Vita Brillanti

bella ragazza. bella vita.

Diner Food and Pink Shorts

There was a yolk explosion!

This was taken right before I almost got taken out by a biker…dangerous stuff.

Outfit: J.Crew Shorts (limited sizes, similar here & here), Free People shirt (available in 8 colors!), Sandals on SALE, Sunglasses (similar here), Lo & Sons Claremont Bag

I’ve been looking for a new breakfast spot for Jordan and I to visit on the weekends. I love going out for breakfast, though it’s not something we do often on the weekends for whatever reason.

We typically make our own breakfast at home, and end up grabbing lunch while we’re out of the apartment instead, but I wanted to try something different the other day, spice things up ya know?! I found this place Nickel and Diner, which is located right around China Town, on Howard street. We woke up really early that day, and arrived there around 9:30am, right when they were opening, and we were just about the only people there, which was so nice! We sat down in a booth towards the back and placed an order for two Americanos with milk as well as two breakfast sandwiches. The sandwiches were so good! Best I’ve had in a long time.

It was so nice to relax and chat in our booths for a bit before getting the rest of our day started. We had a couple errands to run that morning because we were heading out later in the day to celebrate our brother in laws birthday in Brooklyn. I wore these shorts that I bought in the spring, which are now on SALE, and for whatever reason I haven’t worn them until now. I’ve also been living in this shirt for the last couple of days (I really need to invest in another, maybe blush) so I decided to pair the feminine shorts with a more casual shirt to make for a cute / casual Saturday outfit!  I was perfectly comfortable all day too; success.

The day ended up being really great, and I think it all started with our early morning wake up. Lately, I’ve hated sleeping in on the weekends, I would much rather wake up around 7:30 – 8am in order to get a head start on the day that sleep in. I don’t like wasting time, especially when it’s a summer weekend and it’s beautiful weather. Jordan gets so mad at me because he thinks I’m always rushing him. My response “I’m not rushin’, I’m Italian.” Do you get it?

I’m heading home to Syracuse tonight to spend some more time up there. My parent’s updated the backyard so we’re having a big BBQ this week, which I’m really looking forward to. Laura and Yonathan are coming too, which is a big deal. It’s bound to be a fabulous weekend!




Navigating a Life Change

Hey guys, I lost my job in June.

I started writing this post a month ago, but wasn’t really sure what I wanted to talk about.  This post is more therapeutic than anything else, and I’m relieved that I have this platform to share my story on. Here goes:

Current state of mind:
What the heck.
What am I going to do without a job?
Will I be able to find a new job that I love?
Are my parents disappointed in me?
Is this embarrassing? I feel kinda embarrassed.
I miss my work family.

5 years ago last month I would have been celebrating 5 years at a company I had loved (and still love).  I would have lots of vacation time, a stable career, I’d work with amazing people, and I would have been getting by with my income, happily.  I could have had this all, but at the cost of little or no room for advancement in a career I wasn’t super passionate about.  But, 5 years ago I might have been OK with that.  Fast forward almost 4 years, my passion and pull for creativity told me otherwise.

I made the choice over a year and a half ago to leave my, what was then a very comfortable life and career to join the social media community, and a platform that I thought was “so cool.”  I did this because social media aligned perfectly with my own personal passions for blogging.  It was a path that I knew would eventually guide me to where I want to be.  I’m also a millennial so I make rash decisions because, YOLO.

Before making the move, many people questioned why I’d leave ‘such a great company’ to go to a place (Tumblr) where my future would be uncertain.  My parents were uneasy about my decision, and my co-workers at the time thought I was nuts, all for good reasons, of course.  Tumblr was pretty unstable at the time I was looking to make the move, and it was only becoming more unstable by the day.  Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo in 2013, and in early 2016 Yahoo was up for sale, and a month ago, acquired by Verizon, and as a result my job was eliminated.

