Friday, July 31, 2015

jean shopping made easy

striped tee with jeans and cognac sandals Jeans are absolutely my favorite type of clothing. I could wear them every single day, and be fine with never having to wear a skirt or dress ever again. The strange thing is that for as much as I love jeans, I hate shopping for them. It takes me a really long time to find some I like, which is why I rarely buy any. If they fit in the hips, they are too loose in the waist, or if they fit my thighs they are too short, or any one of those combinations.

A few weeks ago, Fitcode approached me to test out their site with no obligation on my part to share my experience. Free jeans that supposedly will fit me like I want them to? Sign me up. 

The way it works is that you take a super short (5 question) fit test to describe your body type, and then it tells you what jeans would fit you best. 

I'm Fitcode 710. The jeans include all my favorite brands like Paige, Hudson, Joe's Jeans, and all the jeans sold at Nordstrom. Once you pick out the style of jean you like, you can even see a video of them on someone with your same fitcode, which I think is genius because we aren't all size 00 models like on most websites. They then show you the different places you can buy the jeans, and for how much. It really takes all the work out of jean shopping for you.

I decided to go with this lighter wash of jeans from 7 for All Mankind just because I've always wanted a lighter pair, and honestly, I'm obsessed. While us girls with thicker thighs are told that dark washes are more flattering (which I do agree with), I think it's okay to mix things up sometimes. These are actually the only jeans I've worn this summer (when it's cool enough to wear jeans), and they really do fit me great. I didn't have to get the waist taken in, like I have with some other jeans I own. The fabric is thick, doesn't loosen up a ton during the day, and has just been holding up really well. 

Like I mentioned, Fitcode did not ask me to write this post, but I offered after having such a great experience with the process. I know how difficult it is to find clothes that fit you the way you want them to, so maybe this will help you out too the next time you are jean shopping!
THE MODERN STRAIGHT IN SLOAN HERITAGE MEDIUM LIGHT
 Halogen® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind c/o Fitcode [exact]
Tee: Nordstrom [exact, on sale for a few more days!]
Shoes: Jack Rogers [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [save | exact]
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

july budget

Loft blouse top: originally $39 + 35% off = $25
Ann Taylor dress [reviewed here]: on sale for $120 + 50% off = $60
Nordstrom Tee: on sale for $16 (for only a few more days!)

July budget: $101 

Quarterly budget:  $119 in May + $195 in June + $101 in July = $415

Not too bad! I knew that July would be a really light shopping month for me as I spent most of it on my general surgery rotation where I wore scrubs from 4:45 AM - 5 PM+. With going to sleep by 9, and not spending as much time on my computer, there wasn't a lot of time to spend money! I do like the three items I purchased though. My favorite is definitely this eyelet dress from Ann Taylor. I got it during a pretty good promotion which is currently still going on, so if you are interested in this dress, I highly recommend it. You can read the full review here.

I purchased the black top last weekend when I was in Pittsburgh - I know it'll be the perfect layering top. I love the black on black look, and once I finally find a few cardigans, it'll probably be in pretty heavy rotation. If you are interested, I chose to stick with a large in this top. The medium fit me fine, but I liked the extra length that came with the large. 

The last tee is the striped tee that I picked up during the Nordstrom sale. I actually ordered the black + white stripes in a medium and white + black stripes version in a large. I preferred the looser look of the size large top - again, the medium was fine, but it did feel a bit tight in the arms. I was pulling on them the whole time I wore the shirt, so I knew it was definitely not the right shirt for me in that size! I'm very happy with the size large tee, and am excited to wear it on my days off (which I have just a few of coming up!)

Halogen® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee
I also ordered a few other items from the sale that didn't work out for me. This mixed media tunic seems really cute in theory - flattering v-neck, long sleeves, pretty colors. I totally agree with Audrey though, in that it is super wrinkly. I already hate ironing, and especially for a top that is meant to be more for my personal life, I didn't find it would be worth the effort. SO CLOSE though.
Pleione Mixed Media V-Neck Tunic
Last is this long open cardigan. I kind of knew that this wouldn't really work for me, but I wanted to try just in case (that's what free returns are good for!). I'm wearing a large here in the charcoal color. Besides the fact that I feel a bit ridiculous wearing a giant sweater while it's 90 degrees out (notice the shorts and tee below...), it wasn't very flattering on me. The dropped shoulders are never a good thing on me, and overall it was just a bit too big on me. I definitely am interested in this type of sweater for when it cools down (in three months) but if I'm going to spend $60+ on a sweater, I want it to look good on me!
Caslon® Long Open Stitch Cardigan
You may notice that the Ann Taylor tunic I reviewed here isn't included. I actually found a hole in the seam a few days after I reviewed it, and had to return it. They didn't have any left in the store I was, so I was kind of out of luck. I'm pretty bummed, but there will be other shirts ;)

So I was a bit under for my quarterly budget, which is always a good thing! I may or may not transfer the rest of the funds into the next months - we'll see (I explained a bit more of my budgeting philosophy here if you are interested). I did put in a good sized order to Banana Republic this weekend with a 40% off promotion they had. I fell in love with this tuxedo boyfriend shirt over the weekend, and I can't wait to see how it works with my actual jeans and boots. I also saw these charcoal grey slim ankle pants in store - they only had 00, so I ordered both a 10 and a 12 to try on. Why is it so hard to find grey work pants?! Last but not least, I ordered this v-neck popover top in white, as well a pair of green shorts I realllllllly hope work out.

So that's me! What about you? I'd love to see how your budgeting worked out this week - please feel free to link up below, and as always, please let your readers know where they can find more budgeting bloggers!

