August In Review

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Just a quick round up of my favorite posts from August. Click on the caption to see the full post, and if there was one you particularly enjoyed this month, please let me know in the comments.

I'm taking Monday off, but I'll be back on Tuesday with a new post. Enjoy the long weekend (to those who have one)! 

Triple Collar

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Shirt: J. Crew
Dress: Dusen Dusen (ModCloth)
Tights: Betsey Johnson (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz)
Necklace: BCBG Max Azria
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

I’ve been obsessed with this dress ever since I last wore it, and after waiting far too long for it to be warm enough to wear it alone, I decided it was time to just layer up. I intended to cover the collar of the dress with the chambray shirt but clearly I could not resist a double collar…and then just one more. Yes, three collars. It made me want to buy another collar necklace, to be honest. Four, a nice round number… Too much?

Simple And Chic

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Shirt: One Teaspoon (Mira Mira)
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (a gift)
Bag: Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

Just four pieces to cite, and only three colors…that sums up this look: simple and chic. In the blogging world, it seems “more” has become synonymous with “better” and “well styled”. And while I certainly try not to let this silly little blog influence my style choices, I can admit that from time to time I find myself staring down at a wrist with just a watch and one bracelet, trying to resist the urge to pile on enough bracelets to turn my party of two into a full on arm party. An outfit like this one reminds me that simple is chic, and it always will be. 

This outfit started with the shirt. I adore this shirt. A white blouse with good construction is an instant classic, but details like the unfinished hem and quirky bow tie make this one feel fresh. I considered pairing it with a print, but in the end I went with classic compliments to the shirt – rolled up jeans and black pumps. Black and white always begs for a pop of color and this time I went with a red bag with heavy gold hardware. I love this outfit. I think it’s safe to say you’ll see a slightly different version of it again… 

Gradient Dot Manicure

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Hello Kitty Blueberry // Essie Mesmorized // Sally Hansen White On

I really don’t know why I can’t resist white polish. I hate it. I find it to be incredibly difficult to apply and it seems to magnify every little imperfection. (If you have any tips at all, please, please help me out!) White is the perfect base for so many manicures, so I decided to buy this one in a brand that I usually find very easy to apply – Sally Hansen. For the dots I used two shades of blue, which also happen to be two of my favorite colors in my polish collection. I applied the smaller dots with toothpicks and the larger with DIY dotting tools. This manicure is super easy; the only tricky part is being sure the dots are completely dry before applying the top coat. I always manage to have one nail with smudged dots… It drives me crazy.

Five Fall Faves

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Five Fall Faves

With fall just around the corner and all the September issues rolling in, it’s impossible not to think about how I’ll update my closet for the new season. To be completely honest, I’ve cut back on my shopping budget in light of my recent move into a new apartment and all the annoying costs that come along with it. (I’d much rather spend money on my closet than furniture.) But as the new place comes together, I think it’s time I rewarded myself with a bigger shopping budget. Here are five fall trends I’m particularly smitten with and hoping to incorporate into my fall wardrobe:

1. Quirky animal print sweaters – You might remember my wolf sweater from last year, so it probably goes without saying that I’m happy to see this trend stick around. I love that the bird on this one is wear a beret – tres chic!

2. Chelsea boots – The hills of San Francisco have definitely influenced my shoe choices. I find myself choosing flats much more often since moving here, and flat boots are a perfect option for fall. Throw in a cap toe, and I’m in love. 

3. Structured bags – A structured bag adds polish to any look. And, this one? Well, this one is what dreams are made of. I am obsessed with this bag. Obsessed.

4. Brocade – Living in a city that experiences slight variations of one season makes it difficult to express distinct seasons through my clothes, but fabric choice is an easy solution. Fall is always about rich colors and heavy fabrics, so I definitely plan to add some brocade to my closet. I actually have this dress in a different fabric from last year, and I love the fit. I’m very tempted to buy this version!

5. Leather jackets – Having lived here for more than a year, I’ve decided a leather jacket is a wise investment as I’ll be able to wear it year round. I’m looking for a cut that will stand the test of time but isn’t too polished. A leather jacket should always be a little badass in my opinion.

