Friday, November 27, 2015

not getting out of bed

The thought of driving to the mall at midnight to fight people for sales items, standing in line, and not laying around in a Thanksgiving coma makes me want to break out in hives. I went to bed early, slept in late, and am still getting some great deals on items from my lists. Below are a few of the best sales, included a few things I'd love to find under the tree *hint hint* ;)

Baublebar: 30% off [code THX]
monogram keychain (mine + gifts are in the mail)
on my wishlist: this signet ring (in gold please!)

Anthropologie: 25% off [code SHOPTOIT]
an open cardigan (would look great with a striped tee!)
on my wish list: some sleigh bell bottlestoppers for my bar cart

Gap: 50% off [code BLKFRIDAY]
seriously the cutest slippers ever
on my wish list: gold lace-up flats, please!

J.Crew: 30-40% off everything [code HOLIDAY]
the classic winter plaid button up (perfect for a family Christmas party)
and a pretty metallic polka dot dress for a work holiday party
on my wish list: red polka dot pj set (monogrammed, please!)

J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything + free shipping over $50 
the factory parka is basically the same retail coat, just half the price
my friend got this lace dress, and says it's the best dress she owns (I want it in red!)
on my wish list: tortoise bowed flats that would go with everything

Loft: 40% off everything [code BF40]
a comfy sweater dress (that comes in two colors)
I found you your Christmas skirt 
on my wish list: a striped sweater dress 

Nordstrom: sale picks
Michael Kors's shoulder bag is now ~50% off (comes in 4 colors)
a classic pair of cognac riding boots, with almost all sizes available
on my wish list: I found the perfect oversized but not giant scarf (for $18!)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

fly away

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Is the title of this post a reference to the feathers on my shirt, or what my hair is trying to do in these pictures? Who is to say, really (and no, I have no idea what's going on with my hair either. yikes!).

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! We are packing up the zoo tonight after CR gets home from work and driving up to his family's for the holiday. It would take me about 13 hours to drive home to my parents' house, so CR's family takes me in as they are quite a bit closer. I am so excited for mashed potatoes and stuffing. I baked an apple pie using my mom's recipe though, so at least I'll have a little bit of my own "taste of home". Please drive safe if you are traveling, and make sure you have seconds of dessert ;)
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Blouse: Anthropologie [exact]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Purse: Mulberry via eBay [save | exact]
Shoes: Ferragamo c/o Shopbop [save | exact]
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And while I don't like that stores now open on Thanksgiving (come on, let the people in retail have ONE day off!), I am pretty excited that some online stores are starting their sales early. Shopbop currently has a "save as you go" sale going on - spend $250 to get 15% off, spend $500 to get 20% off, and for those high rollers in the crowd, if you spend $1000, you can take 25% off. $250 is quite a high number, so if you have a friend who is also interested in something, go in together to get the best deal. Or do all your Christmas shopping in one place!

Please note that Shopbop is a sponsor of this blog and I was asked to share the sale. All picks are my own (especially that watch - isn't she beautiful?!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

beauty tuesday: becca shimmering skin perfector

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector

I first learned about the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector from Grace - she raved about the product one of her friends introduced her to, and after seeing her skin in real life, I was convinced I needed to try it too. I'm not a stranger to using a highlighter, although I never found one I really loved. I have the Hourglass Ambient Powder, but having dry skin, I didn't really like adding another powder. I was excited to try a liquid highlighter to "strobe" my skin! I purchased a full sized bottle of it in moonstone during the recent VIB sale

What it promises:
Achieve a subtle luminosity. This formula features ultrafine light-reflecting pearls that melt into your skin for polished, natural-looking radiance. Water-light and sheer, it has a prismatic effect that allows it to adjust in any light, so your refined glow is never lost. 

How to use it:
This is the last step in my make-up routine. I squirt the tiniest amount possible on my hand, use my Urban Decay blurring brush, dab on cheekbones, and blend blend blend. Here's a quick video of how I do it! I know others also use it under the blush, but I prefer to add that dewiness as a last step. 

What I like:
It 100% lives up to its promise of a subtle luminosity. This isn't really a shimmer like we used years ago, it's just adding that little bit of dewiness and brightness to my face. It helps cancel out the flatness my face has from the powder, and really just gives that little bit of glow. My face is currently dealing with adjusting to the new weather, and so anything to help freshen up my face is very much appreciated. I am very pleased with the results from this product!

