My NYC Apartment Tour πŸŒƒ & Tips on How to Afford Living in The City

My NYC Apartment Tour πŸŒƒ & Tips on How to Afford Living in The City


hey guys ~ welcome back today we’re going to do a tour of my studio my studio in New York City so there’s honestly not much
to show because it’s just a hallway.. and a bedroom or like a living space so I think what I’ll do at the end is.. I’ll talk about how to afford living in New York City and these are the tips I’m gonna talk about I think it’s pretty universal at the end of the day really comes down
to knowing what you’re willing to give up and knowing what you’re not willing to give up so if tomorrow.. if YouTube just disappears.. and if my apartment gets taken away from me if everything gets taken away from me I think I’d still be happy and content where I am these things are nice and it brings me joy but my joy and happiness is
not rooted in having these things and having a place like this okay, let’s start with.. right when you enter through the door.. you see zee stove and you see zee shoe rack I actually just put this together today.. earlier today if you guys have seen my older videos you saw how my shoes are just usually
scattered everywhere on the floor not anymore ~ okay and then there’s also this this is also.. so these two are from Ikea I’m not really sure what you guys want to see so let’s talk about the aesthetics..
the design for a sec I love the stainless steel backsplash I’m usually more of a white subway tile kind of gal but this mixed with the quartz countertop with the dark floors with the gray cabinets 👍I’m a fan.. it was love at first sight so there’s one thing that I do want to show you guys okay, dishwasher is always kind of open because I never actually use
the dishwasher to wash dishes I just use it as a drying rack but let me show you guys this supercool okay, ready? *so amazed* so I feel like this is probably one of
the top 3 purchases for my apartment the other one is right here it’s the KitchenAid blender that was $750 but I found it
on Craigslist brand new for $250 this is probably my best purchase second best purchase
is the little knife.. this thing yaa ~ okay, nice green clean supplies love these little mason jars and bamboo reusable utensils reusable straws make matcha lattes with collagen
every morning with that here’s a little fruit bowl and snacks just in case and um.. let’s just go here so I feel like I’ve showed you guys this area already this letter board is from Amazon the print is from Etsy it’s of No Face in a bowl of ramen this is real.. this is fake from Ikea and umm.. what else.. there’s this mirror hey guys ~ uhh.. so yeah this is pretty much the kitchen do you guys have any questions teach me how to do this this is my brother’s life purpose.. I like having it on my fridge just as a reminder of what’s most important to me and… aww.. look.. that’s him.. that’s me yeah these are some notes from you guys Thank You Ally.. I love you this is from my best friend Portia and these little pins are from Karina thank you guys so much oo! okay and one other thing.. I’ve talked about this in the past all the things that I have in my apartment it’s.. I know it’s not as.. it used to be very minimal where I didn’t have any photos I didn’t have any of these like little reminders or little things or even prints but I got to a point where I was like.. I want to get things that
remind me of important reminders so for example this rabbit is from Alice in Wonderland it’s from my friend Katie and it just reminds me of
being punctual and being a long time because I’ve never punctual
and I’m never on time something I’m working on No Face reminds me of.. our external stay is a mirror
reflection of our internal states so what we see in others.. the things that we find unappealing in others is actually a reflection of the things
we find unappealing in ourselves so with that.. okay, moving on okay so I’ll show you guys the bathroom really quick it’s really messy because I threw everything
that I didn’t want in my room in here so.. ya~ okay, that’s bathroom that’s me ..okay, you guys get the feel of it all right, so we’ll leave when you start walking this way.. there will be a closet right here and then this is where all the coats are as well as all like the cleaning supplies and on the top right here are
heels that I have yet to wear I honestly haven’t worn a single pair of heels in like the past year since I moved here but I keep it because it’s like.. well what if I need to wear that thing that one time okay, here is the.. here’s my bookshelf this is another print from Spirited Away it’s Haku in dragon form that’s my family.. my cousins..
all the cousins on our grandparents this print.. my best friend drew it for me it’s of Eleven and the boys aiyo ~ okay.. yaa ~ I’m not sure if this is actually Kobe’s rookie card but it might be so if it is.. this is the greatest of all time the Warriors just won but Kobe
will forever be the #1 in my heart these are the books my parents, my cousins, my brother.. books that I.. some of these I’ve read,
some of these I’m going to read more books.. big fan of mason jars as you guys can see good amount of you guys
have asked where this desk is from it is from the Container Store
