Thursday, August 21, 2014

the triad

The Limited Ankle Pants + J.Crew polka dots I mentioned last month that there aren't many things I really felt like I "needed" to add to my closet (because lets me honest, I have more than enough clothes!). I tried to think about what I felt like I was missing, and what pieces would get the most wear, and I knew that full length slim ankle dress pants were something that I would wear a ton, both this year in school and the next few years on rotations.

I didn't plan on finding a pair so soon though! 

My girlfriends and I stopped at our small local mall the day before school started because we were still freeeeeeeeeeeee...and because The Limited was having a 50% off everything sale. I found these pants tucked in the corner in the way back of the store, but was pretty excited about them since they were exactly what I was looking for. They come in tall lengths which means they actually go all the way down my leg, and the stretchy material makes them comfortable while still looking professional enough for school. I should be all set on school pants now!

On a side note, I found this red dress from Target online which could fulfill the red dress part of my wish list. I ordered it in a few sizes just to try on, although I'm afraid that it's going to be too short (it looks slightly short on the model). I'll be sure to post more about it next week for my budget recap (probably on Wednesday!).
J.Crew Factory Polka Dot Popover
Shirt: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
Pants: The Limited [exact]**
Necklace: c/o BaubleBar [exact - how amazing is the green version?!]
Lips: Revlon [exact]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
BaubleBar Crystal Triad Collar Necklace
** I bought these in the tall length, and had the knees taken in by my tailor (similar to what I did to these pants described here) - I intend to write a more detailed post on alterations in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

shake it off: outfit inspiration

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top | pants | shoes | lipstick

My roommate and I like to have dance breaks during studying - one of us will need a few minutes of dancing around like crazies, so we turn up our "song", and basically jump all over the house. There's not real dancing involved - just dancing, shaking, and scaring dogs. Basically, everything that Taylor Swift is advocating for in her latest video Shake It Off (which we've already decided is this semester's "song")

While I haven't always been the biggest T. Swift fan, she has won me over the last year or so with her cute clothes - I definitely never look this cute leaving the gym! And so while I love the music in her latest video, her all black outfit has made debate cutting off my hair, buying bright red lipstick (in heatwave), and only wearing black from here on out. My favorite part may be her shoes though - while I think hers are from Zara, these Lucky ones are almost exactly the same.

Which dancing Taylor is your favorite?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

hello, sparkle! (+ hello cheeseburger giveaway)

J.Crew Seersucker Campbell capri I've seen my girl Alissa wear a ton of adorable jewelry in recent months, and so when I found out she was working with the company where she gets all of it, Hello Cheeseburger, and wanted to share the sparkly with me, I jumped at the chance. I decided to go with the cuff you see below because I really don't own anything like it but yet I feel it's so "me" - sparkly and shiny but relatively understated. I can't wait to wear it to both school and social events. 

If you want to get your hands on your own piece of sparkle, Hello Cheeseburger is giving away one item of your choice! Rafflecopter below - US Residents only please. 

On another note, today is the day of our first real exam of second year - upper GI. Wish me luck!
Bracelet: c/o Hello Cheeseburger
Tee: Everlane [exact]
Cardigan: Target, thrifted
Pants: J.Crew [exact on sale - size up!]
Shoes: Banana Republic [exact]
Necklace: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Bag: Madewell [save | exact]

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, August 15, 2014

how do you pick out an outfit?

Boden Wow Pencil Skirt As a person who generally likes to have a plan for everything, I surprisingly rarely plan outfits ahead of time. A few of you have asked me how I put outfits together, if I plan them the night before, and how I get ready in the morning. I wish I had the forethought to really plan that in advance, but to be honest, I rarely think about what I'm going to wear the next day. 

