A couple tips moving out tips for all you first timers...

Happy Sunday readers!

I thought today I'd talk a little bit about my experience moving out for my first time. I've been living in an apartment on my own for seven months now, and I've loved every second of it! That being said, there have been a couple of obstacles here and there. 

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I loved living at home. My parents and I have an amazing relationship, my mom still did my laundry (she still tries to...I think she genuinely likes doing my laundry...it's a mom thing I guess?), FREE FOOD. Living at home is amazing, honestly don't take advantage of that shit.

However, there was a large part of me that was dying to get out on my own. I was starting to resent my parents for all of the amazing things they did (and still do) for me, and I knew that wasn't fair. Because your parents just love you, as much as sometimes you translate that as being the most annoying thing that's ever happened to you (reality check, it isn't at all). 

But there are moments looking back that I wish I had stayed home for a few more months, saved a bit more money, and thought a lot longer about how I wanted to make this first initial move.

When I have those moments I'm also really happy I chose to do apartment living before making a serious adulting move and buying property. This is just my opinion, but I've found navigating the waters of first time bill paying, being responsible for my own groceries, my own laundry, cleaning, has been a little bit easier without the added stresses of being a home owner. 

One of my first pieces of advice is to HIRE MOVERS. Honestly, unless you have a really manly group of guy friends (...if so feel free to like I dunno give me a call?) that can help you with their trucks and muscles, hiring movers was the best decision we made. Initially i was like, "no I don't want to do that blah blah blah) but my mom insisted.

MAN WAS SHE RIGHT. (like always...)

We hired movers primarily for all of my large furniture (bed, dresser, etc) however, it was also so so helpful to have them to move all of my boxes into my apartment as well so we could focus on unpacking. They were SO fast, and in the end I was really grateful we had them to really speed up the entire process. 

Secondly, if you are considering moving out in the next year, start buying stuff now. Because I'm a crazy person, I started buying stuff probably my first year of university. I can't tell you how much it helped to already have small things that you don't even really think about already purchased to reduce costs. Dish towels, a garbage can (which I made the worst purchase ever on this, make sure you actually invest in a good garbage can, it makes a huge difference in your kitchen/smell of your living space), cutlery, wine glasses, the list goes on and on.

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THESE THINGS ADD UP. Honestly, you don't realize how many little things you need until you are on your own, and buying some in advance leading up to the big move out will really help. 

Usually you have about a month or so between actually finding an apartment and moving in. I had a couple of months because my apartment was completely gutted and redone before I moved in. But I spent this time buying the big stuff (couch, coffee table, rug, side tables, etc.).

This is the stuff I do not recommend you purchase in advance. You have no idea what your space will look like until you actually have it, so once it's official, that's the time to get the big items. That being said, make sure you have some cash laid aside for this, cause side tables are hella expensive. 

This photo is from around Christmas...hence the tree.

This photo is from around Christmas...hence the tree.

Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help, and do not say no to help. I can be really stubborn (see a few paragraphs up when I thought I didn't need movers...), and a lot of time feel bad asking or accepting help. THIS IS THE PRIME TIME TO ACCEPT HELP. You will need as many friends are willing to help you unpack boxes, hang a gallery wall, build IKEA furniture, you get it. Buy some beer, order some pizza, and have a move in party!

And those are a few things I have to say about my experience moving out for the first time! Obviously, everyone is different, and I'm sure I'll learn a lot on my next move too. I'll keep you posted when that happens.

Happy Pride Readers! Enjoy your Sunday.

Surviving wedding season solo.

It's here...wedding season.

Honestly I love weddings, a lot. I just love, love.

Yes I'm cheesy AF.

BUT I DON'T CARE.

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I love weddings, and as much as I love wedding I love dressing up...and an open bar. (c'mon you were all thinking it too...)

But when wedding season comes and you get the invite with the dreaded +1 and you're sitting over here eating your second grilled cheese polishing off the box of wine wondering if it would be socially acceptable to bring your family dog things can look a little bleak.

And suddenly it seems like everyone has significant others and you're going to die under the pile of empty boxed wines and it will take weeks for anyone to find you...and so the spiral starts.

Fear not all you single ladies (or guys, that's cool too, on a side note if any guys are actually reading this blog that's sweet, write a comment I'm genuinely curious if guys read this) there are tons of options and things to look forward to at a wedding if you're flying solo.