and I’ll link everything down below I believe it’s like the Java shelf.. leaning shelf desk I’ll give you guys a tool that you guys
will be able to find alternatives as well tip #1 for how to afford living in New York City is you can actually find a lot of
really great deals on Craigslist I know it can seem super sketchy and it goes without saying that you should be very very careful
of buying things off of Craigslist but because so many people are
moving in and out of the city every single day, every single week and these are mostly working-class professionals who are not going to do anything too crazy to you you can find a lot of things so this chair.. I believe it was a part of a dining set I got it for $80 probably retails for like $200 probably from CB2 and this little acrylic console I think it is from CB2 and I’m not sure how much it retailed for but I got this set.. so there’s 1, 2..
the third one.. it’s in there it all nests together I believe I got all of these for $60 and this star print this is called The Night Sky I got it from thenightsky.com what else ~ what else.. okay so this couch.. it’s from Ikea I love how white it is when I moved into this beautiful white space I was like.. okay, I want everything to be white and I wanted a couch that was like
a cloud but still structural enough and.. this was it it’s super comfortable I’ve slept on it a few times.. it’s great I don’t know why I slept on it
because my bed is literally right here but like you know, sometimes it happens you just pass out by accident and this lamp.. also got it from Craigslist I believe it’s either West Elm or Crate & Barrel
or Pottery Barn.. one of those I think I got this for $100 and I got this plant from the same
owner of this beautiful arc lamp and this is a rubber tree it’s grown significantly since I got it which is great because usually
I’m not the best at taking care of plants so.. it’s very minimal maintenance andduhh… what else ~ what else ~ what else.. okay, bed.. it’s on the floor the reason why bed is on the floor is because.. I could not be bothered getting a bed frame and I kept putting it off because I felt like I already spent
so much money furnishing my place it’s just one of those things that
I just never ended up getting around to yeeahhh ~ and then.. um… I’ll show you guys my closet really quickly two closets in this place one is the little one I just showed
you guys earlier on this side and then this is the bigger closet and this mesh drawer is from The Container Store this is from Amazon which is where I put all the things that I don’t want to deal with
but I will get to you eventually air purifier umm… alrighty, so that was a quick tour of my studio let’s talk about how to afford
living in a city like New York or living on your own or just anything about finances
and expenses and budgeting and having the right mindset in life there’s a few things.. the first one is mentality having the right mindset you know you need to hustle if you
want to live in a city like New York City the second thing is budgeting it is so important to know
what you’re spending your money on and how much money you’re spending a month and to not spend more than you are making and the last thing which I think
is the most important thing it’s your purpose why do you need to live in a city why do you to live alone this is just knowing what you want and knowing that you have to work
really hard to get the things that you have if you don’t already have these things for example, me wanting to live in the city me wanting to furnish my apartment nicely but me not having as much budget as I would like to decorate it like a West Elm catalog
or a Crate & Barrel catalog what I did was I bought most of the things off Craigslist that I felt safe buying from someone else my bed and my couch were brand new I feel like something as personal as your bed and something as personal as your couch those are the two things that I didn’t
feel right buying it from someone else but almost everything else as you guys saw earlier were from Craigslist that’s like one way of kind of.. I was gonna say like life hack.. it kind of is a life hack you’re saving so much money on
things that are practically brand-new so that goes with like the mentality or the mindset of.. if you know you want certain things.. what is a way to get to the end result without doing the things that you normally have to do and this would just be like paying the full retail price when I first moved to New York City in 2015 I went through all of my expenses to really see what is the bare minimum that I can get by I brought it down to $400 or $500 not including rent that might seem like a lot to
some of you guys or it might not but if it seems like a lot to you it’s because living expenses in New York it’s significantly higher than
most places around the world budgeting is also mindset, right? knowing that you can spend
significantly less money doing things yourself like making a smoothie yourself every morning instead of paying $10 for a smoothie those are all little things that you can do
to save money here and there and I feel like I.. if you guys are interested in this let me know maybe I can make a different
