January 29, 2017


Friends, I'm so excited to be sharing about Zuri Collection with you today. As you know, I love brands who are consciously aiming to do good around the world. Zuri is changing lives of artisans in Tanzania.

How? Each purchase is lovingly created by artisans in Tanzania. Through Zuri Collection, they are given a platform to sell their products and earn fair wages. I love the sustainable model of this cause and how much hope Zuri brings to families in Tanzania.

I'm loving the selection of items of clothing, jewelry & home goods. Having traveled to Africa, I remember admiring the local traditional prints seen in clothing and accessories. There are always vibrant pops of color that are so fun and bring a lot of joy.

Like the knot necklace, I love the pop of red. It brightens up a neutral look and can be adorned any season!

Photography: Jeannie Photography

Top: Loft {Similar}
Skirt: Anthropologie {Similar}
Heels: BCBG {Similar}
Clutch: Jessica Simpson {Similar}
Necklace: c/o Zuri Collection

January 18, 2017


A new year and some new clothes!

I'm currently cleaning out some clothes from my closet to donate and to sell. It's time for a few new pieces to add to the old to expand my wardrobe and outfit choices while keeping up to date with today's fashion trends.

When choosing pieces, I try to find mostly pieces that are easy to match. I also make sure that each article of clothing can be dressed up or down. It's most important that the pieces are affordable and of good quality.

SheIn has an incredible line of clothing that compliments every style. There is everything from classics to pieces that are more on trend. Lately I've been all about velvet, bell sleeves and florals. Click through to check out these gorgeous pieces. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see that they are all under $30!







January 2, 2017


Happy new year! Anyone else feel like the Holiday season was a whirlwind?

It flew by too fast, but I am so thankful that I had the chance to spend Christmas and New Years with my beloved family and friends. Especially in the midst of residency, these moments are most cherished.

I also cherish you and I'm so thankful for all of you who have stuck with me these past couple years despite my frequent absences from this place. I haven't been updating this blog as often as I've wanted, but this year I'm going to try to do better.

This year, I'll be sharing more stories about style, food, travel and most importantly great causes doing good around the world. I'm excited for the adventures to come! If there's one thing I know for certain, it's that God always has surprises up His sleeve. He's the most adventurous author of my story.

To get the year started, here are three looks featuring three tops from Closet Barcode, an online shop featuring items from small labels and designers. I wore all of these tops over the holidays and will be throughout the year since they are so versatile.

For this first look, I went casual for a cozy weekend. This top is so comfy and I love the fun print! 

Pants: Ann Taylor {Similar}
Booties: Anthropologie {Similar <-- these also do so much good!}
Necklace: c/o 31 Bits (on sale!)

For the second look, I went for simplicity. I love the wrap top and gold chain detail.

Pants: Anthropologie {Similar}
Earrings: c/o Rocksbox {Get 1 month FREE with code JOANNAXOXO}

This last look shows off the gorgeous lace details of this top. It's perfect for a formal occasion with a fun skirt.

Skirt: Club Monaco c/o Shopbop {Similar}
Jewelry: Rocksbox {Get 1 month FREE with code JOANNAXOXO}

December 20, 2016


Sorry for the quiet here, I've been getting sick back to back from my patients during this Fall to Winter season. I love getting hugs from the kiddos, but the coughs in my face or that sneeze in my mouth aren't the most welcomed. Yup, true life of a Pediatrician!

But, I think this past Fall deserves a farewell just because of how beautiful it was. It's a sweet memory that I can think back on in this negative degree winter weather in Chicago. It reminds me of how in life there are ups and downs.

We are not promised a perfect, happy life. But we are promised hope and peace in the midst of those moments of happiness and despair. So Chicago, have no fear, Spring will surely be here after the Winter, just as God is still good in the midst of any circumstance.

I'm absolutely in love with this tasseled bag from SheIn that brings so much color and life to Winter. I'll be carrying it all winter long to bring some joy to this dreary cold weather. I love that it's only $25 and it looks like a designer handbag! Plus it fits a lot more than it looks like it would which is perfect if you are like me and carry everything with you (because you never know what you'll need)!

Sweater: Old Navy {similar}
Jacket: Old Navy {similar}
Jeans: Anthropologie {similar}
Purse: SheIn
Scarf: Loft {similar}
Earrings: Noonday Collection
Booties: Tommy Hilfiger {similar}

December 18, 2016


Chicago, Holiday parties are in full swing!

As I get ready for these parties, I usually have my dress, shoes and makeup ready. But the one detail that gets the back seat is my hair.

But your hair can make an outfit! For a recent Holiday party, I stopped by Nichole Beck Hair Boutique so they could help me create a hairstyle that would be the talk of the party. One of the hair stylists and braid extraordinaire, Ramsay, created the most beautiful braid and blow out that sure met & surpassed every expectation.

I also really appreciate that she talked me through each step of the process. I learned so much about how to work with my silky Asian hair that lacks volume. These tips and tricks are staying with me for life!

So what are you waiting for? Make your appointment at Nichole Beck now before they're booked! They also have special hours available on New Years Eve so hurry and book ASAP!


Dress: Boohoo {Similar}
Heels: DSW {Similar}
Jewelry: Rocksbox {Get 1 FREE unlimited month with code JOANNAXOXO}

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