What to Expect from College Life in New York

New York City may be one of the most intimidating cities in the country, not only for professionals but for students as well. This however does not mean that you have to cower in your dorm room for the rest of your entire college life. One way of beating the pressure is to prepare yourself for the things that you will be meeting during your college life. Although there is no such thing that could ever prepare for what’s to come, having a “heads-up” will certainly help.

 
The commute
Cabs in New York are really expensive, if you can take the subway, then it would save you more money than taking a cab. The subway is a reliable way of getting around the city. However, you can expect that trains will be late and people do pile up along the way. New York streets are always filled with all sorts of people. There are tourists, the working class, homeless, and street vendors. Make sure that you give time allowance for your commute.

 
Live with or near friends
Sharing an apartment, if not living with friends in a dorm, is better. It will certainly save you time and money. If you cannot help going out with friends then living with them or near them would be very practical. It would also be advisable if you were located close to your school campus, anywhere near the subway or near food chains. Being close to these locations will be very convenient.

 
Learn to budget and stick with it
Everything in New York is expensive. If you want to get through the month without burying yourself in debt, then learn to budget. Budget everything and stick with it. With a lot of places to go to, sites to see, things to experience and explore, going over budget is very easy. If you do not learn how to curve your spending habits early on, you might find yourself living on loan and credit.

 
Know the place well
Navigating the subway can be tricky the first time and Google maps may not be very reliable at times. Making sure you know the easiest route to and from will make it a lot easier for you. If all else fails, taking a cab will be easier as cab drivers know their way around but make sure you have smaller bills with you if you don’t want to get ripped off by the cab driver.

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Top Fashion Trends in New York City

New York City is the home of fashion icons and trendsetters. The average-looking New Yorker already looks like someone on the runway, modelling clothes she’s wearing. It almost look like everyone is competing against each other on who dresses better. It’s no wonder why NYC has become an inspiration to many designers (veterans and aspirants).

There are thousands of world renowned fashion trends that started on a New York runway and these are as follows:

 
All Black
A few years back, dressing all black has been a huge fashion statement of all New Yorkers. In the streets and buses, even in offices and parties, you can see all sorts of black in people’s clothing. From hats to shoes, everything has a black ensemble. In fact, this has become a New Yorker’s uniform. Black fits everyone and it can complement all the colors you wear. Although this fashion trend may seem to be a little boring, that has never been the case for a New Yorker. These people know exactly how to wear black. From the little details like wearing makeup, you can never find a New Yorker that doesn’t look like a real fashion icon.

 
The “I-just-woke-up-from-bed-look”
Oftentimes, you would see people walking down the streets and in offices wearing a look that has just come out of bed topped with a fresh no-makeup makeup, crumpled up dresses, a shoulder bag, and a messy hair bun. You know someone is a true blue New Yorker if you see someone looking so effortlessly cool and hot. Someone who just mixed up anything she can grab on to but still look good in it. They may look thrown together, but the best part is, they can still make heads turn. What others don’t know is that, it is her 23rd try to mix and match clothes!

 
The “no-rule-in-matching-colors” look
Although black has become the official uniform of a New Yorker, and this trend is sure to be a much safer choice, New Yorkers are also not afraid of wearing bright colors that you may think will not complement each other. But they still can manage to make uncomplimentary colors complementary. New Yorkers have this magic of having a ginger head but still have the guts to wear all sorts of colors. They are bold and daring and they know that what they put on will still look good on them. There are no dos and don’ts for a New Yorker with regards to fashion. They know what they are doing and they are confident with what they are wearing.

 
The different types of headgear
Bucket hats, beanie, straw hats, or just a simple headscarf—these head wraps are never out in a New Yorker’s daily fashion statement. For these people, wearing a cap is never really for the purpose of protecting your head anymore. It is for looking and feeling good. Whatever is the style and material of the head gear, New Yorkers never ran out of ideas on how to wear them.

 
Combination of both masculine and feminine attire
Where else can you find a woman wearing a soft flowing dress, huge pendant necklace, and a pair of men’s boots? Only in New York. Most of the time, New Yorkers wear clothes not just to follow or start a trend but they wear clothes according to their schedule for the entire day. So when they are in a rush but still would want to attract the beholders, manly boots on a dress are the perfect pair to put on.

 
For a true blue New Yorker, there is never a rule. Just wear what looks good on you, be confident and wear a smile!

