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Weekend Links

Hope you are having a great Monday! After several weekends in a row traveling, starting a job and moving, I had the best time in New York getting my room together, doing some thrifting and getting to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly! There is something about getting a place in order that makes your life feel infinitely better- overall it was a very solid weekend in the city and a reminder of why it's worth living in a shoebox. Here are the things I have been reading and listening to on the subway to work. Have a great week! {Image}

One of my favorite sales is currently going on now! (I even convinced my boyfriend Luc to get in on it.)

I have found this financial advice channel and MY GOSH I wish it had been sooner. Some of my favorites include this, this and this.

I will be making a whole post on this, but grabbing some contact paper can totally change any desk or surface. Get yours here.

Everything about this party is incredible. (Regardless of if you are planning a wedding or not, some ideas are worth saving for any entertaining in the future!)

What No One Told Me: The Apartment Search

Hello! As you might have noticed, I am finally posting after finding a job and an apartment. It has been quite a month of excitement, stress, frustration, and joy but I wouldn't change it. 

After roughly a month in "the real world," I can conclude that being an adult is incredibly freeing, but stressful. I am lucky that things were able to come together within a month of being here- a cumulation of a lot of work, but also luck and timing. Something I have been trying to implement is patience, however when it comes to having a schedule and permanent place to live, it's more challenging. Here are some of the things I wish someone had told me before embarking on this (additionally why are there so many college guides and hardly any on setting up life after?). 

Fake Listings | I could write a whole rant to the horrible people who make the apartment search that much harder. In short terms? If it seems too good, there is a 99% chance it is. 

Budgeting | It didn't take long to realize that the difference between a couple of hundred dollars in quality of living. Because I am starting in media, I knew that I had to be careful budgeting and didn't want to be bogged down with the stress of writing a high rent check every month. Jobs, nice apartments and vacations are things that can wait for now. 

Craigslist | By far it's the biggest hit or miss. Any email back that starts with a sob story or international exchange ("I can't show you the apartment, but if you just send me the money I'll send the keys!") should be ignored and it's going to happen. However, I was able to find some gems, including the place I will be moving into next week through this crazy site. There are also great furniture sales worth checking out. 

Symbi | A friend recommended the app to me and it's great for finding a roommate and/or apartment- especially if you're in a time crunch. 

Pros/Cons | Location? Amenities? Living alone? Pick one, because that's probably what you're going to get. It's also ok to pick what's important to you over other people's opinions. Regardless of price, you're going to need a lot of money up front. 

Things Come Together Quickly | When it comes to the job process too, things move quickly. With both my job and apartment search, the day before things were final, I had nearly broken down, and somehow things came through. The sense of relief is also similar to finishing finals- pure relief.  

P.S. Although I am not going to disclose any addresses here, I found this video a while ago for ideas and it's the same apartment I will be in- small world!

2 Favorite Pizza Spots

Disclaimer: I am no expert on New York pizza or really anything about the city as a whole, however in my constant ongoing search for the greatest slice in this town, two places have been total stand outs and I had to share. Both are relatively small chains with a couple of locations each, and truly heaven on a crust.

Artichoke Bastilles | After watching this video about pizza in NYC, I had to try it. After months, I figured that there would be no way that it would lead up to the hype, and it somehow topped my expectations. The slices are relatively cheap, but huge. You really only need one. Seriously. This is the creation of artichoke dip and chicken pot pie on a crust. 

& Pizza | This is a relatively new chain here, and if you are lucky enough to pass when they are handing out free samples, it's worth stopping by. The pizzas are also relatively cheap and can be shared. The toppings take the art of pizza to the next level (I recommend the mushroom).  This article is quite intriguing for employees and fans. 

Happy Thursday- I hope you have a great start to the weekend!
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The Truth About the Job Search

I am the last of my friends to get a full time job. While that seems pathetic or lazy, it was something that I knew was going to be a part of my plan. If I had a quarter for every time a friend, family member or stranger asked me about my job search...I wouldn't have to worry about rent. The whole "three bucks, two bags, one me" thing was pretty relevant to my life (for clarity, I definitely had more than two bags and fortunately, a little more than three dollars in my bank account). Despite the fact that it's been a crazy week, I couldn't have made a better decision coming here. 

Of course I had friends, family and my boyfriend in the city, but it's still been an adjustment. These transitional times are the ones that thicken our skin and often make great stories.  I have learned more than anything in the past couple of weeks is the importance of patience. By coincidence, I was watching a video about Aries (my sign) and the number one challenge that was mentioned was having patience. In no way is this post supposed to be a pity party or plea to other companies, but it's hard waiting. (I often think of the phrase, "stress is caused by being "here" and wanting to be "there.") Writing is a way of coping for me when things are messy.  For every rejection, bad interview and long day means I'm one step closer to finding the right job for me. In the meantime, all we can do is work hard, be patient and hope that everything works out in the long run (fingers crossed). 

Weekend Links

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend! I went down to Smorgasburg this Saturday to check out the incredible street food in Williamsburg and then wandered over to DUMBO. It was only the second time I have been to Brooklyn and it was clearly the place to go. 

I finally got to see NBC studios last night. Although I missed catching Jay Z or Ryan Gosling going into the building, it was still beautiful. Kate McKinnon and Vanity Fair produced this amazing video.

My best friend Holly got me a Mantra band for graduation. I usually don't wear a ton of bracelets, but I couldn't say enough great things about these. Not only are they easy to wear and can be bent into any shape, but are sterling silver and don't tarnish.

My favorite series- considering they filmed nearby, I have to check out some of the places!