Engaged and Planning A Small Wedding

I got engaged! My fiance and I formally announced our engagement to our family and friends in person, over the phone, Facebook, and via bat signal in the sky!

Everyone has asked how he proposed and the story is not dramatic in the least.

Over the last year we have talked (in detail) about our plans for the future, settling down, being “grown ups”, where we want to live (long term), maybe purchasing some real estate (the rent is too damn high) etc. In setting up our “timeline” for the future we realized we should probably get married first.

After evaluating any possible roadblocks to planning a wedding (Will RJ be involved?) we decided next year was as good a time as any. So, we selected a ring and updated our friends and family. That was the easy part.

Like I said, completely not dramatic. Sorry!

In addition to sorting out wedding details, I have been taking classes to prepare for grad school and continue with my volunteer duties so things have been really busy.

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Stylish and Affordable End Tables Under $150

stylish end tables under $150A stylish end table can really tie a living room together. That is, of course, if you have the space for one. We could probably squeeze in an end table or two in our current apartment but I would like to save that for after we have everything else set up. Then we will see how much space we have left.

I’ll be sharing an update of what our new space looks like soon! I am a REALLY slow decorator. Sorry!

While daydreaming about the day when I will have enough space for multiple end tables in a living room (with floor to ceiling windows and a view of the ocean of course) I found some great looking end tables for under $150. I’ve broken them down by price so you can find something that fits your budget. Enjoy!

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Stylish Planners To Get You Organized!

Life is going to get a lot busier for the rest of this year and into 2015 and I need to keep on top of things. To help with all this I have invested in a stylish planner which is a bit of a throwback to my college days. We actually received a student planner at the beginning of each school year when I was in college and it was great for keeping track of assignments, projects, etc.

Of course as an “adult” I wanted a stylish planner to keep track of my fabulous (in my opinion) adult life.

Here are some stylish planners, including the one I bought,  to keep you organized and top of things for the rest of the year and into 2015.

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Apartment Hunting in NYC Part 3: Our Search Is Over, Some Help With Yours

Great news! Our journey into the first ring of hell, aka apartment hunting in NYC, is over. Here’s how our search went and 10 things I learned during our apartment search. Hopefully you find this helpful, especially if you don’t want to use a broker.

We finally found an apartment in a great pet friendly building, in a great neighborhood we both like. We will have amenities like a gym, doorman, valet, laundry on every other floor, proximity to the train. Our apartment is actually on the island of Manhattan (downtown) and we did not have to pay a broker fee. We have great commutes to work (under 20mins) and it is also less expensive than our current apartment.

In these respects it hits everything on our list and then some (we really weren’t expecting our next apartment to have a gym, doorman, or even elevators).

However, there is one catch. As you will learn if you are also apartment hunting in NYC every apartment has a catch.

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38 Great Looking & Affordable Sofas For Your Apartment

Lately I have been thinking about sofas. With our planned move (whenever we find a place of course) I have been searching for affordable sofas that would look great in a new apartment.

Consider our current sofa, the Ikea Tidafors in Hensta Gray as seen here:

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Yay

I really wish this was upholstered in a more pet friendly fabric. RJ enjoys napping here and he SHEDS all over the place. This is especially obvious because of the contrast of his light fur on the dark color. We have a throw cover on the sofa but, somehow, RJ always ends up stretched out directly on the sofa fabric and leaving more fur behind.

As a young person renting an apartment, I don’t think it makes much sense to spend $2000 on a sofa. Tastes change, budgets change, needs change. You can always look for a used sofa but, if you are looking for new affordable sofas, I have found 38 great looking options for the renter or home owner on a budget.

See the sofa slideshow after the jump

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