Sunday, May 29, 2016

top three [05.29.2016]

  • Dextrocardia is when the heart is on the right, instead of the left, side of the body. It happens in about 1 in 12,000 people. 
  • Your hair being straight or curly depends on the shape of the hair follicle - if you have curly hair, your follicle is asymmetric and oval, and if you hair is straight, your hair follicles are symmetrical. 
  • A porcelain gallbladder is a calcified gallbladder that looks cool, but actually is something that needs to be removed because it carries a higher risk of cancer. 

on the internet


ask my anything
  • Shapewear suggestions? I hate the little belly pudge some dresses so nicely showcase.
  • What are the reasons why you want to do OBGYN?
    • Ohhhh, good question, and something I've been working on being able to verbalize lately. When I was applying to medical school, I really thought I was going to go into family medicine like my father before me - I love the continuity of care, being a person's doctor (not just someone they see once), basically growing up with your patients. Then I did my family med rotation, and it just didn't click for me. Then I did my surgery rotations, and while there are many reasons why I knew that wasn't for me either, I really liked the hands-on aspect of it. I've always been a very handsy crafty person, so I loved that you can fix people with just your hands. Then I did my OB rotation, and it all clicked - the continuity of care, the surgery aspect I didn't really know I had wanted, relatively healthy patients and of course, you get to be there for the happiest day of people's lives. A doctor told me recently the reason she loves OB is because it's the only route where multiple times a day, you walk into a patient's room and say "Congratulations!", and that also very much is true - how many other times in medicine do you get to witness such happiness? All in all, it really is the perfect place for me!
  • Studying for the MCAT...any tips? What was your personal experience? How did you score? Was your score competitive for both MD and DO schools?
    • Do as many practice questions as possible! I don't know what the format is right now, but I would do sections of practice questions that are as long as the MCAT, so you can mentally train to answer questions for that period of time (that's what I do for board studying!). Doing a ton of practice questions was how I improved my score 4 points when I took it the second time. As for my own score, it was average for MD schools at the time. Now I think that DO and MD schools actually have pretty similar average MCAT scores just because it's constantly getting more competitive. You will do great!!

on franish

notable sales

at home
  • I'm finally home! It was such a quick, great four weeks away, but there are certain things I'm really happy about - the fact I don't have to wear flip flops to shower, don't need noise canceling headphones to sleep, and you know, my boys are here too :)
  • After four weeks of only hospital food though, it's also time to get back on track! I started BBG yesterday (omg, my legs!), stocked up on vegetables, and am ready to feel healthier again. 
  • Now starts our month of board studying. I'm feeling pretty motivated about studying, and am excited to just have four weeks at home. Because I obviously want to do well on these exams, my presence around here will be on the lighter side. I was debating going on a little blogging vacation, but I think I'd miss doing this too much. So you'll only hear from me once or twice a week for the next month or so, and it'll be a bit light in July as well as I'll be on an away audition. These next six months are going to be pretty hectic around here! But, in 52 weeks from today (!!!) we graduate so that's the end of the tunnel ;)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

may budget

Loft shorts: on sale for $25
Lou & Grey shirt: on sale for $20
(not pictured: TJ Maxx dress for $35)

May budget: $180

Quarterly budget: $500 + $185 left over - $180 in May = $505 for June and July

Wow, is this the most boring budget post I have ever written?! Probably. Black shorts, a white button up, and black work shoes. Though I do have to tell you guys about the Clark shoes I bought at the beginning of the month. I've been looking for normal black shoes to wear to work for months (if not years at this point) because no matter what shoes you wear, your feet are going to hurt if you are on your feet all day. My Revas have just not cut it, even with insoles. So I wandered into Clark when I stopped by the mall four weeks ago because I have heard so many people rave about how great Clark shoes are for work. I tried on several pairs, including some fairly cute ballerina flats, but it wasn't until I tried on this wedge pair that a sales associate recommended that I understood what people meant about instant comfort. The shoes just work with your feet, there is no rubbing or breaking it needed - they are just all around really comfortable shoes that I have now worn many long days on this rotation. To be honest, I think they are just a tiny bit ugly if you look at them too closely, but I know that now one is going to look that closely at my feet, so it's just one of those things where comfort definitely trumps how cute your shoes look. 

