Sunday, August 30, 2015

top three [08.30.2015]

just a few ways I've worn my ikat dress
  • A backronym is a word that was specifically created to be an acryonm after it's meaning is already established. An example is the APGAR score, which is used to quantify how healthy a baby is at birth. It's name after Virginia Apgar, the anesthesiologist who invented it. She seemed like quite an aspirational lady!
  • There are three stages of labor. The first is when the contractions start and end once the cervix is fully dilated. The second stage is from being fully dilated to the birth of the baby. The third stage of labor is from the birth of the baby until the placenta is delivered. This week we saw a case where the placenta didn't come out on it's own, and we ended up having to take the mother into the OR to remove it. 
  • A lithopedion, also known as a stone baby, occurs when a baby dies in utero, and is too large to be reabsorbed. It calcifies, and stays inside the mother. This is super rare, but there was actually just a case about it last month!

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notable sales

  • It was my first week on OB. Like I mentioned a few days ago, I went into school thinking I was going to become an OB, and it's still very much at the top of my list. I'm hoping that these next three weeks will help me decide a bit more one way or another. This week I saw two deliveries, and four surgeries. I had to miss two days due to a shelf exam and an orthodontist appointment (only 9 weeks left!), so I'm excited to see how much we'll see on a full week. Fingers crossed I get to catch a baby!
  • CR is currently at our "home base" hospital for his pysch rotation, so we only get to see each other on the weekends. This weekend he also had to work on Sunday, so we really had to cram in our time together. Once you're so used to having a person around, it's kind of hard to get used to being alone again. That being said, I filled my time with plenty of PLL (addicted!). 
  • Did you guys hear that Adele is possibly coming out with a new album in November?! I can't wait! She is one of my absolute favorites. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

august budget

Loft dress: originally $70, on sale for $50 + 50% off = $25
Banana Republic blouse: originally $80 + 40% off = $45
J.Crew Factory dress: originally $90 + 40% off = $55
Boden top: originally $35 + 20% off + $15 coupon = $13
The Limited pants: originally $70 + 50% off = $35
Loft shirt: originally $30 + 40% off = $18
Banana Republic shorts: $30 + 40% off = $18

August Budget: $209

Quarterly budget: $500 + $150 sold - $209 = $441

I felt like I was super spendy this month. I blame part of it on longer weekends, and having to dress up again every day (that month of wearing scrubs every day did wonders for my budget!). But, in the end, they are all pieces I know will get a lot of wear.

Nothing too crazy was purchased this month, but several closet staples were replaced. Both stripe tops, especially the Loft top, have been in constant rotation since I bought them a few weeks ago. The grey pants and the dress are currently at my tailors, so the costs for that will be included next month.

As you may have noticed, there are a few items that I originally said I was going to keep but decided otherwise. The first is the pair of grey pants from Banana Republic - several of you smart ladies commented on the fit, and after taking another look, I agreed that they weren't the best for me. Second, the Boden coatigan. I really really loved it, but I was feeling really guilty about spending $100+ on a sweater that I knew would get some wear, but not enough to justify it. I don't want to feel guilty about my purchases, no matter how cute they look on, so I sent it back yesterday. Now, say it goes on sale...then it may just come back to me again ;)

Next month I'd really like to save my money for my trips in October. I probably won't buy a lot in Santorini, but a week in NYC won't be as much fun without any money left! That being said, it IS my birthday next month, and I have my "birthday" fund that I save up all year. I'm thinking a bag this year - I just sold my Tory Burch bag because it just wasn't right for me, so I'm back to not having a bag for every day. My ideal bag would be this tote (the inside is killlllling me), but it's a few hundred dollars out of my price range. I'll probably just end up waiting until I can shop in a larger store when I can handle the bags. I'd also like to replace my cognac flats - with almost daily wear for the past two years, they are just getting a little too scuffed up. I'm thinking this Frye pair looks like a worthy replacement!

This month, I received a few great pieces from my sponsors. I received this dress and this cardigan from Modcloth (you'll see them in action next week!), and I used my Shopbop credits to buy a Madewell weekender bag (that you can see here).

I'm excited to see what you guys bought this week! As always, please link back to this post so your readers can read other's budget posts :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

one year ago today: j.crew ikat dress

My ikat dress remains one of my favorite items in my closet. It's kind of one huge statement piece, but with it's neutral colors and simple shape, I think it can easily be mix and matched. One year ago, I wore it with my former favorite cardigan (RIP) to class, and this year I wore it under a white coat with a simple necklace and other black + gold accessories. Next up: with a blazer! While my dress is no longer available in stores, you can always try on eBay (I found several sizes here), or try this more expensive version if you really love it ;)
Dress: J.Crew [similar]
Necklace: Kendra Scott [exact]
Watch: c/o Larsson & Jennings [exact]
Shoe: Tory Burch [exact]
Purse: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [save | exact]
P.S. Previous "One Year Ago Today" posts can be found here!

