hellokorin holiday: packing

Who here hates checking bags? I know it can't be just me. Not only do I not trust airlines to get my luggage to the correct destination (especially when layovers are involved), but I just flat out don't want to spend the money. Besides, why bother when you can fit everything you need into one small bag? Check out how I'm packing 10 items for 10 days of Christmas vacation, plus a few packing tips to help you decide what goes and what stays below:

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1. Stick to a color scheme; this makes it easy to mix and match your pieces. I prefer neutrals in my everyday outfits anyway, so this is pretty easy for me. When packing for my trip, I'm sticking to black-based neutrals with one colorful sweater and a turquoise necklace for a pop of color.

2. Pick out your must-bring pieces, and build around them. Have a dress that you absolutely have to bring, and it goes so great with those flats? Pick out a few more outfits that will go with the flats, too. Dying to show off your new blazer? Pick out a few outfits to style it in different ways.

3. When packing for winter, pack in layers. You'll definitely need a sweater and coat for any time spent outdoors, but hanging out inside with your entire extended family might get a little toasty. Pack a range of fabric weights and sleeve lengths.

4. Prepare for a range of occasions. Pack things that can be dressed up for a nice dinner out, or dressed down for hanging out with family. A black dress is perfect for this; wear it alone with some jewelry for a fancier look, or layer on a sweater to tone it down.

Get the details on all the pieces below! And for tips on packing those items without wrinkles, check out this cool post. Happy travels!

1. gray sweater 2. fair isle sweater 3. blouse 4. gingham button-down 5. denim button-down 6. white tee 7. black tee 8. black dress 9. dark wash jeans 10. black jeans
trench | bag | tassel necklace | triangle necklace | agate necklace | booties | flats

HelloKorin Explores: Apartment Hunting

It’s been a little over a week since I moved halfway across the country, and I have used my time wisely. I’m settling into my new job, finding my way around town, and after much research and some touring, I just signed the lease on a new apartment!

Hunting for a new apartment can be both enjoyable and stressful, especially if there is a big move involved (like mine)! So, since I’ve already done the legwork, I’m going to share my notes on making your apartment search easy and successful:

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 1. Research apartments online

First, determine your area - do you want to be close to work, or live in a particular suburb or neighborhood? Search for apartments in that area (I found Google Maps to be best for this). Hint: After you’ve found several promising apartments, use the My Places feature to create your own map. You can drop pins where each apartment is located, and edit the color and icon of the pin to further organize your locations (colors to indicate price, shape to indicate quality, etc.) It really helps to visualize everything! Looking at multiple apartments in your preferred area will help you get a feel for the market and narrow down your choices.

 

2. Set a budget (and stick to it)

Determine how much you can afford to pay in rent, per month and per year. Many places require that your income be at least three times your rent payment, so keep that in mind. Also, don’t forget to factor in other monthly expenses, such as electricity, cable and internet, and food. While having an apartment you love is important, you also don’t want to be stuck at home every night because you can’t afford to go out and have fun!

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3. Figure out your must-haves

What are those things you can’t live without? For me, it’s a garbage disposal, washer and dryer connections, and a large closet.

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4. NEVER apply for an apartment online without seeing it in person

Just don’t.

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5. When touring an apartment, be thorough!

Here are some things you should always look for and ask about when being shown an apartment.

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6. DON’T apply for the first one you look at

Even if the place seems perfect, you should always have something else to compare it to. Get a feel for what’s out there! You never know what else you’ll find.

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7. Don’t settle!

Don’t take something just because you’re tired of looking. This is an important decision, and one you’ll be stuck with for some time. Make sure you’re happy with what you choose. And when you’ve found your place, celebrate!

Now on to the hard part: moving in all that stuff!