Category: Lifestyle

Confidence Boost

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Even the most confident, polished, and put together people in the world have their down moments (I mean, Emma Watson has to have a bad day every once in a while, right?). No matter how hard to we try to stay organized and on top of things and maintain good spirits, we will always be faced with challenges, obstacles, and difficult moments. Maybe you just got back a defeating exam grade. Maybe work has you feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Or maybe your bedroom is looking extra blah in comparison to the fabulous summer getaways you’re seeing on Instagram. Whatever the cause, we all feel down on ourselves from time to time, which is perfectly natural. However, I refuse to feel down in the dumps for too long, so I like to take matters into my own hands 😉

I asked some of the coolest, smartest, most successful, and confident women I know to share some of their secrets for gaining an instant confidence-boost. Whether you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed or are really facing a trying day, I hope some of these tips with help to brighten your spirits and make you realize how amazing you are! I know I plan to screen shot this post and pull it out whenever I need a boost.

Be sure to check out these gals’ blogs, sites, and Instagrams (links below!). They are all incredible women that I truly admire and think you will too 🙂

 

Whenever I’m having a bad day, I put on heels & lipstick. It doesn’t matter where I’m going because I’m dressing up regardless. I know the natural inclination is to wear something comfortable, throw your hair up in a bun and forget about it, but dressing up instantly boosts my mood (and wearing heels makes me feel fierce as hell).

-Kasia of Ampersand (@ampersand_blog)

When I need a confidence boost, I’ll turn on my headspace app and meditate for ten minutes. Taking time to relax and reflect always boosts my mood!

-Audra of Southern New Yorker (@audrakoch)

For me, confidence comes when I’m feeling happy. A never-fail way to start my day feeling happy is to to make a pot of coffee and blast music while I ready (along with some awful dancing and hairbrush-singing in the mirror – obvi!). Unfortunately, not all days start off that way. So whenever I’m in need of a mid-day confidence boost, I always keep a tube of YSL red lipstick + my favorite sunglasses in my purse. A fierce bold lip is an instant confidence boost for me. It sounds superficial, but it totally works. I swear!

-Katherine of Katherine in Manhattan (@katherineinmanhattan)

When I’m having a hard day, feeling blah or unmotivated, I walk away from my computer, phone or anything I’m working on and take 5 minutes to go over my personal/career goals, breathe, and think about why I’m doing this in the first place. Working in the fashion and media industries are fast-paced and can be stressful, so I have to take time to myself every now and then, and step away from work in order to get back on track and feel refreshed. 

-Audree of Simply Audree Kate (@simplyaudreekate)

Throwing on a black leather jacket and rocking a big hair flip.

-Nichole of Vanilla Extract (@nicholeciotti)

When I need a pick me up, my first stop to feeling fabulous is makeup. I used to work for MAC, so it’s engrained in me that a good mascara and a fun lip can brighten up the most blahhh days. I feel just as confident without a stitch of it on, but when I need to bust out my Sasha Fierce, makeup always seems to motivate me to change out of leggings, dress up & walk tall! I don’t wear makeup to impress anyone…I wear it for ME.

-Liz of Indigo Heights (@indigoheightsblog)

My number one tip for an instant confidence boost is to sweat it out! Working out has always been my go-to way to feel empowered. Exercise releases endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in your body, boosts your mood, and majorly ups your confidence. Finishing out an extra set of squat jumps or reaching a long term fitness goal is the best way to feel empowered! As a personal trainer, I love seeing my clients show this instant boost of confidence after they finish a challenge. I think exercise is a great way for everyone to get that instant “I can do anything” feeling.

-Samantha of The Fit Brunette (@samanthabowers_)

YOU are the best YOU. There is no one else like you. You are perfect to the core, wonderfully made, and beautiful. If you live every day knowing that, you will walk with your head a little higher.

-Lauren of Laurel Creative (@laurelcreative)

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better already. Sometimes the best inspiration is already around you. Special thanks to these amazing women for sharing their wisdom!

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Photos by: Lauren Listor

A New Mentality on Student Debt

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It is no secret that student debt in the United States is a major problem. According to this Forbes article, there are 44.2 million U.S. borrowers with a total of $1.31 trillion in student debt, and the average student in the Class of 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt. When I was still in school, these massive numbers were hard to wrap my head around. I have had a job since I was 16, but working part-time jobs with paychecks that went partly to my college fund and partly to fueling my trips to the mall did not give me a real understanding of how income, bills, debt, and personal finance in general operate. Having been in the working world for over a year, I now have a better understanding of how impactful my debt is and how big of an effect it has on my life.