Monday, August 24, 2015

baby catching

loft pocket blouse
Today was my first day of my first OB rotation this year (I elected to do OB as part of my "core" rotation as well as my scheduled OB rotation) and I am so excited! Going into medical school, I really thought I was going to go into OB. Over the past two years, I've really tried to stay open minded about all the different specialities out there - it makes it hard on the first day of every rotation when the doctor asks, "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" but it also makes each rotation more fun because I try to picture myself doing it. Right now, OB is definitely in my top five...but so is emergency, GI, peds, and path. I really have no idea what I want to be when I grow up, but I do know that I'm so ready to catch a baby or two in the next month.

On a completely different, and more sartorial, note, I found some new work pants this weekend! I always come back to The Limited when it comes to pants - for some reason, they always fit me best. I purchased these grey pants, which really are basically the grey version of the pants above. As with all dress pants from The Limited, I have to have my tailor take in the knees, but that's a small price to pay. I would like to eventually also get this bootleg pair of pants too. Maybe next month, as this month's budget is pretty much blowwwwwnnnn.

Blouse: Loft [exact in teal]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Necklace: Forever 21 [save | splurge]
Shoes: Tory Burch [save | spend]
Bag: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [exact]

Sunday, August 23, 2015

top three [08.23.2015]

maybe I need to branch out from how I wear this blazer...

  • Geographic tongue is an interesting (but benign) condition where some of the papillae of your tongue are missing, which gives the tongue an overall map appearance. While this won't lead to any disease, in some people it can lead to discomfort and sensitivity to certain items. 
  • Hereditary Whispering Dysphonia is an extremely rare and genetic condition that has only been document in a few families. These patients can shout at the top of their lungs, and speak completely normal when drunk or while sleeping, but when they try to speak normally (while sober and awake), they can only speak in a very low whisper. If you are interested in learning more about this family, this was an interesting write up about how the family was otherwise medically affected, and how that could possibly be all related to their whispering. 
  • The last fun word from the world of ENT is rhinitis medicamentosa. It's a rebound reaction that happens if you take too many decongestions (often Afrin). While the decongestant initially relieves the congestion, it eventually "rebounds"...and that's rhinitis medicamentosa. 

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  • I love anything a bit menswear-inspired, so of course I feel that these loafers need to be mine. Red, black, or grey...or metallic?!
  • Since my favorite pair of jeans are from Madewell, maybe it's time to try the same style in olive (a color of pants I've wanted forever!).
  • I'm not really loving my Tory Burch bag, so I'm thinking of selling it and then using that money to buy this tote from Rebecca Minkoff (that is currently on sale). Has anyone see in it real life? 

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notable sales

  • For Step 2 of our boards at the end of this year, we have to do both a written exam and a physical exam. CR and I finally sat down to schedule the physical exam portion - I'm already dreading the entire process, but it's just one step closer to being done!
  • We spent the weekend up in upstate New York for CR's cousin's wedding. He has a huge family (and mine is tiny tiny tiny), so it's always an interesting experience being around so much family! The wedding was beautiful, and we all had so much fun. Plus it's nice to just get out of town once in a while :)
  • Speaking of getting out of town, I just booked my tickets to NYC! We get a month of vacation, so I'm going to Germany/Santorini for 10 days, and then 3 days after returning, I'm flying out to NYC for the week. I'm so excited - any tips of must do/see/eat things to do? 
  • Special hello to CR's grandma and Kailey! (from CR)
  • Go Bills!
  • Try using a "fr-adjective" (Fran Adjective) this week in a sentance. Example: Frangry (Fran hangry) or Frold (Fran World...aka the Blogosphere) or Freaders (Fran readers) but for the love of god they are NOT Frans (Fran fans!) 

