Go-To Fall Outfit!

Hey Everyone!
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite, go to outfits for the Fall season. To me, the fall is all about staying cozy, warm and comfortable. I also love sticking to the basic colors of fall. My closet tends to have a lot of navy in it, but I’m okay with that. Navy is so classic and I love the way the dark color contrasts with my blonde hair. I am also a huge fan of mixing more expensive, good quality pieces with cheaper, more accessible items to create a cohesive look.

The vest
Clearly a fall weather staple. In theory, vests are kind of silly to me because I don’t really feel like they are keeping me that warm, because if it is cold enough to need to wear something, then my arms are going to be cold… but they’re cute, so I suffer through the cold arms for the sake of fashion.
This vest I got a few years ago at the J.Crew factory store ( I live near several outlet malls which is both a blessing and a curse). J.Crew factory is one of my favorites because they are almost always having great sales and I feel like their clothing is a little bit more wearable to me than the retail store items.

The flannel
This flannel is one of my absolute favorites. I got it from Old Navy. I love Old Navy a little more than I probably should. While most of the time its very “hit or miss” on if you’re going to find something cute, but for the most part they care a good assortment of basic, stable items. This flannel I’m wearing is not too thick, but not too thin, which I love. I also had bought it a size bigger since I like to wear this when I am really going for comfort.

The leggings
I could write a while poem about leggings. I just love them. I know that they “aren’t pants’ but I say Lululemon. I absolutely love them. These are the wonder under hi rise in just plain black. My favorite leggings from them are the wonder under hi rise. They are full length leggings and have a nice high waistline, which is why I prefer these to the regular wonder unders.
whatever. They’re comfortable, warm, and I’m gonna wear them! My favorite leggings are

The boots
These are the Sperry Saltwater Duck Boots. They are equivalent (to me) to the LL Bean bean boots, but I liked these a little more because they are darker in color, look a little more worn, and have curled ties on the sides (and a zipper to let you get your foot in and out). These are so comfortable. My feet tend to take a while to break into shoes (hello blisters) but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten blisters from these! I sometimes pair them with big winter socks that look really cute peeking out of the top!

The necklace
Oh, my monogram necklace. I love this thing. I got it on Etsy last year and I wear it way more often than I should. I love that its gold, and I am glad I went with the bigger size (mine is 2 inches tall). I feel like it makes my outfit look more put together and chic. I love buying monogrammed/ personalized items on Etsy, I think it is fun to personalize things and really make them your own.

So yeah! That’s basically my go to outfit for the fall. I would wear this outfit on just a typical day running errands, or even going somewhere to study since I would be comfortable in the leggings (definitely a must for me while studying).
I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what some of your fall fashion staples are!

Xoxo, Bethany

My Nursing Journey: Part 1

Hey everyone!
Today I thought I would write a post about my nursing journey. I have been asked so many times why I became a nurse, and to be honest my story isn’t that compelling. I’ve thought of making up this elaborate story about how I always knew I was supposed to be a nurse after an emotional and momentous occasion in my youth, however I have decided to stick to the truth. (I just made you so excited to read this didn't I... lol)

It all started with an episode of House…
It’s true. As if everything in my life wasn’t already super clichĂ©, my earliest memory of being interested in the medicine field was watching early episodes of House with my dad. Prior to this, I was convinced I was going to be a lawyer. I remember watching the episodes and already so
interested in trying to figure out what was going on with the case on the episode. I loved the way the doctors were able use their knowledge and resources to piece together the patient’s mysterious symptoms to come to a conclusion and ultimately help improve the life of the patient. I then took an Anatomy and Physiology class my Junior year of high school, and after that I was hooked. I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted to do in medicine, but I figured I was interested in it so, why not?

