How To Get The Fall Feels

Hi guys! I’ve been battling with a bit of seasonal depression lately. (I know, such a fun way to start off the blog post, lol!) Every year, once summer fades and chillier winds start rolling in, so do my poo-poo attitudes and negative thoughts. I will admit, winter in New York is super depressing, especially considering the amount that you have to walk outside in this city.

But this year, I’ve decided to take a different approach. Instead of resisting it, I’ve decided to dive right in and embrace all that fall has to offer. I’ve always been so jealous of girls who love fall and dress their apartments with decorative gourds and drink spiked apple cider. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! So I came up with these top 6 ways to fully embrace fall instead of dreading its return:

Candles– Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin spice candle? I mixed these two scents together and it immediately made me so happy and nostalgic. Go through the fall candles at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx and mix two of your favorite scents together to get the perfect fall smell going throughout your house!

Fall Flavors– Even though I’m currently trying to do Whole30, I’ve found that one way to really embrace and enjoy fall is to get some fall snacks. Trader Joe’s has a plethora of fall themed foods that I wanted to buy (so badly), so if you aren’t on a diet you should definitely check them out. I know that there are fall flavored Oreo’s, pumpkin spice pretzels, and more. One healthy option that I eat is sprinkling cinnamon on a chopped up banana or apple. Cinnamon flavors always give me fall vibes!

Open Windows– This sounds silly, but literally opening my bedroom window and sitting near it while the cool fall breeze rolls in feels so refreshing. Fall has a certain smell to it, doesn’t it? It’s so nostalgic to me. It reminds me of the beginning of the school year back in Ohio.

Music– A fall playlist is so important to get those fall vibes going in your room. Music can set a mood like nothing else. Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran is my favorite fall song, but if you want to hear more nostalgic fall favorites then go listen to my playlist here. (Trigger Warning: These are mostly angsty teenage acoustic songs. You can get to know high school Olivia through this playlist).

Lighting– This is actually the silliest thing ever, but changing the lighting in my room made a world of a difference when it comes to fall with darker days and nights. I bought new lightbulbs from Target (“soft white”) and my room immediately feels warmer, brighter and friendlier. BTW, never ever in your life get those bright white LED lightbulbs. They are the worst and will make your room feel like a hospital! Anyways, even playing around with turning one lamp on and putting my candles on the other side of the room can really set the mood and create the best vibes for fall.

Movies– Watching fall movies and TV shows gives me literally ALL OF THE FEELS. Sitting in my room smelling the fall breeze with my warm apple cider candle burning and eating my cinnamon bananas while watching fall movies is literally the warmest and happiest and coziest feeling EVER. My current fall favs that I’ve been watching are You’ve Got Mail, Gilmore Girls, and Riverdale. Gilmore Girls especially gives me fall feels because it’s so warm, nostalgic and comforting. Their quaint little town is picturesque autumn. What fall movies and television shows do you enjoy?

Trust me, I know a lot of this sounds trivial. But when you’re dealing with depressive thoughts and feelings that come along with the colder weather months, sometimes treating yourself to a couple of cute candles, a fall snack, or renting a movie can really change your attitude and mindset. Don’t forget to take your Vitamin D and let’s tackle this fall together!

Hopes & Dreams

The little girl I nanny for is talking about hopes and dreams in her fourth grade class. When I asked what her hopes and dreams are, she said “My hope is to get out of this conversation soon!” Kids are too smart. But this got me to thinking about my hopes and dreams. I’m 23 and living in New York City, but I don’t have a ton of clarity as to what I’m doing with my life.

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If anyone didn’t already know, I’m a nanny. I’ve been nannying since February of this year, and I really truly love it. It’s the first job that I’ve done here in New York where I really feel like I’m good at the work I’m doing. If you don’t know, I moved to NYC to work at a PR company here. It didn’t turn out to be exactly what I thought it would, and between a new job, new city, and new apartment, my anxiety got the best of me. I was having panic attacks for like a week straight and I just couldn’t manage them, even with my anxiety medicine. I literally left that job within a month, and quitting a job like that when you’ve signed a year lease in New York City is definitely some scary shit. I hate the idea that people judge me for that or consider me a quitter and not a hard worker. For me, mental health comes first and foremost, because I literally cannot function day to day if my emotions are out of whack. To be honest, I’ve also never really seen myself at a corporate job before. Not to say that I wouldn’t be able to do it or that I might not pursue something along those lines in the future, but ever since I was young I have had this really entrepreneurial spirit.

