Rules of the Subway

I’m still getting my bearings, so my blog time has been limited this week!

But today, I want to talk about something that affects so many people: the experience of riding the subway.

Taking the subway may seem simple at first, but there are so many etiquette “rules” that it can be overwhelming for people new to the system.

Rule 1: When entering the subway once it stops, always wait for everyone to get off before you push your way on. And yes, a lot of times you have to push.

Rule 2: This is probably the most important rule. Never make eye contact with others on the subway. This will result in a very awkward aversion of your eyes and is altogether uncomfortable. Seriously find anything else to look at rather than the other people on the line. Sometimes if I’m too tired to try and concentrate on staring into the distance, I just close my eyes so I don’t have to worry about it. There are only so many times you can reread the advertisements posted above.

Rule 3: If you want a seat, you must fight for it. Not literally, but be ready. If you see someone moving as if they are getting off, you will only get the seat if you sit down immediately after they stand up. It happens like clockwork so be on the lookout.

Rule 4: Going off of Rule 3, once you get your seat, try not to have your shoulders touching the people on your sides. Sometimes it’s too crowded and you have no choice but to be crammed, but generally, personal bubbles must be respected on the subway.

Rule 5: This is my own personal rule that I wish everyone would follow and most people do. But for everyone’s sake, don’t cough or sneeze on the subway without covering your mouth and containing your germs. If there was ever a breeding ground for germs, it’s the subways, so ALWAYS wash your hands ASAP once you arrive at your destination.

I’m happy to say I’m getting the hang of using the subways and buses and can navigate to most places in the city without looking like a lost tourist, so that’s definitely a start!

xoxo,

~Sam

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I thought being in the city I might miss some of the peaceful parks and outdoor spaces from MA and VA, but today, I wandered around Central Park for a few hours and was pleasantly surprised by my experience.IMG_5667

I know Central Park is labeled “touristy” and it definitely was, but there were also gorgeous little alcoves and serene ponds with hardly a person in sight. Even on this beautiful day!IMG_5679

After a 20-minute walk from my apartment, I walked around for hours as I took in the fresh air, forgetting I was amid the bustle of the big city.

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The sun was shining and little kids rode past me on their three-wheeled scooters with parents in pursuit. The leaves are just starting to change and a few yellow trees stood out on the edge of a pond.IMG_5670I even passed the backside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which I visited yesterday, and realized how different it looks in the back with thousands of glass windows.

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As the leaves start to change and the weather grows colder, I look forward to seeing the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of the trees in Central Park.

xoxo,

~Sam

New City, New Adventures

So I know I’ve been quiet this past week, let me tell you why!

I’ve been busy moving! To NYC! (See all pictures of my apartment below)

It has been hectic finalizing the acceptance of my job and trying to find a place in NYC. You don’t realize just how competitive the rental market is until you’re looking at apartments and someone else steps in just as you finish looking at a place. I had to make my decision fast.

But luckily, I found a place that I love on the Upper East Side. With a Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, and a Starbucks nearby, I don’t think I’ll have to go far to buy the necessities.

To begin the saga that was moving in, I first want to tell you how vastly underestimated my expectations were. We left Saturday morning and I thought we’d arrive by noon, bring in all my stuff, go to Ikea and assemble everything Saturday night.

Needless to say, we didn’t leave for Ikea until 2pm and we didn’t leave Ikea until 8pm because the lines were so long.

When we finally brought in all the Ikea boxes, I thought the assembly would be a piece of cake. HA! My parents put together the bed, which took multiple tries as the directions HAVE NO WORDS!

I put together a small shelf to go in the bathroom and then attempted to put together my desk. Attempted being the key word. We had to put the bed together in order to have a place to sleep, so we were up until 2:45am assembling it.

Before we started the assembly process and unpacking, I had thoughts of going to a museum with my parents on Sunday. I didn’t know we’d still be putting furniture together and unpacking!

But alas, then came Monday and there were still a few things to be done. Luckily my dad was able to assemble my desk and I put away all of my cooking essentials in the kitchen cabinets.

I am proud to say that I now have everything put together and set up in my apartment, so now the only thing to do is go explore the big city! (And of course catch up from my nights of little sleep)

xoxo,

~Sam

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Pulling out the Winter Coats

Today is freezing. While fall just began, it already feels like winter is creeping in.Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.12.12 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.11.49 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.11.40 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.11.31 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.11.10 AM

I’ve already gotten out all of my warm winter jackets and mittens! So today, I want to provide you with some fall outfit inspiration.

Beginning with the shoes. These booties from Clarks are amazing. I have a pair almost identical and they are shockingly comfortable. I walked for over four hours around town and my feet didn’t even hurt when I finally took them off. If you don’t love how heels kill your feet, but you still love heels, give these ones a try.

Moving up, I selected grey culottes pants from Anthropologie. Culottes are extremely on trend right now and very flattering. Their shorter hem also displays your killer black booties.

To go with the fitted pant, I selected a warm turtleneck in cabernet. With this cold weather, the turtleneck will keep the wind off your neck. It also balances out the tighter fit of the pant because it’s a chunky sweater.

As for accessories, we have a beautiful long necklace. It goes well with the red of the turtleneck and also hits lower so you can see it below the top of the neck of the turtleneck.

To finish the look, and to keep you warm in the winter winds, is a green plaid winter jacket. It pairs perfectly with the deep cabernet of the turtleneck and the wool keeps you nice and cozy.

This almost-winter weather is making me break out the sweaters, and I can’t say I mind!

xoxo,

~Sam

Credits:

Booties: http://www.clarksusa.com/us/womens/womens-view-all/Delsie-Stella-Black-Leather/p/26111724

Culottes: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-denim-cropped/4123335850030.jsp#/

Cabernet Turtleneck: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/SWEATERS/turtlenecks/PRDOVR~B0727/B0727.jsp?color_name=cabernet

Necklace: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/jewelry-necklaces/36703825.jsp#/

Coat: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=36123172&category=W_APP_JACKETS_COATS&color=038