Thank God for good advertising…
To be honest, when I was applying to colleges nursing wasn’t 100% on my radar. I applied to 13 schools! I applied to a variety of physician assistant programs, biology, and nursing programs, but I figured I would just do a PA program, I liked the idea of getting more bang for my buck and being done in 5-6 years. The college application process was also super overwhelming for me, which is why I applied so many places. I just wasn’t sure what kind of place I wanted to be. I barely even visited any schools. Originally, I was convinced I wanted to go to Northeastern University in Boston (almost to the point of obsession). My cousin went there and I loved the idea of living in a city, especially Boston.
But then I got the single most important piece of mail I’ve ever gotten. I received a promotional booklet for Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. I had heard of the school before, as my sister had applied there about 6 years earlier. The booklet had beautiful picturesque photos of the campus, ivy covered buildings and kids in sweatshirts laughing. They also had a “day in the life” concept in the booklet that for some reason intrigued me so much. Looking back I have no idea why, but something about it made me so excited, I knew I needed to go visit, so I dragged my parents to the campus after we took a ski trip weekend to New Hampshire that winter of my senior year (how convenient).
I remember the day we visited campus, it was rainy and gross but from the second we pulled up Saint Anselm Drive and past the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, I knew this was where I belonged. We took a tour, and then ate lunch at the Coffee Shop on campus (which, to this day has the best buffalo chicken ever… so there’s that). I turned to my mom and said “there’s kids in North Face jackets and wellies… this is my home”.
And that was it! This school had a nursing program, so nursing was what I was going to do!

The rest was history…
My years at Saint Anselm College were hands down the best ever. I made the best friends and wouldn’t change any of it for the world. As for nursing, I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s
funny to think back and think that I chose a school and then just kind of fell into nursing. The faculty and professors at the SAC nursing program were so supportive and encouraging of everyone’s individual passions. The cool thing about nursing is seeing where all of my fellow classmates have ended up after we all obtained the same degree.

Thanks for reading! I would love to hear about your nursing/ college story! Let me know in the comments!

Xoxo, Bethany

Sunday Wrap-Up 10/23

Happy Sunday Everyone!
This week was a pretty great one! I felt very productive in general this week and was able to get a lot of work done and errands that needed to get done. Here’s my weekly wrap-up of things I’ve been loving this week!!

What I’m WearingMy favorite fall color this year is definitely cranberry. I have loved this color for a while but I found a pair of cranberry jeans at Ann Taylor Loft this year that I am absolutely loving. I love that I can dress them up or down, I have been wearing them super casually, or with a nicer top and jacket for clinical.

What I’m Watching: 90-day fiancĂ©. Such a new guilty pleasure. I’ve never watched it before but I am watching the current season on-demand. It is so funny! Such an easy show to binge watch. I definitely want to go back and watch previous seasons. My favorite couple is George and Anfisa, I just feel so bad for poor Georgie, but girl knows what she wants, and its $10,000 dollars a month… haha.

What I’m Listening To: This month is a little sad for me on the Taylor Swift front. She usually releases an album every other year in October, but she did not this year. Totally fine, you do you girl and take a break, but I’m feeling a void this month that can only be filled by new Taylor. But old Taylor will have to suffice for now, so I’ve been listening to her old albums and rediscovering some old gems that I almost forgot about! Current faves: Stay Beautiful, All Too Well and The Story of Us.

What I’m Doing: This week was so weird weather-wise. 2 days were literally 80 degrees outside, and now its in the 40s and I had to turn the heat on. The warm days were fun to be able to go out and explore. I walked around with my friend and we even got ice cream cones one day!
I was pretty busy this week with school and work, but was able to relax this weekend and have fun which was nice. My sister had a bunch of her college friends down on Saturday and we went to a couple of vineyards before we went back to her house and literally sang karaoke all night (right up my alley). I won’t go into a lot of details of the night, but let’s just say there was broken wine glasses everywhere (I swear I didn’t break any though… good for me!).
I am so excited for this upcoming week, since it is the week leading up to Halloween!! I still have no
idea what I am going to dress up as but definitely need to figure that out this week!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Xoxo, Bethany
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