Finding My First Solo Apartment

This post is sponsored by Zumper. Opinions are my own.

You’ve heard the apartment hunting stories - or, nightmares rather - and I’m telling you there’s lots of truth to them. I recently decided to take the challenge of moving into a solo apartment meaning I had to do all the searching, vetting and signing on my own (*cue music*).

Living downtown had been such a highlight, but the trouble is the spaces are rather small for the buck. So, I decided to keep the location more open to see where that would take me. While that is a bonus, it also made the search a little more difficult because it felt like the options were endless!

To alleviate the burden of the search, technology was my best friend. I’ve mentioned a few apps and resources in the past and decided to give something new a try: Zumper.

Born out of frustration by the old way of renting, Zumper creates a smooth, efficient and transparent renting process for both tenants and landlords. You can search for specific amenities, create alerts to notify you of similar listings, and find specific neighborhood information such as rent prices and demographics. Ok, ok I had to give it a try.

If you’re relocating to NYC or just moving nearby in the city, Zumper Select, available in New York and Chicago, takes the hassle out of apartment hunting. Tell them your move-in date and budget, and from there the experts will help you find options that fit your needs.

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So: where did all that take me?

After sorting through apartments that would fulfill my wishlist, I found myself looking mostly in the Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, or Midtown area. I gave myself 6 weeks to search, with alerts on, and used my weekends for viewings. Things to keep in mind:

  • 3-4 weeks out is the sweet spot. In NYC, so many apartments come and go, and landlords are looking for ASAP move in.

  • If you’re using the weekend for tours, do first thing in the morning on Saturday. Many people are doing the same thing, so you want to be among the first to check out a place.

  • Try to stick with the same 1-2 areas for your appointments, it will save you time! Busy bee like me? If you don’t have the time to schedule 100 tours, Zumper will schedule them for you and can even join you if you’d like.

  • Have ready the things you’ll need to apply if you see something you like while on the tours. Think: your last two paystubs, most recent tax return, employer’s salary letter, ID, and checkbook.

  • If you LOVE something, take it right there. Chances are, if it’s your dream apartment it’s also someone else’s, so apply then and there if you don’t want to miss out. This happened to one apartment early in my search.

At about 3 weeks out, I found it!

The dream space in a new neighborhood between Hell’s Kitchen and the Theater District. I went for it because of space and price, neighborhood initially coming in as my lowest priority and then becoming one of my favorite elements. Truly the dream.

Once you find a dream place, Zumper’s local rental experts are standing by to provide advice on the neighborhood, and help sign and move you into your new space. Seriously, it couldn’t get easier!

It’s still a work in progress, but here’s a first look at how it’s coming together. Here are my three favorite spots in my new place (left to right):

  • The couch space: WOW do I love my couch. It’s so cozy and turns into a full-size bed for guests. There’s also secret storage and all the pillows I need.

  • The bathroom: I feel like I never had enough space to lay out my skin and beauty things comfortably. I have a ton of bathroom space now and am at peace in this space.

  • The reading nook: I love my bookshelf came out, and I treat this space as a little reading nook thanks to the cozy ottoman.

Do you have any tips on moving into an apartment in the city? I’d love to hear them! #MakeYourMove




#SelfCareSunday: Winter-proofing your home

This blog post was sponsored by Scotties, but all opinions and words are my own.

Winter is not coming, winter is here. Being from a year-round warm weather city means preparing to survive winter that much more complicated. From drier skin to frequent sniffles, it’s something I’m challenged with every year.

But this year is my third winter in NYC and I feel more prepared than ever. One thing I’m really proud of is how I’m setting up my home to be self-care friendly in spite of freezing temperatures.

For starters, I got a hold on temperature control. Thank the city heavens for properly working heating pipes. However, there were a few window gaps and tinkering to do to make sure all systems were ready by connecting with my building Super. I also realized over the last few weeks that my living room was a little colder than the other rooms, so I purchased a small and affordable space heater. Bonus: blankets all around for those who are extra cold!

Next, I added touches of comfort throughout my space with Scotties’ new tissue boxes! They add a comforting touch of style when all the holiday decorations come down and blend seamlessly into my apartment’s aesthetic. You barely notice the fact that there are “tissue boxes” all around, and they’re easily accessible to handle any sniffle scenario.

Scotties gives consumers everything they are looking for in a tissue, offering high-quality facial tissues at a great value with modern designs to fit in any room of your home. I added Scotties to my living room bookshelf, golden cart, bathroom and bedside in my bedroom. Fun fact: I’ve actually slept with tissues next to my bed for as long as I could remember. Waking up with allergies was no fun, but a comforting tissue always made me feel ready and relaxed!

Finally, I’m harnessing the power of crystals for the second year in a row. “What do crystals have to do with winter?!” The anxiety and gloom of dark and cold winter months can easily get to you, but I find that working with crystals to give you balanced energy is a great compromise. There’s a lot to it, and I feel to beginner to be the one to give this a well-deserved explanation, but exploring this space has helped keep my spirits at their high during this crazy season.

What are some things you’re doing to help keep you happy and healthy during the dreary winter months? Happy #selfcaresunday!

The Holiday Soirée Solution: Chick-fil-A Catering

‘Tis the season… to start thinking and planning for the holidays!

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To discover some of the best must-haves for the upcoming season of cheer, I attended Babbleboxx’s Holiday Showcase last week. From accessories to seasonal sips, there were a ton of brands showing why they’d make the perfect addition to an upcoming soiree or friends’ gift bags.

There was one brand I was particularly excited to see, and you won’t be surprised by it. Upon walking into the event, I was excited to chase a familiar scent of one of my favorite restaurants: Chick-fil-A! A tower of Chick-n-Minis, a delicious sampler of their side dishes, and refreshing iced tea brought so much joy to that night.

Now, imagine recreating that same feeling for your guests this holiday season. That’s what Chick-fil-A was there to convince us of. And convince me they did. Their catering menu is both delicious and an easy way to make an impression at home during a holiday get-together. Snag a tray of nuggets for fanatics of the original, grilled chicken cool wraps or fruit trays for those looking for something light, and don’t forget delicious dessert like their melt in your mouth chocolate chunk cookies.

Ordering your catering online or on the Chick-fil-A mobile app is quick and easy. But, if you’re craving a fix during your planning session, there are currently six (!!) Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York City, including four in Manhattan, one in Queens, and one in Staten Island Mall.

So, what are you waiting for? Start making a list of invitees and menu selections for your next soiree. You’ll have zero regrets!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Chick-fil-A, but all opinions are my own.