FAQ: Moving to New York City

Since making the big move from Savannah to New York City, I have gotten so many questions from readers, friends, and family about the overall process. I have decided to tackle some of them here, and I hope it serves as an informative blog post that can help people thinking about moving to New York City. If you have a question and it is not answered below, please feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer it!

How did you find an apartment/roommates?

I have three roommates, one of which I was roommates throughout college with, and the other two were found by her! She found a broker and did most of the hard work, but I did come to NYC with her to help during the looking process. We finally found a place that worked with everyone's budget, and although it was definitely on the more expensive end of the spectrum, we agreed to go for it because of the amenities that came with it (hello, free gym membership for a year).

How do you furnish an apartment while on a budget?
IKEA. I have the same bed as probably 50% of Manhattan, but it was cheap and doubles as storage. For the living room, we all split the cost of the couch, coffee table, barstools, and TV stand, which made things more affordable!

How do you save money when there are amazing restaurants everywhere?
I try to only eat out 1-2 times a week maximum!

Did you move to the city with a job?
No, I did not. Many people called me crazy for doing so, but plain and simple–– I had no connections up here, and I needed to move to have a chance at scoring a good job. It's so much easier once you're up here because many companies do not even consider you if you're not local. As soon as I was able to put my NYC apartment address on my resume, I got more and more calls back and inquiries about setting up meetings.

How long did it take you to get a job?
It took me a little over a month to get a job. A company that I was really interested in reached out to me in my first week of being here, and I had a phone interview the next day. After three more rounds of interviews in person, I was offered a job, which I accepted immediately. I start the first week of October, and I could not be more excited!

How did you get a job if you had no connections?
I told every single person I knew I was looking for a job. I applied to everything that remotely interested me, and I made sure to write damn good cover letters to show I was extremely interested. One of my friends actually told me about the company that I am going to be working for!

How do you budget in such a high cost of living area?
I definitely eat out less than I did when I lived in Winter Park or Savannah–– Trader Joe's is my new BFF, and I have basically given up drinking unless it's on the weekends. Drinks cost so much here that it isn't worth it, and it's also healthier to drink less so it's a win/win. I only allow myself to spend so much on entertainment/groceries per week. It's important to set boundaries–– I love the app Mint to do that. My parents have been kind enough to help me out for a little while I am getting started and settled up here, but when my job starts, I will hopefully be able to depend on them much less. I am super thankful for all of their help. I most definitely treat myself less and shop less and I learn to work with what I have!

What made you choose NYC over California or staying home?
A ton of my readers know that I was originally dead set on moving to California upon graduation. I love it out there–– the weather, the people, the mountains/ocean, but one thing made me choose New York and it was the logic that the best time to live in NYC is when you're young, but it's not the best place to raise a family or settle down. I figured I can always pick up and move to California down the road, but NYC is great for now! Home was never an option for me–– I love it, but I could never move back to Savannah.

Do you feel like the city is sensory overload at times?
Yes and no. It's loud. It's smelly. There are people EVERYWHERE. All of that being said, New York City has its excapes. The Upper East and West sides are quieter. Central Park is peaceful. My friend lives in Connecticut, so I can always take the train out if I need to get away on the weekends.

How much do you walk a day?
At least 5 miles a day. I try to walk when possible instead of taking the subway because I love the extra exercise it gives me! I have been so active since being here, and it makes me feel so energized.

What has been your biggest adjustment?
Honestly, living with three other people and the chaos that comes with it. I am an introvert, so it's hard having high energy levels around at all times. I love all of my roommates, but it's definitely an adjustment, and sharing kitchen space/the pantry is hard! It also makes the apartment impossible to keep clean.

Do you ever feel lonely? I want to move to the city but I have no friends there and I am super scared to take the leap!
I will be your friend! Honestly, it almost feels lonelier here because the city is so vast if that makes sense. People are everywhere, but they all have their own lives. I knew maybe 2 people before moving up here, and I barely even get to see them because their schedules are so chaotic. I don't regret my decision at all, but I am excited to start my job so I can meet more people! Another thing is making new friends post-grad is definitely harder. Everyone is working so no one can hang out during the day, and no one has classes or anything forcing them to be exposed to new people/crowds.

How long can you see yourself living in the city?
This is a question I cannot answer right now. I would definitely expect to be here at least a full two years, but you never know where life will take you!

Fall Favorites

Today, I made my way to Madewell to stock up on fall must-haves. Everything they currently have in store is so cute, and I was pleased to find that through next Monday, they are having a promotion that allows you to get 20% off of purchases over $100 and 30% off of purchases over $300. I thought I would share what pieces I picked up and other favorites that I sadly left behind!

WHAT I GOT


  1. High-Rise Skinny Jeans
  2. Pullover Sweater in Elmwood Stripe
  3. Mr. Dijon Tee
  4. Silk Star Top
  5. Cali Demi-Boot Jeans
  6. Central Shirt in Haden Plaid

OTHER PIECES I LOVE

Victory Cup Fall Polo Classic



This past Saturday, Victory Cup Polo was kind enough to invite me and a few friends to their Fall Polo Classic on Governor's Island. I had never been to a polo match before and honestly didn't know what to expect, but we had a blast attending. The people watching was incredible, and although it was boiling hot outside, there was a nice breeze lingering in the air.