If you’re like me and are one of the more than 44 million borrowers contributing to our country’s student debt, you know how overwhelming and terrible those monthly loan payments are. Partnered with rent, utilities bills, gym membership fees, groceries, and other necessities, it’s enough to bring a twenty-something to tears (and trust me, it has multiple times).

I personally am taking on an enormous amount of student debt and my monthly payments eat up a large majority of my paycheck. I would be lying if I said I didn’t look at my coworkers, peers, and friends that have less (or no) student debt than I do and feel bad for myself. But my debt is going to be a part of my life for quite some time, whether I like it or not. I refuse to throw a 15-year-long pity party for myself and harness unnecessary feelings of negativity and ungratefulness, so lately I have been trying to take on a new mindset regarding my debt.

Instead of thinking of my monthly payments as another bill, I am viewing these payments as a positive step forward. For four years, I dug myself into a monstrous hole of debt, and while I will never look at my four years at Villanova with anything but joy and gratitude, I can recognize now that those amazing years also included the act of painting a picture of very red dollar signs.  But now, I am climbing out of that hole. With every payment, I am getting closer to being debt-free.

I obviously believe education in our country is extremely overpriced and that student debt is an issue that needs to be addressed, but if you are one of the 44.2 million borrowers with debt, we can never let the annoyance and difficulty of our debt allow us to forget what a privilege receiving an education is. In the midst of those painful monthly payments, it is important to recognize our blessings and fortune and take on a more positive mindset.

What are your tips for managing your student debt? Please share in the comment section below!

xo,

Tatum

Fierce + Regal

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I recently discovered the new elevated athletic performance wear brand, Fierce + Regal, and fell in love right away. Not only are the pieces lovely, but they feel amazing! I could tell the second I stepped into a pair of the Capri Leggings and Sports Bra that the fabric was of the highest quality: extremely comfortable and super easy to move in. The material provides so much support, automatically boosting my confidence and giving me tons of extra fitspo to break a sweat 😉

But Fierce + Regal is more than beautiful, high quality activewear pieces: it’s a mantra in and of itself. Fierce + Regal is all about female empowerment. Women should feel fierce, unstoppable, and confident on the inside, and still be able to look regal, put together, and sophisticated on the outside. To me, being fierce means being tenacious. It means waking up every day and attacking a killer workout at the gym, heading into the office determined to work hard and be successful, and always approaching every situation with a confident, can-do attitude. The word regal means class, sophistication, intelligence, beauty, and poise.

Many may find these characteristics to be opposites and might think that a woman needs to choose one or the other. But Fierce + Regal (and I!) do not agree. A woman can rock both of these qualities and should never have to sacrifice tenacity for poise or vice versa. I love that the Fierce + Regal line encourages this powerful combination of traits and that the pieces allow females to bring these characteristics to the surface.

We are all given different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses, and different character traits. But I believe that in every woman there is at least a little bit of fierceness and regality just waiting to come out. Let Fierce + Regal inspire and empower you to show the world what you’re made of.

Be sure to check out Fierce + Regal online and on Instagram 🙂

Capri Leggings/ Sports Bra/ The One-Shoulder c/o Fierce + Regal

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Special thanks for Fierce + Regal for working with me on this post.

 

Summer Fun in NYC (For Under $15!)

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Summer has a way of making everyone more social. All of a sudden, the friends who responded to your texts all winter with a “I think I’m just gonna stay in tonight…” are now hitting you up for happy hour. There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of rose with your crew after a long day at work, dining al fresco with your S/O on a Friday night, or catching up with an old friends over margaritas and guacamole, but unfortunately, those meals and drinks can start to add up in the dollar department.

This summer, I’ve been trying to find a balance between meals and drinks out and more affordable alternatives that are just as fun. Today, I’m sharing a few of the ways I have been able to get the most out of this season without totally breaking the bank. These activities are based in New York, but for my friends outside of the city, most of these can be transplanted anywhere!

