From Manhattan to Boston

Lately I have really l enjoyed reading posts about more intimate parts of my favorite bloggers lives, i.e. Dani Austin, Brighton Keller, The Darling Detail, Amelia Liana, etc. And while I am definitely not comparable to them I would really like to put out the content that they have exemplified. So today I’m covering why I picked my life up and moved to a new city, where I basically knew no one.

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Reasons Why

One those questions I got asked every time I told someone I was leaving was, Why leave NYC? There were SO many reasons why I wanted to leave, but it all boils down to me being unhappy there. Since I was 14 I remember saying I want to move to New York after college and work in a fancy office building and walk to Starbucks every morning. That was not the reality. I moved to the Upper West Side for my first apartment, and while I loved the neighborhood, I was so far away from the hustle and bustle that it didn’t really feel the way I had always wanted. So, I made the leap to move to Mid-town East, before I say much else, this was probably one of the worst decisions I’ve made in life. The apartment was pretty and newly renovated and in an amazing location, just two blocks from Grand Central. But never the less, I grew to hate it there. It was noisy, things kept breaking in our apartment, we had mice, my apartment was the size of a shoe box and pretty much bankrupted me. I feel like I learned a lot from the 7 months I lived in that apartment however, I now know what type of environment I thrive in and have moved on for the better.

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Why Boston?

This one is pretty easy. While some people have thought of it as random, it was probably the easiest decision to make out of the whole process. I love the city, it’s a lot smaller and cleaner and it’s beautiful while still being close to home. I don’t think I’m ready to move out of a city environment yet and so I made Boston my next stop!

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Transition

I got so many comments from friends and family saying I did it so fast and that it was so easy for me to change my life so drastically. I can totally see why it may look that way, but boy is that not true. Between finding a job in a place three hours away to trying to find someone to sublet my place. I can honestly say that there was a solid two weeks where I was eating maybe a granola bar a day because I was too stressed to eat or sleep. I like to think of myself as determined when I am really invested in something, since I felt like my overall well-being was probably the most important thing to worry about, I made moving my number one priority.

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Some tips I’ve Gained 

  1. Use a recruiter – while they are known for being a pain, let’s be honest, they know the job market way better in this new city than you do. My recruiter got me a solid amount of interviews which gave me some options and eventually led me to my new job.
  2. Craigslist – I know people always rag on it but I truly wouldn’t have found a sub-letter without it, just make sure you make a detailed post and be selective about who you follow up on. Plus, it’s NYC, my best friend found her apartment listed on craigslist!
  3. Lean on your family – and also your close friends, I was going a little crazy during this whole process and there were more than a few tears shed, without the support of my parents and friends I would have crashed and burned.
  4. Reach out! This one more applies to when you’ve got everything set and you are moving soon, I am not the most outgoing person but if you’re somewhere where you don’t know many people, really take the time to go through anyone you may know in the area. Even if it’s your cousin’s best friend’s sister, she could still be your future bestie!
  5. Focus on you – you’re making this move for yourself, so take the time to do fun things around your new city that you like, even by yourself. Decorate your room so it makes you feel at home. Just get comfortable, that will make you feel like you have a safe haven when your navigating this new adventure.

Overall I’ve been in Boston over a month so it’s still very new but I am LOVING it. Can’t wait to see what is to come.

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Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

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Spring Wish List

Hey Beauties!

I have been loving all the new spring looks and have been shopping like crazy! They’re are so many beautiful pieces and colors in spring and so many trends I know I’ll be obsessed with.

  1. Slip on Loafers – So I already have a pair with a gorgeous embroidery on them and honestly I need more! These are popping up EVERYWHERE in so many cute styles and colors. I love She In for affordable trends, I’m not sure how long I’ll love this and the site has some amazing styles for less. // Studded Loafers $35bomber jacket
  2. Embroidered Bomber – I have been in love with this bomber for a while, I originally found it for ninety dollars and thought hmm.. too much, but I just found it on Lulus for less and ordered it right away. // Jack by BB Dakota Jacket $63
  3. Wrap Off the Shoulder Top – This top pretty much has every popular trend in it, and it’s super affordable! I love the check print and I feel like everyone looks good in a wrap silhouette. // Bow Tie Off the Shoulder Top $22
  4. Matching Sets – I have a major obsession with matchy separates lately and I found this one on revolve and fell in love. While it’s not warm enough yet I feel like these are the perfect weekend outfits for Spring and Summer. // Cleobella Set – Top $69 Shorts $83
  5. Slides – These Kate Spade slides are too cute! They are super comfy and fun and I love the pom pom detail – the perfect fun item to spice up an outfit! // Idelphia Sandals $110
  6. Lace Dresses – I have seen so much layered lace dresses and I love finding ones that I can wear to work because it just makes the perfect easy outfit. // Cold Shoulder Lace Dress $95 // BCBG Peasant Lace Dress $98

I hope this gave you all some great outfit inspo!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Luxury for Less

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of high end classics and trends copied at a much more affordable price. I thought I’d gather them all together so we can all share in the trends.

Gucci Loafers: Princetown Slipper  ($595)

Steven by Steve Madden: Slip on Flats ($89)

I love the look of these slip on loafers but I definitely can’t spend five hundred plus on them! The velvet is gorgeous on these Steven ones.

