Monday, July 6, 2015

too hot for wool

maroon pencil skirt with white blouse This is my first summer having to wear dress clothes every day (or at least every day when I'm not on surgery). It's taken a bit of getting used to! Since most of our school time these last two years have been during the cooler months, most of my "work clothes" are for colder weather. I've tried wearing my wool pencil skirts a few days just to break up the monotony of the same black pants all the time, and this was the only day I actually left the house in one since it was cooler than the rest. 

Lesson learned - don't buy dress clothes all for one season! 
summer work outfit DSC07149
Blouse: Loft [similar]
Skirt: J.Crew [exact style on sale]
Belt: Everlane [exact]
Shoes: Tory Burch [exact]
Earrings: eBay [exact]
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [exact]
Tote: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [exact]
j.crew number 2 pencil skirt DSC07152
As a side, house-keeping note, all of the pictures for the next month or so are all from June when I was on family med. I currently get up at 4 AM and am in scrubs for 12 hours a day, so there aren't any pictures to be taken during the week :) Just so no one thinks I'm getting dolled up for surgery because all I'm managing at this point is to put in mascara in the morning!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

top three [07.05.2015]

stethoscopes, this year's hottest accessory...

  • A hernia is when intestines go through an opening they aren't supposed to. This can happen for a number of reasons - a weak abdominal wall, an open canal that should be closed, they can even go through old c-section scars. Hernias usually aren't an acute problem, unless the bowel or fat becomes strangulated....and then you have to go to surgery for five hours ;)
  • Hyperekplexia literally means exaggerated surprise. It's a neurologic disorder where a stimulus causes a greater than expected response. Here's a short video of a man living with this disorder.
  • There are many types of headaches - from stress headaches to migraines to cluster headaches. Cluster headaches often occur more in men, on one side of the head, and come on in short bursts in a shorter amount of time. One of the main treatments for these headaches is oxygen, but sometimes they can't be treated, so they have the colloquial term of "suicide headaches".

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  • Most of us are running around dehydrated on a daily basis - Dani shares a bunch of tips on how to get more water in. I've been working on drinking more water the last year - I live for my sodastream and mio drops!
  • How stunning is Katrina? Seriously, it's not fair. 
  • Kendi makes me want to branch out and try new looks because this new look on her is amazing. 

  • This floral skirt is seriously gorgeous. I love the way they paired it with the striped top! 
  • I have always wanted a black maxi dress but they are all either too short or strapless. This one is inexpensive, comes in talls and has straps and now I want it. 
  • A scalloped, gold, and cognac watch. Too perfect. 

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notable sales
  • Gap: 35% off everything
    • This dress may be the cutest thing I've seen from Gap in a while - and it's on sale! 
    • If you've ever wanted a simple striped dress, this one comes in red or black, and also in petites and talls!
  • J.Crew: 40-60% off final sale items
  • Target: select shoes on sale

  • Well, I have officially survived my first week of surgery...only 7 more weeks to go! This week was actually not bad at all because on Monday we had orientation, on Tuesday we had a lecture day, Wednesday was my 14 hour day in surgery,  Thursday was only 5 hours since there were only 2 scheduled procedures, and we got Friday off. This coming week is going to be a doozy though and I'm already so nervous.
  • We spent yesterday afternoon in Pittsburgh going to the Pirates vs Indians game, and then dinner with two of our classmates. We're all so much more social and happy now that boards are over, and it's so nice to just be able to spend time together without feeling guilty about not studying.
  • After five years, Baer has finally discovered that he hates fireworks, and he spent the entire weekend sitting in our laps as often as he could. Luckily for him, no more fireworks for a while ;)

Friday, July 3, 2015

shopping the red, white, and blue

Happy 4th of July Weekend! Lots to celebrate - independence, fireworks, hotdogs, and the best sales of the year. Hope you guys all have a wonderful weekend!

Ann Taylor: extra 50% off sale items with code HAPPY50
red | white | blue

looking for something not in the sale section? I just received this sundress and it's seriously gorgeous (size down!)

J.Crew: extra 40% off final sale items with code LONGWEEKEND
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything

Madewell: extra 20% off sale items with code META20
red | white | blue
Nordstrom: some great pieces from the sale section

Old Navy: 30% off + free shipping with code VERYGOOD

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

try not to faint

DSC07435 By the time you read this, I will probably have already passed out during my first surgery today. You guys, I'm so nervous! The last time I scrubbed in on a surgery (the summer before starting school), I totally lets hope that is not the case this time around (although I have a feeling it will be). 

Okay, enough boring school talk. Lets talk about my new blouse that I looooooove. It's a bit different from anything else I own and that makes me love it even more. On this day (a few weeks ago when I was still on family medicine), I wore it over a longer white tank top for a layered look, and I can't wait for it to cool down so I can wear it with my wool pencil skirts. I also think it'll look great with my white jeans and maybe even with these grey pants I just ordered to try out - see, so many options!

On a side note, lets all appreciate how nice my hair looks here because I went in for a trim two nights ago, and the guy cut 6 inches off. I'm trying (and failing) at not being super upset about this, but I already ordered the biggest bottle of biotin I can find to make it grow back ASAP. Luckily it'll be under a scrub cap for two straight months, so maybe I won't even notice! (but I totally will...).
DSC07472 DSC07435 BR Monogram Drapey Top Blouse: Banana Republic [exact]
Pants: The Limited [similar]
Tank: Express [exact]
Shoes: Tory Burch [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [save | exact]
Bag: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [exact]
Necklace: Kendra Scott c/o Rocksbox [code franishxoxo for 1 free month!]

