Monday, September 29, 2014

head to toe

I typically try not to wear one brand head to toe (for no real reason though- anyone else like that?), but sometimes it just happens. I was itching to wear my new skirt, and this shirt was laying right on top of my "to steam" pile, so the outfit just kind of made itself.

Sometimes laziness and procrastination pays off...when it comes to choosing outfits anyway ;)
Also, speaking of J.Crew, they are currently offering 30% off (40% if you are a card holder) sale items. This pleated dress comes in three beautiful colors and is currently a steal at $35, the pinstripe vest is a fun alternative to the more popular herringbone version (and also cheaper!), and if you've been looking for a french-inspired graphic tee, this one is under $20 and tout too (haha) cute.
Shirt: J.Crew [exact factory version - I'll take a grey please!]
Skirt: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
Belt: Everlane [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [save || splurge]
Glasses: Warby Parker [exact]
Bag: Kate Spade [save || splurge]

Saturday, September 27, 2014

shop the bop

Sweater ||  Watch || Shoes || Jeans

For the next couple of months, I'll be partnering with Shopbop to show of their wide range of apparel, both the affordable and higher end pieces they offer. I'm truly excited about this because of a little bit of hometown pride - the only brick and mortar Shopbop is in downtown Madison, Wisconsin! So I'll be given the opportunity to pick out a few things, and incorporate them into my daily life. I'm using this as a time to add a few things to my closet that will get worn for years to come. I'm thinking the following:

  • A nice thick sweater  (check out their full range of knits here) to ring in the incoming 6 month long winter. A classic like the one above, from their Bop Basics line, is a true classic, and looks so comfy.
  • I'd also like to try some higher end denim that will last for years - I've loved my Joe's Jeans for years, but I've heard so many great things about 7 for all Mankind that they may have to be the next pair to be added. A classic dark wash with midrise should be a style that has some staying power!
  • I've wanted a rose gold watch forever, and ShopBop has quite the collection currently available. I feel in love the Michael Kors version above because of the beautiful metal mixed with the bright white face and classic type. 
  • Lastly, shoes! The herringbone flats are super fun and probably pretty versatile, but I'm leaning towards finding either the perfect black or red pair of ballet flats. A girl can dream about those Ferragamos, right? 
I can't wait to show you guys more about what I add, and how they remain staples in my closet for years to come. A big thank you to Shopbop for this amazing opportunity!

Friday, September 26, 2014

september budget

1. Ann Taylor Top: originally $50, on sale for $25
2. Old Navy Sweater Dress: originally $40, on sale for $28
3. J.Crew Chambray: originally $78, on sale for $55
4. J.Crew Factory Skirt: originally $90, on sale for $35
5. Banana Republic Shirt [seen here]: originally $65, on sale for $40
6. Pearl earrings: $6

September budget: $189

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the biggest cliche of all

DSC02775 Happy official second day of fall! This is my favorite week of the whole year - it was my birthday on Sunday (so much celebrating was done while I was in the library all day), the weather is starting to cool down, and all of the TV shows are coming back! I tend to always be a few weeks behind, but then if I get a few free hours, I get to binge watch Modern Family in one full swoop. That, and Grey's, Scandal, and The Mindy Project :)

And going along with fall, FALL CLOTHES. I recently ordered this sweater dress from Old Navy because 1. it reminds me so much of a Madewell dress and 2. it looks so comfy. I ordered it during a recent 30% sale as a "try-on filler" while I ordered this coat, and it turns out I love the dress and unfortunately don't love the coat on me. I'll do a more thorough review on Friday during my budget post but the current 25% off sale ends today in case anyone had their eye on it and wanted to grab it for a steal. (the reviews say it runs a bit short, so I ordered it in a tall, and it hits me right at the knee). If you're looking for anything else to fill your basket, I would suggest this buffalo plaid button up - perfect for those cooler days coming our way!

Blazer: Banana Republic [exact]
Blouse: J.Crew 
Pants: The Limited [similar]
Shoes: Target [exact]
Watch: Bocci 
Ring: DIY [tutorial here]
Bag: Kate Spade [save || splurge]

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

infinity scarves are so out


I read an article the other day discussing what trends are no longer "in". I generally don't think that I'm too trendy of a dresser - I never got into wedge sneakers, shredded tops, sheer maxi skirts, and so on. But apparently infinity scarves are no longer in, and to that I say ...infinity scarves were a trend?

Next you're going to tell me that ballet flats are no longer cool to wear either, and trench coats are so last year.

So I wore my favorite infinity scarf in protest, because the people who decide what is in/out are going to have to pry them from my cold dead hands before I stop wearing them.

On the topic of scarves though, I was looking at pinterest recently and found this pin of Blair. I had one of those "I NEED" moments about her scarf - it just looks like the perfect, soft, warm scarf that can be worn with just about anything. I was fairly disappointed when hers was no longer available, but it seems that Calypso came out with a similar style this year. I still haven't decided on what I would like to spend my saved up birthday money on, and while I was thinking possibly getting ankle boots, I almost think that in the long run, a scarf (while stupid crazy expensive) may be something I will still own in years from now, rather than a more trendy ankle boot that is also likely to wear out quicker. Thoughts? I always use my birthday money as an excuse to get something I wouldn't usually spend that much money on, but is a outrageously expensive scarf just too absurd?

