Fishtail Manicure: Take Two

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American Apparel The Valley // Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again

Finally a nail art post! Remember when they were a weekly feature here on Style by Santina? Yeah, me too. What happened, you ask? Well, fear not, friends; my nails were not bare (gasp!) but I did keep them simple for the first month of my new job. Leaving the fashion world behind may have meant leaving certain nail art - ahem, kitty nails - behind, as well. (While I loved them, I don't really think kitty nail art screams, "I'm a professional!") And to be honest, between trying to get my footing at the new gig, friends visiting San Francisco, and ten million other more important things, I really haven't had time for nail art. But last weekend I made time for a quick design because I really missed it. I truly enjoy meticulous tasks and the focus they demand, so it was actually quite relaxing. I’ve done this fishtail manicure before, but I wanted to try it with a natural base. Skipping the base color not only saved time but also created a design that's interesting without being too over the top. I think I might explore this option with a few of my other favorite designs. What do you think? Do you prefer this design with a solid base color?

Moody Monday

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Jacket: Michael Kors (Nordstrom Rack)
Dress: BCBG Max Azria
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: 80%20 (ModCloth)
Necklace: All Saints
Ring: A gift
Bag: Treesje (Nordstrom)

I’ve had this dress for years, and to be honest, I thought I sold it at Crossroads or Buffalo Exchange before moving into the new apartment. But for some reason, I woke up on a Monday thinking about this dress (and only this dress). It’s not really consistent with my usual Monday aesthetic – comfortable and as much like pajamas as I can get away with in public. Actually, it’s quite the opposite, something uncharacteristically fitted. And even more unusual, I did what I always want to do but talk myself out of in the end – I went with shoes I love but aren’t necessarily the most flattering. It may have been a moody Monday but it seems it was a self confident one, too.

Fall Florals

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Sweater: BCBG Max Azria
Jeans: Insight (Mira Mira)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger 
Bracelets: TOKYObay and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m an emotional dresser. Most of the time I wake up having some sense of what I want to wear. This day? No idea at all. This usually leads to me staring into my closet until it’s about fifteen minutes before I need to get out the door and I realize it’s decision time. When decision time came this morning, all I knew was that I wanted to wear my favorite booties. (Seriously, I think they might deserve a remix post soon!) Shoe decision made, I quickly reached for this pair of jeans. While I like to pair the feminine floral print with soft colors, I wanted to keep the look decidedly fall, so I opted for a black cashmere sweater and black accessories. I love how changing up the colors and textures worn with a piece can easily transition it from season to season. These jeans have stayed in rotation throughout the seasons, and I don’t see that changing any time soon!

Life Lessons From A Polka Dot Sweater

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Sweater: J. Crew
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: BCBG Max Azria
Necklace: ModCloth
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bag: See by Chloe (a gift)
Sunglasses: H&M (a gift)

I bought this sweater a few weeks ago and for some reason it’s taken me a while to get around to wearing it. While I’m as smitten with it now as I was when I bought it, I had a very specific idea of how I wanted to wear it. Of course, I tried to realize that vision a few times, but there was always something that just wasn’t right. So rather than waiting around for the perfect outfit, I decided to just wear the damn sweater and in the first way that came to mind – with boyfriend jeans. Even though I liked the outfit, I stood in front of the mirror (for longer than I care to admit), trying to figure out what I could do to make myself like it a little more. I came up short but would not allow myself to change. Was it the outfit of my dreams? No. But the next time might be. And you know what? That’s real life: adjusting expectations, rolling with whatever comes one’s way, and trying for something better next time. And, I’m sure some of you are sitting there, rolling your eyes, wondering if I really just compared the trials and tribulations of life to a polka dot sweater. Yes, I really did. Sometimes there’s a life lesson in even the silliest of things…like a pink polka dot sweater. And for someone who strives for perfection and often beats herself up for not achieving it, I constantly need to remind myself that perfection is rarely achieved on the first try, and that’s okay. There's always next time.

Wren Leopard Print Skirt: Four Ways

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I recently wore this skirt (while hanging out with this lady, actually) and I realized that I wear it quite often. Much more than I thought I would when I convinced myself I couldn’t live without a pink, leopard print skirt. While I probably would have continued breathing without it, this skirt has outlasted several hair colors and it’s become a go-to thanks to the easy shape and playful print. 

It’s no surprise that when faced with styling a new piece, I went straight to my comfort zone: a button down. I also kept the look simple with black tights and shoes and simple accessories.

Chambray, Spots, And Studs

Any restraint I showed with the first outfit was totally out the window for the second. I was determined to pair that leopard with another print, and this striped sweater was an easy choice. My approach to mixing prints is to always anchor the look with a color that’s common between all the prints. And, green and pink is one of my favorite color combinations. 

Spots And Stripes

For this look, I went simple with a simple tee and neutral colors, adding interest with mixed textures. To be honest, I have a feeling I’ll be wearing something very similar in the very near future. Just add tights and my favorite booties (last seen here)!