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Have you ever tried to envision your life, and you close your eyes and you kind of just know in your gut how it’s gonna play out? Like you can really almost see it, and all you have to do to get there eventually is kinda follow some steps along the way? That’s what I do. I’m not sure if I’m trying to manifest my dream life or if I’m just psychic and know how things are going to play out for me, lol. But when I close my eyes and envision the life I want, I see myself owning my own company. I get to dabble in photography, write, create things, travel, and have a family. I could almost cry thinking about it! The annoying part is that when I do envision this life, I’m not quite sure what my “business” really is. Sometimes I blog in hopes of turning this into my own small business, but I know that isn’t the greatest idea when I am blogging once a month! My inspiration is someone like Jenna Kutcher. If you don’t follow her, please do. She is a soon-to-be mom and an amazing boss woman. She marches to the beat of her own drum in the most beautiful way, and has a stunning eye for design. She is my ultimate goals!

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I know I went off on a tangent here, but I did want to say that if you have a dream, go for it. And if you have a gut feeling about an awesome life ahead of you, keep moving in that direction. A funny man I once interviewed in a journalism class told me this, “Fund your dream until your dream can fund itself.” Nannying allows me the opportunity to interact with kids, one of my favorite things to do. It has also allowed me to start saving up to fund my dream. Although I still don’t know what that is exactly, I have a pretty good feeling about it.

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NYC APARTMENT TOUR…I MOVED!

I’m back! I’ve had the craziest summer but I’m finally settled down and had time to write a blog post (maybe even a few this week..) I think I am going to write a blog post about what I’ve been up to this summer and just what’s new in my life.

The newest/coolest thing that happened this summer though is my new apartment! I moved to a new apartment in Manhattan, and I couldn’t be happier. I wasn’t even sure that I was going to stay in New York City, so to get to be here for another year is so awesome. I am in my dream location in NYC (Battery Park City), and I have the best views and the sweetest roommates. I truly feel so blessed to live here!

Check out my apartment tour below, and as always please give some interior design advice because ya girl always needs it:

Desk // Night Stand // Bed // Rug

 

What To Do in NYC!

Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to do a post about what to do if you’re looking to visit New York City! Now that I’ve lived here for about 8 months, I feel like I’ve found some slightly “under the radar” ways to go do things that not a ton of people may know about from a quick Google search. (Also included a lot of free/budget friendly ideas!) Here are some unexpected fun activities to do if you’re planning a visit:

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  1. Shows– One of my absolute favorite things to do in New York City is go to shows. Broadway, comedy, or live TV tapings are one thing that is super unique to New York, so I would highly recommend it if you’re visiting! For comedy shows, I have only been to New York Comedy club but it was excellent. I really want to go to the Comedy Cellar as well, it’s a club where a lot of big comedians got their start. OK, so for broadway shows here is a big tip. Go to Times Square (even though it’s super crowded and annoying) and go get your cute picture on the steps or whatever. Then go UNDER the steps to the TKTS booth and tell them what broadway show you want to go to (for the night of) and they will give you the best deal they can find. I’ve been to Phantom of the Opera and Chicago and they were both amazing, and I got great deals at that ticket booth. They also hold lotteries on a daily basis to win free broadway tickets, so maybe you’ll get lucky! As for live shows, they are TOTALLY FREE if you can snag tickets. I got tickets to Live with Kelly and Michael (rip) and Megan Kelly and it was so fun. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the show, it’s still so cool to see how filming a talk show goes into production. Sometimes you’ll even win free things! This website is where I always get my free tickets to live shows.

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2. Foods– I one thousand percent suggest eating your way around New York City as best you can. I wrote this blog post about some of my favorite NYC food spots that I would still totally recommend. Since then, some other places for a quick bite/snack that I’ve come to love include Pressed Juicery (I really like the juice and the pressed freeze) Georgetown Cupcake in Soho (name the flavor of the day from their website and get it for FREEEEEE!) and Cookie DO in West Village for a scoop of edible cookie dough (get a lot so you can save for later, it lasts days!) I also went to Junior’s Restaurant near Times Square for some incredible cheesecake with my family (We got the original with strawberries or something? I don’t even love cheesecake and it was to-die-for). Thought those would be some fun ideas for a quick fun bite around the city!

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3. Walking– This sounds silly, but I personally don’t think that you get the full “New York City experience” unless you just walk around and take it all in! One thing that I didn’t realize before moving to New York was how beautifully unique each part of this city is. There are little quirks to every area of even just Manhattan itself, and I swear you’ll feel like you’re in a different city just from walking through the different neighborhoods (see map below!) My favorite things to walk to in each part of town are: Wall Street & Southstreet Seaport in the Financial District (I live on Wall st. if you want to check out my apartment tour here!), World Trade Center/Brookfield Place in Battery Park, walk by Taylor Swift’s place in Tribeca don’t judge me, go to Washington Square Park & Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in West Village, shop everywhere in Soho, Glossier showroom in Chinatown, walk the streets of Little Italy, walk the High Line & through Chelsea Market in Chelsea, Bryant Park & Grand Central in Midtown, and walk along 5th Ave in the Upper East Side (I like starting at E 78th or so and walking down and then going through Central Park starting at the Loeb boathouse and then ending at Central Park South at the Plaza!) There is so much more but this is getting lengthy so I will leave it at that! ❤

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New York City Apartment Tour!!

