Picks from Pinterest: Summer Dreams

We finished up our spring finals last week, and launched right into our summer semester on Monday. It’s hard not to have a break in between semesters, but I’m feeling certain that summer is on its way, which helps a lot. The weather has gotten more humid, we’ve had a few storms and some rain, and the temperatures are starting to consistently hit the 60s and nearing the 70s now. Plus, the air is starting to smell like summer (I know that sounds kind of crazy, but it really does!).

With summer on it’s way, I’m dreaming of laying by the pool, farm markets, and making s’mores with my family’s backyard fire pit.

Here are some of my recent Picks from Pinterest:

1. These leopard oxfords are an absolute dream.

Leopard oxfords

2. I’m already thinking I might bake this for my birthday this summer:

Easy Chocolate Coconut Cake

3. These Wearable Planters on etsy would make an amazing gift

Yellow Vase Necklace: A Wearable Planter, No. 2

4. I bought this dress a few weeks ago. It feels like the perfect transition piece from spring to summer:

Stripes

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

xo.

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All About Eyebrows

My eyebrows and I have kind of a rough history. I was always “well-endowed” in the eyebrow department, meaning they have always been thick, dark, and long. I even sported a (very subtle) uni-brow back in the 6th grade before I started tweezing them. But the hairs were still long and unruly, and they didn’t fit into a neat eyebrow shape. Plus, I was always self-conscious that they were so dark when I had such blond hair. It was a weird time.

I like to think that I’ve gotten a little better at managing my brows, and in the last year I actually started to fill them in to help them be a little more unified. I love the full brow look (hello, Cara Delvingne!) and I’m pretty glad that I have a lot of eyebrow to start with, but I’ve found that taking care of them really works for me. It makes my eyes pop, and it’s such an easy part of my makeup routine.

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This picture isn’t the best, and it is kind of hard to tell, but the “before eyebrow” is this kind of weird ashy-brown color. There are spots that are a little bit bare, and the hairs have a mind of their own and refuse to conform into any type of shape. After filling my eyebrows in with a brow powder, I use a little brow comb to blend the color and shape them. Then, I use a clear brow gel to set my brows in place.

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They aren’t necessarily perfect, but I’m pretty happy with the way they look. It takes all of 2 minutes (or less!) in the morning, and I feel like they make a really big impact. If I was running horribly late and didn’t have time to put on makeup, I’d probably still quickly fill in my brows. They somehow just bring the whole look together.

I’m still a newbie incorporating my eyebrows into my makeup routine, so I’d love to hear what products you use. I’ve really liked the brow powder, but I know some people prefer pencils.

xo.

A Mile in Her Shoes: Cream Moccasins

I really love fashion. There is something so satisfying about putting together different outfits, playing with my personal style, and trying new combinations. It just fills my heart up. Because fashion is sort of a big part of my life (and one of my interests, for sure!), I’m trying to incorporate it in this blog a little bit more. I’m still working out some kinks and brainstorming ways to post more fashion content to Imperfect Chevron, but I came up with a fun idea called “A Mile in Her Shoes,” which is going to be a mini-series in which I share some of my favorite shoes. It might be really fun, or it might be a total bust. But I’m going for it! My first pair of shoes that I’d like to share with you are my vintage moccasins.

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I picked these up at my favorite flea market a couple of years back, and I love them so much. They have gotten a little dirty, which is the problem with cream colored shoes. But they’re still in good shape!

The moccasins have fringe on the front, wrap-around lacing on the sides, and hard soles with a slight heel. The hard bottoms make me feel ultra-fancy when I walk because they sound like high-heels! But it’s not great during exams when the whole room is silent…

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After a couple times wearing them, the original lace (which is made of a pretty fragile leather cord) broke. I was able to buy some similar leather cord at the fabric/craft store near my house, and it’s held up really well!

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Obviously, I wouldn’t walk miles in these shoes, but they’re pretty comfortable to walk to school in. They’re not really built for snow or heavy rain, but I would wear them if it was raining lightly.

