Sunday, April 19, 2015

top three [04.19.2015]

a striped tee for all season: one | two | three

  • While electroconvulsive therapy ("electroshock therapy") seems like it's something that no longer exists (it's over 80 years old), it's actually still a pretty common tool used in the treatment of depression or mania with over a million people receiving it yearly.  It's actually one of the safest options for severely depressed pregnant women! Great improvements have been made in the past few decades with the use of anesthesia and muscle relaxants to make it a less terrifying experience for the patient.
  • Many performers in "freak shows" of the past actually had medical conditions that predisposed them to their talents. An example of this is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which due to a defect in connective tissue, and leads to hyperflexibility and stretchy skin. Here's a short video that shows a couple of examples. 
  • The various vasculitis syndromes are some of my favorite pathological diseases. Kawasaki Disease is pretty interesting disease because it happens in young children. Due to an autoimmune reaction, vessels in these children's' bodies become inflamed, with the most serious of these vessels being the coronary arteries. This can lead to fatal coronary artery aneurysms but don't worry, with the right treatment, mortality is less than half a percent. The treatment is also interesting, as it includes aspirin, which is hardly ever given to children. 

on the internet

  • Helpful hints for buying on eBay - take it from this lady, she has ninja eBay skills!
  • Are you guys participating in Sarah's Top 10 Remix? I'm not getting dressed/blogging consistently enough to do it this time around, but I've loved seeing all of your takes on it!

  • I've seen this beautiful midi skirt on several bloggers and just fell in love with it. It's way too expensive and it wouldn't really be something I can wear to work, but a girl can dream, right? (please say right)
  • Peplum was something I haven't really gotten in to, but I would love to try on this beautiful lace peplum top. Maybe as a post boards present to myself? 
  • I love the color of this sheer lipstick - it just looks like it would the prettiest color for spring...and summer...and really, whenever.
  • P.S. Don't forget that the Lilly x Target line came out today! I'm stopping by my Target early just to take a look - I have my eye on the wine stoppers, the blue tassel shorts, and the starfish cuff :) This article on the collaboration was also an interesting read - I love that the brand says that everyone should get to enjoy their aesthetic, which is so refreshing. 

on franish
  • on the blog: a review of some hits and misses lately 
  • on the instagram: what's your favorite flavor? 
  • on the twitter: my fantasies include early morning "fun" reading, an afternoon nap, and a movie on the couch with white cheddar popcorn

notable sales
  • Ann Taylor: 40% off select styles
  • Loft: 40% off everything (code: SHAREIT)
  • Kate Spade: 25% off everything (code: DEAREST)

  • We ordered our couch this week! Thank you for all of your suggestions on instagram - we ended up going with the middle color because it's dark enough to hide any stains and floating pet hairs (although it will firmly be a NO PETS couch) but is still a very neutral color.  Now I get to start imaginary decorating it and the surrounding space! I love the idea of this ink dot pillow with this gold pillow just because it's a little girly but something that CR will still approve of. Now I just need to figure out how to convince him that this gold coral is a necessary part of that vision...
  • We're at the part of board studying where the days are starting to run together and I'm just kind of numb to the amount of time we spend studying. On Wednesday we spent 12 hours at the library, and then studied for another 3 after coming home. It sounds nuts, but the hours just kind of fly by.
  • Spring is officially here! CR and I went on a three mile run yesterday by the lake, and it was so nice to be outside for a little while. I haven't ran in a while, just ellipticalled all winter, and yesterday made me realize how much I miss running. We are thinking about signing up for a half marathon sometime this summer! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

little red dress

red sleeved dress with long necklace I've been looking for a sleeved red dress for ages (does it feel like I say that about a lot of things? I'm always looking for something...), but apparently they are much harder to find than one would think! A few weeks ago I was perusing Nordstrom's dress section (a weekly habit) looking for a dang dress for that wedding next month, and I spotted this one. The ratings spoke very highly of it, so when I had the opportunity through ShopStyle to try out a dress from Nordstrom, it was the push I needed to order it because what's the worst thing that happens, I use the free return shipping and send it back? 

The reviews say that if you are between sizes, which I am, to size down, so I'm wearing a 10 here. It's a beautiful thick fabric that isn't stiff at all. The lining helps hold the shape of the dress, and I think the cut is so flattering. It's form fitting without being tight. I wore this on a quick dinner out with CR before settling down at the library (after changing into yoga pants...). I loved having a chance to get just a little dressed up by pairing it with my favorite wedges and tassel necklace (I felt very Joan) but I do think it's a bit short on me with heels in more professional settings, so I'll be wearing it with flats at school. It's like the perfect dual occasions dress!
Tahari Seamed A-Line Dress
red dress
Tahari Seamed A-Line Dress (Regular & Petite)
Dress: c/o Tahari dress [exact - comes in a bunch of colors!]
Necklace: Forever 21 [exact]
Wedges: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [exact]
Below are a few more "dual occasion" dresses - I adore the polka dot wrap dress!

