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White Coat Ceremony

ImageGiddy with an overstretched smile across my face, flustered by forgetting my only two guest tickets, feeling immensely lucky to have such an amazing family…all these described my sentiments as I lined up to walk into the auditorium during my class’s White Coat Ceremony. This day was as much for my family as it is for me.When I ran into my parents out of the elevator, my mom acted like she hadn’t seen me in years…I had just moved out 4 days ago. She said, “Oh look at our little daughter, so beautiful” and she was already getting a little teary. I was getting teary too! It felt like college graduation. My dad was pretty happy as well and didn’t get mad at me for scratching his beloved car..(I felt terrible about that…First I backed up my mom’s car into his. A few days later, I tried to park close to a fence which scraped my dad’s car several inches. I felt miserable knowing that I made my dad’s possession look so terrible and had turned his car into something he’s not proud of.) My little brother came too. I think he felt out-of-place, but I’m glad he got to see medical school and hopefully it motivates him to try his best in his studies.ImageThis was as we were walking up on the stage. I was so excited! I could have just spazzed and squealed if no one cared. I feel like I have a lot of energy compared to most of my classmates. But, no  longer am I an attention seeker, or a character in the crowd. When I was younger, I always wanted to stand out, but now I’m much more content and comfortable being one of those “awesome people you discover” rather than the loud, silly one everyone knows of.

I couldn’t stop smiling…but inside I was disappointed in myself and embarrassed because I had forgotten my two tickets for my parents…(later I also forgot my leftovers I desperately wanted at a photo-stop). I just felt like I couldn’t do anything properly. It was my white coat ceremony and I forgot my tickets for my parents…typical. I’m going to prepared properly everyday and avoid rushing.

The biggest theme for me was stepping up as a professional. As a medical student and future doctor, I’m someone who the public trusts, someone who meets people at their most vulnerable times, and someone who has to have both competence and confidence….and yet I still do stupid things like forgetting tickets! How am I ever going to be a true professional -__-

On the other hand, things that I’m proud of: I got my coat altered immediately so it would be ready for the ceremony, was social throughout orientation, started medical school eating healthy and exercising, focused and placed myself in a good mindset during lectures, and got my room organized the night I moved in!

ImageThis is my family! Don’t we all have nice, big smiles =) ?!

Hardcore classes start next week…Geronimo.


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Summer Shopping

I had an hour to spare. The library was 2 blocks to the right. TJ Maxx was 2 blocks to the left. or studying during my summer before medical school? I had good intentions to just go in to  TJ Maxx and peak at the clearance rack, and then head right to my books…but I ended up staying the entire hour. This is what I got!

Imagemaxi shirt, laundry by Shelli Segal, $10 (originally +100!)

This is the first time I’ve worn a maxi skirt. I’m only 4’11” so I’ve been scared to try the look…until I found a nice one for only $10! What do you think? Can I wear this out in public?


mini skirt, ella moss, $15 (originally $80)

I can’t believe I found an ella moss skirt for this price! I love their effortless and cute look.


tunic, Testament, $12 (originally $50)

shorts, Paige, $15 (originally $80)

My favorite denim brand for SUCH a great price!!! I’m a big fan of Paige denim and love how slimming their jeans are. This is my second pair of shorts from them. Now that I’m no longer a teenager, I think I need shorts that aren’t abercrombie cut-offs. Image

 Saucony, Marika

Running clothes, $10 a piece! I never buy full-priced athletic clothes. Why when you can get brand-name stuff for so much less?

I love a good bargain, but I try and stick with brands I like and recognize in department stores. I don’t want a closet full of junk. Hope you enjoyed my looks and gained new ideas! Definitely try stores like Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls (favorite), and TJ Maxx for good deals! You can often find brands like C & C California, J Brand, Hudson, and other popular names there. I’m so happy I got all this (plus a copy of the Hunger Games for my brother) for under $100!

Gonna go running before it gets too dark now!


bold orange


bold orange

I’ve always wanted to wear this bright orange top I found in my mom’s pile of long-forgotten clothes. Today was my first day going out with it! Usually I back out of wearing it because the color is so bold and the cut isn’t super flattering on me. The shoulders are a little too square and boxy cuts may emphasize my petite stature. However, I’ve doing summer session at a community college, and I really don’t care how I look. I use these opportunities to try new outfits and play with styles rather than just wear sweatpants to class.
What I’m wearing:
• ’80’s silk top (shoulder pads removed thank god)
• Frenchi drawstring skirt
• Frye boots (my favorite go-anywhere shoe)
• Fendi tortoise-shell sunglasses
Hope you enjoy this look and remember to be crazy and adventurous when you’re in a setting with nothing to lose!

Rocker tee & Linen Pants

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Rocker tee & Linen Pants

I spent the day visiting Buddhist temples so I needed something modest, yet still breezy enough for a hot summer day.

What I’m wearing: Chaser LA tee, BCBG Maxazria linen pants, Rainbow sandals, Louis Vuitton Eden PM handbag (you’ll probably see more of this since it’s one of the only nice bags I currently own)

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1 kiwi

1 small banana

3/4 cup blackberries

3/4 cup broccoli

1/4 cup cucumber

1/2 cup water

2 cup ice cubs

makes ~24 oz


I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately since my mom bought a Vitamix a couple of months ago. I’m enjoying smoothies because they add volume to my food and helps me eat more vegetables. I’m going to miss having an awesome blender after I move in August for medical school.

“Just the Doctor” 11×14 acrylic completed May 2012

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This was my first portrait and my first major glazing project. I chose David Tennant acting as the 10th Doctor because he’s my favorite character and I’ve been mesmerized with this show for months. I enjoy drawing men because there’s not as much pressure to make them look beautiful. Also, women wear more makeup which obscures the blues, greens, and reds which make up the complicated color of skin tone. Because I’ve been “fangirling” over David Tennant as the 10th Doctor so much lately, I really put a lot of heart in this piece. I would not trade being a medical doctor for any other profession than that of a time and space traveling savior of galaxies.