Just to be clear from the start, there are many things I am not.
1) I am not a professional photographer.
Alas, I wish I owned an amazing camera and had the artistic skills to shoot Vogue-worthy photo spreads for this humble blog. What I do have is a KodakEasyShare Z712 IS and a desire to get better with every photo. To that end, feel free to critique away!
2) I am not a fashion icon.
There are some days when I put an outfit together, and by the end of the day say to myself, "What was I thinking?" No indeed, I am not above fashion mistakes. What I AM is a girl who loves fashion and trying new things...even if it puts me at risk of looking a bit silly at times. Again, feel free to critique away!
3) I am not a supermodel.
I was a quite hesitant about doing the whole "fashion blog" thing because the thought of taking pictures of myself for the whole world to see did not excite me. At all. However, the idea of challenging myself to find new and creative ways of wearing my thrift store finds DID excite me. And so a-blogging we will go.
On the other hand, there are a few things I am:
1) I am a veterinarian.
Veterinary school in the USA, like medical school, is a 4 year post-undergraduate program. I received my BS in Zoology (minor in English) in 2008 and began veterinary school in 2009. I graduated from veterinary school in 2013, and am currently a practicing small animal veterinarian in Ohio. It is, quite simply, my dream job! Unfortunately some days it can be hard to find the motivation to dress like the inner fashionista I am when I usually end up covered in fur, slobber, or worse. I'm hopeful that this blog will inspire me to keep up on my personal style and NOT give into frumpy-ness!
2) I am a "POOR" veterinarian...like most new vet grads.
Veterinary school is EXPENSIVE, and the average debt of a newly graduated veterinarian is about $150,000. Yeah, it's not a pretty picture. But most of us don't go into veterinary medicine because we want to get rich. We do it because we are passionate about animals! Because finances are a bit tight, I do most of my shopping at thrift stores...and I love it! The thrill of the hunt! The rows and rows of clothes, with buried gems just waiting to be found! Honestly, who doesn't love a good thrift store?
(By the way, I put "poor" in quotations because I realize that I am truly, amazingly blessed. Having traveled the world and witnessed real, abject poverty, I fully realize that I have no right to complain. Whatsoever. Just thought that I would throw that out there!)
3) I am over-involved, over-committed, and don't know how to say no. Meaning I don't have a ton of spare time. In fact I probably shouldn't even start this blog.
But you know what?
I'm going to anyway.