The Rockaways

You don’t have to spend big bucks for a beach giveaway. During the long Fourth of July weekend, my friends and I made a day trip to Rockaway Beach in Queens (highlights from the day in the photos above!). I was dying to get some beach time in during the holiday (and maybe a pina colada or two) and the Rockaways did not disappoint. The Rockaways is reachable by the subway, which means travel cost is as minimal as a metro card swipe. To keep costs as low as possible, bring your own beach snacks and lunch! Or head over to the outdoor food court on 97th street and grab lunch for under $15. I also highly recommend the frozen pina coladas at Connolly’s: Seven dollars of tropical bliss 🙂

P.S. My suit is also under $15 and was perfect for my beach day. Shop it here!

DIY: Dining al fresco

Because there is nothing I love better than eating outdoors in nice weather, Eric and I have been meeting for weekly dinners in the parks throughout the city. After work, we meet at one of our favorite healthy spots (like Sweetgreen or ByChloe), grab salads to go, and head to the closest park for our very own dinner al fresco. We enjoy the beautiful weather, often get to listen to live music, and catch up on our days all for the cost of a Quinoa Taco Salad from ByChloe. Grabbing food to go eliminates the need to tip a server and also keeps you from ordering those extras that you don’t always need (for Eric and I, this means our classic shared plate of calamari and a glass of wine). Taking food to go also allows you to explore different parks and neighborhoods of your city. A win all around!

Take a Walk

This one might sound painfully obvious, but it’s a great alternative to not forget! With so many friends to meet and catch up with, those happy hour drink prices can really start to add up. When a friend asks to meet for drinks, suggest taking a walk instead! Meet in Central Park or by the river and enjoy each other’s company while taking in your city’s most peaceful surroundings. Not only is this a more economical option, but it’s a great healthy activity too. Nothing feels better than getting in some steps and breathing fresh air after a day in the office!

Keep an Eye Out for Free Events!

All cities offer tons of free and open events, you just have to keep your eyes open! I always grab a copy of Time Out New York on my way to the office on Wednesdays, which is a great place to find those free and affordable events going on during the week. There are also fun reoccurring events that happen throughout the season like HudsonRiverFlicks and Summer Stage shows. Incorporating some of these events into your social schedule to balance out the more pricey events will really help your finances in the long run!

As it is for most things in life, it’s all about balance. You don’t need to shell out money every time you want to enjoy yourself in your city. Finding a balance between free and affordable events and the more expensive ones will not only make you feel more responsible and financially savvy today, but it will start good habits that you can continue to practice in the future.

What are your favorite affordable ways to enjoy summertime in your city?

xo,

Tatum

Plunge Neck Cross Back Bikini Set c/o Shein

Self-Care

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Ever since high school, health and fitness have played a huge role in my life. I work out every day, eat healthy a majority of the time, aim to get eight hours of sleep every night, and try to maintain a positive self-outlook to promote good mental and emotional health. These things have become second-nature: part of my lifestyle. However, I am always reflecting on my way of living and looking for ways to become healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I moved to New York a year ago and with the stress of money, high cost of living, and limited amount of time spent between work, my social life, and my blog, I started to slip into some pretty unhealthy eating habits. A couple of weeks ago, I decided that it was time for a change. If I put so much time and effort into buying and cooking healthy food and going to the gym every day, it is silly for me to not fuel my body sufficiently and properly, which is something I let slip in my ranking of priorities. I set a goal to make a greater effort to not let work, my busy schedule, or stress of money get in the way of making sure my body has all of the nutrients it needs to get through my workouts and through my days. After striving toward this goal for a couple of weeks, I feel so much better. I feel healthier, happier, and proud of myself for prioritizing self-care.

What can you change in order to live your healthiest life and promote self-care?

xo,

Tatum

Photos by: Jay Haute

Latest Health Tips & Tricks

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With Memorial Day Weekend behind us and upcoming vacations and trips dancing in our heads, we are well into summer. It’s no secret that summer brings an added motivation to exercise and eat healthy in order to achieve that “beach bod.” While I am a strong proponent for living a healthy and fit lifestyle all year round, I do appreciate the extra burst of fitspo that comes along with summer sundresses and swimsuits.

There isn’t one major secret to healthy living (if there is, I have yet to find it!), but I’m always on the look out for new ways to bring health into every aspect of my life. And because no one wants to hear about counting calories or eating salad for the millionth time, I’m sharing a few small and easy health tips and tricks I’ve gathered recently that have helped me along my healthy living journey.