Thank you to ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

purple rain

chambray blazer with a striped top for work
If my flattened hair didn't give it away, it just started sprinkling when we started taking these pictures. I kind of forgot that with the beautiful spells of sun and 65 degrees comes random thunderstorms...

On a completely different, non-boring weather, topic is the subject of Rocksbox. If you guys follow on instagram, you've probably seen that I've been wearing various pieces of jewelry from them lately. There are literally hundreds of different subscription boxes out there - make-up, nail polish, clothes, snacks, you know the drill. I've tried a couple of them, like Birchbox and Le Tote, and wasn't the biggest fan. The concept of Le Tote is wonderful, but if you are outside of their standard sizing, the clothes didn't fit all that well - everything was always shorter than I wanted it to me, so it wasn't worth the cost of the box for me.

You know what looks good on everyone? Jewelry. Rocksbox asked me a few months ago if I wanted to try out their jewelry subscription box, and hey, who doesn't like to wear free jewelry? The concept of Rocksbox is for $20 a month, you basically get an unlimited amount of jewelry - well, you really get 3 pieces at a time, but if you don't like it, you can send it back and have a new box at your house in just a few days. Rocksbox gave me a subscription for three months, and I was thinking about if I would spend my own money on it, and you know, I really would. I have a large collection of necklaces I don't really wear. I wear them a few times and then I'm kind of bored with them. There are definitely exceptions - certain items I wear over and over again, but I definitely have more that I don't wear. When I got this Juliet + Co. necklace in a recent box, I was so excited because it's so pretty...but it's also a very "statement" pieces that I know I wouldn't wear as often as the cost would make me feel like I had to. So I wore it with an outfit I loved, and then sent it right back. Best part is that now I have a new box coming my way with a few pieces I think I will really love, and if it turns out I want to wear them again and again, I can buy them from Rocksbox at a discounted price (plus they give you $10 every month that goes toward a purchase, so it's even cheaper). 

Rocksbox isn't paying me to say any of this, but I wanted to share my thoughts on their subscription box. If you'd like to give it a try, you can get a free month with the code "franishxoxo". If you've signed up, or do in the future, I'd love to hear about your opinions on it! 
Juliet + Co Brilliance Necklace
Loft Chambray Blazer
Blazer: Loft [exact | review here]
Tee: Boden [exact]
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Necklace: borrowed from Rocksbox
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [exact]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Nails: Essie [exact]
what to wear with a chambray blazer

Monday, April 13, 2015

review: j.crew skinny stretch cargo, loft geo eyelet dress and more

I wanted to share a few recent things I've ordered online or tried on in stores. There are a couple I was really excited about but didn't work, and a few winners too. For reference, I'm 5'9'' and am between a 10 and 12. 
Old Navy Women's Eyelet Dress
I ordered this dress after seeing it on Carly's instagram a few weeks ago. You guys know I've been looking for a white casual dress for a few years ago, and I was hoping that this one with it's full short sleeves and slight fit and flare would be the one. I'm wearing a tall medium here and there are many things that I love about it - the eyelet pattern is super cute, the sleeves fit comfortably without being too tight, and the length is perfect. What made me decide not to keep it is the collar - it strangely is much too large! It was very floppy and it just completely killed it for me. The search continues!

Women's Sleeveless Ponte-Knit Sheath Dresses; Old Navy Women's Sleeveless Ponte-Knit Sheath Dresses
As I was returning the above dress, the store was having a big sale on dresses so I tried on a couple. I mentioned this dress a few months back - stripes and pockets, how can you really go wrong? The dress itself isn't bad at all, it just wasn't right on me. I'm wearing a medium here. It fits nicely on my hips, but was too large on top - there is much too much fabric around my waist. I didn't love the dress enough to consider having it tailored to fit better so this was a pass for me. Big plus though was that it was an appropriate length on me.

Women's Jersey Fit & Flare Dresses
While the striped dress didn't work out, I fell in love with this simple black dress. I saw it on Audrey a few weeks ago and very specifically went looking for it based on her recommendation. Along with a simple white summer dress, I've wanted one like this forever. I just think it would be so versatile - flats and a cardigan for school, wedges and a jean jacket for a night out, or just sandals for a casual summer day. I am wearing a medium here and it fits nicely - snug but not too tight. I can't wait to wear it all summer (...when I'm not in scrubs on my surgery rotation....blah). I highly recommend it!
Loft Chambray Blazer

Next up was a fairly large Loft order. They had a 40% off everything sale, and with a "welcome to our emails" discount count for an additional 25% off, I went a little crazy ordering a bunch of stuff to try on. I actually didn't order a ton of different things, but did order most in two sizes just in case I really loved something but didn't have the right size. 

