Wednesday, July 1, 2015

try not to faint

DSC07435 By the time you read this, I will probably have already passed out during my first surgery today. You guys, I'm so nervous! The last time I scrubbed in on a surgery (the summer before starting school), I totally lets hope that is not the case this time around (although I have a feeling it will be). 

Okay, enough boring school talk. Lets talk about my new blouse that I looooooove. It's a bit different from anything else I own and that makes me love it even more. On this day (a few weeks ago when I was still on family medicine), I wore it over a longer white tank top for a layered look, and I can't wait for it to cool down so I can wear it with my wool pencil skirts. I also think it'll look great with my white jeans and maybe even with these grey pants I just ordered to try out - see, so many options!

On a side note, lets all appreciate how nice my hair looks here because I went in for a trim two nights ago, and the guy cut 6 inches off. I'm trying (and failing) at not being super upset about this, but I already ordered the biggest bottle of biotin I can find to make it grow back ASAP. Luckily it'll be under a scrub cap for two straight months, so maybe I won't even notice! (but I totally will...).
DSC07472 DSC07435 BR Monogram Drapey Top Blouse: Banana Republic [exact]
Pants: The Limited [similar]
Tank: Express [exact]
Shoes: Tory Burch [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [save | exact]
Bag: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [exact]
Necklace: Kendra Scott c/o Rocksbox [code franishxoxo for 1 free month!]

On a side note, Banana Republic just added a bunch of great new items to their sale section, and they are all now an additional 50% off. My favorite is this pink blouse - wouldn't it look so great under a blazer? 

Also worth mentioning that LOFT is currently offering 50% off evvvvvverything in stores. We don't have one close to me, so if you do, please go and try this gingham skirt on for me and report back ;)

Monday, June 29, 2015

june budget

Banana Republic Blouse: originally $80 + $20 reward = $60
Madewell sweater: originally $72 + 10% student discount = $65
Madewell belt: originally $45 + 10% student discount = $40
Jack Rogers sandals: $130 + $50 gift card = $80

June budget: $245 - $50 sold = $195
Quarterly budget: $119 in May + $195 in June = $186 left for July

So this month was a bit more spendy than past months, but I kind of knew it was going to be. With my long nights and weekends off, I'm much more likely to do a bit of shopping! I'm very happy with the things I bought this month though. I've wanted a black leather belt with gold hardware for so long, so I'm glad I finally set out to find one - not that it's hard to find a black belt, I just never made it a priority (time for me to take my own advice!). The one I got from Madewell is just about as timeless as it gets, and I've already worn it a ton since I purchased it. On that same trip I bought this striped sweater. You can't see it from the picture above, but it actually has high slits on either side. I love that it's a bit unique while having that classic look about it. It's perfect for cooler nights now, and will definitely be packed for my trip this fall! The top from Banana Republic was a bit more expensive that I usually like to spend on tops, but I just couldn't get it out of my mind, so combined with a reward I've been saving for a few months, I finally ordered it. Pictures coming this week, but you can see a little bit of it on instagram! Last was this pair of Jack Rogers I linked to a few weeks ago - I haven't had a chance to wear them yet since it has rained literally every weekend this month, but I'm very excited to break them in! Aren't they the cutest?

I'm still waiting for my J.Crew Factory order to come in so I can see if the cardigan I ordered is a winner. Depending on how many days I'm in dress clothes this month, I'm also really hoping to find a few pairs of work pants - apparently no one buys pants in the summer! Maybe I'll get lucky and I'll be wearing scrubs for the next two months so it won't matter. Otherwise I don't have my eye on too many things currently, besides this pretty gingham dress that would be perfect for a casual wedding we have coming up in a few weeks.

Like I do every month, I wanted to share the pieces that I received from my sponsors. I think it's only fair that I disclose what I add to my closet that I don't pay for. I only work with companies I truly love, and I always pick out my own items that I end up wearing over and over again. This month I received a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans from Fitcode (more about that coming soon!), a Tory Burch tote from Shopbop, and the watch of my dreams from Larsson & Jennings.

