Wednesday, October 22, 2014

on dress codes

grey slacks + mustard I recently was asked by an online medical magazine on my thoughts on having a dress code in school, and it made me really think about the fact that I'm required to be professionally dressed to sit in lecture with zero patient contact. On the one hand, sometimes I hate it - mostly on test days, or days where I'm only in the school building for 50 minutes. It's annoying to have to change out of yoga pants to go take an exam, or to change just to sit in one lecture for the day.

On the other hand, I think having a dress code has been a great learning experience for myself, and many of my classmates. Before I started school, I didn't really have much "professional" clothing. I had "nice" clothing, but nothing that would be considered appropriate to wear to a hospital. The nice thing about these two years of pre-clinical schooling is that it gives you time to build up that wardrobe. I still currently get away with less professional clothing because it "follows the rules" but I won't be able to wear some of the outfits I do now starting next June.

I've been very aware of that fact, so I've been trying to keep my monthly purchases more on the conservative side. I ordered this pencil skirt a few days ago during a 30% off sale (in black) so I'm patiently waiting for it to arrive - I don't know how I've managed to go over a year without actually owning a black pencil skirt! My friend Serine also wore the cutest outfit the other week with grey slacks, and it made me keenly aware that not only do I only own one pair of truly hospital appropriate pants (I'm told ankle pants are still a bit iffy), but that I don't even have any grey bottoms. I went on a bit of a internet hunt for grey slacks, and there are surprisingly few options out there. I couldn't find any I liked from Ann Taylor, Banana, J.Crew, or Loft. I did end up ordering this pair from The Limited (along with two other pairs that didn't work out at all) but I'm still on the fence about them. I really like the color, but I feel the fabric is a bit too thin so it looks wrinkly (even though I ironed them) and shows any signs of pulling (which I feel comes with any pair of pants, but is more apparent with this fabric). I was told by a Limited employee that you can return pants to them even if you removed the tags and washed them, so I think I'm going to give them another shot (and maybe it's just these pictures, because I didn't feel like this when I just wore them) and if I'm still on the fence, I'll continue the search.
mustard and gray
Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Scarf: gift from my girl Lizzi :)
Belt: Gap [very similar]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [target save || exact]

Monday, October 20, 2014

on trend: target boots

Nothing says fall like a great pair of boots, and Target has really stepped in up this season. Here are some of my top picks for riding boots, wedges, and rain boots:
one || two || three || four
I think riding boots are the best thing about fall (besides cider, apple picking, and warm scarves) Some, including this pair, are genuine leather (and also look exactly like a looottttt more expensive pair). My personal favorite is this pair, with the pretty quilting in the back - the calf circumference is 15 inches, so I'm so tempted to order them to try out.
five || six || seven || eight
I've been on the fence on trying booties for years, but I really feel I just need to go for it and buy a pair. I think the first pair are super cute, and would look great with jeans, while the last pair would be perfect with tights and a skirt during lighter snow days. If you're a bit edgier, this pair looks so much more expensive than they are!

nine || ten || eleven || twelve
I love my rainboots for both the rainy weather, and the snowy weather when it isn't too cold yet. Target currently has so many cute boots! The first pair have a fun quilted pattern, while the second pair come in a bunch of cute colors (go for the red! See them on Katie here) and look just like Hunters. If you have slightly wider calves, the third pair would be perfect for you. If you're looking for boots for the deep winter, these look very similar to duck boots - the lining looks so comfy and warm.

Thank you to ShopStyle for sponsoring this post. You guys know how much I love Target, so as always, all opinions are my own. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

pop culture reference

lace top by kris and kateLast week we had the great misfortune of having an exam in the middle of the week - cons are that you feel like you have no time to really learn, but the pro is that you get a random night in the middle of the week off! CR and I went and played trivia with another couple, and it was nice to just get out for the night, drink a beer or two, and lose at trivia. 

Good news is that I really carried the team with my wealth of knowledge about pop culture ;)
lace shirt and skinny jeans
Top: c/o Kris & Kate ***
Jeans: Madewell [exact]
Shoes: Lucky [save || exact]
Earrings: eBay [exact]
*** get 20% off your order from Kris and Kate with code "franish" - good until 10/24! I'd go with this asymmetrical zip sweater if I were you ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014

ask me anything: medicine

What's the thing that scares you the most about your future career?

On a professional level, my biggest fear is that I will kill someone. That just comes with the job - someone's health is in your hands, and I'm terrified that some day I will miss something, or do something wrong, and that that will result in the death of my patient. I think that's every doctor's greatest fear.

