Monday, July 16, 2018

our wedding: the invitations

Hi guys! I am so excited to finally share details from our wedding with you guys! You were there with us for the planning parts of it, from picking a venue to finding our photographer to buying my wedding dress to trying to decide what we wanted for decorations, so I'm pumped that we now can share all the pictures from the big day. In the next few weeks I'm going to share parts from the day and the days leading up, from bridesmaids dresses to what I did to prepare for our wedding to decorations to just sharing a few of our favorite pictures. Today to kick it off, I'm going to start with sharing our invitations!

One of the big things we spent a lot of time on was our invitations and everything that comes with that, from finalizing the final guest list to sending out the invites to chasing down those last RSVPs.  I spent sooooo much time thinking about what we wanted our invitations to look like (one of the first pinterest pictures I ever saved was a wedding invite from Minted!), but the actual process of finding the perfect card wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.

You may remember that for our Save the Dates, we were really fortunate to work with Minted, and I was every more excited when we got to work together again on our wedding invitations. Minted has always been my go-to for invitations, Christmas cards, and personalized gifts, so the fact that we got to pick from their wide selection of beautiful wedding invitations was like a dream come true.

I spent several weeks poring over the options. Did we want the classic wedding invitation where there are lots of envelopes and sleeves and multiple things all together? Did I want the 3-in-1 option, where the RSVP is attached to the invitation (and most costing around $1.75 per card)? Did we want our pictures on the front? How were we going to have people respond to the invite, and how were we going to get their answers for what they wanted for dessert? I spent a lot of time playing around with all of the options!
In the end, I wanted something that represented us, to be similar to the style of the wedding, and have it be pretty. I really gravitated towards white backgrounds, lots of greenery, and simple font.

The design we finally decided on was "Paradise" - I love the simplicity of this design! Our florals for our actual wedding were a lot of greenery with pink and white flowers, so I thought this would be a perfect homage to that. I really love that so many details on the Minted designs can be customized when picking out invitations, and you can even request changes to be made! I asked that the Minted artist change the little white flowers to be blush pink flowers instead, which was a simple change that really made the whole invite more personalized and reflective of our wedding day flowers.

My favorite detail? The gold embossing for our names and the ceremony site - a bit of a throwback to our Save the Dates that also had a touch of gold on them. 
My second favorite detail? One of our engagement pictures on the back. I wanted the front to be simple and include all the details for the actually wedding, but loved using one of our engagement pictures on the back. I figured most people would have the front of the card on their fridge or wherever, but this was a way to keep a bit of "us" on the invites as well. We also used the free service of having a wedding webside on Minted so our guests could get a bit more information about the actual wedding day that we didn't include on the invites, like where to stay, the bridal party, and our registry, so that website address was included on the bottom of the backside of the card. 
The cards themselves were printed on a beautiful thick paperstock, and the envelopes were thick and sturdy. We, of course, used the (free!) addressing service through Minted, so we didn't have to hand address anything, and had our address printed on the back of the envelopes as well. I loved the cute little RSVP cards, and getting those back for three weeks was so much fun - I always looked forward to getting the mail! Our dinner was buffet-style, but we choose to do individual pies for the desserts, so we had our guests initial their dessert choice. Here's my mom's - I can't believe she chose berry over apple!

I am thrilled with how our invitations turned out, and am forever grateful to Minted for being such an important part of our wedding planning process. We have loved working with them over the past several years, and will continue to be paying customers of theirs. 

Next up - decorations (spoiler: these little candles were the perfect compromise for a no-flame-allowed venue), and then my gorgeous bridesmaids!

PS. Have you seen Minted's adorable monogram maker? You can download any style, and use it for wedding things (like decorations or print on napkins or whatever), or just as a cute background for your phone like I did ;)

Friday, May 11, 2018

college educated, she graduated

This weekend I traveled to Minnesota to watch my youngest sister graduate from college! She has worked incredibly hard, and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in marketing. Basically she's a genius, and we are so proud of her. 

It's been so long since I last posted an outfit picture! The scrub life definitely severely limits buying and wearing clothes, so I rarely do now a days! I did recently buy this amazing Old Navy dress though and I'm much that I also bought it in black! It fits true to size - I tried on both a tall large and a large, and found the regular length to hit me right above the knee rather than below. The fabric is a thick ponte fabric, so I find it to be a bit more flattering than a thinner cotton material. Overall, probably one of my favorite dresses that I currently own! It also comes in a really cute grey/white strip combo that I'm eyeing...

