Another Cat Print

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Sweater: Dear Creatures (ModCloth)
Shirt: J. Crew
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth)
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co. (ModCloth)
Glasses: c/o SEE Eyewear

One day I’m rocking a cheetah print shirt (as in cheetahs walking across the blouse), and the very next I’m in a cat print sweater. Such is the life of a true crazy cat lady. I just can’t help myself. Just like I couldn’t help myself when I first saw this sweater. I bought it and immediately put together this very outfit in my mind - from the glasses right down to the boots. Much to my delight, my imaginary outfit translated perfectly to reality. (Though it seems I was having a better hair day in my mind.) Don’t you love when that happens?

A Literal Cheetah Print

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Shirt: Topshop (Nordstrom)
Pants: Kate Spade (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bag: See by Chloe (a gift)
Ring: BCBG Max Azria

There once was a time when I only shopped online for items that were either only available online or significantly cheaper online. Today I shop almost exclusively online. Mostly because I don’t have time to peruse store after store in person before committing, and I’m not one to purchase the first thing I see unless it’s love – as in the I can’t breathe without it kind of love – at first sight. That said, this approach imposes limits on my shopping. Brands in which I am unsure of my size and only sold from places with finicky return policies are mostly off limits. So, I was more than a little excited to hear that my local Nordstrom was one of the US stores that would carry Topshop. I quickly snatched up a few pieces, this shirt being one of them. It doesn’t take much to convince to buy yet another button down, but it is definitely the print of this shirt with which I’m most smitten. An actual cheetah print? Meow!

A Week In My Shoes

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Kurt Geiger // Steve Madden (ModCloth) 
The Sutro (Shoe Biz) // DV By Dolce Vita (ModCloth) 
DV By Dolce Vita (ModCloth) // Kurt Geiger (again!)

An Oldie But Goodie

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Sweater: BCBG Max Azria
Dress: Moulinette Soeurs (Anthropologie)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (a gift)
Bracelets, Rings, and Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Necklace: A gift

I’ve finally made it through the outfit photos taken before my vacation in Mexico, so go on and tell me I look a little tan. Just a teeny bit tan? (Please say you agree.) Of course, I know it’s nothing like this, but I think I came back from Baja with a healthy glow.

I returned to San Francisco just in time for another bout of warm weather, and I took advantage by wearing a dress and no tights. Of course, I did pause to consider if this dress is a little too short for my new office environment. In the end, I ran with it mostly because this dress is an old standby. I’ve worn is so many times, and I always feel good in it. There's also nothing fussy about it. Since starting my new job, I find myself putting together easier looks centered on some (older) closet favorites. I think it’s my way of adding an element of comfort and familiarity to a new situation. Not to mention I have to remind myself that I no longer work in fashion. Sure, I have no intention of losing my sense of style, but I would feel ridiculous prancing around in the shortest of minis and sky-high heels! 

A Pop Of Blue

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Shirt: ModCloth
Tank: Banana Republic
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Necklace and Rings: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bracelet: c/o TOKYObay
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

Indian summer hit San Francisco the week before my vacation in Mexico, and it totally threw me for a loop. After a chilly summer, I had given up hope of the fabled Indian summer promised to me by people who have lived here much longer than I have. It coincided with my last week in a rather fashion forward office, so I took advantage by wearing short dresses, frayed denim, and sleeveless tops. 

As you might remember, these jeans are the result of a DIY project. After the first round of shredding and a wash, they still weren’t quite destroyed enough. Because I wanted more string exposed (a la the Acne Pop Trash jeans), I didn’t shred them but instead put them through the wash a few more times (basically whenever there was room in a load). It did exactly what I hoped, and this is now one of my favorite pair of jeans! Wanting to take advantage of the warm weather, I paired them with a sleeveless sheer top, which I layered over a tank. Blue suede heels not only added a pop of color but also dressed up a rather casual look. 

Just Because It Matched My Hair

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Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (a gift)
Necklace: Monserat de Lucca (ModCloth)
Bracelets: Tory Burch (Nordstrom) and H&M
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Bans (Saks)

I had every intention of scheduling posts before I left; really, I did. But I decided to spend my last week of work spending time (read: drinking) with co-workers who I consider friends and knew I'd miss seeing each day. So, these photos were actually taken before my trip to Mexico. I mention that for two reasons: 1. I now have a healthy glow from a week in the warm, Mexican sunshine. 2. My hair is no longer the lovely dusty rose color it is in these photos; it has faded to a lighter (though just as lovely) pink. Alas, when I got dressed this day, I searched my closet for something that would compliment my freshly dyed hair and came up with this dress. I'm not sure why, but pink hair makes me want to dress in matching hues. Those of you who have followed Style by Santina for a while know that I like to experiment with my hair color, and while I have loved other colors as much as this pink, I don’t recall the same compulsion to dress in a matching color. In fact, as a redhead, I avoided red as much as possible. So what is it about pink? I don’t think it’s worth much thought – it’s just fun. Pure and simple.

