Pastel Polka Dot Manicure

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Nails Inc. Haymarket // Essie Waltz // Hello Kitty Blueberry // Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac

Ever since my last attempt at dotted nails, I promised myself I’d buy a dotting tool before trying it again. Well, that hasn’t happened, so when I saw a tutorial for making your own dotting tools on The Beauty Department I decided to give it a try. Not only was it super easy, but chances are you already have everything you need. I highly recommend this to anyone who doesn’t have a dotting tool and also can’t stand imperfect circles. 

I took inspiration from a number of manicures I saw online, but ultimately I was going for something like this one. I could not believe how easy this manicure was! After painting two coats of Sephora by OPI Frankly, I Don't Give A-dam, I added the dots one color at a time to my nails. I did not dip the dotting tool directly into the bottle of polish; instead I placed a few drops of polish onto thick paper. For larger dots, I dipped the tool into the polish and immediately dotted my nail. For smaller dots, I blotted the tool on the paper first. After finishing this manicure, I declared that dots are my new go-to manicure, replacing my various glitterific manis. To be honest, glitter has taken its toll on my nails and they could use a break. I can’t wait to try different versions of this, so if you see any fun dotted manicures send them my way, please!

Flowers And Lace

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Cardigan: Rodarte for Target
T-shirt: James Perse 
Pants: Elevenses (Anthropologie)
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: J. Crew
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Bans (Saks)

These pants caught my eye a while back, so once I saw them on super sale, I didn’t even think. I just bought…my third pair of floral pants. Oops! When they arrived, I was pleased to find that they fit perfectly and were ever prettier in person. I absolutely adore the slightly smudged look of the flowers; they almost appear drawn on with pastels. When it came to putting an outfit together around these pants, I took a cue from the bold colors and added a bright yellow lace cardigan and poppy bag. A gray t-shirt and black heels anchored all that color and kept it from being over the top. I have to admit, I couldn’t help but be in a good mood in this outfit. I need to wear these pants again…

I have to give a shout out to my boyfriend for these photos. Not only does he take my outfit photos but also often suggests locations (yes, I'm a lucky girl), and he had suggested this one many times before I finally agreed. I’m really not sure why I waited so long. These are by far my favorite photos that we’ve taken recently.

Blue With A Side Of Stripes

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Sweater: Zara
Shirt: J. Crew
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Boutique 9 (Nordstrom)
Necklaces: J. Crew and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

As much as I adore the pastels that are everywhere this spring, bold colors always feel more cheerful to me. I’ve worn these blue pants much more than it would appear here on Style by Santina, and I love them a bit more each time I wear them. This outfit started with the pants: unlike the recent weather in San Francisco (rain, rain, and rain), when these photos were taken, spring was in the air and the sun was shining, so bright pants felt appropriate. I immediately grabbed my chambray shirt, but felt a bit too blue. This lightweight sweater was the perfect solution. The green stripes satisfied my need for more color…and if that didn’t do it, the teal metallic bag did!

I'm Back

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Cardigan: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Shirt: Alexa Chung for Madewell
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Rings: ModCloth and Surface To Air
Sunglasses: Chanel
Bracelets and Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

Hello again. First off, I want to thank you all for your kind words in response to my last post. While it will be quite some time before this pain begins to subside, I was very touched and comforted by reading all your comments and tweets. After a quiet two weeks here on Style by Santina, I decided it was time to get back to blogging. Since I haven’t stepped in front of the camera for more than a week, going through these photos was a bit like looking at photos from a past life – a life I shared with Marley…

But I’ll stick to the outfit - it’s another version of my go-to casual looks that was kept interesting with a quirky sweater and polka dots. Somehow, I managed to get not one photo of it, but the back of this cardigan is actually a flashy silver fabric, and I love it. That said, combined with cutouts, it can be a tough item to style. Short sleeves have to hit at just the right spot not to stick out of the holes, so I tend to wear long sleeves under this cardigan. I thought a peek of a print through the cutouts would be cute, and what better than polka dots? Circles on circles? I like it!

A Piece Of My Heart

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“Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” 
- A.A. Milne

After seven happy years together, I was forced to say goodbye to my dear cat, Marley. As some of you know, Marley was epileptic, and on Thursday he suffered a seizure that proved to be too much for his nervous system. My boyfriend and I spent three days at the Emergency Pet Hospital, hoping for a miracle that just never came, and by Sunday it was time to say goodbye. It’s so very difficult to accept how quickly life changes! I spent Thursday morning snuggling with my boyfriend and Marley as he purred and head-butted us…I had no idea the nightmare that awaited me that evening. 

I’m trying to take comfort in the fact that Marley lead a happy and healthy life for as long as he did. Vets and feline neurologists often marveled his health and spirit, considering that he had seizures on a regular basis for his entire life. We were often told that he was lucky to have found people, who were willing to spare no expense or their own sadness to ensure that he was as healthy as could be. I always thought we were the lucky ones to have the opportunity to share our life with such a sweet, loving cat. Marley’s epilepsy just made him that much more special to me, just another reason to shower him with love every second.

