More Night Shifts

October 30, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Night week #1/3 – done. It wasn’t so bad. For me, the worst part of working nights is the lack of quality sleep… I’m the worst daytime sleeper ever. And after a few days of crappy sleep I go into a constant state of zombie, stumbling around, tripping over my own shoes, running my shoulders into walls… that sort of thing.  Today I was walking home with groceries and I somehow tripped and kicked the paper bag in my right hand. The whole bag ripped in half. My groceries scattered. And my artichokes vanished (no artichoke chicken tonight… sad). Similar acts of embarrassing clumsiness have happened at yoga (especially during inversions), but at least there have been no injuries.  Yet.

Graphic Print Tee
Prada Cardigan (pre-owned), Givenchy Top (pre-owned), Barbour Scarf (pre-owned), Faux Suede Leggings (old), J. Crew Shoes, Fendi Bag (pre-owned)
I posted a while back about my first retail purchases this fall. I don’t have a lot of keepers so far (only one, actually), which is good! I knew I was going to like the J. Crew Elsie pumps in blush stone (the same style pump that I’m wearing in these pics), but I didn’t realize how much I would like them! Their color is absolutely perfect for me (more nude than pink), they’re stunning. I can’t decide if I want them in a 6 or 6.5. The ones I’m wearing are a 6.5, but the new colors seem slightly larger (or maybe its just my pair?). I’ve ordered a 6 to compare. Honestly, I love these pumps so much I might get two pairs of the blush stone, as crazy as that sounds. Its so hard to find pretty pumps that are comfortable enough to wear all day at work.

givenchy top
The only item I still haven’t received is J. Crew’s Chateau parka, but some reviews have popped up saying this runs large. I’m assuming my usual 00R will be too big, then. If that’s the case, I might exchange for a 00P and see how that goes. Or I might totally switch gears and look for a puffer instead. I love the classic look of wool coats, but I almost always reach for my synthetic jackets over them. My Arcteryx winter coat doesn’t make it on the blog, but I wear it almost daily in the winter. Its the warmest coat I’ve ever found (I’m always cold), and its comfy, non-restrictive and easy to clean. Perfect for now, but one day I’ll upgrade to a Moncler coat similar to this one. But not soon. I’ve decided that there will be no big purchases until my car fund is >10k. Maybe I should moonlight more… :)

givenchy shirt
Back to work again tomorrow after a couple of days off. Just in time to for Halloween at the hospital (aka, people getting too intoxicated –> fighting or passing out –> being brought in by the cops)! At least costumes will make it more entertaining. Have a fun Halloween (just not that fun).

My First Retail Purchases (in a looooong time)

October 22, 2014 in New Buys

fall purchases

I’ve finally found some purchase-worthy items this fall! Who knows if they’ll be keepers, but even better if they’re not (much happier bank account).  I popped over to J. Crew this morning for some pre-night shift shopping. I’ve been hoping that they’d add some new Elsie pumps since I bought my first pair a few months ago (worn here, here, here…), and they finally did! I’m a nude shoe fanatic, so I bought the new blush stone color. They also added a beautiful blue and a pale pink suede version, which I passed on for now, because I was won over by the patterned versions. I’m not a huge camo fan, but their metallic camo is stunning! I was sooooo close to getting them, but opted for the black floral version instead. These will look perfect with my typical black pants and sweater look.

While I was browsing J. Crew’s site I also (accidentally) stumbled upon one of their new coat styles, the Chateau Parka. J. Crew does outerwear well, and I usually try a few of their coats every winter. I love the subtly elegant vibe of the dusty ginger color, so that one will be on the way here soon! And the one last-second add on to the (expensive) order was the Buffalo check flannel shirt jacket. This one has potential, but if its too boxy it’ll have to go back. We’ll see.

The last two items I’m trying are this Dsquared2 tee that has been sitting in my Yoox dreambox for ages. I don’t know why, but I think its adorable. And this John Richmond sweater was my absolute last purchase. I adore the style and color, but it’s a wool/alpaca blend, which might be too irritating on my overly sensitive skin. Allergies. Yuck.

Ok, back to studying. If you’ve read all the way to the bottom here, thank you, and please share your favorite fall finds!

The Really Difficult Patients

October 20, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

For my entire short medical career I’ve worked with underserved populations. This presents a few challenges. I initially had difficulty with the typical “narcotic-seeking” patient. They can be threatening and manipulative, not surprisingly. But after many of these interactions, they’re no longer especially difficult or stressful. Sure, I don’t appreciate the conflict, but I don’t go home upset about it. The patient’s that I find incredibly difficult are… let me see how I can explain this.

Many of my patients have close to nothing (or, well, nothing). Maybe they did drugs or alcohol, maybe they still do. Many are homeless. Some have recently been in jail or prison. A few of them have family or friends, but often times the relationships they have with others are less than ideal. So. A patient like this comes in with chief complaint X. You listen to them, encourage them to talk openly and support them instead of judge them (illegal activities and all). You work up their complaint and tell them what’s going on with their health. They seem reassured. Then, you tell them that you’re worried about them, want them to succeed, and want to support them in any way you can. Wow. You can’t believe their reactions. That’s when you realize how much it means to these patients to hear that someone cares about them (I don’t know how many people I make cry after saying this). Its so damn sad to know that sometimes, you’re the most encouraging, supportive person this patient has.

Most of the time we’re too burnt out to be able to handle this extra emotion, as sad as it is. I’m stressed about the upcoming month of nights I have… burnout happens so quickly.

 plaid 2
Phew, enough emotion there. Back to superficial land! It seems like every recent post features pre-owned clothes. Well, this one is no exception! I just love this Donna Karan skirt that I picked up recently (I think it was $30-something dollars?). I have a thing for patterned skirts… they almost seem more versatile than solids. I’ve been eying these plaid and paisley skirts, and will likely pull the trigger on those as the season goes on.

plaid skirt
Its been super easy to browse pre-owned land this fall because it seems that anything and everything is “in.” I’ve seen all sorts of styles and patterns. Its nice. One thing I am having a difficult time with, though, is finding a new bag. Its been a really long time since my last bag purchase, and I’m down to only three bags now. I’ve been hoping I’d just “come across” the perfect bag, but it hasn’t happened. It it wasn’t so expensive, I would have already gotten Gucci’s Jackie bag months ago. I love the shape, love the simplicity, and love the stunning colors it comes in. And I also love that its not as well known as many other bags (like my Celine, or Prada’s saffiano lux tote, Fendi’s 2jours, essentially any Chanel bag, etc), although I do like many of those bags as well. For now I’m going to keep looking and searching for a good deal. I can’t quite justify anywhere close to retail for these lovely bags.

Alright, well, back to work. I hope you’re having a nice fall! Take care.

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