How did you spend your June budget? I'm excited to check out all of your posts. Thank you for linking up every month and sharing your budget with us. Please feel free to link up below and as always, please link back to this post so your readers can find other budgeting bloggers to be inspired by!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

top three

can't stop won't stop with my favorite dress pants

  • Over the last month, we've done quite a few sports physicals. These usually include a questionnaire that asks about family history, and specifically if anyone in the family had died of sudden cardiac issues under the age of 40. This is super important because a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be passed down genetically - it basically means that the heart is enlarged. It usually results in teenagers/young adults suddenly dying during moments of exercise or high stress - I know when I was in high school, we would constantly hear about kids across the country just falling over dead during a basketball game. During the past month, we actually had to send two teenagers to cardiologists because of their family history and abnormal EKGs. 
  • An essential tremor is another disease that can be inherited. It results in a tremor that notably usually goes away with alcohol use, which is why many patients tend to self-medicate with alcohol use. Treatment involves a simple beta blocker, so self-induced alcoholism isn't the only option ;)
  • The "most tweeted medical study" indicates that frequent ejaculation for men may slow down the rate of prostate cancer. Men across the country are rejoicing ;)

on the internet


on franish

notable sales

  • 1 down, 10 more to go! My first month of rotations was on family medicine, and I think it was the perfect way to step into the clinical years. My hours were super nice, I loved the staff at the office I was at, and overall it was just nice to feel like a human again during my nights and weekends off. Tomorrow starts the beginning of two months of surgery. I'll be in a smaller community hospital so while I may not see a very diverse group of surgeries, I'll hopefully get to be more hands on! Wish me luck...I'll need it!
  • CR and I spent part of the weekend in Cleveland and had so much fun. We went to Melt (all the carbs), then got my new computer (!!!), walked around down town, and went on a brewery tour at Great Lakes. It was so nice to get out of town for a little while and see a few new places.
  • It's my grandma's 85th birthday today. My entire family (which is very small) is currently at her house in Germany celebrating, and I'm actually very upset I can't be there. I see my family (now including my parents and siblings) maybe once a year, and knowing that they are all together while I'm here is pretty rough. They always tell you that you'll miss out on family events because of medical school, but that doesn't make it suck any less. The bright side is that I will at least get to see some of them when we make our pitstop in Germany in September. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

building a cohesive wardrobe: making a shopping list

So now that we've cleaned out our closets, and thought about what we want our future wardrobes to look like, it's time to figure out what pieces we want to add back in. Figuring out what you want is pretty easy, it just takes a long time to find it all! Here are a few ways to break it down.

figure out your budget

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

white + blue, the perfect hue

blue patterned dress with cognac accessories

While this is the first time I've shown this dress on here, I've been wearing it almost on a weekly basis since I ordered it a few months ago. It was a dress I had been eyeing for months, and when it finally went on sale when only my size was left, I very quickly ordered it. I just think it's the perfect summer dress - a sturdy fabric to hold its shape, a classic color pairing, and built-in pattern mixing. I wore this on a recent night out with CR, and we all know it's definitely going to be in my suitcase come late September - if not in the place of blue + white, then when? ;)

tory burch elisabeth dress
Kendra Scott 'Owen' Stone Ring
Women‘s Belinda Embellished Sandals
Dress: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [exact with similar below]
Belt: Gap [very similar]
Sandals: Target [exact]
Ring: Kendra Scott c/o Nordstrom [exact]
Nails: Essie [exact]
and because my exact dress is almost completely sold out, here are a few similar options. I can't even pick a favorite because all are adorable!
four | five [< $50!] | six

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

sale on sale: shopbop edition

shopbop sale 
one | two | three | four | five | six

Shopbop doesn't have a ton of sales, so when they do, they're good ones. For the next three days, you can get 25% off all sale items. Above are a few of my picks - I'm so in love with the perforated espadrilles, but have had my eye on a striped Joie dress for months now, and with a sale on top of sale, it may be time to give it a try! Do you have your eye on anything? 

Disclosure: Please note that Shopbop is a current sponsor of this blog. All opinions and picks are always my own :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

style q&a

I wanted to answer a few more questions you guys had during my survey in April. These are more style and clothing related - fitting for a post that includes one of more favorite outfits this month :)

How has your style evolved since you started blogging? What is the biggest lesson you've learned?

