Winter Surprises

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Hi everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate), and your holiday festivities are full of excitement, friends and family! It has been great being home and seeing all my loved ones. It's my last full winter break before residency starts, and by then I will only have a few days off to spread over the year. Hugging everyone extra tight this month!

Below are a couple shots of a Boohoo product I was sent to review (suede jacket) from their 70's collection. Winter has been pleasantly warm this year, and I was able to throw it over a cropped turtle neck and some high waisted jeans for brunch. The Boy and I discovered a new weekend brunch spot (Jasper's Cafe) in the suburbs, and I'm totally addicted to their breakfast skillets. I've gone back a few times already (jalapeno skillet + chorizo with poached eggs is my fave) and will probably be one of their new regulars!

I hope all of you have a Happy New Year, and see you on the other side! Now I'm off to binge of movies, paint my nails crazy colors (I've been so tame with interviews), and eat as much Portuguese food as possible!



Cheers,
Chantelle

Gift Guides for the Fashionista, Homebody, or Fitness Lover!

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Hi Everyone!

I thought I would put together a few quick gift guides for you for the holiday season. I'm only halfway through my own shopping, so I hope this will be helpful for you late stragglers out there! I've included the prices so you don't have to click back and forth, and waste time. I'm a bundler, so I typically give everyone multiple gifts in the same theme or color scheme. Enjoy!

YSL lip stain "rouge pur couture"- $36


the body shop seaweed clay mask (online exclusive for ULTA) -$22
voluspa candle "creme de peche" - $18
sara happ lip scrub -$24


vooray heather gray duffle - $29 (what a steal!)
the most beautiful yoga mat I've every seen - $86
(the particular color scheme I chose sold out overnight, but 3 more styles remain)
mesh cut out yoga pant - $110

Cheers,
Chantelle 

My Hair Care Routine ft Diamond Flat Iron

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Thursday, December 03, 2015


























Hi everyone, 
Great to be back on the blog! It has been a wild fourth year so far, and I've done tons of travelling for interviews. One of the constant companions I bring with me is a super lightweight hair straightener that was sent to me from Irresistible Me*. I use it the evening before the interview dinner, and then re-wash my hair and repeat in the morning for the real interview. The straightener heats to 460˚F in seconds, it's insane. The site claims it takes 15 seconds to reach maximum heat, and I can attest to that. I wouldn't be surprised if it's even faster. Since I have thin hair and very little of it, I can do my full head in 8-10 mins. I started avoiding my roots to help retain volume and make it look less flat (the downside of losing half your volume once starting medschool). My hair becomes wonderfully shiny after straightening, so I don't even use any gloss or pomades. I've yet to burn my fingers, or get tangled in the cord, so everything has be well designed. The straightener rarely leaves my carry-on luggage, which means I've used it a minimum of 15 times before writing this post. But as you all know, that's my motto with most products I get sent (put everything through extreme testing!). I really recommend this beauty, and it would be a great gift for a friend or yourself this Christmas. You can find more details on its features here, and also read about their tourmaline and diamond particle ceramic plates on the website. Yes, I said diamonds.

For all the products I use on a weekly basis please see the links below:
Nioxin for thinning hair - shampoo
Mon Platin black caviar - hair mask
Gold bobby pins
John Frieda creme (for days my hair is natural)
hair ties
Dauphines of New York - Barrette
(any shiny/bow hair accessories will do)
Clairol Shimmer Lights Purple - shampoo

What are all of your favorite hair care items?

Cheers,
Chantelle

* I was sent this product for free to review. I was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

A Fall Michigan Wedding

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Hi everyone!
I thought I would share some of my DSLR and iPhone pictures from The Boy's sister's wedding. We had such a fun time falling into the beachy feel of this small town on Lake Michigan. The sky was gorgeous that day and made a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. This was the first time I met most of The Boy's extended family, and I loved it! Enjoy and see you on the flipside!

Seafood pasta for the rehearsal dinner

The stunning Lake Michigan in early fall
  
Make-up prep done! 
Quirky photobooth photos of The Boy and I - This was my favorite part of  the reception, after the dancefloor of course. >.<

What is your favorite part of weddings?! For Portuguese receptions, I love the midnight seafood and sweets buffet table. You have to roll everyone out of the hall at 3am from over eating!

Cheers,
Chantelle 

Firmoo Review: Glasses for Small Faces

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

6 hours into Step 2CK studying one evening last month. Glasses holding strong.

Hi everyone,

Today I'm reviewing a pair of prescription glasses I got sent from Firmoo a few weeks ago. I was in contact with them several times before I decided on a pair, because I ALWAYS have problems finding specs that fit my face. My head is small (like me) and glasses are typically too wide or big, hence making me look child-like or they fall off my face. Luckily, I took the team's advice and measured several of my old pairs before choosing from their suggested set of glasses for narrow faces. Mine have cute orange tips on the end, and the frames are half black half transparent. I've been wearing them weekly, and love them! The prescription is on point, I had to get my Illinois licence today and they helped me pass the vision test. Phew!
I can't find the exact pair anymore because they consistently update their stock. Here is a category with similar styles. Here is the daily new stock, and 15% off your first order!
Just an aside, look at this insane plant growing out the side of my coral cactus. Crazy!