This post marks my fourth year of sharing my clothing budget on here. Sometimes I debate no longer writing these budget posts, because I don't really feel I need them anymore...I especially think that when I see how boring this post is! Since starting my budget, my shopping tendencies have drastically changed. I very rarely buy and keep more than 5 items in a month, and most of those are from places like Loft anyway. I never go over my budget, and I usually just keep rolling over the extra, so I really feel that on the one hand, I think four years of documenting my budget is enough.  That being said, I do think sharing what I spend my money on does keep me in line with the financial goals I have set for myself, so even though right now I am not spending a lot on clothes, who knows what the future holds. I also still maintain that I feel like I owe it to blogging as a whole to kind of be a more realistic portrayal of what shopping is like. I don't want to buy ten new dresses a month just to take pictures of them for my blog, so by sharing my budget, it really makes me assess what I purchase, and how it works with my closet, rather than how it would look in a blog post. 

ANYWAY! Enough about me, tell me about you! Have you been sticking to your budgeting goals this year? Do you feel like linking up has changed your shopping habits at all? Do you also sometimes think about no longer sharing your budget?! 

And as always...please link up below :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

beauty tuesday: becca x jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette review

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette
I'm a pretty equal opportunity make-up brand lover - it seems that all my holy grail beauty items come from different brands. That being said, there are certain brands who just seem to do no wrong, and for me lately, that has been Becca. I initially fell in love with their liquid highlighter, then moved on to their primer, and now recently their powder highlighter (mentioned in April's faves and fails video). So needless to say, when I saw that they were coming out with another collaboration with Jaclyn Hill, a youtuber I freely admit to loving, I knew I would have to try out whatever they were coming out with. 

When Jaclyn first previewed her new palette on snapchat, I was certain it was going to cost $80+ only because one highlighter by itself costs $38. When the pre-sale went live, I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that the new palette is $52, and while that seems like a ton of money (because it is!), I think this is actually a really really great deal for the following reasons:

The packaging: The first thing you will notice is how beautiful the packaging is - I would actually say that this is the most beautiful piece of make-up I own. There is nothing flimsy about it! The palette is about the size of my entire hand, and as thick as a finger (for a general reference). It is a beautiful gold color, with a white cover with metallic writing. The inside has a full mirror (!), and again has the gold from the outside. All around, it really is beautiful, and feels sturdy. 

The amount of product you receive. Like I said, an individual highlighter from Becca costs $38 for 0.28 oz. For $52, you get a total of 0.72oz worth of product - that's almost three times the amount of product for $14 more than the original. Even if you don't use one or two of the colors, it's still more product per dollar than if you were to buy the items individually. So while you get less of each individual product (the highlighter in the palette is 0.19oz versus 0.28oz for the individual), you get a ton more overall makeup. And let's be honest, when is the last time you ran out of highlighter? You use so little of it that this stuff will last forever. 

The colors are beautiful. The original champagne pop is a softer white highlighter with a bit of a gold tint to it - supposedly it's universally flattering. The newest true highlight is Prosecco pop, which is a more gold highlight. For me, Champagne pop is perfect for most of the year when I'm paler, but Prosecco pop will be great for when I have a bit of a tan. Both can be applied lightly for just a bit of highlight (my preferred way to wear highlighter) but you can really go heavy with it too if that's what you're in to! The next color is the Rose Spritz, which honestly is pretty close to being a dupe for Nars' Orgasm - it's a pretty pink blush with flecks of gold. Then there are two mineral blushes - Ameretto is described as a toasted almond and Pamplemousse is a bright coral. Honestly, I will probably use the mineral blushes the least just because they aren't colors I typically go for. That being said, I have a ton of traveling coming up, so it will be nice to have several great products in one easy to pack palette. 

becca jaclyn hill champagne collection palette

BECCA Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette review

BECCA Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Overall, I am very pleased with this palette. I'm not usually one to buy a ton of palettes (I feel you get attached to one or two colors and then don't use the rest), but because of the above reasons, I'm very happy with this beauty purchase (my only one of the month!). I ordered mine last week during a pre-sale on the Sephora app, but it will be on sale on the Sephora website on May 26th, and then available in stores June 16th!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

top three [05.22.2016]

it's true, leopard shoes go with everything ;)

