Daily dose 11/30

Vegas is so close, I can taste it! Oh, no, thats probably just my anticipation of being in meetings with a nasty hangover.  I am currently packing, and fortunately this past week did not creepy by as slowly as I had anticipated.  Today was taken off because my preceptor is already in Vegas (lucky!)

These are the bright spots in my week!

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Most hospitals keep a record of their safety record. This chart has been blank the entire time I’ve been here, which leads me to assume that there has been a fall every day. Awkard.

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I finally got the Beauty Blender, and it is AWESOME. I cannot get over it!!! I will do a review of it soon.

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Spotted the new Lilly Pulitzer store. Finally!

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Cool shopping skills at Tysons. The red light indicate no spot, and the green lights indicate an open spot. It would be cool if the Tysons garage wasn’t already a blood bath.  This kinda reminds me of the cornucopia in the Hunger Games.

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Felt under the weather this week, so my mom brought me orange juice in my Tervis. The little things!

 

 

Packing up

So this entire week has been dedicated to how stressful it is for me to pack for a work-related trip to a place known for its wild parties.  In the end, I had to assess what I was going to be doing there, and what I had to pack in order to do such things.

I had 4 main categories, and all the clothes, shoes, and accessories needed for each.  I am a habitual over-packer, so if you see someone carrying 2 carry-ons and 2 checked bags, holler at me.

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Vegas Two Ways

The sad part about packing for a long trip is limiting the amount of clothing you can bring.  That being said, I really like trends going on now that are modern pieces that can be worn both day and night, both work and play.

Loose blouses are so cute and can be worn with a pencil skirt and a pair of skinny jeans.  My rule about the fit of clothing is that only one item should be loose or tight.  Never ever should they both be loose (no shape anywhere whatsoever) nor both tight (stuffed sausage anyone).

This Tory Burch emerald blouse is so flattering, is an amazing color, and can be worn both ways with similar tone accessories.

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I love that it is a new twist on the classic button-up blouse for suits, as well as a winter-friendly going on top for clubs and bars.  The bag and the shoes always set the tone for the seriousness of the outfit, so match them up accordingly.

Because this blouse has gold buttons, gold jewelry will go perfectly with it!

Just two more days until I’m off to the desert! SO EXCITED!

Vegas Mini Dress

With all this preparation for my trip to Vegas, I had to think about what I would wear to go out.  Despite local lore and its place in the desert, Vegas can get pretty chilly at night, especially in December.  With that in mind, I think the perfect going-out outfit for Sin City is the mini dress.  Sleeves are huge now.

In case you missed the Royal Wedding (in which case, we are no longer friends), Kate and Pippa brought sleeves back

I also loved the long-sleeve mini look on Diana Payne from Gossip Girl

Long sleeve dresses can look differently based on its design: plain, embellished, or printed.

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1) With a plain dress, I would go with a statement shoe to pump up some excitement

2) Conversely, a plain black pump would go great with an embellished dress

3) A nude-tone shoe would really compliment a printed dress without taking away from neither you nor the dress.

My plan is to wow everyone there and not to be remembered in the wrong way. Also, to party hard.

What’s in my Carry On?

The countdown to Vegas is beginning and the restlessness has begun in my tingling fingertips.  Packing is really really stressful for me, as I am paranoid about unpreparedness and would like to get everything organized before I leave.

The first bag I pack is my Carry-On.  I want everything that I want on my person at all times, especially the flight.  This will include any precious cargo, anything I would be absolutely heart broken to lose, as well as an extra set of clothes (so scared that I am going to lose my luggage and I will have to interview in yoga pants!)

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1) I am using my Bric’s bag for my carry on.  It is heavy, durable, and actually comes with a crossbody bag.

2) Must have my makeup bag with all of my essentials in it

3) My wallet, phone, and passport–why would I even bother leaving for the airport without it?

