#StareStyle: Missing Big Ang

By Alysse Dalessandro
on March 09, 2016

It's been nearly three weeks since reality star Big Ang lost her battle with cancer and I'm still torn up about the fact that she's gone. Big Ang and the rest of the cast of Mob Wives represent an important shift in the way that I view my own Italian-American culture and I wanted to talk a little bit about that journey today since tonight marks the final episode of Mob Wives and the last time we'll see Big Ang on TV. 

I have written on my blog before that "being Italian is all about talking with my hands, loving the hell out of my family, dressing gaudy and glamorous and never apologizing for who you are." And while I certainly believe that now, I think like a lot of areas of my life, there was some apologizing that I used to feel was necessary when I talked about my culture. Mostly, it was, "I'm Italian, but I'm not that kind of Italian."

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#StareStyle: Getting Money & Defining Your Own Version Of Success

By Alysse Dalessandro
on October 27, 2015

On October 24, 2014, I left my full-time corporate day job at an insurance company to pursue my dream of designing full-time. Now to many 20-somethings desk-dwellers, actually giving that resignation letter to a job that pays the bills but doesn't feed your soul is a dream come true. And I wish I could say that I still bought into the hype but having already done this song and dance once before, I knew what I was in for was going to be harder than any TPS report could ever be. 

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