  • Anton-Babinski syndrome is a very rare symptom, most often as a result of a stroke or head injury, where the patient is cortically blind (their eyes are healthy but they are blind in their brain), but they claim that they are capable of seeing. We had a neurologist come speak at grand rounds this week (not about this, obviously), and she said she has seen it once and it was the strangest thing she's experienced in her career.
  • If a pregnant woman were to develop a DVT in her legs, it is more likely to be on the left side
  • I'm currently reading The Doctor's Plague, which is based on how one doctor insisted that all doctors wash their hands in between patients to prevent childbed fever, but a large part of the book is actually about medical concepts at the time. One of them was that sickness hangs around the earth, and makes anyone in the vicinity sick. That's how malaria was named - it literally means "bad air" because they noticed that anyone in the vicinity of stagnant water was getting sick. 

on the internet

  • It's time to finally replace my gym shoes, and I'm loving this pair from Nike - black or white? 
  • I am loving the pompom trend right now - I think everything is so cute! Old Navy jumped on board with this adorable top (it really looks more expensive than it is, doesn't it?!)
  • How freaking precious is this embroidered top from J.Crew Factory? I want to wear it all summer long (with white jeans...and black shorts...and distressed denim...and skirts!). 

ask me anything
  • A while back you mentioned you only shop online. Is there a reason behind that?
    • I have several reasons why I usually shop online rather than in stores. The biggest reason is geographical - I just don't live near any malls! The next big mall is about 90 minutes away from me, and so I just really can't go shopping often. I also really like shopping online because most extended sizes aren't available in stores, and I like having the option of trying something out in a talls if available. And lastly, I'm kind of lazy - I just prefer scrolling through webpages and having it show up at my house eventually ;)
  • I am also a 3rd year med student and just started my ob/gyn rotation - yay last of the year! I am also about to start studying for step 2. I was wondering what resources you are using to study for step 2 and also which resources you recommend for ob/gyn? Thanks so much! 
    • For Step 2, I am using mostly Step Up To Medicine as my main book guide, and then really focusing on UWorld questions. I have already done all 2200+ questions throughout the year to study for shelf exams, and at the time taken notes from the explanations (...175 pages worth). Once our dedicated study time starts (we get four weeks, but I really only have 2.5 weeks to study as I have to fit in all of the tests), I plan on reading about 20 pages a day from SUTM, and do 2 blocks of questions a day. For the OB shelf though, I highly recommend doing the UWise questions from APGO (this explains how to log on if your school doesn't give you access). I had several questions on my shelf that were almost word for word from the UWise questions, and something I wouldn't have known if I hadn't done those questions! I also advice brushing up on urinary incontinence! 
  • I'm starting medical school in the fall and am trying to figure out what kind of bag to use. I really hate using a backpack and was wondering if you were able to get away with not using one? I know you have the most adorable handbags for rotations and such, but what did you use for the first two years for transporting books, etc.? Thanks!
    • Yay, congrats! This is such an exciting time! So for school, I actually had two bags. For going to class, I used a tote bag because I didn't have to bring much other than my computer, wallet, and pens. My bag is no longer available, but this faux leather version from Sole Society would be a great alternative. When I went to the library though, and generally had to schlep a ton more with me (like my pathology book, book stand, and snacks), I used my Everlane backpack. Since I used pouches in both bags (one for pens, one for personal items), I didn't find it to be too much of a hassle to move stuff around two bags. 

on franish
  • on the blog: Joyce explains the importance of using sunscreen
  • on the instagram: throw back sundays (it was a slow week of instagram....)
  • on the twitter: dreaming of my future clothing collections ;) any wishes?!

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in my personal life
  • I'm back home for the weekend and it is so good to be home! This has been the longest I've ever been away from my boys, so I'm just so happy to see them. You should have heard the dogs whine when they realized who was at the door :)
  • We saw Dave Matthews yesterday and the show was sooooo good. We are going to two more shows this summer, and I can't wait - especially because they didn't play my two favorite songs last night, so I'm hoping to get both when we are in the pit in July!
  • It's the last week of third year!!! Where did the time go?! Debating writing a bit more about my experiences over the year - let me know if that is something you'd be interested in!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

almost as comfy as jeans. almost.

