Thursday, February 19, 2015

Style // Winter Layers

Striped Tee (Gap) // Chambray (American Eagle Outfitters) // Knit Sweater (Forever 21)

A few days ago I threw together this layered look, and I got a few compliments in person and on Instagram.  So I thought I'd whip up an impromptu post sharing how I layer as well as a few pieces to achieve a similar look.  For me layering comes from a place of practicality.  I'm sensitive to changes in temperature; I wear most of the same things year round, so layering just works.  I didn't put much thought into this look, except "You're running late, and it's cold.  Put on everything!," but in general I like to mix fabrics of different thicknesses and materials.  When it's cold, a chunky knit sweater works over anything, but I like how this look came together with an unbuttoned chambray shirt and striped tee.  You can never go wrong with chambray and stripes, which as far as I'm concerned are neutrals.  I've had all of these pieces for years, but this is the first time I've actually worn them all together.  Just goes to show how the right combination can breathe new life into old clothes.


Supersoft Stripe Crew Tee (Gap
Medium Wash Chambray Shirt (Old Navy)
Lou & Grey Sweater Jacket (Loft)

What are some of you favorite pieces for layering?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Life Lately

Things got a little rough for a minute, but thankfully God's steadfast love fails not and things are turning around.  There are only a couple of weeks until finals which will be followed by a much needed break with more time for all the people I love and things I enjoy.  This includes more frequent posts!  In the meantime, thanks so much for keeping this little place alive.  With spring right around the corner, hopes those in the midst of the artic blast, it can be easy to look so much ahead that we miss out on moments for gratitude and enjoying where we are.  But to everything there is a season, and whatever that season may be for you I hope you find the joy in it while it lasts. 

For any premed readers/applicants, let me know if you have any questions about any steps in the whole medical school admissions process.  I'm a nontraditional applicant, so it's taken me a few years to get here but I'm more than willing to share.  I have a few posts I'll be putting out in the coming months about this and my current experience, so stick around.  Although I'm still getting the hang of this new life myself, I'm more than happy to share and open to any questions/suggestions you may have!

Follow me over at Instagram to stay in touch in between posts.  It's become a bit of a mini-blog for catching all the little moments and ootds in between :-)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Motivation Monday: Start Small

On major sale in-store at Old Navy top // bottom (less than $14 for the set!)

We've all been there.  I'm sure most people start off the new year with improving their physical fitness/exercising as one of their goals.  Last month I worked out a total of four times, and only two of those times included a visit to a free gym that I walk by daily.  Even typing that out is sad.  While it can be easier to look at all we don't do, I'm getting into the practice on using my "wins" as motivation to do more.  While I've yet to develop the weekly gym routine, I managed to find one upper body exercise that I really like.  Small victory!  After stumbling across this very inspirational video, I found this video with a simple shoulder exercise that you can do in the comfort of your own home.  Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to do things we want to do or know that we should do, but once you get started it get's easier to keep going.  Remember: it's ok to start small.  I'm proud of the burn that I've been feeling with my little two pound weights over the past week.  If the full body workout isn't working for you right away, just pick one area to work on until you become more consistent then add on more.

How do you motivate yourself to "just start"? 
I'd love to hear about some of your fitness goals and routines!
Have a great weekend, and remember "it's not how you start but how you finish!"
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