For Love and Lemons Dress: Midi Dress ($119) Lace Dress  ($80) Vivian Mini Dress ($268)

Forever 21 Dresses: Mesh Lace Dress ($24.90) Eyelash Lace Set ($24.90) Floral Lace Bodycon (34.90)

The For Love and Lemons dresses are super popular right now and so is the mesh and lace trend. Thankfully you can find it for much cheaper at a variety of stores.

Stuart Weitzman: Highland Boots ($798) // Steve Madden Over the Knee Boots: Emotions ($100!)

Chloe Bag:Marcie Mini ($795) // Forever 21 Bag: Tassel Crossbody ($22.90)

 Payless booties:Buckle Boot ($29.99) // Givenchy Boots ($1,395)

I have always loved those Givenchy booties but I almost love the Payless ones more! It’s a great way to do the trend in an understated way.

Burberry Trench: The Kensington ($1,795) // Forever 21 Tench: Classic Trench ($42)

I added this one in because although not as trendy, it’s always a classy staple to have in your wardrobe. And I know I want the Burberry one, but the Forever 21 one is MUCH cheaper and just as beautiful.

I hope this gave some inspiration to hunt for the trends elsewhere!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Marvel in Montana

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Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Montana and take in the gorgeous mountains and beautiful trails. I hit the slopes of Big Sky Mountain in Big Sky, MT and enjoyed some amazing meals and fresh snow.

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We stayed at a beautiful condo about 15 minutes away from the mountain to be closer to town. We booked it through the Beehive Property Management Company – I would highly recommend them! We had a hot tub and some lovely mountain decor.

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There was so much amazing food there it was unbelievable. I have never tried elk, bison or trout and they were all delicious! Here’s a look at my yummy elk and bison Bolognese.

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I would highly recommend Olive B’s Bistro in the meadow village as well and the Lone Mountain Ranch Dining Room and The Rainbow Ranch for dinner. We also had a great batch of nachos and beer at the Lone Peak Brewing Company!

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If you’re looking to go skiing out west or just sight seeing, Big Sky has it all.

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

5 Stylish Work Pieces

These days if I’m not thinking about my outfit in advance, I’ll be sure to come into work looking like I rolled out of bed. Having stylish essentials in your wardrobe, that can make you look chic instantly, are perfect for those late mornings.

Here’s 5 pieces that you can mix and match into your own wardrobe and rock with your own personal accessories.

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  1. Black turtleneck – Jcrew//Cashmere// $228.00//Perfect for tucking into a skirt or pairing with sleek trousers and heels.
  2. Trendy Top – Zara//$29.90//Always a plus if you can incorporate some fun pieces at work – loving the bell sleeves trend lately.
  3. Suede Booties – Steve Madden// $129.00//Very chic while at the same time can look totally professional with a pant suit.
  4. Ripped Jeans – Asos//Miss Selfridge//40 Pounds//There are super comfy and stretchy to keep you happy all day.
  5. Fur Vest – Nordstrom//BB Dakota// $98//A cozy vibe making a very chic/subtle statement.

I do want to make note that I work at a tech company and the dress code is non existent, therefore making ripped jeans appropriate.

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo

Jewelry Crush

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Lately I’ve just been so obsessed with jewelry accounts on Instagram and finding the perfect everyday gems. I’m one who loves statement pieces but what I really hunt for is good quality jewelry that I can wear everyday and even sleep in…because I’m lazy like that.

I’ve recently gotten into wearing my watch and some no fuss bracelets everyday and am loving the look. My watch is actually from H&M and cost me twenty dollars. I get so many compliements on it!  Its super lightweight and doesnt get in the way when I type.

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Tawny Wristwatch

Delicate necklaces are a must for me. They add a little bit of something extra to any outift. I’ve had a ton over the years and kind of wear them down until they’re super tarnished or somehow break, because like I said, I never take them off. This brings my hunt for a new one.

The Dogeared necklaces have really caught my attention lately, I like that they all have little messages and you can get a real gold one and they’re not outrageously expensive.

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Three Wishes Necklace

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Initial Bar Necklace

I’ve seen a ton of people with gold or silver bar necklaces with either coordinates or your name and I’m loving the sentimental value of them while having an edgy look. They can also be really affordable on sites like Baublebar.

Rings are something that I truly feel naked without and although I have one I wear everyday I’m always looking for some other fun ones for my other hand. I recently found RingConcierge on Instagram and have been obsessed with all her photos.

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This delicate chain ring is perfect for everyday

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LOVING this hearts birthstone ring

I hope this will give you all some new jewelry inspiration!

Happy Reading

Maura xoxo

May Books Love

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Yesterday I received my customized May Books from MayDesigns.com and I am totally in love!

This website is amazing, you can choose from tons of patterns and colors for your background and then you can add your name, a monogram or any other customized label to the front in multiple fonts and colors!

I also love the size of the notebooks, they’re perfect for fitting in your purse while still being able to fit all the information in them you need! I ordered an agenda which is the blue and white striped one with my name on it, and then a notebook (the pineapple print one – so cute!) just to jot down ideas to have in my purse or at my desk! You can pretty much choose what you want in your notebook and they have tons of options like meal planners, baby diaries, workout diaries and even just blank pages for doodling. I am so excited to start using them! Go check out May Designs for yourself and design your own notebooks!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo