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October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Cream Martini

It's been a while since I shared a drink recipe (my last drink was this apple cider), but we came up with these drinks last night before our halloween party and they were really good! Adding milk to a drink was new for me, but I needed to add something to balance out the strong flavored liqueurs - let me know what you think! Here's what you'll need for 2 servings:
  • 3 ounces pumpkin spice irish cream (or any pumpkin liqueur)
  • 3 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces 1% milk
  • cinnamon or nutmeg
  • ice
Add all of the liquids to a martini shaker with ice cubes, shake, and pour in a glass. Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top and enjoy!

October 28, 2011

Friday's Fancies: Halloween Edition

I'm horrible at keeping my own secrets. I tried my hardest to keep my halloween costume this year a secret, but I just couldn't help it! Last week Dave and I were last minute zombies, but our real costume this weekend - I'm going to be Cruella Deville and he'll be my dalmatian. The hardest part of the entire costume was finding a white fur-looking coat. Which got me to thinking, what outfit would I put together if money wasn't a concern? Well I'd start with this jaw-dropping Herve Leger Beaded Banded Dress that originally cost almost $18,000! Add on the fur coat that was another few thousands, the sexy $700 pumps, and some other accessories, and you've got one hell of an expensive halloween costume. Now my friends we all know I don't have anywhere near this kind of money and my budget was more like $50. But I made it work (I hope)!

P.S. I'd like us all to remember that Cruella Deville was a villainess - a super chic one - but still, she used the dalmatians' fur! And in the coat I used in this post, arctic white fox fur was used! I would never ever use real fur and hope all of you beauties wouldn't either. Look at these cuties! How could you hurt them?

Make sure to check out all the other awesome outfits over at Long Distance Loving today!

October 27, 2011

Mixing Knits

This could very well be the comfiest outfit I've ever worn to the hospital. So comfy in fact that I almost fell asleep curled up in the family meeting room waiting for my preceptor. I mean how could you not, I was practically wrapped up in different blankets by mixing these knits!
Sweater, Calvin Klein Jeans
Skirt, American Apparel
Tights, Target
Purse, thrifted ($3)
Patent Booties, Charlotte Russe

P.S. Unfortunately I didn't actually wear the little purse all day; all my clunky doctor tools and everything else I need to bring barely even fit in my largest of totes! Still on the hunt for a good doctor bag :)

October 25, 2011

Ghost Stories

I think we can all agree it's definitely getting colder now. I doubt mother nature will toss us anymore 80 degree days, so I put away the shorts and sandals and pulled out the jackets and boots. I wore this outfit for a ghost tour we did last weekend with some friends that involved walking around haunted places in Boston. I made sure I bundled up so I wouldn't get any chills, from the weather or the ghost stories! Corny I'm sorry.
Top and Scarf, H&M
Jacket, Urban Outfitters
Jeans, Gap
Boots, Macy's
Bag, thrifted

October 21, 2011

Daytime Sparkle

I debated for a while whether or not it was appropriate to wear sparkles to the hospital. I decided it was quite alright, and this is what I wore on a rainy day in the hospital working up a recovering meningitis patient. She liked my sparkles, so it was all worth it. 

Top, Charlotte Russe
Cardigan, thrifted (from the kid's section!)
Pants, F21
Belt, thrifted
Shoes, Guess

October 20, 2011

Black and Blue

This outfit makes me feel like Mr. T. 
Ok maybe not the whole outfit, pretty much just the necklace, it's very Mr. T-esque. I wore this dark outfit for psychiatry clinic (I promise the flash of the camera makes it waaay more see-through than it really is).
Top, H&M
Pants, Charlotte Russe
Shoes, Guess
Bag, F21
Necklace, Ann Taylor Loft

P.S. thank you for all of your comments and emails! I love keeping in touch with my readers! I'm getting back to them slowly but surely, but please keep them coming! xoxo

October 19, 2011

New Stripes

It's no secret that I love thrifting. There's something so satisfying about going through racks and racks of crap and pulling out something beautiful. Part of what I love even more is the history a piece may have; I always wonder who owned it, what they wore it for, and how it made them feel. But every now and then you'll find that truly rare piece - the one that was never worn - with the tags still on it, extra buttons still in a little plastic bag and all. That's what happened with this Michael by Michael Kors shirt that I snagged for $4. Imagine how surprised I was when I saw the same shirt online for 30% off, and still $74! Thrifting is the best. 
Top, thrifted
Skirt, F21
Shoes, Banana Republic
Jacket, JCPenney
Belt, thrifted

October 18, 2011

Catwalk for a Cure

Last Thursday I attended Catwalk for a Cure, an amazing event put together by the young and inspiring Bryan Finocchio. Despite having trouble finding something pink to wear, I threw something together and headed out to the State Room on the 33rd floor of Sixty State Street. There the first event was a cocktail and silent auction, including complimentary appetizers and pink cocktails. Models lined the border of the room showing off Zack Lo's shoe designs and photographers and interviewers grabbed you for a shot. My favorite booth was the Stella and Dot jewelry collection- can you guess which of these gorgeous necklaces caught my eye?

