Makin’ Moves: How to Find a Roommate

Last week, I wrote about how to know you are ready to move to the big city. Once you know you are meant to be in an urban dwelling, there are a lot of logistics left to follow up on. Maybe the scariest (aside from seeing some shoebox sized apartments in the Lower East Side) is trying to find someone to live with.

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If you’re still in college, you’re lucky. You have a huge network at your fingertips (and maybe some fab roommates you already love that are also looking to move) that you can work to find the best roommate set up for you. If you’ve since left college or maybe are looking for a new set up, there are a couple ways you can go about finding a person to live with that won’t completely creep you out (oh, the horror stories).

BEST PRACTICES FOR FINDING A ROOMIE:

Use Facebook – Perhaps the best way to find a roommate. You’ll trust who you find through other friends, and it won’t be so awkward when you meet up in person for the first time. Similarly, try sending a blast email to all your friends and ask if they know anyone looking to move to the city.

Craigslist – A necessary evil, I know MANY people who have found great apartments and great roommates through Craigslist. Just be sure you exercise caution and safety – on first meeting of a potential Craigslist roommate be sure to bring a friend.

Your parents – Your parents have a stronger network than you know. Ask them to ask around about any people your age who may be in the city already or looking to move. Since parents are behind the set up, it will most likely be an ideal situation (your potential roommate won’t want to piss off HER parents by being a crappy roommate)

WHAT NOT TO DO:

Bunk with work colleagues – No matter how close you are or how much fun they are, it will get to be WAY too much. You will be literally inviting any work drama into your house, and any home/personal drama into the office. Not needed.

Settle for time/cost restraints – If you have a weird feeling about living with a person, there is probably a reason. Don’t convince yourself to move into a space to save money, because the apartment is gorgeous or because you’re afraid you won’t find another roommate in time. The first priority is your comfort and safety.

In order to love New York, you need to love your home – NYC (or any large city) is a fabulous place, but it takes a lot out of you. You need a place you’ll feel good about coming home to and can kick up your feet. Your roommate can either help you make that space or hurt it. Choose wisely.

 

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How to Decipher PR Girl Speak

Whether you’re settling into your first internship, have been in a PR office for a while, or visiting a friend at her job, there is one thing you’ll notice filling up the halls or the cubicle pit – PR Girl Speak.

Contrary to stereotypes, this is not the valley girl BS that the media has pictured PR girls and guys spilling at a the name drop of Anna Wintour. Yes, it’s a crazy form of shorthand, but when you get the hang of it it’s actually pretty intuitive and ingenious. Whether it’s for your boss or your girlfriend, it will help you communicate in the long run if you learn to speak the language. Here are a few example phrases we PR people drop on the regular.

The ROI is not worth the spend or the time” - This project will take too long and cost too much and will get us nothing. Forget it.

We’ve seen editors talk about this all over Instagram” - We better get on this trend ASAP before they start talking about it in the New York Times and it’s no longer cool.

“I pinged her about it – it should be considered pending” - An email was sent, and the media placement/proposal/extremely-important-thing-that-is-due will appear shortly.

Did you see that placement in Cosmo yesterday?”You better have read Cosmo yesterday. And you better be sending that placement to the client.

“We think it would be advantageous to take another look at what we’re sharing with our Twitter followers” - Your social media content is questionable and unsharable. Time to hire a copywriter.

“We already have over 20 editors confirmed for event!” - Our creative event idea worked and we want to brag about it. And we should, since this event has already made a few interns cry.

“Did you see what Ellen did with the epic selfie at the Oscars?”Wish we had more of the clients’ money so we could convince JLaw and Channing Tatum to make a Vine video with Meryl Streep.

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5 Things That are Drying Out Your Skin

Shocker for you all – it’s freezing in New York again. With the weather going wacky, it’s important you take care of your skin so you can at lease look and feel like it’s about to be spring. We wanted to share one of our favorite posts from one of our favorite bloggers, Nichole at Vanilla Extract, and her tips on keeping your skin soft and snow-bunny like during chilly days.

5 Things That Are Drying Out Your Skin (& How to Avoid Them!)

I love winter and all, but it seriously wreaks havoc on my skin. There’s nothing sexy about dry flakes and when you have ‘em, makeup application is the most frustrating process in all of the land. To avoid dry skin depression (trust me, it’s real), I like to eliminate all of the pesky little things that sap moisture. Here’s to kicking parched, flaky, and itchy skin in the butt!