Have you put together a fall wishlist? Anything in particular you plan to add to your closet?

Floral Stems

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Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Insight (Mira Mira)
Shoes: Chanel (Jeremy’s)
Necklace: Monserat de Lucca (ModCloth)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

For some reason, I tend to toughen these jeans up by pairing them with studs, spikes or dark layers, so this time I wanted to create a softer look. This cotton sweater in a pale dusty rose perfectly matches the floral print of the skinny jeans and was a much more feminine pairing than grays and blacks of past looks. There’s something classic and carefree about cotton sweaters, so when it came to shoes, there was one obvious choice – my Chanel flats. What is more classic and carefree than nude and black cap toe flats? I finished this easy look with a few gold accessories and a black bag. I’ve worn these jeans countless times, but I think this might be my favorite look yet. Hmmmm, perhaps it’s time for another remix post featuring these jeans?

And, it’s time to announce the winner of the SEE Eyewear giveaway – Erin! Congratulations, Erin! I’ll be sending you a gift bag including a $300 gift card for a new pair of glasses! Thanks to everyone who entered, and a big thank you to SEE for sponsoring this giveaway!

Stripes And Boots

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Dress: Audrey 3+1 (Mira Mira)
Boots: DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth)
Bracelets: Stella & Dot and a gift
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Necklace: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

With gray foggy mornings, it’s all too easy to justify pants day after day, so lately I’ve unofficially been challenging myself to bypass pants for comfortable dresses. And when it comes to comfortable dresses, it doesn’t get much better than this one. It’s an oversized oxford shirt, making it pretty much my favorite thing ever. I’ve worn it a few times before, but each time I belted it. This time I decided to wear it without a belt to show off the draping of the pockets. It’s what initially attracted me to this dress and it’s exactly the kind of unexpected detail that updates a classic shirt dress. I paired it with a new pair of booties, gold accessories, and a flashy bag. I felt so comfortable and yet completely put together – what could be better? 

Speckled Manicure

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Nails Inc. Haymarket // American Apparel Gold Flash

I spotted this manicure over on The Beauty Department a while back and thought the application seemed simple enough, so I bookmarked it for a Sunday (my weekly mani day) when I didn’t have the patience or time for something more complicated. While I was up for the challenge, I just didn’t have a lot of time last Sunday, so I squeezed in this manicure between Breaking Bad and True Blood. Yes, my Sunday nights generally revolve around television. Go on; judge me.

This design was very simple; I followed the instructions on The Beauty Department using a small Ziploc bag for application. At first, I was a bit annoyed, wondering why I didn’t just use a makeup sponge as I do for ombre manicures, but using the crinkled bag applied a much more subtle design. And after weeks of bold manicures, it was refreshing to go with something cleaner. What do you think?

Also, today is the last day of my SEE Eyewear giveaway! SEE has incredible eyewear, and even if you have perfect vision (I hate you), there is a great selection of sunglasses! The winner will receive a gift bag from SEE including a $300 gift card, so get your entries in!

Spikes, Guns, And A Skull

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Chambray shirt and Tee: J. Crew
Skirt: ModCloth
Shoes: Vince Camuto (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Rings: Marc by Marc Jacobs and a gift 
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

This is the kind of outfit that causes people who know me to ask if I’m feeling violent. You see, while I keep it toned down here on the blog, I am definitely a hot-blooded Italian who goes from one to one million in about two seconds. And, I definitely have a temper. So upon seeing me decked out in spikes, guns, and a skull, those who know me have to wonder what’s up. We all know I have a penchant for violent jewelry, but I generally try to keep the overall level of aggression fashionably in check. But then there comes a day – a Monday – when I just can’t control myself… Avert your eyes, people; avert your eyes. (Hee hee.)