What about you? Does your hair color make you more inclined to wear certain colors?

Baja Love

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Oh...hi! Sorry about that abrupt break from blogging, but I spent the last week on a much needed (and rather last minute) vacation! September really kicked my ass, so when I found myself with an opportunity to take a vacation, I didn’t think twice – Mexico! Besides, I like starting a new job with a bit of a tan. Oh yes, the new job; something I’ve kept quiet about here on the blog… As many of you know, when I moved to San Francisco, I almost immediately landed a job at ModCloth, a company that combined my love of fashion with my love of all things nerdy. When they said I could wear whatever I wanted, they meant I could wear whatever I wanted. I was surrounded by women with style and technical skills to match, and it was empowering and fun and the complete opposite of every job I had before in the best possible way. But I’m always tempted by change, and I'm super excited about what lies ahead!

So now that we’re all caught up on how I found myself with time for a vacation, let’s talk about the vacation. It was amazing. It felt so good to be back in Mexico, a little like going home again. As those of you who have read Style by Santina for a while likely remember, I lived in Mexico, in Sayulita, Nayarit to be exact. I cherish the time I spent in Mexico and will always regard it as one of the happiest of my life, so I couldn’t wait to get back. This time the boyfriend and I headed to Baja California Sur. Unlike the lush rainforest of Nayarit, the beaches of the Pacific side of Baja are surrounded by mountains and desert, cacti and palm trees. The days were lazy and exactly what I needed after a stressful month, and I slipped right back into my old ways, stuffing myself with ceviche, drinking Micheladas the size of my head and speaking Spanish. It reminded me of all the reasons I love Mexico - the people are warm, the food is delicious, and the weather – especially in October – is an absolute dream.

Crazy Cat Lady Manicure

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Happy Friday, friends! And not only is today an extra happy Friday as it marks the end of very long week, but it's also the first time I've posted about nail art in weeks! Yes, it was a sad few weeks; some without polish altogether (gasp!) and others with just one color. So, when I finally had time for my nails, I went with a design I had wanted to try for a while. I mean, is there a more perfect crazy cat lady manicure? I don't think so!

I'll admit that I'm a little obsessed with this design. Of course I did not photograph my right hand, with which I am not so obsessed. Like all designs I think this one will get better with practice, but I'm pleased with my first attempt. I followed this tutorial, using a toothpick to apply the design. As I often do when trying a new design, I decided to paint just two accent nails rather than going at every finger. I quickly realized that was the right choice as this design took a while to apply, because of all the layers of color. Not to mention a cat on every nail might be a little too much. What do you think? Would you rock a cat manicure?

Penguins And A Collar

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Sweater: Sugarhill Boutique (ModCloth)
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Nine West 
Belt: Forever 21
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bracelets: Stella & Dot and Tory Burch (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Glasses: c/o SEE Eyewear

I can’t resist an animal print. An actual animal print. Not leopard, tiger, or Dalmatian unless that animal appears on the garment in a way that at least somewhat resembles reality. So, when I saw these adorable penguins and then the collar, I knew this sweater would soon be in my closet.

A penguin sweater can definitely be a bit juvenile, so I wanted to create a look that still felt like something an adult would wear. I intended to wear my new black trousers (seen here), but I have a horrible habit of leaving clothes at the dry cleaners for way too long. My boyfriend jeans were an easy choice, and black pointed toe heels always feel sophisticated. I kept my accessories to a minimum, leaving the focus on the print.

Mirror Print

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Jacket: Michael Kors (Nordstrom Rack)
Dress: Weston (ModCloth)

Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Necklace: H&M
Shoes: Kurt Geiger 
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

Oh, hey, remember me? Sorry about that week of silence; it was completely unintentional. I somehow managed to keep my shit together for almost the entire (crazy) month of September, but then it all fell apart at the end. I just couldn’t find time for outfit photos, not to mention there was no way I could possibly spend even more time on a computer. You understand, right?

Okay, enough excuses; let’s talk about this outfit, because I’m a little obsessed with it, as a whole and each piece individually. This dress was a recent purchase; I instantly fell in love with the print. So much so that I overlooked the fact that it was a drop waist, a silhouette I generally try to avoid. I’m happy I looked beyond a cut that I usually find unflattering because I absolutely love this dress. Every single thing about it. It makes me think I should give the button downs a rest every now and again…maybe… (I almost wore a button down under this dress; it was adorable.)

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