How to Move to New York City (continued)

Part 2 How to Move to New York City continued…
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Well, its just that. Compare what you see. You’ll know when a place feels right. Some people may not reply at all and some will reply with a “Sorry, but we just had an open house and have found our new roommate already.” Others will be almost a little too eager to have you. Be aware of these. There are many, many scams online. I came across several in my search.

When you are sending out emails, offer to schedule a phone call and/or video chat/Skype interview. A video interview does not prove that the person on the other side isn’t going to scam you, but it does help verify the person to some extent. For one, you can see the place they are in. If their roommates are around, its a good idea to ask to talk to them on video as well. Continue reading “How to Move to New York City (continued)”

How to Move to New York City

Some people want to know more about how I prepared for my move to the city and how I found a place. It’s no easy task. But I love to impart my knowledge, so read up. 

Most of the process I used to find a place to live can be applied to moving anywhere, not just NYC. It consisted of searching, comparing, online verification and skype, and then cautiously proceeding to securing the place. 

Apartments/rooms for rent here go FAST, especially the nice ones, so you have to be quick. This means that its more difficult to secure a place early on in your move. Most people want a roommate to move in immediately and they also would prefer to meet you in person. I struggled with this because I wanted to secure a place to go to as soon as I arrived in the city. However, even though the rooms go fast, there are always more being posted. Continue reading “How to Move to New York City”

Living in New York City: Briauna Mariah Update

Hey guys,

Briauna Mariah here.

Writing from New York City.

I know you all want updates, so here it is. I arrived at the airport at 8:23AM Eastern Time last July 12th. It took me hours to finally make it to the house I’m staying at. I’m renting a nice little room in Woodlawn, Bronx, NYC. Bronx–Yikes! Right? Not as bad as it might sound.

Woodlawn is a cute little community very north of Manhattan and I feel rather safe here. It’s like a little bubble in Bronx. Stepping outside the bubble is a little nerve-wracking though. Continue reading “Living in New York City: Briauna Mariah Update”

High Fashion Designer Wear at Goodwill

Two words. Good Will. Okay, I lied. It’s really one word.

First thing I have to say: I am a proud saver. I manage my money and yes, I shopped at GOODWILL today. There is no shame shopping a Goodwill, thrift stores, Target, etc. As long as you know what to look for.

I hear stories all the time of great designer finds at Goodwill. I was never so lucky until today. My mom and I spent a good portion of the day today (3 hours) “shopping ’til we drop,” almost in a literal sense. I am extremely excited to share my find with all of you. There are pictures below.

Here is what you need to know. I got two outfits, including one pair of boots (I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of warm heel-boots for months now to sport in New York), and a nice, versatile top. My total at for these items at Goodwill was $72. The estimated value is around $565! That’s a savings of just over 87% off. Talk about a killer designer wear deal! Continue reading “High Fashion Designer Wear at Goodwill”

New York in August 2012

I had a fantastic day on Sunday. Many of you watched me live and I appreciate the support SO much. I love you guys!

If you missed it, I shot for a photography workshop with Matthew Jordan Smith. Matthew was such a pleasure to work with and he greeted everyone with that great smile of his. He has shot Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, and more. He was also a photographer for America’s Next Top Model.

Shots from the workshop should be coming out soon. I already have two shots up, Behind the Scenes.

I am advancing my modeling career by moving to New York in 2012. I was telling Matthew that I was planning on late 2012 and he pointed out that the fashion industry will be slow and that I should bump up my goal by 6 months. You know what? I WILL bump up my goal by 6 months. My new goal is to move to New York in August 2012. Continue reading “New York in August 2012”

Portland Fashions

I was in downtown Portland for a casting today (yeah, I nailed it) and I’ve been passing a LOT of really great boutiques over there.

I’ve also modeled for a few awesome boutiques. You may have already seen my photos up on She has so many great designs in her boutique! I loved modeling them, especially the coats!