Pink On Pink

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Dress: Jason Wu for Target
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (a gift)
Cuff: c/o Lydell NYC
Bracelet: Stella & Dot
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

If you’re wondering why my hair suddenly looks so pale compared to that extra-saturated pink you saw in the post before this one, fear not! There was no hair washing disaster in which all the color rinsed out. These photos were taken before my hair appointment. I’ll be back with fresh hair next time! That said, I absolutely adore the combination of my pale pink hair with this pink dress. I remember wearing it when my hair was red and thinking the contrast looked so good. I now know that pink on pink is an even better combination. Expect to see this dress more as my obsession with all things pink continues…

This dress is so easy and comfortable, making it perfect for those days when I’m feeling beaten down by the week and trying to resist the lure of boyfriend jeans and a tee. While the tomboy in me refuses to accept it, a simple dress can be just as easy as jeans and a tee. Throw it on, add a pair of tights (unless you’re experiencing a real summer somewhere other than in SF), and layer on accessories – done. Speaking of accessories, of course I grabbed my go-to watch and spiked bracelet, but I couldn’t resist taking advantage of bare arms to show off the latest addition to my jewelry collection – this cuff. I love the strong shape; it reminds me of Wonder Woman in the best possible way! I might have to pick up a twin to realize this vision… 

If you haven’t already entered my SEE giveaway, then head over to this post! Just leave a comment with your email address and you’ll be entered to win a gift bag from SEE, including a $300 gift card for a new pair of glasses. And, if you don’t wear glasses, SEE also has an amazing selection of sunglasses.

SEE Eyewear Giveaway

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Yesterday I featured the top four contenders in my hunt for the perfect pair of glasses. I loved reading your comments about the pair you liked best, and now it’s time to reveal the pair I chose...drum roll, please…

The tortoise shell pair! They’re classic and neutral, and since I was hoping to find a pair of every day glasses, these are perfect. I cannot wait to pick up my new glasses and start rocking them!

So now let’s talk about what’s in this for you. The very generous folks at SEE Eyewear are offering one Style by Santina reader a gift bag including a $300 gift card for a new pair of glasses! And, if you are lucky enough not to need glasses, SEE has an amazing selection of unique sunglasses. There are stores in cities across the US, and you can find a local store here

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below with your email address – that’s it!

For additional entries:
  • “Like” Style by Santina on Facebook 
  • Follow Style by Santina via Google Friend Connect
  • Tweet about this giveaway. Example: “I just entered to win a pair of @SEEEYEWEAR glasses via @stylebysantina” with a link to this post.
  • Leave a comment for each additional entry
Giveaway will close next Friday, August 17th at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

Good luck!

Fashionably Four-Eyed

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Confession: I'm legally blind without glasses or contacts. Of course, I almost exclusively wear contacts with the exception of a few hours before I go to bed. (The last time my four-eyed alter ego was spotted here on the blog was when I was living in Mexico and suffering from an eye injury.) But ever since my return to a life that involves staring at a computer for at least 12 hours a day (let's not even talk about the time spent on my iPhone), I find myself getting headaches more often and by the end of a day, my eyes just feel tired. Of course, as soon as my eye doctor heard the number of hours I spend on a computer and in contacts, his first suggestion was to wear glasses more often to allow my eyes to rest. My first thought? I better get some new glasses. So, when the generous folks over at SEE Eyewear reached out to me about collaboration I jumped at the chance. 

Over the weekend I headed over to the newest location in SF to pick out a pair of glasses. The people at the store could not have been nicer, allowing me to try on as many as I liked and even going as far as to pop out the lenses to avoid a glare in the photos. After great debate I narrowed it down to four pairs:

I was immediately drawn to the shape of this pair and tried them on in blue, pink, and clear. I love glasses in a bold color, but given my current hair color (freshly dyed so extra saturated with color) I felt something neutral might be best. I am quite smitten with this pair, which my boyfriend dubbed “the clear Harry Potter glasses”. I am so okay with that.

Of course, I loved at least five pairs of tortoise shell glasses but this was definitely the pair I liked best. The shape is classic (albeit oversized) and one that I often chose for myself. I have to say that for someone with vision as poor as mine, minimizing the blind spots with larger glasses is a good option. 