1. Spending time in heated air.

Dry outside air + dry indoor heat = dry skin overload. B and I have a humidifer next to our bed that we keep on while we sleep. It pumps hydrated air back into our room to keep our skin and sinuses moist. (If you ever get a bloody nose in the winter time, this will help!) We love the Crane Drop Humidifier because it’s quiet and low maintenance. Just make sure to crack a door if it’s in a small room so you don’t get any condensation on the walls.

2. Taking long, hot showers.

Long, hot showers strip the skin from protective oils that it naturally produces. When those oils are gone, water from the skin also escapes. It’s best to shower in warm water, wash with a rich body wash, and limit your overall shower time. Make sure to smooth on body lotion within three minutes of getting out of the shower for best results.

3. Skimping on the sunscreen.

UV rays can prevent skin from holding onto moisture even in the winter, and although it may be cold out, you’re not shielded from sun damage. Use a sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two ingredients that literally block UVA and UVB rays. Vive Sana’s Solar to Polar Ultra is an all-natural, deeply moisturizing favorite.

4. Wearing itchy fabrics.

Tis the season of bundling up! I love wool sweaters, but they have a way of drying out and irritating your skin. Wear a long sleeve cotton shirt (Alexander Wang and James Perse make the best, but Forever 21 also has good contenders!) underneath your scratchy fabrics. It’s way more comfortable and non-irritating.

5. Wearing a matte or long-lasting lipstick.

Long-lasting lipstick may have one serious perk, but a lot of them contain alcohol, which can leave your lips dry, chapped, and cracked. If you want to be smooched under the mistletoe this season, try an all-natural lip balm like Burt’s Bees. They also have tinted lip shimmers, which I love!

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Are You Ready to Move to the Big City?

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That’s it – the city is calling your name. Maybe you’re about to graduate in May, or you’ve been living in your hometown for sometime and you need a change. Maybe you just woke up this morning and decided you’d like to live in a place where you can get Chinese food at 2am and meet interesting people on a public-transportation-dependent commute to work. Congratulations, you’ve been bitten by the urban living bug (not talking about a cockroach, but we’ll discuss that later).

Before you pack your bags and move to your new city dwelling, whether it be New York City or Denver, there are a few things to make sure you’ve got a handle on, or at the very least understand come with the territory of living in the urban jungle. Below is a quick checklist before you make the big move. If you’re not quite aligned with the below yet, print this out and tack it to your fridge. Brainstorm ways you can get yourself to your dream destination over the next few months, whether you need to save up some dough or come to terms with giving up your dream of a big dog and a big backyard.

  • Understand you’ll be paying more in rent than most people pay in their monthly mortgage payments (when my mother still reminds me of this fact, I die a little inside). Put aside 1/3 of your total pay for rent
  • Be prepared to make compromises – it may be finding a roommate or giving up cable TV so you can cut costs of living
  • You need to either work with a broker, or put in some serious time searching for apartments yourself
  • Your dream couch may not fit in your starter apartment. Your bed might not fit into your starter apartment. Your collection of One Direction posters shouldn’t fit in your starter apartment. You need to buy new furniture
  • If you haven’t before, you’ll be cooking for yourself now. May be good to experiment with a few recipes and take-along meals for work if you haven’t already so you’re not spending your paycheck on Seamless Web once you move in
  • You’ll need to navigate public transit. Cabs are expensive in any city. New York is lucky to have a pretty comprehensive system. Though during the winter it’s annoying, walking to and from the subway is great exercise
  • While dorm life is fun since everyone is at the same stage of life, apartment life is a bit different. You’ll hear what other people are doing around you, and it will get annoying. Your 21 year old neighbor may have just discovered old school ska music. Your 50 year old neighbor may have a thing for DIY projects at 3am. Your 80 year old neighbor may have a thing for inappropriately loud soap operas at 5am in the morning. Be prepared with ear plugs and a polite demeanor to ask for quiet at reasonable times
  • You’ll also need to be respectful. If you have a quiet family living downstairs, you’ll need to try to avoid stomping around in heels or yelling on your phone in the hallway
  • Do you have a family to support you back home? Even if you’re moving to a city where you know no one, having a “homebase” is key. You’ll need to call someone in tears when you find your first cockroach curled up behind your malfunctioning Time Warner Cable box
  • You’re about to embark on one of the most exciting times of your life. Are you really ready? If you have some unfinished business, whether it’s relationships, work, network – make sure all loose ends are tied. This doesn’t mean cut ties necessarily, but bring those experiences and relationships with you that benefit you the most. They brought you to where you are today – a newly minted city girl
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