I had the pleasure of working with Neon Threads recently, as well. They carry a lot of vintage items, like dresses and coats from the 80s. If you want to reminisce in the good times, if you like the styles from those time periods, if you’re looking for a good Halloween piece, or whatever your reason, it’s a great place to check out! There were even a lot of great pieces (like the one I’m wearing below) that would make great clothing for a cool editorial spread *hint* *hint*

In town, there are a lot of athletic boutiques. Portland is all about being fit & biking! I love the mixture of fashion and athletic wear going on. It makes me want to go buy a whole new wardrobe just to go out for a run! Continue reading “Portland Fashions”

Biking in Portland, OR

Did you know that Amsterdam is the bicycle capital of the world? 40% of the traffic flow there is from bikes. You know what’s even cooler? Portland, Oregon is the second bicycle capital of the world. Seattle doesn’t even make it on the top 10.

So, what a great exercise and method of getting around, right?! I went outside today and got my bike ready. Okay, yeah, maybe not so much! One thing Seattle and Portland do have in common is the climate: RAIN! Ever since I’ve been here, it has rained every time I decided to step outside.

I have been biking to town several times (5 miles each way), for fun and for the exercise and I went to the store once (2 miles each way). I attempted a trip to the store today, got a few blocks, and got soaked. This has been the only time I am truly disliking the rain. I never got to bike much in Seattle, so the rain was never too much of a bother. In fact, most of the time I kind of enjoy the rain. Continue reading “Biking in Portland, OR”

My Mom is Writing Updates for Me, So Here’s Mine

First thing. I felt like a total tourist today! Not a good thing. I like being the native. So I’ll allow myself a weekend of tourism. Then, its down to business! Not to say its not already down to business… (My very first day here, I had a photoshoot. I came down a day early yesterday for a shoot for several stock photography students. I pretended to apply makeup with a smile on my face for about 3.5 hours. Fun stuff!)

Back to tourism. I had some fun today! My uncle’s girlfriend (who is also a good friend/friend of the family) and her mom took me with them to the Portland Saturday Market. There was a lot of fun art and clothes. I think my favorite part of the market there was all the nifty items made out of forks and kitchen utensils. The fork bracelets? They were FIERCE. (I practice a good amount of self control, however, and did not buy anything).

I feel like today is an important transition for me as a person, having never lived away from my mom, and as a model. Especially with the clothes. I generally don’t stock up on “trendy” clothes and prefer simple and easy, but this is the new me. Nordstrom and WinCo are next on my list for shopping.

The room I am staying in is super cozy and cute! I have my uncle to thank for his hospitality, letting me stay with him in his guest bedroom.

I guess this blog post is mostly just an update for all of those who want to know what’s going on. My mom has been posting about me and my trip non-stop. I love her to death. Even though I’m in Portland and she is wayy North, I still feel like we’re together. So she’s been updating HER friends, based on what I’ve been telling her, making me feel guilty for not posting updates. So here it is! And I took a bunch of pictures, so this is an easy way to share them with you all.

Hope you are all having and awesome weekend! And I apologize if you read this thinking there will be some point at the end or greater meaning. Other than the fact that this trip is epic and a really good experience, there really isn’t too much of a point.

I could say, however, that calculated risks are a good thing! If you’re finding yourself “stuck” and can’t decide on making a move, I say, if its reasonable, TAKE A RISK. I’ve only found success and happiness with every calculated risk I’ve taken.

Be Fierce!!

Briauna Mariah (:

Meal Planning: One Cucumber Per Week

I’m sitting here, wondering what is in store for me when I leave for Portland on Friday. I’m extremely excited to work and connect with people in Portland.

What originally inspired me to make this trip is the fact that I’m getting so many emails from my agency, Ryan Artists, and I haven’t been able to make it to more than 3 castings. I almost feel as if there is more going on down in Portland in terms of the fashion industry and modeling, than there is in Seattle.

There are more reasons to justify this trip, too. One reason is that, recently out of high school, I haven’t had the chance to live out on my own yet. Living a month “on my own” in Portland will be a great learning experience.

And I’m already learning some things. Like, say, how DIFFICULT IT IS TO MEAL PLAN! My family never really meal planned before, but we’ve been doing it for at least the past year now and it SAVES a lot of money and it’s easier to EAT HEALTHY. Continue reading “Meal Planning: One Cucumber Per Week”