4) Macbook and reading book–a layover could not be avoided, so I needed something to do while I’m waiting.  Also because I would never EVER put my laptop with checked luggage

5) A yummy snack as my security blanket (I have an unhealthy obsession with twizzlers)

6) Pen and planner, so I know where I’m going, where I need to be going, and able to make changes at any given time, especially if things are not going my way

7) A change of clothing, including a different pair of comfortable shoes just in case you have a few days’ delay in receiving luggage.

I don’t expect normal to be as OCD as I am, but it’s at least good to be prepared.  One of my favorite quotes is: “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best”

Daily dose 11/23

Although this was an eventful week with my birthday and all, this Friday’s daily dose is going to be about some of yesterday’s amazing food.  For once, we had a completely from-scratch meal that my sister and I slaved over all day!  I believe it is important to remember what we have instead of trampling other people over crappily marked-down items.  I worked long enough in a big-box store to know that there is a special “Black Friday Stock” where the amazing deals you are getting are just lower quality items made specifically for these sales.  I’m kind of over it and will be shopping from home in the comfort of my own bed.

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Pumpkin-flabored dinner rolls, shaped like pumpkins, made from this recipe

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Asparagus made by wrapping prosciutto and puff pastry with a layer of chive and onion cream cheese, a Pepperidge Farm idea!

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A much more improved “Turkey Cake” that I was used to getting when I was a kid since my birthday fell so close to thanksgiving. Look at the detail!

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Our table all set and ready for the family to dig in!

Hope your family had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Let the Christmas Season Begin!!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.  Just a quick post today because I believe that you should be spending time with your families rather than hiding in the corners away from each other reading this blog.

Today I’m thankful for the whirlwind that has been the past 3.5 years of my professional education.  I am thankful that I am given the opportunity to be hands-on and self-driven with my experiential year and that I will be graduating sooner than I ever thought possible.

However, if your family does enjoy personal time away from each other, may I suggest Tetris Battle on Facebook and dueling each other while in your separate corners?

Taking the Cake at Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Since my birthday always floated around the holiday, I always looked forward to see a whole bunch of family, who I was convinced came in just to see me for my birthday (toddler-me always got to best presents from relatives). Also, I love it because I’m a fatty.

My (and my boyfriend’s) favorite dessert is a big hearty slice of cheesecake. Sometimes plain New York style is all we need. With the holidays rolling around, and pumpkin everywhere (link to pumpkin post), I recently acquired a recipe for a delicious pumpkin-maple cheesecake, which was a hit at our family dinner two years in a row. It is basically merging my two most favorite things in the world.

Prep: 40 minutes
Bake: 68 Minutes
Oven 325 degrees Fahrenheit
Cool: 1 hour 45 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup finely crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup canned pumpkin
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup pure maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
1 ½ tsp vanilla
3 eggs, slightly beaten
½ cup caramel topping

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Press mixture onto bottom and 1 ½ inches up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch spring-form pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack; cool completely
2. In an extra large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Add pumpkin, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat cream cheese mixture until well combined. Fold in eggs.
3. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Place pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.
4. Cool springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small, thin knife, loosen crust from sides of pan. Cool for 30 minutes more. Remove sides of pan and cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.
5. To serve, spoon or drizzle caramel topping over top of cheesecake.

It. Is. Amazing.

Unfortunately I am the only person capable of losing a memory card without losing my camera, so I have hence misplaced my own personal photos of my cheesecake, but this is an appetizing shot from an allrecipes.com recipe

It’s My Birthday!

Well, here I am. A quarter of a century old. It is so weird to think about it, and it may be possibly more traumatic than when I fell out of my teens and into my twenties. I have spent the last few days contemplating about what I have accomplished in the past year, and the subsequently what I have done in my life so far. I’m thinking toddler-me would have thought I was 50 years old with my accomplishment, and perhaps even amazed that I was able to do so much in so little time.