I went with the full sized product when I purchased it, but the great thing is that it also comes in a "travel" size that would seriously last so long (as you use so little of the product), if you are interested but don't want to drop $40 on a product right away.

What I don't like:
It may because I've only used it a handful of times, but I always feel I squirt out just a little too much every time. Other than of course the price, I have no other complaints.

Would I buy this again?
Theoretically, yes. But I really can't see myself getting through this bottle any time soon, since you use smaller than a pea size every time. If I ever run out, I think I'd definitely buy another bottle of the Becca skin perfector
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector review

P.S. Today is the last day for the Amika dry shampoo giveaway!

Monday, November 23, 2015

the inbetween

I can't believe it's the end of November, and we still haven't had our first snow. Personally, I don't really love winter - it makes driving, getting dressed, and blogging more difficult than I prefer. I'm so happy that we've had a real (long) fall this year! I'd rather wear cute light-weight jackets and leather boots anyway.

But...#winteriscoming, so we might as well prepare for it. Kohl's recently launched a new line of winter accessories and they are perfect for those of us who have many months of colder weather ahead. From affordable duck boots to puffer vests to the cutest beanies, they pretty much have all of your winter needs covered. I've been wearing their buffalo plaid hooded jacket the last couple of weeks - it's so comfy, and the perfect "in between" seasons coat. I plan on picking up their tassel infinity scarf when I'm in stores this weekend for a bit of holiday shopping...I may just have to pick up a few extras for presents too!  
Coat: Madden Girl c/o Kohl's [exact]
Blouse: Banana Republic
Pants: Gap 
Hat: Madden Girl c/o Kohl's [exact]
Boots: Vince Camuto
Below are a few more of their items - use code NOV15 to take an additional 15% off (valid 11/23-11/27!)

one | two | three | four | five

Thank you to Kohl's and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

top three [11.22.2015]

black, blush, and statement necklaces
black, blush, and statement necklaces


  • I spent some time in a blood bank this week, and it was so interesting! Over 15 million units of red blood cells are transfused every year in the US - every unit comes from a volunteer, and is screened every single time. Before you receive any blood, your blood has to be typed (several times) and then tested to make sure it is compatible with the donor blood. It was quite the process!
  • While pathology on a gross/large scale is not very pretty, I think once you get to the microscopic level, pathology can be really beautiful. Take a look at this microscopic view of colon - doesn't it look like a flower field? 
  • Progeria is a genetic disease that is characterized by a dramatic and rapid appearance of aging. It is extremely rare - one in 4 million babies are born with this disease. I first heard of this disease on a TLC show years and years ago - here's a video that covers more of this and how it affects the patients families. 

on the internet


  • It's supposed to snow this week (nooooo!) so it looks like it's time to get those winter coats out. I'm crushing on Ellen Tracy's wool coat - it comes in six beautiful colors (I love the green and the oatmeal colors!), and the higher collar is the perfect way to keep the snow off your neck. 
  • I didn't think I wanted in on the lace-up flat trend until I saw Gap's gold version - aren't they gorgeous?!
  • Target has the poncho of my sweater dreams - I'm ordering it in the brown color and plan on wearing it every weekend until April (it's also now on sale!)

ask me anything
  • Given your schedule/rotations/daily life, what purpose does blogging serve now and does it give you the same satisfaction it gave you when you started?
    • Blogging now is my creative outlet, and a way of connecting with others. When I first started blogging, it really was just something to do. I was home a lot by myself, most of my college friends had moved away, and I wanted something to do instead of watching 7 hours of TV when I got home from work. Now, it's the thing that is "mine" - no one tells me what to do, I make my own schedule when it comes to posting, and it gives me an outlet for writing. It also is a way to connect with other people - moving around every few years sucks, so blogging allows me to take my online friends with me, no matter where I go :)
  • I'm the bestie of an OB-GYN and a non-doctor myself. I know you're still in school, but since you're strongly considering OB (congrats! I just had a baby and from a patient perspective, OBs are freaking awesome docs to care for 2 patients simultaneously!) I'm wondering if you have any advice on how I can best support her when I know she's had a rough day at work (or a great day!)? She's an amazingly incredible doctor and the strongest woman I know, and I just want to make sure I'm supporting her the best way I can as a friend even though I'm unfamiliar with the ins and outs of her daily work life.
    • First of all, you are such a sweet friend. Second, I think that really the best way to be a friend to a doctor is the way you are a friend to any other person. There isn't much you can probably do to make her day to day work life better, but you can be there for her afterwards, just like for every one else. Wine or coffee always helps too!
  • Help! What is your recommendation for a casual, but nice Thanksgiving outfit that will look good in photos, but also be suitable for chasing after kids and dogs?