Dress // Old Navy [exact]
Shoes // Jack Rogers [exact]
Jacket // Paige [very similar]
Purse // Coach via eBay

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

my daily make-up routine for 4 AM wake-up calls

As a creature of habit, I tend to use the same make-up products over and over again - that's why I've been using the same eyeliner and powder for over 8 years now! But I'm definitely open to experimenting here and there, and have found some amazing new products that I really love. My big goal when I do my make-up is to have dewy skin and brighter eyes - when you get up around 4 AM most days, I need a few extra products to look wide and awake when I may not be! Here's what my current make-up routine looks like - the ones with the * are my favorite "brightening" products!

  1. *Becca Backlight Primer // I've had this bottle for about two years, and keep coming back to it. It just provides the prettiest dewy skin as a foundation for the rest of your make-up. It's great for those of us with drier skin!
  2. Touch In Sol Primer // I do struggle with enlarged pores, especially around my nose, so I use this mostly in that region to help blur out those imperfections. 
  3. Dior BB Cream // My friend Amy started using this BB cream last year and raved and raved about it, so I finally bought it last summer, and have been wearing it every day since then! I apply about half a pump to my skin with my fingers. It's the perfect medium coverage I was looking for, and a little goes a long way! Highly recommend this if you're lower maintenance but want a beautiful medium coverage BB cream. 
  4. *Becca Under Eye Corrector // This is one of the newer products I've started using. I have fairly dark circles under my eyes (I've had them ever since I was a kid). This brightens up that whole area underneath your eyes. If I was less lazy, I'd also use concealer, but I try to have a speedy routine in the AM, and this I can just dab on with my fingers. 
  5. Smashbox Powder // You guys already know this is my holy grail item. I've tried a bunch of different powders over the years, but none compare to this one. It's the best. 
  6. Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer // I bought this on a whim last March, and have used it every day since then! I'm just now getting to the point where I need a new one. The "sculpt" side is the perfect color for light contouring and bronzing - I use this under my cheekbones, along my forehead, down my nose, and at my jawline. It just adds the perfect amount of glow to your face. As soon as I'm all the way done with this, I'm going to buy this kit, as I don't use the highlight side as much as I'd use a blush. 
  7. Dior Blush // This blush is so darn pretty - it's one of those that makes a "custom" color or whatever with your skin tone. I don't really buy that - it's just a pretty pink color! I've had this for at least 9 months, and still haven't hit pan. A little goes a long way!
  8. *Nars Eyeshadow // I don't have time in the morning for a lot of blending and all the things that come with a lot of eyeshadow. I have this in All About Eve, and it's the perfect lighter colored eyeshadow to bring some light to your eyes without looking like your eyeshadow is that white eyeshadow we wore in 6th grade (or was that just me?).
  9. Stila Eyeliner // HOLY GRAIL, please never stop making this eyeliner! I always have at least two back-ups in my collection because I refuse to even try anything else. 
  10. *Smashbox Eyeliner // I use this in the pale color for my lower waterline. It's a little trick to bring more brightness to the eyes, and this eyeliner is waterproof, so it lasts all day!
  11. Anastasia Brow Pencil // Looooove this brow pencil - the thicker edge means it takes less time to color in my brows. I use this in taupe.
  12. Anastasia Brow Gel // A quick swipe of this across the brows keeps them in line, and more defined. It also helps keeps them "on" for longer!
  13. Urban Decay Primer // Another item I keep buying over and over again. I've tried several different eyelash primers at different price points, and this continues to be my favorite. I use two light coats, and I never have an issue with mascara flaking. It's my secret for thicker and longer looking lashes!
  14. Chanel Mascara // I started using this after receiving a few samples, and fell in love with how long my eyelashes were looking. I previously never liked that kind of brush for mascara, but when I combine this with another mascara, it gets the perfect "long and lush" look I want. 
  15. Lancome Mascara // I bought this a few months ago, and am getting towards the end of this tube. It's okay, but I like my Bobbi Brown mascara more, so I'll be repurchasing that once the Lancome one runs out. 

I shot a quick video of my make-up routine. Please forgive the horrible lighting - this was early in the AM, and I just finished a work out, so I'm still a bit flushed from that as well. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

top three [03.04.18]

got wedding decorations on the mind

medical tidbits //
  • Bruxism: excessive teeth grinding or clinching. Botox is a form of treatment that can help with that!
  • Speaking of botox, it can also help with certain urinary complaints, like interstitial cystitis and overactive bladder incontinence. It involves using a small scope, and injecting 100-200 units into the bladder in 1 ml portions. 
  • And since we're on the botox topic, botox can also be used to treat torticollis. Botox: not just for your laugh lines!