video that’s more articulate because right now I feel like I’m just sharing openly the things that I’ve been doing so with that, knowing that I wanted to live here and knowing that I was going
to be working at nonprofit media company so I wasn’t making that much money I knew I had to have another source of income and what I did as you can see from this playlist I did a lot of thrifting to resell and that was how I made a couple
thousand dollars extra a month to be able to support myself to be able to live not on a $500 budget that just goes back to mentality of
like trying to find different alternatives or trying to find different solutions to help you get to where you want to be and not being afraid of hustling not being afraid of trying not being afraid of failing to learn or to improve or to get better why do I need to be in New York why do I need to live by myself why do I need to live in the city why do I need to do all the things and why do we need to do half the things that we do because we don’t need
to do half the things that we do for me, because I knew I was going to go
and work really early and leave really late by really early.. for a while I went in around 5:00 a.m. I can’t really sustain that I’m trying to get back there
but I haven’t been able to now it’s about like 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. and then I leave around
8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. mostly around like 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. these days so knowing that I was gonna be
at work for the majority of the day around my co-workers who I love dearly but there are people nonetheless I knew that I wanted to have my own
personal space when I came home that was just my space to do my thing.. to like mull or to potato or just to like.. be battery just died so I just changed
the battery really quickly so I knew I wanted to live near the office and I knew I wanted to live alone and I knew that I wanted it to be relatively nice these are all kind of like.. bougie Rowena tendencies of like
liking nicer things and finer things in life but I knew that I would have to trade off something and that trade off for me was time and my energy so I guess the moral of the story for the last point is just to know what is the most important to you and know that if you really
want something badly enough you’ll do whatever you can to make it happen for me being in New York..
because my focus is just work and is just to do the best that I can
with the time that I have on building a better future
for myself and for other people and for the things that I believe in.. everything else just kind of happened I don’t know if this is helpful at all I guess what I’m trying to say is.. if you want to put me in a little potato sack in a corner of a room with
6 other people or 10 other people I can live like that if you want to put me in an apartment like this and let me live by myself.. I can do that too and I think it’s like that flexibility of knowing what you’re willing to sacrifice and knowing what you’re not willing to sacrifice so I think at the end of
the day it really comes down to.. knowing what you’re willing to give up
and know what you’re not willing to give up so if tomorrow.. if YouTube just disappears and if my apartment gets taken away from me if everything gets taken away from me I think I’d still be happy and content where I am these things are nice and it brings me joy but my joy and happiness is
not rooted in having these things and having a place like this this just turned like a completely different turn
from the initial purpose of this video but yeah, I think if you are rooted
and grounded in who you are and the things that you are passionate about no matter what happens to your life externally nothing will be able to deter you from
doing the things that you need to do and I feel like your living conditions
and your living situation definitely helps elevate the quality of your life no, like for sure.. but it’s just like a little sliver of like the bigger picture of knowing what’s most important to you and knowing why you’re even doing anything why you’re chasing the things you’re chasing why you’re working towards
the thing you’re working towards or why you feel like you need to have the latest things because.. I don’t know..
for a lot of us, myself included it’s because like I want to be cool or like I want other people to look at me a certain way or I want other people to view me a certain way so.. wow ~ I like the direction
that this just kind of turned so, yeah.. I mean.. I hope this was helpful if you guys want me to elaborate on any of these points please let me know if you have any questions I’d be happy to answer down below and um.. yeah… thank you guys for joining I love you guys but the ones that stick to the end who catches my rambling like this.. you guys, I love you guys and honest.. okay honestly, thank you so much for watching thank you so much for being
a part of my life and my journey because without you, none of this would happened none of this would happen I hope you guys have a wonderful morning
or evening or night or afternoon or study break I hope… most of you guys probably
aren’t in school anymore but um.. I love you guys ~ see you guys next time baii ~ *kiss*

