There are more ways to spring clean besides getting rid of the old and excessive. A new season is a time to reflect on what you would like to change, what you would like to start, and what you would like to de-clutter, both physically and mentally. Here are some of my tips and tricks for starting anew:
Rearrange your furniture: Rearranging furniture allows me to start fresh and feel as though I’m walking into a new space. It allows me to feel more creative and less stressed with the mundane.
Try a new recipe: You may discover your new signature dish or a newfound love for a type of cuisine. Get your friends involved and invite them over to get in on the fun!
Read a new book: See my previous post about motivational books to get you inspired!
Purchase a piece of artwork: I’m not referring to a very expensive piece of art, maybe something found in Union Square or on Etsy or from an FIT student, but adding a new piece of art to your apartment or home can spruce up the atmosphere!
Treat yourself: Whether you are treating yourself to a manicure, an ice cream cone, or spa night at home, try your best to pamper yourself!
While spring being around the corner is a great incentive to change your life around, sometimes you need to get your motivation from external sources. My favorite way to get motivated is to watch documentaries about those that inspire me, listen to motivational music, or read a book that will make me think and drive me to do better. The FIT library is filled with books, not just pertaining to fashion and the related majors here, but also motivational books. Here are some of my favorite books that can be found in the FIT library:
Grit: The Power of Passion and Purpose by Angela Duckworth
Synopsis: Why do some people succeed and others fail?
Own Your Future by Paul B. Brown
Synopsis: How to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy
No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith
Synopsis: Finding your passion, creating your career plan, confronting your fears and excuses
Smarter, Better, Faster by Charles Duhigg
Synopsis: The secrets of productivity in life and business
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Synopsis: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion
New York City is no stranger to interesting food creations and combinations. DŌ (pronounced dough) is located in Greenwich Village and is the new hotspot for all things cookie dough related. DŌ formerly had a factory store located in Midtown East where they would be creating and shipping off their edible cookie dough nationwide. With their recently opened storefront in at 550 LaGuardia Place, they’re serving cookie dough by the scoop, cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, baked goods, and more!
Cookie DO by the scoop
From gluten free flavors to vegan flavors, there are options for everyone! I highly recommend going in the middle of the weekday if possible since the crowds and lines accumulate after work. The gift cards and prepackaged dough also make for a great gift item for any upcoming birthdays or anniversaries! For a full list of flavors and more information about DŌ, visit https://www.cookiedonyc.com/.
College can be stressful enough between classes, homework, projects, and still trying to have a social life, but adding on additional living expenses can take a toll, especially when living in an expensive city like New York. Here are some of my tips and tricks to spending a little less:
Grocery Hunt. This may sound odd, but I highly recommend going to all of the local grocery stores and comparing the prices on what you typically by and making a note in your phone about where you should buy those specific products. Whether it is a $3 difference or 50 cents, everything adds up over a long period of time.
Bed, Bath, and Beyond. BB&B has been one of the greatest go-to destinations for most of my shopping needs. BB&B has toiletries, necessities, first aid, you name it. Their sister store, Harmon’s, located on 22nd and 6th Ave has all of the toiletries and drugstore makeup products you need. Added bonus, sign up for the emails and you get a 20% off a single item coupon every few weeks.
Plan your spending. Plan with your friends what you want to do for that week/weekend. If you know that you are going to a big event that costs money on the weekend, try to cut back from going out to eat or grabbing an expensive coffee during the week.
Coupons and Membership Cards. This may sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much you can save with rewards programs and email coupons. Every little bit helps and can make you feel better that you aren’t purchasing at full price.
Purchase store brand. While you may live for the mornings where you can have Honey Nut Cheerios, I can guarantee that the cheaper Honey O’s from Trader Joe’s will be just as satisfying.
I’ve talked about how much I love living in Hoboken and all the restaurants that live in the Mile Square, but I have yet to mention Crepe Guru. Crepe Guru is located at 315 Washington St (and 3rd St) and has pre-set menu items ranging from sweet to savory crepes for you to choose from, or you can customize your own order. From the savory breakfast or bourbon steak crepe to the Nutella batter and NY cheesecake crepe, the options are endless, and of course, the portions are massive. The eating is just a small part of the experience as you can watch them make your crepe right in front of you!
Crepe Guru customized Nutella Crepe
It is also convenient that Crepe Guru not only delivers, but is open until 3 AM on Saturdays! If you are on the other side of the Hudson, I’d be sure to make a special stop at this Hoboken gem.