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The Average Young Adult Lifestyle in New York

Life in New York is not quite as average as in every other city, although with the exception that it’s a lot of fun for someone of a young age. While New Yorkers are so much into partying, modern young adults are not like this anymore. Seeing the need to slow down in concerts and other outings , young professionals of today are more into doing safer activities.

 

I have been through a lot of parties and wine bars where you get to encounter and meet a lot of different people from different social backgrounds. Your social life can be quite vigorous especially where there are a lot of watering holes you can jump into. I have been through a lot of social crowds and met friends. We connected most probably because we had the same kinds of interest and we connected on several levels. They’ve become good friends and we would unwind after a hard day’s work. It could be funny seeing one or two of your friends pass out because of too much liquor, but not if you are on that side. All this lifestyle can be hard on your wallet and can take a toll on your health. So after much contemplation, I decided to look for some activities that would make my time productive and worthwhile.
And here are a few tips any young adult should invest their time in.

 
Hone a new skill.
There are a lot of short courses that offer just a few hours of your time, from learning how to paint, pottery, and all sorts of craft. I, on the other hand, tried baking.

 
It can be quite relaxing and satisfying, not only to your tummy, but seeing yourself mix and combine all these ingredients and make something scrumptious out of items so simple, is rewarding.
Volunteer works.

 
Spending some time with other people and seeing them smile can be quite fulfilling. It can bridge a hole in your heart which can make you smile even more.

 
Host a party at home.
Not only will it be much more fun, less the alcohol. But it can also build your relationships stronger. With so much going on in your life, even just spending a moment with your family or friends can make you feel motivated and happy in life.

 

Find some time to exercise.

You can go to the gym, jog or perhaps meditate. It can make you feel at peace and much more in tune with your surroundings.

 
Living in a fast paced life can be stressful and a lot of partying and alcohol can be damaging to your health. So looking for alternatives both rewarding and fun can make your time worthwhile and fulfilling.

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I Never Carry Cash On Me

Recently I stopped carrying cash in my wallet at all times. There are many reasons why but I’m going to share a few with you here. You may think you need to have cash in your wallet whenever you leave the house but that’s not always true. Here are some of the reasons I never carry cash on me and you can see if they work for you as well.

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I’ll Buy My Own Food On Date’s

Financial independence in relationships is a puzzle that remains hard to solve for many people. Women in particular tend to be held in controlling relationships without knowing how to establish their financial independence. Some women would even want to get money so that they leave their husbands. While this may not be the solution to solving the problem you may be facing, you need to find out how you can become independent in finances, and at the same time learn to influence a controlling relationship to become a hospitable relationship. Here are ways to establish your financial independence when in a relationship.

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I Hate Credit Cards, But I Have A High Credit Score

A credit score can affect your ability to buy a home, a car, or even get financing for college. Keeping a high credit score is critical in your money power abilities. How do you keep a high credit score easily? There are many things that go into your credit score calculations and just as many things you can do to keep it up in good standing. Here are a few key steps you should follow to keep your credit score high.

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Saving Money Around the Holidays For 20 Somethings

The time around holiday season is when people are bound to go on shopping sprees often forgetting that they have a limited amount to work on during that time. It’s no wonder new year comes with a pile of debts. You need to shop smart so that you enjoy your holiday and face the new year with a smile. Here are a few tips that can help you cut back on your holiday spending and ensure you don’t accumulate credit card debts or tap into the amount you had saved for your child’s tuition the coming year.

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4 Tips for Starting a City Green & Frugal Lifestyle

In this day and age, people are going green and adopting sustainable trends in lifestyle. Living green can be matched with the idea of simple frugal living. Being frugal isn’t being poor or lacking happiness in life. It implies making wise decisions in spending and living in a style that eliminates wastes. Combining living prudently with living green can bring in a lot of savings and good habits to the family. Here are four ways you can start a green and frugal lifestyle.

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Frugal Mind: Why I Value Time Over Money

Being frugal has its ups and downs. Most people who live a frugal lifestyle enjoy spending less money and value other aspects of life rather than personal possessions. As a frugal spender, I see the benefit of having more money saved rather than spending money on possessions. By being frugal, I can make big purchases by saving the money instead of raking up extreme debt. It can be self-fulling to save money and earn great deals without harming your financial future.

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How My Love for Blogging All Started

I have loved writing since I can remember. I have enjoyed writing stories, articles, blogs, whatever came to mind. As a writer in my 20’s, I thought I would take some time and share with you how my love for writing started and increased over the years. Take a look here at how I developed my love for writing and where it has gotten me today.

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