Welcome to New York: My Incredible First Day in the Big City

Authors Note: I was going to write a post about my first week in New York, but it has been a complete whirlwind! Instead of writing a whole novel on my first week, this will be my first post of my Novice in New York series:

Hello Lovelies,

I’ve moved many times quite a few times, but never as drastic (and hopefully permanent) as my recent relocation to New York City. I arrived in New York at 8pm on a Monday with three large suitcases, collectively weighing almost twice my body weight. I was completely tired and overwhelmed, stumbling through JFK with monstrous suitcases and somehow managed to get myself safely into a taxi.

I arrived at my elevator-less apartment and my incredible roommates helped me carry everything upstairs. Obviously, because I was moving from a small town in Minnesota, aka Cow Town USA, I didn’t have any furniture for my teeny tiny room. Once again, my amazing roommates Jen, of Speckled (check out the site’s relaunch here!) and Jorge let me borrow an air mattress and extra comforter. I can’t imagine what my first night would have been like without them!!

My first day was INSANE!!!! I started the morning with an interview at a temp agency, because I’m a broke, unemployed, recent college graduate. The woman at the agency was incredibly nice and enthusiastic. She met me, explained a little bit about their process and told me to email her with my weekly schedules. The meeting only lasted about 10 minutes and it was so simple I thought it was too good to be true.

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About 5 minutes after I left the agency, unsure of when or if they would find me a job, my temp agent emailed me with a three day gig in Manhattan from Wednesday-Friday of that week! AMAZING!

After the interview I explored the city a little bit. Not even looking for anything in particular, I just walked…and walked…..and walked. Did I mention I was wearing brand new black leather heeled booties and it was raining cats and dogs? Yep.

Ouch.

I met Jen for lunch at her work and she showed me around the amazing Refinery29 offices. The creativity, setup, determination and style of every single person there was unreal and completely inspiring.

After lunch, we parted ways and I navigated the subway system by myself (I still haven’t gotten lost! I’m sure it’s going to happen eventually.) I sat on the train, my feet throbbing from walking about 8 miles in a partial downpour. I got home to my basically bare room and collapsed onto the slowly deflating mattress on the floor, contemplating when I would have the strength to get up and buy groceries… Then something else incredible happened.

My good friend Bailey texted me with free tickets to the Islanders game. Why would I ever turn down free hockey ticket? A few minutes later she instructed me not to eat dinner because the tickets included a free buffet. She told me to meet her at the Calvin Klein gate at 7PM. When I arrived I found out the Calvin Klein was another name for the VIP entrance. Bailey and I sat in the front row of the game, and ate every kind of food imaginable without spending a dime!

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My first 24 hours in New York definitely aren’t common, but they were such an incredible way to get welcomed to the city!

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Hello It’s Me… (Finally!)

Helllooo, it’s me. FINALLY!
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First of all I want to start off by apologizing! I haven’t blogged in about a year now and I’m sorry I suck. This past year had been full of highs, lows, existential crises and (did I mention?) traveling the world! There really isn’t a proper excuse I can make for the reason I haven’t written in so long, so I’m sorry. I promise I wasn’t being a complete couch potato! The past 6 months I spent traveling throughout Europe, experiencing new cultures, eating incredible food, stalking a few too many wild cats and finding myself again. Studying abroad isn’t always all that it’s cracked up to be though. Stay tuned for the details and I’ll be sharing the highlights, and of course lowlights, of my time in Europe.

Adulting is hard. In the next month, I’m gearing up to begin my final semester of college, so my stress levels are at an all time high! Job research, cover letters and interview tips to come. Senior year is exciting, but also slightly terrifying. Check back here to see how it feels to take the plunge into the real adult world.

 

What about the makeup?! Don’t you worry your pretty little face! I’m still plenty obsessed with beauty products and my empty wallet will back me up! I recently took a trip to Ulta and purchased a ton of new products ready to review.

 

Also more news, I mentioned the food in Europe is AMAZING! In fact, it was so good that I helped myself to a little bit more than I should have. I am now 12 days into a new diet a workout routine that has cut down my bloating and given me the energy of a 10 year old! Details to come.

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So this is the relaunch of my blog! In just a few weeks I’m headed back to Madison to begin my Senior year of college, find a job, struggle with my trust issues and continue to spend all of my money on makeup and clothing. Also speaking of my existential crisis, I’ll finally share my lifelong struggle with anxiety and techniques I’ve learned to cope with it. Follow all of my (mis)fortunes here! Here is the Truth about Beauty, Fashion and Love (Plus Travel)!

 

TBFL

 

Xoxo

 

Kayleigh June

Workin for the Future

Oh summer,

I’m officially over a month into summer and I can officially report that I haven’t done anything that remarkable, yet. While some people are off exploring other countries, bar hopping, and embarking on adventures: I am sitting on my couch updating my Netflix queue. Okay I guess that’s not alllll that I do. I spend every single day working. I am severely broke this summer and trying to save to go abroad, so obviously I need to work.

This all may seem pretty normal except for the fact that I am working 4 jobs now. Yes, 4. That is not a typo. I work front desk at a hotel, as a Beauty Advisor at an ULTA , I have an internship as a communications coordinator and today I began helping out with a wedding planning company. You say summer; I say work! By the time I get done with my days I’m usually just too tired to do anything but have a glass of wine with my roomies and pass out on the couch watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black.

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Decor from the most recent wedding I worked on

Although I’m working 4 different jobs, it’s surprisingly not all bad. I’m missing out on things, but doing it specifically to save money. Obviously when you work multiple jobs you may have to give up going out with friends occasionally. But I’ve found that it just makes the nights you do spend time with friends even more special. I am saving up to Study Abroad next spring. So yes, for the next 7 months I will be working my butt off to save money. I might miss out on a few things, but I know it will all be worth it when I finally make it to Europe!

I only have three semesters left of college, so I’m trying to figure out which industry I would like to work. I’ve always been interested in weddings, travel, fashion and beauty and all of my jobs help me explore what it’s like working in these fields. So yes, working 4 jobs is tiring and tough but it’s worth it to make the connections, gain the experience and save extra money for the future.

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