Monday, October 8, 2012

Moulin Ruche | Cold Weather Work Outfit

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H&M royal blue ruche button down blouse // H&M eggshell white cardigan //
Ann Taylor Petite dotted vertical pinstripe pants (4P) (from Aunt) // Mossimo suede grey ankle boots //
H&M ultra skinny leopard print belt // H&M plaid tweed coat //

Photography: self; tripod and remote

Today was cold as crap, meaning it was 38 degrees F when I walked out the door. Of course the heating in our lecture hall is the exact opposite of Mother Nature, so sweating bullets through my layers (why isn't my apartment that warm?). So, how do I dress professionally for the colder fall and winter days? Throw on a button down, add on a cardigan, swap out my pencil skirts for pants, and bundle up in a long coat. Snapped these in 5 minutes at sundown while my poor little fingers were turning into popsicles. Definitely not as cozy as these photos look. Details: rucheing on the royal blue button down keeps a feminine shape, as these types of tops tend to cut off our curves. Also, there are mini dotted vertical pinstripes on the pants, which I realize is not the most flattering cut on me (still looking for the perfect loose fitting tapered trousers). Swapped out my brown oxford wingtips too because it made me even more stumpy.

This weekend involved creative use of highlighters (heck yes, Harry Potter lightning bolt scar), singing for visiting alumni who graduated 50 years ago!, slurping pho noodles at North Market with a sweet friend, catching up and thrift-meandering during the Gallery Hop with some old college gals visiting Columbus. Fezes and turbans and mini custard cones were involved. Today I took my unused light and plugged it into my bedroom, brightening up the entire place and making me feel a lot less seasonally affected by the dreary winter greys. Clenching a pen between my teeth helps too (psych tips)

Thanks to all of you - new friends and old, readers and fellow bloggers - for your support and reaching out to me on my last post, offering wisdom, comfort, and starting meaningful conversations. With each day I am trying to be more brave and share why certain jokes and comments hurt me instead of bottling it up to suffer through alone. It is very difficult for me to cross that bridge and openly talk about this big part of my life. The next three weeks in med school will be challenging, as the topic is cancer. It has always been very personal to me, and now even more so. Something that does make my day better is gaining experience interacting with patients and learning how to be a more sensitive, humanitarian person - it reminds me why I am here at the end of the day, beyond the stress of studying all the time and being away from loved ones and friends.

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Readers - how do you layer for work/school in colder fall days?


♥ Tanachi ♥ October 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM   said...

The color of the blouse is just so pretty!! <3


Franziska October 8, 2012 at 7:55 PM   said...

Well first off, you look adorable but I feel you on the cold - I had to turn the heat on this weekend and I was NOT pleased. We just get way too cold way too quickly up here.

And I went back and read your post (I don't know how I missed it the first time), but I just wanted to tell you that I really took it to heart. If I ever get the chance to go to med school (come on admissions committees!), I will go in with the knowledge that everyone has had something happen to them, we just may not know it. Hearing it first hand has opened my eyes even more. I can't imagine the pain you must be going through. I wish you nothing but the best - hopefully this blog and your followers can provide a slight relief between the sadness of your mother and the madness of med school.

ahoymichelle October 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM   said...

It's so tough for me to find the perfect pair of slacks. I love how you styled yours!

Amber @ October 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM   said...

I missed your last post (on wards right now) :( I'm sorry to hear you're going through some hard times. Med school is so stressful. I'm sure you're doing well in classes. But don't take things too seriously! I think being with family and loved ones gets lost in med school. We all want to do super awesome so we can get a good residency so we can get a good fellowship so we can get a good job and work our lives away. At least in my school they aren't very supportive of having any time to be with family during hard times. But if you need time off (I took days off here and there to go to family members onc appointments and such), take it. Best wishes for a happy Tuesday! :)

Phoebe Limanta October 9, 2012 at 7:12 AM   said...

Your outfit is very preppy chic! Love it! :)

Alice Gu October 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM   said...

looking good for work Angie! I've been reading all your posts but haven't commented on most of them so far....So sad

lisacng October 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM   said...

Love the pop of color!!! Great suiting! As for fall clothes, I love your ideas of layers!

Angie J. October 9, 2012 at 1:34 PM   said...

Moulin 'Ruche' - cute! The colour of that top is sooo amazing!

x Angie ||

Stephanie - Chocolate Laced October 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM   said...

Nice colors! And those boots: *thumbs up*

-Stephanie from Chocolate Laced

Heather Cavanaugh October 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM   said...

Love your jacket!!

BruceMore August 20, 2021 at 3:02 AM   said...

Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

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