Hey guys! I finally thought of a fun topic for my blog this week…a tour of my bedroom in New York City! I’m super weird and always think it’s so fun to watch videos of people’s bedrooms/apartments and see how they decorated, stay organized, etc. I thought it would be easiest to explain my bedroom situation in a video, so click below if you want to see a mini tour of my {mini} bedroom!

I hope you guys liked the video! If you’re interested in any of the pieces you saw in the video, click the links below 🙂 And as always, leave some comments and let me know what you thought/if you have any decorating advice!

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Side Table // Desk/Vanity // Ikea Wardrobe // Bed // Rug

 

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Self-Care Tips for the Lazy Girl (me)

Admittedly, I am one of the laziest people I know when it comes to self-care. I am terrible at remembering to wash my face, shave, wash my hair, take care of my skin, etc. BUT I have figured out easy ways to fit some of these things into my schedule…self-care for the lazy girl! Here are my top tips, enjoy 🙂

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  1. Moisturize IN the shower– this sounds silly, but I actually just started keeping a small body moisturizer in the shower, so right after I dry off I moisturize right away! Once I get to my room I know I won’t do it, so it helps to do it while still in the shower.
  2. Face Washing Made Easy–  This is actually kind of embarrassing, but when I don’t feel like splashing my face with water in the early mornings, I use the Mario Badescu Rosewater facial spray to spritz my face, scrub a little soap, and the spritz again and wipe my face off. Super low maintenance and it helps to wash my face without the mess!
  3. Eyelash Extensions– this is one of those high maintenance/low maintenance situations. Getting eyelash extensions was something that I am still unsure about, but I have found that it has cut my makeup routine IN HALF, and has boosted my no-makeup confidence! I still feel put together with the extensions on but no other makeup. This has also been a blessing for my skin, not feeling the need to wear foundation every day!
  4. Dry Shampoo/Hairstyle Days– I am a huge believer in dry shampoo to get through those days to weeks of not feeling like washing my hair. But I have found that my hair tends to feel dry with the dry shampoo, and it makes my scalp dry as well. Lately, I’ve been washing my hair once every 4 days and just plan my hairstyles for each day! On day 1 I wear my hair down since it’s clean, day 2 I can still get away with it down, day 3 I may do a bun or ponytail, and day 4/5 I wear a hat (lol!)
  5. Make Things More Accessible– I have so many face masks, moisturizers, spot treatments, teeth whiteners, etc. that I always want to try but never get to. I used to keep them in my bathroom, but I realized after awhile this never really worked for me because they weren’t immediately accessible and I was always too lazy to go get them. Now I finally have a nightstand/desk situation in my room where I keep all of my products that I want to try. So when I am having a lazy day/night in bed, I look over and try that face mask or teeth whitener that I’ve been wanting to! This really works for anything you want to add into your self-care routine.

That is all for my self-care tips for the lazy girl! Do you have any fun/easy self-care routines that you would recommend? Comment and let me know! 🙂

 

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The Bachelor: Night 1 Review

 

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Happy New Year! If you know me at all, you know I’m obsessed with the entire Bachelor franchise. I started really watching the shows during Emily Maynard’s season (one F Jef why couldn’t you have been the bachelor this season instead?!) But I definitely used to sneak in episodes before her season as well. Did anyone else’s parents forbid them from watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette when you were younger?! Mine thought it was inappropriate, lol. Still didn’t stop me! In honor of the new year and the new bachelor, I thought it would be appropriate to review Arie’s season premiere.

First off, why Arie? I have a feeling we will all eventually like him by the end (I hope?) but after night one I’m honestly not feeling it! I think people have forgotten him from Emily’s season, and I feel like it’s a whole new crowd of fans that watch the show now versus back during Emily’s season. He’s older, I don’t find him super attractive, and is anyone else super creeped out by his voice? I feel like they were trying to go for someone similar to Peter since he was such a fan favorite, but just because they’re both grey doesn’t mean this replacement works.. it doesn’t.

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Onto the girls. I feel like I wasn’t really super paying attention to the intros since nothing really caught my eye? But right off the bat, the ones that stand out in my head are short hair Bekah and Raven’s friend. I think they’re both cute and seem pretty normal? Their intros were cute too. But we shall see. I read that Bekah is 22 (Ari is 37) so I feel slightly uncomfy? but everything is fine (?)

Other than that, there wasn’t anyone that stands out as the annoying evil one besides Chelsea? TBH they all looked the same and were all named Lauren so this is looking to be a semi-boring season. Let’s hope someone’s crazy comes out and spices things up soon!

Do you have any fun bachelor/bachelorette viewing traditions? In high school and college I used to have friends over and make a huge deal about watching it every week, it’s always been one of my favorite Monday night traditions! Any predictions on who the winner will be, or who your favorite is? Let me know in the comments!

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