Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bump and Bucket Bag at 32 weeks

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I am so excited that the week is halfway over -- with all of my closest girlfriends flying in for my baby shower, I simply can't wait for the weekend!

In the meantime, can we talk about this bucket bag?  Its simple design, gorgeous leather, and beautiful bright color -- I just can't get enough!

Tribal print shirt dress: Dolan 'Wanderlust Dress'Gray booties: BP 'Trolley Ankle Bootie'
Mini bucket bag in Royal: Mansur Gavriel.  Sunglasses: Anthropologie (old). 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014



While the rest of the country cools down with the upcoming change in seasons, LA is sweltering with temperatures well into the mid 100's.  It's hard to imagine wearing jackets and boots any time soon when all you can think about are popsicles and ice cream cones.  I scored this dress from Anthropologie during their recent sale (with an extra 20% off!), and I think it will come into handy when the temperature eventually dips.  The colors are muted enough for fall/winter with a pair of tights and a sweater.  The other obvious plusses for me were the button front, allowing for easy nursing access, and the busy pattern, perfect for covering up baby spit up and what not!


Dress: 'Sunchecked Shirtdress' by Tracy Reese from Anthropologie.  Handbag: J.Crew 'Edie' in Dusty Rose.  Gold heeled sandals: Zara.  Bracelets: Anthropologie.  Rings: Madewell, Cartier.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Looking Back

While the first trimester was all about hiding the bump, these days I'm all about flaunting it! With the ambiguity of whether this is a food baby or a real baby behind me, I'm really enjoying showing off my burgeoning bump before it gets too large and unwieldy.  I'm still trying to stretch my pre-pregnancy wardrobe as I go along but it's getting harder and harder.  I've fully succumbed to maternity pants but even with the elastic waist, I still prefer dresses and skirts.

This past week marked my one year anniversary at my first "real" job post-training.  This year has been filled with ups and downs and while overall, post-fellowship life is way better, it is not without its challenges.  In medicine, the path is well-established with clear choices at each intersection -- first college then medical school, followed by residency and possibly fellowship -- hard work and good working relationships with peers and mentors can pretty much guarantee a smooth course.  But when you near the end of this path, the future becomes a bit more fuzzy.  As physicians, this is usually when the panic sets in as we undergo a delayed adolescence trying to figure what we really want to do with our lives -- private practice vs. academics vs. industry?  Where do I really want to settle down?  And how does the rest of your life fit into all of this?  Often times, our personal lives have been on hold during training and now we are flooded with too many choices and decisions.  This may not be how everyone feels, but these were certainly thoughts that plagued my mind when I was choosing my first job.  And these were the same questions that continued to come up throughout the last year as I would periodically re-evaluate my current career path and goals.  As a woman, it becomes even more complicated when we try to factor in when to start a family.  A recent New York Times opinion piece really resonated with me and I'm sure I will be reconsidering it all again in a few months when my baby girl makes her debut.

This anniversary also got me to reflect about why we started this blog in the first place.  Life By Appointment is a reminder to make time to enjoy life outside of work.  It serves as a reminder for me and Sarah but I also hoped that through the blog, we could reach out to women interested in medicine or in earlier stages of their training, as well as working women in other career paths -- a reminder for all of us that while our careers are certainly a big part of our lives, we are not solely defined by what we do for a living.  The posts (and Instagram and Twitter feeds) have certainly slowed down because sometimes, I am simply enjoying life too much to stop and take a picture.

Dress: Bailey 44 'Sorrell Dress'. Wayfarers: STUNglasses. Tan satchel: Mulberry 'Alexa'. Bracelet: Hermes. 
Sandals: J. Crew (old).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Golden Gate Park

Hi everyone!  Just wanted to say a quick hello since it has been a while.  We spent Saturday playing tourist in San Francisco and visited the beautiful Golden Gate Park.  We skipped the more popular and crowded attractions and instead explored Anglers Lodge, Bison Paddock, Park Chalet, and the Dutch Windmill.  I kept warm and comfy in my trust Burberry trench and Chanel espadrilles - two of my favorite wardrobe staples!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!