1) I learned my right hand from my left hand (I got in trouble in first grade for drawing big “R” and “L” on my hand)
2) I had like 300 Beanie Babies, including Princess (Suckaaaas)
3) I learned to speak multiple foreign languages (not counting medical jargon—that stuff is crazy!)
4) I saw the rapid rise of technology
5) I witnessed my hometown become the it-spot for basically everything in the world, culture, food, and business-wise
6) I went to my parents’ childhood homes to meet my [physically] distant relatives and to meet my grandparents before their unfortunate passings
7) I witnessed not one, but two national tragedies with 9/11 and with the shootings at my alma mater
8) I learned how to drive
9) I graduated from high school
10) I learned how to live on my own and be in control of my life and future
11) I met the love of my life
12) I graduated from college
13) I got an iPhone (Whoa now…if you knew my mother, you would understand what a great achievement this was)
14) I got accepted into my top choice doctorate program
15) I started becoming a self-proclaimed fashion diva and brand snob (not sorry about it)
16) I started Crossfit and learned the right way to treat my body and how to make it stronger, not slimmer
17) I finally learned how to balance work and school
18) I have met amazing people from my career field and how they have made it their own thing, rather than what society commands of us
19) I have had countless interviews and practicing communicating with health care professionals
20) I am certified to vaccinate and provide primary care to people
21) I do unspeakable things that require me to purchase liability insurance (and if you knew me growing up, this should terrify you)
22) I started this blog (as well as running a few social media-related domains, all of which are pretty much unrelated and may lead to people thinking that I have multiple personalities)
23) I have broken 3 laptops and now on my 4th since I have started college. Not really an accomplishment I’m proud of, but just that this is an accomplishment of failing at life
24) I am getting my doctorate in just a few months (170 days to be exact)
25) I SURVIVED the first 25 years of my life!

Toddler-me is very impressed. Here’s to another 25 years!

Skin Care Regimen

Winter has always been pretty harsh on my skin.  In fact, I attribute a lot of my dry skin problems to the fact that I was born during the middle of a blizzard (25 years ago TOMORROW).  My face takes the biggest hit with dryness and peeling, followed by breaking out and getting the most random markings at the most ill-fated times.

Back in high school and college, when it was cool, I started using harsh acne treatments although I didn’t have anything closely resembling acne other than one our two big zits a few times each year.  I learned the hard way that it only works as long as you are using it.  This means that when you stop, your skin returns to its previous state or it gets worse.

Come grad school and living at home (and with a sister who has a real job and buys fancy beauty products), I learned that being gentle with your skin helps must more than abusing it with harsher chemicals.

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I use cetaphil because I do have sensitive skin and this is a pure soap formulated for your face.  I use this in the morning and evening and the pump is very useful in the shower.

In the morning, I use Clinique even skin corrector to just even out my skin tone from previous sun damage, especially from the summer.  It’s a bit pricy but you can see and feel the difference after just a couple of days!

In order to use the Clinique even skin corrector, you MUST use an SPF.  This Aveeno treatment is also not as inexpensive as other drug store brands, but it works very much like the Clinique product and contains SPF.  The combination of the two together is just MAGICAL!

When I feel like there’s too much activity on my face for me to handle, I treat myself to a mud masque from Queen Helene, which you can find in drug stores.  To be honest, I’ll just use it when I have my period, when I know my hormones are raging and I need to lay down the hammer.  This is probably the harshest thing I do to my skin right now.

After washing my face in the evening, I go to bed after using a thin layer of Hope in a Jar by Philosophy.  No wonder this thing is a cult favorite—it just feels amazing.  At first I was a little put off by the smell.  I had expected it to smell like baby powder or something, but since it is fragrance-free, there’s nothing to really cover up the base chemicals in the product.   The morning after using it, I can see a difference in any blemishes on my face that I had the night before.

I like my skin products the way I like my study habits: Work smarter, not harder