On a side note, Banana Republic just added a bunch of great new items to their sale section, and they are all now an additional 50% off. My favorite is this pink blouse - wouldn't it look so great under a blazer? 

Also worth mentioning that LOFT is currently offering 50% off evvvvvverything in stores. We don't have one close to me, so if you do, please go and try this gingham skirt on for me and report back ;)

Monday, June 29, 2015

june budget

Banana Republic Blouse: originally $80 + $20 reward = $60
Madewell sweater: originally $72 + 10% student discount = $65
Madewell belt: originally $45 + 10% student discount = $40
Jack Rogers sandals: $130 + $50 gift card = $80

June budget: $245 - $50 sold = $195
Quarterly budget: $119 in May + $195 in June = $186 left for July

So this month was a bit more spendy than past months, but I kind of knew it was going to be. With my long nights and weekends off, I'm much more likely to do a bit of shopping! I'm very happy with the things I bought this month though. I've wanted a black leather belt with gold hardware for so long, so I'm glad I finally set out to find one - not that it's hard to find a black belt, I just never made it a priority (time for me to take my own advice!). The one I got from Madewell is just about as timeless as it gets, and I've already worn it a ton since I purchased it. On that same trip I bought this striped sweater. You can't see it from the picture above, but it actually has high slits on either side. I love that it's a bit unique while having that classic look about it. It's perfect for cooler nights now, and will definitely be packed for my trip this fall! The top from Banana Republic was a bit more expensive that I usually like to spend on tops, but I just couldn't get it out of my mind, so combined with a reward I've been saving for a few months, I finally ordered it. Pictures coming this week, but you can see a little bit of it on instagram! Last was this pair of Jack Rogers I linked to a few weeks ago - I haven't had a chance to wear them yet since it has rained literally every weekend this month, but I'm very excited to break them in! Aren't they the cutest?

I'm still waiting for my J.Crew Factory order to come in so I can see if the cardigan I ordered is a winner. Depending on how many days I'm in dress clothes this month, I'm also really hoping to find a few pairs of work pants - apparently no one buys pants in the summer! Maybe I'll get lucky and I'll be wearing scrubs for the next two months so it won't matter. Otherwise I don't have my eye on too many things currently, besides this pretty gingham dress that would be perfect for a casual wedding we have coming up in a few weeks.

Like I do every month, I wanted to share the pieces that I received from my sponsors. I think it's only fair that I disclose what I add to my closet that I don't pay for. I only work with companies I truly love, and I always pick out my own items that I end up wearing over and over again. This month I received a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans from Fitcode (more about that coming soon!), a Tory Burch tote from Shopbop, and the watch of my dreams from Larsson & Jennings.

How did you spend your June budget? I'm excited to check out all of your posts. Thank you for linking up every month and sharing your budget with us. Please feel free to link up below and as always, please link back to this post so your readers can find other budgeting bloggers to be inspired by!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

top three

can't stop won't stop with my favorite dress pants

  • Over the last month, we've done quite a few sports physicals. These usually include a questionnaire that asks about family history, and specifically if anyone in the family had died of sudden cardiac issues under the age of 40. This is super important because a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be passed down genetically - it basically means that the heart is enlarged. It usually results in teenagers/young adults suddenly dying during moments of exercise or high stress - I know when I was in high school, we would constantly hear about kids across the country just falling over dead during a basketball game. During the past month, we actually had to send two teenagers to cardiologists because of their family history and abnormal EKGs. 
  • An essential tremor is another disease that can be inherited. It results in a tremor that notably usually goes away with alcohol use, which is why many patients tend to self-medicate with alcohol use. Treatment involves a simple beta blocker, so self-induced alcoholism isn't the only option ;)
  • The "most tweeted medical study" indicates that frequent ejaculation for men may slow down the rate of prostate cancer. Men across the country are rejoicing ;)

on the internet


on franish

notable sales

  • 1 down, 10 more to go! My first month of rotations was on family medicine, and I think it was the perfect way to step into the clinical years. My hours were super nice, I loved the staff at the office I was at, and overall it was just nice to feel like a human again during my nights and weekends off. Tomorrow starts the beginning of two months of surgery. I'll be in a smaller community hospital so while I may not see a very diverse group of surgeries, I'll hopefully get to be more hands on! Wish me luck...I'll need it!
  • CR and I spent part of the weekend in Cleveland and had so much fun. We went to Melt (all the carbs), then got my new computer (!!!), walked around down town, and went on a brewery tour at Great Lakes. It was so nice to get out of town for a little while and see a few new places.
  • It's my grandma's 85th birthday today. My entire family (which is very small) is currently at her house in Germany celebrating, and I'm actually very upset I can't be there. I see my family (now including my parents and siblings) maybe once a year, and knowing that they are all together while I'm here is pretty rough. They always tell you that you'll miss out on family events because of medical school, but that doesn't make it suck any less. The bright side is that I will at least get to see some of them when we make our pitstop in Germany in September. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

building a cohesive wardrobe: making a shopping list

So now that we've cleaned out our closets, and thought about what we want our future wardrobes to look like, it's time to figure out what pieces we want to add back in. Figuring out what you want is pretty easy, it just takes a long time to find it all! Here are a few ways to break it down.

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