What do you all think!? 

Cheers,
Chantelle 

Disclaimer: Opinions are all my own. I was not paid for this post, but I was offered the glasses. I worse them for almost a month, and have written my honest take on their fit and quality.

Pretty Cases for the iPhone 6S

on
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Hey everyone,

I thought I would make a collage of my fave cases for the newest iPhone. I picked one up unexpectedly after my iPhone 5 died on me a few hours before my flight to Denver (more on that city later). I picked up CaseMate's glitter case while at T-Mobile, and I am loving it. For more cute covers see below. Enjoy!

Things I'm Loving This Week: Sweaters & Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Hi everyone,

I am so relieved after submitting my ERAS applications! It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Right now my biggest worry is prepping for Step 2 and finding more interview suits. Any advice would be appreciated! Below are some of the things I am loving this week:

Photobooth pictures * Pretty weddings in Michigan * Cerave Moisturizing Lotion (what a lifesaver!) * Grammarly * Instagram's latest updates * Cranberry juice * Butter London polishes * My hair cooperating now that the weather has cooled down - goodbye frizz * Interesting patient presentations * Pumpkin spice cookies from Whole Foods * Clairol's purple shampoo * My first White Sox game! * Nu Bra * Dippin Dots and Cotton Candy * Neutrogena Face Wipes * homemade low mein
blanket scarfdenim boyfriend shirt

Have a great week everybody! Tell me what your favorites have been lately.

Cheers,
Chantelle 

2015 Fall Fashion Under $100

on
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Hi everyone,

The weather has taken quite the turn here in the Midwest! In doing so, I'm reminded of the cozy knits and boots I reach for on a daily basis during the cooler parts of the year. Since I am preparing myself for another 6 months of chilly weather (sigh), I figured I should start stocking up on essentials early. So without further ado, here are my current picks for Fall 2015:

Tell me your favorite pieces are for fall, and what you can't live without. For me, it's a good thermos with hot hazelnut coffee every morning. Mmm mmm good.

Cheers,
Chantelle 

Things I Love Thursday: Downtown Chicago & Fresh Breezes

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Thursday, September 10, 2015
Hi everyone!

It's down to the wire with ERAS opening up on Sept 15th. For those of you not in medicine, that's the service we use to apply to residency programs (The Match is done via NRMP). In order to keep my nerves in check, I thought I'd share the things I've been loving lately. En avance!
Cool breezes off of Lake Michigan as autumn rolls in * working downtown and window shopping on my way home from clinic * authentic Italian pizza from a neighborhood pizzeria * The Boy on vacation - I finally get to spend more than a few hours with him a week! * dedicated mentors * Tresemme's dry shampoo * Bristol Renaissance Fair in WI * Grammarly Chrome extension * Rosemary candles that clear the sinuses * House of Cards * Suddenly hot weekends * Matcha green tea from Trader Joe's * not having to drive everyday


A weekend enjoying the Architecture boat tour in Chicago and heading home to make Creamy Four Cheese Pasta. Delicious!

The mosaic ceiling of Macy's in downtown Chicago. Art in the small town of St Charles.

Lily pads in the Chicago Botanical Gardens, and more sculptures in Elgin.

Enjoying the last crumbs of summer, as you all should as well!

Cheers,
Chantelle 

Summer in New York: What to Visit

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Saturday, September 05, 2015
Hey everyone!

I thought I would share a few photos from my time in New York during the month of July. The BFF and I had such a great weekend exploring the city, and getting to see new sights. Delicious eats, and great shopping!
Walking the High Line
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Perusing Chelsea Market and eating great food

A necessary stop at Ladurée
nyc desserts
Sunset from Roosevelt Island
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Delicious breakfast at a french-moroccan eatery - Keko Cafe
breakfast in nyc
Until next time! 

Cheers,
Chantelle 

Back To School Must-Haves: School-to-Work Edition

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Hi everyone!

I wanted to do a quick back-to-school post highlighting some of my favorite pieces to get the new academic year started. For those of you who are long out of school, it's still a great time to have a fresh start mid-year. The items I mention in the second half are purchases that can transition seamlessly from pre-clinical years in med school to the clinical years: cute flats and sturdy totes (especially if that tote can hold a laptop, lunch bag, white coat and lots of books for didactic days). Let's get right to it!

post its - lip balm -  planner - cute mug for tea/coffee breaks - pastel highlighters  - candle for studying at home - staedtler color pens  - best pen ever (0.38 tip black gel pen Pilot G-2) - moleskine notebooks (not included but great for clinic)
 
Transitional pieces (from lecture to clinic/office - including two on-trend items for the rebel fashionistas)
  bags: longchamp le pliage in navy, kate spade neutral tote - stella mccartney backpack (drool)
  flats: vince camuto point black flats - steve madden quilted flats (now on sale) - loeffler randall leopard lace-ups (amazing!)

Freshman? I suggest a laptop, or tablet + keyboard. You'll be golden for lectures. If you like annotating free-hand, notability is a great app for adding notes with a stylus to your pdf slides.

What are you back-to-school must haves? Share them below!

Cheers,
Chantelle