Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve

Hope everyone has a great Christmas Eve and a Merry Christmas tomorrow! As for me I'll be enjoying some time with my family and my grandmas amazing homemade ravioli!

Here's my Christmas Eve OOTD!

XOXO Jennifer

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday travel

Hey everyone!

Last night I drove home to my parents with the boyfriend so the holiday traveling is over. We weren't planning on leaving until this morning, and then last night around 6 the boyfriend decided he just wanted to head home, so we scrambled around for the next.2 hours, got everything packed up and here we are! When he decided this I was right in the middle of taking some packing pictures to post last night. So since that didn't happen, I'll post them today. I must say, I love having polyvore, it has made packing SO much easier! I can plan out my outfits in advance so that when it comes time to actually pack all I have to do is pull up the polyvore set on my iPhone and pull out all the items. It's really streamlined things and saved some time I think, even though the planning does usually take some time. If you haven't tried it before I definitely recommend it!

We somehow managed to load all the wrapped presents into the car, and everything made it safely. I must say that I have become quite good at packing my jeep for travel. I was proud of my packing job with all the presents last night needless to say lol.

It was definitely nice to have this extra day to spend with family. I went out and did some running around with my mom, and we finished up all the Christmas shopping, even though I was basically already done at that point but she had a few more things to get.

I'll probably not be posting much substance over the next week or so, but I'm going to try and snap some pictures of what I'm wearing to post throughout the week! Sorry if things seem a little unorganized in these posts. I'm using the blogger app for the iPhone and it doesn't let you put the pictures into the text, so bear with me!

Here's some pictures of my packing and of my OOTD!

I hope everyone has a blessed holiday, and safe travels to all of you traversing long distances to get to your destinations!

Happy holidays!

XOXO Jennifer

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blog Award!

Hey everyone, 

Christmas is rapidly approaching, are you done with all of your shopping yet? I only have a few more things to grab, but other that that, I'm done. Its such a great feeling to be finished with Christmas shopping. I'm all for giving presents, but I am horrible at coming up with things to get everyone usually. Fortunately this year for the most part it seemed a little easier than usual, so that helped! I've been doing my wrapping as I go, so my tree has some festive looking presents under it! My kitty, Jezzibelle, is probably not too happy about it, as it blocks her ability to lay under it, which is her favorite spot this time of year lol. She also has seemed to have taken a liking to playing with the bows on the presents. 

Yesterday my friends and I got together to bake some cookies for the holidays. We made my grandmas butter crisp cookie recipe (my favorite cookies ever) and meringue cookies that were a family recipe of one of my friends. It was a lot of fun, and we realized why we could never be cookie decorators or anything like that for a living lol. By the end, none of us wanted to decorate any more cookies, which is one thing I like about my grandmas simplistic decorating she usually does - just the sprinkles. Do you have a family cookie recipe thats been passed down through generations. I can always remember growing up, we would go to my grandmas on Christmas Eve and I would get some of her cookies to leave out for Santa :-) Oh to be back in those days..

Also, a HUGE THANKS to  Tweed and Toile for awarding me the Liebster Blog Award! :-) It's my first blog award and I am honored! 

Liebster means "dearest" in German. This award is given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.

The award has these stipulations:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your 5 blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you have sent the award to will forward it to their favorite bloggers.

So, my 5 blog picks are:

Be sure to check out these great blogs! And thanks again to Tweed and Toile!!

I plan to do another post later this week (if not sooner) with some of my holiday week outfits similar to M's post here, but until then, you can check out my polyvore for the set with my packing! 

Have a great day!

XOXO Jennifer

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Almost done...

Hey everyone!

I am ALMOST done with this semester of school, so things will definitely be lightening up after this! I've been doing pediatric surgery for the past month and I love it! Working with the kids is so much fun, and the vast majority of them are healthy and just undergoing small little procedures. My exam for surgery is tomorrow, then we have a small 2 weeks worth of classes, then two weeks off. It will definitely be nice to have the break!

