Monday, March 27, 2017

cause i'm a nineties chick

Women's LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Shift Dress 
I was born in the late '80's, so I'm completely a '90's girl. I had the velvet boot-cut pants, I begged for Doc Martens for Christmas, and diligently looked through every Delia's catalog that came in the mail. I had the stretchy chockers and chunky highlights and sparkly lotion. 

So let's just say when the '90s came back in style over the past year, I was not ready to jump into the trends that were popular when I was younger. But slowly, like  a lot of trends, I started to kind of love the look of the updated '90s style. It probably helps that I'm now almost 30 and feel a lot more comfortable with myself than I did when I was 13 (omg, is this what 13 Going on 30 was about?!). Anyway, there are certain trends that I kind love for right now! Black and white floral dresses with an updated cut? Yes, please! Mine is from LC Lauren Conrad, a brand found exclusively at Kohl's, and I love that it's fun and flirty, but also on trend. Instead of combining it with combat boots though, I'm embracing a look that's completely 2017 with a pair of open toed booties. I'll be honest: when this style came out, I was a bit confused. What's the point of a bootie where your toes are exposed? But the more I saw, the cuter I thought it was, so I finally wanted to try a pair out for myself. With the chunky heel, they are even pretty comfortable to walk in!

So while I'm a 2017 woman, I'm all about bringing back parts of that '90's girl...with an updated twist ;)
LC Lauren Conrad Women's Cutout Ankle Boots
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Women's LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Shift Dress
Dress: LC Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's [exact]
Booties: LC Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's [exact]
Purse: LC Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's [exact]
Ring: LC Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's [exact]
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Kohl's will have a promotion for 20 percent off your purchase with code FF20OFF from 3/29 until 4/02. I picked out a few of my favorite LC Lauren Conrad pieces below. Did you know they made the cutest home items?! I had no idea, but I'm bookmarking them for when we move in a few months! I especially want that ruffle pillow for my future office space and the cream blanket for the guest room!

Thank you Kohl's & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

top three [03.26.2017]

gulf shores through the years

on the internet



  • When I saw your amount of debt this week it made me sigh in relief because I'm not the only one! I'm still a third year medical student and just thinking about repaying my loans stresses me out...what is your plan for repayment? Will you defer them until after residency? Is it actually practical to try to make it to ten years when they will just be forgiven, or are you trying to pay them off before that?
    • You definitely aren't alone - most of us in school are several hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Don't stress yourself out too much at this point because there's nothing you can do about it right now, especially with all of the costs with the upcoming application season. My plan is to do the income-based loan repayments while I'm in residency. We are planning on staying in the area where we are doing our residency for 2-3 years past residency, and continuing to "live like residents", just with an attending's salary, so we can pay off as much as we can in the shortest amount of time. I'm not going to rely too much on the 10 year loan forgiveness plan just because who knows if that's actually going to be around in ten years? So that's our current plan...of course plans always change!
  • So I was considering buying some Jack Rogers sandals and I was wondering what you think of yours? Do you think they are worth the price? Do they last a long time? Are they versatile?
    •  I love my Jack Rogers sandals. I've never seen anyone actually wear the style I have, and I get compliments all of the time. If you are looking for a simple flat that goes with everything, I highly recommend them - I wear mine all spring and summer! If you are looking for shoes you can walk ten miles in, these probably aren't it just because there's not a ton of support in the shoe. 
  •  I'm looking for an everyday cross body bag, preferably under $100. Any suggestions?

on franish

at home

  • Have you guys tried any new recipes lately? I'm getting a big lazy with cooking, and need to try something new!
  • We have booked our engagement shoot for May now I actually finally need to figure out what we're going to wear. For those of you who have done this, how did you figure it out? I assume I'll figure out what I'm wearing, and then just plan CR's clothes around that? This should not be that difficult...
  • Thank you so much for all of your helpful comments and emails about house hunting. We looked at eight houses on Tuesday, and are going back for a full day this coming Tuesday as well. We do really like one house, so we will see what happens!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

healthyish, vol. 13

Now that my schedule is a bit calmer, travel wise, I think the next five weeks are going to be really great, diet and exercise wise. While I've really made a big effort while on these trips to get my work outs in and not over indulge, it's easier to stay on track when you're home for longer periods of time. This week I started taking new exercise classes at my gym, where the trainer asks me what I want to work on, and then makes up a circuit for me. I like that I can fit this time into my schedule, and that it's really only 30ish minutes of work. I've been so sore the last few days, so it's good to feel those changes happening. While I definitely love my spin classes more, I know that I need to add more strength training as well.

