Vita Brillanti

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Closet Cleanout

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I had just about enough of what my closet had become in 2017. There were many times I couldn’t see the floor, or knew what I was stepping on and I had enough!

Living in a small NYC apartment brings with it small spaces, so there is no room (literally) for extra clutter – something I seem to always have! What can I say, I have a hard time getting rid of things!  It seems like EVERYTHING holds some type of emotional attachment, or memory. But with so little space, I knew I needed cleanse, so when Rent The Runway came to me and asked me to clean out my closet, find items I didn’t need anymore, and donate them, I couldn’t refuse. The idea behind it was perfect, not only was I decluttering my apartment, I was also donating to those who could use those items more than me.

The overall purge took me about 4 days, since I would start, stop, play with lex, and repeat. Clearly you can see from some of these photos that he was practically begging for attention.

I started my cleanse by first clearing out my shoes on the shelves – those stress me out the most. I got into a habit of piling them on top each other and I would then loose track of what I had as the seasons came and went. Many sandals I had couldn’t even be donated because they were so beat up! After the shoes, I started the decent with the clothes, which is what took me the most amount of time. I love all my clothes, which is why I really needed this closet cleanse. Its hard to get rid of items that you hold dearly, even if you only wear an items once a year…right? After many run throughs I ended up with about 4 bags of clothing & shoes to be donated. After I had it all cleaned out it felt so great to be free of the extra clutter. What you don’t see from these photos is that I also went into my drawers and cleaned out my underwear / bras, stockings and old t-shirts that I don’t wear to bed anymore. FEELIN’ GOOD!

As you probably already know from my past posts and IG content is that I’m a member of the Rent The Runway Unlimited program, and with this membership I’m allowed up to 4 items at a time. I can swap out the items whenever I want for new ones too, or keep ones that I love for as long as I want – even purchase them at a discounted rate. It’s the perfect solution to my problem of shopping, and inevitably buying clothes that I don’t need. With this membership I shop less, which means more closet space. It seems to be a rotating closet now these days and  I have “so much more room for activities!” Please tell me you know that line from Step Brother.

XO

Cozy New Sweaters

I had to share some cozy new sweaters that I just scooped up over the weekend!

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a few more oversized sweaters, especially with the weather we’ve been having. And let’s be honest, you can never have too many cozy oversized sweaters! On my way to Eataly, in Westfield place I noticed in the window at H&M that they had a handful over new items in the store (I know this because I walk in Westfield Place a lot). I purposefully went to Eatlay first in order to avoid shopping – but I have 0 will power so I walked out of the store with three sweaters; this one ( similar here),  this one and this one

Here are some others that I’d like to get my hands on as well!

Anthropologie Turtleneck, TopShop Sweater, Wide-Sleeve Sweater,  Free People Oversized Knit, Nordstrom High/Low Sweater

XO

2018 Travel Wish List

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“Not all those who wander are lost”…one of my favorite quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien.

There aren’t many things I love more than travel. I love getting away from home and experiencing new cultures, food and just exploring places I’ve never been! Every year I look forward to booking new travel for the year ahead, and this year has been especially challenging. After the first month of so of trying to decide, I realized that the reason I was having such a hard time picking places to visit was because I want to go everywhere!

My list of places to visit expands by the day. I hear stories of people who’ve been to Morocco, seen photos of Paris, Greece, Tokyo (just to name a few) and then, just like that, those destinations are on my list. Last year we took some big trips to Switzerland (and here) and Italy (and here). We were there for two weeks, which was a long time, so this year I’m thinking a bunch of smaller trips in order to check more places off of my list. I know I won’t hit all of these places this year, but I hope in the next two years I will have made it to the majority of these destinations! Hopefully I will spark some ideas for your travel list as well!

  • Paris – I wasn’t actually sure I wanted to visit Paris anytime soon, but after watching a few shows based in Paris, I convinced myself that I must go! We may try and visit towards the end of the year.
  • Tulum – Excited to say that we’re heading here in May!
  • Peru – Specifically Ica. There is a gorgeous winery there. I’ve love to take the train through the countryside and see Machu Picchu as well!
  • Spain – My mom lived in Spain, and always raves about it.
  • Portugal – I hear the wine and food is delicious (cheap too!)
  • New Zealand / Australia – I lived in Australia for almost 7 months, and while there visited New Zealand – I’d love to take Jordan to visit as well, I think it will be a 2019 trip! Its in the works now!
  • Japan – Ramen, Sushi, Cherry blossoms, what else could you want!
  • Beijing – Jordan visited Beijing for work, and I’m so jealous he visited the Great Wall, I’d love to take a trip to Asia, and take a couple of days in China.
  • Morocco – I’m putting this on my list because I’ve seen photos, and it’s a no brainer!
  • Iceland – While I don’t think I’d like the food, I do think I’d enjoy the adventure. I’d love to go and see the Northern Lights and stay in one of those outdoor hotels!
  • Montana – Everything about Big Sky is so intriguing to me. I’d love to visit in the springtime!

This year so far we’ve book Tulum, and Charleston.

I knew this year I wanted to get back to Charleston (posts from our last trip here, here and here)  at a time when the Azaleas are blooming at the end of March, so we’re taking a short trip at the end of March to see the blooms, and also eat our way around the town again! I can’t stop thinking about Leon’s! We’re also heading to Tulum mid-may, which I am SO excited about. I’ve been to Mexico many times, and have visited the ruins in Tulum, but I’ve never stayed in the town, which I hear is a foodie’s paradise. I look forward to relaxing days on the beach, tequila, and a lotttt of guac!

The rest of the year will be figured out, I’m sure soon, and I will keep you posted on that!

I hope to spark some wanderlust in you, or give you a few more destinations to add to your bucket list! Follow along on Pinterest to keep up with my growing list!

XO