So last weekend i started getting into the christmas spirit, and boyfriend and I went with a friend of his from work and his family to go cut down Christmas trees. We had already put up our fake one, but it was still a lot of fun, and the weather was great! Do you guys put up a real tree or fake? I grew up with real trees, boyfriend grew up with all fake trees. I definitely miss the smell of the real tree but can appreciate how my h easier it is to put up a fake pre-lit tree. It does make things a lot easier! I did end up getting a wreath at the tree farm so that I could bring that lovely smell into my house.

I was also in decorating mode extreme last weekend, and not only put up my tree, but put up lights and garland outside as well. We have some neighbors that always go all out with lights, and I decided this year I didnt want to be outdone, so I went all out as well.

There's someone else in my house that appears to love the Christmas decorations just as much as I do, my cat, Jezzibelle. A few years ago, she climbed halfway up the tree, so every year I'm terrified she will do it again. This year she seemed to be in a particular spunky mood when I put it up, but so far, the most she has done it laid under it. I did find one bulb on the floor, which I'm sure she did, but luckily, it wasn't broken or anything. Let's just hope it stays that way...

One thing I haven't started doing is Christmas shopping! With school being so busy I just haven't found the time! I always wait until the last minute. I have some ideas, but still trying to figure it all out. Luckily I don't have too many people to buy for so that makes things a little easier. Hopefully this weekend I can get most of it done, if not all of it. It would be so nice to be done now and not have to worry about it anymore!

Here's some shots of my decorations and miss kitty sitting in her favorite spot.

Have a great day!

XOXO Jennifer

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Some J.Crew try ons

Hey everyone!

Went to my local j.crew today to return some stuff and of course couldn't resist trying some things on as well. I was actually a little underimpressed at the selection at my local store today. I didn't feel as though there were a TON of new things out on the floor yet which was a tad disappointing. There was at least one cure mannequin setup that inspired one of the outfits I tried on, and then a purchase. The other good thing was that apparently my store now carries the crewcuts line! While I don't have any kids, this is still exciting. Its such cute stuff. I like having the mini mannequins in the front of the store all dressed up too. It makes it more fun lol.

First off my OOTD. I wore my lady lace sweater in champagne with my black flair skirt (I've really been loving these!), some grey j.crew tights and my black Steve madden intyce boots.

OOTD 11/12/11

Also, I love stopping into Williams Sonoma every time I am at the mall, and I must say, they had some delicious things in there today! They have this warm spiced apple cider that they make from concentrate. Its a little bit strong, but so yummy! Today they were also making these mini pecan pumpkin spice muffins, with this amazing frosting on top. I would HIGHLY recommend stopping in there and grabbing some mix to make these muffins. They were so tasty! And the "frosting" is 1/2 jar of their pecan pumpkn butter, 1 stick of butter, and 1 block of philadelphia cream cheese. Definitely not for those on a diet, but so so good. They would be perfect for holiday parties as well!

Moving on to the good stuff, Here are some of the things I tried on today:

Jules dress in wildcat - There has been a lot of talk and a lot of love over this dress in blogworld, so when I saw it, I knew I had to give it a try. I tried my usual 6, and thought it fit pretty good. The pattern on this dress is lovely, however, I think I would like it better perhaps if it was more uniform. I had this problem with the leopard tippi sweater earlier in the year for the very same reason, although this one does not have as much as a pattern shift. The dress is made out of rayon and while it feels very soft and silky, there is no give or stretch to it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I liked it, but I didn't think it really did much for me either, and I wasn't willing to pay the $188 price tag at this point. 

Chainlink Cable sweater in stripe - Oh how I wanted to love this sweater. I absolutely love a cable sweater, and a stripe, and the black and cream color combination. Unfortunately, the fit of this sweater just seemed all off to me. I tried on a medium in this one. Remember the tight sleeves syndrome that was talked about with some of the sweaters last year? Well it was back in this sweater. Not only was that the case, but while the arms were snug, the body was swimming and seemed to have an a-line pattern. It just seemed all wrong. This picture doesnt fully capture that. I should have taken a side shot. I tried the small just to see if the body got any better, and it was just as billowy as the medium. The online picture of this sweater does not show it having this shape at all, although the text does describe it as have "slim sleeves" and a "slightly swingy silhouette." Oh how I wish this would have just been a normal fitting sweater! That being said, maybe if it goes on a good sale I'd still grab it as it was super comfortable and I still liked the overall look to it!

