Trying Not to Let Yourself Go

April 20, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Time continues to fly by. But that’s not that bad. It means that I’m closer to finishing residency. Sometimes I feel like I can balance everything and don’t mind the “challenges” of residency. But during the busy busy months, I lose all semblance of balance. Each day is the same: wake up… get dressed… go to work and work hard… go home… work out if possible… shower… sleep. Most special occasions go by without notice – birthdays, holidays, popular sporting events, weddings, baby showers… Some people say that wishing for time to pass is bad. I wouldn’t say I’m wishing this time in my life away, but I will say I won’t be the least bit sad on my last day of residency.

draped asymmetric long sleeve shirt
Like I said, I try to find balance, and a huge part of “balance” is self-care. But everything must get prioritized, and as I’ve mentioned before, health and fitness are my number one priority. So when I absolutely have to, things like shaving, cutting/coloring my hair, doing my nails and essentially making myself even the least bit presentable get put on hold. But, I have been saving like crazy (no time to spend!), so I have some extra money sitting around for some pampering and some shopping! So after these next two weeks of craziness pass, I’ll be all ready to start fixing myself up! I’ve already made appointments for, uh, everything (you probably don’t want details, haha). And new items are slowly making their way into my closet. I’d been waiting for the Elsie Pumps to come in a d’Orsay version for months and it finally happened! I picked up the nude suede pair (because I’m not cool enough to try the cracked foil ones, I’ll just continue to stare at them thanks). I’m ridiculously excited for them! And because I had some extra money on that gift card, I have a metallic tee coming my way as well (I’m thinking it’ll dress up perfectly for work). I’m still on the fence about which flats to get this spring. I was certain I was going to get the bohemian espadrilles I mentioned in my last post… until I saw their cheaper cousins on Yoox. And from there I came across these spider moccasins (all the same brand), which most people would hate but I love. Weird, yes. Maybe I’ll just buy them all and do the return-what-doesn’t-work thing (hopefully something doesn’t work…). I do have the extra money at the moment. Hmmm, ok fine, I’ve convinced myself (that wasn’t hard, lol)!

Self Care Challenge, Starting Now

April 11, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

Well, I’m back in the Intensive Care Unit! It’s been quite a while (1.5 years!). The ICU can be an interesting and rewarding place to work, but its guaranteed to be intense and time consuming. It quickly gets exhausting (I’m already exhausted after only a week!). When I’m on consuming rotations like this I really try to focus on self care – eating well, exercising, and sleeping as much as possible. Following through on self care takes planning, especially during busy times. I’m the type of person that performs better if I have a plan, so I decided to create a few simple daily goals for trying to stay healthier (and fit for my upcoming vacation). So, until the end of May (vacation time), I’m attempting the following goals:

burberry brit trench coat
Burberry Brit Trench, Mother Jeans (similar with a bit more distressing), Manolo Blahnik Pumps, Fendi Bag
Healthy eating is obviously important, but we all struggle with it at times. Sweets are my vice. Its so difficult to avoid the free breakfast muffins, plentiful lunch cookies or delicious looking desserts in the cafe. And during a crazy work day I have even less self control than normal and often give in to that extra sweet snack (it was a daily occurrence for a few weeks there). I know avoiding sweets altogether isn’t going to work for me. Instead, I’m going to bring a healthier version of a sweet snack to work (like these coconut flour muffins or this skinny banana muffins, both delicious!), and avoid giving in to any additional sweets while at work. This will be difficult for me, but I think its achievable. I feel so proud of myself when I eat well, hopefully that will keep me going.

Next up, exercise. I really love exercising. But after doing the same workouts for over a year, my body is craving something different. I’ll continue to work out at my same yoga studio most days due to convenience (its 1 block away). But once a week I’ll try to do a different type of workout. Whether that be running, weights, outside sports or an indoor class at a new studio (cycling, HIIT, crossfit, etc). I think I’ll need to expand my workout gear!

It seems silly to mention sleeping more as a goal, but I’m doing it! I try to get a least 8 hours of sleep per night. It usually doesn’t happen. But I feel significantly better after allowing myself to get that extra rest. Many residents don’t do this, but my goal is to allow myself to sleep as much as my body needs on my day off, and not feel guilty for putting off other tasks. That dry cleaning or car wash can wait.

