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.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

dr. brandt's laser fx review


I've always had a mild obsession with skincare products - I feel like I've been looking for that miracle product for as long as I can remember (my first love was st. ive's apricot scrub when I was in 7th grade - I thought it was magic). I've never had really horrible skin, but through the years I've had various concerns. While I'm no longer dealing with that many break-outs except for ones in what I call my study zone (where I rest my head on my left hand while reading), I'm still dealing with the residuals marks from over the years. I also turn 27 this weekend, so I'm slowly starting to notice a few more wrinkles here and there. While I've always tried to be very good about taking care of my skin (washing it every night, sunscreen when I go outside), I was really starting to think about how I need to have a more thorough approach to getting the skin I want. All of this is to say that I was very excited to be given the chance to try out Dr. Brandt's newest skin care line Laser Fix, a brand I've been asking for samples of for years every time I go to Sephora.


I received all three products for the line, each specified for a different concern:

  • Bright Serum: This is far dark spots and uneven skin tone, something that I would say is my main concern currently. It contains hyaluronic acid to help plump the skin and even it out.  I've been using this every morning before putting on my moisturizer and makeup. 
  • Perfect Serum: This serum is made for diminishing wrinkles and lines. I use this one at night before using my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery oil. It recently won Cosmo's Best Anti-Aging award!
  • Lift Serum: This is designed to firm your skin, and improving your skin's elasticity. I'm saving this one for when I get through the other two bottles. 
I've been using these products for two weeks, and I personally can see that it's helping me. I don't think that it's something that really shows up in pictures yet (which is why there are none of my stunning makeup-less face), but I'm planning on using these products until they run out. If the results continue to improve like they are currently, I can definitely see myself purchasing another bottle. I feel like the bottles themselves will last quite a long time, since you only have to use a little bit to cover all of your skin.  As of now, I'm using less make up, and feeling better about the upcoming birthday since I have possible new miracle products on my side ;)


A big thank you to Dr. Brandt for sponsoring this post. I can't wait to see how much this helps improve my skin concerns!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

do the peg bundy

DSC02570 I love leopard print, but in very small doses.

Belts? cute.

Shoes? yes please. 

Clutches? adorable.

But leopard print in giant doses always feels very Peg Bundy to me, so even though this shirt is actually a bunch of poppy flowers, it looks like a leopard print from far away. I tried to tone that down by wearing it with other neutrals (no red shoes this time!) but I'm always unsure about it. Maybe if I ever find that perfect maroon pencil skirt (which thanks to Barks and Baking, this J.Crew Factory version, currently on sale, is now heading my way!) it'll feel less Peg and more Fran. 

Or I'll just embrace the Peg. All I need is a little more hair teasing and a better push-up bra. 

Skirt: thrifted
Belt: Gap
Shoes: Banana Republic - currently on sale
Watch: Michael Kors
So if you're like me and like leopard in small doses, here are a few leopard calf-hair shoes currently out there. I own the Madewell version (found on major sale last year) that I love - it's the perfect way of adding just a little bit of sass to an outfit ;)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

how i study in medical school

medical school study tips, study tips for pre-med, study tips

I know that this post is not going to interest most of you, but I've been receiving more and more questions about how I study, what apps I use, if I have any review materials I like, and so forth, so I figured I would just all compile that in one place.

I'm going to put a disclaimer out there and say I am not the world's best student, but I know how my brain works and what I've learned about my own study habits over the past year+, so this is what works for me. If you aren't a visual learner, some of my things aren't for you, and they shouldn't be, as we don't learn the same way! My biggest study suggestion is always "find out what works for you" - this is just what works for me. The short answer to how I study is that I:
  • Read through all of the books while referencing the compiled module made by my group, taking notes and drawing when I need to so that I learn the general concepts
  • Type up my notes with all of the facts, making tables and charts when needed to organize the information in a clear and concise way
  • Then re-read my notes while referencing review materials, making sure I got all the important facts and catching all the high-yield info
  • Use question books and flashcards as a way of testing myself

Review Books

Websites + Apps


* In the video I said I use it for path, I meant pharm :)

** I use Notablility for everything iPad related for school - I take all of my lecture notes on it (since I can draw all over the pictures), I keep a lot of my resource books (atlases, pathoma) on there if I want to look something up quick, all of my old anatomy notes (for quick reference while we go through systems), and I put my written up notes on there. I think the majority of my class uses it and really likes it!

P.S. I'm wearing this top from Ann Taylor, and the scarf was a present from Steph (who is a PA and super cute and who you should be reading if you aren't already)

Friday, September 12, 2014

lub dub

white blouse, blue pants, cognac accessories
Life has been a little hectic lately.

We officially finished the GI system on Monday - it's been my favorite so far so I'm sad to see it go. I missed getting an A by 3 points (out of almost 400) so I'm fairly disappointed that I was so.close, but didn't quite get there. They say grades don't "matter" in the grand scheme of things, but when you spend so much time working towards it and fall just short, it's always kind of a bummer.

But now we have started cardio...and it's going to be ridiculous the next few weeks. We have a test every week (always on Mondays too, because who needs even half a day off?), with a sprinkling of random tests and practicals all over the place. I'm already dreading all of it.

At least by the end of it I'll know what all the squiggly lines on an EKG mean though - Tracy already informed me that flat line is dead, so at least I'm off to a good start ;)
Blouse: ASOS [similar]
Pants: The Limited [same style - the green is so pretty!]
Necklace: Forever 21 [cute stone similar]
Bag: Madewell [exact]
Shoes:  Banana Republic [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [save || exact]
On a side note, if you've been eyeing the Madewell Transport Tote, but don't to spend the money on it, this tote from Forever 21 looks very similar in size + shape for a fraction of the cost!