Natasha top - I had see this one around the store many times but hadn't yet given it a try myself. I tried on the 4 in the vivid poppy. I really did like this top. I thought it fits very well, and this color was beautiful. I love the ruffle trim. There isn't really anything bad I can say about this one, aside from the fact that j.crew stores should really invest in using a steamer after they unbox their items because man are there some deep fold lines in some of these items.

Winnie Dress - There were actually only two of these left in my store, and one of them happened to be my typical size 6, so I had to try it on. At first I didn't even recognize it as the Winnie dress but I had a feeling it might have been it. This dress is VERY soft, and had quite a flattering silhouette. I kind of wish they would have made it in more colors. The only real issue that I had with this dress was the length. It hit me just below the knee, and for me I thought that was just a tad too long. I would have loved it had it hit above the knee.

Betsy Sweater -  I had been searching for a sweater in this color for a month or so now after seeing a few sets on polyvore that I loved, so when I saw it, I had to try it. This is the warm moss color in a size medium. I thought it fit pretty tts, could possibly have sized down but I wanted to be able to layer it, so I stuck with the medium. The fabric is very very soft, but also very thin, which was actually a bit of a disappointment for me. I layered it with one of the chambrey shirts they had and at one point I thought I could see the buttons in the front through the sweater. But alas, the color and softness still won me over, so I ended up taking it home. 

Last up is the Scoopneck blouse in seine stripe - So the reason I even grabbed this top was because I saw it on a mannequin, hence the outfit I tried on below, although they had it paired with jeans, which I could see doing as well. I tried on the 6 and thought it fit pretty tts. I love the cream and navy stripes. The keyhole detail in the back is a cute touch as well. I also love the fact that it layers surprisingly well. 

So after shopping today I also went to go see Puss in boots in 3D. I must say it was a very cute movie, and I would definitely recommend it. Its kind of along the lines of a Shrek movie and has some similar adult references that probably go over most kids heads (at least I hope), so keep that in mind when thinking of taking the little ones. But all in all a very cute movie with a fun story line!

Have a great evening!

XOXO Jennifer

Friday, November 11, 2011

Just an OOTD

Hey everyone,

So I had the day off today in honor of Veterans Day. The strange thing about it, is that the reason I have it off is because I was at the VA hospital this past week and they basically close everything down for veterans day. What a great way to honor them, they can't even get health care, lol. Either way, I enjoyed my day off today, and a special thanks to all the men and women that have and continue to risk their lives so that we may have freedom!

Today I just have a quick post with an OOTD. I tried out one of my new Flair skirts, which I purchased with my rewards card, and my thermal henley which I purchased with the recent 25% off sale. I have a slight obsession with these flair skirts right now, they just have such a great line and are so comfortable! And the thermal shirts j.crew has out right now are just to die for! The are the ultimate it cozy wear. In fact, I transitioned my thermal henley from today into my evening cozy wear with the pants from the vintage pajama set. I could seriously live in these shirts all winter. Here is a shot of my OOTD and a polyvore :-) Wore it around town running some errands.

OOTD 11/11/11

Have a great day!!

XOXO Jennifer

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Killing me...

Hey everyone!

So one thing I did not need to wake up to this morning, was j.crew's email about 25% off + free shipping on everything. After I had just placed some orders last week... really j.crew?? I have really been busting the bank lately, and having a hard time not pulling the trigger on things. So needless to say, I have lots of things coming my way, and soon I will be posting a nice big post with some reviews (many of which are probably repeats from other bloggers, but hey, oh well). I also plan on going to the store on friday (I have to go to the mall to go get new contacts anyways so its just a lame excuse to go to my local jcrew), so if you have any requests for things that you'd like me to try in store let me know!

