My Favorites – Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

May 20, 2015 in SALE!

Nordstrom is one of my favorite retailers, mostly for their excellent customer service. I love browsing their Half-Yearly Sale as much as anyone. This year I only ended up purchasing these Burberry Brit five pocket pants so far (as versatile as it gets, just hope they live up to those reviews!). Burberry rarely goes on sale, so I try to take advantage when it does! I get so much use from my Burberry items, specifically my coats (which also have excellent resale value for when you’re ready to upgrade). Below are some of my other favorites. I think I’ll probably come back for this hat in the next few days. And maybe the pointy toe AGL flats I’ve been coveting. If you are looking to purchase, Ebates has the best cash back right now at 6% (my referral link). The sale goes from today to 5/31, so there’s lots of time for contemplation!

nordstrom sale picks

Burberry Coats: left // center // right or shop all Burberry sale here

Shoes: top left // top right // bottom left //  bottom right or shop all sale shoes here

Workout Clothes: left // center // right or shop all sale active wear here

Hats: left // center // right or shop all sale hats here

So I just got Lasik

May 17, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Like I mentioned in my last post, there’s a lot going on this month! One of the many things on my to-do list is having Lasik done. So I got Lasik yesterday. To be clear, I hate hate hate eyes. I can handle near anything else in medicine, but eyes… *shudder.* So perhaps I freaked out a bit when they were prepping my eyes, first by taping down my eyelashes, then putting the eye opener thing on, and then about 100x more when they started touching my eye, suctioning and making the flap… blind, ahhhhh! That part of the procedure wasn’t painless, but it was tolerable, and just as importantly, it was quick. After they removed the flap (which you can see being removed), the laser does its thing and you just stare at the light. After that the flap gets put back down and you’re done. My vision was blurry right after as if I was under water. But I didn’t feel anything. I went home and napped for as long as I could (~3 hours) and woke up to the most painful sand-in-eye sensation. I cried a ton for about 15 minutes before it was tolerable. The pain slowly improved. I could see better, but not perfect. I started the every 4 hour antibiotic/ steroid drops and the every 1 hour artificial tears. Now I’m about 24 hours out and my eyes feel a little discomfort, but otherwise are ok. My vision is 20/20 with both eyes already, but maybe 20/25 in each separately. My eyes look puffy and have bloodshot marks. Quite sexy.

summer outfit paisley shirt
Lyn Devon Shirt (ETRO does the absolute best paisley I’ve ever seen), J. Crew Pants, Sigerson Morrison Shoes (available in silver, saving for their perfect espadrilles), Roberto Cavalli Bag
Phew, well that’s one less thing to worry about! Now back to the whole packing/ moving thing. One week to go until the move! Every time I move I take a look through everything I own and decide if its worth keeping. I’ve already cleaned out cabinets and desk drawers, now all I have left to go through is my closet. I think my new closet will be similar in size, so I don’t have to get rid of a ton of stuff. But at the same time I don’t want to waste time moving and organizing items that I no longer use. And I could really use that extra money from selling to liven my wardrobe back up! I’m totally in a post-ward-months rut. I only want to wear pajamas every single day (like that Eberjey tunic I mentioned before, or the crazy comfy PJ Salvage tee and shorts I grabbed… oh my gosh love them all!). Thank goodness I don’t work from home, I’d never get dressed! I’m not sure exactly what to remove and what to add to my closet. I might just do my default method for what to get rid of, aka, if it hasn’t been worn this year, it goes. I think I look at items in my closet and like the way they look hanging there, but don’t actually like how they look on. So I rarely wear them. I can’t be the only one that does that, right?

paisley yellow blouse
I’ve recently been gravitating towards basic but flattering skinny pants and a flowing CYA tops. Its such an easy look, and when I find something that works I stick with it! Sometimes I wear black on black and sometimes something a bit more colorful, like here. :) I typically wear patterns on top, but I might grab a pair of patterned pants or two to switch it up. J. Crew’s Garden Pant has been sitting in my cart since their release (waiting for sale, hopefully). They’re stunning pants, and the reviews have been nothing but positive. Its surprisingly hard to find pretty patterns on basic pants, though. Florals get pretty intense, patchwork bottoms start to resemble pajamas, and even patterns you think are always safe like windowpane can just look off. Hmmm. Oh well. I suppose I have lots of time to look, the selling has to be done first. Always better to clean out the closet before adding!

Life Lately

May 10, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Most of the time residency life is so busy that I don’t realize what’s going on. Outside of work I do basic things like eat, sleep, exercise and hopefully keep the house reasonably clean. So during the occasional “slow” month, I try to get caught up with everything else and get my life organized. Slow month = right now.

This is the perfect time for an easy month – there’s so much else going on!

One big upcoming change for me is moving from my small studio apartment into a house (yay!). The rental market is surprisingly tight here in Minneapolis. Ben and I searched for houses for months. Most of the houses were either disgusting or ridiculously expensive (>3k per month). And even most of those were rented in 1-3 days! I got to the point where I was so compulsive about checking rental sites for new listings that I found I was looking 5+ times per day. Luckily it paid off! We managed to find the perfect smaller home in a great area at a price we could afford. The move in date is June 1, its coming up quickly!

Packing and moving is always a hassle, but this move will be especially painful. But for good reasons! Despite our best efforts, the only week that Ben and I coordinate vacation time together this year was the last week of May. We knew we’d likely have to relocate around that time, but we weren’t willing to give up our one and only opportunity for vacation. So, despite knowing that traveling would likely lead to a messy move, we decided to book vacation… the Cayman islands (in only two weeks)!!

Velvet top (striped version still available), Gucci pants, Birkenstock sandals, Fendi bag
With vacation coming up, I’ve been searching my closet for vacation-worthy items. There aren’t many, I have to say. I have a pretty decent work wardrobe, but my casual wear is lacking, and my summer casual wear is essentially non-existent. Bummer. Time for a little shopping, I suppose. The main thing I wanted to buy was lounge wear. I’ll probably spend about 80% of the day in lounge wear or swim wear, and maybe 20% in regular clothes for dinner or something. So lounge clothes seem like a good investment (plus they’ll get a ton of use back home). I wanted something that could double as a swimsuit coverup. I spent some time browsing Shopbop’s massive swim collection, mostly because I had a gift certificate to use up. I was leaning towards this black caftan, but ultimately decided that it was too exclusively beach-y/vacation-y. I played with the idea of a cute and functional romper cover-up, but I just am not brave enough to try the whole romper trend, partially because I have to pee like 15 times per day (ugh what a hassle, haha). I ultimately decided to grab an Eberjey tunic. My gosh, that things looks so comfy I can’t handle it! And I love the flattering cut and front tie. I’ve never tried anything from that company before, but it looks like amazing lounge wear! I wanna grab a pair of their shorts too, I just can’t decide on whether the pink glow or the sky would be more versatile.

Thinking about vacation and has been a much needed motivating factor for kick-starting healthy habits, specifically my diet! Like many others, I typically try to eat mostly healthy food and avoid junk food, but I’m only partially successful. A few weeks ago I decided that I really needed to tone up, so I did the only thing that works for me: tracking what I eat. I’ve used weight watchers in the past with good success, but I wasn’t excited about paying for it. So I finally joined my fitness pal. I’m loving this app, its so easy to use! What wasn’t easy was changing all of the bad habits I didn’t even realize I’d picked up. My portion sizes were too large, my sugar and fat intake was too high and my protein intake was way too low. The first few days of diet modification were the worst, but I think I’ve gotten the hang of it now!

Whew, this post got long! Other blabbering will have to wait, it seems. Have a good week!