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Hi.

Welcome to my little piece of the world wide web. I'll be documenting my experiences in New York, working, traveling, and endearingly overthinking everything.

Hope you have a good read!

welcome to my crib

welcome to my crib

Welp, it’s been months since my last post (woops) and suddenly it’s summer and I’ve officially lived in the city for more than a year. I’ve been trying to spend less time in front of a monitor and more time wandering around, reading, catching up with friends. I've loved traveling to celebrate friends' new marriages, family milestones and enjoying all the 'new' in my life at the moment. Also, my MacBook became so slow and painful to use that I kind of just gave up.

Even though we’ve moved into different apartments, I thought it would be fun to give a little photo tour of our 1st Ave apartment. If nothing else, it'll be nice to have something to look back on. It was the best place to start and I wouldn’t have made it to this point without Jada and our little home on the fifth floor of an old building on the Upper East Side.

Finding our apartment was a classic "we're new here and have 2 weeks and have no idea what we're doing" approach - we ended up using a broker out of desperation, and our man Moises really took care of us.

We ultimately landed in a sort-of brand new space; our apartment used to be two separate 1-bedroom apartments that had been renovated into one brand new 2-bedroom unit. We got to be the first tenants in the new setup and got SO lucky for the price, especially considering the amount of closet space (we each had floor to ceiling closets, a hallway coat closet and a huge storage closet), new appliances and prime location by the new 2nd Avenue subway, Carl Schurz Park and Central Park. The downside was a) we paid broker fees and b) it was a building that didn't allow window air conditioning units and required expensive built-in units that I frankly couldn't afford right after graduation. Summer without air conditioning was great for my character building...... :) (fun to laugh about now but wow, 0 out of 10 would recommend.) I don't think we would've been able to secure a nice, safe place had we not worked with Moises, and this time around with the apartment search I just did a lease takeover on my friend's apartment and it all went smoothly.

A fun little story: I got the call that we got the apartment while I was standing on the platform of the 6 train and squealed, jumped up and down, and a woman next to me high-fived me and welcomed me to New York.

Without further ado:

 We never ended up eating at Pio Pio and the laundromat was shut down a month after we moved in, but here's our lovely entrance.

We never ended up eating at Pio Pio and the laundromat was shut down a month after we moved in, but here's our lovely entrance.

 That classic fifth floor walk-up view. I can only imagine the security tapes of me dragging things up there, wobbling up when I sprained my ankle, tripping....

That classic fifth floor walk-up view. I can only imagine the security tapes of me dragging things up there, wobbling up when I sprained my ankle, tripping....

 I LOVED this purple couch and our exposed brick.

I LOVED this purple couch and our exposed brick.

 You can tell I didn't think I'd end up posting these photos anywhere public... but @Dove, feel free to sponsor me ;) 

You can tell I didn't think I'd end up posting these photos anywhere public... but @Dove, feel free to sponsor me ;) 

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 Got one extra year out of my college decorations/bedding... but will I ever give up the stripes? TBD

Got one extra year out of my college decorations/bedding... but will I ever give up the stripes? TBD

 New York: where you can hear the neighbors downstairs sneeze while you brush your teeth

New York: where you can hear the neighbors downstairs sneeze while you brush your teeth

 Our dining room and hallway kitchen

Our dining room and hallway kitchen

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 the mix-and-match-so-you-have-a-pantry corner

the mix-and-match-so-you-have-a-pantry corner

 Jada's room was SO cute and homey. (puts mine to shame!) 

Jada's room was SO cute and homey. (puts mine to shame!) 

 (bonus points to Jada's boyfriend for the lovely flowers)

(bonus points to Jada's boyfriend for the lovely flowers)

I'll always smile when I think about all the chats, laughs and tears Jada and I shared in this apartment. And 90th and 1st will always be a personal landmark of mine. The UES was a great neighborhood to start in.,.. now I need to get the new place decorated! We now have an elevator and AC, so life is feeling pretty grand these days.

Happy summer! Thanks for anyone still keeping an eye over here. (hi, mom) Now that the move is over and I have a functional computer, I'm hoping to be a little better about sharing my thoughts on this little corner of the scary internet.

xoxo

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This Is Everything Else’s Guide to: The Lehigh Valley

please welcome: Travel Tuesday

please welcome: Travel Tuesday