Blouse: H&M 
Scarf: H&M [inexpensive similar]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [exact]
Shoes: Madewell [exact]
Tote: Madewell [exact]
Glasses: Warby Parker [exact]
Belt: Gap
madewell sidewalk skimmer calf hair
via instagram
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Friday, September 19, 2014

a day in the life of a second year medical student

7:32 - Time to wake up! We slept at my boyfriend's last night, so I wrangle all my getting ready tools together, and go shower, and put on my make-up. I generally do my makeup the same way every time, but I have been trying to branch out a little more. I recently started using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder that I really enjoy using for a bit of highlighting, and the primer on this L'Oreal mascara is amazing - it adds a ton of volume and is pretty cheap.

8:10 - Picture time. We usually only spend like 2-3 minutes totally taking pictures. CR lives in a more residential area than I do, so I like when we are at his place in the morning because it means no grey wall ;)

8:45 - I drive home, take out the dogs, and make breakfast. We've been doing the 4 Hour Body diet for about 7 weeks now, and we've both lost a bit of weight doing it. Basically, the rules are no carbs (including fruit) and dairy for 6 days a week, and on the 7th day you get a cheat day. Generally cheat day is on Mondays so we can enjoy the evening after an exam. I was already eating pretty similar to this diet anyway, with lots of eggs and lean meats and vegetables, so it really was just removing the rest of the carbs and adding more beans. I don't feel deprived, although I still have sugar cravings sometimes (which I didn't really realize before we did this) and I am like 95% good about sticking to it, but sometimes I just need a piece of chocolate so I have some and move on.

After I eat, I download the pictures we took earlier, edit a few of them, download the lectures for the day, and head to school.

9:30 - our 6th EKG lecture of cardio. I'm behind in the readings, so I have to pay extra attention in case I get called on (again) to answer questions. Luckily that didn't happen this time!

10:25 - Lecture is over, and we have an hour until our next meeting. Our class is currently in the process of figuring out all of our rotation spots for next year, so it's all anyone talks about. After ten minutes of people giving me even more anxiety about the whole mess, I put in my headphones and start working through the material for the next exam. A little almond butter helps with the post-coffee hunger.

12:00 - Our meeting is over, and we now have 30 minutes until the next lecture. We wisely use that time discussing more rotations stuff, and then listen to boys argue about some video game watching website. Boys, so weird.

12:30 - Our last lecture for the day. I try to pay attention only because the person lecturing is actually my primary care doctor, and I like her a lot. The material, eh.

1:35 - I get home, take the dogs out for a quick walk, and then make lunch. I usually have left overs, but I just ran out of chili, so instead it's broccoli, beans, and chicken sausage I had in the freezer. I remember one of the tips I read before I started school was to make the best use of your "down" time, so I generally try to do a few house things while I wait for my food to heat up. My roommate and I are both pretty good about making sure it's never too messy in our house, but I like to make sure no dishes are left in the sink more than a few hours, or that my dogs' hairs are all over the place all the time. If I'm eating alone, I like to watch a few minutes of House on netflix. I've been working on the same episode for about two weeks now....

2:00 - I check out a few posts on bloglovin. I rarely comment on blogs anymore, but I still like to read glance through a ton, especially those who I've been following for years. I also start putting together my own post by downloading the pictures to flickr, and writing a few opening sentences.

2:20 - Study time. We just had our test on Monday, so we're starting from the beginning again. This test is all about hypertension, so I start with learning the basics of how it comes to be, and then learn how it's approached clinically.

2:50 - I try to study by working for 30 minutes, and then taking a little break. I check facebook, and someone lets me know that the skirt I just ordered yesterday is an additional 30% off today. I call J.Crew to see if I can't cancel the order since it hasn't shipped yet, and they tell me they'll do price adjustments within seven days of an order. Perfect! Now back to hypertension :/

4:00 : My girlfriend Caitlin got a puppy in January, and we've had a ton of fun getting our dogs together on almost daily basis. The weather was so nice, and we knew we were going to be away for the evening at the library, so we decided to take them to the dog park down the street. We all pack into my car, and are excited to see that another dog is there waiting to play. She was super playful!

5:00 - We have a SOMA meeting and the only reason I'm here is because 1. free chipotle and 2. picmonic. I remove the contents of the burritos and eat them as a bowl (bye carbs, I will miss you!), and basically cheer along as one of the co-founders talks about Picmonic (you can hear all my raving about it here if you are interested). It's also nice to just see my friends outside of school for a little bit.

6:20 - The meeting is over, and after staying behind to talk to a couple of first years about study tactics for post-anatomy life, I drive over to one of the local undergrad colleges. I hate our own library (we aren't allowed to drink even water in it), so we come here since my boyfriend's little sister goes to college here. It's one of the prettiest campuses I've ever been on!

6:35- We finally get all of our stuff set up. I told you we love our bookstands! For the next four hours I work through the first third of the material. There's a bit of a break to fake diagnosis Caitlin with esophageal spasms (or angina, we haven't decided), and a quick walk downstairs to snack on carrots in a less quiet area. I also do a bit of re-learning of older H&P (history and physical) tests because we have our first practical of the year on Friday.

Once 11:00 hits, my brain is kind of over working, and I hit a good stopping point, right before starting the pharmacology section. We have a meeting and quiz on it on Friday, so I'll have to spend most of tomorrow working through it. I start typing up this post while CR finishes the section he was working on, which is perfect timing since those pesky undergrads (who actually pay to go to this school, unlike us moochers) are starting to get a bit unruly in the library.

11:30 - time to leave! We drive the ten minutes back to CR's house, and share a slice of apple pie left over from cheat day. We're good...most of the time ;)

12:35 - face washed, serum applied, and finnnnnaaaaaaaalllllly put pajamas on. A few kitty cuddles and discussions about the day is exactly how I want this night to end.