One thing all of this shopping lately has gotten me thinking about is holiday gifts. I sometimes feel as though I am the world's worst gift buyer. I just never know what to get anyone. I think its generally because I tend to try and over think things and make my gifts more personal. While this is great in some ways, it gets very exhausting. Then you also have the fact that the only thing the boyfriend ever wants are expensive watches and technology. Oye vei. I think he is the most difficult to buy for but even my parents I find it hard. I feel lame just getting them clothes. Anyone have any creative ideas for gifts this year?? The holidays are coming up way too fast, but its my FAVORITE time of the year, so I'm not complaining :-)

In the meantime, just wanted to share a recent OOTD. We had some friends over this weekend for dinner, and this was a nice casual outfit for entertaining! No actual shots, but just a polyvore.
OOTD 11/6/11

Well thats it for the evening, happy shopping!

XOXO Jennifer

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I'm back...

Hey everyone!

I apologize for being MIA for such a long period of time. School has been keeping me pretty busy and I haven't had a ton of time for blogging! I am in the middle of my surgery rotation which I am absolutely loving! It is one of those things I kept trying to talk myself out of liking because of the typical lifestyle, but in the end, I keep coming back to it, so as of right now, I'm mildly sure I'll be going into surgery :-) So many attendings I've talked with have mentioned to me how you can definitely have a life outside of being a surgeon, and thats all I really want, so I'm hopeful that it will all work out in the end! I think the only thing that could change my mind at this point is OB since I've always been pretty interested in that as well. Hopefully from now on, things will get a little easier, and I'll be able to get back to posting more regularly.

I hope that everyone had a great Halloween yesterday! It was my first year passing out candy. I live in an apartment complex, but its basically like town homes where each one has its own individual entrance. We actually did get a few trick-or-treaters. They were just too darn cute. I was shocked however that nobody just yells trick-or-treat anymore like we used to when I was a kid. Now everyone just rings the doorbell, and if you are lucky they will say it once you open the door. All in all it was fun handing out candy, and I have LOTS left over... darn :-)

So since I have been mainly living in scrubs in the OR, shopping hasn't been much of a priority (yet another reason I haven't been blogging). It hasn't stopped me from looking though, and now that the rewards cards are out, I'm ready to spend!! Just wanted to share some things that are currently on my list :-)

Colorblock cardigan - I really like both colors of this sweater. It looks so darn comfy, I could feel it easily working its way through the whole winter keeping me warm. The muslin caramel color will probably be more versatile with my wardrobe so if I do end up getting this one it will most likely be in this color.

Perfect shirt in tartan - I missed out on this one last year. This year I have been wearing button down shirts much much more, and I think this one is a perfect shirt to add to my collection. It will be great for the holidays I think. very excited about this one and will definitely be getting this with my rewards card.

Ribbed glovelettes - These things are SO cute. I can't help but want them in every color offered. I am having quite a hard time deciding which color of these to get first...

Vintage thermal tee in stripe - I must say that I am still not over stripes, and I am loving the thermal material of this shirt. So cute, and will be very versatile and well worn into the winter

Charlese Corduroy Shirtdress - This dress really intrigues me. I love the shirtdresses,  I love corduroy, and I love this color. Could this be a win? Has anyone else tried this one? I'm definitely thinking about giving it a try, bad thing is its not available until 12/15. boo. Let me know if you've tried it!

Silk scoopneck blouse in royal paisley - LOVE this pattern, and I'm loving the shape of this blouse as well. I definitely want to give this one a try at some point. I'm not so sure I love the pairing with the matching pencil skirt like they seem to love, but I could definitely see wearing each individually.

No.2 Pencil Skirt in Royal Paisley - I was bummed I missed out on the perfect paisley pencil skirt earlier this year, so I am glad to see this one. I think I still like the color of the previous version better, but I still love this skirt!

Classic Pajama in Polka-dot flannel - I am such a sucker for good jammies. These are just the perfect winter pajamas, and I can just imagine waking up in these Christmas morning (yes I am still quite a child). So cute :-)

Double cloth Lady Day coat - this is such a classic coat. I am SUCH a sucker for coats too.. I think I have about a million, but, what I am lacking is a nice long wool black coat and white one, so this one is on my list, in these colors. Maybe they will have another good coat sale this year and I can pick these up. I also love the model's look in this picture. I totally want to copy it!

