Monday, July 28, 2014

LookBook # 2

      I am so glad that everybody loved the LookBook Store. I just wanted to share one more outfit that I love that my friend actually purchased at a different boutique on Long Island for double the price. I have become so obsessed with checking The LookBook Store on a daily basis, because they are constantly adding new inventory.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Lookbook Store

      I am very excited to let everyone in on a little secret. The secret is called The LookBook Store. A few months ago my mom and I headed to a boutique on Long Island, and found all of these cute, affordable clothes! We were so excited, until I came across the same clothing from the The LookBook Store (after reading about it on Andee Layne's blog The Honeybee) for about half the price. So, I thought I would continue to spread the word, and enlighten everybody about the best kept secret in affordable (good quality) fashion: The LookBook Store. I promise after shopping there, you will thank me.

Here is a little dress from The LookBook Store that I wore to a BBQ at my parent's house over the weekend:

It is always fun NOT to wear scrubs on my day off!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fourth of July in Newport!

      We had the best fourth of July weekend in Newport, RI. Matt and I have been there three times now (he took me there as a surprise for our one year anniversary), and we love it. It is not only historic, but it is beautiful. My parents had a wedding there on Saturday night (which was apparently one of the nicest weddings ever) at Rosecliff Mansion, and we decided to tag along for the ride.
     We stayed at the Hotel Viking, which is a beautiful, historic hotel, on one of the main roads, and the perfect walking distance to the restaurants and shops on the water. In the past, we have stayed at a very cute bed and breakfast, which I highly recommend, called The Black Duck Inn. Unfortunately, they will not allow you to stay there with children younger than 8 years old, which is why we stayed elsewhere this time.

     We arrived on Saturday morning and walked around the town with my parents. Then, we had lunch at a restaurant on the water called The Mooring. My parents and Matt all had the lobster roll croissant, and I had the fish tacos, which I loved. They were even nice enough to puree some carrots for Charlotte's lunch when we realized that we accidentally brought extra apples instead of her lunchtime vegetable.

     After lunch we walked around the town, stopping in different antique shops and art stores. We also found Kilwins, the best chocolate/candy/ice cream shop ever. They had so much to choose from, I was really torn between ice cream and a chocolate covered twinkie. In the end, I ended up with a delicious vanilla ice cream soda. Then, we took Charlotte into the pool at the hotel. The jury is out about how she felt about it, she didn't love or hate it. I think she may have just been hungry for bottle, because we were approaching the 3 hour mark, and I was hesitant to give it to her before she went in the water. Charlotte was sleepy after that, and my parents headed to the wedding, so we cancelled our dinner reservation in town and just ate at the hotel, which was actually really good. I had lobster with vegetables over spaghetti squash and Matt had ahi tuna. 

     The next morning we went to brunch at 41 North and ate on the deck. The outside area and views of the water are so incredible, I highly highly recommend it. The food was pretty good too. My parents went to the wedding brunch at the Castle Hill Inn, and they said it was amazing (both the hotel and the food) and that we HAVE to go there the next time we come to Newport. We skipped touring the mansions this time, which is a MUST if you have not done it in the past. They are so impressive, and I love hearing the history (especially the Breakers!). 

      I hope all of you had a very special fourth of July. Mine was a celebration that I was not reliving one of the worst nights of my life when I was covering trauma nights in the Bronx as an intern last year. There were so many stabbings and gunshot wounds I did not know what to do with myself all night. Literally- I had to go to every trauma while also being paged off the hook by the nurses about the patients on the floor, and actually ending up scrubbing into a surgery in the OR. This year, I was not on trauma nights (poor intern who was, my heart goes out to you), and I had the best time.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Benefit "They're Real" Pushup Gel Liner Review

      I was extremely excited and anxious to try this eyeliner after I read about it in a magazine a few months ago. I love gel eyeliner but it is really hard for me to put on, and it takes a long time for me to do with the brush. Way too long for me to do before work (btw on anesthesia I wear makeup to work and try to look like a human being-it has been 1 week so we will see how long it lasts). I always end up grabbing the liquid liner which is so much quicker. So......when I read about this waterproof, lash-hugging, gel liner, the very first liner to come in a pen formation, I had to buy it the first day it was available.
      Unfortunately, I am pretty disappointed. I really thought that this was going to be my go-to eyeliner in the morning. I wanted so badly to love it. To start, I had to twist and twist to get the gel out of the top, but then it came flooding, and I had to wipe off most of it with a paper towel. The first time I applied it, it did not go on smoothly as promised, but it made a ridged line. I kept having to add more and more which resulted in a thick black line across my eyelid (and looked terrible, especially since this promised to hug my lashes). As I was adding more and more, the gel then got flaky and began to crumble into my eye. This also happened the next day when I tried it again. Not good. Maybe I need more practice and this is a user error, but at this point I am very very sad and disappointed. A good concept, but not a win for Benefit Cosmetics.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

2 Step Healthy Vegetable Quinoa Salad

     I have not eaten well or exercised in an entire year. I have not cooked at all. That is okay, and I knew that would be the case during my intern year. I told myself at the beginning of the year that I was not going to attempt to do those things and set myself up for failure.
     Thankfully, my intern year is over and I now have time to cook! Granted, I have only had anesthesia orientation so far, but I have already been told that anesthesiologists (even residents) get 30 minutes to eat lunch. Now that is a welcome change. I made a pact with myself that I will  bring a healthy lunch for myself everyday as I am going to try to be healthier this year and eat less processed food. Coming home at 8 pm and eating a frozen dinner before I fall asleep is a thing of the past. That said, even though I am going to be eating healthier, I still have zero patience for long drawn out recipes or spending a lot of time in the kitchen. So with that I bring you my new favorite lunch recipe.......(I don't even have the patience to cook quinoa myself lol).

Amanda's Healthy Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: Whole Food's Frozen Organic Quinoa With Vegetables (it has zucchini and sweet potato in it) OR any type of frozen bag (they make a great one at Trader Joe's too)
Crumbled Feta Cheese

1.) Weigh out one serving of the frozen quinoa with vegetables and place in microwave for 1.5 minutes
2.) Place in to go container and top with 1 serving crumbled feta cheese.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 210 calories
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 11 grams

To add healthy fat you can add 1/2- 1 TBS of olive or coconut oil if you wish. That will increase the calories by 60-120 depending on how much you put. It is delicious either way in my opinion.