I, like many others, have been affected by breast cancer having lost someone to this horrible disease of cells gone awry. But having also done breast cancer research and being in the medical field, I know many of the companies claiming their product benefits breast cancer are really just trying to make more profits. At this event though, a representative from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure branch in Massachusetts gave a touching speech, describing exactly where this money would go - towards educational outreach, towards annual mammograms, even towards transportation to those mammograms, a luxury many of us take for granted. The room for the fashion show was lit with pink and the views of Boston Harbor and the city surrounded us - a perfect set up.

My favorite part of the entire show was the models. Yes the designers showcased many of their looks on the typical models, but they also included real women who have had or are still fighting breast cancer. As each of them walked down the runway, the audience cheered them on emphatically, bringing tears to my eyes. Words can't describe how beautiful these women are.

The designers at the show included Candice Wu, Julie Montesion, Julie Kontos, Drea Couture, Nicole Herzog, Janice Louise Miller, and my personal favorite, Project Runway contestant Wesley Nault. The neutral color palette, the shapes, and the little floret-like details were fabulous.

I had a fabulous time, and have to thank my fellow Boston Fashionista, Kristen, for being my companion for the night and snapping a few pictures of me being silly. 

It was a wonderful night had by all. Thank you to Bryan and his team for putting on such a fabulous event, inviting these strong women to walk the runway like the beauties they are, and benefitting breast cancer research and outreach efforts. I hope to see you there next year!

October 16, 2011

Sunday Brunch

Snapped a few pictures on our way back from brunch! It's so gorgeous outside; temperatures in the 60s and the sun shining brightly made for a great early afternoon walk. The rest of the day will be spent cuddling up watching football :)
Sweater, F21
Jacket, JCPenney
Leggings, American Apparel
Flats, Macy's
Bag, thrifted

October 14, 2011

Paucity of Pink

Pink is a color that has no place in my closet. Except for a pair of VS sweatpants and undergarments, I own nothing pink. So you can imagine my dilemma when I had to find an outfit for a pink-themed fashion show benefitting breast cancer research and outreach. I pulled together these black and grey items from my closet and played with a tiny bit (the tiniest possible bit) of color by adding pale pink lipstick. The event was absolutely amazing, I had to fight back tears multiple times; I'll be writing a post about it very soon! I hope you all enjoy your weekends; I've finished my neurology class today and can now enjoy a halloween-themed weekend! 

Top, H&M (really a dress)
Pants, F21
Pumps, Guess
Necklace, read about it here

October 13, 2011

Knit and Olive

This was my let-me-inspect-your-thyroid-outfit. Feeling things under the skin with your hand is a little bit difficult when you've never felt them at all, it really takes some getting used to (or for the lovely patient to put your finger where their nodule is). Before we got to the patients though I was the neck model and the physician demonstrated the thyroid exam on me. Apparently I have a graceful swan-like neck (which I manage to shrivel up in every picture) but a really pitiful thyroid. Meh.
Top, F21
Pants, American Apparel
Shoes, Zara
Belt, thrifted

October 11, 2011

Fall Heat

Those of us in New England got a treat this weekend with gorgeous sunny skies, temperatures in the 80s, and the colors of fall beginning to show. I took advantage of the weather and spent as much time as I could outside, baring some skin that will all too soon have to be covered back up again with chunky knits and tights. Random awesomeness: can you spot the squirrel?
Dress, H&M
Cargo Vest, Old Navy
Scarf, Faces
Flats, Macy's
Bag, thrifted

October 10, 2011

Weekend Recap

What a great two days! My best friend visited so I got to play tourist (and shopper!) in Boston again! The weekend isn't over for some of us (something about some guy "discovering" a place), but for me the fun is. Studying for my neurology final all day today, wish I could be doing my reading like the girl below... instead I'll probably be in the library. I am determined to get some pumpkin frozen yogurt though! Hope you lovelies had wonderful weekends! 

Image via Pinterest

October 8, 2011

Weekend Animal

It's the weekend!!! And there will be three whole days in this weekend! A reason to celebrate if I ever needed one. Of course my neurology final is this week, but I won't let that get me down. My best friend (since middle school) is coming to visit me in Boston this weekend - which means lots of shopping and eating! Do you ladies have any fun plans for the weekend? 

 Top, thrifted
Pants, Charlotte Russe
Jacket, Urban Outfitters
Scarf, (not really a scarf, my boyfriend's sweater!)
Booties, Charlotte Russe

October 7, 2011

Wine Pants

 Top, H&M
Pants, thrifted ($4.99 Ann Talyor)
Shoes, Nine West
Bag, Target

Sorry for the poor quality photos, but the flash kept making the pants look red! The whole point is that the pants are wine! Yum... wine.

October 6, 2011

All Black Everything (almost)

Perfect outfit for cozying up in the library with a pumpkin spice latte and my neurology book.
Sweatshirt, Old Navy
Leggings, American Apparel
Flats, Marshalls (Anne Klein)
Scarf, Burlington Coat Factory
Bag, F21

October 5, 2011

Knit Jacket. Check.

Knit Jacket, thrifted ($3.99!)
T-shirt, Kohls
Pants, Charlotte Russe
Pumps, Guess
Bag, Target

I got to play psychiatrist for a day at a clinic here in Boston, this is what I wore. Psychiatry is so interesting. I also have an awesome female doctor as a mentor who understands the concept of work-life balance, which is really nice to hear! 
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