Get out of town

February 27, 2014 in Costa Rica

Its finally here. My first vacation of intern year. I flew out of ice-land Minneapolis at 6am on Monday and arrived here in Costa Rica in mid-afternoon. It took my brother and I until midnight to find our hotel in Guanacaste, but thats ok. When we got here we were greeted with this interesting statue below. Wasn’t sure what to make of that. Regardless, we managed to get a few hours of sleep and headed out to the beach first thing in the morning. And both got crispy-burnt. Typical tourists.

costa rica pic

And now I get to unwind with some poolside blogging and shopping :) ¬† For my leisurely shopping I apparently immediately gravitated to athletic apparel. I need to expand my tiny collection. I got into Lululemon for a while, but I’ve had to return so many items recently due to defects that I’ve really been a bit put off by them and their hit or miss customer service. I think Zella (Nordstrom’s brand of athletic apparel) has some promising items out right now. And not many retailers can claim better customer service than Nordstrom, so at least if my items are crap I’ll be able to return them!! Their version of yoga leggings has strikingly amazing reviews (seriously, 4.7/5 with >1K reviews…). But the thing is I’m super picky about my leggings. Has anyone tried these?

Zella Pants

Crops #1 // Leggings #2 // Pants #3 // Crops #4 // Crops #5
On a side note, I’m sure everyone already knows this, but Shopbop is having one of their big tiered sales. Most of the time I have a rather extensive Shopbop wishlist, but not recently. A ton of their clothes just aren’t really wearable for me for one reason or another. For example, most of their pants would essentially make me look shorter and/or wider. Like these “schoolboy pants.” Or the massive amount of knit pants resembling pajama bottoms in all sorts of patterns (floral, marbled, confetti…). And shoes. Way chunkier than I’d like to see. Would I really pay over $500 for some platform sandals similar to what I wore in middle school (I remember twisting my ankle in those…). Or how about some 1.3k camo patterned calf hair high top sneakers with gold chain and zipper details? What a deal.

I do love this Velvet maxi dress (similar to my J. Crew Amie stripe maxi dress that I wear all the time in the summer). It has funny ruching in the back, but I’m banking on it being flattering instead of weird. I don’t know what else I’d get to make the $250 cutoff though. Maybe I’ll browse again tonight. Did you pick anything up?

For the home

February 18, 2014 in Welcome to my studio

Its been cold here, apparently colder than usual. When winter was just getting started I was making my best effort to be both warm and stylish. Now its more like warm >>> stylish. I’ve definitely had a shopping lull the past few months. I do buy things, but nearly everything gets returned. I’ll quickly share the two pairs of pants that I’ve kept. I find both of them flattering, comfortable and sturdy (I’ll really try to take some pictures soon now that temps are rising). Both pairs have nearly 5/5 stars from 100+ reviewers. I’d been meaning to try out these stretch leggings since they first appeared, but just got around to it recently. They’re nice, definitely keepers for $30! I mostly wear them under boots. I also picked up these petite modern knit slim pants, which are so so so comfortable and perfect for work. Not the most exciting purchases, just some essentials.

studio decor
Since I’ve been cooped up in my tiny apartment all winter, I got the urge to redecorate! I’m loving how things are coming together. I do the majority of my home goods shopping on I’m rarely disappointed in their products, and they have good customer service if something does go wrong. Anyway, I’ve mainly been focusing on making my “living room” more warm and cozy. A few small changes have made a huge difference. The first thing I did was “upgrade” my rug. I started off with this fun floral hippie rug, but decided to simplify things with¬†this beautiful ivory round rug. Then I grabbed some gorgeous pillows from TJ Maxx (similar to these or these) and some super soft throw blankets from overstock to make my rigid leather furniture a bit more cozy. And then I figured that it was about time I grabbed some wall decor. I’m in love with any and all ‘tree of life’ art. I bought this 24″ diameter one, which is just as stunning as the reviews suggest. There were so many great options to choose from. Some of my other favorites were this ‘uneven boards’ one, which somehow reminds me of The Lion King, and this interesting trio. Lastly, I picked up a stunning mango wood candle set with silver details. These do an amazing job at pulling everything together. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be a little more ambitious and take some pictures of the new set up! Let me know if you’ve been doing some in home upgrades this winter! Take care.

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? :)

Easy Petite Looks
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!