I am so excited to share with you some highlights from my maternity shoot with the talented Meg. I feel like I spent the majority of this pregnancy waiting for my bump to appear and when it finally showed up, it has been growing so quickly that I can hardly keep up with it! I'm amazed at what my body is doing but I'm still struggling with the added roundness and softness all over, not just to my mid-section. Thus, I was especially nervous about this photo shoot and whether or not I would be comfortable in front of the camera and happy with the results. Meg was simply amazing and helped me feel totally at ease and I am thrilled that I decided to capture this moment in our lives.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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!
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
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
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!
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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
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.