Vita Brillanti

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Travel Planning Document

This photo was taken last year as we left our first stop in Varenna, Italy.

The past couple of times I’ve traveled I used a travel document that I created to help me not only plan, but to keep organized for the trip ahead! The document I created below has helped so much; especially when traveling out of the country, so I wanted to share it with you all, incase you’re planning trips of your own!


Last year when Jordan and I traveled to Italy, we didn’t use anything to plan or map out our travles. We booked our trip, had a small list of must dos, and that was about it! It ended up being fine, but I did leave feeling like there was more I wished we had done, and there is nothing worse than leaving a vacation that you’ve spent so much money on, only to feel like you missed out on experiences! While we were there, I also felt a bit disheveled since we didn’t have all of our train information in one place. Those reasons are why earlier this year I decided to create a travel document. So far it’s been working wonders for us as we plan our upcoming trip to Switzerland and Italy.

In September we will be traveling for 12 days, between Switzerland and Italy. We’ll be visiting a total of three different locations, and taking an obscene about of trains throughout the two countries. This is where the travel doc has been coming in handy! This document that I’m sharing with you is essentially V2 (version 2) of a document I created for us when we went to Charleston. This new version has more tabs, broken out per destination with sub-catergoies in each destination tab for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as well as activities that we’re thinking of doing.

I know this sounds like a bit much, but don’t knock it till you try it 😉 We’ve been looking forward to this trip for so long, and I want to make sure we’re prepared and ready for everything there is to see and do!

I hope this document is helpful for you when you plan your trip! Please let me know if you have a travel document yourself, and if so, I’d love to know  how you organize yours!

I will be posting a lot more about the trip in the coming weeks, since it’s only about 6 weeks away!


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.