blank'/> A LITTLE BIT OF LACQUER: July 2016

July 29, 2016

Starting dermatology residency!

Checking in after another crazy week! Somehow I'm already doing surgeries with minimal supervision (pretty much just me and the patient and my strategically-set-up surgical tray) and feeling like some of this stuff is actually making sense (there are over 3,000 dermatologic diseases, most of which any other doctor would call a maculopapular rash, so there's a ton to learn!) but I'm loving it! And getting used to Miami has been another huge thing, probably the harder part of it all, but we're getting there! 
Just wanted to share some of the things that have been necessities for me getting through this first month of dermatology residency (other than a smile and positive thinking lol)!

Sleeveless dresses - I'm lucky I started on a rotation where I'm almost always in surgeries, so I get to wear scrubs almost all of the time, but there are still days where I have to get dressed for clinic or grand rounds or something like that, and sleeveless dresses have been the easiest go-to. Here are a few great options (A-line, fitted cotton, shift - this is actually the one I'm wearing in the group photo, shirtdress). Wearing these definitely keeps me from overheating in my white coat!

Comfortable flats - With the luck of wearing scrubs, I've also had the luck of wearing my sneakers or clogs whenever I please. But those don't work so well with dresses, so for those days I have my crocs flats. And now at least half of my co-residents do too because they look (and are) so damn comfortable yet still stylish. We're on our feet all day, so this really makes a difference.  PS if you want more I did a post just on shoes appropriate for the hospital - read more here!

Soft and breathable scrubs - While the hospital scrubs are always nice because they're free, I do love having my own collection of scrubs that fits well and most importantly are comfortable and breathable (seriously needed. We have mandatory lectures every lunch, so I have to run from surgery at my hospital across the street to another building in 95 degree weather and then run back afterwards for the afternoon patients)! You guys know I love my FIGS scrubs (and they love you, so you can always get a discount with code lauraxfigs). For reference I usually get an XS.

Sunscreen - duh. The dermies already put me on this one which is my new everyday holy grail.

Curly hair gel - I'm not fighting nature in this weather - the curls are almost always out, and thanks to this stuff they aren't too out of control (my usual moisturizing cream wasn't enough to fight this humidity)!

iPad mini - I mentioned it in my last post, but I've been using this primarily for all of my notes and studying! I even keep PDF copies of my textbooks on here! Read the last paragraph of that post for more on how I use it!

I appreciate you all hanging in with me and being patient as I get used to our new lives and try and figure everything out! Don't worry, the blog won't get left behind! xoxo

July 18, 2016

Back to School Bags!

I can't believe we are already approaching the start of another school year (thanks to the displays at stores for reminding me)!!

I've previously done a huge post on the most organized bags of almost all sizes and different price points - but today I wanted to share a few perfect school bags!

At the top of my list is this laptop bag - I'm a sucker for customer photos on Amazon and there are a few that would really sell me on it!! It's well structured and beautiful (but not so fancy that you'd be afraid to really use it as your everyday bag) and has some serious looking supportive straps! I also love the laptop sleeve and other pockets. I also like that while this bag doesn't have a zipper (easier to grab things out of while on the go), it also doesn't have one of those useless magnetic snap closures that doesn't do a thing once you've actually filled the bag! This clasp closure gets the job done! 

This bag came in at a close second - it's cheaper than the last one, but per reviews sounds like people really love it - for a college student on a budget (it's less than $50) I think this would be a great and reliable option! There are obviously even cheaper bags, but one thing I learned while always trying to save money (or more like not having enough money in the first place lol) was that even if I could find a super cute $25 bag from a store (I still am a sucker for Forever 21 finds!) - it wouldn't even last half a semester with the way I was using it! So if you can spend a tiny bit more for a more durable bag, I would. It doesn't mean you have to spend an arm and a leg! 

And I couldn't forget a backpack - it's a school classic and really is so convenient for carrying around all day! I fell in love with this one (it comes in other colors and patterns too) - it has a padded compartment for your laptop and then other pockets for everything else! Doesn't get better!

And as a relevant aside - I get asked all the time about notebooks vs ipad vs laptop for taking notes in class. I personally tended to be a paper and pen kind of girl and always preferred notebooks. But I think in college it's a little easier to organize things that way when you're studying a limited subject for a limited amount of time (a semester usually). Currently for dermatology residency, I actually almost exclusively use my iPad mini and the Evernote app. I still carry a small notebook with me too jot down things when I would otherwise feel uncomfortable pulling out my iPad, but those notes will later get thrown into my Evernote notes. I love this because your notes can actually be searchable - so when I hear something and know I've written something down about it before I don't have to flip through endless pages searching - I can just type in a keyword and find it in seconds! I think this is going to work better for dermatology where I'm studying the same (incredibly vast) subject for years. My laptop (a MacBook Air) definitely still comes along some days as I prefer it for doing blog posts and writing papers, etc. but sadly I've had way less time for that with all of the change in moving and learning a new field! But don't worry y'all I'll definitely be back to more regular posting soon! 

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