A Look Back

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As 2012 comes to an end, I decided to take a look back at my posts from this year and highlight my favorite from each month. I can’t believe how quickly this year passed! Going through my archives brought back so many happy memories and having a record of the everyday details, which are often the most special, is one of the best parts of blogging.

A few things I noticed while looking back on 2012:
  • There were a few drastic hair color changes! I started out the year with a silvery gray color before softening it a little to a platinum blond. After almost a year of varying shades of white, I decided to saturate my hair in a fiery red color. (Claire Danes was one hundred percent my inspiration.) While I liked the red, it never quite felt like me, and smitten with the pastel hair trend, I made the change to pink. 
  • I became obsessed with nail art. While I spent half of 2011 on a beach with bare nails (and a tan), 2012 was the year for experimenting with everything from clouds to polka dots to leopard print. I don’t see this obsession ceasing any time soon, so expect more nail art in 2013!
  • And, not to brag, but Style by Santina saw its fair share of features this year, including: The Bold Italic, The New York Times Street Style (quite a few times), Mira Mira blog, and the biggest pinch me moment – in Marie Claire!
Thank you all for following along with me in 2012. Your comments, tweets, and Instagram love mean so much to me and I look forward to seeing what 2013 holds for us all! 

Happy New Year, friends!

Holiday Glitter Gradient Manicure

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Sephora X Control Freak // Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular

Phew, it has been a crazy few weeks! Holiday parties, Hack Week (nerd alert!), and catching up with friends before they head out of town for the holidays have left me exhausted, and I am really looking forward to a little downtime next week. Despite all that, I managed to find time to do my nails…well, that’s not exactly true. I actually treated myself to a manicure and pedicure in preparation for my office holiday party (and more importantly the open toe shoes I wore), but after the party, my nails were completely trashed. I quickly decided to extend the life of the manicure with a little nail art. And since it’s the holiday season, I wanted to go with something festive…which obviously lead me to glitter. Of all my glitter gradient manicures, this one just might be my favorite. While I have never been a fan of red polish, I am absolutely obsessed with this vampy red. And once I saw the name – Control Freak – I knew it had to be mine!

Are you rocking a holiday manicure? I’d love to hear about it!

On Repeat

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Sweater: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Mercantile, Portland, OR)
Shirt: Alexa Chung for Madewell
Skirt: Zara
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

I’m just going to come right out and say it: this isn’t the first time I wore this outfit (last seen here). And, I doubt it will be the last. These three pieces are just perfect together. The classic sweater and buttoned up blouse make the mini work appropriate, while the bright color combination and polka dots keep it fun. Each piece has been worn many times separately, but there are times when grabbing one leads to wearing all three. I don’t fight it. I just change up my shoes and bag and call it a new outfit. Speaking of shoes, the outfit started with this pair. When I thought of the perfect outfit to debut them, this was the first one that came to mind. Now, there might be four pieces that I can’t resist wearing together…

Matte Plaid Manicure

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I stole this manicure straight off the Wah Nails Instagram feed. (Check out my inspiration here.) I fell in love with matte top coats a few months ago but had yet to apply one over a design. I actually didn’t think to do so as I find that matte top coats don’t smooth out imperfections like a good top coat does. Also, I usually add a few coats for a very apparent matte finish, and all too often layers of polish with layers of a top coat lead to nails that never fully dry. Nothing is more disappointing than waking up to find smudges all over the nails you carefully painted the day before. Am I right?

This is one of those manicures that looks best from afar. All those straight lines in the plaid? Not so straight but not so bad for freehand. As I’ve complained before, I absolutely hate using tape to apply designs, so I generally apply designs with nail art brushes. The key to this one was allowing each layer of paint to dry fully. And to be completely honest, I waited a solid three hours before applying the matte top coat. No smudges – success!

Blue, Blue, Blue

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Shirt: Equipment (The Outnet)
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Necklace: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: H&M

Remember these shoes? I wore them constantly for a few weeks right after I bought them, but after moving them to a corner of my closet, I forgot about them…completely. Shame on me. But when I found them while digging around for another pair of shoes, I promptly moved them to the front of my closet. Much like any other girl with a closet that’s way too small, I tend to wear only what I can see, which is a mere fraction of what’s in there.

This outfit started with the shoes, which quickly lead to the pants. With all the blue I found myself looking to my closet for something green to create a color block look in one of my favorite color combos. The subtle print of this Equipment blouse made it an easy choice; it softened the look and kept it from going too over the top. The most difficult decision was the bag, but in the end I couldn’t resist just a little more blue. 

A Perfect {Pencil Skirt} Contradiction

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Sweater: Madewell
Skirt: J. Crew
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bracelets: Nordstrom and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Necklace: H&M
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

I’ve slowly been working pencil skirts into my wardrobe, mostly because I made a few impulse buys at a J. Crew sale. You know what I’m talking about. It was one of those magical moments when everything I tried on fit and was on serious sale. Surrounded by the preppy yet quirk aesthetic I adore, I didn’t stop to consider how I’d wear these fabulous new pieces. I just would. 

Pencil skirts really didn’t strike me as a piece I’d find difficult to make my own, but after a few tries, I was still on the fence about the polished silhouette. Then I paired one with a chunky knit, and I knew I’d found my go to styling. I love the contradiction of a slouchy, oversized knit with a fitted, ladylike skirt. Throw in my favorite booties and a few pops of neon? Suddenly I love pencil skirts.

Gold On Gold

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American Apparel Gold Flash // Sephora by OPI I Found a Pot of Gold!

Ah, glitter polish. I swore it off when I realized it was slowing destroying my nails. Of course, with the holiday season in full swing, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist the lure of a little extra sparkle. And then I received an invitation to Poshmark’s 1st Birthday party, one at which anything sparkly was encouraged. I knew exactly which dress to wear – a new brocade number you’ll soon see – so I used that as my nail inspiration. I immediately decided to run with gold. I started with two coats of this metallic polish before adding several coats of a polish with tiny glitter and diamond shape pieces. While I usually finish a manicure with one layer of top coat, chunkier glitter can be a bit jagged so I like to smooth it out with two coats. 

Leather And Plaid

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Jacket: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
T-shirt: Kate Spade
Pants: J. Crew
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Rings and Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

This outfit makes me giggle. And, not just because of the cheeky t-shirt. It reminds me of outfits from my fashion past that I’m not too proud of. In junior high school, I was particularly smitten with a wide leg pair of pants in this very plaid. I recall my favorite outfits from that time involving those plaid pants, suspenders, a baby tee, and Doc Martens. I stand behind the Docs. The rest? Tragic. While my obsession with baby tees has long since abated (and shows no sign of return), my love for plaid pants was renewed when I pulled these out for the first time this season. I want to wear them with everything, including more plaid. That might have to be next!

Weekend Wear

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Sweatshirt: Topshop (Nordstrom)
Skirt: Gap
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom Rack)
Shoes: Vince Camuto (Piperlime)
Necklaces: H&M and Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bracelet: c/o TOKYObay
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Treesje (Nordstrom)

It’s no secret that I love a good sweatshirt, and this one is the latest addition to my collection. I bought it a while ago and have worn it so much that it’s quite surprising that it hasn’t appeared on the blog before now. Then again, like all of my favorite comfortable pieces, I usually wear them in outfits not deemed worthy of the blog. The kind you’ll catch me in when I’m running to pick up my dry cleaning or lounging about the apartment. Easy outfits that reflect my lazy weekend attitude much more than my finest fashion moments. But swap out my shredded jeans for a denim skirt and layer on accessories and - bam! A blog worthy outfit!

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