5.24.13 (and apartment updates!)

stripes and cobalt

This week I…

+ am so thankful for all of your advice about our crazy apartment situation (and don’t worry, there’s an update below!). Seriously, thank you. This truly has been one of those situations where all you can do is laugh because there’s nothing else you can do. I was glad to hear from so many other New Yorkers that our experience hasn’t been that uncommon.

+ (along with Meg) launched two new shots at The B Bar! The first covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about giveaways (including laws around them), and the second is a quick look at when to report gifted items as income. Super useful stuff here! We’ve got some other longer cocktails in the works, as well as some very simple pre-made media kit templates almost done, so stay tuned for even more.

+ totally bookmarked this interview with designer Paul Hecker. Helloooo apartment inspiration.

+ am very intrigued by this whole Vegan before 6 thing. Have you heard about this? Passing trend or probably a super smart way to approach food?

+ want to remind you to enter the MATINE giveaway! That $250 has to go to someone…why not you?

+ got some work done, but I won’t lie, I mostly stressed out about apartment stuff. So here’s the update (oh, and it’s good)…

WE GOT THE DREAM PLACE! Well, not officially quite yet. After writing this post, later this morning I’ll be meeting up with Joe to head over and sign our lease. But all appears to be in order and I’m so glad we waited this place out.

The only downside (and it’s a very small one, considering the place) is that we can’t move in until July 15. So yesterday I spent much of the day scrambling to figure out where we’ll live from June 1 until then. It’s kinda the worst time of year to be looking for short term rentals in New York, so if you know of any good places, definitely let me know. Yes, I’ve already looked on AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway, googled ‘corporate housing,’ etc. We do have a couple back up plans (and thank goodness it’s only for six weeks), but understandably, we’d prefer to be in a regular apartment for that time. No biggie though. Long term vision!

Thank goodness we waited. I probably didn’t make it clear enough in the last post, but we had already been looking at other places and nothing even came close. On Monday I saw eight apartments (in sweltering heat). Tuesday I saw a few more. We had a backup unit we were going to apply to if we found out our dream apartment wouldn’t be ready until, say, October, but that got rented out too, early yesterday. It must have been for a reason though. On Tuesday I went back over to the dream apartment, just to make sure I wasn’t crazy and building it up in my head. I walked in and it still felt like home. I just get that feeling when I’m in there, you know? I’m rambling now because I’m so excited. I’ve never been this excited about anywhere I’ve lived…maybe ever. I’m even more excited to decorate it and share the process with you! My sweet broker (yes, they exist) took a few shots of the apartment, so here’s one so you know we weren’t crazy for waiting (or I dunno, maybe you’ll think we were):


There’s a lot of work to be done, but it has such great bones. Bah! I can’t wait.

This weekend we’re going out to Long Island on Saturday to visit Joe’s sister and her family, including my adorable, nearly-two-year-old nephew. Living here, it’ll be nice to see them more than once a year! Other than that, we’re having a quiet Memorial Day weekend. What about you? Any plans for the official start of summer?

Whatever you’re up to, I hope you enjoy it!

{Image Credit: Blasfemmes}

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  1. 5.24.13
    Abby said:

    Ahhh, congrats on getting your dream apartment! I can’t wait to see how you’ll decorate it! As for me I’m off to the beach this weekend! Happy summer & weekend to ya!

  2. 5.24.13

    Yay! What a great start to the long weekend! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

  3. 5.24.13
    Ashley said:

    I can’t wait to follow along on the decorating process! SO exciting!! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  4. 5.24.13
    kelsey said:

    how exciting! congrats! you needed this!
    kw, ladies in navy
    jewelry giveaway!

  5. 5.24.13
    Ame said:

    It looks like it was worth the stress to me! Congrats!!!! I hope you post pics of it along the way, and after.

    I also hope there’s a solution to the “in the meantime”!

  6. 5.24.13
    Sarah said:

    I can see why you wanted to hold out for that one-that fireplace is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see how you decorate.

  7. 5.24.13

    The apartment is adorable– and such a great find in NYC. Congrats!

  8. 5.24.13
    Ashley said:

    I’m so happy for you! That’s super exciting! Sometimes waiting is so hard, but it’s worth it in the end. :)

  9. 5.24.13

    Looks beautiful. It’s definitely better to wait and live in the place you really want. You would never be truly happy in your second choice.

  10. 5.24.13

    I kinda think homes are like men…the good ones are worth waiting for. So a big hip-hip-hooray for you guys!

