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August 29, 2015

Organized Bags at every size and price

After mentioning my ideal school/hospital bag in my post about back-to-school shopping, a lot of you wanted more recommendations for bags that were a little smaller (or larger) and could fit various budgets. So today I whipped up a quick guide for some of my favorite organized bags, which size I think is best for what, and an easy solution for organizing any bag! 



Small bags:  Small crossbody-style bags are perfect for days you are only carrying what you need for a certain event. Maybe you're only in the hospital for the morning and just need a small notebook, your stethoscope, cell phone and other essentials. These size bags are perfect for when you don't need to carry your entire day with you.  From left to right (least expensive to most expensive) are this bag by Target, this Dooney and Bourke classic, and this gorgeous bag by Tumi

Medium bags:  I think my idea of medium is probably a little bigger than some people's, but these medium bags are perfect for carrying around most of what you'll need for an entire day at work or school - your laptop, planner, lunch, and other essentials. Their size isn't overwhelming but they can pack pretty much everything you need. This is usually my go-to everyday bag. From left to right (least expensive to most expensive) are this bag by Fisher Price (yes, now we're getting into the diaper bags, but trust me these are fabulous for organizing!), this bag by Skip Hop, and this bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs

Large bags:  Now we're getting into the really large bags - typically designed for weekend trips and short travel. But if you're the type of girl who has to carry around everything for multiple different events throughout the day, this will be your bag of choice. These bags not only fit your laptop and lunch and whatever else you need for the day, but you can also throw in your change of clothes and sneakers for the gym where you're headed straight after work. Or you're sneaking away to get a couple hours of work done but later will be on mom-duty running errands with baby for the rest of the day and need to carry both mom and baby necessities. Whatever is it that is packing up your day, these size bags will allow you to carry everything you need with you. From left to right (least expensive to most expensive) are this bag by Skip Hop, this cult-classic by MZ Wallace, and this bag (my med school favorite) by Lo & Sons (happens to be 20% off now)!

Already have a bag you love but it could use a little more organizing? Try buying a bag insert that essentially adds extra pockets to your bag! This one fits most tote-style bags and is less than $40. This one comes in bright colors (khaki or red to make seeing what's inside easier than with an all-black interior) and zips shut at the top, and is $50. Inserts like these can really make any bag an organized carry-all! 

August 26, 2015

At home gel manicure

As you guys know, I'm a huge fan of gel manicures, but they really are pretty pricey and now that I'm working most of the time just getting to the nail salon can be a struggle. I posted not too long ago about a few of my favorite at home beauty products, and I have to give a huuuuge shot out to my readers Los and Darianne who both recommended the Gelous nail polish for at home manicures. Let me tell you how I use it (and what else I use it with) and how it has changed the game for my at home manicures! 


  1. File and shape nails, wash and dry. 
  2. Apply base coat of Gelous polish.
  3. Apply coat of nail color polish.
  4. Apply another coat of Gelous polish.
  5. Apply 2nd coat of nail color polish.
  6. Apply one last coat of Gelous polish.
  7. Top with Seche Vite polish.
As I type that out it sounds like a lot, but I barely give any drying time in between coats (just the time it takes me to finish both hands). With the Seche Vite as a top coat my nails really are dry to touch within a couple of minutes and completely dry (like I can go to sleep and not wake up to destroyed nails) within a half an hour. The best part is that with this routine my nail polish really does last at least 2 weeks (through all of our hospital hand-sanitizing and washing) without chipping at all. Usually after a week I'll add a fresh coat of Seche Vite to get the shine back, but that's about it! I don't think I'll ever have to go back to real gel manicures now that I've figured out this routine, yay for saving money and still having nice looking nails! 

PS- I'm wearing Essie Case Study in the photo above! One of my favorite nude/grey/olive shades that's unfortunately no longer available :(

August 24, 2015

Lake House Escape

As promised in my anniversary post, I'm sharing a couple of shots from our weekend trip to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. We rented out a house right on the water with enough room for all of us (my parents and sister, and even the dog, came along) and we had the best trip!


We spent lots of time just hanging around the dock fishing, making s'mores, lounging in the hammock, and even enjoying a dip in the lake (if it was up to Liv we would have spent all day everyday in the lake)! But the weather was nice enough that I could spend the mornings and evenings essentially living in this cozy sweater and boyfriend shorts combo (and if necessary cuddling up in our Mexican blanket that I bring on all of our trips), and then in the afternoon throwing on a bikini (mine is from here) and bathing suit for Liv (hers is from here) and getting in the water! 


On Sunday morning we explored the gorgeous Skaneateles Village and visited the famous Skaneateles Bakery! Ok it's probably not famous but it should be because everything was out of this world and I almost wanted to wait in the long line again just to order more food! It was a weekend full of memories and I'm so thankful my parents were able to enjoy it with us too. I know they loved it which meant so much to me! And I have to give a huge thank you to my co-intern (not that he reads the blog, but he deserves the acknowledgement anyway!) who covered my night shift on Friday night so we could make the 6 hour road trip Friday afternoon once I finished my Thursday night shift! Now I'm back to the shift of the living again (days)! Hooray!

August 23, 2015

One Year Wedding Anniversary

We just got back from an amazing weekend getaway to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York for our one year wedding anniversary! I'll post more about the weekend later (or check out my Instagram for a few shots), but today I wanted to share some photos from the wedding (I don't think I ever actually did a wedding post)!

As many of you know we planned a DIY wedding with a pretty tight budget and I picked the venue one month before our wedding date! You can read more about the planning and vendors in this article from the Boston Globe that made the front page of their magazine earlier this year! 

Many of you asked about what we wore for the wedding - my dress was actually from David's Bridal (and $700, although now it's on sale for $450)! My shoes were a bit of a splurge (for me at least), but they were so perfect! My bridesmaid dresses were convertible maxi gowns that were each less than $100! And N's suit was purchased from J. Crew, I love him in that suit! Liv's dress we got off of Amazon and she looked so precious in it! 

Without further ado, here are a ton of wedding photos! Love looking back at them. So happy I chose Greg as my photographer (I flew him out from California, which was cheaper than hiring a similar-style artist based here in Boston)! We saved money wherever we could! 


Thank you all for your sweet anniversary wishes, here's to celebrating a hundred more <3.
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