Style Challenge: Borrowed From The Boys

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Shirt: Alexa Chung for Madewell
Pants: Kate Spade (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

When Meghan mentioned a tom boy style challenge, I knew it would be an easy one for me. It’s no secret that I love boyish looks, not to mention – ahem – haircuts, and my go to casual looks always seem to involve at least two of the following: boyfriend jeans, a button down (often stolen from the boyfriend), or oxfords. Since this wasn’t much of a stretch for me, I feel no guilt in confessing that I didn’t put this outfit together specifically for the “challenge”. I had them queued up and ready to go, but the outfit meets the requirement and I just want to finally participate in one of the style challenges! (By the way, I cannot wait to see my sister from another mister, who is so not boyish, Angie rock some menswear!) 

The simplicity of this look from a few weeks back renewed my love for cleaner looks that focus on tailoring and quality rather than flashy details and trends. My closet was lacking a classic pair of cropped black pants until very recently when I scored this pair at Nordstrom Rack. One pair, my size, a fraction of the original price – no brainer! I kept to equally classic counterparts with a silk button down and pointy toe heels and then added a few pops of color.

Be sure to check out all the other lovely ladies participating in this Style Challenge:

Channeling My Inner Jenna Lyons

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Shirt: J. Crew
Skirt: J. Crew
Shoes: Nine West (DSW)
Necklace: Kate Spade (Jeremy’s)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Glasses: c/o SEE Eyewear

want to like pencil skirts; really, I do. But I’m not quite sold. I spied this one on the sale rack on a recent trip to J. Crew and was immediately drawn to the tweed. I love tweed. It always reminds me of the classic Chanel suit, which, to me, is the epitome of sophistication. It’s also completely out of my current shopping budget, so I hope to add a few more affordable tweed pieces to my closet. Perhaps a jacket will be next? But back to pencil skirts… I have one other pencil skirt (last seen here), and I have to admit that it’s tucked away in the back of the skirt section of my closet. Pencil skirts are one of those things I constantly admire on others and yet when I put one on, it never looks quite right. Maybe it’s my wide hips? Maybe it’s that I always feel like I have to suck it in to avoid looking slightly preggers? I don’t know, but I am determined to make the silhouette work for me. Any styling tips? Lay ‘em on me!

While I tend to temper classic pieces with edgier ones, I decided to fully embrace the J. Crew aesthetic and channel my inner Jenna Lyons. Think: refined but a little undone, grown up but still quirky, big glasses, and a bold lip color. With the exception of the bold lip color, I think I nailed this look. What do you think?

Pardon My French

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Tee: Kate Spade
Skirt: Vince Camuto (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Ring: a gift
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

Confession: I spied this shirt in the Kate Spade Fall 2012 presentation and knew it had to be mine. You see, while I keep it under wraps for the most part here on the blog, I actually swear like a truck driver. It’s so bad that half the time I don’t even realize what’s come out of my mouth until I catch a look of horror from a passerby. And, for some reason, my pink hair seems to make it that much more appalling, like it’s a visual indicator of sweetness or purity. It’s not. As a testament to how I often defy people’s expectations based solely on my appearance, I wore this shirt a few weeks back and when I got on the bus, the driver read my shirt and asked, “Oh, are you French?” I replied, “No, I just swear a lot”, which resulted in hysterical laughter mixed with disbelief. Hilarious!

As you may have noticed, I fall in love with pieces and want to wear them all the time and all at the same time. Example: this outfit. I planned to add a pop of color with the shoes, but I picked up these booties from Kurt Geiger on FNO and I am absolutely fucking obsessed with them. Sure, they took this outfit in a different direction, but they gave it a touch of that effortless cool aesthetic that I adore so much. And once they were on, I just couldn’t take them off..

A Week In My Shoes

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Modern Vintage (Gilt) // Marc by Marc Jacobs  
Kurt Geiger // Nine West (DSW)
DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth) // Marc by Marc Jacobs

Sequins, Suede, And Studs

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Sweatshirt: Laugh Cry Repeat (Mira Mira)
Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Rings: A gift and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

A few weeks back I was asked to be part of a photo shoot (more on that later!) to which I had to wear my own clothes. Obviously, the first thing I did after committing myself to the shoot was to hit up my closet and put together as many options as possible. I love options (which also explains why I perpetually over pack). I came up with about five looks before stopping myself; sure, I love options but too many can overwhelm me. I was asked to wear only one outfit to the shoot, so when it was over I still had four outfits already planned and put together in my closet – perfect for sleepy mornings when I am simply too tired to put in much effort. This was definitely one of those days, so I was more than happy to pull from my outfit backlog.

