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

Cheers,
Chantelle 

2015 Fall Fashion Under $100

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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
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Sunset from Roosevelt Island
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Delicious breakfast at a french-moroccan eatery - Keko Cafe
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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