Sunday, February 26, 2017

top three [02.26.2017]

I just really love my: camel blazer (seriously, it's my favorite!)

  • The Mayo Clinic announced this week that last year, they successfully completed a near entire face transplant on a patient following a suicide attempt. The surgery took over 55 hours! You can see a before and after here. Medicine is so cool!
  • Tuberculosis is named after the Latin word tuber because the swollen glands associated with Tb look like little vegetables!
  • Pitted keratolysis is a disease my friend just saw while on her derm rotation. It is a bacterial infection of the feet that causes pits in the feet - it looks like this

check out:

  • The color and style of this Steve Madden tote are classics, but the stitching keeps it young and fresh. Do you prefer the cognac or black version? 
  • "Fancy tees" are definitely my favorite category of clothing - cotton, non-constricting, and cute?! It's the perfect article of clothing. Loft has an adorable version of the fancy tee that I am in love with - that black tee is definitely going to be mine!
  • I am obsessed with BB Dakota's adorable lace dress. I love that it has a higher neckline and sleeves, but the shorter hemline and fabric keep it sexy and flirty. BB Dakota continues to be one of my favorite brands!

throwback sunday:

ask me anything:
  • You featured a mascara on your instagram this week and mentioned how amazing it was (and your lashes looked fab!). Do you mind sharing what brand it was?
    • It's from Chanel! I know, I's pretty expensive. I got a sample of it when I went to a beauty event at Nordstrom this week, and am a bit obsessed with it now. If you live near a Nordstrom (or any department store that sells Chanel beauty products), I'd stop by to see if they have any samples for you to try it out. I'm hoping that'll get me by for the next few months ;)
  • Second year medical student here. What are your favorite brands, styles, colors for scrubs? Do you have to buy them for yourself or do hospitals provide them?
    • So to answer your second question first, it really depends what rotation you are on and where you are working. If you are on a surgical rotation, you will wear the scrubs provided to you by the hospital - most hospitals have rules that you can only wear scrubs they wash at the hospital in their operating rooms. If you are on a medicine service, you may have to wear hospital scrubs or your own - I would ask your resident when you start! Most times if you are in the clinic and are allowed to wear scrubs, this is when you can wear your own! I haven't tried a ton of different scrubs myself, but Maevn sent me two pairs a few months ago and I'm obsessed with them. The pants come in longs, which is key if you are tall (they also have petites for you shorter ladies). They are just so comfortable, and flattering (especially when compared to the ones provided by the hospital). I have a navy pair and a ceil blue pair. 
  • How do you care for your leather and suede shoes?

on franish:

notable sales:

at home:
  • On Thursday, I met up with Katy at Nordstrom in Beachwood for a sneak peak for Nordstrom's Beauty Trend week coming up in two weeks. We got our make-up done (I love when people do my make-up), got to play with a whole bunch of goodies, and left with the most amazing swag bag (it had full sized Chanel skincare products in it!). I also ended up ordering several beauty products because they were that beautiful (spoiler: this eyeshadow palette and this contour/highlight palette that looked amazing on everyone that was there that night!). 
  • I talked about this on Instagram, but we officially handed in our rank lists on Wednesday. Now there is nothing to do except wait. We find out in 3 weeks what happens...and yes, I'm slowly dying waiting!
  • On Friday, it was 70 degrees!! It was absolutely amazing. I sat outside with the dogs, got a bit of sun, and then went on a picnic with my friend Amy. Now it's back to 30 degrees...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

healthyish, vol. 9

This week, I've been thinking a lot about goals. I have never been one to really make a lot of them, so having three weekly goals every week to try to achieve has been a new thing for me, but one that's really been working out well. Since one of my goals from last week was to achieve a new PR in spin class, I went into Wednesday's class really motivated to achieve it. From the first song, I tried to have a higher resistance and spin faster because I really wanted to get there, and was so proud when I did! Luckily our instructor was in a ball busting mood and had a really tough profile planned anyway, but it felt really rewarding to achieve that goal. It's been nice to set new little goals every week, ones that make me either work harder or do something outside of my day to day comfort zone. It's because of that and you guys that I'm now into this 9 weeks because otherwise, I would have probably given up after week 2. and 3. and every week since then ;)

Sunday: Pure Barre platform (so fun!)
Monday: 1 hour spin class
Tuesday: 1 hour spin class
Wednesday: 1 hour spin class (with a new PR!)
Saturday: 1 hour spin class

This week I rediscovered my love for turkey bacon, and made it for every breakfast (except Wednesday when we had an early OR day again, and got a Power Sandwich instead). Snacks this week included grapes, bananas, and these amazing habanero bbq almonds. For lunch I made bang bang shrimp with broccoli and fried cauliflower rice - this was SO good! I'm going to remake it this week but with chicken instead. For dinners we had chicken sausage with homemade sweet potato fries (just cut up sweet potatoes, tossed in olive oil and salt, and baked for ~25 minutes). We also tried Green Giant's mashed cauliflower, and I have to say, this was not my favorite. I love their vegetable tots and vegetable rice (that's what I used to make the fried rice for lunch), but this was just really soupy and garlicy and just not that great. 