Monday, July 27, 2015

snip snip!

black dress with cognac accessories
Remember how I mentioned (....several times) that all my hair got cut off even though all I asked for was a trim? Well, here it is! It isn't really that horrible, but it has definitely taken some time to get used to! He kind of botched the cut itself too, so I'm just patiently waiting for my hair appointment in 4 weeks to clean it up. 

In other news, today is the start of my ENT surgery rotation. I actually have no idea what this month looks like for me, time wise, but I'm looking forward to do a slightly calmer rotation, especially since it's CR vacation month. I've heard this rotation is a lot of one-on-one time with the surgeon, so I'm definitely excited to get a bit more hands on and learn a ton. I also have my surgery shelf at the end of it, so it's time to start studying again. Good thing I have a real desk again ;)  Any of you who have taken the NBME shelf exams - any particular book you recommend? I already have this book, but am open to others!
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LARSSON & JENNINGS CM gold-plated watch
Jack Rogers 'Lauren' Sandal
Dress: Target [similar below]
Shoes: Jack Rogers [exact]
Belt: Gap [similar]
Watch: c/o Larsson and Jennings [exact]
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My dress is several years old, but Target has tons of cute options. I love this shirt dress option - it's currently on sale, and it comes in four fun colors...but of course I love the black version ;)

P.S. A few people mentioned that my pictures weren't showing up in Feedly - I think Flickr changed some things, and that made me change a few things, and then it all became a mess. I left everything this time - do the pictures show up now? Let me know if not! :)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

top three [07.26.2015]

one of the more fun items in my closet 
medicine
  • I found this article about pathologists fascinating. Pathology is still something I'm considering going in to (as well as EM, OB, peds, and just about everything else...), so it's interesting seeing one small part of it. 
  • Moyamoya disease is a congenital disorder that causes a blockage of the vessels in the brain that can lead to recurrent "mini-strokes". The blockages causes collateral circulation to develop around the arteries. The name moyamoya comes from the Japanese term "puff of smoke" because of how this condition looks on angiographs
  • I used to be a nanny for a 5 year old whose dad was a vascular surgeon. At that time, I didn't really understand how anyone could operate on capillaries. Clearly, I've wised up a bit since then as most vascular surgeries are obviously on the larger vessels in the body. I actually watched several more routine vascular surgeries this week and it was so impressive to see a doctor dissect away at an artery and connect it to a vein to create an AV fistula to be used for dialysis. The amount of hand control that takes is seriously insane. 

on the internet

spotted

on franish

notable sales

personal
  • My four weeks of general surgery are over. It was kind of a rough go for a while, but the last two days were actually really great. We were really involved, got to see our own patients, and got to do more in the ORs. I can totally see why people go into surgery, but I know that I couldn't do that residency for that long. Now I have four weeks of ENT surgery, which is going to be a completely different experience because there aren't any residents and there is a lot more clinic time. It also means I don't have to get up at 3:30 AM anymore ;)
  • This weekend my BFF Caitlin and her dog Piper came to visit us. We went out in Pittsburgh with two of our friends, and spent the weekend eating donuts, going on long walks, and cooking meals together. I really wish that my girlfriends lived closer so we got more time together :(
  • I have a mini break at the end of next week, so CR and I (and the dogs) are headed to Wisconsin for a few days. I haven't been home in over a year, so I'm so excited to see my family, friends, and eat allllllll the Wisconsin cheese. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

no shame: outtakes, volume three

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

the nearest exit may be behind you

blue polka dot skirt
Something about this outfit screams flight attendant, but I kinda love it. This skirt is a bit neglected amongst it's solid, wool counterparts in my closet, but I think it's so fun to wear that I really should wear it more often. Here are a few ways I've worn it in the past - I'm thinking stripes next time! Got any suggestions for me on other ways to wear it?

In other news, only three days left of general surgery! Not that I'm counting... ;)
Nars Roman Holiday

summer work outfit

Shoes: Ferragamo c/o Shopbop [cute orange flat options]
Skirt: The Limited [similar]
Blouse: H&M [similar on sale]
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [exact]
Lipstick: Nars [exact in Roman Holiday]
what to wear with a polka dot skirt

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My skirt is several years old, but here are four adorable available styles. I love this flowy skirt, plus it's under $20! I'm actually just added myself to the waitlist because I need it in my life.



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

closet inventory, updated

A little over a year ago, I shared what my closet looked like, and what exactly was in it. I recently moved, so I made an effort to once again do a closet clean out. This is what my new closet looks like! Our house has very small closets, so I really had to make it work with a second bar and new ways to store certain items. I think it looks pretty good though! 

Below are what the numbers look like now. The first number is the current number, and the number in parentheses are the numbers from last year. Some of my shoes are still packed away, so I don't have an accurate tally. Even though I got rid of many flats that I hadn't worn in years when we moved, I have added a few sandals recently (most notably my new Jack Rogers flats) so I assume my number is about the same for shoes. 

I feel pretty good about where I'm at right now. I will never have a capsule wardrobe, but for someone who basically has to have two wardrobes (one for work and one for personal life), and for someone who loves shopping (#guilty), I feel this is a pretty reasonable closet size. I don't have clothes in storage, I like all my clothes where I can see and wear them throughout the entire year. 


tops
Sleeveless:  5 (8)
Tees: 13 (21)
Long-sleeved shirts: 7 (10)
Blouses/Button-ups: 28 (26)
Cardigans: 3 (12)
Sweaters: 11 (17)
Vests 2 (2)
Blazers: 9 (9)

Bottoms 
Jeans: 6 (5)
Casual Pants: 3 (5)
Dress Pants: 8 (8)
Shorts: 6 (8)
Skirts: 10 (10)

Dresses: 25 (23)


Clothes: 136 (164)