Friday, August 21, 2015

review: boden relaxed stitch coatigan + more

My mailman is slowly becoming a huge fan of my house ;) Free shipping is my love language, so here we are, another review of items ordered!
First up is this coatigan from Boden, which I posted about last week. Armed with a 20% off code + a $15 off code from Kimberly, I took the plunge and ordered it. From the pictures above, I LOVE it. Seriously, how comfy does it look? It has a really great weight to it, and fit really well (I'm wearing a size 10). Here's my dilemma: it's quite itchy. The fabric is a wool/nylon/alpaca mix. This adds to the quality of the garment, but it also adds to the itchiness. I couldn't wear this without wearing a long sleeved shirt underneath it. This is a pretty heavy sweater/light coat, so chances are, it'll be cold when I wear it anyway. I'm torn, because like I said, I really really love how it looks. I think I'm going to wear it around the house a bit on a cooler day with a long sleeved shirt - if that doesn't cause any itchiness, it's staying! And if it's still itchy, it's going back, because no matter how cute something is on, if it's not comfortable, I'll never wear it. 
Along with the coatigan, I ordered this classic Breton shirt. I'm actually reviewing (and spoiler: keeping) two striped shirts in this post. In the past 6 months, I have donated/sold two of my favorite striped shirts because they were worn out/ruined. This left a pretty big gap in my closet since I live in striped shirts. So I ordered the long-sleeved Breton top because I love my short sleeve version, which has held up well over the past 1.5 years. Above I'm wearing the ivory/black version in a size 10. I would say this is more white than ivory, but the stripes are definitely black. If you're looking for a the classic striped top, you really can't go wrong with this one
Steph posted about her J.Crew military shirt dress a few weeks ago, and posted to a very similar option that is currently available at J.Crew Factory. I love when the J.Crew style makes it to the Factory, since you really get the same look for less, especially when it's an item I originally missed out on.
I ordered the dress in both a 10 (top left) and a 12 (top right). While the 10 fit me fine in the shoulders and waist, I found that it was a bit too tight and short across my thighs. The 12 fit me better overall, although if you look above, you can see that it has quite a bit of extra fabric around the waist and back. I really like this dress, especially since it seems to be a bit harder to find short sleeved casual dresses, so I'm going to have my tailor take it in on the sides. I got the dress for $50 during a 40% off sale, so while it's a bit pricey to alter it, I know that it will get a lot of mileage the rest of this year, and hopefully many summers to come!
loft striped-bateau-tee
Like I said above, I actually recently ordered two striped shirts. I used to wear my bateau striped shirt at least once a week, but I recently ruined it with some lipstick that just won't come out. I really love this style of shirt because I think it looks just a little bit dressier than a plain t-shirt...but it's really just a t-shirt. When I saw that Loft had a very similar option, plus one of their infamous great sales going on, I ordered both a medium (left) and large (right).

While the medium is fine, I felt it is just a bit too tight across the bust. I much prefer the large, and since it's 100% cotton, it may shrink just a tiny bit during the laundry. As you can see on the picture above of the large, it has a classic boat neckline, a cute slit detail on the sides, and a 3/4 sleeve. I got this shirt for $18, which I think is a great price for a style of shirt I know will get a ton of wear.

Last is this white softened shirt from Loft.  I was drawn to it because it 1. looked great on the model and 2. I don't have a white cotton button up. Unfortunately, it just fits strange. I'm wearing a medium here. It really doesn't look that bad in the pictures, but I was pulling on it the whole time to try to get it to sit right. I found it too loose in the torso, and too short. It is also quite see-through, which the online picture didn't show at all.

I'm up in upstate New York this weekend for a wedding, so I'm going to sneak away Saturday morning to the local mall for a little bit of shopping (and returning). I'm hoping to try on these dress pants from J.Crew, as I've decided to return the grey BR pants I tried on in my last review post. I'd also like to try these d'orsay shoes from Madewell - my black revas have been getting a ton of wear, and I'd really like to mix it up a bit. Any other suggestions of things to try out?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


chambray blazer with black shell and pants
This is my third clinical rotation, and with each rotation so far this year, I've had different clothing requirements. On my first rotation, family medicine, I worked in a very casual environment where I had the choice of scrubs or business casual, no white coat. On my second rotation, general surgery, I was in scrubs all day everyday. Now on ENT, where I spend only two mornings in the week in scrubs, I'm in my most professional office setting yet. I wear a white coat every day, which is the first time I've really had to wear it consistently with professional clothing. 

I have found that I wear less layers because of the constant white coat, so last week when I knew I was going to spend half the day in lecture, sans white coat, I broke out my chambray blazer. I paired it with this new top I got a few weeks ago, and it ended up being the perfect outfit for both parts of the day. During lecture I was comfortable in our very high air conditioned library, and then later during the day, I was comfortable with just the top under my white coat. 

Next rotation it'll all change again on OB, and the month after that will be another change...a vacation change ;)
Blazer: Loft [similar]
Top: Loft [exact]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Necklace: Forever 21 [cute similar]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
Watch: c/o Larsson & Jennings [exact]
Bag: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [exact]
Blazers are the best part of fall (seriously), and some seriously cute ones are currently being rolled out. Blazers are an item I'm always okay spending a little more on, so below are four blazers in several different price ranges. I absolutely love my schoolboy blazers (with a few sizes on major sale), but this new version (in several fun colors) looks just as flattering. 

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