First up is that chambray blazer I talked about a few weeks ago. I ordered it in a 10 and a 12 - the 12 was much too large on me, so the 10 is what I'm wearing above. According to the comments, this runs large for everyone. I think it is pretty expensive full price, and because it is quite lightweight and unlined, I don't suggest paying full price (not that you ever should at Loft anyway!). I got this for under $60 with the discounts, which is a lot easier to swallow, especially since it's in a style I can wear several different ways. I'll be honest and say I haven't been wearing my J.Crew Schoolboy blazers much this year. Because I wear black bottoms so often, I can't really wear the navy blazer, and the black blazer makes me look like I'm wearing a suit. I love wearing blazers though, so this is a nice middle ground between too casual and too dressed up. 

One downside to this blazer is that it only has one button, while I would have preferred it to have two. I generally wear my blazers open anyway, so that's not a huge deal for me, but it's something to keep in mind. Several women, including Eunice on facebook and Megan on instagram mentioned that this blazer did not work for them. Eunice said that she needs a blazer with a bit more structure for her petite body, which I agree that this blazer does lack structure more so than other blazers. Megan says that her normal size was much too large on her body but it fit well in the arms. Thank you for the feedback, ladies!
I feel I've said this about everything so far, BUT...I've been looking for grey work pants for a while now. Maybe it's because the color grey reveals more than black does, but I just can't seem to find a pair I like! This wool pencil pant is not a winner either. I'm wearing a 10 tall here. It doesn't have belt loops, it sits very high on me (up to my belly button), it pulls across the hips, and is too loose in the lower legs. Do you have a pair of straight grey pants you love? Please let me know, because I'd love to try them.
Loft Geo Eyelet Tee
Because I seem to believe you can never have enough white shirts, I added this eyelet tee to my order. I'm wearing a large here. It's not horrible, but it's not great either. I like the eyelet and the longer sleeves, but it's a bit short on me. I also don't like that the front of the shirt is more polyester feeling shirt while the back feels like cotton. It's also quite sheer, which is to be expected, but doesn't look that way online. I think it could be cute tucked into a skirt, but I would prefer to have a more versatile shirt that I can wear several different ways.
Loft Geo Striped Lace Dress
We have several weddings this summer, so I've been on the lookout for a dress to wear to the first one. Several of you have mentioned seeing this dress in stores, so I wanted to give it a try. The reviews mention it runs large, so I ordered a 10 Tall. I can't completely explain why I didn't love it - it just didn't feel right on me. I think it may be because it's a bit too long in the torso on me - I feel it made everything look a little too saggy (for my age ;) ) and even with a belt wasn't that flattering to my waistline. The skirt also had just a bit too much fabric in it, making it bunch up in the front. It's a cute lightweight dress though, and many of the reviews are raving about it, so if you are interested, it's worth trying out, it just didn't work for me. I was hoping to find maxi dress for the first wedding anyway, and one of these days I will finally order this beautiful chiffon maxi....maybe ;) 
I haven't shopped at J.Crew lately, but I've had this popover tunic in my basket for some time now. I prefer popovers like this because you can wear them both casually or more dressed up, and there is no chance of gaping because there are no buttons (busty women rejoice, amiright?). I ordered this in a 10 Tall, as I generally size down one size when I order in talls. The sleeve length is long enough on me (but you guys know I roll all my sleeves up anyway), but I like that it gives me a bit of length in the torso so it doesn't risk looking boxy. I think the detailing on it is so pretty, and I'm very excited to wear it with with jeans this summer. It does look a bit more purple online, but I would say this more blue than purple (you can see more of it here). 
Okay, last time...I've wanted olive pants for years (seeee, here's a post from 1.5 years ago, and I know there's an even older one somewhere....). I've tried various ones on from J.Crew, but always in store so they were always in non-tall sizing, so they generally were too short on me. I saw that this pair was available in talls, so I ordered them in my normal size 31. From the front, I love them, weird pockets and all. I thought they were very comfortable and slimming, even with the slanted pockets (which didn't stick out like so many of those types of pockets tend to do). The problem is in the back - I seriously felt like my butt looked like Kim Kardashian's due to the lack of full pockets. This booty definitely needs the distraction that normal pockets brings, and without it, I just felt very booty booty booty everywhere in it. SO CLOSE. If they ever come out with a similar pair with normal butt pockets, I'll definitely be ordering them, because I loved them otherwise. 

