Friday, November 21, 2014

review: boucle front open cardigan, abstract jacquard short sleeve dress, and more

Hey guys! Happy Friday - today is the official day of the beginning of Thanksgiving break for us. While we do have 2 big exams the week we get back, I'm excited to take a bit slower the next week, spend time with my family when they come into town, and to do a bit of "in store" shopping when I go to Cleveland this weekend. I did just put in a pretty big order to LOFT, and since they are currently offering $25 off of several of the pieces, I wanted to give a quick review in case you had your eye on any of them!


First up is this open front cardigan. I keep on trying to make these work on me, and I just can't seem to find ones that look right on me. This one has a beautiful boucle front, while the rest the cardigan is ribbed. I really liked this lighter color (it's described as a heather gray, I would say it's more of a light outmeal) and the fact that is has pockets. I wish it was about 2 inches longer though - it would have been a keeper had they made it in talls as well as regular and petites. It is currently included in the $25 off sale.

Next up is this polkadotted blouse. I love the pattern on it - slightly swirled and irregular, yet discrete enough that it isn't all in your face. My favorite feature is that you have two options for the neckline. In the picture on the left, I have the top button unbuttoned and the left side folded under, creating a v-neck. This would be perfect for a more casual day at school, or out with friends. On the right, I have it buttoned closed - this will make it appropriate to work with patients next year, and in more formal situations. The reviews say it ran small on them, but I found the opposite to be true. I'm wearing a large, and it feels slightly too large in my waist. I'm leaning towards keeping it, but want to steam it and try it on with a few different outfits until I make my final decision. If I decide to keep it, I may end up taking it in to my tailor and have her take in the waist slightly. It is currently not on sale, and is an online exclusive, so if you are interested, I would suggest waiting until next week when it is certain to be on sale during Black Friday. 

I have wanted to try this sweater from the Lou & Grey line for over a month. It looks so cozy and versatile online - I can see myself wearing this with a button down underneath it for school, but also more casual on the weekend or the library. The problem is that I wasn't 100% in love with it when I first tried it on. I don't know if my expectations were just too high because I had wanted it for so long, but I wasn't blown away. I also just bought that H&M sweater which has a similar color, and do I really need two similar sweaters? Maybe...     I'm leaning towards no currently, but will play around with it a bit more before I make my final decision. 


And now for my favorite item from the order, this short sleeved dress. I didn't actually have this as a part of my original order, but then Hally mentioned how much she loved hers, so I called and had them add it to my order. I listened to the one review on the website, and went down a size, and I also ordered it in a tall because I wanted to make sure it was an appropriate length. You guys. I LOVE this dress. The fabric is thick, it hits me at right spot on my waist, the length is elongating, and it has full short-sleeves (no stupid cap sleeves!). It has an abstract flower-like pattern, with a black jacquard stitching on a tan background (not as white as the website shows). Because of the simple shape of the dress, it'll be easy to dress it up or down - either with a scarf, cardigan, and boots for school, or with a statement necklace and heels for a night out. I HIGHLY recommend it. It's currently included in the $25 off sale.

Like I said, I'll be at an actual store this weekend where I will be doing a few returns, and hoping that they have this pretty lace peplum top...just to try on, of course ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2014


striped skirt with a blazer and flannel scarf boom - snow! While our neighbors to the north are being bombarded with seven feet of snow, we've luckily only received a little over a foot. Not a bad start to the first week of snow though :/

So now it's officially boot and tights weather. After I finally made it to Target earlier this week, I picked up these fleece lined leggings. I wear socks with tights anyway (when I wear boots), so I figured it made more sense to get the footless kind because the toe is usually the first to rip on other tights. They are just as comfy as you guys all said! I may just wear them around the house all winter long.
what to wear with a striped dress
Dress: Old Navy [similar]
Blazer: J.Crew [exact on sale w/ code SHOPNOW]
Scarf: Target [exact]
Tights: Target [exact]
Boots: Vince Camuto [exact on sale]
Watch: Michael Kors [save | exact]
Earrings: eBay [similar]
Bag: Coach
In the spirit of Bri's Third Thursday link up (fall footwear), here are my go-to pairs of boots throughout the snowy fall and winter. I have wider calves (15.5 inches) which sometimes makes it difficult to find boots because I may not always need the wide calf sizing, but the normal calf doesn't fit right either. The following four pairs hit the sweet "in between" spot. The Hunter boots are especially great - their boots come in the original style, the huntress style for wider calves, and this in between style with an adjustable back. I love that they give me the look of the originals while still accommodating my calves. They also offer a few glossy colors as well!
boots for wider calves
 one: vince camuto
two: frye
three: hunter
four: c/o sorel

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

what to get a medical student for christmas

christmas presents for a medical student
I've had a couple of people ask me about gift ideas for a medical student, so I used my new found collage making skills to round up a few things that I think would make great gifts for medical students. They range from the small and inexpensive to a few electronics that would make an amazing present under the Christmas tree. After debating for years, I'm finally asking for the headphones this year!

one: to keep your coffee hot
two: to share all your stolen books
three: to channel your inner walter white
four: to take all your best notes on
five: to keep your toes warm
six: to drown out the noise
seven: to save your neck muscles
eight: to keep those heating bills down

Other great gift ideas for students (of all levels!)

- Amazon gift cards (seriously, I've spent over $900 on books in the last 1.5 years)
- Starbucks gift cards (or just coffee)
- A massage gift certificate (studentitis is real, my friends)
- A gift card to a nicer local restaurant for a night out after an exam
- Pandora One (no advertisement distractions!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

one of the good ones

autumn colors: tan, navy, and green
I think blogging is one of the strangest things I have ever done - like yeah, you should definitely take pictures of your normal outfits and plaster them all over the internet. That's a really great idea Fran!

