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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Favorite NYC Spots

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Having just moved out of Manhattan to Boston, I feel like this is the perfect time to reflect on my favorite spots. When I lived there I was constantly googling places to go and there’s not much out there that isn’t repeating what has already been written about, so here’s my favorite spots for you all to check out!

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I’m going to start off with my absolute favorite thing to do on the weekends in NYC: Brunch!

  1. Hotel Chantelle
  2. Jacob’s Pickles
  3. Caroll Place
  4. Three of Cups
  5. Sotto 13

I don’t want to talk too much about each but each of these has a great brunch deal and great ambiance, whether you’re looking for a more upscale bunch (Hotel Chantelle and Sotto 13) or just a great deal (Caroll Place and Three of Cups). All of these should be added to your regular brunch spots. The Chocolate filled mini donuts at Sotto 13…OMG. Jacob’s Pickles is a must if you’re living in Manhattan, its the best homestyle brunch, you’ll be full for days.

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My absolute favorite dinner spot is Fig and Olive, there are a few locations throughout Manhattan and honestly I have never a meal that was other than exceptional. My fav thing on the menu? The toasts tasting appetizer.

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As far as hidden gems go I have to give a shout to Astoria Seafood. It really doesn’t look like much but once you go you’ll see how delicious it is. It’s in a quiet area of Astoria Queens and you have to put your name in and wait a little pretty much every time. Make sure your whole party is there! Then once inside you go to the back and pick out fresh seafood on ice and put in a bag. After paying for the seafood you present it to the chefs and tell them how you want it prepared! It makes for an amazing dining experience. The seafood is so fresh, I typically get scallops prepared in garlic and butter and then some sort of fish. You can also order a family style greek salad and garlic bread. Everything will be super delicious, trust me.

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Favorite place for a night out? I have a few spots. I feel that everyone should try the cult favorites like Up and Down, Beauty Bar, Houston Hall, Hair of the Dog, etc they’re all fun but can be really crowded. Personally I like to just sit, drink and chat. I also love a good dance floor when I’m in the mood. For dancing, I like The Red Lion Inn, there’s usually a live performer and the drink deals can be great! As far as more quiet bars, I love E-Bar in the UWS (great first date spot) as well as Death and Co. which is more of a speakeasy vibe. Another great place to have some fun in Fiddlesticks in the West Village, while it’s typically crowded, it’s always a good time.

I hope this helps any of you tackle the thousands of spots in NYC!

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