Last week's goals: 
  • Go to 1 Pure Barre class: done! Went to a platform class on Sunday
  • Hit a new PR for calories burned at spin: done!! 
  • Make a new recipe with cauliflower rice: done!  

Next week's goals:
  • Make these mini egg frittata muffins for snacks
  • Hit 20 works outs in February (I did 17 in January and want to beat it!)
  • Don't step on the scale until Friday

We are watching the Oscars with our friends tomorrow, and making cheese and chocolate fondue. It's going to be amazing.

weigh in: -2.2 lbs (total: - 9.0 lbs)

On Thursday, I felt I had been doing really well all week, and wanted to see how I was doing. I was so excited to see that I was officially down 9 pounds! The problem was, I got super PMSy that day, and because I had already weighed myself and knew I was doing well, I kind of didn't do as well with the last few days as I should have. Instead, I got chocolate during my lunch break, and made not the smartest decisions for meals later on. I definitely don't regret any of those things (because they were so good!) but I think weighing myself and then feeling that those  last days didn't count towards this process wasn't the best. So that's why my goal is to not weigh myself until Friday. It keeps me motivated the whole week instead of letting up early because I had a good weigh in earlier. I'm really hoping to hit 10 lbs so I can treat myself to that new sports bra and possibly these pretty new pants too. I'm a bit sick of doing laundry every few days just because I ran out of pants!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

the blouse that goes with everything

Alternative title: all of my favorite things in one outfit

That blouse from Loft that I reviewed last week finally came in in the size medium and it's perfect! I'm so glad I got the exchange because it is such a beautiful shirt (and so comfortable!). I highly recommend it if you are looking for a versatile top for the spring - you can wear it with a blazer like I did here (which, btw, is currently on major sale! see my review here for sizing), alone with jeans, tucked into a skirt - basically, it'll be the most versatile item in your closet. You really can't go wrong with a white lace top!

I wore this out to dinner with CR and our favorite couple last weekend. It's crazy knowing that in three months, the little life we have built up here will be gone again. I think that's the thing they don't tell you about medical school - you may have to rebuild your life every few years. I'm so excited for my friends as they move close to Philadelphia, but I'm so sad I won't get to see them every week. Luckily they'll live in such a great city, so we see lots of trips in our future!
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7 For All Mankind b(air) Ankle Skinny Jeans
Clare V. Supreme Fold Over Clutch
Blouse: Loft [exact on sale]
Blazer: J.Crew [exact on sale]
Pants: 7 For All Mankind [exact]
Shoes: Tory Burch c/o Shopbop [save | similarexact]
Clutch: Clare V [save | exact]
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [exact - use code FRANZISKA to save 15%]
loft tulip-lace-shell
Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flats
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And of course, Loft is having another sale (...because when are they not?) that includes 30% off tops, pants, and skirts. Here are a few of my favorites - that ruffled blouse though, right?! I love!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

how to: do an at-home manicure

There are some things I pay the professionals for - threading, waxings, and coloring my hair are definitely left to people who know better than I do. I am more than willing to pay someone else to work their magic on my hair every few months. But I have never been one of those girls who gets a manicure every other week. I find the process of going to nail salon tedious, especially if you have to do it every 14 days! But because I love my nails to be painted, I have my own methods of giving myself an at home manicure. It saves me so much time and money in the long run, and I even like the results from doing it myself more than when I do get my nails done professionally! Here's my step by step guide of how I do my nails.

Here's what we're starting with. I think this is about 2.5 weeks old. If it wasn't for the fact that I was doing a lot of work around the house, I think the nail polish would have held up even longer.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

top three [02.19.2017]

my favorite item from this week's review
  • The first x-ray ever taken was of the inventor's wife's hand. She was so disturbed by this that she later said "I have seen my death". The inventor's name was Wilhelm Roentgen. The German word for x-ray is Roentgen bild, which literally means Roentgen's picture!
  • The term "radial mastectomy" sounds, well radical. Rather than the definition that we know as "far fetching", it is actually based off of the Latin meaning of "root" - this is because the surgery was to attack the cancer at its root, at the time thought to the be the pectoralis major (the muscle in your chest). 
  • The abuse of antibiotics is something that we discuss almost on a daily basis, no matter what rotation I am on. Antibiotic resistance is a real problem, which is why your doctor won't prescribe you an antibiotic if they believe you have a virus. Last month, a woman in Nevada died because her infection was resistant to every antibiotic allowed for treatment in the US

on the internet

  • I don't wear dresses to work as much as I thought I would...but that doesn't stop me from day dreaming about wearing this adorable tweed dress all spring long. It even has full short sleeves!
  • Have you noticed I take a really long time to decide to try something new? I love the slip on sneaker trend, but somehow keep hesitating to try some. Target has a really cute pair though, and for that price, I feel it's about time!
  • I actually really love Old Navy's sports bras, and my favorite kind just came out in this gorgeous floral print. Wouldn't that look so cute peaking out from under a black tank?