I’ve worn this sweatshirt many times (as evident here) and I love it more every time I do. This time I layered it over a sleeveless sheer top, playing with the proportions of the cropped sweatshirt and asymmetrical hem of the shirt. The blue shoes not only added a pop of color but also a feminine touch to my boyfriend jeans. Not to mention, I’m a bit obsessed with these shoes and really can’t seem to find anything they don’t look great with. My friend Angie recently said that blue suede shoes are the unsung heroes of a girl’s closet. I think she may be right. Get ready to see more of these shoes!

Blue Suede Shoes (And A Sweatshirt)

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Sweatshirt: Rxmance (Mira Mira)
Skirt: Wren (Saks)
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bracelets: Stella & Dot and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Last week I posted about my FNO plans, and it's time to share what I wore that night. I mean that's what everyone really cares about, right? As it often happens, knowing that I'll be spending my night with some of San Francisco's most stylish (not to mention incredibly intelligent and talented) ladies often results in a pile of rejected clothing. Not this time. This was the first and only outfit I tried on. I knew better after many days of trying on countless outfits only to settle on the first one I put together. Maybe it's because the first one is always effortless, while outfits two, three and four usually make me look like I'm trying to hard. Probably because I am. The outfit never lies, friends. 

This outfit started with the shoes, which I recently scored on Gilt and am currently obsessed with.  How cobalt suede pointed toe heels lead to a sweatshirt, I'm not quite sure but I love it. And really, is there anything a sweatshirt doesn't go with?

Pink And Orange

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Sweater: Nümph (ModCloth)
Jeans: J Brand (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Coach (Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace: Kate Spade (Jeremy’s)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Glasses: SEE Eyewear (c/o)

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ve likely heard that my mother was in town for twelve days…in my one bedroom apartment. While it was great to see her, the trip left me completely exhausted and ready for an actual vacation, preferably one involving a beach and tropical cocktails. Instead, of sunshine and sand, I had to face the office, so I dressed myself in comfortable layers and in a cheerful color combination. And remember when I said my glasses haven’t left my face for long since I got them? Well, I wasn’t kidding! 


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Aggghh it’s September! When did that happen? Five days ago, clearly, but...but...what happened to summer? What happened to beach days and endless margaritas? A tan and a freckled face? End of summer blues aside, September is definitely one of my favorite months and it also happens to be a big month for the fashion world. Aside from the stacks of September issues piling up around my apartment, Fashion's Night Out is tomorrow. Last year was my first FNO, and I had so much fun trekking all over Union Square with my blogging friends that I cannot wait to do it again! There are events going on all over SF (check out this list), but due to time constraints I'll likely stay around Union Square. Here are a few events I definitely plan to attend:

I'm not the type of girl who can plan beyond a few hours, so I'm not sure where the night will take me after these two. But I do know that if I head to the Saks event, I just might have to take Uber and snag a clutch while I do, thanks to Uber SF, 7x7 Magazine, Saks, and Threadflip!

Are you in the Bay Area? I’d love to see you, and if we’ve not met, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. I love meeting Style by Santina readers! Not in the area? Follow along with me via Twitter (#NMSFFNO and #FNOSF) and Instagram! Now I just need to figure out what to wear…

Four Eyes

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Sweater: Gap
Shirt: Trouve (Nordstrom)
Jeans: J Brand (Nordstrom)
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth)
Necklace: Sloan Boutique (Portland, OR)
Sunglasses: SEE Eyewear (c/o)
Bag: The Cambridge Satchel Company (ModCloth)

As you probably recall, I recently faced the tough decision of selecting just one pair of SEE glasses. In the end I went with a pair I thought I’d wear often, and “often” would be an understatement in describing how frequently I’ve worn them. It’s incredibly refreshing to take a break from constant contacts wear, and outwardly embracing my inner nerd is even more fun than expected. I love my new glasses!

As for the outfit, it’s typical of a Monday – comfortable, no fuss layers – but with a preppy spin that seemed fitting for the glasses. And the glasses aren’t the only thing I can’t stop wearing; these boots don’t seem to leave my feet for long – obsessed! 

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