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Things I found and enjoyed on the web this week.

I’m pretty loyal to Polar, but this DIY LaCroix can designer is a fun way to waste some time.

How to make my favorite pasta dish by one of my favorite New York chefs.

Apartment advice from one of my favorite Man Repeller writers.

News about vodka that could actually be good for your liver. (Also a shameless plug for my writing.)

This mesmerizing video recipe for chocolate cake that I will be making ASAP.

I got Rory on this quiz.

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pin-spiration

pin-spiration: kitchen goals

As a self-proclaimed “foodie,” I love to cook almost as much as I love to eat and Instagram my favorite dishes. My childhood homes always had generously-sized kitchens–my mother is a wonderful cook, and prepared dinner for my family every night, so the kitchen was an integral room in the house.

I haven’t been so lucky in any of my apartments in terms of counter space and top-notch appliances. My college apartments lacked counter space, taking all the fun out of food prep, and the kitchen in my new apartment is so teeny that I haven’t even attempted to cook anything other than grilled cheese sandwiches and eggs. Apartment hunting in New York is kind of a nightmare, and I’m pretty realistic about never having a kitchen larger than a closet as long as I’m living here. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming about spaces like these.

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death by apartment hunting

I think it was Carrie Bradshaw who said that everyone in New York is always looking for either a job, a boyfriend, or an apartment. Or something like that. You all know I’ve been looking for a boyfriend, but my most recent crisis is finding a new place to live. The lease is up on my Bronx college apartment next month, so I’m frantically searching for something that lives up to my (way too high) expectations. After four years of living with roommates, I was hoping to be able to find an affordable studio apartment so I could fly solo, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. How TF did Carrie do it?

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Most of my classmates are from the tri-state area, so they’re able to move back home and commute to NYC. Unfortunately, I don’t have that option–this is the only time I’ll ever regret not being from New Jersey. To make matters worse, many of the places I’ve found are only available for the rest of the summer, and since I need a July move-in date, I’m feeling pretty screwed. And what is with people having cats? I’m super allergic (plus terrified of litter boxes), and every other apartment listing on Craigslist says “must love cats.” If it’s not a cat, it’s a fourth floor walk-up. Or a $100 credit check. Or a 15% broker fee.

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Like, I’ve given up on having an exposed brick wall and a walk-in closet–but why is it so difficult to find a room big enough for my twin-sized bed and bureau without borrowing money from my parents? If you have any tips or need a roommate (I cook! I bake! I make great cocktails! I always have wine!) hit me up ASAP.

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pin-spiration: bar carts

For this week’s pin-spiration, I thought I’d share some inspiring pics of my favorite piece of furniture: bar carts! This was one of the first things I bought for my apartment (priorities, am I right?), and has turned out to be a great storage solution in my teeny apartment. In addition to liquor, my bar cart houses all of my glassware and cocktail necessities. Here are some of my favorite styled carts from Pinterest.

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pin-spiration: apartment decor

So my high school Pinterest addiction recently resurfaced, and to make my week a little more inspired, I’ve decided to start doing a round up of my latest favorite images. Every Wednesday, I’ll share a couple of pins from the same category that I’ve fallen in love with. For this first installation, I’m featuring apartment decor. Since I currently live in a small apartment, and probably will continue living in small apartments for the next ~10 years of my life, this is a pretty relevant category for me. Anyway, enjoy!

1. This gold bar cart.

I love cocktails–inventing them, mixing them, and drinking them. I have a bar cart in my apartment now, but I love this metallic upgrade.

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2. This gallery wall.

Since I can’t paint my rental, hanging pictures and art on the walls is a must. Pretty images over a desk makes for an inspired home office. I’m also really into that mustard chair.

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3. Oversize cushions in lieu of a sofa.

These can be stacked up and put away to create more space for yoga/dance parties/craft projects, and are way easier to carry up the stairs of your next walk-up.

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4. This shoe ladder.

Though this takes up a bit of space, I love this idea for displaying shoes…especially since it would let me admire the pairs I don’t get to wear everyday.

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5. This indoor herb garden.

I love how this is equal parts decorative + practical. It’s always great to have fresh herbs in reach when you’re in the kitchen, plus I’m sure that basil smells amazing.

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All images c/o Pinterest.com

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slaapzaal

My new slaapzaal, or dorm room, is an amazing place. Earlier, I mentioned briefly how different my new living quarters are from the American dormitories I became used to in New York. I live in a sort of apartment complex that surrounds a cobblestone courtyard, which is filled almost completely with bicycles. I share a modest two bedroom flat with one other girl, but have an incredibly spacious bedroom to myself.

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I get to buzz people in!

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Better yet, the whole place came furnished with all of the necessities, so I didn’t have to make a panicked trip to Ikea. Since I’m going to be living here for four months, I have been trying to think of cheap and easy decorating ideas. This is an especially difficult task since we’re not allowed to damage the walls in any way–no hooks or tacks. I bought fresh flowers and fruit, and was unsuccessful in taping a poster to one of my walls due to the popcorn paint job.

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The best part about my dorm by far is its location. A 15-minute walk to Centraal Station, a ten-minute walk to the grocery store, and (hopefully) a five minute bike ride to class. Having lived in New York for the past three years, I know that location means everything. I love being in the middle of all the excitement, and I am so fortunate to live in the heart of Amsterdam. As soon as I buy a bicycle everything will seem even closer!

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