This was one of the most comfortable outfits I've worn lately (and by lately, I mean a month ago, as I've been in scrubs all this rotation). I don't know if it's the smooth fabric of this Lush blouse, how forgiving the top is, or how worn in my pants are at this point (...I really need to find a replacement, they are starting to fade now!), but I just was so comfortable wearing this outfit. Not as comfortable as jeans obviously (why don't dress pants have more stretch?!) but it's as close as I'm going to get ;)

Tonight is my last night on night float, and after getting a bit of sleep tomorrow, I'm going home for the weekend! We are seeing Dave Matthews on Saturday, then CR's sister graduates from college on Sunday, and on Tuesday I take my last shelf exam of the year. It's been a really busy month, so while next month will also be busy as we are studying for our board exams, it'll be a different kind of busy as at least I'll be sitting in my house all day. I can't believe there's only a week left in my third year!

Lush 'Perfect' Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

'Perfect' Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic
Blouse: Lush [exact
Pants: The Limited [exact
Shoes: Madewell [similar
Bag: Mulberry [similar | exact
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [save | exact]

casual work outfit

This is my first Lush item, and so far, I'm a fan. Turns out, they have a whole bunch of cute clothes at reasonable prices. Below are eight of my favorites - I'd really like to try the tee shirt version next!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

beauty tuesday: how to choose the best sunscreen

Hello everyone! Did you guys know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness month? More than 90% of all types of skin cancer are caused by exposure to the sun, so we want to do everything possible to protect ourselves from what is another cancer that we can possibly prevent. As a medical student interested in ObGyn, I have a very very limited knowledge base about dermatology, so I'm so excited to have Dr. Joyce, who is a dermatology resident at NYU, here today to talk a bit about why sunscreen is so important, and what you should look for when choosing a sunscreen. 
With the sun finally coming out in NYC announcing the long awaited arrival of spring, I have been spending more and more time outside enjoying the rays and getting some vitamin D on my lunch breaks. I use sunscreen daily all year round, but since I'm getting more UV exposure lately, I've been especially vigilant about good sunscreen application and not relying solely on tinted moisturizers or other cosmetics with some SPF. Here's what YOU need to know to protect your skin from skin cancer AND aging this spring.

Why do I need sunscreen?

This is the basic question that I hope I can answer for you today. The sun's rays produce ultraviolet (UV) radiation, invisible waves on the electromagnetic spectrum that cause harm to the skin. UVA radiation causes photoaging, meaning sunspots, wrinkles, leathery, sagging skin (check out this INCREDIBLE photo of sun-induced aging on just half of this truck driver's exposed face here). UVA is the one associated with indoor tanning, and has been found to exacerbate UVB-induced damage as well. UVB radiation, associated with sunburns, causes DNA damage that can result in skin cancers. So the basic reason of why you need sunscreen is that topical application blocks these harmful UV rays from reaching your body and damaging your skin. Think of it as your invisible shield.

How do I choose and apply sunscreen?

Great question! I just made a vlog about this very topic, covering what sunscreens are suited for which skin types - check it out here!
In a nutshell: Dermatologists recommend using a broad spectrum (meaning blocks BOTH UVA and UVB) sunscreen that is at least SPF30. Sunscreen is supposed to be reapplied every 2 hours, but you and I know that that goal is extremely difficult to achieve. I find reapplication difficult because I have makeup on, and it's hard to put greasy sunscreen on over it. My personal philosophy is that if I'm going to be outside for a prolonged period of time in direct sun, I will apply SPF 50 sunscreen over my moisturizer and under my foundation, and wear a broad brimmed hat and large sunglasses. Beyond that, choice of sunscreen is in part a personal decision. Will you be in the water or sweat a lot? Consider using a waterproof sunscreen. Sensitive skin? Look for sunscreen that is fragrance free or consider formulations gentle enough for babies. More on choosing the right sunscreen for your skin type on my blogpost here

Why do I look chalky white with sunscreen?

There are two types of ingredients - physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that offer broad spectrum protection by reflecting the sun's radiation and then chemical blockers like cinnamates and salicylates that block radiation by absorbing it and converting it into heat energy. The caveat about chemical blockers is that they block UVB but need to be combined with other UVA blocking ingredients. The active ingredients in physical blockers can appear chalky and white on application, which I know people don't like! If you fall into this camp, don't despair, Try looking into newer models of sunscreen use micronized ingredients, which reduce the chalky appearance, or choose chemical blockers.

Is sunscreen actually safe to use? I've heard some rumors...

Hold it right there. I have also heard of these reports about the dangers of sunscreen ingredients, and I took a look at the scientific literature to evaluate that myself. What I found is that there is NO good evidence in our research that supports the claim that any ingredients in sunscreens are dangerous. Check out my full report here.

