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Welcome to my Studio!

NYC Living :: Welcome to my Studio!

I just hit the 3 week mark in my new apartment and I must say I am LOVING it! I was a little worried how transitioning from a one bedroom to a studio was going to go, but it really hasn’t been much of an issue. My new apartment is surprisingly actually almost the same size as my old place square footage wise — with my estimates at least. I estimated my old apartment was about 384 sq ft and the new place is apx 370 sq ft + a 99 sq ft balcony. So for the months I can use my balcony I actually have more livable space! It’s been a pretty easy transition too because I moved 2 blocks from my first apartment in the city so I’m very familiar with the neighborhood!

Over the weekend I had a couple of my girlfriends over for my first official BBQ to celebrate the new digs and now that they’ve seen it, it’s time to share it with you!

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So drumroll please……Here we go!

When you enter my apartment there is a landing space (not sure it’s really big enough to be considered a hallway) that has my coat, hall and main closets. To the right, you’ll find my bathroom and directly behind that you’ll find my kitchen.

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Hey little kitchen! One of my favorite things about my apartment is definitely my dishwasher! After not having one for four years, you really forget how amazing they are ;-) I love the brick in the kitchen too. I’ve always loved the character of exposed brick, and even though this brick has been painted, I still think it adds a little something!

Then onto my living space!

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As you might remember, my old apartment was very colorful! Not that this place isn’t, but you’ll notice I decided not to paint the walls. You can’t really tell in the photos, but the walls are actually kind of an off-white and I ended up deciding that I really liked having the light walls because it made the space feel brighter and more open. Plus, since it’s a studio I figured if I did paint it would just end up chopping up the space. So instead of painting I decided to get a little creative with some other options…

NYC Living :: Welcome to my Studio!

You’ll see above my bar cart that there’s some wall confetti! I saw this concept on Pinterest and fell in love. You can buy wall confetti wall clings, which are pretty affordable actually, but I decided to go the DIY route. All I did was buy a couple sheets of gold paper at Michaels — one solid and the other glittered. Then I took a circle craft hole-punch and cut out several circles. Add a little double-sided tape and walah, wall confetti! I also decided my new wall collage needed a little extra glitter, because, well, everything is better with glitter! So I added a little extra sparkle to a couple of my frames and my ampersand.

On the other side you have my bed. Not a huge difference in its setup from the last place.

NYC Living :: Welcome to my Studio!

Then onto the other side of my apartment! So not only do I have some fun wall confetti, but I decided to brighten up a couple of my walls with washi tape. I LOVE this stuff because there are so many options of what you can do with it. I decided to do a little bit of an abstract pattern to liven up the space. The great thing about it too is it peels off easily without hurting the surface, so if you decide you want to change it, it’s super easy to switch out. 

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Here’s another angle of the space. 

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Then onto my desk space.. You’ll see another dose of washi tape too. I just couldn’t resist!

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The last room of the space… my bathroom! Nothing too crazy in here.. My bathroom is pretty small, but I really love the subway tile that runs throughout!

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Now onto my personal favorite part of my apartment… My BALCONY in all of its finished glory! The previous tenants left me the table, so I decided to add a coat of spray paint to brighten it up a little bit.

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I had one goal.. Have the cutest, brightest little balcony on the Upper East Side. Now, I haven’t been to all of the balconies in the neighborhood, but I’m pretty happy with the finished project. 

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I think Scooter is too!

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Awww, my BBQ! I got this propane grill from Coleman that I just can’t get enough of. It’s from their tailgating series and was the perfect size for the space. Plus, it folds apart which will be great to be able to bring it inside during the winter.

Then there’s my plants! Because I can actually have plants now! No promises on how long they’ll stay alive.. I don’t exactly have a green thumb, but I’m giving it a whirl.

NYC Living :: Welcome to my Studio!

I picked up some herbs at the farmer’s market too!

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I didn’t want to go too overboard since we’re getting to the end of summer, but here’s the start of my balcony garden!

And that’s a wrap! Hope you guys like it! I had a lot of fun decorating and am really happy with how it turned out!

NYC Living :: Welcome to my Studio!

If you have any questions about the products/ideas I used, hit me up in the comments section!

HGTV Blogger Block Party

NYC Living :: HGTV Blogger Block Party

When my TV isn’t on ESPN (Chris is a TV hog) it’s on HGTV! House Hunters, Property Brothers, Income Property… you name it and I watch it. You know I subscribe to the magazine too (of course!) You can imagine my excitement when I found out HGTV Magazine was hosting a block party for NYC bloggers! Oh heyyyy HGTV! 

