More Than I Could Ask For

June 17, 2013 in Balenciaga, LOOKBOOK

*Warning… this might be one of my happiest posts. Ever. Its disgusting.*

I was obviously feeling stressed and a bit sad after I made my move to Minneapolis, but I’ve since taken control of my emotions and am loving this city! Its so beautiful in the summer, as much of the Midwest is. There are people outside walking and biking everywhere (I had no idea it was one of the most active cities in the US)!! The grocery stores around me are wonderful (I have 6 pieces of delicious baklava in the freezer now) and the restaurants are amazing. There are salons and yoga studios on practically every street in my community, and I can’t wait to start using my Pilates Groupon!

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And, my studio is finally starting to come together!  I received this stunning leather mirror and this bold hippie rug to help complement my lighter brown furniture and bamboo room divider. Now I just need to find some wall decor and the room will be ready for pictures! I mentioned this lovely desk in a previous post. I’m running low on my allotted decorating fund, so I picked up this cozy shag rug for a great price, and I’m using a silver stability ball as my office chair (which theoretically burns some calories just by sitting on it). The work space is also in need of some good wall art, but is otherwise looking beautiful! The “sleeping area,” aka bed and end-table-turned-nightstand, definitely needs some work. I don’t really have any ideas nor much money left to give it a lift. I got this textured comforter and this funny shaped lamp to give the room a little personality (both on the way). And hopefully this bloom wave wall decal will be easy enough to put up above the bed. We shall see how it goes.

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As far as work goes, I couldn’t ask for more. I feel so lucky to be in such a friendly work environment. The people around me love teaching, and I love learning. They feed us… get this… not once, but twice per day at breakfast and noon conferences. And they give us food money for the cafeteria. We don’t get paid much, but we have good benefits and a 457 plan, which seems to be the most amazing retirement plan ever. I don’t have to pay social security tax and they match my retirement contributions. I’m honestly still ecstatic. Good day today. Those don’t come by too often. I hope you had a great day, too :)

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// Burberry Jacket, 2 (pre-owned) // T by Alexander Wang Top, xs // Adriano Goldschmied Jeans, 25 (pre-owned)// AGL flats, 36 (pre-owned)// Balenciaga Bag (pre-owned)

superfood

May 12, 2013 in Balenciaga, J. Crew, LOOKBOOK

I’ve been on a cooking kick lately, trying to come up with a few new go-to recipes. The first few months of residency are going to be rough, and for me, good food is a fail safe pick-me-up. And if its healthy, that’s even better. I just made this southwest cilantro lime mango grilled chicken sandwich from allrecipes.com. Oh my, it might be the best sandwich I’ve ever had!! I also just bought this “superfood” cookbook and this “super food” smoothie book. I can’t wait to try them!! I could use a little extra energy from these magic superfoods…

plaid tunic
//Rag & Bone Tunic (pre-owned)//
//J. Crew Cardigan (old, one of the merino ones)//
//J. Crew Minnie Pants, 00P//
//Pour la Victoire Wedges, 6 (seriously comfy and gorgeous!)//
//Balenciaga Bag (pre-owned)//

There are two more days of class (well, one day plus the test). I’m trying not to lose motivation to study. I’m the type of person that always tries to get a million things done in their “free time,” and this month before I start residency will be the only free time I’ll have for a long time. Well, at  least for a few years (minus two weeks of vacation per year). In addition to learning new recipes, I’m educating myself about loans and personal finance (doing great on the challenge, just picked up these Kate Spade Pumps), selling half of my clothes and finishing remodeling the dining room and bathroom. Then I get to pack, move, and sell everything I’m not using or don’t have room for! Oh, fun. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a great start to your week!! Oh, and if you have any good recipes, feel free to share!!

cream cheese filled french toast

May 4, 2013 in Balenciaga, Burberry, Equipment, LOOKBOOK, Zinc

We were so excited to head out for brunch today!! I enjoyed a super yummy quinoa and egg skillet after a difficult self-debate on whether the cream cheese filled french toast was worth working out for the next five hours. For the trip, I decided to don some shorts, despite the not-so-warm weather. I tossed on one of my favorite equipment blouses, which was another eBay find from early this year. I love these things, they’re so comfy! I definitely plan to eventually add more to my collection.

neutral spring colors
Afterwards, we made a quick trip over to J. Crew and tried on some stuff. Came home with a grand total of zero items. Pretty proud of myself right now! I did spend a few minutes snapping some pictures and I’ll post them soon :)

navy, pink and brown
So, I’ve been thinking about those four purchases I’ve allowed myself this month, and I think I’ve decided what to buy. One of the items will definitely be a trench coat in either a black or some sort of tan/ gray. I couldn’t justify spending over $800 on my Burberry trench from the Bloomingdales sale. I just didn’t have that extra money. I’ll see how much I end up with after selling 1/3 of my wardrobe, but I think a new designer trench is out of the question. Bummer.

burberry brit green trench
// Burberry Brit Trench (preowned) //
// Equipment Adele Blouse, xs (preowned) //
// Zinc Shorts (old as dirt) //
// Unknown Cardigan (preowned) //
// Abercrombie Kids Sandals (old)//
// Balenciaga Courier Bag (preowned) //