What do you look for in sunscreens?

This could be a whole post! In fact I am going to do a whole series of posts in which I review my favorite and not-so-favorite sunscreens and what I like or don't like about them. The qualities I look for in my sunscreens include:
  • broad spectrum, SPF 30
  • easy to apply, meaning not too chalky and not too greasy
  • mixed with moisturizer because I have super dry skin (I still put moisturizer on first though!)
  • lightly tinted for some thin coverage, nothing too cake-y because I want to look professional at work
Stay posted for my sunscreen reviews on!
To learn more about sunscreen and how to protect yourself from UV radiation and skin cancer:
So as you can see, sunscreen is super important in our daily skin care routines. Big thanks to Joyce for covering me while I am a bit stretched thin at the moment between a busy rotation, studying for my last shelf exam of the year, and prepping for boards. Make sure to check out her blog and follow along on instagram to catch some of the behind the scenes of a busy derm resident!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

top three [05.15.2016]

med school wardrobe: fleeces and baby white coats (my new fleece is from Patagonia and I'm obsessed!)
  • The discovery that HPV, human papilloma virus, causes cervical cancer was a huge discovery in the field of gynecology, with the changes thereafter resulting in cervical cancer going from being the second most common cancer in women to not even being in the top ten.  The fact that we now have vaccines that can prevent some types of cervical cancer, and that we have the screening tools to detect pre-cancerous changes early, is amazing. After spending a few days on GynOnc this week, and seeing women my age be diagnosed with cervical cancer because of irregular screenings made me so sad, so this is another reminder that if you are due for your pap, please go see your doctor! It's a quick test that could save your life. 
  • The search for what caused cervical cancer was a long one. Published research goes back several hundred years that noted that while prostitutes where more likely to develop cervical cancer, it was very rare for a nun to develop it. This is where the hypothesis that sexual contact causes cervical cancer may have originated. 
  • An interesting fact about HPV and the changes it causes is that some of those changes can regress - your body fights off the infection. That's why the guidelines have changed in recent years, so that younger girls (under 21) don't typically get pap smears because even if they have HPV, it may regress with time. Another situation where there may be spontaneous regression of abnormal cervical cytology is after vaginal deliveries

on the internet
  • Elyse conducted what may be my favorite interview thus far - she asked a bunch of questions I've never really answered before, so if you want to know more about my pre-med route, the differences between osteopathic and allopathic medicine, what it's like to date a med student, and more, check out the interview here!
  • Merritt shares her tips for growing your blog. This makes me wish I had more time to dedicate to this little hobby, rather than it sometimes falling wayyy to the back burner.
  • Loved this casual outfit on Nikki (and how her beautiful hair looks against those flowers!).

  • How precious is this dot skirt from J.Crew?! I love the burnt orange version and would 100% wear it with a striped top and cognac accessories. And then a white tee. And then a polka dot tee. And then a chambray top. So basically I just convinced myself to order it (once a better sale comes along, of course!).
  • I'm all about easy in the summer, so I love this simple but adorable perforated LBD from J.Crew Factory. It would be cute on it's own for those hotter days, with a cardigan, or even a blazer for work! 
  • Kinda loving this lace detailed top from Caslon - can't decide if I like the white or green version more. White, right? ;)
  • ps. just found this blue slight peplum top that I immediately ordered after spotting it - I'm obsessed! 

