Saving for big purchases

January 22, 2014 in J. Crew, LOOKBOOK

My recent success with curbing spending is probably more due to long work hours than self control. I haven’t kept up with any shopping blogs, nor have I read any retailer emails about their “can’t miss” sales, nor have I frequented any retailer sites (like I had a bad habit of doing). Its been a nice break for my bank account. Which is good, because I have a few big purchases planned this year! One of which is my upcoming trip to Costa Rica with my brother. Only five more weeks until vacation! I haven’t had vacation since last June. I mean, even having weekends off for a month seems like a vacation for residents (haven’t had that for about three months now…), but a whole week off? Whew, I don’t know if I can handle that. I’m going to be obnoxious-happy-excited. My brother’s gonna hate me.

Stadium Cloth Coccon Coat Petite
J. Crew Coat in 0P (certain colors on sale), Equipment Shirt in xs, Lululemon tights, Stuart Weitzman Boots in 6M (here in black croc for 65% off!), unknown scarf, Celine Mini Luggage bag in Camel

I’ve had a few random days off recently because I’m doing a rotation in the ED, so I’ve been trying to catch up on a little shopping and blogging. I feel so behind! I’ve never not had any items on my wishlist (gosh, what could be worse than not wanting things, lol). Well, this J. Crew coat that I’m wearing in these pics is on my wishlist now. I put up my review a while back but ended up returning the coat because I couldn’t justify the price at the time. But it is a good looking coat, so if the other colors get cheaper, they’re mine (if my size is still left). I also have more Stuart Weitzman boots on my radar. I remember reading reviews of people saying they got great deals on SW boots in the spring, so I’ll be on the lookout for deals for other pairs. A comfy, classic boot is a necessity in this frigid weather! A worthy investment. Amazon has some good deals already on certain styles. The 5050 boot is 25% off in certain colors (gray, bordeaux, etc.) and the demiswoon boot is 25% off in black (sadly, or gratefully, my size is sold out). The boot that’s tempting me is the crushable knee-high boot in black nappa at 57% off. Gah, soooo tempting!! Trying to hold out for the highline boot, but why not just try the other one out in the meantime? Rationalize, Amber. Do you have any wishlist items I can “gain inspiration” from? :)

Easy Petite Looks
So, I’m planning on doing a little summary post of my residency experiences thus far. Really, its not that bad. I like what I do, I just don’t like that it completely consumes my life. I know the 80 hour work limit is “generous” compared to past generations work hours. But its still a lot. Seeing friends and family is important to me. Eating healthy and exercising are important to me. And having some hobbies outside of work is important to me. I honestly think I’m a better person and doctor when I have the chance to do these things. *Sigh.* One day.

I hope you’re doing well this winter, its been a long one already!

is it really over?

May 14, 2013 in celine, Equipment, J. Crew, LOOKBOOK

For most medical students, the four year journey is filled with mixed emotions. You learn so much in such a short amount of time. You get to see everything from babies entering the world to trauma victims leaving it. As exciting as school sometimes was, I’m relieved to be done. I try to be a low-stress person, but the last four years tested that ability. Many of us were depressed during some part of the last four years, and I felt that way at times, too. Medicine is a difficult field. But I’m happy I did this. It will be worth it.

Wearing Yellow
Alright, enough of that! On to more important things: Marion’s “Trend of the Month” challenge!! Marion is one of the sweetest bloggers out there. Her posts can make me actually lol (people usually mean “laughing on the inside” when they write lol, right?), and her posts can make me cry. Well, technically I just tear up and sniffle and then tell myself to suck it up. But, my point is, if you haven’t checked out her blog, head on over there! :)

A quick note on the shirt. As I’ve said before, I have an obsession with Equipment signature shirts. They have the most amazing washed silk and the best drape ever. I picked up this equipment shirt on eBay a while back and it finally arrived! I also got it in the black and white version. Yes, that might be overkill. Oh well. They were great deals and will be worn to death!

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// Equipment Shirt, xs (pre-owned) //
// Zinc Shorts (old as the dinos) //
// J. Crew Sandals, 6.5 //
// Celine Bag //
// Loro Piana Scarf (pre-owned) //

Thank you for reading!

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!!