You can only imagine how big of a wrench this threw into my life plans. Big ‘ole fat ones.  It was also really hard to tell my parents because I knew this wasn’t what they had ever wanted for me.  I’m not sure they were disappointed, because really, what could I have done?  My entire department was wiped out.  It was time to move forward and accept what had just happened.  Which means, booze (pictured above).  Just kidding, but really.

Working at Tumblr was such a great experience and I learned so much!  Everyday I had the opportunity to work with smart, creative and driven individuals, who fully respected one another.  I’m extremely sad knowing that we have all parted ways, though I’m hopeful that I will work with them again in some capacity.

Moving Forward:

Instead of crying (I did plenty of that), I’m working on a new approach, because the main reason for my inital sadness steamed from the sheer shock of being laid off.  I never thought I would be in this position and have all of  this free time to figure out my life.  What I do with this free time is entirely up to me and I plan to make the most of it; the next few months will likely determine the next 10+ years of my life, and I want to make sure I’m making the right decisions, find a job that I LOVE, and work really hard at finally being able to achieve some of the goals I’ve set for myself.  I see this period as more of an opportunity than a loss at the moment.

New York City does something to a person, and I think it creates dreams.  It allows you to believe that anything is possible with hard work and passion.  I currently have the opportunity to relish in this time and really dig into my passions, something I never thought I would have time to do.  I know that this period in my life is a time that I should be grateful for because I will (hopefully) never have this again!

If you’re curious what I’m focusing on now.  I’ve been spending a ton of time working on Vita Brillanti, creating content more frequently and spending more time on projects that I’m excited about.  I also started to finally get into video, and have launched my Youtube channel, Vita Brillanti. GO CHECK IT OUT!  I’m looking forward to creating a lot more video content since I love creating videos – they are just a pain to edit!  My days also involve lots of job searches, I’m looking for a job that I will be obsessed with, so the process has been a lot more tedious and selective than it has been in the past.

I’m looking forward to the future, and I’m grateful to finally be able share this here, thank you for letting me vent.


Vietnamese Lunch

Outfit: H&M Halter Top (last seen here), Kensie Sandals  on SALE (similar here and here), Cropped Jeans (last seen here), Sunglasses

Do you ever get a craving for a specific food so badly that you can’t sleep at night?

OK, me either, but I came pretty close the other day when I was craving Vietnamese. I had plans to go for dinner on Friday to Saigon Shack, but plans changed and I had to wait until Saturday. Devastating.

I pretty much starved myself all day on Saturday (which just meant no twizzlers on the side of my breakfast) so that I could save enough room in my belly for noodles, spring rolls and more spring rolls. It worked! I had so much room. As mentioned a few times, I’ve been making it a summer goal to try as many new places as possible throughout the city. So far, I’ve been doing pretty good. The newest addition to my “never have I ever” list was Saigon Shack, over in the NYU area, right on Macdougal. We had the most amazing lunch there, everything we ordered was extremely fresh with so much flavor, just a couple of reasons why Vietnamese cuisine is one of my favorites. I also die over their dipping sauces! We had the following dishes:

  • Lemongrass Chicken Bun – Emily
  • Grilled Pork Chop and Shrimp Bun with Spring Rolls – Jordan
  • Summer Rolls Vegetarian – To Share (these were just Ok, I should have just gone with the chicken instead of veggie)
  • Pork Dumplings – To Share, these were out of this world!
  • Thai Iced Team – To Share

It was a pretty warm day outside all weekend, so I wore one of my favorite tops from H&M, last seen here, with some cropped jeans and a matching pair of flip flops (similar here and here). I want to note that I did not go into this day realizing how well my shirt and shoes would match, but I was extremely impressed with myself when I came to this realization. I purchased these Kensie sandals (currently on SALE) a couple weekends ago with my mom, she got the same ones; twinning! I’ve been loving mixing in lots of yellow into my wardrobe this summer!

I can’t wait to see what’s on the menu for my next “never have I ever” food spot!