ask me anything
  • What's your best tip to stop compulsive buying? I think I have that fear of missing out so I am always looking out for a sale or something cute that I saw on a blogger.
    • Honestly, starting a clothing budget is what stopped my overshopping/spending. I used to go shopping every single weekend, and I was just spending all my money on stuff I didn't even really like. I have my clothing budget now, and it really has kept me in line these past four years. Here's my post on how to set a budget, and how it's helped mine (and other bloggers!) lives and closets!
  • How do you feel about bargain brands? I recently went to the store shopping for a spring wardrobe and felt the compulsion to step in to every store - like Forever 21 and H&M - and while I may like some things in there, it's an overwhelmingly huge store and I feel like the quality of clothes is poor. Would you suggest sticking to a select number of "tried and true" stores? I've had a lot of success with places like LOFT and Ann Taylor but sometimes they don't have a piece of clothing I'm looking for (a white sheath dress). How would you suggest finding items if I'm looking for very specific things?
    • Over the years, I've kind of moved away from bargain brands, for several reasons. For one, stores like F21 or H&M generally don't carry items in taller sizes, which is something I at least like having the option of trying. I also realized that whenever I did closet clean outs, those items were always the first to go. They just didn't hold up, didn't fit me right, or were trendy items I no longer liked. I just personally found the effort that goes into finding items from there was not always worth it (although I do think they generally have a pretty great accessories section). That is not to say that people shouldn't shop there, because so many people find great items there, I just have found myself going more towards "professional clothing" stores since that's what I have to wear. I also think with the sales that places like Loft and Gap have, that you can get items for prices close to places like H&M, and they generally hold up longer too. Now to answer your question about finding a specific article of clothing, have you tried using ShopStyle? You can type in what you are looking for, set the perimeters (how much you want to spend, what colors) and a bunch of options come up.
  • I'm on the market for an everyday kind of cross body bag to reward myself for finishing my first year on dental school! I don't want to break the bank because, you know, loans, but I want it to be a quality item. I'd love for it to be large enough to fit my Kate spade wallet and transition between seasons.
    • Congrats on finishing your first year, that's so exciting! I have a few suggestions, depending on what you are looking for, all under $100! The most classic cross body I found, and my personally favorite, is this slick number from Street Level. If you're looking for a real leather purse, KC Jagger has a really cute option that is now on sale (and comes in several different colors!). And lastly if you want a something a bit more brand name, Kate Spade's cross body bags are always a good bet!

on franish

notable sales
  • Kiehl's: 20% off everything
  • Loft: 30% off everything (40% if you have a Loft card)
    • While this wrap skirt is a bit too short for me to wear to work, I just think it's so darn cute for summer. I love that it's a bit different from your typical skirt without being too different. 
    • A simple black lace tee shirt dress that has full short sleeves? Sign me up. 
    • I haven't tried any accessories from Loft before, but I'm tempted to try out their new saddle bags - I love how sleek they are!
  • Old Navy: 40% off everything
    • I've seen similar scalloped suits for 2-3 times the cost of this version, so it could be a good option if you like that style!
    • How adorable is this pleated dress?! Plus it's now on sale, so it's even more inexpensive than it is. 
    • Old Navy's compression pants are my favorite, so I'm digging them in a palm print

  • I can't believe this rotation is already half over - it's crazy how quickly rotations go when you are really enjoying them. This week I spent time on GynOnc, maternal fetal medicine, and spent time in the clinic. I'm so happy to be seeing parts of ObGyn that I haven't seen before, although these are usually the sadder parts of the speciality as well. 
  • After this rotation is over, we have a dedicated month of studying for Step 2. I finally completed my study schedule and am half looking forward to have control over my time, but also dreading how much I have to cram into 2.5 weeks of studying, with 3 board exams at the end. Yikes!
  • It was my first full week in the dorms, and it was actually very nice! My roommate is a friend of mine, so on that side of things, we both got really lucky. It's so nice to just walk upstairs and be at work, but it is also a bit strange to never go outside. On the other hand, I like that I never have to cook anything, sooooo I'll take not always knowing the temperature in exchange ;)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

review: all the loft things

Hey guys! Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately (although I know none of you are waiting with bated breath for a post of mine, haha) - this rotation has been really busy (in a great way!) and when I get back to my dorm at night, I've really been trying to study as much as possible. Combined with the fact that I brought six shirts with me for the month, and wear scrubs half the time, there aren't a lot of things to share. BUT, I did get a Loft order in right before I left, and stopped at a story with my girlfriends last weekend, so I wanted to share my thoughts on a few of the things I tried!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

beauty tuesday: how to trick people into thinking you have thick hair

I've mentioned this a ton of times before, but when it comes to my hair, it has taken me a while to find ways to trick people into thinking I'm good looking that I have thicker hair than I do. I have a lot of hair, it's just very fine and thin, so it just lies flat without help. There are a ton of products that give your hair volume, but I've found that a lot of them leave your hair super crunchy or sticky or dirty looking. Over the years, I've found a few products that not only give my hair volume but also make it look naturally thicker. I kind of think of them in tiers - from the ones I use every day for a bit more volume, to the product I only use for certain occasions when I really want my hair to look thicker and stay voluminous.

