Update from the ‘burbs


Before you even ask, no that is not my house. It’s an imageย I found on Pinterest that is inspiring my current decor. That being said, I wanted to give you all an update on how life in the ‘burbs has been so far. It’s been a GIGTANTIC change from the fast-paced New York City life I’ve been used to but a welcome one. It still feels so new that I can’t fully assess or grasp the situation but so many people have asked that I am trying to put it into words.


  • My commute to work in Westchester is 10 minutes. I literally leave at 8:45 every morning to get in at 9am.
  • The air smells amazing.
  • It’s insanely quiet. I’ve been sleeping better than I ever did in the city.
  • We have so much space! Our two-bedroom apartment is over double the size of the one-bedroom one we shared for 3 years on the Upper East Side. How I ever lived without two bathrooms is beyond me.
  • Walk. In. Closet.
  • Grocery shopping with a car. Who knew this previously horrifying errand could be so pleasurable!
  • Cooking is fun because I have all of my kitchen accessories (finally out of storage!) and lots of space to create fun new recipes.
  • Learning a new area is so fun! We love shopping on Greenwich Ave and so far L’Escale, Mediterraneo, and Bartaco are our go-to restaurants.
  • Everyone seems to want to visit which makes me so excited. I love hosting people for dinner or slumber parties!
  • Most importantly, everything is CLEAN. My dishes, my laundry, my windows. Things just don’t get that layer of dirt and grime that accrues in Manhattan no matter how often you clean.
  • Cons:

  • I do feel slightly disconnected from “the real world”. I haven’t made a good group of friends in my area yet so nights of impromptu dinners or drinks are a thing of the past. It’s me and Anel versus the world!
  • Networking is no longer at the top of my vocabulary. I used to go to at least one blogger event a week but now the thought of schlepping into the city after a full day of work is pretty much the last thing on my mind.
  • We can’t walk to Duane Reade at 10:30pm if we’re out of toilet paper and running to the coffee shop down the block is no longer an option. Every venture outside of the home requires a car.
  • Be sure to follow my Connecticut adventures on Instagram!

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    1. Jessica said:

      At least the pros outweigh the cons! I love grocery shopping and coming home to put all the goodies away ๐Ÿ™‚

      26 and Not Counting

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    2. renรฉe l. wellman said:

      welcome to CT! my husband and i are in norwalk, but i commute to the bronx so i understand the disconnected feeling. bartaco is the best! also the greenwich food and wine festival is this weekend, in case you didn’t know!

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    3. Katy said:

      Well it’s good that there’s more pros than cons! Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚


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    4. Heidi D. said:

      Sounds like the pros far outweigh the cons! Love your decor inspiration photos too. So pretty.

      Heidi D.

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    5. Jillian H said:

      Welcome to CT! I live in NY but Greenwich has been my second home for over 25 years. My Dad works there. I worked for him throughout college and then ended up getting a job there 6 years ago. I’ve made a great group of friends there and really spend way more time there then my home. I could recommend tons of great places to eat or go out from Stamford to White Plains! Welcome to the burbs!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thank you!!! Please recommend any and everything you can think of ๐Ÿ™‚

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    6. Love this. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s kind of nice to step back from networking though, isn’t it? I really loved it while I was in NYC, but now that I’m removed from it all, it’s nice to spend more time with the hubster. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, every time I see a photo of a fun event, I’m like, “WHYYYYY?!” But ya know. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait to see photos of your new space! I know it’s going to be gorgeous, and then I’m going to want to redecorate ours, hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx!

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      • Oh girl. I hear you about the fun events! Side bar- you’re making me want a puppy SO badly!!!

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    7. Sounds wonderful! Decorating will be SO much fun, and it’s a blast discovering a new place and finding your way with your hubs. As a girl in the burbs of MA, I’m always jealous of all the blogger networking events that I don’t have nearby…I guess the grass is always greener. Happy decorating! XX

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    8. excited for you !

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    9. NG said:

      I am starting to like ur blog a lot Julia – congratulations on the new home ๐Ÿ™‚ Cant wait to see pics of how you make the place your own !

      Love Playing DressUp

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    10. Danielle Dall'au said:

      Hi Julia! We moved to Stamford in December – and I agree with everything you said about the transition from NYC (we moved from the UWS)! Definitely recommend Dolce Cubano & Harlan Social for dinner (and of course, Bar Taco always and forever). Enjoy your first CT fall! xo Danielle

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      • Thank you so much for the recs! You’re like the 50th person to recommend Harlan Social so I think we’re going to check it out this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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    11. I moved to Westchester (Pelham) from the city (Chicago) last summer. I didn’t think I would like the suburbs, but I am loving it and it is great for my little ones. I am part of an office co-share in the Flatiron District for creatives, so on the days when I do miss the city, I can hop on the train into work. I need to explore Greenwich soon!

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    12. LOVE Bartaco btw. One of our faves.

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    13. Kim @ Vintage Pretties said:

      The difference must be huge, between CT & NYC. It’s such a different way of way, both with their advantages. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying your new way of life so much.

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    14. Julie Blanner said:

      I can see why you’re so inspired by that image! Gorgeous!

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    15. I am right there with you on the Cons list. My husband and I recently moved out of midtown to northern NJ and it’s been a huge adjustment for post-work activities.

      Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

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      • Seriously! I think I’m going to join a few clubs just to have friends! Good luck on the other side of the island ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Right?! I feel like the new kid in school who’s kind of out there on her own. I went to the New Comers for my town and they have a ton of interest groups that appeal to me. We’ll see!

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    16. JemMelLarn said:

      Oh god that room is beautiful, that inspires me to make everything clean and tidy and all just so pretty

      Okay, it’s decided. I need to print that picture out

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    17. Nere said:

      Very Good


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