1. The healthiest, freshest, tastiest, easiest pasta sauce EVER!

After my roommate got a vegetable spiralizer for her birthday, my mom sent me one of her favorite vegetable noodle recipes to try. This Guilt Free Pasta recipe by Lucy Wyndham-Read (who by the way is my new healthy living role model) is a quick and easy veggie noodle dish that will definitely become a go-to in my kitchen. But the stand-out from the recipe is the tomato sauce. The sauce takes only about five minutes to make and heat up and requires only a few healthy and fresh ingredients, making it a much healthier alternative to the sugar-filled pasta sauces we buy at the grocery store. Try out the recipe below and I bet you will never buy store-made sauce again!

  1. Cut tomato in half and grate (placing the inside of the tomato on the grater) everything but the peel into a bowl.
  2. Add a drop of extra virgin olive oil and any spices of your choosing (I used pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika)
  3. Heat in a sauce pan over medium heat and enjoy!

2. Cinnamon, not sugar

I have been eating the same breakfast of whole rolled oats, cinnamon, and a banana for years (seriously, ask any of my roommates over the past four years). With the natural sugar of the banana and sweetness of the cinnamon, I never need to add any additional sugar to my breakfast of choice. Recently, I’ve started to put cinnamon in my coffee, too and it has been a major game changer. I typically drink black coffee, sometimes with a tiny splash of almond milk, but a few dashes of cinnamon completely transforms what can sometimes be a strong and bitter cup of black coffee to something much sweeter and tastier. Try replacing cinnamon for sugar in your coffee, oatmeal, and anything else you want to experiment with. Let me know if you find any other game changing cinnamon companions 🙂

3. Knowledge is Power

When eating out, it’s easy to make unhealthy choices from the sheer factor of ignorance. Most restaurants don’t include the nutritional information of food and drinks in the menu, so it’s up to us to do our homework and know more than just the monetary cost of what we’re ordering. There’s no need to go crazy and obsess over the calorie number, fat percentage, and grams of sugar in every item you ever order, but it’s important to have a general knowledge of the nutritional information of your go-to food and drink choices when you’re out. For example, I love a good plate of Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict for brunch, and while several of the ingredients in this dish have good nutritional value (salmon and eggs), the hollandaise sauce smothered on top contains a lot of calories and fat. This doesn’t mean I should never order eggs benny, but knowing the nutritional information that makes up one of my favorite brunch options might led me to ask for the sauce on the side or only order it every once in a while as a special treat. Knowledge of calories, fat, and sugar should not be used to restrict ourselves, but instead as a resource to help us stay on track with our personal health and fitness goals.

4. Explore the Pasta Shelf 

Can you tell that I’m a fan of pasta? 😉 Recently, I’ve been experimenting with Trader Joe’s wide selection of healthy pasta alternatives. For under $3, you can score a bag of pasta made from brown rice and quinoa, red lentils, or black beans. The verdict? No, I don’t feel like I’m 10 years old again eating seconds and thirds of my mom’s spaghetti (my favorite childhood meal of all time), but these alternative pastas are super tasty! If you’re new to these healthy pasta options, I would suggest starting with the quinoa or red lentil noodles before moving on to the black bean rotini, which has a stronger taste.

What health tricks are you using this summer? I’m always looking for new tips, so share yours in the comment section below or DM me on Instagram 🙂

xo,

Tatum

Corbett Double Bead Chain Necklace c/o House of Urban/Express Bandeau Off The Shoulder Top/Uniqlo Skinny Jeans/Marble Handbag c/o Policy Handbags/Cat Eye Twin-Beam Sunglasses c/o Deux Souls

Photos by: Lauren Listor

 

 

Summer in the City

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For many New Yorkers, summer is a time to get out of the city. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the Hamptons, a cross-country road trip, or an adventure to a new city, New Yorkers take any excuse to escape the hustle and bustle and experience a different environment for a change. I hope to go on a couple of weekend trips this summer, but I’m also pumped to spend hot sunny days and cool breezy nights in this city. Today, I’m sharing 5 reasons why I’m excited for summer in the Big Apple 🙂

1. It’s rooftop season!

I am convinced that there is a switch in my brain that turns on once the temperature goes above 75 degrees and screams “Rooftop season!” With so many fun rooftop bars all over the city and friends with the ever so coveted rooftop apartments, there is no better way to spend a summer afternoon or evening than with a cold drink and a gorgeous view. Cocktails can get pretty pricey at rooftop bars, so I’m excited to spend time on my friend’s rooftop downtown. Summer BBQ, anyone??

