Let It Go: Moving

If you do not own a home assume you will be renting and moving until you do, so do not spend a ton on furniture. You furniture will get banged up, break, or you won’t want to pay for the extra weight during the move.

  1. If it is easy to part with then do that. Let Go is a great app that allows you to sell unwanted items, and there is always craigslist. Here’s my Let Go InventoryScreen Shot 2017-03-26 at 11.06.21 AM
  2. Make a registry with Ikea and the Container Store and add all your want items for your new home there (but don’t share them just yet). After you move in and start getting settled, see if you really need all those items you wanted. Do you prefer the more open space? Did you find something else you needed more? After 10 days of the official move-in date reassess your registry and then share with family and friends (they have the option to have it sent straight to you or can bring it to your housewarming party).
  3. Try to only keep what is absolutely necessary to your lifestyle. When I first moved to New York I wanted to keep everything I had acquired through vintage shopping over the years, but by the first Spring I was already donating trash bags full of “worthless” and “space hogging” items. Keep what brings you joy and what you use often. Everything else can go.
  4. Access the cost of moving against buying new, especially if you are moving across the country. Looking back Philip and I should have sold everything and bought fresh up here in New York. Instead we spent about $4k to get a Pod sent up here with all our furniture, and then $1k more to travel up here with our cats. In reality, we could have spent $1k on new items and not had to hire movers to help bring stuff up the stairs. But now that we are in NY, it will cost us $300 for movers to take all our items across town and do everything for us.

Keep calm, Its just a carry on

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{ I use my father’s luggage tag for identification on my carry on}

Even though my Spring Break will not consist of visiting family, partying with friends, or having out at the beach here is what I usually pack in my carry on when I am traveling. I usually try to keep my entire trip inside just my carry on and personal bag, so it does take forethought in regards to what I will bring and what I will leave behind and how it will all fit.

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{I use a little black cloth bag for my unmentionables, and a larger orange bag for any shoes I bring. }

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{I use the bag on the left for my make-up brushes and other face tools. I use the Lilly Pulitzer make-up bag to store all my non-liquid make-up.}

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{I use this bag to store all my hair accessories and jewelry I bring on my trip. }

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{The clear bag on the left is for my contacts  and tooth care items. The bag on the right  is for my face care and hair care needs.}

 

I use the rolling method for all the clothes that I bring with me. One of the best depictions of this I have found is here.

 

 

 

Blue Apron Meals

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Spicy Shrimp Coconut Curry with Green Cabbage & Rice

5 out of 5 stars. This was so good. And there was so much so I got to enjoy it many different times and it honestly gets better with time. It had many varying textures and every bite was a joy for my mouth. I would highly recommend this recipe for anyone who loves shirt and curry. You will have leftovers.

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Moroccan Chicken with Prunes & Brown Rice

2 out of 5 stars.  I really disliked the side dish the carrots and rice seems like an afterthought. Even when the sauce was mixed in with the mixture it was still not totally flavorful. It was hard to make the chicken skin crispy which made it unappealing to eat. The sauce was the chicken was really delicious. Perfect proportions (even though I stretched it a bit). This recipe does not hold up well as leftovers.

Chipotle-Glazed Meatloaf with Crispy Potatoes

3 out of 5 stars.  The meatloaf was decent but I was very disappointed in the side dish. Overall, I would make the meatloaf again for the sauce alone. The potatoes appeared to have even less thought than the brown rice and carrot side dish from the Moroccan Chicken There were extras of the meatloaf.

* Sorry but the picture I took of my meatloaf somehow was deleted. I wish I could share it with you because the finished product was quite beautiful.