The subtle color of this pair made them easy to overlook, but it was actually the color that attracted me to them. Almost a flesh tone, the soft color is the perfect contrast to the strong shape of the frames.

And, lastly a gray pair… What can I say? I just like pink and gray!

While I’ve already made my decision, I’d love to hear which is your favorite. I’ll reveal the pair I chose tomorrow, and I’ll also announce a fun giveaway - be sure to check back!

Orange Oxfords

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Trench: BR Heritage
Shirt: Trouve (Nordstrom)
Dress: See by Chloe (Mercantile, Portland, OR)
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth)
Necklace: H&M
Rings: Marc by Marc Jacobs and Surface To Air (Shotwell)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

I’ve been lusting for a pair of brightly soled oxfords for a while now, so when I spied this affordable pair at ModCloth I didn’t think twice about buying them. When they arrived, I was pleased to find the color was what I expected; I was a little worried about orange shoes. Not my usual choice in shoe color, but that was exactly why I bought them - I wanted an option for an unexpected pop of color.

This outfit started with the shoes; I could not wait to wear them. And while my first thought was to pair them with cuffed jeans, I decided to pair them with something more feminine. The delicate print of this dress comes across as an overall subdued palette, but there are a few bright colors including the two of my new shoes – bright orange and neon yellow. I would have loved to stop there, but the weather called for more, so I added layers that fit the boyish vibe of the shoes. 

A Week In My Shoes

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DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth) // Marc by Marc Jacobs
Rachel Antonoff for Bass (ModCloth) // Sam Edelman (Piperlime)
Pour La Victoire // Marc by Marc Jacobs

Tribal Manicure

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Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet // Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black and White
As you may have noticed, I didn’t post my manicure last week. The truth is my nails were bare last week (gasp!). You see, painting my nails is part of my Sunday evening “get ready for the week” routine. (Also, included in that routine: laundry and watching True Blood while eating ice cream. Important stuff, obvs.) When I didn’t get around to my nails the Sunday before last, I had every intention of painting them at some point during the week but that never happened. So, it was with great shame that I faced a week of bare nails, but I vowed to come back with a major manicure the following week. While I considered several designs, my last manicure – a simple tribal design – left me hankering to try something a bit more challenging but in the same vein. The dark colors of that last one felt a bit too heavy for summer, so this time I applied a mint green base before going at it with white and black striping polish. What do you think? I’m not going to lie; I’m a bit obsessed!

Laugh Cry Repeat Sweatshirt: Three Ways

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After putting together that set of swoon worthy sweatshirts, I vowed that my next remix post would be centered on my favorite sweatshirt. (Shhh, don’t tell my Celtics hoodie.) I’ve worn this sweatshirt so much more than it appears on the blog and have found that there really is no occasion not to wear a cutoff sweatshirt adorned with a sequins heart.

The first outfit is probably my favorite of the three. I wore it out to brunch with my boyfriend on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It was the first time I layered the sweatshirt over a button down, and I was immediately smitten with the notion (as evident in look three). It’s also rare that I venture into the DIY world (other than nail art, of course), so I was also rather proud of the deconstructed jeans. And while I feel like a douchebag saying it, this outfit just felt very cool to me. There, I said it. 

An Oxford And A Sweatshirt

This outfit is from Valentine’s Day, and I needed to wear something that would transition from the office to night. I love the combination of (faux) leather pleats and a sweatshirt.  Actually, this one would be perfect for the recent cool, summer weather in San Francisco. Ditch the tights and change into sandals, and it’s a new look! (One I just might have to wear soon.)

A Sequined Sweatshirt

The last outfit felt a bit sophisticated (as far as sweatshirts go) thanks to classic black skinnies and pointy toe heels. The polka dots on this silk button down and a subtle pop of neon fit the playful vibe of the sweatshirt but in a way that didn’t feel juvenile. I like to think of this one as “the classy sweatshirt”. 

A Sophisticated Sweatshirt

Do you have a favorite? Styling advice for next time? 

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