Dreaming of La La Land

“Why did you move from California to Chicago?” is a question I have received 100+ times. My answer has remained consistently the same: The energy in Chicago is different than anywhere else and you never take a beautiful day for granted. Now that I don’t live in California, I never take a pretty day for granted there either.

I was so excited to be in Santa Monica/ Venice Beach for work and I was able to stay the weekend to visit my family. I was able to squeeze in a few things here and there whether it was get a workout in, grab a yummy coffee, walk around the Venice Canals, check out Abbott Kinney Blvd.. it was all so fun. There is so much to do and see in Los Angeles. The next thing I have on my list when I return is to get in more hiking, drive up the coast from San Diego to San Francisco, and see wine country in NorCal. My bucket list just keeps getting longer and longer! What’s on your bucket list and upcoming travel schedule?

Below are a few pictures + outfits linked from my very own La La Land- and I can’t wait to go back ❤

XO.

Lex

 

Shorts: Express (Similar HERE) // Shirt: Styles for Less // Backpack: TUMI // Sandals: Nordstrom

Bathing Suit: Victoria’s Secret (Similar HERE!)

Until we meet again, La La Land ❤

Travel Guide: A Day in Brooklyn

I am so excited to share my travel guide while I was in New York City. One of the many hot spots I checked out was Brooklyn and I was pleasantly surprised during my time there. I always thought of Brooklyn as a beaten up part of New York City- almost a place where people don’t want to be associated with. I was very much so wrong as it is a youthful and vibrant place where I think many people enjoy the fact that they can get away from the rush of Manhattan. Brooklyn reminded me of a cross between Balboa island in Newport Beach, CA and the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. It has a bunch of both mom and pop shops and trendy stores that attract millennial New Yorkers.

The Unicorn Latte

Tina, Brian and I took the subway over to Brooklyn (we went through a underwater tunnel.. woah!) and ventured around Williamsburg neighborhood. We started off by going to The End where I found the beautifully crafted Unicorn Latte. It is noted as a vegan wellness latte with a bunch of different ingredients that are all natural (think beetroot and blue algae). And yes, even the sprinkles are vegan. Their drinks are aesthetically pleasing and taste as good as they look. If I could have tried every drink I would have, but I guess it just means I will have to go back soon.

 

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Street art and style

On our walk to East River State Park, there were the cutest streets and wall art I had to snap a few pictures.. Tina joined in on the fun too.

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Skyline Views

Afterwards, we ventured to East River State Park where some of the best views of the city are. If you want to feel how it is to be “on the outside looking in,” this is the place to go. It was a perfect day to be outside and take in the breath taking views of the city. I had fun dressing up for the day, as a New Yorker does, and wore a simple neck scarf with a sweater and my black ripped jeans. I bought my shoes from DSW and they helped me get through all my walking while I was in NYC. Tina and I averaged walking about 6.5 miles a day.. compare that to my average of 1.5-2 miles (without exercise) in Chicago. I was so excited to be adventuring the streets of Brooklyn with my friends. We ended the day going for cocktails at Wythe Hotel and grabbed a bite to eat at a restaurant we randomly came across with the best crispy chicken burger at Allswell. Hanging out in Brooklyn is on my top 5 things to do when it comes to traveling to NYC. Also a part of my travel guide is to learn a little more about the NYC neighborhoods and find all its hidden gems.

 

Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Shirt: Forever 21 // Neck Scarf: Banana Republic (similar here!) // Jeans: TopShop // Booties: DSW

XO.

Lex

Photos taken by Brian De Los Santos

Women in Medical School

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.

If you are interested in medicine, fashion, and/or wine, I would check out Ella’s Instagram for some fabulous content and her blog, SSSyrah. But for now, enjoy meeting Ella!

 

XO.

-Lex

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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.

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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.