Posted on June 5, 2017
Success! I actually got a bit of color from my vacation and didn’t get burned! It was so nice being able to relax and have more than one lazy day by the pool. Not to mention yummy coffee, cocktails and more. I wanted to do a quick round up of a few of the outfits I wore while I was in Palm Springs, and it’s making me more and more excited for summer time in Chicago as I type!
Does anyone have a few travel adventures planned in the coming weeks?! I am getting excited to see my girl Ella (MOD MED BLOG) in Birmingham, Alabama in later August! But I am sticking around Chicago for a bit and enjoying all that it has to offer.
Bathing Suit: Maaji
Posted on May 24, 2017
It’s been awhile since my last post! Some might think of Palm Springs as the center of Coachella festivities, while others like myself grew up knowing Palm Springs as a place of hot weather, lots of golfing, and retirement. The last few years, I have taken a vacation with my family and developed a new perspective on Palm Springs and love that it is becoming such a youthful and vibrant city!
That being said, I am excited to share my travel guide for Palm Springs, both what to do and what beauty products to travel with. Being a California native, writing this post makes me even more excited and I hope it gives you some ideas if you travel to the desert.
See below for a few of my travel musts when it comes to beauty products and places I am going to stop by over the holiday weekend!
Do you have any travel plans for Memorial Day Weekend? Please think positive thoughts as I hope to come back a bronzed warrior and not a red lobster.
Tula Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment : I am going to be LIVING in the sun all day for the next week, so this is essential to make sure my skin is getting the moisture it needs at night. This cream is SO moisturizing and I wake up with bright, rejuvenated skin in the morning!
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil: My one and only oil love that serves as my serum before I use my moisturizer and foundation!
KORRES Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising and Brightening Cream: This moisturizer pairs so well with the Wild Rose Brightening Oil and it really lasts all day. My face never gets dry and has never irritated my skin since using it!
St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse 1.6 oz: I mean let’s face it, I am rather fair skinned, so I love using St. Tropez as a base before being out in the sun! It doesn’t streak, looks natural, and stays on for a few days before I have to reapply.
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint – Ivory: I have always used the same liquid foundation so I am so glad I tried a sample of this from Sephora and ended up purchasing it! It is an all Vegan product with no oils or random ingredients. It gives me a bright ivory glow and has SPF too!
Like I mentioned, we know Palm Springs for being the Disneyland of Coachella weekend. But what else is worth checking out? See below for a few hot spots *no pun intended.*
Your hopeful soon to be bronzed warrior,
Posted on May 15, 2017
I saw floral fashion attire left and right this past weekend, and not going to lie but I am all about it. Bill and I took a day trip up to Holland, Michigan to check out the Tulip Time Festival and had a great time. It’s about 3 hours away from Chicago, and let me just say I have never seen a city so on fire for something as simple as a tulip. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but this town lives for the two weekends the tulips are in full bloom. From its parades, tulip art, to tulips in every storefront window, these two weekends are like our fourth of July. Such excitement!
I knew right away I was going to wear a floral arrangement (so basic, I admit…) BUT when I saw this romper with a skirt overlay at Francesca’s I was so excited to wear it out with a cute bralette underneath and my red Target sandals. I am embracing the warm weather and vibrant colors because we have waited too long for these moments!
If you ever want to take a day trip to Holland, MI, I would recommend grabbing a bite at Butch’s, apple cider donuts from Crane’s, walking around Window on the Waterfront, and stopping by the 205 Coffee bar for a latte and cute photos. I really had a great time ooh-ing and aah-ing over the array of tulip colors, and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to be outside! Shots from my trip are below. Dare I ask what your favorite flower is? I bet you can guess mine.
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Posted on April 6, 2017
Over the past few months, my skin has completely changed. This is not something I normally talk openly about, but I think it is important to know that not everyone is perfect! I went from having crystal clear skin with a few bumps here and there to having flare ups of tiny little bumps all over my face. Let me tell you: it isn’t fun!
I have always stuck to a strict skincare routine involving a lot of high-end products that worked wonders for me for years and I had not recently changed anything so I was puzzled. I go for a monthly facial at Cowshed Spa in Chicago (I see Ashley- she is a miracle worker!) and found out that my sudden little bumps were not acne, but bodily toxins trying to expel themselves through our largest organ: my skin. Ashley had me switch all of my beauty products over to being 100% plant based, organic + all natural and I was totally lost. I started researching brands that are gentle but effective and stumbled upon TULA.
Each TULA product nourishes your skin with a balanced meal of good-for-you ingredients, the same way a healthy diet nourishes your body. At TULA, they are not just looking at what we put on our face, but looking inside at internal medicine to improve the health and appearance of our body’s largest organ, the skin. That means leveraging the power of probiotics, “the newest breakthrough in skincare.” TULA uses carefully selected skin superfoods and probiotics AKA good bacteria to help skin reveal it’s best self.