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Not only were they hosting a blogger block party, but it was their first blogger block party! So naturally I wanted to check it out and I recruited my friend Lynette, and fellow blogger, to join in on the fun!

NYC Living :: HGTV Blogger Block Party

Our day jobs got in the way of some of the fun during the day that included crafting, a flea-market flip contest, and other DIY demos, but we still got to join in on the fun in the evening!

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Here’s a look at the DIY coaster table with some fellow bloggers getting their crafting on.

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Lynette rocking it in front of the pink door! Mark my words, if I’m ever a home owner, I’m going to have a pink door ;-) 

NYC Living :: HGTV Blogger Block Party

It was so much fun to get a little behind-the-scenes of the magazine, do a little crafting, and get a look at some of the products featured in the magazine!

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Happy we could be apart of the first blogger block party and will look forward to ones in the future!

I Moved!

NYC Living :: I Moved!

My weekend was filled with boxes, movers, and {a lot of} stairs! While everything didn’t quite go as smoothly as originally planned, I’m officially at my new place!

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I’ll spare you some of the nitty gritty details, but wanted to let you know that I made it to the new place and I’m on the flip-side of moving — the unpacking stage! Oh, and I drove for the first {and hopefully last} time in the city. A U-haul pickup truck. Let’s just say I’m not much of a city driver and I’ll stick to the subway and bus…

NYC Living :: I Moved!Right now I’m working on making the place look fabulous, but I’ll leave you with this nice view from my balcony until then!

NYC Living :: I Moved!

#MiniVacay with DogVacay

NYC Living :: #MiniVacay with DogVacay

If you know me at all {or have been following my blog for awhile}, you know that Scoots is the little furry light of my life! Yep, it’s official — I’m a crazy dog mom.

As much as I love him though, it’s no secret that living in the city with a dog can be tough sometimes! I truly couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve made it to a Happy Hour and spontaneous out-of-town getaways aren’t exactly an option either. The pup has to be walked and fed! And while I’m definitely lucky that Scooter is pretty well behaved, this girl would love to be able to make it out for a half-priced margarita every now and then {especially with the drink prices in the city}!

That’s why I was so excited when the great people over at DogVacay contacted me to introduce me to their service! DogVacay is an awesome website + app that is helping dog parents all over the country find great pet sitters for their furry friends in real homes. The best part? You can find a host nearby, book, and pay for your doggie vacay all through their easy to navigate site! 

Not only was I introduced to DogVacay, but their team also invited me to be apart of their #MiniVacay campaign. The just of it? I got to enjoy a mini vacay of my choice while Scooter had his own doggie vacation with one of the awesome hosts from the website. Mini vacays for the both of us? I couldn’t say yes fast enough! 

When I first signed up for the website and entered my neighborhood in, I was pleasantly surprised with over 800 hosts who were close to my apartment! Wowzers! That’s 800 potential new friends for Scoots!

The host profiles are really great too because every person has their own profile talking about their experience with animals, detailed information about the care they provide and pricing. So you really get a decent amount of information before you even have to reach out. Luckily, I also got some helpful tips from the ladies at DogVacay's concierge service {who were such sweethearts} on tips and tricks of finding a great host for Scooter.

Here’s some of the great advice I got:

  1. Take your time browsing hosts and pay attention to their about section, reviews, and photos. Bonus if they have had multiple repeat visitors! Always a good sign!
  2. Ask a question! Don’t be afraid to reach out to a potential host and ask some questions. Where would Scooter be sleeping? Are there other dogs in the apartment? Whatever might be on your mind.
  3. Set up a meet-and-greet. If your trip is a little further out setting up a meet-and-greet is a great option to introduce your dog to the host and make sure they {as well as you} feel comfortable about the match. 

NYC Living :: #MiniVacay with DogVacay

I browsed a lot of great host options and ending up deciding on a host who only lives a few blocks from my new apartment! Location was definitely a big factor, but my host also had 20 5-star reviews, several repeat visitors, and she had watched multiple dachshunds — who let’s be honest have their own little personalities! 

Just a few steps later and I was feeling great about Scooter’s host and it was time to do a little planning for our mini vacays!

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After a little back-and-forth {mostly on my part — Scooter is easy to please ;-)} we both had our itineraries in check for the weekend!