Into the City: Moving Tips

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{Here I am Summer 2016 at my wits end with our move to NYC}

  1. Unless it is a family heirloom, leave your furniture behind (feel free to sell it to help fund your move!). It is cheaper to buy new items from ikea and then replace them later with something you love instead of paying thousands to ship what you already have. Starting fresh is always a glorious feeling.
  2. Save your money! Where P and I live we had to make 80 times the rent each year to rent our apartment directly from the company. We also had to prove this with bank records. If you don’t make that much you need to have a guarantor who does. If you don’t have that, you either need to  1) pay rent upfront or 2) offer a huge security deposit. If these aren’t options, then you will be forced to sublease.
  3. It is worth paying more to live closer to work and school. Unless you have a car or use lift/uber, a 15 minute walk in the summer will quickly turn into an 1 hour long walk in bad weather (rain,snow, etc).
  4. When you do buy new items don’t buy for the place you want, buy assuming you will have to downsize later. P and I bought some brand new items from Ikea and had them shipped to use the day after we moved in. It was a snap getting them all in the new place but then we realized that the dimensions were not quite right and we purchased too many too large items. We should have bought what we needed only after we arrived.
  5. Hire a moving company to unload your items, your back will thank you. Also overestimate the amount of items you have and time it will take to unload it all. You don’t want to have to pay extra for misrepresenting what you have on accident.

At a Glance

A monthly series which offers a glance of my world right now.

1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Netflix)- I had always heard of Its Always Sunny but had never seen it before. Sadly, I have now binge watched over six seasons in the past month. After the first two seasons you kind of get a feel for it and can listen more than watch, which is perfect for when you are doing chores around the house.

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2. No Such Thing As A Fish (podcast)-  Imagine sitting at a table with friends and each of you supplying one sentence to the group that turns into a 15 minutes conversation. Each week four podcasters (sometimes they switch based on outside obligations) meet to discuss their favorite facts of the week.

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3. My Favorite Murder (podcast)-Each week Karen and Georgia talk about a murders that happened and read fan mail about murders in the fans hometowns. Karen and Georgia are not enthralled by the murders or the murderers; it does pull on sensationalism, but this is a great way to stay informed and be aware. Both Karen and Georgia are really sweet and funny women who aren’t trying to be exploitative of their subjects.

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4. Pop Culture Happy Hour (podcast)- A great recap of the week in pop culture. Usually it focuses on two to three topics a week. They always warn you if there are going to be spoilers for TV Series and Films, but also dive into the world of popular events, music, and trends.

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Things I am looking forward to in April:

April 3- Internship Interview with Filmnation

April 5- Archer Premiere

April 10- Better Call Saul Premiere (AMC)

April 11-  Brooklyn 99 Premiere (FOX)

April 16- The Leftovers Premiere (HBO)

April 19- Fargo Premiere (FX)

April 21- Bill Nye Saves the World Premiere (Netflix)

April 22- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Premiere (HBO)

April 25- Great News Premiere (ABC)

Blue Apron Meals

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Spiced-Rubbed Pork with Sweet Red Onion and Black Beans

5 out of 5 stars. This recipe was very filling and full of robust flavor. I ended up not being able to finish my portion and instead ended up splitting it into four portions which I had throughout the week. My only complaint was that the onions that were roasting became burnt because they spent too long in the oven based on the time the recipe called for. I would suggest placing them on a different sheet pan so you can pull the, if necessary.

P.S. This recipe was part of the Guest Chef Series featuring Brooke Williamson of TOP CHEF. I filmed myself creating this recipe and step by step giving instructions how you can make it at home. The intention was to submit it for a chance to have private lessons with Brooke Williamson and a two days stay in an NYC hotel. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to edit the film (3-7 minutes) in time to submit, but I will share it with my readers once it is completed.

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Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Sarda with Kale & Sicilian Tomato Sauce

5 out of 5 stars.  The recipe was easy to follow and did not require too many dishes. I don’t remember having ever tasted Fragola Sarda Pasta before but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. I accidentally made the meatballs too big so they took longer to cook. This was tasty both warm and cold. I had a bunch of Kale left over and there was enough for three full portions.