Monday: 1 hour spin class
Wednesday: 1 hour spin class (new calories burned PR!)
Thursday: leg circuit (squats, lunges, dead lifts, medicine ball throws)
Friday: arm circuit (ropes, more ropes, more ropes, jackknifes on the TRX bands)
Saturday: 1 hour spin class

This week I had chia seed pudding every morning. I mix 3/4 cup almond milk with 3 tablespoons chia seeds, a splash of vanilla extract, and cinnamon, and let it sit overnight. I either topped it with raspberries or bananas in the morning. I really like this, and can see it become a major part of my morning routine once residency starts since it's basically ready to go in the morning. For lunches this week I either had left overs from dinner, we went out to eat in between looking at houses so I had a large chicken salad, and I got a burrito bowl from Chipotle yesterday (I get it without rice or cheese, and just a tiny bit of sour cream - even then, just the veggies, beans, steak, salsa, and guac still add up in calories!). One of my favorite snacks this week was the no sugar added bread and butter pickles - I love that crunch, and that they are 0 calories. For dinners I made chicken with brussel sprouts, and that chicken meatballs in red curry sauce above (this was SO GOOD and I can't wait to make it again. I got very lazy and used store bought chicken meatballs and cauliflower rice, but that's what I like about it - the minimal work!)


Last week's goals:
  • Take 2 group weight classes with stair masters beforehand: done!
  • Use My Fitness Pal every day: this didn't happen. I did it some days and just forgot others. Making this a goal again this week!
  • Try out a new recipe that we haven't tried yet: done! the chicken meatball curry sauce was amazing

This week's goal:
  • Track all meals in my fitness pal
  • Stretch at least 10 minutes a day
  • Drink at least 3 bottles of water a day

Last night our friends Ben and Amy had us over for dinner - we had an amazing meal of chicken, pasta, asparagus, and finished with peach cobbler. It was amazing!

weigh in:  - 0.8 lbs from last week, totaling 9.2 lbs over all. I think next week I'll finally hit 10 lbs down!

Friday, March 24, 2017

easy breezy

lace-up peasant top in caravan print Just popping in to share a quick outfit from when I was down in Gulf Shores a few weeks ago. I'm a terrible blogger on vacations, and never pack outfits to take pictures of or anything, but our house is next to this gorgeous teal house, so I convinced my sister to snap a few pictures while we went on one of our walks. 

I bought my black and white top when I was down in Miami in January. I love how the fit is loose, the colors are versatile, and how it's a bit more fun than a lot of my work tops are. Paired with a pair of boyfriend shorts and my trusty Birks, and it was the perfect outfit for walks and lounging with my family. I've brought the top along on every trip since then because it's just so easy to throw on and go. Good news is that it's no longer as expensive as it was when I bought it, so you can get it for almost half the original price
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Shirt: Madewell [exact on sale]
Shorts: Rag & Bone c/o Shopstyle [save | similar]
Shoes: Birkenstocks [exact]
Sunglasses: Rayban [exact]
lace-up peasant top in caravan print
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There are a ton of cute things in the Madewell sale section right now. Below are my picks - I of course highly recommend the transport tote (get it monogrammed!). 
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

a bedroom refresh (...or how we figured out how to have white bedding with pets)

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I have always owned, and loved, white bedding. Growing up, that's what we had on all of our beds, and now as an adult, I love the brightness and crispness it brings to a room, especially when you have a fairly dark home like we do now. When we first moved into our current rented house, I bought us a new duvet set that I loved. It was white and bright and looked so nice. For a few months, it looked perfect...but that's because we didn't allow our pets in our bedroom, much less on the bed.