My personal favorite and new hero product is the Exfoliating Treatment Mask. I have never used a mask that has exfoliating particles in it, but was pleasantly surprised at the texture. This particular mask contains Lactic acid and Bentonite clay to gently peel away impurities, dead skin, and debris and the tiny beads are plant-based and biodegradable. They release hydrating nutrients including Jojoba and Vitamin E to heal and calm skin.
If you have sensitive skin like me or are
making a conscious effort to switch what you put on your body to being plant-based, TULA is the perfect line to dip your toe into. They offer this great little started pack so you can try different skincare items to see what works best for you.
PS: how funny are these products from Anese? The silly names make me laugh every time I look at them. Currently obsessed with this hair elixir. PSS: take 20% off your order with code FIRST20. No…I do not earn anything from this.
Thank you TULA for working with me on this post!
Posted on April 4, 2017
This past weekend I turned 24! My family has always celebrated “birthday weeks” and I look forward to it every year! My parents and I tried out a new restaurant in Chicago called Giant. Not going to lie- I was a little nervous when I first took a glance at the menu, but everything they put down on the table was more delicious than the last. It is in Logan Square, about a five minute drive from Lost Lake. I have professed my love for Lost Lake here before, and recently made a tiki cocktail inspired by their tiki drinks. Needless to say, we stopped at Lost Lake for a cocktail to top off the night. Saturday night we went to The Aviary– my all time favorite cocktail spot in Chicago. If you have not been to The Aviary- you need to RUN there right now! The things they do to alcohol are truly incredible. We ended the night at Swift & Sons. I got a few questions about the outfits I posted on Instagram, so I thought I would share them!
My mom called me last week when I was in Nashville to see if there was anything I had wanted for my birthday. Honestly- I 100% forgot to tell my mom that I wanted anything because of my foggy Lyme brain. Whoops. BUT- my mom found this beautiful python lips bag from designer Gelareh Mizrahi- you can scoop one up exclusively at Barney’s or on her website, here. Fun fact: you can order a custom bag of your face. I collect (hoard) bags (and shoes and clothes- HA) and this was the perfect, unique addition to my collection.
Posted on January 18, 2017
The best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world. -Unknown
Another friend of mine who I just adore to pieces, is Mary Ella (you can call her Ella). Ella is in medical school at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, she’s a blogger on all things medical, fashion, travel, and wine, and she has the cutest pup named Stan. While conquering all things science related in med school, Ella shares tips and tricks on how to get through late night study sessions, how to spice up your closet via White Coat Wardrobe, and wine reviews on her blog.
What made you want to go to medical school? I always loved science, and I knew I wanted to have a career that required critical thinking (such a nerd). However, I didn’t know I wanted to be a doctor right away! I switched between nursing, medical research, physician assistant, or working for the FBI before I finally worked my way back around to wanting to go to med school. I think what finally solidified my decision was realizing that I love learning, and if I was going to be in the medical field, I wanted to choose a career that would allow me to learn as much as possible.
How did you decide what your focus would be? You actually don’t decide your focus until after med school! So you do four years of medical school (every doctor does the exact same schooling) and then you do 3-5 years of residency after medical school to specialize. Right now I am thinking emergency medicine and possibly taking that further to do global health or wilderness medicine (2 subspecialties of emergency medicine). I love the variability and fast pace nature of the emergency room.
You love fashion. How do you keep up with day to day trends between school work and studying? I use Instagram mainly! It’s a fun and fast way to stay in the loop with my busy schedule.
What do you love most about fashion? I love that it’s constantly changing and a universal way to connect with others. You don’t have to speak the same language to appreciate someone’s sense of fashion!
Favorite wine. I know you have one.. or two. That is definitely a tough one. My favorite reasonably priced table wine would be Bridlewood’s 152 Blend. You can get it at pretty much any grocery store for around $15. Other than that, any wine from Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. There is just something about their wines that makes me fall in love with every sip.
Name three things you can’t live without other than your furry friend Stan of course. (Does coffee and wine count?) Right now, in the mist of board studying, I am going to have to say a specific text book (so boring), but its called First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. Other then that, my computer and cellphone. I would not be able to keep up with school work, blogging, my AMSA duties, or keeping in touch with people without them!
Tips for balancing blogging and schoolwork? Scheduling and planning EVERYTHING. I even have to schedule time for working and friends (the life of a med student). Luckily all of my friends are in the same boat, so we are all understanding if plans fall through and studying starts to take over.
What is your lipstick/lipgloss of choice?Hands down, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. I love all the bold colors, and it really does stay all day.
News outlet that you read on a daily basis? I use 5 different (competing) news apps and get notifications sent to my phone. I like to hear the news from many different biases to get the whole picture. I also like having the apps on my phone so I get anything important as a notification!
Have any questions for Ella? Comment below and she will be happy to answer.
Posted on December 10, 2014