2. Summer Fridays

Honestly the most magical two words of the season. Summer Fridays are the well-deserved reward many New Yorkers get for working so many hours every other day of the year. My office closes at 1:30 on Fridays, so my weekends feel so much longer. Having the extra time to take advantage of nice weather or to get a jumpstart on a weekend trip is AMAZING.

3. Getting in those steps

No matter what the season, New Yorkers always spend a lot of time on our feet. But when the weather is gorgeous, I am much more inclined to walk several blocks instead of taking the subway a couple of stops to enjoy the sunshine. Not only do I love how I feel after a long walk, but it also allows me to explore new areas, discover new places, and continue to improve my directional knowledge (which is slowly but surely getting better!). And am I the only one who thinks ice cream tastes even sweeter the higher your day’s step count? 😉

4. Longer Days

There’s nothing better than waking up to sunshine and being able to experience daylight even after leaving the office in the evening. Longer days motivate me to get out there and explore my city, instead of just crawling home to Netflix. Did I mention that I love the sun?? 😉

5. Outdoor Workouts

Don’t get me wrong, I am in a serious and committed relationship with my gym. But there’s something so freeing and rejuvenating about going on a nice run outside. There is an amazing path along the water a few blocks away from my apartment, and I’ve been making it my recent Sunday ritual to take a run along the path to clear my head before the week (and to clear my body from any of the not so healthy choices I made over the weekend 😉 ). With new scenery, fresh air, and sunshine, exercising outside brings an excitement to working out which I always look forward to every year.

What are you most excited for this summer?

xo,

Tatum

Hylan Suede Tie Necklace/Bayard Beaded Bracelet c/o House of Urban/ H&M Crinkled Off-the-Shoulder Top/H&M Denim Shorts

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Change

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Change. The word that makes some want to crawl under the covers in hiding and others want to jump for joy out of excitement. I think for most people, it’s a combination of these two extremes. Change is scary and even the bravest among us must admit even a small amount of fear that accompanies it. Change brings doubt, uncertainty, and uneasiness: feelings that no human likes to feel. Change is hard work. It takes up very valuable brain space, causes emotional stress, and often requires tedious and physical labor. But change is also thrilling! It brings potential, energy, and excitement into our lives, and is an almost always necessary step in the progression toward goals and success.

Sometimes change is an option and sometimes it’s not. When we are given the option of change, it’s important to not immediately back away out of fear. Instead of thinking about how much time and energy would go into the process of this change, think about what the potential outcomes could be. Instead of thinking about the anxiety and fear you may feel taking on this change, think about the joy and fulfillment it could eventually bring to your life. We shouldn’t accept every option for change that are presented to us, but we should never deny them out of fear or doubt.

I recently went through some pretty major changes in my life. A couple of months ago, I moved into a new apartment in Manhattan and this past week, I started a new job at a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle PR agency in the city. Accepting this job meant leaving the agency I worked at for my first 11 months out of school. It meant leaving a team I loved, work I enjoyed and understood, and a routine I had settled into and was comfortable with. Accepting this job meant the majority of my waking hours were going to completely change. It meant I was going to have to start over in a new office, get to know new coworkers, and learn a brand new way of getting things done. These things scared me (and still do!), but I couldn’t let them weigh heavily on my pros and cons list. The fear of change was not going to let me turn down a job I have dreamed about having for years.

I am still right in the middle of this transformation process and it’s both thrilling and terrifying. But during every “pinch me, I can’t believe I work here!!” moment, I am reminded that I made the right decision and that this change will lead to happiness and success in my life.

Have you experienced any major changes lately? How have you grown from them?

xo,

Tatum

Sumner Neck Wire Collar/Wilkens Double Cuff Bracelet c/o House of Urban/Express Top/Jeans (similar)/Booties (similar)

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Tips for Moving to NYC

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I moved into my apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan about a month ago (can’t believe it’s already been a month!!), and so far, I am loving it! But it wasn’t that long ago that I was going through the stress of apartment hunting in New York City (aka the worst thing on earth). I am by no means an expert at apartment hunting and moving (probably more like the opposite actually…) but I did learn a few things along the way, so I thought I would pay it forward and share some tips and advice I’ve gathered through my experience.