But along with how strange it is, there are some really wonderful parts to it, like all of the amazing people you meet along the way. Some of the ladies I've met through blogging are some of my favorite people on the planet. They are women I wouldn't have met otherwise - a teacher from Alabama, a Seattle-living lady with the cutest cat, women with style I could only wish to have who live all over the planet. Adina is one of those girls - in addition to being gorgeous, articulate, and well dressed, she's also such a sweetheart. After I sent my favorite Target scarf to her as a slight bribe (see it on her here), she sent me this beautiful scarf and a few other goodies. She's one of the good ones, you guys. Who are some of your "good ones" - the ones you would send scarves to internationally? ;)

madewell transport tote
Scarf: gift from Adina
Cardigan: J.Crew Factory [same style]
Tee: Everlane [exact]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Bag: Madewell [exact]
Shoes: Banana Republic [exact]
Watch: Kate Spade [current style on sale]
SALE ALERT: J.Crew currently is offering 30% off winter sale picks (code: SHOPNOW), which includes both certain new arrivals and on sale items. Here are some of my favorites. The sweater is gorgeous and so much fun, and I already own the skirt in black and would highly recommend it - I wore it for an entire day last week and it didn't show a single wrinkle.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

top three [11.16.14]

one | two | three

having a neutrals moment
In Medicine
  • Our second (and last) respiratory exam is tomorrow. I've relatively enjoyed this system, mostly because it's interesting how much our lungs deal with every day but don't get sick (or learning all the horrible things that can happen if your immune system fails). I was really upset after reading the pathology section on lung cancer though - so much death is preventable. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer mortality in the world - and 87% happens in active smokers! In addition to killing the smoker, 3000 people a year die because of second hand smoke. It just blows my mind.
  • There's an infection that you can get in your lungs that causes a big ball of fungus to grow inside of a cavity caused by a previous infection. The fun term for that is "fungus ball". Yikes.
  • Will using your cell phone lead to brain cancer


On the Internet

On Franish

  • After tomorrow, we won't have an exam until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so I'm using that time to be productive. I need to find someone to tweak a few things on my blog design (any recommendations?), I want to do a closet clean out, I need to prep my board study material, and most importantly, clean my entire house before my family comes the week of Thanksgiving!
  • This week we found out our schedules for 3rd year. I start out with family medicine (yay!) but then have two straight months of surgery (pray for me). Between that, and the endless talk of studying for boards (which we take at the end of May - it's basically the biggest test of our careers since how well we do on it determines what specialties we are competitive for), I'm ready for it to be June.
  • I'm being taken on a secret date on Friday, and I can.not.wait. All I've been told is to dress nice - I'm hoping the dress I ordered comes in time!

Friday, November 14, 2014

tights tights baby

fit and flare dress layered over a white oxford

After trying to blog during last winters never ending snow storms, I tried this year to have just a little bit of back log of pictures before the snow hit...and boy did it hit yesterday. It went from absolutely no snow on Wednesday to over a foot of snow on Thursday. Yikes. 

I am not at all ready for snow and everything that comes with that - everything taking 5x as long to get to, twelve thousand layers just to take the dogs out, tights. I was going to stop at Target to restock my tights collection yesterday, as well as pick up a skirt slip to wear with cotton dresses like this, but after 45 minutes of driving to get 2 miles down the road, I gave up and went home.

So no tights yet, so if you have any suggestions for your "can't survive winter without" tights, please let me know because I generally stand in front of the tights section with no idea what to buy!

Dress: Old Navy [exact on sale - mine's a tall]
Shirt: Banana Republic [exact]
Belt: Everlane [exact]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact on super sale]
Watch: Michael Kors [save | exact]
Nails: Essie [exact]
Earrings: eBay [similar]
Old Navy - Women's Fit & Flare Sweater Dresses
^^ good bye snaggle tooth! Invisalign hopefully starts next week :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

a few loft reviews + sale alert

Loft is currently having a friends and family sale ( an every week sale if we're being honest!) that is offering 40% off everything, including their Lou & Grey line (use code SHAREIT). I put in an order a few weeks ago during a 50% off flash sale, and wanted to show you what I thought...and what I'm ordering this time around.

LOFT - Lou & Grey Specklestripe Moto Jacket
First up is this Lou & Grey moto jacket. I have wanted to try a style out like this for a long time, and this one looked so beautiful. The muted grey with the stripes just screams cool. It really is beautiful in real life too - the fabric is thick, the construction is sturdy...but I just didn't love it on me. Between the shorter waist and the lower rounded neckline, it just didn't flatter my body. If this is a style that works on your body though, I highly recommend it. It is currently on sale for under $50.

The other part of my order was this waterfall cardigan. I love a good cardigan, and the shape of this one on the website looked great (isn't that always the case though?). While I liked the thicker fabric (what's the point of a cardigan if it isn't going to keep you warm?), again this was a problem with my body versus the actual garment. I found it too be a bit too short on me, and it felt it made me look wider than I am up top. BUT - if you have a shorter torso than I do, this would probably look really great on you. It comes in 4 colors, and is on sale + 40% off.

So unfortunately those two didn't work out for me, but I do have my shopping cart ready. I've been eyeing this Lou & Grey side zip sweater for weeks now (I first saw it on Kate here and fell in love) so this is definitely finally being ordered. In their new arrivals, I know that this white dotted blouse would get a ton of use now, and especially next year since it has a higher neckline that doesn't run the risk of any cleavage showing. And while the waterfall cardigan didn't work out for me, I'm still always looking for something that will work, so I'm going to try this boucle cardigan as well. I'm thinking the tan/grey color as it would be more versatile.

Do you have your eye on anything during this sale? Any "must have" items we should know about?