Celebrate!! (…Almost)

June 19, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

This last month of intern year has been dragginggggg! Which is weird, because the hospital has been crazy busy, which usually helps time fly by. Sigh, only a few more days, though. The new intern class is finishing up their orientation this week. They’ll be starting next week (when my class is on vacation!). I haven’t met any of them yet, but our program director gave an extensive presentation of the backgrounds of all of them (where they’re from, where they did school, hobbies, research, etc). Not that I remember anything in particular. I’ll likely ask them all the same questions when I finally meet them. And I can’t wait to meet them! Meeting new interns = we are no longer interns :) We’ll finally be the team leaders… no longer the bottom of the education pyramid!! Ha.

Casual
J. Crew Shirt, Express Shorts (chambray version), Sigerson Morrison Shoes (also available at Bloomies and on sale in black, nude and silver), Celine Bag
For the past week or so I’ve been shopping like my closet self-destructed and I need to rebuild a wardrobe STAT. Its been easy to justify with 1) Celebrate the end of intern year!!! and 2) Nothing has worked out recently, so I’m sure I’ll return most of it. Ah, yes, but of course. Just when I overbuy with plans on returning, nearly everything works out. And not just, eh, this is nice. But oh my gosh this is comfortable and gorgeous and I can think of 3857382 different ways to wear it… like these shoes. Not typical Amber shoes. But somehow they just work. They take my casual outfit one step dressier, as opposed to they typical flip flops or loafers that I’d otherwise be wearing.

Sigerson Morrison Heidy Crackled Metallic Leather Sandals
But these shoes were just the beginning. I’m not usually a Saks shopper, but for some reason I felt inclined to look at their sale shoes. Not only did I get the above pair, I also fell in love with the beautiful shape of Alejandro Ingelmo pumps, and ended up with the Frederica in navy/black. I was 99% sure these wouldn’t fit. Bah, but they do. And they’re stunning!! They’ll definitely dress up any outfit. Since I was sure the first two pairs wouldn’t work out, I added a pair of work-appropriate DVF wedges to the order (sold out at Saks, but some sizes still available at the outnet, bloomingdales and DVF’s site), which I already knew were crazy comfortable. Those are obviously keepers.

Casual

Another sigh. If only it ended there. But no. Remember my review on the Birkenstock Arizona Sandal? Those were rubbing a bit too much for me to handle, so I returned them and instead grabbed the Madrid Slip On. Whoa, 100% more comfortable and flattering (and 1/2 the price)! Review to come. But wait, there’s more (unreceived orders, so hopefully these will be returns…). Are you a Yoox shopper at all? I first started intermittently shopping there maybe 3 or 4 years ago. They have a ton of unique stuff. Some from brands I’m familiar with (DVF, Prada, Givenchy, Equipment, etc), but a lot from designers I’ve never heard of. Some of my favorite finds are from there (like my Majestic blazer, 90% off, recently worn here). They have an extra 20% off sale with HAPPYOOX (which unlike other retailers, is very rare for Yoox), so I decided to try out a few items. If you need some fun items and are sick of the monotony and popularity of J. Crew, Ann Taylor, H&M, etc., give their sale section a quick browse!

Less Than Two Weeks Left

June 13, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Intern year. The end is finally in sight! Since we technically started a week “early” last year, we get an unpaid week off between our first and second PG year, which is in just over a week. At this point, paid or not, I’ll take any time off (two weeks of vacation was not enough!). This year has been busy, as one would expect. And I’m eager to get away for a week. It doesn’t even matter where away is. I’m excited to sleep! To see my friends… outside of work. To catch up with my family. And to relax with the boyfriend. For this vacation, I have no goals. There is no “to do” list. Enough of that. I’ve found that whenever I make a large list of things I must accomplish, things never get done anyway. And then I feel guilty about wasting so much time! But that’s silly. Relaxing, enjoying company and being present is quite the opposite of wasting time. Its what matters most.

