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? :)

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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!

Another Busy Month Comes and Goes

December 7, 2013 in LOOKBOOK

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!

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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.”

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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)
Skirt: J. Crew (old, could check out this mini)
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!

Share Some Happiness #1

November 10, 2013 in LOOKBOOK

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!

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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.kitten
  • 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.
  • Food blogs. Seriously, those guys are amazing! I love Skinnytaste, Closet Cooking, Detoxinista, The Picky Eater, and soooo many more. Do share your favorites with me if you’re a foodie, too!
  • 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 :)