Its Not a Problem

September 25, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Its not a “problem,” its a process. This is your chance to practice. 

Many of us view things that dissatisfy us as problems. Need examples? Here are mine: My thighs aren’t toned enough. I’m not studying as much as I should. I’m not saving enough money. I’m not finding time to blog. I’m letting myself get upset from work stress… I could go on, but I’ll spare you. When I find that any of these thoughts are floating around more often than I’d like, I give them some direct attention. I think about what the problem really is, and why I think its a problem. Then I think of what I’m doing to change it. Am I doing enough already or is there something else I should be doing? Its a process. Things don’t just happen, I need to practice.

This mindset helps put me more at ease. I’m not “settling” and just accepting where I am. But I am aware of where I am, and know that I have the ability to change who I will be tomorrow, in a month, or in ten years. Its a healthier way to view these dissatisfying aspects of life, and to take control over them. At least in my opinion!

 Lace Sweatshirt
Dolce & Gabbana Sweater (great solid colored alternative), Mother jeans (non-destroyed version), J. Crew Pumps (my favorite J. Crew pumps yet, actually… so comfy), Celine Mini Luggage

That’s my bit of yoga-inspired blabber for today :) I’m continuing on my recovery month… which hasn’t been so relaxing thus far (I decided to pick up some moonlighting shifts that ended up being nice and busy). Today was my first day not working. It was amazing. I cleaned! And grocery shopped. And took blog pictures. And napped! And exercised. And ate too much pizza… it was a good day! I almost feel like a real person again. The next three days will be spent getting some studying in for my USMLE exam on Monday & Tuesday. Bah, I hate long exams. By the end of the day my butt is numb and my right hand feels like it developed arthritis.

Celine Bag
Clothes! I’m getting excited about clothes again. Its been so long since I’ve worn regular clothes that it takes me a ridiculously long time to find an outfit to wear (that doesn’t involve black). I really love this sweater that I bought a while back (on eBay, of course). But its surprisingly difficult to pair with (perhaps a solid version would have been better… like this beautiful LOFT one?). I think this bi-color sweatshirt looks lovely with a pair of black trousers for work (black black blaaaaaack!!!), but finding pants to pair it with beyond that is difficult for me. I  got these Mother jeans a while back for super cheap ($20-something shipped… here’s the non-ripped version). They were sitting on the top of my jeans pile, so I decided that, whether or not they match the sweatshirt, they will be worn! And there you have it. This is why I could never maintain a “real” fashion blog.

Pink Lace Sweatshirt
Whew, I wrote a book-of-a-post today. Don’t know how that happened. Maybe I’m just subconsciously trying to avoid studying. Hmmm, yeah, that’s probably it. That’s all for now then, I suppose. Thanks for stopping by!

Recovery

September 22, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Blogging… it feels so good to blog again!! Its been a while. Usually I can sneak in a post or two even when I’m on a difficult ward block. Not this time. This month was definitely busy and physically demanding, but more significantly, it was emotionally draining. I had next-to-nothing left when I got home every night. It took all of my remaining energy to drag myself to a much needed yoga brain-cleanse. And after that, I passed out. That essentially sums up my month of absence.

ETRO shirt
But this month is a recovery month. A relaxing, low demand “elective” block. Finally! What better way to start it off than to put some clothes on?!? My wardrobe has been slowly expanding these last few months through the combination of avoiding my semi-annual closet clean-out and intermittently acquiring excellent eBay finds… excellent in my opinion, anyway!  This is another outfit composed entirely of pre-owned goodies. I think the pumps are my favorite – they’re just so pretty!! They don’t exactly qualify as comfortable quite yet, but I’m grabbing some foot petals to see if they help (usually they do). I can’t believe how much these shoes retail for, I mean, you’d think they’d be like walking on clouds for that price?

scarf print shirt
ETRO shirt, DSquared2 skirt, Manolo Pumps, Fendi handbag
I’ve found that one of the good things about shopping on eBay is that I tend to avoid trendy (and typically unflattering) items. I just, well, buy what I like! I buy items that I think will be flattering on me, not what looks flattering on the tall J. Crew models  or any of the many gorgeous bloggers that I follow. I’ve found I’m attracted to certain things. Fun prints, like on this blouse, is one of those things. This blouse is by ETRO, a brand I love to admire, but only from afar (stunning patterns – completely in love with this blouse). Their retail price is absurd. Another attraction of mine is black. Boring but classic. Trousers, sweaters, leather pants, suede heels… gosh I love black. You’ll be seeing much more black on this blog, I apologize in advance.

draped neck top with skirt
I haven’t been keeping up with networking and socializing as much as I’d like, but I really hope that you are doing well, relaxing when you can, and trying to enjoy life as much as possible. I hope your week is off to a good start… happy Monday!

Alright, first comeback blog post done! :)

Creating outfits takes too much brain power

August 24, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Notice my recent outfit trend: black. Lots of black. That’s what happens when I’m too exhausted to create anything better. The past few months have been busy. This past month’s schedule consisted of alternating day and night shifts in one week intervals. I’m actually a fan of night shifts (although 14 hour night shifts can be a bit long). But I’m not a fan of how the switching back and forth messes up my naturally happy and harmonious sleep cycle. Crabby recently? Why, yes.

black
Yesterday was the first day I’ve put on real person clothes in quite some time. Granted, I only got to wear them for a few hours before having to go in for my 1-11pm moonlighting shift. But it still counts! This top is yet another recent eBay find. Its such a great staple and is so perfectly comfortable. I love the little ruffles and ruching, too! I would never pay anywhere close to retail price for a simple Prada tank top, but I’m happy to have found this one for $40-something. I’ve gotten a few other surprisingly nice items recently, too. Many of them need a cleaning or a simple hemming before they’ll make there way to the blog, though! But I’m so happy with the quality of these items that a little alteration is completely reasonable.

black tank
Even though I’m having a good amount of success on eBay (summer time is the best time to find deals), I’m starting to get interested in a few retails items now, too. I recently mentioned really wanting some d’Orsay flats. Well… I got some (well, ordered them, at least). I was browsing some sites when I came across the Manolo Soussa flats on Bergdorf Goodman’s site for $290. Naturally, they were sold out in my size. So, I decided to try my luck at the price match game… success!! Neiman Marcus price matched them for me. They should arrive in a week or so. I really really hope they fit. If they don’t, I’ll be stalking Vince’s Nina flat, which seems comfortable, but has a slightly more masculine shape than I’d prefer.

J
The thought of (or fear of?) fall and cooler weather has me starting to long for some comfy cozy clothes, too. Like flannel. Polka dot flannel, to be specific. This shirt from J. Crew is next up on the wishlist (thank you J. Crew for finally coming out with some good items!). Its rare that flannel doesn’t look, well, like flannel.

Pretty, layer-able tanks and tees are also getting my attention. I usually don’t like print tees, but I’ve seen some super cute ones (this man with his dog is my favorite). I’d totally be able to wear a shirt like that with some black trousers and a white cardigan. More likely I’ll go for something paisley or floral or something, but maybe one or two fun tees this fall wouldn’t be unreasonable? I think I hold off buying any fall clothes for a while until I see what comes out and how the sales are looking. Too early to buy just yet!