On a personal level? that I won't be able to do it all - have a fulfilling career, a happy marriage, and a house full (or just 2 to 3) children. I don't know if it's just a woman thing to constantly worry about those kind of things but I'm scared that it won't be possible to "have it all".

How has your vision of your future changed since beginning med school (if at all)?

On a professional level, my future hasn't really changed much. I'm still unsure what I want to do, so I haven't had my dreams broken about being a pediatric neurologist after disliking neuro, or something along those lines. I'm trying to be open to every subject we start, so now I'm at the place where I liked the GI system, and don't think that cardio is for me. I'm hoping that it will all be a bit clearer after third year!

In my personal life though, a ton has changed since I started school last year. I was dating someone for 5.5 years when we broke up a year ago - before that, it was always trying to figure out how we were going to try to figure out 2 lives in medicine that were 3 years apart in the medical school thing. Now I'm dating someone in my class, and that makes it a lot easier to plan a future together.

Can you please explain how you study for exams?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

how to wear a blanket scarf: for work and for play (+video)

how to wear a blanket scarf and by work I mean school and by play I mean the library, but really who's counting. Do I feel like a slight blogging cliche by wearing my blanket-like scarf all the time? Yes, but:

Okay but really, I've been loving this scarf and wearing it almost every day - one of my classmates has it too so we are twinning most days :) It's just so dang cozy and comfy and warm. It actually was out of stock for a few days when it first came out, but it's back online now if anyone wanted to pick one up for yourself (or as a Christmas present, which someone told me they did on Instagram, which is so smart!). There's a little video at the bottom of the post showing you how I "tie" my scarf, even though it's not really evening tying it so much as stuffing it together ;)

tips for tying a blanket scarf
target oversized plaid scarf
what to wear with a blanket scarf
Shirt: J.Crew [exact]
Scarf: Target [exact]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Belt: Madewell [very similar on sale]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [exact in rose gold @25% off]
Earrings: eBay [exact]
Bag: Kate Spade [similar]
different ways of wearing an oversized scarf
slight switch for the library in my Boden tee, Gap ponte pants and Sperrys 
casual way of wearing a blanket scarf

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

clothing memories

DSC03712I don't consider myself a person who is very sentimental about clothing, but there are some things in my closet that I have a lot of great memories attached to. For example, this dress. 

I found this dress when I was shopping with Bri this summer while we were in Seattle - Bri has been one of my longest blogging friends (who turned into real life friend) and so having a real life "blogging adventures" was so much fun. In addition, I wore this on my and CR's trip down to Portland, so I have the memories of exploring our first "brand new" city together - the great ice cream, the under dressing for the chilly weather, and all of the fun places we saw. It makes me happy to wear this dress because of those memories - do you have any similar pieces in your closet? 
Dress: J.Crew [similar]
Cardigan: Old Navy
Scarf: H&M [very similar - I'll take a grey please!]
Shoes: Banana Republic [exact]
Bag: Madewell [cute save || exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [exact]
Belt: Gap 
P. S. The Shopbop Friends and Family sale starts today - you get 25% off your entire purchase (with a few of the higher name brands excluded). This is the first month I'll be sponsored by them, and I'm thinking of sticking with the classics - I'll probably either pick up one of these cream sweaters(won't it be perfect with a scarf and cognac boots?) or one of these MK rose-gold watch I've been eyeing for months. Best part is that either way I'll get free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime (which may have been the best "purchase" I've made all year!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

get outta here

This past weekend was our first "free" weekend in ten weeks since school started in the beginning of August. We almost always have exams on Monday, which means our weekends are our hardcore study time, but last week we had an exam on Friday, which meant  freeeeeeeeeeeeeedom. Fake freedom because we still had to do work Friday afternoon and Sunday night, but mostly freeeedom.

CR and I took it as an excuse to get out of town - I've felt super cooped up lately, so I was more than willing to pay for a hotel room for the night. We decided to go to Pittsburgh, and it was so much fun. A lot of walking around, eating at fun restaurants (like a meatball place!), and seeing the sites. There were also a couple hours of television involved (since neither of us have cable) lounging on the king sized bed, and some time spent at the mall. I ended up getting this blouse from J.Crew that's currently on sale - it's perfect since I hate ironing ;)

Overall, it was a really great weekend. We're moving a little closer to Pittsburgh at the end of May, so I'm excited to explore even more on a regular basis. If you have any recommendations of must see/eat/visit places, I'd love to hear!

double pearl earrings
Top: Ann Taylor [exact on sale]
Pants: The Limited [similar]
Scarf: Victoria's Secret 
Belt: Gap [similar]
Shoes: Banana Republic [exact]
Earrings: eBay [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [exact]