Sunday, November 30, 2014

top three [11.30.14]

Daniel Wellington watch
preppy | cozy | girly
(use code holiday_ franish for 15% off @ Daniel Wellington)

  • Researchers are growing spinal cord cells using everyone's favorite protein, the Sonic Hedgehog protein (for real)
  • I didn't know that there was such a thing as a consumer psychologist, but hearing one of their thoughts on shopping is fascinating
  • During kidney development, they initially start in your pelvis and then migrate into your abdomen (there are actually a lot of structures that start in one place in your body and then move some where else - I find that so strange). In some rare cases, the kidney can get stuck in its ascent, and then the person has a pelvic kidney that can also be flattened - they call it a pancake kidney...which is also strange.

  • I wish I had a holiday party to go to, because I would 100% wear this dress to it. I think it would look a little out of place at our ugly sweater party we're having next week though :/
  • This blouse, on the other hand, would be perfect for both a holiday party (+ sparkly skirt + beautiful earrings) , and the rest of the year (+ skinny jeans + cognac accessories + a scarf). Want Want Want.
  • Don't forget that Shopbop's Black Friday deal is still on (15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000) if you've had your eye on any large purchases. After weeks of deliberation, I finally ordered this Rebecca Minkoff bag. It came on Friday and I've been carrying it around with me ever since.
  • Bonus: Forever 21 restocked their version of the plaid oversized scarf - it's actually my favorite knock off version (and the cheapest!) but sold out quickly last time, so I would act fast if you are interested!

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  • My family came into town on Wednesday and we had so much fun. We went out Wednesday night to celebrate my mom's birthday, hung out and watched movies on Thursday, had Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, and waffles Saturday morning. I'm glad they were able to come see me here, especially since I probably won't see them for another year :(
  • Did you find any great deals over Black Friday? I didn't buy anything for myself - I wanted to buy this scarf, but it's a BR Pick and therefore not included in any sales. I hate Banana Republic is tricky like that with all of their good items! Maybe it'll be included in a sale soon (fingers crossed for Cyber Monday!). I did cross two people off my present list though, which will make the days before Christmas a little easier ;) 
  • I didn't study for three straight days, and it was amazing. Back to the books though - we have 2 major exams this week, and then every week until Christmas. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like renal and geriatrics, amiright?

Thankful for:
  • My supportive family, my caring friends, my adorable dogs, and my amazing boyfriend. I don't know what I would do without all of you!
  • My health - learning about what can go wrong with your body every day makes me appreciate my healthy body that much more.
  • All of you, for being my sounding board, my friends, and shopping buddies. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

ask me anything: life + blogging

This edition of Ask Me Anything covers life and blogging. I got a bit gabby, so if you don't want to listen to all 30 minutes, the questions and times are listed below. My dad even makes a surprise appearance!

0:35: What's the deal with your relationship? How'd you meet, how long have you been together, tell us the good stuff! He's really cute.

1:40: I know you have a new man in your life, but do you ever miss past relationships?

2:17: What's the best thing another blogger has taught you? And/or what one thing from medical school makes you a better blogger?

4:12: You're stranded somewhere remote, all on your own. What's the one piece of clothing/book/food you couldn't live without?

4:35: You always have great hair. How do you convince yourself to get out of bed early to do your hair and makeup? I have good intentions, but usually show up for work with meh hair and maybe some mascara slapped on.

6:24: I love that you manage time between med school and blogging AND living a good life ... My question is that how do u make time or more importantly how do u manage time with everything? Schedules, to do lists?

7:09: Which other style blogs do you most relate to?

7:50: What has been your best blogging resource to help grow your blog to the big 2-mil?

8:42: How do you create that balance between talking fashion and yet sharing a bit about your life? How do you decide what is worth sharing? I never know what to say in my posts because I don't do anything all that interesting!

10:27: I noticed on your IG that you have been hash tagging "cheat days." is this a diet/health plan?
      (post about my experiences with the 4 hour body here)

12:08: What does it really take to start a blog? I just can't seem to find my niche and am totally discouraged because I have no followers, and not into asking friends to follow because I don't think they'll "get it". I am shy about letting people who know me read my stuff, but I want to be part of the blogger community. Any suggestions?

14:05: I first found your blog through GOMI (in the SOMI forum!) and you quickly became one of my favourite reads. I know you participate over there and you seem to have a really great attitude towards blogging. I wondered if you ever get any tension from other bloggers over your open participation in and liking for GOMI given all the 'fat, jealous, haters', narrative about GOMI we see on some other blogs?

17:00: I am a German girl living in Boston, and love your blog and your style! Please tell us more about your family life, how you all stay in touch, trips to Germany, and so forth. Are there any quirky family traditions you guys do, anything funny/weird?

19:07: How do you deal with negative blog or social media comments?

20:30: What's the best place you have ever been to?

21:00: Does your friend Lizzi actually pull off wearing lululemon Wunder Under crops as pants? I'm skeptical...

21:14: What are your favorite self-care practices for when you are really stressed out? You are in medical school, after all.

22:22: What does your family think of your blog?

23:19: Where does most of your fashion inspiration come from?

23:50: How much time do you spend you reading other blogs? How much time do you spend on your own blog?

25:11: What's your favorite kind of beer?

25:37: I've always been the type of person who has hated her body and has been on a diet since she was 5. You seem to really love and embrace your body. Have you always been like that or is that something you have had to work towards?

26:53: Do you want kids in the future?

27:04: How many siblings do you have and how old are they?

27:35: What are your favorite tv shows?

28:08: How did you initially grow a following on your blog? Tips/methods to share?

P.S. My shirt is from Loft (currently 40% off), my watch is c/o Daniel Wellington (use code holiday_franish for 15% off!), my nails are Essie, and my earrings are from eBay.