I’m almost done with my second MICU month. Thank goodness it was a bit easier the second time around! Still, I haven’t really been doing too much outside of work. I do make an effort to attend yoga, which really helps my mood. And I’ve made some time to do some largely unsuccessful online shopping. I have found a few keepers, though.
I finally got around to trying out my new cosmetics from the Sephora F&F sale! Some things were awesome, but most things ended up returned (better for the budget, right?). One definite keeper was Lancome’s nail polish. They don’t have a ton of color options, but all of the colors I got were super pigmented, streak-free and easy to apply (and I have no nail painting skills)! Such a great formula. I also tried a bunch of foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturizers. Ugh, not fun. I was rash-y and broken out almost constantly. The two products that didn’t break me out and looked wonderful all day were Dior’s skin tint and YSL’s illuminating foundation. I’m in the process of deciding which one to keep! One last unexpectedly good product was Illamasqua’s cream blush. I got it in zygomatic, which gives a beautiful, natural tint. I’ve never heard of that brand before (maybe I’m the only one?), but I’m impressed. They have an array of beautiful powder blushes too, that I’m tempted to try out!
I think I’m gonna keep the few items I bought from J. Crew a while back. I got a pair of Sloane patent pumps (again). Last time I bought them in a 6.5, but this time I grabbed a 6. I’m in between sizes for these, so I’m not sure what to do. Maybe I’ll stretch out the 6′s with the sock + hair dryer trick? I’m also a fan of the Collection cashmere pocket tunic, that apparently went back up to full price. I took an xs in this (vs. xxs). I like the extra length and room in the arms and body. This comes in such beautiful colors!! I’m sure it’ll be back on sale soon (and I wouldn’t mind grabbing it in another color!). The “surprise” in this order was the Deep ivy plaid shirt. This is way thicker and warmer than I was expecting!! It would be do-able to layer a sweater over it (maybe a slight bit bulky), but I think I’m going to layer another button down under it and essentially use this as a “sweater.”
I caved last minute during J. Crew’s Cyber Monday sale and placed another order (just to try? lol). The stuff hasn’t arrived, so I can’t comment on the items just yet. Just a warning, this is the most random order ever. I think I was pretty tired! It started out with some toasty socks. Then I added a colorblock baseball cap (what?). Somehow, the Collection cafe capri in pintucked heavy shantung ended up in my cart next. In vivid avocado… interesting. Last but not least, the Collection tailored sweatpant in velvet hopped into the cart. They won me over with the “What to wear when you don’t want to get dressed” comment. I do appreciate some good advertising. I wouldn’t be surprised if the only think I kept out of this order was the socks.
Coat: Burberry (old) // Blouse: J. Crew, 00 (here)
Pumps: J. Crew (sold out, either wait for a popback or try the silver version)
Bag: Celine (old)
At the rate I’m posting these days, this could very well be my last post of 2013! Hopefully not I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy! Have you come across any amazing holiday recipes yet? If you do, please share! I’ve been looking for something new to try for a while now. And as always, thank you for reading. Have an awesome weekend!
I guess the holidays are coming up already (who knew?). I get to work on every single holiday this year. Drew the short straw or something. I’m not the type of person that lives for the holidays or anything, but I do appreciate family time, which I’ll be missing out on this year. So, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’m going to focus on the good things. You know, the things we forget to be thankful for. Feel free to comment about the things you’re appreciate of, too!
Random thoughts brewing… Let’s see. I’m thankful for:
Warm coats! I’m one of those people that is always cold. I keep my tiny studio at 74 degrees and I still need to be wrapped up in a blanket! I remember always being cold outside in the winter, regardless of my outerwear. Until I bought this Arcteryx coat three years ago. It has changed my life (sounds ridiculous but I’m totally not kidding!). It is the only thing I’ve ever worn that has prevented me from being instantly chilled in the negative temps. I just purchased the exact same coat again this year because my old one is starting to look quite grungy.
My cats I love my fluffy, kinda cute fur-balls. They’re the most affectionate, cuddly little things ever. And they’re healthy. Well, other than the occasional fancy feast-induced diarrhea.
Yoga. I’ve been doing yoga off and on since college, but I’m finally getting the mental benefits on top of the physical ones. I struggle to clear my mind of the racing thoughts that we all get. But with practice, its getting easier.
Small feet. Fitting into kid-sized shoes is awesome. A lot of the basic stuff, like Ugg boots (thanks for that tip, btw!), are way cheaper than their adult counterparts. Saving some money is always nice.
Sephora’s VIB sale! I always splurge on new cosmetics during their annual 20% off sale (and don’t even look throughout the rest of the year, promise). Trying new cosmetics makes me so excited! Its superficial, but so what? This year I picked up some stunning nail polish colors (true red, ivory, light peachy nude, and lilac mauve). I’m also trying some “radiant” tinted moisturizer, “illuminating” foundation and skin perfecter to see if any of them are worthy of making it into my daily skincare regimen. I love Sephora for their return policy, so anything I don’t love goes back!
Hope your Monday gets off to a good start! Again, feel free to share the things that you’re happy or excited about
For the past three weeks I’ve done mostly clinic and self-study; no wards. Only one more week until I’m thrown back into the MICU! I’m trying to stay optimistic. Its so hard to go from a super-relaxed month to an intense, patients-are-trying-to-die month. *Sigh* Well, I should focus on enjoying this last week, then! I’ve actually gotten outside to take a few blog pictures recently, which has been increasingly difficult to do with the decreasing amounts of daylight and the cold and/or wet weather we’re now getting! The sweater-leggings-boots combo seems to what everyone is doing now, so I figured I’d join. Originality is overrated.
I’m in love with this sweater, and I was so excited when I brought it out from storage! I remember buying it from jcrew.com last winter when I was sitting in the airport coming or going from one of my many residency interviews. I’d been waiting for it to hit a good price point all season! Most J. Crew sweaters from recent years haven’t held up too well. Their cashmere is thin and forms pills easily (the long sleeve tee’s and hoodies have been the worst for me, despite their ridiculous prices!!). But this one (I forget what its called) is holding up wonderfully. I’m not totally in love with the style, but the quality and coziness wins me over.
If you’re looking to purchase J. Crew cashmere pieces that will hold up, look for a lower gauge number. Their basic cashmere pieces (long sleeve tee, v-neck, tippi, cardigan, etc) are 12-gauge knits, and these have lasted me about a season before looking worn. Those with a lower gauge (like the one I’m wearing) are holding up much better! My guess would be that textured stitch sweater is this years version of the sweater I’m wearing. Its a 5-gauge knit and will be warm an lofty! The pocket sweater and diamond sweater are both stunning and are 7-gauge knits, which should hold up well, too. These will hopefully both make it into my closet as soon as they hit sale. I’m in love with them both!
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