Lazy
Since I haven’t gotten out much recently, I’ve been doing a fair bit of hallway shopping (online phone shopping as I’m walking from one side of the hospital to the other). Yeah, its a bad habit. My absolute favorite purchase I’ve made recently has been these black wedge See by Chloe boots. Yes I know, its not boot season, but winter always returns. And when its does, I doubt I’ll find boots I love for 70% off. If you’re a boot person and boots aren’t already overwhelming your closet, check out the end of season sales on Amazon. I’m so close to grabbing the DVF Paula Chelsea Boot at 70% off as well, but I doubt I wear dresses enough to justify them (they only go with dresses in my mind). Lots of other good deals are floating around, too, especially season old (but still classic) colors of comfy Frye boots (Paige Studded Boot at 67% off, Melissa Logo Boot at 63% off, Pippa Back Zip at 50% off…).

day 19

Other than those boots, I really haven’t had too much shopping success recently. I’m trying to be picky, but maybe I’m being too picky. I must have bought 15 items from Ann Taylor this month, and I returned everything but the Mixed Media Button Down Shell (which is admittedly quite nice, I’ve already dressed up and down – good buy). I’ve had a J. Crew order or two, but everything except their boring Suiting tank (I really needed a fitted, opaque white tank) has gone back. I’ve even browsed Shopbop, Piperlime, Outnet… nothing is catching my eye. Maybe I’ll just go back to buying more workout clothes (comfy, machine washable and wear-to-work-with-scrubs). Perhaps its time I gave in and got the 5/5 star-rated Heavenly Hail Hoodie and Shimmy Short that have been sitting in my virtual shopping cart for months…

Birkenstock Arizona Sandals… They’re Back (My Review)

May 27, 2014 in Birkenstock Arizona

Birkenstock Sandals. They’ve always been around, I suppose. I remember them from when I was a kid… I saw them everywhere in the summer (I remember my nanny had a pair she wore constantly!!). And then something happened, and they vanished (only to be seen on the down-to-earth, chic, I-don’t-care-what’s-in ladies). But now they’re back. J. Crew’s advertising them hard… maybe somebody owns stock or something. Something like 4/10 of their lookbook outfits feature them! That’s quite a few.

JCrew and Birkis sandals
So, I’m admittedly in need of some new sandals. My Abercrombie Kids sandals have a hole in the bottom now (despite their young age of 4 years), and my Adidas sandals are well over 10 years old and show it. Who wouldn’t want a classic (albeit slightly clunky looking) pair of comfy blister-free walking sandals? I wear my Birkenstock clogs to work nearly every day I wear scrubs and find them crazy comfy, so I decided to give the popular Arizona sandal a go. These things come in all colors and leathers, making it almost impossible to pick a pair. J. Crew focuses on white, navy, silver or a neutral brown in a patent leather. None of these were overly appealing to me. If you really want options, head over to Zappos or Nordstrom for orange, pink, purple, green… or any combination of leather and neutral (browns, tans or blacks) that you could ever want. I ended up grabbing a beige pair in regular leather. Here are my thoughts:

  • Sizing: Make sure you get the right size and don’t get them too small! I’m a tts 6 and have to get a 37 for the proper fit.
  • Fit: These come in different widths. The regular version is pretty wide and could accommodate a wider foot. On me they look slightly bulkier than I’d prefer. If you’re narrow or regular width, go with narrow.
  • Comfort: To be honest, I thought I’d find these more comfortable. The buckle area closer to my toes starts to rub on the outside top of my foot after only a short time. I don’t know if they need to be broken in? Maybe I just have really sensitive feet post-winter.
  • Price: Gah, are these expensive! $130 for a pair of sandals is a lot to ask. I suppose if they last for years like my other Birkenstocks they would make up for that.
  • Look: These look ok. They’re not sleek and beautiful by any means, but they’re functional for every day wear, and work with my dressed-down look that I do too often now-a-days. Sincerely Jules is quite adorable in hers…

sj birkenstock sandals
Overall, I’d recommend giving these a go if you like their nature-chic look. Most people find these crazy comfy and don’t have any issues (like I’m having with the rubbing). Get them from a place that has a nice return policy if you have sensitive feet like I do!