Cashmere snood - I got one of these snoods last year and I loved it!! Definitely looking forward to adding more to my collection this year :-)

Alright, I think thats it for now! Hopefully it won't be too long until you hear from me again. 

Have a great evening!

XOXO Jennifer

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cowlneck poncho, and some other stuff...

Hey everyone,

So after seeing it on shoppingwithm here, I decided I simply must go try on the Cowlneck poncho. I was a little undecided about this one when it first came out. At first I liked it, then I saw it in the store and wasn't sure if I really loved the fabric, then I tried it on and I am completely in love :-) I don't know what I was thinking when I was at the store last weekend and decided not to try it on, potentially a moment of insanity, but none the less, I'm SO glad I decided to go back today and give it a try. It is definitely a piece that I can already tell will be one of my favorites this fall (when I'm not wearing hospital scrubs..). I ended up getting the S. I could have quite easily sized down to the XS, but quite honestly, I loved the baggy way the S fit, so I ended up sticking with it. It is not itchy at all, which I know was a concern. The inside is lined, up into the sleeves with a satiny material. I love the herringbone patter as well. I honestly don't think I have one bad thing to say about this poncho! If you want a baggier fit like I have on below, then get your usual size in jcrew stuff, maybe even a size down. If you want it a little less baggy, I recommend sizing down at least 1 if not 2 sizes from your usual size. This is the one issue that some have mentioned, being that there will definitely be a decent amount of people that will be sized out. I already have a trip planned to the cider mill and to a nearby little town with my parents next weekend, and I am planning on wearing this poncho.

I tried it on at the store with the boatneck painters tee in stripe in the navy color. I went with a medium in this shirt. I thought it ran a little small for how j.crews sizing has been going lately, but is pretty par with how it was maybe 2 years ago or so. I used to wear a M in j.crew, but lately, I find myself going for the S more and more because the sizing has changed so much.

Fall Essentials

Next I decided to try on the Boy shirt in stripe de chine that a lot of people were talking about as well. I tried on the 6, my usual size, and thought I could have sized down to a 4. I thought this shirt was quite lovely. The fabric was so soft and silky. I have SO many striped things right now, but I think this would still be a great addition to the mix. This one will definitely be going on my wishlist.

Finally, I saw the Origami mini in Houndsooth. I thought it looked really cute, and the fabric actually looked a lot like the Prince of Wales, but after looking, I didn't realize how similar the two actually are. I thought the fabric was cute, I'm loving the plaids this year. The shape on this one was just okay. I thought it ran a little small. I usually take a 6 in j.crew skirts, but this one was an 8. Its also pretty short, even though you can't quite tell from the first picture. Don't mind my awkward sweater on top :-) Overall its a cute skirt, but not something I could wear to the hospital (one of my criteria for some of my clothes right now), so it was a pass for me.

After stopping j.crew, I got a little caught up in my Pottery Barn store :-) I had been looking at the website last night looking for things to decorate my apartment with for the fall, so I decided to stop in while I was already at the mall. I am literally just in heaven when I walk into that store. It is COMPLETELY my design style, and I love just about everything they have in there. Eventually one day when I have a house and have money, I plan to fully decorate my house in PB. 

So I ended up picking up a few things while I was there to decorate my table. I'm pretty please with the way it turned out :-) My boring table is no more.

Pottery Barn Halloween

So tomorrow I start my surgery rotation. Its just orientation tomorrow, and then Tuesday I jump right into it. I have call every 3rd day (or q3 as its called in the medical world) which means I will work for 27 hours straight on those days, from 5:30am until 9:00am the next morning. Its going to be a VERY tiring month. At least I get the day off that I come home at 9:00am. It will most likely be filled with plenty of sleep. I'm definitely looking forward to this rotation. I think it will be exhausting but fun and exciting as well. That being said, as I mentioned a few days ago, I might not be posting as much, at least in terms of clothing and such. I will probably pop in from time to time to update how things are going as a mini surgeon :-) I really like scrubs, they are so comfy, but my closet is definitely going to be missing me!!

Have a great night!!

XOXO Jennifer