Tips On Moving To Chicago


Moving to a new city can be a challenging, but also an exciting experience. If you're planning a move to Chicago like I did about 7 years ago, here are some tips to help make the transition easier. Believe me, I wish I knew a few of these before moving and I hope they can help you too! 

1. Research the city: Before making the move, research the city to get a better understanding of its neighborhoods, culture, and lifestyle. Chicago is a diverse city with countless neighborhoods, each with their own vibe! That’s what makes the city extremely unique and always changing. There are always new and exciting things popping up everywhere so take advantage of that, even if it’s free admission days too!


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2. Find a place to live: Start looking for a place to live well in advance of your move. Consider factors such as proximity to work or school, safety, and cost of living when choosing a neighborhood. It’s also always a good idea to hire quality movers such as JC Movers and Lumper Services! I’ve been in many situations where I wanted to do it all myself and have ALWAYS regretted it but having professionals know what they are doing gives me a peace of mind! These furniture movers in Chicago know exactly what they are doing and can get you from point A to point B without any hesitation.  

3. Get familiar with the transportation system: Chicago has a comprehensive public transportation system that includes the ‘L’ train system and bus network. You'll want to figure out where you need to go and what stops you need to take in order to get somewhere in a timely manner.

4. Know the climate: Chicago experiences harsh winters and warm summers. Make sure to pack accordingly and be prepared for the weather changes. I know I was in for quite a shock about how brutal Chicago winters, especially the wind! They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing out here friends! 

5. Plan your budget: Make sure to have a budget in place before moving to Chicago. Consider the cost of living, rent, transportation, food, and other expenses when planning your budget. Living in a city is always super fun, but if you’re not careful you might end up spending more than you’re used to! There are always ‘free admission’ days to various exhibits, museums and more so be on the look out for when those become available and get there early because it will be crowded. Also, if you are taking Uber’s, you can always split the cost with a friend or people on the way to help cut cost. 

6. Be open-minded: Be open-minded and embrace the new experiences and cultural differences you'll encounter in your new city. There’s so much one can learn! If you meet a local in a new restaurant, ask them what their favorite local hang out spots are so you can become familiar with them. Talk to new coworkers or neighbors in your building to also see what are good areas to visit and not. This will help you not only make new friends quick but get to know where and why not to visit some of them.

Making a move to a new city can be a bit overwhelming, but with these tips and a positive attitude, you'll be able to adjust to your new home in no time. The Windy City has a lot to offer, so embrace the change and make the most of your new life in Chicago. I can’t wait to hear what you are goin to see first! Be sure to share in the comments below! 

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Putting Laura Mercier Classics To The Test


Laura Mercier* is a brand that I was aware of and interested in since the pre-Instagram days - I remember reading my favorite bloggers blogs and them always raving about their tinted moisturizers and I always had it on my to buy and try list but I never got around to it - I would have to say it was also because five years back I hated the thought of putting any sort of coverage on my face (the under eye concealing was a wholllle another story though) haha - now that I'm in my late twenties - my face definitely needs some coverage! Lol

I was very lucky to be sent these two cult classics by the Laura Mercier team  - The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - and I have to say - I'm LOVING both these offering but I am a little more in love with the tinted moisturizer. The shade is a bit light for me but there's got to be some sort of shade adjusting magic in it because when I applied it all over my face - I wasn't left with any white cast - neither did I look like a pale vampire in the daylight! Lol

You can definitely smell the SPF in this which isn't the great - but since I really adore everything else about this product - I'm willing to look past this. The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer stays on all day (image proof down below) - looks super natural - gives a medium coverage that you can easily blend away with your fingers - no tools required unless you want to apply it with brushes and I find that I don't have to slather too much on so you will get your moneys worth when it comes to the number of applications you get outta this.

Right after I applied the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Nude - check out the super natural coverage! It felt super light! No editing - taken in front of a window.

Just before I was about to take my makeup off for the day - a good 6 hours later! I had to reapply my concealer before going out and had to retouch my powder but the tinted moisturizer stayed on strong! Yay for that!

Incase you can't tell - I'm in love and I think the next time you are in Sephora - try this out! You'll really enjoy it. While I am still not on board with applying foundation on my face everyday - this is something I've been reaching for and see myself doing so in the future too!

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