on franish

notable sales


  • Like I mentioned earlier this week, this week I started my pathology rotation. I really loved path during my first two years of school, so I'm very excited to see it "in real life". I've watched the process from receiving the gross specimens (the parts removed during surgery), to how they are processed (so many steps!), to when they land on the doctor's microscope. While this is one of those rotation that again won't be very hands on, I'm excited to learn a ton. 
  • Earlier this week we realized that we hadn't watched part one of the Hunger Games finale, so we had ourselves a little Hunger Games marathon this weekend by watching both parts. We watched the finale Saturday night and it was so good. Definitely sad to see that series end.
  • What do you guys think of the new Adele album? I always need to hear music a few times before I warm up to, and this album was no different. I was initially a bit disappointed, probably because I wanted that immediate "OMG" feeling, but the more I listened to it and felt familiar with the songs, the more I like it. I don't think it's better than 21, but I do love it, and her. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

for your most organized friend

organized giftguide

I have always loved organization. Growing up I religiously used my school planner, my closet has always been color coordinated, and desk drawer was always arranged neatly. Now that I'm an "adult" (...right?), I still have a need for everything to be organized. If you have a friend like that, and are looking for a great Christmas present, I have a couple of ideas for you! I own many of these, or have gifted them to other neat freaks, so they've been vetted as great presents ;)
  1. A organizer for your jewels: The perfect way to transport jewelry, or tuck away your more precious jewelry while at home. This is actually on my own Christmas list!
  2. A keychain with quick-detaching links: My aunt got me one of these years and years ago, and I just think it's the best. It keeps your keys organized, it's easy to add new things on to the keychain, and even easier to remove them if you need to loan a key to someone. I plan on getting a couple as stocking stuffers this year!
  3. An organizer for the make-up lover: I own something very similar, and loooove it. It makes getting ready in the morning so much easier because you know exactly where to find everything. There are also a ton currently at Target (they are usually in the travel make-up bag section!)
  4. The cutest stackable boxes: This would be great for the friend who you know loves organizing, but you don't know what she may or may not need. The boxes look great by themselves, or stacked together. Wouldn't they look great on a bookshelf? 
  5. A box to show off your watch collection: I also own this, and am obsessed. I never had a good way of organizing my watches until I bought this a few years ago. If your friend has a sizable watch collection, she'll thank you over and over again for this!
  6. The best way to keep your sunglasses (and regular glasses) organized: Krista talked about this glasses organizer some months ago, and I immediately went out and bought it. It keep my favorite sunglasses (and real glasses) protected, and not at the bottom of a drawer somewhere. 
  7. A "corditto": I got CR this for Christmas last year, and because he loves organization even more than I do, he loved it. This would be great for someone who has to travel a lot, or isn't home a lot, but needs their cords with them at all times. 

Do you have a suggestion for something I've missed that we could get our more organization-focused friends? I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

prim and proper

blush top with pencil skirt and leopard shoes
I feel this is one of the girlier outfits I've worn in a while - between the blush top and the pencil skirt and pointed flats, this really is about as girly as it gets for me. We're still experiencing pretty warm weather for this time of the year, so I'm staying away from tights as long as possible!

On a different note, I've started my pathology rotation. I haven't done a ton yet because I'm still in the reading phase of everything - they have a ton of articles for me to read, which is great because I haven't thought about a single pathology related fact in six months. I did see a couple of intraoperative assessments though. It was kind of a strange feeling, standing there watching the doctor determine that a sentinel lymph node didn't have any metastasis. His determination changes that patient's entire medical course, and truly, her life. While I don't think that pathology will be my eventual career, I think this month is going to be a really interesting glimpse into a whole other side of medicine. 
med school outfit
what to wear on rotations
Blouse: Banana Republic [cute similar]
Skirt: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Shoes: Madewell [save | slurge]
Necklace: Charlene K via Rocksbox
Bag: Mulberry via eBay [spend | exact]