Friday, 13 October 2017

Friday Favorites

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Biostats has taken over my life and I've been finding it difficult to shoot outfit posts because my amazing photographer (aka my sister) lives 2.5 hours away! At the beginning of the school year I was worried that I wouldn't have enough to do, but now that the semester has picked up, I have a part-time research job, and I joined the student association for my department, I fear I have too much on my plate. However, my sister is coming to visit this weekend for homecoming so I'm hoping to squeeze in a shoot.

I was super excited to hear that J. Crew will be lowering their prices and offering more sales. If you scroll through their website you can already see some less expensive pieces. During the 40% off sale I purchased the striped off-the-shoulder top pictured above. It's super cute! I can't wait to wear it out for dinner or cocktails. It does run very large so I would suggest sizing down one size or even two sizes (for reference I'm normally an XS-S, and went with an XXS).

In other news, Bauble Bar came out with a collection of 18K gold jewelry. Personally, I prefer having a few nice pieces that will last for years to come as opposed a ton of trendy jewelry, so I was will definitely keep this collection in mind for Christmas. This ring is so pretty!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

My Grad School Experience So Far

This is my 3rd week of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Queen's University and so far, I'm loving it. It's a completely different change from undergrad, but in a good way. The school that I went to for undergrad was not very social and didn't have much school spirit. I went strictly for the academics, which I don't regret, but I was craving more of a typical university experience after I finished. I can definitely say that I've found that experience here.

Even though I've only been at Queen's for a few weeks, I already feel at home. To start off, my program is small (less than 50 people), so we're already pretty close. I'm always studying in the library, grabbing food, or going out for drinks with my classmates. The professors specifically told us to collaborate and not be competitive, so everyone looks out for one another. This is much different from undergrad, when I would only shares my notes with a select few and rarely hangout with my classmates outside of lecture.

Another thing that I love about Queen's is living in Kingston, Ontario. It has the most restaurants per capita in all of Canada, even though it's a fairly small town. I already have a long list of restaurants that I can't wait to try. I also love being close to everything - campus, the grocery store, the drug store, cafes, restaurants, bars and the waterfront. I walk just about everywhere!

As for the actual work, I'm finding the course load to be a lot less than undergrad. I'll be working part-time during school for the first time in my life because of the extra room in my schedule. Instead of taking 5 courses a semester, I only have to take 3 courses plus a pass or fail workshop. For the most part, the level of difficulty is similar to that of a 3rd or 4th year course, except for Biostatistics. It is the hardest course that I've ever taken in my life, even though I've already taken 2 stats courses before! I have to study a minimum of 2 hours before each class just so that I can keep up with the lecture material. The other day I was asking my professor a question and nearly burst in to tears from frustration. Fortunately, I know that everyone else is in the same boat, so it's nice having people to vent to and study with.

I can't finish this post without mentioning my roommates. I live with 4 other grad students and they're all so great. Everyone is respectful and mature, which I can really appreciate after two particularly awful roommate experiences. Having a group of people to hangout with who aren't in my program is so nice when I want a break from anything school related.

Overall, my grad school experience has been a great one so far! I'm really excited to see what the rest of the semester will bring.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Meghan Markle Street Style

I've been following Meghan Markle ever since she started dating Harry and starting popping up in the news (I mean, isn't everyone?). I'm obsessed with her classic yet casual style! As much as I love Kate Middleton's style, her wardrobe mainly consists of fancy dresses and coats that I obviously don't have the opportunity to wear myself. However, Meaghan wears a ton of outfits that I could actually see myself wearing. In fact, I already own a lot of Meghan's staples like hunter boots, flats, Stans, oxford shirt, knit hats, baseball caps, beanies, and wool coats (not the Goyard and Mulberry bags though ;) day!).

What's your favorite outfit?

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