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A Farewell to New York

NYCNew York is my dream city. For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with NYC. It was the place I always dreamed of living and I was determined to make my dream a reality. So at the age of 23, I got the opportunity to move to New York and work at a small agency. I took the opportunity and haven’t looked back.

If someone told me I would spend my twenties in the city of my dreams working with some of the most influential people in my industry, befriending inspiring top fashion and beauty influencers, and planning and attending star studded events, I never would have believed it. But my New York dreams came true. I was completely devoted to this city and my job and I couldn’t have been happier or more grateful for my opportunities.

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But New York is hard. Living in New York is harder than most can imagine. When you live here you are constantly battling. You battle the scorching heat in the summer and the unbearable cold in the winter, you battle for a seat on the subway and a place on the sidewalk, you battle for a dinner reservation or an invite to a glitzy event, you battle to make yourself heard in the boardroom, you battle to pay your rent and still eat, you battle to make time for drinks with friends or a date with your husband, you battle endlessly and it changes you as a person. For better or worse New York has made me ‘harder’. I know what I want and I’m not willing to compromise to get it. I never want to take a backseat in my life and I am lucky to be surrounded by people who think and feel the same way I do.

When I first moved to New York I thought I would live here for three years, five years max. Six years later I was still holding on but there were cracks in my perfect, concrete facade. What I realized was that I was never going to leave New York on my own, New York was leaving me. Like the college boyfriend who goes from sending flowers to only sending 2am drunk texts, NYC was pushing me away. The city was beginning to show me that I was becoming an outsider. I was slowing down. I couldn’t hang. Unlike my gorgeous, ambitious single friends, I was the married girl ducking out of industry happy hours to watch Netflix with my husband. Then I was the pregnant girl who could barely make it up the subway stairs without feeling faint. Going out was out of the question so I stayed in every weekend — and I worried endlessly about paying for childcare. The reality is, NYC is Never-Never Land for grownups. The more ‘adult’ decisions you make, the more the fairy dust wears off and you realize you need to return to the real world.

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Then a few things happened all at once. My husband unexpectedly got a great job in my hometown, our lease ran out, and I was preparing to go on maternity leave for the summer. We were suddenly faced with the choice of staying in the city or returning to my hometown and be closer to family and raise our daughter in a balanced and more affordable environment. The choice was obvious. New York had officially broken up with me and I had to go.

I’m definitely not ready to go. If it was up to me I would live here until I was a crotchety old lady living with my husband in a Harlem studio with six or seven rambunctious dogs. I still love New York, but I’m not sure I’m ready to tackle the daily struggle of living here and the daily struggle of being a new mom. So when the opportunity to live an easier life with my new baby presented itself I had to take it. Trust me, once you see a woman lug a giant stroller up the subway stairs, or try to navigate her toddler away from the endless filth on the sidewalk, or overhear a mom talk about the kindergarten application process you realize motherhood in NYC is next-level hard.

So what’s next? I’m moving to Richmond, Va. We found a lovely apartment for less than half of what we pay now, we get to buy a car (I haven’t driven in seven years, people!) and I get to take some time off to enjoy my next big adventure: motherhood. Between loving on my new baby and cleaning her vomit off the walls of my new apartment, I hope to chronicle my new life on this blog like I’ve always wanted to.

Thanks for following along on my extended NYC adventure. I hope you’ll stick around for what’s to come!

xo

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Bump, meet The Internet

winter maternity styleYou guys, we have a lot to cover in this post. First, I’m pregnant! Yayayayayay! To answer your FAQs:

  • She’s a girl.
  • She’s due in late June.
  • We have a name but it’s not ready to be shared on the Internet just yet.
  • No, we aren’t moving.
  • Yes, we have a room for her (and a bathroom, too!).
  • I feel fine :) just tired, and really out of breath.
  • Matt is just as excited as me and super supportive!