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A few sleeps later, and the evening had come! I walked Scooter over to his host’s apartment, said my goodbyes and headed back home to get ready for our date night out! I must say, it was a little weird getting ready at my apartment without the little furball around, but I knew he was in good hands!

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We made reservations at a steakhouse in Tribeca called American Cut, that Chris said could possibly be credited for helping keep Carmelo Anthony on the Knicks. Sports talk aside, I was excited to enjoy a fancy dinner for the evening. A little bit of an upgrade from our usual burger outings {which are still awesome but on another level}.

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While we were sitting down to our fancy dinner, I received some photos of Scoots spending some quality time at the park! Look at that smiley little dog face :) Both of our evenings seemed to be off to a great start!

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We opted for some cocktails to start our evening out {sorry no drinks for you Scoots!}. I went with their Moon Dance champagne cocktail and Chris ordered something a little more adventurous called the Bacon Apple Boom. Which was definitely very bacon-y!

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Then out came these perfectly baked everything biscuits with vegetable cream cheese. The perfect way to get our meal started! The cream cheese was light, yet full of flavor. You know it’s good when Chris, who never eats cream cheese, was going in for extra spoonfuls!

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Next up? Steakhouse classic choices — steakhouse bacon and a fresh caesar salad.

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Then it was onto the main courses! A New York City Cut bone-in Ribeye for Chris, and 21 day wet-aged Filet Mignon steak for me. OH YEAH! Can we talk about the sides too? We ordered a Potato Puree “Robuchon” and Twice Baked Cheddar Truffle Potatoes. Not only were the steaks cooked and seasoned perfectly, but those sides? YUM! I can easily say the twice baked potatoes were the best potatoes I’ve ever had. Hands down.

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I didn’t quite make it through my whole half of the meal, but that’s what doggie bags are for! You know you’re at a nice restaurant too when instead of bringing your leftovers to the table you get a coat check ticket to pick them up on the way out. Definitely a first for me!

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We really had such a wonderful dinner! Not only was the food amazing, but the service was phenomenal. It was also nice to head down to Tribeca, which is a neighborhood I’ve spent little to no time in since living here. I definitely can’t wait to come back down and explore a little more! 

While we were wrapping up dinner and heading to our next activity, we received some more photos from our host {what an awesome feature}! It put me at ease knowing that Scooter had had fun at the park, played with his squeaky toy and was already heading to bed for the night!

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While Scoots was headed to dreamland, we headed down to Battery Park to walk along the water, take in the view and head to our next activity for the night!

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As the clock struck 9, we were ready to board our Manhattan by Sail sailboat to take a twilight city lights cruise around the Hudson. One of my favorite things about the city is the view and this seemed like the perfect way to cap off our date night. Plus, I’ve never been on a sailboat before, so I was so excited to try something new! 

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If you are looking for a great way to enjoy the city, I absolutely recommend taking one of these sailboat tours! The views were GORGEOUS — photos really can’t do it justice. 

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Our boat went right up close to the Statue of Liberty too! So awesome! When you live in the city, a lot of times you end of avoiding some of the top tourist stops — like the Statue of Liberty, so it was so nice to be able to enjoy her beauty in a relaxing setting. Cruising around the Hudson for a few hours with a couple of drinks? Absolutely perfect.

As the sails came down and our boat docked, our date night was coming to an end. I couldn’t be more thankful for our mini vacay! It’s been a busy last couple of months between travel, work, and planning for my move and DogVacay allowed us to have the perfect relaxing evening!

NYC Living :: #MiniVacay with DogVacay

The following morning I was able to sleep in a little bit without being woken up to my face being licked — it’s the little things! After a wonderful evening and a restful sleep, it was time to head over and pick up the pup!

My host said they had a great time together and Scoots left her apartment smiling ear-to-ear. I really couldn’t have picked a better host and will definitely be using DogVacay again in the future. Knowing there are great hosts through the service is going to make future travel plans a lot less stressful when it comes to making Scooter’s arrangements!

NYC Living :: #MiniVacay with DogVacay

Scooter and I aren’t the only ones benefitting from trying out the service either. I loved it so much that the DogVacay crew are offering $10 off your first visit to my readers with the code NYCLiving (new users only)! This is for everyone too, not just those based in NYC! Quit stressing out about what you’re going to do with your pets during your end-of-summer getaways and check out their website today — I really think you’re going to like it!

**Disclaimer: DogVacay’s team sponsored my #MiniVacay and provided me with a promotional credit to try out their service. This post and all opinions stated are based on my own ideas and honest experience with the services and have not been influenced based upon the sponsorship.