I think I've figured out what shapes look best on me - that probably comes with looking at hundreds pictures of yourself in various outfits! I also have really worked on having a more cohesive wardrobe - when I first started blogging, I felt that one outfit was completely different than the next. I feel my outfits now all go together.

The biggest lesson I've learned is to try new things or trends, but only if you really like them. There's nothing wrong with being trendy as long as you stay true to yourself. For example - pearls have been pretty trendy for the last year now. I love pearls, so this is a trend I'm all about. But a few years ago when neon was all the rage, I tried it because I felt I had to, and never wore that shirt again. Lesson learned.

What trend or style would you love to try, but you aren't convinced you could pull it off?

I really wish I could do the more boxy looks - I love so many things that Madewell comes out with that I know would never work on me. For example, I fell in love with this embroidered top online, but in real life I saw how boxy it was and didn't even bother trying it on. Part of that comes with knowing my body type and having tried on lots of different things over the years!

How do you resist the urge to buy something if it doesn't fit you 100% the way you want it to?

I've donated and sold enough clothes for less than I paid for them to really think about only keeping something if I really love it. I also know how annoying it is to want something to work out a certain way, and then have it never look the way you want it to when you try to put an outfit together. I'd rather just hold out until I find the exact thing I want, even if that means looking for the perfect gray cardigan for the better part of the last year.

Do you dry clean all of your clothes? I find that I'm lazy and wash them instead - do you notice that it makes a difference to dry clean most items?

I dry clean very little - but I also try to buy very few things that are dry clean only. If I do buy something dry clean only, I have to really love it enough to eventual force myself to drive to the dry cleaners to get it cleaned. What I feel has helped though is having a steamer - I have this one that was about $30 on Amazon, and it really helps with keeping clothes fresher and wrinkle-free!

Totally understand if you don't want to share, but I'm always looking for bra/underwear recommendations. But again, you're a professional and may not want that floating around the interwebs forever.

While you guys will never see me in my underwear, wearing the proper undergarments can really make or break an outfit. My favorite bra is this demi bra from Victoria's Secret. It is definitely not a push-up, but it provides me with the support I need, plus I find it very comfortable. For underwear, I really prefer a more covered style (so old and boring!) but I also hate VPLs, so I really love the bare/seamless pairs at VS.

Any recommendations for a college undergrad to revamp their wardrobe?

Find a pair of pants you really love on yourself - for me, it's black skinny jeans. They can be dressed up or down so easily, so they are super versatile. Having even one pair of pants (or skirt or whatever) that you know always looks good pulls together any outfit.

Second, look into thrifting! With a limited budget, but more time, going to thrift store is an amazing way to add some pieces to your closet you may not have been able to otherwise. I always went to the one in the nicest part of town, and I found such great deals.

What are your criteria for choosing "staples"? How do you assess whether a clothing item will be versatile? -- color? cut? length? ability to accessorize?

Staples for me are things I can wear either several different ways, or in several different places. Since I've been working on having a more cohesive wardrobe, the colors I'm now drawn to all go together - that makes pieces themselves more versatile because they will also probably go with several other things in my closet. 

I also have a few types of outfits, so if I can add another one of those items to my closet, I already know it will be a staple. For me currently that's slightly longer silkier "tees", like the one I'm wearing in this post. I have a few variations of this style in different colors and sleeve lengths, and they work so well in both my professional life (like how I wore it here for my family medicine rotation) or how I wore it three days later to go shopping (with skinny jeans and a cross body bag).

I want to know about lounging and gym clothes. I think you mentioned that you don't normally wear anything fancy, but I would love to hear how those lulu crops you got awhile back worked out.

I love my lulu crops and still wear them all the time, both lounging around the house and when I go to Pure Barre. I also have a pair of leggings from Old Navy that have held up very well although I find them just a bit thinner than my lulu crops, as well as a few of their work out tops. I am looking for something that provides just a bit more support up top, so if anyone has any suggestions (from all price ranges), I'd love to hear them! For lounging at home, we don't have AC, so most times I'll be in just shorts and an Everlane tee.

What are your top 3 investment recommendations for post graduation, clothing and accessory wise?