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We've since loosened up a bit, and love nothing more than to have a cuddle session with our mini zoo at home. But with that comes little paws all over our bed, and what was a bright crisp bed turned into a dull duvet with cat marks and tears all over it. Basically, when we were given the opportunity to do a little bedroom refresh with JCPenneys, I was so ready.

Our first step was finding a duvet that didn't change colors, doesn't show little claw marks as easily, and doesn't need to be smoothed out immediately if a cat jumps on it (bonus points if you don't even have to iron it after washing!). If you follow along on Snapchat, you know how much Lucy likes to play on the bed, which over time has led to a bunch of little snags and holes in our duvet. After several discussions, we decided on the VCNY Maya duvet set. It has a pintuck pattern, so it hides those little marks a lot better than a flat surface does, and it doesn't constantly need to be smoothed out when Lucy jumps on the bed. The polyester also means that it doesn't suck up dirt as easily as our previous duvet did. Our set came with two pillow cases as well, which I really liked (I've purchased duvets in the past that didn't include them, and then it's a pain to find matching pillow shams). 
I wanted to add a few larger pillows too - I felt our bed before felt really bare because we only have our two flattened pillows on either side (and while big fluffy pillows look better in pictures, we both prefer flatter pillows to sleep on). We added these large European sized pillows in the back so not only do I feel our bed has some dimension now, but it's also so much comfier to sit up in bed when we're watching a movie!
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Lastly, I wanted a throw for the bottom of the bed. Like Corrine, I'm a big fan of naps (even just little 15 minute ones), so I really wanted something I could cuddle up with, plus have an area where Lucy would spend the majority of her bed-laying time. I talked about before how comfy throws throughout the house really make everything a bit cozier, and it definitely applies here! We ended up going with this faux fur throw because I loved another shade of grey for the bed. After a few naps, I can attest to it's comfy factor! ...and Lucy also is a big fan ;) It also comes in a few other colors, including a gorgeous teal color!

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Overall, we are thrilled with our little bedroom refresh. We're basically all set to just move this room right into our next bedroom. We started looking at house yesterday, and I'm already so excited to make our future house our matter which one we end up with!

From March 23rd-26th, JCPenney has the following promotion:

Extra 30% with JCP Card, 25% off other method of payment

Extra 30% off select apparel, shoes, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, salon products, home, furniture, mattresses, custom blinds and shades purchases with your JCPenney Credit Card.

Extra 25% off select purchases with any method of payment

Below are a few of my favorites from the home section. We desperately need those wicker baskets!
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Thank you to JCPenney and Shopstyle for our beautiful new bedroom set and for sponsoring this post!

Monday, March 20, 2017

stocking up on all your favorites for 15% off

Nordstrom currently has a ton of beauty items for 15% off, including products from expensive brands like Dior, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder, and Urban Decay, just to name a few! You can find all the items here, but I've picked out a few for you guys! The first list includes all my tried and true favorites - products I use every single day, have purchased again and again, and that I'm stocking up on now. The second list includes all my wishlist items!