Katsu-Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise and Jasmine Rice

I did not get to make or eat the Katsu catfish because I was accidentally delivered two Meatball knick-knacks bags instead of the meatball bag and a catfish bag. I notified customer service as soon as a noticed the issue (sadly at the end of the week moment before I was about to start prepping the veggies) but have yet to hear back from them. I have only even had one issue before and it was in regards to the freshness of my meat. They ended up giving me a credit for $20 for my next order as per their freshness guarantee. I will keep you posted about the outcome for this issue.

Update: I was contacted by customer service and they credited me another $20 toward a future order.

Spring 2017 Capsule

My Color Palette:

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Metallic Accent: Rose Gold

What I included in my spring capsule wardrobe:

Total Items – 50 (excluding accessories and shoes)

Detox Goal: 35-40 items

1 Jean jacket

1 suede jacket (beige)

1 Sweatshirt (heather grey)

2 Blazers (beige/lavender)

3 sweaters (beige cardigan/white kimono/light grey flutter sleeve)

5 sweaters (grey knit/grey cashmere/light pink/white/white and grey striped 3/4 sleeve)

5 Blouses ( white 3/4 sleeve/white oxford/ black and white checked oxford 3/4 sleeve/beige 3/4 sleeve/ white short sleeve)

2 collared tanks (white/beige)

6 knit tops (grey long sleeve/ grey long sleeve/ white short sleeve/ grey short sleeve/ grey short sleeve/ light coral and grey short sleeve)

2 tanks (light pink/grey)

2 denim pants (light grey/white)

2 denim capri (light wash/light yellow)

4 shorts (beige/white/light blue/cream and grey)

5 skirts (white/beige/pastel floral/ light blue/camel)

5 sleeveless dresses (beige/cream/light pink/light blue/grey)

1 short sleeve dress (light blue)

1 maxi dress (light blue)

1 business dress (beige)

1 3/4 sleeve dress (denim)

 

Accessories:

4 belts (cream waist/white waist/grey waist/brown hips)

4 scarves (white/beige/white infinity with pastel/grey with pastels)

5 bags (cream tote/ light brown tote/straw tote/ light blue handbag/light brown cross body)

Shoes:

Boots (tan)

White Converse

Cream lace-up block heels

Grey penny loafers

Cream/black flats

Arizona Birkenstocks

3 pairs of Sandals (cream/light brown/white)

Nude Pumps

Light Brown Strappy Heels

Wishlist:

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Merane (light pink) – $65

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Perine (bone) – $60

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Lolla (cognac)- $70

 

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Evamarie Bell-Sleeve Top- $88

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Fluted Sleeve Polin Shirt (lady oxford)- $79.50

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Sandro Lace Mini Dress -$570

 

Moleskine Hacks

After working at Moleskine for awhile I realized very quickly that not all the products are single use only. Here are some of my favorite ‘hacks’ that I have discovered while working at Moleskine. Enjoy!

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Use the Colour-a-Month Planner to keep track of your fitness routine, workouts, and calorie intake.

 

 

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Use the pocket portfolio to hold business cards.

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Buy four recipe journals and organize your recipes by season so you can always go fresh.

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Use the hard pen case as an eyeglass case.

 

Buy a pocket Cahier and slip it into the Passport Wallet so you can take notes on the go.

 

 

Small Things

This past week was considerably lax. I only worked two days, I had the weekend mostly off, and classes went well. In my post-production class we had been editing a dialogue scene for the previous three weeks and were focusing on the the sounds that were in the scene. Though mine was not perfect, I was very proud that I challenged myself to include a thunderstorm, as well as mood music (it was a horror film after all). Meanwhile I completed my first coverage of a film for Process of Producing, and am moving swiftly forward in my creation of a feature film treatment for Script Analysis.

 

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{A glimpse of my planner.}

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{New crisp white sheets are a beautiful thing.}

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{The TO READ list, and then to part with them}