So nothing too crazy this time around. I am currently patiently (ie impatiently) waiting for this red dress to show up at my doorstep, and I'll be sure to let you guys know how it works out! Have you found any winners lately? I'd love to hear about them!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

top three [04.12.2015]

I miss wearing jeans 

  • A deletion on chromosome 5 can lead to a syndrome called Cri du chat, which means cry of the cat in french. It's named this because many infants have a cry that sounds like a cat's meow
  • While most health issues have to do with problems below the skin, we are taught to look for clues that we can see to help us make a diagnosis. Years before imaging and explorative surgery were possible, these clues were all doctors had to base their diagnoses on. Finger clubbing was the first diagnostic clue tied to a disease - it points (haha get it?) to certain pulmonary and cardiac issues.
  • Pica is a rare type of eating disorder that leads people to eat various non-nutritive objects, like paper, metal, or sand. There different variations and causes, from iron deficiency to a chemical imbalance. There are all sorts of preferences for different objects - here are a couple of different videos of people of various ages and object preferences.  

on the internet

  • I'm not a huge floral person, but the print on this (oh so flattering) dress is beeauuuuutiful. I could totally do florals this way! Think black cardigan and heels for work, jean jacket and sandals for a night out (ps looking for a jean jacket? I just got this one and love it. It's currently 60% off and there are a few sizes left. If you are between sizes, I would suggest sizing down - mine is a medium and fits nicely)
  • Soft. pink. espadrilles (for under $40). You will be mine! 
  • Those espadrilles + skinny jeans + this soft white blouse = summer uniform. It looks slightly boxy - I wonder if ordering it in a size down but in a tall will help make it more figure flattering?

on franish
  • on the blog: the difference a year makes
  • on the instagram: tell me you wouldn't do the same
  • on the pinterest: think CR will allow a pink chair in our living room? We are ordering our couch this week though and I'm so nervous/excited!

notable sales

  • Game of Thrones!!!!!!! We won't start watching this season until we are through with this season's House of Cards, but I'm SO excited it's back. We only finished the previous season a month ago, but I already was going through withdrawals. Remember, no twitter spoilers!! ;)
  • I'm very much emoji obsessed, if my snapchat, instagram, and actual stickers didn't give it away. Did you see they came out with new ones? Still no cheese one, so me and Apple are currently not on speaking terms. 
  • We are just under six weeks away from our board exam and I'm actually feeling okay. I'm about half way through the question bank (just about everyone studies for step 1 by doing a 2500 question bank) and feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the material...sometimes. It's getting harder and harder to lock myself away for hours at a time now that it's nicer out, but I just keep reminding myself that this is temporary. I know there will be times where I will miss this time of school - making my own schedule, just sitting at a table with my coffee and learning, but I'm also kind of excited for our clinical years to start. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

one year ago today: boden wow pencil skirt

I didn't realize that I wore basically the exact same thing, one year apart, until I put the pictures next to each other. You know what they say - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I'm so excited it's finally warm enough outside to wear skirts again. I don't really wear skirts much in the winter because I hate tights, but we are consistently above 35 degrees now, and that means skirt weather! This one from Boden is one of my favorites, although I don't wear it nearly enough. I love that it's something just a little bit unique in my closet (yellow and green, who am I?...besides someone from Wisconsin) but it also fits in perfectly with the more tame pieces I have.

On a different note, I'm like a whole new level of pale right now. I finally broke down and ordered Tanwise after seeing it recommended on several blogs. Lets hope it gives me just a little color so I don't completely match my nude shoes...

boden wow pencil skirt
Blouse: Loft [similar on sale]
Skirt: c/o Boden [exact]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Bag: Kate Spade [similar]
Watch: Michael Kors [exact]
Lipstick: Nars [exact]
Nails: Essie [exact]
tweed skirt with button up blouse
previous one year ago posts: floral pants, embroidered tee

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

all you need is a light jacket

blue tunic with jeans and cognac accessories

If I were a better planner, I would have waited to post these until the perfect date.  But I'm not, so here we are! 

I ordered the J.Crew field jacket a few weeks ago during a particular good sale. I've had my eye on it for the past two years, but never actually bought it. When it went on sale for just over $70, and it the weather outside looked like it would need a jacket for the next month, I finally bought it. I ended up ordering it in tall large and after trying it on, was debating exchanging it for a medium. When I wear a light shirt under it, it is a little too big on me, but I figured that I will want to wear it with sweaters and more layers during the cooler months of the year, so I kept the large. It's come in handy over the last week since we've gone from 60 and sunny to 20 and snowy within 24 hours!

Blouse: J.Crew [exact on sale - I'm wearing a medium]
Jacket: J.Crew [exact]
Jeans: Uniqlo [exact]
Bag: Madewell [exact | black version on sale]
Shoes: Banana Republic [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [love this pink face version]
P.S. J.Crew Factory's jewelry is all on sale for $15 or less. I just picked up this $50+ necklace that I've wanted forever. Sale ends tomorrow!