  1. Bobbi Brown eyeshadow pencil: I own this in both bark and dusty mauve. I use it by smudging it on my waterline, and then using my pinky finger to blend it. I have found it to be the perfect way to create a simple smoky eye on the lower lash line without dealing with a bunch of different liners and eyeshadows and pencils. 
  2. BareMinerals BB cream: This is one of my favorite products, and if you are someone with dry skin who is looking for a bit of coverage but nothing heavy, this is a really great option. Plus you don't need a ton, so it lasts forever. 
  3. Bobbi Brown blush: I own this in several colors, but my favorite and every day color is pretty pink. It's just that classic pink blush that you can easily build up to be brighter, but is soft and pretty and just goes with everything. 
  4. Stila eyeliner: *holy grail item* This is the only eyeliner I have purchased for the past seven years. I must have purchased at least 25 of these over the years, and am purchasing two now just because of the sale. It goes on smoothly, it really lasts all day (no flaking or smearing), and it's just overall a holy grail item for me. 
  5. Beauty Blender: Possibly the most versatile item I own - I use this to blend out my foundation and concealer, tap on setting powder, and use it with my setting spray to set my makeup. There's a larger set I'm probably going to purchase as it comes with a few smaller sponges and the cleanser!
  6. Urban Decay setting spray: I didn't really believe in setting sprays until last summer when I used one before a wedding, and was surprised when my make-up lasted all night. My favorite way of applying it is by spraying it on my beauty blender and then patting it on my face - I feel weird spraying it straight on my face, and feel the patting method works better. 
  7. Urban Decay eyelash primer: One of my big make-up "tricks" to build up longer and thicker lashes. Lashes are my favorite thing about make-up, and a primer creates the perfect base for that almost falsies look I love. It also prevents your mascara from flaking (something I know a lot of people have issues with when it comes to the Better Than Sex mascara, but something I never experienced because I used a primer). 
  8. Bobbi Brown mascara: I've been using this for about six months and really really like it. I used to be a BTS fan, but like the Bobbi Brown mascara even more (see my comparison here). 
  9. Essie's gel nailpolish: Y'all know that I'm a big fan of this line of nail polishes - you can see my review here. I wear the Fairy Tailor and Pre-Show Jitters almost exclusively. I'm just hoping they come out with a few new colors soon! 
  10. Smashbox powder: *holy grail item* This is another of those items I've purchased and repurchased for at least seven years now. For those of you with dry skin, this is the only powder I've found that doesn't leave a cakey flakey mess on top of dry skin. On lazier days, I only use a bit of concealer on blemishes and this powder, and it evens out my skin and lasts all day. I just love it. 
  11. Dior lip balm: I just talked about this lip balm last week! I like this because it smells nice, it's soothing, and it adds just a bit of color to your lips without being too much. I own this in the sheer pink color. 
  12. Anastasia eyebrow pencil: I've tried several different eyebrow products over the years - I used to use the duo powder, then for a while I used the thinner Brow Wiz, and now I've really settled on the Eyebrow definer because the thicker pencil means it looks less harsh, it goes on quicker, and it lasts the longest. I wear this in taupe. 
  13. Smashbox primer: I have pretty large pores on my nose, and as my dermatologist tells me, there is nothing you can do about it (and even with that advice, I still try product after product...just in case). So since I can't fix that problem, I use this primer to cover it. It blurs the pores, and makes your skin so smooth, so foundation goes on even smoother. I really love it, and am repurchasing another tube now. 
  14. Urban Decay concealer: I've repurchased this concealer twice now. I know it's a YouTube favorite, and for good reason. It goes on smoothly, blends perfectly, and doesn't crease. I wear this in light neutral!
  15. T3 curling iron: I've owned this iron for about nine months now, and it remains the best curling iron I've ever used. I really believe that because of this iron, my hair is much healthier than it was previously, just because I have to curl my hair less often and for less time. It's pretty pricy, so the 15% off makes a big difference!

And now for a few things on my wishlist. Some are items I've had my eye on forever (like that Dior balm I'm finally going to try and the Mac eyeshadow I tried out a few weeks ago in store), others that beauty bloggers and youtbers rave about (do I need an eyebrow gel? ...maybe.) and others that just caught my eye (hello, fun new face scrubs!). 
  1. Dior foundation
  2. Dior balm
  3. Philosophy microdermabrasion kit
  4. Anastasia highlighting kit
  5. Mac eyeshadows
  6. Clinique cleansing balm (has anyone tried this? people seem to love it!)
  7. Anastasia brow gel
  8. Dior lip gloss (I want to try 'kiss me'!)
  9. Origins face scrub
  10. Clarins eye gel
  11. Bobbi Brown moisturizing mask

Sunday, March 19, 2017

top three [03.19.2017]

my people <3

on the internet

  • If you're someone who loves dresses as much as I do, you may just want to pick up a pair of these wrap wedged espadrilles. They are beautiful, and would go with so many summer dresses! I just love them. 
  • I'm a big fan of scalloped and perforated totes - I think they are just the cutest thing. I just found Chelsea28's version that has both and comes in four great colors. Go with the tan or black for a neutral every day bag, or buy it in blue for a fun pop of color. I think I'm going to go with the blue!
  • Still on the look out for white lace dresses for our engagement pictures, I found a great option for under $60. My only concern is that it may be too short on me, but I sure do love those sleeves!


