So yesterday I posted this look on my instagram (also shameless plug, if you’re not following me, and want to see my adventures, definitely do so by clicking HERE). I wore it to a healthcare business conference that I attended on Saturday with one of my good friends and classmates Brittany. It was so fun to learn more about healthcare and I was especially excited for the digital health and value based care panels.
I rarely have “blog worthy” outfits anymore, mostly because I got rid of ALL of my clothes. Any business clothes I have left are in my closet in NY because the last time I was home I forgot to pack them in my suitcase on the way back to LA #oops! In addition to that, I REFUSE to buy new clothes. Lately, I’ve been on a fitness/ health kick and have really been motivated to get after it. As a result, I refuse to spend money on clothes that ideally won’t fit me soon. I know, I know I should dress for the now and not the future, but I hate buying things in a larger size and I really don’t want to waste any money on things that will be too big. Until then I just plan on getting creative with the few articles of clothing I do have left.
Because I had no business casual clothes, I had to get very creative with my wardrobe. Thankfully, most of my clothes are neutrals so everything matches. It was just a matter of mixing and matching to find the right combo. For my conference look, I decided to opt out of my usual black monotone uniform (something I’m trying to break out of) and combine various neutrals and textures. I don’t have much color in my closet. Other than black I mostly have shades of taupe, olive green, blush and grey, which are my favorite colors to wear and the colors I chose to create this ensemble.
I’m so glad that I live in LA because things are a lot more chill here when it comes to professional attire. As a result, I didn’t feel too bad not wearing a traditional dress and blazer, or a suit. I definitely wouldn’t wear this outfit to an interview or for a business event on the east coast (they’re much more conservative back east), but it worked well for a day conference in LA. Also surprisingly, I wasn’t the most underdressed in attendance!
I’m obsessed with these pants from Forever 21. I actually stopped shopping here a long time ago but this is the one item I keep going back for. I can’t find these online, so I’m worried they don’t make them anymore. I used to have 6 pairs (3 black, 3 olive) but I can only find these olive ones. They are super comfy and like most things in my closet, they are pretty versatile. I can dress them up with heels (like I did here) or I can make them casual with a jean jacket and some sneakers.
I also LOVE the shoes I’m wearing. I bought them on a whim when I was in Boston for the Harvard Yale football game because I needed a dinner outfit for the Harvard Football Banquet. They were ~$25 and are my comfiest heels ever. They’re sold out everywhere but I’m going to stalk them online because I definitely want a backup and ideally another color. I can walk around in these all day without any pain or discomfort.
The top was a random one from TJ Maxx. I love it because it has a bronze/ rose gold metallic thread woven into the blush fibers, which adds some sparkle and texture to my outfit without being over the top. The blazer is old from Nordstrom. It’s Topshop brand but I got it for <$10 and actually never wore it until today.
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If you have read my style posts before, you already know that I absolutely love Coach. Growing up, Coach was one of the IT brands and my mom loved them and I guess it rubbed off on me. I got my first Coach bag when I turned 12 and I have been loyal to them since. I know that a lot of canvas leather bags are popular right now but for some reason they feel like plastic to me (even the high-end brands). I love soft, quality leather and Coach’s pebbled leather is one of my favorites. Compared to some of my other leather bags from different brands, Coach’s leather is definitely sturdier and much better quality.
BLAZER: TopShop (similar) || TOP: TJ Maxx | | PANTS: Forever 21 (similar) || HEELS: Tahari (sold out but was available here) || PURSE: Coach (my absolute favorite purse brand) || HAIR: Twist out using Cantu and EcoStyler Gel (find my twistout tutorial here)
The business conference I went to was at UCLA and it was a conference that focused on business, healthcare and innovation. I also learned SO MUCH and took 7 pages of notes! It was so informative but also so inspiring to be in a room filled with leaders and innovators in healthcare. Also a few of you have been inquiring more about digital health and my interests in medicine. I’m really happy that I’m inspiring some of you to explore other avenues in medicine and healthcare, but I’m not gonna lie, I’m by no means a healthcare expert AT ALL. At some point I want to share more about my experiences and personal path, but I’d like to figure out exactly what I’m doing and where I’m going before I share too much.
In the meantime, for those of you interested in digital health, Medium posted an interview with a few medical professionals attending SXSW (an annual multi-day conference/ festival in Austin, Texas that’s taking place right now) about their thoughts on the future of healthcare. I especially loved reading the responses from the Dean of Dell Medical School. I don’t know much about that program but it seems that he’s invested in introducing leadership and innovation into the medical school curriculum (something I wish we had at my school), so if you’re pre-med, definitely check out the article and perhaps add Dell Med to your list!
This conference was the highlight of my weekend (lame) and I’ve been looking forward to it for a while (even more lame). I know, I know, I’m such a nerd sometimes. Let me know what some of your nerdy interests are in the comments below!