Summer is just around the corner which means this city is about to see an influx of interns and new hires. If you happen to be one of them, I hope these tips are helpful to you as you embark on this terrifying (but super exciting!) journey 🙂

1. The Pre-Move Clean Out

This is perhaps the most important of all steps toward a successful move to New York. If you haven’t already heard (which you definitely have because we all complain about it enough…), New York is known for tiny apartments, which means tiny bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, kitchens etc. This is no time for you to be sentimental about the pair of holey socks you were wearing when your middle school boyfriend leaned in for that first kiss (kissing in middle school?! So scandalous!). But in all seriousness, before you even break out the suitcases and moving boxes, do a thorough clean out of all of your possessions and don’t bring anything you don’t absolutely love, need, or care about. Cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets is on no one’s list of favorite activities, but when you actually have room to breath in your new shoebox apartment, you will be glad you put in the time and effort. Getting rid of things also means you will have fewer boxes to carry up 3 flights of stairs (can I get an amen?!).

2. You might not be Serena Van Der Woodsen, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in a pig sty

I hope I’m not crushing your dreams when I tell you that your first apartment in New York is not going to be a penthouse on Park Ave. However, that doesn’t mean you have to resort to something dangerous, disgusting, dirty, or all of the above. My roommate, Melissa, and I looked at some pretty gross apartments before finding our current place, and I started to think this was what we would have to settle for. THANK GOD it wasn’t. Know your budget and be realistic, but don’t settle for something that you know you won’t feel comfortable or safe in. It will take time and effort, but the happy medium between a penthouse on Park Ave and cardboard box in a parking spot is out there. I promise!

3. Don’t Black Out

You made it to an apartment viewing! Congrats! Now put that third arm (aka your smartphone, deh) to use. Take pictures and notes. The agent showing the apartment will most likely start rattling off numbers and information about the apartment and terms of the lease. You might think these are easy things to remember, but if you’re seeing four apartments in one hour, the numbers tend to jumble together and you could end up blacking-out the entire day (Did he say it was $2,500 or $25,00?!?). This is no freshmen year gen-ed class! Taking notes in the real-world is not only for dweebs (yes, I just said dweebs) and will help you make this pretty massive decision. So don’t be afraid to break out the trusty notes app on your phone and type away!

4. Prepare Those Papers

Dollars aren’t the only types of paper you’re going to need to apply for an apartment. You will also need these bad boys. If you haven’t heard, New York operates at a pace about five times faster than the rest of humankind, so it’s a good idea to gather these documents in advance so you’re able to jump on an apartment you’re interested in right away. Apartments in New York can come on and off the market in a matter of a day, so being prepared is a major key to ensuring you have the best chance of grabbing your favorite place.

5. Get Excited!! 

You just signed for your apartment! Time to get excited!! Spend some time getting to know your new neighborhood before you move in so you feel more at home on your first day. If you’re a gym rat, check out the gyms in your neighborhood to find the one that’s best for you. Locate your nearest bodega (definition: a small convenient store that often comes complete with a cat). Decide if your closest Trader Joe’s is worth the cheap produce or if you’re going to suck it up and shop at the Gristede’s down the block instead. Many of these things will come with time, so don’t feel the need to figure it all out at once. But taking the time to at least think through some of these things in advance will make you feel a bit more in control once move-in day rolls around.

Every one’s experience shopping and signing for an apartment in New York is unique. There is no script to follow, so don’t be afraid to invent your own. It’s stressful process, but once you’re opening a bottle of wine in your new place on the first night, you’ll know it was all worth it. But just know that you might be enjoying that bottle of wine on the floor because come on, we aren’t superheroes here 😉

Best of luck on your adventure!

xo,

Tatum

Rosica Mrsik Marble Print Blouse from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

 

At-Home Spa Day with Emjoi

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Has spring finally sprung? Don’t want to jinx it, but I did (possibly prematurely) wear sandals for the first time last weekend. Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean sprucing up our homes and apartments, it’s also a great time of year to give our bodies a little TLC too. And what better way to complete the spring cleaning process than an at-home spa session?

I recently tried out a couple of products from Emjoi. The Emjoi Epi Slim is great for making sure all of those areas that spent winter in hiding are now ready to see the world again (y’all know what I’m talking about). It’s made for delicate skin, so it’s less painful than tweezers and other forms of hair removal. 

I also tried the Emjoi Micro Pedi, which is just what my feet needed after spending months stuck in boots and Nike sneakers. The Micro Pedi is small and portable so it easily fits in my shoebox bedroom and even in my bag when I’m traveling. 

I’m always looking for ways to save money, while also enjoying the finer things in life, so these Emjoi products were the perfect way to feel pampered without my wallet feeling the weight of a day at the spa. 

What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?

xo,

Tatum

Thanks to Emjoi for partnering with me on the post.