throwback to

ask me anything
  • What kind of bike shoes do you have? Do you like them? Thinking of getting a clip in pair for my spin bike but I'm not even sure where to start looking/what to look for...?
    • I got a pair of Shimano shoes on Amazon. I honestly just clicked through a bunch of them and read the reviews, and based on that, purchased that pair. I do have high arches, so I put insoles in to make them more comfortable. A lot of the women at my spin class wear the Shimano brand shoes, so I feel they are a pretty good place to start looking! I know that there are stores that also sell spin shoes, so if you have something like that near you, that would be helpful too. If you ride at a studio, ask your instructor! Ours has an agreement with a local shoe store that if you tell them you ride at our studio, you'll get a discount. Don't forget that when you buy spin shoes, they usually don't come with the actual clip - you have to buy that part separate. 
  • Would love to hear any pointers you have on making friends after college. I graduated and moved to an entirely different state (which I know you did too), and am having such trouble finding friends!
    • Girl, I feel you on that. I've been struggling with that since I graduated college because most of my college friends moved away after graduation, and then of course I'm now currently living in Ohio with not much support here for the time being. For me currently, going to work out classes has really given me the chance to meet new people. I don't bring my phone in with me before class, so you're really forced to interact with people more. I also linked to this post a few weeks ago written by another blogger who had some great tips!
  • I'm going to the beach for an "adult spring break" in April, and want to add a few fun pieces for the trip. Any suggestions? It's going to be very low key!

on franish

notable sales

at home
  • We are in the double digits!! 98 days left until graduation. I can hardly stand it, I am so excited! In an education that is 1399 days long, the last 100 are so so sweet ;)
  • In celebration, CR and I played Mario Kart and Super Mario Brothers almost all of Saturday (in between going on long walks with the dogs in this beautiful weather!). Nothing brings a couple together like trying to out race each other in a video game...or maybe nothing tears you apart? Either way, it's been really fun to have something to play together!
  • Are you guys having as amazing weather as we are? It's 60 degrees today! I don't want to brag if you're stuck under three feet of snow...but it's pretty darn beautiful here :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

healthyish, vol. 8

Earlier this week, I was somewhat doubting this process. This is my eighth week of committing to this lifestyle, and I think it's easy to get discouraged when you don't see instant results. Coupled with last week's increase in weight, I was a bit just like...will this work? I know that the exercise has been so great for me mentally, and I feel less bloated the mornings after I had healthier meals the day before, but I wasn't sure if that was enough. I only weigh myself once a week because I find the day to day fluctuations frustrating, so when I finally weighed myself yesterday, I was very excited to see that I was down 2.4 lbs from last week, or 1 lb down from before Montreal. I guess I just need to trust the process and know that I'm not doing this the "instant result" way, but slowly and steadily working towards my goal!

Monday: 1 hour spin class
Wednesday: 1 hour spin class
Thursday: 45 minute spin class
Saturday: 1 hour spin class

I accidentally deleted most of the pictures of food I made this week, but it was a delicious week for sure. For breakfasts I made either a chicken sausage omelette or a banana smoothie. On Wednesday when I had to be in the OR by 7 AM, I got a power breakfast sandwich with double eggs from Panera - it kept me full all morning! For lunches this week I had zoodles with chicken sausage, a chicken fajita dish CR made, left over pulled pork, and a chicken sausage. Dinners included a delicious beef kabob dish on Monday with this amazing cinnamon rice that I allowed myself to eat about a third of, burgers and sweet potato fries for a quick Valentine's Day dinner, a new recipe from Goodful, and pulled pork + vegetables from our favorite BBQ place (I used to get the cheesey potatoes, so baby steps over here!). Snacks included eggs, a few Kind bars, and carrots. CR got me macaroons for Valentine's Day, so I had one of those a day! 


Last week's goals: 
  • Do one weight lifting work out: this didn't happen. I had it planned for yesterday, but my body just felt really tired, so I napped instead. Sometimes you gotta listen to your body!
  • Try a new recipe for lunches: done! I had a fajita dish for lunches, and tried out this zoodle recipe on Thursday.
  • Stay away from the discounted chocolate aisle: done!

This week's goals:
  • Go to 1 Pure Barre class
  • Hit a new PR for calories burned at spin
  • Make a new recipe with cauliflower rice

We went out for Italian last night - I had a great glass of Riesling, had a few pieces of bread, and a plate of chicken tortellini. So good!

weigh in: - 2.4 lbs (total: - 6.8 lbs)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

reviews: a few good finds and a few good laughs

When we came back from Montreal a week and a half ago, there were several packages waiting for me at the door (the best kind of welcome home present!). A few of them turned out to be great...and a few others were sent back immediately. 

Let me get this out of the way for everyone:


Okay, hear me out on this shirt. Online, it looks super cute. The ruffle didn't seem as overwhelming, the fit was better, and it looked very much less Amish. On me? HAHAHAHA. I could not stop laughing at myself wearing this shirt because it looked so ridiculous on me. I actually think the shirt is still pretty cute, and I bet on the right person it would be perfect under a blazer with some ripped jeans. The reviews actually are all pretty positive, so maybe this is more of a "me" thing rather than a "shirt" thing. For sizing reference if anyone has fallen in love with this blouse, I'm wearing a large.

 LOFT - Tulip Lace Shell