Leopard And Leather Sleeves

And it was inevitable I’d wear the skirt with a sweatshirt…because I wear everything with a sweatshirt (as documented in my last remix post)! 

Blue Suede Shoes (And A Sweatshirt)

So, did you have a favorite? Styling advice for next time? Lay it on me!

Dots On Dots

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Sweater: Louche (ModCloth)
Shirt: Alexa Chung for Madewell
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Nine West
Watch: c/o TOKYObay 
Rings: Target
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

I recently updated my fall wardrobe and unknowingly added a whole lot of polka dots in one fell swoop. And for some reason, I want to wear them all at once…or at least two at a time, which is exactly what I did. As soon as I decided on this sweater, I reached for this silk shirt. It satisfied my need for dots on dots, and pairing two prints with one color in common always keeps playful combinations from being over the top. For a bit of polish, I added pointed toe heels and a structured bag. 

Chambray And Pleats

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Chambray shirt: J. Crew
T-shirt: Style Mint
Skirt: Jason Wu for Target
Boots: DV by Dolce Vita (ModCloth)
Necklace: Monserat de Lucca (ModCloth)
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Mercules (ModCloth)
Sunglasses: Prada (a gift)

I can’t really take credit for this outfit. I spied something very similar on the adorable girl manning the dressing room at J. Crew a few weeks ago. A chambray shirt worn over a plain white tee with a pleated skirt? I saw it and was smitten. A perfect mix of boyish pieces and feminine simplicity, all of which were already hanging in my closet. At the time, I imagined it with navy tights and oxfords, but when eighty-degree weather rolled into San Francisco, I decided to take a more summary approach. Despite bare legs, I think the booties keep this look feeling appropriate for November…even if it felt like summer!

Navy, Black And Gray

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Dress: Madewell
Tights: J. Crew
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Necklace: Adia Kibur (Gilt)
Ring: A gift
Bag: L.A.M.B. (Nordstrom Rack)

So, these tights? Cute, right? Yeah, I thought so, too. Past tense as I only wore them for a few hours before deciding that not just one but two runs made them far too trashy to wear for an entire day. So, I ran to Target at lunch, got another pair, and said goodbye to what were my new favorite tights before tossing them in the trash. Sigh. Tights and I have a love/hate relationship. I love them for keeping me warm and hiding my eczema-ridden skin. They hate me for my clumsy nature and penchant for spikes. At least I got outfit photos, right?

For the few hours leading up to the demise of the tights, I absolutely loved this outfit. The mix of wool, leather and suede felt perfect for fall, and it was a combination of new and old favorites alike. While I tend to add a pop of color to just about anything, I somehow managed to make it out of the door in all neutrals. That said, the pair of tights I changed into mid-day? Magenta. I guess I couldn't resist a little color after all!

Learning To Love Pencil Skirts

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Sweater: Zara
Skirt: J. Crew
Booties: Kurt Geiger
Necklace: c/o Lydell NYC
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

I know I recently said I wasn’t sold on pencil skirts, but when faced with a J. Crew super sale, I decided to add another to my closet anyway. I’m determined to find a way to wear them that feels like me. I think part of my hang-up with pencil skirts is that I don’t think they’re the most flattering shape for my body. It’s the same hang-up that keeps me away from certain interesting (but unflattering) proportions. On this day, I told myself to get over all of that. I wore the skirt with booties, a combination that does nothing to extend my legs. But I love the rich color paired with the metallic cap toes of what are clearly my favorite booties. A crispness in the air made it feel like it was officially fall in San Francisco (of course, now it feels like summer again), and I took advantage by pulling out one of my favorite sweaters from last season. When I put this together, I was already planning a backup outfit, but I was surprised to find that I absolutely loved the mix of proportions. I think this might be my new fall uniform…

A Week In My Shoes

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Kurt Geiger // Libby Edelman (Piperlime)
Chelsea Crew (Shoe Biz) // BC Shoes (ModCloth) 
Steve Madden (ModCloth) // Kurt Geiger (again!)

Jeans And A Tee

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Shirt: Kate Spade
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Steve Madden (ModCloth)
Necklace: H&M
Bracelet: c/o TOKYObay
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

I admire those girls I see running errands around this city while wearing absolutely fabulous outfits. Admire being the key word. I am definitely not that girl…at least, not by nature. Give me a long to-do list on a sunny day, and I’m going to wear jeans and a tee nine times out of ten. Not only is it comfortable and practical – especially when lugging home boxes of beautiful things the post office has been holding hostage – but I also just really like jeans and a tee. Sure, I’m guilty of parading around Whole Foods in a fancy dress and heels, but there’s something undeniably cool about jeans and a t-shirt.

In case you didn’t already know, I love this t-shirt. I wear it much more often than I reveal here on the blog; it has become my go-to. Paired with deconstructed jeans, this outfit was crying for some color. So I added about thirty. I bought these loafers knowing that they would serve this very purpose – jazzing up an otherwise basic outfit. And just in case that wasn’t enough, I added my shiniest bag and a neon necklace. Too much? I think just enough! 

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