ask me anything
  • Congratulations on matching!!! I'm a second year medical student. Do you have any advice/recommendations on what types of shoes to wear on rotations? Do you recommend buying the clogs that most people wear in the OR if you aren't planning on going into a specialty with lots of operations?
    • Thank you so much, we are very excited! So for shoes, I actually am working on a post about this BUT here are my suggestions. If you don't think you are going into something surgical, you can wear tennis shoes into the OR. You wear shoe covers anyway, and I've seen plenty of surgeons, residents, and other medical students just wear tennis shoes that are comfortable. Since I am going into something surgical, I've been testing out various shoes. I have several pairs of the original Danskos, but I find them just a bit too high and stiff. I still wear them, but only on days where I'm standing a lot, and not doing a lot of walking/running. I have a pair of Birkenstock clogs that are great for standing a lot and walking, but because they don't have a back, they aren't going to be the best option for me when I'm on labor and delivery (there's more running than you would think!). I actually just ordered this style of Danskos that was recommended to be by an ObGyn resident, so as soon as I've had some time to test those out, I will write a full review! For non-surgical rotations, I ended up wearing a pair of shoes from Target that had an elastic top and added insoles. I also wore my scalloped flats a lot and they were actually quite comfortable!
  • I recently got accepted to an all expenses paid 2 week trip to Germany through an educator program. Given your familiarity with the country, any tips on what to pack or see?
    • That is so exciting! I am definitely jealous - I love Germany so much. Since I don't know where you are going, it's harder for me to give you examples of what to see, but as far as clothing goes, I do have a few suggestions. First, Germans did to dress more in the neutral colored zone. Lots of black, denim, and other more neutral colors. Germans tend to not be super done up with hair and make-up - they definitely embrace the European "less is more" type of look. You won't see a lot of people out wearing high heels or sparkly tops during the day, and also less likely to see people wearing leggings with sweatshirts. If you wear just normal jeans, nice blouses, and comfortable flats, you'll more than fit in and still be comfortable. 
  • Was that a married life book I saw on your Snapchat? What was it? Do you recommend?
    • We have been reading Things I Wish I'd Known Before Getting Married. It's written by the guy who wrote the Five Love Languages, and it's actually been pretty interesting. We did figure out our "love language" and to be honest, knowing what the other person finds important has actually been good for us. My love language are acts of service and physical touch, and so CR has made a real effort to do those things (and then likes to wink and say "see, love actions") while CR's is quality time, so I've made an effort to put the phone away when we watch TV or make sure we do things together rather than just sitting next to each other without interacting. So the book goes into some of that, and also on a bunch of other things that goes into a marriage. I mean, it's not like a life changing book, but for $8, it's been a good quick read!
notable sales
  • Anthropologie: 20% off full priced items (code: Springperk)
  • Old Navy: 40% off everything
    • A knit blazer is one of those things you can wear with so many different things in your closet, and a striped one on top of cute! 
    • With white jeans and sundress season coming up, a jean jacket is so versatile (and this one looks like the much more expensive versions). 
    • I'm still hoping I can figure out the sizing on their tee shirt dresses. I think they are just so cute, and always have the best patterns. One of each of the striped ones, please!

on franish

at home
  • WE DID IT. You guys, the fact that the match worked out has lifted so much weight off of me. We found out Friday that we got our first choice spots, and will be moving about an hour away from where we live now. I'm working on a whole post about how we couples matched that will include more details, but ugh, I'm just so happy it worked out. 
  • We are currently up in Rochester visiting CR's family. We met up with all of our friends on Friday in Pennsylvania to celebrate, and then drove up here Friday night. It's been so nice to be near friends and family during this time!
  • And now...we start house hunting. For those of you who are home owners....any tips in this ridiculous process? I'm already nervous.