Vita Brillanti

bella ragazza. bella vita.

Lighter Layers in February

I can feel myself slowing letting go of the darker colors and reaching for lighter, more spring – like colors.

Outfit: Crossbody Bag (old, similar here, here, and here), Black Suede Boots (similar here and here), Rebecca Taylor Coat (similar style here and here)

While its still technically wintertime, it sure hasn’t been feeling like it here in the city. Wednesday it went up to 75 degrees (jaw drop), which is not very characteristic of February. Half of me gets excited about the warmer weather, and the other half is a little freaked out. Regardless, with the warmer temps I’ve been able to wear some lighter layers, like this Rebecca Taylor coat I’m wearing (also love this, this, this and this in terms of lighter jackets) – which is a welcomed change. I can feel spring coming so soon!

We wandered around Soho on Monday for Presidents Day and it was strangely quiet. I can’t tell you the last time I walked down Broadway and didn’t have to worry about running into anyone. It was a nice surprise during the day off and while walking I thought it would be the perfect day to take advantage of visiting a restaurant I’d been dying to try for literally 7 years; Jacks Wife Freda. I love Israeli food and this restaurant is seriously just as good as everyone had said!

I felt like such a tourist, as I do on most weekends, and after lunch we visited an authentic Chinese China store called Pearl River and picked up some really cute blue china that I posted about on my Instagram stories. I will share with you what I picked up in another post.

Cheers to it being Friday!

XO

Museum of Candy Opening in New York City

As if you needed another reason to visit New York City, there will now be a Candy Museum!

I heard today that a permanent candy museum was opening this summer in Chelsea. Key word, permanent. There have been many food-related museums that have graced the streets of NYC – including the Ice Cream Museum pop-up, but I’m looking forward to this one sticking around, especially with my deep love for candy.

I’m sure there will be a multitude of ‘instagramable’ photo props everywhere, so my plan will be to keep up with the opening and be one of the first people in the door!

XO

Long Black Dress

My sister used to live right around the corner from this amazing gated courtyard

Rarely do I wear black in the city, which is so not New Yorker of me.

I found this dress on rent the runway and rented it thinking it may make for a nice date night dress. I don’t have too many items in my closet that are as dressy as this, so I liked knowing that I had this on hand.

I couldn’t wait for a fancy dinner to wear the dress, so the other weekend I wore it out to a nice lunch. I felt like getting a little dressed up because I was getting sick of wearing a sweater everyday. We’re getting close to the end of February, so not only am I itching for spring, but I’m itching for more variety in my clothing. This black dress did my heart happy! Not only was it flattering, but I was of course, also extremely comfortable. It even stood up just fine when the rain rolled in!

Knowing I needed a pop of color with this all-black outfit, I wore this Loeffler Sandler bag (similar here), which was the perfect shade of pink.

The West Village is such a great area of town, I love just wandering around, even if I’ve been on the same street a million times. My sister used to live right in the area, so I have some of the best memories of the village from my first few years in the city. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and relive those moment over and over.

XO