I've got my eye on... //

on the internet //

ask me anything //

  • I remember a while ago you posted about compression socks for work. What brand do you use? I am looking for a pair or two!
    • I wear these Sockwell socks. I now have like 9 pairs of them, and I wear them to work every. single. day. It's the only reason I'm able to be on my feet for so long! I wash mine in the washing machine, but air dry them so that the elastic doesn't wear out. 
  • Do you tweeze/shape your eyebrows or is your shape natural? My eyebrows are blonde but thicker/denser than yours, and I have always been afraid of ruining their shape by tweezing.
    • I used to get them threaded about every two months for probably 6 years. When we moved for residency, I moved too far away to see the lady I was seeing throughout medical school, and I didn't really want to find someone knew, so now I just let them be, and tweeze stray hairs here and there! 
  • I've been searching for months now and can't find what I'm looking for, so tell me, is there a thing that exists that is more structured than a cardigan but not a blazer?  
    • Yes! What you are missing is a ponte or knit blazer. It has the structure of a blazer, which adds a bit more ...well, structure! But when it's made in a knit or ponte fabric, rather than the traditional wool, it's as comfortable as a cardigan. Old Navy always has several styles of this type of blazer (here in black). Topshop has this amazing boucle blazer that I'm now adding to my cart because I love it. It's the perfect mix of structure and comfy that I think you're looking for!

quick sales to mention //

this week I... //

  • Did not go down to Florida as originally planned. My best friend and I planned a little three day trip down to the Florida Keys. I rearranged a bunch of my schedule so that we could make it happen. Unfortunately, my flight was cancelled and couldn't find a new one that worked for our tight timeline, after she had already been down there for 12 hours! We were both super bummed that it didn't work out, and that she had to spend the weekend alone. My take away: never flying Jet Blue again, and never flying on a trip separately! 
  • Decided that next week, I'm going to restart BBG - the first round of BBG is 12 weeks, which makes the last week of the program the week of my wedding. Anyone want to join in on the fun? I'm already forcing my sister to do it "with" me even though we live in different time zones. I love spinning, but I need some weights to tone up these arms! 
  • Start L&D days again - it's been a few months since I was on the day shift! This is my last time on L&D days as an intern, which is hard to believe we're already nearing that point! Excited to be a part of the crazy again! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

wedding planning: the decorations

Our wedding day is in exactly three months! I can't believe how quickly it's all happening. When you have a longer engagement, you think you have all this time, and then it's 13 weeks away and you're like...omg, what things do we have left to do?

A lot of decisions were really easy - once we chose our venue, it locked a few things into place for us. We have to work with the catering company they partner with, and they provide all of the food, drinks, and linens. Our venue supplies all tables and chairs. That's a lot of planning we didn't have to do! Then a lot of other parts fell into place - we booked our photographer, I bought my dress, we figured out what our bridal party is wearing (more on that in a future post), and re-booked our DJ (our first one flaked on us after having committed to us over a year ago...). 

I had talked to a few florists, and picked the first one I really talked to as I liked their work...and honestly, it's difficult to plan a wedding in a city you aren't from or currently live in, so sometimes you just have to go off "vibes". We had a long discussion about what our (mostly my) vision was for the day. Although we are doing a barn wedding, I did not want to go with anything too rustic, so no burlap, actual barn items, or anything like that. I also feel like "wedding colors" aren't a thing as much as they used to be - I feel like 10 years ago, everyone had very specific wedding colors, and everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the napkins to the invitations to the flowers were all in those two colors. Now I feel it's a lot more fluid, and more about the vibe of everything going together rather than everything sticking to two exact colors. So our colors are really just about being soft and pretty - lots of whites, blushes, gold, and navy. 

So I started pinteresting away, and since nothing we are doing is crazy out of the box, of course there is a ton of inspiration out there. So here's what we're thinking!

For my bridal bouquet, and for the flowers for my bridesmaids, I asked for a mix of blush and white flowers, with a mix of bigger flowers. Peonies will be at the end of their season, so lots of ranunculas, english roses, a tiny bit of baby's breath for sentimental reasons, and then lots of green! My florist's instagram has several of these types of bouquets, so I have a good idea of what it will look like, and I can't wait! The men are going to get simple boutonnieres with probably an english rose. 
All the fingers crossed that the weather cooperates and that we will be able to have an outside ceremony. Our venue supplies the chairs, and has an arch at the ceremony site. Our florist is making a floral piece for the arch (something like the one above, at least that's the picture I sent!), but then I'm a bit lost on what else we should do! I don't want to spend a ton of time buying and making things just for down the aisle, so I'm thinking getting flower petals, and having them be scattered down the aisle. When I brought that up on Instagram stories, several people said that makes it hard to walk down the aisle, so maybe we'll do it like the flowers in the right picture, where they are denser along the chairs. Just a little something to make it pretty, but doesn't require much work (or transport, because we're getting married 5 hours away from where we live). Any ideas? 