    And the “bones” are amazing Victoria. It’s hard to tell, but it almost looks like a gorg blend of modern and classic (the stairs and the fireplace)? If so, that seems just so “you!”

    Enjoy the holiday weekend friend!
    xo – Marion

  11. 5.24.13
    Meg said:

    Congrats on getting your dream place!
    Also love the cobalt pumps!


  12. 5.24.13

    Congratulations! I think you are very smart to wait for your dream place. If you did move into the other place, you would have eventually moved out anyway. At least now you will love the place you live. So happy for you!


  13. 5.24.13
    Nancy said:

    Looks fantastic and is going to be a GREAT home for you..cant wait to see what you do.
    Have a great weekend.
    xo Nancy

  14. 5.24.13

    It looks incredible! I’m in love with it too. Can’t wait to see how you guys fix it up!

  15. 5.24.13

    Ooh I’m all about that fireplace! Congratulations!

  16. 5.24.13

    That fireplace? Totally worth the wait. Congratulations!!!

  17. 5.24.13
    sarah said:

    So, so excited for you! That picture is absolutely beautiful!! Happy long weekend – I’m sure it’ll be a much-deserved break.

  18. 5.24.13

    Congrats missy! I’m so happy you got your dream place!! I’ll be in NYC overnight on your move date so we’ll probably miss each other but I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Xx

  19. 5.24.13

    Yay!! So glad it all worked out and you god your dream place!! It was all worth the wait. I’ll be spending an overnight in NYC on your move in date so we’ll probably miss each other but I can’t wait to see what you do with the place! Also, that Vegan before 6 thing sounds intriguing! Xx

  20. 5.24.13

    Oh my god no WONDER you wanted to wait it out! IT’S GLORIOUS!!! I can’t waitttttt to see it after you get your hands on it. Congrats my love!

  21. 5.24.13

    There’s a fireplace! And it’s not tiny! Oh, I love it and can’t wait to see the decorating process. So glad you waited it out – congrats!

  22. 5.24.13

    yay!!! so glad this worked out. can’t wait to see what you do with it. (and you know who to call if you want a second opinion….) :)

  23. 5.24.13
    Court said:

    GOSH that staircase, I would wait too ;)

  24. 5.24.13
    Rose said:

    Um, you have STAIRS?!? I need to know where such a beauty exists, and I can’t wait to see your finished results!!!

    Also, this is actually a surprisingly good time to look for short-term sublets if you’re not terribly picky about location for the time being. A lot of actors and arts people travel for the summer, and you should be able to find a decent sublet. Have you tried padmapper? It’s kind of like a Kayak but for apartment hunting.

    Best of luck!!
    Blonde in this City

  25. 5.24.13
    Nnenna said:

    Yay, I’m so excited for you and the place looks amazing- like you can really do whatever you want with it! I don’t have any special plans for the long weekend either, but I’m just happy to have an extra day off and I’m sure you’re thrilled to have a quiet weekend after a stressful time of apartment-hunting!

  26. 5.24.13

    Victoria, thats so exciting! When I read you got the ‘dream apartment’ I had a huge smile on my face, so happy for you!! :) Seriously, things happen for a reason, and you just know when you feel something is right. Fore now just keep thinking… short term crappiness, long term happiness :)

  27. 5.24.13
    Krisitna said:

    Congrats on getting the apartment!!

    Kristina does the Internets

  28. 5.25.13
    Lauren said:

    So exciting! The place is gorgeous!

  29. 5.25.13

    That really does look fantastic! Love the stairs and the fireplace…so excited to see what you guys do with it!

  30. 5.26.13
    Melissa said:

    Congrats! I’m excited for you, this place looks like a gem… loving that fireplace!

  31. 5.26.13
    vmacandcheese said:


  32. 5.27.13

    Congrats Victoria!!!! YES your place is fo sho worth waiting for. The mantel is to die for and it looks like it has a nice upstairs loft.

    I spent this weekend moving into my dream apartment and I had to wait about 6 weeks for it also CHEERS to decorating! :-)

  33. 5.28.13

    Hooray!! A duplex in Manhattan? I’m incredibly envious. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place!

    • 5.28.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Can’t wait to have you over for natural beauty spa nights! :) (Yes, we’re having them)

  34. 5.28.13
    Bethany said:

    umm, a SWEET broker?! Can you share her name plllllease??

  35. 5.29.13
    Jor-El said:

    Looks good! I’m glad that you have a signed lease now and that’s some relief. Best of luck on the temp place. So excited for you!

    • 5.29.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      You need to come over to meet Lucy once we are moved in!