Also, this post was supposed to coming to you from our fabulous Charleston babymoon. But the day we were supposed to leave our flight got cancelled due to ‘weather’ and wouldn’t be rescheduled for another two days. So we had to cancel the whole thing. It was such a bummer!! But we quickly remembered we live in NYC and can have a fun staycation, too. Even if it’s flippin’ FREEZING!

Okay, that’s all for now!

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winter styleBoots: LL Bean | Dress: Zara | Coat: Zara | Scarf: Zara | Gloves: Urban Outfitters

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Winter Check In

Friends, I am so sorry I’ve been away so long! It is almost inexcusable. I have been traveling for work like crazy, and it has been so cold, I have been snuggled up in my house wearing sweats and dreaming of summer.

I hope you can forgive me. I promise to start posting more regularly again this month! I swear! Anyway, here’s a quick check in so you know what I’ve been up to.

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wearing: Warm things! It has been so cold, I have been wearing layer upon layer of everything. You guys should have seen me at Fashion Week. Everyone was dressed so cute and I was over in the corner looking like a snow beast. Warmth over beauty, that’s what I always say!
listening: I actually need some music suggestions. I have been listening to my same old tired playlists. What have you guys been listening to?
reading: The Red Tent. I actually just started it. I am only about thirty pages in. So far so good, though!
watching: My husband and I watched Whiplash over the weekend and really liked it. Great movie with wonderful acting. Now we keep asking each other, ‘Are you rushing or are you dragging?!?!’ just like J.K. Simmons character. I also invented my own take on the question: “Are you a Russian or are you a dragon?!” Don’t ask… It literally makes no sense whatsoever. But I can’t stop saying it and thinking it is the funniest thing ever.
doing: Reading, watching TV, cleaning. Anything that involves me staying indoors :)
loving: The fact that, because of my work I have been able to travel to Miami and LA. I needed a change of scenery and a break from the cold weather and those little trips really helped. If only NYC had LA weather and LA palm tress. Then it would be paradise!!
hating: Ok this is weird, but because of the weather I have been wearing tights under my jeans/pants. But for some reason my tights do not want to stay up. It makes for an awkwardly saggy pants situation, which is not a good look.
wishing: Hmm I am not really wishing for anything at the moment. I am pretty content.
wanting: Some cookies from Insomnia cookies. Have you guys ever tried those cookies? Insomnia is pretty common in college towns. It is basically a place that delivers fresh, warm cookies. Seriously! It is the GREATEST invention of our modern world.

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A pop of tweed

winter 3Head to toe black is a winter staple for any girl. It is chic, slimming, and most importantly, it’s easy to style. But sometimes, all the black can get boring. So adding a pop of color or pattern can really breath new life into an all black look. I added this old tweed jacket from Zara to complete my look.

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winterShoes: Necessary Clothing | Pants: Asos | Top: H&M | Jacket: Zara (old, but this is a cute option)

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Winter Brights

mural 1Hi all! Happy New Year! I took a short blogging break to spend some time relaxing on the couch with the hubsters. We watched enough HGTV to last a lifetime!

But don’t worry, I am back to start the new year with regular posts.

xx

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mural 4Shoes: C. Wonder | Jeans: H&M | Chambray: J. Crew | Jacket: Target (very old but love this) | scarf: NYC street vendor

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Fall Chill Garb

fall styleIt kind of looks like I cut all my hair off in these photos. Don’t panic, I didn’t.

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I went to Times Square so that you don’t have to

times square 3Because we’re friends, I went to Times Square so that you don’t have to. Here’s what I saw there.

– Flashing lights around ads

– Crackheads

– Chain restaurants

– Construction

– American Eagle, Forever 21, Sephora, etc.

– Tourists

Your virtual tour of Times Square is now complete. You’re welcome! I hope you enjoyed it.

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times square 2Shoes: C. Wonder (old, but these are similar) | Skirt: Zara (old, but this one is similar AND on sale) | Top: J. Crew (love this one) | Necklaces: J. Crew and H&M

 

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