 

1. As much as a date is super fun...so is going with your besties.

I don't know if anyone else is in this boat, but the majority of my girlfriends are a very "for the girls" bunch. When you see those dudes on snapchat chanting "Saturday's are for the boys" most of us are at home thinking "you poor poor SOB's, we don't give a crap if Saturday's are for the boys, the girls didn't wanna hangout with you anyways..."

Rent a hotel room with your other single besties attending the wedding, go there to pregame, post game, and spend the next morning reminiscing over room service and Caesars about the ridiculousness that occurred the night before. Because unless you have a boring group of friends I bet at least one insanely hilarious, dramatic, or outrageous thing happened at that wedding.

2. No shame in your food game

Okay so you know at weddings how you're in your dress and trying to look all skinny and cute and if you're with your date sometimes you get a bit wary of showing how many burger sliders you really can eat in one sitting?

NOT TODAY LADIES, NOT TODAY.

No need to worry about grossing our your date when you don't have one! And realistically, I personally think this is a good way to pick out which guys are the cool ones. The guys that are down with how much you love food, and they love food too are the kinda guys that you (okay or maybe just me) wanna date.  

 

3. Going to a wedding and embracing the fact that you're attending alone not only allows you to meet other people who are attending, but also gives you total freedom to be completely yourself and meet other awesome attendees. Use this as a time to network, make new friends, or even allow the opportunity to meet someone you may not have been able to otherwise. 

4. Finally, just have fun. Regardless you're there to celebrate love between two people you love (hopefully...unless you're a wedding crasher then you should probably just go wild)

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The blog is back, but why?

When I decided I wanted to restart the blog my whole life was sort of in a transition period. 

I had been working at my first full time job in my field after graduating University and had hit a snag, not just at work but in general. I was feeling unmotivated , not creative, and honestly I was struggling in all facets of my life...my job, my relationships with others, and especially my relationship with myself.

Suddenly it seemed like changes just started happening, some I had control over, and some I didn't. Some were great highs, and some were really low lows. I was offered an exciting new career opportunity that I was really pumped about and looking forward to at the same time that my relationship came to an unexpected end. It seemed like two huge pieces in my life were at such different levels that I wasn't exactly sure where to focus my energy or emotions.

I get that I'm really jumping into the new blog on a bit of a weird or awkward or brutally honest note, but that's why I knew this was a good time to restart Blonde's Eye View. When I first decided to start blogging over a year ago, I knew that this wasn't necessarily going to just be a lifestyle blog, or a fashion blog, or one specific thing. I wanted it to be a part of me, something that people would read and feel like they were sitting down with me having a glass of wine on my living room floor.

Because to be honest that's where most of my realest conversations happen. 

This is a space that people should be able to resonate with, interact with me or other bloggers, or a complete stranger because they're just people who get it or maybe slightly understand what your going through at this very moment.

So, this is why I decided to restart the blog on a bit of a more real note. I knew that I needed to focus my energy somewhere else. Somewhere that was not a part of all of the huge life changes that were happening all around me, something for my relationship with myself. 

I knew I would throw myself into work because that's just what I do when things are out of my control, I try to find things I can control. But life isn't about being able to be in control all the time, it's about being able to cope with the thing's life throws you that maybe you can't. Finding positive outlets in your friends and your family and even yourself.

Don't get me wrong, this blog is forsure going to include some delicious recipes, kick ass local scene stuff, fashion & lifestyle, ect. But I really thought adding the Dear Diary portion would be a great outlet for myself. Sometimes it will be posts similar to this, or funny stories, or just random thoughts. 

Like I've said before, follow along, or don't. & feel free to leave a comment about topics you'd like to see discussed here. 

Same blog, new home.

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Hey there!

Welcome to the new and improved Blonde's Eye View. After being on a bit of a hiatus/break from blogging I've decided to come back full force on a different forum, Squarespace. Nothing wrong with the old forum, I just find Squarespace super user friendly, and am excited to start fresh here!

You'll notice a few things I've added such as a Local Love page that will feature different activities, restaurants, products, whatever it may be that are around Winnipeg. I love checking out the local scene, and Winnipeg has a craaaazy good one. 

Secondly, if you're a reader from my blog in the past, you'll know a big part of why I blog is not for anyone else, it's for myself. If you don't like what I write, don't read it, simple enough. So I've also added an online journal section of the blog. This will be more of a section for me to just spew my thoughts, ask for opinions, maybe feature other bloggers or content. 

So, welcome to the party readers! Let's get started.