My favorite thing about these moc’s is that the whole shoe is soft, which I love. My feet are weird and deformed (gross) from years of ballet, and I have a hard time wearing leather or stiff shoes. I’d love to get some more moccasins sometime soon, maybe some different colored ones, blue or black would be pretty.

xo.

Life Lately: April Showers

It’s been raining a lot the last couple weeks here in Pittsburgh, and I feel like spring is finally here. The grass is suddenly green, there are flowers blooming, and the trees are starting to bud! Here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks.

Studying in the sun on my front porch.

 

Studying in the sun on my front porch.

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A happy card for my friend.

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I treated myself to a scone and coffee at an amazing bakery this week.

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One of the neighborhood cats taking an afternoon nap.

Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you have a great one.

xo.

 

Friend Dates: Flowers and Thai Food

Today was the last day of classes for our Spring Semester (Finals are next week, lots of studying this weekend!) and we got out of class a little early, so I made plans with a couple friends to celebrate! It felt like we earned a little bit of a study break. So after our class ended, we headed over to Phipps Conservatory to walk through the gardens. Phipps is just always the best place to go. It’s so rejuvenating.

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A gorgeous tree blooming outside Phipps

Playing around in this cute palm-frond hut (meant for children)

Playing around in this cute palm-frond hut (meant for children)

What a great break from the hustle-bustle of the semester! After Phipps, we headed over to Shadyside and had some killer Thai food at Noodlehead (I would highly recommend it!). Their menu is short but they have obviously perfected each dish. I tried the Pad Thai, which was incredible, and I can’t wait to go back and try some of their other dishes. Amazing.

It was a great outing, and I loved spending some time with my friends outside of school. It feels like we get so busy sometimes that I only get to see them when we’re at school, and it was really nice to get away from all of that and just have some fun.

xo.

On Uncertainty in Life

With Finals coming up next week and my transition from being a “first-year” grad student to a “second-year,” I’m feeling a little sentimental and doing a lot of reflecting on where I’m at in my life. I can’t believe how fast time is moving this year!

When I look back over the last year, I realize how much my life has changed. I graduated from college, moved across the country to Pennsylvania, and started grad school. I met the most amazing group of people (Pitt MOT Class of 2016 shoutout!) and I’m so glad to have all of them in my life. I’ve truly never felt closer to any group of people! Which kind of makes sense, considering we spend 8 hours a day together in the same classroom. It was such a whirlwind of a year; things happened so fast.

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Now that I’m finishing up my first year of OT school and preparing to enter my last year of school (hopefully forever, how cool would that be?!), I can’t help but think about what the next year of my life will bring. There’s so much uncertainty right now, and it’s kind of cool (and also pretty scary) that I have no idea where I’ll be in a year. I know that I’ll be in my clinical rotations for school, spending 40 hours a week in a real-life OT setting learning by doing, but I have no idea where I’ll be. I’m almost certain that I’ll be in different states (aka, not in Pennsylvania) for my rotations, but I can’t say for sure. I’d be lying if I said that I was really calm about it, but I do appreciate how exciting it is waiting to find out what my future holds. In June, I should know where my clinicals will be, and until then I’ll be anxiously waiting to hear.

Uncertainty is something that is really hard for me to deal with. I’m a Type A, organize-everything freak with some anxiety issues and the need to plan everything in advance. It kind of stresses me out to not be able to plan my housing arrangements and start figuring everything out in my head for the next year. And that makes me a kind of impatient person–I don’t like waiting! But I have a really good feeling about the next year. Just thinking about how much uncertainty I had just a year ago about the future and realizing how well everything has worked out makes me feel a little more at ease. Not knowing is so hard, but I know it’ll work out. And waiting to hear where my clinical sites will be is the hardest thing ever, but I know it’ll be so worth the wait.

My life is pretty unstable and I often feel like the ground under my feet is shaking. That’s when I turn to my friends and family for support, when I try to persuade myself that everything will work out. Something good is always coming, and I find comfort in knowing that.

xo.