The unseasonably warm weather made it hard to get dressed for the event, but I decided to wear a tie back romper I picked up at Club Monaco on sale and sandals (I hate wearing wedges/heels for extended periods). I was so thankful that BMW was handing out free hats–– after an hour of being at the match, I began to get incredibly sunburnt, so the hat was a lifesaver. Also, my curls looked terrible mainly because I just cut my hair SHORT again and I have no idea how to deal with it so a hat was a must. Gotta love awkward hair phases and really strong wind. Probably the best part of the event was all of the good free food and drink samples they were giving out. I definitely took advantage of the Butter Lane cupcake station, and the Fisher's Island lemonade was so refreshing!

Also, let's talk about how cute those random kids playing with the dogs are. They were posing for photos and although it was weird to be taking photos of random children, their parents were fine with it. I have never seen such cuteness in my entire life. We probably watched the kids sit on the dogs for ten minutes, and were much more fascinated with the whole situation than the polo match going on in the background. Ha!

Do Something Every Day That Scares You

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This is my new motto I am trying to live by–– you might wonder how the hell to do this, especially when you're in a set routine. Routines are super nice, don't get me wrong, but getting out of your comfort zone is so SO SO important for personal growth. One of my favorite quotes is: "A comfort zone is a nice place, but nothing grows there." I really buy into this, because whenever I do something that does scare me and isn't something I would normally do, I feel amazing after (well, usually).

You don't have to go doing boldly crazy things to get out of your comfort zone. One of my favorite things to do is trying out a new workout class/studio. I get super intimidated when I don't know exactly what I am getting into, so walking into a new class with new instructors FREAKS me out. I tried Barry's Bootcamp recently, and although I used to do OrangeTheory for months (they are similar), the word "bootcamp" sent shivers down my spine. As I walked into the studio and saw all of these perfectly fit bodybuilders and modelesque women surrounding me, I took a deep breath and realized that even if I don't have a 6-pack or perfect form, it was ok, because I showed up. Simply to be there is the most important part of the practice (this is my friend Ashley's Instagram bio and I think of her every time I say it–– she's so strong, and so are you). I crushed that workout class, and I am so glad I faced my fear of trying it instead of just going to one of my spin classes I have in rotation.

Even if you're not someone who likes doing hardcore workouts, there are other ways to push yourself to be better. Doing new things can give you more confidence and it may make you feel more accomplished, which can lead to higher levels of productivity. Here are some things I would like to do to push myself in the future:

  • Climb another major mountain. I did Kilimanjaro this summer, and it was the best thing I have ever done in my life. Summiting made me "zoom out" on my life and reconsider my goals and dreams.
  • Trying to cook more. I want to learn healthier recipes instead of just heating up frozen Trader Joe's meals.
  • Train for a 10k. Right now, I can run for maybe 2 miles and then I feel like death has come over me. I want to become physically and mentally stronger.
  • Do something that sounds totally ridiculous, like trapeze yoga. Antigravity yoga is a huge craze in NYC, and although I feel like I would feel absolutely stupid upside down, maybe that's exactly what I need.
  • Volunteer for a new organization that I have never heard of. Volunteering is an amazing way to give back to the community while also meeting new people that you usually would not cross paths with.

What are some ways you have pushed yourself outside of your comfort zone? Did it work or make you feel better? Share below so other readers can be inspired by your efforts! I'd also love to read them for myself to get new ideas on how to shake things up!

Something to Yale About

Sweater | Similar Jeans | Booties | Similar Shirt | Bag

Yale is something to yell about, I tell you (I am terrible with puns). This past weekend, I went to visit my friend Marlee in Connecticut. We made a day trip to New Haven and made sure to walk the Yale campus–– it was incredibly gorgeous, and the weather outside was unreal. I had always wanted to walk the historic campus, and it definitely did not disappoint.

29Rooms Photos + Video


Since last year, I had been freaking out over the prospect of going to 29Rooms–– every Instagram I had seen of it was magical, and while it was pretty cool, it most definitely had its downfalls in my opinion. I was so excited to attend that I bought a ticket in July before I was even positive that I was moving to New York. I decided to spend the whole day in Brooklyn exploring and then headed to the event 45 minutes early (my ticket said to come 30 minutes early, so I thought 45 would be overkill but I was wrong–– the line snaked around 3 blocks).

When I was in line, a Snapchat rep came up to me and gave me a pair of Spectacles to document the event. Good marketing move, Snapchat. After pairing my glasses with my phone, I headed into the 29Rooms warehouse for a few hours of magic... Except I made it through less than half of the rooms in 2 hours. Wow, guys, every single popular room had at least a 20-minute wait, if not longer. This was kind of a buzzkill, as I did not get to see the snow globe room or walk through the human car wash. There was also minimal AC, which got to be annoying as more bodies came into the warehouse.

So many girls were pushing and shoving for Instagram photos, and you were only allowed a small amount of time in each "room." I should have anticipated this, but I was wishing and hoping that the event would be filled with art lovers like me that really wanted to appreciate every room instead of turning the whole thing into a photo op. Yes, I snapped some photos (see above) but some girls were trying to go to rooms multiple times to get the perfect shot, which probably led to the insane lines. One girl screamed at a 29Rooms volunteer because the volunteer got a bad angle of her in a photo. Yikes. The redeeming quality of 29Rooms was the free ice cream I got afterward. Although it was not the fairytale experience I was hoping for, I am still glad I attended, and if I do go next year, I will drag a friend along with me so I don't have to read a book while waiting in lines. Also, maybe my vlog will be less boring because I will have learned patience by then!