My getting dressed process this morning revolved around how my day was going to play out. We had to be in school for most of the day, so I wanted something I would be comfortable in for seven hours, so nothing too tight or constricting. I've also been making an effort these last few weeks to try to wear more of the items in my closet instead of reaching for the same ten items I usually want to wear (black pants, simple blouse). I've only had the chance to wear this skirt once since I received it, so I pulled it out, and then I basically hold it up to my shirts and see what I think looks good together. It takes a bit of the guess work out of what works together and what doesn't without having to try a bunch of stuff on (and then having to hang it all back up once you decide...or ya know, throwing them on a chair to put away later like I do). I've been really loving this necklace I got a few months ago (it's sold out online but may still be found in stores, although this one is almost identical and still available), and I love how it compliments the greens of the skirt. I choose the black wedges over the nude wedges because I felt it book-ended it all better, having dark on top and bottom.

So that's my getting ready process most mornings! I pick an item, try to figure out what goes with it, and then choose one "special" item, like a necklace or scarf. Definitely not rocket science but it works for me. What's your getting dress routine? Do you lay it out the day before, or like the little bit of anxiety in the morning figuring it all out? ;)

Tee: JcPenney [very similar]
Skirt: c/o Boden [exact on sale]
Necklace: Forever 21 [very similar]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
Watch: Michael Kors [cute save | exact]
Ring: BaubleBar [exact]
Nails: OPI [exact]

Thursday, August 14, 2014

two million - ask me anything!

via instagram

I'm coming up on 2 million pageviews, and to celebrate this little milestone, I thought another round of "ask me anything" would be fun. For those of you who have been around for a while, you'll remember that I did this about a year ago. You can read those posts here: on life, on medicine, and on fashion. If you have any questions for me (about medical school, blogging, fashion, whatever!), you can leave one in the comments or in the little box below anonymously. I may even answer a few things in video format if I ever figure out how to do that...

 Thank you so much for all of your support and love here on this hobby of mine - you're all wonderful :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

the simplest

DSC01718 There aren't a ton of ways to mix up a wrap dress, and instead of trying to be super clever about it (like wearing a shirt as a scarf on top of it - no seriously, I've done that...), I just went with what felt right - simple jewelry, comfortable wedges, and shapewear that evens it all out ;)

Dress: DvF via eBay [save | exact]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
Bag: Kate Spade [save | similar splurge]
Nails: OPI [exact]

Monday, August 11, 2014

da ba dee

Over the past year or so, I've really found myself drawn to more neutral colors when it comes to buying clothes. I just looked at what I've purchased over the past six months, and the only other colors besides whites/blacks/greys that I have really purchased are muted blues and reds. All of this of course leads to a cohesive wardrobe, can also get slightly boring. 

So I mixed it up by wearing the brightest thing I own - this dress I purchased 1.5 years ago. At the time I thought I would wear it all the time once I was allowed to wear dresses again (I used to work in a lab where I was required to wear pants) but once that time came...I never reached for it. I want to make it a point of wearing more of the somewhat neglected items in my closet that I haven't felt a need to get rid of yet, so here I the brightest dress ever. I couldn't help but wear it with neutrals but maybe next time I'll go real crazy and wear it with pink...or muted blue. I hope to incorporate a bit more color into my wardrobe, but in my own way (no neon ever. I just can't). I've had my eye out for a pale pink dress like this one for a while now - I think that because it's a softer color that I'll be able to mix it in well with the clothes I already own, and it could stand on it's own too with just a few simple accessories. 

Dress: Gap [similar below]
Cardigan: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Belt: Gap [exact]
Shoes: Banana Republic [exact]
Bag: Kate Spade [save | spend | splurge]

On a different note, I've been living pretty frugally for the past couple of weeks because all of my money is basically gone. We receive our student loan money twice a year - once in August and once in January. I think for the first year of living on loans I did pretty good, but it's cutting it close right here in the last week before we get our next check. The worst part is that right now I have total grabby hands - I WANT EVERYTHING (while talking about how I should wear more of the clothes I don't usually wear. I know). I try to delete the shopping emails as soon as they show up on my phone, but sometimes they somehow just open. I found this colorblocked blazer from Banana Republic online over the weekend and I can't stop thinking about it. I have wanted a somewhat more "unique" blazer (since all of mine except one are solid) and this has everything I want - greys, blacks, whites, AND TALL SIZES. 

Next Monday's check can't come soon enough...because along with that blazer, these glasses are coming my way too. And so is this j.crew rip off tee (j'adore or you me oui?).

Told you. Grabby hands.