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]

Friday, October 10, 2014

look for less: target edition

I love Target as much as the next girl (basic bitch?) - where else can you get bread, cute ballet flats, and fun stationary? While their clothes don't always work on me, there are some real gems to be found there! Not only are they cute, a lot of items are verrrrrry similar to more expensive items. Here are just a few things I found, plus their pricier counterpart!

original || target version
I have a similar Frye pair (mine are the Paige version) that I've had for three years now, and I love them as much as the day I bought them. They are crrrrrrrrazy expensive though, so the Target version, while still pricey for Target boots, are genuine leather and have the same look for way way less.

original || target version
You guys know how much I love my transport tote. I've been using it for years, and I think it only gets better with age. That said, I got mine during a 30% off sale, and even then it is still really expensive. The Target version looks to be about the same size, and as an added bonus, is also reversible! (and if you are looking for a bag with just a little something extra, this cognac bag is beautiful, and if I wasn't so attached to my current school bag, I would really consider ordering it)

original || target version
There's something about Madewell's dresses that makes me want every single one - but four dresses later, and there would go my entire quarter's budget. The Target version is strikingly similar, and almost a fifth of the price. If any of you have tried this dress on, please let me know what you think! I'm afraid that because it's in juniors that it will be too short on me, but I would love to try it out.

original || target version

While I love the Michael Kors I bought earlier this summer, I have a similar gold version from Target that I love (almost) as much. It's just so sturdy, and held up well over the years since I purchased it. The current teal version is a fun way to add a bit of color to a traditional mens style watch!

And of course I couldn't mention look a likes without mentioning my new favorite scarf. I've worn this scarf every single day since I bought it - it's just so soft and snuggly. I know a couple of you already went out and bought it, but if you haven't, run, don't walk. They seem to be selling out quickly, and for good reason ;)