Some months of residency are so busy that I end up simply going through the motions. I do just enough to get by day to day. Unimportant or non-essential things get put off. And to be honest, sometimes important things (like bills) get forgotten as well. This month turned into that scenario. Summer months typically aren’t that busy in the MICU. But for some reason the census has been much higher than usual. And that, in combination with having new interns working up there, has made life quite hectic.
I remember getting emails about Nordstrom’s sale and thinking about all of the time I’d have to browse and think about what to buy (because I’m not a cardholder I couldn’t purchase right away). But it never happened!! I spent a little time today half-consciously (post 27 hour call yesterday) browsing the items. I didn’t get far, really. I spent most of my time searching for new additions for my home. I love fragrances and typically use diffusers because I’m lazy. Nordstrom carries a brand called Antica Farmacita that I like a lot. I’m most excited to try their coriander/lotus/cucumber and pomegranate/currant/orange fragrances. I also grabbed a few blankets and pillows. I love this black and tan plaid throw… it seems like something my dad would own. The only thing I really got for myself is some pointy toe flats. I don’t have a lot of Vince Camuto, but the things I have had were decent. Hopefully these will be as comfy as the reviews state! This sale goes on for a while yet, so I’ll probably spend a bit more time browsing (if free time ever comes back!).
In case you need a reminder, July 1st is the first day of residency for interns around the country (…stay out of the hospital). Its a difficult time for everyone. The well-intended interns struggle to learn an intense and demanding new role. And the rest of us do our very best to teach and support them. I remember my first month of residency. I was in the medical intensive care unit. I remember vividly how incredibly stressful it was – there’s no harder place to start than the MICU. But at least everything else seems easier in comparison?
I’m starting off this last year of my training in the MICU yet again (my last MICU month ever!). Its amazing how much I’ve learned these past few years! I feel surprisingly comfortable teaching our new interns and students at least the basics about ICU things like ventilator settings, performing bedside cardiac ultrasound, and placing central lines. The first few days of this month I put a ton of extra effort into teaching. But I already feel so tired and burnt out. Its going to be a struggle these next few weeks.
I haven’t been doing much besides work recently. I try to make sure to relax at least a little most days. I usually wind down my day with some tea and mindless online shopping. There’s so many good summer deals to be had! Fortunately, I usually don’t have the energy to go through the checkout process! If you’re an eBay shopper, now’s the time to browse. I’ve seen seriously amazing deals, like these >$2k current Balenciaga and Givenchy bags bags sell for around $400 (I regret not bidding on the Balenciaga!). If pre-owned isn’t your thing, there’s tons of retail deals, too. The big one at the moment is Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. I use this sale as an to add basics that otherwise don’t often hit sale. Basic Zella leggings are always a welcome addition (I wear an xs, they also come in high waist or capris), as are new running socks. Kind of along that theme is tights… I lovespanx tights (high waist version) for fall and winter and always like to have a few guaranteed-hole-free pairs on hand. Other ideas? Nordstrom always has a slightly updated version of my favorite flats available during this sale (there’s also a wedge pump version available this time around). They always have Antica diffusers on sale (I love them, currently using the grapefruit and am trying the pomegranate, currant and blood orange this time). They have tons of home goods on sale to browse for inspiration that I’m starting to make my way through (I think home goods will make up the bulk of my purchases this year). Are you planning to browse this sale? If so, let me know what you pick up
Fashion blogs have evolved so much over the past few years. They started off as the creative fashion diaries of everyday people. I remember browsing through my favorite blogs… inspiration galore!! Below is an outfit from one of today’s top fashion bloggers, Blair of Atlantic-Pacific. I remember falling in love with this outfit after I saw it back in 2011. I totally copied it! I bought the same J. Crew tops, H&M jacket and Pour la Victoire shoes, and put together my super similar version of this gorgeous outfit for around $100 (everything was on sale!).
Over the following years the talented (and lucky) fashion bloggers gained tens of thousands of new followers. And retailers took notice. Smart marketing executives started sponsoring bloggers to feature their products. And what logical person would say no to free luxury items and extra income? Nobody. So fashion blogs made the sneaky transition from fashion diaries to fashion ads.
Despite knowing this I still find myself looking at these beautiful bloggers and wishing I dressed like that. My wardrobe is so boring in comparison! What would it cost me to dress like them? Lets fast-forward to today and take another look at Blair’s blog.
Now-a-days she has tons of sponsored posts, like the ones above (partnered with Nordstrom). Those posts are fun to look at, for sure. But if I wanted to copy her look… well, lets see. I’d be looking at shelling out $1000 for that jumpsuit, mules, and sunglasses. And the dress, purse, shoes and sunglasses would set me back $3,400. Most of the items have since hit sale or clearance, but still. Yikes.
Even her most basic of looks can set you back a surprising amount. I love her above look, but her shirt, jeans and shoes add up to close to $1k. Add on that bag, those bracelets and the sunglasses? This outfit costs more than my Honda CR-V.
Thankfully, not every one of her outfits is super extravagant. Although sort of ad-ish and clearly featuring both that satchel and that tote bag in the brand of her employing company (both gorgeous bags, at least), I love the above look. Her tee and shoes are totally affordable, and while her jeans are a bit pricier, you can easily find a similar pair on sale or on eBay.
Moral of the story? Professional fashion bloggers need to make money from their blog. And they can only make money by getting us, their readers, to buy things. Be aware that each of their posts has a purpose. And that purpose is to make money. Use their pictures for inspiration, but realize that most of us will never look like a professional fashion blogger in real life. Unless you are one. Or maybe if you have unlimited income.