The only other real outside directions we are planning on is a welcome sign! I love the style of the one on the right, especially because we could hang it in our entry way at our house! But, we desperately need a sign that says the things on the sign on the left, so...we might have two? Maybe the welcome sign right by the parking area, and then the second one closer to the ceremony? Our guest list is very unbalanced (I have 10 family members coming, CR has 65...), so we need to sit scattered. I also really want the ceremony to be cell phone free, so looking for a polite way to express those requests. My mom and I will be making these, so I'm already looking forward to a little crafting season!
The Christmas after we got engaged, CR's brother made us this amazing set of cornhole. He stained them a beautiful dark wood, and we just love them. It gave me the idea of having several other lawn games at our wedding during happy hour! I just think it would be so fun for our guests. I think we're going to get some of these decals for the cornhole boards, and then make giant jenga and yahtzee, and staining them a similar color. Again, fingers crossed the weather is nice!

For the reception, we are doing long tables instead of round tables. I love the idea of everyone being a bit closer and being able to talk to more people. I feel when you're sitting at big round tables, you can only really talk to your date and the person on your other side, and this way, you're directly in contact with 5 people! So instead of doing a large center piece, our florist is making long green garlands with flowers scattered throughout. I'm a bit nervous about this, as I haven't see my florist make one of these (although they say they do them all the time). My big sticking point right now is that our venue doesn't allow any flames, so I can't have real candles. I still want the pretty light though, so we're currently trying to find some kind of votives to put little fake candles in. I don't want to see the fake flame, but I do want to see the flickering light, if that makes sense! On the edge of the tables, we will have some kind of simple way of displaying the table number

The last couple pieces are for displaying the seating arrangement, dinner, and drink menu. I don't want them to look just like the other signs, so we will have to play around with this for a bit. 

Gah, writing all of this out makes me realize we actually have a lot more decisions to make, and projects to do! Hoping that my off-service month in May gives me the time to finish all the little things :)

What are some things you loved about your wedding, or weddings you have been to? Anything I'm missing? 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

review: the time I actually try a jumpsuit on

I spent four years building a professional work clothes closet...only to have a job where I wear scrubs 98% of the time. Because I never actually wear real clothes anymore, I rarely buy new clothes...which is why I think the budgetting bloggers series won't be making a comeback any time soon. But every once in a while, I get the itch to try on a few new things, so review posts aren't going anywhere! This time around I try a few new silhouettes for me, and continue to keep things that I already know work well for me ;)

 Pindot jumpsuit with lapel
First up is a jumpsuit from J.Crew. I have never tried on a jumpsuit before. I always love them on other people, but they seem somewhat impractical, and hard to find a good fit when you're a bit taller. When I saw J.Crew's blue with white polka dots jumpsuit though, I just had to try it. I'm wearing a size 10 here. I really wish that it had been made in petites and talls, as I think a lot of the fit issues are from the fact that it's too short on me. It kind of rides up my butt a bit, making me feel like I was wearing a diaper. The fabric in the front was too loose in parts and tight in others - you can see how the fabric just makes a straight shot from my chest down without any indication of curves from the side. I also found it somewhat difficult to get on and off - I couldn't get my arms out of it without some awkward moving around. All in all, not the worst it could have been, but for my body, this was not going to work on me. I really would love to find a simple black jumpsuit though - I could see myself really wearing that all summer long!

 Quilted downtown field jacket
The other item I ordered from J.Crew was their quilted field jacket. I own their original field jacket, and wear it quite a bit in the spring, so a milder winter version would have been great. I just didn't love this as much in real life as I wanted to. I'm wearing a tall large here. Even with the tall fit, I still found it hit me a bit at an awkward length - I wish it was 2 inches longer! The sleeves were also way too big on me, which just made me feel bulky. Big pluses for the jacket were the side pockets it has - I hate when you can't put your hands in your jacket pockets! It also has the adjustable side flaps (I'm sure there's a real word for those....), incase you want it to have a bit more shape, which is appreciated. Again, this one wasn't a keeper for me, but if you are a bit shorter than me, this may sit better on you than it did on me. If you're a fan of the original field jacket, have you seen they make an uncoated version now?!

