks: Falke (c/o)
Shoes: Boutique 9 (ModCloth)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

The holiday season brought a few four-day weekends along with it, so the boyfriend and I took advantage of the amazingly warm weather by exploring more of San Francisco. I had seen the bridge from various points around the city but making the trek out to the bridge just hadn’t happened. After going, I really don’t what the hell I was waiting for. It’s stunning. I plan to return more frequently, especially after seeing these foggy photos over on Sweet Laundry Loves.

After getting dressed, I looked in the mirror and silently applauded myself for putting together a practical outfit for a day spent walking all over this city. I intended to wear a dress but quickly realized that it would likely be windy on the bridge and I had no interest in flashing ten thousand tourists with one gust. I wore several layers, preparing myself for this city’s ever-changing weather. I avoided platforms, five-inch stilettos and flats that tear up my feet. Well done! Then my boyfriend walked over and asked me if I realized that we were going to walk on the bridge. When I replied “yes”, he asked if I was sure about my shoe choice. Confused, I looked down at my feet. What could be more appropriate than (wedge) hiking boots? Boys are funny.

Weekend Wear And A Winner

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Cardigan: Mink Pink (ModCloth)
Shirt: J. Crew
Jeans: Levi’s
Shoes: Ego And Greed (ModCloth)
Necklace: ModCloth
Ring: BCBG
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

This is just an easy look made from a few of my wardrobe staples. While these black skinnies have seen better days, the denim has perfectly molded to my body from years of wear. This chambray shirt, as I’ve mentioned more than once, has quickly made its way into heavy rotation in a closet that holds a fair share of button downs. And this leopard cardigan – a perfect layer for a warm winter day that didn’t really require a coat as long as I stayed in the sun (which I’m always more than happy to do). If you spot me on the weekend, you’ll likely see me in something similar to this - casual, comfortable, but still put together. And remember when I mentioned that the boyfriend gave me a much needed every day black bag as a holiday gift? Well, here it is! It’s no surprise he turned to Marc; my addiction is well documented here on Style by Santina. I am thrilled with this new addition! I've worn it nearly every day since Christmas - I think that makes it a verifiable every day bag!

And, it’s time to announce the winner of my Orient watch giveaway! The winner is…Gaby from Paperplanes & Maryjanes! Congratulations, Gaby, and thanks to all who entered! 

Pleats, Straps, And Spots

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Shirt: Zara
Skirt: Burberry (a gift)
Tights: Betsey Johnson (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Ring: Surface To Air (Shotwell)
Headband: Nordstrom
Bag: L.A.M.B. (Nordstrom Rack)

How this skirt came into my possession is a somewhat hilarious story. You see, quite a few months ago, Erin sent me a link to this skirt. Everything - the leather straps, the schoolgirl vibe, the label (Burberry is one of her absolute favorites) - screamed "Erin!!!" to me. When I bought the skirt as a holiday gift for Erin shortly after, I had no idea that when she sent that link, she was actually testing me as she intended to buy it for me. Well, imagine our surprise when we both found this skirt among the other gifts we exchanged. Yes, the identical skirt! Funny, right?

I was weary of this skirt's potential to go a little too naughty schoolgirl, and I think I succeeded in avoiding that. The first step in keeping this classy was choosing the right shoes - wedges are much tamer than a stiletto so my new lace up wedges were the easy choice. I took a conservative approach with my top, going with a button down, but opted for one with a fun Dalmatian print. When it came to accessories, I kept it minimal except for a ring and a patent leather headband, which I admit looked a bit juvenile...maybe I couldn't resist just a touch of schoolgirl after all.

A Week In My Shoes

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Vince Camuto (Piperlime) // Libby Edelman (Piperlime)
Marc by Marc Jacobs // Nine West
BCBG Max Azria // Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)

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