The Seven Wonders of Fourth Year: A Success Guide

Happy Spooky Season folks! In honor of both Halloween and tonight’s episode of American Horror Story, as well as my newfound free time as a fourth year, I decided that I’m going to share my secrets for attaining Supreme status in medical school. Listed below are the Seven Wonders, seven acts so advanced, each pushes the boundaries of craft into art.

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Riding the Palewave

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a style guide. I wanted to focus today’s post on a trend called Palewave, which as the name implies, has something to do with light colors.

According to this Palewave guide from OnPointFresh:

“Palewave is a very popular aesthetic that typically starts to gain more and more traction as summer starts to hit. Palewave centers around muted and pale colors with a very relaxed and comfy vibe. One of the main draws of Palewave is that it is an aesthetic that can be had for quite cheap. So, if you’re looking for a new look this summer but money is tight, maybe give Palewave a try.”

Since they already give a guide for looks and inspiration, I wanted to center this post around where to find good Palewave pieces at a reasonable price point.

 

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Both my hoodie and my jeans are from Zara, which has a bunch of really nice pieces at very reasonable prices. I linked to some shirts on the website in nice pale blues, peaches, and pinks that work well for Palewave.

Additionally, Target recently started carrying a trendy private label brand called Goodfellow. I have a few pieces from there, including henleys and long sleeve shirts, but I really enjoy the fit and color of their t-shirts (and for under $10!). Just so you know that I’m not pushing them onto you, here’s one man’s honest review of their clothes. As I say all the time, you just have to find brands whose cut and color fit your body shape.

And as always, you already know about my love for Uniqlo <3, so here’s a video of someone’s Palewave haul.

If you’re already a pro Palewave surfer, I want to see your outfits! Be sure to stop by my Instagram and tag me in a post of your best look!

Photography: Yang’s Wear Abouts

– TS℞

Welcome Back

Well, it’s been almost a full calendar year since I’ve written anything on here – sorry!

People weren’t kidding when they said blogging was hard (it’s even harder when you’re in medical school). Let me explain why I was away for so long.

I got busy

Not a great excuse I know, but when I’m busy,  my creative juices tend to turn off. It was the perfect storm of preparing for and taking Step 1 and then immediately throwing myself into my surgical rotation in August that prevented me from feeling energized to write. It was a whirlwind and I can’t believe I’m already finishing my third year of medical school.

Too much pressure

Honestly, I became a little disillusioned with the whole blogging thing. There has always been this sense of inadequacy in what I was doing, a little bit of caring too much about whether or not people were reading what I wrote. I became bored with trying to make every post really count. I realize now that it’s not super important to make each post a big dissertation. I became too nervous about living up to the whole “influencer” thing to say what was on my mind, even if it was stream of consciousness babbling.

I’m a perfectionist

Nothing was ever perfect enough. Not engaging enough, not exciting enough. I wanted to make sure I put out good advice. I didn’t always have the perfect picture to post. I didn’t feel like I was living up to my own expectations. Screw all of that. I just realized how much I missed writing.

Moving forward, I want to put out smaller posts about my day-to-day life, even if they’re not life-changing events or anything too exciting, I just want to go back to doing this for fun 🙂

– TS℞

JORD Wood Watches

Time Flies

“Time flies”

It’s a trite stock phrase we often hear around graduation time. Unfortunately, it’s all too true. Yesterday, I saw my brother graduate with his bachelor’s from arguably the best nursing school in the world, becoming my family’s first Ivy League graduate. I don’t think I can underscore enough what that means for us – the sons of immigrants who sacrificed everything to get me and my brother to where we are today. As proud as I am of his accomplishments, I can’t help but think of him as the little toddler that used to follow me around and bother me. Now that he’s all grown up, he’s on to bigger and better things like saving lives and stopping traffic to take pictures 😉  Where does the time go?

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Olive green bomber jacket from Uniqlo with Timex Waterbury Watch

Spring Transitions with Timex

I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Timex to showcase their Waterbury timepiece, a classic and understated watch that is perfect for the spring.

Timex Waterbury watch with leather band
“Meet the next generation of classic. Our roots date back to 1854 in Waterbury, CT and this ageless style, with a meticulously stitched tan leather band, silver-tone steel case and cream dial, honors our heritage of pure craftsmanship and authentic watchmaking.”

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Spiced hot chocolate with cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper

#becauseitsnotstudying: Spiced hot chocolate with cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper

For many, a cup of hot chocolate conjures childhood memories of warming up during a snow day. Even now, when I was trapped in my apartment last week because of the snow and forced to *gasp* study for an upcoming exam, hot chocolate brought the same sort of comfort. However, as much as I loved Swiss Miss and mini-marshmallows, my palate has matured a bit – I wanted something a little more grown up.

Spiced hot chocolate

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#becauseitsnotstudying: Tamago Kake Gohan (Japanese-style rice and eggs)

The food addict that I am, most of my time is spent thinking about what I am going to eat or cook next (if my parents are reading this, don’t worry, I study for school also). Every Sunday, I make it a goal of mine to be a grandpa by finishing my work and getting for bed before 9:00 PM s I can listen to The Splendid Table. It’s described as a podcast that is “public radio’s culinary culture and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone.” I don’t care if I sound lame, but this is actually a highlight of my weekend.

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