Since our lives, careers, and preferences are so different, it's hard for me to say "everyone needs to have these three things", but you can't go wrong with a pair of professional pants, a nice work bag, and a watch you love to wear. For me, those have been my straight black pants, my newest tote bag, and my DW watch.

What's your dream purse/bag?

I've been saving up for a classic Chanel flap bag for two years now, and plan on buying it for myself for graduation in two years. My other current dream bag though is the Chloe Marcie bag. Maybe some day :)

How far in advance do you tend to pick out your outfits? a week before, the night before, five minutes before?

Honestly, usually the morning of. Sometimes I know I want to wear a certain item, so I'll build around that, but I don't spend a lot of time putting anything together. For someone who likes to plan everything else, what I'm wearing that day usually isn't planned ;)

What are the key staple pieces you have in your closet that you think every girl should have?

A pair of pants you love to wear. A coat for each season you experience. A dress to wear to a wedding, and one to wear to a funeral. A pair of shoes you can comfortable walk long distances in, and a pair you can't ;)

What pieces are totally worth the extra splurge?

Completer pieces - coats, bags, and shoes. Real leather will always last longer, and gets better with age (my absolute favorite is my Coach cross body that I got second hand that always looks great).

What are the 3 best fashion tips/advice you've learned since starting your blog?

Understand what looks best on your body type, have a "uniform" that you know will always look good on, and wear what you love, not what everyone else is currently wearing.

What is the one piece in your closet that you find the most valuable to you? In terms of versatility... the thing you grab for or appreciate the most.

Honestly, it's the thing you hardly see - my tank tops! I wear these tank tops from Express under just about everything (except dresses). I feel they just hold everything in - less jiggle every where around.

On the outside? I would say it's my simple black shirt dress. It's currently a size or two too large on me, but I just love how easy it is to throw on and go. I used to wear it to every single exam I had!

How many clothes do you have?

Here's my closet inventory from last year - I plan on writing a new post within the next week or so!

I am the same size as you, a 10/12, but only 5'4" .... do you have any tips on dressing slimmer that you might have picked up from the internet, friends, or your own thoughts on the subject.

Like I mentioned above, I wear these tank tops under everything because I do feel it makes me look slightly slimmer and more streamlined. They aren't shapewear, so they aren't super tight or anything, but they do work wonders.

Other things I've learned just from seeing clothes on myself, and figuring out why I like or don't like something. So I don't like my upper arms, so I've figured out that cap sleeves just emphasize that meatier part of my arm, so I don't buy them anymore. Because I have a bit of a chest, rounded necklaces don't like as good on me either, so I prefer either a v-neck or a straight across top.

What's in your everyday purse? I'm just curious what sort of stuff you have to have handy.

Another post coming up soon!

What size do you wear?

I'm between a 10 and a 12, more 10 than 12 currently. I wear a size 31 in pants and mostly buy large tops

You don't post your outfits every day. so what do you wear on those days when we don't see your outfits?

Now that I have a bit more free time, I've been really working on photographing my outfits every day! But on days that aren't photographed, I'm usually wearing jeans and a striped top (because I'm addicted and I know it).

How do you stay motivated to do hair and makeup everyday?

I'm a blondie, so I look quite different without make up on just because I have very light eyelashes and eyebrows. I know that I don't feel confident when I'm not wearing make-up, and only my boyfriend, closest friends, and family have seen me without any make up on. Putting 20 minutes a day into looking my best is worth it to me. Some days I just put more effort in than others ;)

What do you find most frustrating about clothes shopping?

The inconsistency between what the pictures show and what the clothes actually look like. That's why I do my review posts, and also often leave reviews of the items with pictures so others can see how the items actually look, rather than pinned back and edited.

Why don't you wear more color? ;)

Because I just don't like to :) Nah, I do like certain colors, but I also love the looks of more neutral outfits.

Kendra Scott 'Rayne' Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace
Top: Ann Taylor [similar in black]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Shoes: Tory Burch [save | exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [save | exact]
Necklace: c/o Rocksbox [use code "franishxoxo" for 1 month free]
On a side note, Ann Taylor is currently offering 50% off your entire purchase. Here are a few of my picks - I'm thisclose to buying the embroidered top. Isn't it the prettiest?