60 thoughts on “My NYC Apartment Tour πŸŒƒ & Tips on How to Afford Living in The City

  1. This is really inspiring! Planning to move to the city soon…. How much was your rental? How do you find such a nice space?

  2. I saw you have a water boiler/electric kettle in your kitchen. What kind do you use and would you recommend it?

  3. Nooo wayyyy I am planning to moving to NY next year, and this is THE video that I just needed. I am so happy that I got to watch this! Thanks so much for making amazing clips🌴

  4. This was beautiful! If you could do a detailed NYC budgeting video I would love that! I loved that you said you chose to trade off your time and energy for your bougie personal preferences, like yea girl I support that so much. I relate!!! Like I think a bougie preference of mine would be the occasional bougie af dinner and occasional eating out cuz to me that's part of the love and joy of living in NYC, how do you feel about that? What would you recommend? Like you said I could live in a corner w roommates to afford that lifestyle I want for myself. Thanks girl!!

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  6. where are you living in manhattan/how much is your rent if you don’t mind me asking? I’m moving into lower manhattan soon and I can’t find a place that i like in my budget ($2000 max). do you have any apartment hunting tips in nyc with a lower budget?

  7. I have the same sofa! It's so perfect… like, it doesn't get any better for the price point. Also, bed on the floor– yes! I also kept putting it off and now I feel weird even thinking about getting a bed frame lol

  8. Would love to see a video on how to save money on the things you want, it was really cool how you started to make your own matcha lattes to save money!! please make a video on this x love your videos Rowena

  9. I'm sorry wut? You flash a givenchy bag in the beginning of your video and live in an apt that probably cost $3000 a month? What about this is minimalist/budget-friendly?

  10. I just watch your video like today. I don’t know how but i saw your video on my feeds and i clicked. And i instantly love you cause you’re so relatable and so cool and your lifestyle is for sure very interesting..yeah.. i just wanna tell you that. Gonna binge watch your videos now. πŸ˜†

  11. Haha I’m the same with heels?! When will I wear them?! Also love the rambling at the end love your videos just subscribed!

  12. I love this! And wow, you work A LOT! I work full time but it’s not nearly as much as you. And I already feel like I’m working all the time. Maybe I can shift my mindset somehow too. Thank you! 😊

  13. Jesus Loves you.
    Who ever is reading this, know you have a home that is not of this world. A home in eternity called heaven.

  14. Nice space…I miss New York…ughh :(….Meanwhile, I did pick up an idea from you which is to use my dishwasher as a drying rack..that will help me to maximize my counter space…lol

  15. Gorgeous apartment. I live in NYC also, and cannot imagine living on $500 per month, in addition to rent. Internet is 64,99, ConEdbill is more than $100, MetroPass is $124 per month, my cell is $65 / month…we are already at $350 in addition to rent, and I have not eaten yet…
    So please, do a utube about living on a budget in the city.
    Again, you have a gorgeous place.

  16. I add your videos into a playlist called Rowena so I can listen to you when I cook or feel defeated. Honestly the most down to earth youtuber on personal development I’ve ever seen. Respect m/

  17. I would love to know how you budget! I also live in an expensive city (San Francisco) and need to figure out how I can save money to pay off my medical bills and student loans.

  18. This was so motivating. A lot of people talk so negatively about the challenges of moving to NYC but your approach is really positive and refreshing. I do think it comes down to mentality the most.

  19. Rowena how do you clean your sofa and bed?? Its so white, I too love the theme but I'm very afraid to use them thinking they'll get stained

  20. I just love this amazing beautiful wonderful person Rowena !! GOD thank you soo much for making her a youtuber I'm soo thankful for her on YouTube ❀❀❀
    I just looove you girl!! Please keep being the beautiful great person you areπŸ’

  21. Literally everytime I watch one of your videos I get so inspired to blitz my own apartment and get my shit together. THanks for being a positive influence!

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