Post-Vacation Burnout

July 19, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Do you ever find that you actually feel more burnt out after your vacation than you did before it? That’s the situation I’m having now. I was doing ok a month or so ago. And then on our “mandatory unpaid week” I did some relaxing… perhaps too much? Because when I started working again I immediately felt exhausted! I thought it would pass (it takes a while to get back into the regular routine), but it still hasn’t. Granted, its been an exceptionally busy month with only two days off so far.

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Ann Taylor top, J. Crew pants, J. Crew shoes (OMG comfortable, still available in silver), Vintage Fendi bag

Putting on real person clothes this month has been a nice change, though. I’ve actually been doing a pretty good job of mixing and matching my closet. But now I’m starting to notice holes in my wardrobe. One area I’m lacking is knit tops (somehow most of my closet turned into silk shirts).  I made two $10 additions to my closet that have already added a lot of versatility. One is the top I’m wearing in these pics. I could probably mix this top with many colors, but I love the way it looks with the fatigue green. The other top I love is a regular scoop neck tank but in the most vivid, beautiful papaya color.  I think the color actually made me happier every time I looked at it! I’m grabbing a few other cheap sale knits to try now, too. I’m excited about this vintage-y coffee stripe tee, this rolled sleeve one in a deep eucalyptus color, and this simple, comfy black tee.

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While finding knit tops is easy, my ongoing issue has been finding pants or jeans that fit and are flattering and comfortable! I’ve had some successes (with some caveats). The best fitting pants I’ve found is Ann Taylor’s Modern Knit Slim Pants. I have these in navy and black and they’re both extremely comfortable and flattering. What I don’t know how to handle is the length. They’re full length pants and I never figured out how to wear skinny/ slim full length pants with shoes… I typically take everything up to above-the-ankle length. I might need opinions? As far as jeans go, I only had two pairs of jeans in my closet (one J. Crew matchstick crop from last year and one AG stilt from a long time ago) and I’ve been buying and returning like a mad woman trying to find another flattering pair! I ended up with Citizens of Humanity Racer jeans in Slash. Holy flattering (very good for the bum, just read the reviews…). And an amazing wash! They also come in a stunning dark wash and a young distressed wash… we’ll see if either of those go to sale! A few other pairs of pants are on my radar yet, but I’m not sure what I’m actually going to try.

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Oh, and did you find anything ant Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale? I know a lot of people love this sale, but I wasn’t able to find too many things I was excited about. I am taking this opportunity to try out some Zella leggings finally! I couldn’t decide what pair to try initially, but I’m going with their classic ‘live in’ reversible legging. They also come in the capri length, but I have enough plain black capri leggings. The only other thing I was interested in was a cozy pullover that I can throw on over leggings from Beyond Yoga (never heard of them, but just found out they have maternity yoga clothes… good to note for the future!!). Did you pick up anything?

Achieving Completeness

July 11, 2014 in getting healthy & staying healthy, LOOKBOOK, Yoga

Once in a while, one of my many yoga instructors teaches a philosophy that really intrigues me. Such was the case recently. This instructor lectured on the philosophy of how to “achieve completeness.”  She explained that many of us think that, to become complete in life, we must achieve x, y and z (career, house, wardrobe, car, spouse, kids, etc…). I know that mindset all too well. I can’t count the times I’ve thought, I’ll be happier if/when… fill in the blank.  She argued that this mindset will not be successful. Instead, we should learn to let go. What does she mean by that? She encourages us to let go of tangible things (think negative people, anxiety-provoking websites like facebook, or items that cause distress like yoga shorts that emphasize cellulite) or intangible things (think distressing thoughts of negative comments from others, scenarios that went unfavorably, or any of the many what-if cases we obsess over…) that don’t contribute to our happiness and sense of completeness.

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I suppose that’s enough yoga philosophy for this largely superficial shopping blog. I feel like I should have some life-changing purchases or something to share after those words, not just my usual fretting about this or that item. Oh well, oh well. I’m not deterred!!

