A Weekend Trip to New Orleans

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Hiya everyone!

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to present a poster at the ACP National Conference in New Orleans. I was lucky enough to have my parents join me and we were able to celebrate their wedding anniversary! One thing I can tell you off the bat is that I had WAY more fun than I expected, and I truly enjoyed my time in this vibrant city. It's so energetic and full of life! Music on every street corner, people in costumes, and laughter everywhere!
Other than the elegant Cathedral Basilic de Saint Louis, this photo was taken moments before the cutest thing happened. Below the church is a high school jazz band; halfway through their set one of the musicians serenaded his girlfriend, and then asked her to prom with the help of his bandmates. Adorbz!
The cutest blazer ever, courtesy of Zara. (Similar here, here and here.)
Anniversary dinner of mum & dad at Delmonico. This was the top to-do thing on our list, because my parents are big fans of Emeril. The dinner was phenomenal! We talked about it for weeks afterward. I definitely recommend going and please try the crispy pork cheeks. I am deceased. 👻
I loved all the colors in the French Quarter!
 
I've stocked up on white crop tops, and my two favorites are this cotton one and a ribbed one from H&M.
Beautiful buildings on Canal St. My friends, I love pretty buildings!
I cannot wait to make another weekend trip back to New Orleans! I've already made a list of places to visit next time.

Have you been traveling recently? If yes, where did you go and what do you recommend seeing?

Cheers,
Chantelle 

Life Update - Residency and Resolutions

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Hiya everybody!

I hope you're all doing well on your end of the world. I really wanted to post a life update to track what's been happening whilst my second year of residency wraps up. How crazy!! It's true that the days are slow and the years are fast! July 1st marks the first day of my LAST year of internal medicine residency. Do you know what that means? Fellowship applications. Goodness gracious, the cycle never ends in medicine. Exams - research - studystudy- work - apply - Repeat forever. 
I wanted to discuss one resolution I've stuck with since starting 2018, because I feel it's a great one for everyone to pick up: do something new every month. Thus far I've bouldered in January (this was insanely fun and I hope to do it again), I had my first massage with an RMT in February (I've been missing out my whole life), I started painting in March (first time using acrylics and doing an abstract piece), and went rollerskating in April (Zomg, I hated it because the skates were heavy and I couldn't control the people around me). I haven't decided what to do in May so I'm open to ideas!
 

Another habit I took on was daily journaling with the Happiness Planner. I finished it last month (it's 100 days) and I enjoyed it so much I picked up the 5-Minute Journal. The latter is more focused on reflection, which I wanted because the Happiness Planner included a daily schedule and daily to-do lists which I didn't need. I can't wait to look back on these when I'm older!

Now... if only I stuck with the regular exercise routine. 😑
What New Year's Resolutions have you stuck with and what has fallen off the bandwagon? Now tell me what you're doing to get back on track!

Cheers,
Chantelle

P.S. These gorgeous photos are from Slim Aarons. I am in love.

Florida 2018 - What to See and Do

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Sunday, May 06, 2018
Hi everyone!

Today I'm going to be sharing one of my trips from the beginning of 2018. I was lucky enough to spend a week in Florida to ward off the winter blues, and it was so soul-satisfying. I really needed that sunlight and family time to reset myself!
Spending the morning in Mizner Park - It's a lovely area to go shopping and you can check out the Boca Raton Museum of Art. While I was there I got to see the Alex Katz and modern pottery exhibit. There were such beautiful creations for the eyes to feast on! (Awesome shoes from Free People - they're insanely comfortable and I walked with them for >8 hours a day without blisters)
Another place I've been to before, and have always enjoyed for gelato and people watching is downtown West Palm Beach. Unfortunately this time I felt uninspired by the space, and I think it's because I typically went during the evening when the night scene is lively. During the day it was quiet and the shops aren't that great (guys, I love shopping on holiday because I rarely buy any clothes during the year).
I picked up this adorable skort from Mizner Park and wore it a ton of times while on holiday. It's girly and very comfortable. PS I still love my little black bag (link is to the same one but with camellias on the chain on sale at Sak's)- it's the best if you only carry a few credit cards, a couple phones, and chapstick.
Delray Beach - This was the first time I walked the strip and it was wonderful. The area is full of art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and music. I definitely recommend it day or night. There are preserved hotels from the 1920's with bright, "Florida Mediterranean" architecture for those interested. One of those spots is the Colony Hotel - I went to peak inside, and it was like stepping into a time capsule.
My family and I took a break one evening for drinks and appetizers in Delray. This was a cute spot with a live guitarist, but the food wasn't the greatest. I appreciated the beach-vibe decor though!
Las Olas Boulevard is a great spot to hit for food. We ate at a lovely Italian place and downed a ton of white wine with fresh pizza. *Drool - I definitely recommend this place for good food and a great ambiance. Check it out - Caffe Europa
 
Miami - I've been here several times. Always fun, but frequently overpriced for subpar food. I'd recommend avoiding the tourist areas for eating, because I'm frequently dissatisfied. The Art Deco is my favorite, but I won't bore you with photos. I took hundreds last time I was here! Stop taking photos of buildings, Chantelle! Miami has such a great 'city vibe' - you can feel the energy coming off people in the streets. Oh, and the music is fantastic! Here is a link to my prior photo journal in Miami.
This was my favorite discovery - Hollywood Beach. The water, sand, atmosphere, boardwalk.. everything! It's perfect and full of life. I would love to just stay at a hotel nearby next time because this place was my PB and J. Who am I kidding? I could live here no problem, and that's nuts for a city girl. 
This little two-piece set is cute and from the most unexpected place (American Eagle). I can't find it on their site, but they're still selling cute colorful 2 pieces I'm tempted to get! I wish these were work-appropriate, and I wasn't such a hermit on weekends so I could wear them. C'est la vie!

What are some of your Florida favorites?!

Cheers,
Chantelle