The first one is the Aveda volumizing tonic. I did a full review on this last fall, but basically, I use spray this onto wet hair, and it just gives your hair really natural volume. It doesn't leave your hair crunchy, and to be honest, I don't really know how it works, all I know is that I'm running low and am definitely buying a second bottle (this one lasted about nine months, using it 2-3 times a week). If you are looking for an easy way to add volume, this would be a great place to start.

Now if you want to up the ante a bit, a texturzing spray is the way to go. I've tried several, but keep going back to the Oribe Dry Texturizing spray. I use this two ways - I first spray just a bit on the ends of my hair before curling - I've found that this really helps my hair hold the curl a bit more. Then once I'm all done, I'll spray a bit more at the crown for volume. Because it is so expensive, I try to be conservative with my use of it, but this goes such a long way. If you aren't ready to commit to a texturizing spray, simply using dry shampoo, even the day you wash you hair, will add enough product to your hair to give it some oomph. What did people ever do before dry shampoo?!

The last tier of volume producing products is the Aveda hair potion. I mentioned this in my April Favorites video, but basically, this is a powder you sprinkle into your hair and it creates almost a stickiness that thickens up your hair. Unlike the other two products, this one does make your hair feel like you have product in it, so I don't use it every day because I really try to minimize how often I wash my hair. I'll use this if I'm putting my hair half up (so I have more volume at the crown that also stays there) or if I have a special occasion.

And that's it! How to trick people into thinking you have thick voluminous hair when you really don't ;)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

top three [05.08.2016]

spring = denim jacket time
spring = denim jacket time

  • Smoking is not good for you, we all know that. I mentioned a few months ago that smoking has been shown to be protective in ulcerative colitis patients. I learned this week that pregnant women who smoke have a lower risk of developing pre-eclampsia than those who don't smoke. That being said, smoking is awful for the fetus, but it is interesting how it seems protective in certain situations.
  • Angelman syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by jerky movements, a lot of smiling, and a happy demeanor. 
  • Xerostomia: dry mouth

on the internet
  • Nicole shares her tips about being a bridesmaid - I'm sure this is applicable for many of us!
  • My utility jacket is one of my most worn jackets, so I loved Audrey's post about ways to mix it up a bit. 
  • I know weight gain is something most of us have probably experienced, I certainly have. I love how honest AJ is about her struggles, and her tips in the end (purses always fit!)

  • I love that this BB Dakota dress comes in so many different colors. Need a dress for your bridal shower? It obviously comes in white. Looking for the cutest LBD? Have always wanted a cute emerald dress? There are a ton of options. 
  • With shorts season soon approaching, I'm so glad that I tried out Loft's scalloped shorts. With a 4 inch inseam, a thicker fabric, and a cute pattern, I have a feeling I'll be wearing these all summer. If you are in between sizes, I'd suggest maybe sizing down. 
  • I'm kind of obsessed with this olive boyfriend shirt from Express. It would be such a good alternative to my now dead chambray shirt. 