I first wanted to bring up Athleta, because they’re having their spring/ summer sale. If you’re looking to try out some new workout gear, take a browse. I ended up with the Shimmy short (amazing reviews, more for casual use and to/from class) and Cosmic chaturanga shortie (love the print and slightly longer length than my butt cheek showing Lulu Boogie shorts). I know Nordstrom is having their Anniversary sale, and I’ve been waiting for it to finally come around so I could pick up some Zella stuff on sale. Surprisingly, not a whole lot made it to sale! I might pick up these Lulu-copy capris, (not even on sale), but I’m going to hold off for now as I don’t need more crops at the moment, partially because I have a rather substantial Sweaty Betty order on its way to me (excited to try out this brand!). Maybe I should put together a large athletic apparel review seeing as I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the stuff over the past year. If only there was a little extra time in a day! Have a great weekend!

Internal Medicine Internship – A Summary

June 29, 2014 in LOOKBOOK, Residency

I can officially say that intern year is over now! What better time to share my thoughts for the year?

  • Big picture: Compared to college and medical school, I’d rate intern year as more enjoyable than medical school (every single year of it) and less enjoyable than college (no surprise there).
  • The bad things about this year: In the beginning- feeling incompetent, working slowly, having to ask stupid questions like how much replacement potassium to give. In the middle- getting worn down and burnt out, missing holidays with family, missing all of my non-medicine friends that are back in Milwaukee. In the end- feeling ready to not be an intern anymore!
  • The good things about this year (definitely outweigh the bad!): Basic things- Having a “real” job, a paycheck and health insurance :)  Becoming more competent- Feeling 100% more capable at taking care of patients, making plans and changing them as necessary; I can manage a moderately sized team easily on my own (~10 patients), and when I talk to patients now, I actually feel like I’m their doctor and am able to make at least a small difference in their life. Other stuff- Learning to balance life and residency acceptably well… at least I stay in shape, eat ok, see friends and family, and try to stay positive most of the time! I have some seriously awesome friends, and an amazing boyfriend that I’m incredibly grateful for. Not to mention a supportive family that doesn’t make me feel guilty for missing every single holiday celebration because I’m working.

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IRO cardigan, J. Crew tank, Maggie Ward pants, Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, Fendi bag

I’m not dreading starting G2 year, but its hard to get super excited. This year we do have more consult months instead of just getting slammed with ward months over and over. The good and the bad of consult months is no scrubs! I’ll have to get dressed every day, not just a few days per month like how I’ve become accustomed to. The problem with this is I got rid of most of my pants recently. And haven’t replaced them yet. Why is pants shopping so difficult (and I’m able to wear anything except obvious blue jeans!)? I haven’t gotten any new pairs yet… although three pairs from Yoox are on their way to me as I type, all brands I’m not familiar with (Daniele Alessandrini- love the back pockets!! Dondup and Piazza Sempione- intrigued by the viscose/wool/elastane blend… sounds lovely) . My favorite pair of pants I own is the J. Crew Matchstick cropped pants from last year. So flattering, they don’t bag out and hold up great to washing. I’ve been waiting for J. Crew to come out with these again, but no luck (ugh, why does that always happen!?!). I’ve seen people looking awesome in the new fit of the toothpick jean, so the Ecru pair has been sitting in my cart for a while. Beyond this, I don’t really know where to look. I’d love any recommendations!

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I suppose I should get back into shopping for business casual clothes in general instead of obsessing over workout clothes (don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be browsing Lululemon, Athleta and Sweaty Betty once in a while, but my collection is sufficient for now). Time to start frequenting the blogs again for inspiration!! I’m already filling my wishlist with beautiful, unpractical items. Like these Kurt Geiger London pumps (they resemble a sculpture but actually appear reasonably comfortable with a wider toe box) , or this McQ dress (*sigh* I love those patterns and symmetry, reminds me of those inkblot things).

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Well, one more day of vacation (aka, unpaid leave). I’ll be sitting here relaxing. In fact, I might take a nap right now! I hope you’re enjoying your summer and finding time to relax, too!