Marley had quite a remarkable life – not just for a kitty with epilepsy but for any cat. Times spent together were happy times, and Marley adopted his humans’ beach bum lifestyle with ease. While living in Oregon, we spent many weekends at the coast in pet-friendly beach houses. We took walks along the beach and watched Marley boldly explore a completely new environment (on a leash, of course). From Portland, we moved to Mexico, and because of the severe floods that coincided with our arrival, it took two planes, three taxis, and a boat to get us to Sayulita. A boat! Would you believe that Marley insisted on getting out of his carrier on the boat? He did, and everyone on that boat instantly fell in love with “el gato con ojos azules” (the cat with blue eyes). We spent almost a year together in Mexico, and while I appreciated that time then, I really do now. Free of nearly all responsibility, we were able to spend more time together than ever before and, sadly, ever again. And when it was time to say goodbye to Mexico and return to the real world, we made a home together in San Francisco but not without heading to yet another beach house, this time in Santa Cruz, for a weekend getaway. 

I can’t imagine my life without Marley. Such a small cat had such a huge presence in my life, home and heart. Nothing will ever be the same. I will never be the same. The crazy cat lady life is one of great joy, but with that comes great heartache. The sadness that one feels upon losing a pet is only understood by those who have shared that incredible connection between human and animal. I’ll be taking a break from blogging and Twitter while I deal with my sorrow, console my partner and adjust to a life without my baby… I appreciate your understanding during this time, and I’ll let you all know when I’m back.

A Week In My Shoes

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Vince Camuto (Piperlime) // Chanel (Jeremy's)
Nine West // Boutique 9 (Nordstrom)
Nine West // Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)

Petals And Polka Dots

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Shirt: J. Crew
Skirt: ModCloth
Shoes: Chanel (Jeremy’s)
Pin: Kate Spade 
Bracelet and Watch: Michael  Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Coach (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

When a seventy-degree day hits in March, I have to take advantage. And by “take advantage” I obviously mean throw on a spring inspired outfit, stroll around the city, and eat delicious ice cream while basking in the sun. As luck would have it, this skirt conveniently arrived just the day before, so I didn’t need to waste any time figuring out what to wear. I'm not sure if it was the sunshine, the polka dots or the promise of ice cream, but my good mood definitely translated to my outfit choice. I debated a number of necklaces but then I remembered this flower pin – perfect! Loving the pop of red against the teal skirt, I decided to add a bit more with this playful bag before finishing it off with a neutral pair of flats. 

Featured: The Bold Italic

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I was included in a feature on San Francisco style bloggers over on The Bold Italic yesterday. I’m so very flattered to have been included along with some of my favorite local ladies, so please click through and check it out!

And, a big thank you to Kristen of Stylenik for including me!

Pleats And Impala

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Shirt: Marc by Marc Jacobs 
Skirt: BCBG Max Azria
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Bracelets: Marc by Marc Jacobs, H&M, and Stella & Dot
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

Some items in my closet are like good friends - I can't remember what life was like without them. And while this skirt is a relatively recent addition to my closet, I honestly don't know what I'd do without it. Sure, a black skirt is a closet essential. But I have a few black skirts that haven't made it off the hanger in years, and yet I've worn this one about once a week since I bought it in January. I think what sets is apart is that despite being a black skirt in a classic shape, it's anything but basic. (The fact that it hides a food baby better than everything else in my closet doesn't hurt either.)

On this particular day, I found myself exhausted after weeks of not sleeping well and just didn't have much energy to put into creating a fabulous outfit. My quick solution to this problem is to take a favorite piece and build an outfit around it. In this case, I chose two favorite pieces, and while I regretted wearing black tights, the combination of my favorite black skirt and impala print shirt more than made up for it.

Cute And Comfortable

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Cardigan: Jason Wu for Target
Top: ModCloth
Jeans: Levi’s (Urban Outfitters)
Shoes: Rachel Antonoff for Bass (Shoe Biz)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

Ever since my self-imposed weeklong ban on pants, I find myself succumbing to the lure of boyfriend jeans and button downs far less often. But, then there are days – usually toward the end of the week - when a comfortable outfit is just too irresistible. This was definitely one of those days. While I resigned myself to a casual and comfortable outfit, I wasn’t quite ready to slip into one of my go-to boyish looks. Instead I created a much more feminine version with black skinnies, an adorable top and a lace cardigan. Are there days when you need a comfortable, unfussy look? What’s your go-to casual look?

A Perfect Match

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Dress: Jason Wu for Target
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Necklace: H&M
Bracelets: Marc by Marc Jacobs and Stella & Dot
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

As I’ve mentioned, I was extremely excited to finally get my hands on my Jason Wu for Target haul. Finally picking up the package from the post office rather conveniently coincided with some warmer weather so I wasted no time in wearing it. When I went through the collection online, making a list of everything I wanted, I kept in mind that I would have red hair when it arrived. I definitely gravitated to the navy pieces (again with blue), but I wasn’t sure how this pale pink would look with red hair. I was pleased to find that I actually love it! For a warm February day, I offset bare arms with black tights. As I looked through my necklaces, I realized that this H&M necklace, which I picked up weeks ago, matched the dress perfectly. Don’t you love when that happens?

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