ask me anything
  • I've been following your blog for a while now and I really admire your posts about fashion, beauty, and school. This is a very different type of question. It doesn't seem like you went through this personally, but do you have any advice for dealing with break ups during med school? I just got dumped by my long distance boyfriend and I'm having a terrible time. It's worse with all the work we have piling up (currently working our way through the last half of neuro/psych). I feel like I can't motivate myself to perform and it's hard to get through school now when I feel so sad/lonely. I know it'll pass but any advice would be appreciated. 
    • Oh man, I am so sorry this is happening to you right now. This actually did happen to me. I moved away from my boyfriend of almost six years to go to medical school. Three months in, we just both realized it was not going to work out, for a whole variety of reasons. It is really hard to have a long relationship like that end, and it really did hit me hard. I almost failed a class, I wasn't really eating much, all in all, it really sucked. I guess I never talked about it on here because I was embarrassed, although break ups are something almost all of us go through! Here's the thing, and it's something you know's going to get better with time. Unfortunately there isn't anything I can say that will make the hurt better now. My biggest pieces of advice are to surround yourself with people you love, get rid of anything that reminds you of him (pictures, clothes, smells), hide/delete him from social media, don't listen to sad music, and power through it. You may not get the best score ever on neuro (that ish is hard enough as it is on its own!) but eventually you'll be in a better place. For me, it was hard to let go of a relationship that I had spent the majority of my twenties in, but you know, my life with CR now is such a better experience and I'm grateful every day that I went through all that I did because it made me realize what I want in a relationship. I hope that some time soon you'll be able to look back on that time and see what wasn't working, and realize there is better out there. 
  • I need a dress for a friend's wedding this June! My biggest insecurity is my upper arms, so if you could give some sleeved options, I'd be grateful!
    • I feel you, I hate my arms so I'm always looking for sleeved options. The issue is that a lot of "sleeved" options have those damn cap sleeves - so annoying. Here are a few options, at varying price points. The first one is this cobalt version from Target, which would be really pretty! Another affordable option is this flirty version from ASTR - this would be a great way to show off your legs with some nude sandals! In the $100+ range, a few good options include this lace sleeved dress from Karen Kane (great for a more fancy wedding) or my personal favorite, this flutter sleeved version from Chelsea28 (wear it with colorful shoes and accessories!). Now if you want to get real crazy, I can't recommend the Nue by Shani line enough - I wore one of her dresses this past winter and it is gorgeous. My favorite of her current options is this ombre blue version - so gorgeous (but expensive, so I totally get if that's not an option. I just checked eBay though and they have some of her dresses for cheaper!). 
  • I'm not a med student but my roommate is. He'll be finishing up his second year and taking boards in June and then starting his rotations. I always try to be very considerate of noise since I know what he's doing is incredbly hard and I respect his work ethic. He's always studying! What are some things I can do for him to show he's an awesome roommate and a soon to be awesome doctor?
    • You are such a sweet roommate! I think what you're doing is already being a great roommate - the less distractions, the more he'll appreciate it! I don't know if there are specific things you can really do to help other than be a good friend! Maybe bring him a coffee sometimes if you stop at Starbucks for yourself, or offer to order in pizza sometime. Otherwise, just continue to be a friend and maybe sometimes force him to get out of his studying bubble to get one drink or go watch a movie (although it's hard to convince us at this point to leave our books!). Otherwise, right now his life kind of sucks, but he'll be through it soon enough, and then you can take him out to celebrate :)

on franish

notable sales

  • This past week has been crazy. From moving to one place, then having to move out of it into the hospital dorms (long long story), two nights of night float, and driving four+ hours to see my besties, I've been all over the place! I miss my boys at home :(
  • I drove up to New York to see my best friends, and it was so great to be together again (well, we were missing one, but it's hard when we all live in different states!). We went shopping, got drinks, had an amazing dinner, and all around just got to catch up. It was very much needed, especially with the craziness starting next month. 
  • Happy Mother's Day to my favorite mom :) I'm so glad I got to see my mom last week, and am flying home in four weeks, so we just celebrated around the holiday. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there - you guys are amazing!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

so good

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It feels like it's been forever since I actually wrote a post - the last couple of weeks have been so busy! Between finishing peds and taking the shelf exam, my family visiting, moving six hours from home for the month, and starting my new ObGyn rotation, it's been a bit crazy! I am so excited about this rotation though, which is why you may not hear from me as much this month. It's my first time working with ob residents, and working in a big hospital means we get to see the most acute of the acute cases. Not only has it been nice to learn a lot about the management of these acute situations, but it's been so helpful to be around residents who were in my shoes just a few years ago. I was on night float the past two nights, so while it's slightly draining to switch between day and night, while living in a dorm room, it's been so good

And speaking of so good....this J.Crew Factory dress. Unfortunately it looks like the polka dot version is currently not in stock, but definitely worth checking out in stores if you are near an outlet. I wore it a few weeks ago when CR and I went out to brunch and it was perfect for the occasion (back when it felt like spring, and not this weird cold stuff we have right now!). Like I mentioned in my review post, it is on the short side, so definitely a weekend-only dress for me, but it could be a fun work dress for the petite ladies out there. Wouldn't it look great with a tan blazer (the regent is still my number one wishlist blazer right now!).
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Dress: J.Crew Factory [exact]
Jacket: Paige [similar]
Purse: Michael Kors c/o Shopbop [similar]
Shoes: Banana Republic [similar]
Watch: c/o Larsson & Jennings [exact]
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J.Crew Factory has everything up to 60% off (+ 20% off if you buy 3 items). I'm ordering the white popover top (perfect for the summer with distressed jeans) and debating on that sweatshirt just because I think it's so darn cute. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016