• Summer Style in Smitten Scrubs

    Summer Style in Smitten Scrubs

    *The following is a paid review in partnership with Smitten Scrubs. All views and opinions are my own.*

    Hi guys! I’m writing to you all once more to discuss a fabulous scrub line from Smitten Scrubs. We’ve discussed in a previous post how much I adore this line. The fit is incredible, the material is as soft as a cloud, and the functionality/utility is amazing. One thing I wanted to highlight here is the color. Are they not the most gorgeous pastels you’ve ever seen?

    Pastels are in yall! Aren’t they stunning? What I like about this line in particular is the addition of the leg pocket. As a critical care nurse, I stuffed so many things in my leg pockets. Pen lights, sharpies, tape, a drug reference book, hemostats, trauma shears, you name it. I also like the flare cut on the pant hem, just a little added element of style. As a reminder, the material is a mix of polyester and spandex, with sizes ranging from XXS to 5XL, depending on availability of course.

    I wanted to share a story with you all while I was shooting these scrubs, actually two stories that I believe are important lessons when it comes to professionalism and compassion.

    The first pair (the robin egg blue set) I chose to shoot at one of my favorite local bakeries because a) your girl loves a good cupcake when studying. For those who aren’t aware, I’m currently pursuing my doctorate in nursing practice in executive leadership. The workload is intense BUT I get to wear scrubs in my color preference now AND I can study in the comfort of great scrubs with some added sugar – double bonus right? While shooting this set, a woman took it upon herself to harass both my photographer and me. She basically attacked us for being in “her” space and tried shooing us away.

    One of the biggest reasons why I chose healthcare and the nursing profession in particular is to demonstrate my compassion for my fellow human beings. When pressed with stress, confrontation, or any unpleasantries, I always strive for kindness, understanding, and above all, a smile. This woman had no clue who we were or what we were doing, and yet she chose to take whatever negativity she was harboring and throw it our way. We simply told her we were working and not toying around and smiled as we went on about our business. I urge you all, no matter what is going on in your day, to chose kindness. In a world as chaotic as the present day, the least we can do is treat each other with respect and shared love. Life is hard enough as it is, why contribute to someone’s list of life (because you never know what anyone else is going through) with nastiness and negativity? Slap on a smile and go about your business.

    While shooting the pastel yellow set, a man passed us on the sidewalk and then crossed our paths again. He asked me if I was selling “doctor’s scrubs.” If there is one thing more infuriating to me than most, it’s lack of respect and placing people into categories. While I have the biggest amount of love and respect towards my fellow physicians, they are not the only individuals who wear scrubs nor the only revered persons within the healthcare community. Healthcare is a multidisciplinary community filled with various talents, knowledge sets, and skill levels. Each person from the janitorial staff cleaning the rooms, to the aides, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, dietitians, social workers, etc etc serve a unique and needed purpose within their fields. None of us could survive without the other much less serve the patients with a thorough and quality driven level of care.

    Smitten Scrub Summer Line

    So what did I do? I explained to him that a variety of individuals and professions wear scrubs, all of them wonderful in their own light and purpose. He then proceeded to ask me for my credentials and background, none of which were his business but I enlightened him nonetheless. He also accused me of spreading disease to the public in my scrubs, which I assured him I wasn’t venturing from an infected patient bedside to a public place. We also discussed the amount of microbes and varying organisms currently living on his skin, under his nails, and even in his eyebrows as he stood there on the sidewalk.

    So lesson in this: don’t place people in singular categories or harbor ignorant opinions. The even bigger picture here: respect. Don’t invade people’s privacy – while I’m completely comfortable professing my opinions and educating ignorance, most are not. Personal space is a real thing, and even for me he was totally in my bubble. Imagine a cat curling its back with hairs on end, minus the hissing.

    I pack a lot of unexpected surprises – most people see me and think I’m just a blogger or just a nurse. JUST. I HATE THAT. Everyone has their own story if you’re willing to stop, look, and listen. Smitten scrubs embraces this bold attitude by not only incorporating pops of color and invigorating hues to their color palette, but by the attitude of their line altogether. They LOVE a sassy woman full of confidence, intelligence, and will power – as do I.

    What are you thoughts in the individuals I mentioned above? What would be your first reaction when crossed with unappealing behavior?  Or do you just self sooth with a cupcake, because I totally do! And if all else fails, remember the words of Jimmy Eat World – “don’t worry what the bitter hearts are gonna say.” 

    Photography by Megan Weaver

    tara

    19 Comments

    1. April 27, 2018 / 2:25 pm

      Aww! You make scrubs look really cute and fun! Love it <3

    2. April 27, 2018 / 2:40 pm

      I have not had the chance to try these scrubs yet, but would definitely love too! They look so cute on you! and unlike most traditional scrubs they aren’t baggy and shapeless!

    3. April 27, 2018 / 3:19 pm

      If you have to wear scrubs, they might as well be cute and flattering!! You look awesome!
      That whole situation with that man is irritating. It take a lot of guts to take pictures out in public, and then to be approached by a stranger with his opinion is annoying. Keeping doing your thing!

    4. April 27, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      I need to forward this to all my gfs that are nurses! love the scrubs

      Xo Mindy

    5. April 27, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      I don’t have to wear scrubs for my job but oh my gosh these bright colorful scrubs are cute! Smitten Scrubs are so flattering <3

    6. April 27, 2018 / 11:04 pm

      Wow I think you responded to those individuals so graciously. It’s amazing what can happen when you respond to negativity with kindness and understanding. They may not see it, but you’ve established a positive chain reaction. And I love your pastel scrubs!! They’re so bright and happy.

    7. April 27, 2018 / 11:12 pm

      Those scrubs are super cute. I agree with you–no one person is JUST anything. Human beings are so wonderfully complex, too much so to put in a box!

    8. Anitra
      April 28, 2018 / 12:16 am

      If I still worked at a dental office these would be perfect! Such great colors.

    9. April 28, 2018 / 12:59 am

      You look great in those scrubs. I love the bright colors of these scrubs. Thanks for sharing.

    10. April 28, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      You just made the nursing profession fashionable and trendy. If I wasn’t thinking straight, I would switch my major ☺. Love how you rock those scrubs and represent your field of work.

    11. April 28, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      I just ask myself… why people have to be rude. It can be hard to take photos sometimes. I would probably feel awkward and try to avoid a confrontation. I love the colors of the scrubs! My friend is a nurse and I’ll be sharing this with her!

    12. April 28, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      You make scrubs look fantastic! I love how cute these are now. I always like to see the different prints.

    13. Emily
      April 29, 2018 / 1:05 am

      Those scrubs sound comfortable! I love the pastels, especially the yellow.

    14. April 30, 2018 / 9:40 am

      You are one stylish nurse! I love how you make scrubs fashionable!

    15. Aarika
      April 30, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      These scrubs are so cute! I love the colors and functionality with the pant pockets. Nice!

    16. April 30, 2018 / 11:03 pm

      That’s awesome that you can find stylish scrubs!

    17. May 1, 2018 / 2:10 am

      You looks so cute on those pastel colored scrubs <3

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