 Trench: Burberry 'Buckingham'. Dress: Lou & Grey. Espadrilles: Chanel. Sunglasses: Fendi (old).

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Date Night Shift Dress

A couple weekends ago, Mr. J and I headed out for a date night, which will surely become scarce once baby arrives.  Even though we live closer to San Jose, we hardly ever go downtown and usually opt to head up to San Francisco.  But with Jersey Boys touring at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, we headed south for dinner and a show.  We're really trying to cherish our last few months alone before our world gets turned upside down.

The first trimester was all about hiding the pregnancy.  While probably imperceivable to most, the early changes in my body were very frustrating for me, especially when trying to get dressed in the mornings.  My closet is filled with tailored pieces that are more fitted and waist-defining.  While there was no bump, my waistline was definitely expanding and everything was becoming a bit too snug.  For weeks, I was envious of Sarah's more bohemian style and closet full of flowy tops!  Fortunately, I was able to get by with the rubber band trick, wearing my silk button down shirts untucked, and accessorizing with big necklaces to draw attention away from the untucked hem.  Reluctant to purchase too much maternity-wear early on, I also invested in some inexpensive shift dresses in a size larger than I normally wear since it may also be a while before I can squeeze myself back into my usual wardrobe postpartum.  I'm hoping these will buy me some time while I find more sartorial solutions to dress this exponentially growing bump!

Color block shift dress: ASOS. Blazer: Zara (old). Gold-heeled sandals: Zara (old). Bag: Fendi 'Petit 2Jours'
Bracelet: Sarah Chloe. Necklace: very old from a boutique in Chicago.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Simple Summer Outfit Post-Baby

About two months ago, my life was indelibly altered.  Our little family grew by one tiny, feisty little being who filled us with overwhelming love and joy.  My six weeks of maternity leave literally flew by, and before I could blink I was already back at work, finishing my last couple weeks of residency and starting my new fellowship.  I spent the first 21 days of maternity leave on lock down at home, forbidden to leave the house - part of a Korean tradition where the new moms rest and eat bucketloads of seaweed soup as part of the healing process from the delivery.  Over two months later, I still don't quite feel back to my normal self, but I feel unbelievably lucky to have a healthy, smiley little girl. 

I wore this simple outfit to one of my best friend's baby showers, one of my first social outings since giving birth.  I've quickly learned the hurdles of nursing wear, which similar to maternity wear has its own annoyances.  I ended up bringing my baby bear, so a dress was out of the question because it would make it impossible to feed her.  Hence, I ended up with separates with a loose top that could be easily lifted up.  I'm still in my maternity bottoms but thankfully my pre-baby wardrobe had plenty of flowy tops.

Silk tank: Theory (old).  Confetti skirt: Zara (old).  Heeled sandals: Celine.  Ring: Cartier Trinity Ring.  Handbag: Fendi 2 Jours Medium in Dove.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Well the title says it all and I'm so excited to be able to finally share the news with you!  We've crossed the halfway point and my bump is just starting to show (highly dependent on clothing, posturing, and proximity to my last meal).

Early on in my pregnancy, my friend Deb told me that the 3 trimesters can be described as dreary, cheery, and weary.  I can't comment yet on the third trimester but the first two are pretty accurate descriptions!  While I was fortunate with just a brief stint of morning sickness, the first trimester was definitely dreary.  There was a constant level of exhaustion.  There is also a nagging worry that I think lingers throughout until the baby is born healthy and in your arms.  The exhaustion and worry combined with working full time and pretending like everything is normal adds to the dreariness.  The second trimester, however, has been very cheery!  Increasing energy levels, the emerging bump, and feeling the baby's first kicks all make the recent weeks much more enjoyable.

My clothes are definitely getting tighter and tighter and I'm already feeling the challenge of dressing my changing body.  Let's just say I've had to resort to some creative ensembles over the past few months.  Now that the secret is out, I can't wait to share more with you in the months to come!

Dress: River Island via ASOS. Nude sandals: Zara. Bracelet: Sarah Chloe
Crossbody satchel: Mulberry 'Alexa'. Sunglasses: Coach (old).

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