I remember back when I was a pre-med college student. My goal was to get into medical school. Finishing training and actually practicing medicine seemed impossibly far away. First and second years of medical school felt essentially the same, as most of the learning was done in the classroom. Third and fourth years of medical school were eye-opening. While practicing medicine independently still seemed far away, I was actually kind of glad for that… there were 2495325483 things I felt like I didn’t know! Then there was residency. I talk a lot about residency because it consumes most of my life right now. But, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! I’m so so excited to finally be on the job search! I’m sure it’ll be a while until I sign a contract and get things settled (it seems like a long process), but its exciting none-the-less.
Unfortunately, with the added commitments of the job search on top of already crazy ward hours, there hasn’t been time for much else. I usually never do sponsored posts because I don’t have time or energy for them (I barely find time for regular posts!). But a few weeks ago Dermstore offered to send me a free BeautyFix box, which is only $12.50-$25 anyway. Like I said, I typically say no to such offers, but my skin has been so rash-y and broken out for the past few months that I figured it couldn’t hurt to give new things a try. I’m probably the last person to hear about these types of boxes with a few seemingly random products in them, but they’re actually pretty nice. I’d been meaning to try Paula’s Choice skincare for a while since people have said such great things. The box had the CLEAR regular strength daily skin clearing treatment, which I’ve now been using daily. Its slowly helping my oily skin. I’m going to try the entire line with the cleanser and toner as well to see if it helps (breaking out near age 30 is seriously not fun). I also have been intermittently using the other products, but I probably won’t specifically purchase any of them again. I do have to say, I’m excited that it came with a solid sample size shampoo (a nice minty one) and conditioner – awesome for traveling with! Overall, I’m happy I tried this box and would recommend it if you’re looking to try new products.
Side note, I love those Sloan flats 😉
Well, I had other things I was going to write tonight, but its already past nine and tomorrow is a call day, so it’ll be an early start and late night. Hope your summer has been going well, I just realized its September!! Crazy! I hate how fast time seems to go by when I’m working a lot. Oh well, have to enjoy what’s left, right?
I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to exercising. I’ll do almost any type of workout, but my workout of choice is some form of yoga. I did gymnastic for a while when I was younger. I didn’t start until late elementary school so I was too old to ever be very good. But I still liked it! I enjoyed the floor the most because bars cause hand rips and balance beams and vaults are freaking scary after you hurt yourself a few times. But the floor… *sigh.* The best thing about the floor was being upside-down, whether just holding a handstand or doing handsprings and tucks. After quitting gymnastics, I didn’t realize how much I missed balancing until I picked up yoga in college. I didn’t stick with it for long, being a college student without much money. Medical school wasn’t any better as far as having extra spending money. But soon after I started residency I picked yoga back up and have been doing it since.
Of course I love practicing postures in yoga, but there’s so much more to yoga than that. Its really all about breathing. Inhaling deeply with one movement, exhaling deeply with the next. Focusing 100% on breath and clearing the mind of anything else. The breathing is the hard part, really. Especially after a long, stressful day. I’m still not amazing at it. Some days I can breathe away most tension. And other days aren’t quite so successful. Yoga seems to be a thing now. It definitely wasn’t so cool when I started! One good aspect about it gaining popularity is the abundance of workout clothes available! Not that yoga has anything to do with clothes. You can practice is almost anything. But really, who doesn’t feel better in some flattering technical gear? I’ll admit that I’ve spend quite a bit on yoga stuff over the past few years. I hate to say it, but my favorite stuff is from Lululemon. I hate to like this overpriced company. But the stuff fits well and its nice and nice to be able to thoughtlessly grab a flow-y bra, cool racerback tank (or Sweaty Betty’s nearly identical version) and a pair of high times crops when I have to head to my 6AM class.
I don’t branch out much with tops, but I try to with leggings. Like I’ve mentioned before, I do wear my Zella leggings (or their equivalent of Lululemon’s high times), but not usually in the summer because they’re too hot. I’m becoming quite a fan of Teeki’s patterns. My classmates have looked stunning and so so slim in the deer medicine hot pant and the love the elephant hot pant. But those are such distinctive prints that I hate to feel like I’m copying them (even though I know it doesn’t matter). Onzie is also known for their patterns, but their’s are more abstract and super colorful (which can be good or not so good). I also see ladies sticking with classics like Nike (who actually came out with some amazingly flattering prints like this striated pair) and Under Armor (which I’ve never had much luck with myself). I’ll eventually branch out more, but I’m somewhat deterred because I can resell my used Lululemon stuff much easier than I can sell other brands.
If you’re thinking about picking up yoga, I’d definitely encourage you to try it! Its so good for the mind, like I said. And I don’t think any other workout build as much strength and flexibility. If you have questions about anything from what mat to use to specific questions on yoga philosophy, I’m happy to do what I can to help!
J. Crew flats can be hit or miss. They’ve made some amazing pairs over the years, so I don’t hesitate to give new pairs a try (even I can sneak returns in during their 60 day return policy)! My recent favorite additions were the Harper cutout flat and the Viv flat, now both discontinued to make way for the new arrivals. Their newest style is the Sloan d’Orsay flat. It first arrived in a basic suede version, and now also features a gold leather version, studded black suede version, glitter version and calf hair version. I had such a hard time deciding which pair to get! I ultimately ended up with the suede pair in cabernet when the most recent sale started. Note they took the suede pair off of sale but the other ones are still up to 30% off right now (you could probably chat and get the 30% off if you tried). Here are my thoughts on this shoe.
Sizing: I used to need to size up 1/2 size in J. Crew shoes (from a 6 to a 6.5). Recently this hasn’t been the case. Given the reviews saying these ran large, I stuck with my regular size 6. They fit just how I want them to. Not snug, but not so loose as they fall off when I’m walking. Just the right amount of space to allow my feet to swell a little throughout the day.
Comfort: J. Crew suede is super comfortable. The suede used in these shoes is the same as that used in my favorite Elsie pumps (note the colors are the same, too). It doesn’t rub or make blisters! Other things to note about the shoe: The toe box is on the wider side and does stretch out (good for me, bad for those with narrow feet!). They are comfortable to walk in, but there isn’t much cushion. They are a little stiff, but not horrible like the Manolos they’re copying.
Style: Like I mentioned earlier, I love the look of this shoe! They have a pointed toe, which gives a more streamlined look and seems to add length to the leg. The d’Orsay cut gives the shoes a laid back vibe overall. But the vamp is cut up higher, so no toe cleavage. Depending on what color you get (black? glittery pink?), these can either be a perfect work basic or a fancy dressy shoe.
Quality: I think the quality of these shoes is ok. The materials are all pretty good. The suede is beautifully saturated. The leather lining is nice. The craftsmanship is ok, definitely not perfect. They’re expensive at $148, but much more affordable at 30% off.
Overall: I think these are well worth the sale price for me since they’ll get so much use. My favorite aspect about these is the colors they come in. I kind of regret not getting the pink pair in the pictures… maybe next time. I need to save some money! I’ll post some outfit pics with them as soon as I can