Manolo Pumps
You know what has been going quite well, though? Saving money. Being this busy is really putting a break on that spending! My spring style is going to be pretty basic this year with a strong emphasis on comfort. I loved my go-to spring/summer shoe last year (so so comfy!), but I think I’ll switch it up this year to an espadrille, something with a touch of uniqueness like this toucan embroidered pair or these bohemian ones. I’ll pair them with an ankle pant (a distressed version like the ones in these pics for casual wear, or just some basic black ones for work) and a comfy tee. I’m really trying to add to my t-shirt collection and would love any recommendations! I really like the look of basic muscle tees (perhaps I subconsciously want to show off my huge triceps?… no, I don’t think that’s it) and plain long sleeve tees (wear anywhere, anytime). But I’m open to anything!

burberry brit trench coat in beige

Nothing else too interesting to share, at least that I can think of (my brain is slow today without coffee). Back to work tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, especially if you’re getting awesome weather like we finally are over here!

My 7 Most Worn Items

March 22, 2015 in LOOKBOOK

I have a bit of OCD when it comes to organization. I organize everything… desk drawers, the refrigerator, my makeup bag… the closet doesn’t escape my obsessive compulsive tendencies. Its crazily (or wonderfully, depending on how you look at it) organized. One way I maintain organization is by storing my to-be-steamed clothes on the far right side of the closet. Now, I’veĀ  been doing a lot of closet cleaning and wardrobe evaluation recently. And I’ve taken note of the items that are constantly on the to-be-steamed side. So, I figured I’d share those items with you, my 7 most worn items.

chunky white sweater
Item 1: T by Alexander Wang long sleeved gray tee (current versions in dark gray and light gray). Nothing is easier to wear than a comfy gray tee. My particular top is a few seasons old, but I love it all the same and wear it all the time. The AW shirts are so soft with great shapes. I love to wear them to work with some black pants and heels and loosely tuck in the front for a relaxed business casual look.

Item 2: J. Crew chambray shirt (here, and a perfect version by their sister company). I’ve been a fan of chambray since it became popular again a few years ago. I wear mine tucked in with black pants for work pretty frequently. I also layer it under sweaters in the winter and roll up the sleeves and wear it with a pair of distressed shorts in the summer.

Item 3: YSL black cardigan (nearly identical version by Miu Miu). I bought this cardigan pre-owned from eBay a few years ago (buying a new designer cardigan is so expensive!). Its a super soft cashmere silk blend with the most stunning drape. This is another piece I wear to work quite often. I typically pair it with an interesting patterned shell like this one, and some black trousers for a dressier, more professional look.

Item 4: Citizens of Humanity Racer Jeans in slash wash (here in slash, also love them distressed slash and washed out). I’ve always had a difficult time finding comfortable and flattering jeans. I’ve gone through a lot of pairs. I only have a few pairs left now, and my favorite of them is the Racer cut by COH. I really like the skinny-but-not-too-skinny cut, and the pocket placement is nice and flattering. The only problem I had with them was having to hem them (got them right above the ankle), and now they’re perfect. Just to be clear, I don’t steam my jeans. They just get stores on the other side until I give them the once-over to make sure they don’t have stains. ;)

Item 5: White tank tops. You can’t have too many white tank tops. There are plain wear-alone ones (I have this one… completely opaque) and dressy wear-alone ones (like this stunning crocheted one). I wear them most often with a patterned cardigan and colorful pants for work (I count gray as colorful :p), or just with jeans and a loose cardigan when I’m off.

Item 6: Black cropped pants. I remember when cropped pants first came out. I loved them, mostly for the fact that I didn’t have to hem them. I started out with J. Crew’s Minnie pants, and wore them to death through medical school and the first part of residency. After that I decided to branch out a bit. Since then I’ve picked up mostly pre-owned pairs on eBay and brought them all to my tailor for some hemming and such. I have a few pairs now and wear each of them regularly. Since I wear them so often I’m always on the lookout for my next pair.

Item 7: Equipment signature shirt in black (here). Like every other blogger, I totally fell for Equipment’s signature washed silk shirts. I used to have a few too many of them to justify, so I sold most of them and kept only my favorites. My most worn color is, of course, black. I love that the black in this blouse is soft, almost like a deep gray. It allows me to pair them with a pair of black wool pants and black shoes for a chic and easy monotone look. Perfect for my Monday laziness.