The next top is from Vince Camuto, and I'm so excited about it! I'm always looking for a bit longer tops with an interesting feature - they are so easy to wear, but because they are a bit more special, it makes it look like you're wearing something fancier than you actually are - another example of this is my Karen Kane blouse. Anyway, I saw this blouse online, and ordered it in two sizes immediately. I ordered the medium and the large - I typically wear a large, but the reviews said to size down. I'm glad I listened, because the medium did end up fitting me a bit nicer than the large. The large fit well, but I liked that the medium's sleeves were a bit more fitted on me. The fabric is 96% viscose, so it just lays really nice, and feels great on. I love the slightly angled stripes (of course!) and the chiffon hem adds just a small interesting detail that makes it a great top for both casual events and dressier dates (I'm planning on wearing it tonight!). I've noticed that sizes keep popping in and out stock, so if your size is currently not in stock, keep an eye on it as it will probably come back at some point!
 Textured Georgette High/Low Blouse VINCE CAMUTO
I ordered another Vince Camuto blouse with that order - I really love this style of tops - shorter sleeves, higher neckline, with a dressier fabric, so it's super versatile, and requires no ironing. It's the best. This one was on sale, so I was twice as excited about it. It's hard to really show what it looks like in these pictures because it is black, but you can see what the white version looks like. I just love how it fits - it's longer in the back, so your butt is covered if you want to wear it with leggings or ponte pants. It's opaque, so no cami underneath is required. I'm wearing a large here, and while the description says to size down, I think a medium may have been too tight on my arms. If you're looking for a versatilte blouse that can take you from work to a date, it's so easy to accessorize. I'm very excited about this blouse. 

The next two items are ones that didn't work out for me. First up is a sweater from Free People. I've never really tried anything from Free People before and this sweater proves that some items only look good in posed positions. In the first picture in the top left, it looks super cute and casual right? Even slimming, for something that is oversized. It wasn't until you really move around that you see how oversized it is on me. I don't know why I didn't listen to the reviews about sizing down, and instead ordered it in a large. Overall, I actually really like this sweater - the fabric is soft, it's not heavy so it's great for those inbetween months coming up, and I just love cream colored sweaters...which is why I'm going to reorder this in a medium and see how I feel about it. Has anyone else tried this sweater yet? It's currently 40% off if you're interested!

Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top GIBSON
This last top is one I knew wouldn't really work for me, but I wanted to take a chance anyway. It's a hankerchief top from Gibson - I'm wearing a large here. First, the pluses: the pattern is cute, and I love parts of the front - the hem on the bottom is super fun! My two biggest cons about this is the hem in the back and side - I wish it had been more of a high low type of blouse, rather than high on the front and back and low on the sides. I also didn't love that the sleeves were also ruffled - it's just too many ruffles in one shirt. I pretty much knew it wasn't going to work for me, but it's always worth trying out something new!

So a few new items for my closet that are versatile, but have special small features that make them fun to wear! 

ps. my jeans are old, but 7fam still sells a very similar pair!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

top three [2.25.18]

all subway tile inspo
via anthropologie

medical tidbits //
  • Hydrosalpinx is a what happens when a fallopian tube becomes blocked and is filled with fluid. It can be caused by infections or adhesions, causing pain and infertility. 
  • Heterotopic pregnancies are when there is both a pregnancy in the uterus (an intrauterine pregnancy), and a uterus elsewhere (an extrauterine pregnancy, usually in the fallopian tubes). 
  • The liver is the only visceral organ that can regenerate - as little as 25% of the original liver can regenerate back to a normal sized liver! 

I've got my eye on... //

on the internet //

ask me anything //
  • I wanted to know what the best parts are of your new life as a resident, since matching is terrifying but should also be really exciting and it would be great to focus on the positive for a sec :)
    • I think my favorite part of being a resident is feeling a real sense of responsibility now, and knowing that I finally am able to do the work I spent years watching other people do. It just gives me a sense of purpose, which I really find gratifying. I also really really like delivering babies!
  • Where did you get the candle holders in your fireplace?
  • I need a few new blouses for work, and you always have the cutest ones! Do you have any suggestions for ones currently available? 

this week I... //
  • Had my own first successful surgery for one of my own patients! I was so happy that we were able to help my patient, and to walk out knowing it went well. I always say that the obstetrical side is more my favorite, but I was so darn happy after that case that I don't think I can really decide one way or the other!
  • Spent a lot of time watching the Olympics. I absolutely love them, and can't get enough. I will say, as cliche as it is, the figure skating really is my favorite! I've probably watched this routine ten times and was telling everyone about it!
  • Finally put pictures in the picture frames  up above our bed. We hung them up in September...and apparently it takes me 5 months to order four pictures. We're saving the last two frames for upcoming event pictures :)